Michela is Zooting

A beauty & lifestyle blog by creative Michela Wariebi

Black Makeup Legends – Reggie Wells

There’s currently a renaissance of sorts happening that encourages people to follow their dreams and passions.  There is undoubtedly an uptick in people choosing to abandon the status quo and to pursue the things that truly bring them joy. But imagine doing something so daring and vulnerable at a time when society readily embraced conformity, ESPECIALLY in black men.  Enter Reggie Wells, a makeup artist’s dream personified; an artist willing to take the chance of pursing his dreams at a time when every odd was up against him.


Wells has always had an interest in art, earning a Masters in Art Education and subsequently teaching art in the Baltimore Public Schools from 1968 to 1976.  In 1976 Wells chose to leave his teaching career behind and moved to NYC to take his chances at becoming a makeup artist. Upon arrival in NYC he found employment at several makeup counters and that laid the foundation for the true start of Wells’ career. At the counters he was able to hone his skills as a makeup artist by working on the everyday woman on a daily basis.  The counters were also where he came into the radar of a fashion editor who gave him is first opportunity at print work!


Wells’ work can be seen in Glamour, O magazine, Life and Harper’s Bazaar, but his true legacy in print began with the work that he did with Ebony and then fledgling magazine, Essence. In the 1970s and 1980s, he became a go-to artist for publications whose readership was primarily black women. His work was present throughout the pages of Essence magazine regularly and he amassed an impressive 100 covers with the publication.  The first of these covers was in 1986 and it featured Oprah Winfrey.  This was also her first cover for the magazine. Talk about, historic.

The outstanding work produced during his 30 year career gave Wells the opportunity to work with the likes of Lauryn Hill, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Beyonce, Anita Baker, Michelle Obama, Robin Givens, and Lauryn Hill.  He is credited with being a key makeup artist for Hill’s iconic “Doo Wop” music video. He was also the makeup artist for Givens’ marriage to boxer Mike Tyson. Wells’ impressive list of celebrity clientele includes the names of some of the most iconic black women during the 80’s, 90’s and 00’s.  The most remarkable of these client relationships is the approximately 21 years of service that Wells provided to media mogul, Oprah Winfrey.



After doing her first Essence cover in 1986, Wells began working regularly with Winfrey in 1989 and relocated to Chicago in 1990 to be her full-time makeup artist. During his time with Winfrey he amassed a remarkable 142 covers of O Magazine and was regularly called upon to share his makeup expertise on the Oprah Winfrey Show.  Wells also won an Emmy for Outstanding makeup for his work on the show and was subsequently nominated 3 additional times 2003, 2004, 2005.



Wells was able to craft a remarkable career during a time where things were anything bust easy for a black creative.   Can you imagine the struggle of finding a suitable range of products for women of color during his time at Essence?  Well, he made do to makeup.  He is known for saying that in the past he had to concoct his own foundation formulas and shades because the range for his clientele just wasn’t available.

Reggie Wells was indeed one of the first makeup artists in celebrity and print to specialize in women of color and for that alone he must be remembered.  He chose to specialize in making US look beautiful when most didn’t know how to approach painting our skin. He is a part of our history having touched the faces of so many of those we admire and even the faces of models who would in turn become makeup legends themselves. His influence is undeniable. His daring to pursue a dream and achieving just that paved the way for all of us currently working in these spaces.  And for that, we are thankful.



Black Make Up Legends – Bernadine Anderson

When we speak of the history of professional makeup artistry, we must speak of Bernadine Anderson. A legend by all definitions, she specialized in makeup for film and some of her work was essential to several of our favorite cult classic films.  She is undoubtedly a part of our history for anyone in the industry. The fight that she fought to make a space for herself, made a space for all women and specifically black women in film.


Anderson’s career barely spanned 20 years, but she accomplished much during her time as a professional artist. She was the first woman and the first black woman to gain membership in the IATSE Local 706 Make-Up Artist & Hairstylist Guild.  With a strong desire to work in the film industry she made multiple attempts to find opportunities in that space but was repeatedly denied because of her race.  Frustrated, but determined, she filed a class action lawsuit against the union and won.  Her tenacity and insistence on being recognized set a precedent that not only had a moral obligation, but also a legal one.


