The Afrobella Interview. Janelle Monáe for Cover Girl!

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One of the benefits of being a bit of an OG on the blogging scene – I can look back and truly appreciate how much things have changed and how far I’ve come. Not just for myself, but for others I’ve encountered along the way. Take for example, the talented and beautiful Janelle Monáe. I […]

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 […]

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 […]

I Found My Match With Fashion Fair’s New Foundation

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Every now and then I’ll find myself at an event so special, it makes me reflect on my life and marvel at the company I’m surrounded by. That happened last week, when I attended a shade matching event and launch for Fashion Fair’s newest foundation, True Finish Refining Mineral Foundation, at the home of Desiree […]

Your Official Music Festival Fashion and Beauty Checklist

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This weekend is going to be an EPIC one for me – it’s Lollapalooza weekend in Chicago! Every year one of my best friends (and his lovely girlfriend) comes to stay with us, and we indulge in three days of music festival fun.  Lollapalooza is big, fun, diverse, and an event to be experienced. I […]

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 […]

What I Wore During BET Awards Weekend in Los Angeles!

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Trips to Los Angeles always throw off my sleep schedule. When I got home from LA I said “yay! I’m going to write all these blog posts and get stuff done!” And then I took an epic five hour nap. It was almost 2 am when I started this post and I’m so sluggish today. […]