Monday, April 30, 2012

April 2012 Favorites

1. Primer - This month I have been using the Sephora Glitter Eye Shadow in the small tub.

2. Eye Shadow - I haven't really been using any individual eye shadows lately but if I were to choose one it would be I the Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze

3. Eye Liner - Physicians Formula Brown Eyes Shimmer Strips Cream Liner is awesome as is the prestige total intensity black eyeliner.

4. Foundation -  I have been trying to give my skin a break this month and have been using the Garnier BB Cream and Elf Mineral Powder Foundation.

5. Concealer - I am still in love with the Covergirl and Olay Simply Ageless Concealer.

6. Blush - This month I loved the Milani Baked Blush in Luminouso

7. Palette - this month I loved using the Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips for Hazel Eyes, Eye Candy edition.  I love the selection and variety that this palette offers.

8. Face Applicator - this month I pretty much primarily used my Soho Beauty Sponge for all my face application and then used my ELF Complexion Brush to apply my powder and blush.

9. Eye Applicator - This month I have been loving the Ulta Eyeliner brush that I recieved for Easter and have been using it all month long.

10. Hair Product - I have been loving the Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist Deep Conditioner this month and have been using it about 2 times a week to help my hair stay healthy and shiny.

11. Perfume/Lotion - I bought a PINK Body Butter in Fresh Vanilla, Feel Flirty and have loved it all month long. 

12. Mascara - This month I have fallen back in love with my Covergirl Lash Exact Highlights mascara for hazel eyes.

13. Moisturiser - Just like last month and the one before., I have been using Bio Oil  constantly and love it!

14. Nail Care Product - Burts Bees Lemon Oil Cuticle Cream.

15. Non Beauty- This month I have been loving braids in my hair.

So those are my favorites and most used products of February. Have a great night!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

My Top 5 Favorite Mascaras

Mascara, the most flattering of all makeup and my personal everyday necessity.  I have tried dozens of different mascaras in my time wearing makeup and here are my top five mascaras. 

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CoverGirl Lash Blast Length - $6.97 at Target
This has been a long time favorite of mine and I have rebought this mascara multiple times.  This mascara is great at separating  and pulling out each individual lash. If you are looking for something to make your lashes look more long this is the one but do not expect any volumizing effect from this. I usually use this with the Lash Blast Volume overtop of it.

Urban Decay Super Curling Mascara- $20.00 at Sephora
I received a sample size of this mascara in the Book of Shadows IV Palette that I bought off of HauteLook a few months ago and to be honest this has been my favorite thing about the palette.  This mascara give a great hold and really does curl the lashes. This wand is curled and reaches every lash from the inner to outter corner and is housed inside the most beautiful mascara packaging I've ever seen.

L'oreal Voluminous Million Lashes-$7.00 at Target
I have been using this mascara regularly over the last month or so after hearing about it from a friend and I do love it.  It does the work of both a lengthening and volumizing mascara and it also separates and pulls out lashes, naturally making your lashes look fuller and longer.

Maybelline New York Lash Stiletto Voluptuous Black Sequins- $7.00 on
This mascara has the most unique wand I have ever seen and the formula is lightweight, dry and includes small flecks of shimmer. I have tried a lot of the different shimmering mascaras and have always loved the effect they give to the color of my eyes but this is my alltime favorite because aside from adding sparkle to the lashes, which accents your eye color and creates a fuller look.

CoverGirl Lash Blast Volume- $6.97 at Target
My go to volumizing mascara, this makes your lashes look so full, long and priceless.  I love this stuff so much.  I have used all the of different kinds of the Lash Blast line mascaras, the luxe, the fusion, the length and the volume. All of these formulas are great but this one is my favorite, it the most dramatic of all the others in my top 5.  I use this primarily overtop lengthening mascaras or ones that need some extra fullness. the brush is big and chunky when allows it to coat every lash and it is just overall great for the price.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Facts: Get to Know Me

So I know this tag has been going on a lot on youtube and similar ones have been on facebook and whatnot and decided I really wanted to let you guys get to know me a little better.  So here are as many things about me as I could remember off the top of my head.

  • My favorite color is purple. 
  • I drink water, tea and coffee... and that is all. 
  • My laundry is never completely done. 
  • I think there should be a screening process for parenting. 
  • Makeup is my way of building my confidence, drawing away from my weight and other imperfections.
  • I love ER, SVU, Make it or Break it and Crossing Jordan. 
  • I was horribly bullied all my life, creating illusions about myself that I am constantly trying to not reinforce. 
  • I was an extremely competitive rower from the ages 12-18 when I hurt my shoulder. 
  • I have one tattoo on my back, a rose for my grandfather
  • Depression has been a battle I have been fighting for years but I haven't relapsed into the dark in 2 years and I know it won't happen any time soon. 
  • I spend money like it is going out of style.
  • I am a residential counselor at a home for kids with behavioral problems. 
  • ELF is my favorite brand of makeup.
  • Eyeliner makes me look alive. 
  • I like mascara that smells funny.
  • Taylor Swift is my favorite musician.
  • Skillet is my favorite band. 
  • I love my family. 
  • I bite my nails to a stub whenever I'm stressed or upset or am in a movie theater.
  • Gymnastics is my favorite sport to watch.
  • I have a skin condition that's really embarrassing. 
  • My hair is always in a pony tail but that doesn't mean I dont take great care of it. 
  • I didn't own any makeup until I was 20. 
  • My sign is a Gemini.
  • I cannot wait to be a mother someday. 
  • School cost me $30,000 in loans and won't let me finish my last 3 classes. 
  • I've been in the hospital for over a week due to depression. 
  • My life goal is to change a child's life for the better. 
  • View from the boardwalk at Castle Island
  • Castle Island is my favorite place in Boston. 

