Mall Fun and Reviews

Long time with no posts!  Sorry, I’ve been parts busy and parts uninspired to post.  Shame on me, I know, I’ll be better about it!  Promise!

So this weekend has been inspiring as far as wanting to post, because there’s been lots of beauty fun and deals!  Can’t go wrong with that, right?  On twitter I was chatting with @jadorebrittanie about what she uses to get her eyebrows to look like perfection and she suggested Revlon Colorstay brow enhancer.  Can I just say, this stuff is totally awesome?  It’s easy to use, just dark enough, looks natural, AND comes with a highlighter on the other end all for below $8!  Now I just want to get the eyebrow stencils from Anastasia Eyebrows from Sephora and I would be all set with creating perfectly sculpted eyebrows everyday.   I tried on a stencil yesterday at the store and the petite one fit my eyebrow but I’m curious what I’m supposed to do with the other 4 or 5 that come in the kit? Ration out to others as Christmas gifts?  They should have it where you could buy ONE shape for a much cheaper price.  The $20 tag is killing me for an eyebrow stencil.  We’ll have to see lol, I may be free drawing by hand!

I was asked by another twitter pal @MzTamz to help her find a good makeup look for her college graduation coming up (congrats babe!) because she liked my makeup from when I graduated:

UMiami Graduation

So we met at Sephora and giggled like school girls (oh wait, she IS a schoolgirl) over the vast array of products.  So much to look at! All the things to see, all of the colors, all of the variety.  Loves that place.  Readers, we found the DEAL OF THE CENTURY and I suggest you go grab a kit too!  There was a Smashbox Cosmetics kit called the Master’s Class Beauty Breakthroughs that included an eyeshadow palette with 5 great colors, a wax pencil for the brows, a mascara with little wand for getting all lashes, a concealer type undereye corrector/enhancer, berry cheek stain, AND some o-gloss for the phenomenal price of $39!!!  Come on, one eyeshadow trio for Smashbox is $28!  You get FIVE here WITH other stuff!  It’s an amazing deal, I suggest you snap it up, we couldn’t believe it and thought we’d get to register and be told “Oh no you silly girls, it’s $99 not 39, can you read??”  But alas, we walked away with dignity intact and wallet not screaming bloody murder.

Tammy ecstatic with her find

What a fun day!  Lol, and it only got better, as we walked out the store to chit chat about the great find and decide on what to do next, an innocent looking blonde haired blue eyed little boy walked by with his mother holding his hand and proceeded to reach out and caress Tammy’s booty!  We looked at each other shocked and his mom apologized because she thought he’d only bumped into us, then he looked back over his shoulder like “Yeah, I grabbed it AND WHAT??!”  We died laughing, like did you REALLY get felt up by a 3 year old?  Oh Tammy, you must reign in that sex appeal babe, have them going wild!  Pure hilarity.

My makeup look for the day was a soft smoky eye and red lip.

I used Korres Wild Rose foundation mixed with my Make Up For Ever Cognac foundation because the Korres was too orange and the MUFE was too dark, but mixed together and it’s the PERFECT color 😀  I’m a happy camper.  I’m noticing that the Korres doesn’t photograph as well though, it reacts with flash to have that white ash look.  Notice by the hairline?  MUFE alone doesn’t do that, but it’s formulated to be HD for the camera.  Hmmmm, good thing I’m not a model then with my face in the camera all day!  Eyeshadow was from two L’oreal H.I.P duos, Sassy and Dashing. Used the sassy lighter color all over lid (is more brown in person, looks pink in the pic online), the darker color on lids, then the black from Dashing in the crease and outer corners.  Followed with Diorshow Mascara, of course the new Revlon brow enhancer to fill in and sculpt brows,  and Make Up For Ever lipstick that I just LOVE in blue red.  Get so many compliments on that lipstick and the blue in the red makes teeth sparkle white 😀  Win-Win all around!

As well, went for a manicure/pedicure and I would HIGHLY suggest any Chicago readers to check out Angel Nails and Waxing in Oak Forest, Illinois. The owner is so funny and cool, not to mention the most detail oriented nail tech!  You get hot towels on feet, massage, precise coloring, pampering for a low low price, only $15-20 for a PEDICURE!  And she has coupons that she always gives out.  Since no one was there when I went because it was raining and an off hour, I got to feel like a spoiled princess with 3 of them doing my mani-pedi, one on each hand and one on feet.  She also has the most massive array of nail polishes, mainly OPI and China Glaze, so there’s a color for everyone.   Go get spoiled!

Saying Goodbye…My Farewell to UM

Miami Ibis

As 7:40 pm hit, I walked out of the last classroom I would ever be in as an undergraduate student at the University of Miami.  God, I should have worn waterproof mascara today!  This has been my favorite semester, class/professor wise and I am happy to be going out on a very happy note.  With that said, this will be a rundown of my time there…it may not have all been magic, but damnit, it was an experience from screaming bums on the metro to sunrises over the Portofino balcony.  I’ll always love you, UM.   Go Canes!


