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Slay Your Braids!

Looking for a dope new hairstyle to rock this fall? Well, braids are always in and we know the girl who can design a unique braiding pattern for you. Based in the New Jersey and New York City area, Kassandra Stafford is a hairstylist known for her creative braiding artistry. She started her own hair business, GetSlayedByKass, at the age of 18 and her craftsmanship as well as her clientele has heightened since then. Working with major influencers like beauty blogger Isabel Bedoya and social media maven Aggyabby, Kassandra has begun to put herself on the map.

Let’s get to know Kassandra a little better…

Who or what inspired you to start braiding hair?

I’ve been braiding hair since I was about 14. I’ve always liked the versatility of having so many styles with natural hair or adding extensions. When it comes to hair, options are endless. Braiding gave me a chance to not only express myself but to teach myself a skill that is now in high demand. I practiced until I perfected it. And naturally, like most hobbies, once you see you’re getting good at something, it motivates you to want more out of yourself. I asked myself, “What can I do to take my skills to the next level?” That’s when I developed some of my own techniques that helped me become a faster, neater and more creative braider at the same time.

What makes your braiding styles stand out from other styles?

I would say my parting designs. The cleaner the part, the neater the design looks.

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Where do you see your business in the next five years?

BOOMING! I really want to travel out of state and have clients in different places. Expanding my brand is important to me and I noticed that my followers are from various places. So I’d like to be able to provide services all over the world. That’s one of my major goals.

We all have tough days when we’re feeling down. What motivates you to stay positive?

Honestly, art. To be given the ability to create amazing things for people and put smiles on people’s faces tops it all. I’ve really learned how to exercise my skill and use it to my advantage. So I guess you can say that the dedication of doing something that I love keeps me motivated.

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We are all about EMPOWERMENT. What does empowerment mean to you?

Right now, working as an independent, self taught hair stylist makes me feel empowered. When I started my journey in branding and promoting @GetSlayedByKass, that is when reality started to hit me. Since December of 2016 when I opened my business page on Instagram, I’ve been able to establish good relationships in the beauty industry with well-known brands and social media influencers all because people are interested in my work. Whenever I receive positive feedback on my work, it makes me feel like the work I’m putting in is worth it. That makes me feel confident, nonetheless proud.

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Time for Faves! Celeb crush? Artist? Food? Movie?

My celebrity crush would have to be Chris Brown. He’s an all around great entertainer. Love him!

Artist? I’d say right now I’m really feeling SZA. She gives me that 90’s vibe sometimes. I really like how soulful her songs are.

Food? It would have to be rice and beans with green olives. I could probably eat that everyday.
Movie? My all time favorite movie is Selena with the beautiful Jennifer Lopez. I can’t remember how many times I’ve seen it, laughed and cried. It’ll never get old.

Check out more of Kassandra below:

Instagram: GetSlayedByKass / Facebook: GetSlayedByKass

Interview by Tia Banks

Summer Strands Switch Up!

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Summertime is here + that means a remix to your strands is in order! With the temps heating up + your jam-packed summertime sched of summer school, pool parties and keeping your IG stories updated, your hair can be fun, chic + easy to manage. Check out these fresh styles:

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Let it go + wash n’ go! – Just breathe! A little advice for your tresses.  Embrace the humidity + heat and allow your curls to flourish. Remember, to moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! You can let you hair air dry but you don’t want the sun stealing all that good ol’ coconut oil

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Braided beauty! On-the-go all summer and don’t want to be stressed about doing your hair every day? Braids + twists are awesome protective styles that are super easy to manage. Remember, don’t forget your scalp when wearing braids and to cleanse + feed your scalp. Apple Cider Vinegar + peppermint oil are both great opts!

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Lovin’ locs! We’re all about creating chic styles with your flavorful locs. Try to avoid excessive tension from styles and pulling the hair back. Too tight and it can lead to traction alopecia, causing bald spots on varies places of the scalp. Sometimes you need to just let your locs hang loose and free.

