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July 30, 2015

jordins new music

With the announcement that Grammy-nominated Sony Music recording artist Jordin Sparks will release her brand new studio album, Right Here Right Now, on August 21st, you’ll be hearing new songs from the star every Friday—leading up to the CD’s release! The roll out of Right Here Right Now will also include a series of pop up appearances and fan engagement both online and in the malls. Jordin’s new CD will offer a broad spectrum of music ranging from power ballads, pop tempos, club infused mixes and a narrow focus around the essence of 90’s R&B. The 13-track standard album includes features from major recording artists B.o.B, J-Doe, 2 Chainz, Shaggy, Elijah Blake and more!

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July 29, 2015

its national lipstick day

Whether you prefer your lipcolor bold (think a swipe of scarlet!) or subtle (a nude hue anyone?), today’s the day to celebrate the one makeup item women turn to whenever we need to face the world with confidence. So, in honor of “National Lipstick Day 2015” we asked some of our favorite celebrity makeup pros to share their must-have, go-to, don’t-fail-me-now lipcolor faves:

Saisha Beecham: “Burt’s Bees Lip Crayons—the pigment is so rich and it goes on semi-matte, but your lips never feel dry.”

DeeDee Kelly:Ruby Woo Retro Matte MAC Lipstick can turn your day look straight into a night look.”

Denise Tunnell:Blue Rose by Illusions Cosmetics—it’s that perfect pink/fuchsia color that everybody can wear!”

Porsche Cooper: “I love glamour and Guerlain Rouge G de Guerlain Jewel Lipstick Compact is high-glamour lipstick! It’s full coverage, creamy, luxurious and looks unlike almost any other lipstick when it’s on your lips.”

Photo: Beverli Alford/Beverli Alford Photography; Hair: Lynetta Carson; Makeup: Bth Artistry.

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July 28, 2015

fall mani

You read that right…It’s still July but Autumn beauty trends are arriving and one of the first trend sightings is this sparkly mani at the Badgley Mischka Autumn/Winter 2015 presentation during NY Fashion Week. “Heavy baroque embellishments, a nod to the traditional Spanish matador, lay the foundation for Badgley Mischka’s Fall/Winter collection,” reveals the show’s Lead Manicurist Deborah Lippmann (also the Founder and Creative Director of her namesake nail polish line). “Utilizing Swarovski crystals atop and on the underside of the nails, I created my most bejeweled look of the season.” Here, she outlines the steps to get this runway-ready mani:

Step 1: Deborah buffed natural nails.

Step 2: To prep the nail plate, she exfoliated the cuticle using her signature Cuticle Remover and then cleansed the nails with her 2-Second Nail Primer prior to base coat application.

Step 3: Prior to lacquer application, Deborah fashioned long, almond shaped nails atop each natural nail. For the base, Deborah applied a coat of the new All About That Base CC base coat to create a smooth, matte surface.

Step 4: Deborah then applied two coats of her new Can’t Be Tamed nail lacquer, a honey gold glitter with a mahogany base, waiting two minutes between coats. One coat of Fade to Black was used on the underside of each nail, along with Swarovski crystals underneath and on top of the nail, from the free edge to the tip.

Step 5: After waiting two minutes to dry, one coat of Gel Lab Top Coat was applied to seal the nails and prevent chipping. The new The Wait Is Over quick dry drops were added as a finishing touch to ensure faster drying time and a flawless finish.

Photo: Mark Schafer for Deborah Lippmann.

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July 27, 2015

on the fringe

If you’ve ever wavered about snipping in face-framing fringes, then allow singer/actress Jennifer Hudson to make the case for this major style detail! Paired with her signature short crop, feathery bangs work to draw attention to gorgeous eyes even more. Plus, when snipped to lightly brush the brows, the effect adds fluid texture to a structured cut and the final effect is nothing short of stunning. Don’t you agree?

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July 26, 2015

full fro

How’s your Natural hair journey going? Are you at that stage in your mane transformation where you need a little inspiration? Well, then, feast your eyes on music star Teyonah Parris and her gorgeous, full ‘Fro! Getting from the Big Chop to a mane this glorious requires care and a whole lot of patience. So, remember your style goal and stay the course…The results will be worth the effort.

Photo: /teyonahparris.

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July 25, 2015

brandy & braids

Before she played The Game as sexy “Chardonnay,” we all fell in love with her as teen “Moesha.” So, pardon us while we do a double take on this pretty portrait of singer/actress Brandy Norwood sporting these long, luxe braids! Braids and Brandy is a match made in hair heaven. And, even though the star will shift and update her coif countless times, we have to say these plaits are perfection on her! For more Natural hair ideas ranging from braids, to locs and twists (and more!), check out the “Braids & Natural” mini magazine found in each issue of SBH. Looking for a place to pick up the latest issue of SBH (our fabulous Aug. ’15 edition is on sale now)? To find the nearest location carrying our best-selling magazine click here:

Photo: /4everbrandy.

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