One of my goals for the New Year is to update the way I look. When I first learned I was pregnant, I gave up makeup and anything with chemicals to be on the safe side for the sake of my son.
But it's 3 years since the birth of my son and I need to kick start myself out of "the plain jane" look I've been stuck in for a while now. I decided to stop in one of my local Harlem Duane Reade stores to see what I could find.
Some might wonder why I chose the Duane Reade on 135th street in the Harlem area. To be honest being a women of African American decent I felt I could find a better selection of makeup and beauty products to suit my darker skin-tone. After entering the store and finding nearly 2 isles just for makeup and cosmetics. I knew I made the right choice.
The selection of cosmetics and makeup for a women of color was nicely varied. Brands such as IMAN Cosmetics to Black Opal to Covergirl Queen Collection could be found. I even found a spot and scar eraser that covered most skin-tones for women of African American decent.
While all the makeup brands had something I liked I chose to get products from Black Radiance. Why? For one I liked the colors of their moisturizing lip stains. They were just the right shades of being colorful without over doing it. But what really impressed me was the "Love Your Shade of Beauty" message on their eye shadows.
After picking up my makeup items, I checked around to see what else I might need for my min makeover. I saw some cool products like these Covergirl Exact Eyelights that claims to "brighten" your natural eye color and these Sally Hansen Nail Art Pens that allow you to design and paint your nails with polish.
After choosing my makeup, I headed into the skin care section. I was searching for products to help me remove the makeup at the end of the day plus keep my skin in great condition. This winter weather is really drying my skin out. I picked up a Olay foaming cleaner and Olay Complete all day UV moisturizer.
As I shopped for my beauty essential, my son did some shopping of his own. He always like to play with the toys cars and buses or check out the post card isle in the Duane Reade stores.
Now that I had my makeup and skin care take care of, it was time to find products for the next important part of my mini maker over. My hair! I recently colored my hair a basic black but I tempted to add more color. I took a quick peek to see what hair colors and styling tools were available in store.
As I browsed the hair styling section, I couldn't believe what I found. A Twilight: Breaking Dawn Hair Dryer! How crazy funny is that? I swear I always finding the most interesting things at Duane Reade.
As I marveled at the Twilight: Breaking Dawn Hair Dryer, my son decided it was time we headed over to the snack isle to get a few things. LOL
On our way to checkout and pay for our items, we passed by a section already prepared for Valentines day. As I looked at the pretty decorated boxes, I wonder if my mini makeover would lead to me getting a special Valentine Day gift this year from someone special.
So how much did my mini shopping cost me? I paid under $40 for a liquid lip color, eyeshadow, nail polish, skin cleaner and moisture.
We saw many more makeup and beauty items and I've added them in my Google + photo album: Duane Reade Makeup for Black Women
What did the makeup look like on me? Once home I tried both the liquid lip color and eye-shade. I loved that the liquid lip color (Succulent Plum) went on smooth and the looked nice with my skin tone.
The eyeshadow also looked nice but I think a bit to soft to be notice. I will have to play around with the colors to make them pop more against my skin-tone. If that doesn't work then I know where to go for more makeup shopping!
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