My Top 5 Beauty Influencers

Beauty is in the eye of the be-blah…blah…blah…blah! It’s 2017, and beauty is whatever you want it to be. You like what you like and I like what I like. That doesn’t make either of us wrong, just different.  I’ve listed the top five influencer that I draw inspiration from.

Jackie Aina

Need I say more? Jackie Aina is one the first YouTube beauty influencers to captivate my attention. If you’re a brown skinned girl, you cannot go wrong with the information she provides in her videos. She’s real and I like how she’s not afraid to get these brands together for overlooking anything darker than caramel complexions. I also love that she continuously promotes her blackness and is damn proud of it – and I just can’t get enough of her and Denise!

Alissa Ashley

Alissa has dry skin, like me, and she also has hooded lids, like me. She is my go to for techniques, tips and tricks fin those areas. If you have hooded lids, then you know the struggles of eyeshadow application. I love her Mystery Makeup Monday’s, where she uses a spinning  wheel to determine her look for the day. I’m amazed at how she always pulls the looks off!

Khloe Dosh

We aren’t going to talk about how many Khloe Dosh Snapchat tutorials I’ve sat through, and will continue to sit through. I like Khloe because she hasn’t forgotten about those of us who are still in the learning/struggle stages of our love for makeup. She features artists on her Snapchat from all skill levels, and you will not talk crazy to people who take over her page that aren’t the best. She’s creative, and I actually get mad at the people who come for her when she makes her makeover tutorials with creative tools. Don’t come for Khloe on my watch -NOT ON MY WATCH!

Makeupshayla

So yeah, Shayla slays, and she plays really good music when she’s working out.  I love to watching her snaps. It’s nice to see a beauty influencer kick-ass in the gym, then go home and slay-it. She’s also gorgeous!

TheSocialiteLife

I stuumbled upon Sande maybe a year or so ago while  desperately researching a particular foundation  I wanted to try. Sande is my jam, and if you don’t mind an F-bomb here and there, she’ll be yours too. Her product reviews are honest, raw and funny!

 

Who are some of your favorite influencers and why? Comment below!

 

 

The 2017 Extreme Prom Makeover Experience – Studio 21 Salon!

Every girl deserves a day to feel like a princess. To be made the center of attention. To sit in all anxiousness as the curling wands spin and the powder puffs, digesting the sound wisps, ticks and clicks of the magic that happens in those very moments. 10 all-deserving, scintillating young women won an extreme prom makeover for their Senior Prom, sponsored by Project 16 DFW, Studio 21 Salons, and Lil Lizzie’s Foundation.

Terrific Two

Studio 21 is celebrating their two-year anniversary this year, and the series of events is nothing less than “You Should Be Here!” In proper order, the salon kicked off the chain of events by giving back, partnering with Project 16 and Lil Lizzie’s Foundation to make a dream come true for 10 high school seniors by providing hair, makeup, and a photoshoot for prom! We are bringing you a behind the scenes look at day that will go down as no less than a day dreams are made of for Ivory, Dominique, Nayeli, Nautica, Ajah, Aaliyah, Tamya, I’yonna, and Jasaja.

Anticipation filled the room as early as 8am as the girls arrived and things started rolling.

There were side conversations going on, music playing in the background, and refreshments to boot. Coffee was the cocktail of the hour in the preparation for the day’s events, and  organization and teamwork played a major role in the success of this project. The plan was in place, stations were set and the team showed up READY!

Hair

The girls preselected their styles on their shopping day,so the curling irons were hot  and the stylist best equipped to curate their requests were assigned to them. Robin “Honey” George @honeygeorgehair, Felicia “Marcel Queen” Green @texastylistfeliciagreen, and Phylice “Lady Silk” Teamer @anointedhands25 chopped and whirled those tresses into bouncing, flowing, exotic slays.

For the Love of Honey!
Marcel Queen in the building!
Lady Silk, need I say more?

Makeup

The makeup artists marched in focused with their makeup kits in tow.Watching them set up made me feel like a unicorn in fairy tale land. The girls were encouraged to “go for it!”, and no games were played. Amiya @studio21mua, Joanna @fernormfaces, Valerie @lipstickcurlsstudio, and Fai @faschion.makeup painted and served face, hunty!

Amiya #thefacebeata!
Fernormfaces!
Lipstick & Curls Studio!
Faschion.makeup!

