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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Bath & Body Works Fall Mini Candle | Nutmeg & Spice!

Hey Divas & Gents,

It is no secret that Bath & Body Works has been a sweet addiction of mine for such a long time! It has been so bad that I've been known to be able to decipher all of the scents with my eyes closed. I don't know what it is about Bath & Body Works, but I just love their products. It started off with the antibacterial soaps, then the amazing body lotions and body sprays, then the Wallflowers, then the lippies, and now the candles! They just have such a wide variety and there is just something so inviting about being in a B&BW store.

White Barn Nutmeg & Spice

I received the candle shown above in my Influenster Beauty Blogger Vox Box, and could not wait to light it. In fact, I couldn't wait and lit it as soon as I opened the box. I received the Nutmeg and Spice scent by White Barn Company. I initially thought that we were supposed to receive the new Bath & Body Works branded mini candles but somehow I ended up with a White Barn Company branded candle (which is also part of the B&BW line). It didn't bother me since the unique and cozy fragrance eventually blew me away. I really wish I would have taken advantage of the $10 coupon that was provided so that I could have gotten a full size 3-wick candle. There are so many fragrances I still want to try!

Now on to my thoughts about this candle...
This particular fragrance is so warm and inviting and is perfect for the fall/winter season. It's not too overpowering and it reminds me of the holiday season. It's a delightful combination of sweet, spicy, and cozy! I personally enjoy the mini sizes because it gives you the opportunity to put it in any nook and cranny of your room. Not only that, but it allows you to try different scents since they are always priced so well. These candles would also make great stocking stuffers, so stock up!

You can find these candles and all other Bath & Body Works products at: http://www.bathandbodyworks.com. Make sure and give them a try!

What are your favorite products from Bath & Body Works? Have you tried their new mini candles? If so, which fragrance is your favorite? 

Disclaimer: This item was sent to me as part of the Influenster Vox Box Program. All opinions are honest and of my own. Thank you.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Boots No. 7 Beautiful Skin| Cleansing Lotion & Night Cream

Hey Divas & Gents,

Boots No. 7 Beautiful Skin| Cleansing Lotion & Night Cream


It's time to start the Beauty Blogger Box Reviews! The first product that I've been dying to talk about is the Boots No. 7 products that were included in my box. I've always been a skincare buff so I was really excited to test this. The first product is the Boot No. 7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Lotion. I usually don't like cleansing lotions because I've never understood the concept of them and had bad experiences with residue being left on my skin. Ironically, I LOVE this cleansing lotion. It really does get all of the dirt and grime off of my face. I'm guilty of using a soap-based cleanser a few times after using this product, only because of my past skepticism. For the sake of the review, I finally gained faith and used it by itself and it worked wonders. It left my face very soft and clean. The best part of this cleanser is that it leaves your skin moisturized and doesn't leave the overly clean/dry feeling that you sometimes get with cleansers. I also loved the fact that it didn't irritate my eyes, but I would still be cautious since the eyes are considered a sensitive area of the face. I would also make sure and cleanse the eyeliner and mascara with a little more elbow grease. You don't want to go to sleep with clumpy eyelashes!

The Boots No. 7 Night Cream also proved to be an excellent part of the two step night regimen. It seemed to seal in the moisture and lasted well through the night. It is isn't heavy and doesn't leave my skin feeling greasy which is a plus! Because the cream has glycerin, cocoa and shea butter, it really does replenish your skin and leave it feeling great in the morning! I would definitely recommend this product to someone who has normal skin like myself. It is formulated for normal/dry skin and I would give it a shot!

These products can be found in your local drugstore and beauty stores. You can also visit their website: www.shopbootsusa.com/Boots_No7.

Disclaimer: This was sent to me as part of the Influenster VoxBox Program.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Beauty Blogger Vox Box | Influenster Unboxing!

Hey Ladies and Gents,

I recently unboxed my Beauty Blogger VoxBox! For those of you who are familiar with my blog, you know that I always do a live unboxing and then do several blog posts and reviews on the items that were provided in the box. Make sure and check out my unboxing below. I already have a few favorites which I will blog about shortly.



