Sunday, April 6, 2014

Platte Play April 2014


I had already mentioned in last month's post that April is Urban Decay Month!! You already know that Urban Decay makes some of my favorite eyeshadows and palettes. I also have a work trip coming up at the end of the month and I noticed that I like traveling with Urban Decay palettes. So here's what I'll be play around with this month!



Week of April 6 - Mariposa Palette

I got this palette during a work trip last year in Portland at Nordstrom's Rack. Annnd I haven't used it yet *hangs head in the shame*. So let's give this one a whirl.

Week of April 13 - The Black Palette

Yes this a dark palette and we are in "springtime" but I wear whatever whenever. I wore the dark blue shade on my eye for me birthday I think in 2012 and my birthday is in July.

Week of April 20 - Show Pony Box

I haven't used this palette in a good while. It has a good mix of neutrals and colors. It's a good one for travel.

Week of April 27 - Naked Palette

This shouldn't be a surprise lol. I wanted something easy for this week since I'll be on travel and have early/long days. So I wanted something that is easy and didn't have to think about. I will also be taking some Tarte Shadow Sticks with me in the shades Taupe, Satin Golden Brown, Moss Green, Mocha Berry and Shimmering Sand. These shadow sticks compliment the Naked palette and they are super long wearing! I have the Naked palette that has the double-ended eye pencil in Zero and Whiskey. I still plan on taking Perversion and Demolition liners from Urban Decay.

March Palette Play Recap



Just a quick tidbit on March's Palette Play. I already mentioned my disdain for the elf eyeshadow duos that I played around with in my March Favorites. They were not the business and I'm not saying that just because it's elf. I only played around with 3 L'Oreal Hip duos Charming, Saucy and Poppy (pictured above). Charming is pretty put there was major fall out with this one. I haven't played around with a lot of the shimmery ones so I was surprised but the fall out. Saucy is hands down my favorite L'Oreal Hip Duo. It reminds me on the Nars duo in Cordura.  The Nars duo is $35 and the L'Oreal Hip duos vary depending on where you get them from but around $8. CVS usually have some on sale when they do their big beauty sales. Poppy is all matte and it was my first time used an all matte L'Oreal Hip Duo. I REALLY liked this one. It created a very pretty neutral matte look It's perfect for daytime or really anytime. The lighter shade in the duo is more orange/peachy than what's pictured above. I didn't really show any Bare Minerals Ready duos any love because I played around with some newer items I picked up the last week of the month.

As always you can find better pictures of the shadows and swatches online. Google is your friend :)

Now let the the Urban Decay play commence!!! Woot!



Wednesday, April 2, 2014

March 2014 Favorites

Happy March and Spring is upon us!!!! Woot! Deuces to winter!!!! Another long on for ya...jeez!! *insert side eye* Maybe I should go back to top 3 favs. Oye. Dah well! Here are maaaiiii favorites!!

Eyes




People have raved and raved about L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows. They have been on my list to try but I never got around to picking up any. Weeellll I picked up 3. I got Burst into Bloom and Purple Priority after hearing good thing about the colors and as you can see they are both purple shades. So how could I resist? These two shades are limited edition. So if they are speaking to you then don't wait on getting them. Then Jennifer Wan had mentioned Gleaming Bronze in a recent video. She said it's a must have shade. It's a limited edition shade, so I took to Amazon and found a seller selling it with free shipping. These shadows are nicely pigmented and go on smoothly. They are perfect for one eyeshadow looks. I see more of these in my future.

I pre-ordered the Bare Minerals More Than Meets the Eye March TSV back in February. This kit primarily focuses on the face and the complexion. Their March TSV uses focuses on the skin and your overall complexion. I enjoyed all the items in this kit. An eye product was included in the set that I really enjoyed. It's a newer product called the 5-in-1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow with SPF15. The shade is called Blushing Apricot. When I first got this product I was like ummmmmm??? But when I used it, I was like oh ok, I got cha. This product is so easy to use. I applied it with my fingers, added a little dark brown shadow to my outer corner and crease and was DONE! I really liked the look. It was easy and didn't require a lot of thought. I went to QVC to see if any other shades are available but I went on auto deliver for the TSV, so I'll wait to see what the other shades I'll get first before purchasing additional shades.

Two eyeliners I reached for a lot this month are Bobbi Brown Gel Liner in Violet Ink and Urban Decay's 24/7 pencil liner in Rockstar. Both are purple liners. It's a nice changes from brown and black. These two liners go well with the Naked 3 palette. More on that palette and the lovefest I've been having with it next month.

Lips



Was randomly digging through my lipstick drawer and pulled out Wet n' Wild's Wild Shine in Lustful. This shade is purrrty! I had another lighter shade that I can't find. it So I think I gave it away or it's hiding from me. I want to say that these were the precursor to the Revlon Lip Butter and Maybelline Color Whispers. I feel that this is a tad more moisturizing though. Re-applying it throughout the day wasn't an issue and it wore nicely throughout the day.

