My article was published in the Seattle Globalist!

nicole harris and son

I just published an article about school segregation in the Seattle Globalist. It’s an issue that is very important, especially in the Seattle area, but usually looked over. Please give it a quick read and let me know what you think!

When Nicole Harris’ son started fourth grade at Thurgood Marshall Elementary in the Central District this year, there were only minority children in his class. That’s in spite of the school being over 44% percent white. Meanwhile, some of the other fourth grade classes are almost entirely white students.

Why are the classrooms inside Thurgood Marshall so segregated?

Maybe because it’s a magnet school participating in the Seattle Public Schools’ “Highly Capable Cohort (HCC)” program. The students in the HCC classes are predominantly white, and those in the regular program are mostly students of color.

“Is it actually possible that every single child in the general education [program] is not potentially capable to be in the advanced program?” Harris wonders. “To me, it’s segregation. It’s blanketed and nicely programmed with a nice word on top that says ‘advanced program,’ but it’s segregation.”

To read more, check out the full article here.

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5 Makeup Must-Haves for Humid Weather

5 Makeup Must-Haves for Humid Weather! Pin now, read later! #brynnita #makeuptips #vacation
Humid weather and makeup aren’t the best of friends. All that water vapor in the air can make you sweat off even the most waterproof makeup. Choosing makeup for humid weather means choosing things that will resist sweat, heat, and still look good! Many humid places are hot, as well, making matters worse! The good thing about a humid climate is you don’t have to worry about your skin drying out, so you can leave all your lotions behind. Usually tropical climates are the most humid such as Southeast Asia, Puerto Rico, etc.

I’ve listed ten items that I would pack for humid weather. The first five are my essentials while the last five are things I’d bring if I had extra space or was traveling for a long time. Let’s get started!

For more weather-specific makeup tips, check out my top 10 Must-Haves for Desert Weather.

1. 30 SPF Sunscreen Spray

For makeup for humid weather, sunscreen lotions don’t work so well. They can make your skin into an oil slick in no time or trap in unneeded heat. I prefer to use a sunscreen spray that is at least 30 SPF and protects against UVA and UVB rays. The bonus of a sunscreen spray is that you can apply it once your makeup is finished and continue reapplying throughout the day without smudging your makeup.

2. Waterproof Mascara

The next essential is a waterproof mascara! Humid weather will take off your non-waterproof mascara in just a second. Look for full water-proof mascaras, not just water-resistant. My favorite drugstore mascara is Maybelline’s The Rocket Waterproof. If your mascara does get wet from water or sweat, make sure not to rub your eyes. That will make it last longer throughout the day and not flake off.

3. Powder Blush & Highlight

Makeup for humid weather means choosing products that will absorb moisture, not create it. So, drop the cream products and use powder blushes and highlighters instead. One of my blush favorites is NYX HD Blush. A light, shiny eyeshadow will work just fine for a highlighter if you don’t own a powder one. If you are too sweaty to apply a powder blush directly to your face, trying applying pressed powder first for a smoother application.

4. Waterproof Eyeliner

In a humid climate, waterproof products are king. Bring along your most water-resistant eyeliner that you own. I have yet to find an eyeliner that I truly consider waterproof, but my closest pick is the Kat Von D Trooper Liner. I have also heard good things about the new Too Faced Marker Liners and purchased one to compare during my trip to the Philippines, but I found it nearly impossible to apply using the felt tip. A more affordable choice is Wet N Wild’s Waterproof MegaLast Liner.

5. Tinted Tanning Oil

If I’m traveling somewhere humid, I skip the foundation. Liquid foundations slide right off, and I sweat off mineral or powder ones. I would skip the foundation all together if you have the choice. If I’m looking to add a healthy glow to my skin, I instead use a tanning oil such as the Tarte Maracuja Bronzing Serum. The color builds up the more days you use it in a row, and it doesn’t remain slick or oily after applying.

Of course, there are so many things to bring with you, but I would suggest narrowing down what makeup you really need that will last all day in humid weather. Makeup for humid weather doesn’t need to be a challenge; it just takes a little extra thought!

Let me know if you have any tips for keeping on makeup in humid weather in the comments section below!

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RAW Artists Seattle Presents: VERVE

Come see the RAW Artists Seattle art show on Sept. 22nd! Buy your tickets here:

I am blessed with the opportunity to present my photography at RAW Artists Seattle VERVE art show on September 22nd. RAW puts on shows of visual art, fashion design, photography, and more! The event is hosted at Studio 7 from 7:00pm to 11:00pm; however, it is a drop-in event that you are welcome to come to at any time. I’m really excited to be part of this experience, and I would love for you to join me.

Photo by Brynn Tweeddale. IG: @br.yy

One of the works I will be displaying at RAW Artists Seattle: VERVE.

If you are in the Seattle area, please support me by buying tickets here by September 15th. Even if you can’t come, buying a ticket supports me and allows me to invite press, other artists, etc. Hope to see you there!

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10 Makeup Must-Haves for Desert Weather

Makeup for desert weather can be challenging. When going to a place that is hot and dry, your main priorities should be on skincare. Anywhere that has a desert-like climate is going to be rough on your skin, especially if you have dry skin. Choose makeup that is rehydrating rather than drying. Here is what I would pack for a desert-like destination—think Arizona or parts of California.

