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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.

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.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Get the Hair: Lady Gaga at 76th Golden Globe Awards

Lady Gaga at the 76th annual
Golden Globe Awards
on Sunday, January 6, 2019.
(Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
Today is the 2019 Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton located in the heart of Beverly Hills. So much is going on this evening as many talented people are up for quite a few awards including, Lady Gaga who has been nominated for several tonight. The talented and beautiful actress, singer, songwriter and producer stunned the red carpet wearing a pastel blue Valentino gown inspired by Cinderella. As mother monster's makeup looked amazing, most of us could not get over how glamorous and chic her hair looked.

Tonight Lady Gaga's hair was styled by the world-renowned, celebrity stylist Frederic Aspiras who used quite a few products to make her hair shine for the star's biggest night.

Aspiras shared with me, "First, I used the Joico Blonde Powder Lightener to create the brilliant blonde look." In addition to this particular product, the celebrity stylist shared that he used the Joico Color Intensity in both 'Sky' and in 'Rose' mixed with a clear mixer to create a Cerulean Blue, which complemented Gaga's Valentino dress.

As the world-renowned stylist continued, he used the Joico Blonde Life Brightening Veil throughout the star's hair. Then, he continued by combing through her hair. "I took the ghd detangling comb and combed through her hair. Then, I used the ghd natural bristle radial brush in size 1 and did a full blow-out using the ghd air hair dryer." Using high heat, Aspiras, then ran the ghd Platinum+ Styler through Gaga's locks before applying the Joico Body Shake Texturizing Finisher throughout her hair.

Using the ghd oval dressing brush, the celebrity stylist put her hair into a ponytail before wrapping her hair into a partial half bun, leaving her hair parted to each side of her hair. Then, Aspiras curled the ends of the hair using the ghd soft curl iron.

To finish the look, the Aspiras applied the Joico Humidity Blocker Finishing Spray.

 Will Lady Gaga win tonight? I don't know about you, but if 'Shallow' doesn't win the Golden Globe Award, I don't think I would trust this awards show.

Congratulations! You have just re-created Lady Gaga's hair look for the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards. #GoldenGlobes

Get the Makeup: Anne Hathaway at 76th Golden Globes

Anne Hathaway at the 76th annual
Golden Globe Awards on Sunday,
January 6th 2019.
(Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
Anne Hathaway always looks amazing when she hits the red carpet. Although Hathaway is not nominated this year, the Golden Globes winner knows a thing or two about the Golden Globes red carpet where she stunned and shined earlier this evening. Wearing a leopard-print styled glam gown by Elie Saab from the 2019 Spring collection, the beautiful brunette looked uniquely chic. As her hair looked fantastic, her makeup really stood out. Courtesy of her talented makeup Beau Nelson.

“Anne’s stylist chose the most exquisite leopard print dress for the carpet so we did modern clean beauty with the hair and makeup. I gave Anne a softly sculpted eye anchored by a liquid black line and soft feather lashes paired with a soft peachy pink lip and cheek. Classic modern elegance.” – Beau Nelson shared with me.

So, is it possible to re-create Anne Hathaway's makeup look? Absolutely.

First and foremost, Nelson prepped Hathaway's skin. Using the Armani Beauty Crema Nera Supreme Recovery Oil, the celebrity makeup artist applied this product to the stunning starlet's face focusing on the jawline and the cheekbones. Performing a very subtle lymphatic massage, he then, applied the Armani Beauty Crema Nera Light-Reviving EyeCream under the eyes where he used a gentle tapping motion.

As the world-renowned makeup artist continued, he applied the Armani Beauty Light Master Primer on Hathaway's face. Then, he applied the Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Foundation to any all areas which were necessary using shade 2 in the inside part of the face and shade 4 on the outer areas, blending seamlessly with a foundation brush.

Then, the celebrity makeup artist dabbed the Armani Beauty High Precision Retouch in 2 under the eyes to brighten. He used a thin brush applicator which he further blended by gently tapping the area with his finger. As Nelson continued, he used the Armani Beauty Compact Cream Concealer in Light-Medium which he only applied to the redness areas of Hathaway's face including any blemishes.


Next, Nelson applied the Armani Beauty Neo Nude A-Contour under the cheekbones and jawline to give dimension to Hathaway's face followed with a swipe of the Armani Beauty Neo Nude A-Blush in 30. Using a fluffy powder brush, the celebrity makeup artist used the Armani Beauty Neo Nude Compact Powder Foundation in 3 on the beautiful brunette's "t-zone" area.

