Sunday, December 23, 2012

Product Review: Yvette Allen 'Ms. Tanisha' Handbag

This is a picture of Yours Truly 'modeling' the Ms. Tanisha bag. Isn't she lovely?! It matches my coat PERFECTLY! I'll be taking more pictures soon to let this bag get some more shine! (photo credit: Gent Lamar)

I thought it was TOO COOL that a dust bag came with the handbag. Extra details make a difference and gives a very exclusive feel. You can tell when someone takes pride in their work. The 'little things'.

I took this picture when I first opened the package. The top picture (of me holding the bag) is truer to the authentic color. I just love how the patent leather makes it looks so juicy (that's the best way I can describe The chain straps detail gives it extra personality. Though they are detachable, I'd never remove them.

Here's one of three cards I received (front and back shown side by side). Not only is Mrs. Yvette Allen a handbag designer, she's a makeup artist. Very inspirational since I love fashion and also have an interest in makeup. She's a great makeup artist as well as a bag designer.

As the tags state: 100% GENUINE ITALIAN LEATHER. That was pretty much self-explanatory when I opened the box! I really didn't need a sign or tag to notify me of that! Oh the Heavenly aroma!

This is the other side of the larger tag. Here are the CARE TIPS though I've never had the opportunity to try the steps yet, nor have I had the need to. I watch where I place my bag, even what I put inside. When it's not in use, it goes back in the dust bag.

For Yvette Allen Handbags, layaway is also available. Very cool concept. Just check out the information on the card. It explains everything. Here's the link for the layaway form and more information:

After a few delays and some technical difficulties (package got lost, battery died, charger broke, you name it! lol), I'm happy to finally bring this review to you! But before I get started I must let you know that this bag was sent to me for review purposes and to give my honest feedback. Also, I wasn't paid any extra to do the review.

A few months ago I was asked by Mrs Yvette Allen to do some reviews for her. I've admired quite a few of her bags and her work as a makeup artist so I agreed. I was honored to even be considered. Shortly after, I also asked to host a contest in the month of October for Breast Cancer and Domestic Violence. I was sent the purple bag, which is the same color for the Domestic Violence ribbon.The name of the bag was changed to the winner's name in her honor, thus the name 'Ms. Tanisha'. I remember seeing the pix online and I thought it was a really cute bag. But when I saw it in person and the AROMA caught my nose as soon as I opened the package, it was HEE-VUNNN-LLEEEE (insider)! lol  It was presented nicely with the dust bag covering the purse. When I took it out of the dust bag my jaw almost hit the floor and I gasped at how beautiful it was! It's definitely unique to me, the color (which is my FAVORITE color btw) and the patent leather in a quilted pattern really makes it stand out. The chain detailing on the additional handles is what tops the bag off very nicely. I knew that I would like it, but now that I've had it, tested it out, and have gotten so many compliments on it, I LOVE IT!

This bag is definitely an attention grabber. I've gotten so many questions about the bag: where did I get it from, who is it by, etc. People have even asked if there was a wallet available that were interested in purchasing. When I told them there were no wallets available for this particular bag, they were slightly disappointed, even though they were still intrigued. I do know with certain bags you can find wallets to match, but with this one being so unique with the color and style, I feel it should have a matching wallet. That would make it extra special in my humble opinion.

I think I carried the bag pretty well. With the short set of handles I could carry it at the bend of my elbow. With the longer straps, it could be worn on my shoulder, even with a coat on. Even though it was quite a snug fit because the straps still stick up and I have chunky arms. The short straps were almost right underneath  my armpits and that being a bit uncomfortable for me depending on how many layers I was wearing. I can also see it being used as a briefcase somewhat as I remember holding it at my side just by the short set of handles. I'm always thinking out the box. I think that would be the only time that I'd remove the chain handles. I was also thinking of ways that maybe detachable straps could be used as necklaces or bracelets. Just a thought. Multi-usage wins!

Though to some it may be an 'Everyday Bag', and kudos to those who would carry it everyday or one similar! Sometimes I'm a bit rough on my everyday bags so with this one, I'd handle it with care and keep it in the dust bag for preservation until time to give it some shine. But for me personally it would be for a 'Diva Day': lunch or dinner with fellow divas, a movie date, or Sunday when some of us save our best digs for this day. Really, anytime I feel like dressing up would be a great excuse to have this eye candy on my arm.

So, that was it! Hope you enjoyed the review. Please comment below. Thanks so much for stopping by.

For more information on Mrs. Yvette Allen's handbags, please check out her website:

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Parnevu Hair Product Review: Salon Shampoo, Hair Mayonnaise, and Leave-In Conditioner

Products and info sheet I received in the mail for product review. As you can see these products are FULL-SIZE. (l-r) *Parnevu Hair Mayonnaise - Natural Herbal Formula (16 oz). *Parnevu Salon Shampoo - For Extra-Dry hair (12 fl oz). *Parnevu Leave In Conditioner - For Extra-Dry Hair (16 oz).

I was given the opportunity to try out some Parnevu products for product review purposes. These items were sent to me free of charge to test out on my hair. I am not being paid to test these products or post a review. I was all for testing because I've purchased their products in the past and I'm definitely a fan. I usually use their T-TREE Leave-in Conditioner, which has been a staple of mine for years. But I decided to try something different from what I normally buy.

  Parnevu Salon Shampoo - For Extra-Dry hair (12 fl oz). MSRP $4.00
*Removes Buildup *Helps Prevents Breakage *Contains Natural Oils *Leaves Hair Moist, Soft, & Silky

The first product I used was the shampoo. I really liked the smell. It was a very light, almost bubble gum scent. It definitely reminded me of a salon shampoo as it stated it was just based on how it smelled. From time to time I start my shampoos with a quick rinse of apple cider vinegar and water mixture to cut down on the amount of times I have to lather my hair. It softens my hair and gets rid of alot of build up. When I try a new product, I use it as-is the first time around without prepping with the ACV, then do some tweaking afterwards if needed. So I followed the same regimen with this shampoo on the first use. It stated that it was for extra dry hair, but it seemed to make my hair even dryer after I used it. Also, the lather wasn't that strong unless I used alot of the product. Even after that my hair didn't seem to get as clean as I would've liked. The feeling of my hair reminded me of when I used a clarifying shampoo that left my hair extremely stripped and brittle. The Parnevu shampoo didn't leave my hair feeling as stripped but it definitely felt a bit crunchy and matted. I was a bit confused because it stated on the back of the bottle that it would clean gently and not leave your hair feeling stripped. Also, it stated that it would leave the hair soft and manageable. This was totally not the case for me with this shampoo. I was very disappointed. (With later uses of this shampoo, even when I did an ACV rinse prior, I still had to use other shampoos afterwards in order for my hair to feel clean. It became a task just for my hair to feel clean, rebuild the moisture, and make my hair feel softer. So now I'd only use it if I'm low on shampoo and need to mix it with other to stretch the product.)

