Sunday, August 2, 2015

Product Play August 2015

Last month I said that I may skip August. An OPI purchase last month inspired me to go ahead a post some items for August. So here's what I'm messing around with for the month.

Palette Play

This month I'm going to play with the Urban Decay Smoked palette and the PrettyLilMzGrace palette from Sedona Lace. I was going to pick up the new Urban Decay Naked Smoky palette with my Ulta birthday coupon but decided to wait. Then the Smoked palette popped in my head. I saw the PrettyLilMzGrace palette in a YouTube video from PurpleyeAvi. I proceeded to watch some other videos on the palette. I have never heard of PrettyLilMzGrace, so I went to her channel and watched a couple of her videos. At the time when I ordered, Sedona Lace was having a 20% off site wide promo and I used PrettyLilMzGrace's $5 off coupon code. Score!

Polish Play

I picked up the OPI Brights Mini Nail Lacquers set from Living Social. I like these sets from OPI. They're usually a good price but it was a better deal getting it from Living Social. Plus it's a nice way to pick up the majority or all the polishes from a particular collection. I also got the Orly Dare to Dream set from a coworker for my birthday and I LOVE Mulan! I watched it on Netflix not too long ago. It's probably in my top 5 for Disney movies.

Out of My Face

I used up some more products from the long list I posted in June and I have some bonus ones too woot! Here's what I used up in July:
  • Christie Brinkley Complete Clarity Daily Facial Exfoliating Polish
  • Christie Brinkley Recapture 360 Night Beauty Treatment
  • Alpha Hydrox Retinol ResQ
  • Korres Mulberry Vanilla Shower Gel
  • Wild Rose Daily Brightening & Refinishing Buff Cleanser
  • Bonus: Christie Brinkley Complete Clarity Facial Cleansing Wash
  • Bonus: Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer 0.33oz
  • Bonus: Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar 0.5oz 
  • Bonus: Wen Cleansing Conditioner in Tea Tree 32oz 
Since I used up a TON of stuff in July, I'll probably add some more items to the list in September. I have a few more things I'm hoping to get used up in August *fingas crossed*

Let's play!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Is It Really Worth It?

Another draft post just sitting from June of last year.

Ran across this article: Bookkeeper Stole $830K from Veterans Organization: Police 

Stuff like this pisses me OFF! You will eventually get CAUGHT! It's not worth it! And to not even THINK about the people you're impacting with your greediness! With the work that I do, I have access to cash, credit card numbers, so on and so forth. But it has NEVER crossed my mind to do something like the lady did in the article! I mean come on now.

I remember doing a paper in grad school about the squandering of funds that were supposed to go to HIV/AIDS initiatives in DC. It impacted the disease spreading more quickly in the city, people living in the city with HIV or AIDS struggling due to lack or resources and organizations who were truly about their missions and the people the served struggling to provide services. They truly needed the money to support their organizations. Again I was HOT like fire when I was doing my research.

I don't know why people cannot DO BETTER!

*ends rant*

Color Recommendations for Various Skin Tones

Going through my draft folder and I ran across this rant post. My feelings still hold true lol!

All the fashion/beauty mags and sites at some point do an article on the "best" whatever shades for various skin tones. Articles like these make my azz itch! I ran across Total Beauty's article on the "best nude" lipstick. For deeper skin tones they "recommend"  lipsticks with copper undertones or a hint of mauve. I've also seen other recommendations for dark brown or purple.

*insert strong side eye*

First of all there are different interpretations of  "nude" when  it comes to lip colors. You have your traditional nude, you have nude as in your actual lip color and then you have nude as far as your skin tone. But again this is my take on "nude".

Another one is recommendations for blush. For deeper skin tones they always say berry toned. Which is nice and I like berry toned blushes. But for some that may be too much and not suitable for everyday. This goes for other skin tones as well. I feel like they have the same color recommendation for everyone skin tone.

Guess what beauty editors, I can wear a pink blush that is suitable for my skin tone and not look crazy. I have several lip colors that are your "traditional nude" and they work just fine for me. How about you take the time and make actual and legitimate recommendations and stop trying to put everyone in a particular box.

*ends rant*

Monday, July 27, 2015

#ManicureMonday Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Pacific Blue

Back to our regularly scheduled program!

The polish that did not work for me last week was Sally Hansen's Mint Sorbet. Light/pastel shades are always hard for me to work with. They always seem to be milky and don't spread evenly on the nail. I don't recall not liking it but I hadn't worn it a while. Even with nail polish thinner, it still was hard to work with. I didn't like the end result and I think I changed my polish on Tuesday to Coral Reef which is a beautiful shade! So Mint Sorbet went in the trash.

This week we have the best blue nail polish of life! LIIIIIIFFFEEEEEEEEE!!!! I'm still bummed that Sally Hansen changed Pacific Blue. If you happen to find the original, do not hesitate. Just get it. Get it! This and another blue polish may come with me on my work trip. We shall see.

See next Monday (hopefully)!

