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3 Tips For Longwear Summer Makeup with Covergirl

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Summer makeup can be a little tricky, especially in hot, sticky & humid climates. For someone like me with combination skin that can get super oily in the T-Zone during summer months, it’s really important for me to use products that help keep my makeup in place even when the humidity says otherwise.

1. Start With Primer

To keep my summer makeup in shape, I always start my makeup routine with a solid primer. Primer is like the foundation for your foundation. It helps smooth out your skin so your foundation can go on smoothly and it also helps keep everything in place longer than it would without a primer.

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Being out here in this NOLA heat, it was an absolute must for me to apply primer before my makeup. For this look I used Covergirl Outlast All-Day Primer. It works really well for smoothing out imperfections and my makeup lasted all day.

2. Opt for Longwear Lipstick

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By default, I opt for a red lippie because it’s fun and it looks good with almost everything. I have a vast collection of reds that I love and this new Outlast Longwear Lipstick in Fireball is one that I’m about to file under the “faves” collection. It lasts all day and it doesn’t flake or crumble.

3. Go For Bold

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The bolder you go with your lip & eye color or mascara, the less likely it will fade away throughout the day. Before heading out I make sure to accent my summer makeup lip with bold lashes which are my favorite assets.

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Covergirl’s new Super Sizer by Lashblast Mascara had my lashes on fleek for my first day in NOLA.

What about you? Any of your own tips for making your makeup last long during these hot summer days?

This post is sponsored by Covergirl. As always, all opinions expressed herein are my own and not those of the company.

The 12th Annual McDonald’s 365Black Awards

Sevyn Streets, Smokie Norful, Shanice Wilson, and Amber Riley perform at the the 12th Annual McDonald's 365 Black Awards at the Ernest Moral Convention Center in New Orleans, LA on Friday, July 3, 2015.

This year I was invited to attend the 12th Annual McDonald’s 365Black Awards in New Orleans. The awards take place every year during Essence Festival as McDonald’s takes the time to bring together community leaders, television and music entertainers, as well as local and national influencers to pay homage to the outstanding work happening within the African-American community. Because of my crazy packed schedule this weekend, I wasn’t able to attend and cover the golden carpet at the awards on Friday but the folks over at McDonald’s sent me these great pics and information about the star-studded event below.

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3 Must-Do #FordUp Activities at Essence Festival

ford-essence-festEvery year when I attend the Essence Music Festival, I try to get around to check out the different festival sponsors and to experience their activities at the Convention Center. One of my favorite booths to stop by is the Ford booth. As the exclusive automotive sponsor for Essence Festival, Ford not only provides cars for fun test-driving experiences at Essence Fest, but they also host a slew of fun activities with celebrities and correspondents live and direct from the convention center. Here are just three quick must-do activities at the Ford Booth I plan to get into:

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You’re Invited! #NOLACrawl Style Suite Presented By Dove

NEW-NOLACrawl-2015_Event-FlyerI am SO excited to announce that the girls and I are back for yet another #NOLACrawl Style Suite down in New Orleans this weekend during Essence Fest! The first time we did it in 2014 it was a huge success and we are SO excited to be back at it again, even bigger and better than last year. Here’s why you should stop by our event if you’re in NOLA on 4th of July:

Dove is Presenting Sponsor

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We are so amped to have beauty brand Dove as a presenting sponsor for our #NOLACrawl Style Suite this year. As a result, our guests will be treated to express dry styling services provided by Dove. They’ll be using their new Quench Absolute line to do touch-ups at their pop-up salon bar. They also plan to have a super fun photobooth set up to capture your looks post-styling too!

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Super-star celeb stylist Cynthia Alvarez will also be at the event to meet & greet guests and give style consultations. It’s going to be pretty dope. Trust me, with celeb clients like Lady Gaga and Keke Palmer, Cynthia knows what she’s doing.

Our Co-Hosts Are Fly

 

IMG_1792I mean what more could you want! Me, Jessica, Lexi, Taren and Kim. All different but all so spectacular! Anything you want to know about style whether it’s how to style your curls, how to dress for your curves or which whip you should buy this year, we’ve got you covered!

FREE STUFF!

