Sunday, May 27, 2012

New Makeup- MUA Makeup Academy Haul, Review & Swatches

Hi beauties:

Today I'm here to share my MUA Makeup Academy Haul, Review and Swatches with you. I was first made aware of this brand when I last visited England in 2010. More recently, I found out that they shipped worldwide (*insert cartwheels here*) so I purchased a few products.

ABOUT the brand

Great makeup doesn’t need to cost the earth and it is MUA’s promise to bring surprising quality, colour, fun and innovation to each and every product it delivers. Bringing guilt free makeup to every ladies makeup bag! The team at MUA towers are constantly thinking of ways of creating fantastic products that deliver great value to your makeup bags. Inspired by playing with colour, there is something for everyone and with the introduction of the Professional range consumers can buy amazing palettes, foundations and primers all for under £4! [source: MUA Makeup Academy]

MY 3 Ps- Price, Product, Place


All of MUA's products are priced from £1-£4 (equivalent of roughly US$1.57- $6.27). In today's economy of financial hardships, who wouldn't do cartwheels over these amazingly affordable prices?

While we're on the topic of prices, the shipping is amazing too.

Delivery services


MUA carries a full line of professional makeup and cosmetic products from lipsticks, to loose and pressed eyeshadows to eye liners, eye primers and nail varnishes.

So far, I've purchased pressed pearl eyeshadows, lipsticks, eye primer and brow pencil.

The pressed eyeshadows are packed in a round 2g container. The quality of the shadows are unbelievably rich, smooth and pigmented. MUA currently only offers a few matte shades of eyeshadow but I purchased the pearl colours.

Single eyeshadows that are super high pigmented, smooth and easy to apply are the must-have item from MUA. They’re the barga-licious price of just £1 each and they come in 34 amazing shades from brights to natural colours. Create a dramatic look with three or four in one look, or simply sweep one across the eye for a wash of colour. [source: MUA Makeup Academy]








Here are some swatches to prove how beautiful these colours are....

MUA also carries an eye primer which is described by the company as long-lasting, smooth and anti-creasing. I can actually attest to this.

The primer is packaged in a 4in, tubular, black container and holds 7.5ml of skin-toned/nude primer which dries clear.

Whilst the eyeshadows cost £1, the primer costs £2.50. Still quite affordable as compared to some of the other top brand primers that we purchase.


Our amazing lipsticks come in 16 shades from red to pink and nude and are packed full of pigmentation. With just one swipe you'll have fantastic colour pay off resulting in gorgeous lips! Why not pick a shade you've not tried before and get a new look? It is just £1 after all...[source: MUA Makeup Academy]

MUA carries 16 shades of smooth, creamy, pigmented lipsticks packaged in 3.8g tubular containers with clear bottoms for colour visibility. I am more of a lipgloss gal but I managed to snab 4 of these beautiful babies.

PLACE (Where to purchase)

If you reside in the UK, MUA Makeup Academy products can be purchased in Superdrug or on MUA's website. For persons like myself who reside outside of the UK, products can also be purchased on the company's website.

- Products are super affordable
- Products are great quality
- Products are cruelty-free
- Worldwide shipping :)

- Products are exclusive to a physical location- Superdrug UK. If I wanted to swatch products prior to purchase, I would not be able to do so.
- Shipping for me takes a good minute simply because I reside in the Caribbean.

Would I recommend this brand to others? Oh heck yessss with two thumbs up!

Until next time, stay blessed!

Disclaimer- this post is based solely on my opinion and experience with the products mentioned and has not been sponsored by the company. I am in no way affiliated with the company(ies) mentioned.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Recreation: Pinky Swear

Hi beauties:

I'm back again with another FOTN (Face of the Night) and this time, it's a recreation of one of my favorite new found Youtube Makeup Artists, Naya. Naya is a representative of the ever so pigmented and fierce makeup lines, Bitch Slap Comestics.

Other than one of my other faves, none other than Miss Lauren better known as "Queen of Blending", Naya has the boldest eye makeup looks ever and her videos are super quick and easy to follow.

So without further delay, here is my version of Naya's Pinky Swear look!

Please pardon the quality of my pics as they were taken with my cell phone...

Until next time, stay blessed!

Friday, May 25, 2012

FOTN: Acid Pop!

Hi beauties:

Over the past few weeks, I have been trying to leave work and get home early enough for what I call, 'therapy' other words, mess around with makeup and create colourful looks.

It has been raining non-stop since Sunday and the outdoor activities are limited so I occupy my time with makeup which I certainly don't mind.

