The truth about Black Girl Magic, Mom Melanin, Sequin, and Make-Up

Hey Cuties,

Last week I got all fancy and hit the town with a bunch of moms. We put on our festive party clothes, left the kids at home with someone responsible and had a girl’s night. A girl’s night on a Thursday evening.  The invite said A Holiday Beauty Fete; get fancy, come to Bloomingdale’s, Lancôme will be there and District MotherHued had planned an evening of fun.  The #DMVMomTribe showed up and showed out and fun was had.

There is a stigma that women can’t get along. That black women don’t support one another. That we just don’t… this post will shut all that ish down. That is far from the truth and far from my experience.


Motherhood is tough my darling. But so are you.

District MotherHued is an organization for millennial moms of color founded by DMV publicists and moms, Simona Noce and & Nikki Osei-Barrett.  Their mission is to engage, empower and equip women of color at the cusp of motherhood and career via quarterly events and workshops. District MotherHued wants Moms to connect, share common struggles of motherhood and build a community of inspiration and resources for mothers and budding mompreneurs.


Treats by Darling Chic Eats

If there is a single thing I approve of at events is #FatSnacks. They had plenty and they were just as festive as we were.


I’m not like a regular mom. I’m a cool Mom.

Cupcakes, cake pops, and bedazzled chocolate pretzel rods.


Chocolate dipped marshmallows

Gold makes everything better, even on your food.


Chocolate Rice Krispy Treats

Rice Krispy Treats are a total classic, but tonight they aren’t for the kids.


Slay! Photo Credit: @jkdowedmeida

JK Dowd Media was on hand snapping up our pictures. This included the one-offs and an epic group shot.  They showed up so I showed out, in my sequin pants. I paired them with a white button-up shirt, a black bow tie, and my favorite booties.


Lancome I only have eyes for you goodie bags

Lancome gave these goodies bags with products on the inside. The bag was cute and it came with this stunning picture of Lupita.  Lupita Nyong’o is a brand ambassador for Lancome; she said, “I am proud to represent Lancome’s unique vision for women and the idea that beauty should not be dictated, but should instead be an expression of a woman’s freedom to be herself.” Lancome has melanin friendly shades of makeup.


Evan, Lancome rep going to work

Now that we have some Lancôme products the fabulous Evan Strianese, Regional Special Events Manager at Lancôme showed us how us to apply a basic look and offered a few tips and tricks.  Evan did makeup demonstrations as well as a long beauty Q&A. I got all my questions answered and more.


– Using a brush to apply foundation requires less product.

– It is okay to apply foundation with your fingers, especially if you are in a rush.

– Blush is a yes!

– Lancome is leading the industry in mascara, they have 8 different formulas.


Lancome mascara options

When applying, mascara go into the base of the lash and wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, then go up.


Doing what I love, capturing events. Photo Credit: JK Dowd Media

This is what my blogging life looks like. That bone structure is giving me life.


Selfie with Nikki, she is 1 of the 2 that make up District MotherHued

This was my first District MotherHued event but I had an amazing time. I’m proud of the village they have built and the relationships they continue to foster.


New Friends

I mixed, I mingled, I sipped, I chatted and I added some new folks to my tribe.

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Caught in the Act – Photo Credit: JK Dowd Media

A little photo fun with Pixel Strut, they added to the magic of the night.


The District MotherHued DMV Mom Tribe – Photo Credit: JK Dowd Media

As Moms, we take care of everyone and everything. Remember to take some time out to take care of you.


On my way out I noticed this Ready to Glow design on the wall. It was perfect for me, you know my lipstick is my signature and lips are my logo.  It was the Universe letting me know I was in the right place at the right time.


How do you build your mom tribe? Chat with me in the comment below or FB, IG or Twitter.


Article written by:

Mimi Robinson is the Lifestyle Media Correspondent and editor behind MimiCuteLips®. She is a wife and mother of two. You can find Mimi working media at your favorite events, traveling and trying out new adventures, or working on a dope DIY project.

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  1. candy

    What a great looking group of women. All mothers should stand up and support other mothers. All women should stand up and support all women mothers, working moms, non-moms, grandmothers, young and old.

  2. Cai Cansino

    Looks like you guys had so much fun! You all looked gorgeous in the photos.

  3. Angelic Sinova

    Woah, this looks like such an awesome event! I HATE the stigma that women can’t get along/women don’t support each other because it’s simply not try! We are ALL girl bosses and amazing and we need to realize that <3

  4. Bill S

    What a fun event to attend!!! The store looks great what a great place to get together with the girls at, love the message behind the event!

