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A Tragedy Led Me To A Super Cute Wig

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My wig is cute y’all! After suffering from an AWFULLLL adverse reaction from a bad batch of  perm in December, I am thankful that during my recovery period I was still able to pull it together and look decent ala fake hair. Yup, I don’t wear wigs, weaves, extensions much nowadays (not to say I won’t) but this cute little number was my “go to” while my scalp was healing from 2nd degree burns and while I was scared to death to even put a comb in my hair. Talk about scary! My head felt like it was on FIRE for 5 days straight. I thought it was a typical scalp irritation situation that most experience with a perm at one time or another, but this was on another level.

One day, I spoke to a friend who said “get to the hospital now” because infection may be setting in after all these days of intense pain. I did just that. I was given a shampoo that took 2 days to stop the burning sensation and a steroid ointment. Talk about nervous!!!!!!!!! I didn’t know if I would wake up with hair all on the pillow or what, totally traumatized. Growing up in a salon with my mom, a stylist for over 30years and my sister over 20 years, honeyyyyy believe I had experts on speed dial; by the way they were so unphased and both felt I would be okay. As weeks passed, the many gross sores that were tangled in my hair healed and hair eventually started to grow back in those areas where some strands were lost.

Here we are in late February and lucky for me, my hair didn’t all fall to the ground but I do notice my edges are thinner than they were and like most Black women, they were already my thinnest area, so indeed I’m pissed on a weekly basis that this happened to me and have been using Jamaican Castor Oil, Organic Coconut Oil and the (((BEST))) stuff on the planet for hair breakage ladies Aphogee Hair Treatments. I typically wear short hair styles and will succumb to my annual ritual of cutting my hair when the weather breaks late Spring……meanwhile I’ll just:

Keep Calm

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CUTE IDEA

Look Of The Day

Here I am sketched rocking the Kylie Bootie $99  with a peplum skirt looking Oh So Cute!

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How To Contour Your Makeup Celebrity Style

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I LovvvVVvvE make up and when it comes to contouring your face, this illustration is totally on point. The idea is to sculpt with various shades of foundation, blush, concealers, bronzers, illuminators and/ or  highlighters so that when light hits your face, it appears as if your cheekbones are higher, eyes brighter, your nose somewhat chiseled and your complexion glowing.

Contouring Guide

OK, I’m digging in my make up bag (which truly needs to be organized) below are all of the products I currently have and use alllllllll the time:

MAC Match Master Foundation SPF 15 in 7.5 (about to stop using this one, it dries my face out really bad)

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– Cover Girl Clean Foundation in Tawny….I mix with other color foundations to get a perfect match

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–  NYX Liquid Illuminator in Gleam….I put this on my  cheek bone, it creates that J-Lo dewey shimmery look

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–  Ben Nye Luxury Loose Powder in Banana….I found it locally at a costume shop, Celebs go crazy over it

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–  MAC Powder Blush in Blunt Matte

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–  Nicka K New York Bronzer in Bronze Chocolate….LUV IT, gives you the South Beach tanned and golden look

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–  Kiss New York  Ultra Cover Stick Foundation in Beige….I only put under and on my eyelid as a concealer

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–  MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC45….the BEST… if I had to choose My #1 All Time Fave this would be it, hands down!

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–  MAC Bronzing Powder in Bronze

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I usually stick to what I like and have all used these products for years. I pick and choose which foundation, concealer, and powder to put on depending upon look I’m going for……Ladies, it’s Trial & Error, period! Just because a make up brand is expensive doesn’t mean it’s the best, some of my favorite foundations, lipsticks, shadows, glosses and liners are El Cheapos. If you are not sure about color matching products for your skin (a major headache) that’s okay, just buy make up from drugstores like CVS, Rite Aid, & Walgreens who usually have a return policy with the original receipt.

What are your BEAT FACE Must Haves?

OMG $69 Chemical Peel On Groupon

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I am always trying something! I love being pampered, so for years I have indulged myself in Spa treatments such as massages, facials, body polishes, wraps, scrubs, vichy showers, and the usual mani / pedi. Yes ma’am I have been dipped, dyed and fried!

(Sidebar….speaking of vichy showers, Turf Valley Resort, in Maryland has the most AMaZiNg warm Milk & Honey Scrub that is to die for.)

