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March 10, 2014
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Jergens Shea Butter Oil Review


Needless to say, but I will anyway, Jean-Michel Basquiat imagery has become ubiquitous these days. And considering his desire for art world recognition and obsession with pop culture, I guess that works.

Like many people though, I feel like Basquiat "speaks to me" in a very special way.

So yeah, I get a little pissed when I see someone rocking a Basquiat tee and I assume they don't have the "relationship" that I have with him. The irony is, I'm more than a little enamored with this tee.

My feelings of "proprietary" grew even stronger as I heard about the turf war of sorts happening regarding Christie's now-controversial Basquiat auction. Google that ish.

At least I saw authentic (?) Basquiat items in person that I'd once seen in books. That's pretty dope. Unless they're fake...then that's wiggety wack.

As I viewed Olive Oyl (pic below), it reminded me of the dewy satisfaction that Jergens Shea Butter Oil ($8.99) gave me the other day.

A) You already know how I feel about the restorative powers of shea butter

B) This oil shaved off 3 minutes from my get-dressed-for-work routine*

C) It has a light fragrance (very light...you know I can't stand an oppressive perfume)

*How did it do so? While still in the shower, I applied it to my damp skin and then blotted my skin with the towel. Et voile...moisturized for the day.

The Inspiration

October 18, 2013
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Fresh Honey Mask Review: Ooo Baby I Like It Raw



As pitches to ghost write my blog roll in, mama (um, me) realized she needed to make a Jay-Z-style comeback.

The word "raw" conjures references aplenty (like my new raw oyster addiction and Eddie Murphy's "Raw" comedy concert), but for now let's focus on "raw" beauty.

My latest crush is on CRÈME ANCIENNE ULTIMATE NOURISHING HONEY MASK ($130) from Fresh. You can use it up to four times a week on cleansed skin to lend lubrication to the skin. Sure, I could've used another word there, but that one was much more satisfying.

It is made from hydrating shea butter, Vitamin E, and pure honey to help attract and seal in moisture. I used it once this week and my skin (prone to dryness as soon as summer's humidity dissipates) looked moisturized even without moisturizer. Old dirty dog ain't no liar!

True dat: It's pricey, but you honestly only need to apply a thin layer to your grillpiece. Until next time, I leave you with this ditty...from Dirty:

June 20, 2011
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5 Best Moisturizers
(As Inspired by New Kids on the Block)

L to R: Jordan, Danny, Donnie, Jonathan, Joey. Image courtesy of jamati.com

You probably wouldn't think the New Kids on the Block could inspire a beauty post, but you know how I roll. Last week I went to the New Kids on the Block-Backstreet Boys (or NKOTBSB) concert. Between eardrum-destroying screams and spastic dance movements (what? I was excited), I was fixated on how great NKOTB looked; so, this post was meant to be (kinda' like Donnie and I):



L'Bel Collagenesse XT, ($52)

Front man, Jordan doesn't have a wrinkle in sight and though I don't believe they're anywhere in his near future, 170% collagen-stimulating L'Bel Collagenesse XT can maintain his already smooth (and I'm assuming soft) skin.



Bare Escentuals Purely Nourishing Moisturizer, ($28)

I'd say that lightweight Bare Escentuals Nourishing Moisturizer is great for buff Danny. You see, it has electrolytes (I hear that's good for folks who exercise). Plus, this formula, which is ideal for combination skin, firms as it hydrates.



Olay Total Effects Moisturizer Plus Cooling Hydration, (Now Sold Out)

I choose you, Olay Total Effects Moisturizer Plus Cooling Hydration. The oil-free moisturizer is just like super-talented Donnie--more than meets the eye. Not only is it a vitamin-packed moisturizer, but its mint extract also cools the skin.

 


Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum ($31.50)

Always laid back, I think Jonathan would be into Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum. This mineral-enriched formula is made for dry/sensitive skin and provides all-day hydration (thanks to thermal water).