Another prestigious milestone of Anderson’s career was a 3-year makeup apprenticeship with iconic tv/film studios, Warner Bros. Interestingly enough, that was the last makeup internship ever offered by the studio. That time at WB fortified her with the skills that would lead to her being a highly sought after personal artist for celebrities working in film including icon, Cicely Tyson. Not only did she do makeup on the main talent, but she also used her skill set, which included prosthetic work, to make stunt doubles and triples look like the primary actor/actress.

That work brought Anderson’s artistry to the attention of then “it girl,” Jane Fonda. Fonda personally requested Anderson to be her artist and that connection and relationship subsequently lasted for 8 years with Anderson working as Fonda’s personal artist on 10 films throughout the early to mid 70’s.  During this time, she also slightly dabbled in makeup for blaxploitation films, “Trouble Man,” independent films centered on telling black stories, “Black Girl” and print publications.


After Jane Fonda, Anderson began to work with Eddie Murphy as his personal makeup artist. This relationship with Eddie Murphy led to her working as a makeup artist on some of our favorite films featuring Murphy.  She was the Head Make Up Artist for “Coming to America,” the Make Up Department Supervisor for “Vampire on Brooklyn” and the Personal Artist for Eddie Murphy in Boomerang.

Even with such an important place in the history of makeup there is limited information about Anderson online. Though her career happened before the age of information, there should be more evidence of her existence in the industry. Click below to see a clip of Anderson herself chatting about her career.

Let’s hope to be inspired by the boldness that Bernadine Anderson showed in insisting that she had a right to be in spaces, where woman and black artists were told they did not belong.  We should be thankful for her commitment to the craft and we are certainly grateful for the recognition that she has gained due to her historic work.  Anderson’s original makeup kit can now be viewed at the National African American History Museum.

Black Make Up Legends – Vanessa Evelyn

Have you ever heard the name Vanessa Evelyn? How about Petra Alexandra?  Somewhat of a living legend with those who are aware of her existence and a bit of a mythical creature to those who don’t know much, she is part performance artist, part makeup artist, part educator, part brow expert, part creative director, part genius, and 100% unique.  

Ms. Evelyn as she demands to be called, began her career in the early 90’s and continued well into the 00’s, with her specializing in fashion/editorial and celebrity makeup.  She is an undeniable talent and though not a household name, she is definitely worth the acknowledgement by the industry at large.


The trajectory of Ms. Evelyn’s career was rather remarkable.  She entered the industry as a model and had some success in that arena, but her true talent came to light when she began pursuing makeup artistry.  Within 6 months of working on building a portfolio, she was given the opportunity to do makeup on rock icon Iggy Pop shot by David Simms for Sunday Times.  Sims was then integral in using his influence to help Evelyn sign with top artist agency, Streeters NY.


Over the next decade, Evelyn became an integral part of music, sports, film, and pop-culture, with her providing makeup for some of the most iconic celebrities of the time. Her list of celebrity clients is nothing short of impressive and includes, but certainly isn’t limited to Tupac Shakur, Rosa Parks, Leonardo DiCaprio, Sting, Prince, Seal, Viola Davis, Misty Copeland, Serena Williams, Etta James, Benn Affleck, Milla Jovovich, Kate Beckinsale, Lena Waithe, Moragan Freeman, Tyra Banks, John Galliano and more. Her editorial credits are equally as impressive with her work appearing in publications such as Italian vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair, O Mag, Essence, I-D, Marie Claire, Instyle, Esquire and British Elle.

10 years after being signed with Streeters, Evelyn stepped into a new chapter as an educator, launching educational offerings to makeup artists through Petra Alexandra, Inc. Over time she built a reputation in the industry as a precision brow expert and a master of skin and color which attracted artists like Valente Frazier and Sophie Ono to seek her tutelage.

