Tips & Tricks to Finding the Perfect Red Lip

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For those of you who know me, you know that red is my signature lip color. I have been wearing various shades of red since my mother allowed me to wear lipstick. So when I started my blog in 2012, it was a no-brainer for me, my logo had to have red lips.

Over the years of wearing this power color, I have come across so many women who are afraid to wear it or just don’t know how.

If I had a dollar for every woman that said, “I can’t wear a red lipstick because it’s too bright for me. Or I can’t find the right color…” I would totally be a millionaire by now. No, really I would because it’s been that many.

To all the ladies who cringe at the color red or dread shopping for a red lippie, I am here to set you free! By the time you finish reading this post, you will officially call me your, “Red Lippie Sheroe or The Fairy Godmother of Red Lips.” Whatever you choose it’s all right with me just as long as you’re no longer afraid to sport the infamous red lip!

Here are my rules to finding your perfect match…

  1. Yes You Can: If you can wear a red polish (or for that matter anything red), you can wear red lipstick. The next time you go shopping for a red lippie, take your favorite red polish, compare the colors and find a match. You’ll be surprised with your findings.
  1. Know Your Reds: There are several colors of reds with different undertones. Find a red that will compliment your skin tone. Fair skin with pink undertones look for a red/pink. Dark skin with red undertone, look for a red/blue. Medium skin with yellow undertone, look for a red/orange.
  1. Start Off Slow: If you’ve always wanted to try a red but you’re a little nervous because you think it’s too much, take baby steps. Check out the shear lipsticks and slowly graduate to more pigment. Burt’s Bees makes a great shear red.

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  1. Mix And Match: Sometimes it takes mixing 2-3 shades of red to find the perfect match. It may take a few tries before you find what you really like.
  1. Layer, Layer and Layer: Build the colors by layering. Start with a red lip marker or liner, add a lipstick and if you want a little shine, add some gloss too. The reds don’t have to be exact but it’s best if they are from the same color family.
  1. Try It Before You Buy It: Before you purchase clothes you try them on, right? Well, the same thing goes for lipstick. Try it on your lips not your hands because you’re going to wear it on your lips anyway. Besides, your hands and lips are two different shades and you won’t get the same results. Unless you’re a makeup artist or a pro with colors, you’ll be left with disappointment and all mad at me (and I’m just not here for that). So, I beg of you to try it on your lips!

Side Note: Make sure the Beauty Advisor sanitizes the tester before you try it on.

Advice: When you find your favorite red buy more than one. You can never have enough and brands are constantly adding and deleting shades. It’s better to be safe than sorry. Trust me I know!  Smashbox discontinued my favorite lip marker and my life has never been the same.

So there you have it, tips and tricks to finding the best red lips. What are you waiting for? Get your squad together, schedule a beauty play date, follow the steps above and pucker up baby! MUAH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Beauty School Scarlet on Rebel Talk Radio

@abeautyscarlet on BlabWant to know more about Renee B of Beauty School Scarlet? Check out the video below on Blab with Rebel Talk Radio.

 

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Beauty Scarlet News on Periscope

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Tune in every Tuesday to Beauty Scarlet News on Periscope for the weekly tea of what’s brewing in beauty. I’ll deliver the top beauty news and you (The Beauty Scholars) will tell me if you are going to glam it or slam it. So, save the date, let’s do lunch and spill some beauty tea! MUAH

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Spring Must-Have Beauty Picks For 2015

Out with the cold and in with the new; three cheers for Spring beauty and my recent trip to Sephora. As the flowers bloom so does the new season of beauty. And I am happy to report that I have a list of must haves for Spring 2015.

Contouring is the new wave in the beauty industry. You can give yourself a thinner nose or a perfect pout. You can make the illusion happen from the Contouring Magic section in Sephora. And if you’re not that savvy with enhancing your look, don’t worry; ask for a contour consultation with a Sephora beauty maven. Go head, get your contour on!

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Hourglass just made my heart skip a beat with these new Modernist Eyeshadow Palettes. Five harmonizing shades that give intensity, dimension and buildable color. This will go perfect with my Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Icon. This is luxury beauty at its best!

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Oh my Nars! These Dual Intensity Blush sets just gave me life. You can wear them dry for a subtle look or wet for a more intense look of a stain. I can’t wait to pair it with my Albatross Blush that I use a highlighter for the best shine, shimmer and glimmer power.

