Thursday, December 21, 2006
This is going to be a big weekend, full of parties, celebrities and high profile individuals. I am very anxious. I have never been a PR/Media Escort for an awards show before, so I am not quite sure what to expect. Tomorrow is the orientation and I am so excited.
Right before I went to sleep, I received a text message from my buddy Mimi who I met in LA. She's done a bit of PR work for BET, so she knows the ropes. (I actually got all of my BET connections from her - Thank you Mimi) She was letting me know that her flight from Baltimore will be leaving for Atlanta soon and to make sure that I call her as soon as I get there. She was trying to find a way for us to get tickets for Celeb parties. I was not worried about getting into parties, my girl Evitacamela (www.myspace.com/evitacamela) has been in some of the hottest videos, so I knew she had the party game on lock.
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
One week left before the Hip-Hop Awards. I am a major procrastinator - so of course I have not completed my image make-over. I am so excited and yet so depressed because I have not done one thing I said I was going to do. Today is the day that I take control.
I created a list a couple of weeks back, that I need to do in order to look my best. The first thing was my hair - that's accomplished, next thing that's important is my makeup. First let me say, that I LOVE makeup. Especially make-up with tons of color. I am a fun, friendly & flirty type girl so I need a lot of color to promote my image (as well as my business).
I asked my buddy Destiny, who is make-up artist for Henri Bendel, what products I should use to give me the look that I want. Ladies - take note. Normally, I do not provide my secret beauty tips. However, since Thanksgiving is coming up, I am in a pretty good mood. So what the hell?
(1.) The key to having a perfectly made up face is having a clean face. (DUH!!!) I take a lot of time to clean my face every day and night so that my make-up looks vivid. Of course different products work for different people, so here is my regimen:
- I use a brown sugar scrub on my face twice a week. I mix a teaspoon of brown sugar with 1 teaspoon of honey and apple cider vinegar. I scrub my face - very gently for about five minutes.
- After the brown sugar scrub, I use egg whites as a mask. I take the egg whites and put them on my face and leave it for about 30 minutes. It will begin to turn into a hard crusty substance.
- After 30 minutes, I take a warm, steamed wash rag and put it on my face to scrub off the egg. You should notice that your skin tone will be a lot brighter and appear cleaner.
- Next, I use Dove cleaner to wash my face and remove whatever existing products remain on my face.
- Next, I follow up the cleansing with a moisturizing toner with cotton pads.
- Finally, I moisturize my face with Dove moisturizer.
*** I also use a tooth whitener while I am cleansing my face - twice a day***
(2.) Application of makeup - now this will depend on heavy you want your make-up to be. Since I take good care of my skin, I don't need heavy make-up. :). Here is the application process that my good friend Destiny recommends:
- Use concealer on any blemishes that you may have on your face first. Destiny recommends concealer from Mac. However, you can buy concealer at a drug store and it works just the same
- Powder- I use powder on my face. Some prefer liquid. I use Mac foundation on my face with a brush. Ladies - use a brush- you will notice the difference of how your makeup looks when it is applied with a brush.
- Cheeks - I like skinshimmer by Mac or Flirt shimmering powder by Estee Lauder. I think it is really pretty and it brings out the glow in my face.
- Eyes - I love eyeliner. It brings a sexiness to my eyes that I love. I also happen to love my eyes and this is where I want most of the attention to be. I cannot suggest a good eyeliner, because frankly, I have not found one that I really like. The colors I like to use are blue, black and brown. I also use different color eye-shadows, however the color of my eyeshadow depends on what I am wearing.
- Mascara - Okay. I just realized that I have pretty decent eyelashes. So its important that my eyelashes look perfect. Destiny recommends Bad Girl Lash from Benefit. That $18.00 bucks bit me, but I have to say that it is worth it.
- Lips - I love Lip glass by Mac. I usually choose subtle lip colors, because I love eyeshadow so much and I want the attention to go to my eyes. I also like the lip colors by Flirt.
(3.) Now that you have my make-up tips, don't forget to wash your make-up off with a good make-up remover. My favorite remover is from Mary Kay. Mary Kay also has excellent cleansing and makeup products.
I decided on a hairstyle for the event, however, I needed to buy some good hair. I called around and asked some of my wig & weave wearing friends and they all told me to use the typical brands, my hair, milky way, etc.
I did not want to take any chances of buying a product that was crap. Lets be real - (1) I am going to Atlanta, (2) I am going to Atlanta for the 1st annual Hip Hop Awards Show and (3) I am a trendsetter, I am not going to be caught dead with a nappy shedding weave in front of celebrities.
I decided to email my girl Joia Mercedes. Joia is a celebrity hair stylist in Los Angeles who is the key hair stylist for many celebrities including Katt Williams, Stacy Dash, Ester Baxter, Vanessa Simmons and many more (www.joiamercedes.com). She was the host of the show Remixed on BET and has done work for some of the most fabulous commercials, music videos, magazines, even fashion shows. I knew that if noone knew about the best hair to use - Joia would.
