Posts Tagged ‘beauty’

so wavy hair tutorial…

 

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happyyyyy new year ya’ll… did ya miss me?! well, I missed you & I hope you had an amazing holiday season. i spent Christmas in philly with my future baby daddy and family. although LC (little chris AKA my baby daddy) has met my entire family before, this was his first time spending a major holiday with them. my family is SUPER chill when it comes to holiday’s so it was definitely a change for him. not to mention this was the first time he’s been away from his family on Christmas. LC is a sweet heart, for real.

anyway…  I want to start the new year off by publishing an over due post. for the past 8+ months, I’ve been wearing my hair wavy and I am completely OBSESSED. many of you comment on Instagram and Snapchat asking how I do my hair. I always say it’s super easy and I’ll do a tutorial… but I’ve just been super lazy. don’t judge me. just watch the video below, and don’t burn off your hair.

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my ONLINE holiday gift guide…

oh goodness… Christmas is a little over 2 weeks away and I know I am not the only one who hasn’t started shopping, or am I? I just can’t… NYC is already so overwhelming when it comes to shopping or anything for that matter, and during the holiday season its 100 times worse. so, my goal this year is to to do as much online shopping as possible. check out my online holiday gift guide below, for all of your loved ones!

 

HER (a.k.a ME)

Online holiday gifts for her

 

HIM

online holidgiftd for him
Urban Outfitters men’s shoes / Urban Outfitters men s fashion / Narciso Rodriguez eau de parfum perfume / Beats by Dr Dre tech accessory / Mugs for couples quote coffee mug wedding mugs by SassyGalsWisdom / bel homme beard butter / THE RITUAL OF LIGHT

 

MOM

 

DAD

online holiday gifts for dad

It Luggage men s gift sets kit / Prospector Co men s cologne / Jack Black mens grooming / UGG brown shoes

 

THE BFF

online holiday gifts for the bff...

hopefully my online holiday gift guide help you find a last minute gift or discover a new product.

enjoy & happy shopping!

obsessing over… coffee body scrubs

 

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kate lynn & adwoa products

 

there was a time I thought attending an HBCU was the ultimate black cultural experience. but then… I moved to brooklyn, and my life has forever changed. all I ever want to eat is jerk chicken, rice & peas, and beef patties. if I don’t hear at least 2 soca songs on a saturday night out, then I’ll throw a fit. I ditched nivea, lubriderm, and dove soap for pure shea butter, dr. bronner’s and black soap. girl, listen… these hips are wider than ever, but my skin is clear and glowing… and I’m happy with all dat. oh… and I’m celebrating kwanzaa this year!

I’m always on a mission to try new products and brands, and this summer I discovered a new  skin care line, kate lynn & adwoa. I met the owner, Davida, a few years back at a women’s empowerment dinner in Atlanta, hosted by my amazing friend Jesse Mills. so, when I learned of the new business venture, I had to support.

I originally was only going to purchase a few bars of black soap, but then found  the coffee body scrub and ordered that as well. coffee seems to be all the “RAVE” right now, but its always been an amazing addition to beauty products more specifically body scrubs, and here’s why:

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my top WINTER moisturizer’s…

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although this winter hasn’t been as brutal as past winter’s, it is still necessary to treat your skin properly. during winter months, I NEED a moisturizer that will withstand the elements. here are my go to winter moisturizer’s:

 

1. shea moisture: olive and green tea body butter

so, within the past 6 months, I’ve become OBSESSED with shea moisture products. I feel it’s one of the top brands that performs. I use multiple products from this brand ranging in hair care, soap, shampoo, and moisturizers and I love them all.

the body butter is thick and creamy, and is truly moisturizing. I’ll normally apply in the morning, and 12 hours later… baby girl is still shining. (sidenote: during winter months, my skin gets extremely dry. if I moisturize before bed, by morning my skin is dry and flakey.)

2. sol de janeiro: bum bum cream

pronounced “boom- boom,” this cream is da shit. made with guaraná, an extract native to Brazil. the product smoothes and tightens the skin, ideally to be used on your BUM BUM. but this product is so great, that I use it on my entire body. also made with cupuaçu butter, which locks in moisture making this product a great winter moisturizer. oh, and the smell is amazing.

3. shea moisture: extra virgin coconut oil

this product stays in rotation all year round.

not only is this an amazing hydrating skin product, it’s also great for removing makeup, adding shine to the hair, as well as decreasing frizz.

4. aveda: tourmaline charged hydrating creme (facial moisturizer)

there are a few aveda products that I swear by, one being their tourmaline hydrating creme. I’ve been using this face moisturizer for over 6 years, and have found no other product that produces the same results. i love to exfoliate (which you should do at least twice a week), and then drench my skin in the tourmaline creme. It keeps my skin smooth and moisturized. (side note: product pictured above is NOT the retail size of the product. I have friends in high places who supply me with “salon only” product sizes.)

