Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Morning Struggle


The last few weeks it has been a STRUGGLE to get out of bed in the morning. I hit snooze several times. Some mornings I have been bold or accidentally turned my alarm OFF and drift back to sleep. Luckily I have not overslept. Then when I do get moving, I take my sweet time getting dressed and such. Sitting on my bed acting like I don't have a job to get to lol. I think part of it is that my body knows Summer is coming to an end and Fall with cooler temperatures is on the way. The other part is related to my job. It has been a struggle to be productive at work too but that's a whole different discussion.

Upside with the kids still being out of school in my area, traffic has been tolerably and I do get to work on time. After Labor Day though this will not be the case and I need to get up at my "normal" time to accommodate the traffic.

Such is life in the big city LOL!

Here's another meme from Instagram that makes me chuckle.




I finally have a new charger for my laptop. So I'm back in business! Woot!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Polish Play August 2014

This month I'm only going to play around with a few polishes. Well not as many as the last few months lol.

Once I heard that Sally Hansen's Pacific Blue had been reformulated along with the rest of the line, I went bonkers! I was hot to trot. I was like how can you change THE best blue nail polish??!!!! I rarely go on the hunt for items anymore but I went a hunting for this! I lucked up and found it at a CVS that I pass everyday during my commute to and from work but I have never stopped in there to check it out. The day I was hunting something said stop. I'm glad I did. This one had 3 polishes in the display and you best believe I got all 3! HMPH! I did give one of these to my coworker who couldn't find it while she had been out and about. So I now have 2 back ups lol. So I'll be keeping the bottle I have already open in rotation with the polishes I play around with :D While I grabbed Pacific Blue from my stash, I also grabbed Test My Teal from Sally Hansen. I hadn't used it in a while and it's another pretty one.


I was to Sephora inside JcPenny to get my birthday gift and they had quite a few Formula X polishes on sale. I picked up this blue glitter polish in TNT. I thought it would be good one to pair with the various blue nail polishes I have.

I have 2 Rimmel nail polishes in Pulsating and I Lilac You that were gifted to me. I've never played around with Rimmel nail polishes before.


I had decided earlier that I want to play around with some duo sets of Deborah Lippmann nail polishes that I scooped up on sale from HSN but never got around to using. I also grabbed two additional glitter polishes of hers.

Here we have Almost Paradise, Footloose, I Know What Boys Like, Happy Birthday, Let's Hear it For The Boy and Dancing in the Sheets. The two glitter polishes are Let's Go Crazy and Candy Shop.


I've already used Sally Hansen's Pacific Blue and Formula X's TNT. I likey this combo!


Sunday, August 3, 2014

July 2014 Favorites

Lawd July has been a month! I have been out of town every weekend this month except the the last weekend out of the month. Phew! I'm still tired. Let's get into some favorites!

Eyes




Well in my palette post for July, I told y'all that I had NO CLUE on what I was going to use other than the Urban Decay Smoke palette for some weekend trips. I pulled out the Laura Mercier Artist Palette for my work trip that St. Louis. This is the first one that came out in 2012. I forgot how much I enjoyed this palette. It's an all in one palette where you don't need any additional shadows. You have highlight shades, blending shades, darker shades that you can use as eyeliner or to smoke out a look along with good everyday shades.

When it comes to neutral eyeshadows, warmer neutrals like gold and bronze kind of intimidate me. Sometimes I feel like they don't look "right" on me. If I do a warm shade on my lid, then I typically use a cooler toned shade to balance it out. My beauty pusha did a warm toned look on her channel with some warmer shades and I was like hmmmm. I took two Jane Cosmetics eyeshadows with me to St. Louis. The shades Sunset and Earth are warmer toned neutrals. I used them together and a little bit of Rich Coffee from the Laura Mercier Artist palette. But the look over all was warm toned. I really liked this look.

I almost forgot to mention Lancome's Bi-Facil. It's their double-action eye makeup remover. I've always wanted to try this but it's a pricey product. I got this in a Today's Special from HSN back in April or May. It's one that  you shake. This stuff is awesome. One pass and your eye makeup is pretty much gone. It also does not irritate my eyes. How can you have an eye makeup remover that's irritating? I mean really! I've really enjoyed this product and would purchase it outside of getting it in a set. I want to try Neutrogena's eye makeup remover. It's the one at the drugstore that I've heard the most good reviews about. I may get Lancome's again during Sephora's VIB sale in November.

