Friday, November 16, 2012

Alicia Keys Covers JET Magazine

Singer/songwritter, Alicia Keys always looks amazing and this JET Magazine cover is no exception.  I luv when she rocks the natural curly look.  

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Here's an excerpt from JET's interview about Alicia's relationship with Swizz Beats:
"I’d never met a person where I could be fully myself…Swizz and I live in each other’s shadow. So we can occupy the same space and there is nothing but equality. There’s something really powerful about that."
You can read the full interview when the magazine hits news stands on November 19, 2012.

Let me know what you think. 


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Pretty City: Chrisette Michele

Singer, Chrisette Michele has been looking GORGEOUS lately.


Her new hair cut and color is perfection.


Let me know what you think. 
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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Glitter and Spikes

OK........... I'm really not a "shoe person" at all, but I randomly came across two pairs of really cool shoes at Ross this weekend.

Yes, I am aware that these are sufficiently "gaudy," but I LUV them regardless. (lol)  These will be cute for the holidays, I suppose..

Ross shoe haul

 Let me know what you think.

Fall Beauty Haul

I "hauled" a few Fall beauty products over the past several weeks........

Ulta Haul

NYX Blush in "Cinnamon"

Pestige "My Blackest Black" Mascara

Lady Gaga perfume rollerball

Revlon Super Lustrous lipstick in "Black Cherry"

Sephora Haul

Carol's Daughter "Tui" moisturizing hair sheen

Philosophy spray fragrance in "Living Grace"

Sephora cream blush in "Flashy Fuchsia" (my favorite purchase) 

Josie Maran Moroccan Bazzar "Shimmer and Glow Argan Essentials" gift set. 

Elf cream eyeliner in "Black" 

Let me know what you think.
What are your favorite Fall beauty products?

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween Fun

So this year for Halloween we thought it would be a good idea to wear costumes to the office.

I didn't want to go all extravagant  so I took inspiration from the "Hunger Games" movie and decided to dress up as one of the Capital Citizens.  I just wore a plain black dress with a statement necklace, but I used the following beauty products to complete the look:

Halloween 2012

Hard Candy Lengthening Mascara in "Punk"- a hot pink mascara

Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips in "Red Lace"

Makeup Forever Blush Powder in "No. 9"- a pale purple blush

Revlon Colorburst Lipgloss in "Decadent"

And....... I used a skull eye patch as a hairband. 

Oddly, Hard Candy sells this pink mascara (along with a few other unlikely colors) year round! When is it ever appropriate to wear colorful mascara other than Halloween?!?!?  

Let me know what you think.
What beauty products did you use to complete your Halloween look?

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Wish List: Lauren Conrad Beauty

I recently saw "The Hills" star Lauren Conrad on The Wendy Williams Show promoting her new book "Beauty."

Here's the Amazon blurb:
Lauren Conrad "Beauty"
"Whether she's in front of the camera or behind the scenes, style icon Lauren Conrad has spent years learning from the pros and perfecting her look, and now she's sharing all her beauty secrets.
In her first guide dedicated exclusively to beauty, Lauren covers everything you need to know to maximize your own beauty potential. From tips for creating a strong foundation and maintaining healthy skin and hair through diet, exercise, and all-around wellness to everyday makeup techniques and tricks of the trade for special-occasion looks, Lauren Conrad Beauty provides the advice you've been waiting for. Lauren's personal anecdotes and illustrated step-by-step lessons for makeup, hair, and nails will have you looking great for day or night."

She looks great on the cover. This would make a perfect coffee table book.

Let me know what you think.  

Solange's New Hair

Well.... it looks like singer, Solange has temporarily traded in her 'fro for a sleek straight look.

Solange Knowles

Let me know what you think of her new look. 

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Essie "Knockout Pout"

I've been really into pink nail colors lately, so this week I decided to try out Essie's "Knockout Pout."

Essie's "Knockout Pout"

"Knockout Pout" is a bright flamingo pink creme.

Essie's "Knockout Pout"

It does dry down to a slight matte finish, but I just add a top coat for shine.  This is 2 coats with a top coat.

Essie's "Knockout Pout"

Essie's "Knockout Pout"

Let me know what you think.
What's your favorite bright pink nail color?

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Ulta Haul

A new Ulta store just opened up near me, so I bought a few products that I've been wanting to try for a while.  

