Making Your Own Matte Lipstick

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

FroBunni | Making Your Own Matte Lipstick

I'm obsessed with matte lipstick. And at one point, I thought the only way to get some was to buy it. But here is where the power of YouTube comes in. I simply typed in "how to matte lipstick," and I had over 100 tutorials showing me how. The easiest method, just take some translucent powder (or in my case rice flour) and press into the lipstick. Press lips together, which helps absorbs the wetness, and then lightly brush off excess. Voila! Matte lipstick. I mattified a few of my favorite lipsticks to show you how easy it is and amazing it looks. 

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Review | My First Impression on the Cooking Light Diet Plan

Monday, October 26, 2015

FroBunni | Cooking Light Diet
Cooking Light Diet Homepage

On Saturday, I went to MetroCooking DC; I had a lot of fun and will make a blog post on my experience later this week. There was a Cooking Light booth and, unbeknownst to me, they put out a diet plan earlier this year. I received a one-week free trial to try it. I just finished putting my first set of recipes together for the week, and decided to write about my first impressions.

FroBunni | Cooking Light Diet
If you don't like the meals, just click the arrows to get new ones!

To set up, all you have to do is login, and it shows your meals for the week (by the way, you can choose if you want only vegetarian and/or gluten-free meals, so those options are nice). If you're not impressed with the meals, you click the "Edit Meals" button and you can switch out meals that you aren't interested in. Then, you customize your shopping list. If you're like me, and know that you'll eat leftovers, or if you know that you're going out to eat some days, you can un-check meals or even entire days. Once you click "Create," you get a customized shopping list that you can print off and take with you to the grocery store.

Fairly Easy to Use: This is a pretty easy interface, which is nice. It's pretty easy to follow, and it's nice that I can un-check certain meals and days if I want to eat leftovers or know that I will be going out to eat on a specific day. I also like that if I don't like a meal, I can find other meals for that day, instead of being locked in.

FroBunni | Cooking Light Diet
Un-check boxes if you know you'll eat leftovers or you're going out to eat

Not "Permanent": My biggest gripe with the interface is that it's not "permanent" meaning that once I decided on my meals for the week, if I log out and login again, everything I un-checked is now re-checked. This is a little frustrating because it means that I can't rely on the site to help me remember what I need to cook that day. I actually ended up writing down all of the meals I was cooking, which I felt was unnecessary.

Can't Set Servings: This is fairly minor, but I don't really like that I can't set the serving size. Since I eat leftovers, it isn't that big of a problem, but it would be nice. But again, it's not that serious.

All in all, I really liked that it put my recipes together without me having to think about it. I know that it's difficult for me to get my recommended fiber intake for the day, and this will really help me reach my goal. I also like knowing that I will stay within my caloric goal, as well. But one of the biggest downfalls of the apps is that it doesn't let me keep my changes from previous sessions, which can get really frustrating.

UPDATE: I did the Cooking Light Diet for two months before I ended my subscription. While I really enjoyed the recipes, and the concept was simple enough, I like being able to choose my meal based on what I'm craving. There were weeks when I didn't like the options that were provided, and I just went to look for a recipe on Pinterest. I also almost never used a recipe for breakfast because I like to keep it simple. Either some yogurt and fruit, eggs and toast, or a smoothie. The only thing I really miss is that it totaled my calories for the day, which was pretty helpful.

The diet can definitely work for people who need structure and to limit their food choices. Plus, counting calories is really useful for those who are trying to lose or manage weight (which I wasn't doing at the time). There have been a few changes to the system since I ended my subscription that might have addressed my above gripes to make it a bit more user-friendly. All in all, I still think it's useful, but just not useful for me. I would say try it to see if it works; it's not that much money, so a month isn't going to set you back that much.

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A Long List of Yoga Poses

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

FroBunni | Yoga poses

Since I do a lot of yoga, I always keep a list of yoga poses to incorporate in my routine. So of course, I'm sharing with everyone else. Enjoy!

