Wednesday, November 16, 2011

How Long Have You Had That?

Hey Divas! Wondering what the shelf life is for all of that makeup in your junk drawer? We all know that you have a pile of makeup in your junk drawer that you will get to "one day". In other words - you will never use it, maybe because you don't know how or the makeup consultant "forced" you into buying it and you're too embarrassed to return it.

In case you didn't know, beauty products do have a shelf life, however, chances are the makeup you were compelled to buy years ago has long expired, Honey. Here's a quick guide on the shelf lives of typical beauty products, listed in alphabetical order [something like that]. Please keep in mind that these are estimates, no matter what your know-it-all girlfriend will tell you, it's unlikely you'll go blind from using that 2 year old mascara.

Brushes - Wash every 2-3 months in a mild detergent or Tea Tree Shampoo.
(Sponges Wash weekly and discard monthly.)

Concealer - Up to 12 months.

Cream & gel cleansers - 1 year.

Eyeshadow - Will last up to 3 years. Tip From Kisses: A dark eyeshadow can be used as eyeliner [or a brow filler]. I swear by it. All you need is a super-flat eyeliner brush for this: Get the brush a little damp and dab in dark eyeshadow (black, brown or deep jewel-tones work great). Wiggle the brush into your lash line focusing on the space between your lashes, then sweep the color just above your lash line. For the brows, grab an angled definer brush, brown eyeshadow and start filling.

Pencil Eye Liner - Should be sharpened after each use. It can last up to 3 years.

Lip Liner - Up to 3 years. Tip From Kisses: Skip the push-up lip liners. They're expensive, tend to break and you never really know how much you have left until you run out – which really sucks, especially when you’re putting it on in the car on your way to a date. Oh, that’s never happened to you before? Either way, there’s no need to spend money on push-up lip liners, stick with the pencil.

Foundation - ABC[YI] - Always Be Checking Your Ingredients. Yes, I made that up. Anyway, a water-based foundation will last up to 12 months, oil-based will last up to 18 months. You may find you need two different shades of foundation each year: One for summer when your skin is naturally darker and one for winter when you're lighter. Tip From Kisses: If your water-based foundation dries out before it's expiration date, simply add a few drops of alcohol-free toner and shake it like a polaroid picture. No need to add anything to oil-based foundations since they contain oil - they will tend to separate. Just like my favorite jar of Smucker's Natural Peanut Butter - "oil separation is natural, just stir and refrigerate." UGH, I really hate when that happens but a nice shake and stir gets everything right back in place.

Powder - 2 years.

Lipstick - Some experts say 1-2 years. Others say up to 4 years. What everyone agrees on is that if it smells sour, just throw it out, it's spoiled. Tip From Kisses: If you store lipstick in the refrigerator, it will last longer – just like everything else.

Mascara - Using 2 year old mascara will cause blindness. Juuuust kidding. This product expires the fastest though. Throw it out after 4 months. Tip From From Kisses: Be easy on the pumping. There's really no point in doing that in the first place. Everything you need is on the wand as soon as you take it out. Pumping in and out causes the mascara to dry quicker and forces bateria into the wand. Swirl the brush as you pull it out. If it starts to get cakey, try dipping the tube in boiling water for about 15 seconds. It will make the makeup gooey again and may even kill some bacteria.

Nail Polish - Up to 12 months, depending on the quality and how many times you take it on a plane (we all know the cap always unscrews on a flight. Don't believe me? Try putting it in your purse they next time you fly. You'll have a purse full of a fumey mess!).

Rule of thumb, if it looks like this:

TOSS IT! Really, how long have I had this?

Okay, so I was doing a little seasonal cleaning. I found a container full of nail polish I hardly ever used. I decided to go through it after catching up on Monday night's episode of Gossip Girl.

The rule of thumb for everything during major cleaning – when in doubt...chile, just throw it out! Besides, there's always the "next best thing" out there ready for your purchase.

Until next time, happy tossing!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Elements of Success!

