Saturday, December 25, 2010

Sephora Coupon Code!

Starting December 26th, you can take 20% off of sale items on wwww.sephora.com. Just enter the code "EXTRA" at checkout.  For other coupon codes and specials, check out www.retailmenot.com

NEW HAUTELOOK EVENT: ROCK & REPUBLIC

I know it has been awhile, but I wanted to tell you about another great event on Hautelook.  Rock & Republic will be featured until Monday, December 27, 2010 until 8am PACIFIC TIME!  The packaging is beautiful and the products very pigmented.  Click on the link down below to register and get to shopping!

http://www.hautelook.com/invite/chrystynsview

Monday, November 15, 2010

Favorite Orbit Gum - Sponsored Post

I love the Sweetmint! What's your favorite flavor? http://orbitgum.com/#/home

NEW HAUTELOOK EVENT: URBAN DECAY

HauteLook has another great event going on starting Today (11/15) on Urban Decay Products.  The event starts at 8:00 AM PST!  The event is for 48 hours so get your orders in early.  Click on the link below to register and place your order.  Once you become a member, you will be eligible for a $10 credit for every friend you refer and places their FIRST order.  So register now and get in on some great deals, usually 50% to 70% off!

Registration Link:
http://www.hautelook.com/invite/chrystynsview


Sunday, November 14, 2010

No New Years Resolution Weightloss: Day 1

So I know I stated that yesterday (Friday, since I am posting this at midnight on Saturday) was supposed to be my weight loss kick off. Yea well, it didn't happen to say the least. BUT.......I did start today! YAY!

Today marks the beginning of what I will be calling No New Years Resolution Weightloss. Reason behind this is A.) New Year's resolutions are bullshit, what is so significant about January first other than it is a new year, why do you think the first of the year makes a difference, and why do you postpone something until that one date? B.) I want to be cute BY New Year's not waiting to get cute after.

Now I don't want you to get the wrong idea about this.  While I want to lose weight and inspire others, trust that I am human and seriously flawed.  Plus I am seriously working a young 22 year old's budget.  I want to blog about my weightloss journey from a realistic prospective: no crazy budget for diet/health foods, no killing myself to find 3 hours to work out, and no bullshitting myself and you.

I took a picture that I will post on the half way mark (maybe day 30) that will show you how far I've come or how much further I need to go.  It is embarrassing, but it's real.

As a black woman it is funny how you seem to be caught in the middle of what beautiful is.  When I was a freshman in high school I had this white teacher tell the class that the reason black men like the way black women were built was because they had grown used to it..............LIKE IT WAS A BAD THING!

I looked around the class in shock at the only 2 other black students in the class and the 20 other white females in the room (it was a home economics class *eye roll*) and then back at my teacher.  She was a small woman, no curves, no nothing.  I thought to myself, "Bitch, just because your husband has some secret fantasy of being with a little boy (cause she was built like one), doesn't mean that is what all men want."

My boyfriend is supportive. He has accepted me the way I am (which is good and bad) and when I complain about gaining weight, he would tell me to go work out or shut that shit up.

So why am I doing this? For many reasons.....

1. To fit back into the clothes I already have.
2. For my health, to many medical issues in my family
3. For my boyfriend. Not because he doesn't like me the way I am, but because I gotta take care of me first before I can be completely together for him.

Day One:
I didn't eat much today I will admit. I ate a bag of Emerald's Breakfast To Go trail mix, A Stouffers Lasagna, and a bowl of Kellogg's Special K with the strawberries.  I only drank water today and I started HydxroxyCut Max Advanced for Women (which I will be doing a blog post on soon).

I had a baby work out, I just walked on the tread meal for a little over 50 minutes on incline: 2.28 miles and burned 218 calories.

A little scattered brained, I know, but I will get better with the post.  Until the next one.....