.............And FINALLY,  there's a store here that sells NYX! lol

Ulta Haul

NYX -retractable eye liner in "black" (this is my favorite new eyeliner for my waterline, the color is very intense).  

NYX  -mega shine lip glosses in "Sponge Cake," LA~LA," and "Dolly Pink"

Prestige- Total Intensity mascara

NYX- blush in "Desert Rose"

Carol's Daughter- Tui moisturizing hair sheen (I've been using this, and it makes my hair REALLY shiny and doesn't weigh it down).  

I didn't do too much damage for my first time, right? lol

Let me know what you think.
Have you tried any of these products?

Monday, September 3, 2012

Get the Look: Erica from Love and Hip Hop Atlanta

Reunion edition...............

Ok, Listen. I KNOW the show is GHETTO, and I know Erica and Francine, Shay looked so ridiculous fighting over 'Lil Scrappy' on the stage...............................    but Erica's makeup was FLAWLESS.

Erica on the Love and Hip Hop reunion show

The scarlet/purple/magenta and slightly vampy color scheme worked well for her.

Erica on the Love and Hip Hop reunion show

Here's how I would re-create this look.

Cheeks:  I would use this scarlet color from Black Radiance in "Raspberry" in my contour then blend it out with this really pretty purple blush from Makeup Forever in number "9"

(left to right) Black Radiance Baked Blush in "Raspberry" and Makeup Forever Blush Powder in "Number 9"

Lips:  To get Erica's dark/vampy lip color, I would use this deep magenta/purple lipstick from Sephora's Rouge collection in "R23".  If you want a more purple lip color, Rimmel's Lasting Finish by Kate lipstick in "04" would also work for this look. Regardless of the lip color, I would top it off with a clear gloss to make the look more "wearable."  Here I have Smashbox's "Relection High Shine Lip Gloss."

(left to right) Sephora Rouge lipstick in "R23, Rimmel London's Lasting Finish by Kate lipstick in "04" and Smashbox "Reflection High Shine lip gloss"

Eyes:  Erica is wearing a light/pastel purple color on her lids, but I would just keep it simple by using Milani's Liquif'eye Metallic Eye Liner Pencil in "Black" in my waterline, and wing it out with Maybelline's Eyestudio Gel Liner in "Blackest Black" on my upper lid.

Milani Liquif'Eye metallic eye liner in "Black" and Maybelline eye studio gel eyeliner in "Blackest Black"

And I know y'all don't see it for Ms. Hernandez either, but she looked good on the reunion too.... Admit it! lol

Let me know what you think.
Whose look did you like the best on the reunion show?

Sunday, September 2, 2012

August Empties!

Here are the products that I used up in the month of August......

August Empties

Simple cleansing facial wipes- Already repurchased. I love these

Gillette Venus tropical disposables- I really like these because  they contain aloe and have a tropical scent.  Will repurchase.

Angel eau de parfum by Thierry Mugler- Already repurchased.  This is easily my favorite perfume of life right now.  I've never gotten more compliments on a perfume.

Bath and Body Works anti-bacterial handsoap in "black raspberry vanilla"

 Bath and Body Works body lotion in "dancing waters"- This scent was discontinued so I won't be able to repurchase for a while.  This lotion is so moisturizing and has the most clean, fresh scent ever. 

Bath and Body Works shower gel in "pink chiffon"- this is one of my favorite scents from B&B. It has a sweet/candy fragrance.

One 'n Only argan oil hydrating mask- Already repurchased. I use this to deep condition and co-wash my hair.

Let me know what you think.
Have you tried any of these products? 

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Drugstore and Sally's Beauty Haul

I bought a lot of hair care products these last 2 weeks, and I STILL ended up having to get it done at a salon!

Anyway, I scored a lot of great deals.

Drugstore and Sally's Beauty Haul

Yes to Carrots lip butter in "Sweet Fig"

Maybelline color show nail lacquer in " Born With It"

Cetaphil gentle skin cleanser (because I had a breakout from the Yes to Blueberries makeup wipes)

Black Radiance blushes in " Raspberry" and "Warm Berry"

Tangle Teezer (I finally picked this up from Sally's.... It really works well at detangeling my transitioning hair)

Denman brush (I use this to comb through my hair after using the Tangle Teezer)

I bought these next products for under $4.00 each at Walmart and Target during the week.

