Monday, March 31, 2014

Empties (With Video)

Hey everyone! I have a REAL empties post, because I ran out of several things this week! How exciting. I actually recorded a video on these, so if you want to see more, please check it out! Thanks to those of you who watched my last video too...I'm having a lot of fun with them and hopefully there will be many more to come! Anyway, here are my empties:

 I'm just gonna go through these in alphabetical order by brand. For no reason.

  • Almay Makeup Remover Sticks: I love these! I have serious issues with my liner sometimes...ok all the time. So these have been so great to have around! I am so sad I ran out of them, because I've been wanting to stock up but I keep forgetting. So now I have zero and I really need forty. I will definitely repurchase!!
  • Apothederm Bright Skin Serum: I got this in my Ipsy bag from January, I believe. I wish I could tell you guys either way whether I like this stuff or not, but there wasn't enough product in there to form a valid opinion on it. So I won't be purchasing this, just because I don't see the point of investing in it.
  • Dermalogica Bedtime For Breakouts: I talked about this in my Skin Care Bootcamp post. I really love what Dermalogica does for my skin. However, they're freakin expensive. So I'm not sure if I will ever purchase this or not. I've been fortunate enough to receive several Dermalogica samples, and this was one of them. But as far as full-size purchasing goes, there are other things from the line I'd rather spend my money on instead of this.
  • Glam Glow Super Mud & Youth Mud: I didn't so much run out of these, as they just dried out before I could finish them. I do like both products. If I had to choose one over the other, it would be the Youth Mud. However, I can't see spending that much money on something that will dry out before I get to use up.
  • Lush Mask of Magnaminty: This is the other reason I won't purchase either of those Glam Glow masks. This is my FAVORITE stuff ever. And the fact that you get so much more for so much less $$...it's a no brainer. Definitely buying this over & over again.
  • Mica Beauty Gel Liner in Black: This was just ok. I also got this from an Ipsy bag...not sure how long ago. It actually dried out a long time ago and I'm not sure why I kept it. I'm getting rid of it now because I purchased a new gel liner from Maybelline and I saw no point in continuing to give the Mica liner room in my Muji. And I will not be purchasing this stuff.

Check out the video for a little more info on these products! Don't forget to rate & subscribe :)

Sunday, March 30, 2014

FOTD

I've been doing a lot of these lately...more than usual! But I've had some fun with my makeup and I wanted to share! So here is my face from yesterday, which I ended up liking quite a bit. I got the liner inspiration from one of my favorite people to follow on Instagram, @ Jess_Rainbow86.


Eyes: Anastasia Lavish Palette shadows in Sienna and Cream. MAC shadow, which I don't know the name of but it's a beige shimmer.
Liner: Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Liner in Blackest Black.
Lashes: Bare Minerals High Definition Mascara.
Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow in Ebony.
Face:  Kat Von D Lock-It Foundation in #54, Nars One Night Stand Cheek Palette.
Lips: Melt Cosmetics By Starlight, MAC RiRi Boy, MAC Viva Glam Nicki 2.



Friday, March 28, 2014

FOTD

Helloooooo! I just wanted to post a quick FOTD from this past weekend. I actually saw this on JKissaMakeup's YouTube and I had to try it that very same day! J Kissa has been one of my recent YouTube finds, and when I saw the thumbnail for this tutorial, I thought "no way I could do that!" But it was surprisingly simple, so I went for it!






After I took the photos, I went in and added more spots, to make it a little thicker and fuller. And by then, I lost all good photo lighting :( But you get the idea! Here's what I used for the spots:
  • Lime Crime uniliner in 5th Element
  • Black Heart Beauty liquid liner in lime (no official name)
  • Black Heart Beauty  felt tip liners in Beet It & License to Teal
  • Sugarpill pigment in Goldilux (applied wet)
  • Physicians Formula liner in Ultra Black
  • MAC Cosmetics pigment in Blue (not pictured, applied wet)
Lips are a mix of Melt Cosmetics Summer, MAC Cosmetics Candy Yum Yum, and topped with Viva Glam V gloss. I'm sure there's a single lipstick out there that is the same color, but I just kept adding things until I was happy with how it looked. ;)

I loved this look...it was a super fun one to do and so easy! Go check out J Kissa's tutorial for this look and also the rest of her videos. She has some great tutorials and she seems so super sweet. I highly recommend her!


