Monday, December 30, 2013

Diva's Makeup Guide: Brushes

Hello All!

Holiday season is over and we are all gearing up for the new year. I thought I'd try to crank out at least  a few more posts before we step into 2014. I often get asked by family and friends about various makeup tips. From brushes I'd recommend, tips on how to fill in eyebrows, to a good inexpensive foundation. So I thought I'd curate a guide for those want the information can reference it whenever they like. First, I'll break down the inexpensive brushes I would recommend. Check it out below.
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Friday, December 20, 2013

Thursday, December 19, 2013

The Latest in Fashion News: June Ambrose TV on YouTube!

June Ambrose has released the first episode of Fitting Room Makeover on her YouTube channel JuneAmbrose65. I loved her reality show, but no word on if that will return. Until then, the queen of fashion styling has turned to YouTube to give us our fix. Check it out.


Diva's 2013 Holiday Gift Guide for Him

1. Grooming

Men are paying attention to their grooming routine these days, and cosmetics companies have noticed. Men now have their own face washes, moisturizers, and toners to go along with their aftershave. Take a look and get some ideas for some  beauty  grooming products for men.

Image Credit: Dove Men Care

Dove is a great and inexpensive starting point to get grooming products for men. They have a complete line to choose from, and products are also offered in sensitive skin formulations. The packaging is very manly, so no worries about if the products are really for women. Prices vary per location.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The Latest in Fashion News: Rihanna the Face of Balmain Spr '14


Say what you want, but Rihanna  has and still is being embraced by the fashion elite. It has been announced the the singer is the new face of Balmain's Spring 2014 campaign. Two new ad photos have been released, and I must say she looks fab! I love the edginess she brings to the brand's image. Check below to see what the Creative Director had to say about the luxury label's new cover girl.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Diva's 2013 Holiday Gift Guide: For Her

Okay everyone, there are only ten days left until Christmas and I can guarantee you are like me and are not done with all of your shopping. You've probably pulled Secret Santa names among coworkers and or friends, and lets not forget about family. I'm here to give you a few ideas while you're out doing your shopping.


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Image Credits:Real Techniques

Have friend that's dabbling into makeup, or have one that's just a makeup lover? This Real Techniques brush set is a great starting point. I happen to have been gifted with the eye makeup brush set and I love it. The best part about it is that they come in under $20!  Snag these great buys om Real Techniques and Ulta websites.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

The Latest in Beauty News: Smashbox 3D Liners and Mehron B.L.A.M.E. Line

Image Credit: Smashbox

Smashbox has launched their new Always Sharp 3D liners.  Available in eight shades, Smashbox claims you won't need your pencil sharpener, because these liners "stay sharp." The boast "3D reflective pearls that glides on and self sharpens evey time you twist the cap off." 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Diva Cover Stories: Oprah Winfrey for The Hollywood Reporter


How often do you see Oprah on a cover of a magazine that isn't her own? Not often. The multimedia mogul and idol to many, graced the cover of the December 2013 issue of Hollywood Reporter.

The Latest in Fashion News: Singer Erykah Badu for Givenchy Spr '14


When everyone is begging for diversity in the fashion industry, Givenchy listened. The luxury label commissioned R&B/Neo Soul singer Erykah Badu for their Spring 2014 campaign. If you are not familiar with her music, I strongly advice you to take a listen. Not only is she a great artist, she makes for a great model. First known for her towering head wraps, then gravity defying afro;  Badu sports a TWA, teeny weeny afro for the ads.  What I love about this is that she was not edited to look lighter, you can tell she is a beautiful black woman.  Check below to read what Riccardo Tisci had to say about his latest campaign model.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Product Review: Olay Complete Moisture Cream with SPF 15

Olay Complete All Day Moisture Cream With SPF15 - Sensitive 2 oz
Image Credit: P&G

Hello All,

I am way overdue for this review. It has been sitting on my bathroom counter for at least two months waiting to be reviewed. So here it it! I picked up this Olay Complete All Day Moisture Creak SPF 15 when I could not find my regular Olay mositurizer. I prefer the ones in the jar as they are thicker than the ones offered in the bottle. I used up this product completely, which is the first plus for it's review. Check out what I think after the jump!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Diva Cover Stories: Joan Smalls for Elle Magazine

Joan Smalls for Elle Magazine January 2014

Super model Joan Smalls looks regal on the cover of Elle January 2014. What's even rarer about this cover is that an actual model is on the cover. In America, models have to compete with celebrities for the covers. It's refreshing to see a new face. Werq!