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Sew it up, sew it up! Want a whole new vibe? Sew ins + clip-ins are fun options for an instant makeover! Use a moisturizer on the nape and edges of your hair, if you have any hair out, be sure to gently moisturize that as well and try to reach your scalp at least twice a week.

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Headwrap heatwave! A quick fix of skipping out on a bad hair day is a fresh wrap! Keep a boldly printed wrap nearby for a dope accessory that can can complete your entire look.

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Chic hats! – Block the sun + look stylish at the same time! A must-have this season, wide brim hats can add an effortlessly cool touch to any outfit.

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3 Easy Fall Breakfast Ideas!

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By Brittney Grant from KeepingUpWithBritt.com

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Check out these 3 easy, breakfast ideas for work and school!
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 GREEK YOGURT PARFAIT
INGREDIENTS
 CHOBANI Greek Yogurt – Strawberry
 QUAKER Old Fashion Oats
 Fresh Raspberries
 Fresh Blueberries
PREP TIME: 2 minutes
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APPLE PEANUT BUTTER SANDWICH STACKER
INGREDIENTS
 1 Red Apple
 1 Yellow Apple
 Peanut Butter
 Rolled Oats
PREP TIME: 5 minutes
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PEANUT BUTTER – BANANA TOAST
INGREDIENTS:
 SMUCKERS – Chunky Peanut Butter
 2 slice Whole -Wheat Bread
 1 Banana (sliced)
TO MAKE:
1. Lightly toast bread
2. Top with peanut butter.
3. Add banana slices.
PREP TIME: 2 minutes
Try + Taste!

The Pursuit of “GOOD FOOD”

What is good food? Within the context, the group creates two arguments, healthy food which is defined as any natural foods believed to promote or sustain good health (or foods containing essential nutrients that are grown without the use of pesticides and has a low-sodium or fat content), good tasting food defined as

Brittney Grant of Keepingupwithbritt.com

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any savory food with a pleasant and fairly strong flavor (or food that is appetizing).

Both arguments are justifiable needless to say the paradigm within our food distribution system often times denies people in lower income communities the access to healthy high quality foods.

For decades, low-income communities have struggled with the lack of access to healthy, affordable food as many lack full-service grocery stores or farmer’s markets where residents have access to high-quality fruits, vegetables and whole-grains. Even with the recent rise of gentrification in many low-income neighborhoods, the quality of accessible healthy food has only merely improved. Many low-income neighborhoods remain stricken by unhealthy fast-food chains that serve high-cholesterol, nutrient–poor, foods at relatively low prices and with frequent consumption may lead to weight gain, lack of essential nutrients consumption, high cholesterol among many others.

When accessible, healthy food tends to be more expensive in terms of fiscal cost while foods containing added sugars and fats are generally inexpensive and more readily available in low-income communities. Even when healthy food is available, fresh produce including fruits vegetables, dairy and meat, it is often of the poorest quality.

In the pursuit of good food one must be willing to go the distance, whether it means traveling to neighborhoods outside of your own or shopping online to cut cost, all efforts are regarded in matters of sustaining a healthier life. Most importantly you must be willing to pay more for quality food, “good food”.

HERE ARE MY TOP 5 PLACES TO SHOP FOR “GOOD FOOD” & A FOOD KEY:

1- BUDGET FRIENDLY

2- LARGE VARIETY

3- HIGH QUALITY

4- CONVIENIENT

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Although the most expensive on the list Whole Foods Market has some of the finest natural and organic foods available as it maintains one of the strictest quality standards in the industry. It’s wide variety of organic produce, large selection of locally grown food and products in addition to sustainable agriculture makes Whole Foods a lead contender of places to shop for “good food”.

TRADER JOE’S- (1,2,4)

Trader Joe’s is the most widely used place to shop for healthy food, as it is arguably the most affordable in terms of monetary cost. Trader Joe’s does an excellent job at providing great food at great prices. It offers a variety of products including gourmet foods, organic foods, vegetarian foods, frozen foods, imported wine and beer among many others, 80% of which bear one of its own brand names.

