Monday, May 25, 2015

#ManicureMonday China Glaze Sexy in the City & Point Me To The Party

Today I'm wearing China Glaze Sexy in the City and Point Me to the Party. Sexy in the City is a pretty bright frosty blue and I can't say no to a blue nail polish. This is my second time wearing it this month. Point Me to the Party caught my eye during an Ulta trip. It's part of their current summer collection with some fun bright neon colors. I'm trying to talk myself out of getting anything else from the collection. I didn't get Point Me to the Party when I first saw it. I said if I ended up back at Ulta, I would pick it up if it was still there. I picked up the last bottle in the display last week. It's an unusual glitter polish and I don't have anything similar.

So remember I said I wasn't going to buy anymore nail polishes unless it was something unique? Well that got shot to ish. Especially since I ended up buying EIGHT Cult Nail polishes. I got them mainly due to them going out of business and they were have a sale to get rid of their remaining inventory. I'm sad to see them go out of business. I haven't used the two Cult Nail polishes that I pulled out for this month. So I may carry them over to next month and use the other Cult Nail polishes that I have coming. We shall see.

Monday, May 18, 2015

#ManicureMonday - OPI Dulce de Leche & Strawberry Margarita

I'm going to try and post more of the nail polishes I use on my nails. A novel concept right? LOL! I used to post more nail pics but then I got kind of lazy. It happens. Manicure Monday is a hashtag I've seen floating around for a while now. Also one of my new favorite bloggers The Posh Blog posts her weekly nail polish looks. So I think it's doable for me to post one a week. We shall see. I'm wearing two OPI polishes I got from a recent HSN purchase. Here we have Dulce de Leche and Strawberry Margarita. Both are very pretty. OPI has some really nice nude polishes. Several others have caught my eye but I'm trying to be good and not get them. Whenever I find the time to get a pedicure, I'm going to take Strawberry Margarita with me for my toes.

I swear I can't say no to the sets OPI brings to HSN. They're always a great deal. These are from the OPI Greats Lacquer and Nail Care Set. It was a Today's Special that was $39.95. The Nail Envy alone is $17.50. See what I mean about a great deal? I passed two of the nail colors and a couple of the other items along to a friend, since I already have them from a previous set. Even with what I kept, the set was still a good value. OPI is becoming my favorite nail polish brand. I've always liked their polishes but I've been really enjoying them more so within the last year. If you're an OPI, then you should definitely keep an eye out for the next time they're on HSN.

See you next Monday!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Book Lovin - The Time Has Come

Some earlier pics from when I started purging my print books.

I think I'm ready to do my FINAL purge of print books. I was talking to friend earlier this week and she talked about making the transition from print to ebook for some of her books. So you know it got me the thinking again about my book mess.  I went on Amazon to see if I could return 2 print books from a series that I'm reading, but I'm past the return period *sigh*.  I've talked about my "dilemma"/issues with print books vs ebooks back in July 2013. I'm revisiting it again since I'm still in my declutter/lightweight minimalism phase.

This whole thing is taking up a good chunk of my mental space. So I think over Memorial Day weekend I'm going to tackle what I'm hoping to be my final print book purge. Then I'll see what's what from series and authors that I've slacked on and go from there. I probably will make some good old fashion lists in a notebook I have.

My friend also mentioned that she misses the reader that she used to be and I was like YESSSSSS!!!! Ugh! There were months that I would read like 10-15 books like it was nothing. Reading was fun and not a chore like it is now. It was also a release, form of relaxation, an escape from the day to day grind, so on and so forth. So I just gotta be serious and have a come to Jesus meeting with the print books that I haven't read. Deep down I know that I will probably never get into them. Then I'll tackle the ones I've read once and have no desire to read them again. Shoot they're taking up space for the GOOD stuff. That's prime real estate...ha!

This whole thing makes me want to bang my head against the wall repeatedly! :D But it must be done!

*ends ramble* :D

TTFN - Ta ta for now!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Product Play May 2015

Happy May!

Back from the west coast and tired as all get out. I kind lost my mind after my no buy lol. I picked up somethings here and there. Now I'm kinda putting myself on another no buy until my birthday. Keyword being kinda *shifty eyes*. I have my eye on some stuff that's limited edition. So you know how that goes with some brands. You can't wait too long on it or it'll be gone. But I'm hoping that I lose interest in what's currently in my Sephora cart. One can only hope...HA! is what I'm playing around with this month!

