How #BlackUp Curiously Lost Its Black Founder Fabrice Mahabo

Blaq Vixen Beauty researches what happened to BlackUp Cosmetics' original founder/owner Fabrice Mahabo. Check out my latest article "Black Beauty Brands That Aren't Black-Owned." TL;DR: Fabrice Bernard Mahabo was the founder and owner of black|Up. He did not willingly sell his company. Jean-Francois Damour is the new owner and president of black|Up Lionel Durand is the new … Continue reading How #BlackUp Curiously Lost Its Black Founder Fabrice Mahabo

Kelly Rowland X-Factor Makeup: Exact Products to Get Her Look

Loved Kelly Rowland X-Factor makeup? Read on! In memoriam, I am doing a tribute to all the hair and makeup looks Kelly Rowland’s glam team created for the chanteuse during the X-Factor three-season run. With makeup by Sheika Daley and hair by Cesar Ramirez and Crystal Oliver, here are 13 of Rowland’s most riveting beauty looks: Koh … Continue reading Kelly Rowland X-Factor Makeup: Exact Products to Get Her Look

Color Story: Garcelle Beauvais’s Disco Makeup

Celebrity makeup artist Troy Jensen (one of my faves) recently shared his take on Saturday Night Fever by tapping actress Garcelle Beauvais to be his "Disco Muse." Drawing inspiration from 70's goddess Donna Summer, Jensen transformed Beauvais with dramatic black eyes and glossy bold lips. Her makeup palette is as follows: Jensen "blended shades of … Continue reading Color Story: Garcelle Beauvais’s Disco Makeup

beautyblender, a Perfect National Pink Day Pick

Happy National Pink Day! In honor of this fun day, I'll talk about one of my revered pink picks: the original beautyblender. Created by celebrity makeup artist Rea Ann Silva, this is not your usual sponge. You "bounce" it on the skin to apply your makeup. This keeps my face from turning into a layered cake. You … Continue reading beautyblender, a Perfect National Pink Day Pick

Jasmine Tookes is In the Light For Models.com

Tagged as "one of the industry's most beautiful rising stars," Jasmine Tookes recently started in a Models.com video titled "In the Light" in which she showcased three inspirational makeup looks created by makeup artist Lisa Houghton. The first look, Nude Glow, is "an elegant and 'natural' look" composed of two elements: a dramatic brow and … Continue reading Jasmine Tookes is In the Light For Models.com

More Than a Vixen: Aaliyah Dana Haughton (1979 – 2001)

There will probably never be another Queen of Urban Pop, just as there will never be another King of Pop. It's hard to believe that today, eight years ago, I was reading about her death in the overseas military publication, Stars and Stripes. I remember thinking that it was joke - that someone at Stars … Continue reading More Than a Vixen: Aaliyah Dana Haughton (1979 – 2001)