Archive | April, 2009

Eye Candy: Maxwell

30 Apr

Maxwell.

Enough said.

There’s still something ultra sexy about Maxwell, some umpteen years later. He has this mysterious aura reminiscent of Mr. Obama and we are NOT complaining. 

Maxwell’s album, BLACK, is slated to be released soon. Let’s hope sooner than later ::crosses fingers::

National Walk At Lunch Day!

29 Apr

If you’re anything like a couple of us Masque girls, you’re sitting around with your girlfriends talking about how much you want to bring your sexy back for the summertime. Great weather has been given to us from the gods above haha, so now is the time to start…

Today is National Walk at Lunch Day! Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies are sponsoring the event, and encourage you to get up and get out! Go out for a walk during lunch and take steps to becoming a better you. 

Lace up those kicks and go…

Baskin Robbins 31 Cent Scoop Night

29 Apr

What woman doesn’t crave ice cream?? Be there tonight from 5 – 10pm for a small scoop of ice cream. While you’re there, be sure to make a donation to the National Volunteer Council (NVCF) National Junior Firefighter Program.

Baskin Robbins is honoring the brave American firefighters and emergency service personnel, and will donate $100,000 to NVCF!

Click here for details and participating store locations.

Source: Elle Denise

Kinky Curly Curling Custard: A product review for the curlie gurlies

28 Apr

There are many products on the market that claim to do the same thing: define your curls while moisturizing your hair but few deliver. The reality is, African American hair is highly textured, so it takes a special kind of product to weigh it down, the right way. We want our hair to look moisturized, but not greasy. We want our hair’s natural curls to POP, but we don’t want to look like we have a jherri curl! Kinky Curly Curling Custard or KCCC promises to come through on all of our desires. Kinky Curly says:

“CURLING CUSTARD TM gives moisture and curl definition, hold and brilliant shiny hair all in one product!

It reduces bulk, defines & elongates your curls helping them to ‘hang’ better. CURLING CUSTARD TM will bring out the natural curl or wave pattern you never knew you had!

It is an advanced botanical formula made with ALL NATURAL ingredients that nourish and strengthen the hair. Utilizing the humectant properties of the Agave Nectar, CURLING CUSTARD TM will give weight to your hair, define your curls, remove frizz, provide long lasting hold and shine without ever being greasy, crunchy or drying to your hair.

This high performance product is very concentrated so a little goes a long way.”

I used the product for the third time this weekend and I got rave reviews. While the first two times I had unfavorable results, I refused to give up on the custard. I found that my technique needed to be tweaked to achieve the clumping affect mentioned in the description. I knew that I must have been doing something wrong, because KCCC has been featured in numerous magazines and raved about on YouTube by Naturals alike for its stellar performance. I usually don’t buy a whole product line, but in the Kinky Curly case, I believe it is best to use the Knot Today Leave-In underneath the custard. It has great slip as a detangler and can be used alone or in conjunction with KCCC. The product line is very natural with botanical ingredients which is always very important to me. In all I can say this:

I didn’t absolutely love it but I didn’t hate it either. My hair was very well defined. It looked thick and for the most part frizz-free. My little ringlets would POP back when I pulled them and I was quite pleased with that. Right after the application my hair was moisturized and had a lot of movement. However, when it dried my hair did get stiff and a tad crunchy. This I did not like.

After you have slept on your hair, the morning after can be very daunting with a head full of crushed curls. However, one can purchase the Spiral Spritz to reactivate the custard. I used a little bit of water, and gave a good shake. Re wetting the KCCC does create a nasty, gunky film on your hair which is not a good look either. Another turnoff.

In addition the product is Recession friendly. The 16 oz jar is priced at $26 and the 8 oz bottle of Knot Today will run you about $12. So your curl extravaganza could end up costing you a fortune. Considering the price, application, ingredients and performance, I would give it a 7.5 out of 10. I just don’t like my hair feeling that hard or slimy. However, I know that for other curly divas, this product gives moisture and movement. Everyone’s hair is different, but would I purchase again? Probably not in the near future. But hey, some people swear by it, so we can’t knock that!

Curves & Cocktails Recap!

28 Apr

The annual event, Curves & Cocktails, was nothing short of fabulous! The positive energy and women feeling good was a surefire success, and with all of the money made a good, healthy donation is being made to One in Three Women. Editor in Chief of Plus Model Magazine Madeline Figueroa-Jones, Model Mia Amber, Model Christina Mendez and Blissful Elegance CEO Denise Best were all honored with awards. The vendors included Booty Parlor, Sevy Bags, L’elephant Rose, and much more. 

Congratulations to Belle Noir Magazine for a job well done and we look forward to next year! 🙂

M2M Natural Nail Care Winners

27 Apr

Congratulations to Elle Denise and Ahleessa for winning the M2M Natural Nail Care giveaway! Let us know how you like the product ladies 🙂

“What’s YOUR Masque?”…I. Eugenia

27 Apr

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It’s not very often you find a young woman who is so passionate and completely honest about everything she does. It is a great pleasure to introduce Miss I. Eugenia to you all! She has a sincere respect for anything art and everything real. I. Eugenia is the mind behind “Blank. Bare. Clean.”, a blog dedicated to anything art. When describing it, she says:

Where my passions become airborne. Art for people who are not afraid of nay sayers’ BLANKstares, or the thrill of being challenged by a BAREcanvas, and last but not least those who are living REAL life— the type of life that occassionally summons you to seek a CLEANslate. I invite you to exhale with me… and live a tad bit more fearlessly than you did the day before.

Take a journey with us, and get to know a little more about her…

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‘Obssessed’ with Idris Elba

27 Apr

Idris Elba

He plays the picture-perfect husband, married to Beyonce in the new flic “Obsessed”.  Arguably the best part of the movie, Idris Elba captures the screen with his candid boyish smile, dark chocolaty smooth skin and deep voice.  He is originally from the UK (which makes him even sexier) and his accent is slightly apparent as most foreign actors who play american characters.  He is most known for his work on “The Office” however, he has a number of movies coming out this year.  Make sure to keep a look out for this talented and sexy brother!

Zip Up Tangles

27 Apr

As I was mourning the loss of my missing Sennheisser PX100s and looking for new headphones, I came across these by designer Ji Woong that I thought would be perfect (it even has volume control!). It seems like a great solution to those iPod headphones that I swear tangle themselves to spite me while in my pockets.. Too bad its only a concept…..

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Banana Republic online only sale

26 Apr