Monday, December 31, 2012

Diva On a Budget: Grocery Shopping for One



Hello All,

As I warm up with a piping hot bowl of soup, I thought I would share my tips for getting the most out of your budget when you make that trip to the grocery store and or famer's market. Not all of us are buying for families so our grocery baskets shouldn't look like it. These are some rules I set for myself when shopping. Check them out below.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

The Latest in Tech: First African Smartphone and Tablet Developed

Photo Credit: Verone Mankou


I'm sure the die hard techies already know this, so I'll take it upon myself to enlighten those who aren't so technologically inclined, like myself. For the first time ever, a smart phone has been developed and manufactured in Africa. Verone Mankou, a twenty-six year old entrepreneur in Africa developed a smart phone and tablet to the disbelief of many in the technology industry. Check out more of the article below.


Tuesday, December 25, 2012

The Latest in Beauty News: Candy Yum Yum Now Permanent

 Lipstick
Photo Credit: MAC


The people over at MAC heard our cries and has made the popular Candy Yum Yum lipstick the newest addition to it's permanent line. Candy Yum Yum is a neon pink lip color with a matte finish. It sent lipstick lovers in a frenzy upon its release and was quickly sold out. Many people underestimated how it would sell and neglected to snag it the day it was released and therefore was left out ( myself included). Now we shall worry no more and we can pick it up anytime. Isn't that great? Big virtual hug to the great people at MAC. I will now have my new favorite spring/summer go-to lippie. 


UPDATE: So naturally, I jetted to my local MAC counter to pick up the lipstick, but was told they will not be getting  it in until after the new year. Not to worry, the lipstick is available for purchase on the MAC website!



 XO,
 J.T.D.

Happy Holidays from Diva Chronicles!!

I would like to wish all of you a Happy Holidays!! Please remember to reason for the season. It is easy to get caught up in the gift giving hooplah, and buying new outfits for holiday parties, but this time is best spent with family. As we have seen throughout this year that time is short, so we must cherish every moment we spend with our family. If you cannot spend this time of year with family, spend it with those close to you whom you love just as you would a family member. Also keep our deployed soldiers in your thoughts this holiday season. Many could not be with their families this holiday , which is all the more reason to cherish those moments we have with loved ones.



Happy Holidays!!

J.T.D


Thursday, December 20, 2012

Diva Cover Stories: Elle Varner

Photo Credit: Vibe Vixen

Still considered new on the scene, R&B songtress Elle Varner is steadily making a name for herself, as a singer and even a covergirl. She is on the latest cover of Vibe Vixen delivering a big dose of  geek-chic. I love the glasses!








XO,
J.T.D.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Praying for Sandy Hook

Hello All,

Friday, December 14, 2012 was a sad day for America. Twenty six people lost their live in Newtown, Connecticut, twenty of those were young children. This mass murder occured at Sandy Hook Elementary School early that morning. While murder is no excusable whether it's an adult, teenage, or child, but it always hurts just a little more when youn children are involved. I pray for the families and friends who lost someone that day to a senseless act of violence. Also, prayers go out to the survivors who had to witness and experience such a horrific act.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

The Latest in Beauty News: Drew Barrymore to Release Makeup Line for Wal Mart

Drew Barrymore
Photo Credit: Flower Cosmetics

We can now add actress Drew Barrymore to the long list of famous faces with their own cosmetic line. Once the spokesperson for Covergirl (she was also co-creative director) and Lancome cosmetics, she has launched her own line titled Flower Cosmetics. Barrymore co-owns the makeup range with the Maesa Group, a design and manufacturing firm. Flower Cosmetics will be available for purchase exclusivley in 1, 509 Wal Mart stores in January.  

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Diva's DIY Beauty Guide: Holiday Leftovers for at Home Beauty Treatments


One of my favorite websites to peruse is the online magazine, HAPPI( Household and Personal Products Industry). While scoping for the latest news in the beauty industry, I came across an article written by dermatologist Dr. Marina Peredo, M.D., F.A.A.D. In it she discusses, caviar face masks, champagne toners, coffe exfoliators and more! She also explains the benefits of each treatment. I'll definitely have to keep that in mind while I'm devouring that sweet potato pie and sipping on that lovely champagne. Check the article out below.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Diva's 2012 Holiday Gift Guide: 8 Holiday Gift Ideas Under $10 for Men and Women




The holiday season has arrived and I'm sure many of you are wondering how to give those great gifts without hurting your wallet. They are may items that you can give your family, friends, and co-workers under ten bucks that won't leave you feeling guilty for giving that cheap gift. I've come up with ten great gifts under $10 for men and women that will leave you happy because you didn't break the bank.


1. Scarves: I've found inexpensive scarf sets that include a hat and scarf, gloves and scard, or a hat gloves and scarves. You can find them in various colors and patterns. Who doesn't like to be fashionable and warm? Check out

2. Body Spray: Body sprays are an easy yet thoughtful gift. You can pick a fragrance that matches the person's personality or if you really know the person, you can get their favorite fragrance. Now that men, are on the body spray bandwagon, it is no longer a faux pas. Check out the huge inventory at Bath and Body Works and Lush.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

The Latest in Beauty News: Pantone Release New Pantone Skintone Guide


Photo Credit: Pantone

Just about everyone has come across a pantone color, or two or three, or many in their lifetime. You will most often come across them when you decide to do a little painting in your home or work place. Well the go-to color directory is catering to the beauty, fashion, photography, product design, medical, and print/packaging/graphic design industries with their new Pantone Skintone Guide. The guide encompasses 110 true skin tne shades categorized by numbers.

Monday, December 3, 2012

The Latest in Beauty News: Illamasqua Comes Under Heat for Black/White Christmas Ad

Image Credit: Illamasqua

Tisk Tisk. When will these beauty giants learn? Illamasqua is the latest beauty brand to come under fire about their latest ad, "Not Dreaming of a White Chirstmas" featuring side by side pictures of what appears to be the same model painted in all white and painted in all black. The ad was released in early November on the company's Australian Facebook page. Read the article and the responses below.

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