Posts written by: twilliams

The Ariana Grandiose of Mascaras!

The Ariana Grandiose of Mascaras!

Supermodel-socialite Marisa Berenson, lashing-out in 1968. I want no less than this, always.

Supermodel-socialite Marisa Berenson, lashing-out in 1968. I want no less than this, always.

Hey girls,

Part of being a beauty or fashion expert is coming to terms with the fact that you’re a Girl Who Cried Wolf. We all are. We fall hard, can’t see straight, and then whatever shower gel/gloss/conditioner we’re raving about becomes the HOTTEST, the DOPEST, the COOLEST, the MOST MIND-BENDINGLY TRANSFORMATIVE product ever to be sent to us by a mid-level P.R. chick. And at the time, we mean it. At least, I do…I really really do. Until some fast-talking upgrade sidles up to me, with it’s slick packaging and sexy claims.

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All this babble is just to say that I’ve raved about be-all end-all mascaras before. And they’ve all been stellar. Many of them have even been Lancome. But none of them have been Lancome Grandiôse Wide-Angle Fan Effect Mascara. Which is — and I say this without a sliver of hyperbole — the best lash-lengthener of all time. Here’s why: the wand comes with a clever swan neck, which enables you to catch all the tiny corner hairs and bottom lashes, while sweeping the top ones out from root to tip — fanning them out to their sultry fullest. Basically, the swan neck is built to compliment the curves of your eye area (allowing for flawless application) and the crest of the hairs (giving an eye-popping finish). Straight wands are not. And if you’ve ended up with good-enough-but-not-dazzling lashes, that’s why.

Try it. Your life will change, woman.

The Mango Lipstick to End All Others

The Mango Lipstick to End All Others

 

My new, lip-focused look -- taking a break from strong eyes after ugly-crying at a breast cancer luncheon.

My new, lip-focused look — taking a break from strong eyes after ugly-crying at a breast cancer luncheon.

 

Two weeks ago, the Susan G. Komen foundation invited me to their Impact Awards. At this super-inspiring luncheon, they awarded women who’ve impacted the fight against breast cancer. Being surrounded by elite philanthropists, the ladies-who-lunch crowd and GMA’s Amy Robach, I definitely had a moment of, “Are you sure you invited the right person?” But at least I was prepped, style-wise. My ensemble was conservative, yet stylish (i.e., a sleeveless, soft chambray denim number with a swing skirt). But my makeup? Disaster. I went for a major lashes and shadow moment, but I ended up ugly-crying the entire time (those stories and videos KILLED me). Fast forward to last week — I saw the event pics, and my eyes were a scorching hot mess. I decided to take a break from strong eyes, and focus on statement lips instead. It looks pulled together, and its easy to fix if I eat a burger or feeling a pressing need to make-out.

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Urban Beauty Lip Brush

My secret to a perfect, bold pout is Urban Beauty United Lippety Stick Lip Brush. It’s compact, I love the bright bristles, and it allows me to perfectly line the bow of my life. My lip color of choice? Milani’s Sweet Nectar. This orange — and my crimped hair — are my way of giving “my body is here at work with all of you, but my heart is on vacation” vibes. With Beyonce. On her yacht. With my pimple.

Milani Sweet Nectar

Milani Sweet Nectar

xo,

Latoya

Hairdryer Loses Handle, Becomes Magical

Hairdryer Loses Handle, Becomes Magical

You know he never ages, and it's just weird. He needs to address our concerns. At least release a statement to the press revealing his choice in under eye creams.

You know he never ages, and it’s just weird. He needs to address our concerns. At least release a statement to the press revealing his choice in under eye creams.

Hi Ladies,

I love finding out that things you assumed were necessary are actually pointless. Like, when we all discovered that toner was a marketing gimmick. Or when it hit us that shampoos were meant for straight, oily-hair, not textured hair (HOAX!). Or when we realized that Pharrell was actually a real-life Beloved, a person-ghost who appeared to be his actual age – but still had the supernaturally smooth, eerily unlined skin of an infant, which was when his mother murdered him in a frantic moment of abject terror (no? Any Toni Morrison-ites in the house? Just me?).  Anyway, it recently occurred to me that handles on hairdryers were pointless.

It's literally like using a brush or comb.

It’s literally like using a brush or comb.

Last week, RED by KISS Red by Kiss Handle-Less Hair Dryer came across my desk, and I plotzed. It looked crazy — but I loved the weirdness (kooky tools and devices are my new thing). And it’s actually profoundly revolutionary. Since you can directly grip the body of the hairdryer, it allows for more control when administering blowouts (which one definitely needs when wrestling with natural hair). Add the comb attachment, and you can really get into those roots, aim the heat where you need it, and then easily smooth down from the scalp to the tip. It makes blowing out your hair crazy precise, because it’s so much less unwieldy! Almost like using your own hands. Also, in case you’re wondering, the body of the dryer doesn’t get hot, so you’re good.

Brava, Red by Kiss. Gamechanger.