Lips



Orange and peach are colors that I love on my cheeks but I don't always care for them on my lips. How some people fear red, is how I fear orange and peach. One morning I had originally grabbed Miliani's Mai Tai lip gloss to wear. I know I had worn it previously and had originally liked it. I got it back in March when I got Raspberry Rush (mentioned Raspberry Rush in June's favorite. Mai Tai is pictured). Anyway, I threw it on and I was like oh no. I left it on while I finished getting ready thinking maybe I would warm up to it. Then I was like no ma'am! I took it off and grabbed a peachy gloss. Said no to that. Then I remember I had a Chanel Glossimer in #337 Calypso. This gloss is the perfect orange gloss for me. It gives a hint of orange but it's not full on color. I forgot how much I liked it. It's comfortable to wear and the shimmer in the gloss isn't too much. I believe this was limited edition which is a bummer. So I will keep this gloss in easy reach for the rest of the summer. This is the only Glossimer I own. May peruse the Chanel counter and check out some of their other brighter shades since I like how Calypso wears. Next on my "purge list" are lippies. So I will definitely go through the orange and peach lippies along with other bright lippies I have with a critical eye. Me and brights don't always get along. It has to be the "right" shade for my comfort level or I just won't wear it. There are certain brands that make brights "wearable" like Bobbi Brown. So from now on I'm sticking with those for future purchases.

I made my first trip to the CCO in July. I picked up 2 MAC lipsticks in Del Rio (muted plum-brown) and Viva Glam III (muted brownish-plum). I've paired both lipsticks with the Bare Minerals Gloss in Wow Factor (rose). Both for me are good everyday shades for my skin tone.

Face



My drugstore skincare kick continues. I picked up the Olay Foaming Face Wash for Combination/Oily Skin from Ulta when it was on sale. It's inexpensive anyway but it doesn't hurt to save a little more on a product. It reminds me of Bare Minerals Foaming Face Wash. It doesn't really foam. At least I don't think it does like other foam cleansers I've used. It's a really nice cream cleanser that I used at night when I first got it. On my various trips this month, it was the only cleanser I took with me and used it morning and night. I have really really enjoyed using this cleanser. I poked around on Ulta and Amazon reading reviews on it and people really like this cleanser. Several reviews were from people who have used the product for years. I'm still loving the Biore Pore Unclogging Scrub in the morning. Once I use it up (just bought another tube), I may stick with Olay. We shall see. I did get another small bottle of philosophy's Purity the last week of the month for giggles. I'm enjoying using it but not enough to get a full sized bottle.

I also picked up Clean and Clear's Persa gel-10. I went back and looked at the last skincare routine video that Nicole Guerriero posted on her channel. I knew she had mentioned an acne spot treatment product that she liked. I picked it up from Ulta. I tell you I'm in Ulta like once a week. Sad I know. Anywho back to the product. This is a really nice acne spot treatment. It's not overly drying which I like and it smooths into the skin nicely. It gets the job done without being too harsh. I will definitely keep this in my skincare arsenal.

I picked up The Refreshing Remover Cleansing Towelettes by Garnier after hearing some rave reviews on YouTube. At first I did not like them. I thought the clothes were kind of dry. As I got into the pack, my feelings changed. They are very nice. Not sure if I would repurchase them again since I have other favorites. But if they went on sale or if I had to buy them again, I wouldn't mind using them.

Nails



I was in CVS and picked up some more Milani nails polishes that were on sale.Two glitter nail polishes that I picked up and got some serious use were Sugar Burst and Sugar Coated.


One of my favorite manis for the month was using Funky Fingers Highlighter and Milani's Sugar Coated. This was nice and bright that got noticed  by others lol!

Body


Nothing to report. Used various items that I enjoyed using but nothing that I really want to talk about *shrugs*

Random Stuff


I got new phone in June. My Droid RAZR Maxx was getting very sluggish and it needed to be replaced before it met the wall. I was waiting to see what in the hell Apple was going to do in terms of the iPhone 6. But I got tired of waiting and I honestly did not want to pay a bunch of money for a new phone. I ended up getting the Samsung Galaxy S4 for $1 from Best Buy. Yep $1 plus tax with the renewal of my contract. I researched between the S4 and the S5 and there weren't a whole lot of differences between the two. I also looked at the Galaxy Note. I've been enjoying the S4. Especially since my laptop is out of commission at the moment. I tell you chargers for electronics are worthless! When I get home in the evening, the last thing I want to do is sit at a desktop after being on the computer all day at work. I've watched YouTube videos, edited blog posts, placed online orders and everything on my S4. I love the screen size which I know people like to clown on Droid about. Nifty little thing.