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Tomorrow is a New Day

So my boyfriend left to go to basic at the end of October.  I told myself that he would come back to a slimmer girlfriend.  Well..........let's just say, at this rate he will come back to a fatter one.

Between work and pure laziness, I just haven't been doing what I need to do to get down in size.  My weight has ballooned to a all time high (200+) and diabetes runs in my family.  So after looking through random magazines and Facebook pictures, hell even through my closet of clothes I can no longer wear, I realized it is time to stop bullshitting.  It is time to really crack down.  

Now I ain't going to bs y'all and say that I am going to be eating uber healthy and working out everyday. Cause first off, baby steps, secondly I gotta milk my hours at work just to be behind financially and eating healthy ain't cheap.  So I am going to start of my journey tomorrow (tonight was my last overindulgence night).  I have a new pill I am going to try and I will updating my blog more regularly and let you know how it goes.  Until tomorrow.........

Macaroni Grill

Macaroni Grill
I am craving Penne Rustica from Macaroni Grill, it is sooooo good

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Carol's Daughter

Carols Daughter
I love Carol's Daughter Rosemary and Mint shampoo & conditioner. My hairs smells so good and feels clean after using it.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Urban Decay Naked Palette

Recently got the UD Naked Palette and I am in love with it, the colors are so pretty and pigmented. It looks great against my skin color:-) http://www.urbandecay.com/categories/NakedPalette.cfm

Thursday, September 9, 2010

A Piece of Your Heart

So yesterday I heard my boyfriend say something to his ex that made my heart sink a little.  I know it wasn't his intention to hurt me, but it really had me thinking today.

I believe when you really love someone, you never stop loving them. Even if you have moved on to someone else.  True love never dies, it just takes a new form......well, in my opinion.  When a relationship has ended and you love that person, your love remains.  You want the best for them and wish them no harm.  While I do believe that, it is hard to take my own words of wisdom sometimes.

I know he will always love her.  That is the mother of his child and they were together for a long time.  I myself have loved once before and wish that guy love only the best.  However, it is hard to accept that you are sharing the heart of someone you love with someone from his past (and in this case very much his present).

While I believe you will always have love for someone from the past, the question soon becomes how much.  You begin to wonder how much room is left for you and how much of his heart she still possesses.

Love is not easy, I know this better than anyone, but the beginning shouldn't be so complicated.  There are things I have learned to accept in life when it comes to relationships: children, shady pasts, crazy ex girlfriends, liars and cheaters.  Ironically enough, this feels like deja vu. I think what makes this more painful is because this is the second time this has happened.  Ugh..........hopefully I won't be saying 3rd times a charm this time next year:-(


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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Gotta Vent

Hey y'all! So I know I have been MIA and will probably still remain that way for another week thanks to my old roommate being unable to return my calls (long story).

But I wanted to vent a little. I recently started dating someone.  While it is feels so weird for me to call someone a boyfriend again, the idea of me being in a relationship is not lost upon those from my past or friends currently in my life.

While I could go on and on about how weird this transition has been, I wanted to talk about women.  It is amusing to me how a woman can completely disregard and disrespect a man's girlfriend for her own bullshit reason.  I don't understand why you want a man to cheat on his woman with you?  First you would just be second rate and secondly what makes you think that you would be any different that he wouldn't disrespect you?

My guy and I haven't even been together that long and already I have girls bein' a little to ballsy when they address my boyfriend.  I feel like if you aren't going to respect me, respect yourself and fall back.  Cause this is my man and I ain't goin' no where and he don't want your raggedy ass neways........

Saturday, August 7, 2010

I'm Still Here

So for the last month I have been without internet.  Like so many things in life, you never really appreciate something until it's gone.  Along with my internet, my tv and dvr service said farewell after moving.

It has been a hellish month between moving, money, and men.  But I guess that is life. lol.  I will have internet service soon (after the 22nd, guess that ain't really that soon). But until then I will be trying to update as often as I can on here and my YT.  Trust that while I may have been disconnected from the internet world doesn't mean the drama and my makeup habit have died in the least. So until next time..........MUAH!



