Friday, May 29, 2015


Photo Source: Fatty Food 
By greasy, I mean oily. To combat oily skin, I use a host of products. Then, there are those products that are more effective in the winter and some that are more effective in the summer. Look at me, learning my skin type.  As a result, my friend and makeup artist Ashley (read: Fick Your Face) told me to try Milk of Magnesia.  Yes, the Milk of Magnesia that's used to treat constipation.  Any who, Milk of Magnesia is what she used as a primer and to control my oily skin for my shotgun wedding.  And guess what, my makeup lasted through my courthouse nuptials, photo shoot, 5.30 hour road trip to Chattanooga, TN, and senior citizen cruise.

Most recently, I've started using it regularly (because I'm super oily in the summer).  I'm thinking it's pretty effective because I participated in a "Bike to Lunch" event yesterday and experienced some heavy sweating.  Once I was able to cool off, my skin dried up and makeup looked as if I was never outside.

Milk of Magnesia is also known to treat skin rashes, remove blackheads and blemishes, and clean and tone skin.  In contrast, it should not be applied to people with dry skin and can cause dryness and irritation when used too often.  When applying as a primer and oil controller, ensure bottle is shaken. Apply just a little with your makeup brush.  Allow to dry then apply makeup.  You're welcome.

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Thursday, May 28, 2015


Photo Source: Murad
Boy, have I come a long way as a blogger.  My first post about this serum sucks but I like to hold on to the old stuff so I’m conscious of how far I've come.  Well, enough of that crap.  As stated yesterday, I think this serum plays a vital role in the evening of my skin tone.

According to Ulta’s description, “85% of Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum users saw spots lighten in just 1 week.* Hydroquinone fades dark spots, age spots and freckles while Hexapeptide-2, an advanced skin-lightening peptide helps even skin tone. Glycolic acid exfoliates to remove dead skin cells, helping the active ingredient to penetrate quickly for faster results.”

My sort of kind of but not really review:

I've gone back and forth between this serum and the acne gel.  I recently (Saturday) went back to the serum and have really seen a big change in my skin.  I think I will stick with this serum because I don’t really suffer from acne these days.  I have the occasional hormonal breakout but that’s about it.  This serum paired with Mela-D Deep Cleansing Brightening Foam Cream seems to be a winning combo for me. 

On the other hand, this serum retails for 60 bucks…for 1 ounce!!!  But, if I remember correctly, it should last me a few months.  Also, Ulta does sell samples for 15 bucks (but I didn't think it was worth it).  For more, visit Ulta or Amazon(where it’s cheaper). 

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015


Because I was unable to locate my usual exfoliater, I decided to take a chance on something new.  Quite honestly, I think it’s time for a change (sorry Murad).  Any who, I informed one of the Ulta associates that I needed a good exfoliater to balance out my routine and she suggested Mela-D Deep Cleansing Brightening Foam Cream. 

“La Roche-Posay's gentle, non-particle exfoliating daily cleanser with 0.1% LHA to even complexion, smooth skin's texture, and boost radiance.  Instantly, skin is deeply cleansed and skin clarity is enhanced. Skin looks brighter and smoother and is soft, supple and comfortable. Day after day, skin is more radiant and even toned.  Clinically tested efficacy. Dermatologist tested. Allergy tested. Paraben-free.”

When I first used it, I was taken aback by its creaminess (I like my exfoliators aggressive and beady).  Once rinsed, my skin was super soft instead of the burning sensation from too thorough of a cleaning.  I have experienced improvements in the appearance of my skin. Dark spots are fading.  In contrast, I’m not sure if this product is totally responsible for it.  I do pair it with a serum that I plan to blog about later this week.

Any who, I think it’s affordable enough to take a chance on.  You can shop via Ulta or Amazon, where it's cheaper: La Roche-Posay Mela D Deep Cleansing Brightening Foaming Cream, 4.2 Fluid Ounce     

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015


I used this past 3-day weekend to do all kind of constructive stuff like…watch TV shows and movies.  One in particular is the critically acclaimed “Girlhood” (which is now on Netflix). The film premiered at a host of film festivals; eventually, making it to the French box office.

