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Friday, July 31, 2015

ALLOW ME TO REINTRODUCE YOU TO THEY'RE REAL! LENGTHENING MASCARA

Photo source: Ulta
I’m sure the formula for Benefit’s They’re Real! Push-Up Liner and Lengthening Mascara hasn’t changed which is why I linked one of my older reviews in yesterday’s post.  I’ve been using the mascara for a while so I dug through my older posts and….it’s sort of horrible -_- I’ve come a long way as a blogger.   With that being said, allow me to reintroduce Benefit’s They’re Real Push-Up Liner *insert applause here*

They're Real! Lengthens, curls, volumizes, lifts and separates. The long-wearing formula won't smudge or dry out.  A specially designed brush reveals lashes you never knew you had!  What else you need to know:
  • 94% saw dramatic length & volume
  • 90% saw base-to-tip curl
  • 94% saw visible lift
  • 100% saw long-wearing results

I don’t think I have used any other mascara in the last two years unless it was a sample.  Although it is quite effective, when paired with an eyelash primer it’ll almost look as if you have falsies.  I don’t really burn through mascara so I think this is a pretty good investment.  While Benefit is available nearly everywhere, of course, I prefer to shop Ulta (due to the use of points or coupons).

If you've noticed I really didn't talk about the colored ones because I'm not really a fan. Been there, done that *kanye shrug* 

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

COLORED LIES

Photo source: Ulta
No one told me!  You come here, read my posts and maybe chuckle.  This relationship isn’t balanced at all.  All you do is take, take and take!  Basically, I just found about Benefit’s colored mascara and liner...  I just happened to stroll into Ulta and was hit with a display of They’re Real Lengthening Mascara now offered in brown and blue but the kicker is their Push-up Liner in colors brown, blue, green and purple.


The mascara was cool to see but I wasn’t impressed, where are the other colors?  Secondly, I could’ve sworn I was wearing colored mascara like five years ago so why are they so late?  Is it back in or something?  I rarely wear mascara these days so I bypassed this product but did purchase the liner in “Beyond Blue.”  I absolutely love blue liner but have never really done it as a cat eye.  The texture of Push-Up Liner makes it easier to achieve (once you get the hang of it).  Interestingly, the liner wasn’t as bright as I thought it would be.  Unless I’m directly in some sort of light, you’ll think it’s a black liner.  This probably has some to do with my dark skin tone.  However, it makes me feel like I’m able to add a little sass to my makeup without being deemed “unprofessional.” 

Both are super cool for women who are really into makeup and will get their money’s worth since it retails for 24 bucks -_-  Because me and Ulta are cool like that, I was able to get 10% off *insert slow clap here*  It’s not much but more than Sephora offers #shade

Shout out to my husband for allowing me to buy makeup on his birthday…again.  You are the real MVP!

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

BOUGIE MOVIE REVIEW: LILA & EVE + ANT MAN

Similar to music reviews, I don’t know what I’m doing but here goes.  Interestingly, Lila & Eve is also available “on demand” so I watched it at my apartment opposed to paying $100 at the movie theater (over exaggeration but not really).  Staring Viola Davis and Jennifer Lopez, Lila’s (Viola Davis) son is murdered resulting in her joining a support group of mothers who’ve lost their children to violence.  As a result of meeting Eve (Jennifer Lopez), they concoct a plan to seek revenge on Stephon’s (Lila’s son) murderers.


I’m glad I watched this from home…  It wasn’t bad, just kind of blah.  Even with the plot twist, I wasn’t really blown away.  I watch so many movies and shows that I am rarely impressed.  Speaking of being unimpressed, my husband made me see Ant Man last night (it was his birthday).  Just the name made me want to skip this but we got raving reviews from some folks we know.  At some point during the movie I turned to my husband and said “I don’t think they go the movies often, this is kind of boring.” Lol.

Obviously, I’m not a stand for the Avengers/Marvels and their associated movies or comic books.  However, most of them are really good and full of suspense.  When I found out that Paul Rudd was in the lead, I knew I wouldn’t be interested in seeing it. No shade but I feel like his characters are all the same and catered to the middle-aged, homebody, “I make candles and soaps from home” crowd.  T.I. is also cast in this film -_-  I’m from the south and have a slight accent but have worked to be more articulate and most social settings.  I need him to do the same.  Every movie he’s in gives me the “ATL” vibe but I digress.  From the movie trailers, you can see Ant Man has the ability to turn into an ant and fight the assigned villain.  The plot was a little different than I expected and I occasionally chuckled but for the most part, I could’ve waited until this was on Netflix.

