Thursday, December 26, 2013

Sephora Glitter Liner And Mascara Duo - Product Review

I purchased this back in the Summer when I went into Sephora to claim my birthday gift. I love glittery things, and glittery makeup. It thought that this was an interesting idea, so I got it. It cost $14.00

Sephora Glitter Liner And Mascara duos are very showy under lights. Here they show off in the sunshine.
Sephora Eyeliner And Mascara Duo in Evening Blue.

I will say that it does in fact glimmer and glitter when it's on. I always get compliments when I wear it. The cosmetic-grade glitter particles reflect light very well, but this product burns like Hell if it gets into your eyes. Yea, you don't want to wear this stuff if you are going some place where you are going to shed tears! Lol!!!

I first wore it when I went to see KÀ performed by Cirque Du Soleil in Las Vegas back in August. The theater was dimly lit with most of the lights focused on the performers on the stage. The constant dimming and brightening of lights in a otherwise dimly lit area was a bit much for my sensitive eyes, so, they began to water. All I could say is, (throws up hands to the Heavens) thank God I had dry tissues in my purse, because hunty my eyes were not having it! LOLLLL!! It felt like I rubbed pepper into them. My eyeballs were on fire!!!!

The mascara part doesn't seem to do much in my opinion since it is not a lengthening formula of sorts. If you are looking for some length or fullness with this, I suggest you use a primer, or apply it to falsies, then you would get that "oomph" or pop in the eye area.
Sephora Glitter Liner And Mascara Duo: Does not lengthen or give fullness, it just coats the lashes with glitter that will show up under lights and flash photography.
The brush for eye lining is thin and this makes application easy and precise. 

Sephora Eyeliner And Mascara Duo in Evening Blue.

Removing the liner is easy too, comes clean off with your favorite makeup remover wipes, cream, or facial wash.

After my eye-burning experience (LOL), my technique for applying this is to first line my eyes with a sweat and transfer resistant liner, and then apply the product directly over it. This will create what I would call a little 'retainer wall' and gives the product something to cling to so it has less of a chance of running into the eyes.

See the color chart here, but I recommend you visit your local Sephora for a better appreciation of the colors available.

For N.Y.E makeup ideas, click the Makeup Tutorials tab at the top of this blog.

Mineralize Skin Finish - I Love Me Some Gold Deposit!

It is described on the website as "A luxurious velvet-soft powder with high-frost metallic finish. Smoothes on: adds buffed-up highlights to cheeks, or an overall ultra-deluxe polish to the face".

Indeed it does do that! What I love about this product and this color in particular is that it gives the skin a natural glowing highlight. Unlike some other powders that are used as highlighters, you cannot tell that this is a powder that is on there, it gives the skin a "polished look" and does not matte and ash.

I left my skin bare so that you can see the effects of the MSF on bare skin. Smooth edges like cheekbones and shoulders are a great place to apply this powder. It adds glamour to the skin. Finish your makeup with Gold Deposit, and add some extra glam to your look for New Year's Eve.
Smooth soft glow with a hint of shimmer when applied to the shoulders.
It can be used wet or dry. When used wet (damp brush with water or mixing medium), color intensifies and will not transfer or fade.

Hair bundle of brush dampened with a hint of water and product applied. The result, a smooth shimmery,  color-intensified even application.
MSF is great for people who have dry skin, and works well if you are a person with more mature skin. MUAs reading this -  these MSFs will be a great addition to your kit for clients of all skin types, and those of your who do HD work.

To create that polished look to the skin, MSF is best applied with a flat top kabuki brush.

Mineralize skin finish comes in a variety of colors and cost $30.00. This is a great way to complete a glamorous New Year's Eve Look.

For N.Y.E makeup ideas, click the Makeup Tutorials tab at the top of this blog.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Cover Girl Whipped Foundation Fails!

I saw this in one of my Essence Mags back in Spring I believe. Janelle Monet was wearing it in the ad ( or so they said). I decided I would like to try it, but it was kind of difficult to find. When I did find it (at a Walmart), I realized that this foundation does not offer a wide array of colors at all. In this day and age, one would think that cosmetic brands that are carried by mass merchandisers would have a wide range of colors that would be able to compliment any skin tone! See their Whipped Foundation's complete 'range' here.