The eyes are what really stands out in this look. For the eyes, Beau Nelson Beau used the Armani Beauty Eyes To Kill Eye Quattro Eyeshadow in 2 Avant-Premiere and applied
it softly to the crease just before blending it slightly, sweeping upwards. As he continued, he used the Armani Beauty Eyes To Kill Proliner (limited edition) in Black. To finish the face, he applied several coats of the Armani Beauty Eyes To Kill Classic Mascara in 1 Black along with a touch of Armani Beauty Smooth Silk Eye Pencil in 12 on the inner rim of the eye.


To complete the entire look, the celebrity makeup artist applied the Armani Beauty Smooth Silk Lip Pencil in 4 to define the beautiful star's lips just before filling them in. Finally, he used his finger to pat on Armani Beauty Rouge Ecstasy Lipstick in 303 Dragee for a soft peach lip.

Congratulations! You have just re-created Anne Hathaway's makeup look for the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards. #GoldenGlobes

Charlize Theron 2019 Golden Globes Look

Charlize Theron at the 76th annual
Golden Globe Awards on
Sunday, January 6, 2019.
(Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
Charlize Theron looked absolutely gorgeous this evening on the red carpet in her black and white gown courtesy of Christian Dior and jewels courtesy of Bulgari. Nominated for her role in Tully, this blonde beauty proves why she is at the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards tonight. As her makeup looked amazing, her hair did also. But the real question remains - is it possible to re-create her entire look at home? The answer is: Yes.

SKINCARE

In order to create an amazing makeup look, it is very important to start with a great canvas to work with. For this particular look, it is essential to use Dior Beauty products, as Theron is one of the official models for the brand. For this look, Dior Beauty personally recommends the new Dior Capture Youth New Skin Effect Enzyme Resurfacing Water (or solution) to exfoliate and tone the skin. To moisturize, Dior Beauty recommends Dior Capture Youth Intense Rescue Age-Delay Revitalizing Oil Serum.

MAKEUP

Priming is essential when creating any makeup look as it prevents your face from fading, flaking and melting. To prime the skin, Dior Beauty recommends using the Dior Capture Totale Dreamskin Advanced. To re-create Charlize Theron's look, the brand also suggests using Dior Diorskin Forever Perfect Foundation to even out the skin.

Contouring works to sculpt, shape and even enhance your features. To re-create this look, the Dior Backstage Contour Palette in #001 Universal was used to do just that for the 43 year stunning starlet.

For the eyes, Dior Beauty recommends applying the Dior Backstage Eye Palette in #002 Cool Neutrals. Charlize Theron's eyes really popped this evening and one of the reasons why is because this gorgeous glammer loves her Dior Diorshow Mascara in #090 Pro Black.

To finish the makeup look, Dior Beauty recommends utilizing the Dior Backstage Lip Palette in #001 Universal Neutrals.

HAIR

Charlize Theron's hair.
(Photo by Adir Abergel)
Charlize Theron's hair was styled by the talented, world-renowned celebrity stylist Adir Abergel. Abergel went with a very timeless yet edgy style to complement her Christian Dior dress. For the inspiration behind this hair look, he shared, "The color blocking in the dress inspired me to create complimentary contrast in the hair with the half up style. I played with dual textures; high shine in the back with soft texture through the front."

For this particular hair look, the celebrity hair stylist created a deep side part using the ghd air hairdryer to blow dry with a brush. Abergel, then, used the ghd platinum+ styler where he flat ironed the blonde beauty's hair into sections.

As he continued, he applied a de-frizzing cream smoothing from Theron's roots all of the way to her ends. Taking a clip, he clipped Theron's hair away from the top and side swept the rest of her hair away, creating a very timeless yet modern look.

To complete the hair look, the celebrity hair stylist took sections of the Tully star's hair and secured it from just the crown with an elastic. Then, Abergel used a black thread and needle to lock the hair into place. To hold the look, he applied a generous amount of hair spray.
 Congratulations! You have just re-created Charlize Theron's makeup look for the 2019 Golden Globe Awards. It wasn't so hard was it? #GoldenGlobes

Get the Makeup: Emily Blunt at 76th Golden Globes

Emily Blunt at the 76th
annual Golden Globes on Sunday,
January 6, 2019.
(Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
The beautiful and talented Emily Blunt is up for a Golden Globe for her role as Mary Poppins. I don't usually enjoy remakes; however, I loved Blunt as Mary Poppins. As I know no one can replace Julie Andrews, she is as close to the role as it gets. Earlier this evening, the beautiful starlet shined on the red carpet wearing a gorgeous Alexander McQueen dress. Her makeup look was created by the talented Jenn Streicher who was heavily inspired by the beautiful actress's dress.

"Emily's beautiful look was very much inspired by her dress which had incredibly intricate, medieval-inspired embroidering. I wanted to create a very 'Joan of Arc' or something quite 'warrior-like' but still beautiful and soft using metal tones against dewy skin," Streicher shared with me. "I brought a lot of dress metal tones into her makeup."

