Beauty Blogger Box Swap with Sarah Fynn

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Sarah Fynn asked me if I wanted to do a blogger box swap. It seemed like fun so I said yes!

We agreed on a budget of £20 and a theme which was supposed to be a full face of makeup excluding foundation. I was rubbish. I couldn’t get all the products I wanted within the budget because I just haven’t done proper research on budget brands. I often go to premium brands to save me time. Terrible isn’t it?

I unwrapped my package from Sarah live on my Facebook page at “Tasha’s Face Beauty Blog”. Check it out to see my first impressions. Everything was perfectly wrapped in Christmas paper which was apt because it really was like Christmas all over again! Each item or group of items had a cute label on it giving me a clue as to what was inside. I thought this was a lovely personal touch.

Sarah sent me:

  • PS… Full Look eyelashes
  • Natural Collection Lip Lines in Espresso
  • Rimmel London Fix & Protect Makeup Primer
  • Maybelline Great Lash in Blackest Black
  • MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquer in Firecracker
  • MUA Makeup Academy Heaven & Earth Eyeshadow Palette
  • PS… Fashion Nails Pointed Shape in Nearly Nude
  • Makeup Revolution Ultra Sculpt & Contour Kit in Ultra Light/Medium C04
  • Makeup Obsession Blush in B112 Bloom
  • MUA Makeup Academy Lipstick in Shade 11
  • Barry M Flawless Mist & Fix Makeup Setting Spray Dewy Finish

Now I just need to try them all. Just thinking about the best way to do it….

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Here’s what I sent to Sarah:

Maybelline Lash Sensational Lash Multiplying Mascara in ..brown! Ok so I meant to pick up black but actually, this would be a really good excuse for Sarah try something different. I have used brown mascara on my black lashes for a really natural daytime look. With a strong lip, she can go for an editorial-style pared-back eye look. I have found that even though the mascara is brown, if the mascara gives you good volume and lift and is eye-opening, that’s all you need to look brighter and wide-awake without looking too “done”. The Maybelline Lash Sensational Lash Multiplying Mascara is an affordable way to do that. I originally bought it as an alternative (or dupe – I don’t like that word very much) to Benefit’s Roller Lash mascara and I was very pleased, as I always am with Maybelline mascaras.

Maybelline Color Tattoo 24HR is another great Maybelline products. I have the darker colours which are well pigmented so they make good eyeliners as well as bases for other eye makeup. I haven’t tried 05 Eternal Gold yet but it is on my drugstore wishlist! I imagine Sarah using it as an eyeshadow for a natural, flattering colour wash and even for strobing. I feel incomplete without my highlighter and I’m hoping this will work on her!

I’m no good at doing my brows with pencil, at least this was the truth before I discovered L’Oreal’s Brow Artist Shaper. The darkest one I could find was 04 Dark Brunette which is just right for me.

Barry M does great Kohl Pencils and I have previously used one in blue. I went for black in case Sarah wanted sharp definition.

Finally, I picked up an MUA (Makeup Academy) Lipstick in Shade 3. I haven’t tried this shade myself although I really want to. It’s a bold hot pink, perfect for the statement lip I mentioned earlier. I have Shade 13, my favourite red. Even though it’s only £1, it outperforms many other lipstick brands. I’m confident Sarah will love it! (I’m also hoping it would work as a blusher).

You can find Sarah at and her blog post is here.

I loved this collaboration because I learned that there are a number of places to get purse-friendly makeup and that I must try harder. I will do better next time!

Facebook February on

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I have declared that this February is “Facebook February”. I was late in setting up my Facebook page, “Tasha’s Face Beauty Blog“, not least because it was just awkward to set up and I couldn’t decide which category to put page in. My content is across several social media platforms but I haven’t been making full use of Facebook.

This month, I want to show Facebook some love. I don’t want to duplicate what I put on my blog or on other platforms. I want to do more. You can already see all of my blog and Instagram posts on it but I want to:

  • Do status updates
  • Share blog posts I’ve written for Brown Beauty Talk
  • Share any blog posts I write for other people
  • Do Facebook Live broadcasts, both planned and impromptu
  • Share posts by other people which I like and think you would like

How does that sound?

I will do a regular Facebook Live chat every Tuesday between 2030 and 2130 GMT except the 28th when I am hoping I’ll be at Keziah Connections so I can broadcast the event (WiFi permitting).

In the first Facebook Live chat on Tuesday 7th February, I’ll be discussing the new-look Glamour Magazine. It promises more beauty and fashion so let’s put that to the test! See you there!



Curly-girls and brown-skinned beauties: why it’s important to see us in magazines

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In this post I’ll be commenting on three magazine editions covering fashion and beauty. Some of the looks will be going into my neglected beauty scrapbook. I need a new one and these images would be perfect to start it off.

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Cosmo and the mixed-heritage curly girl

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Sasha Pereira

After I whittled down my magazines into what inspired me, I categorised the articles into themes. There was some overlap but at the time I felt the groupings made sense. Now, I have written this blog post beginning with the body of text, rather than the title which I have never done before. I just wasn’t sure how to introduce this collection of cuttings.

In the June 2016 edition of Cosmopolitan there was a full feature on hair, or more specifically, “hairitage”. To my delight it focused on mixed-heritage hair which for the most part was curly. I could identify with the piece and also find it useful for product recommendations that I could use on my hair.

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Diversity in Beauty and Fashion 2016

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Last year in December I went through a year’s worth of magazines that I had bought to catch up on my reading to recap on the trends and to seek inspiration.

One thing I noticed was that towards the end of 2015 and into 2016 there was a real effort to be more diverse in fashion and beauty. There were more darker-skinned beauties on the catwalks, in fashion and beauty features and in advertisements in most of the magazines. There were even diversity features in themselves.

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Power dressing for your face

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I wanted to feel like I could conquer the world. What’s my world-conquering colour? It’s red! There was a time when I would never wear red at all, whether it be clothing or makeup but once I discovered the power of red, I knew it was here to stay in my life.

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Melariche’s ‘Test It First’ Service

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No, thank you!

Melariche: Shop beauty curated for darker skin tones and curly hair”. Yes, that’s just the kind of shop I need.

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How I do the sales and stay calm in 8 steps

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Some of the best beauty bargains can be found in the Boxing Day sales.  Here’s how I get value for money and stay sane!

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