Thursday, May 31, 2012

Diva Cover Stories: Vanessa Simmons

Vanessa Simmons usually avoids the camera, but she is emerging from the shadows for The Dark Room Exclusive shot at Taylor Ector Studios. She is showing that a woman can be sexy without showing skin by wearing a body hugging catsuit. In her interview she also dishes about the debut of her new lingerie line, Rose by Vanessa Jean. Check out more pics and her interview below.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Diva Rant: Big Cosmetic Companies Are Missing Out...

As you can probably tell my now, I'm an avid makeup lover (FYI the picture above is not of me, it is the lovel Folake of The Style Pantry), so I love to try out new produts. Well one of the new products I have been wanting to try out is BB Cream. Unfortunately, I cannot try said BB cream because it only comes in two, maybe three shades. Now I know where the product originated from and why it would come in three shades. However, if another company, for example, American cosmetic companies, such as MAC,  Bobbi Brown, Smashbox, Garnier, then why would they not want to capitalize on their profits if they expanded their shade range. When a company adopts a product, it has the license to make it more unique than the previous popular product. One way these companies could have done that, is to broaden the shade range.

This is not a new phenomenon in the cosmetics industry. Women of color, especially dark skinned women of color have always had a love-hate relationship with the make-up aisle. There is always a case of "Will I find something for me this time?" I must say I was disappointed this time around. We clearly live in an age where it is very obvious that women of color love make-up, so why not accomodate them. I hate to say it, but it will take a company geared toward women of color or an unknown cosmetic company to come along and fill the gap and the before mentioned companies will only then jump on the "they wear make-up too!" bandwagon.

Sigh, I digress.


Photo Credit: The Style Pantry

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Diva Info: 6 Things You Need to Know When Working Hair Shows and Other Conventions

While I've only been on my new job a couple of months, I have had the oppurtunity to work for two hair shows. Even though the list of shows is not extensive, the work was. By the end of the first day of working by hair show, I quickly learned a few things. They are as follows:
1. If you must wear heels or dress shoes(for men), bring a pair of comfotable shoes to change into at the end of the day. If the company you are working allows you to wear flats, dont forget those insoles!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Diva Info: Happi

Happi Magazine

My co-worker introduced me to this site today at work and I am hooked. This site is now saved in my favorites lol. If you work or  are interested in the cosmetics and hair industries here is a website for you. The site is called Happi, which stands for Household and Personal Products Industry. It is a very infromative site that gives info on the top selling product companies, what's new as far as products, procedures, and raw amterials, and even the latest info on the raw materials (ingredients) that make up the product. Whether you are a make-up artist, cosmetic manufacturer, or cosmetic scientist, there is something for everyone on this site. They even have a newsletter to keep you informed on the latest in the industry. What I also love is that Happi even gives you links to other great cosmetic websites.

Check them out at


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Diva Info: Travel Essentials

It is May, and for many this month begins travel season. Between graduations, family vacations, and spur of the moment trips, packing can be overwhelming. We often remember to pack our camera and bathing suits, but divas, some things musn't be forgotten. Thes essentials are as follows:

Bobby Pins
Our Weather Channel apps may be benificial most of the time, but we all know our friend mother nature can be unpredicatable. It is my personal opinion to keep a few in your purse, but if not throw a couple bobby pins in that makeup bag before you hit the road!

Diva Cover Stories: Arlenis Sosa

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Diva Info: Work Smarter, Better, Faster With Tips From Marie Claire @ Work

I came across the latest issue of Marie Claire @ Work and read some very helpful tips for the diva that works in an office environment. This is the first time I have seen this issue and I think this will be a current read. Keep a look out for more helpful tips in future posts from this issue.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Diva Cover Stories: Beyonce

Beyonce just keeps racking up the titles doesn't she? This time she is being honored by the
New York Association of Black Journalists on May 15. She is being honored for her work for Essence Magazine in which she divulged the detailed of her spiritual journey while traveling around the world. She also explains why her mother is her hero.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Diva Info: Are Your "Natural" Products Really Natural?

With more and more women ditching the chemicals are sporting their naturals tresses and using more natural products to maintain their mane, there has been an influx of products on the market boasting claims to have "natural" ingredients. This change is mainly due to the intense wave of African American women leaving that "creamy crack" alone and sporting that beautiful texture they were born with. Now their hair has changed, many of their products will change. What are the big companies doing about this? Slapping "natural' all over their labels as well as putting "made with {insert oil here}" on the label. Don't be fooled, my friends. Most of these companies are lying to you. Here is how you can distinguish the contenders from the pretenders.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Diva Cover Stories: Brandy & Monica

The "Boy is Mine" duo are all grown up now and have reunited for their new song "It All Belongs to Me" for the June 2012 issue of Ebony Magazine. I'm loving Brandy's makeup!!


Current Trends: Spring/Summer 2012

Besides the obvious annual spring trends, such as pastels and the colorblocking trend the has lived through another season, there has been some oldies but goodies that has resurfaced this past season. Trends such as high low hemlines, ombre hair and clothes, and the revival of the 80's famous neon are all trends of spring/summer 2012. Click below to check out more trends for spring and summer 2012.

High Low Hems


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