Drake Stings Back in Scorpion 🦂

Have you listened to the @champagnepapi #masterpiece #album called #scorpion 👑 It’s everything you need in your life. I’ve listened to the entire album. #top12 #FashionLaneFavorites:

1. 8 out of 10 – when he knows he’s the good guy & the other guy should be grateful. Plies voice at the end is priceless.

2. Emotionless – 1st, anything with @mariahcarey vocals is a number one. When you’re tired of the BS, that’s the feeling of #emotionless

3. I’m Upset – how many people have ever been 💯 about their feelings. On this track, Drake is spot on! Gotta lotta blood and it’s cold. Can’t go 50/50 with a h. #epic

4. March 14 – when you know that person isn’t the one but you have to man up.

5. Final Fantasy – it’s an orgasmic fantasy with melodies only Drake can deliver.

6. In my feelings – nola bounce song that you can shake your a.. to. A good twerk song.

7. Nice for what – when you’re over the BS, plus the bounce added from #neworleans puts us all in our feelings 💕

8. Nonstop- when you know you a boss. I’m a unforgiving dog 🐕a•• // I felt that in my soul. Pinky ring, until I get a wedding ring: I don’t think ppl realize how deep that line is. Imagine you deciding that you’re over the bs, that your cooling until the #realonecomesalong👑

9. Summer Games- I feel we all know who this was about. Hopefully, that happy ending we want for Drake and 🥂will happen.

10. Jaded – honest emotions of honesty in a relationship.

11. Finesse- words all good girls want to hear from the favorite guy, you stay on my mind.

12. That’s how you feel- loving everything about this. When you can spot what the other person is doing #ohiseeyou

Overall, Drake delivers the goods we’re going to have a great time! Ps..Drake can we please have a full #randbalbum 🤞You’ve shown us the goods, and we need that R&B album.

#blogger @4373fashionlane 💁🏽‍♀️

Sunday blog: church, gym and self preservation

Today I realized a few things:

  • I sacrifice a lot for the ones I love.
  • I don’t take out enough time for myself.
  • I need more workout time for my physical fitness and preservation.
  • I need to be more assertive to my spouse about needing me time.
  • It’s ok to be selfish when you have to.
  • Sunday’s Church Sermon was good.
  • I haven’t received communion in a while. I’m going tonight.
  • I am reclaiming my physical and spiritual time from my family. This is the only way I can preserve my mental health.

Be Blessed and comment below what you need to sacrifice for your mental and physical health 🧚🏽‍♀️

Blogging for 4373FASHIONLANE 👩🏽‍💻⚜

 

 


Up To $750 Off – $60 Off $200 | $150 Off $500 | $400 Off $1200 | $750 Off $3000 w/code ZAFFUPTO750. Valid 2/20/18 @ 7 AM ET – 3/2/18 @ 6:59 AM ET. Online only, exclusions apply.

Makeup: Valentine’s Day Inspiration with Beauty Influencer, MakeupShayla + Boxycharm

button

  • Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.. Or so the good saying goes. In celebration of Valentine’s Day, here is MakeupShayla for your makeup inspiration.
  • Valentine’s Day Beauty Glam: In this video MakeupShayla shows us how to #strutandslay
  • What I love about MakeupShayla is her attention to her makeup details. She is persistent in her applications and she knows what works. She is also a teachers to the craft of makeup application. She is also nice in her comments about makeup brands. She’s a girls/ boys girl.

Here is a list of all of the products she used in her video above. #strutandslay

  • INSTAGRAM: MakeupShayla
  • TWITTER: MakeupShayla
  • SNAPCHAT: MakeupShayla
  • Products Used: Smashbox Photo Finish Primer
  • Lancome Teinte Idol 470C Foundation
  • Kylie Cosmetics Granola Concealer
  • Sacha Buttercup Powder
  • Maybelline Color tattoo Brow Gel
  • Huda Beauty Smokey Obsessions Palette
  • BH Cosmetics x itsmyrayeraye Palette
  • inglot 77 black eyeliner
  • Maybelline Big Shot Mascara
  • Persona Cosmetics Del Mar Highlight Bobbi Brown Deep Bronzer
  • Bobbi Brown Apricot Blush
  • Mac Vino Lip Liner Colourpop What IF Lipstick
  • Dose of Colors Jazzy Lip Gloss

I have received through my paid subscription to Boxycharm, the Realher Products, lipliner. Click the link below and look what this brand has to off as a lipliner close to the one MakeupShayla uses in her makeup tutorial.

