ESSENCE It Girls: Beauty Diaries

It takes more than the latest heels and designer labels to be an ESSENCE It Girl. You need to juggle a very demanding schedule while keeping your finger on the pulse of what's hot. Today's woman to watch works her beauty as if there's no tomorrow. Here we catch up with Beverly Bond and Tamron Hall, two of the chicest women we know.

Mikki Taylor Nov, 27, 2013

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Founder of Black Girls Rock!, DJ and NYC stylista Beverly Bond shares what keeps her fierce and fabulous as she works hard to nurture young sisters to be their most amazing selves.

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Beverly: Perricone MD Cold Plasma and Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel. As you age you want good-looking skin, so I spend more on skin care than I do on makeup.

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Beverly: Pam Grier, Grace Jones and activist Angela Davis, who was incredibly beautiful with her fro and her attitude! These women are sheroes who stand strong.

4 of 10 Micaela Rosato

Beverly: I have an optimistic view of the world and of people and a gratitude for everything, which helps. On the physical side, I'm a curvy girl and I've never not appreciated that. I've always had a big booty and I am proud of it. I'm a very athletic girl—I'm tall, I have big feet. I appreciate the things now that I didn't fully appreciate as a child and I'm not mad at me!

5 of 10 Christine Blackburne

1. MAC Brow Set Brush-On Gel in Clear ($16, 2. CoverGirl Flamed Out Mascara ($6, 3. Make Up For Ever Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation in Golden Camel ($36, 4. Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel ($86 for 30 applications, 5. Perricone MD Cold Plasma ($155, 6. Fresh Sugar Berry Tinted Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15 ($23, 7. Aveda Brilliant Humectant Pomade ($20,

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A national correspondent for NBC's Today show and host of both Investigation Discovery's Deadline: Crime With Tamron Hall and MSNBC's NewsNation, Hall talks concealer, drugstore-hopping and what's essential for her close-up.

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Tamron: I'm a perfume junkie. I have a beautiful perfume collection. I don't think we appreciate what fragrance does; it's kind of like that old-school elegance. A beautiful fragrance is the sexiest thing ever. One night I was wearing Frédéric Malle's Portrait of a Lady, and a man came over to me at a restaurant and said, "What are you wearing? My wife loves it and I'm buying it right now." And they Googled it on the spot.

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Tamron: My mother—the most beautiful woman in the world. If I'm guilty of copying anyone, it would have to be Lena Horne and Josephine Baker.

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Tamron: I've learned to understand that we're all different and bring different things to the table. My mother told me, "No one can beat you at being Tamron. You are unique." Everything I've gotten in my career and personal life, I've been rewarded when I've been myself. When I tried to be what an anchorwoman was, I failed. But when I've been true to what those southern folks who raised me taught me to be true to, I have never failed.

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1. MAC Bronzing Powder in Refined Golden ($25, 2. Chanel Le Volume de Chanel Mascara in Noir 10 ($30, 3. Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Pressed Powder in Golden Orange ($37, 4. Frédéric Malle Portrait of a Lady by Dominique Ropion Perfume ($340, 100 ml, 5. Damōne Roberts Brow Shadow in Minx ($20, 6. Mac Sheen Supreme Lipstick in Tea Ceremony ($17,


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