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~Fenty Beauty Review~

Thanks to Lamain for these awesome sun glasses!

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it yet, but I love makeup! So imagine my excitement when Rihanna released Fenty Beauty in September.

I had to try out the foundation…I love the premise of her line to include shades especially in darker tones, as we all know this is missing in the market.

Herkimer diamonds and Pyrite from Se•lyn Boutique & Crystal Shoppe

My first thoughts were that the foundation smells AMAZING! I was a little concerned with the tone when I first put it on, even with the warning its a bit lighter than expected before it oxidizes. Originally I used that and had bought a Unicorn match stick highlighter. (We can discuss my unnatural obsessions with unicorns another time…) I have since realized its really meant to be a base before using her match stick trio contour kits and I am in love with the make up routine, I may love make up but I am not really sure wtf I am actually doing, the Sephora MUA showed me how to use the trio and it was super simple and quick.

Because I loved the foundation (and Rihanna mostly to be honest…)  I was waiting for the release of the Galaxy eyeshadow pallet in October, shameless…

and I may have picked up a some STARLIT Hyper-Glitz Lipstick and COSMIC gloss to complete the look…

Between that and the new face care I picked up it put me into VIB Rouge for Sephora! So I guess that’s good…*self reprimands for money choices *also justifies…”it’s so preeeety! oooo sparkles!” SMH but just look at these colors!!


I also decided my makeup artist buddy Brittney Taylor of Brittney Taylor Beauty needed a few Sephora gift cards so that she could test it out and give me her professional opinion on the products!  She is a bit of a showboat and came with her review AND professional photos, I love her for it though lol!

Brittney: I was so excited about Rihanna releasing a beauty line because well, black girl winning! But honestly, after seeing her promo video I was like for real pumped about the release. Working in the beauty industry as a makeup artist, I know too well the woes black women have when shopping for makeup. Rihanna’s promo ad to me just really represented inclusion and diversity, I’m so here for that. I usually tend to use pro brands as my foundation but thanks to Amanda I was able to try a couple of these for my kit as well. What I purchased was a couple shades of the foundation and the lip gloss. I didn’t grab any of the highlighters because I am all stocked up on highlighters.

Just from her shade range alone that she had at the initial release makes me want to tell everyone to support this woman’s beauty line. I think that her packaging is super chic and clean but also practical and simple, no bells and whistles. The foundation bottle is very sturdy and the pump works well with the consistency of the product. This foundation blends like a dream and is very easy to apply even for someone that knows very little about makeup application. It soaks into the skin and will make you look and feel as though you have nothing on. My favorite thing about this foundation is how well it wears, I mean I did a models makeup at 8 a.m. and even after shooting for hours she was able to wear that makeup to dinner! No touch-ups were done and she still had her gorgeous, lifelike glow. Now as with most things in life there are a couple cons to this foundation as well. The first being that it is a silicon-based product and that is not always a bad thing but it can be. Dimethicone is a silicon and it’s found on the ingredient list, and it’s there a lot. Don’t get me wrong, a lot of consumer brand liquid foundations have silicone, however, Fenty beauty has more than most. For someone that is very acne prone this can cause a problem, simply put silicone can cause you to break out. With myself and the two models, I have used it on there have been zero issues with any breakouts after using it. The other con is that it tends to oxidize a bit after application and that is an annoyance of mine. The upside is that it doesn’t oxidize too drastically so without a trained eye you may not even notice it. So with that being said, I believe the Fenty beauty foundation is definitely worth a shot, (you can grab a sample from Sephora) I will continue using it throughout this season although it will not be a staple in my professional kit.

The lip-gloss is amazing and everyone should have one in their collection. It is so easy to apply and effortless to wear! I mean just look at it on these models pictured wearing gorgeous head wraps and accessories from Shop Fe-line.

Jessica: Thanks so much for all the info and I am loving these gorgeous shots! Dream goals is an epic collaboration photo shoot one day with Brittney, her skills and knowledge are exceptional, she is constantly expressing and challenging herself!  Going to be crying when she gets too busy for my make up Q&A’s!

Come back soon! We have plans for the PERFECT MU kit every photographer needs for their studio staples, talking about industry etiquette, the importance of diversity and representation and our influences in the world around us. I can’t wait to share my favorite women businesses that inspire me to move forward everyday!

Let us know if you have any questions or what you want to know about in the future! Hope you are having a magical fantastic day!

Chance Encounter


Have you ever had a chance encounter that turned into something so magical and necessary? That’s pretty normal here in the Seattle fashion scene so it’s to be expected but meeting Dawn Mastow, creator of Dawnamatrix, at the 2016 Ville Magazine Seattle style night awards was definitely a more spectacular encounter than the norm. I had of course known of Dawn from seeing her work in and around the Seattle so I was so ecstatic to meet her at this event. Once we started to chat we soon found out that we had more in common than just a love for fashion and the fashion industry; like the fact that we both attended Ringling College of Art & Design down in Sarasota, Florida! Soon after we were able to work with each other on a project for her web content…

Max Dernoll
Max Dernoll
Max Dernoll
Max Dernoll
Max Dernoll

I am so excited for all the incredible adventures and accomplishments this amazing woman is creating! She recently had two pieces win award at WOW World of Wearable Art! I was honored to shoot the images for her Red submission.

Rachel Dooley
Rachel Dooley
Rachel Dooley
Rachel Dooley

Recently I photographed her for the cover and feature editorial in Ville Magazine. This editorial spread was nothing short of magical to shoot and I loved every bit of it. The looks were so good and totally fashion editorial which is definitely my style. Dawnamatrix wrote a really wonderful blog about our shoot, so be sure to check out what this project meant to her. I am huge on working to bring awareness to or in support of great causes and this was one of those times. “Funding conservation with the voice of fashion” was the purpose of this project and I am so happy to have been a part of it. Special thanks to The Falconer for sharing your incredible birds with us! The property (Dunn Gardens) we used for the shoot was absolutely breathtaking and all of the moving parts really made for an interesting day of work! Check out the photos here (starting on page 30) and let us know what you think in the comments below!

Ville Fall Cover Dawn Mastow
Ville Fall issue editorial Dawn Mastow

Ville premiered the issue on The Seattle style night Awards for Ville magazine! An associate of mine and brilliant designer Deyonte was our incredible host for the evening! I’m sure you’ve seen him on this season of Project Runway displaying his amazing talent. Keep an eye out for a blog post coming up about the pieces I’ve shot of his in the past.

Jessica, Deyonte’ and Rachel Dooley

I also had the opportunity to present the photographer of the year award which was amazing. A huge congratulations to all of the talent that won, it was a great event to attend. There was so much talent in the room and I was so excited about Ville premiering this issue, it feels really good to see your work magnified around a room of such amazing individuals.  I am so looking forward to continuing my journey in the fashion scene of Seattle and doing what I love to do. Be sure to comment below and let me know what you think about the magazine spread!! Until next time…