Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Product Of The Month - October 2012

I bought this product after receiving a sample of it in one of my Vogue magazine subscriptions. I got a coupon as well for $1 off the product if I decided to buy it. The sample was light/medium, and this worked well for my skin tone. 

This is what they say about the product:
"It is packed with 8 great skin benefits for that instant skin wow!" It:

1. Blurs imperfections,
2. Enhances,
3. Brightens,
4. Even skin-tone,
5. Smoothes,
6. Hydrates,
7. Contains no heavy ingredients,
8. Has 0% oils.

My findings:
It is a sheer tint that works pretty much like a tinted moisturizer or a skin primer, and has a SPF of 30. I will say this, if you have acne scars or dark patches on your skin, like a birthmark, etc this WILL NOT cover those, because the product is NOT designed to conceal. 

Product Sample from Vogue
Also, I would not use this in place of a moisturizer, my recommendation is to apply it after you have put on your regular moisturizer, and then apply your foundation or powder if you intend to wear any of those. Apply a little bit of the BB at a time, while blending it into your skin.

My experience with Maybelline's BB Cream? I like it, and for my skin type (normal-dry) and the condition that it is in, it does exactly what it says it is supposed to do. I have found myself using it quite frequently, hence the reason why I chose it as my product of the month.

The 30ml tube costs between $7.44 - $8.99 depending on where you buy it, and can be found online or in stores where ever Maybelline is sold.

•♥•Bath And Body Works 3-Wick Candle Haul•♥•

I mean come on, who doesn't love Bath and Body Works? In my Influenster 2012 Beauty Bloggers VB, I got this B&BW mini candle. 

I already love and use their shower gels, skin lotions, lip glosses, hand sanitizers, aromatherapy line and candles, so it was a no-brainer that when I saw that coupon in the VB to get $10 OFF each 3-wick candle with a limit of up to 5, it was haul time over here! LOL! Normally, the 3-wick candles go for $19.50 - $20.00 a piece, but with that special coupon, I was able to get them for $9.50 and $10.00 each depending on which one I chose. Check out my candle haul! Whoop!

If you are someone who uses B&B Works candles, you already know that they smell exactly like their name says. In this video, I first showed my candle haul along with some other items I purchased.

Being part of this program the Influenster program does have it's perquisites, and is definitely worth it! 

Bath And Body Works always has awesome promotions going on. Recently, to their Facebook fans, they gave away a coupon to receive one FREE mini candle, NO PURCHASE NECESSARY! I got in on that too! LOL!!

Click here to see all the goodies that I got in my 2012 BBVB.

••♥••Boots No.7 Beautiful Skin - Product Review••♥••

These skin care duo samples came as bonus items in my Influenster 2012 Beauty Bloggers Vox Box.

One is a facial cleansing balm, and the other a night cream, and both are for dry to very dry skin. This is the look of the cleansing balm

I used it to wash my face, but my face didn't quite pass the 'white towel test'. If you don't know that means, it's just simply to ensure that your face is clean after washing it, pat it dry with a white towel, because that color will quickly reveal if there is any residue left behind!

I removed my eye makeup with a remover from another brand, and then proceeded to wash my face with the Beautiful Skin Cleansing Balm. There was still makeup left on there, which is not the case when I use my regular facial wash. What I can say about the product is that it is super moisturizing, and if you have very dry skin, your skin will love this product. You can choose to apply and wipe off, or wash off this product.

I tried it again, using it as an eye makeup remover and it worked excellently! I put a small amount onto a cotton ball, and the makeup came smooth off! So for me, this is the way that I would use it!

Beautiful Skin Night Cream:
In comparison to the night cream that I currently use, I found this to be on par with it. It does moisturize and nourish your skin throughout the night, and leaves it feeling soft in the morning. When you apply it to your skin you can instantly feel the product penetrating the 7 layers! Fabulous!

This brand says that it is hypo-allergenic, and is tailored to a specific skin type which eliminates the need for a toner. It's a two-step skin care routine. Cleanse, moisturize, and your are out the door! You do not need to use a lot, since a little goes a long way in doing the job with these products. Both the Cleansing Balm and the Night Cream have a nice light fresh clean creamy scent.

