Beauty | Rekindling Old Flames

23 April 2014

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 hour Blush in Tipsy
NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in Finland
Maybelling Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles in Neutralizer
NARS Lip Gloss in Scandal
L'Oreal Voluminous Waterproof Mascara in Black Brown
Stila Convertible Color in Poppy
NARS Lipstick in Dolce Vita
 The Sephora 15% off VIB Sale just happened and I picked up some serious gems and I have lots of new things to talk about on the beauty front, but firstly I wanted to talk about some old loves. These are things that I had thrown to the back burner, but recently rediscovered them and I thought it was a good time to gush about them before I started to gush about the new stuff.

I have a total of 3 of the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushes; Exposed, Natural Beauty and Tipsy (above). Exposed gets more than its fair share of love because it's a good standard blush and it in the color family that I typically fall for. Tipsy is one of those blushes that looks out of place on me in the cooler months and I just don't reach for it that often. I was about to just give it away, but I thought I would give it another go especially since it's warming up here in the south quite a bit and it's been nothing but pure love. The formulation of these blushes is amazing and this is a great pick me up color. I recently watched a Gossmakeupartist video about applying blusher and it changed my life and my relationship with this blush. You can view the video here, but I also recommend that you check out his entire channel as he's fabulous.

The NARS Tinted Moisturizer and I go way back. All of the way to when it first released. And I've sung its high praises from the roof tops, but it doesn't always work for me. I have days with it where I'm just meh about it and those days I consider looking for a new tinted moisturizer, but then I have amazing days with it where I can't see myself with any other tinted moisturizer. What it really comes down to is the condition my skin is in. If my skin is too dry or super spotty, I don't like this in the least. Strangely when my skin is on the slightly more oily side is when I tend to really love this. It will even out your skin tone, so you don't need perfect skin for this to look good, but if I've got seriously angry spots, I usually will pass this up for a little more of a full coverage instead. Lately my skin has been on its best behaviour and we've rekindled our tryst.

The Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Concealer (mouth full) is no stranger to this blog and for good reason. It's a really good under eye concealer. I get the neutralizer as it happens to match my skin tone. I've been through several tubes of this and will continue to buy it. It's one of the only drug store under eye concealers that I think deserves a spot will all of my high end one's as it can give them a run for their money.

I'm going to skip around a little bit here. The NARS Scandal Lip Gloss and the Stila Convertible Color just found their new BFF in the Bite Agave Lip Mask. I won't go on about it too much as I'll be doing a whole separate post on that product. But I will say that it has helped these two products find themselves on a regular rotation. The Scandal lip gloss was just a little too sticky for me and while I've always loves Stila's Poppy on the cheeks I was starting to skip over it because I never really liked it on my lips and it seemed silly to have a multi use product that wasn't being used in multiple ways, but now I love this on the lips.

I seriously almost gave up the NARS Lip stick in Dolce Vita purely because of the packaging. Formulation and color wise, this is the PERFECT lipstick, but the blasted lid will not stay on while in my bag to save its life! That alone makes it too much of a nuisance for me, but as I was starting to rekindle flames with other products, I decided to tough it out with the packaging on this one since if I was judging it purely on the product alone, this would be one of my top 2 lipsticks. NARS, get it together on the packaging for this!! You sure as hell charge me enough...

Last, but certainly not least is the L'Oreal Voluminous Waterproof Mascara in Black Brown. I have to be specific about the color because I have tried the black and did not like it at all. This is one of the few mascara's that I've found that does not make me look like a raccoon. And it's drugstore, win, win!

That got much more long winded than I was expecting it to get, so bonus points to you if you actually sat and read the whole thing. The next post will be a wish list and then I'll start reviewing the new stuff that I'm pretty amped up about. I feel like I've found some amazing things!

Beauty | Maybelline The Elixir

20 April 2014

Maybelline The Elixir in Signature Scarlet | 9
When it comes to drugstore lip products there are very few brands that I feel like can seriously deliver. Revlon and NYX tend to be the powerhouses in the drugstore lip product genre with L'Oreal sneaking in every now and then, but within the past year or so, Maybelline has really been showing that they can run with the big dogs. Case in point, the Maybelline Color Elixir's.

