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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Essence Magazine Hosts Smart Beauty VII: The Beauty of Confidence Event

 

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This Right Here.

These are the events that I absolutely live for. But these are the events that I’m often watching from home instead of front row. Mikki Taylor served as the moderator, while the packed lineup shared their opinions on the state of Black beauty. The panel included Sanaa Lathan, Sam Fine, Tasha Smith and Ledisi. Can’t you just feel the glitz and glamour on that stage?

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5 Ways I’m “Downsizing” My Blog

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In the beginning of the year, I thought about things that I could do to speed up my website and make it less clunky. I was scared to drop some of these things, but in the end, it’s not really that bad that they aren’t around. Here’s what I ditched.

I Dropped Disqus.

I really liked Disqus, because it was a formal content management system. But my blog was really, really slowing down, so I opted for the WordPress basic commenting system. In the end, it hasn’t really helped me generate or lose more comments then I was getting before.

I Stopped Posting Theme Days

Mondays won’t always be for FOTD’s and Friday’s won’t always be for fashion. I want to post what I want, when I want. I tried to stay on a schedule, but some days I was just getting bored. I want to live a little.

Super Simple Sidebar

I have my social media links, some subscription widgets, my blogher ads, and that’s basically it. I’ll be adding a few more items, because the sidebar really is precious real estate that I could be doing more with. But I really like how clean it is

More Call To Action

In the past, I didn’t really want to do the whole “please subscribe” thing on Youtube. But you know what? There’s nothing wrong with this. If you want something, ask for it. I’ve put the “subscribe to Youtube” button  and a Facebook widget on the side, and I have seen my stats go up significantly every since.

I Made the Blog About Me

In the eight years prior, I have constantly fought over making this blog more “lifestyle” oriented. But I thought it would be more exciting to make it a beauty journey and diary, also including pretty much whatever. I’ve done a few posts here and there. I’m not totally sure that I can keep it up, but we’ll see!

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