Monday, April 24, 2017

#ManicureMonday China Glaze Violet-Vibes and Point Me to the Party

Another Monday on deck and another Manicure Monday!

Today I am wearing Violet-Vibes and Point Me to the Party by China Glaze. These two polishes were from their Electric Nights collection. Violet-Vibes is bright berry creme. I'm wearing two coats. Point Me to the Party is a clear glitter topper with neon green, pink, blue and orange hex glitter. It's very pretty and the various glitters are different sizes. It applied nicely and it's not too thick. I think they pair nicely together.

TTFN - ta ta for now!

Monday, April 17, 2017

#ManicureMonday OPI Politcally Polished

Hey there. How ya doin? What's good?

I meant to post this earlier in the day but time got away from me.

This is not one of the polishes I'm supposed to be playing around with for the month. This is from the OPI Washington DC Collection. This was an Ulta exclusive and I couldn't get my hands on it. One of my beauty loving sorority sisters scooped it up for me and sent it to me along with an Urban Decay lip palette that I'm digging. So naturally I had to try it out. It's described as dark plum brown and I digs it. I like it against my skin tone. I'm wearing two coats but could have gotten away with one. This joker was hard to photograph. It doesn't look dark in the pic but it is a tad darker in person. I may travel with this polish and a couple of others from the collection. We shall see.

See you next Monday!

Monday, April 10, 2017

March 2017 Top 5

 Here's my top 5 for March!

Page Eleven Planner

I've been in a planning rut. I haven't been using my personal Happy Planner like I should. Which annoys me to no end because that's money being wasted. I saw The Posh Blog's review on the Page Eleven 2017 Daily Planner. This planner spoke to me. I like the week on one page layout. I played around with a traveler's notebook insert with a similar layout. I also liked how the next page with your top 3 items for the week, meal planning and grocery list. There's also budget and gratitude sections for each month. There is also a quote at the beginning of each month which I love. I'm a big quote person. I also like the portable size. This is the planner that I've been using for the last couple of months. It just enough and I don't feel overwhelmed but it. I definitely will continue using it for 2017. I've inquired about a planner for 2018 and they are working on it now. Woohoo!

Cargo You Had Me at Hello Palette

I randomly came across this palette and it instantly caught my eye. I picked it up from Ulta. I got a lot of use of it in March. I've never tried Cargo eyeshadows before and they are really nice. The are smooth, pigmented and easy to the blend. The matte shades are not chalky. The palette is organized in duos which is kinda neat. I really enjoyed the six shades on the right side of the palette. If you're looking for a new palette for the spring and summer then check this one out.

Exfoliating Cleansers

For about two weeks or so I used an exfoliating cleanser as part of my morning skincare routine. I forgot just how much I like using an exfoliating cleanser in the morning. They make your skin nice and smooth and foundation applies so much better. The two I reached for are past favorites. I used The Microdelivery Exfoliating Facial Wash by philosophy and the Bioré Pore Unclogging Scrub. The scrub is actually my brother's lol! He has it in the shower and I was hey why not HA! I have some other cleansers I'm working through and I'm still trying to pair down my products. The skincare addict life is real lol! But I will keep in mind to add an exfoliating cleanser back into my morning skincare routine.

Urban Decay Lippies

A friend of mine sent my a bunch of Urban Decay lippies. She sent me some lipsticks (After Dark, Gash, Nighthawk and Pandemonium) and one of their new liquid lipsticks (Rock Steady). Then I ordered three Revolution High-Color glosses (Gash, Shadowheart and Afterdark) from their website that are on sale. I really enjoyed using the lippies in March. They are GOOD! The lipsticks are smooth and didn't' dry out my lippies. I heard some not so good reviews on their liquid lipsticks. I have the shade. I actually like it. This shade went on evenly and the formula is not drying like some liquud lipsticks, I want to look into the other shades. The glosses are awesome! I only had one (Bittersweet) that I remember liking when I used it. But of course I haven't used it in a while They are not sticky, they are very pigmented for a lip gloss and they were nicely throughout the day. I also rediscovered Gash which is probably my favorite red. I highly recommend checking out some lippies from Urban Decay.

Bare Minerals Flawless Finish Brush

This is another past favorite. This brush applies face powder nicely and it super duper soft! This one is a definite keeper in my brush stash.

Short and sweet for March. Let's see what April brings!

#ManicureMonday Beach It Up

Back at it again on this here Monday!

Today I did a full manicure with China Glaze's Beach It Up.  It's described as a dense rose gold and copper glitter in clear base. The color is a bit washed out in this pic grrrrrrr! None of the rosey coloring is coming through. I'm not sure how I feel about it as a full mani. *shrugs*. I'm wearing two coats but could have gotten away with one coat. It's not a smooth glitter polish even with a top coat. I think that's why I'm not liking it as a full mani.

I forgot to take a pic of the bottle on its own. So here it is again with Essie's Angora Cardi. It's also pictured in my April Shop My Stash post. And as always Google is your friend.

