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20 Beauty Products I Swear By!

You want to know what’s on my vanity, in my bathroom cabinet, or in my purse?  Here are 20 of my must have beauty products!

1.  Bobbi Brown Instant Long-Wear Makeup Remover

2.  It Works Toner

3. MAC Lip Stick – Top Picks: Saint Germain, Girl About Town, Ruby Woo, Heroine, Bowl Me Over

4. Le Mieux Bio Cell Rejuvenating Cream

5. It Works Exfoliating Peel 

6. Jo Malone Vitamin E Body Scrub

7. Johnson & Johnson Baby Wash

8. Dove Purely Pampering Shea Butter Soap

9. Clarisonic Cleansing Brush

10. Noodle & Boo Super Soft Lotion

11. Dry Bar: Detox Dry Shampoo

12. Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Oil Gel

13. Shea Moisture Black Soap

14. Oribe Gold Lust Transformation Masque – Deep Hair Conditioning

15. Nivea Cream

16. Water!! Lots of It!

17. Philosophy Purity Facial Cleanser

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18. Jo Malone Vitamin E Hand Lotion

19. Thayer’s Rose Petal Witch Hazel 

20. Evian Mineral Water Spray 

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$400 For a Hair Dryer? Is The Dyson Supersonic Truly The Newest Beauty Innovation?

This past April, Dyson (yes the vacuum brand) solidified themselves as game changers in the beauty industry when they introduced this innovative new hair dryer, better known as the Supersonic. With the launch and availabilty of the beauty device this past June, beauty lovers around the world are left wondering have we witnessed hair drying history?

Sure one might take a look at the price tag and think, “OH NO WAY, $400 for a hair dryer?” And I’d have to admit, I had that exact sentiment. I mean why would I spend $400 on a hair dryer when I can pick up one for less than $50 at my local beauty supply store? What was the big deal, I thought? But the more I researched the product the more it started to become appealing to me. Sure $400 is a lot of money, but most women spend that within 2 months with regular visits to the hair salon. Could this be the investment I’d need to make, to save thousands of dollars at the beauty salon in the long run? Well let’s see…

A couple of facts about The Dyson Supersonic:

  • The brand spent over $60,000 buying different textures of human hair to test their product. They wanted to be sure to test the dryer’s quality, and what affect it could possibly have on several different textures of hair.
  • They literally built this device from nothing. The equipment and technology they needed didn’t exist, so they created it. Talk about innovation! Dyson is clearly no stranger to being innovative, so it’s cool to see they are taking this transition into the beauty industry just as serious as they would creating a new vacuum, air filter, or hand-dryer, three products they are known for perfecting.
  • They worked with some of the world’s top hairstylist to perfect the device’s functionality and features.
  • This beauty gadget is equipped with a silencer feature that makes the sound of “blow drying” close to obsolete.  To reduce the noise of the Supersonic, Dyson’s engineers included acoustic silencers in the handle of the dryer – eliminating the typically annoying loud blower sound. (I bet your husbands, boyfriends, and sleeping children can appreciate that)
  • It didn’t happen overnight. The Dyson Supersonic has been in the making for the last 4 years, so it’s clear serious time and effort has gone in to perfecting the hair drying process!

 

I’ve never known a Dyson product to not be of the highest quality, but I still was a little skeptical. So I researched a little more. What I can appreciate is, Dyson really took the time to understand the science of hair and what other hair dryers were doing incorrectly. According to engineers at Dyson,

Hair dryers with big bulky motors have to put them in the head – it’s the only place they will fit. That’s why hair dryer design hasn’t changed since the 1960s. The Dyson digital motor V9 propels 13 liters of air per second, but it’s no wider than 1.06 in. Just small enough to turn conventional engineering on its head.

They found a quicker more effective way to dry hair. No more spending 30 minutes drying your hair when it should otherwise take you half the time. They found a sleeker way to pack a little more power in the punch!

What I am going gaga over is the sleek design of this hair dyer! It is aesthetically beautiful, and has a ton of different functions that all glamour girls can appreciate. Each attachment goes on easily! No more twisting and turning until you feel like your wrist is about to break! Each attachment pops on easily with a sleek magnetic feature that is sure to make your hair drying experience an easy one!

