Afrobella’s Beauty Picks

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Photo credit: VancityAllie

The other day, a young lady from Facebook mentioned she was looking for a new lipstick shade and asked for suggestions. I immediately pointed her to my March 27, 2013 blog post, “Afrobella’s Essential Lipstick Collections For Women of Color.” Here I provided links to two awesome posts by Patrice Grell Yursik, a.k.a. Afrobella, where she listed both MAC and drugstore lipstick choices for women of color. In fact, I still plan to print the list and take it with me to my local MAC counter.

Well, my beauty guru of gurus has done it again, publishing “Afrobella’s Obsessions. Hair, Beauty, and Bath Edition – Summer 2013.” Check out her new monthly column where she’ll be giving her recommendations for hair, makeup, skincare and other beauty products. Head over to Afrobella’s site and get your summer beauty advice.

(#31WriteNow Challenge, Day 3)


Team Natural Roundup

IMG_0001I’m such a bad naturalista! Yesterday I was discussing natural hair with a young lady at work and I mentioned to her that I blogged about natural hair. Knowing that I blog about a lot more than just natural hair, I corrected myself and added that I blogged about “other stuff too!” At her request, I passed along the link to This and That. I was messing around on the blog and decided to review what was located in the Natural Hair Care category and was disappointed that not only had I not posted about natural hair in a while, but that I didn’t have much to say on the blog about natural hair PERIOD!

So, after slapping myself on the wrist with my trusty rattail comb, I realized that I have so many natural hair go-to gurus, I don’t really spend too much time actually talking about it on the blog. However, I post a lot on Pinterest and on the This and That With Calandra fan page on Facebook. So…I’ve decided to at least offer a quick roundup of my favorite naturalistas. Here goes:

Black Girl With Long Hair –

Hair Gets Kinky When Wet –

Lexi With the Curls – lexiwiththecurls.comYou can also check out Lexi’s YouTube channel.

My favorite beauty blogger, Patrice Yursik, aka Afrobella (aka “Calandra’s hair crush”!) –

Last but not least, my favorite naturalista – not just because of her hair, but because she’s such a cool chick! Whitney aka Naptural85 on YouTube!


Afrobella’s Essential Lipstick Collections For Women of Color

Violetta Lipstick

Violetta Lipstick (Photo credit: Paeonia*)

A few weeks ago I was in Florida, without computer access, and running my iPhone without Wi-Fi (oh the horror!), so I wasn’t able to post this article here on This and That With Calandra. All I could do was share it on our Facebook page. My favorite beauty blogger, the “Godmother of brown beauty bloggers,” Afrobella, along with Makeup Artist Nicole Evans, highlighted the “25 Best MAC Lipsticks For Women of Color.” It is an article worth saving, sharing, printing, and carrying in your purse for your next trip to the MAC counter!

And then Afrobella came through for us again, posting “30 Essential Lipsticks for Women of Color – Drugstore Edition.” Both articles divide the shades by color family – purples, pinks, nudes, etc. Like the MAC article, it is definitely worth saving, sharing, printing and carrying in your purse for your next trip to your favorite drugstore! ♥

Which colors will you try? Let us know!

Fall FOTD – Gilt by Association

Fall is here! My favorite time of year. I love the cool crisp days, and the sound of leaves crunching under foot. What I am really loving this fall are the strong brows and jewel-toned makeup looks that are in season this year. Today I wore one of what will be my two favorite fall faces for work (and play!), using MAC Gilt by Association from the old Style Black collection. I finally figured out how to wear it in a way that works for me. I know, it took me long enough, right?

Here are the pictures and products I used. Enjoy!


