Monday, October 8, 2018

Thank you Sumit for making my birthday amazing

I literally have the greatest boyfriend in the world. I first met Sumit several months ago. We had an immediate connection. He is literally fascinating on every level, as he is a polymath, a renaissance man. When I speak to him, it is as if I am speaking to someone who has lived over 5,000 years. In spite of being intelligent, starting college at just 16 years old, I found myself compatible with him in many ways that go beyond intellect.

As our love continues to grow, I can honestly admit that he is the one I want to grow old with, as he is someone I can see myself with for the rest of my life. He inspires me everyday and he makes me the happiest I have ever been in years.

Today, he took the initiative to surprise me with this cake. This birthday cake uses an image of me which I took several months ago for him. I wrote on my hand, showing my love and appreciation for him.

As the image is made out of edible sugar, the cake itself is an impressive dynamic of flavors. It is a vanilla pineapple cream cake with several layers, glammed with gold icing that is a mango flavored buttercream which is garnished with maraschino cherries and edible pearls. And of course the "Happy Birthday" décor was added to show it's a birthday cake. One candle was placed in the heart on my hand.

I love you so much Sumit. Thank you for making my day brighter and better. Words cannot express how deeply touched and moved I am. You are truly the love of my life.

Monday, October 1, 2018

First Dinner of October 2018

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you will know that I am always innovative in the kitchen and if you know me already, you know how much I love to cook. Tonight is no exception. As today is the first day of October, I decided to treat myself to a classic yet amplified version of the classic veggie burger utilizing organic baby arugula, red onion, and homemade thousand island dressing (which consists of buttermilk, a little bit of mayonnaise and some ketchup) on a homemade sweet pineapple roll which I toasted using only butter.

The veggie burgers were beer battered with butter before I placed them on the other side of the bun, which was also toasted. I wanted something a little extra to this vegetarian comfort food so I took the liberties of adding some classic veggie bacon which was also beer battered in butter.

Amazing right?

And that is not all. To cheese it up, I used mozzarella and butter in a hot pan followed by a teaspoon of cream to melt the cheese down before drenching both the bacon and burger in it (the cheese that is). I added some of the cheese to the bottom bun for good measure and to make it that much more appealing. Who doesn't love cheese?

I didn't add anything else to the veggie burgers, but did enjoy them with Perrier mineral water. This is 100% vegetarian. You could create a vegan version of this using plant-based cheese and sauces instead of dairy.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Princess Night by Vera Wang

Princess Night by Vera Wang
Introduced in 2011 by Vera Wang, this romantic fragrance hit the shelves in January of 2012. Princess Night is best described as a spicy yet oriental fragrance that includes fruity, floral, and woody notes. What do I think about this perfume?

PROS

The top note is definitely a warmer note. It is a combination of sugar with a hint of vanilla and cocoa. The raspberry note is very evident in this fragrance, which I love. I can smell several other fruity notes that remind me of a combination of cherry and honey dew. The fact that it is more fruity than anything else makes me really love this perfume.

I am not a fan of musk notes, but what makes me enjoy this fragrance is that the musk note is very subtle in this fragrance. The jasmine and rose notes really bring this fragrance together along with the woodsy scents.

The bottle is something to not only love, but appreciate. It is heart-shaped, covered with dark glitter. The cap resembles a silver crown with a hint of bling. This makes the bottle novelty chic.

After applying this fragrance early in the morning, it lasted 12 hours and still managed to last an additional 3 hours on top of that. The scent life of this perfume is fantastic.

The sillage is moderate, as it isn't overpowering at all. In fact, you will get compliments more so than any criticism.

Personally, I think anyone would love this fragrance because it is one of those that is great for anyone. Although it is very different from Aquolina's Pink Sugar, there are some similarities in note collaborations that make this fragrance a lot like that one.

CONS

If you are into musk notes, as well as, intense floral notes; you may not find Princess Night appealing. If you are prefer clean scents or if you are into extremely fruity or citrus fragrances, you may not like this perfume. If you enjoy earthy notes, you will not find this fragrance appealing.

Not every fragrance in the world is for everyone, so if you are into mature scents that emphasize on using musk, woody, and powder notes or you are into uni-sex scents that combine various floral, woody, and spicy notes; I don't think this Vera Wang addition will interest you.