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I will always be photo-shoot ready for a selfie with the new Photo Angle Pure Pigment Gel Liner by Smashbox. Beautiful bold colors and no brush required, this gel liner will last me through the day and night with no smearing or flaking. I can’t wait to add this to my collection with my Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35.

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I so love my Roller Lash by Benefit Cosmetics. It’s giving me lash power times ten. It curls, lengthens and adds depth to my lashes. It gives me an extra boost when I pair it with my Benefit They’re Real Mascara. No more little lashes for me; luxurious luscious lashes from now on. Ooh, la, lash, I love!

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I can’t wait to get my hands on the new Skin Equalizer Primer by Make Up For Ever. This innovative technology is truly the, “next generation of primers”. This primer will equalize any skin tone or concern by balancing toning and smoothing the skin’s texture. This will make a great addition to my current collection of products. It’s truly a crime not to prime!

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Once I tried the Genius Ultimate Anti-Aging Melting Cleanser by Algenist in the store, I was sold! This soap-free cleanser starts off as oil and lathers into a lightweight milky foam. It washes away all the dirt, debris and makeup from the day. Dear Algenist, I’m smitten with this beauty!

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Wow is all that I can say about these daily cleansers from GlamGlow. These unisex cleansers are for all ages and skin types. They start off as a mud and then just like that…voila’ they turn into a foam. Yep, sign me up so I can add this to my daytime skin regimen.

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Last but certainly not least. Murad has the answer to all my anti-aging beauty prayers in a one step solution with Invisiblur Perfecting Shield. This anti-aging bottle of perfection doesn’t just fight the signs of aging it also has an SPF. But wait, there’s more…it feels like silk and the results are immediate. I know because I tried it on my hand in the store and I was in awe; it was love at first pump. Murad tested and developed; Beauty School Scarlet approved!

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So there you have it Beauty Scholars, my top 2015 Spring Beauty Picks from Sephora. I don’t know about you but I’m excited and ready to get my beauty retail therapy on! Ready, Set…Shop!

Be sure to share which product(s) you’re most excited about. Don’t forget to share this with your friends and schedule a beauty play date at a Sephora near you! MUAH and Happy Shopping!

 

 

 

 

 

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What Is Beauty?

What is beauty? Beauty is acknowledging those who inspire you to do your best, be your best and become your best you!

Today is the last day of Women’s History Month and I want to tell you about a woman whom I have admired for many years, Ms. Tyra Banks. She is my idol, my shero, my mentor and sister in my head. She embodies beauty from the inside out; she’s ambitious, she talented and business savvy. This woman is amazing and I want to say thank you for being such a great influence in my life!

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My Tyra beauty crush started in her early days as a model. Growing up, there were not a lot of women that looked like me in magazines, on the runway and on TV. But Tyra changed the game. She appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated not once but twice. She was the first African American Woman on the cover of GQ. And she werked the coveted wings as one of the original angels for Victoria’s Secret. She became one of the top earning models in the early 2000’s and that was something super amazing not just as a woman but as a woman of color! Yep, she did that ☺

As I watched her career blossom in awe, Tyra continued to push herself. She developed a production company named “Bankable Productions”. And she starred in movies, TV shows, hosted a talk show, developed and produced her very own show, America’s Next Top Model. This woman is not just a brand; she is a mogul on the move who continues to grow. 2011 was a busy year for Ms. Banks. She she wrote the New York Times Bestselling novel, “Modelland”. The book was inspired by her personal experiences as a model. And she enrolled in a prestigious program at Harvard Business School to gear up and expand her brand into the world of cosmetics. Upon the completion of the program, she launched her cosmetics brand Tyra Beauty.

This woman continues to amaze me. But I think her best accomplishment is her leadership camp, the TZONE Foundation for young women and girls. The foundation helps young women and girls to be ambitious and discover new possibilities in life with fierce determination. Go Tyra!

Tyra Banks is a role model with positive influence in women’s lives. She is a woman who continues to make a difference in beauty, business and philanthropy. She is my idol, my shero, my mentor and my sister in my head. #ImBeautyInspired by her tenacity, passion and love to excel in life and be the example…my example. Thank you for inspiring me to do better, be better and be the best in everything I do.