Boots is a UK-based cosmetic company, but their products are also sold in the US. You can find them online, or in stores such as Target. This particular duo ranges in prices from:

Boots No.7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Balm: $7.00 - $10.49
Boots No.7 Beautiful Skin Night Cream: $11.19 - $13.99

Click here to see all the goodies that I got in my 2012BBVB.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

☺Country Life Maxi Hair Growth Challenge - Month 1☺

If you've been following my blog, would remember that I first posted this when I received it in my Influenster Fall 2012 Naturals Vox Box.

It's been one month since I have been using it, and I really like the product because of the results that I have gotten so far! In the video I explain it all.

Country Life Maxi-Hair is available online and ranges from $9.83 - $20.99 depending on which site you intend to order it from. It is also available in bottles of 90 tablets, as well as Maxi Hair Plus.

I am uncertain as to whether you can find these at your local pharmacy or mass merchandiser, but it is worth the effort to look and see if they do stock the brand, that way you can compare the price and see if it would be more cost-effective to purchase online or buy it in store since, you still have to add shipping costs (and maybe tax) to the price of the item.

Here are the ingredients/supplement information:

Supplement Facts
Serving Size: 2 Tablets
Servings per Container: 30
Amount Per Serving% Daily Value
Vitamin A (as retinyl palmitate)5000 IU100%
Vitamin C (as ascorbic acid, rose hips)200 mg333%
Vitamin E (as d-alpha tocopheryl acid succinate)50 IU167%
Thiamin (vitamin B1) (as thiamine HCl)30 mg2,000%
Riboflavin (vitamin B2)50 mg2,941%
Niacin (as niacinamide)50 mg250%
Vitamin B6 (as pyridoxine HCl)50 mg2,500%
Folic Acid400 mcg100%
Vitamin B12 (as cyanocobalamin)50 mcg833%
d-Biotin2000 mcg667%
Pantothenic Acid (as d-calcium pantothenate)50 mg500%
Calcium (as calcium carbonate)200 mg20%
Iodine (as kelp)225 mcg150%
Zinc (as zinc amino acid chelate)15 mg100%
Selenium (as selenium amino acid chelate)50 mcg71%
Copper (as copper amino acid chelate)1 mg50%
MSM (methylsulfonylmethane)600 mg*
L-Methionine (free form)250 mg*
Canola Fatty Acid Complex (source of unsaturated fatty acids, linoleic and oleic acids)200 mg*
Horsetail Extract 2:1 (leaf/stem)100 mg*
L-Cysteine (as L-cysteine HCl)100 mg*
Inositol50 mg*
PABA (para-aminobenzoic acid)50 mg*
Choline (from 50 mg choline bitartrate)23 mg*
*Daily value not established.
Other Ingredients: Cellulose, stearic acid, oligosaccharides, magnesium stearate, cellulose & glycerin coating, silica, calcium silicate, natural vanilla, vegetable glaze. Contains soy

Monday, October 29, 2012

Ѻ♦ѺProduct Review - Not Your Mother's Kinky Moves Curl Defining Hair CreamѺ♦Ѻ

I got this in my Influenster Beauty Bloggers 2012 Vox Box, and I used it to moisturize my damp hair, which I then flat twisted and Bantu knotted. Now mind you, I am not the best at this technique, but my wave pattern came out good enough that I felt comfortable to share it on the internet! LOL!!!

This product has a kind of sneaky name don't you think? LOL!! *wink* *wink* Anyway, these are the ingredients:

Water, Polyquaternium-37, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Fragrance, Polyquaternium-72,
Phenyl Trimethicone, PPG-1, Trideceth-6, Polyquaternium-11, Amodimethicone, Cetrimonium Chloride, Trideceth-12, Tetrasosium EDTA, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propolyparaben, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract,  Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower Extract

In the video, I explain and demonstrate how I used it, as well as offer suggestions for different styling techniques. The Not Your Mother's brand has various other hair styling products. You can check them out by visiting the website here. You can also find NYM at your local CVS, Walmart, Ulta, Duane Reade, etc.