I know many of you divas received the Beauty Blogger VoxBox, so leave me a comment down below and let me know which item is your favorite so far! I would love to know! 

Thank you so much for reading and happy testing!

Disclaimer: Items were provided by the Influenster VoxBox program.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

OOTN | Red Riding Hood - WholesaleHalloweenCostumes.com

Hello Divas & Gents,


I didn't get to go out for Halloween this year since it was mid-week, but I did play dress up for the 'Trick or Treaters' as well as post pictures on my social media sites. I figured I'd share some pictures with you since I got an overwhelmingly great response on this costume! I will definitely be rocking it again next year ;)

This costume was provided by WholesaleHalloweenCostumes.com and I couldn't be more thrilled for the opportunity. I intended on posting my opinion earlier but I didn't get a chance to wear my costume until Halloween. I highly recommend checking out this site because they are affordable, have an amazing selection, and have a wide variety of sizes, including plus sized costumes like the one I'm wearing. Not only that, but the quality of the costume is very good. It is very durable and not flimsy at all. The website is down temporarily due to damage from Hurricane Sandy but will be up and running again soon. However, you can still view all of the costumes and categories. WholesaleHalloweenCostumes would be an excellent website to order your unique costume for next year. I will definitely be purchasing from them in the future!

Enjoy the pictures!









Make sure and check out this additional link to their facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/wholesalehalloweencostumes?ref=tn_tnmn


What do you think of my costume? What were you this year? 


Thursday, October 4, 2012

Exprimez-Vous Cosmetics | Contest & Show-n-Tell

Hello Divas & Gents,

There are quite a few big business ventures that I've been either working on or revamping. One of them is my YouTube sister's cosmetic line. She has been working on this for over 18 months and has finally launched her website and has begun selling products in her state of Louisiana. Several models have worn her products in fashion shows and they have also been used for bridal parties!

I had the pleasure of being appointed Manager of Exprimez-Vous which really surprised me. I was very happy to accept the position! My small graphic design company, ExpressivINK Media & Design has done some logos and design work for her so I was even more excited. We have a small team right now which consists of the Founder/CEO, Ebony Miller; Manager, Deena Akinrinsola (me); Facebook Promoter, Rasha Williams; Creativity Manager, Dannielle Miller Smith (Licensed MUA). We all bring unique and fun personalities to the table.

We have an awesome contest going on which you can find more details about by watching the video below. The contest ends October 15th so hurry and get your entries in!!! We also have a Beautie of the Month Contest every month so please check out our Facebook Page for details!


Sunday, September 23, 2012

HUGE Collective Nail Polish HAUL! [PICTURES]

Hello Divas & Gents!

It should be no surprise that I am a nail polish junkie. I have over 100+ polishes in my collection, and I should be very ashamed to even have the nerve to buy more! Needless to say, I had the urge and splurged and saved on some of my most recent polish finds. Some were purchased from the Mattese Elite Collection from RickysNYC.com during their clearance while the others were purchased from Zoya and Sinful Colors. I decided to get lilacs and unique creams from Mattese Elite, some of the neons and pretty fall colors from Sinful Colors, and lastly, a few polishes from Zoyas promo on one of their new collections. I will link the video below so that you can get a close up view of all of the polishes that I picked up as well as the collection it came from.


Also, I wanted to share a few pictures of my newest additions. Hopefully this will give you a better idea if you are planning on picking up some new polishes to add to your collection.
Snippet of all the colors & brands

First Row: Zoya; Second Row: Mattese Elite; Last Row: Sinful Colors
From Beach & Surf Collection: Zuza, Wednesday, and Arizona
Mattese Elite (Some are from Ballet & Mob Collection) L to R: Developpe, Releve, Attitude, Lilac Me Over, Steeling Liquid Metal, Capo
Mattese Elite (Some are from Happy Hour Collection & Mob Collection) L to R: Vig, Goomah, Pink Tutu, Pointe Shoes, and Tequila Sunrise


Sinful Colors, L to R: Love Nails, Kissy, Last Chance, Rain Storm, Black Crackle, Slate, Envy, Exotic Green, and Cross My Heart.