 

** not listed, but another product I swear by is aquaphor… all I am going to say about that is “get you some.”

urban decay makeup giveaway

happy friday! as we continue to celebrate One Year at the gold curve, I decided to host a makeup giveaway. I mean, what’s a celebration without prizes? so I teamed up with my favorite NYC makeup artist, Tedrick Lamar. Tedrick has chosen a few of his “go to” Urban Decay products, and we’re giving them to you!

here’s what Tedrick has to say about the giveaway products:

the Anti- Aging Eye Primer is my favorite. It has a slight luminous finish that helps brighten the eye and everyone can use a little anti aging!

the Naked3 Palette is my absolute go to product, especially for brides! plus blush colors tend to look great on everyone. you can still create soft girly looks as well as sexy seductive smokey eyes.

the Revolution Lipstick. provides full body color, and a creamy finish. basically it’s the perfect lipstick. you can wear full on or pat it on with finger or lip brush for a more stained lip look.

to enter:

• follow @thegoldcurve on Instagram
• on Instagram, tag a friend to the “Urban Decay Makeup Giveaway post.” ( there is no limit to the amount of friends you can tag)
• the friend you tag, must follow the gold curve on Instagram

rules:

• contest ends Sunday, October 25th at 11:59pm EST
• winners will be announced on Monday, October 26th
• 2 winners will be chosen, the original friend, and the person tagged
• Products will only be shipped within the US
• Winners will be chosen at random
 

have an amazing friday, and good luck!

 

baby, I’ve got the blues…

as promised, in honor of our 1 year anniversary, I reached out to my favorite bloggers for their expertise in their creative field. all the way from DC, providing us with beauty tips for the new season. first up… jennifer, of the amazing beauty en masse!

 

about jen: hailing from the district of columbia. government relations professional by day, avid consumer of beauty products by night. living on purpose. beautifying every part of life.

is anyone else completely distraught that summer is over?? school is back in session, everyone has returned to work full-time, traffic is crazy, and long gone are the days of what seemed to be an endless vacation, filled with fun and sun. sad = me, but that’s not the reason why I’ve got the blues. I’ve fallen dangerously in love with blue eyeliner, most obsessively, with midnight blue hues. This shade pairs perfectly with my “Pretty Brown Eyes” (queue mint condition)…

while applying contrasting shades is not a new phenomenon, it’s a totally new practice for me. Check out Rihanna back in 2008, rocking a bit of blue. take note of that brown eyed-glow!

Rihanna. 29 March 2008 - Westwood, California. Nickelodeon's 2008 Kids' Choice Awards. Photo Credit: Giulio Marcocchi/Sipa Press. (') Copyright 2008 by Giulio Marcocchi./kids_gm.093/0803301228 (Newscom TagID: sipaphotos996982) [Photo via Newscom]

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they say it takes at least 21 days to form a habit well, “viola!”, I’ve formed an addiction. I will make it my personal mission to find the best blue eyeliners in the market. I’ve chucked up the deuces to all of my black eyeliners, opting for a color that adds a little more “character” to my lids. my new blue boo is Le Truth!

now, you don’t have to be as drastic as me and toss out all of your fav black eyeliners in one fell swoop, or be willing to go to the ends of the earth to find the latest and the greatest, but I would encourage all of you brown-eyed dominants out there to open your eyes (pun-intended) to something new.

Brown eyes have natural light flecks that become on FLEEK when you apply a beautiful bold blue hue. blue is less severe than black liner, yet achieves the same sexy sultry effect. blue eyeliner doesn’t give you that hard look, like black, but is still sharp. the more you play around with the intensity of the liner the more looks you can achieve like creating those expressive looks, a smoky eye, or making the whitest parts of your eyes, even whiter…the list goes on.

brown eyes are the most common eye color in the world; make yours unique by playing in a little color. personally, I prefer midnight blues, but when I’m feeling frisky I go for a blue with a little shimmer.

Here are few of my favorite blue eyeliners:

the pictures above do the colors no justice. these are the must see/try on in-person type.

embrace the blues, baby…it’s the new black.

oh and if you’re saying to yourself, “I’m not spending that kind of money on eye-liner!”, you should change your thinking, after all you’re worth it.

special love to tisa on the 1 year anniversary of The Gold Curve. it takes a special type of magic to tap into your passion and share it with the world. happy birthday TGC, keep up the great work!

on that note, I’d like to express even bigger THANKS to tisa for allowing me, a novice “blogger”, some shine on her site. I am a beauty enthusiast [product and tool-obsessed junkie] and have been craving a creative outlet to showcase my thoughts and experiences in the beauty world for quite some time.  

so, recently, I decided to invest in my vision and created BeautyEnMasse—a source of inspiration for all things beauty. beauty en masse will feature a range of content from product reviews, the latest trends in the beauty industry, to health and wellness tips, as well as my personal commentary on how to be your best BEAUTIFUL self. we will cover it all. the site is set to launch this fall, so stay tuned…

Xo,

Jen

 

my current obsessions.

