Norvina palette: Hear it from the ones we follow on social media🧚🏽‍♀️

     So….was it something you were waiting for,  because I know myself and others in the beauty community were anticipating this as well. Norvina, the new eyeshadow palette from Anastasia Beverly Hills. While not available in Ulta or Sephora until August 5th, this palette was is currently available online for purchase on ABH’s website. Lucky for us, some of my favorite YouTubers have gotten their hands on this palette and I am here for the tea. 

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Alright so let’s get into this palette: 

     On the first look, the Norvina eyeshadow palette gives us the look just as the Subculture, Modern Renaissance and Soft Glam palettes. Soft, velour-type feel to the cover of the palette, putting you definitely in the mood and prepared to be blown away by the shades that are inside this gorgeous little oddity. So…..what kind of reactions did we get from our favorite makeup artists? Let’s check it out:

Luscious Massacr

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One of my favorite YouTubers out of south Texas who is known for giving us potent fantasy through makeup and drag. Have you seen this beauty?

     While known for her drag fantasy makeup, its hard to not acknowledge her raw talent for artistry.          

Who else to give us the realness on the new Norvina palette other than ✨LUSHIOUS MASSACR✨

Now, when I initially saw the palette, I was appreciative of the palette name ‘Base’, letting users known its purpose. After I got over the appreciation of that,  I was thinking one thing and one thing only. Lucky for me, Lushious Massacr was bold enough to say it for us in her YouTube video at the 1:56 mark of her review/tutorial:

Thank you for saying it for us all, Lushious…..where in the hell is this shade that the box is covered in? Give us this color!!!!!!

I’m expecting to get a more vibrant range of colors, centered around the color of the palette, but it didn’t happen. Don’t get me wrong, the palette is beautiful with a even number of mattes and shimmers (girl, that looks like glitter), but where I think the palette missed the mark is with delivering what we were expecting when we saw the shade color and mood the palette cover gave us. 

Make sure to check out Lushious Massacr on Youtube and follow her to see her sickening looks on Instagram. Being that she’s from the south like me, I love to see my beautiful people giving us life and sharing their artistry with the world.

*Thank you to all of my subscribers and fans overseas and followers from Polyvore and UrStyle. I love you all 😍😍😍

 

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Vlogs: This dog of mine/ Tanacon situation continues

    First off, let me say ‘thank you’ to everyone who has subscribed to my new YouTube vlog channel and those who plan on doing so after this post. Its a progress but I would love for you to watch me and my channel grow. Now…..I’ve been reading articles and watching vids on people’s account of what happened. At time point, the sources are talking! Here’s what I found out so far:

 

 

 
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Fashion Designer: On Aura Tout Vu

     Livia Stoianova and Yassen Samouilov make up this duo of Bulgarian-born internationally-praised designers, On Aura Tout Vu. Yassen graduated with studies geared toward textiles and fine arts school of Versailles, while Livia completed at the fine arts school of Paris.

With their education, teamwork and love for the art, they’ve fascinated the world with some of the most captivating designs of this era. Take a look:

 

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Fashion Designer: Jean Paul Gaultier

     Affectionately known as the ‘bad boy of fashion’, Jean Paul Gaultier is a name that cannot be denied. While not formally trained, Gaultier is known for many notable works, including working with Hermès. He’s also known for his outlook on the world of fashion, taking on fashion norms and destroying them. After visiting his website, I was intrigued at how he looks at himself. Per his website,

A man of conviction, he sees himself more as a revolutionary, systematically calling into question clichés, standards, codes, conventions and traditions. He turns, shifts and flips them around – even destroys them – in his bid to reinvent them. (jeanpaulgaultier.com)

Gaultier is also known for other things other than simply his contribution to fashion, on the surface. This edgy designer is known to bend, if not, destroy the silent code of slim, young models for older ones, pierced and even tattooed or overweight ones.

