I’ve interviewed movers and shakers in the beauty industry and by far, my absolute favorite interviewee was Matin. He is my favorite because of his amazing life story and charitable activities (in fact, he was a
2007 finalist for CNN Heroes).
Here’s a video from Byrdie where Matin discusses his five must-have products:
My interview with Matin spanned three blog posts:
I hope that you’ll read all three parts and come away impressed by his candor and exuberance .
This entry was posted on December 13, 2018, in
#TBT, Beauty and tagged #justfivethings, #TBT, Beauty, Byrdie, cosmetics, interview, Matin, Matin Maulawizada.
Apologies for the irrelevant images. This seems to happen when I don’t post a picture of my own on
Quora. WordPress.com doesn’t allow embeds from Quora. I had to share the answer on Quora via Twitter.
This entry was posted on December 11, 2018, in
Beauty and tagged acne, bluemercury, cosmetics, eyeliner, Hourglass, Impulse Beauty, lipstick, Macy's, makeup, Quora, red lipstick, Sephora, skin care.
Get The Gloss is a women’s lifestyle website from the UK. It recently published an article about dupes of Urban Decay eyeshadow palettes from Lacura, Aldi’s skin care and cosmetics line (yes, Aldi).
Here’s Aldi’s dupe of the Urban Decay Naked Heat eyeshadow palette:
Lacura dupe of Urban Decay’s Naked Heat eyeshadow palette
The Lacura eyeshadow palettes don’t compare to Urban Decay’s palettes in quality. Each Lacura eyeshadow palette costs £5.99 or US $7.63, while Urban Decay’s palettes costs £39.50 or US $50.00.
I searched Aldi’s U.S. site, but I couldn’t find Lacura makeup there.
ALDI. (n.d.). ALDI US – Homepage. Retrieved December 7, 2018, from
Johnson, J. (2018, December 6). Aldi launches new Naked Heat and Naked Smoky palette dupes. Retrieved December 7, 2018, from
This entry was posted on December 7, 2018, in
Beauty, eyeshadow and tagged Aldi, dupes, eyeshadow, eyeshadow palette, Get The Gloss, Lacura, UK, Urban Decay.
Cosmetically speaking, there is nothing that excites me as much as lipstick. If any makeup item adds pow! to your look, it’s lipstick.
Now fast fashion retailer Zara is launching a range of matte lipsticks in 12 shades and liquid lipsticks in eight shades.
The line launched on
zara.com on December 5.
Cosmo UK says:
The brand is calling this their “initial launch”, which we’re hoping means there is plenty more to come.
So do I: namely creme and satin lipsticks.
Capon, L. (2018, November 30). Zara is launching a makeup line and your shopping addiction is about to get a whole lot worse. Retrieved December 1, 2018, from https://www.cosmopolitan.com/uk/beauty-hair/makeup/a25346610/zara-makeup-line/
ZARA. (2018, December 5). New | Zara lipsticks. Discover our selection of debut products: 12 velvety, highly pigmented matte lipsticks; 8 unstoppable, one stroke application, full matte liquid lipsticks; a set of three ULTIMATTE lipsticks and our special limited edition lip kit.
https://go.zara/lipsticks-t [Twitter Post]. Retrieved December 5, 2018, from https://twitter.com/ZARA/status/1070366399388901377
Oh man, another drool-worthy lip set, this time from Pat McGrath labs:
Lip Fetish Sheer Colour Balm Trio in Nudes
L to R:
PASSION FLOWER – a perfect punch of peach
BLOW UP – a wondrous warm beige
SUCCEXY – a mesmerising mid-tone coral
The set costs $95.00. Sold individually, each lip balm costs $38.00. You may
shop this set through the Pat McGrath Labs website (sorry, couldn’t find it on sephora.com).
I love the lip-shaped closure on these lip balms. Kinda reminds me of this
Dali Clutch by Charlotte Olympia:
Charlotte Olympia Dali Clutch
Charlotte Olympia Dali Clutch [Digital image]. (n.d.). Retrieved December 2, 2018, from
Lip Fetish Sheer Colour Balm Trios. (n.d.). Retrieved December 2, 2018, from https://www.patmcgrath.com/products/lip-fetish-sheer-colour-balm-trios
Wunder2 Caviar Illuminator
Deets aka Details:
Little beads of pigment
Mesh screen prevents spillage, but also makes it somewhat difficult to build color
Comes in 3 shades: Mother of Pearl, Coral Shimmer, and Golden Sand
Coral Shimmer works as blush, while Mother of Pearl works as a highlighter
$30 apiece: available through wunder2.com or CVS stores
Aqua (Water), Butylene Glycol, Mica, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Niacinamide, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Squalane, Agar, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Sorbitan Isostearate, Cyclohexasiloxane, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Potassium Olivate, Polysorbate 80, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Tocopheryl Acetate, Allantoin, Polysorbate 60, Fragrance (Parfum), Glycerin, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Biosaccharide Gum-4, Pancratium Maritimum Extract, Disodium EDTA, Triethanolamine, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer
CAVIAR ILLUMINATOR | WUNDER2. (n.d.). Retrieved October 17, 2018, from https://www.wunder2.com/product/caviar-illuminator/
NOTE: I updated this article to include this slideshow.
This is a follow-up to our feature #TBT vintage African-American beauty ads
Bly, Toi. “World Wide Webb: Veronica Webb On AlaÏa, Pro-Aging, and Shattering Beauty Barriers.” The Neue, 22 Mar. 2018,
“Fisk Industries Acquires Zuri Cosmetics.” Beauty Store Business,
Nittle, Nadra. “Before Fenty: Over 100 Years of Black Makeup Brands.” Racked, 23 Jan. 2018,
“ZuriFlawless.” Fisk Brands,
This entry was posted on November 6, 2018, in
Beauty and tagged African-American, African-American women, Beverly Johson, ColorStyle, IMAN, Lena Horne, Lucky Heart, Oprah, Revlon, Veronica Webb, Zuri.