3 Reasons Why That IT Girl Loves Taraji P. Henson

Taraji P. Henson, Washington D.C. native and star of the hit FOX series, Empire, has graced the covers of Allure and Rolling Out and is now the August cover girl for W Magazine.  Styled by Edward Enninful and photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, Taraji serves us with a dose of efortless sex appeal as she outlines how she came to be our beloved Cookie.

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Taraji P. Henson

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Taraji P. Henson

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Taraji P. Henson

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Taraji P. Henson

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As told to Lynn Hirschberg,  Ms. Henson describes just how much she and Cookie, prime time television’s favorite antagonist, have in common.

“Cookie is bold and crazy, and she loves the struggle. She started from nothing, and now she’s at the top. In that way, we’re alike: Cookie is the American Dream.  I am the American Dream.  I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth, I had a passion, I had a dream, I dived in and here I am!”

Head over to W for her entire interview but before you do, let met tell you why That IT Girl loves Taraji P. Henson…

  • She’s personable…Taraji’s down to earth personalty is refreshingly authentic.  She is like that sister you never had who will not hesitate to pull you into a hug after giving you a dose of tough love or that bestie who will give you great relationship advice.
  • She’s not a quitter…In college after failing to meet the minimum requirements for her electrical engineering program, instead of tucking her tail between her legs in defeat, Taraji pursued her lifelong dream of becoming an actress by attaining a Bachelors in Fine Arts from Howard University before relocating to Hollywood with her son in tow.
  • She’s stunning…Taraji has the type of beauty that can range from “girl next door” glam to sizzling siren depending on the day of the week.  In her W Magazine shoot she manages to make jeans and a white tee look X-rated while channeling old Hollywood in black sequins.

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Taraji P. Henson

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What do you love about Taraji. P. Henson?  Leave a comment and lets discuss.

The Makeup Show Does Dallas

Sometimes we are presented with opportunities in life that absolutely can not be missed even if it means renting a car, booking a hotel, leaving work early and driving 4 hours up Interstate 45.  This past weekend, that opportunity presented itself in the form of The Makeup Show, a pro-only trade show dedicated to makeup artistry and networking.

I had the pleasure of being invited to attend what I now consider my version of heaven.  I spoke with representatives of some of my favorite brands, learned about makeup industry newcomers, made new  blogging friends and enjoyed pro pricing on all purchases.

Take a look at full my color recap of The Makeup Show Dallas…

The Makeup Show

James Vincent, celebrity makeup artist and Director of Education & Artistry for the Makeup Show, greeted blogger guests during the Blogger Preview where he shared his vision and the order of events for the weekend.  Identifying inspiration and education as the theme, James poured out his love and passion for the beauty industry in his moving welcome speech where he gave inside details on his start in the makeup industry.

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The Makeup Show

Bloggers were gifted AWESOME swag bags that included both sample and full sized products from NARS Cosmetics, Melanie Mills HollywoodObsessive Compulsive Cosmetics and more.  Make sure you are subscribed to my youtube channel where I will be doing a massive haul outlining my finds and purchases.

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The Makeup Show

The Makeup Show

Celebrating its 10 year anniversary, The Makeup Show helps bridge industry beginners and experts with education and networking through its multiple hands-on-workshops, forums, and keynote speakers.  This year The Makeup Show boasted its first ever career fair where attendees interested in makeup artistry jobs had the chance to sit down with hiring managers from beauty powerhouses like Sephora and MAC Cosmetics for on-the-spot interviews and job offers.

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The Makeup Show

The Makeup Show

The Makeup Show gave attendees a chance to enjoy pro discounts from vendors like Inglot Cosmetics and Beautylish.  I was able to get my hands on many items that were on my already long makeup wish list like the Kevin Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer, tons of eyelashes and eyeshadow, makeup brushes from Crown Brush, and the, new to the U.S., Bioderma Sensibio H2O.

