Neutrals help

Hi loves!! I’m seeing all of the excitement over Fafi has escalated tremendously. Unfortunately, with me moving my life across the country (ahem, again), I don’t have the time to get into all of the hype. I did a drive-by read of a Fafi review that Temptalia did. I saw too many pinks and got discouraged because I can not stand pinks on my skin tone. Ugh, but we’ll see when I actually see the collection in person. Which may not be for awhile because I’ve got a new life to start.

In the meantime, because I’m super swamped I’ve decided to do a Q and A post. It’s definitely on a newbie level. Thanks to my girl for the email.

Q: I’ve been a member of specktra since April of last year…And i still haven’t gotten the product i wanted.. expect for foundation… I’m afraid of color and I was wondering how I can choose natural colors (eyeshadows) I’ve been going to and from Mac counters only to be depressed.. I searched for NYX line here in Canada… its limited… If you were to search for browns, bronze, coppers etc.. how will you choose?

A: Browns, bronzes and coppers, uh? Hmmm….MAC (obviously) has a great selection of those colors. What’s your skin color again? You look to be around my complexion at a NW45. Sooo my favorite browns would be Saddle, Espresso, Sable, Mulch, Handwritten, a Little Folie and Cocoa Beach pigment. Most of those are mattes so they go on nicely, especially on the crease.

My favorite bronzes/coppers would be Antique (sooo nice!) and….hmm, I think that may be the best bronze that I have. Ochre Style is a fab lid color but it is a bit on the muted gold style. That, Honey Lust and Woodwinked. But stay far away from that bright ass Amberlights. It is a pretty gold but it is sooo not what’s hot on warmer skin tones.

And since MAC recently dropped the N Collection (which is a neutral line), you can probably stroll by there and maybe get a make-over (it is usually free, you just have to buy some products) and see what works for you. I know all of the make-up artists are supposed to know what works, but I really like to ask folx who look like us. Hope I’ve helped. Newbie love!

And here are my top 3 favorite neutral looks.
Most of them are throwbacks, but yall get the idea.

Peace & Tropical Starbursts

Black History Fact:

In 1996, J.C. Watts becomes the first Black person selected
to respond to a state of the unioun address.

Beauty Review: Carol’s Daughter Rosemary Mint Herbal Shampoo

It has been a crazy week for me so I haven’t had the time to do much updating with me packing to move to Florida so I figured I’d do a quick review on a hair product that I used recently. This is Carol’s Daughter Rosemary Mint Herbal Shampoo with Sea Moss. This is the first shampoo I have used in my hair is very long time. I am a no-pooer and don’t shampoo my hair so I was a bit hesitate with what this product would do for me. But I am a natural-lite and since the products were all natural and lacking sulfates, I figured I would give it a shot.

The smell is niiiice and was very pleasing to me since I’m a big fan of Rosemary the essential oil and the spice. When we think of shampoos, we often think of getting nice lathers but this product didn’t do so and that was okay with me since lather often=sulfates. I massaged my scalp and gave my hair a good cleanse. I let it sit on my hair a bit to find that it was actually bringing out my natural curly cues.

Those little curly cues always disappear when my hair dries. After rinsed out the shampoo I was a bit saddened at how limp my hair felt. It was hard and unmanageable. Ugh, what happened?

So I don’t know about this one, ladies. This product didn’t make me want to convert to using shampoos again. So I’m sticking with the ACV rinses and conditioners. I’ve heard that ACV rinses work well for all hair types so click here to try the recipe for yourself. It does wonders!!

Oh….and Happy Black History Month. In fact here’s a fact:

In 1871, Jefferson Long of Georgia became the first Black to make an
official speech in the House of Representatives. He opposed leniency to former Confederates.

You can find more facts by the link to the right of the this post…Black Facts online.

Peace and Fists up and a fabulous weekend to all!

