Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Do You Have The Clown Brow Syndrome?...

Many of us have had the "Clown Brows" or right now as I speak have "Clown Brows". We some how over pluck our brows and then draw over them with a brow pencil. I perfected the clown brows for many years in high school. I don't have that much eye brows to work with from the beginning but then I had the nerve to make them super skinny. I have had clients that barely had eyebrows want me to wax away the little bit of brow hair they have. I know most women love the arch and want their eyebrows to look clean. Beautiful arched eyebrows open the eyes and the face up. Thin eyebrows make you look clownish and surprised all the time. Using waxy eyebrow pencils are a no, no for any type of brow. So you may have the Clown Brows Syndrome or naturally have thin brows and want them to be normal...

Follow these quick and easy tips for the perfect brow!

  • Give your eyebrows time to grow in. I don't care how unruly they may look. Use brow gel and a brow comb while giving your brows a chance to grow back
  • Never use waxy brow pencils
  • If you choose to pluck your eye brows...pluck outside of the brow. Try to keep the natural shape of your eyebrows. You can use a white eyeliner pencil to draw the shape you would like and then pluck around the borders.
  • Your eyebrows already have a natural arch so if you get them plucked, waxed, or threaded tell the person arching them to stay around the natural line of your brow.
  • Brow scissors can be your friend. You can buy them at any drug store. Brow scissors are great for trimming around the brow and cutting down the fly away hairs..(note: this tool is great for full eyebrows too)
  • Finally I will say just don't over do it! You want your brows to look clean but natural.
Also know that the beginning of you brow should line up with the outer curve of your nostril. The tail of the brow should line up diagonally from the outer corner of you mouth. May sound strange but take a pencil and try to do this in the mirror.

A must have for the perfect brow...I love it  and use it every time I do my makeup.

... Its only $3! You can get it at Target or Online.
The brow kit reminds me of NARS and Smashbox's eye kits and it works just as well. It comes with the brow gel and powder that makes a great combination for the perfect brows. Use this kit to fill in and shape out the brow line. I recommend this kit over a pencil any day. It may take some time to master but it works BTW it comes with a little brow brush that works! Try it you will love it.

Say bye, bye to the Clown Brow Syndrome and hello Eyebrow Perfection!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

She is scared to wear her real hair....

  I wasn't surprised when Tyra Banks did a show on black women scared to wear their real hair. On the show she had two women that only wore weaves and one that never wore her natural curly texture. The women on the show were in tears while explaining why they hate their real hair. When did the black woman become ashamed of her own natural hair? I believe it has been an on going cycle for black women to teach their daughters that their hair is ugly. As a child I don't remember loving my hair and being told it was beautiful. I used to put long t-shirts over my head and pretend to have long lavish hair. I know many other young black girls dreamed of long straight "beautiful" hair. Now the nappy headed girl with short hair can buy a bundle of hair and say its hers. As we stand in the mirror we hate our hair. We make sure to take drastic measures to make sure nobody ever will see the beautiful hair God has given us.

I don't blame my mother or any other black woman for the epidemic of self hate. I do blame society and the media. Black women are the top consumers of beauty products and these major companies know that. Big hair companies spend billions on making sure we stay relaxed and straight.I don't think its wrong to wear fake hair but when you cant live without it... that's a problem. A weave should be something you wear every once in a while for change. Yes,mama you bought it and now it's yours but please don't make it a habit to wear fake hair all your life. Deep down in some way a black woman knows she is hating her self by hating her hair.  During the Tyra Bank's show the women that hated their hair had the weaves removed and had their natural hair styled beautifully. All the women at the end of the show loved how their hair looked without a weave. Education and proper care is the key to wearing natural hair. Go to hair meet ups, read books about hair, try different products, find a knowledgeable natural hair stylist, the options are endless. A weave or relaxer are not the only options for us.

Love the hair and skin your in....

-Peace & Many Blessings

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Prego Partying: Belly Dance, Have Fun, It's Okay!....

When my friend asked me to come out for her birthday I was kind of hesitant. Going out to dance and not sit down and eat... Can a prego girl do that? After great positive feed back I decided I wanted to go. My only dilemma came about trying to find something to wear. Searching in my closet I found nothing. Then I realized you want something to hide your belly. So I got over it and realized...duh your pregnant...be cute and comfy! I finally found a great dress to wear and put my own spin on it. I made sure to paint my toes although I struggled, lol. I made sure I felt happy and looked great. After dealing with kids all day and being tired from late nights of no sleep I was ready to have a good time. I had a great time celebrating my friend's birthday. I danced and had fun with my friends and it  was very much needed. Some people will say you have to stay at home while pregnant but I say if your feeling okay go have a good time. A pregnancy is not meant to be hidden. I'm not telling my prego readers party every night and go get drunk...
Going out celebrating with friends and dancing won't hurt you. Christina Milian, Kourtny Kardashian, and many other Prego Mamas have been spotted out having a good time with friends and family. I'm not a celebrity but that night I had fun like one...lol.

