Post #3 Black Owned Cosmetics (Part 1)

#Black Lips Matter

Stay tuned, as this will be an on-going series of finds and comments that will take more than a couple of posts!

My first personal experience with a Black-owned cosmetic brand was about 6 years ago. I grew up noticing the Iman and Black Opal brands usually placed in Black Hair stores where there was no one to help you with makeup, but my first real experience with Black Owned make up for me was about 6 years ago.

I spent part of my summer as a camp counsellor in Ottawa and it was hot so naturally, my bronzy glow was in full reign, but my current foundation was all wrong. I went to work and on my lunch break walked into Sephora where I was met by a bunch of Esteé Lauder consultants there to promote the Double Wear Foundation. A man named Andrew(whom I’ve never forgotten and haven’t seen since…if you’re out there Andrew, I still need you to beat this face) walked up to me and helped me greatly. Then even though it wasn’t his job, he walked over to a counter that had products from a company named BlackUp. He said to me, “I just have to try these pigments on you. These colours are so rich and people like us need this”. “What’s it called?”, I replied, “It’s BlackUp from Paris”. He put their blush and a rich purple matte gloss on my very plump lips. I was sold!!!

I walked out of there in the right foundation and with confidence glowing out of all of my pores. Before my BlackUp discovery, I hadn’t really thought about the importance of Black-owned businesses in the make up industry. I’ve complained within myself or amongst friends that I had to think about certain colours because a certain colour would show up as a certain hue on me than it did on the girl they used to advertise the lip goodies. One of my coworkers shocked me shortly after my foundation-meet-Andrew-get-excited-about-BlackUp-lip-wear moment. She is a beautiful, feisty, white lady with short funky hair and always just a pop of amazing lip wear as her makeup. She asked about my colour and I told her about the brand and about going after rich pigments so they read like they do in the bottle and she completely agreed with me and then said she usually bought black-owned lipstick for that reason. Come on, Somebody! I was wonderfully encouraged. 

Temeka is wearing LM by BlackUp

Fast forward to 2020, the year of Didn’t See That Coming! And there is so much going on, pandemic, racial injustice, social unrest, national debt, local debt, personal debt, but there was also an opportunity to be educated about so much more than ever before. I chose to support and learn about Black-Owned Cosmetic Brands among other businesses and I was delightfully surprised. I am going to share some of my finds and their price points. Hopefully, you’ll find some of the same pigment-joy too. 

  1. The Lip Bar- I learned about this brand through my friend Jilly (she really keeps schooling me…Love you Jilly!) whose sister had ordered a bunch of lip goodies from their site and shipped them to her house. I got to look through them and was blown away by their colour selection. Jilly and I had a wedding to attend in masks and Jilly wore Crown Me, a rich deep purple, while I had something else on and after the wedding, her face still looked great meanwhile my mask was wearing my lip choice. Online these beauties range from $6-15USD and can be shipped anywhere. I quickly went online and bought 3 matte lipglosses. I also learned that this brand is Vegan and Cruelty-free, so only good things for our lips while we slay all day. see pics below.
  1. Dahnaï Beauty specializes in handmade lipglosses and body oils for women and men. YASSSSSS! When you just need a hint of healthy shine, there are lip glosses that are slightly pigmented with a hint of your perfect nude in these beauties to add to your lip colour. Or wear it without and feel moisturized without the grease. I own Mademoiselle and Mocha. Both available online for $9.
Pictured: Temeka wearing Mocha by Dahnaï over Diva by PabaCosmetics

3. ColoredRaine is a brand created by Loraine R. Dowdy who delights in making blushes, eyeshadows, highlighters, and lip wear in such rich pigments that compliment the skin and make it pop especially if you’re a woman of colour. The Matte lipsticks I own are bright and moisturizing with the staying power of a matte that might dry you out without doing so. The site frequently has sales on everyday favs and their pricing is also comparable with any of the major brands out there. I nearly lost my bank account when I went online and saw the affordability of these beautiful products and the packaging is great too. Almost as great as their product offers is their customer service. I have received personal emails from the CEO thanking me for returning and for supporting their business. It’s these small touches that make any business great. Follow this brand on Instagram where you can see many pairing their bold lip looks with amazing eye colour.  I own Amazing Raine, Bodacious, and Electric Raine in their Matte lipgloss section and Implicated from their ColouredRaine X Power line. I can’t wait to bag a few more. See pictures below for just how well these almost pastel colours pop! LOVE IT ALL!  

