Regina King at the 2019 Golden Globes. Image courtesy of People.comRead More
It’s been a while and it’s time for some new posts.
It’s a new year with many wonderful things sure to come our way in the world of makeup and beauty. 2018 brought is a lot of new products and innovation. I expect 2019 will be more of the same in that vein.
One of the best product improvements was the vast amount of attention brands are bringing to complexion for women of color. This has been a long time coming. Those voices have been heard!
We all want to be included. We all want products that serve us well and that allow us to full engage ourselves in our unique and wonder self-expression.
Here’s to a wonderful 2019!
Wow! The day is here and the ceremony is now over. It went by so fast! It really does seems like only a month or so ago that we heard about the upcoming nuptials and May 19, 2018 seemed so far away. Now, it's a beautiful memory.
There were so many takeaways from this day and it would take me forever to get through all of my personal ones, so I'll make this short, or as short as I can.
First of all, let's talk about how amazing this couple looks! The bride is absolutely breaktaking in this timeless, stunning Givenchy gown. It was truly made for her and fit her like a glove. Prince Harry was quite dapper. I love to see a groom with style. It was nothing short of befitting to wear his military uniform. Check out his medals.
Secondly, let's talk about her headpiece. That tiara was so beautiful! The train was befitting. An already stellar gown was made that much more stunning by this wonderful touch. It was yet another piece of her ensemble that looked like it was made just for her. It fit her style.
One takeaway for brides is to be yourself. I had heard one British commentator state that this was the "best" he'd ever seen Meghan Markle look. She always looks great to me but I know exactly what he meant. When bridal is done right, the bride is shown in ALL her glory! The guests and the world see the bride in a new light. There are many moving parts to bridal beauty. This brings me to my last point.
My third and final point is her makeup. All I can say is "WOW!" This is really makeup done right. There was an initial rumor that her friends were going to do her makeup. She was not going to hire an artist. I have to be honest-that didn't sit well with me, at all. I would definitely respect her choices, it's her wedding after all. Let me explain my reasoning behind this statement.
Whenever one puts ALL of the energy into planning a day as big and monumental as a wedding, you want ALL professional hands on deck. Why have a designer gown, professional photographer, beautiful venue and wonderful food (for starters) and leave your face out of that? It just seems a little bit, well, wrong. Professional work should be included in every aspect of your wedding.
Her makeup was so 'wowing' with its beautiful, understated simplicity. It's the kind of makeup that I stare at for hours. It was skin that looked like skin. Her smokey eyes, lashes and glossed lips were the perfect look for her. Her artist has had plenty of experience with celebrities and it shows.
It was said that she really likes and embraces her freckles. Her artist heard her and we could see some of them. Thank you for showing us!
I have had brides with freckles who wanted to show them off and I really enjoy working with them! Women who embrace their unique qualities are very comfortable in their skin. By wanting to show off their uniqueness, they are saying to the world "this is me and here I am."
The smokey eye is a wonderful look. It was simple and understated yet went perfectly with the personality of the bride and her gown. It was regal. It was royal. It fit. This was a day that will be remembered for a long time to come.
I am wishing this happy and wonderful couple ALL of the best!
It is my hope that everyone has a great holiday! I hope that you are able to enjoy this time with your family, friends and loved ones.
I am looking forward to seeing my family, getting in some good laughs and eating some great food.
It is my hope that your 2018 has many great things in store for you and yours! Cheers!
We all got a lesson in what "classy" weddings are made of and how they are done. It was a classy, classic, yet relevant and current event full of A-listers and powerhouses. Serena Williams and her now husband, Alexis Ohanian, put on a full-fledge wedding production. The photos speak for themselves.
I wanted to briefly discuss her makeup and hair choices. They were perfect for her personality and wedding. The hairstyle is a classic look for women with longer hair. It's easy to wear and makes for an effortless wedding. Updos are very easy to wear and allow the bride to really focus on enjoying her day. When it comes to your wedding day, you are not going to want to be fussing with your hair every 5 minutes.
In that same vein, her makeup choices were excellent as well. Her look was beautiful and elegant without being overly fussy. This allowed for her to look wonderful without having to think about her look. In fact, if her lipstick wore off or faded through eating, champagne toasts and greeting guests, she will still look very much the same. Her choices were spot-on. Taking into account what your day will be like is a major key to enjoying your day.
