Saturday, June 8, 2019

The TRUTH about Jaclyn Hill lipsticks

Jaclyn Hill's lipstick from Jaclyn Cosmetics.
(Photo by Jaclyn Cosmetics)
Have you ever been so excited about something only to be disappointed once you received it? Not only was I wholeheartedly excited to try the new Jaclyn Hill lipsticks from Jaclyn Cosmetics, as I absolutely adore Jaclyn Hill, but wanted to support her brand as her products were some of the most anticipated makeup products to launch this year. Plus, the packaging is amazing. Especially for the $18 price point. But, what is the real truth about Jaclyn Hill's lipstick? 

Her lipstick is terrible.

First and foremost, the formula is awful. In my many years of using lipstick, I have never used a lipstick that both crystallized and oxidized on my lips. This was so uncomfortable on my lips, I felt like I was immediately using a defective product that was sitting in a box on a shelf for years. 

Only one of the lipsticks had weird fibers and debri on it. Almost reminded me of lint from an old clothing dryer. I have no idea why she would release these lipsticks and still extremely baffled as to why she would. Two of the other ones had weird discoloration forming at the base. I want to guess mold. Only one of them had nothing wrong with it. 

Another thing that I found to be modestly revolting was the smell of these. The scent of this lipstick just reminds me of old lipstick sitting on a shelf in an abandoned lab. I felt like I was using a lip product sitting on a shelf for years. I don't like the smell of old lipstick and would never want to put anything on my lips that smelled like it. 

The only good things that I have to say about this lipstick is the shade range. I love the nude concept, as I love wearing nude and pink shades more so than reds and plums, etc. The packaging is also bank and really gives the lipstick a much higher quality than what it is really worth. 

I will still continue to support Jaclyn Hill and I am hoping that she fixes this problem. Based on reading other reviews, I am not the only one who has had this experience. As much as I want to recommend these lipsticks, I simply cannot. Perhaps she needs to pull every single lipstick she has and restart from scratch. And if the manufacturer doesn't fix this problematic issue, I would go with another manufacturer. I believe this wasn't her fault, but more so the lab's fault and I hoping for a positive resolve in a near future. With that said, I would purchase these again only if the formula was changed. 

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Playing Zombie Mode on PUBG Mobile

I really love playing PUBG Mobile. And recently, I have been really enjoying the zombie mode inspired by Resident Evil. Currently, there are two Evo modes available in PUBG Mobile. The classic mode is Survive Til Dawn which was the original zombie mode for PUBG. The newest addition is Darkest Night.

As both can be fun, I truly love Survive Til Dawn. This is what I am playing at the moment. My record is 100 zombie kills although I am sure I can do better. Killing players is also fun in this mode. 

My current guns are the UMP9 (or Heckler and Koch UMP) and the AKM, which I am using in this particular. And as you can see I am out of bullets for my AKM, which requires caliber 7.62 mm. Do you think the combat knife will save me? One thing is certain, the UMP9 is one of the most underrated guns to exist. At least, in my opinion. 

Tonight, I have a squad made up of players GrimCode, JayThePlumber, UrJustPractice and myself - Golpari. UrJustPractice died early on and GrimCode eventually lost to zombies. JayThePlumber is still alive, but seems to be quite a few meters away. Hopefully I can win this one, whether with this squad member or solo. 

If you haven't played PUBG, you truly need to. It's fun and takes you on quite a journey. Definitely one of the best games I have ever played on my phone. 

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

National Veggie Burger Day 2019

Thanks to the power of plants, veggie burgers have been made possible to consume on a regular basis. What started as an idea turned into reality for Amy's Kitchen, when the world renowned vegetarian brand started "National Veggie Burger Day" back in 2017. Veggie burgers have such an incredible impact on the environment and much healthier than their carnivore counterparts. 

According to Cowspiracy, growing crops to feed animals killed for food not only consumes almost 60% of water in the United States, but contaminates the water also. Additionally one hamburger alone requires almost 700 gallons of water to produce. 

And according to an article published from the book Water Resources and Industry in 2013 on Science Direct, animal agriculture is responsible for up to 33% of fresh water consumption. As 70% of the planet is made up of water, only 3% is fresh. 

So the real question remains, is it possible to enjoy a plant-based rendition of this carnivore classic? Absolutely. I think the pictures I've shared, of the veggie burgers I've made speak for themselves. 

To celebrate today, I ask and encourage all of you to eat and enjoy a veggie burger. From my house to your house - Happy National Veggie Burger Day!

Monday, May 27, 2019

Happy Memorial Day 2019


Today we acknowledge, recognize and honor those soldiers who have stood for us, fought for us and died for us. After all, if you don't stand for something, you will fall for anything. These soldiers stood for the United States of America. 

Whether you have served in the United States Army, the United States Marines, the United States Navy, the United States Air Force or the United States Coast Guard--thank you for serving the land of the free and the home of the brave. 