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

TMI Tag, EOTD, and a Bit of News!

Hey everyone! I wasn't tagged for this, but I decided to do it anyway. AND...I decided to do the tag in video form. So here it is... my first YouTube video. As I mentioned a hundred times, I haven't decided if I will continue to do videos yet. I'm just kind-of getting my feet wet. I've talked about it with my husband and we'll go get a good camera if I do keep doing videos. So bear with me as I figure the whole thing out! Our desktop computer actually has an amazing camera, but the lighting downstairs is atrocious, and the background is all Mike's video game junk. So I'd rather just wait to get a camera and set up where I'd be more comfortable filming. Anyway...thanks in advance for checking out my little video. I hope you guys enjoy. Don't forget to thumbs up and subscribe! Also, feel free to leave your YouTube link below so I can find you guys as well!





Also, thanks to my terrible laptop camera, you can't see my makeup very well. Here's a close up:



  • Crease: Makeup Geek Cocoa Bear
  • Lid: (left to right) Sugarpill Velocity, Midori, Mochi, Goldilux & glitters from Michael's
  • Lower Lash Line: Sugarpill Poison Plum mixed with 2AM
  • Lashes: Bare Minerals High Definition Mascara


Annnnnd...what YouTube post would be complete without a collage of weird faces from the video:



Monday, March 24, 2014

Pictorial: Depotting Sugarpill Eye Shadows

Hello my pretties! In my Makeup Geek first impression post, I talked about buying that new Z-Palette. And now the time has come to show you why I got it! I've been wanting to get all my Sugarpill shadows in one place for a long time. I do love their packaging, but cute packaging isn't enough to convince me to let things take up extra space. Especially since three of the quads are one size, the Cold Chemistry palette was a different size, and then I had two single shadows. I'd seen online that you can buy a long Pro-Palette-sized palette, but I have six more shadows than the Pro-Palette, so that did me no good. I took a leap of faith and just bought the biggest Z-Palette on MUG's website, and it ended up working perfectly! I sat down last weekend for my depot-a-thon, so I thought I'd share some photos and tips for depotting. I hope this helps some of you! If not...I don't know what to tell ya.





Supplies:
  • Flat Iron. I set mine to roughly 350 degrees.
  • Wax paper. This will protect your flat iron.
  • A towel, paper towel, etc. Just something to protect your workspace. I used a towel because it protects a little from the heat of the flat iron.
  • Alcohol. I like the pads, and I happen to have a stock pile of them. Liquid works just as well.
  • Knife. I love this tiny Pampered Chef knife. I keep it with my beauty supplies, actually! It's super thin, so it gets into the grooves easily and avoids accidentally stabbing your shadows.




  • Once your flat iron heats up, place your single shadow on as shown for about 30 seconds. This will loosen up the label. Don't leave it on the heat for too long, or the label will melt into the wax paper.
  • Then place the shadow back on the flat iron. This takes a long time and a lot of patience. Did I photograph this process? Of course not. I had a senior moment. Every so often, you want to take the shadow off, and push on the bottom surface. You will feel it give a little when it's ready.
  • Once you feel that, you want to turn it back over. You'll see where the pan has raised off the edge a little. You want to wedge the knife between that raised edge and gently pry it up. BE CAREFUL. You'll see in the final photo that I nicked my Bulletproof shadow a little. :(
  • When it pops out, and while it's still hot, lay it face-down on the towel and place an alcohol pad or an alcohol-soaked cotton pad on top. You want to leave the wipe there for a few second and then wipe the glue off the backing. You can also soak it in alcohol once it cools down, but I find it easiest to remove the glue while it's still warm.


  • Save the label for when you have deported the shadow. This is optional...You can also just write the shadow names on the back with a sharpie, but I like how this looks.


  • Sugarpill quads are probably the easiest shadows I've ever depotted. You just wedge the knife between the pan and the cardboard and give it a little wiggle. Take your time here. Even though they pop out pretty easily, if you rush it, you can crack the shadows. If the first wiggle doesn't pop it out, wedge the knife into a new spot and keep wiggling. You can tell from the edge of the cardboard of the already-depotted shadow that there are a couple of dents in it. That's where I had to re-locate and re-wiggle. I like saying wiggle...can ya tell?