Lierac Intiatic Cream (Now Sold Out)

For the youngest member of the group, shea butter and goji berry-enriched Lierac Intiatic Cream is perfect because it's made to reduce and prevent the first signs of aging (lines, wrinkles, you know the deal).

September 01, 2010
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It's the 'Shrooms, Man

Origins Mega-Mushroom Face Serum

I'm obsessed with gummy candy. What? Think it'd be beauty or fashion related just because this is a beauty and style blog?! Silly, silly.

Swedish Fish. Haribo Gummi Bears. Peach Rings. I especially enjoy the underrated act of chewing when I'm stressed.

And though my bod has been feeling the results of many chaotic weeks, my face is none the wiser. For I have been using Origins Mega Mushroom Advanced Serum ($50).

This baby is packed with mushroom-y goodness that's meant to soothe tired, agitated skin. Girls with rosacea, this one is especially for you!

And now back to our regularly scheduled candy obsession. If CVS didn't have such god-awful (read:non-immediate) delivery times, I'd be pleading right now with someone to send over a $0.99 bag of Gummi Worms.

Boy, I long for the days of care packages. Mom, if you're reading this, feel guilty...very guilty.

May 06, 2010
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My Emu Says: Emu Oil Review

A few of you have asked, "yo what's up with the posts?" Is there a Shaunequa Jr. on the way? Moving to Zimbabwe? Joining the Rockettes? As much as I want to tell you I'm the proud new member of the New York chapter of the Human Tail Society, I can't lie: I'm just a lazy mo-fo.

But I wasn't so busy doing ABSOLUTELY NOTHING; I did find a new product. I read one piece on the magical properties of Emu Oil and (the impetuous little minx that I am) went right over to Westerly and copped a bottle. It's supposed to be an anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, hell it's probably a crime-fighting, sea-parting, walk-on-water oil.

Oh my poor forsaken coconut oil had to take a backseat. Sorry, yo. I've been using Emu Oil for just about a week.

It's supposed to be an incredible under-eye moisturizer and it keeps even my dry hands (sorta) supple. I’ll say this my alter ego, the Queen of Glow, thinks it’s a bit much for the face--especially because it’s so warm now. Oh, and its appearance makes it a little difficult to forget its origins.

April 05, 2010
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Free to Be You and Green


I've been especially drawn to natural products lately; mostly because I feel like I'm doing something phenomenal for the earth and myself, but I also feel like I'm giving the middle finger to The Man. And who can turn down that rare opportunity?

Now Josie Maran isn't a cooking-up-products-in-the-kitchen sorta' company (this week we'll explore a few beauty and fashion girls doing just that), but it is a relatable brand.

In recycled, biodegradable packaging, Josie Maran 100% Argan Oil ($14) is all-natural and I happen to use it every day on my face. Now that the weather's getting warmer it might be a bit much on even my moisture-seeking skin. Don't fret my pet, it's also great for hair, body, cuticles, and lips!e

February 23, 2010
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Organic Beauty + Pimp Quote = Happy Tuesday


I watched Food Inc. a few days ago. Have you seen it? One word: puke. After watching it, I sooo get the raw food movement. I would still love for heat to touch my food, but I get it. That said, I will be en route to Whole Foods for this week's more socially responsible, grocery store trip.

Inspired, I thought I'd highlight my current beloved moisturizer, which happens to be organic. I slather Sabon Organic Day Cream ($39) onto my skin every morning. For the record, I truly can't stand odiferous moisturizers. So if you want to smell like the fragrance section of Bloomingdales, this macadamia nut-based, UV ray blocking cream isn't for you. If your normal to dry skin wants rich, age-defying moisture, "make your next move your best move".

February 17, 2010
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Kiehl the World


My friend bequeathed this to me recently. You might be saying to yourself, "Big whoop, lotion. Soooo?!" I argue it is more than a high falutin' moisturizing agent.

Kiehl's Creme de Corps ($27.00) came from my friend's heart. He sacrificed his own ashen hands so that mine would be properly hydrated. Full disclosure, I constantly asked to borrow his fragrance-free, super-decadent emollient. Maybe he gave it to me to shut me up.

