JUST IN: NARS, Forever 21 & More

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I’m sure that we’ve all gone through the whole “I have a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear” phase that seems to be happening to me right now.  I feel like with all of the clothes that I own just falling off of hangers completely unorganized, I tend to gravitate to the same outfits and go for the same looks.  Upon taking a closer look at what I owned, I realized that most of my clothes were just place fillers and not pieces that I truly loved.

It was at that moment that I made the decision to treat my sense of style like that of a collector and ONLY curate pieces that I absolutely can’t live without.  I’ve decided to opt for quality over quantity in both what I put on my face and in what I wear.   No more buying 5 of the same shirts in 5 different colors.  No more picking up an item JUST BECAUSE it is on sale.  I am making a pledge that if I can live without it, it will remain in the store.  Take a look at my recent purchase of things that I’ve absolutely fallen in love with and did make my now more discerning cut.

  1. FOREVER 21 Open Knit Top
  2. KATE SPADE 17-month 2015 Agenda
  3. FOREVER 21 Half Circle Earrings
  4. TEA FORTE Orchid Vanilla Black Tea
  5. URBAN OUTFITTERS Sunny Day Square Sunglasses
  6. NARS Audacious Lipstick- Jane
  7. MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Shadow in ME-930(Black Purple) & I-220(Sapphire)
  8. Creme Eyelashes #213 & #218

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#LooksThatRock

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I love music and I ADORE makeup so what happens when you mix the two?  You get the #LooksThatRock campaign. This weekend I’ve partnered up with the MTV Video Music Awards and CVS to bring you all a set of fabulous beauty products that can help you create even the most intricate makeup looks that I’m sure will appear on the red carpet.

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As part of their #LooksThatRock campaign, not only did CVS send me a ton of Proctor & Gamble goodies to try and play with, they sent some to share with my dear friends and family during my VMA viewing party.  CVS is also offering some awesome deals in the spirit of this year’s awards show that can be found by CLICKING HERE.

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Come along and join me as I explore the products I received.

All great #LooksThatRock start off with a bright eyes, a white smile, and smooth legs.  The Olay Regenerist Luminous Dark Circle Correcting Hydraswirl instantly brightens the eye area and provides nourishing hydration for a younger look.  Crest 3D White toothpaste is perfect for keeping teeth stains at bay as it unlocks trapped surface stains using their most advance whitening system.  The Venus Snap Razor provides a clean shave and is perfect for the IT Girl on the go as its compact size fits perfectly in your clutch, or gym bag.

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. The Covergirl Bombshell Shineshadow is a great way to add red carpet shimmer to your eyes.  Its long-lasting lightweight formula has these reflective pigments that give your eyes depth and can be easily coupled with the Covergirl Curvaceous Mascara to provide a curled lifted volume and intensity with its dual brush wand.

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A long lasting lip stick is necessary during any viewing as sometimes I can get a little rowdy while rooting for my favorite artist like Shakira. Covergirl provides 24 hour wear with its Outlast Illumina Lip Color.

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These wonderful products are meant to be shared and I am always looking for ways to give back to That IT Girl’s faithful readers.  If you want to try these products for yourself enter below for your chance to win your own #LooksThatRock Kit that will include:

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  • COVERGIRL Bombshell Shineshadow
  • COVERGIRL Bombshell Curvaceous Mascara
  • COVERGIRL Outlast Illumina Lip Color
  • Crest 3D White Toothpaste
  • Olay Regenerist Luminous Dark Circle Correcting Hydraswirl
  • Venus Snap razor
  • $25 CVS gift card
  • A pink makeup bag

I encourage you to head on over to CVS where you will also find coupons you can use for BOGO 50% off.  For your own piece of the action, you can join me on Twitter this Sunday, August 24th at 8pm EST for chit chat about my favorite red carpet makeup looks, fashion trends.  See you there IT Girls!

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A Tale of Two IT Girls: My Conversation with Chrisette Michele

I still remember the first time I heard the rich and unique voice of Chrisette Michele.  I was in my car after a hard day of work and as I slumped down into the car seat, my now husband popped a CD into the dash stating. “You’ve got the hear this voice.  I’ve never heard anything like it.”  As the lyrics of “If I Had My Way” poured out of the speakers, I shot up, instantly full of energy and urgently asking “Who is this???”

That was my introduction into the the world of Chrisette Michele and today I came to the grand conclusion that she is as beautiful on the inside as the melodious voice that she belts out for our listening pleasure.   You see, there are a few times in life when you are presented with an opportunity that is impossible to pass up. Today, I, along with a group of fabulous lifestyle, fashion, and beauty bloggers, sat down with the stunningly powerful and gracious Chrisette Michele, Grammy Award winning songstress and the talented writer behind RichHipster.biz  We talked about makeup, vintage addictions, and of course all things music related.

