Chit Chat – Life Update

Chit Chat – Life Update

I’ve been away from my blog from several months and I thought it would be fitting to write a life update! As I mentioned in my New Years Post, I’m moving towards a more quality centric blog instead of quantity. The pressure to blog/vlog has had very bad consequences in the past but blogging when I feel like puts me at ease. However, I always worry that if I’m away for too long, you’ll all forget me! So a life update is awesome to just catch you up to speed on what I’ve gotten up to in my absence!

If there is anything on this list you’d love me to expand on and write a blog about do let me know!

Graduate School

I’m now in my second semester of graduate school. It still feels strange sometimes that I’m doing my masters because I never had a concept of what graduate school would be like. It’s a lot of work, but it’s given me a lot of skills in a few months. My favourite part about graduate school is learning coding/programming languages. I was excited, but nervous to learn it from scratch coming here but I’ve learnt so much and its now one of my best parts about the course. I think it’s that eureka moment I get after stumbling on a code for hours and finally seeing it work. It’s an emotional rollercoaster but I love it so far.

Move Back To WordPress.com

Earlier this year I moved from my blog, which was hosted on WordPress.com to a self hosted site. This inadvertently caused a massive amount of headache as my website crashed multiple times within this time. Also, trying to find the right themes and customizing was also challenging. However, the final nail on the coffin was the lack of engagement with the WordPress community! I hate it. I realised that I don’t care about SEO, domains, self hosted, traffic or any other blog things I “should” care about. It produces a lot of negative feelings for me and makes me unfocused on producing blog content.

I decided to move back and I’m happy and calm not caring about all the extra blogging stuff. I just want my likes and comments over blogging jargon that gives me headache any day!

My site currently looks like a headache so bear with me because WordPress is currently facilitating my transfer! Everything will be back to normal after October 5th.

Self Awareness

I’m striving to be more self-aware. I was really inspired by a Japanese TV show called Terrace House (It’s on Netflix, thank me later).  Besides being amused by all the cultural differences Japanese people had with the Western world, I was particularly impressed by their self-awareness and reflection on all aspects of their life. There is also a strong desire to be better, and think of other people’s feelings and how their interactions affect people. I tend to think of how interactions affect me instead of the other way around, which upon watching this show, exposed my selfish tendencies! I know, strange. I can learn from anything, even reality TV shows. Haha

Dreadlocks

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I started dreadlocks! Myself! They’re currently 4 months old and coming along nicely. I guess you could say I gave up on my natural hair this summer. The breakage and tangling was real so I decided to lock it since my hair tends to want to lock itself every 2 seconds. My locs give me even more peace of mind since I use less products and only have to deal with my hair every 2 months. I ALSO DONT HAVE TO COMB IT OMG YESSSSSSS!!

Weight Loss

I’ve lost a total of 8kg (17lbs) since the beginning of the year.  I lost a lot of weight, but I lost it slowly to preserve my madness. I attribute the first few months of the journey to eating low-calorie alternatives of the things I loved like brownies, ice-cream and spaghetti. However, towards the last few kilograms, I attribute my weight loss to intermittent fasting and eating one massive, delicious, calorie dense, meal a day. I have my hangry, binge days but all in all its going pretty smoothly since I always feel very satiated after each meal.

That’s it for my life update! Theres many little other things that have happened but this is just the main stuff. Thank you for reading!

Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette Review + Swatch On Dark Skin

Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette Review + Swatch On Dark Skin

It’s no secret that I’m a massive lover of the Urban Decay makeup line. However that has never stopped me from being totally honest on if a palette disappoints me or not. Which was how I felt about the moondust palette which I did a review on here. I completely hate that palette on my skin tone.

I decided to give UD a second chance and do a the Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette review because although I saw a lot of beauty bloggers do reviews on this palette, I haven’t seen a lot of swatches/reviews from women of colour (w.o.c.) on the blogosphere! I know how difficult it can be for W.O.C to find a decent review/swatch so here I am!

Even if you aren’t a W.O.C, this review can still be helpful because if a colour does not work on my skin tone, it will most likely be gorgeous on you and vice versa! So I hope you enjoy this review!

