If you read my last post, then you know I had been disillusioned with beauty (and blogging) for a bit and that now, I’m ready to rejoin the beauty world and continue to make my mark as an artist. Sometimes, you have to find ways to get yourself back into the swing of things after a long hiatus. I do this best by shopping for makeup and tools as a treat. I TRY to buy practical things that I can use in my kit but it was HARD to not to start clicking all the whimsical items available online at Naimie’s Beauty Center and filling my cart with things I may not need any time soon (hellloooo glitter paint)!
The first thing I added to my car was RCMA No-Color Powder, which doesn’t look “cakey” and compliments ANY color of foundation. Then I decided to add the RCMA VK Palette to the mix. I love getting more bang for my buck and this palette doubles as concealer AND foundation! Speaking of foundation, I am a firm believer in applying a good primer as a base before I add foundation, so I ordered more Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Radiance Bronze (I am addicted to this creamy, shimmery bronze primer that makes my face glow). I wasn’t done shopping, so I added a Bdellium SFX Stippling Brush (you know, just in case I do any special effects makeup soon), and before I knew it, I was adding to my cart a small Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray (you know, just in case I’m traveling for fun and want TSA sized products). I didn’t REALLY need more lashes but the Red Cherry lashes were calling and they ended up as the final purchases for the day. All in all, I was happy with my mini-haul!
Makeup goodies truly make me giddy. I love not just having the products, but also I love what I can do with them. Creating the perfect look for a client is extremely rewarding and I”m grateful that I get to make people look and feel great. I’m also thankful for companies like Naimie’s where one can really find the products they need!
Until next time,
update: I neglected to mention my Aqua XL Eye Pencil because it was actually purchased from a different store but just added to the “new purchases” pile.
I have been away for too long and received a gentle reminder that it is time for me to get back into the swing of things. I’m an artist. I don’t draw or sculpt, and for some, that’s what comes to mind when they hear “artist”. I do makeup. I do it well. I get paid to do it, so that makes me an artist. But I deviated from the path of artistry, because I had become disillusioned and uninspired. As a result, I took a few steps back and returned to a career that I now loathe.
As we zoom through the 2nd month of 2017, I realize that I must pick myself up, dust off my brushes, and get back to work. There are faces to paint, sets to visit, and movies to be made, and they can’t be made without me. I am publicly vowing to put myself out there more, to work more, to learn more, and to grow more as a makeup artist. It is time to renew.
Lome Clutch Bag by Babatunde. Purchased at The Silver Room-Chicago
If you follow my blog, then you’ve seen the last post about shopping during the holidays with companies that respect black people. I will continue to write and share pictures of my purchases that make me a proud, cognizant shopper.
I recently acquired yet another clutch bag by Babatunde, a South African company that is in the business of creating beautiful, handmade items from African fabrics in the most vibrant patterns and colors. My latest coup has fabric with my beloved sorority colors strategically placed.
I didn’t have to travel all the way to South African to buy my bag (although a trip there is definitely on my list for 2017). Instead, I walked over to The Silver Room, a Chicago, Wicker Park neighborhood staple since 1997. The owner, Eric Williams, has been able to make the word “community” not just be a word, but a feeling. The Silver Room, now located in the Hyde Park neighborhood, just makes me happy and grateful that I can spend my dollars knowing that the recipients of my hard-earned money (and as a makeup artist and an educator, I. WORK. HARD. AS. HELL) respect my culture and gender.
The saying, “You get what you pay for” is my reality. I pay for quality, unique products created by people who had me in mind and I am thankful that my money is going where I want it to go. When people buy from small, black-owned businesses or companies that create with black folks in mind, everyone benefits. Shop where your dollars make sense.
I won’t be supporting any companies that support racists. I won’t be buying products from companies that do not support people who look like me: Black women. There are many ways that I can spend my hard-earned money so today, I chose to buy some new jewelry from Rachel Stewart Jewelry. I like knowing where my dollars are being spent. If you’ve not checked out Ms. Stewart’s line of afrocentric jewelry, you are missing out. Her work is currently being sold at the Smithsonian in the National Museum of African-American History. I’m wearing one of my favorite pairs of earrings in the picture above. You can thank me in advance and enjoy your holiday!
Over the years, I’ve blogged about being true to yourself in regards to beauty. You should be living your own truth and doing what works for YOU. The beauty industry is really changing and growing, and there are tons of products out here to enhance your beauty. Trust me, I work my way methodically through many of them. It’s a tough job, but I’m always ready to step up to themirror on behalf of my beauty mavens out there. As much as I love to play around with new makeup, try out the latest serums and masks, and just have a good time making my clients look their absolute best, the best kind of “beautiful” for me is knowledge.
This summer, I spent some time at the Brooklyn Museum, where I literally stumbled and paused in front of Mickalene Thomas’ “A Little Taste Outside of Love.” This huge acrylic, enamel and rhinestone portrait of an unabashedly black woman was MY kind of beautiful. On that hot, humid day in Brooklyn, I looked at an image of a woman who was straight up chillin’ and enjoying HER kind of beautiful. I saw my own dark brown-reddish skin and the round parts of my body in her body. On most days, I don’t need validation that I’m beautiful in my own skin, but it’s hard work to stay positive about ME in a world that doesn’t see my kind of pretty as special or even relevant. Yet, that day, MY kind of beautiful was all around me. #BlackGirlMagic
“I love my super-slick, greasy, oily skin that makes my makeup slide right off,” no one has ever said. Although it’s tempting to touch up those oily spots with your powder compact, it’s never a good idea. For starters, your puff or sponge will absorb the oil and trap it, which makes that puff or sponge a breeding ground for bacteria. Skin naturally produces oil, but if you find yourself a bit more oily, invest in some blotting papers. These extremely thin, square-shaped, lightweight miracles live in all of my purses and makeup cases.
In my opinion, the best papers are ones that absorb oil without leaving a powdery coating on my skin. I prefer the Sephora brand, along with Mary Kay (these are larger than the average papers), Boscia, and in a pinch, the Walgreens brand works too! Higher end cosmetic brand Shiseido makes a blotting paper that absorbs sweat along with oil, and that is definitely a win-win situation.
Even though the summer is coming to an end, and many of us equate sweaty, oily skin with heat, blotting papers are a good idea year round.
Happy Saturday! I’ve been productive this morning by taking care of some grooming issues (like banning those evil facial hairs who seem to have a mind of their own), and organizing my treasure trove of miscellaneous beauty items. I stumbled upon one of the many Sephora Beauty Insider gifts that I have stockpiled, including the Caviar Anti-Aging Hair Care products.
I haven’t used it yet. I have good intentions of using these products, since I love anything that says “Anti-Aging” and the fact that the shampoo and conditioner boast of being free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, and synthetic color. The trial sized kit also comes with a heat protectant spray (of which I won’t use, as I wear locs, and don’t blow dry), and a leave-in conditioner.
Since I’ve been a member of Sephora’s rewards program (and several others), I have been hoarding points and turning them in for some cool beauty products. I’ve even become a fan of some companies (Fresh) after trying out the trial sizes that I earned through spending my cash.
I just love getting something back for patronizing a business. If you’re a beauty budget babe (or dude), and you haven’t utilized rewards programs, what’s stopping you?