Halloween Beauty Find - e.l.f. Vampire Beauty Book


Have a Halloween party coming up but not a lot of time to find a full fledged costume?
e.l.f. to the rescue!  Now you can be a classic, sexy, goth - or terrifying Vampire with their easy-to-use e.l.f. Vampire Beauty Book.

For only ($6!), you get the following:
  • A step-by-step guide for diva looking makeup for both day and night. (1 look is featured below)
  • 8 neutral/reddish shades to create various eye looks.
  • eye shadow brush.
  • lashes with glue, 
  • eye liner,
  • blood red lip gloss.
You can get some ideas with their tutorial below, or you can be creative and try different eyeshadow combinations. The shadows are not super pigmented, but they are soft and easy to blend.  I found that layering the colors gave me a great effect. the coppers and rusty shades are very cool.  I also love that there were ready-to-go lush lashes for a more dramatic effect. 

You can use the black eyeliner for basic lining, or to create a very dramatic cat eye.  You can even use the pencil to create other designs on your face like spiders, etc.
The blood red color of the gloss is very vampy and one you can easily use for other occasions when you want a bright, glossy mouth.

Pick up this limited edition set ASAP and have some fun this Halloween! - RLB

Tip: For the finishing touch on your nails this Halloween, try this multifaceted black Deborah Lippmann shade, Hit Me With Your Best Shot  or the deep black/green Dolce & Gabbana shade, Verde Bosco
Go--> Available at Target stores, and their two e.l.f. New York locations. 

*This product was provided courtesy of e.l.f. PR for reviewing purposes.
*Images courtesy of e.l.f.

Celebrity Fragrance Find - Beyonce Rise

A good fragrance is a good fragrance to me.  I don't discriminate between perfumes from European fragrance houses/famous fashion designers - and those of pop stars.

And Beyonce's perfumes have always been winners, in my opinion.

Beyonce's Rise is the latest in her fragrance collection, which also includes Beyonce Pulse and Beyonce Heat.

Rise is the first one of her scents that takes a more "woody" direction than the warmer, sweet route of the others, and I loved it.

Rise was named for Rise Up, Beyonce's song from the Epic movie soundtrack, and this is described as a "luminous floral" with the Gold Symphony Orchid flower at the heart.

The opening notes were actually much more masculine than I would have expected (a mix of the Bergamot and Iced Basil notes) - but they had a nice, sparkling quality to them.  Then it became a much more floral fragrance, with the orchid and freesia standing out on my skin, with a touch of sweetness from the vanilla.

But within an hour or so, the scent became woody and green, but remained on the lighter end.  The final dry down was a beautiful mix of the woods plus musky notes.

I think this is a perfect fragrance for those women who lean more towards masculine scents, but also those who like floral, woody, green fragrances.  It's an easy, everyday, versatile perfume that's perfect for work, weekends or more formal events.  The staying power on me was about 5 hours, and the silage (how much it "projects" around you) was average on me.

Like all of Beyonce's perfume bottles, Rise has a distinctive, glamourous, shape and cap, which will also make a great fragrance gift for those that also love bottle design. - RLB

Fragrance Notes:
Top Notes: Italian Bergamot, Golden Apricot, Ice Basil Sorbet
Heart Notes: Gold Symphony Orchid, Freesia Blossom, Natural Jasmine Sambac
Bottom Notes: Autum Woods Accord, Cashmere Musk, Vetiver Extract

Go-->Beyonce Rise

*This product was provided courtesy of Beyonce Fragrances PR for reviewing purposes.

Beauty Find - Nyakio ABC African Beauty Cream

I've shared some fantastic Nyakio products with you in the past, and now Nyakio, whose brand pays homage to her Keyan heritage, natural African ingredients and highly effective skincare, has created a very unique product.

It's called ABC African Beauty Cream, and like some of my favorite BB Creams, brings the best of skincare and makeup coverage to you in 1 little tube.

The 5 shade ABC line gives sheer-to-medium coverage while also providing color correction, hydration, and SPF 20.

The consistency was really lovely to feel and use on my skin.  It was creamy in my hand out of the tube, but once I applied it to my face, it felt much lighter and very sheer. This worked well using a foundation brush, beauty blender or my fingers. I used the Coffee shade (pictured at the top on the far left), which melted into my skin seamlessly.  I loved the finish, which gave me a radiant sheen, and was semi-matte.  

The cream gave me great coverage very similar to a lightweight foundation, and provided hydration without feeling to oily or heavy.  Even better, the cream didn't have any white or grey cast even with it's sunscreen.  Less than a dime's worth was more than enough since it's very concentrated, so a little went a long way, which makes this a great deal as well.

If you have fairly good skin that is on the drier side and need everyday coverage, this is the perfect product! - RLB

Go-->Nyakio ABC African Beauty Cream

*This product was provided courtesy of Nyakio PR for reviewing purposes.