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Friday, January 31, 2014

I got me RiRiWoo! | Beauty

Hey all! I am so excited today because I've finally got my hands on RiRi Woo by MAC, thanks to the lovely Tennille. Go check out her IG, she's an amazing makeup artist and always looks FLAWLESS!

As you may remember, I mentioned I fell for the lovely packaging of the holiday RiRi collection. I actually went so far as to head to Cave Shepherd before they opened to try my luck to get one of limited stock of these lipsticks available. The lipsticks unfortunately sold out within 15 minutes of opening, and I wasn't interested in any of the eye shadows.

Luckily for me, I spoke to Tennille and she worked out something for me. I was so gracious and happy to receive this gorgeous red lippy. I had no idea I'd love it so much, it just so bold and beautiful. I want to wear it everyday, but this is definitely too loud for my office. I wore this last Saturday and got so many compliments! Anyway, enough talking, I'll let you admire this beauty!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Girlfriends Expo returns :) (RW)

Hey all! It's that time again, and I can't believe it rolled around so fast. Girlfriend's Expo 2014 is here! Last year I worked at the expo, but this weekend I hope to attend as a patron, so I can enjoy the full expo and all the Feminars there are to be had.

Last year, Makeup Doll Cosmetics had a bustling booth and I can't wait to see them this year and pick up some items before they're sold out, which means going super early. The atmosphere at the Concorde was interesting, very busy and crowded but yet homey, though I still miss the spaciousness of the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre for the 2012 expo.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Coastal Scents Hot Pots | Haul

Hey all! You probably know by now I am obsessed with Coastal Scents. I love the affordability of their products and the quality. Kinda makes me wonder if I should ever bother with buying anything else makeup-wise.

On Black Friday I went a bit crazy, as their Hot Pots were about $0.99USD each! You cannot beat that with a stick! I just recently received my order (as I didn't ship it straight home here in Barbados), and had the chance to take some photos of the colours. There's lots more of  this haul coming, but here's a little something to hold you guys over until I can do the swatches.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Beauty Blogazons Weekly Roundup 1/25/2014

  • Chrisamor Goodie Jar: Bet you'd had never thought a local indie lipstick would be so good? LoveBrandie is a gorgeous deep maroon lippy I think every girl needs to have in their collection. 
  • Midnight Manicures: Do you love subscription boxes as much as Jeanie does? If so, check out January's Beauty Box 5 unveiling. 
  • Makeup, Life and Love: Struggling to get hair in the best condition ever, Jamie has a new product that will help... 
  • My Newest Addiction Beauty Blog: Laura uses the Stila In The Light in her Get Ready With Me Tutorial.

Friday, January 24, 2014

6 Pieces to WORK for Casual Friday | Fashion

Hey all! Sometime in Summer I saw this outfit post on Facebook, and I loved it so much I saved it. I sadly don't know who created it to credit them, but if you do know, please send me their link so I can do that.

I am in love with how chic this outfit is, even for work. Depending on where you work, this would be the perfect casual Friday outfit, though probably not for me at current, but I can't help but love it.  I think this would go well if you had to go out for drinks after work or maybe dinner with the significant other too.

If I were to put this outfit together, I would go with this Coral Blazer and Georgette blouse, for differences in colour and textures. As for the jeans, I would have loved to found a pair just like the photo, but I instead found these ones on Rue21 which you can fold the bottoms up to a comfy length. I really like the dark wash for professional wear. Shoes depend on what job you have, and I'd rather comfort over style if you are required to stand a long time, so these cheetah print loafers from Old Navy and some inner soles for extra comfort seemed perf!

I saw these set of bangles on Forever21 and loved them. Especially since the colours go well with the coral blazer. When it comes to bags, you want something fashionable yet sturdy for those daily commutes if you don't have personal transportation. Since there's a lot more colour going on with the blazer, I looked for a neutral blue bag similar to the set above and found one from Liz Claiborne.

What do you typically wear on casual Fridays?

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Your interest in Pinterest?

