Taraji P. Henson: Medium Length 'Do

Actress Taraji P. Henson wore this medium/short hairstyle for the Oscars.

Taraji P. Henson: Medium Length Wedding Do

To my Brother, yeah, he deserves it.

Well Ema, you passed both your exams, the one we were all freaked out about and the one I was sure you'd do great on (in fact you did). Anyway, bravo bravo! You're now an offically diplomated freak with a trombone! I'm sure you'll have a great career and remember to invite me over when you're the first trombone of the Berliner.

LUSH Skincare--My new routine

Ok guys... this post is going to serve more as an "accountability" thing for me more than anything. LET ME EXPLAIN... I'm all about immediate results, which where skincare is concerned, really isn't realistic. So by posting what I'm going to start using and promising a video review on my channel in a few weeks to update you all, I'm forced to stick with it. Good idea huh?
So, for 8 years I used Proactiv with great results, but about 6 months ago, I started noticing a change in my skin. I began getting some hormonal breakouts and it seemed that nothing was really working. Where I used to be able to apply all that harsh benzoyl peroxide to my face twice a day, it seems that now my skin doesn't really respond well to having it's top layer burned off you know? Dry, flaky, irritated skin over long periods of time=wrinkles=no fun. So I'm trying to take a more natural approach. Hmmm....I WONDER what brand I looked to for skin care?? :)

These are the products I got and how I plan to use them:

*LUSH products*
Coal Face cleanser
I'm going to use this twice a day. This cleanser has purifying ingredients which is great for acne-prone skin. It also contains exfoliating granules.

Tea Tree Water Toner
Again, I'm going to use this twice a day after cleansing. You can spray it directly on the face, or onto a cotton pad (which is what I'm going to do). Again, this has ingredients that are purifying and great for clogged pores and blemishes.

Vanishing Cream
This moisturizer is great for people with oily and acne-prone skin. It's the lightest moisturizer LUSH has, however, makes skin feel really comfortable (I've tried this in a sample before). It feels really clean on the skin without the layer of "grossness" some moisturizers can leave behind.

Mask of Magnaminty
I'm going to use this 2-3 times a week as a mask. I decided to purchase this one rather than another one of my beloved fresh face masks by LUSH because this one is the most deep cleansing for breakout-prone skin and is great for clearing blackheads when used properly. Also, it lasts 4 months, so I got the smaller 4.4 oz. container.

THEN, because my skin reacts well to retinol treatments...

Philosopy "On a Clear Day" Retinol Clarifying Lotion
I'm going to use this at night (since retinol breaks down and loses effectiveness in sunlight). This particular lotion treats acne, congested pores, acne scarring/discoloration, and fine lines. This particular formula is great because it's gentle enough to even be used twice a day and contains super moisturizing hylauronic acid and soothing cucumber extract.

Alright, so now I have motivation to stick with this! Expect a review/update video in 2-3 weeks :)

To find these products and for more information, visit www.lush.com.

In keeping with our sideswept theme...

...here is a beautiful sideswept afro.

Italy: Part 1 (about bloody time)

I apologize for the long silence. I can FINALLY update because Ozie finally let me use her compy, since she's the one with all the pictures of our exciteing adventure.
Anyway, I should stop talking and grace your eyes with our lives.
That's all for today.
I would post more, like write about these pics, but something came up. So I'm scraming from the compy before Ozie beats me up.

Sophisticated Sideswiped Medium Length 'Do

Man Fashion: LV Fall 2009 Collection

Louis Vuitton debuted it’s Fall 2009 Men’s Collection during Paris Fashion Week.

Like what Tim Blanks of Men.Style.com said, the personality of Vuitton's menswear has taken shape somewhere between traditional luxury and a technological take on same.

Here are the some extract of LV Fall/Winter 2009 Collection from Paris Fashion Week.

LV's Black Collection

LV's Red Collection

LV's Blue Collection

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My Hair

I got my hair cut about 3 weeks ago and figured why not post some pics of it... Especially since THE most commonly requested topic I get is for me to describe my haircut, products, or to send pictures of it. So I figured this would be appropriate! Read on to find out what products I use as well :)

My hair cut is basically an "overgrown" inverted bob. The bottom layer is the longest and is the same length all the way around. The back is cut in blended stacked layers mimicking the shortest layer of an a-line bob. I LOVE it because you get the volume of a bob, with the length I love so it's much more versatile.
As for the color, I get foil highlights on the upper layers of my hair only, alternating between blonde and a caramel shade.

