20 December 2011

A Look At Boo and Boo Factory by Christina Anton


Etsy is such a wonderful place to browse and shop for unique, handcrafted items. These items just allow for a personal touch.

So, I just wanted to show my appreciation and feature some of my favorite items by different artists in my upcoming posts.

Boo and Boo Factory: Unique Handmade Jewelry Inspired by Nature


Boo and Boo Factory's artist, Christina Anton, uses bold, modern designs. I love the way she incorporates these designs into wearable art. 


Geometric Ring Layered Elevation Topography -$24.00




Geometric Leather Earrings Silver and Teal -$34.00




Leather Necklace Geometric Native Orange and Teal -$39.00








You can view her collection on Etsy at Boo and Boo Factory.

Blog: booandboofactory.blogspot.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BooandBooFactoryJewelry
Twitter: twitter.com/booanboofactory

02 December 2011

Urban Decay Naked2 Palette


There's a new palette to fawn over! Urban Decay has recently released a sequel collection of eyeshadows to the infamously popular Naked Palette.

I just discovered this after hearing people talk about it.

So, what makes the Naked2 palette special?

You still get 12 neutral eyeshadows:

1.) These eyeshadows are in the taupe and greige (grey/ beige) family.
2.) Five new shades are introduced.
3.) Ranges from matte to high shimmer, pale to deep shades.
4.) A travel-size Lip Junkie Lipgloss in Naked is included, along with
5.) A double-ended Good Karma eyeshadow/ crease brush.

With this palette you can achieve both a neutral and smokey eye look.

In comparison, the Naked2 Palette has more matte tones. The original Naked Palette has warmer undertones with more shimmer.

This palette is so in demand that it's currently Out of Stock as of December 2, 2011. It retails for $50.00.
Original Urban Decay Naked Palette. Retails for $48.00.

29 November 2011

30% Off Ivolve Beauty Products!


As a way to say thank you to all of my supporters, I'm offering a great discount.

Receive 30% off of your entire purchase. This includes mineral eyeshadows and jewelry. All quantities are limited.

Please note that this discount is only valid on my Etsy store.

Use coupon code: IBEAUTY30





20 November 2011

Ivolve Beauty Mineral Eyeshadow Giveaway on Nuts 4 Stuff Blog



Thanks to Nuts 4 Stuff for offering to review and host a giveaway on their blog featuring Ivolve Beauty mineral eyeshadows.

Visit Nuts 4 Stuff for the details.

The giveaway ends December 7, 2011.

Be sure to check us out in their 2011 Holiday Gift Guide.



18 November 2011

Ivolve Beauty Jade Mineral Eyeshadow

Ivolve Beauty Jade Mineral Eyeshadow
Jade is a soft, yet vibrant green color with a subtle gold undertone and medium sheen.

This loose, bold mineral eyeshadow can be used as a base color, along the crease of the eye to contour, or towards the outer corner of the eye for definition. Great when used alone or paired with eyeshadows from the Neutral or Bold Collection.

*Jade is free of Chromium Oxide Green, a common ingredient found in green eyeshadows.

*Natural 
*Vegan
*Cruelty free
*Free of: Talc, Parabens, Bismuth Oxychloride, Chemical Dyes, and Harmful Chemicals



For more information click here.

13 November 2011

Mineral Eye Samples Are Now Available

Mineral Eye Samples are now available! 


Choose from eyeshadows in the Bold & Neutral Eye Collections


Samples are available for $2.00 each.

Quest For The Infamous Red Lipstick: Part 2

MAKE UP FOR EVER Rouge Artist Natural #N45 Red -$19.00

I did a post on red lipstick a while back, so I decided to do an update. Searching for a red lipstick, or any lipstick can be challenging. I wanted to include different finishes- matte, sheer, gloss, and satin. Check it out...

(Updated 4/10/2012)

NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Mascate and Vesuvio- $25.00


Mascate is a bold red.


Vesuvio is a full bodied red.



11 November 2011

The Ivolve Beauty Giveaway Winners Are...


Thanks to everyone who entered the very first Ivolve Beauty Mineral Eyeshadow Giveaway. Surprisingly, thirty-two individuals entered- this was unexpected. Originally I had planned to allow for just one winner, but with the success of this giveaway I decided to show my appreciation.

So, instead of ONE winner, there are Four winners!

The winners are:


  • ryanac32
  • Bee W. B.
  • Danielle V.
  • Laura



  • CONGRATULATIONS!