Parnevu Hair Mayonnaise - Natural Herbal Formula (16 oz). MSRP $6.00
*Is a natural herbal formula enriched with olive oil, protein, and organic herbs *Works best for weak, damaged hair

I must say the Hair Mayonnaise was a hair saver for me, ESPECIALLY after using the shampoo for the first time. I even let the Hair Mayonnaise stay in over night with a plastic baggie on my head. YES!  I know it stated to leave on for 10 minutes, but my hair NEEDED that deep conditioning. So it said it was 'Intense rejuvenating therapy specifically formulated for weak, damaged, or over processed hair'. So it definitely did the J.O.B! My hair felt brand new, and detangling was so much easier. I was so happy and thankful that this product helped me so much. The smell wasn't off-setting or over powering at all and the herbs seemed to rinse out of my hair just fine.  This Hair Mayonnaise was very-much needed and I can't wait to do another treatment. In fact, I feel like I'm overdue for another one. It also has instructions for daily use, though I try not to add too much product on my hair, so I never used it between shampoos and conditionings.

 Parnevu Leave In Conditioner - For Extra-Dry Hair (16 oz). MSRP $ 4.00
*Leave In Treatment *Helps Prevent Breakage *Deep Conditioning Therapy

The Leave In Conditioner was the icing on the cake. The slip was so great for me when I was ready to detangle and twist my hair. I believe this is my FAVORITE product out of the 3 that were sent for review. I guess this explains why I'm literally scraping the bottom of the jar right now. I'll be adding this to my regimen, no lie. Even if I mix it with other products, as I usually do, I feel it will be a staple for a while no matter what else I use. Though sometimes I've noticed it not wanting to mix with other products very well from time to time, after I comb it through and style my hair and it's fine. No flaky mess and my hair doesn't look dry or chalky. It states that it's deep-penetrating to help with split ends, breakage, and brittle hair. I also read that it's good for dyed hair. I'm slowly trimming of my colored ends that were slightly damaged by a coloring system that did more harm than good. I make sure I apply more product to those ends and my hair is happy.

All in all, I may not purchase the Salon Shampoo when I decide to get more Parnevu products. The others mentioned in addition to the T-Tree Leave-in I've used in the past are a must-have for me. The way it softened my hair was great and the slippage was awesome as well for detangling. My hair is so thick, it helped me to tame this mane! My hair did not feel extra weighed down or coated when when I was heavy-handed with the product.  Now I'm on the hunt to find the right shampoo from this line.

UPDATE!! So the other day I shampooed and conditioned my hair again. I diluted the Salon Shampoo with water for it to lather, also mixed another shampoo with it. Then I left the Hair Mayonnaise in over night once again under a plastic baggie. The next morning it detangled with EASE and my hair was VERY HAPPY TO BE HERE (lol)!

My hair detangled with the Hair Mayonnaise. The product is still in my hair. I just plaited it in large sections afterwards and rinsed the majority of it out. My hair has also been trimmed in this picture.

I'm very thankful for this opportunity to do a product review for such a great line. I hope everyone reading this review will find it helpful. If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the COMMENT section. Also, if you've tried any products from this line and have rave reviews please comment below.

For more information, please click on the following link:

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Not Your Mother's Kinky Moves Curl Defining Hair Cream

This product pretty much caught my attention with the smell. From there I had a feeling I'd enjoy it. I'm the type of person that LOVES smell-goods. I'm very picky about my hair and how it turns out, so I was quite hesitant to try this product initially.

After co-washing my hair and applying leave-in conditioner, I used this product. I have alot of hair and based on the size I could only get one good use out of it. I tried to detangle my hair before applying the Kinky Moves and my hair can get a bit tangled. But applying the Kinky moves BEFORE detangling was GREAT! It smoothed my hair out really nicely, making detangling a breeze before twisting it back up to air-dry.

During this time of year and mainly because of the length of my hair, I don't wear it in it's true form much at all because it can be a battle for me to tackle at times.

I still love the smell of the Kinky Moves on my hair. It didn't give it a white residue look, but I didn't like the way it made my hair and hands feel coated. Even after washing my hands multiple times, I still feel a coating of the product on my hands. I don't like that very much. Another thing I noticed after I applied the product, my scalp and skin that came in contact with the product (neck, ears, shoulders) became a bit itchy and irritated. I've had this issue with another product that I loved. This makes me sad. I wish I could find out what ingredient it is and get rid of it all together. If so, I'd be IN LOVE!

Check out the DEETS:

Info: Not Your Mother’s offers essential hairstyling products with only the best ingredients and technologies for a truly cool and unique style. Your style might come from the streets, the magazines you read or straight from the Catwalk. Trends fade, but true style never will. Confidence, creativity and class will always be in fashion. Dare to experiment with new styles, get inspired and embrace your own personal fabulousness. Don't follow others, make your own statement. Stand out, be different, and embrace your style with Not Your Mother's.

Price: $6.00 at CVS, Walmart, and ULTA among many other retail locations


***I received this product complimentary from Influenster.***

Kiss Ever PRO Lash Starter Kit

The battle of the lashes! LOL! I must say I LOVE getting dolled up for occasions. I'm not the type to wear lashes on a regular basis like some. Mine are naturally long, not as full as I'd like them to be, but I can deal.

I'm sure I'm not the only one who's ever suffered with crooked lashes. I was so thankful when I saw the applicator in the box.

