A Jane Iredale Starter Kit Could Easily Be Yours!

Win a Jane Iredale Starter Kit!!!   I absolutely love Jane Iredale! Their Pure gloss is phenomenal and I'm never without one in my makeup bag. I have several reviews for jane iredale all throughout the blog so make sure you check some of them out. We all know how important it is to find the perfect foundation for your complexion. Jane Iredale introduces the NEW Starter Kit, a skin-loving makeup system that embodies the foundation of the line with the essentials needed to reveal healthy, radiant skin. The Starter Kit $55, makes it easy with just three steps (the Power of 3) that incorporate beneficial, multi-tasking, easy-to-use products. Bundled in a chic travel-size cosmetic case with an extra-large mirror, it’s also ideal for traveling and applying makeup on-the-go. The Starter Kit contains: Smooth Affair™ Facial Primer & Brightener;  a luminizing, award-winning primer that nourishes and prepares the skin. It brightens, hydrates and helps makeup go…

How the Make Up For Ever Boutique Reminded Me that I was Beautiful

I've been playing makeup for years. I dabbled as a makeup artist while living in NC, I've taken several classes and watched many a video on makeup application. While I'm still a huge makeup hoarder fan I've gotten so busy with school and life that I basically just went with the simplest makeup applications. You know foundation, concealer, eyeliner, mascara, blush and a gloss or lipstick. This worked for me and probably took me only about 10-15 minutes. With so much going on in my work and school life I honestly didn't have time to really glamour myself up. I just wanted to be presentable, not beautiful, not cute but just presentable. Maybe this is what happens when one turns 30 and they're tired. The sad part of it all is that I accepted it.Last monday I had the opportunity to attend a Make Up For Ever Mastery Course called…

Natural Hair Color Bold and Beautiful.

I really really really want to color my natural hair. Although I just went natural and I should be focusing on perfecting my regimen I can't help but stare at pictures of gorgeous naturals with amazing daring hair colors. The photo of Chrisette Michelle above stops me in my tracks. First of all she's wearing a box hair cut and it's strategically colored the perfect shades of blonde to fit her face. Match that with stellar brows, glowing skin and a fierce matte red lipstick and you have the perfect look.  I've decided that I am going to color my hair, but I'm going to wait until May. This will give me an extra four months to grow my hair like crazy, perfect my regimen and decide on the perfect hair color. In the mean time here are a few Pinterest Natural Hair Insipration's that I've stumbled upon    
Milani Lip Intense Liquid Color Is True to it’s Name!

Milani Lip Intense Liquid Color Is True to it’s Name!

  Milani Cosmetics Lip Intense Liquid Color is seriously like...really I have no words to actually describe what it's like because the name says it all. It's an intense rich vibrant mesh of gloss and lipstick. I guess I could kind of liken it to a a creamy lip tar. The colors are bold and bright, I have three of the four to share with you today but I'm definitely going to add the red to my collection. If you' think you've seen a product like this before you're right. These products are very reminiscent of the Milani Haute Flash Lip Glosses that were discontinued a couple of years ago.The only difference is that these have absolutely no shimmer. I really loved the intensity of those lipglosses. Now with a new smaller chic bullet package I'm happy to see them making a comeback Price: $6.49 Availability: Wherever Milani Products are…
Five Things I’ve Learned from Blogging

Five Things I’ve Learned from Blogging

1. Pick a Lane!: People blog for different reasons. Sometimes it's just to write as an escape, others do it as a hobby ,and very few actually do it to make a living. No matter why you decide to start blogging I've learned the most important thing is  to pick a lane and stay in it. Don't let the success of another blogger determine what it is you really want to blog about. If you're passionate about cooking than start a food blog, love makeup start a beauty blog. If you live and breath fashion then start a Fashion blog. Whichever one you choose remember that it's like driving a car, only go as fast as you feel comfortable going. Keeping up with the Jones's of blogging will cause you to burn out and go broke very quick.  2. Not Everyone is Here for you: Starting a blog does not guarantee readers.…

Getting back my Melody

This is my second time transitioning and will be my third big chop. Wow, my third big chop... when I think about how long my hair would've been if I never big chopped the first time... Actually let me not. I BC'd the second time because my hair was consuming my life. The literal "wash DAY", the fairy knots and the constant product junkism got the best of me.  About 2 months before my wedding I just chopped it all off. My husband was surprised, I was liberated and  I loved my cut cropped cut. I'm BC'ing a third time because I went through that phase... you know the phase where you're tired of your hair and you just want something new. I decided to go with a Keratin Treatment. It was great, my hair could be straightened easily and I got to pretend I had a relaxer.. that is…
California Lace Wigs And Weaves Malaysian Loose Curl Review

California Lace Wigs And Weaves Malaysian Loose Curl Review

California Lace Wigs and Weaves is one of the largest online  vendors of Custom Lace Wigs. I had the opportunity to chat with the founder Annette Jones about the company  and you can read all about it here. Now lets get to this super fabulous hair!!! While California Lace Wigs and Weaves makes amazing custom wigs they also retail hair extensions. In the picture above I'm wearing what they call the "Basic Closure Package" which consist of a 16" medium density swiss lace closure and 2-18' 4oz bundles of Malaysian Loose Curl Hair. The hair came packaged in a nice box and was already shampoo'd and deep conditioned. I re-shampooed and conditioned the hair as I always do to make sure it was sew in ready. During the washing there was no issues with shedding or tangling. I allowed the hair to air dry and it went right back to…
Win It! derma e Prize Pack and a $250 Visa Gift Card Give Away!

