How to Wear Bold Lipstick Colors

When growing up my mom liked only three colors: black, white, and red. As a little girl, I couldn’t stand it! Nonetheless, as I gotten older I can appreciate my mom’s minimalist point of view, but I can’t help but love color! The world is full of them so why limit yourself with neutrals? 

I find bright, bold colors speaking to me more. So here are some steps to help others find their favorite daring hue. 

Step 1: Be aware of shades. EVERYONE can wear whatever color they want, but not all shades are created equal. Red can be broken down into orange-reds, cool blue-tone reds, muted reds, tomato reds, and etc. There are many different tones and shades out there, so don’t get discouraged when one shade doesn’t work for you!

Step 2: Lipliners are your friend. It keeps these colors from bleeding into the surrounding lip area. If you cannot find the liner in your color, try pencil eyeliners. They work just as well to keep the color strong. 

Step 3: Keep the rest of your makeup plain. You want the attention on your lips; too makeup can look clown-like! So a flawless complexion, simple cat eye, nude blush or bronzer, and highlighter is all you need to feel done-up!

Step 4: The most important step of all: be confident! Yes, people will stare. It’s different and AMAZING! So head your head up and rock your lips!


When trying to find pinks, look for bright ones. The brightness of the pink will look amazing against any skintone that is Bronzy, Brown, or Black. If you need more help about which pinks to find, read my article about which shade works for each skintone and undertone. 

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I had a friend who was convinced she couldn’t wear red lipstick. I gasped! Everyone can wear red! While finding the perfect red can be challenging–don’t give up! Here is a guide about finding the right red for you! In my opinion, blue-toned reds look great on every skintone and undertone. 

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The color orange hands down looks amazing on darker skintones. Peaches and corals are fine but may be too light for deeper tones. So find lipsticks with words such as tangerine or pumpkin as a start. 

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OH! YELLOW! Ok, I will admit this is not my favorite color but I figured to include it because someone might like it. If you have a warm undertone–try to find a deeper, cooler yellow. If you have a cool undertone, a warm, bright yellow will do you justice. I believe my yellow just matched my undertone too well; causing my complexion to look muddy. I don’t know. I just didn’t like this color. Sad, because I like wearing yellow in my wardrobe. 😦

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Yes! Green like nature! I am actually surprised how much I like green lipstick. I thought I would like a witch but if the green is deeper in color, I believe it would look more sophisticated than a bright, neon green.  

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Blue is my favorite color! Actually, I think blues just look better on individuals with darker skintones. With that said, pick blues that are either labeled “royal blue” or “bright blue” that aren’t too light (i.e baby blue). 

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Whether you are a plum or a true purple gal or guy, purple is a color to wear during the day or night. Find purples that are either bright or deep. I prefer my shades to be a deeper color, like an eggplant!

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5 Cruelty-free + Vegan Toners for YOUR SKIN TYPE.

Toners! Toners! Toners! Toners are meant to be used right after cleansing. The purpose of toners are simple: to restore the balance of your skin. Whether you are oily, normal, or dry, washing your face does strip some of the natural oils that keep your skin feeling healthy. Toners also can remove makeup, dirt, and excess oil if you suffer from those issues. 

I use a toner every morning and night to keep my skin feeling fresh. With that said, please find the RIGHT toner! 

If you need help understanding your skin type, read more HERE.

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  1. Suki Concentrated Clarifying Toner for Combination Skin $32.95Combination & Oily Skin types should find toners without alcohol, methanol, or witch hazel since these ingredients can result in a burning sensation. Instead, look for toners with healing & calming materials.
  2. MURAD Hydrating Toner for Dry Skin $28.00Dry Skin types definitely stay away from ALCOHOL! You want hydration! Water-based toners will do wonders on your skin and ease those dry, patchy areas.
  3. Burt’s Bee Rosewater Toner for Normal Skin $11.00Lucky you! Normal skin types can use most toners. Nonetheless, alcohol should be avoid.
  4. Shea Moisture Africa Black Soap Problem Skin Toner for Oily Skin $9.99Similar to combination skin types, oily skin should stay clear of toners with witch hazel, alcohol, and methanol as the first few ingredients on the bottle.
  5. Delizioso Skincare Cucumber & Aloe Facial Toner for Sensitive Skin $26.95While some sensitive skin types may skip the toner, I personally believe if the ingredients are organic and healthy,skin will heal. Cucumber and Aloe Vera are two of the best parts of this toner to calm even the worst sensitive skin.