Walmart and Target Beauty Haul

Organix Brazilian Keratin Therapy shimmering keratin oil

Smooth 'N Shine conditioning hair gel

Lander 3 in 1 in "Coconut"

Bodycology body lotion in "Brown Sugar Vanilla" (dupe for "Warm Vanilla Sugar" from Bath and Body Works)

Let me know what you think.
Have you tried any of these products?

Friday, August 24, 2012

Azealia Banks Partners with MAC

Azealia Banks [photo source]

Rapper, Azealia Banks has teamed up with M.A.C. to release a new Plum lipstick.

Azealia Banks for M.A.C. [photo source]

Azealia's new limited-edition, semi matte lipstick, Yung Rapunxel, "will be available online for $15 starting September 5, and then will roll out in all New York M.A.C. stores during Fashion’s Night Out on September 6, and through September 20." [Source]

I don't usually keep up with new M.A.C. releases, but I'm definitely marking my calendar for this one. 

Let me know what you think.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Dot by Marc Jacobs

New From Marc Jacobs........... 'Dot'

Dot by Marc Jacobs

The main notes of the fragrance are: red berries, dragon fruit, honeysuckle, jasmine, orange blossom, coconut water, vanilla, musk and driftwood. It will come in 30, 50 and 100 mL bottles and will be sold in stores starting in August.

I'm sure this will smell just as amazing as all of his other fragrances, but I'm mostly drawn to the ladybug packaging.  I like the addition of coconut water to scents so I can't wait to try this one.

Let me know what you think.  

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Janelle Monae: New Face of CoverGirl

Janelle Monae "CoverGirl"

CoverGirl recently announced to the public via twitter that Janelle Monae is going to be the new face of the brand.
  "Welcome @JanelleMonae to the @CoverGirl fam!"  Excited to go on this beauty journey with you!" ~tweeted from CoverGirl's official twitter page.

 During Janelle's interview with Vogue she revealed a few beauty secrets.
On her personal makeup looks:
I take a minimalist approach to my wardrobe and I do the same with my makeup. I don’t look at it as a mask. I don’t overdo it. A bold shade of red or pink—something that pops—brings the whole look together. I keep my eyes pretty simple but I like to make my lashes a little darker and thicker.
 Janelle's 10 page CoverGirl ad in Vogue will hit stands in September 2012.



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Let me know what you think.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Small Beauty Haul (Walmart)

Walmart Beauty Haul

Covergirl lipstick in "Divine

L'Oreal color riche caresse lipstck in "Silky Java"

Black Radiance complexion perfection concealer in "8020"

Yes to Blueberries brightening facial towelettes

Neutrogena triple moisture silk touch leave-in cream

Have you tried any of these products?

Monday, August 13, 2012

What I'm Loving.....

Summer Boardwalk....................  
One of my favorite candle scents from Bath and Body Works. 

Summer Boardwalk

Notes: caramel-glazed popcorn, warm taffy apples, and salted, sweet cream

Monday, August 6, 2012

Nails: Nails Inc. "Chelsea Square" and "Jermyn Street"

This week I decided to switch things up and wear Nails Inc's "Chelsea Square" and "Jermyn Street."

Nails Inc. "Chelsea Square and "Jermyn Street" (left to right)

"Chelsea Square" is a chunky rose gold glitter, and "Jermyn Street" is a soft taupe/ brown nail color.

Nails Inc. "Chelsea Square and "Jermyn Street" (left to right)

This is my first time trying Nails Inc. and I love the application.  Both of these polishes went on opaque and streak free.  This is 2 coats with a top coat.

Nails Inc. "Chelsea Square and "Jermyn Street" 
Nails Inc. "Chelsea Square and "Jermyn Street" 

Let me know what you think.
Have you tried any Nails Inc. polishes?

Thursday, August 2, 2012

July Empties!

These are the products that I used up in the month of July.  A lot of skin care products this month.

July 2012 Empties

Simple moisturizing facial wash- Already repurchased

Simple smoothing facial scrub- Already repurchased

Simple cleansing facial wipes- Already repurchased

Macadamia healing oil spray- I like this a lot, but I'm not sure if I'm going to repurchase because I think I prefer the One 'n Only brand argan oil hair spray. (and it's MUCH cheaper than the Macadamia products)

Degree body response deodorant- This worked well, but I usually just get whatever deodorant is on sale.

