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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Beauty Expert: Getting Ready To Talk Fall Skincare On NBC Connecticut

Being a beauty expert is something that I have been working on for some time now. I got the itch of being a beauty expert when I spoke on stage at OPRAH O You event in ATL a few years back with L'OREAL Paris. 

This morning I was getting hair & makeup ready because I'm doing a beauty segment on air at NBC Connecticut WVIT-TV. My segment is with the gorgeous and talented Kerri-Lee Mayland. I will be speaking about key components to keeping skin healthy and glowing throughout the fall season. 

The beauty items that I will be spotlighting on NBC Connecticut are: 
L'OREAL Paris Age Perfect Glow Renewal Facial Oil $26 at most CVS Stores
The Body Shop Aloe Gentle Exfloxiation $15 Body Shop
Masque Bar Brightening Sheet Mask $9.99 at Target
Zapzyt Pore Acne Gel $7.47 at Walmart

Waiting on the car to pick me up
Heading to the news station...feeling a little tired
Checked my pass
Somebody messed up it was suppose to read: Beauty Expert & Celebrity Makeup Artist
Great shot of my Trina Turk necklace...talking about Masque Bar Brightening Sheet Mask
Chatting with Kerri-Lee Mayland about the products
I was saying to myself,,,WOW shes really pretty

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Beauty: I'm What Lupus Look Like

Usually when I go to my Rheumatoid doctor and to physical therapy 2 times a week I always go with a full face of makeup and hair done. Unless I'm having a horrible painful day that I need to be admitted to the hospital. Today I decided that I wanted to wear purple because it's the color for Lupus Awareness. I was surprise by all the compliments I received that I decided to write a beauty post about what makeup I was wearing. Now whenever I wear any shade of purple makeup this will be my way to share my reason why I rock purple...Lupus Awarness! I'm What Lupus Look's Like.

BECCA Ever Matte Poreless Priming Perfector
Laura Mercier Baked Eye Colour Wet /Dry Eyeshadow in Pink Petal....I wore mine wet

SEPHORA COLLECTION Colorful Eyeshadow N° 29 Midnight Kiss

Givenchy Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow 8 Prune Taffetas

STILA Stay All Day Waterproof Liner in Intense Black

DIOR Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara

Too Faced Melted liquified long wear lipstick in Melted Violet

Makeup: What's Your Favorite Red Lipstick Shade This Season

Like many ladies I rarely wear red lipstick during the day. But when I do I actually like the  shade of red on my lips. I've played with different textures but I seem to like matte, satin high shine lipsticks. 

Being that it's fall I was inspired by all the beautiful fall leaves and the gorgeous red Japanese maple tree in front of my home that I decided to rock a cherry bomb lip. 

Here are 5 of my favorite lipsticks this season. Let's see if one of your favorites made my list.

1 .NARS Lipstick in Red Lizard (semi matte full powered red) $26.00

2. Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Melted Berry (shine of a gloss berry red) $21.00

3. Bobbi Brown Limited Edition Lip Color in Sultry Red (soft matte bright blue red) $26.00

4. Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil in Cranberry (matte lip color deep red) $24.00

5.Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture SPF15 in Le Rouge (satin finish blood red) $35.00

Thursday, October 9, 2014

I Love Rock N Roll Meets Glam Rock Makeup Look

This morning I woke up feeling really good and pain free. I was feeling like the old me so I knew I wanted to play with my hair & makeup. My signature makeup look is a dark eye with a glossy nude lip. I prefer a bronzer with shimmer for a blush and sometimes a sheer pink blush.

I like a matte full coverage foundation because I have lots of moles on my face in a small lupus butterfly rash on my nose that I'm self-conscious about. So I always wear layers of foundation and powder.

I decided to do a blog post on this look because I received so many nice complements from the ladies in Connecticut about my makeup look.

Today's matte and flawless finish makeup look was created with using the following makeup items.