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Ok if this doesn’t get you to RSVP, I’m not sure what will. Free cocktails, free light bites, free goodie bags and free dry styling. This is the star treatment, seriously.

Are you planning to be in New Orleans this weekend? What are you waiting for?

RSVP HERE for Complimentary Entry

Prepping My Hair for #NOLACrawl With Dove Quench Absolute

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The last thing I want to worry about when I’m headed on a business-meets-fun trip like heading to New Orleans for #NOLACrawl is what my curls are going to be doing in humidity. I know I’m not the only one who’s lacked curl confidence from time to time so it’s really important when you travel to arm your hair with the right foundation so that you can rest assured.

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Before heading to New Orleans for Essence Fest, I prepped my curls using the Dove Quench Absolute collection. I used the Shampoo + Conditioner to cleanse and soften my curls before braiding it under my extensions for the weekend. The two work really well together and left my hair feeling clean but not stripped.

After using the shampoo and conditioner, I prepped my towel-dried hair with the Quench Absolute Serum which I absolutely LOVE. The serum is one of my favorite products in the line. It smells SO good and fills my dry curls with so much moisture.

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After prepping my hair, I braided part of it and left a small portion of it out in the front before adding in extensions from Vixxenn Hair. I tried their newest collection – the Indian Curly collection to give myself a full and voluminous hair look for the weekend. The hair is also really light and soft with absolutely no shedding, which was awesome.

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The great thing about the serum too is that it works well on my natural curls as well as on my extensions. I always look for products than serve double duty with my protective style.

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Though the weekend was hot and humid and full of activity, I’m glad I was able to take some time to give my hair a little much-needed TLC. I went from having full on frizzy fro to more defined curls throughout the weekend with use of the products.

How do you guys prep your hair for summer trips? What types of products help you?

Travel: My #24HourReset Weekend Excursion in Southampton

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Have you ever been at a breaking point –  emotionally, physically or mentally? Felt like if you had one more task added to your to-do list you might have a breakdown? That was me last week. Not only was I completely exhausted and tapped out but I was totally on edge. Most people who know me will tell you I’m a pretty nice person – until I’m pushed to the limit. I reached beyond my limit last week. I was so not myself. My sister took a look at me one night as I was packing for a business trip and said “you need to get away”. So I did.

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Because I’m gearing up for a long 5-day business trip to New Orleans in a few days, I knew I didn’t want to go anywhere for a full 3-4 day night getaway. I just needed 24 hours of uninterrupted silence, peace, and relaxation. So I decided to get away for a weekend excursion to Southampton. Disclaimer: I’m not rich, I do not come from money, I do not have a house there and I am not a “frequenter” of the elusive Hamptons. I just understand the importance of treating yourself every now and again and it’s some place I’ve been before and loved. So I booked myself  a private room at a secluded beach house on Airbnb. I packed Cady up for a fun-filled day with her Dad, and I left.

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It was about a 2 hour drive from NYC and I rocked out to my favorite tunes on the ride there. Upon arrival, I swung into the nearest Fresh Seafood shop for lunch. East End Clambakes fit the bill. Their Lobster Roll and Zucchini Fries were SO good.

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Next, I headed to check into my accommodations. For the first time ever, I tried out Airbnb and I have to say I really love it. It’s basically an online search tool to find people who are opening up their homes for vacation rental around the globe. I wasn’t expecting to find anything in the Hamptons but they have quite a few listings including my place – a private room in a secluded vacation home just steps from the beach.

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My first order of business was finding the beach. Once I found it I never wanted to leave.

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The beach was private to the community I was staying in so I was essentially all alone, which I loved. I did a lot of reading, praying and reflecting. I swam and sang and had tons of alone time.

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I visited a vineyard in Southampton called Duckwalk Vineyards. This riesling is quite possibly one of the best I’ve ever tasted.

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I also visited an organic farm and picked up some fresh sunflowers and organic berries grown locally.

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These looked so yummy I had to get a bunch and take them home for Cady.

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It really was an amazing 24 hours. After coming back I feel so well-rested and ready to conquer the second half of 2014. For those of you who may be worn out, tired and down to your last miniscule of energy, I have something for you. I’ll be doing a post on “3 Reasons to Do a #24HourReset” where I highlight some important things to keep in mind when you’re stressed like I was.