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my OBSESSIONs are real… strolling through sephora and decided, I need a “pick me up.” so here are the products I purchased and love:

beauty blender cleanser SOLID: lately, I’ve been using johnson and johnson’s baby bath liquid soap to clean my beauty blenders, I’m all about the HACK chile. so, when I saw the beauty blender solid, I decided I’d give it a try.

solid huh, looks messy and not worth the money ($16). It’s actually easy to use, and not as messy as I thought. what I like most is how easy it makes traveling. less than 3 ounces, and no spills.

fresh LIFE: it’s no secret that FRESH products are something I’ll always spend money on. they’re light and “fresh.” Funny thing is after using this brand for years, I’ve never tried the classic FRESH scent. tried & true.

urban decay matte lipstick MENACE: i love urban decay but I have only tried their eye shadows, and primers. because I’m a lover of a dry lip (just kidding) I decided to try their matte lipstick brand… the best matte lipstick EVER. I have worn this lipstick for 10… yes 10 days straight. No dry, or cracked lips. this one is a winner, and shooting straight to the top of my must haves list.

loving my new beauty products… share your current obsessions below!

bye summer…

is summer really over? ahhhhh… welp, cheers to an amazing summer! what I am not looking forward to, is the last days of using my favorite summer products.

 

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SHU UEMURA essence absolue nourishing body oil: promoted to nourish dry skin… I don’t know about that, but the smell alone has me hooked. my go to product for sun bathing, leaves me glowing every time.

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AVEDA be curly intensive detangling masque: Ever since AVEDA discontinued their BEST product (elixir) for curly hair, I’ve been waiting for the release of the next greatest thing. finally, the wait is over. the be curly masque softens, and detangles, leaving curls perfect. I rarely wear my hair curly, mainly because its too short, but this product might have your girl rockin curls a little more before summer is over.

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I know, I know, I should have told you about these earlier, sorry. but, you still have time to give them a try. I promise, you won’t be disappointed.

do you have any summer products you’re not happy to give up?

xoxo… to the weekend at coney island!

 

me: babe, what is this movie you’re watching?

bae: uhmmm, the warriors! you’ve never seen this movie?

me: nope… what is it about?

and that was the conversation that led to a day trip to far ass coney island. honestly, I’ve always wanted to visit CI, but never had the chance, patience, or someone to tag along. I must say, I had a great time.

So, please enjoy my picture set, and some quotes from the movie, the warriors.

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“warriorsssss… come out to playyyy!”

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drugstore game changers

 

great products are not limited to high end retailers, they can be found in your neighborhood drugstore. concealer, mascara, makeup brushes, lipstick… it’s all there. and the best part, you can get it all for a reasonable price.

this week I’ll be teaming up with 2 of my favorite bloggers… camille and kelly, and launching our beauty giveaway. For more details on our beauty giveaway, and to see how you can win amazing products… KEEP READING!

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1.  MAYBELLINE great lash mascara: neverrrrr clumps, no matter how many coats I apply.

2. NYX matte lipstick: any matte lipstick I use has to be long lasting, and NEVER too dry. I can’t have crusty, cracked lips. (but a way to avoid dry lips… use burt’s bees lip balm as a lip primer)

3. O! WOW makeup brush: my newest addiction! use less makeup, and blend effortlessly.

4. NYX wonder stick: I used this stick when I learned to contour. one side is for highlighting, and the other side for contouring.

5. ALMAY brown defining pencil: easy glide on for a natural eyebrow.

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want to win this life changing makeup brush? it’s simple & fun… get started today for your chance to win!

How to enter the #PhillyChicksBloggerPicks giveaway:

 

1. post your favorite beauty product on Instagram

2. tag 3 Instagram accounts (@akelectivemuse, @jealousyreigns, and @thegoldcurve)

3. include the hashtag #PhillyChicksBloggerPicks in your photo caption

4. lastly… follow all 3 Instagram accounts! (@akelectivemuse, @jealousyreigns, and @thegoldcurve)

to see other amazing products included in our beauty giveaway, check out kelly & camille’s blog!

 

*One winner will be chosen, and announced on Monday, August 24th. All entries must be posted by Sunday, August 23rd, 11:59 pm EST. Prizes will be shipped to US residents only.

Good luck!

 

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