Monday, May 23, 2016

#ManicureMonday Formula X Sexy as Hell #ColorCurators



Happy Monday!

I have one question. Where is Spring!?!?! Another rainy and gloomy Monday here *sigh*. The sun needs to stop playing these games!

Today I'm wearing Sexy as Hell from Ashley Graham's Formula X collection. It's described as a vibrant pinkish red. I am wearing two coats. I'm so so when it come to red nail polishes.  I think this is doable for me since it is a pinky red.

See you next Monday!

Monday, May 16, 2016

#ManicureMonday Formula X 36DDD #ColorCurators



Happy Monday!

Today I'm wearing 36DDD from Ashley Graham's Formula X collection. It's described as a pastel peachy coral. I'm wearing two coats. The color is a bit washed out in the pic. I wasn't sure I would like this shade but I'm digging it.

See you next Monday!

Monday, May 9, 2016

#ManicureMonday Essie Strut Your Stuff & Zoya Dream


Happy Monday!

It's been cloudy and dreary here for the past week. So a bright nail polish is in order.


This is the nail combo I mentioned in my April Top 5 & More post. Essie's Strut Your Stuff is blue just pops and I quite enjoy wearing it. Zoya's Dream pairs with it nicely for some balance. Maybe I'll do a post on my favorite bright nail polishes. We shall see.

See you next Monday!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

May 2016 Shop My Stash



This month is going to be interesting because I am going to attempt a no buy. Keyword being attempt. I tried back in March and failed miserably. So May it is! Or at least I hope. Plus I ordered a bunch of stuff at the end of April, so the beauty beast should be soothed for a while. My hope is to carry it over into June or more so a "low buy". Ok enough rambling. Here's what I'm playing around with this month.

Palette Play


I was drawing a blank on what palette to play around with then the Naked 3 palette popped in my head. I haven't used it in a while. I'm may use some Bare Mineral Ready eyeshadows for a week. I want to see if I like the looks for work travel.

Polish Play


I delayed this post to show these polishes lol! I was on YouTube and saw a video for the new Formula X #ColorCurators collection with Ashley Graham! I wasted no time ordering these from Sephora. I've been following her on social media for a while and I heart her. So I jumped on picking up these 3 polishes to support her. The shades are 36DDD (pastel peachy coral), Sexy as Hell (vibrant pinkish red) and #beautybeyondsize (bold berry magenta). These are the first full size Formula X polishes that I have paid full price for. Usually I scoop them on sale but these are only around for the month of May. So if you're interested in them, don't wait to pick them up.

Fragrance Play


For fragrance, I didn't know what I wanted to use. I decided to reach for Bath & Body Works Be Joyful. The key notes in Be Joyful are: Sparkling Clementine Golden Mango, Frosted Jasmine, Winter Melon and Shimmering Sugar. I'll probably play around with some other Bath & Bath Works to see if they're staying in my fragrance stash or moving on. Note to self, stay away from the Bath & Body Works Semi-Annual sales! Only thing I'm getting from their sales going forward is hand soaps and possibly replenish items for Amber Blush and Cashmere Glow when they are back in store.

Out of My Face

Here's is what I used up in April:
  • Serious Skincare A Force XR Retinol Serum Concentrate 
  • Ashea Shea Butter Pomade
  • Covergirl Clump Crusher Mascara
  • Josie Maran Dvine Drip Honey Butter Balm in Pure Honey
  • Serious Skincare Creamerum Eye Evolve
  • Philosophy Orange Cocoa Cream Shower Gel
  • L'Oreal Brow Stylist Plumper Brow Gel Mascara in Transparent
  • Bare Minerals Moxie Gloss in Rebel
Play time go!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

April 2016 Top 5 & More!


I'm still quite tired form my work trip. So let's see if I can keep this short and sweet *insert side eye*

Top 5


Mally Ultimate Nude Palette

I had a 20% off Ulta coupon and decided to scoop this up. This is a really nice palette. The palette is broken down into 3 quads and 6 duos which I think is pretty cool, if you need some guidance on how to use it or just some inspiration. The shades are pigmented and easy to blend. The brush that's included is nice as well. I was going to travel with this palette but I took some Tarte shadows instead. But I can see this coming along with me on my next work trip.

MAC Dej Loaf Lipglass

This is a more recent purchase and I knew it would be an instant favorite. The color is described as a caramel-tinged gloss. It's a very pretty nude for my skin tone. Something told me to order two. I went back the other day to scoop another one and it's sold out! *head palm*. It's only available online through their website. I'm hoping they bring it back.

