Beyonce + My Beauty Buys

Beyonce Vogue September Issue That IT Girl

I think the only thing that I am more enamored with then delicious beauty products is Beyonce Knowles and her effortlessly glamorous ways.  The September issue, for many publications, signifies change and transformation.  It sets the stage for the upcoming fashion seasons and is what I like to consider my almanac of haute couture.

In celebration of me finally getting my hands on this coveted issue of Vogue Magazine graced by none other then Mrs. Carter herself I decided to feature Beyonce and my latest beauty buys all in one blog post.

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Beyonce Vogue September Issue That IT Girl

Just like Beyonce has reigned in the music industry since her solo debut, luxury beauty products have dominated my collection ever since I purchased my first Chanel lipgloss this spring.  This latest set of splurges include a creamy NARS concealer, a nourishing hand cream, a YouTube collaboration and Mark Jacobs.

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Marc Jacobs High Shine Lacquer- Secret Love- That IT Girl

Finding the perfect blue and purple nail color shades to compliment my yellowish-red undertones has always been a challenge for me.  Secret Love, a deep eggplant purple nail lacquer by Marc Jacobs, has been in my collection since this summer patient awaiting the fall season. This gorgeous polish doesn’t wash my skin tone out as with so many tried and failed purple nail colors and gives an opaque high shine finish only requiring one coat.

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Becca Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector Champagne Pop

 

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1 year ago I would not have been able to tell you what Becca Cosmetics is best known for or even where their products are sold but oh baby have I since seen the light.  Their holy grail Shimmering Skin Perfector, especially the pressed version, has earned “cult classic” status with finely milled highlighting pigments in color ranges that suit any skin tone.

This summer, Jaclyn Hill, makeup artist and highly successful YouTube beauty guru, partnered with Becca Cosmetics to create Champagne Pop.  This limited edition pearlized white gold shade with peach undertones is extremely pigmented.  I found Champagne Pop to be wearable on me when coupled with orange and berry toned matte blush colors and is best applied with a loosely packed blush brush and light touch.

Despite its claims of being a universal highlighting shade Champagne Pop may be  a little too cool for some skin tones.  The Shimmering Skin Perfector in Topaz, a deep golden-bronze color or Albatross by NARS are both great alternatives for those who don’t find Champagne Pop suitable.

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Beyonce Vogue September Issue That IT Girl

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Beyonce Vogue September Issue That IT Girl

I picked up the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Amande due to it being long wearing and crease resistant.  I’m a sucker for a good yellow based concealer best used as an under eye highlight in my full face makeup routine.

.Beyonce Vogue September Issue That IT GirlAs a registered nurse I probably wash my hands anywhere from 30-40 times a day.  My hands should be a  hot cracked mess but thanks to my rotation of thick creams and moisturizers I’m able to keep them supple and baby soft.  The Nubian Heritage Goat’s Milk & Chai Hand Cream with rose extract not only smells heavenly but touts an ingredient list full of powerful skin nurturing ingredients like Shea butter, mango butter, goat’s milk and aloe vera.
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What are your latest beauty finds?  Leave a comment and lets discuss.

THE ART OF BEING A LADY | Choose to Be Happy

Kerry Washington

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Maintaining a general sense of happiness is not an easy thing to do because lets face it…life can be hard, painful, boring, and downright mundane.

In my younger years I many times felt that true contentment was something that occurred passively and without effort.  I gave tirelessly to those who barely deserved it with hopes of gaining their acceptance and I found myself envious of others who appeared to “have it all”.  I usually found myself waiting with baited breath for my turn to be gleefully happy not knowing that the power to be so was something that already resided inside of me.

It wasn’t until I graduated college and settled into my career as a registered nurse that I realized just how much control I had over my daily outlook and my ability to derive joy from even the dreariest of circumstances.  After years of failing attain true peace from outside sources I learned that my emotional wellbeing solely depended on me purposefully and consciously choosing to be happy.

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Making the decision to be happy is one of the most important choices you’ll ever make as it is an indicator of your readiness to fully accept yourself thus giving you permission to move freely without doubt and fear.  Choosing to live in delight even for those who are serially optimistic takes practice and can be achieved when you make the decision to commit yourself to the following steps:

Affirm yourself daily.  Before you reap the benefits of true joy, you must first speak it into existence.  Change your inner dialog little by little through reciting daily affirmations and by not allowing negative self-talk to take residence in your mind.

Have an attitude of gratitude.  Take inventory of your present and make gratitude for the blessings that have been bestowed upon you a daily focus.  Continue to work on achieving your life goals with determination yet don’t forget to appreciate what you already have.

Use “No.” as a complete sentence.  Stop explaining your inability or lack of desire to meet the insatiable expectations of others by realizing that “No.” is a full and complete sentence.  Learn to put you first by only acting within your physical, emotional and financial boundaries and don’t allow anyone to make you feel guilty for doing so.

Forgive yourself.  Rejoice in the fact that no one is perfect.  While you should not use your imperfections as a reason to treat others with anything other then fairness and kindness, you should take comfort in the fact that you WILL make mistakes, some bigger then others, and you WILL survive.  Sincerely apologize to others when you should, forgive yourself, and refuse to let your past bad choices be the blueprint for your future.

[Try to] worry less.  Worrying about the things you can’t control does little to nothing in preventing those fears from becoming reality.  Learning to roll with some of the punches of life allows you to be a little more flexible, carefree and resilient.

