Jun 30, 2009

I'm Transitioning in More Ways than One!!!

I am 3 months post-relaxer and I am loving my new growth! I can't keep my hands out of it! (I know this is bad and I will control it). I am still trying to build a proper hair regimen, however. I have purchased coconut oil, jojoba oil, several conditioners, and dr. bronners magic soap (for shampoo). I am interested in trying the hairveda and qhemet products. I want products that will maximize my hair growth. I am not interested in doing a BC (Big Chop) anytime soon. I love long hair on me. Any ideas about products or oils for naturals geared toward hair growth?

Be Encouraged

New MAC!

About a week ago, I received the items I purchased online during MAC's Friends and Family event. So here is what I bought:

Lychee Luxe and LoveChild lipglasses
French Cuff and Star Violet e/s
Currant lip pencil
Touch and Ravishing lipsticks

I'm loving these items, especially the Lychee Luxe! It's so beautiful on brown skin! I don't know exactly what to do with the French Cuff because I was expecting a different color payoff, but I will make it work.

Random: I'm thinking about changing the name of my blog again. I feel the name doesn't encompass the whole me....I don't know. I will ponder it.

Best wishes,

The Changing Beauty (for now)

Fat Smash Diet Update!

Fat Smash Diet and Health Update!

Ok, so a couple of posts ago, I stated that I was interested in doing the Fat Smash Diet program. Well, I started it and I am on the 10th day! Here is some info on this diet...


No More Counting Calories!

No More Wasting Time!

Bust Through The Plateau!

The New You Begins Now!


FAT SMASH is specifically designed to be a 90-day program with four phases that will ultimately re-wire your body and its relationship to food and physical activity for the rest of your life. At the end of the 90 days, you will have made small, but important adjustments not only in your food consumption, but your understanding and attitude towards food and the way you view the importance of physical activity in maintaining a healthy life. Each phase builds upon the previous phase like the levels of a pyramid that support the ones above it. The foundation and its integrity are what allow the peak to stand, so you must be careful in constructing the building blocks so that they might be as strong as possible to allow you to reach the top of your goals. Visit www.fatsmashdiet.com for more info on the program.

I bought for book for $1 on Amazon! The first 9 days is called the detox phase. I was allowed to eat fruits, vegetables (except potatoes), brown rice, yogurt, egg whites, oatmeal, beans, and….that’s it! I was only allowed to drink herbal tea and water. I struggled in the beginning; but, after the 3rd day, I settled into the routine. I enjoyed finding ways to create tasty dishes within the diet’s boundaries. I made vegetable stir-fry, vegetable soup, roasted vegetables, egg white omelets, roasted fruit, oatmeal cookies (sugarless and flourless), and black beans and rice. There are a wealth of yummy dishes you can make during the detox period so don’t get discouraged. Believe me, if I can do it, anyone can! I love sweets, fried food, potatoes, bread…all of that bad stuff! However, I know that eating fattening foods will keep me from reaching my goals. I’ve made the decision to change. I’ve chose this diet program to help me.

Now, I’m in the second phase called “Foundation.” I can eat small portions of meat and a few other food groups are added as well. Earlier today, I cooked two small, lean pork chops on my George Forman. Shortly after eating them (I didn’t make a side dish) my stomach began to hurt and I felt extremely tired. Maybe this occurred because I hadn’t had any meat in 9 days or maybe it’s because meat, especially pork, doesn’t agree with me. Before starting the diet, I would get the same sluggish, lethargic feeling after eating meat (fried, grilled, or baked). I never had this feeling during the detox phase. In the coming weeks, I will experiment with eliminating certain meats from diet.

I have started a vitamin regimen: Fish Oil (Heart Health)

Cranberry (Urinary Tract Health)

Nail, Hair, and Skin

B12 (Energy and Metabolism)

I’m looking to incorporate a multivitamin. Finally, I have began exercising consistently using my Biggest Loser workout DVDs!! They are tough but I feel myself getting stronger and stronger everyday! I feel skinnier too!

Best wishes,

The Changing Beauty

Jun 26, 2009

RIP King Michael

The King of Pop has passed away. Michael Jackson, arguably the greatest performer of all-time, succombed to cardiac arrest yesterday. I was overcome with both shock and despair when hearing the news. Michael Jackson has meant so much to many people, especially me. I passionately love his music. He has been making music for over 40 years and his songs still touch my heart. I love dancing to his music as well (Dancin Machine or Thriller, anyone?) He is an icon. Although his life may have had some tragic events, he is still the greatest in my eyes. Songwriter, dancer (which is an understatement: Michael Jackson's dancing was more like art), vocalist, actor, humanitarian...Michael did it all. My condolences go out to the Jackson family. The King will be greatly missed.

The Changing Beauty

Jun 19, 2009


Ok...So, I haven't posted in a while. School and work has been kicking my butt. Fortunately, my classes end next week (Yay!).

I have decided to go on the Fat Smash Diet by Dr. Ian Smith from Celebrity Fit Club. I bought his book months ago but got the motivation to actually try the program after reading a young lady's story in Essence magazine. She lost 125 pounds in 9 months!!! Check out http://www.essence.com/fashion_beauty/beauty/articles/essences_biggest_loser/ to read her story. Has anyone else tried this diet?

MAC's Friends and Family Sale ended yesterday. Best believe I bought some coveted items. I'm all over getting a discount on MAC items. I will update you guys on what I purchased. Also, I'm looking to buy a digital camera so that I can post pics of the looks I create. I am not a professional makeup artist (hopefully one day) but I love playing with makeup and experimenting with different colors. It's so much fun.

Is your brain healthy? Check out this site http://www.fitbrains.com/lifestyle/ to learn what is takes to acheive optimal brain health.

Best wishes

The Changing Beauty

Jun 7, 2009

Sephora and MAC Hauls

Ok, part of this blog will be dedicated to beauty and fashion. I love both and if I wasn't studying to become a clinical social worker, I would definitely be working as a makeup artist or buyer for a department store (Nordstroms? Neiman Marcus?). I still aspire to become a MUA part-time.

So I recently visited the MAC counter and Sephora to get some much wanted products. I love the MAC Style Warriors collection. Go check it out...whether you have fair skin or deep brown skin, you will find something you love in this collection. At the counter, I picked up:

Purple Rite lippie
Bronze Hero lustre drops
French Cuff e/s
Creme de Violet e/s (Rose Romance Collection)
Carbon e/s
Twinks e/s
Blot film

I found more goodies at Sephora. I love the NARS brand and I finally got a chance to pick up some more of their blushes. From Sephora I picked up:

Tarte "Be Good to your Mother" tote set
NARS Exhibit A blush
NARS Dolce Vita set (Albatross and Lovejoy Duo and Dolce Vita lipgloss
Too Faced Papa Dont Peach blush
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion

Hopefully I will be able to upload pics of the looks that i will create with these products. Be on the look out for them!

Best wishes

Getting Back on the Wagon...

For the past two weeks, I've been eating lean and light. I'm so proud of myself. I unconsciously began to make better food choices, even when I had tasty, but less healthier options. This is a big change for me! Unfortunately, the past two days I have fallen off the wagon. I have been eating more and less healthier. I could definitely feel the difference in my energy.

I am determined not to return back to my bad habits! Today, I got back on track.
Breakfast: Bagel with cream cheese and orange juice
Lunch: Banana and water
Dinner: Sushi

I won't be eating anything else tonight. I'm not willing to follow a cookie cutter eating plan, but I would like to know more about "superfoods," foods that are extremely good for you and revs up your energy. I need more energy!

Best wishes