Triangle pose
Revolver triangle pose
Revolver bound triangle pose
Side angle pose
Revolved side angle pose
Revolved bound side angle
Half moon pose
Revolved half moon
Revolved bound half moon
Side stretch pose
Extended hand to big toe pose
Side extended hand to big toe pose
One-legged extended forward pose
Tree pose
Tree pose in half lotus
Warrior I
Warrior II
Warrior III
Eagle pose
Mountain pose
Chair pose
Dancer pose
Bound dancer pose
Visvamitrasana
Wide angle standing forward bend
Revolved wide angle standing forward bend
Downward facing dog
One legged downward facing dog
Standing forward bend
Revolved standing forward bend
Bound half lotus standing forward bend
Crane pose
One legged crane pose
Side crane pose
One leg arm balance
One legged arm balance
Upward cock pose
Side cock pose
Peacock pose
Upward peacock pose
Inverted lotus peacock pose
Two hand arm balance
Firefly pose
Pendant pose
Scales pose
Garland pose
Tip toe pose
Handstand pose
Shoulder stand pose
Scorpion pose
Side plank pose
One legged side plank pose
Louise pose
Cobra pose
Upward facing dog
King pigeon pose
Now pose
One legged bow pose
Monkey pose
One legged king pigeon pose
Fish pose
Intense leg
Stretch pose
Fish pose
Intense front body stretch
Camel pose
Pigeon pose Inverted staff pose
One legged inverted staff pose
Wheel barrow pose
Inverted bow pose
Intense backbend stretch
Boat pose
Upward facing forward bend
Upward half lotus forward bend
Upward facing open angle pose
Heron pose
Archer pose
One legged over arm balance
Staff pose
Foot behind the head pose
Embryo pose
Feet behind head pose
Cow face pose
Lion pose
Easy seated pose
Adept pose
Lotus pose
Bound lotus pose
Child's pose
Hero pose
Open angle seated forward pose
Revolved open angle seated forward bend
Seated forward bend
Revolved seated forward bend
Head to knee pose
Revolved head to knee pose
Tortoise pose
Half cow face forward bend
Bound half lotus forward bend
Rabbit pose
Upward staff pose
Supported headstand
One legged headstand
Bound angle headstand
Headstand with split  Headstand with eagle leg
Upward lotus on headstand
Embryo pose in headstand
Headstand III
Unsupported headstand
Free hand headstand
Inverted lake seal
Supported shoulderstand
Intense lotus peacock
Bridge pose
One legged bridge pose
Plow pose
Embryo plow pose
Knee to ear pose
Formidable face pose
Inverted lotus pose
Extended formidable face pose

Review | My First Experience with ColourPop

Friday, October 16, 2015

FroBunni | ColourPop lippie stix in Grunge and highlighter in avalon
From ColourPop, I'm wearing the Grunge lippie stix and Avalon as my highlighter

About a month ago, I decided to order from ColourPop Cosmetics. Having never heard of this company before and it not being in stores, I was pretty reluctant. I didn't want to buy something and the quality was terrible, but since I saw so many women on Facebook raving about it, I decided "why not." My order came in a couple weeks ago, and I really haven't had much time to write a post about them, or better yet, write a post about how much I love them!

If you follow my blog, I rave a lot about NYX, and to be honest, I didn't think it was possible that another brand would actually give them a run for their money, but I was very wrong. I got a few things from ColourPop, specifically highlighters in Wisp and Avalon, blushes in Rain and Pegacorn, and a lippie stix in Grunge. The blushes and highlighters are very pigmented, which if you are dark skin, like me, is very important to get your makeup to show, and it also means a little goes a very long way. And the highlighters give the most ethereal shimmer that I have ever seen, so they strobe to complete perfection. And this lipstick! It looks gorgeous! It has a creamy finish, but very pigmented like a matte lipstick. (Grunge also makes for a great nude for dark skin women, but I will make a separate post for that.) Plus, I thought the thinner tube would be off putting, but it works really well (maybe it's because I have small hands). Either way, everything I got was perfect.

Oh, and before I go, their prices are very reasonable. Everything was $5 or $6, so it won't break the bank. So, if you're looking for new makeup, definitely try them!

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The Best Stores to get Business Clothes, Basics, Date Night Outfits & More

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

FroBunni | ThredUp
I got these J.Crew pants from ThredUp for only $23. They retailed for about $85.

