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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

PRESENT #1: DEBORAH LIPPMANN 12-PIECE NAIL SET

So, my mom knows I'm obsessed with Deborah Lippmann (she bought my first DL polishes) and called me sometime last week (really late while I was studying for a final) to tell me DL was on HSN selling a 12-piece nail set.  Although I LOVE DL, I just can't spend that type of money on nail polish!  Any who, she asked me if I wanted it for Christmas.  I hadn't thought about DL polish as a gift, honestly, I just wanted iTunes and H&M gift cards...  She kept harassing me and those polishes were selling like weave so I told her to go ahead and purchase it.

After she purchased it and sent me the confirmation, I bounced around for about 20 minutes because I was going to get 12 full-sized DL polishes ( I was looking down at all my other polishes wondering if I should just off them), lol.

On Monday, I received the packaged.  After removing all the packaging and plastic I started pulling out the polish and I said "WTH, this isn't full-sized!"  But, I digress...

What You Get
  • .27 fl. oz. Nail Lacquer - Single Ladies (burgundy red, creme)
  • .27 fl. oz. Nail Lacquer - Stormy Weather (edgy granite, creme)
  • .27 fl. oz. Nail Lacquer - Sarah Smile (sexy pink, sheer)
  • .27 fl. oz. Nail Lacquer - Groove is in the Heart (flamingo pink, creme)
  • .27 fl. oz. Nail Lacquer - I Know What Boys Like (playful periwinkle, bluish purple, creme)
  • .27 fl. oz. Nail Lacquer - Mermaid's Dream (seafoam splendor, glittered shimmer)
  • .27 fl. oz. Nail Lacquer - Fashion (taupe, creme)
  • .27 fl. oz. Nail Lacquer - It's Raining Men (red, creme)
  • .27 fl. oz. Cuticle oil
  • .27 fl. oz. Gel Lab top coat - Shining Armor (clear)
  • .27 fl. oz. Gel Lab base coat - Coat of Arms (clear)
  • .27 fl. oz. Cuticle remover
You guys already know I love this brand but I'll give you a brief review:

I picked It's Raining Man RED and used DL's base and top coats along with her cuticle oil.  What I love about her polish is that it dries quick and hugs the nail.  Like, do you understand?  It literally looks like it expands and hugs the nail to prevent chips.

I probably should have told you at the beginning of this post but that particular special is no more (at this moment).  Mom got it for $39.95 with free shipping but it retails for $59.95 plus shipping, nonetheless, you can still check it out. here!

Neon Lipstick, 2013 Beauty Trends to FORGET & Rules to Wear Dark Lips

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION

The end of the year is usually when people reflect on the year they’ve had and outline goals for the next.  I actually do this during my birthday so I guess I’ve skipped ahead but I’m going to take a stab at it anyway.
Had I wrote this post when I intended to or even a day early, it would’ve been riddled with bitterness.  I guess you can say that this has not been the best year for me.  Part of the problem is my expectations regarding a new year; a new year does not equal a perfect year.  Another problem, allowing my happiness to align with my achievements (which is all wrong).  What’s worse is that I’ve spent all year being upset about the things I was upset about the year before, what a waste of time….
I’ve always  walked a fine line between being angry and appreciative.  I’m angry that I gave away my ideal life, worked hard and haven’t received the results I associated with the sacrifices I’ve made but then when I look at this year… I’ve started a business, got 3 awards at school, and on yesterday, I was informed that I received a fellowship *takes a bow*  Oh yea, and there’s the whole being alive, well and not being homeless J
So, my goals for 2014 are as follows:
1.    Stop aiming for perfection, it’s impossible.
2.    Realize that I haven’t made any mistakes.  Every decision I’ve made was meant and will shape the person I’m supposed to be.
3.    Stop being so hard on myself…  How many times have I posted this?  Well I intend on reminding myself until I get it right.
4.    Live a little.  School, work, work and school (no wonder I’m so upset).
5.    TRAVEL! I don’t know how I’m going to do it and where I’m going but I need to do this.
6.    And, let’s not forget a healthy lifestyle… Why is this so hard for me?!
7.    FORGIVE.
8.    Find a new job (that I’ll love) in a new city (that I’ll love) #shade
9.    Pick up photography as a new hobby.
10.  Be appreciative. Be appreciative. Be appreciative.
11.  GIVE.
12.  Make room for new friends!
What’s your resolution?  If you say to “lose weight,” we are no longer friends…

