The Beautiful Ones


I'm still having such a hard time believing that this wasn't a dream and at any moment I will finally wake from it. Even though it all still feels so surreal, the reality is that this is real mourning I'm experiencing. For me, it's always such a shock when my favorite celebrities die because I feel connected to them in some way. Not personally but through their gifts in which they shared unselfishly with the world.

Prince wasn't just a celebrity to me, he was an icon. Incomparably talented, undeniably unique and second to none. I think this is hitting me so hard because I was at what would be his final show here in Atlanta just a week ago.


This photo was taken just moments after he left the stage singing Purple Rain. There were heavy restrictions against taking audio/video per his request. Though there were a few to rebel against his wishes, visibly eager to capture the moment. (I thought about doing the same) But this time I chose to put the phone in my purse and then something beautiful happened.

I've been to many concerts but for the first time I got to truly experience the artist in all of his glory. There was something so raw, so emotional, so intimate about putting the phone down and just taking in everything. I sang, I danced, I laughed and smiled the entire night.

For me, this was just a vivid reminder to always live in the moment and to appreciate the life I have and of those I love. Who would've known that I would get to experience what would be his last performance ever. Although this hurts deeply and my heart feels broken I feel truly blessed to have witnessed the beauty that manifested within him. The Beautiful Ones always go far too soon. Rest in eternal love.


My first time seeing Prince was at Essence a couple years ago. Me and my best gal pals forever bonded in purple.
New Orleans, 2014. 


xoxo,
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Rebirth.


Yes, I'm alive. Wow! I can't believe it's been 2 whole years since I've posted on this site. Hey, life happens and I've had a lot going on personally that resulted in a much longer hiatus than I anticipated. But one things for sure, I can never stray too far because this blog is a little piece of me that I can never truly let go.

I've done a lot of self discovery in the past couple years and I've realized that I just have so many interests that can't be confined to one specific genre. Though I loved the foundation of beauty, style and confidence that this blog was rooted in; I'd be dishonest if I said I never felt like it was becoming one dimensional. Which as a creative started to bore me.

I'm all about new beginnings and this will be a rebirth so to speak. I have a lot of ideas flowing through my head right now but nothing solid enough to confirm exactly what they are. I do know that the direction I want to go in for this blog is what feels most natural to me - being organic, authentic, relatable and vulnerable.

Those that have followed my blogging journey throughout the years know that I truly do this for the love of it and the intangible things I gain from it. It's been a form of therapy for me and I really want to get back to sharing on a personal level. I feel like re-branding this as a Lifestyle blog is what I'm gearing toward the most. I think I can throw so many variations of things into that pot. Creativity, travel, my experiences and just life. No worries, my love for kick-ass nail polish and banging lipstick will still very much be a part of  it. I'm still a fucking girl that loves pretty ass things. Ha!

For those of you that still follow , subscribe and who have supported my blogging journey throughout the years I thank you wholeheartedly for staying with me on this bumpy ride. Stay tuned...


xoxo,
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Lancôme Announces Lupita Nyong'o as Brand Ambassadress


Maison Lancôme is delighted to announce Academy award winning actress Lupita Nyong’o as its new brand ambassadress.

With her instinctive and sophisticated talent and one of a kind beauty, both delicate and exuding strength, 31-year-old Lupita Nyong’o has taken the world by storm. She received an Academy Award® in the category of “Best Supporting Actress” for her moving portrayal of Patsey in Steve McQueen’s acclaimed film 12 Years a Slave–making her the fourth Academy Award® winning Lancôme ambassadress. Her performance also won her many other prestigious awards worldwide, including the Screen Actors Guild® Award, the Independent Spirit Award, NAACP Award, as well as the 2013 Hollywood Film Awards' "New Hollywood Award.”

Lupita Nyong’o, a recent graduate from the Yale School of Drama, has an eclectic artistic repertoire, having performed on stage as well as having directed the award-winning feature-length documentary, In My Genes, about the reality of living with albinism in Kenya. She was recently seen in the action thriller Non-Stop, opposite Liam Neeson and Julianne Moore. The Mexican-born, Kenyan actress is an outstanding example of a natural beauty. Confident and simply true to herself, she embraces life with freshness, citing happiness as the most attractive form of radiance.

"I am truly honored to join the Maison Lancôme, a brand with such a prestigious history that I have always loved. I am particularly proud to represent its unique vision for women and the idea that beauty should not be dictated, but should instead be an expression of a woman's freedom to be herself,” confided Lupita Nyong’o. Joining Julia Roberts, Kate Winslet, Penélope Cruz, and the recently appointed young actress Lily Collins, Lupita Nyong’o will be seen this summer in campaigns shot by star photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.

“Both talented and committed, true to her African beauty, and showing a great curiosity and open-mindedness in her career choices, Lupita is by essence the Lancôme woman.” stated Françoise Lehmann, General Manager of Lancôme International. “A strikingly beautiful and intelligent woman, serenely but strongly living her life her own way, Lupita has this special kind of aura both enlightening and deep.”

