National Lipstick Day: I get Soooo Weak!

* Cue SWV in perfect harmony* “I get soooo weak in the knees, I can hardly speak, I lose all control and something takes oooover me. In a daze it is so amazing, it’s not a phase I want you to stay with me”.

To know me is to know that this is how I feel about lipstick, especially red lipstick! To celebrate National Lipstick Day with a mere 10 mins (well, when I started this post)  left in the day, here’s my top 5 favorites; countdown style! And shrinking building this list was damn hard!

5. Wet ‘n Wild Salsa Lessons : A sexy& tangy orange-y-red that’s full of luster and shine (and it’s like $2!! Don’t sleep on Wet n Wild, they came up!)

 

4. IMAN Cosmetics Black Brandy: It’s like a rich, Bordeaux wine waiting to be tasted! Matte finish perfect for an ode to the 90s

3. BOBBI BROWN Pink 6: BEST. MATTE. PINK. EVER. Seriously. Part of a limited edition breast cancer awareness collection.

2. AJ Crimson’s Bondage: I feel like one of Charlie’s Angels when I wear this; sexy and invincible!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Sam Fine for fashion Fair: Dynasty Red: Wooo lawd, sultry. Sexy. Captivating. Lustrous. Classy. Beautiful shine. Just a sexy, sexy ass red!

 

I hope the lipstick gawds are a little satisfied with this list, these really are SOME of my favorites. I wanted to give a little variety, but know that I can be very brand loyal at times. I’ll be back soon with more beauty posts, just could not miss National Lipstick Day!

What are some of your favorite lipsticks? Leave them in the comments below, I need some new ones to try!!

 

Sincerely,

with style~ Sharontina B.

The Destination IMAN Launch party, What A Flight!

Hello loves,

I’ve had such a full past 3 weeks, I mean one amazing thing after the next. So much so that I have had to literally pinch myself to make sure it’s all like…real. Last month after being introduced to Iman’s new site, DestinationIman.com, I wrote a post about all the things I loved about it, but I had NO idea that a mere month later I’d be at her launch party, mixing and mingling with the fab who’s who of the fashion industry and the stylish alike. No idea. When I got the invitation, I was like, “wait, whaaaa? Me? Is this real life?” ha! I had a little moment, and I thought to myself, “wow”. To some, an invitation to an invite only party, of only one of the biggest fashion icons in the world, may not mean anything, especially if you’re used to attending events of that type, but to me it was everything! I mean, I thought back to barely two years ago when I started talking to Iman on Twitter, to meeting her in person for the 1st time last year, to now partying with her and being known to her on a first name basis. (insert the ‘can you believe this?!’ face) Ok, let me rewind a few days…

I attended The Independent Fashion Blogger’s Conference on Wednesday, September 5th, where Iman was the keynote speaker. When she arrived in this flawlessly tailored magenta-esque suit by Rachel Zoe, the room fell silent in awe, and then quickly digressed and rushed up to take photos of her. I was about 2 rows of people away from her as I tried to get a photo of this suit amidst oohing and ahing, and all of a sudden, there was a break down the middle of the crowd. I looked, and Iman was pointing at me like “Sharontina?!” I just smiled, and she embraced me in the biggest hug and proceeded to nose pinch (yes, y’all…she gave me the long lost auntie treatment) lol. She swung me around so that the photog could get a photo of us, and then whispered to me, “See you at the party this Friday?”. Me: “Wouldn’t miss it!” as I thought to myself, “OMG!”. Girls in the crowd were looking at me with smiles that had a hint of confusion on them, and later mustered up the nerve to ask, “Like…how do you know Iman?” and “Omg, Iman seemed really excited to see you, how do you know her?”. It was endless y’all, and I just smiled and said, “It’s a long story, but it all started from Twitter”, and ended it with a smile.