Last night, I wanted to create a simple look using my new MUA Makeup Academy colours which I will do a swatch and review post on shortly.

I chose to work with greens and here's what I came up with.

Until next time, stay blessed!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

The Interview: Beauty Queen goes Natural...

(my apologies for all the text drama that's happening in this interview but I just don't know how to fix it. Help!)


For all who live in the Cayman Islands, the name Nicosia Lawson rings a very loud bell. On 23 August 2008, Miss Lawson was crowned Miss Cayman Islands 2008 where she would later compete in the Miss World and Miss Universe competitions. She held the title of Miss Cayman Islands for a very fun-filled and long 2 years.

This 5ft 8in beauty happens to be my sister (born of separate parents but my sister nonetheless) who quickly gained that title after she fell in love with the makeup that I did on her for the first Cayman Fashion Solstice in 2010.

Today, I get to share my sister's hair journey with you; one which is viewed as unusual  for a beauty queen.

Me: How long have you been natural?
NL: I have been natural (no relaxed ends) since 17 March 2012 but my last relaxer was 3 December 2011.

Me: What inspired you to go natural?
NL: I considered going back to my natural hair texture in 2010 after I crowned my Miss Cayman Islands successor, but it wasn’t until December 2011 that I made a decision that would eventually lead me back to considering it. In early December 2011, I decided to lengthen the period of time between my hair relaxers (i.e. stretch the relaxer). Why? Because my hair was starting to show the signs of damage after a couple years of constant heating and frequent relaxers.   

Upon entering the world of pageantry, I was introduced to hair extensions. Just for those who do not know, the difference between hair extensions and a weave is that my hair was not braided but rather exposed and blended in with added hair. So since my hair was kept out, I had to flat iron it almost daily for it to blend with the much straighter texture of the extensions. I also went from getting a relaxer every 3 to 4 months to every 6 to 8 weeks once again, to minimize the visibility of the two different hair textures. Though it was still growing, my hair began to show the effects of frequent relaxing.

I wanted to do away with extensions but knew I needed to get my hair back to a healthy state. Furthermore, whilst I liked having longer and fuller hair, I never really enjoyed wearing extensions consistently for such an extensive period of time (approximately 3 years though there were small periods where I wore my hair on its own).

So, I began to research tips on caring for my hair during the “stretch” and more and more I started to want to do away with hair relaxers. I always wished I didn’t “have” to wear a relaxer (I used the word have because that’s how it felt since getting a relaxer was the norm and those who wore their natural hair texture were seen as old-fashioned or a radical Christian). Furthermore, the majority of those who did wear their natural hair texture styled their hair in what I saw as unfashionable styles and at the time I wasn’t aware of the various cute and sassy ways natural hair can be styled and especially how to care for it.

So with more knowledge including watching Chris Rock’s Good Hair documentary I decided to avoid hair relaxers all together and transition back to my natural hair texture. I set out to transition for 6 months to 1 year but I barely made it halfway.

Me: What were your biggest fears/ concerns (if any) about going natural?
NL: In 2010 I didn’t start the journey because I had become used to having extensions and with being in the spotlight, I somewhat feared not being accepted especially in the media/ television field.  However this time around, though those fears resurfaced, my desire to start this journey helped me to overcome those fears.  Another of my concerns was that I didn’t have a lot of new growth and I didn’t want a super short hairstyle because I didn’t think very short hair would suit me (hence why I originally chose to transition).

Me: Did you big chop or transition?
NL: I big chopped 3 ½ months into my transitioning period. I was anxious to see my natural tresses and it got to the point where I’d go to sleep with the desire to cut the relaxed ends off and wake up with the same thing on my mind. Also I wanted to be free from the stress of caring for two different hair textures – the relaxed ends and the relaxer-free roots – because you have to be very careful when handling your hair at this stage that it doesn’t break or split and cause damage to your relaxer-free growth.

One morning after going to bed with the thought on my mind and waking up with the same feeling, I did it! – I cut it myself. It was around 6AM and I wanted to call someone, anyone and talk it over with them as I was anxious, nervous, scared, because I knew once it was cut, that’s it! But I pulled myself together and realised that it is what I really wanted to do and the desire was not going away. Once it was done I felt absolutely liberated and for that reason I am happy I didn’t go to a hairdresser so I could have that experience.

Me: If you transitioned, then how? (Weave, braids, wig, etc)
NL: During the 3 ½ months of my transition I wore clip in extensions when I first relaxed my hair but when I started to get new growth I predominantly wore my hair in a bun alternating the position of the bun to avoid damage to my hair and I also did flat-twist-outs.

