Easy, Breezy, and Fleeky Interview with Makeup Enthusiast Nattybohlarin

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Bolarin is a 20-year-old college student from Baltimore, MD. Hence her “pen name” ‘Nattybohlarin’, which roots from the American beer originally brewed in Baltimore. She began doing makeup in the 7th grade when she first discovered Youtube, She has been in love ever since! Practice makes perfect as she says and she continued to do so until she perfected her craft. I had the awesome pleasure of getting to know this beauty.

We discussed the following:

ZI: What is it about doing makeup that you enjoy the most?

B: The most enjoyable part of doing makeup is seeing the finished product. Going from a blank canvas to such a beautiful outcome is exhilarating. Beating a face isn’t easy so when you’re satisfied with your work, it is a great feeling

ZI: What are your favorite makeup brands and product? Drugstore and non-drugstore.

B: My favorite non-drugstore makeup brand has to be Anastasia Beverly Hills! The products are so worth the money… my favorites are the Dip Brow Pomade and ‘That Glow’ Glow Kit. I have yet to use their concealers and foundations, but I heard they’re bomb. As for drugstore (which is what most of my kit consists of), I would have to say L.A. Pro Girl, their concealer range is so wide and literally anyone can find their perfect shade. Another would the Maybelline Fit Me foundation (even though I would love to see them expand their shade range LOL J). This foundation is so full coverage and caters to those who struggle with oily and dry skin.IMG_7038.JPG

ZI: How did you begin doing makeup?

B: In the 7th grade, I discovered YouTube and it literally taught me everything. It has been a great help ever since. Around this time, I was starting to figure out myself as a teenager, finding out what I liked and didn’t, interests, style and all. I started out with patchy foundation and crooked winged eyeliner and took off from there. With practice, comes perfection

ZI: What has been your favorite beauty trend of 2016?

B: My favorite beauty trend of 2016 was definitely a nice highlight. You can never go wrong with a lil’ glow or glisten; especially on the tip of your nose! Yas hunty!

ZI: What 3 makeup items should a woman not leave the house without?

B: A woman should never leave the house without confidence, chapstick, and a mirror. The reason why I didn’t mention actual makeup products is because it is not a necessity, it should just enhance your beauty that is already there! If you’re confident in yourself, no one’s opinion of you holds any value. Don’t forget your chaptick, you don’t want your lips looking dry LOL (my favorite is Carmex chaptick), and of course a mirror to check yourself every couple hours.

ZI: Where do you get your inspiration?

B: My inspiration stems from people that made a living out of nothing. People in general, who didn’t grow up with much but still managed to work with the resources they had and made a craft or business, and enjoy what they do while making money or connections. Although I don’t see makeup as my future career path, it is something I hold close to me because there is such a huge beauty community and everyone has been through different life experiences and to hear those stories give me inspiration, hope, and sometimes I even shed a tear or two.

ZI: What are some beauty vloggers that are on your must watch list on Youtube?

B: I have so many favorite beauty vloggers but just to mention a few (in no specific order):

  • Alissa Ashley
  • Irishcel507
  • Faceovermatter
  • Jackie Aina
  • Naturally Sunny

ZI: What is one thing that you want to accomplish this year whether it be with your business, youtube channel, or a difficult makeup task?

B: One of my major goals for this year is to perfect my YouTube channel and by this I mean uploading more and relevant content, not procrastinating, and building friendships with other vloggers while doing so!

Be sure to check out Bolarin`s Youtube Channel…

Follow her

IG/Twitter: @nattybohlarin

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Making Statements Without Words

Rashad Mackall is an up and coming photographer from Southern Maryland. Every project that he works on is passionate, creative, and innovative. Since the first time he has picked up his first camera in middle school , he knew it was for him! Rashad has big plans for himself in the future to make his small city proud. His name will be known and when you see his work it will do numbers. I had the opportunity to view his vision.

We discussed the following:

ZI:What do you enjoy most about taking photos?

