AJ Crimson Debuts Dual Skin Cream Foundation During New York Fashion Week

AJ Crimson dishes on his new line w/ press

AJ Crimson dishes on his new line w/ press


AJ Crimson served as the makeup sponsor to several shows this season and I was able to get a sneak peek of his new dual foundation which debuted during fashion week.
Dual Skin Cream Foundation

Dual Skin Cream Foundation

The foundation is buildable and offers sheer to full coverage. Crimson indicted that he created the colors for the dual foundation from dark to light so there is definitely something in the wide range of hues for brown girls. I had a chance to catch up with the makeup guru backstage at Harbison where I swatched his new banana cream which is perfect for creating highlight and contour. The biggest plus of the banana cream is that it goes on wet versus the powdery finish of other brands that can sometimes leave you looking ghostly.

The other exciting update from Crimson is that his foundation will be offered in a pro-palette which is a perfect addition to makeup artists kits.

The look backstage for Harbison was clean, natural lines with a pop of color on the lid. The goal essentially was to enhance the natural beauty versus an overly dramatic look.
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To learn more about the collection visit AJ Crimson

Photo credit: Sherrie Wood www.luxeglammedia.com

NYFW-Backstage with Design Essentials At Harlem Fashion Row

Halo braids

Halo braids

Design Essentials served as the official hair sponsor for Harlem Fashion Row. Keith Campbell returned as Lead stylist for the show and he created looks from highly textured, voluminous pompadours to halo braids and textured Afros.

Though each designer had individual styles that served as the hair inspiration for their respective collections Design Essentials provided products from both their natural line and the professional salon range.

The pompadour created for Byron Lars was a huge favorite both backstage and among the fashionistas attending the show.

Harlem Fashion Row- Byron Lars

Harlem Fashion Row- Byron Lars

Get the look
After hair was teased, to create volume, and spritzed with Hydrience replenishing mist to both moisturize and add sheen Design essentials maximum hold edge control was used to keep flyways at bay.

Textured Afro

Textured Afro

The highly textured looks were created using Design Essentials natural line specifically the curl forming custard was used to “funk up” the fros that were seen on the runway.

For more product information please visit: www.designessentials.com

 

Photo credit: Sherrie Wood www.luxeglammedia.com

 

NYFW-Backstage At Victor dE Souza with Mizani

Backstage at Victor dE Souza

Backstage at Victor dE Souza


Master Mizani Stylist Ceaser Ramirez was tapped to create looks for the Victor dE Souza Spring 2015 Collection and the textured hair was very reminiscent of 80s disco chic. The arctic- icy blonde tresses were the perfect exclamation to accentuate the beautifully cut satins and silks in the collection.

“I wanted to design a dimensional style in this icy, arctic shade for a dramatic look,” says Ramirez. “Using MIZANI products to create the bold, textured style was a perfect match, as the brand has always been a leader in the professional textured market. I loved having the opportunity to work with Victor because he brings drama and his pieces are incredibly theatrical, so it really inspires my creativity.”

Ramirez used the following Mizani products in order to create what he describes as an “A-line bob”:

First the entire head was coated with
Mizani Iron Curl Heat Styling cream and the hair was braided all over in a figure 8 pattern; once the pins were secure, the hair was sealed with the humidity resistant mist and touched briefly with a flat iron.

Figure 8 braid

Figure 8 braid

Finally the hair was taken down and teased to create textured voluminous bob.

For more product details please visit:www.mizani.com
Follow them on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram: @mizaniusa

Playing In Paint-Shea Moisture Cosmetics

Shea Moisture Cosmetics

In case you didn’t know the highly regarded brand Shea Moisture popular among naturalistas recently added cosmetics to their product offerings; the line offers a full range of options from pigment-rich shadows to color correcting cc creams and I’m definitely a fan. Like most makeup artists I frequently spend time crafting looks for clients and rarely afford myself the opportunity to “beat” my own face. When I was approached with the opportunity to try the cosmetics for a brand that I already use to tame my natural tresses I jumped at the chance,

Eyes
I decided to create a basic eye look by using Claudia shadow to define my brows. The shadows (like most) are a wet dry formula so I sculpted my brows by wetting an angled brush and filling in any sparse areas with the Claudia shadow,
After priming my eyes with Milani shadow I used the Claudia shadow in my crease and completed the look with the Cassandra shadow and added liner and lashes.

Face
I primed my skin and added the Shea moisture CC cream in medium. The formula boasts SPF in addition to being incredibly buildable; I applied the cream with a stippling brush and because the formula is so build able, concealer was not needed.

Lips
I cannot say enough about the lipstick offerings from this range; with lip stain products that are basically foolproof for those that shy away from color to lip glosses that go from nude to bold there is something for everyone.