I picked up the MAC Cremesheen in Playful Petal. It's part of the Fantasy of Flowers collection. It is described as electric magenta. When it comes to MAC glosses, cremesheens are my favorite. This color is in my happy place and I could wear it everyday. Trying to talk myself out of getting another one. I picked up the Heavenly Hybrid lipstick from the collection as well. I like it. It's a purple shade. How can I not like it right?

When it comes to lip products, dark vampy shades are my happy place. So color me tickled and surprised when I opened a box from by beauty pusha with Mally Beauty's Sweet Berry and Nars NARS Bougainville!!! I was shocked! They are both somewhat similar in color. Sweet Berry is a little deeper.  NARS Bougainville is described as a sensual pomegranate and indeed it is! Both shades wore very nicely throughout the day for a lip gloss. I alternated between both glosses for about a week.

Face



I've mentioned some newer liquid foundations that I played around with or had already ordered. Bobbi Brown's Skin Foundation did go back due to the shade. It was a little red on me and the formula was kind of the watery side. Not baaaad but it wasn't in my happy place. I may go by the counter and get matched. So I went back to rotating  Revlon's Nearly Naked Foundation in Cappuccino which my Bare Minerals foundation. As soon as I put it on I was like THIS IS MY HAPPY PLACE for liquid foundation! I raved about this initially in my December 2013 favorites  post. It easy to apply, blends nicely into the skin and covers what I need for it to cover. I now kind of what to try the matching power since I've heard good things about it. I have some CVS extracare bucks. I currently use Bobbi Brown Loose Powder in Brown to set it. So we shall see.

Another item from Bare Minerals March TSV that I REALLY enjoyed most was the Ready All-Over Face Color in Elation. It is described as a blissful pink. You can use this however you want since it is an all over face color. I used it primarily as a blush/highlighter. There were a lot of morning that I absentmindedly reached for it. Like every day. I was like oh. It's nice to have a product that you don't have to "think" about and it just works. Excuse my fingerprint in the picture and my messy desk in the background. Oye vey.

The Original Foundation from Bare Minerals is one of the products on my list to use up for the year. I can say that I have used up the jar from my post woot! When I've raved about their foundation, I have always mentioned the matte foundation. Since I have been using the Original lately, I have been really really loving. It  says that it gives you a luminous finish and for someone with oilier skin, luminous can be kind of iffy. But  I have not had any issues with this making more oily. I have the foundation in Golden Deep which I feel is a very good match for my skin tone. Since I ordered the Bare Minerals March TSV on auto delivery, I won't be lacking in this shade option. So I won't be getting the matte version anytime soon. I say this now lol but I have the matte version in Warm Deep.

I've been pairing the Original Bare Minerals foundation with  Rimmel's new Matte Primer. I think I picked this up in January after hearing rave reviews on it. When I first used it I was like meh and was going to list it as a "meh product" for that month. But I said let me play around with it some more. I have been really enjoying it. It feels good on the skin and does help with my oil. It'll be interesting to see how this works when the hotter temperatures arrive.

Kate Sommerville's ExfoliKate is another product on my use up by the end of the year list. I typically use it in the shower when I wash my hair. Every time after I use it I am blown away by how my skin feels. It is super soft, smooth and the skin care products I use afterwards just sink into my skin. I also love that the exfoliating beads in it are not abrasive at all. So if you look for an exfoliating product then check this out. It's pricey but I feel it's worth it. I have some other products to use up, so I will not be repurchasing it any time soon. If I didn't have these other products on hand right now then I would repurchase it.

Remember last month I mentioned that after I used up the Aveeno Makeup Wipes that I wasn't going to purchase anymore? Yea well I lied lol. I picked up a travel pack of the Neutrogena Make-up Remover Cleansing Towelettes from Ulta. I have heard nothing but good things about these and I can see why. They really do get your makeup off! They're a little bigger and a little more moist than the Aveeno ones. I picked up the CVS version of the Neutrogena wipes since they had a double pack for a good price. So we shall see if they perform the same. I may pick up another travel pack for my work trip.

Nails



I played around with a lot of Essie nail polishes in March and 2 that stood out are great neutral polishes for my skin tone were Very Structured and Lady Like. Both are from the 2011 Carry On collection. I also really like Cocktails & Coconuts. I mean how cute is the name? It's a pretty creamy light brown putty shade that went nicely with my skin tone.

I picked up 2 Milani glitter polishes from CVS. Sugar Rush is a really pretty lighter colored glitter polish that I think is very unique. Perfect glitter polish for spring and summer. Sugar High is a pretty blue multi-glitter polish.