Realher Products

XOXO,

4373FASHIONLANE♥

____________________________________________________________________________________________

February 15, 2018

Boxycharm Makeup Subscription Unboxing

Hey Loves,

  • Today I will be taking you through the makeup unboxing of my Boxycharm subscription. How cute is the #feb2018 #boxycharm #boxymail ⚜️I’m loving this #boxycharmglow 👩🏽‍💻I cannot wait to play with everything @nakedcosmetics @coverfx @vintagecosmetics @purcosmetics @crownbrush
  • I have been a subscriber to Boxycharm for over a year. I also subscribe to, IPSY, Allure and Sephora. I will post more on these makeup boxes in 2018. Here is a look inside. Please let me know your thoughts in the comments about makeup boxes. Have you tried any yes or no and why or why not!
Screen Shot 2018-02-15 at 4.43.44 PM

COVER FX SHIMMERING VEIL CREAM – FOR THE EYELIDS

Screen Shot 2018-02-15 at 4.43.16 PM

FEB 2018 BOXYCHARM MAKEUP BOX.

Of course I will be testing these in the coming weeks and keep you posted.

XOXO,

4373FASHIONLANE Screen Shot 2018-02-11 at 12.59.15 PM

DEALS YOU CAN USE IN BEAUTY:
Buxom Cosmetics

 

February 2018 Boxycharm Makeup Subscription unboxing

February 15, 2018

Boxycharm Makeup Subscription Unboxing

Hey Loves,

  • Today I will be taking you through the makeup unboxing of my Boxycharm subscription. How cute is the #feb2018 #boxycharm #boxymail ⚜️I’m loving this #boxycharmglow 👩🏽‍💻I cannot wait to play with everything @nakedcosmetics @coverfx @vintagecosmetics @purcosmetics @crownbrush
  • I have been a subscriber to Boxycharm for over a year. I also subscribe to, IPSY, Allure and Sephora. I will post more on these makeup boxes in 2018. Here is a look inside. Please let me know your thoughts in the comments about makeup boxes. Have you tried any yes or no and why or why not!
Screen Shot 2018-02-15 at 4.43.44 PM

COVER FX SHIMMERING VEIL CREAM – FOR THE EYELIDS

Screen Shot 2018-02-15 at 4.43.16 PM

FEB 2018 BOXYCHARM MAKEUP BOX.

Of course, I will be testing these in the coming weeks and keep you posted.

XOXO,

4373FASHIONLANE Screen Shot 2018-02-11 at 12.59.15 PM

Buxom Cosmetics

New Babe — 15% Off Your Next Purchase When You Sign Up for Our Email List

Day two of my viral infection, being a mommie, schools out for my son, Mardi Gras 2018 and other tidbits.

  • Happy Friday Loves,
  • We are gearing up for the weekend, Mardi Gras and getting over a viral infection. I am on day 2 of being home sick. This morning I am still in recovery mode from being ill. My son’s school is out today.
  • His school is celebrating Mardi Gras break a little early. I woke up around 8ish. Hubster was already gone to work. We have this routine that he leaves before our son and I because Lambchop (our son’s nickname), has Autism and separation anxiety. We tracked the anxiety triggers and are finding ways to work around it.
  • I am a special education teacher and this step (tracking behavior triggers),  is easy for me, 🙂
  • We are doing well with Lambchop thus far.
  • Breakfast: Pancakes, eggs, smoke sausage, milk, and juice. 
  • Lunch: Not sure what’s on the menu for that. 
  • Blog: I am always looking for ways to update the look and character of 4373fashionlane.com. 
  • Pinterest: I am working on being better at adding blog postings and tidbits on the site. I have claimed the site on Pinterest, finally!!! xx. 

  • xoxo,
  • 4373FASHIONLANE
  • Name (required)
    Email (required)
    Website
    Comment (required)
    Submit

Sick, blogging and Instagram love for Thursday, Feb 7, 2018

  • You understand the drill, wake up, go to work, feel sick, go to the doctor, come home. Next day, the same thing. Well today, I am home with an upper respiratory infection and fever. It’s really crazy how much of a difference going to an Urgent care clinic is from going to the emergency room. Plus, it’s cheaper to go to the urgent care clinic versus going to the ER. I am stuck for two days in bed.
  • Am I sad!!! No way, Mardi Gras 2018 is next week and school is out for the entire week, next week. I have began my Mardi Gras 2018 holiday two days early. The only down turn is my students were working on their Mardi Gras Shoebox Floats and of course, I miss them.
  • This morning my Instagram, postings are up. Of course you will see more but on that I am loving early this morning is from the fashion doll and wife of Media Mogul Steve Harvey, is Marjorie Harvey. Her social media is the bomb.com in a good way. Her fashion eye is first class.
  • Next, Lady Oprah is serving Love in her SuperSoulSessions and SuperSoulConversations events.
Screen Shot 2018-02-08 at 7.14.07 AM.png

