Make up Factory USA High Quality Cosmetics: Beauty Product Review #BirthdayBeat

Make up Factory is a dermatologically approved and cruelty-free makeup line made in Germany.  The company seeks to provide high-quality cosmetics for individuals throughout the world.
I had the opportunity to use their makeup and wanted to share a review.  Last weekend was perfect!  I celebrated my birthday and needed a new look.
Make up Factory shipped the International Eye Palette, Color Perfection Lip Liner, and Long-wearing Luxury Lipstick.  When I opened the package the products looked amazing.  Each item was rich in color and texture.  This is very important to me because I seek products that compliment my mocha skin tone.  Some cosmetics brands have beautiful shades but the pigment is not visible.
I applied the eyeshadow and realized it doesn’t require a lot of powder on the brush.  This is important because I accidentally brushed too much shadow over one eye!  The same concept should be used for the other two products as well.  I didn’t use a hard application with the lip liner, and the lipstick was beautiful.
If you’re searching for a cosmetics brand that will provide the appearance of a Pro-Makeup Artist, visit Make up Factory USA.

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Wedding Guest Faux Pas: 4 Fatal Fashion Mistakes

It’s meant to be the biggest day of someone’s life – so to say that weddings are a pretty important event when it comes to fashion would be an understatement. Unless you happen to fall into the A-list category, it’s rare for the Average Joe to have cameras flashing in their face from all directions. However, the wedding provides this opportunity – and is why you need to dress to impress.

As you may have gathered by now, this is where today’s article steps in. We will now mull over four terrible fashion mistakes that are commonly made for weddings, so you don’t fall into the traps.

This isn’t a funeral, black is out of the question

Unless you are attending quite a niche wedding, where the dress code is probably stipulated on the invitation, don’t under any circumstances turn to black. Sure, it’s fine in moderation, but dressing from head-to-toe in this color is out of the question. This is associated with funerals, and you will stand out like a sore thumb.

Instead, opt for more vibrant colors. Take a look at for some inspiration.

Take advantage of the moment – wear headgear

There are few moments in life where the typical person gets the chance to wear a hat, but a wedding is one of these. As such, take full advantage of it.

Of course, this suggestion tends to be targeted towards females, where hat choices tend to be a lot more varied. Even if you don’t see yourself as a “hat person”, at least consider something like headbands or something else to make your head stand out a little more. After all, most others in the crowd will have realized the opportunity and will be basking in the fact that they can now don a hat.

Take the whole day into account

As pretty much everyone will testify, a wedding isn’t a short event. From the ceremony to the conclusion of the evening event, it lasts for hours upon hours. This means that you have to factor in all sorts of different temperatures.

Sure, your outfit might be perfect for the midday sun. However, as evening arrives, you might need a lot more than a dress to keep warm. Always take this into account, and make sure that your outfit is going to match with the coat of your choice.

It pays to do a bit of research

While you might be your own woman or man for that matter, it can pay to research what other guests are wearing. After all, while you do want to stand out, you don’t want to stand out for all of the wrong reasons.

You don’t want to be wearing something that completely contrasts with everyone there, nor do you want to be wearing the same garments as other people who are attending. Ask a few questions beforehand to ensure that you don’t run into any of these problems.

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Michelle Obama: Having Her Say

When “Forever First Lady” Michelle Obama opened up to ESSENCE for its upcoming December/January cover story…she definitely went there! After keeping a relatively low profile since leaving the White House, the Becoming author is stepping back into the spotlight to share her extraordinary journey. Looking stunning in a natural hairstyle for the first time, she talks to ESSENCE about her days in the White House, how to find your own Barack—and what’s next for her. *Key quotes are below. ESSENCE’s upcoming December/January issue hits newsstands on 11/23. For more on “Having Her Say,” visit (Photo, Miller Mobley)


  • ON HOW TO FIND YOUR OWN BARACK: “I think a lot of people don’t have a clear idea of what they should look for in a mate—and for a long time, I didn’t either…What drew me to Barack was that when I met him, he was already a fully formed individual. From our very first conversations, he showed me that he wasn’t afraid to express his fears and doubts, or that he might not have all the answers. He could handle someone with her own passions and goals, someone who had ideas of her own. He relished it, in fact. I liked that…”

  • ON HER HAPPIEST DAYS IN THE WHITE HOUSE: “Any day that I got to spend time with children was a good day. Sometimes if I was need of a pick-me-up, my staff would schedule an event with young people to give me a boost. Kids give me energy. They get me out of my own head and remind me about the things that are most important…”

