A large part of This Brown Queen is the support and empowerment of brown girls. Since starting the blog I’m so happy to have really been able to make some awesome connections and meet so many inspiring women both here in Philly, around the country, and online. Blogging perks at it’s finest. Most recently I’ve been able to connect with a fellow Philly girl who just achieved the esteem honor of being named the African American Chamber of Commerce Young Professional of the Year! Danielle is the CEO of Affairs of Isis and one of the hardest working girls I know! Check out the this awesome recap of the event honoring Ms. Jeter.
If you read my what I wore post, you know that last Sunday I headed to NYC for In Her Shoes blog 5th anniversary event: Beauties and Brains Behind the Brands II. Because I have been absolutely SWAMPED this “recap” is mad late, but don’t charge it to my heart loves. I still wanted to bring you all a few take aways from this uber inspiring event.
Be still my heart! *Cue dramatics because well…I’m dramatic lol* So this morning, while pressing snooze on my phone and scrolling Instagram I came across an obviously flawless picture of my best friend Lupita. Thinking simply to myself “Lupita so pretty likeee I can’t take it.” as usual. But then, THEN I read the caption on HuffPostBeauty which read “Breaking News! Lupita Nyong’o for Lancôme US” and that’s when I just about lost it.
In the spirit of spring I’ve been doing some cleaning around the house and this past weekend the task was my makeup storage and organization…well at least part one of it (don’t judge!) and I found so many old favorites that have made their way to the back of my collection. It was like going shopping in my own collection! This was a perfect opportunity to pull out some old faves for fresh new beauty looks!
It’s the fourth day of March and this is technically late but ehh who’s counting? I told ya’ll I would get better with my monthly favorites starting in January so here I am! Pretty much all my favorites last month were makeup products. No surprises there! But I do have a great nail and skincare fave as well so that makes this versatile…right? No? Oh well. Let’s get into it anyway ;).
“No matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.” ~ Lupita Nyong’o
As you know from my most recent haul post, I’ve bought a few new goodies recently. I seriously need to go on a no buy lol. What I didn’t include in that post were the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams. I’ve heard nothing but good things about this product and with the new colors added for Spring 2014 it was past time for me to test these lovelies out!
Hey loves! So I RARELY do haul posts but this one was so necessary! Ever since the internets started buzzing about Maybelline’s Spring collection I was READY. All I knew was that there’d be limited edition the buffs lipsticks and the nudes nail lacquers. So pretty much perfection in a bottle. It honestly took me awhile to find these. But they finally turned out up at my local Rite Aid and of course I had to pick up a few things.
*VINTAGE BEAUTY post from This Brown Queen originally posted in April 2013*
Hello beauties! I wanted to take today to focus on something different than my usual ramblings. Today I wanted to talk about inner beauty and loving yourself. One of the most important things you can do Queens is to LOVE YOURSELF COMPLETELY. To me, this means not only accepting but embracing everything that makes you uniquely YOU! God makes no mistakes Queens. You look how you look, you are who you are for a very divine reason. While makeup is fun (clearly, you have witnessed my obsession!), it isn’t a means of transformation but rather a means of enhancement. To enhance your natural beautiful self. We are ALL beauty Queens in our own way!
This is one of my favorite quick pictures. Not because of the makeup (but do you see that gorgeous pink in my inner corner? Loveee) but rather the up close and personal features of ME. When I was younger I was teased for my forehead and my big eyes. Kids be so cruel man! But I mean…it IS true, and I LOVE it! I EMBRACE IT. What they may have called big, I call amazing. I make my eyes stand out every chance I get (not that they need it 😉 ). But this is me. Take it or leave it! What’s funny though…is when I started loving me, the “teasing” grew to compliments. What used to be viewed negatively, I flaunted and then it was cool. Life is funny like that. The point of my post Queens is this: Never alter yourself for the sake of others. Love Yourself first and others will follow. And if they don’t follow…you don’t really need to be associated with those people anyway 😉
Stay Blessed & Beautiful!