RATING - 92%

Vera Wang's Princess Night is available at FragranceNET for $48.19. Would I use this fragrance again? Absolutely. In fact, I just sprayed some 20 minutes ago. Would I recommend this fragrance to a friend? Yes, especially to those that love fruity yet warm scents. For more information about this product, please visit FragranceNET today.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Love Runs Out by Sarah Afshar

Love Runs Out by Sarah Afshar in the style of OneRepublic. Yes, I took the liberty of recording this song several hours ago from my iPhone via Smule app. I used the Super Pop filter which is exclusively available to those who are VIP members of Smule. I tried something different with the song.

The song is a great fusion of rock, soul, funk and pop rolled into one tune. I've always loved and appreciated OneRepublic for their strong ability to cover an array of genres and making them work. I am a fan of many songs by them, but Love Runs Out is one of my favorites.

To listen to the song, just click the arrow in the video below...
 
 
If the video doesn't play, to listen to the song, simply click here right now. #SMULE

Friday, June 8, 2018

The Master Cleanse Detox

 
The Master Cleanse Detox
 
Lemon Juice, Grade B Maple Syrup, and Cayenne Pepper mixed with water. Drink nothing, but the detox for at least 5 days. Nothing else. To avoid hunger, it is very crucial to make enough of the detox to drink every time you feel hungry.

 
Not only is this guaranteed to detoxify your body, removing impurities, but it works to help you lose weight. But the question on everyone's minds is - does it work? The answer is yes. Absolutely. Results vary, but there are results for everyone who does this. And if you decide to extend this detox it is key to take breaks in between for avoid malnutrition.


Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Rest in Peace Kate Spade

Very sad and devastated to hear about the death of Kate Spade. When I first heard about her death, I was very sad. As her death was ruled a "suicide" she is proof that mental illness does not discriminate and can happen to anyone. Building a $2.5 billion fashion empire from her Manhattan apartment, Kate is proof that everyone in life is going through some sort of struggle, no matter what their economic status is. And often times the pain is unseen.

Sometimes those who suffer in silence look for a way out and find themselves stuck in the darkness with no way towards the light. As there are many suffering in silence, it is very crucial to treat everyone respectfully as you never know what kind of battle they are fighting.

Kate Spade was a woman with a voice, a vision and a message in which she depicted in her fashion and accessories. She will be forever missed, as her fashion house will remain and Kate Spade enthusiasts will continue to embrace the true visionary Spade was.

I am praying for her family. RIP Kate Spade. #KateSpade

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Julep Nail Polish in Oscar

 
I have a confession to make, I am absolutely in love with Julep's Nail Polish in Oscar. I am not sure if it is because it is a gorgeous gold color (as you can see from my swatch) or the fact that the nail polish itself is long-lasting and truly lives up to it's marketed promise. It is fast drying and the color pay-off is one of the best I have discovered in a nail polish product which is a great thing as you don't need to reapply relentlessly. It is also easy to remove.
 
Either way, if you are looking for a vibrant yet intense gold glitter, the Julep Nail Polish in Oscar "It Girl" is one you will not only love, but appreciate. Julep does not test on animals (confirmed several years ago) as it is cruelty-free and possesses vegan-friendly ingredients.
 
Would I recommend this nail polish? Absolutely. Oscar "It Girl" is available right now at Julep for $14. My search for a vibrant glitter glam yellow gold nail polish has officially ended.


Monday, March 19, 2018

Norooz 2018: Sale No Mobarak

As many of you know, I am Iranian American. As I am quite proud of my Persian heritage and culture, I love to celebrate the Persian New Year (Norooz) every year.
 
Well tomorrow is Norooz As the most highly anticipated holiday of the year, Norooz is a holiday that equalizes both night and day, bringing you more than just a new dawn and a new life, but a new day. In fact, the Persian word "Nowruz" means new day. As the first day of Farvardin, it is also the first day of the March equinox and the first day of the Iranian Solar calendar.
 
To celebrate the holiday, Spring cleaning is essential as it symbolizes a "rebirth" of your environment. And for the Persian New Year, a "Haft Sin" table is set up which consists of Sabze, Samanu, Senjed, Serke, Sib, Sir, and Somaq. The items all include some sort of plant and/or food to represent them, which correlate with the planets in our universe.
 
