Post #26- Black Owned Still (Part 3)

Let the education continue! If you’ve been reading along for this long, then you are familiar with my quest to find more Black Owned Cosmetic companies that make quality products for all shades. Now let me add the disclaimer that I have not found all of the Black Owned brands out there and I am still learning. This post is about the few that I have come across and my experiences with them. I am also happy to report that a few of these are also local and come in pigments that may be different than your average selection. And just because this is my blog about the lippies I’ve acquired, there will also be some new additions from some of our favourite Black Owned brands as well.

Here is the list: Secrets by Danika, Pop of Love, Pat McGrath Labs, FentyBeauty, JayWalk Beauty. A few of these are up and coming and a few have been on the scene and made strides in the industry for quite some time.

Secrets by Danika was suggested to me right after I wrote part 2 of this Black Owned series. It is not only Black Owned, it is also female run and from the Greater Toronto Area. This brand does not have a lot of colours but they are careful to offer highly pigmented shades that are matte and gloss finishes. I chose the matte liquid lipstick in Velvet Touch. It does provide a consistency that is somewhere between velvet and a chalky finish. Once it was dry, I was very happy with the colour. Perfect for Spring time as well. You can check out the product here through their Shopify website.

Pop of Love Beauty is not just a lipstick brand, they also sell body oils, scrubs, and Home collection candles as well as lip wear. I chose a colour I know will be perfect for the Summer and will pop anytime of year. Sweet Talk is a bright bubble gum pink and it goes on with a chalky feeling but dries matte and bright. Pop of Love Beauty is also local to the GTA and can be purchased online and I believe internationally.

I think we all know by now that I love all things Pat McGrath Labs, but she really never ceases to amaze me. Every product is mind blowing and yet well thought out. This amazing superstar created this brand just 6 years ago even though she became the name synonymous with Vogue Paris and Milan beauty looks decades before. It’s hard to believe that such beautiful product is still young since it comes with such maturity and depth, but after working in the industry for more than two decades, I can confidently say she knows what she’s doing and she makes this fellow Black woman born to Jamaican parents very proud! Black owned, Female owned, luxurious, it’s no wonder that this brand is often referred to as The Mothership. My newest crush from this brand is from the Lust Gloss lipgloss collection in Secret Lover. It’s shiny without being oily and it’s berry shade compliments my skin and probably would for any skin tone. It is well pigmented and appears as though I have placed a light shiny gloss over a lipstick, but no, it’s all one product. I am here 👏🏽for👏🏽 it👏🏽!

I have to admit…I like Rihanna’s makeup more than her music…don’t judge me! This FentyBeauty brand is winning on all accounts if you ask me. Every colour seems to glide on and smell great but not in an over-powering way. Before gloss came back into my life for real, Fenty helped lead me back to quality product with the gloss bomb collection and now the fabulous Cream glosses that are pigmented and hydrating. I wear them alone or on top of any shade of lipstick. I’m still collecting a few more colours but currently the colour Mauve Wive$ can do no harm. This colour goes with every outfit and is either a nude or a pop by itself or as a topper. Simply magical! See for yourself.

Last but certainly not least in my find is a very new company called JayWalk Beauty that I happened to come across on instagram. (Every so often I’ll go to the search bar and type the hashtag #blackownedcosmetics and see what I come up with.) They had really pigmented colours and REALLY inexpensive prices. So right away I bought three liquid lipsticks that all dry to a matte chalky finish for that ultimate pop. They call themselves JayWalk because you could stop traffic while wearing their colours, Haha! Just the way we like it. I own the colours Madam (a berry red), I’m Rich (a cobalt blue), and Twirl (a bright tangerine orange pictured below) all from their Petty Paint collection. I’m excited to add to the Colours that Scare My Mother post with the blue especially! Check them out here. Even with shipping this was an easy buy!

