Hooray! It’s Meagan Shea! Afrobella’s contributing makeup artist is back to tell us all about her latest favorite makeup discovery. Are you bellas up on Becca yet? After Meagan’s event recap, I’m sure you’ll be wanting to try the brand as much as I do! Take it away, Meagan Shea!
Happy Summer Bellas! I hope you lovely ladies have been enjoying your summer thus far. I’ve been soaking up all of the rays the sun has offered and even gotten drenched in some of the rain the skies have sprinkled on down. All in all, it’s been a beautiful Summer. I’ve visited some beautiful places, got a serious tan and now that I’m finally settled back home for a while, it’s time to start looking out for some Fall beauty collections. After all, NYFW is coming up soon!
When I got my invite to the Becca Launch event for their early Fall Collection: The Lost Weekend, I was thoroughly excited. Remember I’d mentioned falling in love with the brand when I visited The Makeup Show in New York back in May. I was intrigued to see what their Fall Collection would be about, not to mention how the event would go.
When I arrived at Duane Reade on Wall Street, I was soaking wet as I got caught in the rain and it was HUMID AS THE DICKENS outside. I was very suprised at how posh the location was and learned that recently this location had a grand opening of their latest Look Boutique – NICE! As soon as I walked into the event and spoke to a few people I knew, I was quickly seated and told it was time for my manicure. I’ve never been the type of sista to keep my nails done or even polished much, so this was a real treat. After my manicure (which I ruined within 10 minutes of getting up from my seat), I got up and was whisked away to one of the makeover chairs. I’m usually not very open to letting other people touch my face – especially not to apply makeup, however I decided to let one of the artists fill in my (usually naked) eyebrows. The only reason I allowed her to do this was because her brows were PERFECT!!! I had SERIOUS brow envy, so I was sure she wouldn’t mess me up. She actually did a great job, they ended up looking just as mine do when I decide to take the time to fill them in. That for me was a good thing.
Finally, I got a chance to take a close look at the full Becca line. HEAVENLY, I must say! Their complexion collection made this brown girl’s heart go pitter pat. Becca has 30 colors of stick foundation & 34 colors of concealer – that means they have your shade! You beautiful brown lady! YES YOU!!! I can’t wait to try some of the different textures they have to offer.
Enough about my drooling over the complexion products & onto the Lost Weekend Collection. The collection is filled with neutrals, which is GREAT for Fall. I believe that Fall is a time when we wear such rich clothing, our makeup should be a little on the softer side. Sure you can throw a bold lip color and/or a strong eyeliner in the mix every so often, but a nice neutral matte palette always works. It will go with everything in your wardrobe! Becca offers some new mineral options with this collection in the way of blush (Sweet Pea & Wild Honey) and mineral powder foundation. I’ve never been a fan of mineral makeup – it’s just not my cup of tea. For you bellas who like it, I believe the deepest shade they have is for someone my complexion and honestly enough – it was a perfect match and did not become ashy (as most mineral powders tend to do on warmer complexions). The three shades for deeper complexions are: Ravish, Enchant and Cherish (my shade is Cherish). The blush was a little light for brown complexions, however I am a big fan of the Fig beach tint as a blush (more to tone down a really heavy blush – think NARS) and as a lip color.
Ultimately, I like the collection. It’s soft, matte, neutral and sophisticated. My favorite pieces are: Fig Beach Tint (as a lip color coupled with a soft, neutral brown lip liner), Lost Weekend Eyeshadow Palette (I absolutely LOVE IT), Nail Color in Saddle Up, Butter Balm and the Lip Plumping Moisture Gloss. I’m sure you’re wondering why I’d use a lip plumper when CLEARLY my lips do not need any plumping, right? This gloss kept it’s shine for 4 to 5 hours, actually hydrated my lips, did not give me that yucky white line on the inside of my lips and it smells LOVELY! You guys already know what I’m about to say… WINNING!!!
Product Suggestion: BECCA’s Lost Weekend Palette (eyeshadow) – $49
Product Suggestion: NARS’ Taj Majal (blush) – $27
Product Suggestion: BECCA’s Fig Beach Tint (over my blush & as my lip color) – $25
Product Suggestion: MAC’s Cork Lip Liner – $14
Product Suggestion: L’oreal’s Voluminous Million Lashes (mascara) – $8.99
SIDE NOTE: If you aren’t a fan of a super matte lip, but really want the color, just throw some gloss on top of your lip color and be SURE to always use a good hydrating lip balm underneath because your lips will be super dry!!!
So lovelies, I’m hoping you guys will try some pieces from this collection (if I had to say which to try it’d be the eyeshadow palette, beach tint & the lip plumper), I think you’ll love them as I do. As always, let me know if you end up trying anything new, and remember it’s okay to try something different – it’s just makeup, it’ll wash off! Stay beautiful & smile as often as you can!