R:I enjoy capturing the beauty in a image. Whether it’s beauty in my muse or beauty God has blessed us with, Mother Nature.  I love creating ‘Looks’, wether it’s creating with a clothing designer or a talented MUA.

ZI:Using 3 words how would you describe your style?

R:Evolving,  creative,  beauty

ZI:What message do you want people to get from your work?

R:I don’t really have a message I tell with my work.. My work varies,  I shoot my ideas based on what good look comes to mind. 80% of my shoots are not planned shoots.  It’s literally me finding a model,  and we both pitch ideas to shoot either that day or the next.  But I do want people to understand the greatness of my work.

ZI:What type of photos/pieces do you enjoy taking most?

R:I’m torn between saying portraits and editorial. I feel my strong suit is portrait photography but I also have that creative side that enjoy taking editorial photos. If I have to choose one style, I will have to say Portrait.

IMG_1488759683254.jpgZI:How would you say you differentiate yourself from any other photographer, what makes you special?

R:I’m not going to say I’m going to go out of my way to make my style of work different just because someone else work may have some similarity to my style..if anything I would make it my goal to create a better image.

 

ZI:What is your biggest pet peeve when it comes to your work, what makes you tick?

R:When that IT photo isn’t coming sooner then I would like it to.  I’m learning on to just be patient and concentrate more.  But another pet peeve I have is thinking of more ideas to shoot when the shoot is already over.

ZI:If you could do a shoot with anyone who would it be, why?

R:Sheesh, this is a hard one. I would have to say Teyana Taylor.  Not just because that’s bae lol but she has an extravagant face and body.  She can deliver any look in my opinion. Editorial,  beauty,  urban,  etc. She got it.  We would make magic together. It’ll happen soon.

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If you would like to check out more of Rashad`s work feel free to add him on Instagram.

@shadyeezy 

From Books to Looks: Get to Know Self-taught Makeup Artist TaliaRonnea!

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At age eighteen most people don`t know what they want to with their lives. They put themselves into a bunch of different scenarios hoping that their dream occupation will just fall into their lap. However, that is not the case for self-taught makeup artist Talia. She spends her days in front of a camera perfecting her makeup. She has found her “Happy place”. Currently, she is working hard in school as an early education major and hopes to one day own her own daycare. Bringing style and beauty to little girls and boys day by day!

We discussed the following:

ZI: What is it about doing makeup that you enjoy the most?

T: Doing makeup is my happy place. It’s where I can express myself and I love how I can transform my face without having to go under the knife.

ZI: What are your favorite makeup brands and product? Drugstore and non-drugstore.

T: My favorite products that I cannot live without would have to be La Pro Girl Conceal (drugstore) and my Modern Renaissance Palette by ABH (high end)

ZI: How did you begin doing makeup?

T: In the beginning I started wearing makeup because I had a very low self-esteem and I thought I needed makeup to feel beautiful, that has now changed I started doing other people’s makeup because honestly … I needed the money BUT now I actually enjoy making girls feel gorgeous

ZI: What has been your favorite beauty trend of 2016?

T:   Cut creases, although they are very tricky I have grown to love them.

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ZI: What 3 makeup items should a woman not leave the house without?

T: This honestly depends on the type of beat you got going for that day but me personally I can’t leave the house without Lipstick, lip gloss and eyelash glue

ZI: Where do you get your inspiration?

T: Sometimes I just have ideas that come to my head other times I find mixtape covers and I use them for inspiration

ZI: What are some beauty vloggers that are on your must watch list on YouTube?

T: Laura Lee, Brianna Marie and of course myself!

ZI: What is one thing that you want to accomplish this year whether it be with your business, YouTube channel, or a difficult makeup task

T: This year I want to gain 1,000 subscribers on my YouTube channel we will see how that works … Also, I would love to invest in a better camera to record with.

