Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas EOTD

Sorry for the blurry lashes!

This is the makeup I did today, I'm going to try to do more of these. I wasn't going anywhere so I just did something simple and fairly light, I tend to wear darker makeup. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

I used the Coastal Scents 42 Double Matte palette, Wet N Wild Color Icon Brow and Liner in Green, and a Maybelline single eyeshadow in Made for Mocha, ELF Liquid liner, and Loreal Voluminous Millon Lashes Mascara. I also used the Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden.

 I used a mid tone brown in my crease as a transition color, then a redish brown over that, used the Made for Mocha, a dark brown; in my outter v. I lightly applied a white to the lid and under my brow, I just wanted this to brighten up my lid and brow bone, I didn't want it to be an obvious white. I lined my upper lash line with the liquid liner doing a simple line and used the green on my bottom lash line, water and tight line. I set all of my liner with matching colors. Lastly I applied mascara.

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Coastal Scents

Monday, December 17, 2012

NOTD: First Mate, plus mini haul


It's been a bad few weeks, especially these past two weeks, which is why I haven't been blogging and for it being such a crumby week I decided I needed to treat myself to a few new bottles of nail polish. I picked up, all by China Glaze, Ingrid and then the two for today's NOTD Whirled Away(limited edition, part of the Cirque Du Soleil Worlds Away collection) and First Mate. Ingrid is a mid tone taupe brown with a subtle gold shimmer, Whirled Away is a clear based, not glitter so I guess confetti polish with mainly black but some white chunks too, all in different sizes. First Mate is a beautiful dark almost navy blue. I love the combination of First Mate and Whirled Away, I will say that I was a bit disappointed by Whirled Away but I am glad to have it because it looks really nice after a few coats but on its on or just one coat is a bit disappointing. I only used Whirled Away on my ring finger as an accent nail. I didn't use a top coat or a base coat. All polishes purchased at Sally Beauty Supply.

Sorry for the glare!
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China Glaze
Cirque Du Soleil Worlds Away collection
Sally Beauty Supply

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Quick Tip! Moisturizer


I wondered across this tip a while back and thought I would make a short post on it, and share it with you. You should always apply moisturizer while your face is still damp, this goes for all lotion. Doing this locks in the moisture that the water skin better. I find that I sometimes let my face dry first so I typically lightly spray my face with water before applying moisturizer. Honestly I feel a difference from when I do this and when I don't, even if you personally can't feel a difference, it really does add just a bit more moisture to your skin and it great to do in the winter!

Is this something you do? If you haven't tried this and decide to tell me please let me know if you feel a difference too?

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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Best Lotion for Dry Skin


Since it is Winter gotten so dry share my two favorite lotions for dry skin with you. I have a high end option and a drugstore option, both these lotions are thick and rub into your skin very easily, they also don't require too much product, but that my vary on the dryness of your skin.

Kiehl's Intensive Treatment and Moisturizer, this lotion is amazing but it is between 26usd for 3.4 oz or 48usd for 8 oz. This has done wonders for my hands, and I would recommend this to anyone looking for a good lotion for dry skin. They do have an Ultimate Strength Hand Slave, which is supposedly really great and it doesn't cost as much, I haven't tried this so I can't give my opinion on it. If you do decide to try this, keep in mind it expires in 12 months when picking the size. This is also fragrance free.

The other lotion I wanted the Neutrogena Hand Cream, this doesn't work as well for me but does a pretty good job, this is only five dollars, and they have a fast absorbing version for six dollars, I haven't tried that one yet. This lotion can be found at most drugstores, I'm do believe you can get this in the UK but I am not positive; I usually get this at walmart. It can be purchased in either original scent or fragrance free, personally I suggest fragrance free since its less irritating on dry skin.

I do suggest the Kiehl's one over the Neutrogena, but both work great; so I recommend which ever is in your price range. Have you tried any of these, what were your thoughts on them?

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Saturday, November 17, 2012

This or That Tag!


