I hope that you all had a pleaseseant and restful Easter break! I have been a bit quiet of late as I have been updating my website….so to all my WordPress.com followers…you will now be directed to my new site at www.beautypulselondon.com !! It should now be easier to navigate, to locate older posts and posts on specific topics that are interest to you.
I just wanted to thank you all for your support over these past few months; for your ‘likes’, your comments, your guest posts and your follows. Please do re-follow my blog to keep with my latest musings!
Have a great day and keep smiling!
Product Review: COVER FX Skinprep FX Nourishing Foundation Primer & Anti-Aging Serum and Cream Foundation SPF 30Posted: April 9, 2012
One of the newest cosmetic brands on the market is the Canadian brand COVER FX.
The brand launched in the UK, exclusively in Harvey Nichols and is now also available at House of Fraser. A friend of mine had a consultation at the Harvey Nick’s counter in London and was VERY impressed with the end result, so I was keen to try out items from the range for myself.
Founded in 2000 by Lee Graff, a Corrective Makeup Specialist with over 25 years of industry expertise. Lee began the development of COVER FX together with Chemical engineer Jenny Frankel and leading dermatologist Dr. Neil Shear.
COVER FX Skin Care Inc. develops skin care powders and creams for men and women . It provides water-based foundations, mineral powders, bronzers, and lip protection products, as well as application tools for dark under-eye circles, blemishes, and redness. If you are in need of extra coverage to conceal a skin condition or scars from previous skin traumas, this is a brand that could meet your needs. It will even cover tattoos!
Lee states on the company website:
“As a camouflage specialist for over 25 years, I’ve taught patients to use makeup to effectively cover rosacea, acne, scars, and many other imperfections. I encourage you to take control of your appearance to enhance your self esteem and confidence to face the world. My dream was to help men & women with skin conditions face the world with confidence by offering them makeup products with therapeutic benefits that would perfectly match their skin tone, be affordable, well tolerated by even the most sensitive skins and achieve a perfectly natural, flawless effect.”
I was sent a selection of products from the lovely people at COVER FX UK – so I will split this review into two, I will be reviewing two of the items in this post: the Skinprep FX Nourishing Foundation Primer & Anti-Aging Serum and the Total Coverage Cream Foundation, SPF 30.
I will then review the remaining products and the marketing support in a post next week!
Something for you to look forward too!
Skinprep FX Nourishing Foundation Primer & Anti-Aging Serum
Primers are an essential part of my daily make up routine. I find that it really does make a difference to the longevity of my makeup. I currently use Avon’s Magix Face Perfector, which is brilliant.
The Skinprep FX primer (£22) claims to:
- Hydrate and smooth the skin to blur the appearance of fine lines and pores, facilitating the blending and extending the wear of foundation
- Be suitable for all skin types, especially Normal to Dry
- Be suitable for sensitive skins and paraben free, oil free and fragrance free
It is a clear gel formulation, which is very different to the primers that I am used to using, which are a silicone based, creamy texture, however I found that upon application the Skinprep primer dried quickly and did produce a smooth, velvety base upon which my foundation could be applied. The gel formulation would really work well with all skin tones, as I know that some people can find that the white, silicone based formulations of typical primers can leave a residue on the skin. I felt that the primer performed well when used in conjunction with the Cover FX Cream foundation, but to be able to give a more objective review I will wear it with my usual foundation and report on the performance in my next post!
Cover FX Creme Foundation
The Cover FX range has an extensive selection of shades for all skin tones which is coded by a letter to denote the tone and a number to denote the shade (a small number of the available shades are shown below).
There is also a handy shade selector online that suggests the right colour based on MAC and Dermablend shades.
I am shade B35. The creme foundation comes in a handy compact, not dissimilar to the MAC Studio Fix compact, however for the £37 that the product costs I think the quality of the packaging lacks a premium look and feel.
It is not a compact that I would flaunt at all!
The creme is thick, but not at all heavy and it blended well. I do not suffer from any serious skin concerns, but I do have a few pigmentation marks that I like to cover.
I initially used the sponge that comes with the compact to apply the foundation but the product was too dense for the sponge and it dragged my skin, so I decided to use my fingers instead. This enabled me to blend the product and to build it up where need, but due the consistency of the product it took quite a long time – so this would not be a product to use when you are in rush!! Once it was blended in, I was happy with the colour match. The finish was a tad on the shiny side, but I took the shine down with a touch of powder.