In the magazine's ad, it stated the color that JM was wearing was 365, so I looked for the color 360 that was just lighter than hers, which is too light and has the wrong undertones for me, but her color is too dark for my skin. (Bear in mind images for print (magazines) are ALWAYS altered!!!) There is no color in between those. *rolls eyes*. I can get away with it if I use a bronzing powder all over my face, to neutralize the excessive pink tones. My undertones consist of yellow and neutral ones. Not pink or red. Honestly, I really don't know what Cover Girl's story is with this foundation line. *rolls eyes*.

Let me show you. The proof of the pudding is in the flash photography!
Left: Without flash photography.                                    Right: With flash photography.
As a makeup artist this certainly WILL NOT do! No way hozay!

Left: Without flash.                                        Middle and Right: With flash
An old trick us MUAs use when foundation does not match the skin tone well leaving it looking ashy, is to use a red based powder to neutralize. This is the result of me using a warm, red toned bronzer, but that still wasn't good enough. It is always best to get your skin color correct, rather than try to correct it!

Left: MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation in C6.   Right: Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder in Dark.
The Studio Fix is what I normally use, and I sometimes use the bronzer as blush or a contour. The mess that this product made on my face, I had to use the bronzing powder as a face powder to attempt to correct the pink, and ash created on my face by this foundation.

However, for the price it feels more luxurious than you would think. It has a velvety feel, goes on like a cream, and dries quickly to a matte finish; but it does not work well in terms of matching skin color, at least in my case. It definitely will not pass the flash photography test! It gives I would say, up to medium coverage.

This is the reason I do not buy foundations or face powders from the grocery or drug store. First of all you usually cannot test them, and they really do not do a great job of matching someone's skin color properly. You always find this out when it is too late after you take a picture with flash photography, as demonstrated above. I have seen all the grey and ashy looking faces and stupid pursed lips I need to see posted all over the internet. I am so over it! I dunno, I guess they think they look cute like that.

It costs about $6, but you definitely get what you pay for here. The bottom line is, if you are a woman of color, I do not recommend this for you. Skip it, put the extra dollars together and get something that matches and won't embarrass you when you take a picture.

YAY! Heroine Is Back, For Good!

Click on this image to shop Heroine.
When I saw this on Monday (December 16th) I was ecstatic and I placed my order immediately! When this was launched initially it was part of the limited collection Fashion Sets launched back in Spring, and it sold out quickly. This color was the breakout favorite. Unfortunately for me the first time around, I was unable to get my hands on her because she was snatched up online! Ha, ha, but not this time!

She was a best seller, and is back for good now. You can get her online right now, and she will be available in stores from January 2014 when she joins the rest of the girls in the permanent line! International locations will have to wait for two to four weeks when the new year starts for Heroine to show up in stores.

I shared the print image on Instagram and on my Facebook page on Monday (December 16) as soon as I saw it, but I decided to wait to post the good news here for those of you who are not connected with me on those social sites, so that I could swatch it and show you what it looks like on. 
I am wearing Heroine by Makeup Art Cosmetics alone. I rarely ever wear lip liners.

She looks sort of like a very deep oxblood color in the print picture, but she is actually a vibrant blue/cobalt purple. I just love it!

Left: W/o flash. Right: With flash.
The texture is matte, so you will get the full color opaqueness and coverage that a matte lipstick provides.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Product Review: Jergens Crema Shea Butter Moisturizer With Oatmeal

I got a sample of this in one of my Essence Magazine subscriptions along with a coupon to get $1.50 off. After using the sample, I decided to get the jar since I ran out of my True Blue Spa butter from Bath And Body Works.

It says it helps repair extra dry skin leaving it nourished and radiant. As you can see, the consistency is thick and the video shows how quickly it is absorbed into the skin, leaving it deeply moisturized, just like it says it would do.

It has that heavily scented pleasant generic scent that Jergens is known for, but this one has nutty overtones.


Jergens Crema Shea Butter Moisturizer can be found where ever Jergens products are sold, and costs about >/= $6.00. I got mine from my local Walmart, and after the $1.50 discount, plus tax, I paid about $4.58. I like it, recommend it and will buy it again. There are other formulas, but I chose the Shea Butter since we're going into Winter, and I needed something to keep my skin moisturized. Shea Butter is great at that. 

This is also great for the soles of the feet, which tend to be the driest part of the body. The Lords knows! LOL!