Monday, April 9, 2012

Ulta/Easter Haul

Hey everyone so for the very first time, I visited Ulta! OMG heavenly!! So I am just going to list and picture of each item. Please comment below if you have any of these products. 

Disclaimer: These were all a gift from my wonderful parents for Easter!

Ulta Secret Garden Collection
Maybelline Color Tattoo in Too Cool 
Essence Stay All Day Cream Eyeshadows in Stars and Stones & Glammy Goes To...
NYX Lipsmacking Fun Color in Rose & Galaxy

Ulta Bountiful Lash Fortifying Mascara in Soft Black

EOS Lip Balm in Honeydew Hibiscus 
NYX Eyeshadow Trio in In the Woods
Prestige Soft Blend Khol Eyeliner in Jet Black
NYX  Jumbo Eye Pencil in Cottage Cheese & 
Strawberry Milk
LASplash Lipgloss in Catch Me

Prestige Total Intensity Eyeliner in Daring Green

Essence Eyeliner Pen in Black
Essence Brow and Lash Gel in Clear
Physicians Formula Eye Definer in Ultra Black
Ulta Eye Liner Brush

Thursday, April 5, 2012

So.. Project 10 Fail

My Non Palette Eye Makeup
About a month ago I started a Project Pan with a list of products I wanted to hit pan on, and though I have hit pan/finished a few of the items on the list, I have also grown to love and appreciate a few of the cosmetics that I originally put on the list.  The whole Project Pan became very vain to me after that.  I had been rushing through these products, hoping to finish them the as quickly as possible just so I could buy new products.  How twisted is that? So I've decided to change the parameters of my cut back into a more lax makeup diet. I have decided that from here on out I am just going to try to spend less than $20 a month on cosmetics and at the end of the month I will do a post on that months emptys.  I hope that this will help encourage me to use more products that I own and spend less on new products.  This will include makeup, hair and body products.

If anyone has any tips on how to spend less/use more please leave a comment below!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

TAG: 10 Little Secrets

1. What is one product that makes you feel like a million dollars?
Whenever I wear any of the pH Matchmaker products from Physicians Formula I feel great, the colors are so vibrant and pigmented and my face look so bright and happy.

2. What is your skincare secret? / A passed down skin care tip
Um my biggest skincare tip is to wash your face everyday and wear BioOil to bed every night.  I love it so much. 

3. Share your hair care secret?

Argan Oil, my hair would be nothing without argan oil.  And try to stay away from heat. 

4. What is your biggest diet rule?

I don't really have any diet rules, I just try to be conscious of where my food is coming from mostly, I like being aware.

5. Any workout tips?

When I workout in the morning I feel happier throughout the day than when I try to workout in the evening after I have already had a long night.. 

6. Which perfume is your secret weapon?

Lavanilla is my favorite perfume for a boost of confidence, the scent is light and airy but long lasting.  I love wearing this to work. 

7. Show us a clothing item of yours which always turns heads. 

I don't have much head turning stuff lol. 

8. What is your most treasured piece of jewellery?

I have a celtic knot from my grandmother that I love but I try not to use it very often. 

9. Who is your style crush?

I love Taylor Swift and Sandra Bullock's styles. 

10. Tell us something we don't know about you
I love Ben and Jerry's Chunky Monkey Ice Cream

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Giving into the Hype- New Product Haul

Hey guys, so this weekend I finally caved and purchased a few of the newer hyped up products that I haven't stopped hearing about. SO here are the products I purchased and my first impressions of them.

Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo Cream Eye Shadows in the colors Tough as Taupe, Pomegranate Punk and Bad to the Bronze- $5.84 ea. at Walmart
Top-Bottom- Bad to the Bronze,
Pomagranate Punk, Tough as Taupe
Tough as Taupe- This is the only Matte Color I saw in the collection and is incredibly pigmented, goes on smooth and has a very cement like look to it.   I liked this color but it was not my favorite of the three.  It is very gray and I'm not a huge gray fan, I just don't think it compliments my complexion but I am sure I will make use of it.

Pomegranate Punk- This color was my favorite, a very wearable berry color with a beautiful satin finish.  It was a little more splotchy than the other two colors but I loved it just the same.

