Monday, December 29, 2008

I Felt I Had To Share...


The blog is getting a makeover! Yayyyyy! A wonderful, fabulous, great, fantabulous person is working on the "new face" of Suka & Spice. I can't wait!

So...how was your holiday? Still celebrating? You know I am--getting ready for the New Years celebration and have not a clue about what I shall wear. I usually keep it casual, but this year is apt to be a big one for me, so I'm thinking I should do it big (which means that I still may very well be in jeans and a "nice" top!). Well, many of the Christmas surprises still haven't arrived--as we were practically snowed in for a good week in these parts--but a couple of things made it off of the UPS truck this morning. I will review and post all about them once I've given them a fair chance. I do however want to point out a product that caught me on Christmas Eve. I was at mom's, and had nada to remove my nail polish with--which called for a quick run to the 24hr drugstore. Upon arrival (you know you saw this coming), I decided to do a quick sweep through the cosmetics department.

Lately, I've been watching folks pick up the new MAC Penultimate Liner as though it's water and there's a drought. The thing really is pretty novel. A liner that resembles a felt-tip pen, giving the user absolute control over the thickness of the line. It spreads easily across the lid and prevents any additional washing of tools. It's the same size as a regular pen, so it travels easily and can be stashed in a purse for on-the-go touchups. Well, that's all good and well, but of course I had to find a dupe. And I did. Jordana's InColor line, is a very affordable (and unfortunately not always dependable) line that you can find in most Walgreens and even dollar stores. They offer a liquid eye liner in felt-tip form in two colors (black and brown), and it's called Fabu Liner. $1.99. You read right. Not even two hundred cents (apparently because of this, they can't afford a website and so I had to link you to MUA. Oh well). It works in the exact same way as it's pricier more mature MAC counterpart, but at a huge fraction of the cost. I like to line with a regular black pencil, and then follow the line with the Fabu Liner. I've had it on all day, and it looks just as black as it did at 10am this morning. If you've ever even been slightly curious about this form of lining, pick one of these suckers up. You'll be happy you did.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Weekend Inspiration

"Love beauty; it is the shadow of God on the universe." -Gabriela Mistral

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas..to be ;)

Merry Christmas Eve, everyone! I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas celebration tomorrow, and don't forget--Christmas is 12 days! Celebrate them all ;)

I'll be back--after some serious eating and partying with family--with some ideas for your New Years celebration and also some new things to look forward to in the '09! Don't forget to enter the giveaway. Did I make it too difficult? Meanwhile, lose yourself in the bittersweet memories of one of the best bands to have ever hit the Holiday charts...

xo
Suka&Spice

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Finally, the Giveaway!

In celebration of this special time of year, I wanted to be able to share something with you that I had picked up and absolutely loved. So much so, that I wanted to give it to my readers to thank them for caring enough to read the rantings and reviews ;)

However, before I go any further I do want to reflect for a quick moment on the meaning of the season. It's not all about stuff--even though I sure love it! I post a lot about my "newest finds" and all of my latest obsessions, but by no means do I advocate buying every single thing that tickles your fancy. I don't buy into the hype surrounding the extreme worry regarding our economy, but I do think that it's smart and beautiful to be mindful of what really matters. I try my best to talk about affordable alternatives to the high end stuff (when it's possible--I mean, some things are highly priced for a reason, right?), but in reality, the way to stay truly beautiful is to take a good look at your insides and to figure out what's really going on inside your heart and mind. Best anti-aging trick I know of! This is not meant to be preachy, but as it's so easy to lose sight of the real meaning in life (especially around the holidays when shopping can be stressful instead of pleasurable), I figured I'd just throw it out there.

So...onto the good stuff. I'm gifting two Lola SocialEyes Gel Liners/Shadows in Fiji and Bora Bora (bottom two in the above photo). It took me ages to find something that I thought would be perfect in name and product for you guys! Although the title leads you to believe that the consistency is jelly-like, it's more of a cream shadow which is very blendable and buildable. Because it's a bit firmer than a typical gel, it makes lining and shadowing a breeze. Fiji is a striking ocean blue, while Bora Bora is a goldy bronze shade. I added a picture using both hues (with my own of course!), which I think highlights the possibility of using them together to form a look thats reminiscent of the sea. You can up the intensity by adding more of the gel, or by layering it with some powder shadow.

The giveaway is open to everyone--regardless of where you live! All male readers are welcome to give it a go as well...afterall, you either have a wife, or a girlfriend, sister, mother, etc. After subscribing, please give me your:
  • Name
  • Two favorite products and why you love them so
  • A holiday tradition that you can't live without
I will announce the winner on January 12th, 2009 and will post the winning entry. I'm sure you all have holiday plans, and that way you'll have one last surprise to look forward to! Good luck!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Weekend Inspiration

"Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless; peacocks and lilies, for instance." -John Ruskin

Friday, December 19, 2008

Now Featuring Tia Woods...

Thank you to Will over at Kavalava for sending this my way. I love seeing Pacific women in the industry--makes me wanna cry! I took a look at some of Tia's work, and her look is just so versatile. Slowly, we are building a growing list of working Polynesian models...yesssss! Oh, and if you're new to New Zealand's Tagata Pasifika, check out their YouTube Channel. They're a hoot!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Frigid Weather Survival Kit

I don't know about you, but where I am, the weather is wayyy too cold. I'm talkin, it got down to 19 degrees the other day (that's -7.2 C for you gals in the Pacific!). Is this okay? Not really. Will I make it? Yah, probably so. I've been doing everything under the sun to prevent my skin from chapping, eyes from going bloodshot, and hair from splitting. I think after many years of this fickle sort of weather, I've finally got it down pat. The following are my save-my-life from the frost finds, which will seal the moisture into every major part of your body.



Body: When temperatures plummet, it's time to bring in the big guns. An everyday moisturizer is no match for the elements, so you need to call in something bigger, better, and badder. Something like Vaseline Vitalizing Gel Body Oil. Made with Brazilian nut and almond oil, and way more accessible than our reliable island oils (can you tell that I'm a nut for oil?), you comparatively don't have to wait for it to de-solidify. Either way, I like to keep a bottle in the shower so it's extra melty smooth, and then I apply it immediately after turning off the water. No towel-dry first. This locks in the moisture, and there's considerably less to dry off from afterward. After that, it's time to slap on your favorite moisturizer, because there's no taking chances during these trying times.


Face
: We're all aware that the area under the eyes is tissue paper thin. But do we ever remember the fact that it's one of the driest parts of the face? This can mean horrible things during the winter. My save-all? Castor oil. I tell you, my mom must have laughed me out of the chemist when I went with her to pick up a new bottle. Apparently, it was more commonly used for treating another problem back in the day--but don't let that deter you, as the results are worth the criticism. After applying your eye cream (only at night, of course--and if you like, you can skip your regular eye cream), gently dab on a little bit of this stuff in all of the same places--and even on your brows! I admit, I go as far as using it on my lashes, but you can avoid this if you're worried about getting it in your eyes, or if you wear contacts to bed. Dry skin is one of the leading causes of wrinkles, and I'm just not feelin' the premature wrinkly look. Castor oil has been used around the world to cleanse, moisturize, and encourage regeneration in skin. It works wonders while you sleep.