Bloggin’ Sistas and Bold Eye

I love blogging. It’s therapy and a lifestyle. Rantings of a Rebella and Clumps of Mascara have truly saved my sanity. I have 2 different sets of bloggin’ families and it just makes my day when I see a new comment or a new post sittin’ in the Google Reader. Today, I am happy to announce the unvealing of The Daily Cookie’s Facelift! My blog sista, Lilan and her web designers have done a fab job with the new site! Congrats, Lil! And the cookie theme just has me salivating all over the place. Munch your way over to The Daily Cookie.

Great things are happening all over the make-up world and in blogspace. You’ve got anticipation for Fafi thickening, Fashion Week in NYC, L’Oreal has everyone buzzin’…..I just can’t take it! Ah!

——–> MAKE-UP!

(one day I’ll buy Photoshop! LOL!)

Newbies, I have not forgotten about you. A Newbie Post is coming soon. Keep emailing me your suggesions. I’m lovin’ it! I have decided to familiarize myself more with the presdential election. So until I do that, I have to limit my make-up talk. Just last night I spent 2 hours at trying to understand which candidate has the best lies, I mean platforms. Hehe, and I’m always tabbing in at on the cell. Gotta know what’s goin’ on because it’s going to affect us all in some way.

Okay, no posts this weekend because I’ve got some packing and studying to do. But before I go, check it… school is having Catholic School Week next week and Monday is “spirit day”. You have to dress up in school colors. So, of course that gave me the idea to do a bold eye look; something I haven’t done in forever! So here’s what I came up with using Bright Sunshine e/s and Navy Blue pigment from MAC.

I don’t have on any face make-up. Eek! Ah well…should I recreate this? I’m on the fence about this one. I had to bring in Wondergrass e/s to help me blend but I just don’t think I like these colors on me. And I couldn’t bring the color too far up on the lid because then I’d look clown-ish. Suggestions? Anyone? Hmm…. Have a happy weekend, my loves!

Peace & Newbie Pride!

Oh, here’s the Clumps of Mascara banner! Ohhhh, my skills.
I’m a newbie in that area too. Clearly!

Bee Photo courtesy of

The Younger B….

I had to do it. This is the newest OT self-reflection post floatin‘ around the beauty blog space. I had to get up on it because I love readin‘ you all’s and doing them myself.


What I Would Tell the Younger Me

…now, I’m just turned 23 and I consider that to be pretty young. So I’m going to pretend as if I’m talking to the 18-year who moved out of the house in burbs of Tallahassee, Florida. She went to college 4 hours away and had no idea what her new life would bring her.

Look at her. Dorm room livin‘..


All young and innocent at the tender age of 19. Well, actually….this was sophomore year when I wasn’t so innocent, but I digress. LOL…and I’m going to write in Ebonics so if you need some translating, let me know! HA!

(1) Stop being so damn proud. You are going to need help so don’t be actin‘ like you can do it all and let someone help you (prolly need to tell this to the current me too!).

(2) Stop trying to want to be “grown”. Paying a bill don’t make you grown and when you finally HAVE to be grown, you won’t want to be. Trust.

(3) You are going to have some hard times. You are going to feel sad and alone but GOD will never leave you. Keep your optimism because that and GOD’s love will be your strength.

(4) It’s coo to desire the love of a man, but don’t be runnin‘ after them. You are too worthy for that and if you gotta chase a man, then honey, he ain’t the one.

(5) You were put on this Earth to write and help others. Don’t worry how you are going to do it. You will. Stop stressing about your “purpose”.

(6) Stop being so insecure. You are not fat. You’ll look better in a few years though. Watch.

(7) You’re not going to have it all together anytime soon so don’t think that by the time you’re 20 or 25, you will. Life ain’t that easy.

(8) Stop thinking that people HAVE to do right by you. They don’t. And they won’t. So be prepared.

(9) Stop thinking that college is killing you. You’re being too dramatic about it. Life AFTER college is what you really need to be fearing.

LOL…look at me.

Those were the days. No regrets in college. But I would pay a couple million to return to those days. I have yet to find the joys of NOT being a college student. 

