Quantcast

LoveBrownSugar


12 Days of LoveBrownSugar Day 7: Shea Moisture

12days

With the 2014 edition of 12 Days of LoveBrownSugar, I am extending the fun and excitement of our #ShopLoveBrownSugar Holiday Pop-Up Shop in NYC with all of you who could not attend by offering you the opportunity to win amazing gifts featuring the artists and sponsors of the anniversary celebration.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Day 7′s giveaway comes courtesy of Shea Moisture. I’ve been quite a huge fan and customer of Shea Moisture since day one of my natural hair journey. I remember seeing someone use it in a tutorial online way back in 2009 and wondering if it would work for me. Fast forward 5 years, and I still use their hair and body products religiously. I even bathe my little princess in their Shea Moisture Baby line (read the review here at BabyBrownSugar).

 IMG_7878

 For Shop LoveBrownSugar, Shea Moisture was nice enough to gift each guest with a full-size version of their Jamaican Black Castor Oil collection’s Deep Treatment Masque. Mannn listen. I’ll have the review up in about a week but this collection is BOMB. My hair feels like butter after using it.

Hence, it’s only right that I share the love with three of you. Three of you will win this wonderful hair masque to try at home.  Just follow the rules below to enter.

Rules:

1. Leave a comment on this post explaining why you’d like to win.
2. Fill out your information in the Rafflecopter widget below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Bonus: Use hashtag #12DaysofLoveBrownSugar for additional entries on social media. You can post on Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest! Make sure you leave a comment with a link to your post so it can be countedYou must be following @LoveBrownSugar on either TwitterPinterest or Instagram for your entries to be eligible. US residents only. Sweepstakes ends in 7 days. Winners will be contacted via email so please use an email address that you check regularly.

LBS Holiday Gift Guide: Best Beauty Gifts

PicMonkey Collage

Beauty gift sets take the guess work out of holiday shopping. With only a few days between now and christmas finding a gift for your love ones may be more challenging that you’d expect. On LoveBrownSugar we’ve shared tips for finding all kinds of gifts. From fabulous shoes to the perfect HSN shopping guide. Here at LBS we’ve got you covered with another amazing gift guide. Today we’re sharing some our of favorite and best beauty gifts. The great thing about gift sets is that you can give them to one person or buy a couple to mix and match products making a unique gift for each person.

1. Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Eye Set (Limited Edition) -$48.00

This limited edition collection features the must have for a dramatic eye. Including liner, mascara and two cream eye shadows. The products are the perfect size to throw in any bag to go glam in an instant.

2. Deborah Lippmann ‘Jazz Standards’ Glam Rock Nail Color Duo – $19.00

This nail gift set is perfect for holiday parties. With two glamorous shades and a fabulous carrying bag you are ready for a night out in an instance.

3. Viktor & Rolf ‘Flowerbomb’ Rollerball Trio - $75.00

Snag this luxurious rollerball trio and use each one as a stocking stuffer for three different people.

4. Women’s MAC ‘Keepsakes’ Studio Brush Kit- $145

The Studio Brush Kit by MAC is the perfect gift for your makeup loving friend or family member. This set comes the essential brushes including a blush brush, eye shadow brushes and sleek carrying case.

5.Charlotte Tilbury ‘K.I.S.S.I.N.G.’ Mini Lipstick Charm Trio $39.00

Ranging in three classic shades including nude, red and pink. The mini lipsticks by Charlotte Tilbury are great gifts for anyone.

6. Michael Kors Collection Glam Jasmine Gift Set -$80.00

This beautifully packed Michael Kors Jasmine Gift Set is a great gift for anyone. This set also comes in two out fragrances, Sporty Citrus & Sexy Amber.

img (5)

7. Calvin Klein Eye Essentials Gift Set- $25.00

Ck One Color Eye Essentials Gift Set contains your must haves to create day to night looks with shades for all skin tones and eye colors.

img (6)

8. Doo Bop Beauty Gift Set Includes some of these awesome products that  are great as one set or split for three different gifts.

(A Bout De Force? Hair MaskDevaCurl No-Poo & NOUNOU Conditioner )

devacurl-2-ret-560x560_1 img (7) img (8)

Hopefully this gave you some ideas for those last minute gift ideas! Which of these gift sets are you most looking forward to purchasing? 

