This post is part of BlogHer’s Revamp Your Style editorial series, made possible by Schick Hydro Silk.
This post is part of BlogHer’s Revamp Your Style editorial series, made possible by Schick Hydro Silk.
Kelly Rowland looks absolutely stunning on the cover of Essence Magazine’s September issue! In it, the starlet & R&B songstress talks about her past battles with self-confidence and the untold stories she alluded to on her single “Dirty Laundry”. About the Beyonce-jealousy controversy, she explained to Essence:
“For a long time I wasn’t happy, but that had nothing to do with Beyoncé,” Rowland says. “That had to do with me trying to get my life in order and make better decisions for myself. I’m seeing all these wonderful things happen for her and I am happy for her. But I want a path. I want things to pop off for me, too. Not on her level but whatever my level is supposed to be.”
I’m beyond happy for Kelly Rowland. I’ve been an avid follower of hers since her Destiny’s Child days, and I’m glad she’s finally come into her own and happy with who she is and what she’s accomplished. There’s nothing better than feeling happy regardless of how people look at you or try to judge you. Don’t you agree?
If you know my beauty regimen, you know that I’m no stranger to drugstore beauty and affordable products. Though I love my luxury staples as well, there are quite a few brands on the market that combine quality with affordability. Suave is one of those brands and I’ve always been a fan of their products. Everything from using their conditioner to co-wash my hair when I first went natural, to using their body washes and lotions that do the job just as well as pricier brands.
So once I found out that TV hostess, personality and homegirl-in-my-head Wendy Williams was taking the challenge to unlock her “softer” side with Suave, I had to find out what the hooplah was all about. If you guys know Wendy, you know “soft” is not typically a word used to describe her. Ever since her radio days, she’s been the hostess to say exactly what was on her mind, regardless of who was listening or who didn’t like her. Because I think she’s hilarious, and she actually gives really great hair & beauty advice on her talk show, I knew her partnership with Suave totally made sense.
I decided to take the challenge to “unlock my softer side” as well and give a few of Suave’s moisturizers and body washes a test run for a week. My skin tends to get dry year-round, from winter to summer so moisture and softness is really important in maintaining my look when I step out on the NYC streets. I picked up two different moisturizers from Suave – the Suave® Skin Solutions Smoothing Body Lotion with Cocoa Butter & Shea (two of my fave ingredients) and the Suave® Skin Solutions Advanced Therapy Body Lotion.
I used the Smoothing lotion to help maintain my skin and make it smooth to the touch before heading out. I love how rich it is as a moisturizer for day, and I also love the cocoa butter smell – yum!
At night, before bed, I smoothed on the Advanced Therapy collection. It has a fresh crisp smell, and was really effective at relieving dry skin. I like to use heavier moisturizers at night before bed to allow them to soak into my skin overnight. I wake up with super soft skin and I always feel like it helps improve the overall condition of my skin.
I also gave their Suave® Naturals Sweet Pea & Violet Body Wash a try. It smells amazing, and lathers really well. You can use it double duty and poor a little in under running water for a nice moisturizing bubble bath too.
Each product has its own unique benefits. After taking the challenge, I stand by my love for Suave as a really great alternative to higher-priced products because it actually works. You shouldn’t have to splurge on key products like moisturizer and body wash when companies like Suave offer affordable options. Beauty on a budget, for real. Love it!
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I’m back from the Big Easy! I got back earlier this week and I’m still on a high from all the excitement, good food, live performances, beauty parties and more we got into on our 2013 NOLA Crawl! As I mentioned, me and the girls (Jessica of Glamazons Blog, Danielle of The Style & Beauty Doctor and Lexi of LexiWithTheCurls) headed down to New Orleans to partake in the festivities surrounding the Essence Music Festival, and we decided to put on our very own “Crawl” similar to the FNO Crawl we did last September.
Guys, today is such a proud moment for me. Since Black Enterprise first began their annual Black Blogger Month series, I’ve been a close follower as some of my absolute favorite blogs were featured and highlighted. I never thought that just 4 short years after starting my own site, I would be one of the faces gracing this series. I am SO humbled and honored. This has to be one of my proudest moments to date.
Below is a snippet of the intro to the article. They made your girl tear up! Reading this was like hearing “You iz kind, you iz smart, you iz important…” over and over again a la “The Help”. Deep sigh.
Fashion has always pumped through the veins of Queens, New York native Christina Brown. It’s that passion for all things style and beauty that led the now 26-year-old editor in chic to serve as senior fashion editor of the widely recognizable campus glossy, The WALK, during her undergraduate days at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. Brown didn’t stop there, she spent her summers learning the ins and outs of the fashion industry, interning at luxury retailer Saks Fifth Avenue, and the ropes of the digital marketing field at BET.
After finding issue with the lack of diversity in fashion and media, the style maven took to the Internet, starting her blog, LoveBrownSugar.com, in July 2009. From high-end designers to mass retailers, Brown’s real-girl approach to covering the highly lucrative and competitive field of fashion has earned her recognition as one of Essence’s Fab 40 Fashion Bloggers, The Root’s 2012 Black Bloggers To Know, Huffington Post’s Top Fashion and Beauty Insiders on Instagram and Sparkah’s Top 100 Beauty Bloggers, among others. Brown has landed editorial positions at Honeyand Uptown magazines, and her insights have appeared on various media sites including The New York Times,Refinery 29 and Elle.com. And if you thought her empire only existed online, think again! Brown joined forces withLiSi Cosmetics to create her own nail lacquer, appropriately titled LoveBrownSugar.
