God, if I had a nickel for how many times I’ve titled a beauty peice “Prime Time” in my career, smh. But that’s neither here nor there. My baby sister Lauren, who you may know from The Root and now Mother Jones, just introduced me to a primer/CC cream that was like a small epiphany. You’re going to hate me for this, but I’m not a huge fan of CC creams. As Carrie B. once said about squirrels vs. rats, I feel like a CC creams is just tinted moisturizer in a cuter outfit. It’s marketing, come on! But Tarte’s Colored Clay CC Primer is something else, altogether. It comes in only five shades, but they’re so sheer and blendable, that you’ll find one that enhances your skin beautifully (with my new sunkissed, Jamaican skintone, I wear tan). Made with color-correcting Amazonian clay, these POWERFUL little sticks instantly even out your skin tone and erase weird spots, redness or discoloration. The finish is astonishing. Some folks wear it under foundation, but I don’t think you need it. The Tarte leaves your skin so matte, so polished – so velvety-smooth — that Laur (and now me) just wears it alone. In general, one swipe of this stick gets your face together in a flawless way.
I’m, like, the only self-respecting fancy girl I know who hates heels. I hate them a lot. I’m not one of those women whose heels are like an extension of their foot — the supernaturally chic women who can run, crip walk, or pile dishes into the dishwasher in them, forgetting their feet are stuffed into tiny torture devices. If I have a meeting or a party or something that requires that I wear them, I’ll wear flats and switch at the verrrry last second. I just don’t like being uncomfortable. Life is hard enough.
I recently had to go to a birthday party — a dressy one — at this clubby lounge thing where I knew I’d be expected to shake my ass for hours, in heels. This would not do. So I did some investigating for pads, heel guards, anything that would help…and I came across something that actually did. Still Standing Spray, you guys (and incidentally I’m late to the party; stylists have been using it on red carpets and runways for a minute now. It’s been an award season staple, all season!)! The spray’s loaded with anti-inflammatory, skin-soothing properties like Chinese herbs, arnica, aloe and menthol — and if you spray it on the tops, sides, and bottoms of your feet, even through tights, it helps keep prevent aches, pains, and general high heel malaise. Also, your feet experience this tingly-cool sensation for hours, which is sort of like a thrilling little secret. Whee!
Weddings, parties, work — this spray is the move. Enjoy, and safe stiletto-ing.
When I first went to college, my hair was a disaster. I’d been getting relaxers since fifth grade, but there were no black hairdressers in Charlottesville, VA (shout out to UVA alums, wahoowaaa biiitch!). So I’d go months and months between touch-ups, give myself half-assed, horrible blowouts…and my hair looked like Mufasa’s. If only Beautiful Textures’ Texture Manageability System had existed then! If you haven’t heard about it, get into it. Formulated for naturals, transitioning girls, and relaxed chicks between touchups, the treatment helps elongate your natural curl pattern — but it’s not a relaxer or a keratin treatment. There are no chemicals, so your curls won’t be permanently altered or fried, just softened a bit, until you wash the treatment out with the included clarifying shampoo. It moisturizes, smooths, and de-puffs your curls, giving you the sleekest blowout ever — or a more manageable natural look. And it’s only ten bucks.
Honestly, it’s really just an intensely deep conditioner loaded with good-for-you moisturizers like coconut, aloe, shea butter, and mango butter. No shade, I couldn’t imagine how a non-chemical straightening system could give me uber-smooth, swingy strands (edges included) — but yesterday, I went to LW Salon in midtown Manhattan for my treatment, and promptly became a believer. Just look:
Do you see how straight my roots are? That was really my concern. Somehow, I can get the length of my hair pretty straight, but my roots always give away my natural status. The TMS did away with all that. I’m amazed. Get you some.