Black Panther Trailer Reaction | FIRST IMPRESSION!

black panther trailer reaction

If you have social media, then you have already heard about the trailer for the upcoming Black Panther movie, a new installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (if you’re a nerd like me, you can find their new production schedule HERE).Marvel issued this summary of the upcoming Black Panther movie:

The film follows T’Challa (Boseman) who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.

I can’t say that I am as well versed in the Marvel comic universe as my little brother, or that I have seen all the movies.  Not trying to give that impression.  I have, however, been hooked on the Avengers since watching the first installment, and I have gone to see every installment of the Avengers series since.

Now that I have issued that disclaimer, lets move on to why this movie is so important.  It is a feature film brought by one of the biggest studios, as part of one of the most consistent high grossing series in the world.  It is directed by Ryan Coogler, a black man, who also directed Fruitvale Station and Creed.  Hannah Beachler—the same woman responsible for the visuals in Beyonce’s Lemonade—is the production designer for Black Panther, which looks from the trailer to be another cinematic masterpiece. Costume design was done by Ruth E. Carter, who said she was inspired by African cultures and present day movements like #BlackLivesMatter.  She said this of her inspiration:

“That authenticity is very important to me. With Wakanda, I’m sort of piecing together a puzzle. It’s the puzzle that is our history,” she told the publication. “Black history didn’t start with slavery or end with the civil rights movement. I’m trying to put together that puzzle while considering everything that relates to us, including present stuff like the Black Lives Matter campaign.”

It also features some of the biggest names, and most recognizable faces in black Hollywood: Angela Bassett, Forest Whitacker, Lupita N’yongo, Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, and a fresh face, Daniel Kaluuya (dude from Get Out).  

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Social media quickly identified similarities between this portrait of Huey P. Newton and T’Challa, the Black Panther


Everything about this movie seems poised to make a statement.  It is set to premier during Black History Month, the movie poster is reminiscent of a very significant portrait, and its majority black cast is clad is vibrant colors, natural hairstyles, and unapologetic blackness.  It is a movie with a nearly all black cast of individuals who are not criminals, slaves, victims, or any of the other played out tropes black bodies are usually used to fill on the silver screen.  This is a film of empowerment, and I cannot wait to see it.

It is set to premier February 16, 2018.

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Colorful Drugstore Makeup Tutorial

Colorful Drugstore Makeup Tutorial | WOC Friendly

drugstore makeup for dark skin

Summer is officially upon us, and so I wanted to come on and do this colorful drugstore makeup look as an ode to the season! I used to shy away from green, but I honestly think it is one of the most WOC friendly colors you can try for an all over color eye makeup look.  This look is super quick and easy, and will look good on anyone.  Enjoy 🙂

P R O D U C T S   F E A T U R E D

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Jessie’s Girl Eye Dusts, HERE
-Sunlit Cactus
-Antique Green
-Blackstar Blue
-Brown Sugar
L’OREAL Infallible Gel Liner, Blackest Black, HERE
L’OREAL Telescopic Mascara, Carbon Black, HERE
Black Radiance Pressed Powder, Ebony, HERE
Christina Lashes, 605, HERE
Maybelline Stiletto Liner, Black, HERE
L’OREAL Infallible Eyeshadow, Deep Mocha, HERE (Brows)

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L’OREAL Pro Matte Foundation, Sable and Cocoa, HERE
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer, Cafe, HERE
Black Radiance Pressed Powder, Ebony, HERE
Milani Rose Blush, Romantic Rose + Coral Cove, HERE
Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips, Warm Nude, HERE
L’OREAL Infallible Powder, Classic Tan, HERE
Pixi Milky Hydrating Serum, HERE

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NYX Cosmetics, Dubai, HERE

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How to Wash Makeup Brushes

How to Wash Makeup Brushes so they’re good as new!

Hey guys!

So I thought I would do super quick post about how I clean my makeup brushes! I love for my brushes to be good as new after every wash, and it took me a while to find the perfect technique so I figured others could benefit from a post like this one!



basis bar soap

I use a sensitive skin soap bar, fragrance free of course, lukewarm water and a plastic bowl.  This method is quick and easy and only requires the bar soap and the water!


Here’s the step by step:


First, dip the brush into the bowl of lukewarm water.

Then, using the bar of soap in a similar way you would use the palm of your hand, move the brush around on the soap.

Add more water when you experience heightened friction.  When the foam runs white, your brushes are clean!

Rinse thoroughly, shape, and lay down to dry.

