Friday, April 24, 2015

Skin Problems & The Mirena IUD

  I have a confession to make.  I haven't been wanting to show my face around here lately.  And it's because of my face.  Since starting the Mirena back in December, I had begun a battle with acne (among other things).  And I know you're thinking, "we've seen your face on here Vee, stop playing, your skin looks great."  But my skin got out of control rapidly and in only a matter of a month.  Since then, I've been trying to fix what's gone wrong over the last few months.
  I was having these constant small pimples and red splotches that would pop up out of nowhere in twos or threes.  And no sooner than I'd get rid of them, there'd be two or three of their relatives popping up somewhere else and at times, they'd leave scars in their wake.
And let's not even talk about the texture of my skin.  That has  taken a turn for the worst.
So I set out to get my skin in order in February once the Mirena had been removed.  I know it's going to take some time but I've got to take back contral.
My holy grail was Bare Minerals skin products but I stopped last July so that I can experiment with other products to review for the sake of my beauty blog. (I haven't found anything better, let me tell ya.)  I have been seriously considering running back to my old faithful products but I'm going to hold off.  Le sigh....the things we do for our beauty blogs. 

This is what my skin looked like on February 19, 2015 and I had the IUD removed February 23, 2015 (insertion was Dec. 8, 2014).

Since it takes time to work on skin, I won't be posting an update until the end of the month (things haven't gotten too much better with the products I've been using--reviews coming soon).

I'm feeling so vulnerable by sharing this as I've always been great at caring for my skin but the Mirena really did a number on me and took things to far out of my own control too quickly.

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Monday, April 6, 2015

Natural Hairstyle | Flat twist and Rod Set Video Tutorial

It's taken some serious adjusting in order to get acclimated to styling short hair again.  And growing out my shaved sides has been a challenge as well because I've reached that awkward stage where the hair neither wants to lay down or curl properly.  But what does a girl do?  Improvise.  As a former student of the theatre, I'm pretty good at improvisation so that's exactly what I did.  Check out this improvised Flat Twist and Rod Set Tutorial I've recorded for you.  Hopefully it can help the rest of you shorties (it works for ladies with long hair too!) as much as it's helped me!

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Smoky Poppy - A Luxurious Experience

The Body Shop Review - Smoky Poppy - Product
When I learned the The Body Shop revealed their limited edition Smoky Poppy range, I was instantly intrigued. I'm not really a floral girl but there are certain flora that catch my attention and among them is the Poppy.    With that said, trying this range was a no-brainer and I'm glad I did because I love it.  The scent has a hint of sweet (definitely not too flowery) warmed by smoky, subtle musky undertones. It smells like all-around sexy.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Review | Iman BB Cream

Iman BB Cream Product Review - Iman Cosmetics
For years, I've been raving on and on about BB Creams and how awesome they are for beauty novices and aficionados alike.  They offer an all-in-one solution to girls who either don't know how or don't have lots of time to spare applying layers of makeup.   
Iman BB Cream Product Review - Iman Cosmetics - Beauty Blog

I rave on and on about my Smashbox because I love it so but this time around I wanted to give Iman Cosmetics a try and my first choice from the line was the BB Cream. For starters, I won't claim that I'm raving in love with it but it does a pretty good job of evening my skintone. And sometimes, that's all a girl wants is to look even and pretty without looking like she's wearing heavy makeup.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Natural Hair | Cut & Color

natural hair cut and color  shaved sides
 Can I just have a moment to take a sigh of relief? *long sigh*
Well, it had to be done.  It had been almost 3 years since I've had my undercut and I'd been growing it out ever since.  I'd said previously that I wasn't going to cut the top but after some unforeseen circumstances causing my hair to shed like crazy, I ended up having to cut it.   And considering the amount of shedding, I had no real choice in the matter unless I wanted to walk around looking like Smeagol from Lord of the Rings.

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