Product Review: Fragrance Market Exclusive Scent ‘Mercedes Benz Rose’

Smelling good goes hand in hand with being a woman.  It’s one thing to look good, but a whole other thing to smell just as good. Oddly, people may not remember what you looked liked, the details of your outfit or your hair may escape them in the long run;  but they will always remember how you smell.

I was sent a complimentary bottle of an exclusive scent offered only on Fragrance Market, called Mercedes Benz Rose. To say I loved the fragrance would be an understatement.  If I had to pick one word to describe the scent, it would be: feminine.  And of course, we must talk about the luxury; after all it is Mercedes Benz. The scent exudes luxury. However, it’s not so stiff and unattainable that it can’t be worn on a daily basic; in fact,  if I had to be remembered for a smell, I’d definitely want this to be it. It’s a great daily signature scent.

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When choosing a fragrance these days authenticity is key. That’s why purchasing from a reputable fragrance seller is important. Head over to FragranceMarket, and pick up a bottle of the exclusive Mercedes Benz Rose,  for yourself, or browse their vast stock of brand name, authentic scents for men and woman. Shipping is free for all purchases over $50. Also, use the code 10OFFBEST, and you’ll get 10% off.  #Winning!!

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Michelle Obama Gives Us The Fashion Feels In Italy

There is much to miss about the Obama’s. However, what I miss most of all, are the undeniably, fabulous fashion moments former fierce FLOTUS used to bless us with, rather ever so effortlessly. Well, Mom must of sensed our fashion sorrow, and decided it was high time for a total fashion moment, while on vacay with the hubs in the Tuscan Countryside of (of course) Italy. Perfect timing, because current First Lady, has me at the verge of a fashion meltdown (one more gotdamn high waist pencil skirt, and I’m gonna pull my weave out).

First came the petal-pink one shoulder cotton-poplin Teija blouse that Michelle wore with distressed (yes, DISTRESSED) white jeans , Jennifer Fisher hoops, and a crossbody white leather bag. If this look doesn’t say: “Im a former First Lady, but I still got that sauce”; I don’t know what does! This look has me ready to go on vacay today. But first lemme work on these arms. 🙂 BTW, the best accessory Michelle is rocking, is good ole melanin. YASSS sun- kissed- healthy- glow- brown- skin!!

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Here is the same blouse, priced just under a cool $400. Grab it before it fly’s off the shelves in 5-4-3-2-1.

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As if that first look didn’t give us all the vacay feels, Mom decided to kill us softly just one more time. This time, while out and about with hubby, former President Barack Obama, Mich threw on an airy stringy Club Monaco top, paired with high waist, wide leg khaki pants and the cutest burgundy leather carry baggie. Let us talk! First, Mom is bra-less, and honey I’m here for it. Second, Mom is letting her straps fall on purpose. HERE. FOR. IT. Third, Mom clearly doesn’t care what anyone thinks. She’s on vacay!!

But we care. And we also LOVE.

While we thank you Mich for giving us these effortlessly fabulous fashion moments in Italy, it actually just reinforces one thing:

We Miss You Mom!!!

 

6 Times He Made It Clear All He Wanted Was Sex; And You Ignored Him

Ladies, let’s be honest:  Sometimes we can create whole relationships in our minds. It’s in our nature to be dreamers, believers, hopeful minded. Well, there is a thin line between being encouraged and being down right dull when it comes to a man.

Sometimes we get lost in the possibility of what could be in a potential relationship, rather than facing the reality of what it really is (or isn’t). Don’t feel bad; we’ve all been there: memba Carrie and Big ( series not movie). We set ourselves up for failure, by expecting the best or the most out of a “situationship“, that is only supposed to be about one thing! I’m not saying that having casual- no- strings attached sex is okay, but if it’s what you signed up for, do yourself a fav-  stop looking for more. Because, what you’ll actually get, is something Im sure you didn’t sign up for- a broken heart💔. While some men can be under handed and deceitful in their intentions, there are those few instances where the writing was all up on the walls:

  1. In the beginning, he told you exactly what he wanted!

But you only heard what you wanted to hear. You omitted the clear direct honesty that he was spitting from go. Instead, you thought he had “trust issues”, and you could change him. Girl bye.

2. Before you guys took that dive into  bed; he reiterated exactly what he wanted.

But yet  again, you failed to take him seriously. Maybe you thought that once he got the goodies, he would now take you seriously. But here’s the thing: he won’t, because he made it clear exactly what he wanted and he’s gonna stick to his guns!

