December 2011 archive

LoveBrownSugar’s Project 365 Challenge

It’s officially the end of the year ladies & gents! If you recall in January, I referenced a project I was planning to pursue this year called Project 365. Basically, I vowed to try 365 new things this year, and to document them via pictures. Although I didn’t quite track or document all 365, I did have an amazing year. From celeb sightings, to summer reading lists to worldwide travel & beauty discoveries – I came, I saw, I conquered. And thanks to my handy dandy cell phone, I’ve got pics to prove it. Anyway, here’s a 36-picture glimpse of my 2011:

Here’s to a successful 2011, and an even better 2012. Happy New Year everyone!

LoveBrownSugar Chic: The Statement Poncho

Once upon a time, there was a girl-who-loved-prints. She obsessed over them and wore them daily – even in the cold bitter days of winter. Although she had maxis, and dresses, and blouses alike, all she ever wanted in life was – a statement poncho.

She searched and she searched to no avail for the perfect fit. But alas, the girl-who-loved-prints, couldn’t seem to find the perfect wool cape for her. Like Goldilocks, she tried and tried but each one was either “too big” or “too small”, “too hot” or “too cold”. The girl-who-loved-prints thought all hope was lost…

When suddenly, on a haphazard excursion to the wilderness of Urban Outfitters, she stumbled upon…the one. She grabbed it and never looked back.

And they lived happily ever after…
Poncho: Urban Outfitters, Shirt: H&M, Leggings: Old Navy, Boots: ALDO, Infinity Scarf (above): Uniqlo

25 Days of LoveBrownSugar: The Winners (Final)

See if you’ve won BIG for 25 Days of LoveBrownSugar! Please email 25DaysofLBS@gmail.com with Subject: (Day #), your Name and your Mailing Address to claim your prize!

Note: Please make sure you’ve fulfilled the correct eligibility requirements for the giveaway you win. If not, I’ll have to give your prize to someone else!

Day 1: Honeycat Cosmetics

Winners: Stace, Marie, The Extraordinary Divorcee
Winners: Janelle Andrea, LocalCeleb, Traci

Day 2. dermHA
Winners: melzzzzzzzzz, Tiki_Green, LocalCeleb, kristinajw, Coco pelli
Day 3. Incoco
Winner: Ashley Ratcliffe
Day 4. Maybelline
Winner: Sandy

Day 5. Simply Be

Winner: Jac

Day 6. Glitterrings

Winner: ariez

Day 7. Creme de la Creme Hair

Winner: Pristina

Day 8. Pnk Elephant

Winner: DLee 
Winner: refaxoxo

Winner: kelleashia

Winner: I.C.O.F
Winner: Evelyn Kinnah 
Day 13. Mizani Giftpack

Winner: @kkthebaker23
Winners (Clutch) – DLee and Becca_Matey

Winners (Belt) – Baaba’s Jule 84 and Ashley

Winners (Scarf) – Nika and LocalCeleb
Winner: ariez

Winner: @zadryG on Twitter

Winner: Teena
 Day 22: AMBI Skincare
Winners: Whitney K Jordan, ladyt2sweet, kandace388@gmail.com
Day 23: Kera Plus
Winners: Jazzmene Ford, korkor82, Ashley
Day 25: Corioliss
Winner: The Extraordinary Divorcee
Congratulations to all the winners this year! I so appreciate your support and can’t wait for next year’s round of giveaways. Thanks for being so loyal to LoveBrownSugar!

25 Days of LoveBrownSugar: Day 25

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays everyone! Whichever holidays you observe this season, I wish you happiness & joy with your loved ones. To close out the 2nd Annual 25 Days of LoveBrownSugar series, I’m giving away a Corioliss C1 professional styler, valued at $210.00. Looking for a new look in 2012 – this is the tool for you! Here’s it’s claim to fame:

The C1 professional styler is ideal for straightening curls or flicks. The 1″ wide plate is perfect for all hair types, especially thicker /coarse hair. Titanium technology allow the plates to glide effortlessly over the hair creating smooth results in one pass. Pro-variable control 140-450F allows the user to control the heat for various hair types. The C1 features dual voltage circuitry making it ideal for travel with it’s own heat resistant storage pouch.

Comment below for your chance to win!
1. You must follow @LoveBrownSugar on Twitter and/or ‘like’ LoveBrownSugar on Facebook
2. You must be following @Corioliss on Twitter OR Corioliss Hair on Facebook

P.S. All final winners for 25 Days of LoveBrownSugar will be announced on Monday, December 26th!

25 Days of LoveBrownSugar: Day 23

Yes, more hair stuff. (I know you love it!) Ladies, get into celebrity stylist Dana Gibbs’ new hair care line Kera Plus. The owner of elite salon Dana’s Loft, has agreed to give away three sets of her new Keratin-infused line of products. I haven’t tried them yet, but they sound amazing. Here’s what they’re all about:

The Kera Plus Keratin Hair Care Collection is a complete hair care system formulated with high concentrations of keratin as an alternative to expensive salon keratin treatments. The 5 products; Keratin Infused Shampoo, Keratin Infused Conditioner, Keratin Infused Serum, Keratin Infused Masque, and Hair, Skin & Nails Vitamins, work synergistically to maintain a smooth, frizz-free appearance of the hair, while strengthening and improving the hair condition.

Sound interesting? Leave a comment below for your chance to win!