  • The finished product...My entire Sugarpill collection in one neat little package! I'm beyond happy with how this turned out. I  only poked one of the shadows, but it's very minor damage. The key with depotting is to work very slowly and patiently. Patience is not my strong suit, but these shadows are my babies, so I sucked it up.

  • And these are my current depotted shadows! You can see in the upper right palette that a lot of them are damaged. Those were sent to me by a friend and were damaged during shipping, not during depotting. So don't worry...your shadows will not look like that!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

NOTD

I love my latest mani! After asking around at work, I learned that my boss doesn't have anything against bright nails. So I did some damage ;) It's been hot here some days, then really cold other days. I'm ready for constant sunshine and warmth, so I brought the party to my nails. I chose a bright orange with a little shimmer, and topped the party nail with confetti glitter:



I forgot to take a good picture with my fresh mani, so they've grown out a little since then :( But you get the idea!! The funny thing about it is that I get my nails done with one of my best friends. We usually sit right next to each other, but this past week, she forgot to text our lady for an appointment until later in the day, so I ended up with a new lady on the opposite side of the shop. When we walked out together to pay, she shows me her mani, and this is what she got:



She ended up going with a light pink and the exact same glitter for her party nail! We are so opposite when it comes to nails. 99% of the time, she goes for a french mani. Lately, she's been getting just the light pink. So it's funny and weird that we ended up choosing the same glitter. I've also used the same glitter over black before. I personally like it best on the black and her light pink. But I'm still happy with my bright nails.

Friday, March 21, 2014

First Impression & Swatches: Makeup Geek Eye Shadows

Guys! I'm so excited! I finally caved and purchased Makeup Geek shadows! I've been wanting to try these for soooooooo long. When they first came out, I scoured YouTube for reviews. However, the only reviews I ever found at first were by people who were being sponsored by the brand. So it was hard for me to trust those reviews. As time has passed, however, more and more people are reviewing and loving these shadows. I've been meaning to buy them for a loooooong time, but other things keep getting in the way. January, I was on a no-buy. February, I had already set aside for Dose of Colors and skin care. So now...it's March. I need them. I have them. Finally.

I didn't buy a ton of shadows, because I also ordered the large Z-Palette...which I have other plans for.  Since I didn't want to give MUG alllllll of my money. I only purchased four shadows. And here they are:




The Pros:
  • They blend like a freakin dream!
  • Inexpensive. $5.99 a pan?! Yes please.
  • Pigmented like crazy. It only takes a tiny bit of shadow at a time to get great payoff. These will last me for a loooooooong time!!
The Cons:
  • I always say I like to try before I buy, but then I do things like this, where I buy things online without ever having seen, felt, smelled, touched, etc. But I do wish they were available for me to play with. Like outside my front door.
  • Several shades I really wanted were out of stock, which is why I ended up with neutral city. Don't get me wrong...these colors will be put to good use! But I wanted a couple fun shades and they're all sold out!

The Verdict:
I will definitely purchase more from this brand in the future. They have a long list of MAC dupes on their website, which I love. It will come in handy when I get ready to make my next purchase. Since I really wanted a couple of sold-out shades, I will be stalking their website from now on until I can get them. And since I won't be purchasing another Z-palette next time (allegedly), I'll be able to stock up on shadows! Yay!
  • Beaches & Cream: I had to have this after seeing it all over YouTube. It's a pretty light shade for me, but it will work well when I want something close to my skin tone. As you can tell from the photo below, I had to blur out my skin to make the swatch stand out...that's how similar it is to my skin!

  • Creme Brulee: This is still quite a bit lighter than the shades I would normally use for a transition color, but I still like it for blending out shadows. Also a YouTube Beauty Guru favorite, so I didn't hesitate to scoop it up. I love her already.

  • Cocoa Bear: Another YouTube favorite! I don't have a shade quite like this, and I know I will get a lot of use out of this one. I have one a little darker, and one a little lighter than this. And now this completes my life. Yay!

