Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Dear Drug Store Diva: I have gotten such good advice from you and was wondering if you have any personal favorites when it comes to creating Drug Store Divine-ness. If we looked in your purse, what is in your beauty bag?
A: Well, diva I'm so glad you asked...I have a lot of personal favorites both old and new..My first stop on a search for fabulosity begins at your local Walmart or Target supercenter:
Their foundations are amazing..They come in an array of colors from nutmeg to warm brown for Sisters of all hues, Clay, Earth and Sand...I use Clay 1
Sheer Gold is my daywear lipstick Luxury Lip shine: in Glitzy...I use this amazing lip gloss for shimmer on hot nites, when I want to punch my lip color up a notch..Use alone or over another warm gold matte lipgloss for amazing shine
Garnier Nutrisse are the new products that I am addicted to. I use the cleansing towelettes for a 1 minute cleansing. No wetting or rinsing required; just sweep off your makeup (including eye gunk) and toss in the receptacle. Then I follow with the Deep pore oil free cleanser. It is fantastic, and is thick not greasy and heavy-duty enough to even remove stage makeup (for any divas out there who have a (ahem) "night job")..ok I'm leaving that alone...lol Last but not least, during the summer months I use the daily regenerating serum...during the winter months my skin becomes drier so I need that extra moisture and umph...I use the Regenerating night cream...and my skin feels as soft as a baby's bottom...
How many of you had an older sister that used Black Radiance and Zuri products back in the day? Well I had older cousins that used these products when they were some of the first products made specifically for African American folks...you know back when Earth, Wind and Fire had just put out "Reasons"...ok thanks for that trip down memory lane..but alas, these old school favorites have re-invented themselves and they are hot, hot, hot...brand new packaging and I encourage you to check out the black radiance line of lip glosses..yum!
Queen Latifah's "Queen collection" by Covergirl
The foundations are all amazing. I use Spicy Brown..and the price? Very little "cha-ching"!
Wet n Wild
Lip Glosses and the new liquid Eyeliners in different hues are affordable and give you a bang for your buck as they will wow you...
Love, love, love their colored mascaras for hot nights...
The old favorite Great lash is still my old stand by!!
More to come divas. Until then..Stay fabulous! Your drug store diva, Deirdre
Thursday, November 29, 2007
M.A.C. Technakohl Liners (just ask for the mechanical eye liners)
- Jade Way (Green)
- Auto-de-blu (navy blue)
Hope you like them as much as I do...Line It Girl!
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
Bella Belara is more than just a
fragrance-it's a beautiful feeling.
Eau de Parfum, $34
High Intensity Colonge
As irresistable as the man who
Colonge Spray, $38
Just in time for the holidays!
Lip & Eye palettes are the perfect
stocking stuffer! Eye or Lip
You can find these products & many others by shopping with MK Beauty Expert: www.marykay.com/jhamb
Sunday, September 16, 2007
A: Get It Girl Beauty: I'm so glad you asked! Believe it or not, there are a ton of hidden boutiques that are right under your nose located here in the Atlanta area. Housing some of the most mystical, one of a kind pieces in fashion, you'll be sure to wow your relatives. They'll be running back down here for their next visit! Here's the list:
Specialty clothing and accessories boutique designed for the fashion-forward female unafraid of flaunting femininity. 230 Auburn Ave Atlanta, GA 30303 Phone: (404) 880-9088
Popular family owned Little Five Points boutique offering stylish selections for ladies and gentlemen. Accessories are always a hit here! 1143 Euclid Ave. NE Atlanta, GA 30307 Phone: (404) 525-3689
A shop-o-holic's dream, fab'rik delivers high style without attitude or sticker shock. If you've seen it on the runway or the cover of a magazine, chances are you'll find it at fab'rik, but without a hefty price tag. All items are priced under $100, except for their extensive denim collection. 1114 W Peachtree St Atlanta, GA 30309 Phone: (404) 881-8223
Featuring 6,000 square feet of unique fashion finds, the store is divvied into browsable sections of menswear, women's clothing, denim duds, vintage threads and footwear. An outstanding source for jeans, T-shirts and party outfits, the store keeps celeb-favored designers like Diesel, Citizens of Humanity, 1921 Jeans, Carpe Denim, G-Star and Hudson in stock. Chic accessories such as sunglasses, wallets, bracelets are by the register. 792 N Highland Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30306 Phone: (404) 876-6055
