RIP Essence Beauty Box

Essence Beauty Box
It saddens my heart to say that Essence beauty box is coming to an end! I got an email yesterday at 3:13 pm ET that the Essence Magazine’s monthly subscription beauty box was coming to an end with September being the last box. I mention the time because earlier that day, I had written a blog post proclaiming how much I loved the subscription box and it was scheduled to go live today.

As a bit of background if you are not familiar with subscription boxes, they are curated monthly subscriptions of beauty or hair samples that get delivered to your house every month. Birchbox is the grand dame of the subscription box genre. These days, there is a subscription box for EVERYTHING including food, clothes, pets, etc.! Even celebrities have gotten in on the action including Kate Hudson’s Fabletics and Giuliana Rancic’s FabFitFun

I was beyond excited when Essence announced the launch of their own box for women of color. And while there are a million beauty boxes out there, very few of them cater to women of color.
The products in the Essence beauty box where really great! You actually got a generous amount of product and they made sense (sorry, but if you have natural hair like I do, you go through half a bottle of conditioner and traditional sample sizes just will not do).

So RIP Essence Beauty Box, I hope another comes along soon to make up for this void!

Sephora Subsciption Box

Be still my heart! Yup, just as the header said, Sephora is launching a subscription box! So really, what has taken them so long! You are all my people, so I know you are well aware of Birchbox! Well, our beloved Sephora will be competing with  the subscription box giant.

The service will be called “Play! by Sephora” and will roll out in limited edition this September and  will be available nationwide in 2016. For $10 a month, subscribers will get five deluxe samples of beauty products a month!

The first box is themed around “Uncovering The Essentials,” and will include: Sephora Collection Rouge Infusion lip gloss in Peony, Marc Jacobs Beauty gel crayon eyeliner in Blacquer, Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation Face Crème, Bumble and Bumble’s Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil and Glamglow Supercleanse facial cleanser.

The service launches in September 2015 in three test markets (Boston, Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio).

I can’t wait to get my hands on this subscription box! I figure I already spend like half my paycheck there, what’s another $10!

My Interview With Refinery29!!!


I am quoted in Refinery29 y’all! The article about is DC Style and it is no longer Hollywood for ugly people. I have posted an except below and linked to the entire article!

By Lauren Sherman

As a Washington, D.C.-based public-relations executive and beauty blogger, Colour Me Glam’s Manoucheka Attime is permitted to have a decent amount of fun with her wardrobe. That means brightly colored blazers, statement necklaces, and bold lipstick colors. But when Attime, 34, was working as an aide on Capitol Hill, she relied on dark suits and button-ups. “You’re not supposed to be the one standing out,” she says. “It’s not about you.”

That sentiment is a far cry from television shows set in the nation’s capital, like Scandal,House of Cards, and Madame Secretary, where power players are decked out in Armani suits and perfectly tailored Roland Mouret shift dresses. That’s because even in the age of Olivia Pope and Claire Underwood, real-life Capitol Hill style is still evolving.

The District’s fashion gets a bum rap, and not entirely without reason. Where the apparel industry fuels New York City’s obsession with underground labels and off-the-runway looks, and Hollywood’s casual M.O. has pinned it as the poster child for athleisure, D.C. intellects have long rejected anything other than a nondescript uniform. “People are more concerned with looking smart than pretty, or looking more senior at a meeting than snazzy at an event,” said one insider.

But why can’t they be both? There are a few things at play behind the explanation. Maybe most important, Washington is a company town whose business is world affairs. Glamour is downplayed. For many who run in the city’s high-powered circles, it’s still considered frivolous to appear too concerned with appearances. It’s certainly important to look well-kempt, but the idea is to blend in, not to stand out. Another point, less often addressed, is that fashion, for many of these executives, is not something they care to think about. It’s not just that they don’t want to look like they care, it’s that they simply don’t. The rest of the article is here…


5 Amazing Things You Can Do With Lipstick

By Evelyn Walker

As a simple lip balm gal, even I can admit lipstick is a pretty amazing product. It was one of the first cosmetic products invented! Ancient Egyptians used to crush gems – yep, actual precious gems – and apply the crystals to their lips. And that’s not the only innovative lipstick use to be created. Deepica Mutyala, a professional beauty expert and vlogger posted a video in January that became an instant hit. She found an unorthodox way to conceal dark circles using red lipstick. Check it out!

Here’s what you need to know before getting started:

For a dark skin tone – an orangey-red lipstick like e.l.f. Studio’s Velvet Rope should do the trick.

