Thursday, April 30, 2015


Source: Amazon
So, a couple of weeks ago during Zumba, one of the ladies had this belt on.  I asked her a few questions and other students chimed in about its effectiveness. According to her, it was only 8 bucks so I thought, why not?

Your Weigh is described as an adjustable weight loss belt and waist trimmer.  Not only are results guaranteed, the trimmer provides essential back support.  If you aren't satisfied, you can get your money back.  Yeah, don't hold your breath...

First things first, this is not 8 bucks.  Maybe it was 8 bucks when she bought it but it's now $22.88. If you have Amazon Prime, shipping is free.  Any who, the belt arrived right before my Zumba class so I strapped it on (it's fairly comfortable) then proceeded to drop it like it's hot for 40 minutes. When I got back to my apartment, I removed the waist trimmer and my gosh, I was dripping with sweat!!!  I used it a second time this morning while going for my 2 mile walk (which is ridiculously hilly).  It was chilly this morning so I didn't break one sweat anywhere (including my belly area).  This already tells me that it can only be worn during high impact activities.

I did take my measurement this morning but when I loose inches, it won't be just because of the waist trimmer.  There is no substantial evidence that this works.  While the extra sweat around the belly is helpful, I know I will have to keep attempting a healthy diet and stay in the gym -_-

However, if you have the gas money to spare, try it out for $22.88, not 8 bucks.  For more: Your Weigh

Oh yeah, men can use this device as well but yeah...I don't forsee too many of them hopping on board, lol. 

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015


Tuesday, April 28, 2015


Source: Tumblr
So, every morning I try to get my pea brain in shape by brain training. I have been using Lumosity for months and recently started using Peak.

Lumosity is a web-based application that uses games to improve memory, brain health and cognitive abilities with over 70 million users.  Lumosity serves as a personal trainer, has 40+ scientific games, allows training on multiple devices (web, iOS and Android), provides training reminders, and shows you how you compare against members of different ages.  Way to judge Lumosity.

Any who, I use the free version which includes 3 games a day. I was pretty satisfied with Lumoisty until I found out about Peak.  Peak is brain training redesigned for the mobile you. It allows you to improve your cognitive skills and build healthy training habits with fun but challenging games, goals and workouts. If you subscribe to their pro version, you'll train "up to 40% faster." I'm quite content with my FREE, 40% slower training.  Oh, and Peak also shows you where you compare to others your age.

While I use both, if I was pressed for space on my phone, I would delete Lumosity.  I like Peak's games more.  They don't give me snorefest options even though I'm a free subscriber.  Take notes Lumosity...

For more, visit Lumosity and Peak!

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Monday, April 27, 2015


Finally, a designer has the balls to release a REAL collection of nudes*insert claps and cheers here* In the event some of you don't know, everyone does not subscribe to beige as their "nude."  Any who, Christian Louboutin is offering 5 different shades with 2 additional shades on the way equaling an astonishing 7 nudes!

But, there is one issue...MOST OF US CAN'T AFFORD $675.00 SHOES!!!  As a result, I need more affordable shoe designers to get on board.  Steve Madden and Jessica Simpson, I'm talking to you! And while I'm at it, let's add lipsticks to the list.  I've been on the search for the perfect nude lip forever and have not been successful.  I like to take my makeup look down a tad bit during Spring but that's another conversation.  We need a variety of nudes in lingerie too; however, Nubian Skin has taken the lead.

For the ballers or people who have a little tax money left over, shop Christian Louboutin, here!

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Friday, April 24, 2015


Errrr, so I've had this product written down for weeks and am not sure why I'm just blogging about it -_- Nonetheless, I present to you my new best friends: the Jumbo Lip Pencils by NYX Cosmetics.

The Jumbo Pencils comes in 8 colors, is a creamy and moisturizing formula, lip liner and lip pencil (all-in-one) that retails for 4 bucks and change and is actually "buy one, get one half off" at Ulta, now!

The description doesn't mention it but it's sort of long lasting.  With lunch and drinking tea about 3xs throughout my work day, you would think the color would be gone by the end of the day but not really.  I'm always surprised that I don't have to do a touch up.  Maybe I'm just a dainty eater...

In contrast, there is a slim selection of nude colors (for women of color).  The color I choose made me look like I had been eating powdered donuts so I returned it.  Thanks for allowing me to use it and return it Ulta :)

As stated previously, the Jumbo Lip Pencils retail for 4 bucks and change and can be purchased at Ulta.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015


Spanish Rice, Onions + Shrimp
So, I've been on this faux health thing for a little while...  I am now a regular at Zumba and have been changing my eating habits resulting in the lost of 4 pounds *insert cheers here*

Any who, the husband and I threw some random contents together and thought "how bad can it be?" The answer was, not bad at all. Actually, it was quite tasty!