Back in May, I picked up the GILI Leather Roma 2 Tote from QVC. I was leery in getting this due to some quality control issues with the bag. But my play auntie Lisa Robertson reassured everyone, saying that the issues with the previous version of the bag had been addressed. The GILI line on QVC, is her line that is inspired by pieces she owns or would like to own. This bag was inspired by a bag that she owns by Gucci. When I originally saw this bag in the Cream Snake, it spoke to me and I did order it before it aired as the TSV. *insert sigh* The day it aired, I ended up watching the last presentation of the day with Lisa. She got on her pedestal about the Natural Ostrich. Now y'all already know I loves me a tan bag and I was tempted when I first saw it but went with the Cream Snake. Let's just say that I ended up ordering the Natural Ostrich before the presentation was over. That damn Lisa can sell anyone anything! So yes I ended up ordering two bags.  When they came I was excited. When I got the boxes open and saw them both, I wasn't all that impressed with the Cream Snake. I said ok well let me carry it around and see if my feelings change. I carried it and still wasn't impressed. Long story short it went back. I gave the Natural Ostrich a whirl and was leery only because I was dissatisfied with the Cream Snake. That didn't last long and I love it! I have carried this joker and put it through it paces. I took it with me on my work trip to St. Louis, took on my weekend trips and used it as my daily bag for over a month. It's a great bag and I'm glad I kept it. I just switched out of it but I could seriously keep carrying it. Job well done aunt Lisa lol!!! I saw a sneak peek of some more of her bags coming for Fall. Trouble!!!!


Word searches were a favorite this month. During our last work meeting back in April, my coworker had a word search book. I said I would get one for our July meeting. I forgot how much I enjoyed this. I am truly my grandmother's child lol. Great way to clear your mind and de-stress.

Surprise Products of the Month


Wasn't surprised by anything this month. *shrugs again*

Meh Products of the Month



In June/July polish play, I mentioned that I had ordered two sets of Julie G nail polishes from Groupon. I was super excited to try these polishes based on folks saying that these are some of the best polishes at the drugstore. Well er ra ummmm.... The shades I got are really pretty, don't get me wrong. But I feel like they are just ok. After using them I'm not itching to run to Ride Aide to pick up more. Forsome of them, applying the first coat would have me going what the hell?!  By the second coat things would start to look better. A couple I did go in for a third coat. They were just too much work for me. So I'm kind of disappointed. But oh well.


I picked up the CVS Oil Free Acne Cleansing Towelettes on a whim. They are comparable to the Neutrogena Grapefruit ones. These are just ok. They're not very moist. When I used them to remove my eye makeup, they made my eyes water. I can't really say if they helped with my breakouts. They do a good job removing my face makeup. But I don't plan on repurchasing these when I use them up.

Not bad this month. I'm already thinking about how I want to do these posts for next year. Feel free to give me some suggestions. ☺

Here's a picture of part of  The Arch from the hotel we stayed at. I thought it was going to super hot but the weather was absolutely gorgeous the week we were in St. Louis.



On to August and another trip! Jeez! Headed to Nashville!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Palette Play August 2014

I still can't believe I had that big of a brain fart on what palettes to play around with last month!

We won't have this problem again going forward! I think I have mapped out what I want to play around with between now and the end of the year. We'll see if my thought process holds....HA!

For August I want to revisit my Mally palettes! I've played around with these before but wanted to revisit them again. No harm in that. Let's take a look at them!


Here we have In the Buff Vol. 2, I Love Color, Celebration and Loving Life. I'm going to use them in the order I got them. Some of these are still available for purchase on QVC's website if you're interested.

Aren't they all pretty?!!? I still want to get her original In the Buff palette. I'll more than likely scoop that by the end of the year. Let the fun begin!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Drugstore vs High End

Hey alllll!

It's been a busy month. Hopefully things will slow down a bit and I can get a new charger for my laptop and get back to bizness!

So as I'm sitting here catching up on YouTube videos and deciding on what I want to use various coupons and a gift card I have at Ulta, pricing stuff and what not, I'm lightweight over 'high end makeup'. I say this now but this is just random musings. Don't get me wrong. I love my Urban Decay palettes, Tarte blushes, so on and so forth. Buuuuuuut when you see various blog posts or YouTube videos on dupes and similar products, it gets me to thinking why am I spending my money on midrange/high end makeup. I'll even throw skin care into the mix. Right now all of the skincare products I have been using for the last say month and a half have been drugstore products.