Image Credit: Elle Magazine


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Daily Inspiration: Get Out of Your Own Way

We make plans for our future, then nothing goes as planned. We get bummed out because we have every year of our life planned out, and when the time arrives we feel like a failure because you can't check off the boxes on your goal list. It is very stressful to live such a life. I know, I'm slowly breaking myself out of that mode of thinking.  I'm learning it is great to be ambitious and goal oriented, but you're not a failure if your plan takes a couple of detours before you get to the final destination.


Monday, November 25, 2013

Diva Info: New FAA Rules in December 2013


Our kind friends at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), have decided to make holiday travel just a little less stressful. It has been announced that airlines can now allow passengers the ability to use their portable electronic devices (PEDs) during all phases of the flight. Yes, that means you headphones can stay in your ears and your iPad, Kindle, or and other tablet can stay on. However, just because it is allowed, does not mean it will happen overnight. Hopefully, the airline you chose to fly with for the holidays will allow such a luxury. Read more here.

Happy flying!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Thursday, November 21, 2013

The Latest in Fashion News: Solange Knowles Named Art Director and Creative Consultant for Puma

solange puma
Photo Credit: Atlanta Black Star
You may know her as Beyoncé's funky, hipster little sister, but Solange Knowles is paving her own path to fame. Known for her vibrant style and ability to effortlessly mix prints, Solange can now put her fashion skills to work at Puma. She has been named Art Director and Creative Consultant for the brand's Women's Lifestyle Category. What does this mean? You will soon see a little of Solange's style in your new Puma sneakers.

The Latest in Celebrity News: Oprah Winfrey Awarded with Presidential Medal of Freedom

Photo Credit: Atlanta Black Star
Yesterday, multimedia mogul, Oprah Winfrey was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by none other than the President Obama. The prestigious award is given to  "people who have made meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors". (TheYBF) Celebratory congrats are in order for Ms. Winfrey.
Source: TheYBF

The Latest in Beauty News: OCC to Release Little Black Dress Stained Gloss on Black Friday 2013

Photo Credit:OCC via Sephora
The electronic community are not the only ones partaking in Black Friday sales. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) is set to release a special edition lip tar for Black Friday. Entitled, Little Black Dress, the claims are:  " imparts high-impact shine and subtly defines lips with a sheer veil of black pigment. " (Sephora).   The lip tar will be available Black Friday through Cyber Monday. No need to fret if you can't get your hands on it next week, Little Black Dress will become a permanent part of the OCC collection. Get more details over at OCC's Makeup.
Happy Shopping!!

Diva Cover Stories: Angela Bassett for The Hollywood Reporter

Angela Bassett
Photo Credit: The Hollywood Reporter
Angela Bassett is captivating audiences in her role as Marie Laveau, a voodoo priestess, in television's American Horror Story. I personally don't watch the show. They lost me with "horror". I can't get with spooky. However, this photo makes spooky look good!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Daily Inspiration: Fabulous Fashionistas

Came across this video on The Fashion Bomb Daily profiling six elderly women who
refuse to let their age put an end to their love of fashion and life. I was definitely inspired by these women. Enjoy!

Diva Cover Stories: Kate Hudson for Harper's Bazaar Dec 2013

Photo Credit: Harper's Bazaar
Hollywood's golden girl, Kate Hudson is spreading Christmas cheer on the December 2013 cover of Harper's Bazaar. Inside she talks about only borrowing those insanely expensive red carpet gowns, and not feeling any ways about sending them back. She saves and splurges like the rest of us. you go Kate!