The Packaging

The packaging is very similar to the three other Naked palettes. It comes with 12 mini palettes shades in a rectangular pack with a full sized mirror and eyeshadow brush. I happen to like the Urban Decay palette packaging a lot. It’s easy to travel with and the eyeshadow brush is top notch. However UD palettes are notorious for scattering once you drop them. It’s very disheartening when I drop my palette by mistake and all the mini pans fall out with the shadows destroyed. So if you own this palette be extra careful not to drop it!

Naked Heat Shades

OUNCE (ivory shimmer)

I always try to avoid the lightest shades in eyeshadow palettes as a dark skinned woman because it’s so easy for it to turn out looking ashy. But this one actually doesn’t appear jarring on my skin. I love the light shimmery tone on my skin. It’s also similar to a pearl colored highlighter so it’s perfect for using it under your brow bone or inner tear duct.

CHASER (light nude matte)

I don’t like this color. As I said before, I avoid light colors because I’ll look ashy. Although it’s described as a nude, this nude will suit a light skinned person as opposed to someone dark. It just appears ashy on my skin. Next!

SAUCED (soft terra-cotta matte)

This is cute! I has a soft, peachy, rust shade on my skin so I quite like this one. I think this will do well as a transition shade or even the main shade on your lid if you’re looking for something light!

LOW BROW ( Brown Matte)

This is described as a brown matte but it’s actually a brown nude! It’s like a soft brown color on my skin so I quite like this one. Transition shade anyone?

LUMBRE (copper shimmer w/gold pearl shift)

This is a gorgeous copper shimmer shade! It will definitely have a multipurpose use because it’s great for the lid, brow bone and even inner tear duct.

HE DEVIL (burnt red matte)

This is a very unique red shade that I’ve never actually seen before! I didn’t cross my mind that red could be used as an eyeshadow color but I love this one. It also happens to look gorgeous on my skin tone! It looks great with the Lumbre paired together so I will definitely be using these two together!

DIRTY TALK (metallic burnt red)

I think this is the metallic equivalent of He Devil but I’m not sure I like this one. It has a muted color so it is not really accentuating my skin tone. I will use this sparingly!

SCORCHED (metallic deep red w/gold micro-shimmer)

Now this is the metallic equivalent I was looking for! This actually looks somewhat purple on me so it complements my skin tone nicely.

CAYENNE (deep terra-cotta matte)

Very deep matte mauve shade. It’s perfect for blending and transitioning! Not too dark too.

EN FUEGO (burgundy matte)

A darker deep red shade similar to Cayenne. I think this can be worn fully on the lid for a smoky eye and on the crease too!

ASHES (deep reddish-brown matte)

This looks very dark and more purple than reddish brown. Although I like dark eyeshadow colors, I never really know how to work it. It’s not my favourite I may not reach for this as often.

EMBER (deep metallic copper-burgundy)

This is a lovely copper shade that I’ve never actually seen before. Imagine the colour of the Rose Gold iPhone, but on your lids. It does have a grainy consistency so it doesn’t feel as smooth as the other shades.

FORMULA / SWATCH

The formula of the eyeshadow is also amazing as usual. It’s creamy, pigmented and lasts forever on the eyes. It also glides on very smoothly on my arm and blends out beautifully. I have no issues with blending the palette. Some of the shades have a grainier texture, but it does not hamper the blend ability of the shadow!

SHOULD YOU BUY THIS?

I think the only reservations one may have about the palette is the actual usage of the palette because it does not seem to be a palette that you can use everyday. Most of the looks you can create with this palette look more appropriate for the summer. Because of this, is the $54 dollar price tag worth it?

I bought this palette because I basically live in a country that has summer-like weather all year long. Because of this, it won’t look out of place if you’re wearing such warm colours. I am not entirely sure how this palette pans out in the winter time. So this is something to put into consideration when trying to purchase the palette. It’s perfect for summer and fall, but winter is something I’m still on the fence about!

THE VERDICT

Yes I like this palette! I think it’s a great addition to the Naked collection and there are some really unique shades that are here. I especially love the reddish shades because I’ve never encountered a red eyeshadow shade before. It’s really unique and captures the essence of the “Heat” name. It is a beautiful palette and I think I will purchase this again.