One of my big peeves with drugstore makeup is with foundations, powders and concelars. Brands have gotten better. I have mentioned Revlon's Nearly Naked foundation in a past favorites post and you just might see it again soon. Some could still do better with their shade ranges. My other issue is access. Certain lines that may be geared towards women of color are not in the drugstores I frequent. Or not all the shades are offered with the traditional drugstore makeup lines. I'm not driving around place to place looking for something. Even finding stuff online can be a task.

In some cases you do get what you pay for. But just because something is $30 doesn't mean it's good. Or if something is $5 doesn't mean it's bad. I'll end my rant here lol. Up next will be my July favorites!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Palette Play July 2014

(Courtesy of Microsoft)

In thinking about what I wanted to play around with this month, I drew a blank. I opened up my various drawers that house my palettes and was like ummmm *scratches head* So then I was like, well play around with the new stuff that you've gotten. But then I wasn't feeling what I said was going to use. Then I was like what the hell dude! See this in a clear indication that you gots too much crap! Jeez! So I was still drawing a blank at the time I was trying to get this post up. So I went back to the drawing board. I went back and looked at past posts and then started digging in my cart yet again....

I got NOTHING! Oye vey! So we're going rogue this month! When I do my favorites post for the month, I'll tell you what I ended up using and what I ended up taking on my work trip. I have some shorter weekend trips and I already know I'm taking Urban Decay's Smoked palette along with some Mally shadow sticks. That's all I know *blink blink*



June 2014 Favorites

Here is what I've been loving in June!

Eyes


Had fun playing around with various Bobbi Brown eyeshadows this month. My absolute favorite shadow was Cocoa. This shadow right here *pauses*. It does not look like much in the pan. It's matte and it's fantabulous. It's a great eyeshadow for a one eyeshadow and all occasion look. It is described as a ashy plum brown. It's in the top right on my quad. Seriously washed out in this pic *shrugs*




I have also be loving Bobbi Brown's Downtown Beauty Palette. I think this was my first Bobbi Brown palette. I forget how much I love this palette! It doesn't look like much but once you apply it *pauses* perfection! I used all the shades in the palette. For first time though, I used Black Plum (darkest shade) all over my lid and blended it out with the matte lilac shade next to it. Even though Black Plum is a dark shade, it is totally wearable. Even if you build it up, you don't look crazy or like you have a black eye. I know I sound like a broken record, but Bobbi Brown makes some of the best eyeshadows.

Lips


I randomly pulled out one of the new Milani lip glosses in Raspberry Rush. These glosses are awesome! I may like a tad bit more than the Maybelline Colorsensational glosses I dubbed as my favorite for 2013. They go on smoothly, wear nicely are hella pigmented for a lip gloss. It's picture here with some other goodies I picked up from the drugstore back in March.



I also played around with various Moxie and Buxom lip glosses. I'm mentioning these together since they are somewhat similar and by the same brand. These are my favorite glosses be it high end or low end. When my lips are out of sorts, be it chapped or just feeling funny, I always slap on one of these glosses and it makes them feel better. I want to pick up the clear Buxom gloss in Krystal. I wound love to have it on hand to wear on its own and especially for overnight. I've only been able to find it on eBay though. Grrrrr!

Face


I've gone back basics with my skincare routine. You'll hear why a bit later. Had some serious skin issues this month. I had watched Young Wild and Polished skin care routine video. She has mentioned L'Oreal Youth Code Texture Perfector Serum before and I have watched other YouTube videos on this product. I was curious and started reading more about it. I had a coupon and some reward dollars to use at Ulta. So I picked it up and the L'Oreal Youth Code Texture Perfector Day/Night Cream. These products are 'pricey' for drugstore. You can REALLY spend a lot on skin care. So this isn't too bad depending on where you get it from. Both products are $24.99 at Ulta. But since it is drugstore you can catch sales and use coupons. For about a week I cleansed my skin and only used these two products. They did help get my skin back on track. The serum reminds me of a Lancome one I have tried before from the Visonaire line. Wouldn't surprise me if they are similar products since Lancome is owned by L'Oreal. I layered the SPF I use over the Day/Night cream and it didn't make me extra oily or anything. Oddly enough it's a cream that mattifies the skin. So I will continue to use it for now. Isn't the packaging cute? And's is substantial. Not plasticy or anything. I'm not usually a sucker for packaging but I like this. I'll go into more detail about my revamped skincare routine in post. Stay tuned for that.

