“What’s in the Box?”

Hey y’all your girl is back again with another post.

Today I am talking about makeup! I honestly didn’t get into makeup until my freshman year of college. I wasn’t one to put it on and all the effort to put it on; but now I need to at least have my eyebrows on.

I’m going to tell y’all some CHEAP & AFFORDABLE makeup, if you’re just starting out.

  1. MAANGE 5234 Brushes: Amazon-$11
    I absolutely LOVE these brushes, they’re super soft and don’t shed. The only con is that it doesn’t come with spoolie (eyebrow brush).
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  2. Beauty Blenders: Price Varies depending on where you decide to get it from.
    Please do not be fooled, I got 4 beauty blenders. Two from Forever 21 and two from my nearby beauty supply. They are both the exact same size and do the same job. I bought the ones from Forever 21 for $6-almost $7. Then I bought my other two from my local beauty supply for $3, with tax $4. Do not play yourself abeg. I’ve seen ONE beauty blender on Amazon for $5 (you ne dey craz [translation: you’re out of  your mind]).
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  3. Makeup Removers: Price Varies depending on where you decide to get it from.
    I personally got mine from my local drugstore because I am impatient with online shopping so even two day shipping could make me irritated lol. I use Neutrogena Makeup Remover because it’s easier on my skin. I got that for about $6 or $8, I can’t really remember.
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  4. Maybelline New York Fit Me Foundation: Local Drugstores-$8 to $10
    Please get your skin tone and get the one that is comptabile with your skin. For an example, I use the shade 360 in Mocha for Normal to Oily skin.
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  5. L.A. Girl Proconceal (concealer and corrector): Local Beauty Supplies or Online-$3 to $5
    Now, let me clarify. EACH PROCONCEAL AND CORRECTOR IS $3 to $5 depending on where you get it from that it. I have four in total (1 Toffee, 2 Chestnut, 1 Orange Corrector because orange or red corrector is best for dark/”deep” skin tones.) I mix the two concealers and I also use Toffee to create a nude lip if I’m feeling likes that lol.
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  6. Ardell Brow Pomade/ E.l.f Brow Pencil: $6 to $8 (Ardell) & $2 to $3 (E.l.f)
    These products work perfectly fine and for $2 to $3, that brow pencil does the damn thing! I personally use the pomade when I want to be fancy and cute (it comes with a spoolie and the brush. Killing two birds with one stone!). But, if your girl is going to class-the brow pencil does the damn thing. I love it. Image result for ardell brow pomade dark brownRelated image

    7. Black Radiance’s True Complexion Contour Palette [Medium to Dark]: Local Drugstores or Online-$6 to $8
    I am in love with this palette, truly. The contour shades fit a pretty good range of the brown to dark skin complexion, then the highlight shade. OH MY GOODNESS, the highlight is for perfect. I honestly don’t know what to do without this palette.
    Image result for black radiance contour palette dark8. Sacha Buttercup Setting Powder: Amazon-$18.99 to $20
    This setting powder does wonders. That’s all I need to say about it.
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    9. Colourpop Lipsticks: Colourpop-$6 per lipsick
    Now, personally I only wear matte lipsticks because they look better on me. I have pretty full lips and always felt like gloss looked like I had grease on my lips. BUT I recently gave it a try and love gloss but only clear gloss. Taking one step at a time here people lol. I have the colors: Limbo, Guess, LAX, Rooch, Are & Be, Kapow, Teeny Tiny, Tulle, Beeper, and Aveune.
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    10. Skindinavia Oil Control Primer Spray 8oz & Skindinavia Oil Control Setting Spray 8oz: Amazon- about $65
    Now, these are on the expensive side but they work like a charm though! If you have oily skin like me, these products are literally lifesavers. Setting spray makes your makeup stay on for hoursssssss.
    Image result for skin diva setting sprayWell y’all, those are my makeup must haves! Comment down below for your makeup must haves!

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Boys do not deserve wives.

Hey y’all. Welcome back to the lovely blog Black Girls & Mangos.

I know I know, it’s been a long long while. I think since August, but I’ve been caught up with school and other things. I am back again.