Shout out to Anthony Mackie’s 3.2 minute cameo. I bet he shot his scenes in one hour. 

I give both films 3 bougie stars.  After all, it doesn’t really matter what I say because they’ve already got my money J

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Monday, July 27, 2015

29.8 YEARS OLD

A friend of mine told me that once you turn 30, things change overnight; for example, one’s metabolism.  As of now I’m two months or so from 30 and am already noticing things:

  1. Keeping up with the latest apps is a struggle.  What’s Snapchat and how is it different from Instagram?  I’ve downloaded Periscope but have yet to post a video, it’s just taking up space on my phone.
  2. Who are these new rappers and singers that all sound the same? I remember hearing my grandparents say this about the music I listened to.  What’s worse is some of the associated dances.  You will not see me whip or Nae Nae, I’m too much of a stick in the mud.  Side note: Silento sounds like a cooking ingredient -_-
  3. Social media behavior.  This hasn’t been as much as a struggle for me because I do have people I can complain to offline but on the other hand…
  4. Reaching 30 has allowed me to come to a place where I sincerely do not care.  I’m comfortable with myself more than ever and the very very very small segment of people I care about accept me; therefore, why would I care about the opinion of others?  Side note: I’ve encountered more gossip and rumors as an adult then in elementary, middle and high schools.
  5. Health and exercise matters.  Just two years ago, I was at my ideal weight.  I remember complaining about loosing 10 pounds but now I have waaaaaay more to work off.  I’m not concerned about society’s criteria, I just enjoy shopping in the junior’s department.  It’s cheaper.  Most importantly, I don’t want Hypertension, Diabetes and other associated illnesses that plague the African American community.
  6. My body plays no games… Although I still don’t like to use public restrooms, I’m getting to a point where I may not have a choice.  I can no longer hold anything in over a long period of time.
  7. My tolerance towards certain foods have changed.  Another thing I’m not doing late, eating.  I recently started experiencing heartburn when consuming certain foods or eating late and it’s very uncomfortable.  Me to Husband: “either I’m having a heart attack or heartburn, I’m not sure.”  Husband: “It’s probably heartburn.” Me: “I think I’m dying…”
  8. I have little to no desire to do anything past 8:30 P.M. Look, I have things to do and a life to balance.  I need to start prepping for the next day and get a good night’s sleep so I can get up early enough to workout, have breakfast and pretend to be a morning person.
  9. I need more than money from my career.  I’m on my 3rd degree so clearly I want a good quality of life; however, I’m over punching in, walking around like a zombie and punching out.  I’m no Malala Yousafzai but I would love to leave a little footprint.
  10. 20 somethings get on my nerves and I want out.  Some of the things they care about, talk about it is just….grrrrrrr.  I think my younger self was pretty cool.  Work and school has always been important to me but if I could give advice to others I would say: Dating is not a priority, save and invest (you are never too young), don’t get credit cards, keep your future in mind and travel!
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Thursday, July 23, 2015

SYNESTHESIAC

I’m back, giving you awkward music reviews because I don’t know what I’m doing…

Nonetheless, I wanted to introduce you to Jack Garratt and his most recent EP entitled Synesthesiac (in the event you didn’t already know).  I was introduced to Jack Garratt through his song “The Love You’re Given” while listening to Apple’s Beats 1.  After, I did a little research and there isn’t much out there.  He’s a British multi-instrumentalist, singer and producer.  Can someone create a Wikipedia page for this guy?  Apparently, this is his second EP and if you sneeze, you’ll miss it.  There are only 4 songs…

The name of the EP clearly illustrates the use of a synthesizer that blends well with soul, pop and “alternative” as described by Garratt.  I downloaded it from iTunes for $3.96 + taxes; yes, that’s it.  And, I think it’s worth the investment.  I mean people pay more for movie theater candy…

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

WE STILL COOL! MATTE FINISH MAKEUP SETTING SPRAY BY NYX

Photo Source: Ulta 
Can someone explain to me why it's so hot outside? Currently, its 102 degrees and for what? Heat accomplishes nothing!  As a result of the heat, I've had to lean on a lot of mattifying products.  I've blogged about a few of them not long ago: Becca's Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector,  Concealed Carry: Make Up Forever, and Greasy Girl's Guide to...Not Be Greasy.  I also use a mattifying moisturizer.  Are you judging me? I can feel your judgement through the screen...