Urban Decay makeup setting spray in "De Slick"- this is my favorite setting spray.  It keeps my makeup from sliding off when it's super hot outside.  I will repurchase the full size of this.

Pro Style shine n' jam conditioning gel-  This is my favorite hair gel because it holds my edges down and I never experience product buildup.  Already repurchased.

Pond's dry skin cream- I've been using this for years, but I don't know if I'll repurchase because I really like the Simple products.

Village Naturals aromatherapy body butter in "Lavender and Chamomile"- I would repurchase this because it works just as well as the Body Shop body butters, and it's a lot cheaper.

Let me know what you think.
Have you tried any of these products?

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Oprah shows off her Natural Hair

Oprah is showing her hair in its "Natural State" on this month's cover of  O the Oprah Magazine.

Oprah's Natural Hair [source]

Her hair is so thick and pretty. 

This issue will be on newsstands August 7, 2012. Read more about the article here

Let me know what you think. 

Monday, July 30, 2012

L'oreal Colour Caresse by Colour Riche Lipsticks

L'oreal's new Colour Caresse Lipsticks are probably my favorite drugstore lipsticks ever.

L'oreal Colour Caresse Lipsticks

The formula is really shiny and creamy, and they are also moisturizing on the lips.  They are definitely not a long-lasting lipstick but I like them so much that I don't mind re-applying.

There are  about 16 different shades.  I decided to pick up:

  • Blushing Sequin
  • Velvety Fuchsia
  • Violet Chiffon

The colors go on sheer, but can definitely be built up for more intense pigmentation. 

L'oreal Colour Caresse Lipsticks (left to right) "Blushing Sequin", "Velvety Fuchsia", "Violet Chiffon"

L'oreal Colour Caresse Lipsticks (top to bottom)"Blushing Sequin", "Velvety Fuchsia", "Violet Chiffon"

Let me know what you think.
Have you tried these yet?

Nails: Maybelline "Pinkalicious"

This week I'm wearing "Pinkalicious" from Maybelline's new Color Show Nail Lacquer line.

Maybelline Color Show Nail Lacquer in "Pinkalicious"

"Pinkalicious" is the PERFECT girly, bubblegum pink nail color.

Maybelline Color Show Nail Lacquer in "Pinkalicious" (macro shot)

This is 2 coats and a top coat.  **I also have an acrylic overlay over my nails**

Maybelline Color Show Nail Lacquer in "Pinkalicious"

Maybelline Color Show Nail Lacquer in "Pinkalicious"

Let me know what you think.
Have you tried any of these Maybelline nail colors?

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Small Weekend Beauty Haul

Weekend Beauty Haul

Lancome "Hypnose Star" mascara- I got this as the 100 pt perk at Sephora.

Urban Decay "All Nighter" makeup setting spray- I picked this up because I LOVE urban decay's setting sprays. I honestly like the  "De Slick" setting spray from Urban Decay better, but I didn't want to spend the $30 for the full size..... lol

Maybelline Color Show Nail Lacquer in "Pinkalicious" - This is the perfect girly, bubblegum pink nail color.

Simple Night Cream- I LOVE the other Simple products so I decided to try the night cream because it's a little thicker than the day moisturizer I have.

Sinful Colors Lip Shine- This was kind of an impulse buy, but it was only $2.99 at Walgreens, and the color is  really pretty.

Milani Lip Flash Shimmer Pencil in "In a Flash"- This is a perfect shimmery, night time fuchsia/purple lip color.

Let me know what you think.
Have you tried any of these products?

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Weekend Walmart Beauty Haul

Another trip to Walmart..............

Walmart beauty haul

Simple replenishing rich moisturizer- I'm still not sure if this is moisturizing enough for my dry skin, but I still want to see how it works with my skin after a few weeks.

Secret scent expressions in "cocoa butter kiss"- I'm not at all picky about deodorants, but this line smells soooo good.

Sally Hansen cuticle eraser and balm - My cuticles look horrible right now, so I really hope this works!

Spring Valley organic extra virgin coconut oil- I LOVE this.  I use it for everything and it smells GREAT! (it smells exactly like Almond Joy candy bars)

Davidoff "cool water" for women- I wanted to try this because I'm obsessed with beachy, mineral salt, and sea kelp scents, and this is the closest perfume I could find to that.

Revlon kissable balm stain in "crush" - Click here for a full review of Revlon's balm stains.

Let me know what you think.
Have you tried any of these products?
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