Anastasia Beverly Hills Paint vs Coloured Raine Rockstar

I didn’t realize how much I would grow to love blue lipstick but as all things beauty…I got sucked in and now I’m obsessed. I initially posted swatches of the new Rockstar liquid lipstick by Coloured Raine ($17) and I immediately received requests to compare it to Paint by Anastasia Beverly Hills ($20). So while we work through the rest of the lip swatches, here’s a comparison of both blues.  Candy Coated Closets Blue Comparison
             Paint by Anastasia Beverly Hills                  Rockstar liquid lipstick by Coloured Raine

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As you can see, ABH Paint is a more true blue based metallic lipstick whereas CR Rockstar is a purple blue metallic lipstick with glitter. I’m sure there are those are of you that are wondering what the heck I just :-) The easiest way to think about is to look at the undertone. CR Rockstar has more of a vibrant shine to it since it’s mixed with purple and blue as opposed the ABH’s Paint.

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My favorite of the two? Definitely CR Rockstar. I absolutely love the purple blue based toe to it! What do you guys think?



BuzzFeed Article Makeup Photo Feature

Normally, I would put this in my “As Seen In/Featured In” section of the blog but when one of your photographs gets picked by a BuzzFeed editor to be featured in an upcoming article…well…let’s just say that all of the OMG’s make it worthy enough to have it’s own blog post.

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Yes, that me and my lipstick #makeupporn product shot. The full article can be found here. Thank you so much for the photo feature Nina Mohan!


Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick Holiday Collection 2015

Be warned before you look at this post. The new Jeffree Star Cosmetics liquid lipstick Holiday Collection might become your new obsession.

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Hoe Hoe Hoe, Mistletoe, Drug Lord, Doll Parts, Androgyny

First, let’s take a closer look at the coveted Androgyny:

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Next, let’s look at Hoe Hoe Hoe:

Candy Coated Closets Hoe Hoe Hoe BottleCandy Coated Closets Hoe Hoe Hoe WandThis liquid lipstick is a deep red with hints of metallic red and purple in it. In the pic on the bottom left, I tried to leave the focus from being straight on my lips and a different angle of lighting so you can get a better look at the sparkle from this lipstick. It’s going to be great for holidays!

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Next is Doll Parts. This is a soft cool toned pink, more like a baby pink on my skin tone. I tried to shift the focus and lighting so you can see how it performs in the images to show the true color.

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Here, we have Mistletoe

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Last is Drug Lord

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The Beautiful Kiss of Death: Happy Halloween

Now I know that I made the title of this piece overly dramatic but come on…it’s Halloween! The thing that I love about Halloween is that the make up gods come out to play! This is truly one of the few times of the year that you can stun everyone with your make up artistry skills and hey, if you’re like me and just want to have fun, it’s the perfect time to try out some new looks without looking crazy.

So I decided to do some fun lip art! I tried my best to capture it for you guys by my lighting wanted to suck!

To do this look, I used MakeupForever’s black lipstick rouge artist intense in 50 and Violet Voss’s glitter in Paige for the purple topcoat.

What fun make up looks did you guys try for Halloween?xoxo1

Say Hello to A Little Beauty – Becca Cosmetics Champagne Glow Palette

She’s finally here! I have been stalking the Sephora website like a maniac waiting for the Becca Cosmetics Champagne Glow Palette to launch. I know they gave us a specific day and time (Tuesday, October 27 at 12:00pm EST) but you and I both know how friendly I’ve gotten with the refresh button – umm a new F5 button please.

So I was at work Tuesday morning, with my eyes glued to my web browser because I wasn’t going to miss this launch. Jaclyn Hill snapped (snapchat) a few days earlier that Becca told her that they only made close to 80,000 units of this palette and I freaked! 80,000 units is not a lot of product – especially during holiday season and hello, have you heard of the JacAttack? Yeah, so I was on it. And it’s a good thing that I was because it launched early! I checked out around11:37 with my two new beauties on the way.

Let’s take a look shall we…

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Can’t you hear Stevie Wonder singing Isn’t She Lovely right now?

This is a limited edition palette with 3 shimmering Skin Perfector pressed shades (0.084 oz each) in Pearl, Blushed Copper, and Champagne Pop x Jaclyn Hill. It’s sold exclusively at Sephora and costs $34.00.

Pearl is a new beautiful luminizer in pale linen white. At first, I was a little weary of how this shade would perform on women of color but I saw a few Youtubers swatch the product and they sealed the deal for me. Champagne Pop which I’ve tried in the full size version is a soft white gold with pinky peach undertones and Blushed Copper is a beautiful warm copper luminizer that is infused with rose gold tones.

I will have more blog posts and features of me wearing the luminizers coming up but make sure you pick this up (at least one) before it sells out! Don’t say that I didn’t warn you.


BeautyCon NYC is My New Beauty BFF

Hashtag one of the best beauty weekends ever? I seriously think that it was.