How To Find The Perfect Shade Of Red Lipstick

I think red lipstick is the quintessential makeup product that every woman should own. Red lipstick makes a woman instantly more bold and makes her exude much more confidence!  I wear red lipstick often because it looks great on any makeup look and it makes me look more powerful!

Finding the perfect shade of red lipstick is a game of trial and error. However, as long as you don’t go too orange or too dark, most red lipsticks are universally flattering. I also did a post on my guide to the perfect nude lipstick! So if you are struggling with finding your perfect shade, I’ve got you covered!

Find The Perfect Shade Of Red Lipstick

It’s important to know what type of lipstick look you want when finding the perfect shade of red lipstick. There many types of red lipstick shades. These include lipsticks with blue undertones, orange reds and true reds. There are also lip glosses, lipsticks or tinted lip creams. How these colours perform on your skin depends highly on your skin color or undertone.

I personally do not use skin undertone advice when it comes to choosing lipstick colours because I’ve found that the advice does not work for me! It can also be very overwhelming and confusing for a beginner who is new to makeup to try to understand skin undertones. I also believe that all skin tones can pull off any light or dark lipstick colour as long as their skin tone is taken into consideration.

Getting Practical

My best advice to find the perfect shade of red lipstick is to always to try a cheap alternative of what you think would look good on you. I always try drug store alternatives to get an idea of what lipstick colour I like before making the splurge on more expensive alternatives. Go to a drug store that allows samples and try a few lipstick shades. Try a dark red, a true red and an orange coloured lipstick if you’re feeling adventurous. Taking swatches on your hand is also a great way to know if the colour is flattering or not. If it looks like it accentuates your skin tone then it is probably a good lipstick match. If it is too bright or deep, it would probably not look good on your skin tone!

But don’t be afraid to try a bright lip color! As long as you have a darker lip liner, you can line the outer corner of your lips to create an ombre effect and make any lipstick colour wearable!

Orange lipsticks are too bright on me so if you have a similar skin tone to me this is something to keep in mind!  The lipstick colours that flatter me the most are usually deep but I have begun to gravitate towards true reds because they look more eye-catching!

M.A.C Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour – Feels So Grand

This is one of my new favourite lip colours because it dries into a matte finish and it is a very eye-catching red. This colour is a classic red lip colour which is timeless in my opinion. I also love how bright it appears on my skin!  My only con about this lipstick is that it’s quite drying. It is expected though because most liquid lipsticks are drying. It doesn’t flake though so that’s a plus!

M.A.C Retro Matte Lipstick – Ruby Woo

This used to be my absolute favourite lipstick. It is a vivid blue red lipstick that is creamy with a matte finish. I always reached for this lipstick any time I wanted to wear a red so it’s extremely versatile. The reason why I’m using this less now is because I want a flashier red! Which is why I bought Feels So Grand.

Rimmel Lasting Finish Matte Lipstick – Kiss Of Life

I usually don’t like drugstore lipsticks (liquid lipsticks on the other hand…) but this one is actually a dupe for Mac’s ruby woo. It’s also a blue red lipstick with but this has a creamy matte finish so if you are looking for a more affordable red lipstick this is the one for you!

Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Gloss – Black Ruby

This lip gloss is very shimmery and reminds me of christmas because it’s such a festive colour that’s perfect for the holidays. I love the depth of the colour and how easy it is to apply the gloss. It also lasts super long and it isn’t too sticky or tacky on the lips!

Now that you have an idea of how to find the perfect shade of red lipstick, you’ll be rocking gorgeous lip colours in no time! I hope this post was helpful for you. Thank you so much for reading!

I’ve Gone Self Hosted: The Move To My New Website!

I’ve Gone Self Hosted: The Move To My New Website!

I have been flirting with the idea of going self hosted for months now and I finally did it! I’ve Moved! If you’re reading this post right now it means you’re still subscribed to Thepearlylife.wordpress.com!

I have now moved my blog over to thepearlylife.com so I will no longer update posts on this website!

I hope you can join me over on my new website! I already have some new posts I would love you to read.

Thank you so much for your support on my blog. I wouldn’t be here without it. ❤️

Love,

Pearl.

The 1000 Followers Milestone!

The 1000 Followers Milestone!