Now to be fair there are SOOOOOO many other Black Owned brands out there that I am still looking out for. Unfortunately, some of these brands do not ship to Canada, but I’m waiting for them or in the midst of contacting American family members to help me out, I am très excited about the Black Owned parts of the Beauty industry that are not just fulfilling a need, but are proving the necessity of Black contribution to the world. I can’t wait to try out Danessa Myricks, Mented, Beauty Bakerie and Purim, just to name a few because a win for any of these is a win for all beautiful lip-wear-wearing-faces everywhere. And just because I’m writing the post doesn’t mean I know it all. It might be the educator in me or the student that lives in my heart, but I am always ready to be schooled in this area, so please hit me up on the gram (@thelipstickblogger) or follow me here and leave a comment. Colour on Colour is just so much fun to me and thanks to many Black Owned companies, we are now wearing colour like we mean it. I’m off to build up the Black Owned side of the makeup drawer. 💋 #wearitlikeyoumeanit #SupportBlackOwned

Post #25- He Is Risen! Happy Easter! Hope is alive!

Well, it’s Easter Monday here in Toronto as I write this. It was a beautiful long weekend with unpredictable Spring weather and a smidgen of hope in the air even as we entered another lockdown. Another Easter weekend away from friends and family seemed like a cruel April Fool’s joke, but here we are again, knowing that things won’t always be this way. So with hope building and so many lippies in my makeup drawer, I thought it would be beautiful to share some colours with you that are a perfect pop of pastel for this Easter season. And just like the resurrection power of Jesus being forever, I’d like to think that colour will last forever too. That being said, you can wear these Easter colours all year long, babe. I bet they’ll pop in the Summer. You’ll recognize some of them from Spring and I’ve even rocked a couple of these in the snow. Here are hopeful Easter colours for your consideration. They also remind me of chocolate eggs, ha! Jesus and chocolate? Sounds perfect to me! ( I paired a couple of these lippies with my new Hosana shirt by WellVersed Apparel. Check them out to get yours or your custom apparel too.

First up is this beautiful baby pink from Maybelline‘s Superstay Matte Ink collection named Dreamer. It’s this chalky pastel pink that would be great for any ombre lip and has the kind of staying power that will last through Easter dinner. You’d think it would be subtle, but it has this melanin responding with a “Hello, World!” vibe that cannot be ignored.

For the third post in a row is the beautiful Praline by BiteBeauty. It is a creamy matte in a pastel type of orange that makes me so happy. It’s also a three-in-one, eyes, cheeks, and lips lipstick. It pops like the pink I mentioned, but it’s peachy undertones gently remind us of the Summer nights to come with or without gloss on top. Hope and moisture in one lippy. Yes Please!

I couldn’t leave out Purple, because if you’ve been reading along for any length of time, you’ll agree with me that lips and the colour purple were always meant for each other. This one is a tie because these two colours are not only similar in hue and staying power, but they are also from Black-female-owned brands that make my happy with any product they produce. Faux Pas from the MatteTrance line by Pat McGrath Labs and Bodacious by ColouredRaine are tied in my head and heart. Both of these lippies pop as a pastel, go on creamy, and last longer than one would think. One is a creamy matte lipstick and the other a matte liquid lipstick. I could go on and I’m sure they will keep on making appearances here in my part of the blogging world.

And last but certainly not least is a beautiful blue by Covergirl. It made an appearance during the Winter colours of the season post and just seemed to pop differently during this Easter weekend. It may have been my grey hair or the sunshine or maybe my confidence, but this pastel, long-lasting Demi-matte blue named Bestie Boo just showed be how daring I can be. Faith? Hope? Believing that all can be well? Yes, I can choose to believe things will and can turn around for me and the world and I can wear an affordable pastel popping blue and love every minute of it! Hosanna indeed!

I don’t know what your long Easter weekend was like or even what 2021 has been for you, but I want to encourage you, maybe even dare you to have hope again and to believe. Believe for life, believe for positive change, believe for healthy happy people in your world. Easter isn’t just about a weekend, it’s about life changing forever and living in faith after this blessed weekend. Just like we #wearitlikewemeanit, I’m asking you to wear hope and faith again and maybe even eat some chocolate with your favourite Easter-coloured lips and do so courageously. Yes, you can be bold with your pastel lippies and with your faith. Which brand or colour will you choose? See you soon Beautiful, Courageous One! 💋

Post #24- ROYGBIV: Orange You Ready?