One of the things that really distinguishes Ms. Evelyn from the crowd are her unconventional methods used in her artistry.  She is known for her unusual tools including rolling pins, neck braces and gardening tools of all varieties.  Her unconventional methods are also worth noting especially her controversial, “blow job” powder application technique.  And this in part is why she can be considered a performance artist of sorts because there is an element of “show” to how she executes her work. Click the photos below to see video of some of Ms. Evelyn, techniques.


You cannot witness Vanessa Evelyn do makeup and not be impressed to believe that she is an expert of all things makeup artistry. She undoubtedly has an artistic mind and sees the world through a lens that most do not.  Here’s to hoping that the world is lucky enough to receive more of her gifts.

Black Make Up Legends – Roxanna Floyd

When we speak of makeup legends we must speak of the life and legacy of Roxanna Floyd. During her time, this powerhouse made her mark touching a multitude of famous faces on the red carpet, in music videos, on film and had her work grace hundreds of magazine covers.  So perhaps by some name, she was a celebrity makeup artist, but undoubtedly, she was a favorite of the industry, with both clients and peers alike.



Harriet Cole, former Editor in Chief of Ebony Magazine is quoted as saying,

 “She was a genius with a set of makeup brushes. And she appreciated brown skin so much that she learned how to blend colors perfectly to ensure that a woman of any and every skin tone would be flawless before the camera. Roxanna was a perfectionist.”

Endearingly known as the “chocolate diva” herself, she specialized in flawless and impeccable makeup artistry on women of color.  Floyd began her career in the 80’s and her impeccable artistry led to her being the go-to girl for Essence magazine for some time – executing the makeup for over 60 covers of the publication.  With her first cover featuring Halle Berry.

Beyond Essence, she amassed over 200 magazine covers overall including Cosmo, Glamour, Vanity Fair and InStyle.  Her mastery of brown skin also led to her being a favorite among top celebrities.  Floyd’s clients included Mary J. Blige, Queen Latifah, Janet Jackson Lauryn Hill, Halle Berry, Pam Grier, Angela Basset and Whitney Houston.

Clients Queen Latifah and Angela Basset where so fond of Floyd’s work that they brought her on as their personal artist for films like Beauty Shop, Waiting to Exhale and more, giving her 11 film credits in addition to her music video and print work.  That work on Angela Basset in Waiting to Exhale impressed Whitney Houston to the extent of bringing Floyd on as her personal artist for years, where she created some of Houston’s most iconic looks at the later part of her career.

Floyd’s expertise went beyond the face and allowed her to consult with brands on developing products to meet the needs of women of color.  She consulted with Avon, Mary Kay, and Proctor & Gamble.  She also worked as Creative Director for Fashion Fair Cosmetics and played an integral role in the development of the Queen Latifah Covergirl Queen Collection.

Over a 20+ year career Roxanna Floyd accomplished so much and I wonder why there is such a lack of documentation online to say as much. I know her time was before the information age, but perhaps it’s time to think of the deeper importance of being sure to credit all parties who are a part of our documentation of time through storytelling in film, fashion and beauty.

Sadly, Floyd died in her sleep at the age of 49.  She is survived by her family, and those who will always remember her significant contributions to this industry.

Black Make Up Legends – A Series

Working as a makeup artist has progressively become a mainstream idea, but this career path has a lifespan that barely reaches 100 years of existence in the Western world. Icons like Max Factor and Way Bandy made innovations with makeup artistry that correlated with advancements in the areas of TV/film and fashion and this is how our industry as we know it truly began. Progressively more people joined the fold, adopting the title of makeup artist, the film industry expanded, fashion boomed and the world evolved.

Fast forward to present day and everybody and their mothers are all makeup artists, literally.  Social media has made makeup more tangible to the masses and although an excellent medium for highlighting talent, it has skewed the masses on who is “iconic” and who is “legendary.” The eyes of the public can change as quickly as the seasons, but the truth is that those who are iconic and those who are legendary will always be despite what the masses might say at the moment.  The forerunners of this industry who were hired and respected for their talents and techniques may be eclipsed by follower counts in some spaces, but they will always have a place in the hearts of minds of those who truly “know.”