Lips: I know that Aquaphor is touted as the go-to moisturizer when it comes to serious chapping and dryness. However, even though I keep a big vat of it bedside, it's more of a fallback. I really prefer Kiehl's Lip Balm #1 in Mint. Why mint? I think I played out the unscented version. This year, the new flavors are Mango, Coconut and Vanilla. Mmm...right up my alley! But what about when you need some color, or want to switch it up during the day? I have been attached at the hip to Milani's Glossy Tubes. They're more affordable than many of the cosmetic counter versions (cheaper in drugstores than online, and typically on sale), but just as good. They leave my lips moisturized and shiny, but not overly sticky. Dreamy Glow is a good shade for those who want to forego color (I kid you not, I have guy friends who have been stealing this out of my hands).

Hair: No straight minded island girl wants her hair to suffer. It's her pride and glory! Well, the sun isn't the only thing that wreaks havoc on your locks. Cold, blistery air works double time to parch and break the healthy head you've been maintaining all year long. To the rescue? A deep conditioner. Ojon Restorative Hair Treatment isn't necessarily easy on the wallet, but will do all sorts of miracles on your hair and scalp. I've yet to come across a product that will really do the things that this little wonder does--even my mama can back that up! My trick is to apply it, and then either do a little housecleaning or just go to bed (of course I wrap my hair first), so that I can awake to the healthy hair that I only dream about. On a post-shampoo basis, I like to coat my ends (which otherwise will be a big splitting hot mess) with Herbal Essences' Long-Term Relationship Leave In Split End Protector for Long Hair. Wow, that was a mouthful. This is an extra step that goes a long way in lengthening the amount of time between trips to the salon. Additionally, if you're like me and you have a bad habit of throwing your hair up into a bun, you don't end up with those crazy iron-fried looking ends that usually hang out. You know what I mean, don't act like you don't!



Eyes: Can't forget the peepers! Sometimes they get brushed to the side, until it becomes painfully obvious that they need some TLC. I grew up in a Visine-dependant family, and looking back, I don't know what was going on that forced everyone to have an economy sized bottle in their pocket at all times. With that said, I really enjoy Rohto V's Cooling Redness Reliever/Lubricant Eye Drops. They do everything that the others claim to do but don't, all the while making you feel as though you've popped an Altoid in your eye. The packaging's not too shabby either. To some, the sensation is a little too intense and I understand. If that's the case, I also highly recommend Similasan Computer Eye Relief drops which have a very natural ingredient list, and is non-habit forming. Just nice and refreshing.

Before you know it, we'll be bending the holiday corner to Spring. If you're on the lucky end at this time of year and are experiencing all sun and sand, just know that I think about you often. You have to admit though, don't you just sort of wish you had a reason to use these things?

PS. I really am posting the giveaway soon. I've just been slacking on uploading the pictures of the prize--make sure you subscribe so you don't miss out!

Free Shipping Day!


Just in case you have yet to complete your holiday shopping, today, December 18th is now also known as Free Shipping Day! Over 200+ retailers have agreed to offer free shipping to customers, with a promise of delivering all goods by Christmas. It's so much easier for me to find what I'm looking for, when given all of the options online. Even one of my favorite island skincare brands, Pure Fiji (a green company that is swear-to-goodness really located in Fiji), is in on the action! Hey, it saves on energy and gas ;)

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

...On the Head.




A couple of posts ago, I added an OPI polish to the Polyvore mix. Originally I wanted to add my favorite tried and true color of all time, but for one reason or another it appeared too fuschia-ish in the bottle. Well, no need to worry because I took a picture of it over the Thanksgiving weekend, and have decided to feature it here as a must-have nail hue. The shade is Senorita Rose-alita, and it's by OPI. Online, it appears as though it's a very pinky matte tone, but on the nail it is much different. I've decided to feature two photos, in order to show the warm pink tone, as well as the gold shimmer that appears in different lights. I admit, I'm a bit of a sucker for a gold shimmer. It's been 5+ years, and I haven't gotten tired of the thing.

Oh, and have you ever been at the cosmetic counter, and wanted to check out a nail color but didn't want to ruin your manicure? Slap a piece of transluscent tape on the back of your hand and polish away. The sheen of the tape acts as a newly buffed nail bed, while the skin color below, ought to be very similar to that of your fingers.

Monday, December 15, 2008

It's the Drama of It All...

I learned early on, that there are a few lip pencils on this planet that will pretty much go with next to any lip color. The first shade I learned of was MAC's Spice--a pencil that will match the natural lip tone of most medium to tan-skinned women. Needless to say, this pencil has been floating around my makeup bag, glove box, or fishing tackle box for just about every single year since I became privy to the above stated information. I'm always looking for new products that hit the market, but rarely am I willing to completely replace an oldie but goody with just any 'ol thing. This weekend, I purposely stumbled upon some theatre cosmetics that I couldn't help but indulge in. Typically found in costume or theatre stores, these cosmetics give you so much bang for your buck in the area of steadfast, well pigmented shades. By no means will I suggest using all aspects of any theatre line, but I will say that perusing these brands is an affordable and significant way to switch up the contents of your makeup stash. Although I was originally on the search for some Kryolan (Bollywood makeup gurus use this stuff religiously), I picked up an extremely long lip pencil by Ben Nye named, shockingly--Spice! One swipe, and I knew that I had found an exact match to my old standby. After shelling out only eight dollars, did I run to the car to match the swatch. Identical. Not only is it a five dollar savings, but the texture is very blendable and about a quarter to a third longer (7 inches!) than a MAC pencil. I say we all get a little dramatic and check it out.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Weekend Inspiration

"The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode, but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul." -Audrey Hepburn

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Sunday Morning Rain is Falling...

Happy 2nd week of Advent!

Lately, I've been experimenting with creating "looks" on Polyvore. Sure it's fun to put together collages of beauty products--but so much more interesting to create looks for island ladies who want to build off of our everyday (or in this case weekend) norms. With that said, I present to you my Sunday morning getup:



Sunday Morning by Suka&Spice

I confess...I don't wear a puletaha to church every Sunday morning. More accurately, I like to reserve it for times where I'm forced to (okay, kidding), or am experiencing warmer weather. If I were to rock this every weekend, you'd probably find me sporting some thermal underwear and leg warmers underneath. It's too cold for that business here. What do you think of adding a little shine and glitz to your puletaha/puletasi?

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Smooth Shaving


I can't seem to convince the other half to use an electronic razor. To me, it seems so much easier than all of the many steps you have to go through with a manual razor, cream, brush, balm and aftershave. But no--he insists that to achieve the closest and finest of hair removal, one must use a hand held razor. And this is coming from a very non-metro male (can I get an Amen from the readers who know him?). Because I've had to accept this and move on with my life, I decided to do the next best thing--which was obtaining a shaving cream that would soothe and protect his not-so-delicate face. Enter Arbonne REsurface Shave Gel. To be honest, it originally came included in a packet of skincare products for men, in order to bulk up my first order from Arbonne. I had heard the praises being sang of this shaving tool, from girlfriends to Golf Magazine. Little did I know how difficult it would be to convince him to use another. After one use, I was told to never again look for another shaving cream. WTF? What was in this stuff that was making him turn all caveman on me? I checked--almond, sunflower and cucumber. Apparently a dangerous mix. So I guess it's that good. In all actuality, I've yet to see a nick or cut on his face since he turned to the stuff. So if you've been curious as to what can turn a completely non-opinionated male bananas, this is the product for you. Try on, my little lambs, try on.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

I'm Firing Comcast.


