Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Holiday Nails! OPI Nutcracker Collection

A nail polish post?! *gasp*

I haven't purchased any nail polish in a while. When I saw OPI's Nutcracker collection my eyes started wandering. When I saw these shades I instantly said holiday nails!!!! Here is what I picked!

Tinker, Thinker, Winker? - sparkling silver
Dazzling Dew Drop - shimmering glimmering gold
Black to Reality - dark daring red
Envy the Adventure - lovely luscious green

Today I'm wearing Tinker, Thinker, Winker? It is so pretty, metallic and sparkly but it's smooth. You do not feel the glitter. It reminds of some Zoya nail polishes that are similar. I was leery that it wouldn't build up but I am wearing two coats and I love the way it turned out. I'm curious on how Dazzling Dew Drop will look. I may have to go back and look at the other shades in the collection again LOL!!

Sunday, November 11, 2018

September/October 2018 Hit List

Hey. Hey there. How ya doing? Can you believe that it is November! All I can do is shake my head. I couldn't get my act together to get my September favorites up then October came and went. Today was the day to get this post done or it wasn't going to happen! So now you get  two months of favorites.  Let's get to it!

L'Oreal Infallible Lip Paints

I mentioned picking up Nude Star last year. I picked up more shades and some were gifted to me. I hadn't used them in a while and decided to pull all the shades I had out when I was attempting to destash various lip products. Well these aren't going anywhere. These are some awesome lippies. The feel good on the lips, they don't dry my lips out and the color range is awesome. If you're looking for a long wearing lippie at the drugstore then check these out. I have some additional shades I want to pick up.

Sally Hansen Cuticle Oil

I got this in one the those Allure beauty boxes and it has been sitting. I finally cracked it open and I really like it. It's not greasy and it absorbs in my cuticles nicely. I also like that it a a brush applicator. It makes it easy to apply.

ColourPop Lippie Stix in Thousand Percent

I can't remember what made me pick this shade up but can I tell you I love it! I could wear this shade everyday. I took it with me on my last work trip. It is described as a rich chocolate cherry. This shade is also super long wearing. Check out the swatches of it on their website!

Makeup Revolution Reloaded Palette in Velvet Rose

One of my YouTube favs Jennifer Wan mentioned this palette. It's very inexpensive at $7, so I said why not and grabbed it from Ulta. On the Makeup Revolution website, the shades in the palette are described as "essential beiges and browns, multi-functional shimmery golds, burgundy hues and an ultra pigmented black with a copper glitter twist". I've really enjoyed this palette and it sparked me to purchase additional Reloaded palettes. I was very tempted to travel with this palette but I opted to take their all matte palette which I was kind of leery about but ended up really liking it as well. If there's a certain color scheme you want to try but you don't want to spend a whole lot on a palette then definitely check these palettes out.

LORAC Front of the Line PRO Liquid Eyeliner

If you have been following me for a while you know that a dark brown liquid eyeliner has been my go to. Since I haven't found a replacement for a previous favorite, I have been reaching for my LORAC liquid liner which is a past favorite. I've been liking the look of black liquid liner more and more. This one is easy to apply and lasts all day. I pick it up from Ulta when it's on sale for $10 and grab two of them.

Breathable Nail Polishes

If you've noticed, I haven't done a lot of nail polish posts. For whatever reason my nails have taken a beating over the last few months. I'm still painting them with regular nail polish but I have been reaching for various breathable nail polishes from Julep and Essie. With these polishes you get a hint of color on your nails and treatment. I've been using these for my mid week polish change. Or if I don't have a look going on then I'll reach for one of these. The super size Julep polishes I got from QVC. The Essie polishes I picked up from Ulta.

Mented Cosmetics Everyday Eyeshadow Palette

One of my makeup up loving Sorority sisters introduced me to this brand. I've been following them on Instagram. I've picked up several lipsticks and glosses. So of course I was curious abut the palette. When I got it in the mail I was surprised by the size. It's bigger than I expected which isn't a bad thing. It's only nine shades but it's just enough for a neutral palette. I feel like in the larger neutral palettes shades can be redundant. The shades are pigmented and easy to blend. My favorite is the dark matte brown Brown Out. Surprise surprise. I've enjoyed this on its own but I've enjoyed it more using it with other palettes. It's a good companion palette. The only downside is that the shade names are printed on a separate piece of card stock.