Everyone has their favourite Red lipstick and we featured a whole post dedicated to finding the right red for the moment, but ORANGE is the colour for now. Perhaps it’s because it’s my favourite or maybe it’s because it is a showstopper in any shade, but orange just hits different when it’s worn on purpose and I. Am. Here. For. It.

Spring is also a great time to revisit this bright moment usually rusted over for Autumn and hidden away for the Winter months. Orange like the juice is like a burst of sunshine that can be so refreshing and even unexpected. That being said, let’s look at what the make up drawer had to offer in the way of orange lippies. I can’t wait to show them to you!

My first real Orange experience came years ago with my favourite MAC moment provided by Lady Danger. This electric traffic cone orange just seemed to adorn my lips in a way that begged my brown skin around it to glisten. This one makes me so happy especially in the summer months when my melanin is glowing in its mocha chocolate radiance.

Next up are two from the faithful part of my collection: Superstay Matte Ink by Maybelline in Globetrotter and Heroine. I like the first for Autumn and the second one for the Summer. One is rusted and subtle and the other says, “you better notice me” with its almost red and blue undertones. The brighter the sunshine or light around you, the brighter these seem to be as well. Globetrotter also reminds me of MFMG’s Rust colour with feels similar own the lips but pops differently. See all three below.

These next few have appeared here before thanks to the colours That Scare My Mother or the Bold Colours post, but these babies are electric and eye catching. Electric Raine by ColouredRaine is a liquid lipstick that dries matte without drying you out and pops like a pastel colour without being a pastel colour 🤯. Boy Trouble by The LipBar is so pigmented and long lasting that it takes any make up look up several notches. Depending on the lighting, this one can look like a coral red but on my two tones, it’s a fiery orange that comes out to play. I have also started playing with it as an under-eye liner. Long lasting eyeliner? Yes please! (but that’s a different blog.) I’ve also come across another Black Owned brand called JWalk with this very bright tangerine orange called Twirl. It was such a pop of colour that I instantly smiled. They say their colours are traffic stoppers and I couldn’t agree more. This one is captivating. What a way to bring sunshine into your day.

These next two have made their way onto the go-to list. They go on easily and feel wonderful. And while they don’t last all day, they are long lasting for creamy lipsticks. The first is by The Mothership, PatMcGrath Labs in the shade Fever Dream and it glides onto my lips in this soft peach like orange that is subtle and complimenting at the same time. The second is by Maybelline in the Superstay Ink Crayon entitled Laugh Louder and it has more of a coral vibe going on. Both made even some of my Winter days reminiscent of Summer.

Last but certainly not least are the two that inspired this post. They both appeared here last week in a combo, but I really do appreciate the people at Bite Beauty who have come up with a soft orange in Praline and who also allowed me to come in and make my own. Both are healthy for the body, long lasting, and for multiple places on the face. Genius idea! Sometimes I add a little bit of a transparent gloss on top, but glossy or not, these ones are a hit all year round.

Now that you’ve seen my orange collection, tell me which ones are your favourite? Are you brave enough to add some orange to your current look? Perhaps you already have an Orange love you use for those special days or seasons. Who made them? I want to know. Oh and that reminds me, where else on your face are you using your lippies? If you choose to join me on my quest through the rainbow, or if this post was helpful in showing you a small world of colour outside of your one red and your everyday-neutral, then I’m glad for you and whichever you choose I only ask that you #Wearitlikeyoumeanit and mean it when you do. It’s orange for crying out loud! More of the rainbow to come.

Post #23- Colours of the Season: SPRING

Happy Spring Equinox, my Loves! I know you think this means that Winter is over and we can look forward to birds singing, and flowers blooming, and even weird Rain-wear, but what this actually means is that the count down to SUMMER is on!!! Can you read how excited I am?! 😁

I love that it is getting warmer and the days are longer and the air smells fresher. Sunshine helps with Zoom-filled days and makes me want to dress up my whole body and not just the virtually seen parts, especially now that going outside is more of a possibility.

