Friday, February 8, 2019

Get the Hair: Kate Spade NYFW Fall 2019

Backstage at the 2019 Kate Spade
show at NYFW
for Fall 2019.
(Photo by Getty Images)
As New York City was a rather gloomy day today, what really spiced up the big apple was Kate Spade's newest fall collection. Everything from the unique styles as well as use of prints, it is everything that is expected from a Kate Spade collection. Fun and fabulous was definitely brought into creation of this collection. And earlier this evening, Kate Spade proved why she was truly an iconic woman of fashion as she was clearly a woman with a vision, a vision that will last a lifetime in the world of fashion. 

Although the styles were fantastic, the makeup looked great. However, it was the hair which really complemented the models, the style and in short - brought the designs to life. Compliments of Odile Gilbert, the TRESemmé NYFW Stylist, the hair was the real winner of the show. And for several years now, TRESemmé has been the official hair sponsor of the biggest fashion event in NYC.

So, is it possible to re-create this hair look at home? Absolutely.


First and foremost, the TRESemmé NYFW Stylist started by washing the models' hair with the TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shampoo and TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Conditioner. She wanted to create a very sleek yet smooth foundation, hence why she chose these two terrific TRESemmé additions.

Next, Gilbert parted the models' hair. She applied the TRESemmé Thermal Creations Blow Dry Accelerator Spray shortly before taking a round brush and fully blowing out the hair. She continued by pulling the hair directly down, as her goal for this hair look was to create individual sections, giving the models for the Kate Spade show a very sleep and smooth appearance.

As she continued, she applied the TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Heat Protect Spray to simply protect the hair and prevent damage. Taking a large curling iron courtesy of ghd, the celebrity stylist gently wrapped the ends of the hair inward just before letting go, creating a soft curl. This added extra bounce and body to the models' hair.

To finish the look, Odile Gilbert sprayed the TRESemmé Compressed Micro-Mist Hold Level 4 Hairspray to the models hair.

“To get this polished and sophisticated look, blow dry the hair straight and then use a curling iron to tuck the ends of the hair inwards, creating a smooth and chic finish. Lock the look in with the TRESemmé Compressed Micro-Mist Hold Level 4 Hairspray,” Gilbert shared.

As she lightly misted their hair, the celebrity stylist mentioned that she did this because she wanted to add a glossy finish to the hair and to keep the hair in place without the stiffness that most hair sprays tend to create.

Kate Spade was a world-renowned designer who created a $2.5 billion fashion empire directly from her NYC apartment. And although she is gone, she will never be forgotten as her legacy will remain forever. RIP Kate (1962-2018) #NYFW

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Dior Makeup Celebrates Valentine's Day with Rouge Dior

For Valentine's Day this year, Dior is decorating the iconic rouge Dior lipstick with Christian Dior's signature lucky star. The lipstick will also be decorated with romantic hearts, making it more than just a lipstick, but a staple for every Dior enthusiast.

Created and curated by makeup artist Peter Philips, who is the current creative and image director of Dior makeup, the lipstick will possess both a couture color and comfortable wear that epitomizes modern glamour. The colors for this lipstick include: 999 Emblematic Red, 520 Feel Good and 080 Red Smile.

Housed in an elegant metallic case, this is destined to make an excellent Valentine's Day gift to virtually every woman including all of you women out there that want to buy yourself something special.

Dior Beauty celebrates Valentine's Day
this year with Rouge Lipstick in the
shade "Emblematic Red 999".

Dior Beauty celebrates Valentine's Day
this year with Rouge Lipstick in the
shade "Feel Good 520".


Dior Beauty celebrates Valentine's Day
this year with Rouge Lipstick in the
shade "Red Smile 080".


Who else is excited about these amazing red lipsticks? Why does 2019 keep getting better? Where will you be this Valentine's Day? For more information, visit Dior today.

Friday, February 1, 2019

Jussie Smollett is a liar

In case you are unaware, actor Jussie Smollett has been in the news a lot lately. I first heard about his story on Twitter when I noticed several people in which I follow were tweeting about him. Many were expressing supreme sympathy for the Empire star. I also felt bad for him, as I don't believe anyone has the right to endure any kind of racist or homophobic attack. However, a few days later I have been reading about this guy and certain things do not add up.

He claims he has no recollection of the attack, but still managed to remember the people allegedly yelling "MAGA country" simultaneously and relentlessly as he is getting attacked. If you are attacked and claim to have no recollection, how can you remember this? And I hate to say this, but Chicago is one of the most liberal cities in America. I know this kind of city profiling doesn't mean Smollett is a liar, but I just don't believe this ever happened.

Then, three days after he was attacked he is showing up on the red carpet, as if nothing happened. If you were attacked, why would you attend a premiere only a few days later? I know everyone handles and deals with trauma differently. I am an optimist by nature; however, why would someone who was just in the hospital days before for being physically assaulted want to be in public days later? It just makes no sense to me.