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

First and foremost, the celebrity makeup artist prepped the Mary Poppins actress with the Dior Capture Youth New Effect Enzyme Resurfacing Water (or solution). As she pressed this product into Blunt's skin, she applied the Dior Youth Intense Rescue Age-Delay Revitalizing Oil Serum followed by the Dior Capture Youth Age-Delay Advanced Eye Treatment.

To prepare the skin, Streicher applied the Dior Capture Totale Dreamskin Advanced before applying the Dior Diorskin Forever Foundation in the shade #1N. The world-renowned makeup artist then applied some drops of the Dior Youth Intense Rescue Age-Delay Revitalizing Oil Serum to the foundation as she wanted the application to be very fluid. "I like to paint the foundation onto the skin and blend it using a Beautyblender," Streicher shared.

As the celebrity makeup artist continued with the makeup look, she applied the Dior Diorskin Forever Undercover Concealer in the shade #010 Ivory to Blunt's face where some areas needed a little extra coverage, which were around the eye and nose area. Then, she applied the Dior Backstage Contour Palette in #001 Universal on the apples of the beautiful starlet's face before adding the Dior Diorskin Rosy Glow in #002 Lolli'Glow also. To finish the face, Streicher used the Dior Nude Luminizer Lolli'Glow in #008 Pink Delight.

So, what about the eyes?

The world-renowned makeup artist started the eyes with the Dior Diorshow Mono Professional Eyeshadow in #554 Minimalism. Using a brush and water, Streicher applied this all over the beautiful actress's lids and some below the lash line. Taking a crease brush, she blended the product into Blunt's crease. To create the stunning silver glam, Streicher used the silver shade from the Dior Backstage Eye Palette in #002 Cool Neutrals directly into Blunt's crease.

As Streicher continued on with the makeup look, she applied several coats of the Dior Diorshow Maximizer 3D Triple Volume Lash Plumping Primer directly onto Blunt's lashes before applying several coats of the Dior Diorshow Mascara in #090 Pro Black. She ended the eyes using the Dior Diorshow Bold Brow in #011 Light. "I like to brush the brows up and lay them in the right direction. This allows the brows to be coated, creating a fuller brow look," Streicher shared.

For the lips, the celebrity makeup artist used the Dior Lip Sugar Scrub in #002 Raspberry just shortly after applying the Blunt's skincare. This was to prep her lips for color, as Streicher says this will create a very smooth canvas to work with. It is also great for easy application too.

To finish the entire look, Streicher created a custom lip for the Mary Poppins star using the Dior Backstage Lip Palette in #001 Universal Neutrals where she utilized both the pink gloss and beige gloss shade in the palette.

Congratulations! You have just re-created Emily Blunt's 2019 Golden Globes makeup look. #GoldenGlobes

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Merry Christmas 2018

I know I haven't been writing a lot lately, as I have been extremely busy with my life, so I just wanted to write a quick blog post wishing you all a wonderful Christmas. My original goal was to be more active with this blog, but I have been so busy with my life that I have kind of neglected that. And to my readers, I wholeheartedly apologize.
 
My Christmas is ok. I got quite a few things from my family and friends. We had the chance to enjoy a great breakfast. Red Velvet Pancakes, Banana Bread French Toast, Lemon Curd Muffins and a bunch of other great things including homemade orange juice and sweet tomato smoothie. And in a few hours, we (my family and I) will have a delicious dinner. I am very anxious to enjoy a Gardein Roast for the 2nd holiday dinner this year followed by an array of sides including Persian Tahdig rice, Caprese kabobs, Sweet Corn Casserole, Pineapple Salad, Pretzel Salad and more. For dessert this year, I decided to make mini lemon bunt cakes with homemade cream cheese frosting, a red velvet cake with the same frosting, masala chai gelato and chocolate chip cookies.
 
So, to everyone who reads my blog, I hope you are having an amazing holiday with your family, friends and other loved ones. I hope you are surrounded by flavorful food, holiday hymns and laughter. I hope that this special day brings you happiness, peace, love and joy. Remember to never stop until the goal is reached and to always think positive.
 
From my home to your home-Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Today LeBody launches in the United States

LeBody Form
In the world of beauty news today, Korean beauty brand LeBody has launched here in the United States. As one of the most high-tech, innovative brands in the world today, LeBody utilizes both LED light therapy and EMS mid-frequency, as well as, electrical ionization and micro-current technology to revive and refresh both your body and your face. Featuring targeted devices including LeBody Form (for the body) and LeBody Face (for the face), this world-renowned K-Beauty brand has a mission to make your skin look and feel amazing using only advanced beauty science.