I decided to be a little more intentional for this post and check out some of the Fashion trends predicted for the Spring/Summer 2021 season. Then Jilly, Bless her heart, sent me a link of an idea I used for inspiration to make them my own. A woman had chosen to use monochromatic schemes to showcase her new lippy collection. How cool!

Many fashion designers have taken into consideration that we are still in a pandemic and dressing for an occasion, any occasion is not what it used to be. It needs to deliver on comfort and style. It needs to be versatile and moldable so that beautiful curvy women like me can make it our own. There were monochromatic styles and a lot of incorporated loungewear. Isn’t this what we’ve always wanted fashion to be…stylish and comfortable?! Thank you God! Thankfully, two of my besties are also fashion designers. I asked one for her say on the idea of this fun back yard shoot and the other, Cherith Burke of Cherith B. Designs, I told would be featured for one of the looks here on this week’s blog post. Last year Cherith partnered with Hair stylist and owner of Hill Studio, Allison Griffith to create Restore Lounge Lear. Allison uses her studio and her influence to encourage Black women to embrace and participate in various Wellness practices and events. Because my schedule is usually bananas (outside of a pandemic), I try to support however I can. This past year I was able to support the Restore initiative by purchasing at least one thing from all of the collections. They are so comfortable and without any restrictive parts like a button or a zipper, I can slip in and out of any of the pieces easily. This has also been an added bonus since my size has shifted in good and not so good ways during the many lockdowns we’ve had here in Toronto. Check out their websites:

Coral me:

This coral 2-piece is one of my favourites and is slightly too big for me…YAY! But I’ll take it anytime. I paired it here with a combination of liquid lipsticks. I used Anastasia’s Kathryn and Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink in Self-starter. The perfect match for this outfit and it was so long lasting that my after-shoot Tuna sandwich didn’t stand a chance (but that was last week’s post). These colours seem to shine during this time of year. The not-quite orange-wannabe-pink-or-red shade still stands out without stealing the show. I even used it and a lower lid liner, what great fun lip wear can be! And even on a rainy Spring day, this colour palette will have just enough punch to brighten up the day.


Next I continued the monochromatic look that was inspired by the lipstick first. I looked at it and thought to myself, “you wore this for the holidays. Will this work?” And let me tell you, it absolutely works. I was giving myself some 80’s and 90’s vibes with this outfit. The top and bottom are both from BananaRepublic and were bought on separate trips in 2019, so yay me! I paired The LipBar’s Everything with this mellow mustard yellow outfit which happened to match my lips perfectly thanks to my natural undertones. This lipstick is so smooth and wearing it is so easy, but adding it to this look was so much fun. Yellow just screams Sunshine, so why not let my body say yellow!

Purple, but call me Lilac!

This one needs no introduction, but alas I will give it a try. I’ve mentioned it before and even in the Winter months, I thought of Easter when I first opened it. It is the perfect shade of a lilac easter-type-of-pastel purple. I thought of me going to church during the Easter season and how appreciative I am for everything Jesus did for me, so I got dressed up for church. I got dressed up because I haven’t done that in a while. I got dressed up because we’ve been inside for a really long time. I got dressed up because I’m still here and this is something to be grateful for. Still keeping it comfortable I went for Pat McGrath’s MatteTrance Faux Pas and paired it with a white t-shirt and a full a-line skirt with all sorts of pastel blues and lilacs in it. The green headband just reminded me of the blooms and the earth. I’m loving this comfy outfit and this purple pop on my lips. The Mothership and Pat McGrath can do no wrong when it comes to lipstick in my opinion. 

Orange Only

The Bite Beauty Lab has a colour I fell in love with the first time I visited the place. It’s a fun colour because it goes on the eyes, lips, and cheeks…naturally I use it for my lips. It is matte and creamy at the same time and is orange and tangerine with peach tones all rolled into one beauty called Praline. I always love it. Orange is my favourite colour, so I used it to create a messy combo by placing it on top of my custom colour also by Bite Lab in Orange You Ready? I paired this very Spring combo with a soft denim jumpsuit. The whole look is easy and fun and the oranges pop just enough to compliment the blue in the suit. Talk about style and leisure.