These are the ingredients:
Water, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Petrolatum, Ceteareth-20, Stearic Acid, Ethylhexyl Isononanoate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Mineral Oil, Octyldodecyl Myristate, Dimethicone, Cetyl Esters, Fragrance, DMDM Hydantoin, Carbomer, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Methylparaben, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Propylparaben, Sodium Hydroxide, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caramel, Avena Sativa (Oat) Meal Extract

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Health And Fitness Tips

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Video Inspiration: Beautiful Baby - A Holiday Video From The Kids Of St. Jude Research Hospital.

St. Jude Childrens' Research Hospital operates on the premise that no child should ever be turned away because of his/her family's inability to pay for treatment. 

Donate today to make sure that this stays that way. You will find a permanent link in the side bar of this blog where you can make a donation. Giving is always great, especially when it helps someone in need.


Creme Of Nature Argan Oil Line - Products Review

Earlier this year (April) I won the entire Creme Of Nature Argan Oil line from a contest I entered on You Tube hosted by TwinGodesses, and sponsored by Creme Of Nature.

Since then, I have used some of the products and I am ready to give my opinions on them. This picture below shows everything I received as the Grand Prize winner:

I did not use the products that contain mineral oil since I do not use products with that ingredient in my hair. I gave away the Oil Moisturizer and the Deep Conditioner. I kept the Oil Sheen Spray to use on skin.

To see a complete list of the things I got, please read this article.

Products I loved and will repurchase:

1. Foaming Wrap Lotion - Oh yes! This gives my roller sets life, and my hair never feels crunchy or weighed down, it has lots of movement.
No additional product added, just the foaming wrap lotion and the rods. Definition to the Gods! LOL! In these images, I am 9 weeks post relaxer treatment.
Second-day curls/waves.

2. Moisture And Shine Shampoo - is a sulfate-free shampoo that cleanses gently without stripping. Hair remains soft and smooth, with a noticeable sheen. Hair feels soft and smooth after shampooing, and smells heavenly!

3. Perfect Edges - I don't use products to slick down my hair line, simply because I don't need it, but I tried this and what I liked about it is that is holds the hair in place without leaving it hard, and there is no flaky residue. It conditions the hair while it holds it in place. This see-thru, yellow-gold, solid gel-like product goes on smooth and adds sheen to hair. I use this product a different way from its original intentions. I put this on my hair after styling it as insurance for my fly-aways. It keeps them at bay, and my hair still has movement if it is left open.

Products that worked well, but may not (subject to change) repurchase:

1. Oil Treatment - works like a serum for finishing hairstyles, and may be used as a hot oil treatment. This works ohkay, but I feel like it didn't really keep my hair moisturized when used as a serum. It definitely didn't stop my hair from reverting after straightening. LOL!

2. 100% Argan Oil - the debate is that Argan Oil should be stored in dark bottles so as to preserve its potency. This oil comes in a clear plastic bottle. The Argan Oil can also be used on skin or as a cuticle softener. It has a medium-thick consistency, but it is light-weight. Kinda like me! LOL!

3. Perfect 7, 7-N-1 Leave-In Treatment - can be used for all of these purposes: 
  • as a heat protectant
  • as a moisturizer
  • as a detangler
  • as a breakage defense
  • as a frizz-controller
  • for preventing split ends
  • for adding exotic shine
This is a great product for traveling, it takes the place of several products that you may need for styling and maintenance. However, it's first ingredient is water, so if your hair is naturally curly/kinky and you are trying to maintain a straight style for a couple of days, I don't recommend using this.

4. Gloss And Shine Mist - it claims to control fly-aways, but it didn't do that for mine. I am not even sure if the shine lasted after it was initially sprayed. No need for this if you use Oil Sheen Spray, or a glossing polisher. 

5. No-Lye Hair Relaxer Kit in Regular Strength.

6. Strength And Shine Leave-In Conditioner - this left my hair feeling crunchy which I absolutely do not like. That happened because I used to much the first time around. This product just needs to be lightly misted on the hair when it is towel dried after your shampoo routine. I use this when I am air drying my hair without a roller set and it just emphasizes the texture in my 'texlaxed' hair. This will probably work well for someone who wears their natural curly/kinky texture, and wants to define their curl/wave pattern.
Air-dried hair with Strength And Shine. Product needs to be shaken to mix ingredients. It looks like milk when this is done. - Looks like milk and smells like vanilla, but please don't drink it! Hahaha! In this image, I am 12 weeks post relaxer treatment.

