HSI Glider Professional 1” Flat Iron

Hey Luvs!

I hope you all enjoyed the 4th. I had a nice relaxing day at home…I did a couple of things around the house, but the most exciting thing of all was that I got to play with my new HSI Glider Professional 1” flat iron. The company was nice enough to send me a complimentary flat iron for me to try out and I wanted to share with you my thoughts and review on this flat iron.

As some of you may know, I occasionally wear hair extensions throughout the year as a method of “protective styling”. This particular grade of hair extensions was considered as a “blend”… which means it’s not 100% human hair, but mimics as if it is. It was about that time for me to remove the extensions and I wanted to see how well this flat iron will do on this frizzy hair.

But, before we get to the before and after…let me give you a bit of specs about this HSI Professional flat iron. The flat iron is priced for $80 on Amazon. It has ionic tourmaline-coated plates that use 8 Heat Balance micro-sensors (4 on each plate) to regulate the temperature and evenly distribute heat so that fewer passes are needed through your hair. The temperatures dial range between 140-450 degrees. The flat iron also comes with a free heat glove, heat pouch for storage and free 5ml Argan oil leave in conditioner Bottle.

I decided to do only one side of my hair so I could do a comparison. I sprayed two pumps of the heat protectant and then I did about two passes on each section of hair. The temperature kept at a steady level…I didn’t have to take breaks in between. Below are the before and after photos:

The HSI Glider Professional 1” flat iron did a good job of smoothing out the extensions. The scent of the heat proctectant was wonderful. Over all, I like this flat iron. The only thing that I didn’t like was the temperature dial. I’d prefer if the iron had a digital display verse me guessing what the temp might be. With that being said the company does carry another pricier flat iron that does give a digital temp range. This is not a Chi, but for the quality that you’re getting at an affordable price… I think is worth it.

To find out more about this flat iron...you can head over to: HSI PROFESIONAL

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SKMEI Men's Silver Analog Wrist Watch

Hey Lovelies!

Today I will be doing my first watch review. Last week I received a complementary SKMEI Men's Silver Analog Wrist Watch from #Aposon. After I received the confirmation for the company stating that my watch has been shipped....it literally took 4 days to get to my house.

When I open that package the watch was encased in a rectangular cardboard box.  To be honest, I thought the packaging would be a bit more appealing. At first sight, just looking at the packaging... I thought the watched would look just as cheap, but to my surprise the watch was definitely an eye catching piece.

• Case Material: Zinc Alloy
• Band Material: Silver-plated-stainless-steel
• Mirror Surface: High Transparent Mineral Glass (Key Scratch Resistant)

Stainless Steel Durable Waterproof Case Cover. 98FT / 30M Water Resistant
• Dial Color: Black
• Band Color: Black
• Band Width: 0.79 inch / 2 cm
• Band Length: 8.27 inch / 21 cm
• Case Thickness: 0.31 inch / 0.8 cm
• Case Diameter: 1.57 inch / 4 cm
• Max Perimeter: 7.56 inch / 19.2 cm
• Min Perimeter: 5.79 inch / 14.7 cm
• Product Weight: 2.12 oz / 60 g
• Battery Code: SR626SW

I absolutely love this watch. This watch is a mix of fashion and luxury, yet modern and casual. I would recommend this watch to men who are looking for a good quality, fashionable and affordable time piece.  For those women who are shopping for the "minimalist significant other"...this watch is  certainly a stylish minimalism design.

To check for more details on the watch...you can head over to: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XGZH3LZ

In the next couple of weeks I will be doing a review for the women's version of this watch. So stay tune for this upcoming post.

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Vanity Planet's Beauty Essentials

Hey Luvs!

Today I would would like to share my thoughts with you on a 15pc professional Make-up Brush Palette and the Classic 10 eye shadow palette that Vanity Planet had sent me a couple of weeks ago.

To be quite honest, I was really in need of a new set of makeup brushes and I was super excited to try out this set. I was more ecstatic at the fact that they sent me an eye shadow palette to try as well.

If you haven't heard of Vanity Planet, here's a little info about the brand:

"Vanity Planet is a boutique marketplace, focused on beauty, grooming, and wellness. We're more than your typical online store. We source, curate, and design products that benefit your life on the daily. Our approach is simple: amazing taste with minimal investment. Each item we carry is selected with intention and quality is never, ever sacrificed. Why? Because like you, we say forget the stigmas. We admit we care about our appearance and how we portray ourselves to the world. Care and confidence run deep in our veins, so we're conscious about the things we own and understand how they improve our everyday lives.
That's why we only sell goods we use, goods we love."

The eye shadow palette I received was Makeover Essentials: Classic 10 Sunlit Breeze Eye Shadow Set. The colors in this palette are definitely perfect for the summer. However, this palette is not at all pigmented.  You do have to "pack on" or go over each eyelid several times to get the eye shadow to really show. 

The makeup brushes came in a black sleek faux-leather rollout pouch. Each brush is made with premium synthetic bristles which  allows for a smooth, controlled, and streak-free application of dry, cream, and liquid based products. The handles are made from Birchwood, which makes them light, yet sturdy. Whats even more amazing about this product..all the brushes are cruelty free!