CoverGirl Natureluxe Liquid Silk Foundation – Brazilnut

IMAN Second to None Semi-Loose Powder – Earth 3


L’Oreal HIP Creme Eyeliner – Black (lid primer)

MAC Mineralized Eye Shadow – Gilt by Association (lid)

L’Oreal HIP Duo – Brazen (dark brown shade as transition color)

MAC e/s – Arena (highlight)

MAC Eyebrow pencil – Spiked

MAC Fluidline e/l – Blacktrack (upper lash line)

L’Oreal Extra Intense Liquid Pencil e/l – Carbon Black (lower lash line)

L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes – Blackest Black


NARS Blush – Albatross (cheek highlight)

NARS Blush – Exhibit A (main cheek color)


MAC Lipglass – All of My Purple Life


My Adventure at Circle of Sisters in NYC

I’m pretty sure today is the most motivated I have ever been to write a post so quickly…EVER! This weekend is the Annual Circle of Sisters Expo at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. My best friend Stephanie invited me to go and I am SO glad I was able to make it. We have decided to make this an annual pilgrimage.

What is Circle of Sisters? According to their website, “Circle of Sisters is New York’s largest expo for women of color and hosts a variety of speakers, authors, seminars, inspirational services, R&B and gospels concert in addition to the more than 200 vendors and companies selling unique items and services.” What made it special for me today? I met three incredible women for the first time today and each one of them left an indelible impression on me!

Afrobella – As you all already know, Miss Patrice is my favorite beauty blogger, and she is the creator of my FAVORITE MAC lipglass, All of My Purple Life.

I found out she was going to be moderating a Fall Fashion Show for Bali Shapewear and I knew I had to find her at COS and meet her in person. During the day, I saw actor Anthony Anderson, local newswoman Brenda Blackmon and Pastor/Gospel Singer Donnie McClurkin. But it was my meeting with Miss Patrice that absolutely made my day. I was meeting ROYALTY! She is just as amazing and charming in person as she is in social media!

Calandra and Miss Afrobella!

While at Bali, I met Denise A. Johnson, Editor In Chief of Rainy Day Diva. Such a down-to-earth Sistagirlfriend! She and Stephanie and I found ourselves engaged in a very serious conversation about shapewear! Now you know only sistagirlfriends can talk frankly about shapewear! We had such a great time with her – my new Twitter friend!

Calandra with Denise - Rainy Day Diva

The first booth we visited was #200 – Doris New York ( – our dear friend and sister Marlene Duperley is Owner and Senior VP of this wonderful hair care product company. You must try the Olive Oil Hair Cream, and Leave In Conditioner. AMAZING products. Stephanie and I met Marlene on Facebook, where she moderates 3 awesome pages – Married to Me, MTM for Men, and MTM for Teens. We became great online friends and FINALLY got a chance to meet in person and hang out with our sister.

Calandra, Marlene, Stephanie - Natural Hair Rules!

We also had the chance to meet and hang out with her colleagues and models – what an awesome time we had with them!

The Doris New York Models

These three Divas have been so inspirational! I am so glad to have been able to spend time with them today. Thank  you Patrice, Denise and Marlene for a wonderful day. And special shout-out to my best friend of 25+ years, Stephanie, for suggesting we go.

Calandra and Stephanie - Best Friends Forever! LOL

(Oh yeah, and the rest of the Expo was pretty cool too! LOL)

Fall Makeup Changes

We have finally gotten some chilly weather in NY and I’m so excited – because that means my favorite season is here. It’s Fall y’all!!

But the changes in the weather also mean changes in skincare, makeup and haircare routines. I tend to use a little more moisturizer on my face to prevent dry skin, and use a body cream at night to protect my skin. In terms of makeup, I tend to shy away from the sun-kissed face and opt for muted jewel tones. This year, I’ll probably mix it up a bit. I keep hearing orange lips are going to be in this Fall, but I don’t know if I’m ready to find my perfect shade just yet!

My fave beauty blogger Afrobella has a great interview with makeup artist extraordinaire, Tia Dantzler. She  mentions mixed textures, jewel tones, bolder brows and metallic makeup. I can get with all that.

Share your makeup/skincare tips and tricks with us. What are your makeup plans for Fall?