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Saturday, July 10, 2010

June Favorites (non-beauty related)

So June has come and gone.  It was a rough mouth to be honest with you, but there were a few things I managed to love this month.

Beauty Favorites:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Z1fR5RIdQ4


HOTTLIKEBROADWAY
So the Drake album dropped and too be honest I've yet to listen to it in its entirety.  However, quite a few of my friends claimed they weren't too impressed.  Despite all of that, I do like "Find Your Love" especially when it was song by a YouTuber: HottLikeBroadway.  I usually don't watch videos of singers but I definitely subscribed and doesn't hurt that he is cute too:-)


SANDWICHES
For some reasons I've been eating a lot of sandwiches this month.......probably cause I've been broke and doing the good ol' fashion lunch bag sandwiches.  However, when I do decide to spend the money there are two places I go: Atlanta Bread Company and Subway.

At ABC, I get the roast beef on sourdough with tomato, mayo, onions, and lettuce.  When I go to Subway, I get the footlong (cause I'm a fatass lol) wheat with turkey, lettuce, American cheese, onions, tomato, oil and balsamic vinaigrette, mayo, and oregano.  Oddly, after years of being disgusted by onions.......suddenly I have been craving them.  

MY YOUTUBE SUBSCRIBERS
I really appreciated those who reached out to me on YouTube and showed me so much love and support when I was going through some things.  I just want to thank them cause it really meant a lot and was really surprising.


I know I didn't have many favorites this month, but I'm sure I'll have more to post next month:-)

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Monday, July 5, 2010

Married, Pregnant, and Single

So for the past week, I have been in training for my new job.  It is five weeks long and a complete drag.  However, the other women in my class amuse me and I do my share in keeping others entertained.  However, y'all don't care about my training class, so I will move on.

On my first day of class, it was brought to my attention that about 90% of the women in my class were either pregnant, had kids, married, divorced, or a combination of the previous.  What threw me off was the fact that about half of those were around my age or younger.

It is slowly becoming a bit of an annoyance listening to these women talk about their husbands and children when I am stuck in my state of lonely nights or the permenant transition from single to not so single (long story).  Though being the single/childless woman amongst those who aren't so lonely sucks, it is the ages that fascinate me.

I am only 22 and feel like I have barely cracked into adulthood.  Though the days of running to mommy and daddy for every little thing are over, I know that they still have their hands lightly on my purse strings, which I am okay with due to some personal setbacks.

It blows my mind that at my age girls, hell even guys, are ready to be married with kids and completely settled down.  Don't get me wrong, if you can do it and that is what you really want, then go for it.  But it is still hard for me to believe that I am at the point in life where every time I get on Facebook, there is another wedding album of a high school classmate or another friend is pregnant.

I am still trying to figure out who I am and where I am going, the idea of involving someone else in that decision isn't something I want or need right now.  But when I look at the other women in my class glowing about their snotty nosed kids and their lazy ass husbands.............I start to feel something inside.

No, it isn't jealousy but at times I do wonder will my turn come soon (soon meaning in the next five years) because right now there is nothing on the horizon indicating that I will too have my own lazy ass husband TRYING to get me to cook for him or a snotty nose baby destroying my sex life.

While I know I am not ready for a kid (which my friends constantly remind me of: "you don't even like kids" lol......which is not true, just people's bratty ones that need an ass whooping) or having to share all my life decisions with someone else, it would be nice if I could at least get a little puppy and maybe a guy who I could see a future with that extends past the summer:-)

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

A Summer Ex Follow-Up

SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.........

I this is my follow up post to the summer ex blog post:
http://chrystynsview.blogspot.com/2010/06/summer-brings-exes-or-just-one.html
My mother forwarded me the letter and it was so bizarre to look at.  I stared at the envelope wondering what the hell an ex from over four years ago could possibly have to say to me.  I soon found out, he thought he had a lot to say.

