Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Get the Look: Eva Marcille

Eva the Diva is always flawlessly painted when she steps onto the red carpet. Her makeup is always understated letting her natural beauty shine through, especially those mountains she calls cheekbones. Read below to get her look!


1. As always, beautiful makeup starts with beautiful skin. Be sure to cleanse, tone and moisturize your skin according to your skin type. 

2. Even out your skin tone with MAC's Studio Tech Foundation. Set your foundation with MAC's Mineralized Skin Finish Natural.

3. Prime your eyelids with Too Faced Shadow Insurance. For a "naked" eye apply a light brown shadow like Illamasqua Boomerang to your crease with a blending brush like MAC's 217. Line your uppers lash line with a black gel liner and your lower water line with a nude liner like Stila's Kajal Eyeliner in Topaz. To make this look "smoky" add a black shadow like Make Up Forever # 4 to the lid and blend. Line the bottom water and lash line with a black liner. Add mascara.

4. Fill in any sparse brows with a brown brow pencil or a powder like Illamasqua Brow Cake.

5. To make your cheek bones pop like Eva's, try MAC's blush in Raizin.

6. Line your lips with a brown lip liner like MAC's Chestnut and color them in with a chocolate lipstick like Revlon Colorburst Lipstick in Sienna.

Monday, August 30, 2010

MUSE: Revive Your Closet Fashion Affair

I had the pleasure of giving a makeup demonstration during a fashion show that featured old garments that were revitalized into new pieces and because I am such a big lover of the thrift, it was right up my alley! During the event attendees participated in the makeup demonstration, a shoe and bag bar, pole dancing demonstration and of course the fashion show. All the businesses were owned by black women who are doing IT, such an inspirational night!

During the demonstration I focused on the basic fundamentals of applying makeup and turning your day look into a night look with a few easy steps.  Meet my gorgeous model Jumoke!


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I didn't get a good picture of Jumoke's day look but here was the final result!

The shoe and bag bar provided by Eklektik Shoe Fetish and the pole dancing demo by Tease Fitness Boutique:
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...and the fashion show! Some of these fabrics are over 40 years old. I did the models makeup as well.

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Designer/Seamstress Joyce D. Allen can be contacted at reviveyourcloset@gmail.com. Website coming soon!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Friday's Cocktail

"Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and its better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring"

Marilyn Monroe

Blue Elephant 
1-1/3 oz Vodka
2/3 oz Blue Curacao
Pineapple Juice 
Lemon Juice

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Fall Trend Report: Fifties Retro

First off let me start of by saying I am so ready for Fall... the boots, the jackets, the sweaters, the layering, the oh so many options that I can't take advantage of during the summer in this sweltering North Carolina heat and humidity.

With that being said I am ECSTATIC to see that the fifties are making a come back this fall. The bustiers, curve hugging, over-the-knee pencil skirts, leather gloves,  the waist-cinching all in the name of femininity. Its such a beautiful thing. 

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Perfect for thrift shopping!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The Skinny on What's in Your Favorite Skin Care Products...

Ever wonder what the acronyms and abbreviations on your favorite skin care items mean? Want to know what which work best for dry, oily or acne prone skin? Listed below are some of the most common ingredients found in your beauty products. I am no dermatologist so remember always consult your doctor first.

Antioxidants: Antioxidants protect the body from damage caused by harmful molecules called free radicals. Foods such as strawberries, blueberries, and dark chocolate contain antioxidants. They can also be found in skin care items via grape seed oil extracts, alpha lipoic acid, vitamin C, etc.

Alpha Lipoic Acid: It’s a newer, ultra-potent antioxidant that helps fight future skin damage and helps repair past damage. Alpha-lipoic acid has been referred to as a “universal antioxidant” because it’s soluble in both water and oil, which permits its entrance to all parts of the cell. Due to this quality, it is believed that alpha-lipoic acid can provide the greatest protection against damaging free radicals when compared with other antioxidants. Alpha-lipoic acid diminishes fine lines, gives skin a healthy glow and boosts levels of other antioxidants, such as vitamin C.

Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs):
Creams and lotions with alpha-hydroxy acids may help with fine lines, irregular pigmentation and age spots, and may help decrease enlarged pores. Side effects of alpha-hydroxy acids include mild irritation and sun sensitivity. For that reason, sunscreen also should be used every morning. To help avoid skin irritation with alpha-hydroxy acids, it is advisable to start with a product with low concentrations of AHA Also, make sure you ease into it. You want to get your skin used to alpha-hydroxy acids, so you should only initially apply the skin care product every other day, gradually working up to daily application.

