Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Palette Obsession: Tarte, Morphe, MUA, Dose of Colors

Hey. Hey there. How ya doing?

Happy April! I cannot believe it's April. I feel like it was just Christmas like a month ago.

The month is halfway over but I will play around with the tarte Tarlette in Bloom, MUA Nude Eye Shadow, Dose of Colors Marvelous Mauves and the Morphe Jaclyn Hill palettes. The tarte and Dose of Colors palettes are new to me. I've already done a few looks with the Tarlette in Bloom palette and of course I'm digging it. I've also purchased The Festival palette from Juvia's Place. So I may throw it in the mix. These palettes may carry me into May since work travel will be starting up for me again soon *head palm*. I may do a post of the makeup I take with me. Next up will be my March Hit List.

Play time go!

Sunday, March 18, 2018

January/February 2018 Hit List

Different name but still talking about favorites. Some months I have more than 5 items I want to talk about. Some months there maybe only 2 things I want to talk about. And since February is almost out the door, I decided to go ahead and combine January and February. Hopefully this won't be too long.

Here's what made the list for January and February!

Bath & Body Works Exfoliating Hang Soap in Toasted Vanilla Chai

I picked this up during the semi-annual sale at the end of last year. This hand soap is expensive! It's $7 and it was half off which is still a lot. But I had a coupon and a gift card. It smells really good and I love the exfoliation in it. It made my hand super soft. I would get it again when it's on sale and I can add a coupon. I'm just sayin!

Drunk Elephant Beste™ No. 9 Jelly Cleanser

A friend was nice enough to give this to me to try. I joked with her watch I'm going to like it since it's pricey. She has raved about this cleanser. I have it in the old packaging. It's available at Sephora and the price tag for this cleanser is $34. Sure enough I really like it. It's a gel cleanser and gel cleansers have been my favorite lately. I've used it morning and evening. It cleanses your skin without stripping it and my face feels nice and smooth after using. I said I was going to repurchase it when I used it up, but my cleanser stash is not lacking right now lol. I also like how the Drunk Elephant line doesn't have a ton of products. It's a well curated skin care line. I'm debating on taking it with me for my next work trip.

Neutral Eyeshadow Palettes
Laura Mercier Artist Palette, Bobbi Brown Chocolate Palette, Mally Nude Attitude Palette

Nude/neutral eyeshadow looks have been my go to for January and February. They're just easy when you just want to look pulled together and get out the door in a decent amount of time. Don't get me wrong I still love colorful eye looks but this has what I've been reaching for lately. The Laura Mercier palette kicked it off. I took it with my on a work trip I had in January. This palette will be a forever favorite. The Bobbi Brown palette is a past favorite that I hadn't reached for and debated on when I was clearing out products. It doesn't look like much but it's so pretty on the eyes. They are nude/naked shadows that I can wear. Similar palettes that have come out are so light that the shades don't show up against my skin tone. I don't have that issue with this palette. I hinted at the Mally palette in a previous post when I mentioned playing around with her palettes. It's an awesome palette with warm and cool neutrals along with Slate and Carbon to do a classic smokey eye.

Vaseline Deep Moisture Vitamin E Petroleum Jelly Cream

One of my favorite beauty folks The Style and Beauty Doctor mentioned this product on her blog and Instagram. I looked in various stores and could not find it. I found it on Amazon and I had it saved in my cart for a while. I saw this 4.5oz tube on Target's website and said let me try it in this size first. I used it on my body and I did like. I LOVED it as a hand cream! I'm very picky about what I use on my hands. It absorbs nicely and it's not greasy. The size is perfect for travel. I already have another tube in my Target cart right now. I think I've tried the Petroleum Jelly Cream that's at The Dollar Tree. The next time I'm in there I want to double check and see where it's made.

The Body Shop Body Mist in Shea

I randomly reached for this one morning and it has been my go to scent for the last couple of months. It's described as a subtle, sweet, nutty scent. I picked mine up from Ulta. I forgot to snap a pic of  this *head palm*. Google is your friend LOL!!!!!!