Here’s a sneak peek at the products used:

Products clock wise: Nicola lip stain, lip gloss in Brillo Labial, medium CC cream, Claudia and Cassandra shadow, Milani shadow primer, L'oreal gel liner, MAC reed shadow

Products clock wise: Nicola lip stain, lip gloss in Brillo Labial, medium CC cream, Claudia and Cassandra shadow, Milani shadow primer, L’oreal gel liner, MAC reed shadow

Finished look wearing Caroline nude lip gloss
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Second look wearing Brillo Labial

Second look wearing Brillo Labial

#PerfectBlend Indique Hair and Beautiful Textures Contest

If you have been considering a protective style in the form of a weave Indique hair and Beautiful textures are teaming up for the ultimate giveaway- luxury hair extensions from Indique and a chance to try Beautiful Textures texture management system.

Indique is the first luxury brand of extensions I’ve ever had installed and the quality is some of the best I’ve used. I’ve been swimming in the hair, colored it, straightened it and the curl pattern has remained intact with minimal shedding or tangles. Trust me when I say this hair is worth the investment.

Here’s a pic of me wearing 2 tubes of Pure Wavy.

Me rocking Indique Hair

Me rocking Indique Hair

Want the opportunity to try the brand? Well here’s your chance!

#PerfectBlend Giveaway Rules:
-Use one of the badges below to state why you would love the opportunity to try the brand.

-Mention
@lovinmytextures and @iloveindique and use the hashtag #Perfectblend

Sample caption/tweet: “I’m a naturalista who would love the chance to achieve the #Perfectblend with @lovinmytextures
@iloveindique”
#PerfectBlend Giveaway Includes ($600 value):
– 2 bundles of Indique Hair luxury extensions and complimentary install
– Beautiful Textures Texture Manageability System

Contest runs August 13th-18th and winners will be contacted via social media

I Protect My Hair

I Protect My Hair

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About Beautiful Textures
Enriched with soothing Aloe Vera, the strengthening power of Coconut, Olive, Soy and Argan Oils as well as softening Shea and Mango Butters, Beautiful Textures addresses the needs of consumers with kinky-coily, curly, wavy and frizzy hair patterns, providing solutions that will help them achieve versatile hairstyles. Beautiful Textures is comprised of 10 moisture-rich products (Tangle Taming Moisturizing Shampoo, Tangle Taming Leave-In Conditioner, Curl Control Defining Pudding, Curl Definer Mousse, Moisture Butter Whipped Curl Crème, Rapid Repair Deep Conditioner, Curly to Straight Flat Iron Silkener, Shine & Silken Growth Oil, Naturally Straight Texture Manageability TM System and Edges to Ends Silkener) that prevent breakage, define curls, smooth tresses and promote maximum growth. Available in stores now, each product retails for less than ten dollars. The Beautiful Textures product line is now available at Walmart, Walgreens, Sally’s Beauty Supply and local beauty supply stores.

About Indique Hair
With a winning combination of hair experts and stylists, and more than 25 years of industry experience, IndiqueHair International provides 100 percent virgin human hair that is natural and of the highest quality. With an impressive client base that consists of Lady Gaga, Lala Vasquez, Rihanna, Ciara, Jill Scott, Brandy and more,Indique Hair’s unique Indian virgin and natural human hair extensions are lustrous and tangle free. Indique Hair International is the only company that produces hair extensions at the source, with headquarters in India; IndiqueHair has free-standing boutiques in Brooklyn, Soho & Little Neck in New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia and Boston. For more information visit Indique Hair

Big Easy Style Lounge: Design Essentials

 

Photo credit: Exclusiveaccess.net

Photo credit: Exclusiveaccess.net

The sound of jazz can be heard on almost every block once you hit the Quarter in N’awlins; during the 20th anniversary of the Essence Musical Festival that music was rounded out with the soulful or funkdafied sounds of just about every other genre of music that speaks to your soul.

The Superdome was the place to be in the evenings and during the day I had the opportunity to get up close and personal with a few brands that I’ve come to know and love. Design Essentials hosted an event featuring the Grammy nominated Ledisi who played host to their inaugural Big Easy Style Lounge. Guests were treated to massages, makeup application and had the opportunity to chat with professionals about the range of products and which specific combination worked best for individual needs.

Because I’m a naturalista currently wearing a weave (with some leave out) the sleek edge control was recommended as well as the hydrience which serves as both heat protectant and moisturizer.

