Category Archives: Makeup & Skin

A Demi Grace Exclusive: Face of Sephora Releases New Track “Afraid”

Written by. Chalise Macklin  

It is not every day that an up-and-coming artist becomes the face of a cosmetic product and sings the jingle in a well-known hair product commercial. Demi Grace’s entertainment career is off to a good start with credible accolades behind her name.

Grace’s infectious voice can be heard in the current Dark and Lovely commercials and she is one of the faces of Sephora’s new “Makeup Forever” lipstick line.

“I’m so excited. It is a funny story how I got the job. My agent sent me on an audition, but I did not get it. Later, I got a call back for a voice over audition. I told them I could sing and recorded a track during the audition. They loved it and offered me the job. It was really accidental,” said Grace.

Grace has been singing all her life, but she didn’t start releasing music professionally until 2012.

“I always wanted to be a professional singer. I had a talk with God and asked him what I needed to do to get my start and walk through the right door. I started building my social media following and releasing music independently,” Demi Grace said.

Gone are the days that an artist has to be signed to a major label. The music industry is embracing independent artist like Demi Grace. She contributes her current success to her willingness to interact with fans on social media. The effort has caused fans to become more familiar with her sound which she calls Afro-Dance or Afro-EDM infused with a little bit of Pop.

“My sound is influenced by Hip Hop, Nigerian and Afro beat music, and Reggae,” said Demi Grace. “I am extremely diverse. I tapped into many genres and I am a singer-songwriter.”

Her musical style is also a reflection of her heritage. She is of Nigerian descent,was born in London, raised in California, lived in Atlanta and currently a New Yorker. Her time in New York has influenced her new single “Afraid.”

“I moved to New York and met a guy who was nothing like anyone I met before. The relationship was party-driven, but when we were by ourselves it was hard to get him to open up. It was just a mess, hurtful and I expressed that in the song,” Grace said.

She describes the single as an emotional record that you must be ready for.

“When you go out and hear a song like ‘Afraid’ and listen to the lyrics you have to be ready to feel and emotionally connect,” said Demi Grace.

Demi Grace distinct sound is not the only thing gaining attention, her beauty is as well. Her ebony complexion and tall, slender physique serves as an example to young girls that beauty is diverse and unique.

DemiGrace2 (1)I want girls to be okay with what God gave them and work it. I look up to Missy Elliott and Rhianna and how they wear their body makes it (their body) sexy,” said Grace.

The future is bright for Demi Grace. The Sephora campaign she is a part of debuts in August, her upcoming EP is tentatively set for release in September, and she just finished working on a mix with an Atlanta producer which include heavy hitters such as: T-Pain, Trina, Flo Rida and TI.

For those of you in the New York area, check her out at Webster Hall on August 16th.

Makeup DONTS!

Written by: TaLesha Oliver

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Ladies, we all want a flawless, beat face right. We see, celebs and beauty gurus slaying their faces to the point where it looks so flawless and natural. There are so many rules to makeup as well. Makeup is an art people, and if you don’t have the patience then don’t wear it. If do not want to look crazy you have to take the time out to practice, at least the basics. So hear some makeup DONTS.

  1. YOUR FOUNDATION SHOULD NOT HAVE LINES! Blending, major key. If I’m able to see where you stop blending your foundation, you either do not have the right tools or you didn’t take the time to blend. Blend the foundation down to your neck.
  2. Your foundation should match. Some people faces are lighter or darker than their necks and vice versa. So you want to get a color that is blendable .
  3. Your eyebrows should not be black! I hate when I see people with black eyebrows. Your eyebrow pencil should be dark brown. Stop using your eye liner pencil as your eyebrow pencil. That’s not cute.
  4. Pick a nude lipstick that goes with your skin tone. You do not want to look like you just finished eating powdered sugar donuts. There are so many different shades of nudes: pink nudes, brown nudes, cool tone nudes and more. Also if you want a really nude lip wear a brown lip liner a blend it in.
  5. DO NOT SLEEP IN YOUR MAKEUP. That’s nasty! Sleeping in makeup causes your pores to clog and bacteria. Taking your makeup off before you go to sleep is equivalent to brushing your teeth every day.

