Black Up Cosmetics: What’s the Real Deal?

Image Courtesy of Black Up Cosmetics

Black Up Cosmetics. The “mystery” brand.  Back in 2003, my then beau and I took a trip to NYC for my first ever makeup class.  The only 2 stops that I had to hit were the MAC Pro store, and Macy’s Herald Square to see Black Up Cosmetics.  I was broke as hell, but I intended to swatch and play with almost every product.  I don’t remember much about the brand except it was way out of my price range [ah, the days of making $7 an hour].

Fast forward to today.  I’ve received 4 messages over the last week alone asking if this is a real brand.  They’ve got ads up on Youtube and through ad networks. The closest we get to a review is by the lovely Yinka of Vex in the City. I found a couple of vague posts on message boards. A few bloggers have news on their blogs saying that Black Up would be available in the US this year. If you’re in the US, you can order from their new site,

The brand is so great because it’s available to the countries that are often neglected by other brands.  You can find it in Ghana, Martanique, England, Angola, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Madagascar, all over France…seriously, it’s very, very great to read that. I know the US can’t win ’em all…but…what about us?! I’m dying to give this brand another shot! I’m a spoiled girl. In fact, many of us are.  How many of us search for swatches and reviews before we purchase? Until some legit info arises, I guess I’ll twiddle my thumbs and hope for the best. If you’ve tried the brand and have product recommendations, please share with us below!

Edit: I found this article by Mylah Morales on the brand.  

New York Fashion Week Beauty: FSL Cosmetics

FSL Cosmetics [“Feel good, Smell good, Look good”] is a new brand of eco friendly cosmetics created by chemical engineer Kimberly Foster. The brand created three limited edition lip glosses exclusively for New York Fashion Week! How major is that?

Purple Goddess [created exclusively for House of Versatile Styles]

Infatuation [created exclusively for Steve Boi]

Dipped in Luxe[created exclusively for LauraLuxe]

Left to right Infatuation, Purple Goddess, Dipped in Luxe. Thanks for your arm, Meagan Shea!

These glosses retail for $18. For more information, check out!

Editor’s Note: My most sincere apologies for not having this post up sooner. I had the post scheduled for next month. Theses products were sent to me by FSL Cosmetics for possible blog review.

MAC Viva Glam Gaga 2 Info + Swatches + Review

MAC Viva Glam Gaga 2 is here! I’m not going to lie.  The last Gaga collection was a little too much for me.  Sure, a brown girl can rock it, but I’ve never really been that crazy about pale pinks on me (except for Oyster Girl lipglass).  This collection, available through February 2012, is much more of my speed.  It’s nude! Nude is great because we can rock it anytime.  What makes it even better is that 100% of the proceeds will go to the MAC AIDS Fund.  (That should seriously make you want to get).

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MAC Wonder Woman: Golden Lariat MSF Images+ Swatches+ Review

Right on schedule, MAC launches a Mineralize Skin Finish that gives a brown girl like me hope.  Hope that it gives me the bronze glow that only a couple discontinued products in the world do.

By the way, did you hear that I’ll be doing a giveaway? There’s a box in my house stuffed with over $350 worth of  MAC Wonder Woman goodies. Details will be announced shortly (and by shortly, I mean you’ll just have to check back in and find out)!

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Top Beauty Posts of 2010

2010 was quite a fabulous year! I learned a lot and the experiences were one of a kind. While there was good…there was also bad. My blog was hacked for about a month.  I lost most of my comments on the blog due to an upgrade. School whipped my butt and I didn’t write for weeks at a time. Every last one of those was a great learning experience.  Can’t wait to use those lessons in the upcoming years. Here are some of my favorite blog posts and videos of 2010!

Makeup for Absolute Beginners

The Best of Stila Cosmetics

Kevyn Aucoin Liquid Patent Swatches

Ben Nye Translucent Powder Overview and Ben Nye Creme Blush Review + Swatches

My Foundation for Beauty Blogging

Warren B. does makeup for Nene and Lisa

Guide to MAC Lipstick Finishes: Glaze vs. LustreFrost, Amplified, CreamsheenSatin, Matte, Matteene

Bridal Beauty: Five Essential Guidelines and Hire an Artist or Be Your Own Artist

SB featured on the Radio in DC

Ode to the Ghetto Girls who Love MAC

Make Up For Ever Star Powders + Swatches

When is He Officially Your Boyfriend?

Sam Fine’s Top Beauty Tweets

The Easiest Lash to Wear

Why We Must Wear More than One Foundation and Why I Don’t Mix my Foundations

How To Moisturize Natural Hair

Wearing Weaves for Hair Growth

Knock out Debt, baby!

Beauty Storage Solutions

Nude Lips for Brown Chicks

SB is a Top Beauty Tweeter

Makeup Workshops that You Shouldn’t Miss

Guide to Nude Lips on a Budget

Makeup Forever Rouge Artist Lipstick Swatches

MAC Cosmetics: Worth the Hype?

5 Ways to Bring more Traffic to Your Blog

Real Housewives of Atlanta and the Frosty Brow Highlight

Interview: Tia Hebron of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics

The Best Makeup Brush Cleanser Ever