Apr 302012
 


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Hello Divas,

I am just sitting here, on this calm and beautiful day as random scenes begin to play:

I have quiet a few reviews coming your way! I’ve got Spatacular Finds like the cygelle healing spa True Holistic Silk Collagen Mask, Au Naturalista Beauty discoveries  like Dr. Miracle’s Curl Care & Infusium 23′s new shampoo & conditioner. Great Reads, such as The Complete Idiots Guide to Seed Saving and Starting & The Complete Idiots Guide to Small Space Gardening just in time for my spring garden! Yes, my new home, in my new state allows me to have a patio (in the air) that is large enough for me to have a “small space garden” ;-) . Media Maven aims to be your one-stop-style-fixxing-shop and blissful resources for anything related to lifestyle pleasures to balance the scales of health and wellness! Media Maven Your StyleMpress – follow me on Fashiolista to find out my fave fashion finds…

Stay Blessed & Live Blissed,

XOXO Media Maven

Apr 272012
 

Hello Lovelies,

If you’re looking for a healthy alternative to tanning and are searching for that flawless (self)tan this summer, check out Media Maven’s “beautify” review via Storify! Always remember darlings, Media Maven Your (Style)Mpress aims to please. We aim to be your one stop-entertainment-shop for all things essential to blissful lifestyles…

Stay Blessed & Live Blissed…smooches ;-,

XOXO Media Maven

 

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Apr 042012
 

Hello Mavens,

It’s April already and that puts us four months into the new year. With Spring blooming everywhere, I’ve decide to talk natural with all of my fellow “naturalistas out there! March madness included the coveted launch of Dr. Miracle’s New Curl Care Rehydrating Shampoo
Nourishing Conditioner Frizz Control Serum Soft Hold Creme Weightless Moisturizing Creme and Boosting & Defining Leave In Conditioner,
stylishly FAB paraben and sulfate free natural hair care line, which promises to keep curls firm and moist for 24 hours. Now this is one of the reasons why I love my job. I had the pleasure to review the entire collection courtesy of Dr. Miracle. I had no idea what I was about to experience!

Let’s just say that the Dr. really has a faithful evangelist here! Media Maven was astound to discover that it was finally possible to have the same renowned benefits of what makes Dr. Miracle so good, in addition to it being paraben and sulfate free – is like watching President Obama win the election for the first time (all over again).

127438_Handbags_6608_20120227_160x600 A new trend is in the air. Texture is taking over! FYI… more than 50% of African-American women no longer chemically relax their hair and the multicultural community has finally begun to embrace our naturally curly hair textures. The need for treatment and styling products designed to preserve and enhance our hair is at an all-time high! Rocking our “naturally” grown waves, curls, coils and kinks has become more than a just a widespread style or money-saving faze to avoid the salon. It’s actually a lifestyle. It…like any commitment, takes time and energy! When we invest our time, money and energy into a beauty regimen, it’s essential to receive the right tools from a trusted brand, that we already know will get the job done! Trial and error isn’t “liked” here, which means “there will be no trying of “new-never-tried-before” products!” That’s why Dr. Miracle’s created this amazing collection which guarantees to “help users get and keep long, healthy, beautiful curls – Dr. Miracle’s.”

  • The shampoo is so silky and smooth to the touch. The formula is gel based and has an amazing smell, which calms and sets the mood. The minty tingle blends “with aloe – to soften and improve elasticity”, “coconut and vitamin E – to nourish and soften curls”, “vitamins A, E and Panthenol – to nourish curls as it gently cleanse”, “coconut and jojoba oil and vitamin E to moisture, soften and condition”, “jojoba and protein to strengthen and moisturize,” to deliver lustrous volume and moisture (moisture barrier *coating*) in “natural” harmony.
  • The conditioner is bliss in whipped form. It adds the perfect cherry to top the cleansing “ritual” of the Rehydrating Shampoo.

This “Leap Year”, let Rebirth, Renewal & Refresh be your guides (much like your very own personal fated Goddesses). Primp up that beach beauty hair regimen with Dr. Miracle’s  summer sizzling look to compliment those bikini ready FABshionably stylistic bods!