Girlhood is described as a “coming of age film” about Marieme (aka Vic), a French teen from the projects.  SPOILER ALERTS: She has three siblings: an abusive older brother and two younger sisters she is the caregiver for.  Her mom works a lot so she is completely oblivious about what’s going on with her daughter.  I don’t recall any mention of a father; I was a bit preoccupied when the film first started.  By preoccupied, I mean I was on Facebook.  Moving on, Marieme eventually links up with three other teens turning her from shy to a teen nuisance. Drugs, sex, stealing, fighting, etc.  Naturally, she fails out of high school and later concludes she has no future.  As a result, she relocates and becomes a pusher at swanky parties.  During this time, we find out she’s a lesbian. Any who, she later travels back home (to the projects) and proceeds to have a break down.  FIN.

Because it is a French film, you will be reading subtitles the entire film but you’ll get used to it. While watching the film there were several times when I said “well that escalated quickly.”  I wish there wasn't such a turn for the worst.  And, I hope this isn't a reality for most black teens…  Overall, it is a good film and a first according to the director.  Apparently, there aren't many black actresses in France… How shocking!  Watch the trailer, here.

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Friday, May 22, 2015


Photo Source: WE tv
For the sake of my sanity I haven’t accepted any new shows to my roster. No new friends.  But, while watching Braxton Family Values last night, I saw a commercial for a new show: Cutting It: In the ATL.  The previews showed hair, entrepreneurship, and cattiness (my favorite).  Then I thought to myself, “crap! I have to watch this show.”  To be quite honest, it looked more entertaining than the Braxton Family Values *shhhhhh*

Filmed in the self-proclaimed hair capital (Atlanta), Cutting It: In the ATL features four salon owners in an imaginary competition to dominate the Atlanta hair game.  First up is Maja.  She owns a chain of quick weave services making faux hair accessible to everyone.  Mushiya is my favorite.  Mushiya is a natural hair stylist waiting in the cut for all the women transitioning back to natural hair.  Beautii is considered a veteran in the hair scene and appears to be the show's villain. Lastly is Dedra, one of the more polished snobs salon owners…

I’m excited about this and haven’t decided if it’s worth a weekly recap.  I don’t feel like adding any extra duties to my plate, lol.  Any who, Cutting It: In the ATL airs Thursday, 9PM central. 

Side note: this show has the worse name ever. Who OK’d this? Did the marketing exec quit without 2 weeks’ notice or something? 

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015


  1. Practice facial expressions such as "interest," "amusement," and "excitement" in the mirror. Preferably, a day or two before the event.
  2. Don't zone out upon arrival. Give yourself 10 to 15 minutes... Then, zone out. 
  3. Don't freak out when someone shakes your hand, hugs you or kisses your cheek. Take a deep breath and let it happen. After, excuse yourself, head to the nearest bathroom and proceed to freak out!!!  Side note: Only recently have I stopped dying inside when people have reached out to hug me #progress 
  4. You'll have to give a few smirks and waves but you can roll your eyes once you've walked pass them.  That's my favorite part :)
  5. Ok, we've made it to the end (approximately 60 minutes into the social gathering).  Tell everyone you're heading to the powder room but, don't come back... You've showed up and mingled, isn't that sufficient? 
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Tuesday, May 19, 2015


Infinite Shine in Girl Without Limits
I open a magazine, I see an ad for Infinite Shine.  I walk into Ulta, there's a display for Infinite Shine. I get out of the shower and who's handing me a towel? Infinite Shine...  So, you know what that means? I need to blog about Infinite Shine!

Infinite Shine is a gel-effects lacquer system described as a gel/lacquer hybrid that includes a three step process: (1) Prime Base Coat, (2) Lacquer, and (3) Gloss Top Coat resulting in a long lasting and high gloss manicure (approximately 7-10 days). 