Nude Lippies
MAC Strip Me Down, Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb in Fenty Glow, Maybelline Vivid Hot Lacquer in Unreal, Neutrogena Moisture Smooth Color Stick in Berry Brown

Along with neutral/nude eye looks, neutral lippies have been my go to the last couple of months. Nude lippies used to scare me. There's been a lot of trial and error but this mix of lippies I feel comfortable in wearing. Also I can put them on and forget about them. They were nice throughout the day and I don't feel the need to check on them or reapply.

Lip Combo - MAC Viva Glam Taraji P. Henson II & Buxom Lipgloss in Sarina

When I saw the MAC Viva Glam Taraji II lippies I was like of meh about them. I'm funny when it comes to bronze and metallic shades on my lips. One of my friends has both the lipstick and lipglass and they are her go to. I randomly saw it and searched for and could not find it anywhere. So I instantly have FOMO (fear of missing out). So I keep searching about found the lipstick on Belk's website. I could find the gloss anywhere. When I got my hands on it I wore the lipstick alone and it was fine. I looked through my stash and decide to pair it with Buxom's Sarina and was like yeeessssss! This lip combo has been a quick go to. It's bronzey chocolatey goodness! The lipstick is described as a deep coppery brown with gold pearl shade. Sarina is described as a chocolate sparkle.

MAC Viva Glam Sia

I usually have a red lippie that I'll have in rotation for a while. MAC Viva Glam Sia is matte and is described as a bright yellow red. I picked mine up from Ulta.

Cover FX Perfect Setting Powder in Deep

I picked this up at Ulta during their 21 Days of Beauty. It has been the powder that I have constantly been reaching for and I like it so much that I am going to pick up the pressed version for travel. It sets whatever foundation I use nicely and my skin just looks good. It also helps keep my oil at bay during the day. Hey that rhymes lol! It's good powder. Check it out if you're looking for a new one.

Mini Happy Planner

I have talked about planner stuff much but I'm still a full blown planner addict LOL! I decided to the give the mini happy planner a go this year. I originally got it for budgeting and money matters. Then I decided to use it as my on the go planner and I love it. It's just enough for me to note what I need to and keep it moving. I also pick a deluxe cover for it and love it as well. I'm debating on using a mini as my main personal planner for 2019. I got another classic happy planner and I still love it. I'm doing more spreads in it that I did last year. But it may be "too much" for me. I using a big happy planner for work and I really like since I have a ton of stuff to note and keep track of. I created an Instagram just for planner stuff. Follow me if it moves ya! Also Me & My Big Ideas just released their 2018-2019 18 month planners. Check them out if you're looking for a new planner!

A couple of products I didn't like are the Silk Elements Luxury Moisturizing Leave-In Hair Creme and the Serious Skincare PLUSH 80K Brush. The hair creme I picked up form Sally Beauty when I was in desperate need of something to moisturize my hair. This creme has honey, shea and silk. Awesome ingredients right? It seems amaze and looks nice and rich. It did absolutely nothing for my hair. It seemed like it dried my hair out even more. I was so disappointed. The face brush from Serious Skincare came with a Today's Special of a trio of their glycolic cleaners. I've see nthe brush before and didn't have an interest to try it. I've tried a couple of times and I'm not a fan. Its battery operated, the brush is small and I'm used to the timing aspect of my Clarisonic. I also like the brush head of my Clarisonic. I may play around with it again. We'll see.

Let's see what's what for March!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Palette Obsession: Mally Beauty & Urban Decay

So I had good intentions to get this up earlier in the month. So this is going to be another combo post of sorts. I had decided that the palettes I have from Mally Beaity and the Urban Decay Naked palettes were next on my list.

In going through my stash I said let's get real about the Urban Decay Naked palettes. Now if you've been following me along I have mentioned these palettes off and on. They have been favorites. I've traveled with them. I've recommended them. But when I thought about it, I hadn't really used  them in a while with the exception of the Naked Heat palette since it's the latest palette. Then I started going though what I have an comparing it to the Naked palettes. I had the Naked 3 palette sitting in my basket to use and I did not reach for it. I would look at it everyday, say nope and grab something else. I'm not saying that they are bad palette or that you shouldn't buy one. They're just not my thing anymore and that's OK. I currently have them set aside with some other makeup I'm going to give away.

