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Newest Must-have Makeup Brand: Cheekbone Cosmetics

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“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands. One for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” –Audrey Hepburn

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I first heard about Cheekbone Cosmetics the same way I learn about most things these days, through social media. I was interested in the brand once I read that it was created by a First Nations woman from Canada and that 10% of the profits are donated to Indigenous education.

Amy Stretten, The Chief of Style, reviews Canadian Aboriginal-owned makeup brand, Cheekbone Beauty

So, I decided to reach out and see if they would be interested in sending me some products in exchange for a review. They sent me three matte liquid lipsticks and an eyebrow shaper to try. I was surprised how quickly everything came considering it was shipped from Canada.

I’ve got to be honest. Before opening the package, I was worried.

I hoped and prayed I would like their products because I love supporting Native and Aboriginal businesses, but sometimes the products fall flat. (I really hate it when that happens.)

But that’s not the case with Cheekbone. I fell head-over-heels in LOVE with their liquid lipstick and eyebrow shaper!

Amy Stretten, The Chief of Style, reviews Canadian Aboriginal-owned makeup brand, Cheekbone Beauty
Photo courtesy of Cheekbone Beauty
Amy Stretten, The Chief of Style, reviews Canadian Aboriginal-owned makeup brand, Cheekbone Beauty
Photo courtesy of Cheekbone Beauty

Their liquid lipsticks, in particular, are nothing short of incredible! The formula they use is better than any other wet-to-dry matte lipstick I’ve ever used and I’ve tried them all. (Seriously.) The color lasts for hours (even after eating!), there are no parabens, they’re virtually odor-free and they’re safe for sensitive skin. And, if you like lighter shades you are probably well aware that most brands often look streaky due to subpar formulas. Well, that’s not the case with Cheekbone. The color looks just as it should every time, no matter how much (or how little) you apply. They make about a dozen different shades, so if you’re not sure where to begin, try ASHLEY. It’s my absolute favorite shade and looks amazing on anyone!

They later sent me their highlight palette (Stardust) and their contour palette (Earth). I absolutely adore the highlight palette! The lightest color, in particular, is my jam. The pigment is very rich and provides a really beautiful highlight. I was pleasantly surprised that the contour palette was a perfect match for my skin tone, too.

Amy Stretten, The Chief of Style, reviews Canadian Aboriginal-owned makeup brand, Cheekbone Beauty
Photo courtesy of Cheekbone Beauty
Amy Stretten, The Chief of Style, reviews Canadian Aboriginal-owned makeup brand, Cheekbone Beauty
Photo courtesy of Cheekbone Beauty

If you’ve never heard of Cheekbone, I highly suggest you give the brand a try. What’s more, the products are cruelty free!

Dear Santa, all I want for Christmas is the Cheekbone “Limited Edition Warrior Women” liquid lipstick collection! *prayer hands emoji*

Amy Stretten, The Chief of Style, reviews Canadian Aboriginal-owned makeup brand, Cheekbone Beauty
Photo courtesy of Cheekbone Beauty

Why not save 10% with my code [chiefofstyle] and give Cheekbone a try!

xo

*Thank you to Cheekbone for sending me products to review. As always, all views expressed are my true and honest opinions.

My New York City Carrie Bradshaw Moment

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I moved to New York City in 2010 for graduate school and eventually to work as a news reporter. During my time there I always wanted to snap a Carrie Bradshaw-esque photo on the streets of Manhattan. (You know, the casual t-shirt tucked into the tutu skirt and dainty heels with a statement clutch purse, hailing a cab…all that.)

Well, I finally got my moment while shooting with one of the best photographers I’ve worked with to date, Gregory of M76Photo. Not only is he easy to work with, he makes you feel comfortable and does such an incredible job never over shooting, but still getting the best shots over and over again. It truly was a pleasure to work with him. (We’re definitely collaborating again when I’m in NYC later this week!)

We shot several looks during my recent trip to New York City and this was one of them. I got my Sex and the City moment…with a plus size twist! I styled my look with a shirt I designed myself thanks to Customized Girl. They offer really great prices on custom shirts, hats, underwear, pet clothing, and even items for babies. I made a total of four shirts: two that rep for ChiefofStyle.com, this one, and another that I can’t wait to show you (coming soon)!

To complete my look, I wore this perfect tutu skirt I bought from The Plus Bus, a plus-size retail store that sells new and used clothing. It’s from Anthropologie and it once belonged to plus size style blogger, Alex Michael May. And of course, I had to have a statement clutch. This one was a gift from Roaman’s and I’m absolutely obsessed with it!

Have you had your Carrie Bradshaw moment yet? If not, I suggest you make it happen, whether in NYC or your hometown. If you do, share the link in the bio! It was a lot of fun and I felt like a true fashion diva.

xx

Amy Stretten, the Chief of Style, having a Sex and the City/Carrie Bradshaw moment in New York City.

Amy Stretten, the Chief of Style, having a Sex and the City/Carrie Bradshaw moment in New York City.

Amy Stretten, the Chief of Style, having a Sex and the City/Carrie Bradshaw moment in New York City.

Amy Stretten, the Chief of Style, having a Sex and the City/Carrie Bradshaw moment in New York City.

Amy Stretten, the Chief of Style, having a Sex and the City/Carrie Bradshaw moment in New York City.

Amy Stretten, the Chief of Style, having a Sex and the City/Carrie Bradshaw moment in New York City.

Amy Stretten, the Chief of Style, having a Sex and the City/Carrie Bradshaw moment in New York City.

Outfit details: Top: Customized Girl | Skirt: Anthropologie / The Plus Bus | Shoes: Forever 21 | Clutch: Roaman’s

Photographer: @M76Photo