Nails


My favorite mani of the month was from using two Funky Fingers polishes, Power Play and Save The Glitter. Power Play dried to matte finish but was fine once I added a top coat. The glitter polish is a unique one with pink, white and blue. May check Five Below for some other shades *shifty eyes*.

Body


Every time I use Nivea Creme, I always ask myself did I mention this in a favorites? And if I haven't then I need to. This little tin of fabulousness is the perfect creme to use on your hands and to keep in your makeup bag, your desk at work, in your car...you get my drift! It's moisturizing without being greasy. I picked up 3 from CVS.  They have a deal if you get 3. I think it's 3 for $3. Thought about getting the larger jar but it's pricey. Maybe when I have a good CVS coupon I'll pick up a the larger jar. Best hand cream ever!

Memorial Day weekend I found myself in Ulta. I was looking for the Essie summer collection. I didn't see it. I remembered that I wanted to check out The Body Shop's Shea Body Mist. One of my favorite YouTubers Jennifer Wan mentioned it in one of her favorites video. This mist OMG! I have smelled the Shea scent before using their body butter and soap. But the body mist takes the scent to another level. I got it on sale for $6 too. It's originally $12 which isn't pricey but it's always nice to catch something on sale. Now I want to check and see if there's a smaller bottle that purse friendly *shifty eyes*

Before I hopped on the Fresh Cream train, I ordered the philosophy seasonal 3-in-1 shower gel trio Auto-Delivery from QVC. I had been looking on QVC's site to see if they had an auto delivery of the food inspired shower gels. I hadn't seen one and this was presented and I jumped at ordering it. I think I had mentioned in a previous post that I wanted to have a shower gel that I could use with any fragrance. I've always loved these shower gels, so this set fit the bill. Then there had the nerve to have the Fresh Cream One Time Only and the TSV! Hmph! LOL! The Spring set included Senorita Margarita, Melon Daiquiri and Passion Fruit Daiquiri. I've been using and enjoying Senorita Margarita this month and it smells just like a margarita! Salt and all! With the food inspired shower gels, you enjoy the scent in the shower or bath but you don't smell like the scent for the rest of the day. But since I did order the Fresh Cream TSV, I gave it some thought and I canceled my auto delivery. So I only got the summer scents. I was going to keep it. But did I really need to? No. See progress LOL!

Random Stuff


*sigh* lol....during one of my work meetings, Ben & Jerry's ice cream was one of the desert options in the hotel restaurant. You got 3 scoops. The scoops were vanilla, strawberry and coffee. The strawberry was delicious. Need to look up the actual name to see if I can find it in store. But the one I was seriously crushing on the coffee ice cream which was Coffee Coffee Buzz Buzz. It is coffee ice cream with fudge espresso beans. I looked for in when I got back home and couldn't find it. I think it was some time in May, my coworker text me and said she found it in Safeway. I was like whaaaaat!?!? So I went to Safeway and sure enough it was there! And the rest is history. I've caught on sale for $2.99 and had an additional coupon from Safeway's Just Four You program. Let's just say that I need to leave this alone for a while. If you're a coffee ice cream lover, give this one a taste.

I've been diggin Google+ this month. I would hop on there from time to time and I do post my blog posts to Google+. However, I never really engaged myself with it like other social media networks. I lightweight sick of Facebook and have debated on deactivating my account. People do THEEEE most on Facebook. Ugh! I still enjoy Twitter and still love Instagram. I can't really say why I've been loving Google+ more. It's a good way to keep up with your favorite bloggers, if they have a Google+ page. Or if you want to connect with other people who share your interests like fitness, cooking, etc. I know people have counted Google+ out but I believe I saw a post on Twitter saying that it's doing well and gaining momentum.

Surprise Products of the Month


This is more a surprise use for a product. I have talked about the philosophy Olive Oil Scrubs before. Right now I have Living Grace. My favorite hand scrub I use once a week before I polish my nails is the Perlier Hemp Smoothing Scrub for Hands and Feet. It's kind of pricey. It was recently on sale and I jumped at the chance to get another tube. But then once the shipping & handling was added along with the tax, I was like wait a minute. When I got home later than evening something was like try the philosophy scrub just on your hand. So I applied some to dry skin, worked it and rinsed my hands. AMAZE BALLS! My hands were super soft and hydrated. I have the 32 oz bottle anyway, so why not use it as hand scrub too. I should try it on my feet as well. It's great to find multiple ways to use a product that you already love. So I will not be repurchasing the Perlier scrub anytime soon! Woohoo! Money saved!

