Thursday, September 11, 2014

This Week’s Fixation!

It seems like every week I get fixated on something I need, want or want/need to do. And it can be triggered by anything! For example, I was cruising through Pinterest a few days ago and while I have seen knuckle rings many times before and even own a set of three that fit on the top part of my ring finger, I saw some that were more than just a single band that I became fixated on!

While I get fixated on beauty products … a lot, I also get obsessed with other things, so I’m starting an on-going feature called This Week’s Fixation! Some will be about or include beauty, some won’t, so stay tuned and please share your current obsession with me in the comments, won't you?

Below is a glimpse into what this week's borderline obsession is! So what is it? Click after the pic.



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Tuesday, September 09, 2014

2 Must-Have Beauty Oils

I guess you could say I’m pretty obsessed with beauty oils these days. And here are two more that really do the job nicely.


BIKINI SOFT Smooth Shave Oil ($7.99/4oz @ – shaving cream is fine but oil seems to give me better traction and thus a closer shave. This one is made with oils like safflower, avocado, sandalwood, aloe and vitamin E, among others. They also have a sample .5oz size available, which is shown in the picture, but it didn’t have a price next to it. 

CLINIQUE Take the Day Off Cleansing Oil ($27/6.7oz @ – the way the formulas turned from a clear oil into a thin milky mixture reminded me of this one. And it worked just as well to remove the day’s dirt and makeup without and tugging or harsh rubbing.  

Disclosure: Samples of these items were provided for review purposes.

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Saturday, September 06, 2014

Exploring a New Option For Hair Color with eSalon

How many times have you seen a product/service that seems spot on and said, “I wish I thought of that!!” Well this next one falls into that category and I really think it bridges a gap between the drugstore box of hair color and the salon hair color service. It’s eSalon and could be your answer to getting a great single-process hair color in your own home using professional grade ingredients.

In the drugstore, just looking at a picture of a color on a box is not exactly my idea of accuracy when it comes to choosing a hair color, though I have done it many times. And then there’s the limited shade selection because what’s light auburn to one company can be drastically different to another. So it really is a guessing game, so what’s today’s woman to do? She’s on a budget and still needs to look good for work and well, life. According to, 90 million women currently color their hair, so how are they all getting it done? 



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Thursday, September 04, 2014

Get Acquainted With … Argan Oil

I’m starting a new on-going feature here on the site called Get Acquainted With … where I spotlight a brand, ingredient or trend I think you should be aware of. First up is Argania Spinosa Kernal Oil, also known as Argan Oil. Argan Oil is a plant oil produced from the kernals of the argan tree that is andemic to Morocco. It can be used to help heal burns, in foods like to dip breads and on salads. In beauty it is known for its super moisturizing properties, to help with juvenile acne and of course in hair and body products. Source:

Here are some that use it in beauty products:


1. YES TO BLUEBERRIES Face & Neck Oil $15.99/1oz @

2. BOTANIC ORGANIC Pomegranate & Argan Antioxidant Serum $30/1oz @

3. DERMORGANIC Leave-In Spray Therapy $19.99/3.4oz @

4. NAIR 'Shower Power' Max with Moroccan Argan Oil $8.99/13oz @

5. HERBAL ESSENCES Moroccan My Shine Nourishing Shampoo and Nourishing Conditioner $4.49/10.1oz each @

Now if you just want to cut out all the other ingredients like silicones and others that can be found in the above products and just get to the nitty-gritty, there are quite a few companies that make 100% Pure Argan Oil:


1. JOSIE MARAN 100 Percent Pure Argan Oil $16/.5oz, $48/1.7oz, $96/5oz @

2. ACURE ORGANICS 100% Certified Organic Argan Oil $14.99/1oz @

3. SHEA TERRA ORGANICS 100% Organic Moroccan Argan Oil $24/2oz @

Disclosure: Some of these items were provided for review purposes. Some I bought.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Finally! Safe Color Contact Lenses with AIR OPTIX COLORS

I’ve always wanted to try color contacts, so what’s stopping me? Well, I’ve heard some pretty awful horror stories about the color inside the lenses scratching the eye and how uncomfortable they can be since the ones you see online are usually a one-size-fits-all situation. But I’m not going to lie and say that I haven’t been tempted when I’ve gone shopping in downtown Los Angeles’ Santee Alley and see them for $10 a pair, but now with this next development, I’m glad I didn’t cave.

Just out is ALCON AIR OPTIX COLORS contact lenses. They use a 3-in-1 color technology that’s able to blend with your own eye color so it looks natural. 



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Monday, September 01, 2014

Coolest Beauty Gadget I’ve Seen In … Forever!

Have you ever used a knife in a restaurant to see if you have anything stuck betweetn your teeth? Why don’t you just use your phone to see that? Huh? Well if you had the GLAM SCREEN on my iPhone, I could use that instead! This Super HD Mirror Screen Protector ($24.99 @ is probably the coolest beauty “gadget” to come along in some time. When your phone is off, you can use the screen like a mirror and it’s pretty clear too, not crystal like a real mirror but clear enough to get you by. And it acts like a regular screen protector (and installs like one too), so why not have one on your phone that does double-duty?


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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Finally Found! 2 For Full-Proof HAC-ing!

Have you tried HAC-ing yet (highlighting and contouring)? I mean really tried it like you see in the picture below by @DressYourFace and do your whole face? I have but not this heavy and I still can’t get it to look right all around my face; just parts of it. Like I have the cheeks down and then around the outside of the face, well, most of the time it looks right … I think.


Part of the reason I think I always feel it could look better is that I feel like I’m using the wrong brush and wrong shades of HAC-ing powder. I made some recommendations from some palettes here but for me it seems that most of the shades work for me but not all of them, for the most part, in a given palette. Maybe I just need to take a few of them to someone who really knows how to do it and get a tutorial already! Or, I can just stick to keeping it simply with these next two that I find work great for me. 


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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Fall Product You Need to Know About

Are you ready to talk fall makeup yet? September issues and all that jazz? Now that my birthday has passed, I’m ready, so let’s start with some standouts … 



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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Tune In Today to Alayna's Beauty Talk w/Special Guest Nyakio

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Laura Mercier VS IT Cosmetics – Who Wins?

It's a foundation showdown between Laura Mercier and IT Cosmetics! Two that seem to be very similar but one may have something a little extra, so who will take it? See the details on each below!


First up -- 

LAURA MERCIER Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide ($48/1oz @ and

What It Is: A 12-hour wear, oil-free foundation that blurs the appearance of imperfections for a smoother-looking complexion. What it does:Laura Mercier’s lightweight foundation leaves skin with a natural-looking matte finish. It works on all skin types, visibly evening skintone and minimizing the appearance of pores. Infused with Hydro-Brilliant Technology, featuring reflective waters and natural silica that create brilliant color-true shades, it is humidity-proof, sweat-proof, and water-resistant for longer, carefree wear. Available in 24 shades. 

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