Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Diva's Life: Diva's Marketplace is Coming Together!

I have had yesterday and today free on my calender. I took the opportunity to really DIG IN and design the website for my handmade products shop, Diva's Marketplace. I decided to switch platforms and I had to learn how to work with a new dashboard on top of designing a website. I went to sleep around 3 am and I'm still tweaking things today. I'm happy I followed my intuition because the new platform is much cleaner and professionall looking. I'm starting off small, but don't want to necessarily look like it. Here is a sneak peek of what the site looks like on your mobile device.

I referenced a couple of sites with similar product categories and found I was forgetting to add little things like a search box and linking the shop's social media. It's all coming together. I can't wait for the reveal! Stay tuned!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Around the 'Net: 4 Chic Dollar Tree DIY Videos!

Happy Hump Day!

I love a good DIY! Especially if the materials are affordable. I randomly came across a very chic looking DIY  video and it turns out the materials were from Dollar Tree, which is a discount store chain. Enter the dark Dollar Tree DIY hole on Youtube. LOL. I found more videos. My favorites are below.  This post is for you, but for me as well so I can know where to find these videos once I'm ready to do my DIY projects. LOL. Enjoy!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Beauty Myth Monday: "I'm too Dark for That"

Quick story. My day job is in retail. While I was assisting a customer with options to wear with a pair of pants she recently had purchased, I mentioned the color orange and she shook her head and said: "No, I'm too dark for that." She was a dark skinned black woman who believed she was too dark to wear vibrant colors. If it is your preference no to, that is one thing, but to believe you cannot because of your complexion is problematic. I tried to convince her she would look beautiful in orange and any other bright color, but it was obvious she had internalized the belief that her complexion limited her to what colors she used to express herself through her clothing, so I dropped the conversation. Well, I dropped the topic with her, but not with you all.

Colorism is the African American community has long caused angst and division amongst its members. This woman's belief she cannot wear orange because she is "too dark" speaks to a larger issue that women of deeper complexions have been made to feel less beautiful than lighter skinned women. I beg of you, both men and women, as I have heard this comment in various forms come from both, do no internalized this lie. Do not feel as if you are only deemed beautiful if you stay within the rules of your complexion. Your confidence and self-love are what makes you beautiful, clothing merely enhances that.

To the woman who thought she couldn't wear orange, I hope one day you'll feel beautiful in any color. This is an ode to you.

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Small Business Spotlight: Coloring Pins

In case you haven't noticed, pins and patches have made a come back. From Gucci to Zara, to your teenager's backpack; they're everywhere. One company I've been following for a while has put an African American cultural spin on the latest trend. Coloring Pins offers pins and patches that pay homage to black culture. Check out the picture above. I definitely remeber my edges being slicked down with Let's Jam and moisturized with Luster's Pink Lotion, that let's be real, got oiky if you used to much. LOL

The pins and patches are at affordable proce pkintsand there is something for the entire family. There is even something for the men and boys!

Diva Cover Stories: Shay Mitchell for Ocean Drive Magazine, May/June 2017

Diva Cover Stories: Chloe & Halle for In Style Magazine, June 2017

Our society loves a sister duo. From the Olsen, Hadid, Mowry, and now Bailey sisters.  We love a stylish pair. Chloe and Halle have quickly become a couple of my favorite young celebrities. So stylish and true to themselves. Check out the rest of the shoot below.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Product Review: Crystal Body Deodorant Stick

Okay ladies and gents.  You may or may not have noticed that as you get older you skin changes. Well, I have definitely noticed. One of the changes I have noticed is I can no longer use the cutesy deodorant and forget about the scented ones.  I have had to stray from the traditional white deodorants. Only one works for me now, but it's not about that brand, so let's get into this rock that also doubles as a deodorant.

Product Description: "Crystal Body Deodorant is made of Natural Mineral Salts which prevent body odor by creating an invisible protective barrier against odor causing bacteria. It is fragrance free, non-sticky, non-staining, leaves no white residue and can be used by both men and women. Crystal Body Deodorant can last up to a year of daily use."

Ingredient: Potassium Alum

 Directions For Use: "Moisten the top of stone and smooth under arms and soles of feet."

I always saw Crystal rock deodorant in stores, but it never really grabbed me. That price tag didn't help either. It wasn't until my lymph nodes under my arms were getting so clogged and irritated that at some points I had to wear sports bras for relief.  Then I came across a radio interview with Erykah Badu and Crystal deodorant came up again. I decided to give it a try.

First, being that it is a rock, you must dampen it before you use it. It's really not a rush and apply type of product. Also, from my experience, natural deodorants are not as strong, so I did a healthy amount of swipes per arm. Then the rock dries out and I have to remoisten and apply again. I usually did it twice per arm. 

Final Thoughts

While using it, my lymph nodes did not swell and get irritated. I can vouch for the claims that is is fragrance-free, non-sticky, and non-staining. It does last a long time, my rock has gotten smaller, but is holding strong. I would recommend this product (and have) if you are looking for a natural, non-irritating deodorant stick.

Performance:  I did not feel as if I had to reapply throughout the day to stay fresh. NOTE: I did not do any strenuous exercise while testing this product. However, the friend I recommended it to said she loved it for her light days, but on her gym days, she had to wear her normal deodorant. I will definitely encourage you to test it out to see if it can hold up to your lifestyle.

Texture: Hard, smooth, rock.

Would I Recommend to a Friend: Yes, and have.

Price: $6.99

What natural deodorants do you recommend? I have tried a couple. Let me know if you want to see more reviews on natural hygeine products.

Beauty Myth Monday: Making a DIY Charcoal Mask with Glue is Not Harmful

Because it is! All DIY's are not made equal. You may have seen several videos floating around where women are mixing Elmer's glue and charcoal to make an at-home mask. Hopefully, after watching their painful experience, you won't want to try it. Many think it works because their skin is smooth when all they've done is remove the small hairs from their face (in addition to the blackheads).  However, if you're still thinking about it or have tried it, let me tell you why this DIY is definitely a no-go.

According to the Safety Data Sheet Elmer's site, if applied to skin, " ...wash immediately with plenty of soap and water. Get medical attention if irritation develops." 

If finances are an issue, I feel you girl. Here are some charcoal masks at different price points.

Derma E® Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask - 1.7oz already viewed

If DIYing is your thing and you just want to mix something up, you can get some activated charcoal powder and mix it with another clay mask to get your desired results. Here is a highly rated one here:

Activated Charcoal Powder, Food Grade Detox, Huge Jar, In Bulk, For Detoxification,Teeth Whitening, Digestive System, Daily Beauty Face Mask,To Prevent Hangover,Vegan,eBook

Do not put glue on your face.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Red Carpet Recap: Met Ball 2017 Most Showstopping Looks

Last night was the First Monday In May aka the Met Ball. This year paid homage to Rei Kawakubo, founder of of Comme des Garcons. The Met is when you come t show up and show out! Unfortunately, some looks left me underwhelmed.  Not everyone missed the memo. Here are some of my favorites.

Rihanna in Comme des Garçons

Chrissy Teigen in Marchesa.

Halle Berry in Versace.

Lily Alridge in Ralph Lauren.

Lori Harvey in Dolce and Gabbana

Zendaya in Dolce and Gabbana.

Ashley Graham in H&M.

Janelle Monae in Ralph and Russo.

Tracee Ellis Ross in Rihanna in Comme des Garçons

Cara Delevingne in Chanel.

Thandie Newton in Monse

Rita Ora in Marchesa


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