Calypso Realness for Spring

Calypso Realness for Spring


That’s Lela Rochon on the right, btw.

When I was eight, Lionel Richie’s “All Night Long” was everything. The video came out, and everybody was partying in these preternaturally bright, primary colors. There was tribal-ish dancing and floral hair accessories. There were brown boys playing steel drums. I remember asking my mom to explain the video, and — I’ll never forget this, it was while she was giving me a homemade mayonnaise deep conditioner in the kitchen (vomit) — she distractedly said, “Calypso.” Calypso! She was referring to the genre of music, obviously. But I decided that “Calypso” meant…tropical. And in my head, whenever I saw ads for Hawaiian vacations, or wore jams (remember jams?) with day-go flower prints, I decided I was giving Calypso Realness.

From conditioners to toners, this spring, every brand is getting into Calypso Realness with their packaging. With a side of Boho. And it’s so good, that I almost don’t even care what’s in it. Lucky for me,  Shu Uemura, Davines, and Pacifica’s Indian Coconut Nectar Body Wash are good.


Shu Uemura Mika for Shu Anti-Shine Fresh Cleansing Oil is a work of art. This huge, limited edition bottle is too fancy and luxurious to be believed. Truly a work of art; so pretty on your counter. But that’s besides the point — it actually houses a lightweight, gently moisturizing cleansing oil that leaves your face squeaky-clean (eye makeup and mascara, obliterated)…but softly hydrated. I also use it to clean my brushes.


As I’ve mentioned before, my blowouts are SO dead. Lifeless. Lately, I’ve been using Davines NaturalTech Replumping Shampoo to help add some much-needed lushness! It contains something called petit gran oil, which helps give hair elasticity and volume. Totally works — my hair ends up fluffy to a fault. Plus, it smells like the Tuileries Garden.


So, Pacifica Indian Coconut Nectar Body Wash. Let’s talk about the scent. It’s a summery, honey-vanilla-fruity fragrance that’s entirely edible. You’ll want to bite yourself. Blended with natural ingredients like tea, pomegranate, and chamomile extract, it’s totally gentle and sulfate-free — and yet the lather payoff is serious. I’m on my second bottle.

These Calypso Realness products aren’t just pretty faces, guys. You’ll love!



Oh “BB” You…You Got What I Need!

Oh “BB” You…You Got What I Need!


Since it seems that the side-chick known as Winter has finally decided to leave the Northeast the hell alone (knocks on wood) and let Spring show-off for a bit, I’ve begun my quest for light coverage alternatives to replace my heavier winter staples.

With the influx of CC and DD creams I thought the BB cream train had left the station a long time ago. How funny is it that Black Radiance is one of the last cosmetic lines to take a stab at the trend (inserts “BP Time” reference). Anywho, I’m a fan of the line, so I was excited to give the BB cream a go. Here I am pre-BB cream:

This hyper-pigmentation is killing me softly, smh

This hyper-pigmentation is killing me softly, smh


Black Radiance’s True Complexion BB Cream is simply that. A lightweight cream that is lighter than a foundation but heavier than a tinted moisturizer. With only five color selections I was surprised to find a shade that fit me perfectly! Can you guess my shade? Chocolate (she says in a Randy Watson voice)!

The cream gives a weightless, light-to-medium coverage with a soft, dewy finish.  My acne scars and hyper pigmentation were covered considerably but not completely concealed. The SPF of 15 is great for everyday sun protection — and I love that the dose of sunscreen doesn’t make my skin look chalky. I took this pic with a flash and look nothing like Casper the Friendly Ghost.



In short? Black Radiance did that! The train came late but I’m so not mad.


Anieka W.

Be Your Own #WCW – On Tuesday!

Be Your Own #WCW – On Tuesday!

"Own it...own it...own it..." (Mack Wilds voice)

“Own it…own it…own it…” (Mack Wilds voice)

The other day, I had the following text exchange with my sister, Brownie (her name’s not Brownie, it’s Devon. Longtime SYB Babes will remember this). We were talking about going to our friend’s house party.

Brownie: No idea what to wear. You know this crowd, some of these girls’ll show up to brunch in a bodycon cocktail dress. I can’t do it.

Me: Whatever, I’ll be just as sexy. In jeans.

I said this without thinking…but then it hit me, twenty minutes later. And I was so desperately embarrassed. I immediately texted her back.

Me: Umm, did I just say I was sexy? I am not sexy. I just meant “less is more.”

Brownie: There’s nothing wrong with saying you’re sexy!

Me: Actually, there are few things worse.

I come from the school of thought that “sexy” — along with “hilarious” and “genius” — are things that you should allow another person to say about you. If you declare them yourself, then you probably aren’t. I never wanted to be the kind of girl who actually believed she was sexy. It’s supposed to be hotter to be a bit unsure about it. To not even be aware of the things that men find attractive about you. Diane Keaton la-di-da’d her way through Annie Hall her granddad’s clothes and was the most fuckable woman of 1977. The question is — did she know it was sexy, or was she just pretending to be oblivious?

Girls are taught that it’s not okay to have too much of a grasp on their sexual power. You should aspire to be hot, desired, gorgeous — but it’s not okay to be aware, or to have any real handle on it. If you’re too knowing, you’re vain (and possibly a slut). God, that “You Don’t Know Your Beautiful” song by One Direction (sorry, I’m such a child) is the perfect example. Harry Styles, that hot piece of barely-legal ass, whines through the song that this girl is beautiful because she doesn’t know she is. First of all, be clear — the chick who ends up in Harry Styles’ bed knows exactly where her powers lie. Secondly, why is it more attractive/desirable/awww-inspiring to pretend that she doesn’t?

I am not a bombshell. I have my moments though, like we all do. And I did believe that I’d be cute in those jeans — especially surrounded by heavily contoured lids and Jessica McClintock dresses at 4pm — and I shouldn’t have been embarrassed about thinking it. Girls, own your sexy!


Sexiness comes from within, blah blah, but the thing that always does it for me is a glowy, sunny radiance. Benefit Sun Beam Illuminator is honestly like liquid gold — but it sheers out into this luminous sheen. Absolutely a must on brow bones and blended over cheekbones (ontop of blush). It’s so pretty on brown skin, you won’t believe it.