Some of those wonderful members of our military who are no longer with us and died in 2019 include: 

January

Chief Warrant Officer to Jonathan Farmer (age 37) of Boynton Beach, Florida (January 16, 2019)
Navy Chief Cryptologic Technician (Interpretive) Shannon Kent (age 35) of Pine Plains, New York (January 16, 2019)
Sgt. Cameron Meddock (age 26) of Spearman, Texas (January 17, 2019)
Sgt. 1st Class: Joshua "Zach" Beale (age 32) of Carrollton, Virginia (January 22, 2019)

March

Spc. Jackson Johnson (age 20) of Hillsboro, Missouri (March 7, 2019)
Sgt. Holli Bolinski (age 37) of Pinkneyville, Illinois (March 7, 2019)
Sgt. 1st Class: Will D. Lindsay (age 33) of Cortez, Colorado (March 22, 2019)
Spc. Joseph P. Collette (age 29) of Lancaster, Ohio (March 22, 2019)

April

CpL Robert Hendriks (age 25) of Locust Valley, New York (April 8, 2019)
Sgt. Benjamin Hines (age 31) of York, Pennsylvania (April 8, 2019)
Staff Sgt. Christopher Slutman (age 43) of Newark, Delaware (April 8, 2019)
Staff Sgt. Albert J. Miller (age 24) of Richmond, New Hampshire (April 19, 2019) 
Spc. Ryan Riley (age 22) of Richmond, Kentucky (April 20, 2019)
Spc. Michael T. Osario (age 20) of Horseshoe Bend, Idaho (April 23, 2019)
Pfc. Michael A. Thomason (age 28) of Lincoln Park, Michigan (April 29, 2019)

May 

Spc. Miguel L. Holmes (age 22) of Hinesville, Georgia (May 2, 2019)

As a proud American who loves her country--I salute you. And today at 3 pm on behalf of the National Remembrance Act, I will stop and remember what you have done for my country and myself. I express my love for my country and those of you who support America when singing National Anthem

Thank you to everyone who has served in the United Armed Forces. God Bless The USA.

Happy Memorial Day!

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Anniversary party + update on my life

Me tonight.
Tonight is a very special night for my boss as he celebrates his anniversary married to his lovely wife of 30 years. He is having an anniversary party tonight, which is quite exciting. I have been invited so I am going to go. As many of you are aware, I have been dating Sumit for almost a year now. Our anniversary is coming up in a couple days (Tuesday, May 28th) which will mark one year. And Sumit, if you are reading this - I love you.

As for my life, I started attending gemstone therapy sessions once a week. I love gemstone therapy because it promotes physical, mental, emotional and spiritual healing. After one session I felt balanced, more calm and relaxed; however, after going for several weeks I really notice a change. The stress I felt for weeks has been completely alleviated and I feel incredibly calm as a result. 

In ancient history, gemstones had a lot of great healing powers. Some of the mummies in ancient Egypt were buried with Quartz. Not only were they used as a sign of luck, but they were used to heal a human's mind, body, soul, and spirit. This was a very holistic way to relieve any kind of pain and eliminate negative energy from the body by promoting positive harmony and eliminating stress. As a result, you will feel less mad, less sad and will enjoy life to the fullest. I recommend this to virtually everyone. It truly does work and after one session you will definitely feel more balanced and calm. 

A lot of you have asked me to stop talking about Morgan Ingram and start talking more about other subjects. My blog is filled with a variety of subjects. Because I support Toni Ingram, I am misinterpreted as one who is "crazy" and "delusional" as well as, one who is a horrible writer, who is being paid by Toni Ingram (yawn) yet you internet stalkers come to my blog relentlessly and read what I have to say. Some of you may disagree with me, but at the end of the day, you come to my blog for a reason. I will be talking about more topics in the near future.   

On a softer note, tonight I am wearing a green bandage dress courtesy of Hot Miami Styles. My jewelry is from Totaram. I did my usual skin care regimen which consists of a hydrating cleanser, an exfoliator, a serum and a moisturizer. Right now I am really loving the Chuda Exfoliating Cleanser, the La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Cream and the EMK Beverly Hills Bloom Toner. I am sure I am leaving out others, but will get to those in a future blog post.

For my makeup tonight, I applied the Japonesque Velvet Touch Primer followed by the Jeffree Star Magic Concealer in the shade in C12.  Then, I applied the Jane Iredale Liquid Minerals A Foundation in the shade Satin followed by the Estee Lauder Set. Blur. Finish Perfecting Pressed Powder in Translucent. I contoured my face using the Mehron Illusion Palette by Mimi Choi. I never use this usually for contouring, but surprisingly love it. 

On my eyes, I used the Eyeko 'I Do' Liquid Eyeliner followed the Giorgio Armani Beauty Liquid Eye Tint in the shades 37 Scarab and 25 Midnight Cruise. To highlight I used Ellis Faas Lights in the shade E302. For my brows, I used the Benefit Cosmetics Goof Proof Eyebrow Pencil in the shade 5. And for my lashes, I used several coats of the Benefit Cosmetics BADgal BANG! Voluminizing Mascara

To finish my makeup look, I used the Tarteist Creamy Matte Lip Paint in the shade Namaste. I topped my lips with Jeffree Star Cosmetics Lip Ammo in Galaxy Gold. To complete the entire look, I sprayed MAC Prep + Prime Fix+

For my hair, I shampooed using the Pai-Shau Replenishing Hair Cleanser and conditioned using the Paul Mitchell MarulaOil Rare Oil Replenishing Conditioner. Then, I did a full blow-out using the T3 Featherweight Compact Dryer and EcoTools Ultimate Air Dryer Hair Brush. Before drying, I applied the Nexxus Promend. After drying, I applied the Matrix Biolage Hair Gelee

Tonight I am surprising my boss and his wife with a 28 Can Rolling Picnic Camping Cooler. It is one of the greatest gifts you can give anyone, especially those who travel often. Road tripping will become much more savvy and fun with one of these. My first gift choice was a drone, but then I realized he said they had quite a few of them. 

