Mar 31, 2010
I just wanted to share a picture I snapped of my dog the other day. She's so adorable to me... and even as she prepares to turn 7yo this June I still consider her to be my eternal puppy. I rescued her when she was only a few weeks old and she's gotten better with age. Here's to my fabulous, soon to be senior dog!! I love you Jazzy :)
Well, the verdict is in and my mother LOVED the product!!!!! I was acting like a semi Nazi making sure she didn't apply any moisturizer to her face prior to the primer because I didn't want to taint the process or the possible results. Within minutes of applying the primer and then her foundation the results were quite obvious. She commented that her skin felt silky and smooth and it actually looked more even with a nice matte finish. After working a 12 hr day my mom also raved that she didn't have to do any touch-ups (she's usually doing a few throughout the day) and her oil control was near non-existent.
From reading some of the reviews on the Sephora site I know many have compared this product to a primer that Smashbox puts out, but much more affordable. The Sephora Collection Smoothing Primers sells for $18 and a little does go a long way.
Do any of you guys have experience using primers? Which brands do you like?
** Sorry guys I didn't take pics. I wish I could get a before one but my mom is so hooked on this stuff I doubt I'll ever see her "before" face again **
Mar 30, 2010
Since getting my Brazilian Blowout I've been having fun playing around with different looks but I was still on the fence about getting a sew-in. After talking to two of my girlfriends that adore their clip ins I decided to try something new and I couldn't be happier with the results.
Deciding to get the clip ins was a little nerve wrecking only because it's scary venturing out from your comfort zone and trying something new. The biggest thing pulling me towards getting the clip ins was the fact that I workout about 4 times a week and like, or better yet need to be able to wash my hair. Plus, I've never kept a weave in my hair for over a month. The clip ins were hands down a better investment.
I went to Sunny's Beauty Supply and looked at the Lord & Cliff 7pc Clip In Extensions. They run a little light in their colors so my usual 2 hair matched with their 1B. The clip ins come in 14 in and 18 in length and a "smooth & silky" texture.... basically your flat ironed hair. They were sold out of the 14 in length in my color so I, being the impatient person I am, bought the 18 in knowing good and well it was too long for my liking.
I was excited to get home and actually try out my clip ins. The sales associate in the store had given me a brief rundown on how to use the clip ins which was good, but I still wanted more help. The packaging doesn't break it down too much... and really, there isn't much to it but I found a few YouTube videos to be really helpful (they're below).
The 18 in was ridiculous long for me. I don't like long hair like that. I really wish they sold it in 10 in but you know, nobody would buy that but me lol... So, I got my scissors out and started chopping each track down to my desired length. I want to add that each track is a different length (trackwise, not actual hair length) and they're pretty logical to figure out so you can determine what style you want your hair to be (or feel free to leave it as is). Anyways, you get 7 pcs and that's more than enough to do a full head. I've found that I like wearing between 3 to 4 of the clips. The clip ins are 100% human hair and will last anywhere between 9-12 months. Prices range from $80 - $120.
My verdict: I'd recommend clip ins to anyone that desires more length or fullness to their hair. They're an affordable, smarter alternative to a traditional sew-in weave and still allow you to rock your curls when you like. Something that's really cool is that they offer custom clip ins so if you'd like to find some curly, wavy or other texture of hair and have it made into clip ins you can! Click here to learn more about that option. I'd love to find a kinky/curly texture that matches my twist-out or wash n go's so I could get some more fullness with my curls!
Has anyone else had an experience (good or bad) using clip ins?
These are the actual clips that I bought:
This was another great video showing how to put them in:
Mar 29, 2010
Phoenix Fashion Week is still fairly new to me, but it does remind me of the Gen Art show I covered last year.
"When people really come to a place where they know that a soul has truly left the body, and still exists and is communicating, it will change all sorrow into tremendous hope. It doesn't exist in my imagination. It isn't wishful thinking - - it is real... and that's a wonderful gift to give somebody." - Robert Hansen
Let me start off by saying that I am a believer in the spirit world. I believe in ghosts, energy, people passing on and crossing over... all that stuff. I'm also a fan of dramatic reality tv shows so you can imagine my excitement when TLC premiered "Paranormal Court" on Saturday night. It's like the Ghost Whisperer on crack!!! Truly my dream TV show.
