Hi Lovelies,

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Every sunday i wash all my brushes that have been used during the week. During my time within the makeup business it has not been unusual to meet persons asking for advice on skincare when in reality the biggest culprit is the bacteria within their makeup brushes from lack of washing them.

Just think practically about it….makeup brushes are used on your face daily or every other day. it helps you apply your makeup flawlessly but at the same time a lot of germs accumulate on these brushes. You might even carry them in your purse as a easy way of taking them around never thinking that they do roll around with miscellaneous items accumulating even more germs before you next use it on your face.

Is it then such a mystery when you wake up to rashes and bumps that you may think is down to the products you are using and eating but in reality it can stem down to the items you are brushing all over your face every morning.

Your makeup brushes can be your best ally or your worst enemy and it all depends on how often and how well you clean them.

In the video below you will be able to watch me clean my brushes using a secret weapon that makes the process short, easy and sweet.

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Today i decided to recreate the dewy summertime look I had in my video for the Nivea Aftershave balm review video on youtube. Let me start by saying that this makeup look had to be remade #byforce since a lot of you are in my inbox demanding it. I just want to add that If i had to redo the entire look i would go for a dewy primer like the ingot Mocha primer to achieve the same effect without having to use the nivea aftershave balm.

In fact if you are reading this looking to create the look for yourself try using a different primer 😉

Hope you enjoy the video and the products used were:

Nivea After shave balm
Inglot HD Foundation
Mac painterly eye primer
Body Shop Down to earth palette
Ardell wispies
sephora eyeliner
Mac pro longwear concealer
Sacha buttercup
Sacha kamaflage powder
Mac cherry lip liner
LAX colourpop
Sleek contour kit
Mac oh darling highlighter
Black opal Carob

Black girls can rock any look they want so enjoy and don’t forget to subscribe to my youtube channel and leave me a comment under the video.

 

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Hi Lovelies,

This week i tried out the infamous Nivea after shave balm which has been hailed by Nikki Tutorials and other beauty lovers like Kylie jenner as a cheap option for primers. It has even been recommended as a moisturiser for those with oily skin.

Now i have extremely dry skin with a oily t zone so i thought this primer would be the ultimate holy grail to keep my makeup in place and looking fresh.

In the video below i prime my skin with the aftershave and applied my makeup as usual with no changes to my routine. The makeup was applied at 8am and i show you the final results at 6pm.

Now this is not my first trial with this product…i used t in gothenburg during my BlackVogue makeup and hair classes and ended up looking very sweaty in the face within two hours of application. I believed that it was due to my running around and stress but i got the exact same results this time around as well leading me to believe that this product is very unsuitable for my particular skin type…unless the glazed donut look is making its way back into fashion.

Anyway have a look at the video below and let me know your thoughts on this matter….am i rocking the dewy look well or was it a massive fail?

Hi Lovelies,

Nyx Soft cream matte lipsticks 

A velvety smooth Soft Matte Lip Cream delivers a burst of creamy color and sets to a stunning matte finish. Surprisingly durable, lightweight and delightfully creamy,

Here are the Nyx soft cream matte lipsticks on medium and dark skin tones. From left to right you can see how Copenhagen, Transylvania, Paris, Havanna, Seoul and Rome look.

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I personally love Copenhagen and Transylvania, but had some difficulty with Paris and Seoul which did not apply evenly despite several coats. Antoinette had the same problem. These two colours are better suited to lighter skin tones or for a very patient person who doesn’t mind applying the product in six layers to get it right. The rest swatches in this image applied beautifully and had a thick consistency that lasted for 6 hours until re application was needed.

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Nyx Full Matte Throttle Lipsticks

According to Nyx it’s the color addict’s ultimate fix and a makeup artist’s dream: Our new waterproof Full Throttle Lipstick covers your lips with super-saturated matte color and features a unique bullet with a beveled edge for lining, filling and perfecting your pout to your heart’s desire. We tested 7 shades on medium and dark skin tones and you can see the results below.

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Antoinette and I swatched them on before swatching the Cream matte lipsticks….BOG MISTAKE because we had so much trouble washing these off. It took a waterproof remover, coconut oil and black soap before it washed off our hands. Which means it is exactly as advertised “WATERPROOF”. Whilst we loved 6 of the shades we had issues with two of the colours 03 och 07 which were very hard to apply evenly on pigmented skin and lips. It takes several layers before it actually looks good. The rest looked great on our skin tones and stayed on like glue.

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When it comes to price range i think Nyx is affordable for most budgets and is great for anyone looking to extend their makeup collection with some fun diverse colours. Since I am a Nyx addict i will be posting a lot more swatches and reviews on their products in the coming weeks as we as a full review with images.

