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You Should Go: Sofitel Biarritz le Miramar Thalassa Sea & Spa


Biarritz, France

After spending five days in the bustling, beautiful city of Paris; a quiet respite was needed. What better way than to head to the South of France? After taking a taxi to the train station, we got situated and comfy in our first class seats on Rail Europe.  We traveled for about four hours only to see a rather life changing city by the sea.

Our driver picked us up from the train station Read the rest of this entry »

The Realest Thing I’ve Ever Written: How The Suicide of Titi Branch Rattled My Soul+ My Thoughts on How African Americans and Christians MUST Change Our Thoughts on Mental Illness.

Titi Branch


Since transitioning in 2006 I have explored brands that  would help me better manage my natural hair. I tried the usual suspects (and loved) before stumbling on a post in the Long Hair Care Forum- the Miss Jessie’s annual Buy One Get One sale. Now, I must admit that when I looked at the prices I knew I had no business purchasing. On my salary, at the time, it was hot mess dealing with the expense of living in Connecticut.I some how justified it and took advantage of the promo. I then hoped to one day have my hair done at the Curve Salon (prior to being named Miss Jessie’s), even though I was forever broke. While that never happened, I was eventually Read the rest of this entry »

YSL Fusion Ink Foundation: Review, Before and After Photos


YSL fusion ink

Over the last two years there has been abundance of hybrid/ serum foundations. The first that comes to mind is the Armani Maestro foundation. After that we saw several drugstore incarnations. I reviewed L’Oreal’s liquid magic here.

Fast forward to a few months ago. YSL, known for several complexion products (i.e. touché eclat) and mascaras, released the Fusion Ink foundation. Available in 21 shades; it claims to wear for 24 hours, all the while controlling oil and sweat. While the texture is lightweight Read the rest of this entry »

Packing Light for Travel Abroad: One Shirt Three Ways. #ParisBeauty14



one shirt 3 ways

If you are leaving the country for 11 days and happen to be meeting up with my friend and creator of the Paris Beauty Tour, Julia, you’d better have your stuff together. That is to say, pack light and bring only what you can carry.

The whole packing light thing is something I am still perfecting, but I was able to Read the rest of this entry »

Traveling Through France Efficiently and En Vogue via Rail Europe #ParisBeauty14


paris montparnesse train station

Yes! I am still bringing you along for my France adventures from last month. Before these are all done you’ll want to start saving now and requesting vacation time from work.

If you follow me and/or the hashtag #parisbeauty14 you know that our European travels didn’t end in Paris. After five days Read the rest of this entry »

Savannah Sunset by Inglot- The Makeup Collection Inspired by Lion King The Musical-Swatches and Pictures


Savannah Sunset by Inglot

Last month I had the opportunity to visit Inglot for a special presentation. This wasn’t your ordinary shopping trip. In their Chelsea Market space they brought in members of the cast of  The Lion King- Read the rest of this entry »

#ParisBeauty14: My Morning at JOVOY Parfums with Celine Verleure, Creative Director of Olfactive Studio Perfumes


JOVOY Parfums Olfactive Studios

Cèline Verleure and I

One thing I will never tire of is a great sensory experience. Situated just steps from the Lourve and the Tuileries , JOVOY parfums will fill your heart’s desire for a great perfume.

We met Cèline Verleure, creative director of Read the rest of this entry »

#ParisBeauty14: Shopping for Beauty Essentials at Pharmacie Monge Paris + Why You Must Go!


Pharmacie Monge Paris

Following an amazing lunch of sea bass and wine at the very chic La Taverna restaurant (22 Rue du Champ de Mars), we did our first French pharmacy trip at Pharmacie Monge (74, rue Monge 75005 PARIS.) I was full of energy since we were able to take advantage of some very efficient car service provided by Paris VIP  (not to mention not worrying about traveling with heavy bags of product on the Metro after shopping).Armed with a gift of 100 euros,  we set out to get some of our favorite French based skin care products and discover new lotions and potions.

pharmacy monge

This pharmacy was crawling with people and just the day before experienced about 3,000 shoppers. Pharmacie Monge stretches almost one New York City block. It was extremely well lit and there was plenty of people on staff to handle any questions and give product recommendations.
They stocked classics such as Caudalie, Clarins, Darphin and Phyto. Most of which even once converted from euros to U.S. dollars were significantly less expensive. So here are my tips on how, even when the shop is at full capacity with other tourists, you can navigate and get what you need.

french pharmacypharmacie monge

For starters, weeks before my trip I started a Paris Pharmacy shopping Pinterest board. I’d highly recommend doing a screenshot of your board on your mobile device, as you should assume wi-fi for patrons will not be provided. The Pinterest board is clutch as pictures will help you more quickly identify what the packaging looks like. Several times I was able to show sales associates pictures and they were able to quickly help me locate the product and/or determine if they carried it all.

Pharmacie Monge products were merchandised by category (toothpaste, ointments, makeup removers,etc) and then by brand within the categories for the most part. Haircare was in one section so that you could shop by brand. They had a full assortment of Klorane, and based on the texture of my hair, I was recommended a shampoo that I am very eager to try. See the instagram video below.


For someone who perhaps lived in the neighborhood and coming to restock their essentials, these were conveniently  located on one side of the pharmacy. Personal care items for women, over the counter medications and such were situated opposite of where visitors were crowding.

Here is a look at what I got via instagram. I restocked on Bioderma, Homeoplasmine and Biafine and the tried and true Phyto supplements. I wanted to try things from NUXE and Avène so I picked those up as well. Expect individual reviews on many of these products over the coming weeks.

Without question, there are many pharmacies throughout Paris.I found this one ,while very busy, easy to navigate. There were plenty of sales associates available and willing to help, several were multi-lingual making it easy to communicate. At one point, one of them noticed products in my basket that based the appearance of my skin (very oily) there were better formulations better suited. I was thankful for her helping hand. I mean, I can’t exactly return products that don’t work for me once I am back in the states.

Disclosure:This post is brought to you in collaboration with Atout France – France Tourism Development Agency and Paris VIP. All content, ideas, and words are my own. Thanks for supporting the sponsors that allow me to create new and special content like this for Lipstick Fashion Mascara.

#ParisBeauty14: Out and About -Paradis Latin Cabaret Show +Dinner!



Paradis Latin Cabaret

After spending our days discovering beauty products, pharmacies and awesome French cuisine; an invitation to an authentic Cabaret show was a welcomed respite.

Located at 28 rue Cardinal Lemoine, 75005 ParisParadis Latin Cabaret has been around since the late 1800’s. The current structure was Read the rest of this entry »

#ParisBeauty14: An Afternoon at The World Famous Galeries Lafayette

galeries lafayette

We ended our second day with a very rich experience with the team at Galeries Lafayette, a world famous department store founded in Paris in 1912. The store includes everything you’d find at, say, Bergdorf Goodman. Just a few steps across the street is the Maison (home) store. There, not only can you find your favorite dessert makers, you can have a full lunch or dinner and buy fresh food to cook . It is pretty serious and technically could be considered a one stop shop.

After we were welcomed, Read the rest of this entry »

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