4. NagiCosmetics is a brand from Quebec, Canada that got me with their deep nudes that compliment my skin in any season. Their colours are hypoallergenic which I love to hear since my skin can be so finicky and sensitive and they offer a wide range of all colours to Black Women. I purchased a deep brown from their Matte Velour Liquid Lipstick collection titled 822- RUM. This colour had me looking forward to Autumn and the rich hues of the season. This lip and some highlighted cheeks have me celebrating all the good things God has given us. Who’s ready for Thanksgiving on either side of the border? My lips are! Check them out here                       

If you can think of Black-Owned Beauty brands that offer great lip wear, please let me know, so I can try it and swatch it and share it with you all. Let’s support Black-Owned Cosmetic Brands who already know how we want that colour, the one showing through the bottle to pop and transfer to our lips and not off of them no matter what shade our skin may be.

Support and #WearItLikeYouMeanIt

Post #2- Fall in Love with Colour -Autumn is here!

Fall Favourites! #WearItLikeYouMeanIt

’TIS AUTUMN! The season of Colour! What are your favourite fall colours? All of them? Me too! Hahaha! Now, of all the seasons, I do prefer Summer but Fall is a fun way to change it up with the deep rich tones Summer usually overlooks. Now, I am biased because Orange is my favourite colour anyway, but a good rust orange will get me every time. And I can’t leave out deep auburn purples and deep burgundy reds or, plum purples, and burnt browns which are some of the most fun colours to wear. It’s no wonder God uses them to dress up the earth as we prepare for Winter.

It’s a slow Fall into Winter as the temperature drops and the sun still shines but with less warmth, especially for us in North America. These colours feel like the right sweater and a snuggle when worn. It’s like Sweater Weather, but for your lips. Sometimes all I need is an eye liner and a deep rich red with my coziest sweater. In Autumn, I can be bold without being bright and I find that my lips happen to look fuller (if that’s possible) and lush as if preparing for the perfect pre-kiss pout. I decided to take my cue from the leaves already fallen for this photo op. Jilly and I headed out to a park in Toronto and enjoyed Nature presenting the perfect reminder that colour always looks good on colour. There were so many leaves still on the trees and so many covering the trails on the ground. I noticed however that the rusted yellows weren’t grouped by themselves, nor were the reds all lined in a row. If Nature can mix and match then I can too. So I dug down into the makeup drawer and pulled out my go-tos for Fall. I initially pulled 15 different colours and realized that even I was overwhelmed, so here are 7, 6 staples and 1 daring bold I bet you didn’t know you could enjoy this time of year!

Lip #1-Superstay Matte Ink in Fighter by Maybelline

This is one of my go to nudes for this time of year. It goes on easy and I find it lasts long through that lunch option as well. It is subtle enough for that eye drama you may want to wear yet bold enough for a simple mascara and lip adventure.

Lip #2- Rum Cake by NagiCosmetics

This dark brown is everything! If you want depth to your nude or drama or you choose to brighten up your day, this brown can do it all. This glides on like butter and dries quickly on the lip without drying it out. What I love is that this is probably someone’s nude but also compliments my skin as the contrast allows for any queen to reign well on any Autumn day.

Lip #3- Rust by MakeUp For Melanin Girls (MFMG)

I absolutely had to include this colour. It’s the chameleon of the bunch as it was perfect for Summer and also shows up strong for Fall. How could it not, with this rich orange, and just a hint of tangerine peeking out?! This colour lives up to its name but gives all the sexiness to lips that Rust never could.

