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Woman On The Go

In beauty, fashion, hair, how to, lifestyle, makeup on April 9, 2014 at 12:30 pm

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You are a very busy woman – constantly on the go.  Work. Meetings. School. Dates. Family. Plotting world domination – the list goes on.  With all of the things that you have to do , your beauty and well being shouldn’t have to suffer or take a back-burner to the other important things in your life.

The following tips are not exhaustive however they can definitely begin to help you fine tune your lifestyle routine by taking some time out at the beginning of your week to plan accordingly.  You can even do these things at beginning or end of your day.

1. Select your clothes at the start of the week.  Think of coordinates that you can mix and match and do double duty such as a three piece suit that you can break down into separate outfits or tops and bottoms that are interchangeable.  Consider any activities or events taking place that you may attend so that you can plan those outfits accordingly.  Make sure all your underwear, accessories, shoes, etc. are prepped – polished, cleaned, ironed, etc. and ready to go for the upcoming week.

2. Choose a couple of hairstyles that you can do quickly and flawlessly, especially if you don’t have a short hair cut (which actually still takes a lot of maintenance).  Whether you wear your hair in a top knot, chignon, braids, weave or other type of style,  it is  important to figure out what are the best methods, techniques, products and tools for your hair.  It may mean you prep your hair at night before you go to bed.

3. Decide on a few simple make up looks.  Some weeks it gets super intense so all I have to give to the world is a cat eye and a red lip (supported by a good foundation, lashes and blush).  If foundation isn’t your thing, think in terms of  a

Also, I am quick to turn a purple eyeliner into a lipliner and add gloss so also consider makeup and other beauty products that can multitask such as

  • Nars Multiple which can be used on eyes, lips and cheeks
  • Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer which is a sheer illuminator, available in several hues, which gives skin beautiful radiance.  It can be used alone on the high points of the face (think center of forehead and nose, cheekbones, chin as well as cupid’s bow) or mixed in with your foundation or face moisturizer for an all over glow.
  • Smashbox Always Sharp 3d Liner – it is always sharp with the twist of the cap and the creamy formula can be used as an eyeshadow base.
  • Aquaphor Advanced Therapy Healing Ointment and even Rosebud Salve which not only heals and soothe skin but can be used on brows, lids, or mixed with powder shadow to create a creamy shadow.

In addition to using products that multitask, make sure you are working from a well organized space and/or set up your products.  To save myself time in the morning, I line up my jewelry and makeup, including makeup brushes, on my vanity so I don’t have to shuffle, rumble and fuss my way through my morning beautification process.

4. If you take your lunch, consider prepping it at night and put your keys in your lunch bag (just don’t forget where your keys are when it’s time to leave in the morning).  You can also prep your meals for the week on your day off.  This will take some discipline and planning ahead but can save you some time and money at the grocery store as well.  Also think of quick breakfast options which you can find Pinterest and even here.

5. Create a to do list.  Get a notebook, planner or use your phone to write down the important tasks that need to get done the upcoming week and break that down into daily goals. Have a perpetual grocery list and a personal items list so that you don’t forget anything.

6.  Don’t wait until the last minute to get up in the morning.  It is extremely tempting to hit that snooze button and roll over however train yourself to get up when the alarm goes off.  In addition, give yourself extra time to read, pray, meditate, workout, etc.  It makes for a smoother transition in the morning.

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NYFW Spring 2014 Trend Beauty Looks

In beauty, fashion, hair, makeup, Nails, skincare, style on September 16, 2013 at 10:00 am

With Fashion Week, the first think we may think of are the fashion collections.  However, we must not forget the beauty (hair, makeup, nails, accessories) as all these elements are inter-related.

A common theme for makeup from the shows have been flawless skin, something that will never go out of style.  There was minimal blush and contouring however the brows appeared to be a bit fuller.  The biggest focal point was on the lips in shades of pepto pink in more of a matte finish as well as orange, which definitely had a high impact backstage.  Both of these lips were paired with an opalescent eye.   There were many references to the feline flick which looks and feels like a more toned down version of the cat eye and although a smoky won’t ever go away, the spring time will also lend itself to a softer more transparent eye.