  • Stealth: I've been looking for a great grey for a long time. I don't know what it is about grey shadows, but the perfect grey has eluded me. I don't know yet if this will be THE one, but I like it so far. We'll see how it goes!






Wednesday, March 19, 2014

First Impression: Real Techniques

I FINALLY caved and bought some Real Techniques brushes and sponges! Thanks to Ulta having a one-day sale on all RT products. "One-Day Sale" is pretty much all I need to hear in order to purchase just about anything. I ended up with two sponges, for a few reasons. First, my Beauty Blender was on its last leg. Second, they're never in stock at the store. Third, I was pretty confident I would love it, based on the multiple good reviews I've seen on it. Lastly, duh...they were on sale. And I also bought the "Starter Kit" set of brushes. I'd eyed them at Ulta but I passed on them. Now that they were on sale, I went for it. Plus, I found a coupon code on my Retail Me Not app for $3.50 off, which helped offset the cost of the shipping.





The Miracle Complexion Sponge



The Pros:
  • I love how this applies my foundation. After trying and failing with another sponge, I was worried. Especially since when I took it out of the packaging, it felt really hard. But as soon as I dampened it, it  became super soft and feels great on my skin.
  • Inexpensive (about $5 each compared to the Beauty Blender for $20ish). I bought two for less than the price of one BB which cost me $13 with my friend's discount.
  • I love that it has a flat and a rounded side. It helps me get better, more even coverage compared to the BB.
The Cons:
  • It's not bright pink. That's the thing I'll miss the most from my BB!

The Verdict:
I love it! I can't even call it a dupe for the Beauty Blender, because the shape is so different, and dare I say better! I would definitely recommend giving this one a try. I know I've always stuck up for the Beauty Blender's price point, because even though it sounds expensive, it's a good price compared to that of a good brush. However, if you can get the same (or better) result from the cheaper RT version...it's a no-brainer. I'm glad I went for it and bought two.



The Starter Kit Brushes


The brushes included in this kit are:
  • Base Shadow Brush: I've been using this for nose contouring. It's too large for my eyeballs.
  • Deluxe Crease Brush: A nice blender. I like the taper on it.
  • Accent Brush: This has been amaaaaaaazing to blend out my lower lash line. I don't have anything in my brush arsenal that I like for that purpose as much as this brush.
  • Pixel Point Eyeliner Brush: Haven't used this. Not sure that I ever will!
  • Brow Brush: No bueno for brows. But I've used it for liner and it works pretty well.
The Pros:
  • Inexpensive. Even when they're not on sale, it's a good value.
  • Soft bristles. I hate trying to blend shadows and having the feeling of needles poking your eyelids. None of that going on with these brushes!
The Cons:
  • They're very short. I know that may not bother some people, but I have to dig around for them in my brush holder. Borderline deal breaker.
  • Not the greatest quality, as far as results go. They feel nice, but they don't get the job done as well as my other brushes.
  • The little travel kit they come in is absolute junk. Straight to the garbage with that thing.
The Verdict:
I do like these brushes. Given the value, I'm not disappointed with my purchase. However, I don't feel like these are as amazing as I've heard other people say they are. They're cheap-ish, but they're just ok for me. I haven't seen them sold individually, which would be nice. I don't have a ton of use for the whole kit. If they sold the blending brushes individually and made the handles longer, I'd be all over that. I always need extra blending brushes!

Monday, March 17, 2014

NOTD and Nail Polish Reviews

I've gotten some really lovely polish shades in recent subscription boxes, and I've been saving them for Springtime pedis. It's getting nice & toasty here, so I decided it's time to bust a couple of them out! This pedi looked completely different in my head. I didn't really love it once I was done, but I didn't hate it enough to remove my polish and start over. So I decided instead to photograph it and review the polishes I used. First, here's the finished product:

Y'all know I never clean up my pedis. Oh well!

The polishes
  • Milani Sugar Rush: When I saw this glitter polish, I had to have it! I only have one other Milani glitter polish in Gold Glitz, which I love SO much, and I've used it on many a lovely pedi. In my brain, I paired this with the Zoya Odette polish I received in February's Ipsy bag. Then when I got my Julep Maven box, I knew I had to pair Lilou with this glitter, too! So I devised a plan to use all three polishes together. The reason I love Gold Glitz is because it's such a full-coverage glitter, which is what I expected from Sugar Rush. I was beyond disappointed with the coverage of this one. It took me so long to get close to the result I was looking for. I think this is actually my least favorite glitter polish EVER! But it's still so pretty once you take twenty minutes to apply it.
Extreme Close Up of the glitter. This took way too much time to apply.