For an olive/light skin tone –a peach or coral lipstick like Wet n Wild’s Silk Finish 15 Minutes Aflame is a better choice.Lipstick Post 1.jpg

So once you’ve got the right lipstick for your skin tone, here’s how to cover up those under eye blemishes and dark spots using Deepica’s beauty hack.

  • Make sure your face is clean and product free
  • Get some lipstick on a shader brush
  • Apply it evenly over the areas you want neutralized
  • Don’t try to blend it into your skin just let it sit for a minute
  • Then apply your regular concealer over the lipstick
  • Using a blending sponge, blend out the concealer
  • Continue with your normal beauty routine

Once the concealer is properly blended and set with translucent powder, you should find that your complexion has evened out. It may take a few tries, but lipstick as a tone corrector definitely works! Click here to see it done on lighter skin.

Lipstick can also be used as other products like:

Eyeshadow base

Lipsticks have that creamy texture which works perfectly as an eyeshadow base. If you’ve got lighter shades of lipstick like beiges and pinks, you can use them to make your eyeshadows pack more of a punch. It’s easy!Lipstick Post 2

  • Prime/moisturize your eyelids
  • Apply the lipstick onto the eyelid with an eyeshadow brush
  • Cover the lids evenly and blend the outer edges
  • Apply eyeshadow and eyeliner as normal

The result is beautiful! The lipstick base makes the eyeshadow color look more intense and it will help your eye look last longer. You can try experimenting with different shades of lipstick and complementing eyeshadows to see what works for you.

Blush/cheek stain

If you’re looking for the perfect blush to match your lipstick, look no further – it’s right in front of you! Lipstick can substitute as a cream blush and it’s super easy to apply. No melting or mixing necessary.Lipstick Post 3

  • Rub some onto your finger from the tube
  • Dab it onto your cheek bones
  • With a clean finger blend the lipstick out

After that easy-peasy process you should have a lovely, soft tint to your cheeks that goes perfectly with your lipstick.

Lip gloss

If you’re crushed that your favorite lipstick is running out or has broken, fear not! You can turn it into a lip gloss. Lipstick Post 4

  • Mash up the lipstick in a bowl using a spoon
  • Mix a little Vaseline/petroleum jelly into it
  • Put the bowl in the microwave for 30 seconds
  • Mix the melted product together

And you’ve made your own lip gloss! You can add more Vaseline if you want the gloss thicker or substitute it with clear lip gloss.

From an eyeshadow base to a tone corrector, your lipstick can be turned into some useful makeup products. With a little experimenting you could even create your own custom concealer or highlighter from an old lipstick.

Do you use your lipstick in an unusual way? I’d love to hear about it!

The Whole30 Experiment


I will just say it, I don’t have the best eating habits. I am a salty snack girl and if I am going to be completely honest, ice cream is in fact my favorite meal. The slight flaw in having my favorite meal is that my digestive system and I don’t see eye to eye. I am lactose intolerant along with 75% of the human race (FYI, I totally am making this figure up, but a lot of people are lactose intolerant so just go with it). For the past two week, I have been on the Whole30 meal plan. So what is the whole30? Well in a nut shell, Whole30 is a month long plan that stresses cleaning eating for 30 consecutive days. Created by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig, the goal of this plan is to help people learn about their relationships with potentially problematic foods, then develop a plan for which foods to avoid long-term and which to reintroduce. Whole30 cuts out a lot of fun things like Added sugar (real or artificial), Alcohol, Grains, Legumes, Dairy. So that means saying adios to having a glass or three of wine after work.

So why did I want to put myself through such a restrictive diet? Well for starters, when you count ice cream as a food group, you may have a problem. Second, this has been a long time coming. I have wanted to adopt a healthier lifestyle for some time but have always found a reason to put it off. You know, things like I have a wedding coming up or next week is July 4th, blah, blah, blah! Also, I was two seconds from needing a crowbar to get into my favorite jeans on! So as you can see, the stars were aligned for this! 

So far this has been a great experience, I am never hungry and I feel great! The down side is that it requires a lot of food prep before hand. That said, this meal plan has caused me to try a number of new vegetables and cook my food in different ways! I can’t wait to show you pics when this is over July 28th! Wish me luck with the #Whole30 !!!

Here are some of the meals I have prepared so far! Feel free to email and ask any questions!

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Bridesmaid Diaries


This past weekend, I was a bridesmaid in my cousin’s wedding. My cousin looked beautiful and the venue, The Fox Hollow in Woodbury, NY was gorgeous.