Palette Play

I was watching a video on new the Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye palette and the Balm's Meet Matte Nude palette popped in my head. It's not an exact dupe but similar in that it's a all matte neutral palette of sorts. I kind of want the Kat Von D palette but then again I don't NEED it. I'll have to look at it again in store. With the warmer weather upon us, I want to play around with some brighter lippies and the Meet Matte Nude palette is great for keeping the eyes simple. But you definitely can go dramatic with this palette as well. The Balm is currently on sale on Hautelook until Tuesday. This palette is part of the sale. I picked up their eye primer and two lip glosses since I had a credit on my account.

Now on the opposite end of the spectrum, I pulled Mally's I Love Color palette. Again it's that time of the year for some brighter and fun colors. I have another colorful palette in mind for next month. The colors in the palette aren't super crazy and are wearable enough for everyday. Well they are for me and my day to day activities including work.

Alsooooo...I hinted about this palette in my April Top 5 post. I picked up the Laura Mercier Eye Art Artist's palette that came out during the holidays in 2013. It was re-released on Sephora's website. Then I heard that it was popping up in stores. I have the palette from 2012 and love it. I had wanted this one but I didn't get it at the time. So when I saw that it was back, I said I'm getting it this time. Luckily I saved a few dollars on it during the Spring Beauty Insider sale. I used it before I left for San Diego a few times and took it with me for the week. I LOVE IT! I'm going to keep it in reach this month to use along with the other two palettes. This might show up in my May Top 5 post. If you've had your eye on this palette, get it. Just get it. It's expensive but it's worth the price.

I also didn't touch the Lancome palette and Bobbi Brown quad from last month. So I'll keep them out too.

Polish Play

Top: Chanel Black Pearl, Chanel Holiday, Cult Nails Time Traveler, Cult Nails Seduction, Bobbi Brown Turquoise, Bobbi Brown Twilight
Middle: OPI Hello Hawaii Ya?, 7th Inning Strrretch, China Glaze Sexy in the City, China Glaze Oxygen, China Princess Grace
Bottom: Funky Fingers Bling Dipper, Funky Fingers Pep Rally, Funky Fingers I <3 U
I had no clue what to pull out for this month. I went to put away my Butter London polishes and stumbled across the polishes I have from Chanel, Bobbi Brown and Cult Nails and said why not *shrugs*. Thhhheeeen I went to Sally's to use a 15% off coupon that expired at the end of April and I also had a gift card. So these were kinda "free". Right? :D I knew I wanted to get OPI's Hello Hawaii Ya? from a recent collection. Then I spotted another OPI polish and some China Glaze polishes on sale. They China Glaze polishes were on a buy two, get one free promo that included sale polishes. I've played around with some of them and wanted to play around some more with them. Then I got some more Funky Fingers glitter polishes from Five Below. Jeez! Didn't I say that I wasn't going to buy more nail polish! Oye! But I didn't avoid Zoya's recent Earth Day sale. So I guess that counts for something.

Out of My Face

I finally used up the Elasta QP hair moisturizer from February. Woot! I'm not adding anything new to the list since I'm still working through previous items *sigh*. The struggles of a beauty junkie HA!

And now play time!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

April 2015 Top 5

A hodgepodge of favorites this month. This is kind of early but I wanted to get this up before my work trip. So let's get to it!

Balsamic Vinegar & Basil Triscuits

I randomly stumbled across these in Safeway and I have purchased several boxes since lol! This flavor pairing sounded interesting.  I usually stick with the regular Triscuits and eat them on their own or with hummus. They're so good! Glad I took a chance on them.

belVita Breakfast Biscuits

I've eaten these off and on for a while. Recently I have been enjoying them more so for some reason. I eat these mainly at work with my coffee. Sometimes I'll eat a bowl of cereal or oatmeal later in the morning. Other times I'll just eat these and they do keep me full through lunchtime. I've also noticed that by dinner time, I am not as hungry as I typically am when I get home. Which I think has helped me not overeat at dinner. I also like the soft baked ones.

Essie Marshmallow and Zoya Monet

A random pairing that I did one evening when I painted my nails. I ended up really liking  these two polishes together. This just may be my go to nail look for the summer. It's light and festive. I'm telling you, Monet is a serious front runner for my 2015 favorite nail polish.

