Visit Preen.me and check out my featured looks!

Preen.me is a website featuring makeup looks by different types of women who can opt to upload their looks for a chance to be featured on the homepage.  This feature opportunity lasts a week, and exposes your work to about 10-15 million views! Along with a picture of your look, you can also upload a step by step list of instructions, as well as link to a makeup tutorial video.  Since I have started my YouTube channel, I have very much enjoyed uploading looks to this site to share with the online community there.  Here are the looks I created that Preen.me has featured on the homepage.

Christmas Candy Cane Makeup Tutorial

Holiday Hooded Eye Makeup Tutorial

Smokey Eye Makeup Tutorial

for the Nicole Miller – Kate Lace V Dress

On this site, I recently won the competition sponsored by Rent the Runway and I was so excited to be able to be a part of it!  Below is the look that won the competition:

I hope that you will check out this site for amazing photos of beauty inspiration that you can search and navigate by eye color! I find this to be really helpful since I am always looking for new makeup ideas that enhance brown eyes.  You can also find hair and nail inspiration, and they organize looks by “Style” such as night out, holiday hitlist, and other themed looks you may enjoy.  I also love that this site is so social.  Once your look is uploaded, people can share or vote on it so you are receiving feedback from others.  It certainly is interesting to see which looks become favorites, especially due to the competitive voting down of certain looks.  I would take the votes with a grain of salt, as you will probably notice, but Preen.me provides an excellent forum to feature and gain exposure for your makeup creations.  I find that it can also be a great branding tool for those trying to build a following.

For more looks by me, and to see the latest tutorials as they are uploaded be sure to check out my YouTube channel!

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Black Womens Beauty: The Miss France “Situation” is taking it overboard

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All the publicity around Miss France and the backlash she has received has got me thinking.  Enough is enough.  It took me back to a time before my early twenties, when I too based my own conceptions of beauty on the latest Barbie doll and the girls I saw on tv with their flowing hair and fair skin.  And it got me angry.  We live in a time when the media is ubiquitous, the lives of the rich and famous are on permanent display, and the thigh gap has become beauty’s newest yardstick.  Imagine the pressure our young girls are under.

Further, imagine the pressure our young black girls are under.  Because face it: while it is hard to be a woman, it is even harder to be a black woman.  And while we all face these unrealistic pressures as women, articles like this one can shed some light on the fact that black girls who become black woman have an even heavier load to bear.  I grew up watching Lizzie McGuire and Boy Meets World.  The “hottest” girls in school were the blondest.  And even though you told me I was “the most beautiful black/dark skinned/brown girl you’d ever seen,” I still knew that you secretly meant that I am just “pretty for a black girl.”  And it may be hard for others to imagine, but this becomes a difficult pill to swallow as you try to navigate self-confidence through your teens.

Now I will admit: I was lucky. Certainly luckier than many.  I grew up in a Christian two parent home, I was constantly reinforced by a strong community of family friends and extended family, and I was taught to root my self esteem and sense of self in things besides the way I looked.    I was pushed to excel academically, chase my dreams and to put God first.  I will never forget the day my father sat me down and said, “A time is coming when boys will approach you.  Never forget that you are a blessing, spending time with you is a privilege, and any man would be lucky to hold a conversation with you.  You deserve the best.”  I was lucky to hear this from the first man in my life: my father.  But what about other girls who looked like me but didn’t have this type of reinforcement?  And even though I was so fortunate, there were still times when the lack of faces like mine, hair like mine, and skin like mine was as haunting an absence as any imaginable.

So now, with the outrage surrounding the victory of Miss France I must stand and say: ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.  I was brainstorming what I could do, and I decided to start small and see if it will go viral.  I will be curating a Pinterest Board called “The Skin I’m In” where you can find beauty inspiration from dark skinned woman.  Underrepresented women.  Women like me who are beautiful and strong with full lips, “black noses,” and beautifully dark skin.  This board will be a celebration of all that is beautiful and unique about black women.  Each week I will feature one of these women, and recreate her hair and makeup in a tutorial.  I am so excited to start because this gets to the heart of why I started this blog in the first place: to empower women who are different, to put them at the forefront and in the spotlight.

Follow Maha Maven’s board The Skin I’m In on Pinterest.

Feel free to submit suggestions if you want!  I can’t wait to see where this goes.  It truly is a work of love. Hopefully one day I can point to this project, and others that will come from it, and tell my daughters that I did something to make the world a more loving place for them before they got here.

