What is This Magical Light?

It’s not anything new to beauty influencers – meaning Youtubers and Instagrammers , who use the magical light religiously. In fact they swear  on their mothers red velvet cake it’s the holy grail of all white lights.

The Diva Ring Light is a beautiful lighting system. It is used by many fashion bloggers, photographers, videographers and beauty influencers . I’m careful to boast about any video or photographic equipment too soon, because sometimes the hype isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be.  The ring light has passed my inspection. Before going on with this review. I must add that natural light is the most pleasant light. It should be your first option when possible.

There are many types of lighting styles, but my favorite is beauty lighting. The Diva ring lights provides that slightly over blown , even look, that enhances the faces and evens out dark spots and shadows.  It’s become very popular on Youtube with beauty influencers and the beautiful  catch lights tell it all!  I’d say the beauty community put this wonder light on the map.  In 2014, they were primarily sold to videographers and photographers  for editorials. Once vlogger, Judy Travis started using it, word got around about this magic light like a wild fire. Kylie Jenner uses it, she calls it her “favorite light forever.”  The DVE store sells about 300 of these lights a month to mainly beauty influencers on Youtube.

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Louis Vuitton: Is It Worth It?

Louis Vuitton is it  worth the hype? This is such an age old question. Should you invest in a genuine Louis Vuitton bag?

Moving right along to the popular  LV monogram speedy.  A luxury piece historically made for Audrey Hepburn; has become the most well known luxury bag by the young and old.   If you’ve never heard of Louis Vuitton, You’ve definitely  been sleeping under a rock. It is an expensive piece, but not as expensive as Hermes or Chanel. Yet, it is the most sought after and most copied bag in the world by counterfeiters.

To the subject at hand. Is this bag worth the investment? It is a bag that readily goes up in price to attract more high end customers. It holds it’s value and never ever goes out of style. Some of you may know someone whose owned a LV speedy since the late  80’s; It’s likely to be in remarkable shape. The older it gets the more history, character it has and  more in demand due to it’s history.  Through the years the bag has slight subtleties. Yet it has always been constructed with canvas and leather  material. The canvas gives some people heartburn. Not enough to bring sells to a halt.  More often than not it is admired as the bag of a certain social status. Yet counterfeiters continue to infringe on the copyright and brand.

The LV speedy continues to be one of the fastest-selling luxury pieces. The speedy remains popular due to its high demand. I mean look at it! The canvas leather is strikingly sturdy and can handle a good beating through the hustle and bustle of busy stay at home moms or corporate  moms. The diapers, wipes, phones, calendars or whatever you carry, will get swallowed in the speedy. Often times I have lost things in mine. I look several times and to only find out it’s in the bag.

Final Thoughts:

The bag is only worth it, if you think it is. I was proud to get mine and I thought it was worth it.

Is it worth it?
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Why is Fashion Fair Cosmetics so Hard to Find?

untitled-4777-1.jpgWhile fledging cosmetic brands emerge, have you ever thought about why more established brands struggle to re-invent themselves?

I’m talking about Fashion Fair cosmetics. What’s going on with them? It is so tough to find a Fashion Fair counter in the malls. Whenever I’m pictured on Instagram.   with Fashion Fair cosmetics I receive comments, unaware of its existence. While others thought something was wrong with  the product. Better yet, it’s thought of as an older woman’s brand.

You may find blogs, videos, post on Instagram by me regarding the brand, because it’s a brand I truly believe in. Those who rely on Fashion Fair for exact skin tone matches and flattering lipsticks have been unable to locate their favorite products. For me, I searched off and on for years. My favorite shade of lipstick is still  chocolate raspberry . Don’t let that hot fuchsia shade fool you! It looks great with the NYX lip liner in Prune . You can go without a liner if you have a natural line already. Just apply the lipstick below the natural line.  Chocolate Raspberry will make you look radiant . There is this stigma that if you’re dark skinned you need to wear dark lipstick. Thats not true. Sometimes  its the application that matters. Some darker skin tones may need to conceal the lips first . Play around with it. If you are use to going dark all of the time, it will be an adjustment. The brighter shade also makes your teeth look whiter. Now did I make you want to try it? I hope so!

