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!
XO,
Diva



Sunday, October 20, 2013

International Fab: Rihanna Stuns in Abu Dhabi

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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


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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
 
 
 
XO,
Diva

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?
 
 
 
XO,
Diva
 
 
 


Monday, October 14, 2013

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

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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

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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

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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!
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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
$378
 
I've been eyeing this bag since mid summer. I want! I want! I want!
 
 
 
 
XO,
Diva

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
 
 
 
XO,
Diva

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?
 
 
 
XO,
Diva
 
 

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.

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Trending Thursday: Seeing Clearly

Chanel
 
 
 
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.

Diva Cover Stories: Christina Aguilera for Redbook Magazine

Christina Aguilera, Redbook
 
Songstress and 1/4 of The Voice's judges panel, Christina Aguilera, is showing off her slim and trim body on Redbook's November 2013 issue. Inside, she dishes on her transformation.
 
 
 
Photo Credit: Redbook Magazine
 
 
 
XO,
Diva

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Product Review: Nivea Crème





 
Hello All!
 
I'm bringing you another product review, this time Nivea's Crème. I have always loved Nivea's lotion, but I'll admit their prices kept me from reaching for them often at the store. I purchased the small one ounce tin can over a month ago and I still have a little product left. I like the fact you can purchase a smaller size of the product because you wouldn't have paid full price if you don't like it. In addition,  it is easy for travel.  Let's get to it!

Diva Cover Stories: Kerry Washington for Essence Magazine

Kerry Washington for Essence Magazine November 2013
 
Can you tell I'm ready for the season premier of Scandal? Kerry "Olivia Pope" Washington snagged the cover of Essence Magazine's November 2013 issue. Inside she dishes on her super discreet marriage and her leading role in the hit primetime show Scandal.
 
 
 
 
Photo Credit: Essence Magazine
 
 
 
XO,
Diva
 

Scandal Season Premiere Teaser





The wait is almost over. 24 hours and counting. Will you be watching?



Video Credit: ABC




XO,
Diva

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Men's Fashion: Jay-Z For Vanity Fair Magazine

Jay Z for Vanity Fair


Mr. Carter is dressed to the nines in Vanity Fair's Magazine's November 2013 issue. In the issue, he dishes on his relationship with with and superstar Beyonce, if his daughter Blue Ivy likes his music and his drug dealing past.


Check our the entire interview here.


Story Credit: Necole Bitchie



XO,
Diva

The Latest in Beauty News: MAC x Proenza Shouler

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MAC has tapped luxury label Proenza Shouler for a spring 2014 collaboration. The collection will be ideal for the girls who love the "no makeup" look as often seen on the runways for the brand.  The collection will include ombre face powders, lipsticks, pro longwear eyeliners, lip pencils, nail laquers, and a 129SE powder brush. Will you marking your calenders for the collection?



Story Credit: Style.Com



XO,
Diva

The Latest in Beauty News: O.P.I. x Mariah Carey Limited Edition 18K Top Coat

All She Wants for Christmas is 18K
 
Holiday season is upon us and boy, are the brands gearing up! O.P.I. and Mariah Carey have teamed up to release a 18K gold and silver leaf top coat. O.P.I. is known to take the lead when it comes to nail trends.  This is what O.P.I.'s Vice President has to say about the extravagant new product:
 
“This luxurious top coat was inspired by Mariah Carey’s extravagant style and allows us to embrace our inner diva without breaking the bank.  It takes nails to the next level!”
 
The top coat can be worn alone or accompanied by another nail polish. It retails for $30 and will make the a great stocking stuffer for the holiday season.
 
 
 
Will you be picking it up?
 
 
 
Story and Photo Credit: HAPPI
 
 
 
XO,
Diva
 

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