Urban Decay Naked Palette

This palette right here! I had the original (with the double ended eyeliner), got rid of it, saw that it was being discontinued, repurchased it then had buyer's remorse. Phew! When I received this in the mail I was excited but then I was tempted to return it since I've been on a clear out my makeup stash kit (which I'm kind of getting over). I used it a few times and remembered why I liked this palette so much but was still tempted to return it. The more I used it, I said nope I'm keeping it. It's a great mix of neutral shades and I've used it with other palettes which I never did previously and it made me like it more. So yay for having this back in my stash! I still feel like we're getting played and it's not really being discontinued.

MAC Nevermore Lip Pencil

This lip pencil was in the MAC Aaliyah collection and I didn't purchase it at first. One of my friends raved about it. MAC described it as black. My friend described it as a cross between Chestnut (intense brown) and Currant (intense reddish-purple). Her description had me intrigued so I picked it. When I applied it, the dark lippie lover in me swooned! It is perfection! If you are a dark lippe lover you NEED this in your arsenal! I've already purchased 2 back ups and I rarely purchase back ups anymore. It is smooth, creamy, pigmented and long wearing. I don't own any other MAC lip pencils but now I'm curious about some of the longstanding iconic shades that everyone raves about. So we'll see if more end up in my stash.

ColourPop Ultra Glossy Lip - Shayla x ColourPop

I have both of the glosses from Makeup Shayla's ColourPop collections but I hadn't really used them. I reached for Drippin' on a day where I was doing a makeup no makeup look of sorts. Drippin's is described as a soft peach with gold & silver glitter. It is BOMB with a brown lip liner. I kinda want a back up of Drippin' but I don't really need one. If it's ever discontinued, I'm getting another one. So then I reached for Neat Freak. It is described as a peachy champagne with pink & gold glitter. It is super pretty as well. Both of these would make great topper glosses. I had looked at some more expensive glosses and said NOPE! I'm fine with these. I may check out some other Ultra Glossy Lip shades. These feel great on the lips too.

Julep Length Matters Buildable Lengthening Mascara

I ordered the Julep 4-Piece Fall Beauty Basics collection when it was a QVC Beauty IQ Steal. Of the 4 pieces, the Length Matters Mascara is the product that stood out the most. This mascara kind of reminds me of Tarte's Maneater mascara. The applicator is plastic which is my favorite mascara applicator and it is has short bristles. It really defines, lengthens and curls my lashes. I've enjoyed it on its own or as a first coat mascara and then layer another mascara on top of it. I would definitely repurchase it.

philosophy The Present

This was my go to primer. I've repurchased it many times. I had an oh no moment when I thought it was going to be discontinued. At some point while using this, my makeup just didn't look right. So I stop using it. I was so bummed. I reached for it again to see what was what. If I was still having issues with it then I was going to toss it. Well we're back in business! My makeup is going on nicely and lasts with this primer. I don't know what the issue was but I'm glad I tried it again.

Let's see what the rest of November brings! I'm hoping not a lot new wise because I need to pump the breaks on my beauty spending. We'll see how that goes bahahahaaa!!

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

September/October 2018 Out of My Face

Hey. Hey There. How ya doin? Sooooo been MIA. Thought I'd try to get back to it with my most recent empties.

Here's what I've used up the last couple of months.

