Friday, November 14, 2014

Fall Into a Beautiful Face!

Are you looking for a instant upgrade to your makeup routine for the Fall season? If you are, let our Beauty and Skin Care Contributor, Mauria Smith, help you "Fall" into a Beautiful Face with these amazing tips.

 1. Healthy, natural looking skin is the quintessential fall look! When choosing foundations, concealers and powders look for products that have more of a satin-like finish which is closest to our skin's natural texture. This will help in avoiding that dreaded "cakey", heavy, and overly matte appearance that isn't as appealing. The key is to still appear natural even if you're wearing a lot of products on the skin. Less is always more, even when you're not wearing less! 

2. Choosing colors for eyes, lips or cheeks can be quite challenging and troublesome for many when looking to switch it up for fall, but it doesn't have to be. Simply look to the beautiful and ornate changes in nature for inspiration while in search for your new fall look. All of those gorgeous, rich, warm hues of copper, orange, deep rust, red and burgundy that we see as the season changes are a perfect choice for any skin tone. 

3. As summer changes into fall, you'll begin to notice not only the changes in nature's colors, but also textures. The same should be said about the makeup looks that we wear. Instead of grabbing your favorite, summertime, go-to gloss, apply a nice lip conditioner or lip primer, and use a lip color that has a matte or satin finish. These types of textures on the lips give a more defined, sharp edge to your overall look. However, if you're someone that just has to have a glossy lip, go back to my number two tip and choose a deep, warm shade to stay in the trend. Bare in mind that the actual rich, warm color choice is what will keep you in trend.


4. It has been said that the eyes are the window to the soul so adorn them beautifully by trying a few simple tricks. Apply to the bottom lash line, with an angled or small eyeshadow brush, a dark brown or black eyeshadow in lieu of an actual black pencil or cream liner for a softer look. Without the presence of the bold, harsh black liner in the water line and the slightly deeper hues of brown or black on the lash line, the eye will have a more open and brighter appearance. This is also great to try for smaller eyes to make them appear larger. To really make the eyes pop and look wider, apply a skin tone or a white eyeliner in the waterline and then use the dark brown or black shadow on the bottom lash line. This works well whether you're going with a dramatic or natural look for the eyes.

5. Not really in the market right now for a whole new makeup haul just to keep up with the new fall trends?  Look no further than your current makeup stash. Apply a natural tan or taupe eyeshadow to the eyelid with a hint of deep brown or plum in the crease with a touch of mascara, eyeliner and even false lashes if you'd like. Use a  deep, rich brown, red, wine or burgundy lipliners that you already own and apply over the entire lip as your lipstick color. This is an inexpensive way to stay on trend. Apply a lip primer prior to applying the liner of your choice to help it glide on smoother and last even longer. Dust on a beautiful bronzy blush and...VIOLA! You're now ready for fall! 
 Find out more about Mauria...
Instagram: mauriasmith
Facebook: Mauria Smith Artsitry
Booking: http://www.styleseat.com/mauriasmithartistry
Products: http://www.canyoufeelthebeat.bigcartel.com

Our Chic Contributors

Our Editor: Jeré Reid

Jeré Reid is a woman of many titles and talents, all of which relate to her purpose of nurturing the mind, body and spirit. By day, she is a high school advance placement Government teacher. When she isn’t busy instructing her dozens of students, she is a motivational speaker, natural hair and beauty blogger. 

After a nationwide search, Jeré was chosen to be a My Black is Beautiful Ambassador. This Proctor & Gamble sponsored organization is designed to empower and motivate Black Women and young African American girls. Through her work as an ambassador, Jeré has appeared in numerous publications including, O, The Oprah Magazine, EBONY, Essence, Uptown Magazine, and Sister to Sister.

In regards to her purpose in life, Jeré states; "As  women, we are constantly bombarded with images of beauty that contradict the unique and real beauty of ourselves… if I can remind one young girl or woman of her beauty, if I can help one person discover their passion, their gifts and talents, I am truly living in my purpose.”

