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 bottles of its core Cocoa Butter Formula products to Susan G. Komen from now until June 2015!

I’ve been a huge fan of Palmer’s for years, but the fact that they’re going pink and donating funds well beyond October makes the brand even more appealing.

palmers-2Palmer’s is available at most drugstores nationwide

**For more information on breast cancer, please click here.

Have you purchased “pink” products this month? Have you been personally affected by breast cancer? 

7 Stylish Tights to Keep Legs Cozy & Comfy for Fall

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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 vintageblackglamourbook.com.

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

Event Recap: Dark & Lovely and Everyday People Brunch

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A couple of weeks ago I was invited by Dark & Lovely to attend the Everyday People brunch here in New York City. If you're unfamiliar with the popular brunch series, it's held monthly at trendy The DL on the lower east side and hosted by stylish girl-about-town, Saada Ahmed and Bravo TV's Chef Roblé. Prior to brunch, we bloggers/editors were seated in a comfy "style suite" area of the restaurant where we learned about the haircare brand's Au Naturale Anti-Breakagé and Au Naturalé Anti-Shrinkage lines (I love the Anti-Breakage line, but still haven't tried the latter) from Soft-Sheen Carson's Artistic Director Mezel Jefferson. After we received the rundown on the various products, we were encouraged to move into the main room for a lovely brunch buffet of eggs, french … Keep Reading

GIVEAWAY: Take the Dove Body Wash #OneShowerChallenge

NEW Dove Body Washes are available at food, drug, mass, value, club and online retailers, $6.99.

When I think of quality body washes for sensitive skin, Dove is the first to come to mind. Its signature, creamy formula is now improved to provide an even more luxurious shower experience. The new body washes are infused with a milder cleanser (Glycinate) coupled with super moisturizing components making it a great choice for those with sensitive skin like me. Also, unlike most shower cleansers that boast a gentler formula, the lather I've come to love is pretty non-existent. Luckily, that's not the case with these washes. I can suds up and still leave the shower feeling clean and moisturized all without compromising my easily irritated skin.  Oh and did I mention, I felt an immediate difference after ONE shower! Usually, results aren't noticed until after a few uses, but my … Keep Reading

A ‘Beautiful’ City Night Out with Jane Iredale

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Recently I was invited to a lovely evening with Jane Iredale, the founder of  jane iredale—The Skincare Makeup to celebrate the launch of her latest collection for fall, City Nights. Held at New York City hotspot, Butter, editors and bloggers mingled and ate delicious food while receiving a sneak peek of the stunning collection. Unexpected forest green and deep purple shades replaced ordinary black eyeliners for an updated autumn look. These gel liners (Jelly Jars) are great for days when you want to have a little fun with color without verging too far from basic black. Plus, the chemical-free natural formula won't irritate eyes. The collection also includes a trio eye shadow palette of dreamy earthy hues to provide the perfect smokey eye. To top off the "city nights" look, … Keep Reading