Me: How do you maintain your natural hair/ what is your hair regimen (daily, weekly, monthly)?
NL: I’m still working on my regimen; trying to find what works for me so how I maintain my hair changes ever so often. At the moment, my hair is too short to do anything much to it (it’s at the TWA – teeny weeny afro – stage).

In the first week, I wash and go daily using shampoo and conditioner, applied Cantu Shea Butter leave-in conditioner to towel dried hair then my hair oils (Jamaican Black Castor Oil and Extra Virgin Olive Oil) to seal the moisture in before applying Ecostyler gel to define my curls. Then I let it air dry. And I’d deep conditioner weekly. 

Since then I’ve started the Curly Girl Method, meaning I do not use shampoo on a regular basis because it strips the hair of moisture. Instead, I wash with Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisturising silicone-free conditioner twice per week, (sometimes more) and apply the KimmayTube leave-in conditioner recipe (substituting Kinky Curly Knot Today with A’kin Lavender & Anthyllis 24 Hour Intensive Moisture Leave-In Conditioner which is an organic product). Once per month, or whenever I feel I have product build-up, I use the low sulfate shampoo from Tresemme Naturals (when this finishes I intend to get the A’kin organic shampoo). If I’m heading out I’ll add a little oil and then Ecostyler gel to define my curls and let it air-dry. I do not apply heat to my hair anymore. The last time I used a flat iron was New Years Eve 2011 but I have used a blowdryer about 3 or 4 times for the year (before my big chop). At nights I wear a satin cap and in the morning I refresh my hair with a water, oil and glycerin mixture I made. Of course this “routine” will most likely change as my hair grows out.

Me: What is/ are your natural hair goal(s)?
NL: My goal is to have healthy hair first and foremost, and then at least arm-pit length hair (un-stretched).

Me: Are you a member of any natural hair group? If so, which one(s)?
NL: Thanks to a certain someone, hint, hint (my sister, Olivia of Shades Professional Make-up), I’m a member of the Natural Hair group on Facebook and I frequently visit many natural and curly hair care websites.

Me: List 3-5 of your favorite natural hair products? How do you use them? (include frequency of use)
NL: Water!!!! – I love spraying my hair with water when I wake up, before I go to bed, even in the middle of the day. It’s the best moisturiser that exists! I laugh at the days when I had a relaxer and was afraid to get my hair wet before wash day or too soon after.
Jamaican Black Castor Oil – This has really helped to thicken some areas of my hair that were troubled when I use to relax my hair. It really works, at least it does for me. I also mix it with my leave-in conditioner (I use the KimmayTube recipe) and sometimes add it to my deep conditioner.

100% Coconut oil – I love this. I don’t only use it in my hair but also as a moisturiser for my face and body. It works wonders! I plan on buying the extra virgin coconut oil when this batch finishes.
Thankfully I am not a product junkie, at least not yet (that may change when my hair grows out)

Me: How has your natural hair journey been since you went natural?
NL: Honestly there hasn’t been much to it since my hair is still very short.  The hardest thing is remaining patient since I want my hair to grow out. The bloggers & vloggers I follow make me anxious to have longer hair so I can try their creative styles. 

Me: What are your favorite hairstyles?
NL:  Right now with a TWA all I can do is a wash-and-go but I cannot wait to try so many styles like braid/twist-outs, bantu knot-outs, fro-hawks, puffs etc when my hair grows out.


Me: As a former pageant title holder (Miss Cayman Islands 2008-2010), what type of feedback have you received about your hair?
NL: The response has been positive so far.  I’ve been told by quite a few persons that I “have the face for it”.  But, of course, not everyone is going to like my decision, but that’s the whole point, it’s MY decision and I’m happy with it and wish I’d done it ages ago!  I’m loving the naturally kinky, coily, curly me!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

A collage of color

Hi beauties:

Since I have not been doing single "tutorials" blog posts of myself lately, I figured the least I could do was create a collage of what I have been doing and share it with you. As of late, makeup after, late at night has been my therapy to unwind after horrible work days.'s to horrible work days.

Click on picture to enlarge

Friday, May 4, 2012

The Interview- A different perspective

Hi beauties:

Today I'm back with another hair interview but this one is from a completely different perspective and hits home for me because it's about loc'd hair.

As you read through this interview, you will get a sense of who "LW" really is. She has such a beautiful, positive and vibrant spirit. I love this girl....

Let's get right into it.


