#WCW Aja Naomi King

Aja Naomi King

Aja Naomi King

I have been crushing on Aja Naomi King from the moment I saw her on the Shonda Rhimes hit How To Get Away With Murder.

Here’s how to re-create Kings’ Post-Oscars Vanity Fair look from celebrity stylist Larry Sims:

  • Apply Smooth N’ Shine Instant Hair Polisher throughout the hair
  • Using a 3/4 inch iron curl hair in the same direction (beginning at the nape)
  • Once hair has been curled and set, create a deep side part
  • Brush hair softly to create waves
  • Seal the waves with Smooth N’Shine polisher

All products can be found at Walmart

NYFW- Sally Hansen For Phillip Lim

Sally Hansen For Phillip Lim

Sally Hansen For Phillip Lim

The nail look has very much become a part of the total story to complete runway collections. Sally Hansen is a beloved brand and with a budget-friendly price point, the polishes remain accessible to the masses. Phillip Lim turned to Sally Hansen’s Global Color Ambassador Madeline Poole in order to create looks that complimented his 2016 Spring Collection. On the inspiration for the collection Poole indicated “Every nail is different at Phillip Lim. The girls are each wearing a sporty stripe of chrome-silver in varying thicknesses on top of an organic, creamy brown in shade ‘All Bark.’ The collection’s theme, ‘Stop and Smell the Roses,’ embraces beauty in dirtiness and transitional colors, with high-shine specks and glossy accents. Silver is Phillip Lim’s 10th anniversary color, and the stripe is an homage to his decade of style.”

I personally love the creamy, chocolate richness of the All Bark collection and for 7.99 you can’t beat the price.

Visit www.sallyhansen.com for more details.

NYFW- Shea Moisture Backstage At Tracy Reese

Shea Moisture returned for the second year as the official hair sponsor for Tracy Reese’s runway show. Bok-Hee served as lead stylist for the show and she created an interesting combination of a sleek, classic chignon featuring textured bangs that provided a slightly wind blown effect. According to Bok-Hee the vision was to “keep the woman looking natural and truly authentic.”

Here is a rundown of the products used to get the look:
1. Shea Moisture Professional Curl- Leave In Conditioner was used to combat frizz.
2. Section out a small portion of leave-out in order to create the bangs.

3. Use Shea Moisture Professional Vibrant Color Shine Glaze and then pull the hair into a ponytail
4. Two-strand twist the ponytail in order to create a chignon, secure with bobby pins
5. To create the textured bangs apply Shea Moisture Fruit Fusion Coconut water then braid the hair in a single braid from ear to ear. ( the stylists created pin curls to achieve texture, however a braid is easier at home!) tr the process
6. Unbraid the hair after letting it set for 10 minutes and then finish the look by spraying Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Hold & Shine Mist.


Finished Look

Finished Look


Shea Moisture products are available at Target and Sally Beauty Supply Stores nationwide.

Please visit www.sheamoisture.com for additional product information.


photo credit:  Brian Hall, www.luxeglammedia.com

Beauty Buzz: What Is Strobing?

I swear every week (day?)there’s a new trend in beauty. The current buzz is all about strobing which is essentially highlighting minus the contour. Summers’ humidity combined with warmer temperatures means a lighter touch with your make up. Ditch the heavy foundations, skip the contour and add your highlight and voila! Strobing in full effect. If your skin tends to be a bit oilier, find a good mattifying primer to pair with a powder and top it with your highlighter of choice in order to complete your look.

Here are some of my favorite products to help you achieve the strobing effect:


Hands down one of my favorite products is Ruby Kisses bronzer in bronze glow. Whenever I wear this product people will inevitably stop me to ask what im wearing. You can find it in most beauty supply stores for a budget-friendly 4.99.

Ruby Kisses Bronze Glow

Ruby Kisses Bronze Glow


MAC prep and prime highlighter is another great option it comes in a range of shades and was always one of my favorite products when I worked on counter. Prep and prime highlighter retails for $26.00 can be found online at MAC cosmetics.

MAC prep and prime highlighter

MAC prep and prime highlighter

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Break the bank
Touche éclat by Yves Saint Laurent has an almost cult like following because of its ability to produce natural looking highlights. I expect miracles with the $46.00 price tag. You can purchase touche éclat at Sephora.

