Monday, October 20, 2014

Beauty Plotting and Planning


So with all the fall and holiday collections that have come out recently, my mind has been spinning (I'm such a nerd right?). Also with Sephora's VIB sale on the horizon, I've been pre-planning my online shopping cart. Yesterday I was on my laptop adding stuffing to my cart, taking stuff out and calculating the discount. Then I finally got the point where I was like ENOUGH and shut my laptop down. There is one item that I want from Tarte (the new blush palette) and The Magic Act palette from Bare Minerals. I can wait on the Bare Minerals palette to go on sale. Bare Minerals usually starts running promos during Black Friday and into Christmas. Also last year a lot of their holiday sets were on sale at Ulta well before Christmas. The Tarte palette hasn't sold out yet which I'm surprised that it hasn't. Last year that joker went quick! There are some items from Kat Von D that I want to try (her makeup wipes and makeup setting spray) and a brush cleanser I need to replenish. So it would be nice to save a little on those items.

Of course now I'm sitting here thinking about 2015 *sigh*. So I'm leaning towards doing what I was planning to do in I think 2012 or 2013. That is to replenish what I need to and stick with any QVC beauty TSV auto deliveries for my "new" pretty. I've already ordered Tarte's November TSV early and I opted for auto delivery (2 shipments total). I'm also going to order Bare Minerals November TSV on auto delivery as well (4 shipments total). So that alone is more than enough "new pretty" for next year. Now if something truly amaze balls comes out, I'll take a look at it. As far as maintaining my current statutes for Sephora's and Ulta's beauty programs, they're good into 2015. Going forward the main one I'm sure I'll be able to maintain is Ulta's since I can get my skincare items there along with my base face products (foundation and such). Also their beauty program is the better deal than Sephora's with the various 20% off coupons throughout the year and redeeming points for money off on your purchases. And they birthday offers are better at Ulta (depending on your level). As much as I've enjoyed picking up various products here and there, I've enjoyed rediscovering items in my stash and using them more so. I've done a good job getting rid of stuff that I don't want anymore. So it's time to shop my own doggone store (as my cousin like to call it).

Let's see how this goes. Stay tuned...

Monday, October 6, 2014

Palette Play October 2014

This month I am using one palette for the whole month. I know you're thinking one palette? Well once you see it you'll know why.

I'm going to play around with the smashbox Photo Op Mega Palette!







This thing is not the easier to take pictures of. Jeez!

This was one of the first palette that initiated my palette play posts. When I broke it out around the holidays, I really didn't use it. So this bad boy gets a WHOLE month!  Let's see how this goes and if I get tempted to play around with some other stuff *shifty eyes*. I  hoping playing around with this will help fight the urge of several palettes along with single shadows from Makeup Geek that have caught my eye. *fingers crossed*. This was limited edition but smashbox releases similar versions of this palette with eyeshadows, blushes, etc.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Polish Play October 2014

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Domestic Violence Awareness Month, I have pulled out some pink and purple polishes to play around with. I was going to play around with all Essie polishes with no particular colors in mind this month. Then I went through my Essie polishes and pulled out the pink, purple and pinky purple ones. I also pulled out the two OPI polishes that were released last year for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Here's what I'm playing around with this month:


Sure Shot and DJ Play That Song


The Lace Is On and Tour de Finance


Sexy Divide and Smokin' Hot


I Think In Pink and You Glitter Be Good To Me


And there you have it!

Make sure you do your monthly self breast checks and get your mammograms. Also if you are in an abusive relationship of any kind, please seek help.

Be easy folks!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

September 2014 Favorites

Hey hey party people! I hope that September has been good to you. I can't believe October is upon on and 2014 is almost over! Oye vey! I don't have a lot to talk about in terms of favorites. I do have quite a few meh products to talk about. So let's see what made the grade this month!

Eyes


I enjoyed playing around with the tarte palettes I pulled out for the month. My absolute favorite was the Exotic Eyes palette. It only has five shades but for me, it has everything for me to do an eye look everyday without reaching for another palette or single shadows. I think this came out around the time of the first Naked Basics palette. I get that the Naked Basics palette is more of a companion palette but you can still do everyday looks with it. I don't have it but I have looked at it when I've been out and about but never had the really urge to get it. When I saw Exotic Eyes presented on QVC, I was like yep I'm getting it. You can do so many different looks with this palette from simple everyday looks to night time looks. I got mine from tarte's website. I've also see it on Ulta's website.