Xavier Vey, President of Lancôme USA added, “Lupita’s authentic inner and outer beauty, her exquisite grace, and true confidence represent today’s modern woman. Having Lupita as a Lancôme ambassadress will help support our mission in the U.S. market which is to speak to all women. Her rising star status is like a blooming rose; she is elegant and has an undeniable brilliance.”
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Radical Skincare Age-Defying Exfoliating Pads Review


Unless you were blessed with perfect genes then you know that maintaining healthy skin is an ongoing routine for most. Being that our skin is the largest organ of our body it also can be one of the most vulnerable which is why taking care of it is a necessity.  Being someone with oily/combination skin I like to keep a variety in my product arsenal. I'm also very passionate about staying youthful for as long as I can. Radical Skincare and it's age-defying properties claims to do just that! I recently put their exfoliating pads to the test and incorporated them with my current routine, did they deliver? Keep reading to find out!


The Age-Defying Exfoliating Pads are much like everyday cotton pads that you can purchase in drugstores except they are thinner and each is coated and packed with anti-aging ingredients that are proven to tighten and firm skin, reduce the appearance of pore size and lines, and preserve the skin's hydration and nourishment.





Glow: I've used these pads for just about a month now and I incorporate them into my nightly skincare routine, usually applying it right after cleansing and before moisturizing. Early on with using the pads I definitely noticed a significant difference in the firmness of my skin and my pore size - they seemed smaller and much smoother than before. I also love the fact that the pads give me a squeaky clean feeling without drying out my skin or making it feel tight. Another high-point for me is that even after using a scrub and wash I noticed a tiny bit of residue lifting from my skin onto the pad which clearly indicates that even your favorite cleansers could still be leaving something behind.

Glare: The only thing I did notice which isn't really a negative for me is that the moist pads did sting a little bit when I first applied them. It's nothing major or intolerable though and I think it could've been due to me using a scrub directly before and also having a few prior sensitive areas on my face from picking my skin (yes I pick my skin it's a bad habit I'm trying to break!) 

Would I Recommend It? I would! There's no overbearing scent and the results are noticeable within just a few uses. I also don't use these daily but more like 2-3 times a week and honestly it just depends on your skin and your preference but for me that's all my skin requires.

Where To Buy: The Radical Skincare Exfoliating Pads and the entire range of products can be found both in Sephora US and Canada. To learn more about the products or to purchase please visit www.sephora.com.


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OPI Brazil Collection For Spring/Summer 2014 Review


While these chilly temperatures sure aren't alluding to spring being anywhere in the forecast that definitely doesn't mean you can't indulge in a pop of color! OPI has introduced an array of colors in honor of Brazil for spring/summer. The collection consists of 12 shades ranging from brights to neutrals, alongside the collection there's a mini set of 4 liquid sand polishes to get your nails beach ready!


Next Stop…The Bikini Zone
This amethyst-toned pewter suits me just fine.


Don’t Bossa Nova Me Around
Nobody can stop me from wearing this creamy nude!


Taupe-less Beach
There’s nothing optional about wearing this enticing taupe.


I São Paulo Over There
He was sipping coffee with this mocha-toned beauty.


OPI Scores a Goal!
Make your point in this winning shade of rich chocolate.


AmazON…AmazOFF
I’m making the switch to this deep jungle green.


I Just Can’t Cope-acabana
Nothing lifts your spirits like this sunshine yellow.


Where Did Suzi’s Man-go?
He went to fetch her this delicious mango smoothie.


Toucan Do It If You Try
You have talent to achieve anything in this confident orange.


Kiss Me I’m Brazilian
Plant this warm luscious pink on me!


Live.Love.Carnaval
This vibrant and festive coral is the life of the party.


Red Hot Rio
A ruby red as hot as the most exciting city in Brazil.


Brazil Beach Sandies Liquid Sand mini's


Samba-dy Loves Purple
Well, who wouldn’t find this vivid textured violet irresistible?


I’m Brazil Nuts Over You
And I’m crazy for this textured matte pink.


What’s a Little Rain Forest?
I’ve got this textured matte blue and an umbrella for two.


You’re So Flippy Floppy
When I found this bright textured yellow, I just flipped!





Glow: I think I actually love the entire collection! Stand out shades for me are definitely the corals and mangos including Toucan Do It If You Try and Live.Love.Carnaval. I like the versatility of going from fun to work appropriate hues. 

Glare: The only thing I'm on the fence about is whether or not I'm a fan of the whole liquid sand trend. The finish of the sandies is gorgeous but there's just something inside of me that prefers something a bit more smooth. 

Would I Recommend It? Yes! The color palette of this collection is gorgeous!

Where To Buy: The Brazil Collection is currently available at various retailers nationwide. They retail for about $8.50-$9 each. To purchase, learn more or to locate a retailer near you please visit www.opi.com.


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