I recently did a Christmas makeup tutorial inspired by Jourdan Dunn, who recently spoke out about the racism she has encountered in the modeling industry.

 

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His and Hers Gift Guide!

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Hey guys! So if you’re like me, you’ve been waiting for the Holidays since before Halloween when the leaves started to change color and fall, and the air became crisp.  We all know the Holidays are about much more than gifts and receiving.  It is my favorite time of year, a time when I get to remember and reflect on the birth of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and a time that I relish to spend in the company of family.

All that being said, I would be lying if I said I didn’t look forward to gifts! Because trust me, I DO.  But what I love more is gift giving.  It is more honorable to give than to receive! So, without further ado, here is my complete His & Hers gift guide, sure to inspire gift ideas for every he and she in your world. Most of these are from my all time FAVORITE one stop shop: NORDSTROM.

His

Dad? Brother? Boyfriend? Cousin, friend? No problem! Got you covered.

Hers

Includes all my most used products, as well as some of my personal list toppers!

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 “I salute the Christ in you.”

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COCOTIQUE GIVEAWAY!! Over 600 Bloglovin’ subbies 🙂

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Beauty box subscriptions are now a sweeping trend, but never before have you seen one like this.  COCOTIQUE has managed to achieve excellence and difference in a much neglected realm of beauty by creating a beauty box particularly suited for women of color.  Since part of the my vision for this blog is to empower and educate different women about beauty and self improvement, I was both honored and ecstatic when they approached me to host this giveaway!

 

 

COCOTIQUE December Box

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COCOTIQUE December Box

The December box is tantalizing and exciting to say the least! In addition to three surprise items, the four items listed above are sure to impress. Here is a run through!

 

 

Cover FS Full Size Eye Primer

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$34 Value, yours for free!

This anti-aging, hydrating eye primer preps for eye makeup and concealer while leaving your skin feeling calm and refreshed.  It contains bark extract from the Persian silk tree to reduce signs of fatigue and the appearance of under eye circles.  Cucumber extract detoxifies, cools, and softens while the peptide contents firm skin and add radiance. It’s full size and all yours for free!

 

 

Phytospecific Moisturizing Styling Cream

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Sample of one of Sephora’s top rated hair products!

This daily styling product deeply hydrates and protects hair, while increasing shine and manageability.  It contains Quinoa oil, and is formulated without: parabens, sulfates, synthetic dyes, and phthalates.

 

 

Black Opal Lipgloss

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Black Opal Lipgloss a perfect dupe for Pantone’s Color of the Year!

 

 

In 2013 it was Emerald, now Pantone’s color of the year is Radiant Orchid! Get your full sized Black Opal lipstick in “Impassioned Pink” to be up to trend.  Makeup trendsetters everywhere turn to Pantone’s color of the year for inspiration, so don’t be behind.  Sephora has an entire collection centered on the trend, and you can be sure to find countless articles covering it around the web.

Single Ladies Season Two DVD

You get the whole second season of this juicy VH1 original on DVD!

 

COCOTIQUE GIVEAWAY RULES (GIVEAWAY CLOSED)

  1. Follow ALL of COCOTIQUE’s social media pages! 

FACEBOOK

TWITTER

INSTAGRAM

PINTEREST

 

To be eligible you must subscribe to my YouTube Channel OR share one of my videos!  If you choose to subscribe, make sure I can see that you have done so.  Extra entries for those who also tweet about the giveaway!

 

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I am so excited to be hosting this giveaway and I hope you all enjoy!

 

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Jourdan Dunn Inspired Makeup Tutorial: Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2013

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I missed the fashion show but I was sure to skim through photos and I was blown away by the makeup I saw! So soft and feminine, yet sultry and smokey…A balance only Victoria’s Secret could so effortlessly achieve.  Here is my rendition of the makeup worn by Jourdan Dunn! The colors make it perfect for Christmas, so I hope you will try it out.  Enjoy!

Snapshots

Face

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation, Warm Almond 6.5
L’Oreal True Match Concealer Crayon, Medium/Deep N6-7-8
Ben Nye Banana Powder
MAC Bronzer, Sun Power
LORAC Pro PaletteEspresso
LORAC Unzipped Palette, Unbridled
NYX Blush, Cinnamon

Eyes

L’Oreal Liquid Pencil Liner, Black
MAC Eyeshadow, Brown Script
Sleek Original Palette, Olive Green
LORAC Pro PaletteEspresso
NYC Color Liquid Liner, Black

Lips

NARS Lip Lacquer, Eros
NYX Lip Liner, Earthtone

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