Posts Written On December 29, 2011

NEW MUSIC: @NickiMinaj ft. Willow Smith “Fireball”

Here is Nicki Minaj’s and Willow Smith’s new video. I don’t like the song, and I don’t like the video. I’ve never been a fan of Willow Smith and though the little girl is talented I just don’t like her. Plus I feel like it’s awkward chemistry between them. I feel like Nicki is too censored. However they both look really cute and styled perfectly, I just don’t think they mesh. That’s my opinion how about yours? What do you think??

xo, @itstanyag


My 2011 Product Faves That are Here to Stay

This past year has been quite the whirlwind. New friends, new jobs and opportunities, new adventures, new experiences.

Experiences including LOTS of beauty products. There are a few products that I’ve discovered this year or recently fell in love with in the past year. Products and brands have a permanent spot in my collection.

Napoleon Perdis – Front Row Red Lip Gloss

A long wear dark red that I’m in LOVE with. Stays put for the entire day. The formula took a little getting used to because it is a little drying but nonetheless, the color is fabulous and super flattering on many skin tones. This has been my go-to red since I got it earlier this year!

Mehron – Celebré Pro HD Make Up

Super creamy and buildable oil-free cream makeup I like to use as foundation and concealer. I swear by this stuff! It actually stays on from morning until night, even after I get off work and head out at night! Best of all, it doesn’t make me breakout!

NYX Cosmetics – Eyeshadow Base (Skintone)

SO affordable. I got my pot at IMATS in July and I’m still using it with so much left. Only think I don’t like is that since the pot is so small and narrow that I have to use a brush to apply it instead of using a clean finger straight from the jar. It’s an amazingly creamy and effective product for under $10

Kate Somerville – ExfoliKate

Speaking as a girl with large pores that is extremely blackhead prone on my nose, this stuff is wonderful. It’s a little harsh to use all over my face but I dab some around my nose area then follow with a cooling peel off mask to fully remove all existing blackheads. Works wonders between facial treatments. Pricey but worth it!

Love these products. I’ve been using these all on a daily/regular basis for months now. Until I find other products that are just as good efficiency-wise and price-wise, I will stick with these ones! Of course there were other products I liked over the past year but these really stood out to me because I use them so much. Thanks 2011, for introducing me to them 🙂

xo, June 🙂


New Year’s Eve Glam: It’s All in the Details

New Year’s Eve is, no doubt, one of the most glam holidays on the calendar. It’s that special night when you kick it up a notch (or two, or three!). Glam doesn’t have to be from head to toe–sometimes it’s all in the details.

Here are some ways you can add a little touch of glam to your look…


For this look, I had just gotten a fresh dark maroon O.P.I. mani–but I couldn’t leave well enough alone! Well, that’s the point of glam, isn’t it??

I happened to receive my Julep Maven box in the mail just as I returned home (more on that in a future post) and inside was tiny star glitter. Meanwhile, my dark gold glitter Bon Bons nail polish (more on that later, too) was beckoning to get in on the action.

So, what I did was apply the Bon Bons ($.99) over my mani. On my ring fingers, I only put the Bon Bons half way up. Then, I sprinkled on the star glitter over the wet polish. I waited for it to dry a bit and covered the glitter in a clear coat.

I love how the Bon Bons glitter polish has glitter of different sizes, creating depth. The way it looks over the maroon reminds me of this limited edition Chanel nail polish I was in love with back in the days, Ciel de Nuit (except, it had a dark blue base).


The next look is more Christmas-inspired, but still appropriate throughout the remainder of the holidays.

The colors are from Dr. Remedy’s line of enriched, natural nail polish. I did a funky French manicure using the Serene Silver Glitter ($14) on the tips over the amazing Revive Ruby Red ($17).



Another way to up the glam factor is to give yourself some WOW lashes for the night. Faux lashes don’t always have to be of theatrical proportions. Kiss makes incredibly natural lashes ($3.99) that come with applicator strings on either side for easy application. They allow you to easily set the lashes in place and then pull away the strings.

What I’ve learned about lash application is that the glue is almost more important than the lashes themselves. You need adhesive with immediate stick-power, that dries crystal clear. Kiss 24 Hour Flexible Hold Adhesive ($3.99) did the trick. I loved the easy applicator.

Just enough so that even your boyfriend will give you that “there’s something different, but I can’t quite put my hand on it” look.


Have any New Year’s even inspired looks to share? Let us know in the comments.


xoxo, Olisa


Pucker Up with @violentlips

The ultimate form of self-expression, the Violent Lips Collection offers a statement-making line of Lip patterns that range from bold animal prints and fun polka dots, to sexy fishnets and picture-perfect Glitteratti sparkle.

As soon as I got my hands on these fun and funky lip tattoos, I couldn’t wait to try them on! All the rage in Hollywood, you’re sure to get the real star treatment when sporting these cool patterns.

I tried applying the Red Fishnet Pattern on my sister and we were both amazed by the results; these tattoos are AWESOME!

My main concern with the application of the tattoos was the size of the tattoos. They’re huge (to accommodate every lip size) and cutting them to match perfectly to my personal lip shape and size seemed like a complicated task. But, practice makes perfect and once you get the hang of it, they couldn’t be simpler!

One package of Violent Lip tattoos comes with three appliqués, all in the same pattern, so you can easily recreate your favorite look! Check out the YouTube tutorial I included for foolproof instructions.

For a look that’s sure to turn heads, you can find Violent Lip tattoos at a Ricky’s NYC store, Ulta Beauty, or Sephora near you!


Save the world with @PowerCapes

Are you ready to fly into the New Year? Have you always wanted to be a superhero? Does your child think they are one already? Check out PowerCapes, where you can buy superhero capes, and custom superhero capes for kids and adults!

This is great for students or work because you can use their “Donate a Cape Program,”
which is where you purchase their products and all the proceeds will go to your choice
of organization or cause. You can also purchase their “Cape Kits & Team Spirit Capes
Program,” which is great for clubs, daycares, schools, etc., to earn money and fundraise.

Every cape is handmade in Michigan, ready to be worn whenever you or your child is
ready to fight some crime and save the world.

Here are some of their designs that I like:

Super J (Jackie), saving one crime at a time

Blogger by day, Princess Superhero by night

Playing Cupid or Matchmaker, perhaps?

Choose from 11 cape colors, 29 emblem colors, and 8 emblem designs, to create the cape
you have always dreamed of!

‘Follow’ their Twitter and ‘Like’ their Facebook!

Let us know which capes & accessories you like from their website!

I think this is so much fun for kids and adults (I know everyone has an inner superhero in them!) 🙂