Monday, July 4, 2016

July 2016 Shop My Stash



Let the travel craziness begin! Some of these items I'm going to use when I am home in between trips. I have also set aside the makeup that I will be traveling with for my two trips. So I will mention those as well. Some are not pictured below. I've probably mentioned them in other posts and remember Google is your friend ;)

Palette Play


I'm only going to be home doing my makeup and few days here and there. So I decided to keep it simple and use the L'Oreal La Palette Nude 1 for eyeshadow. For my trips, I am traveling with the Urban Decay Naked Smoky palette, Tarte Tarlette Tease palette, elf Chocolate Dream eyeshadow and L'Oreal Infallible Gleaming Bronze eyeshadow.

Polish Play


Here I am going to mention the polishes I will be traveling with for both trips. For my first trip I am taking Essie's All Hands on Deck and First Timer. For my second trip I am taking OPI's Humidi-Tea and I'm Sooo Swamped!

Fragrance Play


I'm going to play around with two philosophy summer scents while I'm home. I'm going to use Amazing Grace Summer and Falling in Love Summer. I'll more than likely continue using these in August. For my first trip I'm taking Wen's 613 and Summer Mango Coconut fragrances. For my second trip I'm taking Bath & Body Works Cashmere Glow.

Out of My Face

Here's what I used up in June:
  • Urban Decay De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray
  • Serious Skincare A Force XR Serum Concentrate 
  • Murad Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture 0.25 oz
  • Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Intensive Hand Cream
  • Covergirl Queen All Day Flawless Foundation in Mocha Q835
  • IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Makeup  3-in-1 Makeup Melting Cleansing Balm
  • BH Cosmetics BH Studio Pro HD Brown Pencil in Ebony
  • philosophy Lemon Custard Bath, Shower Gel & Shampoo 16oz
  • philosophy Purity 8oz
  • Wen Tea Tree Cleansing Conditioner 32oz
  • Wen Winter Cranberry Mint Cleansing Conditioner 32oz
  • Wen Tea Tree Styling Creme
  • HK Girl Fast Drying & Super Shiny Clear top Coat
I'm tired already thinking about all this traveling and what not. Oh and my birthday is thrown in there too. Deep breathe. Heeeeerrrreee weeeee gooooo!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

June 2016 Top 5 & More


Hola good people. Sorry for the lack of posts. My mojo has been kind of blah. Also I have been in "testing" mode since last month. I have two trips coming up in July that are very close to each other. I come home from one trip and a few days later fly back out for another one. So as usual, the goal is not to take a lot of makeup and to use the same products for both trips. So quite a few items I was playing around with were favorites for June.

Top 5


Wen Summer Mango Coconut Eau de Parfum

This is summer in a bottle! The Summer Mango Coconut Cleansing Conditioner is one of my favorite seasonal cleansing conditioners from Wen. The summer fragrances launched early in June on QVC with two different scents. It also comes with the 613 Eau de Parfum. I already have the 613 Eau de Toilette which is a favorite. So I'm not made at having more of the 613 fragrance. I ordered when it was at either an event price or at a One Day Only price. When I saw this I was curious about the Summer Mango Coconut scent and ordered it. I was kind of leery because I have tried two of Chaz's previous fragrances and ended up returning them. So I took a chance knowing that if I didn't love it that I could return it. When it arrived I couldn't wait to crack open the box. I sprayed it on and fell in love instantly! It smells SO GOOD! I love coconut scents. But you know how they smell good at first but then they start smelling fake? Not the case with this one. Then I sprayed the 613 Eau de Parfum and they smell amazeballs together. I think I have finally found my go to coconut fragrance that I can live with lol!

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette

I don't really have a "go to" palette for trips. I was looking over what I had and this palette popped in my head. I've been using it on and off for the month of June and it is a really good all purpose palette. The middle of the palette is quite dark. However the four matte shades on the right and the shimmery neutral shades on the left balance out the dark shades and make it good everyday palette. I enjoyed the looks I did with this palette.