Shoe boutique featuring Kenneth Cole, Steve Madden, Franco Sarto, Nine West, & David Aaron to name a few. Beautiful accessories from local designers and HOBO Brand handbags are carried here as well. 1245 Caroline St, Ste 100 Atlanta, GA 30307 Phone: (404) 523-1777
Featuring cutting-edge labels and limited edition footwear
1140 Euclid Ave. Atlanta, GA 30307 Phone: (404) 880-0402
Owned by a former celebrity stylist, the shop stocks trendy yet classic styles, mostly from L.A. and New York designers. A moderately priced selection--including lines from Jak & Rae, Frenzii, 213, Betsey Johnson, James Jeans, Notice and Beth Bowley--sets it apart from super-expensive Buckhead boutiques. 3145 Peachtree Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30305 Phone: (404) 816-4446
Open since fall 2005, P. Valentine is the brainchild of Sherlita Patton and Tracy Valentine. This femme fatale duo provides the perfect balance of an out the box feel, with classic conservatism and sheer style. Patton (wife of Antwan “Big Boi” Patton) and Valentine have combined fashion and music to create an atmosphere of funky flair, while attracting a serious A-List following. 572 Edgewood Ave SE Atlanta, GA 30312-1988 Phone: (404) 521-3660
Great staff and the best denim, going out tops, and accessories. Even if you want to relax and look cute, they've got you. 265 18th St NW Atlanta, GA 30363 Phone: (404) 347-0211
Luna dresses hippie-chic babes and party-girl vixens in the latest designs by Theory, French Connection, Michael Star, Seven, Free People and the like. Head to the back of the store for a small, but outstanding, selection of boots and heels. Gift ideas are scattered about the store: bath products, makeup, aromatic candles, ornate pillows, coffee table books, jewelry and handbags. 3167 Peachtree Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30305-1812 Phone: (404) 233-5344
The clothing, cut to fit small waists and larger hips, ranges from casual to evening wear. Sizes go up to 16, uncharted territory for most boutiques. The store's collection of chic boots and imported Italian shoes sets off jeans by Joe's, Buffalo, Vitamina and Paper, Denim and Cloth. Purses start at $25, while an evening gown might run $300. 252 W Ponce de Leon Ave Decatur, GA 30030 Phone: (404) 378-1214
Located in a converted grocery store in a strip mall, this boutique carries more than 20 denim lines, including Rock & Republic, Joe's Jeans and Sacred Blues. Tops, sweaters, tees and cord jackets help to complete stylish outfits. Accessories like shoes, jewelry, handbags and belts are on hand too. 2770 Lenox Rd NE Ste 2; Atlanta, GA 30324 Phone: (404) 814-0977
Boogaloos carries more than 20 name-brand designers and keeps its offerings in the $30-$100 range. Look for names such as Emma Black, To the Max, Seven, Frankie B., Language and French Connection and plenty of casual jeans and pants. Boogaloos' selection of locally designed jewelry abounds, as does its assortment of sequined and beaded handbags. 246 W Ponce De Leon Ave; Decatur, GA 30030 Phone: (404) 373-3237
Lisa Brown Atlanta
Lisa Brown Atlanta is the newest addition to the Atlanta boutique circuit. With a wide array of the most popular brands and styles, this high end boutique has quickly taken the Atlanta suburb Sandy Springs by storm. In addition, Lucky Magazine, Women's Wear Daily, Jezebel Magazine, and Instyle Magazine, have all acknowledged Lisa Brown Atlanta's unique style for dressing women young and old. They offer casual to formal pieces, some classic, some fresh off the runway. Find brands you can't find elsewhere in addition to accessories to make you look and feel your best. 6301 Roswell Rd; Atlanta, GA 30328 Phone: (404) 255-4949
Monday, September 10, 2007
Friday, September 7, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Velvet Plum Burnt Sugar
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
*Supermodel Alek Wek will release her new book August 28th entitled 'Alek: From Sudanese Refugee to International Supermodel'...A definite must have!
*Bulgari will be launching a skincare line in Italy that's set to be out mid October. Not sure when it will sweep into the U.S.
*Keisha Nash-Whitaker and celebrity makeup artist AJ Crimson are joining forces to launch a set of lip glosses called Kissable Coutoure
*Benefit has released a face brightening primer-"That Gal" Use this to help your foundation glide on easier.
