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Monday, June 29, 2015

THAT'S NOT HOW THIS WORKS, THAT'S NOT HOW ANY OF THIS WORKS

While on one of my many trips to Sally’s, I walked in for my usual dye products (dye, developer and conditioner).  This literally takes 3 minutes.  While I was being checked out, the cashier/consultant said “wait, you forgot something!”  On this particular day I was tired, annoyed (as usual), and was not in the mood to buy anything other than what I went there for.  She proceeded to explain that I needed Ion Color Brilliance Pre-Color Treatment Packette.  Truthfully, I wasn’t paying attention to what she was saying.  Remember, I’m tired, annoyed and not in the mood but I told her to ring it up.  Because my Sisterlocks aren’t fully loc’d, I am NOT supposed to be using dyes, conditioners or any other products.  This can cause slippage, resulting in my locs unraveling so you can kind of see why I did not want to add an additional product to the list of products I’m not supposed to be using. 

“Ion Color Brilliance Pre-Color Treatment is a state of the art formula that helps to even the porosity of the hair prior to tinting, lightening, permanent waving or relaxing. Alpha hydroxy acids and citrus extracts help to ensure even color results from scalp to ends.  Helps even porosity of hair prior to color or chemical service, contains alpha hydroxy acid and citrus extract, helps produce even results, and no harsh odor.”

Obviously I used it…why else would this post exist?  And, I’m glad I purchased it (don’t tell the Sally’s woman).  This time, I can actually see the color and no grays have come out to play like they usually do after a week or two. The pack only retails for $2.99 ($1.99 for Beauty Club Members) and its only step requires you to apply before dye application. That’s it!  You guys can be so lazy sometimes…  Side note: I’ve never used a pre-color treatment in my life!  And, I don’t remember any salon doing a pre-color treatment.  Is this new or have the salons been getting over on us? 

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Friday, June 26, 2015

IT'S A NO FROM ME

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So, I blogged about GiGi's wax products not long ago (Read: DIY Face Waxing + Torture) and was really satisfied with the particular microwaveable wax. Some how, I ended up spilling it and was in need of another. While at Sally's, I didn't notice the one I used last time so I thought I'd try out Pore Refining Facial Microwavable Wax.  

"GiGi's Pore Refining Facial Microwave Wax is a gentle 3-in-1 microwaveable facial hard wax that removes all unwanted hair, exfoliates the skin and unclogs pores.  This multifunctional, non-strip facial wax contains special bonding agents to adhere to dirt and impurities, gently unclogging pores.  Also contains Zinc Oxide to help cushion and protect delicate facial skin. For all skin and hair types."  Source: GiGi

I wish I would've known that this didn't require strips (reading is fundamental).  Any who, I was very surprised that...I DID NOT LIKE THIS PRODUCT!  I applied the wax to the same section twice, that's it (I didn't want my skin to peel).  I guess my stubborn hairs were not ready to vacate my face.  As a result, I gave it a handful of days then waxed again.  Side note: this crap was tough to get off my beautiful nails, the nerve!  Lastly, I really didn't pay attention to the pore refining claims.  I just couldn't understand that I spent 20 mins and sacrificed my nails for little to no results.

I would def recommend GiGi's products but not this one.  Unfortunately for me, I have to get my money's worth so I will keep using it and be pissy about it.  You never know, I may get the hang of it and it may become an effective product...

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

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I'M TOO SHELTERED FOR DOPE

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Oh! What a sheltered web we weaved.  Most recently, the husband and I have been seeing movies without doing much research or checking reviews.  We like to live our lives on the edge *insert bad ass song here*  All I knew about Dope is that (1) it was coming of age film; (2) featured young rap artists, and (3) Pharrell and Puffy/Diddy/Sean Combs/Puff Daddy/Diddy-Dirty Money were producers. 

It turns out that Dope is an award-winning film about teens from Inglewood (aka The Bottoms) trying to navigate through their own respective lives.  Some most are involved in drug and gang-related activities and the three main characters find themselves in the middle of all this nonsense because a cute girl invited one of them to a party -_-

It’s explicit, includes recreational drug use, nudity and violence but it’s also eye opening.  It could very well be the reality of a lot of teens.  Most importantly, it shows why it pays off to be the nerd.  Nerds survive and ultimately get out of the hood.  Side note: I’m still a little perturbed by the parents who thought it was okay to bring their young kids.  To be quite honest, it may be too much for teens.  I clutched my pearls several times and was shifting uncomfortably in my seat.  My husband gave me a few “you shouldn’t have picked this movie” looks.  However, I don’t regret it but recommend it and totally see it becoming a classic.  I think the acting is also noteworthy.  A lot of the film actors are not experienced and I didn’t even know who the three leads were until the movie; however, they were really compelling.  I hope I see them in more films.

For more about the movie, the actors and showings nearby...use Google.  You guys can be so lazy sometimes :)  You know I need friends so like Pink Gumbeaux on Facebook and follow me on Twitter and Instagram.  And, check out my last post: Hello China Glaze, We Have Not Been Formally Introduced.

