Archive for August, 2008

My Personality Expressed in a Dress…

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on August 31, 2008 by sisterspeakonline
Lisa Peyton-Caire

Lisa Peyton-Caire

Ladies:

I suffer from multiple personality disorder–in clothing, that is (LOL)! In any given week, I may borrow from a hodgepodge of fashion genres based on the demands of my schedule and the nature of the meetings on my calendar. But if I had to pick a dress or two that embodied my true personality (or a big part of it, at least); that expressed my unique feminine essence, the two beauties below by designer Akua Angel would definately make the list! I admit that at heart I am a Bohemian beauty –a naturalist with a bent toward the earthy, effortless, and ethnic. I’d trade in an executive suit any day for the relaxed, feminine, yet bold & elegant beauty these two gems offer.

Dress by Akua Angel

Dress by Akua Angel

Soul Dress by Akua Angel

Soul Dress by Akua Angel

What about you? What’s your fashion personality? Send me a few photos! I’m anxious to see!
Lisa
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This Just In: L’Oreal WhiteWashes Beyonce (Surprised?)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on August 8, 2008 by sisterspeakonline

Lisa Peyton-Caire

Lisa Peyton-Caire

Friends:

my favorite beauty blogger, AfroBella, expressed her views on the current ‘whitewashing’ of Beyonce by beauty giant L’Oreal, which comes as no surprise. It demontrates again why it is critical for us to own, manufacture, and support our own beauty ventures, or at the least, NOT to support those who do not fully represent or appreciate our beauty as it is. Read on and talk back.

Whitewash and Photoshop

August 8th, 2008

Is anyone genuinely surprised by this recent L’Oreal Feria/Beyonce skin lightening advertising drama? I wasn’t. Not at all. This has happened to Beyonce before, after all. And I don’t get why so many people are blaming Beyonce — do celebrities get final approval on how they look in advertising? I’m inclined to think not, given everything I’ve read about stars getting upset about how their appearance was altered for print. Beyonce’s not a Photoshop pro who touches up her own pics. Just about every image you see in a magazine has been digitally retouched by a angel somewhere along the line.

Lighting is artfully manipulated to soften harsh lines or to brighten up skin tone. Colors are lightened or saturated to become more vibrant. Bodies are digitally altered to appear more svelte. Cosmetics advertisements are probably the worst offenders — the deception begins before the photographs are really taken. You didn’t believe that the eyelashes celebrities bat at the screen in just about any mascara ad on TV were real, did you? All fake, sad to say.

I guess I’m just jaded by the practice, and I don’t think it’s going to change. I see a photo like this Feria ad, where Bey is practically unrecognizable, and it makes me angry. Of course it does. But then my analytical side kicks in. Call me cynical, but I just see this as one of those cyclical beauty industry sins that only become controversial when it’s glaringly obvious. Respect to Jezebel and Racialicious for wading so deep into the issue, because sometimes I’m like — oh no, not again.

In order to effectively make a statement to the advertising industry that hey — Photoshopping in your skewed, ethnically exclusive perspective of beauty is not cool — consumers have to get to the point where they’re so angry that they boycott the brand, the magazines, everything. That never happens. A comment on that Racialicious thread summed it all up pretty well, IMO — Black Canseco, an industry insider who has a pretty cool blog of his own put the Photoshop whitewashing issue like this: “It’s simply part of the business; and the business does it because it sells; and it sells because the masses of folks prefer it/are comfortable with it/believe this is how it should be.

So now what?

Exactly. Does this kind of thing make you outraged? Do you believe consumers have the power to alter industry-wide practices? I’d love to hear from you all on this issue. Now what, indeed?

See My Lovely List of Beauty Picks!

Posted in Uncategorized on August 2, 2008 by sisterspeakonline
Lisas Lovely List

Lisas Lovely List

Hey Ladies!
Visit SisterSpeak Online Magazine today to check out my Lovely List of beauty products straight from my personal vanity! These products are tried and true in my book and live up to their intended purpose.
Putting the list together was super fun, and just the first installment of more great reviews to come!
If you have a product to recommend, share it with me at beauty@sisterspeakonline.com .
And if you’re a product manufacturer or hand-made mixologist, send us your samples. If we like them, we’ll review them on SisterSpeak Online for all to see! 
Now go get pretty!
Lisa