Body



I reached for Philosophy's Amazing Grace a lot in March. Been trying to use up a shower gel and body butter by Korres and Amazing Grace pairs nicely with it. I hadn't worn it in a while and of course I'm thinking to myself why? It's an easy scent to wear. It's described as a clean floral fragrance. It's one of their popular scents, if not the most popular. It you are not that into fragrance and perfumes then check out Philosophy. Their scents got me back into wearing fragrance. I have some favorites outside of Philosophy but I could seriously just stick with Philosophy for my fragrances. I recently picked up Living Grace. Philosophy will have a TSV next month and it's a good one! I have a good feeling that it'll show up in my April favorites.

Brushes



Another new section this month. But there are quite a few brushes that I have been liking this most. So a brush section was fitting. Most of them are  Real Techniques brushes. These are some great brushes that are inexpensive and very good quality.

I've been into smaller eyeshadow brushes. I have been loving using the Real Techniques Shading Brush. It's only $5.99 and small enough to get shadow on the innermost part of your eyelid as well as blend. It's a great brush to use for a one eye shadow look. I liked this brush so much, I went and picked up another one from Ulta.

Two face brushes from Real Techniques that I've enjoyed using are the Duo Fiber Face Brush and the Duo Fiber Contour Brush from the Limited Edition Duo Fiber Collection. The Face Brush I enjoyed using with Bare Minerals new BB Mineral Veil from the March TSV. I also enjoyed how it blended in my foundation. If you feel that you are heavy handed with face powders, try using a stippling brush. Watching several of Jennifer Wan's videos prompted me to reach for my stipple brushes more and to use them with my face powders. I've used other larger duo fiber brushes but I really really like this one. The Contour Brush I used with various blushes. If you're heavy hand or scared of blush then this a great brush to use. I'm debating on if I want to get another set from Ulta. We shall see. I have other stipple brushes in my stash that I can reach for so maybe I won't get another set of the Real Techniques brushes.

Another Real Techniques face brush I enjoyed using this month is the Buffing Brush. This brush is in the Core Collection set. I used it mainly with Revlon's Nearly Naked foundation. But I've also used it with Bare Minerals foundation. It's a great brush for applying foundation. I wish it was available outside of the set. I would definitely get another one.

The Sigma E25 Blending Brush is a dupe for MAC's 217. Various brush brands have a similar brush to this one. This is a great all purpose eyeshadow brush. I have 4 mini ones that I got as a gift with purchase. I always have 2 in reach when I do my eye makeup.

Random Stuff



Wen's Remoist is my favorite deep conditioner. I love that it has a small amount of protein and more moisture. Most of the ones I've used usually have a lot of protein and my hair needs more moisture vs protein. Usually what I'll do is wash my hair and sleep with it in my hair overnight and wash it out in the morning. This makes my hair super soft and moisturized. When my new growth really starts coming in, this is a big big help with keep my hair manageable. I got this small size in a kit but I recently got the big 8oz that Chaz brought to QVC during his March visit. I plan to do this weekly until my next visit to the hair salon.

Surprise Products of the Month



There have been waaaay too many trips to CVS lately. Doesn't help that there's one directly across the street from the job. I said I wasn't going to pick up any of the Maybelline Color Elixirs. I saw Charming Cocoa in a display and the display picture had a model that in my shade range wearing this gloss. I hadn't paid attention to it the last time I was in the store and looked at the collection. Well I got a good look at it and the gloss looked super pretty on the model so I was like *yonk* you're coming home with me. This is a great nude from my skin tone. It also feels very very nice on the lips. I maaaay get the purple or fuchsia shade from the regular line. This shade is limited edition. So if you're interested pick up now.

I picked up the Bobbi Brown Bronze Eye Palette which I think was a part of the holiday collection but I think it in a fantastic quad for the spring and summer. My beauty pusha did a blog post on this quad. I thought the colors were really nice and I kinda wanted to get it but was like no I'm good.  Then Musings of a Muse had posted one of the other quads on her Instagram and we "chatted". She said that the Bronze Eye Palette was her favorite of the three quads that were released. So of course I was like gaaaaah!!!! *head palm*. So as you can see I caved and got it. It doesn't look like "much" but applied on the eyes, the colors are so pretty and Bobbi Brown eyeshadows are fantastic. You don't have to keep building and building for color to show up on your lids. They blend effortlessly and the shimmer/metallic shades are "too much" and no fall out. I can go on and on. Y'all know I love me some Bobbi Brown!