I had the same initial feeling about the Mally palettes I have and was ready to get rid of them too. When I took a look at them, I liked what I saw and said ok I can do a look with this or use this shade with an eyeshadow stick. Once I started using them I was reminded how much I enjoy Mally's eyeshadows. They're pigmented, easy to blend and have good staying power on my oily lids. One may turn up in my next favorites post. I'm just saying. Since I have five palettes, I'll keep messing around with them in March.

I nicked a couple of shadows trying to take this pic grrrr lol! I didn't show the Naked palettes because I'm sure you've seen then a bunch of times.

On to the next post!

January/February 2018 Out of My Face

Hey. Hey there. How ya doing?

Here is my first set of empties for 2018. Not too bad huh for two months!

  • Bath & Body Works  Exfoliating Hand Soap in Toasted Vanilla Chai 
  • Serious Skincare Pure Marine Infusion Serum
  • Serious Skincare Reverse Lift Firming Facial Serum with Argifirm
  • Lancome Bienfait Pure Focus Matifying Moisturizing Lotion 
  • Korres Ginger Lime Body Butter 1.69oz
  • Vaseline Deep Moisture Vitamin E  Petroleum Jelly Cream 4.5oz
  • Clark's Botanicals Deep Moisture Mask
  • Wen Replenishing Treatment Mist in Tea Tree
  • Andrew Lessman Friendly Flora
  • Nene's Secret Gorgeous Gro
  • Beauty Secrets Acetone Nail Polish Remover 16oz 
  • Serious Skincare C Power Beauty Treatment 1oz
  • Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid
  • philosophy Whipped Body Cream in Falling in Love 16oz
  • Serious Skincare Creamerum Body
  • NYX Micro Brow Pencil in Chocolate
  • Votary Super Seed Cleansing Oil
  • Ashea Shea Butter Pomade
  • One n' Only Argan Oil Treatment 
I think I've mentioned most of the items listed before. A newbie to the list is the Votary Super Seed Cleansing Oil. This is a pricey cleansing oil. A friend passed it on to me to try which was really nice because again this joker is pricey! It's around $60 or maybe even a little more. I found it on Anthropologie's website but it's no longer available. It did not feel like your typical cleansing oil. It's was a lot thicker and harder to rinse off. For the most part it did remove my makeup. I liked using it more so mixing with an exfoliating powder I have and using it on bare skin. You can use it like a regular cleanser. It was nice to try but I don't plan on purchasing a bottle.

There are a couple of other items that I could talk about but you will see them in my next favorites post. So I'll gush about them there.

See you in the next post!

Monday, February 19, 2018

2017 Top 5 + Top 3 Brands

When this post came to mind I said ok No waffling or trying something new. I'm sticking to top 10 items and top 3 brands! But then I said ok what's the top 10? I did like a lot of stuff in 2017 but I didn't want to list something for the sake of having 10 items. Then I said ok could I narrow down to 5 items since that's what I did all year. So I really put my thinking cap on and thought I about the 5 items that I felt that I reached for most during the year or something I really had to "force" myself to put away. So here goes nothing!

NYX Lip Liners

NYX lip liner in Espresso was the only lip liner I used fo a long time. Then I jumped on the Colour Pop bandwagon and I did venture out and explored other lip colors. Then I fell out of love with Colour Pop and went back to NYX and I'm staying with NYX. They are easy to sharpen and hold up nicely. NYX has a TON of lip liner colors. I tried several in the Suede Matte line. Club Hopper (deep purple mauve) is probably my number favorite and I wear it with reds, purples, pink and some nudes. I found Downtown Beauty (true brown), a lighter brown lip liner that works better with the nude shades I like to wear. Espresso (deep warm brown) will always will be in my stash. It's the best brown lip liner. And you can't beat the price of NYX lip liners and they are available at a lot of retailers.

IT Cosmetics Vitality Cheek Flush Powder Blush Stain

I mentioned these blushes in my June 2017 Top 5 post. There are only 4 shades in this blush line and it's the perfect mix of shades for any occasion/look. As I've gone through my stash purging items, these blushes I do not touch. They are staying in my collection. The pigmentation and staying power of these blushes are fantastic.

Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Sucre Eau de Parfum 

I mentioned this fragrance in my February 2017 Top 5 post. This fragrance has stayed on my dresser and I have used on and off all year. I have a sample I got from Sephora just to keep in my makeup bag in my purse. If I had to pick one favorite of the year, this would be it. It a fragrance that's easy to wear and it's not overpowering. It's a fun and flirty scent that can be worn year round. If I ever did a purge of my frgrance stash, this one would be a keeper.

Urban Decay All Nighter Spray

This only got mentioned once in 2017 in a post and it was an empties post. I kept meaning to mention it in a favorites but just forgot. This was the makeup spray I used last year and it was GOOD! De-Slick used to my go to. I got a duo of All Nighter from Ulta (this is the old packaging) when I had a coupon. Every time I used it I was surprised how it set my makeup once I was done applying everything and how my makeup held up through out the day. Once I use up the bottle I have I'm tempted to try the Mattifying Setting Spray from Cover FX since a friend of mine raved about it. But we shall see about that.

Tarte Tartlette Palette

I didn't think I would have a palette favorite for 2017. I can't remember when I picked this up last year but it has stayed within easy reach. I've used it on it's own and paired it with other palettes. I think this is a great all matte palette. I also love the packaging. It's easy to travel with and store. Which has become a big factor in purging eyeshadow palettes from my stash.

Now for the brands!


This year was the year that NYX make a reappearance of sorts my makeup purchases and routine this year. I purchased palettes, blushes and various lippies. Early on in my makeup days, NYX was brand I checked out a lot and fell off from them. They have a nice variety of products at a decent price point. Their lip liners will STAY in my stash.


This brand gets a lot of flack and I get it. I've been disappointed with them in their lack of color range in foundations, concealers and powders. They've added stuff here and there but for now they are still one of my favorite brands. Their Shape Tape concealer is still my holy grail concealer. A lot of their eyeshadow palettes are ones I constantly reach for be it daily makeup looks or travel.

Serious Skincare

This should not be a surprise since a bunch of their items are holy grail in my skincare routine. If you paid attention to my empties and top 5 posts then you saw a lot from Serious Skincare. It's a good no frills band and you can catch awesome deals. My hands down favorite item is the A Force serum.

And there you have it! Tried to keep this short and sweet since it is February and a little late to be talking about 2017 favorites lol!

Let's see what 2018 brings.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Palette Obsession: Urban Decay Smoked Palette

My obsession with eyeshadow palettes is real and I must get a handle on it LOL! There is on Tarte palette that has been on my wishlist for a while now that I probably will pick up. Any other "new" palettes I am seriously going to look in my stash and compare it to what I already have.

The Urban Decay Smoked palette is a past favorite.  I used to use this ALL the time! I've traveled with this palette. It was once an instant go to. I couldn't tell you the last time I reached for it. So I pulled it out today and did a look with Barlust and Backdoor. I loved how the look came out. I love the jeweled tones Rockstar, Evidence and Loaded. I wish had  medium brown or caramel shade bit's not like I don't have those shades in other palettes or single shadows. This in the main palette I'll play around with for the month. We'll see if it says it my stash.

Do you own this one? Do you love it? Is it a must have in a makeup collection? Let's discuss!

Operation Nail Polsih Clean Out is a GO!

I was debating on whether or not I'd get a shop my stash post up for January. Then I said ok pick a few items and go from there. I started reaching for nail polishes but I started reaching for a lot questionable shades. Next I said ok let's do this from a let's clear stuff out standpoint. So now operation clear out nail polish stash is in effect! My nail polish collection has really been on my mind lately. So I filled up this basket with various nail polishes from Milani (old school Milani polishes and newer Color Statement ones) and OPI. There's also a random polish from Covergirl and one from Glisten & Glow. So obviously more nail posts will come be on the way. So yay!

My "goal" I guess is to fit my entire nail polish stash (including base coats, top coats, other nail care items, etc)into the Better Beauty Case I got from HSN. It's the XL size. Right now it's way too heavy I think the stitching my come undone at the handles. I don't have a magic number in mind. I just would like a nice curated nail polish collection instead of  crap ton of nail polish. I'd hate to just toss them but I've given enough away to family and friends but we'll see what I do. I have a feeling that this is going the be hard but it will be done! It is time! I hope this all makes sense.

Let's get to it!