It Smells Like…The Holidays!

Seriously B? You’re doing a post on a room air freshener on your beauty blog?

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Yes, I am! And you better not be judging me for it either. :cool: Okay, fine…judge me but if I could somehow emit this scent as you read these words, you’d understand WHY I’m writing about this Febreze Noticeables. First of all, it smells freaking phenomenal. But yeah, that’s a given. It is also getting me a bit more in the holiday spirit. And with  a few days left before Christmas gets here, I kinda need that.

You see, I don’t even have a Christmas tree set up. No decorations. Nothing. And this is sooooo not like me. Baby Clumps’ impending birth + chronic fatigue has me out of the holiday spirit so far the fragrance from this little decorative fragrance wall plug has been one of the only things to get me to feel…jolly.

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And this means a lot because I am totally one of those people who like to go all out for the holidays. But whatever, if the most I can get this year is pleasant vibes from this Cranberry & Frost scent, then I’ll take it. Proctor & Gamble gifted me with this sample and I just felt so inclined to share my love for these things. I can’t wait until they go on sale so I can scoop up more. I mean, they last forever so it’ll be well into February before we need to re-up from this one.

Cost: $5.99 or less
Where to buy ‘em from: Any drugstore, Target, Walmart, select grocery stores

‘Excuse me while I go back in the living room and catch a whiff. Don’t worry. I’m not doing any hardcore sniffin’ of it. :wink:

The Makeup Show Orlando and the awesomeness that ensued!

Ohmigoodness, The Makeup Show Orland was epic, y’all. I mean, I knew it would be a big deal but when the day actually came, I was floored. I didn’t even get to do half of what I wanted to do at this show. Which sucks. Walking big beauty shows is already a daunting task but it’s a freaking workout when you’re 7 months pregnant.

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Sometimes I forget that I’m pregnant. It sounds crazy, I know but my belly isn’t ginormous so I feel like I can do the same things I did pre-pregnancy. Um no. My poor feet got all swollen (sexy, uh?) and fatigue hit me within only a few hours of being at the show. But I did what I could picture-wise when I was there.

The show was held at The Peabody Hotel in Pointe Orlando. There were more than 60 brands in attendance and we would have seen more except Hurricane Sandy messed things up a bit. But the vendors that were there were welcomed by over 2,000 beauty professionals. But first things first. My girls Courtney of Phyrra.net and Cristina of Let Them Have Polish and I, along with Koren of EnKore Makeup and Elessa of Pursebuzz rocked our beauty blogging panel.

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I mean, rocked! The crowd was packed and the 5 did such a great job at answering questions and keeping the crowd interested. Shortly after the panel, I chit chatted with a few Clumps of Mascara lovers and then flewwwww to Elessa’s booth.

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Please check out her Hello Kitty shoes. *faints* I stocked up on her glitzy and shimmery jewelry and baubles.

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And then I made my way over to Tia Dantzler’s booth.

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Words can’t express how much I love celebrity makeup artist Tia Dantzler. I first met at a blogging conference and have been loving her ever since. Aside from being crazy talented, she is such an inspiration to makeup artists everywhere. She recently released her FIRST makeup DVD. But more about that later. :wink:

The sea of vendors…

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It’s pretty lame of me to not have many pictures of me with my beauty blogging sisters. In fact, I only have a few.

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Shortly after linking up with some of my girls, I ran into Cat getting her makeup matched at AJ Crimson’s booth. He recently launched a foundation line and the shades were people of darker hues. Holla!

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The Make Up For Ever booth is always doing something spectacular at beauty shows.

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And then I stopped by the Cult Nails booth!

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I am obviously a member of this cult so I was so excited for Maria and her super supportive husband.

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And that about wraps up my photos. Pretty pathetic, I know. I had an amazing time and I’m so glad that that the show made its way to Orlando. I’m actually thinking about going to The Makeup Show in NYC again. You know, if Baby Clumps will allow. :wink:

My Le Métier de Beauté Cosmetics makeover

Part of being a beauty blogger means educating thyself. I mean, yeah…I could only showcase the saaaaaame products and brands year after year but what fun is that? I like sharing new innovations and new products and brands that you may not have ever heard of. Like the brand Le Métier de Beauté Cosmetics.