Becca Ever Matte Poreless Priming Perfector $36.00
YSL Fusion Fix Foundation in Toffee $60.00
Marc Jacobs Perfection Powder Featherweight Foundation in Cocoa $46.00
NARS Eyepaint in Transvaal $25.00
Urban Decay eyeshadow in Desperation $18.00
NARS eyeshadow in Night Breed $25.00
Stila Kajal eyeliner in Onyx $18.00
STILA Stay All Day Waterproof eyeliner in Black $20.00 
Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara $28.00
Bobbi Brown Shimmer in Aruba $40.00

Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Shimmer in Luminous $29.00
TARTE Lipsurgence Matte Lip Tint in Exposed $24.00
TARTE Lipsurgence Lipgloss in Park Ave Princess $19.00

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

I'm Ready To Share My New Life Living With Lupus

Around this time last year I was experiencing the most most excruciating pains in my joints follow by numbness and tingling in my fingers and legs. After a month I knew self medicating with an aspirin and cocktails wasn't going to cut it I finally told my husband to take me to a doctor. Well, $14,795.00 later I was diagnosed with Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Enlarged Heart, High Blood Pressure and Anemia (that I already knew I had). Lupus wasn't something new to me because my mom twin sister passed from Lupus in 2004. Because it was caught very late I don't remember much about it except that she was always tired and in pain. I was having symptoms for 9 years but it wasn't consistent so I assumed it was my glamxurious career and lifestyle, traveling and working crazy hours. But this time something was different. I always joke that I'm the black female Benjamin Button because I don't look my age. All of a sudden I now started to feel like an 90 year old woman needing assistant from my husband and kids to get out of bed, to walk up stairs, to get dress, and everything else a healthy person could do on their own. 

This disease has completely changed my life since being diagnosed (extreme fatigue, pain, weakness, kidney & heart problems, vision, hair loss, weight gain, sensitivity to light & sun, memory fog, swelling in my feet, legs, & arms). Today I finally decided to talk about it because I'm ready to help to bring awareness to Lupus. Celebrities like Toni Braxton & Nick Cannon can only do so much. Their are so many people that look like me walking around with a secret, trying to hold on to their jobs and it's scary because you don't know who to share it with. 

Today, singer Julian Lennon, singer Tessanne Chin and actor Ian Harding, is in New York to help bring Lupus Awareness by being a part of the Empire State Building going purple tonight. Then later tonight the Lupus Foundation of America's, will be hosting a National Gala in New York City honoring Prof. Dr. Iris Loew-Friedrich, Maurissa Tancharoen Whedon & Jed Whedon. It actually brought tears to my eyes because this could be the beginning of more research for us Lupus survivors. 

One of my friends Mirna Jose has been telling me since I've been diagnosed that I should write a post and share my story. So starting today not only will I continue to write about my life as a makeup artist but now as a makeup artist living with lupus. When I'm absent from my blog now you'll understand why.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Beauty Happy Hour: Allure Magazine Private Event Feat Nexxus Hair Care

I'm always elated when I receive an invite in my email from Allure Magazine for one of their private event. Their current beauty event was for Nexxus Hair Care products being hosted at Salon SCK in Columbus Circle. Tonight event was for Nexxus Celebrity Hair Color Expert Aura Friedman. Aura did a great presentation showcasing the hair products from Nexxus and sharing pictures from her recent work on actress Molly Simms. The great hair stylists from Salon SCK offered new hair trends by appointments to the attendees while the others sipped mini Moet Chandon bottles and eating macaroons. 

Hosted at Salon SCK in Columbus Circle

Greeted by 2 handsome guys, mini Moet bottles from Chandon

Enjoying my bubbly

The full collection of Nexxus Salon Hair Care at Salon SCK
Complimentary Copy Of Allure Magazine August 2014  issue
Aura Friedman Hair Presenation using Nexxus Hair Products

For Color Treated Hair-Nexxus Color Assure Color Care
Styling Products For All Hair Types-Nexxus Superior Touchable Hold Collection
For Fine Hair-Nexxus Hydra Light Product Line
Social Media Hashtags for the evening
Allure Magazine Raffle Suitcase value $2,000...I want this!

Saneeta Harris of Chic Inspector meet for the first time we both follow each other on social media...luv it!!