Do you ask the MAGIC question?

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Let me start by saying that Lancome products are divine!

The company’s beauty products are on the pricey side but worth every penny. Regardless of where you buy your beauty products, my number one suggestion for you is to ask the magic question!

 “DO YOU HAVE ANY SAMPLES?”

Last week, I ventured over to the Lancome counter, I asked the magic question and well, all the items in the above picture are the samples I received.

2 lipsticks: WANNABE (left) and PRETTY BURGUNDY (right)

1 Black/Noir High Definition Mascara

1 High Resolution Eye Cream

1 Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate Gel Cream

imageI was extremely excited about the two lipsticks! They both are two beautiful colors to add to my growing collection.

Next time you’re shopping for make up, stop at your nearest counter and ask the MAGIC QUESTION!!

If they have anything available, you will have wonderful products to try and possibly buy at a later date!

Which color would you wear?

 

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BH Cosmetics Summer Steal Special

If you love make up or even are a beginner in the make up world, you will love this post!!!

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I have been playing around in my mom’s make up for as far back I can remember. In highschool, I was given my first eyeshadow palette that I used for theatre purposes. When that palette ran out, I never got around to purchasing a new one. I used mini eyeshadow cases from avon, my local drugstores and cvs. This palette blows my old one out the water!!
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A Box of Goodies from Julep

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Who can deny a box full of goodies?

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Last week I received this wonderful box from Julep and could not wait to post my review!

Julep is a women empowering company, that specializes in making women connect and feel great about themselves through their products. I ordered the Bombshell box and received two nail polishes, cuticle oil and a hand cream packet. Here is the best part, I received a $20 value box for $3.99, ALL BECAUSE JULEP HAD A BOX SPECIAL!!! This box was my intro/subscription box for the month of June.

I only payed for shipping!!!! 🙂

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Julep nail colors: Natasha and Paris, cuticle oil and Rock Star Hand Cream.

I absolutely love Julep’s polishes. They paint on very smoothly and dry in no time!! The Bombshell Box is just my style. I love a good bright color and an added touch of sparkle to just about anything. The cuticle oil is has a light fragrance smell and provides an easy application with a rolling ball and the hand cream is very moisturizing. Just what’s needed for these hot and dry summer days.

If you become a Maven (member) at Julep.com, you can purchase a box and have one shipped to you automatically every month for $20.00. I was considering ordering just this one box and canceling my subscription, but I love the polishes so much that I am anxious to see what arrives in my next box this month!

The site also sells single polishes, beauty and body products and many other amazing sets.

Alysha, one of my close college friend’s, told me about this site and the special box offer and since I received it, I could not be any happier with the results and company! My friend is a blogger and shares great posts on finding jobs, interview/work outfits, beauty tips in preparation for work and other information regarding corporate jobs. Check out and follow Alysha’s blog at: http://www.classtocorporate.blogspot.com.

I definitely can say this company is good at connecting women and providing fabulous nail colors to brighten up any day!

Thank you Alysha and thank you Julep!!

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Don’t suffer from dry hair, Deep Condition!!

How often do you deep condition your hair?

One thing I have realized is that my natural hair gets extremely dry. Some products my hair seem to soak up like a sponge, while others seem to be like water and oil. My hair gives me the “UH UHH, that’s not gonna work,” and the product gets put far back in my cabinet and never used again.

Leave in conditioners and moisturizers like, Cantu Shea Butter’s Leave in, Cantu Shea Butter Oil Moisturizer, Bio Infusion Olive Oil shine serum, as well as regular olive oil are all products that have kept my hair moisturized for a long time when used. My main concern is to keep my hair healthy and able to retain as much moisture as possible. Moisture helps retain length and overall gives my hair a more appealing look.

My newest product review is on Olive Cholesterol by Hollywood Beauty. The product is specifically made to condition and shine hair. Anything with olive oil is always a win, win for me!! This product is lightly scented, creamy and left my hair feeling super soft and more manageable. How did I apply this product? I simply applied the product from my roots, to my ends and covered my head with a plastic shower cap for 10-15 minutes. Next, I shampooed my hair and applied a leave in conditioner. I will be adding this product to my hair regimen as a deep conditioner, and using it at least 3 to 4 times a month.

