Mar 19, 2015

Ulta Took My Money Away...Again

You know that urge, when you go into Ulta for one thing in mind and start scanning all the aisles, and all the shelves...Well, this happens to me every time! Even though every time, I say I am going in for one thing... Lucky for me, I pick up a ton of stuff, but then drop them back in their shelf homes, because I like to justify my purchases to be budget friendly.
Last week, I came home with some new babies, and I wanted to share my purchases with the internet.
Most of my purchases were things I was swooning over on the Internet (all of the bare minerals stuff), and the other two were things I saw in play and fell in love with! 
NYX HD Finishing Powder in Banana $10 I bought this to set my under eye concealer. Yellow-ish banana colored powders are all the rage to set under eye concealer, but I didn't want to pay crazy prices, or purchase a whole jug of Ben Nye powder (just in case I didn't like it). I thought this was a safe bet, as if I turned out to like it, the cost isn't too crazy! 
Stila All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner $20 I used to own one of these in the shade blue, and it would always break apart and flake all over my eyes. It had amazing color pay off, but would NEVER STAY. Then, when I was travelling for work last week, my roommate during our trip was using this in black. She had oily lids, and put no primer on, and I swear to you, the liner she put on at 7 in the morning was still there by 6 at night! As I don't like black liners (too harsh for my little eyes), I bought the brown one! I will come back with an update on this little guy.
Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Gel Cream $29 This item took a lot of research and debate, and at the end of perusing a ton of blogs and reviews, I decided to go for it. I got it in a lighter shade to see if this is something I like enough to continue in the summer. I have only used it once so far, and am not sure how I feel about it just yet. 
Bare Minerals Pop of Passion Lip Oil Balm in Pink Passion $16 This was in my Spring Lust List post. The color I had on there was a darker shade, and when I got to Ulta, this little dude was just too cute. I have been wearing this every single day since then, and might have to go back and repurchase all the rest of the colors to do an all inclusive review. LOVE THIS STUFF.

Well I hope my wallet taking a hit benefited your reading pleasures. Until next time, stay classy blogland! 

Mar 17, 2015

2015 Empties #2

I love the feeling of finishing a product and then throwing it out! I have a strict rule that I try to stick to... I have two MUJI Makeup Storage cases, a lipstick holder, and an old Bath and Body Works candle jar to store all of my makeup. I will not buy more makeup than fits into those mentioned containers. To be honest, there are floaters here and there (that comes with being a beauty addict) but I try to stick to my guns. So when I finish a product and get to throw it out, this enables the addition of new babies to come home with me!
Enough with my theory of storage, and finding a home for each beauty product there ever was. You were here to look at empties.... get to it!

Makeup Forever Mat Velvet foundation was a love and hate relationship throughout its place in my home. The good thing for Makeup Forever, this ended on a good note. I found myself reaching for this a lot-especially when I wanted an all day face. The hate relationship came to fruition during the summer. I remember when I purchased this, it was July and I wanted a foundation that was going to keep me shine free and last all day, as it promised. This foundation couldn't hold up in humidity... which is why I hated it in the summer. During the cooler months, it has been phenomenal. Stays on my skin throughout an 8-10 hr workday, and keeps me shine free! All in all, I wouldn't repurchase this foundation, as it was nothing revolutionary, and there are other babies I am eyeing out there.
The second foundation I finished up was the Dior DiorSkin Nude Foundation. This was lightweight, and felt freeing on my skin. Never made me feel like I was wearing makeup, except for the smell. It reminded me of some perfume that I can't put my finger on, which was the only bothersome part of it. I think it was great for those looking for my skin but better foundation, but I wouldn't repurchase due to its high price tag and not enough promise. There are better budget friendly options out there.
Anastasia Brow Wiz...all I have to say about this product is that I am already on my third one... It is true love that will last forever and ever and ever.
Benefit They're Real Push-up Liner was a product that was the new popular kid when it first came out. I jumped on the bandwagon hoping to see all the promises. The tip was hard to work with, and after awhile the product wouldn't come out properly and started to dry up very quickly. I was very disappointed in this, given the fact the first couple of applications were amazing, and then the product just seemed to hate me! I know a ton of people that love this liner, so maybe it just wasn't my cup of tea!
My last empty is a sad one... I loved this perfume dearly, and throwing this packaging away is very painful. The Juicy Couture Eau de Parfum was my go-to, no-fail perfume. I would wear it during the day and at night. It was my scent for the longest time. Perfume is a very subjective topic, which is why I try not to talk about it. Well, that and the fact that I can't describe a scent to save my life. I will copy and paste what Macy's says on their website about this scent