Win It! derma e Prize Pack and a $250 Visa Gift Card Give Away!

Derma e (http://www.dermae.com) has teamed up with Cosmetically Challenged and a number of my favorite beauty bloggers to offer one lucky winner a fabulous prize package of products AND a $250 Visa Gift Card for a total value of $370.00! ($369.70) One of the largest natural facial care brands in the US, derma e believes that skin health can be visibly improved through the right combination of potent vitamins, wholesome nutrients and good, clean hydration. Win this package of derma e goodies and see for yourself why natural is the way to go! The winner of this giveaway will receive: ·       derma e Microdermabrasion Scrub - This award-winning, salon treatment alternative buffs skin, helping to diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and acne scars. ·       derma e Hydrating Serum and Hyaluronic Acid - A concentrated treatment that plumps skin full of moisture and nutrients so it appears softer and smoother with fewer…
Single Ladies Episode 2 Season 3 Recap

Single Ladies Episode 2 Season 3 Recap

This episode of Single Ladies was a bit ho hum, but there was a surprise that had me screaming "Let Me Find Out..!!" Raquel is still on the hunt for an investor to replace Eve for her boutique Indulgence so her and April hit up a party so that Raquel can speak with a friend to get an in, in the investing world. While Raquel does her business April mets none of other than one of the Wayan's cousins Damien. After a couple of yawntastic pick up lines he successfully ends up taking April and ending her dry spell. Malcolm and Terrance receive bad news that Naomi's challenge to the will is going forward and they get not one narry a cent until things are handled. At the disposition Naomi spill all about how her and the father had a secret relationship and were wedded privately in the Caribbean. Apparently…
Do Your Shoes Have A Time Limit for Wearability?

Do Your Shoes Have A Time Limit for Wearability?

The older I get the more I realize that my feet just can't handles certain types of shoes anymore. When I was a young whipper snapper I used to be able to walk back and forth across the yard to my classes rocking my newest pair of stilettos. Now, before purchasing a shoe I think about the time of wearablilty that's associate with it. Is this shoe just for show? Will I have to sit down immediately after walking through the door? These questions and many more run through my head before purchasing a shoe now. Each and every year fashion trends become more and more outrageous and shoes are being made to seen and not worn.  In 2009 Lady Gaga was the first celebrity seen wearing Alexander McQueens  Lobster Claw 1o inch stilettos.  I'm not even sure how her feet conformed to wear this shoe for an extended period…
LUSH Spa Opens in Philadelphia

LUSH Spa Opens in Philadelphia

  If you live in the city of Philadelphia you've been Lushed at least once in your life. Yes, Lushed' what results after one has used one of the many amazing bath and body products that the Lush store has to offer. I remember the first time I was Lushed'.. best day of my life... If you thought treating yourself to an occasional bath bomb or delectable smelling slice of soap was a walk on the wild side wait until you experience everything that is Lush Spa .We should consider ourselves very lucky being that the Lush Spa Philadelphia is  the second Lush Spa in North America, next to New York! The Lush Spa, located at 1525 Walnut St, takes customers back in time to an Old English Kitchen as seen with the reclaimed barn wood and dainty tea cups that line the back wall.  This Spa treatment is like…
2014 New Fragrance Releases!

2014 New Fragrance Releases!

I love to smell good. I have a pretty sizable collection and mood determines my scent of the day. Today I have 6 new fragrances that are set to debut this year. Some are already in stores and a few have yet to be released but I can tell you that  that there are two so far that have caught my attention. Check them out below!   1. Versace Pour Femme Oud Oriental  Notes: Oriental Rose , Freesia and Saffron , develops its heart between Patchouli, Violet and Heliotrope, and finally closes  with seductive notes of Vanilla, Sandalwood and Oud-Leather . 2.Daisy Delight and Daisy Eau So Fresh Delight Notes: Daisy Delights: Juicy scents of apple, quince flower and freesia. The fragrant story continues with central notes of iris, gardenia and peony. The composition closes with musk, cedar and sandalwood. Notes Daisy Eu So Fresh Delight: The perfume starts with pink pepper and…
Milani Cosmetics 2014 New Beauty Releases