You asked…… @ysl 👠 legs @marjorie_harvey 😉 pic credit: Majorie Harvey 

Screen Shot 2018-02-08 at 7.25.33 AM.png

  • Another person is having the time of her life. This is the actress Yara Shahidi. Here she is with Lady O, that is Oprah Winfrey and Oprah Super Soul Conversations event at the Apollo Theater:
Screen Shot 2018-02-08 at 7.30.00 AM.png

Yara meets Oprah. Pic via Yara

Screen Shot 2018-02-08 at 7.37.27 AM.png

pic via @robertbrace

Oprah is changing hearts, minds and dreams daily. Her #SuperSoulSessions and #SuperSoulConversation events are just a testament to her global staying power!!!

Check out Majorie’s page, Yara’s and and ours of course, @4373fashionlane 

xoxo,

4373FASHIONLANE ♥

Updating the blog and other tidbits

Happy February 2018:

Wowzers!! The year is going by faster than expected. A lot has happened since my last post. During that time, I was busy posting on my Instagram page,  of the many fashion week likes I was feeling. I have changed the look of, 4373FASHIONLANE.COM. I enjoyed the last few days preparing for my experience riding on a Mardi Gras float with the, Mystic Krewe of Femme FataleScreen Shot 2018-02-05 at 4.54.16 PM

Here are some things I am working on this week and the next few days:

  • Updating 4373beautylane on InstagramScreen Shot 2018-02-05 at 4.13.11 PM.png
  • 4373beautylane, is a new instagram page, in which I wanted to highlight only beauty content. Additionally, I am learning the art of makeup and needed a place for women, such as myself, who do not want to continue spending hundreds of dollars having someone else applying our makeup, when we can accomplish this art on our own.
  • There is so much I want to accomplish with the brand, 4373…however, I know that great content requires time and effort.
  • I am a born and raised resident of New Orleans, and it’s carnival (Mardi Gras season), I parade (ride) with the Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale. We are celebrating five wonderful years as the 1st African American all female krewe in the cities 300 year history. Mardi Gras originally began in the year 1700.
  • The first krewe, was all white, male and rich. Women were not allowed to parade and women of color were in slavery, and not considered property.
  • Even though we have the men of the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club., women are not allowed voting privileges in these male dominated krewes.
  • It warms my spirit to know that we now have an organization that appreciates the lives, work and dedication of African American, professional and educated women in the city of New Orleans.
  • This slideshow requires JavaScript.

  • In the photos above, I decided I was not going to spend hundreds of dollars on hair and makeup. I styled on own hair and applied my own makeup. I think I did well for a beginner, MUA.
  • As always, please check out the latest Instagram postings for 4373fashionlane.

Screen Shot 2018-02-05 at 4.44.23 PM

Happy Mardi Gras Season!!!

xoxo,

4373FASHIONLANE  ♥

Snow day, Tarte Cosmetics and kids will be kids.

Good Evening Loves,

  • Here in New Orleans we spent our day inside looking at the news about the black ice, closed schools and shut down city. We are at freezing levels down here.
  • I am so glad we have to stay inside today. I wanted to take off from work yesterday and hunker down, but I remembered I was doing a lesson on the history of Mardi Gras and yesterday was king cake day for all of my B day classes.
  • I purchased king cakes from Joe Gambinos bakery in Metairie, Louisiana. Screen Shot 2018-01-17 at 9.00.14 PM.png
  • My students loved their king cake and had a blast learning about the history of it. Some students got the baby and are now tasked with bring the next king cake, which is a Mardi Gras tradition.
  • Thus, I am home today due to the weather issues and I am glad about it. My classroom is cold. We have an open campus, by design and when the students enter my building, because I am on the end of the hall, I get the cold or hot drafts blown into my classroom. UGH!!!