And he claims to have received threats before the attack which include racial slurs, gay slurs and death threats just before throwing out "MAGA" as if his attack were caused by president Donald Trump. He claims to have no recollection of the attack yet continues to throw out Trump's motto "Make America Great Again" often. Why is that?

I think this attack never happened or was simply orchestrated to fit his agenda. Perhaps he is getting fired from Empire and looking for sympathy from people who are working with the show or he's simply mad at president Trump and looking for ways and means to make others hate him. I also believe this kind of publicity stunt may further his career, as more people will likely cast him based on his persecutory delusions and victim playing.

Keep in mind that Smollett is not a huge star. His role on Empire is a regular, but is not known by many. His claim to fame was "The Mighty Ducks" movie. He has appeared in less than 10 movies total. And less than 10 television shows. He is not a big star and no one really knew of him before this alleged attack. This attack basically made him a huge star and is the most attention he has ever received.

Jussie Smollett is a talented man, so the only question I have is - why is he making up something like this? What is he gaining with this story? Everyone is tweeting about how they are sorry this happened to him, that he is a victim and this is hate from Trump supporters, etc. yet they are not looking at his story fully. And yes, before you send me hate messages, please look at his claims and case fully and not one dimensionally. I am not falling for it. He's obviously gaining attention.

Something just does not add up. I am sorry, but I think Jussie Smollett is a liar. I hope the truth comes out in the near future. Perhaps it may never, but I stand by my opinion on this particular story.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

The ultimate dynamic duo of PUBG

The end result of
the PUBG duo match I just played.
I am starting to really love and appreciate PUBG Mobile. Not only is it engaging, but I feel like I am getting a life lesson in navigation, which is essential when playing any kind of strategic action game. I would say this is my best game; however, due to lack of kills, it is not. I still really enjoy PUBG.
I decided to get on my phone and play with my friend Billy Housh in a duo match. And for those of you who do not know, Billy and I have been friends for over 10 years. He is known for his comedic videos on YouTube as well as his live streams (mainly gaming) via Twitch.

The duo match was held in the Erangel map where we both played the game via Classic TPP (Third-Person mode). We decided to play the Asia server, which had a relatively high ping number (and for those of you who are unaware, this equals extreme lag) but was fun nevertheless.

For not killing anyone, I still managed to receive 1,234 BP. I also gained 551 in experience. My total rating was +55, with most of the points being from survival where I garnered +53 points. I received a +7 kill rating for not killing anyone. I think that is excellent for not killing anyone.

The final player (LucTienSinh from China) ended up dying in the actual kill zone (out of the circle) so we ended up winning the famous chicken dinner at the end of the game, making us the winners of this particular match.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

President Trump offers 'Dreamers' Deal

As you many of you are already aware, president Trump is definitely not hiding nor zigzagging around any issues with his latest proposal in exchange for funding the wall. A 1,000 mile wall that will cost a staggering $5.7 billion. As Trump continues to promise a safer America by creating a wall to border South America, the 45th president has made quite a few demands.

And for those of you who do not know, there are millions upon millions of undocumented, illegal immigrants which enter the land of the free and the home of the brave every year. You can read more about this here. Almost four million of them are under the age of 18. In short, president Trump has offered protection for individuals in which is referred to as "Dreamers" who are undocumented immigrants age 18 and under. Our president also made the promise not to harm any of the children. This was recently revealed in a 13-minute speech by the president earlier this afternoon.

"$800 million in urgent humanitarian aid, $805 million for drug detection technology to help secure our ports of entry, an additional 2,750 border agents and law enforcement professionals. 75 new immigration judge teams to reduce the court backlog," Trump shared in his speech earlier today. "A mechanism to allow Central American minors to apply for asylum in their home countries" he added.

“The radical left can never control our borders. I will never let it happen.”

“Liberals care more about illegal immigrants than they do about our own citizens. It's time to put America First,” Trump shared in a recent ad. Marking day 29 (four weeks and one day) since Trump shutdown the government, I think it is very clear our president is not going to allow anyone to disprove his plan.

Although a lot of democrats say Trump is throwing a temper tantrum and is acting immorally by shutting down the government, I truly believe it is both Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi who are being quite egotistical and immature. Refusing to accommodate with the president's request for funding the wall, after both politicians originally had the same interest in funding the wall, proves they glorifying their own ego and self righteous thoughts on the issue. Here is an interesting video featuring Schumer back in 2009 and here is Pelosi several years ago proving why she agrees with Trump on border security.