Sinful Colors, L to R: Hottie, Pinky Glitter, Glass Pink, Summer Peach, Pink, Neon Melon, Amethyst, Fig

I truly hope you enjoyed this post! Please feel free to share with me some of your favorite polishes! I'd love to hear about them!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Jewelry Showcase| Whispers Closet & Natural Beauty

Hey Divas & Gents,

I hope you've been staying tune to my YouTube channel because I have been revealing some really unique sites for accessory finds. Keep reading to get a glimpse of some of the pieces!

The first company is called Whispers Closet. If you love huge statement pieces that are filled with bling, then this is the site for you! She also carries replica handbags, an extensive jewelry collection, and also makes t-shirts. Here is a snapshot of some of her amazing products. Check her out at http://www.whisperscloset.com!

Just a few of the fabulous pieces!
I got this turtle bangle for my mom because she loves turtles!

We love turtles! Look at this bling on this ring :)
You can view the video on my review here:

Another website that I recently reviewed and showcased is a company called Natural Beauty. This website has affordable every day jewelry that you can wear to kick your outfit up a notch! The prices are very affordable and is perfect for someone who doesn't have a local beauty supply store near them. She also has a forum which features advice and tips on hair care, skin care, and beauty. Check out her website here: http://www.natural-beauti.com.

Here is a snapshot of the earrings she sent me:


You can actually see pictures of me wearing each piece featured above so make sure and check out my video below:


I really hope this post gave you inspiration for jewelry and accessory ideas! I've had tons of fun playing with accessories this summer :-) Let me know what you think! What has been your favorite accessory this summer?


Monday, August 13, 2012

Casual OOTD | Snakes in the Grass! (Picture Heavy)

Hey Divas & Gents,

It seems like I've been really loving sequins and denim for weekend attire this summer. It's the perfect mix of dressy and casual! Not only that, but it's super comfy and makes me feel very chic. I recently posted this outfit of the day on my YouTube channel and wanted to share more details about it with you.


 If you look closely at the tank top, you can see snakeskin print intertwined with the sequins. The denim motorcycle jacket was gifted from my best friend and adds the perfect pop of edge to the outfit! I calmed it down by wearing a pair of basic flared jeans and sequined embellished sandals. My accessories (shown below) match the outfit very nicely and each have their own flare. Take a look!


Accessory Specs:
  • Basketball Wives Inspired Hoop Earrings - Always Your Way Earring Shop
  • Turqouise Beaded Bracelet - Local Beauty Supply Store
  • Vintage Leaf, Key, and Tassle Charm Bracelet - GoFavor.com (You can also find it on eBay)
  • Rose Gold Watch - XOXO (Michael Kors Dupe/Replica)
  • Live, Love, Laugh (Silver, Bronze, Gold) Necklace - Gifted from the Bestie
Snapshots
 
Outfit Specs:
  • Motorcycle Style Denim Jacket - Gifted (from Rainbow I think?)
  • Denim Jeans - Dots or Burlington Coat Factory
  • Sequin Tank - Dots
  • Sequined Embelisshed Sandals - Payless
  • Accessories - See Above
 

Do you like this outfit? How would you have worn this sequined top?

Thank you for Reading! Make sure and leave a comment if you stop by!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

My Favorite Summer Statement Pieces! {Accessory Junkie}

Hey Divas & Gents,

I just absolutely love jewelry, so I decided to show you a few of the statement piece accessories that I've been rocking this summer. Of course this isn't NEARLY close to the amount of jewelry that I own, but here a few that I've recently snapped photos of and do adore. I will start posting more as I wear them more often.

I just love how elegant and unique it looks! Love how it picks up the light too :)
This gorgeous necklace from http://www.GoFavor.com really gets alot of attention! It is silver, dainty, bold, and just the right pop to any simple outfit!


I just love PINK and I love BLING so this was perfect :-)
These diva lips have just the pop of color for any weekend outing! Make sure and check out http://www.whisperscloset.com if you would like your very own. She has tons of statement piece accessories...review/giveaway coming soon!