NYM Curl Defining Hair Cream is priced at $6 for the 40z tube.

Click here to see all the goodies that I got in my 2012BBVB.

Friday, October 26, 2012

▓♥▓ Look Like A Goddess With NYC For Brown Eyes & K.I.S.S. Ever Pro Lashes ▓♥▓

This is the second look that I did using the NYC Palette For Brown Eyes that I received in My Influenster Beauty Bloggers 2012 Vox Box. If you missed Look1, then click here to see it. The eye shadows in this palette are fashioned to compliment brown-eyed eye shadow wearers, and can be used to create a simple look, or one that is more dramatic. I also noticed, that these colors can be used to make Sfx (special effects) makeup wounds look realistic.

The video tutorial below demonstrates how to re-create this look. When I do makeup tutorials, I always make sure that I do looks that would suit any eye shape.

You can find NYC products at your local mass merchandisers such as Walmart, and nearby pharmacies.  The Palette For Brown Eyes contains 4 powder eye shadows to compliment brown eyes, as well as an eye shadow primer, an applicator, and an illuminator to brighten up the eye shadow look. It is also available in colors for green eyes and blue eyes, as well as smokey browns, blues and greens. Price range: $4.47 - $5, and is available also online at

For my lovely darker skin toned divas and divos, yes, you too can use the NYC For Brown Eyes Palette. The colors are not chalky/ashy, are easy to blend, and would compliment all skin tones. However, they are not super pigmented, so this is great for those of you who don't wear a lot of makeup, or are not looking for dramatic look. Of course, you can build the pigmentation by using other products as bases first, and then layering the shadow like I did.

The K.I.S.S. Everpro Lashes Starter Kit is not new to the market either, you can find it at most beauty supply stores or where ever beauty products are sold. Price range: $5.99 - $6.50

They are said to be made of 100% human hair. What I can say about them is that they are durable, washable and re-usable. If you are a beginner or already a pro at applying lashes, you would definitely want to try this starter kit. The lash applicator allows you to grasp the falsies, to be able to place them on your lids properly. 

I did not care for the adhesive because it takes too long to get tacky, and that makes the eyelashes not be able to stick properly. I have used many different brands of strip-lash adhesives, but none have yet to beat the Duo brand!


NYC For Brown Eyes Palette
Mascara - They're Real by Benefit
NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil - Dark Brown
K.I.S.S. Ever Pro Lashes Starter Kit
NYX Loose Glitter - Silver
LA Splash Splashproof Eyeliner Sealer

Coastal Scents 10 Color Blush Palette

Lypsyl Lip Balm
OCC Lip Tar - Sybil

Coastal Scents Applicator Brush - Pink Collection
MAC - #217, #213, #205
Wolfe Face Art Fx - Eyeliner Brush
E.L.F.  - Smudge Brush
Coastal Scents Fan Brush (Large)
OCC Mini Lip Brush (came with Lip Tar)


Click here to see my everyday makeup look using this same palette from NYC.


Click here to see all the goodies that I got in my 2012BBVB.

▓♥▓ Everyday Makeup With NYC For Brown Eyes ▓♥▓

After opening My Influenster Beauty Bloggers 2012 Vox Box and I saw the NYC Palette For Brown Eyes, it was a no-brainer that I had to do a tutorial showing how I would use it to do a look or two. :)  This is an every day makeup look that is super easy to re-create using the palette.

I have seen NYC products at my local Walmarts and CVS, but never bought them to try.  This NYC Palette For Brown Eyes contains 4 powder eye shadows to compliment brown eyes, as well as an eye shadow primer, an applicator, and an illuminator to brighten up the eye shadow look. It is also available in colors for green eyes and blue eyes, as well as smokey browns, blues and greens. Price range: $4.47 - $5, and is available online at, and at your local pharmacies, and mass merchandisers (Walmart, etc)

As usual, the video demonstration shows how you can effortlessly re-create this look. When I do makeup tutorials, I always make sure that I do looks that would suit any eye shape. For my lovely darker skin toned divas and divos, yes, you too can use the NYC For Brown Eyes Palette. 

