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Lavish Beauty: My Favorite InstaGlamazons

Sometimes you just need a quick fix. I’m inspired by these Instagram clips of girls getting glam. And while I know many are more time consuming than their 15 second clips imply, I’m still down for trying a new technique.

A video posted by Denise (@makeupbydenise) on

  @toofaced “Stardust” eyeshadow palette #vegasnay @flutterlashesinc #ShaylaLashes   A video posted by SHAYLA (@makeupshayla) on

No video, but you can find her awesome tutorials on Youtube

This tutorial is on my channel (Autumn Makeup Look) and I am wearing @amby.rose ‘Camaiiyah’ lashes A photo posted by Chanel Boateng (@chanelboateng) on

  A video posted by ? Stephanie ? (@beautybylee) on

Hers too: youtube.com/BellesaAfrica

Lavish Beauty: Inspiring Beauty Looks

Sometimes I forget to applaud the beauties that I see across social media as I scroll through Instagram timelines. But I just wanted to take a moment and shout out a few beauties that inspired me today:

1) @colordujour


2) @simplycyn

3) @lalahhathaway


A photo posted by Lalah Hathaway (@lalahhathaway) on

4) @lydiarenes


5) @dom_la

When you take your weave out and your hair is still healthy! Thanks @hairbyjamequa A photo posted by Dom (@dom_la) on

Zoe Kravitz: Stained Beauty

Zoe Kravitz was absolutely glowing at the premier of Good Kill at the Tribeca Film Festival on Monday. Her makeup was a fresh and soft approach, easily replicated with beauty’s secret weapon: the stain. Not as shiny as a gloss, and not as deep as full on color, the stain delivers because it gives you just a hint of hue, leaving you looking dewey and pleasantly flush.
As always, the best tip for a fresh face is clean, glowing skin, so always start out with a cleanser and moisturizer. Then add in your concealer, and gently contour, as Zoe does. After your face is primed, add in a dab of these makeup touches to give you that stained glow!

Tarte Cheek Stain in Yummy Rose, Sephora, $30; Perfect Eye Pencil in Desire, IMAN,  $10; Kimmel Soft Kohl Kajak Eye Liner, $4, Drugstore.com; Man Luxury Lip Stain in Pink, IMAN,  $9; Ultrabland Facial Cleanser,  LUSH, $17;

Lavish Beauty: 5 Beauty Trends That Always Look Amazing

1. Confidence 
2. A perfectly lined plum lip 
Photo: @naturalbarnet 
3. An afro puff wonderfully wrapped in colorful ankara fabric 
Photo: @thenaturalhairnetwork 
4. Glowing brown skin 
Photo: @wraptastictip3 
5. A fresh face 
Photo: @chanelboateng

Lavish Beauty: New Booty

Lately whenever I stop by a Whole Foods, I wind up in the beauty aisle. For of my five last beauty purchases have been in the beauty aisle. Go figure. Here’s my latest select of natural beauty faves:

Internationally Fly: Joburg

New York Magazine’s The Cut has an awesome style feature on the wonderful beauties that grace the streets of Johannesburg, South Africa. Photographer  Keagan Green captures their amazing crowns in this editorial. Here are a few of my faves.

Friday Swag: Kelly Rowland’s Pregnancy Bump for Elle

Who knew Lance Gross was such a great photographer? The actor took these series of shots of Kelly Rowland for the current issue of Elle magazine, where she bares all in her stunning pregnancy glory. The secret to her flawless chocolate skin?

“Shea butter, pure cocoa butter and coconut oil.”

 I’m with that!

Stunned? Or Not. Carol’s Daughter Files For Bankruptcy

Carol’s Daughter in Brooklyn back in the day

I just got wind from the Wall Street Journal that an old favorite of mine, Carol’s Daughter, will be closing 7 of it’s 10 standalone stores. While I am quite saddened over the news, I can’t say I’m surprised. I personally have stopped using their product years ago, when I was pregnant with my daughter.

While I’m sure Carol’s Daughter will maintain its fan-base, I can honestly say that I was one of the early customers of the 90s who is no longer a fan. I would faithfully go to the original store on South Elliot Place to snap up the homemade goodies that Lisa prepared lovingly in her kitchen. But with growth all things change.

I welcomed the shine Carol’s Daughter received from artists like Erykah Badu at first. It was a nod to the natural sisters who wanted something special for their unique tastes. I also appreciated the simple ingredients, labeling and bare bones, yet home-y retail space. It showed me that there was a true dedication to the quality and intimacy of the products.

Then the big star-power came in and everything got shot to hell.

I remember being pregnant and once again going to my favorite store in Brooklyn to pick up some body essentials only to find that not only had the packaging changed, but there was a slew of foreign ingredients (namely preservatives and parabens) that had been added to the mix. Big star power was everywhere with the endorsement of Beyoncé and Jay-Z, as well as Jada and Will Smith, among others, who honestly, in my opinion, had nothing to do with the core brand. And then there was the fiasco of the beauty line that was supposed to represent sisters of all colors, but managed to stop at caramel. This was not what I came there for. I wrote an impassioned letter to Ms. Price, and received a call from Product Development a few weeks later. It seemed that the changes were here to stay.

I watched as the company blew up and I noticed the line in a lot of major retailers. I commend Lisa for the expansion and her rise to the top of the natural hair retail chain. I appreciate that she still owns Carol’s Daughter. But what I really wish is that the brand would go back to its roots by embracing the ideals that this former customer loved: pure and natural ingredients, personable care, and the intimacy of that cozy little shop on South Elliot Place.

Meet Lancôme’s New Face of Beauty: Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita just keeps winning. The recent Oscar winner just because the new face of Lancôme, and she looks stunning in this first photo. The glowing actress made this statement:
“I am truly honored to join the Maison Lancôme, a brand with such a prestigious history and that I have always loved. I am particularly proud to represent its unique vision for women and the idea that beauty should not be dictated, but should instead be an expression of a woman’s freedom to be herself.”
We hope that more beauty companies continue this trend, making beautiful and intelligent women of all colors the standard.

Lavish Beauty: Gangsta Lips

I’ve always regarded the plum lip and eyeliner look with great pause. The images conjure 1990’s trends of awfully rimmed lips, house parties, and some kind of early Aaliyah, chola/gangsta girl style many of us tried in our teens. So I was a bit taken aback at the sudden rise in the dark lip that I’d seen popping up everywhere, with Gabby Union reminding me of the look on the Oscar’s red carpet.
It came off as a little demure, a little sexy, and maybe even a bit  – charming! What I’ve noticed is that the look is best accomplished with a dramatically dark lip, richly done mascary, and a dewy cheek and face. Anything more would be a bit gangsta.

Three great options for the plum lip. From left to right: Mac Heroine, $16; Iman “Opal” $10; Motives for LaLa in Venti, $16
Plum lip inspiration:

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