Success is an inside job.
"Being relaxed, at peace with yourself, confident, emotionally neutral, loose, and free-floating - these are the keys to successful performance in almost everything you do." - Dr. Wayne Dyer

The Elements of Fashion Photo Shoot Party in collaboration with HGreaves Photography Bodies of the Year Calendar Launch was a HUGE success! The high energy kept everyone going and Jerel "Goofy Jokes" Ledger kept everyone laughing. DJ KracBaby did his thing on the 1's and 2's while everyone danced to the beat of their own drum.

Here are some sneak pics of the models Mickayla Johnson and Thida Penn in action:

The amazing model that twists and bends himself to make things work: Terrell Wright and the lovely Mickayla Johnson in action.

Here are some pics of me working in the process:

The Clarke Sisters [myself and my big sisters]. We had to show our love for the camera too!

Special thanks to all of the designers that contributed their pieces in the event. Thanks to all of the vendors that came out and thanks to you who made your presence known. This event would NOT have been as successful as it was without you. If you missed us this year, no worries, we're not going anywhere. :)

Stay tuned for more details on Elements of Fashion Part 2! Next year, same time, same place. Follow The Ladies of Sweet Chic Meet on Twitter for more details to upcoming events with our amazing affiliates!

Talents on Display:

Details - For creative and unique event planning!
Girl About Town - Fashion-forward, trendy styling and she's a seamstress!
MyChoKolateKisses - For unique makeup for any special occassion. Your face, my canvas!
Legacy Apparel - For beautiful gowns with a touch of class!
Lipstick Killers - For everyday wear fashion clothing for BBW!
Ben Almonor's Designs - For unique clothing for the curvaceous woman!
Hgreaves Photography - For high energy photos. Click. Flash. Pose.
Unforgettable Occasions by Design - For exotic fashion jewelry!
Leveled Living - Great tips for living healthy from the inside out!
Sweet Love Affair - For delectable cupcakes made with LOVE. You'll be sure to fall in love with these sweet treats!
Jerel "Goofy Jokes" Ledger - He will make your stomach hurt!
Sushi King Clothing, Inc. - For unique fashion jewelry created by hand.
MyMeApparel - For ready to wear fashion.
Alec Roeser - For music for the soul.
Hair 2 Please - For unique hairstyles.
Tightworks - For on-the-go hair & makeup at any event.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Halloween: Same Wings, Different Concept

I always have a hard time letting things I decided to wear my wings for the THIRD time for Halloween LOL. I mean, I never celebrated Halloween to begin with and buying something every year for just one day doesnt sit well with me. Anyway, I decided that I would be a Dark Fairy, meets the Black Swan. I don't recall the Black Swan having wings so I incorporated my theme from last year, the Dark Fairy.

This was my first attempt to create this look. I rarely get the chance to create a dramatic look. I tried to create a pale look, but not a completely flushed look like the image for the movie

Here I am with my wings and the other Dangerous Divas for the night.

Here I am mean-mugging. Hey, I had to play the part.

This was a lot of fun and I look forward to wearing my wings again next year LOL! Okay, maybe not.

Elements of Fashion Photo Shoot Party

The Ladies of Sweet Chic Meet have done it again!

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Need photos? Want to take some pics in a high energy environment? Come dressed to kill and take some photos while expressing your fashion point of view.

This will be the hottest event for the end of the 2011!

On display:

HGreaves Photography
Fashion Jewelry by JGrae Designs
Sweet Delectable Sweets by Sweet Love Affair
Leveled Living by HoneyJune
MyChokolateKisses Makeup Artistry and Cosmetics
Girl About Town Wardrobe Styling
Hair 2 Please
Tightworks Hair and Makeup
Event Planning by Details

Featuring some of Atlanta’s HOTTEST Designers:

Sushi King Clothing
Ben Almonor’s Designs
Lipstick Killers
Hope Knowles

See YOU there!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Dermablend Foundations

Are you still scared from that tattoo you got 10 years ago? Are those cherries fading into a blurr? Or maybe you have a skin condition that you want to cover up. There is hope. I just came across this amazing product that is the #1 Dermatologist recommended cover brand, Dermablend.

They say never judge a book by it cover. Check out what lies beneath here

This makes me want to go out and get more tattoos now that I know I wont have a hard time covering them up!