Business Clothes: If you need good, quality business clothes, then check out ThredUp. For 70-90% off, you can get great quality, designer clothes in perfect condition, or even better, with tags still on them. A good chunk of my business clothes, especially pants, come from ThredUp. I would definitely recommend them because everyone needs quality, well-made business clothes in their wardrobe.

FroBunni | Elizabeth & Clarke
These simple, yet elegant pleated top came from Elizabeth & Clarke

Basics: The bulk of my wardrobe is built around basics. In my opinion, you can't go wrong with them because they create a great outfit effortlessly. I turn to a few different places for basics: ASOSBooHoo, and Elizabeth & Clarke. ASOS and BooHoo are both UK companies that have tons of basic, inexpensive clothes. Both are always offering sales as well. Elizabeth & Clarke is a subscription service (I did a review on them), that offers fairly basic tops with touches of detail.

FroBunni | MissGuided

Special Occasion or Date Night: I discovered MissGuided this year (I did a review on them, as well), and they are my new obsession. I call their clothes "classy-sexy." They're a bit too much for work or your Sunday's best, but perfect for date night or a gala. Like BooHoo and ASOS, they have a lot of sales and discounts, so you'll find you can get two dresses for the price of one.

Unique Pieces: I just discovered Etsy, and it is amazing! They're perfect for everything! Unique home and office decor, finding a website designer, a gold notebook, stencils; seriously, Etsy is great for everything. And when it comes to your wardrobe, they'll add that pop of pizazz. After searching up and down for a tulle skirt, I found that there are tons upon tons of Etsy story owners that sell them. I just ordered, so I am hoping I get it soon!

FroBunni | Scarves
Scarves galore! I wear them around my neck and on my hand. 

Accessories: Forever21 and Agaci take the win for accessories. Most of my scarves come from Agaci, and I am slowly building up a jewelry collection from Forever21. Both are pretty inexpensive, and have very unique pieces despite being big name companies.

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Review | Andalou Natural Brightening Line

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

FroBunni | Review | Andalou Natural Brightening Line
The Andalou Naturals Brightening Kit comes with the Myer Lemon Creamy Cleanser, Pumpkin Glycolic Mask, Clementine + C Illuminating Toner, Probiotic + C Renewal Cream & Purple Carrot + C Luminous Night Cream

For the last few months, I've been really unhappy with my face. It has looked really dull and drab, not to mention I noticed that my face had gotten pretty dark on my cheeks and chin. I started to use sunscreen lotion as a way to prevent any further damage (though I'm not sure if the sun had anything to do with the darkening in the first place). I began drinking more water, but I knew I would need help if I wanted to see immediate results. Having known about Andalou Naturals before and using their hair products, I already knew they had a face care line that could help. 

What I like Andalou Naturals, as a whole, is that they use natural, organic products. And when it comes to facial creams and cleansers that have the ability to repair and lighten dark marks, I look for products with no bleaching agents (which is why I stay clear of Ambi). The Get Started Brightening Kit was pretty hard to find at Whole Foods and Mom's Organics, but can easily be found on Amazon. I've been using it for one week now, and I decided to detail my results here. 

Myer Lemon Creamy Cleanser: This cleanser took some getting used to. For one, it doesn't get sudsy; I know I should be used to that since I cowash my hair, but it was unexpected for a face wash. It also isn't strong enough to remove makeup. So remember to remove that first. But all in all, it smells really good and my face seems to be benefiting from it.
Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask: I've used this mask before, and let me just say that I LOVE it! It really does help to fade dark marks and gives my face a really glowy look. Not to mention, it makes my face really smooth and makes my pores look smaller. And if you don't know already, I love pumpkin, so that makes it even better!

FroBunni | Review | Andalou Natural Brightening Line
The back of the kit tells you the order to use the products, as well as using them during the day or night

Clementine + C Illuminating Toner: I actually really like this toner. It had a very refreshing, citrusy smell. Plus, it did actually remove some dirt left behind on my face. 
Probiotic + C Renewal Cream & Purple Carrot + C Luminous Night Cream: Now, these creams are what really intrigued me into buying this, and honestly, they worked exactly like I expected them to. They really helped to smooth out my face and blur my pores. They're also, surprisingly, not drying. I thought that would be my number one problem that I would encounter, but they're very gentle. I've noticed that they also help to fade dark marks and tone my discoloration.

