December 30, 2011

My 5 Beauty Resolutions for 2012

beauty resolutions
Woohoo! 2012 is almost here!!


With the New Year approaching, I've got a couple beauty resolutions I want to keep:

1. Clean my makeup brushes every week, not every 6 months or... never.

2. Stick to my juice cleanse/reboot for at least 30 days.

3. Get at least 8 hours of sleep at night.

4. Drink more water.

5. Keep up with Bikram Yoga.

December 26, 2011

Watching Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead Changed My Life

fat sick and nearly dead
A while ago, a good friend suggested I watch a movie called Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. Not ashamed of my body image issues and constant search to be healthiest I can be, I put that movie on my must-watch list.

Last night I finally watched it and I am so happy I did. I've heard of juice cleanses, but never actually witnessed someone go through it. I always thought they were crock shit and just something celebrities did to get fit for a role.

In this movie, Joe Cross goes on a journey to reboot his health. He drinks nothing but fruit/veggie juice that he blended for 90 days! I watched him go from taking almost 10 different type of medications daily to control his autoimmune disease, to taking nothing. Obviously he can't drink juice for the rest of his life, so after he was done, he changed the way he ate. Eating more micronutrients: vegetables, fruit, nuts and beans.

Tomorrow night I am going out and getting myself a juice blender and then hitting up the grocery store for fresh fruit and veggies. I can't wait until the New Year to start my juice cleanse. I need to start it immediately!! It's important to consult a doctor before doing a cleanse, but I'm not. I've been to so many doctors lately that I'm well aware of what my health looks like and what my "numbers" are. I'm aiming for healthy and skinny. My doc took one look at my neck and was like, "You have a fat neck that needs to go." And it will be gone.

December 23, 2011

I'm officially addicted to imPRESS-on nails!

press on nails


Remember when I told you guys about my new love for these press-on nails?! WELL. I'm addicted. The nails lasted SEVEN days and the removal and application process was so quick and easy. This color I'm wearing is Call My Agent. I'm not saying I will never paint my nails again (I have way too many nail polishes.), but I've found a great alternative to nail lacquer and I LOVE it.


New Toner: Tend Skin

 Tend Skin Liquid


When the Pathmark supermarket in my town went out of business, I was devastated. Not because it was my go-to shop for all my savory necessities, but because Pathmark is the only place I know that carries Skin Tight. This is my toner of choice and the one thing that keeps my skin almost zit free.

So last month I was getting a perm and I ranted to my hairdresser about how I can't find Skin Tight anywhere. (I couldn't find any trusted providers online, so I was not going to take a chance with buying a bottle on the web.) Ron threw a bottle of Tend Skin my way and said, "It's pretty much the same thing."

Tend Skin is generally used for unsightly razor bumps, ingrown hairs and razor burn. It's slightly less natural than Skin Tight because it has a tiny aspirin agent. But, I'm loving what Tend Skin is doing to my complexion. The best part is that it can be found on sephora.com!


December 19, 2011

Would you wear press-on nails?

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Last week I revisited a childhood pastime of mine. I gave myself a press-on manicure! I know what you're thinking, "What? Why?! So tacky! They don't last!"

Well my lovelies, that's what I thought until I tried Impress Press-on Manicure. It's a revolutionary new way to apply polish (Is it really considered polish if it's a plastic nail??). Anyway, I was impressed (har-har) at how easy, quick and long lasting the nails are. It's day 5 and my nails are still on very strong.

I went out with friends this past weekend and the girls couldn't believe how REAL my nails looked because they are the perfect length, when compared to my Lady Gaga glue-on nails. This color is a little too bright for winter, but I think I might be a convert to press-on nails. I will say that I do keep a box of nails with me in case a nail pops off at an inconvenient time. But, that hasn't happened!

BEAUTY SECRETS REVEALED: Christina Ly, Blogger

christina ly

Two years ago I met Christina Ly. We became instant online friends and then real-life close friends. Xtina—as I like to call her—is a college graduate with an inquisitive mind and a kind soul who's a kid at heart. She's excited about life and that's what I love about her. As you read about her beauty secrets you'll see that even though her skin may sometimes resemble a pubescent teen, she's got a positive attitude about her skincare and beauty regime.

December 16, 2011

Can you mix foundations?