What would you have like to the tell the “younger” you? I’d love to know!

Peace….inner and worldwide.

Hotlanta’s Chills

Yaaaay, so I’m back from Atlanta and trying to update as much as I can ‘roun dis piece. I’m still getting around to someone of yall so if I’ve been ghost to your blog homes, don’t hate me! I try and be a dedicated blog sista but sometimes I get a bit behind. The pictures in this post are going to be smaller than usual b/c I don’t have time to upload them in my Photobucket.
Look at all the snow in ATL. I wasn’t THAT prepared but it was in all good.

Me and the baby sis had to pose fast on this one. Toooo cold!

I visited ThatMan, some cousins, my best friend (I’m a bridesmaid!) and then I showed some love by going to the Martin Luther King Memorial. It’s still such a big deal to me. I will never forget the contributions that my people have made to this corrupted place we call America. But I digress.
My skin is looking divine these days!!!! Seriously….no pimples or anything. My new focus is getting rid of those dark spots that the pimples left behind. Cocoa butter, my saint, is great for that. And I don’t wear foundation on most days. I’m dapping into Bare Minerals. I copped this from my Mom. Why this NC20-somethin’ woman needed this, I don’t know. The color is Warm.

It’s a bit OFF…I think it makes me a bit chalky so I’m thinking I need to mix it with something else. I don’t know.

And I think this picture shows how off the color is because I sprinkled some of the foundation on my chest just to test. Hehe, make-up porn!

I’m thinking of going to a counter this weekend. I love how it feels like nothing on my face. It’s amazing on days when I want just a little coverage. And when I want the grown woman look, I’m still bustin’ my Bobbi Brown Tinted moisturizer with the 187. It’s just divine!

Speaking of BB Tinted Moisturizer….here’s a better FOTD of it. I’m cheesin’ mad hard with my sister but I think it looks good.


Bobbi Brown Tinted Moisturizer
NYC Translucent loose powder
NARS Crazed blush (this newbie sucks in blush application)

Bamboo Paint
Ochre Style e/s on lid
Sketch on crease
Handwritten to deepen crease
Vanilla pigment to highlight
Blacktrack Fluidline

Nightmoth lip pencil
Some sheer pink gloss from Victoria Secret

I’m still cleaning out the make-up stash so thanks for your inquiries. More things coming soon! I’ve got some eye shadows to go through, pigment samples, a Holiday lip palette, a brush roll, etc. I’ve got a ton of stuff I need to get rid of! Thanks to those who have already purchased from me. Business is great!

Peace aaaaaand……

My Nappy Hair!

Hair Hair Hair Hair Hair Hair Hair Hair
*very long post about hair. make-up talk will resume soon*

Finally the requested hair post. Yaaaaay!!

More than make-up, I love my natural hair. I didn’t love my hair this much when I had a perm. Before I went natural, I felt like every other Black sista. Goin’ to the salon to get a touch-up, wraps, hours under the dryer, split-end frustrations! But I just adore my hair now. When my skin gets to breakin’ out, my knees start crackin’, and I get plagued with the flu from my kids, my hair still stands strong. She’s a soldier.

I transitioned from permed hair to natural through micros (bad idea!) for 4 months. On April 23, 2005 I was offically natural. I cut off my own hair with scissors in my dorm room and haven’t looked back to the lye since.

Here are some resources:

My YouTube Hair Vid-Pelo Negro (my #1 Site ever)-
Noooow, onto the pictures. I usually only wear my hair in 3 ways:




…..sometimes I’ll bust a scarf, fro-hawk, The Frederick Douglass, the afro puff or a funky hat. But those are rare since I’m teaching now and don’t have time to be all eccentric and strange. Miss those days. Here are some pics of those funky do’s.


[F.DOUGLASS—funny, I know, but I love it. It’s funky!]




Here are the products I’m hip to these days.