Creating only polarization and backlash, I think it is very clear both Schumer and Pelosi dislike Trump, as it is also evident they will not compromise with his request, making it difficult for hundreds of thousands of government workers and their families. The truth is, this is not a manufactured problematic issue which Pelosi, Schumer and their supporters believe, this is an ongoing matter and will only continue if they repudiate it. In addition, these people demanding so much from Trump.

What is wrong with this picture? Why are they ignoring our president and treating him this way? Especially when he wants what is best for our nation. What is the reason Pelosi and Schumer want to continue to reject the president's efforts and initiatives? Is it because Schumer negotiated with Trump last year regarding the wall and it fell through? Why is Trump being punished for listening to his advisors? He cares about the people, not just himself.

It is clear both Pelosi and Schumer share the same views, so why are they refusing to acknowledge Trump's requests for wall funding? These are the same people who are accusing him of using the lives of youth as bargaining chips when they clearly shared the same thoughts on immigration years ago.

Not only does our economic and labor market suffer due to illegal immigrants entering our country, both poverty (this archived article by Giorgio di Pietro is a good read) and overpopulation are increased immensely. This also creates a divide and a high risk for war and asylum (this archived article is a good read regarding this) for these people. These problems exclude drug trafficking, human trafficking, kidnapping and rape, which are modestly baffling and occur as a result. Now I am not saying every undocumented immigrant promotes crime nor is a criminal, but they do make an impact on both the economic and labor markets, as they do increase poverty, promote overpopulation and create polarization and segregation. And when I refer to immigrants, I am referring to those who are here illegally.

Why is building a wall such a big issue? Instead of attacking Trump, why not question him and his motives. Why not address ongoing issues directly to him? Why waste your energy hating him? Sure he can be a loose cannon, but this problem is extant and should never be overlooked. With that said, compromise should never divide this country.

Separating fact from fiction, I commend president Trump for wanting to enforce the immigration issue and proposing a solution and a positive resolve for the American people. The United States is the country of life, of liberty and of happiness. It is the melting pot of the planet. I believe everyone has the right to come to America, as long as they do it legally.  

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

La Nuit Tresor by Lancome

La Nuit Tresor by Lancôme
Lancôme is one of the biggest and best beauty brands in the world today. As one of the largest lux makeup brands right now, this prestige brand also creates the finest in skin care, body care, nails and fragrance. In fact, I have tried an array of perfumes from this fabulous French line and recently, I had the opportunity to try and wear the La Nuit Tresor parfum from the brand.

Launched in 2015, this classic staple is described as Lancôme's first fragrance of its kind, as the brand refers to this as the first "gourmand woody floriental" but has been compared to the original Tresor which was released in 1990. Love at first smell? But the real question is: what did I think?

PROS

What I loved originally about this fragrance was the packaging, as it embodies a black diamond. This symbolizes both mystery and elegance, which I really find intriguing. I really love how the pink depicts an expression of love. The black ribbon with the Lancôme brand logo definitely adds character to the packaging. The bottle alone tells a story. Although this fragrance doesn't stand up like your traditional scent holder, it is aesthetically significant as it stands out among other fragrances. It can definitely decorate the space it invades.

And speaking of invasion, the silage of this fragrance is incredibly powerful. It is very concentrated compared to other fragrances, as a little goes a very long way. A lot of powerful silage smell staples tend to have an alcoholic undertone due to the heavy alcohol used in them, which I do not like, but this fragrance still stands after hours of wear without that strong smell. The staying power is definitely a reason to both love and appreciate this fragrance too as this will last hours upon hours.

The top notes of this fragrance are described as being pear, bergamot, and tangerine. The middle notes include: vanilla orchid, black rose, passionfruit, and strawberry. The base notes of La Nuit Tresor are patchouli, vanilla, papyrus, caramel, praline, licorice, coumarin, litchi, coffee and incense.

When I first smelled this fragrance, I notice the praline and caramel notes first. The very notes that are evident are the gourmand notes (praline, caramel, vanilla, coffee, etc.) followed by the patchouli which holds this lavish Lancôme addition together. I don't really smell the bergamot that much in this fragrance and although the balsamic note is there, it doesn't take over the fragrance at all. If you were to combine Armaf's Signature fragrance with Vera Wang's Princess Night and Juicy Couture's limited-edition Gold fragrance, the result would be this one.

Lancôme does not test on animals. If you are one who embraces the cruelty-free concept, you will not only appreciate this product, but value it that much more.

CONS

I love sweet fragrances; however, as of late, I am really enjoying the gourmand scents paired with the floral and earthy notes. The notes in this fragrance tell a story that is sultry, seductive and edgy. If you are into lighter fragrances, you will not enjoy this. This is a very potent perfume that is heavily concentrated with a plethora of notes. If you are into clean scents, this fragrance is also not for you.

