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Quick review: Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in Totally Teal

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Hey guys!

So as you may know, Maybelline NY is the official makeup sponsor for New York Fashion Week and they have released a limited edition mascara collection that will be available in stores only in August in the US.  I don’t think these were released to all drugstores, I found mine at Walgreens and I saw them at Rite-Aid.  Also I heard they are available at Target, but I have yet to see them in Duane Reade or CVS.  Anyway, there are 4 new colours available in the classic Great Lash packaging.  I love coloured mascara and the words ‘limited edition’ makes these irresistible to me! I picked up just one of the colours as you guys know that I am not a fan of the original as the brush does nothing to my lashes and the formula is kinda thin for my liking.

So here’s Totally Teal, a really nice colour.

Totally Teal Great Lash, from Maybelline NY

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Banishing dry, flaky skin with SheaMoisture Body Scrub!

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What’s going on???

One of the things that I love doing on the weekends (besides eating) is using an all-over body scrub.  My skin gets super dry, itchy and flaky especially during the colder months. The wintery air and the dry heat of the radiator leaves my scaly.  I sometimes even get dry patches that makes it look like I am moulting! So once a week, I exfoliate using a body scrub.

Exfoliation is vital to any skincare routine.  The body generates new skin cells in the dermis (the innermost layer of skin) roughly every 28 days.  As these new skin cells get older, they get pushed to the outermost surface of the skin (the epidermis), eventually die and gets filled with keratin (a protein).  This keratin helps protect the skin from outside world.  The epidermis then naturally gets eroded (or falls off) and so the cycle continues.  As we get older, this constant process becomes less efficient and that leads to patches of flaky, dead skin cells that makes the skin less smooth.  Also, when you apply moisturizers, serums, treatments etc., this flaky skin prevents these nutrients from getting to the deeper layers of skin.  This is where exfoliation is important.  When you remove this outer layer, you reveal fresher, healthier, younger looking skin and all your treatments are more effective.  You want glowy skin? Start with exfoliation!

Recently I have been using the SheaMoisture Organic Argan Oil & Raw Shea Body Scrub with Frankincense & Myrrh.

SheaMoisture Organic Shea & Argan Oil Body Scrub

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This might just be the best shampoo ever….

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I’m talking about the SheaMoisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo with Sea Kelp, Argan Oil & Shea Butter for dry, damaged hair.  I have been using this shampoo for about a year now.  AND I LOVE IT!!!!!

SheaMoisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo, image courtesy of Target.com

While I was a relaxed girl, as a matter of fact, I have always have problems with shampoos drying my hair and scalp out.  I would often feel like my scalp was tightening and pulling away from my hair.  Fast forward to last year as a natural.  Now my hair is growing and kinky and my number 1 goal is to prevent my hair from completely drying out when I wash it and to still effectively cleanse it.  I have tried other natural shampoos and many of them while they work, they also did not suds enough for my liking.  A little bit of sudsing or foaming is actually good because it helps trap and remove oil and dirt.  It’s when there is excessive bubble action when the skin and hair feels dry.  I also avoid traditional shampoos with certain sulphates and their derivatives like sodium lauryl sulphate, ammonium laureth sulphate etc. This is one of the moves that I have made that has totally changed the health and condition of my hair.  I stick to the gentle cleansers that can remove water-soluble products.

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Fashion's Night Out 2011

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Image courtesy of FNO

The prequel to New York Fashion Week is here and it starts tomorrow.  Not only is it in NYC, but it has expanded to cities across the U.S. and around the world.  On September 8th, the fashion and beauty world is going to go mad with lots of limited edition items, parties, special FNO-exclusive events and general revalry!

I am just planning my list of places to hit (shame, I know!), and the FNO website has a pretty cool feature where you can map out your route through the streets of New York.

For more information, including events in places outside of the U.S., check out the FNO website, or follow the hastag #FNO on twitter. Oh, they also have apps for iPhone and Android phones.

