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Taraji is the Queen of MAC Viva Glam

It should be no secret that I have a high regard for companies and products that actively contribute to social causes and organizations. As such, I will always be a huge MAC fan because of their leadership with the MAC AIDS Fund and the Viva Glam lipstick. When you purchase a lip product in the collection, 100% of the proceeds go to the MAC AIDS Fund.

It’s hard to not stand behind that, right?! I mean, even the leadership behind the Fund is fabulous.

When I heard that my play cousin, Taraji P. Henson, was the newest Viva Glam ambassador, I was all in. When I saw the bomb fuchsia color that she was representing, I was beyond all in.

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I grabbed this color earlier in the summer and it is a fave of mine. I’m not bold enough to wear it to the office but it is my go-to shade for brunch and church on the weekends. I was still honeymooning with Viva Glam Taraji P. Henson when word hit that her second shade in the collection was released.

More #BlackGirlMagic? Yes, please.

Instead of a playful pink, Taraji kept it foxy for fall with a frosted copper brown lipstick and gold shimmery Lip Glass.

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A few weekends ago, I attended the Black AIDS Institute’s Heroes in the Struggle Awards, an event in which Taraji was one of the recipients. In prep for the evening, I hit the MAC counter and asked for a look that centered around her latest lineup. However, I was concerned that the super deep combo of the lip stick and the lip glass might overpower my look. My outfit centered around my red, sparkly heels so I didn’t want too much competition otherwise.

My makeup artist opted to layer the Lip Glass over their Chestnut lip liner. A fab call, by the way. See Uber pic below.

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Between the beautiful fuschia colors in the first collection and the gorgeous brown/gold tones in the second, these shades are perfect for me. In fact, I own three tubes of Viva Glam Taraji P. Henson. I only bought two of them though so don’t judge me. I’m just really glad to have a pinkish shade that works well for me, unlike a couple of the other Viva Glam lippies.

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Have you tried any of these products? If so, what did you think?

#TFGDoesWCW: Nancy Mahon

Ah, #WCW (Woman Crush Wednesday). It’s an Instagram holiday that I’ve never really celebrated, but I think that has something to do with the fact that I’ve never been anyone’s WCW. However, I can appreciate the spirit of the idea, especially when smart and beautiful women are being featured. Given that March is National Women’s History Month, I decided that I would show some love to some of my personal role models this month.

You should know that these women are not just beautiful but also brilliant and have a big heart (duh). They come from different walks of life but each currently is inspiring me to dream bigger, work harder, and give more. Let me introduce the first woman of the month.

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I first learned about across Nancy Mahon several months ago while researching the team behind the MAC AIDS Fund. Nancy is a Senior Vice President at The Estee Lauder Companies and the Global Director of the Fund (#GirlBoss). If you check out her bio, you will learn about all of her accomplishments which include graduating from Yale and NYU Law, publishing numerous articles, and leading God’s Love We Deliver before joining MAC. Impressive? Absolutely. However, it’s her work now that caught my attention. Through sales from the MAC Viva Glam product line, the company is able to raise money for the MAC AIDS Fund. Currently, the company gives away $35 million across the world and Nancy is at the helm of this incredible work.

She inspires my nonprofit side as well as my business side. I don’t believe that corporate success and doing good has to be mutual. In fact, I’ve spent the past 21 months in a position that allows me to effectively do both. There are a lot of lessons to be learned by MAC. I’m glad that they give us the blueprint for how to do both, and I love Nancy at the helm.

If you’re not familiar with the work of the MAC AIDS Fund, please check out the video below. She is awesome and you will know so much more after watching.

 

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UPDATE: My husband actually made me his #WCW today. I’m not sure if he read the opening paragraph of my blog this AM or was just feeling rather affectionate, but I’ll take it! *insert googly eyes*

Pink Kisses from MAC and Miley Cyrus

If it were up to me, there would never be another MAC Viva Glam spokesperson beside Rihanna. I have a thing for Rih that blew up once it was announced that she was joining this legendary campaign. However, life must go on, right?

It was recently announced that Miley Cyrus is taking over the throne as the newest ambassador for this charitable line of lipsticks. To be honest, I’m not that big on Miley but I appreciate anyone who lends their brand and support to help raise dollars for the MAC AIDS Fund. Since 1994, the company has raised upwards of $300 million dollars to support those living with HIV/AIDS – exclusively through the sale of these lipsticks. It’s incredible.

Now, about the newest product… It is a bright pink but not as much of a strange pink as Nicki Minaj’s Viva Glam lipstick.

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I stopped by my local MAC counter to check out the colors on brown skin, and it wasn’t that bad!

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However, I already have Girl About Town and think that’s all the bright pink that I need for now. So, I left the tube at the counter, but picked up a tube of Viva Glam III so that my trip was not in vain.

Both the party-perfect lipstick and lip glass are  in stores and online now. To learn more about the amazing work and organizations supported by the MAC AIDS Fund, check out their website. Trust me… You will be impressed.

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Gifts That Give Back Under $50

Happy Sunday! We’re in the home stretch now for holiday shopping, especially if you’re planning to purchase items online. In my second gift guide, you will find items that folks ranging from foodies to techies will love. My favorites? The Giving Keys sweatshirt and the LSTN wooden headphones. Check out the roundup below.

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1. This book is what happens when celeb chefs unite for children, $26

2. A must-have item for the resident do-gooder in your crew, $50

3. Of course charity:water designed a cool wooden phone case, $35

4. How about pairing these winter mugs with a hot cocoa kit, $48

5. These six lip colors help support the MAC AIDS Fund, $40

6. Smell good and do good with this perfume from Clinique, $38

7. Give the gift of snuggle with a cute throw, $30

8. A little pop of color in the home is always a good thing, $38

9. These chocolates are almost too pretty to eat (almost), $30

10. Zebra wood headphones make a great gifts for music lovers, $50

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P.S. Looking for charitable gifts under $25? Here you go.