Thursday, October 29, 2009

Herbal Essences has got me Totally Twisted

For years I was on the hunt for the product that worked best on my hair. I never found anything that gave me a good defined curl along with proper moisturizing and hydrating. Then, about 10yrs ago I happened upon a professional product that made my hair sing. I was devastated to find out that unbeknownst to me the company had decided to end our relationship. I would have to scour numerous salons or websites to find any trace of my sweet love. In my state of rebound, while cruising through Walmart I was drawn by a display of bright vivid colored bottles with catchy phrases. I immediately went back into my old mode of picking products for moisture & hydration but then it caught my eye, Totally Twisted Curl &Waves shampoo and conditioner. hhhhhm, I had been hearing about this line. I recently tried a brand that i was not happy with and this product was under $3. a major deal from my usual purchases ($10+ a bottle) So in the cart and home came these products. This product delivered on everything it said it would. CLEAN, SPRINGY, HYDRATED, SMOOTH, & DEFINED!! Hair knows when it's treated My curls not only sang but they danced! The french lavender and jade extracts were so uplifting to both my mood and my curls. I have a new favorite shampoo & conditioner!!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Lorac Holiday Smoked Out

Just in time for a the holiday parties LORAC brings a collection to help you achieve that desired smokey eye. The baked eyeshadows are high pigmented and can be worn wet to bring more drama or dry to keep it more natural. And the lip polish packaged like a small nail polish is the cutest thing to me. Long lasting color and shine in a little bottle.
*you must sign up for the LORAC VIP to get the discount (it's free!!)

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Red Lipstick is my affinity. It may have been passed down from my grandmother. Her beauty signature was red lips and Ferragamo pumps. It's not my signature but Ialways keep a tube close by. Red lipstick is that one beauty product that can instantly change my mood. Something about it makes me feel like i have a spectacular secret no one else knows I was so excited when Iopened my inbox and saw Three Custom Color Specialist A CENTURY IN RED LIP COLOR PALETTE. A palette of reds to celebrate the women of the 20th century. Each red represents a trend of a decade starting from the 1910's to the millennium. so fun!
Three Custom Color Specialist, A Century in Red Lip Color Palette, $45

*if you have favorite product that is discontinued and you cant' find a match or similar product anywhere, Three Custom Color Specialist has a great custom blending option. Their extensive database helps you find and duplicate your lost product. click

Monday, October 26, 2009

Covergirl's Exact Eyelights Collection

I'm always strolling the store aisles looking at beauty products and this one has caught my eye quite a few times. I finally stopped to really look it over. Covergirl's Exact Eyelights Collection helps take all the guess work out of what colors one should choose for their eyes. Each palette has four shadows that are supposed to enhance and highlight one's natural eye color (brown, blue, hazel and green) Now, I wasn't drawn so much by the colors but by the brush. A nice sturdy travel size eyeshadow brush. The colors all have shimmer but are neutral and safe so you can mix and match or dare to wear every color. The brush will sure make it an easier task to apply than those little awkward applicators.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Makeup in a Bottle keeps the face in place

When a womam puts alot of work into getting her face into gorgeous mode, she wants it to last all day long. She keeps her mirror close to makes sure nothing is running, smearing or fading. Well, Model in the Bottle will allow you to chill out and just enjoy the day with no touch ups needed. It's not bothered by humidity, absorbs excess oil, doesn't make your face sticky or tight and won't clog pores. Sounds like a bottled miracle, right? Well, it works and if you want to give your girl a spritz it's cool because this stuff is good for all skin types. This stuff is a must have!
How it works:
1. apply your makeup, let your mascara dry
2.hold MIAB about 12 inches from the face and spray 3-4 times
3. look gorgeous until you wash your makeup off!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Bobbi Brown Lip Tints spf 15

My favorite lip tints are back for the holidays and in FULL size aaaaaand my favorite shades. Oh, i always keep a tube of the Bobbi Brown Lip Tint SPF15 in my purse. My lips have a tendency to peel so finding a good product that delivers on benefits and beauty is a plus for me. Despite the rich looking hues in the tube, these colors are soft and sheer so they wear well on every skin tone. A nice mild and refreshing minty thing going on but none of that "sting" you get in some lip products. I don't like my lips throbbing for the sake of beauty and good texture. So this has been in my mix for some years now.

how i wear them:
Cherry - by itself for some sheer color or over a lipstick i want to gloss up or give a a bit more color. It looks gorgeous over bronze.
Blossom- when i want gloss but no color or i use when i want nude lips (mute the lips out with some concealer and powder and then apply blossom)
Twilight - most of the time i mix this with another gloss or lipstick
Bobbi Brown's Lip Tint spf 15, $28

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

My hair must have it!

Cream leave in conditioners have never been nice to me , deceptively enticing me with their grandeur claims of hydrating and defining my curls but just hanging out on my hair shaft as an opaque film , hmmph! so not a good look. On a trip to CVS, I came across something that caught my eye. The Ellin Lavar detangling mist is filled with antioxidants and botanicals that nourish, soften and moisturize. It is mildly scented, lightweight, works well with my existing conditioner and also refreshes my curls when i skip a shampoo. My Denman brush glides through my hair with no tugs, snags or tears. I love it!!

Ellin Lavar DetangleMist, $7.99

People are always surprised when i tell them about this product. I have been using Smooth n Shine Polishing Curl Activator for years. No, it's not a throwback to the 80's curl revolution, so you wont have stained necklines and sofas. This non greasy, weightless formula defines and smooths my curls. I do add a tiny bit of Ampro gel (black gel to some of if i want a strong lasting hold. It has recently been reformulated and i sure hope that despite the extra added ingredients (not needed) it will still deliver good results. It's so inexpensive i usually buy a few jars at a time so i have another couple of months before i try the new formula sigh

Smooth n Shine Curl Activator Gel, $2.99 @ local Walgreens

Friday, October 16, 2009

Calmed by the Candle

Oh, this is just what I need. Amidst the cold weather there is alot of coughing going on around here..eeew germs! This is a candle that will whisk me away (in my mind) and clean my air. I lit my Soul Purpose Caribbean Ginger Soy Candle and although I am cozied up from the cold outside, in my imagination the island sand and blue waters are just a few feet away. Tropical woods sway, blowing warm ginger kisses and flirtatiously inviting me into a lavender dream. Is this natural? Has to be, it's written on the packaging "all natural"

Should I blow it out and come back to reality? not before I dip my finger in and rub some of this warm vitamin packed moisturizing oil on my skin.

Thursday, October 15, 2009


Hey everyone,

I finally did it!! Many have asked and now i have answered the call. TGI is where we can mix (that's what ingredients about makeup, hair, skin and everything that makes us feel beautiful. I'll stir in lots of fun for everyone with tips, tricks, product reviews, giveaways (YES!!) and vlogs (coming soon). All things beauty, all the time!! I invite you to comment and most definitely send a request of anything you would like me to post about.


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