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I’ve been swooning over bright colors since the first time I saw a pic of Kerry Washington rocking bright red on her voluptuous lips. That was last year. And what do you know — bright lips are still trending in the beauty world as we head into 2012.

I will admit that it can be difficult to find the perfect bright lip. Your skin tone, the shape of your lips, and your eye color all play a big part. Not to mention what you might be wearing that evening. I cringe at the site of red lips, red dress, red nails, red shoes — too much!

I’m no makeup artist but as a consumer and makeup enthusiast, I’ve learned a bit about this trend. Follow my 3 handy tips and trust me you will fall completely in love with bright lips too…

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If you’ve been following me on Twitter then you already know my love for mani’s. However, with the holidays coming and trips to LA in my future, I’ve decided to snatch this luxury from my budget. But that certainly doesn’t mean my nails will suffer. I’ve purchased a mani kit and I have managed to keep my nails cute and clean for the past few weeks (I’m still gonna have to make a trip for a pedi). Thus creating a new read for you — #POTW (polish of the week). 

I never realized how extensive my nail polish collection was. Mostly from swag bags. This week’s color of choice is BLUE. I am not much for color blocking my wardrobe, but I will mix and match nail colors. I used a cobalt blue color from SpaRitual ‘Circle of Life’. This bottle was in my swag bag from my recent visit to the SpaWeek media event. I used OPI’s ‘No Room for the Blues’ as an accent color on my index finger.

Check out it and let me know how I did!

So tell me gorgies, what color are you rocking this week.

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In case you didn’t know I use to be a makeup artist. For like six months [insert laugh]. It was only because in the beginning as a photographer I didn’t know any makeup artists who didn’t charge a Prada shoe-like rate to do makeup. This is before I made friends with my besties and I now trade services.

But I’ve always loved makeup. I love getting dolled up even more than I love fashionable clothes (I’d rather just write about them, kinda). But anyways…

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nia-long-headshot-ebonyEvery so often I am moved by a photograph. Whether it’s the composition, the clothes, the makeup it could be a host of things that inspire me. But this morning when I saw Ebony’s Magazine November issue with a very preggers and nude Nia Long I was literally floored. I immediately ran to my laptop to share these photos with you guys.

But I had first asked the question, how in the “sam hell” are these 40 + women like Nia, Halle, Jada, and many others looking more fab than they did in their 20’s. Good genes, no excessive drugs/alcohol, lots of spa visits, maybe? I mean it’s just amazing. Nia covers Ebony in her last trimester, hair flowing, and the perfect shade of brown.

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