Thursday, December 16, 2010

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Wish List Wednesday: Goo Gobs of Gadgets!

I don't know about anyone else, but I LOVE gadgets! be they for the kitchen, office or car I have a serious jones for them. Now when technology combines with health/wellness/beauty to create a gadget for cosemetic upkeep....well let's just say I have beautygasm, lol. Here's a list of beauty gadgets I'm lusting after...

Lots of natural beauties and relaxed cuties are all agog over the Huetiful Hair Steamer. Per the website, the Huetiful Hair Steamer has the following benefits:

  • Restores moisture to your dry hair 5x better than deep conditioners or hair treatments alone.
  • Opens up your hair cuticle to allow your conditioners and hair treatments to work more effectively.
  • Bathes your hair follicle with warm, ionized mist to replenish moisture lost from chemical or heat treatments.
  • Reduces future breakage and split ends caused by dry hair.
  • In colder months, keeps weather-dried hair moisturized and strong.
Testimonial vids...

I have a feeling my locs are going to love this thing :-)

Despite my age, I still suffer from occasional acne breakouts. The Zeno Hot Spot  claims to use heat to destroy the bacteria that causes acne. I'm all for trying a gadget that will rid me of party pooping pimples.

Though I keep hearing how painful epilators are, I am not in the least allowing that to deter me from weeks worth of smooth legs and underarms. I HATE shaving with a passion and would never do it again, but I don't want to look like a Sasquatch...gooney goo goo! Emjoi it is.

After a day of stomping down catwalks in 4 inch heels (or stalking the cement streets of any major city), a nice massaging foot spa is just what the podiatrist ordered. I'm loving this Dr. Scholls Massaging Bubble Foot Bath. Mix in some sea salt, Epsom Salts, Lavender, Peppermint and Eucalyptus essential oils and your feet will kiss the ground you walk on...literally.

Although this last (but not least) gadget won't improve my skin or hair, it is quite lust worthy. I have been stalking this particular gadget for months now and it looks like soon I'll be able to get my home manicured fingers on it. May I introduce you to the fabulous Adam by Notion Ink!

Don't be deceived or turned off by the geek speak, accents and non-fruit logo bearing device you see, this thing is frigging AWESOME! Get'll thank me later.

And that my dears, concludes my wish list for this Wednesday. What's on your wish list? Do share! Until next time, peace and power!

Buyers Remorse

I bought this dress from over the summer and never wore it...and I never will. It's way shorter than I'm comfortable with and I don't want to wear it as a top. It's brand new with tags, never worn and no listed size (though I'm a size 8 and it fit me fine, just too short). Anyone want to do a trade?

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Snowy lazy Sunday

Yeah, despite the blizzard here in Chicago, I had an easy Sunday. Per my usual, I slept as late as possible, took a long leisurely shower, pampered myself and did laundry. Dinner consisted of leftover spaghetti and the evening saw me curled up on the couch with a cup of herbal tea watching Sense and Sensibility. It was a very nice Sunday :-)

I tried a sample of Boscia's Luminizing Black Mask after my normal face cleanser and I was very impressed. I'm not sure I'll drop $34 at Sephora to buy the full size bottle, but the sample was nice. Here's what the product description on Sephora says about the mask:

What it is:
A groundbreaking, mineral-rich mask that peels off to deliver powerful detoxifying, purifying, and brightening effects.

What it is formulated to do:
This jet-black, mineral-rich mask creates a unique peel-off effect that delivers powerful detoxifying, purifying, and brightening results. Made with a premier-quality clay, its deep-cleansing properties draw out dirt and oil. Other natural ingredients go to work exfoliating skin and refining pores. Powerful antioxidants shrink pores, firm skin, and reduce inflammation. Once dried, the mask strips away dead skin, impurities and excess oil to reveal immediate and visible results.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Synthetic Fragrances
- Synthetic Dyes
- Petrochemicals
- Phthalates
- GMOs
- Triclosan

What else you need to know:
Apply an even layer to clean, dry skin. Avoid eyebrows, hairline and lips. Avoid eye area by applying below orbital bone. Leave on 15-20 minutes or until completely dry. Gently peel off mask from outer edges. Rinse off any residue with warm water. Follow with moisturizer. Use once or twice a week.