I've been playing around with a bunch of Bare Minerals brushes this month. Three eye brushes I have been enjoying are the wet/dry brush eyeshadow brush, the buffing eye brush and the tapered crease defining brush. The wet/dry and buffing eye brushes are great for applying shadow on the lid. They are also great for one eyeshadow looks since the have some give to them and you can pull shadows up into the crease. The crease brush is great for darkening the outer corner and perfect placement of shadows in the crease.

Lips


I picked up 2 Wet n Wild lipsticks from the Fall 2014 Limited Edition Megalast Matte Collection. There are 4 lipsticks but there was only 2 left in the display I came across. Grrrr! From what I read on various blogs and Instagram posts, this collection was only available at Kmart. This irks me to no end when limited edition drugstore makeup collections are available only at certain stores. Anywho enough ranting lol. I picked up Sunset Siren and Bordeaux Boulevard. Sunset Siren is a classic, old school Hollywood orange red and I really reeeeaaallly like it. Bordeaux Boulevard is a nice medium purple color. It's not too bright or too dark. The collection also has nail polishes but I didn't pick any up,

Face


I had pulled out the Feel the Love lipstick from Bare Mineral's True Romantic collection that launched in January, to see if I wanted to keep it or not. Then I decided to pull out the other items I picked up from the collection which included the blush in Swoon. I had other blushes that I pulled out to play with this month but I wore Swoon just about everyday. It was an automatic reach every time I went to apply my blush in the morning. I had my Z Palette with my La Femme and Mary blushes in reach but I kept grabbing Swoon. Swoon is described as petal pink satin. It's buildable which I can appreciate and it goes with just about and eye and lip combo. Temptalia has some nice swatches of it on her blog.

Nails


I picked up 2 Butter London polishes during Ulta's 21 Days of Beauty. I picked up Brown Sugar and Pistol Pink. Both are pretty on and are good transition colors going into Fall. But y'all know me, I'd wear these shades year round, especially Brown Sugar. It goes well against my skin tone.

Body


I picked up Dial's Coconut Water Body Wash from Walgreens. They had a buy one, get one free promo going on. So I got two since I like coconut scents. If for some reason I ended up not liking it then I was going to give the extra bottle to my mom. But that's not going to happen since I really like it. I picked this up based of my beauty pusher's glowing recommendation in one of her Makeup Monday videos. The scent is just right. It's not too sweet or fake smelling. It lathers nicely, feels good on the skin and rinses nicely. So if you're a coconut fan then check this one out. I may check out some other Dial body washes next time there's a sale. I want to try some other body washes at the drugstore. I still enjoy philosophy body washes but I'm enjoying finding gems at the drugstore and saving here and there.

I picked up Essence of Beauty's Shea Indulgence Rich Body Butter for .99 cents to try out as a hand cream. I'm still enjoying the Nivea Cream but I wanted something a little more "convenient" to keep by the bathroom sink at home. Plus I used up the little tin quickly at home. I've been trying this out at work and I really like it. The 6.5oz tube is $7.99 on the CVS website. So I would think that it's the same price in store. So we shall see if I get a larger tube. Maybe when I have some Extra Bucks to use I'll grab one. There are some other hand creams I might try first. With the cooler temperatures setting in, I need to find a good hand cream. If you have any suggestions, let me know.

Meh Products of the Month


I am NOT a fan of foam products. Nope nope nope! I had picked up some Gentle Foaming Hand Soaps from Bath & Body Works Memorial Day weekend. I got down to my last two and said I'm not using these. One I was saving for the kitchen and I'll still put it there. The other one I gave to my mom. I prefer the Deep Cleansing soaps. I like them because they have the "scrubbies" in them and they are moisturizing to me. If I don't put lotion on my hand right after, it's ok because they don't feel dry. With the foam ones my hands felt dry once I rinsed them off and still felt dry even after putting lotion on. I don't have time for that.

Another foam product that I'm not wowed by but I don't hate it is the Ambi Even & Clear Foaming Cleanser. I got this a set from the Ubiquitous Health and Hair show last month. The set came with the face wash, fade cream, moisturizer and a t-shirt. The moisturizer is nice. the fade cream kind of freaks me out. I've only used it a few times. It's the version for normal skin. They have a combination skin version and I'm wondering what the difference is between the two. The tube is HUGE too. Ok back to the face wash. I've been using it since I got it. I can seem to the get the number of pumps right. Either I pump out too much or not enough for my face and neck. I've been using it the morning and it's just ok. I'm going to try using it in the evening with Garnier's Cleansing Oil to see if I like it better and to help me use it up. If not I'll pass it on to a friend who I know like Ambi products.

