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I received a fantastic gift from Rodial. I haven’t been blogging for a while. But the moment I get back on, Rodial greeted me.

I’ve already tried on the Snake Mask and Mascara. They both are fantastic! Especially the mascara. My lashes look super long right now.

December 2, 2016 0 comment
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I purchased this orange jumper last December during my trip to South Africa. And yes, I love it! It’s an elegant jumper that can easily be dressed up with a pair of dangling earrings, a long necklace and some heels. I decided to keep the jumper simple and dressed down. The bright orange color makes enough of a statement that I don’t have to do much to accessorize the look. Especially during the day.

December 1, 2016 5 comments
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So, I’m driving all around Richmond looking for a new place to get my nails done, because I finally realized that the lady who usually did my nails was completely jacking them up. I navigate to the West End (only because my BF at the time lived there) and I ended up at Joy Nails & Spa.

Can I say, this place is nice!

November 15, 2016 0 comment
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I was all prepped for a style shoot/dog walk today around LeDroit Park. But as it turned out, Asha wasn’t in the mood, at all. All she wanted to do was be in my arms. Of course I obliged. She is the love of my life, after all.We made it about one block around the corner before she started to jump up and down, high into my arms.

My goodness, I love this dog! And I love my neighborhood. It’s such a pleasure to walk your dog around here. The sidewalks are just wide enough for a busy dog to run from side to side without disturbing other passerby’s. The homes in the area are absolutely stunning and such a pleasure to look at while on your stroll. And the people…I just love the people. It’s nice how people say hello as they pass.

It really is a treat.

Dress: Charlie Jade [Purchased at ShopBop.com]; Headband c/o Banded2Gether

October 20, 2016 1 comment
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What happens when your mom surprises you with a day in the Bahamas for your birthday? You Go!

The truth is, I’m not good at taking pictures of my life. While I’m so busy living, I forget that sometimes we should take a moment to record the memory.

Which is what I tried to do during my weekend, birthday trip to the Bahamas.

My mother called me up one morning and said, “Hey, what are you doing for your birthday? Let’s go to the Bahamas!” Of course I couldn’t tell her no. So just a few short days later, the two of us boarded the Norwegian Sky cruise ship and sailed off to Nassau, Bahama’s. The trip was amazing. And my memories are even more beautiful. I wish I had taken more pictures. But these will do just as well.

 

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May 2, 2016 0 comment
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We all need to grow up sometimes. Even our businesses.

I started Corine Hair & Beauty just under a year ago. And after these few quick months, it is finally time for my little business to grow up a little bit.
So this past weekend, I headed back to DC for a rebranding, product and all around “Grow Up” photo shoot for Corine Hair & Beauty.

My business partner and stylist, Connie Foster, all of my beautiful Corine Cutie Ambassadors, family and friends gathered together at Connie’s Platinum Locs Salon for a full day of shooting. Hair, makeup, styling, the works. We had it all. The amazing photographer, Al Bailey, made us all look so beautiful and the products to die for. I’ve worked with Al several times in the past. So I know for sure that the results of the shoot will be phenomenal.

It was a fantastic day.

Take a look at a few of the BTS images and video before the real reveal in a couple of weeks!

March 23, 2016 0 comment
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I love a good facial.

So of course, when Massage Envy gave me a call to do a review on their facial services, I hit the road without hesitation. And I really mean ‘without hesitation’, because the rain was pouring down like a tsunami on the day of my appointment and 95 North was completely covered in water…and traffic. But nothing, but God was going to stop me from getting my extractions. So yeah, I hit the road…without hesitation. 

I visited the Massage Envy of Potomac Yard [3600 S Glebe Rd #120] which is in Alexandria, VA, about an hour away from where I am staying in Richmond. Due to the road conditions, I arrived to my appointment a little late and a little flustered (even though I left two hour early. UGH!). 

“Hello Ms. Joy!” said an entire desk of attendants. All of them with smiles as big as the sun. I was SO happy to see that they were happy and not too concerned about my tardiness. I have been late to appointments before at other spas and was always met with a grimace. Not this time. Instead, I felt like the prodigal daughter who had finally got some sense about her and made her way back “home.” My aesthetician, Donna Brack, was ready for me as well. And after my quick pit stop to the lavatory, she ushered me to her room.

Now, I must be honest. The room was not super glamorous. There were no exotic plants or ambient lighting. Lovely aromas didn’t fill the air to stimulate my olfactory.  But all-in-all, it was relaxing. The table was soft and warmed with a heated blanket. And the music that filled the air was tolerable.

Actually, the room was relaxing enough to put me to sleep, which was rather surprising since Donna spoke the entire time during the facial.

Yes, the entire time.

I read a few reviews before my session that warned me about this practice. Apparently, Massage Envy requires all of their facialists to explain to you everything they are doing to your face while they are doing it. Understandably so, the company wants their clients to be fully aware of everything that’s going on. Plus, they want to educate (and advertise) the client on the best products for their skin. However, the common opinion is that this practice really detracts from the relaxing experience of the facial. And I agree. I would have much rather preferred my aesthetician to explain everything to me before we began and only speak to me to confirm steam temperature levels and such.

BUT after a long night of cramming work to meet deadlines (oops, did I forget to mention that I build websites for people?) and a stressful 2 hour drive in the rain, all I needed was a warm soft bed to put me to sleep. And to sleep I went. Snoring.

So did I even experience the facial? Absolutely. And did I enjoy it? You bet!

Massage Envy exclusively uses Murad products, which was perfectly fine with me. I first heard of Murad in 2006 as I was graduating college. To me, they were a trusted brand that focused more on healing and maintaining the skin and less on the “foo-foo la-la” potions and such. And thankfully, they still hold those same values today. Basically, if you want results Murad is the way to go.

I received the Clarifying Enzyme Acne Facial, which was definitely needed for my congested and inflamed skin. This facial included the basic cleaning, toning and moisturizing. But I also received an enzyme mask that sloughed off quite a bit of dead skin and made my face tingle a bit. 

And then there were the extractions! My favorite part. And actually the part of the facial that I fell asleep on! Instead of using a tool,  Donna used her fingers and a towel to deep clean my pores and remove any blackheads. I loved this part. I actually love extractions in general, tool or no tool. But this time was really amazing. I felt as if I was receiving a tiny massage on every inch of my face. One that was not too painful with just the right pressure. And definitely good enough to put me over the edge.

And after what felt like a full night’s sleep (but was probably only 5 minutes) I received a tap on my shoulder saying that I was all done. Shucks. I really could have stayed quite a while longer.

So, would I go back? Absolutely! Even though I missed a few bells and whistles, I must say that my skin definitely looked better post facial than it did when I arrived. And the sunny smiled attendants at the front desk made my heart melt. So, I can see myself stopping by for a fresh face every now and again.

Have you ever had a facial at Massage Envy? If so, how did you like it? Tell me your thoughts below.

March 2, 2016 0 comment
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