Capturing only the latest and greatest in beauty technology, this Korean beauty brand continues to create portable beauty essentials that not only change your skin, but your life also. And as an internationally known trend leader, LeBody wants to bring those luxury lavish devices you see in doctor's offices to your home.

In fact, Ace Lopez the marketing manager of the brand recently shared, "our goal at LeBody is to take the high-end, advanced technology you see in luxury doctors’ offices, and bring that into the homes of people around the world." He continued, "with our targeted face and body devices, we are continuing to pioneer new methods of body slimming, skin lifting and generally improved health."

Why LeBody?

The portable face device LeBody Face uses electrical ionization and micro-currents to stimulate elastin in the skin for an instant lifting effect, while absorbing active ingredients. This device also rearranges collagen and improves the elasticity in your skin while restoring your skin's natural acid mantle. All you have to do is apply the cream and gel, before taking control of the hand-held device and switching it from the blue light to the red light. Then, just go evenly over your skin with an upward stroke. The results are not only instantaneous, but long-lasting too.
LeBody Face


Not just for the face

Utilizing only EMS mid-frequency, the LeBody Form device helps increase energy consumption, so it works to burn fat components in the body by directly stimulating, strengthening and activating those muscles for only slimmer results. The application embraces simplicity and is very easy to use as all you have to do is apply the high-quality LeBody cream, place the convenient device on the problematic area, lock in the secure strap and go on about your day.

For more information visit LeBodyUSA today.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Drawing the line on Fake News

I voted for Donald J. Trump in 2016
in Idaho. Today, I have no regrets
and am proud of the decision
I made to help elect him as president.
Silence is golden, as duct tape is silver, but the human voice is platinum, are wise words to live by. And I am thankful everyday that I can use mine. You know, the voice. But where do we draw the line on fake news? Fake news is simply yellow journalism which is created intentionally to spread malicious propaganda, hoping the reader will not only fall for it, but spread the story. This is in addition to hoping the masses will follow, embracing the domino effect. Most of the time those who spread such agitprop are looking for a reaction from the reader and of course money from the clicks to story itself.

What really happens when you spread Fake News

An unidentified third-party may contact a media outlet about Donald Trump. The reporter who first heard of the story has decided they dislike Donald Trump for his past behavior, so this reporter has made a decision that they want to take the information about the president and exaggerate it to fit their narrative.

Without fact checking nor separating fact from fiction, the story then becomes amplified with untruths just because that reporter has decided they do not like Trump. Kind of like taking an original classic song and adding an array of pro tools to make it sound better when really the song sounds overproduced and worse. Now, does the song sound anymore truthful because of it's overproduction? Maybe this isn't the best example.

How about this? It is a fact school shootings have occurred in a fascist nation of the land of free and the home of the brave (the United States), but one must consider the legitimacy of their stories as according to the NPR (with the help of non-profit Child Trends) in an article titled 'The School Shootings That Weren't' there are quite a few that never even happened.

Was the intent to create a school shooting to strip away our 2nd amendment right? Guns are portrayed as being weapons used to kill, but nothing is mentioned about the strengths of a gun and how they can protect the people. Although you may or may not ever hear about this in the news, fake news will never cover the strengths of ever owning any kind of rifle or pistol. The fake news also camouflages the harsh realities and aftermath of school shootings and hurts real victims testimonies.

Donald Trump Tries To Stop It

The president of the United States, Donald Trump has been dubbed a "loose cannon" for calling out this ongoing, problematic issue. Because of this, people see him as the problem and not the solution. Instead of being thankful for Trump's ability to address these ongoing issues and want to fix them, they want to make him the issue. Why? It is a well known fact that those who continue to embrace various news outlets tend to overlook the problem at hand and go after anyone who uses their voice to challenge the problem.

When Trump originally coined the "fake news" term he was merely defending himself from the lies and untruths being spread about him. The 45th president of the United States used his liberty to defend others who are also a target of this type of disinformation spiel and went on to dispute the puff pieces created by various fake news outlets trying to push Hillary Clinton into office. And because most of these zines lack identity, it makes litigation extremely difficult to pursue.

The End Result

If a reporter creates a story with one-dimensional, aggregated news content, does that mean the reporter is right and the reader is wrong for questioning it? What if that reporter covers a story, but neglects the points they are trying to make by concealing their views with deconstructionism and banal reductionism based on opinion and heresy? As everyone has the right to free speech and freedom of press is embraced in more ways than one, does this mean they have the right to publish whatever they choose to a platform with a bigger audience? Fake news is equivocally fabricated and manipulated as well as, relentlessly mocked to not just media and journalism, but to those who are engaged and affected by it. And because of its nature, it can cause more harm than not. There are consequences to every action and it is crystal clear these consequences are inevitable to avoid.

