March 21, 2011

Dark Berry Beauty Secrets: Chelsea Rae Simmons of

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I'm curious about how other black women make themselves so divine. I'll be reaching out to acquaintances to get the scoop on their beauty secrets in a new series called Dark Berry Beauty Secrets.

I first reached out to a close buddy of mine and fellow blogger/classmate Chelsea Rae Simmons. We all have those friends that seem to be gorgeous every single day. It's really unfair how beautiful Chelsea is, so let's find out her secrets!

NAME: Chelsea Rae Simmons
OCCUPATION: Blogger/Student/Intern

I can't live without Blistex Lip Medex. I apply it every night before bed, and it moisturizes and rejuvenates my lips for the next day. If I go without, I literally have anxiety all night.

I mix my products and brands. Brands have tons of different types of products in their various lines, but I like to pick and choose which products work best, and sometimes I'll mix two products to create my own concoction. I'm not sure if a dermatologist would approve, but it works for me.

Every morning I wash my face with Neutrogena Deep Clean Long-Last Shine Control Cleanser/Mask. I wash with a face towel instead of just my hands because it adds exfoliation into the equation. Then, I mix a squirt of Neutrogena Rapid Clear Acne Defense Face Lotion and a pump of Aveeno Postively Radiant Daily Moisturizer SPF 30. I mix the two in my hand then I apply it to my face. After that, I let it soak in while I do my hair. Finally, I swipe on blush (usually MAC), apply a quickie cat eye using Dior liquid liner, and pick a lip color.

At night I wash my face with the same Neutrogena cleanser, and then I dab on the brand's Rapid Clear 2-in-1 Fight & Fade Gel if necessary.

I wash my hair once a week, usually on Sundays. After I wash it, I mix a quarter-size amount of MoroccanOil Treatment and a squirt of Nexxus ProMend Leave-In Treatment Crème. Then it gets blown straight. The next morning, I'll either flat iron it straight or curl it. The rest of the week, I use Andre Walker Q-Oil every other night and I curl/flat iron as needed. I try to keep as much heat out of my hair as possible, so sometimes that means it gets pinned into some sort of bun by the end of the week when my hair just doesn't want to cooperate.

Don't be afraid to waste your money. There isn't a set beauty remedy for certain types of people, so what works for one person may not work for you. However, it doesn't hurt to try a product. If it doesn't work, then move on to the next one until you've found the best products for YOU.

I wear Halston Amber and YSL Opium.

Eyes: N.Y.C. New York Color Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil, Dior Style Liner Intense Liquid Eyeliner, Diorshow Extase (all in black)
Face: MAC Mineralize Blush in Love Thing
Lips: I'll try anything once, but my favorites are: Jane Be Pure Mineral Lip Balm in Rose Quartz, Lipsurgence Natural Lip Stain in Peaceful, and Bobbi Brown Lip Color in Red


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