The first five items on my list are my essentials and the last five are my bonus items I would bring for longer trips if I had extra room.

For more makeup tips, check out my 5 Makeup Must-Haves for Humid Weather.

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My Guide to Makeup with Drugstore Products

Pin now, read later. The best drugstore products for a full face of makeup on a budget!

Welcome to your ultimate guide of doing your makeup with drugstore products. As a college student, I have a pretty low budget when it comes to the nonessentials…and that includes makeup. For the most part, I try to stick with drugstore products to complete my looks without breaking the bank. I spend a lot of time researching products before I buy them, and I think I’ve finally narrowed it down to the best products that work for me. Let’s get started!


There are two types of moisturizers I recommend getting: a moisturizer with sunscreen for during the day and a thicker rehydrating moisturizer for at night. I have dry or normal skin depending on the season, so my oily friends might skip the thicker moisturizer at night. However, even oily skin benefits from added moisturizer, believe it or not.

Daily Moisturizer

My pick for a daily moisturizer is the CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion. Retailing from $10 to $15 in drugstores, this is a bit more pricy than other drugstore moisturizers. It is definitely worth it though. It goes on lightweight and dries quickly and has 30 SPF to protect your skin (and yes, sunscreen is a must!).

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Do It Yourself Fringe Rave Bra

diy fringe music outfit festival

Festival season is coming up, and this year we are on a budget. Paradiso is just a week away, and I didn’t want to shell out the cash to buy an outfit and pay for express shipping only for something to arrive that didn’t fit or wasn’t what I expected.

I decided to repurpose an old bra and make my own fringe rave top for less than $20, using this top on Pinterest as inspiration. We all know how Pinterest DIYs usually go…but I think this one turned out pretty nice! Here is my how-to guide to make this top at home! If I can do it, so can you (;



  • 1 old bra
  • 1 yd of fringe
  • E6000 clear adhesive
  • 1 box of jewels
  • 1 stem of fake flowers
  • 1 roll of silver trim (not pictured)
  • Magazines or newspaper
  • A needle and thread
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My First Femme Fatale Cosmetics Order

I’ve been hearing all these wonderful things about Femme Fatale duochromes, and I finally decided to place an order. I ordered a custom stacker that ended up being around $16.00 USD including international shipping to the U.S. for 5 mini-sized Femme Fatale eyeshadows. Each eyeshadow has a sifter and has tons of product that will probably last me at least a year, to be honest. I place my order on May 28th, it shipped on June 9th, and arrived on June 16th. They sent me note apologizing for the long TAT, but it honestly seemed quick for international shipping, in my opinion. Here’s the cute packaging they sent my order in:

femme fatale indie packaging eyeshadow duochrome

Here’s a close up of the stacker. Each level screws on to the one below, convenient for storage! My only complaint is that the eyeshadow of the lower level can get on the label of the eyeshadow above it.

stacker eyeshadow femme fatale duochrome australia

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June 2015 Boxycharm Review

I just received my June 2015 Boxycharm yesterday, and I was so excited to open it, especially as I wasn’t that thrilled with the May box.  Boxycharm is a monthly beauty box that send you 4-5 full size products for $21.00 a month, including shipping. Last month’s box had a value of $100—quite a deal for a price that’s just a fifth of that.

Here’s the June box. The packaging was not as neat as usual…the pink packaging was all over the place as you can see:

The June 2015 Boxycharm containing products from #Eslor #CargoCosmetics #NCLA and more.

The five items I received were as follows:

  1. Eslor’s Chlorophyll Lifting Mask ($21.00 value) which was the first sneak peek
  2. NCLA Nudes collection nail polish ($16.00 value)
  3. Cargo Cosmetics eyeshadow single ($16.00 value) which was one of the 3 possible final sneak peaks
  4. Bellapierre’s Kabuki brush ($29.99 value) which was the second sneak peak
  5. The Beauty Crop Lighting Crew Highlighter ($10.00 value)

The total value of this month’s box was $93.00 for me, which is actually pretty low compared to normal.

Other items people received were a Doucce Click Click lipstick ($24.00 value) in various shades or Oscar Blandi Hair Cair Daily Silk Serum ($25.00 value).

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May Boxycharm 2015 Review & June 2015 Sneak Peek #1

Boxycharm May 2015 with bronzer, nail polish, lipstick, and more!

The Boxycharm May 2015 box is old news, but I just got a chance to review mine. See below for my full review. Boxycharm is a monthly beauty box that send you 4-5 full size products for $21.00 a month, including shipping. Last month’s box had a value of $100—quite a deal for a price that’s just a fifth of that.

The June theme is Sea La Vie. To go along with this theme, the first revealed item was Eslor’s Chlorophyll Lifting Mask. Boxycharm subscribers will be receiving a full size, worth $21.00 (Boxycharm corrected the original $38.00 value listed). A lot of subscribers say they swear by this, so I’m curious to try it. However, I’m not blown away.

June 2015 Sneak Peak: #Eslor Chlorophyll Lifting Mask #Boxycharm

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