Lunchtime Links: Women’s History Month Edition

by Jackie

This edition of Lunchtime Links pays homage to Women’s History Month. Celebrate womanhood with this roundup of inspiring women who are writing a new page in history.

Tomica Gets Cutthroat

TomCookery announcement

New York-based chef and business owner Tomica “Tom” Burke brings her talents to the Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen. The episode airs on Sunday, April 13 at 10:00 p.m. EST. I had the privilege of chatting with Tomica when she launched her new comfort cuisine and catering company, TomCookery. Read more about her journey to kitchen stardom here.

Beauty Beyond Skin Deep

Few people know that I’ve been dealing with a nuisance of a scar on my nose from a self-induced chemical burn from an at-home astringent routine gone wrong. When I’m not going to the dermatologist for treatments to get rid of it, I cover it up with Dermablend. To the outside world, it may be nothing, but to me, it’s unsightly. (I can be very a bit dramatic, sometimes. I know) The brand recently launched Camo Confessions, a campaign that features  people who have ditched their makeup for the sake of telling their stories. Cheri details her victory over vitiligo in a stunning video.

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Be Bossy

There’s been a lot of buzz around banning the term bossy. I tend to err on the side of meh on this topic. While I agree that girls and women should be encouraged to be leaders just as much as boys and men, I also think that there are other, more important threats to women than being called bossy. I have been called bossy on more than one occasion.  Hard to believe, I know. I’m not offended by the term, I actually kind of revel in it. In the poetic words of singer-turned-Food Network-star Kelis,

You don’t have to love me / You don’t even have to like me / But you will respect me / You know why? / ’cause I’m a boss!

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Macy’s to Launch “Marilyn Monroe” Collection

by Jackie

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Macy’s recently announced that it will launch The Marilyn Monroe Collection, a line inspired by the iconic style muse. I’m obsessed with vintage glamour and cannot wait to shop my heart away. The preview images have me excited!

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I’m guessing that every outfit would be perfect paired with red lipstick. With the release date set for March 15, just ahead of the Mad Men season premiere in April, the line would also be perfect for girls like me who are desperate for Joan-like silhouettes.

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Confessions of a Sun Addict

I have an intense love affair with the sun, and my skin has been paying for it. I’m a firm believer in the adage made popular by Tupac, “The Blacker the Berry the Sweeter the Juice” and believed that I was born with built-in sun protection. I began noticing that I was developing light spots on my face. I have never had issues with my complexion, and have had the same tone since 1984, so I booked an appointment with a dermatologist to figure out why I was turning into a reverse Dalmatian.

The diagnosis: sunburn.  The doctor could not believe that I have been going for years without using daily sunscreen to protect my skin. Ashamed of my neglect, I admitted that I only used sunscreen during beach trips. This means that my skin was exposed to harmful rays for 95% of the year. Even when the sun is hiding behind clouds or shrouded by winter, its rays can cause damage.

She made me promise that I would use a facial moisturizer with sunscreen and recommended that I try Cerave AM to put up a barrier between my face and UVA/UVB rays.

I have been using it for a few weeks now and notice that my face is much softer and I love the fact that it’s not greasy and has a matte finish. I don’t like to wear much make-up, so using a moisturizer that goes on matte allows me to walk around bare-faced without looking like I’ve been playing in bacon grease.

I have learned my lesson and am changing my spots. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist the corny pun.)

Instantly Lush Lashes

by Sherria

We are in love with Adele’s stunning eyes! Not only are her eyes beautiful, those lashes are something to envy. Recently, the Grammy Winner shared her secret to lush lashes with InStyle Magazine over the weekend. In addition to occasionally wearing false eyelashes, Adele is a huge fan of Eyeko Skinny Brush Mascara. The UK Brand is now available in Sephora in the United States.  According to InStyle Magazine, Adele wore the Skinny Brush Mascara “in lieu of false eyelashes” during the Someone Like You video. To find out more information on Eyeko products, visit the company website.

Eyeko London, Skinny Brush Mascara (Available at Sephora today, $28)

Off-Duty Looks: Purple Eye Shadow

by Sherria

Olivia: Singer and co-star of VH1's "Love & Hip Hop" Photo credit: theybf.com

The “freakin’ weekend” is here and although it’s gray outside on the East Coast, I’m planning to add a splash of color to my face with purple eye shadow. After seeing a photo of Olivia from VH1’s Love & Hip Hop on Theybf.com last night, I figured I should stop waiting around to use the purple eye shadow kit I bought by Maybelline. Below are a few eye shadows from brands that I trust as well as a couple of makeup tutorials for applying purple eye shadow. I hope you enjoy. Happy Friday!

A*cute picks:

CoverGirl Eye Enhancer, Color: Purple Pop (Any Local Drug Store, $3.19)

MAC Eye Shadow, Color: Parfait Amour (MAC, $15)

Maybelline EyeStudio Eye Shadow, Color: Purple Icon 30 (CVS, $9.99)

I usually experiment with my makeup by watching tutorials on YouTube. Here’s two that I found helpful for purple eye shadow application.

Beauty Resolution: Wear Red Lipstick

by Jackie

"Currant" lip liner, "Russian Red" lipstick, "Russian Red" gloss by MAC.

I once asked a makeup counter attendant to help me find a bold lip color. His response, “Not for you.” According to him, my skin was too dark to wear anything other than translucent gloss. Ever since then, I’ve been proving him wrong with bright pinks, shocking purples, and vibrant reds. Writing about his color complex would take a whole book, but the moral of the story here is: You can wear any color you want and look and feel absolutely beautiful.

But, don’t take it from me. I am lucky to have had gorgeous women of color wearing various shades of red lipstick come across my Twitter timeline. Red lipstick is a bold way to spice up your makeup look. Worn alone, or paired with thinly winged black eyeliner, it’s an ode to vintage glamor. The key to pulling off a red lip is finding the right shade for you. Have fun mixing lip liners and glosses with lipstick to find your unique shade.

Toya, @LifeofaLadybug, wearing "Box" by Illamasqua.

Violeta, @Black_LatinosUS, wearing "Ruby Woo" by MAC.

Chela, @ChelaBK, wearing "Red Drama" by Clinique.

Quynh, @Queengwen, wearing "Red Lizard" by NARS.

The Red Zone

by Sherria

Cardigan (delias.com, $45); Hello Kitty T-shirt (alloy.com, $25); Rain boots (couture.zappos.com, $225) ): Flat shoes (simplysoles.com, $168)

I usually don’t wear red, but for some reason I felt like being spontaneous on Monday night and started to paint my nails red. On top of that, I wore red lipstick to work yesterday. At one point, I’m pretty sure I held the belief that red lipstick was not appropriate for the office. However, I think my attitude has  changed. I mean, it wasn’t like I was wearing blue eye shadow and six inch heels. It’s just red lipstick…right? Well, I felt good about it and I’ve been experimenting more with color. Above are some red items I was thinking about buying. Below is my splash of red from yesterday. Let me know what you think. Also, do you think its okay to wear red lipstick to work? Why or why not?

Just a splash of red:

Red Lipstick: Maybelline Color Sensation Lip Color #645 Red Revival

My frozen fingers. Nail color: NYC Long-Wearing Enamel #131A Big Apple Red Creme