Sabze includes grains such as barley, wheat, or lentil sprouts grown in a pot or a dish. The Samanu utilizes sweet pudding (usually made with wheat germ). Senjed is represented with olives, usually Persian olives. Serke uses vinegar. When it comes to representing Sib, apples are used. Sir is represented by garlic. And last, but not least the Somaq uses sumac.
 
And for every Persian New Year, this is the kind of things you will see on a traditional haft-sin table. Other things you will see on the table include: a living gold fish in a bowl, candles, a mirror, colored eggs, hyacinth, and other random decorations. Creativity is usually embraced, as not every haft-sin table looks the same nor are they created equal. A book of faith (some refer to this as a book of wisdom) is also added. As most Iranians are Muslim and embrace Islam, there are many (like myself) that are not Muslim, so I would not include a Quran at my haft-sin table.
 
Various food is prepared, primarily Persian dishes. Each day there is a new dish, as several are prepared per day. As most are non-vegetarian, I usually create these dishes using a plant-based alternative or if I am eating dinner with family, I request a vegetarian alternative to the dish. Most of the Persian sweets or desserts are vegetarian. When I am not eating baklava, consuming Persian tea, I love to enjoy dolma stuffed with rice and veggies, kuku sabzi (an amazing vegetarian-friendly Persian dish which utilizes various herbs and veggies), and sabzi polow (rice cooked with an variety of herbs as well as, noodles). Most of the time sabzi polow is served with fish, but I eat it alone or with Gardein's fishless filets.
 
I am looking forward to celebrating Norooz this year with family and friends. It is a time to both reminisce and relax. Although many enjoy celebrating before the holiday, the holiday continues days after. Enjoying great Persian food with Persian music and laughter, there is just nothing better.
 
Happy Norooz! Sale no mobarak! نوروزتان مبارک! من بهترین ها را برای شما آرزو می کنم!

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Introducing the IGK Dry Shampoo Collection

Jet Lag, Direct Flight and First Class.
(Photo provided by IGK)
I am a huge fan of dry shampoo. I discovered dry shampoo years ago when I received a sample of it through a beauty subscription and have been quite a fan ever since. Recently, one of the best hair brands, IGK introduced an entire collection of dry shampoos that cater to not only hair type, but actual cleanse level, scalp type and powder percentage. Amazing right?

The first one is the Jet Lag Invisible Dry Shampoo. This particular dry shampoo is perfect for those of you with sensitive scalps. Providing a lightweight cleanse, this amazing IGK addition contains volcanic ash which works to both cleanse and purify your hair as well as, ginger root extract to soften and add shine. This dry shampoo is also infused with mango fruit extract to smooth.
 
The second one is the Direct Flight Multi-Tasking Dry Shampoo which is incredible for those of you with normal scalps. As this dry shampoo contains turmeric and charcoal powder to lift dirt and buildup, it also works while absorbing oil and sweat. And the medium cleanse is something to truly appreciate.
 
The last one from the collection is the First Class Charcoal Detox Dry Shampoo which is amazing for oily scalps and for a deep cleanse. Infused with charcoal powder to lift dirt and buildup while absorbing oil and sweat, this dry shampoo also contains white tea powder to soothe and strengthen the scalp and the hair follicles.

The IGK Dry Shampoo Collection is available now at Sephora and retails for $27 per bottle. Not only are these incredibly effective, they smell amazing. And one thing is certain, I am going to make sure my bag is stocked up with these.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Get the makeup look: Sasha Lane at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party 2018

Sasha Lane at the 90th annual
Academy Awards.
(Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images
and provided by Dior)
The 90th annual Academy Awards were held earlier this evening at the Dolby Theatre in the heart of Los Angeles, California. As part of an annual event to acknowledge, recognize and honor the world of cinema, this event is also one that acknowledges, recognizes and honors those who attend. Recently, the beautiful actress Sasha Lane was in attendance. Known for her role in American Honey, the unique beauty blew up the spotlight earlier today in an artistic black dress and slate gray clutch, both courtesy of Dior. She also had the pleasure of teaming up with the talented celebrity makeup artist Sam Fine for a super simple makeup look.

"To avoid distracting from the beautiful Dior dress, we decided to go with a super simple makeup look," the celebrity makeup artist shared.

