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Monday, July 14, 2014

Product Review: Fashion Fair Perfect Finish Cream Makeup

 I was super excited when my Fashion Fair package arrived! I hadn't been in tune with the brand since the launch of the Sam Fine Collection and could't wait to see what was next.  This will be a series of product reviews that will also feature the NEW collection: Eyes Wide Shut inspired by  Tia Dantzler.  You'll have to stay tuned for that!

Why I Love Perfect Finish Cream Makeup?

I'm in love with the texture.  It's one of those creams that kind of fits in the middle.  It's not too smooth that it won't stay in place, but it's still movable.  It doesn't take much and offers a medium to full coverage depending on application. Tender is my perfect match, literally! It's a warm with neutral undertones.

Get your perfect finish!

For a luminous finish formula, it wears very well.  The first few weeks I didn't prep my skin and was shocked by the results.  I didn't use any moisturizer or oily control products.  I wanted to see just how well it would wear and I was very surprised by the results.  I couldn't believe it!!! I got a ton of compliments on how smooth my skin looked.  Some days I used a little or and found that touching up by "tissue blotting" was the same.  I set the foundation with MAC Mineralized Skinfinsh in Deepest Dark and oh honey, I was in love!

Final Thoughts:

The Perfect Finish Cream Makeup has become one of my favorites.  I simply love the look of this foundation.  After wearing it with no skin prep products, I moved on to using a moisturizer and a oil control primer by NYX and the finish was the same.  I would advise not to use too much moisturizer if you're an oily or combination skin type.  I did notice that I had to blot a little more during the application but it wasn't excessive.  If you have any hyperpigmentation, I think the Perfect Finish would be a great product to use.  At first dab, you're back to an even tone. A little certainly goes a long way.

Fashion Fair (purchase)

  • Luminous Finish
  • Normal to Dry Skin
  • Water Resistant
  • None Streaking
  • Vitamin Enriched
  • Medium to Full Coverage
  • Comes in 19 shades
  • $25.00
  • Purchase online at Fashion Fair or in stores (Macy's/Lord&Taylor/Belk/Dillards/Bon-Ton)
Wearing Fashion Fair Perfect Cream Makeup
Images were taken with my iPhone. No filter used. Shade variations are based on lighting.

Photo/Google Images: Fashion Fair
Personal photos

Products were supplied by the brand.  No compensation was received for this review. Thoughts are my own.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Google Global Beauty Pitch Winner, @ShawndaDee needs you for the NEXT Hair Brunch! #beauty #hair #google

Global Beauty Expert, Shawnda Dee is hosting her next Beauty Brunch in Atlanta! This event will highlight The Value of Protective Styling and YOU could attend as her model

Sunday, July 20, 2014
2:30 - 4:30pm
Register Here
Submit your hair story/concerns to inquire about being a MODEL!
Email: for more details.

"Full two hour look and learn workshop about protective styling products to help grow healthy hair. 
This is open for everyone with any hair texture."
Hair Texture Talk with Shawnda

Shawnda at Google HQ Convention

Google Nation!

This is what a GOOGLE Pitch Winner looks like!

Scalp Education!

Follow Shawnda to be apart of her journey!

Can't make the Protective Styling Workshop?

Attend the NEXT one, SAME day!

July 20, 2014
5:30 - 7:30pm
"Full two hour look and learn workshop about producing your dream, building your online presence, and making money on YouTube."
****Bring your computer**** 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

CURLS AND CONVERSATION #curlsandconversation

WHAT: Design Essentials Natural & Kick-off Curls & Conversation 2014 Tour @ Visions Natural Hair & Health Expo, Birmingham 

WHENMarch 29, 2014

WHERE: Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex North Exhibition Hall, 2100 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd N, Birmingham, AL 35203

TIME11am - 12:30pm CST


JOIN THE CONVERSATION: #Curls&Conversations #DECurlsConvo #DesignEssentialsNatural

To learn more about the Curls & Conversation 2014 National Tour and for upcoming Tour dates, visit  To cover this event for your media outlet or blog, send RSVP to Taronda Gibbons  Interview opportunities and post-event digital photography are available upon request.

Monday, March 3, 2014

The Beauty of Brown with @LupitaNyongo #Oscars #ESSENCE

Ocsar Look:
Headband designed by Fred Leighton
Hair by Larry Sims
Makeup by Nick Barose

She brings a glow of sunshine with her every where she goes.... Ms. Lupita Nyong'o.  Last week at the Essence Women in Hollywood Luncheon, she graciously spoke about once not liking her skin complexion.  Her words pierced my heart because I have once been at a place of not liking what I saw in the mirror.  To hear Lupita share how she overcame that trial was also a blessing.

Lupita Nyong'o attends the 7th annual ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood luncheon in Beverly Hills on Feb. 27.

Here is Lupita's speech:

Lupita Nyong'o was given Essence’s Breakthrough Performance award for her work in ‘12 Years a Slave.’


Tuesday, February 11, 2014


I recently relaxed my hair. I'm totally in love with it and harbor no regrets.  My recent ah-ha hair moment was realizing the only way I "now" desired to wear my hair natural was in a fade.  I am extremely comfortable with really short hair.  After I shaved my head, I learned how to love another part of who I was: ALL OF ME!

What I know for sure...

I'm never afraid to cut my hair.
I will always have the desire to wear my fade.
My fade is my comfort zone.

Our hair is an extension of who we are. Our style. Our self love. Our outward expression of beauty is apart of what moves us to choose a particular style.  For me, it's very simple: Because I have learned to love me, I love who I am with or without the world's standard of "beautiful hair".

Follow more of my journey via Instagram

I'd love to hear your "hair story" here on the blog!