Luxe Lashes, Beauty Vitamins & Last Minute Gifts

Monday, December 16, 2013

MY WEEKEND REVIEW: YOUNCE

Ok, if you’re Yonced out, you may want to skip to tomorrow’s original post…
 
(Still with me?)  Well, sometime Friday morning, a little after midnight, a wave of hysteria hit all my social media outlets… Beyonce released an album and no one knew it was coming?!   No marketing? No teasers?   Nothing?  Like who the f**k does that? Freakin genius but then I had to log off Twitter, Instagram & Tumblr because it was just overwhelming…  See, I don’t really stan for anyone so I went to bed, lol.
By Saturday morning, FEMA was on the scene and I was able to gather more information like: it was a “visual album” (the album contains 14 songs with videos for each plus a bonus video for Grown Woman).  Further, there are a total of 32 tracks on this album…  After locating the album on iTunes and listening to the first few songs, I entered the zombie apocalypse. I became a stan (all hail Queen Bey)!  This album is. so. freakin. good.  What’s even better is her emergence as a feminist.  After listening, I felt so empowered, sexy, I want to CHANGE THE WORLD but all of that has kind of subsided once I got to work this morning, lol.
 
Currently, my favorite songs are: Drunk in Love (feat. Jay Z), Blow & Partition.  Retailing at $15.99 (which is worth it), you can purchase this exclusively on iTunes.  Individual songs and a physical copy will be available later this month, although, I’m judging you if you still buy CDs…
 
LONG LIVE THE QUEEN!

Matte Makeup, Mixing Prints & Perm Rods on Natural Hair

Thursday, December 12, 2013

BEYOND THE ZONE TURN UP THE HEAT PROTECTION SPRAY

Fall is here which means the temperature is perfect for blowouts.  I was out of heat protectant so I mosied over to Sally Beauty Supply to try something new.  I asked one of the cashiers beauty consultants if she could recommend a spray or cream for someone with natural hair and she told me that she uses Turn Up The Heat Protection Spray by Beyond The Zone.  She told me it was oil based not water based...whatever that means, lol.

Details:
  • Use with any heat styling appliance
  • Leaves hair soft and manageable 
  • Seals the cuticle for silky smooth looking hair
  • Creates slip for effortless heat styling
Beyond The Zone Turn Up The Heat Flat Iron Protection Spray is a spray-in treatment that smoothes hair. This humidity-resistant heat styling aid adds a "Heat Defense" barrier that protects the hair from thermal heat.

Beyond The Zone Turn Up The Heat Flat Iron Protection Spray helps optimize the effectiveness of flat irons, curling irons, and hair dryers while providing outstanding heat protection, and adding smoothness, shine, and softness to your hair.

I've used it twice in a two month period and I did see more shine than usual (which may also be due to Mixed Chicks)...  It retails for $6.99 which is worth the risk.  For more info, reviews and to purchase, visit Sally!

Side note:  I couldn't post a picture because the one that Sally has looks like crap *shoulder shrug*

Braids, Lipstick Tricks & Unique Gift Ideas

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S

I've just come to the realization that I have 3 pictures of Audrey Hepburn from Breakfast at Tiffany's...does that make me obsessed??? :/

Breakfast at Tiffany's is one of my favorite movies (wedged in between Gone with the Wind & The Sound of Music).  Why?  First and foremost, it's starring Audrey Hepburn...yea...take it in...lol.

Sort of...kind of...brief synopsis:

"In an idealized New York City during the early '60s, Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) is a charming socialite with a youthful zest for life who lives alone in a nearly bare apartment. She has such a flippant lifestyle that she won't even give her cat a name, because that would be too much of a commitment to a relationship. Maintaining a childlike innocence yet wearing the most perfect of designer clothes and accessories from Givenchy, she spends her time on expensive dates and at high-class parties. She escorts various wealthy men, yet fails to return their affections after they have given her gifts and money. Holly's carefree independence is changed when she meets her neighbor, aspiring writer Paul (George Peppard), who is suffering from writer's block while being kept by a wealthy woman (Patricia Neal). Just when Holly and Paul are developing their sweet romance, Doc (Buddy Ebsen) appears on the scene and complicates matters, revealing the truth about Holly's past. Breakfast at Tiffany's was nominated for several Academy awards, winning Best Score for Henry Mancini and Best Song for Johnny Mercer's classic tune "Moon River".