But I was so disappointed when trying these lashes. I followed the instructions, allowing the adhesive to dry, used the applicator to apply the lashes. They were still crooked and I guess I didn't apply enough glue because they weren't very nice to me. The first one came of immediately, the other one needed a little tug. I used quite a bit more glue on the 2nd one I applied. The applicator and the tip of the adhesive took a minute to get the hang of. I thought I had it but the lashes still didn't warm up to me.

I like that they had an applicator and the glue was odor free and latex free. I wasn't able to keep them on long enough to know whether or not they were waterproof since they didn't stay on. 

I wasn't really feeling the style of the lashes. They didn't work for my eye shape and they looked a bit TOO fake to me. Also, I have large eyes and they only went 3/4 of the way across. The tapering helped to camouflage that effect Maybe if I play around with them a bit and layer them with another pair, they could work.

The lashes didn't work for me, hopefully someone else will have better luck with them. I'll be experimenting with them some more to see what I come up with. I won't give up.  Definitely keeping the applicator and glue.

Sorry! I'm too embarrassed to post a pic!

Check out the DEETS:

Made from highest quality human hair. Use with Kiss adhesive for optimal results. Latex free, odor free, waterproof, flexible formula for 24hr hold, easy applicator.
Price: $4.99 at Walgreens

Check out the site:

***I received this complimentary product for testing purposes via Influenster***

Saturday, November 17, 2012


I know some of you have been noticing that I've been blogging, vlogging and doing reviews about INFLUENSTER.

I think this program is a really cool way to test products free of charge, build a buzz about the ones you love, also bring traffic to your blogging/vlogging spot. Many people don't really get much of an opportunity from brand names to do reviews or sponsors, so I feel that everyone gets a fair shot to test out products.

This is not a program just to get free goodies, each VoxBox I've received in the mail has been earned through me testing the products and sharing my opinion about how I feel about each one. The new website makes it a bit easier to keep up with your accomplishments with badges for each task you complete, which also helps you to be eligible for your next VoxBox. You don't have to worry or be nervous about not 'knowing' what information to use. Everything is there for you on the site, under each task. If you're a bit hesitant about making the step to try the Influenster program, PLEASE DON'T! I know I was at first, but now I'm getting the hang of everything and I enjoy this new hobby. Once you get used to the site, everything is pretty much a walk in the park.

There's no sign-up fee, no monthly fee, and no hidden fees or taxes after you sign up. You don't even have to pay for shipping. You can leave your honest opinion about each product you test (even if you don't like it), as long as it's respectful. You won't get jipped if a certain product is not your favorite. The companies want your honest opinions.

I've had one VoxBox to get lost in the mail (was informed the postal company lost it) and I was promised the next VoxBox would be sent out to me without an issu. And what do you know?! They came through on their word! That was very important to me!

So, YEAH! Enough of my yappin'!  If you're a blogger/vlogger (blossoming or booming), want to network and get traffic flowing (if you're a pro, a few more clicks wouldn't hurt right?), don't hesitate to check it out yourself.

You can also leave me a comment below if you'd like me to invite you. I have FOUR slots left at the moment.


Goody Simple Styles Spin Pin

I can honestly appreciate Goody for always coming out with cool products! I remember seeing these Spin Pin(s) (why no 'S'?) in stores but I was dumbfounded as to how they were to be used initially. I would always go down the hair aisles and give them a good stare. So yeah..of course I was excited to try these out just as I have been with the other products from Influenster.

I love the idea of not having to use a whole bunch of pins. My hair is so thick that I've actually lost pins, only to find them a few days later buried in the mane. NO LIE! lol It took me a moment to get the hang of holding the hair in place and twisting the Spin Pin(s) into my bun. It's almost like turning a cork screw, just to give you an idea. I had to get used to the feeling of almost nothing being there. Alot of pins seemed to weigh the hair down, leave it too tight, or restrict it. The styles I attempted were very loose in certain areas. I actually need more pins to hold my hair in place neatly. I feel there needs to be at least 4 Spin Pin(s), especially the thickness of my hair and the price.

I think it wouldn't be as much of an issue if I was going to wear an unkempt-looking bun or hairstyle. Looser hairstyles have seemed to have become more and more popular over the years. But I prefer neater styles on most occasions. I personally didn't like having to restyle my hair every few minutes because the some of the coils weren't secured. Maybe if I were to straighten my hair, it would be alot easier to style my hair with the Spin Pin(s). But since I don't plan on using heat on my hair anytime soon, I won't find out until much later. But overall, I think it's a pretty cool product.

Check the DEETS:

Facts: The Goody brand is the most widely-recognized manufacturer of hair accessories and styling tools in the world. Through proprietary brands such as DoubleWear™, QuikStyle™, Simple Styles™, Slide-Proof™ and Ouchless®, Goody has introduced smart innovations like the exclusive Spin Pin and Quik Style Brush. With products inspired by the latest designer trends and innovative solutions, Goody offers an inspiring range of hair accessories and styling tools.

Price and locations:  $7.29 at Walmart, Target, CVS, Walgreen’s, Kroger, Duane Reade


***I received this complimentary product for testing purposes via Influenster.*** 

Boots No7 Beautiful Skin

Here are some other lovely items I received in my Influenster VoxBox. I must say I initially had my doubts about these items but I really like them after giving them a good run.

It seems like as SOON as I applied the Beautiful Skin Cleansing Lotion (Normal/Dry),  my skin sucked it up and was moisturized. Afterwards, I used a wipe to remove the product. My skin is combination at times, mostly dry. The texture seemed to IMMEDIATELY change. It was very smooth and not tight at all, which I usually have issues with when I use other cleansers. I loved it. The scent was very light and refreshing. Yes, a WIN!

I had a very similar feeling when I applied the Beautiful Skin Night Cream (Normal/Dry). My skin wasn't greasy or oily at all, just a nice glow. :) My skin felt very refreshed and smooth. The scent was very nice. Only slightly stronger than the Cleansing Lotion, not overpowering. I had to actually pat the cream on, it wouldn't really rub in for me at first. That took a moment to get used to but I think I got the hang of it. I just added a bit more and it rubbed in better, quite a bit actually. The next morning my skin was still nice and soft. I didn't feel any product at all, just smoothness.