 

Dec 292011
 
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Ola Darlings,

So, I woke up thinking “Today’s the day.” I can’t begin to explain the flood of emotions that rushed me, before even making to breakfast! While brushing my teeth, I looked at my reflection and thought, “Goodness Goddess, toughen up, it’s not that bad.” “Positive thinking,” I thought. But as the clock ticked closer to my appointment time, I realized I needed some more positive reinforcement. I mean, I am no rooky to Brazilian waxing (in this case, sugaring) and I’ve been through three vaginal deliveries, but let’s face it, I admit it…when it comes to pain, I am not a fan!

So I arrived by taking the downtown 6 train to Bleeker Street (front of train) and exit at Houston & Broadway (by the B & D line) and in less than a block (left on Broadway @ E. Houston Street), I was in front of 594 Broadway (4 buildings in). I arrived at suite 403 and was immediately greeted by 3 lovely females from behind the reception area.  They took my name and verified my appointment time. As I took a seat, I took in the ambiance of the suite. It had a warm and cozy feel to it! The décor was reminiscent of India!

Despite my comfort, I was peaking with anxiety, as my emotions continued to play peek-a-boo at random. I was finally distracted by Shobha’s collection of natural beauty products, especially Momma Mia, for expecting moms and super moms (like me). As Media Maven, the Elite Socialista, you have to understand that I am always prowling for great finds for my fellow lifestylistas (Momma Mia review coming soon)!

Approximately 7 minutes passes by and I am greeted by Frances, a cute, petite & exceptional friendly diva, who happened to be my specialist. I am escorted into “the room” which is quaint and private, equipped with a bed (think doctor’s office), a chair and a table set with products needed to complete sugaring & waxing services. Frances instructed me to de-robe from the waist down and to get onto the bed. My feet are to be placed together, with knees apart – to give full workable access to my sacred place. Now ladies, I am again going to re-inform you, that I am no stranger to sugaring and in fact, Shobha was my first experience with sugaring, thanks to my bff Maxy – but in all honesty, besides my doctor and my beau, no one has ever had an authority to have any access (complete full frontal view) to this zone. But I managed to maintain my composure. Frances continues to make me feel at ease as we engaged in realistic conversation. We discussed parenting (we both have 15 year olds) as she trimmed me down to workable length (Shobha prefers customers to come hairy).

I will admit, there is some discomfort but the pain is bearable. This is a fine example where the fear is greater than the act.

As Frances continued to remove the hair with firmness in various sectional moves, I continued to feel at ease with her courteous professionalism. As my experience with Frances was a training session, Aisha – Frances’ trainer – was there to oversee and guide the process. Her appearance wasn’t at all intimidating at all and it seemed to blend and compliment Shobha’s friendly aura. The remaining stragglers (hair) was then threaded away, bring me “completely bare to perfection.”

When we finished (let’s just say that this is as close to a threesome as I plan to get), I was slightly sore, but Frances removed the excess residue (from the sugaring), helped me to clean up (for extra comfort) and applied hydrocortisone for the redness.  I left Shobha very pleased, hairless & satisfied with my experience, as well as myself, for facing my fear. I have a new sugaring (waxing) home and Frances is officially my go-to diva. I mean, we are practically linked since she’s seen me in ways not even my mom or bff has seen me 0_O.

All in all, the décor, ambiance and staff are exceptional. I highly recommend Shobha for all of your hair removing needs! This is definitely a SPAtacular Find! Go on, I dare you to embark on SPAtacular venture at Shobha and start creating your own “Hairy Tales” & “Happily (hairy free) Ever Afters.”

 

Visit Shobha at any of their three locations:

Soho: 594 Broadway, Suite 403 (Between Houston & Prince Streets) 212-931-8363

Midtown: 41 East 57th Street, Suite 1304 (On 57th Street between Madison Avenue & Park) 212-223-2872

Columbus Circle: 3 Columbus Circle, Suite 730 (On Broadway between 57th and 58th Streets) 212-977-7771

Dec 282011
 

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Contest Factory. All opinions are 100% mine.

Hello Socialistas,

So, Pimp My Cube Contest is searching for the worst, most pathetic and messy cubicle or office! Does this sound like you? Do you have bad furniture, old technology, messy, unorganized, noisy, dirty, dark and/or any other non-stylistic attributes that makes your work space unworkable?

