My Birthday

Over the weekend, Saturday January 14 to be exact I celebrated my 33rd birthday!!! I can’t believe how old I am and how far I have come. I remember being 13 wishing I was 21. I cherish every single birthday even more. I don’t want to be any older or younger. Well I would definitely relive some of my earlier fashion moments.

Every year I usually leave it up to my husband to plan the celebration, but I give hints on what I want to do. I never feel like he EVER listens to me (lol) so while in a mall one day I mentioned I would love to try one of these new paint and sip classes. Much to my surprise not only was he listening , but he surprised me with reservations to Paint and Sip Studio NY . The experience was one to remember !!

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Now I’m sure you are wondering what did I wear? I said whether rain or shine I am wearing a black long slip dress, my favorite jeans and silver booties. Of course it started to snow extremely hard before leaving the house, but I didn’t care because it was my birthday!!! The dress I am wearing is by Cotton Candy LA and its suppose to look like this:

Being the stylist that I am I felt the dress was too simple for the occasion. So I went to M&J Trimming to purchase some ribbon. I then cut the ribbon in 6 pieces and tied it to the left shoulder of the dress. The dress was also too long for flats, I decided to cut the shoulder straps and simply tie them in knots according to the proper length. The straps look unfinished which went along with the theme of the rest of the dress. One of the hottest trends of 2017 will be wearing jeans under dresses which went perfect with my outfit. To pull the whole look together I wore my hair in 3 buns added NYX Cosmic Metals Lip Cream in Electromagnetic and NYX Cosmetics Vivid Brights Liner in Vivid Halo .

Dress Cotton Candy LA / Jeans Who What Wear Collection / Booties Topshop / Earrings J.Crew / Denim Jacket Levi’s Authentic Sherpa Trucker Jacket /

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Cheers to a new age!

 

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Featured on All Things Hair.com

If you haven’t noticed I have green hair…well green braids to be exact. A very popular protective style named box braids are nothing new, however adding bright colored hair is a trend them continues to rise. I’ve never had color in my hair before and decided to take a chance. I am EXTREMELY happy with the outcome and have gained the eyes of a hair site.  I had the pleasure of being interviewed by All Things Hair . I was given 6 questions  and it all pertained to my green braids and how I maintain them. Check it out!

 

 

 

 

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Beauty Must Have: Lime Crime

On Saturday October 1st I had the pleasure of attending Beautycon NYC . It was beauty junkie heaven. Almost every brand you can think of was in attendance along with YouTube beauty stars, TV personalities and celebrities. The best thing were the freebies. I have a lot of products and will share my must haves.

While my favorite brands such as NYX CosmeticsCarol’s Daughter to name a few were represented one brand I was very impressed with was Lime Crime . Don’t judge me, but I have never heard of this brand. I have been totally missing out. “Makeup for Unicorns” is their slogan and they are absolutely right. The shades, tones and pigments are extremely vibrant. Surprisingly with all the freebies I managed to purchase only beauty 2 items. My 1st purchase was Lime Crime Superfoil Wet/Dry Foil Eyeshadow Duo in Gilded Carriage and Glass Slipper . In all my years I finally found an eyeshadow that does exactly as its title. This might be the best eyeshadow ever and here’s why. The packaging is SUPER cute. This duo is extremely pigment and a lot goes a long way.

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Here is how you apply the eye shadow. It is recommended to not use a brush, but to use your finger. Once you get the product on your finger slightly wet your finger and then apply the eyeshadow. It really does look like foil. The shine and the staying power makes this product a must have. After wearing this on my eyes for over 8 hours not once did I need to reapply. With one swipe of makeup remover it came right off. I would highly recommend this product in any shade.

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Try Lime Crime for yourself. You won’t be disappointed.

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The winner will be announced Friday October 7th at noon (eastern standard time).

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“You Get ALMOND COOKIE SHEA SOUFFLÉ , You Get ALMOND COOKIE SHEA SOUFFLÉ , Everybody Gets ALMOND COOKIE SHEA SOUFFLÉ .”

If you’ve never heard of Lisa Price of Carol’s Daughter you have been living under the BIGGEST rock. Established in 1993 with encouragement from her mother, Lisa Price started to make high quality beauty products in her kitchen in Brooklyn, New York. Once friends and family raved at how good her products were the rest was history. The brand Carol’s Daughter was birthed. This brand is now owned by L’Oreal and is sold in places like Target, Walmart and  Rite Aid to name a few.

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I’ve had the pleasure of trying out several Carol’s Daughter products, but my all time favorite body product is ALMOND COOKIE SHEA SOUFFLÉ . I wish computers where scratch and sniff because a description wouldn’t do the product justice. Let’s just say it smells exactly like its name Almond Cookie. Yes, I’ve tried to taste it…epic fail. Not only does this product smell amazing it is extremely moisturizing and here’s why:

Ingredients

  • Coconut Oil
  • Shea Butter
  • Grapeseed Oil
  • Soybean Oil
  • Cocoa Butter
  • Sweet Almond Oil
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Rice Bran Oil
  • Vitamin E
  • Pro-vitamin B5
  • Carrot
  • Aloe Leaf

All these ingredients working together to create a rich, nourishing souffle. It almost sounds like food. I have very sensitive skin and because there are No Silicones, No Parabens, No Petroleum, No Mineral Oil, No Artificial Colors I never have to worry about a break. A little goes a longggggggg way.