Concealer Duo (NYX  HD Concealer & Maybelline Superstay Better Skin Concealer + Corrector)

I've used both of these concealers on their own and enjoy them individually. I have been using the NYX concealer which is a little lighter than my skin tone but not really brightening. It's natural looking with good coverage. Which I do like for days where I don't what a super bright under eye. The Maybelline concealer can be too bright at times but I can work with it and I do still like it. The idea popped in my head to apply the NYX concealer under my eye in the usual triangle shape I do. Then add a quick swipe or two of the Maybelline concealer in the center. So I did that and blended them together and HELLLLLOOOOO!!!!!! The coverage was bomb and it gives a super pretty look and not too bright. I really enjoyed these two concealers together. So I think I have found my holy grail under eye combo. Also both of these concealers are inexpensive. Both together are cheaper than some other concealers I've used for the under eye area and I can use coupons for both. So major score! Once I use the other concealers I have up, I am sticking to this duo. Now neither one of these better not be discontinued! That would be just my luck.

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks

For lippies, I wasn't sure what I wanted to take on my two trips. Liquid lipsticks are a huge favorite of mine. I reached for the Kat Von D ones I own, mainly because I hadn't used them in a while. When I first used these I thought there were just ok. I think these were the first liquid lipsticks I purchased. So I wasn't used to the liquid lipstick formula in general. This go around,I really enjoyed these liquid lipsticks. I have the shades Bauhau5, Lolita and L.U.V. Of the three I have, Bauhua5 is my favorite. It is a very pretty raspberry shade. Lolita is a pretty my lips but better shades that super easy to wear. I'm not sure which version of it I have. L.U.V. is a nice bright purple. They are long wearing and do not feel super dry on the lips. Not 100% if I'm going to travel with them.

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Wand Ball Powder Brush

I ordered the IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Complexion Perfection Brush Duo from QVC when it was at an event price. The event price was $32.64. Both are available on their own for $48 each. The duo came with the IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Wand Ball Powder Brush and IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Dual Foundation Concealer Brush.This powder brush is fantastic. It is super soft, picks up the right amount of product and blends powder into the face beautifully. I also like the shape of the brush. You can get around your nose and under your eyes with ease. It has become my new favorite powder brush.

Yays!

No surprise products this month.

Boos!


52 Week Savings Challenge

This is my second year attempting this challenge and yeaaaa....you can Google it for the table but basically you save ave the dollar amount for each week over the course of  year. So week 1 you save $1, week 2 you save $2, so and forth until week 52 and you save $52. At the end, you will save $1,378. Sounds easy enough right? Last year when I did it, I had trouble remembering what to save when. So I set up alerts on my Google Calendar since I did not have a paper planner. This year I bought some stickers off of Etsy to put in my planner. Of course the smaller amounts are "easy" to save. Then you get into the larger amounts and life happens. So I'm noting what to save from previous weeks when I didn't save anything along with the current week which makes it a larger amount to save. Blah blah blah. I've also seen where people switch and start at Week 52, save $52 and go backwards to work their way down to $1. I'm undecided if I'll stick with it or  just try and save a certain dollar amount each month going forward. I've also signed up for Digit which automatically saves small amounts here and there. Digit seems to be working well for me and I do like it. I like it because I don't have to think about it. You get updates via text which is cool or you can login to the website. I check my bank account frequently enough to see what they are deducting and it's not a super crazy amount that has made me overdrawn my account. You can adjust the level at which you save and you can also pause saving. There's a lot of flexibility with Digit. So I may just stick with Digit. If you're looking for a savings alternative, I highly recommend checking out Digit. Trying to be a grown up and save but why does it have to so complicated?