Another Bobbi Brown product I pick up was the Shimmer Brick in Nectar. Can we pause to enjoy the loveliness of this?? I saw this online and was like I kind of need this in my life. Bobbi Brown receives rave reviews for her Shimmer Bricks. Surprisingly enough this is my first one but it will not be my last. I have my eye on the Bronze Shimmer Brick next. It is mainly a highlighting product but as with any powder product you can use it however you like. I've seen these used on the eye and depending on the color as blush. This is grown up shimmer ok! It's is not glittery, it does not make you super shiny. It gives you a nice subtle glow to your skin that is so pretty. It's just er'thang!!!! If you are someone who doesn't really like highlighting products because they are too glittery or make you look shinny then check out Bobbi Brown's Shimmer Bricks. They are a price product but I think they are worth the price tag. In some case you get what you pay for and this is the case to me for this product.

Meh Products of the Month


Ok soooooo I mentioned in Palette Play for March that I'd be play around with a bunch of duos. I had a bunch of elf one's to play around with. I did not like these at all. I played around with one from the evening set first. I had to apply, apply, and apply to build up some doggone color on my lid! So after that I took the rest from the evening set and put them in my giveaway bag. From the day set I pulled out the 2 that I liked the color combos to see if they were any better. But in end, the shadows from the day set went into my giveaway bag as well. Elf has hit and miss products. They were definitely a miss. I got them out sale and it came with their eyeshadow brush. So I'm not terribly disappointed.

I picked up the EcoTools Buffing Brush from Ulta. Emilynoel83 did a review of it on her express channel. So I said why not. It's was only $7 and I'm sure I have a coupon or reward dollars to use. I have 3 other face brushes from EcoTools that I reach for a lot and I like to use. This brush on the other hand was very disappointing due to the fact it shed so much! It shed when I washed, it shed when I used, it shed if I just picked at the hairs! So disappointed! I keep meaning to look on Ulta's website to see if anyone else had the same problem with this brush or maybe I got a bad one. If I could return it I would. But I threw away the packaging that it came it. Oh well.

Phew! And there you have it. On to April!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Polish Play April/May 2014

I played around with one of my dotting tools last month. Isn't this cute?? I swear this is the easiest nail art that  you can do. I used Essie Mint Candy Apple, Revlon Posh and Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear White On. And to my surprise I used all of the Essie polishes I pulled out last month. Woohoo!!




I picked up the Iconic Nail Lacquers and Mani Essentials set from HSN at the end of February when it was a Today's Special. It arrived the first week of March. Was tempted to play with the polishes but I put them aside and said I'll get into the in April. So why not dub April OPI polish play woohoo! The set from HSN had a bunch of stuff in it. It included the nail colors:



  • Big Apple Red (bright, shiny red) 
  • Bubble Bath (sweet candy pink)
  • Cajun Shrimp (spicy coral) 
  • Russian Navy (indigo blue) 
  • Suzi's Hungary Again (warm pink) 
I'm just going to play around with these polishes for the month. I'm going to give my nails a break from nail polish for about a week and use my Rejuvacoate polish like a treatment polish. For my work trip at the end of the month I'm going to try out the Sally Hansen nail strips that I didn't use from a previous month. They are supposed to last up to 10 days which will be great if they work. In the event that they don't, I will take some nail stuff with me just in case.

And this is where the post should have ended *sigh*.

What had happened waaaasssss....I went to Ulta looking to see if they still had the polishes from the Natruel collection from Zoya. I saw one polish but I wanted to get all 6. So this is when I should have turned around and walked out of the store right? But of course I didn't. I walked over the drugstore side of the store and saw a display of OPI polishes. Random and out of place. I took a closer look and it was the new Muppets collection for the movie that came out in March. I didn't even know that there was a new collection. Any who. I looked and looked. I picked up 3 of the polishes and left. I could have gotten more but I was like noooooo I'm just getting these 3 *insert strong side eye* I went back to work and I just had to see if there were any blog posts on the collection. My interest was peeked on some of the other polishes that I didn't pick up. Ulta is on my way home from work. So yep I went back to Ulta and picked up 3 more polishes. So in total I got 6 out of the 8 polishes from the collection. And this where I need to seek professional help.

Here are the polishes that I pick up from the collection:



  • Gaining Mole-mentum - this seems so unique to me and I know I don't have a similar glitter polish like it in my stash.
  • Let's Do Antything We Want! - I'm looking forward to playing around with this one again around the holidays for some reason.
  • International Crime Caper - has some irredescents going on in it that caught me eye!
  • Chillin' Like a Villain  - How can you not like the name of this one lol!!!
  • Kermit Me to Speak - Duo-chromed loveliness!
  • Miss Piggy's Big Number - me and blue polishes *swoons*

Since I have a crap-ton of polishes to play around with and I have work travel coming up I will play around with these 11 polishes for April and May.

Not sure if I'm going to keep these posts up. We shall see come June.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The YouTube Game - Black Beauty Vloggers

This video was posted by stallion1920. I'm subscribed to her YouTube channel.



