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15 Electrifying Eyeliners For A Quick Makeup Fix

August 12th, 2015 - By Rich
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Stuck in a beauty rut? We moms don’t have much time to fuss around with our faces when juggling 15 other things on our to-do list, but these electrifying eyeliners will give your eyes an upgrade…and have you out the door in a flash. Give your look a quick jolt with these bold, bright and alluring eyeliners in gold, navy and teal, silver and white. You’ll find eyeliner pots, pencils and wands.

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15 Electrifying Eyeliners For A Quick Makeup Fix

For The Makeup Lover In You: Black Opal’s 3 Best Products For Women Of Color

August 11th, 2015 - By Cynthia L. Dorsey
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The makeup world can be a mystery to some and an obsession to others. Quite often, women of color struggle to find the right products that mesh well with our diversely beautiful and melanin-rich skin tones. Well, the struggle is over. I will be exploring several mainstream cosmetic lines to find products that work best for women of color, as well as application tips and the latest makeup trends in general. Whether you are a makeup all day everyday kind of girl or if you wear makeup only on special occasions, there is something out there just for you.

The second company in this series is Black Opal. Probably one of the most endearing and globally conscious cosmetic lines, Black Opal prides itself on having created quality and affordable products for all women, specifically women of color, and has been doing so for more than 20 years. Black Opal’s Senior Marketing Director, Maya Brown, confirms this sentiment:

“With an unprecedented knowledge in product development, shade matching, and clinical research, Black Opal was created with the belief that ‘beauty comes in all shades.’  We offer an impressive range of high-intensity shades and artist-ready formulas that complement and enhance every woman’s natural beauty.  As the global beauty landscape evolves culturally and ethnically, Black Opal will continue to make high quality, in-demand products that embrace the many faces of beauty because we are a brand for every shade of beauty.”

Black Opal is also committed to community service and has allocated 25 percent of proceeds from sales of Even True products to Malaika, a nonprofit organization that supplies resources that help to provide education for Congolese girls.

Based on Brown’s recommendations, here are some Black Opal products you should definitely try:


True Color Pore Perfecting Liquid Foundation $10.95


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Black Opal

This lightweight, oil-free liquid foundation seamlessly blends to provide flawless coverage with a high-definition matte finish. Exclusive technology helps minimize the appearance of enlarged pores, controls excess oil and renews your skin’s natural radiance. True Color’s oil, fragrance and paraben-free formula make it suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin. And for the social media maven, there is also a hypoallergenic formula that contains silk powders, vitamins A & E, and allantoin, which give a flawless finish that’s perfect for selfies. True Color’s Pore Perfecting Liquid Foundation can be found in 12 shades: Champagne Beige, Kalahari Sand, Truly Topaz, Heavenly Honey, Hazelnut, Beautiful Bronze, Au Chocolat, Carob, Black Walnut, Suede Mocha, Nutmeg, and Ebony Brown. Use Black Opal’s shade finder to locate the foundation that best fits your skin tone.

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Black Opal

How To Apply: Apply a dot to each section of your face, and then blend with your fingertips or a sponge to achieve an even-toned look. Build additional coverage where needed by adding a few more dots.

Special Tip: Don’t be afraid to mix foundation shades to accentuate your skin tone. Hazelnut and Beautiful Bronze blend perfectly together.


Color Stick Lip $7.95


Black Opal

Black Opal

These retractable lip color sticks provide smooth, creamy, jewel-toned color with a non-drying finish. Packaged as a propel and repel crayon component and a dual lipstick and lip pencil, this new product is easy to apply and has a lightweight feel. The color sticks are blended with shea, cocoa, and illipe butters, along with vitamins C & E, which will condition, moisturize and smooth lips. Color sticks are available in a variety of colors including Cordial, Sublime, Carousel, Delightful and Brandy.

How To Apply: Remove the cap, line and apply to lips for full coverage and a creamy color. Blot if necessary.

Special Tip: Full-coverage color can be achieved each time without sharpening the color stick. Try Brandy for a dark plum shade perfect for a long day at work. Reapply for happy hour!


Invisible Oil Blocking Pressed Powder $9.25


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Black Opal



To give your makeup application a professional and finished look, owning a good translucent powder is key. Black Opal’s Invisible Oil Blocking Powder is a colorless, pressed powder. It is formulated with unique oil blotters that help control shine and offer a matte finish without leaving residue or drying out the skin. The Invisible Oil Blocking Powder is packaged in a compact that has both a mirror and a small puff applicator.


