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?