Friday, November 28, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
It was confirmed that Lisa was the blabber mouth who spilled the beans about Nene's limo performance but I don't think any of us had doubts about that one.
Did you notice that Kim did not readily take on Lisa, it seemed like she didn't want to mess with Mrs. Wu- Hartwell.
Kim said that her hair was falling out, she lost 25 pounds and her friend who is a doctor said he was "90% sure that she had cancer". Ummm did he just look at her weight and hair loss and make that diagnosis? Kim also tried to play it off like Nene new she had cancer, but Nene quickly cleared that up. Oh yeah and KIM NEVER HAD CANCER-she is so SHADY. She also blamed her heavy makeup as the reason why she doesnt look 29 years old. I think she doesn't look 29 simply becuase she hasn't been 29 in years.
Dwight's weave...no comment..lol For me, his comment of the season was - " who was this wonderful person who had a fashion show with no fashions? Dreadful"
I like Nene's new hair style by the way.
While I enjoyed the reunion I was more entertained by hit BET show Brother to Brutha. Those poor guys are in so much pain but they sure can sing. When their father apologized to Poppa it seemed somewhat sincere until he said "I don't want to be shut out, when you all blow up I don't want to be on the outside" (something like that was said which basically made him sound like he just didn't want to be cut out of the cash flow).
I know that the world seems to be on Youtube but when I caught wind of Shanice (the singer of I like your smile) singing Beyonce's "If I were a Boy" I thought this it was a great way for her to let people know she's still singing and sounds great. However, when I saw the video of Shanice cleaning up her kitchen I was puzzled. Despite this youtube craze, some people need to know when enough is enough..lol No I didnt watch the full video of Shanice cleaning the dishes. lol Here shes is sining the Beyonce tune. What do you think?
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Yesterday I received an all to common email from a woman who now has stretch marks after giving birth to her child. Reader L is looking for a way to reduce the appearance of her marks without laser surgery which can be very costly. Without a moment to spare, Just Wondering sent me a review of the Ambi Soft & Even Stretch Mark Diminishing Body Oil. Here is what she had to say about this $7.99 stretch mark reduction product:
“As I walked through the aisles at Walmart to pick up my Ambi Exfoliating Face Wash , I stumbled upon a new product from their collection called Ambi Soft and Even Stretch Mark Diminishing Body Oil. Now I have to admit that I do in fact have stretch marks, however they are not horrible and not as visible on my dark skin. The real reason why I picked up this product was because it had a great list of natural oils on the label. My eyes lit up when I read Soybean Oil - Glycine Soja , Sweet Almond Oil - Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis , Wheat Germ Oil - Triticum Vulgare , Sunflower Seed Oil - Helianthus Annus , Fragrance , Bisabolol , Rosa Canina Fruit Extract , Black Currant Fruit Extract - Ribes Nigrum , Shea Butter - Butyrospermum Parkii , Olive Oil. I was also prompted to buy it because I loved the fact that I could spray the mixture of oils right onto my body and it wasn’t super greasy when I tried some on my hand in the store. The product promised to minimize the appearance of stretch marks and it’s a fast absorbing formula that locks in moisture. It also states that it will improve the firmness and the elasticity of your skin leaving it softer and smoother. After reading all that on the label, I figured why not pick up a bottle. So the next morning I sprayed it on my entire body and like I stated before ITS SO NOT GREASY and it really just seeped into my skin and I noticed it was softer. The only down side to this body oil is the smell! I’d have to say that it really smelled like almonds above all else, which I’m really not into but I love how my skin feels. The weather in NY has become very bitter and cold and my aim is to really keep my skin moisturize. This product does meet up to all the expectations advertised on the bottle. I just don’t really know how well it works on the stretch marks since that isn’t a great concern of mine. So if you want soft skin pick up Ambi’s Body Oil. Just spray on some perfume or body splash to mask the smell if you don’t want to smell like almonds for an hour or so lol
Thanks for the opportunity to let be share my thoughts Product Junkie Diva!”
PJD speaks- I had an opportunity to communicate with Just Wondering regarding the specific results or lack thereof, that she received regarding the appearance of her stretch marks.
Just Wondering-“ To be honest the more I think about it I don’t think the Ambi product works for stretch marks." She used the product as directed for 4 weeks and has not seen a change in the appearance. However she credits pure cocoa butter (Not Palmers cocoa butter) with diminishing the appearance of her marks and the stretch marks of her friend.