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

First and foremost, the celebrity makeup artist prepped the beautiful starlet's skin using the Dior Capture Youth Glow Booster Age-Delay Illuminating Serum, followed with Dior Capture Youth Age-Delay Advanced Crème. As Fine continued, he used the Diorskin Forever Undercover foundation in the shade #035 Desert Beige and Diorskin Forever Undercover Concealer in the shade #040 Honey Beige. This was primarily used to even out Lane's actual skin tone. As Lane continued, he used the Diorskin Forever & Ever Control Loose Powder to set everything before applying the Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer Powder in the shade #003 to the apples of Lane's cheeks for a gorgeous glow.

The eyes were very simple yet natural, which is one reason I truly loved this look. Fine filled the stunning star's brows using the Diorshow Brow Styler in the color #004 Black. The eyes were very subtle and because the celebrity artist kept things minimal, he finished the eyes just adding a few coats of Diorshow Pump'N'Volume mascara in #090 Black Pump.

"We finished the look with a nude lip using Dior Addict Lacquer Plump in the color #426 Lovely-D," Sam Fine shared before finishing up the look.

Congratulations! You have just re-created Sasha Lane's makeup look from the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party. #Oscars

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Nails Inc. London in Mayfair Mews

 
As part of the 2013 Christmas Cracker Collection, I must say that I truly do love Mayfair Mews. As you can see from the swatch, the Fibre Optic effect is amazing, as is the color itself. Although this is described as a midnight blue, I do notice an intense violet effect when applying this particular polish. I don't think it's really what I would dub as midnight blue, but either way, it's stunning and very unique, making it a true standout.
 
In terms of quality, I really enjoy the color pay-off. To me, that is important as no one wants to repeatedly apply multiple coats of the product. When I swatched this, I wore it alone so all you see is the entire effect itself.
 
This isn't a nail product I find myself using often. It's stunning but would be of zero interest to anyone who is not a nail enthusiast. Would I use this product again? To be honest, no. Would I recommend this product? Yes. This product is discontinued, but I do believe you can still find it on Amazon.
 
 

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Get the makeup look: Priyanka Chopra at Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Gala

Priyanka Chopra at Clive Davis's
pre-Grammy gala.
(Photo by Lester Cohen/Getty Images)
Priyanka Chopra is one of the most beautiful women in the world. I have been a fan of Bollywood for quite sometime, so when I heard she started appearing on television and movies in Hollywood it was definitely something great to see. Clive Davis is a world-renowned music mogul and every year he hosts a party. Yesterday, the stunning starlet looked amazing with her glam look created by the talented Dior makeup artist Daniel Martin.

"Walk of shame! We wanted to create a makeup look that was a bit lived-in after a night of partying. Smudgy, glittery, violet eyes and a matte lip add a futuristic-meets-rock 'n' roll vibe to her finished look," Martin shared in regards to the inspiration behind the look.

So, is it possible to re-create Chopra's makeup look at home? Absolutely.

First and foremost, the Dior makeup artist applied the Diorskin Forever Undercover in #041 Ochre which was used to create a base. Then, Martin used the Diorskin Forever Undercover Concealer in #040 Honey Beige before setting everything with the Honest Beauty Invisible Blurring Powder. To finish the face, he applied the Honest Beauty Creme Blush on the apples on Chopra's cheeks.

Next, Martin focused on the eyes where he used various colors from the Pat McGrath Labs Mothership III: Subversive Palette. As he continued, he added some definition using the Diorshow Pro Liner Waterproof in #842 Pro Pink followed by the Diorshow Art Pen in #095 Catwalk Black. To complete the eyes, the celebrity makeup artist added a couple coats of the Diorshow Iconic Overcurl mascara in #090 Over Black.

To complete the look, the celebrity makeup artist created a custom color for the stunning star's lips by mixing the Rouge Dior Liquid in #625 Mysterious Matte and the Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick.

Congratulations! You have just re-created Priyanka Chopra's makeup look for the Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Gala. #Grammys

Get the makeup look: Janelle Monae at the 2018 Grammy Awards

Janelle Monae at the
2018 Grammy Awards.
(Photo provided by Jessica Smalls) 
Janelle Monae is one of those incredible talents that you just need in music. When I first heard "TheArchAndroid" back in 2010, I just knew she was destined to be a star. As you are aware, tonight is the 60th annual Grammy Awards. Monae looked eccentrically chic. As her hair looked amazing, her makeup shined. The beautiful talented star teamed up with celebrity makeup artist Jessica Smalls for a glam makeup look inspired by Twiggy.

