#Scandal 4 x 1: Back to Life (From the Beach), Back to Reality (Hair)

Olivia Pope S4 Sunglasses

In the opening scene of “Randy, Red, Superfreak and Julia,” Olivia (a.k.a. Julia Baker) has got her life on the coast of Zanzibar.

Situation at the Location: Livin’ La Vida Pacífica

Olivia as Julia

Curly, bouncy natural hair reigned supreme for the political fixer since we last saw her. Her beach was better with a pair of Dior Exquise Sunglasses, her Monique Pean White Diamond & Gold Cage Ring, a white Kosmos by La Perla Mare Non-Wired Swimsuit, a Roberta Freyman Nicola Dress Magik…and Jake. I imagined the former B-613 operative bathing her in countless ounces of Coola Body SPF 30 Unscented Moisturizer. These moments happened, of course, between rounds of sultry beach sex. Olivia’s lip-of-the-day, always, was Neutrogena Moisture Smooth Color Stick in Warm Caramel. Her wine? ’94 Duvillet, a lavish vino that only exists in Shondaland. Gone Girlindeed.

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Achieve Your Favorite TV Actresses’ Hairstyles with Motions

Editor’s note: This is a sponsored post for Motions through The bLink Marketing Network and Lunchbox, all opinions are 100% my own.

It’s Monday, and I am squealing like Kelly Rowland! Starting this week, many of my favorite black Hollywood actresses will dominate the small screen this season. We can thank Kerry Washington, who plays Scandal’s Olivia Pope for, to quote Sleepy Hollow star Nicole Beharie, for ripping “open that hole.” I am rooting for every last one of these talented souls to usher in this exciting wave of feminine, melanin-rich entertainment – it almost reminds me of the ’90s again!

Motions assures that “no matter what type of hair type or texture you may have, [their] products will keep your hair looking as strong and beautiful as you are, enabling you to achieve a unique style that is all your own!” These words also ring true for Nurse Jackson, Annalise Keating, Abbie Mills, and Rainbow Johnson.

Check out four instruction videos featuring celebrity hairstylist and Motions Global Ambassador Ursula Stephen in which she showcases her top 5 favorite looks to help you discover your authentic style. I will also give my commentary on how you can use her tips to channel your favorite TV character.

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Get Her Exact Look: Kerry Washington’s 2014 Emmys Makeup

Kerry Washington's Emmys Makeup Neutrogena

Kerry Washington by Carola Gonzalez: Neutrogena, Kevyn Aucoin and Dior

skin.  Since Kerry’s skin has been exalted as “naturally flawless” already in a previous beauty breakdown I have in draft, I’ll continue with the accolades.

I’m sure Gonzalez followed a similar regimen in preparing Kerry for this year’s Emmys: Prep the skin with Neutrogena Visibly Even Moisturizer to even out her skin tone, apply foundation where needed (Kerry usually wears Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in #9 but Gonzalez used Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer in SX11) and add a touch of  warmth with Neutrogena Healthy Skin Blends Natural Radiance Bronzer in Sunkissed. Based on the behind-the-scenes snap shared on Twitter, Kerry is also wearing Neutrogena Healthy Skin Custom Glow Bronzer and Blush Duo in Raisin Glow, a “universal shade,” says Gonzalez.

eyes. There are some conflicting reports about the shade of Kerry’s smokey eye makeup. Some media outlets reported she wore stormy blue shadow while others identified the sultry shade as slate. I searched around and found Us Magazine’s commentary on her “dramatic eye:”

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10+ High-End Nude Lipsticks for Black Women

Betty Adewole for Tom Ford Spring 2014

This exquisite Tom Ford ad featuring Nigerian model Betty Adewole (while holding Tom Ford Lip Color Sheer in In the Buff) prompted me to create a list of all the brown girl friendly luxury nude lipsticks we’ve seen our favorite celebs wear from the world’s most prominent luxury brands. While it is always exciting to find the perfect nude among the choices available at the drugstore, I’ve learned that nude lips is “fashion for your face” (to quote June Ambrose) so why not splurge? Celebrity makeup artist Tai Young provided a recap on how to create your perfect nude lip:

First, you must start with your lips being even in color so you must put your foundation and powder over your mouth to get a blank canvas. Use a neutral lip liner to fill in your lips completely and then try colors on that you like. The one that doesn’t wash you out will be the best choice! 

Here are 12 brown girl friendly luxury nude lipsticks I’ve spotted thus far:

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Iman & Kerry Share Their 2014 Beauty Resolutions

Iman and Kerry Washington Share Beauty Resolutions

Recently, Harper’s Bazaar interviewed some of their favorite celebrities about their 2014 beauty resolutions. Among the interviewees was actress Kerry Washington and supermogul Iman.


Remove all of my makeup before I go to sleep regardless of how I feel! Iman

This one was quite easy as Harper’s Bazaar also did a “day in the life of” feature on Iman for their December 2010 issue. Of course, this was over three years ago but let’s see what the Somalian stunner used for her bedtime routine:

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Vampy Lipsticks for Brown Skin: 10+ Options from MAC, Tom Ford and More

Madisin Bradley Vampy Lip

I came across this image of model Madisin Bradley in my Instagram feed (from Renny Vasquez), and I just had to bless this post with her magnificence! She is wearing Black Opal Beauty FoundationAnastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz and Flutter Lashes (style unknown). You can get her exact vamp stamp with MAC Lip Liner in Nightmoth and NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Train Bleu. #shedidthat

Grazia Daily preached glam gospel when they said “those with darker skin should look out for lipsticks with a chocolate base which is richer and more warming than bluer-based lipsticks.” Let’s face it: the vampy lip is one of fall’s finest beauty trends for brown skin. Now I want to help you start your sultry stash this season!

It is my new obsession after I missed out on Rihanna’s overhyped Talk That Talk. This shade was the most infamous lip color in the RiRi Hearts MAC Fall collection besides RiRi Woo. Celebrity makeup artist Theresa Francine recommended picking up Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Lip Color in Port if you missed out on Talk That Talk.

With lips as dark as night, many a beauty enthusiast said they felt duped (pun intended) by the limited edition lipstick. And with that, a stream of new additions flooded Google Images, each identifying comparable, suitable contenders from different brands in various finishes and price points. As for me, I quickly got over my angst and stalked many celebrity makeup artists’ Instagram feeds. And now I’m happy to share my results with you!

Talk that talk and lacquer your lips with these vampy lipsticks for brown skin:

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Kerry Washington for Neutrogena’s Visibly Even Line

Kerry Washington for Neutrogena Watch Washington’s first Neutrogena® Visibly Even® Daily Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 daily lotion commercial that aired during the Scandal finale last night:

Also, Bellasugar has a tutorial on how to get Washington’s glow with select Neutrogena products:

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