May 2014 archive

FAB Friday: How To Wear White

fab-friday-whiteWhen it comes to closet staples, there are quite a few pieces that I consider non-negotiable in a fashionista’s closet. Blazers, tailored pants and a great-fitting dress are three of those staples. I have each of these pieces in white because it’s a classic color, easy to mix and match and it looks so crisp and clean!


In case you’re wondering how you can incorporate a white piece into your wardrobe (outside of the classic white oxford), here’s how to do it, featuring some simple pieces that you can easily find at your favorite store:

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LBS Beauty Review: Doo You Bop Club + GIVEAWAY

doo-you-bopSo you guys may remember earlier this month that I did a Sick Site Spotlight featuring new online beauty destination DooBop.com. Aside from being obsessed with their ncLA nail wraps and the entire premise of the site, I decided to take a stab at their Doo You Bop club as well. With any subscription service, I like to give it at least a 30 day test run before sharing my opinions on it.  I tried it out this month and here are my thoughts:

doo-you-bop-subscriptionThe idea behind Doo You Bop is that for $15/month you receive VIP treatment by way of product recommendations, personal service and product discounts. If you’re a beauty junkie who likes a little bit of direction about which products to try out next (and something tailored to you as opposed to just lumped into a monthly box) then this is a great service for you.

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LBS Beauty Review: Carol’s Daughter Sacred Tiare Collection

Last week I tried out one of the newest collections from Carol’s Daughter – their Sacred Tiare collection, available exclusively at Target. The brand was nice enough to send over a sample of the Sacred Tiare Anti-Breakage & Anti-Frizz Sulfate-Free Shampoo ($12) and the Sacred Tiare Anti-Breakage & Anti-Frizz Fortifying Conditioner ($14). These are just two of the six product found in the entire collection. They also have a host of styling serums, a leave-in, a deep treatment mask and more. Here’s my review of the Carol’s Daughter Sacred Tiare shampoo & conditioner combo:


So the main claims for the Sacred Tiare collection is that it is ideal for those with frizzy, dry or damaged hair. It has been proven to prevent and stop excessive shedding and breakage, and it smoothes frizz.

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Kickin’ It: 2014 BAM DanceAfrica Festival

bam-festival-dance-africaThis weekend I celebrated my Memorial Day by soaking in the sun and sights at the Brooklyn Academy of Music Dance Africa festival in Brooklyn. If you’re an old school fan of LoveBrownSugar you probably remember my post about the BAM Festival in 2011.


It’s one of my absolute favorite street festivals in NYC. It takes place every year at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and in addition to live dance performances there is a HUGE outdoor bazaar with food vendors, clothing, beauty products, jewelry and everything else under the sun. Check out the sights from the BAM Dance Africa Festival:

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LoveBrownSugar Feature: Huffington Post Beauty

christina-brown-huffpost-styleHey loves! I woke up this morning to this little gem in my inbox. The lovely staff at Huffington Post Beauty did one of their Beauty Street Style features of me on the site. I literally squealed.

One of the Huffington Post photographers shot this picture of me outside of Bryant Park in Manhattan and I happened to be rocking my favorite red lippie from Sephora called Always Red ($13). I wrote about it in my How To Wear Redlipstick (#FABFriday) post.


That day I decided to rock my hair in an updo. I blew it out using my new KISS Handle-Less Hair Dryer and applying Agadir International 450 Degree Hair Shield (also wrote about that HERE) before blowing it out. I then applied Ojon Restorative Hair Treatment to seal in moisture and give my hair a little sheen.

Click here to check out my full feature on Huffington Post Beauty!

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FAB Friday: How To Wear Orange Lipstick

how-to-wear-orange-lipstickHappy Friday guys! Super stoked for the long holiday weekend. For you ladies who might be looking to experiment a little this weekend, this week’s Fashion And BeautyFriday (#FABFriday) look is orange lips! I’ll be completely honest, when I found out this week’s themes was orange lips I was a little scared. I’ve only worn orange lipstick once and I honestly never stray far away from red or pink. But I was pleasantly surprised! Check out how I got the look:

orange-lipstick-for-black-womenSo first let’s start with the main products. I decided to experiment with two different shades. The first is from LiSi Cosmetics. You guys may remember this brand from my nail polish launch a few years ago. I used their lipstick in SUPERSTAR which is a deep orangey-brown nude color and way less intimidating than most oranges.

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On The Market: Fashion To Figure Summer 2014

ftf-summer-collectionI was introduced to Fashion To Figure two years ago when I was invited to attend the BET Awards in LA for the first time. I was scrambling around trying to find a dress and was offered the opportunity to try out a few pieces by new (at the time) plus size brand Fashion To Figure. I wanted something chic and glamorous but still comfortable. After all, it was my first trip to LA and my first time covering the red carpet at an Awards show for LoveBrownSugar.com.

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LBS Beauty Review: Beautiful Textures Texture Manageability System

beautiful-textures-texture-manageability-system-reviewLast month I had the opportunity to try give the new Beautiful Textures Naturally Straight Texture Manageability™ System a try on my hair. One of the main reasons I decided to go natural is because I thought it was a healthier and more affordable way to get the type of hair versatility that I wanted. The beauty of natural hair is that you can get the straight look without the permanence of straightening with a relaxer.

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Style Play Polish: Mixed Print Ankara Manicure

nail-tutorial-printed-nails-ankaraSo you guys know how obsessed I am with these new Afropolitan nail wraps from Doo Bop & ncLA. I raved about them two weeks ago after doing a full set. The cool thing about the ncLA nail wraps is that they give you enough wraps to do more than one manicure. After doing both hands of full ankara, I had enough wraps left to do a mixed print manicure with both nail color from Maybelline and the wraps. See below for 5 easy steps to creating this mixed print ankara manicure look at home:

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