Holiday Event Line Up

Hello All,

The holiday season has arrived, as I'm sure you know from walking into or tripping over Christmas décor in the stores. I love to spend time with those closet to me, especially during the holiday season. So  I curated a list of events I plan to partake in during the upcoming weeks.

 The Nutcracker ballet.
I've never been to a professional ballet, and what better way to get my feet wet than attend The Nutcracker?

Monday, November 18, 2013

Monday Inspiration: Hidden Treasures in Fashion Magazines

I actually read the articles in fashion magazines.  I pull a lot of inspiration from them. Above are a few quotes I (not so neatly) snipped from Glamour Magazine's  November 2013 issue. They speak to me and my current situation. I keep the clippings in a small photo album on my desk so I can always flip through them whenever I need a pick me up.
What inspires you?

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Fashion Discussion: UGG, More Than Just Snowboots

Castille Boot $350
Also comes in Java (brown)
UGG Australia hit the fashion scene with a bang. Originally targeted towards surfers, the boots hit mainstream markets. I remember buying my first pair my senior year in high school when the company was at the height of their popularity. Next thing you know, the fashion elite expressed their disdain with the boot that had saturated the fashion community and for a few years, the comfy, sheepskin lined boot seemingly disappeared. I assume only to revamp the brand. I decided to peruse the UGG website today, mainly out of curiosity as I contemplated replacing my very loved pair.  I was happily surprised by how much the company has grown. They are not just "UGGs" anymore. They are leather and suede boots, handbags, and flats. They even have a cute "I Do" collections for those tying the knot. Take a look at some of my favorites I picked out from the site. 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Product Review + PICS: NYC Expert Last Nail Polish

Late Night Latte
I'm not usually they type to write off a product's quality because of its price, but this nail polish is unfortunately fits that stereotype. I purchased NYC Expert Last nail polish in Late Night Latte a few months ago and have been disappointed every time I tried it. It' s one of those polishes that literally takes hours to dry. Who has hours to spare waiting for polish to try. You can do a touch test to see if it smudges, and if it doesn't that means you're good to go right? Wrong. In my spare time I tried to give it another chance...again. The polish felt dry. I even did some cleaning. It all went down hill after my shower. Take a look below.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Diva Cover Stories: Kerry Washington for Lucky Magazine

Kerry Washington on the December/January issue of Lucky magazine
The latest cover release of Kerry Washington for the December/January issue of Lucky Magazine has sparked a debate. From what I've read on various media sites, many say she looks like a young Naomi Campbell (is that bad?), the outfit, makeup, and hair choices just aren't working, and some even have an issue with her smiling as opposed to her usual lip pout look. I have to disagree with the majority, I like the photo. This is not typical Kerry. She's wearing a younger, and fresher looking outfit; polished, but not so buttoned up and sophisticated. Is it so wrong to veer from the usual?
What are your thoughts?

Photo Credit: Us Weekly

Friday, November 8, 2013

The Latest in Celebrity News: Lady Gaga Get Spaced Out

Just when we think we've gotten Lady Gaga figured out, she one ups us. She has recently announced she's undergone vocal training so she can perform.....IN SPACE! Lady Gaga is expected to perform in space in 2015, and if it goes according to plan, she will be the first performer to do so. Her show will be broadcast via satellite for us earthlings to see. Now, I have my reservations. First, how is she going to get clearance to fly into space. Second, space travel is funded on the tax payers money, so I'd be surprised if no protests ensue. We'll just have to wait and see.
What are you thought on Gaga performing in space?

