CoverGirl Queen Collection. These three words add up to unending possibilities for Black Girl Magic. CoverGirl’s line of lipsticks, bronzers, foundations, eyeliners and mascaras are specifically marketed to all of us brown girls; a group of women who are often overlooked when it comes to beauty.

covergirl queen collection

She’s Your Queen To Be!

When I walk down the aisle of the drugstore, sometimes it feels like I’m invisible. There’s 12 shades of beige, from porcelain to sand, but only one or two that could even touch my skin’s chocolate brown. CoverGirl’s Queen Collection fills that gap with a wide shade range for all women with dark skin.

Though I was sent these products for free for review, as always, all of the opinions are my own.

I, like every human being alive, love receiving packages in the Mail. So when I got this package from CoverGirl, naturally I was curious. I had used some CoverGirl products in the past but they were never my first stop when it came to picking up makeup in the drugstore.

The Foundation: Natural Hue Liquid Makeup in “Spicy Brown”

The Natural Hue Liquid Foundation in “Spicy Brown” was a pretty spot-on color match and the formula, when applied with a damp BeautyBlender, went on smoothly with medium coverage. It took about two squeezes of product to get my desired level of coverage– though it was a excellent match, the formula was a bit sheer for my liking.

Pick it up: CoverGirl Queen Collection Natural Hue Liquid Makeup

Covergirl Queen Collection Makeup

The Lipstick: CoverGirl Queen Collection Stay Luscious Lipstick in “Duchess”

The lipstick was a nice surprise. I am slightly addicted to liquid lipsticks at the moment and though I had seen these Queen Collection lipsticks in the store, I had never bothered to actually pick one up. I was missing out.

The lipsticks have a smooth formula and apply with a semi-opaque satin finish. The lipsticks are moisturizing and the color payout is bold, if slightly sheer. The color is build able so if yo really want to amp the color you can. The lippie is formulated to be long-lasting: even though you’re not going to get the staying power of a liquid lip, you’ll be left with a moisturized pout for at least a couple of hours.

Pick it up: CoverGirl Queen Collection Stay Luscious Lipstick
CoverGirl Queen Collection Lipstick Mascara

The Mascara: CoverGirl Queen Collection False Lash Drama

SO. MUCH. WIN. Out of all of the products in this collection, this is the one that I will definitely be picking up again. The short, firm bristles on the wand manage to wrap every single lash in mascara, providing an undeniable boost in fullness after one coat. This is the first drugstore mascara that I’ve found to be comparable to my OG favorite, Beauticontrol’s Dramatic Lash Mascara.

My lashes are short, fine and brown. (Brown skin, brown lashes. ::Shakes fist at the sky.::) Once I applied this mascara, my lashes were still short but they were curved upward and fanned out and deliciously dark. This mascara really struts its stuff when it comes to my bottom lashes– beautiful black fringe abounds.

Pick it up: CoverGirl Queen Collection False Lash Drama Mascara

CoverGirl Queen Collection Mascara

All in all, I think CoverGirl has a winner on it’s hands when it comes to the Queen Collection. These products are worthy of Brown-skinned beauties everywhere.

Tell me, will you be picking up anything from the Queen Collection?

Certified, unabashed lipstick addict here. If I am out of the house– ok, if I’m awake– then I am wearing something on my lips. I’ve been a lipstick addict since I was a young teen. Back in the day, I was a fan of this really amazing frosted bronze-nude Beauticontrol shade called “Nude Icing”. It made me feel sophisticated and grown up and perfectly polished. I, never having been one to stick with just one thing, counted the color “Diva” as my other favorite.

Diva was all that the name implied and more– the vampy, deep wine color brought the same drama to my lips that being a teenager brought to my life.

It’s practically my life’s work, you know, the collecting and documenting lipsticks that look incredible on brown-skinned beauties. In a world where darker skinned women don’t see themselves reflected NEARLY enough in the beauty world, it is a mantle that I wear with pride. After all, someone has to do it!

In the video below, I swatch and try on 5 of the best lipsticks for brown skin. Ranging from nude to purple to red, there is nothing but moisturizing, brilliant colorful goodness here. All of the lipsticks are from Beauticontrol’s Hydra Brilliance line so you know that you can grab your favorites from me here or by popping by the TRS shop and clicking on “Beauticontrol”.

Tell me…Which lip look is your favorite?

I am not a morning person. Don’t try to change me or send me any articles promising to teach me how to be a morning person– you’re just going to have to accept me as I am. Since I am well aware that I am not always at my best first thing in the morning, I have 7 beauty essentials in my bag at all times.

When it comes to putting together a beauty essentials kit, you’ve got to assess your own needs. For me, I feel my best when I have a smooth complexion, groomed brows and bold lipstick. If you are a girl who cannot live without smokey eyes and flushed cheeks than your toolbox will look a little different than mine. The key to true beauty is figuring out what makes YOU feel beautiful and owning your uniqueness!

Take a look at the contents of my bag:

In the bag, I keep the essentials to make sure that I have the look that I want. I want bright eyes and bold lips– my concealer and brows take care of that. One of my favorite liquid lipsticks is the NYX Liquid Suede Lip Creme in Cherry Skies. The smooth long-lasting formulation and rich color ensure that I have a perfectly polished appearance.

What do you keep in your bag to make sure that your look is on point?

If you’re serious about getting in shape like I am, you need to get serious about your workout wardrobe. Hold on. Stay with me now. Of course, I, blogger at a website called “The Right Style”, would turn physical fitness into an excuse to buy new clothes but let me tell you, Target’s fitness collection has got me hitting the gym on the regular.

