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Friday, April 10, 2015

Why I won’t let my son play football.

The brain damage. The tortuous and scarring hazing. Being a privileged student athlete in college. These are the MAIN reason I won’t let my son play the sport of football. Call me overprotective but this America sport has created a culture within our young athletes that is both dangerous to their morals, priorities, and health. Think I’m being over dramatic?

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a progressive degenerative disease, which can currently only be definitively diagnosed postmortem, in individuals with a history of multiple concussions and other forms of head injury. Paul Olivier, Andre Waters, and Jovan Blecher are just some of the names of former players that have shot themselves in the head due to brain injuries. Brain injuries caused by the excessive and undetectable disease, CTE. 

One of the causes of CTE would be the rigorous practices student athlete endure on a regular basis. Football players in the NCAA's Division I Bowl Subdivision spend an average of 44.8 hours a week on their sport — playing games, practicing, and training— compared with a little less than 40 hours on academics. Student athlete practice more than professional football players, which of course takes a toll on their grades.

Student athletes are being robbed of their educations because educator are letting them pass with subpar work. College educated student athletes that can’t read or write exist because the school system is designed in such a way that profiting off the football team is more important than said player’s. Student-athletes who can't read well, but play in the money-making collegiate sports of football and basketball, are not a new phenomenon. They are things called “bird classes’ that don’t really exist and their sole purpose is to inflate the GPA of the players. 

My apprehension isn’t reserved for college football. The hazing that occurs in some high schools is horrendous. In the last 10 years alone, there have been multiple reports on high school hazing in the football locker rooms across the country. Sayreville, Mepham and Hoover  are just a few that have been plagued by similar scandals. 

I apologize to my fictitious future son. You will not be lacing up boots or putting on helmets. There no pre-game chants or post-game glory. You will, instead, not be subjected to undetectable brain injuries all while having more time to study and be a kid. You will not suffer through any of that or have to worry about brutal high school hazing because you will NOT be playing football.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Dupe alert! L'oreal Revitalift wet cleansing towelettes vs. Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water Cloths

I know I was JUST raving about the Koh Gen Do Cleansing wipes and how I wouldn't go back to drugstore... So my hopes weren't high when I picked up the L'oreal Revitalift wipes from Ulta because of a Buy 2 Get 1 Free Deal.

What I love about these wipes are how moisturizing and wet they are. They are soothing and effective. The one con is that they leave a film on your skin. That is probably to promote the anti-aging benefits of the product and I don't mind too much because I always follow up with a toner anyway...
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The price difference is another factor to take into consideration. The Cleansing Spa Water cloths can run you between $13-$39. While the L'oreal costs around $7.

I think that the formula is worth a try. Even though I will be mainly buying my Koh Gen Do because my skin is so sensitive. One night I had to really rub my eyes with the L'oreal to get some tough mascara and liner off and the next morning my eyes were a bit irritated.

That doesn't really mean the product is bad because I have suuuper sensitive skin. 

Monday, March 9, 2015


I am actually quite pleased with this hair. At first I was really debating if I should put this on a U-part or actually do an install but I didn't know how thick the bundles would be and didn't want to be assed out.I took the bundles and made a U-part of of them. I cute the tracks and split SOME wefts. I felt like the company provided you with enough hair that I didn't feel the need to split my tracks (except towards the top which was starting to be a struggle... so I only split the track for two bundles)
As promised, they do provide you with six bundles of varying lengths. The longer the lengths, the shorter the bundles.
I really liked the texture of the hair. it did tangle a bit but the tangles are EASILY brushed out. even though i cut the wefts and split some of the tracks, I really don't have excessive shedding.
I do not plan to dye, bleach or perm this hair... not because of the quality but because I'm a purist in a sense. ("get and wear as it is" mentality)
I though blending this texture with my nature hair was going to be difficult because I'm natural and I can't exactly straighten my hair then wet set it in a braid to mimic the waves. So I tried flat ironing my hair and braiding it at night (dry) to see if i can get a wave... no.
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I found it was best that I curl my hair with a wand AND curl the unit to frame my face.
The closure was basically a waste of time. I didn't use it.
I found this map on how to do your instal interesting. I followed it loosely. I probably won't in the future though.
Am I the only person in the world that find unraveling S-curl bundles like this stressful? I kept getting tangles while I tugged on the hair. (Thank god the quality of the hair was good or we would have had problems)

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Wipes

I don't know what made me pick these wipes up from Sephora, but I'm sorry I ever did. Not that they are bad... but they are SO GOOD that going back to drugstore wipes just won't suffice for me anymore.