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I know, I know. You’re probably like, “Seriously B…is this a French brand or something?” Actually no, it’s not. This brand sits stateside at the counters of Neiman Marcus and online for those who don’t have a Neiman in their area. I first heard about this brand when I attended that fabulous Beauty Blogger Bunch a few months back. Le Métier de Beauté and I have gotten more acquainted and I am so excited to share my findings (and makeover) with you guys and gals.

Le Métier de Beauté (which in French translates to to “the craft of beauty”) is a luxurious skincare and makeup brand that has found its place in the beauty world for a good 5 years or so. The brand was founded on 3 core principles: craft, design and quality. It’s a brand that if you see at a counter, you are instantly drawn too because their products are not only eye-catching but diverse as well. And by diverse, I mean you’ll see color, color and more color. This is such a rarity in higher-end brands. And call me nutty, but I didn’t know that Le Métier de Beauté did spa treatments.

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Yes darling, special masks and peels can be done in right in a nice and secluded section of the mall. I was actually going to get a peel but when my specialist noticed my baby bump, she thought that a makeover would be a better fit. And you know I wasn’t complaining about that. Speaking of my specialist…Irina was wonderful. She talked about each product in depth as she applied it to my face. Le Métier de Beauté didn’t appear to have a wide selection of brown-girl friendly foundations available, but Irina did a grand job at mixing up a lil’ somethin’.

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She told me about the beautiful liners…

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…and makeup remover.

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The kaleidoscope eyeshadows (love these!).

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And the mascara…

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The mascara, by the way, has a clear tube so you can actually see when you’re running out of product. Now why didn’t I think of this?

I’ll be a giving a closer look at some of these products later but I can say that their performances lasted beautifully in that 80 degree weather we had the other day. And the finished look?

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I look like a straight up news reporter with wonky hair in that last pic, uh? Either way, Irina impressed me and that is hard to do with a beauty blogger. I’m not always a fan of people doing my makeup but I could totally go back to Irina any day. Her and fellow counter-mate Melissa were wonderful.

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Stay tuned for more information about this brand! Have any of y’all heard about Le Métier de Beauté Cosmetics?

ETA: Although I wasn’t able to experience the CHEM60 Pro-Peel & GLOW10ai Mask Set due to my being pregnant, many of my fellow beauty blogger sisters and had raving reviews about it. It is finally available for purchase at Neiman Marcus counters and at NeimanMarcus.com. It’s a bit pricey at $265 but it lasts for quite some times and hey, skincare is worth the investment, isn’t it? :cool:

An experience at The Spa

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to test drive a spa service at a spa in the Orlando area. FACT: I’m a spa snob. And I have no problem admitting this. I don’t even regularly go for manicures and pedicures because I’m paranoid about if the utensils have been sterilized well enough. I’ve never liked facials (they’ve always been so painful) and when it comes to massages, I make a lot of demands and ask A LOT of questions. And why shouldn’t I? If someone is going to be feelin’ all up on your body, shouldn’t you be comfortable enough to ask them some questions. Um…yeah.

The Spa had a blogger event and invited me and some of my Beauty Bloggers of Central Florida sisters out. Like I do with everything, I checked Yelp to check out some of the spa’s reviews. I recommend doing this any time you visit a spa or salon. The reviews were average at best. I didn’t see anything that terrified me and that’s always a good sign. Price-wise, I was happy to see that The Spa’s menu was comparable to other spas in the area. Like most spas, they have a “Club” that offers discounts when you join. Club members also get discounts on products, priority parking space (a huge perk since parking is limited), free hour long service during your birth month, half-off all services, free polish changes, etc. The perks go on and on and at $49 each quarter, I find it to be a better deal than other clubs.

Inside, The Spa is a trendy little joint with sweet and professional staff. I had a tour of the place and loved how serene the Relaxation Room was. The mani/pedi section had a slew of seats and tables and the massage rooms were spacious, comfortable and relaxing. They also have an outdoor jacuzzi out on a lanai which I reckon would be perfect for a group of friends and couples.