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The Makeup Show

The Makeup Show

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The Makeup Show

No makeup show is complete without out-of-this-world fantasy body paint.  I enjoyed watching models  transform from gorgeous everyday women into ethereal creaturs at the hands of super talented theatrical makeup artist.

Thank you to the PR team of The Makeup Show for your generous invite.  I truly enjoyed this event and look forward to attending next year.

 

NARS | Christopher Kane Neoneutral Collection

Summertime is what neon colors are made for yet one would not think that a line of products can possess both neon and neutral qualities until this past April.  In a collaboration with British fashion designer Christopher Kane, NARS Cosmetics has managed to give us a limited edition collection of bold shades neutral enough for daily wear.

NARS Christopher Kane Collection

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NARS Christopher Kane Collection

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NARS Christopher Kane Neoneutral Collection

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This limited edition collection comes complete with:

Lip Gloss ($26.00)

  • Mezmer- sheer neon pink
  • Nebulous- bright neon peach
  • Nucleus- sheer pale pink
  • Glow Pink- sheer fuschia 

Blush ($30.00)

  • Starscape- neon pink
  • Silent Nude- soft beige

Illuminating Multiple ($39.00)

  • Violet Atom Sheer- iridescent purple
  • Quantum Sheer- iridescent pink

Single Eyeshadow ($25.00)

  • Outer Limits – rose gold

Duo Eyeshadow ($35.00)

  • Parallel Universe- Iridescent pinkish-lilac & iridescent violet

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WATCH THIS COLLECTION IN ACTION

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I was able to get my hands on a few key pieces that stimulated my interest and true to the NARS Cosmetics legacy, right down to the metallic pink lettering, I was not disappointed.  This collection is not traditional in the sense that it’s combination of neutrals and neon colors work together without competition.

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NARS Christopher Kane Collection That IT Girl

NARS Christopher Kane Collection-That IT Girl

Starscape, a matte hot pink blush, is probably my favorite piece out of the entire collection as it gives skin a sheer wash of color but is build able enough for those who want to take a risk and go bold.  Recently featured on The IT List, Starscape is the first vivid pink blush in my makeup collection and has instantly become a daily wear.  This blush pairs very well with many makeup looks, both natural and dramatic, and my favorite combination is a neutral eye look, Starscape blush on the apples of my cheeks, and an opaque nude lipstick.

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NARS Christopher Kane Collection-That IT Girl

NARS Christopher Kane Collection-That IT Girl

Outer Limits, a rose gold eye shadow unlike anything I currently own reminds me of a lightly chilled glass of sparkling Krug Champagne on New Year’s Eve.  This eye shadow is a bit on the chunky side producing a lot of fallout upon application but is easily combated by priming eyes with NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, using a patting not sweeping motion during application, and completing your eye shadow look before not after your foundation routine.

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NARS Christopher Kane Collection-That IT Girl

NARS Christopher Kane Collection-That IT Girl

 

Nucleus, a pale pink lip gloss, can be a bit intimidating when applied alone as it looks a bit chalky on darker skin tones.  Alone it did sink into the creases of my lips, however, it is absolutely gorgeous when coupled with your favorite NARS nude lip colors like Blonde Venus which now gives it a more wearable appeal.

You can purchase the complete NARS Christopher Kane Neoneutral Collection at NarsCosmetics.com, Nordstrom, and Sephora.

What do you like about the NARS Christopher Kane Neoneutral collection?  Will you be purchasing?  Leave a comment and lets discuss.

Hello June

Hello June

 

Well it is official…2015 is almost half over and the way time has flown reminds me that we all need to not only create but actually live our best lives TODAY.  It is so easy to get wrapped up in our need to improve ourselves that we forget to live in the moment and enjoy the fruits of our labor.