It occurred to me that we never discussed the Oprah Beauty Episode, or the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show! How could I?

First things first--there is no question that Big O's last edition of Beauty Secrets from Around the World was so much more satisfying than the one we watched this month. Am I wrong? I feel like learning about the differing outlooks that women from around the globe hold, concerning inner and outer beauty, is much more satisfying than just plopping a couple of exoticized products on the show, and wrapping after only viewing "secrets" from about four or five countries. I was however, surprised to see the clip on the Maori moko. It's a shame that nothing was offered in the way of meaning or significance when it came to this. To the average viewer, it was just played off as a "cultural thing" wherein Polynesians happen to love blue lips. Not okay. One thing that caught my eye however, was the Nightingale Droppings that they touched on in the Japan feature. I remembered seeing an ad for a product with this ingredient years ago, and sped straight to my computer to check it out after the episode aired. I mean, did you see those women's faces? Why not give it a try? After all, I just noticed that one of the main ingredients in my night serum is urea, and you know the first thing that comes to mind when you hear that word. What would we have offered in the way of Pacific Island beauty secrets, had we been featured?

And now onto the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. Every year I look forward to Tivo-ing, watching, Tivo-ing while watching, and then of course re-watching the Tivo version over and over and over. However, something went insanely wrong this year. I can't put a finger on it, but I cringed at almost every scene. The horizontal runway. Usher's poor styling. The overly orange brown skin tone of all the models. Total bronzer-gone-wrong. Why VS? Why would you do this to me? I usually love the crazy accents that the girls have, but this year I'm quite positive that they were asked the dumbest questions that anyone could have scripted. Making of course, the dumb answers sound even worse--accent or not. What went wrong? I don't want to lose hope in next year's return, but I'm wondering if it has something to do with the absence of Giselle. As you can see, the idea behind the makeup looks never really translated onto the runway. Ah well, like the prodigal daughter, I will return next year with refreshed hopes. Oh, and I still can't be mad at Miranda Kerr (above).

One last note. While Lifetime television usually wins the award for better-than-life, but cornier than Kim from Real Housewives of Atlanta "women movies", they are now taking a jab at reality TV. Blush is all about makeup artists trying to make their mark. Have you seen it? What say you?

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Weekend Inspiration

"Just because you are blind, and unable to see my beauty doesn't mean it does not exist." -Margaret Cho

Friday, December 05, 2008

Ah, the Memories...

Certain scents remind me of different periods of my life--specifically men's cologne. Don't come around me with some Tommy for men. That has 9th grade sprayed all over it, and my mind will jump immediately to my first barnyard tolo. As a consequence of my scent memory, I've always enjoyed collecting the perfumes and lotions that remind me of people who have been truly important or significant to me. This means that Obsession for women will lead me to believe that my mom's following me, and that White Shoulder will make me think my grammy is hiding in my bathroom. The latest of these scents has been Caress' Moroccan Body Wash. I've talked about my thing for Caress before, but this is in a different sort of category. It's not the everyday scrubdown sort of shower gel--but more like an in-shower lotion that is slightly residual, but in a very very good way. A way that makes you feel as though you've already moisturized your whole body long before stepping onto your bathmat. Although my dear Grandma was far from Moroccan, something about the scent makes me feel as though I'm five years old, sitting in her kitchen waiting for her to finish making my keke Tonga. Although it contains starflower oil and cassis cream, it smells more to me like a very intense mix of baby oil (or maybe powder?), with lolo Tonga. It's probably the most comforting scent I own, but I reach for it when I want to take a jog down memory lane.
Is there a product that you use that brings back memories of someone you love or miss?

Thursday, December 04, 2008

So Fresh and So Clean


Want to put your best face forward? I learned years ago from a beloved Eastern European facialist, how to ensure that I wouldn't redistribute bacteria to other parts of my face, every time I washed. It has nothing to do with buying special sponges or battery operated scrubbers, but everything to do with keeping your derma sparkling clean. Oh yah, it's washcloths. Can you believe it?! It's easy as pie--as long as you follow these steps to a T:
  • obtain stacks and stacks of white washcloths (I choose to go the Costco route--a dozen for somewhere around the $7 mark)
  • use a new cloth every single time you wash your face--be gentle, but be sure that it is a one-time use situation, and that you don't use it beyond your face and neck
  • toss washcloth in laundry and ONLY wash with other said white washcloths
  • bleach the hell out of them
  • begin again
Of course because of this little addiction to clean face washing, I've had to endure the many questions from friends in regards to why there's a basket full of dozens of rolled washcloths under the sink...usually something along the lines of whether or not I'm extremely dirty, or just extremely OCD (definitely the latter, in case you were wondering). Can I tell you something though? I will never stop doing this. It's the most effective way of ensuring that every last speck of cleanser has left my face, and it serves also as a mild daily exfoliation. Everyone I've convinced of this, has told me they love it--guys included. So make your cleanser work overtime for you, and get down to the "nitty gritty" (I can't stop throwing that in).

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Budget Crisis, Much?


Has the economic slide sent you into a frenzy, or even worse a beauty rut? I've tried my hardest not to let it bother me--in fact I'm a little tired of hearing about it (come on CNN, can we talk about something else for once--you know, like the fact that the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show will be airing tomorrow night at 10pmPST...oh Adriana, one day we will be friends. I promise.) But since I'm responsible and all, I've been brainstorming the creative methods I've used to satisfy my love of all things beauty-enhancing that don't force me to completely break the bank. Here are some of my tops, in no particular order:

1. Shop the CCO
Okay, I've lied already. This is my number one cash saver. That is, unless I go crazy over the "sales", and let the bill amount to something that is beyond what I would normally buy in a full line store. Unfamiliar? CCO is best known as The Cosmetics Company Outlet. Have you ever dreamed of a place where you could buy MAC, Bobbi Brown, Prescriptives, Clinique, Estee Lauder, and a whole slew of other products for a deep discount? Well you probably weren't dreaming--maybe you were watching all of the crazy YouTube videos about the girls who go wild at their outlet malls. These stores work hand in hand with Estee Lauder (and her many sub-brands), to sell overstock, limited edition lines, and anything else that will no longer fit in a mainline store. Nothing's expired, and if you'd like proof you can ask a sales associate to show you how to read the expiry codes on each product. Money Saver? Yes. Tempting? Even more so. Remember that Fafi Lipglass that you wanted, and you were told they were sold out? Well, it's waiting for you at the CCO.

