While perusing my Twitter timeline one evening, I stumbled across a random beauty girl’s Instagram picture with her donning the most beautiful dark pink-plum lipstick, with a caption that read “Rebel.”
A few weeks later, I met up with my best friend, and noticed a similar gorgeous pink-plum stain coating her lips. For about 2.5 seconds, I secretly envied the dark pink lip against her mocha complexion, before showering her with blush-worthy praises and blurting out, ”What lipstick is that?! I need it now.” She smiled and said, “Rebel.”
Sensitive skin. Two lowly words I’ve uttered followed by an exasperated sigh at one-too-many makeup counters in my 20 something years on this planet. For this and this reason alone, my makeup choices as of late have been limited to consciously choosing to use oil-free, non-comedogenic, non-acnegenic foundation and powders ONLY. No exceptions. For anyone who knows anything about make-up, coming across a good, all day-wear, foundation and/or powder for sensitive skin requires patience and persistence.
Confession. A little over a year ago I experienced one of the worst acne breakouts of my adult life. Absolutely horrendous. I mean cheeks, forehead and chin completely covered in pimples and dark acne marks. It happened as I was attempting to transition from chemical based products to all-natural products. I quickly learned, however, that as much as I wanted to be Erykah Badu, queen-mother of the earth, I could not, or rather my face could not function as a non-acne-giving entity without a daily dose of benzoyl peroxide. Once I figured this out, I took over Sephora.com in a crazed search of something, ANYTHING, that would bring my face back to some semblance of normality.
Who says I’d rather be “down here in hell with you” than in heaven with someone else and actually means it?! Van effin’ Hunt that’s who! The artist pulled a D’Angelo on us, taking a half-decade long reprieve from the music industry, but he’s back with his first full length album What Were You Hoping For?, which officially drops tomorrow. The album is a hodge-podge of musical genres all interwoven to form an 11-track album that’s quintessential Van. His biography describes the LP as “day-glo psychedelic soul” with a dab of punk, which honestly may be the best way to categorize it. Whatever you want to call it, it’s plain ‘ole good music. Van Hunt is not afraid to go there, and experiment with various musical genres and styles. “I want the record to be disruptive,” says Van about the album. It looks like he accomplishes just that with his latest. Take a listen to “Eyes Like Pearls,” and read the track listing after the jump.
If you haven’t heard Idris Elba’s “Private Garden” or Tank’s “Compliments” yet, do yourself a solid and click on the links after the jump! The two uber fine chocolate drops released their vocal odes to women within the last month ….just in time for cuffing season. (I see what they did there.)
Congrats to both on these beautiful singles and shout out to Idris on his new SmartWater endorsement. Check out the flics (you’re welcome) then check out the music after the jump.
Stacy Barthe, songwriter to the stars, most notably, Rhianna, Brandy, and Katy Perry, just released her EP Sincerely Yours. After getting a hold of the beautifully written single, “Without You,” featuring Frank Ocean (also included on this EP) a few months ago, via Goapele on Twitter, I couldn’t wait to download her EP! Anyone else find it refreshing to see yet another songwriter take a leap of faith from behind the scenes? But before I give my thoughts, take a few minutes from your post VMA Beyonce stannery, to check out her EP and let me know what you think! Tracklisting and download link after the jump!
Leave it to Eric Roberson to bring the Soul of BeautyVirtuoSoul out of hiding. On Wednesday, August 17, he did just that with the anniversary celebration of his first album, Esoteric at SOB’s monthly soul series, Sol Village. The event was sponsored by Singersroom.com and brought out the likes of up-and-coming artists Emanny, ArinMaya, Rocki Evans, and crowd pleaser and favorite, Charles Perry.
Eric performed a few popular hits including “Runaway”, one of my faves, in between sets and I was able to snap a few shots of a couple of the performances. Read more after the jump.
After returning from my overdue vacation a few weeks back, I realized just how handy a few skincare items were in particular on those super hot Boca Chica days. What better time to highlight some of my essential Summer skincare musthaves, than at the beginning of July 4th weekend when people are enjoying some fireworks and watching poker on TV. Check out some of my faves after the jump.
Hello there! I took a little reprieve, but I’m back just in time to close out 2010 and ring in 2011! Ever since moving back to NY after college, I’ve braved the blistering cold and snow, to hit the city on New Years Eve with my girls. If you’re like me, half the excitement of hitting the town on NYE or any night for that matter, involves the act of getting ready–nails, hair, and makeup–in that order! In the last few years during this process (because it is a process even if you were blessed with good genes), I’ve learned a few tips and tricks that have been immensely helpful and I’m positive can and will help you come this Friday night.
In: News7 Nov 2010
Come one, come all! I’ll be here supporting my good friend, Ije, who’s the executive director of the pageant, as well as a number of beautiful brown girls competing for not only the titles of Miss Black New York and Miss Black New Jersey, but also some well deserved scholarship money! So before or after you run to the movie theaters to see For Colored Girls, support the girls of color in this pageant will ya?!
A few quick deets for ya…
Date/Venue: This Saturday, Nov 13 at Harlem Stage in Harlem, NY.
Host: Dee Vasquez, Hot 97 radio personality
Event Sponsors: Carol’s Daughter, 98.7 Kiss FM, KOS Productions, and more
Judges: Dominique Sharpton, daughter of Al Sharpton; Mikki Taylor, Editor-at-Large of Essence Magazine; Actress Naturi Naughton among others…
For ticket info, click the image above or this link: Miss Black New York| Miss Black New Jersey Pageant
See you there!
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