Monday, May 2, 2016

Makeup Review: Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation in Rich Cocoa

I have been using NARS's Sheer Glow foundation in Benares for (about) the past 2 years.  And I love it!  I'm a chocolate girl.  Benares has a chocolate undertone.  And that makes all the sense in the world for my complexion.  Prior to NARS I had given another popular brand a try and it just was not for me.  The makeup was comprised of either a red undertone or a yellow undertone.  And that was it.  (But what about the people that don't match with either of those two options???!)

Though I am happy with my NARS foundation, I'm starting to get low (Yes.  After 2 YEARS!--the bottle lasts you.) and have decided to try out some other brands in the market.

The first stop was Estée Lauder.  A representative for the counter in a local department store raved about the how well the makeup matches for brown (darker) complexions.  This rep's makeup was flawlessly done.  Very natural-looking. Not underdone or overly done; as I oftentimes come across with makeup consultants.  I trusted her suggestion.

The rep blended in a dab of the Double Wear foundation in the color (6C1) Rich Cocoa along my jawline and it blended in perfectly! At the time of visiting the counter my face was already fully made up for the day.  So, I left with a sample to give a full face tryout at a later time.

The very next day I decided to use the Estée Lauder foundation.  And I loved it! The application went  smoothly.  And a dab goes a long way!  The tiny sample bottle I have would probably last several days, I'd expect.  The coverage is good.  I'd say it falls somewhere between a medium to full coverage; leaning closer to full.  And I love the matte finish.  This makeup has a barely there feel.  And true to the brand's claim, it lasts all day!  I worked a 7 hour shift, went out for dinner afterwards and went to see a movie.  Basically, my face had been made up for over 13 hours.  When I came home I was still looking GOOD! No trace of a long day on my face whatsoever!  I barely wanted to clean my face, I was looking so gold at the end of the night!

BUT!!!!! I did clean my face.  And beneath it all, I had broken out.


How could a makeup that did me so right do me so wrong?!!

All over both cheeks and above my top lip, tiny bumps everywhere!  Guess the skin on my forehead is comprised of something else because that is about the only spot that was not affected.  I was in total disbelief! Looking in the mirror throughout the day I had no indication that underneath the makeup had arisen a face full of bumpiness.  Absolutely no clue.  So, that may be another plus for Estée.  Their foundation masks well?? (I guess..)

And my skin isn't sensitive.  Cannot recall the last time that a product caused a breakout for me.  But then again, I've only used the NARS brand for the past two years.  Could just be my skin's reaction to the change and not particularly to the composition of Estée's Double Wear Foundation.

Overall, I think this foundation is awesome!

Unfortunately, for me, my skin doesn't agree.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Beyoncé Delivers Healing in the Form of Lemonade

On Saturday, April 23rd, Beyoncé surprised the World with the release of her 6th solo album, (excluding her concert and remix albums), Lemonade, on Tidal.   And for those that aren’t Tidal subscribers, but are down with HBO, an hour-plus Special Presentation aired of the visual album.

In pure Queen Bey fashion, Mrs. Carter did not disappoint!…Though the theme of the album comes about as much as a surprise as the album’s existence: It’s all about infidelity.  I mean, ALL.  ABOUT.  INFIDELITY.  (On her husband Jay-Z’s end)

Sure, there’s been rumors since they began dating that Beyoncé was not the only woman Jay’s given his time (amongst other things) to; however, Beyoncé has never addressed this issue head-on, from my knowledge.  Except in a sort-of kinda way with lines like “All that gossiping/10 years/Stop it” from her hit “Countdown”.  But that could, maybe, have been a line directed at rumors of a break-up and not particularly her husband cheating??  Who knows.. It’s always been so (respectably) secretive as far as the inner workings of the Knowles-Carter relationship/marriage.

And I say respectably so, because though Jay-Z and Beyoncé are famous beyond our wildest imagination.  For them to keep a lid on their private lives is 1: An incredibly smart decision and 2: Totally up to them.  Just because we all feel as though we KNOW and LOVE these people, the truth is, we do not REALLY KNOW and LOVE these people and have no right to be privy to their home business.  It’s horrible that stars are not allowed their privacy.  And I can imagine it is extremely difficult to manage to keep anything sacred and for just yourself and those closest to you that genuinely do love you; and you them.  But Bey has decided to let the emotions run with Lemonade.