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Her thoughts…

On Life…“My mother was an activist who helped people by keeping an 8 bedroom house full of women and children despite only having 3 kids.  If I wasn’t a singer I would do a lot of community service as that is one of my favorite things.  I would cook for people, donate clothes, raise money for women in other countries, and be an ambassador of sorts.  I am inspired by art, different cities like Paris, by atmospheres, the beach and people watching.  One of my favorite things to do is to take in the latest shows on Broadway.  If Chrisette today could talk to the younger Chrisette I would tell her ‘Girl just wear your angel wings on stage! What are you worried about?  If you see any negative comments on Instagram, just delete them.”

On Music… “Staying true to my fan base is hard but important.  That’s why I feel the need to explain to you guys what I’m doing with my art.  My latest venture, The Lyricist Opus, will include alternative acoustics, guitar and piano features, and the sounds of an orchestra.  I enjoy singing R&B but I truly have a passion for alternative and contemporary music.  I like small audiences even though that never happens and I like to be…you know…gentle.”

On RichHipster.biz “I want Rich Hipster to feel like a getaway. I want readers to feel like they are joining a squad of happy nerds; a squad of people who aren’t afraid to smile and laugh a little bit.  I told my mom one day that I had an idea and I wanted it to be connected to a blog.  I think Rich Hipster has a lot to do with the place I was living in at that time.  I was in Williamsburg, Brooklyn for years and I’d fallen in love with that community and that atmosphere. The whole vintage store vibe gave it just a fun rich ripster feel.  From that day forward I decided that everything I created would come from that place because that’s where I felt at home.  Rich Hipster is my truth.  It’s the first time that I’m not afraid; that I’m being really brave, and it’s the first time that I’m showing you everything about myself.”

On R&B Divas LA… “My fans have been very positive about R&B Divas.  Despite some hurtful instances and occurrences that could be perceived as negative, my fans have been very kind.  I have been finally able to showcase parts of my personality and I am receiving a lot of positive feedback about the Lyricist Opus.  When you are on a reality show you have this amazing opportunity to learn you tolerance level and despite everything, women CAN get along.”

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Her take…

On Fashion…”I take risks in my funky bold style and a good way to find your personal style is to play in clothes.  Hang out in your favorite store and spend time trying on clothes, taking pictures and sending them to friends for feedback.  I adore Anthropologie, Free People, long silk kimonos, Levi jeans and am obsessed with geeky vintage nerd glasses.  I LOVE to vintage shop, especially in Brooklyn, and my favorited thing to throw on in the morning is a skater dress with “Fig” lipstick by Bite Beauty.”

On Beauty… “Throw on a hot pink lip, or the bright Ruby Woo and all of a sudden you’re glamorous.  I LOVE Tarte’s BB Cream because it gives me a wonderful glow and it’s cruelty free and I usually couple that with the Boi-ing Concealer by Benefit Cosmetics.”

On Being an IT Girl… “Yes the entertainment industry is male dominated but it doesn’t bother me.  I’m not afraid of being emotional.  I don’t try to act like a man.  I wear dresses and stilettos to all of my meetings, I put on a red lip and I play.  I act like a girl.  If I had to give one piece of advice to That IT Girl’s readers on empowering themselves to realize all of their goals and dreams I would say ‘don’t be afraid of NOT getting what you don’t have, be afraid of not experiencing what you do have.’  I think we get so overwhelmed with getting everything that we forget to experience the present moment.  If I kept wondering when I was going to get married or when I was going to get a ring, I might not have a singing career because I would be so involved with making sure I sat in the first row of basketball games or making sure I was at all of the hottest clubs in New York City to meet this or that celebrity in hopes that he might swoop me off of my feet.  I have to experience and be excited about what I am doing.”

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I would like to thank Krystal Rowry, the graphic design extraordinaire behind RichHipster.biz for providing That IT Girl with this unique opportunity to interview Ms. Michele.

Now that you know the fabulous Chrisette Michele better what are your thoughts?  Leave a comment and lets discuss.

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The Art of Being a Lady: Embrace Your Sexy

What does “embracing your sexy” mean to you?  We all know there are a million resources on how to look sexy and act sexy or dress sexy but do these tips actually help women embrace and develop something that we are already born with, or do they send the message that the right combination of very superficial and highly temporary things are what make up the true essence of sexy?

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I was cruising through one of my favorite blogs called Model Liberation, when I ran across a video that I felt truly represented a woman embracing her sexy.  Nikia Phoenix, one bad azz freckled-faced model, teamed up with KisforKinky.com and writer & director Angel Jordan to give us all a glimpse into “SHE” a celebration of femininity, love, and the beauty of authentic womanhood.