"I wanted to give Janelle a timeless and current look at the same time, so I decided to give her a Twiggy 2018 vibe," Smalls shared.

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

First and foremost, the celebrity makeup artist prepped Monae's skin. Yesterday to be exact (Saturday) she wanted to use a few products to prepare Monae for the awards tonight. The celebrity makeup artist decided to use the Kiehl’s Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Mask to help brighten her skin's appearance. Then, earlier this evening, Smalls decided to decided to take the gorgeous glow Monae exuded to the next level by giving her a light 5-minute steam. As she continued, she massaged the Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate all over the beautiful star's face and along her neck. Then, she applied the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream. As the celebrity makeup artist continued, she applied the Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado around her eyes, using her ring finger, to keep that delicate area moisturized.

As the celebrity makeup artist continued, she applied a pore minimizing primer all over her face using a synthetic brush. Then, she mixed the Buxom Cosmetics Show Some Skin Weightless Foundation in shade In the Dark with the Buxom Cosmetics Divine Goddess Luminizer using a damp sponge. Starting by Monae's nose and blending upwards and outwards, Smalls applied this all over her face. Using her ring finger, Smalls sparingly dabbed some Concealer under her eyes to brighten them. Then, she contoured the star's face, focusing on her cheeks, temples and forehead with the Buxom Cosmetics Hot Escapes Bronzer in shade Maldives. To finish her face, the celebrity makeup artist applied a soft pink to the apples of her cheeks, with some Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream on top for a subtle glow.

Smalls wanted to give Monae a beautiful, bold makeup look that made a statement. For this particular look, she applied the Buxom Cosmetics Eyeshadow Bar Single Eyeshadow in shades Lingerie Lover, Haute Couture and LBD to her crease, using a soft blending brush. Then, she lined her water line with the Buxom Cosmetics Hold The Line Waterproof Eyeliner in shade Ring My Bell and swept the Buxom Cosmetics Eyeshadow Bar Single Eyeshadow in shade Twilight Tryst on top to make the green pop. To finish the eyes, the celebrity makeup artist decided to go with the Eylure Luxe Silk “Trillion” false lashes before applying a few individual lashes on the bottom for a “Twiggy” effect. To complete the look, she used the Buxom Cosmetics Big Tease Plumping Mascara.

To complete the entire look, Smalls hydrated Monae's lips with the Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1 and filled them in slightly with the the Buxom Cosmetics Plumpline Lip Liner in shade Stealth. She finished the makeup look with the Buxom Cosmetics Full-On Lip Polish in shade Megan.

Congratulations! You have just re-created Janelle Monae's makeup look for the 60th annual Grammy Awards. #Grammys

Get the makeup look: Rita Ora at the 2018 Grammy Awards

Rita Ora at the 60th annual
Grammy Awards.
(Photo provided by Rimmel London)
The 60th annual Grammy Awards are being held right now. As some of the most talented people join to celebrate, this year's awards recognize and acknowledge those stars who contribute to the world of music. Rita Ora is not only talented, she is beautiful and tonight the star teamed up with celebrity makeup artist, the talented Kathy Jeung for an amazing makeup look.

"With the classic shape of Ralph & Russo dress, I wanted to keep the focus on Rita’s complexion and eyes – giving her skin a satin finish with a touch of radiance and highlighter to accentuate Rita’s bone structure, and a simple glossy eye with lashes that lift the outer corners," Jeung shared.

So, is it possible to achieve this makeup look at home? Absolutely.

First and foremost, the celebrity makeup artist applied the Rimmel London Lasting Finish Breathable Primer all over Ora's cleansed, toned and moisturized face. As she continued, Jeung applied the then applied Rimmel London #Insta Conceal & Correct under the star's eyes. Then, she applied the applied Rimmel London Match Perfection Concealer in Light/Medium with her ring finger. The celebrity makeup artist used a tapping motion underneath the eyes to blend into the rest Ora's face.

Mixing the Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25HR Foundation in 303 True Nude with small amount of the Rimmel London Good to Glow Highlighter in 003 Soho Glow, Jeung applied this to Ora's face with a flat foundation brush. Using only broad strokes, she continued by using a damp beauty sponge to blend the product into the star's face. To finish the face, the celebrity makeup artist used the Rimmel London’s #Insta Fix & Matte Translucent Powder to set Rita Ora's face.

