Beauty, Karmaloop

[#SALE] Save 20% on Destiny Jones’s Lipmatic Lip Glosses at Karmaloop

Karmaloop.com is having a huge long weekend sale in which you can save 50% off on almost everything on the site with no minimum order. They rarely have sales like this so it would almost be criminal to not take advantage of the savings! I stumbled across this YouTube video of ellebellRoyalBeauty and thought I could help:

  • Promote a fellow vlogger/blogger
  • Help you save money in the process!

First, sign up with Ebates. Search for Karmaloop coupons to see if you can get cash back on your order. Or you can just visit Karmaloop.com. The site has four of Destiny Jones’ (Nas’ daughter) Lipmatic Lip Glosses available. The original price for all of the flavors (Cotton Candy Lane, Life’s a Peach, P.L.U.M. State of Mind, and Cherry Love) is $56 (excluding shipping, handling and tax). However, you could save $28.28 with their promo code and my rep code combined. Need receipts? Check out the screenshot below:

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Beauty, Fashion, Hair

Her Exact Look: Michelle Obama’s #SOTU Michael Kors Grey Tweed Origami Skirt Suit

US-POLITICS-STATE OF THE UNION-OBAMAFLOTUS Michelle Obama knows the power of grey. No, seriously she does. First, as you might recall, she donned shimmering grey lavender nails (the color in question was Artistic Nail Design Soak Off Colour Gloss in Vogue) at the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

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Beauty, Celebrity Makeup

Her Exact Look: Claudia Jordan’s Watch What Happens Live Red Lip & Valencia Atelier Dress

Claudia and Nene Get Into ItLast night delivered! First, we had the Golden Globes, then a new episode of the Real Housewives of Atlanta. “Puerto Read-co” was especially juicy as newcomer Claudia Jordan and Nene traded barbs in the last scene of their Puerto Rico excursion. Christened the new Queen of Shade by Cynthia, Claudia emerged as the victoress. Yes, it’s premature (there are levels to this) but it still makes for entertaining TV. “When you were my age, you had edges,” Claudia matter-of-factly reminded Nene.

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Beauty

[#SBS] I’m Going Going, Back Back, to Cowrie

Nia Long sporting braids from Mahogany Revolution. Image for Small Business Saturday: Blackowned Cowrie Jewelry

Image courtesy of Nia Long’s Instagram

I was on my Twitter timeline when I spotted this lovely pic of Nia Long, fresh-faced with freckles on full display. (Note: I update her skin care regimen post regularly.)

The glowing goddess treated herself to a shower of cascading cornrows for the holiday season. Trichologist Dr. Kari Williams, the founder and owner of Mahogany Revolution, encased each braid with silver jewelry and cowrie shells. Exquisite!

And while I didn’t receive a response about the adornments Williams used on Long’s braids (was it weird to even ask?), I want to share some unique, black-owned cowrie jewelry I discovered:

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Beauty, Hair

Blaq Vixen Beauty Reviews Black Crown Natural Hair Care

Black Crown Natural Hair Care

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This haircare review is terribly overdue, but here it is, finally! I was contacted to review select products from Margaret Mason’s Black Crown Natural Hair Care line, namely the Peppermint and Tea Tree Shampoo, the Hemp Hot Oil Treatment, and the Moisturizing Oil Spray. All of these products are for women and men with locs. 

Shanola Hampton 

My celebrity inspiration for this review was “Shameless” star Shanola Hampton. If I ever decide to loc my hair (I have flirted with the idea), she would be the first to grace my vision board. She looks simply divine with her lengthy, roping strands. Black Crown even has a Loc Box starter kit that includes all of the products I’ve used plus the Loc Fresh Refresher Spray, Loc Light Moisturizing Creme, and the quintessential satin bonnet.

Since I started writing about my experience with Black Crown, a new product has hit the collection: the Healthy Scalp Elixir. This winter oil has avocado, camellia seed oil, lemongrass and eucalyptus essential oils to help relieve dryness and itchiness while promoting lush, thriving locs.

Surprisingly, Black Crown does not have a conditioner or a deep conditioner (yet) but I am genuinely excited to see what other potential products may be in the works.

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Beauty, Fashion

#Gotham, Season 1: Fish Mooney’s Unofficial Fashion and Style Guide

Jada Pinkett-Smith as Fish Mooney

Is Fox’s new hit show “Gotham” a must-see for you on Monday nights at 8/7c? If not, here’s a reason to watch: Jada Pinkett Smith. As Gotham’s feisty and fashion-forward crime lord Fish Mooney, Pinkett-Smith is utterly delicious. She satisfies my desires for all things dark and dangerous. And of course, as I am in love with her wardrobe! According to costume designer Lisa Padovani, Jada’s leather and metallic dress as “80’s Versace/Mugler inspired.”

Three parts Stephanie “Queenie” St. Clair, Griselda Blanco and Norma Desmond, I love that Jada on this show. I love that she surrendered to her shadow in this delicious role. While I’ve been hooked since the pilot premiered on September 22, it was only after episode 3 (“The Balloonman”) aired that I knew I had to finally dedicate a post to the gorgeous gangster. Here is what she wore and how to get her inspired style by episode:

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