Bath & Body Works Vanilla Buttercream Nourishing Hand Cream

I went to Bath & Body Works just for hand soaps. These hand creams were right next to the hand soaps. I smelled the lemon one first and liked it. Then I smelled the Vanilla Buttercream and I liked it too. So I got both. I put the Vanilla Buttercream in my bathroom to use first. After a few uses I didn't like it so much. When I first smelled it, I didn't think the Vanilla Buttercream scent was all that strong. It's not overwhelming but it's strong enough to were it tickles my nose and it does linger for a bit. I tried it a few more times and I can't deal. So I may see if my mom wants it. I'm going to put the lemon one in my bathroom next. Hopefully I have better luck with it. I think the next time there's an Ulta 20% coupon, I'm going to repurchase philosophy's Hands of Hope. It's kinda expensive for a hand cream ($20) but it's one that I don't have any issues with and I like it. The amount of money I've wasted on other hand creams, I could have just  picked up a tube of Hands of Hope. Lesson learned here.

My Makeup Collection

I know right *gasp* lol! I've mentioned off and on that I have been going through my stash and tossing old stuff and passing stuff on that I have not been using. I'm itching to get rid of more but I don't know what and I don't know how to go about it. Back in June 2013, I posted about my and how I bought a 10 drawer cart from Amazon. My original intent was to have everything fit into the cart and only have one small 3 drawer containers to hold my brushes. Plus lately the stuff on the sides of my cart keep falling over when I'm trying to reach for something and I'm just sick of it. So something has to give. I'm tired of my collection taking up mental space in terms of "agonizing" over what I have and how much I have. I'm also tired of figuring out what to do with the items that I pull that I want to give away. There's only so much I can give to family and friends. Donating is not really an option since the products are used. So we shall see how this all pans out.

On to July!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

June 2016 Shop My Stash



It is really June already? Yowza! Here's what I'm playing around with this month!

Palette Play

 

This month I'm going to use the Makeup Forever Artist palettes (Volume 1 Nudes, Volume 2 Artistic and Volume 3 Florals). I've been wanting to try these shadow since they were reformulated and relaunched. They are available in single eyeshadows along with these palettes. There are a TON of shades and I was getting confused on what to get. So the palettes are a good way to try them out, if you like the shade selections. Volume 1 I got via an exchange at Sephora. Volume 2 I got on sale at Sephora (it is still available online). Volume 3 was gifted to me by a friend. Two of the palettes have blush shades. Volume 2 has two blushes and Volume 3 has one blush.

Polish Play


I got the Julie G Cruise Collection via Groupon (Old San Juan, Rio de Janeiro,Tahiti, Canary Island, Santorini and Miami Beach). I used them when I got them but haven't reached for them recently. So I'm going to give them another whirl and decide if they are staying or if they are going.

Fragrance Play


I started reaching for philosophy's Unconditional Love towards the end of May. So I decided to keep on using it. It's described as a soulful loving warm scent. The notes in it are black raspberry, white lily and cashmere vanilla. If I lost all my fragrances, I would definitely repurchase. It's one of my favorites and my number one favorite among philosophy fragrances.

Out of My Face

I think I've been doing good at targeting products in my stash and using them up. I'm not going to list the stuff I toss/give away anymore because there has been quite a bit. Also it's a lot to keep track of. Here's what I used up in May:
  • Eyeko Liquid Liner in Mocha
  • CIoSYS Oral Rinse
  • Beauty Secret Nail Polish Remover
  • Duri Rejuvacote 
  • Beauty Secrets Acetone Nourishing Professional Formula
  • L'Oreal Youth Code Texture Perfector Serum Concentrate 
  • Wen Replenishing Treatment Mist in Fig 16oz
  • Wen Bamboo Green Tea Cleansing Conditioner 16oz
  • Iman Brow Pencil
  • Perlier Hand Cream
  • Ulta Enriched Nail Polish Remover
  • Duri Miracote
  • Supersmile Whitening Toothpaste
  • Supersmile Whitening Accelerator
  • Biore Blemish Fighting Astringent 
  • Wen Replenishing Treatment Mist in Tea Tree 16oz
  • Wen Intensive Treatment Oil in Tea Tree Eucalyptus 4oz 
Play time go!

Sunday, June 5, 2016

May 2016 Top 5 & More


Another fun month messing around with my stash and some new items. Let's get to it!

