Archive | November, 2007

Shall I hide, again?


I’d guess you all know me by now. I am big fan of wigs. What better way is there to protect your hair and change your look instantly??? Date night, Church, a family affair, they are perfect for anytime!! The hard part, however, is making your wig look believable. This was why I was very excited about Essence’ article on wigs!!

The wig to the right looks amazing. The text on the site says that this is a half wig that has been cut and styled. Being a natural, however, makes it a bit harder to match the wig texture. So, I opt for whole wigs. In January or February, I am going to get a wig sewn-in, just like a weave. It’s so convenient! Make sure to check out the article, it was VERY informative!!!

Also, check out my throwback June 2007 post on wigs that I love!!

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Dry!

Is Winter weather drying your hair out? I know my hair feels brittle…like a damn Brillo pad!!! I was literally turning in my sleep, when I rubbed up against my hair. I jumped up and had to moisturize it. I could hear my hair crunch out of dryness. Ick.

Here are some products that I know will get me through this harsh weather!! These products are recommended for relaxed, texturized or natural hair.

Curls Whipped Cream is a super thick, super lush moisturizer. I use this once a day or so, and it instantly hydrates my hair. After I wash my hair, while it is still damp, I apply this and let my hair drink it up. Then, I add some oil on top to seal it in, then I am on my way!!!


When I want something a bit thinner, but moisturizing, I opt for Miss Jessie’s Baby Buttercream. After I tried it the first time around, I became hooked!!! Sure, this bad boy costs an arm and a leg, but the hydrations last for hours to come. It smells like sweet cream, and a little bit goes a long way. PLUS, during the famous holiday sale, you can Buy one, get one free on any of those Miss Jessies products that you wanted to try!!! I’ll be purchasing two Baby Buttercreams, just to stock up!!

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Unforgivable Woman by Sean Combs

I can’t get enough of this sexy scent. It’s super sensual, and I love the way it puts intrigues in a man’s eye. I wore it out to a lounge the other night, and as I walked by, I could feel the boys noses pucker! Diddy has done it again, and has decided to make you smell as sexy as he thinks he is. I’m not knocking Diddy, I’m just more into the Jay-Z swag.

Anywho, the scent is absolutely scrumptious. I wear it faithfully every week. It includes notes of Orange Flower and Grapefruit, and it last throughout the night. This is a definite must have for an enchnting evening out, or to keep the fellas guessing!

Check out Unforgivable Woman here at Sephora!

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Weekend Beauty Read!

Karen from Makeup and Beauty Blog interviews Paris Hilton and gets her top 5 beauty tips.

Bionic Beauty shares her mineral makeup look of the day: “Rockin’ the Glow”.

Lipsticks are Like Men: Makeup Moxie Reviews Guerlain KissKiss Lipstick.

Beauty and Fashion Tech has a list of makeup palettes that are perfect for holiday gifts.

The Muse shares her collection and reviews of Be Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful Perfumes.

Savvy Skin covets all of Oprah’s Favorite Things 2007

Temptalia reviews MAC’s Metal-X Collection with swatches!

Elke reviews the ColorPro stick on eye shadow stencils, with somewhat iffy results.

Stylish Opinion finds a new ‘green’ beauty skincare line, “Green By Nature”.

Beauty Banter muses about the hot new trend: Cat Eyes… Who is wearing it and how you can achieve the look too!

15 Minute Beauty Fanatic checks out Prescriptive’s Holiday 2007 Sets

A Touch of Blusher can’t live without this hand cream!

Beauty and Personality Grooming – Herbal after shampoo hair rinses

SugarShock finds a bath and shower gel that’s worthy of Cleopatra.

Makeup Loves Me is seduced by sunsilk’ get hairapy commercials, but not it’s shampoos.

Face Candy gets a new holiday look and reviews Marc Jacob’s newest scent- Daisy.

