Natural Hair in Hollywood = Fashion Faux Pas?

On yesterday's Fashion Police episode where Giuliana Rancic, Kelly Osbourne, Kathy Griffin and the like dished on their loved and loathed looks for the 2015 Oscars Red Carpet, Giuliana made a dig at teenage sensation Zendaya Coleman for her red carpet hairstyle of choice: faux locs.

"I feel like she smells like patchouli oil ... or maybe weed." -Giuliana Rancic on Monday's E! Fashion Police

Zendaya took to social media to blast Rancic for the prejudice comment that left fans and FP viewers on edge. 

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Giuliana quickly responded with an apology that seemed well...you be the judge:

Although regretful for the remarks, it's possible Rancic didn't realize the weight of her comments, until co-host Kelly Osbourne threatened to quit the Fashion Police if Rancic didn't apologize for her "racist" comments. 

On tonight's episode, Rancic gave yet another apology for her comments:

Zendaya made valuable mention of the cultural significance of her hairstyle and touched on the constant battles people of color face with textured hair being accepted into "mainstream" culture. It is only now that curls, afros, braids, and twists are being seen as acceptable within the workplace, but our natural battles are far from won. Regardless, Zendaya's comments shine a major light on the issues surrounding diversity in the workplace. 

What are your thoughts on the controversy? 

Newly Bronzed: The M.A.C. Store

I learned something vital this past weekend. 

The stores you should avoid at all costs are as follows: MAC, SEPHORA

Stores you cannot avoid no matter how hard you try: MAC, SEPHORA

Scene: Fridays are my favorite days. It's my one day off during the week where I can peacefully run errands sans the hoards of just-got-paid last minute Friday night shoppers. This time, I had a plan.

- Go to the Gap (to return some things)

- Stop at MAC on my way to Marshalls

- Marshalls

Gap was successful. MAC on the other hand? I thought to myself, "I shouldn't be doing this" but:

It's very difficult to walk into a MAC store with tunnel vision. Everything is so beautiful! I only needed my Studio Fix foundation powder, and some concealer. I loved the Select Moisturecover concealer I used before but I needed something that would, well, conceal a bit better. So the associate shows me (concealer I bought). Done. I'll take it. Then she asks if I wanted to see anything else. It was all downhill from there.

Here's the rundown of the products I left with (and managed to dodge) based on my skin's needs:

MAC Prep + Prime Natural Radiance

 
 

STATUS: DODGED

Previously, I posted about the CC primer from MAC that I'd purchased. When I'm looking for more coverage (usually for nights out & occasions,) I will blend this with my liquid foundation on my hand and apply. The combo = the perfect dewy skin.

When I'm just wearing foundation powder (my day-to-day option,) I need a primer to serve as a "base" for my makeup.

Benefits: Primer keeps the powder in place and allows for a flawless application.

MAC Studio Fix powder:

 

Status: purchased

I prefer a matte powder for my combination / oily skin & this beauty has yet to let me down. Perks: a little goes a long way.

MAC PRO LONGWEAR CONCEALER

Status: purchased

I wanted a concealer that lasts all day, and apparently, this is the one. Right now, it's only my first day wearing it, so I'll review it in about a month.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish (bronzer) in Golden Glow

Status: purchased.

Disclaimer: once they allow you to try a product, it's so hard to say no! Don't you agree? Who doesn't look good in bronzer?

My options were a yellow gold or a rose gold. Sold on the Rose. It's perfect for everyday, and because I like to wear color on my lips, I tend to think bronzer + lip is less shocking then lip + blush. Nuhmsayin?

Isabel & Toledo Lipstick in Victoriana

As it is, the woman helping me was wearing the perfect red lip. It took everything in me NOT to ask what lip she (or her associate) were wearing, especially since I lost my Ruby Woo and never replaced it.

"Do you want to see some new lip colors?"

Me: FINE!

She sampled all three on my hand, but ultimately the one she was wearing was my fave.

The moral of this story: avoid MAC at all costs, or succumb to their bronzed perfectly browed sales technique of wearing all the cool stuff on their faces.

Signed,

Slightly poorer yet adequately concealed Kim.

Beauty Bytes: Vday is Over. Back to You.

We've reached yet another milestone in our year - Valentine's Day! Now that it's over, we can re-focus our day-to-day routines on ourselves. If you're over that sparkly, occasioned manicure, wondering how to feign a nice summer glow, praying to the gravity gods for everlasting bosom perkiness, or dreaming of an organized, well-lit bedroom vanity, the internets are here to help. We've round up the latest in beauty to last you through the week! 

Need to get rid of that sparkly mani, stat? Read: Elmer's Glue. Yep. - Byrdie

Lip balm sits front row at #NYFW - Vogue

Going bra-less may keep the girls afloat. Oh, and sunscreen. - ELLE

In case you're sick of looking like Casper, fake it 'til you make it! - HuffPo Beauty

Honestly, #VanityGoals - The Cut