First Annual Makeup Tutorial & Beauty Mixer Recap (Photos)

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Hi readers! I had the pleasure of putting together my very first event last weekend in New York City. Although the prep work was overwhelming, I am happy I did it. I was responsible for putting together the entire production, and, I say that with pride. I have been to many events but to plan my own was an experience I was very anxious about but glad that I accomplished it. Furthermore, it was successful. I received support from those I didn’t expect would support me and left feeling satisfied with the overall turn out and results.

When I started the blog six years ago, I had no idea what I wanted to do with it and where I wanted to take it. I was a music and pop culture junkie who wanted readers to indulge in their favorite celeb and all things entertainment, hence the phrase “treat your sweet tooth…”

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NYC Event: Makeup Tutorial, Sip & Shop, Beauty Mixer

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Pop culture blogger and founder of Cotten Kandi Media, LLC, Ms. Toni, will host the first annual Makeup Tutorial, Beauty & Women Empowerment Mixer. The event will be held in the midst of the theater district and hell’s kitchen in New York City on Sunday, July 13th from 1-6pm (makeup class begins 2pm sharp). Attendees will have the opportunity to network with small business owners in the beauty industries, this includes hair, cosmetics, skincare and wellness, and boutique owners. Attendees will also be provided three demonstrations of makeup application; natural glamour (day), basic glamour (night) and a dramatic look. Topics discussed will also include brow sculpting, eye lash application, foundation and primer application and much more.

Limited space available so please purchase tickets at your earliest convenience. Head over to cottenkandi.eventbrite.com. Use code: beautymixmakeup for a promotional discount.

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Lupita Nyong’o Becomes Lancôme’s First Black Ambassador

Screen-Shot-2014-04-04-at-4.42All hail Lupita Nyong’o! The beautiful 31-year-old actress was just named Lancôme’s Ambassadress.

She will be featured in advertisements launching this September and I’m sure she will look absolutely flawless! Nyong’o joins other notable celebrity brand ambassadors including Kate Winslet, Julia Roberts and Penélope Cruz, but definitely will stand out as she is the first black ambassador! Woop, you go girl, with your PERFECT skin!

The 12 Years A Slave star told WWD, “What they do supports something that already is — and that was appealing to me, too. It’s what drew me to them. _______READMORE

Rita Ora Reveals New Rimmel London Line of Lipsticks & Nail Polish

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Rita Ora first came on the scene singing, but as of late the beautiful Kosovo-born has been heavily involved in other projects such as acting, modeling, designing clothes and now — designing a makeup line for a top makeup brand!

The 23-year-old has been a spokesperson for Rimmel London since fall 2013 (makes sense she is from Londontown) and just released a photo from her campaign which features lipsticks and nail polish. _______READMORE

This Is What 55 Looks Like, Say Hello To Angela Bassett (Photo)

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Hi haters! That’s, perhaps, exactly what Ms. Angela Basset was thinking during a recent sighting. At 55, she looks absolutely stunning!

Bassett actually just celebrated her 55th birthday last month and we are just lost for words. Her body is amazing.

We see you Angela we see you. But please share, what’s your secret?!

(Photo: Instagram)

Tika Sumpter On Being A Brown Girl: “I Was Never Made To Feel Less Than”

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The beautiful Tika Sumpter is opening up for the first time about growing up with a dark skin complexion.

She talks with Oprah Winfrey and Iyanla Vanzant, during their candid conversation on a new episode of “Life Class,” explaining her views on colorism and how it has affected her, if at all.

Speaking on colorism Winfrey explains, “It’s an issue that wreaks avow particularly in the African-American communities but in other communities as well.”

But surprisingly Sumpter says she wasn’t affected at all. “I was never made to feel less than,” she says of her darker complexion and growing up with five siblings who were all lighter than she.

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Solange Knowles Named As New Art Director & Creative Consultant For PUMA

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Solange Knowles has just been announced as the new Art Director and Creative Consultant for PUMA — an athletics and sneaker wear brand.

Of the news Solange tweeted this afternoon, “SO excited to finally announce my new role & dream job as an Art Director & Creative Consultant for the iconic @PUMA”

She also shared this photo, with fans, accompanied by the following message…

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Kenya Moore Wants Us To Know It’s Real…Let Us Explain

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Kenya Moore is perhaps best known for her 1993 win as Miss USA and casting on Atlanta’s ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ but the former pageant queen is also known for her head full of beautiful dark flowing hair. It’s actually one of her best assets, but, many have questioned whether Kenya’s hair is really hers.

Although she’s addressed the issue in the past, Kenya is now proving her locks are, in fact, real.

Moore uploaded a home video earlier today putting her hair on full display for the world to see. Check it out below and tell us what you think.

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Lady Gaga Steps Out Wearing Furry Head Mask In Berlin

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Now this is the Lady Gaga we remember. The singer was spotted leaving her hotel in Berlin, Thursday afternoon, wearing a bizarre oversized furry head piece. In fact, the headpiece looked to be somewhat of a chicken or bird mask.

This is either a great publicity stunt to get everyone talking about her forthcoming album or she’s clearly looking for attention. But, we’re gonna go with publicity stunt.

The “Applause” singer has been very active on social media promoting her album, ‘ARTPOP’. She’s even unveiled some very daring and barely there images of the album’s artwork on social sharing site, Instagram.

Watch as Gaga make her head-turning appearance in Berlin.

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Kerry Washington Announced As Neutrogena Spokesperson & Creative Consultant

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Kerry Washington has just been named as the new face and spokesperson of Neutrogena.

Not only is Washington the new face of the beauty and skincare line, she’s also the first celebrity to become a creative consultant.

Of the news Washington tweeted, “So thrilled to get started as #NTGSpokesperson & #creativeconsultant. I can’t wait to take you all on the journey w/me!”

She also tells People.com, “I never wanted to partner with a company where I felt like I was losing myself and my sense of authenticity. This is really about working with a company I respect and admire.”

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Featured: 5 Tips On Getting Flawless Skin Like Actress Jennifer Lawrence

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Jennifer Lawrence, or more affectionately the “Girl on Fire”, has been mesmerizing as Katniss in the ‘Hunger Games’ trilogy. Apart from the curves and athleticism, her gold-bronze complexion has been a highlight of her appeal.

Her skin is full of youth, and cheekbones easily make the prime. Surprisingly, she isn’t a fan of any vigorous skin care routines or cosmetic surgeries and likes to keep it natural.

While cosmetic surgeons are trying to emulate her skin on clients in clinics, there are natural skin care tips that can be used to get a glow like her (or at least close to her).

Natural skin care tips to get that Jennifer Lawrence skin

Organic Bath Salts

Organic bath salts are ideal when it comes to an overall body skincare routine. Lawrence uses them before an important event such as a red carpet event or an award show.

The salts have some special qualities that allow them to sooth your muscles, detoxify your skin, make your skin soft and smooth as well as act as an exfoliator. They also contain an anti-bloating effect that assist in wearing a form fitting dress.

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Kim Kimble To Debut New Pantene Hair Care Line?

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Celebrity stylist turn reality star, Kimberly Kimble, has just made a big announcement. She is in the works to create her very own hair care line courtesy a partnership with Pantene.

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