What you'll need:

- Green onions
- Yellow onion
- Spanish rice
- A bag of shrimp, peeled
- Olive oil

Step 1: Cook the rice first.  It takes alllllll day to cook.  By all day, I mean 25 minutes...
Step 2: Chop half of the yellow onion and 3 green onions.  Not the entire plant, just 3 individual leaves.  They're leaves, right? Whatever, you know what I mean!
Step 3: Heat skillet, add olive oil, toss in shrimp and chopped veggies.  Cook for about 5 minutes.
Step 4: Once rice is cooked, add to the skillet, mix and cook for 3 additional minutes.
Step 5: Eat, duh!

This meal took about 30 minutes to cook, provided 4 servings and cost 15 bucks are so.

You're welcome :)

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

PIPERLIME (2006-2015)

Moment of silence for Piperlime... ... ...

Moving on, the online retailer owned by GAP, Inc. who offers apparel, accessories, and footwear for women, men and little runts will close its online doors on April 30th. Brands such as Aldo, BCBG, French Connection, DVF, Rachel Zoe, Rebecca Minkoff, etc are now 40% off.  Am I selfish for wanting everything to be more than 40% off? You guys are closing in a week or so.  Mark that crap down to 90% off! EVERYTHING MUST GO!

To be quite honest, I never really shopped Piperlime.  I bought a few things for the husband and it was nice having all the brands in one location but it's no different than a lot of other retailers.  Any who, let's pour one out for Piperlime...

Oh and for those who are unfamiliar, the pouring out of liquor is a ceremonial practice for those who are dead or incarcerated, unable to enjoy said liquor :)

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Monday, April 20, 2015


While checking out at Sephora, the cashier asked "would you like to use your points? You have 400." I looked at the samples and responded "no," just like every other time. They have the wackest selections... Then, the samples are so small that they are not worth the points.  On one hand, I'm complaining about free products but on the other hand, it's just a marketing ploy so it's OK :)

However, this is why I shop Ulta more. Coupons are always available and the points can now be converted into cash off of  your purchase! Beat that Sephora *pokes tongue out* Any who, the Sephora cashier said they are working on something similar, I hope this is true. 

And now for this pissy bag of sephora-brand samples I probably won't use: Eye Shadow in Mirror, Outrageous Volume: Dramatic Volume Mascara, and Perfecting Ultra- Smoothing Primer. I really like the eye shadow, it's glittery and super pigmented. I may use the mascara, it's a sample size so I'll just throw it in my purse, use it at work or when traveling. 

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Friday, April 17, 2015


Ok ladies, I'm making this post for the men.  Don't worry, I only do these like once a year. Any who, I've being hearing Bevel commercials on my favorite podcast for forever and decided to do a little investigating.

Bevel is described as "the first and only end to end shaving system specifically designed to reduce and prevent razor bumps and irritation. It is a 5 part system, including a designed from the ground up single blade safety razor that has been clinically proven to reduce razor bumps and prevent irritation in those with coarse, curly hair." Bevel is generously weighted and provides maneuvering and tug free shaves.

The 5 part system also includes Priming Oil (softens the hair and prevents tugs, nicks and irritation), Badger Brush (creates a protective lather, preps hair and serves as a natural exfoliate), Shave Cream (lifts hair and serves as a barrier), and Restoring Balm (cool, moisturizes and soothes skin to prevent irritation).  Whew, you guys sure have a lot of steps just to shave... Such divas!

Bevel can be purchased via subscription which ships every 3 months for $29.95 or as a gift for $89.95.  For more info, visit Bevel.

Side note: I know a few women who could probably use Bevel but that's another story...

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015


Button Front Polo Collard Bodycon Dress $50
Some time ago, I read an article about MISSGUIDED being a major competitor to my favorite stores and brands so I decided to do a little digging.

According to their "about" page, they are influenced by their customers, global fashion trends, bloggers, social, media, etc.  They "believe shopping is a right not a luxury;" therefore, prices are affordable with product delivery to 160 countries worldwide.  The store includes the typical: apparel, shoes, and accessories as well as plus-sized, swimwear, and active wear.  There are standard shipping fees and student discounts.

The price points are pretty good but a tad bit more expensive than Forever 21 and more equal to H&M.
The price of shoes are up there with department store prices so I hope they're made with quality products.

Overall, I'm excited about this brand and will probably try it out when it's time to shop for summer clothes and shoes. For more info, visit MISSGUIDED.

Side note: I welcome gift cards.  Anybody? Anybody?

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Monday, April 13, 2015


According to my mother, I'm a hairball.  So, she suggested I get my face waxed for my wedding day. Besides my eyebrows, I don't get my face waxed.  I have enough things to maintain...  But, because she was paying, I figured why not?

If you've been waxed before you know, that crap stings!  It's like carpet burn, but on your face... Any who, instead of spending money to not look like a hairball, I decided to try it on my own.  Below, are the steps.

Step 1: Buy waxing stuff.  The brand of products I used was GiGi: Creme Wax, Applicator, and Strips.  There are some pre and post creams and oils you can purchase but because I already had jojoba oil, I figured I was good.  