Excuse me? OMG, me? What? A thousand people are following my blog?

I had a goal to reach 500 followers by the end of the year and this has completely exceeded my expectations!

I would like to sincerely thank you all for subscribing to my blog, continuously interacting with me and showing support. It is this continuous support that keeps me going! I don’t look at you all my people who are following me, I see you as a community of my friends.

This is such an amazing milestone to reach and it now feels weird looking at my follower count because I remember when I had 20 people following me. That was such an exciting time for me and now that I have reached 1000 followers, this is a similar, exhilarating feeling!

So what’s next? I can’t wait to see where this blogging journey takes me and see how I evolve as I continue doing this. I’m looking forward to working with different brands and websites! I currently live in Nigeria so getting some opportunities have been a bit of a challenge. However, I may be moving soon so that would definitely open more opportunities for me! Yay!

I also set a goal for myself that if I ever hit a 1000 followers on my blog I would get a custom domain. I would love more creative freedom on my blog but I don’t know if I should pay for WordPress Premium or move to WordPress.org yet. I’ll probably start with the paid versions of WordPress.com before I move to a self hosted website. I’m too lazy for all the technical stuff and I really love the ease of the community here.

I also started a new Instagram page for my blog a month ago. Despite the messy algorithm, I currently have 360 lovely followers there so it is going pretty well all things considered. So go over there and give me a follow!

Also trying to get into Pinterest too, I don’t know how to use that much so we’ll see how this goes!

Once again, thank you so very much!

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The Basic Beauty Kit For Beginners and Lazy People

The Basic Beauty Kit For Beginners and Lazy People

The world of makeup can be very overwhelming. There is always a new product to try or one to help you look more amazing. I started my makeup journey 4 years ago, after I graduated high school. I was just 16 then and although I had a pretty late start to makeup, I am now very comfortable with doing my makeup and using most products.
I think when you are new to the world of makeup, it is very difficult to know what products you need. Makeup is a very fun way to experiment and express yourself, but it can quickly become confusing when you do not know what looks good with what. When you are starting out, focusing on the basic aspects of makeup is the best way to get better. It is amazing what a simple touch of mascara can do to enhance your beauty.

These products are what I used when I started practicing makeup. They are also all the products I use when I am lazy because I don’t like spending hours doing my makeup but I would still love to look cute and put together in the end! I’ve mentioned mostly drug store products because I don’t recommend spending too much money on makeup when you are a beginner. Some drugstore products are also pretty good! Here are the products I recommend:

Eyebrows

Eyebrows frame the face and they are arguably one of the most important makeup products anyone should have. There are brow powders, pomades and pencils but I personally use a pencil because is it easier to apply.

Keeping your eyebrows  trimmed and neat makes applying brow products easier. Using the brow pencil,lightly fill any areas that look sparse until you get your desired thickness.  Completely optional, but I use a concealer to tidy up the perimeter around my brows to correct any mistakes I made to make it look neater.

Brand: My absolute favourite hands down is Jordana’s Fabubrow eyebrow pencil. It is readily available in CVS pharmacy stores in US. If you live in the UK, one of favourites was Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil!

Foundation

The holy grail of makeup products! Foundation is the base for all makeup products and it covers your dark spots, circles and general imperfections. Different shades of foundation exist so finding your perfect shade takes trial and error. Starting out with drug store foundations gives you a basic idea of what colours will work for you and what won’t!

Brand: My favorite drug store foundation, which is also my all time favorite foundation, is Maybelline Fit Me foundation. It also matches perfectly with the Maybelline Fit Me Pressed Powder!

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Lipstick

A red or nude lipstick is great for a basic makeup kit. This is because they are universally flattering colours that look good on most skin tones. Here is my guide on how to find the perfect shade of nude lipstick! I don’t have a lot of drugstore brands because I personally prefer high end brands in this aspect.

Brand: My current favorite red lipstick is Mac’s Ruby Woo and nude is Mac’s Taupe Lipstick lipstick. 

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Eyeliner

Eyeliner is the bane of makeup lovers existence. Using an eyeliner makes your eyes appear more alert and enhances your eye colour. It is actually one of the trickiest products to apply, even after 4 years!  I believe the earlier you start learning, the better. Practice makes perfect so don’t be afraid to begin experimenting with eyeliner now.