Facts about this product:
Dermatologist Tested
Allergy Tested
Fragrance Free
Smudge Resistant
Last for 12 Hours

Thursday, September 1, 2011

MyMeApparel Cocktails & Charity

Get ready for Labor Day weekend! Come see MyChoKolateKisses for lash applications and brows at the MyMeApparel Cocktails & Charity event tonite! Charity is not self-seeking. Support the cause. Kisses!

Check out the info below:

Downtown Conference Center
6701 Church Street
Douglasville, Georgia 30134
September 1, 2011 7pm-9pm

Come on out for a night of fun, sharing & giving...




Cocktails by Licensed Bartender: Cheryl Davis

Pre-Show Cocktail Party & Charity

Acknowledgment of:
September 2011 Model of the Year, Brittani Nolan,
Expressions of ME! Assistant, Adrienne Scott,
10 Charitable Recipients (Family Childcare Providers), Models/Photographers of the Months

& Acceptance of Contributions towards Charity (for 10 Play Areas/Stations; choices: indoor play/outdoor play/reading area/dramatic play

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Lip Service - Citrus Beauty

Want to spice up your look this season? Try the newest take on the coral lips.

Yes, coral. The fresh-faced cousin of red is the hot shade of lipstick for spring and summer. A coral and a pink lipstick is a must for your makeup bag and this year there are many shades of both colors to choose from. Corals come in a wide range of shades - you'll see orange, pink and peach shades of coral.

Stars like Rihanna and Solange have been seen sporting this latest trend with a twist of orange.

Regardless of your complexion, this color is sure to complement you.

I decided to pucker up and try Orange Soda by Colour U Cosmetics. You can find this in the Cumberland Mall.

MCK's Suggestions:
1. Orange Soda - Colour U Cosmetics
2. Revlon – Moon Drops Orange Flip
3. L´oreal – Glam Shine Cream 202
4. YSL – Sheer Gloss Stick Tangy Orange
5. M.A.C. – Morange
6. Revlon - Coral Reef 170

Which shade of coral will you rock this season?

Friday, May 20, 2011

Date Ready Makeup

So you have a date tonight. Your outfit is together, you're smelling good, you have your face set, but you don’t know what to do to complete the look. A bright pink lip and smokey eye may be super haute amongst your girlfriends, but sitting across the table from your cutie at your favorite restaurant? Eh, not so much.

Most men aren’t huge fans of makeup anyway. Many find it distracting. Some think it's deceptive. Either way, wearing makeup is a must for a doll.

Keep it simple. Besides, you don’t want to scare him away the next morning when your makeup is all over his pillow. Uh, yeah, anyway, highlight one feature at a time.

I’m not a relationship expert, but I hear from my guy friends that the most alluring parts of a woman’s face are her eyes and lips. Bring out your eyes out with flattering lashes or Rimmel Glam Eyes Lash Flirt.

Pucker up with some Velvet Touch #122 Nougat creamy lipstick from Gosh.

One splash of your favorite perfume and out the door you go! It's the weekend baby and it's time to play! Got a hot date? I do! Hehe.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Swapnista With A Sista!

Looking for something to do on this beautiful weekend? Check out "The Prettiest Day Party To Hit Atlanta" for Swapnista presented by Pretty Girls Rock Dresses and Fashion Envy, LLC. Rock back and forth to the live DJ, mingle, swap clothes, shoes and accessories you no longer need or wear.

I guess it's time for a little Spring Cleaning. I always have a feeling that I can repeat a style. Like, you know those burgundy shiny shoes with the thick sole I used to wear in the 8th grade? Ooh or those hunter green Gauchos. Okay, I can definitely keep those.

Do you still have that dress in your closet that you know you wont wear again? Swap it out. Do you have a cute purse that you can't seem to find anything to wear with? Swap it out. This isnt your grandmother's average swap meet. The event will feature a fashion show, mixing and mingling with industry experts and refreshments.

Check out the flyer below for details.

