Hair, Makeup Nails

Fun with Color Blocking: Hair, Makeup Nails

Color blocking has crossed over from the fashion scene to the beauty scene.  What was once popularized on the runway, color blocking has now become mainstream in hair and makeup trends.

For those who arent familiar with the trend, color blocking is basically matching two or more shades, which creates a vibrant pop.

Pairing together bright eyeliners, lipsticks, blushes and/or eye shadows is a fun, easy and inexpensive way to join in on the trend.

If youre feeling extra bold, try color blocking your hair.

If you arent that adventurous, you can always keep it simple by color blocking your nails.

I tried it myself, with green eyeliner, hot pink lipstick and neon green nails.

So are you feeling adventurous too?  Would color blocking be a trend you would try?


Tatted Up: New Temporary Makeup Tattoos

I finally had the opportunity to go through Septembers issue of my Beauty Bible aka InStyle Magazine with Bey on the cover.  Looking GAWJUS as usual in a gold star Dolce & Gabbana dress.


I came across a short article titled The Girl with Makeup Tattoos. So, remember those temporary tattoos that we used to wear as kids?  Well,  cosmetic companies have recently took look to unleash a new makeup trend. 

Violent Lips offers a wide variety of temporary tattoos, from animal print, rainbow, polka dots, and more! $14.95 for a pack of three.

Dior Beauty has decided to join in with the trend with their Velvet Eyes Eyeliner.  Great for those who love the cat eye trend, but not able to create the look themselves.  The decals come in two looks, a punk-inspired Swarovski look, and a silver, crystal-studded effect—that adhere easily along the lash lines.
The magazine said the the Dior Beauty decals were available at Sephora, but Ive had no luck with finding them.  As soon as I do, I will post it.
So what do you think?  Is this a look you would try?
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Halloween Look : So ToxicPoison Ivy

Anyone who knows me, knows how much I LOVE Halloween.  I come from a family of uniquely creative women, so Halloween has always been a time for us to bring out our creativity in our costumes.
                            My mom created the Bride and Mermaid costumes for my sister and I 1993
I must admit, for the past couple of years, I have purchased my costume online or from a Halloween store, but this year I wanted to bring the creativity back.  I wanted to go outside of the norms, like the witch, vampire, angel, etc., so somehow I decided to be Poison Ivy from the Batman Series.
Heres a little background info about Poison Ivy, for those who dont know:
Pamela Lillian Isley was a well-known and highly successful botanist. After learning she has a hyperactive immune system that causes her body reject any infection, poison, or outside contamination, she dons the guise of Poison Ivy and begins a career of crime. Those who spurn or commit acts that harm plant life or the environment become the object of the evil affections of Poison Ivy. She is evil yet can be incredibly seductive in luring men to do her bidding. Her crimes are often targeted toward wealthy men. She is known to use poison perfumes and lipstick as well as plant creatures of her own design.

Heres what I did to achieve the look:

1.  I purchased a black bustier. Got some ivy from the thrift store and hot glued the ivy on the bustier. That process took about 3 hours.  I would recommend getting a green leotard/bustier/one-piece, that way if there are patches, it would blend it better.
2. I purchased my shoulder gloves from  Unfortunately the gloves werent the color I expected, they were more of a blueish-green than green.  I purchased a dark green dye from Micheals and dyed the gloves to get them a dark green color.
3.  Purchased opaque stockings from American Apparel in emerald.
4.  Poison Ivys trademark is her long flowing red hair.  I purchased this Pin Up Girl Wig in Red.  It was sold out almost everywhere, luckily I found it at and got it for $16.
5.  I purchased black boots from the thrift store and spray painted them green.
6.  Finally, for the make-up, I did a green smokey eye, rocked thick, long and flirty lashes and of course I couldnt forget the signature green lips.  It was difficult finding green lipstick, so I used green cream eyeliner, green face crayon and a little gloss to achieve the look.
And heres the end results:

DIY : Apple Cider Vinegar Dry Scalp Dandruff Treatment

Ive spent a good amount of money of dry scalp and dandruff products and figured, there has to be a cheaper way than this, so I did some research on DIY recipes and discovered that Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is great natural way to relieve dandruff, dry scalp, and buildup in your hair.


