black|Up Anti Shine Loose Powder for Black Women


We all know how amazing it is to find that perfect setting powder for our highlight, giving us that airbrushed, photo finish.  For those of you that don’t know,  a setting powder can be used  alone  or on top of liquids such as concealers and foundations. It helps to keep the liquids set in place all day long, hides pores and fine lines. This of course depends on the quality of the product.

I’ve been using  black  Up loose powder in the shade NPLI3 for 3 months now, this specific powder is for setting concealers used to highlight the face to create depth. I used it set the highlight on my under eye, bridge of my nose, forehead and to cut my contour. I can truly say that I have fallen in love with this setting powder for many reasons. First of all it creates a matte perfect finish when first applied which I absolutely love.The liquid takes on the colour of the powder also making the highlight extra bright. It looks even more fabulous when finished off with  dewy setting spray leaving a bright, radiant, silky, highlight.

At first I was very skeptical of the size of the  product being 0.16oz, which is relatively small, I thought it would run out fairly quickly. Surprisingly it didn’t. I still have about half left considering that I use it regularly (3-4 times p/w). This is probably because the powder is so pigmented and not a lot is needed to get the desired look as well as the holes in the container for the brush to pick up the product limits how much comes out at once.


What I also love about the package is that its very travel friendly unlike most powders which can get really messy. It has 2 lids with one pressing down to keep the product in the main compartment.

Another thing I do like about this powder is that its perfect for pictures because it doesn’t leave a flash back instead a luminous highlight. I’ve inserted some pictures below.

What’s bad about this product.. I honestly struggled with finding something negative to say about this loose powder. The only thing I could possibly say is that the retail price is quite pricey at £22. However, in my opinion it’s completely worth it as you have to pay for quality and this is quality; besides this product is definitely on the high-end side of the market.

On a whole I would definitely recommend this product because I love it.

Here are a few pictures of me using the product:

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Black Girl Beauty Hacks

Hey guys,

It’s been a very long time since I’ve made a post. I’m sorry about my absence, I’ve been very caught up in school work- but anyway I am back with 5 simple but effective beauty hacks, which I think all black girls should know about! A beauty hack is simply a way of doing something that is going to save you either time, money or effort. I really wish someone shared these with me when I first started wearing makeup, so I’m sharing with you all. Here are a few of my favourites..☺️

1. Use brown eyeshadow as a contour

Using a dark brown or orangey brown eyeshadow is a perfect substitute for a powdered contour. Most quality eyeshadows are naturally pigmented so start by using a small amount of product and build up to the desired look. This also works best if it is a matte eyeshadow as oppose to shimmery eyeshadow. This is my go to every time I run out of countour.

This also could be another alternative for dark chocolate girls who cannot find a contour shade to their likings or skin tones

2. Use a gold eyeshadow as a highlighter 

A pale gold or any warms metallic palette eyeshadow to highlight can be just as effective as a normal highlighter. This is especially great to use for practicing highlighting before investing In an expensive highlighter. This is also good for everyday use as we all know how expensive make up can be!

3. Preventing facial scars

Most acne scaring start out as small unflattering bumps and pimples that we can’t wait to get rid of but unfortunately end up leaving a scar when we decide to deal with them ourselves. We love to keep our beautiful dark skins smooth and clean from scarring hence why Tea Tree Oil is perfect for the job. This oil is antimicrobial meaning that they kill micro organisms and prevent their growth.  Applying this to the pimple will harden it allowing you to get rid of it without any scarring.

If you do have any dark spots that you do want to get rid of, another household item which is great is toothpaste. Using toothpaste to even out the dark spot to your normal complexion is easy and affordable . Do this regularly until the dark spot has disappeared. You can Leave on for as long as you like to get amazing results.

4. Create your own BB cream. 

For those of you who don’t know, a bb cream is a mixture of predominantly moisturizer and foundation together. They’re light and practical for everyday use. There are so many bb creams but so few in medium to dark shades especially in the UK. I find that these are great for a subtle ‘no make up’ makeup look. It is extremely easy to create your own bb cream. This is a mixture of 50%foundation along with 20% of your favourite face cream, 20%sunscreen, and 10% Glycerin (available at most local drug stores). Not only will you be creating your own amazing bb cream but this will save you money and be great for your skin.


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These were my 5 favourite beauty hacks that I love to use from time to time, feel free to share your beauty hacks below with all of us.


(all photos from google images)

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July | 2015 | WomenOfColourCosmetics