Me: What inspired/ motivated you to loc your hair?
LW: I locked my hair 5 days after graduating from university. It was about 3 years ago now. At that time in my life I felt like everything I had done/accomplished thus far was all according to what was the "norm" and what was expected of me, you know, going through high school, then college and finally university, so when all that was over I felt soooo freeeeeeeeeee and was ready to express myself in a different way. So, my dreadlock research began and I looked up a ton of information about it and then found the perfect person in Florida who made that dream a reality. Although dreadlocks are external, it really started what has been a beautiful 3 year journey of internal understanding about myself, the world and people around me. An important inspiration was my best friend who I met in university. He's such a free spirit, so fun-loving and after learning how to twist/neaten up his locks and getting into them every couple of months, I really enjoyed learning the process of growing and twisting, locking, maintaining etc., and I decided to get mine done.

Me: How did you initially loc your hair? What process did you use- interlock, twisting, loc extensions, free form, etc)
LW: The lady who started my locks used a combination of methods-first she sectioned my hair, back combed it all and then did a twist/interlock/palm rolling method.


Me: What is your hair regimen? (daily/weekly/monthly)
LW: I wash my locks once each week to 9 days. On a daily basis, I run my fingers through to keep them separated and on a weekly basis I try to palm roll them.

Me: How long have you been loc'd?
LW: 3 Years

Me: What are 3-5 of your favorite loc care products and how do you use them?
LW:  I don't use a lot of products on my locks. I use shampoo to wash and sometimes a little conditioner to soften them up a touch. I use an olive oil based serum/sheen type product in my roots and all the way down my locks.

Me: How often do you "groom" your new growth and how do you do so? Twisting, free form, interlock etc?
LW:  I have to groom more often and I'm up for a session of grooming VERY soon, but I would say I get them locked every 6 months or more, by interlocking.

Me: What are some of your favorite hairstyles?
LW:  I like to tie up my locks with each other to create a style that leaves some of them up and some of them down. I also keep them in a bun style quite often, high up on my head which is comfy, as they are heavy at times.

Me: Do you know how many locs you have?
LW: 54

Me: What type of feedback have you received about your locs and how has it affected your lifestyle?
LW: Positive feedback on the whole. Most people tell me they look "cool" or unique and most people are interested in how they were done and how someone with such naturally straight hair could have locks. A lot of people are just plain curious and it doesn't bother me at all. I've had some pretty fun conversations with people over the past 3 years because people approach me randomly and begin questions about my locks. Someone even asked me if I wash them with cow sh*t! I was sooo shocked and had to ask him if he thought that anything could be cleaned with cow dung. Of course not! It's funny though. I have to be understanding of the myths and ideas that people have about dreadlocks, most of them being a little far fetched!

In terms of how having locks has affected my life, I would say that since the beginning of time, man kind has a tendency to judge one before knowing them based on their looks. Thankfully,  as time goes on, I am able to decipher people who are accepting of differences in other people, which people aren't, which ones are quick to jump to conclusions and which ones aren't. It really takes all kinds of people to make the world turn. None of this has affected me negatively because I love my locks and made the best decision of my life to get them. I guess it's kind of difficult to fully describe how my life has been affected, but I would without a doubt say that it has all been extremely positive and I couldn't be happier!

Me:  What is your least favorite thing about your loc'd hair?
LW: Nothing. Honestly, I love my locks and would be lying if I told you I had a least favourite thing about them :)

Me: What single piece of advice would you give to someone who wants to loc their hair?
LW: Make sure you find the "right" person who knows how to handle your hair. There isn't anything worse than having the locks not done well or thow you want them to be. 

Me: Are you a member of any loc community groups? If so, which one(s)? How has it helped you?
LW: I am not a member of any loc community group.

Until next time.....blessed love!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Cayman Carnival, Batabano 2012!!! Time to fete!

Carnival fever is in the air and the people of the Cayman Islands are in full swing and ready to fete. All the revellers are excited and ready to go and the radio stations are pumping the latest calypso and soca to keep the soca junkies' adrenaline going.

Cayman Carnival, Batabano was launched by the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman in 1983 (see more info here: Cayman Carnival Batabano).

On Saturday, May 5, 2012, soca junkies will be in the streets of Grand Cayman displaying their vibrant costume colours. Two of the main groups that I always look forward to seeing their costumes are Island Mas Cayman and Swanky International .

I actually won't be 'chipping down di road' but I will try to get in on some of the action and take a few pics to share with you.

To  feed in on some of the Carnival energy, I decided to create my own colourful looks to share with you so enjoy!

Twitter Delicious Facebook Digg Stumbleupon Favorites More

Design by Free WordPress Themes | Blogger Theme by Lasantha - Premium Blogger Templates | Affiliate Network Reviews