 Through her website, Nappturally Chic Jeré, the beauty enthusiast fully embraces her passion of uplifting women and equipping them to realize their inner glow. This passion has allowed Jeré to mentor a number of young ladies and conduct workshops on natural hair care, self esteem, and empowerment throughout the United States and Canada.
Find out more about Jere...
Twitter: NappturChicJere

Our Hair Health & Trends Contributor: Jasmine Stephens

Jasmine Stephens is a licensed cosmetologist, healthy hair care specialist, budding educator, studying trichologist and is now the owner of MsJStyles™The Salon. As a child, she fed her passion for hair through pretend hair salons for Barbie’s and baby dolls.  After graduating from the University of South Florida with a degree in Public Relations, she creatively found a way to merge her passion and degree, creating a business that caters to a growing market that is not only interested in healthy hair, but is also overtly concerned about the overall health of their scalp.  
In 2011 she began branding MsJStyles™, a hair care platform that aims to educate those seeking guidance on the science of hair and how to achieve healthier hair. In 2013, after taking notice of the increasing number of clients who decided to transition to natural hair following hair loss and scalp issues, she took her passion to another level and is now pursuing certification as a licensed trichologist.  “I’m a self-proclaimed hair geek!  Nothing fascinates me more than seeing and studying a piece of hair or the scalp under a microscope.  Furthermore, I believe that healthy hair derives from a thorough understanding of the science of hair”.  

Today, Jasmine ceases every opportunity to educate, inform, empower and impart large doses of self-esteem to a community of women whose hair largely determines their perception of beauty.  She volunteers her time to several projects and organizations throughout the Tampa Area to further promote healthy perceptions of beauty and to uplift young women.  
Find out more about Jsmine...
Twitter: @MsJStyles
Instagram: _MsJStyles_

Our Beauty and Skin Care Contributor: Mauria Smith
Professional makeup artist, licensed esthetician, and creator of "The Power of Color",makeup technique class, Mauria Smith possesses an impeccable eye and unfailing devotion to providing the perfect balance between elaborate, ornate makeup and a more classic, beauty look. With more than seven years in the industry working on a countless number of weddings, photo shoots, fashion shows, other special occasions, and even facilitating classes here in the states as well as abroad, she is dedicated to providing everyone with not only beautifully done makeup, but also the knowledge needed to flawlessly apply it themselves in addition to techniques to take care of their skin.

       As a woman of color, Mauria is beyond committed to help change society's views, outlooks and positions on black women and other women of color in the beauty and makeup industry all while encouraging women as well as little girls to look past what is currently the status quo, and take great pride in their color and beauty. Giving others the knowledge and techniques they need to help build an unwavering self confidence is what matters to her above all else!  
Find out more about Mauria...
Instagram: mauriasmith
Facebook: Mauria Smith Artsitry
Booking: http://www.styleseat.com/mauriasmithartistry
Products: http://www.canyoufeelthebeat.bigcartel.com

Fashion and Style Contributor: Tamea Scales

Tamea, the fashion entrepreneur, knew she was destined for a career of greatness. Her personal style is seen as modern bohemian chic, she dresses how she feels with very few boundaries. She is not afraid to try new things when it comes to her wardrobe and loves that being natural also adds to her versatility. If she was to compare her style to a celebrity, it would be a cross between Solange and Kimora Lee Simmons.

After graduating from Texas A&M University, playing basketball professionally and semi-professional she continued her education at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. During her tenure, she was able to partake in styling opportunities during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week and Los Angeles Fashion Week. Upon graduation from the Fashion Institute she assisted celebrity stylist in the L.A. area. Through those experiences she realized there was a need and a want, within the middle working class women, to be educated on finding wardrobe to fit their lifestyle, finding the celebrity look for less and most of all finding their own personal style. From there she started her own company, Styleyes Consulting, LLC, she specializes in closet therapy, personal shopping, shopping assistance, personal styling and cataloging.

She is an accredited stylist, costumer, creative director and fashion coordinator along with IMDb credits. She has worked with celebrities such as, Loretta Divine, Lynn Whitfield, Rockmond Dunbar, Sharon Leal, Omari Hardwick, Essence Atkins, Jaleel White and Flex Washington just to name a few."
Find out more about Tamea...
Instagram: DivaLegs30
Twitter: DivaLegs30
Email: scalestamea@yahoo.com

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

When Dope Curls Meet Chic Curls: Ola

NCJ: How would you describe your style? Does it fall under a particular category?

Ola: I would describe my style as Chic and Sophisticated, I like to make simple pieces look extra elegant.

NCJ: Do you have one fashion item, you can’t live without? Is there a piece that will always be included in your wardrobe?

Ola: I can't live without shoes...I will take out everything from my wardrobe and leave my blazers and wear shoes. lol!

NCJ: What is your secret to putting together such amazing and fashionable outfits?