Beta-Hydroxy Acid (Salicylic Acid): Salicylic acid also has been studied for its effect on skin that has aged prematurely due to exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun. It exfoliates skin, and can improve the texture and color of the skin. It penetrates oil-laden hair follicle openings and, as a result, also helps with acne.

Copper Peptide: Copper peptide is often referred to as the most effective skin regeneration product, even though it’s only been on the market since 1997. Here’s why: Studies have shown that copper peptide promotes collagen and elastin production, and also acts as an antioxidant. It also promotes production of glycosaminoglycans (think hyaluronic acid, as an example). Studies have also shown that copper-dependent enzymes increase the benefits of the body’s natural tissue building processes. The substance helps to firm, smooth, and soften skin, doing it in less time than most other anti-aging skin care products. Clinical studies have found that copper peptides also remove damaged collagen and elastin from the skin and scar tissue because they activate the skin’s system responsible for those functions.

DMAE (Dimethylaminoethanol): If you’ve heard of fish referred to as brain food, you can thank DMAE. This substance is naturally produced in the brain, but DMAE is also present in anchovies, salmon and sardines, boasting the production of acetylcholine, which is important for proper mental functions. DMAE in skin care products shows remarkable effects when applied topically to skin, resulting in the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles.
Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs): If your skin is dry, prone to inflammation, and frequently dotted with white heads and black heads, you may be lacking essential fatty acids, nutrients that are crucial to the production of skin’s natural oil barrier. Without an adequate supply of EFAs, the skin produces a more irritating form of sebum, or oil, which can result in problems.
The solution, says Sullivan, may be to balance two of the key EFAs, omega-3 and omega-6. While most folks get plenty of omega-6s (in baked goods, cooking oils, poultry, grains, and many other foods), omega-3s are often lacking. They’re found mostly in cold-water fish, including salmon, sardines, and mackerel, flaxseed, and flax and safflower oils. Taking supplements, such as fish oil capsules or evening primrose oil, may also help keep your skin smoother and younger-looking.

Hyaluronic Acid: Skin care products containing this substance are often used in conjunction with vitamin C products to assist in effective penetration. Hyaluronic acid (also known as a glycosaminoglycan) is often touted for its ability to “reverse” or stop aging. In news reports, you might have heard of hyaluronic acid as the “key to the fountain of youth.” This is because the substance occurs naturally (and quite abundantly) in humans and animals, and is found in young skin, other tissues. and joint fluid. Hyaluronic acid is a component of the body’s connective tissues, and is known to cushion and lubricate. As you age, however, the forces of nature destroy hyaluronic acid. Diet and smoking can also affect your body’s level of hyaluronic acid over time. Skin care products with hyaluronic acid are most frequently used to treat wrinkled skin.

Hyrdoquinone: Skin care products containing hydroquinone are popularly referred to as bleaching creams or lightening agents. These skin care products are used to lighten hyperpigmentation, such as age spots and dark spots related to pregnancy or hormone therapy (melasma or chloasma). Some over-the-counter skin care products contain hydroquinone, but your doctor can also prescribe a solution with a higher concentration of hydroquinone if your skin doesn’t respond to over- the-counter treatments. If you are allergic to hydroquinones, you can use products containing kojic acid instead.

Kojic Acid: Kojic acid is a more recent remedy for the treatment of pigment problems and age spots. Discovered in 1989, kojic acid has a similar effect as hydroquinone. Kojic acid is derived from a fungus, and studies have shown that it is effective as a lightening agent, inhibiting production of melanin (brown pigment).

Retinol: This is a derivative of vitamin A, and you will see that a lot of skin care products contain retinol. Retinol’s stronger counterpart is tretinoin, which is the active ingredient
in Retin-A and Renova. If your skin is too sensitive to use Retin-A, retinol is an excellent alternative. Here’s why skin responds to skin care products with retinol: vitamin A has a molecular structure that’s tiny enough to get into the lower layers of skin, where it finds collagen and elastin. Retinol is proven to improve mottled pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, skin texture, skin tone and color, and your skin’s hydration levels.You may also hear about retinyl palmitate. This falls into the same family as retinol, but if the skin care product you choose contains retinyl palmitate, you will need to use more of this product than one that contains retinol to get the same effect.