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Black Opal

How To Apply: With a larger makeup brush, apply the powder over oily areas of the skin. That includes your T-zone: the forehead, nose and chin perhaps.

Special Tip: The Invisible Oil Blocking Powder is perfect to carry with you for a night out on the town. After drinking and dancing, the skin can become very oily, and makeup tends to run and even become caked-on. That, of course, can leave you looking like Casper the Friendly Ghost when the last song plays in the club and the lights come up. If you have your Invisible Oil Blocking Powder on deck, head to the ladies room and touch up those oily areas and reapply your Color Stick Lip. You are ready to head to out for an early breakfast!

How To Apply Natural-Looking Lashes For The Summer

August 3rd, 2015 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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The summer season calls for makeup to be bold, yet most of us fail to try new things because of a fear that we’ll end up looking like Bozo the Clown. In order for you to step outside your beauty comfort zone and stun everyone with a new look, our friends at StyleBlazer have created a step-by-step video to help you don a more natural look when it comes to eyelashes, without looking like Mr. Snuffleupagus.

In the video, StyleBlazer assistant editor Nikki Brown and a celebrity stylist teach readers how to apply strip and individual lashes. Viewers will learn how to blend in their natural eyelashes with the faux lashes and figure out what’s the best glue to use for long-lasting lashes.

She Tried It! NYX Cosmetics’ Bright And Bold New Makeup For The Fourth Annual FACE Awards

July 31st, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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I’ve never been really good at the whole makeup thing. While I have bought and received quite a few beauty products, I do my best work with simple mascara, some eyeliner, or a vivid eyeshadow if I’m feeling daring. But if you get your beauty inspiration from the talented vloggers on YouTube, then you know there are people out here who really do this. They can not only make themselves, and others, look great, but they can also get really creative. Pulling off looks you and I wouldn’t even have considered or dared to try.

Enter the gifted makeup artists who are taking part in professional beauty brand NYX Cosmetics’ The FACE Awards. This is the makeup line’s fourth year doing the competition, which seeks out the Beauty Vlogger of the Year. They also celebrate the many online makeup artists who share their expertise with fans and followers on YouTube. Those same fans and followers, as well as others, like you, vote to decide who gets to move on.

The initial pool of people who submitted videos to get in the competition started at 3,000 and eventually was narrowed down, somehow, to the top 30. After multiple voting phases where contestants were asked to transform themselves into timeless beauties and then ghouls (“Paranormal Activity”), the competition is now down to 11 people. They have made themselves up as mermaids and mermans for this third voting phase and put together well-edited, creative videos that are tutorials on how you can get their innovative look. Voting for this third stage of the competition ends tonight at 11:59 P.T.

Whoever is voted to go through to the final phase of the competition, the final six, will be flown to Los Angeles to battle for the grand prize: $25,000. The winner will also get $1,000 worth of NYX cosmetics, and an industry consultation with a corporate sponsor. Score!

But winning the grand prize won’t be easy. Contestants will have to create a look that will be judged by an expert panel and scored.

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I just had to get in on this, even though, as previously mentioned, my skills with brushes aren’t that amazing. But with the help of deputy editor Brande Victorian, whose makeup is always on fleek, we tried a few different looks using some of the exact same makeup the contestants were given for the competition. We didn’t have the time or the skills to try a ghoul and mermaid look. But we did a little somethin’ somethin’ with their amazing and colorful products (seriously, pink mascara?!), which you can see below.

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The first look! Let’s call it Pretty in Pink, even though my facial expression is anything but… The products used include: -Pink Fetish Baked Blush Illuminator and Bronzer -NYX Color Mascara in Pink Perfect -NYX Baked Shadow in Posh -NYX Stick Blush in Water Lily – NYX Micro Brow Pencil in Chocolate


Second look? Ghetto gold. Per the eyeshadow name (don’t ask me why that’s the name lol). Products used include: – NYX Radiant Finishing Powder in Brighten – NYX Micro Brow Pencil in Chocolat – NYX Baked Shadow in Ghetto Gold – NYX Vinyl Liquid Liner in Black

