Ok.  I will give her credit, because I did not realize the importance of using a primer before applying my makeup until Fabby made me aware.  And if you still don’t know, check out this article on

I went into Sephora a while back not knowing a thing about the stuff and ended up leaving with a $30 Make Up Forever Primer (after being persuaded by the ever persistent associates of course).  It was amazing, it made my skin feel smooth and soft and my makeup looked better than ever.

Well, I hadn’t re-upped and once that bottle was done and desperately needed a solution.  I scoured the beauty aisles of my Walgreens looking for something cheap and good.  I didn’t know what to try so I left empty handed not wanting to waste my money.  Still needing a primer I turned to the internet, and thanks to all the lovely ladies out there in cyberspace I found just the product!  Monistat Anti-Chafing Relief Gel, now, I know Monistat is infamous for being what you need when uhm… you know… but this gel is not the medication.  It’s actually a cooling gel for sensitive areas.  It works just as well as any primer you can buy and it will only cost you around 6 bucks!  Definitely the type of relief my pockets needed, cause you guys know how beauty products can add up…

Don’t be embarrassed, try it and let us know what you think!  If you guys have any more cheap beauty tricks please let us in.

Honestly do not know why I haven’t taken the time to share this sooner, as two proud Haitian women run this right here.

A pioneer in what it represents, Rebelle Haiti is one of the most relevant fashion and lifestyle publications coming from the island of Hispaniola today.  Celebrating the beauty and culture of Haiti, Rebelle Haiti gives us something more to be proud about.  The magazine serves as a window into a world most never thought existed.  Strong, resilient, unique, cultured, and stylish, this is Haiti, it always has been.


Check out Garcelle Beauvais featured in their latest issue, get your copy here #support.


With summer in high gear it’s time take the necessary measures to maintain a fresh face. As a makeup lover and enthusiast I cringed at the idea of having to change my ever-faithful regimen. However after witnessing my makeup melt during my morning commute I knew something had to give. After much trials and tribulations here are the 5 tips that have worked wonders for me.

  1. Use a Oil free Mattifying Moisturizer with SPF – the oil absorbing properties of the Mattifier make this product ever so essential in the blazing summer heat (especially recommended for those with oily skin). * I love the seaweed Matifying Moisturizer from The Body Shop.
  2. Translucent Powder helps control shine and help sets makeup making it a definite summer staple.
  3. Misting your face (I use Rose Water) also helps to set your makeup and keep it in place.
  4. Waterproof makeup specifically eyeliner and mascara helps prevent smudging.
  5. Don’t forget your primer! Primer helps to create barrier between your skin and you makeup thereby helping your makeup to stay put. Currently my go to brands at the moment are L’Oreal and Revlon (yes I am a Drug Store Diva)

* Consider using oil-blotting sheets as they help absorb excess moisture without smudging your makeup. I use some from elf cosmetics they cost just a buck and work wonders.

** Bonus Tip Less is more consider making your own tinted moisturizer similar to the one pictured below for coverage that is effective and light. (Maybe I should have changed the title to 7 tips lol)


Photo Credit : Courtesy of The Mop Top Maven

If you have any tips feel free to comment below I would appreciate it!

Mickalene Thomas’ art explores the intricate beauty of the woman.  The women in her portraits are dazzling, confident, and fabulous.  You stare at them and can see the reflection of an individual spirit in the shine, sparkle and color of the canvas.  Her large scale, mural size works made with rhinestones, acrylic, and enamel were awing the first time I laid eyes on them in Chelsea a few years ago.  I love the detail in the work and the way that several mediums correspond to give us one gorgeous image.

Some of these women appear stern and solemn others sultry and seductive, yet they all have an inner strength that Mickalene captures only the way she can.


 She uses photography, landscape, and still life to bring together the final image.  Sometimes the mediums are showcased in multiple forms, which would include these lovely studies for mixed media pieces.  

“Le Dejeuner sur l’herbe: Les Trois Femmes Noires”

If you’ve ever walked by the MoMa you’ve probably seen her piece, “Le Dejeuner sur l’herbe: Les Trois Femmes Noires” in the window of The Modern Restaurant on 53rd street, which is also another  way for you to get a free glimpse of Mickalene’s work, since the photos don’t really do them justice.  Keep up with her upcoming shows and learn more here.

Hydrating Essentials

Transitioning from spring to summer has always been my time to review my arsenal and decided what stays and what goes and although there were many causalities this go round, rose water has remained an essential component in my beauty regime.

What is Rose Water – Rose water is the leftover liquid when rose petals and water are distilled together.

Why I love it:

1. It has exceptional stimulating properties and therefore, it can be used as a home remedy for stimulating hair growth.

2. It has natural moisturizing and nourishing properties that helps maintain the PH balance of Hair and Skin.

3. It imparts a delicate and lingering fragrance, thus leaving you feeling rejuvenated  and refreshed .

4. It’s cheap, it works, and its multifaceted (all equally important).

How do I use it:

1. I use it as a hydrating mist to set my makeup.(gives you a dewy look love it!!)

2. I spray it on my hair to refresh my hairstyle or use it as a base in my homemade leave in conditioner (I may share that recipe later ;).

3. I use it as a perfume.  It leaves me smelling natural and very feminine

4. I also use it as a rinse after using protein based deep conditioner (gives my hair a moisture boost – you know protein based conditioners are drying)


With spring well underway and summer less than a breath away, I had to ditch my regular primer for Milk of Magnesia (yea I said it) Milk of Magnesia.  Oily skin + summer usually means double trouble for me, however I found a cheap and quick solution that works.

Why It Works 

Milk Magnesia is a popular over the counter laxative.  The active ingredients, Magnesium Hydroxide and Sodium hypochlorite draw water into the intestines to encourage bowel movement.  The properties in Milk Maganesia make it effective in combating excess oils and tightening the skin.

* I use this as a primer before applying makeup and may mist my face with rosewater if my skin feels a little tight.  Overall I find this remedy to be effective and cost efficient and suggest it to those with oily skin.


We see them on the runways, we see them in the magazines and now we can finally see them in the mirror. High Definition eyebrow aka HD eyebrows are the latest trend in beauty to hit the states and I’m  loving it! Stemming from the UK, HD eye brows is basically a seven step system that includes everything from threading to tinting your eyebrows to create the perfect arch. Which is perfect for those with thinner than desired eyebrows like myself.

Prices stem from $60 – $100 an appointments and results last from 4-6 weeks.

* Definite Do For special Occasions

For some Visuals on how its done Click Watch and Enjoy!!

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