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    A diva is a woman that knows her worth and carries herself with respect and a hint of arrogance. She is self-assured, not self-centered. She is feminine and stylish. She is confident in herself and her qualities and is not jealous of other women. She constantly strives to make her impact on the world around her.
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Affordable Quality Cosmetics

Posted by madisonrose1 on January 10, 2009

elf1For those of you ladies that have yet to try e.l.f. cosmetics, I’m putting you on notice. While I have yet to see any makeup line offer the versatility and unique colors that MAC does, except possibly NARS, if you are looking for a quality cosmetic line that is super affordable, try eyes lips & face.

E.L.F. offers a full line of products for not only your eyes, lips & face in a multitude of colors and finishes, but they also have a mineral line, bath & body products, and application tools as well. And when I say they are affordable, well… most of the products start at $1. Yes, you read me right. One dollar! In these tough times, it’s nice to know that you can still look cute and pinch your pennies.

Here is the website: www.eyeslipsface.com. Bookmark it.

 

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The Budget Diva

Posted by madisonrose1 on January 5, 2009

It costs to be a diva. But if you are smart and thrifty, it doesn’t have to bankrupt you, or put you through financial strain. It is important to prioritize and learn how to go about your transformation wisely if you are on a budget. So what is your situation? If it’s difficult, I can relate. I spent a whole year out of work when I had my daughter and I’m just getting a new job. Fortunately, it is a job with a high income potential if I work hard at it. But my husband and I just purchased a new home and have yet to unload our previous one. So things are difficult. So what can one do when one is on a fixed income? How do you become a budget diva?

Rule 1
DIY. Learn how to do for yourself. If you cannot afford to have your hair done professionally on a weekly basis, invest in some styling tools of your own. Don’t be suckered by the price or the brand name either. There are some really inexpensive tools that you can pay $20 for or $120 for, and get the same results. Do your homework. Read product reviews. Doing these things first can save you time, money and frustration. Next, purchase a manicure set. You don’t need much. Some nail clippers, a file, a four way file w/ buffer, some clear base coat polish and a colored nail polish, such as red, black or gold. Make sure you get those toes too ladies. Being on a budget does not give license to walk around with bear claws hanging out of your open toe pumps.

Rule 2
Drugstore Makeup works. MAC is great. Nars, Smashbox & so on. But if you head on over to your local Walgreens or CVS, don’t turn your nose up at the Loreal & Maybelline lines. I remember my mother used to use Maybeline Great Lash Mascara when I was younger. Now, like a decade later, I’m using the same mascara. And I paid $4 for it. For great everyday looks, don’t underestimate your local drugstore.

Rule 3
Shop smart & Plan Ahead. Decide on your look ahead of time and prepare. If you don’t really know what your own style is, look in magazines and get some ideas. Then take a trip to TJ Maxx, Filene’s Basement,
Marshall‘s & Shoe Carnival. You may come across some great designer fashions at half the price. H&M is one of my favorites too. You can also get some pretty things and cute accessories from places like Discovery, Charlotte Russe & Forever 21. Here are some quick budget fashion tips:

Shop out of season: Clearance sales are the best! So while you may not be able to buy a wardrobe ahead of time, you can always pick up a few pieces and shoes. For example, I once got a skirt for $5 from the gap for work that was $35 regular price. I got some sandals for $15 that were normally $40. So when you come across these fantastic deals, capitalize on them. If you find it difficult spending money on yourself and have major priorities over fashion, which most of us do, just do one piece a paycheck.

Shop second-hand sometimes: Consignment shops & Goodwill offer a wonderful outlet to purchase some really cute things for next to nothing. Hint: These places are exceptionally helpful when you need work clothes. There are also some places that will buy your gently used clothing, as well as sell. Plato’s Closet, for example. Carson‘s usually has coupons in the Sunday papers. And twice a year they have the “Goodwill Sale” in which you can receive a voucher for gently worn clothing to use toward a new purchase. Pair this up with a sale or coupon and you’re balling on a budget!

Shop Online: Ebay is one of the safest places to shop online today. Get a paypal account. And sometimes you can find online deals at your favorites stores, that are not available at the physical locations. One more thing to look out for is product premieres. Lots of times when someone is doing a new product line, they give out free samples. Look for coupons from your favorite name brands as well.

With all of these options, you should barely ever have to pay full price for anything!