  • HER ADVICE TO WOMEN ON BALANCING IT ALL: “When I was raising young children, I learned to lean on a group of my friends in Chicago, women who, like me, had jobs and partners and children who kept them moving every minute. We’d help one another in very concrete ways, like picking up each other’s kids for dance lessons or a birthday party or anything else that came up…Of course, we leaned on our husbands as well…But for me, there was something special—something vital, even—about sharing this experience with other women who were going through the same kinds of stresses and challenges that I was…”

  • ON WHAT’S NEXT FOR HER: “Since we left the White House, I’ve spent most of my time focusing on finishing this book. The book tour will keep me busy for a while, and then I’ll take some time to evaluate what’s next. I’m in no hurry. What I know is that public service is in my DNA, so I’m planning to find ways to keep being useful…I see myself always staying involved in efforts like that…”

Leaders Cosmetics “Recovery Sheet Masks” Keep Skin Looking Fresh

Holiday parties are just around the corner – how does your skin look dewy even though they may feel tired and stressed? With Leaders Cosmetics line of Recovery Masks.

These one-time sheet masks are made from 100% fermented coconut juice, the coconuts are sourced from Leaders’ farm in Vietnam! The benefits of a coconut gel mask are that they have higher moisture lock-in capabilities compared to a traditional cotton mask and it adheres very closely to your face, making sure that your skin is receiving every last drop of the serum.

The Recovery Masks contain active ingredients to immediately reveal a clear, glowing, healthy, and firm skin. These masks were created by Leaders’ top dermatologists as a post-surgical treatment to help soothe even the most sensitive skin. The masks come in four varieties and are available for only $7.00 each (makes a perfect stocking stuffer!):


·      Balancing

·      Brightening

·      Lifting

·      Moisturizing


Do you live in Birmingham and are looking for new ways to enjoy your town? Or perhaps you or someone you know is planning a trip to The Magic City? Look no further than 100 Things to Do in Birmingham Before You Die, a guidebook that locals and tourists alike find invaluable!

Below are some suggested fall activities straight from the book itself:


  • A rainy summer means a beautiful fall. Explore the colors of the season at Ruffner Mountain, Red Mountain, and the beautiful new Vulcan Kwanis Trail.
  • It’s time for Alabama’s most agreed on religion—football. With football comes barbeque! 100 Things to Do in Birmingham Before You Die reveals a local secret. From the Michelin Star to the Texaco Star, this cook came home after 21 years in the restaurant industry in Paris and London and he is smoking meat in the back of his gas station. Some of the best BBQ you’ll ever eat!
  • Do you know that Birmingham invented the Veteran’s Day Parade? It all started here. A group from Birmingham met with President Dwight Eisenhower in 1954 to make it a national holiday. Join in the oldest and one of the largest salutes to the men and women who have served our country.

Holiday Sparkle with ybf beauty: Liquid Star Shadows

Swipe, set, and glow! These intense, pigmented liquid eyeshadows are perfect for the holiday season.

Featured Photo from DIY Makeup Tutorials

ybf Liquid Star Shadows

These lightweight, liquid eyeshadows feature a creamyself-settingopaque formula that requires no primer to create a crease-resistant, smoldering look. The thinly consistent yet lustrous formula can be worn as a sheer wash of color or layered with ease for high color intensity. The long-lasting shadows set within moments.

USAGE: With our flat paddle applicator swipe across the eye, smudging to soften and diffuse. Lightly line along the top and bottom lash lines for a soft, smudged liner look.

SHADES: Magnetic Moonlight, Beaming Beige, Supernova Spice, Stellar Sienna

PRICE: $35


How to Accessorize: A Guide for Men

It might seem like there’s very little in the way of accessories for men, but this is not strictly true. Admittedly, there’s not such a vast range as there is for women, but guys still have plenty to choose from! It truly doesn’t take a lot to add something extra to whatever you’re wearing. Finding the right details might not be something you’re used to doing, but with some helpful tips, you’ll soon get the hang of it. It doesn’t have to be something outlandish. The smallest of details can take an outfit to a whole new level.

Featured Photo from Farah News

Add a Bit of Bling

Not all men are comfortable wearing jewelry, plus to wear it right does require a certain amount of confidence. It will take some practice, but a good place to start is with a spot of window shopping. Visit your local department store or jeweler and try different pieces on. Don’t be afraid to experiment and ask the salesperson for some help.

The real trick, when it comes to wearing jewelry, is not to wear too much. There is such a thing as over-accessorizing, and you don’t want the accessories to overpower your clothes, particularly if you’re wearing an outfit by Balenciaga, the iconic couture house. The pieces you choose to wear should complement what you’re wearing.