PJD- I have to weigh in just to say that I too have sniffed the Ambi Soft and Even product and I think it stinks and smells nothing like almonds..lol I just had to throw that in the mix.
Please note that over time the skin on our bodies will gradually shed which will also diminish the appearance of any marks. Generally, the older the skin, the less visible the marks become.
1)Strivectin was introduced to the market as a stretch mark cream designed to reduce the appearance of both old and new stretch marks. The cream was later credited as a wrinkle reduction product in addition to stretch mark killer. Here is a review that I found online of a woman who compared Strivectin to another stretch mark product I don’t know this woman at all so there is no way for me to verify whether or not her statements are true.
Even though reader L is avoiding laser surgery to remove her marks, for those of you considering the procedure please be careful. Laser surgery can lead to scarring if the dermatologist is not well versed in treating skin with a darker pigment. In essence you could be trading once scar for another.
Keep the stretch mark areas well moisturized, try to not gain or lose weight too quickly and drink plenty of water to keep your body and skin hydrated. A stretch mark is a literal tear in your skin, so look for products that claim to aid in the regeneration of cells. However, check the ingredients to see if anything listed actually helps in cell regeneration.
Please everyone who can help in this area, weigh in and post your experience with products that either worked or just didn’t deliver.
Thanks and I hope this is helpful reader L.
Monday, November 24, 2008
While I may not be fond of the scent Dylan's Candy Bar has produced more "paraben free products that last long and really moisturize the skin. The "candy butter cream", priced at $20.00, is thicker than the lotion I posted on previously and it works well, keeping your hands smooth and silky. It includes jojoba, glycerin, shea butter and while excluding sulfates,parabens and propylene glycol.
Which outfits did you like or dislike?
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Now on to the products
Sulfur is essential when it comes to helping our bodies produce keratin, which is needed to have strong healthy hair. Many people take MSM pills in an attempt to get more sulfur into their bodies and eventually it can lead to healthier longer hair. If you look at the back of your "one a day" tablets you will probably already see MSM listed along with biotin and other elements often credited with helping women to grow healthy and long hair. However you can buy MSM alone to increase your daily dosage, but please read all labels so that you are not taking more sulfur than your body can handle. While some women take their pills religiously others have tried pouring the sulfur directly on their scalps by using products like Bee Mine. Sounds crazy huh? Bee Mine is mainly sulfur but various oils and fragrances have been added to the mix to cover the dreaded scent of sulfur. So I told you a while ago that I've had Bee Mine for a while but never really used it because it is just so greasy and that is basically where I stand. However I made an effort to use it consistently for roughly 2-3 weeks and I think that little baby pumped out some new growth for me. Now I will document this with pictures when I go through this process again (shortly after I get my relaxer in December) but so far so good.
*Please note that you can not use Bee Mine right before or right after you get a relaxer, wait one week before reintroducing sulfur to your scalp.
I have to say that Bee Mine smells great, people have actually said" your hair smells great what is that scent", so the makers of the product have done a great job at hiding the sulfur scent. Here are the ingredients "organic Coconut oil, organic extra virgin olive oil, sulfur powder, essential oils & fragrance."
Here is the video: *Edit (The song is by Brandy I will enter the title of the song later thanks for the info B.)
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
The lip salve is a disaster!!!!!!! The $8.00 lip salve is cleaverly packaged and wrapped in this plastic cover (I really should have taken a closer look but I didn't) but once the cover is revealed you see just how little salve you have in the container.
Strike 1- not enough product (the picture on the left is showing how deep the bottom is which is why you get a small amount of salve.)
Strike 2-the lip salve is nothing more than well scented vaseline
Strike 3- If you don't put on the right about, your salve will evaporate into thin air. All of this disaster for $8.00.... the lip salve is a SKIP IT for sure.
On a positive note if you put on a moderate amount it will stay on for a long time, but doesnt vaseline do that also???????
However Dylans recovered well with the $16.00 Body Smoothie Lotion which is actually a really nice product. My skin remained moisturized and smooth after my first application. Ingredients include shea butter, aloe, jojoba oil and vitamin A. I opted for the coconut bon bon scented product instead of "strawberry licorice" or "birthday cake batter".
I neglected to mention yesterday that I use rollers in different sizes based on the type of curl pattern I want or how tight I want the curls to appear.
On the TUBE
Is anyone enjoying the new season of the Game...love that show. and I adore Tia's haircut.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Ingredients for Perl: Anise, Bergamot, Lemon, Verbena, Apricot, Peach, Jasmine, Rose, Ylang-Ylang, Fresh Aldehydes, Violet Leaves, Musk, Caramel, Vanilla.
