You Must Not Know 'Bout Me

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Hey Ladies,

It's COOOLD!! Brrrr!! Fareal, dog, it's BRICK (remember when folks used to say that?). Honestly, I can barely stand this weather. Most of all, because I hate wearing my Raekwon circa-95 puffy down parka. If anyone can think of a sexier cold-weather-coat, please advise. Hey, I'd looove to thank you for all the sweet-as-pie compliments on my new author photo! My friend, lothario-about-town Wyatt Gallery shot the picture, and this man's a genius (check out his award-winning photography here). If it wasn't for a very blind set-up with Y-Gza in early '02, I never would've met his super-cute roomate, Adam, and eventually married his ass! There's a lesson to be learned here, kids...never turn down a blind date. He/she might share a George Foreman Grill with your beloved.

Can we quickly talk about the Golden Globes? How stunning was Reese Witherspoon? There's nothing like a gut-wrenching public breakup to make you put on your red "dontcha" heels. As usual, J. Lo went one accessory to far. But I kind of love that about her. She's loud and tacky and overdosing on glitz, but thank God somebody in Hollywood takes their glamour responsibilities seriously. As I live and breathe, ENOUGH with the white grecian gowns! And poor, B. I love my mommy too, but if I were a diva goddess sensation, I'd AT LEAST hire Rachel Zoe. Tina Knowles keeps her ravishing daughter in 80's pageant dresses that don't do her justice, and I want it to stop.

Hey, have any of you heard of a blog game called "5 Things You Don't Know About Me?" Apparently, I was just "tagged" by Miss Antonia, and it's my turn to spill all. Instead of really going there with my most scandalous, walk-of-shame-ish secrets, I decided to reveal the five BEAUTY-RELATED things you may not know about moi. Promise you'll still respect me in the morning?

Kisses,

Tia

THE FIVE THINGS YOU MUST NOT KNOW 'BOUT ME, Beauty Edition

1. ) I USED TO BE A TEEN MODEL. Yeah, but not the cover-of-Seventeen kind. I was strictly DC-local, doing cheesy mall shows during prom season, and weird "conceptual" fashion shoots for local papers. "Conceptual" meaning posing with twigs in my hair in the middle of a parking garage. Wrong, wrong, wrong. As wrong as Isaiah Washington. And how about me in the little-red-corvette pants? Baby, you're much too fast! I do love the shiny scarlet lips, though, and I've been searching for the perfect red since I took this pic back in '94. As you know, finding that pitch-perfect, brown-girl red is as improbable as Tyra showing up at panel in nude lips and demure hair. It's because most reds are blended with so much blue or pink (both cool tones...BAD) that they clash on darker, yellow-based complexions. For awhile, I was a HUGE fan of Tarte's Lipgloss in Bonnie & Clyde, but it's discontinued. I found the next best thing though...NARS FROST LIPSTICK IN SPANISH RED ($22.50) is a deep, vampy reddish-plummy-brown that sets my world ablaze. I like to lightly fill in my lips with MAC Lip Liner in Chestnut before applying--this gives it a deeper, more stained look. Heaven

LATE-BREAKING ADDITION:

Hey guys, had to add one thing. I just got turned on to LOREAL HIP INTENSELY MOISTURIZING LIPCOLOR IN GUTSY #854, ($7.06)!! This shimmery, coppery-brown crimson is my new favorite red, even moreso than the Nars. If you want to know what it looks like on, check out the L'Oreal HIP ad with Kerry Washington. GORGE.

) SAM FINE HATES MY EYEBROWS. Sam Fine is a legendary makeup artist and one of my dearest friends. And he has no love for my twin arches. Last time he beat my face, he spent the first fifteen minutes trying not to weep with frustration at how totally ghastly they'd become. Uneven, inelegant, choppy, et al. Poor Mr. Fine worked so hard whipping my arches into shape that afterwards, he was rushed to the ER for a sprained wrist. Anyway, since then, I've simply plucked along the lines he created, and they look fantastic. Now, Sam taught me that it doesn't stop with the tweezing, kids. If you've got sparse lashes like mine, you simply MUST fill in. Since I'm now a paranoid wreck before I see him, I always use DUWOP'S BROWWOW BROW PALETTE COMPACT in DARKER ($34). Again, I know I rep DuWop, like, every other week, but their stuff is soo cutting-edge! This palette has it all...a defining powder to fill-in barely-there brows, a finishing gloss for hold, and a truly fantastic shimmer cream to highlight the browbone (use your finger to dot along the underside of your arch, and blend...it wakes up your eyes like crazy)