Style Strategy book review & thoughts

golden front cover & author

The Style Strategy is a small, yet elegant, fashion help book designed to give some direction and organization on one’s wardrobe. Nina Garcia, infamously famed Project Runway judge, writes her strategy on selecting personal style without breaking the bank (well, not too much). The above picture is Ms. Garcia, Jennifer Aniston look-a-like and all, in one of her many, solidly-chic plain sheath dresses.

On PR the show portrays her as an un-reachable, devil-ish figure with lavish and exquisite taste. And while this may be true of the runway judge, Nina relates to the fashionably-challenged public in a short and witty manner commentating on fashion 101 throughout the ages. (For some reason I noticed lots of Civil War/ WWI/ WWII mentionables in there lol).

But I found myself pushing through fashion rules that I already knew prior to being a fashion student, because her interpretation on dressing well this day and age was refreshing. She wants to bring out the best and brightest, most creative, YOU! Instead of dictating what to wear to various occasions, she states updated ways on how to transform the classics…much like she does living in the dog eat dog world of Manhattan.

The book is well orgaized planning out three distinct sections:

I. What you have
II. What you need
III. What you want

Each chapter is broken down into further detail of course and there was never a dull moment. Between the high fashion illustrations by Ruben Toledo and inserts from Tim Gunn I found myself turning pages, eager to finish the book. Now, I’m not saying this is the best fashion masterpiece but for $3.99 at TJMaxx you can’t get a better deal on styling tips than that. The glossary provides listings of the best vintage shops in major metropolitan cities and websites worth perusing your fashionable buck! From one bargain shopper to another, I’d say that’s money well spent on an investment coffee table book.

“When you are surrounded by what makes you happy your creativity is heightened” -Unknown

Olay facial hair removal duo review

balm&cream application

Hey girlies! I hope you take my reviews to heart as this is from one working girl to another lol. I’m sure you all have seen this new facial hair removal duo on the market because they have heavily mass advertised this on tv, Walmart, Target, and other drugstores.

I bought mine at Wal-mart I believe when it was newly pushed in promotions and such. I forget the exact amount but it was around $27ish on sale (which is still not that cheap). I was intrigued to try this because I’m always looking for innovative methods that make stripping off upper lip hair less painful. Sorry if that’s TMI but there is nothing short of TMI when it comes to Olay hair removal.

Just to give you a background on my hair density and preferred hair removal method, I’ve never waxed my upper lip. I am thinking about having it threaded for the first time sometime this summer though! Me IS scared. So anyways…I don’t have that “thick” of facial hair. Yeah it may be a tad more noticeable than most because I have black hair but’s it’s nothing outrageous.

Olay ‘tries’ to make this easy for you but providing just two simple steps. If the tiny print on the side of the box (mixed with French) is any indication, it’s a lot longer than it looks. Basically you’re supposed to prep your skin by applying the guarding balm to the areas you want to treat. Ummm…you want to treat the area with hair so apply it everywhere around your lip? LOL

After you do that it says to “massage” that balm with your fingertips for 20 seconds. Wow how precise. This part didn’t really do much for me so I wouldn’t worry about it. Now the fun and vital part of the hair removal process. Remove your hair with a grape size removal of the provided cream. Now I don’t eat grapes too frequently so it’s hard to imagine which size they’re referring to.

I just slathered on every millimeter section where the balm was! It said to do this immediately with a thick layer. (Not a problem for me because everything I do is overabundance!) Wash your hands for hygenic purposes then sit and wait for the magic to happen.

The box timer specifies to leave on the frothy, white, milky, mustache for 6-8 minutes..but no longer than 10! <

The end! Times up and just wipe it off with a tissue. As for the results I didn’t see any drastically different, spotless areas but I guess in pictures it’ll pick up then? It’s a little weird because my only reaction was a day or two after the process. My upper lip would start to feel like the pores where the hair was once was chemically reacting and “bubbling” on my skin? Don’t wanna take any chances but I think it’s safe to say that’s fine?

HAHA don’t get warded off guys it really wasn’t anything just a random thing! Let me know if anyone else has experienced this or I’m just imagining the “boiling/ bubbling” effect.


Josie Maran Argan balm review

Found online or in-store at your local Sephora

So Sephora describes this moisture rich balm as multi-tasking and a neutral solution for dehydrated, dry skin. I’ve had the pleasure of testing it out for a couple weeks now so I’ve gathered my thoughts, tribulations, and experiences so I can share with you! If you do not know what “Argan” oil is (it’s okay because I did not at first haha), argan is kinda like Moroccan oil! Does that ring a bell now? Moroccan oil came on the market a several years ago and just exploded on the market for their silky hair results!

But getting back to the balm. The argan balm is said to seal in hydration and offer nourishment to really anywhere on your body! I bought this $40 jar (yeah kinda pricey) because you can lather it on your legs, arms, and even hair! It’s meant to remedy split hair ends and wherever you feel you need relief from dryness. I most recently used it on my lips tonight because I forgot my lip balm! So it’s great for that too.

The product is 4.6 oz which is a lot for a skin saver! So much waxlike substance in a circular container! A good comparison as to what it looks like to the naked eye is a candle. I was hesitant at first because I wasn’t sure upon purchasing if the wax formula wouldn’t be moist enough. In my past experiences with skin products usually in such an enclosed container with no air opening, the product tends to be too dry to the point where you can’t even use it.

I think it’s travel friendly as well because it’s not a liquid substance and easy to throw in any bag or luggage for your excursion! On a day-to-day basis I wouldn’t advice keeping it in your purse as it is too big or bulky. The argan balm is about the size of my palm just to give you an idea…

Overall I do appreciate supporting eco-friendly brands like Ms. Maran because a part of me feels like I’m giving back to mother nature herself! Josie Maran prints “luxury with a conscience” on everyone of her products as a constant reminder to consumers that she supports makeup made out of the purest and natural of ingredients. Good job Josie!!