As usual, I picked up the classic red shade. I was really unsure of what these were at first. I was thinking something along the lines of a long lasting liquid lipstick, but that is beyond wrong. These are a richly pigmented tinted lip balm. That's probably the safe way to describe them. L'Oreal has a version of this that I also have, I'll do a review on that another time. The packaging is simple and sleek. the closure that you get when you twist the cap on makes you feel like you're closing a luxury product. I love when drugstore brands can still give you that filling and it always gives them some serious bonus points in my book. This is a very classic red, but surprisingly not too in your face. To the point that I would possibly wear this to work. I typically don't wear a red lip to work as my environment is a bit on the casual side and also I don't have the time to keep up with a red lip through the day and don't want to be talking to people with splotchy lips. The formula of these is great and good if you tend to have dry lips or if you have chapped lips, but want to wear color.

I'm wearing this as I type and I've had it on for a good couple of hours now. The color is still there albeit a little bit muted compared to initial application and the moisture is still there. My lips have been dry and a tad bit chapped for the past week or so due to my body playing tricks on me. We've had several severe dust storms lately and my body can't decide if it wants to have an allergy attack, get full throttle sick (there's also a bad case of strep going around that found its way into my office last week) or if it wants to stay well. It seems to be on the brink of something at all times, but never actually gets anywhere. Due to all of that, my lips have been dry to say the least. This still feels as nourishing as when I first put it on. For a balm this is a thick and well lasting product. That aside, it will transfer like mad. I wore it to a conference and it was all over my coffee cup. I imagine you beau wouldn't like a makeout session with this either as his face would look like your mouth mauled him. BUT in all fairness, this fades beautifully, so if you can't keep an eye on it through the day, you don't really have to worry about splotchy lips. I'm really pleased with this product and I'm considering picking up another in a more everyday neutral shade that I think I'll get more use out of.

These can be found at Ulta, Target, Wal-mart or your local drugstore. Keep an eye on the pricing though, because you can pay anywhere from $7 to $10+. While these are good, get a deal on them if you can.

Beauty | Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade

16 April 2014

Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade in Ebony | 18
A few weeks back when I was banging on about my love for the Hourglass Brow Pencil, I mentioned there was another brow love that I had found that I could decided which I liked better. This is it. The Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade in Ebony.

This little puppy it pretty damn close to perfect. I can get a bit of a bolder brow with this one. A more natural look can be achieved, but it's a little more time consuming because it is very easy to go over board with this. The first time I used it I felt like I had drawn my eyebrows on my face. Once I had a little more practice though, it has been heavenly ever since. The one downside to this is that it requires more tools than just the product itself. A spoly to comb through the brows and a brush to apply the product with. I use just a regular spooly that I got with something, somewhere, sometime ago and I use the Ecotools Bamboo Flat Eyeliner Brush, which is actually angled. It's a great brow brush. If you're going to be purchasing something in particular to use specifically with this product, there are some great brushes out there that are good to add to your collection period. Anastasia offers two dual ended one's that get great reviews are a two for one. The brush #12 and Mini Do Angled/Spooley 7. The Louise Young LY31 Angled Sable Brow Brush is on my wishlist along with her LY34.

I am in love with this product, but like I said previously, I'm having a hard time choosing which would be my ultimate brow product as it varies from day to day depending on what I want to do with my brows

Home | Kikerland Hedgehog Dryer Buddies

13 April 2014

Kikerland Hedgehog Dryer Buddies
Listen up folks with long hair that sheds to the point that your hair invades the life of anyone within a 10 foot radius of you! You NEED these. These are the Kikerland Hedgehog Dryer Buddies. They claim that they're an energy efficient product in the face that they're supposed to reduce drying time, wrinkles and static in fabric. Now I haven't noticed them doing any of those things, but I have noticed that they reduce the amount of hair that gets woven into my clothes due to the crazy amount of shedding I have always done. NO ONE tell me that massive amounts of shedding is bad because I have shed like this my entire life and my hair is extremely healthy, trust. Anyone with long and/or thick hair can probably attest to this. You shed and there is next to no way to really control it. When I open my dryer up after it's cycle is over with, these little white spikey balls have turned into hairballs with all of the hair they manage the pick up from the clothes. These are pretty life changing for me to the point that I have purchased TWO sets of these. You can tell this is a pretty important post for me with all of the capital letters that are everywhere.