It’s not easy to walk the road less traveled by exposing Fashion Fair, when most people thought they’d gone out of business. My passion is behind the story of how Fashion Fair was  founded. It was founded in 1973 and catered to women of color at a time when major companies refused to accommodate their needs.

Linda Johnson , which owns the makeup line claims Fashion Fair is only rebuilding their inventory .

Beauty products are not essentials to survive, but Fashion Fair is a bit of history.

How To Look Classy And Sexy

untitled-1591Sex appeal comes from within. It starts with confidence . Next it’s your appearance.

Here are ways to look classy and have sexy.

Lets start with the top of your head and work our way down: Your hair should always look kemp and smell clean. The classy sexy lady has a simple  hairstyle. A straight, wavy, curly or messy  bob. It will look nice  long or short. It’s one of the most beautiful classic versatile hairstyles a woman of style and class could ever wear. No unnatural colors on the classy lady. Her hair is black, brown, brunette or blonde.  There are other styles. The high bun, low bun, the loose hair pulled back on the sides and front, while back hangs down. It’s a corporate look or a wedding look. If you don’t have any hair that’s no problem for the classy sexy woman.

Your makeup:  It isn’t a necessity, but if your going to wear it learn how to apply it properly.  You should look effortlessly put together. Natural tones will give you a soft, no makeup, makeup look as your daily wear.

Jewelry:  Dainty jewelry is very feminine. It looks soft and elegant against your skin, given off a  timeless beauty look. You appear to have taken the time to think about your appearance down to your delicate jewels. One of the most appealing jewelry is a thin necklace. The trio’s look tasteful as long as they are thin.

Clothes:  Should fit your perfectly and appeal to your body type, age and occasion. Watch the camel toe slacks and jeans. You don’t want to look as if your girl parts has entered the room alone. Skirts and dresses should be flattering in color, style and shape. Blouses shouldn’t show off too much boobage. If everyone is looking at your chest instead of your face, you need to change your blouse. The peekaboo tops…well find the trash can.

Nails:  Neat ,clean, short or medium length is for the classy sexy woman. The extreme long claws, curved or pointed isn’t for the grown and sexy. Leave the wild colors to the teens. You know, one nail is red, the other one is yellow, the next nail is green and the last nail has your initials on it.

Shoes:  Before purchasing your heels, you must be able to walk in them.   A pair that are 3.5 inches should be the limit. Especially if you’re in the  corporate world. Anything else just seems too impractical.  Platforms definitely don’t belong in the workplace.

This is only my personal opinion, please don’t get offended . If you like your look, I love it!
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When Should You Purge Clothes From Your Closet?

Have you started to notice your closet is packed with all types of clothes you thought you’d wear? You have shoes, hats, swimsuits, sleeveless tops, sundresses and even a pair of sunnies you never touched. In fact two summers has gone by and you never worn them at all ( tags still on) or you wore them once.

It’s time to purge the closet from summer clothes. Anything you didn’t wear or barely wore the last two summers should  go! It’s closet rules. You may have bought it compulsively, because it was only $5 bucks. No matter the reason, the fact is you obviously  don’t like it that much. You may say, “well if I get rid of it, my closet will look bare.” You only need the things you want and love enough to wear. Are you still with me? Stay focused on summer clothes. Be brutally honest with yourself. You don’t need to impress anyone with a closet full of things you don’t find flattering enough to wear. I think you get the gist.

Clear out the summer things on a day, when you aren’t in a rush . Make sure you’re in the mood for it. Otherwise, you will not do a good assessment. In that pile of clothes, shoes and accessories should be things that never fit correctly in the first place. For instance the shoes with your heel hanging on the edge, the shoes thats too tight, sunnies you bought because Sarah bought a pair, the pants that are three sizes too small, because you were going to loose weight 5 years ago. You know that top is too big and you’ll never get it altered. Get out of here!!

Get a large trash bag and toss it all in. Nope, its not going to the garbage. There are tons of people that need these things. We just dealt with hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Do a good deed and donate. jakob-owens-91197onur-bahcivancilar-140823.jpg

A Mens Capsule Wardrobe

I’m doing a series of videos on mens capsule wardrobe on Youtube. You should really check me out ! I’m starting out really slow, but I’m warming up to some great content. The first video on the subject is about my favorite look out of every occasion, is the evening look. It’s just something about a man in a suit! Yeah, I know I’m hitched and all, but I’m speaking in general.