Try ALMOND COOKIE SHEA SOUFFLÉ and all the other Almond Cookie products.

 

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Beauty Must Have: Sirocco Sands

If you’ve never heard of & Other Stories you are missing out. This brand is like the well curated H&M which they are owned by. Their clothing, shoes and accessories has a vintage look with a trendy flair. The shoes are comfortable and can go from day to night. Everyone seems to be in the line of beauty & Other Stories has dipped their foot in and are now swimming. From bon bon tree scented lotion to paillon melon liquid lipstick they have it all.

My all time favorite scent is Sirocco Sands . With over 20 scents (yes, I’ve tried them all) you can’t go wrong. Each scent has it’s own distinction and are best at different times of the year. Sirocco Sands is great in the summer, but I love this scent soo much I wear it all year round. It smells like “soft desert dunes serenading warm wildwood and bittersweet fruitage.”

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Sirocco Sands Hand Cream comes in a home size of 250 ml/8.45 fl oz.  The travel size is 30 ml/1fl oz. It can fit in your cosmetic bag as well as your back pocket. The color of the lotion is the same color of the swatch on the front of the tube.

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The Sirocco Sands Body Mist also comes in two sizes  150 ml/5.07 fl oz (home) and 50 ml/1.7 fl oz travel. The color of the mist is clear and fast drying . I love the size of the travel scent. I take it everywhere I go. All you need to do is pump the bottle twice and more than enough comes out.

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Check out & Other Stories 20+ scents.

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The One Beauty Must Have That Never Fails

I am currently typing this post with 1 1/2 hands. I sprained a muscle in my left hand. Yes, it hurts but the show must go own!

There is only one beauty item I swear by. No matter what the circumstance, occasion, time of year or day this beauty product never lets me down. Other products have come and gone, but no matter what I ALWAYS keep a tube of this in my make up kit. It has won countless awards and the top make up artist swear by it as well. Want to know what it is? Maybelline Great Lash Mascara . It comes in several  shades of black such as Blackest Black, Brownish Black and Very Black.

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What is Great Lash ?

Great Lash® Washable Mascara conditions as it thickens. The lash-doubling formula glides on to build great-looking lashes while the lash-building brush makes it easy to get a full-lash look. Allure Readers’ Choice and Best of Beauty Award Winner.

BENEFITS

After 40 years, Great Lash is still America’s favorite mascara. This mascara features a lash-doubling formula that glides on to build great-looking lashes. The lash-building brush makes it easy to get a full-lash look.

Ophthalmologist tested.
Hypoallergenic tested.
Suitable for contact lens wearers.

HOW TO USE/APPLY

Step 1. Sweep the lash-building brush from the root to tip of lashes.

Step 2. Continue building volume until the desired lash look is achieved.
Step 3. Do not let mascara dry in between coats.
Step 4. Easily remove mascara with Maybelline Expert Eyes® 100% Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover.

The very best place to buy this product and this is a total secret buster is Walmart.  I cannot leave Walmart without purchasing a tube.  So head to your local drug store or Walmart and don’t forget the Maybelline Great Lash Mascara.
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Beauty Must Have: Protecting Your Eyes

Its warm in NYC. Ok that is an understatement. NYC is in the middle of a heatwave. For the past 5 days temperatures have been close to 100 degrees with humidity levels at 100% . It is recommended to always have the following items…  water (check) wear loose fit clothing (check ) sunscreen (check). What’s the one thing you should never leave home without to protect your eyes especially in the summer? SUNGLASSES!!!!

Prada (try this ) // Karen Walker (currently my favorite) // Ray Ban

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There are hundreds of brands, colors and shapes. From low end to high end and some sold on the streets in Times Square . Stylist tip: Invest in a good pair of  classic polarized sunglasses. They last longer! What are Polarized Sunglasses?

According to Sunglass Warehouse , Polarized Lenses are coated with a special chemical film that helps reduce glare. Glare is caused when light from the sun is reflected off of water or a solid surface. By neutralizing glare, polarized lenses help you see objects more clearly, and also help reduce the harmful effects of UV light.

Types of Polarized Lenses

.75 mm polarized lenses

These polarized lenses are made from thin sheets of film and are the best option when you don’t need to worry about impact resistance. The .75 mm lenses are good for most casual sports, like running and golf.

1.1 mm polarized lenses

These polarized lenses are made with thicker sheets of film. They offer more impact resistance than .75 mm polarized lenses, but they have the same polarizing layer. Even though 1.1 mm film is thicker, these sunglasses don’t offer better glare reduction or higher polarization. In fact, the added thickness usually makes them a more expensive option.