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What is also interesting in which people also know Gualtier well for, is his major contribution to the haute couture with amazingly elegant designs. Let’s not forget his fragrance:

 Gaultier has contributed so much amazing fashion since the 1970s, in which its rather difficult to say what is considered to be some of his best work. Nonetheless, its absolutely exhilarating to at least try. Her are some of my favorites of Gultier’s work:

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Fashion Designer: Elie Saab

Now, let’s start the week off with some amazingly expensive luxury designs. Enter Elie Saab. When I hear the name of this designer, I automatically think luxury, gowns, and premium quality fabrics. Still can’t distinctly remember a Elie Saab gown? Here’s one for you that you may remember:

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This Lebanese-born fashion designer has been around for over 30 years, providing the fashion world with elegant gowns of embroidery and Swarovski crystals. Saab has also provided designs that are available in Neiman Marcus as well. I’ll show you one that can be purchased in your Neiman Marcus store.

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This brings on a new sense of the phrase ‘pay the price’.  Here are some of the elegant designs Elie Saab has given us over the years. Enjoy!

 

 

 

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The Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival – Louisiana

    It seems that around this time of the year, Louisiana comes out of the winter and celebrates spring with a series of festivals that generations of families have enjoyed. One in particular that I try to attend every year is the Crawfish Festival in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. Nestled between Lafayette and Baton Rouge, Breaux Bridge swells with people from all over the state to experience the taste of crawfish cooked every way possible.

     One of the beautiful things about this festival is that there is something there for everyone, including art from local artists and businesses, carnival rides and ohhhh, so much of that glorious cajun music. Being embedded in southeast Louisiana, some good cajun music will definitely get the crowd on their feet. . Check out a few of my photos from the festival this year:

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And while you here, get you some of this cajun music 🎶🎶

 

 

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2018 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival: LL Cool J/ New Orleans Tricentennial

     So one of the many beautiful things about living in Louisiana is the ability to have a good time without planning it. This weekend marked the end of the 2018 JazzFest and the 300th Anniversary of the city of New Orleans. While the tickets to such an event may not seem reasonable, having access to stage acts from Anita Baker to Aerosmith makes it worth the wild!

So I didn’t see Aerosmith or Ms. Baker, but I did witness the legendary hiphop master LL Cool J rock the golden mic on JazzFest Congo Square Stage  🔥🔥🔥🔥 Here’s my backstage view:

 

     While spending some time in New Orleans, I decided to take in some of the views I’ve grown up with and share it with you. Being from this great state, I missed it tremendously while I was in the U.S. Army. When I moved to New York, I would make sure I took a vacation to come back around this time of the year. Here’s some photos so you can take in the beauty and uniqueness of the city of New Orleans, Louisiana in the French Quarter:

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Rihanna’s Makeup Tutorial with Vogue

So have you seen Rihanna’s makeup tutorial sponsored by Vogue on YouTube? It just came out a few hours ago. Check it out and tell me what you noticed and what you think about the video.

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Berny Martin : Founder of Midwest Fashion Week

     Throughout my travels in an unbiased quest to bring to my audience fashion and the unique designers behind them, my recent travels took me into the city of Chicago, affectionately known as the ‘Heart of America’. My destination in the Windy City? Midwest Fashion Week of course, which was founded and guided by Mr. Berny Martin.

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Berny Martin: Founder of Midwest Fashion Week and Catou Wear

As a fan of Mr. Martin’s work, I have followed Midwest Fashion Week over the years as they have acquired numerous mentions in notable magazines such as IndyStar.com (USA Today)ELLE Men, and Ok! Magazine. Midwest Fashion Week not only brings forth talent and visions via the runway, but also raises money for charities and non-profit organizations.

     Mr. Martin is no ordinary Haitian-born gentleman with just ‘good taste’, but an international fashion revolutionary in his own right. Notably a graduate of Purdue University, Berny Martin is also the Founder and CEO of Catou Wear, which serves on leaps and bounds beyond simply ‘made’ fashion designs.

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     Martin’s Catou Wear brings on a personalization of tailoring, sophistication, elegance and flare. His love and passion for customizing designs to compliment the client’s personality proves true, even in his own personal attire. A gentleman indeed and a lover of the craft, Berny Martin has been bringing stunning artistry to the runway all over the world. I personally came into contact with Catou Wear via Couture Fashion Week in 2015, Times Square, New York. 

As I bring to you the designers of MidWest Fashion Week, please know that hard work, dedication and love of the art assisted Mr. Berny Martin and his team in making this magic come to life. 

 

 

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