Cute Sundress. Check. Mani and Pedi. Check. Light makeup and lips poppin'. Check. Now thats how a Pretty Girl rocks a dress!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

MCK Hits The Road!

Road Triiiip!!

MCK and Girl About Town, both resident members of the MyMeApparel Faces of Me! Team, hit the road to Columbia, South Carolina for the 4th Annual “Uber Hawt” Style Exhibition. MyMeApparel founder, Valerie Reaves prepared for a long weekend, along with a few from the Faces of Me! Team: Model, Brittani Nolan; Wardobe Stylist and Owner of Girl About Town, Kyla Robinson; Owner of Hair 2 Please, Onecia Maloney; and Owner of Tightworks Braids & MUA, Marie “China” Auguste.

Here is a pic of the MyMeApparel Glam Squad:

The show was a success! While backstage I could hear the voice of 3Jay Productions visionary, Jalia “Lia” Pettis share with the crowd about her victory in the 4th Annual Style Exhibition and how she almost gave up. She acknowledged her faith and moved on with the show. Her heartwarming speech moved me while I did some touchups on the models backstage, so I can imagine how she moved the crowd.

I met some great people, but I didn’t take many pics. :( It’s always hard to find time to whip out my camera while Im embracing the moment. Here are a couple of pics before leaving the suites.
Girl About Town jazzed up a tee by tucking it in a pair of leggings.

Girl About Town tied a knot of the side of my tee and stretched out the neck for the off-the-shoulder look.

Backstage: The kaos.

Model: Kendra Samuel wearing a MMA piece for the Spring.

I absolutely love fashion shows. I enjoy watching a designer's vision come to life. I dont strut my stuff on the runway, I create the face for it.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

In A Rush? Apply Mascara, Gloss & Blush!

This one is dedicated to all of my divas-on-the-go. Like you, I find myself rushing to get out of the house for work [or the gym] and I only have 5 minutes left to apply makeup, grab my keys and head out of the door. For a quick glam look, apply mascara, gloss and blush to your face. My favorite mascara is Maybelline's Colossal Volum' Express Mascara

What you'll love about:
• Lush collagen-enriched plumping formula and Mega Brush instantly build 9X volume, without clumps!
• Contact lens safe and ophthalmologist-tested!
• The brush is washable!
For Best Results: Sweep brush from root to tip to plump lashes and achieve dramatic volume. Do not let dry between coats. Removes easily with soap and water.

The gloss I cant live without: Co Bigelow Ultra Mentha Lip Shine.
I discovered this tasty gloss while waiting in line at Bath & Body Works years ago. This gloss lasts for hours without re-applying. Most of all, it smells and tastes great! Its super infused with Co Bigelow's clasic Mentha that refreshes your breath with a tingling sensation.

For my Blushing Beauties, try MAC Hushabye. Im not sure if they sell it anymore (im sure you can find it on ebay), but I love it. This is the perfect raspberry blush. Its sheer, natural and has lasting power. I wear it evryday.

So there you have it, Dolls: makeup in 5 minutes. Dont get caught putting makeup on in the car. I think its great because of the natural light, but officers and bad timing are against me. Putting makeup on in the car can be dangerous. Save yourself a ticket and a fender bender.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Let's Shoot!

Ok so you have an outfit in your wardrobe that you have just never had the opportunity to wear, perhaps you simply want some funky photographs of yourself to look back on in the future or maybe you are a model trying to build your portfolio?

Well, let's have a photo shoot!

These shoots are on location in unusual places and take a whole day but are huge amounts of fun. The first thing I do is give you a makeover with funky, dramatic makeup and hair (this can be more subtle if you don't want to go crazy) and then it's off to find locations and shoot the day away.

Guys you too, of course, are welcome. ;)

Here’s my first photo shoot with Kyla Robinson, founder of Girl About Town, Photographer Kwes, and models Terrell Wright and Tarsha McDaniel.

First stop: Cabbagetown. Its known for its guerilla artworks.

Here's Kwes setting his camera up for the kill.

And this is what he produced. Love it! Oh, yeah, kudos to the Makeup Artist ;)

These two were made for this. I loved the energy!