I use a mineral foundation, but I've been curious about combining liquid or cream with mineral. I thought about using a liquid or cream foundation as a base and then using a mineral foundation over it. Is that a crazy idea? What's the best liquid/cream foundation out there?

December 14, 2011

Battle of The Fast Drying Top Coats

fast drying top coat

A while ago, I ranted on Twitter about my Extending Top Coat and Polish Drying Accelerator from Qtica not drying quick enough. A bunch of my followers told me to try Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat or Revlon Quick Dry Top Coat.

I finally got the chance to try both and they both have their pros and cons. However, they are both really great and it all depends on your preference.

Revlon Quick Dry Top Coat
Dries within seconds
Doesn't have a strong smell
Costs around $6
Nail polish chips after 4 to 5 days

Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
Dries within a minute
Has a really strong smell
Costs around $9
Nail polish chips after 7 days

The choice is yours! Another really great fast drying top coat is the Super Dry Top Coat from bigRuby.

December 13, 2011

BUY IT: Sally Hansen Nailgrowth Miracle

sally hansen nailssally hansen nails

This isn't just any regular manicure. This is a mani that will help my nails grow! Having long nails has been something I could never really achieve. My nails would always reach a certain length then break. I gave the Sally Hansen Nailgrowth Miracle a go and so far I'm loving the results. My nails seem to grow very quick, even after I cut them. With the exception of a couple nails on fingers I use obsessively, my nails have grown past the normal breaking point.

I've really become impressed with Sally Hansen products over the past couple years. They have stepped up their nail formula game and has gone from a brand I would bypass to one I go straight to. Needless to say, the Sally Hansen Nailgrowth Miracle is a must try!

What are your secrets to achieve nail growth?

December 12, 2011

Growing Out My Eyebrows: The Progress

eyebrows
It's been three weeks since I last waxed my eyebrows.

I've been growing out my eyebrows ever since the lady at the nail salon I normally go to f!@ked them up. I'm not happy with the progress. It's going rather slow and I have bald spots, which is probably caused by the continuous waxing since the age of 13. I just want my beautifully shaped thick eyebrows back! It kills me that I might have to go another 30 days with bushy eyebrows, but I have no choice. And when I see my ladies at the salon, I am going to be very stern with how I want my eyebrows to look.

And if you're wondering what I'm so pissed about, just look at the picture above. The eyebrow on your left is shaped slightly thinner than the one on your right.

Preposterous—HA!

December 11, 2011

How To Fix A Tissue Burned Nose

cucumber face peel
Wearing a peel-off mask. Scary, huh?
Sorry for not posting this past week. I got sick or had an allergy attack (not sure which one it was). All I know is I had a stuffy nose, could barely breathe, excessive sneezing, snot dripping out of my nose and a fever. I was taking cold medicine and that didn't do anything. Then I bought allergy pills and my symptoms subsided almost instantly.

After a full week of nonstop tissue blowing, the skin around my nose became very, very dry and crusty. I probably could have used softer tissues, but with the amount of snot I needed to clean out of my nasal passages, the softest tissue would still burn the outside of my nostrils.

Fed up with seeing the dry skin and burn marks around my nose, I reached for my Freeman's Feeling Beautiful Cucumber Facial Peel-Off Mask last night and went to town. The results were a smooth nose, where the skin had been properly re-hydrated.

Tissue burn marks, gone!

November 30, 2011

NAILS: Lady Gaga's Holiday Workshop

gaga's workshop nails
aga's workshop nails

I want to type more, but these nails make it darn impossible so I'll keep it short. If you aren't aware, Lady Gaga has teamed up with Barney's for Gaga's Workshop and I got my hands nails on a pair of her funky tips!!

What do you think? Too much?

FRESH FACE: Philosophy The Microdelivery Purifying Peel


On the heels of my Philosophy kick, I purchased The Microdelivery Purifying Peel. Unlike my cucumber peel-off mask, this formula felt like a chemical peel (I've never had one. I'm just guessing.). I applied the peel and my face tingled instantly. After 3 minutes, I washed it off and felt like I had a fresh face.

