That IT Girl Gets a Facelift!

Whenever I take a long hiatus from blogging, I always come back wanting to start fresh with a new design.  That IT Girl has come a long way from it’s original busy, multicolored setup.  It has been over a year since I’ve updated the look of this website so I decided to give it a facelift (no scalpels involved).

Our new template, courtesy of Pipdig,  is more simple and cleaner with a very basic color palette to bring more attention to the photography.  On top of an entirely new layout, there are a couple of things that I want you all to take a look at when exploring the new site.

NEW UPDATED SIDEBAR

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Not only are do the new social media icons that reflect the new aesthetic, all buttons like the email signup and categories were redesigned by me using my favorite web-based photo editing software, Pixlr.

NEW FAQ PAGE

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I love getting emails from That IT Girl readers however in an effort to make information more readily available, I have a new FAQ.  If you think there is something that would be helpful in this section, do not hesitate to contact me and I will update.

Let me know how you all like That IT Girl’s new design.  Leave a comment and lets discuss.

Starting Over Again…Yet Again

The thing about starting over is that sometimes you have to do it again and again, and just when you think you’ve got it, you may have to do it once again.
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On a recent trip to New Orleans, my husband snapped this amazing photo of me strolling through the French Quarter right outside of the St. Louis Cathedral.  As I look at this picture of me enjoying the sights and sounds, I instantly wanted to share it and realized just how much I miss blogging.  I realize how much I enjoy talking about lipstick and luxury.

I am so excited to be back in front of my beloved keyboard and I hope you IT Girls are excited to have me back.  Let the posting resume…

IT Girls ROCK: Meet Kinesha Goldson of Cameo Macaron

Mmmm macarons…those delightful round French confections filled with sweet buttercream or sometimes fresh fruit jam occupy my thoughts more often then I’d like to admit.  As a self proclaimed foodie, I tend to crave all things pastry related, and one of my favorite things to do on a Saturday afternoon is grab my usual chai tea latte, a pastry, and delight in the small pleasures of life.

It is during these tea sipping sessions that I usually discover IT Girls, both online and in person, who are working tirelessly to make reality of their dreams and remain shamelessly girly while doing so.  Not one to sit quietly, I am choosing to detail my readers on the dynamic women I am so blessed to encounter in That IT Girl’s “IT Girls ROCK” series.

Meet Kinesha Goldson…

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… Boston native and owner of Cameo Macaron, Boston’s first French macaron food truck.  Graduate of Northeastern University and member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Kinesha has taken her love for baking on the road in her mobile pâtisserie that features over a dozen different macaron flavors.  Decked out in custom artwork by Nessa Guillet, Cameo Macaron was born after a study abroad trip to Paris revealed Kinesha’s love for the the French macaron.

Her thoughts…

On discovering her passion…  “When I graduated from college and started working as a fashion buyer, I realized just how unhappy I was with my career.  Women in corporate settings tend to treat each other terribly.  It’s something that just doesn’t happen with men and it’s unfortunate so one day I quit, and by the end of the week, purchased the truck that would become Cameo Macaron.”

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On dating while being a BOSS…  “My boyfriend, has been an amazing support system and has been there every step of the way of making Cameo Macaron a reality.”

On beauty… “I’m a sucker for a mani pedi and all things Sephora. My mother is a beautician and I used to love watching her get ready for a night out with her friends. Over the years and with things being so busy I truly enjoy the spending time getting ready and doing my own hair, makeup and nails.”

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Her thoughts…

On taking risks…  “It’s ALL within reach.  I met two friends for brunch a while back and we spoke about how we tend to talk ourselves down or out of moving forward with a dream because of the obstacles we may face.  Everything is a risk, and it is scary because you put yourself out there, but when it works, you forget about all of that. You have to ask yourself… what would you do if you knew you could not fail?”

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On entrepreneurship…   “Success is worth every pitfall, setback, and ‘no’ on the way.  The best part of owning my own business is certainly being a role model for young black girls and women who see someone they can relate to follow their dreams.  I was able to take a terrible situation and make something out of it.  I am a better person because of it which sends the message that we IT Girls don’t have to just ride the train, we can drive it.”

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Should you ever find yourself in the Boston area, make sure you visit Cameo Macaron.  In the mean time, support IT Girl entrepreneurs by following Kinesha on Instagram and leaving your thoughts in the comment section.

Exuviance Illumination Duo Review

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Have you ever felt like your night time moisturizer needed a boost?  Something to make your skin brightening and wrinkle reducing efforts more powerful?  The Exuviance Illumination Duo featuring the Vitamin C+ Antiaging Booster, and the Evening Restorative Complex promises to give your skin a beauty boost by delivering a potent anti-aging cocktail great for all skin types

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Product Overview

The Exuviance Illumination Duo is a powerful nighttime skin transformation system that that uses Vitamin C, Polyhydroxy Acid (PHA) Gluconolactone and Lactobionic acid to decrease lines and wrinkles, even skin tone, and improve skin roughness.