The colors are not chalky/ashy, are easy to blend, and would compliment all skin tones. However, they are not super pigmented, so this is great for folks who don't wear a lot of makeup, or are not looking for dramatic look. Of course, you can build the pigmentation by using other products as bases first, and then layering the shadow.


Products Used:

NYC For Brown Eyes Palette
Mascara - They're Real by Benefit
NYX Jumbo Eye Shadow Pencil - Dark Brown
Sedona Lace Gel Liner - Hot Cocoa 

NYC - Brown Eyes Palette

Lypsyl Lip Balm
MAC Lip Pencil - Entertain Me
Maybelline Color Sensation High Shine Lip Gloss - Captivating Coral

Coastal Scents Shadown Applicating Brush - Pink Palette
MAC - #213, #209
Coastal Scents Blush Brush - Pink Palette
E.L.F. Eyelash Curlers - 24K Collection
Wolfe Face Art Fx - Eye Lining Brush


Click here to check out my Goddess inspired look using this same eye shadow palette.


Click here to see all the goodies that I got in my 2012BBVB

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

☼☼Essence Magazine Shares It's Top 50 Picks Of Favorite YouTube Beauty Constant Creators!!! ☼☼

As an Essence Magazine subscriber, I was excited to see that they have released their list of their Top 50 picks of Favorite YouTube Beauty Vloggers/Constant Creators. Some of them I do subscribe to, and some I have never heard of. I was surprised that many other popular ones weren't on this list. Oh well! 

This pick-'o'-the crop was chosen based on feedback Essence got when they asked their Facebook fans to tell them who their favorite You Tube Beauty Vloggers were. Click HERE to see who made the list. 

Are any of your favs on there? If they are, then head on over to their pages and congratulate them! It takes a lot of time, resources, and effort to produce a video worth watching to upload to YouTube, trust me I know! LOL!

Congratz ladies!!!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Inside My Influenster 2012 Beauty Bloggers Vox Box -

Select Influensters were chosen to receive the 2012 Beauty Bloggers Vox Box. I was lucky to be on that list of 2,500!!!!!! YAAAAYY!!!!  Watch the video to see what goodies I got in my VB.

Click the links below for the tutorials and product reviews:

Not Your Mother's Kinky Moves Curl Defining Hair Cream

EBOOST (I got this is my Fall 2012 Naturals Vox Box also. The review is still the same.)

Goody Spin Pins

Bath And Body Works Mini Candle

NYC Eye Shadow Palette For Brown Eyes:
Everyday Makeup

Evening Makeup (Kiss Ever Pro Lashes used in this tutorial)

Boots No.7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Balm and Night Cream - Dry/Very Dry Skin

♦●♦Shaping, Layering and Fluffing A Curly Wig - Tutorial♦●♦

Like Big hair? Then you are going to love this method of making your curly or wavy style even bigger.

Check out the video demo....

To see how I made this unit. Click here: 

Monday, October 22, 2012

♦♦●♦♦Making A U-Part Wig: The Bonding Method - Tutorial♦♦●♦♦

Here is another method to wig making. It is quick, but is not as durable as the sewn-in method. Nevertheless, it wears well and gives a good result overall when you are done.

Check out the video tutorial...

Products Used:
3 packs FreeTress Equal Weave (Synthetic). Length: 18 inches. Style: Appeal. Colors: #2 and P4/30
Hair Bonding Glue
2 Stocking Wig Caps
Hair Holding Spray

Sunday, October 14, 2012

♦▪♦ Influenster Gets A Makeover ♦▪♦

When I first signed up and became an Influenster back in August 2012, this product testing program's site was simple, and there wasn't much to engage in. I received my first VoxBox (product box with my free items to test). I got the Fall Naturals one, which was the first program I qualified for that was ready to go out just as I joined. If you missed it earlier, you can click here to see my Fall 2012 Vox Box products reviews.

Since then, they have upgraded and made the site more interactive and loaded with different activities to participate in, (thumbs up!) as well as more options to share your honest opinions about products that you have tried and tested. Alas, like with everything that is new, there are going to be hiccups.

