SYB Freebie: Jurlique Earth Day Skincare

Hi Muchachitas,

Happy almost Earth Day! It’s actually on Tuesday the 22nd, but it’s never to early to honor Mother Earth. Grant it, I’m not as conscious as I could be in this area. I definitely recycle, and I’m as hippiefied as a bougie DC girl can be (I’m raising Lina Bobina in a naked-positive house and can’t seem to shake fringed booties)…but I could be greener. One area with which I do try to embrace naturalness is in my beauty products! And Jurlique is one of my favorites. Not only is the line of bath and body products all-natural, eco-friendly and committed to following sustainable practices (the ingredients are derived from some fabulous Australian farm) — it’s downright luxe. The skin and bodycare is carried in the chicest salons, models swear by the stuff, and the wholly organic scents are transcendental.

And now, it can all be yours…gratis, my love. I’m giving away one set of Jurlique Purifying Foaming Cleanser, Purifying Mask, and Purely Bright Night Moisturizer ($155 value)! 

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With a blend of honey extracts, calendula and rose, this gentle-as-all-get-out cleanser balances combination skin (T-zone obliterating), and leaves skin soft and silky.

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So good as the weather gets warmer, and your skin tries it with the greasiness. With natural tea and grapeseed extracts, the mask draws out impurities and calms sweaty, oily skin in the most gentle way (no chalky dryness).

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LIVE FOR THIS! I so enjoy beauty products that work while I’m dead asleep. This one combines citrus, sunflower, and violet extract to help eradicate dark spots and hyper pigmentation — leaving your skin impossibly radiant in la mañana.

CONTEST RULES:

1) Like my FB page

2) Subscribe (on the home page, to the right)

3) And then I’ll pick a winner at random!

Good luck, gorgeous!

xo,

Tia

 

 

Prada Perfume is Magically Slimming

Prada Perfume is Magically Slimming

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So I’ve gotten… thick? Whatever. Chubby. Let’s just call this what it is. I’m officially a pretty, chubby girl. I didn’t even realize how much until this: I was zipping up my high-waisted jeans for the umpteenth time that day, and finally realized that it wasn’t falling on its own. My tummy was pushing it down. Ugh! Later that day, my new favorite club banger came on the radio, T-Pain’s “Up Down,” (sidenote: Love that he’s back. You must get into his “Can’t Believe It” remix with Justin Timberlake!). My ears perked up at the howlingly ratchet — but admittedly evocative — line, “Shorty thick like a Snickers.” I envisioned a luscious beauty with body for days, like a plus size supermodel. Like Tocarra. Sadly, I didn’t picture me. I felt like more of a Whoopee Pie than a Snickers.
 
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Cut to me telling my bestie my plans to hit the gym, eat salmon salads and perfect Beyonce choreo in my living room. That has to count as cardio, right?
 
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But oddly, my bestie told me I was starting to look thinner already. Lighter. My boyfriend echoed this, saying “There’s just something thinner about you.” It took me a sec to figure it out — but it was my new perfume, PRADA Infusion’d Iris. It’s a skinny fragrance! The zingy, baby-powderish, citrusy floral is so feather-light and airy — that it makes you look light and airy. Which somehow motivates me to work out and eat healthier! I swear, I am all about this aroma-trickery. Ladies, I am nobody’s Whoopee Pie. I am #ThickLikeASnickers in my Prada, and proud!
xo,
LaToya L.
The Brow Tint of Life

The Brow Tint of Life

Ava and her brows.

Ava and her brows.

I usually do my own brows (insomniac tweezing should be considered a treatable medical condition). I’m pretty good at it, so I never needed profesh attention. But I was chatting with a famous brow technician friend at a recent event, and…well, she sort of read my arches. This is our relationship. We’re lovingly catty. Last time I saw her, I called her way-too-baggy jeans “ex-boyfriend jeans.”

Famous Technician: Even though your brows are full, they’re feathery. Sort of sparse. So they can seem vague. Ever tried a brow tint? It’ll fill in all the spaces, giving you a bolder, more Ava Gardner sort of look.

Me: You’re so manipulative. You knew that if you mentioned Ava Gardner, I’d have to try it.

The Famous Technician was going on tour with a pop star for a month, so I booked a tint appointment at Lower Manhattan’s esteemed Boom Boom Brow Bar. It’s the cutest place. The inside of it looks like the boudoir of a 1950s showgirl (there’s actually a chandelier strewn with brightly colored bras).

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I sat down with the owner, a curvy Long Island Italian bombshell named Malynda. She broke the whole process down for me, saying, “First of all, you need to stop tweezing. The reason you’re constantly plucking is because you have every hair on a different growth pattern, so they’re coming in at different times. If you wax every month at the same time, they’ll all be on the same cycle. You’ll have two week of clean brows, and one week where they’re growing in. Lightly.” I never thought about this!

“And a vegetable dye tint is perfect for someone like you, a mom with a busy career,” she continued. “Because, with no pencils or gels or filling-in, your arches will look perfect every day. Like you’ve had a makeup artist groom them every morning! And it fades away naturally, in a month or so.”

I was sold. The dye part was weird…

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Here I am, letting the dye sit for ten minutes. I was terrified that, after she wiped it off, the shade would still be this dark. Cara Delevingne is hot, but I’m not her.

Guys, the results were truly stunning. I had no reason to be afraid. See:

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The top pic was my natural brow. All unformed and, yes, VAGUE. The second pic was right after she washed off the dye. It was still a little strong; hadn’t settled yet. The last pic was an hour later. Snatched.

I’m such a dork for living my entire life without proper, professional brow maintenance. And now I will be tinting once a month. What I’m not going to do is a my mustache, which she was quite vocal about aching to remove (you can barely see it, goddamn!). If you want to try the look at home first, I’d suggest Perfekt Beauty Brow Perfection Gel, a smudge-resistant tinted gel that comes in mascara form. It fills-in so prettily, and doesn’t look weirdly artificial like other brow tints. Get into it!

xo,

Yo Mama