This goes with the question we all have-where do we really draw the line on fake news?

Friday, November 30, 2018

Get the Look: Dior Men 2019 Pre-Fall Show

Photo by Lorenzo Dalbosco/Dior
(used with permission)
In 1947, Christian Dior had a vision to become one of the world's biggest fashion empires, when he debuted his first collection. As we look at what has become of this world-renowned fashion house, we see nothing short of panache, epitomizing only elegance in both the world of fashion and the world of beauty. And as gusto as the Dior was then, today in 2018 his legacy lives on. Dior's newest collection for Pre-Fall 2019 was designed by Kim Jones and presented in Tokyo, creative and image director of Dior, Peter Philips created a dramatic yet cyber-chic look which he says is inspired by the great science-fiction classic "TRON".

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

First and foremost, the internationally known groomer prepped the models skin. Using only Dior beauty products, his goal was to keep the models' skin as hydrated as possible. "I hydrated the skin well with the Dior Homme Dermo skincare line." Philips applied the Dior Invigorating Moisturizing Emulsion followed by the Dior Pore Control Perfecting Essence and the Dior Anti-Fatigue Firming Eye Serum.

Then, Philips used the new Dior Backstage Line and Face Body Foundation. "This foundation helps obtain even skin and a clear complexion. I like it because it has an ultra-light texture and creates and incredibly natural impression," he shared with me. To complete the makeup portion of the look, he used the Dior Backstage Brow Palette followed by the Dior Diorshow Brow Styler.

The look created was used to complement the innovative fashion designs for the collection. "I created these silver 3D designers, some of which have a rainbow glimmer to replicate the new Dior Logo created by Kim Jones for this new Pre-Fall collection," Philips shared.

As the Dior groomer continued, he applied the actual Dior logo to some of the models just on the nape of the neck. He decided to go with a more abstract approach, so Philips applied individual letters just below the ear, as well as, on the forearms, the back of the hands and even on some of the fingers. "I wanted the look to have more of a metal sheath, as my goal for these futuristic decorations was to create a very 'robotic-chic' effect," Philips added.

The hair was styled by stylist Guido Palau, who gave the models a very structured look. For this look, Palau wanted to create a very futuristic yet cyber-rock effect with controlled volume.

This completes the grooming look for the Dior Men 2019 Pre-Fall Collection. For more information visit Dior today.


FTC: Press article for Dior. No affiliate links used.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Best Beauty Stocking Stuffers

The Tangle Teezer is one of the best
beauty stocking stuffers
of the year.
Stocking stuffers are the perfect addition to every Christmas present. These tiny treats offer so much during the holiday and really complement every stand-alone gift. After all, a bunch of candy canes manifesting a stocking can be quite banal. Don't you want something unique and different this year? Stocking stuffers create more than just reactions, they create memories. So, what are the best beauty stocking stuffers?

Too Faced Love Light - This outstanding stocking stuffer is one of the best highlighters you will ever use. Featuring the patented Prisma Shine, this terrific Too Faced addition utilizes only the best of powder, liquid, and even baked formulas to create only the ultimate luminous glow. Pigmented to perfection, little goes a very long way. For only $30, this is the perfect present for not just your stocking, but you too. And not only is this an incredible stocking stuffer, but an incredible deal too. Joyeux Noel!


Voluspa 3 Petite Tin Candle Holiday Gift Set - With Vision of Sugar Plums, Cinnamon Ceylon and Copal, as well as, Spruce, this lavishly lux candle gift really epitomizes what the holidays are all about. For under $30, you can throw one of each or all of them in your loved ones' stocking this holiday season.

FOREO LUNA play - Fun and affordable, this skin care device is great for anyone looking for beautiful skin. Using T-Sonic cleansing technology, good, great and even amazing things come in small packages as this stocking stuffer is one of them. Available in a variety of colors, the time is now to love the skin you are in. Especially for the holiday season. Only $39 at FOREO.

Poopourri Secret Santa Toilet Spray Tube Gift Set - It's only natural to drop coal into potty; however, so when you check your list twice, you can give this gift to someone who has been nice. This amazing stocking stuffer features a 1.4 oz. Secret Santa which consists of vanilla, cinnamon and citrus notes. Available at Poopourri for under $10, this is one of the most creative yet festive gifts you can give this holiday season.

Benefit Sweeten Up, Buttercup! - This limited-edition Benefit gift features the famous Benefit BADgal Bang mascara in full-size, a full-size of the Gimme Brow+ in shade 03, the full-size POREfessional Face Primer, and the Hoola Bronzer in a mini size. Included with these products is a creatively cute makeup bag. Amazing right? And for only $39 at Benefit Cosmetics, this is a great stocking stuffer for the beauty lover in your life. Perfect in every beauty enthusiast's stocking, this sweet gift set is fully dressed for the holidays.

