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

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

NYFW Backstage Beauty With Inglot for Degen



The runways for the winter 2015 collections ran the gamut in terms of beauty- from clean beauty looks featuring strong brows to incredibly abstract. Mahasin Phillips created non-traditional beauty for Degen which incorporated abstract designs and ombre lips.

To recreate the ombre lip:

  • Inglot lip defence was used to moisturize the lips
  • Next, Inglot Matte lipstick No. 402 was applied to the entire lip followed by Inglot lipstick No. 175 applied to one side; brush 12s was used to achieve the ombre effect

Please visit Inglot for more details on the collection

Eleventh Hour Christmas Gifts

As the wee hours of Christmas Eve close in on you, your window to Christmas shop in the “big box” stores has sadly come to a close. If you are a holiday procrastinator the drug store may be your only option for purchasing gifts. Sure there’s always gift cards which manage to brighten up a recipients face but I tend to think that gift cards are the lazy approach to the holidays.

Here are some great budget friendly items that you can find in your local drug store- and added plus? Many drug stores are open until midnight and several will be open on Christmas Day.

First off, did you know that Nivea has been around since 1911? Clearly such longevity in the beauty industry means that they must be doing something right and for just $1 it’s the perfect stocking stuffer item. Nivea is ideal for smoothing out rough edges. Apply Nivea post bath or shower at night generously to your feet and then put on your favorite socks and your feet will feel like you just got a pedicure in the morning. Nivea also serves as a great alternative to cuticle oil. Use it around your nail bed to keep hang nails at bay between manicures.

Nivea Creme

Nivea Creme

Cantu Curling Cream
If your last minute holiday shopped list includes a naturalista, Cantu curling cream works universally to not only enhance curls, but it also does a great job of minimizing frizz.

Cantu Curling Creme

Cantu Curling Creme

Rocher Chocolates

I will readily admit it- I have a sweet tooth. I discovered Rocher one year when my parents gave me a box for Christmas and I’ve been hooked ever since.

ELF products

For the beauty girl in your life ELF- eyes, lips, face is an awesome option. From deluxe brushes to a wide range of products for well, your eyes, lips and face offers a beautiful stocking stuffer for the beauty-obsessed.

ELF, starting at $2.99

ELF, starting at $2.99

HelloBeautiful Launches First Beauty App

HelloBeautiful has rapidly established itself as an online destination for all things celebrity, style and beauty and now the brand has partnered with iconic beauty and revered super-model Iman (who serves as a sponsor) to launch a new mobile app with a focus on beauty how too’s. The app which is available in both the Google Play and Apple IOS stores will feature video content curated by LoveBrownSugars Cristina Brown as well as founder Jodie Patterson. Content will also be generated by users who can join the conversation by sharing their own beauty tips and engaging fellow users via social media.

“The HelloBeautiful woman is all about mobile!” said Leigh Davenport, Editorial Director, Women and Lifestyle, Interactive One. “Every day over 70% of our users are finding us on their smartphones and the SoBeautiful App is the perfect way to indulge their insatiable appetite for beauty, hair and style trends. The SoBeautiful App also allows our readers to participate in a community where their beauty is celebrated shamelessly! The more selfies the better!”

SoBeautiful app

SoBeautiful app


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.
To learn more about the collection visit AJ Crimson

Photo credit: Sherrie Wood

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:


Photo credit: Sherrie Wood


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
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,

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.

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.

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



Second look wearing Brillo Labial

Second look wearing Brillo Labial


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