Colour Match: 8/10
Coverage and Wear
The foundation is for a full coverage, but it is light and did not look mask like at all…however, the foundation did transfer when touched thus touch ups were required. I was impressed with the fact that shine was kept at bay – and I love that fact that the SPF is so high! Many women of colour fail to take adequate defense against the sun and harmful rays and this is an easy way to make sure you are fully protected.
Coverage and Wear: 7/10
I will be covering this in a future blog post so watch this space!!
Have you tried this brand… do let me know what you think!
Here is my 3rd guest post of the week!
I love the virtual world of social media, the fact that it knows no boundaries and that you can make connections with like-minded people in the far-flung nations of the earth! Well, you will not be travelling to far today…just to gay Paris!
The fabulous Miss B Beautiful (whom I connected with via Twitter…really, if you are not on Twitter, you are missing a trick!!!), is a Parisian Black woman with a passion for hair and beauty and is the author of the blog blackandbeautiful.fr (which she writes in 3 languages!!! Very clever!).
I asked Miss BB (as she is affectionately known), for the lowdown on where the chic Black woman of Paris shop for their hair and beauty items. All I can say is that her shopping escapades made me want to book a Eurostar ticket straight away!!
Here is her account:
Hello Black and Beautiful Ladies,
There are many places in Paris to buy beauty products for black women.
Thanks to my blog I have had the opportunity to discover and explore the best of these.
And here they are:
PLACES TO BUY MAKE UP
Make UP For Ever Boutique
Make Up For Ever is a French professional make-up brand that has a range of make up for all skin tones.
I love their eye shadows, which are very iridescent. They also have a waterproof liquid liner called Aqua Liner, which comes in an array of rainbow colours.
Their cream eye shadows are also among my favourites. Their boutique in Le Marais is really nice. If you go there on a Saturday, you can meet a make-up artist that will give you all the advice that you need!
Boutique MAKE UP FOR EVER
5 rue de la Boétie
MAC is my one of my favourite make up brands. I love everything they do!
They have a stunning boutique in Le Marais. Their make up artists are the best!
13 rue des Francs Bourgeois
PLACES TO BUY HAIR PRODUCTS
109, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré
Nayenka is a boutique that specialises in Black beauty. They opened one year ago.
They have the best haircare products such as Miss Jessies and Kera Care and some good french brands such as TRUE COLORS Paris, a cosmetics brand for women of colour.
9 rue du Turbigo
Merci Beaucoup Miss BB!
Black Singer Tops UK Classical Charts by The London Chronicler
I was browsing through my twitter feed the other day when I suddenly spotted a retweet from the Royal Opera House (Yes, I follow them as I love opera and all things classical, I’m out of the closet!). The retweet was from an up and coming black tenor announcing that his debut album, Noah, had reached number one on the classical charts. The Royal Opera House, where he has just finished his debut performance in Judith Weir’s Misfortune, promptly tweeted their congratulations, which is how I got to hear about it!
It was very exciting! I had seen him on Gabby Logan’s Channel 5, morning show and enjoyed his interview with Gabby, covering his childhood in Harlem New York and his love of music. He was charming, well-spoken, intelligent and erudite. He also performed an impromptu song, an excerpt from the album and was excellent, just like any other tenor.
So I kept asking myself, why did it make the headlines that a black singer topped the classical charts?
I’m not the only one to ask this question. Many of the commentators on the Telegraph’s online piece on Noah, seemed to imply the same thing. My son, when I shared a tweet from Radio 4 from their interview with him, where he said he had been told he couldn’t sing opera because he was black, was baffled as to why anyone would say that.
I tried to explain it by asserting that people generally stuck to stereotypes they are familiar with, and since there were generally hardly any black people in opera, I thought the advisers were probably only trying to be helpful, telling him to stick to a genre he was ‘more likely’ to be successful in.
Not terribly satisfied with my analysis, I asked myself another question, why aren’t there more black people in Opera, it can’t be all discrimination. Afterall, Noah got there in the end and has managed to play Carnegie Hall, the Royal Opera House and a number one debut album by the age of 33. No mean feat for anyone.
My experience of mainstream middle class, white activities in Britain is that black people don’t venture into that arena too often, and if they do, as soon as there is the slightest hint of criticism or resistance, we retreat, wondering if we really have the right to be there in the first place.