    The winners will receive two (2) full size eyeshadows of their choice. A confirmation email will be sent. I must receive a response from each winner within 7 days or they will forfeit their prize, resulting in another winner being selected in their place.

    Thanks again to everyone. Please check back for future giveaways, announcements, and fun.

    Best regards,

    Chaz
    Ivolve Beauty Artisan

    04 November 2011

    ***CLOSED***Giveaway Reminder & Update

    Tina
    The current eyeshadow giveaway is winding down. As a reminder, the last day to enter is Wednesday, November 9th. The winner (or winners- I'm really leaning towards having two winners) will be notified Friday, November 11th. Thanks to everyone who has already entered.

    I've been working diligently to redesign my site's online boutique- it's a new look with a new feel- there's a screenshot below. I previously carried fashion handbags and jewelry, but this past year I decided to create my own items- so everything I now offer is handmade. It has been challenging, but rewarding.

    26 October 2011

    ***CLOSED***Ivolve Beauty Mineral Eyeshadow Giveaway!


    UPDATE:

    Thanks to everyone who entered this giveaway. The response has been exciting! Be sure to check back Friday, November 11, 2011 to see who won.

    -Chaz
    __________________________________________

    Guess what? In celebration of my recent launching of Ivolve Beauty eyeshadows, I've decided to have a giveaway!

    What does the giveaway entail?

    The winner of this giveaway will receive two (2) free full size loose mineral eyeshadows of their choice- yes, you decide which colors you want. The eyeshadows are packaged in clear 5 gram sifter jars with lids, which holds about 1.5 grams of product each.

    21 October 2011

    IvolveBeauty Mineral Eyeshadows are Now Available

    Cinnamon
    Hello everyone!

    This is just to give you an update to my latest craft. I am grateful to announce that my eyeshadows are now listed on Etsy! It has taken plenty of research, but I'll give you the details below.

    IvolveBeauty product features:

    *Handmade
    *Natural
    *Cruelty Free
    *Vegan (Select Items)
    *Free of: Parabens, Bismuth Oxychloride, Chemical Dyes, and Harmful Ingredients

    14 October 2011

    How to Help: Organizations Seek Donations to Improve Life at Pine Ridge - ABC News

    How to Help: Organizations Seek Donations to Improve Life at Pine Ridge - ABC News

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    I just watched Hidden America: Children of the Plains on ABC's 20/20 with Diane Sawyer. This was touching, informative, monumental and unexpected-mainly because it was shown on mainstream media.

    When I saw the previews for it, I made sure to watch it because rarely do you see or hear anything concerning American Indians today, unless it's in regards to some Hollywood western movie. I've been out of high school for five years, and remember that their was little relevance to America's first inhabitants. I learned that if you really want to learn something, then read as much as you can, investigate for yourself, and don't go half-cocked based off of what someone else has said. American history books are loaded with misconceptions, but that's another story.

    You should read Abagond's post here.

    It's vital to recognize that we are all a part of a common circle; we share this Earth having more similarities than differences. No matter who you are, or where you come from, just take the time out to learn from and help someone else. We all need someone to pull us up in times of need and laugh with in times of joy.

    12 October 2011

    Latest Craft: Mineral Eyeshadows

    I know it's been a while since I've posted, but I've been working hard. I decided to start making cosmetics- mainly eyeshadows, partly because I work around it, and I just wanted to see what would happen. This has definitely been a challenge, even though I have not dedicated as much time as I would like to my new endeavor.

    So, what does making cosmetics entail:

    1.) Research- You need to research which ingredients you want to use. Formulating cosmetics, or anything for that matter is challenging, but the simpler the ingredients the better.

    2.) Have a concept- What products do you want to carry or make? You need to determine what are the key features of your products.

    23 September 2011

    Isis Brantley's TSA Hair Check: Her Afro Was Suspicious




    Ms. Isis Brantley is an exceptional professional hairstylist from Dallas, TX, who specializes in natural hair. She is noted for styling Erykah Badu's notorious looks, among others.

    18 September 2011

    High End Mascaras- Benefit, Lorac, Urban Decay, Buxom, Dior & More

    I  have worked around several brands of makeup- most of them are fairly expensive. This includes Iman Cosmetics- which is very affordable, Urban Decay, Lorac, Paula Dorf, Bare Escentuals, Too Faced, Laura Geller, Smashbox, Sue Devitt, and more. When you incorporate tax, I can fill my car up to at least half if I were to purchase just one tube of mascara (I think the current price of unleaded gas in my area is around $3.37). With the way some people shop for makeup, you wouldn't think there was a recession.