Image Courtesy of harpersbazaar.com  Photo Credit:  Imaxtree

Image Courtesy of harpersbazaar.com Photo Credit: Imaxtree

 

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Image Courtesy of harpers bazaar.com Photo Credit: Imaxtree

 

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Image Courtesy of harpers bazaar.com Photo Credit: Lela Rose

 

The nail category, which shows no signs of slowing down,  is an area where many designers also took many creative liberties.   With all of the options in textures, dimensions, finishes, designs and of course color, the creativity definitely definitely made an impact.  In addition, variations on the traditional such as reverse french manicures, varying french tips in different colors to half moon designs at the base/tip of the nail, choices have come a long way from basic french manicure, airbrushing and decals.   Not every nail look was  intricate as there were several designers who kept the look simple in shades of neutrals and pastes which was equally beautiful.

 

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Image Courtesy of harpersbazaar.com Photo Credit: Imaxtree

 

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There were a many ponytail, braid, and up-dos on the runway which showed off the creativity and imagination of the artists (hair) which is sure to inspire many looks on the real-way.

 

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Image Courtesy of harpers bazaar.com Photo Credit: Imaxtree

 

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Image Courtesy of harpers bazaar.com Photo Credit: Imaxtree

 

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Image Courtesy of harpers bazaar.com Photo Credit: Imaxtree

 

 

 

Rihanna’s Style Debut

In beauty, fashion, hair on January 18, 2013 at 9:00 am
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Regardless of what you think about Rihanna, one thing is for sure:  this woman is a stunning beauty with remarkable, cutting edge style.  Whether she is posing for the camera or performing sold out shows, Rihanna continues to wow us with her ever changing hair styles and fashion that is as edgy as her lyrics.  And now,  Rihanna will be making her design debut on Feburary 16 at London Fashion Week in a special ceremony.  This collaboration with the British Brand River Island will feature clothing and accessories and will go on sale online and in store on March 5th.

Pantone Color of The Year 2013: Emerald Green

In beauty, fashion, hair, jewelry, lifestyle, makeup, Nails on December 10, 2012 at 11:51 am

Pantone, the color authority, has announced the color of the year for 2013:  Emerald.  Rare, rich, and vibrant, this gemstone color is extremely versatile which means lots of options for makeup, fashion and home decor.  This vibrant color looks also looks amazing with many colors, especially yellow, orange, purple and white so it’s time to get your imagination going and create some great color palettes.

Makeup:  Emerald is a great color for eyeliners, eyeshadow, even lips (if you’re bold enough) and is perfect for ALL eye colors and All complexions.  I love the idea of using emerald to rim the eye, especially if you are a makeup minimalist or you don’t want to go through an entire eyeshadow application.  If you are that bold, then go ahead and create some amazing tone on tone looks, and of course the emerald smoky eye.  Also remember nails are a great makeup/accessory and provide a great palette for amazing nail art.

Fashion/Wardrobe:  Now just because the color of the year for 2013, this doesn’t mean you need to go get an entire new wardrobe – that is of course unless you want to.  This is a great time to update your wardrobe with key pieces:

  • Accessories:  try adding an emerald bracelet to the mix of bracelets that you already wear.  Other ways to get a splash of this color are by adding a belt, earrings, scarf, purse, shoe and hair jewelry into you wardrobe for a sophisticated pop of color.
  • Clothing:  try adding a blazer jacket, blouse, or t-shirt to the mix of your wardrobe.

Pantone Color of The Year 2013

Home:  Create balance and harmony in your dwelling spaces with this beautiful color.  You can do your own home makeover by painting an accent wall or adding some emerald colored throw pillows to your couch or bed.  Reframe a picture with an emerald frame.  Try a throw rug in emerald or even buy an emerald accent chair or table.  You can even buy other accent pieces like vases and lamps.

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However and wherever you choose to use this color, have fun with it.

And yes I want a pair of emerald shoes.  Here’s to a great new year.  cheers :0

who, what, WEN – Wen haircare for the masses.