Over the summer, I got into a relationship and we are going to call him “Marshall”. Marshall and I met, we instantly hit it off like from my perspective it felt genuine; facetime calls lasted hours, we spoke every second of every day, he let me know if he was busy or not. SIS THE WHOLE NINE. So, I’m thinking I found my Prince Charming (but he was a loser wrapped in tin foil).

Fast forward to July 10th, Marshall asked me to be his girlfriend and I was excited (because I am a relationship type of girl). My close male friend (we will call him B because that’s what I call him) and I were talking on my birthday and he was one of the first to say happy birthday. Marshall never said happy birthday once and B told me to drop him; but as per usual I didn’t listen. Marshall claimed that he was super busy and that he got me this gift and whatever (I still have received no gift till this day). Since that moment, B never liked him. B always told me to drop him but I always vouched for him and etc.

In August is when our ‘relationship’ turned for the worse. WHEN I TELL Y’ALL THAT THIS WORLD IS SMALL. IT. IS. SMALL. I found his ex (his ex and I have a mutual friend, the whole kill is three of us go to schools in 2 different counties in Maryland) and she was telling me all these things over snapchat, she’s screenshotting and sending it to him and all this other stuff; he’s yelling at me saying that I should block her and why am I even speaking to her. I didn’t block her, we kept talking because he blocked her on his phone. I’m talking to her and realized that she is a pretty and thick girl and I felt somewhat insecure.  (Now, for those who have never seen me in person. I am a slim figure, yeah I got a little here and there but I am a pretty slim girl. So seeing her made me feel like I need to gain weight or become a slim thick because of him. NEVER AGAIN.)

But I forgave him (because I have a forgiving soul) and we moved on. HERE IS ANOTHER THING, Aug 4th him and I made plans to see each other and I paid for his uber to come to me and his uber back (about $24 in total). Aug 5th, he wanted to do like a triple date thing with my friends and his friends. That didn’t happen, he was making all these excuses (he went to the mall, went to go beat someone up in the opposite direction where I was, and then he got stopped by police on his way here.  FROM 10PM TO 1AM, he told me that’s how long the police had him. MIND Y’ALL I WAS AT THE PLACE WE WERE SUPPOSED TO MEET UP AT FROM 6PM TO 1AM WAITING FOR THIS MAN) and whatnot. THE WHOLE KILL IS he was trying to see his ex Aug 6th and made our plans with her.

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Right…..

Bottom line, we broke up because he thought that he could play smart and call another girl “babe [insert hella emojis]”. I found out after he left his email on my laptop when he went back home. It was small things like he would never have his phone out when he was around me, if he did it was held tightly in his possession. I thought it was real because he told his mom, older sisters, and his bros about me. Y’all…

THAT DO NOT MEAN SHIT.

I would tell him to post me on snap and he would give me some type of excuse. “I want to make sure we are real first.” “I don’t know, you be iffy sometimes.” Or I just wouldn’t get a response and he’ll text me the next morning saying he never got that text.

YALL THIS MAN WAS IN HIS CAR WITH A WHOLE OTHER FEMALE AT 3AM IN THE MORNING AND OOP ANOTHER THING SHE TOOK THE SNAP OF THEM AND POSTED IT. When I asked him about it, you know what he said LMFAO giphy2

He said that was his best friend.
In the car with him.
High as clouds.
At 3 am in the morning.

He felt like there was nothing wrong with that, but he would spazz on me for the most dumbest, hypocritical things ever.

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RIGHT…. I explained that story because I felt like I owed you guys an explanation as to why I haven’t been posting.

I will be posting another post about self-love and how I overcame that whole mess and my current goals along with other things.

SEE YA WHEN I SEE YA.

Summer 2K17 & Updates

She’s Backkkkkkkkk!

Alright, alright. I’m back. My bad.

The summer has just caught up to me and I got lazy, but not to fret. I am back again. This summer really caught me by surprise and nipped me in the little butt. It just came out of nowhere and hit me like I did something wrong. I will update you guys on what’s been going on. 

Literally, I’ve gained weight and that’s what I wanted to do but the weight stopped because of my mother. Long story short, she felt like I shouldn’t have to gain weight that I should be happy with who I am. (Not saying that she is wrong, it’s just that-I know what I was doing and she was being WAY too over-dramatic.)

