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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.

Being Unapologetically Muslim During Eid

Despite how the world may want to paint Muslims, each year I see a growing number of young Muslims at Eid prayers stepping out proudly in traditional Islamic and cultural attire. Shrugging off western stereotypes of our faith, this generation effortlessly merges fashion and Eastern tradition to boldly state they are here and not conforming.

Fader magazine article by Ali Suliman profoundly speaks on this and shares first hand what he has experienced growing up in NYC.

Let Me Age As Boldly As Iman

She makes 60 look so good. Whether its her genes, her lifestyle or a combo of both supermodel Iman is looking fabulous for 60 and she knows it.

Her Instagram pictures and captions boldly show just how bold she is. As she should be! If I look half as great as she does at that age, I’ll be lucky.

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New Obsession: Makeup Application Videos

When it comes to makeup, I feel like a bull in a china shop. There’s ambition, hope, belief that one day I will finally figure it all out, but often I either look way over done or I’m too lazy to go further than just some mascara. I have the aspiration to look flawless with the right foundation, winged eyeliner, popping lipstick and killer contouring. But just thinking about it all gets overwhelming.

So my new obsession has been watching makeup videos on YouTube. Other than learning new application techniques, hot colours to try out and best practices it’s also led to increasing my spending at Sephora. Will any of it result in me having my face looking sleek? Doubt it, but I’m going to have fun trying.

Here are some of the ladies on YouTube that I’ve been watching and taking notes from –

Chinutay A.

I love the easy breezy natural look that Chinutay pulls off. The first video of hers that I watched was this one on eyebrows and it made me improve my game. I’d switched to using the Brow Wiz pen from Anastasia Beverly Hills but when I saw this I reverted back to my matte powder. She uses Laura Mercier but I’m on a drug store budget so I use Quo. She’s based in Canada so the products listed are available here which is great.

MsRoshPosh

MsRoshPosh’s makeup is too over the top for me but like window shopping, I like admiring how pretty it all looks when she completes her looks. I don’t have the patience she does in this video to create a dramatic cut crease with her eyeshadows. However for a night out, I do try to emulate the layering she does with the different shades to create a smokey eyed look.

ItsMyRayeRaye

Especially in the summer months, I like having a glow which can be achieved by using a good high lighter. The luminous look that I’ve always liked is on ItsMyRayeRaye. The easy steps she lays out in this video are simple to follow and it got me using the Urban Decay high lighter. The product is great and much cheaper than other illuminating powders on the market.

Desi Perkins

Although Desi’s skin tone is fairer than mine, I like watching her videos for her techniques. She uses steps that even I can follow. It’s not over the top or too vampy. Again, the videos I tend to gravitate more towards are those showing how to create a nude/neutral look that works for everyday.

SonjdraDeluxe

No amount of makeup can beat having good skin. What got me interested in SonjdraDeluxe’s videos was how flawless her skin is. After seeing how she nourishes it underneath all that makeup made me realize that although it’s fun to play with makeup, taking care of your skin should be paramount. She’s a professional makeup artist based in Vancouver so again its great that a lot of products listed are available here.

My Natural Sistas

Why I like checking out these ladies page is because being Black women like me I know I can use the colour options they select. With others they may recommend a certain foundation, concealer, etc but that brand may not carry a hue in my shade. Although I don’t think she’s a makeup artist and her videos aren’t as in depth as the others, I like the shades used in relation to how they’ll work on me. I like checking My Natural Sistas out not only for their makeup recos but they’ve got great videos on maintaining natural hair.

Hope you enjoyed some of these videos. Let me know if you liked any or have some of your own that you follow.

 

 

Men’s Fashion For Spring/Summer 2015

Out with the old and in with the new for this Spring/Summer 2015 (SS15), as we bask in the sunshine and look forward to brightening up our wardrobe.

With the winter parkas packed away, I interviewed stylist Chinedu from ChineduStyle about what men can look forward to wearing this spring and summer season.

With warmer weather and sunshine finally here, we see a pleasant change in our wardrobes such as lighter layers. What are you seeing in men’s spring/summer fashion?

Colours, Colours, Colours! I am happy that winter is behind us, so are the dreary grey and black colour schemes. I am excited to see some of the daring colours this SS15 season. I know I will be showcasing some of my own more lively colour selections.

Of course we see more light weight fabrics like linen and cotton, as they are the most breathable options for the hot weather. The linen suit and seersucker suits are a go-to for this season.
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Floral is always a repeat in women’s spring fashion. What is a common apparel and/or fabric in men’s spring fashion?

Ironically, floral is becoming the choice pattern for the modern man when it comes to shirting options in the spring/summer.This is not only the case for shirts, but for accessories. I know that EPH Apparel features a “dandy florist” tie, that will spruce up that summer suit, and give it a fresh look. Also look out for the sock-less loafer look this season – it is sure to be a staple.

Accessories are always a great way to bring an outfit together. What are some your favourite accessories?

I mentioned ties earlier, but socks are the new tie! They are a way for a man to express his individuality. Two men can have the same suit with similar cuts, and their sock option can give a totally different sense of who they are – it’s quite fascinating.

Lapel flowers are quickly becoming a great option to step that summer suit up, and create a more fun and youthful aesthetic.

And of course the pocket square – my personal favourite. Similar to your sock game, the pocket square is a way for one to express themselves, and add a bit of character to an outfit. I’ve worn the same outfit with different pocket squares and have been asked if I was wearing a new suit!
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As a stylist, what element of a man’s look do you notice is often neglected or overlooked?

More and more, I am finding that men are becoming informed and paying closer attention to the details in their fashion game. However, there are still gaps.

One of the things that I feel men neglect is the fabric option they choose, and how that can really affect the look, feel and longevity of their outfit. Guys are still going to the brick and mortar stores and getting items that look “stylish”, but are made with synthetic fabrics.

Synthetics do not breathe well and do not last. Sure the price points are better, but you are better to spend a little more for a 100% natural fabric like cotton, light weight wool or linen that will last you longer, breathe better and be more durable.

One of my favourite part of a man’s look is his shoes. What can we anticipate for the upcoming season for men shoes options?

Sock-less loafers will be out in abundance this season without a doubt. Be it with a leather finish, or suede, you are sure to see your fair share of loafers and Tod-esque driving shoes – stay tuned, it will definitely be a fun SS15 season.
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Some great fashion insight from stylist ChineduStyle.  Would love to hear from the men on this one and if they are incorporating some of these tips. How are you guys sprucing up your wardrobe for the Spring/Summer 2015?

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Email: chinedu@ephapparel.com