The packaging for ‘Be Tempted’ is still the classic apple shaped bottle, but this time it’s luxurious red glass with a pretty metallic lid and snake embellishment. I love the whole concept of the packaging and the naughty vs nice theme – the lovely ladies from DKNY told me that it plays on the story of Adam and Eve and the ‘forbidden apple’ which is such a cool idea and definitely represented in the scent itself. It has a sensual, seductive and sophisticated vibe about it – it’s a very grown up scent and the first one like it from Be Delicious. It would be perfect for date night as it’s definitely a scent to wear when you want to impress and feel confident. It’s crazy how certain fragrances can make you feel so much better about yourself but this is definitely one of those. I’ve been wearing it all day today and it lasts so well. I can’t normally smell perfumes on myself but I keep getting a whiff of this which is delightful, if I do say so myself.
I’m not the best at summarising a fragrance and obviously it all comes down to personal preference so I’d highly recommend you go and give it a sniff for yourself but what I will say is that it’s SO lovely – I think I might even prefer it over the original scent, and that’s saying something as I love the original a lot. It’s notes include blackcurrant bud, red fruit accord, orange flower, vanilla and myhrr, just to name a few. It’s sweet and fruity but also musky and sensual – it’s a hard one to explain but it has the perfect mixture of femininity and sassiness (yes, I just used the word sassiness – why not?!).
“For How To Get Away With Murder, we’ll start at like 5 or 5:30 in the morning for makeup and hair. Viola [Davis] and I are the longest in the chair—I think we both do two hours. We put on so much makeup each day…and, for continuity purposes, they have to keep touching it up and putting on more powder and more this and more that and your pores get clogged so easily. I was having huge breakouts and it was horribly embarrassing. They can only do so much editing or lighting or makeup, but if it’s in HD, you’re gonna see it. That pimple is gonna be there for everyone to comment on. So I don’t want to wear too much makeup when I’m not on set.
I’ll apply foundation on certain spots, like under the eye. You think that you have to smear it all over but no, just use it where you need it—plus a little bit of powder, lots of eyeliner, and call it a day. The makeup artists for the show used this Dior Skinflash Radiance Booster Pen on me—it’s gorgeous. They also introduced me to MAC Ruby Woo, even though my character doesn’t get to wear it. I’ve tried to get them to let me wear red lipstick—it’s an uphill battle, but one day I will be victorious. [Laughs] For now, we use a Clinique Chubby Stick. It’s very translucent and moisturizing and gives just a tinge of color.
I’m obsessed with eyeliner—the darker and kohl-ier, the better. When I was younger, it was harder for me to find a black eyeliner that would actually show up on my skin. Being a dark-skinned woman, when you find something that actually shows up on your face, you love it even more. I go between random drugstore ones, like L’Oréal Silkissime…that’s so affordable. But right now I’m also using a Marc Jacobs Gel Eye Crayon. Sometimes I’ll put a little bit of white liner on the inside lower crease of the water line and then a black right outside of that—it makes the whites of my eyes really pop.
So most people on set will take off their makeup with a hot towel, but I go home right after work and hop in the shower and wash the day off of me. I use cleanser from Dr. Ablon in Manhattan Beach in the shower and I’ll also go over my face again with Neutrogena Face Wipes afterwards. Sometimes I’ll use Cetaphil instead, because I’ve found that my skin sometimes gets used to products and they stop working, so I have to switch it up. I use a moisturizer from my dermatologist, but in the past I’ve loved using Neutrogena. I also love Bobbi Brown’s face scrub, which I got from on set—that’s great.
As far as beauty tips, I’ve been told to freeze black tea bags overnight and then put them under the eyes, but that gets a little messy because they drip. Also, a friend of mine once told me that you’re not supposed to rub perfume in, you’re supposed to just spray it on and let it sit so that it’ll bond to your skin and last longer. I really love perfume, especially Chanel No. 5 and Coco Mademoiselle, and Diptyque Eau Mohéli, which I have it at my hotel in a little roller ball. Also, Jo Malone Lime Basil and Mandarin is really good.