I am sure I can write more, but then again I would be here for hours and I have to be there in several minutes. I hope everyone is having a wonderful day, as I hope you are all having an amazing weekend. 

Monday, May 20, 2019

Accident, Suicide or Murder: Morgan Ingram

Morgan Ingram
(Photo by Morgan Ingram)
As many are already aware, on Saturday, Oxygen aired Accident, Suicide or Murder a show which acknowledges, recognizes and examines cases thoroughly that have been either unsolved or deserve answers. The season finale featured the stalking and death of Morgan Ingram. 

The show starts out with drone footage of the picturesque Carbondale, Colorado before a dialog took place between retired detective Paul Holes and true crime producer and journalist Kelly McLear regarding her case. Wanting answers, the dynamic duo decided to dig deep into the case to find out if it was an accident, a suicide or a murder. I watched the show with an open mind, disregarding my own point of view, in case I was wrong to believe this was a homicide. 

I watched the show. I believe the show was spun to fit a narrative that the vast majority of status quo want to hear. Most of these shows are aired for entertainment purposes, hence why people watch them to begin with. However, a lot of facts have been left out as Oxygen producers can only fit so much into a 90-minute time frame.  

To be honest, I was very disappointed not by their conclusion of her death, but by how they depicted Morgan Ingram and her stalking altogether. I was also modestly miffed by how they portrayed Toni and Steve Ingram. With that said, questions that were not answered on Accident, Suicide or Murder that I would have liked to have been addressed include:

Question #1: Morgan Ingram had an obscene level of Amitriptyline in her blood. Over 6 times the lethal limit. So, if 500 ng to 1,000 ng of Amitriptyline in the blood is lethal, how did Morgan Ingram get 7,909 ng in her blood stream? 

Question #2: Morgan Ingram had 7,909 ng of Amitriptyline in her blood stream which I addressed previously. She also had a level of 2,833 ng of Noratripyline in her blood stream, as well. In her gastric fluids (or stomach) Morgan had 2,287,440 ng of Amitriptyline with a Noratriptyline level of 9,431 ng. Look at how close the numbers are of Amitriptyline to Noratriptyline in the blood. This leads me to the important question--why is the ratio so close in the blood versus the level in her stomach or gastric fluids?

Note: The amount in her stomach was high, but I don't believe that is what killed her. I believe it was the level in her blood that did. When looking at the gastric fluid level, the ratio is very far apart in comparison to the blood level. Why is the blood level of Amtriptyline to Noratriptyline so close in comparison to the gastric fluid level? 

Question #3: The beanie hat has a sufficient level of DNA on it. The forensic investigators did not even flinch nor entertain the idea of testing this item, as they were distracted by the polygraph test results of both Toni and Steve Ingram. The polygraph results of Mr. and Mrs. Ingram overshadowed this. That hat should have been tested regardless of the lie detector results. Why wasn't it?

Question #4: Why was Keenan Vanginkel never interviewed? He was the perpetrator, the stalker and yet is painted as innocent, but was not asked to take any lie detector test even though he offered to take one in 2011 and 2012. Have the investigators forgotten about his extensive criminal record including his history with criminal trespassing? Or do they think because he's alive, he is off limits? Vanginkel also has a history of drugs and mental illness, which the Ingrams' have revealed in the past. 

Question #5: Keenan Vanginkel was seen on the cameras walking up the Ingrams' driveway only later to deny it was him when interrogated by detective (now coroner) Robert Glassmire. Why is this fact being overlooked? It is because Morgan Ingram is dead and Keenan Vanginkel is living? Currently, there are no laws protecting the deceased. 

Note: Towards the end of the interrogation video, Vanginkel is seen frantically looking at his phone. As Vanginkel is protected under the constitution of the United States (innocent until proven guilty) he looked modestly guilty when Robert Glassmire left the room in 2011. 

Question #6: In the autopsy photos, it looks like Morgan had blood on her lip and her face had been smashed. There were also marks around her neck, as if she were strangled. Another disturbing observation I made was how her arms were risen and hands were clenched. Evidently this proves she didn't take her own life, but the question I have is--how can they reach the accidental conclusion knowing this fact? 
Morgan Ingram with her mother
Toni Ingram
(Photo by Morgan Ingram)


Additionally I have some concerns regarding the episode. These concerns include:

Morgan Ingram was not a suicidal person. She was artistic with more drive than NASCAR. Her character was not flawless and far from pristine, but was not how she was portrayed in this series. She was not suicidal. She was not running nor escaping from life. I noticed some victim blaming throughout the series which I despise. As I stated previously, there are no laws that protect the deceased. 