Bonus: The removal is soak free.  Let's take a moment to digest this...  ...  ...  That means no additional trips to the salon to pay for a soak off, no damaging your nail bed by peeling off your gel manicure, or your husband starring at you crazy because you have cotton balls soaked in acetone on your nails wrapped with giant pieces of foil (I was not paying to get that gel manicure removed).  

I'm kind of excited about this... I change my nail polish weekly and there are some tough weeks where I would like my nail polish to last a little longer but then there are those weeks when I want to change it every 2 days.  Le sigh.  Any who, Infinite Shine comes in 30 shades. The Prime Base Coat, Lacquer and Gloss Top Coat all retail for $12.50 each or, you can purchase the Infinite Shine Duo Pack (base and top coats) for $19.95.  For more, visit Ulta

Side note: I spotted a few shades at Amazon.  You're welcome.

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Monday, May 18, 2015


We say them because we are pretending to be polite but chances are, we may not...necessarily mean them. Sorry not sorry.
  1. "Good" morning, afternoon, evening or night. What makes it good? Who says you deserve a good one? 
  2. "If you need anything else, let me know."  On the inside, I'm hoping you have it figured out.
  3. "I'm so happy for you." If I say this, I genuinely mean it because I don't say it often. On the other hand, everyone doesn't wish you well...
  4. "Thank you" and "you're welcome." I honestly say this because people don't say it enough. See, I can be nice :) 
  5. "God bless you." I think most of us say this unconsciously but the truth is, maybe you don't deserve God's blessings... 
  6. "How's your day going?" *starts daydreaming, doesn't hear a word you've said* 
  7. "Tell me all about it." Actually, don't tell me. I'm busy trying to determine what I should eat for dinner or what color I should polish my nails this week.
  8. "I'm sorry to hear that." I could be sorry to hear it...or not. 
  9. "Call me if you need me." *wishes you don't need me* 
Side note: Am I the only one who loathes the sound of a ringing phone?  Secondly, shoutout to my husband for cowriting this with me, who knew he had it in him? 

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Thursday, May 14, 2015


Story time!  Nearly two years ago, I blogged about my Dad's excessive use of my products. As soon as I arrived in town, I would find him rummaging through my bags for my face masks. After a while, he started buying his own products. Occasionally, whenever I would FaceTime him, I would catch him in the middle of one of his spa experiences.

Now, I'm in an apartment with two men (my husband and brother) and guess what?  They use my facial cleansers, shampoo and conditioner, face masks and deodorant!  D-E-O-D-O-R-A-N-T! The worse thing is when you're running late to work and reach for your deodorant and *click click* nothing. Grrrrr.

So there appears to be a pattern...  And according to other women, I am not alone.  Men are dipping into products worldwide.  Instead of buying the typical manly gifts for the upcoming Father's Day, Birthdays, and other holidays, maybe we should give them a basket full of our favorites with a big bow on top.  I bet he wants to exfoliate his lips too.  Maybe he wants his one inch of hair to have body and shine...

Side note: If they ever find out about this post, I'm in big trouble but I'm willing to sacrifice myself so us women can end this!

Monday, May 11, 2015


It took years of soul searching for me to get here.  Like others who pride themselves on "keeping it real," I would volunteer information nobody asked me for.  Now that I'm mostly reformed, I figured it was my duty to inform the people who are still in the struggle.  

Subject Matter 1: Weight gain or loss.  Chances are, the person who has gained or lost weight is the first person to know they've gained or lost weight; therefore, they don't need your comments regarding them "getting too fat or too skinny."  Chances are, you're also too fat or too skinny so..."worry about yourself." 

Subject Matter 2: Hair cuts, growth or loss.  Now I know this one can be tough.  You see someone with the cul-de-sac hairline and you want to yell, "just get rid of it!"  There is no amount of gel or Bigen hair dye that is going to convince us you still have hair but, guess what?  If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all.  How are you going to talk about someone's hair when your hairline is also receding, sir?

