Why I Needed AfroPunk Over Fashion Week This Year

Why I Needed AfroPunk Over Fashion Week This Year

This past weekend I got a chance to attend my second AfroPunk Festival and it was absolutely everything. Since I’m not yet rolling in dough and the festival and Fashion Week fell a week apart, I had a tough decision to make. Fashion Week or AfroPunk? Although I went back and forth over it, I opted to attend AfroPunk. This year has undoubtedly been a doozy for minorities especially as it pertains to African-Americans. Between the growing unrest brewing within the country over police brutality, and the upcoming election, I checked out. I pride myself on being able to hold my emotions together and remain pretty poised in most situations, but the weight of what was going on got to me. So much so, that I completely lost it in the parking lot at work. Continue reading “Why I Needed AfroPunk Over Fashion Week This Year”

MAKE ME OVER MONDAY: Beautifully Flawed

MAKE ME OVER MONDAY: Beautifully Flawed
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See, no perfect skin here! lol Photo Courtesy of Drini Marie @missdrini

Yesterday  while working my second job at MAC I met one of the prettiest  girls ever, and our interaction and conversation was one that mirrored an experience I had 11 years prior.  But this time I played the role of the mother hen MUA and she the role of a teenaged Kori. Like always, when someone approaches, I extend a greeting, swoop in to assess their need, and suggest a product/service. This time was a little different, as soon I was approached Mo and her friend I literally felt like I was talking to my 17 year old self. First off,  Mo was SUPER cute and wayyy more pulled together than I ever dreamt of being at her age, but seemed a little timid. After our initial chit chat, I complimented Mo on her great skin, and she immediately shot me down giving me a million reasons why she was at the counter, what she wanted to change, and sadly why she wasn’t beautiful. My heart dropped. Yes she was cute, but Mo also had other qualities that I witnessed during our brief interaction that made her unique. Once we got to talking, she was extremely bubbly and talkative, sugary sweet, sensitive, and on and on. I could have died because it was so obvious to me that this girl, just like the rest of us was soooooo special and didn’t see it for herself. After a stern but loving talk about inner beauty, and a few tissues later, I felt like I helped to remind Mo and myself of a few lessons that my fairy makeup MUA taught me that day I went shopping for concealer…

Here are a few points that I shared with Mo yesterday that I’ve found to be true about the world of beauty and makeup…

  1. ALL women are beautiful. PERIOD.
  2. Makeup does not equate beauty. Your personality, freckles, quirks, and flaws do!
  3. Take some time and invest in yourself as a person, it will show outwardly. What do you like/don’t like? What are your strengths?
  4. There is absolutely nothing wrong with wearing as little or much makeup as YOU deem necessary. Your face your makeup!
  5. Give yourself a break, we all have beauty “off” days and are entitled to them!
  6. No one product is a beauty cure all. Explore your face and master what does and doesn’t work for YOU! Find the right mix of products for your specific needs.
  7. Most  women of color have at least 2-3 different shades within their complexion, so mixing several foundations to find the perfect match is totally normal.
  8. Most celebrities, especially in beauty ads wear a million and one products to give the illusion of flawless skin/beauty. Don’t be fooled.
  9. Have a blemish?  Grab some concealer and keep it moving!

Ok the end for now! What are some of your beauty truths ?

MAKE ME OVER MONDAY: Hottest Mascara’s of 2016

MAKE ME OVER MONDAY: Hottest Mascara’s of 2016

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I still can’t put my finger on the reason, but new mascara stops me dead in my tracks. Ever single time. Nevermind the number of tubes that I already own, the promise of a new flick, lift, or fan of my lashes gets me going! So it goes without saying that this post dedicated to the newest mascaras set to hit the market this year has me in a full fledged beauty tizzy. If you’re anything like me, you’ll want to get all the deets before heading out to stores. Check them out below!

Rimmel London 24 Hour Supercurler Mascara, $6
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Rimmel London can do no wrong in my book. A huge fan of their eyeliner and shadows, this is one brand that I can consistently rely on to get me the results that I want. Their new 24 hour Supercurler Mascara has a special formula that lifts lashes 90 degrees and has a 24 hour wear time. You absolutely can’t beat it.