The reason why I will probably not purchase those listed above is because I already have natural oils that I use, and similar staple products. I have seen comments made about people getting cut while trying to open the 100% Argan Oil bottle. Though I myself didn't experience this, I would advise that you be careful when handling this bottle. Though made of plastic, the edges around the cover are sharp. As for the relaxer, it did work very well, but I just prefer No-Lye ORS regular strength. I have been using that since 2011 and it does good for my hair. I order the twin tub package which only contains the relaxer, developer, gloves and the mixing stick, which sells for $10.89 at select Sally Beauty Supply stores or The moisturizing deep conditioner and neutralizing shampoo that come in the package, I have in the large bottles. They are staples in my regimen.

I have yet to use the Hair Color.

As mentioned earlier, the Oil Sheen Spray contains mineral oil in the form of C 13-14 Isoparaffin, so therefore I would not use it in my hair. I have found another use for it though. I use it as a light moisturizer for skin, on models at photo shoots and fashion shows to give their skin a healthy glow. 

Products I did not use:
Moisturizing Deep Conditioner
Oil Moisturizer

Again, as mentioned above, I gave these away. I was unwilling to try them because they contain mineral oil.

All of the C.O.N. Argan Oil products have a distinctive scent to them. It is a warm vanilla smell, which is absolutely delicious! This line has products for both relaxed/chemically treated and natural hair. As you can see, some worked for me, and some didn't, but I do recommend this line. Everyone's hair is different and as a result may experience differences when using the same product. That is to say, the way it worked for me, doesn't necessarily mean that it will work for you the same way. Always keep your receipts, so that you can return the item (once it is returnable). 

Of the styling products I reviewed here, I don't think any of them can stand up to the dryness that textured hair experiences when it comes to the colder months if they are used alone, so I would suggest that you have your regular heavy moisturizers (butters) on hand, and your natural oils of choice for sealing in moisture.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Let's Go! #Team Hadassah...

This post is a bit different from the norm, but then again my blog is versatile, and is about my interests that I like to share with my readers. 
I had the pleasure of working with this young lady on Saturday November 23rd, at the TrendNext 2013 Charity Fashion Show here in Dallas. Her name is Hadassah McGrew. She was one of the awesome Shavonne Dorsey Designs models, and has now embarked on another quest to become the next Karmaloop model, which she so deserves. I think we can help her achieve her goal! We must vote! The judges will choose the next Karmaloop model from the top ten finalists.
Voting is allowed once every hour until December 13, 2013. Now, I know no one is gonna stayed glued to his/her mobile device or computer all day and night long, but if you are willing to help her, please try to vote as many times as possible. 
Click here to cast your vote. You can also share this post or this link on your timelines on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, etc, so that your contacts can see it, and hopefully join #TeamHadassah. If she wins, she will travel to Boston for a photo shoot with Karmaloop, as well as win a $1000 shopping card. Voting ends Dec 13. Hadassah thanks you in advance so, let's get her votes up!!! Let's go! #TeamHadassah
Hadassah McGrew

Thursday, November 21, 2013

No Naked Rumor!!!

Hey ya'll, on November 7th, I published an article on a suspected rumor that Urban Decay was going to be coming out with a Naked 3 palette! Well, I promised to to a follow up on that, and yes, the rumor was in fact true. Naked 3 is here!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Six Ways To Be The Sexiest Smelling Girl Everywhere You Go!

Two of my favorite fragrances. Chloé by Karl Lagerfeld and Woman, by Dita Von Teese.

Check Your Schedule.
1. If you are going out for drinks or timed socializing, do you need your fragrance to last all night? Citrus and floral blends tend to wear for a few hours, while amber, woody, and vanilla-based scents can last twice as long.

Follow The One Hour Rule.
2. Mist yourself 1 hour before a party or date, it takes that long for the more sultry based scents to come through.

Know Your 'Hot Spots'.
3. Spritz your fragrance on your pulse points so it diffuses over time during the evening. 
Pulse points:

  • Behind the ears
  • The front of your neck below your ears
  • The inside of your wrists
  • The nape of your neck
  • Your cleavage/décolletage
  • The backs of your knees
  • Your stomach (the body's heat center)
Scent two, maximum three of these pulse point areas when using a parfum, and up to five if using an eau-de-toilette.