My own ‘mixed heritage’ background frequently causes me to deny parts of myself that are ‘too white’ for black company. So it is only now in my forties, that I feel confident enough to indulge my passion for classical music. I was once in a gospel choir, where we sang Handel’s Messiah for Christmas. When I shared the story about the King standing up in awe of the Halleluyah Chorus, creating the tradition of standing when it’s played, a story that I thought was common knowledge, I did get a few funny looks.
My parents exposed me to an eclectic array of music when I was growing up in the sixties and as a result, there is only a very small part of any genre of music that I don’t enjoy. Now that there is a Black man in opera, no doubt I’ll make more of an effort to go and see one! (I’ve always wanted to see Puccini’s Madam Butterfly.)
I would suggest that it’s okay to be who you are, do what you do and be the best you can be at it and nothing or no one can stop you. That’s probably why Noah made the headlines, the fact that he overcame many obstacles, some of it has to be said, his own biased expectations, to achieve his dream.
‘What a world it would be if we could all wake up and see all of ourselves reflected in the world – not merely in a territorial sense, but with a kind of non-exclusive entitlement that grants not so much possession as investment. A peculiarly anachronistic notion of investment, I suppose, at once both ancient and futuristic; an investment that envisions each of us in each other.’
This of course is an ideal, but I think it’s one that we would all do well to aspire to.
Another day, another idea for a Pinterest board!
As an increasing number of black models are being used for the beauty and fashion features in the mainstream British glossy magazines, I have decided to capture these images over the remainder of the year. Follow this board here!
As well as featuring vetran supermodels such as Naomi Campbell and newer faces such as Leomie Anderson, I will also pin the press features that depict a positive representation of the modern Black British woman – women like myself, who are educated, professional and wish to make a valuable contribution to the British society – as unfortunatly such coverage is still few and far between.
I have added this pin to my board which was featured recently in InStyle magazine’s SS12 Get Smart Workwear Special supplement. ‘How real women Get Smart’ was the title of the feature and it showcased 4 professional women and their working wardrobes. It was great to see Paulette Stephens, an interior design consultant, included in the group. I am looking forward to showcasing more women such as this!
Is there anyone missing? Do let me know!
Guest Post – Event | Gidore Multi-Textures Hair Workshop with Felicia Leatherwood – The Inside Story by Fiona Onanuga of Love Your TressesPosted: April 3, 2012
I really love London! There is SO much to do and see in this fabulous city.
An event that I reall wanted to atted was the Gidore Multi-Texture Hair Workshop that took place last Saturday, however I was unable to attend. I didn’t want my lovely subbies and followers to miss out on what I knew was going to be an awesomeevent, so I asked Fiona of the brilliant blog, Love Your Tresses to write a guest post for me!
Here it is!
4 different conditioners per section, and see how your hair feels afterwards
face has been rinsed thoroughly after washing
|Miss Leatherwood in action and the buzz in the hall!|
|Jane Carter and KeraCare product and styling demos|
|Moi and the beautiful Laila & Joycelyn|
|After many months of talking I finally got to meet Pelumi!|
|Crystal [such a sweetheart] & Fiona|
|Isn’t her fro so spicy! Wunmi of Woman in the Jungle|
|Any thoughts Nubians? Laila & Kaila – stunning as ever|
|Kulchicbeauty – a friend of a friend newly discovered!|
|Made my day finally meeting Akua from SheaButterCottage|
|Joycelyn, Ayo & I|
|Photo owned by naturalselectionblog|
|Photo owned by naturalselectionblog|
Which Black British beauty and fashion bloggers are on my hot list?
I took inspiration from my recent post that showcased the leading Black beauty bloggers from the US and thought that I would start a Pinterest board to collate my fav Black British bloggers – we to are doing some fabulous things right here in the UK!
I have really gotten into Pinterest – it is such an easy way to document your thoughts, ideas and aspirations to create a visual feast that is a reflection of the very essence of who you are! What fun it will be to look back at your boards in 1, 5 or 10 years time! It will be a montage of your evolution as a person and a snapshot of the history of your presence here on this earth! If you are not on Pinterest request an invite! If you are on Pinterest follow me!
So which bloggers am I loving right now?? Check out my board to find out!
Who should join the list? Do let me know who your favorite Black British beauty and fashion bloggers are too!
If you are on Pinterest, happy pinning! Leave your Pinterest address in the comment box below and I will be sure to follow!