Products were gifted for review consideration, but of course, all opinions are my own.
Like so many of you, I’m spending more time on camera than ever. These days, I’m trying to find a balance between trying to look like my usual self but not doing too much. A bold red lip doesn’t quite hit the same when you’re always in the house!
Propa Beauty may be a new kid on the block—they launched in April of this year, right in the thick of the pandemic!—but has already found its way onto the lips of girls like me. This Black-owned beauty brand is starting with a collection of 12 creamy lipsticks, and you can find a nude that perfectly fits your skin tone and mood.
I am a real groupie for a deep, dark, chocolate brown lipstick—always have been. When I uncapped the shade, “Driven,” baby! I knew I had found a winner.
The PowerPouts Luminous Satin Lipstick collection lives up to its name: the lipsticks slide against my lips and leave a shining coat of color behind. A smooth, nourishing lipstick kinda feels like a bit of a luxury these days, definitely more so than the matte lipsticks I tended to favor pre-COVID.
In a world with few pleasures, Propa Beauty‘s new lipsticks have become one of mine. Will you be picking up any of these shades?
You can shop Propa Beauty and take a look at more swatches here.
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 a regular here at The Right Style, than this woman is probably a familiar face. If you’re a newbie, meet my mom, Kyle. She’s a character, that’s for sure and she’s my very first beauty inspiration. Never one to let time pass her by, she showcases the way she does beauty over 50.
I took these photos of my mum when we were having our casual Saturday selfie session. ( I’m joking. That’s not a thing.) She had just gotten the new Lovely Eyes palette (on sale RIGHT NOW!) and was pretty much 100% on her diva schtick.
Honestly, it wasn’t hard to see why.
My mother is a woman “of a certain age.” (Hint: I’m 30 and she was 27 when I was born. You do the very simple math.) She is a Beauticontrol consultant so anti-aging is a big part of her business, but she uses a few makeup techniques to keep up her youthful appearance.
My phone rang. I was being invited to an important, potentially life changing meeting. I tried to hide the shock induced stammer in my voice and, of course, said “I’ll be there.”
I hung up the phone, holding it a little too loosely between my fingers. My mouth was left so wide open, I am still shocked it didn’t develop a rug burn. Then, I felt the side of my lip slowly curl into the biggest “I’m so proud of myself! I can’t believe this is happening!” smile and let out a squeal reminiscent of my 13-year-old self at a Backstreet Boys concert. (Funny how our goals and priorities shift as we age, isn’t it?)
Nicole has barrel raced a horse, held an alligator, scrubbed sea turtles, and swam with sharks. She’s traveled to London, Florence, Rome, Pisa, Nice and Barcelona. Nicole is always trying to scratch her adventure itch and will give just about anything a try. She’s currently learning toddler speak and how to balance an 18 month old’s wants, needs, tantrums and kisses, which may be her greatest quest yet. Next up? Blogging for the genius fashionista Kerri Estella at The Right Style. You can catch up with her here or on her Facebook page: www.facebook.com/nkbeauti
It’s news to no one that the holiday season is hella stressful. Don’t get me wrong– there is boundless fun to be had. I’m stacking party invites to the ceiling and I can hardly think of a better time of year to scoop up free fizzy drinks, tiny food and chortle merrily whilst wearing casual sequins and antlers.
But the constant partying and gift buying and endless loops of the same ten songs can get you down after awhile. But nothing, and I mean nothing, gets people down more than holiday travel. It can seem as if the whole world is going exactly where you are at exactly that same moment. Long lines at the airport and the stop-and-frisk tactics of the TSA have you irritated before you even get inside the dry, recycled air palace that is an airplane. Dehydrated and puffy, you stumble off of the plane, greet your relatives and immediately seek to wrap your taste buds in the creamy comfort of a spiked eggnog. Shoot. You deserve it, girl!