Hey all!  No Rewind Wednesday today but I just wanted to ask, who else where is a bit addicted to Pinterest? I can go on for hours at a time discovering new DIYs, ideas, tips, makeup looks, recipes, you name it. I even have a fitness and healthy eating board despite not following up all those tips. But, I just love how it can inspire me to make new things or re-purpose older items.

If you aren't already, take the time to follow my Pinterest. I'll follow you back too, to see what tips and tricks you're posting. Also if you might not have noticed, you can pin the photos from my blog too :).

Happy pinning!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Exotica Makeup Lipstick in LoveBrandie | Review

Hey all! I remember when I first started blogging and dabbling with makeup, a bajan beauty brand was a far off thought. Now there are about 3 that I know of doing big things in Barbados. This year I hope to try them all out. One of them I had tried a long time ago, but they've undergone a number of improvements and invention of new products, which is always a good thing.

Today I'll be reviewing and swatching the Exotica Makeup lipstick in LoveBrandie, which I saw on their Instagram page and instantly fell in love with it (the irony there)! I paid $25BDS for this local brand lipstick, which is not much different from the other drugstore lipsticks we have here. Apparently the colours are inspired by the persons who work where their products are sold. They also sell tons of NYX products!

Friday, January 17, 2014

What's REALLY in my Makeup Bag | Beauty

Hey all! My makeup bag, believe it or not, is VERY boring. I only have 3 beauty items in it, 4 if you count deodorant as something, and people would think I'm high-maintenance, ha! I like to keep things simple. I'll take my fine time to be ready, and when I'm ready, usually everything is done, so I don't have to go back over any of the steps. No reapplying, no blotting, staring in the mirror.. who has time for that? As a science student I really didn't. I was just trying to get to class on time and get my work done.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Valentine's Day Nails (RW) | Beauty

Hey all! It's coming around to that time again, where everything is clad in red, white or pink, even more chocolate appears on supermarket shelves, hearts and teddy bears decorate every square inch of selling space and my favourite conversational hearts make a reappearance. Yip, I'm talking about Valentine's day loved, and loathed by many.

Last year around this time, I had filmed a V.Day nail tutorial, which also showed you how to make foolproof natural looking french-tipped nails. You can check out the video to see how I did it.

Love or loathe Valentine's Day, this tutorial is very easy (a lot easier to do than film for sure), and the french tip is a classic nail design. The addition of the coral heart is cute and festive for those of you who enjoy the occasion. If you try it out be sure to let me know, hit my up on IG (@thebajanchristina)!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Ultimate Beauty Favourites for 2013!

Hey all! Late, I know but here are my top beauty products of 2013! I couldn't even think up an order because these products are all my loves and I use them almost daily, so yes, they're that good!

Maybelline Baby Lips- Peppermint, Pink Punch

Of course again these are a part of my yearly favourites, just as in 2012. This year I tried the Pink Punch one which is slightly tinted and I remember at first I hated it. But after using it more frequently my lips now love it (maybe even more than Peppermint) and feel "baby soft"!

Natural Oils- Coconut, Tea tree

Just like last year and probably every year til forever, I will love my holy grail Coconut oil! It works for everything! Skin, hair, face, some cook with it, but I haven't tried that one as yet. In 2013, I was experiencing some of the woes of shaving and tea tree oil came in very handy! (I plan on making a post all about shaving later) It's an antimicrobial, antifungal,  just about all powerful in it's concentrated form. I'm not talking about those ones in light coloured bottles at all. Works great for shaving bumps, sores, skin problems like eczema, acne even, and you can use it on your scalp too to combat dry scalp (diluted, of course). Look out for a more in depth review of this amazing oil this year.

e.l.f. Studio Eyebrow Kit- Medium

My brows are a mess on their own. I finally got a friend of mind to twiddle with my arches, so they're not as flat as they usually look(yay!). I loved this eyebrow kit for all the time I had it in 2013 because even when my brows aren't perfectly shaped, the mousse/wax in the kit actually holds my long stray brow hairs amazingly. AND it lasts all day, so no more wipe-off-your-brow syndrome before the end of the day!