Step 2: Look at yourself in the mirror and apologize for the pain you're about to inflict  *whispers I'm sorry*

Disclaimer: Please follow the directions when warming and applying wax.  However, I did not. Lol.  I just warmed it for a minute and figured, how bad could it be?  I was lucky I didn't burn my face off but be smarter than me and read!

Step 3: Apply wax with applicator, place cloth over wax and SNATCH! Ignore the birds and or stars flying around your head, they'll disappear shortly.

Step 4: Apply again to snatch those stubborn hairs you didn't get the first time.  

Step 5: Apply oil to get access wax off, find a corner in your home, and cry. 

There it is, how to successfully wax your face while simultaneously torturing yourself from home. You're welcome :)

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Friday, April 10, 2015


If you would have told me five years ago that today I’d be selling school supplies and living in Jackson, MS, I would have laughed at you. Isn't that the truth of how we see our futures compared to how they actually turn out? I didn't see it coming together like this, but I couldn't have planned it better. My name is Hallie Darphin. I’m the 23-year-old founder of Dot Products, a school supply company focused on educating students around the world, and this is my story.

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Thursday, April 9, 2015


Published in 1975 and described as "a loosely formed autobiography, told with his trademark blend of irony and detachment" featuring "a collection of riffs and reflections-- he talks about love, sex, food, beauty, fame, work, money, and success; about New York, America, and his childhood in McKeesport, Pennsylvania; about his good times and bad in New York, the explosion of his career in the sixties, and his life among celebrities."

Andy Warhol is my favorite artist and is the father of the pop art era (in my personal opinion). This is another great coffee table book and a gift for me... Hint. Hint.  For more: The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (From A to B and Back Again)

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015


So, it seems like the super annoying and intrusive questions and comments don't end with engagement.  As a result, I've composed a list of questions and or statements with the help of my friends Almesha and Cassandra.  Let the shade begin!
  1. "When are you going to have kids?"  Excuse me?  How about when are you going to mind your business? 
  2. "Who does all the cooking?" It's not 1922 and there are no housewives in my household so we share the responsibilities. Plus, I work full time and am a FULL TIME STUDENT which must not be important to many people.  After all, being married is a woman's greatest accomplishment -_-
  3. "Why do you need to keep your last name?"  Once again, this is not 1922.  No one knows this new Ashlee so I'm keeping my last name and adding his. 
  4. "You have a husband now, talk to him." NO MOM...I want to talk to you! #mommypleasebemybestfriend
  5. "Did you ask your husband?"  I'm sorry, I thought I was an adult and 10 times out of 10, he probably knows but to seek permission?  Bye Felicia.  
  6. "Do you believe in "for better" or "for worse?"  -_-
  7. *insert advice that I didn't ask you for here*  I went to marriage counseling for a reason.  To get advice from an expert... #thanksnothanks
  8. "Do you guys sleep in the same bed?"  I'm not even going to address this one... 
  9. "Did you merge bank accounts?"  Why?  Are you depositing money? No?  Well, kick rocks. 
  10. "Where will you be spending the holidays?"  Nowhere, we hate everyone -_- 
So, the next time you run across an engaged couple or newlyweds, try saying..."congrats."  That's it. And remember, if you don't have anything nice to say, shut your freaking pie hole don't say anything at all.  I'm looking forward to what this list will look like in 5 to 10 years.  Hopefully my resting bitch face and unapproachable aura will make people think twice about approaching me about my personal business...

Good luck to all my engaged couples, newlyweds, and married folks in the struggle.

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Friday, April 3, 2015


Makeup has evolved so much.  Coincidently, there are many products and tools we have to use just to look natural or “naturally perfect,” why is that?

Historically, foundation and make-up in general has been associated with terms like pancake face, clown and mask-like.  Ironically the actual purpose of foundation is to even the tone and texture of skin without compromising the distinct features, beauty and personality of the person wearing it.  Healthy skin is the bottom line; however, the quality of our skin is affected by so many factors such as genetics, hormonal fluctuations, stress, diet, weather and skin conditions to name a few.  With that said, cosmetic companies through scientific research and insight of dermatology have ingeniously developed synthetic products that effectively mimic the  natural positive processes of healthy ideal skin which has had the dual effect of innovative marketing while changing the face of what wearing make-up represents to the consumer, who is generally attracted to the more realistic added benefits that a product offers rather than products that offer no therapeutic benefit beyond the make-up application

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015


Urban Decay Grindhouse $10
So remember when I was telling you guys "Complete Your Makeup Collection with Lip Liners?" Well, when you're being all grown, using the hell out of your pencils, they become dull. And, I'm not 9-years-old so I do not have a spare pencil sharpener at home.  So, what will I be doing after work? Shopping for a pencil sharpener and there's a boat load of them too, ranging from a few bucks to ten bucks.

Sephora made the search super easy for me so check them out, here!

Update: I bought the Urban Decay Grind House.  I haven't used it yet but it's a sharpener made for pencils so it should work, duh.  It even includes a large hole to sharpen large lip and eye pencils.  It retails for 10 bucks.  For more, visit Sephora!

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