Foundation NO NO for women of color 

As a woman with melanin I’ve learned that everything on the market will NOT work well with our skin tone. It’s important that we know what products to use as well as what products to stay clear of.

Check out this tutorial to learn this one major NO NO and some alternatives.

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Do you have your own foundation NO-NO’s for WOC?? Share them in the comments below!!






Matte VS Gloss

Let’s face it. .matte is taking over!! From lipsticks, glosses and even nail polish, Matte is the 1st lipstick choice for many. But…  don’t count Gloss out just yet.  Gloss had been around for ages and has some pretty good benefits.  

Check out my take on the 2 below:

Matte Pros and Cons

Matte lip colors give a sophisticated, intense and full coverage look. Most times its absolutely gorgeous and it stays on longer than other formula 


It can be extremely drying and can give your lips the look of being dehydrated and even shriveled.  Matte is a BIG NO for women with smaller lips, or looking to create fuller supple lips. 

Gloss Pros and Cons 

Gloss is a lip color that adds shine, moisture and fullness. Gloss always has a way of giving your lips a youthful supple appearance.


It doesn’t have a long wear life so you’ll need to reapply frequently. 

When shopping for your new gloss check the label for key words that give you clues of the wear time.  Words like luster, lacquer, gel and glass typically mean long wear. Crystal, wet, transparent, glaze or juicy usually mean they’re super shiny but they have a shorter wear time. 

So there you have it! Matte VS Gloss…..

Which one do you prefer? Leave your comments below!





Product Review|Arbonne Eye shadow

Hey Beauties,

Last week I did an application/ review of Arbonne’s eyeshadow.

I received these eyeshadow’s  from a friend who is also an Arbonne independent distributor.

I used Sienna as my transition and crease color, and Amber for my eye lids.

1 thing I noticed is that the product was VERY light.. Almost as if it was barely there. The 2nd thing I noticed is it didn’t flake and it blended extremely well.

Overall, I absolutely LOOOVED it. I will definitely be adding this to my kit and list of “Fall Makeup Must-Haves”

Be sure to check out my full application and review video here 👉Arbonne application and review

Have you ever used Arbonne?? Comment your thoughts on this review in the comments below,

Until next time,




💜 Shanae

The RIGHT foundation=The RIGHT look


Hey Beauties!!!

Ironically….Foundation is LITERALLY the foundation of your makeup application.

Without the right foundation you won’t have the right look.  

Purchasing foundation for your skin type is 1 of the most important things to do.

Below are my tips on foundation for your skin type….

Oily- Purchase foundation that is mattifying. It will absorb and reduce the amount of oil your skin produces.

Dry- Purchase oil based foundations. They will moisturize and provide the oils your skin doesn’t produce.

Combination- Its best to stay with an in between product. Not oil based or mattifying. Something catering to  normal skin.

Here are some product recommendations…

Oily skin foundation suggestion: Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless

Dry Skin foundation suggestion:  Maybelline Dream Mousse

Combo Skin foundation suggestion: Loreal True Match

Any product recommendations or ideas? Share with me in the comments below!

Stay fabulous!


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Black Opal Product Review


Hey Beauties!!

So I purchased Black Opal’s oil absorbing pressed powder a few weeks ago and I am finally ready to review!

I was a little skeptical because I had never purchased from them.  I wasn’t sure what color would match and if it would blend well with my skin. I gave it a shot anyway………

When I originally  purchased it I was going to use it as a blot powder to absorb any oil my skin produced throughout  the day. But, I decided to use it as a setting powder over my liquid foundation  and boy oh boy was that an excellent  choice.

My skin stayed matte and smooth the entire day! The color I chose was classic espresso and it matched me perfectly ( their colors are true).
I advise any woman of color to purchase this product and keep it on hand. It is a great for everyday use and you can put your more expensive  brands on the shelf for special occasions! I bought mine for about $10 (affordable & good quality)

Grab yours here👉 Black Opal oil absorbing  pressed powder

Know of any other awesome brands? Leave me a comment below!

Stay Fabulous