Monday, June 22, 2015

HELLO CHINA GLAZE, WE HAVE NOT BEEN FORMALLY INTRODUCED

I think I’ve blogged about you before, we’ve waved in passing but we’ve never been formally introduced.  It started with my usual quest for the perfect summer pink.  I grabbed Be Bright Back (1371) and have worn it approximately 7 times.  But you know how easy it is for a nail polish lover to get bored so I went to Ulta and walked up and down the polish aisles.  OPI, no. Zoya, no. Essie, no.  Ginger + Liz, no.  So I left Ulta a bit frustrated.  Apparently, they stock on Friday’s and here it was Thursday, night and the shelves were bare.

On Saturday while at Sally’s I browsed the nail polish collections and another China Glaze color grabbed my eyes.  I am currently wearing Pool Party (80945) and I have received a lot of compliments (even from my husband).  I would like to think that this would be my color of the summer but I see myself changing it soon.  I plan to go back to Sally’s today and buy other colors. 

But, it’s not all about the colors, China Glaze is long lasting.  However, the colors are sheer.  I’ve had to use three coats.  More coast take longer to dry so I allow a few minutes in between each coat and then apply the top coat (Read: Addicted to Deborah).  I’ve always believed that I could wear any polish as long as I have good base and top coats.

Retail prices for China Glaze ranges from 4 bucks and some change to 7 bucks.  If purchased at Ulta, you can use the $3.50 off $10 or more.  If you’re a member of Sally’s Beauty Club, you’ll get a dollar off.  To view China Glaze’s Summer Favorites, click here!

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Friday, June 19, 2015

I DON'T CARE IF IT SMELLS LIKE CHOCOLATE

So, I’ve wanted Too Face’s Chocolate Bar Eye Shadow Collection for a while.  The pallet has pinks and nudes but most importantly, it smells like chocolate.  And, there is also Urban Decay's Naked (5 bucks more than Too Face’s pallet).  Both are known for being highly pigmented but I don’t really care since Maybelline is now offering something similar and its 40 dollars less.

Blushed Nudes is a “12-shade collection curated to create infinite sensuous looks, infused with rose gold pigments for bolder blushes, provocative plums, and risque roses.”  So far, I’ve seen Blushed Nudes at Walmart, Target, and it’s scheduled to be at Ulta soon.  My recommendation would be to get it from Ulta because you can apply their $3.50 off coupon when you spend $10 or more.  But of course, you can’t use the coupon on the brands you prefer to get a discount on, well played Ulta.  Well played…


As with any cheap(er) pallet, it won’t be as pigmented.  That just means you’ll have to take a few more persuasions which includes wearing an eye primer (Read: Primetime with Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Portion), layering the color, or using white eyeshadow as a base.  Oh, I almost forgot to mention its size.  It’s small enough for travel (for everyone who has to apply makeup on the go).  

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK: THE TOAST NORMA EDITION

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Season 3 of Orange Is the New Black was scheduled to drop last Friday but was available the day before.  Naturally, I started watching it Thursday and binge watched throughout the weekend.  I finished last night.  Compared to previous seasons, this season was mild but it kept my attention.  I appreciate the continued diversity of the cast, women in leading roles, and the range of issues covered.  There were a few more backstories revealed (e.g. Big Boo, Chang, Norma, Alex and Caputo) and the underlying tone of this season seemed to be self-realization.

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Monday, June 15, 2015

EVER-MATTE PORELESS PRIMING PERFECTOR BY BECCA

I was out of my usual primer (M-A-C's Prep + Prime) and because I needed another top coat I thought I would visit my frenemy, Sephora.  I already had a primer in mind but I was pointed in another direction.

Introducing BECCA! Who?  Yeah, that was my respond when it was suggested.  The Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfection "goes beyond extending makeup wear to address the root cause of why your makeup moves. This formula specifically targets oil- prone areas and acts as liquid blotting paper to leave your skin fresh and matte all day.  Use alone, before, or after foundation to control excess oil, while minimizing the appearance of pores. Feel free to use throughout the day to touch up areas of concern.  The product eliminates excess oil for long-lasting matte skin.  The formula is sweat- and humidity-resistant and free of silicone, oil, alcohol, and fragrance." Source: Sephora

So...I kind of hate purchasing products I haven't researched in advance.  She offered to give me a sample but I thought I would take the chance and purchase it. After all, I can return it if it sucks.  Once purchased, I read a host of online reviews.  It seemed to be a savior for all the oily girls but there were a few complaints.  Based on those reviews, I figured I needed to apply more than the suggested "pea size."

