Monday, March 27, 2017

#ManicureMonday Essie Angora Cardi & China Glaze Beach it Up


Hellllooooooo!

Here we are. Another Monday on deck. Traffic this morning was THEEEEE worst! I swear one day, I'm going to just turn around and go back home! I definitely need a shorter commute or the ability to telework.

Ok enough adulting ranting. Let's talk about some nail polish.



Today I'm wearing Essie's Angora Cardi. This is the polish that I mentioned in my March Shop My Stash post that was all the rage recently. It was their #1 most pinned shade for fall 2016 on Pinterest. It's supposed to look go on any skin tone. It's described as a lush, deep dusty rose polish. This is my second time wearing it and I really do like it. This may be one of my go to nail polishes for work travel. As an accent nail I am wearing Beach it Up by China Glaze. I picked this up yesterday at Sally Beauty. I always troll the nail polish displays whenever I pop in there. It is from their 2017 Spring Fling collection. It described as a dense rose gold and copper glitter in clear base. I like it. I want to see if I'll like it as a full mani. Stay tuned for that.

Now let the rest of Monday proceed. -______-

TTFN - ta ta for now!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

March 2017 Shop My Stash


Here's an update to my February Top 5 post. I decided to return the Mally Eyes on You 4-Piece Collection that included the Ageless Eyes V.2 Eyeshadow Palette. After looking at it some more, it is very very similar to her Nude Attitude palette which I do own. Also I forgot to mention that I did experience fallout with the lighter shimmer shades which didn't bother me a whole lot. The Ageless Eyes palette is still a favorite for the month. It's just not a keeper in my collection.

Ok now on to March! Here is what I'm playing around with for the month.

Shadow Play


More new brands on deck! I picked up two Makeup Revolution palettes from Ulta. I have done some serious damage at Ulta recently. Oy vey. I came across the Ultra Eye Contour palette (left) and I was like ok this is a dupe for the Kat Von D Shade & Light Palette! I also picked up the New-trals vs Neutrals palette (right). I was poking around on Ulta's website (trouble trouble!!) and came across the You Had Me Aloha palette by Cargo (top) The colors spoke to me but I went back and forth on purchasing it because I do not need anymore palettes! Guuuhh!!! But as you clearly can see I caved. Let;s see if these are keepers.

Polish Play


For nail polishes this month, I pulled out some of the higher end nail polishes I have from Bobbi Brown (Twilight and Turquoise), Dior (Amazonia), Dolce & Gabbana (Mint) and Chanel (Black Pearl). I also pulled a couple from Sally Hansen (Spark in the Dark and Bare Hug) and one from Essie (Angora Cardi) that was all the rage this past Fall. I can't remember who did the post, but the claim was that this nail polish looks good on any skin tone. From there it was sold out everywhere. I recently just go my hands on it from Ulta. Sorry for the lack of nail posts. My nails have taken a beating. I've been trying to get them back in shape and they seem to be on the mend. So hopefully there will be more nail posts this month.

Fragrance Play


I mentioned Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Sucre Eau de Parfum in my February Top 5 post. So of course I still want to play around with it some more. Cashmere Glow from Bath & Body Works is back. I also have the shower gel and body cream. Come the end of the month whatever I use up is what I use up. I'm ready to be done with this scent. Another new scent I recently picked up is La Nuit by Lancome. I've only worn it twice. So I need to give a good go to see if I'm going to keep it, Isn't the bottle pretty? Lancome is becoming another favorite for fragrance.

And here we go!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

February 2017 Top 5


Hey. Hey there. How ya doing? Here's my top 5 for February!



Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Sucre Eau de Parfum

Juicy Couture is becoming one of my new favorite brands for fragrance. I got this from HSN when it was at an event price and free shipping. I have two other Viva La Juicy scents (Viva La Juicy and Viva La Juicy Rose). What sold me on this one was the fragrance notes. They are:
Top: Brazilian gardenia, mandarin and red currant
Mid: Orange flower, jasmine flower, peach nectar and almond cream
Base: Cocoa bean, sandalwood, whipped cream and vanilla extract
They base note alone caught my attention. I'm a fan of sweet scents but not overly sweet and look at the bottle! Could this be any cuter. When I got it home I wore for a week straight and I LOVE IT! It's a fun and flirty scent. Next time you're out and and about, give this a whiff.

