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.
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