I stumbled upon this tag the other day and thought it would be a really fun tag to do. I'm not going to tag anyone, but it is a fun tag to both read and do :)

Blush or Bronzer: bronzer, I use to hate bronzer and contouring but lately I have been obsessed!
Lip gloss or Lipstick: lipstick, never been a fun of gloss
Eye liner or Mascara: mascara, I feel this can do the job of both if done right :)
Foundation or Concealer: concealer, I don't actually wear foundation very much
Neutral or Color eye shadow: neutral, colors take to much time and are so easy to mess up.
Pressed or Loose eye shadows: pressed, loose are to messy and time consuming.
Brushes or Sponges: brushes, I feel they do a better job.

OPI or China Glaze: China Glaze, it so much cheaper and just as good in mu opinion.
Long or Short: long, I love long nails, but my actual nails don't grow long at all!
Acrylic or Natural: this one is really tough, I love acrylic nails I just don't like the price or the damage they cause, so I am going to go with natural.
Brights or Darks: darks, I go for darks more then brights, although I prefer pastels.
Flower or No flower: no flower, I have no nail art skills so flowers and other designs don't ever happen on my nails.

Perfume or Body splash: perfume, they last longer, although I do love the Victora's Secret Pink body splash, but they have perfume quailties.
Lotion or Body butter: body butter, I have super dry hands in the winter and lotion just doesn't cut it.
Body wash or Soap: body wash, does anyone else feel like soap leaves a weird sticky feeling behind, or is it just me?
Lush or Other bath company: there isn't a lush in my area, nor am I a big fan of bath type companies, but I'll go with Bath and Body Works since their stuff smells good.

Jeans or Sweat pants: neither, leggings all the way! I would pick jeans out of the two.
Long sleeve or Short: another neither, I actually like mid length, but I pick long.
Dresses or Skirts: dress, skirts are to complicated for me.
Stripes or Plaid: stripes, I am honestly not a fan at all of plaid
Flip flops or Sandals: sandals, I don't wear either to often but I feel sandals look nicer.
Scarves or Hats: scarves, hats look weird on my.
Studs or Dangly earrings: studs, I like how simple they are.
Necklaces or Bracelets: necklaces, I've never been much of a jewelry person but necklaces are more simple then bracelets, for me at least/
Heels or Flats: heels, I wear heels everyday.
Cowboy boots or Riding boots: Riding boots, not really a fan of the cowgirl look.
Jacket or Hoodie: Jackets, they look nicer and more done.
Forever 21 or Charlotte Russe: Charlotte Russe, I don't have a Forever21 in my area and Charlotte Russe has amazing shoes.
Abercombie or Hollister: There is no Abercombie in my area, and I have never been in Hollister, it makes me nauseous just walking past it.
Saks 5th or Nordstrom: neither or these stores are in my area, so I have never been to either.

Curly or Straight: curly, I hate straightening my hair, and it never stays straight.
Bun or Ponytail: buns, I love doing those sock buns.
Bobby pins or Butterfly clips: bobby pins, they are more discreet.
Hair spray or Gel: hairspray, I never do anything with my hair while it's wet and I think it would be odd to add gel once it's dry/
Long or Short: long, I just feel I look weird with short hair.
Light or Dark: dark, I have always loved my hair dark.
Side sweep Bangs or full bangs: side swept, I have done both, and let me just say that the full bangs were a bad idea for me, although I do love the way they look I just can't pull them off.
Up or Down: down, it's like a security blanket for me to have my hair down.

Rain or Shine: rain, I know that's weird, but I love the sound of rain, especially falling asleep to it.
Summer or Winter: winter, I love snow!
Fall or Spring: Fall, it is so pretty and I lover sweaters.
Chocolate or Vanilla: chocolate, excepts cake, I prefer vanilla cake and ice cream. So maybe vanilla
East coast or West coast: East Coast, that's where I'm from and will always live.

Leave your answers below, if you have done this or do it please leave a link below, I would love to read your answers!

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Monday, November 12, 2012

Tips for at home hair dying


I have been dying my hair for a few years now and a few tips I wanted to share. First I do want to say if you are dying your hair more then three shades lighter or darker go to a salon, you never want to go from black hair to blond, it is to easy to mess up and not worth it if you do.

So the first tip I have is to get some one else to dye your hair for you. I always have my sister dye my hair, but anyone would work, don't have some one who has no clue what to do dye your hair though. It's easier for people to get your whole head and not miss any spots then it is for you. These can also help with mess, both down your neck and face or house. If you can't get some one else to do or even if you can, dye it in sections, four usually works best.