Here’s Kyla getting ready for our next set on the graveyard.

Ok, so by the time we got to the graveyard, it was closed. This is the best we could do outside of the gate. Terrell did his twists and bends for this:

I absolutely love working on the set of a photo shoot. This is where I can bring creativity to the set, experiment with colors and of course have fun!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Daniel Fast

I started this fast at the top of the year and I've decided to continue with it [somewhat] as a lifestyle change. I've lost weight, my skin has changed, Im more energetic than ever in my life, more active an some have asked "How did you do it?". Well for starters, I stopped eating chicken [and turkey] a little over a year ago and I feel great. I have my opinions about chicken and how they are raised in unhealthy conditions, not only that, but I'm on this journey to "Eat Right For Your Bloodtype" by Dr. Peter J. D'Adamo. My entire family has incorporated this regimen into their lifestyles. Anyway, back to the Daniel Fast. I spoke to a close friend last night and she asked me to do it with her. I obliged. Besides, I didnt like what I saw on the scale on Monday and I've picked up a few bad habits again.

The purpose of a fast is to align your flesh with your inner spirit. Your soul is greatly impacted during the Daniel Fast; it is the seat of our emotions, intellect, personality and will. This is where we experience cravings, frustration, anger . . . and even happiness. During the Daniel Fast, your soul may very well rebel against the dramatic change in your diet. Experiencing and winning this battle over the flesh is often one of the most powerful lessons of the Daniel Fast. Put your Spirit in charge of the fast. I know you may feel like giving up, taking a “bite” of some chocolate [my downfall], or drink some “herbal” tea, vitamin water, or Riesling. You must challenge your Flesh with your Spirit in this battle and have Integrity with yourself. Let your Spirit win. Speak an affirmation out loud – “I am whole and complete”, “I am a winner”, “I am fearlessly and wonderfully made”. When your flesh is acting out with a craving, take control of it with your Spirit (just as a parent takes control of a rebellious child). Ha!

Our bodies are clearly affected as our diet is changed, for some in very dramatic ways, during the Daniel Fast. Most people lose weight during the Daniel Fast [and i lost 12lbs!]. Many report healings from diabetes, allergies, arthritis and cancer. I strongly suggest that during the fast an herbal cleanse is used to achieve maximum results in weigh-loss, especially if this is your goal. You can purchase the 365 cleanse for $11.99 from Whole Foods (or Harry’s). Most cleanses in superstores are filled with chemicals, be sure to purchase a cleanse that has natural ingredients. READ THE LABEL.

During the detoxification from chemicals, sugars and impurities, you may experience headaches, leg cramps, fatigue and malaise. DO NOT BE ALARMED. You can always take Vitamins. Again, read the label to insure that the ingredients are whole and free from chemicals.

As you now know, fasting is not only used for weight-loss; it is always coupled with a spiritual goal. So during this time of fasting, you will want to focus on prayer, study and meditation. Take this time out to focus on the things you want for yourself and your life. Write them down, create a vision board, start a journal for this journey. Try reading an inspirational book [Dr. Wayne Dyer is one of my favorites :)]. Call, text or Ping someone close to you for encouragement.

Below is a list of foods that are allowed and a list of foods to avoid. Try your BEST to stick to this; you will love the results in the end. Resistance is key. Google recipes. My favorite site is: There are plenty of recipes to choose from for Breafast, Lunch, Dinner and even snacks. Happy Fasting!

Just Say No!
All meat and animal products: beef, lamb, pork, poultry, and fish.
All dairy products: milk, cheese, cream, butter, and eggs.
All sweeteners: sugar, raw sugar, honey, syrups, molasses, and cane juice.
All leavened bread: including Ezekiel Bread (it contains yeast and honey) and baked goods.
All refined and processed food products: artificial flavorings, food additives, chemicals, white rice, white flour, and foods that contain artificial preservatives. If its white, don’t eat it!
All deep fried foods: including but not limited to potato chips, French fries, corn chips.
All solid fats: shortening, margarine, lard and foods high in fat.
Beverages: including but not limited to coffee, tea, herbal teas, carbonated beverages, energy drinks, and alcohol.
All condiments: ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, salad dressings. Use the Special Seasoning Recipe or sprinkle EVOO, fresh lemon and a pinch of salt on a salad.