I'm over lip products that I have to baby. I got rid of 3 Wet n' Wild Megalast lipsticks in Bare It All, Think Pink and Just Peachy. Bare it All was ok but I have other 'traditional' nude lipsticks that I am more comfortable wearing. The same goes with Think Pink. I have other pink lipsticks that I like more. We've already discussed my "fear" of peach/coral/orange lip colors. So Just Peachy had to go. I already pitched them, so I don't have them to show you.

I picked the Rose Argan Hand Cream from Ulta. I'm leery when it comes to rose scented items. Sometimes they can come off powdery or old lady like. I actually like the smell of this. It absorbs nicely into the skin and at the time of application it does feel moisturizing. After a while though my hands feel dry. I'll add a bit more but overall I'm just now wowed by it other than the scent. I've passed it on to my mom. She's the recipient of the bath and body stuff that I no longer want or care for lol.

I picked up NYX's Matte Finish Spray during a 40% sale on NYX products at Ulta. I was hoping that this could be an alternative to the Urban Decey De-Slick spray that I enjoy. NYX is inexpensive anyway but an additional 40% off is quite nice. I had read reviews and they were mixed. When I first used I liked it. Then it was just ok. Now I don't care for it. Some of the reviews had said too much product sprays out. At first I didn't think so but with continued use, I noticed that it does. Whatever top I had on when applying this would be really wet. Also it didn't do much for keeping me matte or my makeup in place longer that on the days when I didn't use it. So long story short, I don't plan on repurchasing it and I will definitely pick up another bottle of Urban Decay's De-Slick.

And there you have it. See not too much. I have quite a few posts sitting in draft status. Going into Fall has had me in blah mode lately. Let's see what I can get out. On to October!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Polish Play September 2014

A mix of polish brands that I'm playing around with this month. I've pulled out some darker colors. I don't care that it's still like 80/90 degrees outside. I am ready for Fall!!




Top Row: Bondi Starry Night, Bondi Midnight Mystery, Ozotic 505, Wet n Wild Megalast Disturbia, Nailtina Mango Rita
Middle Row: Milani Color Statement polishes in Emerald Sapphire, Enchanted Emerald, Gilded Rocks, Milani Vivid Violet, Milani Sugar Cane
Bottom Row: Sinful Colors polishes in Precious Metal, Nail Junkie, Amethyst

Enchanted Sapphire and Enchanted Emerald are two new shades for Fall that I picked up from the Ubiquitous Hair and Health Show that I mentioned in my August Favorites. They're not out just yet, so keep an eye out! There was another shade that was a ruby color that I didn't get but plan on getting with the Fall collection launches.

I've already dipped into the Milani polishes. Here in Enchanted Emerald and Gilded Rocks. This is one coat of Enchanted Emerald and Gilded Rock is a full glitter polish. I've also used Vivid Violet and Sugar Cane together. Pretty, pretty, pretty!





Sunday, August 31, 2014

Palette Play September 2014

I'm sticking with one brand again for this month's palette play. This month I'm playing around with Tarte! Two of the palettes are new to my stash. Woot!



These two palettes are the Exotic Eyes (new) and Ten palettes. I got Exotic Eyes from Tarte's site. It originally launched on QVC but I had missed out on getting it there. I've had the Ten palette for a good while now. Can't remember where I got it from.



These two palettes are from a QVC auto delivery and they don't have fun palette names. They are both called the tarte Amazonian Clay 16-Pc Eyeshadow Palette. The one on the left should look familiar. This was one of the palettes that started off palette play back in December. The one of the right is new. Both palettes are available for purchase on QVC. I've see the on the right on Sephora's site.

I have no idea in what order I'm going to use these. Labor Day weekend is kind of throwing me off. I'm also going to play around with the four smolderEyes pencils that came with the two larger palettes (Golden Black, Brown, Fig and Gunmetal).

See you again in October!


August 2014 Favorites

I hope that everyone had a fantabulous August! Football is in the air and Fall is on the horizon!! Woohoo! Let' get into some favorites!

Eyes



I got the elf Flawless Concealer Brush back in March from their website. It's supposedly a dupe for the Sephora brush. When I first used it, I did not like it at all and it was about to be a meh product of the month. The more I used it, the more I grew to like it. I use it with Bare Minerals Stroke of Light. It blends it out very nicely. I plan on getting another one.


Another brush I've been loving is the Real Techniques Base Eyeshadow brush. This was an early favorite when I started purchasing Real Techniques brushes. However, I hadn't really used it in a while. This a great brush for applying color and blending. It is the perfect brush to use for a one eyeshadow look which is what I used it a lot for this month. I wish it was available on it's own but it's in the Starter Kit.