Lip #4-Superstay Matte Ink in Globetrotter by Maybelline

Yes, this is another Superstay favourite I discovered last Autumn. Because I love orange so much, I try to find ways to wear it without alerting traffic every single time. I am aware that orange is…well, Orange. And though it is perfectly fine to garner all of the attention of an entire room from time to time, I actually would like to keep it moving on a regular basis while enjoying me. This colour is a deeper orange than the last colour mentioned and adds a little joy to my face when worn in this season. This is my Autumn orange and I’m here for it!

Lip #5- Flesh 3 by Pat McGrath

This lipstick colour was giving me life as I stood applying its red-ish burgundy goodness to my lips in the midst of the fallen leaves and evergreens. It glides on well and feels absolutely luxurious. It is a deep red with no apology. This one is good in the morning, noon or night. Wear this in the Fall or anytime you need to love on YOU. My love, I couldn’t help but pose, because I had the lip colour on to match my confidence. And though it is bold, it is deep, not bright, giving you some of the drama of a regular red (what is a regular red anyway?) but the quiet of a nude. No Boredom here, love!

Lip #6- Crown Me by The LipBar

Here is the Wildcard! The bonus! The daring bold you probably thought you couldn’t wear in the Fall. This purple is that. PURPLE! This pops even without permission, but I am not mad at it! The LipBar hit the nail on the head with this one. Why not wear purple in Autumn?! It’s fun and bold but rich and deep like any other Fall colour. However, this one is the show-stopper, the traffic-blocker, the-make-the-staring-man-fall-down lipgloss you’ve always needed. Crown Me, rightfully named, makes me feel royal. ( Check out 2 Peter 2:9 in the bible for my regal status). I hope you feel this when you wear purple too. Slay Queen!

Lip #7- Matte Satin in Cashmere by Milani

This is my most recent discovery of the bunch. I stumbled upon this brand in the drug store a couple months ago. It was one of the weirdly placed brands. Not quite in the make up section but not far away enough that you couldn’t pay for it at the make up counter. I recently had a rinse applied to my natural hair and this colour perfectly matched it. Then I added purple braids to my hair and it still compliments it. And then it became Autumn, and it perfectly welcomed the season with warmth and easy application. True to it’s name, it dries matte while feeling like a moisturizing satin lipgloss. I am loving this deep plum.

What are your Fall favourites? Plums, Orange, Burgundy? Shiny, satin or matte? I’m always looking to be schooled on all things lip wear, so please share your go-to for this season. Don’t forget to use #WearItLikeYouMeanIt when posting and tag @thelipstickblogger for a re-share.

All Pictures captured by Jilly (beautiful friend and one of the besties)

Post #1- Two Toned Canvas

Temeka wearing her beautiful two-toned lips

As a Woman of Colour, I am always looking for shades and hues that translate boldly and evenly across my two-toned lips. My top lip is brown and my bottom lip is a peachy-pink. When I’m hot or flustered, they’re both cherry red. (A name my peers called me in university.) This being the case, I often go for highly pigmented colours that create a new solid canvas across my lips. In fact, I’m always delighted to see swatches on many skin types and skin colours by makeup companies because we’re all a little different and pink on you may actually be brown on me. Sometimes options within a colour are what a company or brand is going for, but I just love when I pick up the colour and know what I see through the packaging is the colour that I will be wearing on my lips. My picks for this week’s blog are both popular and newer to me and I appreciate them a lot. Whether it’s a drug store or luxurious brand, I’m going to look at which provides the best coverage and has the best-staying power out of my top 5 brands to use! Feel free to see what I pulled from the lipstick drawer this time around.