Then this feature is for you! When opportunity knocks, you have to answer and bring in the New Year in (pimped) style! Simply upload a video showing your cube/office/workspace explaining the details as to why your workspace is so horrible and why it is so important that Contest Factory come in and ‘Pimp’ your cube!

·          Once your video is entered, don’t forget to invite your friends, family and coworkers to vote for your video (the more votes the merrier).

·          ·You will earn sweepstakes entry points for registering, voting, commenting and inviting others to register for the contest. (This should be a breeze for the socially savvy diva).

·          The grand prize of your cube being ‘pimped’ will be selected by CF judges based on various criteria including for the most votes, best (horrible) video and most compelling story. (So make those videos Oscar-nomination worthy)!

·          The contest has a total grand prize value of approximately $1200. (Can you say CHA-CHING?)

·          Winning prize will update your office/workspace/cube with one of three prize packages:

1.      New high end computer system

2.      New Desk, Chair and Decorations

3.      New Entertainment Package with high end stereo, espresso machine etc.

FYI…as of right now, NO one has uploaded a video so the chances of winning are very good. So Media Maven is given you the first-hand exclusive! It’s pretty easy to upload your video to the site…in fact; you can even enter from your phone or webcam. Video should be fun and witty – anything goes!! The better the story, the funnier the video – better chances of winning!

But don’t worry, because there’s also a second sweepstakes prize; a $200 gift card will be awarded to the registered user chosen by random drawing at the end of the contest period.

Contest is from 12/5/11 at 12:00 PM to 1/31/12 at 12:00 PM. Let Media Maven know when you uploaded your video by commenting here and on our Facebook page! We would love to vote for you too!

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Dec 152011
 

This post brought to you by LG DoublePlay™. All opinions are 100% mine.

Hello Lovelies,

Today’s technology is always expanding! It’s amazing to have easy access to social media, email and other online applications that keeps us FABshionably in the know and current! With my busy schedule, I have to stay on top of my post, editorial meetings and interview, Facebook and Twitter – to keep up-to-date with everything that you, my readers, are trending and chatting about!

One adorable device that would make this possible, while staying FABtastic is the creative LG Doubleplay™, which is equipped with dual customizable touch screens, a 3.5-inch main display and 2.0-inch sub display that operate independently or in tandem with, as well as a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard and Swype® for easy text input. Sounds like the ideal “Goddess Gift” yet? Wait there’s more! The LG DoublePlay™ allows users to perform multiple tasks at once such as updating their Facebook pages while simultaneously surfing the Web, texting or checking email. This amazing device is the ultimate social networking and multi-tasking handset for the ultimate socialista! FABtastic indeed!

This awesome device also comes with a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash and 720p HD video recorder, allowing users to capture and share pictures and videos via messaging, email or Facebook. Comes in handy for fellow bloganistas!  The device also offers multiple messaging options, including Cloud Text™ and Group Text™, giving users the ability to send and receive texts right from your PC or tablet & easy to create group chats for the on-the-go diva, for faster, more efficient content sharing. The LG DoublePlay™ features Android™ 2.3 (Gingerbread) with access to Android Market™ and delivers complete user customization with seven home screens and up to nine touchscreen shortcuts for one-touch navigation.

And this “beauty” full appeal to technology is **exclusively** available at T-Mobile!

Check out the new LG DoublePlay™ today or add it to your gift/wish lists! I would love to know how you stay up to date and current when it comes to social networking!

Tell me the following via Media Maven’s Facebook, Twitter or in the comments section below:

1.) How many text messages do you send a month? I know I send well over 2,000 ;-) !

2.) How many hours (approximately) do you spend Social Networking on your phone each month? My hours are too much to even begin to guestimate!

3.) How would new The LG DoublePlay™ change the way you text and interact with your Social Networks?

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Dec 012011
 

Hello Mommistas,

I know you can all agree that keeping baby socks on can be a challenge.  They slip off easily from your bouncy baby’s kicks and tugs, and in my case – pulls -_-! A new and adorable mom-invented innovation helps to keeps socks snug on baby’s feet. I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing Sock Ons for my 10 month old Ayden Shayne; they are worn over your lil one’s pair of socks, locking the socks firmly in place. After reviewing these must-haves, Sock Ons are an essential baby item that no parent can and should do without!  They are Ayden proof and that works wonders for me. In fact, it make a perfect little baby gift item.

Sock Ons was under review by Media Maven

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