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.

Beauty | Streamline

30 March 2014

Lately I've been thinking more and more about streamlining my collection. I've always prided myself on being pretty selective on the things that I purchase putting lots of research into things and getting rid of anything that I'm not using. I had noticed that I was really slacking in all of the above in the past six months or so. My collection was starting to get out of hand and I wasn't always making the best decisions when it came to making purchases. I also noticed that my desire to buy was starting to dwindle down. Not saying I don't have a beauty hit list, because I still do, it's just much more minimal than it has been in the past.

I sat down and had a little chat with myself and decided to do some serious spring cleaning in my vanity area. I went through everything and pulled anything that I hadn't used in a while and wasn't enamored with and put it aside into "the box". It contains things that I usually give away to my sister or a friend that can give it a more loving home than I can. Anything that can't find a new home usually gets the bin. With the time change, I've been doing pretty much the same thing every morning with my face and very minimal as I'm usually time crunched. I don't do time changes so well when I'm losing sleep. This had led me to neglecting things that I actually really love. Those things I've set out in glass jars on my vanity (not pictured in this photo) to hopefully encourage me to use them more often, which will most likely take place once I've gotten my sleep cycle back on track.

This was a tough one for me. It involved a lot of brutal honesty with myself. Approach this the same way you would if you were cleaning out a closet. Do you wear it? Have you had it for too long? Is it worn out? Why are you holding on to it if you're not wearing it? Are you secretly hoping that you can make it work for you, even if it doesn't? These are all things you have to ask yourself and be very honest with yourself and you'll get results. It felt very nice to get everything cleaned up and minimized again. I did the same with my hit list to keep me from adding clutter to it and I resolved to get back on track with how I purchase things. By this I mean really evaluating every product and being sure that it's something I truly want and not something that I just want to try out because other bloggers are raving about it even if it's something I normally would not go for. Is streamlining your collection part of your spring cleaning ritual? If so, what do you do that helps you get through the mess?

Beauty | Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con No. 3 in 102 The Ingenue

26 March 2014

The Ingenue
Since Marc Jacobs launched his beauty line this past year I've been wanting to love it so much. Marc Jacobs is one of my favorite clothing designers out there and I obviously love beauty products, so it seemed like a match made in heaven. It hasn't exactly been smooth sailing for us though. Don't get me wrong, there are some serious gems in the collection, but overall I feel really overwhelmed and underwhelmed at the same time with the collection as a whole. Now I have managed to find two nail polishes from the collection that I adore, the mascara is a good one and the eyeshadows have been getting some pretty amazing reviews too. When they first released all of the press photos for it and Sephora gave VIB's a sneak peak, I was set that I was going to buy one of their 7 pan palettes. I was also going through a palette phase at the time (who am I kidding?! I'm all about palettes to this day). Smartly though, I wanted to wait until I could see them face to face. In photos, The Lolita seemed like it was going to be the one for me, but that blasted GLITTER shade in the middle made me hesitate. Then I saw a Sephora sales assistant wearing The Starlet and I thought that would be the one, but it has a green shade in it I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around. My thinking was that if I was going to spend almost $60 on seven eyeshadows, every last one of them better be worth it. This led me to the 3 pan palettes and The Ingenue was the one that seemed the most "me" and like the wisest choice. So I popped it in my cart.

Upon first opening it, the first thing I did was drop it (thankfully you can't tell in this photo). Like all of Marc Jacobs beauty products, the packaging is sleek and comes in a little pouch that's adorable. It doesn't have a quite a heavy feel to it as say Burberry or Tom Ford or the satisfying magnetic snap, but it's beautiful none the less. I personally think that the formula of them is nice. Not as great as my favorite formula from Burberry, but almost on par with NARS and Urban Decay. So they rank pretty high up there for me. The colors don't seem like anything too special, but I adore them. They are good everyday colors and the two outside colors are amazing highlight colors. When I want to wear very little makeup, but also don't want to look dead I'll use one of the two outside colors to highlight my inner corner and the center of my eyelid. They make me look alive and awake even if I feel like I need at least 24 more hours of sleep and dead on the inside. At $42 this is not a cheap one in the least, but I'm also not unhappy with my purchase. I also don't think I'd mind spending the almost $60 on one of the seven pan palettes if I can just figure out which one (I'm thinking The Starlet). If you're in the market for a good multipurpose palette and just want something streamlined, I'd recommend Urban Decay or even Bobbi Brown or Clinique over this (the recent offerings from the later two look like really nice multi-purpose palettes), you'll get more bang for your buck. For the makeup artist or collector, yes these are good, but you definitely don't need them all. Be selective and smart with your color choices.

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