I'm so thankful to see another year! I've been through so much and God always helps me get through it all.
I'd like to take this moment to thank all of my wonderful family and friends for always being there for me and providing constant positivity in my life. You don't know how much I appreciate everything you do for me on a daily basis. I couldn't make it without you!
So here's a list I compiled of items I use daily to feel good and look great! Enjoy!
1. Johnson & Johnson Lavender Baby Oil - Possibly my favorite thing ever! it smells SO good and lasts all day. I don't use it so much in the summer as I have oily skin and adding to that with this baby oil is just too much. However, using a small cap in a hot bath locks in moisture for all day silky skin.
2. Queen Helene Cocoa Butter - Another great moisturizer, this is my favorite cocoa butter out of the few that I've tried because I feel it has the best scent. Again, it lasts all day and you smell like a yummy cupcake!
3. Rimmel Hide the Blemish Concealer - This is my all time favorite concealer stick. It goes on smooth and doesn't cake up after touching up throughout the day.
4. Covergirl Lash Blast Mascara - I LOVE LOVE LOVE this mascara. I'm obsessed with mascara so I use all kinds, but this one never disappoints. It's best for daytime use as it doesn't go on very heavy, but it makes lashes look full and long.
5. Rimmel Professional Liquid Eyeliner - This is the first and only liquid liner I've ever used, but I was pleased with the results. It lasts all day, and is easy to wash off at night with a little Vaseline (my fave eye make up remover, as most other make up removers tend to irritate my eyes)
6. Rimmel 60 Seconds Nail Polish - This nail polish is perfection. It goes on smooth, and usually only requires two coats for even color. Plus, it dries in, you guessed it...60 seconds! It's great for all those on-the-go gals that don't have time to wait for nail polish to dry!
7. Neutrogena Nourishing Night Cleanser - I cannot say enough good things about this facewash. It smells awesome, and it's designed to remove make up and dead surface skin cells that can dry, roughen and dull your complexion. It's a bit drying so I always use a moistureizer afterwards, but it leaves your face feeling extra clean and refreshed.
8. Olay Active Hydrating Beauty Fluid - This face lotion for sensitive skin is the best in my opinion. It's fragrance free, which is important as it doesn't cause break outs of any kind for those with sensitive skin. Also, it's light and non-greasy and it lasts all day.
9. Sea Breeze Fresh-Clean Astringent, Sensitive Skin - This astringent is inexpensive and great for people with sensitive skin. They carry several other types, but this is my personal favorite. Just a quick swipe across your face using a cotton ball, and then some Olay Active Hydrating Beauty Fluid and you're ready to go with beautiful skin!
10. Bonne Bell Lip Smacker Party Pack - As you can see this party pack comes with all the best flavors! These chapsticks smell great and provide a little tint of color to your lips for a nice daytime look.
We all have pet peeves. They're just so damn unavoidable it disgusts me at times. However, having someone close to you tell you that you need to change something about yourself just because they don't like hearing the truth really pisses me off.
Especially when it's brought to your attention as an ultimatum, i.e. "you're gonna do this or I'm out!"
Apparently some people think they can just walk all over you while they do whatever the hell they want. Then, to top it off, they have the nerve to tell you that you're talking shit because you blatantly tell people when certain shit bothers you.
Yes, bad attitudes push me away from folks. Excuse the hell outta me for hating negative energy so much that I refuse to let it pollute my day to day life...wit ya sour self. I dare anyone to try and make me change who I am and put up with their bullshit for the sake of keeping them in my life.
How about eff you?! HAHA How does that sound? Hell to the NO I'm not gonna sit around caring about something or someone that wants to live "do as I say, not as I do".
So let's get on the subject of jumping people. Haha
Gotta get this off my chest. Not only have I been in this situation, but I've seen other people get jumped/jump someone. It makes me giggle every time. Not at the "target", but at the "attackers". Don't people realize they make themselves look like bigger cowards than their "opponent"?
Personally, I think fighting period is childish and trashy. No matter how many times you fight someone they will still have a problem with you, and they will continue to talk shit about you. What does it prove? How brave you are? How courageous you are? No honey it doesn't. In my opinion, it only proves you allowed the other person to get under your skin. So guess who really "wins"? LOL
Now back to the subject of jumping people. Men or women. Either way, having a group of people do your dirty work makes it clear you wouldn't handle it on your own. One on one. Otherwise you wouldn't bother having someone jumped. Don't get me wrong, if someone puts their hands on you then by all means do what you gotta do. But keep in mind it's different to start a fight than to defend yourself.
Imperfections are in the eye of the beholder. You can see them as flaws, or as the very qualities that make us human - and that make us strive to be better people in search of a perfection that we know we can never fully achieve. In the thirteen songs on her spellbinding new album, Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel, Mariah Carey explores those aspects of our shared humanity with a rare depth, honesty and open-heartedness. It's one of the strongest statements in her long, distinguished career.
The subject of Memoirs is love at all its stages in our lives. Experiencing it for the first time. Losing it. Remembering its most painful moments, and also its times of greatest innocence and joy. Yearning for it. Learning from it. Growing as a result of its profound power. Finding it again and being grateful for so great a gift. And, finally, being humbled, filled with wonder and elevated by love's mysterious ways. In that sense and more, Memoirs is a full, immensely satisfying journey.