Some Products We Like

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Rimmel Fix & Perfect Foundation Primer $7(this product has a tint to it, and is recommended for ethnic skin, such as asian, black or indian. Not recommended for pale skin)

L'Oreal True Match Powder, Caramel Beige W7L’Oreal True Match Powder $11

Dickinson's witch hazel-Daily Facial TonerWitch Hazel (Toner/Astringent) $4

L'Oreal HIP High Intensity Pigments Bright Shadow Duo FlamboyantL’Oreal HIP (High intensity Pigments) Eyeshadow $7

CoverGirl Outlast All-Day Lipcolor Simmering SpiceCoverGirl Outlast All-Day Lipcolor $10

CoverGirl Wetslicks Fruit Spritzers Lipgloss Cool Cocoa Mint SplashCoverGirl Wetslicks Lip Glosses $6

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Tracee Ellis Ross

Posted by madisonrose1 on January 4, 2009

When I first started watching “Girlfriends” back in 2000, there was one cast member who had Standout Style to me. Joan Clayton. While I found her to be funny looking, she was artistically interesting, quite striking in her side profile and uniquely beautiful. But what stood out the most for me, was her wardrobe. Who is her stylist? I thought. Please give them a raise. I was impressed by her trendy style, dramatic dresses, feminine pencil skirts, strappy shoes, billowy blouses and bright red lipstick. And then I discovered that it wasn’t Joan Clayton that had such fierce style, it is Tracee Ellis Ross herself. There is nothing fictional about this style diva. She has been featured in Glamour, In Style, a New York Times fashion editorial, Vibe Vixen, & Essence to name a few. Her hair is wildly beautiful and her makeup light and never overdone. Whenever Tracee shows up on the Red Carpet, she arrives looking effortlessly glamorous! Check her out:


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Leave it in 08

Posted by madisonrose1 on January 4, 2009

Our list of the fashion trends we hope we never see again!

Gladiator Boots:

Rihanna, what the hell were you thinking?

Rihanna, what the hell were you thinking?

Crocs:

Ugly as hell! No excuses.

Ugly as hell! No excuses.

Harem Pants:

Tacky, tacky, tacky!

Tacky, tacky, tacky!

Furry & Feather Vests:

Fashion & Fleas don't mix!

I guess the Fashion Police were off duty. Don’t let me see you out there like this on ’09!

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High Eye Drama!

Posted by madisonrose1 on January 4, 2009

In the past, ethnic women have limited themselves to neutral colors. And while we find the natural look to be the most beautiful of all, color is fun and can add flare to any look. Especially with your eyes. Check out some of these pics and videos and tell us what you think. We’ll tell you where you can bag the looks for less!

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Get Eve’s Look using these MAC products:

Mega Lipstick (c-shock)
Cork Pencil
Overrich Lipstick (c-shock)
Saddle Eye Shadow
Electric Eel Eye Shadow
Royal Blue Shadow
Technikohl Pencil in Auto-de Blue
Fancy Ray Crème Blush

For some assistance, check out this Tutorial from an Urban Decay Makeup Artist:

Products Used

Urban Decay Brow Box $29

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion $16

Urban Decay Skyscraper Mascara $17

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Dynamic Vintage Divas

Posted by madisonrose1 on December 29, 2008

eartha5In honor of Eartha Kitt, who passed at 81 on Christmas day, we have composed a little dedication to the Dynamic Vintage Divas that paved the platinum and gold walkway for our current divas. These women had wicked style, were sickeningly sexy and constantly classy. The best thing about them is that their beauty is timeless and their impact helped change the way we view ourselves as black women, and the way the rest of the world views us. They helped give black women confidence and inspired most of the trends that we are into today. Yes we still have a ways to go, but they’ve taken the most difficult steps for us.

 

 

Eartha Kitt
1927-2008 

 

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  Orson Welles deemed her “the most exciting woman in the world!” He gave her the role of Helen of Troy in the stage version of Dr. Faust in 1950.

The self-proclaimed “sex kitten” was famous for her cat-like puuuurrrrr, her portrayal as the first black Catwoman, and her song “Santa Baby.”

