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Top 10 Reasons Why Beyonce is a Bold Bright Beauty

20140904-060605-21965497.jpgQueen Bey. Beyoncé. Mrs. Knowles-Carter. The superstar Birthday Girl  AKA Sasha Fierce barely needs an introduction, she sets the trends in music, fashion and beauty. But in case you are somehow confused of how she could be so bold. We’ll explain why she’s a #boldbrightbeauty!

1. Because Beyonce Loves Her Family



Beyoncé is obviously in love with her hubby Jay-Z and her daughter Blue Ivy, but it’s not JUST about the Knowles-Carter empire. Beyoncé embraces her musical family and sisterhood with Solange and Kelly in a truly genuine way.

2. She’s Always Been a Winner



From singing Star Search, to local Texan music and beauty contests; Beyoncé is no stranger to ambition. She learned to work hard and strive for greatness from the beginning and hasn’t looked back since.

3. She was Bold Enough to Step out on her Own

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Growing up as lead to one of the most successful girl vocal groups had to be a lot of pressure, and leaving her friends to pursue her career independently had to be even harder. Nevertheless, Beyonce tapped into her courageous side to embark on one of the most successful careers of female pop vocalists of all time.

4. She takes Fashion Risks

Beyoncé never ceases to amaze us on the red carpet or even on vacay. Her apt to embrace creative fashion, bold colors, prints and statements through clothing is on the cutting edge of glam.

5. She Cut off All her Hair


Everyone knows, the big chop is definitely a big deal! Beyoncé took hers like a pro. Plus, her custom color stayed true to her blonde fierceness.

6. And then Graced the Floor with her 30 Plus Inches


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The big chop took a back seat to several styles including a blonde ombré bob and wavy chin length tresses. The ultimate slay however, was her hair look in the September Issue of CR Fashion Book. Forget 22inches hunny; floor length is how she gets down.

7. When SHE Got Box Braids, We All Got Box Braids



Lol. But didn’t we though? Even my girl Christina Aguilera was tryna rock with the Poetic Justice flow.

8. Her Heart is Humble



Regardless of non-profit issue or cause, Beyonce has the most genuine and humble spirit in regards to philanthropy. Her passion for her family and her music is evident but her gratitude towards fans is what pulls at our hearts the most.

9. But She Can Still Turn Up and Get Ratchet!

Everyone knows when her unannounced, self-titled album came out in December 2013, their eyes widened and hips rolled. She’s a grown woman obviously, but anyone who will tell all the bitches to bow down, in gangsta grillz… #beentrill.

10. She Makes Bold & Bright Boss Moves



Beyonce and Jay-Z’s On The Run Tour grossed more than 100million dollars, (More than $5 million a show) making it one of the most successful tours ever (next to Bruce Springteen’s and U2’s World Tours). From Cosmetics and Hair Endorsements, to movie roles and award show performances, Beyonce is careful with her brand and clearly makes bold boss moves.

If That’s not a Bold Bright Beauty, IDK what is! Check out our cool Beyonce Birthday Tribute On Instagram!




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LOCS Anyone?





Three and a half years ago, I was in a complete natural hair debacle. I had a full fro, but because of a mild case of traction alopecia and minimal hair loss in the crown my sides and top were shot. With restless hands and an insatiable thirst to look fabulous, I did what any beauty would do, sought the perfect form of extensions. But this time, I took an interesting route; I sought loc extensions. After careful deliberation (well as careful as finding them and saying I’m in!), I purchased human hair locs, doused them in a cleansing solution for hours and then sat through a 6 hour process in which each of them were sewn onto my kinky, curly hair and voila!

Funny thing is, when I returned to college in January ( I got them during Christmas break), no one could really put their finger on what had happened. I gave some stories like, “I had them under my weave extensions,” (which was completely delusional because my loc extensions were mid-back in length) and “I’ve always had them”- They Bought It! Fast forward to 2014; my natural hair locked as it grew into the loc extensions and last October, I cut all of the extensions off to achieve a 100% natural Loc bob. Oh and NOW,
everybody has locs!

Fauxlocs are ACTUALLY a thing now! There are three different kinds of the typical loc extension. The first, is the one I described, in which locs that have been grown on another person’s head are cut, cleaned and then attached to another person’s head. This is the most realistic type of loc extension and with current techniques, the only giveaway is time! The second is the use of human Afro kinky hair which is twisted, knotted or hooked into a loc, and attached to the hair; either initially or as an attachment. Finally, there is the synthetic wrapping technique. This produces a completely temporary loc produced by wrapping the natural hair with the extension from root to tip. Performing artist Ciara has this kind which results in a bit of a shiny finish (depending on the type of hair used), and is a good option for a protective style. Whichever option is best for you, remember; synthetic fibers tend to be heavy, so have your stylist use care when attaching an extension so that there is not excessive stress on the scalp or strands. Loc options 2 and 3 should not be kept any longer than 3 months. Finally, if you are using option 1, make sure you choose locs with the right diameter, length and texture. After all, they’ll be permanently yours in a few months. Now, go loc it up! Use the hashtag #bbblocs to share your #fauxloc journey!