Both Toni and Steve Ingram took a polygraph test regarding the stalking and murder of Morgan. Granted it is not a good thing to fail, but I believe as both of them are in their 60's, going through a lot of tension and stress, unable to properly grieve, I believe this is why they failed some of the questions given to them. I don't believe they are deceptive or have bad intentions like some of you think. I don't believe they are liars. I've spoken with both personally for hours and have heard both of them cry. They are not investigators which they have admitted relentlessly throughout the years. They just want answers and have every right to question what happened to their daughter. After all, they knew Morgan more than anyone in this world and she was being stalked, whether you want to believe it or not. 

When they interviewed Danny Rodden, I had to admit I was a little shocked. Rodden is not the same guy from 2011 evidently as he ended up getting back into drugs (relapsing) several years ago and is now a registered sex offender in the state of Colorado. A person under the influence of substances is not a credible witness by any means and their opinion should be taken with a grain of salt. As troublesome as this is, I don't know why his testimony was used unless it was for entertainment purposes to elevate the shock factor, allowing you--the audience to reach your own conclusions about Morgan's death. 

The silhouette of the woman who claims to have been friends with Morgan, who allegedly saw her the night of the death or night before of her death is friends with Brooke Harris and is friendly with the suspect, Keenan Vanginkel. According to a Morgan Ingram Facebook page ran by friends of Morgan Ingram, called RIP Morgan Ingram, the woman identified as "Kara" allegedly also changed the story to fit a narrative that was proved to be not true hence why only excerpts of her testimony aired on the show. 

Stalking is a serious crime which was not taken seriously in this case. They played recordings of Steve Ingram mentioning Morgan may possibly be contemplating suicide. Everyone has their down days. There have been times I thought about ending my life, but then I realize--I love life way too much, which Morgan said on Facebook in her final days of being alive on earth. In fact, it was her final post before she was murdered. 

Update 5/22/19: There is more to the tape that aired on Accident, Suicide or Murder. This tape was recorded before the Ingrams' independently investigated the death of their daughter. The recording featured on the show leaves out vital details, including parts where both Toni and Steve Ingram questioned if it were a suicide and overdose. When questioned, the Ingrams' evidently looked at all scenarios diving deep into the suicide and the accident possibility. The entire tape reveals this fact. Toni and Steve Ingram are not investigators and would have accepted suicide, had Morgan actually took her own life, but eventually after looking at her case fully, they knew their daughter and knew her death was not a suicide and/or accident. 

Update 5/22/19: Camera footage was released to Paul Holes and Kelly McLear of the day Morgan Ingram was found dead. The unidentified concoction in the cup that was in Morgan Ingram's bathroom was, in fact, Morgan Ingram's Pure Tasty Face Mask. Evidently it wasn't tested as Paul Holes suggested. She used the butter knife to stir it, as it is filled with cinnamon, nutmeg and honey. 

Conclusion

I felt like the series was put together greatly with three points of view and possibilities; however, a lot of what they shown is not the whole story. This is just common sense, as every show has to edit hours upon hours of footage to fit a 90-minute time frame. With that said, my opinion has not changed. I still believe Morgan Ingram was murdered and this was in fact, a homicide. Until you can answer my questions, I don't have to listen to any of the banal ad hominem or strange internet theories to support inaccurate narratives. 

I have every right to my opinion and I want answers. I support Toni and Steve Ingram. For more information visit Morgan Ingram today. 

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Happy Mother's Day 2019

It is officially Mother's Day here in the United States. As the second Sunday in May, today we recognize, acknowledge and honor our mothers for all of the wonderful things they have done for us. From past to present, Mother's Day is a tried and true reverse of respecting our elders and what they have done for us to be who we are today.

My mother has always been an amazing person. As she can be a little rough around the edges, never have I ever discovered someone with such conviction as her. As free spirited as she is, my mother has been through a lot in the last several years, including a major health scare last year. However, she has managed to break free and live life to the fullest without worry. 

I admire my mother because she is a kind and kindred soul who does so much for her family and still continues to do so. And although I am not a mother yet, eventually I want to be one. As I aspire to be as good as my mother, I definitely have big shoes to fill. 

Today is one of the most underrated days on earth. As today is a tradition that dates back to over a century, it is a day that I find cognate to creation and transformation. Which leads me to the question-without our mother, where exactly would we be today? Without our mother, how would life exist?

Happy Mother's Day mom. I love you. 

Happy Mother's Day to all of the wonderful mothers around the world. 

Monday, May 6, 2019

Ezra Miller's 5 Hour Met Gala Look

Makeup artist Mimi Choi applying
makeup to Ezra Miller for the
2019 Met Gala.
Lets face it, Ezra Miller really knows how to get attention on the red carpet. Earlier tonight the singer, songwriter and actor made an appearance wearing a custom Burberry suit at the Metropolitan of Arts red carpet proving he is anything, but boring and banal. 

And believe it or not, Ezra Miller's incredibly eccentric makeup look took five hours. Courtesy of the talented Mimi Choi, who used the Mehron Illusion by Mimi Choi palette, this look epitomizes abnormal genius. 

In a world of camp-theme, this look went beyond what most would expect hence why it is one of the most talked about looks for the 2019 Met Gala. Choi, of course an SFX genius and one of the most underrated makeup artists of our generation. 

Can you spot his real eyes? 