  • Suave Coconut Oil Infusion Damage Repair Conditioner
  • Creme of Nature Argan Oil Strength & Shine Leave-in Conditioner
  • One 'n Only Argan Oil Treatment
  • Serious Skincare A Force XR
  • Supreme Moisture Locking Natural Hand Cream
  • Supreme Cuticle Care Oil
  • philosophy 3-in-1 shower gel in Candy Cane
  • Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream
  • Skindinavia The Makeup Finishing Spray - Oil Control version
  • Covergirl Queen All Day Flawless Foundation in Mocha Q835
  • Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Cleansing Oil
  • Jamaican Mango & Lime Jamaican Black Castor Oil in Peppermint
  • Tarte Maneater Mascara
  • Serious Skincare Mega Force
  • Serious Skincare A Wash
  • Nivea Cocoa Butter Body Cream
  • Elemis Pro Collagen Cleansing Balm
  • Bliss Lemon & Sage Hand Cream
  • Clark's Botanicals Intense Radiance Mask
  • Origins Out of Trouble Mask
  • Schwarzkopf Smooth 'n Shine Conditioning Polisher
  • Revlon Kiss Exfoliating Balm
I enjoyed all these empties with the exception of the Nivea Cocoa Butter Body Cream. I was excited to try this. It's inexpensive and I've tried other lotions from Nivea that I've liked. The consistency is nice and smooth but it was not moisturizing at all. To use it up, I layered Vaseline's Cocoa Radiant Body Gel Oil after I applied the body cream. I say skip this and pick up their Essentially Enriched Body Lotion.

Next up will be my favorites of September and October!

Monday, September 17, 2018

Palette Obsessions: Coloured Raine and Makeup Revolution

I swear I can't stop buying eyeshadow palettes! When I heard that the original Naked palette was being discontinued, I was so tempted to get one since I got rid of mine like a dummy. Well I can now say I DID repurchase it from Macy when they had 15% off going on which I could use on top of the sale price. So score! It still might be going on at the time of this post. Here are some other recent palette purchases. I've used 3 of the 4 palettes already. So I can give some initial first impressions of the palettes. Yay!

The Coloured Raine Queen of Hearts Palette was on sale on their website and I jumped on getting it. Two of my makeup friends have raved about this palette. I've done a few looks with it and so far I am enjoying it. My ONLY gripe is with the matte brown called Duchess. I wish it was a tad deeper but I still enjoy it and it's not like I don't have darker brown shades in my stash. I also wish the wine shade Lady Ship was a tad deeper as well. Again nothing major.

I kind of crapped on Makeup Revolution with some previous palettes I ended up returning. Well this time around I have purchased 3 *head palm*. One of my YouTube favs emilynoel83 has collaborated with Makeup Revolution and we have two palettes! If you have not seen her video on this collaboration, please check out her video. I couldn't be more happy for her. I've played around with The Needs Face & Eye Palette and The Wants palette. I picked up both from Ulta. If I could go back and edit my purchase I probably would have just picked up The Wants palette. I like The Needs palette but I don't see myself reaching for it a ton. The bronzer shade Courage I cannot use on my face. So I've used it an extra eyeshadow. Also a couple of the eyeshadows are really my jam but I'll use them. The Passion shadow is GORGEOUS! The Wants palette is BEAUTIFUL! It's not just a neutrals palette. It has a nice mix of shades. I have the same gripe with The Wants palette that I have with the Queen of Hearts of palette. I wish that the matte brown Apartment was a tab deeper. But the palette has a matte black as well. So I can mix Apartment with that and I'm good. Her palette are available at Ulta and the Makeup Revolution website.

I picked up the Tropical Paradise Palette from the Makeup Revolution website. This is another collaboration palette with MakeupbyTammi. She's a UK YouTuber that I stumbled upon. I've mentioned before I try to support WOC YouTubers when I can and if I like the product. This is a pretty mix of shades. I haven't dipped into it yet but I'm anxious to play around with it.

I'm hoping after this I can really do a no buy *sigh*. But all the holiday stuff is releasing. GAH! I quit this life LOL!!! Stay tuned for my next palette shenanigans.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

August 2018 Hit List

Can someone please tell me where Summer went? I am looking forward to Fall as always but after that comes Winter *sigh*. I hate Winter!

Here are my favorites for August. Some of these items came with me on my work trip to Chicago.