Service-wise, I had a prenatal massage from heaven. I’m not exaggerating, y’all. My massage therapist not only asked questions but made sure that I felt comfortable each time she moved around. She asked if the pressure was okay and modified it if it wasn’t. I’ve had a full body massages before but they never tackled my hands and feet. My massage therapist did so and it was absolutely glorious. An hour flew by before I knew it and I groggily made my way to the Relaxation Room to gather my thoughts before leaving. I ended up just sitting and chit-chatting for a good 30 minutes before leaving. I felt THAT relaxed. The staff walked by and offered beverages and constantly made sure that we were okay.

I ended up tipping my massage lady handsomely because she was just THAT good. I’ll be requesting her the next time I go. And I do plan to go again. As members of the press, we were offered 2 complimentary quarters in the Half-Off Club. I plan to go at least 2-3 more times and I definitely want to tote a girlfriend and Mama Clumps for some pampering.

I can confidently say that I’d recommend The Spa to others searching for some pampering. I had a great experience. The Spa sits in the College Park area, not too far from I-4 and I find it to be a decent locals and visitors who are venturing outside of the touristy areas.

 

 

*I was invited as a member of the press to a complimentary massage. I was not paid to write this post and I am only doing so because I had a great experience. Images sent to me courtesy of The Spa.

The Makeup Show Orlando – the first one ever!

Okay so y’all know that I’ve been to The Makeup Show Los Angeles and The Makeup Show NYC (several times) and I was beyooooond geeked when I found out that they were coming to Florida. And Orlando at that! The Beauty Bloggers of Central Florida group and I are so excited and I can’t wait to get my beauty mack on. Oh please say you’ll be there!

The formula press release…

NEW YORK, NY (October 2012) - The Makeup Show Orlando is excited to bring beauty, inspiration and education to the Sunshine State in less than one month on November 4 and 5.   Top beauty brands will congregate under one roof for two days to launch new products and offer exclusive pro-only discounts.  Amongst these brands are Diamond Sponsor MAKE UP FOR EVER, Platinum Sponsor Crown Brush and TEMPTU PRO, Supporting Sponsors INGLOT, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, Cosmix School of Makeup Artistry, On Makeup Magazine, and The Powder Group.  Other brands include Stila Cosmetics, Embryolisse USA, Kissable Couture, Kevyn Aucoin, Senna Cosmetics, Cinema Secrets, and Graftobian Makeup Co (to name a few).   

 

Also, taking the Main Floor to educate on the trends of the industry from bridal to airbrush includeINGLOT Cosmetics, Stila Cosmetics, MAKE UP FOR EVER, Naked Cosmetics, Crown Brush, Mehron, Senna Cosmetics, TEMPTU PRO, Alcone Company to name a few.  For a complete list of Main Floor Seminars and times, visit the schedule here

 

In addition, many of these brands will be hosting seminars and sharing their secrets on the main stage and in the Keynote & Business Forum.  

 

The Makeup Show Orlando is held on Sunday, November 4, 2012 from 9am to 6pm and on Monday, November 5, 2012 from 9am to 5pm at The Peabody Hotel Orlando, 9801 International Drive. For a complete list of participating brands, educational speakers, schedule of events and prices, please visit www.themakeupshow.com.

B’s Discoveries of 2011

Well y’all. It’s about to be a new year. Some people are very “whatever” about the New Year but honestly – I LOVE them. I spent most of my New Year’s Eve’s in church. A few years ago I started traveling. This year, I will be enjoying a staycation with Esposo in Orlando and getting my mind right for 2012.

Oh. And celebrating like a mofo because guess who will be 27 on January 2nd? Oooooh yeah. No shame in my game. I am 27 and proud, yo! Before we bid adieu to 2011, I wanted to drop a list of some of my best and most memorble discoveries of this year.

Share yours too!

 

Body-Wise

  • Gray hair. I knew this was coming. Mama Clumps always said women on her side of the family always go gray early. While I have no problem getting older, there’s just something about gray hair. I’m so not ready for it.
  • The menstrual cup. My discovery of the greener and more comfortable alternative to sanitary napkins was reason enough to make 2011 epic. I can’t even begin to tell you how I love my Diva Cup and Lunette Cup.
  • Weight gain. Okay yeah. I’ll admit it. I gained a whopping 20 pounds this year. I call it a discovery because  I literally just discovered it. Never mind that I’m having to buy 14’s and see the obvious weight gain in my face when I take pictures. Oh. And it didn’t help that I got a YouTube comment asking if I was preggo. Dang. While  I am sad about it, I’m confident that I’ll drop the weight again. I’ve done so before!