LORAC Pro to Go palette

I've had this palette for a good while now. I've used it here and there but never really USED it. So I played around with it this month and enjoyed using it. I was planning to take it with me to San Diego for work. I picked up another palette during the spring Beauty Insider sale that I plan on taking instead. It might show up in a post in May. This palette was so easy to use. The shadows are pigmented and easy to blend. This is a good everyday/don't think about it palette. It can easily take you from day to night. The LORAC Pro 2 palette has popped in and out of my want list. I may look into when I get my $10 off birthday coupon from Ulta. I enjoyed the blushes and the bronzer I used as an eyeshadow. If you're curious about LORAC shadows then this palette is a good place to start.

Olay Foaming Face Wash Combination/Oily

I can't remember if I have mentioned this in a favorites post or not. This is the best cleanser that I have used hands down. I'm not saying this because it's inexpensive. I'm saying it because it's that good. It's on the level with the L'Oreal Youth Code Texture Perfector Serum for me. When I crack open a new tube, I go and purchase another one since I don't want to be without it. This was a random purchase last year. It got put to the test last summer when I had a lot of travel going on and I only want to travel with one cleanser. I mainly use it in the evening when I remove my makeup but it's awesome to use in the morning too. It gets my face clean, my face doesn't feel stripped and my skin feels so doggone soft! I've been reading various articles about cleansers and most say that you don't have to spend a lot of money on a good cleanser. Especially since cleansers don't stay on your face long. If you're looking for a cleanser try this! There's also a sensitive version as well.

Short and sweet! On to June!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Foundation Overload!

Ok I don't know how this happened! Oye. As I mentioned in my recent no buy post, foundation (including BB and CC creams) isn't something that I go crazy buying. If I find something I like then I stick with it. Don't know when I started deviating from that. The recent additions have been from the drugstore which is a good thing since I was able to use coupons and catch deals. Still there's a lot going on.

It's not the best pic but here is my current foundation collection. I also threw in the various concealers I have too for giggles.

First row: Tarte Marcuja Miracle Foundcealer, Black Radiance Color Perfect Oil Free Liquid Makeup, Covergirl Queen All Day Flawless Foundation, Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation

Second Row: Black Radiance BB Cream, Covergirl Queen CC Cream, Bare Minerals Blemish Ready Foundation, Bare Minerals Matte Foundation

Third Row: Bobbi Brown Face Touch Up Palette, Mally Age Rebel Nourishing Concealer, Black Radiance True Complexion Under Eye Corrector & Concealer, Bare Minerals Stroke of Light, The Balm Time Balm Concealer, NYX Above & Beyond Full Coverage Concealer, Black Up Concealer Palette | Magic Quad, It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye

Lawd this is a lot of stuff!  It helps to actually SEE everything. Some I purchased, some I won in giveaways and some were gifted to me. I did forget to pull out Bobbi Brown's Touch Up Stick and Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue *head palm*. If I had to pick a top 3 from what I currently have it would be the Bare Minerals Matte foundation, Covergirl All Day Flawless foundation and the Black Radiance BB Cream. There are a couple high end ones that I might try this year. Keyword being might *sigh* LOL! But looking at the picture again, I need to have multiple seats!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

No Buy Success!

I did it woohoo! *two step*

For Lent, I went on a makeup no buy. I didn't say anything because I had already received some not so supportive comments from some who probably thought they were "joking" with me,but that's not how I took it. So I decided to keep it to myself and talk about when I was done.

It was really broad at first but then I was like no, if you're going to do this you need to be specific! So basically Skincare, hair care and tools like brushes weren't included. I did pick up a few eye primers and color tattoos to try out as primers since I am still have issues with my eye looks lasting. Which I am very annoyed by *sigh*. So mainly color products like lippies, nail polish, blush, and single eyeshadows and eyeshadow palettes were included. I also included foundations including BB creams, tinted moisturizers, etc. since I had picked up quite a few in the last month or so. I almost caved and ordered the new Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless foundation just a few days before Lent was over. Phew!

 I was really put to the test when Lancome had an AWESOME Today's Special which of course was a good deal. I had it in my cart before I left work but then I forgot about it. When I got home, I looked at it again and then I was like NO! You're on a no buy and pretty or not, you don't need it! So I did not order it. During this time I did some reorganizing of my stash and future "planning".  This always helps put your beauty buying habits into perspective lol.