The best art comes from raw emotion, I believe.  To take a feeling or any sort of idea that is within you and translate that to a real, external medium for which others can then partake and experience and enjoy… That’s one of the best gifts an individual can give to the world.  Now… I’ve read the credits.  There’s a massive amount of writers on this project.  So, maybe Bey didn’t sit down at night after crying about her husband’s Dirt Dog deeds, and pour her heart and red wine onto paper, but I still believe she deserves a lot of credit for this release.

I mean.. the courage alone.  Had she not contributed one single word to the entire album, simply the courage to dedicate an entire album to infidelity, as a married woman.  As Beyoncé!  That’s balls-y.  And it gives many women a sense of (dare I say?..)solidarity with her.  To know that even a beautiful, talented, international star experiences bullshit behind a man.  Feelings of inadequacy, loyalty, protectiveness, being under appreciated, treated as an afterthought, but expected to always be available when needed or wanted… Pure confusion.  And many times pure love; which lends this inexplicable magnetic affinity, to the point that you just can’t walk away.

Lemonade reflects all of this.  I find it to be a truly healing piece of work. 

I have DVR’d the visual art, HBO Special Presentation.  And that thang ain’t going nowhere! Will always be around for my viewing pleasure.  It features original poems by a poet that I was not aware of prior to this work: Warsan Shire.  She’s a pure talent, herself.

If you haven’t had the chance to check out either, you may really like to do so if you are a fan of a few things: Art, Music, Talent, Beyoncé, Emotional Healing and simply a break from the norm.

Beyoncé Dropped Lemonade...

..Summoning me from my hiatus.


Friday, August 28, 2015

iPhone 6 Plus iSight Camera Replacement Program

Last weekend I made an appointment with Apple because my iPhone 6 Plus shots with the rear camera have been blurry for the last few weeks.  All attempts to get the camera to focus were futile.  Nothing worked.  And it really bothered me to no end!!

Apple replaced the camera free of charge (and a 2 hour wait).  And all is well.

Today I just came across an article at iDropNews that says Apple is now openly acknowledging that some iPhone 6 Plus devices have a faulty rear camera and has announced a recall.  If you are experiencing a rear camera that will not focus, click the following link to find out if your Serial Number is eligible for free replacement: iSight Camera Replacement

According to Apple, defective units were sold between September 2014 and January 2015.

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

A Disguised Miley Cyrus Learns What A Few People Think Of Her [Video]

Jimmy Kimmel's latest 'I Witness News' was handled by Miley Cyrus disguised as a reporter named "Janet" that has come to Hollywood Boulevard to find out what people on the street feel about lil Miss Cyrus.

When told by "Janet" that Miley would be hosting the Mtv VMA's, the first guy on camera says, "That's cool, I guess..If you like her..I just don't like her whole family."

And yet another says, "I just like Taylor Swift better."

(Umph. Hard crowd.)

Catch the entire vid below:

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Movie Trailer: The Witch [Horror]

I came across this trailer for 'The Witch', (due to premiere in 2016) and it looks good!!  Check it out:

Banksy's 'DismaLand' Unveiled in The UK [Pictures]

Here's an exhibit I'd LOVE to see first-hand:

Situated on 2.5 acres in Weston Super Mare, Dismaland features the work of 58 artists.  Banksy describes it as a “family theme park unsuitable for small children…a festival of art, amusements and entry-level anarchism.”

If you're in the area, this exhibit will be around until September 27, 2015 and tickets are (reported to be) only $4.70.

(All pictures are from Instagram accounts that do not belong to me)


Thursday, June 4, 2015

The Parents of the Duggar Family Speak on (Josh's) Molestation Scandal

Duggar Family

I shall begin this post with this statement:  I AM NOT FAMILIAR WITH THE DUGGARS!--Not the parents, not the trillion kids they have.. None of 'em.  But they have been plastered all over the news lately since criminal records have been uncovered of their then, 15 year old son, Josh, who molested four of his younger sisters as well as other little girls.  I wasn't going to speak on this at all because I have never watched their show and never even heard of them prior to this recent news revelation, but I came across quotes from the parents' first interview since the shit hit the fan and I am perturbed and freakin' disturbed!!

Josh Duggar
First, the parents are extremely upset that the media even got a hold of their baby Josh's juvenile criminal record, which they say should have been sealed, and from my understanding the local deputy has since destroyed.   Even moreso upset over that than the fact that their teenage son...TEENAGE son.. touched their 5 year old daughter in ANY sexual manner.  And that baffles me.  Even more than the fact that the family downs gays.  Wasn't Josh leading some sort of antigay crusade or something?  (A position he has been stripped of)  But really, who in the hell are y'all to condemn anyone?!!