She raises an interesting question. When it comes to beauty YouTube videos and blogs, I watch/read a variety of people. It has crossed my mind on why certain YouTubers (I can't stand referring to them as "gurus". That's a whole different discussion.) and bloggers are more "popular" than others. But it has crossed my mind on why some of the YouTubers from various ethnic backgrounds have had better "success" in the YouTube/blogging game. Or why some of the more popular black beauty bloggers don't get products sent to them for review from brands like MAC, Urban Decay, Tarte, etc like some other beauty YouTubers and bloggers.  I mean their websites, channels and social media streams are just as good, so why do they get slighted? I know Urban Decay and Tarte have been called out for this many times.

Urban Decay and Tarte are two brands that I do enjoy and that I've mentioned on many occasions. Heck I've made recent purchases from both brands. It raises questions for me personally if I want to keep supporting these brand with my dollars, when it seems as if they don't care about me and others who look like me who are makeup lovers. If that makes sense. I mean what's so "hard" about showing products on deeper skin tones? Or partnering with other YouTubers and beauty bloggers of color on your product launches and hell even feedback on future products? We want to see what products will look like on someone who looks like us just like other beauty lovers! I guess that's too much to ask.

*ends rant* I may do a part two to this post.

Until next time...

Sunday, March 9, 2014

You Have a Favorite Product, So Why Buy Something Else?



Long tittle huh?

It's funny looking at various favorites videos on YouTube recently, blog posts or even my own thoughts on products and how someone has a product that they love and has given it "holy grail" status but still go out and gets/tries something new when it comes to beauty products. Especially base products like foundation, powder, primers, concealer and powder. The same can be said for other beauty related products like skin care and hair care.

I can see experimenting and playing around with color products and finishes but again once you have found your favorite red lipstick or a pink blush that compliments your skin tone, why do we feel the "need" to go get another? Or if you have a face wash that's working for you or hair styling product that's working great for your hair, why go out and try something else? If  the product stops working for you or there's a change in the product that you don't necessarily like then I can see going out and trying something else. Rhetorical questions I know and I'm guilty of this a hundred times over. I guess I'm trying to understand and change my way of thinking.

I recently decided that I am going on a drugstore makeup no buy until Easter. Doesn't see like much but since this is where most of my purchases have been the last few weeks, I thought it would be a good place to start. I've also been thinking on higher end items that I do want to pick up this year, so I can take advantage of various sales and deals from places and brands that I shop. Small steps to try and be more strategic with my purchases and not just randomly getting stuff here and there or just because.

Another random post done on the fly. So sorry if it's jumbled and doesn't make much sense.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Palette Play March 2014

I didn't do a recap of February in this post since I talked about all the palettes except one in my February Favorites. So you can check out my thoughts there. The eye section is the first part of the post. So you don't have to read the whole thing. It's a long one The palette I didn't mention was the Sonia Kashuk palette but I really don't have much to say about it. I only used it twice. I'm still meh about the palette. I think it's going to go in my giveaway pile.

This month I'm playing with eyeshadows duos. I love palettes but most of the time, I use a couple of shadows and go. If I'm really in the mood to do it "big" I'll use three lol. So duos are my happy place. I'll be playing with duos from elf, L'Oreal and Bare Minerals. The elf duos were from two holiday sets that I scored from Walgreens after Christmas for $2.50 each and the sets came with their eyeshadow brush. I'm tickled by these two sets because I think that the day set is more suitable for evening and the evening set is more suitable for daytime lol! Don' you think so?

Week of March 2 - elf 9 piece day eyeshadow set


Week of March 9 - elf 9 piece evening eyeshadow set


Week of March 16  - L'Oreal Hip Duos

As you can see I have a lot of these. I think I'll just grab whatever moves me that morning. So I'm not going to list anything now. But I'll definitely let you know which ones I reached for in next month's post.



Week of March 23 - Bare Minerals 2.0 Ready Shadows

I also have a lot of these. I'm going to do the same with these like the L'Oreal Hip Duos and grab whatever moves me when I get ready in the morning.



Since there are 5 weeks in March and it carries over into April, I'm going to add *pauses* Naked 3 palette into the mix. I had already decided that April was going to be Urban Decay month. This will be a good lead in for April :D I purchased the palette at the end of February. I've used it a few times and I love it. I'm glad I got it to try it out for myself. Reviews and such are good but sometimes you just have to get a product home and play with it. Let me stop here. I'll talk about it some more next month. So stay tuned...




Sunday, March 2, 2014

February 2014 Favorites

I hope that everyone had a fantabulous February! Oh boy another long one here. Bare with me. Let's get to it!

Eyes


Tarte's Lights, Camera, Lashes is one of the two mascaras that I have been playing around with for the last couple of months. I haven't had a tube in a while but I'm glad I have it back in rotation. This is an easy mascara to work with and remove. It's buildable without clumping and your lashes feel like your lashes. Glad I have another tube on hand when this one is done from the December TSV.