Ola: Honestly, I think it has a lot to do with my dad and mum. They would  never allow us go out without being dressed appropriately for an occasion. My sister and I had to look our best whenever we went and that just stuck with me!

NCJ: Where are your favorite places to shop? What catches your eye when you shop?

Ola: I do most of my shopping online. I like shopping online because it is easy and convenient. My favorite stores are Asos, River Island, H&M, Choices, Miss Selfridge, Jumia, Eve and Tribe. 
A great pair of shoes really catch my eyes! I sometimes have more shoes than clothing... I may have a shoe addiction LOL!

NCJ: Do you have a celebrity style icon? A person you draw inspiration from...

Ola: I love Blake Lively because she dresses perfectly for each occasion. She does not reveal too much and for me, that is style!

NCJ: What is one fashion tip, you would like to leave my readers with?

Ola: You do not have to have a million bucks to look great! Every little piece of clothing you own, whether old or new, can create an magically look. Just put some effort behind your inspiration and you will always look amazing!

See some more of Ola's amazing looks by following her on Instagram

Friday, November 7, 2014

Hair Update!!!

Hey Chíc-istas!

I recently celebrated a birthday and I just knew I wanted to do something drastically different to my hair. After going back and forth with the idea of cutting my hair into a tapered cut, I finally decided to play it a little safe and color it instead.

Now when I say color, I mean really color it darling!! I was inspired by Charjays's new color combination and decided, "Hey! You only live once, so go for it!

I made an appointment with a professional hairstylist to ensure that my hair was colored without over processing it or damaging it. I did a protein treatment the week before my appointment to ensure the optimal health of my hair and I decided on a two tone look: dark reddish brown in the back and light reddish blonde in the front. 

I was so nervous but I really wanted a change! I was worried that this change would be one that I would hate lol. 

 Colors used: 6.44 in the back and a 9.1 in the front. 

Look at that color!!! 

I love the color combination of the highlights and low lights 

Before and After! I love my new Color!!

Now that I do have a color I have to stay on top on my healthy hair regiment. I have the fight the lazy natural inside and take care of my fiery mane. I think this 
  • 1) I am deep conditioning weekly.
  • 2) Doing a Protein Treatment every six weeks and a Keratin treatment every two weeks. 
  • 3) Moisturizing and Sealing every other night
  • 4) Limiting heat (which is going to be so hard because the weather is so nice and my stretched hair looks amaze-balls in the winter!!)
  • 5) I am also planning on wearing my hair in its shrunken state and doing low manipulation styles. 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Amazing Abs!!!

Just Beginning: try this ab workout 4 times! 

After you have mastered four sets and it isn't a challenge anymore, move on to doing 6 sets. 

Finally, challenge yourself to the max and do 8 sets of the whole workout

*make sure you rest for 3 minutes inbetwwen sets. If something feels really uncomfortable (a pulling/straining) stop!!!

Good luck!!! 

Friday, October 31, 2014

The Story Behind the Curls: Rochelle Graham

You may know her as the fabulous YouTube sensation who transformed her passion for natural hair care into a growing hair care business and empire. Rochelle "BlackOynx77" Graham is such an inspiration to me and I am so honored to share the story behind her curls. She is one of my favorite naturalistas and the creator behind my favorite natural hair care line, Alikay Naturals. So inspirational! Read on to discover the Story Behind the Curls of Rochelle Graham.

NCJ: Thank you for agreeing to share with myself and my readers. We are so excited to have you here on Nappturally Chic Jere!! So Rochelle, tell us a little about yourself.

Rochelle: I am a mother, a wife and CEO of Alikay Naturals; a line of hair & skin care products composed of natural ingredients with healing properties and natural humectants to nurture skin from the inside out. My hair type is 4a. Kinky, soft, versatile and FREE. I LOVE everything about my hair at every stage, from root to tip!
Initially, I began documenting my natural hair journey in college with photos and videos posted on my BlackOnyx77 YouTube channel to use as a reference point for determining the best ways to re-create my hair styles later. At the time, I never imagined that those videos would spark the birth of Alikay Naturals as an influential brand at the forefront of the natural hair movement.

NCJ: That's when I first starting following you! I love your videos! Let's talk about your hair before going natural. How did you feel when you first relaxed your hair. Were you frustrated with your relaxed hair?