I really enjoyed testing both products. If the formula was changed a bit for the Night Cream to be able to actually rub the product in before my skin could drink it up, it would be a 10! Also, I think the price is great for the products (listed below). Trying these out made me feel like I was using some FruFru, expensive products. Nice! I can't keep my hands off my face!

Check the DEETS:

Info: Beautiful Skin - the newest and easy to use two-step range of everyday skincare cleansers and moisturizers, tailored to your specific skin type eliminating the need for toners. Products are color-coded, making it easy to find just the right products for your skin type: Normal/Oily (Pink), Normal/Dry (Green) and Dry/Very Dry (Lilac)

Price and locations:  $8.49 at ShopBootsUSA, Target,, and ULTA among many other retail locations


***I received this complimentary products for review purposes via Influenster.***

Friday, November 9, 2012

EBOOST Daily Health Booster goes! I decided to take this product when I began to feel under the weather. You know, feverish, achy, itchy throat, slightly stuffy nose, etc. What I got out of this product was unexpected.

I remember reading it was effervescent and thought that was pretty neat. I've tried a product similar and have been successful with keeping my health up during cold and flu season so I thought 'Hey why not'? The first sip was horrendous. I wish I had a way to record my expression upon the first gulp. I literally yelled out 'YUCK'! But I wanted to get better so I tried to chug it down. Big mistake! I started feeling nauseous! Not great!

After a bit of internal debate, I finally decided to take slow sips to finish the product. It was torture to say the least. Something I'll never do again. Not only was the product disgusting, the fizz stained the cup I was using. No matter how many times I've washed it, the orange ring will not come out. Not good at all.

On the bright side (no pun intended), I finally started to feel better and I had a noticeable alertness and energy boost. So much so that I was able to tackle this wild mane of mine. I see that as a plus. I just HAD to take advantage of that surge while I could. I like the fact that I didn't feel hyper or jittery and the effect seemed to last throughout the day. I guess it kind of made up for the bad taste.

I feel if the taste of the product were to be improved, EBOOST would be a great addition to your health and wellness regimen. In the meantime, I'll be finding something else to take.

That's my view...let me know what you think or if you've tried this product before:

Check out the DEETS::

Info: The Natural Energy Booster with a tangy citrus burst and a lasting natural energy boost! This EBOOST formula is loaded with green tea, vitamins and super nutrients like Vitamin C, Vitamin D and B-12 in an easy to mix effervescent packet. It's low calorie and sweetened with Stevia too!

Price and location: $28 for box of 20 Orange Natural Energy Booster effervescent powders at Whole Foods Market


***I received this complimentary product for testing purposes via Influenster.***

NYC New York Color IndividualEyes Custom Compact

Excitement ONCE AGAIN! Yay! I got to try out one of my MOST FAVORITE things in the world..MAKEUP! Yes! I was so happy when I saw this little treat in my VoxBox I could've turned cartwheels..well my heart did anyway! lol

I really think the whole concept of having everything there with you to do your eyes is really cool. Maybe they should've added a mini eyeliner to the mix as well or at least an angle-tip brush on the end of the applicator already provided. I've learned to draw eyeliner with a dark shadow so the dark crease color would've probably been good for that.

 *Top row of pix w/ flash. Bottom row of pix w/o flash. Only photo editing is lightening the bottom pix. The pix have not been airbrushed.*

I hate to say as much as I was excited to try this product out, it was quite a disappointment to me. Not only were the shadows very chalky and powdery, they had quite a bit of fallout. The darkest crease color seemed to be the LEAST pigmented. In addition to that, the primer and illuminator were greasy and very streaky. I didn't like that at all. After I applied the shadows on top of the base, they only held in certain spots. I noticed looking in the mirror and after taking pictures that the payoff wasn't so great. I had to literally pile the shadows with my brushes on for them to work. But I made the product work to my best ability. I also had some issues with creasing badly, but the product did seem to last a little longer than I expected.

 *Product swatched. Had to layer the darker color for it to show. With flash. Without flash*

Maybe a stickier base would've held the shadows in place alot better. I've tried shadow sticks before during other makeup applications and they've been a great help. So I will HAVE to try it for the next makeup application using this palette. (Camera is down at the moment..won't be able to show a pic update. Maybe I'll do a vid update soon.)

Alright! I feel like I've covered everything. If you have any questions about the product please let me know. Thank you! :)

Here are the DEETS:

Straight from the city that never sleeps, NYC New York Color offers products with uptown style at down-to-earth prices, from $.99 - $4.99. The energy, style, and color of New York City shines through the wide range of shades, textures and innovative products. NYC always delivers the most on-trend products & shades hot off the runway! 

NYC INDIVIDUAL EYES in DARK SHADOWS: $4.99 at chain drugstores nationwide

Check out the site:

 ***I received this product complimentary for testing and review purposes from Influenster***

Bath & Body Works Fall Mini Candle

I always LOVE smell goods, so I was excited when I received this candle to test out. With Fall being my favorite time of year, Cider Lane really helped me bring in the warmth of the season with the rich fragrances that would remind you of the Fall. The scent is nice, but I personally wouldn't purchase it. I think it was the cider smell that was slightly turning me off but I got used to it after a few tries. I got word that the Leaves candle is a really popular one from this particular collection, so I must at least get a good whiff of it to compare.

I ended up burning another candle of a different scent to balance it out. Not sure if it was because the Cider Lane candle was smaller in comparison, but the other candle overpowered it. The Cider Lane candle was right beside me the whole time, while the other candle was on the other side of the room.

Also, I didn't get to use my coupon shown in the picture. I feel like it expired too quickly. I was going to just go to my local Bath & Body Works to give it to someone, but I ran out of time on that idea as well. I like doing random nice things like that as well. Maybe next time.

I only got maybe 6 or 7 burns out of it. I guess that was to be expected with it being a smaller candle. I scraped the remains into a burner with some other scents and it was a nice addition. I like to be resourceful as well.

That sums up my review. Check out the details and let me know what you think. :)

Here are the deets:

Highly fragranced candle exclusively developed and tested by our team of Home Fragrance experts, including the world's best master perfumers. Made using the highest concentration of fragrance oils, an exclusive blend of vegetable wax and lead-free wicks for optimal performance. 

