Milf in a Rampage

MOJ NOTDWhile most of you read the title and expected a hack (god forbid) or some drama where Yaya surely lost her head, I am only using two of the names of polishes in the line of Illamasqua polishes I got from Sephora not too long ago.

I even almost forgot to post it for you guys until I was watching the NAACP Image Awards tonight and read about MissMerli’s woes over Keri Hilson’s choice of accessories. (p.s. check YouTube for Monique & Tyler Perry’s speeches. They were inspirational to me) Check the image here. The problem was mostly in the details. The fact that there was one single glove. Not a la Michael Jackson. A la ‘I am a socialite returning from a ball and had too many glasses of wine and now I have no idea where my second glove is.‘ I even suggested she sported the single glove to mask the fact that her manicure was not completed on the other hand. Shoot, I’ve done similar things!

Keri Hilson NAACP

As I carefully zoomed in on Miss Keri Baby’s nails though, I spotted a very familiar minty green. Is hers Illamasqua? If it’s not, it sure should’ve been. Here’s how the polish looked on me:

As you can probably tell, the left is with flash and the right is without flash. The color looks a bit like both pictures depending on what light you’re looking at it under. Check out the pic below for what the color looks like with average indoor lighting.

This color is Milf. I tried to see if I could do a stripe NOTD with Rampage but took the tape off my nails too early. I am still learning this process of doing diagonal stripes. Previously, I used to do it free hand, but as soon as I get my timing and pressure down right with this tape nonsense, I will be amazing. The day will come!

See the uneasy wiggles around the diagonal? Work in progress.

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Some Random NOTDs

Hey y’all. I spent the weekend trying to clean up my photo cache as well as post drafts, and I can tell you I’ve really been holding out on you!

As always – my attempts are to stick to a two a day posting schedule, but we’ll see how that goes.

Check out my NOTDs from the past that I forgot to post in a timely fashion, and let me know which colors and/or companies your nails have been itchin’ to wear!

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OPI Suede Ink on left Illamasqua in Lament on right

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ORLY in Enchanted Forest with China Glaze Matte Magic top coat on right

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Essie in Mesmerize with China Glaze Matte Magic top coat on right
sorry for the mess of an application!

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Color Club in Revvolution no flash on left and with flash on right

Which one is your fave?

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Illamasqua continued

Remember when I promised to show you pics from Illamasqua’s launch in Sephora? Yeah well it’s time for that.


I got some goodies from them, but that’s for yet another post. For now – meet some of their staff and look at all the pics! 🙂

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Varied product selection

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super vibrant glosses

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Illamasqua beauties Adam & Jennifer

Check out Adam’s countour job and his eye magic!

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Check out my girl Adina from for her full Illamasqua coverage.

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New at Sephora

Our favorite haven of products, cosmetics, and more has come with the Boom Boom Pow for 2009. No kidding.

With their opening of the new Times Square location in NYC, came a plethora of brand partnerships. So many that one is left to stand in a corner and try their best to contain their excitement.

These partnerships and/or contract acquisitions are nowhere near as “average” as when your local drugstore agrees to carry Snickers (although that to me is serious business too). No – these are products and companies that all have significant weight, or carry products instrumental to our product addiction advancement.

In no particular order, I bring to you:


Lauren Luke, also know to many YouTube fans as Panacea- one of the few well known makeup tutorial gurus now has her own line of makeup. She put together several crafty palettes for customers & she created tutorials to go with the palettes as well.

While I have yet to try out the palettes, I am head over heels in love with the packaging. It is too cute – with pink post-it like notes with her quotes. I also love that this is basically a backroom kind of business. There were no credit investors and all of LVMH involved – just lil’ ole’ Lauren. Don’t get me wrong – I realize plenty a business meeting went into this, but I see this as the equivalence of MySpace changing around the way music artists got signed – a lot less middleman interaction.

Check out the Sephora product page here and her tutorials here!


Illamasqua is a UK brand who, to ladies across the pond, doesn’t need an introduction. To me? I heard murmurs and whispers, but it took all of Sephora to educate me.

According to their motto, Illamasqua is a makeup brand for your alter ego, and it comes in a large array of bright shades from your cheeks to your nails.

Check out their Sephora product page here, and my introduction post about them here!


Curly girls in the house rejoice!

I don’t know if I’ve educated you on my curls, but here we go again. I got ringlets. I got frizz. I got it all and I love it.

When I was little I used to look at girls with straight hair and I would fill up with envy. Why did I have to wear braids (which by the way – my grandfather did for me) to keep my hair tame, and these girls could mimic hair commercials? I was a hater.

With the tough love that is legendary in the Yaya household, my mother always told me if I didn’t like my hair, she could easily shave it off for me. That surely was traumatic at times. But then one day – I used gel. And another – frizz serum. The list went on, and I was never the same. Now I smile when people tell me how lucky to have such curly hair, I laugh when they ask me if I get it chemically curled, and I smirk when they tell me to straighten it.

Ouidad (who I always thought was pronounced Oooh-weeee-dad) is as kind to curly hair as I am to mine now that I’m older and wiser. Except now – I can get my Sephora Beauty Insider points to reward my curly kindness.

Check out their Sephora product page here.


Bringing everything to your house, begins with flawless beauty. You no longer need to worry about spotty foundation or concealer. Or bronzer or anything!

Take the airbrush system into your diva home-quarters – and yes, the price is hefty, but the amount of uses and the end result you’ll get far outweighs all costs.

Check out their Sephora product page here.


Now this is the one that I’m pinching pennies for y’all! I’m brown bagging it for days until I get this bad boy in my house and in my embrace!

Excited much? Yes! Who doesn’t want to free themselves of all the creams, razors, and wax appointments? To go beyond to do laser hair removal will have me eating peanuts for days and I don’t know if I can do it like the elephants can.

And do you know how often my smooth legs can walk into the Loboutin store post Silk’n SensEpil purchase and buy me some red soles for my soul?

Check out their Sephora product page here.

Illamasqua for the Masses

So you’ve probably heard the buzz about the brand. Illamasqua, a hugely popular UK brand has made it’s way over into powerhouse Sephora to entertain the US masses!


Here comes the education:

Introducing the brand (via Sephora)

“Unlike any other color collection, Illamasqua’s ultimate goal is to empower women (and men!) to express themselves through makeup and to discover their bolder, sexier side.

With the help of professional makeup artists, including Artistic Director and world-renowned makeup artist Alex Box, Illamasqua was developed in London by a team of leading chemists and high-performance makeup manufacturers in November 2008—and the nighttime makeup brand has been making a scene on the UK scene ever since. With a vast color range of pro-grade products backed by stunning imagery and theatrical extravagance, Illamasqua has already earned cult status with a dedicated following—including celeb fans.

Illamasqua encourages self-expression and individuality, capturing the imagination of anyone who wants to accentuate their look through makeup. Inspired by a mix of influences—like the dark and dramatic 1920s Berlin club scene and the creative and expressive London underground scene—Illamasqua encompasses makeup’s rich heritage in film and theater.

With an amazing array of inspiring colors and textures, Illamasqua offers everyone a palette to play with; free reign to experiment; and ultimately, full artistic license to take your makeup to the max.”

I love all their looks and photographs as part of their marketing and advertising, and their nail polish packaging reminds me a bit of Chanel.


Here is some product info from Sephora and I’ll come back shortly with photos and tidbits as well. If you can’t wait and must have it all now – check out my girlie Adina from – she has a killer collection of swatches for your eyes.