Friday, September 30, 2011

Get Funky With It

Watch out Carol, there's another 'daughter' taking on all-natural hair care.

Uncle Funky's Daughter is a husband and wife line based in Houston that caters to curly hair textures. Although, the brand was founded in 2003, I only heard of it a few months ago. First the name caught my attention and then the packaging bearing a woman rocking an Afro sealed the deal. I knew I had to try a product from this eye-catching line.

Since I suffer from extremely dry, flakey scalp I was excited to try the brand's moisturizer, Shining Star. Made with natural jojoba and soybean oil, this pleasantly-scented concoction quenched my hair's 'thirst' like no other product I've tried this year. It's lightweight, yet non-greasy formula coated my hair and scalp leaving it shiny without the weight where many other moisturizers fail.

While I'm still a huge fan of Carol's Daughter, I'm making room in my beauty shelf for one more child who will bring on that funk!

Have you tried Uncle Funky's Daughter products? If you would like to try the Shining Star ($16 value) moisturizer, simply leave a comment and the winner will be randomly selected and announced next week.

**The winner of the Essie polish is Ladybug! Congrats and please send me your mailing address.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

News: Jennifer Hudson Opens Weight Loss Center

Jennifer Hudson wants her fellow Chicagoans to get healthy and lose weight.

The famously slimmed down Oscar-winning actress opened the Jennifer Hudson Weight Watchers Center on the south side of  her hometown yesterday. Known for her incredible body transformation, the Weight Watchers spokeswoman and star of the upcoming biopic, Winnie, was joined by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanual at the weight loss facility's ribbon cutting.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the singer/actress said,"I never thought I'd make it to have my own center. I'm so honored to be here and see this day."

Got to love J-Hud!

Are you a fan of Weight Watchers? What do you do to stay in shape?

Monday, September 26, 2011

Get Knock-Out Nails this Fall

With fall officially upon us, treat your nails to awesome autumnal saturations that will make your digits standout. Essie's current collection has 6 eye-catching hues that will make you swoon.

From a deep burgundy color called, "Carry On," to my favorite, a striking grey-green shade that resembles a muted camouflage tone named, "Power Clutch," these nail polishes are the perfect accessories to your fabulous fall ensembles.

What nail polish colors are you looking forward to rocking this fall?

**One lucky reader will win one of these shades. Simply leave a comment, "like" me on Twitter or join BGG on Facebook and the winner will be randomly selected and announced later this week. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Scarlet Fever

After attending the Emmys in LA (thanks again, Galderma!) on Sunday, I along with the rest of the world noticed that the color of the night was red. From Kerry Washington's sheer, skintight scarlet number to Kate Winslet's crimson curve-hugging frock, the Hollywood fashions were definitely red-hot.

Kerry Washington wearing Zuhair Murad at the 2011 Emmys. 

Clearly, I didn't get the memo as I strutted down the red carpet in a satin, champagne-hued Tracy Reese dress. However, the night before at a pre-Emmy mixer, I rocked a red and pink dress that was a personal precursor for the scarlet fever the following evening.

On my way to a pre-Emmy mixer.

At the Emmys.

Check out these incredibly gorgeous red offerings perfect for fall!

Calvin Klein Gathered Long-Sleeve Jersey Dress available at for $98

Embellished Sleeve Dress available at for $175

Julie Dillon Ruffle Crepe De Chine Dress available at for $178

Matthew Williamson Panel Mini Dress available at for $1,274

Black Halo "Jackie" Belted Gabardine Sheath Dress available at for $345

Tahari by ASL Knit Charlie Charles Dress available for $118

Trina Turk Ain't Misbehavin' 2 Fringe Lace Dress available at for $298

Are you a fan of the cherry red shade?

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Red, Oranges and Pinks - Oh My!

If you kept up with last week’s New York Fashion Week extravaganza, I’m sure you not only noticed the eye-catching trends we can expect to wear next spring, but you may have also noticed some celebrity make-up trends that you can wear for the fall.

Normally, fall makeup consists of the darker or vampy hues like grays, deep purples, metallics or anything in the jewel-toned family. However, what I liked seeing the most on our celebrity trendsetters was the concept of bending the rules when it comes to adjusting your makeup for the season—specifically when it comes to lip color.

Check out Solange in this eye-catching bright pink lip-color.

You can achieve a similar look with MAC’s Amplified collection “Girl About Town.” It’s also one of my personal faves. If you want to tone down the lip color, you can always do so with by applying the appropriate lip-liner in the same color family over your lipstick.

With full eye brows and a dewy, “make-up less” look, model Jourdan Dunn rocked in the Jason Wu fashion show wearing a matte orange lip. I typically shy away from matte lip colors since they appear so drying on my lips. However, Revlon has a similar “Coral” shade in the Colorburst collection which is actually pretty moisturizing. More on this in the future!