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The Weekend Wind-Down


Weekends are a great time to unwind. Catching up on Lifetime’s Little Women of LA and Concert Series’ have been my summer 2014 faves! No matter what yours is, I suggest that we beauties always take time to treat our skin over the weekend. Usually, I try and go at least one full day without makeup. If I haven’t had the chance to do general grooming like waxing, and or tweezing I take care of that so that the redness will be completely gone and pores closed by Monday. Next, I seek an intense facial rejuvenating treatment like a peel, salt scrub or cleansing brush to remove dead skin cells and reveal a fresh new layer. Regardless of what I do, exercise, diet and rest always has the greatest affect on my skin. It never fails! These three consistently alleviate under eye circles, tiredness and excess wrinkles. What steps have you taken to support your skin this summer? Opted for a bronzer or suntan rather than full foundation? Taken extra time to cleanse and moisturize each day? Perfect! Whatever choice you make to keeping your skin healthy, odds are, it’s a good one! Stay beautiful!

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Preserve Your Pretty with these Long Lasting Sprays


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As the summer heat is arising, so is our internal heat index. You know what that means – outr sweat glands get to work and our makeup gets-a-slippin.’ Soon, your super cute summer glow is annihilated by nature and you’re ready to grab a cleansing makeup remover wipe and head in for the day. But wait, before you throw in the (makeup) towel, There’s Hope! Try one of my top 5 makeup setting sprays to keep your foundation flawless and your makeup dry. (listed in order of appearance)

1.  Ben Nye Setting Spray– This little baby is first because it is my ultimate fave! It never lets me down. If I apply a cream or liquid foundation, then set with powder, my face is set for the next 12-14 hours, come heat or humidity. Pick some up from a specialty makeup supplier or on Amazon.

2.  NYX Makeup Setting Spray in Dewy and Matte – NYX  Cosmetics is my go-to cosmetics brand for good quality products at low prices. For less than $10 you can get a super effective spray in dewy or matte finish which really locks in moisture and prevents minimal perspiration from causing liquid foundation to break down.

3. Makeup Forever  Mist and Fix Makeup Setting Spray – Makeup Forever is my go-to brand for my long days where wetness is a contender. It gives my face a quick re-fresh before locking in the makeup with a formula which seals my look for at least 8 hrs at a time.

4. Mary Kay Finishing Spray by Skindinavia – No, Mary Kay is not your momma’s makeup! Truth be told some of the line’s makeup and skincare products have won awards for efficacy and with a conservative price point. It’s certainly worth a try. Heading to a MK party soon? Try their Finishing Spray by Skindinavia.

Urban Decay All-Nighter Makeup Setting Spray – I love this brand because there are three different types to choose from! De Slick: Oil Control, Dew Me: Moisturising and All Nighter; Long Lasting Spray.

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Trend Forecast: Sangria Color




As #boldbrightbeauty lovers, we MUST stay abreast of all of the hottest color trends. So, while watching the 2014 Billboard awards, amidst a sea of black, ombre blonde do’s and legs, I noticed an odd ball,  Melissa Barrera.  As star of the reality show, The Chica’s Project, Barrera may be a reality tv underdog but her  sangria-colored hair  on the Billboard red carpet was to dye for! Sangria isn’t JUST one of the most popular summer drink staples. In fact, Sangria has been named the 2014 Fall Color Trend by Pantone. Pantone calls sangria,  “An exotic red that evokes a sense of glamorous adventures and faraway destinations.” Maybe I’m a rebel, but all this random weather has me wanting to indulge in fall beauty trends. Wanna stay on the bright side? Not to worry. The sangria color trend will always betrending, in beauty and beyond. Take a look!

1. MAC Cosmetics Pro-Longwear Heart Hangover

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One of my all-time MAC faves. This sangria-colored lippy is a matte bombshell! Hurry, it’s discontinued, but you can buy it here.

2. Homemade Sangria


What’s a memorial day cookout without this decadent drink? Want the perfect recipe? Visit our Instagram page @Boldbrightbeauty for specs!


3.  Fashion by Jason Obando in Full Sangria

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The full-color ensemble trend is one to be mastered! Sangria is the perfect alternative to those who shy away from brights, but rather not wear black day in and day out.