  • Zoya Odette: I was so happy to receive this from Ipsy. I immediately deemed it a Spring shade. But once I got to the second coat, I was sad that I waited so long to use it. It's definitely not the springy purple my mind had imagined it to be. I know you can see the color right there on the bottle, but I wasn't prepared for it to be so dark. So it just looks weird to me next to the light sunshiny yellow and springy glitter. However, the formula is really nice. It's not quite a one-coater, but almost!

  • Julep Lilou: This is such a pretty, buttery shade of yellow! I was so excited when I went through my Julep options last month. This color jumped out at me and I knew it had to be mine! I LOVE the color. But the formula on this one is so weird! In the bottle, it's thick, goopy, and slimy. But on the nails, it's super sheer and streaky! I don't get it...I've never seen anything like it. It definitely doesn't apply like any other Julep polish I've tried. It took me three coats of polish layered with a matte topcoat to achieve a nice finish.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Ipsy Glam Bag: March 2014

After being moderately disappointed with Julep and their freakin stick of candy this month, I really needed Ipsy to come through for me. And guess what...they did! I really like this month's bag, with the exception of one item. But we'll get into that later. Here's the whole bag:





  • Vita Liberata Luxury Tan Lotion in Medium: I'll just start off with the one product I don't like. This was the first thing I pulled out of the bag, and you should've seen my face. Not amused. I know that somewhere in their questionnaire, I answered that I'm a naturally tan girl. So I just don't get what I'm supposed to do with this. It's not even one of those things I'd try just for kicks. I don't even know anyone who uses self tanner. So this is a total throw-away.


  • Chella Eye Liner Pen in Indigo Blue: I've never heard of this brand, but I'm really happy with this liner. I've already used it and it held up pretty well through the day. I can see myself using this up.


  • Bare Minerals Moxie Lipstick in Get Ready: This lipstick reminds me of something my grandmother used to wear. Luckily, my grandma was a super stylish lady. So I actually kind-of like this one. The formula is super creamy. It felt really nice on my lips, and had nice color payoff. This will probably be one I keep in my purse for emergencies...for me, it's super wearable for every day.


  • Bombshell  Eyeshadow Quad in Bora Bora: I love the colors in this quad. It's really right up my alley. I've already used it once, over Maybelline's Color Tattoo in Bold Gold, which made a really great base for these shadows. I also used the turquoise shade to smudge out the Chella liner on my lower lash line. The quality of the shadows reminds me a lot of Urban Decay, which you all know for me is a negative. They're super chalky, with a lot of fall out, and not very pigmented. I swatched them over shadow primer in the photo below. I packed (and packed, and packed) the color on, but it still shows up very sheer. This quad is a good little emergency quad to keep at work, but I wouldn't use it on a daily basis. If I'm ever running super late, I know I can throw my Color Tattoo on and finish up my makeup during lunch time. Happens to the best of us.



Overall, I liked this bag. With the exception of the self-tanner, which is just dumb, everything else is useable and two of the items are things I will probably use up completely. So I consider that a success. The quad is something that will come in handy. Even though it's not my favorite thing ever, I'm sure I'll still use it enough to be happy. Feel free to link your Ipsy bags in the comments below! I always like to see what everyone else's bags look like!


Saturday, March 15, 2014

Tag: Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Thanks to Tanya from Leopard, Lace, and Cheesecake for tagging me in another post. This time, it's the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! I'm so happy to have run into Tanya in the blogging world. Not only does she have a great blog, but she's an absolute doll. She is really one of the nicest people out there, and I appreciate her support so much. Go check out her blog and show her some love!