Selenium: A number of scientists believe this mineral plays a key role in skin cancer prevention. Taken in supplement form or used in a cream, this mineral helps protect skin from sun damage. If you do spend any time in the sun, selenium could help reduce your chance of burning. 

Tea Tree Oil: Tea tree oil is an extract from a plant native to Australia. Tea tree oil was used as a topical treatment by the Aboriginal people for centuries. Tea tree oil has been used traditionally as a topical antiseptic and antifungal treatment. So far, the scientific evidence for tea tree oil is uncertain. Human studies of tea tree oil in treating acne, fungal infections, vaginal infections, dandruff, gum disease and other conditions have been inconclusive. Given the lack of evidence about its safety, tea tree oil is not recommended for children or for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

UVA/UVB rays: Many people do not realize that there are two different kinds of protection against sun damage to the skin. Chemical sunscreens penetrate the skin and absorb the sunlight. They are invisible on the skin, but they can cause irritation. The second type of protection, physical block (made of titanium dioxide or zinc oxide), lies on top of the skin to create a light-reflecting shield. Because blocks are not absorbed by the skin, they can be less irritating. Using a sunscreen with a level of SPF 15 or higher is the key.
Sun damage relates to the kind of rays reaching your skin. Ultraviolet B rays (UVB) are the longest ultraviolet rays. UVB rays are responsible for sunburn and cause most skin cancers. UVB rays are much stronger than UVA rays, even though UVA rays are longer rays that penetrate the dermis and the precious collagen and elastin fibers. UVA rays only burn in large doses, and this is therefore the type of UV ray used in most tanning beds and booths.

Vitamin A: If your vitamin A levels are up to snuff from the foods you eat, adding more probably won’t do much more for your skin. That said, if those levels drop even a little below normal, you’re likely to see some skin-related symptoms, including a dry, flaky complexion. That’s because vitamin A is necessary for the maintenance and repair of skin tissue. Without it, you’ll notice the difference. Fruits and vegetables are loaded with vitamin A.
Topical vitamin A is the form that makes a real difference in your skin. Medical studies show a reduction in lines and wrinkles, good acne control, and some psoriasis relief, all from using creams containing this nutrient.
Vitamin B Complex: When it comes to skin, the single most important B vitamin is biotin, a nutrient that forms the basis of skin, nail, and hair cells. Without adequate amounts, you may end up with dermatitis (an itchy, scaly skin reaction) or sometimes even hair loss. Even a mild deficiency causes symptoms.
Most people get enough biotin without even trying. It’s found in many foods including bananas, eggs, oatmeal, and rice, plus your body also makes some biotin on its own.
But recently, greater attention is being paid to topical preparations containing B vitamins. These creams can help give skin an almost instant healthy glow while hydrating cells and increasing overall tone. Niacin, a specific B vitamin, helps skin retain moisture, so creams containing this nutrient can help your complexion look plumper and younger in as little as six days. Niacin also has anti-inflammatory properties to soothe dry, irritated skin. In higher concentrations it can also work as a lightening agent to even out blotchy skin tone.

Vitamin C: Vitamin C is the only antioxidant that is proven to stimulate the synthesis of collagen, which is essential since your body’s natural collagen production decreases as you age. Sun exposure will also accelerate the decrease in collagen. Studies have shown that vitamin C helps to minimize fine lines, scars, and wrinkles. It is important to be choosy when selecting a vitamin C product. Vitamin C in its most commonly found forms is highly unstable when exposed to oxygen, making it useless. Also, many topical vitamin C preparations do not penetrate the skin enough to make a difference. If you are considering using a topical vitamin C preparation, ask your dermatologist which product will be the most effective for you.
Vitamin K: As the nutrient responsible for helping blood clot, Vitamin K won’t do much for your skin from the inside. But studies presented to the American Academy of Dermatology in 2003 showed that topical vitamin K works well to reduce circles under the eye as well as bruises. In research published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology in 2002, doctors from the University of Miami School of Medicine found that skin treatments with vitamin K cream after laser surgery significantly reduced bruising. When combined with vitamin A in a cream, vitamin K can be even more effective for those dark circles. In a study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, doctors from the Nippon Medical School in Tokyo found that the topical application of a gel containing a derivative of vitamin K, as well as vitamins A, C, and E, was effective in reducing dark under-eye circles while also decreasing wrinkles.