Hollywood Beauty Olive Cholesterol.

Hollywood Beauty Olive Cholesterol.

Relaxation at Home

All women, no matter what their age is, wants to feel and look good!

Finding free time between busy work days, meetings, etc. can make it hard to find time for you! However, finding time to pamper yourself, if you didn’t already know is essential.

This week after feeling a tad bit under the weather, I was on a search to find some simple products that would help relax me.

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I was shopping in my local supermarket and as always, I ventured over to the beauty section to browse through nail polishes, hair products, soaps and well I couldn’t miss this bright green bottle and was overjoyed to find a gel mask to replace the old one that I couldn’t find at home.

The CareOne Gel Mask fits perfect and was a great help to relieving a migraine I had during the previous week. With these the brand doesn’t matter, they all work just as good.

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Freeman’s Feeling Beautiful Facial Clay Mask applied.

The Freeman Feeling Beautiful Facial Clay Mask is a product specializes in drawing out any extra oil or dirt and unclogs pores. Happy to say it did just that!! My skin gets very oily and since with summer comes heat, sweating is at an all time high. I purchased this product in hopes that it would give me a deep clean feeling and become a routine product I could use at the end of every week to help me feel more relaxed.

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After the removal of the clay mask.

The product is very lightly scented and has a slight tingling sensation when applying it on. The mask has Vitamin E and added Oatmeal, but the texture is very smooth. Usually when facials are done, the mask is not placed pass the eyebrows. As a first time using this product, I chose to cover all the areas of my face to combat my oily skin. Freeman has many other skin and body care products that I’m looking  forward to trying.

Be sure to grab this off the shelf if you’re looking for a product that will leave your skin feeling soft and clean. I spent around 8 bucks for both products.

Favorite Make up quickies

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My favorite Quick Make up items and Products: Brushes, an eye lash curler, mascara, eyeliners and foundation.

When I do use make up, I like to go for a more natural look.

Make up should enhance your features and make you feel beautiful in your own skin.

This picture above shows a few products I use. These items are my “make-up quickies.” I do have times where I take 5 years to put make up on, but I have been trying to find a way to be done in 8 minutes or less. For those who were thinking I should have said 5… I am still working on it!

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FIT ME 350 by Mabelline and Mineralize SkinFinish Natural by M.A.C.

M.A.C products are simply amazing! The product shown is in the photograph is Mineralize Skinfinish Natural (Dark Deep) by M.A.C. Its one of my personal favorites because its light and when I do wear it, its almost as if I have nothing on! It creates a more softened look and gives my skin a glow effect, similar to bronzer. This product is definitely a summer necessity! Lets face it no one wants to deal with runny make up!! You can wear this product by itself and be content!

FIT Me 350 by Maybelline is another good make up product. The color shown in the photo is Caramel. The product is a foundation that blends very well, doesn’t feel sticky on my skin and also feels extremely light. I have never been a fan of foundation but this is one that I use around my eyes, above my upper lip and on my chin. I have not been able to find a color that matches my exact skin tone in this product, so I use this as my highlighting addition.

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Final Look after applying my “Make-up Quickies.”

I don’t always use the two products together but when I do, my skin looks amazing!The other four items that are shown in the first photograph are Cover Girl brow and eye makers pencil/crayon (Midnight Brown), E.L.F Liquid Eyeliner (Black), Lash Out Mascara by LOREAL (Blackest Black), and Liquif’eye metallic eye liner pencil by Milani. All of these products were used it create the look in my final photograph. The lipstick I’m wearing is Hot Toddy by BRUCCI.

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR MAKE-UP QUICKIES???

How To: Coil Bantu Knots

A few people have been interested in knowing how I do my twist outs on my natural hair. I use to use the two strand twist method and then bantu knot the twists, but recently I have been using a different method. Here is a photographed step by step tutorial of me taking the knots out. Continue reading