The Smoothing nozzle, Styling concentrator, Diffuser – Iron, Non-slip mat, and Storage hanger are all of the attachments and extras you receive with your choice of either the silver or fuchsia dryer color option.

The bottom line, this dryer is worth every penny, but the question is are you willing to make the investment and splurge? I think I’ll be adding this to my Christmas List. This dryer is truly holiday wish list worthy!

 

 

 

 

 

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30 Things You May Not Have Known About Kimberly!

 

1. I am a DELTA! A member of the Best Sorority in the World!!!

2. I used to be a tomboy, and played basketball throughout my childhood, and won several national championships with my teammates!

3. The first time I attended public school was high school.

4. My worst international travel experience was Paris, not because it wasn’t beautiful, but because I lost an entire half a day of sightseeing with friends because someone jumped in front of the train my friends were scheduled to arrive on. Crazy right!? (I plan to go back for longer than 48 hours very soon!)

5. I  love doing things alone like going to the movies, shopping, dining out, and traveling. I have never been afraid to do things solo.

6. I don’t feel pretty unless my hair and make-up are done. No really… LOL .. Don’t judge me!

7. I am obsessed with my Husband! He is the best ever!

8. I was on the hit reality show ‘Making the Band’. I learned I would be on the show the week after my college graduation. I was only a finalist, but it was an unforgettable experience. Now if I can figure out a way to raid the stage during the Bad Boy Reunion, my life would be complete!

9. My first job was at Banana Republic at 17.

10. I was a choir nerd in high school. I would skip classes to sing in every choir class besides my own.

11. I used to make up songs about house hold chores when I was a kid.

12. I am arachnophobic. Seriously.

13. I am a true Daddy’s girl…. My dad is really my bestie!

14. Brandy is my FAVORITE SINGER… Vocal Bible… I will fight you over her… No really!

15. If Kanye West and I had attended high school together, we would have for sure been best friends. I love KANYE WEST!

16. Reggie Bush has been my crush since his days at USC.

17. Of course you know I am obsessed with perfume, but I always keep one scent in my personal collection, ‘Love’s Baby Soft’! It was the first perfume my mother bought for me when I was 6 years old, and I still love it!

18. My best friends in my head are Nicole Richie, Kela Walker, and Alicia Quarles.

19. My Aunties in my head are Oprah Winfrey, Wendy Williams, Nene Leakes, and Toni Braxton.

20. I am a Real Housewives of Atlanta junkie, #TEAMKENYA

21. I don’t eat cheese, not even on my pizza! Any dairy for that matter.

22. I hate buying shoes, my flat feet make it hard for me to enjoy wearing certain types of shoes. Plus, my taste is too expensive to buy all the shoes I really love!

23. I collect toiletries from every hotel I stay at. I have a travel size stockpile you would not believe! LOL… I even make my friends get me soap, lotion, and shower gels from certain hotels when they travel.

24. Having a spa day is my FAVORITE past time. I like trying spas in different cities I travel to as well.

25. I won “Class Laugh” in my high school senior year superlatives.

26. I am borderline OCD.

27. I am an HBCU graduate! Alabama A&M University… Go Bulldogs!

28. Music is my first love.

29. I am afraid of waterslides. I drowned when I was 8 and haven’t gotten on one since.

30. I am addicted to Rice Krispy Treats.

 

 

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The Supermodel is now a Super Novel: Naomi Campbell

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TASCHEN, an art book publisher, founded in 1980 by Benedikt Taschen in Cologne, Germany, will be the first to publish this stellar collectable coffee table book, featuring the runway diva herself, Naomi Campbell!

Self-titled Naomi Campbell, this work of art is priced at $1,500, and only 1,000 will be made. The exclusivity and creativity of this book have fashion lovers all over the world making life decisions on how they can get their hand on one, me being included!

Naomi Campbell is just getting started. After 30 years in the business, the Supermodel looks back on three decades in the spotlight with this well-crafted look back on her legacy.

Supermodel, entrepreneur, activist, provocateur. Since her rise to stardom, Naomi Campbell has dazzled the world with her beauty, strength, and that walk. As a young girl, I remember practicing in my room, trying to strut like Miss Campbell. Being the first black model to grace the cover of French Vogue magazine, she has been the face of hundreds of magazine covers, countless editorials, and advertising campaigns, and a favorite subject for some of the best photographers over that last 30 years. (more…)

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