Friday, July 30, 2010

"Eat, Pray, Love" trailer

I read this book this past spring and thought it would make a nice movie because of the descriptive writing and awesome, true story.
Lucky for fans like me, it comes out on Friday the 13th.
I can't wait to see how the book translates onto the big screen.
And I like Julia Roberts so casting her as the lead was a smart thing to do.
I already know that I will buy this movie on DVD when it comes out and something tells me that it will stay on the Lifetime channel.
The countdown begins...

Thursday, July 29, 2010

New Lauryn Hill song???

This new Lauryn Hill song "Repercussions" has been floating around the blogosphere lately.
Not sure if it's a new song or what but it's nice to hear new stuff from Ms. Hill.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

NOTD: Courtney Orange and

The latest goodies from my SinfulColors haul are "Courtney Orange" and "Happy Ending."
They both remind me of "Inferno" from wet n wild and "Midori" from Zoya, two faves of mine.
Here are the swatches:

"Courtney Orange" is on my left hand.

"Happy Ending" is on my right hand.

I'm hearting the "Courtney Organge." What do you think of the colors?

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Haul and Giveaway

Hey all,

I'm slowly getting into the swing of things out here in the Beach. The days have been super hot (we broke and tied a heat record the other day) so I've been trying to stay cool and hydrated. Still, I'm loving my new life and new job:)

You know Marshall's is one of my fave stores so over the weekend I went in there to peruse their sales and clearance racks. I came across some make-up removers for $1 and some organic soap for $2.

After my Marshall's visit, I walked over to my local Dollar Tree and found some Almay products. Almay! At the dollar store! Yeah, I was super excited. I copped a lip gloss and two silver-y shadows because I've been looking for a gray-ish hue for my smokey eye look. I also got a back scrubber.

Now for my giveaway, the prizes are one box of make-up wipes and an Almay lip gloss and a eye shadow in cocoa. All you have to do is follow my blog through Google and leave a comment telling me how your summer's been going so far. It really is that easy. I'll announce the winner Tuesday, Aug. 2. Contest open to U.S. residents only. Good luck!

Friday, July 23, 2010

DIY: inexpensive candy holder

My girl Marrietta over at My Guide to a Girl's World gave me lots of cute, little gifts, including candy, for my birthday. I wanted to display the candy in a nice and inexpensive way so I decided to simply paint daisies on a cheap jar:

My kitchen theme is daisies and this mat was my inspiration for the project:

The polishes I used were "Lightening" and "Emerald City" from Sally Hansen and "Rustic" from Wet n wild:

I got the jar from the dollar store. Holla.

Here's what the jar looked like after I painted daisies on it:

And here's the jar with the candy in it:

What a sweet project!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Another Sephora Haul

I went in Sephora again over the weekend.
I bought these shadow shields for $12, a $3 sponge that was on clearance, and I won a tube of buxom lip gloss.
Of course, I got various samples.
Reviews to come soon:)

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

NOTD: yellow and mint green

"Mint Candy" on my right hand.

"Let's Meet" is on my left.

I'm continuing to swatch polishes from my SinfulColors haul a few weeks ago.
I have "Let's Meet" on my left hand.
It's a shimmery yellow that I don't really care for.
I should've applied three coats instead of two to bring out the hue more.
"Mint Apple" is on my right hand.
Now this is a keeper.
I love how this color looks against my skin tone.
What do you think of the colors?

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

EWF tribute to my daddy

My father died two years ago today.
Since he loved him some Earth, Wind & Fire, this song, "Getaway" is for him.
It's one of my fave EWF songs and I know he loved it too.
I still miss my pops. I still love him. But I'm confident that his spirit went to a beautiful place.
Here's to you pops.
You will always be cherished and loved.