Wouldn't be the first time. Remember my-mom-feeding-me-caramels-to-stop-my-wailing story? 'Nuff said.

Oh, I haven't completely lost it. I realize it's almost the end of fashion week. I promise to post my favorite NYFW looks soon. Have you seen any swoon-worthy fall 2010 styles? Holla, I'm just a mere email away!

January 26, 2010
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Ask the Beauty Expert: Part Two (Face + Look Like a Pussycat Doll)


Nicole ScherzingerPhoto courtesy of: BellaSugar.com

Q: OK. Give me the blow-by-blow on skin prep before applying makeup...

A: For prepping the skin, it should be clean and remaining makeup should be removed so there is a clean palette. I usually use a toner to clean the skin. I then clean up the brows by plucking or shaving any extra fuzz around the brows

with an eye brow razor. After that I apply a moisturizer that goes with my client's skin type. Eye cream, lip balm, and of course a primer. Primer fills in any cracks or holes there may be in the skin, giving it a smooth surface. The foundation literally glides on after primer, and it is also used to hold on makeup much longer.
Q: I want to use highlighter. What's the best way to apply it?
A: When highlighting the face, I actually normally use a lighter foundation (Bobbi Brown Stick Foundation) to do this.  The highlight points are between the eye brows and a touch above them. Under the brows, center of the nose a thin line, top of the cheekbones and center of the chin. Sometimes just a touch on the cupid's bow (above the lip).

Q: How do you apply blush for a natural look?
A: Blush is always best in the center (apple) of the cheek. The point of it is to add color and life to the face. When you naturally blush it's in the center of the cheeks. Remove the excess color from the blush and blend outward so there are no streaks or lines.

Q: I have oily skin. How do I get a healthy glow without looking greasy?
A: I use a translucent powder on everyone! Every skin tone. I use RCMA -- No color powder for every makeup application I do. It sets the makeup perfectly, takes away shine, but doesn't change the color, which is important  after you've spent time concealing and highlighting. So it's important to set the skin first, then you can apply the right products after to add the glow.

For darker skin I usually do it with a bronzer. Sun Bunny by Too Faced is a nice one- applied to forehead, nose, cheeks and chin this adds warmth as well as glow. They have a color called Snow bunny that is a highlighter, which can be applied after for highlighting. If your skin is oily, stick with highlight products in powder form. Also remember when it comes to powdering throughout the day, don't use a powder that has coverage like a MAC studio fix or something, because it has oil and its also like applying foundation on top of foundation which just brings out more oil. Urban Decay De-Slick Powder is a nice translucent pressed powder, Laura Mercier has a nice one as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q: What are the current trends in lip colors?
A: I think people are getting really daring with bold, bright colors for fall 2010. Deep dark reds/almost-black tones paired with a champagne shimmer eye shadow, thin black liner, and a lot of lashes is a great look. Same eyes paired with hot pink lips is very fun for the New Year as well. I think Nude lips are always in especially if you're focusing on the eye.
Q: Hey Carlene! What products did you use on Nicole Scherzinger for the 2010 People's Choice Awards?
A: Check out my blog. I talk ALL about the products:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 20, 2009
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Hooray for Hollywood (and Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles)


I honestly love-love-love LA. Between you and me, it's kinda outranking NYC these days. The temperature is damn-near-perfect, the folks are super nice, California chic, and they have blindingly white chompers. Everything I adore. In fact, the only thing I am less-than-stoked about is LA's gnarly, arid air.

I'm consistently unprepared for ashen shoulders, knees, and toes (knees and toes). During my recent visit, I was armed with a lotion, which in most climates is a viable contender. Well that west coast air ravaged my skin and left it pleading for mercy (and moisture).

Next time, I'll bring Vaseline Intensive Care Revitalizing Gel ($7.49). Nothing can beat its skin-soothing and sweet-smelling properties. So watch out TSA, I'll be packing the big guns. Not literally...c'mon I'm kidding. Seriously I can't handle another strip search...


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