Evening weddings can also have bolder eyes and lips. These looks are great and would require more attention throughout the evening. While we tend to see evening weddings have the 'after 6' approach to attire and makeup, Serena went with her own idea and made her wedding her own. It paid off well for her.
Congrats to Serena and Alexis!
Collaborations are always exciting. They tend to bring out unique, often once-in-a-lifetime products that later become collector's items.
I am excited to say that I been able to try the new collection that is coming out from L'oreal and Fashion powerhouse Balmain. It only seems fitting that two French powerhouses would come together in this way.
I was able to test out three lip colors and it's hard to say which one is my favorite. The packaging in this collection really has a sophisticated, elegant, retro feel. That alone made me want to learn more about this collection. Each color tube has several colors, so this collection seems pretty much endless. There's a color for everyone! I chose a color from each tube collection. There are 12 colors right now.
It is important to note that the red color (in the black tube) is called Domination. Of the three in the photo here, it has the strongest payoff. Next to that is the green is named Balmain Instinct. The blue-tubed lipstick, appropriately named Freedom, is a bold purple color. For some reason, purple is one of my favorite lipcolors. While I like the color, I do find that I need to spend a little more time making sure this color is bold enough for my liking. A light hand with the purple can cause it to fade. It's still a great color and for the price point, it definitely works.
Overall, I would suggest that you check these out if you are lipstick lover. The collection is well put together and provides a great amount of color options for nude lips and bold colors for a more daring lip.
The price point at Ulta is about $14 per tube. The collection will first debut at online at www.ulta.com on Saturday, November 11, 2017 and then in stores on Saturday, January 27, 2018.
It's that time of year again-the holidays. People either get really excited or are hoping the next 2 months go by pretty fast.
I can already feel the buzz at the stores already and there is definitely some excitement in the air. This is just a quick note to say that there are some nice sets coming out this year from multiple brands.
I have said before, and often say that if there are any brands you want to try, one of the best ways to do so is by trying out samplers. The samplers are the giftsets. These sets are for companies who want to put their best foot forward. For consumers, this is the way to give you the best of the best without having to spend a lot.
If you are unsure of a full-sized product, try the giftset on for size to determine if a product is for you. The companies are putting their best on display for you and are practically giving away product. These deals that are going to be coming up will be worth you taking some time and checking them out.
It seems that each year, the giftsets days get a little longer-meaning that sets come out earlier and earlier. If you just aren't quite up to shopping to holiday sets just yet, no worries. There is plenty of time. The majority of them should be out by mid-November. Some are out now. So, check out the stores and online. You're sure to find something to 'wow' you!
The official word is out: MAC is releasing the Aaliyah collection next summer! I, for one, am looking forward to seeing what they create. I'm wondering why it took this long, but hey, it's coming next summer and that's all that matters.
Aaliyah was such a creative genius and as my sister said, "she was before her time." I think her last project was the best one and there was so much more to come from her. With each project (whether it was music or acting), she became better and better. How is that possible?
It was a sad day when she passed away. She was someone with so much beauty, promise and was very well accomplished. She was just getting started, really. I'll stop here because the memories are still very much alive. She is still with us in heart and video and song, so if you don't know much about her, check her out on youtube. Watch some of her music videos and see the genius that is Aaliyah.
Being that MAC annouced this so early, it my thought that the definitely anticipate this being BIG and selling out quickly.
Thank you MAC for keeping this amazing person alive in our hearts and minds!
It Cosmetics continues to make its rounds in the makeup world. It's a pretty amazing that it is now made its way into Sephora.
Sephora is a store that is picky about what it carries. So, in other words, basic makeup doesn't make it in here! Your brand has to be special. It has to have something unique about it.
It's a good move for the It brand to be here along with the ranks of other high-enders.
The blush pictured here is nice and the brush is too. It's great to know that I have another place to shop this brand.
Urban Decay is set to discountinue its very popular Smoky palette. This is happening NOW!
I am unsure of why this is happening but it's happening. So, if you really like this palette, you will want to go out and get it now before it sells out.
The palettes are currently $27 (which is 50% off) and they are found quite a few places right now. So, you can hit up Ulta, Macy's and Urban Decay's website to get your fix before these sell out. They're 50% off, so you can beat it.