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Foodie Files: Pizza for Adults

No matter how advanced my pallet has gotten since I've become an adult, pizza will always remain in my repertoire of favorites. I never get tired of it. The differences between then and now are that I tend to pair it with wine  instead of soda, and I add spinach leaves on top to curb my "no veggies on my plate" guilt. So you know how much I appreciate Pure Wow's video demonstrating five new ways to eat pizza. I already spy a few I'm going to try. Watch and enjoy!
Video Credit: Pure Wow

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The Latest in Beauty & Fashion News: Mary Kay to Sponsor Project Runway All Stars

Image Credit: Mary Kay
The beauty brand known for it's "door to door" selling tactics has snagged a lucrative deal. Mary Kay Cosmetics has been named the official beauty sponsor of Lifetime's Project Runway All Stars. Even though the season has already began, this is great publicity for the brand. Can't wait to see the makeup looks!
Story Credit: HAPPI

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

The Latest In Beauty News: NYX to Release Butter Lipstick

NYX Cosmetics is bringing Christmas to us early. They teased us with four new lipstick shades from their new Butter Lipstick line that will debut the beginning of December. I personally love that they gave us the colors of the season with the vibrant red and the deep plum, but threw in a baby pink and creamsicle shade. They are not colors you would equate with the winter season, but can be pulled off with neutral tones. Keep your eyes peeled for their debut!
Photo Credit: NYX Cosmetics Facebook

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Trending Thursday: Fashionable Backpacks

Hello Everyone,

Last Thursday brought some major technical difficulties, so there was no Trending Thursday. This week, I'm back with a trend I've seen on the constant rise over the years. Backpacks; chic backpacks.  These are not your run of the mill grade nylon school accessory. They are offered in exotic materials, have sleek hardware, and are a necessity for many city goers. They are large enough to house of your essentials, such as laptops, tablets, cords, planners, etc. so your arms are free.

Chanel Graffiti Backpack SS14

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Designer Spotlight: Gosia Baczynska SS 14 'I Feel Love" Collection

While fashion month is old news, I stilled get inspired by the collections. I usually do not post all the collections during the fashion weeks because there aren't enough of me to go around. However, when I come across a collection that speaks to me, I must share. Ironically, I saw a fab coat (see below) of the collection just last night on Tumblr. Ironically, I came across the designer today on We The Urban's website.


Monday, October 28, 2013

Magazine Scoop: InStyle Nov. 2013

Happy Monday!
As an avid lover and reader of fashion magazines, I realized, I never share my favorite articles, recipes, apps, trends, etc. that I pull from the glossy pages. I'll start with my latest purchase, InStyle's November 2013 issue. I came across a great list of apps for the fashionistas on a budget. Check them out below.
Taylor Swift Covers 'InStyle' November 2013
I am one of those rare people who read magazines from cover to cover. Yes, the ads are beautiful, but there is a lot of useful info between the covers as well. I came across an extensive list of websites and apps  recommended by the mag.  While I am still coming through the list of sites, I can share the apps I immediately downloaded.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The Latest in Fashion News: Rihanna Debuts Final River Island Collection

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Rihanna jetted over to Greece (so jealous) to shoot pieces for her last collection with River Island. I have to say, this has to be my favorite out of all of the collections. I can relate more with the casual yet sexy floral separates, maxi dresses, and vintage inspired two piece bathing suits. Check out more below.

Monday, October 21, 2013

The Diva Chronicles Book Club: It's OK to Have Lead in Your Lipstick

Photo: What we're currently reading.  Don't let the title fool you, there's great info inside. Only $3!
Happy Monday All!
I just wanted to share my current read with you all. It's Ok to Have Lead in Your Lipstick is an informative book that debunks everything you though was true about your favorite beauty products. Don't let the title fool you. Of course if's not okay to have lead in your lipstick, but it makes you want to know what's inside. The book is written by two well respected cosmetic chemists, so there is no worries about the legitimacy about the information you are receiving. It's a great source of information for only $3!
P.S. Download it, and take it with you on your next shopping trip!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

International Fab: Rihanna Stuns in Abu Dhabi

000 Rihanna's Abu Dhabi Stella McCartney Black Ofella Jumpsuit,  Saint Laurent Onyx Tassel Necklace, and Manolo Blahnik Hangisi Jeweled Pumps
Rihanna covered up head-to-toe on her visit to a mosque in Abu Dhabi, and looked effortlessly fabulous! Check out more of her stunning pictures below.