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Although solely available online, Thrive Market has qualities of both whole foods and trader joe’s. Thrive Market is the first socially conscious online store offering the world’s best-selling natural and organic products at wholesale prices. Carrying over 2,500 of the highest quality food, supplements, home, personal care, and beauty products from over 400 of the best brands on the market at 25-50% off regular retail prices, Thrive Market is definitely one of best places to shop for “good food” at super affordable prices.

Visit Thrivemarket.com/KeepupwithBritt and try Thrive Market for FREE!

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The Farmer’s Market is the best place to get sustainable, locally – grown, organic produce. In addition to providing high quality natural and organic produce, shopping at your local farmer’s market helps. Support community agriculture and local business.

Check out grownyc.org to find local farmer’s market locations in NYC.

In search of any additional organic food markets in your neighborhood? Check out ‘The Ultimate List of Organic Stores” for yummy + nutritious food from PositiveHealthWellness.com.

https://www.positivehealthwellness.com/

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-Brittney Grant of Keepingupwithbritt.com

Send For The Sunscreen!

Summer is officially here which means more time in the sun. Here are some facts and tips to help you stay safe not only all summer, but all year around.

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THE FACTS

Sunlight is made up of UV rays, waves of light that comes from the sun and is invisible to the naked eye. There are three types that can be easily broken down like such:

UVA = causes the breakdown of elastin and collagen, which causes the skin to sag aiding in the aging of skin

UVB = causes the skin to burn

UVC = only reaches the earth’s surface through holes in the ozone layer

UVA rays (long waves) are powerful enough to penetrate both clouds and glass

They are present during all daylight hours throughout the year. For UVB rays (short waves), they do not significantly penetrate glass, but they do reflect off both snow and ice double exposing you to their harm. UVB rays are most prevalent during the months of April and October between the hours of 10a.m. and 4p.m.

Excessive exposure to UV radiation can cause genetic mutations in the body causing skin cancer. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer once in their lifetime, and despite your skin tone or ethnicity, everyone… everyone is at risk of developing skin cancer.

We know, it’s a lot of information but we need you beauties to be informed! Skin cancer is a very serious issue, but with these tips and some of our favorite sunscreen products, we will help you get all the protection you need!

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THE TIPS

There are two types of sunscreens on the market right now. Physical and chemical. Physical sunscreens work by reflecting UV rays off top of the skin and because they filter UVA and UVB rays they’re considered broad spectrum. Chemical sunscreens penetrate the skin and can take up to 30 minutes to take effect. Those with sensitive skin tend to like a physical sunscreen being that it doesn’t penetrate the skin. While those with deeper skin tones might prefer a chemical sunscreen due to the fact physical sunscreens tend to leave a gray cast.

To keep it simple, just remember the number 2! Reapply sunscreen every 2 hours, use up to two ounces on the body (one shot glass full) and replace your sunscreen every 2 years!

Simple enough, right? Right! Here are so of our best sunscreen for all your sun care needs!

Best In Overall Body

Use a SPF between 30 and 50. Anything lower will not give you the protection you need, anything higher will cause you to neglect your skin and not apply every two hours.

Best For Face

Both sunscreens can be used on all skin tones without the fear of making face complexions appear ashy. Also, if you use a face treatment serum that allows your dark spots and age marks to diminish, using a sunscreen is vital. Using a product like Clinique’s Even Better Serum, and not using a sunscreen will reverse the treatment making dark marks appear darker.

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Best in Beauty

Either one of these products can be applied directly over makeup, giving you the protection you need and helping your makeup to last all day.

Lips & Hands

The first signs of aging can be seen though our hands and lips, these are two of the most common places we tend to forget when we apply sunscreen.

 

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Condish Your Strands!

With wash and go season fast approaching. Here are our top five favorite conditioners to get you prep!