A capsule wardrobe is a collection of a few essentials that never go out of style.  The shirts, slacks, jackets and shoes. It’s the must haves in a mans closet  that should be obtained  to build around the non essentials.

I won’t go into much detail here.   check me out here on my channel and see what I have to say. I’d love for you to stop by and say hello. Leave a message in the comment section to inform me you are one of my wonderful beauties from my blog. I’d love to hear from you or read from you there. Hehehe…jason-briscoe-156643.jpg

The Boxy Cable Knit Sweater

Clothing should be a means to make you look and feel great. Weather you realize it or not, there are some mistakes you may be making. Its nice to have knowledge of the latest fashions, but everything you see in the magazines isn’t for everyone. Also be aware some things aren’t for anyone. Have you seen pieces such as that? it makes you wonder what the designer was thinking.

Since fall is creeping our way, lets look at the cable knit sweater. Its heavy, and admittedly it does the job to keep me warm. However, it can be one of the most strangest looking sweaters when worn. What happen to my waistline? It disappeared in the sweater. The cable knit is the most frumpy sweater one can wear for sure. Look at it paired with my Ann Taylor A-line skirt. The contrast is beautiful , but the look, not so much!

The sweater needs to fit tighter down the side of the seams.  It would have worked if it were lose fitting without the elastic at the hemline. Perhaps it would look nice with slits on each side of the sweater. This would cause it to drape the skirt more. This is too heavy of a sweater , it’s weighing me down. The sweater is a size small, but you’d never know by the fit. Never forget the female shape when choosing a sweater.  Remember quality over quantity. Choose your clothes wisely. They should always look flattering to your figure. untitled-1477

Keeping Your Social Media Platform Updated Can Be A full-time Job.

Apparently, there has been a huge internet penetration in the country.  Yes, Facebook is still the most popular network.  I’m not much of a fan of Facebook, but who asked me. The platforms that keep viewers engaged in an instant such as, Instagram , Twitter and the newest  platform Snapchat are climbing the charts. This is because we live in an instant society where everyone wants the quick and dirty fast!

Recently I started a brand new Youtube channel. Currently I only have 20 subscribers, but I manage my channel as if I have 20 million subscribers. It is humbling to me. My channel is more about who I am. As a wife and mother, it is easy for me to lose my soul . I have spent a large part of my life being a wife and mother. Its imperative to spend time enjoying some things I love. My channel also exemplifies  my sense of humor and how much of a fashionista  and germaphobe I am. You’ll see that I love iconic designer bags and timeless clothing pieces.

My latest video is on a seemingly very popular topic on Youtube for anyone that loves purses.  What’s In My Bag.  This is one of many videos to come. My goal is to gain an audience who appreciates positiveness and promotes self love.  I hope you can join me on my channelScreen Shot 2017-07-22 at 7.08.43 PM

Channel : It’s My Life

 

Fashion Fair Cosmetics Will Need to Appeal to a Younger Audience

I don’t wear makeup everyday. It should be against the law to not wear it on special days, such as weddings and professional photos. I don’t care if it’s a dang family photo, put some makeup on.

Ok, I’m calm. I got that off of my chest. When I was a teenager. If I remember correctly I was in the tenth grade. That would make me about …ummm I was Fifteen  years of age. I graduate from high school at the age of seventeen. The first thing my mom allowed me to wear was lipstick. She didn’t allow a full face of makeup, but I don’t think I was interested in a full face. Lips and eyes is all I liked. I used the envelop a bit and begged to wear eye liner. I moved to eyeliner in the eleventh grade.

My mom introduced me to Fashion Fair cosmetics. It was a strictly created for women of color back in the day. It was founded in 1973. Mom took me to the mall and I tried on a few creamy lipsticks and fell in love with chocolate raspberry . It is a color that was long lasting, long before  so – called long lasting shades were created. It is a pink rather loud pink. It isn’t pale frosty pink or too red. I wore that lipstick with everything. I always received compliments whenever I would wear it.

