“COMPLETELY BARE,” DOWN THERE?

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Yes, there’s a reason for this season and thats for you to go “COMPLETELY BARE” – you know where! No, I’m not talking about landing strips or Brazilians…as much as you’d prolly like to hear about that if you you were a guy. I’m referring to getting rid of that unsightly winter coat and the recurring stubble that comes with leg and underarm hair. Yes, that yearly (for some) weekly ritual (for others) that is a must do in every woman’s itinerary. I would go the permeant hair removal route but thats for another post altogether LOL! My frustration with hair removal come with several gripes and so far I have 3 and here they are…

1. The need to go out and buy new razors every few weeks!

2. After you find your razor, you need to find an amazing shaving cream, thats where this post kicks in! No fear ladies, I’ve got a possible solution.

3. The attempt to shave without looking like you just got into a fight with a cat walking on your way to work…the band-aid company truly loves us LOL!

Let me elaborate on what its like to be a female in this era…we get our periods, we have babies which means we get stretch marks (which are beautiful in my opinion), we get menopause and all its symptoms because mother nature wasn’t finished with us yet, then when that’s settled and in its usual rhythm we still have to take off our body hair! Fellas, you sure do have it easy if you really think about it! But in all seriousness, us females just need a damn break every once in a while or for those that have money permanent solutions. No money no problem…lets refer to number one on my list, shall we?

Oh, the weekly or bi-weekly struggle – buying razors. I would love to congratulate the inventor of the razor – King Camp Gillette…you sir are a genius although you have made it a relentless struggle for most woman nowadays! There are about hundreds of brands of razors to choose from and if you’re like me you’ve got your personal favorite brand or you decide to skimp and buy the cheapest disposable brand there is (bad idea). If you’re in neither of these categories then you my lady are the one in the razor aisle looking and overlooking the descriptions and styles of all the different brands on the market! Buying razors is a trial and error scenario – you buy, try, and if it works for you hooray! You’ve been successful – at least in that area of your life. next on the list…Shaving creams!

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In this criteria, its also your preference but here is where I give you a heads up! I was a fervent user of the Skintimate line of shaving creams which were good but I wanted a different kind of shave. One that left my skin with the ultimate baby smooth feel and appearance – this cream did that but I felt like I was needing to try other shaving creams just to shake up my routine a bit. So I took advantage of Ulta’s 21 days of beauty and purchased the Completely Bare Moisturizing No-Bump Shave Gel and I think I have found an amazing product that is one of the best creams for us ladies that are shave happy!

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Hypo-allergenic and a People’s beauty Award favorite…awesome!

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Ladies, I’ve been using this product and I kid you not – I got an amazing shave out of this product. What makes this product different is that its a gel and not a foam which to me makes a heck of a difference when shaving and the smell is truly a fresh scent but in a happy sense. Trust me, I’m not one to buy items that have harsh, rub me the wrong way scents. I love clean, soft, flowery, happy scents and this is totally it. The shave that you get from this product is different but in an awesome way and the blade just glides across your skin giving you an effortless, soft, smooth shave.

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No foam here just a clear gel that is heaven on your skin!

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Love how smooth my legs look..

IMG_1010no  nicks or cuts – a plus in my book!

Now on to my third gripe…

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Oh yes, the cat fight LOL! Well, don’t tell me you haven’t experience scrapes, cuts, and nicks from shaving. I have and yes the band-aid company was and sometimes is still my best friend LOL. You may argue that it could be your dull razor – Yes, it could be your razor but it could also be your shaving product. You may not believe it but it does make a heck of a difference what kind of shaving cream you use. At least for me it does and I’m currently in love with this gel and I highly do recommend it if you’re looking for a different product to replace what you are using at the moment.

Oh and for the final thought…

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Did you actually think I was gonna even remotely talk about the hair down there LOL…I didn’t but at least now you have options. Thanks for stopping by…..

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COLOR BECOMES ME: MY OBSESSION WITH MAKEUP!