2. Discount Codes
Right now, nearly every last company you can think of is offering some sort of friends and family discount (usually synonymous with the holidays), of which you can cash in over the internet or in-store. This is great (who doesn't want 20-40% off?), but what's better is if you can find these codes all in one place. This helps with holiday shopping, and it's so much more satisfying if you have to do just a little less work to acquire the info (also read: not having to sign up for every last newsletter in order to get a code you'll use once). Enter Retail Me Not, an online port for all sorts of discounts. Just type in the name of the company or website, and stand amazed at what you will find. RMN is not the only site of its kind, so if you're still on the hunt for another code, just do a little more search engine digging.

3. Deal Sites
This is in line with the last two suggestions--there are whole sites that are devoted to giving you what you're searching for, but at huge markdowns. Beautycrunch has a handful of popular lines, as does Strawberrynet and Cherryculture. Other sites like e.l.f. have just plain 'ol affordable cosmetics, but make sure to read reviews on the products your interested in before purchasing. Who cares if it was $1 if you're never going to use it, right? As a general rule, be sure to do your research so that you will ensure you are buying legitimate products. Don't forget, these sites often have additional discount codes, so don't overlook obtaining one so you can get a super duper low price!

3. Palettes
If you're working on growing your collection of shadows (every girl needs to), so that you can really work all of the looks you've been dying to try, using a palette is your best bet. For instance, with MAC palettes, you're looking at spending anywhere from a few bucks or so for a 4-pan, that you can fill with shadows of your choice. When you purchase shadows without the outer packaging (in other words, to pot in a palette), they are cheaper than purchasing them with the normal packaging. So automatically, you are saving money.

4. Drugstore Brands
Never underestimate the power of a great drugstore find! There are so many high-end lines (from skin care to makeup) that are being replicated at a much lower price on the aisles of your local chemist. For example, I love the shadow pigmentation that Milani offers (even though I despise the packaging), and on that same note, I can definitely point out key players for many of the drugstore brands that rival the department store stuff. It rarely occurs that I will buy a drugstore cosmetic item at full price. There are always buy 1 get 1 promos and such going on, so watch out for those. More on that later. In fact, these "copycats" shall be posted at a later date.

5. Stylists in Training
I can count on one hand, the number of times that I have dramatically strayed from my standby haircut. Gone are the days of intense and serious highlighting. This all means one critical thing. I can stand to have my hair trimmed and all-over colored by a hair stylist in training, if need be. Find your nearest reputable beauty school, and schedule an appointment! Don't let a budget crunch mean that you're going to let your image suffer. Our hair is our livelihood! Sure, it may mean that you'll be sitting in the chair for a lot longer than you would at a full-service salon, but this also means that you'll only be leaving about $20 or so poorer. Same goes for massage and skincare schools.

Of course these are just a few ideas that are a little off the beaten path. There are so many more--and if you're looking for a specific way to save, I'm willing to share what tips I have. Sharing is caring--it helps us all save! Just not makeup or hair products. That's gross.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Weekend Inspiration

"The best thing is to look natural, but it takes makeup to look natural." -Calvin Klein

Friday, November 28, 2008

Coated.


I've always loved nail polish. In my younger years, even before I was allowed to wear makeup, I was given the green first on sporting the polish. There were whole summers that I would ride my bike to the nearby drugstore and stock up on nail colors. Then as I got older and wiser (fast forward six months), I got hip to the Hardy Candy polishes with the plastic ring around the handle (omg...did you click on that? The whole line is 75% off right now!). Of course I've mentioned my past and renewed passion for airbrushing, but now I have matured yet again, and have discovered the world of Minx. You've seen it and you probably didn't realize it. Beyonce has been flashing their designs on everything from Oprah to her Single Ladies video (btw, can we talk about how amazing her dance moves are? I tried two and was already gasping for my breath). Eve and Solange (amongst others) have been spotted with their designs all over town.

What is it exactly? Well miladies, it's probably the best thing to ever happen to women's nails--a flexible solid color and/or printed film (I hear the words airbrush design!) which is laid atop le nail, and will have nothing whatsoever to do with a base coat, top coat, smudging, or chipping. Could it be true?! The options are endless, and this means that all of the fun things we do with our hands will never be a reason to have to "touch-up" before leaving the house. And if you thought that was good, they are also very environmentally friendly and don't require any sort of chemicals to apply or remove.

So, now you want them too? Check out their list of salons where a professional Minxer (I don't know if that's a word, but I suppose that's what they'd call them), can apply them for you. If you decide that yours rival Beyonce's and the gang, send me a pic and I promise to post!

Anybody want to have a Minx Party with me? Pleaseeee??

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Gobble Gobble!


I'm taking the day off today, in honor of Thanksgiving. Actually, I have no choice because I need to get back into the kitchen before something boils over or burns. But I did want to wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving, and I hope that you are doing something special to celebrate--even if it means eating Dibs on the couch while watching re-runs of the Real Housewives of Atlanta (was that not crazy???!) Which makes me wonder--what are your plans today?

By the way, be sure to subscribe--if you've found yourself browsing the blog--because I would love to get to know you, AND I'm getting ready for my first giveaway! As always, if there's something you'd like to see featured or reviewed, or a look that you're trying to achieve, you can always drop me a line at sukaandspice@gmail.com. I promise to begin working on the requests I've received thus far. I'm so thankful to all of you readers, and I wish you the bestest turkey day ever!

xo

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

20+ Years of Walking Deserves This...


This one's for the boys and girls--at long last! If there's one thing that makes me want to scream and drop my favorite eyeshadows off of my balcony, it's the fiance and his addiction to As Seen on TV commercials. It started with some insoles that he convinced me were going to realign his calves (or something like that--I mean, what Tongan needs realigned calves?!). He purchased, and of course wears them everyday with a smile on his face and a ministry in his mouth. There are few that he hasn't preached the undeniable need of insoles to. Now, most of the men in the family own a pair.

Time has progressed, and a few years later I have found myself up late at night, wondering how the magic bullet chops so fast and whether Cindy Crawford has fallen on bad times, which is why she has to slang beauty products over late night television. As of late, there's been one thing that's been holding my attention, but I just couldn't get myself to dial the 800-number and pay-as-you-go with a $1 a month layaway plan. The Ped Egg. Unlike the commercials, I wasn't "embarrassed by how my feet looked and felt", but I'm not the sort to wear sandals in the winter--therefore I don't know what to expect once Spring rolls around. But alas, the holidays are upon us, and regardless of how cold it is outside, it's still completely unacceptable to enter your relatives house with shoes on. So I wanted my dogs to look bad (in a good way).

After reading review after review on various websites, I decided to head down to Bed Bath & Beyond with my 20% off coupon (ya, because I'm frugal like that). I just didn't want to pick up the phone and be one of those "stay-at-home moms that break the bank on QVC" types, and I also didn't want to pay full price (*ahem*..I know, $10). This was to prevent myself from full on craziness, if the egg gave me that "I told you so look" after breaking or not living up to the hype.

I headed straight for the bathroom and started looking for any excuse to utilize my purchase. Since I was at my mama's casa, she kept banging on the door to ask how it was working. I guess the ads were getting to her curiosity too. Boy was I wrong. I emerged fully sanded, and felt as though I were walking on new feet again. It was very similar to that of leaving the nail salon, when you feel as though you're about to slip because your soles are so smooth. The difference between using this sort of product and the kind that you find in the nail aisle at the drugstore is that you get a really good grip on the intensity. I've been cut before by these things, and it takes a while to forgive yourself.