What is Influenster you ask? Well, it is an online, free-to-join community of trendsetters who have elected to test and review products currently on the market or about the enter the market, and give honest feedback. You have to complete short simple surveys to earn what they call badges, that give the company information about you so that they will know what to send you that best suits your lifestyle.

I think that it is excellent that the site has been upgraded, but there are many kinks that need to be worked out and improved upon. For example:

1. Not everyone uses all of the social media sites, and I think that this should be changed to give the person the option to choose the ones he/she has, and not all that they (Influenster) have listed. The way it is set up now, many people are unable to complete the Brand Challenges.

2. I am a proof reader, and I hate to publish a finished article with typographical errors, bad grammar and/or incorrect sentence construction. The site's areas provided for writing your reviews sometimes obscure the words that you are typing, and you do not have the option to preview before you submit; and after you submit, it is final. You cannot edit!

3. The Influenster Administration personnel do not respond to your email, even though they say that you can contact them by email if you have any queries!

4. Members have been invited to link their blogs, Google+Facebook, Pinterest, You Tube and Twitter accounts to their Influenster profiles, and the links do not work. If you click on the links, you get re-routed to a page that tells you there is an error or that the page cannot be found.

5. When you attempt to 'share' information about a product from the site on the listed available social media sites where you may have an account, the picture/thumbnail that shows is not one of the product, but instead that of some featured uploaded member's video that does not feature the product you are intending to share information on.

6. There should be a tab on the members' profiles where they can click to easily see the reviews that they have given on products, so that they know it was taken into consideration and/or published.

Those are the ills that I have noticed so far after having navigated through the site, participating in various brand challenges and giving reviews. The good thing is that Influenster has invited members to express what they think about the new site, and to be honest while doing so. So of course, me being the person that I am, and always keeping it 100%, all day every day, I submitted my findings without prejudice.  

Above all that, I thoroughly enjoy being part of this awesome network. It is a great way to get real and truthful opinions from real people, about products currently on the market, or now about to enter.

If you are interested in participating in this program, click here.

♥♥♥ Romantic Eyes - Tutorial ♥♥♥

This look was created using my Too Faced Romantic Eyes Palette  that I recently purchased from Ulta at a drastically discounted rate, during their Summer 2012  21-Days of Beauty. I did post an article about it showing all of the goodies that you could get during those 21 days. If you didn't take advantage of it, well too missed out! 

Check out the video tutorial if  you'd like to see how I achieved it.

Products/Brands Used: 
Maybelline Color Tattoos: Fuchsia Fever. Mossy Green
Mascara - They're Real by Benefit
Lashes: Bottom - Red Cherry. Top - MAC #2
Too Faced Romantic Eyes Palette 
NYX Eye Shadow Base - Skin Tone
NYX Loose Glitters: Hot Pink. Gold.
Mixing Medium (Aqua) - Mehron
Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Shadow Pencil - Delinquent
Lash Adhesive: DUO brush-on for sensitive skin/eyes

Blush: Breezy by MAC

Lypsyl Lip Balm
Lipsticks: Yung Rapunxel by MAC. Divine by Cover Girl

Brushes Used:
MAC: #242, #213 # 219 #223
Sedona Lace: Tulip Face Brush (FB 03) from the Vortex Collection
Coastal Scents: Lip Brush from The Pink Collection
Wolfe Face Art Fx: Eyeliner Brush
Designer Professional: #700P-12


Thursday, October 11, 2012

♥♥Protective Styling: MJB Inspired Hair♥♥

Hey ya'll! the colder months are here, and of course that means protective styling will be in effect! For those of you who don't know what protective styling is, it is simply tucking the ends of your hair away/keeping them off your back where they will be rubbing against your moisture-stealing clothing, as well as be exposed to the elements of the environment.

The ends of our hair are the oldest part and need the most care. To retain your hair's length you must protect your ends, and pamper them by keeping them moisturized, because this is where the most breakage can occur. 

Here's a simple tutorial on how to create this hairstyle inspired by Mary J Blige. I absolutely love her and her style. 