When I got back from St. Louis last month, I went to Ulta to use my $10 off Ulta birthday coupon and my coworker got me a gift card for my birthday. I had decided a while back to use the birthday coupon on a palette. But then the palettes I was eyeing weren't speaking to me anymore. So the day I went to Ulta, I walked and walked and walked around. I picked up stuff. I swatched stuff. I wasn't really moved by anything and I had "free" money to use! WTH! Then I remembered Mally's Shadow Stick in Saddle Shimmer. She had posted a get ready with my video on her YouTube channel and she used it in her look. So I did pick that up along with a couple of other items. This is a pretty bronze shade. It reminds me of the Maybelline Color Tattoo Bad to the Bronze. It has been my go to shadow stick lately. It paired nicely with Mally's In the Buff 2 palette and Bare Minerals The Epiphany Ready 2.0.  I have been on a shadow stick kick lately. They are super quick and easy. You can wear them on their own or use them along with powder eyeshadows. I honestly haven't touched my Maybelline Color Tattoos in a while. I think I'll try to incorporate them in my remaining palette plays.


Continuing with Mally, I have been LOVING her palettes!! Like I tweeted her and gushed over them. I said I could probably get rid of my other eyeshadows and use just her palettes. Yea I know, crazy right?? They are so easy to use. Her various brown eyeshadows are bomb.com. I even did a warm look with her I Love Color palette that I really liked. The In the Buff 2 palette is an awesome neutral palette. I'm patiently waiting to get my hands on the original In the Buff palette. But then I'm like do I really need it of course. That's a whole different discussion. Or rather a continuation of various discussions that I've already posted about. Job well done Mally on these palettes!!

I picked up the Black Radiance Perfecting Eye Shadow Primer during a CVS run. I was excited when I found it. Especially since I love the face primer so much. I was like oh this going to be good! When I first used it, I loved the way it applied and instantly got tacky. But as the day progressed, I did get creasing. I was like ugh! I kept playing around with it and it wasn't performing. I was going to post about it as a meh product. But I was like no. I left it alone for a while. Picked it back up recently. What I have been doing with this and the other two eye primers I have is apply it after I apply my face primer. Then I do my face makeup, brows and then do my eyes. This has helped tremendously! I guess I wasn't allowing enough time to set before applying my eye makeup. So needlessly to say that I am tickled pink that this is working for me and that I have found an eye primer at the drugstore. Wooooot! I may try Milani's again and see if it works for me using this "method".

Lips



I picked up 2 of the Revlon Lacquer Balms from Walgreens when they had a buy one, get one 50% off promo going on. I picked up Coy and Whimsical. These are awesome! Coy is a good everyday brown nude shade for my skin tone and Whimsical is in my comfort zone when wearing a pink lip with a hint of purple in it. I was wearing MAC's Daddy's Little Girl the day I bought these. For giggles I applied Whimsical on top on Daddy's Little Girl. Amazeballs! I looked at the other shades and swatches online. Not sure if I'll get any additional shades. I only have one of the matte ones in the purple one that I really enjoy. I want to pick up Sultry.

I got the You're The Balm lip balm in my Ipsy bag for August. I was meh about it at first since I'm not a fan of potted lip products. It's also grape scented and I was worried how it would mix while eating and drinking. At first I put it on at night. Didn't like it for a night time balm. I prefer something a little thicker. However it make a great daytime lip balm for applying various lip products. It moisturizes the lips but didn't interfere with whatever lipstick or lip gloss I wore for that day.

Face



Two Queen Helene masques I have been love the last couple of months are the Mint Julep Masque and Grape Seed Extract Peel Off Masque. The Mint Julep masque is an old time favorite. I like this one when my skin is out of whack due to breakouts. The Grape Seed masque was new to me and I really enjoy it. After using it my skin appears smoother and firmer. Especially my neck! I was like say what now! You can't beat the price of $3.99. You may find them cheaper. I have picked this up from Ulta.

Another skin care product I have been enjoying is Garnier's Nourishing Cleansing Oil. I picked it up on a whim from CVS. I had read/heard some good reviews on it. Prior to this I've used Josie Maran's Argan Cleansing Oil and I've used coconut oil. I have enjoyed using this to remove my makeup prior to washing my face. Lately I have be really anal about removing most if not all of my makeup before I wash my face. Makeup remover wipes are cool and I'll probably still use them since I have like 3 packs on hand now. I feel that Garnier's Cleansing Oil gets the job done better than your traditional makeup remover wipe. From the reviews I've seen, this is thicker than other cleansing oils. The consistency of it doesn't bother me.