Then I called in the fiance and made him show me his palms. Can you believe that this thing double-duties with men on any callouses they may have from working out? I knew he wanted to swing at me, but we play nice since we're gonna be together for the rest of our lives. I promised him that he would thank me the next time he shook a girl's hand and they commented on his soft skin (actually, maybe I shouldn't have used it on him). So for $8, this little contraption will keep your future bright and unhesitant about leaving your shoes at the door. For any of you islanders who have spent your younger years frolicking shoeless because it just "felt better" (myself included), you know this will be money well spent.

Oh, and this is just one more reason I didn't order it over the phone.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Get Goddessed!


I just received news that from now through December 8th, Global Goddess will be offering a 40% discount site-wide! This is the perfect time to pick up your very own South Pacific Shimmer, because you know as well as I do that this cold weather isn't doing a thing for your skin color. Shalini Vadhera has been extra sweet to Suka & Spice by featuring us on her very own blog. Eeek! The excitement of it all!

What will I be purchasing? Well of course a little bit of Nefertiti liner, and an eyeshadow quad in Mombasa. If you don't have her book, Passport to Beauty, this is a great time to pick it up. It's packed with amazing beauty recipes and skincare tips from women around the world. Usually I'm iffy on these sorts of things, but this one is truly worth it's weight. When I first heard about it, I had picked up a copy from the library--I later realized I had to buy it when I couldn't stop renewing it, and was anxiously trying to copy down each recipe. More on that later!

Happy early holiday shopping!

PS. The discount code is: THANKS

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Weekend Inspiration

"And queenly is the state she keeps, in beauty's lofty trust secure." -William Allen Butler

Friday, November 21, 2008

Here Kitty Kitty!


I almost fell off my chair today when I read that Hello Kitty will be teaming up with MAC cosmetics to create a special edition collection. To be found at the counter on February 12, 2009--but also online, two days prior. Long ago are the days when I used to use all of my spending money on a Pekkle drawstring pouch, or Pocchaco erasers. I had accrued so many Sanrio points, that it was almost embarrassing to compare who got free gifts (by trading in our points) each day in class. We were to Sanrio, what the rest of the kids were to Pogs. I mean, it was like, senior year or something. I guess i'll never fully be embarrassed of my Sanrio fix, because I still make waffles in my Hello Kitty iron, and I sure will be the first in line on February 12th.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Our Secret Luxury...


Everybody's using it. They're incorporating it into everything from hair products to chapstick. To many in the Western world, it's a new phenomenon--a sort of exotic extract that can boost the price of products, and make those using it, feel as though they're riding the upper eschelon of spa society.

But Tahitian mamas have been using this stuff for centuries--and their Polynesian counterparts each have their own version of this age-old liquid--Monoi de Tahiti Oil. The oil is traditionally made by soaking handfuls upon handfuls of tiare flowers (Tahitian gardenias) in coconut oil for days at a time--we're talking at least fifteen days minimum. This allows for the scent and active properties to release, and create an oil that is nearly magic in taming and moisturizing hair, minimizing scarring, and even using as a facial moisturizer (lightly. *ahem*). Other uses have been for the relief of sore muscles, and protection against wind-chapping.

Well, them Islanders aint no fools, because this week in Papeete, crowds of over 6,000 gathered for a four day get together, to celebrate the goodness that is monoi. During this time, Polynesians celebrated what has been known to them for so long, while the rest of the world is just beginning to discover the truth.

I pick up my stash each time I'm in New Zealand. Sometimes I can grab it in Hawai'i, but I always have to be careful, as it can tend to be overpriced and sketchy as to the source. Purchasing it online is usually cheaper than finding it in a novelty store, but if you're still a little hesitant to try it in it's pure form, don't fret--everyone has jumped on the bandwagon. Opt for a product where it's incorporated into the formula--such as, a body glow, a moisture melt, or a facial moisturizer. Me, I like the real thing. But if you wanna tread just barely on the edge, be my guest.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

She Does It Again...

Too tired to post tonight. I need to finish getting over my cold. But have you all seen this? I think I'm liking her spin on this timeless classic, but I'm still not sure what she's really getting at? What do you think? And did you see that ring?!?!



Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Don't Miss It!

My sister just informed me that this Thursday (11/20), Oprah will be having her annual Beauty Around the World special. I'm so excited, because if it's at all similar to last year's Women Around the World episode, we're all in for a treat. Last year, women from across the globe were given the opportunity to voice their traditions, beauty regimens, and secrets to being the stunning females that they are! I believe at that point, I decided I wanted to move to Kuwait (I guess you had to see it). Apparently, this year they're going to talk about where it is in the world that cellulite is considered beautiful. Regardless of where it is, I'm booking a plane ticket the second she informs me. Tune in!

Line 'er Up


As promised, I will continue to go through some of this week's new additions to the stash. I began with the NYX eye pencils, and now want to discuss something else that I think is a marvelous idea. I post/discuss a lot concerning brushes. I love love love good brushes. I like them to feel like silk on my skin, and to distribute color as though you can hardly tell where it begins and ends. What I don't want, are brushes that shed, are stiff, or resemble the feeling of sandpaper to skin. Because of this, I probably drop a little more money on them, than most people feel is necessary on attaining the perfect arsenal (However, in my defense, I take very good care of them, and they will probably last me until I am old and sitting in a nursing home somewhere petting them, because none of my children visit me, and I talk to myself...). But, as I live and breathe, and attest to my equal opportunity mentality towards beauty products in general, I confess that I have found a few supplementary brushes in less than kosher places.

One of the brushes that I use most often, is my MAC 266 angle brush for brows and liner. I'm talking, every day sort of usage. I'm not sure that there's ever a day that I apply my makeup where I don't work my brows...add to that some lid lining, and you've made for another reason to wash your brush during your routine (also read: annoying). For this reason, I'm always on the lookout for great liner brushes so I don't have to switch back and forth--and I found one. At the art store. Yup, you read right. I was badgering my artist cousin about the paintbrushes he uses to create his hand painted t-shirts, and decided to leave him alone and just check it out for myself. What did I find? A Loew-Cornell Mixtique 1/8 angle brush that is comprised of goat hair, red sable, and Golden Taklon fiber. The blend translates as being super soft, and the width is exactly half the width of my 'ol standby, MAC 266. You can grab one that is twice the size in width, to perfectly mimic some of the more common makeup brush sizes, but I wanted something very thin to vary my collection. I've test run it on a gel-liner, shadow liner, pot liner, and my trusty brow shadow and it has succeeded with flying colors. Here's the catch though: it was only $2.50. Yup! Find an art store.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Pop, Pry, and Stack 'Em Up...


This is just a housekeeping note, but I've recently been making a concerted effort to consolidate all of my individual eyeshadows (from various brands), into sleek palettes. I've been searching desperately for a Stila palette that will accommodate the six new shadows (actually twelve shades, if you count the fact that they are duos) that I got for a great deal at Costco. It's an unbelievable deal, given that one pan will typically run you about $20. Instead, the whole set of six was $17! They're still in stock at most locations, so run, don't walk.

