Redefining YOUR Beauty…


Lush Life? 🤔

Hey Loves,

How are you? How have you been doing? I wonder if you really answered that question or did you just read it in your mind and ignore it? Tell you what let’s make this a bit more interactive! I really wanna know how you’ve been doing and although this is a blog post it does not mean we can’t talk so…

  • Let me know how you are in the comments below! Write a word, sentence or paragraph!
  • Hit me on my social media all the links will be at the end of this post!
  • Go a step further and call or message me! If you’re a real OG then you have my contact details. *Hint- they are also on the contact me tab if you look hard enough!

You see, I do want to know how you are. I don’t always get comments on the posts although there are some people who comment religiously (shout out to you Glemz ❤ you dollface) and although I appreciate all of you who read my posts, I want us to get more interactive). You make this blog with me and you are every word I type and crazy though I have… it is you and me…and I thank you!

Sorry for the long intro but hey, it was how your girl was feeling and it had to be said!

With all the mayhem that is my life right now, I feel as though I have been neglecting my skin care.  If you check out some of my previous posts you will know that I am big on looking after skin. Now that I am in my 40s I have noticed that my face is a little drier than before and those dark circles, well they are still there. I have a general regime that I follow but I have been slacking so I will be setting myself a challenge and I want to challenge you too! There will be more on that on Wednesday this week so stay tuned!!

I recently visited LUSH handmade cosmetics for the first time. Yep, I normally just walk past the place but my homie Glemma dragged me inside and I thought I would give it a try! I picked up two products: LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL and OATFIX Fresh Face Mask! Both products Vegan 🌿 (so that’s a yes from me) and I am excited to give them a try and write an honest review on how my skin feels after using them! Will it be the Lush Life for me in the future? Can I get my skin back on track?

Let the Good Times Roll has popcorn (yep actual popped corn 🌽), maize flour, cinnamon and more!

Oatfix is for dry and sensitive skin with bananas and vanilla!


Those are the basics for now and more to come when I do a full review! My main concern is trying not to eat it, to be honest! I kid! or am I? Do you use Lush products? Tell me more!!!

Background on skincare: Dry skin type / Exfoliate 3 times a week / I use a serum along with day, night and eye creams /  I also go to Clarins at least once every 2 months for a facial! I am not loyal to any brands but do not use products tested on animals.

New On Location with The Beauty Holder out tomorrow! See what I got up to at The International Women’s Peace Group event for International Women’s Day and also The Glamour Beauty Festival! Your girl has been busy!

So I look forward to hearing about you! 😊

Besos! 💋

TBH! xoxo

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I’m Back and Better!👌🏾

Hey Loves,

This first sentence has been written so many times and backspaced just as many. I mean how do I honestly start off this post considering I haven’t written one in so long! Actually, that is not all the way true. I have been blogging in my mind for the past 8 or so months; those thoughts have just not made their way out of the chambers in my mind. I guess some have broken free now and it feels good to say I’m back and I’m better! What does that even mean, though? Sounded good when Bryson Tiller’s dulcet tones sang it in ‘Don’t’ but in my world, it means more than I may be able to express right now.

I wanted to take a break from social media. I wanted to take some time for myself, to understand some of the things I was going through. I wanted some of my mental to catch up with my physical change. Yes, I intentionally chose the word wanted! I needed to look after my health, which was telling me I was a priority and not an afterthought. I wanted to look in the mirror and not pick myself apart because what I saw did not match up to what was ‘liked’ in the fickle beauty industry.

You see, no matter how confident we appear we all have inner battles that require us to reset our thinking so we can remind ourselves how AWESOME we are! Awesome AF! Rewiring some of my thinking has pushed me. Challenged me. Trained me. Strengthened me. Life has taken a series of interesting turns and I am grateful to God for seeing me through. Learning, evolving and continuing to focus on being the BEST me I can be… NO LIMITS!

