ESSENCE Festival Brought the Love: Check Out These Awesome Moments of Service, Empowerment and Uplift


Vanessa K. Bush, ESSENCE Editor-in-Chief, ESSENCE Day of Service

Bear with me as I update you over the next couple of days on my ESSENCE Festival Experience! It was an absolute blast over the 4 days of the #BringTheLove holiday weekend. The concerts were the the icing on the cake during the evenings.

This year, the festival travel outside of the New Orleans Central Business District.

First up, the Day of Service, the morning began with volunteers visiting several schools in the ninth ward. August 25, 2015 represents the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. To date, it has been this country's worst natural disaster. (more…)

Get Into This: Target’s Made To Matter Collection

    target made to matter  

target made to matterWhile I'm no tree hugger, when and where I can, I try to shop more responsibly. Sustainability, ethical standards and better-for-you ingredients are more top of mind now more than ever.

Before I get this part started, don't assume that I am (more…)

Kat Von D Shade and Light Eye Contour Palette- Swatches and Photos

Kat Von D shade and light eyeshadow palette

Neutral eyeshadow palettes are hardly anything earth shattering, anymore. If you've seen one you've seen them all? I said the same thing until I laid eyes on and swatched Kat Von D's shade and light palette.


I was gifted this palette at the preview of  The Makeup Show and it was one of the highlights of that weekend. (more…)

Summer Reading! Come Check Out What’s on my List! #CarmReads

Summer Reading list

A couple of years ago, whenever I'd come across a  "summer reading" list, I chuckled. Primarily, because, the only thing that is different for me in the summer, is the weather! Less days and hours are spent inside and I am reminded of the friction of my thunder thighs. Most importantly, I read year round!

And then a scroll through social media got me to thinking. The summer does bring more travel, beach bum afternoons and days spent at the park. So why NOT tackle a summer reading list? I have travel planned and even on extended train and car rides I love to crack open a good book.

So, (more…)

The Makeup Show NYC- How You Can Get the Most from The Show + What I Bought

The Makeup Show NYC While the Makeup Show NYC shook up Gotham back in May; I'd be remiss if I didn't give you some very important details.

First, let me state the very obvious. The Makeup Show is not the only trade show these days. It is, however, the show the only pro-only show for Makeup Artists. In short, you buy a ticket, upon entering you must show proof that you work in the industry. So while, the show gets extremely crowded, trust me, a lot riff raff is filtered out. (more…)