Get the makeup look: Priyanka Chopra at 2019 Met Gala

Priyanka Chopra at the 2019
Met Gala.
(Photo by Rabbani and SolimenePhotography/
WireImage)
The Met Gala is not just one of the most highly anticipated events in the world, it allows every celebrity to be creative with fashion. And speaking of creativity, Priyanka Chopra did just that earlier this evening. Wearing a custom Dior dress which took over 60 days to make, proves why this Bollywood beauty epitomizes the Camp theme. Although her hair was unique, as her dress was totally fleek, it was her makeup which stole the show. Courtesy of the talented Pati Dubroff, Chopra was treated to a glam look which complemented her Dior dress.

"This look is camp to the max. I was inspired by Louis XIV and his royal court, Dior runway extreme, but with the edgy spirit of Bowie. She is the perfect muse to Louis XIV and embodies a fantasy level of his vanity," Pati Dubroff shared regarding the inspiration behind this look. 

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

First and foremost, celebrity makeup artist Pati Dubroff created the ultimate powder finish utilizing the Marc Jacobs Beauty Accomplice Instant Blurring Beauty Powder in the shade Muse. As she continued, she applied the Marc Jacobs Accomplice Concealer & Touch Up Stick in the shade Medium before applying the Marc Jacobs Accomplice Concealer & Touch Up Stick in the shade Fair to her actual eyebrows. She also used this product highlight and brighten her eyes. 

Dubroff wanted to create the ultimate dramatic eye. She applied the Marc Jacobs Beauty Fineliner Ultra Skinny Gel Crayon Eyeliner in Fine (Wine) shortly before using the Marc Jacobs Beauty Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette in Scandaldust. Dubroff wanted to create a bright pink towards the center of the eye, she she used the Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Matte Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner in (Pop)ular and the Marc Jacobs Beauty Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette in Provocouture on the top. She finished this part of the eye by adding some glitter. 


To brigten the eye, the world-renowned makeup artist used the Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner in (N)ice. Next, she applied the Marc Jacobs Beauty Fineliner Ultra-Skinny Gel Crayon Eyeliner in Big Eyes. 


As the celebrity makeup artist continued with Priyanka's eyes, she applied the Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Primer Epic Lash Primer to the bottom lashes to lighten them up. Taking white pencil, she applied this directly to the top of Chopra's eyes using a fan. To finish the eyes, Pati applied several coats of the Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara to the Bollywood beauty's eyes. 

To complete Chopra's Met Gala look, the celebrity MUA used the Marc Jacobs Beauty Poutliner Longwear Lip Pencil in Currant Mood to shape and enhance her lips. Finally, she applied the Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Lip Crème Lipstick in Boy Gorgeous in a heart shape to highlight the cupid's bow. 


Congratulations! You have just recreated Priyanka Chopra's makeup look for the 2019 Met Gala. 

Get the makeup look: Salma Hayek at 2019 Met Gala

Salma Hayek at the 2019
Met Gala.
(Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
Salma Hayek always looks so exotic and radiant on every carpet. And tonight was no exception for the beautiful starlet as she looked incredible in her black and gold Gucci gown. Although her dress was great, her hair really stood out; however, it was her makeup that stole the spotlight. Her fierce and fabulous face was created by the talented makeup artist Matthew VanLeeuwen

So, is it possible to recreate this look at home? Yes.

First and foremost, the world-renowned makeup artist prepped Salma Hayek's skin using Weleda Skincare products, to prepare the stunning starlet for tonight's big event. 

Then, VanLeeuwen primed Hayek's face with the Stila Lingerie Souffle Skin Perfecting Primer in Sun-Kissed. As he continued, he applied the Stila Stay All Day Foundation & Concealer in the shade Almond just around the Salma's face. Next, he applied the Stila Stay All Day Foundation & Concealer in the shade Buff 7 in the center of her face including under her eyes. "I wanted to brighten her complexion," VanLeeuwen shared. 

Now taking the Stila After Hours Eye Shadow Palette, the celebrity makeup artist used the shades Anything Goes and Cash Out, where he mixed both shades together. VanLeeuwen continued the eyes using the Stila Glitter & Glow in the shade Rose Gold Retro. Next, he used the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Eye Liner in Intense Black. Then, he applied the Lashify Gossamers in F14 and F16. To complete the eyes, celebrity MUA Matthew VanLeeuwen applied several coats of the Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara


As the internationally known makeup artist continued, he applied the Stila Convertible Color in the shade Camellia. He applied this product like he would as a bronzer to the lovely Latina's cheeks and temples shortly before applying the Stila Heaven's Hue Highlighter in the shade Incandescence. 

Celebrity makeup artist Matthew VanLeeuwen applied the Stila Stay All Day Lipstick in Besos followed by the Stila Stay All Day Lip Liner in Pinot Noir.  He used these two products to create a beautiful red lip. To finish the look, he applied several coats of the Stila Beauty Boss Lip Gloss in the shade Empowering. 

Congratulations! You have just recreated Salma Hayek's makeup look for the 2019 Met Gala. 

Get the hair look: Zendaya at 2019 Met Gala

Zendaya at the 2019 Met Gala.
(Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Film Magic)
Zendaya looked like a true princess on the red carpet, as she embraced the 2019 Met Gala theme: Camp. Wearing a custom Tommy Hilfiger blue dress that looked like something out of a real Cinderella fairytale, Zendaya truly made magic tonight. 