For more of Talia`s work be sure to follow her:

Twitter & Instagram @misstaliaronnea

YouTube https://m.youtube.com/misstaliaronnea

Email. Makeupbytaliaronnea@gmail.com

Begin to Start Blushing: Our Interview with Hip hop`s Newest Trio “Blush”

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Hip hop trio “Blush” is setting the tone for what it takes to be an all-female group in the music industry. Managed by music mogul Matthew Knowles, father of two influential singers of today; Beyonce and Solange Knowles will be taking on another set of ladies. Composed of two sultry rappers and a soulful vocalist the group has been known to produce an old -school sound comparable to groups such as, TLC, Destiny`s Child, and Salt-and-Pepa.

The group is now on tour opening for R&B songstress Sevyn Streeter. The tour will take place until the release of Sevyn`s new album “Girl Disrupted”. While on tour the girls will be performing singles from their debut album “Old School Back Past, Present, and Future.” Be sure to check out their latest single “Cinderella”. We had the opportunity to sit down with the girls for an interview.

We discussed the following:

AC: What do you enjoy most about making music?

Blush: The fact that it is our own and we get to share it with the world!

AC: How do feel about being managed by the legendary Matthew Knowles with his knowledge of management and the music industry?

Blush: It is great , the reason that we grow is because, he believes in the formula that we already had and didn’t want to change us. He took us to another level…. Not only as a manager he is a teacher, father, and entrepreneur

AC: If you could collaborate with any musician who would it be? Whether it is someone who has passed on or is still around today.

Blush:Missy Elliot,  Kanye West, and Will .I. Am

AC: What inspires your music?

Blush:Life experiences, the industry ,and  each-other.

AC:What would you say is different about your style?

Blush: We are two rappers and one vocalist. We have a hip hop sound and we are sisters as women we are sending a message together not just in it for the music.

AC: What would you say is your biggest pet peeve when it comes to creating your sound?

Blush:Someone speaking on our sound.  Oh and when we go somewhere and can`t perform!

AC: How does it feel to be opening up for Sevyn Streeter on her girl disrupted tour?

Blush:Its great & an honor! Teachers and students we are watching her performance and learning from her. We love her she is a professional.We are taking in everything from her.

AC: What can we as fans expect from you this year?

Blush:Lots of Blushing,  Everyone will be putting on their glass slipper !

AC: What advice would you give someone else who wishes you pursue a career in music?

Blush: Be you  none can be you better than you. Accept who you are and put your best foot forward. Don’t use negativity, Set goals and don’t let anything get in the way if this is your passion keep going, and Seek a positive mentor , Don’t let anyone tell you what you they want to hear.

Be sure to follow them on Instagram & Twitter: @officially_blushed

Check out their Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/officiallyblush

All The Flavors of Being a Girl: Get Painted By Pixie!

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Ahmyia, also known as Pixiedoll or the Colorfairy is the ish when to comes to all things beauty. Specializing in both hair and makeup Ahmyia has found her true passion! She pursued her passion and graduated from the Aveda Institute in Washington, DC. Ahmyia gives her complete all when it comes to catering to the needs of her clients as well as educating them to be the best forms of themselves when it comes to their appearance. Keep an eye out for her work, as well as follow her on her journey as she continues to grow as a stylist and Makeup artist. I had the opportunity to carry out an interview with her and I am excited to see what she will become!

We discussed the following:

ZI: What is it about doing makeup that you enjoy the most?

PD: I enjoy everything about makeup but the before and after is defiantly my favorite part the exciting look on the clients face when they see the finished look completes my day.

ZI: What are your favorite makeup brands and product? Drugstore and non-drugstore.

 PD: My favorite product would have to be Gold deposit by Mac best highlighter of all time, and 2nd Fav Urban Decay all-nighter setting spray, LA girl is great as well especially for beginners.

ZI: How did you begin doing makeup?

PD: I begin doing makeup literally one day out the blew I just did my face and I was like I like this, this is fun lol and it looked great so I stared doing my friends then classmates then clients

ZI: What has been your favorite beauty trend of 2016?