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I feel like I share some similarities with her character (Holly Golightly) such as:
  • Overdressing  (I overdress at work, to parties and even wear fake pearls while laying around my apartment on weekends)
  • Pastry and coffee for breakfast (yep, this is pretty much my breakfast every morning #badgirl)
  • Manhattan socialite (of course, this ideal is all in my head, lol)
  • Stray cat (I adopted a stray cat for about 6 months and I miss that little guy)
  • My need to stare at expensive things through the windows of Saks and Tiffany's (my Dad had to literally peel me off the window...lol).
  • My transformation from the semi-hood of New Orleans to being ultra bougie, lol.
Overall, this movie is a classic and I never get tired of watching it!  This weekend's homework: rent this movie, buy yourself a bottle of wine, grab a blanket and tell me what you think!

Side note: I have that same picture hanging in my bedroom :)  

Sparkle, Matte Makeup & LOFT Nail Polish

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

NATASHA

Natasha Sybil Collar Necklace
Natasha Multi-Row Drama Queen Necklace
Natasha Fancy Edge Statement Necklace
Natasha Snake Coil Bracelet
Natasha Messy Peter Pan Collar Necklace
























































































































View the remainder of the collection, here!

50 Gifts, OBIA Natural Hair Care & Art Basel's Nail Art

Monday, December 9, 2013

BATHING WITH BOOZE

Not the Same
So...I ran out of moisturizing soap (I usually shower with two soaps: black soap and a moisturizing soap) and decided to head to our local natural food store (Rainbow Co-op) to buy a bar or two.  I usually choose oatmeal soap because it's cheap and smells pretty good  BUT...time begin to slow, there was darkness and then a bright light emerged over Napa Valley Wine Bar *insert angels singing*

Wine....in my soap.....HELL YES!

Description: Lavender Lovers Look out! The Napa Valley Wine Bar is a beautiful bar of soap loaded with Lavender essential oil. Truly a silky, skin softening bar with a added touch of wine from the Napa Valley. A great gift for you and your Lavender Lover loved ones.

Like any soap from a natural food store, you can smell a hint of the actual ingredient (wine) along with an overwhelming earthy smell, eck!  It actually smells like booze and swamp land but I digress...

The soap lathered really well and it does infuse moisture.  And in the event you didn't know, I do suffer from Eczema and after using this soap for two days, I would say it works great for anyone with sensitive skin.

As stated previously, I purchased this from Rainbow for 7 bucks and some change but you can't shop them online, however, you can buy it from this store (where its a tad bit more expensive).

Twists vs Braids, DIY Gifts & Boots

Thursday, December 5, 2013

HOW TO WIN FRIENDS AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE

In ME & QUIRKY CRAP YOU DIDN'T KNOW I told you guys about a book I was reading and thought I would recommend it to you: How to Win Friends and Influence People.

I'm not sure where I was informed about this book (probably on Tumblr) but thought it would be great for career purposes (or lack thereof)...  Who wouldn't want tips from a book that has remained popular since the 1930s!!!

Brief synopsis:

For more than sixty years the rock-solid, time-tested advice in this book has carried thousands of now famous people up the ladder of success in their business and personal lives.  Now this previously revised and updated bestseller is available in trade paperback for the first time to help you achieve your maximum potential throughout the next century! Learn:
  • Three fundamental techniques in handling people
  • The six ways to make people like you
  • The twelve ways to win people to you way of thinking
  • The nine ways to change people without arousing resentment
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So far so good, I've bookmarked a few tips.  I think I'm in chapter 3 of part 1 (don't judge me, y'all know I'm in school).  I plan to wrap this book up after I finals next Tuesday.  Other books on my list:
Well isn't this list depressing...lol.  I buy most of my books from iBooks because they're cheaper.  Of course there's Amazon, Barnes & Noble (which I have a membership with), etc.

Happy Hunting!

Lazy Decorating, Finances & Curvy Designers

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

MAC's DIVINE NIGHT MINERALIZE EYE SHADOW

So, this shopping season wasn't a total lost...  My mom told me she needed some makeup so I bought her to MAC where she proceeded to pick out foundation and three lipsticks while I walked out with one thing: MAC's Divine Mineralize Eye Shadow, lol.

Details:

Baked minerals refined into a powder formula provide exceptionally sheer and lightweight application. Colour builds lightly, layer after layer, without heavy coverage. Pairs two rich, contrasting shades with the graphic impact of a luxe powder design. Limited-edition Divine Night packaging.

Any who, if there are two colors that belong together, it's navy and smokey gray and I intend on wearing each and even blending them from time to time.  Yea so, this eye shadow is about to be my new best friend and it's fitting for my current mood: blue and gray, lol.

Retailing at $23 (sleeesh, I know, I know) and can be purchased, here!

Pretty Hair Ideas, Nail Call & Beauty Picks

Monday, December 2, 2013

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