I am so happy that more and more makeup companies are creating a copious amount of makeup shades for women of color. For a very long time women of color, especially BLACK women have suffered when it comes to finding the right shade of makeup. Obviously beauty comes in all shades and tones, but it’s hard to say that when makeup brands don’t shed light on darker skin tones. Women of color who are models, celebrities, or entertainers are always asked to bring their own foundation to set because some makeup artist and makeup brands don’t carry their shade.

Let me tell y’all a little story! So one day, I got booked to walk in New York Bridal Week. I was so excited and thrilled because it was my first runway show. On the day of the show, I had a 7 A.M. call time and I was running late. I usually like to put a little foundation on when I leave the house but on this day, I did not have time. I decided to drop my foundation in my bag and put a little pep in my step to catch the subway. I arrived at 7:03 A.M. and I was the last one to arrive, so that kind of made me a little upset (I hate being late!). As I waited for my time in the makeup chair, I began looking at all the other models and I only saw two other blacks girls and they were darker than me. I sat in the makeup chair and I closed my eyes for about 10 minutes and once I opened my eyes, I looked like a pale geisha. I mean I really looked PALE AF! My make up was awful. I scrambled backstage to find the other black girls and they did their own makeup. That experience definitely taught me to ALWAYS be prepared.

It’s so annoying that mainstream makeup isn’t always looking out for the black girls and the women of color. Thanks to CoverFX, they have a range of foundations and powders dedicated to darker women. When it comes to setting powders, I don’t always like wearing banana powder because sometimes I feel I look a little yellow. I recently tried the Cover FX Perfect Setting Powder which gives my makeup a flawless finish. The powder ranges from fair to deep and when I mean deep, I mean DEEP! I highly suggest going to your nearest Sephora to test out which powder sets best on your skin tone.

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Photographed by: @Deanay0

One thing that I detest during fall and winter is DRY SKIN! Every year I try my hardest to avoid dry skin because it causes my makeup to separate and look crackly. I’ve always used a sunscreen to moisturize my face before applying my makeup but this autumn I think I found my holy grail when it’s comes to makeup separation. I finally invested the time to find a hydrating primer and CoverFX has answered my prayers. After I apply my  sunscreen, I apply my Calming Primer.  I like this primer because it’s great for sensitive skin. If you’re like me, I suffer from hives and mild eczema. My sensitive skin is one of the main reasons why my makeup separates and this primer gets rid of my redness while calming my skin.

Lastly, when I finish my entire makeup routine, I love to spray the CoverFX Mattifying Setting Spray. I used to think setting sprays were a hoax but after a trial, I realized they actually get the job done. It keeps my makeup matte and together. I love a matte look because I don’t like looking shiny. In the summer, it’s cool to have a little shine to enhance your glow but in the winter I prefer my makeup to be all the way matte. If you guys and gals have any other winter makeup routines that you do, don’t be afraid to comment on this post.

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Makeup by: Eduard Emanuel 

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Earlier this year, I made a BIG change in my life, I went VEGETARIAN! I come from a big Jamaican family and it was hard for me to give up jerk chicken, oxtail, and chicken foot soup ( I know it sounds weird but it’s sooo yummy!). A majority of people usually transition into being vegetarian by gradually eliminating red meat, chicken and fish, but my journey was quite different. I have been allergic to seafood for a majority of my life so that was easy but eliminating meats was a whole other story.

In March, I traveled to Dakar, Senegal, which was an incredible experience (CLICK HERE to watch my vlog). A majority of the food I ate was meat and during my two week stay, my body was not responding well to it at all. Don’t get me wrong, it tasted wonderful but I rather have a clean and clear digestive system. After longs nights of sitting on the toilet, I decided it was time to change the way I eat.  Since June 2017, I have not had one slab of meat and it’s been one of the greatest decision I’ve made.

I like to call myself a vegetarian with vegan tendencies. I say that because I only drink almond or cashew milk and I don’t eat eggs. Sometimes I have my dairy days by releasing my stress with a big bowl of ice cream, but I try to be a good girl. One thing I do use that is 100% vegan is my Natural Finish Foundation from CoverFX. I guess since I was changing what goes into my body, I wanted to change what goes on it as well. First, I fell in love with the packaging. It’s large enough to last me a long time but it’s small enough for me to carry on the airplane. Second, the foundation keep my skin hydrated. I’ve tried a lot of foundations in the past and they dried out my skin. Lastly, it is a FULL coverage foundation. I know a lot of companies say full coverage and they’re not, but CoverFX did not lead me a stray. The foundation doesn’t just help cover my blemishes, but it heals them. If you’re looking for a change in your makeup, I suggest taking the first step with CoverFX.

MY SHADE: G90 

CLICK HERE to shop CoverFX online. Products can also be purchased in your local Sephora.

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 For me, autumn is all about flannels, leggings, sweaters, and leathers. Feeling comfortable in my clothing is a must, especially when temperatures begin to drop. I REALLY love fall because sometimes you get sunny days with the perfect amount of breeze or a day that is overcast and at the peak of the day, the sun comes out. COMFORT is KEY and what is more comfortable than a chunky sweater? I’ll wait…. Haha, I’m just  pulling your leg. The best part about chunky sweaters are that they are very inexpensive. If you’re not try to spend cash, go look in your Mom’s closet or your Grandparents (you might find some vintage goodies). Also, you could go to your local thrift store or Goodwill and find one between $5- $10.
  I remember back in high school, every girl used to wear chunky sweaters  with black leggings. Why? you might ask, because they were comfortable AF and they still are. Now that my style has evolved, I’m still wearing black leggings (LOL), but they have a twist to them. I recently got these really cool tie up leggings from Windsor Store with eyelet Screen Shot 2017-11-03 at 6.00.54 PMdecor. They are very comfortable and cute, but I don’t suggest wearing them when traveling. The last time I wore those bad boys, they let off the metal detector at TSA which was very annoying. They are perfect for a fro-yo run, going out, or lounging around the house. They can be paired with a chunky sweater or a flannel, like how I paired them in the photos below.
Xoxo,
Ivy Coco
P.S. Don’t get comfortable in life, but when it comes to style comfortable is cute AF!

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Photos by Missaei
Check out the rest of my fall looks featuring #WindsorStore

Growing up with a Mom who is a total diva, taught me the most important lesson about style, ” It’s not about how others feel about your style, it’s about how you feel about your style”. It was so cool seeing her in outrageous, fun, and daring outfit on and off the red carpet. One trait that I truly admire about my mother is her ability to make a statement. Yes, she always makes a statement in whatever she wears but she also makes a statement in the way she carries herself. Style is not just about the clothes we wear over our backs, it’s about how we choose to carry ourselves in those clothes. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, I am talking about SWAG my friends! My Mom has a whole lot of swag and it’s because of the way she carries herself. She could enter a room wearing a trash bag and at least ten people would ask her “who is the designer?”. The first rule of style is believing in yourself. If you feel fabulous, you look fabulous.

Since my Mom is one of my favorite style icons, I find it imperative to raid her vintage closet every week. It’s so cool to find old pictures of her in the 80’s and then find the exact outfits she wore in those photos. I think she is a complete genius for saving all her outfits because just like history, fashion repeats itself. Most importantly, I’m just glad that I am able to wear them and they are in tip top condition. If you have a Mom that you know was slayinggggggg back in the day, I suggest you dive into the back of her closet and search for these 3 must have items…

  1. MOM JEANS

2. A GRANDPA SWEATER

3. A VINTAGE SUIT

Photographed by Paige Wilson  @paigeswilson 

Hair by Julius Nash