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ย SAM_2715(Tyra Beauty Cosmetics Line…And all mine! hehe.)

August 28, 2015

Leah V. Daily:

Tyra Beauty Review

Detroit, MI

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So as you guys know, I love-s my cosmetics. I can’t always apply it, but I love it nonetheless. I got some cool products from Supermodel, Tyra Bank’s new cosmetics line. I made a vlog about it on my new YouTube Channel: Leah V. Daily Tyra Beauty Reviewย Check that out. And you can also see my beauty regimen as well.

In the gorge selfie above, I am wearing several of her cosmetics. Smack My Fat Lash (Mascara), OOPS Liner, Line ‘Em, Fashion-Able Blush (Cream), Cheek In A Stick, and Light In A Stick.

“Weโ€™ve created innovative, luxurious and easy-to-use products to help you look and feel your fiercestโ€”in just minutes!”

–TyTy

Quote courtesy of Tyra.com

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First off, all these products are hypo-allergenic. There are a few liquid eyeliners that I can’t use because they burn my eyes. Opps Liner was very gentle and I loved the pointed tip and easy glide applicator. It also has an “Oops” tip on the opposite side where you can actually erase messy wing lines and sculpt the point to perfection. The Smack My Fat Lash was also gentle on my eyes and didn’t clump up upon application. I used Line ‘Em on the outer lower water line for extra drama.

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WordPress won’t let me rotate this pic! Anywho, turn your computer sideways. Hehe. I used Fashion-Able Blush and Cheek In A Stick on my cheeks. The first one is in a cute little jar and the other in a stick. Both are so easy to blend and lasts all day.

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(Shades: Pitaya, Flower band: Wal-Mart, Sweater: Torrid)

After a long day, my makeup lasted and I was satisfied with the products. If you want to check out the rest of Tyra Beauty or purchase any of her cosmetics go to Tyra Beauty

And I’m ready for my closeup :0

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Photo Credit: Reel Clever Films

Fashion Blogger Alliance

#FashionBA

August 2, 2015

Toasted Oak Grill & Market

Novi, MI

1st Fashion Blogger Alliance Brunch

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I ordered a sweet latte with fancy sugar stick.

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Me, Lil Miss JB Style, and Mel

So we were just about ready to quit–well, I know I was. “The style blogging industry is dead in Detroit,” I whined. I’d had enough. I was invited to the Style Expo and was a style judge. This is where my stylish fate was sealed…I met Jordan. We took some selfies, and then she explained to me what she was trying to do. I was interested.

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Eden, myself, Jordan, and Mel

We talked, and talked some more. Then we began brainstorming. We met some other cool bloggers along the way. We all complained how there wasn’t enough or this and wasn’t enough of that. We made up our minds that we needed backup and decided to put a call out for other creatives.

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A lot of cool style bloggers from the D!

We only expected it be us four…plus two or three others. To our surprise many bloggers were available and interested!

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Eden photobombing. Ha!

Shout out to Toasted Oak Grill and Market in Novi for accommodating us rowdy girls.

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So our goal is to create a support system and creative platform for Detroit style bloggers to connect to with each other as well as business.

Bloggers Bellow: Style Trifecta

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We talked about important stuff. lol

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There’s always time for selfies.

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Blogger: Colour & Grace

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Mel, Jordan, and Bruna of Style Mile

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Blogger Usies: Chic In The Tropics

So, we had an overwhelming turnout! Thanks to everyone who attended and made this meetup possible. We will be hosting a blogger meetup at least once a month. And we are excited to see what creative endeavors arise from our new alliance.

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(Photos/MUA: Madinah M. Stylist/Model: Leah V.)

July 31, 2015

Z-Alley

Downtown Detroit

Style Blog X Self

 

I’ve been blogging for a little second now, but just beginning to take it seriously. Hell, I’ve just started to take myself seriously. Instead of treating my blog like Instagram or Facebook, where I post pretty pictures, I should be treating it like a diary–a virtual diary. Isn’t that’s what blogs are for? Blogs were created to be that independent platform where creatives and internet revolutionaries could have a voice.