The letter was short and to the point. Z wanted to see me and had been looking for me on pretty much every social networking site and found out my address through the satellite view of google maps (long story).  After a wave of emotions, I decided to email him and eventually call him.  A few brief exchanges were made before I finally decided (sort of) that I would see him.

This week, I came home with no real intention of seeing him.  However, I had to return another guy's gift at the mall and figured I would kill two birds with one stone by meeting Z there.  What happened next was a bit of a fail.

We were supposed to meet in the food court and as I sat there waiting on him, I did feel irritated.  My annoyance was interrupted when I saw the tiny body of my ex.  He looked like a cancer patient, he was so thin.  Come to find out he was 50 pounds smaller than when we dated.  I have many thoughts on his weight loss but I will leave it alone.  He said it was because when I knew him, it was right after his football days.  Either way, this new look didn't bring me any comfort.
Z, 50 lbs smaller than that pic from the earlier post:-/

I had originally planned to let Z say his piece because he seemed so concerned about telling me the truth, then ditch him to finish my mall trip.  That idea went out of the window.

Without boring you with too much detail, he told me the truth about his tattoo.  The same tattoo that read the name of a girl that was supposedly dead, killed by her drug dealers.  LIE! While I had figured he was lying long ago, he managed to surprise me a little: the tattoo was for a girl he was talking too WHILE dating me. NICE!

He revealed more truths that I really didn't even care about at this point in my life and then we sat there in awkward silence as he tried to read my face.  He said he had changed (which I don't entirely believe), but after I let down my hostile wall a little bit (blew off plans with a couple other people) I decided to shrug it off and walk around the mall with him.

I guess he felt really guilty because that is the first time I left the mall with that much shit and I didn't pay for ANYTHING! I know losing your virginity is a big deal but for me it was more of something to get out of the way; however, he felt since he was my first that he was extra wrong for his indiscretions.  SURE, WHATEVER YOU SAY!

He says he wants to be friends even though sex was obviously on his mind (which he later confirmed), I don't know if that can really happen.  Guys you have had sex with that want to be friends later......never seem to want to stay "just friends" for long.  But guess we will see....

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Review: N.Y.C. Blushable Creme Sticks

N.Y.C. released its line of blushable creme sticks and many are comparing them to higher brands (i.e. NARS Multiples and Clinque's Blushwear Cream Stick). I have never used the Clinque cream sticks but as far as the NARS Mutiples, well I see where there is some comparison.

There are six permanent N.Y.C. Blushable Creme Sticks and currently two limited edition ones:

(Picture file was too large, colors listed below in order of swatches and sticks in pictures; click on picture to enlarge image)

Permanent:
Plaza Pink
Big Apple Blush
Berry New Yorker
South St. Seashell
Mauvin' Uptown
Urban Spice

Shock Value Collection (Limited Edition)
Pink Flash
Wild Berry


These blushes all have a bit of shimmer in them (some more than others; Pink Flash, Wild Berry, and South St. Seashell have little to none) and can appear a bit frosty.  However I think they are great blushes/colors for the summer and suitable for all skin towns.  While the lighter shades may make for better highlighters for dark toned faces, each stick is wearable in some way for any skin tone

The N.Y.C. Blushable Creme Sticks may not have the same consistency as a NARS Multiple; however, they do have the same creamy and easily blendable nature.  They staying power of the Blushable Creme Sticks are great but not meant for more than a 12 hour day.  Other than the previously mentioned cons the only other issue I have with the sticks is that some of the colors look very similar, as you may notice from the swatches.  However, the prices are so low ($3.99 to $5.99 appx.) that I don't mind having similar colors.

One more thing about these creme sticks is that they make for great lipsticks as well:-)

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Movie Review/Response: Killers


So I'm a little late with this one...I saw Killers on Saturday and I have to say this movie falls safely in the middle between a fail and a great movie.

