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How To: Clean Your Make-Up Brushes

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Cleaning your brushes is essential to maintaining a flawless look. Dirty make-up brushes can contribute to clogged pores and breakouts. These easy steps can help you clean your brushes and continue to put your best face forward.

Step One: Rinse brushes under warm water.

Step Two: Once your brush is wet, lather it with a mixture of olive oil and cleansing shampoo (some inexpensive brands are VO5, SUAVE, and Dove). Work the shampoo into the bristles. Repeat until the water runs clean. You can also use e.l.f. Cosmetics’ Makeup Brush Shampoo ($3 at Target).

Step Three: Rinse the brush and squeeze out excess water. Shape the brush back into its natural form and let dry. To let your brushes dry, lay them flat on a towel. A helpful tip is to use a toe separator (new, of course) to sit your brushes on and allow them to air dry.

** Also, if you are an MUA then you could add an extra precautionary step: Rinse your brushes with a mixture of alcohol and water, then cleanse with shampoo.

**Beneficial Tip: Hang your brushes upside down to allow the water to drain from the brush handle. This will prevent your handles from deteriorating.

SOURCE: The Glitter Guide



Mississippi Month :: Inez Doe, Owner Of UFancii, Talks Success & Building Her Brand


Inez Doe is the owner and head beauty stylist for UFancii Beauty Bar. She is a native of Detroit, Michigan but relocated to Mississippi to attend Jackson State University, where she studied English Education. After graduating, she decided to go to cosmetology school and get her license. Instead of starting out as someone else’s employee, Inez decided to create and develop her own brand, UFancii. With only a year under her belt, Doe has flipped her five hundred dollar investment and Jackson, Mississippi clientele into a very profitable business and nationwide brand.


Doe says:

“Fancii is an expression as and when most people feel great about themselves. And it’s not just your beauty or hair, but it’s just a way of life.”

Through her website, Inez works with various charities each month. This month she is working with Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s (formerly known as The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation) Mississippi chapter, The Steel Magnolias. Today she is having a hair exhibit where a portion of the proceeds will be given to The Steel Magnolias. The exhibit will be held at the Mississippi Museum of Art. “Just think of it as a art exhibit, but with hair,” says Doe. Since the theme revolves around breast cancer awareness, be prepared to see a lot of pink!  She will acknowledge two breast cancer survivors and a check will be presented to the foundation. As a part of the exhibit, she has reached out to other stylists in the Jackson area to “pay homage,” form a bond and give everyone a chance to shine.

When talking about her accomplishments in such a short amount of time, Inez credits God with everything that she has achieved. To connect with Doe, follow her on Instagram @ufancii and @doegirlnezz. You can also visit her website


Mississippi Month :: DJ Young Venom Talks Inspiration And Making A Name As A DJ


Phillip Rollins, better known as DJ Young Venom, is a 29-year-old native of Jackson, Mississippi. He was a graduate of Madison Central High School and later attended Jackson State University, majoring in Graphic Design. After his grandmother was diagnosed with lung cancer, Rollins dropped out of college and pursued his dream of DJing.

JESSICASIMIEN.COM: How long have you been DJing?
DJ Young Venom: I’ve been DJing for about nine years. I got my start at Seven Studios over on Millsaps Avenue and I was DJing for Poetry Night on Sundays. After that, I started doing Fridays and it was me, Phingaprint, DJ Nick and DJ Selective. It was like three rooms and DJ Selective played reggae, and me and Nick, we tag-teamed in the front room mixing old and new school hip-hop, and Phingaprint just played whatever the hell he felt like, cause he could do that. [laughs]

JESSICASIMIEN.COM: What got you interested in DJing? Was it just your love of music?
YV: Yeah, like, I really honestly wanted to be a graphic designer or animator growing up, but I always listened to music while drawing. So, it kind of fell in too, and my god-brothers and sisters they always were into music. I learned a lot about different music because if it weren’t for them all I would’ve known would be Cash Money, No Limit, and Three Six Mafia. They exposed me to Camp Lo, Jay Z, and everybody else who weren’t the norm. It was people that I would see on “Rap City”, but it wasn’t like stuff that I would see in the barbershop. I really just started exposing myself to more and more music after just following their lead, even as and when they weren’t around.

Also my little god-brother, Shelby, started a music label and named me A&R because he knew of my ear for music and once it folded, I decided that I still wanted to be a DJ, so I started interning at 97.7 FM back when it was HOT 97. I was under Kwasi and even though I was under him, I would stay and watch them.

That and the movie Juice.

JESSICASIMIEN.COM: [laughs] So you wanted to be like Q?
YV: DJ GQ. Who doesn’t wanna be like DJ GQ?

JESSICASIMIEN.COM: So who are some of your favorite artists or your favorite genre of music?
DJ YV: I don’t have one. If I had to pinpoint it to one or two, I would say: Soul, Hip-Hop, and probably House.