 

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Since I am turning the big 2.8. and embarking on different journeys, I am self-reflecting on who I am, what am I doing, and what had I initially set out to do? In these days and times, the world is so fast, people have quick access to so many avenues and channels that no one has time to stop, mediate, and think. And since, I am nearing 30, I feel the need to take a breather and take it down a notch.

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Life is everything vs. self. You always have to come back to self at the end of the day. I think that’s important to say, but so easily forgotten. I need the same reminder as well. That’s why I am so grateful to have creatives around me so that they can say, “Hey, you’re getting crazy. Come back to life and we’ll talk. K?”

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Like my buddy, Madinah ๐Ÿ™‚ Who beats my face and takes photos of me. What more could I ask for? Haha.

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I think everyone should walk through life with a long cape on and a smile on their face. We’re getting old, have fun sometimes!

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I had a lot of fun with this shoot, even though it was hot as heck outside. Us, Michiganders, aren’t used to very hot days. lol.

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Stubby ‘n’ fierce. Bye Felicia!

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Renaissance Center/The Riverwalk

Downtown Detroit

July 26th 2015

Empowerment: Fashion Blogger Style

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Life is funny. The right people kind of just fall into your lap when you least expect it. I met these crazy fashion bloggers at different times, but it is like we’ve known each other for years.

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I’ve been blogging for about 2+ years now and didn’t even know there were other local bloggers like myself floating around the city. We’ve bounced around from fashion show to fashion show, colliding at the last step. And this happened.

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We decided to do a silver and black themed shoot, geared towards empowerment, strength, and entrepreneurship. Basically, everything we aspire to be and want to inspire others to partake in. Scott M., Worldiction, a local art photographer allowed our creative juices to flow without interruption.

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Each of our personalities and styles are different, yet we all have a common goal of wanting to empower each other through our blogs and vlogs as well as our audiences by encouraging creativity and individuality, a strong sense of self.

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Shall we do a wardrobe breakdown?

Turban/Scarf: Borrowed

Neck piece: I made it, booyah!

Lace Dress: F21 Plus

Snake Bracelet: Deb’s

Earrings and Ring: Joanne’s Fabric

Lace Hand Piece: Claire’s

Ballet Flats: Pay-Less

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This year has been a whirlwind of successes and failures. But as I keep pushing and meeting new people who inspire me every moment, I find the failures shrinking. Life is about living through our experiences and finding out what we’re supposed to learn from them. I am thankful to have a set of empowering women–and men–who push me to be something more, something greater than myself.

A photoย  of the crew and Scott! The man behind the camera.

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My last photo of the day! And I have the whole city behind me.

xoxo

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(Picture Courtesy of Reel Clever Films)

It’s been a while since I was in the area of Downtown Detroit near the previous Tiger Stadium. It has been refurnished for the better, yet still has that ‘old’ Detroit feel to it.

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(Eden of Reel Clever Films)

The power of social media and how it can connect people from all over the world. Eden followed me a few months back; I had no idea who she was. I went to a fashion show, and she was there! She came up to me like, ‘Hi. I’m Eden from Instagram!” I’m like, “Heeeeeeey, girl.” The rest is a short history.

Follow her company on Instagram @ReelCleverFilms and http://www.reelcleverfilms.com/

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(Lil Miss JB Style, A.K.A Jordan)

I met so many fashion boos this year. Check out Jordan’s blog, too. http://www.lilmissjbstyle.com/

 

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Makeup Extraordinaire, Madinah M.ย 

Yall know my sistah’ friend already. Go follow her @TheeeBeautyQueen on Instagram ๐Ÿ™‚

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(Reel Clever Films)

I love my new camera. It has taken everything I do to the next level. And I am learning how to edit.

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Shades from SunniesMania!

I was going for an eccentric laid back look. I really love how you can play with fashion and switch your style up. I added a fuzzy turban and a pair of cat-eye shades from SunniesMania. My new fave shade store.

 

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Thanks Eden for capturing these beautiful moments. I love, love, love them and I hope you do, too!