3. During sex, while he pleases you, he is limited in his intimacy with you. Almost sterile.

This isn’t to suggest that the sex is wack. Because it likely isn’t. However, it’s not wifey sex! He won’t even kiss you. Not even a peck. Because he is keeping up his side of the bargain: keeping things simple and unattached. He doesn’t want to send the wrong message.

4. He keeps you far away from his real life. 

He probably knows a lot about you, but you know little about him. And that’s because he keeps a wall up between you and his personal life. Again, he is dedicated to not sending mixed messages. Whataguy!

5. He avoids talking about the future with you.

He doesn’t want to sell you pipe dreams, so rarely will he talk about or plan anything in the future. He lives in the now with you.

6. His availability to you is very limited. And when he does make time for you, it’s usually just to, welp, have sex!

You never go on movie dates or out to eat. You know, normal couple stuff. Usually, when he’s making plans with you, it’s to find out when your next sexsion will occur.

So, if all or any of those 6 clues ring true to you and your guys situation and it doesn’t sit well with you, do something about it. Save yourself the disappointment, woman up and realize if you’re looking for more out of a man that has made his limited intentions with you clear; the only person getting played is you. Stop giving him your good good loving and save it for a more deserving soul.

You deserve the best babygirl! ❤

5 Things We Can All Learn From Lala Anthony About Bossing Up Through A Heartbreak

By now it’s no secret that one of our favorite #BlackLove couple is separated. Back in April news broke of Lala and Carmelo Anthony coming to an amicable agreement to go their separate ways after almost 7 years of marriage. While both Melo and Lala have rightly remained tight lipped about their current marital woes, like most instances: where there is smoke, there is likely fire. While, I’m sure we’re all rooting for this power couple; who have a ten year old son, Kiyan; to reconcile and work out their differences; one thing that has been endearing to watch from afar is how gracefully Lala has carried herself amid the mess. As a woman we know all too well the heartbreak she is facing right now, but even as the infidelity and out of wedlock baby rumors swirl- on Carmelo’s end- Lala remains seemingly resilient. While I am sure Lala is not exactly skating through this whole ordeal, she is certainly making it clear that the show must go on!

Here are five things we can all learn from La about handling our business as women all the while mending a broken heart💔:

Just Show Up!

Days after the news broke of the break down in her marriage, Lala was front and center at the Met Gala; which is possibly the most reported and photographed fashion event in the world. And there she was on the red carpet. And boy did she show up!! The dress was perfect. Stunning to say the least. Her skin was flawless and her body was on point. The following day the New York Daily Newspaper coveted front page featured Lala with the headline: ‘ Met Gala turns into La La Land’.  In a matter of one night the news shifted from broken hearted Lala to ‘Unbreakable’ Lala. Imagine if she chose to wallow in her sadness instead that night and did not show up? She changed the entire narrative of her story, just by showing up, and showing OUT!

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#BeautyThursday: Beyonce Overlines Her Lips; And We LOVE!

There I was, aimlessly scrolling through my IG feed and: Eureka.

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Much to my delight, the Queen (Bey that is) uploaded an almost one minute long video, which included photo stills and actual recorded content. While BeyBey’s belly (currently carrying two tiny Carter’s) was front and center stage; my attention was fixed on Bey’s lips!Looking especially full and plump, I was intrigued.  Were her puckers swollen? (Not uncommon or unlikely for pregnancy, I’m sure). Was it injections? (Doubt it). Or was it an over lined lip????!!!  Seems, I wasn’t the only nosy rosy trying to figured out the mystery behind King Bey’s suddenly souped up lips; the internet seems to all be scratching their heads. Well, internet, you can stop thinking now, because, I think we can all agree, Mrs. Carters perfectly plumped lips are the courtesy of  a little bit of swollen (prego issues; Moms, we have all been there) and a lotta bit of overdrawn lips.

Well, with this being #BeautyThursday here at HUG Headquarters (aka, my bedroom desk), I thought this would be a good time to dig into the whole overlined/overdrawn lip liner makeup trend, and give a short tutorial on how to achieve:

First, the idea of the overdrawn lip is really just a contouring and highlighting technique for the lips.

You’ll need a Dark colored lip liner pencil ( think hues of brown if your using a nude to pink shade lipstick), also you’ll need a matte lipstick, and some lip gloss in a similar or same color as the lipstick.

  • Prep the lip with some lip primer. Then, dust a little foundation over the lip, creating a canvas to being the contouring process.

    • Grab your dark colored lip liner and slightly trace along your natural lip line. Once you have done that, go back over the same line, with the pencil at a laid down angel and trace slightly above your natural lip line.
    • Now pull in the color, by shading in the four corners of the lip. Again, this is all about contouring the lip.