Be sure to check out my tutorials on how to:

1. Fishtail (herringbone) braid:

2. Braid using 4-sections of hair:

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Highlights From The Bronner Brothers International Hair Show - Arlington 2012

When I first heard that this show was going to be here in Texas I was completely ecstatic!!  I had attended it once before back in 2008, and I had a blast. Not only was it educational, but it was a-buzz with excitement from the shoppers, competitions both for professionals and students in the beauty industry, and the nighttime entertainment. This show is geared more toward the Hair Artist and Hair Enthusiast, but Makeup Artists also do have a place to fit in. Usually events like these just pass the South West states by, but I was glad that they didn't this time. It was their first time ever holding the show here, as well as in Oakland, CA.

If you are not familiar with the Bronner Brothers International Hair Show, I will just give you a brief history. The show started off at the YMCA in Atlanta, GA back in 1947. As time went on, the show grew in attendance to where it is now held at the Georgia World Congress Center, which is a colossal facility in Atlanta, GA. It is held four times yearly over a three day period each time, with two shows being held in Atlanta - one in February and the other in August, as well as in The Bahamas and Baltimore, MD.

Professional Hair and Makeup Artists who are at the pinnacle of their craft, provide their services to impart their extensive knowledge in all things beauty, so that those of us who have chosen this career path may benefit from what they have to share. The vendors come out to pedal their variety of brands, and you can also experience seminars that educate you about being the best entrepreneur that you can be while building your business successfully.

Of course, all work and no play makes everything dull and bland, so after the energy packed day of shopping and learning, you can get down and boogie at the privately organized parties at night or die laughing at a comedy show!! Hahahah!!

At the Atlanta show, which I am sure has the greatest number of attendees, you will find celebrities hosting after-parties, or just making an appearance in the exhibit hall. Yes, they'll take pictures with you or sign an autograph if you ask them to. I was very happy to have met and spoken with fabulous New York hairstylist and the Arlington show host, Ms. Brittanica Stewart! She is the truth!!

L-R: Stephanie Haywood (San Angelo, TX Hairstylist), Brittanica Stewart (owner of Brittanica Stewart Salon, NY, NY and BB Arlington's Show Host), and Me.

Being that this was the first year here in Texas, I thought that it was very well attended. The Hair Battle - an entertaining mix of skill and personality set to dance and music, is held for very experienced hairstylists. Five of them participated - representing: Dallas, TX; Shreveport, LA; Oklahoma City, OK; and San Antonio, TX.  The winner will go on to represent the South Western states at the Hair Battle in Atlanta in February 2013.  Guess who won? Yesssssssss, Dallas of course!

All the participants did great, but her medley of hairstyles through the decades, and her ability to quickly change the style on the dancing model's head was what propelled her to the winner's row! She definitely showed out!

Other competitions held were the Student Mannequin Competition and the Grab Bag Competition. For the Student Competition, beauty school attendees used their creativity, learned skills, and tools to style stationary mannequin heads. Competitors in the Grab Bag Competition were given a bag containing commercial hair and styling products, and they were to create a hair style using ONLY what was in the bag. The twist? - they had to style real heads! These were the winning looks:

Left Top & Bottom: Winner (in orange floral top) of the Grab Bag Competition and her model.
Middle: Winner of the Student Mannequin Competition with  her winning hair style.
Top Right: Grab Bag Competitors at work. Ms. Brittanica Stewart entertaining the audience.
Bottom Right: Student Mannequin Competitors getting their styling on.

I had a great time, and even though I didn't do too much shopping, I did pick up those 4Naturals products to try. 4Naturals is a product-line by Bronner Brothers geared toward the care and maintenance of natural hair, whether it be straight, wavy, curly, or kinky-coily. A review on 4Naturals will be coming soon within the next couple of weeks. Stay subscribed to my You Tube channel, Facebook page and/or this blog for those updates.

For information on Bronner Brothers International Hair Show upcoming events, stay connected with them by joining their mailing list, or through their Facebook page so that you will be one of the first to know when things are about to pop off! Whooooop!!

For those of you who couldn't be there, I have included some images below. Hope to see you next year!