November 29, 2011

NAILS: Gettin' Miss Piggy With It in The Big Red Apple with OPI Muppets Collection



I'm having a blast with OPI's Muppets Collection! I'm wearing Big Red Apple underneath Gettin' Miss Piggy With It (na-na-na-na-na-na-nuh-na!). I love the name of this OPI Muppets Collection lacquer. Whenever I read the polish's name, I can't help but hum Will Smith's Gettin' Jiggy Wit It. What do you think?

November 28, 2011

New Facial Cleanser: Philosophy Purity

Philosophy Purity Facial Cleanser

Recent news that my go-to face wash for over 10 years had gone from prescription-only to over-the-counter sent me into a positive frenzy. I was excited to try new facial cleansers.

One of my girlfriends introduced me to Philosophy's Purity when she saw great results after using it for a couple months. The Purity facial cleanser is always advertised with the Clarisonic, so I think I might use both products together.

If all goes well with this face wash, Philosophy will be on my list of trustworthy beauty brands.

November 24, 2011

NAILS: Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Nails
Happy Thanksgiving! I'm thankful for many things (family, friends, life), but especially nail polish. Duh! What are you thankful for?

November 22, 2011

NAILS: A Naked Rainbow Connection with Deborah Lippmann and OPI Muppets Collection



I'm really feeling this combination. The Naked color from Deborah Lippmann is the best color to achieve a nude nail. It's got that perfect tint of pink and seems to go well with any skin color. I wanted my fingers to be a little more party-esque, so I slabbed on a thing layer of Rainbow Connection from OPI's Muppets Collection (it's filled with so many fun glitters!!). This nail lacquer is literally like a party, in a bottle. I absolutely love it and can't wait to use it with all my other nail polishes. What do you think?

What To Do When The Nail Technician Removes Too Much Eyebrow Hair

So the worst thing happened last weekend. I went to get my eyebrows waxed at the salon I always go to and the lady who waxed my brows not only burnt me, she removed too much hair. I love to keep my eyebrows thick.

I'm beyond livid. The last time I was burned by wax and had pencil thin brows, I was 13. That was over 10 years ago. Now I have to let my eyebrows turn into bushy Caterpillars for the next 30 days.

May be I should just do my eyebrows myself. I tried that and well, that didn't turn out too well.

November 21, 2011

NAILS: Dolce & Gabbana Grey Pearl

I decided to go with a nail color that says, "I'm grown." What do you think?

November 17, 2011

My Period Made Me Anemic

Hey Berries! I hope it's okay I start calling you guys that. Oh well, my blog. My rules. :)

Remember when I ranted about my heavy period? Well, turns out I had every right to (besides being a woman with a bleeding vagina).

My heavy and irregular menstrual cycles caused me to become Anemic. So this is my PSA to all ladies out there with a heavy flow, take care of it.

I knew something was wrong when I went 5 months with a period, where the last two months were extremely heavy. I'm talking finish a box of 28 Always Infinity Overnight pads in TWO DAYS heavy.

The first sign of Anemia was my heavy breathing. I noticed that when I would climb stairs, I would get very winded. I felt heaviness in my chest. I thought that it was because of my weight, so I started working out at the gym more to increase my endurance. I then saw an Ear Nose Throat Specialist to see if she could spot anything in my nose that may be constricting my air path. Of course she discovered nothing (except a slightly deviated septum?!). The doc and my primary doc thought I had Asthma. Asthma? So I was prescribed all types medication I was reluctant to take.

Next came the fatigue, dizziness and headaches. I would do 5 push-ups at the gym with my trainer and ask for a break. I would get dizzy and feel the need to pass out. It wasn't just at the gym. Getting out of bed felt like a task (it still does), and I would randomly experience bouts of dizzy spells throughout the day. Then came the week-long headaches that couldn't be suppressed with my go-to pain relief med of choice: ibuprofen. I then noticed I was waking up with headaches. And then the worst headache happened during the week where I woke up in the middle of the night sobbing like a little baby and ran to my mom complaining of how much pain I was in. The pain tugged at my eye balls and took over my entire head; from front to back. I wanted to chop off my head. There were times I thought, "Well, if I just cut off my head, I can still live, right?" Obvi, not.

Many doctor visits and intense cravings of ice cubes later, the verdict is Anemia. Thank you mother nature for the bloody gift that kept on given.