As much as I love her dress and her makeup, what I really loved was her hair. Styled by the talented Ursula Stephen, the beautiful actress's tresses were treated amazingly. Inspired by classic Disney character, Stephen gave Zendaya a look to complement her style.

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

First and foremost, Stephen shampooed and conditioned the HairSoFab hair piece with the Suave Professionals Sulfate-Free Cleansing Shampoo and the Suave Professionals Moisturizing Curl Conditioner

After the hair was properly cleansed, the hair expert applied the Love Beauty and Planet Coconut Milk & White Jasmine Multi-Benefit Hair Milk shortly before drying it. Once the hair was dry, hairstylist began to curl large sections the starlet's hair. Then, taking the Dove Care Between Washes Foam Dry Shampoo to create volume, Stephen used a Tangle Teezer brush to brush Zendaya's hair out. 
Hair expert Ursula Stephen styling Zendaya's hair
at the 2019 Met Gala.


As Stephen continued, she created a very unique french twist. Next, she teased the root of the stunning star's hair shortly before brushing out the twist. Then, taking bobby pins, she locked Zendaya's hair into place. Once the twist was where the hair expert wanted it, she pulled out Zendaya's bangs a little bit. Stephen is a perfectionist when it comes to hair so she played with this until it fit the starlet's hair perfectly. 

To finish the look, Stephen sprayed the TRESemme TRES Two Unscented Extra Hold Hair Spray and before adding her custom head band and sending her off to the Met Gala ball. 

Congratulations! You have just recreated Zendaya's 2019 Met Gala hair look. 

Get the makeup look: Rita Ora at 2019 Met Gala

Rita Ora at the 2019 Met Gala.
(Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/
Getty Images for the Met Museum/
Vogue.)
Rita Ora always looks amazing at virtually every event she attends. Tonight is no exception. The British beauty stunned the red carpet earlier this evening wearing a relatively plunging gold glam gown by the iconic Marc Jacobs. And although Ora's dress and hair looked amazing, it was her makeup which really stood out tonight. Courtesy of celebrity makeup artist Kathy Jeung, who treated the starlet songwriter to a timeless look which complemented her gold dress. 

"My inspiration for the look came from her gold sequined dress by Marc Jacobs Couture. It inspired me to give Rita 1930's screen screen goddess look. Thin eyebrows, deep contours of the eyes with metallic shimmer on the lids, satin bronzed skin, and lips lightly lined with a nude gloss," Jeung shared with me. 

But the question we all have is-can we recreate this makeup look at home? Absolutely.

First and foremost, the celebrity makeup artist prepped Ora's skin. She used Retrouve skincare products. After she prepped the beautiful singer's face, she used the Nanacoco HD Powder Foundation in the shade Warm Tan. Then, taking the Nanacoco Airfare Concealer Brush 907, Jeung applied the Nanacoco HD Cover Concealer in the shade Orange shortly before applying the Nanacoco HD Cover Concealer in the shade Natural. 

As the celebrity MUA continued with the look, she used the Nanacoco Contouring & Strobing Palette in the shade Medium using the Nanacoco Flat Contour Brush, the Nanacoco Highlighter Brush and the Nanacoco Angled Powder Brush 902.

The eyebrows were the main event of this look, as they took the most time. Jeung bleached Ora's eyebrows which took two hours. Then, she applied the Nanacoco Browstylers Highlighter Duo in the shade Brown/Pearl Beige. To finish the brows, the celebrity makeup artist used the Nanacoco Browstylers Micro Pencil in the shade Dark Brown. 

World-renowned makeup artist Kathy Jeung shared that the eyes were supremely important with this look. Using the Nanacoco Smudge Brush 910, the celebrity MUA applied the Nanacoco Longwear Eye Liner in Gold. Next, she applied the Nanacoco Glitzn Face & Body Pigment in the shades orange gold and copper. 

The eyelashes were also quite a game changer, as Jeung shared. For this makeup look, the internationally known MUA used the Nanacoco 'Giana Style' 3D Volume lashes. Then, she applied several coats of the Nanacoco HD Extreme Volume and Curl Lenghtening Mascara

Next, Kathy applied the Nanacoco HD Pressed Blush in the shade Peach Coral. To finish the look, the celebrity makeup artist used the Nanacoco Outlast Lip Liner in the shade Burgundy shortly before applying the Nanacoco Shimmertallics Metallic Lip Gloss in the shade Sunkissed. 

Get the makeup look: Serena Williams at 2019 Met Gala

Serena Williams with her husband
at the 2019 Met Gala.
(Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)
Serena Williams stunned the red carpet this evening for the 2019 Met Gala wearing a very vibrant Atelier Versace dress. Being true to her roots, the iconic tennis star wore custom Nike sneakers to match. Although I wouldn't say they matched, they definitely made her stand out compared to most. 

Her makeup really blew up the spotlight tonight. Courtesy of Renny Vasquez for Pat McGrath Labs, Williams was treated to an incredible makeup look to complement her style.

Is it possible to recreate this makeup look at home? Absolutely. Lets get started!

First and foremost, the Pat McGrath makeup artist prepped the fashion icon's face using an array of products. Then, he applied various products including the Pat McGrath Skin Fetish Highlighter + Balm Duo on the shade Golden and Bronze.