This is a strange and hard truth about our industry. Many who have paved the way can quickly be forgotten; easily eclipsed by the newest on the block.  And I consider the role of some of the first black makeup artists to be one that is especially peculiar.  In 2019 black artists are still greatly underrepresented in many areas of the makeup industry and black skin is still grossly unrepresented in cosmetic product offerings, so imagine the solitude in the lack of diversity or the frustration in the lack of product options in the 70’s and 80’s.  To be an artist working in the highly coveted and notoriously exclusive spaces only achieved by a few or to work on people of color at those times and doing GOOD work speaks volumes of their skill and ability to “make do” to make up.

And so, in an effort to show due respect to the legendary black makeup artists who were the firsts in an industry that still regularly forgets or chooses to ignore black skin, I give you The Black Makeup Legend Series. Over the following weeks I will highlight over 10 black makeup artist who were among the first to establish successful careers as makeup artist.

Click HERE to read about our first legend, Joey Mills!


Black Makeup Legends – Joey Mills

Joey Mills by all accounts is the first black makeup artist with a career path focused in fashion and editorial. It’s important to make the distinction as to in which area a particular artist may have garnered their success, because it’s due time that we clarify to the masses that all makeup artists are not the same and in no way do we all do the same thing. I digress.


Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, Mills made the move to NYC in 1975 to pursue a career in makeup.  In an effort to get noticed, he donated his time and skills to friends, agencies, models and any willing face doing as much makeup as he could.  And he did indeed get noticed.  Mills joined the team at NY’s popular Ciandre salon and his freelance career took off; going from sheer obscurity to top artist in the industry within a 1.5 year period!

With there being literally only a handful of artists working in fashion and editorial makeup during his time, Mills’ talent soon made him a highly requested artist.  Throughout his career he is rumored to have amassed a whopping 2,000 magazine covers including Vogue, British Vogue, Elle, Essence, Harper’s Bazaar, Harper’s Bazaar Italia, Glamour, Cosmo, Mademoiselle, Self and Seventeen. Absolutely unprecedented and without a doubt a record that has never been matched.


Mills is also known for helping to create the “Calvin Klien look” that became a major inspiration to the public aesthetic for over 2 decades. He is the artist behind the iconic Calvin Klein ads featuring a young Brooke Shields with full brows, beautiful skin and natural lip.  He went on to be a go-to artist for Shields for over a decade of her career.

Other celebrities touched by his brushes included stars like Paulina Porizkova, Liza Minelli, Melba Moore, Diana Ross, Raquel Welch and many more.

All his technical expertise and knowledge was compiled into his collectible instructional makeup book, “New Classic Beauty: A Step-by-step  Guide to Naturally Glamourous Makeup. I recently added this to my library and after a quick read, I absolutely recommend you grab yourself a copy HERE.


To consider the career and achievements of Joey Mills is to be inspired.  He was able to create a remarkable legacy during a time where black talent was barely allowed in the room.

Roque Cozzette – It’s So Much More Than Makeup


I’ve battled with how to approach this post; this letter of appreciation.  I was not sure how to give these flowers.  Somewhere over these years that I have become a part of the pro beauty community in NY and specifically a part of The Makeup Show family, I became acquainted with the amazingly talented Roque Cozzette.  And initially, that’s was the extent of what I knew about him.  I knew his work, which was nothing short of phenomenal, and I knew he owned a brand Cozzette (get the brushes and get them now), but a hi and goodbye was the extent of it all.

Something in this world saw fit that I should be able to become more personally acquainted with Roque. And that I should have the opportunity to share conversations and interactions with him that have proven to always be thought-provoking, uplifting and absolutely sincere. It is an undeniable pleasure to respect an artist for their artistic vision and creations only to come to know more of them and to be equally if not more grateful for who they are.

So fast forward to my having a desire to want to learn how to airbrush, correctly.  I reached out to Roque, encouraged by a previous conversation with him sharing this very desire. (The laws of attraction are real).  He agreed to give me a lesson and we scheduled to meet at Alcone Co. in NYC for a little pro beauty education.  To say that I was excited may be the euphemism of the century.  I was elated at the thought, but Roque had so much more in store than I expected.