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But anyways, as some of you may know my birthday recently passed. Your girl turned 19. I did absolutely nothing for my birthday but sleep. Kind of blew me, but I was like whatever. I’ll turn up once I get back on campus. Speaking of campuses, I got an apartment on campus because I refuse to deal with a roommate again unless we are friends.
I gave the girl chance after chance and two weeks before the spring semester ended, she decided to bring her friends into our room. Yelling, screaming, and burping at 4-5am in the morning. Long story short about that, a fight was going to happen and I didn’t have time to be getting kicked out of school. (She not going to pay that $23k for me.) I’m excited to finally get my own room because I cannot. I mentally and emotionally cannot.

BUT ANYWHO, this summer has been focused on Karen being Karen. Simply because I was tired of putting everyone before my own damn self. I started writing my book (be on the lookout for it), applying for scholarships because that’s always the wave, and doing small things that make me happy. For an example, learning how to do makeup (which I am surprised that I am good at), budgeting money better, drinking more water, and I recently just made the choice for the umpteenth time to grow out my hair.

Of course, I wouldn’t be a girl without boy troubles! The minute they see you doing good, THEY WANT TO COME AND MESS THINGS UP. Like I didn’t ask for your bullshit! I didn’t ask you to approach me! SO WHY ARE YOU COMING AND MESSING UP MY FLOW?Continuing on, I promise I’ll start posting more. This summer just really blew me (insert rolling eyes emoji); but they always said small setback for a major comeback.

Best believe I will be coming back faster, stronger, and gunning for them goals. And when I aim, I aim with a precision and I don’t ever miss.

Bluebone signing out!

Big Announcement

Hey y’all it’s your favorite Bluebone Karen, sorry it’s been a while. These last couple weeks meant that grades and miracles needed to be put into action.

We are really sorry to announce that we are creating two different blogs but we will still be together, so don’t get completely upset. We just have different ideas and two different blogs could show those ideas rather than spamming y’all you know?

So don’t be too sad lol. We will still be around, just not the same time.

She will be putting up her blog in a little bit, hopefully before the summer really kicks in.

Trying to make the home stretch

Hey it’s your favorite bluebone, Karen! Sorry I haven’t been posting too much, it’s just that school always comes first and I recently just started dancing, along with a thousand other things. BUT, regardless I lead myself back to Dark Skin & Mangos!

It’s the spring semester and a girl tired as hell!

The weather getting warmer, it’s pop out weather, and I just feel like not enough people going to see my outfit if I just be in class all day lol. (I’m kidding. Not that much.)

I’ve been struggling y’all. My GPA is looking like some a cheap ass gas price. I told my mom and she told me “Well, madam college. You betta be finding your way home.”

I said, “Mommy are you serious?”

She then said, “No, I’m comedian. Am I serious? Okay oh. Bye.” Then she hung up on me. African Parents 101 for you.

She had me laughing, she’s coming to get me so I can go back to the lovely Montgomery County of Maryland.

But, school has been weighing on my head trying to catch a 3.2 and above is like sort of harder than I thought because it’s spring semester and you know I just get lazy and I started dancing on campus and a couple of other things I tell you guys later.

Update on my life:

I am MORE THAN single and happily embracing the fact that I am.
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I’ve been doing that make me happy, dancing, writing WAY more.
I got myself a mentor and he is absolutely great, I appreciate him dearly.
I am in the process of getting a double major in Screenwriting & Animation with Multi-media Journalism with a minor in Creative Writing.
I surrounded myself with better friends (feels like a breath of fresh air).
I understand myself as a person and understand that people are NO longer going to push me around because I will set your whole life straight.

Unfortunately some negative things have happened to me, BUT that doesn’t outweigh the good that has happened.

Bluebone is signing out and I just moved back home for almost a week now. I’ve been sleeping my life away BUT this summer is my summer. I am claiming it now. 

MARK MY WORDS. 

Karen’s Dreamy Men List

Woody McClain is my husband so no touch. 🙂

Hey Y’all it’s your girls, The Original Bluebones, I just wanted to give a small insight on what I think is my preference of men or what type of man I would like.