Tinted Lenses vs. Polarized Lenses

While tinted sunglasses are great for reducing brightness, they don’t eliminate harsh glare like polarized sunglasses. Don’t let darker lenses fool you into thinking they offer more protection from UV rays, either. The darkness of the lens does not accurately represent the lenses’ ability to block UV rays.

Always check the label on your lenses to see what level, if any, of UV protection they offer. Also, remember that dark sunglasses UV protection will cause more damage to your eyes than not wearing sunglasses at all. Darker tints can cause the pupil to dilate, letting more UV rays into the inner part of the eye.

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Now that you know the importance of polarized sunglasses go out and treat yourself to a pair.

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Beauty Must Have Exclusive

When I first started wearing make up the one brand I gravitated towards was MAC Cosmetics. For years I only wore MAC. Do we have a love hate relationship? No, MAC will ALWAYS be my first love.

In NYC at this very moment there is a sample sale going on. It is now day 3 and It was totally worth standing in the heat. Here is why you should visit the first ever MAC Sample Sale if you are in NYC….Everything is 60% off. Unfortunately, the cult favorite Ruby Woo was not apart of the selection. However a lot of the merchandise  being sold at the sale are still full price in their retail stores.

I purchased the following items Velvetease Lip Pencil in Just Add Romance, Velvetease Lip Pencil Oh Honey, Huggable Lipcolour Rich Marron, Huggable Lipcolour Feeling Amorous, Huggable Glass Mega-Hug, Huggable Glass Snuggle Up and Brooke Candy Witching Hour. I  can’t wait to play with all my lip colors.

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Happy National Junk Food Day!

What’s your favorite MAC lip product?

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Red, White and Beauty

Are you having 4th of July withdrawals? Not to fret here is a Beauty Must Have Independence Day Style.

Now that you know how to protect your lips with sunscreen here are 3 more of my favorite lip products. Every girl should have that “go to red lipstick”. One of my favorite red lipsticks is Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Color 630 Red Revolution . The feel is creamy, the look is crisp and vibrant. Most importantly its very very moisturizer. A little goes a long way. The cost is only $7.49.

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For as long as I can remember I’ve always carried Vaseline. Before I was allowed to wear lip stick  this was my lip gloss. I would stand in front of the mirror and pretend the white tube was lipstick. Before the coconut oil craze Vaseline Lip Therapy Advanced Healing Tube was the go to item for burns, cuts you name it. I use this product mainly for my lips. Its a great protectant in the winter and the main ingredient petroleum jelly soothes and keeps lips moisturize. A LOT GOES A VERY LONG WAY. Shopping secret: I usually buy this item from Walmart in multiples and here is why….The tube is small enough to not see in a bag or I simply lose it. A tube costs less than $1. You will thank me later.

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I definitely stepped out the box with this lip color. NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Little Denim Dress is a showstopper. This color attracts everyone. You either love it or hate it. The color is bold, bright, vibrant and creamy. I would recommend applying this product last when applying your makeup. Pigmentation is high. Again for $7.00 this lipstick goes a very long way.

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Next week Beauty Must Have will be EXTRA special. Make sure you

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Sunscreen For Your Lips?

I am currently writing this post (while waiting for my connecting flight) in Wayne County Airport in Detroit, Michigan. Where am I going? To Essence Music Festival in NOLA, New Orleans. I am super excited, but more about that later.

Its Beauty Must Haves Monday!!!! Lip Balms has been around for ages. They are sold at the drugstore and the most luxury department stores. Millions of shades colors and tons. While wearing lip balms are AWESOME are you protecting your lips? I recently posted that you should wear sunscreen all year around. There is now sunscreen for your lips. YES, SUNSCREEN FOR YOUR LIPS.

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Supergoop Fusion Lip Balm with SPF 30 is the best thing ever! Not only is this a sunscreen, but it is a lip balm as well. Which means you are protecting your lips while adding a hint of color. I think that is the best part! This lip balm comes in 2 flavors Acai and Mint. Each balm is 5 fl oz/ 15mL and costs only $9.50. The secret ingredient is Shea Butter. Shea Butter is great for hydration and moisture.

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Here are great benefits of this product:

With the strength of acai superberry, this lip balm with SPF 30+ hydrates, repairs, protects, and soothes. Enriched with moisturizing Shea Butter to lock in hydration and provide a protective barrier from not only the sun, but also environmental damage that can wreak havoc on the delicate skin of the lips And if that wasn’t enough, its sheer pink tint makes lip color unnecessary.

• Wear alone or apply over or even under your favorite lip color,
transforming your signature shade into a antioxidant-powered UV protector
• Protects against aging free radical damage with powerful acai
• Shea Butter provides instant deep hydration and locks in moisture

Unlike applying sunscreen 15 minutes before you step outside and reapplying every 2 hours, this balm can be applied and reapplied as often as you like. Especially if you are going to be in the sun all day I would advise your lips to be fully covered at all times.

SO before you leave the house don’t forget your sunscreen for your body AND for your lips.

 

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