Roque is a spiritualist and is known to incorporate some of his practices into his makeup education, however I had no expectation beyond receiving basic technical instruction.  Prior to our meeting date Roque reached out informing me of the spiritual/personal development aspect that would be a portion of my class as well as asking me to develop a makeup affirmation statement regarding what would happen as a result of me learning to airbrush.

Y’all!  I was not even ready!  I’ve come to understand the importance of conscious thought, affirmation, and documentation in creating your life. For an educator to recognize the importance of including that element along with technical development was beyond inspiring.  The levels of elation continued to increase.

The class itself was absolutely wonderful.  We began with Roque giving a demo on a full beauty airbrush including perfecting skin, contouring and even eyes.  Using a synergy of traditional application techniques with his Infinity cream foundation then topped with airbrush makeup using Kett Cosmetics, he completed a stunning face while we did a live Periscope session!  The demo was extremely informative, but not so much so that it was overwhelming.

The ease with which Roque speaks about airbrushing, both the application technique and the mechanics of the equipment are a true testament to his vast knowledge on the subject.  He also gave me a manual he created that is so chuck full of invaluable information that it could easily be a published book (cough, cough). This man know his stuff if a way that will have you wanting to step you entire skill set up.

Next, myself, Roque and the staff of Alcone did a Wheel of Life exercise to help us gain a clearer understanding on areas where we should focus our energies in improving the quality of our respective lives.  Who has that in a makeup class?  Roque does and that is why what he has to offer is so one of a kind.

Every wonderful artist is not an educator.  And every educator will not give you more than technical knowledge.  Roque has the gift of being an artist, educator and spiritualist who greatly understands the importance of total growth as a person in order to truly grow as an artist.  He understands that we must strive to be our highest selves in order to execute our greatest potential.

I’ve said so much and I really could say so much more.  I don’t know if my experience with Roque is the same that others may have, but I do know that who he is and what he has to offer as an educator of artists and simply to any person, is invaluable.  He just has a way of helping others to see the world, life and themselves in a new and infinite way that is subtle, non-intrusive and so sincere.  He has a gift that is never-ending and he is so open to pour some of it into others.  If you are looking to ascend wholly as an artist, I strongly suggest you seek to learn from Roque Cozzette.

Roque, I thank you for you.

Now, go check out his site and support this amazing artist and educator! Shop Cozzette


33 Beauty Pros to Follow on Periscope #probeautyscope

There is no denying the power of social media.  Whereas a few years ago we could just brush things off as “just the internet,” we can now clearly see the influence and reach that can be garnered from a major social media following.  This very fact has caused quite a bit of conversation and debate within the professional beauty community.  Many hobbyists with a large following are now pegged as pros and experts and are disseminating egregiously incorrect and sometimes dangerous misinformation to the masses.  When you are an actual professional artist who has and continue to put int he work to make room for yourself in this industry, this new phenomenon can easily make you propel yourself into a new dimension due to massively strong eye rolling.

My perspective is that we can not change what is happening with social media, but we can definitely work the system to our advantage! We are the real experts, so why are we allowing hobbyists to compromise our craft?  One of the potential ways I see to remedy this is to have strong pro beauty presences on all social media platforms.  My current favorite is the new and very popular Periscope.


Periscope is alive streaming app linked to Twitter that allows you to interact real time with you viewers.  When you broadcast, your viewers can chat real time with you and you can respond real time as well.  What I love about Periscope is that it is raw; there is no editing and what you see is what you get.  Slowly but surely, the pro beauty community is growing on “The Scope,” but it can be a bit difficult to find our beauty folks because the searching capabilities are still limited.

In an effort to bypass this shortcoming I came up with the hashtag #probeautyscope.  You can’t search hashtags on Periscope, but you can search them on Twitter.  If you use #probeautyscope in the first 140 characters of your scope title, it will show up as a hashtag on Twitter making it easy for anyone looking for a #probeautyscope to find you! Simple enough, right?

In the meantime, in between time, I came up with a list of 31 beauty pros, or pro beauty resources to follow on Periscope.  Some have yet to broadcast and some broadcast regularly.  If the person, place or a thing is included on this list, they have something of value to offer to the pro beauty community. Read on and follow!