IT Cosmetics Miracle Water

I picked this up from QVC when they had a Today's Special Value (which I did order but I sent it back). What intrigued me about this product is that is a 3 in 1. It's skin-brightening radiance booster, anti-aging treatment essence and skin-softening micellar cleanser. I've mainly been using during my evening skin routine and I LOVE IT! It gets any extra dirt and makeup off my face, my skin has been brighter with continued use and my skin is super soft after using it. I'm always looking for something to brighten my skin and I've been wanting to add an essence to my routine. It's an easy product to incorporate into your routine. I also love the water like consistency. This month I have been using "thinner" products like this and I have really been enjoying them. Of course I opted for auto delivery. It also can with a mini Secret Sauce moisturizer but I have not tried it yet.

Erborian Bamboo Matte Lotion

This is another "thin" product that I have added to my morning skin care routine. A friend was nice enough to pass this along to me. It is available at Sephora. I have been eyeing a matte face primer from this brand. This product combined with the next product below has done wonders for my foundation application. My skin in smooth and nicely matte not dried out. When I was in Chicago even my boss mentioned that my makeup looked good. I was like well then! I plan on repurchasing this product during the VIB sale in November.

Luzern La Defense Urban Protect Daily Moisturizer

I thought I had talked about this before but apparently not. Another product that my friend passed along to me. It can be purchased from their website. I've mainly used this when I travel for a daytime moisturizer and I forgot how much I really like it. It protects your skin from all the bad stuff we encounter everyday like pollution and such. It absorbs nicely into the skin and I feel like mattfies, smooths and plumps out my skin. It feels perfectly moisturized. So this combined with the Erborian Bamboo Matte Lotion...HELLO! As much as I love it I highly doubt I'll purchase it when I'm done mainly due to the cost. I mean it's $85! But never say never. Stranger things have happened.

Tarte Tarlette in Bloom Palette

I went back and forth on what palette to travel with and I settled on this one. This is an awesome palette for travel. I think it's the third time I've traveled with it. It's super easy to use and I had no trouble with my looks lasting all day. Also the dark matte shades in this palette are everything! I think this may be my go to palette for travel.

Urban Decay Darkhorse Eyeshadow

I took the Urban Decay Rollergirl palette with me to Chicago mainly for one eyeshadow. I used Darkhorse a lot. It's the perfect dark brown eyeshadow. It's described as a deep mocha . I'm tempted to get in a single shadow. Or repurchase the original Naked palette I destashed since the palette is being discontinued and is currently on sale. I could wear a dark brown eye look everyday and be happy.

MAC Blush in Notable and Raizin

If you've been following me along these two blushes have been long time favorites. Both are matte blushes Notable is muted brick rose color. It's hands down my favorite pink blush. Raizin is golden reddish-brown. These two blushes go with almost any look that I do.

ColourPop Bardot Blush

I just mentioned this blush last month. I was about to put it away but still kept reaching for it in August. I may leave in rotation come Fall. I think it'll pair nicely with my favorite dark lippies! It is described as rusty red copper

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick & Hi-Fi Shine Lipgloss in Rapture

These two were impulse buys while I was in Chicago. I forgot my Beso lipgloss that I also talked about last month. So I was going to buy another gloss. Sephora doesn't carry Beso. So instead of walking out of the store, I picked up not one but two new lippies *head palm*. Rapture is described as a dusty rose (lipstick) and rose mauve (lipgloss) and it is beautiful! I pretty much wore this lippie the entire week. I paired with a purple line and a berry liner and it looked good with both. I may have finally ordered Backtalk during the recent Sephora Insider Appreciation sale too *twirls*.

OLEHENRIKSEN Balance It All™ Essentials Set

This more of a surprise item vs favorite. I picked this set up from Sephora. I had a sample of the cleanser and I really liked it. I got this set to get more of the cleanser and to try the toner and moisturizer. I used these products on a super hot day were I was sweating a lout. Also I went to Sunday brunch and the AC in the restaurant I was in didn't seem to be working or due to the huge windows letting in all the sunlight in overtook the AC. I thought I would be a greasy mess when I got home but I wasn't! I was shocked. I did use another serum and SPF with these items but then didn't interfere with the OLEHENRIKSEN products. I'm going to pull this set back out and use it in September since it's still hot out.

