Posts Written On March 18, 2014

Dance Dance for a Spring Beauty Look with @Aveda and @lolavlashes

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I recreated the Aveda Culture Clash 2014 Make Up look from their make up tutorial video 🙂 I used the Aveda petal essence™ single eye color in SEAFOAM and AQUARMARINE. I didn’t love the packaging (looks like a sample to me in plastic clamshell) but I did love the pigmentation, staying power and how silky smooth it glided on my eye. It is flower and wax infused so perfect for spring.aveda2

To set off this flirty look, do a double braid on top of you head and use light weight lashes from Lola V lashes in Vanity.

Founded in 2013, Lola V Lashes has introduced women to 21 various high quality, yet affordable, styles of mink eyelashes. Created by Valerie De La Rosa, Lola V Lashes are in high demand in North America and is looking to expand to Asia and South America.

Lola V Lashes’ main goal is to beauty and self-confidence on both the inside and outside to the wearer. The 21 variations of lashes include both top and bottom lashes that will last from 2-3 weeks, with different designs to compliment every eye shape.Lola V Lashes will expand to makeup cases and travel kits in the summer.

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Event LOVE: @Piloti FW14 Media Preview

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We all gathered at The Shore Club for a private trunk show to view the new Piloti Fall/Winter 2014 Collection.  I didn’t know what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised by the style and design of their performance, luxury and casual pieces; and although the collection is for men, I couldn’t help myself from lusting over some of the pieces…
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My faves!

A little about Piloti:

Race, ride or stride – Piloti shoes have it all. Every style includes the patented Roll Control™ spherical heel, which cushions your heel as you drive, providing extra control in heel-and-toe downshifting. When you’re walking, it mimics your natural heel shape and supports your stride. Advanced cushioning supports the mid-foot, heel and medial and lateral sides of each foot, with reinforcement built into the lateral side of the right shoe for heel-and-toe. All our shoes feature top-quality suedes and leathers, with contrast stitching and design details that evoke the world of cars and racing. Worn by racers and car enthusiasts the world over, Piloti footwear offers performance, comfort and style with every shift and every step.

Check out some pics from the preview:

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What do you think of the collection?

Thank you for inviting me!!

Bella

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My Experience with @FakeBake Self-Tanner

Being born and raised in Miami, I took the warm, sunny weather and beaches for granted. It wasn’t until I moved to New York that I realized I had also been taking sun-kissed skin for granted. Since I’d always lived in a sunny climate, I never experienced the effects of little-to-no direct sun for months on my skin. As the deep, cold winter set in I lost shades of color — and I wanted my glow back!

Fortunately, I go to Miami at least once a winter for a little fun in the sun… but what about the rest of the cold-weather months? I’ve brushed bronzer over my cheeks and forehead.  I’ve also used a slightly darker foundation to achieve a warmer tone. These were all great makeup tricks for my face but the rest of my body would just have to be ignored.

As a woman of color, it didn’t cross my mind to go to any other measures to get the color I craved, but then I got the opportunity to try Fake Bake self-tanner.

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I had second thoughts when the package first arrived. I didn’t think this product was necessarily formulated for my skin color and didn’t want to end up looking like a black version of a Jersey Shore cast member! Fake Bake sat in the corner for a week or two. But one evening, as I packed to go to Miami the next morning, I decided to go for it. Not sure what my train of thought was… perhaps if the fake tan was a travesty I could correct it with a real tan?

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The Fake Bake Flawless Gift Set included Fake Bake Flawless Self-Tan Liquid, a professional application mitt, spay pump and plastic gloves — and a bonus lip gloss and compact mirror. I read the instructions, which seemed easy enough, and then got started.

With purple, latex gloves on, I sprayed the liquid on my skin and massaged it in with the mitt. I alternated that application technique with spraying it directly onto the mitt, depending on which part of my body I was trying to reach. I even used it on my face (since it’s safe to use there). As I rubbed the lightly pina colada-scented lotion into my skin, I could see my impulse decision was a good one. The application process was quick and not the least bit messy.

The instructions said it was best to let it sit over night. I was a little worried about leaving stains on my sheets. Even though it rinsed out very easily from the mitt and the instructions said the organic color pigment wouldn’t stain fabrics because it’s not a stain or dye, I put on black pants and a long-sleeved shirt to be on the safe side. In the morning, I woke up, took a shower and rinsed off the excess. The result was a natural, glowing tan that I was extremely pleased with.

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The instructions say that using it before tanning in the sun will accelerate the results, which was true in my experience. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised and so glad I discovered this secret for warming up my skin tone when there’s no sun to be found.

For more info, visit www.fakebake.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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RHONY @Karenkarch Fine Jewelry

The countdown to Bravo’s Real Housewives of New York has begun, but until the full-fledged drama ensues tomorrow night, we’ve got a few accessories that might curb your appetite! Karen Karch fine jewelry designs can be seen on Heather Thomson throughout this season of RHONY!

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About Karen Karch: Celebrity fans of Karen Karch include the iconic Celine Dion, Joy Bryant, RHONY, Agents of SHIELD and David Bowie. For over two decades, highly acclaimed fine jewelry designer Karen Karch has been animating the staid world of fine jewelry with her distinctive and edgy aesthetic. With her twist on luxury fine jewelry design and hand-textured precious metal finishes, Karch has created innovative and beautiful pieces suffused with her unique sensibility.  Her jewels have been featured in the media globally since her debut on the jewelry scene in 1989.


Visit: www.karenkarch.com

Twitter: @karenkarch

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