FroBunni | Review | Andalou Natural Brightening Line
As you can see, my face looks a lot brighter. The dark marks are fading, and slowly the discoloration is fading as well.

All in all, I am very happy with the results. I have noticed that my dark spots have virtually disappeared and slowly the darker color around my chin and cheeks is getting lighter. My face has also gotten brighter and I have found that I don't need to use my cacao foundation. I am hoping that after a month or two, my face will be much more even toned. If you have difficulty healing acne scars and dark marks, and/or your face is discolored or blotchy, I would definitely recommend the Brightening Kit. It really does help!

*If you plan to use this kit, or any product that lightens dark marks, make sure that you use sunscreen to prevent dark marks and discoloration from coming back.

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Two Cheapie Conditioners Perfect for Detangling Natural Hair

Friday, October 9, 2015

Herbal essences naked cleansing conditioner and organix nourishing coconut milk conditioner

I was at my mom's this past weekend, and wanted to wash my hair before going back to DC. Because I don't have my usual arsenal of natural hair products, I generally just wash with some black soap I keep there and whatever conditioner my mom has in the closet. I saw she had a big bottle of Organix Nourishing Coconut Milk Conditioner, and decided to use it, even though I've never tried Organix products before. Let me tell you, I am glad I tried it because this stuff left my hair super soft, which is perfect for detangling. It took me a quick 5 minutes to detangle my hair with my denman, when normally I have to work a lot slower to prevent ripping out knots. But this stuff melted the knots and detangles away. And what's even better is that for this size of a bottle, it's only $5.

There's only one other cheapie conditioner that works this way, and that's Herbal Essences Naked Cleansing Conditioner. My cowash for the middle of the week, it also melts away knots and tangles so well, that I am actually able to finger detangle and have no left over knots in my hair.

So if you still haven't found a conditioner to detangle with, I highly recommend these two gems!

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Four Ways I Make Detangling Easier

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Denman Brush
It may not be for everyone, but my Deman Brush gets tangles out of my natural hair, while being gentle at the same time.

There are many different ways to detangle, but I've found success with four different methods. What I love about all of them is that it keeps my breakage to a minimum, thus leaving me with more retained length. If you're having trouble with detangling sessions, consider trying one of these methods.

  1. Detangle in Section: Detangling in sections allows you to tackle your hair in smaller batches, instead of all at once. If you add your products in sections, and then detangle those sections, you will find it is easier and faster to detangle with less breakage. Remember to keep hair stretched (in braids, bantu knots, twists) both before and after you detangle to keep hair taunt, which cuts down on knots and tangles.
  2. Wash Hair in 12-16 Twists: Washing hair in twists helps to keep it detangled and stretched, which prevents it from shrinking up when wet. This also sets you up to detangle in sections once you're finished washing your hair.
  3. Detangle Before You Wash: If you keep your hair stretched most of the time, this method is for you. Before you wash your hair, using conditioner to soften and make the hair pliable, detangle in sections, then twist to keep them stretched and detangled. I've found this method is quickest and yields the least amount of breakage for me.
  4. Finger Detangle: If you find that you get significant breakage with a comb, then consider finger detangling. Your fingers are able to feel the knots and tangles, and gently remove them instead of ripping through them with a comb. This method is great for those with really fragile, delicate hair.

Regardless of what method you do, remember to keep your hair stretched while your hair dries (unless you're doing a wash n go). This will help to decrease tangles and knots, which reduces breakage.

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October Workout Schedule

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

FroBunni | October Workout Schedule

I'm keeping it nice and simple this month. I just started a new job, so I want to focus on that instead of waking up at 5am to figure out what kind of workout I'm doing. So whatever I can do in 30 minutes, whether it's a jog, a workout dvd, or some random tabata circuit, that's what it will be. Oh, and did I mention I'm going to have to wake up at 5am. It's all good though, just means I'll have to go to bed early.

Oh, and if you're wondering why yoga is missing on Halloween, it's because there's a decent likelihood that I may be in New York City. We'll see, but I just left it open. 

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