Brush or Comb It On.
4. Spritz your brush or comb, then run it through your hair. The bristles absorb scent molecules the same way fabric does. This works well if you are leaving your hair down, but you if not, just hold the fragrance up over your head, spray up into the air, and step under the mist as it falls down to scent your hair.

Keep Him On His Toes.
5. Try a sexy/sensual new blend if you are used to wearing florals or citruses, his nose can get used to your favorite perfume.

Try A New Version Of An Old Fave.
6. Using a fragrance's coordinating shower gel and body lotion is an easy way to scent yourself from head to toe. Plus, the concentrated layers extend the perfume's wear for the entire time that you are wearing them.

1. Shop savvy - the holidays are here, so now would be a good time to pick up the gift-set versions of your favorite fragrance, or one that you'd like to try. You get all the products you need to layer at a fantastic price!

2. Remember, parfums are more concentrated that eau-de-toilettes, so therefore less is required when using a parfum.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Olive Oil And Mango Butter Leave-In Conditioning Cream By Elasta QP.

This is a new addition to the Elasta QP Hair Care/Maintenance Line. 

When I visited the beauty supply store a while back, I noticed that all of the Elasta QP products have a new look. I decided to wait until the Olive Oil And Mango Butter Moisturizer that I was currently using was finished before I purchased anything else! No product junkie - LOL!!!

Old packaging. This is the one that I was using before.
 I am not even sure if I should say that the both of them are the same thing, just repackaged. The consistency is the same, but the formula with the new packaging has no lanolin, and smells slightly different. No lanolin, means less greasy feel, which is a definite plus for me. It works the same great way.

New packaging, same consistency, less greasy.

These are the ingredients:
Aqua, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil/Olive Oil, Mangifera Indica Seed Butter/Mango Butter, Argania Spinosa Nut Oil/Argan Oil, Coco Nucifera Oil/Coconut Oil, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract/Rosemary Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii Fruit/Shea Butter, Tocopherol, Glycine Soja Oil/Soybean Oil, Propylene Glycol, Dimethecone, Acrylamidopropyltrimonium Chloride/Acrylates Copolymer, Glycerin, Polyquaternium 37, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, PPG-1 Trideceth-6, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth 20, DMDM Hydatoin, Phenyl Trimethicone, Polysprbate 20, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Daucus Carota Sativa Root Oil/Carrot Oil, Parfum/Fragrance, Benzyl Benzoate, Citral, Citronelal, d-Limonene, Geraniol, Linalool

Note: This is a protein-based leave-in conditioner and styling butter.

I found this product - the Elasta QP Olive Oil & Mango Butter Leave-In Moisturizer - early in my HHJ (Healthy Hair Journey) when it started in September 2011. I learned about it on the hair sites that I am a member of - them being, K.I.S.S (Keep It Simple Sista), and Hairlista. It is a staple of mine, because my hair loves it, especially in the colder months. I have another product from Elasta QP that I use as well, which I showed in my "how I shampoo my hair" video.

Super easy and very popular protective style - the donut bun.

This heavy buttery formula, keeps my hair very moisturized and full of healthy sheen. It also helps to control my sometimes fly away hair. All I do is put on a scarf for about 10 mins after styling my hair with the EQPOMB. It will slick it the way that gel would, and it will stay neat for most of the day.

I rate this product and will always have it in my arsenal. Got thirsty, unruly hair? Then try this. It works for all hair types, you just have to use less or more at a time depending on your hair needs. Pick up any formula you want, they both work great.

Price: < or >$6.49 + tax

If you need help with knowing how to differentiate between a protein-based hair product and a moisture-based hair product, read this article.

Naked 3????!

There are rumors floating around about a possible Naked 3 from Urban Decay after pictures of the palette were leaked on Instagram (but have since been deleted). I have seen some say that the rumors are true. A lady who works at Sephora responded in a blog post saying that Sephora employees were told that UD would be releasing a Naked 3, but it would be available for purchase in January 2014, and they (Sephora) were given the 'gag order' until then!

A first look at the Naked 3 neutral eyeshadow palette by Urban Decay.

On the good ole Ali Express, you can actually buy it now, but folks are saying it's a replica/fake! LOL! I have my own opinion about fake and real. I mean, if the product is being made in China and then brought back to the US and other countries and sold for "'X amount jacked up price", can these so-called fakes be intentional left overs from the batch that wasn't shipped to the US and others? They all made at the same factory, not so? (Food for thought!!) But anyway, that's a whole different topic!!!