For more details on the Design Essentials line please visit www.designessentials.com

Style Item Of The Week- Kim Kimble Beauty


Acai Berry Brazilian Nut Serum

Acai Berry Brazilian Nut Serum

Silk elastic bands

Silk elastic bands

Kim Kimble has been on my radar for quite sometime; as the hair guru behind some of my favorite celebs looks I’m a huge fan of her work and the especially love the inside look of her life via WeTv’s L.A. Hair. Kimble is not only a highly sought out stylist she is always adding to her arsenal- striking the perfect balance between stylist and entrepreneur. Kim Kimble beauty offers a range of products with a focus on style and healthy hair. I recently had the opportunity to try Kimble’s silk hair ties and acai and berry serum; with the heat and humidity of summer in full swing Kimble’s hair ties are just what the doctor ordered for pulling back my tresses in the healthiest way possible. Because the ties are made with silk and are metal free- they are gentle on the hair and minimize the tangle and pulling that can often result from other bands. I am a naturalista currently wearing a weave with just a small leave out in the front; my natural hair is also color-treated so it’s incredibly important for me to keep my hair moisturized. The Acai Berry and Brazilian Nut serum provides equal parts shine along with moisture without heavy build up.

Interested in trying out the silk bands or serum? Ghetto Fashionista readers are eligible for a 10% discount their purchases. Visit http://701nyc.vpibrands.com/brand/kim-kimble/ and use code hair10 at checkout.

Want to know more about Kim Kimble? Visit her website 

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Taraji P.Henson Rocks Bedroom-Sexy Hair

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My favorite fellow Howard U alum Taraji P. Henson sported bedroom-sexy hair on the red carpet for yesterday’s Los Angeles premiere of Think Like A Man Too. Celeb stylist Ursula Stephens used a range of Motions (official US sponsor of the film) products to achieve Hensons’ look.

Products Used:
Motions Straight Finish Cleanser
Motions Straight Finish Leave-In Conditioner
Motions Straight Finish Sealer
Motions Light Hold Working Spritz

First cleanse with Finishing Cleanser, then condition the hair with Motions Straight Finish Cleanser- after drying seal the cuticles with finish sealer and then create the voluminous curls with a 2 inch barrel curling iron- in order to maintain your curl finish the look with Motions Light Hold Working Spritz.

I for one cannot wait to see the sequel which will hit theaters on June 20th.

Motions is available at drugstores nationwide, interested in learning more? Visit their FB page https://www.facebook.com/motionshair

Get The Look- Rihanna’s MUA Dishes on Her Met Gala Makeup

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Rihanna was resplendent in a midriff bearing Stella McCartney gown at last nights Met Ball and her luminous skin and flawless makeup was hands down her best accessory.

MUA Mylah Morales created Ri Ri’s look and she prepped her skin with vbeaute buying time as a moisturizer topped with their undercover agent.

As a makeup artist myself I cannot emphasize how important it is to properly prepare skin before application! Take a few minutes to understand your clients skin care needs in order to ensure the longevity of your work.

Morales used MAC products last night: ” I used a dark brow pencil to fill it in and finished it off with a brow crème to look it in place. Concealer foundation then powder to make her skin more flawless than it already is. To contour her face, I used a dark bronzer to contour and highlighter in her cheek area both by M.A.C. Cosmetics. I lined her eyes with the M.A.C. Pro Longwear Eye Liner in Definedly Black. For her eye lids, I used a taupe colored shadow all across pulling it out with the shape of her brow. Her look is finished with a splash of color by using a lilac colored lip lined with a pencil.”

For more information on vbeaute visit www.vbeaute.com

Lux Hair Wig Review

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Let me preface this post by saying I have never been a *wiggy*. I’ve been known to don a weave when I wanted to add length, change my color or just needed an opportunity to give my natural hair a break. However, wigs have never truly been part of my hair arsenal. I always wanted to try them and viewed wigs as perhaps the step-sister to the weaves I’ve always worn. When the opportunity came to try a wig I was excited at the prospect of experiencing something I’ve always been curious about. Enter Lux Hair a new collection created by Sherri Shepherd. The collection is affordable ranging in price from $69-89.00 and offers versatility in style and color options. I opted for style #1103- the lace from curl-intense medium in light to dark auburn. The wig is made of keralon and has the ability to withstand heat up to 325 degrees. I found it relatively easy to apply and only needed to trim a bit of the lace around the perimeter in order to create a natural hair line.

When I first told my husband about the wig his immediate response was “oh we don’t do those” but the moment he saw me wearing it the look in his eyes told me we had a winner.

Sherri Shepherd will be showcasing the collection on QVC on May 17th. For more details on the collection visit www.luxhair.com The collection is also available at Wigs.com, Beauty.com, WigWarehouse.com, WigSalon.com, TheHeadShopOnline.com, Style21.com, and MaxWigs.com.

I was so excited to try the wig when I first got it, I snapped a pic and posted it to Instagram:

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I took a few pics outside to the vibrancy of the color and the texture:

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