Monthly archives of “June 2016

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I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes (so don’t come for me unless I send for you).

This is my very first campaign and it’s for one of my favorite brands: Ole Henriksen (Read: Free Mini Facials @ Sephora, Truth Serum, Walnut Complexion Scrub, and The Last Skincare Product Review, Ever)

So what’s in my VoxBox? The same items pictured above, duh.

First up:

POWER|bright is professional-strength three-step brightening system with an unprecedented 25 percent vitamin C concentrate to deliver maximum radiance in as little as one use. Solutions for dullness, uneven skintone, and fine lines and wrinkles

This smelled great, my skin felt smooth after just one use but the process was a bit lengthy. What I mean is I should’ve read the directions before starting the process. You guys know how I feel about reading. It’s not fundamental… Any who, I would consider buying this because dark marks are my major issue right now; however, I would probably limit use to once a week. Ain’t nobody got time for 3 times a week.

Truth Serum is a high potency serum that’s formulated with a proprietary five-source vitamin C complex to help brighten, boost collagen, and minimize fine lines and wrinkles. Solutions for fine lines and wrinkles, uneven skin texture and dullness, and elasticity.

Although I first reviewed truth serum collagen booster hereI didn’t provide much of a review besides it being stinky. It’s still stinky but I’ve been using it for nearly a year and think it’s effective.

Sheer Transformation is an oil-free moisturizer with a multi-fruit AHA complex to even the skintone and smooth the skin’s texture. Solutions for dryness, dark spots, uneven texture, and uneven skintone.

I never wanted to try this moisturizer because I need something that mattifies my skin. As an alternative, I will use it at night to see how it improves my skin.

So, I didn’t know my skin was dull until I did this treatment. After just one use, I could see a difference but really wasn’t convinced of its necessity. However, the next day my skin looked even better and some dark marks had even disappeared. In 8 hours I went from being mildly impressed, to completely sold. Shop these products at Sephora.

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I’ve loved Macaroni and Cheese since my inception and possibly during past lives. I imagine my very first words were “pink,” “heels,” and “Mac and Cheese.” Don’t debate me on this Mom.

Finding out about the First Annual Atlanta Mac and Cheese Festival prompted me to think about Mac and Cheese and it not being celebrated more often.

First and foremost, one does not grow out of eating Mac and Cheese. I don’t know what a**hats think Mac and Cheese is only for kids… Secondly, Mac and Cheese can be a meal. Consider it a vegetarian dish and pair with a nice white wine. Thirdly, it’s hard to mess up Mac and Cheese. Although, I wanted to talk about a situation in which I had sucky Mac and Cheese but Husband said the particular person in question probably reads my blog and that “I don’t have to say everything I think.”

Last but not least, you can freestyle Mac and Cheese recipes. While in Seattle, I had a really festive bowl of Mac and Cheese and recreated the recipe below.

Warning: As with many of my blog posts, I’m winging it ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup of shredded sharp cheddar
  • 1/2 cup of shredded Monterary and Colby Jack. Try to find the blend opposed to buying it separately.
  • Half of the 16 oz. of fake ass Velveeta
  • Rotini pasta
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • A tablespoon of sugar
  • A tablespoon of butter
  • One egg
  • Dash of salt and pepper for flavor
  • A tablespoon of sour cream
  • 1 or 2 stems of a scallion (green onion for the classless)
  • Bacon bits (the chewy kind, not the crisp-cardboard kind).
  • Paprika (optional)

Assuming you know how to boil water and cook pasta, let’s move on to more pressing issues.

Chop scallion (green onion for the peasants) and Velveeta. Immediately after draining pasta add cheeses, butter, milk and sour cream. Once it’s melted, crack and add egg. Whip it up quickly, you don’t want scrambled egg in your Mac and Cheese. Most importantly, I don’t want to be blamed for your Mac and Cheese Eggs.

Toss in sugar, salt and pepper. Stir then eat a bite. You know, test it out. How does it taste? Good, I know. Go ahead and toss in the scallion and bacon bits. Eat as is or add to a baking pan, sprinkle a little sharp cheddar, shake a little paprika and pop it in the the oven until brown on top.

Now go out into the world and spread the love of Mac and Cheese but I won’t judge you if you toss it in someone’s face (Mac and Cheese can serve as a weapon when necessary).

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Of course I was speeding but I expected to get away with it because (1) I was in a Volkswagen Beetle and (2) I’m cute. At the time the pig was giving me the ticket, I was more concerned about being late for my meeting but as time progressed I started feeling guilty. Oh, and then there’s the expensive ticket so I decided I would plead my case in court opposed to just paying the ticket.

The court is in walking distance from my job so I brought a few things with me opposed to bringing my purse, I was trying to look homely. The security guard pointed me in the direction of the check-in window where I prayed they didn’t have my ticket (so my case would be thrown out) but they had it so off to court I went.

Upon arrival, the court grand master (or whatever he is) told us that we had to sit in the back of the courtroom and that the front rows were reserved for attorneys. EXCUSE ME? My ancestors did not fight for me to sit on the back row of this filthy courtroom! So I did what any woman of my stature would do, I sat in the back. I didn’t want any trouble, the ticket was enough for me.

