Saturday, January 28, 2012

January 2012 Favorites

Sooooo I guess for 2012 I'll try to do my monthly favorites.  Let's see how this goes :)

Maybelline eyeshadow quads - I have four of the Stylish Smokes quads (Natural, Emerald, Amethyst and Charcoal) and Chai Latte.  Inexpensive, good pigmentation and I don't have a problem with them lasting.

Maybelline Color Tattoos - this product has taken youtube and the blogs by storm.  I saw it and I was interested.  People have been comparing these to MAC paint pots.  I don't own any #kanyeshrug.  I picked this up in the 3 colors (Bad to the Bronze, Pomegranate Punk and Audacious Asphalt).  I've used this with and without a primer.  The lasted ok with out a primer but for my eyes they lasted longer with one.  These are amazing.  Awesome color and staying power.  I think I may pick up a couple more colors.

Ruby Kisses Eyeshadow Primer - I ordered this off of  It was a random purchase since it was cheap.  I didn't have high hopes for it.  Tried it when I first got it and I did not like it at all.  However I didn't throw it away.  I said I could use it when I do random play around looks on the weekend.  I pulled it out this month and was like let's give this another go.  Now I love it.  Usually I have the hardest time getting my eyeshadow to last all day.  Using this has helped a lot.  It's just as good at the high end brand that people mention all the time on youtube and the blogosphere.  I also love that when you blend it onto your eye it doesn't leave behind any "residue" or color.  Not sure I'm explaining it right but you get the idea.

Bobbi Brown bronzer - I had been using Cover Girl's Queen Collection bronzer in ebony bronzer for the looongest time and really really liked it.  Lately it has been looking red on my skin.  So I've shelved it for now and went back to Bobbi Brown's.  *whispers* I think I like it better than Cover Girl.  It's on the expensive side but I've had it for a while and I haven't hit pan yet.  I love that it matte.  Most bronzers have some kind of shimmer.  I have this in Deep Chocolate.

Bobbi Brown foundation  - I have 3 of her foundations.  I have the foundation stick, oil free compact and natural finish.  I've gone back and forth between the 3 and I really like all of them.  My top 2 would be the compact and natural finish.  All are easy to blend and your don't look made up.  It's your skin only better.

Bobbi Brown gel liner - I have this is in several shades.  The two I have been reaching for this month are Espresso Ink and Black Ink.  Goes on smoothly and lasts alllll day.  I mean it looks the same as when I put it on in the monring until I wash my face in the evening.  I use Smashbox's angled liner brush to apply it (another fav of mine).

Revlon Super Lustrous lipsticks - I have a few shades but the ones I've had within easy reach are Va Va Violet, Black Cherry, Iced Amethyst and Berry Haute.  Berry Haute is a pretty good dupe for MAC's Up the Amp. is all I have to say lol.  If you are a women of color you need Va Va Violet and Black Cherry in your life.  They are inexpensive and very moisturizing.  I cannot stand a dry lipstick.  The color wears well throughout the day.  I usually don't touch up a whole lot.  By the end of the day there's still a good amount of color left on my lips.

Revlon Photo Ready Volume 3D Mascara - this is relatively new mascara that launched this month.  I've pretty much been using it everyday and wow.  I have pretty decent eyelashes to start so it takes a lot for a mascara to wow me.  This one separates, lenghtens and gives you volume.  I haven't had any major issues with it and would purchase it again.

Wet n' Wild Color Icon blushes - yup Wet n' Wild lol.  I have 3 of the 4 blushes (still need to get my hands on Berry Shimmer).  These are inexpensive and have great pigmentation.  I'm of a deeper skin tone and I'm always leery of wheter or not a blush will show up on my cheeks.  I have no problem with these.  Even Pearlescent Pink shows up on me and I don't look crazy.

WEN Cleansing Conditioners - I had seen the presentations many times on QVC and was somewhat skeptical.  I know co-washing your hair is the new "trend" but I was like huh what?  I got a sample size of WEN in the New Beauty Test Tube from QVC.  Randomly on a Saturday I gave it a try and I was like oh really now?  I actually liked it.  I picked up some other WEN items to try.  So I decided to give a real test after I got my hair done (chemically relaxed) and for the most part I'm impressed.  We'll see what my hairdresser says the next time I see her and if WEN remains a permanent part of the hair care routine.

Dooney & Bourke Leather Hobo w/ Logo Lock - I have this bag in two colors (yes two).  I have in natural and navy. I've been carrying the navy one.  I forgot home much I loooove this bag.  For me it's the perfect size to use during the week and even on weekends when I'm out and about.  It's not too big and it's not too small.  You can carry your essential items and them some.  It also fits nicely on the shoulder.  The one picture below is in natural.

Bose IE2 Audio Headphones- random right? lol!  I never got into the hold Beats by... craze.  I looked at them but was never really moved to purchase.  I had heard good things about Bose's music system and decided to see what they had.  Yes they cost more than you typical earbuds from Walmart or Target but if you really enjoy listening to music like I do then you don't mind the cost.  The sound quality of these is awesome.  I've used them with my Nook Color and laptop.  Another QVC purchase lol.

Clementines - antother random.  One thing I look forward to when the weather gets coloder is clementines. I get a crate thingy from the grocery store and I'm happy.  I've been eating at least 4 a day.

Peanut M&Ms - what can I say.  Sometimes you get a taste for stuff lol! - I had started using this site last year, did good for a while but fell off around the holidays (typical lol).  Well I'm back at in again for 2012 and so far so good.  It's a free site that helps you will your weight loss efforts.  You can track your calories and exercise as well as "friend" people which is kinda cool.  So it has a Facebook element to it.

Leslie Sansone's Walk-Eat-Lose 7 DVD Program w/Boost Cables - started using this off and on last year.  I've been doing this consistenly for this month.  It's basic in that they aren't a lot of moves to learn like with the your typical exercise DVDs.  But this joker right here gets you moving.  I think it's a good place to start or if you want something to add to your current workout efforts.  It comes with body boosting cables and they are no joke! Yowza!!  The DVDs also contain eating tips for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  It's available on her website but I got mine through QVC.

Ok I think that's it.  I'll just get on listing stuff.  Until next month!

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