Essie Strut Your Stuff

I scooped this from Ulta's website for 99 cents! It's a very pretty vibrant blue shade. I tried snapping a pic when I wore it with Zoya's Dream but it didn't come out on right. It's on my list for a post. So stay tuned.

Philosophy Lemon Custard 

This scent is new to me and is a new fast favorite among philosophy girls. I used it before my work trip and ended up taking it with me. The lemon scent is not overpowering, It's a quick zest of lemon. The custard component helps balance the lemon and gives a smooth and creamy feel and scent. Now I want to try the glazed body souffle.

Bobbi Brown Blush Palette

This is a palette that I put together. You can purchase empty palettes from Bobbi Brown and pop in her eyeshadows and blushes. I have Apricot, Plum, Desert Pink and Washed Rose. I hadn't reached for this in a while and debated on what blushes to take with me on my work trip. I instantly thought of this palette. It is a good mix of shades for various looks. I used Desert Pink and Plum the most and I used Washed Rose as a highlight. After looking at this palette some more, I decided to get rid of the two elf blush palettes I had. I hadn't reached for them in while and I enjoy my Bobbi Brown blush palette more so than both elf palettes.

Yays!


IT Cosmetics Your Bye Bye Breakthroughs 5-pc Anti Aging Collection

I really wasn't checking for this when it was a TSV on QVC.  The set includes:
  • Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination Full Coverage Anti-Aging Concealer
  • Bye Bye Pores Blush Poreless Finish Airbrush Brightening Blush in Naturally Pretty
  • Bye Bye Pores Pressed Silk Airbrush Poreless Finishing Powder
  • Bye Bye Makeup 3-in-1 Makeup Melting Cleansing Balm
  • Heavenly Skin Bye Bye Pores Powder Brush
A friend who got this set sent to her, had already given me the finishing powder because she already had it. The blush, brush and cleansing balm sealed the deal for me lol. I like all the pieces in this set. The concealer is one that I have to work with just a tad more than some of my other go to concealers but I still like it. The blush is a very pretty pink shade that is good for everyday and it does show up on my deeper skin tone. The cleansing balm is really good and gets everything off. The brush is freaking fantastic! I'm glad I scooped this set up. I did do auto delivery for some odd reason. Future shipment only come with 4 pieces (minus the brush). Everything else is the same. It would have been nice if they blush color was different. I've skipped my next shipment that was in July. We'll see if I stay on auto delivery.

Milani Moisture Lock Oil Infused Lip Treatment

I picked these up during two separate trips to CVS. They are also available on Milani's website. My friend had mentioned that she like them and I said why not. I picked up 01 Moisturizing Almond Coco and 04 Conditioning Grapeseed. I guess these are a drugstore take on the Yves Saint Laurent Volupté Tint-In-Oil. I've never tried the Yves Saint Laurent ones. They are $32 each. No thank you. At first,, the Milani ones are a product I use in the evening after I wash my face and want to put something on my lips. Now I reach for them whenever. I don't use them in the morning to moisturize my lips before apply a lip product. They smell nice, they don't have a color like a gloss and they feel nice on the lips. The applicator is kinda big but it doesn't bother me. I'm going to hold off trying some of the other formulas until I use the two I have up.

Tarte Tartelette Tease Palette

When I saw first saw this palette, I said yea I'm not getting this. It's so small and doesn't look like much. Well I scooped it up during Spring VIB sale at Sephora. I took it with me on my work trip and this little joker is amaze balls. You can do quite a few looks with just these six shades. It's smells good and the shadows are pigmented and easy to blend. I was surprised how much I like it. So I'm glad I got it. I can see this coming with me on other trips.

Boos!


Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette

*clutches chest* When I saw this palette, I was sooooo HYPE about it. Even before all the "real hype" set in. This joker was sold out everywhere. I ordered it from HSN and even that was a hot mess and I never have problems ordering from HSN. When I finally got it, I didn't use it at first. I hadn't really played around with the Tarte palettes I pulled out for April. I took the palette home on a Friday. I went to use it Monday morning. I literally stared at this palette and NOTHING! I could not figure out what to do with it. The more I looked at it, the colors did not move me. As I continued looking that the shades, I was like I already have similar shades. The Nubian palette from Juvia Place that I just mention in my Palette Madness post is BOMB and half the price. ANNNNDDD some of the shades do look similar to ones in the previous chocolate palettes. I'm kinda bummed about this since I've enjoyed the 3 chocolate palettes from Too Faced. But not bummed to keep it since this joker is $50. It's not worth the price and you can dupe it easily. As you can tell from the pic, I didn't even finger swatch any of the shades and I only dipped a brush into one shade. So back to HSN it went.

