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My 1st Makeup Tutorial Experience

August 22, 2016

It seems like from ever since I delved into the entertainment business many years ago, countless makeup artists have always tended to my face whenever I had events or shows to host. However, I finally had the opportunity to attend a makeup tutorial recently where I actually was now on the other side of the illustrious makeup chair. On my way there, I pictured what the session would be like and was hopeful to discover some credible techniques and even apply it.

I walked in just in time for my appointment as was greeted by a lovely young lady name Cali who turned out to be the person that tutored me. I went directly to our seats and was offered a variety of things to drink but I opted for sparkling water.
Cali asked me first what look I wanted to achieve that evening. My response “teach me the basics”.

She first taught me how to sculpt my eyes by using a light brown shade applied with a sculpting brush of course, then how to apply shadow on my lid using a different brush and finally how to make it a bit smoky on the ends. The way the lesson was structured was that she showed me on one eye and I tried it on my other eye while holding up a mirror. My favorite part was learning about contouring cheeks and sculpting my brows. Cali was explaining along the way and was open to answering any questions that I may have. Two big lessons – Having the right brushes and the way in which you hold them.

There is something so chick, when a woman knows how to upkeep herself. Nothing’s wrong with going all natural but looking very well put-together before stepping out is a great thing.
Over all I did learn a few key points, but definitely need to attend a few more before getting it right.

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Conquering some fears

August 9, 2016

Small spaces:

The room was hot and steamy; I couldn’t see at all. I was in my robe, a was hesitant.  I heard a voice, through the steam and I noticed a woman lying about 3 feet away.  She said “hi” and I replied hi.

I walked in and closed the door, my mind ran crazy. What if I get locked in here? I started sweating from the hot steam, while crazy thoughts ran through my mind.

I sat on the hot wooden bench and looked around and said to myself; you need to sit here and face your fear. My fear was being locked in a hot steam room with no air and no form of exit. As I sat there I thought to myself that if I do get locked in, at least I can break the door open. To make things worse, it was a small spa so no one was around the stream room. But for my sanity and to overcome my phobia I needed to sit it through and face whatever fear I had within me. While owning up to it, I realized it wasn’t so bad and I needed to control whatever thoughts that were going through my head.

Key word CONTROL

Airplanes

There are lot of people who fear flying, I prepare by buying magazines and download music videos to my phone, as these are great aspects to take your mind of the flying. Engage yourself with an activity of your preference.  If you are flying with a loved one, engage in a conversation as it can be distracting. I remember when I was flying to Las Vegas, the lady sitting behind me had a fear of flying and she was talking aloud about how she hates being on planes, and that she was cluster phobic.  What I did was blocked all negative noise. Walk in and go to your seat and engage. A lot of people pop pills, but my thing is try the pill on land and see the reaction than being up in the air and discovering side effects that is not good. I have a good friend when he was a teenager on his way back from PR, there was tremendous amount of turbulence and since then he hasn’t flown, it has been over 20 years, he feels as though he is missing out on seeing the world. I told him that he should try out small flight first and take a 15 minutes’ plane ride. This can help him to regain his confidence in being on a plane.

Key Factor: CONTROLLING your thoughts.

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Choosing Clothes for Our Body Type

August 1, 2016

As human beings, we are blessed to be sculpted in different shapes and sizes.  Hence, designers have also fashioned different apparel styles to cater to different body types. First off we should know what is our ideal body and corresponding clothes size. This is paramount because if we are ordering or buying the incorrect size; this can have a negative impact on how it fits our body. We know that fashion trends changes all the time and that doesn’t mean we have to force ourselves into a dress to thereby attend an event in it and feel uncomfortable for the entire time just for the sake of keeping up with the trend. Here are five things to look for when shopping:

  1. When it comes to pants, ensure you can breathe once it buttons, also if it’s too tight around the waist it will cause a bulge around your tummy
  2. Some clothes create the illusion of you having more lbs than you actually do. So as much as an outfit is enhancing your curves, the thickness of the cloth may add extra. Therefore be wary of this fact.
  3. Take a good look in the dressing room mirror, if it feels uncomfortable at that point in time, mostly likely it will also be the same feeling when you wear it out. Try a bigger size and reflect on its importance.
  4. Pick enhancement over current trend. Be smart and choose what you feel confident in.
  5. It is always helpful to get a second opinion from someone you trust, they can see it from another point of view and provide insights.