The point is, I haven't been feeling like myself so that's why I've been blogging less. If you've had Anemia, then you understand the heavy exhaustion. My doctor visits aren't done yet because we want to rule out anything else, but that's that and I wish I had gone on the birth control years ago to regulate my period because this health fiasco could have been avoided. But it is what it is and I am moving forward and will eventually get back into tip-top-shape.

November 16, 2011

NAILS: Confetti Invite


POP Confetti Glitz & Perfect Formula Invite Only


I brought the two-toned nails back, my Berries. This time I decided to only paint my ring and middle finger with the Confetti Glitz. What do you think?

November 15, 2011

Avoid Nasty, Crusty, Chapped Lips!

[fresh sugar lip polish and treatment]
So... to keep your lips crust-free, try exfoliating and then using a lip treatment. My favorite lip treatment that I use everyday is Philosophy's Kiss of Hope. I just discovered Fresh's Sugar Lip Polish and Lip Treatment, which is a great alternative for me to my go-to lip conditioning choice. The Lip Polish is great for exfoliating, which I recommend pre-lipstick (gross) or pre-lipstain (woohoo!).

November 14, 2011

Do you use a nail hardener?

[nutra nail hardener]

I recently got my hands on a bottle of Nutra Nail Flex-Shield Nail Hardener. Hardener is the main reason I love China Glaze and Sally Hansen, but not all nail lacquers have a hardening agent. To solve this problem, I use the Nutra Nail Flex-Shield Nail Hardener as a base coat. Having hard painted nails means my nail color will last just a tad bit longer.

Do you use a nail hardener? Do you have a favorite?

November 13, 2011

OPI Muppets Collection Fresh Frog of Bel Air

Have you guys heard of the new OPI Muppets Collection??? It's FILLED with sparkly nail polishes! The one I'm wearing is called Fresh Frog of Bel Air above a layer of NARS Zulu.

November 7, 2011

Benzoyl Peroxide is Now Only Sold Over The Counter?

Ah, Benzoyl Peroxide. My trusty facial wash since 2000.

I recently went to the dermatologist and asked her for another facial wash that would reduce the oil my skin produces. I told her I was using Benzoyl Peroxide and asked for a slightly stronger version. She then informed me that Benzoyl Peroxide was no longer prescribed and could be found over the counter.

I knew this was coming.

Ever since every skincare company realized that the key ingredient to battling acne was Benzoyl Peroxide, OTC facial washes began using Benzoyl Peroxide. I once used Clean & Clear's wash with Benzoyl Peroxide for a couple months and it worked. It made my skin less oily, but also dried out my skin like a raisin. I couldn't bare the dry skin anymore, so I had to toss it.

While Benzoyl Peroxide is great for fighting acne, you must be careful with it. It can bleach your facial towels and tops when washing your face. It can also dry out your skin to a crisp. The only thing worse than a face full of acne, is a face full of dry brittle skin. You want your face to be healthy, so use a lotion or moisturizer that will keep your skin hydrated.

November 3, 2011

'Tis The Season For Warmer Nail Colors!!

It may technically be Autumn, but baby it's cold outside and Fall is long gone. The most annoying thing about living on the east coast is that the weather decides to ignore its given season. I feel like Fall came and went. Snowtober showed up and the temperatures haven't felt the same. Wah, I'm not ready. Really. I haven't bought my winter coat yet and when I do, it'll probably cost me a fortune because Winter wear sales have ended.

I'm keeping it gangsta Winter and tossing my summer color nail lacquers (except red, duh) to the back of my nail polish bin. First up, Dolce & Gabbana's Amethyst with a little bit of Deborah Lippmann's Here Comes The Queen.

This is my first time wearing a Dolce & Gabbana polish. I loooove how thick the nail lacquer is and that I only need to paint over my nail once or twice to achieve the vibrant hue of purple below.



November 1, 2011

I Don't Have A Healthy Relationship with Food

(File this under TMI Thursday, even though it's not Thursday.)

I've never told anyone this, except for my bestest friend forever & ever & ever & ever, but I'm truly trying to get my health on track. So here goes nothing...

I don't have a healthy relationship with food.

For as long as I can remember (let's go back to 5th grade), food has been the my enemy. I was am a perfectionist and growing up as an athlete, my body image was the core of my life. A better bod, meant a better performance. A better performance, meant reasons for my parents to be proud of me success.