Iman wearing rachel Zoe at IFB con

Iman wearing Rachel Zoe at the IFB Conference

 

Sharontina and Iman at IFB Con

After the hugs, and cheek pinching, and smiles, Iman and I pose for a pic at the IFB Conference

 

Now, let’s get to this party of hers that I still can’t believe I attended…..like…really. First, let me admit that I was a little nervous before the party. I know it was just a party, but it wasn’t “just a party”! In my own mind, I was still saying to myself “wow”, and then upon learning who some of the attendees were going to be, I was like ‘Okay, I grew up being influenced by/watching these people on TV…what do I say to them besides “Omg, Hi..I love you!”?..ha! I didn’t want to sound like a weirdo creepy fan, but didn’t want to come off nonchalantly as if I attend parties and hobnobbed with Iman and other fashion forerunners when I had spare time (tuh! in my dreams..). It was an interesting pre-party conversation with self going on, but nonetheless, I was going to thoroughly enjoy the experience.

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Beauty masters Oscar James, Valente Frazier, and moi–Fun!

When I arrived, as I walked into the entrance of the posh ‘Electric Room’ of the Dream Hotel (which made me feel like I was entering a sexy ass cave that was dimmed and lit ever so gently by flickering candlelight) Iman, Oscar James, and Valente Frazier were walking out, and Iman caught me with an “Ohh, look at her!” as her, Oscar, Valente gave me their “uhh ohhh” looks, (I got a little dressed up…lol). T’was a fab greeting, and it instantly made me feel like I fit right in. I entered, and the room was filled with a bunch of gorgeous people, dressed in their own unique definitions of style, existent through color, texture, accessories, or the lack thereof. Soon Iman returned and called me over to her to take some photos with her. (PAUSE)…how would you feel taking pics next to a freakin’ SUPERMODEL?!? You would have thought I never took a picture in my life, and for those of you who follow me on social media, you know it’s all I do! I did the most basic pose….aka….stood still and did nothing, it’s hilarious now looking at the photos haha…

Sharontina and Iman, Destination Iman launch party

 

Sharontina and Iman, Destination Iman Launch party

My ‘no pose’ pose..hehe

 

After being photographed with Iman, I’m chillin’, bobbing my head to the tunes, and in walks June Ambrose………………..*HOLD THE PHONE*. BOTH of my STYLECONS ‘at the same damn time!?’ Naw…. this wasn’t real life, nope. After realizing yes, it was in fact real life…I was like ‘Okay, let me calm down and just be natural’. June walks over to where I was standing and started talking to another attendee, all the while I’m staring directly in her face wondering of she’d recognize me from the last time I saw her at our first meeting. As she’s chatting, she kept glancing over at me, then she stops talking, points at me with squinted eyes like… “are you….!”….and I’m all, “Yes!” and she embraces me in a hug, hahaha…it was hilarious! And of course I had to get an updated photo…

Sharontina and June Ambrose, Destination Iman launch party

June and I, Destination Iman launch party

 

Like 5 mins prior, I’d asked June’s fabulous assistant, Eli– (most known for being June’s right hand and for his 1-liners on Styled by June, ie. “I can either be your best girlfriend and we can take pregnancy tests together, or I can be that yeast infection that never goes away” (talking to June’s new assistant, Rachel))– to pose for a pic, and after taking a pic with me, June said to him, “That’s TyrasLilSis Eli!”, He was like “Omg, why didn’t you say so!’…I’m like “Umm…. I don’t know?” LOL! I had no clue that he knew who I was….thanks Twitter.

Sharontina and Eli Wasserman

Me and ‘my friend in my head’, Eli

…and then of course Mr. Jay Manuel walked in and I lost all coolness (he didn’t see it though). Truth be told, I was in true fan mode, but I put on my ‘I’m supposed to be here, I really am!’ costume, and it all worked out… hehe.

Mr. Jay Manuel and Sharontina, Destination Iman party

Mr. Jay Manuel and I, I was totally psyched…

Joan Smalls and Iman, Destination Iman launch party

 

‘The Crew’, Oscar James, Emil Wilbekin, Iman, June Ambrose, and Jay Manuel; all powerhouses at what they do!

 

This party was awesome, the perfect mix of beauty, fashion, conversation that entertained, and photos galore! I was so happy to be included in the celebration of the launch of DestinationIman.com, as I love the site and it’s design, functionality, and personality and it’s barely over  a month old! I wrote a whole post about it, because like I say all the time, I support what I like. I also have to give a major shout to Dana Randall, CEO of Built By the Factory, the phenomenal company who partnered with Iman to create such an amazing website. Plus, Dana is fashion forward and has the most gorgeous hair I’ve ever seen. She’s FAB.