LBS Holiday Picks: Girls Day Out With Spa Week

spa-week-gifts

If you’re one of those people who struggles with what to buy your best friend or your mom or some other female in your life who you love spending time with, I think the ultimate in gifts for the holiday is a Girl’s Day Out at the spa! Two weekends ago, Spa Week sent myself and two close friends – Jessica Andrews of Glamazons Blog and Deena Campbell of Essence.com on a wonderful day at the Dorit Baxter Day Spa.

dorit-baxter-holiday-decor

Spa Week is the ultimate online resource if you’re looking for a great spa in your local city. They make it super easy to find spas nationwide and what’s even better AND easier is that they offer Spa Week Gift Cards in any dollar amount so that you can gift that special someone a deluxe spa treatment and they can redeem it at any participating spa.

dorit-baxter-spa-lobby

Every year without fail I end up gifting someone on my list a gift card to the spa. With Spa Week,  once you gift them a card they can choose from over 8,000 spas around the country to book with. It helps take the hassle out of picking a spa and not knowing what it’s like or if the person you’re gifting will like it.

dorit-baxter-cookies

Upon stepping into the Dorit Baxter Day Spa in midtown Manhattan, we were greeted by warm and friendly staff and a beautiful lobby over looking the busy streets below. There’s tranquil music playing and snacks to munch on at the lobby as you wait for your specialist.

dorit-baxter-water

We opted for swedish massages and were each taken to our special massage room for a deluxe treatment. At Dorit Baxter they also offer couples massage rooms (great idea to take your boo on V-day or even your bestie on a special occasion). My massage therapist Aretha was amazing. Not only was she great to talk to but she gave me some really awesome tips about posture and my chronic lower back pain. My back felt amazing afterward.

spa-day-friends

The girls and I had a blast and some much-needed relaxation before the stresses of holiday cramming began. One thing I always make time for is my friends and this was a great way to unwind in the process.

From now until December 31st, Spa Week is running a deal – Buy $100 Spa Week Gift Cards for only $79.99. Do yourself a favor, cut your holiday stress in half and give them a gift card. You’ll thank me later!

 

12 Days of LoveBrownSugar Day 6: LLULO

12days

With the 2014 edition of 12 Days of LoveBrownSugar, I am extending the fun and excitement of our #ShopLoveBrownSugar Holiday Pop-Up Shop in NYC with all of you who could not attend by offering you the opportunity to win amazing gifts featuring the artists and sponsors of the anniversary celebration.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Day 6′s giveaway comes courtesy of LLULO. When the founder Michelle reached out to me over 3 years ago and asked if I would try out her sweatshirt, I was ecstatic. I thought the shirts were so cool and original.

llulo-lovebrownsugar-sweatshirt

 I’m so excited to see that her brand has grown and evolved to include even more products – including onesies!

llulo-onesie-lovebrownsugar

I collaborated with LLULO on this Limited Edition sweatshirt and gave feedback on the fabric used to create this piece. These were on sale at Shop LoveBrownSugar last weekend and now two of you lovelies will have the chance to win one! Just follow the rules below to enter.

Rules:

1. Leave a comment on this post explaining why you’d like to win.
2. Fill out your information in the Rafflecopter widget below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Bonus: Use hashtag #12DaysofLoveBrownSugar for additional entries on social media. You can post on Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest! Make sure you leave a comment with a link to your post so it can be countedYou must be following @LoveBrownSugar on either TwitterPinterest or Instagram for your entries to be eligible. US residents only. Sweepstakes ends in 7 days. Winners will be contacted via email so please use an email address that you check regularly.

Holiday Gift Guide: Best Skin Care Gifts

PicMonkey Collage.jpg1

With the holiday season in full gear finding gifts for friends and family is a priority for most of us. During the winter months one of the main things that most ladies are concerned about is definitely having great skin! Glowing healthy skin doesn’t have to end when the summer is over. Although having amazing skin starts on the inside with a healthy diet, exercise and lots of water; simple things like exfoliating and a proper hydration can really aid in maintaining clear skin also. No matter your age we can all benefit from having a solid skin care regimen. So before you run out and buy that makeup kit, pick up a great skin care system first. Keep reading to learn about the best skin care gifts that your family & friends will all love!

Related: NORDSTROM BEAUTY HOLIDAY 2014 PREVIEW

more this way

Kickin’ It: Shop LoveBrownSugar Pop-Up Shop + 5 Year Anniversary

shop-lovebrownsugar-recap

Words can’t express how happy I am to have made it successfully for 5 years as a blogger. When I first started this blog, I could never have told you that I would be where I am now. Doing what I love, making women of all shapes, sizes and colors recognize their true beauty and using my platform to pave the way for other people in my community.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