The other mascara I've had in rotation is Bare Minerals Lash Domination. This is a good volumizing mascara. I also like the wand. Once I used this and Tarte's Lights, Camera, Lahses up, I am only go to have one mascara in use until it dries up or I use it up. Thankfully I don't have that many unopened mascaras. I may revisit some former drugstore favorites and see if they are still favorites. Stay tuned on that.

Sleek's Vintage Romance Palette was one of the palettes for Palette Play February. This was my first time trying one of their palettes and I really really enjoyed it. The shadows are pigmented and easy to blend. I can't believe that this is a drugstore product over in the UK. I have my eye on some of their other palettes. We shall see if they end up in my stash. Lawd knows I don't NEED them but well ya know. I ordered this palette from a seller on Amazon but you can order directly from Sleek's site and they do ship to the US.

The Black Radiance 8 Pan Palette in Posh Plums was another fav from Palette Play February. I was in the mood to play around purples and this palette was right on target. The shadows are pigmented, easy to blend and it's inexpensive since it's at the drugstore. If you are a purple eyeshadow lover but don't want to spend a lot on a purple palette, quad or single shadows, then check this one out. I kept looking at Bare Mineral Ready 4.0 The Dream Sequence which is a purple quad. It's pretty don't get me wrong. I swatched it the other day in Sephora and I was like nope, I'm good. Not saying that Posh Plums has any dupes, but I feel that since I have it I don't need The Dream Sequence. Now that's progress :D I also have a quad from Smashbox that has all purples that I like better. It'll make an appearance in a Palette Play post. If you can catch a BOGO, I recommend getting Downtown Browns along with Posh Plums.

I picked up the Mally 5 piece Evercolor Shadow Stick Library from QVC. The shades included are Gunmetal, Trailblazing Brown, Taupe, Champagne and Shimmering Lilac. I enjoyed all of them but hands down my favorite is Trailblazing Brown. I tweeted Mally telling her that it's perfection and that it's brown girl approved lol. If you haven't figured it out by now, I don't have one lick of sense. It's a brown that would be flattering on a variety of skin tones. If you are on the darker end of the spectrum, this is perfect for a no makeup/natural look. Swipe this on your eye, throw on some liner and mascara and your done with your eyes. It's a good base for neutral brown looks too. It gives the prettiest sheen but not glittery at all. It's one I would definitely repurchase when the time comes. Now I want to check out the shade that's called Brown. I have a darker brown shadow stick of her's that's one of my favorites called Chocolate Diamond. Gunmetal is a close second. This is an instant smokey eye in a tube.

Lips


As I was putting my list of stuff together, the lips section was empty. I was like that can't be right! I had to think back to earlier in the month when I pulled out two red lipsticks from Revlon. Certainly Red is a blue based red and I think it's a red that is flattering on a variety of skin tones. It is a creme finish. Really Red is a bit brighter with a matte finish but not super bright. These two are some of my favorite red lipsticks. I wear both of these with the NYX Lip Liner is Expresso.  If you're looking to delve into red lipstick, start with one of these.

I picked up Bite Beauty's Luminous Crème Lipstick Duo in Vivid. The duo has the shades Violet (vibrant purple) and Palomino (vibrant magenta). I've heard good things about these lipsticks. They are expensive. A single tube is $24. I've had Mulberry on my wish list for a while now. So this duo is a good way to try two shades since it's only $12. These are so smooth, creamy and not drying on the lips. They go out like a lip balm and wear like a lip stain. I'm hoping the come out with another mini set during the holidays like they did last year.

Face


I have had the Serious Skincare's C Power Enzymatic Facial Beauty Treatment with Vitamin C Ester since October. It came in the kit of items that I've mentioned before that I got from HSN. You're only supposed to use the product 2-3 times a week. I use it twice a week. Last month I paid more attention to my skin after using this product. I use it at night and the next morning my skin in smooth, bright and very soft. It's like I used a mask or some kind of scrub the night before instead of this treatment. I've been somewhat lazy when it comes to doing weekly treatments like a mask or scrub but I feel that I get the same results with this product.

The product claims are (from Serious Skincare's website):
  • Contains a unique blend of enzyme and amino acids selectively exfoliates skin cells
  • Moisturizes and optimizes the natural balance of the epidermis
  • Helps skin appear brighter Provides anti-oxidant and collagen-enhancing properties
It's available for purchase on its own from HSN.

I picked up the Neutrogena Clear Pore Oil-Eliminating Astringent from Ulta when I had a 20% off coupon and was getting some other items. I was hoping that they had the Dickinson's Witch Hazel Toner which they didn't and I wasn't in the mood to go to CVS just for one product. This toner does have witch hazel in it along with salicylic acid. I've been really enjoying using this toner. It's refreshing and does not burn my skin. It kind of reminds me of the Proactiv Toner. I haven't searched to see how they compare. I also like the packaging. It's not a super huge bottle. It doesn't take up a lot of counter space and will be easy to travel with when work travel begins.