The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and add a link to their blog (duh...who doesn't do that?).
  • Display the award on your post.
  • List the award rules so your nominees will know what to do.
  • State seven things about yourself.
  • Nominate 15 other bloggers for the award.
  • Contact your nominees to let them know they've been nominated.
  • Proudly display the award logo on your blog.
Seven things about me:
  • I get semi-anxiety about tagging people for posts. Which is why I never do that part of it.
  • I met my husband at work. Our store has since shut down, been demolished, and is now a parking lot. We pulled in to take a photo there last time we were in town. Because we're cute.
  • I love to cook! I've been trying to make the time to cook healthy lunches every Sunday for the week ahead. It's saved me a ton of cash and I feel a lot better about eating well instead of getting nutrition via the Burger King drive through.
  • I hate vacuuming and cleaning floors. It's the worst thing in the world to me. I don't mind any other type of housework.
  • I take a ridiculous amount of time in the shower. Literally, my fingers and toes are wrinkly every time I shower.
  • I have a ton of grey hair. I started going grey in my late teens. I dye it black as part of a deal I have with my husband, which involves me not being grey and him not growing his hair out.
  • I have a major sweet tooth. I love any kind of candy, ice cream, etc. I just love sweets. Sugar is my favorite.
Even though I have anxiety about tagging people, feel free to tag yourselves. You think I'm kidding, but my heart is palpitating just thinking about who I would tag, and knowing I would forget to tag someone. So tag yourself, and then just let me know I tagged you. It would make my life a lot less stressful!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Bought It/Forgot It

It's that time again! One of my favorite posts every month is this Bought It/Forgot It series. I've mentioned before, I first saw this idea on Casey Holmes' YouTube and I immediately knew it was something I would enjoy. I've seen a lot of other BI/FI posts floating around since last month, and I love reading what everyone else has been trying to use, so I hope y'all like them as much as I do!

I have to admit...this month's forgotten items didn't get a whole lot of love. I did try to incorporate them at first, but I quickly fell off when a certain Esperanza palette came into my life. Here's what I was trying to remember:




  • MAC Cosmetics Spoiled Rich Eye Shadow Quad: I did use this maybe three times, which is three more than I've used it most months. So I'm considering it a success! I do like these shades a lot. I tend to gravitate towards purple shadows (even though I really don't like purple for anything else). I'm so hooked on Sugarpill's 2AM and Poison Plum, which is why I don't reach for these a lot. But the lightest shade is somewhere between pink and lilac...it's really gorgeous and I've been inspired to use it a little more frequently from now on.
  • Urban Decay Cream Highlight in Wicked: This was my most used forgotten product this month. It was just easy to incorporate, and I love the finish. I did find that I had to work with it a little more than my powder highlights, which is probably why I stopped using it in the first place. But I do love the color. It's like a nude highlight, if that makes sense. It doesn't look too pink or gold on, which I love, because it's more versatile for me. So this was a hit...I'm happy.
  • Makeup Forever Technicolor Eye Shadow Palette: This was my least used  item. I really tried to use it, but I think I only really used the white and tan shade each a couple times. The black and darker brown, I used once. I started to use the yellow shade one day, but got sidetracked by my KVD palette. I'm upset at myself, because I totally failed at using this one. Which brings me to my items for this month...


  • Makeup Forever  Technicolor Eye Shadow Palette: It's a BI/FI first, folks! I'm remembering a forgotten item for a second time! I just feel like I should've shown this little guy more love, and the fact that I had this wild and crazy fling with a new product that I could've technically saved for Springtime is shameful. So this one will stay on my counter for another month, and I will make it a point to use it this time!! I think part of my flaw was putting two different shadow palettes in my "to remember" pile.
  • MAC Cosmetics Candy Yum Yum Lipstick: I love this lipstick! I had seen it all over Instagram when it was an LE shade, and I literally bought it THE second it became permanent. I rarely wear it, just because I don't find it safe for work. Granted, I wore bright red and purple lips to my last job and it wasn't an issue. So I could've worn this one too, I think. But when I first bought it, I was new to bright lips and I deemed it un-fit for work. So I've only worn it a couple of times total...which is just really sad because I really do love this shade of pink.
  • Cargo Blush in Rome: I actually received this as a gift, so it doesn't completely qualify, as it's not a "bought" item. But I'm a rebel and I make my own rules. So I'm including her anyway! I used this blush like every other day when I first got it. And then...something happened. I'm not sure how or why, but I just stopped using it. But it's a gorgeous color, so I'm excited to get it back on my face! Especially with Spring rolling in...I think this is just a great shade for Spring/Summer. Maybe that's why I stopped using it around Autumn. We'll go with that.