Now let’s chat about Tarte Cosmetics!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • I posted a previous post about Tarte Cosmetics and their down right disrespect of women and men of color, in their non release of inclusive shades of their, Shape Tape Foundations. See the link to the article by Allure Magazine on it here.
  • After looking and watching makeup reviews from Jackie Aina, MakeupShayla and Alyssa Ashleyy, I am once again determined to use my blog to speak out against the injustice of makeup companies who refuse to include people of color in their branding, campaigns, ads and public relations of their products.
  • Here are some of the comments posted on facebook from people on social media about this debacle:

Screen Shot 2018-01-17 at 9.13.50 PM.png

Here is the response from Tarte Cosmetics:

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

I just unsubscribed from the company. I am no longer going to purchase anything from them. It’s just unbelievable. I do not for one moment believe them. If they were sincere, why turn off the comments on Instagram:

Screen Shot 2018-01-17 at 9.38.43 PM.png

See! Tarte Cosmetics, you are busted. Yes, customers will purchase your products. However, I will not.

xoxo,

4373FASHIONLANE

What’s on my “try,” list? Kopari Beauty available at Sephora 🌺

A coconut fan favorite is now available at Sephora. Price $38. The Kopari Coconut Crush Scrub is divine and an Allure Beauty award 🥇 winner. Check it out and see for yourself⚜️

Let’s us know what other items from this brand you have tried or would love for us to test and review. Please leave your comments below. Don’t forget to follow us on all social media @4373fashionlane.

XOXO

4373fashionlane.com 🌸

Matt Lauer fired!!!!!

Listen family,

  • Gone are the days where it was just a boys will be boys situation in the arena of sexual harassment.
  • The hammer is coming down hard and swift for these men who have, possibly for years, (in some cases), treated men and women like physical ping pons for their perverted pleasures.
  • Matt Lauer is the latest in a long line of men who have been fired because, allegedly, they could not keep their mouth close and hands in their pockets.
  • We are still awaiting the exact details of the situation, but ABC Executive Andy Lack, let the hammer fall fast on Lauer.
  • Off with their heads!!!!!

Keep up with http://www.4373fashionlane.com, for more news, information and happenings ♥

xoxo,

4373fashionlane

And the Grammy nominations are???????

  • Since the beginning of the Grammy Awards, African American musicians have had to claw their way into sustainable recognition.
  • There is an old saying we were taught and Olivia Pope hears it from her father on Scandal all of the time, “We have to be ten times better, ten times faster, to get ahead.”
  • Unfortunately, race does play a role in how people see themselves over others. Let’s clear that part of the table right away. Some people are taught this tragic way of thinking from childhood and it shifts their adult focus into how they see people who do not have the same shade as theirs.
  • This form of racism was been in the grammy awards stratosphere for as long as the awards themselves have been given out.
  • This year, with the voting delegates becoming more inclusive, that dream is a seeable reality.
  • After Beyonce’ was shut out last year, the Grammys learned a valuable lesson, the beyhive stings back.
  • Social media campaigns were energized against the Grammys due to their exclusion of artist in rhythm and blues, rap and hip hop categories for artist in categories whose music never made it to radio, or the music was released more than a year prior.
  • Shucks, Adele even said Beyonce’ was better than her album that won last year.

Here are the nominations for this year’s Grammy categories:

The 60th annual Grammy Awards will take place on Jan. 28 at Madison Square Garden. See the full list of nominees below.

Record of the Year
“Redbone” – Childish Gambino
“Despacito” – Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber
“The Story Of O.J.” – JAY-Z
“HUMBLE.” – Kendrick Lamar
“24K Magic” – Bruno Mars

Album of the Year
“Awaken My Love!” – Childish Gambino
“4:44” – Jay-Z
“Damn.” – Kendrick Lamar
“Melodrama” – Lorde
“24K Magic” – Bruno Mars

Song of the Year
“Despacito” – Ramón Ayala, Justin Bieber, Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd, Erika Ender, Luis Fonsi & Marty James Garton (Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber)
“4:44” – Shawn Carter & Dion Wilson (JAY-Z)
“Issues” – Benny Blanco, Mikkel Storleer Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Julia Michaels & Justin Drew Tranter (Julia Michaels)
“1-800-273-8255” – Alessia Caracciolo, Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, Arjun Ivatury & Khalid Robinson (Logic feat. Alessia Cara & Khalid)
“That’s What I Like” – Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus & Jonathan Yip (Bruno Mars)

Best New Artist
Alessia Cara
Khalid
Lil Uzi Vert
Julia Michaels
SZA

Best Pop Solo performance
“Love So Soft” – Kelly Clarkson
“Praying” – Kesha
“Million Reasons” – Lady Gaga
“What About Us” – P!nk
“Shape of You” – Ed Sheeran

