January 30, 2011

New Year's Nails

new year nail art
Right hand

new year nail art
Left hand

Back in December, New Year's Eve to be exact, my friend who is a nail artist hooked me up with an eclectic array of nail art to ring in 2011. I couldn't decide which designs I wanted so I told her to do whatever she wanted. It was the first time she did my nails, so I really was trying to see what skills she had up her sleeves. Of course, I was impressed and can't wait to see her again!

What do you think?

Is Lubriderm Only For White People?

While I was home over winter break, my mother looked down at my legs (I was wearing shorts). She made note of how ashy my legs were.

Mom: "What's up with your legs?"
Me: "Trying out Lubriderm. I took it from work."
Mom: [shakes head] "Don't use it. That's for white people skin."
Me: [uncontrollable laughter]
Mom: "What? It's true. It's for their skin type."
Me: "Have you used it before?" [my mom is part white w/ mocha skin]
Mom: "Yeah, and it didn't work."

The truth is, my mom might be right. She validated my suspicions.

I started using Lubriderm because I got it for free and was too cheap to buy my normal lotion of choice: Cetaphil. I began using Lubriderm at the beginning of December and noticed that my skin would get dry after only wearing it for a couple hours. I thought that it was the cold weather and ignored my ashy state of being. You see, everyday after I shower, I lather my body with lotion. It's how mama raised me. After you shower, the next step is to put on lotion, not to get dressed. In 2000, my dermatologist at the time noticed that I had sensitive skin and suggested I start using Cetaphil everyday. 11 years later and I am still using it. Well, except for three weeks in December.

I don't know why I thought any other lotion could compare to Cetaphil. For the past 11 years people have been asking me how and why my skin is so soft. I have always raved about Cetaphil. It really is the best lotion on the market. It's 100% fragrance free, hypoallergenic and non-greasy. With consistent use, your skin will be buttery soft. The only problem I have with it is that it's kind of expensive. A $10 bottle will last me only 3 or 4 months!

My friends on Facebook and Twitter suggested that I use cocoa butter. You know, what every black person is using for their skin nowadays. I've tried cocoa butter, but I hate the smell. I know, weird. I think it smells like burnt skin when rubbed in.

Bottom line, I'm sticking to Cetaphil.

January 29, 2011

Call Me Crazy: I Chopped Off My Hair!



Back in August I did the unthinkable; I chopped off my hair.

From the very first day I met my hairdresser Ron (circa 2002), he had been trying to get me to cut my tresses. I didn't want to. Like many black girls (don't deny it my sistahs), I was attached to the idea of having long luscious locks. I worked so hard with Ron to get my shoulder-length hair. However, something snapped inside of me over the summer. I was ready for a change. I figured it would be time to try something new. I refuse to go natural or wear a weave, so chopping off my hair was the next best thing to a brand new do. Five months later and I'm still diggin' my hair!


Dara Adeeyo
Yup. That's my face.

DARK BERRY BEAUTY is my public beauty diary. DBB provides honest advice and musings to beautiful young women. I share every aspect of my life that has to do with (you guessed it) beauty. Sometimes things get a little too personal in here, but that's the point.

Oh yeah, who am I? I am Dara Adeeyo. Perpetual blogger, beauty junkie newbie, and most importantly, DARK BERRY. I've got Nigerian roots (Bawo Ni?), and according to my Bare Escentuals foundation, Golden Deep skin. This is going to be a bumpy but fun road. I hope you'll join me on this journey!

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