*Whipped Body Delights available at Sephora. These skin-smoothing body butters are enriched with Shea, Avocado, and Mango Seed butters. Available in four assorted buttery delicious flavors!
*Lancome Courbe Virtuose Divine Lasting Curves Mascara (wooh, that's a loooong name) has an eyelash curler effect mascara that's noted to last up to 12 hours!
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
- Golden Bronze Loose Powder..gets you that fresh, glowy highlight. Use powder brush 150 when applying.
- JJ's favorite brushes: 252 & 224
- Bang on Blue..great eyeshadow, mix with electric eel for a royal blue treat!
- On the daily: Smoulder eye pencil & Golden Bronze Powder
- Mascara application: Fibre Rich Mascara and then apply Mascara X for thickening & lengthening lashes
- Favorite lip gloss of the collection: She-Boom lipgelee
- Best lashes: #7
- Face & Body Tint..uses at night for the deifinite dewy, flawless look. Apply with fingers or a sponge
- Perfect nude lip pencil: Subculture
Until next time pretty chicas!
- Mary Kay Medium Coverage Foundation Shade 500
- Ben Nye Loose Powder in Sienna
Top 3 to try:
- Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation
- Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation
- MAC Face & Body
So I've made it a point that's long overdue to go out and try some new foundations to see what other coverages will work best! Also, I've heard a lot about foundation primer and wondering if there's really a difference using that? Does primer lift shine or should a matte foundation be used? For those of you out there, please feel free to leave a comment with your favorite brand(s) of foundation!
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Monday, June 25, 2007
The Makeup Show is excited to announce The Makeup Show Miami, February 24th & 25th at The Miami Beach Convention Center.
An intimate show with a real sense of community and artistic energy, The Makeup Show Miami will bring a pro-driven legion of beauty and fashion professionals to the shores of South Beach in Winter 2008.
Examining cosmetic applications of technique and style with hands-on workshops, seminars and keynote presentations, the Miami show will have an increased focus on beauty and tanning applications for the body and will celebrate Latin influence, including bi-lingual events.
Be part of the makeup artist’s community as you network with the foremost names in the business, meet your peers and discover new products. M.A.C, Stila, Crown Brush, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, Auraline, Lord & Berry and Temptu to name a few will be joining us in Miami .
For those of you who joined us last year in NYC, thank you for helping to make The Makeup Show NYC 2007 such a huge success! We are so pleased that you were with us in our second year and hope you’ll be joining us again on May 18 & 19 2008 in NYC.
M.A.C, Stila, Shu Uemura, Face Atelier, Iredale Mineral Cosmetics, Make Up For Ever, Three Custom Color, A. Design, Awake & BECCA Cosmetics are just a few of the companies that will be joining us again in NYC next year. http://themakeupshow.com/
After leaving Nordstrom, we made a stop over to the lovely Sephora. All I can say is OMG! Have you smelled Narcisco Rodriguez!?!?! This frangrance is oh so delicious! Ok, I know this scent has been out for a while and I believe I first came across it while running through Bloomingdale's. You know how they try and flag you down to smell & sample everything-yeah! Anywho, if you haven't added this to your personal collection, do so immediately! It's also available in a musc and an oil! Um can we say how womanly, head turning, and stop a man in his tracks you'll be on a summer evening as you stroll through the town? I promise you everyone will want to know what you're wearing. Yes, it's like that! Go, get, & spray it girl!!!
Friday, June 22, 2007
I'm so excited! After reading countless blogs that I've fallen in love with, I've decided to start my own! My name is Stephanie. I'm originally from Chicago; however, I've been residing in Atlanta, GA for the past 7 years. My background includes modeling, being a licensed esthetician, makeup artistry, and unfortunately corporate america. Yes..I've been doing office administration work off and on since as early as 1998! I've recently made the decision to channel my energies into what I am most passionate about-makeup artistry! I've been into makeup since I can remember and for some reason always shyed away when I thought of it as a career move. I guess I was a little nervous or 'scurred'. Not anymore! I'm doing what I love in my spare time which will turn into all the time very soon! Enough about me! Get ready to look your best! Stayed tuned for my first entry because here is where you'll be in the know as you GET IT GIRL!