Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Happy Holidays!

Hello BGG Readers!

I'm going to take a mini-break from BGG to enjoy the holidays. My energy level is slowly depleting since I'm rapidly approaching my due date - I can't believe Baby BGG will be here sometime next month! Anyway, I'm wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I actually may be back before the New Year, so be sure to check in from time to time next week! Be safe and thanks for all of your love, support and feedback! :-)

Monday, December 21, 2009

Must-Have Holiday Hair Accessories!

With the holiday season in full swing, it's a great idea to add a festive flair to your tresses with super cute hair accessories! From grown-up sparkly rhinestone barrettes to head-turning headbands, these hair ornaments will take your hair from flat to festive in seconds!

Would you wear hair adornments this holiday season?

Check out some of these:

Crystal Patch Headband available at for $19.50

Adornment Bobby Pins available at for $3.80

Double Metallic Embellishment Headband available at for $19.50

Juicy Couture Sequin Stone Hair Clips available at for $55

Ropy Headband available at for $32

Rhinestone Barrettes available at for $6.90

Rhinestone Cluster Headband available at for $3.99

Tasha "Funfetti" Headband available at for $28

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

My Favorite Beauty Buys for the Mommy-to-Be and Beyond!

We all know that there are myriad products on the market geared toward pregnant women, but the truth is that some of these products are just as great for non-expectant women. Since I've received quite a few emails from fellow moms-to-be, I thought that it would be a good idea to share some of my favorite products (all of which have been reviewed on BGG in the past) that are good for all, but especially beneficial to us pregnant BGs.

Have you tried these products? One lucky winner will win a bottle of Bio Oil. Just leave a comment and a winner will be announced on Friday!

BTW - The winner of The Princess & the Frog Carol's Daughter set is Mimieyes. Congrats and please send me your mailing address!

Bio-Oil available at (and most drugstores nationwide) for $11.99

Mask of Magnaminty Cleanser available at for $20

Priti Organic Nail Polishes available at Check website for pricing.

Carol's Daughter Sexy Belly available at for $20

Yes to Carrots Body Butter available at for $12.99

Monday, December 14, 2009

The Princess & The Frog #1 at the Box Office!

For all of you with little girls (and boys) in your life, Disney's first animated film starring an African-American princess, The Princess and the Frog hopped to the top spot at the box office this weekend grossing $25 million! Oh how I wish Baby BGG was born and already 4-years-old so we could've gone to see this ground-breaking movie together, but oh well, I'll wait patiently for her arrival next month!

As many of you know, my favorite natural bath & body line, Carol's Daughter, has teamed up with Disney to create a special The Princess & the Frog shampoo, conditioner, bubble bath and loofah in a super cute drawstring bag for your little princess!

Gift Set available at for $24

Did you take your daughter, niece or little sister to see this movie? If not, do you plan on seeing it this holiday season? One lucky reader will win the Carol's Daughter Princess & the Frog gift set! Just leave a comment and a winner will be selected randomly and announced on Wednesday.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

The Best Beauty Sets of the Season!

Now is the time to stock up on limited edition makeup palettes for you or the makeup maven in your life. During the holiday season you can always find great deals on luxury cosmetic sets, from lip glosses to brush sets. My favorites are the lip-gloss sets from Victoria's Secret. Get them while you can because they definitely won't last long!

Happy Shopping!

Do you buy makeup gift sets during the holiday season?

Victoria's Secret Lip Gloss & Balm Gift Set available at for $21.99

Bobbi Brown Limited Edition Glitter Lip Palette available at for $40

Clinique Limited Edition High Shine-to-Go set available at for $30

Lancome Holiday Eye Palette available at for $39.50

Laura Mercier Limited Edition Palette and Lip Glaze Set available at for $48

Laura Mercier Baked Eye Color Palette available at for $48

Laura Mercier Limited Edition Deluxe Mini Brush Set available at for $85

Limited Edition Juicy Tubes available at for $39.50

Lord & Taylor Beauty Now Face Palette available at for $16

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Curl Power!

For all of you curly-haired BGs, if you haven't tried Kinky Curly products, your tresses are missing out on a sensational treat! Now that I haven't had my hair chemically relaxed in well over a year, I've been trying products that are better suited for natural hair. Kinky Curly was on top of my list of products to try because I've always heard such great things about them.

Their Midnight Miracle overnight treatment was like a magic concoction infused with castor bean extract, silk protein and meadowfoam oil seed that left my usually tangled, dry strands easy to comb and softer than ever before! Plus, it had a very pleasant scent that didn't bother my sensitive nose (remember pregnant women's senses become superhuman). :-)

Midnight Miracle available at for $22

Have you ever used Kinky Curly products? For all you natural-haired BGs, what are some of your favorite products to use? Please share!

**The winner of the IMAN Luxury Liner is Product Junkie Diva!! Yay! Please email me your mailing address. :-)

Monday, December 7, 2009

All that Shimmers!

This holiday season why not play up your peepers with pretty metallic shades? Your eyes are sure to take center-stage at all of your holiday soirees with glistening greys, shimmery silvers and glittery blacks. Whether you like to add a bit of festive pizzaz to your eyes with shadows, mascaras or liners, there's a holiday inspired-hue just for you!

Do you like to switch up your makeup for special holiday occasions? Check out some of these products to create merry makeup magic!

IMAN Luxury Liquid Eyeliner available at for $10.99

Eye Glitter Gel available at for $10

CoverGirl Lash Blast Luxe Shimmer Mascara available at for $7.99

Lorac Sparkle Pencil available at for $16

Bobbi Brown Limited Edition Goldstone Long-Wear Eye Palette available at for $40

Paul & Joe Limited Edition Pearl Powder in Smoked Black available at for $25

Colorful Eye Shadow Palette for Brown Eyes available at for $26

MAC Gold Solar Bits available at for $19.50

**One lucky reader will win an IMAN Luxury Liquid Liner, just leave a comment and a winner will be selected randomly and announced tomorrow.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Brown Sugar Bliss (the Winners!)

