Neutral Lip Of The Day: Black Opal So Natural Lipstick and Maybelline Touch of Toffee Lipgloss

 Neutral Lips on a Budget: Black Opal and Maybelline

Today’s Lip of the Day is a mix of budget brands. I totally forgot I owned the Maybelline lipgloss, and it worked perfectly with the Black Opal lipstick!

My go-to brown lip liner is NYX Expresso. It’s the $3 knockoff for MAC Chestnut. I apply it first, then rub my lips together like there’s no tomorrow. The goal is to not have a super defined lip aka no harsh brown lines. The particular Black Opal lipstick that I have isn’t as smooth and creamy as the others that I own, and kind of has that old lady lipstick smell. Either way, I’m pleased with the results!

Makeup for Absolute Beginners: Start here!

Have you always wanted to wear makeup but you have no idea where to begin? No worries, welcome to Scandalous Beauty.

Makeup is something that really has no start or finish. There is no right or wrong way to try products. You can live the rest of your life wearing only mascara and it’s fine. You can just wear just lipgloss and that’s okay too. It could take a few minutes to a few months to get your dream look. Just remember, practice makes perfect!

In my opinion, if you’ve never used makeup before, I suggest starting with mascara, powder and lipgloss.


I’m going to jump out there and say that mascara would be the first makeup item that I would recommend. It’s just a little coating to go over your eyelashes, but it makes all the difference. One coat gives you natural lashes, 2-3 goes a little more glam. Mascara on your bottom lashes also makes a world of a difference! You can wear just this, and it would be all you needed.

I started my mascara journey with Maybelline Full N’ Soft.  I did this mainly because I went to a school that didn’t allow us to wear makeup.  This mascara gave me just enough of what I needed. It’s still a top mascara for a reason! If you want glam eyes, this is not the one for you. Over the years, I’ve fell in love with quite a few magical versions, including  MAC Zoomlash, Chanel Imitable, Flirt! Lash-A-Delic. Another outstanding bet is L’Oreal Voluminous.  It gives thick, sexy lashes for a drugstore price. Everyone from real women to top celebrity makeup artists swear by it!


I recommend powder because it’s a great way to fake having a “complete” face. It will take away any shine that you might have. Please listen: if you have dry skin, stay away! This is going to make your face look drier, ashier, and wrong. I’ve heard the greatest things about Cover Girl Queen and Iman Cosmetics pressed powder. I used MAC Studio Fix powder for years.  It’s a powder and foundation all in one.  People either love it or hate it,  so I suggest you try it at a store or counter first. Powder foundations can give more coverage than the typical pressed powder.  It’s just something you have to experiment with. I currently use a loose powder by Ben Nye, the shade is Banana. I wouldn’t recommend it for beginners however.  We’ll just leave that alone for now.


A little shine never hurt anyone! Be it Wet ‘N Wild or YSL, gloss adds the perfect finishing touch. There isn’t enough time in the day to rundown the best glosses out there.  If you want the best bang for your buck, Milani Crystal Gloss {Whisper, Innocence} and L’Oreal HIP Shine Struck Liquid Lipcolor {Reserved, Arresting}are my go to choices. If you want to shell out some money, Becca Cosmetics {Flirtini, Bellini, Caipiroska}, Stila {Brown Sugar, Praline, Vanilla} and MAC {Mad Cap, Viva Glam V, Pinkarat Lusterglass} are winners!
Get the Look of Hot African American Celebs

Follow these steps to copy some of these gorgeous celeb hair and makeup looks

 Get the Look of Hot African American Celebs

This is a celebrity hairstyles article

This step-by-step guide makes it easy as 1, 2, 3 to recreate these red carpet looks of Hollywood’s African American beauties.


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Drugstore Beauty Sale!

Warren B. sent me a message on twitter saying there were some L’Oreal HIP products that were 75% off at CVS. Naturally, that was my cue to race there. Not only did I see discounts there, but everywhere else. I purchased not one, not three but 9 products for $18! Here are the products, from left to right.