Monday, July 20, 2015

July 2015 Top 5

So there isn't a Manicure Monday post. I didn't like what I painted on my nails. With a work trip coming next week, I decided to get this post up early. And I still wanted to get something up today since I've been posting on Mondays. I still have no clue what I'm taking makeup wise. I'm leaning towards the Urban Decay Smoked palette (not to be confused with the new Naked Smoky palette) and another palette I ordered over the weekend from Sedona Lace. Oye vey. is what I've been loving for the month.

Lancome Grandiose Mascara

I actually meant to mention this last month but forgot. I got this from HSN when there was a Today's Special that included their fragrance Tresor (Lancôme Trésor Eau de Parfum and Grandiose Mascara Set). I have not met a Lancome that I did not like. This one provides some serious length and curl to my lashes. I can get a nice lash look with one good coat. When I really build it up, it looks like I have on false lashes. The wand is pretty cool too. It's bent and you can get to every lash with ease. I've enjoyed having it in rotation.

Eyeko Visual Eyes Liquid Eyeliner Duo

I picked up this duo from HSN last month. When I ordered it was $14 and I said SOLD lol! The value was insane at $14 and now is it's $10! I'm tempted to order another set since I am enjoying them so much. That's $5 for each! That's better than drugstore pricing on brands like Revlon, L'Oreal, etc. I heard good things about these liners and I mainly got it for the brown liner (Mocha). The black (Ebony) is very nice. My favorite black liquid liner has been LORAC's Front of the Line Pro liquid liner. The brush tip of the Eyeko liner is a tad shorter which I like more so that LORAC's. I feel like I have more control. When I first used the brown it was ok but I wasn't wowed by it. My favorite brown liquid liner is by Smashbox. I gave it another go but then I remembered on the packaging it said shake before use. I couldn'r remember if I did the first time I used it. So one morning I shook it up. I mean really shook it up, applied it and was like hot damn here we go! LOL! It's a nice espresso brown shade which is my happy place for brown liners. So I think I can say I have found my new favorite liquid eye from Eyeko! Woot!

NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams

These have been on my wish list since forever. I don't know why it took me so long to try these out. I ordered 3 of these during the 40% off sale that Ulta had on NYX products. I picked up Prague, Copenhagen and Transylvania. I also picked up Monte Carlo over the weekend from Wegmans. I have only worn Prague and Copenhagen. Copenhagen is everything! I feel like these were the precursor to the current liquid lipstick craze. These are very nice. They have a pleasant smell, are easy to apply, not drying and have good staying power on the lips. They also re-apply nicely too. Sometimes when you re-apply a matte lip product it goes on weird. So if you don't want to spend a ton of money on a matte lip/liquid lipstick then check these out. Or you may want to wait and check out the liquid lipsticks due out by NYX. *sigh*. I've seen the swatches on Instagram and right now I'm not tempted by the colors. But that could change HA! I need more lip products like I need another hole in my head.

The Balm Read My Lips Lipgloss in Ka-Bang

This gloss reminds me on NYX's Spongecake lipgloss but I like this one a lot more. They both have shimmer but with Ka-Bang, I don't feel the shimmer. I also feel like Spongecake is sticky and felt weird on my lips as the day progressed with eating, drinking and talking. I don't have that problem with Ka-Bang. It's described as a medium bronze with gold shimmer. It's the perfect shade to throw on and not think about it, especially for spring/summer. I reached for it a lot this month. I picked it up with another gloss when The Balm was on Hautelook and I think it was 50% off.

elf Studio Blush Palette in Light

I mentioned the elf blush palette in dark back in January. I wasn't really checking for the palette in light but my friend was like you need to get it. It's been the main set of blushes that I have reached for this month. Even though it is intended for lighter complexions, I have not had any problem with them showing up on my skin. It's a nice shade selection for spring/summer. My feelings on the light version are still the same as the dark version. The shades are pigmented, easy to blend and are not chalky. If you're eyeing these, I highly recommend both palettes. Wait on a 50% off sale.

And there you have it. No surprise products for the month. On to August! Wow August! Really!?!??! The year is just flying by.

TTFN - ta ta for now!

Monday, July 13, 2015

#ManicureMonday Sally Hansen Violet Voltage, L'Oreal Lilac Coolers & Deborah Lippmann Happy Birthday

I went to exchange an item at Sephora yesterday. Since I was in some daylight, I snapped a picture of my nails. Today I'm wearing Violet Voltage from Sally Hansen's Xtreme Wear line. I have L'Oreal's Lilac Coolers and Deborah Lippmann's Happy Birthday as an accent nail on my ring fingers. I did the sandwich method since the L'Oreal polish a jelly polish. I digs it.

See you next Monday!

Monday, July 6, 2015

#ManicureMonday Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear The Real Teal

I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July. Today I'm wearing Sally Hansen's The Real Teal from the Xtreme Wear line. Every now and then an item will pop in my head. I thought about wearing this a couple of weeks ago but decided to wait. Of the Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear polishes I own, this is probably my second most used polish. This was a purchase inspired by my beauty pusher crystalis007. Here's a link to her blog post, if you want to see some better pics of the polish. I try lol. I have camera that I bought a while ago that I have never used. I keep saying I'm going to pull it out and play around with for blog pics. Let's see if I can make that happen.

See you next Monday!