The hour-long show follows psychic medium Robert Hansen as he helps families solve disputes via speaking to their loved ones that have crossed over. Despite having "court" in the show name, please don't get the visual of "People's Court" in your mind. The families meet with Hansen in his home and he has no prior knowledge of their cases. The first episode featured 3 cases and I must say their stories all tugged at my heart strings. I think I've found the perfect "ghost" show that I can watch without getting beyond paranoid (I wish I could still watch Psychic Kids but I was getting a little bugged out lol...)
Whether you believe in this stuff or not, this show is really entertaining. It airs Saturday nights on TLC so if you find yourself in on a Saturday night and looking for something new to watch, this should be on your radar.
Mar 28, 2010
What do you guys think?
Mar 23, 2010
The first 2 episodes showed Kendra and Hank's search for a babysitter and quest to reignite their romantic flame with a date night. Another topic that was tackled was Kendra's insecurity with her post baby body. Running with a crew of playboy bunnies wasn't an issue for Kendra's size 23 pre baby body... but she found herself struggling to feel sexy and confident when 3 of her friends came into town to visit.
What I really liked about this storyline was how reassuring and loving Hank was. Never once did he make Kendra feel bad about her body (which some men can do) and I loved that. He was the constant supportive, loving, doting husband. Pregnancy is a beautiful thing but it can wreak havoc on the female body. I think it's definitely a sacrifice to carry your baby and risk having all the "battle wounds" to prove it. Kendra wasn't scared to show her stretch marks or stomach that was leftover after having the baby and I found it refreshing. I mean, she JUST HAD A BABY!!! It took 9 months to put the weight on and it doesn't come off over night.
In the media we are always bombarded with ways to "lose the baby weight" in like a month and the pressure women can face is ridiculous. You want to get your body back in shape, not only for yourself, but you want your spouse to find you attractive again. Not that they don't (many men LOVE the pregnancy body) but as a woman you want to feel, as Kendra said, like you'd wanna "fuck yourself" lol... and it's true.
My question is for mothers out there, how did you handle (or how are you handling) your pregnancy body? What role did your spouse play in helping you thru the experience?
Mar 22, 2010
Any suggestions on how to get this done?
*** Update: I found a closer Sephora location that carries Carol's Daughter products, however they didn't have any of the body products - - just hair stuff... and the search continues***
Mar 19, 2010
(Left to Right)
1. Organic Root Stimulator Replenishing Conditioner - A favorite of mine when I was relaxed and works well now that I'm natural. I use this for deep conditioning. It leaves my hair feeling so moisturized.
2. Herbal Essence Hello Hydration - I jumped on the HE bandwagon a bit late but this stuff is pretty amazing. I love the smell and it has quickly replaced Suave Naturals Topical Coconut as my favorite co-wash conditioner.
3. Twisted Sista De-Frizz Conditioner - I stumbled upon this little gem while in TJ Maxx. I was unfamiliar with the Twisted Sista line but it cost under $5 so I gave it try. Plus I liked the packaging and I couldn't resist the curly haired black girl on the front. I was shocked at how well this worked and that I hadn't heard of it sooner... but I guess that's due to the product being based out of the UK. The conditioner is uber rich and feels amazing on my hair. I can feel my curls popping the moment I put it on, no joke! I bought a bunch of this stuff from TJ Maxx in case they didn't get more in... but if you get an opportunity to find this stuff by you then I think you should give it a try.
4. Moroccan Oil Moisture Repair Shampoo (Suflate-Phosphate and Paraben Free) - I've been using the Moroccan Oil Oil Treatment, but I hadn't tried their shampoo. Now that I have my Brazilian Blowout I had to use a shampoo that was sulphate free. I actually have been pleased with this product. I still prefer co-washing to shampooing, but I do use this about once a week.