Going forward I'm going to continue with a no buy in some areas and a "low" buy in others. Here's my thought process for certain "beauty areas".
  • Nail polishes - I am going to continue my no buy for nail polishes. I've had my eye on ones here and there. But honestly I'm sure I have something similar already in my nail polish stash. It'll have to be something pretty unique to make me buy. I reorganized my nail polishes too and everything fits. So I really don't have room for anything new.
  • Lippies - Same goes with lippies. I do have my eye on some of the new NYX lippies but I'm waiting to see if Ulta does a 40% off sale. I also have my eye on some items from Colour Pop and Coloured Raine. But again we'll see and I will definitely compare colors with what I already have in my stash too.
  • Blush - I don't really have my eye on any blushes except one from MAC in Coygirl that's discontinued. I found a seller on eBay but it sold. So I'll probably forget about it now. I have poked around on Colour Pop's website looking at the blushes that they launched not too long ago and there's maybe one from Tarte I may pick up.
  • Highlighters -  I have been looking at several highlighters from Becca and The Balm. So we'll see if any of those come home with me. I was never really all that into highlighters. Don't know what has changed. But I have a nice stash of them so far. I'm going to sound like a broken record, but it'll have to be something unique for me to pick up any additional highlighters.
  • Eyeshadows....*sigh* I think I'm eyeshdaow palette out. Shocking I know. I've eyed a few here and there but I'm not really wowed by anything. After a while they all start looking similar. The MAC 15 palettes have caught my eye, but I really don't feel like shelling out $85. One from Laura Mercier that I wanted is back on Sephora's website. If I get it, it may be my last palette purchase for a while. I've been looking more so at single shadows from L'Oreal and Jane Cosmetics. Again waiting to see what kinds of deals I can score from Ulta. I've also eyed some from Colour Pop. It's funny how now I'm shifting towards single shadows when I have always been about palettes other than Bare Minerals loose shadows.
  • Foundations - I have never been a foundation junkie. I have picked up a few along with BB and CC creams. I have found ones that I really like and will stick with those. I was thinking about checking out some higher end ones but now I'm like what for??!!
  • Mascaras - I am going to try some past favorites from the drugstores again and try to narrow down maybe my top 2 or 3. I don't plan to purchase any high end mascaras unless they come in a kit or come together in a bundle for a good deal. QVC does a lot of mascara bundles around the holidays.
  • Brushes - I have gone a little brush crazy on and off since Christmas but that's slowing down. The only brand that I'm hype about is Real Techniques. So I'll keep an eye on what they come out with and scoop sales from Ulta. I'm also still a fan on Bare Minerals brushes and have my eye on two but now I'm leaning towards not getting them. I was also debating on checking out the IT Cosmetics brush line at Ulta but I'm leaning towards not even bothering with that either.
  • Hair Products - I have A LOT going on under my bathroom sink *covers eyes*. So I'm definitely in use up mode for hair stuff and only replenish what I need. Plus I won a giveaway with some hair products from the Amla Legend line by Optimum Care! I've used all the items a couple of times and so far so good. They may show up in a post. I'm also trying to decide what I'm going to do going forward in terms of future Wen purchases. There are a few products from Shea Moisture I want to try but it's not like I have to get them right now. So they'll be on the list for a future purchase once I use some products up.
  • Skincare Products - Similar to hair products, I don't need any additional skincare. I like the regimen that I have right now and I'm going to stick with it. I've picked up a couple of new scrubs from St. Ives and another mask from Freeman Beauty. So I really don't need anything else. Luckily I stocked on various products during sales. So I'll only to replenish the L'Oreal Youth Code Texture Perfector Serum since that's the item that I use up the fastest. I have my eye on a cleanser I may try when it comes back it stock online. I almost caved on some Paula's Choice products towards the end of March. Then I was like bish if you do not get off this website!!!
I think that's it lol. But course it's subject to change. It's all an ongoing process. I just have to program it in my brain that I already have something I like and works,especially when it comes to everyday "basics" like primer, foundation, cleansers, etc. So stick with those items and stop looking at others!

In addition to the no buy, I also read the "ReThink Life: 40 Day Devotional" which I really enjoyed as well.

Ok enough rambling.

I hope everyone has a Happy Easter. If you don't celebrate Easter then Happy Sunday fun day!

TTFN - Ta ta for now!