Lawd...I need to do more cardio...
 
Directed by : Machel Montano, Peter C. Lewis & Corwin Thorpe

Last weekend I saw Stick Fly on Broadway. All I knew was that Alicia Keys was one of the producers and the dude from Psych was in it (Juliette is obsessed with him). I had absolutely no expectations but I knew it had to be good if Juliette wanted to see it for a second time (I'm sure DulĂ© Hill was the main reason LOL).

I've seen several plays on Broadway and this is up there close to the top of my list. I will admit that by intermission I was a little worried and felt like I was watching your typical black reality show on Bravo or VH1. By the end...I wanted more! The entire cast was on point and the plot and characters developed so beautifully, that I forgot about my Bravo/VH1 theory. Patience...

They were all sooo good! I would absolutely see it again!!!!

Alicia Keys will lead intimate post-show conversations with the cast and special guests! 
on 
Monday, February 6 at 7pm 
Sunday, February 26 at 7:30pm

Cort Theatre
138 West 48th Street
New York, NY 10036
Learning to contour your face can be life changing. Contouring my cheeks and highlighting under my eyes are a must. It makes a huge difference with out piling on the makeup and looking over done. Here is a good guide to get started:



“This is the infamous contour and highlight guideline made by the amazing Kevyn Aucoin”.


The main idea behind contouring is to use darker shades to recede certain areas of the face and lighter ones to highlight others. When using contours and highlights, the general notion is to transform the face into the “ideal” shapes—almond for the eyes and oval for the face. The reason these are considered ideal is based on their symmetry


This technique is good for people who want more definition to their face. It also has a slimming effect if that is what you are going for. This technique doesn’t have to be only for the face....works well on the cleavage too!

HOW TO SHAPE AND REDEFINE YOUR FACE:


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When you contour you will change, accentuate, hide, strengthen and define your face



Think of contouring as painting a blank canvas. You apply foundation to even out your complexion. Then think of creating shape to your face.
The main principle is this:
  • Dark shading will make facial features recede
  • Light shading will make facial features more prominent

TO SCULPT YOUR FACE YOU WILL NEED:foundation




  1. Your true foundation color that matches your skin exactly




  2. Your contour color that should be 2 shades darker than your foundation and with the same undertone




  3. Your highlighting color that should be 1 to 2 shades lighter than your foundation and with the same undertone



APPLY AND BLEND, BLEND, BLEND




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Follow the diagram below for your face shape to show you the placement of the contouring shade and the highlighting shade. Make sure you blend really well so the edges completely disappear so you don't end up with foundation lines.

CONTOURING FOR YOUR FACE SHAPE


NOW LOOK AT YOUR FACE TYPE TO SEE THE BEST WAY TO CONTOUR



OVAL FACE

Oval face shape contouring






An oval-shaped face is usually broader at the cheeks, tapering in slightly at both the forehead and the chin. Because of its symmetry, you do not need to contour and highlight your face. An oval face can support most makeup trends - whoohoo!










DIAMOND FACE

Diamond face shape contouring



Contour at the cheeks to minimize width.



Highlight your forehead, under your eyes and your chin to draw attention to the center of your face.


 

 

 



RECTANGLE FACE


Rectangle Face Contouring





Contour on the corners of either side of your forehead and across the hairline.



Contour on either side of your jaw blending up to the bottom of your ear.

Highlight your forehead,under your eyes and your chin to draw attention to the centre of your face.





OBLONG FACE

Oblong Face Shape Conturing






Contour
across the lower section of your chin to shorten your face length





Apply Blush to the apples of your cheek to widen your face.






HEART FACE

Heart Face Shape Contouring


The heart-shaped face is wide at the forehead and curves down to a pointed or narrow chin, like an inverted triangle. If you have a heart-shaped face:


Contour at the temples and cheeks to diminish the width of your upper face.




Highlight your forehead, under your eyes and your chin to draw attention to the centre of your face.