 

 

 

Sources: Wikipedia, tyra.com

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Travel Friendly Beauty Tips

Do you ever have trouble packing the right beauty products for your vacation? Do you get confused on what to take and what to leave? Do you have to check your bag EVERY single trip because you just have too many products? Here are 7 beauty tips to help you overcome this problem ☺.

The travel section is your new bestie: If you are traveling for spring break, shop for your beauty products in the travel section. Every store has one these days. From the specialty beauty store to the drug store; you can always find what you need! The travel section offers sizes that are TSA approved. You will never have to check your bag again!

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Ziploc your snacks not your beauty products: Forget the Ziploc bags. Get a plastic see through bag from a drug store and fill up with your fave travel sized products. A see through makeup bag holds more than a Ziploc bag and they last longer! As a Beauty Blogger, I can never get all my travel size products in a Ziploc bag as I am always adding more…LOL. Hit up your local drug or beauty store to find a clear bag with travel size bottles.

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Space Savers: Use the space inside your bag for non-liquid items. Deodorant, pressed powder, toothbrush and liquids like contact lens solution or medication. Yes, this is okay, the TSA will not tell you but I will. You can have travel size contact lens solution or medication inside of your suitcase and get through security. Trust me, a TSA Agent shared this tip with me!

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Double duty products can condense your load: Multi-functional beauty products will give you more room. Try products like a makeup palette with eye shadow and blush or eye shadow, blush and lips. Trust me, you are not going to use everything in your makeup kit on vacation. If you do, then you are a bigger makeup junkie than me and I’m not sure I can help you. Buy makeup wipes. But make sure they cleanse, tone and moisturize so you do not have bring a cleanser, toner and moisturizer; it saves time and money.

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Perfume on the go: Take your signature scent and add it to a perfume atomizer. It is the perfect little travel size gadget to carry your favorite scent on the go.

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Take advantage of the freebies: If you don’t have sensitive skin or if you are not picky, leave your shower gels and shampoos behind. You can use what the hotel offers or you can shop when you get to your destination. Most hotels offer decent brands for shower gels and shampoos for free.

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Lost and found: Always have 2 of everything in case you have to check your bag or the airline misplaces (I mean loses) your suitcase! Keep one set at home and one in your suitcase. If the airline loses your bag with your favorite skincare inside or you leave it at the hotel, no worries, you have an extra set at home.

So there you have it; my top beauty travel tips! I hope this has helped you as much as it as helped me ☺. Enjoy your travels, be safe and have fun!

 

 

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6 Beauty Tips for Valentine’s Day

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Will you be my Valentine? Yes, No or Maybe?! So he asked you out and you said yes! Check out my 6 beauty tips to add some sugar and spice for your Valentine’s date!

Silky Smooth Satin Skin: Exfoliation is the key to smooth, even skin! The night before the date, exfoliate your skin with a good scrub to remove the dead skin cells. This will even out your skin tone and allow you to have a more flawless look. Say hello to a brighter and glowing complexion that he will not forget. Be sure to use an SPF in the morning, as any exfoliators can make the skin more sensitive to the sun.

Fake Out the Breakout and Belly Bloat: Eat healthier with more fruits and veggies a few weeks before to prevent bloating. Drink plenty of water to hydrate the skin and keep it clear of unnecessary breakouts. There is nothing like a big, huge zit screaming hello on your romantic date. If you should have one, invest in a spot remover to heal that zit quick, fast and in a hurry!

Flirt With A Smile: Whiten Your Teeth, you have a beautiful smile so make sure it shines. You can use the strips from the drug store or splurge on a whitening system. If you can’t get to the store, wear a red lipstick to give the effect of a whiter, brighter smile.

Nail It With A Fresh Mani: Stop and get a mani the day before or do a DIY to save and splurge on something else. If you are going to attempt a DIY, I suggest using nail stickers. “Your nails are like jewels, don’t use them as tools.” – Essie. There’s nothing like a good manicure on a man or a woman. And if you are wearing open-toed shoes, get a pedi too; freshly painted nails show that you take good care of yourself!