  1. Lottie Makeup Artist
  2. Margina Dennis
  3. Jaleesa Jaikaran
  4. Heather Chapman Hair
  5. Michael Key
  6. Makeup Artist Meet
  7. Roque Cozzette
  8. The Body of Art (Dani Fonseca)
  9. YvonneThe Artist
  10. Deshawn Hatcher
  11. HuffPostBeauty
  12. KatAragon Makeup + Hair
  13. Lacy Redway Hair
  14. Pat McGrath
  15. JVincent Beauty (James Vincent)
  16. Danessa Myricks
  17. Orlando Santiago
  18. Diva Does Makeup
  19. Eugenia Weston
  20. Teague Vivolo
  21. Kilprity
  22. ThisThatBeauty
  23. Bethany Townes
  24. AJ Crimson
  25. Magnolia Makeup
  26. Nigel’s Beauty Emporium
  27. Danielle Gray
  28. Monae Everett
  29. Marietta Carter – Narcisse
  30. Michela Wariebi
  31. Erica Carr
  32. Joy Fennel Makeup
  33. Val Garland

Show support and follow these pros for real expert advice on all things beauty and for great behind the scenes looks into the life of a working beauty pro! And don’t forget to hashtag #probeautyscope!

Review: Mask Maiden – Korean Skincare

Your epidermis is showing!  *Cue beauty geek sensibilities and crack a little smirk or give a chuckle.*  If you don’t know, your epidermis is your skin and it is the largest organ of your body.  That means that not only does our skin act like other organs, absorbing most of what comes into contact with it, but it is also the most visible.  It only follows then, that it is of the utmost importance that we take impeccable care of our skin, being conscious about what we bring into contact with it and making sure to maintain its visual health.

I am personally obsessed with maintaining clear and youthful skin, but that has resulted in my having the most basic routine.  I am slightly concerned about using something too heavy in chemical ingredients and somehow permanently ruining my skin.  But with age comes new issues and I was very happy to meet the ladies of Mask Maiden recently at a meet and greet for the DIY Makeup Expo. This Korean skincare company hopes to make Korean skincare more readily available to markets outside of Korea.


For a little context, you should know that skincare is a very regular part of Korean culture.  Koreans shop for skincare just like they shop for groceries.  Quality, well-deveoped and extremely user friendly skin care is readily available in Korea and at very affordable pricing. Korean skin care has been steadily making it’s way into the US markets for the past few years and I suspect that more is on it’s way.

Mask Maiden is basically an on-line on-stop shop for all things Korean skincare-related.  They carry products from industry favorites like Tony Moly and cult favorites in Korea that have yet to catch a hold in the US.

I received a selection of products from the ladies at Mask Maiden and gave them all a try.  I cant’ tell you all how absolutely impressed I was with the quality of the products, the results and after a scan of the website….the PRICES! Keep reading for a review of what I used.

Egg Pore

Bye bye Biore.  These lovely strips from Tony Moly use a mixture of eggs and other natural ingredients to clean out blackheads and impurities from the nose and boy do they work!  I won’t tell you all how long I stared in amazement at what this little strip pulled from my nose, just know that it worked wonders. Unlike other strips that I’ve tried, it didn’t get extremely tight on the skin when it dried and it was painless to remove and left no residue.

According to Mask Maiden, “Egg whites are also high in collagen and Vitamin A which is essential in treating scars, thus improving the appearance of pores and acne.”  Hey now!  The more you know.  These are officially a part of my beauty regime.


Pig Collagen Jelly Gel Mask Sheet

Okay, I was initially grossed out at the thought of putting pig collagen on my face, but then I thought about how much bacon and prosciutto I eat and I got over it.  I also found out that many high end skincare products contain pig collagen as an ingredient, but refrain from mentioning that for the obvious reasons.


This mask is meant to aid in hydrating the skin and has anti-aging benefits. Now, when I received it and I read the package and it mentioned whitening, I was apprehensive about using the product.  I absolutely, under no circumstance encourage bleaching or skin lightening of any sort outside of dark spots due to acne and scarring from injury.  However, after a bit of research, it became clear this was not a skin lightening product.

