Beauty Basics on a Budget Seminar


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The 1st ever Beauty Basics on a Budget was held this past fall in Detroit, Michigan. It was a huge success! Please check back as I will be hosting more Beauty Basis on a Budget seminars in New York, Detroit, and Chicago for 2012! This is such a great opportunity for women to bring their basic makeup collection and learn tips and tricks with what you have. Can't wait to roll out plans for 2012!



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New at 'B Stands for Beauty' -
THE B WORD!

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New to 'B Stands for Beauty' is The B Word!! The B Word is a weekly commentary from me about. . . whatever comes to mind. It will be related to my life and this journey to be successful in my career!
I hope to hear from you!


My Best Friend...A Lawyer!

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Shout out to my best friend, Delilah P. Strickland! She just completed Law School! I will be getting my friend back in just a few weeks once she takes the bar exam!

Her only request was that I be there to do her makeup and lashes. Go figure :-)


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I came across an article on Essence.com about club promoters in Columbus, Ohio using skin color as their promoting tactic. View article here.

It made its way to the world of Twitter and even received it oWn hashtag #lightskinvsdarkskin. For those not familiar with Twitter, placing a hashtag on a word or group of words makes it easily searchable and creates a sub-community of tweets around a certain topic.

When I read the article, I immediately dismissed it, but then I saw the poll so I voted. That additional 30 seconds I spent engaged in this article brought to surface from my subconscious my own personal childhood war with skin tone. I immediately got on the phone with a friend and she reminded me of a promoter in Detroit who once used a promoting tactic to let light skin girls in for free. She expressed her struggle with skin color as well.

As a child I struggled with embracing, accepting, and loving myself for my own skin complexion. As a society and specifically in the African American community I wonder when will it every stop! It has been a long struggle of fighting with my inner thoughts. Thoughts that somehow were placed in my mind from things I learned at school, television, and other experiences that shaped my childhood.

At the age of 27, it feels good to be mentally free from the name calling and “indirect” compliments. I look at myself now knowing, believing, and exuding the confidence of being me – beautiful. No longer do I look to date lighter skinned men in fear my children will be dark skinned. I can have dolls that are dark skinned and not throw a temper tantrum for my mother to buy the lighter version of the selection. (I usually never got what I wanted! Thanks Mom :-) When I hear the comment, “I don’t do dark skinned girls,” I am no longer offended.

I have seen plenty of party promotions in my day and this is by far the worst. I am deeply saddened by this display of ignorance and not one soul should step foot in this venue (scheduled to be held today, January 21st) or support these promoters in the future.

The struggle to overcome this is recent and real. There is nothing I can do about my skin tone, but to accept it and thank goodness I have. I no longer am a slave to the thought that to be light is right.

I can’t control the world, but I can control my thoughts and what I believe. I am thankful that I am at peace with issue!


Sincerely,

B from ‘B Stands for Beauty’


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Brandalyn Fulton is a Makeup, Wig & Hair Artist residing in New York City. She is also Beauty Editor of Hope Today Magazine. Her work can be found at www.brandalynfultononline.com.

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