Yesterday while working my second job at MAC I met one of the prettiest girls ever, and our interaction and conversation was one that mirrored an experience I had 11 years prior. But this time I played the role of the mother hen MUA and she the role of a teenaged Kori. Like always, when someone approaches, I extend a greeting, swoop in to assess their need, and suggest a product/service. This time was a little different, as soon I was approached Mo and her friend I literally felt like I was talking to my 17 year old self. First off, Mo was SUPER cute and wayyy more pulled together than I ever dreamt of being at her age, but seemed a little timid. After our initial chit chat, I complimented Mo on her great skin, and she immediately shot me down giving me a million reasons why she was at the counter, what she wanted to change, and sadly why she wasn’t beautiful. My heart dropped. Yes she was cute, but Mo also had other qualities that I witnessed during our brief interaction that made her unique. Once we got to talking, she was extremely bubbly and talkative, sugary sweet, sensitive, and on and on. I could have died because it was so obvious to me that this girl, just like the rest of us was soooooo special and didn’t see it for herself. After a stern but loving talk about inner beauty, and a few tissues later, I felt like I helped to remind Mo and myself of a few lessons that my fairy makeup MUA taught me that day I went shopping for concealer…
Here are a few points that I shared with Mo yesterday that I’ve found to be true about the world of beauty and makeup…
ALL women are beautiful. PERIOD.
Makeup does not equate beauty. Your personality, freckles, quirks, and flaws do!
Take some time and invest in yourself as a person, it will show outwardly. What do you like/don’t like? What are your strengths?
There is absolutely nothing wrong with wearing as little or much makeup as YOU deem necessary. Your face your makeup!
Give yourself a break, we all have beauty “off” days and are entitled to them!
No one product is a beauty cure all. Explore your face and master what does and doesn’t work for YOU! Find the right mix of products for your specific needs.
Most women of color have at least 2-3 different shades within their complexion, so mixing several foundations to find the perfect match is totally normal.
Most celebrities, especially in beauty ads wear a million and one products to give the illusion of flawless skin/beauty. Don’t be fooled.
Have a blemish? Grab some concealer and keep it moving!
Ok the end for now! What are some of your beauty truths ?
I still can’t put my finger on the reason, but new mascara stops me dead in my tracks. Ever single time. Nevermind the number of tubes that I already own, the promise of a new flick, lift, or fan of my lashes gets me going! So it goes without saying that this post dedicated to the newest mascaras set to hit the market this year has me in a full fledged beauty tizzy. If you’re anything like me, you’ll want to get all the deets before heading out to stores. Check them out below!
Rimmel London can do no wrong in my book. A huge fan of their eyeliner and shadows, this is one brand that I can consistently rely on to get me the results that I want. Their new 24 hour Supercurler Mascara has a special formula that lifts lashes 90 degrees and has a 24 hour wear time. You absolutely can’t beat it.
With the New Year comes excitement, and what’s more exciting than new makeup?!?! At this point, I’m a total lost cause and fully embrace my makeup hoarding tendencies. I cannot wait to get my hands on the following products and share with you guys of course. Take a look at my list below and share which ones you can’t wait to try!
Stop Everything! Today at 12 noon, The Lip Bar will launch the newest addition to their bar menu, Liquid to matte lipsticks! Having seen these beauties first and, I strongly suggest that you buy multiples because they are definitely a must have item to add to your makeup bag. The new lippies will be available in 9 shades including Silent Killer (Deep Grey), Prima Donna (Vibrant Fuchsia), I Like Art Type (Warm Neutral), Minimalist (Perfect Nude), PlayMate (Hot Pink), Crown Me (Rich Purple), Bawse Lady (Vibrant Berry), Misfit (Murky Navy), and Drama Queen (Rich Cranberry). I stand behind this product because it is made with quality ingredients including Sweet Almond Oil which prevents your lips from getting overly dry and cracked #notcute. Plus, these lippies last ALLLLL day long. Like. Seriously. But enough talking let’s get to the swatches. Check out a few of the shades that i picked up from IMATS below.
How do I look wearing Prima Donna? Which colors do you need in your life?
Lately I’ve been on the hunt for a new setting powder. Like many, I ran out and bought Banana Powder and currently have a love/hate relationship with the product. On one hand I love how it gives makeup applications that photo ready finish, but on the other, it can be a bit drying and suck too much life out of the face when not applied correctly. The end result looks a little too close to casket ready for me. As a result I’ve started researching new finishing powders on IG and come across a few that I want to try and possibly add to my kit. Here is my wish below. Please share if you have tried any!
I love lipstick. If you were to open up my purse at this very moment, maybe 15 different tubes would fall out. I can’t get enough. Right not my biggest obsession color-wise is taupe. I think is slightly unusual, a bit mysterious, and flat out gorgeous! Although there is a science to wearing it, I honestly believe there is a shade that works for every skin type. The trick you see, is finding an appropriate lip liner complementary to your skin tone. I wear Stone liner by MAC when I choose to wear my FAVS. The following post is dedicated to some of thee most beautiful shades of taupe lip products on the market. Hope you enjoy!!!
After November 1st you can officially que up your holiday playlists and begin to draft the first copy of your beauty wish list. This is definitely the most wonderful time of the year as some of our beauty favs being rolling out their coveted Holiday Gift Sets. By far, this is the best time to shop for beauty because of the major savings and limited edition colors and packaging that are offered. But beware, if you see something you like, grab it fast! Beauty fanatics wait all year long for these sets, and they sell out fast! Continue reading below to see a few of my top beauty picks of the season.