JESSICASIMIEN.COM: House? Define House for me?
YV: It’s kind of hard to define House. It kind of derives from disco. It’s so many sub-genres of House. You have your Chicago House, which is more soulful. You’ll hear like the organs playing and stuff like that, kind of has a gospel flavor to it. Then you have your Techno House, you’ll hear that in Detroit. Baltimore-style House is really fast and upbeat. Then you have your French House, which is what most people know now, due to Daft Punk. So, if you’ve ever listened to Daft Punk, that’s French House.

JESSICASIMIEN.COM: So what are some of your favorite songs right now? What’s always on your iPhone playlist or when you’re DJing?
YV: It changes everyday! But the artist I’m listening to now is called Toro Y Moi. He’s from South Carolina. He’s apart of this genre that’s called Chillwave. It’s kind of soulful, but it’s more upbeat. It’s not all love songs, but most of it is. So that’s what I’ve been listening to..

JESSICASIMIEN.COM: Cool! I’m going to writet him down and look him up! You totally put me onto something new! How did you hone your craft? Did you buy yourself turntables and sit in the basement like Q?
YV: Um, I bought my set. It was like two CD turntables and it wasn’t really what I wanted. I wanted the real turntables, but I knew I didn’t have the money to buy the records. Once I got them though I said I should at least learn the basics. Because I knew that if I wanted to make money I needed to know how to blend and mix.

And from that point I learned from DJ Delo. He used to be the DJ at The Upper Level. I’d just go over there and sit in the booth, drink Corona, and later on throughout the week, I’d just go to his house and practice. He’d say, “Iight, you gone practice two songs until you get em right. Now pick your two songs”.  At that time Pharrell and Kanye’s “Number One” and Pharrell “Frontin” was hot, so that what I had to mix. And from there it was just practice, experimenting, and constantly trying to push the envelope.

JESSICASIMIEN.COM: Do you ever want to get back into Graphic Design later or is DJing it for you? If not, where do you see yourself in five years?
YV: Nah, DJing is it. The pen isn’t sharp anymore. Touring, hopefully with other DJs, as well as a local artist called Seven Thirty.

JESSICASIMIEN.COM: So who are your top three DJs?
YV: DJ Scratch, Jazzy Jeff, and Q-Bert.

JESSICASIMIEN.COM: Last one, what do you aspire to do through DJing?
YV: I just aspire to really influence people culturally through music, and expose them to new music.

Wanna keep up with the hot and rising DJ Young Venom? Follow him on Instagram @djyoungvenom and add him on Facebook at

Style & Beauty

New York Fashion Week’s First Full Figured Show (PHOTOS)

Photo credit: Cabiria/Facebook

Photo credit: Cabiria/Facebook

Never before has a full-figured fashion show been apart of New York’s Fashion Week; until now.

Last week designer Eden Miller made history by having the very first plus sized runway show at the annual fashion event. Miller’s Cabiria spring collection was showcased at the Lincoln Center in the Fashion Law Institution presentation. The institution is a non-profit organization which advises and supports talented designers who are not able to put on their own shows.

Before the show, Miller had this to say:

“It’s an incredible honor, it is absolutely fantastic. It is also a wonderful opportunity for showing the legitimacy of plus-size fashion. It is real fashion. It can be measured in the same way that other kinds of fashion can be.”

Her clothing line is aimed at women who wear American sizes 12 to 24. While we know that all body types are beautiful, the world of fashion has been slow to come around. However, with achievements like these, one day fashion will be just that…fashion!

Check out photos from her show below.






Photo credit: Masque Mag

Photo credit: Masque Mag


Style & Beauty

Manicure Madness :: Purple Haze (PHOTOS)


Ladies, if you’re anything like me, painting your nails is a challenge. But doing nail art is even harder. Well lucky for you, I’ve found a cute and easy look to try out.

This look, which can be found on @polishbottle‘s Instagram page is something quick and fun done with one of my favorite colors; purple.


First, you would need to paint your nails with a base color. Mine is NYC’s Lexington Lilac.


Next, take a different colored detailing polish and draw three vertical lines on whichever finger you prefer. I’m using Salon Perfect’s Purple Petal on my ring finger.

After that, take the same polish (Purple Petal) and draw horizontal lines on your middle finger. Once they dry take another detailing polish and fill in the spaces between them. I used Salon Perfect’s Silver Sparkle.


Lastly, on your index finger take your Purple Petal detailing polish and draw an asterisk (*) on your nail. Start by drawing a cross and then drawing an “x” through the cross.


Of course, after you’ve finished take your top coat and go over your nails. I used Sally Hansen Hardener. Let dry and enjoy!

Products used:
NYC’s Lexington Lilac ($0.93, Wal-Mart)
Salon Perfect’s Purple Petal ($1.27, Wal-Mart)
Salon Perfect’s Silver Sparkle ($0.93, Wal-Mart)
Sally Hansen Hardener ($2, Dollar General)