Essence Wearing Havana Matte Cream Lipstick by NYX
Today’s lippie is brought to you by my gorgeous daughter, Essence. This 20-year old beauty and recent 2-year cancer survivor has been itching to be featured on my blog for years, and now with me possibly considering changing the format to something a bit more hair and beauty based, has finally gotten her wish.
Red Lipsticks for Dark Skin Black Women
Looking for a foolproof red lipstick for your darker skin tone? Well, I have several options for you, two of which I will share in this post. Sure, we all know about Ruby Woo (Mac, $17) and Dragon Girl (Nars, $25), but there are many smaller brands that also sell red lipsticks that look amazing on darker skin tones. One of the best is Kiss of Fire by Dose of Colors (above). I love this longwearing lipstick and always get compliments when I wear it. The color lasts all day, seriously it does, and can actually be a bit hard to get off. Still, it is a comfortable lipstick to wear and is well worth its $18 price tag.
Coming Soon: Fenty Beauty by Rihanna
Rihanna’s long-teased make-up line finally has an official release date. According to the singer’s various social media pages, Fenty Beauty will make its debut via Sephora and Harvey Nichols (an upscale U.K. department store) on September 8th.
Teyonah Parris is the New Face of Dark and Lovely
Actress Teyonah Parris is the new face of Dark and Lovely’s Au Naturale line of hair care products. The Survivor’s Remorse star made the announcement via her Instagram page earlier today, posting the following caption “So hype to finally be able to share that I’m the newest member of the @DarkandLovely family. Stay tuned for more natural hair love from us.
My Big Chop Story
After years of seriously neglecting my relaxed hair, I finally took the plunge and did the big chop back in August. I was originally going to try and transition, however dealing with two competing hair textures was just too much work. So, after yet another stressful wash day, I whipped out my scissors and cut all my relaxed hair off. Despite standing in front of my mirror and being nearly bald, I felt oddly empowered and free.
Try Before You Buy: Cocoa Swatches Launches App for Dark Skin Beauties
Before you spend your hard earned money on a new lipstick shade that might not look good on your darker skin tone, you might wanna pick up the new Cocoa Swatches app by blogger Ofunne Amaka.
Mac Cosmetics Enters the ‘Beauty Bar’ Business
With relaxation spas, nails salons and weave bars littering nearly every corner in New York City, cosmetics giant Mac has decided to enter the fracas and open their very first makeup studio/beauty bar later this month.
The 63rd and Lexington Avenue location will be competing alongside other NYC newbies like Blushington and Jolie Beauty Bar, which have all popped up over the last year hoping to capitalize on the country’s ‘beauty bar’ boom.
With summer in full bloom, nude hues are now more popular than ever. From lips, to heels, to lingerie, women are loving flesh tone shades, and the latest beauty brand to acknowledge the trend is black|Up Cosmetics, who recently introduced their own line of nude nail lacquers for darker skin tones.