Aren't these lovely?
These earrings are definitely eye-catching! When I first got these, I was amazed at this earring concept. These bad boys are from http://www.divadiors.com, and I love how she puts a spin on the traditional basketball wives earrings and uses all types of fabric. They are in a class of their own.

My Mini Diva Diors Collection
Here are a few of her other creations. She has tons more on her site along with the traditional basketball wives earrings and other unique and daring pieces. Check her out!

BEYOND DIVA! Aren't these to die for?
..and of course you can't forget about the diva bling glasses! I thought these glasses were so cute, nerdy, and embraced the DIVA in me! They have no actual lenses but are great showstoppers if you are heading out with friends. I wore them on 4th of July! I purchased these from Leading Lady Luxuries Boutique (http://www.msqtstylelll.com)

Be COOL in STYLE!
Last, but certainly not least are sunglasses! Of course you can't go out in summer without your shades. It just wouldn't be right! Here are some statement piece nerdy glasses and Hello Kitty Sunglasses that I've been sporting. Now you can't tell me these aren't to die for! You can get these from http://www.kittyeyecontacts.com if interested. I also have a giveaway going on my channel so go check it out!

I hope you enjoyed checking out some of my statement piece accessories that I've been enjoying this summer. Please comment down below and tell me your favorite! Also, let me know if you enjoyed this post and want me to do more like this!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Creative Bioscience| 90 Day Weight Loss Challenge!

Hey Divas & Gents!


Today's post is a bit different from my usual beauty posts. It is on the taboo topic of WEIGHT LOSS! As some of you may know, I have been actively trying to lose weight and tone up my body. Some of you may wonder why I'm on this journey or even think that I don't need to lose weight. I am on this journey because I want to tone my body and be healthy both inside and out. It is very important that your outer beauty matches your inner beauty and I try my best to make sure that I take those steps. I have been incorporating more fruits and vegetables into my diet as well as limiting some of my white bread intake. I've also been exercising very vigorously (until recently when I started a new job which leaves me less time). I will start my regular exercise schedule back very soon!

In order to motivate myself, I decided to take on this 90 day contest and challenge where several bloggers are being sponsored to try out a product for detox, cleanse, or weight loss. I am choosing weight loss since that is what I am focusing on right now. I try to do everything the natural way so the supplement that I will be choosing is the African Mango 1200. It has been used for medicinal purposes in Africa for centuries and has been found to have an awesome effect on weight loss. It works by converting calories into energy which, in turn, causes one to burn more calories for energy and store less calories as excess fat. There are also many more great benefits to African Mango!

Bloggers, you can also join in on the contest by applying here:
http://www.creativebioscience.com/90-day-weight-loss-challenge.html

As an award to all of my lovely readers who continuously support me, they will be giving me three (3) additional free products for me to giveaway at the end of the challenge! This may either be a ninety (90) day supply for one (1) winner, or a thirty (30) day supply for three (3) winners. We shall see!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Casual Color Blocking Trend OOTD| Rocking Pink Skinny Jeans!

Hey Divas & Gents!

{Rocking Pink Skinny Jeans}


I finally jumped on the bandwagon and decided to try out the color blocking trend. It's summer time and it's time to break out those bright and bold colors! I constantly wear dark colors with a pop of color and am often afraid that I'd look like a clown if I wore all bright colors. This time I decided to jump outside of my box and challenge myself by wearing this to a picnic/BBQ! To my surprise, I got tons of great feedback on this outfit and everyone loved it!

I also posted a YouTube video where you can see me modeling the outfit. It also got tons of awesome feedback!

What I Have On:
  • Pastel Yellow Tank - JC Penney
  • Distressed Hot Pink Skinny Jeans - Dots
  • Cropped Denim Motorcycle Style Jacket - Rainbow
  • AirWalk Neutral Loafers - Payless
  • Basketball Wives Inspired Earrings - Bubbles Yumm Jewelry Boutique
  • Yellow Hello Kitty Shades - kittyeyecontacts.com
Here are a few more snapshots! I hope you enjoy. Please comment down below and let me know what you think!

So colorful yet comfy! Try it out ladies!!!
Excuse the silly face!
Be Bold, Be Daring! You'll learn that much more about yourself :-)