The Natural Look Using Shea Moisture

Monday, October 20th, 2014

So I order a few more items from Shea Moisture’s make-up line on Target.com. My goal was to achieve a natural look and I think I found it with the products I purchased.

Check out the pictures below.

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I applied the primer pre-base for a long-lasting makeup application. The primer may look white and thick but it easily blended into my skin smoothly. I wanted to try this product because it’s formulated for oily, sensitive and acne-prone skin, all of which I have.

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Wearing only primer.

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The CC Cream, a base foundation, has SPF 15.  When you live in an area where the sun is more intense like I do, you can never wear too much protection. This matte finish product was designed to neutralize imperfections with built-in color correcting creams. I selected CC Cream in Medium and I like it a lot.

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The CC Cream hid some imperfections I have but not my dark circles. I had to add concealer in Tropea Almond for that.

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The press powder I selected is the same color as the sheer foundation I purchased before – Madidi Mocha.

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Wearing the press powder in Madidi Mocha.

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I really like the illuminating powder in Cinnamon Ceylon.

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The compact has a flip-up part the provides a mirror and brush. It’s very nice and easy to put in your make-up bag.

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Wearing the illuminating powder.

By the way, did any one notice that my protective style for the fall are box braids? For me what else would it be?

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All done. Make-up that provides a natural look with natural ingredients for women of color. I love it.

This is what 48 looks like!

Now I’m going to have Sunday brunch with my mom at the country club.

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At the country club.

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The country club’s grounds. Golf is very popular.

Once Was A Book Publicist

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

I was book publicist to Zane’s sex-thriller “Addicted” during my other life in New York. Right now I am so proud to have publicized such a fantastic piece of work that is now a fantastic film to watch. I feel honored to know and have worked with Zane. I even attended her wedding in 2002.

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The movie Addicted was a success. It debuted nationwide this past weekend in approximately 846 venues. This erotic thriller was a hit scoring an estimated $7.6 million and finishing as the 7th top film over the weekend. Clearly targeted at adults, especially African-American women, Addicted boasted a per-screen average of $8,983 the best of any wide-release movie this week.

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Like I said I am proud and I wish lots of success to Zane in the future.

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Balloon Fiesta 2014

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

The Balloon Fiesta is one of the most popular events in New Mexico. People come from around the world to see exotic balloons in all shapes and colors. I went to the Balloon Fiesta when I first moved to NM so this is my second Fiesta. I had the most fun the second time around probably because I had sponsor passes and experienced VIP treatment.

I woke up around 2:30am because I was excited. I woke up the Hubs at 3:00am. Always the one who does not want to attend an event he ultimately enjoyed the festivities more than me. We arrived at 4:00am and beat all of the crazy traffic that comes with the Fiesta. After arriving at the hospitality suit and eating a hot breakfast that included sausages, eggs, potatoes, french toast, beef stew, fresh fruit, donuts, coffee and hot chocolate the Hubs then became excited too.

Check out my pictures below. The balloons were fantastic!

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It was cold in the morning but later in the day the temperature was in the 80s.

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During the National Anthem.

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Cocktails in the a.m.

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New Mexico!

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Considering a Protective Style for Fall

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Now that Fall has arrived I have to rethink my hairstyles. Gone are the carefree loose curls from the months of Summer. Now protective styles are a must. Like every Summer I enjoyed the small amounts of humidity New Mexico had to offer but that’s all over now and I am figuring out which style(s) will be suitable for me.

Any suggestions?

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Homemade Vegan Apple Pie

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

The main reason I like to cook and bake is because it allows me to be creative. The art community has been a part of my life, all of my life, and to me cooking is just an extension of the creative culture.

So since I recently went apple picking, and now have more apples then I know what to do, I put on my artistic cap and baked two vegan pies, with different crusts, that I would like to share. One crust is store bought and the other I made. My creation is a first attempt at a lattice top pie crust. It’s cute. The overall recipe is easy but time consuming. I do recommend making the crust or filling a day in advance. It won’t be so much of an overload if you do.

Note – After peeling the apples, to keep them from turning brown, I sprinkled the fruit with a little lemon juice. Not a lot. Just a little. Important.