Milani Cosmetics 2014 New Beauty Releases

Milani  Cosmetics has a whole slew of new items coming out in the very near and I mean possibly next month future! I absolutely love their products. I was completely won over by last years line of lipsticks so you know I am over here body rolling with excitement. Milani has seven new product line releases for us this year and I've listed them all below. I will definitely keep you informed when I spot these items in the store so make sure you follow me on Faceboook and Instagram!   Power Lip $6.49   · New non-drying formula · Long lasting shine, stain & color coverage · Easy to use twist pen with brush applicator · Non-feathering · Made in USA Shades 01 Red Control 02 Caberet Blend 03 Rasberry Tart 04 Pink Lemonade 05 Macaroon 06 Strawberry sugar Brilliant Lip Shine $5.49 Experience: Rich color, extreme high shine,…
Single Ladies Season 3 Episode 1 Recap

Single Ladies Season 3 Episode 1 Recap

Single Ladies is back, finally!!! Hasn't it been like a year since the Season 2 Finale? It's been so long that I was beginning to think that they'd taken it off the air and just left us hanging like they did the show Girlfriends. I'm still a little salty that Joan never got married... Anyways Season 3 of Single Ladies starts off with the premise that one of the ladies is actually tying the knot. Surprise Surprise, two of the ladies are single and it's actually Raquel's employee from her boutique Indulgence jumping the boom. It seems she  has changed her mind and said yes to becoming the fourth wife to a prince. So what's happened to Reggie and Charles? Supposedly Reggie's family hated April so much that they staged a fake intervention insinuating that he was gay when he really wasn't. This made me scratch my head a bit…
Sarah Jessica Parker Launches New Shoe Line

Sarah Jessica Parker Launches New Shoe Line

We've all lusted and drooled over the many fashions and shoe choices of Sarah Jessica Parker's character Carrie Bradshaw during her run on Sex in the City. While the show has long rolled it's final credits we'll never forget the impact this show had on many of our closets. I often wish that I had enough confidence or enough stamina in my feet to wear some of the many fashions of Carrie. We lived vicariously through her and now we may be able to walk in her shoes... Well, ladies hold on to your Credit Cards because SJP will be launching a collection of shoes appropriately called "SJP" with Nordstroms in early 2014! The collection is said to have a price range of $200-$375 and we can expect to see shoes that are reminiscent of SJP's time spent as Carrie Bradshaw. You can read more about the collection and history…
My Chocolate Hair gets an Upgrade!

My Chocolate Hair gets an Upgrade!

Remember back when I showed you my awesome Chocolate Bundle Remy Hair? No welp, click here and refresh your memory a bit. This hair is 100% human and has not been previously chemically treated. This means you can custom color this hair to whatever shade your prefer. I decided that I wanted to do something funky and change the hair to a dark brown with purple highlights. Now, we all know that the color of the swatch you see is not always how the color comes out. It probably would have had I left it on a little bit longer but all in all I was pretty happy with the result. Afterwards I washed and deep conditioned the hair and left it air dry. The following day I curled the hair using the wand. I had no shedding or tangling issues whatsoever! If you take a look at the first…
My Resolutions

My Resolutions

Here we are jumping right into 2014. This past month of December was a very hard month for me. A friend and a family member went home to be with the Lord. While one of the passings was very unexpected the passing of my Grandmother was something that I knew in my heart was going to happen, something that I thought I was ready for, but when it happened it took me by complete surprise. Over the past couple of days I've had time to sit down and just reflect on life, my goals and my dreams. I want to live my life and do things in a way that would make my Grandmother smile if she were still here. She's always been so proud of me and my  one of my biggest cheerleaders regardless of any decision I made. For her I'm willing to let go of what's comfortable…
Outfit of the Day feat. Kushy Foot Fleece Tights

Outfit of the Day feat. Kushy Foot Fleece Tights

So much for our random 70 degree weather in December, it's frio outside! The worst part about it being so cold is the fact that usual tights just aren't cutting it anymore. That is until I heard of Fleece Tights. My initial thoughts were all about how sweaty my thighs were going to be. I mean they already have intimate conversations when I walk so to have them wrapped up all toasty before they got to gossiping wasn't exactly ideal in my book. My husband loves it when I wear skirts so I decided to give these babies a spin since we were going to be out furniture shopping and the weather was less than ideal. My tights were a size medium/tall and they went super easy! No struggling or anything. The most surprising thing about them was how comfortable they were. They are sorta like Uggs or BearPaws for your…
Chocolate Bundle Remy Hair Review

Chocolate Bundle Remy Hair Review

  Time is definitely flying! I am 8 months into my transition phase and my roots are telling all my secrets. This time I decided to take a break from my usual and rock some Chocolate Hair! Chocolate Hair is by the company ChocolateHairs.com and is 100% Unprocessed Natural Virgin Cuticle Hair. I received three packs of hair in the following lengths 14,16, and 18.  6718