Mother Jade

Project 16 is clearly Lady Jade’s @ladyjade104 baby.She set it out for those babies, y’all! No detail was untouched. Lil Lizzies provided the beautiful gowns, shoes and accessories that adorned each girl. The young ladies were able to pick their looks from head to toe. I’m not sure if there is any sequin or sparkle left in DFW, cause this even was blinged out! DJ Khaled’s Shining comes to mind when I think of it all.

The creating the set

Once hair and makeup were done and the girls were dressed, it was time for one of the most anticipated parts of the day, the photo shoot! Let me start by saying that this fabulous backdrop was made, by hand, by Alyson Collins. She inflated every balloon, then strategically placed them along the wall like a cascading ray of sunshine and lollipops. I seriously wanted to go home, put on a sparkly gown and come back for my own photo op.

Lights, camera, action!

Studio 21 Media is a force to be reckoned with! Behind the scene photos were taken by John Carter @jcvision_video, and there were three photo stations set; a headshot station with photos by Tydus Cleveland @obey_tytuswayne, the glam spot with photos by Daniel Wheat @d_wheat and outside photos by William Washington @extremeworksstudio. Talk about loving your craft and getting the shot! The best part was seeing them encourage one another and admiring each others shots.

The event came to a close with all the girls center stage, jamming out to a group photo shot. The room was full of love, smiles, and  tears of joy. The girls were so thankful for the experience and the opportunity they had been given to not only attend, but Slay prom 2017!

Studio 21 Salon is located at 830 Mayfield Rd #580 in Grand Prairie, Tx (across the street from the new IKEA)! We are a full service hair salon (including natural hair and loc maintenence), makeup, photography and videography. For inquires call 972-264-2600 or visit us online at www.s21salon.co  

More behind the scene shots for your viewing pleasure.

Getting Out of the Box

This post was really difficult for me to share. I sat on it for almost a week. It’s amazing how comfortable we allow ourselves to become within labels. The biggest challenge in this, for me, is leveling up once I lose the label.

A Week of Realizations

On Monday of last week the workout was weighted squats, then we did thrusters (from a squat) and kettle bell high pulls. For some reason reading the workout on the board was a lot for me to digest. But it ended up not being too strenuous, and I worked up a sweat pretty quickly once I got going.

The weather was a nice, and the gym had a community atmosphere. It’s nice to see whole families, and children around, happy and thriving, on a nice day after a good workout.

We did a partner workout on Wednesday. I’m still al little intimidated with partner workouts, cause I never want to fall short for my partner.  We did deadlifts, work on the rower, and kettle bell swings.

I’ve discovered that rowing has replaced running as the one movement/exercise I absolutely hate. Don’t tell my trainer I’m saying this, but I’d much rather run than row these days.  Ultimately, the workout was good. I worked up a good sweat, and it was nice to be able to rest between movements. He programmed the workout so one person would be resting while the other did the movements. I was happy that I didn’t fall behind and was able to keep pace with my partner.

Losing the Label

My clothes fit loose now, and I’m starting to get complements on my weight loss. I purchased some new workout clothes and  was talking with one of my gym-mates about feeling insecure in the outfit I’d just bought. I made the statement, “You know big girls can’t wear everything.”

She replied to me, “No, you’re ok. It looks just fine…and, you’re not a big girl.” I brushed off the comment, finished my workout and didn’t think much about it. Then, the following day when I dropped my children off at daycare the Director made a statement about me not needing to lose anymore weight. Seriously, what are they seeing that I’m not?

As with most things, I took this opportunity to do some self reflection and self evaluation. I can’t really say that I’ve lost a significant amount of weight, because I haven’t weighed myself in a very long time. But my clothes have become too big and I see the change in the mirror.

I’m not a “big girl” anymore, am I?

I mean, the outfit that I was feeling self conscious about wearing was an outfit that I got from the Juniors section. I can actually fit Nike athletic gear off the rack, and I can pass the towel test.  You know, when you’re able to wrap a regular sized towel around your whole body!

But, in my mind, I represent for the Big girls! That’s how it’s always been and that’s how it’s gonna be. Right?

I realize that holding on to the “big girl” label is self-sabatoging and something I need to work on. Luckily for me, I have belly fat,  inner thigh fat, and some pretty unhealthy eating habits get rid of  before I can be fully comfortable losing my “big girl” label.

What’s the biggest hurdle you face with your body transformation in comparison to the body your psyche says you have?