Until then, talk to me in the comments! Have you ever just needed some time away?

Interested in trying Airbnb? I loved it and I’m sure you will too. I have a special $25 OFF code for anyone who wants to try it and get $25 off your first stay. Click here to claim the discount.

Tones of Beauty Showcase Curated by love, Aunt Bonnie

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One of the main reasons I created LoveBrownSugar was because I saw a real lack of representation for women of color in the fashion and beauty industries. Not only was I tired of seeing the same faces on the cover of magazines, I was also tired of not getting style and beauty advice that fit my aesthetic and spoke to me as a consumer.

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With that in mind, I created a platform that would celebrate women of color and the beauty in our diversity. Because of that mission, I truly get excited about any and every project that highlights strides in the direction of inclusion. So when I heard that Corey Huggins, Founder and Global CEO of love, Aunt Bonnie was behind Cosmoprof’s very first beauty showcase geared towards women of color, I was not only intrigued but excited. FINALLY, at a major global luxury trade show like Cosmoprof, there will be an original showcase of the best and brightest in up & coming brown beauty brands.

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3 Lessons My Father Taught Me + Why He’s The #BestDad

daddy-daughter-fathers-dayI don’t share intimate details about my family life here on LoveBrownSugar that often. Most of my family shenanigans can be seen over at BabyBrownSugar or on my Instagram, but I would be remiss if I didn’t share with you all how important my Father is to me during this Father’s Day season. Though I’ve never had a super duper close “BFFs for life” type of relationship with my Dad, I can honestly say I’ve learned so much from him throughout my life. From the way he’s treated my mother and their interactions as a married couple, to his ethics of hard work and discipline, my Father provided a real blueprint for me to be a responsible and hardworking adult with real values.

As I reflect on the important things I’ve inherited from my father, here’s a very short list of 3 lessons my Father has taught me:

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Confessions of a Shopaholic: Weekender Bags

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Summer is the best time for a short getaway. From family celebrations to last minute Living Social steals this is the season for spontaneity. Weekender bags are an awesome choice for a quick trip. They take up less space and are easier to carry than a suitcase making them a great carry-on option. They also fit easily into the overhead compartments available on public transportation. We’ve rounded up some stylish and spacious selections for all your short stay needs below.

The bold print of this bag from Toms ($148) keeps it on trend while the muted colors make it an instant contender for crossing over into your fall wardrobe.

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At just $34.99 this roomy bag from Target is a great way to see if a weekender can meet your needs. Also available in grey the navy stripes on this version give off a cute nautical vibe making it great for a boat ride or a day at the beach.

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Headed somewhere fun like a music festival? Start  Make your luggage pack a punch with this gold weekender from Forever 21 ($78.00). Bonus? It has multiple pockets on the exterior of the bag so you won’t elbow four people on the train trying to find your Bigelow lip shine (am I the only one who does that?).

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Not sure if your fun in the sun is going to turn into a full blown staycation? No worries! Just slip the essentials into this sleek patterned weekender from H&M. A tee-shirt and a pair of patterned of shorts would fit into it with ease but it’s still small enough to serve as a laptop bag for work. Looking for something with a little less structure? Try this slouchy version.

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The Polo classic may have come and gone but that doesn’t mean you can’t tap into your inner Blair Waldorf. Get the look for less with this canvas striped weekender ($58.00).

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What do you think about weekender bags? Where will you be traveling this summer? Let us know using the hashtag #browngirlslove on instagram?

-Keyaira N. Boone

LBS Beauty: 6 Beach-Approved Makeup Tips

It’s finally starting to feel like summer over here on the east coast. I don’t know about you ladies, but we are excited and ready to hit the sand! One of the challenges many of us makeup lovers have to deal with is finding the “appropriate” makeup look for the sun, sand and water. That’s certainly not the place to show up with a full face of makeup only for it to get ruined after one splash in the ocean. If you are headed to the beach this weekend and in need of some ideas we’ve got you covered! Keep reading for our 6 beach-approved makeup tips.

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