5. Garnier Fructis 3 min Undo Dryness Reversal Treatment - This is my MUST HAVE product. It contains Olive Oil, Avocado Oil, Shea Oil and Apricot Seeds. This is a dream mixture. It's so rich and thick. It really does feel like heave as it coats my hair. It's funny how 3 mins with this on in the shower can work wonders. I usually put it on my hair and cover with a plastic cap while I shower and shave. It's hard to describe how rich my hair feels after using this. EVERYONE needs this.
6. DevaCurl One Condition - This was on clearance at Target for under $10 so I had to pick some up. I've heard nice things about the DevaCurl line of products and I liked it. I wouldn't call it my must have item as I wouldn't pay full price for this, but it does its job.
7. Suave Naturals Tropical Coconut Conditioner - This was my all-time favorite co-wash conditioner while I transitioned. After my big chop it was still good but I think HE Hello Hydration works better for me. I think Suave puts out pretty good products and they're SO affordable. It's nice.
Mar 18, 2010
I started transitioning in May 09 and did my big chop last month. I had straightened my hair occasionally during my transition and it was always fairly easy. Boy oh boy was it a completely different story after the big chop!!! It was such a task to blow dry and flat iron my hair, just to have it only last a day or 2 at the most... I had no other option but to wear it curly. After much research I decided to get the Brazilian Blowout! Last week I went to the Apricot Lounge Salon in Scottsdale, AZ and was helped by salon co-owner Kimberly Allison. Kim (as she's referred to by her clients) actually has been styling a friend of mine's hair for a while now and came highly recommended. I had a consultation a few weeks before my appt and then I was set to get it done. The process took about 90 mins and was rather easy. During this time I was able to pick Kim's brain while she worked on my hair and am eager to share the results and information I learned with all of my blog readers.
I'd like to add that this treatment isn't cheap. It ranges in cost from $250 - $500. I paid $325 for my treatment, which is what Allison charges (includes trim). I can't count how much $ I've blown on hair products/treatments/relaxers/weaves... all that stuff over the years and honestly, nothing compares to this!!! It sounds corny, but this treatment allows you to have the freedom to easily manage your hair while still maintaining its health. This treatment doesn't equal straight hair, nor does it mean you're going to be using tons of heat everyday. You can continue to style your hair however you'd like. I know some have been put off by the cost, but I look at this as an investment in yourself... and with the summer quickly approaching this is the perfect styling option. You can feel free to hop in the pool, head to the beach.. just live life and not be ruled by whatever your hair is doing that day.
Inside of my Dr.'s office. The lighting was bad but my shine was ridiculous
My hair was so soft and light. It's hard to describe how light my hair felt.
The results of my set... my hair was still super soft and easy to manage.
Mar 17, 2010
Mar 16, 2010
My favorite model is Ibrahim (pictured left, center). Not only is he a vet in the game, but he has a gracious, humble nature about him that I like. My other standout is Salieu (pictured left) who is a newbie but quickly learning the ropes.
I've been anti-BET for quite some time but it's nice to see them stepping up their game. This show is entertaining and the quality is nice. I've had issues with other BET reality shows being slightly bootleg with their production quality, but this is definitely doing big things.
The season premiered Feb. 18th so I'm definitely late. Has anyone been watching?
Mar 12, 2010
This did, however, make me think back to an episode of Oprah where she spoke about using the nice bath stuff she had bought and not waiting for another day. Kinda like how some folks used to buy nice furniture yet keep the plastic on. Like, why are you trying to preserve this stuff? I mean, for what? To enjoy it when? There's a fine line between living and splurging... being cheap and being smart with your money. Where do you stand?
I've worked fulltime since I was 19... and real jobs with real hours and been responsible for real bills. It's hard to be ridiculous when you know better at an early age. I used to dream about being hood rich but knew that shit was for the birds... yet, I still watched some folks around me live that life and wondered how they could do it in such a carefree way! I'm sorry but it rubs me the wrong way to forgo paying bills to buy this or that. It pains me to pay something the day it's due or late... I like to pay my bills early. I mean, you know in advance not just the day it's due.... I'm on a tangent... lol... but I do sometimes struggle with deciding between a purchase that's treating myself for working hard... or being ridiculous and getting caught up in the hype. How do you guys differentiate between living in the moment and enjoying life and being irresponsible? I'm curious... especially balancing all of that in this tough economic time.