The makeup brush set includes:
  1. Kabuki Brush
  2. Powder/Blush Brush
  3. Flat Top Stippling Brush
  4. Angled Contour Brush
  5. Liquid Foundation Brush
  6. Large Fan Brush
  7. Concealer Brush
  8. Medium Blender
  9. Smudging Brush
  10. Crease Shader
  11. Large Domed Shader
  12. Precision Concealer
  13. Rounded Liner Brush
  14. Angled Lining Brush
  15. Lip Liner Brush with a cap

This set retails at $100. I loved the design of the brushes. The bristles are indeed soft and worked well when I applied my makeup.  I feel that if you are a beginner (like myself) who are looking for a set of professional makeup brushes, but at a more affordable cost....I think this is the set for you!

This weekend I will be attending a wedding. I will be posting follow-up pics of the makeup look I created using Vanity Planet Make-up Brush Palette. So stay tuned.

Vanity Planet has provided a one-time exclusive 70% discount code for my readers to be redeemed at checkout....which means this $100 set would now be $30 if you use the below code.

70% off Make-up Brush Palette (http://bit.ly/2qfBrAH)
Code: BBPalette70 

Guys, if you decide to purchase the Vanity Planet Make-up Brush Palette. Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Origins #MyPerfectWorld

Hey Luvs,
About a month ago, Influencer partnered with Orgins and they had sent me 5 mini samples from their new line and an invitation to their #MyPerfectworld in-store event at a local Origins location. The #Myperfectworld sample box had products where one can use from morning to night.

The samples I received were:
HIGH POTENCY NIGHT-A-MINS: Overnight cream to boost radiance
CLEAR IMPROVEMENT: Charcoal mask that clears pores and dissolves impurities
GINZING MOISTURIZER: Lightweight and oil free moisturizer that hydrates and renews, revs up radiance
CHECKS AND BALANCES: Frothy face wash
GINZING EYE CREAM: Reduces dark circles, depuffs, and brightens

I tested out these samples for about 4 days and my favorite thus far are the Checks and Balance face wash, Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask and the Ginzing Moisturizer.

Personally, I felt that best part of this campaign was the launching of their #MyPerfectWorld in-store event. For the in-store event, I visited a nearby Origins location. I was greeted with smiles and a warm welcome. Attendees received a light snack, free mini-facials, tea leaves readings and 20% off their entire purchase. At the end of the event, I decided to use my 20% to purchase a the full size jar of the Ginzing Moisturizer.

I would love to know what are some of your favorite Orgins products. don't be afraid to leave a comment down below.

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I did receive this product in exchange for my honest review.

Anjou Dead Sea Mud Mask

Hey Luvs!

So I am back with another product review and this time I will be sharing my thoughts about Anjou Dead Sea Mud Mask. I am a huge fan of facial masks and my favorite type of mask is actually a mud mask. Mud masks are great for absorbing excess oils, dirt and toxin from the skin. Normally I would make my own mud mask from scratch using Bentonite Clay as the main ingredient. So, when Anjou Naturals had reached out and gave me the opportunity to try their mud mask, I was totally for it!

About the product.

Anjou Dead Sea Mud Mask is made in Israel by GMO and ISO certified manufacturer. Anjou Naturals use only 100% authentic Dead Sea mud extracted from the only UNESCO recognized Dead Sea with no Parabens, Mineral Oil and Artificial color added with 100% authentic Dead Sea mud with all the natural goodness.

The mask contains high content of sea salt and other powerful minerals, which is great for soothing the skin and effectively reducing rash, pimple, and acne appearances. Dead Sea salts are especially good at easing invisible scratches, while the minerals will repair the damaged skin.

Let’s talk about the packaging. The mask comes in a huge jar…about 17 fl. oz to be exact. The amount that is given compare to the price of the mask, it’s definitely a great value.

I applied the mask onto my face using the pads of my fingers. I glide the mask on smoothly onto my face. I noticed that about two minutes after the mask had been applied… I experienced a little burning/ tingling sensation…. I am not sure if the burning sensation was due to the sea salt. I waited about 10 to 12 minutes until the mask was completely dry and then I rinsed it off with warm water. After my face was completely dry, I waited to see if I was going to experience and excessive dryness on the troubled spots on my face…..which I did and naturally it was due to the sea salt. The mud mask did remove all the oils and dirt off my face and once I applied a bit of moisturizer…my skin felt wonderful.

Overall I think that this mud mask is a good product to have when you’re looking for quick spa like treatment. As I said before, the amount of product that you get compared to the price of the mask…makes it affordable and fair.

If you're into more of a natural skin care product, then definitely give Anjou Dead Sea Mud Mask a try! 

*I did receive this product in exchange for my honest review.*

Interview: Fashion Designer Troy Anthony

I caught up with designer Troy Anthony to talk about what inspires him, his new collection, and the advice he would give to aspiring fashion designers.

Tell me a little about Troy Anthony and the brand?

Established 2008 Troy Anthony is an innovative high fashion brand that designs Ready-to-Wear / Couture clothing and offers professional fashion services to clients across the states and worldwide.