Then, Jeung applied the Rimmel London Kate Moss Sculpting & Highlighting Kit in Golden Sands to highlight the tops of Ora's cheekbones, as well as: above her jawline and down length of her nose. Using a narrow wedge brush, the celebrity makeup artist applied the blush using a rounded brush on the apples of her cheeks and extended towards temples. To complete this portion of the makeup look, Jeung applied the Rimmel London Insta Duo Contour Stick to highlight along the tops of Ora's cheekbones and blended the product with a damp sponge.

So, what about the eyes? The celebrity makeup artist used the Rimmel London Professional Eyebrow Pencil, to fill-in Ora's eye brow shape followed by the Rimmel London Brow This Way Brow Pomade in Medium, to add color. To complete the brows, Jeung used the Rimmel London Brow This Way Highlighting Pencil to lift the arch of the brow.

As she continued, she applied the beige shade of the Rimmel London Magnif'Eyes Shadow Contouring Palette Blush Edition to the browbone and blended the matte taupe color into the crease. Then, the celebrity makeup artist used the Rimmel London ScandalEyes Eyeshadow Stick in Witness White to the inner corners of Ora's eyes before blending for a trace of highlight.

Then, Jeung added the Rimmel London Oh My Gloss in Clear to the beautiful singer's eyelids. Next, the celebrity makeup artist lined the star's eyes using the Rimmel London ScandalEyes Precision Micro Eyeliner in Black. To finish the eyes, she applied two coats of Rimmel London Shake It Fresh Mascara in Black to the upper lashes only.

Finally, to complete the entire makeup look, the celebrity makeup artist applied the Rimmel London Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour in Plum This Go to give the star a deep yet dark lip.

Congratulations, you have just re-created Rita Ora's makeup look for the 60th annual Grammy Awards. #Grammys

Get the Hair: Zayn Malik at the 2018 Grammy Awards

Zayn Malik at the
2018 Grammy Awards.
(Photo provided by
Baxter of California)
Zayn Malik is one of the most popular superstars in the world. What started as an idea turned into reality for the pop star after auditioning for the X Factor. And most recently, Malik has been blowing up the spotlight with his incredible music including the famous song "Dusk Till Dawn" featuring the talented Sia after parting ways with One Direction. As you are aware, tonight is the 2018 Grammy Awards. And as one of the most talented musicians right now, Malik teamed up with one of the best celebrity groomers in the business, Joanna Simkin who not only did his skin tonight, but hair too. But the question we all want to know, how did she do his hair tonight?

First and foremost, Simkin prepped the star's hair. She started with clean hair which was not only roughly towel-dried, but slightly damp. The celebrity groomer started by applying Baxter of California's Award-Winning Clay Pomade to the reality star turned superstar's hair. Warming up the product between her palms, Simkin started applying a dime-size amount of this product to the back of Malik's head before coating the product.

"If hair is fine, use a blow dryer for some lift. Thick hair can start with damp hair for the same effect," Simkin shared. "It is key to layer the product, as this better than applying too much once," she also added.

Next, Simkin worked her fingers through the star's hair. The beauty of Baxter's of California's Clay Pomade is that once it sets, it isn't too firm so you can create virtually any style you need to.

"If you have random flyways, smooth those with a tiny amount of the pomade," the celebrity groomer shared.

Finally, to complete the hair look, Joanna Simkin applied the Baxter of California Clay Effect Style Spray to hold Zayn Malik's style.

Grooming Zayn Malik for the 2018 Grammy Awards

Zayn Malik at the
2018 Grammy
Awards.
(Photo provided by Baxter of California)
You know him from the world renowned, reality television show the X Factor, as you know him as one of the members from One Direction. And in most recent years, Zayn Malik dipped into the entertainment industry solo with huge hits such as "Dusk Till Dawn" featuring Sia and "Keep On Rising" featuring Avicii. And tonight, he is up for quite a few awards. To prepare him for the awards, celebrity groomer Joanna Simkin prepped the talented star's skin for the red carpet this evening. The question remains; how did she do it?

First and foremost, the celebrity groomer prepped Malik's skin by both washing and exfoliating it before gently patting it. Simkin wanted to leave the reality star turned superstar's skin slightly damp. As she continued, she applied the Baxter of California Under Eye Complex to Malik's under eyes. She started from the under part of the area and worked her way towards the outer part of his eyes, applying light pressure. This worked to de-puff the star's eyes.