Brand: I don’t use a specific makeup brand for my eyeliner. I actually bought this eyeliner in a Nigerian market for 400 Naira ($1.20). It’s also better than any drug store eyeliner I’ve tried so yay!

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Mascara

Mascara is a makeup game changer. It makes your eyes pop! There are so many affordable mascaras but in my honest opinion, I think that high end brands offer better mascara options.

Brand: That being said, the one drug store mascara I can recommend is Sleeks Lethal Length Mascara. It doesn’t clump and it separates and elongates your lashes perfectly. The mascara is readily available in the UK but not in the US. However, they ship all over the world so you can just order for a delivery on their official website!

Brushes

A basic or lazy beauty kit needs three makeup brushes at most; the foundation brush, the powder brush and an optional spoolie brush for your eyebrows! There are many types of foundation brushes but my favourite is flat top foundation brush. It’s quick and easy to use.

Brand: Real techniques and Eco Tools are amazing drug store brands to try. They have quality brushes that can be bought as stand alones or in sets! I currently own random brushes from both brands that I bought in sets and separately. Shop the Real Techniques Starter Kit here and Eco Tools Starter collection here

That is it! These are just the basics of makeup but once you get comfortable with the basics you can begin to increase your makeup collection and fill it with eyeshadows, bronzers, concealers, contour and highlighter kits and many more. You will even find yourself going back to the basics if you are just having a lazy day like me. Thank you so much for reading this post!

What did your beginner or lazy makeup kit consist of?

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Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Long Wear Foundation: Review & Swatch

Lancome is one of my favourite high-end brands. I grew up watching my mother using Lancome products and now I’m using their makeup and skin care products often! One of the things I love about Lancome is how the brand places a lot of emphasis on skin care. I think it’s always good to have glowing, natural, blemish free skin. Great skin is a lovely canvas for makeup!

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I also appreciate how much they include all shades of skin tones in their foundations and concealers. They have makeup for extremely fair skin and dark skin. It is great because it is difficult for WOC and fair-skinned ladies to find a foundation that actually caters to our skin tone.

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The Formula:

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra is an oil-free, long wear foundation that offers medium to full coverage. I am a full coverage kind of girl so this is perfect for that. It covers all my dark spots, discolorations and looks somewhat matte on my skin. Most foundations are quite oily and shiny when applied so you often need a mattyfying powder to set it. However, this foundation can be used on it’s own without a powder because it is shine free. It looks very natural, does not feel cakey and heavy on my skin so double plus!

I was also pleased to know that this foundation has SPF 15 which is great because I hardly wear sunscreen even though I live in a very sunny area. This means that it will protect your skin from the sun’s UV rays while providing a smooth and flawless finish.

Swatches + Try On:

I am using colour number 10 or Beige Praline. The foundation is now available in 40 shades which means you will definitely find a colour that suits your skin tone. Here is the swatch of this foundation on my arm vs blended out. It blends perfectly into my skin and matches my skin quite well.

The Burning Question:

Now on to the burning question; does it last long? Yes it does! I apply my foundation once a day and only touch up with a powder once my face gets oily. I don’t think any foundation under this planet can survive the Nigerian weather so I am not too strict on my expectations with regards to reducing shine. Even though I may get shiny, the foundation stays put and my face is still well covered. Here is the foundation immediately when I applied it and 5+ hours later…

I have used this foundation consistently for months in the UK and Nigeria and I have had no complaints. The only reason I stopped using Lancome was because I was trying to stopping my excessive spending on makeup products and $47 was not affordable for me at that time (Funny story: I had a family intervention a few weeks ago where they promised to cut my spending money if I keep buying so much makeup. LOL)

Some Tips :

  • Make sure you pick a shade lighter than your actual skin tone because this foundation will oxidize and turn a shade darker!
  • Do not pick your foundation colour from just looking at the bottle because the colour on the bottle appears darker than the actual product.
  • A little also goes a long way with this foundation so do not be too heavy-handed so you will not waste the foundation and look like a cake monster.

You can purchase this foundation for just 26 pounds here!

I hope you enjoyed this review! What do you think about this foundation?

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