Like so many movies I go to see with friends, it is a movie that wasn't my first choice amongst the current movies playing at my small town theater. However, it wasn't at the bottom of my list either.

Katherine Heigl, who plays Jen, reminds me of a younger, taller, blonder version of Jennifer Aniston. Meaning that she plays the same tired ass roles in every movie and stupidly expects the audience not to notice. Once again she plays a work minded almost lame woman whose love life isn't exactly ideal (Have you seen 27 Dresses and Knocked Up?).

Jen meets and eventually marries Spencer (Ashton Kutcher); however, her perfect little world is soon turned upside down when suddenly all of her friends and neighbors are on $20 million dollar payoff mission to kill her husband. With the exception of the end (which was still lame), there was no real surprises in the movie.

I went to see this movie with two of my friends and we got a couple of laughs. However, he was obviously drunk and she sat behind me so I can't really judge how authentic the laughs were.

Ultimately, I thought the movie was a little Mr. and Mrs. Smith, The Bourne Identity, and Knight and Day (which looks more interesting than Killers) all thrown into one script.

Ashton Kutcher did a good job not playing his once signature, dumbass characters, but when your leading lady is Heigl.........there is only so much you can do. There were SOME funny moments, but the action scenes seemed short lived.

Honestly, the best part of the movie was Catherine O'Hara's character. She played Heigl's alcoholic mother, who was sort of in her own world at times. While alcoholism isn't funny, there is something that amuses me about a woman who drinks her wine from a coffee cup and cures her hangovers by drinking from a massive pitcher of Bloody Mary for breakfast.

Like I mentioned earlier, this movie wasn't a complete disaster but it surely doesn't fall under the category of me running to get the dvd later. Killers is passable, even average. It is one of those movies you can't really recommend but you can't completely discourage others from seeing either. So go see it and tell me what you think.

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Monday, June 14, 2010

NEW HAUTELOOK EVENT: SMASHBOX



On Tuesday, June 15th, HauteLook will feature Smashbox Cosmetics with palettes up to 50% off. There will be plenty of other items featured for discounted prices. Event will begin 8am PACIFIC STANDARD TIME.

Register now to get your know about sales/events:
http://www.hautelook.com/invite/chrystynsview

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Summer Brings Exes or Just One

So my track record when it comes to dating is worthy of a comedy or a over dramatic soap opera. I've been dumped, cheated on, and lied to. Don't get me wrong, I'm no innocent victim cause I've done my fair share of the same. But what makes my dating life amusing (in retrospect, never while it is happening) is my past constantly trying to make its way to the present. What do I mean by this? Every ex, hookup, or short-term whatever has tried to contact me long after a disastrous ending to our "relationship." While I could go on and on and on about how and why guys from my past felt the odd desire to contact me, this is not what this post is about.

Today I got a text from my mother telling me that I got a letter in the mail from a Z. P. (not his full name). Assuming that my mother was texting me his full name, she must of thought I knew who that was. After ignoring the text and going back to sleep, I thought about who the hell was Z. Then I realized it was the guy who took my virginity. The same guy I hadn't spoken to in years and had long forgotten his last name. I considered letting my mom just open the letter for me, but realized that would be a horrible idea, since Z turned me from a rule bender to a rule crusher and I had know clue what he could possibly have to tell me now.

A year after we broke up, this dumb fuck got engaged. Trust, there was no sense of loss there since he was a dumbass to put it simply. He was always high, wanted to be a rapper, was a waiter (and still may be), and had no real plans for a real future. So all I can say is good luck to his fiance (if they are still together).

To wrap this up, I spent 20 minutes on the phone with my mother about the letter. Wondering how he got the address (he had been to the house, but who really memorizes the actual address of an ex....not me) also because I doubt he ever really knew my parents' name and our address isn't listed in the phone book. I asked my mom what the envelope looked like, was it a regular one or the type you put a card in. She told me the envelope was regular but given the fact that he was a dumbass, doesn't mean he wouldn't print out wedding invitations on regular paper. Which brings me to the thought of why would he send me one!?

