Friday, July 31, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Tonight The Real Housewives of Atlanta return to the tube....will you tune it for the shenanigans? DeShawn Snow of last season has been replaced by Kandi B. formerly of the group Xscape. She has had much success in the world of song writing but she hasn't had much of a visual presence on our screens in years. Rumor has it sparks will fly between Nene and Kandi (and not good sparks either).
New product on the market and how to keep your feel feeling smooth -check out the video post below.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Nilotica is a special shea butter not commonly found in your local stores. So does it deliver? Is it worth the extra money? Check out my video.
Fat Smash -Day 1 Quick Update
Friday, July 24, 2009
Dr. Oz's tip
Look for moisturizers that have vitamins A, C and E. Eat pomegranates to increase the collagen levels in your skin. As we age our collagen levels will naturally decrease so we need to take in things that will increase those levels. We age and get wrinkles as collagen levels decrease. Collagen & elastin help to keep our skin looking supple and more youthful.
Check out the lotions I reviewed today that feature retinyl palmitate. Isn't that wonderful, two lotions with vitamin A-WRONG!!! Retinyl palmitate is actually a synthetic version of vitamin A's retinyl acetate....whomp whomp. check the video when you have a moment.
Clearly this look was the talk of the town yesterday. What are your thoughts on Solange's new look (which isn't so new since she has big chopped at least two other times in her life).
What's the boldest cut you have ever sported?
For those of you who want to play along, I am starting the fat smash diet over on monday.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
If a 30 minutes facial seems interesting to you, then keep reading.....
From July 22nd through July 30th, The Aveda Institute New York (233 Spring Street between 6th Avenue and Varick) is offering complimentary mini-facials featuring Aveda’s botanically-derived skincare. The customized, spa-quality treatments last 30 blissful minutesand are performed by senior Aveda Institute students under the guidance of experienced instructors. Following each service, students will recommend a regimen of Aveda products best suited for the guest’s skin.
What’s more, if you purchase $50 in Aveda products, you’ll receive $20 off of any Institute service. Schedule your appointment now, as space is limited.
Appointments and information: 212.807.1492, ext. 4.
Will you be there??????
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Although I say it on the video I just wanted to say that I hope you had a chance to catch Dr. Oz on the Oprah show. He always gives out such wonderful information.
For great skin he said you need to take in vitamins A, C and E because they will give you your main antioxidants. If you recall, a while back I raved about my turbo C powder by Philosophy. The turbo boost is pure vitamin C which you mix in with your moisturizer.
Dr. oz also said that when you purchase products with vitamin A you may see the words retin a or retinol, that's what you need to look for.
You also need to take in omega 3 and 6 fatty acids.
Today in the video I reviewed the Oyin Honey Hemp conditioner, and I spoke about my silk amino acids and honeyquat. I also discussed Dr. Oz's hair test.
Have a happy Wednesday.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
As you may recall in a recent post I purchased a natural deodorant by LaVanila, which turned out to be quite the stinker. I located my receipt and returned the $18 deodorant which made it so much easier to pick up the $19 Laura Mercer eyeliner that I had my eye on. I only had to pay the difference which turned out to be $1.08. This particular eyeliner caught my eye because the color is black violet. So as you may have guessed it is black but with a nice violet undertone. This color was going to be my introduction to the world of non black eyeliners. I think one day I will actually pick up a blue liner but baby steps, baby steps.
In the picture on the right the top line (the line closest to my bracelet) is a a black eyeliner called engraved and it's by MAC. The liner at the bottom is the Laura Mercer black violet liner. I wanted the colors side by side so that you could see that it looks..... well just dark. I guess it didn't have as much violet in it as I thought...whomp whomp. ( I love the word whomp..lol ) Below you will see the black violet on my eyes but I never go heavy with eyeliner so this may be a pointless picture.
**EDIT** I forgot to mention that when I went to wash both eyeliners off of my arm, the Laura Mercer came off so easily with a little soap and water. However, the MAC eyeliner required a little more scrubbing power. If you are a constant eye rubber you may want to go with the MAC eyeliner which will stay put longer.
As you know, during the month of June I was on a little clean sweep/financial challenge. Being on that challenge helped me to better discern between my wants and needs, which meant I was not frequenting stores for no reason at all as I had in the past. Earlier in the week I stepped into a beauty supply store because I needed a new comb and let me tell you about my reception. I was greeted with a hug from one of the employees and he said "Where have you been? I haven't seen you in about 30 days" I kid you not the man had my time frame all calculated in his head...maybe a drop in store profits led him to remember that I had been missing for a while...lol. After telling him that all was well in my world, I picked up my comb but geesh it made me feel like I must have been living in that store for him to acknowledge my absence.
My experience also made me remember a story a woman told on television years and years ago. A married woman who loved to order out was sick so she didn't order from her favorite Chinese spot for roughly two weeks. One day her phone rang and it was the owner of the Chinese restaurant asking if she was well because he had not heard from her in two weeks...lol Gee whiz when people not related to you know your pattern so well it's time to switch things up..lol
On the Tube
Last night while watching the disaster that is the Wendy Williams show...cancellation of series coming in 5, 4, 3..
