Beauty and the beat: NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil is amazing!

Did you know that when you Google "Indian hair blonde" my site is the FIRST result that comes up? I had no idea until I started getting crazy emails from Indian girls around the country asking me how to go blonde. I took the blonde plunge last year (You can follow my journey in part 1 and part 2). All of the emails, questions and comments got me to thinking, there isn't much out there about beauty for women of my skin tone. Let's change that. I'll be running a weekly post called Beauty and The Beat (Get it? Because I work in hip-hop?) as an effort to share my favorite products & tips.

Full disclosure: I am not a beauty girl. I am a girl who likes to look fly without spending a million dollars AND I need to be out of the house in 15 minutes (or less). I don't own a ton of fancy schmancy tools and I prefer natural beauty over everything. This is beauty for real-life girls who live real lives. If you want that full, contour clown face--no diss--- go somewhere else.

Okay, so my first go-to product is NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil. I got this in Cruella as a free birthday gift from Sephora for being a Beauty Insider. I don't sign up for any customer loyalty programs because they usually suck but this one is legit. Free stuff without pressure to buy more stuff? Yeah, I'm down for that.

This lip pencil is true to its velvet name and the shade was MADE for us brown-skinned hotties. It feels so soft and goooood to put on. I put it on by itself with nothing on underneath or over. The tip is a good size--kind of like a big kid crayon--so it's perfect if you're like me and tend to draw outside the lines by accident. Plus, it lasts forever and ever. I've worn this through entire four-course dinners (involved fried chicken) and it barely moves. At $26 a pop, it's a must-have if you dig red lips like me. Here's what it looks like on!

This flick was taken in a bathroom when I was supposed to be at a birthday part. Sorry, the selfie lighting was too lit. 

This flick was taken in a bathroom when I was supposed to be at a birthday part. Sorry, the selfie lighting was too lit.