My mom told me it looked like a single piece of paper was inside and that the handwriting looked like a female's (something I do slightly remember about him). Since I haven't spoken to him in years, it should be interesting to see what it is because there is nothing to talk about at this point. We broke up and it was a bad memory that I have long since forgotten. What makes this contact from an ex interesting is because it required more effort than the others (no text message, looking me up on facebook, or calling a friend), he actually used my full name and address and wrote to me...........THIS SHOULD BE INTERESTING.

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Friday, June 4, 2010

Ask Me Anything!



Ask whatever you would like: personal, beauty, whatever! Post it as either a comment to this blog post or on YouTube (preferably on YT).

Thursday, June 3, 2010

May Favorites (non-beauty related)

Another month has passed and these are the things I loved that weren't beauty related!


"Ride" by Ciara featuring Ludacris

I have been really loving this song last month. Honestly, I feel that Ciara's music can be hit or miss at times, but this song suited her well. "Ride" isn't too slow (which with her voice, isn't a strong point for her) and it isn't to clubby. The beat is good and strong and just fits so many of my moods: desire to dance, chill, and even get my freak on (wink, wink) lol. It is just a great song.


"Why Don't You Love Me" by Beyonce

Another song I loved in May was Beyonce's "Why Don't You Love Me." There isn't much I can say expect that it said exactly how I felt in regards to a past relationship. The song is in your face and somewhat empowering, but that is probably cause the beat is great.


KFC Grilled Chicken with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
So my 22 year old mind allowed myself to think eating grilled chicken from a fast food restaurant was "being good" compared to eating a burger. There is nothing really healthy about this combination, but it just tastes so good. The KFC seasoning on the grilled chicken dipped in the mashed potatoes with gravy is just so good. I ate it more than I want to admit this month.

Chick-fil-a Fudge Nut Brownie
I usually don't have a sweet tooth, but in May I was killing those brownies. I found myself just going to Chick-fil-a just to get the brownies. Sad, I know. LOL! But they just hit the spot every time, maybe cause I lacked chocolate in other areas of my life;-)


Pizza Hut Pan Pizza With Sausage, Pepperoni, and Mushrooms

So I wasn't exactly healthy about my eating habits this month. But for some reason I found myself craving this pizza and had it like 3 or 4 times this month. Crazy, but it was so good. June will be a healthier month:-)







Real Housewives of New York

I am a Georgia girl and black, so you know I have love for the Real Housewives of Atlanta (though some of them are a hot mess). However, this season of the Real Housewives of New York is the best one yet. All the drama is ridiculous and I found myself getting irritated with Jill (for her high school ways), Kelly (for her stupidity) and LuAnn (for her hypocrisy). However, like any woman who spent their teen years during the rise of the reality television show I get a kick out of people making asses of themselves and who doesn't love a little drama when it doesn't involve your own life. I will say that they didn't need to add the extra two women to the cast (Sonya and Jennifer....yes she was a housewife, but I guess she was too boring to be in the introduction).

I'm sure there is something I forgot, but oh well. See my beauty favorites of May:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ee-ahPe_r7o

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Monday, May 17, 2010

Review: Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Mascara Duo



Review on Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Mascara Duo (featured Pink for Hazel Eyes)

Available wherever Physicians Formula is sold. Price is appx. $10.95

Another Great HauteLook Event: Tarte



HauteLook has another great event coming up tomorrow (May 18)! Tarte Cosmetics will be featured on the sight with items ranging from lipgloss to cheek stains.

The event starts at 8am PACIFIC TIME! So register now and log on early, because once the items are sold out, they are gone. Click on the link down below to register!