Garnier Skin Renew BB cream (Oily/Combination skin)

My go-to for evening out my skintone, an even better BB cream in Barbados' climate than the Maybelline Dream Fresh BB. It has nice light-weight coverage without looking like you're wearing foundation, moisturises and lasts most of the day, granted you put some finishing powder over the top of it. I think my wear time would be better if I weren't always touching my face or have my glasses slipping down my nose, haha.

e.l.f. Studio Contouring Blush & Bronzing powder- Turks & Caicos (not pictured)

I can't say enough how happy I am to find a bronzer that is dark to really contour my skin tone. Even though I'm not a mahogany and more of a caramel/cappuccino WOC, it's hard to find a good bronzer here in Barbados. This one from e.l.f, although a bit shimmery in the pan, give a very subtle glimmer and looks glowy rather than disco ball when you apply it. The blush is ok, for a touch of colour, but I think on my complexion it looks more like a highlight. Also given the fact that there is so much more visible glitter in it than the bronzer.

Smashbox Cream blush - Captivate

I have hit pan on this, really bad, and if you remember I only had bought this in summer. I've never hit pan on ANY blush I own. But the colour and the buildability of this Smashbox blush makes me want to wear it everyday! I'm sure all my other blushes, especially my e.l.f. cream blush are jelly! What can I say I love it, and it gives me life.

African Pride Olive Miracle Leave-in Conditioner

Talk about moisture, my hair feels like it drinks this stuff. I remember Cantu Shea Butter leave-in used to be my thing when my hair was natural and freshly texlaxed. But I had stopped using it when I was relaxed because it make my hair go all weird like it'll revert. When I put the AP Olive Miracle leave-in conditioner in my hair, it's like my hair was in a desert and found a thirst-quenching oasis. Barbados' climate is very tough on my hair! But this is the perfect moisture product to give your hair some life again. Be sure not to overdose on it like I did in the summer, despite the yummy smell, because your hair will go all wonky and be too soft due to the lack of protein in this product.

ElastaQP Design Silk

I had this product for maybe 2 years, and finally decided to try it again after I washing my hair. I have not looked back since. What had turned me off the first time I used this was the stickiness, but I now know I was misusing this delightful product. So far this is the only product I have come across that allows my hair to hold a curl longer than an hour. We are talking about 3 days of curls (if I don't comb them out before then)! Hair spray just doesn't for me, instead I get a stiff mess that I can't run my fingers through. This stuff is amazing, your hair feels silky, is manageable, and holds the style for days. This is recommended for use as a setting lotion or when blow-drying your hair. I wouldn't say it's the best when used alongside a curling iron, but this makes roller-sets a breeze, even on not-so-fresh hair.

Bath & BodyWorks Body Spray- Bali Mango

This is a yummy, sweet, yet some what tangy fragrance that I've been making go 'round since I bought it in the summer. I think it only comes out one a year in fact, but while BBW was having it's Semi-annual, I'm sure I saw this fragrance on sale. It's been my everyday scent until about the beginning of 2014 and surprisingly, there is still a lot of product left in the bottle, hooray! It's a fruity scent that's not too overpowering with how sweet it is, but is just the right balance of citrus to keep you sane. Doesn't actually smell like a mango to this island girl, but it's still amazing.

Those were all my beauty favourites for 2013, what were yours? Any new products that were really able to surprise you last year?

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Free Calendar printable!

I remember last year I had gotten really into housekeeping blogs, lots of stay at home moms, and organising savvy ladies that had gorgeous homes and neatly arranged lives. Or at least it seemed that way. It's like a dream of mine to live in a fully organised house. Of course, the mess and the chaos will come, but you just have to anticipate it and clean it up when it does.

Last year,  I got a gorgeous free printable calendar from one of the blogs I was following at that time and it had been a God-send for scheduling posts, making mental notes of dates and upcoming activities and events. I know it's a digital age now, but nothing quite beats writing down what you want to do or want to schedule in advance. So I created this calendar for you all and it's totally free! I can't wait to print out mine, but I keep forgetting to buy printer ink. It's such a bummer.

Click here to save the images and just print them out to any size would wish. I'm so sorry that I couldn't get this out by the 1st of January, but this was actually harder to design to my pleasing than I thought. Anyway, I hope you enjoy using it, and be sure to let me see it if you do print out one! Of Course share it with your friends! Plus any feedback you have on the design I would love to take into consideration for next year's calendar.