Our mission is to make one feel better about them through fashion design and provide them with a sense of style, while helping them define their image and presentation. Our purpose is to in sill self-confidence and self-esteem in our clients through the way they dress, we aim to bring innovative style of sophisticated chic clothing that our customers can wear in their everyday lifestyle. We strive to create clothing that women can call “Diversity Couture” that is wearable. High fashion clothing with details, functions, flair and elegance for various forms of style and personalities. To give men and women the freedom to style for various occasions and mix and match garments. We invite you to see what the “Troy Anthony Experience” is all about. Welcome to the word of Troy Anthony where we keep it Fashionable!

How would you describe your personal style?

I would consider my style sophisticated elegance with a hint of street, I like to push the norm, think outside of the box and wear layers, bold colors and textures to keep them guessing. I tend to go back and forth from old fashion to modern retro depending on my mood and the season.

How would you define fashion?

A voice, every day you have a chance to speak/express how you feel through the way your dress and the fashion you choose. As a designer every collection I design I’m looking to make a statement and set a new trend. Your fashion should represent who you are as an individual.

Are you self-taught or did you study fashion design?

I studied fashion design and professionally trained, I went to International academy of design where I received my bachelor’s degree in Fashion design and business marketing. Then, I studied fashion design/Illustration abroad in Milan, Italy for a year where I learned fashion the European way. Also my grandma introduced me to a sewing machine at young age and I was hooked ever since.

What is your favorite part of being a fashion designer?

Using my gift to help others dress fashionably and have an impact on others’ lives. Influencing the way people dress and help them elevate the fashion senses and styles. When I client comes to me and says “your dresses make me feel amazing and I received so many compliments”, that’s priceless to me.

What skills do you feel are necessary for a successful fashion designer?

First of all, you need a lot of patience, with lots of creative juices and the skill set of creating a garment from start to finish and understand the process inside and out. You also have to have a passion for fashion since the industry is very competitive; it’s not all glamorous as it looks.

What is the biggest lesson that you have learned since you started your fashion line/brand?

It’s a process, it doesn’t happen overnight when building a lifestyle fashion brand, you have to create a consistent look and feel and stick to your style and be original. There are many avenues in fashion but don’t be all over the place, stick to what your good at and perfect your craft.

Where do you find the inspiration for each collection?

I find a lot of my inspiration by working with many textiles and going through different fabrics. I can look at a fabric and already know what I want to create, it’s like it speaks to me, the texture, the color, the feel. I also find inspiration by traveling the world, people watching and emerging myself in various cultures.

Can you tell us what we can expect from you 2017/2018 collection?

You can expect a story of Fantasy Romance; I’ll be showing how your fashion fantasy can come true. I believe every person has a fantasy of how they would like to dress and I look too help inspire that and bring it too life. You’ll see Chic cocktail dresses, luxurious evening gowns elegant separates that you can mix and match giving the customer options in her closet. You’ll have to come to the upcoming fashion events to see more of the Troy Anthony Experience.

What advice would you give to aspiring fashion designers?

Do all the research you can, study, read and draw. Make fashion apart of your daily diet, consider it healthy and find out what you like and what you don’t like, then focus on the parts you do like, because then fashion will become fun and it won’t seem like a job. Last but not least, dress for success, be your walking billboard.

Where and how can we stay in the know?

Well I’m launching an all-new website called TroyAnthony.com where can find out about upcoming events, shop, and take a style assessment to see where your style rating stands to help you become more fashionable. Also I have a fashion studio in Hartford where you can book me for a fashion consultation, I can offer fashion advice, take your measurements, and show you new designs and dress you for your next event.

To learn more about Troy Anthony, please go to www.TroyAnthonyFashion.com and follow on Facebook: @Troy.Anthony; Instagram: @TroyAnthonyFashion; and Twitter: TroyAnthony81

Just Be U Magazine Launch Party Recap

Hey Lovelies!

On April 2, 2017 I had the pleasure to attend Just Be U Magazine launch party.  The event took place at the venue called The Riverview from 3pm to 6pm. This exclusive event was hosted by Tina Rattigan, the founder and editor of Just Be U Magazine. As fashionable guest came in, they were treated to light hors d'oeuvres and cocktails. The guests mixed and mingled and were able to view the latest print issue of the magazine.  The atmosphere was light.... yet exciting.

Tina started off the event by sharing the story of how Just Be U Magazine came to be. She introduced all the special guests that were in the room, special guest such as Miss Black USA 2016 Tonille Simone Watkis.

The night included live performance from artists such as Klokwize and Gnice Langley. Each artists performed their original songs from a present or up coming album.

To close out the night, guest were treated to a spring fashion show that showcased collections from several designers. One particular designer that stole the show was Couture France. Couture France  designs were utterly stunning! Each piece told a story as they came down the runway. Couture France's collection was unquestionably show stopping and eye catching.

Overall, I had a wonderful time.  The event was absolutely well put together! Check some photos from the event.

From the left: Tina Rattiga,Tianna StLouis and guest.

Gnice Langley