Mini Candle $3.50; Small Candle $9.50; Medium Candle $12.50; 3-Wick Candle $19.50

For more info:

***I received this product complimentary to test through Influenster’s VoxBox program***

Friday, October 26, 2012

(VID) October Awareness CONTEST w/ Yvette Allen Handbag Collection

This month we are bringing awareness to Breast Cancer and Domestic Violence. For the OFFICIAL RULES, please check the following link:

Also, check out:


Note: This handbag has been sent to me to do a review, contest, and advertising purposes. I am not getting paid.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

(VID) INFLUENSTER Beauty Blogger VoxBox 2012

Live show of the goods! lol

Showing you guys the goodies I received in my latest VOXBOX via! This VoxBox has been sent free of charge for review purposes. I am not being paid to show or test and review these products.


Check out the previous blog entry for more details. thanks.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Influenster Beauty Blogger VoxBox 2012

This is my 2nd Beauty Blogger VoxBox via INFLUENSTER. The Summer Beauty VoxBox somehow got lost in the mail (Womp! Womp!) so I was happy when this arrived at my residence safe and sound on Wednesday.

Here are the items I will be reviewing (I'll be doing a vid soon to do a live showing of everything):

(Listed in no particular order)

  • NYC New York Color - Individual Eyes Custom Compact [Dark Shadows]
  • KISS - Ever Pro Lashes [Starter Kit]
  • Bath and Body Works - Mini Candle [Cidar Lane. Also came with a $10 coupon.]
  • EBOOST - Daily Health Booster [All-Natural Orange Flavor]
  • Goody - Simple Styles Spin Pin [for Dark Hair]
  • Not Your Mother's - Kinky Moves [Curl Defining Hair Cream]
  • Boots No. 7 - Beautiful Skin [Cleansing Lotion and Night Cream for normal/dry skin] (BONUS PRODUCTS)

Please NOTE: These items have been sent to me for review purposes only and I have not been paid to review any of these products. The order I will be reviewing each product will be random, but I will post vids as well as individual blogs for each one. Also, if you're a blogger/vlogger and would like to participate, please go to the following website: It is completely free to sign up, just request and INVITE. If you are approved for the INFLUENSTER program you will be notified as well as if you're qualified to receive a VoxBox. Have fun!

Thursday, October 11, 2012


I'm so excited that this is my first sponsored contest! If you've checked the previous blog entry, you'll see my goal was to bring awareness to BREAST CANCER and DOMESTIC VIOLENCE for the month of OCTOBER. Also, if you remember the colors are PINK and PURPLE. Two of my favorite colors might I add! I was approached some time ago to put together a contest by Mrs. Yvette Allen of Yvette Allen Handbags. She expressed her stories of strength and courage to me. And she wanted to give back others who have a story of their own to tell with not ONE, but TWO handbags! Check them out below!



So here's where you come in! If there's someone that is a survivor or has passed due to cancer (pink) or domestic violence (purple), the bag will be named after them if you win. Also, if you're a survivor, the bag will be named after you. If neither has personally affected you or a loved one, feel free to express your story of strength in other areas (the color choice will be up to you at this point and can also be dedicated to a loved one as well). This will not be a random giveaway, we will be choosing the winners! So put some thought into your look and ROCK IT OUT, DIVA STYLE!


1. Open to everyone 18 and older. If you're under 18, parental consent is needed. (Anyone outside of U.S. must be responsible for shipping costs if you are chosen as a winner.)

2. Must LIKE and SUBSCRIBE to Yvette Allen.
 3. Must LIKE and SUBSCRIBE to Dollface Galactica.
4. Your submission must consist of a fashionable look that will coordinate with the bag you wish to win. Remember this bag will be named after you or a loved one, so represent! Go all out! Hair, makeup, etc. Please make sure this is a new look. Nothing recycled.

5. Your entry can be in video or picture format with the title OCTOBER AWARENESS CONTEST. Only choose one. Multiple entries do not count. Picture or video must be clear enough to view properly. Picture can be a collage with a brief story with the upload under the picture. Video must be no longer than 3 minutes long with a brief description of why you are entering, and who you're entering for (loved one or yourself). Upload video as a RESPONSE to the original:

6. You must verbally mention and Dollface Galactica in your vid. If you choose to do a picture (collection) vid, you can create a sign. You can also create a sign for your photo entry as well. The entry must be posted on my fanpage

7. When the winner receives the bag, make sure you show us the completed look in picture or vid form.

8.  Contest starts OCTOBER 11, 2012 and will end NOVEMBER 1, 2012 at 11:59pm EST. WINNERS will be chosen NOVEMBER 5, 2012.


SPECIAL NOTE:  If your entry was dedicated to someone who's still alive and you win, feel free to gift the bag to them if you wish.

If you have any questions about the rules, please don't hesitate to contact me at

Here are additional details and info:

Ms. Awareness. (Pink. Name will be changed.):

Material:Made of Genuine Grain Cow Leather
Size:L:12.5inch/32cm * H:11inch/28cm * W:5inch/13cm
13"double leather handle
50" inch adjustable and detachable strap
Inside: 2 zipper pockets and 2 open holders
top zip closure

Stop The Violence. (Purple. Name will be changed.)

Material: Genuine Patent Leather
Size:L:17inch/43cm * H:9.5inch/25cm * W:4inch/10cm
14" double leather handles
24” unadjustable and undetachable strap
Inside: 1 zipper pocket and 2 open holders
Top zip closure

Monday, October 1, 2012

October is Breast Cancer and Domestic Violence Awareness Month

This month is Breast Cancer and Domestic Violence Awareness Month. I found there are other issues brought to attention this month as well, but I find the issues aforementioned are very secretive. Many people don't like to talk about certain issues, even illnesses, and as a result the numbers are rising in some areas. There could be numerous reasons why we don't speak about things. This needs to stop! So many people could very well be living healthier lives if we stopped living in shame or felt alone. Everyone has a right to have their stories heard and get the help they need. And if you go to someone and they won't listen, find someone who WILL!

With that being said I will give some quick tips/stats.

Breast Cancer:
90% Women with breast cancer who make it to the five-year survival mark. That's up from 63 percent in the 1960s.

82% Women who make it to the 10-year survival mark.

77% Women who make it to the 15-year survival mark. (This number reflects women who didn't have the benefit of recent screening and treatment strategies.)