PD: My favorite beauty trend of 2016 is definitely glitter everyone has been embracing the more dramatic looks as far as glitter lips glitter wing liner etc. and also the halo eye has been my favorite

ZI: What 3 makeup items should a woman not leave the house without?

PD: 3 makeup items a woman shouldn’t leave the house with that’s hard lol well me personally a lip or lipgloss for instance a red lip can take you from blah to ohh lol , a pencil because it can be used everywhere you can use it for your brows ,lip liner ,eyeliner and mascara I need my eyelashes poppin 24/7

ZI: Where do you get your inspiration?

PD: I get most of my inspiration from Daisy Marquez , and Ms.AliyahJay both of them are young and free they never do the same look

ZI: What are some beauty vloggers that are on your must watch list on Youtube?

PD: Daisy Marquez,Ms.AliyahJay,Mikala Walker , Angel Cumberbatch I could go on but those are like my favorite off the top of my head

ZI: What is one thing that you want to accomplish this year whether it be with your business, youtube channel, or a difficult makeup task?

PD: One thing I want to accomplish is to start my YouTube channel I’m waiting to get a better computer for editing so once I get that I’ll be ready  , I also want to stay focused as far as working my goal was to be working for Mac by 21 I’m 20! And I got hired in December 2016 so I’m excited about that and to be working for such an amazing company, I’m also dropping a boutique in February called Princess Gang so I just wanna stay focused.

For more information on Ahmyia`s work please feel free to contact her through the information listed below.

Business Instagram: paintedbypixieee

Personal Instagram: pixiedoll_

Twitter: pixiedoll_

Snapchat:pixiebooobooo

Creations That`ll Survive a Lifetime: EternalDC

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Owners of the brand Jamaal & Julian

Creative is an understatement when it comes to these two designers Jamaal and Julian. Building their brand has become a lifestyle… A lifestyle that is defined by internal creativity and their freedom of expression. Through their work they have caught the eyes of local DMV rappers Bali Baby and Rico Nasty. This is only the beginning they will continue in stretching their brand eternally.

We discussed the following:

Q: What made you begin designing/Styling clothes?

A: At the age of fifteen, I discovered a young designer by the name of Glyn Brown. Seeing his clothing line L3nf along with my own passion for clothing and art inspired me to start my own brand.- Jamaal

 Q:  What are some things that you hope to accomplish through your designing/styling?

A: To live the rapper lifestyle with the money,clothes, and fans through other outlets than rapping. And also shed some light on the creative side of the DMV. – Julian

Q:  How do you plan on building your brand, how will you be different from anyone else?

A: The name Eternal DC is a very versatile name and our group has many talents. So we can have our feet in several different ventures at 1 time. – Julian

img_8161Q: How would describe your style?

A: The beauty of Eternal DC is that we have three key members each with their own individual sense of style. We pride ourselves on not having one set ‘style’ and instead being amalgamation of the best qualities of the 3 owners

Q:  What advice would you give someone else who is aspiring to pursue a career in styling/fashion designing.

A: I would say to keep in mind that it’s not all one thing. The clothes can’t be 100% dictated by business in the same way that the business aspect can’t always yield to the art. Running a business like ours takes balance. – Jamaal

Q: If you could style/design clothing for any celebrity who would it be, who would you say is closely related to your style?

A: If I could style or design for any celebrity it would have to be Young Thug. Dude’s individuality is a real inspiration to me. You can tell he really doesn’t care what people think. As for who i view as closely related to my style, I’d have to say Travis Scott. I been watching his style since he first showed himself to the public & the way he wears plaid speaks to me.- Jamaal

Q:What do you enjoy most about designing/styling clothing?