    • Now, go over the lip with the lipstick covering all areas of the lip, going slightly to the overdrawn line above the lips. For this to really work well, you want to make sure, you’re using a lipstick that really stands by it’s color. The lipstick works as a blender here.

  • Now, go over the lipstick with the lipgloss to highlight the lips and further drown out the brown of the pencil.

This look will instantly give you a set of plumped sexy lips, just like Beyonce.  All without a single needle ever touching your puckers! #YESPLEASE

Now if there was only a tutorial to achieve that Gucci “Modern Future” Brocade drawstring pregnant Bey is rocking:(

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#TackleItTuesday: Finding The Motivation To Get Summertime Fine

Weren’t we just toasting in the New Year! Well, here we are in the first week of May. Kinda feels like it snuck up on us, right?! Whether you ready or not, the summer is soon upon us. And one thing that doesn’t go with the summer, is a gut. If you haven’t started getting your summer time fine on yet, good news is that there is still time. Problem is, if you haven’t began yet, there a possibility that you’re a bit unmotivated. Well, here are six things that can help increase your level of motivation to jump on the ball in attaining your perfect summer body:

Fashion:

Unlike the colder months when you can pile on the layers to hide that battling bulge, the summer requires less clothes. And as if that weren’t enough, summer also means brighter clothes (no more slimming down that extra 5 with the all black everything look). The last thing you want this summer is to have to be limited in outfit options. Think of all the fly, cute clothes you want to wear this coming summer season, and maybe even put some cash to the side to treat yourself once you hit your fitness goal. Checking out sites like FashionNova, Boohoo, or Forever21 on the regs is enough to get any unmotivated HealthyUrbanGirl in full on BEAST mode.

 

All Things Girly:


Summer is the time to be the girly girl you know and love to be. In addition to all the hot fashion options, there is also so many fun makeup, hair styles, accessories to try. It’s also a great time to show off your mani and pedi. Like I said all things girly. And there is no better way to be girly, than to be in your best fitness shape.

Plan A Trip( to the BEACH):


Nothing says summer like the beach. But when your body isn’t right, us ladies avoid the beach like the plague. Well, none of that this year. Plan your beach trip from now. Everything detail down to the last drop, from what you’ll be sipping on to what you plan on slipping into. Be realistic. If you know you have more than 50 pounds or so to lose, don’t plan on being in a 2 piece (unless you got the confidence to do so). Remember this is about being proactive, not punishing ourselves.

Funners:


Don’t be that friend in the summertime that never wants to go anywhere, because you’re feeling self conscious about your body. With so much outdoor activities, like pool parties, BBQ’s, concerts, and festivals to attend during the summer, get that summertime fine body going now, so when the girls call, you’ll be ready to go!

Health:


Good health should always be a motivator for getting into shape, not only in the summer months, but every season. However, the benefits of having good health in the summer months are endless. With the sun being hotter than normal, every activity that we do is intensified. Which means our heart and other bodily functions are working harder than normal. Being healthy will help us feel better, while we’re looking better.

Glow With Confidence:


There is nothing sexier than a woman with confidence. And there is no better time to exude confidence than in the summertime. Between the sun, the heat, and the moisture in the air, our skin, hair, and overall bodies love the summer. Being in prime fitness health, will help that effortless summertime glow go very far.

Recipe: Apple Walnut Salad

I love a tasty a salad. However, I can get boring with my salad options. Therefore, I am trying to venture out a bit and start trying to make some more daring salad recipes. Hence this recipe for Apple Walnut Salad. The nice thing about this salad is you can opt to have it with Chicken or not. totally, your choice.  The lovely part of this salad is the robust flavors that come together in perfect harmony. The dressing adds a ever so lovely zing to up the ante and amplify the taste.

You’ll need these ingredients (plus chicken breast, if you opt for it):

Add all ingredients for the salad in a bowl. The move on to the vinaigrette.

Then mix,

Enjoy.

 

 

INGREDIENTS
  • 8 cups chopped red leaf lettuce (about 1 large head)
  • 1 medium apple, cored and thinly sliced (I used gala apple)
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced red onions
  • ¾ cup walnut halves, toasted
  • ⅓ cup crumbled feta cheese
Vinaigrette
  • ⅓ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp. honey
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. In a large bowl combine lettuce, apples, red onion, and walnuts. Drizzle with the vinaigrette and toss to combine. Sprinkle with feta and serve immediately.
Vinaigrette
  1. In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients together and whisk until blended. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Recipe from littlebroken.