  5. Doria

    Wow, this event looks absolutely perfect, I’m so jealous! lol It looks like you had an amazing time. I agree, we have to remember to take care of ourselves and treat ourselves, too!

  6. Sarah Bailey

    Wow it looks like you had an amazing time and what a gorgeous group of ladies you are!

  7. Lisa Favre

    Looks like you had an absolutely fantastic time! All of those glittery desserts looked too pretty to eat!

  8. Maureen @Scoops of Joy

    Ooooh I am in love with your sequins pants and you are looking amahzingly gorgeous! I absolutely love that there’s a support group for rockin mamas like this. I wish we have them here too. The event looks like so much fun.

  9. Tatanisha Worthey

    I hate when stigmas are placed on us or anyone for that matter. There’s no reason for it. Glad you were able to support a great cause!

  10. Dawn Gibson-Thigpen

    you guys look great. thanks for sharing. i love bloomies.

  11. Bella

    This event looks like a ton of fun! I love your outfit, those pants are just way too cute.

  12. Liz Mays

    This sounded like the coolest even to mingle at. They definitely had some awesome treats! The makeup demos must have been great too!

  13. Eva

    Those. Pants. Are. Everything!!! That looks like it was a really great time…. with fantastic snacks!

  14. Rebecca Swenor

    This sounds like an amazing event. Stigmas are something that should not exist but do. Lancome products are awesome and this event looks like so much fun. Thanks for sharing your experience and I love your outfit.

    • MimiCuteLips

      Thanks Rebecca, I love to get dressed up. I don’t do it often enough. I hate the stigmas as well, this gives me a chance to prove them wrong.

  15. Chante Burkett

    Looks like you had a ball. I own like 5 of those Lancome mascara they are my faves

  16. Jeanine

    Wow this looks like THE event to attend! This is really lovely, and you looked amazing those pants are something else! If only I could rock something like that!! So much fun.

  17. Michelle Malone

    Looks like a great time! Uh, those pants…I need a pair! Cool event! Moms need a break, and I’m glad there are kind souls out there who agree and make it happen.

  18. Teresa

    Those pants! You rock them girl! I have always surrounded myself with women who build me up, I just don’t have time for the nonsense of chicks! Sound like you are of like mind.

  19. Tanya

    Wow!! Millennials are mommies already. I love this …..this looks like a fun event Mimi.

  20. Kim

    This looked like a fun event. Lancome has one of my HG foundations. I love your outfit, especially the sequin pants and booties.

  21. KenyaRae

    Girl those pants!!! 😍😍 this sounds like it was an amazing event. turned up mommy style on a Thursday. You guys a great looking group of Momma’s!

  22. Ty

    I love the idea of this group and what it stands for. It looks like you had an awesome time.
    Thanks for the makeup tips!

  23. Tretre Mac

    What an awesome event Mimi. It’s beautiful when women come together and support each other. Beautiful

  24. Stephanie Pass

    What a fun time! Lancome for swag is awesome! It’s so great they have a group like this to create a network of women of color.

  25. Kirstin Fuller

    I LOVE IT! Looks like you and the ladies had a fabulous time. Loving the Lancome makeup goodie bag. It’s too cute. I’m envious of the fat snacks. lol

  26. Latoya @ Life and a Budget

    Wow, this is super nice. And I agree…women can get along and many times women are looking for those group of like-minded individuals they can be friends with.

  27. Christina Aliperti

    Now that’s one gorgeous group of ladies. I also have to say I totally adore your pants , you look amazing.

  28. Kiwi

    I saw your photos on social media. What an epic holiday event. I loved it and it was done very well its putting me in the holiday spirit! I love the dessert bar!

  29. Kasi

    What a fabulous set up, the food looks so good and so pretty! I love those sequin pants!!! Werk!

  30. T. Espinoza

    Love this! I am going to check out District MotherHued because they are clearly my kinda gals. Also, if I thought that I could fit even half my leg into those sequin pants, I’d swipe em from you.

  31. Joyce Waterman

    Well Ms. Cutelips, it’s not often that I’ll read a blog entry in it’s entirety. When, that is,
    I don’t distracted and move on to something totally different. Since you probably have info about me from a couple someones, I’m pretty certain you kinda already know a lil summ..summ about that. 😊 I think maybe I’d seen it, but, never read it, but, once I started reading, there was no stopping.

    I didn’t know you’d make me feel the changing of the guard in The White House as a sharp pain. But, I’m happy to know your memories and joy have been so well captured that the experience won’t be lost.

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