In this recent interview, the father, Jim Bob, says that Josh came to himself and his wife saying that he was "curious" and had touched his baby sisters over their clothing as they slept.  Supposedly, per the father, Josh confessed to his parents on three separate occasions.  On the third time around they decided that they needed to remove Josh from the home and sent him to Little Rock, AR to stay with a family friend.

From Huffington Post:

“After that third time he came to us is where we really felt like, we have done everything we can as parents…We need to get help," Jim Bob said, adding that their solution was to send Josh to Little Rock, Arkansas to do construction work with a family friend, who was not a licensed counselor.
Jim Bob also noted that, "As parents you aren't mandatory reporters." He pressed that Josh "was still a kid and he was still a juvenile. He wasn't an adult...This wasn't rape or anything like that. This was touching over the clothes."
Both parents admitted they felt guilty after learning Josh's behavior continued, but "the truth is that kids will make their own choices," Jim Bob said.
The Duggars claimed that all their children received professional counseling, including Josh, who Michelle said paid for his own treatment.
When asked if they were worried the treatment didn't work, Jim Bob said, "Josh is a changed person."
Michelle also revealed the family now has "safe guards" in place, including not letting the boys babysit, not letting younger ones sit on older boys' laps, and not playing hide and go seek.
The Duggars attempted to turn things around, claiming that the real injustice is that police records were allegedly illegally obtained, and Josh's sealed juvenile records were exposed.
Sisters Jessa Seewald, 22, and Jill Dillard, 24, (née Duggar) also broke their silence, confirming they were two of the minors whom Josh molested -- though those aren't the term they're using.
"I do want to speak up in his defense against people who are calling him a child molester or a pedophile or a rapist, some people are saying,” Jessa told Kelly in an interview that will air on Friday . “I’m like, ‘That is so overboard and a lie really.’ I mean people get mad at me for saying that, but I can say this because I was one of the victims.”
Because the statute of limitation on this case has expired, Josh can no longer be prosecuted despite his recent confession.
However, In Touch has obtained a new police report from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office that states Josh told his father on three separate occasions that he performed sexual acts on four of his younger sisters and a family friend. The document, which isn't as heavily redacted as previous ones, makes it clear that Josh was 15 at the time he abused a 5-year-old girl and committed at least seven acts of molestation.
In the weeks since the scandal broke, TLC has pulled "19 Kids and Counting" from its schedule, but has yet to make a long-term decision about the fate of the show -- even as more than 20 advertisers have pulled sponsorship from the series.
Imagine how many people probably watched this family and thought to themselves, "I wish my family were more like them...Good, God-fearing family with great kids!"  Just imagine.  And the whole time they weren't what they appeared.  My goodness! Beyond that let's imagine how long this weird teenage boy was manipulating his innocent little sisters!!

Yes, teenagers' hormones rage.  Everyone that has ever been a teenager knows this.  Matter of fact, anyone that has ever lived through any stage of adolescence..even prepubescence, knows the curiosity that goes on.  But as a teenager, who runs to little kids for pleasure??  Around about that age there's experimentation with a girlfriend going on, isn't it?--Oh.. But his Christian family probably frowned upon premarital sex. (Let's not ever forget those good ole values.)

Though it is possible, I'd bet he didn't just start "touching his clothed sisters(and others)" at the age of 15, which would have made the poor girls even younger than 5.  WOW!  But, I guess they think it's alright because, at least he wasn't touching little boys, huh?

How on Earth can they live with themselves downing the Gays like that??  As if they have any room to get all sanctified on anyone or preference.

This is just horrible.

..And yet another lesson to those that look up to these reality tv families.. Even the Holy Rollers ain't right. (Especially, the Holy Rollers.)

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

iPhone 5C Saved A Man's Life

Actual photo of victim's iPhone (From Cheshire Police)

This past Fall in England, a 25 year old man was shot in the chest with a shotgun after a verbal altercation in front of his home.  Luckily, the iPhone 5C in his pocket took the majority of the blast; saving his life.