    If you are wondering why I don't write as often about makeup, then here's why:
    I'm the type of person that when I'm around something all day several times a week, I don't want to be bothered by it when I go home- unless I'm in one of my sporadic moods. This is usually energized by me wanting to educate myself. If I get an "ah-ha" moment, then I will delve deep into something, but this is usually when I look up products that I don't work around. I am writing this post because I want to provide my opinion and information that will be valuable to anyone that chooses to read this.

    05 September 2011

    Featured Feather Jewelry

    Greetings to all!

    I've been posting my new products, ever since opening my shop on etsy.com. Here are some recently listed items.

    To the right: Play Charm Ring with Pink Feathers - $15.00

    Below: Cut Out Disc St. Lucia Feather Earrings - $15.00




    To the right: Vibrant Red Feather Earrings - $12.00

    04 September 2011

    Destiny Charm Ring with Multi-Colored Feathers

    Visit ivolvebeauty on Etsy for details.

    Some of My Favorite Cosmetic Brands

    This list will be updated whenever I find something new. If you have something you would like to share, be sure to hit me up by email (contact@ivolvebeauty.com) or just leave a comment below.

    **This list is still being compiled. When I find something great, I will share it in later posts.

    Mineral Makeup

    Valana Minerals - Offers a wide selection of foundation shades for women of color.
    b.l.a.c. minerals - Offers mineral makeup for women of color, along with a nice selection of loose vivid eyeshadows, and blush.

    29 August 2011

    *New* Cut Out Disk Fuchsia Rhapsody Feather Earrings


    -These beautiful earrings feature hematite coated cut out textured disks about 1 5/8 inches in diameter, plume feathers in pale light purple and fuchsia, attached by a silver metal chain.-

    Available on Etsy.

    26 August 2011

    Update to IvolveBeauty.com

    It's been a while, but I have finally updated the website. Right now I am exhausted, but I'm thankful that I was able to change the design. This has been one of my goals for the past few months, so to finally have it up is extremely rewarding, despite the challenges.

    Take a look here.

    24 August 2011

    Ivolve Beauty is Now on Etsy!


    I decided to expand my craft, so I have opened a shop on Etsy.

    I currently have earrings and rings listed. Most of the designs are a bit eclectic.




    You can visit my Shop here.

    17 August 2011

    Latest Books: The Grunt and The Ugly Girlfriend by Latrivia S. Nelson

    If you are like me, reading a book can shape your whole day. I've read to the point where I have a mini library with shelves packed full of books ranging from fiction to nonfiction, mysteries, dramas, history, romance, poetry, and economics. Learning is one of the greatest abilities in life, and reading goes along with it.

    So I'll take a few moments to share with you two of the latest books I have read. Both books are by best selling author Latrivia S. Nelson. She has written many interracial romance novels. You can credit her for Ivy's Twisted Vine, The Medlov Crime Family Series- Dmitry's Closet, Dmitry's Royal Flush: Rise of The Queen, Anatoly Medlov: Complete Reign, and Saving Anya (upcoming), and also The Chronicles of Young Dmitry Medlov (series). She is also known for The Lonely Heart Series, which includes The Ugly Girlfriend, Finding Opa!, and The Grunt.

    Links to the previous book reviews can be found here.

    Let me start off with The Grunt. One of the reasons why I enjoyed reading this book is because the story is told from mostly a male's perspective.The lead character- Brett Black- is a Recon Marine who has to cope from one circumstance to another fairly quickly revolving around what he discovers about his wife (who was seriously trifling). Life really throws him through a couple of loops when she leaves him and their son, so he is forced to deal with the events that unfold afterwards.  He finds relief and comfort in Courtney Lawless who is caring and compassionate. Their relationship becomes stronger after she agrees to become a live-in nanny for his son, but they are tested because of who Courtney is- she happens to be the Lieutenant Colonel's daughter and her brother is the Captain.

    I truly enjoyed the pace, but the ending left me wanting to read more (in a good way). In our society you often read or hear about single mothers, but rarely do you read about single fathers, let alone single fathers in the military.