BeautyCon is the world’s premiere fashion, beauty, wellbeing & lifestyle destination for fans, brands, and content creators and I got to cover it last week for work. It was a day filled with fun beauty tips, exciting interviews and of course, screaming millennials.

Check out my full round up here.


Essence Inaugural Beauty Box Review: Soulful. Colorful. Beautiful.

First, can I tell you guys how much I missed you?! I’m so happy to be writing for my blog again! It’s been such a crazy transition and adjustment over the past few months but you know that I’d never leave you for too long.

Now back to business – you know everyone has a beauty box now right? I think it’s great because it’s the best way to try out new products and introduce new brands to the consumer. However, as a woman of color, a lot of the products that are curated for these beauty boxes aren’t really done with us in mind – and I mean that with no shade at all. It’s just having a certain skin tone; having different undertones; having a different “type” of hair, I need products that are really curated to women of color.

So I was very excited to hear about the news that Essence was coming out with an Essence Beauty Box that was specifically curated by a team of African-American women with African-American women in mind. These are editors who have years of experience in the fashion and hair industry so I immediately knew that I needed to jump on this.

So before we dive into this inaugural box, the subscription is $15 a month and there’s three different subscription plans that you can choose from – you can do a monthly payment plan for $15 per box and you’ll be charged monthly; you can do a 6 month plan for $90 and you’re charged upfront (still $15 per box) or you can do a 12 month subscription which comes to $165 and you’re charged upfront (it comes to $13.75 per box). In each box, you’re going to get five luxe beauty products. If you sign up, please use my referral code 992-4D8B-00F2!

So now let’s get to it – you see what happens when I don’t write for my own blog in forever and just live on social? I end up talking and talking and talking just because I missed you guys so much. But you’ll see why I took a few months off…I needed to learn a few new tricks ;-) 

So this first box includes five products it includes:

  1. The Eden BodyWorks Coconut Shea Leave-In conditioner which is described as a daily conditioning treatment to improve manageability. It’s a sulfate free formula that is supposed to be safe for color-treated, chemically treated, curly or straight hair. – Update – This is holy grail out of this entire box. I loveeee me a good leave in conditioner and it’s coconut. I rub this on the end of my hair every night before going to bed. #LifeismadeIMG_54432. The Curls Crème Brule Whipped Curl Cream is a cream styler that will define, de-frizz, and moisturize your tresses, leaving soft curls without hold. – Update – I still love saying this name. Crème Brule. So sexy :-) Anyway, this is my second favorite product. I’ve been using this to tame my frizzy hair. I’ll give you a better review once I keep my hair in a wash and go style.


3. The L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream which is a cream that is enhanced with 20% shea butter which is specifically designed to penetrate quickly in order to protect, nourish and moisturize your hands. – Update – Ok, this stuff is amazing and is the perfect travel size lotion. I love that I’m able to keep it in my coat pocket to keep my hands moisturized while I’m out. remember ladies, your true age will always show on your hands and your neck so it’s best to keep them moisturized!


4. The Calvin Klein Eternity Now fragrance which is a bright addictive floral fragrance that features succulent fruits and radiant flowers that is enveloped in a soft cashmere veil. – Update – Full size bottle is already on my holiday wishlist! Do I need to say more?


5. Lastly, the Tarte Brow Architect which is an all-in-one brush, pencil and underscoring concealer With this  tool, you can shape, line and define your brows with one simple tool. – Update – This is a really fun product that’s great to travel with. Right now I’ll be honest, I’m letting my eyebrows grow in because one looks like an evil twin. #NotCute


And are you ready for this? Here’s a quick video of me styling my hair using some of my favorite hair products along with the Eden BodyWorks Coconut Shea Leave-In conditioner and Curls Crème Brule Whipped Curl Cream – which I’ve been using for about 3 weeks now and I am in love!

Overall, I’m really impressed with this box because they are including well-known brands along with new brands and it’s great for exposure. Let me know in the comments what you guys think! Don’t forget to use the #EssenceBeauty so we can talk!


Is it Spring yet?

 Hello? Spring? Are you there?

Hi, it’s me Cynira and ummm..I was just wondering when I would be able to start wearing my open toe sandals and maxi dresses again? Oh and by the way, waking up to a sheet of ice on my car towards the end of March isn’t fun. -_-

Seriously, I am so over winter and it’s not even winter anymore! –Insert dramatic sigh– For now, the only thing that I can do is wear brighter color lipsticks and pretend that it’s 60 degrees outside.

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What color lipstick do you have on today?


Little Miss Ally’s Farewell to Winter!

Even though the temperature is being extra sensitive this week in New York, I think it’s officially time to bid winter adieu.

So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye

Before I officially chuck the deuces up to winter, I asked my oldest niece, Little Miss Ally, how she wanted to say goodbye.

I want to rock out and wear my gold FabKids sequin fuzzy boots!

Rock out?

Yes Auntie! Play it loud, just like a rock star! Shout it out, just like a rock star! Come on everybody let me hear you say, you feel just like a rock star hey, hey, hey!

Oh. The Fresh Beat Band…Gosh she makes me feel old.


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