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1. Idris Elba

He is just a smooth dark skin chocolate brother. I just can’t with him. Ever since I first saw him, I always had the fattest crush on him. His accent is just everything and he’s African? Oh chai. Abeg, you no have wife. Come marry me now. Age ain’t nothing but a number.

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2. Lance Gross

He is just another smooth dark skin chocolate brother that has my heart. Since I saw him on House of Panye, any movie or show that has him in it, I will watch it from start to finish just for him. Fun fact: He actually used to get teased for smiling so much, but he has one of the prettiest and most beautiful smiles I have ever seen. His daughter is so cute to put on top of that.

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3. A$AP ROCKY

He be that pretty motherfu*ker, Harlem what he reppin. A$AP Rocky is one of my favorite artist and so cute to me. That smile, that fashion sense and he just speak truth like I know y’all have seen his videos of when he says “It’s a men world, but pussy make the world go ’round.” Since he came out, I have been following him since. I loved him in Dope (one of my favorite movies).

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4. Chance the Rapper (Chancelor Johnathan Bennett)

This is my husband, this was so hard to choose a gif of him because I love him so much like he has my heart. He is the cutest thing alive, like if I could marry him I would. He is only 4 years older than I am. I love Chance the Rapper, everything about him just excites me. His lips, those cheekbones, his smile, he is such a jokester. I love him you guys. 95% of the time, if you see me and ask me what I am listening to, it’s one of his songs.

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5. Taylor Bennett (Yes, it’s Chancelor’s little brother)

I couldn’t find a gif of him, but yes it is his little brother. I love him just as much. Everything about Chance is the same reason why I love Taylor. I recently just go into his music too. Check out the song Grown Up Fairytales by Taylor, Chance, and Jeremih. I recently just found out that he is bisexual, but he’s still dreamy as hell.

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6. Luke James

Luke James has one of those voices that you only wish that your boyfriend had just so he can sing to you at night. He is so fine, chai chai chai. I know he needs to sing em to sleep. He can hit ANY note. There’s literally a video of him hitting note they give him. His smile is so damn pretty. I just love him. My favorite song by him is I Want You.

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7. Woody McClain

For those who do not know, Woody McClain is one of the cutest out of the whole New Edition cast because I mean just look at him. Oh my goodness, that FREAKING SMILE! He is just so damn UGH! He needs to marry me, he can’t be single like he cannot be. He is just too damn sexy to be single. CHAI Woody, you just need to call me Mrs. Woody McClain.


8. Bryshere Y. Gray

Last but DEFINITELY not least. This is the one and only Bryshere Y. Gray, y’all seen him on Empire A.K.A Hakeem, (BTW I can’t wait until Empire comes back on. March 22nd, tuning in phone on Do Not Disturb lol). He is so cute and he has the sexiest lips and his dimple and his smile like LORDT I am not worthy! I actually am, I just want to hug him and feel his body lmao!

Well that is the top men of my list, for those who haven’t caught on the theme. I love guys with beautiful smiles, like if you have a beautiful smile and you approach me correctly and have good intentions. Your chances with me have increased by 100. Nisa and I will do a more deeper post on our preferences soon. SO be on the lookout!

Bluebone Signing Out!

Ode to Heartbreaker

[Whats up guys. Welcome back to Dark Skin & Mangos. It’s Karen, I wrote this post because I needed to vent and I write my feelings out best. Enjoy.]

Dear Boy who broke my heart,

Bottom line, you did it. Didn’t really think that it was possible with me. To his girlfriend now, you do not understand that in all reality, you were just the side piece that got her opportunity and got upgraded to my position. That doesn’t give you the slightest idea or even help you reflect that something is not right here? If you end up marrying him, I can’t wait for the day that you have children with him and your children look up at you and tell you, “Mommy, Daddy, I want to be like her one day.”

You broke my heart and won’t ever understand how bad it even hurts to even try and look at you. I told my mom about you and I never do that for any boy because I hate telling her something about a boy that I just think MAY BE the one for me only to be filled with disappointment afterwards. Because you made it seem like we were forever and a day.You made it seem like time was nonexistent between us. Then you broke my heart, got your closure, and moved on not even within the next 24 hours.