So, how did internationally known makeup artist Renny Vasquez do Serena Williams' eyes tonight? He used the Pat McGrath EYEdols Eyeshadow in the shades: dark matter, burnished honey, deep velvet, statuesque, celestial and in sextrovert. 

The talented MUA also used the Pat McGrath Permagel Ultra Glide Pencil in the shade XTreme Black and the Pat McGrath Perma Precision Liquid Eyeliner in the XTreme Black. 

To finish the entire look, Vasquez applied the new Pat McGrath Blitztrance Lipstick in the shade Full Fantasy. Lastly, he used the Pat McGrath Lust Gloss in Aphrodisiac. 

Congratulations! You have just recreated Serena Williams 2019 Met Gala makeup look. 

Get the makeup look: Lady Gaga at 2019 Met Gala

Lady Gaga at the 2019
Met Gala.
(Photo by John Shearer/Getty
Images for THR)
Lady Gaga definitely knows how to make a real entrance at the Met Gala. As one of the five people to host the show this year, the award-winning superstar looked incredibly glam embracing the original "Camp: Notes of Fashion" fashion theme. Styled by the one and only Brandon Maxwell, Gaga's designer, the world-renowned pop starlet is one of few this evening who have stole the show. 

And as amazing as Lady Gaga's outfits look, her makeup is what really stole the show. Courtesy of her longtime makeup artist Sarah Tanno, Gaga was treated to a makeup look which complemented her style.

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

First and foremost, the celebrity makeup artist prepped Gaga's skin. She used the new Marc Jacobs Beauty Youthquake Hydra-Full Retexturizing Gel Creme. Because this cream has incredible hydrating properties (plus it smells fantastic) Tanno didn't use any foundation on Lady Gaga's skin and went directly for the Marc Jacobs Accomplice Concealer & Touch Up Stick. This has to be one of my favorite concealers ever and probably the best new concealer I have tried yet. To finish the face, the celebrity MUA applied the Marc Jacobs Accomplice Instant Blurring Beauty Powder using the Marc Jacobs Face II Sculpting Foundation Brush

The obscenely glam yet eccentrically fun lashes were curated by Sarah Tanno herself. Tanno did admit to applying several coats of the Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara

For the lips, the Sarah Tanno used the Marc Jacobs Le Marc Liquid Lip Crayon in the shade Flaming Oh. To complete the entire look, the celebrity makeup artist used the Marc Jacobs Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick in the shade Sweet Escape. 

Congratulations! You have just recreated Lady Gaga's makeup look for the 2019 Met Gala. 

Met Gala Skincare Prep 2019: Rita Ora

Rita Ora always glows on the red carpet. Not only does her makeup look incredible, but you can clearly tell she takes care of her skin. And tonight is no exception to the rule, as the starlet had her skin prepped by the talented, celebrity makeup artist Kathy Jueng for the 2019 Met Gala. 

But what did the celebrity makeup artist use on her skin? She used one of the greatest skin care brands, Retrouve skincare. Ora's skin was prepped for glam just before the big event using quite a few products from this brand. 

First and foremost, Jueng used the Retrouve Skin Brilliance Priming Pads. These pads are amazing and work to gently exfoliate the skin in the most effective yet non abrasive way possible. Infused with sugar cane, these priming pads promote a radiant yet more youthful complexion. 

What about the eyes? The celebrity makeup artist gently patted the Retrouve Revitalizing Eye Concentrate Skin Hydrator on Ora's eyes. This is one of the best eye products I have used and really gives your eyes a much needed brightness and pick-me-up. 

As the celebrity MUA continued, she applied the Retrouve Nutrient Face Serum onto Ora's face. She followed up with the Retrouve Intensive Replenishing Facial Moisturizer and Retrouve Dynamic Nourishing Face Cream.

With art, science and beauty-you can achieve this simple yet effective skincare prep at home. 

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Get the Makeup Look: Dior Cruise 2020

Spring into Summer with the new Dior Cruise 2020 collection. Courtesy of Maria Grazia Chiuri, the makeup was curated by the one and only Peter Philips, the creative and image director of the brand. Presented in the picturesque El Badi Palace in Marrakesh, Morocco, this is as diverse as it gets. In fact, Philips recently shared that it is just that.

"This is a runway show where the wide diversity of skin tones. I could work on a natural, made-to-measure makeup. It is a pure and luminous look that reveals natural individual beauty, the creative and image director of Dior shared. 

But the real question remains; however, is it possible to recreate this look at home? Absolutely.

First and foremost, Peter Philips prepped the models' skin using the Dior Backstage Face & Body Primer. As he continued, he used the Dior Backstage Face & Body Foundation. Then, the world-renowned makeup artist used the Dior Backstage Glow Face Palette in 001 Universal, where he applied what he describes as a "very light veil". Next, Philips touched up the models using the Dior Flash Luminizer followed by the Dior Diorskin Forever Undercover Concealer

Continuing with this look, Philips did a wonderful job with executing this to work naturally yet effectively. The Dior creative director went immediately for the Dior Brow Styler. Additionally, he chose the shade 003 Amber Neutrals from the Dior Backstage Eye Palette, as this shade was perfect for every models' skin tone. He finished the eyes by applying several coats of the Dior Diorshow Iconic Overcurl in 090 Black.