Now for my bridesmaid dress. Pink is not necessarily my favorite color, but I figured I need to make this work. As a bridesmaid, my job was simple, show up for my cousin in the dress she selected and cheer her on as she took this major step. And that is exactly what I did, I put on this Strapless Satin Short Dress with Pleating from David’s Bridal and smiled.

Since I was wearing such a bold color, I decided to keep everything else muted. I chose to go with nude sandals  from Nine West (similar) and I kept the jewelry to a minimum with simple gold diamond studs and a gold necklace from Kate Spade (similar).


Baby It’s Cold Outside

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Coat (similar)

Spring maybe right around the corner, but baby, it’s cold outside! Here in DC, we have had pretty bad snowstorm. Alas, life must still go on as they say, so I grabbed my trusty fox fur coat and off I went into the frigid DC weather. The coat was a splurge during the holidays and the fur is just oh so soft. I bought this Ellen Tracy coat at Lord & Taylor, but it has now sold out. Nordstrom has the same brand and similar coat and it’s on sale!

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Storing My Makeup


Being a blogger, I have acquired a lot of beauty products over the years. Finding a place to store all of that makeup, nail polish, moisturizer, etc. was definitely a challenge. Initially, I stored everything in multiple makeup bags but it was not very convenient. Having to go through a bunch of bags to find a particular eyeshadow wasted more time than I care to admit. I looked for ways to streamline my makeup storage and after some searching online, I found this great set at the Container Store. I bought five pieces in the Luxe Acrylic Modular System and these pieces worked best for my needs, however, you can mix and match them how you see fit. I’ll be honest, they are a bit pricey because each piece cost between $11.99-$29.99. I have the following items from the collection: One Large Acrylic Makeup Organizer – $29.99; Two Wide Medium Luxe Acrylic Modular Drawer Clear – $29.99;  Two Half Tall Luxe Acrylic Modular Drawer Clear – $19.99 each. In total, this storage set cost me $110 plus tax. Pricey I know, but well worth it.


For my makeup brushes, I went to Michael’s and bought decorative fillers river rocks for $6.99 and this Glass Cylinder Vase for $3.99. It is a perfect for storing my brushes and keeping them all together.


For all the other makeup this I do not use regularly, I store in makeup bags!


In writing this post, I also found cheaper sets online like this one from Amazon for $28! It is a little bit smaller than mine but so is the price.


Flashback To Sunny Costa Rica


Dress: Old Navy (Similar); Hair Chain (Similar)

This being Flashback Friday, I had to talk about my amazing trip to Costa Rica last month. Especially now that I have to endure the snowy DC weather! I was in Costa Rica for my friend Crystal’s wedding. The ceremony was in Jaco, Costa Rica at this amazing resort, Zephyr Palace. For lodging, I stayed at the sister resort Villa Caletas. I am telling you now, run to this amazing paradise because everything about it was spectacular!

The sunsets are like nothing I have ever seen before and the view from the resort left me in awe. With the hustle and bustle of life, it was really calming to take a moment in the evening to watch the sunset and remember there is more to life than errands, bills and all of the other trappings of adulthood that keep us up at night. Not a moment went by that I did not think about how lucky I was to be in this majestic utopia. Best of all, I was lucky enough to travel with an awesome group of friends. My dear friend Leslie even convinced me to go ziplining (yup, I was REALLY scared but faced my fears)!

For my outfit to the wedding, I wore an orange maxi dress from Old Navy. I found it on the clearance rack for $12! I loved the dress and the color screened tropics. Since the dress itself was simple, I added the hair chain to give it that Grecian vibe. I bought for less than $10 at a beauty supply store in Houston. I did a smokey eye and a nude lip.


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Crystal and Jake’s wedding was hands down one of the most amazing weddings I have ever been to. To start, the location was breathtaking! The bride and groom reminded me of Ken and Barbie! The reception was beautiful, the décor was exquisite and you saw the bride’s touch in every detail. I know, they look fantastic!




Springing Into Bridal Season

My friend recently got married in what is hands down THE most amazing location I have ever been to for a wedding (more on that wedding later this week). She looked amazing and her hair and makeup were perfection so I asked to meet her beauty dream team, hairstylist Carissa and makeup artist Colleen PR Partners in Metro Center

Lucky me, I was invited to PR Partners Boutique Bridal show on Sunday and had a chance to meet the owner of the salon  Jacqui Davis and the rest of the staff. I also got to see a sneak peek of things to come for wedding season (April – October). The evening was complete with hair and makeup demonstrations, mini skin treatments sweet treats and champagne. Here are some pics from the event!