Behind The Mask With Sephora

Okay. So this whole thing about beauty products from Korea, or K-Beauty, as it’s commonly referred to, has been trending for a few years now. BB and CC creams have been all the rage for quite some time, but I never jumped on the bandwagon per se because those products don’t look good on darker skin and I was under…
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Picking A Signature Scent

For a long time, I’ve read countless articles about how women with impeccable style are known for their signature scent. Wanting to be a woman with impeccable style, I have yet to pin down my signature fragrance.  Like a lot of things, I LOVE fragrances.  Over the years, I’ve collected fragrances that are super expensive and super cheap.  Some popular…
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A Great Mascara Is My “Stuck On An Island” Item

I’m sure at some point as a makeup wearer, you’ve been asked the question, “If you were stuck on an island, which one or two makeup product would you have to have?” For me, besides a great lip color, I have to have mascara. A rich inky-black mascara is what my lashes crave. I have average lashes, but I love…
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Sun Protection: Keep That Melanin In Check

You’ve seen the hashtags across social media — #Melanin. #MelaninMonday. #UnapologiciallyMelanated. Melanin is the pigment that gives color to the skin, hair and eyes. It’s also an adjective used across social media to invoke a sense of pride among those of African descent and a cause to be celebrated. And it’s a source of sun protection for those with a…
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6 Makeup Apps That Make You Look Really, Really Old

As a makeup artist, I’m known to dispense my fair amount of beauty advice to anyone who is willing to listen.  So, I willfully admit that I, too, can get into a rut with my own makeup sometimes.  Makeup is a wonderful thing.  It can transform even the homeliest person into a number #1 stunner when applied correctly. With the…
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What The Hell Is Micellar Water?

As a beauty aficionado, I am always on the hunt for what’s hot and poppin’ on the beauty scene.  For a while now, I’ve been seeing other beauty junkies wax poetic on the virtues of micellar water and all of the wonderful and glorious things it can do.  Passively, I thought that it was just a glorified facial toner, but…
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Protect Your Tresses

Oh my! What can I say about protecting your hair?  Natural hair in particular.  With winter coming to a close and segueing into an early spring (I hope), my hair has been chemical-free for about two years now.  My biggest focus is caring for my unprocessed hair, no matter what season were in.  I was cognizant of protecting my relaxed…
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Why You Should Eat Okra

Slimy! Gross! Yuck, can’t eat it! These are just some of the things I’ve heard over the years when the very name of okra is mentioned. Having parents that grew up in the deep South, I am very accustomed to eating okra and I am here to profess that I LOVE OKRA! My favorite ways to eat it is in…
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The Beauty Benefits Of Peppers

For as long as I can remember, peppers have always been a huge part of my diet. From Mom’s delicious stuffed peppers for dinner. Green peppers finely chopped into my grandmother’s heavenly tuna salad. Cooking up a pepper stir fry with rice or as a pizza topping during my lean college years — peppers, in all of their variety, have…
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Raccoon Eyes: Banishing Dark Circles

Besides the obvious complaint of demolishing fine lines or acne, if you were to take a poll on the one thing a person would want to change about their skin, getting rid of dark circles would top the list.  Having dark circles, whether minimal or deep discoloration, can be the bane of existence for many people.  So what causes dark…
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Cheap Chic: Vivid Matte Liquid Lip Color

Being a makeup artist, I am always looking for great products to use on my clients and on myself.  My pro makeup kit is filled with high end luxuries from Tom Ford to Bobbi Brown to my beloved Artistry Cosmetics.  If I have to visit a drugstore for any reason, a trip to the beauty section is a must!   I…
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Healthy Comfort Food: Healthy Vegan Cream of Celery Soup

I’ve always considered myself a “healthy” eater.  But over the last year and a half, I’ve been questioning the foods that I actually eat. Like, “what the hell am I really putting in my mouth?”  “Is what I’m eating is as healthy as I think it is?” “Are the foods I eat as nutritionally-dense as they need to be?”  Realizing…
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Dry As The Desert: The Skinny On Dehydrated Skin

Lately my skin has been going nuts.  I’ve been experiencing more breakouts and my skin seems oiler than ever and dry at the same time.  Ever since ol’ man winter decided to come out from hiding, my skin is in a state of confusion.  I’m so not used to this behavior! Usually, when it’s colder, my skin tends to “act”…
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