From New York Post:

Nineteen-year-old Ryan Duggan has been found guilty of attempted murder after shooting a man in Cheshire County, England.
The victim was walking home at about 8:30 p.m. in October 2014 after taking his dog for a walk. When he came home, he noticed the water at his apartment had been turned off, according to a news release from Cheshire police.
The victim suspected a group outside, which Duggan was a part of, was responsible for turning off the water and went out to speak to them, resulting in a verbal altercation and a chase. During the chase, Duggan pulled out a sawed-off shotgun and fired it at the victim, according to the news release.
The victim fell to the floor after sustaining serious injuries and was taken to Aintree Hospital in serious condition.
But an iPhone in his pocket may be the reason he survived.
“Fortunately, the victim’s mobile phone took the brunt of the shot and, as a result of this, he survived,” Detective Inspector Gary McIntyre said. “This is remarkable – had that phone not been in his pocket at that time, he would undoubtedly have died.”
Duggan was charged and arrested on Nov. 25, 2014.

Daughter Steals Her Mother's Lottery Winnings--Mother Sues

Linza Ford, 2012 

In 2012, Barbara Quiles, of Brooklyn, NY was experiencing a major decline in health when she became a millionaire from a $5 scratch off.  Due to her health condition she thought it to be a wise decision to authorize her 19 year old daughter, Linza Ford, to claim the prize for her as well as have access to her winnings.

The mother and daughter created an agreement in which Quiles maintained the title and both would have access to the winnings, which works out to roughly 20 annual payments of $31,152.  All seemed to be going well until 2014, when Quiles' access to the shared bank account purposed for deposit of the winnings was revoked by her daughter.

Reportedly, the mother has made attempts to reason with her daughter and regain access to funds that are rightfully hers, to no avail.  Her daughter has since has left New York City for upstate New York and continues to refuse her mother access to the winnings.  With no other viable options remaining, Quiles has filed a suit against her child.

...If this isn't the most triflin' thing I've heard of..


Former Oklahoma Teacher Sentenced to 10 Years for Molestation

Brian Drabek

Last week a former Oklahoma math and science middle school teacher, 42-year old Brian Drabek, was sentenced to 10 years for molesting a 12 year old student of his.

Drabek gifted the girl an iPad and invited her into his home, where he inappropriately touched her twice.  And in addition to that, he sent the child sexual texts and asked her to lie to her parents about what he subjected her to while in his home.

Brian Drabek, 42, had said during a pre-sentencing investigation that he was in love with the girl and she “fulfilled him” in a way an adult woman could not, the Tulsa World reports.

The former teacher pleaded no contest to five counts of lewd molestation, according to Fox 23. Drabek told the court that when the incidents occurred, he was suffering from depression and the girl provided emotional support.
Though Drabek cried on the stand and repeatedly apologized for his actions, prosecutor McAmis argued that the “only remorse” he had was “for himself.” The attorney read a victim impact statement written by the student’s mother, who wrote, "I thought [teachers] were there to teach, not destroy lives.” 
District Judge James Caputo sentenced Drabek to 10 years in prison followed by 10 years of probation.

Why would a 12 year old girl's parents ever allow her to visit her teacher's home unaccompanied by a parent?!  And if they just totally were unaware, period, that their kid was going to this man's house, that's an even bigger problem.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Jimmy Kimmel's Lie Witness News: American Idol Edition [Video]

Jimmy Kimmel's show hits the Hollywood streets to see what people think of this season's American Idol finalists.

I stopped watching American Idol several seasons ago, so I definitely wouldn't know who made it to any level on that show. (David Cook is the last contestant I can recall.) But, apparently, Robert Durst as well as Jay and Adnan (may recall those names from Serial) competed this year.

See the funny little clip below:

Why do folks go along pretending like they know what the hell they talking' 'bout?!  Would it kill ya to just say, "I don't know." o_o

Still Cold In Tha D: Off-Duty Officer Shoots 2 Over a Parking Spot at a Kevin Hart Show


(Kevin, just know you are NOT to blame for this bull! But also know your name will garner post reads--Okaaaaaaayy.)

An off-duty Detroit police officer was utilizing an empty parking space beside his disabled vehicle as he changed his tire between Kevin Hart's first and second shows for the day in Detroit, Michigan.  Seeing the empty parking space, another carful of Mr. Hart's fans attempted to park so they could enjoy his show.  Obviously, the cop wasn't for it.  Because, of course, his elbow room for a tire change takes precedence over these concert-goers need for a place to legally park their car!--D'ahhh  (The nerve of this guy)

A verbal altercation turns physical and ends in the cop shooting 2 of the second car's occupants.