Did it deliver? For me, yes. My skin felt smooth, soft and matte and my pores were noticeably smaller. I perused the reviews for this mask before using it and noticed some folks saying it was next to impossible to remove and that it caused them to break out afterward. I will agree that removal was quite cumbersome but it wasn't next to impossible. If I wake up with a pimple or two tomorrow I won't be surprised or angry because the mask states that it detoxifies and removes impurities. What that means my dears is that nasty little yuckies lurking in the innermost depths of your lower dermal layers will be brought to the surface. Hence, pimples. Don't be mad, be glad, that's the mask doing its job. Again, I liked the mask but I'm not sure I'll be dropping $34 at Sephora for it anytime soon. But if you're interested, here it is...


Though I hid out in the house today, I also did eye makeup and my nails...

Close up on the eyes
Panned out so you can see the nude lip...and ashy looking skin, lol

I primed my lids with Two Faced Shadow Insurance and dusted a sparkly lavender shadow from the ELF Beauty Encyclopedia (Sparkle Edition) on my lid. On my outer corner, I used a sparkly dark purple from the aforementioned ELF BESE. For my highlight/browbone I used Lancome's Pink Veil from the Pretty Pretty Quad. I lined my lid with L'Oreal's Extra-Intense Liquid Pencil Liner in Black, dusted Pink Veil on the inner corner and first 1/3rd of my waterline and smudged the last  2/3rds of my waterline with Mabelline's Unstoppable Eyeliner in Onyx. On my uncurled lashes I'm wearing two coats of L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes in Very black. I primed my lips with Carmex Moisture Plus and went nude with Mabelline's Crazy for Coffee.

All in all, I think I did pretty good. My eyeshadow technique is getting a little better since I apply every day and I feel good about that. Next I'm going to rectify that ashiness and my dark under eye circles and acne scars. No foundation though, I hate that stuff. I think some of that ashy look is due to the new moisturizer I'm trying out. More on that later though.

On to my nails...


Per usual, my application is kinda sloppy but the color? The color is GORGEOUS! Two colors actually. I did an every other finger comparison with Barry M's Dusky Mauve and Revlon's Perplex. You know what? They're both great dupes for Chanel's Limited edition Paradoxal (click to see pictures). Do you know folks are selling Paradoxal for $40? Insanity. You'll have a difficult time finding Revlon's Perplex too since everyone knows it's a dupe for Paradoxal. I bought mine off of Ebay (two bottles for $16 and some change. Click to buy, she only has two bottles left). Or you can order Dusky Mauve from Barry M's website. Barry M is a UK brand so be prepared to pay about $5 per bottle of polish and whatever they charge for shipping. I bought mine a while back before I realized it was a dupe for Paradoxal. Also be warned that once the word gets out about BM's DM it may sell out.

That's pretty much it for my Sunday, how was yours? Feel free to do some shopping for the products I used via the hyperlinks above or the Shopstyle links below. Cheers!



Movie Review: The Black Swan

Thrilling. Beautiful. Disturbing. Those were just a few words that came to mind when I left the theater. I've liked Natalie Portman since she was a wee thing in "The Professional ". She's an incredibly talented and dedicated actress who always gets the part right. As Nina in "The Black Swan", she proved that she's getting better with age. I didn't see Natalie in this move, I saw Nina, a tortured young ballerina striving to prove that she can be the Swan Queen. Watching this movie made me realize how difficult it can be to maintain your composure under undue stress and pressure. Sometimes...people crack. The costumes in this movie were ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS (thanks Rodarte!). I can see myself sporting wispy tulle, cute pastel shrugs and ballerina flats come Spring. Well maybe not pastels but...anyway. Without giving too much away, I will say that you need a strong stomach to see this movie because some parts were a tad gory. The lesbian scenes weren't my cup of tea but that's because I have a heteronoramtive mindset. Mila Kunis was stellar as "the bad gal" and Winona Ryder won me over with her wonderful (though brief) performance as the tragic and crestfallen washed up prima ballerina. All in all, this was a 4 star film in my opinion. I've loved ballet since a field trip in elementary school saw me enraptured by tutu-ed divas dancing and leaping across the stage as sugar plum fairies in "The Nutcracker". If you like pyscho-thrillers, ballet, classical music, beautiful costumes, stunning cinematography and excellent editing/directing then you'll love this movie. Check it out and be prepared to be creeped out, lol.