TRIANGLE FACE








Contour on the jawline and cheeks to minimize the width.




Highlight your forehead, under your eyes and your chin to draw attention to the centre of your face.




SQUARE FACE

Square Face Shape Contouring
A square-shaped face is the same width at the forehead, the cheeks and the jaw. If you have a square-shaped face:


Contour on the corners of either side of your forehead



Contour on either side of your jaw blending up to the bottom  of your ear

Highlight your forehead, under your eyes and your chin to draw attention to the centre of your face.




ROUND FACE

Round Face Shape Contouring



A round-shaped face is fuller, shorter, fairly wide, with full cheeks and a rounded chin.

Contour to your temples, cheeks and jawline to create the illusion of an oval.


Highlight your forehead,under your eyes and your chin to draw attention to the centre of your face.






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I said no gems for my 2012 carnival makeup...again...liable to change, but here are a few feather options that would still make an impact. 





Hair & Makeup Amanda Redgrave // Photography Alexander Housalas 

Looks like fun! This expo needs to make its way to the Virgin Islands.
This two day event caters to every aspect of a woman’s life. Girlfriends Expo gives mothers, daughters, and girlfriends a chance to reconnect . It’s a shopping party at the Girlfriends Expo…grab your friends or maybe spend some time on you!




MISSION STATEMENT: To Empower, Educate and Entertain women of all ages in a fun loving non-intrusive environment.

Girlfriends Expo, was design to to be a voice of all women, to create an event exclusively for women at which they can be entertained, educated on issues affecting them, and learn more about what products and services are available in their territory.We specifically target women from ages 12 through 35.

The main objective ~ Empowerment of WOMEN!

Girlfriends Expo supports The Girlfriends Foundation, through which women can empower themselves in many ways. The Expo is an excellent forum for entrepreneurs to display or launch their products and services to a very targeted demographic - the busy, professional woman.

Dates and Times:
Saturday, 4th February 2012: 12pm to 10pm
Sunday, 5th February 2012: 12pm to 10p
Location :
Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, Barbados
Addmission: $20



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I must commend all involved for putting together such a great short film in Antigua. HIV/AIDS is an issue that needs to be addressed in the Caribbean. However, I felt that this film implied that HIV/AIDS is a homosexual disease, focusing mostly on men contracting and transmitting the disease. When No One is Looking, should have a second episode that focuses on women and the importance of practicing safe sex.  

From Kaiser Family Foundation:
  • The Caribbean has the second highest HIV prevalence rate in world, after sub-Saharan Africa, and AIDS is a leading cause of death among 15-44 year-olds in the region.
  • Women aged 15 and over comprise an increasing share of those with HIV/AIDS in the region, now accounting for 53% of adults aged 15 and over estimated to be living with HIV/AIDS, up from 46% in 2001.
  • The epidemic has always affected those who are young, and young people continue to be at risk. Young women are especially vulnerable. In some countries, HIV/AIDS prevalence rates among young women aged 15–24 are two to three times higher than rates among young men in the same age group.
CAREC, a public health information, service and consulting organization, dedicated to being the best at providing information that people need to improve health and prevent disease in the Caribbean.

You can use the drop down menu to see the stats on different Caribbean countries.

When No One is Looking (2012) is based on the screenplay of local photographer and artist Zahra Airall. The short film is an ABS TV Production in collaboration with the Caribbean Broadcast Media Partnership on HIV/AIDS.

The film features the talent of Antiguan playwright Owen Jackson and newcomers to the screen Zarah Airall, Elijah James, and Walter Armstrong.

It centers around three characters; a married man about to have a baby with his wife, whose past suddenly comes back to haunt him; a young man who experiences rejection from his father; and a child who is abused by a family member.

The project was funded by the Caribbean Broadcast Media Partnership on HIV/AIDS. It premiered on Monday January 2, 2012 at 9 pm on ABS Television.


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