$1,180 – net-a-porter.com
$305 – revolve.com
I don’t really watch awards shows, but I do watch twitter the day after and sometimes you see something really fun to comment on.
And I got an email about this look, too. So there you go.
Last night actress Tracee Ellis Ross shook the red carpet with a vintage Thierry Mugler snakeskin dress that featured a high neckline and punkily slashed bodice, slicked back hair and pink lips from Makeup Forever.
I used to work with the pr company that handles Makeup Forever last year, but finally got fed up when I got yet another ‘get the look’ email featuring a white celebrity. It got on my nerves badly enough that I actually said something because, seriously, if a brand can’t partner with a black actress for red carpet events in 2016, that brand is either willfully racist or they suck. Like how hard is it to catch some up and coming or established black woman and get them to let you do they’re makeup? Stop playing.
I figured, after the heated exchange I had with my former pr lady bestie, that I’d never hear from Makeup Forever again… but there it was this morning: get the look featuring Tracee Ellis Ross, star of ABC’s black-ish. And since it features something I like, pink lips for summer, I threw open my chromebook and got to work. Why? Because I actually do use their products and love them. I wore the Ultra HD foundation to the beach recently and it looked amazing. Why hold a grudge?
Get The Look:
MAKEUP BY: Jamie Greenberg for MAKE UP FOR EVER INSPIRATION: “Tracee is so creative and always has such fun ideas for her look. Her dress and hair were both very sleek, so we wanted to create a sleek, chic makeup look with a pop of color.” TIPS/TECHNIQUE: “I wanted to give Tracee glowing, dewy skin so I started by prepping her skin with MAKE UP FOR EVER Step 1 Hydrating Skin Equalizer, followed by MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Foundation in Y245. I then used MAKE UP FOR EVER Pro Sculpting Palette in #50 to highlight and contour her cheeks, followed by a touch of MAKE UP FOR EVER Sculpting Blush in #04 Satin Light Pink. I added MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Shadow #S-908 Mauve to her cheeks to add a touch of brightness.
I gave Tracee bold, defined brows using MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Brow in #25 and then lined her upper waterline with Aqua Black Waterproof Cream Eyeshadow. I wanted to focus her eye makeup on the outside of the eye, so I used MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua XL Eye Liner in #M-60 Matte Dark Brown, creating a cat eye and adding a touch of the highlight from the Pro Sculpting Palette onto her eyelids. I used one coat of MAKE UP FOR EVER Smoky Stretch Mascara, then applied individual long and medium length MAKE UP FOR EVER Lash Show false lashes in N-601, finishing her eye look with another coat of mascara.
I used the new MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Rouge #M203 to create her bold, matte pink lip and finish her look with a pop of color.”
And there you have it. Welcome back to SEB, Makeup Forever!
For more pink lipstick suggestions you can check out my polyvore post
xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian
Prepping for my trip to the beach gave me a chance to try a few more of the products I got from Beautypress. Some people do pushups and sit-ups to be bikini worthy, I choose skincare.
I’ve been messing with the Gentle Purifying Scrub ($22) from Jouviance, which was right on time to replace the Derma E scrub that I had been using. It’s a silky scrub, with finely ground particles of bamboo and olive stone extracts. Use a small amount to work away excess dead skin cells and revive your complexion. The scrub also contains shea butter, one of the best natural moisturizers on earth, so it’s pulling double duty. I used it on my face, neck and decolletage just to cover all my bases.
Once I was sufficiently cleansed, I smoothed on the Soft Peel Night Cream with 5% Glycoloc Acid ($35) from Jouviance’s Glyco|Laser collection. You don’t have to pile it on, a thin layer will do. It’s basically working on your skin overnight, peeling and moisturizing. Pay attention to the instructions, as they recommend slowly upping your skin’s exposure to the cream for the first week to make sure that you don’t have an allergic reaction. I am definitely happy with the results of my first two uses. Continued use can result in a more even skin tone and appearance, not to mention reduction in the appearance of fine lines.
One caveat is that it does make your skin more sensitive to the sun, so make sure you keep your sunscreen game tight and wear protective clothing outdoors. Just add a lightweight sunscreen under or in place of makeup for protection. I’m using Equitance Sunscreen Broa Spectrum SPF36 ($30).
After scrubbing with my homemade coffee and sugar scrub, I dried off and opened my new tube of Ahava Deadsea Plants Firming Body Cream ($39) and went to work. The first thing I noticed was a fresh, citrus scent. Not overpowering or sweet, just deliciously light. It’s enriched with Dead Sea minerals, date fruit extract, and artichoke all blended together for maximum moisture and softness. I noticed a difference right away. What I look for in a moisturizer is a subtle gleam on the skin. A pampered look that comes from using a cream that softens and smooths. I smoothed this on and definitely saw the desired effect. It’s not greasy or heavy, absorbs quickly, and the scent won’t battle perfume. So I’ll be putting this in my rotation for the summer and beyond.
xoxo, Faith/sassy Ethnic Bohemian
After months of not really fretting and almost kind of caring I came to June 18th with basically the same body I had in January. I barely worked out. I barely made it over to the par to run. I went out and played kickball once. That was it. But that wasn’t enough to stop me from going. My bikini covered my illegal bits and I was ok with that.
The great thing about blogging is that you accumulate a lot of stuff that you might not have thought of buying. When it was time to go to the beach, I had bronzing sunscreen lotion, a sunscreen from Elemis that was lightweight enough to wear under makeup, cooling spray, some Aveda water bottles, some sandals, a bikini and a massive bag to cart my stuff in. Anchors are supposed to be in this year, so I was way ahead of the curve 2 years ago. The only thing in this photo that I paid money for were the sunglasses, and they were $2.
I threw on my dashiki and actually put on makeup and some cheap sunglasses. I bought this straw fedora last year, and funnily enough, the straw fedora was also a trend at the beach this weekend. I wore my red nite Milton John Anchor bracelet ($45) for old times sake. I still remember how excited I was when it came in the mail from Sweden. The sun was the perfect temperature, humidity was nonexistent, and life was just perfect.
It was amazing. The first time going to the beach with other people in years. The first time in years being relaxed and not feeling like I had to record every minute. I wasn’t spoiling my good time by worrying about social media. And it was the first time just feeling like if other people have something to say about the way I look, that’s on them. I’m not a fashion model. I felt super comfortable in my body, just chilling and feeling the sun on my (sunscreened) skin. Just being.
I’m really glad I went.
xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian
I thought it was truly remarkable that IFB Bloggers captured Summer in all five senses this week–see, hear, touch, smell, taste. Wearing midi length skirts, paisley prints, bohemian-chic looks, bright cheery colours, and tried and true chambray. Watching movies and scanning the Tony Awards for the best looks. Reading about a Summer spent on the French Riviera. Creating a vision of pom-pom delight. Listening to music that you can dance the night away with. And cooking food to be savored with friends.
Cheers to having an ideal Summer.
Links à la Mode, June 16
I have been seeing dashikis all over instagram and this morning I snagged a choice one. While I’ve always seen it worn as a man’s top or with pants, the new way is to just throw it on like a minidress. So in one garment I get cultural heritage, fashion, and pockets
I need about 5 more.
Or you can do a longer look like Caribbean princess, Rihanna: