Summer Bright “Purples” Neutral Eyes, Lips & Cheeks Tutorial

Hey everyone! Here comes another tutorial in my summer bright series and this one will include a bright lip and cheek, however the eye look will be more on the neutral side for my neutral chameleon. I decided to break out my MAC eyeshadows and wipe up a gorgeous eye that can be worn for everyday look at the office, dinner date, or out with the girls shopping on the town. Now for my dramatic chameleons out there if you have not seen my Summer bright “pinks” tutorial click here for some drama!

Products used:

  • MAC painterly paint pot
  • MAC Graphology E/S
  • MAC Seedy Pearl E/S
  • MAC Carbon E/S/
  • Cargo Dark/Neutral Browbone color
  • Buxom lashliner: Leatherette
  • Ardell’s Wispies Lashes
  • Lorac Special Effects Mascara
  • MAC Ombre Vintage Grape Cheek color
  • Lorac Tantilizer Baked Bronzer
  • Cargo Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20: Tan
  • MUFE Duo MAT Powder 207
  • NYX Lip smacking fun color lipstick: Pandora
  • NYX Lip liner: Purple Rain

Following places to find the products I used: for MAC, for NYX, Cargo products at ULTA Beauty and the rest like MUFE and Urban Decay can be found at

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Makeup Haul: Featuring NYX Cosmetics

Hey my beauty chameleons! It has been a while since I have done a makeup haul of any sort and today this post if for all of my NYX Cosmetics lovers! If you all follow me on twitter ( you may remember me tweeting that was having an amazing Memorial Day weekend sale of 20% OFF your entire purchase. I was contemplating to purchase some things because I really wanted to try some more of NYX cosmetics especially there cream blushes for summer. So after contemplating I decided to not only purchase some cream blushes, but also some fun and excited bright colors to wear during the summer for lips and nails too! So hence a NYX haul began.

NYX is a wonderful brand of cosmetics that is affordable and trendy at the same time. If you are a follower of Ru Paul’s Drag Race you may have noticed that NYX was the featured brand that they used on the show, and make was I amazed at some of the looks the drag queens created with this nice quality brand that is also available to the public at affordable pricing. If you would like to learn more about the brand NYX “click here”.

My first introduction to NYX was from a collegue at work that showed me her amazing eye look and she told me what brand she used and when she mentioned NYX I was like, who? This is almost 2 years ago I can remember. So I went to my local premium outlet here in the Round Rock area and visited the Fragrance Outlet store that carries NYX cosmetics in store. I picked up a few thing back then and I was amazed! The quality adn the price was fabulous for a makeup junkie that wants quality make-up, but not at the designers prices. So, as a result, my NYX fetish grew.

What I decided to purchase was some beautiful brights for this summer season. I wanted to create some looks that would complement a natural eye in a fun way, so I pick up the follow groupings.

I love how fierce a bright orange lips and cheek can brighten the face and look so fab! In this grouping the colors are as follows:

  • NYX nail polish in Sunset BLVD: I had to apply 3 coats to get the look you see in this photo, so hence this is a sheer polish.
  • NYX lip liner pencil#824 Orange: I like to used this as a lip color or as a base to a lipstick. This shade is nicely pigmented for sure!
  • NYX #638 Lip Smacking Fun Colors in Sunflower: This lipstick is lightly pigmented and a beautiful finish for a bright lip color
  • NYX Rouge Cream Blush in Orange: This is a soft sheer cream blush that is build-able and gorgeous! I can not wait to create a look based off this grouping!!

All of the products can be found at

The next Grouping are my pinks!! I am loving pinks again. I used to hate wearing pink when I was growing up, but now I am a girly girl and love pinks!

If you have been a subscriber to my youtube channel during the christmas holiday you may remember the pink lips. I loved this color so much I purchased it again because I gave it away. Yet another fun summer bright for those that are fans of pinks.