54% Women who reach the five-year survival mark after becoming pregnant within six months of ending treatment. That number increased to 78 percent for those women who became pregnant between six months and two years after treatment.

1/3 Percentage of cancer deaths in the U.S. each year that are linked to poor diet and lack of physical activity, according to a study published in the January/February 2012 issue of CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.

Domestic Violence:

One in four women (25%) has experienced domestic violence in her lifetime.

Between 600,000 and 6 million women are victims of domestic violence each year, and between 100,000 and 6 million men, depending on the type of survey used to obtain the data.

Nearly three out of four (74%) of Americans personally know someone who is or has been a victim of domestic violence.

On average, more than three women and one man are murdered by their intimate partners in this country every day.

Studies suggest that between 3.3 - 10 million children witness some form of domestic violence annually.


Found the beautiful  ribbon at this site that also has more information. Please check it out:



And I'm SOOO EXCITED! Things are crazy right now, but it' the BEST time for me to start over! I've literally gone throught HECK to get to where I am now. Talk about a rose from concrete! Hunnay, let me TELL YOU!

I will celebrate my BIRTHDAY this month on the 12th. Libra in the house! Can't you tell?! lol Initially, I was starting out a little sad about approaching another year a few months ago, but a few days ago SOMETHING clicked inside of me! I want this birthday to be the best ever. Not from the well wishes, any celebrations, gifts, etc but from knowing who I am. Me coming full circle! And YES I'm scared and excited!


Sunday, September 30, 2012

My Going Natural site Feature.

I was so honored and excited when I was contacted by the creator/founder of Going Natural, Ms. Mireille Liong

While helping a friend with her transition, she gave me the encouragement I needed to start my journey. I remember checking the search engines and such, her site was one of the first of a few web communities I came across. Then when I went to another site, I saw how she participated there as well and interacted with others. She wasn't just plugging her site at random to get recruits. That said alot to me about her character and I've had so much respect ever since.

Ok enough of my blabbin'! Here's the link:

Oh and let me add a pic so I can be

Let me know what you think about the interview. :)

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Quick brow PICTORIAL!

Ok Sooooo..I saw a pictorial of this eyebrow how-to floating around. I originally didn't think I could do it. But I've tried and revamped it to my liking. Don't know who the original was and I can't find a pic, but I'm sure yall have seen it floating around online. If yall know who the artist was, please let me know. I'd like to see more from them. But, anyway..the my rendition.

My brow how-to:

I started w/ clean face and shaped brows (Only a few hairs to pluck so I didn't Using Maybelline's Define-A-Brow in Dark Brown, shape the bottom of the brow using short strokes. Do the same to the top off the brows, but start back slightly a bit further than shown in the pic (I'll demonstrate later in a vid). I chose to exaggerate the peak of the brow for a semi-dramatic look. I filled in my brows with the pencil. (You can do the same with a brow powder or matte eyeshadow and a brush.)

Next, I applied ELF's Eyeshadow Primer to prep my eye for makeup from the lid to underneath the brow and spread with my finger quickly but gently, then allowed the primer to set. Seeing my brows were a bit thick for my liking, I carved them with Sheer Cover's Duo Concealer in Dark/Deep with my ELF Concealer Brush. The lighter color under the brow gives them a nice highlighted, freshly arched look. I carved the top of my brows with the deeper color of the duo. Don't forget to clean up the front as well as the ends of the brows. (If you mess up this part you can always go back to make corrections with your pencil or powder. When using a concealer, please make sure you use colors as close to your skin tone as possible. Usually concealers are no more than one to two shades lighter than your natural skin tone. So if you choose to highlight only go two to three shades lighter.)

Finally, I blended out the concealer with my fingers and proceeded to do my eye makeup. Blending out the concealer makes it much easier to work with. I usually lightly brush my foundation over that area because it already has some coverage and since it's close to my skin tone I don't have to work so hard.

The last pic is just showing the finished eye makeup. Not too shabby! :) Yes! I know I have some BIG OLE EYEBALLS! And I totally didn't fade out the front of my brows because for some reason the left one has a bald spot there..What on earth?! Oh well..let me get my Rogaine!

Let me know what you think. I hope to do a full eye pictorial soon! Thanks for your support!

PS: Sometimes when I practice on my brows and get them how I want them (before applying shadow, even concealer at times), I use the finished look  as a guideline for plucking. I can get a bit happy with the tweezers leading to over-arched brows. Not only do I end up with a great arch, this makes things easier when it comes to the next fill-in.  :)

Monday, September 10, 2012

FOTD 9/10/12 Vampy Look

Ok! So I got the memo that Vampy Lips are HOT this season! Let me tell you I've been stepping out the box trying these new looks! A great way to 'TAKE BACK DIVA' is to do something outside of the norm, right?! I've always been so self-conscious about my full lips that I never really wanted to draw much attention to them. Now that' I've been experiment with new things, I feel free to do whatever...sort of! lol

This makeup look may seem a bit familar, so let me explain! I was watching the Love and Hip Hop Reunion show...don't ask! lol And I saw the beautiful Ms Erica Dixon rocking a vampy look. I was so inspired that I decided to give it a go. And NO this look is not exactly like hers, nor did I attempt to fully imitate it. I just took the elements that drew me to the look and did my spin on it. I'm still trying to figure out who her MUA was that night, but whoever he/she was did a great job.

Oh yeah..almost forgot! I get the most questions about the lipsticks I wear so this look was created by Wet N Wild's Vamp It up and MAC Heroine. Great combo IMHO and I will be rocking it again! :)

I'm going to try to make my next FOTD one with a list of what I used..MAYBE a step by step one day..who knows? :)

Much love! xoxo

Friday, September 7, 2012

FOTD 9/7/12 Retro Glam

Every woman needs to have that perfect RED LIPSTICK in her collection. This one just so happens to be my favorite! Wet-n-Wild's Cherry Picking. I had my doubts about this lipstick initially and was originally hesitant. I finally decided to dive and and I'm not at all disappointed.