Champion C9 Power Shape Sports Bra

The new Champion C9 Power Shape Sports Bra definitely means business. I generally play it fast and loose when it comes to sports bras– I don’t have much to control in that area. I tend to opt for thin-strapped slips of Lycra that offer little in the way of shape or support. The C9 Power Shape is NOT that bra. The thick Lycra would provide support on its own but the soft molded cups let your boobs know their proper place. The open T-back is designed to slip over your head but the bra doubles down by having a double bra-style clasp along the band. Whoa. Talk about boob security.

I was excited to nab this bra (there are tons of color options, btw. Don’t be fooled by my choice) but once I got into the store, I realized that I NEEDED some pants to complete my look. I couldn’t very well walk around with a new top with some old, raggedy yoga pants, could I? I dipped out of the sportswear section and headed straight to the Mossimo Junior’s section where I discovered the pants that I was meant to wear for the rest of my life.

Champion C9 Power Shape Sports Bra

The Mossimo Supply Co. Urban Leggings are marketed as regular legging-style pants but the fabric and design enable them to transition from athleisure to straight up athletic with no problems at all.

I base much of my life on the shoes that will be required and duh, this shopping trip proved to be no different. I love the way that this outfit pairs with my two favorite pairs of sneakers: the black and white Nike Free’s are my go-to when it comes to athletic function, the purple and fuschia printed Air Max are pure fashion, every day, all day.

Nike Free Air Max

The Champion C9 Power Shape Sports Bra will keep you fly and definitely keep you secure. Will you be picking one up at your local Target? What is your go-to gym look?

I received the C9 Core Power Sports Bra at a discount for review purposes.

It’s officially wintertime round these parts. December was incredibly warm, seriously, it was ridiculous. Beautiful. Fantastic. But it was ridiculous. And now that we’re headfirst into the month of February, we have been hit with real winter weather and with it, comes real winter skin woes. Masks are an increasingly popular skin care solution and it is not difficult to understand why.  Using a mask is a convenient and direct way of infusing ingredients topically on the skin. Beauticontrol’s Oxygen Infusion Radiance Masque and Exuviance’s Pigment Lifting Masque both deliver promises to enhance and even tone so can using these masks be the key to brighter winter skin?

Bubble masks and sheet masks also just happen to be two of the trendiest masks on the market. Sheet masks are just what you think they would be: all you need to do is unwrap your mask and place it on your face. There are holes for the eyes and nose and mouth so that the mask is easily moldable to the shape of your individual face. The masks are drenched in a serum that can be rubbed into your skin afterward for long-lasting benefits. Bubble masks are delivered in a form that when exposed to the air, oxygenate and bubble on the skin. The infusion of oxygen perks up dull skin and is designed to leave you with a rejuvenated complexion.

The Beauticontrol Oxygen Infusion Radiance Masque is a bubble mask and part of the BC Spa Bright line of products and is designed to be used as a complement to the Spa Bright Illuminating Serum, both pictured below.
Beauticontrol oxygen infusion radiance masque

The Oxygen Infusion Radiance Masque is without a doubt, a “you can feel it working” product. The masque is dispensed from an airtight pump (remember, it begins to bubble when exposed to the air!) and you apply a thin, even layer onto clean, damp skin. Within a minute, you’ll begin to feel the mask activating on your skin…literally. All of the sudden you will feel 1000 teeny explosions dancing across your skin’s surface, it feels a bit like a little festival. But on your face. Yeah. Ok, ok… that’s not a thing.

After the bubbles die down and you’ve rinsed the remaining mask off of your face, you’ll be surprised at how smooth and well, bright, your skin looks. The mask is recommended for weekly use or any time that your skin needs a pick-me-up, the results are instant and transformative. When used with the twice-daily Illuminating Skin Serum, you will notice dark spots  from acne and/or hyperpigmentation fading and a smoother skin texture overall. You can get both of these products here.

The Exuviance Pigment Lifting Masque is a sheet mask that promises to do its part in the fight against skin discoloration. The mask feels slightly cool and refreshing once you’ve laid it out on your face so I took more than the prescribed 10 minutes and kept the treatment on my face and laid down. This, unlike the shower-friendly bubble mask, is definitely a “relax and take your time” type of treatment. I wish I could recommend a glass of wine to go with your mask induced chill time but since you really can’t move your face, I will only suggest that you stick with a nice white. #StainsForDays

exuviance pigment lifting masque

The mask gives you an instant moisture boost thanks to the rich, concentrated serum. Once you’ve rubbed the remaining serum in, you are left with undeniable supple skin. The Exuviance’s masks are sold in a set of 6, which mean 6 weeks of this treatment. I was sent this product for review purposes and I am halfway through the box. I’ve been pleased by the results so far and have been able to incorporate it into my existing home spa routine. Man, I am going to be too beautiful to handle soon.

The Verdict

I’ve been using both the SpaBright set and the Pigment Lifting mask in tandem for the past three weeks and I’m going to give the brightening claim a go. I had a particularly horrible acne battle a couple of months ago. (It was nuts. I was able to tamp them all down before they became full blown explosions but seriously, they WOULD NOT STOP.)  In the almost-acne aftermath, thanks to my aggressive pimple murdering techniques, I had some dark marks. Now, nearly a month later, the lighter marks are gone and the deeper ones are making their way out of the door as well.

Do you have a masque du jour? What is your secret for combating winter dullness?