Subject Matter 3: Makeup and apparel selections.  I still struggle with this internally because some of you continue to defy me and draw eyebrows or line your lips using the color jet black.  It may not make sense, it may not be aesthetically pleasing to your eyes and if that's the case, close them and exit stage left.  

But, then there are those times you need to say something.  For example, when there is a crumb on someone's face, spinach between their teeth or when cheese dip has mysteriously dropped on my leg. I thought this lady was looking at my new shoes that I bought from Dillard's on sale but nope, there was cheese dip on my leg. Not cool sister, not cool!  Any who, the overarching point of this post is to help you guys learn how to...mind your business.

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Thursday, May 7, 2015


Full Cover in Chocolate
To conceal or to not conceal, that is the question. Well, my answer is that if you have visible dark marks, conceal. My current concealers are kind of blah so I asked the Sephora consultant, cashier or whatever you call them to recommend something. She suggested Make Up For Ever's Full Cover Concealer. Side note: This is the last product from my Sephora visit, lol. 

Full Cover is "an ultra long-lasting, matte finish, oil-free, waterproof, full coverage concealer.  The concealer is designed to cover major imperfections like scars, hyperpigmentation, major discoloration, burns, and tattoos. This light and creamy concealer contains a high concentration of pigments that stay put, making it perfect for use on the face, as well as the body."

Overall, I like this.  My most recent makeup routine includes a few dots of concealer with a few drops of my foundation applied to dark marks, blended, set, then out into the world I go.
The reality is... it's too hot for a face full of makeup.

Full Cover retails for 32 bucks.  For more, visit Sephora

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015


Bite in Marzipan
The struggle has been real but the stars have aligned and I've found the perfect nude lip. Remember when I was telling you about my trip to Sephora?  Well, the original purpose was to find a nude lip.

When I arrived, I went straight to Obsessive Compulsive's Lip Tar section was no longer there!  It had been replaced by "Bite!" What the entire hell is..."Bite?"  However, they had a great selection of nudes but because I'm not one to be into the "new girl," I went around to other sections.  Everything had a pink undertone which I didn't want.  I wanted something more reflective of my shade so guess what section we ended back in? Bite. 

"Bite is a creamy lipstick infused with five nourishing, aromatic butters, including lavender, shea, almond, pomegranate, and chamomile, this hand-cut and flat tipped bullet delivers portable, easy application in a range of universal, wearable nudes and neutrals that leave a silky finish."

I really like the color, texture, and even design of the container or whatever it's called... However, the lipstick retailed for a whopping $28 bucks -_-  For more, visit Sephora!

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015


Source: Fresh
My unapologies to my church folks, I thought it was a cool title. Any who, I told you guys that my lips have been acting out so while at Sephora for something I didn't need, I bought Fresh's Sugar Lip Polish and Sugar Advance Therapy Lip.

Sugar Lip Polish is "an antiaging lip treatment proven to repair, nourish, plump and smooth wrinkles around the delicate lip area" while Sugar Advance Therapy Lip is "a sweet exfoliating treatment that leaves lips incredibly soft and smooth."

Both products are formulated without parabens, sulfates, and phthalates.

On Day 1, I used the polish while showering then applied the therapy lip right after.  There was some improvements but not much.  On Day 2, I did another scrub and used the therapy lip twice (morning and night).  The results were still blah but by Day 3, I had brand new lips!  Fresh, did you switch my lips while I slept Sunday night?  I am not new to sugar lip products so I knew it would be worth the investment.

If you can go without your daily latte or gas money for the next week or two, go ahead and splurge on these.  Sugar Lip Polish retails for $22.50 and Sugar Advance Therapy Lip retails for $25.00.

Side note: Can someone let me borrow 20 bucks for gas until I get paid? I promise I will pay you back.

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