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Look number three is Battlestar Galactica. Products used include: – NYX Hot Singles Eye Shadow in Kandi – NYX Waterproof Eye Liner in Sunrise Blue – NYX Micro Brow Pencil in Chocolat – NYX Color Mascara in Perfect Pear – NYX Dewy Finish Setting Spray – NYX Radiant Finishing Powder


If you had to vote for me, hopefully, you would give me high scores! But it’s okay if you wouldn’t. Besides, you should save your votes for the top 11 contestants in The FACE Awards competition. Again, voting for their looks ends at 11:59 P.T. tonight. Get on it and support your favorites! We will too. And continue playing with this makeup, of course.

If you’re interested in trying out any of these awesome products, they’re available at Target and Ulta. And, of course, on the NYX Cosmetics website.


For The Makeup Lover In You: Urban Decay’s 3 Best Products For Women Of Color

July 29th, 2015 - By Cynthia L. Dorsey
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The makeup world can be a mystery to some and an obsession to others. Quite often, women of color struggle to find the right products that mesh well with our diversely beautiful and melanin-rich skin tones. Well, the struggle is over. I will be exploring several mainstream cosmetic lines to find products that work best for women of color, application tips, and the latest makeup trends in general. Whether you are a makeup all day everyday kind of girl or if you only wear makeup on special occasions, there is something out there just for you.

The first company in this series is Urban Decay. Urban Decay is like the Andy Warhol of makeup lines. Known for their bold color palettes, the company has produced high-performing, show-stopping products for more than 15 years. But many women of color tend to shy away from bold colors for fear that such looks won’t compliment their darker hues. However, Tammy Bartel, Urban Decay’s Public Relations Manager, was eager to dispel such a myth. She gave us the real deal on some of the company’s most beloved products, but specifically, the ones that stand out for women of color.

Here are three popular products you should try:


Electric Pressed Pigment Palette $49 


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Urban Decay


The packaging on this eye shadow palette is a work of art all by itself. It comes complete with 10 vibrant matte and metallic color options. Though the pigments look chalky when applied to the eyelids, they are smooth and the color really pops. A shadow brush is included. However, the Vegan “Good Karma” Blending Brush is recommended for a more professional look.

How To Apply: Choose a color. Or two. Or three! Don’t be afraid to take a risk. Start with a neutral color as your base to accentuate the crease in your eyelids. Then, choose one of the brighter colors like Thrash and Revolt (see below) for the inner part of your lid and eye duct. Add a darker color like Urban and Fringe for the outer portion of your eyelid. The key to successfully applying multicolored eye shadow to the eye without looking clownish is blending. Blending is your best friend. All of the pigments in this palette mix well together. Use the “Good Karma” Blending Brush to lightly fuse the colors together. Again, blending is your best friend!

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Special Tip: Add Thrash to your ducts, Freak to the middle of your lids and Fringe to the outer edge of your lids. Blend! Blend! Blend! Add Urban Decay’s 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner and Perversion Mascara to complete the look.


Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup $39 

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Urban Decay

There’s absolutely no gimmicks here; the name of the product speaks truth to its performance. Naked Skin is a liquid foundation. Unlike many foundations that are thick and sometimes feel sticky, Naked Skin glides on lightly, and you won’t even know you have makeup on at all. It dries evenly, no streaks, and gives you a smooth full coverage finish. It works well on all skin types. It is oil and paraben-free and is also made with Litchiderm, which protects the skin from dehydration and aging. Naked Skin comes in a wide range of shades that fit our complexions. Urban Decay provides a numbered shade finder that you can use to choose the hue that fits you. Shades ending in “.0” are warm with a yellow/olive undertone. Shades ending in “.5” are cool with rosy/neutral undertones.

How To Apply: The best way to apply Naked Skin is with the vegan “Good Karma” Multi-tasker Brush. After you have finished all of the regimens you do prior to makeup application, including cleansing and moisturizing, and even after you add definition to your brows and use the Electric Pressed Pigment Palette for your eyelids, add foundation and concealer to complete your look. Use a small amount of Naked Skin to lightly coat your “Good Karma” Multi-tasker Brush and gently glide the coated brush on the skin. You can apply the foundation to your entire face and neck or only to areas you’d like to cover. Trust me, your look will be flawless.

