August 26, 2015

Show your “Star Powder” with Gerard Cosmetics

Feel like a Hollywood starlet with Gerard Cosmetics Star Powders in Marilyn, Lucy and Audrey. Each one is designed with these 3 icons in mind and to help you feel like the star that you are. Easy to apply, velvety finish and just the right amount of shimmer to highlight your features. Below I share my Star Powder in Lucy (after my favorite lady Lucille Ball) & give some little tips on how I apply, where and how much you need. Check it out and check out www.gerardcosmetics.com to see how you can get your very own.

Star Powders from Gerard Cosmetics

Star Powders from Gerard Cosmetics

Check out my video on Gerard Cosmetics Star Powder here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUSnDs2fEdY

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August 25, 2015

Sheryl Lee Ralph & Sheen magazine

The dynamic and vivacious SHERYL LEE RALPH graces the Cover of SHEEN MAGAZINE on the exclusive 2015 September/October edition, “TIMELESS BEAUTY” Issue.

The legendary actress, SHERYL LEE RALPH is the standard for what a classy, timeless woman embodies. Sheryl has been on the acting scene since she was a very young woman and later blossomed into the original Dreamgirl “Deena Jones” on Broadway. Many know Sheryl as “Dee,” our favorite step mother on Moesha, or as “Maggie Turner” on Nickelodeon’s Instant Mom. The multi talented actress lives by the acronym D.I.V.A– Divinely, Inspired, Victoriously, Alive.

SHEEN Magazine Cover featuring actress SHERYL LEE RALPH

SHEEN Magazine Cover featuring actress SHERYL LEE RALPH

Are you a D.I.V.A.?

Following Sheryl’s lead, Sheen traces the everlasting elegance of women over the years including Eartha Kitt, Pam Grier and more. Celebrity makeup artist, Renny Vasquez, who has “beat” the faces of Queen Latifah and Gabrielle Union, gives his insight on fall makeup trends. With cool weather approaching, keeping your skin and lips hydrated is a must! They have the best lip exfoliates and beauty secrets you need in your beauty arsenal!

Also, Dr. Paul Nassif from Botched on E! explains the enticing world of extreme plastic surgery. Do you need “tress relief?” SHEEN answers your hair questions! Queen of Color and Cuts, Cynthia Meadows, gives us tips about keeping hair healthy in living color. Hairstylist Highlight, Gocha Hawkins, takes center stage on her new role on LA Hair.

Let’s dish!

Lifestyle blogger and journalist Tami Reed talks blogging and Stylist Ayanna J talks how social media landed her the job of her dreams. VH1’s Love and Hip Hop Atlanta star Erica Dixon balances business and pleasure. Featured Mandate, Tank, tells us how he becomes the ultimate tempter on TV One’s Born Again Virgin. Wendy Raquel Robinson channels her inner Tasha Mack. Karen Clark Sheard speaks on her legacy while #ILoveMyPastor contest winner, Dr. Joseph L. Williams, shares his spiritual journey.

Read all about it! SHEEN MAGAZINE’s September/October “Timeless Beauty” issue on stands August 28, 2015.

SHEEN MAGAZINE is The Ultimate Beauty Guide and can be purchased nationally at Target, Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Books-A-Million, and Barnes & Noble. Visit Sheen online at SheenMagazine.com and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @sheenmagazine.

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August 25, 2015

Park Avenue Fashion Week!!!

Fashion, fashion and (you guessed it) MORE FASHION!!!!! I can never seem to get away from the excitement of designers, models, runways and more. And with Park Avenue Fashion Week in just 53 days, I can hardly sit still. This 7 day event will take place October 11-17 with an Emerging Designers Contest, and will celebrate the Winter Park fashion retail and design community. Saturday the 17th will be the runway event under a beautiful 20,00- sq. ft. tent, you will not want to miss this. This epic event is presented by Harriet Lake.

Tickets are on sale now at parkavenuefashionweek.com! Come join for fashion, meet & greets, trunk show, VIP events & SO MUCH MORE!!! See you there and stay tuned for more leading up to the event.

Park Avenue Fashion Week logo

Park Avenue Fashion Week logo

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August 19, 2015

Orlando International Fashion Week returns!

Orlando International Fashion Week Returns to Electrify the City Beautiful

Orlando, FL –August 10, 2015 – Orlando International Fashion Week is a week of exciting events and showcases featuring cutting edge designers. For seven days, the Orlando fashion scene is transformed and fashion enthusiasts are given the opportunity to indulge as well as help raise awareness and funds for Autism. People from all over the World flock to Orlando, Florida during this week to get a taste of the fashion scene in the City Beautiful.

The week will begin with the Fashion Week Extravaganza and Fashion Show at the exciting Orlando Science Center on November 1. This event will feature some of Florida’s hottest media outlets, business owners, designers, boutiques, fashionistas, and fashion bloggers. Guests will also enjoy fashion shows, a shopping expo and live entertainment throughout the week, including a concert preview from touring artist Shayne Leighton.

