Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Curly Hair and Don't Care

           I decided to try a new hairstyle which always strikes fear into my husbands heart! lol He never knows exactly where my head is for the week ie: afro, straight weave, blow out, curly weave or braids. The list could go on and on. He says it's like waking up to a different women everyday. *raises eyebrow* lol

  I decided to try out a Bantu twist out. (Pictured left) I chose to double strand twist each section before twisting into knots but I think I made the sections too small because I was concerned about frizz control. As it turns out the smaller knots made for more smaller curls that lasted until I realized.....I don't like small curls or frizz. lol

       I fixed my dislikes by curling each section with a small 13mm barrel round Enzo wand. I was careful not to include my ends because I'm always conscious of and trying to avoid split ends.

This was the result after using the iron. I loved the volume the bantu twist out created but not the frizz. This gave me more of a controlled curl and lots of shine!

Products used: Mixed chicks leave in conditioner  and Dudley's Setting lotion.

What hair styles have you tried lately? Did you like it?

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

This is always a wonderful time of year for me as I love family and I loooooove to eat! I cooked quite a bit this year and everything tasted great! (that's my story and I'm sticking to it! lol)

Me and my lovely family would like to wish all my readers a very lovely Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Memphis the Musical

                I had the pleasure of viewing the Musical Memphis last night and I was blown away by the amount of talent exhibited on stage! This Musical won the Tony award last year for best musical. Let me first start off by saying my husband surprised me with this lovely event and I was quite shocked when he mentioned that he really enjoyed it as well! (That's saying something as he usually doesn't like Back to the musical!

The musical was a love story set in the 1950's era between two unlikely characters for the time. A local white Dj (Huey) Bryan Fenkart and a black night club singer (Felicia) Felicia Boswell trying to make something of themselves. The soundtrack reminds you of a time where "musical was real" full of rhythm and blues. Felicia Boswell has one of those voices you won't forget!  It's a must see!

Of course this post would not be complete without commenting on the hair, makeup and wardrobe!
The costumes were a fantastic capture of the 1950's. Felicia's stage costumes showed the elegance of the 50's with tailored dresses and beading. The teens had poodle skirts, and men sported patterned sweaters, polo's and slacks.

(Below Felecia Boswell from the musical Memphis.)

I really get the fifties vibe from her hair and makeup which was executed fabulously! Her brows are highly arched to a point with winged/doe liner and a heavily lined matte red lip.  I'd actually wear this look and adapt it to fit my own style by blending the lip liner a bit and adding a little gold shimmer to highlight my cheeks for extra added glow.

Have you ever been to a musical? What's your favorite one?

You can check out the cast and chicago show dates via there website.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Old Looks Anew! : Period makeup

It's been said, if you don't know your past you are doomed to repeat it. Well in the case of beauty, being doomed isn't so bad! Over the years many artist (music and makeup) pull inspiration from old Hollywood starlets. These references often go lost on those who aren't familiar with looks from the past but are directly effected by the trends they create. In order to help you guys out with a few references, I've decided to use Beyonce.Beyonce is one of this generations iconic musical artist. She's been known for her chameleon like changes between albums but I know her best for her constant references to classic period makeup's a personal hobby of mine. I'll share a few of my favorites with you (I have dozens)!

Up top you'll see a head nod to the 1920's. I used Clara bow (actress) to show the similarities between looks. Notice the down turned over extended brow along with the dark lip and cupids bow. This is a classic look with an updated twist executed to perfection!

The 1950's were used for inspiration in the photo next to Dorothy Dandridge. Notice the sharp arch of the brow defined to a point. In the photo, Dorothy Dandridge has a soft winged liner and defined brow where Beyonce is sporting an exaggerated winged/Doe tip liner for the eye. An updated trick to an old trend.

The 1960's were an explosion of creativity and color! Elizabeth Taylor's performance as Cleopatra in 1963 was an updated look from the Egyptian era and was used as inspiration in 2007 for Alexander Mcqueen's collection for MAC. Beyonce took inspiration in 2008 and used it as a catalyst for her "I am Sasha fierce" album. It's a very beautiful strong eye with a pop of color and light lip.
The sixties also spawned a wave of spider lashes and rounded cut creases to give the eye more of a rounded effect. Beyonce looks fab in this Twiggy inspired look and also has my favorite brow look for her to date. Kim Kardashian is bringing this look back with her use of spider lashes for her red carpet appearances.

I love finding inspiration in all things but digging into the past can prove to be quite inspirational. My next stop shall be to raid my mothers closet. She has clothes in there that are well over 30 years old. (Don't judge) lol

What are some of your favorite updates from past looks?