Monday, April 28, 2008

Commit to Change+p-square and more

Two things happened this past week; what many expected would be the only truthful outcome turned out not to be and Rev. Wright kept on preaching. I am talking about the verdict on the Sean Bell case tragedy and Rev. Wright continously speaking out for America and the world to commit to change.

Sean bell was in a car the night before his wedding when 3 undercover police officers felt their lives were in danger and pumped what was believed to be 50+ bullets into the car Killing Bell. After 'the smoke settled down', Bell was dead and there were no weapons on him or in the car.

Now think about that for a second.....

Understandably, the family is devastated, they lost a son, a father, .........a fiance; few things are worse. But also at this point, we have to think about what next. Can they take it to the Supreme Court, Ask for a retrial? Surely everyone realizes this affected more than just the Bell family and it is so beyond race because 2 of the 3 policemen are black. The issue here is police over-brutality-plain and simple and in most cases, strereotyping.

So write to your senators, government or write on your blog. Let us unite in asking that police refrain and retrain; go back to the cutting board and raise inspiring policemen not men who unfortunately go down in history for cutting down the life of an innocent human being.

There are bad people out there who pose great risks for our policemen and women but we can't forget that on November 25, 2006, we were left with one less good man.



Rev. Wright is on to something and from my own inference, he is saying we should all move towards accepting people from all different ethnic groups and races. What is wrong with that? The only thing he may have to think about is his speech sounding a bit like he is condemning a certain race. Encourage people to do whats right and leave it at that.





Check out music from P-Square!
Enjoy!

P-Square_Story: I love this song and vid!


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Wande Coal_Ololufe



Ololufe

loves the third song, not so crazy about the video.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Simple but fab skin and make-up

These are tips on skin care and makeup gathered from lots of different types of people, friends, myself included and you just have to find what works for you. I learnt something years ago; perfect skin equals perfect makeup but unfortunately there is no perfect skin but fortunately there are perfect solutions and there is flawless makeup. Each individual is different so naturally the skin care regimen will be different and honestly the drugstore type things are less complicated and usually work and the expensive things mess with your skin.

Let me start with types of skin, I have combination skin (note I didn’t say perfect skin but I’m pretty close!) and that is oily in some parts and dry in other areas. It is personally the hardest skin type to care for because of the obvious confusion of areas lol. But I also have sensitive skin so that has worked in my favor because I cannot use anything overly aggressive anyway so that helps with the combination/confusion. Try Aveeno gentle scrub once a week or any Aveeno product, love them! Or you can alternate between care for dry skin and oily skin and for really sensitive skin try Cetaphil.

Next skin type is dry skin. If you were born with dry skin, you might want to find a very good moisturizer for day and night and if you suddenly developed dry skin, check your cleanser. Using scrubs too often usually have a dual effect; they could either dry out your skin or make it super oily.

Oily skin is often associated with build up of a cleanser especially if it is cream based and as we all know build up of oil could lead to acne. I would suggest a mask or deep scrub once a week and change your cleanser and/or moisturizer to oil-free. If everything checks out just work with it until you find something that’s works for you, it does not happen overnight.

For the body, any Aveeno product or dove product. Most of the skin is usually covered up (except when we show off our legs!) so that’s why it is not as high maintenance as our face, neck and probably arms. Basically, any body cleanser would work but I love Bath and Body Works shower gels; they have soaps too that are wonderful if you don’t like shower gels. And for that head to toe glow, try a body scrub once a week, your bathing suit reflection will love you for it.

Makeup
There is this wonderful concealer stick by L’oreal. Concealers should be used to cover skin discoloration patches and also to highlight eyes because eye makeup looks great on a lighter base. The colors pop and it just looks better.

I’m not a foundation chic, tried it, not for me but if it works for you that’s cool too. The thing about foundation for me is the heaviness feel and if I did use it, I probably wouldn’t use it everyday.
Matching your exact color to your makeup powder can be very tricky, if you still haven’t found you match, try mixing two color lines where you obviously fall. For instance my sister could mix a 43 and 45 because 43 is a little too light on her and 45 is a little too dark. Black is beautiful and unique. With the different shades in this beautiful race, oftentimes makeup companies drop the ball in correctly identifying the undertones.

I am a gloss chic. Lipstick with gloss is awesome too. But to avoid looking like you had something shiny to eat at a job interview, go easy on the gloss or find a perfect shade lipstick for such demure situations.

More tips coming soon and ofcourse if you don't mind, you can share your personal beauty tips in the comment section, it just might enlight someone!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Hi everybody! I have been a little busy and I am about to let you know why and what I have been up to.

Ok so I am coming out with my very own fabulous fashion line! It kinda inspired this blog. I have been working on it for a few months now but it came to me a little while ago. I was just inspired by a lot and God put that dream in me. Since then I have been eating, sleeping and thinking this dream and I am actually now working that dream and I am so excited! My first of many collections will be out this summer (sneak peak coming soon!); it is geared towards spring/summer because usually the difference between those seasons is a sexy shawl, a cute cropped jacket or a pair of fabulously tailored pants.

The thing about dreaming is the possibility. When you believe all of a sudden that you can actually accomplish something, when you believe in yourself all of a sudden, the feeling is amazing because it’s a natural high no one can or should be able to bring you down from.

There might be setbacks, heck there will be setbacks but it’s meant to set you on a different path to that destination, not leave you back permanently.
There will also be people who might not think you have what it takes to accomplish your dream; don’t worry, let their negativity be your motivation. Also stay away from them! Lol.

The key to moving forward from just any dream to reality is seeing it in writing. When I first thought of doing this, I grabbed a piece of paper in a rush and I didn’t stop writing till 6 am the following morning. What was I writing? Everything that I would do, everything I wanted to do with regards to this dream. I decided that night what my line would be about (can’t say right now but I’ll let you know soon, I promise), the look I would be going for and why exactly my blood was racing through my body. I could not contain my excitement; it was spilling over and still is. That brings me to another key point; love what you do, be passionate about what you do. For example if you love cars please do not go into the business of restaurant and hospitality and the reason is this; there will be hard times and you want to be able to stick around because of your passion for what you are doing. There is only so much money can do because people have left high paying jobs to follow their dreams and that leads me to another key. Do not go quitting your high paying job because you may need to finance it yourself!

Most important, trust God who put that dream in you and believe in yourself. If you intend on going ahead with what you have always dreamed of doing, I’m not going to sugar-coat anything, there is a lot of hard work ahead but believe me the taste of payoff makes it so worth it!

Stay fabulous!
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