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Hi Guys!

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!

🙂

 

Natalie


Product Review: COVER FX Skinprep FX Nourishing Foundation Primer & Anti-Aging Serum and Cream Foundation SPF 30

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

Avon Magix Skin Perfector (left) vs. Skinprep FX (right)

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.

Colour Match

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

Marketing

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!

*pr samples


Guest Post! Where the Beautiful Black Women of Paris Shop!

Hi all!

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

75008 Paris

MAC Boutique

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!

 

Boutique M.A.C

13 rue des Francs Bourgeois
75004 Paris

PLACES TO BUY HAIR PRODUCTS

 Univers Phyto

Univers Phyto is a hair institute where you can receive intensive hair treatments, and superior styling and they also have a sophisticated machine that analyses your hair, prior to the treatment.

You can also buy all the product from the brands Phytospecific and Phyto.

Phytospecific? C'est magnifique!


Univers Phyto

109, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré

75008 Paris


Nayenka

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.

French brand TRUE COLORS Paris

 

Boutique Nayenka

9 rue du Turbigo

75001 Paris

Merci Beaucoup Miss BB!

Follow Miss BB on Twitter

Like Miss BB’s Facebook Page

Follow Miss BB’s Blog


Hair we go again…

Being the First Lady of the most powerful nation on the face of the earth cannot be easy, with the eyes of the world on your every move – but does being the first Black First Lady come with additional pressures?

Illustration by Nicole Fineman for Time (2009)

Like most females that hold positions in public office, Michelle Obama is scrutinised from head to toe on her choice of attire, whether she should bare her arms or not, which designer she was wearing etc etc – but where the similarity ends with her peers in the political class, is with the attention that her hair has garnered since her husband took office, and it shows no sign of abating if the reaction to the image below  is anything to go by.

I am not my hair... no really I am not !!

The image hit my Twitter timeline mid -week and since then the gained momentum and has gone viral – I have seen the image featured on the Twitter and Facebook timelines of friends and followers from America to Africa, Europe to East Asia!!

The image is courtesy of the powers of Photoshop, and it seems that the originator has yet to be identified….

Before and After (well sort of...)

…and the plot thickened when the photo in question came to the attention of blogger Maeling Tapp, author of Natural ChicaEssence.com reported that Tapp’s Twitter followers began sending her messages saying that Obama’s hair looked a lot like her own…and upon further inspection it does seem to be the case.

Tapp states in the Essence piece:

“A lot of people who follow my blog said, ‘I had a feeling that was your hair,… It’s kind of surprising that other people recognize my hair so well.” 

Hair today, gone tomorrow! Mrs O wears the blogger, Maeling Tapp's hair well.

Like Mrs Obama, I can relate to my hair being of extreme interest, especially in the professional and corporate environment.   This Time.com photo essay is a case in point – an international current affairs magazine painstakingly documenting the evolution of a First Lady’s hairstyle??!!  This is crazy!

My issue is not whether Mrs. Obama wears her hair curly or straight,  but that, in my opinion, her hair garners so much attention due to the fact that Black women in a prominent position is still a novelty.

In one sense, you can understand the fascination that people of other ethnicities have with our hair – I am currently working on a project that is addressing this particular issue, and  it has become apparent that our hair is a complete enigma – and  most questions and queries, to which one could take offense, are really asked out of sheer curiosity.

I have worked in the fashion and beauty industry for some of the world’s leading brands, and even here in London, one of  the most cosmopolitan cities in the world, I was often the only Black person, and almost certainly was the only Black woman working in the head offices of these brands.  Even within the beauty industry – which I expected be more enlightened – I was always being asked about my ‘ever-changing’ hairstyles, if my hair could be touched and how is it  that my hair grew so long over night!  

The long and short of it is (no pun intended)  that I and women like myself are still all too absent in many sections and areas of society.

We have no presence in countless offices  across the city, thus when we do make an appearance it can take our colleagues and peers a while to adjust to our normal hair and beauty routines…but in most parts adjust they do, and they come to the realisation that we have much more in common than that which makes us different.

Judge, Baroness, Entrepreneur...will you be next?

As more and more Black women secure positions of leadership, face the media and take their place in mainstream society, I am looking forward to the  focus being on what is in our heads as well as what in on it.


It’s Me! Black beauty & hair magazine’s Blogger of the Month!

The latest issue of the UK’s ‘best selling Black magazine’ , Black beauty & hair, hit the shelves today…..

….. and yours truly is the blogger of the month!

How cool is that??!!

🙂

Thanks to all of my followers, both of my blog and on Twitter!  I love writing my blog and I love interacting with you all!

Do grab a copy of the magazine and let me know what you think….

…and if you are thinking of starting a blog, but are stuck as how to begin, my advice to you  is to JUST DO IT (you know – like  the Nike ads)!

You do have something to say, a unique point of view,  a valued opinion – so share it with the world!


Afro’s & headline fashion shows AW12

Afro’s & headline fashion shows AW12.

 

A great follow up to my post Afro-tising! If you are not following Afroblush, you should be!

 

Enjoy!