Touche éclat

Touche éclat

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Digital Sorority At Magnolia Makeup

Essence Fest is filled with great music and without question the nightly performances at the Super dome are a highlight for most attendees. However, the icing on the festival cake for me is the networking and brand experiences that take place beyond the music. I had a chance to visit Magnolia Makeup– a brand I was familiar with but had never experienced thanks to the Glamx event hosted by the ladies of Digital Sorority.

The afternoon was filled with make-overs and of course some good old fashion kee kee.

I fell in love with the highly pigmented shadows which offer full coverage eliminating the need to use a shadow as a base.

Check out the lovely ladies of Digital Sorority and visit Magnolia Makeup in order to shop their full range of products.


Kela Walker and Ty Alexander of Digital Sorority

Ty of Gorgeous In Grey

Ty of Gorgeous In Grey


Me with the ladies of Digital Sorority l-r- Kela Walker, Christen Rochon, Ty Alexander

photo credit: Brian Hall, Luxe Glam Media

The Pursuit of Inches

Hair weave I spent the early years of my career as a social worker. I did everything from working at an alternative school to doing family reunification therapy for children who were formerly wards of the state. Though I no longer practice social work my passion has always been for youth and more specifically young women. I am fortunate enough to have the opportunity to interact with young women in a multitude of arenas and one of the trends that I find so disturbing is the need to feel pretty or even beautiful based on having weaved hair. Now let me pause in this moment and acknowledge that black women have a long history of issues over “good” or “bad” hair, so I will not use this forum to beat that horse- what I’m talking about now has more to do with the accessibility of weaving hair and the pervasive need for “inches”- which refers to the length of said weaving hair. I was recently talking to a beautiful young woman, around 15 years old who did not feel pretty because she was wearing her natural hair. She went on to say that she had been asking her mother for more hair as she currently only had 24 inches and wanted 28. I reminded myself to fix my face during this conversation because I remember a time when black women though not ashamed of wearing weaves spent a lot of money to ensure that their hair looked as natural as possible- now the focus is on installations and the longer the hair the better. This way down to the nether regions hair has jokingly been referred to as stripper hair as longer lengths are de rigueur for those who drop down and get their eagle on.

I find myself completely at a loss for this affinity for stripper-like hair and the endless pursuit of “inches”. The pervasive issue of the pursuit of some young black woman seeking to be more mainstream in their appearance, while their white counterparts are doing everything they can to look like US. The Brazilian butt lift is an ode to the oft revered black woman’s bottom and lip injections? Well that clearly is deference to our succulent lips.

There is a responsibility for leaders, mentors and key influencers to let young girls know that they are more than enough, and the pursuit of inches has nothing to do with the beauty that is within.

#TeamMushiya DC Watch Party (Recap)

The rooftop of the Woodward Building in Northwest DC served as the backdrop for the #TeamMushiya watch party for WE Tv’s run away new hit Cutting It In The ATL. Mushiya Tshikuka, the shows resident naturalista and fan favorite is both authentic and beautiful with a confidence she exudes in immeasurable doses.

A select group of DMV naturalistas and fans of the show were treated to a private screening accompanied by a five course meal and the piece de la resistance? The meal was expertly prepared by Mushiya and gracefully served by “TheDamn Girls” who are the talented stylists from the salon.


I had a chance to sit down with Mushiya and asked her about her personal mantra- “I don’t dream, I goal” and the beauty was very clear about her vision- essentially affirming that while it’s  nice to dream, success comes from having a definitive plan. One of the expressions The Damn Salon has become famous for is the tagline- “hair that creates horny usbands” Mushiya emphasizes that she is not opposed to straight hair, she just wants women to realize that hair in its natural state demonstrates such a level of confidence and that is the essence of what men are attracted to- the confidence of a woman who is completely at home in her own skin… And natural hair.

Catch Mushiya on Cutting It In The ATL on Thursdays at 10pm.


Rooftop View, Woodward Building, DC

Rooftop View, Woodward Building, DC

Guests enjoying the rooftop view

Guests enjoying the rooftop view







Photo credit: www.luxeglammedia.com

Style Item Of The Week- Esqido False Lashes

Esqido False Lashes

Esqido False Lashes

As a makeup artist I definitely keep my share of lashes on hand; however I had never tried mink lashes so I jumped at the opportunity to try Esqido false lashes, especially when I heard they were favorites of one of my beauty icons Rihanna.

The lashes are incredibly natural, so much so that when I visited my mother ( my biggest champion and often toughest critic) she declared: “are those your lashes? They look so natural.”