  • Top Notes: Passionfruit, Mandarin Orange, Green Apple, Hyacinth, Marigold, Watermelon, Green Leaves
  • Middle Notes: Tuberose, Lily, Rose Hip
  • Base Notes: Crème Brulee, Caramel, Patchouli, Vanilla, Precious Woods
Hope that helps gather how amazing this scent is. If you don't believe me ( and until the internet becomes a platform where we can do scratch and sniff) you can take a whiff of it the next time you go to a Sephora, Ulta, or department store of choice.

Mar 2, 2015

February Favorites

1. Tresemme Get Sleek Perfect Polish Heat Protection Spray First of all, can we talk about this new packaging that Tresemme is using on their "Runway Collection". It is sleek, sexy and most likely was the reason I purchased this product. I've used this for blowdrying, but mostly pre flat-iron. I've always loved the Tresemme heat protectant spray, which is still for sale, but will never come back into my life, because this stuff sleeks the bananas out of my hair! It makes it stick straight, and smells amazing. 
2. Korres Balancing Cream-Gel Moisturizer It took a long time for me to bite the bullet and buy a high end moisturizer. The last high end moisturizer was a total bust for me, and I vowed to never buy anything that cost more than fifteen bucks... Well then I was perusing Sephora, and decided to give the brand Korres a try. This was an impulse buy due to my greek heritage, and love for pomegranates. It also did have the benefit of having cute packaging (again, packaging) and promising matte skin throughout the day. Well, the wait is over for me. This moisturizer is incredibly soothing, goes on the skin like butter and keeps shine away! It doesn't suck out the moisture like most mattifying moisturizer, but is perfect for those who have delicate oily skin. Usually mattifying moisturizers get me too matte, where my skin in dehydrated and starts flaking. This delivers the perfect amount of quench to keep my skin happy.
3. Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes My makeup routine has gotten lazier since I've become a full-time employee (two years ago). I used to get all my brushes out and go crazy with some neutral looks, but who are we kidding... Women on the go don't have time to get out of bed, do their hair, devour some kind of breakfast (mostly granola bars) and do a full on face of makeup. So I have been obsessed with products that speed up the process of me going from zombie, to human. The Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint delivers just enough color to make it seem like I spent minutes on minutes blending to get some kind of look on my eyes. All I do is sweep the color straight from the tube, and blend out with my fingers to fan it out. I love this color in whomping willow, which is an army green tone, that makes brown eyes pop!
4. Day Designer There is nothing I can say about this planner that hasn't been said on the internet. It is the best planner I have purchased in my life! This comes from a stationery freak, who has perused many options of planners, and has owned a planner since 6th grade. I LOVE planners. But I have never found the one...until now. The Day Designer offers the perfect solution for someone who likes to check things off her to do list with satisfaction. Check Day Designer out here.
5. What would L.C. do? Bracelet This bracelet was gifted to me by one of my bridesmaids. The reason being; when I get stressed during wedding planning, I can look at these monumental words and think to myself "What would L.C. do?" for those of you who aren't familiar with the Laguna Beach born, The Hills star, this refers to the Lauren Conrad, who is my ultimate Audrey Hepburn. Her elegance, and style are things I aspire to be. So this is, of course fitting to wear every single day. This even helps me at work when I would just want to smack someone... Come on Lara, What would L.C. do?

Feb 15, 2015

Blowout for the Non Fussy

Let's be honest, I wish I could have a dry bar near where I live...but facing the facts, I don't, I never will, I probably couldn't afford to get a blowout every week. Due to this dilemma, some of us have to fake it and make it. I'll be true to you, and say "No, I don't blow dry my hair every time I shower." I actually love wearing my hair natural (another post on that soon to come), but some day require a blow dry (important meetings, presentations at work, special occasions).
I will also admit, I suck at blowdrying my hair, until I found a miracle brush, blowdryer (the blowdryer makes the world difference), and some clutch products. Today, I am going to walk you through the way I blowdry and get an effortless style.

