If you follow me on Instagram and Twitter (which you totally should) then you would have known that I’m currently in the process of growing out the pixie (#RIP). I’ve been doing a few protective styles and twist outs but what I haven’t done was get a proper blow out. When I was invited by Neutrogena to get a blow out and meet Kerry Washington’s stylist – Takisha Sturdivant-Drew – I couldn’t pass it up!
Takisha is the sweetest person ever. Even after a long day, she was able to provide me with a few tips on how to manage this mane as I transition from pixie to bob and from relaxed to natural. As we spoke, I told her I use a LOT of saying products to get my curls to pop and she recommended using Neutrogena Shampoo’s Anti-Residue Formula once a week to remove build-up.
Between mousse, curl creams, styling gels, and the various oils I use, hair can be left weighed down and lackluster. Using the Anti-Residue Shampoo, I instantly felt a difference in my hair. It as lightweight and had such clean, fresh scent and my hair felt clean. Next she recommended the Triple Moisture® Deep Recovery Hair Mask, also by Neutrogena, to help restore shine and moisture in my hair. Y’all when I tell you my hair was soft after being washed, I mean SOFT!
I also had the chance to meet Tina Pearson who gave me the most wonderful blowout and style! The proof is in the pudding. She recommended using the Deep Recovery Hair Mask once a week since I’m natural to really soft my hair and make it easy to style. Exhibit A.
When I received word that Shopbop was going to have a handbag sale, I instantly decided to peruse the shop to create a wish list. Then I realized it was a selection (so my Pashli Dreams Part Three will have to wait). That said, I’m thinking ahead and planning my autumn lewk, part of which includes backpacks. I can’t remember the last time I wore a backpack in a serious fashion – outside of that time I went HIKING in an attempt to woo a guy. The relationship fizzled and so did the thought of me ever wearing a backpack again.
Not one to quit and the mere fact that you cannot walk into a store without seeing a fashionable backpack, I’ve added a few to my cart and want you to wear one with me.
Okay so the Lipault Paris 4-Wheeled 28″ Packing Case in Poppy isn’t a handbag but I literally just planned a girls trip for September and realized that I only have one 22” suitcase that doesn’t wheel. The wheeling part may seem like a minor detail but carrying a bag is out of the question for me. I’m lazy, sue me. Other non-backpack but still made this list include the DKNY Drawstring Bucket Bag (White) and Loeffler Randall Medium Rider Satchel (Electric Blue). I mean, look at them. You know you want it.
Marc by Marc Jacobs Ligero Backpack (Black) for those who want to look less schoolgirl and more “I hang out downtown but really live uptown.” I have a love-hate relationship with Rebecca Minkoff primarily because I think her prices had gotten way out of hand in recent years. That said, I’m no hater and this Rebecca Minkoff MAB Backpack looks pretty damn good. Lastly this Elizabeth and James Cynnie Sling Bag (Canopy Green) is what dreams are made of and Herschel Supply Co.’sHeritage Mid Volume Backpack is quite affordable.
I’m back with ANOTHER first impression video. This time I tested the new Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Foundation in Coconut. I mentioned it has Vitamin C but it actually has Actyl-C, a more durable form of Vitamin C. Wanted to show what the Maybelline Better Skin Foundation would look like on dark skin (for reference, I have oily skin). Sorry but my camera wasn’t focusing on me towards the end so it looks a bit blurry. Damn VS Pink dogs 😉 Watch for the full review.
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It happens every year. August rolls around and instead of enjoying the dog days of summer, I’m plotting my autumn lewk. I love autumn even if it only lasts about three weeks in New York before the blistering cold sets in. It’s cool enough for booties and a light jacket but warm enough for iced coffee. Was that basic? YOLO.
The new arrivals online have caught my eye and so wish lists have been made, outfits are being pinned, and my debit card could be heard whimpering in wallet.
3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Mini Satchel in Military // Mackage Rubie Crossbody // Alexander Wang Emile in Pebbled Black with Rose Gold. Are you surprised? You shouldn’t be – Phillip Lim and Alexander Wang are two of my favorite handbag lines. Sturdy, beautiful, and well-crafted.
I often get compliments about my skin (thank you, thank you, far too kind) and when asked about my skincare routine, I’m not afraid to spill on what products I use. I love skincare and I blame one of my earliest work experiences at Lancôme. It was around the launch of Génifique and my former boss took me through the process of making a splash around a new product. I learned all about the tedious press release writing process but the most fascinating bit was hearing from R&D learning about the product, the benefits, the ingredients, etc. Yes my mother, the OG Beauty Guru, always stressed important grooming habits but it wasn’t until that time where I was fascinated by the science behind skincare.
Fast forward several years and I’m still enamored with the world of skincare. Instead of writing press releases, I do my own research and use my face as a petri dish (just kidding). I am, however, always looking up ingredients, what would and wouldn’t work on my skin type and tone and trying to move forward. So it should be no surprise that my skincare routine includes more than just a cleanser. I’ve documented my morning summer skincare routine, because I use different products seasonally and during the evening.
This doesn’t even count when I’m trying to pamper myself. I’ll save that for another video 😉