What is allowed:
All fruits: Preferably fresh, however you can eat frozen, dried, juiced or canned. Fruits include but are not limited to apples, apricots, bananas, blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, cantaloupe, cherries, cranberries, figs, grapefruit, grapes, guava, honeydew melon, kiwi, lemons, limes, mangoes, nectarines, oranges, papayas, peaches, pears, pineapples, plums, prunes, raisins, raspberries, strawberries, tangelos, tangerines, watermelon. My favorite is juicing; its quick easy and your can use the excess to make a casserole!
All vegetables: Preferably fresh, however you can eat frozen, dried, juiced or canned. Vegetables include but are not limited to artichokes, asparagus, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chili peppers, collard greens, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, ginger root, kale, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, mustard greens, okra, onions, parsley, potatoes, radishes, rutabagas, scallions, spinach, sprouts, squashes, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnips, watercress, yams, zucchini, veggie burgers[minus the buns] are an option if you are not allergic to soy.
All whole grains: including but not limited to whole wheat, brown rice, millet, quinoa, oats, barley, grits, whole wheat pasta, whole wheat tortillas, rice cakes and popcorn [NO butter, cheese or caramel].
All nuts and seeds: including but not limited to sunflower seeds, cashews, peanuts, sesame. Also nut butters including peanut butter.

Monday, February 14, 2011

MyChoKolateKisses Speaks to D.I.V.A.S. are Diamonds

I had the pleasure of speaking to a group of remarkable young "divas". D.I.V.A.S [Developing Intelligent Volunteering Achieving Students] was founded by and educator, Monique Dewberry. I entered the platform to "God in Me" by Mary Mary. The girls sang along, I did my two-step across the room and spoke to the girls about love and self-image. Its always easy to look at someone in admiration, but one never knows what that individual has been through to get there.

I spoke about my struggles in college, failed relationships and friendships and the decisions that I made. I gave them insight on how I got to where I am now - by having a vision. I cannot stress enough about how important it is to create the world that you want to live in by simply SPEAKING it. Life and death lies in the power of the tongue, says Proverbs 18:21. I was pleased at how the young girls were receptive to my warm speech. I asked questions and they engaged in the conversation. At the end of the presentations, I had the chance to briefly get to know a few girls while I offered light makeup applications. This was a great experience and I was honored to be apart of it. If you would like to donate or know a young girl who needs a great mentor visit

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

"Sweet Visions" - Write The Vision and Make it Plain

On the first day of the New Year, I had the pleasure of being authentic with some new and old friends. We let our hair down [I dont have much at all these days lol], drank some Mimosas and did some arts and craft. We created Vision Boards, something that I never took the time to do. I mean, I ve done a little scrapping here and there, but nothing serious. Ive written things down in a journal and they came to pass but I never took the time to put my thinking into action via paper, glue and scissors.

The purpose of a Vision Board is to simply make a collage of all the things that you want to do, have or be in life. It’s so easy to say it, but once you put these things in action, a new world opens up for your life. Proverbs 29:18 states, “Where there is no vision, the people perish; but he who keeps a vision is happy”. It is important that we align our vision at the beginning of a New Year so that we stay focused throughout the year.

We tapped into our deepest thoughts, dreams and desires. Once we started to share what we created for our boards, the atmosphere changed and God showed up. Where there are two or thre gathered, there He is in the midst of them. Oh, He was there! One friend spoke about her seperation from the church and I was amazed at how the girls chimed in and started to speak into her life. We all expressed out battles with weightloss, failed relationships, and lack of money management. The act of cutting out pictures and finding words that expressed how much we desired something different for the New Year brought peace into our lives. Faith was certainly activated my doing.

I look forward to creating more genuine friendships, having bountiful blessings in my personal business, and a romantic love life that I deserve. Ive had enough with having superficial friendships in my life, this "Sweet Visions" meeting showed me that its okay to open up in a safe place, trust and appreciate my girlfriends.