    09 August 2011

    Recent Mississippi Hate Crime- White Teens Beat and Run Over Black Man

    I didn't hear about this from my local news or mainstream media (as of yet), but from a family member.  The headline didn't surprise me, but it did lead me to question where were the parents because they are also at fault. It stems from a group of white teenagers driving from their town after a late party, to Jackson, Mississippi with the intent to find a black victim- which is basically premeditated. You can watch the video below for the details.

    I pray for the family of Mr. James Anderson in hopes that they will attain justice.



    Read more here.

    07 August 2011

    Handmade Red Feather Earrings

    These are another pair of earrings that I had the pleasure of making. You can view the previous pair of earrings that I made here. I'm getting better at making each pair, so practice makes perfect!





    Cupcakes!

    I recently baked some cupcakes for a local church bake sale, so I decided to share some pictures. The flavors were vanilla, strawberry, chocolate, and chocolate peanut butter.

    Anything can happen when it comes to baking. I started early in the morning so that I could be better prepared if something didn't go satisfactory, but everything went extremely well. I absolutely enjoy baking, but it has taken much effort, and plenty of trial and error.






    Bruno Mars- The Other Side & Grenade



    Urban Decay Sale!


    While browsing online, I decided to swing by Urban Decay, and was surprised- there's a sale! I'm not sure if some of the items will be replaced, but it's okay. I don't know how long the sale will continue, but there are some good products at great prices to check out.

    To the right:

    Select Matte Eyeshadow - $6.00 each.
    Choose from Electric (electric blue), Narcotic (bright turquoise), and Purple Haze (bright purple).

    Below: Preen Shadow Box -$10.00.

    Cream Eyeshadow - $6.00


    There are more items currently on sale. Visit Urban Decay online for more information.

    19 July 2011

    GD & T.O.P -Knock Out



    G-Dragon and T.O.P are members of the Korean music group known as Big Bang. I have been expanding my tastes in music recently. They are fiercely talented and successful in Asia, but their fan base is steadily growing throughout the world.

    Big Bang on Wikipedia

    A Look At JustFab.com

    After viewing a television commercial, I decided to take a look at JustFabulous. After becoming a member, you can choose any pair of shoes for $39.95. Shipping is free.

    This is from the website-

    What is JustFabulous?
    JustFabulous is a monthly VIP membership program that grants you access to celebrity stylists, as well as the hottest shoes and handbags. At JustFabulous, we believe that every woman deserves to wear the same fashion-forward designs as the rich and famous regardless of her social status. That's why we've combined the luxury of an intimate, upscale Boutique with the flair and sophistication of a celebrity stylist/personal shopper into one posh experience just for you.

    As a member, our Style Experts will review your individual style before making item recommendations. Their selections are based on your personal fashion preferences. Each JustFabulous item is $39.95 and shipping is free. Now you can get the personalized, star treatment you deserve without the overwhelming price tag.

    Lorac Golden Girl Collection

    Lorac is one of my favorite cosmetic lines because of their hypoallergenic formulas, consistent wearability, and great color pay off. Here's a look at their latest collection.

    This set includes:
    -(1) metallic gold bag
    -(2) Baked Matte Satin Eyeshadows in Posh (matte ivory) and Sociality (matte chocolate brown)
    -(1) Couture Shine Liquid Lipstick in Vintage (light neutral beige)
    -(1) Visual Effects Mascara in Jet Black
    -(1) Lip Pencil in 18 (light rosy nude)

    Free of synthetic dyes, triclosan, GMO's, and phthalates.

    Retails for $36.00.

    This limited edition set is great to use everyday or for a naturally chic look.

    Available at Sephora and ULTA.

    12 July 2011

    Handmade Feather Earrings!

    In my endeavor to harness my creativity (which I need to implement more), I decided to start off making something not too difficult. I've learned that it's best to gradually build on, than tackle something strenuous because my patience isn't always the best- if something is too challenging I'll either stop what I'm doing or procrastinate. In any case I usually procrastinate.

    I do realize that feather earrings have been around for a few years, but they are hard to find unless you know the right spots to shop depending on the city. If I happen to find any, they're either too small, or just bland. So I found a solution- making the earrings myself!


    I picked up some feathers from Hancock Fabrics and some earring and jewelry components. I bought some items from Wal-Mart's craft section, but you can also check Michael's. Earring components, especially for sensitive ears, can be a bit trickier to find. When I went to one store they were sold out, so I had to shop around. You'll also need jewelry making tools- pliers, crimps, etc.

    Check out the earrings!


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