Meh Products of the Month


This one kind of hurts. Now Bare Minerals Matte foundation in the shade Warm Deep has been a favorite. The meh is towards the shade. *sigh*. Now when I got matched in this it was in the winter time. I had already been wearing the shade Golden Deep with no issues. So when the makeup artist matched me in Warm Deep I was like say what now? I didn't buy a jar right then and there but eventually I did pick one up from Ulta when I had a 20% off coupon. Every now and then I thought it looked red on me but it wasn't bad bad. Recently however it looked more red on me. Since my jar was getting low I got another one from Sephora. Well I exchanged it for Golden Deep. I keep sayin that I wanted to go back by the counter and see what my "summer shade" would be. Golden Deep works for me a good part of the year unless I'm out in the sun. But I'm really not out in the sun much. We shall see. When I did the shade match thing at Sephora (the machine the put up to your chin and it electronically matches you to all the foundation they carry in your shade), it matched in me a totally different shade. Again I was like what you say!?!? So I may just stick with Golden Deep Matte in the spring/summer/early fall and wear Golden Deep Original late fall/winter/early spring. The original formula is a tad lighter but it still works well for my skin tone. Don't mind the Extra Dimension Skinfinish pictured. I'm still loving that!!!



This one is kind of a bummer. When the Maybelline Vivids were released, I jumped on the bandwagon HARD with everyone else and I did like them. I played around with a few this month and I'm not wowed by them as I once was. One of my favorites is Vivid Rose. When I went to put it on it was kind of patchy and I had to put way too much effort into it "looking right". I was like what the what?! But again my lips have not been the best and we you wear shades like this your lips have to be on point. Then I played around with some other ones I have and the same thing. So I went through the ones I had and pulled Fuchsia Flash, Orange Edge and Electric Fuchsia. I've kept Vivid Rose, Pink Pop, Brazen Berry and Hot Plum for now. I had some others on my list to pick up but I will not purchase anymore lipsticks from this line. Bobbi Brown has launched some new lipstick shades and some of them are bright. I may check those out. Bobbi Brown makes her stuff wearable first and foremost. So I'm sure I would comfortable trying some of her bright lippies out.


Back in April favorites I mentioned the Cecilia's Over 40 Smooth and Clear Kit  I got from HSN and how I was loving it. I don't know if it was because it was that time of the month or products I was using but my face broke out really bad. Now I do get breakouts from time to time. But my face has not been this bad in a LONG time. So I started freaking out. I think the culprit was the Vitamin C cleanser. So I took to HSN's site and read various reviews of the product. The majority of people like the Vitamin C cleanser but there were a few reviews that said it broke them out. This was the only product that I added into my routine. So I packed it and the rest of the items in the kit up and sent it back to HSN. It was after the 30 days and I wasn't sure if HSN would accept the return. They did.Also the Vitamin C day cream was ok. At first I really liked it but I started not liking it. It was making my oily. I'm already oil and do not need something that is going to make my oilier!! The eye gel was just ok too. I still have the Gycolic Peel but haven't really bee using it. See skin care can be amazeballs at first. But then you have to see how your skin reacts with continued use. Like I said above I'm going back to basics with my skincare routine.


Two mascaras that I did not like this month are the Dior Iconic mascara and L'Oreal Manga mascara. The Dior mascara I picked up when QVC did their Beauty With Benefits event. Part of the proceeds from items purchased went to cancer research. I'm always down with beauty for a case. BUT the main thing that got me was the gift with purchase. It was a bunch of samples and a really nice makeup bag that Sonia Kashuk designed for the event. However when I got my mascara, I did not receive my gift with purchase. I contacted QVC and they ran out! Ughhhh!!!! Ok back to the mascara...the brush head on this mascara is big and I'm over large brush heads. It also flakes and smudges on my lower lashes. A bunch of people have said great things about the new L'Oreal Manga mascara. The wand is a flexible one which I really don't care for, the formula is just ok, it doesn't really separate my lashes annnnnd it smudges and flakes on my lower lash line. So thumbs down on both of these.

I wasn't feeling a lot of things this month!

On to July and my birthday month! Woot!!! \O/