Best Pop Duo / Group Performance
“Something Just Like This” – The Chainsmokers & Coldplay
“Despacito” – Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber
“Thunder” – Imagine Dragons
“Feel It Still” – Portugal. The Man
“Stay” – Zedd & Alessia Cara

Best Pop Vocal Album
“Kaleidoscope EP” -Coldplay
“Lust For Life” – Lana Del Rey
“Evolve” – Imagine Dragons
“Rainbow” – Kesha
“Joanne “– Lady Gaga
“÷ (Divide)” – Ed Sheeran

Best Dancing Recording
“Bambro Koyo Ganda” – Bonobo feat. Innov Gnawa
“Cola” – Camelphat & Elderbrook
“Andromeda” – Gorillaz feat. DRAM
“Tonite” – LCD Soundsystem
“Line Of Sight” – Odesza feat. WYNNE & Mansionair

Best Dance / Electronic Album
“Migration” – Bonobo
“3-D The Catalogue” – Kraftwerk
“Mura Masa” – Mura Masa
“A Moment Apart” – Odesza
“What Now” – Sylvan Esso

Best Rock Performance
“You Want It Darker” – Leonard Cohen
“The Promise” – Chris Cornell
“Run” – Foo Fighters
“No Good” – Kaleo
“Go To War” – Nothing More

Best R&B Performance
“Get You” – Daniel Caesar feat. Kali Uchis
“Distraction” – Kehlani
“High” – Ledisi
“That’s What I Like” – Bruno Mars
“The Weekend” – SZA

Best Traditional R&B Performance
“Laugh And Move On” – The Baylor Project
“Redbone” – Childish Gambino
“What I’m Feelin’” – Anthony Hamilton Featuring The Hamiltones
“All The Way” – Ledisi
“Still” – Mali Music

Best R&B Song
“First Began” – PJ Morton
“Location” – Khalid
“Redbone” – Childish Gambino
“Supermodel” – SZA
“That’s What I Like” – Bruno Mars

Best Urban Contemporary Album
“Free 6LACK” – 6LACK
“‘Awaken, My Love!’” – Childish Gambino
“American Teen” – Khalid
“Ctrl” – SZA
“Starboy” – The Weeknd

Best R&B Album
“Freudian” – Daniel Caesar
“Let Love Rule” – Ledisi
“24K Magic” – Bruno Mars
“Gumbo” – PJ Morton
“Feel The Real” – Musiq Soulchild

Best Rap Performance
“Bounce Back” – Big Sean
“Bodak Yellow” – Cardi B
“4:44” – JAY-Z
“HUMBLE.” – Kendrick Lamar
“Bad And Boujee” – Migos feat. Lil Uzi Vert

Best Rap / Sung Collaboration
“PRBLMS” – 6LACK
“Crew” – Goldlink feat. Brent Faiyaz & Shy Glizzy
“Family Feud” – JAY-Z feat. Beyoncé
“LOYALTY.” – Kendrick Lamar feat. Rihanna
“Love Galore” – SZA feat. Travis Scott

Best Rap Song
“Bodak Yellow” – Cardi B
“Chase Me” – Danger Mouse feat. Run The Jewels & Big Boi
“HUMBLE.” – Kendrick Lamar
“Sassy” – Rapsody
“The Story Of O.J.” – JAY-Z

Best Rap Album
“4:44” – JAY-Z
“DAMN.” – Kendrick Lamar
“Culture” – Migos
“Laila’s Wisdom” – Rapsody
“Flower Boy” – Tyler, The Creator

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media
“Baby Driver” – (Various Artists)
“Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2” – (Various Artists)
“Hidden Figures: The Album” – (Various Artists)
“La La Land “– (Various Artists)
“Moana: The Songs” – (Various Artists)

Best Song Written for Visual Media
“City Of Stars” – Ryan Gosling & Emma Stone
“How Far I’ll Go” – Auli’i Cravalho
“I Don’t Wanna Live Forever – ZAYN & Taylor Swift
“Never Give Up” – Sia
“Stand Up For Something” – Andra Day feat. Common

Producer of the Year, Non-classical
Calvin Harris
Greg Kurstin
Blake Mills
No I.D.
The Stereotypes

Best Music Video
“Up All Night” – Beck
“Makeba” – Jain
“The Story Of O.J.” – JAY-Z
“Humble.” – Kendrick Lamar
“1-800-273-8255” – Logic feat. Alessia Cara & Khalid

Follow 4373fashionlane.com, on all social media @4373fashionlane for more news, details and love.