See you next Monday!

Friday, April 7, 2017

April 2017 Shop My Stash

A quick up from March, I ended up returning both Makeup Revolution palettes. The Kat Von D dupe wasn't much against my skin tone and I wasn't really wowed by the other palette either.

Now on to April!

Shadow Play

For eyeshadow, I'm going to play around with the 35R Ready, Set, Gold palette from Morphe. I've already done a few looks with it and it is er'thang! I'm positive that it's going to show up in my top 5 for April. I'm also going to play around with The Sahara Palette from Juvia's Place. I went back and forth on this one. The shades are pretty but it's not a "complete" palette. But I can use it with the 35R palette or another palette in my stash. So no biggie.

Polish Play

I pulled out some China Glaze nail polishes to play around with for the month.

Violet Vibes, Beach it Up, Point Me to the Party, Glitter Me This...

Princess Grace, Oxygen, Let's Chalk About It

Fragrance Play

For fragrance I'm keeping it simple and going to use philosophy's Amazing Grace.

There you have it. Short and simple for this month!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

March 2017 Out of My Face

I cannot believe it is April! I had good intentions to get this up in March. Dah well!

Here's what I used up in March:

  • Wen Lavender Mint Treatment Oil
  • Serious Skincare Olive Oil Replenishing Body Oil
  • philosophy Living Grace Whipped Body Creme
  • Wen Styling Creme in Tea Tree
  • Andrew Lessman Healthy Hair, Skin and Nails 720 count
  • Skinfix Rich Hand Cream
  • Serious Skincare Reverse Lift Reverse Serum 1oz
  • philosophy Purity Made Simple
  • Wen 613 Ultra Nourishing Intensive Body Treatment
  • Skinfix Hand Repair Cream
  • Andrew Lessman Healthy Hair Skin & Nail 720 count
  • Beauty Secrets Acetone Nail Polish Remove 32oz
  • Covergirl Queen All Day Flawless Foundation
  • Dickson's Daily Refreshingly Clean Cleansing Cloths
  • tarte Gifted Mascara
  • Mally More is More Mascara
The Serous Skincare Reverse Lift Firming Facial Serum with Argifirm is a newbie item. I was going to mention it in my favorites for February. Then I was going to do a separate post on it but then I felt like I needed to use it some more. I got this in one the Serious Skincare Halloween surprise boxes I picked up from HSN. I was like ummm I don't have wrinkles and my face doesn't need any lifting. I went on HSN to check out the reviews and what surprised me was that several reviews mentioned that this serum helped with pores, smoothing out the skin, easier makeup application and brightness. I then said SOLD! So I gave it a go and I really like this. It definitely makes my skin smoother and my makeup more seamless. I've used it twice a day and then I switched to just using it in the morning. I have a 2oz size that I got in a set of serums. So I'm glad I have another bottle handy. After I used the 2oz bottle up, I'll decide if this is a keeper in my routine.

Another newbie to the list are the Dickson's Cleansing Cloths. These were on my list to try since I like their witch hazel toner. I scooped these up from Walgreens. There are pricey. I think they were either $6.99 or $7.99. I had a $1 off coupon. First use I used them on my eyes like a dummy! Then I was like they have witch hazel in them fool! So needless to say it burned my eyes *head palm*. So one "downside" is that you can't use these to remove your eye makeup. It removed my face makeup fine. Then I used these on no makeup days when I need to clean my face but didn't feel like using a face wash. They are nice but I more than likely will not repurchase them since I use cloths like these to mainly remove all my makeup.

The Skinfix Hand Repair Cream is another newcomer. After trying and loving their Rich Hand Cream, I wanted to give this a try. QVC has a deal on a set of 3. I really like it but I feel like I go through it quicker than the Rich Hand Cream. I've already ordered another set from QVC. Once is going in my travel bag.

And there you have it. My next empties post will combine April and May since I have work travel coming up. *sigh*

TTFN - ta ta for now!

Monday, April 3, 2017

#ManicureMonday Bobbi Brown Turquoise & Cult Nails Dance All Night

What happened to the days when you had aches and pains and all you had to do was take some Tylenol and lay down? Sheesh. First I had a knee issues. I got that worked out then my back wants to start acting a fool! I tell you. Smh. Dah well. Let's talk nail polish!

Today I'm wearing Bobbi Brown's Turquoise. The color of this polish is self explanatory. It's a pretty shade. It's a shade you can definitely find at a cheaper price point. At first I was only going to do an accent nail with Cult Nails Dance All Night. I liked the way it looked so I did it on each nail. Dance All Night is described as "multi sized blue and green glitter intermixed with a color shifting micro glitter that goes from gold to orange". The base of the polish is clear which is nice for layering with other polishes. It's a bummer that Cult Nails is no longer in business. They had some pretty polishes.

Going to keep the nail posts going in April. So see you next Monday!