December 12th, 2011
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Claire’s Life: My Alter Ego Photo Shoot with Derek Blanks For Covergirl and Essence Magazine
By Claire

Happy Monday, Bombshells!
Last week I was juiced to participate in a fun ‘alter ego’ shoot photographed by Derek Blanks for a Covergirl ad slated to appear in Essence Magazine:

Essence and Covergirl handpicked two bloggers, myself and Karen Blanchard of Where did U Get That, to pose as two versions of ourselves, all the while showing off Covergirl’s new Flipstick lipstick.

The product has two different colors, so you can mix and match for varying intensity, take your look from day to night, and adjust the color to speak to different sides of your personality. My alter egos were a dorky blogger and a fashionista, so stylists Rodney Hall and Meeka Johnson, makeup artist Saisha Beecham, hairstylist Clark Vincente, and manicurist Deana Blackwell collaborated to create my nerdy shot:

And my fashionista look:

It was a long but fun day, and I can’t wait to see the final product!

The ad is scheduled to appear in Essence’s April issue. I’ll be sure to do a follow up post when Covergirl flipstick is available and when the ad goes live.

Many thanks to the team at Essence and Covergirl, and to Derek, Saisha, Clark, Rodney, Meeka, and Deana.

Also, shout out to Jihan, my homegirl Karen of Where Did U Get That, and Michael Marrs of for these fantastic behind the scenes shots. If you don’t know about Karen, hop to it. Matter of fact, she’d be a great Bombshell of the Day…!

Stay tuned.

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43 Responses to “Claire’s Life: My Alter Ego Photo Shoot with Derek Blanks For Covergirl and Essence Magazine”

  1. Caribbelle says:

    Congrats!!! Aww I remember when I first stared reading here years ago, now look at how far you’ve gotten. So happy for you!!

  2. Dominique says:

    Awesome Claire! You are absolutely gorgeous!:) Can’t wait to see the ad

  3. Claire says:

    Thx, y’all!
    @Caribbelle It’s kind of surreal. Haven’t wrapped my mind around it all, but I feel tremendously blessed. Thank you guys for reading, I truly appreciate it! xoxo

  4. SideEye Mimi says:

    and if they say one bad word against Karen they better have a damn seat! LOL I love that girl, and her blog! she is the bomb and so laid back.

  5. EntertainmentsFuture says:

    FAB Claire..

  6. Ashley says:

    Go Claire! Love it :)

  7. Marthe says:

    How did they make-up your face for the fashionista look, you look absolutely STUNNING!

  8. sun.kissed says:

    FABULOUS! Two of my favorite bloggers! I can’t wait, this is gonna be awesome! So happy for you guys! Claire, you look great by the way. That geometric metallic dress is hot!

  9. jillibooboo says:

    aww you look right nice….

  10. dyshaun says:

    Ahhh a DREAM shoot! Congrats, Claire. You are it, ma!

  11. Joanne_ says:

    yaaaay! i can’t wait to see the ad! =)

  12. Claire says:

    @Marthe no idea, but I do know I had about 3 inches of makeup on.
    @sun.kissed The dress is actually BCBG, you can purchase it at Saks here:

  13. Dobe says:

    You look great! Proud of you and the many directions you’re moving in! I’m a fan of Karen’s, as well :)

  14. Kitty B. says:

    Congrats Claire, you look great :)

  15. Fashionbum82 says:

    So proud of you Claire..well deserved star treatment!

  16. zimbabwechic says:

    Wow, that is awesome, you are leading a very blessed incredible life, hope you are enjoying it all Claire.

  17. I love both looks. Congrats on the awesome opportunity. Oh and thanks for the info on the dress. A great look for NYE!

  18. DivaFabulosa says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! Keep up the good work Claire, I will be getting a copy of the mag when it come out.

  19. Kay says:

    Congrats Claire!

  20. lolodoll says:

    Cute. Is that a DVF top in the 2nd to last pic? I have the dress. I’ve been contemplating dreads for a while. You make me want to do it even more. Loving the look.

  21. LocalCeleb says:

    Can’t wait to see, how amazing!!!

  22. Anonymous says:

    i have been snacking on fashion bomb since it was a blogspot. and i remember asking about more coverage of makeup artists, photographers, and the like. Surely fashion bomb has evolved over the years. now i can say that consistency surely pays off. congrats claire

  23. Candace says:

    Congrats Claire! You look so beautiful. I know the ad is going to be hot. Can’t wait for the images.

  24. ladyshawann says:

    wow, you look fab both ways Claire!

  25. Latanya says:

    Claire, you are the bomb! I’m so proud of you. Congratulations and much more success! xoxo

  26. Kahalia says:

    I am NOT throwing shade on the other blog, but I just checked it and it doesn’t compare. I know its NOT a contest and you do diff’t things_but–I just LOVE your blog. It has so many helpful pieces, information, and great pics. jus sayin…

  27. Nunyabizniz says:

    Claire, you are the epitome of hard work and perseverance because the road to success is definitely not a straight line… You deserve it all Honey!

  28. Tia says:

    Claire, I LOVE that BCBG dress! It’s on my Christmas wish list. You are wearing it well. Congrats!

  29. Jinx Moneypenny says:

    <3!!!!!!!! I feel like a proud little sis, lol. I'm so happy for you! Congrats Claire!

  30. NikkiBellaRay says:

    Congrats Claire! You are the best hunni I’m so happy to see you elevating, you motivate and inspire many of us!

  31. Rio says:

    Congrats Claire!

  32. AC says:

    Claire, You look gorgeous in the behind the scene pics. You’re just a fabulous person all around. Can’t wait to see the ad. :)

  33. Yakini says:

    You look gorgeous in BOTH looks. How exciting – congrats lady!!!

  34. Nicki says:

    So happy for you Claire you’re gorgeous as always!! Werk!

  35. PYT says:

    That’s a good look! You look GREAT… Congrats!!

  36. tami says:

    You look fab and Derek does amazing work! He has shot me numerous amounts of times and each time amazeballs!

  37. binks says:

    Great pictures, I love the nerdy picture of you…lol I want to subscribe to essence again

  38. Hana says:

    Claire, these shots look fab! And I came here to say: I simply ADORE your hair!

  39. Rodney says:

    Hey Claire…thx so much for the love!!Meeka and I had a great time working with you too!!!oxox

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