  • NYX Nail Polish in Dolly Pink: I used 2 coats of this polish to achieve the look in the photo above! This color I got a lot of compliments on and I would totally recommend this one!
  • NYX lip liner pencil in #835 Pinky: You can also wear this one alone or add gloss
  • NYX Black Label Lipstick Cancun Pink! LOVE IT!! Very pigmented and fun!
  • NYX Cream Blush in Hot Pink: Another bright yet sheer color to brighten the cheeks.

The last grouping are purples. I had to channel my inner Prince, “Purple rain, Purple rain”, lol. I look violets and purples. They are bright and flirty! It took me a while to get used to wearing this color, but once the fear of being too bright and a few compliments the fear was gone.

Now this grouping was a challenge. According to the website’s swatches I thought the nail polish color would have been closer to the lip color, but I guess not. So that was a downer for this grouping. Also the purple reign lip pencil was not as pigmented as the other too liners so I was not jumping off my chair with one. Overall, I wish they would have had a cream blush to go with this grouping. So, when I create a look of of this one I will use my MAC vintage grape blush with this look. It think it will be a perfect pair up.

  • NYX #838 Purple Rain Lip pencil: again not so pigmented, but can still work for this look. Still nice and bright. I will just have to beat the heck out of this one, lol.
  • NYX Lip Smacking Fun Colors Lipstick in Pandora: Is very pretty with it blue base mix
  • NYX Nail Polish in Techno: Is not what I thought it would have been, but it is actual a fun color to wear when applied with 2 coats.

More Swatches of the Lip, Cheek and liner products:

All in all, I was happy with my purchases from At first I thought their shipping was going to be slow from what I heard on other youtube channels, but I received my products in less then 7 days. So, I was pretty satisfied. Overall, I like the products from NYX the quality reminds me of Sephora brand makeup for less. Anyway, stay tuned to my youtube channel NHOP76 their will be a video haul of these products and tutorials coming up soon for the 3 groupings too. Also let me know if there are other lip & cheek looks that you would like to see here on and on my youtube channel NHOP76 too.

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Hair: Tried Of Dry, Breakage Prone Hair

Are any of you out there tired of getting your hair to grow to a certain length and then it begins to break off like crazy? I have been experiencing this for many years and now I feel that it is time to research and figure what I am doing wrong. I really want to figure out a remedy to this issue, so that I can start taking care of my hair and promote healthier and strong hair growth. Is it possible? I am sure it is.

Lately, I have browsing the web for information on caring for black hair. (women of color) But the only thing I seem to come across are blogs and websites that give little information on how to care for black hair or that site is solely trying to sell your their line of products to promote growth. My thought is, I can find products like crazy, but if I am unclear as to how to use them or create a hair regime like we have a skin care regime how will they products benefit me? Do you know what I mean?

I found products that I like so much now such as:

  • Carol’s Daughter Tui smoothie, Tui leave in hair conditioner, and Mimosa Hair Honey
  • The shampoo I currently use is Pantene Pro V for natural and relaxed hair and I also have the conditioner too, but I am thinking of switching those over to Carol’s Daughter shampoo too.

Any of you out there know anything about how to care for black hair? Have any tips to share? I would really love to know. I currently have relaxed hair and I am trying to only relax it every 6- 8 weeks now since relaxing it too often my be part of my problem. Also, is there anyone of you out there that currently use Carol’s Daughter? What are your thoughts on that? Please share!!

51erngsmo2l_ss400_I was on the web today and I came across this book called Healthy Black Hair: Step-by-Step Instructions for Growing Longer, Stronger Hair by Nicole Elizabeth Smth, $14.95.

This book says:

Healthy Black Hair-step-by-step instructions for growing longer, stronger hair is not just another hair care book. Although chock full of styling and hair care tips, it includes a complete hair care regimen with a total body approach to growing healthy hair. Women will appreciate her honest portrayal of her own hair struggles and will learn how to use safely use herbs, vitamins and even yoga to strengthen and nourish their hair. It even includes information on thyroid disease, which can severely affect hair growth. Good hair care is not limited to traditional methods anymore!

What intrigued me to purchase this books was for the fact that it received a well overall amount of good reviews vs. bad ones and this book was not trying to sell me products either. So, when it comes in the mail I will read it like crazy and share my findings with you as well.

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