Q-tips Beauty Rounds - When it comes to producing quality products at amazing prices, Q-tips knows all about it. In fact, for under $5 at Walmart, this amazing Q-tips stocking stuffer features 75 dual-sized cotton rounds that are perfect for removing your makeup. As they work to assist with toning, these fabulous flat rounds are also amazing for removing nail polish too. As the perfect present for every stocking, anyone who receives these will love them.


LuMee Duo Mobile Case - This case provides strong protection while utilizing duo lighting including a selective dimmer that changes the lights brightness. Also includes a rechargeable battery, which extends its use and longevity. With everything from marble to even glitter to choose from, this case epitomizes the word "selfie".  Available for virtually every single phone device including Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy, this is the ultimate cell phone case for the ultimate selfie lover.

NCLA Designer Nail Wraps - Whether you are searching for seasonal nail wraps, this Los Angeles based beauty brand has them. They also offer an array of collections which give you such an extensive selection to choose from. Are you looking for glitter? What about glam? Perhaps yu are searching for something a little more opaque or even something somewhat transparent? All you do is apply them and you are good to go. Plus removing them is quite a breeze too. For $16 each, these nail wraps make an incredible stocking stuffer. Sign up today to receive emails from NCLA directly and receive an additional 15% off your entire purchase.

Boscia 'Dig Deep' The Charcoal Skin Kit - This wonderful Boscia addition has everything you need for a perfectly pore-less complexion. For under $40, you will receive the award-winning luminizing black mask along with deluxe sizes of the detoxifying black cleanser and charcoal pore pudding. You will also receive one pore purifying black strip. Although most would consider this a mini stand-alone gift rather than a stocking stuffer, because of the size this would be fabulous in every stocking.

Style Edit Root Touch-Up - Do you know anyone with gray hair? What about someone who colors their hair? If so, this is the perfect stocking stuffer as well as, side gift for them. The color binding complex works great for every hair type and hair color. Free of peroxide, parabens, amonia and other synthetic chemicals, you can find this gem for only $24.50 at the Depasquale Spa.

First Aid Beauty FAB Cleanse and Exfoliate Kit - This dynamic duo features everything you need to create a clean yet luminous complexion. In fact, this set includes the face cleanser and the facial radiance pads. Recommended by dermatologists world-wide, this is safe for every skin type including sensitive skin. As a $15 value, this stocking stuffer can be your's right now for only $10. Tis the season to great skin and an even greater new you. Sign up for emails and receive 15% off today. 

VitaBath Body Cream Trio - With the essence of gourmand, floral and sugar it just doesn't get anymore delicious. For only $4.95, you will receive three mini body creams in VitaBath's number one selling scents - Heavenly Coconut Cream, Lavender Chamomile and Pomegranate Bellini Blush. Perfect for traveling, this triple threat has turned into the ultimate gift set and one of the best stocking stuffers you can give and get this holiday season.

Tarte Maracuja Gold Oil - As an essential oil, rich in fatty acids this little gem works to correct, prevent and even repair various forms of DNA damage as well as, environmental stressors. It also works to deliver instantaneous and long-lasting hydration. For the holidays this year, Tarte decided to create a dazzling yet decorative maracuja oil that is dressed for your face. If you or someone you know loves gold or anything that embraces skin health, this is the perfect stocking stuffer. For $50, this limited-edition maracuja oil can be your's today.

PHYTO Huile Supreme Rich Smoothing Oil - As one of the hautest (and hottest) hair care brands to come from France, PHYTO uses an array of natural ingredients that know how to treat the tresses. Available in Soyeuse, which is the lightweight hydrating oil and great for those of you with dry and fine hair and available in Supreme, which is the rich smoothing oil and wonderful for those with dry and thick hair, these phenomenal PHYTO additions really embody luxury hair care at it's finest. For only $40 (or $80 for the two), they both fit perfectly into every stocking?

Simple Micellar Makeup Remover Wipes - One of the greatest ways to cleanse your face. Using only skin-loving ingredients that are vital to your skin's natural moisture barrier and acid mantle, your skin will feel not only hydrated, but clean too. Do you know someone who works many hours at a thankful job? This is the perfect stocking stuffer for everyone. Available at Walmart and Amazon for $5.97, if you are searching for an amazing stocking stuffer try this one. #TestTheWater

Luminess Wink and Kiss Duo Lipsticks - Brought to you by the makers of Luminess Air, the Wink and Kiss Duo Lipsticks allow you to experience a dynamic duo your lips and lashes are destined to appreciate. For only $29.99 (a $44 value), you can experience both an intense yet long-lasting lip color that will last you through the entire night along with an voluminizing mascara your lashes are destined to love. As one of the most innovative concepts of 2018, when it comes to stocking stuffers and beauty, this is truly a winner.