If you want to turn heads, look no further than applying a sultry, hot color like Red on your pout. I know sometimes we women of color might think red is too hot to trot, however, no matter what your complexion or lip size—there is a RED for you!

The key is to look for the right shade and texture of red that complements you. I would highly recommend visiting a make-up counter to find your perfect match. Oftentimes the drugstore packaging of lip-color may be misleading and can become frustrating trying to find your right color. With a make-up pro—the guesswork is taken out. A visit to your local Sephora or any other make-up counter takes the stress off and allows you to embark in star treatment.

Take a look at Angela Simmons and her perfect red pout. Again, Mac has a similar color in the satin collection simply named “MAC Red.”

There you have it. Will you be embracing fall’s more subdued lip-colors or will you be trying the more bold approach?

Posted by Khadijah C.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Plan a Girlfriend Getaway

Not ready to say goodbye to summer (which officially ends at the end of the month)? Gather up your girlfriends and plan a quick end-of-season getaway. With countless last-minute summer deals, finding a vacation spot that complements your group’s personality should be easy.

The iconic Fontainebleau in Miami Beach is an ideal destination for BFF bonding due to its innumerous amenities. Whether having a dance-filled night out on the town, enjoying delicious dinners, shopping till you drop, or relaxing with luxurious spa services is what you’re looking for, then this celebrity hangout has you covered.

Renovated in 2008 from its 1950s art-deco design during the Rat Pack heyday, The Fontainebleau boasts 22-acres and houses two of the city’s most popular nightclubs, 12 restaurants, 3 shopping boutiques, and the incomparable 40,000-square foot Lapis Spa.

I recently had the pleasure of indulging in an invigorating, complimentary massage at the aforementioned lavish resort. The treatment was the perfect antidote to the demands and ongoing duties of a busy mom like me. Lapis surpassed all of my previous spa experiences with its ultra-chic design and serene atmosphere. While I enjoyed the spa, my only regret is not having a few of my best girlfriends with me to share the experience.

Pefect for BFFs and bridal parties, the spa offers great packages to make any getaway a grand-slam.

If you're looking to plan your own girls getaway, be sure to follow these tips:

Stash Cash: Prior to the trip, make sure that everyone sets aside extra cash to go towards the vacation pool that will cover tips, taxis and meals.

Consolidate Your Packing: If your BFF has a fabulous flat iron ask her to bring it so that you don't have to and vice versa. This way, the group can use certain items/products without having to lug around individual ones.

Pick Activities that the Entire Group will Enjoy: Nothing is worse than being on a trip with friends who aren't on the same page when it comes to the excursion's activities. Let everyone know in advance if there will be planned activities to ensure that you're all in agreement.

Dine with Your Friends in Mind: Dining can be one of the most enjoyable parts of a girls getaway. That's why it's important to make sure that the places you visit offer food selections that the entire group can enjoy.

Lapis Spa is offering $99 treatments as part of Miami Spa Months now through the rest of the month. Click here for more information.

Have you taken a girlfriend getaway this year? If so, where did you go?

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Your Chance to Win a Cetaphil Prize Pack!

As some of you may know, I was selected by Galderma to attend the 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards this Sunday in Los Angeles. Besides being incredibly giddy about dressing up and walking the red carpet, I'm excited  to let you guys in on the fun too.

Prior to the event, my guest and I will be getting glam by an expert stylist and makeup artist. Here's where you come in...simply email or post a question in the comments section asking Dr. Luftman and/or the stylists and beauty experts who will be on-hand any questions related to the skin condition rosacea.

Because we BGs and guys aren't usually affected by the skin ailment, it does occur. It's especially important for us to seek treatment early in order to avoid hyper-pigmentation.

I'll choose TWO lucky readers' questions who will then receive a Cetaphil prize pack which will include a Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser and Cetaphil Facial Moisturizer. Some of my loyal readers may remember how I highly recommended both products a few years ago - it's the best stuff on the market, especially for sensitive skin. 

Fashion Week Spotlight: Atelier AZZA

With all of the Fashion Week hubbub taking place in New York, I'd be remiss if I didn't feature the show that brought me the most excitement - Atelier AZZA. OK, the designer, Azeeza Desai, does happen to be my BFF, but her luxurious designs speak for themselves.

The sophisticated, Indian-inspired "Monarch," line included embellished cardigans, jewel-encrusted red-carpet worthy floor-length gowns, billowy blouses, and other sleek, eye-catching designs. Seeing her one-of-a-kind pieces grace the catwalk at the Say We's (South Asian Young Women Entrepreneurs) Fashion for Compassion show at the Ritz-Carlton last night was by far my Fashion Week highlight.

Photos by: Errol Dunlap

Even if Azeeza wasn't my closest friend I'd still be certain that Atelier AZZA is well on it's way to becoming a coveted brand.

