Thursday, August 21, 2014

BEAUTY CON LA 2014 | CHINACANDYCOUTURE EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

BeautyCon Los Angeles, was held in Downtown LA and I got a chance to experience the event and meet a lot of awesome people. Here I am (above) with the beautiful Maya of "Shameless Maya" and the co-host of the new daytime talk show The Real, Jeannie Mai. I truly enjoyed networking with the brands, and other YouTubers and I am looking forward to doing it again!
"What's Your Beautiful?" the backdrop created by Project Beautiful

NYX black carpet and VIP lounge

Atlanta Blogger "Kiwi The Beauty" came in town to cover the event

Shameless Maya, an amazing YouTube creator she was an absolute pleasure to meet

I fell in love with the NYX vanity mirror!

Sienna Spalding is fun, fabulous, and full of personality!




Owner of Kiss My Fashion Boutique, Sharia Nicole


Canadian beauty and MUA guru, MsRosPosh

The event would not have been a beauty event without selfies!

Tiarra Monet (TeasedBlackPearlz), Missy Lynn (Start2FinishMUA) and myself in the NYX VIP lounge.


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

NICKI MINAJ ANACONDA OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO | BARBIE HOT PINK HEELS

Nicki Minaj just released her controversial music video for her single "Anaconda" and although the video is very sexy, and full of half-naked women I managed to be drawn into the heels the dancers were wearing in the video. After looking closely, I realized they are the same exact "Barbie" hot pink, five inch high heels, that I featured in my latest shoe haul video. I expressed how much I loved the GoJane shoe, and they really are so cute!



Tuesday, August 19, 2014

OUTFIT OF THE DAY | "CHI IN THE CITY" | CHINACANDYCOUTURE & HUSBAND




I love a sexy and chic look, and this outfit screams "sex in the city". My husband and I spent the day together, and this was my "daytime date" outfit. My faux leather pencil skirt, and faux leather cropped  top are both from Forever 21. I wanted a splash of color to break the all black, so I wore my neon yellow pumps and neon yellow/striped bag, both from Make Me Chic. To make this look less sexy and more chic, I accessorized this look with my classic floppy hat and a simple gold necklace. 

Follow my instagram @IamChinaRenee and search #urbanfashionshow for more of my  looks!

Monday, July 28, 2014

CONFESSIONS OF A YOUTUBE BEAUTY GURU | TEAM NATURAL VS TEAM WEAVES | CHINACANDYCOUTURE


In my latest video, I tackled an ongoing battle between "teams" set up and over emphasized by social media. Team natural hair versus team relaxed, or team weaves and wigs (ridiculous I know) however, it has become a major challenge for those of us in the beauty community. As a "beauty guru" on YouTube I personally have seen the separation between the natural hair gurus, and the others. It has come to an unfortunate point, and it's seems as though if you are not wearing your hair in it's natural state you are not respected as much as a woman wearing locs or twist out! I recently watched another YouTube personality, she has hundreds of thousands of subscribers, and she made a statement saying when she wears "wigs and weaves or anything that makes her hair longer or in a different texture...people treat her different". She goes on to say wearing her afro textured, natural hair brings more "genuine" people and conversations. Comments like that are made out of personal experience and opinion, but they still set that line of separation amongst those that are listening, so I honestly did not care for her statements. YouTube is definitely separated by so many beauty lines, and I am wondering when will things change. Natural hair gurus tend to get more views and subscribers because they are viewed as "real", but you have someone like myself who is always real and true to myself, that struggles to gain in subscribers/views. In addition to hair separations, you have the "mixed" gurus, light skin gurus, dark skin gurus, makeup or no makeup gurus, and we're all seemingly being placed into boxes. 

As a Black woman, that is constantly asked "what is your nationality?" I get wanting to be "proud" of your race, but the truth is the way you wear your hair does not make you a proud Black woman or anything less than. I do not have a relaxer, but I prefer my natural hair to be blown out or straightened, does that make me less of a Black woman? I love the versatility of wearing wigs, I can color them, cut them, straighten them daily, curl them, and a number of more options that I CANNOT do to my natural hair because I would be bald.  I personally don't like the way I look in twist out, so I am not going to wear that style, that's doesn't mean I'm going to judge the beauty guru that has amazing twist out, and amazing natural curls. I love that I can take care of my natural hair, by keeping it in a protective style and I get to change my hairstyles often with my wigs...that's my hair choice. We all have the choice to wear our hair however we want to, and we should not judge the next woman based on what her choice is. Let's diminish the "teams" bullsh*t, and learn to celebrate TEAM ME, be proud of who you are no matter what your choice of cosmetics and hair products is. BYOB | Be Your Own Beauty! 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

MY BLOGGER BASICS, NECESSITIES, & FAVORITES! | CHINACANDYCOUTURE


I was asked by an aspiring blogger to share my "blogger necessities" or my favorites, so here it is! This is my personal list of items, that I feel are necessary to help me do my job as a blogger, but they are not required by any means. I'll start with my fashion favorites. A few pairs of perfectly fitting skinny jeans are a must for me because jeans can be worn in so many different ways, you dress them up or down depending on your choice of top. As for tops, I keep basic white v-neck t-shirts handy along with graphic t's for quick casual days, you can wear a pair of high heels or sneakers with a t-shirt and still be on trend any day. Blazers are essential to my wardrobe, I own several blazers, in multiple colors and styles. Blazers are awesome transition pieces, a blazer can take a casual look (jeans and a t-shirt) to chic, or a super sexy dress to a more classier and chic outfit. I absolutely love shoes, comfortable shoes to be exact, so I love a 4-5 inch pointed-toe pump in black, red, or nude. I also keep a good pair of sneaker wedges close by for my more dressed down days.  Accessories and makeup is very basic for me, on an average day I'll wear a pair of gold hoop earrings and matching gold watch. An oversized handbag is always very useful because I can fit important things in it, like my camera or laptop. Makeup is usually very minimal, lip gloss and blush usually does the job!

Moving along to the tech necessities, these are the things I feel I absolutely need to blog. My Canon T3 DSLR camera, I use my camera almost daily, to shoot HD videos, and to take HQ photos to post on my social networks. A good camera is one of the best investments you will make, if blogging is what you really want to do! My laptop is the next most important piece of equipment needed to blog, I use a MacBook to upload and edit videos, post to my blog, and constantly update my social network statuses. Last but definitely not least,  my smart phone (I can't do anything without it) I currently have the LG G2 and I love it. It has a lot of storage, which is significant for all of the photos and videos I have stored in my galleries, it's super fast, and it does just about everything my laptop does. When I am on the go,  I use my phone to respond to emails, comments, and I even use my phone to handle my online store business, and so much more!

I hope this gave you a little insight to my blogger basics and favorites...I'll be back soon! 





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