Many hair products can leave our hair lackluster and scalp clogged, and itchy and some medicated shampoos and ointments are usually effective, but theyre pretty costly and packed with unnatural ingredients that can strip the hair of vial healthy nutrients.   ACV contains enzymes and properties that act as a fungicide and cleanser, the acidity of ACV changes the pH of your scalp, so it kills of the fungus that causes reoccurring dandruff and itchy scalp.


Apple Cider Vinegar


Spray Bottle


Mix a quarter-cup apple cider vinegar with a quarter-cup water. Pour this mixture into a spray bottle and spritz it on to your hair and scalp. Wrap your head in a towel. Leave on for anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour, then remove the towel and wash your hair.

I tried the ACV rinse yesterday, left it in for about an hour and followed up with Shea Moistures Organic Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo.  I deep conditioned with Carols Daughter Monoi Repairing Hair Mask and applied a DIY leave-in conditioner of water and coconut oil.


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When Make-Up Goes Wrong

I saw a lady on the elevator yesterday who inspired today’s post.  She had the cay eye look going on which is one of my favorite looks, but I could see the space between her lash line and the liner.  The liner wasn’t even near her lash line…this is something that I ALWAYS get on my sister about.

REMEMBER: Eyeliner should be applied as close to the lash line as possible.I know everyone is not an expert, I’m still learning a lot of stuff myself, but hopefully these following make-up blunders can help you learn and keep you on a good path.



I know a lot of women who skip the blush, but applying blush is the easiest and quickest way to bring out a dull face. The problem is when its overused.  Remember, fair skin looks great in rose, olive in peach & dark skin in apricot or even red.  Next find the right blush formula for your skin type. Powder is typically best for oily & combo skin. Cream is great for dry skin. Liquid and gel are great for oily skin. For even better results, combine cream & powder together.  Put the blush on your brush, tapping off any excess or put a dab of gel on your fingers.  For a healthy flush, simply apply blush ONLY to apples of your cheeks.



One of the main issues for women of color when using mineral powder foundation is that their face looks and feels ashy. Loose Mineral foundations are dry, powdered products with no fillers that add moisture to the skin. This means the skin needs a good skin care regimen especially a good moisturizer before application.  Even if the skin is oily there needs to be some form of primer for the foundation to adhere to.  Apply a moisturizer and/or primer before foundation.The ashy foundation look could also be the cause of the wrong color foundation or too much translucent powder.








Everyone wants to conceal those under eye circles but when you’re walking around with a little white mask you’ve chosen too light of a shade.  That big concealer mistake is trying to hide the circles under a too light shade of concealer. You will create the little white mask, which not only will not reduce the shadows but also only emphasize the dark area, instead of concealing them.  Your skin tone will be your guide as to which shade of concealer will best suit you. Ideally a concealer should match your skin tone exactly, that match is rare so it is still safe to go one-half to one shade lighter than your under eye circles.

As under eye circles are typically have a blueish or purpleish tone covering with a pink based concealer will have them appear grey. Not the desired effect. A golden toned concealer such as will counteract the blue-purple tones and look the most natural for you.

For extremely dark circle, {and we have all had those at one time} you can go with dropping down one full shade lighter but you will have to be much more cautious with blending when you apply .A good trick is to keep the color above your eyes. If you have freckles, you will want to match again your skin tone and not the shade of your freckles.



One of the most common makeup mistakes that women make is selecting the wrong lip color. Women usually choose a lip color based on what they were wearing, or simply because they liked the look of the lip color in the tube. While occasionally these selection techniques will result in a good choice, most of the time it is going to lead you to the wrong color.
One of the easiest ways to select the right lip color for you is to use a color chart provided by the makeup’s manufacturer or the cosmetic counter. This chart will usually separate the available lip color by skin tones. This is a good option to use to get an idea of what will look good on you.  If you don’t know what looks good on you and you don’t trust the color charts, then ask for help. Most cosmetic departments will have a makeup specialist on hand to help customers find the right colors for them. They may also be able to show you how to apply the lipstick properly, what lipsticks will work best for you, and what tricks you can use to make your lips look full and sexy.