In beauty, hair on July 27, 2012 at 10:00 am

image courtesy of wenhaircare.comI have been hearing a lot of pomp and circumstance surrounding the WEN Hair Care System by stylist Chaz Dean and I have finally gotten my hands on the product.  Dean, who believes that shampoo can harm the hair, created this line of products with herbs and natural ingredients and is intended to give the hair more sheen, manageability and color retention.

I didn’t use the entire line but I used the cleansing conditioner which is a 5 in 1 product intended to take the place of your shampoo, conditioner, deep conditioner, detangler, and leave in conditioner.  You can use this product to “wash” your hair or use as a leave in conditioner.  I applied the cleansing conditioner, which is rich and creamy, and let it sit for about 3 minutes and rinsed it out.  I liked this product because it was very effective at gently removing styling product from my hair, leaving my hair color vibrant and my hair feeling soft.  I followed up with the Sweet Almond Mint Styling Cream, an alternative to hair gel which manages split ends and controls frizz.  Although this product smells AH-MA-ZING and didn’t make my hair hard or sticky,  I didn’t care for it too much because it didn’t create the hold and definition I desire.  Overall, although i wasn’t completely blown away WEN, my hair was soft, had nice sheen to it and my scalp was calm and didn’t feel dry or tight.  Definitely worth a try.

 

WEN Sweet Almond Mint Cleansing Conditioner 32oz $49.50 , WEN Sweet Almond Mint Styling Creme 6 oz $24  QVC.c0m

 

 

 

Loreal EverCreme Cleansing Conditioner

In beauty, hair on July 11, 2012 at 10:00 am

Ahhh.  The weekly ritual of shampooing, conditioning, and styling my hair.  It used to be a big deal for me because I had a lot of it – hair that is – until I cut most of it off a few weeks ago.  My top choice of product was Ojon Dry Recovery Shampoo and Conditioner which I was very pleased with because it made my hair super soft and silky.  But with all the love I had for this particular product, I no longer had love for the fact that this product was causing me to have to dig deeper into my pockets on a regular basis (especially for the conditioner because I had to use so much of it).   What’s a girl to do?  Enter L’Oreal EverCreme Cleansing Conditioner (imagine a shampoo bottle with a superhero cape and flying to the scene with superhero music)  This cleansing conditioner cleanses and conditions in one easy step, is low poo (low lathering),  vegan and paraben free,  and is perfect for all dry and curly hair types as well as color treated hair.

Now I will say that although I am fairly pleased with this product, I do have a couple of call outs:

  • I do have to wash and rinse twice because the first round of shampooing does not yield a lot of suds (no sulfates).   When I shampoo again I do get more lather.  And the first time I used this product, I had to fight off the urge to use a conditioner because that is what I normally do.  But I went ahead and styled as I normally do and I must say, my hair was clean, soft and manageable.  Nice.
  •  The scent leaves a little to be desired.  Im not asking for a scent of roses but hopefully one day the scent can be improved.
  • The design of the bottle would be better if it was in a squeeze tube/bottle as opposed to a pump so that it can be better handled in the shower.

Would I purchase again?  Sure.  $6.99  at your local drug and grocery store.

Curly Meringe Let Down

In beauty, hair on April 12, 2012 at 10:00 am

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Miss Jessies.  One of many products on the market today used by many women with natural hair.  Now I can be a big skeptic and very stubborn when it comes to trying certain things and Miss Jessies Curly Meringue was no exception. Because my hair is soft and beautiful with good definition, I was just fine using my Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil Moisturizer from CVS (did you know CVS stands for Consumer Value Stores?).  Well, since it was one of my Birchbox samples, I decided to try it anyway.  I used it at night when I did my twist out and took my hair out in the morning.  WOW.  My curls were bouncier and curlier and shinier than ever.  Could it be that the product that I snubbed for so long had finally won my heart?  With all the extra compliments I was getting, I thought so.  Fast forward to day 3.  My hair was still the Bomb.Com but upon closer examination, I began to notice build up.  Lot’s of it.  Cruddy brown build up.  No bueno.  I was very disappointed because my hair had just been washed a few days prior to me using this product and was not due for another cleansing session until about another week.  This NEVER happened with my olive oil moisturizer.  EVER.  And the feedback on the curly meringue is virtually the same across the board from fellow users – high shine, bounce, curl and definition with major residue and flakes.  So sad.

