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The Drinking Mirror :: New app that shows you how drinking ages you

“I like to have a martini,Two at the very most.After three I’m under the table,after four I’m under my host.” – Dorothy Parker

I never appreciated Happy Hour until my mid-twenties.  By that time, I was sort of over the clubbing phase–honestly I no longer had the bounce back of coming home late, sleeping for 1-3 hours and surviving a full 8-9 hours of work.  So as a result, I became a huge fan of, after work socializing, unwinding and drinking with friends and colleagues.  This way, I was still able to have a good time and not feel drained the next day.  I go to Happy Hour at least once a week; the bartenders at my fave spot know my drink before I even open my mouth…usually an Apple Martini or Dark and Stormy and my limit, two drinks.

This morning as I was watching The Today Show, they did a segment on the ‘Drinking Mirror‘ app.  The Drinking Mirror app allows you to see how drinking, whether socially or binge, ages you.  Pretty creepy huh?   You simply upload a recent pic of yourself, answer the question about your weekly alcohol consumption, and the app will show you, how you will look in 10 years.  Pretty creepy huh?  I’ve never really thought about the long term effects that one or two drinks a week, could have on the body.  Things that make you go hmmmmm

So…I tried it myself, and here’s what I got

I didn’t notice much of a difference…

Try it and tell me what you think.  Here’s the web version




Sock It To Me, Baby :: Mastering the Sock Bun

I remember growing up, watching my cousin always make the perfect ballerina bun and me always wishing I could do the same with my hair.  There seemed to be a science to the chic and go-to-do look, that I just couldn’t master, so I just settled for messy ponytails instead.  But, now that everyone from my little 4-year-old cousins to Blue Ivy’s mama have returned to the bun trend, I thought I’d might take a try at mastering it.


So here’s what I did:

- Took an old sock and cut off the bottom part and rolled it up into the shape of a doughnut.

- Pulled my hair up into a high ponytail.

- Pulled my hair through the center of the doughnut/sock.  I left a enough out to fold under.

- I folded my hair under the sock

- Then, I pushed through the center of the sock and rolled it down until it was on my head.

- I used hair pins and styling gel, to secure any loose hairs.

If you’re looking for perfection, the technique will require a little patience and I would advise not rocking it on a windy day.  I’d like to think messy buns show personality though.

So, I want to hear from you.  What do you think of the bun trend? Would you try a sock bun? What other techniques have you tried to get the perfect bun?

Smashbox Studio Pop Eye Palette Review

This weekend, I purchased Smashbox’s Studio Pop Eye Palette.  With 16 of Smashbox’s bestselling Photo Op Eye Shadows and 4 eye luxe cream liners for only $39 I thought it was a bargain!

Check out my review:


I decided to play in the purples (Orchid, Amethyst and Royal) and do a smokey eye…

So what do you think of the colors?

Celebrating 30 :: 21 With 9 Years of Experience

“Enjoy yourself. That’s what your 20s are for. Your 30s are to learn the lessons; your 40s are to pay for the drinks.” – Carrie Bradshaw Sex in the City

I celebrated the mighty milestone of turning the BIG 30 last week.  There’s so much fuss about turning 30 — the clock starts to tick for a career, getting married, having children, and yes, AGING…the pressure!  I didn’t know whether to be excited, tense or indifferent really.  Nevertheless, I decided embrace it and celebrate as usual.  Besides, I’d like to think I always get better in time.

Here’s to 30 more awesome years!

Real Friends Don’t Let Friends Leave Out Busted…or Do They?

Looking at pictures of Foxy Brown performing with Nicki Minaj at the Roseland Ballroom in NYC earlier this week, I was left with a bunch of questions.  First, let me begin by saying, I was happy to see Foxy and Nicki come together without all the usual drama, and yes, I am a fan of them both, especially Foxy.  I still remember seeing her for the first time in the “Ain’t No” video with Jay-Z and thinking how beautiful she was, and recording her songs on the radio, and listening to them over and over again, to memorize the lyrics…she was BAD!

But back to the questions….what did Foxy have on? Why? And most importantly, where were her friends? Now, this post purpose isn’t to bash Foxy Brown, because we’ve all had our moments, but, as my father has always told me, your real friends tell you the truth.  Where were her friends to tell her that she was stuck in a time warp?

Ultimately, this all got me to thinking about the bigger question, “would you tell a friend if she looked bad”?    Is it a friend’s place to tell you that your hairstyle or your outfit is unflattering?  And, how would you feel, being told that your lipstick shade is horrid?

My mom and sister will be the FIRST to tell me that my foundation is too orange or that they dislike my new hairstyle, and as much as I hate to hear it, I do value their opinions. Maybe, it might be different coming from someone else.

How do you feel? Are you honest with your friends about their looks, or do you sugarcoat your opinions in the name of friendship?