4. The 2014 Buick LaCrosse

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That’s right, when the interior of an American staple, luxury  sedan and all-around road warrior has sangria seats, it’s  classic. In addition to advanced technology and safety; the ultra sleek, sophisticated color is a strong enough for travel and sweet enough for leisure, just like sangria!


5. NARS Seduction Blush

nars seductionNARS Blush in Seduction is one sure fire way to brighten and strengthen a bland beauty look. The rich color and texture can be managed to create a soft or strong look providing just the right amount of versatility a bold beauty should have. Buy it for $30.00 from Sephora here.


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Lipstick Fave: Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm Collection Giveaway

I’m Loving Revlon’s Colorburst  Matte Balm Collection so much that I’ve decided to do a Contest!  The line comes in 6 vibrant colors, which last long and moisturize the lips through conditioning menthol. I love this collection because it’s not drying, totally kissable and doesn’t layer and look caky like most drying matte lipsticks. A definite budget beauty option to keep your pockets and smiles happy! Enter Now!

The Winner Will Receive Several products from the Matte Balm Collection! To Enter:

  1. Follow www.instagram.com/boldbrightbeauty1
  2. Repost Anything related to beauty and use the hashtag #boldbrightbeauty
  3. Stay beautiful!

Contest ends 8pm EST May 18th

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Recovering from A Beat Down? #CoveritUp



Clearly there MUST be something in the air because I have seen/heard of  1 TOO Many beat downs this weekend! Poor babies! The way reality tv is going these days, the Solange on Jay-Z beat down didn’t surprise me. Honestly, it’s probably not the first time things have gotten physical. Nevertheless, for those fights that can’t be avoided,  try the new Kat Von D Lock it  Tattoo Foundation. For just $34.00 at Sephora, this foundation will cover any bruise, scar or burn incurred from a variety of beat down scenarios. It is Extremely thick! However, you can dilute the heaviness of foundation by mixing with a light moisturizer or even a tad bit of water. Guys, got into a squabble at a bar, but have a really important meeting tomorrow? Grab a sample! Then take a q-tip, dabble it onto the darkened area only, and blend carefully. Once complete, dab a little white, odorless body powder over the site with a clean fingertip or tissue. Ladies you can use your favorite colorless HD setting powder, but for fellas, powder will do the trick! Good luck and please #ElevateResponsibly LOL

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The 5 Things You Need To Know About Gel Manicure Safety


Everybody loves gel nails. What’s not to like? The color lasts two to three weeks without chipping, the polish retains shine, and it protects nail beds from everyday wear and tear. But what effect does it have on our skin?

Going to the nail salon every two weeks, or 26 times annually, exposes our skin to about 13 hours of direct UV light rays each year. Assuming a woman gets her nails done at least once per month every year for 20 years of her life (based off of a poll I conducted with 10 of my best girl friends) is the damage we cause to our hands really worth it? And, even if done less frequently, should we be still be worried?

In order to help ease your mind I’ve put together the top five things you should know about gel manicure safety. These are tricks of the trade I’ve learned from cosmetology school and personal experience. Check out the full story on Styleblazer.com here.

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Pucker Up And Perfect Your Pout With These 10 Pre Date Night Sweets


While half of us are wondering what shade of red or pink to wear, or, better yet, what to get our not-so-defined valentine, some of us have even bigger problems. The entire day could go great. He could shower you in presents, chocolates, flowers–the whole nine yards–but it’s the kiss that truly seals the deal.  And if you aren’t prepared things could get ugly.

You see, if your lips are dry, damaged, and chapped from this year’s rugged winter, the kiss could be more of a flop than a success. Our advice? Be prepared and get your mouth in the right shape for Friday.

Don’t know how? Not to fear! A lip scrub will smooth away your worries in minutes. Here are our top 10 lip scrubs and creams to perfect your pout just in time for Valentine’s Day. You’ll be ready to kiss the night away in no time. Check out the rest of the story on Styleblazer.com here. 

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The Art of Face Contouring



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Looks, Oh how they can be deceiving! Let’s be honest, not everyone can afford to have a celebrity makeup artist at their beck and call every time they decide they want to look “red-carpet ready.” Youtube and social media beauties like Tatiana Ward a.k.a. Beat Face Honey and Amanda Ensing have simplified the classic face contouring process through countless video makeup tutorials.

These artists have helped me develop into a successful freelance makeup artist. Learning tips on products and contouring has helped me develop my own technique, which I’ve been fortunate enough to use in DC and New York Fashion Week, as well as on countless female and even male clients.

So, in case you need a bit more instruction on the technique, here’s a brief review of some of mine and my favorite celebrity makeup artist’s contouring tips; play by play. Click here for the full feature on Styleblazer.com.

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