A home diffuser that’s going to break the bank but keep your home smelling delicious?

  • To set this up for you, first it will set your home forward $590.00.
  • It will set your pocket book back 590 bucks.
  • It’s all semantics depending on how deep your pocket are. If I could find one on QVC or HSN and use flex pay, it would pass the mustard rightly so.
  • There are a few diffusers on hsn.com, with flex pay that can give you the same bang for your buck.
  • Here is one from Tony Little that is on flex pay that’s cute.

Vogue.com

Fragrances routinely waft in and out of Vogue’s Beauty department, but when it comes to the subtle leathery scent of Le Labo’s cult Santal 26—no matter what deadlines are looming or phones are ringing—even the most discerning of noses perk up. So imagine the delight when the label’s new home diffuser, which emits a steady stop-you-in-your-tracks-it-smells-so-good stream of the cult eau, arrived at the office.

Made from Northeast maple wood, a type of marked-up golden brown lumber that is often cast aside for bonfires, the one-of-a-kind scent-spreader transforms the rich fragrance oil, by way of a built-in nebulizer, into a fine mist. But, of course, it doesn’t stop there: Each handmade showpiece also comes equipped with a vintage lightbulb that, with a twist of a silver knob, simultaneously lets off a warm amber glow. A simple desk lamp that doubles as a luxurious perfume? Now that’s a gift too good to give.

Le Labo Santal 26 Home Diffuser, $590
Buy it now

xoxo,

Lioness

Transitioning from Extensions to Natural Haircare? The struggle :)

The struggle of the 6-8 week relaxer treatments for women of color is an ongoing struggle. I love my straight edges. However, I do not like the chemical burns, relaxer smell and the new growth. I have been wearing extensions, since August. I love them but hate the price. I took them out last night. I do not like the inability to take them out and wash my hair thoroughly on a weekly basis.

img_2460

PAST PHOTOS WITH MYSELF IN WIGS OR EXTENSIONS 🙂

I am trying to figure out the next wave. Do I go back to the wigs and extensions, or do I take the jump to wearing my natural hair. Decisions!!!!!!!

Please check out some pictures of my past looks with my hair choices. Let me know what you think. I love the flexibility of wearing wigs and extensions. A woman always has a choice to change things up.

XOXO,

LIONESS

 

When Rhianna launches FentyBeauty, diversity wins!!


PORTABLE HIGHLIGHTER BRUSH | FENTY BEAUTY

This video above features music sensation, fashion designer, creator and founder, Rihanna of Fenty Beauty. Take a look as she demonstrates the portable highlighter brush. It is magnetized and interchangeable. She also let’s you see the highlighting shimmer, which is wonderful as well.

Dear Makeup Dolls & Kens,

Today, or rather at midnight this morning, Rihanna took the beauty community by storm by launching her makeup line. No! I did not order anything yet. I am going into the store. I want to sit at a mirror, have my foundation perfectly matched and buy until I can’t anymore. I am giving Rihanna everything, the makeup community has not given me: choice. As much as I love other brands, they do not (on purpose), cater to women of warmer skin tones. If you are honest with me, they do not cater to women of extreme fairer skin complexions either. We all fall victim to the drama or fair complexion representation, in the makeup community.

I am excited for Rihanna, as if she were my own sister, taking the world by storm. She is completing this not only through her music and fashions, but through her makeup collection. Bravo! Rihanna. There has not been a woman of color doing this since IMAN. Tyra Banks has done this. However, it is not on the full fledge scale as RiRi. Her music, fashions and now makeup will give the little girls all over the world optimism. Rihanna is the island woman that we love and that dry and island love is coming to a Sephora, near you!!!!

Screen Shot 2017-09-08 at 2.01.50 PM

xoxo,
Lioness Stargazer

Frederick Douglass, Yale University, Summer 2017.

As an educator (ELA, History), it was profound and enlightening to know I was selected to attend Yale University this summer to explore the Life and Writings of Frederick Douglass. I have spent a week on campus, exploring, learning and living through the mood, feelings and thoughts of Mr. Douglass. This is a running blog post as I continue to add more photographs and notes, thoughts and emotions. The most lovely experiences of my life as an educator, was coming to this week long event. It has inspired me to explore more that just makeup, fashion and news with this website. It is encouraging me to become more open in my educator side of myself.

Here is another blog post from Yale University on history in the time of Frederick Douglass.

Yours Truly,

Tia (Lioness Stargazer)