Nude please:

Juvia’s Place has made my favourite nude. I wear it often. It is very pigmented and is the right shade of nude for solo wear or combinations. Because of its opaque and creamy texture, it pairs well with just about any colour or texture. Libra is paired here with a black shirt and the only nude skirt I could find. And even though the skirt is the colour of bones, the scarf my bestie Vanessa gave me and my skin tones (the same ones longing for Summer sun) seem to be a great canvas for Libra to shine while contributing to the whole outfit. Nude (for lip wear) is always a good idea.

You know as I look over this short concise list, I realize that this Spring is really about us: You and me! Wear the monochromatic thing if you want to, because that could be cute or wear the jumpsuit. Pick the t-shirt to go with the PJ bottoms or the church skirt. Pick the lipstick that makes you happy and use it first and foremost to compliment who you are and let it inspire your outfit and maybe even your day. Imagine that, dressing from the lips down! Listen, even when I have an ugly day, I plan it. Not a big strategic thing, more of a settling in my spirit that there will be minimal effort today, but plan I do. I do it on purpose because whatever I wear, even if it’s just the lipstick that get’s added to my person today I wear it like I mean it. Jump into Spring time with me and mean it in any shade and any palette, monochromatic and otherwise. I’ll see you next week…Summer colours are loading…

Post #22- Will It Last? – part 2: Lip wear vs. Food!

Yes, you read that correctly! I ate for you…well, really for me, so that you and I will be prepared in any food related event in the future.

Don’t you just hate it when you are hungry and eat to your heart’s content and then you remember that your lip wear choice for the evening was not compatible? Was it even transfer-resistant? What other part of your face is also wearing your lipstick?

Now I am not one of those who plays coy when it comes to food choices when out on a date, for example, for that first meal across from whomever-you-are. If you’re paying then I’m getting what my heart desires and if we’re going Dutch, then I am definitely getting whatever is good on the menu. I don’t want to worry about my lipstick leaving when I eat or have to do this weird dance with my fork barely touching my lips while trying to drop morsels of food into my mouth like a crane carefully dangling over a construction site. Ain’t nobody got time for that! That being said, I spoke to my bestie, Jilly to hear her perspective on the meal choices for this experiment. She was very supportive and even tried some of them with me (but will not be shown here. Moral support counts, lol!) Together we decided on this list: Pasta, Salad (with a messy dressing), Fried Chicken, Pizza, and a Cheeseburger, and of course the drink. My other bestie Vanessa also suggested a dessert like licking ice cream off of the cone, but that may just have to be a sequel for this one. Dessert, anyone? My body will need a short break after this week’s test.

This food is greasy, oily, soul, fulfill-that-craving-for-that-time-of-the-month type of food. No judgment here, Baby! Sometimes these just hit differently. And yes, I usually have healthy options too, but oatmeal and bananas are hardly a threat to my lip wear. When I wear a very committed lip colour, I usually use some coconut oil or a makeup remover with some oil content to remove it. Thus the need for this experiment. And I know someone has probably written about this already, but I needed my two-toned palette to try it once and for all on purpose. The lippies of choice ranged from cream to matte. Sheer lipglosses were left out for this experiment since they would not last past the first few bites. I also wanted to revisit drugstore and luxury brands with a representation of both. Below you will see the lipstick choices and a short time lapse video of me eating…yes eating LOL! Also if you see me rocking from side to side, that is just the joy of flavour-filled food filling my bones. I dance when I eat yummy food. ☺️ It was awkward to have a camera focused on my mouth but anything for authenticity and for lip wear!

First up is a lip I received in the mail a few weeks ago. It is by HUDA and is my first lip from HUDA (yes, I know I’m late. Offer me some grace, please.) It is from their metallic lipstick collection in a wonderful purple colour named After Party that looks like it’s all decked out for the Oscars thanks to all of the shine, sparkle, and metallic within its composition. It isn’t a matte but it is a strong satin I was confident about wearing. I paired it with Pasta laden with ground beef and a dinner roll at lunch. Water to drink. See for yourself how this went.

