Monthly Archives: July 2015

Janet – No Sleeep video

Thank goodness the video stays true to the song – no gimmicks, no crazy choreo, no distractions. Similar to the song, it’s minimal and ‘plush’.

I liked seeing Janet be coy and mildly dance around in the apartment. It reminded me of another favourite Janet song, ‘That’s The Way Love Goes’ which was directed by the same guy, Dave Myers.

J.Cole makes an appearance in the video as well and his presence isn’t overwhelming, because let’s be honest we’re here to see Janet. Not sure what is up with his hair, if he’s trying the Basquiat/The Weeknd look or is attempting to actually grow a full head of dreads.

Let Me Age As Boldly As Iman

She makes 60 look so good. Whether its her genes, her lifestyle or a combo of both supermodel Iman is looking fabulous for 60 and she knows it.

Her Instagram pictures and captions boldly show just how bold she is. As she should be! If I look half as great as she does at that age, I’ll be lucky.

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New Obsession: Makeup Application Videos

When it comes to makeup, I feel like a bull in a china shop. There’s ambition, hope, belief that one day I will finally figure it all out, but often I either look way over done or I’m too lazy to go further than just some mascara. I have the aspiration to look flawless with the right foundation, winged eyeliner, popping lipstick and killer contouring. But just thinking about it all gets overwhelming.

So my new obsession has been watching makeup videos on YouTube. Other than learning new application techniques, hot colours to try out and best practices it’s also led to increasing my spending at Sephora. Will any of it result in me having my face looking sleek? Doubt it, but I’m going to have fun trying.

Here are some of the ladies on YouTube that I’ve been watching and taking notes from –

Chinutay A.

I love the easy breezy natural look that Chinutay pulls off. The first video of hers that I watched was this one on eyebrows and it made me improve my game. I’d switched to using the Brow Wiz pen from Anastasia Beverly Hills but when I saw this I reverted back to my matte powder. She uses Laura Mercier but I’m on a drug store budget so I use Quo. She’s based in Canada so the products listed are available here which is great.

MsRoshPosh

MsRoshPosh’s makeup is too over the top for me but like window shopping, I like admiring how pretty it all looks when she completes her looks. I don’t have the patience she does in this video to create a dramatic cut crease with her eyeshadows. However for a night out, I do try to emulate the layering she does with the different shades to create a smokey eyed look.

ItsMyRayeRaye

Especially in the summer months, I like having a glow which can be achieved by using a good high lighter. The luminous look that I’ve always liked is on ItsMyRayeRaye. The easy steps she lays out in this video are simple to follow and it got me using the Urban Decay high lighter. The product is great and much cheaper than other illuminating powders on the market.

Desi Perkins

Although Desi’s skin tone is fairer than mine, I like watching her videos for her techniques. She uses steps that even I can follow. It’s not over the top or too vampy. Again, the videos I tend to gravitate more towards are those showing how to create a nude/neutral look that works for everyday.

SonjdraDeluxe

No amount of makeup can beat having good skin. What got me interested in SonjdraDeluxe’s videos was how flawless her skin is. After seeing how she nourishes it underneath all that makeup made me realize that although it’s fun to play with makeup, taking care of your skin should be paramount. She’s a professional makeup artist based in Vancouver so again its great that a lot of products listed are available here.

My Natural Sistas

Why I like checking out these ladies page is because being Black women like me I know I can use the colour options they select. With others they may recommend a certain foundation, concealer, etc but that brand may not carry a hue in my shade. Although I don’t think she’s a makeup artist and her videos aren’t as in depth as the others, I like the shades used in relation to how they’ll work on me. I like checking My Natural Sistas out not only for their makeup recos but they’ve got great videos on maintaining natural hair.

Hope you enjoyed some of these videos. Let me know if you liked any or have some of your own that you follow.

 

 

Eid Mubarak

Forgive my tardiness on this post. Eid Al Fitr, the holiday after Ramadan, was on Friday July 17th. I’ve been so wrapped up in celebrating and eating with friends and family, that I’ve been late to wish you guys a happy Eid!

Hope you guys are enjoying the holiday and celebrating with loved ones.

The Pain And Honesty in Netflix’s Documentary About Nina Simone

Before watching the Netflix documentary ‘What Happened, Miss Simone?’ I’ll admit I didn’t know too much about the singer song-writer Nina Simone. For example I didn’t know that she was a classically trained pianist who started playing at the age of four. I also didn’t know how her career unfolded in the later years of her life.

One of the first lines in the film that Nina said which stood out to me and was a foreshadowing of what the documentary would slowly reveal as the ethos of Nina’s life was ‘Freedom to me is no fear.” She was conducting an interview and the reporter asked her about freedom. The way her eyes lit up and how animated she became when she spoke about it is something that clung with me as I watched her story unravel on screen.

Other enthralling moments for me were her performances. She could perform a song with such stillness then switch into a livelier and jovial performance for a next song with such an ease. All the while with a voice like molasses. The baritone in her voice, to me spelled a dense story behind each note. It had me wishing that I had seen her live when she was around, because that level of artistry is rare now.

I don’t want to give too much away because I highly recommend checking out this documentary but the greatest take away for me from this documentary is that I wish we celebrated such genius artists while they were still here and not only after they’ve left us.