I’ve blamed myself for months because I thought I said something but in reality, you already had another girlfriend before breaking up with me. Just for me to find out that I’ve been treated dirty the whole time. You portrayed yourself to be this guy that means well but something never goes his way. That you have the best intentions but never knew how to handle it properly. Again in reality, that was never the case, you knew what you were doing and you knew how you are.

I’ve been questioning myself for months about you and that we would probably still be together if it wasn’t for that night; you could only make me cry and hurt inside. I missed how you made me laugh, I missed how you made me feel so beautiful, I missed how you kept my hopes up with empty promises and meaningless words.

My friends got tired of hearing me complain and cry about how much I missed you. Quite frankly, so am I.

I can’t wait for the day a man, NOT A BOY, but a man looks at me as if he was starstruck. Is proud to have his hand intertwined with mine with his head held high. Then just for you to think in the back of your head that you could have had something worth having, something that could have benefited you in the long run. Cause my God, my Lord and Savior only has great plans for me. He knows I’m special and even though you didn’t see it, I’m glad one man did. Eventually in the future, two men would see it.

I’m only growing bigger, badder, and greater than the day before. For you to look at me with a face full of regret will be the day you realize that nothing was worth losing me over. I can’t wait for the day a REAL MAN comes to me and can’t wait to turn over my side of the bed and look at my face while I’m sleeping because he’s excited for me to wake up and smile at him. I can’t wait until I grow to love again and feel that same love back. It always seems like I’m the one that loves harder.

I defintely learned my lesson from you:
To never give wifey actions away to someone who doesn’t even see you as his equal or something down the line. 

And the day I do find that MAN, I will be glad that you broke my heart and let me go, dumping me in the trash. He will follow up behind you, dust me off, and give me warmth again. But it will be a greater warmth and WAY past you ability to comprehend what that warmth is.

“Do you talk to someone?”

Dating in the 21st Century

Hey guys, it’s your girl Bluebone and welcome to Dark Skin & Mangos. I’m going to tell you guys something that I am really irritated with in this generation.

DATING & OBTAINING A RELATIONSHIP.

A couple of things about dating and obtaining a relationship this day in age irritates me. But, I’ll speak about it one at a time. Supposedly there is this ‘talking’ stage before getting into a relationship. So, these are the stages are:

  1. The DM approach
  2. Talking Stage
  3. Relationship
  4. Problems within the relationship
  5. Break-up and start rapping on social media

First of all, what is ‘talking’? This pisses me off so much, because what are we talking about?!

Talking is a present tense verb.
Present tense means I am currently doing something.
Verb means action.
Action means I am performing something.

So, what does this mean? Talking means I am having a conversation with one or more people. Look. A guy is not going to approach me, saying “Excuse me, (insert compliment here) and I would like to talk to you.”

Any boy that tells me that, I will look you dead in your face, smile, and tell you that you are talking to me at the moment. You are having a conversation with me. We are talking to each other right this moment. Say that you would like to get to know me, not talk to me.

This whole ‘talking’ stage is where girls and guys get their feelings hurt because THERE IS NO DEFINITION OF ‘TALKING’. Every time I ask someone the define it, they just say “We talking.”

Since there is no definition of talking stage, there’s no real place of where the “relationship” lies. One party thinks they are in a relationship, while the other is out around ‘talking’ to other people.

Like what happened with dating? What happened with courting? What is going on with this generation that social media defines everything in a relationship?

Small secret, I’m 18 years old turning 19 in July and I have not been on a date before. Like ever. I never had a guy take me out, one on one, he pays, and we have a good time. Not a day in my life. If I went out with a guy, I always paid for myself or on some occasions paid for him and myself.

Especially when people give praise to something a girl and a guy does WITHIN THE RELATIONSHIP.

“I’ve always been faithful to my boyfriend/girlfriend for X amount of years.”
Someone then quotes, “Yes! Where are all these boys/girls are?”
Why should I praise you for something that you’re supposed to do? If you really care about that woman/man, it is not hard to remain faithful! It’s common sense.