NYX's Matte Finish Makeup Setting Spray is a "long lasting formula that grants a matte finish." That's it. No elaborate, faux description...  As far as a review, I've been using this for a couple of years and when I don't use it, the oil starts seeping through.  It's not enough to have to put a bucket under my face to catch the oil but enough to annoy me; therefore, I spray before leaving for the day.

I think it's worth skipping a cup of coffee over.  At Ulta it retails for $7.99 and they're having a sale: Buy one, get one at 50% off.  Then, hit them with one of those $3.50 off of a purchase of $10 or more!  You're welcome :)

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Friday, July 17, 2015

"HEALTHISH" SPINACH FETTUCCINE WITH ALFREDO + SHRIMP

I’ve wanted to cook with spinach fettuccine for a while and finally got the chance to.  The results was a “healthish” meal with prep and cook time under 30 minutes.  What you’ll need:

  • Half onion
  •   4 garlic cloves
  •  ¼ of a green bell pepper
  • ¼ of a red bell pepper
  • Jar of Alfredo sauce (I used Newman's Own Alfredo 15 OZ)
  • 1 cup of Parmesan
  • 1 stick of butter (don’t judge me) 
  • Shrimp (or chicken) 
  • Bag of spinach fettuccine
First, boil water in preparation of fettuccine.  Mince vegetables and throw in hot skillet with a stick of butter. YES A WHOLE STICK!  I wanted a buttery undertone :) After cooking veggies for a few minutes, add shrimp.  I don’t have an exact amount of shrimp to suggest, we had a half bag of shrimp in the freezer and I added it (like the badass I am). 

Have you added the fettuccine to the boiling water yet?  Why not?!  Cook veggies and shrimp for five more minutes then add Alfredo and Parmesan. Mix, mix and mix!  At this point, your fettuccine should be done.  Drain, then add to skillet.  Stir and allow to simmer for a few minutes...you’re done! 

I did not realize this would be soooooo good.  We had most of the contents at home so it was super cheap to make.  It also provided about 7 servings. Shout up to my little bro who is an almost always good sous chef.  Key word: “almost.”  

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

WHY DON'T YOU HAVE NETFLIX?

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Who misses me?  I would love to inundate you with excuses about being so busy but, you don’t care.  Now for the matter at hand: Netflix.  In the event you live under a rock, Netflix is a subscription-based, on-demand internet streaming service.  Netflix includes movies, TV shows and originals for as little as $7.99 a month.  Once you start selecting movies and TV shows, they make recommendations that are pretty much on point.  Netflix is largely responsible for a new addiction: “binge watching.”  For example, when the husband and I find a show we really like, we attempt to watch the whole season in a day.  I usually fall off after 5 hours but my zombie husband keeps going…

Most recently, I’ve watched a few good documentaries:  Anita: Speaking Truth to Power, What Happened, Miss Simone? And, Little White Lie.  After watching Anita, I was pissed.  On one hand, I appreciate her sacrificing herself and giving workplace sexual harassment and gender equality a platform.  On the other hand, there has been little progress.  I’ll reserve my rant for another day...  Nina Simone’s documentary was sad.  Although she was a musical genius she was physically abused and suffered with mental illness most of her life.  Last but not least is Little White Lie.  Errrr, let me first say that sometimes…I can’t locate my empathy switch and can be... ... ...MEAN.  This particular documentary was peculiar and sometimes humorous because I knew she was a black as soon as I saw her but her and her family took a while before they came to terms…  My uber brief summaries of not only Little White Lie but all of these documentaries are mild so I encourage you to watch for yourself. 

Overall, the real meaning of this post is to judge those of you who have not hopped on the Netflix bandwagon.  Netflix will make you addicted to shows you didn’t know you would like( House of Cards, Orange Is the New Black and most recently, The 100).  Suck it cable TV! 