Registration Link:
http://www.hautelook.com/invite/chrystynsview

Information about the site:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2XwBsU9qSU

Friday, May 7, 2010

My Prom Memories

So many of the beauty gurus on YouTube do videos on prom tutorials/looks/makup/etc. I decided to be a little different. I did two videos about my prom experiences and here are a few pictures from those crazy nights. The blue dress was from my senior year and the gold from my junior year. The guy I am hugging is my prom date from senior year.

Hear are the video links:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkDO8d0QqwE (junior prom)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2ESFznCqWI (senior prom)












Saturday, May 1, 2010

Movie Review/Response: The Backup Plan


Jennifer Lopez returns to the big screen in this romantic comedy about love, pregnancy, and all the drama in between.

In her first movie since the birth of her twins, Lopez returns to a role she is comfortable with and her audience is most receptive to see her in. I must admit, I wasn't too thrilled to go see this movie. Like so many others, I thought her career was pretty much over and that this movie would be like watching a trainwreck: covering my eyes and peeking through my fingers.

However, The Backup Plan was relatively good, a great movie to watch with a girlfriend or two. While Lopez's role seemed a bit "been there, done that," the rest of the cast really brought forth the comedy of the movie.

Stan (Alex O'Loughlin) is the diary farmer that captures Zoe's (Lopez) heart and is the lovable, naive character of the movie. While Stan is easy on the eyes, his too patient and understanding qualities are a bit boring and typical. Even with Zoe's pregnancy hormones and her own personal level of crazy, Stan still stays and remains the ideal guy. While that is great and all, I like a little diversity in my movies: drama, death, laughter, etc.

While death and drama shouldn't be expected with a romantic comedy, there was plenty to laugh at during the movie. Michaela Watkins (Mona) and Anthony Anderson definitely bring forth the comedy with their uncensored views of parenthood.

The climax of comedic scenes is the home birth of one of the support group memebers. Without saying too much, it was definitely something to laugh at and scene to cover the eyes and ears of any children in the room.

While the movie has it's cliche moments, overall I was not disappointed with the movie in it's entirety. There is a little bit of something for every type of woman who watches this movie: mothers, girlfriends, lesbians, those with ticking clocks, etc.

I recommend this movie for any woman who wants to get a good laugh with some of her friends, or at least to any woman who has birthed a child.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

April Favorites (non-beauty related)

So each month on YT I do a video about my monthly favorites: beauty related only. So I decided to start posting about my favorites that are not beauty related:-) So here is what I'm lovin' this month!

VIVIAN GREEN'S NEW ALBUM
The 31 year old singer finally released her third album, Beautiful, this month (April 6th) and I was so excited. She is the ONLY artist that I have made the effort to buy all of her albums in their entirety. The album comes out after a five year gap since her second album, Vivian.

I will admit it isn't my favorite of her three albums, but everything she puts out is nothing short of great. My favorites songs from the album are: "Beautiful", "Better Man", "I Know How", and "Too Intense." The album is great, especially if you are in a loving place in life (I'm not, but it would hit the spot if I was lol)

TWITTER
Now I've been on Twitter for awhile now, but recently it has become more interesting. From the people I follow to the news I receive, Twitter has become the new Facebook. I make more of an effort to check my Twitter than my Facebook.

FOLLOW ME: http://twitter.com/chrystynsview


DARK CHERRY MOCHA AT STARBUCKS

I'm usually not into the new drinks at Starbucks, I like to stick with what I know. However, one day I had a "what the hell" moment and decided to order it. It is really good! The cherry is very subtle but gives it enough of a kick that it isn't your typical mocha coffee. I have ordered it EVERY time I've been to Starbucks this month.

TRIDENT LAYERS GUM (WILD STRAWBERRY + TANGY CITRUS)
I've been lovin' this gum! It is a thick piece of gum and that is great for me because I often find myself having to chew two pieces. This gum is thick enough where one piece is good enough. But the best thing about the gum is that the flavor is great and it lasts a looooong time! It is even sugar free for those out there who are caught up on the sugar free train. This is always in my purse!