Zinc: The third skin-friendly mineral is zinc, important if you have acne. In fact, sometimes acne itself is a symptom of a zinc deficiency. Taken internally or used topically, zinc works to clear skin by taming oil production and may be effective in controlling the formation of acne lesions or help those already on your skin to clear sooner. Food sources of zinc include oysters, lean meat, and poultry.

Source: WebMD

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Maximize Your Wardrobe!

Often times we have a tendency to dress in dress in "outfits," consistently wearing the same garments together. Free yourself from the "this only goes with that" mindset. Many of us have over stuffed dressers and closets but feel like we always wear the same thing, the same way.  Every event you attend shouldn't require a trip to the mall just a little creativity. Below is one of the simplest ways to make something old look brand new. I simply turned my skirt into a dress and adding a belt to give it more shape.  

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Also, contrary to popular belief, patterns make the wardrobe more flexible. They are great for mixing and matching and layering. Accessories like scarves and belts also works wonders in making the same garments look totally different.

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When wearing certain pieces people tend to remember the details. A black cardigan with pearl buttons will be more memorable than a black cardigan with black buttons. So instead of getting rid of that pearl buttoned cardigan because you feel like you wore it one time to many, go to your local fabric store and pick up some new buttons. For under $10 you can give an old cardigan a totally new look!

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Personal style is all about creativity. No one wants to look like a mannequin or risk seeing your same outfit on three different people. So remember "Fashion fades but style is eternal."

FYI: All these outfits were well under $20 (minus the shoes). Skirt/dress from TJ Maxx and the black dress is thrifted.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Let's Talk Brows!

Brows~ The most most important feature on everyone's face to me. Your brows frame our face and can improve the appearance of your skin and make it appear more youthful.

Brow shapes have evolved over time and changes with fashion. There was a time when pencil thin brows were in but now thick brows seem to be the trend. Honestly the ideal brow shape varies depending on the shape of your face as well as the spacing between your eyes.

There are several methods in which to achieve your ideal brow shape:

Tweezing: can take out one to a few hairs out at a time, is relatively inexpensive and quick, but can be painful and often leads to over-tweezing. Great for quick clean-ups.
Waxing: warm wax is placed on the brow area using strips of cloth to remove several hairs at a time. Best performed at a salon or with a trained eye and hand. Not ideal for those with sensitive skin or those using dermatologist prescribed skin care treatments like Retin-A or Accutane. I used to get my brows waxed years ago but due to my sensitive skin the wax would tear my skin off leaving nasty res inflammation under the brow.
Razor: a tool that looks somewhat like a shaving razor is used to remove stray hairs and sculpt your
brows. The razor can be super sharp so be sure you’re very comfortable with this method first and know that your brow hair will grow back very fast and untamed when using a razor.

Threading: a method which has origins in India and other areas of Asia. Actual thread is used to remove entire rows of hair from the brow area. It’s more precise and not as painful as waxing, in my opinion. This is my preferred method of grooming my brows, it last longer and is the least painful to me.

I recommend getting the brows professionally done at least once a month. A fabulous eye look without a well groom brow is not fabulous at all. For the in-between times, grab a razor or tweezers to keep the brows presentable. If you rather not chance over plucking your brows but don't have time to stop by your brow professional just grab your concealer and cover up the sparse hairs.

If you already have over plucked brows or have naturally thin brows don't fret, just fill them in. Here are some of your options:

Brow mascara/gel: comes in hues to closely match your hair color and is in mascara form. Use this to both tint and keep brows in place. Take the wand and carefully use it to comb through your brows. Use a disposable mascara wand to remove any excess. Clear brow mascara works wonders on keeping unruly brow hairs in place.

Brow pencil: using quick, hair-like strokes, you can fill in the sparse areas with this. The idea is not to simply draw on brows but to mimic the way brow hairs look. To blend the pencil in with your natural brows, use a clean, disposable mascara wand to “comb” through the pencil.

Brow powder: can be as simple as a matte eyeshadow close to your hair color applied with an angled brush.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Friday's Cocktail

"A good sense of personal style is cultivated over time"

Robin Fisher (@polishedimage) via Twitter

Absolut Green 
1-1/3 oz Vodka
2/3 oz Midori Melon Liqueur 
1 dash Rose's Lime 
Champagne (to fill)

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Essentials For Your Makeup Stash!