I emailed Joia and asked her - what is the best type of hair to buy to get that celebrity/video girl look. Lets face it - I am an up and coming Publicist - translation - I am broke. So I asked her - what kind of hair can I get for under $30.00 a bag. Here is her response:
Hey girl....getting the best hair for $30 is like saying you wanna go to a really nice restaurant but you only wanna spend $5...you're getting McDonald's. Or like saying you want a really nice pair of shoes for $15...you're going to Payless. A really GOOD car for $500....you're getting a hoopty. You get what you pay for, Plain and simple. The best hair to buy is Indian hair. It's tangle free and worry free. That's how you get that sexy Celebrity/video girl look. You will never catch anybody in the industry with a bag of $9.99 hair! It's a dead give away that "Your not one of us" in Hollywood, like an elite club of lace front wig and Indian hair wearing Divas. And even though the price is an investment, you can reuse the hair over and over for more than a year. That's better then buying cheap beauty supply hair that will tangle and matt up on you in a day or two with a rats nest ball at the nape, which is what always happened to me when I wore Milky Way, Beverly Johnson, Rodeo, Zury....so called "expensive grade brands in the Korean Store."
So for something just to get you through this weekend, try US Hair on Broad St. in Town and Country. I used to go there a lot when I lived in Columbus. They can probably put you in something for under $30. But when you're ready to upgrade, let me know. I'll work you out a deal where I'll get you the Indian hair at the wholesale cost (depending on the length you want) if you agree to pass out my cards for my hair website in Columbus. I get the hair straight from India so allow about a week for delivery. Please log onto my website at http://www.hollywoodhairandwigs.com/ Have fun in the A!!!!!!
Two weeks until the BET Hip-Hop Awards. I cannot believe that it is coming this fast. I feel so unprepared. I have not completed half of my image makeover and I am getting fatter as the days approach. I have been dieting - but I have not stepped foot in the gym. Just Fat? Fat, Fat, Fat. I decided to quit punishing myself and do something about my weight issue. I flicked through the channels so that I could find the FIT network. They have a Hip-Hop and Indian exercise dance session that I love to do. I was not going to take this anymore. My new goal is to exercise one hour each day until the event. As I am scrolling through the channels, I stop at BET to watch Rap City. I see Ludacris, talking about the Hip-Hop Awards and I begin to panic. While in the midst of my panic mode the new Nelly Video comes on - titled Pimp your Pro with Ali & Gipp. I paid close attention to the models in the video to see their hair, clothes, shoes - everything. As I am watching, I noticed an old friend in the video Evita Camela. I could not believe it. We lost contact for a long time and I had no idea that she became a model. She moved to Atlanta two years ago and I did not know what she had been up to. I was so excited - I jumped on the Internet to see if she had a myspace page - which of course she did. I was amazed at her modeling resume and her portraits. It felt so good to see someone trying to reach their dreams. I knew that she always wanted to be an actress and I was happy to see her pursuing it.
Monday, December 18, 2006
As many of you know, I live in Columbus, Ohio. Columbus is a great city for those who like the settled family life. The crime rate is not high, the people are really friendly and the cost of living is reasonable.
HOWEVER, for those of us who crave fashion, love art and like to kick it - Columbus is probably not the best choice.
Showcolumbus was created to change that. It was designed to showcase the talent of local designers, artists and musicians. There are so many talented people here, and no place to show their talent.
One of the first things that I did, was meet with the creators of Showcolumbus. We discussed how to obtain sponsorships, how to get the word out and how to get the Press(Media) there.
Suddenly it hit me, there were only four weeks before the event. So I quickly created an intense time line. I contacted all of my PR mentors to assist me with contacting reporters & journalists. I created an email and sent a mass forward to all my family and closest friends. I used all of my connections to spread the word as quickly as possible.
Finally, the event came. It turned out to be great!! The clothes were fabulous, the art was very creative and the music was something that I never heard before. I had such a good time and I cannot wait until next year comes! Feel free to click on the link to see a clip of the show.
Throughout the years, I have heard many women say - I don't like girls, they are too petty, too insecure, too-whatever.
I feel sorry for those who can not find true friendships. I would not know what to do without my girls. They are always there when I need them. They are there to listen to my crazy dreams, my deepest secrets and share my greatest joys.
Having female friendships are vital to our health. They buffer the hardships of life, keeps our blood pressure low, boosts immunity and promotes healing. Our friends provide a unique support that we cannot receive from our families or children. They care about us as individuals and they care about our opinions and our feelings. They also enhance how we feel about ourselves.
This posting is dedicated to all my friends who helped make me. Including my mother - my best friend, my aunts, my cousins, my sisters and my niece.
Remember : Friends are the family that our hearts choose.
I decided to name my company Pink Diamond PR & Image Consulting. I came up with the name Pink Diamond because my nickname is "Pink" and I am a "Diamond". For those of you who don't know - the definition of a diamond is a rock that that has been cut and polished and valued as a precious gem. According to my boyfriend (whom I adore and will help me with building my business) A pink diamond is rare, classy, unique & in high demand.
Therefore, a pink diamond represents me, represents my life and represents who I will become.
This blog is a documentary of my successes, my failures, my good times, my bad times = MY LIFE.