Happy Shopping

Music Picks My Videos

James Bay – Let It Go

July 20, 2016

Heard this song this morning on one of the local stations and the lyrics caught my attention. So its this week’s music pick.

“I used to recognize myself
It’s funny how reflections change
When we’re becoming something else
I think it’s time to walk away

So come on, let it go”

 

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Tip Tuesday

July 19, 2016

Q-tips are so small yet so vital in our daily lives, I came across this convenient product that can hold them and any other cosmetic products.

The transparent design of AcryliCase’s Vanity Storage Case allows you to see when you’re running out of essential items so you know when to refill them and also make it easy to locate essential items.

Cope/Paste on the link for more info – https://www.amazon.com/Acrylic-Swab-Organizer-Cotton-Cosmetics/dp/B01F7TUOXG/ref=pd_sim_201_1?ie=UTF8&dpID=51ImBgCozhL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR160%2C160_&psc=1&refRID=CQPWDGH7APF1QYCQDE8R

 

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Ask for what you want

July 18, 2016

Ask for what you want

In life, assertiveness is imperative. Most successful individuals will attest to this. Hence there is a saying that follows, “there is no hurt is asking, the most one can say is no”. Always strive to be bold, daring and brave in your daily endeavors. Life coaches and inspirational adults would ask you this question upon any consultation; “why it is important to ask for what you want?”  The answer will always be a no if you don’t ask, whereas if you ask there is a possibility of getting what you want.

This is one aspect of life I feel so strongly about that I was actually inspired by the magnificent actress Priyanka Chopra to write this blog. In a recent interview Priyanka stated to Anupama Chopra whom is a journalist that when she looked at the script for a TV Series named  Quantico,  one of the things she stipulated  to ABC was that “I am really sorry but I am used to playing lead, even if I play a supporting part it has to be something that consist of integral parts to the show”. She further said otherwise that she has an amazing career thus far and she wanted to maintain this trend as per her movie choices. ABC completely understood. My mouth was left open, she stood up for what she believed in and she was 100% right. She is accustomed to playing lead roles and while some may become smitten just by the grandeur of ABC Network, she looked at the 26 scripts and asked for what she wanted and it was given to her. That right there is proof to showcase that sometimes one should always put forth there true inhibitions and make clear their motivations.

The answer may not always be what you want to hear, however it is important to ask for what you want and be confident when doing so. Another key factor is knowing the correct approach in asking or putting forth your request for something. As they say you can’t catch flies with vinegar, therefore at times you just may need to try honey.

Good luck and remember believe in yourself

 

Dessert Yum

Grilled Peaches with Mascarpone Cheese

July 15, 2016

 

  • Olive oil
  • 3 firm but ripe peaches, pitted, quartered
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons brandy
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup mascarpone cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup dry white wine

Place a grill pan over medium-high heat or prepare the barbecue (medium-high heat). Lightly brush the grill pan or rack with oil. Place the peaches on the grill pan and do not move the peaches, otherwise you will not have those great grill marks. It takes about 2 to 3 minutes per side to get those grill marks. Grill the peaches until the grill marks are formed, slightly softened and heated through, about 5 to 6 minutes total.

Meanwhile, stir the sugar, brandy, and lemon juice in a medium bowl to blend. Set the brandy mixture aside.

As the peaches are ready, remove them from the grill and place them in a shallow baking dish. Top them with the brandy mixture, and toss to coat. Set aside for 15 minutes and allow to marinate, tossing occasionally.

Meanwhile, stir the mascarpone and vanilla in a small bowl to blend.

Divide the grilled peach mixture equally among 6 coupe dishes. Pour the wine over the peaches. Dollop the mascarpone mixture atop the peaches, and serve.