A few of the events:

Missoni for Target Pop-Up Shop (EVERYBODY has been waiting with baited breath for this collection)

Target, 1095 Sixth Avenue, NYC; target.com
6:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m. {3 days starting Sept. 8}

Collection appears in stores nationwide and online from Sept. 13.

Maybelline New York

Gansevoort Plaza – Little West 12th Street at 9th Avenue New York NY 10014

6-11pm

Makeup artists will provide free mini-makeovers! In honor of Great Lash Mascara’s 40th birthday, guests will receive a free tube of the product (while supplies last)! Maybelline spokesmodels will be on-hand to sign the tubes! The first 300 guests will receive a limited edition Great Lash t-shirt designed by Patricia Field. DJ Chelsea Leyland will perform a live music set from 8-11PM. Post makeover, guests can have their picture taken & upload directly to social networking sites.

SEPHORA Soho

555 Broadway New York NY 10012

Kick off Fashion Week at Sephora—we’ve got the most spectacular beauty events of the year. *Visit Fresh’s Sugar Lip Lounge *Get a personalized hand-drawn Stila Girl illustration and makeover by the Stila Pro Team *Create custom eyelashes by MAKE UP FOR EVER *Meet celebrity colorist Rita Hazan while her Root Concealor transforms into a work of art.

6-11p

Fresh

872 Broadway New York NY 10003

Join Fresh Founders and Daily Candy editors at the just-renovated Fresh flagship store. Get makeup touch-ups and style tips, indulge in mini massages, and discover Fresh Sugar Passion Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15 and be treated with champagne, decadent candy bar, and Baked by Melissa cupcakes. Plus, redeem an exclusive DailyCandy Deal for $1 and receive a Fresh Fashion’s Night Out Cosmetic Bag worth $50 and a skincare consultation with a Fresh Co-founder!

6-11p

NARS Cosmetics

413 Bleecker Street New York NY 10014

NARS Cosmetics will host a special evening with Founder and Creative Director François Nars at the NARS 413 Bleecker Street flagship boutique in NYC’s West Village. Silver Odyssey, a coupling of two exclusive products created in honor of Fashion’s Night Out, will be introduced and celebrated with an iconic Guy Bourdin visual that will also be on display at the boutique.

7-9p

I definitely want to check out NARS to see the limited-edition FNO collection.

Where will you be???

As seen in Target…..

So I’m browsing through Target the other day and and to my surprise, there is a section designated for natural/organic hair care products.  Now I know that they just started selling Miss Jessie’s products, but there is a whole end display with four different natural lines specifically geared towards people with natural curly, kinky, coily, wavy hair.  So you know my heart started racing!!!!!!!

Target now sells Miss Jessie’s, Jane Carter Solution, Curls (for Target) and Shea Moisture.  I quickly bypassed Miss Jessie’s as they are not really natural products (although they work quite well), and I have already tried both the Jane Carter (when I was relaxed) and Curls and headed straight for the Shea Moisture line.

Shea Moisture for Target, Image courtesy of SheaMoisture.com

Now this is a line that I have seen being sold on 125th Street in Harlem as well as black owned establishments, but I have never tried them.  It seems that they have created a new line of all-natural and organic certified products specially for Target.  They revamped the packaging, became cruelty-free and incorporated some delicious ingredients found on the Mother Land, like Argan Oil (!) and Shea Butter.  This is straight…up…my…alley!

All of these products are available online at Target.com, but they will not be available at all Target locations.  I visited the Target on Atlantic Avenue.  Check the Target website for availability.  I can’t wait to try out what I bought! Review comin’!!!!

Note to my Trinbagonians: I know that Beauty on D’Avenue sells Shea Moisture and that they are looking to expand on their offerings of that line.  I know that they are also interested interested in bringing down Jane Carter Solution.  So check them out!!!

Laters!!!

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