And there you have it. A nice mix of products for the month. Let's see what September brings!

Here's the view from my room in Chicago.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

July/August 2018 Out of My Face

Hey hey hey. Hi hi hiiiiiiii!

I know things have been lackluster around here with just empties and favorites *shrugs*.  It may change then it may not. I'm still struggling with my beauty self. Yes I'm still buying and trying stuff but I'm also trying to identify go to products and such. And I'm also trying to scale back and get rid of stuff/use what I have. So basically I'm still all over the place lol!

Here is what I've used up for July and August!

  • Drunk Elephant Beste Jelly Cleanser
  • Serious Skincare Glycolic Extreme Facial Peel 
  • Serious Skincare Reverse Sereum
  • Serious Skincare  Serious C3 Plasma C Serum
  • Serious Skincare Ultra-Mare Serum
  • Lancome Advanced Genifique
  • Clark's Botanicals Intense Radiance Mask
  • Pantene Gold Series Intense Hydrating Oil
  • Cosrx Good Morning Cleanser
  • Suave Coconut Oil Infusion Damage Repair Shampoo
  • Vaseline Intensive Care Cocoa Radiant Lotion
  • belif the true cream aqua bomb .33 fl oz
  • Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Frambos Glycolic Night Serum 
  • Derma E Rejuvenating Sage & Lavender Face Oil
  • Ole Henriksen Find Your Balance Oil Control Cleanser
  • Bliss Naked Body Butter
  • Urban Decay All Nighter Spray .50 fl oz
  • Korres Vanilla Cherry Body Butter 1.69 fl oz
I think the only newbie to the list is the Bliss Naked Body Butter. I picked it up from Ulta. It was decent. I don't need any more body moisturizers right now. Even if I did I wouldn't rush out to repurchase it. It pained me to use up the Drunk Elephant Beste Jelly Cleaner. I had it in the old packaging but it so good! I don't need any more facial cleansers right now but I am definitely repurchasing during the November Sephora sale!

Not a lot used up this round but it'll do! Next up will be my August favorites! Someone please tell me where did summer go!?!?!?

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Palette Obsessions: MAC, Tarte, Juvia's Place

This post is a haul/first impressions of sorts. These are recent purchases. I've done a look or two with them (except for one palette). So far I'm liking them put they haven't reached favorite status yet but I wanted to talk about them. So here they are!

After using the MAC Aaliyah Age Ain't Nothing palette, I've been eyeing other MAC eyeshadow palettes. I picked up two quads from one of the PatrickStarrr's releases. I got both of these on sale. One I got from MAC and the other I got from Macy's. I'm not sure if they are still available. I picked up Glam AF and Goalgetter. Both are super pretty and have some classic MAC shades. Then I picked up the Burgundy Time Nine palette when The Style and Beauty Doctor mentioned it in a post. She said it's a second cousin to the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette but with deeper shades and I totally agree. I like that it has deeper shades. I feel like they work better with my skin tone. I've considered traveling with some of these for my upcoming work trip. We shall see if they make it into my makeup bag.

I went in Ulta to return some skincare. Of course I can't walk in, make a return and walk out of the store. I looked at the Urban Decay On the Run collection that I was set on getting but seeing it in person, I was like meh. Looking at the Tarte items I came across the Love, Trust & Fairy Dust Eye & Cheek Palette. When I saw it, I'm sure my eyes got big. It instantly gave me Urban Decay Naked 3 palette vibes but I like this one better! I've played around with this palette the most and I have really been enjoying it. The packaging is also too cute and I'm typically not a sucker for packaging.

It's safe to say if Juvia's Place comes out with a new palette then I'm getting it! They recently released the Afrique palette and like the rest of their palettes it is gorgeous! I haven't dipped into this one yet oh but I will! It's currently sold out. Check their social media for the restock or you can get emailed when it's back in stock.

And there you have it!

I typically post hauls to my Instagram. So follow me along there if you'd like!