1. When people wear red lipstick they need to be sure to keep it off of their teeth. Red stuff on your teeth isn't a good look.
2. Is there a way to make the bike seat in my spin class comfy? It pains my butt to touch it... but maybe that's their way of making sure I stay up. Hmmmmm....
3. It's so much more enjoyable watching YouTube hair tutorials when the people are attractive. I have a few hair crushes. Here's my latest! Those curls are divine.
4. I haven't done laundry since January... and no, I haven't run out of clean clothes! lol... but yeah, I need to really get my stuff together.
5. Joe's Jeans are my new favorite thing. I love the feel of the denim and I love that they make them in petite lengths.
6. People that walk around with chipped, cracked and peeling nail polish like shits not a problem irk me. It's one of my pet peeves.
7. I used to always dream about working at MAC but I was there the other day and wasn't really excited about it anymore. Maybe it was the lady that helped me, but it saddened me that I wasn't as thrilled about it any more.
8. Income Property on HGTV is one of my favorite shows... and The Locator tugs at my heart like Ghost Whisperer does.
9. I'd love to go on Amazing Race with my husband... and kinda random, this casting guy asked us TWICE to tryout. Was it a sign?? lol... who knows... I hope I didn't miss my calling to be on a reality tv show.
10. I love leggings and will continue to wear them as pants... I will, however, make sure I'm not giving anyone camel toe and wear shirts that are long enough.
11. I used my Carol's Daughter "Body Jelly" to give my dog a paw massage lol... she loved it and unlike the vaseline, she didn't try to lick it while I did it.
12. I'm obsessed with planes! I could seriously watch jets take off all day and all night. There's something about them that intrigues me and that I find beautiful.
13. Every night I fall asleep watching CNN. I'm a night owl and it's the only channel that doesn't cop out and turn into Paid Programming after 1a.
14. My husband and I have the same birthday, same year... and so does Khloe Kardashian lol... gotta love those June babies. Not everyone can handle a cancer but I think we're amazing people :)
15. I have a soft spot in my heart for Sunkist fruit snacks but replaced them with these trail mix packets I got from Walgreens. So far so good!
16. Every morning around 6a my dog crawls into my bed and we're both knocked out for a while... it's kinda funny. Like clock work she strolls in here, hops in the bed, and passes out! lol
17. I watch The Tudors and I still don't understand "High Treason". King Henry VIII was a real wocka flocka flama....lol
18. I still have no idea what a "Wocka Flocka Flama" is... nobody has told me yet. Maybe that's a good sign that none of my friends know...
19. If I had 3 wishes I'd use one of them on having perfect eyebrows!! To be able to give up my eyebrow pencil would be a dream lol...
20. I'm going to be a god mother to 3 wonderful kids this year! I'm kinda excitement... the joys of children w/o the stretch marks or sleepless nights :) lol...
Mar 11, 2010
When I was out of town last month I found myself unable to fly with my favorite bottle of stuff, so I bought the Neutrogena Ultra-Soft Eye Makeup Remover Pads and the Neutrogena Make-Up Remover Cleansing Towelettes. Here's my review:
1) Neutrogena Ultra-Soft Eye Makeup Remover Pads
What they claim: Removes every trace of makeup, even waterproof mascara. No oily residue. Safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens users. Ophthalmologist tested.
My thoughts: These pads are nice for removing eye makeup, but they didn't work well on my waterproof mascara. For regular mascara they did a decent job, but you had to let the pad sit on the eyelashes a bit to soften the mascara. I think these are nice to take with you when you travel because unlike the the regular bottle of eye makeup remover, you don't have to worry about finding a cotton ball to use it.
Final Verdict: I'd recommend this product for traveling but not as your everyday use, staple product.
2)Neutrogena Make-up Remover Cleansing Towelettes
What they claim: Ultra soft clothes gently dissolve all traces of make-up, ever waterproof mascara.