MAC RiRi Woo

This is the red lipstick I took with me on my work trip. It's a Retro Matte which is super dry! I hadn't worn it in a while. I remember liking it for the most part when I got it. I do like the color but I am not a fan of the Retro Matte formula. I may give it another go and make sure that my lips are exfoliated and hydrated before apply it.

And there you have it! On to May!

Monday, May 2, 2016

#ManicureMonday China Glaze I'll Pink to That & OPI Starry-Eyed for Dear Daniel



Oh it feels good to wear nail polish again!

I'm getting back from a work trip and I usually take a few nail polishes with me since I'm gone for about a week. Wellllll this time I forgot my base AND top coat! I was like seriously dude??! This was a first for me. There was a CVS within walking distance from my hotel but it wasn't all that close. Plus by the time the meeting got going, I really didn't feel like walking to it. I checked the hotel gift shop and they didn't have a Wet n Wild top coat. I tried to make it work but I'm so used to quick drying top coats and this took FOREVER to dry. So I basically went nail polish free. I couldn't wait to get back home and paint my nails. I threw an extra base and top coat that I have in my travel bag, so I won't have this issue again!

Today it's all about PANNNK!!! I saw China Glaze's I'll Pink to That in an Instagram post and said yep I needs it. It's fun bright pink and is part of their Summer 2016 Light Brites collection. Of course now I'm curious about other shades in the collection but that will have to wait. I have OPI's Starry-Eyed for Dear Daniel from the Hello Kitty collection as an accent nail. It is a fuchsia glitter.

April Top 5 and May Shop My Stash posts are up next! I've been slacking on #ManicureMonday posts soooo there will be one every Monday in May! Woohoo!

See you next Monday!

Thursday, April 7, 2016

March 2016 Top 5 & More!


A little but what can you do? Life happens. Another fun month on hand! Let's get to it!

Top 5


Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Palette

This palette was a fun surprise. I mentioned in my Palette Madness post that this palette really wasn't on my hit list. The more I saw it, my feelings changed and it ended up in my hands. I really enjoyed using this palette. I could do a complete look (to my liking) only using this palette. It's a very nice palette. It's an easy to use palette. I may travel with in a few months.

Colour Pop TooLips

Colour Pop released Ultra Satin Lips and some new lip liners in coordinating shades. I picked up both the Ultra Satin lippie and lip liner in TooLips. It is described as deepened plum brown. I read the description and said bwah?? I saw it on someone with a deeper skin tone and said SOLD! To me it's a unique shade and on me it is a deeper nude lip for me. The Ultra Satin Lips are not drying. They do transfer but also have good staying power on the lips. I have my eye on Lyin' King (saturated raspberry) next.

Silk Elements Mega Cholesterol Conditioning Treatment

I saw this on a blog post by Hairlicious, Inc. She has some beautiful hair! I was at Sally's to return some ideas but decided to an exchange instead. I got this along with some other Silk Elements items. I've been using this since my last hair appointment in February and I really like it. You get a ton of product and it's inexpensive. I put it on after I wash my hair. I put a plastic cap on and I sit under a heated cap for 30 minutes. When I rinse it out, I can easily comb my hair and it feels nicely hydrated.

Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara

I saw this on Tarte's Snapchat. It's their newest mascara and they were mentioning that it was sold out and they were working to get more in stock. I was curious on how it sold out so quickly. When it was back in stock on their site, I ordered it. When I cracked open the tube to try it, I was like oh oh ooooooohhhhhh!!!! I love Lights, Camera, Lashes and the Gifted mascara. I didn't think they could top them but they did with this one. This lengthens and curls your lashes like nobody's business. I'm talking with just one coat, you can build some serious lashes With two coats, forget about it! I rarely write reviews for products on brand sites, I wrote a review on their site for this mascara. They had a St. Patrick's Day promo going on and I ordered another tube. It's not a game. I was poking around on Sephora's website and it's now listed. I'm waiting on them to bring a duo to QVC and I'm grabbing that joker on auto delivery if I can. If you're looking for a new mascara to try then check this one out. Tarte is now my go to brand for mascara (if I want to spend a little more on a mascara).

