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Kevyn Aucoin Bloggers Presentation

by Nikki Darden on 09/21/16

Hey guys, I was  personally invited to represent  Dallas beauty bloggers and important faces in Dallas to a presentation by Michael Morales, the Regional Pro Artist for Kevyn Aucoin Beauty Dallas. While having lunch we took a first look at Kevin Aucoin upcoming collections, including their new foundation and Holiday 2016. 

Kevyn's Legacy


Kevyn Aucoin was a man ahead of his time. The self-made makeup artist turned industry icon painted and sculpted some of the day's most famous and beautiful faces in his short, yet prolific career. Though he worked with celebrities and royalty, he is an inspiration, most profoundly, to all women, revealing true timeless beauty in a way no one has before or since. His talent went beyond the technical, able to highlight and transform not only a woman's assets, but reveal something deeper within her soul. 

Despite his untimely passing in 2002, Kevyn Aucoin's vision lives on through his unrivaled, time-tested techniques, his New York Times best-selling books The Art of Makeup, Making Faces, and Face Forward, and the Kevyn Aucoin Beauty brand he founded and launched in 2001. Kevyn's most important legacy is the passion he left us with, imparting the wisdom that while true beauty is more than skin deep, it is through the transformative power of makeup that we can discover something deeper about our true selves. Kevyn Aucoin Beauty celebrates uncovering the beauty of the soul, which continues to thrive in our ever-expanding line of iconic products designed to bring out the beauty in you. (


First, I am honored that I was invited to this event. Kevyn Aucoin Changing Faces was the first book I along with everyone else purchased when I discovered my love for makeup.  The presentation was very intimate but packed full of important information...

So lets get into what we discussed starting with the Bloodroses line. The Expert Lip Color is a very popular shade and is sold out at most locations. The deep wine color is perfect for fall and is very moisturizing. This fall 5 new lipstick shades will be added to the Bloodroses Collection...

Original shade

There is also a mascara, matte lipstick, lip gloss, lip liner and palette in the Bloodrose line... 

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Now, lets move on to the New Foundation that will launch at the end of October 2016. The Etherealist Skin Illuminating Foundation will be available  in 16 shades. The Etherealist Skin Illuminating Foundation blends effortlessly for shine-free, comfortable wear while hyaluronic acid boosts hydration. It features light diffusing particles and high definition pigments work together in a silky smooth formula to deliver medium coverage with a semi-satin finish.This foundation is infused with Pearl Powder and leaves a nude, dewey look to the skin.  

Next up, Sensual Skin Powder Foundation that will be available in 12 shades.

The Sensual Skin Powder Foundation achieves the versatility of desired coverage and makes the skin appear youthful and fresh. Enriched with topaz and quartz minerals to reflect light, this foundation creates an ultrasoft, radiant finish. 

I'm impressed with the fact that the powder can be used wet or dry. This powder is oil free and leaves a velvet finish.  

Before I start with the Holiday 2016 line, just thought that I would let you guys know that Kevyn Aucoin is sold at Neiman Marcus, Barney's, and Sephora. There are a few other authorized dealers like Camera Ready Cosmetics that carries the brand also. Unfortunately, I can't show you the line yet but it is their biggest launch yet. The line will include an Expert Lip Kit, Loose Shimmer Set, and an Exclusive bag...

Once again, thanks Kevyn Aucoin Beauty for everything and I will be back in a later vlog/blog with updated details. Also, I vlogged this event. Check it out on my YouTube channel by clicking here:

Tags: kevyn aucoin, kevyn aucoin beauty, keyn aucoin holiday 2016, kevyn aucoin fall 2016, kevin aucoin bloodrose

MiniLuxe Uptown Plaza Grand Opening

by Nikki Darden on 09/06/16

Last week I got to sip wine, nibble on light bites and was spoiled with the best pedicure of my life. What better experience can a girl ask for? I had the honor of attending the grand opening of MiniLuxe newest location in Uptown Plaza. MiniLuxe is a Boston based pamper spot that recently added a  new location to the Uptown area of Dallas close to Downtown Dallas. Please do not let the word "mini" raise an eyebrow because the treatment at MiniLuxe is just as big as Texas!

Miniluxe PURPOSE

At MiniLuxe, clean is our culture. It's not just about hygiene – it's about taking clean to the next level. That means clean business, clean ethics and clean methodologies. It's how we care for our team, the products we offer, and our customers. After all, we’re here for one reason: you. It’s our mission to help you feel your best everyday with mini moments of luxury. Don’t think of it as selfish to focus on yourself, because putting yourself first feels so good. It’s about you. Isn’t it about time?

MiniLuxe Uptown spoiled everyone who attended the private event. Blogger/Vloggers were all able to experience one of their many treatments while sipping on wine and learning more about the location. I was able to experience the best pedicure that I've ever received. I am very particular about the set up and cleanliness of nails salons and MiniLuxe Uptown thoroughly impressed me. The entire staff was extremely friendly including  the people who were not directly servicing me. The tools were all sanitized and prepped thorougly. There were plenty of magazines to pick from in case I wanted to read. The young lady Alex who gave me a pedicure was very attentive and friendly but didn't overly talk my head off. The nail polish selection of Christian Louboutin, Chanel, and more was amazing, but I decided to go with Miniuxe's own silver sparkly shade in Kit Kat Club.Overall, this was just an awesome experience. The best part about MiniLuxe is the luxury treatment with budget friendly prices. 

