Beauty, Tutorials

How to: Gradient Nails

Remember these… The tutorial is finally here! For these gradient nails, you’ll need at least 2 nail polish colors that have the same/similar finishes. I used three nail polish colors. And a disposable makeup wedge. Step 1: The lightest color (base) is applied to the entire nail.  Step 2: Apply your second color to the edge of the makeup sponge.…

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Lifestyle, Travel

Island Hopping

I have been absent from this blog, but here is my excuse: We went on a Cruise to the Caribbean.  We drove through the night and arrived in Miami.  We went to South Beach to catch the early morning sunrise: We dropped off the rental car and took a cab to the ship: We were very early, but after an…

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Length Checks, My Relaxed Hair, Relaxer Updates, Trimming

Relaxer Update #3: Nov 2011

Straight Down Ends pulled together Last Relaxer: 11 weeks agoPre-relaxer: Summit Sensitive Scalp to scalp and already relaxed ends.Relaxer: Affirm Fiberguard Sensitive Scalp System (No-Lye)Post Relaxer: Aphogee 2 minute Reconstructor, Mizani Phormula 7 Neutralizing ShampooConditioning/Styling Regimen: GVP Conditioning Balm, GVP The Conditioner and Chi Silk Infusion. If you remember my last relaxer update, I wasn’t happy, but this relaxer was much…

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Fitness, Lifestyle

Pretty Girls Sweat

I’m starting Level 2 on my personal 30 day shred challenge.  Week One was a success.  Last Sunday I pre-planned all of my meals for the entire week and spent every night with the 30 day shred work out dvd.  Yesterday, I weighed in 5 pounds lighter, whoo-hoo!  I am amazed to say the least.  I was hoping for 8…

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Healthy Hair Care, Tutorials

Quick Tip: Shampooing Hair

Here’s a quick tip to get you to your longer lengths.   Don’t pile your hair on top of your head when you wash your hair, like this: (Source) If you do, you are asking for a knotted mess that will lead you down the path to unnecessary breakage* as you struggle to detangle it. When shampooing your hair I would suggest:…

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Beauty

Yay or Nay: Temporary Lip Tattoos

I came across this product in a recent Sephora email and I was instantly intrigued.  Violent Lips has come out with these lip applications that are akin to temporary tattoos.  They say that they last up to 8 hours — talk about long lasting!  They come in several different looks, which are not for the faint of heart.  Here is…

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Cooking Chronicles, Lifestyle

Homemade Pancakes with Blueberry Compote

This recipe is perfect for Sunday brunch.  Light and fluffy buttermilk pancakes with a blueberry compote.  And you can easily substitute the blueberries for your favorite fruit. Step 1: Sour 6 Tablespoons of Milk with 1 Tablespoon of Vinegar for 5 minutes in a bowl.  (This is an inexpensive way to make the buttermilk for this recipe.)  Step 2: Combine…

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Cooking Chronicles, Lifestyle

Carrot and Ginger Soup…yikes

With the weather cooling off and Fall kicking into full gear, I was in the mood for warm soothing soup.  I wanted to try something new and decided on this recipe for Carrot and Ginger Soup.  And while I’m typically able to judge the tastiness of a dish by checking out the recipe, I have to say that I’m humbled…

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