Here are some tips on staying comfy if you choose to party

  • Choose an outfit you are comfortable in.
  • Drink plenty of water before going out and stay hydrated
  • Make sure you eat before you go out
  • Have a friend that will make sure you are okay thru the night
  • Its OK to sit down and relax...friends will come to you while you sit.
  • Make sure you have a safe driver if riding with others
  • Hand rails are your friend use them and a buddies' hand
Have fun every once in a while prego mamas because soon late nights will be diaper changing and bottle feeding!

Clogging Back Into Fall: The Come Back Shoe

We can't forget these Sweden originals...The Clog! We loved them in the 90's and now this fabulous shoe is revamped for this fall. The round toe, short or tall heel, and comfort like a tennis shoes have us loving them even more. Leather or suede the clog is making a come back into women's wardrobe. How can you wear these adorable shoes?...

 Clogs are versatile and can be worn with skinny jeans, boot cut jeans, skirts, and dresses. A clog with leather and studs can replace the typical short boot or bootie. Clogs are now coming in suede and variety of colors but I'm loving the solid neutrals. Their a must have in the closet this fall. They work best with casual sexy combinations while giving comfort. So ladies make sure the heels of your feet are shiny and ready for display. You can find you a pair in just about any retail shoe store. The clog is a far cry from the original wooden shoe. Clog your way back into fall!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Pity Party

My grandmother would always tell me tears wont solve the problem nor will it make anything better. I was a cry baby as a little girl and I sometimes still feel her resurface. We all have had a pity party at least once or twice in our lives. Some of us live are lives in a pity party and believe the world is against us. Maybe not everything is going our way so we just want to sit and wallow in depression. I can say I've been there. Depression brings heaviness upon our spirits. We get down and stay in a dark place not knowing how to get out of our despair. The Pity Party makes you feel alone but other types of friends will come and join you and none of them are positive. Okay we get down but in my pitiful moments I decided to get up out of my depression. I know God has much better in store for me. If you get down don't stay there forever. There will be moments of sadness, pain, and grief but choose to move on and find the good in your life. The Pity Party is never fun. Keep living and looking forward to the good no matter how hard it gets.

-Peace & Many Blessings

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

BB Mama New Product Review: BUTTER HANDS

Hey Mamas,

     I'm always washing my hands or having them in some type of water. My hands tend to peel at the end of the day from all the cleaning and washing I do in the house. I have tried to put lotion or coco butter on them but after I wash my hands their back to being dry. Then Miss Oops Butter Hands came into my life and my hands are feeling brand new. I had to put this product to the test so I applied it once and went as I regularly do during the day. I washed dishes, washed my hands after diaper changes, washed clothes, and washed up little people. My hands still felt nice and no peeling. It felt like my hands were protected throughout the day. BUTTER HANDS has and SPF of 30 in it which is great for sun protection. It also has Sesame Seed Oil and Indica Seed Butter that keeps your hands hydrated without the greasy residue. I'm hooked on this hand cream that comes out the same color as butter with a sweet smell. Miss Oops Butter Hands gets The BB Mama Approval! Now you can buy this lovely hand cream from my shop...

Check it out buy it and love it!
Just Click on the Link Below


Monday, August 9, 2010

Why a HATER Hates?...



          We all have probably wondered why someone may hate us. Did we give them a reason to hate? Maybe that person never had a reason to hate you. I do know you can compare a hater to a bully. A hater usually isn't someone your scared of ...it's more of a pest or an annoyance to your life. A person that hates usually has low self esteem and lacks confidence. You can see these same qualities in a bully. A hater can be someone very close to you or someone you don't know. At times we feel sorry for a person that's a hater because their life revolves around trying to make someone else feel bad about their self. A hater only wants someone to feel exactly like them. All that time spent on hating instead of building up their own esteem to stop hating and be happy. If your not aware of the devices of a hater you can find your self being just like them.
          A hater hates because they hate the person staring right back at them in the mirror. Some where deep inside the person their hating they wish to be like. Learn from a hater to keep loving and move on. It was once said it takes more muscles and time to make a frown. Life is not worth the time to be unhappy and to be angry. I say if your a hater or find your self slipping into hater mode... take a good look in the mirror and ask your self is this really worth my time. Its very easy to be negative than to be positive. You never know when its too late to make a change so why not do it today.

_Peace& Many Blessings

Friday, August 6, 2010

GET THE LOOK!!!: Today we feature Jazmine's Dewy Look

      Jazmine Sullivan is already making waves with her new single Holding You Down. We are loving her music and also loving her new soft look. Jazmine showing a very delicate side and playing up her beautiful features gets an A plus from Blaque Beauty Mama. So you may be wondering how can you copy this fabulous natural dewy look...Read further down and I'll tell you how.