Huda Metallic Lipstick “After Party” vs. Pasta

Second on the list happened for dinner on the first day I started this experiment and is the newly introduced Ultimatte by Maybelline in the colour More Magenta. This one was a surprise. It goes on so smooth and is nicely pigmented. I had meatless spaghetti with loads of tomato sauce and another dinner roll. More water to drink, check my glass. It lasted and the colour still popped! I’m sold and full!

Maybelline Ultimatte “More Magenta” vs. Spaghetti

Next on the list is a matte liquid lipstick by Anastasia in a colour I absolutely love named Poet. It is a light mauve that acts as a soft nude for me. It dries quickly but can be crumbly once it comes in contact with oil or even too much saliva. I had worn it for a while when this video was shot. It lasted very well under my mask so I thought it would do well during lunch. I picked up some breaded chicken breast at a local grocery store to accompany my kale version of a Caesar salad with all of the fixings. Unfortunately, the lip did not last when paired with this yummy meal. I still had enough for the top lip and the perimeter of my bottom lip, but the inside or butt of my lip was all gone, eaten by my food. I wasn’t mad, I was full. ☺️

Anastasia “Poet” vs. Chicken Caesar salad

This brings us to half way through this experiment. I picked a colour I was confident in because it does not disappoint in pigment or feel, but man alive I forgot about the transfer 😩. FentyBeauty’s Mattemoiselle in Gisele is beautiful if I am only teaching or speaking or posing for a picture, but it was not cheeseburger and fries ready. It ended up all over my chin and fingers and thankfully did not interfere with the taste of the yummy cheeseburger. What a pigmented beautiful mess! Fruit punch to drink.

Nearing the end I had to pull out the one I was saving and honestly thought would be the winner. It did not disappoint. I have so many of Maybelline’s Superstay Matte Ink Liquid lipsticks. They are long lasting and pigmented and go on easy. I decided on a bright red named Pioneer. It was Pizza day and I was trying to be healthier after almost a week of junk food so I ordered a thin crust pizza and then loaded it with 4 extra toppings that were falling off of the very thin crust. It was a sloppy hilarious mess that was so yummy 😊. I kept on eating until I saw some colour fade away. Thank God I ordered a medium, because it took 5 slices and I was still impressed. No wonder I need the good stuff when it’s time to remove this lipstick. See for yourself.

Maybelline Superstay Matte ink vs. Pizza
After Pizza…not bad!

Finally, at the suggestion of my bestie, Vanessa, I chose a luxury brand. YSL‘s Rouge Pur Couture in 52 has been mentioned here a few times, (and yes I’m making room for more luxury brands to be sent my way), but I had yet to pair it with fried chicken and honey-glazed biscuits. This colour goes on like a satin lip but has enough pigment in it to stain your lips creating a confident base that showcases the colour longer than expected. I was pleasantly surprised that there was still cream, shine, and satin goodness when the meal was over. This is what winners look like. Perhaps luxury is the way to eat comfort food…maybe.

Hopefully my cholesterol-filled week is helpful to you when it’s time to consider the perfect pairing. However, there are a few things to remember. My lips are not just two-toned but they are also two different textures. My bottom lip is a soft pink plump cushion while my top lip is more smooth and opaque. Both welcome colour and yet my top lip holds colour better and longer which is why I prefer matte colours. My suggestion to you is to try out your lipsticks, and try around people who love you regardless of how messy your face may get. Always carry your lip choice with you and if it’s a good night or a good choice, you won’t even have to use it. Try to think about your food choices ahead of time if you can help it. And lastly, choose a lippy that fits your life so that you don’t have to sacrifice nutrition for beauty. There is always room for both!

See you on the gram! Follow me @thelipstickblogger and tag me in some of your finds or shoot me a DM for any lip wear suggestions you think I should consider. Stay sweet my loves and #WearItLikeYouMeanIt 💋…the lipstick, not the food! 😅

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