I had to top the whole look off with a neutral eye, retro hairstyle, and a flower for a pseudo pinup look. This is also a cute look to go with my new specs. I thought it would be overpowering, but not-so. I'm happy. :)

Hopefully, soon in the near future I'll be posting more FOTD's along with what I used for the full face. Thanks for stopping by. :)

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Verne' Couture Mosaics Collection 2012

Part one of Verne' Couture Mosaics Collection 2012. If you are interested, please email me:

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Monday, August 20, 2012

On the CREATIVE Tip 8-20-12

Me speaking a bit on my lip concoction and new jewelry collection. Please click the following link to view. Additional information will be under each picture.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Wrap it UP! 8-19-12

Me showing a simple variation of how I wrap my head using an old, shapeless dress.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

DIY TIME! Necklace Display

First of all, I would like to apologize for not showing how everything came in the box, along with me putting everything together. I'm not even sure what the name of the product was or who it was by. I PROMISE I'll do better on my next DIY mission, but please believe, you can probably find this product in any store that carries storage/organization/household items. You can also do some thrift shopping or you may already have it collecting dust in your storage room. In this case, it was at my grandmother's house collecting dust. She didn't have a use for it so she kindly gave it to me. Thank you, Granny! :)

And, YES I know this isn't anything original. I've seen this many times. There maybe some people who haven't seen this revamped idea so I thought I'd share. If you're not quite familiar, this is used to hang hats, jackets, scarves, etc.

Also, If you're out thrifting and you come across a few of these bad boys, there's nothing a little spray paint won't hurt. You may even find one collecting dust in your storage room or attic. Hopefully, I'll find more to revamp so I can show you exactly what I mean. Never be afraid to let your imagination run free! :)

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Dr. Scholl's For Her Ball of Foot Cushions Review

Please note: I received this product complimentary for testing and review purposes from

Influenster. Check out for more information about this program and sign up for free to see if you qualify.

Helps prevent ball of foot pain. Immediate Massaging Gel™ comfort for the ball of your foot. Only ball of foot product made with unique FabuSTEP® gel. Prevents toe scrunch. Stays firmly in place. Removable without damage to your shoes. Discreetly fits all women's shoes. Available in: One size fits all. Designed to fit: All women's shoes.

Check out the following link to read more about this product and get a $2 off coupon while available::

Bath & Body Works Fine Fragrance Mist

I remember having an interest in the Japanese culture at a young age when my uncle was stationed in Japan for a few years. He would send home videos and souvenirs to my grandmother which she still has. Out of everything I remember about the beautiful country, the Japanese Cherry Blossom trees caught my eye. I loved how the beautiful white and pink petals were scattered across the black pavement as he gave us a tour of the city he was in at the time.

So this memory was what drew me to the Bath and Body Works Japanese Cherry Blossom Collection. I remember testing the the scent in the store and loving it. A friend found out I was fond of the fragrance and I received the lotion as a gift. I tried to use it sparingly but got carried away so it went fast! I got so many compliments on the scent and began to wear it more on a regular basis, even layering with other scents.

One day I decided to make a mental list of fragrances and scents that I wanted to try and restock.. Japanese Cherry Blossom was on my list. Thankfully, I've been able to add this scent again to my collection once more. I have no regrets about the fine mist. It's very light and as I've stated earlier, I like to layer scents from time to time. It was never overpowering and played into the other layers very nicely. I even spray my bedding with the mist, especially before I turn in for the night. It seems to give a calming effect that I like very much.

If you'd like to try this product for yourself, please check the following information:

Where to Buy:

You can find Bath and Body Works products at a registered retail store near you!

Suggest retail price of the Fine Fragrance Mists: $14.00

Please check out the following link for more info:

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Monday, June 18, 2012

Sheer Cover Duo Concealer Review

Here's a new product review via INFLUENSTER for Sheer Cover's Duo Concealer in DARK/DEEP.

I received the Sheer Cover Duo Concealer Review via INFLUENSTER for review purposes. I am not getting paid to do this review. For more info on INFLUENSTER:  follow @influenster, check the site It's FREE to sign up.

Product Info::::
*Sheer Cover Duo Concealer in DARK/DEEP
*Price: $29.95 for the concealer (non-member price) and $29.95 for the introductory system, which also includes the Duo Concealer.
*Where to buy: or call 1-877-489-2035
*Additional info: @sheercover #imsheercovered
*The emollients/moisturizers I was raving about were Jojoba and Allantoin. :)

Friday, June 1, 2012

Miss Zee Coloring Book Project

It's not everyday that you see a coloring book for little girls of color. I fell in love with the artwork as soon as I laid eyes on it. If you want to send out a positive message to your princess, what better way to do it. Please help support and spread the word where ever you can. I'm not asked or paid to do this. I've been a fan of the artist MISS GEE for a while now and she doesn't even know I'm doing this blog! hehe..

Please watch the vid and click the link below it to make a pledge.

Here's a FREE page to have a little fun with! Just click the pic to download the PDF file. I'm going to color this myself when I get some free time. :)

Monday, May 28, 2012

Very Simple Vase DIY

So I've been busying myself with a few projects around the house mainly my bedroom, in which I will be showing fun stuff a bit later piece-by-piece.

I thought this vase I had needed to be spruced up a little bit. It was already a beautiful color but here's what I did to give it a bit more pizzazz.

I took a lanyard necklace that I got from Walmart YEARS ago. I always had it in safe-keeping because I loved it when I bought it, but I kind of forgot about it. What better way to put it on display!

I just wrapped it around the neck of the vase, just like I would do a choker, tied it. I also, made a loose knot/loop for an extra added accent and to keep the necklace secure. I'll be adding flowers later. If you don't have a see-through glass, any vase will work just fine. You also won't have to worry about flowers or any other embellishments [such as marbles on the inside] if it's not see-through.

SIMPLE AS THAT! You don't have to be a PRO at DIY's or buy out the store to do all of these fancy projects. Just take a few things you have laying around the house and give them new life. You'll be amazed at how the outcome will be. More coming soon! :)

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Sally Hansen Salon Effects

This was such a fun experience! My first official REVIEW and my first time trying this product! I received this product complimentary for testing and review purposes from Influenster. So as I've stated in my last video I was so excited to try the goodies I received.

I've heard all the rave about the Salon Effect and have seen them in stores a few times with sparked curiosity. When I received them in the mail, I was so anxious and nervous to try them. Here's a bit of my experience.