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MAKE ME OVER MONDAY: 3 Game Changing Products for Perfectly Matte Skin

MAKE ME OVER MONDAY:  3 Game Changing Products for Perfectly Matte Skin

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There will come a time in every makeup enthusiast’s life when they will go on a journey. The trek is a long and mystical quest far and wide to find the absolute perfect product to achieve matte skin. Some won’t be able to endure this race, for it is only meant for the strong while others will grow weary and give up their fight. But there is hope, a small faint but growing light at the end of the tunnel. For I have ran the race, and found that sparkling pot of matte makeup gold and will share it with you below! Continue on my beauty friends and read up on my Top 3 Game Changing Products for Perfectly Matte Skin! ( Yes, I know I’m tad bit dramatic, but I bet you read along)

Make Up Forever  HD Microfinish Powder $20- $35

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I tried wearing this product for the first time on my birthday. That night I wore a foundation that usually leaves my skin super shiny by the end of the night, but this product kept everything 100% in place. I like it because it is colorless unlike many of its translucent cousins. Try it if you get the chance.

BECCA Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector $15- $36becca-cosmetics-ever-matte-poreless-priming-perfector_1569_1

I adore this primer! I pair it with their Ultimate Complexion Foundation which has a satin finish and struck gold. This primer goes the distance and I have sworn by it ever since. Before making the investment, grab a sample from your local Sephora.

BEN NYE Final Seal Matte Makeup Sealer- $7.50ben nye final seal

Many people swear by Fix + to finish off their makeup. But the Final Seal product by Ben Nye has changed the game for me.  It truly provides a long lasting matte seal that prevents your makeup from going anywhere. I love this stuff!

What did I miss? What are some of you matte product MUST HAVES?

MAKE ME OVER CYBER MONDAY: The Lip Bar’s New Liquid to Matte Lipstick + Swatches and Review

MAKE ME OVER CYBER MONDAY: The Lip Bar’s New Liquid to Matte Lipstick + Swatches and Review

12301213_1722662594675301_1026600317_nStop Everything! Today at 12 noon, The Lip Bar will launch the newest addition to their bar menu, Liquid to matte lipsticks! Having seen these beauties first and, I strongly suggest that you buy multiples because they are definitely a must have item to add to your makeup bag. The new lippies will be  available in 9 shades including Silent Killer (Deep Grey), Prima Donna (Vibrant Fuchsia), I Like Art Type (Warm Neutral), Minimalist (Perfect Nude), PlayMate (Hot Pink), Crown Me (Rich Purple), Bawse Lady (Vibrant Berry), Misfit (Murky Navy), and Drama Queen (Rich Cranberry). I stand behind this product because it is made with quality ingredients including Sweet Almond Oil which prevents your lips from getting overly dry and cracked #notcute. Plus, these lippies last ALLLLL day long. Like. Seriously. But enough talking let’s get to the swatches. Check out a few of the shades that i picked up from IMATS below.

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Top to Bottom | Crown Me, Silent Killer, Prima Donna, Misfit, Bawse Lady

 

Top to Bottom | Crown Me, Silent Killer, Prima Donna, Misfit, Bawse Lady

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Which colors do you need in your life?

MAKE ME OVER: Must Try Finishing Powders

MAKE ME OVER: Must Try Finishing Powders

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Lately I’ve been on the hunt for a new setting powder. Like many, I ran out and bought Banana Powder and currently have a love/hate relationship with the product. On one hand I love how it gives makeup applications that photo ready finish, but on the other, it can be a bit drying and suck too much life out of the face when not applied correctly. The end result looks a little too close to casket ready for me. As a result I’ve started researching new finishing powders on IG and come across a few that I want to try and possibly add to my kit. Here is my wish below. Please share if you have tried any!

Sacha Cosmetics Setting Powder – Buttercup  $20sacha-butttercup-800x800- 2 Continue reading “MAKE ME OVER: Must Try Finishing Powders”