This past Saturday, December 13th at the Dumbo Loft in downtown Brooklyn, NY I invited you all out to celebrate with me and to support fellow entrepreneurs who I love with my Shop LoveBrownSugar Holiday Pop-Up shop presented by Beautiful Textures. Not only did my NYC family come out and support me but we had such an amazing time! So of course I have to recap for you all we got into:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Beautiful Textures, as Presenting Sponsor, set up a really amazing #GlamWonderland complete with a sweet treats bar, free product giveaways, a mini holiday tree and a really fun photobooth!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 They gave away tons of free products and really set the fun and inviting atmosphere for the celebration.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Guests were able to take pictures in the photobooth and score some pretty awesome prizes and gifts.

photo_1

I know BabyBrownSugar and I aren’t the only ones who enjoyed ourselves in the photobooth!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Guests were treated to cocktails provided by The Most Romantic Wine. The specialty cocktail of the day was the “Liquid Mistletoe” which included a mix of wine and ginger beer. These cocktails were SO good and Icewine is a really great dessert wine that makes the perfect gift. (stay tuned for a giveaway from them during 12 Days of LoveBrownSugar)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Light bites, or should I say delicious awesomeness, was served up fresh courtesy our catering sponsor Sweet Potatoes (New Rochelle). They cooked up some really delicious southern cuisine including catfish bites, turkey meatballs, chicken wings, red velvet cupcakes and of course their world famous sweet potato pies! I can still taste them – SO good.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Makeup touch-ups were provided by cosmetics company Shades by GAL.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

They are responsible for my beautiful makeup look for the day and also for makeup touch-ups on many of my attendees!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Guest were also treated to a nail bar featuring mini manicures so they could leave even prettier than they came.

DJ Kraff

Sounds were provided by DJ Kraff who had the crowd jumping all day long.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Our vendors were so awesome and of course sold the LoveBrownSugar Limited Edition items at the pop-up shop.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Find out more about the Limited Edition Collections here.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Very grateful to have presented each of these amazing businesses who sold at the pop-up shop in addition to other vendors like 84 Gem, Nick Knacks and Ola’s Beautique who I didn’t collab with but who really helped to round out the pop-up shop with their super cute items!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I had to pose with illustrator and entrepreneur Dana Bly of Pardon My Fro who designed this super cute illustration based on me & baby girl.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I have this pillow sitting in my office and every time I look at it, I smile!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Vendors also supported each other which was so beautiful! Dana wore a wrap that day from The Wrap Life. And Michelle of LLULO stopped by Dana’s booth to support and purchase prints. I thought this was so beautiful and helped re-emphasize the importance of us all supporting each other.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

TNEMNRODA was on the scene sharing her luxe sunnies with shoppers.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The Limited Edition LoveBrownSugar x Belle Butters collab was a HUGE hit. Everyone was walking around smelling themselves. It smells SO good!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Very happy that Tasha Burton of Belle Butters came all the way up from Ferguson, Missouri to be with us for the pop-up shop.

Inspirado

Everyone was inspired by Inspirado.co’s mugs, posters and inspirational home decor.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The ladies of The Wrap Life were quite popular and I know quite a few people who stuffed their bags with pretty head wraps.

Shop LoveBrownSugar Sponsor

Each guest walked away with a deluxe VIP swag bag courtesy my amazing gift bag sponsors including: Neutrogena™ Wrinkle Repair Cream (full size), Doo Bop makeup bag (valued at $20), Cantu Shea Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream (full size), EDEN BodyWorks Jojoba Monoi and Coconut Shea Deep Conditioner sample packs, Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Deep Conditioning Masque (full size), Beautiful Textures product samples and Ancient African Formula skin and hair products. It was pretty friggin’ amazing. I gotta say it.

LoveBrownSugar Staff Members

I have to shoutout my wonderful LoveBrownSugar.com staff for showing up and supporting! Thanks Savonne, Fatima, and Keyaira for all your help!

friends-family

I’m so thankful also to all my family, blogger boos and close friends who came out to the event.

IMG_2103

And to all of YOU beautiful readers who purchased tickets and shopped – thank YOU! We couldn’t have done it without you. For those of you who couldn’t make it, you can relive the excitement via the recap video below:

 

12 Days of LoveBrownSugar Day 5: Doo Bop

12days

With the 2014 edition of 12 Days of LoveBrownSugar, I am extending the fun and excitement of our #ShopLoveBrownSugar Holiday Pop-Up Shop in NYC with all of you who could not attend by offering you the opportunity to win amazing gifts featuring the artists and sponsors of the anniversary celebration.

doobopBag

Day 5′s giveaway comes courtesy of Doo Bop. Since Doo Bop launched in late November of last year, I’ve been a big supporter of the brand. I wrote a review of it here. I LOVE everything Doo Bop represents and that the site is catered specifically to women of color like myself. They have a really awesome blog and they offer some great deals on luxe beauty brands from all over the world.

doo-bop-hair

For the Shop LoveBrownSugar event, guests were treated to VIP bags that included this super cute hot pink makeup bag.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

Three of you lovelies will walk away with one of these after entering this giveaway. Just follow the rules below to enter.

