Holiday Beauty Series: “Eyes” by Rachel Odem, Licensed Beauty Expert

Welcome to the holiday beauty series, stay tuned to the blog by the end of the next couple of weeks you will have tips for a complete holiday look. We will talk about colors and suggestions for eyes, lips and cheeks. Today’s post is all about the eyes. – Rachel O

1)     To start use a neutral shade maybe a shade or two lighter than your skin tone, Because it’s the holiday season you can add a festive look by using a shadow that has a hint of shimmer or glitter. Apply the shade from your lid to brow bone


2)     To create depth take a brown shade or slightly warmer shade and apply this color in your crease. This will give your eyes a brighter look by placing the color between the brow bone and lid.

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3)     Lastly because it’s the holiday season it’s a great time to think outside the box and a pop of color to enhance any facial feature you choose such as your cheeks or lips. For this look we are adding a dash of bold color to the upper and lower lash line. If you really want the eyes to stand out add a pair of false lashes and black mascara. n this tutorial I used Aqua Liner and shade #1 from Milani Cosmetics for a bold pop of color however should you want to be more traditional with your holiday look you can never go wrong with black, it is classic and looks great on everyone.

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Have fun with the look and stay tuned in December for the rest of the holiday look.


Colors Used from Milani Cosmetics

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Rich Java Base Shade

Intermix Eyeshadow

Shade #1 in Infinite Liquid Eyeline

Aqua Eyeliner

:: RECAP :: Natural Chica visits the Chi! : “Treasure Our Tresses”

I LOVE traveling to new places and all things natural hair related, which explains why I had such an amazing time traveling to Chicago two weeks ago to co-host Eden Body Work’s “Treasure Our Tresses” along with fellow blogger, Bree from The Mane Source.

Even though I was just in Chicago for a day, it was jam-packed with meeting and spending time with some great people! Upon arrival in Chicago, I was able to spend some time with Ylorie from the Eden Body Works team. I then spent the afternoon with the lovely Patrice of, who was kind enough to show me around downtown! We had lunch at Chicago’s Flo & Santos, where we met up with the uber talented and down-to-earth Mitzi Miller, new editor over at Jet Magazine (look out for some exciting new changes!). It was such a pleasure and might I add, very inspiring to be able to sit down and chat with these two!

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Now on to the “Treasure Our Tresses” event with Eden Body Works…what a fun-filled night! Licensed beauty expert, Rachel O. did my makeup that evening. As some of you may know, she is a guest blogger on the site, so it was great to finally meet her in person!

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I had so much fun meeting my Chicago naturalistas that night! I spoke for a bit that evening about my natural hair journey and the rest of the night was filled with natural hair trivia, information about the Eden Body Works product line and giveaways sponsored by Natural Chica, The Mane Source & Eden Body Works.

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It was also great to meet several individuals for the first time in person that I’ve enjoyed following online, like the Double Saving Divas and celebrity makeup artist, Tia Dantzler. Bree from The Mane Source has such a sweet personality, and I have to thank her for inviting me out to host this event with her! She has a great blog, so be sure to check her out!  You all know I’m a fan of the peppermint-based Eden Body Works line so feel free to stop by their page for more info. I must add that Renae Bluitt of Crush Media also did an AMAZING job of organizing the evening’s activities!

Overall, my first visit to the Chi was such an amazing experience and I can’t wait to visit again!

For more pics, see the gallery below and also visit the “Windy City Naturals” gallery on!


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Determining Your Skin Type

Determining Your Skin Type

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When you visit a licensed esthetician, a great benefit is a thorough consultation and skin analysis to help determine your skin type. This analysis can assist you in developing a skin care regimen. I had a client last week who had the most beautiful skin, so I had to ask, “What products do you use on your skin?” To my surprise she replied just water. This is not uncommon if you have great genetics. You could be blessed to have beautiful, wrinkle free skin until you are in your 80’s. However, I still recommend using a facial cleanser only because water does not actually cleanse the skin. It is just a rinse, which means even if you use it every day, you will still have dirt left on the skin. If you have never had a facial, I highly recommend you visit a licensed esthetician, but in the mean time, here are a few tips to help with determining your skin type.

  • For most people genetics and ethnicity are a big factor in skin type
  • Generally the size of your pores indicates your skin type: Small pores=dry skin,  Large pores=oily skin, Normal pores=Normal combination skin
  • 85% of people have combination skin. Just because you are oily in your T-zone does not mean you have oily skin. An oily T-zone usually indicates combination skin.
  • Oily skin is predominantly indicated by two factors: large pores and acne or blemishes.
  • Normal skin is balanced with a sufficient supply of sebum and moisture.