I am happy with being single and waiting for a guy that is willing to date me. I am not saying that to reject every guy that tries to approach you through the DMs, but don’t jump into a relationship after texting for a couple of days!

Go on dates, take your time to know me, my struggles, my views, my feelings. Don’t jump to the conclusion that I am going to be in a relationship with you after a couple of goo-goo ga-ga conversations.

Comment and let me know what you think.

Ode to Bluebone

Dear 2017, 

Welcome back to Dark Skin & Mangos! Grab a pen and a notebook, doesn’t matter what kind or how big or small.  It’s time to guarantee things in 2017.

2017 has barely started and we have already witnessed the L takers. But, we are not going to be taken those Ls (unless it’s a L we have to take, because you know the spring semester is about to start.)

2017…. Hey Big Head.

I have already proclaimed 2017 as my year to finally understand myself as a person and as a growing BEAUTIFUL black woman. It’s going to be hard, but I will make it through. I personally wrote all my wants, needs, and goals down in a notebook and already started to check off a couple of things that I am completing.

  • Get my first novel published by December of 2017
  • Exercise more
  • Drink more water
  • Create healthy relationships
  • Budget money better
  • Get rid of negativity/toxic friends, relationships, and people
  • Care for Karen first/speak my mind
  • Increase self-esteem and self love
  • Make my mom and older sister proud
  • Get nothing lower than a 3.2 GPA

I’ve already started trying to complete some of the items I just told you guys. I said get rid of negativity and toxic people in general.

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But instead, I went backwards. I decided to befriend my ex-boyfriend because I missed him as a friend. (I’ll tell you guys all about him later in the blog) Now, I am stuck with my feelings in a whole ball and even though he has “GOOD INTENTIONS”, (to this day even though we talked about it, I’ll never know what he was truly thinking and feeling) that does not necessarily mean he is a non-toxic person in my life.

I have been drinking more water by disciplining myself because I drink a lot of sugary drinks. Like if I drink water for a whole week, I can have one can of Sprite, Fanta Orange, Ginger Ale, or Lemonade. When I get back on campus, I’ll only keep cranberry juice and water in my room. I can’t live without my cranberry juice.

Out of all my goals, to be completely honest, the hardest goal for me to reach is probably getting rid of toxic people and relationships. I am a really kind person; I always seen the good in people no matter what they have done to me. It’s hard for me to speak up for myself or say no to people sometimes. No longer. I need to make sure I got my back before anyone else does.

Give my posts a like and maybe a comment. Talk to you guys later on my next post.
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Introduction

Hello, hello, hello

Hey everyone! Thanks for checking out our blog! My name is Karen-Lucrece but everyone calls me Karen. I gave myself the nickname Bluebone which you will find out later in this blog.

A little small background information on me is:

  • I’m West African, specifically from Benin (a small country next to Nigeria, that’s why sometimes people think I am Nigerian).
  • born on July 18th, 18 years on this earth. Cancer season is the best season!
  • one of my best friends is 3 days older than me and we’ve been best friends for 13-14 years.
  • My favorite colors are burgundy, mustard yellow, and pale orange.
  • I attend the illustrious Morgan State University with a major in Multi-media Journalism and a minor in Creative Writing.
  • I love mangoes and tangerines.

I started this blog because I love writing and I love speaking my truth. I have a story to tell and would like to share it for others. I want to teach self-love to all black girls, I’ve always told my mom, older sister, and friends that when I’m older I would love to start an organization that uplifts black girls to rise above what they are given. Especially dark skin black girls. I always grew up insecure since I was about seven or eight years old, I never really looked at myself and saw beauty until recently. Self-image, self-love, and confidence has always been something I battled with. Still battling with it.

But like the Chance the Rapper (one of favorite artists in history), “I’ve made it through.”

I’ve went through a lot in my life that not too many people know about which makes it harder for me to open up to people or speak about myself. But, I’ve always found it easier to write than speak. I would like to be a motivational speaker one day, but the fear of public speaking is always there.

Hopefully you guys take this journey with me and understand that we all go through things because this life isn’t easy. I love listening to others about what they went through because I always like seeing how it made them the person they are today.

I’ll try to post at least once a week and at most three time a week.
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