And that's it! If you guys have your own Bought It/Forgot It posts, feel free to link to them in the comments below. I'd love to see what everyone else out there is re-loving!

Using my Spoiled Rich quad for the eyes.

Using just the lightest color in Spoiled Rich. I know this is a bit
dramatic, but I was going to Ru Paul's Drag Race Battle of the Seasons.
I apologize for the photo quality. I took these in the care at night
& had to adjust the brightness quite a bit!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

First Impression: Montagne Jeunnesse Tea Tree Face Spa Mask

I finally lived out one of my dreams...using a fabric facial mask! I know...I really set a high goal for myself there. I've seen these around Instagram for a while, but when Bailey at I Know All the Words posted about finding some at Ulta, I mentally put them on my list. I had to go to Ulta in search of the Real Techniques blending sponge (which they were out of!), so I picked one of these masks up while I was there.



First of all...do you see the girl on the package? She looks so happy! Do you understand why this has been my dream for so long?!

The Pros:
  • Inexpensive, unless you make a habit out of it.
  • Smells amazing!
  • Leaves my skin feeling minty and clean, even for a while after removing.
  • I saw a reduction in redness, and my last stupid breakout which hasn't healed yet was less inflamed.
The Cons:
  • If I used these as much as I use my other masks, I'd be broke.
  • Rather large, so it didn't fit my face right. Even with folding and bunching, it didn't even touch parts of my face because it just drooped off.
  • The only place it wasn't super big was the nose flap. So it didn't cover me where my pores are most congested.
The Verdict:
I feel bad for this little guy, because I used this and wrote this post like a month ago and it kept getting bumped back for other things. I can't believe it took me so long to finally get it posted! Overall, I really liked this mask, and I would probably purchase it again. I'd also like to try some of the other masks from this brand. I just got excited when I saw "tea tree" and didn't even look at the rest of them. But when I YouTubed them, it seemed like they have a pretty good variety of masks. Plus...look how happy I look!



Doing my best impression of the lady on the packaging,
while looking like the elephant man.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Product Review & Demo: Lush Ultrabland Cleanser

I talked about this cleanser in my Skincare Bootcamp and February Favorites posts. I've been using it for about a month now, and I just absolutely love it! I had gone to Lush in January (aka my stupid no-buy month), and the girl there had me use it to remove my lipstick. I was wearing Lime Crime's Pink Velvet at the time. Let me just tell you...that stuff doesn't move! This cleanser removed it effortlessly, and my lips felt nice afterward. Not like with some makeup removers, which make your lips feel raw and chapped. So during February, when I was trying to get my skin back to fighting shape, I went ahead and picked it up.




The Pros:
  • It works...really well!
  • It leaves your skin feeling soft and hydrated.
  • Made with almond oil and beeswax (among other yummy ingredients), but doesn't leave your skin looking oily or greasy.
The Cons:
  • The only thing I dislike about this (and many other Lush products), is that it comes in a tub. I wish it was in a pump instead! I don't really like scooping my fingers into products over & over. I just make sure I always wash my hands first.
The Verdict:
Highly recommend! I have oily skin, but I would imagine this works well for dry skin also. I usually use a makeup wipe to clean it off, which of course maximizes the effectiveness. For the demo below, I only used a tissue. The packaging suggests using a damp cloth or cotton round.

I usually take about this much product on each hand for my whole face.
This was actually more than I really needed for this demo.

You may recognize these Esperanza swatches! :)

Everything wiped away...glitter, shimmer, and all!

My other hand...for reference. You can kind-of see how dry my
skin is on this hand compared to the hand I used Ultrabland on.
Also, my hand is super red because I was cold when I took this
one...I didn't take it at the same time as the other hand, sorry!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Julep Maven Box: March 2014

My first real Julep Maven box is here! I'm so excited! The thing I love about the Maven box versus other subscription boxes, is that I already know what to expect. They select a box for you based on a quiz. A week before shipping starts, they send you an email to let you know what they've selected. Then, you have the option to keep your box, choose a new one, or upgrade to receive a crap ton of polishes (an additional $25 plus the monthly subscription cost).  According to my questionnaire, I'm an "It Girl." However, I didn't see myself using all three of the "It Girl" polishes. So I switched over to the "Bombshell" box, which included two polishes and a gloss. The polish shades were set, but they did let me choose which gloss I wanted. And here's what I got!