The month of June is dedicated to living glamorously simple; simple goals, simple hair, simple makeup, and simply loved.  I will…

  • Worry less.  Worrying has never kept bad things from happening, it just prevents us from enjoying the good things in life.  It places an unnecessary focus on things that many times we have no control over.  I will focus my energies on things I can control like my fitness level, my personal growth, and my level of peace.
  • Make more time for family & friends.  Living in the present often includes cultivating the relationships with those you hold close to your heart.  While small, my circle of family and friends is an invaluable resource of love and support that has always kept me grounded throughout my life.
  • Minimize my surroundings.  I began minimizing the clutter in my home in April in the spirit of the Kon Marie Method and now will work on simplifying my wardrobe, skin care routine, makeup routine, and daily tasks.  I will only purchase and use things that bring me joy and leave the rest.

WHAT ARE YOUR PERSONAL GOALS FOR JUNE?  LEAVE A COMMENT AND LET’S DISCUSS.

The IT List Vol. 1 | NARS, Mischo Beauty, Chanel & More

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  1. Matcha Green Tea Powder | $18 | For the past few months I have been really enjoying Matcha tea.  Matcha powdered green tea is made of finely ground Japanese green tea leaves full of antioxidant and detoxifying properties.  Matcha tea is a great alternative to coffee as it gives me a ton of energy without creating a jittery feeling.
  2. NARS Blush- Starscape | $30 | This year NARS collaborated with British fashion designer Christopher Kane and created the neon inspired “Christopher Kane” collection.  I was able to get my hands on “Starscape” a bright matte pink blush and my favorite out of the entire collection.  Starscape give your cheeks a sheer pop of buildable color and is perfect for any skin tone
  3. Brooks Ravenna 6 Tennis Shoes | $110 | I was instantly attracted to the neon pink and purple hues of the Brooks Ravenna 6, a tennis shoe that easily absorb the impact of high intensity workouts while providing lightweight comfort. This is my 2nd pair of Brooks and what I like about this brand is the fact that they offer such brightly colored high quality shoes that make working out feel effortless.
  4. Tatcha Aburatorigami Japanese Beauty Papers | $12 |During my last trip to Sephora I discovered the Tatcha Japanese Beauty Papers, an all natural leaf-like blotting sheet.  Packaged in packs of 30, the Tatcha Japanese Beauty Papers come adorned with  tiny gold flecks and remove excess oil without disturbing your foundation or drying your skin out.
  5. Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour | $58 | The Chanel Les Baiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour is a finely milled luxury pressed powder.  Each compact comes with its own sculpted half moon brush and a large mirror.  This versatile powder provides a sheer skin like finish to your foundation application.  It has SPF 15 sunscreen and comes in a large range of hues perfect for any skin tone.
  6. NARS Lipstick- Honolulu Honey | $27 | This NARS lipstick in Honolulu Honey has easily become one of my holy grail nude lipstick colors.  Subtle enough for everyday use, honolulu honey offers a semi mate finish that can be worn alone or coupled with your favorite lipgloss.  Here I am lightly lining my lips with Cork by MAC and honolulu honey just easily blends for a naturally nude look.
  7. YSL Volume Effet Faux Cils Mascara | $32 | It is a well known fact that I have short thin eyelashes. but thanks to the YSL Volume Effet Faux Cils Mascara, my stubbly lashes are a thing of the past.  This mascara gives my eyelashes a false lash effect with just one coat with its triple film complex that conditions and fixes lashes adding volume and strength.
  8. Mischo Luxury Nail Lacquer | $18 | Recently reviewed here, Mischo Beauty Luxury Nail Lacquer is an eco friendly polish line free from common toxins used in nail polish like formaldehyde, DBP, camphor and more.  Featured in Marie Claire, Elle magazine, Cosmopolitan, Mischo Beauty boasts a complete range of color options and nail products.
  9. The Fashion Book | $45 | I recently featured The Fashion Book in a recent haul and I am so happy I invested in it.  The Fashion Book is an  A-Z encyclopedia of haute couture that hails over 500 pages of designer, photographer and style icon profiles with full size color photos and detailed excerpts to keep fashion connoisseurs busy for weeks.

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See The IT List in Action

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What are your current favorites?  Leave a comment and lets discuss.