Meet Geneva, my new bass guitar:)

OK, it took a looooong time, but I finally bought my first bass yesterday!!
It's a black, four-string Ibanez that's not too big and not too small and lighter than most basses that I've tried.
I'm naming her after my mother, Geneva.
Geneva costed me about $200; the amp and other supplies were about $100.
It was money well spent.
It's been my dream for the past year since listening to a lot of Betty Davis and Chaka Khan to learn to play the bass from scratch and I'm well on my way with this purchase.
My first lesson is in a couple of weeks but until then, I'll have to settle for Youtube tutorials and Bootsy Collins' Funk University.
I'm so excited to learn to play the bass.
My father, who died exactly two years ago today, would also be happy at my new hobby:)
I'll update yall on my progress.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Dr. Bronner's peppermint organic soap review

Name: Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap in peppermint ($3)

Claim: "Unlike anything you've ever used. A combination of organic extra virgin coconut, palm, olive, jojoba and hemp oils, together with pure essential oils creates a unique soap that cleans effectively without being aggressive and produces a velvety-lather that leaves the skin silky-smooth and refreshed."

Game: I love this soap. It worked up a very nice lather and I loved the tingly action from the peppermint oil. I felt very refreshed and beyond clean when I stepped out the shower. I also love the fact that it's organic and uses natural oils. I plan to try other Dr. Bronner's products in the future because of this goody bar.

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

How many faces can you count in this album cover?

I recently got this album as a gift and the more I looked at the cover, the more faces I began to see.
Now you have to look at the cover verrrrrrry closely to see the faces.
How many did you come up with?

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Latest records

I've got to admit that I haven't bought any records for a while.
But recently, I did get some from a mentor as a moving gift.
They included records from
Santana, Stevie Wonder, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Earth, Wind and Fire, The Crown Heights Affair, Roberta Flack, Bobby Womack, and Rick James' Stone City Band. My faves are the Santana and Big Brother and Holding Company records.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Go Natural polish remover review

Name: Mad River Science's Go Natural nail polish remover ($6)

Claim: "While Go Natural nail polish can be removed with any stinky polish remover sold anywhere, why not take the next step to a nearly odorless manicure and use our Go Natural nail polish remover. Now you can put harmful, smelly polish removers behind you with Go Natural Polish Remover, a remover that works quickly on all polishes, especially Go Natural Nail Polish, without harming your nails or cuticles."

Game: This polish remover is made from all-natural ingredients and is non-toxic. It also contains no acetone, is biodegradable and hypoallergenic. I've used several other natural and organic polish removers and this one really isn't a strong one. I felt like it took a little bit longer for it to get the polish off my nails. Good thing about this product is that the formula has a low odor, which is uncommon in regular polish removers.

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Monday, July 12, 2010

NOTD: "Dancing Nails" from SinfulColors

I knew I'd like this color the second I saw it in the bottle.
"Dancing Nails" from SinfulColors is a shimmery pink that's very subdued, girly and sophisticated.
It's appropiate for work and a gorgeous hue for evening events.
I love it and I haven't been smitten by a nail polish color in a long time.

Here are my nails without a flash:

And here they are with a flash:

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Sinful Colors Haul and NOTD

SinfulColors nail polish has never really been my go-to brand for cheap lacquer.
I would usually stop at their display at the drug store, look at it, then keep it moving.
Now I do own a couple of their glittery hues that I got on clearance a while back, but their polishes never excited me the way that Sally Hansen or Wet n Wild polishes have.
But SinfulColors was on sale last week for 99 cents a bottle at Walgreens and I wanted to use the sale as an opportunity to beef up my SinfulColors collection.
Glad I did.
It was $9 well spent on the formaldehyde, DBP and Toluene-free polish.

Here are the colors I bought:

From top right: "Innocent," Courtney Orange," Gorgeous," "Dancing Nails," Let's Talk,"Mint Apple," "Call You Later," "Rise and Shine," and "Let's Meet."

I currently have on "Let's Talk," which is a very shiny purple that has blue undertones. I really like it. The color is bright and bold and the coverage is awesome for a cheap polish. And it's awesome as a matte polish.

I think "Let's Talk" is puuuuurdy. What do you think?