Fall Makeup, I am HERE For YOU

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I didn’t get it when I lived in a hot climate but now it’s going to be my third autumn in Chicago and I finally GET it. I get the anticipation of the changing seasons. I get the allure of autumn. It’s still sunny, but cool enough to layer. It’s the season for blazers and […]

Back To School Beauty Must Haves

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I’ve got a fair number of younger bellas that read this here blog, and I know this is the time of year nobody’s really looking forward to. It’s the end of summer vacation, and time to go back to school. Besides needing the typical pens, paper and classroom-friendly gadgets, and for my college bellas the […]

Monday Manicure and Hooray for Fall Nail Collections

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It’s been so long since I’ve done a Monday Manicure post, I’ve seriously been contemplating renaming these posts Nail du Jour and just calling it a day (whatever day that happens to be). But YAY! It’s Monday and I’ve got my life and my nails together enough to share. Behold, my current manicure! Got my […]

How Do You Do Hair Removal?

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Most of the time on this blog if I’m talking about hair it’s all about preserving and celebrating the strands you have on your head – but this is about the other kind of hair. The hair that you wish wouldn’t grow as long or as thick. Bellas, let’s talk body hair. And let’s discuss […]

The Best Gel Eyeliners at Neighborhood Drugstore Prices

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Doesn’t matter the season. A classic cat’s eye (or Cleopatra eye) NEVER goes out of style. It’s my go-to look when I’m in a hurry and need to look classic and fashionable for an event. Spackle on some primer, dust on a little gold glimmer eyeshadow, and lay on a fabulous streak of liner along […]

All About Oil Pulling

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The first time I tried oil pulling, I was at the end of my rope. I had been fighting a disgusting cold for weeks and the coughing and congestion was killing my joie de vivre completely. I was SO OVER IT. I took to Twitter to vent about my ongoing illness and was offered a […]

Makeup Artist Maria Barreda On Making Your Makeup Last

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When I was headed to New Orleans, I knew I was traveling with a photographer (that’d be Chuck AKA @Chuckstr), I knew I’d be going to some high profile events (hello, Essence Music Fest!) and I’d be doing a photo shoot while in town (hello, Igigi). I also knew it would be like ninth circle […]