Make Yourself Under: Less is more…with makeup that is! Don’t overdo it with the makeup; go for a clean, fresh look. You are not auditioning for a new reality couples show so a full face is not needed here. I suggest a natural shadow, hint of blush, a little mascara and a dab of gloss. Gloss with color is okay but not a bright in color with too much pigment because it can be overkill.

Seduce Him With Your Scent: Don’t overdo it with the perfume. Find a clean, fresh scent that works well with your body chemistry. To help the scent last longer, rub a little Vaseline on your pulse points before you spray your perfume. Focusing on the pulse points ensures you don’t go overboard with the perfume and makes the scent linger, last and make him long for more!

Now that you are completely date ready from head to toe, take some time to relax, relate, release and enjoy your Valentine! MUAH

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Top 10 Beauty Stocking Stuffers for 2014

With 4 days left of holiday shopping here are a few things you need to buy as stocking stuffers! This is a gift giving guide of beauty from the inside out!

  1. My new book, “#ImBeautyInspired A Keepsake Journal of Original Beauty Quotes & Affirmations!” 🙂 Yes, it’s a shameless plug but I think it will make an awesome gift. It’s filled with inspiration to empower young girls and women to embrace their inner beauty. Available on amazon.com for $12.99 paperback and $3.99 Kindle edition.#ImBeautyInspired abeauyscarlet_3d copy
  1. Beauty Blender Sponge: I have been using this product for over 2 years and this sponge is better than any makeup brush I have ever tried. It gives a fabulously flawless finish. It’s a great gift to give for the makeup savvy girl in your life. Available at Sephora for $19.95 for the original sponge.IMG_6749
  1. Bobbi Brown Cosmetics and Makeup Remover: I have fallen head over heels over the past year for Bobbi Brown makeup and Soothing Cleanser Oil! The entire makeup line is just gorg and natural looking. If you want a makeup that will give you a non-makeup look…this is it. Available at Macy’s prices range from $20 and up. If you’re in Chicago, go to the State Street location and ask for Viola. IMG_6748
  1. Laura Mercier Secret Concealer and Secret Brightening Powder: These two products have saved me from looking a hot tired mess. It covers and gives life to my dark circles. I can’t live without these two. Available at Sephora for $24 each.
  1. IMG_6751Origins Skincare: Too many products for me to name but here are a list of my faves… GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream – brightens the eye area, $30 at Sephora. GinZing Energy-Boosting Moisturizer – feels great and offers the perfect amount of moisture, $26.50 at Sephora. High Potency Night-A-Mins Mineral-Enriched Renewal Cream – calms and relaxes my skin before bed, $41 at Sephora. Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash – Offers the perfect amount of balance on my skin, $21.50 at Sephora.IMG_6752
  1. Caudalie Deep Cleansing Exfoliator: It removes all the dead skin and leaves my skin extra soft and smooth feeling like silk. Available at Sephora for $35.IMG_6756
  1. LVX Nail Polish: This product will be on my list every year, as I have not found a better brand than this. The polish last up to 6 or 7 days without chipping or peeling. Available on shoplvx.com for $16.
  1. IMG_6755Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil and Opaque Liquid Lipstick: The brow genius and the long lasting lippie are a match made in beauty heaven! Without the brow genius…my brows would not exist and without the liquid lipstick…I would spend all day reapplying my lipstick (and that’s no bueno)! Available at Sephora for $32 (brow) and $28 (lips).
  1. IMG_6753Eden Body Works Hair Care: This brand of products keep my tresses looking healthy and just fly! A few of my faves: Peppermint Tea Tree Shampoo to remove the buildup and detox my hair. Coconut Shea Styling Elixir offers heat protection from heat styling. Coconut Shea Oil strengthens and adds shine without buildup. Available at endenbodyworks.com for $8.99 each.
  1. IMG_6759Green Smoothies: These are healthy treats full of fruits, veggies, vitamins and all sorts of goodness. They help to nourish the body, give great energy and boost beauty from the inside out! I love the book, “10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse” by JJ Smith available on amazon.com for $9.59 paperback and $2.99 kindle edition.IMG_6760

Happy Holidays and Happy Shopping! Enjoy your beauty purchases from the inside out!

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Countless Color Pigments by Stila

It’s funny how time flies when you are having fun with makeup! Last year I attended The Makeup Show Chicago and I stopped by the Stila Cosmetics booth to paly with some products and have a little fun.

