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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

NASTY GAL OPENS FLAGSHIP... NOWHERE NEAR ME

Source: Nasty Gal


























Nasty Gal opens flagship and it's no where near me, lol.  But, I guess this isn't about me -_-  Any who, on November 21st, Nasty Gal opened it's very first store in Los Angeles.  Lucky patrons lined up down the street to be the first to shop the 2,500-square-foot store filled with vintage and new fashion-forward threads and accessories.  The opening appeared to be quite the festive event with music, food and shopping...duh. 

I just have such a girl crush on Sophia Amoruso, her store and book #GIRLBOSS.  Sophia, do you need an intern?

For more, check out Nasty Gal!

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Monday, November 24, 2014

MISTY COPELAND LANDS REALITY TV SHOW

Source: Teen Vogue
Every time I hear about another celebrity or entertainer getting a reality show, I get irritated.  However, I end up watching...lol.  Any who, Misty Copeland getting a reality show is totally unexpected but welcomed!

The Misty Copeland Project will air on Oxygen and follow the lives of up-and-coming ballet dancers in New York with the assistance of Misty (I can call her that because we're friends...in my head).

No word yet when this will air but I'll keep you posted.  Make sure you do the same for me since the Oxygen channel doesn't air out here.  Screw you Xfinity!

For more information on why Misty is the business, read here!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

YES TO TOMATOES BLEMISH CLEARING FACIAL WIPES

"Yes To" products are nothing new to me but it was my first time trying a Yes to Tomatoes product and because I ran out of makeup wipes and this was on sale, I thought I'd try it out. 

Product description: "Yes to Tomatoes Blemish Clearing Facial Wipes help fight acne and blemishes when you're on the go with powerful blemish-fighting ingredients that are proven to help heal and clear skin. Salicylic Acid helps unclog pores, break down blemishes, and control oil. Tomatoes help control sebum and oil production in skin, while protecting it from environmental agents that can cause breakouts."

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At the time I bought this from Ulta (last Thursday), it was on sale for $4.99 which was ultimately the reason I bought it, lol.  However, I do like these wipes.  I use both sides of the wipes to remove makeup which leaves the surface of my face pretty clear, however, I do follow up with an exfoliator.  Under no circumstances can this be considered as face washing...at least for me.

Any who...for more info, visit Yes To.

Friday, November 14, 2014

WHO KNEW? KISS'S LIP LACQUER











I have to be honest, I'm sometimes bougie.  I frequently visit department stores, Ulta and Sephora for the latest beauty trends and rarely pay attention to what dollar and beauty stores have anymore.  My biggest problem is they aren't pigmented but I was wrong this time...

Once again, my coworker put me on.  She said she found these in a beauty store located in the "trap."

Translation: the hood

Any who, they were a few dollars a piece so she bought a few thinking they could be used to add shine to her lipstick but quickly found out they were highly pigmented.  When she returned from lunch, she did a few swaps on my hand and I was like "OH. MY. GOSH, I need these, where can I buy them?"

Lip Lacquer comes in 12 colors and is available at random beauty stores and Amazon, lol.  For more information, visit Kiss.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

SORT OF KIND OF REVIEW | ESTEE LAUDER'S DOUBLE WEAR

Double Wear in Sandalwood
So...my coworker who also happens to be a makeup artist thought my current foundation (Dermablend) was too dark for me.  I've been wanting to branch out and try other foundations but it's a very traumatic experience for me...lol.  Any who, we made our way to the Estee Lauder counter during our lunch break where she gave me a sample of the color Sandalwood.  I thought Sandalwood was too light but she stated that my oily skin would darken it after application.  Any who, here are the product details:

15-hour staying power. Flawless all day. This worry-free, long-wearing makeup stays fresh and looks natural through heat, humidity, nonstop activity.  Won't change color, smudge or come off on clothes. Feels lightweight and comfortable.  Now the flawless look you see in the morning is the look you keep all day.

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So...I like the feel of the foundation, it does produce a flawless look and it's a bit matte.  In contrast, it's so thin that my oily skin breaks through it after a few hours. Grrrrr.  Please keepp in mind that I use three mattifying products before I apply foundation.  Verdict: I'm going to pass on this one but I would definitely recommend it for people who aren't as oily.  Double Wear retails for 37 bucks and is available at Estee Lauder, duh.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

ADDICTED TO DEBORAH | DL'S ADDICTED TO SPEED TOP COAT

I am really surprised that I haven't tried nor blogged about this product.  You guys know how I feel about queen Deborah Lippmann and all of her nail polish glory so here goes... 