I just couldn't wait to have a little fun with these bad boys! Did I mention I LOVE animal print?! I opened the box and it came with detailed instructions, but I still messed up a little bit and that's fine. By the time I got to the last nail I was pretty good at it. And I chose to do a few accent nails just for fun.
I did rip one a little bit trying to remove the design from the strip, but I used a topcoat to hold it in place.

*This was from the first day. I was so excited to get a pic, I didn't wait to clean up the edges of the other nails. That's another plus with having the Sally Hansen Salon Effects, you won't have to worry about clean-up. Please excuse the scar, I cut myself somehow. It happened before I did my nails, so don't worry you will not get attacked by a while beast wearing these*

It's stated to last 10 days, but unfortunately just being 4 days in it didn't. I think it's because my nails really weren't long enough to fold the loose edge under as instructed. Maybe that would've worked. They're still on but just a little chipped here and there from some of the edges folding upward. Most were handled with a clear coat of polish to keep in place. Also, I'm so rough with my manicures, I hardly ever use gloves while doing chores like a diva should, so that needs to change. I used the biggest strips for accent nails for my big toes. They are just fine, no chipping, but you will NOT see a picture of those puppies anytime soon..sorry! lol Maybe next time! Maybe not! ha! But the plus side to my nails being shorter, I'm able to use the strips again and again by cutting them in half first.

I really love the whole concept of a ready-made manicure. If you're in a hurry, not wanting to wait in a salon to get your nails done, or not very creative when it comes to doing your own trendy designs, I'd say it's fun to try. And if you end up buying more than one box and collect them over time, which I'm sure you will, why not create your own looks by mixing and matching? I can't wait to do this myself You can even have a few girl friends over for a manicure party and they can bring any they may have to share or trade. How about placing them in goodie bags? That would be so much fun!

Please check out the info below:

  • No dry time
  • Lasts up to 10 days
  • Removes easily with nail polish remover
  • 40 must-have styles
  • Price: $9.99 at chain drug stores, food stores and mass merchandisers nationally.

Cool huh?! Learn more at

Saturday, May 19, 2012


If you've been paying attention to this blog you may notice things are changing. They will continue to change as I am paving the way for new things! So stay tuned! :)

Thanks so much for your patience and support thus far! :)

Friday, May 18, 2012

SoyJoy Review

All of this networking and blogging/vlogging can give you the So I decided to go ahead and try the SoyJoy [Baked Whole Soy and Fruit] Bar. I really like strawberries so I was already assuming this would be a great treat.

I checked the label which says it was Moister and Fruitier. All Natural. Points checked on the package were: Whole Soy. Real Fruit. Low GI. Gluten Free. 0 Trans Fat

As I opened the package, I immediately smelled the fruit, that's a plus. I got a good whiff of the bar and noticed it didn't have a funny smell as some of the 'good-for-you' bars have, so that's another plus. But it seemed to be way smaller than what I expected based on the size of the wrapper.

So I bit into it and though it says it's moister and fruitier, it doesn't seem quite that moist to me. Then I notice I was tasting some other things, so I check the label, it also has coconut, dried pineapple, milk chocolate chips, and other ingredients. What stood out to me the most was the coconut. I'm fond of coconut, I just wasn't expecting it. Even though it does state on the front of the package: Natural Flavor with other natural flavors, the other flavors caught me a bit off guard. I think for someone like me who may not check the back of the packaging right away, some of the other flavors should be mentioned..but then it would make you wonder why it's STRAWBERRY if other flavors are involved.

All in all I think it's a great concept. It would go awesome with a smoothie and be a healthier on-the-go snack to satisfy your sweet tooth instead of those candy bars.

For more info on the SOY JOY BAR, Please check out the following:

-All natural and gluten free
-Made with real fruit and ground whole soybeans
-130 - 140 calories, 2 - 4 grams of fiber, and 4 grams of protein
-Completely free of trans fats, hydrogenated oils, artificial colors, flavors, preservatives and chemical additives
-Made with non-GMO soybeans
-Available in 7 great flavors: Apple Walnut, Banana, Berry, Blueberry, Mango Coconut, Pineapple, and Strawberry

*Where to Buy online:,,

*Major stores: A&P, Albertsons, BiLo, Duane Reade, Giant Eagle, Giant Landover, Hannaford, HyVee, Kmart, Kroger, Sprout's, Publix, Safeway, Stop n Shop, SuperValu, ShopRite, Winn Dixie

*Suggested retail price: $0.99 - $1.29

Thanks for stopping by!

[vid] YAY! I got my INFLUENSTER Spring Beauty VoxBox today!

When I found out about INFLUENSTER, I was so excited to know something like this existed. I think it's so awesome that you can be rookie, like myself, or a pro at doing reviews/vlogging/blogging to have an opportunity to get picked. This is a great start for me and I hope to be working with INFLUENSTER for a long time. If you have any hesitations, please don't. I was so nervous at first but decided to take the plunge, what do you have to lose?! All of those nerves will instantly go away once you receive your VOXBOX! :)

I was so happy to reveal the contents of this INFLUENSTER Spring Beauty VoxBox and I will be doing official reviews on EACH product VERY SOON. Please check the vid for the details. But before you do that I need to let you know these products were complimentary for testing purposes.

The items I will be reviewing (as shown in the vid):

  • Sally Hansen - Salon Effects [pink zebra glitter polish strips]
  • Dr. Scholl's For Her - Ball of Foot Cushions [inserts for hi-heeled shoes or wedges to help prevent pain]
  • Aveeno Active Naturals - Daily Moisturizing Body Wash [Nourishing Oatmeal ingredient]
  • SoyJoy - Whole Soy and Fruit bar [mmmm STRAWBERRY]
  • Chapstick - Lip Shield 365 [skin protectant and sunscreen 50+]
  • Sheer Cover - Duo Concealer [Dark/Deep]
  • Bath and Bodyworks - Fine Fragrance Mist [Japanese Cherry Blossom]

Please NOTE: The order I will be reviewing each product will be random, but I will post vids as well as individual blogs for each one. Also, if you'd like to participate, please go to the following website: It is completely free to sign up, just follow the steps on the site. If you are qualified to receive a VoxBox you be notified ahead of time. Have fun!