While waiting, I posted some thoughts:

At traffic court for speeding, I’m so ashamed #pinkcriminal

Why does it stink in here? Is it part of my punishment? #trafficcourt #pinkcriminal #itstinks

With all these people in here for speeding tickets, surely they can afford plugins #trafficcourt #pinkcriminal #itstinks

The personnel at traffic court are RUDE. We are the criminals, why are they tripping? #trafficcourt #pinkcriminal #itstinks

I don’t like the word “guilty.” Is there an alternative? #trafficcourt #pinkcriminal #itstinks

Will I get points for a cute outfit? #trafficcourt #pinkcriminal #itstinks

Is there a payment plan? #trafficcourt #pinkcriminal #itstinks #iaintgotit

What would the Puerto Rican Princess do? #trafficcourt #pinkcriminal #itstinks #joselinehelpme

I’m realizing that hygiene is not everyone’s priority #trafficcourt #pinkcriminal #itstinks #becauseeveryonestinks

Before the judge arrived, court master flex did a roll call of some sort. When he called our name, we had to plead “guilty” or “not guilty.”I thought:

OMG, I have to say “guilty” out loud? Does he know I am a public servant? I am getting a degree in public policy and administration for goodness sake! This can ruin me!

So, I pleaded guilty but softly… *whispers* guilty.

Besides noticing the courtroom stinks because some of my fellow criminals stunk, people brought a friend or two with them. Then I wondered, where is my support system? Husband? My little brother? In-laws? I needed them and they weren’t there!

Finally, the judge arrived and he was fine. I listened as they called people’s names and described their infractions. I was shocked by the amount of people driving with suspended licenses and no insurance. One guy who already had two tickets drove to court with a suspended license. The judge gave him another ticket. Then, it was my turn. Court snitch stated that I had been driving 22 miles over the speed limit. Judge Fine is like “where were you going in such a hurry?” I told him I was rushing from one meeting to another, then Judge Fine told me “you’re going to hurt someone in that Beetle.”

I still had to pay the ticket but he allowed me to take a class to get it removed from my record. I had served my time.

If I can save one person, I’ve done my job with this blog post. Don’t be like me, don’t get a speeding ticket.



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In The Curious Case of Friendship, I told you about the Meetup I recently joined and am now an organizer of.


The first event we organized was Museum After Hours which was held at the Mississippi Museum of Art.

Every third Thursday we host Museum After Hours, when we open the doors after hours to partner with and embrace Mississippi’s creative community. These collaborations feature one-night pop up exhibitions and dining experiences, live music, outdoor movies, games, and more.

We ate at one of the food trucks opposed to the pop-up menu featuring crawfish-themed cuisine.

Note: I am an extremely picky eater. Worse, I don’t particularly care for food deemed Cajun or Creole cuisine because I don’t want to be disappointed or angry. 

Outside of the museum (where it was too damn hot) there was a bar, a couple of vendors, food trucks (as mentioned previously), live music, and splash pads (where I should’ve been). Later in the evening, people gathered on the lawn to watch “Smokey and the Bandit.”

Within the museum (where it was not hot as hell), we watched some sort of improv where I made sure I didn’t make eye contact to ensure the dancers wouldn’t pull me on the dance floor. I didn’t drink enough mimosas for that. Eventually, my group moved on to the exhibits where we completely ignored the description of art and created our own interpretations. Some of my favorites:




On our way out, we visited the Museum Store where there were a host of cool journals and jewelry that I wanted to buy but…bills.

Overall, I could definitely see me attending this event monthly and may even watch a movie out on the lawn while melting into a puddle of chocolate… You must try this event at least once!

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Last Sunday, I returned to Sephora because my spirit told me to. While chatting with one of their beauty consultants, I noticed her makeup was flawless. She told me she was wearing Cover FX. And per her recommendation, I should switch to it. So, I did what any logical person would do, I returned NARS.

Note: I also returned Veil Mineral Primer for Ever-Matte because she said it works great with Cover FX. 

Although the Natural Finish Oil Free Foundation is what was recommended, they were sold out. Can someone inform Sephora about inventory? Another beauty consultant recommended the Total Cover Cream Foundation which should provide me with maximum coverage. I bought it in 100.

An antioxidant-rich, two-in-one foundation and concealer that delivers medium-to-full, buildable coverage. This foundation provides an all-day radiant finish that nourishes and protects with antiaging benefits. The buildable formula can provide medium-to-full coverage and offers all-day wear.

I know I say this all of the time (which is why I named it Faux Reviews) but I really love this foundation. And the color matches me to perfection. Better than all the foundations I’ve blogged about to date.

However, oil has been breaking through. I may have to up the ante on a setting spray. I’ve been applying pressed powder mid day and again at the end of the day if I need to freshen up for an after hour event I don’t want to attend.

Side note: I almost applied for a part-time job at Sephora, I wanted to work for a discount or be paid in beauty products.

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