To complete the look, the image director of Dior applied the Dior Addict Maximizer. He touched up the lips using the neutral shades from the Dior Backstage Lip Palette. 

Congratulations! You have just recreated the Dior Cruise 2020 makeup look. #Dior2020

Friday, April 26, 2019

Strawberry White Peach Smoothie

The weather is absolutely beautiful today here. It is sunny, but without the excruciatingly humid factor. It isn't cold, but is far from being hot. At least hot as it usually is here. Overall my day has been relatively good with the exception that I am still in dire need of a secretary. In between double workloads and multi-tasking, it can be extremely overwhelming, as it has been in recent months. 

After work today, I decided that I wanted to have a smoothie. I decided that I wanted something with strawberries and peaches, so I took the liberty of heading to the kitchen to make a smoothie with strawberries, white peaches, water and ice with a hint of agave syrup. 

I garnished my smoothie with some chocolate mint, as I have quite bunch of it growing in my garden. One thing I notice about mint plants is they try to take over your entire garden and eventually do if the proper maintenance is not kept. Rest assured, I have it under control. I probably should just have a garden with only mint considering I grow six varieties here at home. Chocolate mint seems to be the most flavorful, as it is my favorite from the bunch. 

Strawberries have an array of health benefits. They boost immunity, they regulate blood sugar and they prevent a plethora of problematic health issues. I also like them because they are great for your teeth excluding the seeds. White peaches also provide you with a variety of health benefits too. They are considered an antioxidant, so they very rich in vitamins and minerals. They boost immunity and work towards reducing allergy symptoms. They are also great for digestion. 

Sometimes simplicity is the only thing you need. And sometimes the best things in life are simple. This smoothie definitely epitomizes total bliss.  

I hope everyone is having a wonderful day, as I hope you have a fantastic weekend. #TGIF

Monday, April 22, 2019

Happy Earth Day 2019

Earth Day is literally one of my favorite holidays to date. I know what you are thinking, as it is evidently not your traditional holiday. As our mother earth is a demigoddess who harbors life in the most tried and truest form and the third largest planet from the sun, I am proud to call this planet my home.

The sun (a male demigod) and moon (another male demigod) both interact with the earth, including earth's gravity as they are the most rustic satellites to date. The earth revolves around the sun every 365 days. Having formed almost 5 billion years ago, biodiversity has been heavily embraced in more ways than one, as the earth continues to evolve. Although the world's population is unknown, it's been estimated that almost 7.7 billion people live on earth, with a new one being born every second. You can check out this fact hereBut with life, death always follows. Although there isn't an accurate detection of how many people have died total in the world, it is a fact that someone dies every second. You can read this fact here

But what about ecosystem and biosphere we depend on-to live? And I am not referring to just the atmosphere either. I am talking about the lithosphere, the geosphere, and the hydrosphere also. Additionally we need much more to survive. And speaking of survival, what about the natural resources we need for survival? You know-water, land, sunlight, vegetation and food?

Although I could probably write an entire dissertation on the subject, I will refrain from boring you with that right now as this post is strictly about earth day. Expect a few in the feature though. Without life there would be no love. Without love there would be no life. Without life there would be no food. Without food there would be no life. Without life there would be no light. Without light there would be no life. I love my land as my land loves me. I love the earth, which is why I choose to celebrate earth day today.

Every earth day I love to plant something to show respect for my mother earth. Today is no exception to the rule, as I am doing just that. Additionally, I went to work wearing only eco-friendly beauty products and clothing today. Before and after work, I showered using only eco-friendly beauty essentials. Then, I decided to make an amazing plant-based, vegan smoothie with fruits and herbs I personally grew. Today, I ate completely fruitarian to show respect. Now, I am going to do some gardening to celebrate today.

I hope you are all having a wonderful day. Happy Earth Day! 

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Happy Easter 2019

Adorable homemade chick buns made by
myself and my mother.
Easter is a holiday which celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Following his crucifixion, this world-renowned Christian holiday commemorates the Passion of Christ. Eastertide embraces a tradition that has become quite the custom in Christian households around the world. 

Primarily family, friends and over loved ones get together to decorate eggs, which symbolize an empty tomb. And in case you are wondering what the empty tomb is, it is the tomb of Jesus Christ. After his body was placed inside the tomb, days later the body was not found. It was reported that several women witnessed his resurrection shortly after.

In addition to coloring eggs, family and friends have a wonderful dinner to celebrate Easter. They also enjoy candy, primarily chocolate Easter bunnies and Cadbury eggs to celebrate the day. Although I must admit, I am a huge fan of any candy from the Kinder brand including Ferrero Roche, as in my opinion, they are some of the best.

Today, I had a wonderful meal with family and friends. As a vegetarian, I was able to enjoy a homemade vegan roast (which I made myself with the help of my mother), as well as, the basic dishes you can enjoy during any Easter meal including mashed potatoes and corn. 

I haven't had the chance to eat any chocolate yet, but managed to enjoy some flavorful fruit salad and some lemon cream pie. 

Well, I better get offline. I keep looking at my phone relentlessly, contemplating whether or not I want to play PUBG. I think I may just wait though and eat more food. What do you think? 

From my home to your home-Happy Easter!