To see my beauty favorites for the month, click on the link!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcw8RzH8bYQ

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

10% OFF ENTIRE PURCHASE @ ACW!











Every time I shop Sephora.com, I always check for discount codes. There is one site I always go to and I recently joined their emailing list. They emailed me about a new code for ACW (which is rare). Below is the code and the link to Retailmenot. This site has codes for everything (clothes, groceries, etc.) but you know I am a beauty whore, so I only check it for makeup:-)

Discount Code:
ACW10

Discount Code Site:
http://www.retailmenot.com/

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Review: Dr. Miracle's Temple & Nape Gro Balm (Regular)


So I have tried Dr. Miracle's products on and off for years. I was somewhat sucked into the "Feel It" formula but was often discouraged that many of the products have mineral oil or petroleum listed in their ingredients. However, after my last visit with my childhood hair dresser, she suggested my mother use the Dr. Miracle line since her hair was breaking off at an alarming rate. So I decided to give two of their products (2 in 1 Tingling Shampoo & Conditioner and the Temple & Nape Gro Balm-Regular) a try and be consistent with my usage and here is my report.

My YouTube video on the 2 in 1 Tingling Shampoo & Conditioner:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqeTCwcXM7Y

Dr. Miracle's Information:
Benefits
Dr. Miracle's Temple & Nape Gro Balm is the prescription to help promote growth in the temple and nape areas.

* "Feel It" Formula's tingling sensation supports strong growing hair and healthy scalp.
* Thermaceutical™ complex pinpoints scientific ingredients directly in the areas that need it most.
* Balm stimulates blood flow to the scalp in the temple and nape areas and continues to work even after you stop feeling it.


How To Use

Use twice a day for 30 days and evaluate your results. Massage into the temple and nape (back of your head) directly into the scalp. Now experience my "Feel It" Formula. May be used on your hair as a finishing touch. Leave in. Style as usual..

Temple & Nape Gro Balm is our family's secret for the problems with your temple and nape... Now it's yours! For amazing results, use my entire range of Dr. Miracle's hair care products. You'll be glad you did.


Ingredients
Thermaceutical™ Complex (Aqua, Styrene / Acrylates Copolymer, Cetyl Acetate (And) Acetylated Lanolin Alcohol, Panthenol, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Simethicone, Polysorbate 80, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Zinc Ricinoleate), Glycerin, Mineral Oil, Oleth-10, Oleth-20, Dea-Oleth-3 Phosphate, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Leaf Oil, Menthol, Parfum, Caramel, Fd&C Yellow #5, Fd&C Orange #4, Dm Dm Hydantoin, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, BHA


*This product comes in a sensitive and super formula as well

My Thoughts:
I was hesitant to pick up this product because it did contain mineral oil, but I went with my mom's belief (which may hold no truth), that the lower the mineral oil was on the list of ingredients, the less there was in the product. Also, I figured if the product really did work, that a little mineral oil wouldn't kill me.

I used the product for a little over a month. I like the "Feel It" formula but I don't know if that honestly means anything or is more of a ploy to suck women into their products. When I applied it to my nape and temple it made my hair feel like it was wet and was a bit drying on my hair (almost clumping the hair together). Before you wonder why I put it on my hair, it dues suggest that you put it on your hair before styling.

VERDICT: I did see a bit of a difference with my hair, mainly in the nape area (where I have had a lot of hair loss). I really don't like how it makes my hair feel and will do better to apply it only to the scalp. I will purchase another container of this product and see if I see more of an improvement. While the growth is not life changing it is enough that I personally notice the growth. I do recommend you try this product.

This product is available at drugstores, Target, Walmart, and various beauty supply stores. Prices range from about $7.99 to $8.99.

Now, if your heading to Target, make sure you check out Bargain Life for possible coupons.

Dr. Miracle Website:
http://www.drmiracles.com/index.php

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