by: Joi Divine
This season is all about family, friends, good food, and (just like every other season for us beauty junkies) makeup. I had the lovely opportunity of chatting with a fellow makeup lover, beauty blogger, and mommy named Shariece Turner-Solis (or Shariece Alisha on YouTube) out of El Paso, TX. I got to know Shariece through a hashtag on Instagram that was started by Shana Moore, another blogger on YouTube. Shana’s hashtag ThePaintedLipsProject came out of the desire to see more women of color represented in the mainstream beauty industry.
Shariece and I have both posted pictures of ourselves in our favorite lip color using the hashtag and we began following one another on Instagram. Soon after I began watching Shariece’s YouTube videos, drawn in by her humor and love for makeup, I realized I wanted to interview someone who is an everyday woman with a passion for beauty.
Shariece Turner-Solis: I started my YouTube channel in 2010. I recently bigchopped and wanted to share my hair journey. I took a hiatus for 3 1/2 years. For the past year I’ve been actively posting makeup related videos.
JD: How do you find balance between your family and your YouTube career?
STS: Honestly, I’m still trying to figure out the whole balance thing. If you’ve ever seen my videos you know my dog and child are in the background 99.9% of the time. I TRY to film while my daughter is asleep but we all know how naptime goes.
JD: How would you describe your channel?
STS: Currently, my channel is concentrated on all things beauty. I do makeup tutorials, product reviews, lipstick swatches and more.
JD: What is your favorite makeup item to wear around the holidays?>
STS: My favorite thing to wear during the holidays and year round is a good, long lasting liquid lipstick. My favorite formula is Kat Von D’s Everlasting Love Liquid Lipstick. You can find them at Sephora. I plan on having a swatch video up.
JD: Do you plan to purchase any of the new holiday sets? If so, what has caught your eye?
STS: I’m trying to be good this year and not go crazy with holiday sets. If I were to cave in I’d get the Sephora Favorites: SoKo to Tokyo skincare set, Glamglow Giftsexy Dazzling Hydration set, and the Stila Eternally Yours Liquid Lipstick Set.
JD: Are the festivities more important than your makeup look around the holidays, or do you go all-out?
STS: For me festivities trump a beat face. I most likely will stick to brows, foundation and lipstick.
JD: What’s your favorite look to rock for the holiday season?
STS: If I decide to go all out for a party or other event, I think I’ll go with the classic holiday look, gold eyes and red lip.
JD: Does anyone in your family share your love for makeup?
STS: My daughter loves playing with my makeup. Her current faves to play with are KVD Everlasting Love Liquid Lipstick in Outlaw, NYX Butter Gloss in Eclair, all my Becca highlights, any brush she can get her hands on and my beautyblender. Other than that none of my family is into makeup. I’ve been lucky enough to make a lot of friends with makeup lovers via social media.
Meet LaTosha Johnson. She has her master’s degree in health administration and never thought about becoming a seamstress. But, life changes. Through the changes of her life she has an online boutique, Patty Maxine. It started as an addition to her career but she has recently found herself doing this full time since the summer. LaTosha has rolled with the currents on the river of life. Find out what she has to say about this new venture.
Yes, Honey! Fit IS the new it! I’m sure it’s the same for all of us… The winter season is the most difficult time of the year to stay #Snatched! This time of year beholds Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day with all that good ‘ol cooking and baking from granny and mama’s kitchen. Not to mention, all the holiday parties at school, work, church and within your acquaintance circles. With all these opportunities to indulge in holiday cheer, its no wonder staying fit during the winter is a task! Let’s discuss a few ways to enjoy the holiday season and stay on top of your fitness game!
by: Brittny Loss
The Holidays are quickly approaching and we single women may start feeling the “blahs” and not even knowing why. Media and television portray a perfect holiday by spending it with that someone special… “every kiss begins with Kay’s Jewelers”. We often get caught up in what our friends talk about when going to spend time with their special man, meeting his family for the first time and what gifts they might be buying each other. Without even knowing it we allow the feeling of loneliness and emptiness to enter our lives. Lets take those feelings and replace them with family, love, and new experiences.
In this season I often think about the holiday traditions that comes into play. Even though we are single it doesn’t mean we have to spend the holidays alone. This is the time we surround ourselves with the ones that we love. Does your family have any traditions? I always know when I walk into my parents home on Thanksgiving that my mom will be busy cooking the turkey and the guys will be watching the football game. We even started a new tradition a few years back, playing the white elephant game, SO MUCH FUN. I know one thing I want to start having and that’s a Girls Paint Night. You get a group of friends and have a few hours to laugh, relax and paint one amazing picture together. Sounds fun right? Try to find creative ways to get everyone together in a positive loving environment.
Memories and traditions are great to have but a change can be good too. This holiday season you should try to make some new memories or even start a new tradition with your loved ones. Each of us has a memory, during the Holidays, and as we get older things start to change. We move away for college, experience the loss of a loved one, babies are now in the picture or family members move too far away to come home. Remember that during the season of change you still have to get out there and have some fun! Keep your family and friends close to you and enjoy them, and do not spend the holiday nights alone. God places people in your life for a reason even if it’s only for a season. “A happy heart is a good medicine and a cheerful mind works healing, but a broken spirit dries up the bones,” Proverbs 17:22.
Being a single woman of God during the holidays how can we do it? Keep the Bible, His word close to your heart, surround yourself with the people who love you, create new ways to bring Joy to your life and remember that this is just a season! I pray that you have a blessed and wonderful Holiday season and continue to let your light shine! Stand in the mirror and say to yourself, “I am a daughter of royal birth, My father is king of heaven and earth. My spirit was born in the courts on high. A child beloved, a princess am I.” YOU are a princess and a child of the most high! Never forget that!