NYX Sweet Cheeks Blush Palette

I scooped this up from Ulta. Did I need more blush? Of course not but hey lol! I've been a fan of NYX powder blushes in the past. This palette is really nice and I like the shade selection. With some blush palettes, there are shades that are similar to each other. With this palette each shade is something different. Two of the lighter shimmery blushes I used as highlighters. The other blushes and nicely pigmented and show up nicely on my deeper skin tone. This palette will definitely come in handy for travel. Now I'm curious about the Strobe of Genius palette. Stay tuned to see if I pick it up. I probably will. *shifty eyes*

Origins Mask Out of Trouble 10 Minute Mask to Rescue Problem Skin

Two YouTubers I watch with a similar skin type as me (Nicole Guerriero and Kristina Braly) said that this mask had really helped their skin. So I was curious. I've looked at Origins skincare off and on but have never picked anything up. I made an exchange at Sephora and picked this up. When I put it on my skin, I said oh! I lik the smell lol. I'm weird and like minty/menthol smells. The scent is kind of soothing to me. Again I'm weird. It was easily to apply and rinse off. I can't stand masks that hard to put on and take forever to remove. When I removed it my skin felt soft and "looked" clean and bright. By that I mean, it brought all the gunk out of my skin. The next morning my skin looked even better. I used it a few more times just to make sure and had the same results. So I think I have found a mask to keep in my routine for when my skin starts acting up.

Mally's Ageless Eyes V.2 Eyeshadow Palette

I mentioned this palette in my February Shop My Stash post. I kept reaching for this palette during the month. It's a complete palette. I didn't have to pull in any additional shades to do an eye look. The dark matte brown is fantastic. The palette also has a matte black. Overall it's  neutral palette with some subtle pops of color. You can do a nice simple look or a dark and smoky look. The shadow quality is on par with Mally's other palettes I have tried. If you're looking for a new palette to play around with then check this one out.

Mally's More is More Mascara

A friend was nice enough to send me this mascara. I had seen it on QVC but really wasn't moved to try it since I'm stuck on Tarte mascaras. This mascara claims to give you the look of false lashes and I love it! The applicator is plastic and I tend to like plastic applicators more so than your traditional mascara wands. This mascara gives me length, volume and curl. It doesn't smudge on me and it's easy to remove. So score!

Sorry for the so so photos *head palm*. I have another camera I keep meaning to test out. I'll try to give it a go for the next go round. On to March!

Bag of the Moment - Vince Camuto "Cecil" Leather Slouchy Shoulder Bag


Hellllloooooo!


Let's talk about the Vince Camuto "Cecil" Leather Slouchy Shoulder Bag that I picked this bag up from HSN. I had my eye on this bag when it was a Today's Special but I couldn't makeup my mind about it. I saved it to my favorite items list. The favorite items list alerts you when something goes on sale, sells out, comes back in stock etc. I got an alert that the bag was on sale and I saw that it was on free shipping. Since I have been clearing out my bags, I noticed that I didn't have a go to black bag. So I ordered the Cecil bag in black to give it a whirl and I have really been enjoying it. It's a nice size for everyday. You can get a lot of stuff in the bag but it doesn't become too bulky. Also for a leather bag, it is lightweight with no items in it which is a plus. You don't want to start out with a heavy bag then add your stuff then it becomes super heavy. If you looking for a good hobo bag then check this one out. I was tempted to get another color but then one I was eyeing is sold out. So I think I'm good with just the black. See I'm making progress.

TTFN - ta ta for now!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Jan/Feb 2017 Out of My Face



Helllllloooo and happy March! I can't believe it's March already! Life is still in progress but things are kind of getting back to normal. I have a few posts that I want to get up. So let start with some empties shall we? We shall!