Make sure you don’t sit them up in the cups until they excess water has completely drained or you could risk damaging the glue that holds your brushes together.


how to wash makeup brushes

Every other week or so, a light oil added to this routine will condition and soften your brushes for smooth and scratch free application every time!  I am very particular about the brushes I use for eye and liquid products so I tend to wash those at least once a week.


How do you wash your makeup brushes?

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Skin Care Routine: How to Get Glowing Skin

Summer Skin Care Routine: Get the Glow without the Grease!

summer skin routine

My skin care routine was recently featured on the Popsugar website! I was so happy to be featured on the site again, after my purple lipstick feature. This skin care regimen has really helped to cut down the grease while helping my skin retain moisture, and reverse the damage. While some people go to Visit the Bangkok Aesthetic Clinic Website and book an appointment for a treatment plan, you will also find that some people may prefer to use off-the-shelf pharmacy products to look after there own skin in a way that works for them. Watching YouTubers and bloggers speak about their skincare routines, you’ll find that some things may work for one person and not the other. Something I found that translated throughout reviews was the use of the brand, Estée Lauder. A fun fact about this brand was in 1956, one jar of Estee Lauder ReNutriv cost the equivalent to 1000 dollars today. It’s one of those products that’s costly, but worth it. I found that this skin care routine helped make my skin more radiant, moisturize around my eyes, and also make my skin more even! Exfoliating everyday has really made a huge difference for me, and has drastically helped lighten any scarring or discoloration I had from breakouts. I included my skin profile below so that you can see how to adapt this look for your own skin care needs!

Skin Profile


I find that my skin gets even oilier in the summer, but I am oily combination all year round. My oily area is in the center of my face-especially my nose-and I find that I need to blot and powder even the most mattifying foundations. My nose gets really oily throughout the day, but the other areas far tolerably well. To combat the grease, I rely on cleansers that deep clean without overdrying and moisturizers that replenish and lock in moisture in my skin care routine. FUN FACT: Oily skin can actually result from a lack of moisture.

My Clarisonic cleanser always does the trick!


As you can probably tell from photos I am darker skinned! I like to exfoliate daily, because this keeps my skin looking as fresh and and radiant as possible. I love the results I have seen from regular exfoliation-acne scars and dark spots vanish more quickly. I still have to get Las Vegas laser skin resurfacing treatments for the more stubborn marks, it’s amazing the depths some scar tissue actually reaches. I have noticed that exfoliating gives me a golden glow that shines from beneath my skin’s surface! For these reasons, exfoliation is at the center of my skin care routine.

To exfoliate, I use my Clarisonic. It works like a charm! I use the sensitive skin brush head for a gentle touch, especially because I am someone who exfoliates everyday.


I find that my skin is both sensitive and strong. As oily as my skin gets, I never had acne and I almost never breakout-not even during my cycle. That being said my skin needs to breathe in order to look and feel its best! That means that I skip foundation whenever I am not filming or taking photos, and I try to make sure that my pores are never clogged. In this way, my skin care routine is more preventative than defensive.

To protect and moisturize the sensitive skin around my eyes, I use the AHAVA Extreme Firming Eye Cream! I find that this really helps to put moisture back in the area after removing my eye makeup.


Thankfully, my skin is pretty smooth. I get some irritation when I try a new product that is either too harsh or just offensive to my skin, but other than that I am pretty pleased with the texture of my skin. Whenever I see breakouts, or a rash I like to do a mask to deep clean and purge!

I have been loving my Purifying Mud Mask, and I show you how I use it in my video!

See my Summer Skin Care Routine in action!

I know it’s a lot, and in a perfect world, I would be able to fit this all in every night…unfortunately that isn’t the case, but on the nights that I am able to pamper myself I really love going through the motions of my night time skin care routine. The results are amazing! Click here to see the feature on POPSUGAR.

COCOTIQUE Beautifully Delicious

COCOTIQUE’S New Beauty Box is Beautifully Delicious

IMG_3438 So if there’s anything I love as much, if not more than makeup…it’s scents.  Especially aromatic and delicious smelling scente.  As soon as I opened this box, this COCOTIQUE box, Beautifully Delicious, immediately filled the room with the most beautiful scent.  If first impressions are everything, then this box is bound to impress.  I decided I would document the unboxing in photos before I go through each product with you on video, so here goes!

I hope you all enjoyed! Be sure to stay tuned for the video unboxing and review!


The DELICIOUS goodies