I'm not even going to show you a picture of the Boscia Green Tea Blotting Linens I have. It is straight up busted from being in my makeup bag lol! I got a sample pack of 25 from a Sephora perk that included a bunch of Boscia items. These are a nice size. Most blotting sheets I feel are so small that I have to use like 3 or 4 of them to get oil off this face. They don't disturb my makeup and they do feel nice. Afterwards I may go in with Mally's Face Defender. Usually I just used Mally Defender without blotting because that's one use of the product. But I feel funny using whatever sponge in the product to my shiny face. I would definite purchase these on their own.

I took the two IT Vitality Cheek Flushes in Magical in Mauve and Matte Sweet Apple with me when I went to St. Louis last month and I continued playing around with them in August. They are pigmented, blend nicely on to the skin and last all day. There are two other blushes shades in this line that I want to pick up.

Another blush I pulled out and enjoyed this month was Black Radiance Toasted Almond. This is a good everyday, goes with anything blush. I kind of don't want to put it away but I do need to rotate and play with my other blushes *sigh*. The struggle lol!

Nails



I loved all the blue nail colors I played around with this month. Here we have Let's Here It For The Boy and I Know What Boys Like from Deborah Lippmann along with Test My Teal from Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear.

Body

Noting to report. *shrugs*

Random Stuff



I got the It's a 10 with Keratin from Ulta as a gift with purchase. It's also came with a $5 off coupon good until the end of the year. So I was like I need to go ahead and try this to see if I like it. When I go to the hairdresser she uses the original version on me. I did ask her about the Keratin version and she said it was good. So I felt comfortable using it. I used it in place of my Chi Keratin Mist. I sprayed it on my wet hair and noticed instantly how easy it was to detangle my hair. One side of my hair always gets tangled not matter what I do. Not this time using this product. Then I added some Chi Silk Infusion and blow dried my hair. Instantly I noticed a difference. There was an instant shine to my hair and it was easier to blow dry. I couldn't stop touching my hair once it was dry and after I flat ironed my hair. I will definitely use the coupon I received. I will continue to use this until it's gone then use up the rest of the Chi Keratin Mist. This stuff is amazeballs I can't wait to go see my hairdresser and let her know how much I've enjoyed this product.

I picked up Cascadian Farm Organic Multi Grain Squares cereal during an early grocery store run from Safeway. It's reminds me of Chex. I got it randomly when the sale box of Raisin Bran I was looking for was out. I had it with almond milk. It got soggy quickly. It was good but I didn't care for it as much. I had a few squares dry and was like hmmmmm. This would make a good snack. So I went back to Safeway and got another box since it was on sale and have been eating it as snack in the afternoon or still for breakfast dry with a banana and some yogurt.

I went to the Ubiquitous Hair and Health Trade Show in DC. My friend found out about it. I hadn't heard of it before and wasn't expecting much. It was really nice and I ended up having a good time. Of course I picked up some goodies *shifty eyes* from Milani, Ambi and various hair products that I'm sure you'll see in a post or 2 :) I'm loving some of the items already. If this comes to your area, check it out! You can score some good deals and preview new products from the various vendors. They also had some performances and sessions as well. Chante Moore, Chrisette Michelle were there along with some other ladies. It was just a really nice atmosphere, everything was organized and everyone was super nice. You how it can be when you get a bunch of women together. I'm just saying *insert side eye*.

Purging my stash has actually been a favorite this month. Crystalis007 posted a picture on Instagram of items she pulled from her stash for an upcoming blog sale. It got me thinking. I was sitting on my bed when I got home that evening staring at my cart. I was like yep, let's do this! I got rid of a lot of lip products. Some were trashed and the rest I pulled to give away. I did look through other items and did pull some additional stuff. I honestly probably can part with more. So we shall see what happens between now and the end of the year.

Surprise Products of the Month



I've had Wild n' Wild's Purty Persimmon for a while now but have never worn it. It is a vibrant orange color. Now remember my rant last month about orange and peach lippies right? Well I threw it on early one morning getting ready for work and I love it! It's a bright orange but it a deeper bright orange. If that makes sense. More like an orange based red. So I was happy that this worked out for me. It reminds me of MAC's Mangrove from the Proenza Schouler collection that my friend told me about. But Mangrove is is little deeper. If you want to delve into this lip color then check Purty Persimmon out. You can't beat the price of $2!

Meh Products of the Month



I remember reading a so so review on Deborah Lippmann's Let's Go Crazy. But of course I got try stuff for myself. It applied nicely and it's pretty on. I threw this on right before I went to Nashville. It chipped something crazy! I was like what! Usually I get decent wear out of a glitter polish. I was going to try to wear it again this month to see if it was a fluke but didn't get a chance to. I will play with it again though. So disappointing.

On to September!!