I'm not blaming my parents, but I'm blaming my parents. Love them, they mean well, but the last thing I needed to hear as a child were comments about my weight—especially when things like sudden puberty made me gain a couple extra pounds. It messed with my psyche. I think that parents in general put a lot of pressure on their children to be the best and sometimes don't realize their nitpicking, specifically to their child's body, can really alter how their child views themselves.

I digress. I knew I had exercising down pact when it came to losing weight so I focused on my food and it spiraled out of control, becoming a serious part of my life. I became a picky eater, only eating healthy (which was hard because I hated vegetables) or not eating anything at all. I remember when I discovered bread was a carb and it was possibly making me fat. All I ever ate was bread. I began beating myself up for eating bread. BREAD.

I hit rock bottom when I was 13 and close to fainting at a cheer practice. It was like a scene from a Lifetime movie; coach asked me if I was OK, I was too weak to lift the girls, I felt sick, wanted to throw up, but couldn't because I had no food in me. I knew I had to stop. But I didn't want to. Starving to be thin, my body became very used to eating next to nothing. I knew I absolutely had to stop my tango with a soon-to-be-serious eating disorder when I truly couldn't swallow any food.

My high school years became about apples. I went back to trying to eat "healthy." I didn't know much about healthy food (Ahem, I'm Nigerian. Starch and sodium are in our blood.), but I knew I loved one fruit and that was apples. I ate an apple for breakfast, an apple with my lunch (which was usually accompanied by some 100 calorie snack and a peanut butter sandwich on whole wheat bread), and an apple as a snack before whatever after-school activity I had. Apples, apples. APPLES.

I also rediscovered brownies in high school and that became my secret crutch for stress and etc. I could easily down a tray of 8 in one sitting. I probably still can now.

In college, my problem with food tapered off... so I thought.

Freshman year I was all about not being the kid that went to college and gained the "Freshman 15." Yoga at 6 in the morning, healthy meals, treadmill at night. Shit. I was obsessed with fitness my first year as an undergrad. I then lost my obsession when other things became more important to me; a degree and a career. I thought I was cured of my unhealthy relationship with food. I didn't realize until my senior year that I was using food as a crutch. When I was bored, I ate. When I was sad, I ate. When I was happy, I ate. I couldn't help myself. And my drug food of choice? Cupcakes or anything sweet. 70 pounds later, I'm where I thought I would never be physically.

Now that I am out of school and working/living in my 20s, I am done having an unhealthy relationship with food. I had a doctor's appointment earlier this week and my doc told me flat out, "You need to lose weight." "Gah, tell me something I don't know." I thought. Losing weight is something I've been trying. Remember? I got a personal trainer. But um, who knew losing weight was actually hard.

I know I have the drive to workout, but the food part? I'm going to seriously work on that. I've decided to check out healthy food books and recipes so I can actually educate myself and allow my taste buds to explore the endless possibilities of healthy concoctions.

We'll see how this goes.

October 27, 2011

NAILS: Beyoncé - Party ft. J. Cole

It's not a secret I love Beyoncé. Homegirl and I go waaay back to when I was in middle school belting out notes to "Independent Women Part II" on stage with my best friends at our school's talent show. She made me love singing and want to be a superstar (a dream I'm still holding on to, but placed on the back burner). She's a musical artist who promotes women empowerment and isn't afraid to be her damn self.

Her latest album 4 has been on rotation in my car/computer for the past month. It's simply AMAZING! And I'm not just saying that because I luh love me some Bey, but because it truly is. I love it when musicians let you see a piece of who they are through their music. Bey finally (and subtly) addresses her relationship with Jay Z in "Countdown"; "All that gossip in 10 years, stop it."

Bey's been on a roll, releasing 5 music videos already for her album! The latest video she released was for "Party". While I'm not exactly a fan of the music video and that J. Cole is in it and not Andre 3000, I love all her beauty looks—especially her nails. She has at least 5 different designs worth noting. Take a look below:









La di da di, we like to party.

My Night Cream is Outdated?

[picture of Ziana]
My new night cream.
For about 10 years I have been using Azelex as a night cream to ward of pesky pimples. And it worked. It really did. When I veered off to ProActiv, my skin was not happy and created the worst acne breakout I have ever witnessed in my entire life.

Anyway, I recently came into a bit of a pickle when my insurance company stopped covering Azelex. Remember my story about having to pay $125?!