Your Crowning Glory

A hat is so much more than something to keep your head warm. It can make a great addition to any outfit. You can wear a casual hat with the smartest of outfits, but it tends not to work the other way around. Wide-brimmed hats, in particular, are best left for special occasions. If anyone tells you that hats aren’t an accessory, feel free to laugh! They are a great way of showing off your personality and style.

Something for Your Eyes

Just because you don’t need to wear glasses to correct your sight doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of the latest in eyewear. There are plenty of stylish frames out there to choose from. To find the right pair, you need to consider the shape of your face. Round frames, for example, work best with a square face, whereas triangle-shaped faces should look for half-rimmed glasses with lots of detail on the top.


If winter is just around the corner, scarves can be an excellent addition for your wardrobe. Fold it in a variety of different ways, depending on how you feel. It doesn’t have to match what you’re wearing because a bright or patterned scarf can be a great touch to any outfit. Unless you don’t mind being labeled a hipster, it’s probably best to take it off indoors.

Ties are no longer just for the office, weddings, or funerals. You can wear one with a pair of jeans if you’re aiming for a casual look. Silk ties are best for special occasions, but you can try plaid or tartan if you feel like having a bit of fun.

There are plenty of other accessories for the fashion conscious man to choose. Belts, bracelets, necklaces, even handkerchiefs can all be used to great effect.

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Amazon Expands Free Shipping to Everyone for the Holiday Season

This holiday season Amazon is giving customers even more convenient and faster delivery options. Starting today, November 5, and for a limited time, all Amazon customers can enjoy free shipping with no minimum purchase amount on orders that will arrive in time for the Christmas holiday. This offer applies to hundreds of millions of items – the largest free shipping selection in the country. Plus, tens of millions of Prime members can shop with FREE Same-Day Delivery, now available on more than three million items – the largest same-day selection in the U.S. including the best gifts like toys and electronics, as well as home, fashion and everything you need to enjoy the holidays. Additionally, Prime members in more than 60 cities can receive delivery in as little as an hour from Whole Foods Market through Prime Now, making holiday feast planning even easier. This is, of course, on top of the unlimited FREE Two-Day Shipping that Prime members enjoy every day on more than 100 million items. Learn more or start a Prime free trial to get the best of shopping and entertainment from Amazon at

“This holiday, customers can enjoy free shipping with no minimum purchase amount on orders that will arrive in time for Christmas, including items from Amazon’s expertly curated Gift Guides across electronics, fashion, home, and toys,” said Doug Herrington, Senior Vice President of North American Retail at Amazon. “With hundreds of millions of items available for free shipping to all Amazon customers and more than three million items available with Prime FREE Same-Day Delivery, customers can enjoy the largest selection of items that are fast and free.”

Doorstep delivery and convenient pick up:

  • Free Shipping This Holiday: All Amazon customers can shop hundreds of millions of items including every product category with free shipping, and now for a limited time, there is no minimum purchase amount on orders delivered through the holiday season.
  • Delivery as Fast as Today: Tens of millions of Prime members can shop with FREE Same-Day Delivery on more than three million items. Place an order in the morning and receive eligible same-day orders before bedtime that very same day, seven days a week – even Sunday.
  • Two-Day Shipping on 100 Million Items: Free Two-Day Shipping is available to all Prime members in the U.S. on more than 100 million items with no minimum purchase amount all year.
  • One Hour Grocery Delivery + Pickup: Prime members can shop groceries from Whole Foods Market through Prime Now in as little as an hour in 60 cities, and grocery pickup in as little as thirty minutes in select cities – making holiday feast planning or last-minute baking even easier. And even beyond groceries, Prime members can use Prime Now to get one- and two-hour delivery on tens of thousands of items across dozens of categories in 30 major cities, perfect for last-minute parties, gifts or travel.

Every Day Made Better with Prime

Prime was designed to make your life better every single day. Over 100 million paid members around the world enjoy the many benefits of Prime, including the best of shopping and entertainment from Amazon. In the U.S. that includes unlimited access to award-winning movies and TV episodes with Prime Video; unlimited access to Prime Music, Prime Reading, Amazon Photos, Twitch Prime; early access to select Lightning Deals, one free pre-released book a month with Amazon First Reads, and more. Prime members can also get deep discounts on select popular products at Whole Foods Market plus an additional 10 percent off hundreds of sale items. Prime was built on the foundation of unlimited fast, free shipping, and members receive Prime FREE One-Day Shipping and Prime FREE Same-Day Delivery in more than 8,000 cities and towns, two-hour delivery with Prime Now in more than 30 major cities and unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping on more than 100 million items. Start a free trial of Amazon Prime at

About Amazon

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