Directions:

Each night, pump a small amount of the evening Restorative Complex into the palm of your hand and mix in a few shakes, or up to 1/2 scoop of the Vitamin C+ Antiaging Booster just before application.  Once mixed, gently smooth mixture over a clean face and neck.  Reduce the amount of powder used if skin feels or becomes sensitive and do not exceed 5 shakes or 1/2 scoop of the Vitamin C+ Antiaging Booster per use.

Ingredients:

Vitamin C+ Antiaging Booster: Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Gluconolactone, Acetyl Cysteine, Zinc Gluconate, Arginine.

Evening Restorative Complex: Aqua (Water), Gluconolactone, Propylene Glycol, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Glycerin, PEG-100 Stearate, Lactobionic Acid, Octyldodecyl Myristate, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, C12-15 Alkyl Ethylhexanoate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ethoxydiglycol, Palmitic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Cyclohexasiloxane, Stearic Acid, Dimethicone, Ceteareth 20, Tocopheryl (Vitamin E) Acetate, Ascorbyl (Vitamin C) Palmitate, Retinyl (Vitamin A) Palmitate, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Algae Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Echinacea Purpurea (Coneflower) Extract, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Caprylic/Capric/Stearic Triglyceride, Xanthan Gum, Steareth-2, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Extract, Ammonium Hydroxide, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Phosphatidyl Choline, Polyacrylamide, Octyldodecanol, Disodium EDTA, Myristic Acid, Laureth-7, Disteareth-100 IPDI, Methylparaben, Chlorphenesin, Parfum (Fragrance), Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxyisohexyl-3-Cyclohexenecarboxaldehyde, Butyl Phenyl Methylpropional, CI 42090 (Blue #1), CI 19140 (Yellow #5).

Price & Availability:

Retails at $77 and is available at Exuviance.com and ULTA stores nationwide

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The Good

  • Vitamin C is a very effective skin evening and brightening product so I was so excited to try a product contain PURE Vitamin C.
  • After about a month of consistent use, my skin had an internal glow that was not present before.  I do not have any fine lines as of yet but I did notice that my skin was a bit more firm after about 5 weeks of use.

The Bad

  • I did not like some of the ingredients in the Evening Restorative Complex (e.g. Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil and Dimethicone, parabens)
  • The Vitamin C+ Antiaging Booster’s packaging was a little inconvenient for me and I found it hard not to get sprinkles of Vitamin C powder everywhere.
  • With using 1/2 scoop of the Vitamin C+ Antiaging Booster, my skin did become a little sensitive after 1 week of consistent use.

The Verdict: ★★★☆☆ 

I gave the Exuviance Illumination Duo 3 out of 5 stars because I found the Vitamin C+ Antiaging Booster to be very effective in brightening my skin, however, I was not a fan of some of the ingredients in the Evening Restorative Complex.

Will I repurchase? This product was provided to me for consideration but I would purchase it on my own if needed.

Would I recommend this product to a friend?  No because I love skin care products with more organic, natural ingredients but yes because it works.

Have you tried the Exuviance Illumination Duo?  Leave your comments and lets discuss.

JUST IN: NARS, Forever 21 & More

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I’m sure that we’ve all gone through the whole “I have a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear” phase that seems to be happening to me right now.  I feel like with all of the clothes that I own just falling off of hangers completely unorganized, I tend to gravitate to the same outfits and go for the same looks.  Upon taking a closer look at what I owned, I realized that most of my clothes were just place fillers and not pieces that I truly loved.

It was at that moment that I made the decision to treat my sense of style like that of a collector and ONLY curate pieces that I absolutely can’t live without.  I’ve decided to opt for quality over quantity in both what I put on my face and in what I wear.   No more buying 5 of the same shirts in 5 different colors.  No more picking up an item JUST BECAUSE it is on sale.  I am making a pledge that if I can live without it, it will remain in the store.  Take a look at my recent purchase of things that I’ve absolutely fallen in love with and did make my now more discerning cut.

  1. FOREVER 21 Open Knit Top
  2. KATE SPADE 17-month 2015 Agenda
  3. FOREVER 21 Half Circle Earrings
  4. TEA FORTE Orchid Vanilla Black Tea
  5. URBAN OUTFITTERS Sunny Day Square Sunglasses
  6. NARS Audacious Lipstick- Jane
  7. MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Shadow in ME-930(Black Purple) & I-220(Sapphire)
  8. Creme Eyelashes #213 & #218

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