Orlando International Fashion Week logo

Orlando International Fashion Week logo

“Orlando International Fashion Week is about celebrating Orlando’s growing fashion scene. It’s an opportunity for the city to embrace the talented designers, models, and hair/makeup artists and give them an opportunity to shine. We also want to show the rest of the world that Central Florida deserves to be on the map as a destination to find and enjoy high-end fashion.”
Rob Henlon , CEO of Fierce Entertainment Management, LLC

Orlando International Fashion Week packs the entire week with exciting events, featuring the Fierce Spotlight Boutique/Store Specials calendar event, the Autism Speaks Benefit Fashion Show, Fashion E.D.G.E. Emerging Designer Gauntlet Exhibit, and the Fashion Show Expo, with seminars and networking events.

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August 18, 2015

Life of a blogger: The Annie files

It’s an everyday question that I do find hard to answer at times..WHAT IS A BLOGGER? With so many different kinds of blogs and so many different experiences, I found it much easier to write it down and share mine with you. A little disclaimer: these are my personal experiences as a beauty/fashion blogger. Every blogger (mommy, teen, travel, beauty/fashion etc.) will all have different experiences on how they handle their blogs, events & more. Also, want to thank my dear friend and former educator Janice Case for inspiring me to write this blog, “Life of a Blogger”.

6 years ago I really had no idea what a blogger was. I had heard of them but just didn’t understand them at all. I also didn’t know that there was more than just one type of blogger. When I met Lisa and she asked me to be one for Its A Glam Thing, I was a recent beauty school graduate but wanted to do so much more within the industry. I always had a passion for the industry and was determined to go far, no matter the cost. My first month with IAGT, I just thought it was write a couple blogs and everyone would know who I was. Boy was I WRONG!!! Everyday was a new experience. Learning the right way to promote your blog, the product and even find just the right thing to say, the behind the scenes to do list is never ending and always learning. To this day I am learning new things on promotions, and that no matter how long I’ve been doing don’t be afraid to ask questions, or even spend a little money to get even more.

New IAGT logo

New IAGT logo

Many have asked “do you just sit at home” & “is it a job”. Answers: yes/no, no, & above all yes it is 100% all day everyday, fulltime job. Even though I work from home and do sit at a desk I am researching, trying out products, looking up events to hopefully attend, following up & writing, writing, writing. “Is it a job”? Yes 100%! Even though it may be a part time gig or hobby, its a full time job just with promotions, researching, attending events and trade shows. Your always on the go, even though you may physically not be moving. Your mind works all the time, your body does get tired and sometimes all you want to do is goof off. It’s all about self starting , just like with many careers. I also want you to know that no matter what I never believe that anyone owes me anything. Just having the opportunities to attend shows, meet new up & coming stylist, designers, bloggers etc. That is why I love what I do.

My most favorite thing about blogging is not the products or even the interviews, its more the people I have met, inspiring others and helping others find just the right product for them. It is true, even though this industry is my number 1 passion, I do not wear makeup every single day, most of the time I wear yoga pants and on a cold day am wearing a bath robe. Just knowing my writing has made someone’s day, or maybe even inspired someone; that to me makes it all worth while. So I encourage you… if you love writing, have a desire to learn and work hard stat your very own. You may not get much at first, but hard work will pay off & never let your ego get bigger than your passion. Happy writing my friends!

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August 17, 2015

Orlando kicks it off…The RIGHT way

A 3 day epic event took place in Orlando this past week at The Battersby Art Gallery. Orlando Fashion Week kicked off on August 13 with makeup, models, hair and can’t forget…CLOTHES! I was able to nab front row seats to this runway show (opening night) and get to see up close the beautiful fashions grace nthe runway. It was an amazing display of just how well the right makeup/hair, the right model and an outfit go hand in hand. This first night featured designers Vanessa Shelly, Senia Soto, Fabiola Moreno, Jacquelyn Brooks & Hadascha Brutus, plus hair & makeup by the Florida Technical College Cosmetology Students.

Jarix Fashions at Orlando Fashion Week

Jarix Fashions at Orlando Fashion Week

I joined the before show fitting back stage and saw some familiar faces & met some new ones. Designer Senia Soto of Jarix Fashions is a good friend of mine whom I had met last year was showcasing her new line and met blogger/cosmetology student Pedro Y Neives a.k.a Yazer of http://yazersthoughts.com/ As you can tell from my photos it was an awesome night and definitely needed those other 2 nights 🙂 Its hard to fit all that greatness into one night.