Product Information: "You’re out the door—in a flash. This high-shine top coat dries fast so you can go about your business without a smear, smudge or scratch.  Addicted to Speed does not contain formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, dbp (dibutyl phthlate), or camphor, and is not tested on animals."


Sort of kind of review:  I am biased so don't ask me...lol.  Of course it dried fast.  I know this because I bumped my nails a few times immediately after I polished them.  As for shine, I can't comment on that.  I'm wearing lavender that looks more like a white so I'll have to test the shiny theory later.  
Last but not least, this retails for 20 bucks.  Yes, you read right.  I value really good base and top coats because it gives me the opportunity to wear cheap ass nail colors but have a lasting manicure :) 

Find this product at your local Sephora, Deborah Lippmann, Nordstrom, and other places that sell expensive beauty products, lol. 

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Friday, November 7, 2014

MATCHMAKER ANA | THE ANA LORIAN AGENCY

A while back, I read an article in a local newspaper about Ana and shortly after, we became Facebook friends.  Her posts are always inspirational, informative and downright hilarious. 
 
Ana Lorian is the founder and CEO of the Ana Lorian Agency, a matchmaking and dating coach service and Mississippi's only professional matchmaker with an 88% success rate. 
 
“In today’s world, finding someone to have a lasting, great relationship with is harder than it has ever been.  Most singles waste precious time and energy on people who just aren’t a good fit for them,” Ana believes.  “This does not have to be.  Her step-by-step system helps you get real about yourself, your ideal partner, and your future so you don’t waste time and energy (and money) dating the wrong people.”
 
 
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Thursday, November 6, 2014

LOOKING FLY ON A DIME: HOW TO FIND FABULOUS FASHION AT ANY THRIFT SHOP & MAKE THE CHEAP LOOK CHIC

So... I can't recall how I found about this but that doesn't matter...lol. 

Designer dresses for less than $1? A bag full of clothing for 25 bucks? These are just some of the deals you can find at a thrift shop. While secondhand stores have amazing deals and steals, there's a serious intimidation factor associated with them. Exactly how do you thrift shop and do so without losing your patience?
 
Looking Fly on a Dime breaks down the best tips and tricks to land major thrift store scores.
 
The book helps you:
  • Prepare before your visit: how to find a prime shop, the best days to visit and what you should wear (trust me, your thrifting outfit is important).
  • Strategize while you shop: what section of the store you should attack first, how to find unique treasures in a sea of clothing and ways to determine if an item is worth buying.
  • Sanitize and style: easy solutions to clean your new-to-you clothing and pro styling tips to create a standout style that looks like a million bucks.
After reading Looking Fly on a Dime, you'll realize thrift shopping is easier than you think. Your closet and your wallet will thank you.
 
 
Although I have not cracked the book open yet, it was only $2.99 via Amazon so what could I possibly have to loose?  I mean...that's cheaper than a magazine.  If you've read it and used some of the tips, let me know.
 
Side note: This would make a great stocking stuffer... You're welcome :)

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Monday, November 3, 2014

MAYBELLINE COLOR SENSATIONAL: THE CREAMY MATTES

Source: Maybelline
I love matte lipstick but my lips don't always love it...  I have super duper dry lips but moving on... I saw this ad while flipping through a magazine and thought you may want to know about it... 

Description: Only from Maybelline: The Creamy Mattes by Color Sensational deliver a red burst of bold lip color and a surge of creamy texture in 10 make-a-statement shades, for mattes your lips will love to wear!

For Best Results: Apply in the center of your upper lip to the outer edges, following the contours of your mouth. Then glide across the entire bottom lip. Can be worn under lip color.

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Between Ulta's and Maybelline's websites, the creamy mattes has received rave reviews.  Of course, it's cheaper than a lot of brands which means it's worth a try, however, I'm not sure if I'm going to purchase it (because I already have a boatload of lipsticks).  If you've tried it, let me know.

The Creamy Mattes retails between $5-$8 (depends on where you buy it) at drugstores, Walmart, Target, Ulta, etc.

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