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Corse, curly, wavy or over processed hair:

One might decide this texture as dry, unmanageable, and or frizzy. Conditioner aids in all three. When hair is conditioned properly (equally parts water to conditioner) hair instantly becomes softer to the touch.  While detangling corse, curly, wavy or over proceeded hair with conditioner, not only are you eliminating frizz by smoothing the conditioner on the your hair with your hands, but also exposing your true curl pattern (for my ladies who rock wash-and-goes, this step is extremely important).

Straight hair: One may describe this hair as oily toward the scalp and drier, frizzy (fly-a-ways) on the ends. When using conditioner, use it only on the ends to keep hair from being weighed down. Again, smoothing the conditioner with your hands is important to keep frizz at bay before blow drying.

Everything starts with moisture. The only true way to get moisture in your hair, is at the start of your hair routine. Shampooing with the right shampoo and of course conditioning. When hair is properly moisturized the results of your curly style and even your blowout last much longer hut most importantly looks way healthier.

Top Five Fav Conditioners!

Hair Rules Quench- $29.99

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Aussie Moist – $5.49

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Dry Bar Sake Bomb- $24.00

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Bumble and Bumble Curl Conscious

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Tresemme Luxurious Moisture – $5.98

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-Beauty Editor, Autumn Marie

DreamDolls Wax&Glow Bar!

March is International Women’s Month! In honor of this month we decided to shine light on one of the leading ladies in the beauty industry today! We sat down with Amanda Gardner, the owner, lead esthetician and skin therapist of DreamDolls Wax & Glow Bar. DreamDolls Wax&Glow Bar is a New York based beauty bar for women.

Amanda Gardner developed DreamDolls in 2015. Growing up as a teenager Amanda loved all things beauty and all things that glittered. She was known for making skincare concoctions, overusing perfume, and spending her allowance in the Rite Aid cosmetics and skincare aisles. After learning less is more and after years of perfecting her hobbies, she realized she could turn it into an actual career. In 2011 Amanda enrolled in Atelier Esthetique Institute of Esthetics, a renowned and highly rated school for aspiring estheticians.

