Sunday, January 31, 2016

Mac Retro Matte Lipsticks and A Dupe

Here are the two new shades that I purchased from the Mac Retro matte collection:
Oh Lady and High Drama.
I also swatch an Amore Matte Miliani lipstick that I believe is a dupe for Oh Lady.
Have you found any dupes for the Mac Retro Mattes?

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Friday, January 29, 2016

ColourPop Lip Swatches & Possible Dupes?


In this video I will swatch a few ColourPop matte lip products:
2)Teeny Tiny
3)Chilly Chilli

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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Milani Lip Swatches


As promised here is a video which features each of the Milani lipsticks that I purchased during their Black Friday sale. All of the featured shades sell for $5.99 on the Milani site. Please let me know if you have any questions.

What are your favorite shades from Milani?

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Friday, January 15, 2016

What's That Smell? Schmidt vs. Tom's


The title of this post poses a question that I'm often asked after someone has hugged me or  come in close contact. On the occasions when I've been asked this question, people want to know what product I'm wearing as well as all of the necessary purchasing details. I purchased some hair perfumes which I hauled in a recent video, so suffice it to say that I like to smell good. Unfortunately, "what's that smell" is a question I asked myself twice this week when a less than pleasant scent assaulted my olfactory senses.
So the woman who likes to smell good offended herself, twice in one week, how does that happen? 

The Beginning 
The negative effects of aluminum in antiperspirants have always lingered in my mind during deodorant purchases, but I've continued to buy them for years. I've tried my share of natural deodorants and one after the other, they have failed me. Well four weeks ago I was determined to give natural deodorants another shot when I found the $10 jar of the Schmidt brand deodorant, sitting atop a shelf in a Ricky's NYC store.
I purchased the Bergamot and Lime scent which has a deliciously light citrus scent. I didn't even care that it wasn't packaged like traditional deodorant roll up sticks. Instead it was tightly packed into a glass jar, complete with a stick provided to assist in scooping out the product.
After scooping you're  supposed to rub the product  between your fingers to transform the crumbly substance  into a creamy paste.
I began using the product the day after I bought it, and I did so for approximately the next three weeks. It helped to keep armpit odors at bay, but another problem soon presented itself. As shown in the picture below, my armpits became discolored after three weeks and I experienced intermittent itching. Both problems were enough to cause me to put down the stick and discontinue using this natural deodorant. 
Notice my discolored pit in the picture below. Please excuse any stray

I've had discolored armpits in the past when I used the Oyin Handmade's deodorant, so I'm confident that in a few weeks my armpits will be back to normal.  Schmidt didn't work out for me, but I wasn't jumping off of the natural deodorant train that quickly. After all aside from the discoloration, the the odor protection  provided by Schmidt was definitely acceptable.  


Next, I  turned my attention to the Tom's brand of natural deodorant in the apricot scent, which I scored on sale for $3 from CVS.
It smells just like a bushel of freshly cut apricots, and that my friend is where the good times end. I used it all of this week, the fourth and smelliest  week of my  natural deodorant trial. Twice this week my own armpits  caused me to question which frowzy person entered my personal space, but alas I was the armpit offender. The natural ingredients can be found below.

Although Toms boasts 24 hour protection, it couldn't even get me through an 8 hour work day. My armpits didn't become further discolored and I didn't experience any itching, but the absence of odor protection forced me to throw in the towel.
You win aluminum I'll be back in your  clutches shortly, unless someone out there has a great natural deodorant recommendation.... I'm all ears.
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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Black Friday: He didn't hang up on me, right?

Here is my first and hopefully last Black Friday horror story courtesy of Harlem Soap.
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Monday, January 11, 2016

Black Friday, Cyber Monday Haul 2015, and WNTW 2016


Prior to Black Friday 2015, I mentioned that I wouldn't purchase many items, and I think I held true to that statement (to some degree) :-). Featured below are the items that I picked up during this special purchasing period. I have also included some of the WNTW (What's New This Week) items that I hauled outside of the Black Friday-Cyber Monday window. I picked up some items from some  new brands, as well as a few of the oldie but goodies.
Please let me know what you purchased.
I will also have a text based post, complete with pictures, later on this week detailing the  period during which I used a new natural deodorant.
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Part 1


 Part 2


 Part 3