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

Posted on: Thursday, September 25, 2014

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.

Kerry Washington tweeted this photo of the sublime One & Only Luxury Resorts. Their particular site was the Ocean Club in the Bahamas.

OO Resorts Scandal Olivia Jake

Hair to the Yes: Heat Free Hair and Motions

Kerry Washington Natural Hair

Let’s get into that hair. The show’s hairstylist Linda Villalobos never identified the brand of hair extensions (sorry ladies, I know you’ve searched) Kerry wears on the show but her natural hair? I volunteer Heat Free Hair as tribute, specifically their For Koils (3B-3C) Collection.  You can manipulate the For Koils Empress Wig with a DENMAN D31 9 Row Volumizing Brush, clarifying shampoo, deep conditioner and leave-in conditioner per the brand’s wig care video:

However, grave news of a beloved gladiator cuts their impromptu getaway short:

And with that, the carefree, curly-haired Julia Baker ceased to exist, and a serious, smooth-stranded Olivia Pope materialized in her wake. People Magazine (who clearly has a problem with ethnic, textured hair – hell, with black women period) tweeted the following (which the publication deleted) asinine comment:

Olivia’s back to straight hair so you KNOW she means business. #Scandal

People Magazine, really? Do you realize that there are a few natural-haired CEOs? In fact, Black Enterprise penned an article where they asked, “Natural Hair and Professionalism. An oxymoron?” and “Is it possible to reach the C-suite without straight hair?” Ask Xerox Chairman and CEO Ursula Burns. 

Perhaps the most prominent example of a black women CEO braving politically stormy Corporate America, Burns conducts business with a close-cropped fro with a sliver of corded silver. Are you telling me that this woman would be more powerful with an Olivia Pope-esque press?  To whoever posted that tweet: Girl, bye.

Truthfully, that’s neither here or there but I’ll tell you what matters: how Olivia was able to go from curly to straight in preparation for her D.C. trip. One hair straightening system that comes to mind is the Motions Straight Finish Collection, which is now on sale at Walgreens. I said in my earlier post that this system would be ideal for Olivia. Stay tuned as the brand sent over these products for review consideration!

In the meantime, read my Olivia Pope Hair: Her Style Regimens for Seasons 1-3 post. I’ve decided that I’ll make more of an effort to comment on the hair, beauty and style this season. Which hairstyle do you prefer?

Achieve Select TV-Inspired Hairstyles with Motions

Posted on: Monday, September 22, 2014

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

Posted on: Monday, August 25, 2014

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

Posted on: Wednesday, June 4, 2014

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? And to recap how to create the perfect nude lip, celebrity makeup artist Tai Young provided a recap:

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

Posted on: Wednesday, January 1, 2014

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.

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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