I broke my phone between receiving the box and writing
this post. Some pictures got lost, so I don't have my "in-
the-box" pic. Just imagine the above in a box of blue fluff.

The two polishes I got are Lilou (pale yellow), and Monaco (cobalt blue). The gloss is Adored (pink), which reminds me of my Dose of Colors gloss in Attitude, but it's much more sheer.  On the lips, it actually doesn't show up much at all, but it adds a nice shine when I don't want to go super matte. All the shades are absolutely perfect for Spring. I know I'll use them quite a bit. Just from swatching Monaco on the cap,  it seems a bit streaky, but I know how to deal with that, so I'm not too worried! ;)  Lilou swatched so nicely...I can't wait to paint my toes with it! I already have a line of polishes waiting for my Springtime pedis! Where am I gonna find that kind of time?!


Gloss swatch. I really blobbed it on there so you could see
the color. It's actually quite sheer.


I was super disappointed to see that my "surprise exclusive item" was a stick of candy. I literally picked through the packing fluff to check if I had missed something. I read the card like eighteen times. Did I get an incomplete box?! Supposedly, the contents of each box are said to be at least $40. The polishes and gloss combined were $38.40. And that piece of candy can't be more than ten cents. So the way I see it...Julep owes me a dollar fifty. You think I'm kidding....but I'm quite serious.

I love the concept of this box - as far as getting to choose your own contents, and it's always excited to receive treats in the mail. However, I don't see myself staying subscribed to this box long term. As most of you probably know, I get gel manicures, and I only use regular polish on my toes. So I don't need three or more new polishes monthly. But I'm definitely keeping it for now. I LOVE the quality of Julep polishes, so I would like a couple more before I unsubscribe. I just don't think it's worth it to give someone twenty bucks a month for a couple polishes. I know they retail for $14 ($11.20 Maven price), but I typically spend $9 or less for polish. So it just doesn't add up to me.  Which I'm very sad about! I'm definitely on the hunt for a new subscription box. Feel free to link to your Julep box below...I'd love to see everyone's new goodies! Also if you have a new box suggestion for me, let me know! :)

Saturday, March 8, 2014

NOTD

Another Pinterest-inspired NOTD! This one is really simple, but still different. I love it! I'm starting to get more comfortable in my new job, but still not comfortable enough to go for very bright or very dark nails. My nail lady helped me find the perfect grey shade, and glitter. I'm really happy with how it turned out. The inspiration photo had really chunky glitter on the party nail, but I wanted fine glitter. As usual, I don't know what colors were used because it's just gel from my lady. But you get the idea. I know NYC makes a regular nail polish similar to this grey. So check that out if you want to achieve a similar look!


Friday, March 7, 2014

NOTD

I love my latest pedi. As usual, I did it myself. I can't paint my own hands if my life depended on it. But I'm all over my toes. Plus, I hate the feeling of other people touching my feet. I decided to go with this color scheme because it's one of my favorites on earth...these were actually our wedding colors. Plus, I recently received the white polish from my Intro Julep Maven Box, and I was dying to test it out. Here is what I used:




  • Zoya Lola: A gorgeous hot pink with blue undertones. This is one of my all-time favorite hot pink polishes. With the first coat, I was a little worried, because it was very sheer. But by the second coat, it looked amazing. I did apply a third coat just in case.
  • Milani Gold Glitz: I love this glitter because it is sooooo full-coverage. This is two coats with no base color! You could get by with only one coat. I just like to be excessive.
  • Julep Bunny: This is the nicest white polish I've ever worked with. Part of the reason I've always hated white polish on my hands is that it usually looks like your nails have been painted with white out. This does have gold micro glitter, but sadly it doesn't show up on my nails. It just looks like a pure, opaque white. I used two coats. I didn't absolutely need my streak-free trick, but I did it anyway...to be safe.




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