29 October 2010

Making Botanical Perfumes

Making Botanical Perfumes

Many people may not know this, but usually most fragrances are synthetically derived. Personally, I know that certain fragrances, even though they may smell good, irritate my sinuses. No wonder so many people find it necessary to use products that are fragrance free.

The link above is featured in the newsletter from MountainRoseHerbs.com. They offer bulk herbs & spices, carrier oils, teas, vegetable butters ( shea, cocoa, mango, etc.), essential oils, herbal extracts, castile soap, tinctures, and other cosmetic-making ingredients. Many of their products are organic. The article features different recipes on how to make your own natural fragrances.


25 October 2010


LionsGate September 15, 2010
FOR COLORED GIRLS brings to the screen Ntozake Shange's Obie Award-winning 1975 play- For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf, a poetic exploration of what is to be of color and a female in this world.

Each of the women portray one of the characters represented in the collection of twenty poems, revealing different issues that impact women in general and women of color in particular.

The cast includes: Thandie Newton, Whoopi Goldberg, Kerry Washington, Anika Noni Rose, Michael Ealy, Omari Hardwick, Janet Jackson, Loretta Devine, Kimberly Elise, Phylicia Rashad, Tessa Thompson, TJ Hassan, Richard Lawson, Reagan Michelle, and Macy Gray.

Despite what some people say, I absolutely adore and respect Tyler Perry as a visionary and a film-maker. I can't wait to see this film.

This film will be in theaters on November 5, 2010.


Rain Performance Bi Rain Jung Ji Hoon kpop korea

Jung Ji Hoon (Rain, also known as Bi) is a Korean (K-Pop) singer, dancer, actor, fashion designer, and businessman. After watching Ninja Assassin, I wanted to find out more about him. I was blown away when I watched some of his music performances on youtube. He is insanely famous in Asia, yet his popularity is growing. He is multi-talented, which is rare for any performer.

Available at Amazon.com for $11.99.
His movie and television appearances include: Full House, I'm a Cyborg, But That's Ok, East of Eden, A Love To Kill, Sangdooya hakgyo kaja! (Sangdoo, Let's Go To School), and Speed Racer.

His latest drama includes The Fugitive Plan.B (a television series), which aired on 9/29/2010 in Korea.


The Confidant Movie Trailer

TVOne premiered this movie recently. The movie clip, which aired during a commercial, held an intriguing mix of suspence and mystery. I was not let down. The movie was fantastic. Some parts were unexpected, which is always makes for a great thriller. This movie is available on dvd.
The cast includes: Kenya Moore, Boris Kodjoe, David Banner, Richard Roundtree, Billy Zane, Camila Alves, Joanna Sanchez, Bai Ling, Sean Riggs, Joel Swetow, William L. Johnson, Kwesiu Jones, Danielle Arnold, Heather Le Roy, and Jon Mack.

Director/ Writer: Alton Glass
Production Company: Moore Vision Media

Available at Amazon.com for $17.49.


codeblacktv | July 07, 2010
"The Confidant" stars Kenya Moore, Boris Kodjoe, David Banner, Billy Zane and Bai Ling. It weaves an intricate tale about childhood best-friends that have an unusually strong bond and a more intriguing secret. Both young men are on the right path to promising futures, a first round NFL draft pick, and a talented art major on a full scholarship. A complicated web of lies, gambling, murder and a pact between friends sends an innocent friend to prison and the other to fame. After spending eleven years in prison, the innocent comes to collect a debt and is determined to have the life he was promised... by any means necessary.


Joshua Bennett

I recently became aware of Joshua Bennet while watching the Monique Show on BET. I was amazed at his passion and expressionism as a poet. He is truly talented and gifted.

18 October 2010

Natural Beauty Recipes & Tips

Lemon-Sugar Face & Body Scrub
2 to 4 tablespoons of lemon juice                                                                                                             
1/4 cup of sugar (white or brown)
1/4 to 1/2 cup of your favorite carrier oil ( sesame, olive, sweet almond, etc.) or water(depending on desired consistency)                                                          
(1) bowel or container
Place sugar in a bowel or container and add lemon juice. Add water and mix together ( for a thinner mixture use more water; for a thicker mixture use less water).
Apply to damp skin using upward motion. If applying to the face use gentle care around the eye area. Once dry, rinse off and pat the skin dry using a towel.
*For sensitive or dry skin use less lemon juice.
*Use brown sugar for a softer scrub
*You can substitute water for your favorite body oil (shea butter, olive oil, sweet almond oil, etc.)

Colloidal Oatmeal
Colloidal oatmeal (ground oats) is great for softer and smoother skin. It is excellent for dry skin. Mix this with your choice of water, milk, or honey and apply to your face, being careful around the eye area. Wait 5 to 10 minutes before rinsing off and pat dry. 

Natural Makeup Remover
Use olive oil to remove your makeup. Apply the olive oil liberally to your skin and take a warm, damp face towel to gently remove your makeup. This is also effective in cleansing your skin, while moisturizing at the same time.
*Use organic olive oil, if possible, or regular extra-virgin olive oil

Facial Moisturizer
You can use any one of these oils to naturally moisturize your skin. You only need to apply a small amount.
Sweet Almond Oil                                  Coconut Oil                                           Jojoba Oil
Olive Oil (extra-virgin)

Stay Stylish

Latest Nail Polish Craze

Zoya Nail Polish 2

These are some of my favorite shades by Zoya.They have affordable shades with a vegan formula without harmful ingredients.

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