The Unforgettable lashes are natural enough that they can be worn in the office, however they have enough glam factor that they can be worn for an event or special occasion.

After trimming the lashes to ensure proper fit, here are a few of my tips for application:

1. Line your eyes directly above the
Lash line- this line will serve as a guide for applying your lashes

2. Fully coat lashes with lash glue-( I prefer the Duo brand) ensure that the glue dries to the point of tackiness- this usually happens around 45 seconds after the glue has been applied

3. Apply lashes from inner to outer lid- it helps if you look down while applying.

4. After the lash has been applied, look down and gently tap the entire width of the band to ensure adhesion

5. Top the lashes with a second coat of liner to completely conceal any evidence of the band

I have already worn my lashes twice and in order to ensure there longevity, I gently wipe the band with makeup remover before storing them in the box they came in.

The Make Up Show Launches Beauty Week

The Make a Up Show

The Make a Up Show

This year marks the 10 year anniversary of the Make Up Show and in honor of a decade worth of beauty, glam and education the premier beauty event welcomes the launch of the first Beauty Week.

The week kicks off on April 29th through May 5th and includes hands on workshops and seminars a career fair, a gala and a champagne- fueled beauty tour led by James Vincent. The Make Up Show sponsors include MAKE UP FOR EVER, TEMPTU PRO, Crown Brush, NARS, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, Alcone, INGLOT, Smashbox, MAKE UP FOR EVER Academy, Pinnacle Cosmetics, Bdellium Tools, Glamcor, The Powder Group, and On Makeup Magazine.

Here’s an overview of some of the events for the week:

DAY 1 – Wednesday, April 29th – Hands-on workshops

• Artisanal Beauty with Multidimensional Makeup with Danessa Myricks
• Character Creation Through Makeup Design and Application with Joe Dulude II

DAY 2 – Thursday, April 30th – Signature Style Seminars

• Unconventional Beauty with Danessa Myricks
• Beyond Bridal with Esterique Aidan
• Modern Glamour with Bethany Townes
• Unforgettable Editorial with Orlando Santiago
• New York Groove with James Vincent
• Secrets of My Success: A panel of The Makeup Show Artists – This is complimentary and only open to those taking at least 3 other seminars. Stay late for this session and join some of your favorite artists to share personal stories over a glass of wine.

DAY 3 – Friday, May 1st—The Makeup Show Gala Dinner & After-Party – Join The Makeup Show for their 2nd annual ball to celebrate The Makeup Show’s 10 Year Anniversary with a touch of glamour, gorgeous makeup, the spirit of giving, and an opportunity to gather with the makeup community.

DAY 4 – Saturday, May 2nd—Hands-on workshops – Saturday is a day for full day hands-on workshops before The Makeup Show.

DAY 5 & 6 – Sunday, May 3rd and Monday, May 4th The Makeup Show NYC – Sunday and Monday The Makeup Show NYC opens doors for full days of beauty, inspiration, and opportunity.

DAY 6 – Monday, May 4th—The Makeup Show Career Fair – Following the conclusion of the show, is The Makeup Show Career Fair which is limited to ticket holders of The Makeup Show NYC attending on Monday, May 4. Limited to 100 attendees

DAY 7 – Tuesday, May 5th—Beauty Tour NYC – Join celebrity makeup artist James Vincent through a champagne fueled ride around Manhattan and make stops along the way at all of this favorite makeup haunts. End the tour with legendary Dany Sanz at MAKE UP FOR EVER’s pro studio.

This is definitely a can’t miss event for MUA’s and beauty girls! For more details please visit http://www.themakeupshow.com/nyc/

Book Your Runway Curls Glamover!

Runway Curls

Runway Curls

The Natural Hair Expo is taking place in Birmingham on March 28th and Runway Curls, the 100% textured, Ethiopian, virgin hair line is offering an opportunity for a complete Glam Over during the show. The Glam Over is a natural hair make over and includes hair, installation, styling, makeup and products. Spaces are extremely limited and this incredible package valued at $1,000 is a steal for only $325!

The package includes:

1 Ticket to the 4th Annual Natural Hair & Health Expo
2 Bundles Runway Curls Ethiopian Textured Extensions
Professional Installation and Styling
Design Essentials Natural Maintenance Kit
Professional Make-up
& Glam Photo

You can book your Runway Curls Glamover by visiting Runway Curls


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