Amanda excelled in her classes and made it her business to soak up any knowledge obtainable to her. Her classes consisted of Anatomy of the Skin, Physiology of Hair Growth, and Advanced Skincare treatments. Shortly after graduating Amanda acquired an Esthetics position at Aveda Spa Lounge. A few months after hire, Amanda was promoted to Lead Esthetician. After a year of managing spa staff and solely performing facials, Amanda realized she wanted to expand her experience and resigned from Aveda. In early 2013 she began solely concentrating in hair removal. During this time she perfected her craft in waxing.
In 2015 she created and developed DreamDolls Wax&GlowBar LLC. DreamDolls began as a private practice specializing in facials, and waxing. It will evolve into a beauty bar that provides also nails, makeup, eyelash/eyebrow extensions, body contouring, and even laser treatments. The best is yet to come!
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Tell us a little about DreamDolls Wax&Glow Bar.
DreamDolls Wax&Glow Bar, LLC is where a doll gets dolled! DreamDolls is currently a private office practice where we specialize in waxing, skincare, and facials. I do not look at DreamDolls, as just a business .It is a movement, a movement for all women. A place for you to come, receive exceptional service, get dolled, but above all be yourself and feel comfortable. This is only the beginning. Our services continue to expand and our brand continues to bloom. I named DreamDolls with a strong name because I envision it to be a chained household name.
What sparked the idea to start this type of business?
I have always been a lover of the beauty industry. It all began as a young teenager. I first fell in love around 12. Now that I think about it I would have to thank my older cousin Shantell Gardner. She is a beauty industry GODDESS! She worked for many high-end skin care lines and would give me things to try and sample. At the age of 13 I would have Clinique, Este Lauder, Dior and Mac products on my dresser as if I was a young woman already. I am grateful for that because before that I would buy Noxzema and all different kinds of junk from the drugstores and make horrible skincare concoctions. I laugh about
those times when I think back on it. But, I would love to watch her clean out her perfume collections and endless makeup bags. Her perfume collection is really just out of this world! She would give me whatever she didn’t want and I was really just in love since then!
Years later after graduating from Atelier Esthetique Institute of Esthetics, I just knew I would be a business owner. I never believed that I would be working for others for very long. I always felt that no employer had my same passion. However, there were quite a few times when I would enroll back in college and then realize that my passion was still calling my name. In 2015 I was ready to begin my journey as a business owner. So, I took the plunge and did it!
What was the journey like?
My journey was actually pretty fast and intense. It was like a light bulb went off one morning. I was feeling tension where I was working at the time. The energy was feeling heavy and I just felt that it was a sign that it was time. So I resigned and began working diligently to begin DreamDolls. I would not sleep! I worked so hard! I developed every creative aspect of my business in solitude. I worked hard on getting the website and the booking site together. I just engulfed myself into my baby. DreamDolls failing was just not an option.
What is it like to be a black woman business owner in the beauty industry?
I will say that we all have the same 24 hours and 7 days in the week. Being a business owner in general is stressful and a continuous fight. As an entrepreneur every day is full of ups and downs. The color my skin does not make my business. It is all about your work ethic. “No” is not an option. “I can’t” should not be in your vocabulary. With anything you do in life you have to work hard! My company has over 100 clients. I have women from so many different backgrounds, race, and ethnicities. DreamDolls is a movement for all women to come and get dolled up 🙂
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What sets DreamDolls Wax&Glow Bar a part from other Beauty Bar’s?
What I love about DreamDolls is that all my clients are wowed as soon as they walk into the treatment room. It is clean, comfortable, and is warm and welcoming. It is private so many client say that they feel like a celebrity with their own private esthetician. Someone once said she felt like she gets the same treatment as the Beyoncé. That made me smile. I love that my clients are so comfortable and at home.
We speak things into existence here at Core Reader Mag; tell us something you want tohappen for yourself and your business?
I envision DreamDolls Wax&Glow Bar, LLC to be a chained household name. DreamDolls will have locations in a few major cities with in some years. We will begin offering laser treatments, eyelash & brow extensions, body contouring, etc. DreamDolls Wax&Glow Bar will be the hottest and fastest growing beauty bar known. This is only the beginning!
Advice to the young ladies looking to start their own business.
 Keep positive and well wishing friends and family around you.
 Always keep in mind that this journey is not meant to be shared with everyone.
 Change your vocabulary. Delete the “cant’s” “its too hard”
 Charge what you are worth (I am still taking this advice for myself )
 Keep your vision clear. WRITE EVERYTHING DOWN!
 Don’t allow people with heavy, and not so happy for you energies to get in the way.
 YOU Are A BOSS!
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During the interview, we also had a chance to watch Amanda demonstrate a facial and underarm waxing. Here’s what she had to say to the questions we’ve been dying to when it comes to caring for our skin.
Tell us why is it so important to have a proper skincare routine.
Our skin is the largest organ of the human body. We have to live with it everyday. We make sure we do our nails, hair, buy clothes, and try our best to look good. However, when someone meets you the first thing they do is look at your face. I make skin contact before eye contact.
What you put on your skin is extremely important. You have to think of your body as one big pore. Your skin absorbs EVERYTHING you put on it. You want make sure you only use the highest quality of products. I am not a huge fan of OTC products (Over The Counter). They are usually full of junk, contain fillers, made of large molecules that sit on top of the skin but do not penetrate the skin. You want to invest in a professional skincare line that has high levels of active ingredients that actually treat the skin.
At DreamDolls we provide our guest with the most luxurious and effective skin care products. We achieve advanced results and target concerns of aging, acne, clogging of pores, fines line, age spots, melasma, hyperpigmentation and rosacea. Our SkinscriptRx line specializes in corrective skin care for all skin types and ethnicities. A DreamDolls facial not only softens, but also polishes the skin, making it glow! Clinical results are to be expected!
What are your top products one must have to have a complete skincare routine?
These are the absolute must haves that you NEED in your skincare.
1. CLEANSER: A Cleanser based on your skin type.
2. EXFOLIATOR: A gentle exfoliator is a must have in your skincare. Your skin cells are constantly regenerating. So 2-3 times a week you want to sloth of the dead skin cells.
3. MOISTURIZER: Even if you are oily you need to moisturize to keep the skin soft and supple.
4. SUNSCREEN: Sunscreen in general is a must have for health reasons and protection from the sun.
However, you want to also keep in mind if you are trying to combat hyperpigmentation you will need sunscreen to seize further darkening.
My motto is the simpler the better. Once you have these essentials you can then begin adding serums to treat and a toner. If you aren’t great with routine, STAY SIMPLE!
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How often should one come to get a facial?
For someone who is looking to treat problematic skin and/or looking to work toward smooth, even, and radiant skin a facial should be scheduled once a month.
If you are receiving facials for maintenance you want to schedule your appointment every time the season changes. This helps you start off each weather change with healthy and clean skin.
Bust a beauty myth!
So many people believe that the “squeaky-clean” feel is a sign that your cleanser is working. However, it is a sure tell sign that you destroyed your acid mantle. Your acid mantle is your skins protective barrier. It is a very fine, slightly acidic film on the surface of the skin that acts as a barrier to bacteria, viruses and other potential contaminants that might penetrate the skin. Think about that…..
Oh and let go of the St.Ives scrub!!!! It is like glass to the face. This abrasive scrub causes micro tears on the skin, which results in premature wrinkling.
What’s a common misconception women and men of color make about their skin?
There is something called a Fitzpatrick scale which is used by estheticians and dermatologist to classify a persons skin type. The scale goes from the fairest to the darkest skin. Many people assume that darker is stronger and more tolerable. However, the higher you go on the Fitzpatrick scale the more careful you have to be with that person’s skin. Women and men of color actually have extremely sensitive skin. The more dark a person’s skin is, actually means the more tactful and cautious a skin care professional has
be when providing their treatments.
-Interview by Autumn Marie Johnson, Beauty Editor
Stay beautiful!

