Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Lady Gaga & The Muppets' Holiday Spectacular!!

Tune in to ABC at 9:30 EST Thanksgiving night!  

(That means: wrap up your (pre) Black Friday shopping early!)

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Makeup Review: MAC's "In Extreme Dimension 3D Black Lash" vs. Lancome's "Hypnose Drama" Mascara

(l to r) Lancome Hypnose Drama, MAC In Extreme Dimension 

Since the beginning of my foray in makeup, I have been using Lancome's Hypnose Drama mascara (that's about 2 years). And I actually LOVE that mascara and would highly recommend it due to the fact that it does not flake, lengthens and volumizes the lashes and is super long-lasting.  I have seriously slept in this mascara and contacts and wake up with no issues.  No mascara burning my eyes or dried out contacts…. This stuff goes on and stays in place. And it is easily removed with eye makeup remover.  I just love it!!

Prior to my introduction to Hypnose Drama I tried a couple different drug store mascaras, such as Maybelline, Loreal.. And I hated them! I don't know what it is, but I couldn't wear these mascaras.  My eyes and lids itch terribly when I have attempted these and I find that the formulas tend to flake all throughout the day.  In my experience with drug store brands, I'd recommend them for a photo shoot or some other short event, but definitely not for an entire day.  

It's a fact that us ladies will go through a lot to accomplish the look we want. (No Pain No Gain) But trust me when I say to leave the drugstore mascara alone and try out Lancome products if you suffer from the burning and itching eyes and flaky mascara.  It's well worth the investment.  (About $25)

So, as I mentioned, I am really new to the whole makeup arena.  And I should have stuck to what I know, but after running out of my last tube of Hypnose Drama, I went to the local Macy's and decided to see what MAC had to offer in mascara.  I told the lady behind the counter that I wanted something dramatic: full and long!  She said the In Extreme Dimension 3D Black Lash is what I was looking for.  I paid about $22 and walked away happy with my purchase.

The first application of MAC's mascara was decent.  The formula is more moist…tacky than what I am used to with Lancome's Hypnose.  And the brush is different:  MAC's brush has very tiny/short bristles.  Lancome's bristles are the standard length.  I liked the result with one coat but wished for the lashes to be a bit longer and darker.  I applied 2 coats and didn't see much of a difference at all with the addition of another coat.  That was a bit of a bummer.  With mascara more should mean MORE, right??

As for wear throughout the day, MAC's mascara seemed to NEVER really DRY!  I have worn this mascara roughly 3 times since I purchased it and every time my hand gets near my eye it seems something like a disaster.  I feel the wetness of the mascara and it's all over my finger.  I feel like if I look in the mirror I'd have a huge black smudge on my face.  Surprisingly, that is never the case.  But, still…  I do not like the all day tackiness.  And I find the removal, with eye makeup remover, to be harder than with Lancome's product.  Instead of using one pad per eye, I've had to use up to 3 pads per eye for removal and even then, residue remains.

Overall, it could just be my mind playing tricks on me because I am so familiar and comfortable with Lancome's Hypnose Drama, but I much prefer Hypnose over MAC's In Extreme 3D.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

"Worst Behavior" Drake [Video]

"Worst Behavior" is on Drake's latest album, 'Nothing Was The Same'.  (Which happens to be a really good album and the 1st I ever purchased of Drake's.) 

Click HERE to purchase Drake's 'Nothing Was The Same' on iTunes

"Maison Margiela" Furture [Audio]

Friday, November 8, 2013

Artist, Alexa Meade, Explains Her Real Life Paintings & The Inspiration Behind Them [Video]

My daily browse on the Huffington Post site has introduced me to Alexa Meade: the great artist with the neat concept of incorporating actual people (physically) in her paintings.

In the below video she tells of how she earned a degree in Political Science and decided to let that piece of paper collect dust while she followed her heart into the realm of Art.  And though she has no proper training in Art, her vision and execution far exceed what most would probably expect from a gal that had dreams of "sitting at desk in Washington, DC".


A few of her paintings:

Monday, November 4, 2013

Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 6 Premiere [Video]

The Season 6 premiere of The Real Housewives of Atlanta aired last night.  And I am sooooo excited about that!  This is definitely one of my favorite reality television programs. I mean… do the ladies of A-T-L ever let us down when it comes to the entertainment?? (NO!)

Little recap of last night:

  • Nene and Greg have re-wed and are once again, Mr. & Mrs. Greg Leakes.
  • Kenya Moore is still Gone With the Wind CRAZINESS!!
  • Phaedra and Apollo have a new lil baby boy.
  • Kandi and her fiancĂ© Todd are still battling those Suga' Mama rumors.
  • Cynthia is still being dragged through financial ruins by her husband Peter.  (Are good looks all he has to offer??)
  • Porsha mourns the impending loss of her marriage to Kordell Stewart and (along with her mother) even hints to the marriage being a cover up for Kordell's possible undercover brother lifestyle. 

WHEW!! And that was just a itty-bitty lil' summary.

Catch the sneak peek of what's more to come this season:


Friday, November 1, 2013

New Rule: FSA Account Holders Can Now Rollover Up To $500 To The Next Year

If you have a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) to cover medical and dental expenses throughout the year, you know how close it gets at the end of the year to LOSING some of your funds.  It used to not be that big of a deal in the days when IRS allowed account holders to spend these untaxed dollars on over the counter medications and things like bandages, etc.  If you got to December and had a little money left over, you could just hit up the local drug store or Walmart and go crazy.

..For whatever reasons, a few years ago the IRS decided that over the counter drugs and other more miscellaneous medical items could no longer be purchased with FSA funds.  And us account holders had to either: plan a lot better when designating an amount of our pay to Flex Spending, get a little more creative with the use of the funds remaining at the end of the year or simply throw cash away.

Being a vision-impaired lil lady, any funds I have left over by mid-late December, I usually exhaust on (disposable) contact lenses.  Can never have too many.

But it now seems that all these end of the year tricks are no longer needed with the IRS' new rule to allow up to $500 to be rolled over from one year to the next.

From Life Health Pro:

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has decided to let holders of health flexible spending arrangements (FSA) roll over up to $500 in account balance from one year to the next without worrying about the infamous "use-it-or-lose-it" rule." 
Officials at the IRS, an arm of the U.S. Treasury Department, have discussed the change in IRS Notice 2013-71, and they also talk in the notice about how they will make the change available to workers at employers with non-calendar plan years. The change takes effect immediately. 
IRS officials said they believe a $500 rollover cap is appropriate because most FSA forfeitures are for less than $500.

In Canada: Woman Caught With Three Cocaine-Stuffed Pumpkins

Looks like a lady tried her luck as a drug transporter this Halloween at a Canadian airport.  Upon inspection of her 3 pumpkins, 2 kilograms of cocaine was found.

From CNN:

Canadian officials seized three pumpkins from a passenger's bag at the airport.
And boy were they stuffed, they say, with 2 kilograms (4.4 pounds) of cocaine.
Border agency officers at the Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport found the pumpkins while searching the luggage of a female traveler, according to a news release.
Her identity has not been released.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police is conducting an investigation. It did not respond to CNN's request for additional information Thursday.