My thoughts: These pads are my least favorite. I use them when I'm too tired to wash my face, but I don't think they work well removing mascara. I won't be buying these again once they run out... and honestly, I use them more often to wipe my dogs butt (yes, literally wipe her butt once she's done using the bathroom... lol). On a more constructive note, they do remove face makeup well (eye makeup aside) but I don't like the way it leaves my face feeling. Like there's a slight film over it. I always follow up using these wipe by cleansing my face with astringent. I guess all the work I do using these wipes I could probably just wash my face... but it's a lot easier to do this when you're tired.
Final Verdict: If all you need is a wipe to remove makeup I'd recommend stocking up on some baby wipes.
3) Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover
What it claims: Effective and gently removes even waterproof mascara with no oily residue.
My thoughts: This is my absolute FAVORITE product to remove eye makeup... even my toughest waterproof mascara. This is like the thing I must have in my bathroom at all times. After shaking the bottle to mix the ingredients, you only need to take a cotton ball and saturate the eye area... then feel free to wipe away. Yes, it's really that easy... and yes, it really does work that well. This is the best thing out there, in my opinion.
Final Verdict: Everyone should try this product. I once tried saving a few bucks and bought the Target/Walmart version and it didn't compare. It's under $7 for the 5.5 oz bottle and should last about 2 months... depending on how often you wear eye makeup... but I love this stuff!!!
Mar 10, 2010
Mar 9, 2010
** Click here for post and pics of my 2nd Brazilian Blowout at Apricot Lounge Salon **
After transitioning for 9 months (with the hopes of going a full year) I ended up doing a spur of the moment big chop with my husband in the bathroom last month. It was quite liberating and slightly scary to have my husband cut off my straight ends, but I loved the end result.
With a few trips planned for the next couple of months, I was debating between a sew-in or the Brazilian Blow Out. I’ve been hearing lots of women raving about their results from the Brazilian Blow Out treatment and couldn't help but become curious to learn more.
My girlfriend recommended her amazing stylist and owner of the Apricot Lounge Salon, Kimberly Allison, to me… and after a consultation I’ve decided to give it a try! I’m excited to not only have the process done, but be able to pick Kimberly’s brain as she’s worked with celebs like Keyshia Cole. My appt is for Thursday so I'm looking forward to being able to share my results with everyone!!
Below are a few before and after photos of Brazilian Blow Outs that Kimberly has done already. For more info visit their site or facebook page.
Mar 5, 2010
1) Lynne and her husband need to get their parenting skills in order. Why are your teenage kids showing up to an event, with grown people, wasted off their asses? This is ridiculous... and is it just me or does Lynne constantly speak as if she's just popped 1 too many pills! Seriously... she's either in her own world or she's popping something extra. I could forgive the slurred words when she just had her face done... but it should be under control. Actually, I think she's still using something from that prescription. I mean, her life totally fell apart and her husband acts delusional and she's trying to be bff's with her daughters... *le sigh* That whole situation is out of control.
2) Gretchen and Slade... where to begin. Well, Slade has been running thru housewives but I hope what he and Gretchen have is genuine but I can't help but notice how Gretchen still rocks the engagement ring she got from Jeff. I'm not sure what the proper engagement ring etiquette is - - but I totally get wearing your ring while you're mourning the loss of your fiance after he passes... but when you're 8 months into your new relationship and seriously throwing around marriage?? I don't know... but I'd say take the ring off.
3) Tamra - Poor Tamra. Her husband is a control freak and poor Simon... his wife signed up for a reality show and a few years into it flipped the script on him. One thing I've learned is to keep your relationship between the two of you and not drag any and everyone with a willing ear into it. If you need to vent, do it with someone that is neutral and not biased. They're in the process of going thru their divorce now so maybe more will come out during the reunion show next week.
4) Alexis - I don't get Alexis. I don't really enjoy her story line and think she's getting thrown into the mix too late in the game. She's the new kid on the block and she comes into the show a few season down the road, toting her bibles and her boobs... and all her housekeepers. She's semi wack to me.
5) Vicki - I love Vicki. With all her "woo hoo's" and talk about work. I love that her marriage is back on track... that she has 2 well adjusted kids. I just like that she's on top of her shit. She's a solid person on my list and her vow renewal in Turks and Caicos was gorgeous.
So, who else was watching?