I remember as if it were yesterday, the brand had recently launched their Countless Color Pigments. I had seen them in Sephora but I had not had time to test the colors. Luckily for me, the Stila team was ready to take action and play.

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Because of the marbled effect with the product, at first glance, I wondered what the heck do I do with this stuff? Do I wear it as a shadow or blush? Do I utilize all the colors or do I just try one? Are there different ways to use this or not? My mind was spinning with so many questions and I couldn’t wait to find out the answers.

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One of the makeup artist said it’s simple to use, you just, “blend, swirl and swipe on your eyes or cheeks. You can use it as a shadow or blush and you can use one color, a few colors or custom build your own.” Bingo, ding, ding ding another multifunctional product, I hit the jackpot! So with that said, let me give you The Glam, The Slam and my final grade.

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The Glam: This is the multifunctional product of all multifunctional products! The Color Pigment is a beauty goldmine! As the makeup artist stated, you can use this as a shadow or blush. You can use one color or several as well as custom blend your own. This product not only allows you to use it in many different ways, it allows you to be creative and sort of become your very own product developer by blending, swirling or swiping! YES…I am here for this! Can you say #winning? Oh yeah, the colors last long, they don’t crease and they offer great pigment just like the name states.

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The Slam: Although you can create your own shade of colors, you may not be able to recreate it on the opposite eye or cheek. And most importantly, that super stunning look you just created today, you may not be able to replicate it tomorrow or next week. Insert sad face here >>>:-(

My final grade for the Countless Color Pigments by Stila Cosmetics is 4.5 out of 5 smooches…MUAH. I love this product but I want to be able to recreate a fly look from last week and in the future…IJS. If you are interested in purchasing the product, head over to stilacosmetics.com Sephora or Ulta. They are available in eight shades and they are on sale now for $8.00 only on stilacosmetics.com. Happy blending, swirling and swiping!

 

 

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Can You Restore Lashes?

A few months ago I received a sweet little surprise that I have been dying to try inside of my monthly beauty subscription box, Birchbox. It was the new Restorative Lash Treatment and Mascara by Ojon. It has been on my must-try list and I was considering purchasing this product just a few days before its surprise arrival. Can you say #Winning?

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Just in case you are wondering about the brand Ojon, let me spill the beauty tea! As you know, the air is filled with smoke, smog and pollution, which cause damage to the hair along with regular styling, the sun, diet and stress. Ojon’s mission is to help you transform your hair to perfect health with their hair treatments formulated from a 500-year beauty secret from the remote regions of the rainforest in Central America. The key ingredient inside of the treatment is the golden elixir obtained from the nut of the Ojon tree.

The golden elixir is hand extracted precious oil with natural ingredients, which creates natural affinity for the hair to restore radiance, bounce and body. It also offers vibrancy to repair even the most damaged hair. The products are made with natural ingredients that are 100% essential oils. The products are made without parabens, mineral oils and other harmful ingredients.

Okay, so now you know all about Ojon and their mission, let me give you the Glam it or Slam it and my final grade!

The Glam: This product is pretty cool because it’s multifunctional and we all know I love products that serve more than one purpose. It’s a treatment on one side and mascara on the other. The treatment side conditions the lashes to give them life and yes, it did that. The conditioning treatment seemed to separate my lashes more than if I had applied mascara alone.

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With Mascara (Brand X on the left and Ojon on the right)  and Restorative Lash Treatment 

The Slam: The mascara side is supposed to offer long luscious come hither lashes but when I used it a few times, I got regular lashes and irritated eyes. The mascara side was a disappointment to say the least. Even with three coats, it was just blah. This was quite the disappointment because the conditioning side was nice. Boo…Hiss

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No mascara or Restorative Lash Treatment

My final grade for the Restorative Lash Treatment by Ojon is 3 out of 5 smooches…MUAH. This multifunctional product is not so multifunctional after all. The conditioning side is good but the mascara, not so much. If I am going to pay $21 for mascara it better give me long, full luscious lashes that I can’t live without and won’t irritate my eyes plus the conditioning side should offer the benefit of growing my lashes…IJS! If you are interested in trying this mascara, head over to birchbox.com and make your purchase at your risk…LOL. Happy Shopping!

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