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Posted by Editor On JULY - 18 - 2011

Time flies, can you believe we are already past the half year mark? Just the other day we welcomed the New Year with long lists of resolutions. Well, the year doesn’t feel so new anymore, it’s that time of the year when energy levels sink, we get sucked into the routine of life and many times become complacent. All these are symptoms of Mid Year blues.


Posted by Editor On JULY- 18 - 2011

Growing up, I was a ‘someday girl’. I had dreams of someday publishing a book, someday working for a newspaper, someday being an editor, someday. Until one day many years later I woke up to the realization that someday was today; the only assurance we have, not 2 years from now or tomorrow but today.


Posted by Editor On JULY - 18 - 2011

For some April habitually brings in to mind Spring; sunshine, blooming flowers, the green of trees and sliding into flip flops. For me, April is just April because luckily where I live the beauty of ‘Spring’ and getting high on Vitamin D is something I experience every day.


Posted by Editor On JULY - 18 - 2011

As I kid, one of my all time favorite TV shows was 'The Jefferson’s'. As I write this, the theme song is playing in my head. “Well we’re movin’ on up, to the east side, moving on up, to a deluxe apartment in the sky. Moving on up, to the east side, moving on up,we finally got a piece of the pie.


Posted by Editor On JULY - 18 - 2011

February is a special month, apart from the red roses, boxes of chocolate, great deals and the romance, it’s also the month we celebrate the history and contributions of African American men and women to society in the name of Black History Month.


Posted by Editor On JULY - 18- 2011

Happy New Year!Yes, I know I'm a little late on the wishes just like the way I'm late with our new January Issue but it's finally here. New year, new layout, new name, basically, new things. Its all about the new new! For all those who knew this blog as The Ladies Room, I now introduce you to AfroElle; a blog for women of afro-descent from all over the world.


Posted by Editor On JULY - 18 - 2011

The year has literally flown by, I can't believe it's already December. To many, December is a month of in depth self evaluation and stock taking; taking that walk down memory lane to see if you accomplished the goals you set at the beginning of the year.It's also about looking at your present to see what has worked for you or what you need to eliminate before you head on to the new year.

Summer Goddess

Posted by AfroElle On 10:53 PM

I don’t know about you but summer is one of my favourite times of the year, well apart from Christmas that is! Not only do you get your daily dose of Vitamin D, but the sun has an amazing ability to bring out the summer goddess in me. There is a new spring in my step and I instantly feel compelled to experiment with bold lipstick, bright eye shadows and vivid colours. It’s as if my alter ego is unleashed and the shy woman who normally sticks to the same old colours and routine, suddenly wants to stop traffic and add a little sex appeal to her look.

What I enjoy most about summer are the long summer evenings, BBQ’s with family and summer parties with friends. Weather permitting, (because realistically this is Britain after all) summer is the perfect excuse to try out a new look, but also to celebrate looking and feeling gorgeous. Luckily for us ladies who are blessed with a darker skin tone, it means we are able to pull off bright colours without looking like we just stepped out of clown school.

Here are two of my favourite summer trends, hot off the press for 2011. So why not try ones of these great looks at that BBQ you’ve been invited to, or on that hot date you have lined up and reveal your inner goddess…go on, you know you want to!

The Statement Lip

Make a statement that says ‘look at me now’ and try a bold colour on the lips. This look was all over the catwalks from Fendi to Gucci and is a sure fire hit on darker skin tones. Choose colours such as coral, orange and hot pink to have maximum impact and attract attention to your lip area. Keep the rest of your makeup minimal with just foundation and black mascara on the lashes. Make sure your lips are well exfoliated and moisturised and use a primer to prep the lips before applying the lipstick with a lip brush for precision.

So Take a Look at Me Now

Gold and bronze are on trend this season especially in metallic eye shadow. The richness of these colours looks amazing on the eyes and really gives you that Wow factor for that special evening event. You can either use one shade by itself, or two shades which compliment each other. Again the emphasis is on the eyes, so keep the rest of your makeup simple. Apply a primer to the eyelids first, so that the eye shadow is able to stay on for longer. Then apply the eye shadow to the lids without going above the crease line. Finish with lashings of black mascara on the lashes and bronzer to the areas of the face that the sun will hit, such as the cheekbones.

Finally, Celebrate Being Beautiful

There are many looks on trend this season and some are bolder and more daring than the ones I have mentioned, but confidence is key. What I Love most about make-up is the fact that it is a form of self expression and a way of celebrating the way you look and feel. I love that feeling you get when you try out a new look and you instantly feel lifted, or when you wear your favourite lipstick and your confidence is boosted. What I really wanted to share with you is the way that we as females can utilise make-up to boost confidence, but most importantly to celebrate being fun, fearless females.

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