Those of you who know, know that I live for a natural face beat. You know, a nice nude with a pop of lip color. Maybe a little eyeliner to jazz it up. But not by much. Since it is the month we celebrate love, I wanted to create a look for Valentine’s Day that was natural, yet glamorous at the same time. To achieve this look, I enlisted the help of my trusted friend/sister, Naomie of Blushed By Naomie.
It’s my absolute FAVORITE time of the year again. Woven sweaters, crisp weather, and most importantly, bold lips. I’m not much of a full-faced gal but I’ve gotta have an attention-grabbing lipstick to make my face complete. See what lipsticks are all the rave below!
My good friend Kim reached out to me about checking out the December box from COCOTIQUE. What is that, you ask? It’s an amazing company providing a monthly beauty subscription service to women of color. This box contains all things hair, skin, makeup, nails and even fragrances. It is what they call the “Ultimate Beauty Arsenal”. I am rarely, if ever, surprised. But when I finally opened the box, I couldn’t believe what was inside.
So brief disclaimer: I am not a dermatologist or an herbalist. I am someone who tries to find the simplest ways to get maximum results, naturally. I’ve been very vocal on this here blog about my skin. That time I called myself not so pretty and healed my face in a week was really the beginning of my slight obsession with natural products. Now I won’t say I get all Martha Stewart in the kitchen and make everything myself. I don’t have time or patience for that. But I do try to find products that have the least amount of chemicals. And thus began my slight obsession with manuka honey.
Not much has changed since my last makeup bag post. I still don’t enjoy doing the most with my face but I’m going for a more sultry look this Fall. Natural face, dark lip and bold eyes.
Last week, I was in the photo-taking mood so I convinced my photographer friend into capturing me in this abandoned area of Atlanta. I have a thing for blank spaces; leaving the subject to create their own art. Sidebar: the place I was imagining was not the place that I ended at, unfortunately. But it was still a beautiful desolate location. Abandoned railroad tracks down a mysterious path…I’m pretty sure that route was a popular one for slaves. I gotta do more research. Lol.
Everything didn’t go as planned and we got eaten alive by mosquitos but it was fun creating this.
In the heart of many culturally aware neighborhoods in Atlanta, you will discover numerous creatively decorated public buildings. A myriad of communities in Atlanta utilize blank building space to display their art. This art is used to promote and educate the people of Atlanta of street art. We can thank the awesome folks at Living Walls for that.
Pretty excited about seeing my face on one of my favorite blogs site. Even more excited to be involved in friend Vaughn Dabney’s natural hair documentary, ‘Play With It‘. Remember I said to stay tuned? Well the documentary comes out this Fall. Congrats to Vaughn and much success in everything you do! Check out the teaser below.
I colored my hair a few weeks ago and I never really shared that journey with you all. Shame on me. My girl Tammi Dotson (at Salon Saison) has been straightening my hair all year. She does a fab job, I might add. Now we all know a trip to the salon is an all day thing, right ladies? I actually took the day off to get hair my color, lol. That big of a deal.
Many people tell me that I have really nice skin. I truly appreciate that but it wasn’t always easy. I didn’t have problem skin until college. When it got bad, I got meds from the derm that not only cleared my skin but made it amazingly dewy to the touch. When I felt like my skin was clear enough, I stopped using the meds.
They always say, don’t fix what ain’t broke…or something like that. One day, I decided to see if my meds would still work although I didn’t need it. WELP. I totally jacked up my face. But in one week’s time, I cleared it up again, this time using all natural products.
So anyway, ever since then, I’ve pretty much had clear skin. I’m not really big on makeup so I like to keep my face simple. Over the years, I’ve tried several products and I eventually settled on what works best for my face.
Gone are the days that I just wear a tinted moisturizer to work. Trying to be a grown up now, lol. Granted, I still love my MakeUp Forever foundation, I just refuse to buy a new bottle. I’ve had the same one for THREE years.
My makeup bag looks a little different now. I don’t have the energy to do a tutorial but I will tell you (in order) what I use to achieve my everyday face.