Then, Simkin took about a nickel-size amount of the Baxter of California Super Shape Recharge Cream and applied this product directly to Malik's face. Before she applied this product, she rubbed it in her palms to warm it up. Subtly pressing on the star's damp skin, the celebrity groomer treated Malik to a light facial massage to stimulate his skin.

"Leaving the skin damp will help additional moisture lock in and the light massage gets the circulation going to help the skin look more even toned," Simkin shared.

Finally, the celebrity groomer blotted Malik's skin with a tissue leaving his skin looking and feeling more hydrated without grease or shine.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Larry Nassar is a monster

I first heard about Larry Nassar when one of his victim's contacted me directly several years ago. She explained to me what he did to her when she was a child. She also shared with me that she admired my strength, as she loved the fact I was defending Morgan Ingram, a woman who was stalked and murdered in late 2011. Over the last three years she and I talked via email as well as, over the phone. I informed her that she wasn't alone, as I am also a victim of abuse. I tried to convince her to make her story public regarding Nassar, but like most victims of abuse she was reluctant. Why was she was reluctant? She was simply scared. Scared of not being believed, of feeling alone and simply scared of being blamed. She told only her mother, father, sister, and a few friends including me.

I tried to inform several parties about this abuse directly using the power of the pen and my own natural right and freedom as an American citizen. And like every other sane individual who tried to defend his victims, we all received the same, banal response that implied his innocence. I also had several friends contact MSU and they received the same response. I knew he was a liar, but for some weird reason people were defending him there. I also knew there were other women, other victims who felt the same way as my friend did and were too scared to come forward. My only regret was not pushing harder; however, as this all evolves and the facts are brought to light, I am so very thankful the truth has been exposed about him and justice is coming. Tomorrow will be the day it arrives.

Larry Nassar is one of the worst monsters because Mr. Nassar used his credentials and his cunning yet crafty and calculated character to lure little girls into thinking the abuse was inherent, accepted and no acts were committed. Using bribery tactics, this disgusting low life also gave these girls gifts as a "thank you" for letting him touch them and molest them as a form of astute abuse so they would keep quiet. He is one of the worst kind of abusers and the sad thing is, there are others like him. His case is glorified because he ruined over a hundred lives. And the sad part about this all is, I honestly believe more women exist, but are too scared to come forward.

And shame on attorney Shannon Smith for her antics, especially the passively aggressive yet petty remarks she makes. In May of last year, the desperate prosecutor made a comment "I feel like we should say cheese." She's almost as bad as Hillary Clinton. She should have stuck with divorce as her forte and left the high-profile sex crimes alone. And as for being "very honest" the moment she defended this man is the moment her "honesty" became extinct. I will refrain from belittling her anymore, as she's irrelevant and most of the world already is. I can complain about her defending him, but I think if he would have taken this case on pro en se, he would have received the insanity plea and get a lower sentencing. So, it is good she defended him as his victims will not only receive justice tomorrow, but the last laugh.

Anyways, tomorrow is the sentencing. I received numerous messages from you, my readers, asking what I would do if I were the judge. I watched the videos, the testimony and read about this case. Wiping away the tears was impossible as the projection of empathy exuded relentlessly. If I were judge Rosemarie Aquilina, I would give Larry Nassar the maximum sentence in prison. He already received 60 years in December, I do believe for child pornography. So, I think he needs to do the maximum amount of time for all of the distress and anguish he put these innocent women through. 125-175 years. I would give him the maximum and I would make sure there was absolutely no possibility for parole. As much as I don't like to undermine the natural right of a human, I truly believe this kind of individual should not be allowed to practice medicine let alone have the opportunity to live life like a human. He is the type that needs to be confined to an area like a prison, where he can stop abusing children. In this case, little girls and live the rest of his life knowing what he has done because the death penalty would be an easy way out for this monster. And I must ask, why test on animals when you have people like Larry Nassar in prison? Only someone with a selfish agenda, mean streak and unhinged psyche would see this man as innocent and think he deserves nothing for what he did.

Unfortunately, these beautiful women (all 140, excluding others who haven't come forward due to fear) will be affected for life. They are the real victims and the only ones who deserve to be heard. The abuse they endured will leave permanent scars, especially mentally, socially, emotionally and spiritually. There is no price on a life, but every life holds value. The justice; however, will allow these women to start their path on the road to healing and that is a beautiful thing.