Building your makeup stash can be a daunting task for makeup newbies. Clients often ask, "What do I really need?"  So I complied a list of what I believe are the must haves for a complete stash. Once you have everything you need then you can move on to the belles and whistles (the fun unnecessary stuff)!

  •  Eyelash Curler-Use to curl eyelashes before applying mascara.
  •  Eyeshadow Brush- Use to apply eyeshadow colors.
  •  Eyeshadow Blending Brush-Use to apply your crease color and/or blend eyeshadow colors.
  •  Powder Brush- Use to apply translucent powder.
  •  Blush Brush-Use to apply blush, bronzer.
  •  Eyeliner Sharpener- Use to keep eyeliner and eyebrow pencils sharp and precise.
  •  Eyebrow Brush- Use to shape eyebrows.
  •  Tweezers- Use to pluck eyebrows or other random stray hairs.

  •  Eyeliner Pencil- Dark brown and black.
  •  Eyebrow Pencil-Match this as close as possible to your natural eyebrow color.
  •  Foundation-Your foundation should match your skin tone. Use to create an even and flawless palette (your face).
  •  Translucent Powder-Use to set foundation and control shine.
  •  Blush-Use to enhance your cheeks and bring warmth to your face.
  •  Eyeshadow Primer-Use on eyelids before applying eyeshadow to make the color more intense and prevent creasing or fading.
  •  Eyeshadow- Neutral colors for lid and highlights, darker browns for the crease and a couple "pop" colors to change it up every now and then.
  •  Mascara-Use to define, thicken and lengthen your eyelashes
  •  Lip Liner-Use to line lips before applying lipstick
  •  Lipstick- Give your lips a pop of color with lipstick
  •  Lipgloss-Use to give our lips a hint of shine. Can be used alone or on top of lipstick.

  •  Makeup Case-Store your makeup in a cute bag or train case for use at home or on-the-go.
  •  Makeup Remover-Use to remove makeup nightly before going to bed.
  •  Makeup Brush Cleanser-Use weekly (Shampoo or regular Dawn dish detergent works wonders for this)

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Make Me Ova... I Wanna Be Made Ova!

If you've been feeling a little drab lately this may be the perfect time to give yourself a makeover. With all the stores making the switch from their Spring/Summer collections to Fall/Winter there's tons of inventory and inspiration for you to do the same. But before you get started creating the "new you" there are some tips below that will make the transition a little easier.


1. Take a look in the mirror: What would you like to change? This is a time where you really need to look within and be honest with yourself. A lot of times its simply our attitudes that has us in a rut. You may think you need a new wardrobe but you may just need an attitude adjustment (a real one and/or one from wet willy's).

2. Create a look book: Pull out those magazines that you subscribe to but hardly ever read and clip some pictures of pieces you would like to see in your wardrobe. I like to divide my binder {book} into sections (makeup, hair, clothes, shoes, accessories, etc) to keep organized. Refer to your look book before shopping to keep from being overwhelmed.

3. Makeup: If you don't wear any, START! Makeup is one of the easiest things you can do for a quick pick me up. It can also pull your look together by making you look more polished. If you already wear makeup, try new colors. Neutrals are beautiful but purple eyeshadow looks great on mostly everyone too. Find a shade that you like and try it out or pick up that lip color that catches your eye every time you go to the makeup counter but you're too nervous to try.

4. Hair: Try some color, get layers, cut a bang, switch the part from the left side to the right, GO NATURAL!! I know its not that simple when we are dealing with our hair but "Go on honey... take a chance!"

5. Wardrobe: First thing, clean out your closet! Especially if you have tons of clothes but never have anything to wear. With an over-filled unorganized closet its harder to see what you have which makes it harder to put outfits together.  If you need to add new pieces, start with the basics and from there add fun accessories and statement pieces to make it easier to mix and match.

6. Smile: Nothing looks better on you than happiness. If you're not completely happy, fake it until you make it because it starts with in anyway!

Monday, August 09, 2010

Tutorial: Morange Lips!




