Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Tea Time Tuesday: e.l.f

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No tea today but coffee with hazelnut creamer.


I confess I've been slacking on my post but a girl has been quite busy lately nevertheless I'm going to do better, I promise. Now on with this weeks Tea Time Tuesday post, by now I'm sure you've all heard about e.l.f the cosmetics company that sells great products for very, very reasonable prices I'm talking items as low as $1.00 I mean really, what can you buy for a buck these days? e.l.f has tons of items from cosmetics, bath products to make up tools that will help you with all of your beauty needs. Now, I must admit when I first heard of them and their low prices I was a bit skeptical about their product quality but they have made a believer out of me. I'm so in love with their eye primer this stuff really, really works it's sheer and you apply it over your eye area let dry then apply your eye shadow it helps with the creasing and fading of your eye shadows. I wore it the past Sunday and I embarrassingly admit that I sweat across my forehead but this stuff held up when I made it home and looked in the mirror I was expecting my eye shadow to be a hot mess but it was as fresh as when I applied it that morning. I was really impressed I couldn't wait to share it with you. If you love eye shadow and are in need of a great primer please don't waste your money on those high end eye primers on the market instead head over to e.l.f and pick up their eye shadow primer your eyes will love it and your wallet will too, this primer sells for a crazy $3.00 this is crazy! pick up  2 or 3 because you will love it. Leave me a comment if you've tried this product or any of e.l.f products I would love to hear from you.


                                                                                                                Your eyeshadow(s) will love you for this one!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Tea Time Tuesday: Lip Mixer

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Flavor of the day: Lipton Lemon Ginseng Green Tea (yum!)


I am so excited about my recent discovery. I've known of Milani Cosmetics for at least a few years and I've tried several of their products here and there but my latest find is the jackpot I have been in search of a great looking lip gloss that gives me the right amount of shine with just the right amount of color and these Milani Lip Mixers are just what I needed. I picked up #702 Lip Mix is the name of the color and I absolutely Love It! I don't know what it is with me lately but I can't find a lipstick that I like once I decide I'm going to put on lipstick for the day when I try it on it looks way to heavy, it's like too much. I have to work on that because I've always been a lipstick type of girl. So if you are in need of a new lip gloss check out these Lip Mixers and let me know what you think.


                                                                        lip mixer lip mixer color lip mix (702)  Lip Mix #702


                                                                                                   I Love this stuff!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Maybelline Showdown

The fact that it's Monday has nothing to do with this post I simply had nothing else fitting for today so I thought this would be good. I never leave home without my mascara, never! if I'm running to the store for a quick run or to the gym I always put on mascara. Even though I love the stuff I didn't think it was a big deal until I bought the Colossal mascara by Maybelline at Wal-Mart it was okay but it smudged so bad I could not stand looking like a raccoon for one more day. I returned it, yes I returned it in exchange for Falsies mascara and I'm so glad I did this stuff really works and the waterproof is just that, waterproof I Love, Love, Love it. If you are in need of mascara that gives you full long lashes, that really make your eyes "POP", and doesn't have you walking around with raccoon eyes this is for you. You will love the results and for $6.00 you can't beat it. What's you favorite/worst mascara ? I would love to know.




colossal mascara


                             VS                               falsies




                                                                           The winner Maybelline Falsies!


Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Tea Time Tuesday: Case it up!

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case it up


1. Poppy Nylon Medium Cosmetic Case $48 - coach.com  2.Stephanie Johnson - Travel Accessory and Bags  stephaniejohnson.com (multi & burgundy) 3.Vera Bradley 'Riviera Blue' Medium Cosmetic Bag | Overstock.com - $20 (center) 4. Tory Burch Cindie Printed Cosmetic Case - Handbags - Bloomingdales.com $85 - bloomingdales.com 5. Amazon.com: Burberry Women's Cosmetic Bag, Nova Check: Clothing $109 - amazon.com 6. Made in Italy Cristian Patent Leather Fuchsia Cosmetic Case | Overstock.com $15 - overstock.com (bottom

If you are anything like me I'm sure you have more than one make-up case to toss in your handbag. But for some reason I can't get enough of these much needed little pouches even when I call myself getting one a little larger it never seems to be big enough. Make-up cases have come a long way and are just as stylish as some of the cutest clutches. I have even seen people carry them as clutches. However you decide to use yours make sure you choose one that will best fit your need and style, No matter how cute it may be if it's not functional you won't use it. Cosmetic cases come in several sizes and every price range from your local drug store to high end designers. So go ahead pick up your mascara, lip gloss, compacts and case them up, being organized never looked so good. Tell me what are you casing your cosmetics in I would love to know.



Friday, September 3, 2010

Friend Friday: Copying in the Fashion Industry

real or fake


You know the drill it's Friday and Katy of Modly Chic, had me scratching my head on this weeks questions have you ever purchases or worn a knockoff item, it's ok I'm sure most of us have and for sure we've copied music or have seen a bootleg DVD. (yeah) This weeks questions are all about the knockoff and the copying of designer originals, Leave me a comment I want to hear you take on this.

1. Which side do you take… Copycat designs are a way for the average consumer to stay current and wear runway styles without breaking the bank OR Copycat designs take business from the designer and cheapen the value of their work. Explain.