Yesterday, like most days, I’m browsing the internet and ran across a promotion on Groupon for a $69 chemical peel. “Whattttt $69 BUCKS, now that’s a bargain!” I thought. Although I’ve never gotten one, I do know peels run between $125-$300 per session and usually 3 or more are recommended spread out over a few months for maximum results.

Here is the $69 Groupon deal…..
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This product is medical grade acid that exfoliates the top layers of skin causing your face to peel leaving a new fresh smooth layer within days. The chemicals will produce brighter, younger looking skin with a better texture. Luckily, I don’t have bad skin or get acne, but battle dry dullness so I simply want the glowing, dewey, radiant look to my face. (Yes, I do know drinking more water is a start, but I’m extra.)

Indeed I was excited, so when I arrived an hour later 🙂  I was greeted by a bubbly, well dressed woman Erica who escorted me to my esthetician, Missy, who also had an adorable personality. The process took about 25 minutes where my face was first cleansed then wiped down with an alcohol smelling solution followed by the peeling agent that burns for about 15 minutes. A fan was turned on to assist with cooling me off. The liquid stung quite a bit but wasn’t totally unbearable. After the procedure, I was consulted on my skin care regimen and then offered top of the line skin care products to purchase such as Obagi.

I left the office with the clear masque still on and was instructed to stay out of the sun, rinse my face in 4 hours and not use a cleanser until the next morning.

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My peel was yesterday at 4pm, it’s now 12:45pm the next day and I am still feeling a tingling and itching sensation after following instructions and cleansing my face earlier today. I was told I may begin peeling between day 1-3 and NOT to pull any skin but to just let it fall off unassisted. I have not started peeling or flaking and will post updated pics of my before and after results.

FYI, I got the  the Vitalize by Skin Medica, who also make the Rejuvenize (stronger more expensive peel)  and the Illuminize Peels (cheaper beginner and less harsh on the skin). I would highly recommend the services of Dr. Birely, Artistry in Plastic Surgery who also does liposuction and breast enhancements. The office space is extremely attractive and the staff are darlings. Erica and Missy are my new BFF’s…..lol.

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I found these sexy strappy babies at Loehman’s for a steal!

Breakfast Food For Lunch

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For some reason I wanted pancakes at 2:00pm on a Sunday afternoon. Backtrack, not just “any” pancakes but ones from iHop….OM freakin’ G…those are major.

Mind you, while getting dressed today, like every day, I’m struggling to find clothes that fit since I gained a few extra pounds the past year and refuse to buy larger size clothes. No ma’am!

I have purposely let myself suffer looking at my cute size 8/9 pieces hanging in my closet hoping deep in my soul that they haven’t gotten to the end of their road.

Yes, me being at iHop is totally out of order and I know flat out that I’m dead wrong.

Note to self: Start dieting tomorrrow

Happy Saturday

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Of all days, I’m in the house on a Saturday with a miserable cold eating soup. Today, I had planned on hanging out around town taking pics with my new Canon Rebel T4i Digital SLR Camera…..OMG it’s the bomb!!! I have been researching cameras for over a month and at the last minute decided to check Craigslist. Lucky me, I found a local guy selling one for $600 firm, but I managed to get it for $550.

Two days later, after a 30 minute inspection meeting with the guy at a McDonald’s, I was convinced it was a good buy. Not only was I getting the camera but also an additional macro lens along with a 3yr. store warranty that the seller purchased (which I called on the spot to verify).

I left with the camera feeling quite satisfied and just to be sure, I popped into a highly reputable pro photography store in Baltimore on Falls Rd., Service Photo and got a thorough “look over” and was told it was in excellent condition.

Told you I LUCKed up 🙂

Here is my new toy….

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Pics I took of my makeup……..

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Little Mr. Injured sleeping across the back seat with a cast on his leg after school…..

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Random pic showing off my skills…lol

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Happy Saturday

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My friends know I live for Saturday FUN. I swear it’s the Holy Grail of days to me. If the weather is on point, I’m in heaven because I can hang out in the sunshine “doing me.”

Today my bestie Kim was in a crab eating mood so we chatted it up pier side at Bo Brooks, a waterfront restaurant. It’s my South Beach Miami in Baltimore chill spot over looking the Inner Harbor.

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Sipping on a key lime martini with graham cracker on the rim was perfect for me while eating hot steamed crabs. I am big on customer service and truly appreciate it when received. The District Manager Chris Cox went out of his way to fix an issue I had even periodically checking on our table.

Manager Chris below…..

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