The first ingredients of the mask are water and glycerin meaning that it is true to it’s hydrating claims.  Glycerin is a humectant which means it holds on to water, helping your skin maintain it’s hydration levels.  The pig collagen works as an anti-aging agent helping to replenish and maintain elasticity. Pig collagen is the closets to human collagen and, so despite the initial cringe factor, it’s really great for keeping your skin youthful and plump.

Now, my only struggle with this mask was getting it out of the packaging, off the sheets and on to my face without it ripping into pieces.  The mask was literally falling apart as I attempted to remove it from the package and get the two parts onto my face.  It was a bit frustrating, but I was able to finesse it on after some work.  This may be a result of the package lingering in my purse for a few days before I used it.

After the recommended 30 minutes, I removed it and BABBBBYY, my skin was looking baby fresh!  I could literally see the difference in the plumpness of my skin immediately.  Additionally, my skin just felt very refreshed and hydrated, almost like having been misted with a refreshing spray. If you can get past the whole pig collagen portion, this mask is definitely a potential go-to beauty product!

Tony Moly Kiss Kiss Lovely Lip Patch

Oh how lips are ignored in the grand scheme of beauty products. And an often overlooked fact is that most lip products are drying.  If it doesn’t explicitly say hyrdating, your favorite lipstick, lipgloss, stain etc. are all drying out your lips.  Keeping that in mind, it’s important to make and extra effort to keep your lips well hydrated, moisturized and healthy.  I am especially plagued with extra dry lips because I love matte lipsticks.  So I can’t tell you the praise I gave for being introduced to this lip patch.  THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU beauty gods.


First, the packaging is just cute as hell.  It looks like candy, but it ain’t for children, you hear me!  The mask is made of a hydro-gel material and a variety of berry extracts including bearberry, black berry, blueberry and strawberry, all high in vitamin C, helping to retain moisture and elasticity at the same damn time!

I tried this one first out of the group of products and I was extremely pleased with the results.  You definitely have to just lay back and let the mask sit on the lips because it did not stick, so once I sat up it slid off my lips. That wasn’t necessarily problematic though, just worth mentioning.  After the mask my lips felt INCREDIBLE. Soft, supple hydrated and they stayed that way for a day or two.  These are a beauty must have for any regular lipstick, gloss or stain wearer, especially if you’re a fan of super-drying mattes. I am in love with this lip patch!

InnisFree Capsule Recipe Pack Jeju Volcanic

So we are all pretty aware of the major mask craze going on right now, and it is super exciting to find something a little different being offered on the market. These little capsules that look very similar to your favorite Keurig pack, are actually packed full of 2-3 uses of high quality facial masks.


This particular capsule is a volcanic ash clay mask that is supposed to, clarify, exfoliate and brighten skin while removing dead skin cells.

Natural ingredients include:

  • Jeju Volcanic Scoria
  • Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract
  • Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract
  • Opuntia Coccinellifera Fruit Extract
  • Orchid Extract
  • Camellia Japonica Leaf Extract
  • Cryptomeria Japonica Leaf Extract
  • Bambusa Vulgaris Extract
  • Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Extract

So I used this mask while I was on the tail end of a heat rash breakout and the results were awesome!  I followed the directions as listed and when I rinsed the mask of my skin was visibly brighter.  The awesome thing beyond immediate results is that my skin continued to glow and to have a certain brightness for a few days after.  I will definitely be using this mask regularly and exploring some of the other capsule options.

All in all, I am officially a huge fan of mask Maiden and Korean skincare.  They just make skincare easy without compromising the quality of the products and the prices are unbelievably low.  I especially am a fan of Mask Maiden because they are carrying a variety of Korean brands in one space, with a site navigation that makes shopping and exploring new products and brands very easy.

The ladies at Mask Maiden were kind enough to give me a code to help you guys with shipping! Use coupon code “MICHELA2015” to get free shipping on your entire order. Be sure to check them out!

