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xoxo… to the weekEND

stage of the Color Purple

stage of the Color Purple photo op.

 

this past weekend, was AHMAZINGGGG. while bae was away for the weekend (a ski trip that I’ll rage about another time), the bff came up from Philly to catch up. ever since bae moved up & in, I haven’t had a girls weekend. so his weekend away was right on time. keep in mind what I call a weekend, was actually 24 hours.

the color purple musical on broadway

the color purple musical, on broadway

 

saturday was non-stop, but it felt like it flew by.

one of my favorite books, and movies is the color purple. so, it was only right to support the musical. i feel like I am the only jennifer hudson supporter in the world, she was another reason I was excited to see TCP musical.

let me tell you, celie, played by cynthia erivo** was OUTSTANDING. that girl sang her freakin heart out. i mean, standing ovation worthy, had me in my chair waving my arm in true church lady fashion.

j hud was an ok shug avery. man, if she had just a little more rhythm, she would be so dope. anyway, she did an ok job. her voice is amazing… as usual, and babygirl is keeping the weight off. CONGRATS, because the struggle is so real!

overall, I enjoyed the play. I was a little upset none of the original songs were performed. can you imagine j hud singing “God is trying to tell you something.” ughhhh, she would have brought the house down.

 

 

TAO- uptown

 

next, we headed uptown (yikes) to TAO. i’ve been to TAO a million times, but never the uptown location, I’m a downtown girl. normally, it’s always a fun enjoyable experience… tuh. I wasn’t impressed by the uptown location. $17 cocktails were horrible, it took cort and I AN HOUR, to finish one cocktail… blasphemy. hostess’ who stare at their computer screen, when speaking to real people irks my entire soul. and cramped ass seating arrangements while dining is annoying. I mean, when guests next to you are on a romantic date, but ya’ll start chit chattin, and learn all their business.. means I’m too close. but the food was soooo good. the lobster & shrimp roll is a MUST.

after dinner, we headed further uptown to HARLEM… met up with 2 dope chicks, Kelly & Kedra. then crashed a private birthday party at row house, and then back to brooklyn and passed out as soon as we crossed the threshold.

(no pictures, I was too turnt by then)

** as I type this blog post, I am listening to cynthia erivo’s pandora station… and I hate pandora.

valentine’s day… are you focusing on bae?

does anyone else have a boyfriend who says dumb shit like, “… what are you getting me for Valentine’s Day” when discussing the holiday. *raises hand* I seriously hate how guys try and turn the one day dedicated to the special lady in their life, and make it about them. I’ve never researched the history of Valentine’s Day, mainly because I don’t care. I think it’s a fun day, where women should be celebrated for picking up their man’s dirty drawls all year long, washing their clothes, cooking and cleaning, rubbing vick’s vaporub on their chest when they’re crying bloody murder over a cold, and hyping them up when their beard is starting to grow in properly. don’t get me wrong, it’s not all about the gift, (that’s not my Love Language) a simple, ‘I love you’ and morning cuddle session is enough for me, but I think it’s weird when guys try to flip the situation. damn, can we have one day that celebrates US… or nah?

anyway, enough of my rant. continue reading if you’re the girlfriend who needs ideas on what to get your boyfriend for Valentine’s Day. guys don’t want flowers and candy, so step outside the box, and choose a gift bae will use and love. one thing for certain, i will NOT be in the checkout line with you though!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

happy valentine’s day everyone… enjoy and appreciate your love on this day! xoxo

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]

(souce: news.com)

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

 

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.

oh wow

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!