ACUVUE Introduces An Eye-Opening Trend in Beauty

There’s an eye-opening innovation about to sweep the beauty scene.

Forget liners, shadows, false lashes and mascaras, ACUVUE’s 1-Day Define Contact Lenses with Lacreon Technology are the latest way to enhance eyes. Creating a well-defined dark line around the iris (limbal ring), these lenses provide dimension and depth without compromising one’s natural eye color. The iris-inspired designs have light-effect patterns that make eyes look brighter and more defined.

They’re the first brand of contacts to provide this unique, beautifying quality to eyes in the U.S. In fact, they’ve been popular overseas for over a decade, but now it’s finally our turn to hop on the eye-catching trend.

acuvue-lenses1-Day ACUVUE Define Contact Lenses prices vary by doctor, but are approximately $75 per month. Click here for more information.

Last month, I had the opportunity to try them on at a press preview and was blown away by how much of a difference they made. Even though I wear glasses and aren’t familiar with contacts, they were a breeze to put on and surprisingly comfortable. They instantly gave my eyes a deeper appearance that I liked. Granted, it’s a subtle change, but definitely noticeable. It’s one of those beauty tricks that will have people guessing what you did differently (in a good way)!


If you’re looking to accentuate your eyes’ natural beauty, give these lenses a try. Don’t get them confused with those cheesy colored-contacts from back-in-the day because these aren’t colored lenses.

They’re available in three styles: Natural Sparkle, Natural Shimmer and Natural Shine (the ones I tried). Plus, they provide UV protection by blocking 81% of UV-A radiation and 97% UV-B radiation.

Me standing in front of the eye-inspired mood board at the Acuvue 1-Day Defined Contact Lenses press preview in New York City.

Me standing in front of the eye-inspired mood board at the ACUVUE 1-Day Define Contact Lenses press preview in New York City. 

Would you try these eye-hancing lenses? Do you prefer contact lenses or glasses for better vision?


Product Review: Spa Sonic Skin Care System Face & Body Polisher


If you're on the market for a good facial and body cleansing brush without breaking the bank, keep reading. Last month, I was asked to review Spa Sonic's Skin Care System Face & Body Polisher 7-piece offering of the popular pampering tool. Unlike other brands, this particular brush includes interchangeable heads for usage on your face, body and even feet! Although I was unfamiliar with the brand, I was excited to give it a try. Prior to testing the Spa Sonic, I'd only used more expensive brands that boasted many of the same features, but didn't include multiple heads. That's why for a fraction of the price, I was anxious to see if it would work as well as the luxe brands. Spa Sonic Skincare System Face & Body Polisher available here, $40 My first impression upon opening the … Keep Reading

Lupita Nyong’o Graces Glamour Magazine

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Lupita Nyong'o, one of our favorite BGs, is covering the December issue of Glamour magazine. The actress and Lanôme beauty ambassador, 31, is not only the magazine's cover girl, but is also named as the Woman of the Year by the popular glossy. The annual Women of the Year issue honors women who have made significant contributions to society throughout the year. In celebration of the issue, the magazine will host its 24th annual Women of the Year awards ceremony in New York City November on 10th. Lupita talks to the Condé Nast title about her meteoric rise in Hollywood and how she uses her platform to help redefine success and beauty standards. Here are a few quotes from the interview with the Oscar winner: Nyong’o on winning an Academy Award earlier this year… “I don’t … Keep Reading

Palmer’s Goes Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month


Although October is almost over, I'd be remiss if I didn't acknowledge National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This disease has devastated my family, which is why I feel compelled to raise as much awareness about it as possible. Despite losing several aunts to the disease, I know that it doesn't have to be a death sentence. Thanks to early detection, my sister is living proof that you can be a survivor! That's why I wholeheartedly appreciate and support companies and brands who donate portions of their proceeds (from certain products) during this month to help raise funds towards finding a cure. Instead of only giving back during the month of October, Palmer's, the popular cocoa butter line will donate 15% of the sales prices (with a minimum of $100,000) from specially-marked … Keep Reading

7 Stylish Tights to Keep Legs Cozy & Comfy for Fall


It's that time of year again—tights and leggings season! As soon as fall arrives, one of the first things I do to update my wardrobe is buy new hosiery. Whether ribbed, patterned, denim or classic opaque, eye-catching tights and leggings can instantly add warmth and style to ensembles. For those super cold days, I double-up on black tights to keep my gams covered, as well as provide a less sheer, more saturated look. Tights and leggings are such a fun and cost-effective way to relish in fall fashion without breaking the bank. Plus, they're incredibly comfy! Back in the summer, I got a sneak peek of No nonsense's fabulous autumn offerings. They have a great selection of colors and styles to suit your taste. Check them out below: No nonsense Corduroy Leggings available here, … Keep Reading

Get Rid of Grays with Black Opal’s Retouch Root Concealer Spray

Black Opal Gray Retouch Root Concealer Spray available here, $9

There might be a gray hair movement taking place amongst celebrities, bloggers and fashionistas alike, but that's one trend I won't be partaking in. I've been plagued with premature graying in one spot since I was 5 and have never liked my silver streaks. So, as soon as I was old enough to dye them, I did just that. However, since giving birth last year, I've steered clear of dyeing my hair to give it time to replenish and get back to normal. In the meantime, I've been using Black Opal's Gray Root Retouch Concealer Spray.  I didn't know they offered products beyond their lovely cosmetic line, but was pleasantly surprised. I simply spray it 2-3 inches from the pesky patch and it instantly covers my unruly grays! Plus, it dries almost instantly (give or take a minute or … Keep Reading

Book Buy: ‘Vintage Black Glamour’ Showcases Stunning Rarely Seen Photographs of African-American Female Entertainers, Poets, Actors and More!

VINTAGE BLACK GLAMOUR will be published on October 14, 2014 and is available from Rocket 88 Books, only at

If there's one quirky thing about me that most people don't know, it's that I LOVE looking at old photos. I can get lost for hours poring over vintage photos from my family and friends or even historical shots of my beloved hometown Chicago. Heck, I was even a photo editor for a national magazine once upon a time! That's why I'm so excited that the highly anticipated book (of the same name) as the popular blog, "Vintage Black Glamour," by Nichelle Gainer is finally available for purchase. The sleek, hard-cover book features dozens of fabulous rarely accessed photos from some of our most acclaimed female African-American socialites, actors, writers, dancers and entertainers who worked during the 20th century. Greats such  such as Eartha Kitt (who's the book's cover girl), Dorothy … Keep Reading