Strawberry Blonde Clothing by Jacquelyn Brooks at OFW

Strawberry Blonde Clothing by Jacquelyn Brooks at OFW

Speaking of those 2 other nights, the show started out on August 14 for round 2 with opening entertainment Katherin Pena and designers Claudia Gutierrez, Joseph Lago, Gloria Woods and Jacquelyn Brooks. Since I was not there that night, photos on FaceBook said it all. Night 3 started off and ended with a bang featruing celebrity artist Jacqueline Valdez (remember her from VIP 😉 and designers Jacquelyn Brooks, Joseph Lago, Sonja Hendricks, Fabiola Moreno & Peter Morales.

More Fashions from Orlando Fashion Week

More Fashions from Orlando Fashion Week

I have been to many fashions shows but never one as up beat as this one. This is a definite must go to show if you are ever in Orlando at the time. Also, its a great opportunity for all designers, & models to showcase their talents to the right buyers. It also gave the students from the Florida technical College a taste that there really is more than just “behind the chair” work. Check out www.orlandofashionweekcorp.com for even more information on designers and more!

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August 17, 2015

How to: Get Bethany Mota’s red carpet look with AVON

How to get Bethany Mota’s red carpet look at the 2015 Teen Choice Awards. Celebrity makeup artist Lauren Andersen gave Bethany bronzed, glowing skin and a stunning smoke eye.

How to get Bethany Mota’s red carpet look

How to get Bethany Mota’s red carpet look

Lauren’s Inspiration: Fun, fresh and radiant.

Face: I started by prepping Bethany’s skin with By Terry Foundation in Matte Finish and applied Hourglass Ambient Bronzer in Radiant Bronze Light and Chanel Narcisse Blush. I also applied Laura Mercier Illuminating Powder on the cheeks for added glow.

Lip: We wanted to keep Bethany’s look natural, so I used Avon Ultra Color Indulgence Lip Color in In Bloom for the perfect neutral hue.

Eye: To create Bethany’s smoky eye look, I used Avon True Color Eye Shadow Quad in Mocha Late and Avon Always On Point Eye Liner in Brown on the upper outer lash line as well as smudged on the lower lash line. To finish the look I applied several coats of Avon Big & Daring Volume Mascara in Black to the lashes.

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August 15, 2015

From Kim K. West to Elizabeth Taylor’s Cleopatra

Pat McGrath Transforms Kim Kardashian West into

Elizabeth Taylor’s Cleopatra for The Violet Files

Today, (8/12/15), on the latest cover of The Violet Files, the editorial site of Hollywood insider and beauty guru Cassandra Grey, Kim Kardashian West is transformed into the iconic Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra through the artistry and makeup design by Pat McGrath.

“I would have done anything—I would have trusted Pat’s vision no matter what she wanted—but I was really excited that it was the Cleopatra vibe,” says Kim Kardashian West of the collaboration with makeup artist Pat McGrath.

Kim K. West as Elizabeth Taylor's famous Cleopatra

Kim K. West as Elizabeth Taylor’s famous Cleopatra

“Elizabeth Taylor’s makeup in Cleopatra has been re-created countless times, but for Kim I wanted to create an interpretation that has never been done before, a futuristic 3D version,” Ms. McGrath explains. “I wanted to portray a luxurious decadence by using elements of ornate facial jewelry constructed into shapes that pay homage to Egyptian culture, and of course to the rich exotic character that Taylor portrayed in this role.”

“Her eyeshadow was made from ground lapis stone and gold pyrite flecks,” notes Ms. McGrath. “Incorporating three-dimensional gold metal into the makeup design explores the concept of makeup as jewelry. I wanted the images to be luxurious, evoking a modern take on the opulence associated with Cleopatra’s makeup.”

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August 13, 2015

A’Bliss Studios & Cynthia Meadows create your “crowning glory”

Let me introduce you to Hair Icon, Cynthia Meadows, Master Hair Stylist of A’Bliss Studios, a fresh, new, modern and innovative salon. Crowned the “queen of cuts” and a miraculous colorist, Cynthia excels in her craft, as no two cutting styles are ever the same. Cynthia has worked with celebrities such as Teyana Taylor, Mimi Faust, and Claudia Jordan, among others.

A’Bliss Studio's

A’Bliss Studio’s

Cynthia has many hair tricks up her sleeve, one including her “blindfolded” cut, an act you can definitely catch during her upcoming appearance at Bronner Brothers Celebrity Hair Battle: The Main Event (a BET nationally televised event) featuring Terrence Davidson and more on Sunday, August 16th at The Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA.

Atlanta, GA (August 11, 2015)–Haven’t you heard? The shorter the hair, the longer they stare! There is something in the power of a short pixie cut that is simply undeniable. Rihanna, Nia Long, and KeKe Palmer are amongst some of the many beautiful women that can rock a fabulous, edgy short cut. Well that was until Cynthia Meadows came onto the scene, and is quickly transforming the lives of the ‘everyday’ woman through her faith in shears.