Josie Maran Argan Oil Unscented Body Collection

I've mentioned that my face is oily. From the chest down, I am dry dry dry! If I don't use the right products then Houston we have a problem! I've been trying this and that for body moisturizers. This set has been on my radar to pick up for a while now. I got it from QVC. It comes with a Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter, Whipped Argan Oil Intensive Hand Cream and a Argan Balm. I've already tried the balm and the body butter before. The body butter was scented. It was an ok scent but I loved consistency on the body butter and it's very moisturizing. I can use it from the chest down with no issues. When I saw this unscented set, I said gimme! The hand cream is very nice. It absorbs into the skin but your hands are not greasy and you're not leaving fingerprints on stuff that you touch. This set was available on auto delivery but I missed out on it. I'm hoping it's available again or that she has an unscented TSV. QVC does sell the unscented body butter outside of this set. It's not on the Josie Maran website or Sephora's website which I think it odd. As along as I can get it from somewhere I'm good.

Yays!


Serious Skincare Pure Peptide Double Up Duo

Serious Skincare got me yet again! This duo was a Today's Special on HSN. The duo included the Pure Pep Concentrate and the Pure Pep Cream Riche. I got the email about it and was like ok. I've tried the Pure Pep Fading Fluid and I did like it. I watched the last presentation of the day and they got me lol! As always my thought process was that ok I'll try it and if I don't like it, it can go back. During the presentation the rep and HSN host said something to the effect that peptides "know" how to address what your skin needs. I said huh? *insert strong side eye*. I read the individual reviews on the each product and they were pretty good overall. When I first saw the gel consistency of the Concentrate, I thought this isn't going to absorb into more skin but it did. I wasn't expecting much from the cream. I have been using this two at night and my skin feels super some and looks a lot brighter. My foundation application has been a lot smoother and I feel like I don't need as much foundation. Another good addition to my skincare routine.

Serious Skincare Olive Oil Replenishing Body Oil

This was a surprise gift in the Serious Skincare Beauty Bash Retinol Age-Defy Kit. I randomly tried it one evening after taking a shower and I was like oooohhh. It's not super greasy and nicely hydrates the skin. I also like the smell. It's a fresh scent. I can see myself getting another bottle when I'm done with this one.

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup

I have been curious about this foundation for YEARS! But the darkest shade was a tan shade. On Snapchat, I saw that they were releasing 3 deeper shades to the line. That got my attention. I saw the Chestnut shade in CVS but wasn't sure if it would be a match for me. When I had a 20% off coupon for CVS, I said why not. When I got home I held up the bottle to Covergirl Queen All Day Flawless foundation in Mocha and it was a DEAD ON match bottle to bottle. I applied it on a Saturday and was like oh oh oh I think we have match! I saw a friend later on that morning and asked her how did it look. She took a step back and said it didn't look like I had anything on. SCORE!!! That's the goal right? It applies nicely and I can build coverage up to my liking. It's not a matte foundation but it's not overly dewy. As the name states, it gives you a healthy look. Will have to see how it holds up during the summer months. The only downside is that it doesn't have a pump which makes it a little difficult to pour out since it's a thin foundation. Other than that I we have another drugstore foundation winner! I'm shocked! Two drugstore foundations that I can use! Look at Gawd! HA!

The Balm Time Balm Concealer

This was given to me by a friend and it was just sitting in my cart. So early in the month I pulled it out and put my Black Radiance concealer away. I have the shade After Dark. I used it on my face. Mainly around my mouth. It's creamy but not super thick and it does blend out nicely. I was like hmmm color me surprised. I use a Sigma F70 concealer brush to apply it then blend it out with my ring finger.

LORAC Alter Ego Lip Gloss

I've only had these for a short time but I love them already. They smell like MAC lipglosses. They kinda remind me of Cremesheen lipglosses. The feel fantastic on the lips, they have nice pigmentation and staying power for a gloss. I originally picked up Jet Setter and Secret Agent. They were on sales for $8 at Ulta! I looked online a couple of days later just to see all the shades at work in the morning. I debated on placing an online order for two more or heading over to the store. I ended up back in the store and swatched some shades but wasn't moved by any additional colors. Phew! LOL! If you have a coupon or some reward dollars, I recommend checking these out.

Boos!



Korres Mulberry Vanilla Body Butter

Now THIS is a shocker. This was a past favorite. When I discovered the Korres Body Butters, I thought I may have found my holy grail body moisturizer. I picked up this scent and the Lemon Basil when there were a Today's Special on HSN. I have been using Lemon Basil as a hand cream and it's fine for that. A pricey hand cream but I digress. Mulberry Vanilla I was using a body moisturizer. I noticed on the days that I used it, my skin was still kinda dry by the of the day. I'd start scratching and be like wait a minut?e! I used some other moisturizers I have and I didn't have this problem. When this scent was launched, I used it without any issues. I feel like this formula has changed with their body butters and shower gels. Or it just could me and my body chemistry. So it safe to say that I will not repurchase any more body butters or shower gels from Korres.

And fin! April is already on and popping *shifty eyes*