Kat Von D’s New Edgy Palette

Written by: TaLesha Oliver

Kat Von D has become a very notable brand, artist, and cosmetics line in the beauty industry. In case you haven’t heard of her she is known for her famous, “Shade and Light Palette” for highlighting and contouring if you are not into makeup then you probably know her from TLC reality television show, LA Ink. Well now the tattoo and makeup artist has created her new,” Serpentina” eye shadow palette filled rich and vibrant colors. The vegan palette has eight, rich, metallic colors, that are super pigmented. There are a number of brands that have beautiful rainbow colors but these colors stand out from the rest. Kat Von D is known for her edgy look and vibe, well these rainbow colors are edgier and grungy. Your smoky eye will not be the average smoky eye. You can purchase the palette on Sephora’s website and it retails for $40. Kat Von D is known for selling out quick so go to Sephora’s website like right now, like stop reading this blog and go to Sephora.com and get your hands on this palette.

Summer 16 Beauty Essentials

By: TaLesha Oliver

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Summer is finally here and as we all know it’s so hot, especially if you live in the south. The 4th of July is upon us and we are invited to cookouts and pool parties and if you’re like me I want my face beat. That can be difficult with the sweat because we sweat and our makeup starts to melt, that’s not cute. So here are some beauty essentials and tips to help you slay without melting.

First, instead of applying foundation, use BB cream. BB Creams are tinted moisturizers for hydrating and evening out skin tones. It is also more lightweight than foundation, and contains antioxidants, anti-ageing, and sunscreen. It is best to use a BB cream with SPF in it. You can still use BB cream with concealer for highlighting, contouring, and eyeshadow. Yes, you can do a full face with BB cream, allow it to take the place for foundation, so your face won’t feel so heavy.

Second, you need sunscreen. It is so important to use this because it protects you from burning. The higher the SPF the longer it last, so the higher the better. Sunscreen does not last all day so you to reapply especially if you will be around water.

Next is protective hair styles. If you do not wear weave, then these tip will be great for you. To all of my natural sisters some cute protective styles are glamour cornrow braids, a hollow braid, or bantu knots.

How to Achieve Alicia Keys No Makeup Look

By: TaLesha Oliver

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Recently songbird Alicia Keys decided that she done with makeup, like forever. She wanted to encourage women to embrace their natural beauty and who they really are. Actually a lot of people have jumped on her #NoMakeupMovement. Her movement is pretty simple take selfies with no filters, highlighting, contouring, lashes, blush, nothing! It takes a lot of confidence and boldness to join this movement, but no worries, the key to achieve your flawless natural features, is to simply take care of your skin. Here are some tips to slay like Alicia:

First things first, DRINK WATER! You how reading is fundamental? Drinking water is also fundamental. It is so important to drink water not only for your skin, but for your health. What water does is it serves as an antioxidant for the skin and it hydrates the skin.

Second, get a facial every once in a while. It’s okay to treat your skin to professionals honey.

Third, find a skin care brand that works for your skin type. Everyone’s skin is different, so some products are stronger than others or some are not as effective as others. So, you have to narrow down what works for you.

Lastly, just be yourself and be comfortable in your skin. I love a beat face too, but I do not wear my makeup everyday yet I am very comfortable without it.

Rimmel London and Kate Moss Collaborate

By: TaLesha Oliver

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I am so excited about this new collaboration with Kate Moss and Rimmel London Cosmetics. I love beauty collaborations. This year is the 15th anniversary of Kate Moss and Rimmel London working side-by-side and they never cease to amaze us with their collaborations. This supermodel has been in the game for also 20 years and still has people craving for “the London look”. To celebrate their anniversary, she created six shades of Lasting Finish lipsticks that are limited edition. There are three shades of reds and three nudes to caters to all beauty junkies like myself. The inspiration behind the collaboration comes from Kate’s closet. She created every shade off of an ensemble from her closet and worked hard with Rimmel to create this new collection. They allowed their creative juices to flow as they made rose gold packaging to match the reds and nudes that she loves. The lipsticks are made their eight-hour, long lasting color formulation to create more plumped and fuller lips. Now don’t pull your hair trying to figure out when these shades release, because they hit store July 9 and retail for $10, now you cannot beat that deal. Do not forget they are limited edition and so get you little hands on them quick.

Boho Nude

Idol Red

Muse Red

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My Nude

Retro Red

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Rock-N-Roll Nude