Here is what I've used up in January and February:
  • Vaseline Cocoa Butter
  • One n Only Argan Oil
  • philosophy Falling in Love Spray Fragrance 4oz
  • Proclaim Cocoa & Shea Butter Hand & Body Lotion 3oz
  • Silk Elements Shea Butter with Olive Oil Hand Cream 3oz
  • Fresh Cream Glazed Body Souffle 16 oz
  • Duri Rejuvacote
  • Serious Skincare Ultra-Mare Pure Marine Serum Concentrate
  • Skindinavia The Makeup Finishing Spray Oil Control
  • Skinfix Ultra Rich Hand Cream
  • Beaute Essentielle Antioxidant Facial Wipes in Pomegranate Acai
  • Serious Skincare Pure Pep Fading Fluid
  • Serious Skincare Dermal Crepe Resist Eye Cream
  • philosophy Take a Deep Breath SPF 30 Oil-Free Oxygen Moisturizer
  • Wen Fall Ginger Pumpkin Treatment Oil
  • Ween Fall Ginger Pumpkin Replenishing Treatment Mist
I came across the Beaute Essentielle Antioxidant Facial Wipes in Pomegranate Acai at TJ Maxx. They were $3.99 for 60 wipes. At first I thought they were just ok. The more I used them, the more I grew to like them. They are a nice size to remove makeup. They're not harsh feeling and nicely saturated. I also picked up another version that's next on my list to use. There were a TON of different facial wipes at the one TJ Maxx store I went to and the prices were very good compared to the drugstore, Ulta, etc. If you need to stock up on some wipes, I say check TJ Maxx or Marshalls. I think the philosophy Take a Deep Breath Moisturizer is a good one for the daytime. It didn't interfere with my makeup and it didn't make my skin extra oily. I would definitely repurchase it. I've purchased "fancy" balms, butters and what not but when I went back to using Vaseline Cocoa Butter on my feet, back and other places that needed a little extra attention, I said to myself yep I'm sticking with this. It gets the job done and you can't beat the price. Not too shabby these last two months in trying to use stuff up. I lost my mind in February and picked up a bunch of stuff here and there. So yea I have MORE stuff to try and use up. Oy vey lol!

Let's see what I use up next!

Monday, February 6, 2017

February 2017 Shop My Stash


Hello February! I really didn't know what I wanted to play around with for the month. But then I got some new stuff and rediscovered some nail polishes. So here's what I picked out.

Eyeshadow Play (and a bonus cheek palette)


I had no clue on what eyeshadows I wanted to play around with for the month. I thought about playing around with my Milani single eyeshadows. Then I debated between a couple of palettes. My makeup play is still limited so I've been kind of uninspired. I've placed some orders and I have some newness which includes 3 palettes! *twirls*  I ordered the Mally Eyes on You 4-Piece Collection from QVC and the set included the Ageless Eyes vol 2 palette. This palette kind of reminds me of the LORAC Mega Pro 3 palette. From Ulta I ordered the Perfect Filter Shadow Palette in Golden Hour. I also go the Sweet Cheeks Blush Palette. Then finally I got the Urban Decay Full Spectrum palette mainly because it was on sale lol!

Polish Play

First I pulled Very Structured from Essie's Fall 2011 collection. Then I pulled out the rest and then I randomly grabbed other nail polishes. I'm still attempting to clear nail polishes out. -_______-

Very Structured, Glamour Purse, Case Study, Power Clutch, Lady Like, Carry On

Urban Decay Mrs. Mia Wallace, Ozotic 505, Covergril Emerald Blaze, Bondi Midnight Mystery, Bondi Starry Night

Fragrance Play


For fragrance I am going to play around with Wen's 613 and Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy.

A nice mix of products. I feel like these posts are becoming redundant. We'll see if I stick to them or try to change them up a bit.

Less Stuff - ThredUp Review



As of today I have sent 5 clean out bags to thredUp. Over all I have been pleased with my experience. I will say if you're looking for quick cash then thredUp may not be for you. It does take some time for them to go through your items and determined what the payout will be. There is one caveat I didn't know until after I sent off my first clean out bag.

For items under $60 you get a pay out. For items over $60 they are considered consignment items and you get paid when and if the items sells. I did not notice this when I first looked at thredUP.  I saw this when I looked at the post "How I Made Over $3000 Selling my Clothes and Accessories Online". When I saw that I was like say what now!?! Had I saw that beforehand I'm not sure if I would have sent my items. But then again I knew that I probably wouldn't get much for what I sent. I just wanted the items out of my closet. So I was a little annoyed by this fact but they are doing most of the work that I don't want to do (ie selling items on eBay or similar site). Also funds are not available as soon as a item sells. You can use the money as a credit to shop with them immediately. If you want the pay out, you have to wait 14 days.

Most of the complaints I saw from various reviews is that people felt that thredUp didn't get them "enough" for their upfront payment items. Especially for items that they perceived as "high end" or "really nice" items. I just shook my head at them. Of course you will receive more for your items if they are new and still have the tags on them. However in general used clothing is not worthy a lot. There is a payment estimator on their site that gives you a general rage of what you'll receive. The condition of the item plays a factor. Also you can do your own research. I think on the Salvation Army website I saw an estimator for clothing donations and what to write it off for tax purposes. The amounts were not much. Generally when I have donated clothes I never wrote them off because it was too much of hassle to price everything and I knew it wouldn't be a lot of money. You can also donate your items to thredUP but they don't provide tax receipts. For me thredUp has been helpful in getting rid of handbags and getting a little something for them.

So do your research and consider your options before sending items to thredUp or any other similar site.

TTFN - ta ta for now!