I took a trip to my Dermatologist and asked if there were any recommendations for a night cream. I told her I had been using Azelex and she laughed. She told me, "Well, that's a little bit outdated." Excuse me? She explained to me that facial creams have advanced. (Like I said, 10 years with Azelex people!! That was back in 2001.) She went on and said Azelex is an old formula and there are better products on the market that work.

She prescribed Ziana and told me that it will not only kill the bacteria in my pores, it has an aspirin like agent that will prevent new zits from popping up. Also, it's covered by my insurance company, so I only had to pay like $15!

What do you use at night?

October 24, 2011

NAILS: Boo!

I rarely do seasonal nails. In fact, I never do seasonal nails. It's not my thing. However, I was laying in bed all day yesterday feeling like crap thanks to a certain friend and I felt like being cheeky with my nails this week.

Can you guess what the little critters on my nails are? One word: BOO!

October 21, 2011

In Arm & Hammer I Trust

[picture of arm & hammer toothpaste and spin brush]

So remember when I talked about using Crest's 3D White Toothpaste? Well, I can't honestly say I'm a fan. I know I was supposed to use it for 90 days straight, but 90 days is quite a while from now and I wasn't really seeing any slight improvements. In fact, my teeth looked a yellowy-white that I did not like. May be my teeth don't like Crest? All I know is I am going back to what I KNOW works, and that's Arm & Hammer. I even bought the A&H Spinbrush for extra teeth cleaning.

October 20, 2011

TMI Thursday: I Hate My Vagina!

Yep. You read that right. (Sorry if that word offends you, but it's my blog y'all.) Now, I don't literally hate my va-jay-jay (OK ONLY A LITTLE) but hear me out:

I had a Gynecology appointment tonight and well, I had a breakdown. I thought the doc could still see me even though my period unexpectedly showed up AGAIN FOR THE UMPTEENTH TIME THIS PAST MONTH. But he couldn't. No big deal you say. Yeah, it really isn't a big deal but for me it is. I've been trying to see a Gyno for the past 5 months but couldn't. Why? Because I had my period for the past 5 months. My uterus aches and I'm sick of seeing blood gush through my legs. SICK. OF. IT.

I wish I was kidding.

This has been the vicious cycle (pun intended) of my life since mother nature first laid this tragedy gift on me in middle school. "Ah, you're an athlete. Irregular periods are expected," many doctors would say. And while I felt very abnormal as a growing girl, my physicians constantly reminded that is was "okay" and that irregular periods were natural. Well, F*&K THAT.

For so long I've been against taking "The Pill" to regulate my periods because I'm scared of what it could do to me. For some reason, I have it in my head that if I start taking BP, I'll never be able to get pregnant in the far future. But my brief meeting with the doc tonight also shed some light on my whole situation. He told me that if I continue to have irregular periods, that will more likely hinder me from ever having kids. He also told me that my irregular periods and unbalanced hormone levels may lead to weight gain (So, the Freshman 15 wasn't totally my fault?!).

I don't know what to do. I'm thinking of going on BP. I mean, science has come along way...

What do you ladies think? Do you have irregular periods? Are you on the pill? Which one do you take?

October 19, 2011

Treat Your Nails Like You Treat Your Hair

I recently cut my nails. Not because I wanted to, but because I had to. I treat my nails like my hair, always conditioning and trimming. I buff/file regularly and oil my cuticles... whenever I remember—HAHA! And sometimes, I cut 'em really short to have a fresh growing start.

How do you take care of your nails?

What's the difference between a hair mask & a conditioner?

[Picture of Redken 5th Avenue extreme strength builder plus mask]
Redken 5th Avenue NYC—the hair mask I use.


According to the peeps over at Garnier, "A mask nourishes hair thoroughly while a conditioner hydrates and detangles." A mask should really only be used once a week as a sort of therapy treatment for your hair.

Well, I've got a confession. I use a mask at least twice a week and I don't know if that's good or bad for my hair. (I'll investigate later.) I've never really had bad hair... Oh wait. There was that time in high school my braided hair extensions RIPPED OUT CHUNKS OF MY HAIR during the removal process. Anyway, I've been blessed with great hair genes. Although, I will admit I am nice to my hair. I use a pomade everyday and I lightly oil my scalp after I wash it. I also only use hot tools three times a week.