Special Tip: Squirt no more than a penny-sized amount on the back side of your hand and use your hand to hold the foundation as you coat your brush and apply it to the skin.


Revolution Lipstick $22

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Urban Decay

Revolution Lipstick is a creamy lipstick that has more than 20 shades to choose from. From classic nudes to bright reds, Revolution has a smooth formula that adds moisture to the lips. Some of the ingredients in Revolution include jojoba oil, avocado oil, cocoa butter, and shea butter, which lock the moisture in and keep the lips soft and ready to pucker up.

How To Apply: Application is very easy. Twist the lipstick case to extend the lipstick and glide it on your lips. Rub lips together and blot if necessary.

Special Tip: This fall, consider wearing a deep purple like the shade Speedball.

8 Must Have Products That We Spotted at Cosmoprof

July 22nd, 2015 - By Kweli Wright
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As moms, we’re busy and don’t always have time to test new beauty products. So As Mommynoire’s trend scout, I went over to Cosmoprof, the international beauty show, to find the hottest new products to help make your beauty routine faster, easier and more fun!

8 Must Have Products That We Spotted at Cosmoprof


Earth’s Nectar

Get through your morning routine a little faster with Earth’s Nectar’s Nourish Conditioning Spray, a lightweight detangling leave-in conditioner that uses aloe and Vitamin E to hydrate and strengthen hair while increasing manageability. The spray on bottle makes it easy to use for both Mom and kids.

Earths Nectar, $24


Sole Serum

Whether you have a baby on the hip or are running from meeting to meeting in your favorite six-inch Jimmy Choos, standing on your feet all day can take a toll on your feet. Luckily, we spotted Sole Serum, a lightweight gel that contains natural pain-relieving oils, like lavender and tea tree oil, and lidocaine to calm the irritation and swelling.  Sole Serum works in minutes and can last for hours so you can stay fresh on your feet all day.

Sole Serum, $30



Save time and money on with Naturalicious – a four-product haircare regimen that saves time and money with the use of multi-tasking hair care products. Our favorite is the no-poo Step 1: Moroccan Rhassoul 5-in-1 Clay Treatment for Kinky/Coily hair, a co-wash which contains Moroccan Lava Rhassoul Clay, Deionized Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Cocoa Seed Butter, Olive Oil, Grape Seed Oil, and Avocado) Oil.

Naturalicious, $20

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Creme of Nature Straight from Eden Plant-Derived Repairing Oil

For those moments when your day seems too busy and it starts to show in your hair, reach for Creme of Nature Straight from Eden Plant-Derived Repairing Oil. This styling treatment is made with coconut oil, olive oil and avocado oil. It’s great for natural and relaxed hair prior to heat styling, while air-drying natural curls or to smooth out flyaways. The scent is divine and will transport you to a vacation memory on matter how busy the day seems so your hair doesn’t have to show it.

Straight From Eden, $8



Take some time to spa at home with Florapy’s range of vegan friendly, paraben-free facemasks. Great for all skin types, these sheet masks come in a variety of eight including our chic mom favorites: Sweet Dreams, infused with lavender to help calm, relax and sleep; Strength + Energy which helps energize the mind/body while enhancing circulation of skin for rapid repair/replenishment; Detox to help clarify the skin with peppermint and Stress Relief which contains soothing chamomile and patchouli to calm the skin and the mind/body, helping to ease tension and promote relaxation.

Florapy Beauty, $38 for a pack of 5

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Kelly & Jones

Let’s face it, there are times when you want to reach for a glass of wine – like 7am – but just can’t. Instead, you can take your pick from a range of six new fragrances inspired by the notes of wine from Kelly & Jones. Our picks are 1 Notes of Sauvignon Blanc, which contains yuzu grapefruit, starfruit, green apple and camellia; 2 Notes of Riesling with notes of white peach, Anjou pear, bergamot and raspberry leaf and 4 Notes of Merlot which is comprised of rhubarb, red current, mission fig and candied violet.

Kelly And Jones, starting at $25


Lamik Beauty

We love finding black-owned beauty brands so coming across this Houston-based one that is also woman-owned was especially refreshing. Lamik, which stands for love and makeup in kindness, is the first eco-chic makeup line that also includes skincare and lashes. We’re in love with their glycerin-free mineral makeup products including their Celebrity Brow Kit, which contains everything you need to achieve a well-groomed brow and get out the door.