Check out this video showing what happens in a skin treatment appointment

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“Black Don’t Crack!” by Rachel Odem, Licensed Beauty Expert

Two weeks ago we welcomed Licensed Beauty Expert, Rachel Odem to the site as a contributing guest blogger on all things beauty – related. Her first post was on Common Skin Concerns for Women of Color and today she provides more helpful tips! – *Mae*


by Rachel Odem, Licensed Beauty Expert

Have you ever heard the statement Black Don’t Crack? Mostly when people say this, they are referring to black skin and how it seems to age at a slower pace than people of other races. This is partly true due to the fact of blacks having more melanin.  Melanin helps to protect the skin from UV rays.  This brings me to an important skin care myth amongst the black community, because we do have increased melanin. Many blacks do not believe they need to wear sunscreen. While the increased amount of melanin in the skin will help to protect from the sun, in today’s environment the risk of skin cancer is a very real risk when you go without any sun protection. Also 80 to 85% of aging is caused by the rays of the sun. I love seeing a woman of color whose real age is closer to 60 but her skin looks the age of  a 30 year old. I take the risk of sun damage very seriously and so should you. Here are some thing you can use to protect your skin from the sun.

1) If you prefer a natural look, try a tinted moisturizer. As a busy mom this is one of my favorite products to use but it has the multiple uses of sun protection and daily moisturizer. On the high end of the price range I recommend Bobbi Brown Extra Moisturizer (SPF 25), on a lower end budget I like Black Opal Resurfacing Moisturizer (SPF 15).

2) Stay away from the sun during peak hours. This is usually between 10am and 3pm.

3) When shopping for sunscreen products, be sure to look for a SPF minimum of 15.

4) Wearing a foundation will help to provide an extra layer of protection. Look for products like mineral powders that contain titanium dioxide.

5) Don’t forget children under the age of six months should avoid being exposed to the sun. Obviously this is next to near impossible for some, so please just do your best to give babies a hat and some type of protective clothing.

“Common Skin Concerns for Women of Color” by Rachel Odem, Licensed Beauty Expert

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About Rachel Odem
Rachel Odem also known as The Natural Beauty Expert is a Makeup Artist whose career spans over 10 years. She has experience in all facets of the beauty industry including TV, retail, photography, and modeling. Rachel has appeared in many major print ads such as AT&T, Curves and most recently as the face of Avlon Keracare Natural Textures. As a Makeup Artist she has worked with numerous talent agencies including FORD, Elite Models and Fashion Fair Cosmetics 2011 Ad Campaign. She is a proud member of Ebony Magazine Beauty Blog Awards Panel and is a natural hair advocate featured in Chicago Magazine September 2011. Rachel currently works as a licensed Skin Therapist and Makeup Artist. Blogging is a passion and creative outlet for this wife and mother of three. “I am super excited to partner with Natural Chica as the Beauty Editor! Natural Chica is the place where you get the very best in natural hair education and inspiration. We are excited to help you with any beauty challenges you face. Stay tuned!

“Common Skin Concerns for Women of Color”

Many of my clients complain about dark circles around the eye area. A new mom wrote in “Rachel, I am not getting much sleep these days my eyes have very dark circles around them and I can’t seem to get rid of them, what can I do about this?” Dark circles are caused for many different reasons one of the most common reason is rubbing/tugging at the eyes. Sometimes people do this unconsciously or it could be caused by wearing glasses that rub constantly against the skin. The most challenging thing about under eye circles is that for many people its apart of your DNA, this is why it is not uncommon to see small children with under eye circles. People from Mediterranean, Middle East and African cultures carry this trait and pass it down through generations. The sun is also a factor in what causes darkness. If your under-eye area is exposed to the sun on a regular basis, it is very likely you will have dark circles

Here are some things you can do to help……

  • STOP rubbing or pulling at the skin around your eyes.
  • Wear sunscreen year round, sun exposure increases the likelihood of hyper-pigmentation.
  • Drink water!! Drink water! Drink water! At least 10 glasses a day, you need more if you are breastfeeding or work out.
  • Moisturize and protect your skin by using an eye cream that contains vitamins C, E or K. As a daily treatment use cold tea bags as a compress for the eyes, caffeine contained in tea will help constrict the tiny blood vessels.
  • Don’t forget internal health issues are also linked to under eye circles, in particular the health of the colon, if your body is not eliminating waste as often as it should this can cause a dull, dark sluggish appearance to both the skin and eyes.

There are some things that only a licensed Skin Therapist can administer such as a chemical peel or use of professional products. Should you need more advance treatment contact a skin therapist of your choice. Always remember “Skin is the window to the body’s overall health”

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