My hair has always been strong and does what I tell it to do:
Me: If I want to burn you with a a curling iron or straightener, you will endure the pain!!!
My hair: Yes. Whatever you say Diva D.
And my drastic chop a year ago, aka the best hair decision I have ever made, has allowed my hair to grow back quicker and thicker. I'm always down for doing anything that improves the texture and look of my hair, and ever since I started using a mask twice a week, I noticed my hair is softer. I use the mask as a conditioner. I don't leave it in for a long time, just until I'm done scrub-adub-dubbin away in the tub.

Do you use a hair mask?

October 18, 2011

How Bare Escentuals Made Me Love Makeup

[Picture of Bare Escentuals Mineral Veil]
Bare Escentuals Mineral Veil


I was 18 when I started wearing makeup for real. As an athlete all my life, makeup was never something I liked to wear. However, when prom came along my senior year of high school, I decided it was time to man girl up. I chose Bare Escentuals Mineral Makeup because I was new to makeup and scared sh!tless. Seriously. I didn't want to look like a drag queen... by accident.

That day I got ready and slabbed on my makeup, which was surprisingly easy (slightly messy) to apply. I made sure to remember to the wear the Mineral Veil to protect my foundation as I broke-it-down on the dance floor. By the end of the night, my makeup was still intact and I was hooked. Bare Escentuals taught me that makeup should be fun and easy. And well since 2007, I've been a proud BE girl.

Peep a silly pic of me from prom below:

[Picture of Dara at Prom]

October 17, 2011

NAILS: Red Sparkle

This is the first time I used glitter nail polish ever since I vowed off sparkly nail lacquers for the summer (which is long over). I found that after my little nail experiment, I just couldn't go back to wearing polish that shimmered. I don't know why. I actually fell in love with wearing plain nail polish. It's just so clean.

The base color is Hey Sailor from China Glaze and the top is a cheap red/black/silver sparkle nail polish from Forever 21. I'm not too keen on this look. What do you think?

Why Straight Teeth Are Important

[picture of retainer]
Remember when I talked about getting a new retainer? Well, it finally happened! Sure it burned a steep whole in my wallet, but that piece of metal was worth every single penny. My jaw pain is slowly subsiding and my teeth are back to being picture perfect!

I will never be ashamed of owning a retainer. However, I only wear it at night when I'm sleeping because it can be cumbersome. Straight teeth are a luxury and I understand that! If you are ever given the opportunity to see a Dentist or Orthodontist, do it. I was so aggressive about getting a new retainer because your dental care has a great impact on your health.

And according to Dr. Sam Alkhoury's team, "Straight teeth are less prone to decay." Teeth that are straight are easier to clean, and the cleaner your teeth are the less likely you are to get gum disease aka gingivitis. Scientists have recently discovered that there is a potential connection between gum disease and other serious health conditions such as heart disease and Diabetes. Also, more women than men die from heart disease yearly. Yikes!

I think it's best we take care of our teeth ladies!

October 13, 2011

Where Have I Been You Say?

It's been about two weeks since I last blogged. Totally out of character for me since I blog at least once a day, sometimes twice a day. The truth is the past two weeks I had these excruciating headaches and other health sh!t to handle. My headaches were so bad I had to call out of work for a couple days. I never take sick days. Seriously. All my life (aside from College), I never missed a day of work/school because I was "sick." Opportunities don't come to those who sleep my friends.

However, I think the sudden ailments that came and went were a sign from above for me to take a break and slow down. I'm slowly learning to pump the breaks on life and enjoy every waking moment. But, it's hard to curtail my workaholic habit. It is something I want to get under control because I refuse to send myself to an early grave because of stress and exhaustion.

And on that note, I'm going to bed. The blog you know and love will return to its weekly schedule starting next week.

September 29, 2011

TMI Thursday: Years of Heels Landed Me in Physical Therapy

dara adeeyo left foot in physical therapy
Some warming contraption on my foot.
Let's blame it on the concrete jungle itself, New York City. Those streets are meaaaaan, and a flat-footed girl like myself should not be stomping around town in 5" heels or poorly supported flats.