  1. SuperStay Matte Ink by Maybelline

A few years ago, my friend Jilly mentioned that she had gotten a couple of matte lip glosses from a drugstore that lasted all day. They were about $15 and she loved them. I think I might have ignored her because I thought $15 for a drugstore brand should have gotten me at least 2/3rds of a luxurious anything at Sephora. Fast forward to two years ago and I’ve discovered these lipglosses I vaguely remember hearing about on sale for $9. So naturally, I buy 5! The colours I chose are Artist, (which I gave to my mom) Visionary, Fighter, Ruler, and Escapist. I wore Visionary all day through a Subway 6-inch sandwich and quickly made a little video to tell some other girlfriends to go get some toot sweet! (If I love something, I will always share the information on the product, event, service with my loved ones.) I was surprised by the intensity of the colours and their staying power. I was hooked. I quickly purchased a few more (most of my lipglosses are these by Maybelline.) I called Jilly to tell her so and she was still impressed with the lipglosses, but not with me! 🤷🏽‍♀️Be careful though, this one may make you work for it when it’s removal time. Maybelline did create a lipstick remover for this product but I’m not sure if it’s available everywhere yet. I usually use some organic Coconut oil or my eye-makeup remover. Both are great for complete removal. 

From top to bottom: Ruler, Fighter, Escapist, Visionary by Superstar Matte Ink Maybelline
Superstar Matte Ink in Visionary and Philosopher by Maybelline

2. Tartiest Quick Matte Dry-Lip Paint by Tarte

I got this as a sample in a beauty box I used to subscribe to. It was a beautiful colour that acted like a nude on me. I usually used lipliner with it but I loved it and was sad when it was finished. It layers on with an opaque finish that isn’t drying or cracking. Tarte also has a vast array of colours in their Matte and Shine portfolio that transfer really well to any lip. 

Tartiest Quick Matte Dry Lip Paint by Tarte in Homeslice

3. MAC Matte Lipsticks

I was a lipstick virgin until I met MAC many years ago. I loved glosses but lipsticks scared me and the thought of the weird-smelling lipsticks of old my mother wore had me running in the opposite direction, but one swipe of colour from a MAC lipstick completely changed this.  Bullet-shaped lipsticks with an array of colours so beautiful, there’s something for everyone in every shade. My favourite purchases are tied because they make me feel amazing and every time I wear any one of these three colours I’m totally in love all over again. Easy to layer, do it over a lipliner, in your nude, or not OR let it fade throughout your day and reveal shades of goodness on your lovely lips. Men Love Mystery, Flat Out Fabulous, and Lady Danger are my MAC favourites. An honourable mention would be Heroine . (See Pics below) Not to be confused with the Matte Lipglosses by MAC which are also fabulous. 

Men Love Mystery by MAC

4. The LipBar Matte Lipgloss by The LipBar

This one is new to me but I LOVE THEM. Their colours are bold, highly pigmented and are easy to come off when you’re ready for them to. These prices are also cost effective if that’s something you’re looking out for. They retail online for $6 USD and the site often  has many sales. These wonderful lip glosses go on opaque and are also layer able for more intensity. My absolute favourite colours from this brand are Playmate, Boy Trouble, and Crown Me. How can you not feel royal in any of these shades?!

Playmate Matte Liquid Lip gloss by The LipBar

5. Pat McGrath Anything!!!!

Really this one needs no explanation but alas I will give it a go. I learned about this one a while ago but my dedication to Pat McGrath lip wear has since been renewed. I’m always looking for an occasion good enough to wear these. The Mothership as her entity is referred to produces luxurious quality makeup and their lipsticks are no exception. The most expensive lipstick in my cache but you won’t find regrets here, Love. This lipstick feels like a soft velvety touch. There’s no pull when applying and you won’t ever feel dry. This will have some staying power but please don’t take it out for pizza or fried chicken. This is the lipstick you will have pleasure re-applying if you want to. Thankfully Pat McGrath and the Mothership have made mini versions of all of this goodness sold in sets of threes that are affordable and available for purchase on both PatMcGrath’s website and at Sephora online and in-store. 

Stay tuned for the next post and combinations of great colours I’ll find in my lipstick drawer. We’ve barely scratched the surface and I’m hoping you’ll find something helpful as we explore it through my eyes, or should I say my lips? Whatever you’re wearing, gloss, sticks, pencils, stains, or the beautiful bare you, #WearItLikeYouMeanIt!

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