Rochelle: My hair before going natural was relaxed and color treated. It was shoulder length and was slightly damaged from coloring. I thought it was okay. I just wanted it because my younger sister had a relaxer before me and I was older than her. I was more bored than frustrated.You can't do much with relaxed hair. The only frustration I had was seeing how damaged it had become from the relaxer.

NCJ: When and why did you decide to go natural? Inspired by my mother’s decision to pursue a more healthier lifestyle, which included transitioning her relaxed tresses, it wasn’t long after her transition that I decided to let go of my relaxed tresses. I went natural and “Big Chopped” in 2007. Due to color damage, I did a 2nd “Big Chop” in 2008. I had so much support from my family and friends. My husband still is my #1 supporter and is always telling me how much he loves my hair.

NCJ: What was your biggest fear about going natural? How did you overcome it?

Rochelle: My biggest fear at the time was not being able to have the support and resources that would assist me in learning how to style my hair.

NCJ: What are your favorite hairstyles and favorite hair products?

Rochelle: My favorite hairstyles are anything super cute and chic that doesn't take long to do. My favorite would definitely be a twistout I love the definition I get from twistouts. It's so hard to choose because I love all of our Alikay Natural products. My favorite products from the Alikay Naturals line would include: The Essential 17 Hair Growth Oil, The Lemongrass Leave-in Conditioner,Our Shea Yogurt Hair Moisturizer, The Honey and Sage Deep Conditioner and The Creme Brulee Curling Delight, All which are now available at select Target locations and Target.com

NCJ: My readers already know how much I looovvee Alikay Naturals!! Try it out chic-istas! You won't regret it! Do you have any advice for new naturals or those thinking of going natural?

Rochelle: Remember to keep your natural hair moisturized. The LOC Method is one of the ways that I help followers address this issue. What sets the LOC method (Leave-In, Oil and Cream) apart from other methods is the layering of products in a specific order to maximize moisture retention.

NCJ: Yesss! The L.O.C Method is my hair's holy grail for moisture retention! :)  What are your hair do's and don'ts.

Rochelle: I have so many it would be very difficult to list all of them However, one of my hair do's is to make sure your preform the LOC method to seal the moisture in your natural hair .Also maintaining a clean and healthy scalp for that I use the Moisturizing Black Soap Shampoo and the Essential 17 Hair Growth Oil. Another do would be to deep condition your hair on a weekly basis. I use our Alikay Naturals Honey and Sage Deep Conditioner (Which is now available at select target stores and Target.com. A hair don't is to not get extremely frustrated with your hair and make a rash decision.

NCJ: What is the Biggest lesson you have learned about yourself and your hair through your journey.

Rochelle: Don't compare your chapter 1 to someone else's chapter 20. Everyone’s hair journey is different.

NCJ: Do you have any social media forums that will allow other naturals to keep up with all of your fabulousness?

Rochelle: Follow us for the latest news, trends, giveaways and product discounts:

@alikaynaturals on Facebook Twitter, Instagram and YouTube

@blackonyx77 on Instagram, YouTube and Twitter

@blackonyxworld on Facebook

Monday, October 27, 2014

Get Fit With and Nappturally Chic Jere

Hey Chic-istas! It is time to get healthy and fit!

I don't know about you, but I am sick of my fluctuating waist line! My problem is the fact that I looooovvvee food and my body is beginning to show it because my metabolism is slowing down because I am getting older (I still look yet but the calendar says otherwise lol).

If you are anything like me, you probably only care about your weight before a big event, a vacation, or when you feel your favorite clothes getting too snug... Not chic! Lol! I finally realized that now is the best time to get this under control and develop healthy habits that will carry me throughout my life. 

This year, I am focusing on being consistent and I am letting go of the dreaded unhealthy crash diets by committing to healthier eating habits and exercising three to four times a week. 

I have been following the Debbie Seiber's Program, Slim in Six (amazing program by the way), changed my eating habits (trying my hardest to eat clean, with occasional cheat days), and I have already seen results (Drop 8 pounds and I'm building muscle).

 We can't do this alone so let's turn this community of chic-istas into a healthy, fit, and strong community where we transform our bodies the healthy way! Are you ready? 

Check back here on our fitness tab for workout tips, exercise programs, healthy eating tips, and motivational quotes to keep you going. Be bold and send us your before and after pictures so that we can celebrate your success. If you want to jump start your motivation, read the weight loss story of Rachel found here.

If you have any concerns or problems, contact us at nappturallychic11@gmail.com, if I cant answer your question, I will find someone who can.

Ready, set, get up and Move!!!