The Rundown: Oprah Slays Four Covers of O The Oprah Magazine, Alexis Bittar Designs Beauty Collection, and MAC Cosmetics ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ Makeup Collection

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September has kept me on my toes . This has been one busy month and we’re only half way through. I’ve been so busy I’ve neglected important things like “Manicure Mondays” and fall boot shopping. It’s time I put my sandals away and start looking for fall boots.

Yup , fun things have fallen by the waist side, while I’ve taken care of business. Hopefully greatness awaits me on the other half of September.

While I’ve been on the move so has the beauty and fashion world. Here’s the latest:

Oprah Creates Four Covers for October Issue of O The Oprah Magazine

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We’re seeing Oprah Winfrey like we’ve never seen her before. The media mogul showcased four distinctive looks for the October 2014 issue of O The Oprah Magazine. Each look was created using Maybelline makeup and I’m here for that deep purple eye shadow.

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In addition to the dramatic cat eye, Oprah also sported fringe bang and a red lip.

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For another cover shot Ms. Winfrey wore a diamond halo and handpiece. The last cover is pretty traditional as it relates to Oprah. She kept her voluminous curls and coral lip.

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If you loved the looks, you get your chance to recreate Oprah’s cover looks. Each magazine will come with a four instructional cards that provide make-up tutorials for readers.

And Creating these four covers was no easy fete. The shoot took 12 hours to complete. Talk about exhausting. [O Magazine]

Rihanna Delivers High Fashion Spread for Tush Magazine


I promise she can do no wrong in my book. Who else can serve up ice goddess realness like my girl Rihanna? Rih has me wanting to run to the bathroom right now and dye my hair ice grey.


This high fashion shoot is for the latest issue of Tush Magazine.




RiRi is dressed in feathers, embellishments, leather and chains. She gave us a series of looks and poses that are plucked from a sci-fi movie and I loved every bit of it. She is a fashion icon, what else did you expect? [Tush]

Nicki Minaj Fronts Two Covers for Dazed & Confused

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Nicki Minaj continues to make a name for herself in the fashion world. The ‘Anaconda’ raptress is the cover girl for the autumn/winter issue of Dazed.

It’s the magazine biggest issue this year and to celebrate Nicki is fronting two covers. Both are distinctively different.

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One cover captures Nicki in a demure look, where she’s sitting at a kitchen table making a bologna sandwich with all the fixins. Don’t you see the mayo on the table?

Nicki was preparing her sandwich wearing a bubble gum pink Chanel tweed jacket.

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The second cover shows a sexy Nicki sitting poolside. She’s wearing a gold bikini, green heeled Mui Mui rain boots and yellow rain coat.

The 18 page editorial shot by Jeff Bark also includes an in depth interview from the rap star. The magazine hits newsstands Thursday. Which cover is your favorite? [Dazed]

TOMS X Target


Target is always cooking up a collaboration. The retailer is working with TOMS Shoes for a holiday collection and every piece under $50.

The nearly 50 piece collection includes clothing for men , women , and children. Also included is home goods , and slip on shoes (of, course).

TOMS, which prides itself on giving back, will continue that mantra with this collaboration.

Every TOMS for Target apparel, accessory and home good purchase results in the donation of a blanket through the American Red Cross or Canadian Red Cross, or one week of meals through Feeding America or Food Banks Canada. And for every TOMS for Target pair of shoes sold, a pair will go to a child in need.”

The collection hit stores November 16th. [Target]

Tracee Ellis Ross Covers Jet Magazine


“Black-ish” star Tracee Ellis Ross is covering the September issue of Jet Magazine with her co-star, Anthony Anderson.

For her cover shoot, Tracee kept things casual in a pair of dark denim skinny jeans and a two-tone sweater.

Inside the actors dished on their upcoming ABC sitcom, which is set to premiere on September 24th.

“Black-ish,” is based on an African American family that moves to an upper-class, predominantly white neighborhood.