The past months have been about me putting my health first. For real. I've seen so many health specialist in the past months, it's ridiculous. The way I see it, I'm not going into my mid-20s—that sounds funny—with an unhealthy state-of-mind/body. (I'm also taking advantage of the fact I now have health insurance and I didn't for almost three years.) It's my way of taking control of my life. I felt like I let the wheels loose in college and I'm ready to tighten things up—literally.

Anyway! My journey to the Physical Therapist began with my Podiatrist. Over the summer, I was exhibiting a weird pain in my left instep that was becoming unbearable. I always knew I was flat footed and suspected this had something to do with it. I remember the first time I had my feet examined.

9th grade. I had a persistent aching pain in my shins that would later be revealed to me as shin splints. My dreams of being a track star were shot. The trainer at my high school looked at my feet and said, "WHOA! Those are some flat feet! Where are your arches?!" Just what an insecure teen wants to hear. Something else to be self-conscious about. Awesome.

Jump to many years later, I figured it was time to do something about it before it got worse. First, the Podiatrist examined my feet and he said the same thing the trainer did: "WHOA! Those are some flat feet! Where are your arches?" I laughed and nodded in agreement. He instantly had my feet molded for insoles. I was then sent to a Physical Therapist who confirmed I had Post Tendinitis. I'm not exactly clear on what it is, but the PT basically said it means that a certain muscle in the back of my leg is strained and not stretched enough, usually caused by heels. You can imagine the horror I felt when she uttered the words heels. I love my 5" heels and I also love my infamous no-dating-men-under-6-foot-rule because I love to wear heels, which has rendered me perpetually single.

Needless to say, I'll be going to Physical Therapy once a week (or every other) for the time being. I haven't been wearing my heels because I really want to get my foot pain under control. Would you believe me if I told you I turned into one of those people that wears sneakers to work and changes into appropriate shoes at their desk? Yeah. I know. Gross. Who am I? I need to find a chic alternative soon.

September 27, 2011

QOTD: When's the last time you washed your makeup brushes?

I can't remember so I KNOW it's been a long time. It's important to wash your brushes weekly (to be honest) to get out all the bacteria that builds up over the week. And as I touch a new pimple on my chin, I can't help but wonder if it's because I haven't washed my brushes in a very long, long time?

I recently washed my Clarisonic brush by pouring boiled water over the bristles. That was a tip a good friend of mine told me. Whenever I wash my brushes, I use hand soap and warm water. That same girlfriend told me I should use baby shampoo. What do you think? How do you wash your makeup brushes?

September 25, 2011

Like DARK BERRY BEAUTY on Facebook!

Like DARK BERRY BEAUTY on Facebook! I'm on Facebook y'all! I decided to create a page just because. I've had a couple instances with readers asking me if I was on Facebook, but I never really saw the point in creating a Facebook Page. However, I also don't see why I shouldn't create one. If only 3 people like it, then so be it! DBB is growing and there's more to come from this here bloggy blog and hopefully a Facebook Page will help me stay in touch with my readers. Many of you don't leave comments, but I see you trolling!! Don't be shy. Conversate with me in the comments!!! And like me on Facebook!

September 23, 2011

Benefit's They're Real! Mascara - Fiberwig 2.0?

picture of me wearing Benefit's They're Real! mascara

Anyone remember Fiberwig mascara? It was an import from Japan and was all the rage a couple years ago. I remember trekking to the local Sephora with my college roommate and elbowing ladies to get my hands on a tube of Fiberwig. I was impressed. It was a grade A mascara that actually elongated my lashes. It was a b*tch to take off, but it was worth it if you liked that long, sort of wet-spider-leg looking lashes. Our love affair was short because I thought it was possibly thinning out my lashes IT AND WAS RIDICULOUSLY EXPENSIVE!

Anyway, Benefit's They're Real! mascara is pretty cool. Above is a picture of me wearing it. You get the length you desire, while your lashes look pretty full. I don't wear it everyday, because, well, I do own 6 different tubes of mascaras, so I gotta spread the love. I will say that I sometimes use it with another mascara, so I get the length and width I desire. My Revlon Custom Eyes mascara has a great brush that separates the lashes. Combined with They're Real!, I get to lash out all I want.

Like Fiberwig, it's got this paint-on-lash feeling after it's been applied. It's also super expensive. $22 a pop? GTFO! At most, mascara shouldn't cost more than $12-$15! What do you think? What's your favorite mascara?
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