Saturday was the first time I used it.  I used before makeup application (which was applied around noon).  My makeup survived a 3 hour car ride and nap, numerous kisses from family members at my grandmother's birthday party, and 5 minutes of jumping in a bouncy house in humid New Orleans. When back at my apartment by 10 at night, my makeup was still in place.  I've tried this product 2 more times since then and am pretty satisfied.  The Sephora Consultant suggested that I use the product without Milk of Magnesia and I can see why.  This primer is one of those all in one situations that works well.

This is available at multiple retailers for 36 bucks but you'll save a few more bucks at Amazon.

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

THE INTROVERT'S GUIDE TO THE WORKPLACE

I know I gave you guys a little chuckle with Introvert's Guide to Social Affairs so I'm back with tips for my introverts in their respective workplaces.  Workplaces can be the introvert's Achilles' heel because we show up day after day knowing we'll have to engage in small talk, team building, and other unnecessary communication that slows us down opposed to allowing us to complete our assigned tasks *blank stare* Any who, let's get this party started!
  1.  Walk lightly (may require comfortable shoes).  You can avoid a lot of situations if they don't hear you coming *tip toes to the bathroom*
  2. Be swift (may require before or after work cardio workouts).  If you're trying to hide behind those file cabinets, cubicle walls, hoping on or off the elevator, or taking the steps, you'll have to be quick on your toes!
  3. Earbuds.  Earbuds is the best creation since God created heaven and earth.  Can I get an amen?  No?  Moving on... People are less likely to engage if they think they're bothering you. Confession time: Sometimes there isn't anything playing when I have my buds in :) 
  4. Learn to power walk.  I'm like a ninja in the hallways!  The flash of pink passing the hallways is me but no one knows.  Most importantly, they aren't quick enough to stop me for water cooler gossip.
  5. Take your lunch and power breaks at unconventional times.  I go to lunch late in the AM. Once I return, everyone else is leaving for their lunch breaks.  The results?  I have the office all to myself.  And, yesterday I found the time and place the geeks take their power breaks. Because it's later in the shift, we had time to read our books uninterrupted.  
But honestly, I may be shedding some of my introverted ways.  I recently joined Toastmasters to fake being a better speaker while gaining a few leadership skills (according to the brochure).  I think my Toastmasters experience will make for another good blog post...

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Monday, June 8, 2015

THE DECISION BOOK: 50 MODELS FOR STRATEGIC THINKING

Blogging about a book that I've actually finished reading, this feels good.  Any who, I ran across this book while at Urban Outfitters (one of my favorite stores) and thought it looked pretty intriguing for three reasons: (1) I'm a policy student and there's quite a bit of conversation about models; (2) I'm all about improving strategic thinking; and (3) It's a chic looking book...   

WARNING: This post may cause you to fall asleep...

The Decision Book presents fifty models for better structuring, and subsequently understanding, life’s steady challenges.  Interactive and thought-provoking, this illustrated workbook offers succinct summaries of popular strategies, including the Rubber Band Model for dilemmas with many directions, the Personal Performance Model to test whether to change jobs, and the Black Swan Model to illustrate why experience doesn’t guarantee wisdom. Packed with familiar tools like the Pareto Principle, the Prisoner’s Dilemma, and an unusual exercise inspired by Warren Buffet, The Decision Book is the ideal reference for flexible thinkers. 58 illustrations.


This book  provides a great overview of popular models, is a super quick and easy read, categorizes models into three sections (How to Improve Yourself, How to Understand Yourself Better and How to Understand Others Better), and is filled with quotes, activities and illustrations (for all you adults who like pictures opposed to words). 

Although it retails for $17.95, I'm sure I can find you more competitive prices on Amazon.  You're welcome. 

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

LAY YOUR BURDEN DOWN IN OATMEAL

Another biblical reference I may get in trouble for… Sorry Mom.  Any who, my week has sucked which is why I’ve been MIA.  The stress that comes with a sucky week has resulted in HIVES!  At first, I thought it was my eczema making a cameo, but nope…they are hives.  To alleviate this issue, I have the typical cream and Benadryl but I remember my mom bathing me in oatmeal whenever I had skin situations so I decided to go old school and pick up a box. 

Oatmeal baths are helpful for those of us who suffer from sunburn, hives, chicken pox, itchy skin, irritated skin due to poison ivy, oak or sumac, eczema, rashes are insect bites.  The use of natural colloidal oatmeal provides relief and cleanses, moisturizes, softens and protects skin.

I bought store-brand oatmeal bath from Kroger for 4 bucks and some change.  The box contained 8 packs (I used 2 last night).  Add oatmeal while bath water is running and soak. Warning: your bathtub may become slippery! The most popular brand is Aveeno (which was 2 bucks more) but you can find different brands of oatmeal bath almost anywhere or DIY.  However, I prefer the store brands because they sort of dissolve on their own versus having to scoop oatmeal out of the tub when you’re done.  Trust me, ain’t nobody got time for that!  Further, I did experience major relief!  About 98% of my hives are gone but I will probably give the oatmeal bath another go tonight.

And mom, yes I do have to blog about everything I experience.  That’s what makes people like me J

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