You will need:
A black eyeliner
Black mascara
A bronzer
Hot Chocolate Mama lip balm (Get this by going to http://www.soulsistahcosmetics.com/)

Now GET THE LOOK!!!...Dewy Natural Face here we go!

  1. Make sure you hydrate your face with a nice moisturizer. After that if you are using a liquid bronzer apply that  all over the face. If you have a powder bronzer wait that will be the last step!
  2. Draw a thick line along the upper lash line with the black eye liner.Then line your bottom lash with a thin line.
  3. Take your Hot Chocolate Mama lip balm and place some on the eye lids and smooth it out across the eye lid. Smudge and blend it some into the eyeliner.
  4. Smooth some Hot Chocolate Mama lip balm on the cheeks and lips.
  5. Now get your powder bronzer and brush it on your forehead, cheeks, eyes, and chin.
  6. Finish your Dewy Look  by applying your black mascara last.
Simple steps to get Jazmine's Dewy Look...


-Peace & Many Blessing

Soul Sistah Cosmetics...Hoping for success!

A long process for the sisters of Soul Sistah Cosmetics will pay off in the end. Years of planning lip balm formulas, the names of the products, and so much more. Courtney and Heather Hayes move forward towards the future of their business with high hopes to make a mark in the cosmetic world. Soul Sistah Cosmetics theme of products come with names like Hot Chocolate Mama. Caramel Kisses, and Brown Eyed Sugah Girl. The style and names of products take you back to a theme of blaxploitation. Blaque Sugah their logo girl is beautifully profiled on products with a natural fro. The sistahs of SSC are working hard on future products that will have customers coming back for more. They take pride in their products being all natural with great scents that will excite the senses. Heather and Courtney are just starting to embark on their journey but have no plans on stopping.

Check out their website http://www.soulsistahcosmetics.com/

Go to their contact page to find out how to order products.

-Peace & Many Blessings

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Sexy & Pregnant: Find out how you can keep being the hott one...

        The belly is growing and will continue to grow along with many other body parts. Most women think this is the time to stock up on big t-shirts and sweat pants. STOP!!!! Pregnancy is a beautiful thing and your baby bump should not hide under big droopy clothes. We also don't want to wear too tight clothes that have us looking like we are wearing our pre-pregnancy clothes. So you may be wondering what should I wear to remain or become the super sexy prego mama... You must first understand that being sexy is classy and not trashy. Being sexy comes with confidence and being aware your body's beautiful curves.  Right now mama while pregnant you got curves and all the right places so enjoy it!

Here are some pieces you should add to your wardrobe to spice up your look. Also with your sexy wardrobe check out  little things you can do to be a hot mama.

  • Jeggings: The jean legging with stretch has comfort and style for your growing body. Try pairing some jeggings up with a flowy top that comes down pass the belly and hits the hip.http://www.express.com/home.jsp Check out Express for some sexy jeggings that fit your style!

  • Kitten Heels: OK while your pregnant you hate to wear heels. Flats can be cute but we are going for sexy. Kitten Heels or Cigarette heels give you just enough heel and height. Your calf muscles need length for dresses and skirts. Kitten heels come in many different styles just look for the heel! http://www.shopstyle.com/browse?fts=kitten+heel# Check out this link and find a wide variety of kitten heels for summer and fall.

  • Shorts: Yes you need some sexy shorts. They are made and such a nice variety of colors and styles. I would start off with black shorts. You can get a lot of wear out of them. Dress your shorts up and down. When being sexy dress them up with your kitten heel. If your a super sexy mama put them on with high heels. Your legs will have crazy length. So while the growing belly is out...your legs are showing off too! Click the link and check out fun sexy styles just for you.http://www.oldnavy.com/products/womens-shorts.jsp Old Navy has a nice selection of shorts in different styles.

  • Try a Variety of Sexy Tops: Off the shoulder...super sexy! Layered flounce silk tops give your belly nice shape and room to breathe. Asymmetrical Knit Tunics are flowy but wont have you look big and bulky. Deep V shirts or simple V cut shirts give your growing bust line nice lines along with that growing bump. If you don't want to shop in maternity stores...Try going to other trendy stores and buy 1-2 sizes up from your original size. Its really all about the cut and style. Don't get locked into empire waist tops as the only style a prego mom can wear. There are many different styles of shirts that flow out or stay fitted to the body and give nice silhouettes around the belly.