A: What I enjoy the most about designing/styling is the creative freedom. It’s all about getting the vision out of my head without having to answer to anyone.- Jamaal

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Follow their twitter for upcoming projects @Eternal_DC

http://www.eternaldc.com

Keke Palmer Is Giving Off Serious RiRi Vibes at the American Music Awards

img_1416Keke Palmer is giving off serious Rihanna vibes showing up to the American Music Awards, wearing a metallic slinky two-piece outfit. Pairing this outfit with a plush light pink jacket and some pink sunglasses.  A few celebrities also arrived on the red carpet with a sheer outfit but, nothing is more talked about than Palmer. If it wasn’t her outfit it was her bubbly personality as you all may have seen videos posted around almost all social-media outlets of her dancing on the red carpet. This look gave the internet something to talk about. The response to her look were very controversial. Personally, I loved everything about it! She is an African-American woman who is comfortable in her body. She took a huge risk stepping out onto the red carpet in something so bold and risqué and she KILLED IT! Keep being who you are Keke and we here at ZealousInked Love and support you. What did you all think? Leave comments below or contact us on twitter @Thezealousinked

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UP NEXT: CYNMOB`s Kai Ca$h Hip hop`s Next Mogul

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 Kai Ca$h is an upcoming artist/entrepreneur from Brooklyn, NY going hard to get to it!  He is currently a student at Hampton University studying Business Management. Kai is an upcoming music mogul representing his own personal brand CYN to the fullest.Inspired by legends like Jay-Z, The Notorious B.I.G., Puff Daddy, Ma$e, and much more .He is someone who should be kept a close eye on. He is on big moves and definitely on a come up!

We discussed the following:

AC:  What do you enjoy most about making music?

KC: I would have to say being able to dominate creatively in the field that I love, creating with producers, writing music with versatility, relating to a broad audience, and just getting the work done with all my efforts, that gotta be the best feeling to be honest.

AC: How do you plan on using your music to send a positive message to your peers and people who may look up to you?

KC: With my music I rap about classy sh*t that I go through in my everyday life, one time you may get a song from me about my hardships dealing with school and my lifestyle, and then you’ll get a song about my feelings toward a female I’m falling for, but it’s always fun, witty, and positive. Although I haven’t made it YET, lol, I always feel the need to be an artist that provides my generation with a wavy message, I don’t smoke, I don’t drink, I like to get fly, I like to look good, I like to smell good, I like getting the ladies, lol as well as the whole CYN crew, we’re aiming to be that group of youngin’s paving a new wavy way for our generation.
AC: If you could collaborate with any musician who would it be?
KC: There are actually a few artists I would like to collaborate with but a main one I would have to say would probably be Jay-Z, coming from Brooklyn, with the love for music and the culture, I’ve always looked up to Jay further than just music from Reasonable Doubt till 2016, I’d gotta say Jay.

AC: What inspires your music?

KC:  My life to be honest is the biggest inspiration in my music. I live what I’d like to call the Best of Both Worlds, where one day I’ll be performing on BET and the next day, i’ll be in Brooklyn on the stoop just chilling. The blessings granted by God to me is all I really need, biggest inspiration of all time to me!
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AC: What advice would you give someone else who wishes you pursue a career in music.
KC: Go hard at all times, no matter what man, be original, dominate your sound to your likening, you gotta LOVE what you make and if you don’t love it, do it again, until you love it. Never let nobody tell you can’t do something, you got it.
AC:   What would you say is different about your style?
KC: umm I would probably say my persona, I’ve been told I’m a real nonchalant guy, i’m laid back like my pops lol, with everything so I would definitely say that. My exquisite simplistic demeanor lol, with that I mean, my style is complex but at the same time, it’s so much simplicity to me.
AC: What is your biggest pet peeve when it comes to creating your sound?
KC:  Working with someone who isn’t working as hard with you to be great, don’t be half-a** man , especially when it comes to a real life situation that you go hard for, its one thing if someone doesn’t see your vision, but to have someone claim to see your vision and then give you 45%…. its like, get away with all that lol.
Go check him out on the following for updates on his next projects.
Instagram: KaiCash
Twitter: KaiCash_
Soundcloud: Soundcloud.com/kai_217
Facebook: Kai Cash Music

