Beauty Babble-on

Hi Ladies,Missed you to death!! Girls, I have so many things swirling around in my head this week, I feel like I can only communicate through bullet points. Here's what I've been thinking about, lately:1.) I'd love to give Anchal a swift kick in the butt. For those of you with a life, I'm referring to the latest model-wanna-be ousted from America's Next Top Model. Inarguably, she was the most beautiful girl in the damn contest, am I wrong? And so what if she was a tad curvier than the model standard? I saw her in that bikini, and her body was INSANE—not runway-perfect, but pin-up-girl luscious. And who are we kidding—the winners don't go on to real careers as runway and print models, anyway! If they model at all, it's as Eva-Diva “personalities,” not as true blue modely-models (some of the previous runners up have gotten some work, though, like Anne and Mercedes). My point here, is that if she'd really loved herself, really worked her curves and scarily perfect face, she could've been a superstar. And wouldn't that have been fabulous for all the Middle-Eastern and Indian little girls out there, trying to feel beautiful? Instead, she showed them how to give up. Shame on Anchal. At least she got rid of the blue contacts, for the love of God.2.) Democrats in the house, woo-hoo! And just in time, no? Liberals needed some good news after Mr. Kerry flubbed his funny.3.) Wanna know why Adam is my dumb blonde? Because, after my last post, Miss Traci left me a comment, saying: “You know that saying about how everyone in the world has a twin? Well, you're a doppleganger for my seven year old self. It's uncanny.” To which Adam responded, “Wow, that seven-year-old has one hell of a vocabulary.” So wrong, so cute!4.) I'd like to get some funding from a haircare company, maybe Pantene or Clairol, so that I could fly to Laguna Beach High and host a clinic on weave maintenance. Those girls are really in trouble. Poor Rocky's line of demarcation is so glaringly apparent, it's like she has two hairdo's—the shoulder-length bob and the Barbie. And Cami! It's gotta be a bitch being the only black girl at Laguna. No one to teach her about flatironing FROM THE ROOT.5.) Warning: Do not let your driver's licenses expire past a year. Mine did, and now I have to go thru the process all over again—five hours of school, the written test, the driving test, the abject humiliation. I am a thirty-one-year old woman, I own my own home, I'm married, and I have a learner's permit. Last time I had a learner's permit, I was “cool like that, I'm funk like that, I'm freak like that, I'm jazz like that, I'm out.” Yeah, looong time ago.6.) Well, well, well. I get the point, Schanina and CeCe. I should not abandon my muchachitas for more than a week, or you will gladly answer your fellow beauty-shakers questions for me. You two have me shaking in my new Tocca shift, nervous that your infinite beauty knowledge has rendered me a rickety, obsolete old lady (with a learner's permit)!! So now I'm back, and I'm answering your five most intriguing questions. As always, keep ‘em coming, thanks for reading…and don't worry LovelyL, I'm doing a holiday gift guide in the next two or three weeks!TIA'S TOP FIVE SYB QUESTIONS, ANSWEREDSYB BABE: Chic Princess PetiteQUESTION: I'm looking for a new skin regime. What soaps/body washes do you recommend for all over body moisture that lasts throughout the day? ANSWER: Olay makes the single most moisturizing body wash I've ever used in my life, and I'm not just saying that ‘cause I'm in one of their commercials!! OLAY's BODY WASH PLUS BODY BUTTER RIBBONS ($6.49) is actually blended with a super-rich body butter. So it's a lotion and body wash in one! And it's so incredibly hydrating and skin-soothing that you'll barely need lotion after your bath. Perfect for the hideously dry, ashy-butt-enabling winter months. PRO-TIP: When my skin's super-insane dehydrated, I apply JOHNSON & JOHNSON LAVENDER BABY OIL ($4.29) to wet skin after showering, and then towel off—it makes my skin feel totally smooth and supple for days.SYB BABE: City GirlQUESTION: “I relax my hair and have A LOT of trouble keeping the new growth straight, especially in my "kitchen" area and underneath the top layer of hair. Any product recommendations would be welcome, but I really need to know about a hair dryer that can help—should I look into ion or tourmaline dryers or...WHAT? ANSWER: Sugar, I can tell you this—your hairdryer isn't going to make a bit of difference in helping your new growth lay flat. It's all about finding the right product, and your technique. Now, I know this is kind of expensive, but MISS JESSIE'S CURLY BUTTERCREAM ($58) will change your life (there's a reason it's a huge cult favorite among brown celebs and practically sold out in Brooklyn). This peppermint-infused souflee-textured styling gel is excellent for the weeks between perms. Here's how to use it: While your hair's damp, apply along hairline and kitchen. Pull hair back into a pony, then scrape back hair around the hairline and kitchen with a fine-tooth comb, and blast with blowdrier. Take out pony, and blowout the rest of your hair.SYB BABE: Malca JQUESTION: “Do those home microdermabrasion kits really work? And which one is the best?”ANSWER: I also got an Anonymous question asking how to get “clear, radiant skin…the kind you don't really need makeup for.” Girls, microdermabrasion is the answer. It's a technique that's usually done in a dermatologists office where the doctor uses a sort of sandblaster-type device to spray itty-bitty crystals across the face, which removes dead, gross surface cells (the stuff that makes pores look large, and complexions look dull, splotchy, or uneven). Afterwards, your skin is 100% brighter, fresher, and healthier-looking. And lucky for you, there's a fabulous one you can use it home— NEUTROGENA ADVANCED SOLUTIONS AT HOME MICRODERMABRASION SYSTEM ($37.99). Use it three times a week on clean, dry skin, and you'll be naming your first child, girl or boy, Tia.SYB BABE: ChachaQUESTION: “I'm sure you know about the outrageous demand for the Limited Edition black Chanel nail color! Any recomendations for a more practical (ie, inexpensive) alternative that could offer the same coverage and longevityANSWER: Yes, and I'm wearing it as we speak! I'm a huge fan of NYX NAIL POLISH IN BLACK ($2.99). It's not as long-lasting or shiny as the Chanel (you get what you pay for, babe), but the solution is simple. After brushing on your two coats, apply a layer of a super-glossy top coat, like CREATIVE NAIL DESIGN SUPER SHINY EXTRA HARD TOP COAT ($6). This stuff is my manicure secret weapon—I can literally use the cheapest nail polish as long as I slap a coat of this fabulousness on top. SYB BABE: FoxyHustle & Talya AQUESTION: Foxy asks: “I'm about to start my second year of college…any quick makeup tips that I can use so I do not go to class looking a hot mess?” Talya asks: “How did you maintain your image while in college? I just find it hard to look cute while going to classes!”ANSWER: You're asking the right person, as I was mighty cute in college. Listen, looking good as an undergrad is all about having portable items that travel well, from classes to walk-of-shame. And you're drinking heavily, smoking funny things, and staying up all night, so your skin isn't looking its radiant best—it really helps to have a great highlighter on hand. I think URBAN DECAY'S URBAN ARSENAL ($42) is a fantastic investment for coeds. It has miniature versions of Urban Decay's topselling products-- and it's all comes in a handy, chic case with a built-in mirror. Includes: Primer Potion (eyeshadow primer), Black Lengthening Mascara, Lip Plumper, XXX Shine Lip Gloss in Naked (a neutral shade that's SO SEXY over lips filled-in with brown pencil), Afterglow Blush in Score (use this peachy-gold shade as highlighter!), and Eyeshadows in Roach (golden red-brown), Shotgun (brownish-rose), Half Baked (rich gold), and Midnight Cowboy Rides Again (beige w/silver glitter), plus a double-ended sponge applicator. [...]

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