I’m not a die hard Carol’s Daugher fan. I mean, I do think the products are fab but since my Mom is an herbalist she can make similar items and for free. CD is a bit on the ‘spensive side. But since I’m not living near home, I’ve had to buy products. I will never ever ever put shampoo in my hair. The devil, I tell you. If I feel like my hair needs a good cleanse, I do an ACV (apple cider vinegar) rinse or whatev Moms can make for me.

“Can’t live without” products are:
Olive Oil
Rosemary/Jojoba blend
Aloe Vera
VO5 Conditioners

But here’s the sad truth…..I don’t spend much time doing my hair. I can go up to 2 months without washing or combing it. The only thing that takes time is the 2-strand twists. 4-6 hours. But those hours can last me for 2 months. It’s a dream.

Now color is a whoooole ‘notha story. I’ve done honey brown, orange/red, blond streak (ha, don’t ask), jet black and everything in between. I’ve never had a weave or worn a wig and probably never will….just not me. I’ve done extensions and usually give my hair a break with 2-strand extentions once a year. But micro=death. Straightening with heat has only happened once. Never again. I’ll probably loc this year since I love the low-maintenance fabulouslness of them.

I mean, really….that’s it!! Any questions about the naps, just ask!!

What’s in Your Bag?

I’m sorry but I seriously love the “tagging” game. No matter how many times I get tagged, I’ll still take the time to post! So love to my Lil at The Daily Cookie. Chick’s got it goin’ on. Yeeeahhh mon. So let’s do it!

I’m carrying a Wilson’s Leather Purse. A big ole’ teacher/professional lookin’ purse. Copped it in Biloxi, Mississippi at a fab outlet. I used my sorry behind Sidekick 3 camera to take the pictures. Upgrading to the Blackberry soon and very soon. I had to take my pictures in 3 shots so here we go.

[Scene 1]

-Study material for the FTCE (Florida Teacher Certification exam) *cringes*
-Wet Ones…because children have germs.
-Organic Granola bar. I love snacks!
-Hello Kitty coin purse

[Scene 2]

-Big ole’ shades
-Coach wallet with everythiiiing in there. Minus money, HA!
-Hello Kitty bag that holds lip stuffs, hand sanitizer (because kids have germs) and a mirror

[Scene 3]

-Tissues….if you know why, you get an A+!
-MAC Be Seen lipglass
-VS’s Slice of Heaven
-3 pens
-A candy cane
-Hi-Chew candy (did you know I eat Asian foods/candy 80% of the time?)

Not sure what my purse says about it. I love candy and sheer lip glosses throughout the day. And obviously I’m in the teaching profession because I’ve got a child-ready purse. Yay!

I tagged (people who’ve already been tagged a dozen times, ha!)

Seymone, Neta-Darling, Eb the Celeb, Izar and Koffee Dyme

Oh wait…..Izar has already done it but check out her Hungarian beauty site anyway. Fab, I tell ya!

Peace and Sanity.

Sellin’ stuff….

So since I’m moving to Florida in a few weeks, I’ve been all over the place cleaning up that little room I live in. Everything can’t go because I can only take 2 suitcases soooo I was seriously going to throw away my MAC products but I figured I could try and see if some of my blog folx wanted anything.

I’ve got:

Espresso e/s-used 2x
MAC Green Gel cleanser-about 70% left
MAC’s Prep-N-Prime-about 75% left
MAC’s Deep Dark MSF-used 6x
MAC #11 lashes-never used (not pictured)

…..I’ve also got some other eyeshadows like Mythology (pan), Tilt (pan) and a ton of other things I have to go through to get rid of. I didn’t put up prices because I’m down for swapping and/or you naming your own price. And I don’t exactly know how payment would work since I’ve only paid through Paypal (not receive payment) but we’ll cross that bridge when we get there.

All inquiries can be left on this post or through email (send me a message on my Contact b0x). If no one wants anything I’m going to empty the products and use good ole’ B2M. Which may come in hand for Fafffffiiii, babaaaayyyy!

Peace & Obama