Black Up Cosmetics Makeover & Review

I must admit, I’m such a creature of habit and when it comes to my makeup, if it ain’t broke….So this makes my work a Beauty Contributor all the more interesting as I actively look for new products to try and hopefully love. This time around, I had the opportunity to do a makeover on the beautiful Yoko Jak using a few products from Black Up Cosmetics. Continuing my trend of honesty and objectivity I’ll share with you some of the pros and cons I’ve found while using the products. Read more [...]
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Top 5 Spring Beauty Must-Haves

Shopping for a new wardrobe or upping your shoe game for the bright, sunny days ahead sounds good, but what about your beauty routine?  A few new Spring beauty trends can help with the new wardrobe additions, too. We've found five must have beauty products to add in a little more "sunshine" and color for you this Spring. Anastasia Brow Definer Strong, bold brows are in full effect this spring. No need to worry if you cannot pull this one off on your own.  Anastasia is known for her explicit Read more [...]
Carla HarveyTop 5 Spring Beauty Must-Haves

Don’t Forget The Bridesmaids!

You’ve taken the time to plan all the details of your wedding day to make sure everything goes off without a hitch - from flowers to jewelry, from favors to linens, from your bridal gown to your hair (and hopefully your makeup too)! You’ll look absolutely stunning and with all your bridesmaids standing with you in their beautiful handpicked dresses they’ll look stunning too. That is, if you’ve taken the time to plan your bridal beauty routine – bridesmaids included.   So, what about Read more [...]
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5 Spring Hair Trends

Spring 2016 hair trends are fun, flirty, and meant to embrace your natural beauty. While you may be considering putting away those sweaters, wool hats, and oh so comfy scarfs and gloves, don’t forget to start stocking up on some different types of hair must-haves for Spring. From florals, studs, minimal and over the top, hair trends and accessories for Spring are super chic. Here are 5 Spring Hair trends sure to make you feel fresh and flirty as the seasons are changing! A Nice Cut A Read more [...]
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Natural Beauty Products

Natural beauty products are all the rave these days.  From leave in conditioners to instant skin smoothing fixes, natural and organic beauty products have somewhat matched regular skin care products.  With so many products to choose from, how do you know which ones are best?  Below, we included five natural beauty products known for maintaining their rank at the top of the list.  Hopefully, this will help to save you some trial and error.     TruSelf Organics Face Detoxifying Read more [...]
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Natural Tresses & Dresses Soiree: Event Recap

To close out an amazing 2015, Black Bride Magazine took to “The City of Brotherly Love,” Philadelphia PA for the bridal event of the season! Natural Tresses & Dresses Soiree – as the name suggests – featured a natural hair and gown showcase and provided a unique experience for Philly’s future brides.  Guests enjoyed a complimentary, all access pass event in an intimate setting at the African American Art Museum in Center City. NTD was presented by TresseNoire and To The T Events. Read more [...]
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Restoring Damaged Hair: Living Proof

For over a year now I've been coloring AND relaxing my hair. Some of you may be thinking that's no big deal but it is when you've taken a great portion of your hair from light black to golden blonde. Before telling you more about how I've been restoring my damaged hair, I'll give you a brief background about this head of hair I've been experimenting with since kindergarten. I've always been interested in hair, makeup and all sorts of beautiful things for as long as I can remember. In kindergarten Read more [...]
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Super Chic Bridal Headpieces

Head Turning Headpieces The perfect bridal headpiece for every wedding theme. From traditional to avant-garde, we have selected stunning headpieces that every bride will love. In the past few years wedding dresses are popping up in new whimsical shades of blush and blue, while bridal shoes are more bold and photo ready than ever. Bridal headpieces, it seems, are following suit. If you’ve never seen yourself as a bride with a giant veil on top of her head don’t fret: everything from flower Read more [...]
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Spa Treatments

Beginning to prep for your big day can be a bit overwhelming and intense, but with one or two spa treatments in between you will definitely begin to feel rejuvenated.  Brides are often encouraged to take time for themselves during the planning process, but how often does this really happen?  Here are just a few spa treatment suggestions to help unwind before your big day and hopefully hint at squeezing in some pampering.  After all, it is the bride’s day-so why not take time for you! Facial Facials Read more [...]
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Top 5 Valentine’s Day Beauty Must Haves

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! It’s a day for lovers – a day to love and be loved. It’s also a day that many women dread if they find themselves single or unhappily in love. Well, I’m here to tell you “VDay” is in fact for lovers but it is not just for couples, so get out of that slump and be fiercely fabulous!!! Be with your friends. Be with your family. Be with your children. Enjoy a girl’s night out (or in). Whomever you decide to spend this lovely holiday with, just Read more [...]
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Top 5 Skincare Must Haves for Winter

As we dive into winter, I’m sure most of you are noticing some changes to your skin. During the summer months you may be oily, or if you’re lucky, have perfectly hydrated skin. But as the cooler weather moves in you may find yourself frustrated with dry, blotchy or flaky skin, or even become more prone to eczema. Needless to say, if this happens you may be equally frustrated with your makeup application as you are with your thirsty skin. Why is your skin dryer in the winter? It’s simple. Read more [...]
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Top 15 Holiday Makeup Faves

Tis the season to give, be merry and look fabulous at all of your holiday parties! Though, during winter I’d rather be soaking up the sun somewhere tropical, the holiday season is certainly my favorite time of year. It’s when people are a little kinder and more generous, when we have a little something extra to look forward to. It’s when family and friends come together from near and far. Most excitingly, it’s when all the beautiful lights shine bright across town and everything has an extra Read more [...]
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Red Carpet Style With Motions Salon Hair Care

What a great time to get dolled up and red carpet worthy! The holidays are fast approaching, so why not add a little glitz and glamour and switch things up a bit? There’s nothing better to suite a gorgeous gown or haute outfit better than hair to match. Allow your hair to be your best accessory this season! Check out these five red carpet looks that can all be achieved with Motions Salon hair products.  All are very easy to style for an effortless look to spruce things up a bit for the holidays.  Read more [...]
Carla HarveyRed Carpet Style With Motions Salon Hair Care

Top 5 Tips for a Successful Bridal Makeup Consultation

Hopefully, you’ve already made the wise decision to hire a professional makeup artist to help you look beautiful on your wedding day. For a makeup junkie this is probably very exciting and you can’t wait to play in makeup with your favorite artist! But if you’re like most brides, you may feel a little anxious or even overwhelmed with the idea of having to choose the perfect look appropriate for the occasion. No worries – that’s what your bridal makeup consultation is for and here are some Read more [...]
Lovisa Woodson IITop 5 Tips for a Successful Bridal Makeup Consultation


There’s nothing better than a fresh face after a long day.  CLEANSE by Lauren Napier brings just that and more. Not to mention, these lustrous wipes are easily accessible. As a celebrity makeup artist and now, enterpriser, Lauren was intrigued to find that one product that could do the job, include the right ingredients, and also be convenient.  With that in mind, Lauren created a complete product! The deluxe sized facial cleansing wipes glide on the skin to easily remove stubborn, hard to Read more [...]