Top 5


Go to Look for May

I'm cheating here by mentioning three products but dah well. Most mornings I have a rough idea on what I want to throw on my face. Sometimes it's just one product that comes to mind and then I go from there. I took L'Oreal's Infallible Eyeshadow in Gleaming Bronze with me on my work trip last month but didn't use it. So I threw it in with my current play around with items for May. I reached for it one morning and used it with Heartbreaker from the Tartelette Tease palette (matte brown). I grabbed Smashbox Blush Rush in Gingersnap for my blush and MAC Dej Loaf Lipglass for my lips and LOVED the look. It was simple to do and it was a nice fresh faced look with a hint of color with the shadow. It's rare that I repeat a look in a month. I probably work this look 5 or 6 times. Gleaming Bronze is a pretty olive bronze shade. It was limited edition but I picked it up on Amazon. Smashbox Gingersnap is an old blush. I don't think the keep this shade when they redid their blushes. It's a peachy bronze blush that adds a nice flush of color on my checks. I mentioned MAC's Dej Loaf Lipglass last month and it pairs nicely with the look.

One n' Only Argan Oil Treatment

My hairdresser recommended this hair oil. I picked  it up from Sally's after my last hair appointment. My hair has been so temperamental lately. It's been growing yet breaking off in this one spot grrrr!! So I'm hoping this oil helps. It's very lightweight. It adds a nice shine to my hair with a nice balance of moisture. The price is nice too. I picked two bottles up along with another product when Sally's had a buy 2, get the third item free promo.

One n' Only Argan Oil Hydrating Mask

Since I got two oils, I was looking for another item to complete the promo. There was this mask and a restorative one. I went with this one because it has an emphasis on moisture. This stuff is good. It instantly hydrates my hair when I apply it. When I rinse it out my hair feels so good. I also feel like my other products absorb into my hair better after using this mask.  I also like that I only have to leave it in my hair 5-10 minutes and I don't have to sit under the dryer/use my heated cap. This is the only deep conditioning product that I have been using. I'll see what's what in a couple of weeks when I go and see my hairdresser. *fingers crossed*

eBay "Mac" Brushes

I randomly started poking around eBay looking up Mac eye brush dupes for giggles. Of course what I found were ridiculously cheap and from China. I know some folks have issues with ordering item directly from China. Right now I don't. I found dupes for the 217, 219, 224 and 239. I use the term dupe loosely since the don't look exactly like the actually Mac brushes. When I got them, I wasn't overly excited but I washed them and started using them. Surprisingly enough I have really enjoyed using these brushes. I've washed them and went right back to using them instead of reaching for different eye brushes. I haven't had any issues with shedding and the get the job done for me to do an eye look. I purchased from two sellers. I tried going back and looking for them but I could only find this one. I think I got the 219 and 239 dupes from this seller but they also have the the 217 and 224. They all seem to sell the same stuff, So check them out if you're looking for some inexpensive eye brushes.

Beyonce Lemonade

Just when I think how is she going to top her last album, she comes out of left field with something! I watched Lemonade on HBO when it premiered in my hotel room. At  first I was like, huh, what, ohhhh then YES! I still order CDs and could not wait to pre-order the CD/DVD. My test for an album is that can I listen to it from beginning to end with no skips. I can with this one. The songs I cannot stop listening to are Don't Hurt Yourself, Sorry, 6 Inch and Freedom.

Yays!


Trident Minty Sweet Twist Gum

Gum? Yes gum lol! I always have gum. Always. It's one of those things I have to have in my purse. I randomly picked this up at checkout while in line at Safeway. I particularly like minty gums. I don't know what it is about this one but I really like it. I think because it's sweet and minty. Plus I can blow some nice bubbles Teehee!

Yoplait Plenti

Another random grocery store purchase. I got this from Safeway only because it was a Just for You free offer. On the front it says oatmeal meets Greek yogurt. Interesting concept. I've gotten more into Greek yogurt in the last month or so. I usually mix it with granola and eat it for breakfast. I picked this up in the strawberry flavor and it's really good and filling. Breakfast is hard for me. For lunch during the workweek, I can make something and eat it everyday without any issues. I get bored with breakfast items easily. The cost of these is only $1.50 which is not bad. I will definitely look into the other flavors.