Ingredients

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FOR THE CRUST:

  • 2.5 c flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 c vegan butter, sliced roughly into 1″ cubes
  • ¼ c vegan shortening, chilled, sliced roughly into 1″ cubes
  • 6 Tbsp ice water

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FOR THE FILLING:

  • 12 c apples, peeled, cored and sliced ¼-1/8″ thick
  • 1 Tbsp vegan butter
  • 1 c cane sugar (make sure it is vegan)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg

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Instructions

  1. If you want to prepare the crust a day in advance.
  2. Sift together flour and salt.
  3. Cut in butter and shortening. Both should be room temperature.
  4. Sprinkle mixture with ice water one tablespoon at a time, stirring gently after each addition, until dough comes together into a ball.
  5. Divide dough into two equal parts.
  6. Shape each half into a disk, wrap tightly in plastic, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or (preferably!) overnight.
  7. When you’re ready, roll out both disks and arrange one in the bottom of a 9″ pie pan.
  8. Refrigerate bottom and top crusts while you make the filling.
  9. Melt butter in a very large skillet over high heat.
  10. Add apples and toss to distribute butter.
  11. Reduce heat to medium and cover tightly.
  12. Cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes.
  13. Stir in sugar and spices.
  14. Cook uncovered until the liquid reduces slightly and apples are at your desired softness. Stir often.
  15. Transfer apples to clean baking sheets or bowls and allow to cool fully.
  16. Preheat oven to 350F.
  17. Poke holes with a fork in the bottom crust.
  18. Fill bottom crust with apple mixture; don’t worry if the filling is taller than the crust!
  19. Arrange top crust as desired, making sure to seal the edges and leave slits or other openings for steam to escape.
  20. Bake for 1 hour.
  21. Allow to cool completely, or until just warm, about 2-3 hours. A longer cooling time will ensure that the pie slices neatly.

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Pick-Your-Own Apples

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Around this time of year is when I miss New York. There are loads of pick-your-own apple orchards in New York and New Jersey. In New Mexico the orchard that was most popular caught on fire and some of the other apple farms had too many rules (like; no pets or you have to make an appointment) and just didn’t offer the festive fun outdoorsy pick-your-own apple experience I like. So to soothe my craving we drove to Colorado to an orchard that came close to providing the pick-your-own apple season fun I adore.

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I picked a lot of apples. Seriously. I can make a hundred pies if I want.

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We were happy to have found this event.

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Feeling at home at the Italian festival. #Sicily

Make-Up by Shea Moisture

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

For many years different creams designed to fade, and some totally eliminate, dark circles around the eyes were applied to my face. In the end not one product delivered its promised results. Not one! So that’s when I decided if I truly want to rid myself of the dark circles I inherited from my mom I would have cosmetic surgery to do so.

But until that BIG DAY I still need to apply coverage. When I was a few years younger concealers worked however at age 48 a concealer alone is not enough. I thought about adding a color corrector to my make-up regimen but the natural brands I used did not offer colors that matched my skin tone.

Now that Shea Moisture provides natural make-up for women of color I ordered a few products and was excited to try them. I went to target.com and selected colors I hoped was suitable for my complexion. I was very nervous about purchasing make up this way but I took a chance and bought the following:

  • Color correcting concealer in Medium Dark
  • Cream concealer in Tropea Almond
  • Sheer foundation in Madidi Mocha
  • Lip gloss in Lea

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Me with no make up.

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The color correcting concealer instructions suggest to start by finding the medium tone that’s closest to your natural skin tone. Then mix in the lighter and darker tones until you create your match.

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The match I created.

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Concealer in Tropea Almond.

 

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At first sight I was unsure about the color.

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But once blended in it seemed to match.

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Sheer foundation in Madidi Mocha.

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I was unsure about all of the colors.

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Everything blended in.

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The color corrector, concealer and foundation blended nicely. I was surprised! This is the best coverage I have had for my circles in a long time. I applied extra concealer before I left the house and later during the day.

The make-up is a bit oily and I have oily skin so it doesn’t last all day not even a half a day. I must add concealer to keep my dark circles covered and blot during the day.

In the winter when everything is extra dry in New Mexico this make-up may be more beneficial and lasting. The lip gloss is Lea.

Overall, I like the products I purchased and will continue to wear them.

El Vado Lake

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Apparently the Hubs and I can’t get enough of camping this summer. It is a wonderful adventure if you are the outdoorsy type. I always wanted to camp and finally I have someone to go camping with and share those exciting experiences.

There was lots of wild life at this camp site. We saw seven deer and heard coyotes yelping, right across the road, during the middle of the night. They were very close and loud. Bears and bob cats also live there but we didn’t see or hear those animals – thank goodness.

Check out our Labor Day weekend pictures at El Vado Lake in New Mexico.

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Anything cooked on an open fire tastes so good!

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A visit to the town’s old railroad station.

 

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Half moon. Open sky