Ok anyway I saw Nene from The Real Housewives of Atlanta. She was there to promote the new season which will be starting this summer. When they showed a clip of the new season I saw Sheree (the one who pretends to be so classy and she always says FABLESS as opposed to fabulous) walking with NeNe and she intentionally pulled on Kim's hair. Kim seemed to storm off down the street in a huff while NeNe called out for Kim to return. This is probably showing that there will be a drama filled season but honestly if they will get physical I am soooooo not interested. I say that because ummmm they are adults and that behavior is so 2nd grade. I hope this isn't some feeble attempt to look more low grade than the Housewives of New Jersey (the train wrecks as I like to call them). Pull it together ladies, while your witty banter may give you ratings, physical attacks will certainly leave a bad taste in the mouths of their viewers or just mine.
Dance Dance Dance Dance Dancing Machine
Do you watch "So You Think You Can Dance? If so then last night, maybe you were as impressed as I was by Travis' (former SYTYCD winner) choreography.
Chagrin Valley Soaps
I just wanted you to know the link to the Chagrin Valley soaps that I spoke about this week. If you just type in Chagrin valley soap, you get some weird company but the company I purchased from is Chagrin Valley Soap and Craft.
My last order of soaps will come from Zaja naturals, once I receive them I will show them to the world and let you know which soaps I love the most.
How have you all been this week? Anything interesting going on in the world of beauty?
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
On the Tube
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
It contains, wax, honey and many floral extracts. However, it flakes like you wouldn't believe. It cost me $6.75 at CVS.
Monday, July 13, 2009
Unfortunately, I won't be able to blog today but you know I had to leave you with something right?
1) Congrats to blogger Tam whose aunt was featured in the recent Ebony article :-) And check out her fabulous blog Get it Girl.
2)We have a new blogger on the block and she is serving up posts you may enjoy. Check her out at All Things Fantab where she writes about all things Fatabulous.
3)Fab E over at kabuki Queen talks about everything under the sun.
Check you all tomorrow.
Friday, July 10, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
It costs around $8.50.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Ingredients-Purified Water, Saponified Coconut and Safflower Oils, Aloe Vera and Fragrance and/or Essential Oil. Wonderful right? Now to top things off you can order your soap in any of the scents that you may love from Karen's famous hair milk and conditioners.
The issue that I faced is that the soaps have a scent that overpowers the scent you ordered. I don't know if it's all the oils in the soap or other factors that come into play when you make soaps but let's just say my coco lime didn't smell like coco lime. You get the slightest whiff of the scent you ordered and the rest smells like some unidentifiable oil.
However, if you are not too concerned with the scent have no fear because this product lathers really well and it leaves your skin feeling really soft. For a mere $6.00 price tag, I think it was soap worth trying so I am not disappointed that I made this purchase. And I should note that the size of the soap is bigger than your standard soap size bar from Lush and it's less expensive! The bar is also long lasting so you don't have to worry about it melting away after a few showers.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
This product must go into the "SKIP IT" files.
Monday, July 6, 2009
The wand at the top is the Maybelline mascara and you can see that it is fatter than the lancome mascara wand.
Here is a close up shot of the wands.
Although I like oscillating mascaras I only have room for one, so I have to make these mascaras battle it out.
Friday, July 3, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
I had a video post planned for today but I am experiencing some technical difficulties, so I will post it tomorrow.
Every once in a while I can be judgmental, hey it happens so sue me. I just thought I had that Tiny and Toya show pegged. Before last night, you could not have told me that I didn't know how each scene of that show would play out. Filled with righteous indignation I tuned in, ready to scoff at all of the stereotypes I expected to see as I waved my finger and declared that their behavior is what's wrong with some people in the world. However, I saw two women struggling to find themselves and to create identifies for themselves that would not be tied inevitably to the men in their lives. You really did see a different side of Tiny especially when you watched her connect with her parents, specifically her father who has Alzheimers. You also learn that her famous mate, TI, would prefer that she not work at all. This is actually an issue that so many women face, will they live out their wildest aspirations or leave that behind to support their families? Can you successfully manage a career while keeping your private life in tact? While providing your mate and children with a steady foundation upon which to build their dreams, the woman's dreams seem to quickly fade into the background. I actually think a portion of Tiny's heart is trapped between the love she has for the stage and her family.
Toya is a woman who grew up in a household that was anything but stable. Her mother is still roaming the streets to this day as an addict. You see in Toya her strong desire to have a stable home life and a husband by her side. In my opinion the fact that she is still close with her ex husband, Lil Wayne's, mother says a great deal about her character and her commitment to family. His mom seemed to genuinely care for Toya so it was sad to see her own mother mixed up in her own twisted escapades. Her mother is clearlytoo distracted to see the daughter she continues to hurt and the granddaughter whose early years are going by too quickly.
I hope the show continues on this path and that the ladies come to a place of peace where they can recognize their value and find a measure of fulfillment that is clearly missing in their lives.
Side note- Hawthorne with Jada Pinket was good too.
When does the "Food Networks Next Star" show air? I always have to catch it on Sunday at 12am but it must come on before midnight....right?
Did you watch? What did you think of the show?
What else are you watching this summer?