I am unable to rotate the video. Sorry, but at least it's a glimpse. 

Who's your favorite designer? Have you been following this Fashion Week's trends? If so, what lines have caught your eye for spring?

Monday, September 12, 2011

Missoni To Hit a Bullseye Tomorrow

In case you missed the Fashion's Night Out Missoni for Target pop-up store festivities last week, don't fret - the coveted zig-zag, striped brand is officially launching at Tar-jay tomorrow.

From chic accessories, to children's attire to home goods, the luxury label's affordable debut is sure to cause a frenzy.

Are you a fan of the famed Missoni brand? If so, are you excited for its Target line?

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Fashion's Night Out: Say Goodbye to Boring Band-Aid Shades

Tonight is the night that fashionistas around the country, (especially in New York City) have been waiting for - Fashion's Night Out (FNO). Back for its third year, countless stores and design houses will host special shopping soirees to serve as the unofficial kick-off to Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week.

To celebrate the night of style, esteemed designer, Cynthia Rowley, is teaming with Band-Aid for a second year in a row with their collaboration of practical, yet pretty adhesive bandages. Made for fashionistas who want to cover their scrapes in style, fix a broken heel or solve another fashion accident, these trendy patterns make boring nude shades take a backseat to these chic options. A must-have for any fashionista's emergency kit or medicine cabinet, these bandages are a fashion statement on their own.

Also, if you're in the NYC area, be on the lookout for the Glambulance, which will be fully equipped with a glam squad to take care of all of your beautiful boo-boos, style woes, fashion emergencies, and more!

September 8 - 5th Avenue between 56th & 57th
September 9 - 65th and Broadway 

Plus, the designer and company are hosting a contest where you could possibly win a $2,500 Cynthia Rowley shopping spree. Simply share your worst fashion emergency for a chance to win. Check out the details here:  

Will you partake in any FNO festivities tonight? 

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Review: Carol's Daughter Monoi Repairing Line

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of trying out the shampoo, conditioner and repairing mask from the new Carol’s Daughter Monoi Reparing line. I was excited about the Monoi line because of the unique ingredients each item contained. Monoi oil, coconut cleansers, hibiscus extract, and bamboo water are just a few of the natural ingredients used to help undo and prevent future damage.

Although I only shampoo my hair about once a month due to the excessive drying ingredients found in most shampoos, I was pleasantly surprised with the Monoi Repairing Shampoo. It’s sulfate-free, which made my 4B natural strands very happy. This shampoo not only smells good but my hair didn’t feel dry and brittle after my first use.

The one thing I noticed most about the Monoi Repairing Conditioner was its ability to moderately detangle and moisturize my hair. I wouldn’t necessarily purchase or use this particular conditioner on its own, but it does work well in conjunction with the Monoi Repairing Shampoo.

Lastly, I really enjoyed applying the Monoi Repairing Mask. Used as a deep conditioning treatment, this mask is very buttery, thick and smooth with a light floral scent. The mask claims to put back your hair’s natural softness and conditions for better manageability. I kept the mask on my hair for about 10 minutes before rinsing out. So, did I notice a difference? Unfortunately, I think it’s too soon to tell. I will need to deep condition more often to see if the claims hold true.

Invincible Hair Set (includes, Monoi Repairing Shampoo 8.5 fl oz., Monoi Repairing Conditioner 8.5 fl oz., and Monoi Repairing Hair Mask 7 oz.) available at for $67

So what’s the verdict? Overall, I do like many of the products in the Monoi Repairing line. However, if I was to actually purchase any of these products, my money would definitely go to the Monoi Repairing Shampoo.

Will you be trying the Carol’s Daughter Monoi Repairing hair care line?
Submitted by Khadijah C.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Canvas Cutie

Being a bit of a photo fanatic, I couldn't have been more excited when I received an email from Easy Canvas Prints. They asked if I'd like to receive a complimentary 8 x 10 canvas in exchange for an honest review. Since I had always wanted to have a canvas print made, I jumped at the offer.

Now for the hard part...deciding on a photo that I deemed worthy of "canvassing." Having a photography background made my task of narrowing down the chosen pic seem unsurmountable. It literally took me days and countless questions of "do you like this one," to my annoyed husband.

After sifting and sorting through my collection, I finally decided on a simple photo of my daughter, Ava. I don't know what made me select this particular photo (taken on my camera phone), but perhaps it was her innocence captured or the fact that she's wearing stripes, my favorite.

Ava at about 3-months old.

Whatever made me choose this photo, I was surprisingly pleased with the final product. The fact that it was taken on an old Blackberry camera phone made me skeptical about my selection, but the quality of the canvas was outstanding! The image was sharp and the colors were clear and vibrant.

If you're on the market for turning a regular print into a masterpiece, definitely give Easy Canvas Prints a call.

Have you ever turned a picture into a canvas print?