I found a French blog called Wheeconfetti where she talks about the release and shows swatches of the palette. 

I am also seeing different images of the packaging, so if and when it does come out, we shall see. From Wheeconfetti's blog article, if this is a real product, the colors in it look very similar to the ones in the Naked and Naked 2 palette, that I already own. But seriously though, how many neutral color eyeshadows does one person need? I think Urban Decay is either running out of ideas for their products, or trying to milk their Naked series for everything it's got. LOL!

UD was contacted to get some clarity on this, but they have yet to respond.

I will do an update on this when I get the dibs.

Product Review: Isabella's Own Texture-Fuse Silkening Lotion

Today I am going to review this product. I bought it at the Bronner Brothers International Hair Show here in Texas. I mentioned it in my re-cap article of the event.

Isabella's Own Texture-Fuse Silkening Lotion.
I must tell you though that this product line is by Bronner Brothers and it is not a consumer product, meaning you will not find it for sale in beauty supply stores. It is of professional quality, and you will only be able to get it at a salon that uses it, if it is stocked for retail. This is what the lady whom I bought it from told me when I asked her what was the difference between this line and the 4Naturals which is also by Bronner Brothers. However, some of the style maintenance products can be bought online.

I bought this particular one from her because I was looking for something that would keep my hair from frizzing while keeping it moisturized when I leave it out after blow drying and/or straightening. Bear in mind this line is for people who wear their natural hair textured, but it can be used on relaxed/texlaxed. My hair is what is what is called 'texlaxed'. The word comes from a fusion of the words relaxed and texurized, and was coined on the internet hair forums. It is not a real term in cosmetology. Texlaxed hair is relaxed hair that has not been processed bone straight, and there are several ways to achieve this. My method is to add a deep-conditioner to my no-lye relaxer mix. This method leaves my hair with lots of texture in it, which I prefer because I have fine hair, and it tends to look fuller this way. However, some people think that this is my natural texture. 

My natural hair texture is type 3c/4a, and O S and cottony, using the L.O.I.S. hair-typing system. My hair has a tendency to be frizzy, but I don't really mind that.

Now, let us get down to the product review. It says that it:

1. Provides a generous and continuous moisture to the hair.
2. Eliminates frizz.
3. Repels humidity.
4. Adds shine

Well, after using the product as directed, I have to say that what is says it would do, it did! When I shower, my hair line all around my head gets wet, and even then my hair didn't revert! I was surprised! I am very impressed with this product and I am glad that I took the lady's expert advice and purchased it.

The product has a thick consistency, and light floral scent which is pleasantly received when the wind blows through the hair.

My hair did remain sleek and moisturized while I was wearing it bone straight. It didn't even budge with sweat.

After blowdrying my hair, I used the comb-chasing method to achieve a bone-straight look. My straightening iron is a GVP that I got at Sally's. It works extremely well, and I only need to do one heat pass. GVP is comparable to CHI.

My hair after blow-drying.  - Time for another trim. -  I didn't comb my hair out properly for the photo. Somehow I never do! LOL! It is kinda hard to take good photos of the back of your head when your hair is open, especially if you have no one around to help you.

A close-up of the sleekness and sheen, after straightening with the GVP iron.

After straightening, I just wrapped my hair up. I did not use any other product in my hair besides the Texture-Fuse Silkening Lotion.

After a little over one week, I shampooed my hair and it went back to normal, and textured. I had to because I exercise during the week and my scalp was dirty. I experienced no damage to my hair shaft or current structure.

I paid $12 for it at the show, and the line has several other hair care and styling products. This line like the 4Naturals doesn't contain any preservatives (parabens) or mineral oil.

See more of Isabella's Own products and you can also check out their Facebook page, or join them in conversation on Twitter.

I do not use direct heat in my hair very often at all, so this product is going to last me quite a while since I only need less than a dime size per section. Consumer products are great, but it is always good to have professional grade products in your arsenal of products for the maintenance of healthy skin and hair.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Beware! The Monopolizer!

Illustration by Jimmie Henslee

These are not my original words, I found this article in the November 2013 copy of a luxe lifestyle magazine called FD Luxe. It is published by the Dallas Morning News, and is available for free at selected newsstands.

