Monthly Archives: December 2017

Best Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle YouTube Vids

Gotta give it to my girl Rihanna when it comes to Fenty Beauty. The line has consistently come out with new products with range since they launched a few months ago in September. Starting off with a primer, 40 shades of foundation, a rainbow assortment of highlight and contour sticks, invisible-like blotting powder and a juicy lip gloss. There was a lot of hype leading up to the launch and the brand lived up to the high expectations.

Without any hesitation, I bought the foundations (shades 380 and 370) and the lip gloss on the first day of launch. I’ve been using both happily ever since. So with each new addition to the Fenty Beauty line, I’m excited to see what’s next.

The most recent addition was the new matte lipsticks called Mattemoiselle, which come in 14 strong shades. They’re a creamy matte and before I gave Sephora more of my money, I went to YouTube to see what some of my fave beauty vloggers were saying. And I found two great vids that convinced me (which was like leading a child to candy, let’s be honest) to purchase some of these lipsticks for myself. I settle on four shades: PMS, Candy Venom, Griselda and Ma’Damn. Look out for a review to come.

First is from across the pond (London, UK) with the lovely Patricia Bright. I’ve been following her for years and she’s so enthusiastic and honest. I can always count on the truest review on everything from beauty, skin care to fashion. And her reactions are EVERYTHING!! Grab a tea, sit back and enjoy.

The next one is from Alissa Ashley who has grown and excelled so much in terms of her makeup videos this year. Her photos, video editing skills and even her brand collaborations have been amazing to watch this year. She’s based in LA and I always look forward to seeing the fantastic looks she creates with makeup. She’s super talented and she was one of the first to do a video on the Mattemoiselle lipsticks, changing outfits with each colour to pull a full look. As a consumer, I appreciate makeup vloggers going that extra step to really show us how new products will not only work but to also offer inspiration.

Both different styles of videos but both on point in terms of showing you how this matte lipsticks are going to glide on and look.

Let me know if you’ve tried anything from Fenty Beauty and if you’re looking at trying the new Mattemoiselle lipsticks.

New Beginnings

I know, I know. It’s been a while. Quite a while. Almost 2 years since I’ve made it back on here to post anything. I’ve lost count on the number of drafts I started then stopped, got close to posting then would delete all together. Just didn’t have it in me to write or share online. The internal voice that dissuaded me grew stronger and the excuses mounted. Then as the length of time from my last post grew, the doubt set it in.

But the nagging voice telling me to get back to writing (“just write anything, anything at all”) was louder and more annoying. Because it was my own voice. Not the self doubting voice of my ego, which has it’s own nails-on-chalkboard sound that irritates me, but my own comforting voice telling me that I needed to get back to this to regain my confidence.

I’ll be honest and say that the reason for my withdrawal is so small and silly to me, but the mole hill grew into a mountain with me adding excuse after excuse to not write. It started with a comment from a ‘friend’ posted on here saying that the blog was ‘useless’. I took that one negative comment from someone I thought would be supportive and ran with it. It was like I doubted I’d ever gain any joy, comfort and (even scared to type this out loud) success from this blog. So that negative comment gave me an out. It was my safe victim hood exit strategy. “See, I knew I’d suck at this”, “Well there you go, proof I’m not going anywhere with this blog”. Self fulfilling prophecy.

I had dinner with a girlfriend a few weeks back and when she asked me why I hadn’t written a blog post in so long, I finally came clean and told her that this one negative comment just gutted me. I’d been telling people that I just wasn’t motivated, that I was busy or that I was working on something else. But I don’t know if it was the weight of it all, avoiding the real reason or just missing this creative release which let me open up to her. She was quite frank and asked me why I gave this one comment, from a supposed friend so much power over my happiness.

Silence. I had no answer. Really, I couldn’t explain or excuse it away now. She caught me. Why was I actively stunting my chance to find what makes me happy based on this external factor from someone who wasn’t even in my life? It’s crazy what we allow or disallow ourselves to do based on perception. I perceived that my creative outlet, my work to find my happiness was ‘useless’ because of this person’s judgement. Time truly is a great teacher and since that dinner with my friend, I’ve been able to drum up the courage to put words back on this screen and slowly get back to working on journey.

Maybe it’s the Christmas lights, the longer dark nights, the end of the year that brings out the reflective mood in us all. But let me use this season to shake off that heaviness of doubt and use the upcoming new year to wipe the slate. Give myself the chance to start fresh and wipe away the dust.

Here’s to focusing on the positive, basking in the gains and cultivating our own futures.