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An Evening with Sam Fine

I arrived in New York City at 12:45pm, wide-eyed and optimistic. I had the best time of my life in the city last summer as an intern for the Cosmetic Executive Women, and I was so happy to be back! I went out with my buddy Jay, who took me to lunch in Brooklyn and then site seeing in Harlem. The class was held at The MAC store in Harlem, on 125th street. As I waited outside of the MAC Store, I knew I was in for an amazing experience.


We watch him from outside of the tall glass doors, showing the staff how to re-arrange the chairs for his faithful following to view him. He then scurries in the back, and about 7 minutes later, I’m told to come on in. Sam was classic, poised and proper. I only had about 5 minutes to ask him the 20 questions I prepared, so I went with it.

Scandalous Beauty: Sam, what’s the best way to make small eyes look bigger??
Sam Fine: “Really, it’s about adding definition. It’s about highlighting underneath the eye…it’s really about how you frame the eye, how you highlight it…How you arch the brow. It’s really about the things that you don’t always think about, it’s concealer, that’s a great brow. Really highlighting the eye space make eyes look wider and whiter”.

SB: So, let’s gossip. Which celebrities need the least amount of work?
SF:”I don’t have any clients who need a little bit of time! So whether I’m working on Beyonce who of course is very gorgeous, or Halle Berry or Vanessa Williams, I put the same amount of time in! I can’t say that there is one person, because she is so pretty, that I don’t spend in extra time on [her]. ” Great honesty Sam!!

SB:What products do people neglect in their makeup bag?
SF: “Foundation. because a lot of women are used to powder. They are using Studio Fix, they are using pressed powders, they are using loose powders. It’s the only thing that can conceal, the only thing that can illuminate the skin, the only thing that can really unify the tones that we have. So, especially talking about women of color, foundation is going to unite those colors, then use powder. Then powder will set your skin and alleviate any shine. That to me makes the perfect complexion. And that’s what we are not using.”

I took a plethora of notes, as one can imagine.
-Sam stipples foundation AND powder on with sponges, not brushes. This way he can control the amount that he is using.
-Uses heavy moisturizer to aid with the foundation
-Assisted Naomi Campbell while still working at the Cosmetics Counter
-Highlights the cheekbone with Nars Taj Mahal Blush, and places Nars Munia on the apple of the cheek
-Sam always uses cream foundations
-Sam used old brushes that he got in a gift with purchase from Prescriptives over 10 years ago!
-He highly suggests having brown eye shadows, and making them look different by changing your brow highlight, brow color, cheek highlight, etc.

Sam is a ferocious blender. When I say he blends, blends, blends, blends, blends…he blends. He used a cadence of colors on his model (Marie Powell, who is absolutely stunning. Head on over to Sam’s website, she is front and center on the main index page) including MAC Full Coverage Foundations in NC50, C40, W55, and NW50, plus Cream Color Base in Black to blend foundation into her hairline. He lightly stippled NC40 sheer loose powder under the eye with a sponge, then blended it out with a powder brush. He even used 3 MAC products that we used to swear by (before that discontinued them *growl*) Gold Deposit, Metal Rock (R.I.P.) and Shining Star Mineralized Skin Finishes.

And guess what, I had class the following morning bright and early. So, I had to leave Sam’s Diva Session. I was flaming mad, I mean geez, when will I get to experience a class with Mr. Fine again?!? So, I walked to the 2/3 subway with a look of grave anger on my face. Nobody would dare try to rob me that night!!! So, I sat on the subway, then in Penn Station, and then on my train, and even now, wondering what awesome tips I missed. Ms. Giselle told me that he did Marie’s eyes using ONLY the 266 and 219 brushes and ONLY using two eyeshadows. Oh My Goodness, what an artist. I was fortunate enough to meet Nichelle of blog 55 Secret Street who also interviewed Sam. See what she has to say!

So, maybe one day in the (near??) future, I’ll be able to interview Sam again, this time getting more in depth info for us! Head on over to Sam’s website and blog to sign up for updates about his work!

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