Monthly archives of “January 2016

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A couple of weeks ago, I blogged about apple cider vinegar and its many benefits (Read: Faux Product Review 7: Apple Cider Vinegar).

About a week or so ago, I did my first apple cider vinegar (ACV) rinse. An ACV rinse balances pH in hair, exfoliates the scalp, removes buildup, closes hair cuticles, elimates flakes and itchiness, and improves the appearance of hair. I used a small spray bottle and filled it with half water and half apple cider vinegar. I recommend organic apple cider vinegar. The most popular brand is Bragg which is pretty much sold at every grocery store.

WARNING: It will smells like you are spraying pee that has been basking in the rays of sunshine. I thought it smelled disgusting while bathing but it’s waaaaay worse on your head. I cringe as I type this.

After, my hair felt super clean, no shrinkage, and a bit of shine (once it dried). No drastic results… It’s probably because my hair is already awesome. Anywho, I’m going to continue doing this just once a month.

Last night, I did an ACV rinse on husband. He has kind of a dry scalp. I warned him about the smell but apparently it wasn’t a sufficient warning. He turned into the biggest drama queen and just looked at me like this:


It was a struggle getting him to leave it in for a grand total of *drum roll* 3 minutes. After rinsing, I dried with a shirt and added Tea Tree Oil (also helpful for dry scalp) and recommended by a friend (Hey Ercilla). Husband when his hair dried:


I told him, I’ll probably make it a weekly habit for him. He is not pleased. Interestingly, I’ve been using more and more of my products on him. Isn’t it my job to make him be the best that he can be? You’re he’s welcome.

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After finishing Smooth Focus Pressed Setting Powder by Laura Mercier, I decided to try something new. I didn’t have any issues but wanted to know if there were more effective pressed setting powders. I prefer pressed because it’s easier to travel with and I can apply it later in the day. Who wants to carry a container and a kabuki brush around? Not me.

I planned to buy HD Pressed Powder by Make Up For Ever but Sephora was out of stock. Because I needed a pressed setting powder NOW, the beauty consultant suggested Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder by NARS.

Pressed enhances the look of foundation without a trace of color and prolongs makeup wear. This silky powder is infused with Photochromic Technology which diffuses light and adjusts to new sources of light throughout the day. Fine lines, wrinkles and pores optically fade as skin is visibly smoothed. Revolutionary microfine mineral powders are loaded with glycerin and anti-oxidant vitamin E to help guard against dryness and keep skin comfortable all day. NARS exclusive Light Reflecting Complex optimizes light reflection on the skin. Soft, silky and luxurious to the touch and undetectable on the skin, this weightless formula applies evenly and blends effortlessly. Ideal for touch-ups, it helps regulate shine throughout the day and seamlessly sets foundation. Paraben-free. Fragrance-free. Non-Comedogenic.I choose the pressed setting powder in “Translucent Crystal.” The application of the pressed setting powder.

I chose it in “Translucent Crystal.” I thought the powder was too pressed because it was a bit tough to get some of it onto the brush. Then again you know me, I don’t know what I’m doing most of the time… I also didn’t like the pad it came with.  It’s too thin for use but too thick for the compact. Surprisingly, it has dealt with my oily skin quite well. I’ve reapplied after lunch just because I’m vain and not because I needed to. This is usually the part when I say I use a combination of matte products so I don’t know if this is effective but I was looking a bit Jermaine Jackson so I know it’s working.

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Last but not least, it does make my skin look smooth and even but is it worth 36 bucks? That’s a decision you’ll have to make, don’t put that burden on me.  Although, I purchased mine from Sephora I don’t see it online, just the loose powder. Did those bastards discontinue it the day I bought it? Lol.  Shop, NARS!

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  1. Its a year already?!
  3. I should’ve made my husband come with me.
  4. Hungry!
  5. Don’t sit by the pregnant women, they’re contagious. Oh no, one is looking at me!
  6. Why is this toodler talking to me?
  7. Who is this new medical assistant?
  8. That’s not my weight. When is the last time they calibrated this scale?
  9. I’m glad they have the heat on. It’s too cold to be nudey.
  10. Why don’t hospital gowns come in an assortment of colors? Hot pink please!
  11. What’s taking the doctor so long? Is she waiting on the second coming?
  12. Why does she think I want to have a conversation with her while she’s inside of my…errr, you know what I mean.
  13. I hope they have butterfly needles, I’m not ready for the “adult” needle yet…
  14. What do you mean you have to check to see if you have butterfly needles?! I demand a butterfly needle!
  15. Do they really need this much blood?
  16. Don’t talk to me while you’re taking my blood, Nurse Dracula.
  17. Still hungry…
  18. Another successful visit without crying! #adulting #grownaf
  19. See you next year, jive turkeys!
  20. I’m exhausted, maybe I should take the remainder of the day off…

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Season 2 of An African City premieres tonight.  Briefly, An African City is a web series created by Nicole Amarteifio that follows the lives of five women who confide in each other about their struggling love lives and the difficulties associated with being 21st century women in Africa. It’s deemed the Ghanian version of Sex in the City.

I told you guys that I loved Season 1 and hoped Season 2 brought a longer season and longer episodes.  I also said that beggars can’t be choosers.  Well, it appears that things have changed.  Season 2 is available via download through this site for $19.99 and streams on the web, iPhone, iPad, Roku with the VHX App, AirPlay and Chromecast.

Does this change things for me?  Hell No! Again, for the people in the back!


I don’t want to count your money but I think a lot of us can afford this and should support it. Just in case you didn’t watch Season 1 when I told you to, watch here!

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Directed by Asif Kapadia, Amy tells her story in her own words, features unseen footage as well as interviews from her family and friends.

Even as  a teen, Amy was a jazz fanatic, had an enormous voice and a talent for songwriting.  Even when drunk or high, she seemed to record songs effortlessly.

I was familiar with drunk Amy but didn’t understand the depth until the documentary. Early issues stemmed from her father’s infidelity and parent’s divorce. This resulted in minor substance abuse and alcoholism.  Daddy issues led to the selection of the wrong men who were just as disturbed as her (if not worse).  Her ex-husband (Blake Fielder-Civil) introduced her to cocaine and pills.  Of course, everyone holds him responsible for her substance abuse but remember, she abused drugs and alcohol before she met him. The two became a perfect storm.

I assumed that Amy didn’t have anyone around to keep her grounded.  That was not true. Even her Dad became more involved in her life but was in denial about her substance abuse; thus, the line in Rehab:

They tried to make me go to rehab
I said, “no, no, no”
Yes, I been black
But when I come back, you’ll know, know, know
I ain’t got the time
And if my daddy thinks I’m fine
He’s tried to make me go to rehab
I won’t go, go, gooverdose and rehab

She eventually went to rehab but Blake came with. Wasn’t that a great idea?

Amy suffered an overdose, health issues as a result of drug use, and possible mental issues, but was continually pressured by management to perform. This is when we started seeing her act out, walk off stage, lackluster performances, and canceled appearances. She died at the age of 27 from alcohol poisoning.

Overall, this documentary was really good but super depressing.  Like 30 minutes after watching, I was still sad.  I think it always affects me when people die so close to my age; especially, someone so talented and loved.  I rented Amy from iTunes for $3.99. iTunes rentals only last 24 hours -_-

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