Wednesday, May 23, 2012

We now interrupt the regular scheduled programming: For Beauty, Influenster!!!! :)

Soooo, Skin care and makeup are essential must-haves in my life. It is very important to me to take care of skin especially as I'm approaching my mid-20's.  I don't care how broke I am, after food & water, I'm going to take care of my skin. Not clothes, Not hair (even though thats very close 3rd important), Not Nails, Not even bellydance (yes, I said it, and the only reason I said it is because I can bellydance for free when I pop in an instructional DVD--if it gets that bad), But YES, Skincare! A few months ago, I signed up for Influenster after watching a few beauty gu-ru's youtube videos.  [Note: In short, It's a free subscription service, and they basically send you free samples of new products as long as you give them a review of the products.]
So, This month I got my first MAY BEAUTY VoxBox by Influenster:
TADA!!!!

SOYJOY In Strawberry Bar: I love how healthy it's supposed to be for you.. Kinda wheat-ee tasting at the end. But i like that wheat crunchyness! This will be a great snack during a bellydance workshop. It is soft, and bread-like. I wish I could taste more of the strawberries though. Its reminds me of  a wayyyyyy better much healthier version of nutrigrain bar-- After this soyjoy bar I will NEVER buy nutrigrain again.

Moonlight Path Fine Fragrance Mist: WOW! this is full size! thank you influenster! lol. It's a darker scent than something I'd usually wear. My signature go-to scent is very girly, super candy-like stuff I wish I could eat. lol!! So this is like the evening-version of "that". It's kinda baby-powder-ee too, I love how it sprays! lol Definitely something I'd wear more at night all year around. Or definitely, going to concert or a bar.  Smells great! I'm just glad I didn't get stuck with like lemony sent or "fresh cotton" linen type scents. ick!

ChapStick LipShied SPF 50+:  OMG!!!! I was JUST about to buy some ultra SPF crap for my lips. And just decided not to. SPF should be everyone's best friend!!! Definitely has a lemony smell. It's moisturizing. I'm just happy its crazy SPF. 

Sheer Cover Concealer: When they say sheer cover they mean it. It's a duo set so it has light/medium, but honestly when I put it on it can't tell the difference between the two.  Maybe it might be because i didn't put on enough, I don't know. But for concealer, I usually wear MAC, so this is much much lighter weight than I'm used to for concealer. I put it under my eyes so we'll see if it irritates me. I have very sensitive skin btw.

Sally Hansen Salon Effects: Real Nail Polish Strips: TBD

Aveeno: Daily Moisturizing Body Wash:  TBD, as I've said before I have really sensitive skin, to the point where I can only use non-scented body wash and clothing detergent. :( boo!!!!




Monday, May 21, 2012

Illan & Rachel Brice at Tribal Fest 12



Really? Amazing!
When I see performances like these... I get that poking, that knock in my head, "This stuff needs to be filmed." Filmed as in the film needs to be just as beautiful as the performance....
I need to get a Canon T3i, with the video capability...
It's been in my head since senior year of college... I truly don't know whats holding me up...
I know when I get an image in my head I wont stop til its perfect and filming is similar but different enough where it will be a learning curve....

Monday, May 7, 2012

A lot has happened since Sunday, April 29th, 2012.

My brother, my twin, was diagnosed with cancer this week....

And, what can I say... Where do i begin...

1. The Lord 2. Love & Blessings from my husband, family, and friends 3. Bellydance...hm, yes bellydance.

Because this diary focuses on bellydance, I will tell you how it has impacted me so much.
Being deprived of bellydance inspiration videos for a week--during the longest week of my life, I was able to look at it on a spiritual level.
Bellydance means something to me on a very very deep level. And I still have no idea what or how, or when or why...

The first few days all I could watch and listen to was:

The last few days all I could watch and listen to was:

I feel like this experience will make me a better dancer..
I wish I could articulate my thoughts so much more, 


To watch was to heal. It continued to heal, because it was patient. and that is what I had originally saw in tribal.
And to focus on her hands, it was healing. It was telling me to be patient, and he will heal.
And the drums, And every movement, was like a different method or a different part  of his healing process.
But you must be patient. All of the jewelry is so much more vibrant, less like an outfit and more of armor, or a princess.  Her hands were even more vibrant than they already were.
and the music, all played a roll in playing in my head in the background this entire time...




Friday, April 27, 2012

Zoe Jakes Solo Bellydance Live at the Vagabond 2012



Recent Zoe Jakes.... Amazing. k.

Listen up, dancers:
Her face is on, just as much as her body is on...
With an amazing dancer, you could just film only her face, and it would still be an amazing performance.
No body needed...
Watch this video you will understand exactly what I mean by this.

So, in conclusion, if a professional videographer (thats not too bellydance-savvy) keeps zooming up on your face, take that as a compliment. I noticed that with a few Rachel brice videos.

P.S. This was amazing live!!! O MY DEAR--#$@^&%*--- yeah, I wanted to record the performance so bad but sometimes, you have to just Enjoy the performance. And thats exactly what I did, well worth it too.

Recent: :) Samantha Emanuel in Tallinn



Awww I wanted to see more :)
I was :( that was it? Nooo. More more Encore Encore!!!
She is so cute and you can tell she has utter fun on stage!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Susanna Goldenstein: Zoe Jakes

Such inspiring photographs!





(Above) One of my favorite photographs of zoe jakes, and one of my favorite photographs period. It's exactly how I see her.