Out & About; BLF Celebrates Tweezerman’s 35th Anniversary!


While BLF normally is seen at our favorite fashion events, we had the honor of being invited to celebrate the 35th anniversary of beauty-pro darling Tweezerman! Makeup artists and bloggers, as well as select media and retail partners, gathered at the Chester in Meatpacking to sip and sample Tweezerman’s signature beauty products.

Currently enjoying sips and beauty tips at the #TweezermanTurns35 event!

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Tweezerman started 35 years ago with a single product- the Splintertweeze. Their iconic original product-a best-seller for its precision tips and famous “Tweezerman Slant”- became a launching pad for the brand, which branched into providing head to toe beauty tools for celebrities, makeup artists, and those like us who just want to look like a million bucks.

In celebration, Tweezerman offered guests a showcase of their most popular items-which we were invited to try for ourselves by filling our own pro-makeup pouch- while ambassadors were on-hand to give us info and tips on how to make the most of their beauty tools. Guests also had the opportunity to win great prizes like an iPad mini, gift certificates and a trip to Las Vegas!

While I was familiar with their tweezing products, I was excited to learn that tweezerman has products for the total eye, ranging from eyelash curlers to makeup brushes! Because you know I love a smoky eye, my fave product of the evening was the Brush IQ eye defining kit.


Consisting of the line glider, shader and blender brushes, the Brush IQ series features DuPont Natrafil patented technology which performs like animal hair fibers while being more hygienic (hello, sensitive skin solutions!). The brushes can be used with wet or dry makeup.

Check out the tutorial below and let us know, have you tried any of the Tweezerman or Brush IQ products?


BLF does NYFW- Beverly Johnson and The Face that Changed it All!


Ok, now THIS is how you kick off Fashion Week!

You are not allowed to make fun of my fangirling, I have laughed enough at this picture for the both of us!
You are not allowed to make fun of my fangirling, I have laughed enough at this picture for the both of us!

On the eve of New York Fashion Week,  Beverly Johnson and over 300 of her friends gathered at the Museum of the City of New York for a celebration of the life and memoirs of the accomplished supermodel.

Johnson, whose Vogue cover in August of 1974 broke grounds and opened doors for models of color in the US and abroad, graciously hosted and mingled with the impressive crowd of entertainers, fashionistas, executives and die-hard fans at the stunningly decorated venue, which boasted signature cocktails and tasty bites over two floors.

I got mine!!!
I got mine!!!

The star-studded gala, attended by the likes of Clive Davis, Mikki Taylor, Cheryl Lee Ralph, CeCe Peniston and more was quite the family affair; she was flanked by her daughter and best friend during her note of thanks, a short speech was also given by her long-term partner and we were treated to a musical performance by her nephew!

When I wasn’t fangirling it out I did take a few pictures, so check out the rest below. And you can get your own copy of Beverly’s “The Face that Changed it All” on Amazon. Here’s to a fun fashion week!

The Fix-It Shop Closes its Doors; Sonia Manzano to Retire from Sesame Street


Sonia Manzano, or “Maria” as most of us know, is retiring after 44 years on Sesame Street.

My childhood!

sonia-monzano-sesame-streetManzano made the announcement at the American Library Association’s Conference in San Francisco. Many fans of the beloved character expressed their sadness at the news of her departure, white Sonia remains positive an upbeat, assuring us we haven’t seen the last of her;

Many fans have had the honor of growing up with Maria, as Manzano weaved her own life into the character. Her real-life pregnancy was written in the show, even going so far as to explain breastfeeding in one episode. Viewers saw Maria date, marry, become a mother and a business owner, all while singing along with their favorite puppets.

Sonia’s memoir, “Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx,” is slated for release later this year, and I’m certain this is just the beginning of what will be an exciting new chapter. I’m certain she’s not done giving us life lessons, and I wish her the best!

Donald Trump-Media Pariah After Voicing ‘Derogatory’ Views on Latinos


In what has turned out to be a real-life version of “A Day Without a Mexican“, Donald Trump has found himself on the receiving end of his famous “You’re Fired!”


After a week which saw him commenting on border control with gems such as “They are bringing drugs, and bringing crime, and their rapists.”, then doubling down once confronted, “The Donald” has since had a front-row seat to the crumbling of his cushy media empire.

For the past week Trump has steadfastly refused to budge as he “lost” his Miss Universe contract with Univision (which he responded to with the pettiest of panache),  and saw both hosts, performers and judges for the Miss Universe Pageant resign with just weeks to go before the telecast. But apparently the final straw floated down to NBC after his clarifying statements on CNN’s State of the Union Sunday, as the network has released a statement cutting all ties:

“At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values. Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump. To that end, the annual Miss USA and Miss Universe Pageants, which are part of a joint venture between NBC and Trump, will no longer air on NBC. In addition, as Mr. Trump has already indicated, he will not be participating in The Apprentice on NBC. Celebrity Apprentice is licensed from Mark Burnett‘s United Artists Media Group and that relationship will continue.”

Trump famously has been very vocal on social media regarding his stance on immigration and his recent comments. We will definitely be watching to see what the “presidential hopeful” has to say now that he has discovered when it comes to Latinos in America-you mess with one, you mess with the whole family.

UPDATE: Donald Trump has responded NBC’s statement with one of his own, again using social media:

Statement on Relationship with NBC-

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