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Friday, July 10, 2015

PICKY EATERS UNITE!

To some I have a lot of issues: I’m introverted (aka I don’t like people), most recently I found out I’m allergic to being outside and cheap jewelry, I don’t like being touched but the thing that bothers people the most?  I’m a picky eater!  As a picky eater, I am most bothered by the smell, appearance and texture of food.  Like, oatmeal taste good but the texture is horrendous.  Regarding bananas, I hate the smell, look and texture.  And guess what, I spass out when they are in my presence.  When I pass by them in the grocery store, when my husband eats one, when my brother drinks what he thought was a berry shake but I can still smell the nana… Eck!  So parents, being a picky eater is not always a “phase.”  

Like any other picky eater’s childhood, the adults in my life attempted to threaten me if I didn’t eat something.  When they realized I didn’t have a problem being punished and was bout that life, they made some adjustments to accommodate me.  Once I became an adult, I finally felt completely comfortable with being a picky eater.  After all, it’s my responsibility to feed myself but what I’ve come to realize is…that’s not the case; especially, in the south!  For example:

“Try it.  How do you know you don’t like it until you try it?”  My relationship with food is for survival purposes so I don’t have the desire to try new foods.  If I do, it’s because I’ve been curious about it for a long time and have spent years trying to build up the courage to taste it.  This was the case for barbecue ribs and chicken and a few items in the Mexican cuisine.  And guess what? Asking me over and over and over again will not break me.  I don’t want to and you can’t make me *pokes tongue out*

One of the most entertaining (and annoying) experiences is the sheer frustration people experience because I don’t want to eat something.  It could be something they’ve ordered or something they’ve cooked.  THIS is one of the main reasons why I don’t eat at folk’s house.  But, it also happens when I’m ordering out.  If I say “no bread” or “no salad” they lose their shit and start levitating because of something I don’t want to do.  I’m just trying to figure out why it affects them so much… You mad or nah?

If I don’t eat something and I tell you I don’t eat it and you still put it on my plate, I won’t eat anything on that plate.  For example, you get my order confused with my brother who asked for avocado on his burger then proceed to scrape it off my patty and give it back to me.  Excuse me?  If you don’t redo my order!  This also reminds me of cross contamination.  I nearly got banned from Piccadilly because I asked for catfish and the cafeteria lady used the tong from some type of meat soaking in gravy for my catfish.  I told her I wanted another piece of catfish because she got that unidentifiable sauce on my catfish.  She snatched my plate and rolled her eyes because SHE used the wrong tong. Girl….please.  And, I know I don’t know what happens to my food while it’s in the back being prepped but if I see it with my own eyes, no es bueno.

But, there are times when I will take risks.  When I’m home (New Orleans), I’m willing to try new foods.  New Orleans is the eatery capital of the United States!  You can literally go anywhere in any part of the city and eat good food: restaurants, corner stores, gas stations, the sewer, etc… 

Every now and then, I still experience anxiety about food.  Because I’ve been like this all my life, I’m usually prepared for situations in which I may not eat.  This requires me to eat a hearty breakfast and bring a snack.  Most recently, I attended a conference and because there was a registration fee, I just knew we were about to have a bomb lunch but nope, the cheap bastards had cold sandwiches and chips… Nope.  As a result, my friend and I ditched their lunch for a local eatery.  So, for the people who can eat any and everything from everyone, gold star for you but lay off of us who don’t. “ And, who gone check me boo?” 

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

EGO DEATH

My review of DawnRichard’s Blackheart ranked pretty well.  I was shocked because…I don’t know what I’m doing.  Like, my Dad is a musician and producer but I inherited 0 of those skills.
Sorry Dad.  In contrast, listening to music and downloading it from iTunes should deem me experienced enough.  Right?

I was first introduced to the Internet via Dontcha.  I must have been watching one of those video channels I forget I have until I’m uber bored and start flipping.  I was familiar with Syd the Kyd as a member of Odd Future but had no idea The Internet existed.  In fact, Dontcha is from their second studio album.  Their third album was released on June 29th and if my memory serves me correctly, I downloaded it a day or two later.   