So yes, your girl is back and better! Better in part also to many of you and your fantastic messages and love. Big thanks to those of you who got in touch telling me that you missed the blog. Missed me, and my small contribution in the form of this blog that does its own thing. Thank you for encouraging me and for sharing ways I have inspired you. Those that know me, know that I really love this blog and what it represents. The strange goings on from a chick that loves family, friends, Brooklyn, music, makeup Trey Songz and so much more! I have missed you all and pray that you are good and life is all it needs to be for you right now- especially in these trying times!

I’m gonna end by saying THANK YOU to everyone who voted for me in the Best Makeup Artist 💄 category at last year’s AFRO MODEL AWARDS! I don’t think I will ever get over the shock of winning. It was very soon after that night that I took time out. I put shout-outs on Twitter and Facebook but let me holla on here too. I am so grateful and blessed at the recognition and hope it raises your spirits and reminds you that you can do and be anything you want to. No matter your age or the stage you’re at in life! Your journey is in your hands!

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Wishing you all the love in the universe… see you in the next post!

Besos! 💋

TBH! xoxo

p.s. I know for some there are more questions and things you want to know. Not everything is for the blog and what is will be on the blog in due course!


Your questions…answered! (Write my blog responses)!

I am issuing a huge apology first and foremost! Sorry for taking so long to post this. My aim was to get this done early on in June and life (as it does) got in the way. I have had a hectic June and cannot wait to tell you all about it. That, however, is for another post.

Thank you for being so patient and not giving up on me. I also want to say a super duper THANK YOU to everyone who sent your questions in. Your questions (and my responses) are what will make up this blog. So thank you once again, you have officially co-written this blog post! Great job!

I was inundated with questions as a response to my last post, where I asked you to submit your beauty, make-up etc questions for me to answer. With just over 80 (83 to be exact) I am so grateful you took the time to send them in. There were a couple of duplicates and so as not to make this post too long, I have decided to condense them down to lucky number 25. The ones that were a little more personal, I have sent responses directly back to the individuals. As I type, I notice this is starting to get longer, so on with the questions. In no particular order…

