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

George Clooney WEDS!!

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Welp! America’s most known bachelor, George Clooney is officially off the market! George Clooney tied the knot on Saturday evening in Venice, Italy, to British-Lebanese lawyer Amal Alamuddin. Amal looked breathtaking in her Oscar de la Renta gown and the groom wore a black Armani tux.

What about the food? The catering for their reception took place at the Aman Canal Grande hotel, prepared by Salza Catering led by chef Riccardo del Pra. First course include ravioli with lemon and ricotta and a lemon and blue lobster risotto– while the second course was a Chianina Tuscan beef. Dessert was a chaud-froid with zabaglione, which is a cold and hot specialty. The wedding cake was from the Ramperti bakery.

The Clooneys’ sold their wedding pics to the highest bidder, People Magazine (USA) and Hello! (British tabloid). Proceeds will go to charities.

Guests include Matt Damon, Cindy Crawford, Bono and Bill Murray.

Congratulations to the couple!

Alamuddin at a final fitting, with Oscar de la Renta (right) and head tailor Raffaele Ilardo, in the designer’s New York studio. Oscar de la Renta ivory beaded-tulle dress with Chantilly-lace appliqué. Photographed by Annie Leibovitz, Vogue, October 2014

Alamuddin at a final fitting, with Oscar de la Renta (right) and head tailor Raffaele Ilardo, in the designer’s New York studio. Oscar de la Renta ivory beaded-tulle dress with Chantilly-lace appliqué.
Photographed by Annie Leibovitz, Vogue, October 2014

Nick Jonas “Flaunt” his Bawdy!


My-oh-my, the youngest of the Jonas Brothers sure have grown. In the October issue of Flaunt magazine, Nick Jonas mimics Mark Wahlberg’s infamous 1992 Calvin Klein underwear ad.


Nick’s solo album Nick Jonas is due out in November, and it will allegedly include a much more mature sound, so it makes sense that he’d strip off his clothes to promote the new music. But we can’t be mad at ya!

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“The Real” Gets Picked Up for 2014!


Ya girls Tamar Braxton, Adrienne Bailon, Tamera Mowry-Houseley, Loni Love and Jeannie Mai are back on The Real for fall 2014!

The Real had a solid four-week test run on Fox O&Os in seven markets this summer, including Gotham and Los Angeles.

The Real will air on 18 Fox-owned stations, including the mothership network affils in Gotham, L.A. and Chicago.

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.

Triple Mint Twins– Special Edition: Kim Kardashian vs Anastasia Ashley vs Mercedes Javid

As we all saw on Instagram, Kim Kardashian posted a pic of her post baby body looking BANGIN’ in a white swimsuit. Well surfer Anastasia Ashley and Bravo’s Shahs of Sunset cast member Mercedes “MJ” Javid took the same approach– take a look.



Well too make things worse, some fan dressed up as Kim K for halloween. Take a look below. Laugh Out Loud

Jay Z Responds to Barney’s Backlash


Jay Z is speaking out after petitioners urged him to end his clothing deal with Barneys New York, citing the reported racial profiling of two customers in one of the retail stores in New York City.
On his website Life +Times Saturday, the hip hop mogul said his collaboration with the retail store is rooted in charity and that he was waiting for all the facts to come in before making a decision.
“This collaboration lives in a place of giving and is about the Foundation,” Jay-Z said. “I am not making a dime from this collection; I do not stand to make millions, as falsely reported. I need to make that fact crystal clear.”