Monthly archives of “August 2016

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GUIDE TO GROWING OUT YOUR BROWS 


Step 1: Leave them alone.

Step 2: Watch them grow.

It was that simple for me. Like many others, I got in the habit of overarching my brows and then drawing them into perfection. Then, one day it dawned on me that it made absolutely no sense. I should just grow them out and shape them.

I didn’t buy any special gel or serum (surprisingly). And, it wasn’t an ugly experience because I plucked a few hairs right under the arch and still used a brow pencil to create the brows I wanted. The brows I deserve.

It’s been 3 weeks and I now realize why I used to remove so much of my brow. My hairs are curly, thick, my brows are shaped weirdly, the right and the left look completely different, they twerk, throw tantrums, etc. but I just let them fly. I still use a brow pencil to attempt to get them in line but if you look closely (like Kim did yesterday), you’ll see my hairs fighting each other.

Whatevs.

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FAUX PRODUCT REVIEW 29: MODEL IN A BOTTLE

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It was one of my many tweets regarding my eyebrows melting when @_LoveLO asked her friend about the setting spray she once told her about. @ReeRee_IsOn1 informed me that it was Model in a Bottle which is her holy grail and keeps everything in place. When I ran out of De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray, I ordered it. Descriprion:

  • Dries with a translucent matte finish
  • Absorbs excess oil
  • Doesn’t clogs pores
  • Never interferes with or reduces the effectiveness of SPF
  • Is fast drying, never sticky
  • Has a fresh clean scent
  • Adds moisture with Aloe Vera extract
  • Not tested on animals
  • Proudly made in the USA

Unfortunately, I made the decision to “minimize” makeup the day before this arrived. However, I still use it to mattify my face and set my brows and lipstick.

So… I don’t like the smell of this. It’s very strong, chemically, and makes me wonder if it will show up on one of those commercials. You know… “have you or any of your loved ones used this setting spray? Side effects may include your face falling off, liver damage or death. Call 1-800 to see if you’re eligible for a class suit.”

Another thing, the spray is super aggressive opposed to a light mist. It’s like getting punched in the face so you can have lasting makeup… Should you buy it? It’s up to you. I don’t know your pockets! Shop Model in a Bottle, here.

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VENTILATED GRANNY PANTIES

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Source: Target

I think I’m getting old because this seems appealing…

Fruit of the Loom Breathable low rise briefs are just what you need to help you stay cool and fresh all day long. These panties are made with breathable, micro-mesh fabric that supports the flow of air. Tag free, soft leg bands and a smooth waistband provide added comfort. The women’s low rise brief panty sits just below the belly button and offers full seat coverage.

Let’s be real, it’s hot down there. Does the oven get warmer by the age or something? And you guys know all that lace and silk isn’t healthy. Do you want a yeast infection trying to be cute? You don’t see men strutting around in lace, I think.

It retails for $9.99  for a pack of 4, that’s a bargain! Anyone else digging these ventilated granny panties?

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BLOND AKA BLONDE 

Source: Rolling Stone

It’s the year 2030 and Frank Ocean has finally released his sophomore album. It was just yesterday (in the year 2016, 14 years ago) that we speculated Frank Ocean would drop his album but I had to see it to believe it.

Late Thursday or early Friday, a friend (hey Natalie) informed me that Frank Ocean dropped a visual album entitled Endless. I quickly realized that I needed Apple Music to access it but wasn’t downloading another music streaming app. Tidal was the last one (Read: Succumbing to Tidal While Sipping Lemonade). As a result, another friend (thanks Ercilla) sent me a link to the video in which I watched for 3 minutes, unimpressed. I had to wait 14 years for a video in which he’s in shop class covering Aliyah’s “At Your Best?” I had other things to do, planned to watch it later but when I came back to the link, it wasn’t there. @ReeRee_IsOn1 sent me another link but I didn’t have time to watch and concluded I would wait until it was iTunes.

Saturday night, Natalie informed me that Frank finally graced us with his presence. So what does a pissy fan do when Frank Ocean finally releases his album? Begrudgently download it, duh. The album is entitled Blond or Blonde and as of now, I have no real review. Maybe I should’ve mentioned that in the beginning but I needed the blog views. Any who, I plan to take the same amount of time to listen to this album as Frank took to release it. However, I can say I really like Pink + White but hate Solo due to the “light skin/redbone” reference. That’s wack Frank.

Oh yeah, I also read Frank Ocean dropped a magazine and had a few popup shows or something. We don’t need all that, just consistent music if that’s OK with you…

Who else is listening? What do you think? Are you like Natalie and not here for all the interludes?

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FACIAL @ ULTA 

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Yesterday, I scheduled a last minute appointment at Ulta for a facial. I’ve been wanting a facial for a while, figured they could squeeze me in, and knew I could find a coupon (which I did for 30% off). I selected the cheapest one:

Dermalogica MicroZone Express Skin Treatments

Maintain your best skin ever with the 20-minute session designed to solve your top skin concerns – a must in between full service.

GLOW – Flash exfoliates to reveal healthy, glowing skin.
REPAIR – Instantly reduces visible signs of aging skin.
CLEAR – Rapidly treats blackheads and breakouts.

I arrived 10 minutes early but my facial started 15 minutes late. I let it slide. Once inside the facial room or whatever it’s called, I completed a form regarding my skincare routine then we chatted about my answers. Of course, my skincare routine is nearly perfect.

I’m not exactly sure what she she used, what she did or how she did it. We were busy talking skincare, local politics and if she should relocate to Chicago with her boyfriend. Note: She totally should since her sister and cousin also want to relocate. And, she’ll likely make more money there. 

Any way, the facial was super relaxing to say it was 20 minutes and 20 bucks. She did extract 3 blackheads, told me I should start toning (which I do but not consistently), that I exfoliate too often and should minimize it to 2 times a week which is probably why my skin was a bit dull, that I should use a face mask after each exfoliation (which I never knew) and that I should switch to a hard wax opposed to a soft wax (hard wax would do a better job at grabbing and removing my beard). I could see a difference immediately following. There was a glow, my face looked clearer and a shade lighter. This morning, it looked even better.

I’ll be seeing her in a month when we’ll work on specific issues such as the annoying blackheads and dark marks. For more information on their services, visit Ulta.

You’re welcome.

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