Young, Fly, and Flossy: Who is Alex Vaughn

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Born & raised in PG County MD, Soulful songstress Alex Vaughn is definitely someone to keep your eyes on! This 24 year old singer/songwriter/pianist producer has been involved in music of all forms her entire life, from R&B, to jazz… and all the way to classical music! Vaughn was granted a full scholarship to college for classical music, but then decided that school was not her passion she decided to pursue her dream to R&B stardom! Since then, she has performed at different events and occasions singing background with soul artist Goapele, while working on her own music… She dropped her debut EP ‘The 4pm Mix’ on Soundcloud, where it received really good reviews and numbers. Alex is currently performing at local events, while working on her second project, (title TBA) along with visuals, which is projected to drop Spring/Summer 2017, so stay tuned!!!

We discussed the following:

AC: What do I enjoy most about making music? 

AV:I enjoy EVERYTHING about making music, but what I enjoy MOST… being able to express myself without feeling embarrassed about the ways that I feel. For some reason it’s much more challenging for me to articulate what I’m feeling in just plain words, as to just turning it into a song… Music makes me more comfortable with who I really am.

AC:How do you plan on using your music to send a positive message to your peers and people who may look up to you?

AV: I only write about how I’m feeling, and reaI things. I know that I am farrrr from put-together, & I also know that I’m not the only one going through the struggle either… There’s comfort in knowing you’re not the only person going through something, or thinking a certain way…I want my music to ALWAYS have something you can take from it, while still grooving to it… There are so many songs that made me feel good while I was down, because of how the beat made me feel & what was being said. I  want to be that same type of artist for my listeners.

AC:If you could collaborate with any musician who would it be?

AV: There are entirely too many people I could name to be honest lol… but off the top of my head, I’d have to say Kanye West & Alicia Keys… Those are definitely my top 2

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AC: What inspires your music?

AV: Literally everything! Every single part of life inspires me, lol… Even the shittiest parts… Those good & bad moments make me want to write from the perspective of the person I plan on becoming… I always write from the perspective of “What would I want someone to tell me right now, while I feel like this?” My friends inspire my writing too… All my love/ heartbreak songs are solely from them telling me their crazy stories lol (which is why I don’t see myself ever getting into any relationship lmao)

AC: What advice would you give someone else who wishes you pursue a career in music.

AV: Love yourself, know yourself, TRUST yourself, and pray.I’m still on my own come-up, & although I haven`t made it YET, I’ve had to overcome soooo many battles, (& still am) & I didn’t necessarily always have a plan either… but those 4 things I said earlier kept me from going completely underwater… & This entire process will not be easy, otherwise everyone would have it. Stay consistent, & remember who you’re doing it for… Of all people, don’t let yourself down. Always remember why you started going this path in the first place.and TRUST THE SIGNS!!! that’s a huge one

AC: What would you say is different about your style?

AV: Hmmm… I guess I’m not trying to be like anybody else… & I feel like people are trying to be the next Beyonce’/ Rihanna (which is impossible because they’re too great, lol) while I’m trying to be the first Alex Vaughn & that’s it lol… I want to create my own path, & create my own shoes that will some day want to be filled… I feel like lots of people are trying to be the same, because it’s trendy… But trends fade… especially in this generation… I guess what makes me different is that I am aiming for timelessness, & prayerfully with time, & hard work, people will feel the same way about me 🙂

AC: What would you say is your biggest pet peeve when it comes to your work?

AV:I think my biggest pet peeve is the fact that not everything comes to you when you want it to… I’m now finally learning that sometimes, things need to marinate, meaning you may have to sit on an idea or concept for a while for it to finally come together… I’m a very excited & anxious person when it comes to creating lol

Follow her and Stay tuned for her next project coming in December!

Instagram – @whoisalexvaughn

Twitter- whoisalexvaughn

Souncloud –soundcloud.com/alex-vaughn-music

 

 

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