The issue today: Fashion Fair ( FF) is disappearing from department stores. I’ve search and it is difficult to find a FF counter. Once I found it at Belk and I was elated. However, I was saddened by how no one ever came to the counter to help me. The FF counter didn’t have one soul attending to it. As I looked around the cosmetics department , other associates would look off when I tried to get their attention. Another thing that concerned me is the counter wasn’t as flattering as it’s predecessors. It was an embarrassment to the brand. I’ve always supported FF. It was a top seller when I was a teen and it was an awesome product.

The problem is teens think of FF as old lady makeup. Teens today think of makeup, more than likely they will look at NYX, LO’real, Too Faced, Rimmel, Urban Decay, Tarte, NARS & ELF to name a few. You know that I’m right. I see you nodding your head. Well, in my head you are.

Did you know Fashion Fair is an extension of Jet Magazine. Jet’s last subscription was in 2014, due to loss in revenue. They are looking into re branding. They’ve started by changing the pink compacts to a bronze more hip color. It doesn’t stop there. The website has received a facelift as well. Soon I expect to see more ads for FF. Although I’m one person, that is what it takes. At least one to start a movement. I believe in the brand. I only have one Youtube video, showing off my nearly used chocolate raspberry lipstick . I’ll be creating more videos on FF cosmetics. I can’t forget about our history together. Eventually I used the foundation, and lipstick.

Fashion Fair, is in need of the younger generation. Bring life back to FF, please. Frankly no one wants to see me wear Fashion Fair in an ad. I came from the times when it was hot to have a pink FF compact in my purse. I remember that little mirror. I glide on my chocolate raspberry lipstick. Child, I thought I was cute….hehe

This a current selfie shot of me at 48 years young. I have on chocolate raspberry lipstick, by Fashion Fair. Who says brown skin can’t wear pink?untitled-1500

Are You Driving Your Heels Crazy?

Have you ever thought about how much you really abuse your heels? A nice pair of heels cost at least ( average) $50.00 and you don’t give much thought about how to prolong the look and life of the shoe. This is all about taking pride in yourself from head to toe. Let’s start from the bottom and work our way up. Shoes are the most neglected part of a man and woman’s wardrobe. Today the focus is a woman’s pair of ( patent leather) heels. They are the finished look to any outfit.

Where do you store your heels? They should be neatly in a box, on a shelf or placed in a single file on the closet floor neatly. The way you care about them will prevent purchasing the same shoe over and over. Especially if it’s a basic patent leather heel. Normally patent leather isn’t worn often. Therefore, when you decide to wear them, they should always look polished. There shouldn’t be any deep scuffs, abrasions or damage to to the back of the heels. There isn’t anything worse than wearing beat up patent leather heels with a nice, beautiful dress. Don’t leave the house looking as if you’ve escaped  a blind date and you had to take off running, (literally on foot) to get away from him.

How to prevent your heels from looking like to drove them crazy: 

  1. Always store your shoes in a neat, clean area.
  2. Make sure one shoe doesn’t disturb  the other while stored in a box; It creates scuff marks ( drives them nuts)
  3. When stepping onto a sidewalk or stairs, make sure the entire base of the shoe is completely away from the edge  of the side walk. You’ll end up with a hideous dent in the back of the heel.
  4. Never drive in your heels. The right shoe will have abrasive marks from carpet burn. ( one cute shoe and one ugly shoe..eww)
  5. Never keep heels in the trunk laying on it’s sides with junk piled on top of the heels. They will lose their shape and luster.
  6. Make sure you aren’t kicking the toe of your heels against your desk at work. The material will peel off and age your shoes in the worse way.
  7. Never walk on heels of the shoe with the front of the shoe in mid air. This ruins the taps on the shoes. ( Now they make sounds like an old car)
  8. Don’t allow anyone to borrow your heels. Not only is this unsanitary , but everyone walks in their shoes differently . They’ll end up worn in the opposite direction in which you walk. ( Just let her keep them)
  9. Don’t take long walks in them. They aren’t for exercise. You’ll ruin the sole.
  10. Make sure your shoe is the right size. Wearing shoes that are too large or too small adds stress to the shoe. ( Not to mention your feet )

 

Tip:

Have a pair of driving shoes in the car. The number one reason you drive your nice heel crazy, is because you burn them on the carpet.

Stop driving your shoes crazy! 🙂

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