Fall Inspired #MOTD | Modern Renaissance Palette

Hey Swickass community! I don’t even want to THINK about the last time I posted on this blog (because it has been a hot second). Since the last time I’ve posted, I’ve gotten several steps closer to obtaining my degree, signed the lease to my first apartment and accepted my first full time gig (#adulting). I wouldn’t quite call this a comeback, but I do plan to post regularly on Swickass to report on the latest beauty trends and makeup tutorials.

The gradual decline in temperature is an indicator that Fall is basically here. I decided to create my own fun Autumn look using the Anastasia Beverly Hills – Modern Renaissance Palette.

The song playing in my tutorial is by a good friend of mine, and upcoming St. Louis rapper, Jeremy Raymond. Listen to the full song here.

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xoxo Erika

2013 Halloween Trend = Blackface?

Everyday people, high profile fashion designers, and even celebrities have no filter and no boundary lines by revisiting the degrading trend of blackface.



What originally started as theater makeup for minstrel shows in the 19th century, as white people painting their face in black paint and feeding into stereotypical black activities, is once again emerging in 2013. In a attempt to have the most creative and over the top halloween costumes this year, people are taking it too far and are down right offensive.

8 hours ago the Huffington post published an article about high profile fashion designers, and others, partaking in the blackface culture as they disguised themselves to fit the theme of an African Halloween Disco Party in Italy yesterday.

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Not to mention the several people think it’s ok to dress as Trayvon Martian for Halloween this year.

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Clearly this blackface issue is turning into an ignorant, insensitive trend, and needs to be stopped. Halloween is about being spooky, creative, and fun so I hope you all think before you dress.

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Batman Superman Movie?


According to the LA Times, a Superman Batman collaboration movie is expected to be released by Warner Brothers inc in 2015. Nothing has been confirmed on the Warner Bro’s end but the rumor does not seem too unbelievable. Henry Cavill, aka the Man of Steel hottie, is expected to return as Superman while the actor to portray Batman is still up in the air. The launch of this super duo movie would create a steady transition to the long awaited Justice League movie that everyone wants but this blogger is still skeptical. I personally believe that a 2015 release date is way too soon especially if they want to release a Man of Steel 2. What do you guys think?

Kanye Bash, Kanye Smash! (Once Again)

Earlier today at LAX in the Tom Brady terminal, new father and rapper Kanye West, once again, is seen attacking the paparazzi but this time things got violent. Mr. West aggressive and hostile manner towards the paparazzi is no surprise. The real surprise is that the encounter turned so physical that paramedics had to be called unto the scene.


The encounter started with a swarm of photographers asking several questions about West personal life, which turned into questions about Kanye’s hostile demeanor. Instead of heading straight to his car, Kanye just had to go on another rant. The photographer tried to keep his cool and even run away from the rapper but it was too late. Kanye attacked him with little, to no warning. The bashing attracted more paparazzi to the scene and even the paramedics. After the brawl, Kanye fled the scene and is once again the man we love to hate.

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I personally love Kanye West as both a musician and a person, but for once I am siding with the public. You can not rap about stopping the violence in Chicago if you can not even stop the hidden violence and rage in yourself Kanye. Also as a new father he needs to understand that his actions do have consequences. I smell a lawsuit headed his way.

Here is the footage of the fight from the unlucky paparazzi man’s point of view.


Top five BEST and WORST looks: BET Awards 2013

Last night BET hosted its annual award show to honor various categories that shape black entertainment. Here is a recap of the best and worst looks of the night.


5.) Mya

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All white everything was a huge trend at the 2013 BET awards and Mya did it justice. I love her pointed toe, spiked Louboutin heels.  Mya’s outfit is formal but still fun and I love every last bit of it, even her dramatically long extensions.


4.) Nicki Minja

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I love the toned down, my wig isn’t eating my forehead, simple makeup Nick Minja. For starters her hair, a short blond look with black roots has never looked this good on anyone else. I am thrilled to see her in a good looking, realistic lace wig unlike her other eccentric wigs from the past. Secondly, you can never go wrong in a simple black dress. While still being sexy and revealing cleavage, Nicki still kept it toned it down with a floor length dress. From start to finish she had a clean cut look and in my opinion she looks beautiful. Hopefully she keeps it toned down and chills out on the dramatic wigs and makeup because she honestly looks better without all the extra.

3.) Tatyana Ali

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Ms.Ali never has a bad look and she surly did not disappoint at the 2013 BET Awards in her floor length, deep v neck cut dress. Her side swept curls, soft makeup, and NO neckless or unnessary jewerly complemented the look nicely. It’s clean, simple, and sexy and I totally approve of this look as a whole.

2.) Dwayne Wade

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Although he is usually known for his outrageous and down right tacky pre-game outfits, he cleaned up nicely for the award ceremony. However, do not let the elegant look fool you, he still added in his Wade touch to the look by pairing the suite with studded dress shoes. He wouldn’t be Dwayne Wade if he didn’t do it right?

1.) Adrienne Bailon

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I am in LOVE with this look from start to finish. This long red dress shows off Adrienne’s great figure with out weighing her down because she is short. I love that her hair is pulled back so you can see here beautiful face. In my opinion Adrienne stole the show and was the best dressed person at the BET awards.


5.) La La

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LaLa is smart, beautiful, and talented but why would she pick this dress to wear last night? This dress is too bulky, it does not flatter her shape, and it looks like something that can be warn in the star treck re-makes.

4.) Gabby Douglas

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This dress makes me sick. It looks like a cheap homecoming dress and it does not show off, or flatter, her invisible t figure. The red lip color was not a good choice for the dress and honestly I was expecting better from Gabby. Gabby Douglas is a inspiration to all the young people out there but when I see this dress all she is inspiring me to do is vomit.

3.) Angela Simmons

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Another star treck dress was warn at the BET Awards by Ms. Angela Simmons…yuck. This dress might have been ok it it didn’t have unnecessary glitter, cup holders, and a neck brace that supports her horribly choppy and slightly uneven hair cut. Angela is not a pretty girl, nor a good speaker. Instead of wowing the crowd with a spectacular look she has given me more flaws in her image to point out. Angela was one of the most badly dressed women at the BET awards last night, hands down.

2.) French Montana

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Seriously? It looks like he just rolled out of bed. This rapper really isn’t worried about anything, including his image.

1.) Trinidad James

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Another look that makes me want to vomit. The “Gold All In My Chain” Rapper is known for having horrible fashion taste but this is out of control. Words can’t even describe how horrible this look is…

Double Mint Twins: Rihanna vs. Nicole Richie

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At the 2012 Costume Institute Met gala, Rated R singer Rihanna embraced her edgy side in a floor length Tom Ford reptilian gown. Almost a year later Nicole Richie wore the same Tom Ford creation with added shoulder pads and leg action at the Clive Davis 2013  pre-grammy gala.

Both stars did Tom Ford justice in either dress but my vote goes to Nicole Richie. I love the added shoulder pads, it creates more shape and complements her short hair cut. Although Rihanna fills out the dress better then Richie, Nicole was still able to steal the title of “the fresher” double mint twin by showing off her great legs in the dress. What do you think?