Bad to the Bronze- This was the most creamy of the three colors and it spreads so smoothly and perfectly onto the lid.  I used this as a base more than once and it is so amazing and works great with other colors overtop of it.
Stock Photo of Dream Bouncy Blush in Pink Plum

Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in the color Pink Plum- $8.29 at CVS
I hateddddddd this blush and returned it this evening.  The color payoff was terrible.  The consistency of the product was very interesting but The product itself sucked.  There was no color, the product didnt spread and was not smooth at all. This is the worst of the products I purchased and I will not be trying any more of these products but do hope to try other cream/mouse blushes in the hopes that they would be better pigmented.

Sorry for the lighting!

Hard Candy Take it Off Makeup Remover- $5.00 at Walmart
This may be the best makeup remover I have ever used.  For years I relied soley on cold cream for makeup removing and I really liked the way it instantly reliveed your face but became frustrated with how it made my skin, particularly my eye area feel after using it.  This creamy product is very similar in consistency but does not leave the heavy grease feeling that I had experienced with the cold cream.  I love that is a lotion and that it is specifically formulated for erasing "glitter, waterproof and long lasting products", as these titles are on most of my favorite products and liquid makeup removers never seem to be able to completely remove them.

Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector B.B. Cream in Light/Medium- $10.00 at CVS 
B.B Cream in Light to Medium
Okay so we know that there's a huge trend spreading through the beauty world surrounded the B.B Creams that have come out recently.  I had been hearing a lot about them and wanted to find a cheap alternative to try, especially with summer coming up.  I work in a pretty high activity job and need to use makeup that won't be too heavy, wear off through the day or melt if I'm in the heat but I also need some coverage.  I looked around at the different high end B.B. creams but I didn't want to spend 30+ dollars on a cream I wasnt even sure I would like.  I love my foundation combination that I have been using lately and I didn't want to commit to another product.  So I picked up this cream when I saw it at my local CVS the other day and have been LOVING it so much the last week or so. It gives this awesome dewy look and sheer enough that you can see all of my freckles but enough coverage that it helps to even out my skintone.  I use this with my Covergirl/Olay Concealer and they match together so well that it's just straight up gorgeous!

Overall aside from the horrible blush I am super satisfied with my purchases and hope that you find these mini reviews useful and helpful.

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My 10 Favorite ELF Products

Hey ALL,
So as you know, I am obsessed with ELF products, which in case you don't know where to purchase these products you can find the entire line on and select items can be found at Target and Dollar Tree stores.  ELF is an incredibly inexpensive line of makeups with items ranging from 1-8 dollars and most of them are on the lower end of the line.  The line is broken into three different categories; essential ($1), studio ($3/6) and mineral ($5/8).  Honestly, I feel that the quality of these items are so much better than many drugstore brand items and their brushes are better than most I have ever tried.

So here are my 10 favorites in no particular order.

  • Studio Powder Brush- I use this brush for everything, my foundation, my powder, my blush and my bronzer.  $3
  • Studion "C" Brush- This brush is so perfect for patting color onto the lid.  $3
  • Eye Brightener Pencil in White-This is an awesome inner corner brightener and waterline color $1
  • Cream Eyeliner in Teal- This color makes your eye POP so well and stays put all day! $3
  • Waterproof Eyeliner Pen in Black- I have had this liner for 5 months, it hasn't dried out and this pen is beautiful, you can make the most precise line that does not budge. $1
  • Contouring Blush and Bronzer Duo- dupes for Nars Laguna and Orgasm, this due has probably had the most success at creating a name for itself.  Both are incredibly pigmented and never chalky.  Both of these colors are incredibly buildable.  $3
  • Mineral All Over Eye Brush- This is my everyday makeup brush for all over the lid, incredibly soft and easily cleaned.  It is also made of recyclable material and does it's job in the best way possibly. love love love. $5
  • Eyeshadown Primer in Sheer- Primers play a vital role in creating makeup looks that both pop and last all day and this primer does it's job with ease and staying power.  The doe foot applicatior and smooth serum help to make this products one of the best.  $1
  • Conditioning Lip Balm SPF 15- These lipbalms, which come in many colors, are very pigmented and nourishing.  The only complaint I have about them is the enormous waste of product they use in the packaging, they need to either go green or fill up the package.  $3
  • Makeup Remover Pen- last but not least this pen is great at removing smudge lines when your lower lash makeup smudges or when your still wet with mascara lashes touch the upper lid.  Overall great product.  $3

Monday Questionnaire

1.) Mood: Sleepy and kind of frustrated with work

2.) Are there any spring trends you're loving this year? Any you're hating?: Loving all the corals and mint greens that are out there but nothing I'm particularly hating

3.) Do you like to cook? Meh mood dependant, I like to bake more than cook.

4.) Current nail polish: Sally Hansen xTreme in the color Lime Lights. 

5.) What is something you are excited about at the moment?: Easter and possibly 
visiting my baby cousin.

6.) Current outfit: My work uniform, aka sweats and a tshift.

7.) Are you a heavy or light sleeper?: Usually a heavy sleeper unless I am particularly on edge.

8.) What size handbag do you prefer?: Big, usually big enough to fit a small notebook/agenda and my makeup bag.

9.) Do you like karaoke?: Meh, I like watching it but nothing really.

10.) Weekly goals: This week I hope to take some time to remember and reflect on why my job is so important and why I am so important to the children I work with.