Review : Tre’stique – “Tinted Face Stick Beauty Meets Simple”

Because my time is severely limited as an adult, I often find myself applying or touching up my makeup on the go.  If it doesn’t happen in the morning at a mirror, it is definitely happening on a train, in the back of a cab or anywhere that I can sit and balance my purse on my lap really. That means that portability and ease of use are essential features for most of my go-to beauty choices.

This is why I was pleasantly surprised at the discovery of the tre’Stique brand in the selection of products from my DIY Makeup swag bag I recently received. tre’Stique is a fairly new beauty brand “offering alternative everyday beauty routine, wherever life takes you.” Please and thank you beauty gods.


Here’s the low down on tre’Stique; what they offer, how it works and why I think it’s great or not so much.

Everything from tre’Sitque is done in cute dual-ended sticks with interchangeable parts.  All packaging is designed to look like chubby crayons without tops. My weakness for packaging is so real and for some reason the packaging tapped into my childhood nostalgia of holding a handful of colored pencils. Packaging is sealed with a custom magnetic cap, so the chances of things opening and smudging in your purse or makeup bag or minimal. So much yes!!

Color & Contour: Bronzer Stick

This baby has a great color and the texture was fantastic.  The color payoff was also wonderful without being too dense.  My only issue is that it is the only shade and it was barely deep enough for me to use.  I’m a pretty middle-of-the-road shade of brown, so it’s a little crazy for the only bronzer shade offered by a brand to be only as deep as my skin tone. They will definitely need more shades for this stick.  Includes contour brush on opposite end of stick. Available in 1 shade.

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Matte Color & Shiny Balm: Lip Crayon

Easily one of my favorites from what I received. One side has a highly pigmented matte lip color and the other a semi-sheer shiny balm.  The balm can be used before the matte lip color to moisturize and prep the lip.  It is a great moisturizer including ingredients like cocoa butter, tahiti butter, peach oil and olive fruit oil. It can also be layered over the matte lip color to create a shiny finish. The matter lip color is highly pigmented and it wasn’t so matte that it dried out my lips and having the balm readily available makes it easy to moisturize lips if they do begin to dry out.  Available in 6 shades, all of which I need!


Color & Smudge: Shadow Crayon

A highly pigmented shadow that is blendable and crease-free, buildable and a long-wearing 12 hour formula.  Say what?  Run that back! A highly pigmented shadow that is blendable and crease-free, buildable and a long-wearing 12 hour formula. Feel free to whip and nae nae…I’ll wait. Includes a shadow smudger on the opposite end. I’m all for a little smudgey wudgey, effortless smokey situation. Ayyyeee! Convenience is always a great feature. Available in 6 shades.

shadow-crayon-product-formula-venetian-goldshadow-crayon-product-tool-venetian-goldThat’s the rundown of the products that I received, but here is a quick rundown of the rest of what Tre’stique has to offer:

  • Tinted Face Stick: Only available is 6 shades that do not really meet the needs of women of color. They have an amazing opportunity to gain brand loyalists with women of color if they provide deeper shades.
  • Concealer Crayon: Only available in 3 shades.  A wider shade range is definitely needed. Opposite end includes concealer blender.
  • Blush Stick: 2 shades only.  Once again I think an expansion of colors is needed, but the current colors are still promising. Opposite end includes contour brush.
  • Eye Pencil: Gel liners offered in 3 shades. Opposite end includes sharpener and mini-smudger.
  • Brow Pencil: Triangle-shaped tip, which sounds like it would make great hair like strokes of color. Other end includes tinted brow gel.

tre’ Switch

A very cool and innovative refillable tool system for pencils.  You can easily twist on or twist off the offered interchangeable parts to individually customize your pencils. For example, instead of balm, you can have your matte lip color paired with a lip brush.

images-4Overall I love the tre’Stique concept and the quality of products was stellar.  They really are offering something truly innovative with their cute, but practical packaging.  My only issue is the lack of complexion products to meet the needs of women of color.  It is very difficult as a woman of color to support a brand that seems to have forgotten that you exist.  The addition of deeper shades would definitely put tre’Stique into a makeup bag must have category. I will go ahead an give my stamp of approval, because they are a fairly new brand and I expect that there will be more products added.

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