What I used:
Urban Decay Primer Potion
MAC Modelette Eyeshadow
MAC Swiss Chocolate Eyeshadow
MAC Embark Eyeshadow
MAC Blacktrac Gel Eyeliner
Rimmel London Eyeliner in Noir
MAC Cork Lipliner
MAC Morange Lipstick
MAC C-Thru Lipglass

Friday, August 06, 2010

Friday's Cocktail

"Nobody can prevent you from choosing to be exceptional"

Mark Sanborn

Sea Breeze
2 oz of Vodka
Grapefruit Juice
Cranberry Juice

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Dope Designer: Afro-Chique


Afro-Chique is a ready-to-wear women's clothing & accessories brand that combines the cultural identity of African prints with the stylish influence of contemporary London. The designer creates each collection with close attention to detail, resulting in bold, well-defined feminine designs. Afro-Chique confirms that modern femininity is about strength, identity and attitude. Loves it! I can't get enough of this designer!

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

The Power of You!

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I know everyone's heard the quote "Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become character. Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny." This couldn't be more true. We have to tendency to be negative and filter out any positive things that may happen to us which often leads to ruts, depression, low self-esteem etc etc. 

Prayer/affirmations/meditation (whatever you choose to call it) can bring more positivity and light into your life. As much as we like to think differently we can only control ourselves and by using the power of our thoughts we can change how we feel about a situation no matter what it may be (body, relationships, job, hair...). Replace all naysayers from your thought process and life with love; love from God, love from yourself,  then love from others will follow. Women tend to love everyone first and ourselves last but "how can we really love someone else when we don't love ourselves?" Cliche' saying? Yes but sometimes cliche' is the way to be! And when I say positive thoughts I don't mean "I don't want to be lonely for the rest of my life" but more on the lines of "I am worthy of unconditional and everlasting love and I will get it!" Affirmations not only create an open dialect between you and God and sends positivity into the universe but it also helps you to stay in line with your goals and the steps you need to take to complete them. So go on shout your affirmations loudly and proudly; and always remember Ask, Believe, Receive!

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

If I Ruled The World

Imagine smoking weed in the street without cops harassin
Imagine going to court with no trial
Lifestyle cruising blue behind my waters
No welfare supporters more conscious of the way we raise our daughters

Days are shorter, nights are colder
Feeling like life is over, these snakes strike like a cobra
The world's hot my son got not evidently
It's elementary, they want us all gone eventually

Trooping out of state for a plate knowledge
of coke was cooked without the garbage we'd all have the top dollars
Imagine everybody flashin, fashion
Designer clothes, lacing your click up with diamond vogues

Your people holdin dough, no parole
No rubbers, go in raw imagine law with no undercovers
Just some thoughts for the mind
I take a glimpse into time
watch the blimp read "The World Is Mine"

If I ruled the world
Imagine that
I'd free all my sons, I love em love em baby
Black diamonds and pearls

Could it be, if you could
be mine, we'd both shine
If I ruled the world
Still livin for today, in these last days and times
Dress-Thrifted/Blazer-Express/Shoes-Jessica Simpson
Photos taken by Mary DeBoise
Song: Nas feat. Lauryn Hill If I Ruled the World

Monday, August 02, 2010

Makeup Lasts Forever?

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NEGATIVE! Contrary to popular belief, makeup does expire. Since makeup companies are not required to post expiration warnings on their labels, you have to use your judgment and be informed of the guidelines recommended by experts. As soon as a product is open, bacteria begins to grow.

For beauty and makeup enthusiasts like myself, we know that the money we spend on our stash is an investment so to make the most of  your money {makeup}be store to that all lids are closed tightly and makeup is stored in a dry cool place (so under your bathroom sink may not be the best place). See general expiration dates below but be sure to always use your better judgment, if your cream eyeliner is hard as a rock after two months be sure to toss it.

  • The first thing to go is mascara which lasts three months.
  • Oil-Free Foundation: One Year
  • Cream Foundation: One Year
  • Concealer: 12-18 Months
  • Powder: 18 Months
  • Blush & Bronzer: 18 Months
  • Cream Blush: 12-18 Months
  • Eye shadow: 18 Months
  • Eyeliner: 18 Months
  • Liquid Eyeliner: Six Months
  • Lipstick/Lip Gloss: 18 Months
  • Lipliner: One Year
  • Nail Polish: One Year
  • Cosmetic makeup sponges should be washed after each use and thrown away after one month.
  • Good Quality brushes can last a lifetime if properly and regularly cleaned


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