  1. What is your favourite brand of make-up? I really don’t have a favourite go-to brand for make-up. Each brand has something different to offer and some are quite unique. Some of the ones that you will always see in my kit are: NARS (love their blushes and foundations), MAC (foundations, eyeshadows), Bobbi Brown (concealers), Sleek (lips), Illamasqua (foundations, lips, eyes) and INGLOT (foundations, lips).
  2. I think that my make-up is causing spots. What do I do? Sounds silly, but first, be sure that it is your make-up. Spots, acne, rashes etc are caused by so many different things and not just external factors such as face creams and make-up. If you can start with the process of elimination. Did you get the spots as soon as you put the make-up on your skin? Have you changed your make-up or skin care recently? If you are stressed, have dyed your hair, changed your detergent or shower gel, you could be irritating your skin and not knowing it. If in doubt, speak to your doctor or dermatologist and discontinue use of the make-up until you know for sure.
  3. What make-up product can you not live without? Any mascara that lengthens and thickens my lashes. If that fails, false lashes!
  4. Can I use milk of magnesia as a primer for my oily skin? Yes…but in moderation! Apply a very thin layer to the skin over your moisturiser and under your foundation. I would advise against using it every day and limit use to at least twice a week as it can really dry out and change your skin type.
  5. I keep getting razor bumps after I shave my beard. Is there anything that I can use/ do? There are many products on the market designed to help reduce the appearance and combat razor bumps (e.g Duke, Bump Away). Try using a shaving oil underneath your shaving cream or gel. This will help the razor glide over the skin. Make sure your blade is sharp. Dull blades have more work to do, thus pulling and tugging the hair. It is also so important to exfoliate and look after the skin in-between shaving. if you shave every day, it may be enough to exfoliate just before you shave to help remove any dead or rough skin.
  6. Do you have a favourite lipstick? Girl About Town (MAC). Fuchsia pink shade that I tend to have on in every picture of me.
  7. What colours go well with green or blue eyes? Colours in the same colour palette as your eye colours tend to compliment it. So if you have deep green eyes, then olive or forest greens look great. For blue eyes, e.g. light blue eyes, then sky or sea blue will compliment. To get more depth and intensity then try pale neutral shades including browns and golds. For intensity for green eyes, dependent on the warmness or coolness in your eye colour I would recommend, warm browns, topaz like colours, plums to violets and purples respectively. I can’t say that I always follow this guidance and sometimes just work with what I think will look good with the skin tone and eye shape.
  8. Do you match your make-up with your clothes? No! and No! again. Not really for me.
  9. What do you think of men and foundation? I think there is nothing wrong with it. I am not here to judge people. Make-up is worn for many reasons. A lot of men in film and TV wear make-up because they have to. Some people who are not in the industry wear it for confidence because of skin issues and the like.
  10. How much money have you spent on make-up? A lot.
  11. Most expensive make-up product? Foundation and some of my brushes.
  12. Do you have any beauty tips or secrets? That is a post in itself. I guess one of my main tips is beauty doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Try and be smart when purchasing make-up and don’t just think you need a product because of the brand or name behind it. Do your research. It pays dividends and saves you money in the long run.
  13. I want to become a make-up artist. How do I get into it? Make a plan. Think about the area you want to go into (fashion, catwalk, bridal etc). Do you want to do a course, practice on friends or family, work cosmetic counters, assist an artist. There are many different routes and everyone’s journey is different. It is not always glamorous but if you really want it, it will be rewarding. Whether you are working on a celebrity or a neighbour who is getting married. Put in the work and go out on a limb. Always be polite, professional and personable. Even if you don’t encounter people who are the same. Listen and don’t be afraid to put forward suggestions and ideas. Be yourself. Believe in yourself. Personality counts for so much. Outward beauty is really special and even more beautiful when it comes from within.
  14. Where can I see your work? My website is currently undergoing it’s own makeover. I post work on twitter (@thebeautyholder) and will be creating a Facebook page ( I hope to have the website finally finished by the end of July.
  15. Do you get nervous when you are doing make-up? I used to. I sometimes get nervous just before I do a bride or if I am working on a celebrity. They are good nerves though and ones I channel into doing the best job ever.
  16. Can you do period make-up or film and TV make-up? Yes. I am currently working on a film called Krish and Lee (released next year 2013- will tell more in another post).
  17. What looks do you enjoy the most? Classic beauty looks. Flawless foundation and defined eyes and lips. I also love bridal looks as each bride is different.
  18. Do you wear make-up everyday? No. I honestly only wear full make-up for special occasions.
  19. What is in your make-up bag? Very little. MAC Spiked eyebrow pencil, Vaseline, Clinique Body Smoothing Cream, Clinque High Imapact and Lash Power Mascara, Benefit Bad Gal Lash Mascara, MAC Spite Lipglass, Rimmel Kate Moss lipstick 20. Image
  20. I think bright colours look too ‘in your face’ on black skin. What do you think? I think from the lightest to the darkest of black skin if you find the right colours to compliment your shade and tone, you will look amazing. We have gorgeous skin and need to celebrate that. I love a bright pink lip (see question 6). Be beauty confident and embrace what you have, understand what looks good on you and rock it with pride!
  21. Can I wear a smokey eye in the daytime? Yes. Try using browns and golds or any colours you want and go more intense at night with black.
  22. Red lipstick makes me look old, why is this? I am not sure if you are being told you look old or if you think it makes you look old. I think everyone can wear red lips just as long as it is a shade of red that compliments your skin tone.
  23. What make-up look do you wish you could do? A perfect cat eye liner. It takes some time to get it just right.
  24. Do you use lash curlers? On my own lashes, no. When working on clients, photoshoots, models etc, then I look and see if I need them first. Most of the time, I do.
  25. Final Question: What inspires your beauty and make-up looks? The person I am working on! After introductions are done, I talk to them to find out more about them and what they want to achieve. I want them to be able to be confident about the look they will be wearing. As cliche as it may sound, they are my beautiful canvas and I am simply going to enhance that!

I hope you enjoyed this post and look forward to more like this in the future. If you have a question for me, email

The Beauty Holder! xoxo