Response to Jmilz
Friday, November 14, 2008
The drama continues to unfold, now the problem is between Lisa and Kim.
I took a sniff of the new Carols Daughter perfume and I like it. The scent is light but not so light that you don't notice it. I think I may actually purchase it, this is coming from a woman who dislikes perfumes.
Sorry I was going to post a video today but I am in such a time crunch so maybe over the weekend. If not, it will be posted on Monday.
Have a great weekend everyone.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Have you ever washed your face and then used one of those facial clothes only to reveal that you still had makeup on your skin or it just wasn't as clean as it appeared to be when you looked in the mirror. Well I decided to try the Dickinson which Hazel daily facial towelettes which contain a touch of aloe. These 100% natural botanical cloths are lightly scented but they pack a mean punch. These towelettes are designed for use on the go, they are individually wrapped and can tote around in your purse all day. This wipe is supposed to lock in moisture, tone and protect your skin while preventing future blemishes from surfacing. I do not use these cloths on a regular basis because I have a feeling that it would be too drying on my face. I like to use the cloths every now and then in the same way that I would use that pink pill as kind, I check to ensure that all residue is gone. Perhaps it is because I use it after washing my face that it makes me feel like it would want to dry out my skin if I used it daily. At any rate it is a pretty good product and for those comfortable using towelettes on the go, this may be a good solution.
A box of 20 will cost you roughly $5.00.
Also i am looking for a new facial scrub, any suggestions?
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
I also purchased 2 oz of pure blueberry seed oil, it is packed with antioxidants which should help in the anti aging process. This oil will eventually be used in a skin moisturizer or some facial product once I come up with a great combination of ingredients.
Someone asked to see my hair so here is a pic that I took last night. I washed my hair on Monday and I do have shrinkage but this is my hair and how I usually wear it especially during stretching periods. I have not worn the traditional straight wrap in years but I think I may get that style in December. I will probably post another pic soon stretching the curls so you can see length for those of you concerned with that.
Did you take the housewives test? If so which housewife are you most like? (I want to know..please share) I am DeShawn. YAY I actually like her (minus her business sense).
I do like Sheree's color palette, in terms of some of the colors she has worn on the show, but she still annoys me.
Let me preface my next comment by saying I have never organized a fashion show and I am sure there are many pieces to the puzzle but who allows the final sample outfits to arrive the day BEFORE the big event....huh? I was confused. And did Sheree take a stab at Deshawn when she said even though her event didn't go as she had envisioned, it “she won’t cry in a corner” (think of Deshawn crying in the corner at her charity event).
And I was LOL when I saw those dresses which the seamstress apparently left at the front door.lol
Lisa her husband is 30 and I am guessing she is at least 40 since she said she is older than Deshawn (who I pegged at 36 based on a previous episode where she revealed how long she had been with her hubby) but either way there is a sizable age difference between Lisa and her husband. As a woman what is the biggest age difference that you would deal with in a relationship?
Kim said “I don’t want to sit around with Nene and eat chicken”....ummm ok
Poor Nene who learned that Curtis is not her dad.
Oh and please tell me that I misunderstood the preview for next week I know Sheree is not trying to align herself with the all too talented Michael Knight (Loved him from Project Runway).
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
I wanted to try the new body scrubs by She Scent It so I purchased two of the Sinfully Sweet Sugar Scrubs in Apple McIntosh and Tropical Punch. I have to say that the Tropical Punch scrub smells so much like the tropical punch flavored Kool Aid (ok moving on..lol), so I really like the sweet scent. The green Apple scented scrub does not really have a strong apple scent. You have to breathe deeply to really get that apple fragrance going. This is one of those scrubs that after using it, you have this oily coating on your skin. The scrub contains oils of grape seed, jojoba, apricot kernel and vitamin E. Now the ingredients that surprised me the most would have to be the cocoa and shea butter. She Scent It uses sugar in this scrub instead of sea salt because it is supposed to be less harsh on your skin. You may have noticed the little red cranberry seeds floating in the scrub, they are added to the mix to gently exfoliate the skin...and they look pretty good in there too.
The scub is Ok nothing too special just your ordinary scrub- tropical punch smells great though. I also think the jar is just too small, 8oz goes way to quickly.
I think my next tutorial may be on how to make a scrub :-) Not that I am trying to take money out of the hands of the many hard working bath, body and hair entrepreneurs because I am not, but I just want to offer options to those who may not be able to spend the money on certain products.