Anyhow, since they come naked (or without a case), I began looking for a Stila-sized palette to stash them in. That's when I came across this resource of de-potting and panning. If you've ever wondered what will or won't fit in say, a MAC 15-pan magnetic palette, and just weren't sure, you will have all of your questions answered. Additionally, the author gives tips on how to bake and pry your shadows out of their original settings, for extra ease. For anyone that travels, assists others with their makeup needs, or shares a bathroom with someone who doesn't understand the importance of your goods, I recommend doing this to lower the breakability factor of your precious cargo.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

It's About Time!


I was so excited to find that Marilyn Agency--a very reputable and outstanding modeling agency (with offices in Paris and New York), made a special visit to Tahiti, to scout new talent. Watch the full story, and let your jaw drop at the very idea of model scouting in the South Pacific. I know I am still happily in awe. This should be just a small sign to the fashion world, of the beauty hidden in the Pacific. Hinarani was the winner of their competition, and is still on Paris' active roster. I will be watching for her from this point forward. Oh, what was that? You wanted to watch her in all her fabulous glory...but in French? Well here you are:


Saturday, November 15, 2008

Weekend Inspiration

"Beauty is indeed a good gift of God; but that the good may not think it is a great good, God dispenses it even to the wicked." -Saint Augustine

GTL - Maryjane McKibbin-Schwenke


You probably know her best as Princess from Sione's Wedding, but did you know that this talented radio dj, mother, and Pacific Xpressions co-owner (her and the hubby started the Polynesian dance company), was also the reigning Miss South Pacific 1998? It's no surprise, that as Sione's Wedding was her first movie, her mother was quite bothered by her role as the "fast girl" who was out to get with all of the boys--so much so, that she didn't speak to her for two weeks! See? It's not just your mom, it's all of our mom's! She later redeemed herself, when the movie became a hit, everywhere in New Zealand and beyond.

So now you want to get her signature look from the big screen? Follow as directed:

What you'll need:
Face: Prep your skin with moisturizer and eye cream, and let sit for a few minutes. You want to insure that you don't streak your base. I don't prefer a lot of foundation or heavy makeup, but do what is best for your skin. Cover up what needs to be fixed with concealer, and if you need a little extra mattification, dust a translucent powder over your entire canvas.

Eyes: Dip a angled liner brush into the left side of your Anastasia pot. This will ensure that you get a lighter shade to work with, and you won't have to go back and "erase" with makeup remover. The key here, is to follow the natural arch of your brow, and to use light strokes when filling in and creating shape. If your brows are darker, delve into the right side of the pot. Just be careful. Never ever extend your brow for inches beyond the natural hair growth. People will be secretly laughing at you.

After ensuring that you have a dry lid (you can do this by dabbing on a primer, paint, or a very neutral skin toned shadow), line your upper lid with Shu Uemura's matte Brown Drawing Pencil. A thin to medium line will do--this is a time where you won't want to thicken the line.

A quick swipe (or two, or three..) of your favorite mascara (after curling, of course) will finish off the eyes. I--as always--recommend Dior's Diorshow, but if you have a favorite, you can use that too.

Cheeks/Highlight: With a powder brush (I like Stila's #8 Powder Brush), take the Stila Sun bronzer and pat the excess off on your wrist (more on this in a later post). Proceed to brush on your face starting near the temple, and continuing downard in a backward 3. This means that the middle of the 3 will be near your mid-cheek, and the bottom of the 3 hook will be near the bottom side of your lip. Also dust a little bronzer on your nose, forehead and chin. Be careful to only dust where the sun would naturally hit you...meaning, the mid-forehead, middle of the nose, and middle of the chin.

Next, use a blush brush (I use MAC's 129 brush) , to sweep the Celebrity Pink onto the apples of the cheek. Start with just a little bit, and then decide if you'd like to layer on a little more color. It's easier to prevent accidents this way, which would demand that you completely wash your face and begin again.

After, use a fan brush (such as Smashbox's Fan Brush #22) to lightly grab some of the Soft Lights in Shimmer powder, and brush with strokes of the wrist just above the cheekbone, and up through the temple. You can also lightly brush the same shimmer very thinly down the center of the nose, to create an illusory reflection.

Lips: Ensure that your lips are moisturized. If not, dab a little bit of aquaphor or whatever you may have over the tops. Line lips (and pleaseeeeee stay with the natural lipline. No craziness here.) with Prestige's Sheer Gloss Liner in Calla. I like using these gloss liners, because they don't end up caking, and are perfect under anything glossy or shiny. Create a little definition, but definitely do not overload on the borders. Fill in (I like to use a lip brush, but if you prefer to just swipe straight from the stick, be my guest) lips with Maybelline's Moisture Extreme Lipstick in Raspberry Rush. If needed, you can apply a little extra clear gloss on top.

...and we are done! Maryjane sports a very healthy and dewy look, so keeping it natural is best. There's no need for intricate eye shadows or contouring. All you need is this and a healthy smile, and you're set!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Too Bad.

I really liked Anand Jon. I tried to follow all of his new lines...but this is just gross. Why do people with so much talent, have to go and spoil it with their weirdness?

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Such Intricacy!


Bronzer is one of my favorite products...ever. Point blank, period. It doesn't matter that I'm already brown--a girl always needs a little something to help her contour, liven, and wake up her face. I have many that I enjoy playing with, but I never expected to find called South Pacific Shimmer. I've reviewed Shalini Vadhera's products before, and I like what she does. She is always successful at creating a product which draws from the beauty secrets of women all over the world. But have you ever seen a powder so detailed and beautiful? Not only that, but the new-to-bronzers ingredient, aloe vera, is part of the recipe! I want to be able to flip open my compact and have "South Pacific" featured on the outside in gold! Free shipping is offered for orders of $75 or more, so if you need any suggestions on how to bulk up your shipment, just let me know ;)

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

I Forgot to Celebrate on Here...


But he didn't ;)


So proud of our little thinker/stinker!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Stick Em Up...


I've sort of stumbled into an area of no return, lately. I go in and out of buying huge hauls of makeup--but after watching about 1000 YouTube rundowns of items that makeup gurus were buying, I felt as though I had to get to my nearest store and buy whatever I could get my hands on. I didn't go that crazy...but I might as well have. The next few posts will probably shed some light on my latest must-haves, that I now do have.

As for this first one, I never ever in a million years thought that I would let myself stoop to this. NYX Cosmetics, is a very affordable line of makeup that you tend to find at small clothing boutiques in outlet malls. I suppose this is what kept me from even touching it for all of these years. However, I had recently discovered the many girls who've been raving about one particular item. Their Jumbo Eye Pencils are very similar to MAC's Shadesticks (I think that was what they were called), in that they are fatty pencils used like an eyeshadow. But--and I almost can't believe I'm typing this--they are SO much better than their MAC counterparts. This is why:

They are cheaper ($3.50).
They are smoother.
They deliver better color.