Let’s Get ‘BRONZED!’

Spring break is right around the corner! And it’s time for your sun kissed skin to look even more fab!

Check out our teen blogger, Ryan, as she shows you how to BUMP up your BEAUTY look this season!

Stay dope, loves!

Ditch The Red Lip!

Walking through the beauty aisle in the drug store, restocking on some needed essentials I’m immediately met with this overwhelming spectacle of red and pink teddy bears. Turn the corner, chocolates in big red boxes and on the opposite side a massive wall of red theme colored cards.  I started to think  tis another holiday for red lipstick” and rolled my eyes just a little.

Now let me make two things very clear, I enjoy everything about Valentine’s Day and I love a classic red lip, anytime any day.  However (insert long dramatic pause), how often do we go to that particular scarlet shade for date night, during the holiday season, to do laundry, go to the grocery store or during sessions at the gym? (Or is this just me?) Let’s ditch the red lip this Valentine’s Day.

One lip shade that has made a statement over the last two years or so has come in hues of purple.  The night this majestic color captivated the world was the night of the 2014 Met Gala, where Joan Smalls graced the red carpet wearing a stunning Vera Wang gown (she was the designers date that night), bronze skin and this enticing purple shade of lipstick.  Joan reminded me of a modern day Aphrodite that night.  The purple lip shade, crafted by professional makeup artist Sir John B and Joan herself, a statement on it’s own, compliments Smalls glowing skin tone effortlessly. Joan’s flowing gown and fishtail braid completes this modern goddesses look.

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Since, we have seen tons of celebrities hit the red carpet, give interviews and even host events in royal hues of purple.  Urban Decay makeup artist Shani Rich and Sephora Senior Artist Johan Castro weigh in on their favorite purple lip shades for all skin tones and ages, and how to wear them so you to can have your goddess moment.

What is your go-to purple lipstick?