The show is already being compared to some of our favorites like “The Cosby Show” and ” Family Matters.” Will you be tuning in for its premiere? [HelloBeautiful]

Taraji P. Henson Covers Ebony Magazine


“The No Good Deed ” actress is Ebony’s October cover girl. And she ‘s quite the sexy cover girl. Taraji is fronting the issue wearing a mesh and embellished body suit and rocking the fiercest hair cut .

Inside the actress vents about Hollywood and talks about some of her guilty pleasures.

Despite being nominated for an Oscar for her role in in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button or her Emmy nomination for the title role in Taken from Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story. Taraji still feels she’s underrated “I’m treated like I’m on the D-list,” Henson said. “I’m still being considered with actresses who haven’t done half the stuff I’ve achieved.”

I couldn’t agree more. Taraji is an accomplished actress. Glad the woes of Hollywood hasn’t got her down. She still knows how to have a good time. She also revealed in the October issue that she loves reality TV. “Sometimes, I’ll just sit in front of the TV, screaming, ‘Ratchet, ratchet, ratchet! Where’s the ratchet TV?'”

I’m right there with you , Taraji. You can grab this issue today. [E!]

Alexis Bittar Creates Beauty Line with Sephora

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Alexis Bittar’s jewelery is drool -worthy. I’m seriously gushing over every piece. The high end jewelery designer is giving me something else to gush about. He’s teamed up with Sephora to launch a beauty line that includes a a 5-piece Beauty Brush Set that’s compromised of both natural and synthetic hair.

It also includes a makeup compact and brush roller that also acts a jewelery bag.

And because Alexis loves a wow factor the lucite brushes are dipped in 24-karat gold with Swarovski crystals accents.
The collection , that looks more like a work of art hits Sephora stores next month. [Refinery29]

Lupita Nyong’o for Marie Claire UK October 2014


Lupita Nyong’o’s bright smile is jumping off the pages of Marie Clarie UK. Dressed in a yellow dress, a bold red lip, and her signature green eyeliner, Lupita is starring in the Marie Claire’s Smart Beauty guide issue.


Inside the actress dished on her beauty routine, her make up secrets, and her great style. Lupita is a favorite over at Marie Claire. She’s appeared on three covers this year. [Marie Clarie UK]

Rihanna Debuts Alexander Wang x H&M Collection


The Alexander Wang X H&M collection doesn’t hit stores until November, but that didn’t stop Rihanna from rocking a look from the upcoming collection.

Rih rocked a grey crop-top and matching leggings that were decorated with the Wang’s initials. Rihanna teamed the sporty look with white and New Balance sneakers.

Through Instagram Alexander Wang gave us sneak peeks to the the upcoming collaboration, but this was the first time we got the chance to see the look on someone and Rihanna was the perfect model. Sweeties, what do you think of the upcoming collection? [Instagram]

Twitter Launched “Buy” Button


Shopping is becoming even more convenient. Twitter joined other social media sites that have embracing e-commerce .

This week Twitter launched its new “Buy Now” Button, which allows you to shop right there on your timeline.

“The Buy” button will appear alongside an image of an item for sale. The new feature is only available to a few accounts including Pharrell, Demi Lovato, and Burberry. [The Verge]

Nude Bras for Women of Color


Finally a nude colored bra I can wear. It’s been a challenge finding a bra that matches my hue of brown. That’s especially frustrating when I’m trying to wear a white blouse or anything sheer for that matter

These days the range of nude isn’t extensive, but that will soon change with the help of Nubian Skin.

The England-based company is creating lingerie and hosiery for women of color. Nubian Skin will have a collection of bras, panties, tights (pantyhose) and hold-ups with sizes ranging from 30B up to 36DD/E.

You can start shopping the collection next month. [ Nubian Skin]

Jennifer Lopez is ELLE UK’s October Cover Girl

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Jennifer Lopez proves once again she’s still has it, even at 45 years old! She is absolutely stunning on the October 2014 cover of ELLE UK. For the cover shoot photographer Txema Yeste, captured J.LO posing for her life in Versace gowns, with accessories by Laura Lee Jewellery and Lock & Co Hatters.