Rules:

1. Leave a comment on this post explaining why you’d like to win.
2. Fill out your information in the Rafflecopter widget below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Bonus: Use hashtag #12DaysofLoveBrownSugar for additional entries on social media. You can post on Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest! Make sure you leave a comment with a link to your post so it can be countedYou must be following @LoveBrownSugar on either TwitterPinterest or Instagram for your entries to be eligible. US residents only. Sweepstakes ends in 7 days. Winners will be contacted via email so please use an email address that you check regularly.

HelloBeautifulCollaboPhoto

P.S. If you’re looking for a great beauty gift set for the holidays, Doo Bop and our friends at Hello Beautiful have partnered up to create these super chic gift set options. Click over to Doo Bop.com to check them out.

My #COSIGNHoliday Gift + COSIGN Giveaways For You

cosign-app

I first heard about the COSIGN app not too long ago and was immediately intrigued by it. With all the products we recommend to each other on a daily basis on social media, whether it’s uploading your fave new pair of shoes or the best red lipstick you’ve ever purchased and sharing it with your friends – we ALL share our purchases with one another online.

more this way

12 Days of LoveBrownSugar Day 4: Belle Butters

12days

With the 2014 edition of 12 Days of LoveBrownSugar, I am extending the fun and excitement of our #ShopLoveBrownSugar Holiday Pop-Up Shop in NYC with all of you who could not attend by offering you the opportunity to win amazing gifts featuring the artists and sponsors of the anniversary celebration.

Belle Butters x LoveBrownSugar

Day 4′s giveaway comes courtesy of Belle Butters. I was so excited to collaborate with Tasha Burton founder and owner of Belle Butters to create this Limited Edition hibiscus-scented butter for my anniversary event. It was such a huge hit at the event, she is offering it for sale at her online shop now!

belle-butters-lovebrownsugar

Lucky for three of you, you’ll be getting it for free! Just follow the rules below to enter.

whipped-shea-butter

Rules:

1. Leave a comment on this post explaining why you’d like to win.
2. Fill out your information in the Rafflecopter widget below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Bonus: Use hashtag #12DaysofLoveBrownSugar for additional entries on social media. You can post on Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest! Make sure you leave a comment with a link to your post so it can be countedYou must be following @LoveBrownSugar on either TwitterPinterest or Instagram for your entries to be eligible. US residents only. Sweepstakes ends in 7 days. Winners will be contacted via email so please use an email address that you check regularly.

LBS Chic: #UnwrapSomethingShady With Sunglass Hut

GREEN_5

When the folks at Sunglass Hut hit me up and asked if they could send me a pair of Ray-Ban aviators as part of their #UnwrapSomethingShady campaign, I looked at my inbox and said “Hell yeah! Whutchu mean?” *inserts shmoney dance*

I basically have had Ray-Ban aviators on my Christmas wishlist for about fifty-leven years. They are so perfect and classic and FRESH. So when I unwrapped these bad boys, I immediately slapped on some lipstick, a fly outfit and stepped out the house like a BOSS. Here’s proof:

missguided-2

My threads were provided by Missguided’s new Plus Collection. I’m pretty picky about the plus size clothing brands I rock with, and Missguided has just been added to my faves list. I’ve always admired their super cute and trendy straight size collection so I’m really excited that they’ve decided to add plus pieces to their lineup.

missguided-plus-jacket

Shop My Look:


 
Shades are a really great holiday gift option. Good quality shades will last you a while and if you get a shape that works with your face shape, they’re an instant upgrade.

missguided-1

I once interviewed songstress Chrisette Michele about her fashion tips and she told me a great pair of shades and some lipstick can take you from 0 to 100 real quick (not in those words obvi) and she wasn’t lying.

GREEN_6

I added a little party around my neckline with this statement necklace from Bauble Bar. Pulls everything together really well.

missguided-plus-walking

 

Jacket c/o Missguided | Top: H&M | Necklace c/o Bauble Bar | Leggings c/o Missguided | Shoes: Forever 21 (similar here) | Bag: Pour La Victoire | Shades: Ray-Ban c/o Sunglass Hut

So for those of you still on the Chrismas wishlist hunt – definitely consider a great pair of shades from Sunglass Hut for that person on your list that you haven’t quite figured out yet. They do not disappoint! And they are an instant upgrade to anyone’s look.