Pacifica Wake Up To Roses Set - This Pacifica gift features three hand creams inflused with coconut water and a plethora of healthy ingredients and antioxidants. As a $20 value, this set includes the Rose Komucha Flower Powdered Face Wash, the Dreamy Youth Day and Night Face Cream and the Wake Up Beautiful Super Hydration Sleepover Mask as well as, the Rose Water lip balm. For only $15 at Pacifica Beauty, you can stuff one large stocking or place them into three individual stockings and whoever receives them will love you more for it.

NEOCELL Beauty Bursts Soft Chews - With 0 fat grams, over 2,000 mg of hydrolyzed collagen and 20 mg of hyaluronic acid, this is one of the healthiest beauty treats in the world. Whether you are looking for beautiful skin, beautiful hair or beautiful nails, this beauty chew is the perfect alternative to any candy out there. For under $20, these beauty bursts are available in both chocolate mint and fruit punch. You can stuff every stocking under the sun with these and everyone who receives them will love you that much more for it.

Beekman 1802 Goat Milk Soap Collection - With 7 choices to choose from, the selection is supremely extensive. Although this set retails for $60, it is currently available at EVINE for $44 and if you order it today, it can be your's for only $39.26. Also, you can make 6 payments using their Value Pay system so you would only have to pay $6.54 for 6 months. Amazing right? To top it off, Beekman embraces the natural concept and every soap is free of sulfates, parabens, petroleum and phosphates. Great for both men and women, this botanical-based soap will leave your skin looking, feeling and even smelling amazing.

Tangle Teezer Compact Styler - Who knew that one of the greatest hair brushes ever would fit into every stocking under the sun. If you are searching for the perfect stocking stuffer this holiday, this amazingly innovative brush is the one. Available in an array of shades and designs, you can brush your hair in seconds. Available at your nearest Tangle Teezer retailer, including the official site and Sephora for $20 and under, this is one of the greatest stocking stuffers of the year. And right now, 25% off is yours today.


Kylie Cosmetics Holiday Mini 8 Piece Lip Set - This set includes two velvet liquid lipsticks, four matte liquid lipsticks and two metal liquid lipsticks. Perfect for travel, you can give one to your wife, your mother, your fiancé, your girlfriend, your sister, your sister-in-law and any woman in your life and they will love you much more for it. For just $42, tis the season to hot lips and many cocoa sips. 

EOS Holiday Lip Balm with Tin - Every night is a Winter night with these three incredible EOS lip balms. Certified organic, you will receive an evolution of smooth lip balm in First Snow, Fireside Chai and in Pomegranate Raspberry. For under $10, this isn't just one of the best stocking stuffers of 2018, but one of the best steals (and deals) too.

Korres Sleeping Beauties Overnight Treatment Trio - This tremendous trio of skin treats features the Korres wild rose advanced brightening sleeping facial, the Greek yoghurt advanced nourishing sleeping facial, and the black pine firming, lifting and anti-wrinkle night cream. For under $50, this is not only one of the best beauty gifts you can give this holiday, but you can stuff these little gems in a stocking and whoever receives them will love them.

Pixi Beauty Mesmerizing Mineral Palette - This palette is available in nine unique palettes including four new shades, each palette features six shades. Do you know someone who loves blue? Perhaps they would find the Aquamarine Dream palette appealing. What about purple? If so, they are going to love the Amethyst Aura. For just $12 each, you can create so many different looks and everyone who receives this will be happy.

LEADERS 7 Wonders Masks - Everyone needs a little pampering. You know, that "me" time? The great news is, you can really indulge in all things good this holiday season by treating yourself and your loved ones to an affordable yet effective sheet mask. Available in an array of formulas for every skin type under the sun, you can find these amazing little gems at your nearest ULTA for only $6 each. Sign up for LEADER's emails and receive 10% off your first order.

Bath and Body Works Winter Candy Apple Mini Cosmetic Bag Gift Set - When it comes to gift giving, the ideas are endless, but only a few manage to stand out this holiday and this is one of them. In fact, this Bath and Body Works gift features four travel-size essentials which include the ultra shea body cream, fine fragrance mist, hand cream and the award-winning PocketBac Hand Sanimagnificent makeup bag that you can use all year round. Available in one of the best fragrances Bath and Body Works offers, this fantastic foursome is the perfect present for not just your stocking, but you too.