If you are they type who doesn't like soaking wet wipes, this might not be for you.I absolutely love them. You only need one wipe to take off all your makeup. That includes waterproof mascara, long wearing foundations, and pesky (but sometimes necessary) lip stains. All of that gets gently wiped away.

These cleansing spa water cloths are soft and accoriding to the website, they provide the skin with mineral rich water "Infused with six essential herbs—rosemary leaf, sage leaf, lavender, artemsia princeps leaf, perilla ocymoides leaf, ginger root—to protect and nurture skin, they replenish, refresh, and cleanse for a smooth, healthy-looking complexion."

I have sensitive skin, so I'm a little weary about using anything on my skin but these are not harsh at all (unlike the Neutrogena oil free makeup remover that was like rubbing evilness on my face).

I think you should try these wipes out because Sephora has mini versions for $10 and you get 13 wipes. Be forewarned... you won't be able to look to drugstore wipes in the same light again. This is an expensive habit.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Benefit Cosmetics They're Real! Push-Up Liner

I am a gel liner novice. I don't know why, but I just never trusted the stuff. However, when my beloved benefit came out with this product, my curiosity help set aside my reservations.

I've been using this product for a couple of months and I LOVE it. I personally think its great for beginners (because obviously I wasn't that familiar with gel liner and I can use this product easily enough). I have heard of some bloggers not loving this though...

So it is marketed as a long wearing, easy to use gel eyeliner. They are even pushing the specialty eye makeup remover because it is soooooo long wearing. Girl, bye... Don't waste your money on that. It is long wearing but not so tough to get rid of that I have to buy a specialty remover for it. These are probably the same people that buy the specialty beautyblender solid soap.

You can purchase it at Sephora, Ulta or You can always buy the mini sample (I'm such a commitment-phobe when it comes to high end makeup that I almost ALWAYS take advantage of mini/travel/sample size before buying the full size). Sephora even has a deal where you can try the liner and mascara for $22.

Monday, January 5, 2015

How To Get Away With Murder

Hats off to you Shonda! HGTAWM became one of my favorite dramas this fall.

BTW: Finding pics to put on this post was a little awkward. I googled "How to get away with murder" and it was finishing it with "without getting caught", "without really trying" "without makeup"... (without makeup?? really... I do NOTHING without makeup).
So the series revolves around Annalise Keating's (Davis) law class named How to get away with murder. The protagonist of the story is Dean Thomas (at least that is what I call him in my head). Alfred Enoch plays Wes Gibbins, a fresh faced law student. I don't mind his character except when he does that annoy surprised face. It's reminiscent of Quinn's demeanor in the first season of Scandal.

I get it though, we are experiencing the shocks of the fast-paced world through Wes and as the season progresses we will see him harden and become an actual player.
The real star, is my home girl Viola though. Her character seems cut-throat and stoic but she definitely had her faults. (like, not braiding and moisturizing her hair under them wigs!)
I don't want to REALLY spoil the show for the 3 of you out there that actually read my blog and might not watch the show so I won't get too deep into plot points (no promises if I feel like doing episode reviews *sips tea).

The only thing I WILL say is that we know which character get murder and I feel like in this season they will develop that arch in the story line. My question is how will they keep up that theme? Eventually you will or will not get away with murder... end of story. How will they continue?
(lol, Viola looks like... "crap... we didn't think of that.")

Monday, December 15, 2014

Freetress Russian and Brazilian Hair Review

I'm not the one to advocate for synthetic bundles of hair. Unlike a wig, the intention of the weft hair is for you to install it into your hair. Meaning that you would go to sleep with the hair, shower with the hair, workout and get physical with the hair. I just don't think synthetic hair is built for that.

So when I got these bundles (at a steal, they were $10 each and I only needed 2 for a full head... of course I split and sealed the wefts) I immediately installed it into a wig. I was pleasantly surprised that actual quality of the hair is better than the synthetic hair I am used to.

They are both wavy textures but the Russian bundle is not as loose as the Brazilian. I actually prefer the Russian's texture.

It didn't tangle or shed excessively. I can't speak on how it reacts to heat. I would totally recommend this hair (for a quick weave, i'm still not 100% convinced it can be an install... don't do it to yourself.)

I don't LOVE they way it blends with my natural hair.