Thursday, August 28, 2014

Fresh Squeezed




One of the perks of living in Florida is always being able to get oranges at a great deal! Since I have been living away from home in Orlando, I finally bought my own hand juicer. This one is perfect for oranges but could also work for grapefruit and lemons. I found it at Marshall's for $2.99 and the oranges were $5.99 for the bag. Look for weight, not size, when picking juicing fruit or you will be heavily disappointed!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Hilton Waldorf Astoria Orlando

I attended a convention this weekend at the Hilton Waldorf Astoria and had an excellent time! I definitely want to return for a relaxing getaway but it did make the business venture that much better. What is your favorite resort? Are you more likely to go to business conventions, meetings, and events if they are held at luxurious venues?


Thursday, July 31, 2014

Date Night | Fitted Dress


Sharing my date night outfit, featuring my new fitted dress from H&M! I love this dress because it is sexy enough to wear as a club or party dress but classy enough to be worn as a cocktail dress. If you decide to purchase this H&M dress, I highly  recommend trying it on because it fits very tight (especially around the hips). I usually wear a size 4 but am wearing a size 6 in this dress.









I really like the silhouette for pear shaped girls because it accentuates the waist with the curved stitching. The hem going up in a "V" is also very flattering for bigger hips and butt, like mine. I wanted to say all of this in the video but the camera kept cutting off; however, I'm working to get it back to normal. I hope you enjoyed and have a wonderful day!


Mark Feather Earrings (Avon)
Israeli Hamsa Necklace
Steve Madden Black Heels purchased at Ross
H&M Fitted dress in Mint found here http://www.hm.com/us/product/31587?article=31587-D
Mark Watch (Avon)







Maybelline Pure BB


Check out my video review of the Maybelline Pure BB with Salicylic Acid in Medium Deep. I purchased mine at Walmart for about $8. Find out if I felt this was a real "BB Cream" and if it is worth purchasing.








Wednesday, June 18, 2014

June OnyxBox Review

 I was recently contacted by We Are Onyx to review one of their subscription boxes named OnyxBox. The box was mailed to me in mid-June so I'm happy to be able to share the subscription information along with my honest thoughts on the selection of products sent to me!

Here are the subscription details according to the We Are Onyx website:

(1) Sign up for an OnyxBox subscription and complete the True Beauty Profile

For only $25 per month, receive 5 deluxe-size or full size hair, skin, makeup and lifestyle products from our favorite high-end brands from around the world. Every month we will curate 4 products and, as a returning subscriber, you get to select a 5th sample from a hand-picked selection of luxury beauty products. If you are a new subscriber you will be able to select your sample starting with your 2nd Onyxbox.

(2) Receive your Onyxbox

Discover your new fave products by watching our exclusive video tutorials and get the best in black beauty tips & tricks from our Beauty Experts and OnyxGirls.

(3) Unwrap & Indulge

We curate the best products from around the world for our OnyxGirls, and we know you'll love them as much as we do! Purchase even more great products in the Onyx Boutique, share your reviews, and let us know which products you'd love to see in future ONYXBOXES.

What's in My OnyxBox?

My June OnyxBox contained the following products:

Lauren B. Beauty Nail Couture in Rodeo Drive – Retail Price $18
These gorgeous glossy and 5-free lacquers will keep your nails on point all summer
long!

c. Booth – Honey Almond Nourishing Dry Oil Mist – Retail Price $7.99 Dramatically lightweight dry oil for face and body imparts a light, lasting glow for
instantly touchable skin.

LottaBody Curl & Style Milk – Retail Price $3.99
Coconut and shea oils deeply hydrate hair from inside out, leaving hair soft and
nourished with brilliant shine.

Cargo Cosmetics High Shine Lip Gloss in Madrid – Retail Price $16.00

Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque Samples (2) with Coupon booklet

To the left is one coat of the Lauren B. Beauty Nail Couture in Rodeo Drive. This is your classic red nail color that goes with every skin tone because it is a cool tone even though it looks a little warmer in the picture for some reason. I later applied another coat and my nails were even shiner, however, it did chip quite a bit during the first night. I will have to be sure to use a top coat next time.

The Lotta Body Curl & Style Milk is actually a very effective moisturizer for curly hair. Shea butter is listed as the second ingredient after water and it contains many plant oils. It left my hair bouncy and extremely soft! It is hard to define curls without making them flat, but this product really gave me Lotta Body (I had to use that pun haha). I normally would not have tried this product so I was happy that it was included even though it is not a high-end brand. This is easily the product that I will use the most!

The c. Booth Honey Almond Nourishing Dry Oil Mist smells nothing short of amazing! It has such a warm comforting scent and light mist that anyone close enough to smell it will want to just inhale you all day. The mist is great for touching up dry areas on your body when you don't have time to apply a heavy lotion. I especially enjoy it for my collar bone area because it gives a subtle glow that everyone wants in summer time!
The Cargo High Shine Lip Gloss in Madrid is a sheer wash of color but contains lots of sparkles. It goes on very smooth and I enjoy the scent, however, I'm not a fan of sparkly lip gloss so I will probably give this one to a friend.

The first four items were listed in the information card as items that I may receive in my box, however the Shea Moisture samples were not included in that list; the Shea Moisture samples did contain a coupon book for select products which I will be using to repurchase the Curl Enhancing Smoothie. I have used the Deep Treatment Masque before and didn't care for it so I will probably give these samples to a friend.

My Thoughts



I must say I was a little disappointed to see the items in my box since the We Are Onyx website claims in their FAQs and How It Works sections that "For only $25 per month, receive 5 deluxe-size or full size hair, skin, makeup and lifestyle products from our favorite high-end brands from around the world." This statement seems to not hold true for my box because with the exception of the Cargo lip gloss and maybe the Lauren B. Beauty nail varnish, these products are not considered "high-end brands." I was under the impression that the items would be new brands that I would not have otherwise come across and not common items that I can purchase at the drugstore. The June box is named Red, White, and Beauty and all of the products are from the United States this month so I cannot give a review on whether or not they select international products since this was an American themed box.

With that aside, I feel that the OnyxBox has a good variety of product types because it includes one product from skin, nails, and makeup and two hair products. I personally would have liked to see a home product instead of two hair products, but this was my first box and subscribers are only able to pick their 5th item when purchasing their second OnyxBox. I'm guessing that the second box may be more suited to subscribers however, I'm not sure if subscribers will want to take that chance with another $25. I also feel that they need to incorporate more brands that are really considered "luxury" and "high end" in order for the box to be worth the subscription price; make subscribers feel as if they are getting a treat that is completely different from what they see in common stores.

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