"Each song is like an intimate conversation or entry in a private diary," Carey says about the album. "A lot of the songs reflect specific, different times in my life. Others were inspired by movies, actual events that happened to me, or the stories of friends who told me about experiences that they've gone through." With just one exception, Carey wrote and produced the entire album in collaboration with The-Dream and Tricky Stewart. The trio clearly shared an inspired sense of what Memoirs should be. Sinuous grooves and instantly memorable melodies flow from track to track, while the wit and intimacy of the lyrics create the feel of one friend talking to another. As well-defined as each song is, Memoirs plays with the beauty and consistency of a classic, start-to-finish album.
"My main goal was to work with people I could collaborate with without it seeming redundant or stale," Carey says. "In my opinion Tricky is one of the most underrated major producers out there right now. I really enjoyed collaborating with him. And I especially liked writing with The-Dream, basically because we both love having fun with lyrics and melodies, and we're also capable of getting more serious on deeper songs. There is a particular sense of freedom I feel when we write together - even though I make him stay in the studio all night until he is ready to kill me! LOL!"
Memoirs' first single is the hard-hitting "Obsessed", which is accompanied by a video directed by Brett Ratner (the Rush Hour trilogy) in which Carey plays both the glamorous star and her stalker fan. Like the video, the song's lyrics combine devastating putdowns ("Last man on the Earth still couldn't get this") with humor ("See right through you like you're bathin' in Windex"). The no-nonsense "Up Out My Face" captures a similar caustic mood, dismissing a former lover with the send-off, "When I break, I break, boy." "It's a Wrap" delivers a similar message about the end of an affair: "When it's gone, it's gone." "Standing O", with its irresistible chorus, sardonically applauds a faithless ex for his signature achievement: "You played the one that loved you the most." "Betcha Gon' Know" foresees karmic revenge for a wayward lover, but, once again, the clever lyrics ("Oprah Winfrey whole segment for real, for real / 20/20 Barbara Walters for real, for real") encourage a smile amid the pain.
The ballad "H.A.T.E.U.," meanwhile, finds the singer seeing life in the wake of a breakup and longing for the moment when loss and regret transform into a cleansing anger. But the title of the song doesn't necessarily stand for what you think it might. "H.A.T.E.U. is the first song I wrote for the album," Carey says, "and it stands for Having A Typical Emotional Upset."
Always a brilliant technical singer with an extraordinary vocal range, Carey rises to new heights on that track. "I sing a recurring melody in the upper register of my voice; it's not an ad-lib, but an integral part of the song's hook," she says. "That's not something I've done before, and when listening back to it, it reminded me of how Minnie Riperton used her upper register on her hit song 'Lovin' You'. I thought how ironic that her song was called 'Lovin' You' and my song is called, 'H.A.T.E.U.' - and both use that upper 'whistle register' as a major part of the melody. So it's sort of an homage to Minnie Riperton, a tribute to her since she has been so influential in my singing style."
On a tender note, the wistful "Candy Bling" beautifully evokes the blissful realm of young love ("Anklets, name plates that you gave to me/Sweet tarts, ring pops had that candy bling/And you were my world"), while "Inseparable" aches for a love that went wrong for reasons that seem impossible to comprehend. "More Than Just Friends" floats off into a fantasy of what a casual relationship might become ("Permanently paint me in your picture like Picasso/Love me down till I hit the top of my soprano!"). "Ribbon" and "The Impossible" swoon with happiness and thankfulness over redemptive love that has returned to make life rich again. "You did the impossible," Carey sings. "You rescued my love."
Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel ends with a spectacularly powerful gospel rendition of Foreigner's gorgeous ballad, "I Want to Know What Love Is". Carey's voice soars into the heavens as a soul-stirring choir makes it clear that the search for love is the closest that any human being ever gets to the divine.
Which brings us back to the angel of the album's title. "I had written a song called 'Imperfect'," Carey says, "but it didn't make it onto the album. The lyrics of that song address the fact that the world puts so much pressure on us - especially on women - to be perfect and look a certain way, and that is impossible because nobody is perfect. Only God is perfect. I know I've tried to be a good person, but I am definitely no angel!"
"But after I put this album together and decided to name it Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel," she concludes, "I remembered that the Minnie Riperton album that contained 'Lovin' You' was called Perfect Angel. So I felt in so many ways that it was meant to be."
I remember August 25, 2001, like it was yesterday. It was the day before school started up and I woke up early for no real reason and turned on the tv. The first thing I saw on the news was that Aaliyah had died in a plane crash. I cried for hours, days, and I still cry every time I see the footage. I can't believe you're gone. You were an angel on earth and one of the greatest entertainers of my time.
sooo this is my first post on this lovely blog =) i usually post on my myspace blogs, but i haven't been keeping up with it so i decided to do this instead! i ♥ blogging!
anyway, i just got back from a nice week-long vacation in Florida. it wasn't quite what i expected it to be, but i had fun nonetheless. i can't wait to move to Orlando and start school. ooo wee! i toured the school i'll be attending (Full Sail University) and even though it was my second time touring the school it was SUPER EXCITING =)
on another note...i can't stand fake bitches. ha! for real though i really think some people thrive on drama! why? just grow up people! and i've noticed that most of the people i've remained really good friends with are guys. still got a few down ass bitches though! ♥ you ladies!
and lemme leave you with this...in the words of DMX "you wack-you're twisted-your girls a hoe-you're broke-the kid ain't yours-and everybody know" lol silly hoes