I picked up the L'Oreal Youth Code Eye Cream from a seller on Amazon with free shipping. Woot! It was only $5 so I wasn't going to be crushed if I didn't like it. Turns out I really like this. It's moisturizing and blends into the skin nicely. It doesn't interfere with whatever makeup I have around my eye area. I love the metal applicator which is very soothing and cooling to the under eye area. Some of the product claims are:
  • Reduces signs of stress, fatigue and aging
  • Skin looks rested, smoother and youthfully luminous
  • Breakthrough genactiv technology helps increase skin's natural powers of regeneration, boosting skin's own capacity for recovery
  • The cooling massage applicator tip delivers instant de-puffing action for under-eye bags, while lightweight micro-pearls brighten and smooth.
So score for finding an inexpensive eye cream. I will definitely reorder.

Ok sooooo last month I said that once I used up Aveeno's Ultra-Calming Makeup Removing Wipes that I wasn't going to repurchase makeup remover wipes. I think I lied. I cracked the Aveeno wipes open this month and I have really be enjoying using them again. They are very soothing on the skin, very moist, they don't irritate my skin and they get the majority of my makeup off. On the days when I do workout after work, I grab a wipe to remove the majority of makeup. Then I cleanse with the Serious Skincare Glycolic Cleanser and Clarisonic. Have to check Ulta to catch a sale and use their $3.50 off $10 coupon. Or see if I have some reward dollars to use.

Nails


I was kind of obsessed with OPI's Boris & Natasha this month. This is one of the polishes I pulled out for Nail Polish Play for February. It is a deep plumy brown shade. I wore this polish 3 times for the month on it's own and accented with other polishes. The formula is nice, easy to work with and not streaky. It's opaque with 2 coats.

Body


Oh Bath & Body Works! I fell down the rabbit hole back in undergrad. I had never heard of the store. President's Day weekend they have a buy 3, get 3 free promo going on and their hand soaps were on sale. I swear I feel like they practically give their products away with various promos, coupons and sales.  I had been stuck in the house for 3 days due to the snow we got. So I was itching to get out of the house. So why not go and spend some money? LOL! I picked up the scents Cashmere Glow and Amber Blush. OMG both scents are amazeballs! Cashmere glow has "a warm blend of golden peach, exotic berries and glowing lily petals indulged with shimmering vanilla and cashmere musk." It kind of reminds me of Amber Romance from Victoria Secret.  Amber Blush has "sensual blend of raspberry champagne, gardenia petals and magnolia blossom with a seductive kiss of crystallized amber and creamy vanilla suede." I'm a sucker for vanilla scents or anything that has vanilla notes in it.

Hair


We have a hair section this month! Fancy!

Wen Winter Cranberry Mint Cleansing Conditioner is the new winter seasonal set from Wen. Baaaabbbyaaaayyeeee it smells SO GOOD! Just when you think Chaz Dean can't top the previous seasonal, he somehow manages to knock it out of the park. Not just with the scent but with the formula too. I feel that this one it is a bit smoother and creamier and my hair loves it! I'm so glad I got on the seasonal auto delivery in the larger sizes. I also use the seasonal cleansing conditioner as overnight deep conditioning treatments as well has a leave in along with the Wen oil that I'm about to mention next.

I got the Wen Fig Sweet Orange Oil in the Fig Ultimate Hydration Set from QVC. This is one of the newer Wen oils. I have only tried the Pomegranate Rosemary. I wasn't wowed by it. This one the other had is amazeballs! I love the smell and I love how my hair feels after using as an overnight treatment and adding some in my hair before I blow dry it. I'm hoping Chaz Dean has a deal on his oils this year. I have a 1 oz bottle of the Tea Tree Eucalyptus oil that I got in another set that I'm excited to try.

Keracare Essentail Oils For The Hair is a favorite from a loooong time ago. I started using this when I got my hair done at the JcPenny salon. They carried Keracare products. When my stylist left to open her own shop, I happily followed. Keracare products aren't readily available in all beauty supply stores. So I moved on from it. Found some retailers selling it online but their shipping costs were ridiculous! I got an Amazon gift card for Christmas. I found a seller selling the larger bottle with free shipping. So I jumped on it. I'm glad to have this back in my rotation. Especially since the original Wen Tea Tree oil that I enjoyed so much is no longer available and his new oils are pretty pricey. It's a very good hair oil. I mainly use it on my hair at night and after I blow dry my hair after washing. I'm toying around with the idea of getting some tea tree oil and mixing it in smaller bottle with the Keracare oil to use as an overnight treatment for my hair and scalp like I've done with the Wen Tea Tree oil. The Keracare oil does say you can use it a pre-treatment before shampooing your hair. But it doesn't have tea tree oil it in. If I give this a go I'll report back.

