Behind the scenes of recent KimYe Vogue Cover for April 2014. 

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Femme Fetch: Fashion Fair Perfect Finish Concealer

Picked up a new concealer. I am going to commit to a foundation free summer, well mostly foundation free. With that in mind, I have been on the lookout for the ultimate concealer for the glamorous ethnic femme. I think I may have found it. 

The Fashion Fair Perfect Finish Concealer is amazing for these reasons:

  • 3 custom shades designed for ethnic skin- you can pick between 2 palettes and I get use out of all three shades. Highlight, contour, whatever, it’s so femme. 
  • matte finish- cuts down on oil, enough said. 
  • fragrance free- lessens the chance of breakouts

The concealer retails for $18 USD and is worth every penny when you essentially are getting 3 concealers in one. In the world of the ethnic femme custom mixing can get very pricey when going with other brands. I say love and support the brands that love and support you. 

http://www.fashionfair.com

Be Bold, Be Femme.

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Toss the Gloss- First Book from Beauty Insider, Andrea Q. Robinson

As a self taught makeup artist and cosmetic enthusiast, beauty manuals have been my foundation for everything. There is nothing like a good read to nourish your mind while helping you glam up for the streets. Want a good read?

Be on the lookout for new book, Toss the Gloss: Tips, Tricks, and Truths for Women 50 + (Seal Press/$24.00 USD) from Andrea Q. Robinson, being released April 15th. 

Who is Andrea Q. Robinson?

A little background on Ms. Robinson for those that aren’t familiar. Her career in cosmetics and beauty has spanned over 40 years from her early days as a beauty editor for Vogue and even more recently running the Ralph Lauren fragrance business and even developing the Tom Ford Beauty Brand from scratch. Just to name a few. Want more credentials? Previous editing work for Mademoiselle and Seventeen, work with luxury brands Perscriptives, Ultima II, and Estee Lauder, and even discovered and developed master artist/beauty industry legend, Kevyn Aucoin. Need I say more, be sure to READ THE BOOK. I know I will. 

Finally, she has put together a book geared towards women 50 and over. Toss the Gloss is part memoir, part how- to, and part industry insider and a must read for anyone looking to gain insight on how to enhance natural beauty. Andrea has built her career on working with natural beauty and embracing one’s features. 

Toss the Gloss is about owning your look whatever your age and will empower you with many of Andrea’s simple beauty truths. Want to avoid the wrong products when shopping, look femininely fab versus just ok, decipher between the hype and the truly helpful, check out Toss the Gloss :Beauty Tips, Tricks, and Truths for Women 50+ being released April 15th. 

http://tossthegloss.com/ -Pre order a copy today!!!

Be Bold, Be Femme.

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Femme Boy Goes Red- The Products

Hey girlies, want a super intense red lip like the one featured in my latest video. 

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Rev Up the Red Products:

  • Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick Kate Moss Collection in Shade 01- this stuff is highly pigmented and goes on smooth with a creamy, rich finish. Shade 01 is an almost universally flattering red, will read a bit deep and vampy on lighter skin. 
  • MAC Lip Pencil in Mahogany- a brownish-red that works wonders for dark girls trying to get the ultimate red lip. Mahogany has great transformative abitly also. For my lighter ladies, try mixing it with a paler pink shade. 
  • Illamasqua Cream Blusher in Brazen- one of the most intense and vibrant pigments available in cream form. Not for the timid. Works wonders on lips, I placed a bit right on center of my lips to to add dimension. 

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If you haven’t seen my latest video, check it out. 

Be Bold, Be Femme.

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Femme Boy Goes Red

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Femme Fetch: Maybelline Fit Me Shine-Free Foundation Stick

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According to Maybelline.com: “Our first gel stick foundation with an anti-shine core, fresh gel foundation blends to a natural matte finish, lightweight powders in the anti-shine core instantly dissolve excess oil”

All in all, the Maybelline Fit Me Shine Free Foundation Stick holds up with a few minor things that I would have changed. The product definitely delivers a shine-free finish, feels light weight, and is extremely easy to apply. 

Dimethicone is second on the ingredient list for the inner core “anti-shine” portion of the stick, so it definitely is going to go on the skin smoothly and help mattify. Their are also dimethicone cross polymers included further down the line on the list, which suggest there is a good amount but not too much to cause worry. Also the use of this product is for topical purposes, which is the best way to utilize this ingredient. The foundation will create a barrier around the skin making it not the best option for my femmes with acne issues.

I like Maybelline Fit Me Shine-Free as an “on-the-go” foundation. It’s easy to apply and may need to be touched up throughout the day. The stuff instantly mattifies and takes away shine. But if there ever was a foundation that has to be washed off before bed, it is this one, no exceptions!!!!

Maybelline offers good shade selection(12 shades) for the foundation and is quite affordable(under $10 usd). Definitely worth adding to the collection, you could always use more makeup, girlie!!!!

Be Bold, Be Femme.

Check out my post on matte foundations in general on my blog, FEMME BOY.

Buy Maybelline Fit Me Shine-Free Foundation Here. or at your nearest convience store.

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Femininely Flawless: Matte Foundations

Mattifying foundations work to achieve coverage on the face(sometimes body) while providing an “oil free” finish to the skin in varying degrees. Typically, these specific foundations include silica, talc, and dimethicone for their mattifying properties, and are safe for consistent use on the skin. The key word when shopping for mattifying products is going to be "non-comedigenic" or "oil-free" meaning won’t clog pores. Oily/combination skin is usually best suited for matte foundations, but normal skin types can experiment when going for a certain look. 

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When wearing matte foundation starting off with a slightly moisturized face works best. The foundation has something to adhere to and blending is always easier on moisturized skin. Let the mattifying element come from your foundation, not your moisturizer. 

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I favor a matte foundation specifically when going out and especially when I am sure I will be photographed. Nothing worse than a super oily face showing up all over Instagram and Facebook. :-( Less is always more with matte foundations , blend in quick light strokes pressing in with the warmth of your fingers after. Use the setting powder sparingly, very light hand here. Matte Foundation and tons of powder is a less than desirable look. 

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Femme Tip: Does your skin look flaky and super dry when you wear matte foundations? Try exfoliating the skin first, this removes any dead skin cells that may be on the skin preventing a smooth finish. 

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Be Bold, Be Femme. 

Visit my beauty blog, Femme Boy for a detailed review of one of my current favorite matte foundations.

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