I took many more pics that I’d love to share, but if I keep adding them to this post, the scroll bar will be so small that it will annoy you, like it does me.

Check out more official Destination Iman party photos here and check out my Instagram to see more that I snapped while in awe of the whole experience. A night to remember indeed.

 

Sincerely,

with style~ Sharontina B.

 

That 90s Girl Type of Beauty

Hey!

Remember the 90s, y’all? It’s SO hard to believe that 1990 was 22 freakin’ years ago, I mean… wow. The funny thing is, I was born in 1990, but many of you reading this were probably teens or adults by then, so you may have a different experience or perspective than me. My most fond 90s memories consist of Barney,old school block parties, TLC runnin’ everything, the Destiny’s Child matching ensemble trio, Spice Girls lollipops, double dutch, and actually playing outside (a lost art?)… just to name a few many things. Although these are the first things that come to mind when I think back, the next thoughts take me to the ladies of the 90s, who I couldn’t wait to be like — go figure, now I’m wishing I could go back in time.

Sharontina Brightman at 3 years old

Me swaggin’ it out on my wheels, circa 1993

I’m specifically talking about the beauty sense of the 90s divas, near and far. Even as a little girl–who was extremely mature and always knew the words the adults spelled out in the air–I payed attention to how women presented themselves, what they wore, and how they beat their faces. When I close my eyes to flashback, as fas as beauty goes, the first thing I see is a dramatically chiseled lip, lined on purpose, and filled with a gold, brown, or other earthy shade of lipstick. My stepmom was the queen of that perfectly chiseled lip, and I thought she was the most beautiful woman ever (what daughter doesn’t think their mom is more beautiful than all the other moms?) …

Mom rocking her 90s lips…in the 90s

Sorry for the quality of the pic, but it was like 20 years ago…hehe. But wait, yall see her perfectly lined, chiseled lips? She used to kill it back in the day–and still does, with new-age lips though 😉

Hey, Mom!

But back to my point, the 90s beauty (in my eyes) was all about the natural look with a little umphh. My grandmom’s lip of choice was a gold number that she only wore for special occasions, and I’d always be amazed at how she put it on without even looking in the mirror–Skillz. Not only in my immediate feminine circle did I see this made up play on natural beauty, but the music scene was flustered with gorgeous young celebs like Aaliyah, Brandy, and TLC, who displayed the same palette.

 

Aaliyah in the 90s

Aaliyah, with her gorgeous, 90s Tomboy self

 

Brandy in the 90s

A very young, and adorable, Brandy!

 

TLC in the 90s

TLC in all of their natural beauty

Yall see the trend? Beat faces were just so calm, cool, nude, and sexy at the same damn time! I’m still baffled at how dramatically subdued the makeup trends were, compared to the colorful and bold 80s. Neither here nor there, I absolutely love the appreciation the 90s had for the natural look, even being in a full face of makeup.

All this beauty rambling brings me to the reason I wrote this post in the first place. As I thought about what I wanted day 3 of my “All IMAN Cosmetics Everything” face to be, I stumbled across my never used lip liner in cocoa, and a sexy warm mocha chocolate lip color in the Pucker Up lip kit. I had an instant flashback, and said, “Yes, let me show the 90s beauty a little love”. Instead of lining my lips boldly with the cocoa liner, I lined my lips and then shaded them in a bit with the pencil like I learned from Uncle Sam Fine’s Basics of Beauty. I also added a pop of nude gloss in the center of my bottom lip to add a little dimension. All in all, I think I did 90s beauty a lil’ justice, you be the judge…

Iman Cosmetics

My take on “90s girl beauty”

Iman Cosmetics

Take two…

 

Whatup, doe?

I hope the 90s beauty divas approve. Here’s what I used…

* I skipped foundation and concealer (as I’m sure you can tell), bad habit… don’t try it at home.

IMAN Cosmetics:

Afterglow bronzer & blush

Perfect Mascara in black

Jet Black liner

St. Tropez kit for eyes ( shadows #2,#3,#4)

Cocoa lip liner

Pucker Up Luxury lip kit color #3

 

Did you also like the chill, laid-back 90s beauty? I’m really curious to know if I’m the only one…

 

Sincerely,

with style & beauty, Sharontina B.