Products I use:
Aveda Pure Abundance Volumizing Shampoo
Aveda Pure Abundance Volumizing Clay Conditioner
Pureology Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner (I alternate the two lines)

Graham Webb Thick Infusion Root Volumizing Spray
Aveda Light Elements Smoothing Fluid (makes your hair feel like silk and adds shine)
John Frieda Sheer Blonde Crystal Clear Hairspray

MAC Hello Kitty Review and Swatches!

Alright guys, here are all my lovely Hello Kitty goods! I was super excited about this collection for a long time because I've always loved Hello Kitty, but when I actually saw the collection and got to test the colors, I really cut down my list. Most of these items were part of my anniversary gift from my husband. The man knows what I like.
Overall, this collection has some great colors, a few stand-out items and the packaging is super cute (but the glitter chunks are kind of annoying).
Read on to see my haul, swatches, and reviews of the products!

Eye Shadow Palettes: ($38.00)
Both of these palettes caught my eye because I love the color groupings for each. However, they both can be VERY easily duplicated by colors in the permanent line. See for yourself...

Too Dolly Palette
Yogurt(matte), Romping(frost), Too Dolly(frost), Stately Black(lustre)
Overall, the payoff of all these colors are pretty decent. With the exception of Stately Black. If you want it to appear dark, you have to work with it a bit and apply a lot.

...and the dupes...
(Yogurt is in the permanent line), Post Haste, Aquadisiac, Black Tied

I COULD NOT believe how easily duped this palette was. While Post Haste is a matte, I actually think it would look better with these colors than Romping, just because the color payoff is so great. The most surprising was the dupe for Too Dolly...Aquadisiac. These colors are almost identical. Also, if you have the Heatherette palette with Mood Ring, that would work awesome as well. It's also VERY close. Aquadisiac is almost prettier! As far as Stately Black, Black Tied was almost identical. So if you can't get your hands on this one, those are colors that would replicate looks you could create with this palette almost exactly...if not better!

Lucky Tom Palette
Creme Royal(veluxe pearl), Paradisco(frost), Stylin'(velvet), Lucky Tom(lustre)

This palette is probably my favorite. However, a few of the colors are a little difficult. Paradisco is a gorgeous color, but it has horrible payoff. To get it to show up, you'll need a good base and a heavy hand. Also, Stylin' is a little on the chalky side (as some velvet colors are) and you'll also need a good base and a heavy hand to get it to show up bright. It's also nice worn more sheer as well though.

...and the dupes...
(ok, with this one I got a little excited)
(Paradisco is in the permanent line)
top row: Nylon, Climate Blue(limited edition), Carbon
middle row: Ricepaper, Parfait Amour, Mont Black (limited edition)
(bottom row is Lucky Tom palette)

Surprisingly, Parfait Amour actually looks closer to Stylin' than Climate Blue does in person. However, because of the frost, it didn't really photograph similar at all in my opinion. Again, while the color grouping is nice in the palette, you can easily create a similar look with these duplicate colors.

Beauty Powder ($22.00)
Tahitian Sand
(warm, pale peach with a light sheen)
Beauty Powders have never been my favorite. They don't really deposit a lot of color, and they're really not supposed to. I use this one as a setting powder with a big fluffy brush to add a bit of brightness to my face since it's similar to my skin tone. I also use it on my cheeks, forehead and chin to add a bit of brightness. I didn't get the pink one because I have a similar pink Beauty Powder and I really don't use these that often. Honestly, the only reason I got this is because I couldn't resist the cute embossed design in the powder itself.
(The swatch isn't worth showing...it doesn't show up on my hand) :)

Beauty Powder Blush ($18.00)
I LOVE Beauty Powder Blushes. They have the smoothest formula with soft pearl particles. None have ever disappointed me. This one is no exception. It's a very nice bright pink that would work on so many different skin tones. It can be applied sheer for lighter skin tones, however, is pigmented enough to be easily applied to darker skin as well and look great. I skipped Fun & Games which is a peachy shade, but since I love BPB's so much, I have a feeling I might pick it up soon before it sells out!