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This video inspired so many thoughts and feelings and made me evaluate what being a woman in touch with her “sexy” is really all about.  Through reflection I learned that wanting to embrace this aspect of yourself is deep, and permanent, and beautiful.  Learning to do more then “appear” sexy takes subtle confidence and maybe even a little black lingerie. To embrace your sexy you must:

Do what awakens your senses…Involve yourself in [healthy] activities that make you feel alive and make the world a more whimsical place.  Besides being a makeup addict, I enjoy dancing and reading immensely.  Breaking a sweat to my iPod playlists or curling up with a big book and french vanilla black tea makes me feel more in tune with myself.

Take your time…Have you ever seen a fast moving sensual woman?  Yeah…me either.  While getting ready in the morning, while enjoying your evening bath, or while taking a walk; slow down enough to absorb  your surroundings and indulge your senses.

Be private with your sex life…In “The Art of Being a Lady: Be a Little Mysterious,”  I gave you all details on why it is so important to maintain a private life.  In the era of sensationalizing full disclosure, there is something sexy and confident about a woman that knows how to maintain some secrets, especially when it comes to her bedroom antics.  What you do at home with your partner is between you and him/her.  Leave Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, your group text message, and Snapchat out of it.

Make direct eye contact…Did you all notice all of the fiery eye contact Nikia was throwing around in “SHE?”  That is the mark of a woman in charge of her sexy.  It was intense and intentional and should be mastered.

Be authentic…I’m not telling you all to burn your bras and chunk your lipgloss into the trash.  No, I’m telling you to be your truest self in your actions, in your words and in your emotions.  If you’ve hurt someone then apologize, if you have a difference of opinion with another then respect the diversity.  Be assertively kind, and Instead of trying to always be right, try doing the right thing.

Kill your inner critic…I try hard not to be cliche, but all of the red lipstick and Agent Provocateur lingerie will not cover up an ugly inside.  It is absolutely impossible to authentically be a sexy, feminine woman when your inner dialog makes your feel like crap.  Kill the negativity and tell the self-doubt kick rocks!

What do you do to embrace your sexy?  Leave a comment and lets discuss.

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One Direction Up All Night Collection Review + Swatches

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In case you haven’t heard, boy band One Direction, is set to release The Looks Collection; 3 limited edition tins filled with eyeshadow, lipgloss, mascara and more.   I was lucky enough to get my hands on the Up All Night Tin and was presently surprised by this set of products.

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Product Overview

The Looks Collection has 3 keepsake tins inspired by One Direction’s famous songs and albums, “Up All Night”, “Take Me Home” and “Midnight Memories.”  Each tin comes with an eyeshadow quad, a Luquilight Glow Gloss, a lipstick, volumizing black mascara, nail laquer, an eye and body crayon, and a stencil set.

All of these goodies are housed in a sturdy easy to open tin container.

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Availability

“The Looks Collection” will be available worldwide starting in the U.S.  This is a limited edition product.

US RELEASE DATES:

Macy’s – August 11th

Stage Stores – August 25th

Dillards – August 25th

Beauty Brands – August 25th

Lord and Taylor – August 25th

*International release dates TBD*

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“Up All Night ” Collection Review +Swatches

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Stand Updenim blue eye and body crayon

This crayon glides on very smooth without any gaps and is saturated with color.  This will go great on the waterline.

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4+1 Eye Shadow Palette

  • More Than This- blushing pink
  • Gotta be You- silvered taupe
  • Save You Tonight- shimmering turquoise blue
  • Another World- royal blue with shimmer
  • Up All Night- sapphire glitter creme)

These eyeshadows are buttery and very pigmented.  It does come with a small makeup application sponge/brush duo but I think it is best applied using full size makeup brushes.

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Little Black Dress- volumizing black mascara

While very pigmented, I found this mascara to do very little to lengthen my lashes, but then again, my eyelashes are very challenged and need a lot of help.

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Na Na Na- metallic aqua-blue chrome nail laquer

This nail polish is on the thinner side and took 3 coats to get the color payoff that I like, but once I got the 3 coats on, I instantly fell in love with this blueish-green color.

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Taken Luquilights Glow Gloss- glitter pink lip gloss that glows neon orange under UV light

The Glow Gloss was very easy to apply and was not sticky like many glosses tend to be.  The glitter chunks were a bit on the gritty side.

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I Should Have Kissed You- bubblegum pink lipstick

This lipstick is by far my favorite item in this whole tin.  I love the texture, I love the color, I love the packaging.

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The Verdict: ★★★★☆ 

Who would have known that boy bands knew what it took to make an awesome makeup product.  I was pleasantly surprised by the quality and pigmentation of the body crayon, eyeshadow, lipstick, and nail laquer and can not wait to include these in my everyday beauty routine.

Will you be purchasing anything from the One Direction Looks Collection?  Leave a comment and lets discuss.

 

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