Happy scheduling in 2014!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

7 Winter Skincare Tips from Heathline.com


Biting winds, dipping temperature and dry indoor heat can damage your skin during the winter, so changing your skincare regime during this season is essential. You really can’t control the weather, so the best way to stop it from causing damage to your skin is by planning and sticking to the best skin care tips available.
Everyone has different skin types, thus consulting with a skin expert is necessary because they are more knowledgeable when it comes to proper skin care techniques. They can help you to analyze and assess your skin condition, as well as providing you professional advice on how to keep it healthy, especially during this season. Your best line of defense against this harsh weather includes the following:

Wear weather-appropriate clothing
Wearing the right clothes for the weather can help in protecting your skin against severe cold. Dressing in layers helps in trapping your body heat, reducing the risk of dry skin and eczema. Wear waterproof or water-resistant jackets, gloves and scarves. If in case your clothes get wet, make sure to remove them immediately to avoid your skin from getting wrinkled, chapped, damaged, or worse, infected from hypothermia.

Slather on sunscreen
Sunscreen is still essential, even if it’s winter. Sun glare from snow can still cause sunburn, so make sure you slather on sunscreen before heading outdoors. You can choose those with lower SPF’s, as long as the formula can help in shielding the sun’s harmful rays. Apply it to your face and hands 30 minutes before going out. Reapply it periodically since the winter weather can dry it out and strip it from your skin quickly.

Moisturize more
Moisturizers are vital in keeping your skin healthy, especially during the cold season. These come in different types such as oils, creams and lotions. Choose one that is appropriate depending on the dryness of your skin. Oils are more greasy and slippery, but they are known to seal in moisture well. Creams aren’t that greasy and easily absorbed by the skin, which can trap moisture pretty effectively as well. Lotions tend to moisturize less than oils and creams, but they’re less greasy and they can absorb quickly in the skin. If you opt for oil-based moisturizers, look out for those that don’t clog your pores, such as almond oil, avocado oil, mineral oil and primrose oil.

Give your lips extra attention
Applying a moisturizing lip balm should always be a part of your winter skin care regimen. These balms will prevent your lips from chapping, cracking and splitting. Petroleum jelly also helps by creating a protective barrier between your lips and the cold air. You can exfoliate your lips with a lip scrub by applying a generous amount of Vaseline and then rubbing it with a soft bristle toothbrush. This will help in smoothing away dead, flaky skin. Choose lip balms with SPF 15 or higher, since the lips can also be damaged by the sun’s harmful rays.

Eat a balanced diet
Eating healthy will not only benefit your skin, but also your overall health. Incorporate foods that are high in vitamin A, C, E and antioxidants in your diet. These vitamins, particularly vitamin C, are known to have anti-aging benefits, which help helps the body in fighting free radicals that damage the skin by breaking down collagen, leading to fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin E is a fast acting antioxidant that aids the body in fighting off harmful UV rays, as well as keeping the skin youthful and glowing.

Keep hydrated
Keeping yourself hydrated makes your skin healthy and glowing. It is not only beneficial for the skin, but also for your overall health. Bring a water bottle when you’re going outdoors, especially if you’re not sure you can get fresh drinking water wherever you will be traveling. Make it a point to drink at least 9-13 glasses of water daily.

Hook up the humidifier
Indoor heating can make the air extremely dry, which can make your skin suffer even further. Using a humidifier can help to add moisture back into the dry air, and this can help in preventing your skin from drying and flaking. Use at least 3-4 humidifiers at home to benefit its moisturizing effect. Make sure to clean it as well to avoid mold and bacteria buildup, which can cause more harm than good. Change the water daily and clean it at least every three days.
clip_image003David Novak’s is a nationally syndicated columnist. His byline has appeared in newspapers and magazines around the country. He’s an avid health enthusiast, and frequently is featured in regional and national health publications, writing about health, wellness, diet and exercise. He is also a weekly writer for Healthline. To view his other stories on Healthline, visit http://www.healthline.com/.
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