Friday, December 3, 2010

Day 9: A place you went today

I made a trip to MAC at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa on my lunch break && gifted myself with some new items...that I deserve!!


MAC 217 Brush - one of the best blending brushes


 MAC Brush 239
 Large Shader MAC 252

Creme D' Nude



Hot House Disney Villain Collection
  
2010 Xmas Collection Tartan Tale


PAINT POT in PAINTERLY for the eyes!
Do you have any of these products, if so which are your favorite?


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Day 8: Something you dislike

I dislike RUDE people && those who don't show or understand the simplicity of COMMON Courtesy!

My ex used to tell me, You're soo NICE to people, why are you so nice? My response...Why walk around rude or mean. Is it THAT hard to say Hi, Hello, Good Morning? Or Thank you, Please and You're welcome? Every time I leave for work in the AM, there is at least one adult that says Good Morning to me. Do you know what means to me....Try it && see what happens!


We often feel that we don’t have the time or energy to extend ourselves to others with the small gestures that compose what we call common courtesy. It sometimes seems that this kind of social awareness belongs to the past, to smaller towns and slower times. Yet, when someone extends this kind of courtesy to us, we always feel touched. Even someone who simply makes the effort to look us in the eye, smile, and greet us properly when entering a room stands out of the crowd. It seems these people carry with them the elegance and grace of another time, and we are always thankful for our contact with them. Common courtesy is a small gesture that makes a big difference.

11 Natural Foods to Rejuvenate Skin!

Here are 11 Foods that will naturally rejuvenate your skin!

Good nutrition is a fundamental building block of healthy skin," says Leslie Baumann, MD, a Miami Beach dermatologist. The natural ingredients in food help do everything from speed the pace of exfoliation to protect skin from the UV damage that causes brown spots and wrinkles. The recipe for complexion perfection starts with a well-rounded diet of healthy fats, sufficient protein, and lots of fruits and veggies. But it also includes a bevy of power foods that feed your skin in beautiful ways. As a bonus, these nutritional superstars also do wonders for the rest of your body--build brainpower, lower cholesterol, improve sleep, and more. Ready to take the inside-out approach to loving your skin for life?




ROMAINE LETTUCE

Why You'll Glow: Six leaves provide more than 100% of your DV of vitamin A, which revitalizes skin by increasing cell turnover. The mineral potassium in romaine "gives skin a refreshing boost of nutrients and oxygen by improving circulation," says Lisa Drayer, RD, author of The Beauty Diet.


Health Bonus: That same serving of romaine contains 45% of the DV of vitamin K, which a recent study shows activates a protein that supports vascular health--making a future with bulging leg veins less likely.

TOMATOES

Why You'll Glow: Eating red helps keep skin from turning red. Volunteers who consumed 5 tablespoons of high-in-lycopene tomato paste daily for 3 months had nearly 25% more protection against sunburn in one study. Even better, skin had more collagen, which prevents sagging. Another reason to toss an extra tomato into your salad: German scientists report that higher skin levels of this antioxidant correlate to fewer fine lines and furrows.


Health Bonus: Research suggests that lycopene may also lower your chances of heart disease: In one study, women with the highest levels of it had a 34% reduced risk.


STRAWBERRIES

Why You'll Glow: A cup has up to 130% of the DV of vitamin C, a potent antioxidant that boosts production of collagen fibers that help keep skin smooth and firm. More C may mean fewer fine lines too: Women with lower intakes were likelier to have dry, wrinkled skin. Early research also shows that ellagic acid, an antioxidant abundant in strawberries, protects the elastic fibers that keep skin from sagging. Sweet!


Health Bonus: Strawberries may lower your risk of cancer by inhibiting the development of malignant cancer cells. In one study, people eating the most strawberries were 3 times less likely to develop the disease.


APPLES

Why You'll Glow: Quercetin, an antioxidant in the peel of many varieties, provides hefty protection from the "burning" UVB rays that trigger skin cancer. A few offering the biggest dose: Monroe, Cortland, and Golden Delicious. The next time you plan to spend time in the sun, pick one of them to start your day (of course, you still need to wear sunscreen).


Health Bonus: Eating two or more apples a week for 1 year reduced the risk of dying from heart disease by 15% in one study of 34,000 healthy post-menopausal women. Whatever variety you choose, be sure to eat the peel, the source of nearly all the antioxidants.


SOY

Why You'll Glow: Fine wrinkles and skin firmness improved after women in their late 30s and early 40s ate foods like tempeh that contain the soy isoflavone known as aglycone, found one study. Volunteers consumed an amount of aglycone comparable to 3 ounces of tempeh a day for 12 weeks.


Health Bonus: Adding soy to your diet may reduce your risk of developing endometrial and ovarian cancers and diabetes and prevent a recurrence of breast cancer, finds new research. The best sources: whole foods. Try substituting edamame for any vegetable and tempeh or tofu for meat and poultry in stir-fries and soups.


EGGS

Why You'll Glow: Lutein and zeaxanthin, two antioxidants found in eggs, more than quadrupled protection against the UV damage that leads to lines, brown spots, and cancer in one study on women. Skin was also markedly softer, firmer, and better hydrated.


Health Bonus: Eating just one egg a day significantly increases blood levels of lutein and zeaxanthin (but not cholesterol), which may stave off macular degeneration by protecting the retina from light damage, finds a study in the Journal of Nutrition.

ALMONDS

Why You'll Glow: "Eating a handful of almonds every day boosts levels of vitamin E, one of the most important antioxidants for skin health," says Baumann. You'll get a surge in moisture too--a boon for those prone to dryness.