Products

  • These lip balms. And don’t you dare ask me to choose a favorite. I just can’t.
  • Aaaaand, the Best Lengthening Mascara Award goes toooo…..this guy!
  • I tried Butter London for the first time this year. SO in love with this brand.
  • I tried a whole heap of Boscia this year and they are one of my FAVORITE skincare brands to date.

Personal

  • Age doesn’t matter. I always feared getting older. I was always afraid that I didn’t do enough at 23, 24 or 25. That’s nuts. I’ve done a lot. And as long as I’m living I will continue to do a lot. Life is a blessing and I will no longer be sad about being granted the opportunity to live another year.
  • Having an untraditional wedding was exactly what I wanted all along. I’m so glad Esposo and I started off our marriage the way we did. I have no regrets in not having a big lavish wedding. We did things our way and didn’t have to take out loans to do it. Hollers!

 

 

Food

  • Red onions. I didn’t start liking them until this year.
  • Goat cheese. God himself may have made this cheese. Aside from it being the only kind of cheese that doesn’t make my tummy go haywire, everything from goat cheese pizza to goat cheese salad is just delicious. Goat cheese is life.
  • I discovered and fell in love with both Indian and Ethiopian cuisines; which is refreshing. I was stuck on the Thai, Vietnamese and vegetarian tracks for quite some time.

Hobbies

  • Pinterest. I purposely stayed away from this site for many months. I knew an addiction awaited me. I eventually gave in and because of Pinterest, I have been inspired to  becreative beyond belief. And yes, I definitely consider it a hobby.
  • Knitting. No real reason really. I’ve always wanted to and finally decided to actually do it. Once I master knitting, I want to try crocheting. I take my first class in the new year!
  • Soap making. As an apprentice, I’ve found so much joy in mixing up herbal blends and gifting friends and family members with my creations.

 

Music

  • Lenny Kravitz. How can I just be discovering his music? Three words: He is amazing.
  • Asa. Jazz is my first love and this Nigerian artist sings to my soul. I love her vibe and the positivity in her music.
  • DeBarge. Okay yeah – I’ve known about them for years but their music, OMG…soooo underrated.
  • Bebel Gilberto introduced me to Bossa Nova, a genre of music that is now one of my favorites.

 

TV

…this one is short because I’m just not a TV/movie-watcher.

  • The Walking Dead. I’m not a lover of zombies, vampires and mythical creatures. After a coworker recommended that I watch this show, I became such a huge fan. Sure, it’s a little slow (okay….very slow) but the drama is always to the n-th degree.
  • Law & Order SVU. Never mind that this show has been on for over a decade. One boring evening, I decided to finally watch an episode on Netflix and to say I was hooked is an understatement. Let’s say I have seen every episode and cried when Elliot left the show.

Beauty on the Road: Camry’s got class!

I’m a car lova. It really shouldn’t come as a surprise since I am always road trippin’ every other weekend or so. I’ve driven everything from convertibles to pick-up trucks, 12 passenger vans, moving trucks to old up ole’ sedans.

But nothing beats a Toyota Camry.

The Toyota Camry is a jewel in my family. We’ve owned not one, not two, but THREE Toyota Camry’s. In fact, the first car I ever learned how to drive was a Camry. Ten years later and I am still a Camry fan.

The 2008 Camry has all kinds of class. The bucket leather seats sit my fanny perfectly for hours of road trippin’. The super cold AC ensures that the Florida sun doesn’t melt my mascara and the trunk fits everything from my suitcases to annoying passengers.

I’m kidding about that last part. Kinda.

Go Toyota go!

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I’m on vacation!

It’s the time again…I’m going on a vacation. It’s a family vacation to Washington, D.C. We usually go to some tropical island so this is a different change. Posts will be slow but if you want all of the details of my trip, you can follow me on Twitter and my travel blog.

Ciao bellas!