I thought the article was very interesting and I so agree with the points discussed. The writer is anonymous, and this is what he/she shared:

Let's talk about talking - the simplest form of entertainment, whether at dinner with friends or a formal societal affair. There are many rules for the so-called art of conversing, laid out in 1922 by the empress of etiquette herself, Emily Post. Read the book: Etiquette in Society, in Business, in Politics and at Home. But, so often do I see - rather, hear - Post's edicts ignored that I find myself  wishing to cover my ears or leave the dinner table mid-entrée after suffering through one-too-many minutes with a table of offenders.

Even the most polite person can be a victim or perpetrator of a conversational crime. It is just as easy to slip into the role of offensive over-chatterer as it is to be confronted by the kind of person that Post bluntly refers to as the Door Slammer. Says Post of those avoidable types: "There are people whose idea of conversation is contradiction and flat statement."

So how does one avoid committing conversational faults? And what can be done when one is confronted with an appalling violation of conversational code? Post was right when she said that "the rule is merely to stop and think." Don't chat mindlessly. Avoid the assumption that your counterpart has the same passion for things that excite you. Ahead of time, educate yourself about the person you'll be speaking with - or do it on the fly, as you converse. Ask questions and raise topics that you are certain will engage them. Above all, don't pretend to know things that you haven't a clue about. This includes feigning to have mutual acquaintances you don't even know. (Before allowing any white lie to pass through your lips, remember that Post thought this: "Only the very small mind hesitates to say 'I don't know'. ") There are other tips for talking. Be willing to agree to disagree. Quit when the conversation turns to gossip. Be a good listener. But of all the chatter counsel, the following rule will save even the most elementary conversationalist from error: Don't over-share. Mind Ms. Post, because she said, "The faults of commission are far more serious than those of omission; regrets are seldom for what you left unsaid."

What can be done if you are on the receiving end of a conversational delinquent's crimes? Master the art of escape. A consummate host I know used to have a difficult time dealing with hangers-on, those ill-mannered partygoers who fail to realize they should not talk to any host for more than a minute or two, thereby monopolizing said host's time. How to loosen the Clinger's grip so you can talk to the rest of your guests? The hostess in question has developed a tactic: She introduces them to - thereby depositing them with - another guest. She then quickly slips away and greets the other attendees. There are other ways to gracefully escape the stronghold of the Hanger-On. Invite him or her to check out the bar or buffet. Excuse yourself to check on the waitstaff, or too see to your many other hosting duties. There is, in fact, one sure way to avoid the phenomenon from happening at all: Institute, at partied big or small, a receiving line. Don't give a Hanger-On even the slightest chance to monopolize. Instead, usher him or her through the line with a quick, "Lovely to see you." All in the name of good manners, of course.

Now, with that said, are you guilty of being a conversation monopolizer?

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

CONair Hot Rollers - These Have To Be The Worst Hair Styling Tools I Have Ever Purchased!!

These were on sale back in Spring at Ulta, so I decided that I would give them a try since I never owned or used hot rollers. It says Big Curls on the box, but they're a BIG MISTAKE and a BIG DISAPPOINTMENT!!!!

The first time I used them I did a video recording which you can view here. These things didn't even put a dent in my hair, so to speak. I have fine hair that is very easy to curl.

At first, I thought that it may have been my technique or the fact that my hair did have moisturizers in it, and maybe the build up may have caused the result I got. 

I have used these with the steam feature, and without. I got the same result! Again I tried - I used these on clean hair, freshly shampooed and conditioned with no leave-in. I left the rollers in my hair for about 2 hours. Same thing! When I took the roller out, the section of hair didn't even have volume or even a curve, much less a curl!

Needless to say I returned them to Ulta and I got store credit, because I didn't have my bill. I did see the negative reviews online that they got, but I just thought well............maybe the persons didn't use it correctly, (which sometimes is the case), or their hair wasn't long enough for the size of rollers. The technique that I learned was, if you are looking for your hair to have a tight curl, then the size of the roller chosen should allow the hair to be wrapped around it at least twice. If you are looking for volume and softer curls, then you use larger rollers as per your hair's length. 

Upon measuring my hair, it is about 18 inches, so definitely my hair can wrap around 1½ inch rollers with ease more than one time.

My opinion: EPIC FAIL! DO NOT buy these! Pass them straight when you see them on the shelf! DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY OR YOUR TIME WITH THESE! Afterall, I guess the same says it all.......CONair!! 

Rating: These get all fingers and toes down from me!