Lamik-Beauty, comes in four shades and retails for $55

Potty Mints

Potty Mints


The first of it’s kind, Pottymints are dissolvable tablets that freshen any commode and the entire powder room for up to three flushes. True lifesavers when there aren’t sprays around and best of all, these single dose packages fit discretely and neatly into any bag so you never have to worry about leaving a scent.

Pottymints, starting at $5.50 for a set of three

Red Carpet 101: 7 Kerry Washington Beauty Looks To Learn

June 8th, 2015 - By Rich
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Kerry Washington manages to be a stunner on every red carpet. Her red carpet finesse has managed to land her a few roles on screen. She’s very calculating with every look she does on the carpet and she nails it. Although she takes some risks on the carpet Kerry never over does it, and this remains consistent. You’ll probably never see Kerry with a side hip-bearing sequence dress hugging her curves because that’s not what going to keep her relevant or get her movies roles. It will keep her in the news now but it will die out soon and it gets old. Classic yet striking silhouettes have been a successful formula for her brand and from the look of it he has no intentions of slowing that down.

Her makeup is what remains the most consistent. It’s never super contoured or highlighted. It’s just beautiful. We will be looking at images of Kerry Washington, years from now, when chiseled contoured faces have lost their cache, and she’ll still look fresh and current. While her contemporaries are doing if for gram’ Kerry is laying down her legacy for the gram’ and whatever comes next.

Red Carpet 101: 7 Kerry Washington Beauty Looks To Learn

Beach Chic: How To Wear Black Makeup

June 4th, 2015 - By Rich
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With the sexiest chicest color ever, navigate through the summer with black makeup as your personal wingman. Sweeping liquid liner over your eyelids with the blackest black mascara never gets old. Matte black lids with glowy, glistening skin and blush bronzers are summertime gold.

Black eye shadow, although risky, when done right will rival the Queen Of Sheba. Black makeup, no longer a slave to cold weather, will rev up your style in a major way. It’s summer. Take risks, have fun, go black.
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1. Jane Iredale Pressed Powder Refillable Gold Compact, available at Amazon, $12

The best part: It’s refillable and pretty.

2. Lancome Color Design Sensational Effects Eye Shadow Smooth Hold, available at Lancome $20

A perfect addition to your summertime makeup wardrobe

 3. Lancome Hypnose Drama Instant Full-Body Volume Mascara, available at Lancome $27.50

Guarantees intense color with build-able volume. This means you can freshen up through out the day without risking clumpy eye syndrome.

4. Givenchy Beauty Phenomen eyes Mascara

Givenchy’s new formula promises the wide-eyed look every woman craves, young or old. The sphere brush allows for precision application.

5. Guerlain Liquid Eyeliner

With the thinnest applicator this liquid liner allows slightest line application to the thickest with ease. THe fact that it is GMO, sulfate free it only add to the benefits.

6. Gucci oriental sienna, golden glow bronzer

Highly pigmented and good for all over use…finally a bronzer that you can use as a blush.

7. Tom Ford Beauty Bronzing Powder

Mineral blend of sunstone, amber and black tourmaline crystals to highlight your skin’s natural radiance.

8. Deborah Lippmann, nail polish $20

Manucurist to the stars, Deborah Lippman never ceases with the ever-evolving color wheel

9. Jin Soon

Unbeatable polish finish.

A quick tip with the black polish: get the polka dot colors in an array of options to speed up drying time thats nothing short of miraculous.

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Spring Scents: 8 Beauty Buys You’ll Fall in Love With!

April 22nd, 2015 - By Rich
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Spring is in the air and the warm weather has us falling in love with new beauty products to carry us into the warmer months. From kissably soft skin to the perfect pout, these MommyNoire approved products will have you falling head over heels and feeling your absolute best, whether you’re spending the night out on the town or staying in for some TLC.

8 Beauty Buys You’ll Fall in Love With!

Powder Your Nose: 15 Celebrity Makeup Fails

March 4th, 2015 - By Rich
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These celebrity makeup fails for the most part are easily fixable which is why we don’t understand how they even happened in the first place. But hey, everyone is allowed to have an off day or two…right?



All images courtesy of WENN

Powder Your Nose: 15 Celebrity Makeup Fails