New Face of Tom Ford Beauty

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Betty Adewole is the new face for Tom Ford’s Spring/Summer 2014 beauty campaign. The 21 year old Nigerian-British model has appeared in British VogueAlexander McQueen’s Spring/Summer 2014 show and Teen VogueI can’t wait to see the final spread!

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While I congratulate Adewole on her recent triumphs, I would be remised if I did not take this time, especially during Black History Month, to shine light on some of the first black models.

First Most Well-Known Black Model, Helen Williams:
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First Successful Black Model In Paris, Dorthea Towles Church:
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First Black Model to appear on the cover of British Vogue, Donyale Luna:
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First Black Model to Appear on the cover of American Vogue, Beverly Johnson:beverl johnson

The list goes on. Essence has a beautiful slideshow of the milestones made my black models.

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The Birthstone Collection by Julep

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Last month Julep launched The Birthstone Collection and kicked it off with my personal favorite gemstone, Garnet. The color is fondly named, Betty, after the timeless and bold Golden Girl Betty White.

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This month the amethyst color is named Rosa, after the powerful strength and courage of Rosa Parks.

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I can’t wait to see next month’s color and what inspiring woman Julep chooses.

Tip of the Month: Try It On

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Sometimes you can tell that the pair of neon psychedelic pants just aren’t for you, but there are other times when you glance at a hot pink blazer with meek curiosity.

Instead of people going to dressing room or taking something off the hanger, they do this:

1.  Grab said blazer or *insert any piece of clothing that has sparked your interest lately.
2.  Gaze longingly at the garment.
3.  Place it back on the rack.
4.  Walk away in a zig zag formation as if they are gaining a 360 degree view.
5.  Return to raise it to their face as if it’s a new living organism.
6.  Question themselves and everyone around them for their opinion.
7.  Leave.

After this long and unnecessary dance you walk out of the store without a fabulous pink blazer, not because it doesn’t quite fit right or anything like that, but because you weren’t able to come to a conclusion. If this sounds like you in any shape or form, stop it! You are only bringing attention to a potential showstopper piece to every single customer. And, you still don’t know whether or not you like the blazer.

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What’s the worse that can happen? You stand in the line for the dressing room to find out that you don’t like blazers without buttons. Don’t miss out on another great addition to your wardrobe, who knows you could be snagging the last one in the store.

Dot Heaven

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This past Sunday I received a set of professional nail art tools from CULT Cosmetics. After trying out a couple of the brushes for the first time I realized that I should probably take it slow, and decided to focus my efforts on dotting exclusively.

First attempt:DSC00179

Three Colors –  BONEYARDS, HIGH STRUNG (similar/lime green), and AMETHYST.

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Love the color scheme, but the three dots on my middle finger look clumped together like eyelashes after using old mascara. Paying closer attention to my set I came to the conclusion that each wand has two different balls at its end to best maximize space and look the most appealing to the eye when used together. With that in mind I used one wand, the one on the right, for my next mani.

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Two Colors, both from CULT’s America’s Sweetheart Collection – LOS FELIZ (wine/burgundy) and HOLLYWOOD HILLS (blush).

I’m going to have to try the polk-a-dot accent finger again, because it’s still not quite right, but the colors are adorable!