“My go to purple lip color for all skin tones would have to be “ Matte After Dark” by Urban Decay” exclaims Shani Rich.  “It looks great on everyone and is good to wear all year round”.  “Try L.U.V by Kat Von D (one of my personal favorites) it is long lasting and looks great on every skin tone, especially if you’re hesitant on trying a full on purple lipstick.  This shade has a little fuchsia balancing it out perfectly.” suggest Johan.

On women of brown and deeper skin tones …

“A great shade for women of deeper skin tones would be “ZIPPER” liquid matte by Colourpop Cosmetics.  With this lip color I have to say less makeup is more.  The complexion should be clean with seamless foundation and contour application, and subtle highlight.  You don’t want to do to much as this lip color is bold and will stand out on it’s on.  Also, I would avoid matching the eye shadow with the lip.  That is a no-go and looks like way too much makeup.  Simplicity is key, especially when trying to achieve a flawless makeup application with deeper skin tones.” – Shani Rich

On women of light to medium skin tones …

“A great shade from women of light to medium skin tones is Makeup Forever Rouge Artist Intense 15.  This bold color is the perfect shade of purple. It won’t make your complexion appear washed out or as if you were about to relive your gothic teenage years.  The iridescence finish gives your entire complexion this subtle glow to it.  When wearing this shade make sure to apply tinted moisturizer or a sheer foundation to even out any redness in the skin, and play off that subtle glow from the lip color.  Avoid wearing heavy blush and opt for a bronzer or subtle highlight”. –Johan Castro

For our tweens …

I believe teenagers should wear lipgloss or very sheer lipsticks nothing too bold. Lipgloss is very age appropriate and still FUN! Like Sephora’s “ Sweet Mauve Sparkling” Ultra Shine Lipgloss “ says Shani.  As for Johan “For the younger readers tinted lip balms are great. Gives you a hint on color and conditions the lips”.  “Try Clinique’s Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Color Balms in “Voluptuous Violet”.

Before you reach for your favorite red lip this Valentine’s Day season, ask yourself, how many times will I wear this again, this month alone?  Try these recommendations from the pros, make a statement like Joan and feel like a goddess during these days of love.  Seriously who doesn’t want to feel like and exude the aura of a goddess?

-Autumn Johnson

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Selfie Queen!

Snap, snap, snap!  You’re always taking pics for your Instagram, Tumblr and any other social media outlets where your friends can show a glimpse of your life. Even though you take what may seem atleast a million pics a week, you don’t always love how you look in them. It takes you atleast 25 minutes to pick a photo that you feel the most “pretty” in + hit publish. From your eyes to complexion to body type, we all have some characteristics that we struggle with in learning how to accept of our personal and unique beauty. Wishing you could pick and choose the features is a thought that can run through your mind one too many times! Trust us,  you wouldn’t be as dope  if you didn’t have those full eyebrows or defined cheekbones! Soooo check out some ways to embrace your beauty.

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Don’t Hide It– So the first step to achieve your confidence is simply accepting and embracing all your characteristics. Don’t try to hide or try to cover up your traits but embrace them. Learn how to accent them instead of making them disappear. You would be surprised to know that the traits that you feel most self conscious about are the ones that others admire. If you have strong cheekbones or full lips wear them well! Find a color that makes your features command the attention in the room.

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Hmm Beauty Icon– So sometimes its easier to feel comfortable in your skin if you see someone else embracing similar traits as well. The beautiful thing is that there are tons of women with different hair textures, sizes,  features etc. Collect images of women who have characteristics and make a collage. Don’t do this because you want to duplicate them but it will give you a push of how to unleash your personal characteristics.

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It’s mine! Own It!– Yes! Confidence is the reason why people are simply head turning! No matter what they are wearing they look gorgeous because they know they are beautiful both inside and out. It’s simply the fact of looking inward and learning to wear your confidence and loving it! People can point out an insecure or unsure person a mile away. The moment you command love and respect from yourself others will follow suit!

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Stay dope!