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Saturday, April 4, 2015


Glossy Nude

Monday, February 23, 2015

Have you noticed the "glossy nude" eyes that Rihanna is sporting in the FourFiveSeconds video? Looks like its the next biggest trend. Clear skin, lined eyes, and glossy lids.

Titi Branch of Miss Jessie's Confirmed Dead

Monday, December 15, 2014

Miss Jessie's co-founder Titi Branch (left) with her sister and co-founder Miko Branch.

Multiple news sources are confirming the death of Miss Jessie's co-founder Titi Branch.  Ms. Branch, who is credited with creating Ms. Jessie's flagship product, Curly Pudding, was 45.  

When I first went natural, back in college, Miss Jessie's Curly Pudding was the first product I ever used.  I was loyal to the brand and would browse their gorgeous before and after photos and stock up during their annual Thanksgiving"Buy One, Get One" sales (back then it was "Buy One, Get One Free")

What I loved about the brand the most, was that it worked.  The women who owned the company had thick, tightly packed hair like mine, and their products worked miracles- providing definition and shine that I had no idea I could expect.  I would grow to move onto other products and brands as the market expanded, I would always eventually return to Miss Jessie's at some point (I have two new containers of the Curly Pudding in my bathroom now).

Titi and Miss Jessie's were at the beginning of the mainstream natural hair trend.  You can get natural hair products in Walgreens, Target and Wal-Mart (and perhaps one day, in their Latin American and European equivalents) because of them. 

Though a cause of death has yet to be confirmed by a reputable source, our condolences are with the Branch and Miss Jessie's families.

See more at Washington Post and Clutch.   

#MM Model Monday: David Agbodji

Sunday, August 17, 2014


"Guys, meet David."
"Hi, David."

The Review: Bite Beauty Whipped Cherry Lip Scrup

Though what I should be doing is just making a good scrub from the salt and sugar in my kitchen, I was tempted to try the Bite Beauty Whipped Cherry Scrub Available on Sephora.

Though the ingredients are all natural, the scent is appealing, and formula is surprisingly moisturizing, there wasn't enough grit in the formula to really give my lips the scrub it needed to remove some of the dead skin off of my lips or even a lot of caked lip gloss.

Love, as a lip treatment, but wouldn't go as far as to recommend it for a scrub.

Fall Faces: French Editor and Jazz-Age Beauty

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

It's practically September. Vacation is done and its back to school- the hustle and bustle of meetings, deadlines, work trips and work parties return. And for those of us who won't be doing the new school year shopping trip, a new look- a hairstyle or makeup look is just the thing to get you into the groove.

Two looks to consider for the fall?

First, the French editor (or for some of us still stuck there, the 90's), no-makeup look. Channel your inner Emmanuelle Alt or fresh-faced Gwyneth Paltrow and say good-bye to the super sculpted reality show celebrity face you have been giving. Fall, as you can see in the new Balmain ads (and Marc Jacobs ads and Balenciaga runway ads and...) is all about the clean face- as it should be! Besides the pendulum swinging from the extreme of super-waxed and redrawn eyebrows and hyper-contouring in the style of Emeli Sandé to the more natural side of things, its time for you to wipe off all the heavy bronzer and oil and let your tan fade. What better way to show up to work than fresh faced and ready to go? A natural, clean face - think matte coverage and concealer, thick mascara and just a hint of blush goes a long way.

2014 Fall looks from Balenciaga 
Another look? Well if you makeup is something you absolutely must do dear, take a page from the Jazz-age as some other fashion houses have (see Givenchy) and do the bold lip- especially if you're like me and recently did a big chop. Focus the attention on your face and think dark lips and Salma Hayek's Frida (I'll let you decide on the eyebrows).

Either way, pick a look or alternate between the two and psych yourself up. It's time for Fall.

I Tried the Victoria Beckham Skincare Regimen- And It Works

Thursday, July 31, 2014

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I read about the Victoria Beckham's regimen a few months ago. The daily routine of exfoliate-cleanse-and moisturize sounded simple enough, and I was ready to try. Why?

Well, when people use the phrase "product graveyard," they are usually referring to the stack of hair care products underneath their sinks- the numerous leave-in conditioners, gels, glosses, pomades, and moisturizers that one must go through to eventually discover the "holy grail" product (only to have their hair texture change six months later and they have to start the process all over again-but I digress). However, the product graveyard term for me has moved on to refer to skincare.

I used to have perfect skin. Flawless. Didn't even need to wear makeup. But it was in the last few years that I started to notice the dullness, the acne, the redness, and the blemishes. This mediocre skin that I could not diagnose. Was it the pollution? Stress? Was I not using enough SPF?

I noticed that my skin did not seem to respond to medicated face washes or creams either- whether they were purchased from the drug store or Sephora. That expensive dark spot remover didn't seem to have any impact. And a change in environment, from a major city of over a million people to a "village" in comparison in Europe, did not do much to my complexion either. There went my pollution theory.

So by the time I'd read about Victoria Beckham's regimen, I had nothing to lose.

Guess what? It works.

The proof? Earlier this week my sister said to me, "Your skin looks good! You shouldn't use foundation." Boom.

There's no need to use her dermatologist's brand, Dr. Lancer, just follow the regimen using products you should already have in your cabinet. My first product selection included Fresh Soy Face Exfoliant and Nuxe Rêve de Miel Facial Cleansing and Make-Up Removing Gel (in an effort to use more natural products). But as I've continued the regimen, I've just made sure to keep the scrub and a simple cleanser and have added a toning step before the moisturizer- which is Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask (as recommended by Mindy Copeland).

My dark spots have faded, my acne has been significantly reduced and I need less and less makeup- just concealer under my eyes.

So the main point: Exfoliate + cleanse + (+ toner) + moisturize = your best skin.

Do it.

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