An 8oz jar will cost you $12.00.
Have a great weekend.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
- Hey Everyone
I tried to post yesterday but Blogger gave me a crazy error message so I quickly gave up.
Anyway today I am on to a product that I just received from Komaza. Since this product is new in my household, I am only reporting the immediate results that I received after using the H2O Plus moisturizer. This product includes cinnamon, jojoba oil, honey quat, castor oil and other moisturizing agents. It comes in a spray bottle and it promises to keep your hair soft as it moisturizes your hair. The makers of this product claim is that you can use this daily without experiencing build-up.
I sprayed this moisturizer liberally on my new growth and the rest of my hair and I fell asleep without my satin head scarf. Yes, this means that all night my hair was moving to and fro across my COTTON pillow cases- hair disaster. However, my hair was still silky smooth and the areas where I sprayed the product were still moisturized. The directions encourage the user to follow this product up with a leave in conditioner but I only did that in certain sections of my head (the results were equally fabulous). Even the sections where I did not follow up with a leave in conditioner my hair felt great. The scent is pleasant enough, it smells a little like unscented soap (you know those unscented soaps that clearly still have a scent..lol).
Who do you think spilled the beans to Sheree about NeNe's song in the limo? My guess is loose lipped Lisa.
Kim's attempt at singing.....LOL
I loved it when Dallas Austin said "she can't waste people's time". Even more priceless was his expression when he first heard her sing. LOVED IT....he gave her the side eye like ummmmmm this is a joke right????
*B Fly reminded me about another classic moment- when Kim spelled cat with a K.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
I will modify the creation and include slightly different ingredients ( I am having some new ingredients shipped) and that will be the version that you will get to sample. This body butter can also be used on the hair because all of the ingredients are also for the hair, so no harm will be done. However, I believe this moisturizer is best suited for naturals instead of relaxed heads. I used the cocasta oil from hair veda and mixed it with pure aloe oil and unrefiend shea butter.
The end result was a whipped creamy treat which I LOVE. I used it on my hair and it did give me great shine but I can see that over time it may make my hair too greasy.
* Please check my late post for Monday Nov. 3rd. to learn about the free makeup makeovers.
Monday, November 3, 2008
WHEN: November 11 - 14, 9am - 9pm -- November 15, 9am - 7pm
WHERE: Aveda Institute New York, 233 Spring Street
FOR MORE INFO: Visit avedainstituteny.com or call 212.807.1492
If you decide to get your free makeup application, please report back and let us all know how it turned out.
Liquid leave in conditioners have never really done the trick for my hair. Unfortunately I am still on the hunt for the perfect solution for my coils. I have the Moisture Mist Leave In conditioner by shescentit and initially it left my hair feeling conditioned and soft. However as soon as the product dried I felt like my hair was a little crunchy. I do like the light floral scent but the crunchiness forced me to wash my hair again. Instead of leaving it conditioned, it left my hair feeling dry. I remember using this product without a problem when I had received a relaxer but now I am not having the same pleasureable experience. I also know that the weather is different so maybe that is having an impact on how this product works with my hair. I will wait until December to use this $10, 8oz 98% natural moisture mist again (when I get my next relaxer) and I will give you all an update on this product.
Here are the ingredients: " Chamomile, water infused with Aloe, Nettle extract, grape seed extract, Honey, Colts foot extract, Horsetail, Silk Amino Acids, Sage, Rosemary, Glycerin, Shea Butter, Mint extract, centrimonium chloride, Tocopheryl Acecate (vit E), Panthenol, citric acid, polyquartemium, Nonoxynol, Benzophenone "
Not bad at all....
Hair Update - I mentioned that I would get my next relaxer in December but that may come a little sooner than I thought if I continue to encouter the problem I exprienced today. After washing my hair I thought everything was wonderful until I came up agains a big tangle, it took a really long time to work out the kinks. Apparently some long shed hairs wrapped around my healthy hair and didnt want to let go. I worked the tangles toward the bottom and did a little cutting at the ends to remove the final knots. I know that my method of washing my hair was less than stellar and probably to blame for getting some of those knots worked in so i have to do a better job next time.
How do you get your tangles worked out of your hair without cutting? Any secret tips?
Tomorrow I hope to post on one of my latest concoctions :-) it's a body butter.
*Sorry everyone I'm a moron. I knew I would be in meetings all day so I submitted this post very early, or so I thought. Apparently I clicked "save draft" instead of "publish post" so the post for today is very late. Sorry.