Hi Ladies & Gents,
There has been so much going on in the news, politics, society, and even in our own lives. From things that are grand and other things that are not so great. Have you all been watching Late Night with Jimmy Fallon? All week they have been doing amazing performance tributes in honor of Bob Marley. This week is the 30th anniversary of the death of Robert Nesta Marley. Ziggy Marley, Jennifer Hudson, and more have all been doing amazing covers of his songs like “No Woman, No Cry” and “Redemption Song”. I truly believe music transcends time, race, gender, and genre. So it’s truly amazing just thinking about the celebration of this man’s life and what he accomplished and has given to society. I hope that when we remember a man like Mr. Marley, we hope that we too and our future generations can accomplish great, if not greater.
How do I follow that? I can’t. But, I just wanted to share with you all several things that I have been loving. I get emails with questions, sometimes about my own interests and while I don’t really like to talk too much about myself because I love learning about and listening to amazing people. So I thought sharing a few things I’m loving at the moment would be a nice opportunity to show you some of my likes as well as hopefully introduce you to some great things.. This will be posted under the My Life section, which is where I do post more personal information and thoughts. I hope all of you, whether you’re graduating, going to prom, finding a job, or just doing you, are doing great.
I love getting emails from everyone and getting to know your interests and recommendations, so keep that coming.
Korres Face Primer ($28): I love this silicone-free face primer. It feels just like a moisturizer when I put it on, but I can see a difference when I don’t use this under my makeup. While I’m not necessarily against silicone-based primers for the same reasons other are, I generally don’t use them every day. I’ve never had a breakout problem with Smashbox Photofinish, or Tarte’s CleanSlate. In fact I love them when I am going for a more matte look just because silicone-based products tend to aid in eliminating any sheen from your face. However, on a daily basis my preference for the finish of my skin is natural to a satin finish, meaning I want some sort of dewiness to my skin. I think when your skin is not completely matte it add dimension and aids in a more natural look. This is why I love Korres Face Primer, it doesn’t eliminate my natural glow.
Josie Maran Argan Cleansing Oil ($32): I prefer cleansing oils to take off my makeup for a few reasons. The main reason I love cleansing oils is because it literally melts off my makeup without forcing me to tug and scrub at my skin, especially the sensitive eye area. When I found of Josie Maran Cosmetics made a cleansing oil, I was excited but scared. I’ve tried a few cleansing oils which either wasn’t up to the job of removing every trace of my makeup, or made me work harder than using regular extra virgin olive oil. Josie Maran Argan Cleansing Oil is a 3-in-1 product that melts away your makeup, treats your skin, and moisturizes it without leaving a thick layer of residue. I’ve read reviews by some people who didn’t care for the product, however, I think it’s because of the way they used it. To get the most out of this product, put a few pumps into your hand and massage it onto your face without any water. The oil itself will break your makeup down and do all the work. When you see your makeup is pretty much disolved then wet your face and the oil instantly turns milky and rinses away. I love this cleansing oil as well as the many eco-friendly products Josie Maran Cosmetics makes. It truly makes a difference in your skin and the environment.
Baiyu ‘Gone’: Off of her ‘Fan Fair’ album, ‘Gone’ is just a beautiful song, sung by an AH-mazingly talented vocalist, songwriter, let alone beautiful woman. The melody, the hook, the vocals are all on point. I listen to it almost everyday on my drive home to help wind me down and relax. However, there are those days when I listen to it on repeat and sing along…. AH-horrible… I can’t touch her mic. If you haven’t checked out this song or ‘Fan Fair’ you can download it through Itunes as well as hear it on Baiyu’s official site.
MAC Cosmetics’ Creme d’Nude Lipstick ($14.50): While this isn’t a new product, it’s something I love more during the warmer seasons. I love nude lips, because I generally prefer a smokey eye. I normally use another one of MACs’ lipsticks in ‘Myth’ which is a Satin Formula topped with their Lipglass in ‘Underage’, the Creme d’Nude lipstick offers an option that works perfect when I just want to slip on a little lipstick and go. It’s a cremesheen formula, which means it’s moisturizing, but its neither matte nor too slick so it’s perfect for those of you want a creamy lipstick with a bit of sheen.
Limited Edition Lavender Clarisonic Mia Jurlique Set, ($181): This beauty tool deep cleans pores more efficiently and effectively than regular washing. It’s fantastic for those who wear a lot of makeup because it a little added insurance that when you go to sleep, you don’t have leftover residue on your face after cleansing which can lead to breakouts. With its sonic technology it really leaves my skin feeling refreshed, clean, and rejuvenated. Especially for days when I know I won’t be wearing makeup and I like to show off my skin, I use this little handy tool to ensure my skin is in top condition. Stars like Sarah Jessica Parker, Julie Benz, Demi Moore, Lauren Conrad, and more are fans of Clarisonic which offers a variety of sizes and colors for men and woman.
Sigma Brushes: I love the E30 Pencil brush because it’s more pointed than my MAC pencil brush which helps when I’m trying to add extra depth in the outer corners when I smoke out my eyes. I also love the Marilyn retractable blush brush. I love the retractable brush because I can throw it in my purse and use it to touch up my blush. I got it because I’m a sucker for anything involving Marilyn Monroe, however, I am happy I got it because the quality and softness of the brush is more than I could have hoped for. The Body Buffer brush is excellent when I want to do a quick dust of a iridescent body powder along my arms and décolletage. It took me a while to get on the Sigma bandwagon because I love my Mac brushes but I’m glad I’ve been able to incorporate Sigma into my makeup routine. A few good things that have come out of adding Sigma to my brush collection is I’m not afraid to through a brush in my purse out of fear of losing it or damaging it because it’s affordable in addition to the quality being superb. I’ve also realized just like with makeup and other things, I’ll always have my favorites within each brand. There are some MAC brushes I prefer to Sigma and vise versa. If you haven’t tried out Sigma brushes, you should check it out.
Law & Order SVU: Casey Novak returns! I love Law & Order so having one of my favorite district attorneys, Casey Novak played by Diane Neal, reprised her role since the character was censured a few seasons ago. She returned in the episode “Reparations” which also featured Terrance Howard as a guest star. Unfortunately, it was only for one show but I’ll take what I can get from one of my favorite district attorneys.
Jennifer Lopez: Jenny from the Block is taking no prisoners. From the tears, the glamour, and of course the ‘glow’, I love this woman. When I first heard of Jennifer Lopez coming to American Idol, I was thinking, “Wow, this is like bringing in a huge chuck of luxurious marble to complete a new kitchen, you just better hope it fits”… which clearly, La-Lopez does. I wasn’t even a huge singing competition show fan, and still don’t have it on my must-see radar. I watch the show purely for what Jennifer brings to that judging table; great hair, great makeup, great outfits, and Ah-mazing glamour with a snap. So I probably don’t have to express much about how I’m more than thrilled with her latest album which dropped a couple of weeks ago, Love?, AH-Mazing. With Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey, and Ms. Lopez all on these singing shows, there is definitely a lot of glamour to watch on network television.