Ego Death contains 12 tracks and features artists such as Janelle Monae, Vic Mensa, James Fauntleroy, KAYTRANADA, Steve Lacy, and Tyler, The Creator.  I don’t know who some of these folks are (see underlined) and I’m sure it’s because I’m uncool and out of touch with “the underground scene.”  Nonetheless, they are positive contributions to the album. 

Syd the Kyd’s angelic voice + the album’s blend of soul, R&B, and a smudge of Hip Hop makes for a euphoric experience.  So far, my favorites are: Get Away, Gabby, Under Control, heck…I just play the whole album.  I haven’t really had the urge to skip any song. I’m still at the “listening to it over and over and over and over and over again” stage.  I’m pretty sure it’ll be a month or so before I break out of it. 

Lastly, I think it’s worth mentioning how we’ve evolved as a society because Syd the Kyd is in fact a woman singing about women.  I’m no expert on the history of music but I think Syd and fellow Odd Future member Frank Ocean are trailblazers.  I’m pretty sure their music transcends homophobia OR some of you guys are pretending you don’t know who they are and that you don’t listen to them.  You know who you are...  Any who, Ego Death is available wherever music is sold, duh.  You guys can be so lazy sometimes… 

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Monday, July 6, 2015

WHY YOU BETTER HAVE RIHANNA'S AND MY MONEY

Photo Source: Tumblr...copied from Rihanna
Last week, Rihanna released her video for BBHMM.  The video is explicit and contains violence, recreational drug use and nudity (similar to a lot of stuff on TV).  I watched the video maybe an hour after it was released, cringed like the sheltered individual I am and moved on with life.  The following morning, I read an article from Refinery 29 entitled “Rihanna's "BBHMM" Video Is Not Suitable For Work, Or Feminists.”  At that moment I was itching to write something but was on my way out of town.

Since then, they’ve been a host of articles and countless comments regarding Rihanna being for or against the feminist movement.  First thing first, dictionary.com defines feminist as “advocating social, political, legal, and economic rights for women equal to those of men.”  It is speculated that this song (and its fictional video) is about her former accountant Peter Gounis and if he really swindled her out of 9 million dollars, how would you respond?  As a woman, one has to wonder if this would’ve happened if she were a man.  Maybe so, but to that extant?  What modern day feminist should understand is that you cannot police how women choose to deal with their inequalities.  Maybe you’ll join a panel, recruit a group of women to complain at your local vegan café, etc. but because all of our experiences are different, there is no foremost authority who can tell us how to articulate our disparities. 

One can also look at it in terms of the gender pay gap.  According to the American Association of University Women (as of Spring 2015), the pay gap has barely budged in a decade, is worse for women of color, grows with age and exists in nearly every occupation.  And, “while more education is an effective tool for increasing earnings, it is not an effective tool against the gender pay gap.”  BBHMM seems pretty applicable to me.

Then there are those who say “well, she didn’t have to kidnap the wife, she had nothing to do with it.”  To that I say, shut up.  It’s a fictional story where the wife is taken as collateral damage but later parties with them and is presumably released.  Further, there are way more REAL things to be outraged about: education, criminal justice system, gender and economic inequality, pretending racism and privilege doesn’t exist, etc.  Pick your poison; there are enough issues to go around... 

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

DO LESS: A MINIMALIST GUIDE TO A SIMPLIFIED, ORGANIZED & HAPPY LIFE


I saw this book at Urban Outfitters and because I have common sense, I took a picture of it and bought it cheaper from Amazon :) Considered a "must have," Do Less serves as a guide to minimalism (if only it were that simple).

This book outlines minimalist strategies for home, work, finances and life in general. However, it's soooooo boring.  I approached this book like any other, reading from beginning to end.  If I would've thumbed through the book prior to reading, I would've realized that I should just read applicable sections.  For example, if your finances are in shape but your closet is a mess, skip to "Clothing Storage."  If you don’t have any kids you'll skip that section but find the section on meal prep more helpful.  See what I am getting at?  Page 22 actually provides directions on how to use this book but...yeah, I didn't pay attention -_- 

I do credit Do Less for helping me clean out my storage areas (closets and draws).  It will allow me the opportunity to throw other junk in.  Give me 3 months or so.  Any who... ... ...  I will keep this book in a visible location because it’s helpful. It's kind of like your mom telling you what to do but in print...  

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