Health Bonus: Though nuts are high in calories, women who ate them at least twice a week were less likely to gain weight than those who rarely did, in a new study of over 50,000 women.


WALNUTS

Why You'll Glow: These nuts are storehouses of alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 fat that's a key component of the lubricating layer that keeps skin moist and supple. A 1/2-ounce serving of walnuts provides 100% of the recommended daily intake of ALA.


Health Bonus: Eating walnuts at dinner may deliver better shut-eye. Researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center discovered that walnuts contain melatonin, a hormone that regulates sleep.

COCOA With DARK CHOCOLATE

Why You'll Glow: Women in one study positively glowed after drinking 1/2 cup, thanks to a significant increase in circulation that lasted 2 hours. But a daily cocoa habit may rejuvenate your complexion even more. Women who drank 1/2 cup of cocoa high in flavonoids (as is dark chocolate) every day for 12 weeks in another study had significantly softer, smoother, and better hydrated skin. Try Nestle Hot Cocoa Dark Chocolate.
Health Bonus: An 8-ounce cup of cocoa improved blood flow to the brain for 2 hours in British research. Besides better functioning on complex tasks, participants showed more brain activity in MRI scans--an indication of enhanced brain function that may reduce the risk of dementia.


EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

Why You'll Glow: This healthy fat contains essential fatty acids that help skin resist UV damage, finds a Lancet Oncology study. EFAs are also part of the cell membranes that help hold in moisture. The body can't synthesize EFAs, so consume about 1 tablespoon of olive oil daily to keep skin supple.


Health Bonus: Recent research suggests that hydroxytyrosol, a component in olive oil, lowers cholesterol and helps prevent obesity and diabetes by revving the energy centers in your cells. Using it at meals also warded off the next round of hunger pains in one study, so you're less likely to snack.


WHOLE GRAINS

Why You'll Glow: Whole grain bread, pasta, and cereal are surprisingly high in antioxidants (whole wheat cereal, for example, contains a comparable amount to most fruits and vegetables), and eating additional antioxidants is key to youth-proofing your complexion, says Lisa Drayer, RD. "The levels of the body's natural antioxidants decrease with age, so adding them to your diet becomes even more important."


Health Bonus: A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that dieters who ate five servings of whole grains daily for 12 weeks lost twice as much stomach fat as those who ate refined carbs. The researchers credit the higher fiber in whole grains for the significant reduction in belly fat.

Well there you have it! Do you already eat these foods? If so, isn't it great to know the benefits these foods deliver?

I love it!

Photos & Credit to Prevention.











Tuesday, November 30, 2010

New Video Alert: Kendrick Lamar Ft. Schoolboy Q- Michael Jordan



So this video was released last night at around 9:30 PM...I really enjoyed this video. The dancing is so exclusive to Kendrick & Schoolboy Q..LOVE seeing these guys in their element. The Bulls Starter jacket is just classic early 90 swagg. I was in the 6th grade rockin my Bulls starter jacket with my BK's...Check it out..It's def a banger.

K Dash...Epic Fail? U B the JUDGE!

As we know Kourt & Kim have been in NYC for the past couple months opening their new store and promoting the heck out the "KARDASHIAN" brand. With a new tell-all book being released this week..they have been BUSY. I've been watching the girls outfits while in NYC, and it's soo obvious that they both feel out of their element & are trying so hard to dress the way they believe NYC'ers do! You be the judge!



I personally think the Kardashian's have been reading the blogs & forums because I see that their style is starting to go back to how they normally dress in LA.










"They are dressing the way think THINK NY'ers do but actually don't, instead of just being themselves. You got a self proclaimed former stylist..who is supposed to be..well, stylish & has a stylist & is dressing like a 45 yr old trophy wife with to much plastic surgery. And you have Kourtney who is typically minimalist all of a sudden..dressing the total opposite..dressing a bit to extra looking like a eccentric old lady who covers her furniture in plastic."...Mystic Blog owner of www.grownblackandsexy.org/forum


Where are your Butt pads Kim?

 Is anyone else not really caring about this whole...Starting-Dec 1st-Im-No-longer-tweeting-until-I-raise-1million dollars? Big deal! You have the money! Donate it!!
Biggest EPIC FAIL...Dating Halle's baby daddy...TSK TSK


Photo credits to Grown Black & Sexy.




Day 7: Something you ate today


A Piece of CHOCOLATE!
It's only 10:45 am. :)


I came into work yesterday after our Thanksgiving break & there was a box of See's chocolates on my desk w/ this note.

One of our Associates was out at a meeting at the school district in Redondo Beach when her Mother called frantically stating there was something wrong with her Son, it was an emergency, and I must find her Daughter NOW! I had a million thoughts in my head as I put her on hold. I almost had tears running down my face imagining if that phone call was for me in regards to my baby girl. I was able to track down the Superintendent of the district she was at, her assistant was kind enough to pull her out and I was able to connect her with her Mother.  The poor lady (in her 80's) was on hold probably for 15 minutes, but I kept going back, checking on her and updating her on the status.

Turns out, it was a scam. Someone from another country was preying on the old & told her that there was a problem w/ her Grandson and she must send 1,000 dollars NOW. *SMDH*

There is a serious problem with this world, people have no idea the impact this type of crap does. Especially to elder people who are already confused.




Monday, November 29, 2010

Kiss An Makeup's Sephora GC Contest!!

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Kiss an Makeup is having a holiday contest & not 1 but 2 lucky winners will win a Sephora Gift Card worth $25!!