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Toya
Baltimore, MD
Makeup artist. Beauty junkie. Bellydancer.
Interests: makeup, all things beauty, reading, writing, bellydance
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It's not easy to stay intact My disparate pieces want to Float Run Drift Away But you You herd them You corral me You hold me Down Together Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2011 at Toya Talks
The last word to wake me from a sound sleep was No It rang loud and long Deep Like a gong going off in my spirit No For the first and last time Today I woke with Yes on my lips My fingertips Sounding Delicate In my ears Like wind... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2011 at Toya Talks
If you follow me on Twitter, you already saw some of my thoughts on this subject, but I felt like I had to expound. Since it's Mother's Day weekend, I have absolutely nothing to do and I slept in until damn near one o'clock. When I woke up and got... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2011 at Toya Talks
I'm gonna talk about whatever I want here. If you are squeamish about profanity or sex, this probably isn't the place for you. I don't curse all that much, but sometimes a well-placed "ass" or "shit" or even "fuck" doesn't go amiss. And sex is just about my favorite thing... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2011 at Toya Talks
I'm a writer. I always have been. From the time I was able to write and could string words together to make coherent sentences, I have used the written word to process and to share. Words have been my vehicle, my weapon, my paint brush. I revel in their power,... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2011 at Toya Talks
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In your satin tights...fighting for your rights and the old red, white, and blue! The first time I can remember having a birthday party is the year I turned four. We had a pool party at my Aunt Cyn's house.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2011 at The Life of A Ladybug
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Those of you who have been readers of this blog know that, toward the end of last year, I completed P90X. I am so proud of myself for committing to that effort and am so happy with the results I've... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2010 at Makeda
The end of the year is here. This has been the roughest year of my life and I am so looking forward to having it be over with. But because of this last year, I have prioritized so many things... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2010 at The Life of A Ladybug
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Okay, ladies. Sorry for the delay. I wanted to wait the full six months to give you an accurate update. My curls are still waves. They look a little fuller than they did six months ago. I honestly feel that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2010 at The Life of A Ladybug
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Revlon continues the quest to change the face of cancer with Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Pink Pursuit. In partnership with the Entertainment Industry Foundation™, Revlon® will donate proceeds* to fund breast cancer research around the country. 10% of sales... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2010 at The Life of A Ladybug
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This October, Cosmoholic Cosmetics (www.cosmoholiconline.com) is donating 10% of the proceeds of the sale of their Prudish Pink Liquid Lipstick to benefit the American Cancer Society for Breast Cancer Research. Prudish Pink (SRP $20.00) is a gorgeous, natural rose pink... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2010 at The Life of A Ladybug
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This week has felt pretty blah to me so far. Although I do not have to wear make up to work, everyone in my office does. I prefer not to. On the days I do, I prefer the "natural look".... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2010 at The Life of A Ladybug
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Nicole Ritchie famously went from her well-known honey blonde locks to a deep brunette. This to This So . . . which wig works? Do you like Nicole as a blonde or a brunette? Honestly, I prefer her darker locks.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2010 at The Life of A Ladybug
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So, I announced last week that there is a new venture coming to The Life of A Ladybug and here it is! I have amassed a wonderful group of women who are going to help me review the latest and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2010 at The Life of A Ladybug
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Finally, making its debut on September 1st, NARS Cosmetics introduces Pure Matte Lipstick! Over 15 years ago, François Nars created a collection of 12 perfectly edited lipsticks. Nars’ passion for lipstick never wavered. Introducing Pure Matte Lipstick– the newest addition... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2010 at The Life of A Ladybug
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Every now and then, I reflect on my beauty icons/inspirations. Not only as a make-up artist, but also as a woman who finds that my personal style evolves as I grow and mature. For the last few years, I've found... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2010 at The Life of A Ladybug
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Whitney Port was at the Sephora Hollywood and Highland store in Los Angeles to kick off Sephora’s “Kiss for a Cause,” a three week long- initiative to benefit The Beauty Bus Foundation, a Los Angeles-based non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2010 at The Life of A Ladybug
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I know you've seen the commercials . . . the Winkee ads have been all over the air. Not quite as geeky as a dickie, but just as functional, the Winkee gives you the answer to your "too much cleavage"... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2010 at The Life of A Ladybug
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MAC's Viva Glam Cyndi and Viva Glam Gaga are being issued in Lipglass shades this fall! I am excited about this and I am a lover of all the Viva Glams and always purchase each new one as it's released... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2010 at The Life of A Ladybug
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So, at least some of you have probably already heard about this. You see this picture of Jill Scott - it has been suggested that Jilly from Philly has gotten a relaxer. Folks are in shock and awe. Okay, let's... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2010 at The Life of A Ladybug
SEPHORA Brings the Hottest Names in Beauty to New York for Fashion’s Night Out on September 10, 2010 This September 10th, Sephora will be hosting interactive events in all 15 of their Manhattan locations in celebration of Fashion’s Night Out,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2010 at The Life of A Ladybug
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People Style Watch is growing to be one of my favorite magazines. I drool over the new trends in beauty, hair, clothing and accessories every month. Click through to get some details about the September issue, on newsstands now! 10... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2010 at The Life of A Ladybug
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Calgon, a leading bath and beauty brand, announced today the launch of the Take Me Away! Moments Contest, which will go live on August 16th and will run through December 19th. On the heels of a 2010 re-launch for the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2010 at The Life of A Ladybug
Naturallycurly.com has listed their 10 favorite low cost conditioners. What are yours? Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2010 at The Life of A Ladybug