As many of you know, I'm usually a body wash kind of girl, but Caress' Evenly Gorgeous Burnt Brown Sugar & Karite Butter Beauty Bar has me trading in my shower gels for this heavenly cleansing suds bar!

This sweet smelling exfoliating soap is infused with brown sugar leaving skin silky smooth. Plus, the karite butter component deeply moisturizes the body like no other. Who says sugar isn't good for you?

Have you ever tried this product? Two lucky winners will get a chance to try it! Just leave a comment and the winners will be selected randomly and announced on Friday.

**The winners are Chrissy and K.D. please email me your mailing addresses. Congrats!!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Star Studded

No longer are studs reserved for biker babes or the bad girls' club. This season you're sure to find super chic handbags with grommets and studs that will create a fun and edgy look without looking too hardcore.

Handbags are a great way to change up your style from time to time. Go ahead, let out your inner rock star with a studded purse or wallet. If you aren't up for the trend, it could make a great gift for your fashion-forward friend or sister!

Would you wear a studded handbag? Check out some of these:

Tory Burch Studded Satchel available at for $394.90

Donna Karan Messenger Luxe Studded Leather Bag available at for $1,195.00

Kenneth Cole Studding on French Purse available at for $78

Large Studded Wallet available at for $35

Leather Studded Cross-Body Bag available at for $55

Be & D Garbo Studded Lambskin Pouchette available at for $95

Leather Studded Clutch available at for $125

Steven by Steve Madden Stud Muffin Purse available at for $198

Studded Flap Clutch available at for $27.65

Tory Burch Utility Hobo available at for $450

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Countdown to Turkey Day!

This year I have so much to be thankful for. Words can't describe how grateful I am to have loyal BGG readers, friends and family who love me unconditionally and most of all - the brand new life that's growing inside of me. Although I won't have the pleasure of spending this Thanksgiving in Chicago with my loved ones (outside of my hubby), I'm certainly in no position to complain. :-)

What are you thankful for this year? Please share! HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!! :-)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Miss Jackson

Not many artists can sell millions of records, sell out stadiums and stand tall next to a MEGA-superstar sibling, but that's not the case for Miss Janet Jackson. Always one of my favorite artists, Janet has released another greatest hits CD aptly titled, "Number Ones." Fan favorites such as "Pleasure Principle," "That's the Way Love Goes, and "Control," are among some of the tracks included, in addition to her latest single, "Make Me."

If you're a fan of Janet's be sure to catch her first televised interview since the passing her beloved brother, Michael, tonight on ABC with Robin Roberts at 10/9C. Also, don't miss Janet opening the American Music Awards this Sunday on ABC. 8/7C.

What's your favorite Janet Jackson song?

Peeled Perfection!

Since I've traded in my favorite treat - gummi bears for healthier bites, I've tried many nuts and fruit snacks, but none have stacked up to Peeled Snacks. This fairly new line of all-natural, organic dried fruits and nuts have been my go-to treats throughout my pregnancy.

Not only are Peeled Snacks packed with tons of nutritional benefits, they are all very tasty too! It's hard to believe that there is no sugar or oil added. Since I love tart and tangy goodies, my favorite ones are the dried pineapples and cherries.

Visit to find a store near you that carries Peeled Snacks.

Are you a fan of dried fruit and nuts? What do you snack on to stay healthy?

**Btw, the winner of the brow powder from Monday was Shawnta!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Wow Brow!

Whether you have your brows plucked, tweezed or threaded, many women like to fill in their brows with a powder or pencil to create a polished look. We all know that brows help frame the face so having them well-groomed and shaped should be a part of every BG's beauty regime. I like using Vanitymark's brow powder in Choco Noir to add that extra "wow" to my brows.

Ideal for dark-haired beauties, this deep-brown shade provides a natural look that doesn't look too harsh and blends in well with my brow hairs. Remember when choosing a powder, it's best to get a shade a wee bit lighter than your hair color for the most natural look.

Available at for $16

Do you use brow powders? One lucky reader will win a VanityMark brow powder ($16 value) in a shade of her choice. Simply leave a comment and a winner will be chosen randomly and announced tomorrow.

**UPDATE - The winner is Shawnta, congratulations!

Friday, November 13, 2009

BGG Reviews "Precious"

In theaters nationwide today.

After a failed attempt to see the much-hyped and buzzed-about movie, Precious: Based on the Novel 'PUSH' by Sapphire, last week, I was finally able to get my hands on tickets for the film on Wednesday. Not often do you see a movie that lives up to all of its critical acclaim, but thankfully Precious does. Based on the 1996 Sapphire novel entitled, "PUSH," Precious is a tale of a physically and sexually abused, illiterate overweight teenage mother named Precious, played by the charismatic Gabourey Sidibe who is subjected to more torture and condemnation than one could ever imagine.

Mo'Nique steps outside of her usual comedic character to bring to life Precious's monster of a mother who spews so much hate and wickedness that she is often hard to watch. Supporting cast members include Paula Patton who shows Precious hope and the importance of education. While songbird Mariah Carey leaves behind her powerful voice to portray a surprisingly believable dowdy social worker. The story of Precious is an intense, gritty, no-holds barred tale of a strong young girl who manages to survive despite unfathomable hardships.

If you haven't seen it already, I highly recommend it! For those of you who have seen and/or read the book, what are your thoughts? I'd love to hear from people who have read the book and watched the movie to see how the feature film stacks up to the written word. Please share!