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5 Addicting VEGAN Spring Fragrances

Spring is still in the air, which means checking out some new spring fragrances. Whether you are a floral-or-fresh kind of person, cruelty-free fragrances are just plain better for you!

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  1. Pirouette Antoinette $7.50-$45.00 VEGAN.

    Antoinette is an elaborate tea party with the Queen herself. It fans a revolution of refined florals, laced into an decadent corset of fine tea, sinful desserts and warm spices. Its soft and feminine, but holds a full bodied attitude with complexity and depth.

  2. My Daughter Fragrance Joyful $85.00 VEGAN.

    Joyful is a fragrant love letter of orange flower, lime blossom, rose, jasmine and creamy sandalwood. Fresh and floral lovers rejoice!

  3. Tallulah Jane Misae $48.00 VEGAN.

    Redolent of an April stroll in the gardens and groves of Saint-Paul de Vence, Misae is a breath of springtime on the cote d’azur. Brilliant citrus is embraced by white and green florals all the while grounded by hints of wood and balsam.

  4. Pacifica Brazilian Mango Grapefruit $22.00 VEGAN.

    A cross between Peach and Apricot with Pineapple undertones, this delicious blend mingles sultry, fleshy Mango with bright, tart Grapefruit. Reminiscent of summer.

  5. LAVANILA Vanilla Grapefruit $58.00 VEGAN.

    This invigorating blend of sparkling grapefruit, crisp cedarwood, lime and Madagascar vanilla is created by master natural perfumers who use only the finest pure essential oils. Kissed by sunshine, this unique scent lifts the spirits.

Top 5 Vegan & Cruelty-free Setting Sprays

You are all done with applying your makeup. Everything is looking great, but you want to keep it that way as long as possible. A great way to keep your makeup in its place is grab your handy-dandy setting spray! Each spray is slightly different from each other but most will soften your complexion, hydrate your skin, or mattify oily skin.

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With a great primer and setting spray, you are all set to go!


  1. Urban Decay All-Nighter Makeup Setting Spray $30 Vegan. All Skin Types.
  2. Coola Makeup Setting Spray SPF30 $36 Cruelty-free. All Skin Types.
  3. Supergoop! Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50 $28 Cruelty-free. All Skin Types.
  4. Wet N’ Wild Photo Focus™ Setting Spray $4.99 Cruelty-free. All Skin Types.
  5. Jane Iredale Pommisst HYDRATION SPRAY $29.00 Vegan. All Skin Types.

Alicia Keys has started a #NoMakeUp Movement

Makeup no doubt is still a controversial topic. The debate still rages on whether wearing makeup is “false advertising” or a tool for self-empowerment. Personally speaking, I wear makeup as a form of self-improvement. I enjoy sitting down every day and applying color to my face to enhance my appearance. Yes, I do wear makeup to cover-up my dark spots from puberty, but as far as my personality goes, I am still the same person I was before without  makeup. However, that is me. Everyone has their reasons to wear or not to wear cosmetics.  

For Alicia Keys, she has made the choice to stop wearing makeup and created something beautiful for herself and others. Photographed for the FAULT Magazine, Alicia Keys is quoted saying she is “learning to try and let go of the word “perfection””. Letting go of perfection has given Ms. Keys the idea to revamp the #NoMakeUp movement by writing a letter voicing her new found freedom.

Check out Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and you will see the hundreds of women and men putting down their brushes and embracing their natural features. 

While, you are going to go au naturale for a hour or your whole life–remember you are a beautiful and amazing person. Keep being you.

Source: Fault Magazine

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Does Black Not Crack?: The Science Behind Melanin

I remember hearing this term when going up EVERYWHERE: Black Don’t Crack! From the beauty salon to family gatherings, “Black Don’t Crack” is a saying praising older Women and Men of Color who kept their youthful appearance. While many see it as a playful phrase, some are looking more into it from a scientific point of view. Does having melanated skin have a benefit in the aging race?