The Latest in Beauty News: Kerry Washington Named New Face of Neutrogena

kerry washington neutrogena brand ambassador creative consultant

Scandal has done a lot of good for Kerry Washington. She has recently partnered with Neutrogena. Not only that, she has been given the title of Creative Consultant, which involves creating marketing initiatives alongside the marketing team and giving product feedback.  She will also front the campaign ads that will hit the marketplace next year. We'll have to see what changes Kerry will make to the brand who is famous for promoting a clean, fresh faced look.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Trending Thursday: Vintage Magazine Clutches

Hello All,


Forgive me for skipping last week's Trending Thursday. I will give no excuse, because there are no excuses. I'm here this week with another trend I've seen sprinkled across the 'net: vintage magazine purses.  They emerged on the scene in the 1970's and 1980's to appear as a rolled magazine under women's arms to prevent purse snatching. It is alleged the clutches regained popularity after it was featured on an episode on Sex and the City, being toted by none other than Carrie Bradshaw. This, I can believe, as I am still trying to find an affordable version of the Eiffel Tower purse she carried in Sex and the City, the movie.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Diva Cover Stories: Taylor Swift for InStyle

Taylor Swift Covers 'InStyle' November 2013
Country singing sensation is the cover girl for InStyle's November 2013 issue. She's allegedly putting it all out in the open in this issue. Juicy!
Will you be reading?
Image Credit: InStyle Magazine

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The Latest in Beauty News: e.l.f. Launches Subscription Service

Hello All,
The brand that has to be one of the most inexpensive, yet one of the most popular among drugstore brands, Eye Lips Face (e.l.f.), has launched a subscription service.  The e.l.f. Beauty Bundle allows you to choose your payment plan, i.e. every eight weeks, half-yearly, or yearly subscriptions. The brand promises to deliver full size products, no sample sizes here! The Beauty Bundle will include products for, of course, your eyes, lips, and face, along with makeup tools,  nail and skincare products.
Subscription Plans:
$19.99-Continuous Beauty Bundles
Billed and shipped every eight weeks
Cancel service anytime prior to next billing cycle
*Doesn't include S&H*
$59.97- 1/2 Year Gift
Three Beauty Bundles
Billed once upfront and ships every eight weeks
*Doesn't include S&H*
$199.94- 1 Year Gift
Six Beauty Bundles
Billed once upfront and ships every eight weeks
*Doesn't include S&H*
Will you be subscribing?

Monday, October 14, 2013

The Latest in Beauty News: Ben Nye to Release 18 Color Crème Lumière Palette

Photo Credit: Ben Nye
Happy Columbus Day All,
Can you tell I'm on a Ben Nye kick this morning. The brand is set to release a 18 Color Crème Lumière Palette come November 2013. If this product looks familiar, it is because Make Up Forever has a similar product. They have a  12 Flash Color Case that is popular among makeup artists. Both brands are known for performance makeup, and Ben Nye may have an advantage over  Make Up Forever by offering six more colors. Get ready for comparisons once the product hits shelves next month.

First Impressions+ SWATCHES: Ben Nye Mojave Luxury Powder

Hello Everyone,
In my previous post, I told you guys about my weekend purchase. Ben Nye's powders have been getting rave reviews for years in the beauty community. Well I'm here to tell you my thoughts. First, the color Dark Cocoa, look just like that, dark cocoa. It is not overwhelmed by a strong red undertone. It is just dark brown, which made it a perfect match for my skin. Check out swatches below. Second, the jar comes with a sifter; always a plus!

Diva Hauls: Ben Nye Mojave Luxury Powder

Happy Monday All,
I bought myself a little something this weekend. I jumped on the Ben Nye bandwagon after reading and hearing people rave about it for years. The brand is known as performance makeup. It caters to makeup artists, actors, brides, and anyone who will need their makeup to stay put under extreme conditions. The brand is most famous for it's Banana Powder, however, when I saw it, I knew I could not work with it. The powder is literally the color of a banana, hence the name. I was torn between two of the darker powders, and ultimately chose s the one above. Dark Cocoa is by far the closet I've come to a perfect match when it comes to loose powders, both high and low end. It is the perfect shade of brown.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Diva Info: Why Vitamin E Needs to Be Apart of Your Beauty Regimen

Hello Everyone!