This fragrance does not smell like candy or your favorite sweet treat, so if you love fruity things you may not find this one to be your favorite. This is a fragrance I would not recommend to a child or even a young teen. As La Nuit Tresor is a heavy fragrance, I wouldn't recommend wearing this perfume to your 9-to-5 job, unless you intend to use just one spritz near your palm and your neck.

If you are into organic and natural fragrances or fragrances that are free of chemicals, you are not going to find the La Nuit Tresor appealing. Although they are cruelty-free, there are several lab created ingredients in this product including multiple dyes. If you are sensitive to ingredients such as: alcohol, diethylamino hydroxybenzoyl, ethylhexyl, gerianiol, and methoxycinnamate, this is not a fragrance for you. For the full list of ingredients, go here.

Would I recommend this fragrance? Absolutely. Would I use this fragrance again? Yes. For more information about the La Nuit Tresor fragrance, please visit Lancôme today.


FTC: Honest review of the Lancôme La Nuit Tresor fragrance. All opinions are my own. No affiliate links used.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Lady Gaga defends victims of R.Kelly

As many of you are aware, Lifetime aired a six-part documentary series featuring R&B superstar R.Kelly. The series aired from January 3, 2019 until January 5, 2019. The series itself tells true stories about Kelly including graphic details of the abuse from his victims and raises many red flags in the process.  

I know this is getting off the point (I have to interrupt myself), but I knew something was off when R.Kelly was involved with Aaliyah. Aaliyah considered him to be her mentor in the early 90s and many credit him for the reason she was famous. When he got involved with her, I do believe she was only in her teens. I don't even think Aaliyah was of legal age when they were engaged and I believe he married her illegally also. Then, shortly after he married his backup dancer, Andrea Lee.

Fast forwarding to 2002, there were allegations of him and child pornography. I do believe the actual video of this surfaced which prompted an immediate investigation. What I found disturbing about this was it took over 6 months just for this case to be tried in court. He was found not guilty on 14 counts which I thought was extremely odd. No doubt some of those jury members were paid off. Part three of the documentary titled "Sex Tape Scandal" discussed this and did not censor the harsh reality of it.

Then, years later more women came forward with similar stories even going so far to say he intentionally infected them with sexually transmitted diseases and abused them. One woman made a claim in early 2018, but Kelly of course denied it. Some people question what happened to certain women, as some have even went missing. Others even believe some women were locked in rooms while Kelly worked, hence why some of his employees were forced to sign non-disclosure agreements.

The speculation does not end there. It has been said that some of the rooms in his studio were locked and women would knock on the doors asking to use the bathroom or for food. According to this article published last year by the Washington Post, the allegations only rise as this article raises many questions. I don't believe in spreading fake news nor supporting it, but the premise of the article doesn't sugar coat the commentary behind it. I believe with more people coming forward, R.Kelly will share a similar fate to Bill Cosby, another predator who was overlooked for many years.

Disturbing right? With so much proof to support the claims and allegations, many outlets including Spotify and Apple refuse to even promote and play R.Kelly's music anymore. I also believe that Pandora will not play his music either. Can you blame them? I definitely cannot.

Well, tonight Lady Gaga took to her official Twitter account to release a statement about R.Kelly at 9:43 PM MST. Here is the statement made by Lady Gaga regarding R.Kelly:


Lady Gaga's official
statement regarding
R.Kelly.
 
Lady Gaga is truly a class act. As most didn't know what to expect from the world class superstar, she made it clear that she was aware of what he has done, admits to working with him during her "dark" time, regrets it and shares support of sexual assault victims and survivors. She made it clear that she will never work with him again shortly before stating she will remove her collaboration of the song "Do What You Want (With My Body)" with him.
 
I am absolutely appalled and disgusted by R.Kelly and his actions, as I am more disturbed by anyone who defends him and supports his flagitious actions. And to think there are people who simply refuse to believe he has destroyed these innocent women's lives is beyond baffling. And after hearing his song "I Admit" (which I can't tell if this song is legitimate or he's trolling us) regardless based on this song alone, I think he's trying to make a joke of his own actions as well as manipulate us into believing he's the victim, which is even more vile.
 
As beautiful as R.Kelly's voice is (think Sam Cooke meets Donny Hathaway with a hint of Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye), I am so shocked at what he has done, that there is no way I can continue being a fan of his. In fact, I will never listen to his music ever again nor support his music in any way. That song is now garbage and my cover of his songs (including my two covers of "If I Can Turn Back The Hands (Of Time)" will be deleted from my Smule.
 
I think it is time to take a stand and support every woman of sexual assault and violence. Stop blaming the victim and praising the perpetrator. Stop spreading lies because you have never experienced sexual assault and cannot relate. Stop attacking anyone who defends the victim just because you refuse to do so. Stop silencing the truth because you refuse to believe it. Support those who have endured violence. Support the victim. Listen to them and if they are no longer with us, be their voice. It is time to #MuteRKelly.