  • Milani Eye Shadow Quad in “Touch of Brown”
  • Milani Eye Shadow Quad in “Earthly Delights”
  • L’Oreal Wear Infinite Eye Shadow in Antique Brown
  • Maybelline Mineral Power Naturally Luminous Blush in Fresh Plum
  • L’Oreal H.I.P. Eyeshadow Duo in Foxy
  • L’Oreal Wear Infinite Eye Shadow in Golden Olive
  • Revlon Matte Eyeshadow in Luscious Lime
  • Revlon Matte Eyeshadow in Venetian

For the record, I purchased a bottle of nail polish remover as well, so I actually spent $16 on makeup.  I walked up and down the aisles, very slowly, hunting down these stickers.  I only bought products that were on sale because I am trying to calm down on my makeup splurges. Some of these products I had never seen or heard of, but I had to try them at $2 bucks a pop! I’ve tried everything, and nothing really sucks.  That makes me a happy lady! I’ll be doing detailed reviews of everything, so stay tuned.  Until then, get to your local drugstores and check them out!  (I have heard that other drugstores also have the 75% permanent sale on as well.)
Best Makeup Finds for Under $5

Beauty products so cheap that they’re almost free

No money? No worries! You can find these cheap, editor-approved products at your local drugstore.

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Total Beauty: Weekly Link Love

Meilily brings you Beauty Tips: How to Look as Fantastic as Cindy Crawford in the Latest Allure Photo Spread, with Meilily’s top tips for looking healthy, strong, and beautiful.

The ladies of LA Pretty are massaging their derrierès with diamonds thanks to La Mer. Get all the details on this luxurious new product!

The Informed Makeup Maven looks at the Mascara Wars, Tarte and Stila’s Primer and talks her fave lipglosses and blushes. IMM wants to know your must have blush for a chance to win a “Yes” to Carrots body scrub.

The Makeup Divas are giving away some MAC Sugarsweet products! So head on over and ENTER today!

Beauty Anonymous reviews Elizabeth Arden Pure Finish Mineral Powder Foundation SPF 20 PA++.

Beauty Junkies Unite recaps Queen Latifah’s birthday party and shares makeup artist Sam Fine’s tips to recreate Queen’s beautiful birthday look!

The Shades Of U is holding an Easter GIVEAWAY Contest with MAC items as prizes! Enter to win!

Check out eye4style‘s favorite new “cheap thrill,” Dove Go Fresh Burst Body Wash!

It’s Finest Hour Week at Beauty Blogging Junkie! Click here to find out what hair and makeup products Amber recommends for promtastic gorge-osity..

Alison Blackman aka. “Advice Sister Alison”
shows you how to make a ballet bun in just a few, easy steps!.

Frappelattes features four patchouli perfumes – a Spring fragrance guide for all patchouli fragrance lovers out there!

Jamie of Girl-Woman-Beauty-Brains-Blog cancelled her hair salon appointment and experimented with at-home color. Discover whether the money saved was worth it.

Boutique Flair‘s fab finds will help you achieve the smoky blue eye and nude lips look of spring 2009!

Butterflydiary gives away three pairs of tickets to the Hard Rock Cafe Clearsil Dance Battle Finale in NYC on April 7th! Plus you get to win Pimple Blocker Pens too.

Glossypink finds a foundation that will last through your Bikram yoga class!

The girls over at Beauty in Real Life , got a chance to interview Cheri Keating from Head and Shoulders. Check it out here. And while you are there don’t forget to enter their giveaway to win a home Galvanic Spa!

Beauty Blvd. is giving away Spa Packettes so hurry and enter to win.Monique at Beauty Girl Musings reviews a new tropical fragrance from Michael Kors and is surprised that she actually likes it– read about it here!

is daydreaming of the fabulous French Riviera with the new Chanel Cote d’Azur Summer Makeup Collection

Roop Café compares Cover Girl Lash Blast Mascara versus Maybelline Colossal Volume Express Mascara in the search for the most lengthening yet volumizing drugstore mascara!

Read about Lipgloss Break’s Travel Packing List for India. Read up on all the travel necessities I brought with me to India!

beautymix Discovers Kiehl’s Essential Oils fun fragrances for Spring

This week, Spoiled Pretty is hosting two fabulous contests. Enter to win Rodial Glam Balm Wipes. And don’t miss the Oscar Blandi giveaway – one winner will receive Oscar’s new Pronto Wet Instant Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner!

makeup loves me loves living in the fat-tastic lane!
18 Life-Changing Beauty Products members say you can’t live without these makeup and hairstyle wonders from MAC, Clinique and more

We’re paying homage to the products members consider staples in their makeup bags and bathroom cabinets. See which goods earned enough glowing beauty product reviews to rise to “can’t-live-without-it” status. They may just be the answers to your beauty prayers.

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