Real Beauties: Karla White

29 03 2010

Real Beauties features women who are beautiful inside and out.

 Age: 22

Occupation: Student

Why she’s a real beauty:  “I’m a diva because I deviate from being boxed into the social norms that seek to place women, even sistas, into a certain look to be deemed beautiful and accepted by peers. I just do me, and that’s working for me- call it the beauty of God and self-love.”


Real Beauties: Karissa Reid

24 03 2010

{“Real Beauties” features women who are beautiful inside and out}

Age: 22

Occupation: Student

Why she’s a real beauty: “I’m my definition of beautiful. I’m slowly becoming the woman I want to be, and that’s sufficient enough for me. I’m being formed by what God’s word says I should be, and you can’t go wrong with him!

“Like any other human being, I do have flaws, but I think I’m beautiful on the inside. As far as outside beauty, I could do better (like dressing better and getting my hair, nails and toes done), but overall, I’m happy with who I am, and what I look like, and to me, that’s all that matters.” : )

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Nails of the Week- Nov. 25

25 11 2009

I know, I’m late, but better late than never, right?

Anywho, this week it’s Maybelline New York Express Finish in Mocha Blast. I luvs it!


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Flyy Fridays: Get Your Chic On

10 04 2009


In her book, Get Yours! How to Have Everything You Ever Dreamed Of and More, Amy Dubois Barnett has a chapter for every aspect of your life, including style.

Her advice for great style? Well, for starters, you have to feel attractive to be attractive. And here’s how you can start today.

E-windowshop. Do some online browsing at fashion and beauty websites. It’s a free way to get some ideas on honing your look. You don’t have to buy anything, just use them for inspiration.

Stock up on beauty bargins.  A lot of times, cheap stuff works just as well as the more expensive ones. So check out drugstores and stores like Wal-Mart to get good deals.

Evaluate your closet. Donate or throw out anything that shows any signs of wear and tear, colors and cuts that don’t suit you; also get rid of items that don’t make you feel fabulous when you put them on. Next, reorganize the closet so you can find things easily.

 “Opening the door- the door to your personal style- should give you a serene, supremely confident  feeling.”

Build a look around an accessory. Many times, we put on clothes, grab our studs or trusty silver chain and go. Dubois suggests trying the opposite- find a treasured accessory and pick an outfit that shows it off.

Commit to skin care. Assess your skin [oily, combination, dry or normal] and buy a regimen of products to treat it [don’t break the bank]. You can also give yourself a facial or any other skin pampering treatments [Google ‘homemade facials’ for ideas]. And, although I’m guilty of not always doing this, wash off your makeup at night, no matter how tired your are.

Hook up your brows. Dubois recommends going to a pro to get your eyebrows shaped. If you don’t want to have to go to the salon every week, follow the eyebrow shape the pro gives you. Also, bleaching your brows a shade lighter than your hair makes your eyes look bigger and brightens your whole face.

Invest in good beauty tools. Get a good pair of tweezers and a good eyelash curler. You should also invest in a good set of makeup brushes; wash them regularly with mild soap and water to get rid of grimy germs.

Find your best foundation. Now that cosmetic companies have taken the time to develop tons more  foundation colors [for us colored gurls], find your perfect shade and blend it flawlessly. Only use it where you need it, not necessarily all over your face.

Happy styling, ladies!


9 10 2008

Just a fun little run down of my beauty/fashion dont’s…

10. Don’t wear clothes that are way too little or way too big.

9. Don’t be too matchy-matchy, i.e., red shirt, red belt, red, necklace, red earrings, red bracelets – TOO MUCH RED!

8. Don’t match your eyeshadow with your clothing. Just pick a neutral color that complements your eye color.

7. Don’t wear pjs in public, unless you’re really sick and have to go to the doctor, store, etc.

6. Don’t wear chipped nail polish. Either take it off or do your nails. Please.

5. Don’t dye your hair colors that don’t complement your complexion, i.e. Tyra with way-blonde hair.

4. Don’t over-tweeze or over-wax your eyebrows and draw them back on.

3. Don’t have your underwear showing. That means make sure your shirts are long enough or your pants are high enough. If I see one more crack…

2. Don’t show too much skin. I understand, you want to look sexy and whatnot , but there’s a fine line between sexy and slutty. So, my suggestion is pick one body part to show off, if you must. So, if you want to show some leg, wear shorts or a mini and a short sleeve or sleeveless shirt. Not a cropped halter top and a mini.

1. DO NOT WEAR BLACK EYELINER AS LIP LINER. Need I say more? Please, tell me I don’t.

Disclaimer: This is all in good fun, and I’m guilty (or have been of some of them, so don’t get mad at me = )