From Huffington Post:

An off-duty Detroit police officer shot and injured a man and a woman during an argument related to a parking space at comedian Kevin Hart’s Saturday night show in Auburn Hills, Michigan, Police Lt. Jill McDonnell told The Huffington Post Monday morning.
press release from the Auburn Hills Police Department posted on Facebook said that the 26-year-old officer, who was off duty, fired his weapon after a verbal and physical fight in the parking lot. A 32-year-old man from Detroit and 31-year-old woman from Harper Woods were shot, and the officer sustained a head wound, according to the police.
All three were taken to a nearby hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening. McDonnell said that as of Sunday afternoon, both the officer and the woman had been released from the hospital.
The initial argument was related to an empty parking spot next to the officer's vehicle that he was using to change a flat tire, according to McDonnell.
“There was an empty space that he was obviously utilizing when he was changing the tire, otherwise he would have gotten run over or not been able to change the tire, and the other vehicle was attempting to back into [the space], and then there was a verbal altercation,” McDonnell said.
“The officer was attacked in the parking lot and responded by using his off-duty weapon,” Detroit Police Department Sgt. Cassandra Lewis said in a statement emailed to HuffPost.
Police responded to the shooting at 12:03 a.m. Sunday morning, between the first and second Hart shows. Those involved had been going to the second show.
McDonnell described a somewhat chaotic scene in the parking lot.
“For the most part, the previous show attendees had left, but ... it’s like going to the mall the day after Thanksgiving, as soon as a spot opens up someone pulls in,” she said.
McDonnell said authorities do not know whether alcohol or drugs were involved. Officials are not releasing the number of times the officer fired or where the individuals were hit because of the ongoing criminal investigation, she added.
DPD is conducting an internal investigation in cooperation with Auburn Hills police, Lewis’ statement said.


Does anyone try to DEescalate issues anymore??  Especially the officer.  He should have specific training for dealing with hype situations.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Convenience: Tiny, Portable Washing Machine

If you've ever lived without a washer (and dryer) in your home, you know the pain of visiting the laundromat and/or laundry room located inside of your apartment building.  It's a pain!  And a chore that I surely hated.  (Such an inconvenience)

Well, if you are currently in such a living situation, a company by the name of Yirego has created a small, foot-operated washer, The Drumi, that may help lessen the dread of Laundry Day.  Or at least help you avoid weekly trips the 'mat.  Those that are too busy (or just plain old lazy..) can throw in some necessary pieces each week and skip the trip outside of their home to wash.

..You know... Throw in a few pairs of undies, bras, your favorite shirt/skirt/jeans -just 1 pair, at a time, please.  Do that week after week and before you know it, an entire month has passed. (Good thing this was not around when I lived in units without a washer. I'd have had avoided the laundromat for MONTHS!)

From Huffington Post:

The Drumi is foot-powered, and can clean about three days' worth of personal undergarments and shirts in about 5 minutes. It uses approximately 2 gallons of water per load and only a little soap, which according to Yirego is 80 percent less water and detergent than what's required by regular washing machines.

Yirego told The Huffington Post that the Drumi will retail for a promotional price of $129 until April 23, after which it will retail for $169. The product will officially hit the market this summer, but the company is currently accepting pre-orders from Canadian and US residents. 

Now, if they could just create an accompanying dryer..

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Photoshop: Takin' It From Normal to Abnormally Beautiful, Condensed to 90 Seconds [Video]

Go from this...

To this..

In this social media driven world, it is all about beauty and booty.  Tiny waists and large breasts.  Flat stomachs and insanely rotund asses (these two don't even match in the REAL world).  Blemish-free skin and thin, European features (with the exception of full lips-mainstream says that's "in" now).  The aforementioned are the current aesthetic and just about every girl aspires to obtain this "beauty".  Some achieve this by going under the knife, and in some cases, a dirty knife in a back alley, jeopardizing one's health.  While others opt for the much safer physical option of the grand photo illusion: Photo Shop.

The below video is 6 hours of Photo Shop done by a professional, condensed to a 90-minute video.  It shows how a pimply-faced subject goes to a flawless, smooth, even, blushed (shaded) face that many would die to have.  Even the nails are lengthened just so.  Along with the shading in the slack mouth that sits slightly ajar.  The background... Damn near every single spot on this picture receives an adjustment.

I think we would all agree that the ultimate picture is that of a beautiful model, right?

But not even the model looks like the (final picture) model.

Before this age of all the photoshopping and plastic surgery does anyone even remember how a natural body or face looks???  Everyone: Guys and gals seem to expect for all women to look like an airbrushed supermodel with silky hair flowing down your back and measurements of 36-27-40.   It's unrealistic and horrible for the psyche of an entire generation.