Can you believe it? The thought of coloring over my whole lid with a pencil makes me want to cringe. The majority of eye pencils are very sharp, and tend to require some warming up between the hands, in order to prevent them from poking through your tissue paper-like lids. But not these. And for this rock bottom price? You know I had to pick it up in Cottage Cheese (great as a brow highlighter), Yogurt (been wearing it for the last three days straight!), and Iced Mocha. And I'm not done. I'm gonna just go ahead and call it a day, and get the rest of the collection. Next up? Pots and Pans, and Lemon. In no way are the colors represented fairly on the website. So if you'd like to pick them up for yourself, check out your nearest Ulta or search their site for a store near you. You know you want one.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Weekend Inspiration

"Time may be a great healer, but it's a lousy beautician." -Unknown

Friday, November 07, 2008

New Little Obsession

Much to the dismay of the other half, I have found myself unusually preoccupied with YouTube demos on makeup application. I--the one who surfs the internet more than all mankind combined--was shocked to view such interesting girls explore their artistry for the world to view. I thought I would leave you with this sweet treat, as we fall into the weekend. I give you, the "Tropical Look":




Monday, October 27, 2008

Just For Men.


Didn't that commercial used to get on your nerves? I mean Just For Men...we get it. But anyway, this is not IT.

I was shopping this week with some good guy friends who were in search of the tools of the trade that would specifically help their tricky skin issues. Polynesian guys, African American guys, yellow guys, purple guys...shoot, a lot of men in general...tend to have an issue that I like to refer to as "noses with large pores". Gross. But it doesn't have to be. What happens, is if you have a tendency to sweat a lot, and scrub down just a little, you're going to end up with a somewhat bumpy, clogged up, and totally frustrating schnoz.

What this led to, was one of the guys grabbing a whole array of products--all of which he claims have completely changed his view of men's skincare. This anonymous male had previously been using whatever he could find in his shower to fix what was becoming dry, flaky, and annoying skin. I took him straight to Nordstrom, and we picked up the Anthony Logistics For Men Facial Scrub ($20). This was to be used twice weekly, as a means of sloughing off the dead skin (not just on his nose, but all throughout his face and neck). We then departed for Sephora, where we were going to pick up a tool that is most excellent for guys facing this problem: The Blemish Extractor ($16). I can't sing the praises for this tool loudly enough. After a warm shower, all one needs to do, is press and pull this against every part of the nose (especially in the corners), and you'll be amazed and equally disgusted at what it extracts. If you are a girl who is just very close friends with a man who owns one of these, you too can use it for random breakouts or blemishes. I recommend using it at night, as sometimes it can be easy to press to a little too firmly, and you end up with impression marks (that always disappear by morning). This is when my anonymous pal told me that he was only using soap and water. Really though? I thought that was a myth that guys still do that! So we then picked out some more Anthony products--their Glycolic Facial Cleanser ($20), and Facial Moisturizer with SPF 15 ($31). I've tried and tested all of these things on the dear other half over the years, so I know they're worth their weight.

The best thing is, now that Mr. Anonymous has invested his own hard-earned money into these products, he feels obligated to use them. Which he has. Which he has been grateful for, because his skin is looking stunning. Right on dude!

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Let's Talk About Sets, Baby!


I was stunned and amazed when I flipped open White: Hawaii's Wedding Directory, to find a line of cosmetics that I had *gasp* never heard of before. Not only that, but the line is created in Hawai'i, and is geared specifically towards brides (as the creator is herself, a makeup artist to many brides). As many of you know, all things on this planet have for me began rotating around the word wedding. This is why this line is part genius, and just part gorgeous. Maleana offers so many palette options, and I sure do love a pretty package. From the 24 karat gold infused powders and shadows, to the eyebrow kit that includes not one, not two, but twelve shades to shape your brows with! I thought I had died and gone to a sort of makeup sub-heaven. The safari bronzer has a look that you'll flip for (and if you're like me, will hardly want to brush away!), but the kit that just can't be topped, is the Fall 2008 Palette that becomes available this month. If you are approved for the Pro Membership, you may even be eligible for 40% off the regular price! Maleana is leading the pack in bridal based cosmetic lines--and I am so proud that it comes straight from the islands!

Be warned--the website is under some sort of construction, and it makes the most sense to just email your order to the company directly.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Weekend Inspiration

"People say I'm extravagant because I want to be surrounded by beauty. But tell me, who wants to be surrounded by garbage?" -Imelda Marcos

Friday, October 03, 2008

The Flat Truth.


I just realized that I haven't laid one of my best summer finds on you girls. Have you EVER (and you'd better not play now...I know we all get our fair share of this, except for a lucky few) had just a little bit of trouble finding a hair iron that would smooth but not fry your tresses? Maybe the problem is that your flat iron doesn't do a darn thing when it gets to your roots--it may be so thick that it can't quite get a grip, or so weak that it barely touches the tip of the flattening iceburg? Well do I have a treat in store for you! Now presenting Paul Mitchell's Pro Tools Express IonStyle 1.0. I'm telling you, this baby is worth every last cent. I have been through it all: the disastrous mornings of running late to appointments because I knew I had 20 more minutes of ironing to go, and the failed nights when I expected a sweated out baby hair to sprout at every raise of my glass. I confess to you my sisters, that I worry no more. The ceramic plates on this gadget are lined with a special blend of silicone, which ensures that my hair stays shiny, frizzless, and my nightmarish hair stays a fading memory of the past. Just tonight, while getting ready for an event, I realized that not only did I have to color, wash, and dry--I would also have to tame the beast. I was up and out in 20. I kid you not. I didn't even use product! It may not be the cheapest product I've pushed--but you will thank me again and again for this life-changing investment.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Come On, Dab It On!


Ay yay yay...there are a few things that I have had the pleasure of running across these past couple of weeks, and I don't know where to begin! So let's just jump right into it, and start with the new line of cosmetics that Target has decided to pick up. I was overly enthused at the idea of finally have Jemma Kidd's makeup line featured in the beauty aisles--but little did I know that I'd also have the opportunity to pick up items from Pixi and Napoleon's new offshoot, Napoleon Set! So as I pranced around with my little handbasket full of new glosses, liners, and shadows, I stumbled upon the item that really shot me into seventh heaven. Napoleon has arrived with a lip gloss compact that is nearly unbeatable (when I say compact, think mirror! Big Plus!). Can you believe that it can be purchased for only $12 from your local Target? One of my biggest peeves about glosses, is that they can tend to be too sticky, and end up getting everything from crumbs to your own hair stuck on your lips. Not so with this baby. Sunflower oil provides ultimate moisture, so that you don't have to apply any sort of balm or prep, and the shade (of course this was the seller) Vanuatu, has just enough iridescent gold in it to turn your lips from peachy to glamorous!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Weekend Inspiration

"I'm in the public eye, so I don't care who knows what I get done. If I see something sagging, dragging, or bagging, I get it sucked, tucked, or plucked." -Dolly Parton

No Water Needed

Pre-trip, I was preparing in every way for the beach with my waxing diva. He might be the cutest and most immaculate waxer on the face of this planet. But that's another story. As I was leaving his "office", I found myself head on with a wall of body brushes. I wasn't sure why there were so many, and with different handle lengths. After a couple of minutes of thinking I could figure it out by myself, and then realizing I couldn't, I decided to ask him. Ah, but of course. They were for dry brushing! How did I miss this? I had read about this technique a few times, but wasn't sure what sort of brush it entailed. Well, not only is it great for cellulite and digestion (sign me UP!), but also for a whole slew of other problems, such as circulation, dead skin, and so on. The best way to go about it, is to dry brush before a shower, so you can rinse off all of the dead skin and toxins that surface. It helps with breakouts and dry skin, and can assist with a cold as well! I've already experienced the results in ways that range from my circulation (which is poor), to the elimination of a small breakout. If you haven't gotten hip to it, then go to your local natural food store and purchase a long handed soft, natural fiber brush. Then go to town with the brushing, and watch the miracles happen!

