Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Harboring Hope

Black young man. About 5’ 11” wearing khaki pants, polo top, and backpack slung over his shoulder. Walking solemnly down a busy metro street, presumably on the way to school.  My first thought…Will he make it?  Will he make it?  Not, he could be a physicist.  Not, he could be a lawyer.  All of the hopes and dreams that could be placed upon him are washed away in an instant because of the climate of our society.  Our black boys are endangered.  They are being shot down, by those who are charged with protecting, and continuously being killed by one another.  My hometown of Baltimore has had 200 homicides this year already.  And whilst the news, Facebook, and media in general continue to strip the hope for our future away, we have to hold on to it.  I’m ashamed that my first thought was that of doom when I saw that young man.  He is someone’s son.  He could be my son in 10 years.  As a parent, we do our best to teach our children values so that they are reflected when they step into the world.  We cannot let society wear us down.  We must remain optimistic, and hold onto hope.  I don’t want to look at young black boys as future victims.  I want to see in them what I see in the eyes of my own son.  A free-spirited, determined, loving child who can be whatever he wants to be, even if that is currently a power ranger.  If we don’t see the positivity and the possibilities, what will they see in themselves?  So, young black man, wherever you are, stand tall, set your sights high, and make it.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Sweet Air Up There: A Gloss Review

When i started this blog, I had this vision of sharing my thoughts on all of the latest beauty trends and life's drama.  Well, what I've found is that although I reached my goal of becoming an esthetician, I don't venture out in terms of purchasing much makeup anymore. (Ugh, and she calls herself the lipgloss junkie.)  Let's be real, lipgloss love took a backseat to life and bills.  You will still always find me in lipgloss, I just don't run out to buy the latest launch.  So, imagine my surprise when I come home and find this on my pillow for my anniversary.
This is the Cuddle Me lipgloss set from Sweet Air Cosmetics.  It includes 3 mini gloss ware long lasting lipglosses in shades Sorbet (a sheer red), Huetopia (a sheer natural/pink), Burlesque (a deep rose).  The first thing I noticed when I tried them is the subtle and pleasant vanilla scent.  There's nothing worst than funky smelling lipgloss, thankfully there is nothing funky about this gloss.  These are fairly thick in texture, but amazingly not sticky.  And here's the best part, they really are long-lasting!  I was able to go 6 hours without reapplying, this includes 2 meals and drinks in between! I'm impressed.  So, if you're looking for a gift for the lady in your life, check out Sweet Air Cosmetics.  With the luxurious packaging and irresistible shades, the Cuddle Me set is sure to please. Pucker up, I know I did!

From left:  Sorbet, Burlesque, Huetopia
From top:  Sorbet, Huetopia, Burlesque

Wearing Burlesque

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Haiku For You (or something like that)- I'm back!

Life's chaotic time slips away
Motivation dissipated yet thoughts and ideas permeated
Ambition rekindled a gloss homecoming

It's been way too long.  But life happens.  I'm aiming to give a tad more devotion to blogging this year (what's left of it).  If nothing else, when the feeling hits, I'll put it to paper or should I say screen.  I hope you're along for the ride.  Do you haiku?