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Its all started when I was 12, color was everything to me. I can remember in school when my teacher would ask the class what colors we would like in folders or writing notebooks and I was always the odd ball. The kids in the class would pick beautiful pinks, red, blues, or purple and I was the only girl in class to pick yellow, orange, green or some whacky tacky color like that. I didn’t care, I was expressing my love for unconventional colors that most girls my age would have never picked to be their fave at the time. Was I an oddball or was it the start of something seriously obsessive?

Lets go back to when I remember it all started for me. Being 12 and living in NYC, I was constantly around color, makeup, and trendy stylish people. My first encounter with makeup was when I was allowed by my mother to wear colored lipgloss. Yeah, I considered that makeup and it made me feel all grown up and ladylike. I was so happy to have been allowed to wear it because it was the start of something big for me. As the years went by I experimented with more vibrant colors (I won’t post pics because I want to save myself the embarrassment) that I thought would look amazing on me. At the age of 17, I remember buying this beautiful blue Maybelline eyeshadow (haven’t seen that color since) – hey I thought It was going to bring out my light brown eyes. Needless to say, It was an awful choice and I was made fun of by other girls in high school because they thought it looked horrible on me and did nothing but make me look like a clown. Could it have been jealousy or was it really that bad? I’m really not sure but I loved that eyeshadow and I believed at the time that it looked beautiful on me. So I decided to experiment with more colors in makeup over the years – this is the beginning of my obsession with all things color and cosmetics.

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My childhood lip glosses looked like these. I thought I was grown with my new found glossy lips!

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My first eyeshadow was almost similar to this color and I was so in love with it. Haven’t see that exact same color in years.

Today I can truly say I’m a true makeup junkie, I collect makeup like I collect shoes, scarves, and handbags. Today’s makeup is nothing like the makeup from years ago. Nowadays you can find every and any color you are searching for versus ages ago where you only had the basic colors. There are so many brands/color varieties that its saturated the market and you almost need a makeup allowance to keep up with it all. Uhh Ohh, I think I gave myself an idea..Sephora and Ulta are already loving me.

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Eyeshadows in various colors…need a color I probably have it. This is only a portion of my collection!

Color is important but the patterns or the way they are presented to me are important also. Heres why – A while back, I went with a friend on a shopping trip and walked into the Vera Bradley store and boy were my eyes in for a shock. I mean I love color but jeez I felt like I had walked into the 70’s. I’m sorry, I know that there are those that love the Vera Bradley brand but her colorful merchandise really doesn’t appeal to me. I can never find a color pattern that I like in her items, although I did see a beautiful towel that was amazing and I need to go back and purchase it before I never see it again. Thats a first of me ever liking one of her items, the colors never seem to be right for me and they do not seem to go together…and those swirls and flowers Uggghhh! I will stop at that thought for now before I put my foot in my mouth LOL.

I love color but this is insane!

 I woite this blog post because of an epiphany while leaving the Ulta store. I walked in with the idea of taking advantage of a sale and walked out with a hundred dollars worth of makeup. What happened? Well I was asked by one of the ladies that worked there if I needed help and was given one of their complimentary makeovers and thats what did me in. Don’t get me wrong I love complimentary makeovers and I loved the way it looked on me. It gave me a dewy look and I was sold. I walked out with every item she applied on my face plus a few more non makeup items.  Did I need it, No! Did I want it, Yes! Heck, it made me look beautiful and thats what had me sold. Will I ever get tired of makeup, color patterns, and the beauty of it all? I probably will not and will continue to enjoy it for as long as I can. Its in me or should I say it becomes me and we become one.

As you can see here’s my problem, how can I walk into this store and not wanna buy everything….Ughh!

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Oh Ulta, I’m obsessed with you!

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My Ulta Purchase..plus that free glittery cute bag, love it!

Makeup for me is at times obsessive, expensive, and color crazy but I love it. Hey, how can you not love looking and feeling beautiful. Ladies do I really need help and is there any other female that can relate to my epiphany?