**Freshman Year, Age 17 ’03-04′ (this was the best year, so this section will be longest):   Walked onto campus with my long ponytail swinging (rust colored pretty weave, lol), bright braced-out smile across my face and thoughts of crushes/first loves, football games/national championships, sororities, and parties filling my head.  Orientation games, met Felicia because she loved my hair and we instantly clicked.  Voila, my first friend!  Met my country roommate JaMia, saw we were both black girls with braces and got along, voila second friend.  Blasted music with my door open and drew the girls on my floor to come say hello and ended up making some of the most important friends I’d have the whole time, like Jonelle(Nelly), Shannyn, and Tinina(Nani).   Unforgettable football games where we still expected to win and had a killer squad: Sean Taylor (RIP), Sinorice Moss, Devin Hester, Kellen Winslow *drool*, the unbelievably talented list goes on.

Nani and I hung tight, sneaking off to south beach all of the time and having our “SoBe Adventures”.  Meeting random people like Kanye West and Fat Joe on the side of the road, staking out the red carpet at the Source Awards, scoring tickets to the MTV music awards, sneaking in the back doors to the hottest clubs on SoBe and getting invited into VIP.  Ahh, the good life.

(me and nani, my partner in crime)

Second half was all about JaMia, Felicia, Alexis, and I getting into mischief.  I love you, my bumble “bees” 😉  Our late nite talks of JANCUS men, going to “celebrity” basketball games, “MAGIC” moments, and sweet talking our way into VIP clubs.  JK betrayals, misplaced birthday presents *cough* Phil *cough*, and other randomness.  Great, GREAT year.

(JaMia and I)

**Sophomore year, Age 18 ’04-05′:  JaMia and I lived together in the holiday inn for a semester.  LOTS of drama with an incident when I chose poorly about some colors.  Hurricanes grounded us at Felicia’s, my favorite Auntie passed away, may have allowed a great potential boyfriend, Will, to fall through the cracks.  Fell hard for an Alpha who never felt the same….Got a fabulous “certified” lesson that summer…an acquaintance, Kamari, became one of my best friends and I taught her how to Chi-town Juke, crazy times scheming with Igho as we seemed to crush on everybody that year (my alpha, P.E., #3, Singer, and Red Light), fun times with Nelly, Alex (one word, haha….DUCK-SAUCE)

(Nelly and I)

**Junior Year Age 19, ’05-06′:  Infatuated with one of the best football players here who was as close to perfect for me as I could imagine: handsome, can sing, star of the football team (went pro), EVERYTHING….Le Sigh….Got “kidnapped” by Alex and Jonelle for a nice dinner in Key West, thought it’d be an hour trip, turns out it’s 3 hours each way!  Developed something of an eating disorder because I wouldn’t eat more than 700-1000 calories a day and worked out overboard so I dropped 20 lbs quickly, fell hard for a UIC basketball player who broke my heart.

**Senior Year Age 20 ’06-07′

Interned with JET Magazine, my fantastic grandpa passed away, Kamari and I had a crazy Nupe experience (lol).  Kamari and I hung practically all day every day, went to a Halle Berry movie premiere, partied at model parties, experienced the Chicago/Colts Miami superbowl activities, and  just tried to enjoy some of the Miami life.  Had to say good bye to all of my girlies as they dispersed around the country after their graduations.  Good luck with life, ladies!

(Kamari, JaMia, and I)

(me, Shay, Kamari)

**Extra, Final Semester, Age 21, Fall 2007

Hung with Nelly and Alex since they were pretty much my only friends left.  Tried new restaurants, interned with Elite Model Management, partied some, but mainly enjoyed the classes and semester in order to go out with a good vibe.

(Curt, ABG, Nelly, Alex C)

So to conclude this marvelous, irreplaceable chapter of my life, I’d just like to say: I love you, UM and all of the memories you have given me.  We didn’t always agree, we didn’t win them all, but damn it, we partied hard!  Kamari, JaMia, Felicia, Alexis, Shannyn, Alex, Nani….I love you guys with all of my heart and thank you for making my time here a blast.  There’ll never be another class like the badass crew who came and conquered in ’03!  We made sure of that, huh?

-UM HURRICANE, 2003-2007-

(me and my latin luver, Alex C.)


I can not believe how quickly graduation is approaching!  My internship supervisor sent out my resume yesterday so that it would come from the agency to a magazine that I really want to work for, and it just solidified that I will be really looking for a job, not just an internship, not just for a break, but a career.  How daunting! 

 Anyone know of any model agency/magazine job openings in Illinois or for online magazines?  I can’t believe my time as a student is almost up 😦  Real world, here I come….ready or not

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