Inside she talks about being her role as a single parent, her upcoming career moves, and she opens up about her love life.

Despite her relationship woes, Jenny said she isn’t giving up on love. “Each time it goes wrong it’s hard,she said. I get really hurt but I have to let myself go, ‘What did I do? What can I learn?’ And as hard and as hurtful as things get, I want to believe I will be able to go one step higher. I’ve got to hope that if I keep going I will eventually get it right. I still believe in love. The nirvana man, he’s out there somewhere. But you just have to work at it. You have to work at everything.”

That’s a mantra I need to adopt. The issue hits newsstands on Thursday, September 4. [ELLE UK]

MAC Cosmetics to Launch “Rocky Horror Picture Show” Makeup Collection

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MAC Cosmetics has teamed up with Twentieth Century Fox’s for the 40th anniversary “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” They’re celebrating the film’s anniversary with a makeup collection just in time for Halloween.

The 1975 horror film has a classic with a huge cult following. Not to mention the makeup in the movie is off the charts. We’re talking dramatic in a major way. So I can’t wait to get my hands on this collection.

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I’m most excited about the range of lipsticks. The reds go from bright to berry and I love them all.

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The 21 piece collection will include lipsticks (lots of red) and lip pencils, false lashes, shadow palettes, glitter and pigment, blush, liquid liner, and will be available at MAC stores and online starting October 2. [fashiongonerogue]

Opening Ceremony x Intel Smart Bracelet

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Wearable technology is a growing trend and the latest fashion and tech collaboration will be here in time for the holidays.Opening Ceremony is teaming with Intel for a swanky new smart bracelet.

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Ahead of the launch , we’ll get our first look at the new smart bracelet at the upcoming Opening Ceremony Spring/Summer 2015 fashion show during New York’s Fashion Week.

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The MICA bracelet ( “My Intelligent Communication Accessory”) shows text messages, meeting alerts and general notifications on a a curved sapphire glass touchscreen display. Cool, right?

This collaboration didn’t skimp on the fashion. The bangles come in black and white watersnake.

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The black version is decorated with Chinese freshwater pearls and Malagasy lapis, while the other is accented by tiger’s eye gems sourced from South Africa and Russian obsidian. [PC Magazine ]

Keke Palmer Rocks Short Cut

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My favorite starlet Keke Palmer is debuting a new look. She went from long hair don’t care to short and sassy.

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She took to Instagram to unveil her new pixie ‘do’. Keke has the face to sport any hair style. I can say this look gives her a mature, grown woman look. Do you love it? [Instagram]

Alicia Keys the Face of Givenchy ‘s Dahlia Divin Fragrance


Beautiful songstress Alicia Keys has teamed up with Givenchy for the release of the its new fragrance ‘Dahlia Divin.‘This partnership marks Alicia’s very first beauty deal.

Some of the first ads are out, including a commercial for the campaign , where Alicia looks gorgeous dressed in gold.


Alicia’s beautiful voice served as the background music in the 30 second commercial. As for the fragrance, the description says it contains hints of Golden Fruit (Mirabelle Plum), White Flower Bouquet (Mainly Jasmine), Sandalwood, Vetiver, Patchouli. [aliciakeys]

New App Allows You to Delete Drunk Texts


Have you ever had too much fun and texted someone totally outrageous to only wake up and regret it. Yup we’ve all been there before, but now there’s an app that can help us get out of those sticky situations.

is a new messaging app allows you to delete offending messages from another person’s device before they even see it. Yes, our prayers have been answered.

The cool app was created by 23-year-old Natalie Bryla of San Francisco. It allows users to conduct “off-the-record” messaging. Sounds hard to believe, right? I mean nothing is ever off-the-record , but in this case the message threads will automatically disappear from both phones and the Ansa server to ensure there’s no trace of your conversation .

You can also choose the amount of time your message will exist before it disappears forever and through a synced deletion you can also delete messages you already shared. Here’s the catch, in order for the features to work your chats must be conducted through the Ansa apps. So your iMessages and text messages are up to you. [Ansa]

Stay tuned for more throughout the week!

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