Born in South Carolina on a Cotton Plantation and rose to International Star Status

Dorothy Dandridge

1922-1965

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 Born in Cleveland Ohio, her parents created an act for Dorothy and her sister, which was later called Dandridge Sisters

Starred in Carmen Jones in 1954 alongside Diahann Carroll

First African American woman to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress

Was swindled out of over $100,000 by her financial reps and accountants

Lena Horne
1917-
 

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 Born and raised in Brooklyn, she was blacklisted from tv and film for nearly a decade because of her outspokenness  

Quit school when she was 14 and got her first stage job ay 16

Felt that her looks were both a blessing and a curse

Diahann Carroll
1935-

 

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 Best known for her title role in Julia (1968) as the first black woman starring in her own series and not playing a domestic worker

Played a reoccurring role in Dynasty, one of the most popular soap opera’s of all time

 Starred alongside Lena Horne in Carmen Jones in 1954

Other Notable Vintage Divas

Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday

 

 

Josephine Baker

Josephine Baker

 

Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin

 

Tina Turner

Tina Turner

 

Pam Grier

Pam Grier

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Some Beauty Tips

Posted by madisonrose1 on December 29, 2008

Gelila from Ford Models explains how she removes her makeup and keeps her skin healthy.

Learn some of the beauty secrets of the Victoria‘s Secret Models.

In addition, a lot of times, women of color and ethnic descent tend to forget about sunscreen. It is just as important that you use a moisturizer with sunscreen even though you have more pigmentation. Failure to use sunscreen can damage your skin and worsen dark spots. Keep in mind that skin types differ. You may have oily, dry or combination skin. Choose a product that focuses on your issue. Clinique makes a great line of products for any skin type. Visit their website and take the skin-care questionnaire to determine your skin type and choose which product fits you best. Here is the link.

Recommended Products

Clinique 3-Step Skin Care System $45

Kiehl’s Tea Tree Oil Toner $15-$25 (kiehls.com or fine retailers)

Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer w/ SPF 30 (good to use in the summer) $15

Aveeno Ultra Calming Daily Moisturizer w/ SPF 15 (a little heavier/great in the winter time) $15

 

On a Budget? Try these products

Queen Helene Cocoa Butter Facial Scrub $5

Aveeno Positively Radiant Cleansing Pads $8

Witch Hazel $5 (Walgreens)

Queen Helene Mud Pack Masque $6

St. Ives Apricot Scrub $4

Clean & Clear Oil-Free Dual Action Moisturizer $7

 

For Breakouts, try these products

Benzoyl Peroxide $6-$25 (Walgreens or Drugstore.com)

Aveeno Clear Complexion Correction Treatment $15

 

Remember, all of these products may not necessarily work for you. Determine your skin type before trying any of them, to see which would be best for you. If you are unclear or unsure about your skin type or whether or not you should try these products, visit a dermatologist. Also, do not forget your diet. Having a healthy diet will definitely contribute inside to helping you have a healthy glow outside.

 

 

 

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Curly Hair Tips

Posted by madisonrose1 on December 29, 2008

We are a diverse culture of people. Our hair comes in all types of different textures. Here are some style tips on defining and styling your curly hair.

 

Tamara from Ford Models Hair Care Regimen:

Maiysha of Ford Models gives her curly hair tips:

 

 

Great products for curly hair:

Bumble and Bumble Curl Conscious $25

Aveda Styling Curessence Spray Detaingler $20

Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk $12-$18

Carol’s Daughter Mimosa Hair Honey $9.50-$15.50

Pantene Pro-V Daily Moisture Renewal Shampoo & Conditioner $17

Pantene Pro-V Daily Moisture Renewal Leave-in Conditioner $7

Redken Extreme Anti Snap Leave-in Treatment $12-$15

Redken Smoothdown Detangling Cream $12-$15

Redken Fresh Curls Curl Refiner  $12-$15

Blowdryer w/ Defuser Attachment $30-$60

Chi Keratin Mist (detangler) $8

 

Let us know what you think about these products or what your product staples are when it comes to curly hair.

 

 

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Essence Magazine Chooses Best Tressed for 2008

Posted by madisonrose1 on December 27, 2008

And the winner is…

Yes. Rihanna scored #1 Best Hair of 2008. Among the runner ups were some of our fave’s here at the Diva Blogs:

Jada Pinkett-Smith

Malinda Williams

Nia Long

Jennifer Hudson

Tia Mowry

Tia Mowry

Vanessa Simmons

Vanessa Simmons

 

 
  
 
         
                    
These women have fabulous style and we absolutely love these looks. You can see the rest here.

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Interview Worthy Shoes

Posted by madisonrose1 on December 27, 2008

All of these shoes have a classy quality about them, but they are not overly conservative. They make a statement: Pretty, practical, yet still very feminine. You can walk into your interview feeling assured that you’re looking professional, yet feeling confident and gorgeous.

These shoes are availabe at www.victoriassecret.com.

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