Shop Now: Ulta 21 Days of Beauty

We’re closing out another month but not without a bang! Ulta has been celebrating 21 Days of Beauty throughout the month of September and the steals keep getting better. Each day Ulta features a beauty product with a generous discount letting all of us pick up some new beauty goodness. I got a preview and since I’m looking to jazz up my fall makeup bag, I’m excited to share this with you. Here we go!
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On September 24th, pick up Stila’s Convertible Color which will be $12 (regularly $25!). This cream formula can be used as a lipcolor AND blush making it the ultimate makeup bag must have. Double duty beauty is always a good thing. It has a sheer tint that adds a subtle glow to cheeks while adding soft hue to your pucker. Getting it 50% off is even better!

My top two picks are in the eye category since I’ve been on the hunt for some new mascara and a bangin’ liquid liner.
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I’ve been hearing a lot about It Cosmetics so I’m excited for the Hello Lashes Clinically Proven 5-in-1 Mascara. On September 25th it’ll be $12 (normally $24). According to the brand this mascara is clinically shown to increase lash volume by 430% — dang! It utilizes proprietary technology to infuse a blend of lash-enhancing and conditioning ingredients including Peptides, Collagen, Proteins, Acai, Jojoba, Green Tea and Vitamins A, C, E, B5. So not only will it give you va-va volume but also condition lashes.

Lastly there’s the Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Precision Longwear Liner which will be $10 on the 26th (it’s regularly $20). I’ve been looking for a new liquid liner so I’m pumped about this. The pointed tip lets you create a fine line or go bold if you want to.

Shop the rest of Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty here.

Disclosure: this post is sponsored by Ulta and PeopleStyle Watch but all opinions are my own. #UltaTrendAlert #StyleHunters4Ulta

Loving Lately: The Wrap Life

Have you ever heard of The Wrap Life? I discovered them late one night last February (likely during one of many snowstorms) and have quickly fallen in love with the brand.

The Wrap Life is a retailer of African printed scarves and accessories that was created by Nnenna Stella in Brooklyn, New York. Now I love a small business owned by a brown girl, but a fellow Brooklynite? Girl, I had to support!
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Style above is Afia, available here
According to her site, most of the products are hand printed or handmade. They update the site quite often so there’s always something calling on your credit card. Heck when I made my first order, the Mozambican Rain wrap, they were only selling wraps and maybe a few pieces of jewelry. Now they’re selling tops, jewelry, and incense!
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Style above is called Zora; it’s currently sold out but returning late fall according to them on Instagram
The scarves I’ve ordered are made of cotton but you can easily wear a silk scarf underneath the wrap if you’re nervous about it rubbing against your hair and causing frizz or soaking up any oils you put in your hair. I wear them not only as a fashion statement but on days where I simply don’t want to comb my hair, LOL! The styles tend to sell out quick so if you see one that you like, snap it up quick.

Up next on my shopping list: Kenya Femi Top, Ayana Femi Top, Jamilah Wrap, Nala Wrap, and the Ayana Wrap. Check out their site and Instagram for more inspiration!

Come With Me: #NYFW (NYFW Vlog)

Fashion week has come and gone and this season, I decided to turn my camera on and vlog (sorta). I’m more of a live-in-the-moment kinda gal so vlogging is a new concept. I simply can’t remember to whip out my camera when something exciting is happening. That said, I remembered to capture the best parts (NYFW runway!)

It’s mostly me backstage for work so I didn’t have much time to talk to the camera. I totally spaced and didn’t film intro’s or talk throughout — forgive me since this is my second time trying to vlog in a week. But it’s pretty self-explanatory. I attended backstage and watched the show. Filming the WHOLE show would have been boring so I just included the final walks for Karen Walker, Zac Posen, Delpozo, and Marchesa. Watch it below.

If you missed part one, watch it here!

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#NYFW Backstage Beauty: Karen Walker Spring/ Summer 2016

For her Spring 2016 collection, designer Karen Walker was inspired by life in the SovietnUnion’s secret training base- Zvezdny Gorodok a.k.a Star City.

“Karen was fascinated the Star City’s juxtaposition of traditional Russian folksiness and highly advanced space technology, the sense of heroism that was at its very heart and the glamour that it effused.”

karen walker jin soonAs luck would have it, manicurist Jin Soon had a polish color that was a match made in heaven for this collection.

“She [Karen Walker] wanted me to highlight her sense of understated glamour and functionality so I decided to use this muted metallic gold. This color [Cachet] – this metallic gold you can use it all season – no matter it it’s fall, spring, winter. It’s going to act more like a beautiful nude,” Jin told me backstage.jin Chinoiserie

To start Jin used JINsoon Power Coat base coat to protect the nails. She then applied two coats of JINsoon Cachet (releasing in October as part of a set. Details to come!). She finished with JINsoon Top Gloss top coat. Cachet is part of Jin’s upcoming set to be released this October (sneak peek below!)
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At hair, Laurent Philippon gave the rundown including ANOTHER sneak peek at a new product to be released in 2016.

“I wanted to give it kind of a boyish and military look. It’s rolled from one side and it goes to the other side. There’s kind of an architecture to it. It’s cool. It looks effortless. It’s textured,” he said.

“We’re separating the hair with the help of [bumble’s] Thickening Spray. I hate baby hair. To get rid of baby hair, I use Thickening Spray. Then, we’re spraying a new spray that’s coming out in April. It’s a foam spray that’s part of the Surf family. It’s magical. It’s instant texture. You just spray it on and just dry it on without a brush. Hand dry with a blow dryer and you get that saltiness but with hold.”

karen walker bumbleHe continued, “It’s very malleable. You have that warm and dry texture which I love. Then we dry the hair and we backcomb it. Next, we roll the hair and that’s what makes it look like it has an undercut — it has that silhouette of an undercut.”


#NYFW Backstage Beauty: Altuzarra Spring/Summer 2016

It’s been interesting seeing Joseph Altuzarra’s career grow over the past several years. Sophisticated and ladylike, his collections are always quite beautiful. This season, he took inspiration from his father’s hometown of Basque (northern Spain) and the collection was filled with leather, burlap cotton, and crinkled linen.

The beauty look, of course, had to complement the design so while the clothes were elegant and slightly undone, so was the hair. Led by Odile Gilbert, the inspiration was the natural, easy and unstructured hair of folk rock musicians.

Starting with damp hair, Odile combed through Moroccanoil Hydrating Styling Cream through strands from root-to-tip. She then misted a few pumps of Moroccanoil Heat Styling Protection throughout the hair. This combo helped created a rough and natural texture. The hair was then rough dried, and she gently twisted random sections with fingers as she went along to enhance the natural-looking effect without building volume.
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The hair was twisted back and away from the face and secured with low with a clear elastic, creating a “V” shape with the hair. The rest of the hair was left loose. To finish off the look, she applied Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray. For a natural and a bit undone look she framed the face by pulling wisps of hair along the hairline.
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For nails Julie Kandalec for essie took inspiration from the mother of pearl and shell accents found throughout Altuzarra’s collection so she created a pearly negative space moon manicure.

She began by applying essie’s first base base coat to clean, filed nails. Then she applied one coat of like linen, avoiding the nail’s half moon shape at the cuticle and followed with one coat of au natural over the entire nail. She finished off with gel.setter top coat.


Disclosure: I work for Moroccanoil but they didn’t pay or ask me to post this. I just like the hair.