I purchased mine from World Market which I cannot find on their site, but you can also find them from the Kikerland website directly.

Skincare | Origins Out of Trouble Mask

09 April 2014

Origins Out of Trouble Mask | 24
This mask is ah-mazing! There is something about it that is very reminiscent of Noxzema for me. The texture of the mask and the smell even, but the Origins lady assures me that this is much better for you and that the ingredients lists don't match up. Either way, the smell and feel of it takes me back to high school.

You can use this mask all over your face or just in your problem areas, which is what I tend to do most of the time. When I have those bumps that are deep down, swollen and painful, this is what I reach for. I'll put it on my problem areas, let it sit for 10 minutes and wipe away with a wet flannel. It doesn't really sting, but gives a good tingle to let you know that it is working. I usually use this before bed, but I have used it in the morning on days that I can get ready at a leisurely pace. The next day will typically see results that the spot has either gone away or is not quite so angry and soon to be on its way out.

I highly recommend this if, like me, you get those deep down "I want to claw my face off" spots. It helps to calm them and takes some of the pain away. It really helps to soothe angry skin. This is a love for me and I'll continue to repurchase this. I purchased mine at my local Origins counter, but it can also be found in any Sephora that carries Origins.

Live | Sunday

06 April 2014

Yes, those are my legs and Yes, that's The IT Crowd on my television
I live for Sundays. I wish everyday could be Sunday. I have an entire playlist on my itunes account that is dedicated to Sunday. Sundays are the day where I get a bulk of chores done, do blog planning and usually some sort of pamper session involving face masks and long soaks in the tub. The rest of my week consists of working, seeing friends and family and being pretty busy, which I really love too, but Sundays are my day. I can do absolutely everything on my time and even if I get crazy amounts of things done, it's always the most relaxing day of the week.

Last night I gave myself a little pamper session before bed. First, I put a load of coconut oil through the length of my hair, combed through and piled it on top of my head. After applying the Origins Out of Trouble Mask on one patch of skin that I was having issues with, I loaded on the Origins Drink Up Intensive Mask on my face before bed. Today I'm planning on an easy meal, a yoga session and the Game of Thrones premiere...Maybe even a nice soak in the tub.* I'm aiming to not leave home at all today, stay in my jam jams all day. Bliss.

*Sidenote: I finally made a lush purchase of bath bombs and I CAN NOT wait for them to get here!

Beauty | Urban Decay Naked 3

02 April 2014

Urban Decay Naked 3 | 52

When there was buzz about Urban Decay coming out with a third Naked palette. I didn't pay too much attention to it at first, but then slowly fell into the hype. I ummed and awwed about if I would actually purchase it though because the palette it all based around rose gold. I've never been too big of a fan of pink eyeshadows because they tend to make my eyes look sick and once I set my eyes on the palette I was even more torn. There were some shades in it that I could tell just by sight that I would love them, then there were others that scared the living daylights out of me because of how pink toned they were. It was Ruth Crilly from A Model Recommends though that finally pushed me to the point of purchase, she stated that if you have blue eyes you NEED this palette. There it was, all of the enabling that I needed. Not to mention that I ordered it directly from the Urban Decay site right around my birthday in January and got the Perversion eyeliner FOR FREE!

So now that I have it, what are my thoughts? I bloody love it. It's my favorite of the Urban Decay palettes and is quite possibly my most used palette period (I'm not counting Tom Ford She Wolf since that one is just a trio). I do tend to steer away from Dust, Burnout and Buzz purely out of fear. It could even be safe to say that I haven't even tried those three out. Every other shade though is great. The formulation of the product is great, it's versatile and it's travel friendly. I really love Liar, Factory and Mugshot, but my favorite has to be Nooner. It's a beautiful matte shade that I really never imagined myself loving. It's a great wash over the lid color.

While I contemplated just purchasing the individual shades instead of the palette as a whole, there have been so many shade from the palette that I loved that buying the palette turned out to be the more economical options and you never know I may get brave with the three shades that scare me.

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