My hair routine is to let someone else do it. [Laughs] So much heat is being put on my hair, so I need to leave it alone when I can. It’s challenging, though, because I have to wash my hair after I work out—and sometimes I work out every day. I use Pureology Shampoo and Conditioner, and after shampooing I’ll put the conditioner on, go watch a movie, and wash it out later. When you have black girl hair, once we wash, we’ve gotta do the whole press and get in the edges and everything. That’s a lot of heat to go back to straight on a daily basis.
To relax, I love sitting back and turning my brain off and watching TV. Peaky Blinders, is so good—if you’re not watching, what are you doing with your life?! I’ve been trying to eat healthier, but sometimes it doesn’t work out when you’re sitting in front of the TV drinking wine and you realize you really need ice cream to go along with it. [Laughs] I love Haagen Daaz Caramel Cone, or the Ben and Jerry’s Strawberry Cheesecake. Pairs well with anything.”
—as told to ITG
Aja King photographed by Tom Newton in New York on November 13, 2015.
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“My name is Tanika Rottura [@tbrottura_nychomedesigns] and I live in New York City, where I was born and raised. I work as an Executive Assistant at Morgan Stanley in their Technology division, where I manage financial data and systems, while ensuring meetings and functions run smoothly. My job allows me to be really technically creative and that’s what I love most about it. I had originally planned to become a dancer or an interior designer, but you can be a creative in any industry. I’ve learned that taking different talents and combining them underneath one umbrella is what makes any work fulfilling.
One of the first things I do in the morning is spritz on my favorite scent, and I really like Byredo Gypsy Water or Diptyque L’Ombre Dans L’Eau. Gypsy Water smells like the ocean and L’Ombre smells like sea salt and vanilla. Not sure if I’m the only one that prefers to wear certain fragrances during the winter but I’m currently stuck on Chanel’s Coromandel, too… I was a big camper when I was younger and it reminds me of the mountains.
It takes me 20 minutes to get ready for work. I start off by washing my face with cool water, and then I apply Tatcha Radiant Deep Brightening Serum, which is really natural and light. It also works the first day you put it on, and quick results are what we want. When I have more time, I love washing my face with Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser. It works really well for combination skin like mine. Then I apply the Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Vitamin C Collagen Booster which I like to protect my skin from the cold. I always wear SPF—it’s a myth that darker women don’t need it—and I like Fresh Soy Face Cream SPF 20. I have sensitive skin and this doesn’t make me break out. I try to listen to my skin and pay close attention to how products react with it. What works for my friends with similar complexions doesn’t necessarily work for me. At night, I use La Mer’s Lifting and Firming Mask along with Nars’ Skin Restorative Night Treatment. I know they’re pricey, but they really work.
All throughout my life, I’ve been pretty girly. I first tried red lipstick when I was 16 and my mom went through the roof. Why do we always go for red first? Now I wear makeup kind of sparingly because I don’t want to trick anyone, but a little mascara, lipstick, and blush just make me feel good. I only wear foundation in the winter, strangely, and Nars Sheer Glow in Trinidad matches my skin tone and isn’t drying. I also like Nars Blush in Exhibit A, which is great for darker skin. Lipstick is a mood changer and I like to wear a nude tint for daytime. I love Chanel Rouge Coco Hydrating Creme Lip Color in Icone—it’s the best lipstick I’ve ever used. Also, my style is really colorful, and this goes with any outfit. To spruce up my eyes, I use Chanel Le Volume Mascara.
As a child I never thought my hair was beautiful. This has since changed—in large part to my husband, who helped me shift my perception of what’s beautiful in a woman. If you feel happy and beautiful inside, everything on the outside will cooperate. Since going natural, I try to keep it easy and chemical-free. I wash my hair daily with As I Am Co-Wash Conditioner before applying Sheamoisture Raw Shea Butter Extra Moisture Transitioning Milk, which seals in moisture. In the morning, I just take five minutes to fluff it with a dime-size of Spectrum Organic Coconut Oil.
The best way for me to relax is with a glass of white wine, or three, followed by a quick shower. I have really dry skin—like, cracking dry—so I’ll layer Vaseline Intensive Care Lotion underneath Le Labo Santal 33 Body Lotion, which smells amazing. I also like Jo Malone’s Vitamin E Body Scrub, especially when I want to unwind. But the best beauty tip of all is good, quality sleep. One way I sleep better is with an eye mask. From experience, it just works.”
—as told to ITG
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