As part of Black Blogger Month, BlackEnterprise.com caught up with the style aficionado to discuss her blooming brand, lessons learned from four years of blogging and why LoveBrownSugar is a sweet online destination.
Please click HERE for the full article: http://www.blackenterprise.com/lifestyle/black-blogger-month-lovebrownsugar-christina-brown/
If you’re headed to New Orleans this weekend for the Essence Music Festival, one must-attend event for the weekend is the African Pride Beauty & The Beat Beauty Suite. Aside from the fact that myself and my blogger buddies Jessica of Glamazons Blog, Danielle of The Style & Beauty Doctor and Lexi of LexiWithTheCurls will be attending as part of our #NOLACrawl festivities, it will be chock full of fun activities and surprises.
The “Beauty And The Beat” Beauty Suite will be hosted by DJ Spinderella and Grammy – nominated songstress Kelly Price. This pop-up beauty experience will fuse beauty and music for a unique experience encouraging guests to travel from the 80’s to today through the journey of hair.
WHO: African Pride Hair Care
Happy 4th of July guys! I hope you’re all enjoying your beautiful holiday. I’m sure quite a few of you are reading this from the sunny streets of New Orleans as many of you are down there for the Essence Music Festival. I had a blast when I attended last year for the first time.
For those of you who are there, and for those who can’t be there but want to follow along in the excitement, myself and some of my favorite fellow bloggers Jessica of Glamazons Blog, Danielle of The Style & Beauty Doctor and Lexi of LexiWithTheCurls are hosting our very own #NOLACrawl!
12:00PM – 4:00PM: African Pride Beauty & The Beat Suite hosted by DJ Spinderella, Kelli Price and celebrities from the 80’s, 90’s and today! We’ll be there from 1:00PM – 3:00 PM.
2:00PM – 5:00PM: SheaMoisture Meet & Greet with Curly Nikki and Celebrity Stylist Diane Bailey. Come out for consultations on hair care and color! We’ll be stopping by from 3:30PM – 5:00PM
1:00PM – 6:00PM*: SheaMoisture Day Party with hair consultations by celebrity hairstylist Felicia Leatherwood (we’ll also be there chatting about SheaMoisture’s skincare line and helping you guys with purchases). We’ll be there from 12:00PM – 2:00PM. (*Shop opens at 11AM, party starts at 1PM)
2:00PM – 4:00PM: Cruise the Convention Center–we’ll be checking out the various booths, seeing the sights, and celeb-spotting!
If you’re planning to be in New Orleans this weekend (or even if you reside there and want to stop by), Shea Moisture has your skincare & hair needs on lock with their new NOLA pop-up shop!
You guys already know I’m a huge fan of Shea Moisture’s skin and hair products. From their body scrubs and oils to their curl products and their Art of Color at-home hair color, I’m a big supporter of their approach to all-natural, yet effective products. Hence, me and my #NOLACrawl buddies will be spending quite a bit of time at the pop-up shop this weekend.
Here’s a rundown of all the cool #SheaMoistureNOLA stuff happening. Everything is free to the public, so be there or be square:
Friday, July 5th – 5:00PM – 8:00PM
Ford Motor Company sent me to the #FordHotSpot to cover the activities in their social media lounge at the 2013 BET Awards. All opinions expressed herein are solely my own and not those of the company.
9:00AM – Preparing For The Awards
So early in the morning, it dawned on me that the ASOS dresses I told you guys about in my prep day post alas were not going to make it to me in time for the BET Awards. They were to be sent overnight and sadly didn’t make it to LA in time. Thankfully, I ALWAYS have a plan B, C and D and I had a few different options with me to choose from for the red carpet.
I opted for this Bar III dress (on sale for $40.99) from Macy’s which was a beautiful shade of yellow, complimented my skin well and also was a great fit for my body type.
Hair: Pin Curls
So, for the sweet & sexy look I opted for a head full of bouncy curls. I tamed my natural curls with a John Frieda by Conair flat iron and a RED by Kiss curling wand. I then proceeded to use the curling wand on my extensions as well.
My super simple product arsenal! I never put heat on my hair without first using a heat-protecting oil. I really love the Ouidad Salon Series Mongogo Oil spray. It’s really light, smells amazing and protects my hair from intense heat. I also used hair pins to hold the curls in place and let them set. And I used a cheapie firm holding spray from Suave that I snagged at the pharmacy last-minute.
I just used the flat iron to straighten out my natural curls on top and so they would blend seamlessly with my extensions. Then, I used the curl wand all around my head for perfect rounded wave/ringlets.
Nails: DIY Stiletto Nails
So I found this super simple YouTube tutorial on DIY stiletto nails. Instead of spending a ton of money at the salon, I opted for the DIY route with KISS press-on nails in ‘Active Oval”.
All I did was apply the nails, and then shape them into the pointed stiletto shape I desired. I then opted for simple black polish (Maybelline Color Show in Onyx) with a white cross design.
1:00PM – Arrival at the Red Carpet
3:00PM Ford Gives Back
As part of Ford’s initiatives to give back, they gave one lucky viewer the opportunity to win a VIP Experience at the 2013 BET Awards as part of Ford’s “Rolling With Ford AND The BET Awards Contest.” Byron (on the right), the winner of the contest, took part in a VIP Experience during this year’s awards show and also appeared live during the “106 & Park” BET Awards Pre-Show in which Shawn Thompson (head of Multicultural Marketing at Ford) gifted him with a brand new Ford car! So amazing.
4:00PM – Red Carpet Arrivals