Kate Spade NYC Truly Collection Coffret - The holidays are officially here. This set includes: TRULYdazzling Eau de Toilette, TRULYgracious Eau de Toilette, TRULYdaring Eau de Toilette, and the TRULYtimeless Eau de Toilette in .25 oz. size. Available only at ULTA beauty, this $30 perfume set proves that good things come in fours. RIP Kate Spade.

Pond's Wet Cleansing Towelettes - Trusted by dermatologists world-wide, these hypoallergenic cloths are the ultimate add-on. Available in Original Fresh, Luminous Clean, Evening Soothe and Exfoliating Renewal these towelettes make the best stocking stuffer this holiday season. For under $5 for 30 towelettes or under $10 for 75, this will complement more than just a stocking, but the skin of whoever receives and uses these too.

Lavanila Stocking Stuffer Duo - This dashingly fab duo features both the award-winning Lavanila deodorant and a roller ball of fragrance. Using beta glucan technology, this deodorant works to deliver long-lasting odor protection without the use of lab created chemicals and ingredients. Available in Pure Vanilla, Vanilla Coconut, Vanilla Lavender and Vanilla Grapefruit. You can stuff one stocking or you can stuff three individual stockings. For only $20 at Lavanila, this limited-edition gift is part of this year's holiday collection. Are the best things in life really free or are they just natural?


Peter Thomas Roth Mask Frenzy - Attention all facial mask enthusiasts, this is the greatest gift you can give to your loved ones. Especially to those who love a fantastic facial mask. This set includes six of your favorites in one gift. The masks included in this set are: Hungarian Thermal Water Mineral-Rich Atomic Heat Mask, Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Mask, Cucumber Gel Mask Extreme De-Tox Hydrator, Irish Moor Mud Purifying Black Mask, Pumpkin Enzyme Mask Dermal Resurfacer and my favorite, the 24K Gold Pure Luxury Lift and Firm Mask. Stuff one in a stocking or stuff them all, whoever receives them will not only love them but appreciate them much more so. As a $254 value, this can be yours now for only $75.

BROO Bar Shampoo - Do you know a beer lover? What about a hair lover who appreciates beer? Either way you put it, the BROO Bar Shampoo is for you. Perfect for both men and women, this novel yet effective beauty gift is the ultimate stocking stuffer. Are you looking for moisture? Great for multiple uses, this bar is available in two unique formulas - Hydrating (infused with coconut oil and smells like bergamot) and Energizing (infused with caffeine and green tea extract and smells like lime and ginger) so if you can't decide on one, get both.


Avon Fragrance Gift Set - Avon is one of the most popular beauty brands in the world and some of the most popular fragrances are Avon exclusives. Available at Avon, prices started at $20 and go up from there. Every gift set is unique and offers something special, making them great stocking stuffers. You can take the gift and spread it into separate stocking stuffers which is fantastic. Not only are the fragrances fantastic for the value, but you are getting a set that can fill an entire stocking.

Jamberry Nail Wraps - Not only does Jamberry offer a plethora of colors and designs, but they allow you to shop by collection. For only $15, you can wear everything from 'Champagne Frost' to 'Christmas Socks' to even 'Apple Cider' and much more. Are you looking for something from the runway? What about something simple yet chic? Tis the season to beautiful nails and one of the best beauty essentials you can place into a stocking.

Caudalie Organic Grape Water - When it comes to embracing natural beauty, this French brand knows all about it. In fact, they only use the finest natural ingredients. One thing I love about this product is that it is 100% organic grape water. It is great for hydrating the skin and contains natural polysaccharides which give your skin immediate moisture without clogging your pores. Only $10 for a travel size and $18 for a full-size, this wonderful skin care essential is not only perfect for every skin type, but every stocking of every beauty lover out there.

Keratin Complex Infusion Therapy Keratin Replenisher - Whether you are searching for immediate hydration or looking to smoothe your hair, this product is one to not only love, but appreciate. It also works to protect your hair, as it repairs it. For just $40, this hair treatment can be placed into the stocking of every hair lover in your life. For a limited-time if you purchase $20 or more of Keratin Complex from ULTA you can receive the smaller 1 oz. of this free. How is that for a beauty deal?

Q-tips Travel Pack - Some of the best stocking stuffers are those essentials that you can take virtually everywhere. Especially if you are traveling and need the perfect purse sized essential. Available with pink or blue casing, this wonderful Q-tips addition provides you with 30 Q-tips cottom swabs. For under $3 at Walmart, this purse pack of goodness is not only something one would love let alone want, but it's something one would need too.

The next time you reach for the stocking, you may want to consider adding some of these amazing beauty essentials into it. Say goodbye to candy canes and hello to beauty. The clock is ticking and December 25th is approaching. Happy Holidays!


FTC: Holiday gift guide. All opinions are my own. No affiliate links used.