I come to you with an informative post. It's all about vitamin E. We see it on the labels of many of our beauty products, but there are actually some great benefits to the oil. I'll tell you all you need to know. This includes how to figure out if the products you love are actually giving you enough vitamin E to offer any benefits, how to recognize it on the label, and it's characteristics.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Fall/Winter Wishlist

Hot Tote
Michael Michael Kors Large Selma Saffiano Tote
I've been eyeing this bag since mid summer. I want! I want! I want!

The Latest in Beauty News: L'Occitane Limited Edition Shea Butter Collection

Shea Butter Big at L’Occitane
Hello All,
The kind folks over at L'Occitane are getting ready for "dry skin"  season with their limited edition Shea Flowers of Love collection. The company known for their shea butter based products is releasing amped up versions with scents such as Rose Tenderness, Subtle Violet, and Passionate Jasmine. The limited edition offerings will be in the form of hand creams, body butters, and lip balms. The collection is set to be released this month, so keep a look eye open.
Story and Photo Credit: HAPPI

Monday, October 7, 2013

The Latest in Clebrity News: Beyonce to Release 2014 Calendar

Beyonce official calendar
Get ready. Beyoncé will be hanging in cubicles, kitchens, and young boy's (and some grown men) rooms everywhere. King Bey has a calendar waiting in the wings for  2014, and how cruel of her to make us wait for it; unless you overnight it after purchasing it via her website, or you can buy it in stores Monday. The glossy pages will include have never before seen pictures and important dates.
This will make a great stocking stuffer.
Photo Credit: Necole Bitchie
Will you be purchasing?

Saturday, October 5, 2013

The Latest in Tech: Voice Behind US Siri Revealed

Voice of Siri

Even if you are not team iPhone (where are my Galaxy users?!), you are none too familiar with Siri. She is the voice assistant that premiered with the iPhone 4S in 2011. She sounds like any other technologically generated voice, similar to those you hear when you use your GPS systems. It wasn't until after I read this article that I realized that actual people may be behind the voices I hear on my various gadgets. Foolish of me to think that someone generated it with a computer. Apparently there is an entire world of "voice acting" used for machines, such as GPS devices (which explains why the voices often change on mine), the intercom systems at the airport, and so on. Read the full article, here, from PC Magazine on how Susan Bennett was forced to reveal herself as the voice of the now famous Siri and what Apple has to say about the reveal.

Story and Image Credit: PC Magazine

Friday, October 4, 2013

Beauty Discussion: Are you Getting the CORRECT Info About Your Beauty Products?

Hello All,

As a young up and coming cosmetic chemist in the beauty industry, I have seen how organizations and consumers with a large following often misconstrue or deliver false information about the ingredients in beauty products to the public. Why is this bad? While obtaining as much information as you can about what you put on your body encouraged, the volume of misinformation given to the consumer often discredits the experts! I've witnessed members of the general public discredited the chemist and siding with bloggers who have no back ground in the subject matter.

First Impressions+ SWATCHES: NYC Big Bold Plumpling Lip Gloss

Hello All,

Another series has been inducted on the blog. "First Impressions" will be a series of mini reviews of products that I've picked. You know us beauty can't wait to open their new products when they get home, and often tear them open in the car. This is what happened with this lip gloss, which prompted me to share my initial thoughts with you all. First up, NYC Big Bold Plumping Lip Gloss.


Thursday, October 3, 2013

Trending Thursday: Seeing Clearly

Hello All,
It's Thursday, and that means another dose of Trending Thursday. This week is all about the lucite. Trends come and go in a 360 cycle. Clear accessories were popular in the 1950's, I remember carrying a plastic box purse while wearing my "jelly" sandals in the '90's when I was seven or eight years old, now it has returned.  It's been spotted on the runways and on us regular folks in a number street style pictures. Plastic has come to take over your closet; from your purses, jewelry, and shoes. Check out more below.


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