Get a life.  The paralyzing habit of living vicariously through others causes a vicious cycle of self-sabatodge.  Yearning to walk in another’s shoes subconsciously sends the message that your life isn’t worth living thus lowering your confidence and belief that you too can be a success.  Create positive habits, develop hobbies and embark on a personal or professional journey that will awaken the motivation for you to create your own dream life.

Give yourself an off day.  Sometimes life will beat you up to the point where you just can not manage to visualize the silver lining and that’s ok.  Job loss, loss of a close loved one, or failing health are just a few painful life occurrences that can knock even the strongest into a downward spiral of grief and depression.  Falling into a funk does not indicate failure nor does it mean that you’ve relenquished your right to choose happiness.  It is simply an unavoidable part of human nature that should be recognized early, allowed to be expressed and resolved, and treated through therapy if needed.

How has choosing happiness been of benefit to you?  Leave a comment and lets discuss.

On My Radar | Charlotte Tilbury, Tom Ford, La Mer & More

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Happy August IT Girls!!  In my first post of the month I am so excited to share with you all a few items that I have been eyeing.  My favorite thing to do nowadays is to only collect beauty and fashion items that are absolutely decadent in both quality, packaging, and presentation.  My wish list continues to grow to epic proportions with the following must haves.

  1. Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow, Medium/Dark | $68 |  As one of the newest additions to the Charlotte Tilbury ever growing catalog, and touted as a well kept Hollywood secret, the Filmstar Bronze & Glow can slim, sculpt, and highlight your features all in one palette.  Its color rich pigments offers a sunkissed glow that promises to keep you bronzed all fall, winter, spring, and summer.

  2.  Tom Ford Ultra Shine Lip Gloss- Naked | $46 | My makeup collection can never get enough of smooth, high-shine, creamy lipgloss colors.  The Tom Ford Ultra Shine Lip Gloss in naked can be worn alone or atop your favorite Tom Ford lip color for added dimension and glamour.

  3.  Pour La Victoire Ankle Strap Sandals | $225 | Right on trend for the fall season, the Pour La Victoire block heel ankle strap sandals are ready for mimosa filled brunch dates with metallic embossed snakeskin straps and a midnight blue embossed leather heel.

  4.  La Mer ‘The Oil Absorbing Tonic’ | $85 | I am always on the lookout for products that will help balance put my oily skin and The Oil Absorbing Tonic by La Mer seems promising.  Infused with algae extracts and La Mer’s signature Miracle Broth™ this formula reduces oil production while immersing your skin in moisture.

  5.  NARS Kabuki Botan Brush | $70 | I am in dire need of a good kabuki brush.  True to the aestetic of traditional Japanese culture, the NARS Kabuki Botan Brush offers a soft strong dome shape great for applying loose powders and buffing bronzers on the face and body.

  6.  Dolce & Gabbana The Nail Lacquer– Sheer | $27 | Classic red nail polish never goes out of style. “Sheer” from the Dolce & Gabbana Summer Shine collection is a fiery vivid red shade that will get plenty of wear for months.

  7.  Chloé Square Frame Acetate Sunglasses | $345 | I have been loving square framed sunglasses recently and found these extra chic pair by Chloé to feed my current obsession.

What is on your beauty & fashion radar this month?  Leave a comment and lets discuss.

Madam Glam | Lip Color Review + Swatches

 

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Madam Glam- 2.1I always love trying new and new to me cosmetic brands because you never know when you will find your next holy grail product.  I recently received a few lipstick colors from Madam Glam, a cruelty free cosmetic company widely known for their large selection of nail lacquers and who now offers an entire selection of lipstick, eyeshadow, and blush colors.

Enhanced with extra moisturizing ingredients like Cupuacu butter, the Madam Glam lipstick and lip gloss collection claims to offer highly pigmented finishes in a variety of color choices. Each lipstick is priced at $15.95 and lip gloss at $22.95 and both are housed in sturdy plastic cosmetic containers with the Madam Glam logo silk screened across the front.

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Madam Glam

Madam Glam

Posy ($15.95) is a pale pink lip color perfect for everyday wear that gives a sheer finish with one coat but is definitely buildable to opaque coverage with 2-3 coats.  The formula of this color is very soft and smooth however I found the wear not to last more then 2-3 hours.  Nonetheless, I really like this color because it wears well on deeper skin tones both with and without lip liner.

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Bare Truth ($15.95) is a pale tan color that was probably my least favorite.  It was very dry and hard to apply and left a very chalky finish that women with deeper skin tones tend to shy away from.

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Fiercely Fabulous (22.95) is a rose pink lip gloss that offers a smooth shiny and lightweight wash of color easily wearable alone or atop you favorite Madam Glam lipstick.  This lip gloss is heavily scented and flavored which I am not a huge fan of yet I found it to be quite moisturizing and long-wearing.

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Madam Glam

Madam Glam

Affection ($22.95) is a shimmery nude peach gloss and my favorite out of all products received.  It’s mousse like texture, again heavily scented and flavored, offers long-lasting highly pigmented color that can be worn alone or blended with ANY lipstick color.  Watch Affection below in my latest Instagram (@thatitgirl) video.

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Outside of of Bare Truth, which I believe is no longer available, I really enjoyed the lip colors I received.  If I could change anything it would only be to remove the scent and sugary taste from the lip gloss colors as I am not a fan of heavily scented or flavored cosmetics.  I can see Posy and Affection making its way into my regular makeup rotation and can not wait to see what else Madam Glam has in store for its ever expanding makeup collection.

Don’t forget to visit Madam Glam and take a look at their lipstick selection and make sure you leave a comment with your thoughts on these lip swatches.

Special thanks to Madam Glam for submitting products for consideration.

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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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.