I would have to say I am sort of in the middle and the reason why I say in the middle is because I think it is ok if you want to own a gown like celebrities wear on the red carpet for a very special event you may be attending and you're willing to pay a few hundred dollars for your outfit but not several thousand I feel this is ok. There are companies that have contracts to actually duplicate these gowns even moments after they are seen on the  red carpet so it seems to me this would be fine you are paying for it and it is not being worn for instance as a Chanel but was inspired by Chanel and the company that made it name is on the label  so I don't think there is anything wrong with that in this type of situation, but when you are flat out wearing an outfit as a designer and it's clearly a knockoff and a bad one at that, this to me is up to the individual I would rather wear a good non-designer garment that's well made than wearing an item that's not authentic but again it's up to the individual.

2. Sometimes we do things, even if they are unethical or illegal (downloading music for free, watching full movies on YouTube). Do you think it is unethical for a designer to copy a vintage piece, make it current and sell it?

I think it is unethical for someone to take every aspect of someone's work and pass it off as their own, reason being it took that person time and their creative abilities to create a piece of work in which they were inspired to create and for someone to come and take that it and pass it of as their own and benefit/profit from it, is unfair in my opinion. If you're inspired by someone's work at least pull from their original work and add your own creative touches to create something totally different, then you can truly say I was inspired by (_________) when I created this piece, vintage or not.

3. Would you buy an items that is a very well done copy of a runway garment if it fell within your budget?

I do not like Knockoffs period, I will save, beg, drops hints to my husband, do whatever before I buy a knockoff, because they usually look like they are knockoffs or have been knocked off of something when you inspect the quality. I feel it is a waste of money because they typically don't last long a friend of mine has a few of those knockoff designer handbags and the straps look like thin belts, they are fraying and cracking all over the place. Not Pretty.

4. According to the fashion laws, at least in the US, apparel design is seen as too utilitarian to qualify for copyright protection. Would you think this is detrimental to the industry or beneficial. (Check out this video on The Taxonomy of My Wardrobe to get a better idea of this concept: http://taxonomyofmywardrobe.blogspot.com/2010/08/fashion-and-copyright-laws.html)

Detrimental, no I don't feel it is simply because of a point Tom Ford bought up in the video, designers especially high end designers such as your Prada's, Donatella Versace, Michael Kors ect.. the clientele that patronize them are loyal and will always buy their brand no matter what, so they have a built in clientele market that will always support their work and purchase their product period, and these clients are who these designers cater to, the individual that is able to afford and appreciate their clothes and support their brand and this is who they target, they are not targeting that market that's quick to buy knockoffs because it looks like and original and they can afford it. Each market ,the designer market and the knockoff market both have their target audiences to support them.

5. Own up… share the things in your closet that is a knock off. You know those things you got in China Town, on the streets of New York, or where ever.

Don't own any clothing that is a knock off that I know of however ,I did have a fake Rolex years ago when in college a friend got for me in New York it lasted for about 3 months before tarnishing so bad it was pitiful. and a blue denim LV handbag it was a gift and I can't seem to part with it  for real (*side eye*)
One time when I went through my EBay phase I ordered what I thought was Be Delicious by DKNY and I paid a good price for it too, when it arrived it was in it's original box and wrapped in that clear paper as if I purchased from any cosmetics counter in the mall, so I opened what I thought was a new bottle of perfume and when I sprayed it on it leaked and ran all over the place  needless to say it was 90% water ,Yeeess! I did not know you could knockoff and copy perfume but to my surprise it can be done. So you just never know .

Bloggers if interested in participating in Friend Friday check out Modly Chic for more details.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Mr. President, I love what you've done to the place !

If you haven't heard by now President and First lady Michelle Obama recently had the oval office redone while away on vacation and what a great job their team has done. It is customary that every President gets the luxury of making over certain areas of the White House to make it feel comfy during there stay including the Oval Office. It is also safe to say that most of us get excited when we get a chance to glimpse into the lives of "famous" people especially our President, to see how they live and the interiors of their homes. The Obama's are known for their timeless style and great taste and this certainly carries over in the Oval office with it's rich brown and tan hues that spread throughout the office. My favorite part of the room hands down,  I would have to say is the rug with the famous Presidential seal in the center and completely  surrounding the rug are some of President Obama's favorite quotes by past presidents, as well as civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. this is truly the statement piece of the room the wheat, cream and blue colored rug was made and donated by the Scott Group, an American carpet manufacturer based in Grand Rapids, Michigan the quotes that surround the rug are:

  • “The Only Thing We Have to Fear is Fear Itself” – President Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • “The Arc of the Moral Universe is Long, But it Bends Towards Justice” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • “Government of the People, By the People, For the People” – President Abraham Lincoln
  • “No Problem of Human Destiny is Beyond Human Beings” – President John F. Kennedy
  • “The Welfare of Each of Us is Dependent Fundamentally Upon the Welfare of All of Us” – President Theodore Roosevelt


                                                                                                                                                          Oval Office Bush Years(Before)

oval office1President Barack Obama meets with Sen. Chris Dodd in the Oval Office following a health care event in the Rose Garden of the White House July 15, 2009. 

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

This official White House photograph is being made available for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way or used in materials, advertisements, products, or promotions that in any way suggest approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.


                                                                                                          President Obama's Oval Office Makeover  (After)

ovaloffice5 Oval Office Decor 

 AP Oval Office DecorAP Oval Office Decor

                                                                                                        All Photo sources : acclaimimages.com * bancherry.com  * cbsnews.com

I think this room is anything but ordinary it looks comfortable, relaxing yet chic and stylish at the same time, Love it! Hail to the Chief and his new oval office. What do you think?

                                                                    ***This makeover was not funded by taxpayers but by the Obama administration ***










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