So Worth It: THANK YOU JESUS – Nubian Skin Lingerie

First of all: apologies for the long, long sabbatical, ladies.  A Noirelle Belle has been on her hustle, for real. Taking a break from cosmetics reviews for just a beat: most of you who know me know that I am constantly bemoaning the lack of truly “nude” foundation garments for the African-American women.  It’s an [...] — read more »

About Face: Bliss The Youth As We Know It Anti-Aging Moisture Cream

Sometimes, you can’t beat an oldie-but-a-goodie. But I’ll admit that I’m often tempted to do so: I’ll use a product for a long period of time, to incredible results, and then I’ll think to myself, you know, there must be something better out there that I’m missing out on; maybe we should take a break [...] — read more »

Advantage, Dior: Diorskin Nude BB Cream in 004 (Dark)

Okay, Dior.  You got me.  Again.  Is it possible that you’re actually making a fan out of me?  I never thought I’d see the day, but it appears that one should never say never, as the Beliebers might say.  Here’s the skinny: doubling-down on my Dior beauty bet from the other day, I recently decided [...] — read more »

Sorry Old Chap: Bliss Fabulips Sugar Lip Scrub

Hot or cold.  Rain or shine.  Summer or winter.  No matter what the temperature, what the weather, what the season, you can count on one thing: my lips will be chapped.  SIGH.  While not necessarily a beauty issue that is unique to women of color, it is sort of the bane of my lip existence, [...] — read more »

So Worth It: Flash Forward – Dior’s Diorskin Airflash Spray Foundation in 600 (Mocha)

Random aside: was I the only one in America who watched “Flash Forward” on ABC?  I LOVED it, with just a tiny bit of hate.  The concept of the show was brilliant, and each episode started out well but got progressively cheesier until I resolved never to watch such dreckitude again and then the last five [...] — read more »

Ciao, Ha-BB: Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35 in Dark

So, I was about to pen a fairly epic rant about BB creams, and if you’re African American, or otherwise a woman of color, you can probably guess why.  By way of brief background, BB creams are, in a sense, the holy grail of complexion coverage (a distinction which they are now sharing with CC [...] — read more »

Frugal Fridays: Neutrogena Healthy Defense Liquid Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 50

Hi there!  Welcome to Frugal Fridays, a weekly product review focused on the more budget-conscious brands of the cosmetics and beauty products that we tend to feature for African American beauty consumers and women of color here at Noirelle.  While it’s true that one of our mottos is “We spend money on trial-and-error so you [...] — read more »

Blush Crush: Make Up For Ever Sculpting Blush in Satin Light Peach

Happy Independence Day, Friends!  Hope you’re enjoying a day of throw-down barbecue, fresh summer cocktails, and long-wearing lipsticks. On to the beauty topic of the day: blush.  As fellow African American and darker skin-toned ladies know well, there is a fine line to be walked when it comes to cheek color.  We need to find [...] — read more »

So Worth It: By Terry Delectation Gloss in Milky Crunch

As you may or may not know, I have for many years now been in mourning for the loss of my first true love, Dior Addict Ultra Gloss #511 A Crunch of Chocolate.  LE SIGH.  It was the perfect nude lipshade for black women, an oasis of lip sophistication in a veritable desert of gloss [...] — read more »