Lipstick ($14.00)
Cute-Ster (lustre)

This is really the only color that caught my eye. It's a very wearable peachy pink. It's extremely sheer and doesn't deposit much actual color, but it leaves a really nice shine and sparkle to the lips. Again, the embossed design on the actual product sucked me in! I probably would have skipped the lipsticks all together if they didn't have that little added touch.

Lipglass ($14.00)
She Loves Candy
The lipglass colors in this collection were gorgeous in the containers, but overall, I found them to be disappointing. They were really sheer, which I usually like, but they were too much like other colors I already have or I didn't care for the color. So I decided to get this one because it was pretty and pink and I really wanted at least one!

She Loves Candy(top), Cute-Ster(bottom)

Tinted Lip Conditioner ($14.50)
Pink Fish, Popster

These were, in my opinion, the best products in the collection. Super pigmented, very moisturizing, beautiful colors. Perfect. Pink Fish is my favorite. I went back to purchase a back-up of Pink Fish, only to realize I was given Popster by mistake. But it worked out for the best because I LOVE Popster too!

Pink Fish(top), Popster(bottom)

Nail Polish ($11.00)
On the Prowl (cream)

This is a really light gray. Nothing fancy. It's a cream formula, which means there's no shimmer or frost to it. I thought it was the most unique out of the three shades. The pink was too much like several other pinks I own and the white was just, well, white.

Makeup Bag and Petite Makeup Bag
($35.00 & $22.00)

I really wanted one of these bags so bad but never got one. When we returned from vacation, my mom surprised me and had picked them up for me! Gotta love mom's and V-day surprises. thanks mom<3

check out the cute pink satin lining...

Hello Kitty Lash ($12.00)
I love these lashes. Mostly because they are more of a half-lash style.
(Just for comparison, you can see the true size of the small makeup bag because the lashes are sitting on top of it. It's very small!)

Expect a tutorial (or 2) featuring some of these products soon!

Sideswipe Ponytail: Chrisette Michelle

Man Fashion: Creative Men Cufflinks

Historically dating back to the seventeenth century, Men Cufflinks is a decorative fastener used to hold together the cuff on the sleeve of a tuxedo shirt, dress shirt. Men Cufflinks acts as a fastener to replace the role of a button.

The design of Men Cufflinks varies but the basic principle of a cylindrical post with a decorative end visible to the public still remains. Let find out varies designs for men cufflinks, ranging from sterling silver, gold, silk, Enemal and many more.

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Natural Updo

Courtesy of NajwaMoses

Man Fashion: Valentine Gifts for Her

While Valentine Day is just at the corner, if you are the guy that wonder what to buy for your lovely one, then you probably are spinning your wheels and not getting anywhere.

Some if not all of us typically find choosing Valentine's gifts for her a challenge. In order to make your girlfriends happy on this special day, there is the fear that the gifts chosen may be inappropriate. Depend on the relationship, this Valentine gifts may seem too romantic or not romantic enough too.

So let me share my top 5 pick of valentine's gifts for her in this special occasion.

Valentine Godiva Chocolates
This box from Godiva contains a variety of chocolaty treats. And whether your tastes are fruity or nutty, the box itself is a treat for the eyes, finished in matte gold and with a gold bow on top.

Valentine Heart Shaped Pendant
An extremely sweet yet extremely wearable heart-shaped pendant available in sterling silver or gold, featuring foreign translations of the word “love” engraved around its borders.

Valentine SPA Gift Baskets

To pamper your loved one, why don't you consider send your girlfriend a spa gift baskets. A basket full of therapeutic bath treatments to ease their, a hair and body spa treatment basket or relaxation treatments. It would surely make them happy, don't you think?

Valentine Flowers
The celebrations of Valentine Day is consider incomplete without flowers. Girls, do you agree with me? Valentine flowers are not restricted to one particular kind. You may present roses, lilies, carnations and much more on Valentine's Day. Roses are however the most preferred choice. They are sturdy, exquisite and a whole bunch of them make excellent gifts. You can find out more are the meaning of the flower from my previous Valentine Gifts for Ladies.

Valentine Sexy Lingerie

Lastly, if you and your girlfriend relationship have moved one step further, then lingerie is among the sexy valentine gifts for her. Sweet or sexy? Take your pick with looks to fit both personas from recession-proof lingerie line Affinitas Intimates. Retail prices range from just $8 - $45! Find out more at www.affinitasintimates.com

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