The Definition of Melanin

Melanin simply is a pigment that gives the skin, hair, and eyes their color. Obviously, individuals with darker skin, hair, or eyes have more melanin than individuals with lighter complexions or features.

Melanin is produced when melanocytes are simulated by the Sun’s UV rays. These melanocytes are than put into overdrive to produce more melanin to protect the skin from sun damage. AMAZING, RIGHT?!?!

Now, everyone can produce more melanin (yes, darker-skinned individuals can get darker!), but what makes individuals with tan to deeper complexions are the build-in sun shields we have. Through evolution, the melanin within my skin wouldn’t fade completely. I do get slightly darker in the summer, but once winter comes around it is not a huge difference in shades. So what does melanin have to do with aging?

Melanin and Aging

While the Sun keeps life on Earth going, it does produce two different rays: UVA and UVB. These rays are radiation. For everyone new to that term, it is the not the best for life if exposure to it for a long period of time. Radiation like UVA and UVB, can damage cells at a molecular level. Wrinkles and dark spots are just a few affects long, non-protected Sun exposure can do the skin. This is why melanin is important; it is protection. If individuals have a higher level of melanin, chances of wrinkles and dark spots forming are lower than those who do not have the correct protection.

With that said, I do still wear sunscreen on my exposed body parts for extra protection but the SPF is much lower than what a person with a lighter complexion might need.

Does Black Not Crack?

Depends. If you eat well, exercise, drink plenty of water, practice good mental health, and wear some form of sun protection–you best believe Black will not crack. However, genes, poor diet, stress, and other factors can speed up the aging process. This can happen to anyone! But having melanated skin most definitely does have an advantage. So to all the Brown and Black ladies and gentlemen out there–take care of yourself and you will looking young for a very long time!

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Vegan and Cruelty-free Tattoo Aftercare Guide

**Disclaimer: I am not a certified tattoo artist**

This article is totally different than what I normally would write about, but after starting my sleeve I decided tattoo-lovers and skincare should come together to make the perfect ethical aftercare issue.

With that said, discuss your options with your artist because no one likes an infected tattoo!

Ethical Tattoo Aftercare

  1. Vermont Vegan Tattoo SoapVEGAN-FRIENDLY. Only Sold as Wholesale

Vermont Vegan Tattoo Soap™ is made with the same method first used in ancient Babylon. The only difference is that we use organic plant oils proven to prevent infection and accelerate healing.

2. Soap Revolt Tattoo Balm $7.00VEGETARIAN-FRIENDLY. 

A simple and natural tattoo aftercare product that promotes quick healing, helps prevent scabs / infection / itching / loss of color and temporarily relieves pain. A little goes a long way.

3. Brooklyn Grooming Tattoo Balm $22.00ORGANIC & VEGETARIAN.

Most ointments made for tattoo aftercare are loaded with suffocating petroleum jelly which can cause irritation, clog pores and seal off the skin from the oxygen necessary to the healing process. We believe that when your skin is in a fragile state you need a product to help you heal naturally. 

Our Tattoo Balm contains nourishing, regenerating anti-fungal oils and butters known to help ease swelling, calm irritation and in turn aid in the healing process. Use this perfect formula as a soothing salve for freshly inked skin or anywhere your skin might need a little extra boost.

4. LUSH Ultrabalm Body Balm $14.95VEGETARIAN.

Our moisturizing, all-purpose balm is made with plant waxes and nothing else. No petroleum jelly, no mineral oils – just natural goodness. Ultrabalm is versatile because we keep it simple, with only three naturally effective ingredients. We also believe in using the best quality organic, fair trade and vegan (whenever possible) ingredients in our products. Our mix of candelilla wax and organic jojoba oil is a vegan alternative to beeswax; it creates a protective barrier on the skin and locks in moisture, while rose wax soothes irritations. Apply to scrapes to relieve discomfort, to tame flyaway hair, or even as a lip balm.

5. Hustle Butter DeluxeVEGAN. Find with Distributors

The original Hustle Butter Deluxe is luxurious and rich. Used as a tattooing glide, Tattoo Aftercare or just as a daily moisturizer its loved by tattoo artists worldwide, and especially by their clients. Today. Tomorrow. Forever.