Nyx is now purchased by Loreal and will be available in Åhlens and Kicks for those that can’t wait to get their hands on the products. You can also order online at:

Kicks: http://www.kicks.se/nyx-b925?gclid=CIyp5dXNjs0CFYPUcgodIIgKdg

Åhlens: https://www.ahlens.se/varumarken/NYX

Black Vogue SE in Amelia

 (1 of the largest beauty magazines in Sweden)

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Image taken by Mia Räty, Thandiwe Teisko and Odou Andrews

So a month ago i was contacted by Amelia for a magazine article about black beauty and the lack of products on the market.

Here are the questions they asked and my replies below:

1. Do you agree that there is currently a breakthrough for beauty for darker skin tones in Sweden right now? Why is that?
I agree that more attention is being given to the lack of representation in the beauty industry in Sweden. Largely because of the Black Vogue who bring light to the lack of products in the makeup industry for darker skin tones as well as a lack of representation in the media and ignorance on how to apply make up on skin tones outside the norm. When you have a group of women / men / non binary with common interests who are also affected by the same problem, one can not avoid the issue any longer. And more and more are aware that the supply in the market in Scandinavia is not suited for us and we have to purchase makeup from abroad at a much higher cost.

2. How have you experienced that the situation was like before for people who have been looking for makeup products for dark skin? (Both in terms of selection and representation in beauty context, etc.)
Representation has been virtually non-existent, the supply has not changed or diversified in over 15 years and it is not in line with how society looks today.  The idea of ​​selling makeup for all skin tones seem to be an inconvenience for the brands owned by large multinational companies with extensive manufacturing and delivery capabilities, and this is absurd and is not unlike when the clothing industry discriminates against women with larger sizes. Although the products already exist abroad, they still refuse to bring in the darker shades in Sweden.

3. What kind of response have you received in relation to the Black Vogue forum ?
The response from women and men and non binary group has only been positive from day one and we are almost 16 000 members today in 10 months. It’s a forum that was really needed and will be needed in the future because it is a safe zone where members have never before felt such a belonging with other like minded individuals and allowed to express their feelings and disappointments as well as share experiences and happiness when they finally find a product that suits us.

4. How do you think the interest / range of beauty products for blacks will develop in the near future?
I believe that with the revolution that has begun, supply will finally change as consumers demand that the representation should be for all skin tones, make-up artists should be able to apply makeup for all skin tones before they can call themselves makeup artists. Makeup schools should teach methods for all skin tones and makeup stores should have the knowledge required to help everyone. It will no longer be accepted to use makeup intended for non blacks and add a little bit of pigment and market it to darker skintones, without fully understanding the critical information about under tones.  It also will no longer help companies to advertise products using darker models when you are not able to purchase that specific product in store or online. We are no longer content with being an afterthought, but want to be included from the start. The next few years will be interesting to follow as there are players who have taken the criticism and are actively working to change this and other actors in the field that choose to ignore the problem hoping it will go away.

5. How is it that you decided to write a book? How do you hope it will be received?
The book is the first of its kind in Europe … a book focused on makeup tips, inspiration, Stories as well as representing black women in all our shades. It will be helpful for all black women / men / non binaries interested in beauty, skin care and makeup, as well as non-black parents with teenage children with darker skin tones as well as make-up artists and “maskörer” in theater to help and inspire. This book should really have been done several years ago but unfortunately there was no Black Vogue as a champion of black beauty and the market was perhaps not ready for it either; But as the community has grown so fast in a short time, we know that the need for such a book is important in the development going on in society right now. furthermore it is better late than never and it will be received very positively as it is a group fighting for equality.

Kayo

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Other worthy comments in the article came from none other than Kayo who was quoted saying ” for 20 – 30 years ago we could only find makeup for our skin tones in theatre shops, if you went to a makeup store you would most often be told that there was no reason to buy in the products” And as a model you had to bring your own foundation and makeup products. It did not feel good at all, and for us that were growing up and trying to find our own identity at the time as a black person in Sweden it was yet another confirmation that we did not belong. We were outside the norm in a very physical sense.

Sanna Westin

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Black Vogue Member Sanna Westin was also interviewed and in her own words she said: “In the beginning i could not understand the point of keeping the groups open only to black people, my thoughts hadn’t gone that far yet. but now i truly understand. It is really a free zone where we can share tips and frustration and also have a laugh together. I often wish that the stories could reach many more people. A lot of people in the forum share a very naked truth about what it feels like to be excluded in society. I think it would increase understanding in society about why it is so very important to have everyone included in society.

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a lot of wonderful women are mentioned in the article who are all making a big difference in the industry in their own way. A round of applause for all the queens!!!

Love light and positivity to you all

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