Review :: Suave’s Keratin Infusion

My sisters have been raving bout how soft and smooth their hair is after using Suave’s new Keratin line.  If you’ve been following my blog, you know that I have VERY thick hair, and as a product junkie, I couldn’t resist the urge to try it out myself.  I went to Target and Walmart (they only had the serum at Walmart) to purchase Suave’s Keratin Infusion Smoothing Shampoo, Conditioner, Leave-In Conditioner and Serum.  I spent about $10 on all 4 products…WINNING!!!

Anyway, I shampooed my hair and combed the shampoo through and I did the same when I followed up with the conditioner.  I then applied a small amount of the leave-in conditioner and serum to my hair and flat-ironed it.

This is my new favorite!  I LOVE the way my hair feels and smells, just like how it is when I visit the salon.  It’s amazingly soft, smooth, bounces when I walk, smells great, and for $10 a HUGE bargain.

Suave Kertain Infusion is available at Target and Walmart. Try it and tell me how you like it.


What’s In Your Purse??

I know you’ve heard that you can tell a lot about a woman by the contents she carries in her purse.  Of course, what she carries in her purse won’t tell you, she’s an introverted Leo, who likes long walks in the park, unless she has her dating profile in there, but the purse contents give a general idea of the person.  For instance, if she’s carrying around a pacifier and bib cup, she’s most likely the mother of an infant or if she’s carrying yarn and needles, chances are that she’s a knitter.

I’m always changing purses, so I like to keep it simple with only my phone, keys, wallet and my beauty bag (3 lip glosses, 3 lipsticks, blotting tissue, lotion, deodorant and toothpaste and brush). I throw everything else into my Vanity Rich “Give Good Face” tote bag.  So you probably wouldn’t be able to tell that I’m a beauty blogger from the contents in my purse, but you could probably tell that I’m into makeup.

Enough about me, tell me about yourself.  What’s in your purse???

Tips to Prevent Summer Makeup Meltdowns

During this summer heatwave, it may seem nearly impossible to keep your makeup meltproof.  Luckily, there are a few tips to that you can follow to ensure that your face stays on during the hot and sticky days of summer.

Check out this additional meltproof makeup tip:


Morning Makeovers :: What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast

I saw a great segment on The Today Show this morning, about making the most of your mornings.  I’m a firm believer in how you start your morning, will usually set the tone for the rest of the day.  They featured, Laura Vanderkam, author of  “What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast”.  During the segment, Vanderkam said the most successful people get a lot  done while the rest of the world is still sleeping.   I think Young Jeezy said it first, “Run these streets all day, I can sleep when I die”.

Whether it’s a morning workout or jump-start on your workday, studies show tasks that require self-discipline are simply easier to do while the day is young.  Vanderkam believes these early zen-like mornings the secret to her success.   She organizes e-mails, prioritizes her thoughts and the day.  Vanderkam suggests to gradually start building the habit of waking up earlier, by starting your day 15 minutes earlier.

So remember, Monday morning  when your alarm goes off at 5:30am, instead of hitting the snooze button, get up! Give your mornings a makeover, by waking up early to fix yourself breakfast, plan your day, work-out, check e-mails, do your make-up, meditate, or whatever else, you never have time to do in the morning.  You’ll feel better and do better!

I’m not going to lie, I’m a snoozer, so I definitely plan to give this a start.

Check out Laura Vanderkam’s “What The Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast”, here.

Effortless Poolside Glam :: Pool Makeup Tips

Hey Beauties!  I know it’s been a minute since my last post, I’ve been a little wrapped up with another project that I’m working on (can’t wait to tell you about it!) and I just got back from vacation in Las Vegas, so I’m just settling in. Anyway, while in Vegas, I attended one of their much talked about day parties, and was inspired to do a post on poolside makeup tips.

Whether you’re poolside in DC, Miami, Vegas, LA or even in your own back yard, simplicity and waterproof makeup are key to giving good face by the water.

1.  Sunscreen mixed with Foundation – For flawless skin with sun protection, a tinted moisterizer with SPF is your BFF.  My fav is Smashbox’s Camera Ready BB Cream SPF

2.  Waterproof Mascara - Remember simplicity and waterproof is key, so skip the eye shadow and eyeliner and just go straight to to the mascara.

3.  Bronzer – Get a sunkissed glow without all the shimmer, for a flawless finish.

4.  Pressed Powder – Keep your t-zone in check and shine proof with a compact pressed powder

5. Lip Color – Avoid the greasy or glossy look and stick with a matte or stained color that won’t easily rub off.  You all know coral is my color for summer.  Try a nice bright color to liven things up.

6.  Nail Polish – A quick and easy way to accessorize your look, is by dressing up your fingers and toes with a nail polish.  Try summer trends like seafoam, burnt topaz and or bright tangerine.

7.  Accessorize – Whether it’s, sunglasses, a hat, earrings or bracelets, adding accessories can turn a simple look, into something fun.  I for one, LOVE wearing hats.

Do you wear makeup to the pool/beach?? What makeup item(s) and/or accessories are a must-have for the beach/pool?


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