Random Stuff


I think I stumbled upon the Concord Grape flavor or the refreshe Sparking Water Beverage at Safeway either last month or in December. I saw it and was like *yonk* in the cart you go! I think it's my new fav! Gives me my grape soda fix. These sparkling water beverages are the best.

Everyone has a product or products that they just have to have on hand or they get antsy. Well at least I do. If I don't have baby wipes on hand then we have a problem. My favorites are the ones from CVS. I usually get the big 3 pack when they are on sale or if I have some CVS bucks to use. Well I hadn't had any CVS bucks in a while and every time I went to CVS they weren't on sale! One random CVS visit, I saw that the Pamper's Sensitive Baby Wipes were on sale. So I said why not. Dare I say that I like these better?!? They are a little larger are and a bit more moist than the CVS ones. I also tried them out on my face to remove my makeup and they were fine.

Surprise Products of the Month


So I pulled out elf's HD blushes the last week of this month to use into March. I hadn't really used them since I got them last year. The first once I used was Superstar which is a coral pink shade. Then I used Headliner which is a dusty pink shade. I was like wow once I put it on. Now this isn't a throw on a go type of product. They are hella pigmented and too much product does dispense out of the tube. I squirt the product on the back of my had, dab some and blend on my check with my finger and then take a small stippling brush (elf or Real Techniques) to blend. Seems like a lot of steps but it goes quick. You can build up the color on your cheeks. And can I say that they LAST ALL DAY! I'd come home in the evening and they look the same as applied earlier that morning. I guess I really didn't pay that much attention to these when I first used them. These are comparable to Makeup Forever's HD blushes but a lot cheaper! They are only $3 and there are 5 shades. So if you have a problem with your blush lasting all day then check these out! I wish they had a red or a orange one.

Meh Products of the Month


The Nude Awakening Palette from Wet n Wild released last spring. I was unable to find it and the other palette that released at any of the drugstores in my area. My beauty pusha was nice enough to scoop both palettes up for me. I hadn't used it until this month for February's Palette Play. A lot of people compared the shades in this palette to the original Naked palette. Now let me first say that I love the original 3 8 pan palettes from Wet n Wild (The Comfort Zone, Petal Pusher and Blue Had Me At Hello) along with the their trios and the 6 pan palettes. This one just didn't do it for me. These didn't seem as pigmented to me as their shadows typically are and I felt like I had to keep packing on color. I was so surprised and kind of disappointed. Maybe I'll reach for it again and give it another whirl.

I don't have it to show you but Revlon's lipgloss in Rose pearl was a "YouTube Made Me Do It" product. Emilynoel83 had talked about it, I thought it was nice and I picked it up. I think from Ulta. I know I had worn it and I liked it at the time. Fast forward to this month. Did my makeup one morning, went to put this gloss on and I was like on hayle naw. Took it off and put something else on. I gave it another whirl on a Sunday when I was kind of bumming it and went out to run some errands. It was somewhat "better" but I still wasn't feeling it. So needless to say it got tossed. I'm iffy when it come to frosty and pearly shades on my lips. This color was close to the natural color of my lips and it just was a no go for me. I need to go through my lip colors and reevaluate them.

I think I've mentioned in a previous post that I've had a tiiiiime with eyeshadow primers! I had heard good things about the Milani Eyeshadow Primer. So I said why not and gave it a go. This primer did not work for me! I swear by like noon I had creasing. Ugh! So this is going in the giveaway pile.

I don't have this to show you because I already returned it to Sephora. On the last Wednesday of the month, I went to Sephora. I picked up Makeup Forever's Mat Velvet + Foundation. I had heard good things about it from some YouTubers whose opinions I value, so I decided to give it a go. *sigh*. It is a full coverage foundation. I've come to the conclusion that me and full coverage foundations do not get along. I picked up the shade Coffee and it was kind of weird. Once I did my whole face and everything set it was kind of ok. One minute I felt like it was ok then too light the next. I wasn't comfortable with it and I know the next shade up would be too dark. Also I want to say it broke me out but it's almost that time of the month, so it cooooould be that. But I'm pointing fingers at the foundation. I told a couple of people that I think the makeup gods are telling me to stick with what I know and what's working for me in terms of foundation. I did order Bobbi Brown's Skin Foundation during the friends & family sale in February. I've had good success with several Bobbi Brown foundations. So I'm not too worried *knock on wood*

And there you have it. Again I'm so sorry that this is long. I'm going to try and come up with something different for next month.

On to March and maybe some more posts. We shall see. If there is something you want to see or talk about let me know ;)