  I didn't forget to share my little things you can do to be sexy...
  1. Keep your toes polished. People never would think a pregnant woman would be able to touch her toes. It's a must to keep them polished and try hot colors like red, hot pink, and coral.
  2. Find our your right bra size. Your bust might be growing and you don't want your bust line blending in with the belly...not cute!
  3. A chunky ring, ankle bracelet, hooped earrings, or bangle bracelet are fun ways to make your sexy wardrobe pop!
  4. Stay up on your skin care. Try getting a facial and always make sure your face and body is glowing. Try exfoliating the body and using body and face bronzers for that extra glow factor!
  5. A new hairstyle never hurts. Try color and something opposite of your ordinary style. A new look always makes you feel sexy and confident.
So to all my Sexy Prego Mamas have fun shopping and finding your inner sexy diva!

-Peace & Many Blessings!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Aqueelah Williams: A true star behind the many faces on a cover

Hey Mamas,

Welcome to my new edition of Chronicles of Blaque Beauty Mama. My treat to you and new format is to provide you with great blogs in magazine format. What better way can I start off my new style with an exclusive interview about Aqueelah Williams. If you don't know her name you might have saw her face and name grace the covers and pages of Black Sophisticates and many other black magazines you know and love. Not too long ago I caught up with Aqueelah to find out more about her career and the humble beginnings of her start in the beauty industry. I promise this is a treat... I hope you enjoy

BBmama: When and how did you start out in the beauty industry?
AW: I started when I was 18, my first real job as a receptionist for a black owned beauty/ hair magazine company.

BBmama:What was the benefit of starting out young in the beauty field?

AW: My lack of terminology and industry etiquette afforded me the chance to experience different avenues of the business, constantly given tasks out side of my job description. Being on photo shoots, traveling, modeling I learned everything! I moved up in the company quickly because of the fresh ideas I had. I got hip and stayed with the company long enough to build relationships and freelance with other companies. After a while I was more of a partner/advisor not an employee.

BBmama:What are your talents?

AW: I’m a published MUA, that has had jobs as a production manager, model, modeling instructor, photography coordinator, and wardrobe stylist. Within the last few years I've added lash tech and wig stylist to my arsenal.

BBmama:How did you learn to be a makeup artist?

AW: I'm self taught, some of the tips and tricks I learned from the artist I use to hire for shoots at the mag. Most of my practice was on my self, I had my own formula no real rules

BBmama:Who have you worked with in the beauty industry

AW: My resume includes and is not limited to: Miss USA, Cover Girl Tour, Clinique, Mirror Image Cosmetics, B.E.A.T., Little Mo, KeKe Wyatt, Sicili Sewell, The Philadelphia Eagles (print), and The Baltimore Ravens (commercial).I also have tear sheets from my published work featured in: Sophisticates Black Hair, Salon Profiles, Da Book Magazine, and Salon One. Allen Media Group and Spicer Productions…

BBmama:What are your likes and dislike in the beauty industry?

AW: I like the beauty industry for staying trendy and because of that it has highs and lows for a freelance artist, so that's not consistent pay which is my small dislike however it keeps me on my toes.

BBmama:Tell us one thing you think people don’t know about makeup artistry?

AW:People don't know that its not as easy as it looks, for example to create a "natural" look can require a lot of makeup.

BBmama:What is Powder Room Consulting? When did you start it?

AW:I started the group a few years ago, we serve as a liaison between the client and the beauty industry.

BBmama:What are the services you provide?

AW: I merged my experience with skilled professionals through powderroomconsulting as a platform where artists, stylist, and photographers can provide expert assistance.

BBmama:How is your career now being a newlywed and mommy?

AW:I’m learning every day, its all about balance.

BBmama:What would you like to do in the future in the beauty field?

AW:In the future I want to brand my own "beauty survival kit" and mineral line, and I’d also love to have a beauty supply store.

BBmama: Name 2 words to describe you?

AW:Versatile and highly motivated…

After chatting with Ms. Williams I can agree with those two words.

-Peace & Many Blessings!

Monday, August 2, 2010

In a boyz world

Hey Mamas,

   Last week my heart way beating fast as the lady traced over my belly. The baby looks perfect I was told but I really wanted to know what was the sex. I closed my eyes then opened again to see...yes its another boy. I cried because I was hoping for my daughter. No...another little boy. At that point I was really sad and disappointed and no one could understand it but me. I came back to the waiting room to see all my sons sitting there quietly and strangers looking at my boys in amazement. They are so well behaved I have heard many times while out but I know better. I remember in the past as an teenager I was boy crazy. I was always involved or looking for some guy. Its amazing the irony and humour God can have with you. I had to set my emotions aside and see what God wants me to learn from this circle. I can't say I fully figured it out all the way. One thing I do know I was given these beautiful boys that will grow up to be great men that will love me forever. So I'm happy with boy number 6. I'm happy to say I'm having another little man in my life that will love me and likewise I do the same. While I'm trying to understand the lessons God wants me to learn the boys will be right there with me. My disappointment fades and I look forward to the future and a life without circles.

-Peace&Many Blessings