1. On towel dried hair, I put two pumps of L'anza Keratin Healing Oil from the top of my ears down. After drenching my hair, I take the rest of what is on my hand and run the leftover product through the tops of my hair and bangs. **If your hair only reaches your shoulders or above, put in one pump of product. I take my tangle teezer and give my hair a good, gentle brush through.
2. After I take my Pureology Hair Treatment Spray and go crazy spraying this all over my hair. Then I run my Tangle Teezer through my hair once more to disperse the product.
3. I take my Sedu 6000i Blowdryer and on high-heat and high fan speed, I flip my hair down and give it a nice dry before attacking it with a brush.
4. Once my hair is 75% dry (I actually have no idea what this means, it just seems everyone picks this number when describing their a little damp, a little dry hair :)) I section off my hair in three sections like in the picture.
5. I start with the back section and do that in threes, as well as the front two sections (when I mean threes, I mean I take one section, and then proceed to divide that up in three sections to blow dry).
6. I take my Olivia Garden Ceramic Ion XL Paddle Brush with my hair on the inside and I pull the brush through, as I am following the my blowdryer.
7. I repeat step 6 everywhere, and once I am satisfied, I take my CHI Turbo Large Ion Ceramic Round Brush to my bangs to give them a little lift.

Feb 6, 2015

Friday Feelings #1

I decided to start a new series called Friday Feelings. I've seen people do this all across BlogLand, and I really enjoy the thought of looking back at my week, and hitting refresh for the weekend.

Blizzard Monday; Got hit with a HUGE blizzard on Sunday night, that carried over to Monday. The love of my life, Freddie Mercury had a photoshoot in the snow.

Felt a little sluggish all week, not sure if it was the weather or not, but had to recharge with extra loads of coffee!

Tried out the Tressemme Get Sleek spray again, and the results are outstanding! Stay tuned for a blog post.
No shame in wrapping my Valentine's day gift in leftover Olaf Christmas paper, right?

Feb 2, 2015

January 2015 Favorites

Ummmm, is it really February? Already this year is flying by...Before you know it, it will be St Patrick's day! This month was a low maintenance month for me due to the vacation I took in the beginning of the year, and the gorgeous tan I got, but that doesn't mean I didn't have some products that kept appearing on my face (I said I had a gorgeous tan, not that I was gorgeous...)
The first two products are my face enhancers...

The first one; Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer has been under my eyes all month -even on holiday-. This shade Custard is a universal shade, as told by the woman at Sephora. This concealer is amazing and all the hype is unfortunately true. I say unfortunately, due to its $29 price tag. It is creamy, brightening and stays on for forever! Now, I love my Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer...but this stuff is definitely much better. 
Next up is a product that I sang praises to in this blog post. Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation This is an affordable foundation, with higher end standards. It keeps oiliness at bay, and pores invisible for hours (a full work day-about 8.5-9 hours). It would be ten times better if it had a pump, because the product takes forever to drip down, but other than that this guy has been on my face, with no need for powdering.

Next up is a product that was on my cheeks every night during vacation. I brought three blushes and only used this one! It is the Tarte Cheek Stain in True Love.  This isn't a product to buy in hopes of something that stays on all day (3 hours is the most wear I get), but it is beautiful. Gives the cheeks illumination due to its creamy texture, and this color is a super natural "blushed" color. It also smells wonderful, and blends effortlessly.

Another set of products are the three items that played on repeat for my eyes. I fell in love with the Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara.  This mascara isn't here to seperate or lengthen your lashes, but it gives you amazing volume, and makes it seem you have a million little lash babies! GORG!!!
The eyeliner/shadow duo is your stay on your eyes without primer all day duo. If you have oily lids, and things slip off even with primer, these guys are worth checking out. The Nars Larger Than Life Eyeliner came into my life during the holidays, and has made me kiss gel liners good bye. I never have found pencil eyeliners that don't crease or bleed during the day. I need to get all the colors in these eyeliners, because not only do they stay on all day, but they are super blendable and soft! My favorite color right now is Madison Avenue, I prefer greys over blacks, because black is too harsh on my small eyes. The Too Faced Bulletproof Shadow Eyeliner is a creamy shadow stick that comes with a sponge applicator on the other end to blend out the product. To be honest, I don't use this all over my lids, as once blended out it looks messy. What I do, is draw a thick line on my upper lash line and then do a thin line of eyeliner over it. The contract between the two is amazing, and this product also lasts all day long!