Next time you are in need of a mani, pedi, waxing, or brows please step into anyone of their 3 Dallas locations to experience the great service.


by Nikki Darden on 08/16/16


Paint your pout with gilded glamour. Bold and richly pigmented, these metallic liquid lip colors shine with a soft luster and dry to a smooth matte finish—without drying out your lips. Waterproof and kiss-approved, each Amore Matte Metallic Lip Crème delivers up to 16 hours of wear. Remove with an oil-based longwear lip color remover. 











Nextmia Plus Size Clothing Try On

by Nikki Darden on 08/12/16

Nextmia is the rapidly growing fashion destination for fashionable women worldwide. We sell some of today’s most edgy fashion, and provide all kinds of stunning plus size fashion, including dresses, swimwear, tops, outerwear, bottoms and lingerie, making the go-to online fashion store to get your chic fix. For those plus size and fashion-chasing ladies, we’ve got you covered.


by Nikki Darden on 07/22/16

What's better than an online $1 store? How about a local $1 store...

Miss A Store, formally known as Shop Miss A is no stranger to my viewers. I have been showing you guys hidden treasures from this site for years. Therefore, I am excited to tell you all that they now have a store in Grapevine Mills mall which is located right on the outside of Dallas...

Miss A Store labels themselves as an affordable, trend beauty brand geared towards girls and women. Miss A Store carries everything from phone accessories, cosmetics, accessories and lifestyle items. I am obsessed with Miss A Store and the fact that EVERYTHING is a dollar makes the website/store easier to love. 

I was invited to a Private Event to check out the first ever Miss A Store. This Beauty Influencers Meetup was for select Dallas Bloggers, Vloggers, Makeup Artist, and Influencers to tell us more about their newly opened store. Miss A Store provided us with light snacks and cocktails as we discovered everything the store had to offer. 

I would highly recommend checking out this store. Miss A Store is colorful, clean, bright and trendy. Not in Dallas? No worries. The online site is just as great. Please enjoy my pictures from the event and happy shopping. 

Miss A Store 
Grapevine Mills
3000 Grapevine Mills Pkwy
Grapevine, TX 76051

Sephora Beauty Classes (Sephora Southlake Town Square: Contour & Highlight

by Nikki Darden on 07/03/16

Did you know that Sephora offers free classes? Gratefully, I was invited to an exclusive contour and highlight class to bring you guys the details of what all Sephora classes/makeovers offer. Me and a few elite Dallas bloggers attended the behind the scenes event with light treats and Sephora experts to bring you all what you can experience if you visit the Southlake store. Instead of talking about my experience which was delightful, I will leave you guys the details of how you can experience free classes and makeovers. 

The newly expanded 5,757 square foot, freestanding SEPHORA store at Southlake Town Square is a virtual paradise of endless beauty options with over 13,000 products from more than 200 brands, including SEPHORA's own collection of makeup, skincare, tools and accessories, SEPHORA COLLECTION.  Address: 1560 E Southlake Blvd #100, Southlake TX 76092. Phone: 817-421-4433. 

Services and Classes: Classes at Sephora Southlake Town Square are free for Beauty Insiders. Book online at http// Not a Beauty Insider? No problem, it's Free -sign-up today. 
Services: Free Mini Makeover or Custom Makeover, a 45-minute full-face makeover. Complimentary with $50 minimum purchase, and free for VIB Rouge members. 


by Nikki Darden on 04/27/16


Price: $4,99-$5.99
YouTube Video with Swatches:
Site Description: Every skin-type is different and for those with sensitive or acne-prone skin, beauty and radiance shouldn't be a chore. With this 100% pure mineral powder, the natural pigments will make all imperfection and pores disappear. Flawless, ageless skin is at your fingertips.
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by Nikki Darden on 04/27/16


Price: $3.99-$5.99
YouTube Video With Swatches:
Site Description: High Definition PURE MINERAL CONCEALER. Works great for Dark Circles, Discolored Spots and Blemish Scars.
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by Nikki Darden on 04/26/16


Lip Swatches 
Price: $11.99

Site Description: Luxurious, creamy liquid lipstick. Provides the dazzling, full coverage of a lipstick with the ease of wand applicator. Made with advanced polymers and intense pigments for long lasting, brilliant color and intense shine in a single sweep.

Pictures of Each color below...

Electric Coral 

Code Red

Haute Cocoa

Kitten Pink 

Mink Pink 


by Nikki Darden on 04/23/16


Youtube Review/Demo:
Link to Purchase:
This blog post is for pictures only, feel free to watch the video for an in dept review. 

Site Description: Maybelline’s first hydrating matte foundation for 100% velvet-smooth perfection

Unique gel-whipped formula
Ideal for normal to combination skin, medium coverage

Why You'll Love It

This refreshing gel-whipped foundation leaves complexion perfected and smooth with a velvety, soft-matte finish while skin stays hydrated for 12 hours.

For Best Results

Apply Maybelline Dream Velvet™ Foundation using Maybelline Dream Blender.

Tags: Maybelline Dream Velvet 

Mailing address for Review Packages:
Platinum Darden
P.O.Box 411531
Dallas, Tx 75241
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