1. You must follow @LoveBrownSugar on Twitter and/or ‘like’ LoveBrownSugar on Facebook
2. You must be following @danasloft on Twitter and/or ‘like’ Dana’s Loft on Facebook

25 Days of LoveBrownSugar: Day 22

Today’s giveaway is for those who appreciate great skincare products. AMBI skincare is one of my absolute favorite brands for daily cleansing, and nope I didn’t say that because they’re paying me – it’s true! I actually use AMBI Even & Clear Foaming Cleanser every morning and it keeps my skin refreshed, clean and free of acne pretty much all year long. I was given a few product samples when I was an editor at Honey Magazine, and that’s been my go-to cleanser ever since. I switch up my moisturizers with the season to suit my skin needs, but their cleanser is a definite winner.

For 25 Days of LoveBrownSugar, AMBI is giving away gift baskets to three lucky winners! The goodies include: Even & Clear Daily Moisturizer with SPF 15, Exfoliating Wash, Fade Cream, and Black Soap with Shea Butter.

Just comment below for your chance to win!

1. You must follow @LoveBrownSugar on Twitter and/or ‘like’ LoveBrownSugar on Facebook
2. You must be following Ambi on Facebook

FTC Disclaimer: This giveaway is made possible via paid sponsorship by AMBI Products. 

25 Days of LoveBrownSugar: Day 20

Wow, I can’t believe there are only 5 DAYS left in 25 Days of LoveBrownSugar. That was quick! Today’s faboosh giveaway comes courtesy Carolina Amato Jewelry. This online jewelry retailer has the perfect baubles and bangles to make your holiday dress pop. Check out what they’re giving away for one of you lovelies:

Today’s giveaway features the super chic Clustered Brilliance ring ($78) – a really nice gift for the ladies. Personally, I fall head over heels for sparkly gems like this one. 

Comment below for your chance to win! (And make sure you’re eligible, rules below)
1. You must be following @camatojewelry on Twitter and Carolina Amato on Facebook.

2. You must be following @LoveBrownSugar on Twitter and/or ‘like’ LoveBrownSugar on Facebook.

Tracee Ellis Ross Spills Her Beauty Secrets

If you’re obsessed with Tracee Ellis Ross like I am, you’ll have an appreciation for this amazing Face Time article that writer Tina Turnbow of the NYTimes recently did of Dr. Carla Reed aka Joan Clayton aka Lady Diana’s daughter. I heart Tracee. If you didn’t know, now you know. I met her at the premiere for her BET show Reed Between The Lines, and I fell in love. Anyway, here’s what she had to spill about her makeup & hair regimen:

TT: Can you tell me about a few products that you and Carla like?
TER: Our favorite lipstick colors are Nars Funny Face and Schiap, and Nars Damned Velvet Matte Lip Pencil. For a natural lip, it’s all about Nars Blonde Venus. And from M.A.C, we like Ruby Woo and the Magenta lip pencil with a bit of lip balm. For mascara,Cover Girl Lash Blast in Very Black is the very best.

TT: How do you keep your hair so fabulous looking?
TER: When I’m not working, I spend a lot of time on my hair. When it’s time for my hair to get some rest, I either wear it in a ponytail, bun or my favorite “milkmaid” braid. My everyday essentials are Kim Kimble satin rubber bands, Bumble and Bumble Quenching Complex leave-in conditioner, Aestelance Hydrate leave-in conditioner. When slicking my hair into a clean pony, bun or braid, I mix a little Moroccanoil with water and smooth it on. The shampoo and conditioners I use depend on how I’m styling my hair — that list is reeeally extensive.

For more about her skincare and beauty regiment, get into the full NYTimes article here.

Also, check out the season finale of BET’s Reed Between the Lines tonight at 10PM EST! Word on the street is, Anthony Anderson makes a guest appearance. Plus, I’m sure Tracee will be rocking some head-turning outfits for the finale epi.

25 Days of LoveBrownSugar: Day 19

Ok fashionistas, today is your last chance to claim a Simply Be $50 gift card of your own! I’ve got one more to give away, and this one is for my TWITTER followers only!

All you have to do is the following to be entered:

1. Tweet this message: “Thanks to @LoveBrownSugar #25DaysofLBS I might be taking home a $50 gift card to @SimplyBeUSA!”

2. You must be following @LoveBrownSugar AND @SimplyBeUSA to be eligible.

Berry Fly: A New Take on the Statement Lip

It’s been a long time since I posted about a beauty fave. If you follow me on Twitter, you probably know that I paid a visit to Sephora a few weeks ago and went HAM on some new beauty treats for winter. One of my purchases was a daring departure from what I’m used to. I bought…wait for it…purple lipstick! It’s SEPHORA Collection in Crush 23 ($12) and I love it.

Yeah, I know what you’re thinking. That sh** cray. But, it’s not really. It’s actually pretty cool. I’ll tell you what influenced my decision:

1. I love red, but I needed something new. You guys all know I love a red lip moment. It gives me life, daily. But I really wanted a way to switch up my statement lip for the new season.

Photo courtesy Meek-N-Mild.com

2. I saw someone else do it. And I loved it! If you guys haven’t checked out Shirley Beniang from Meek-n-Mild Blog, please do. She’s absolutely amazing and this post she did inspired me to try something new.

3. It works, for multiple skin tones! Ladies (especially my friends of color), don’t assume that you have to stick to only neutrals and deep reds. There are a myriad of colors out there to try. Sometimes, it just takes the right person bold enough to do it, for you to think it’s ok to try too.

Hopefully this inspires some of you to try something new!

Lips: SEPHORA Collection Rouge Lipcolor in Crush 23, Nails: Nicole by OPI “I’m A Pool For Love” & Ginger & Liz “Swagger”.