Will I buy this product?  Most likely never.  But give it a try for yourself.  I did receive some of Miss Jessies Super Slip Sudsy Shampoo and the conditioner to go with it (from my Birchbox samples) so i will use it and give feedback on that.

Rosie Perez Working It (Trendy Elegance)

In beauty, fashion, hair, makeup on March 8, 2012 at 12:04 pm

I had the opportunity this morning on my day “off” to catch up on the Wendy Williams Show (i believe this show was a repeat but anywho) and to my delight, Rosie Perez was on the show.  After all these years, she looks absolutely amazing. She rocked long full loose chocolate brown waves that framed her beautiful face, and a clean, fresh barely there makeup look.  I especially liked the red deep v-neck dress paired with nude platform pumps that she wore which complemented her small yet buxom (yes I said buxom) frame.  Overall, what I love most is that, in the words of WW, Rosie is a woman of a particular age and she working it, giving some of these young girls a run for their money.  No shrinking violet here.  Get it Rosie!!!!!

Trendy Elegance

Hervé Léger body con dress
€998 – jades24.com

Miu Miu platform pumps
$645 – net-a-porter.com

HAIR we go again…

In beauty, fashion, hair on February 29, 2012 at 9:20 pm

So I didn’t get a chance to watch the Oscars this past Sunday but I have been hearing a lot of buzz about a certain talk show hostess making negative comments about Viola Davis’ hair.  What is the problem?  Why are we still here?  Why is it that in this day and time people keep running their mouths about black women and how they choose to wear their hair?  What is it?  Confusion?  Fear?  Jealousy?  Hate?  Ignorance?  Whatever the case, I say there is nothing more beautiful than a woman, regardless of her background, fully embracing what God has given her.  In this case it is Viola’s beautiful kinky hair.  You see, hair (as well as skin color) has been (and in many cases still is) used to validate and divide.  Maybe even conquer.  If one had longer, straighter hair, they were considered more beautiful/acceptable.  If your hair was shorter and especially of a kinkier texture- you can just forget about it.  No love or respect for you.  Maybe not even a job.   Now I do understand and respect that people are entitled to feel how they want to feel about this topic but I think we should also respect the fact that people can choose to express themselves however they choose to.  My hair has been natural for 14 years and I wear it that way because

  1. I want to.
  2.  I refuse to fight with my hair.
  3. I will NEVER allow myself to be bound by what society thinks my beautiful should be.  I rock my own beauty on my own terms.

I am not trying to make any kind of political or pro black statement with my hair but it does warm my heart immensely to see and come in contact with scores of black women who are embracing their hair texture sans the weaves, wigs and creamy crack.  Having said all that, I am not on team natural, team perm, team weave, or team locks.  I am on team self expression and that is all.  Perhaps if we spent more time loving ourselves and minding our own business, we would all be better off.  Whatevs…Viola…do your thing.

Rita Hazan Root Concealer

In beauty, hair on May 9, 2011 at 1:30 am

There is nothing more exciting than getting a new hair color to complement a great hairstyle and a beautiful face.  There is nothing worse than the roots that grow in after a couple of weeks of getting that beautiful color – unless of course that’s the look you are going for.  There are a multitude of root touch up solutions that you can use such as that lipstick looking thing or colored hair mascaras used to touch up that landing strip in the middle of your head.  Or you can use Rita Hazan Root Concealer.  Developed by the master colorist herself, this waterproof and sweat resistant root concealer is designed to conceal your roots in between color services.  Perfect for all hair textures, Rita Hazan Root Concealer comes in 4 colors, and has a pinpoint nozzle for precise application.  Just part your hair to reveal the areas you want to conceal, point and spray using a back and forth motion.  It only takes 3-5 minutes to dry,  shampoos out and doesn’t stain your face, clothes, or mess up your makeup.  $24.  sephora.com