At Long Last!


I've been looking for a mayjah, and just cute enough compact that will fit in my purse for a few months now. Everytime I hit the counters in search of one, I end up with a bag full of products, and nothing in the way of a mirror. I think though, that I've finally hit the jackpot. Cargo has come out with an eyeshadow palette that not only packs a punch of great color (with an awesome name!), but can be used as a double-up mirror. If there isn't one in there, I'm gonna have it made custom. The outside has a really modernesque watercolor type painting, of a girl with a flower in her ear, while the inside stores four blocks of the most beautiful tropical eye shadow pigments. Tahiti is my favorite palette, as it works to combine oceanic colors (which will have the most staying power atop a primer or paint).

I Don't Mean Hello...


Short break, short break. It's been busy, but that's just part of life. In my time away I've been able to take a short trip to Hawai'i and have stumbled upon a few really cute, island-inspired finds. I will begin with this one.

Of course the new O'ahu Nordstrom is open and crazy with customers, so I, the craziest customer of them all, had to run straight to the cosmetics section. I needed to pick up all of the things I'd been craving via internet. First, I got my Saffron James scent like I had wanted. Then, I knew that I had to move onto some of the things that were going to be exclusive to just that store. What I found was a wonderful little collection of body treats that would do everything minus scrub your own body down for you. 'Ola Hawai'i is a line of what can quite possibly be the lushest, fruitiest, island-inspired bath products I've smelled in some time. I couldn't help but scoop up the Vanilla Ginger Creme Lotion, and the Coconut Lemongrass Body Mist. Both consist of an amazing mix of mango extract, noni, aloe vera, olena and mamaki. They smell like heaven, and they feel like silk. Of course I gave myself ample beach time, which meant that I had to have the Tropical Smoothie Cane Sugar Scrub to rid me of the inevitable dead skin from the salt water and sand. You can order all of 'Ola's products online, so hop to it and get on the boat!

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Weekend Inspiration

"Where lipstick is concerned, the important thing is not color, but to accept God's final word on where your lips end." -Jerry Seinfeld

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Sprayed Back Into Submission


I have this ish where I don't like to wash my hair everyday. It's just too much of a hassle, with all of the blowing and drying and straightening--plus I always look better the day after a wash. Well sometimes I take it to the extreme (that can only be blamed on laziness). Well, it came to haunt me in a big way last Friday, when I was just about ready to spend the evening with some friends. The dress was on, earrings in, and makeup just about finished...and then I saw it. Greasy roots. The kind that makes you think everyone else will wonder if you rode your bike to the bar, because you have a sort of helmet headish thing happening.

I don't really like slicking my hair back into a ponytail for a night out, so happy was I, that only a couple of weeks earlier I had picked up one of my favorite products to-date. Ojon Rub-Out Dry Cleanser had been under the sink just waiting for a disaster like this. I whipped it out and started spraying like mad--making sure to pay extra attention to the roots (at one point, spraying a little too close and appearing as though I had dropped baby powder on my tresses--lesson learned). Now I remember the dry shampoos from the mid-nineties, and boy have we come a long way! This formula absorbs oil slicks, clears up excess residue, and fixes the result of a heavy hand on styling products. All it took was a handful of spritzes plus a little massaging of the head, and I was back to having Beyonce-esque volume once again. Ingenious! (And might I add, I smelled wonderful--the whole line leaves you smelling most desireable).


Tip: You don't have to wait until your hair needs a washing...you can also use this gem to give your roots a little extra volume any time of the week!

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Weekend Inspiration

"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it may be necessary from time to time to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye." -Miss Piggy

Friday, June 20, 2008

Orange You Glad I Review, Too?


I rarely stray from my trusty faves. And that includes DiorShow. I reference it in every 5 posts, as the one and only way to complete the perfect eye. But this past week I was tempted like a girl on prom night. Everything I have learned about how to stay true and fast to the things I know to be good and right, totally flew out the window. Actually, I've been flirting with this idea for a while, and I finally gave in with a 2 minute phone call. My sister-in-law called me with a "Have you tried the new Lash Blast by CoverGirl?" That was all I needed to hear. Straight to the drugstore I drove, and picked up the fat orange tube of greatness that I had read about for months now. What I have to speak about, is a mascara that's completely different from the ones we're used to. The wand consists of a rubbery brush, and a blunt edge. I've now used it many times (in the car too--which is always a good test--I've yet to smudge it on my eyes), and there are a few key things I'm lovin. It coats your lashes easily, but not so thickly that you end up with black flakes and smears. Also, it comes off quickly at the end of the night (you'd be surprised how much product ends up on your cotton). One swipe is perfect for daytime, in that it doesn't give you the fake-lashes look, but you would need multiple swipes for evening. The only gripe I have with it, is that if you want some extra oomph, you definitely need to use your curler first. Although it claims to give good curl, it seems to me that it actually battles it. All in all, I will never turn my back on my beloved DiorShow, but this is definitely what's holding my attention.

Art Steady..


My goodness, can I take any longer to post something new? Well, it's been a slew of one-thing-after-the-nexts, and so here I find myself with a little update from almost two weeks ago...ah, well.

The bestie came into town, and what did I find on her nails? None other than some multi-colored leopard print, of course! No, they weren't press-on's...and to be honest, I really couldn't stop staring. At first I teased her, "Remember when we used to go down and get our acrylics airbrushed?..are you bringing it back?" (this of course was circa-1999, when we would venture down to the toughest neighborhood we could find, because we were just trying to "keep it real" out in the suburbs). Well, my teasing turned into reminiscing, and my reminiscing into curiosity. It was really growing on me. What would happen if I mixed a great sense of style, with just a slight sense of the other? Come on, you see Rihanna doing it at the Grammy's, and well...okay, maybe that's the only example I can think of.
So off I went, down to New York Nails, to pick out the first design I've had grace my fingertips since my Senior year of high school. Back then, it was a run-in with 1-inch fading blue lightning bolts. 15 minutes later (I kid you not--these folks are experts at this stuff..apparently mine was a very simple design!), I left sans acrylics, but with a custom-made variation of something I'd seen on the wall. It lasted much longer than they had predicted (1.5 weeks, as opposed to 3 days), and I'll definitely be back to experiment with the rasta colors I'm diggin' next. That's right, I keeps it reals.
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