I’m Renting Dresses For Every Occasion: Here’s Why!

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Meet my bestie, Miriam.  

She had the amazing idea to have all the ladies wear dresses, my favorite outfit! When it came time for me to find said outfit, I was over it. No dress was good enough or fancy enough or “Erin” enough. And then it made sense–rent one! I went to Rent The Runway (join here!), the site where I had been saving dresses in my favorites for about two years.

There it was, the perfect dress! The Alice by Monique Lhuillier was an absolute hit. I got a million compliments on it. I rented this dress for $40 on Rent The Runway.  I got to keep it for 4 days, plus it came with a pre-addressed envelope to send back the dress. Even more exciting, you get to choose two sizes (the perfect back up if one doesn’t fit).

You can search dresses by color, sleeve length, price, occasion, you name it! You can even search based on your body type. They’ve got dresses for date night and graduation, and even dressier events like balls and galas. I don’t know how many dresses I’ve bought, but rarely wear because I don’t have a reason to! In fact, I had such a good experience that I’ve already rented two more dresses for this week! (I tried on the dress for my rehearsal dress and it’s just darling.) They also have some accessories and beauty products.   They’ve got random offers that go out, and if you sign up and rent a dress using my code, both of us get a $20 rental credit! (And when you invite your friends, you’ll get even more credits if they rent!)

Disclosure: You and I receive a credit if you sign up and rent a dress using the links above. We both win! 

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Becca’s New Foundation is Full Coverage, Lightweight Perfection

Ultimate Coverage Complexion Creme Review

 

Most people know I love Becca Cosmetics. So when I found out that they came out with yet ANOTHER foundation, I had to own it. Becca’s Ultimate Coverage Complexion Crème ($44) is a game changer. Becca says:

Ideal for any skin type, this formula contains a balance of 21 percent pure pigment and 22 percent water, which work in synergy to completely conceal imperfections, redness, hyperpigmentation, and uneven texture in a weightless cream.

  • For a beautifully seamless application, ensure that your face is well hydrated and allow your moisturizer or primer to fully absorb into the skin before applying the crème.
  • This foundation is designed to be used with a brush.
  • The average foundation formula usually contains 10 to 15 percent pigment and 5 to 10 percent water, whereas this product contains 21 percent pure pigment and 22 percent water.
  • Free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, alcohol and fragrance.

So I tried it on with a skunk brush and wore it around. My dark marks were covered and I wasn’t super shiny. The craziest part is that I forgot I had foundation on. It’s SO lightweight that you can barely feel it. I would even venture to say that tinted moisturizers aren’t this light. I dare you to head on over to foundation and try it out. It’s worth the trip, I promise.

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My First Brazilian Wax: Not As Sexy As I Had Hoped

 

Instead of showing you a picture of my vagina, I’ll just show you one of the bikinis that I planned to get. The bikini that I might not wear, because my area “down there” isn’t looking too good. Check out Nakimuli for more info!

I knew I wanted to get a Brazilian wax when I met Tridena from Wax It All Off, a waxing salon here in Baltimore. I was immediately interested in going to her salon because a) she was a Scandalous Beauty Youtube viewer, b) I like to support black businesses and c) she squashed quite a few of my bikini myths and I knew I’d feel totally at ease. She told me that waxing helps clear any dark marks and exfoliating helps get rid of ingrown hairs. She also chatted with me about the differences between black hair and everyone else’s hair. We talked for almost an hour. Continue Reading →

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Lupita N’Yongo Paid for Her Oscar’s Pizza with Clarins HydraQuench Lip Balm

The Oscars Rocked.

It’s the first time that I was ever totally into it. I turned a couple times, but I always turned right back. So you know, most of the reason I watched was for Lupita N’Yongo. After all, she’s a friend in my head, and I have to support my friends! Last night, while Ellen collected money for pizza in the middle of the award show, Lupita handed  Ellen a lip balm. That lip balm was Clarins HydraQuench Lip Balm ($24), and as you can imagine, it flew off the shelves like hot cakes!

The HyrdaQuench lip balm is packed with Essential Rose Wax, a fine, protective film collected from the surface of rose petals, that covers lips with a highly soothing, moisture-protecting barrier. It also has Ceramide 3, which helps repair chapped and irritated lips by rebalancing the skin’s natural barrier effect. For more information, check out Clairins.com!

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Get The Look: Lupita N’Yongo at ESSENCE’s Black Women in Hollywood

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All hail, Queen Lupita!

So really, you tell me, does she ever do any wrong? I don’t think so. Today was the annual ESSENCE’s Black Women in Hollywood Event. Read on to see how her makeup artist, Nick Barose, created her look using a mix of L’Oreal and YSL products.

INSPIRATION: Lupita wanted a natural, yet polished, look. Nick used warm colors on her, including a light plum liner on eyes, coral on cheeks to give the look of a natural flush, and soft rosy lips to give a bit of contrast with her ivory colored dress. The final look was sophisticated and elegant, yet still youthful.

STEP-BY-STEP:

STEP 1: Gently dab the YSL Top Secrets All-In-One BB Cream Skintone Corrector in Dark ($50) into skin to hydrate, soothe and add radiance. Then gently apply L’Oréal Paris True Match Naturale Mineral Foundation in Soft Sable ($15.99) over the foundation to give skin a flawless finish and even out skin tone.

STEP 2: Use the YSL Eyebrow Pencil in 005 Ebony ($30) sparingly to fill in and shape brows, and then brush with a clean spool brush to even out and distribute color.

STEP 3: To highlight eyes, first add a winged line above the upper lash line and beneath the lower lash line using the (add L’Oreal Paris in the product name and link) Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner in Plum ($8.99) as it’s a perfect color for daytime that plays well with darker skin tones. Gently tap Lancôme Color Design Infinité Eye Shadow in 102 Timeless Taupe ($25) above the liner onto the lid to add a more bronzy color to the eyes. Apply two coats of L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Butterfly Mascara in Blackest Black ($8.99) to the upper lashes.

STEP 4: Dab cheeks lightly with a cream blush first, such as Giorgio Armani Blushing Fabric in Fresh Baby Pink ($39),to add a natural flush. On cheek bones only, dab a little bit of L’Oréal Paris Visible Lift Blush in Coral Lift ($12.99) to add a finished soft glow.

STEP 5: Create a polished glossy lip using L’Oréal Paris Extraordinaire by Colour Riche in 303 Rouge Allegro ($9.99).

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