Milani Everyday Eyes Eyeshadow Collection

Lord knows I DID NOT need theses two palettes at ALL! I picked up the 02 Bare Necessities palette and the 05 Earthy Elements palette. CVS was having a promo, so that's why I got two palettes. They are also available on Milani's website. One of my pushas (Jennifer Wan) did a video on palettes under $20. She mentioned if you missed out on Too Faced's Peanut Butter and Jelly palette that the Earthy Elements palette would be a good substitute for the warm shades. After I got it, I saw that emilynoel83 mentioned the same palette and that she really liked it as well. I wasn't expecting much but I've enjoyed both palettes. They are nice on their own and paired together. These would also make good travel palettes. If you're looking for a warmed toned palette but you don't want a bunch of shades or don't want to spend a lot of money then check the Earthy Elements palette out. Or if you're looking for a nice everyday palette then check out Bare Necessities. There are four additional palettes. I'm going to be good and not pick up the other ones. Let's see if this holds. I seriously do not need them. I need to pair down my palette collection but I cringe at trying to tackle that task.

Boos!


Just the Basics Cleansing & Makeup Facial Towelettes 

Trolling around CVS, I came across these makeup remove wipes. Now I had dubbed the Harmon Face Values Hydrating Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes as my holy grail wipes. But I saw these and said hmmmm, these are $5 and it's 60 wipes. They may be something good. So I got them and cracked the pack open. The first wipe was insanely dry. So I turned the pack upside down to see if the moisture would redistribute. The next couple wipes were better but not great, Then the next couple wipes were still not moist enough, So I said NOPE! I saved them to post about them and now they're going in the trash. Also I didn't like the size of the wipes. They're not small but not large enough for my liking to use on my face. So from here on out, I'm sticking to the brands I've used and know I like (Neutrogena, Aveeno and Harmon).

Bare Minerals Matte Foundation

Now THIS is a shocker. I have raved about this foundation for years. I've given it holy grail status. Wearing recently my views on it have changed. My biggest issue is how it oxidizes on me. I originally got matched in Golden Deep and is has been the main shade I have stuck with. I've also been matched in Warm Deep and I picked up Medium Deep to try based off of chatting with Bare Minerals customer service and my recent shade issues. They all go on fine but as the day goes on, they all change on me. I never really noticed it until I started using other foundations mainly the Covergirl Queen All Day Flawless foundation. Plus it's not keeping my oil at bay like it used to. I mean it never kept me completely matte all day but lately I've been looking like a oil slick. So I'm not sure if I'm going to hold on to the two shades I have now (Medium Deep and Golden Deep) and give them another try down the line or just toss them.

And there you have it.

Not bad this month. On to June!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Midweek Polish Change! Formula X #beautybeyondsize #ColorCurators



Happy Wednesday!

Here is my midweek polish change. I'm wearing #beautybeyondsize from Ashley Graham's Formula X collection. It's described as a bold berry magenta. This one was kinda of thick but I could still work with it. I'm wearing two coats.

I have enjoyed the three polishes in this collection. I now have my eye on the Sanya Richards-Ross collection! I saw a video about the collection on YouTube and got really excited. I know sad right?


Aren't they pretty? I need more nail polish like I need another hole in my head #lettucepray

Monday, May 30, 2016

#ManicureMonday Essie Bikini So Teeny



So I was all set wear the last polish in the Ashley Graham Formula X collection. Then Essie's Bikini So Teeny popped in my head. I either saw someone wearing on Instagram or Snapchat and it would not go away. I kept thinking that I gotta wear it, I gotta wear it, I gotta wear it, I GOTTA WEAR IT! So I'm wearing it. It's described as a cornflower blue. I wearing two coats. It's a nice light blue shade that very flattering on a variety of skin tones.

Spoiler alert! I'm going to do a mid week polish change post on the last Ashley Graham Formula X nail polish. All three polishes are still available at Sephora. So I wanted to get a post on the last one up since they are still available.

See you Wednesday!

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!