Young and undeniably gifted, at only 29 years old, Cynthia Meadows has been acclaimed for her masterful scissor hands. Since the age of 16, Cynthia’s love affair with hair began to grow and she began to build her knowledge base and explore the techniques of the hair industry. Armed with an arsenal of knowledge courtesy of a Cosmetology degree from the Jacksonville Beauty Institute along with advanced education from the illustrious Vidal Sassoon Academy, she prepared to stake her claim in the hair industry. With determination, consistency, and a mother’s fervent prayer, Cynthia Meadows has blossomed into a hair icon, who is destined to become a household name—soon and very soon.

Mimi Faust Crowned by Cynthia Meadows

Mimi Faust Crowned by Cynthia Meadows

Crowned the “queen of cuts” and a miraculous colorist for many reasons, Cynthia excels in her craft, as no two cutting styles are ever the same. She has blessed many celebrities such as Teyana Taylor, Mimi Faust, and Claudia Jordan, among others with her innate gift. Cynthia has not only won over the hearts of many, but awe’s her audience. She has many hair tricks up her sleeve, one including her “blindfolded” cut, an act you can definitely catch during her upcoming appearance at Bronner Brothers Celebrity Hair Battle: The Main Event on August 16th at The Georgia World Congress Center.

BET Networks is set to nationally televise the hair battle as Cynthia takes on some of the most dominate forces in the hair industry such as Terrence Davidson, Angela Styles, and Moira “Fingaz” Frazier. She is excited and amazed at this opportunity. “I’m excited for the opportunity to showcase my talents on such a large platform with Bronner Brothers and BET,” she says. “It’s an honor in itself to be able to compete alongside some of the industry’s greatest hair veterans.”

The Magic of Cynthia Meadows!

The Magic of Cynthia Meadows!

While gearing up for the Bronner Brother’s Celebrity Hair Battle, Cynthia is also hard at work making sure her upscale salon, A’Bliss Studio, is running smoothly. A’Bliss Studio is a fresh, new, modern and innovative salon located in Jacksonville, Florida. Far from your conventional hair salon, A’Bliss Studio’s mission is to bring their clientele peace and serenity, all while letting their true beauty and joy emerge. Whether a woman is bored with her look, distressfully broken, or has low self-esteem, a new woman emerges when leaving A’Bliss Studio; feeling beautiful, confident and most importantly, powerful.

Cynthia’s talents lie far beyond the comfort of her shears and her high-profile salon. With an entrepreneurial spirit, and eagerness to deliver quality luxury, she produced A’Bliss Luxury Hair Care Line, a chemical free, maintenance hair care line. And if you think she’s stopping there, think again. This young visionary is looking to franchise A’Bliss Studios, and is also expanding her lifestyle brand with A’Bliss Cosmetics and luxury hair line; just to name a few. Stare long and hard, because Cynthia Meadows shows no signs of slowing down, and her faith in her shears are leading the way.

Watch Video: A’Bliss Studio’s Beauty/Fashion Film Here & Here

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August 11, 2015

Stay Matte with Rimmel London

Ever find that when you have severe acne or uneven skin tone that finding the right makeup finishing powder is more like war than shopping? That’s how I felt as a teenager. I loved experimenting with makeup but was very self conscious about how it looked on me. I tried so many matte powders, non matte, I even thought it would be best to go darker to help. Just turned out to look like a pumpkin. When I discovered Rimmel London’s Stay Matte finishing powder, I could “play” and not worry about the nasty pimples all over my face.

Stay Matte finishing powder comes in 8 shades, minimizes pores and lasts for up to 5 hours with lasting oil control. Being the final step in your makeup application, Stay Matte is easily intermixable with whatever foundation you have found that work for you and is goes on easily with either brush or powder puff. I have found, that with my skin type, the powder puff makes for a more even coverage, really giving that flawless complexion we all love. The powder puff will contract a lot of product. Gently dab the puff on the back of your hand & keep the excess for later. Start off little at first, then gradually build. It is perfect buildable coverage. From there skin is like silk when applying blush, bronzer, eye shadow and so fort. Yes, I even put it over my eyes before primer. Eye shadows lasts longer, doesn’t crease and really makes the colors POP!

Rimmel London Stay Matte Finishing Powder

Rimmel London Stay Matte Finishing Powder

Since 1834, Rimmel London has been developing and redeveloping their brand to bring you their best. Owned and founded by Eugene Rimmel, Rimmel London has become one of the most sought after cosmetics companies throughout the world. So sought after in fact that the word “Rimmel” means mascara in many languages. So thanks to Eugene Rimmel, we can enjoy Rimmel London cosmetics and don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to do so. Check out www.rimmellondon.com for more information on all the cosmetics, where you can get it and even a “how does it look on me” station. That way you know before you buy ;)Have fun my friends!

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