Always have one more box of dye then you think you're going to need. It is always best to be safe and have an extra then to be short one, plus you'll have another for next time you dye your hair.

Before you even get to dying you should test it on either behind your ear or wrist, not going to lie this isn't something I do, I have been using the same dye for quite sometime and have never had a problem and I can never remember to do this, but it is something I do recommend doing especially if it's a dye you've never used before, I would wait an hour and if it doesn't react then I would say you should be fine.

Dye your hair when it's two or three days dirty, dirty hair holds better. I have always been told this by my mom, who is a licensed cosmetologist. Whither you are dying your hair or just adding a chemical treatment of some sort, do it on dirty hair.

Vaseline around the hair line, down the neck and on the ears; don't get this in your hair. This will keep the dye from staining your skin.

Using a hair dryer on your hair while the dye is in it will open the hair cuticle, allowing the dye to really get into it. Personally this isn't something I do unless my hair isn't dying.

So now that you've dyed your hair and are done with that, I recommend going a week without heat products. Dying your hair does some damage and its always nice to give your hair a heat free week after dying to prevent even more damage.

My last tip would be do a deep treatment in seven days, I always wait a week, I honestly don't know why I just do. By now all the dye that didn't get rinsed out should definitely be and the dye should be locked into the cuticle. Also wash your hair every two to three days, this is overall better for your hair but also helps prevent it from fading so fast. If your new to skipping washes you can check my post on dry shampoos out here.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

ImPress Press On Manicure


I can honestly say I was not impressed with these nails. The concept is neat and they do have some cute designs but that's about all they have. I have been hearing a lot about these nails lately. I had gotten these about four months back, maybe a little longer through an Influenster VoxBox, so they were free.

The first flaw I found with these were the size, for me personally they were shorter then my own nails; which are pretty short naturally. Just to wear these I had to cut my nails as short as I possibly could. So they aren't really designed for adults, I feel as though they don't exceed the quality and size that the ones we all used as children have. This of course may not be a problem for you if you have small nails naturally. They look longer on other peoples nails, so maybe this was just a problem for me.

After I had sacrificed my nail length; I ran into another problem, they just didn't want to stick onto my nails. These lasted me maybe ten minutes before any started falling off and they were all off in thirty minutes. The product claims to last up to a week, I couldn't even get an hour out of these. I am rough on my nails but the only thing I was doing at the time of use with these was texting. Now you could always glue these on, but that defeats the purpose of using these so you don't ruin your nails with acrylics. I also don't like that they come in only one size, which are really short, when I get my nails done I get them done so I can have long nails, not shorter then my nails naturally are.

Don't get me wrong I think the concept of these is wonderful, but the product just didn't meet my expectations. I would have loved for these to work out, who wouldn't love acrylic without the damage to your nails and for less. Personally I would say pass on these, your better off getting tips at a nail salon or just sticking to polishing your nails. I am glad that I got these through Influenster though, it saved me from wasting money on these, and I hope this saves you from wasting yours.

If you still want to try them, they are available at any drugstore and are around 6usd, you can get them in Boots in the UK, but I would imagine they are in all drugstores there too, sorry I don't know the price but I do believe they start at five pounds.

Did you try these, how did they work for you? Maybe I did something wrong and just need to give them another chance, but for now they didn't work.

I also want to state that when using these my nails were polish free and had no oils or lotion on them.

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Influenster: I guess you need an invite now, if you would like an invite just leave a comment saying so with your email, I can only invite five people though, and I'm not positive if Influenster is worldwide.

Monday, November 5, 2012

At home cuticle oils


My cuticles are always dry and personally I can never remember to buy cuticle oil nor find it something I want to spend very much money on. These are a few alternatives I use that I and have heard of through others.

Lip balm, you would be surprised of the uses you can get out of lip balm, I find that the Vaseline and Carmex lip balms in the squeeze tubes work best. I just squeeze a little out, you need the tiniest amount, and just massage this into my cuticles. You could use just petroleum jelly without the chemicals, it doesn't make a difference, I just personally use the lip balm.

Oils, coconut, olive, hemp, vitamin E, and tea tree, these types of oils are great alone or mixed together, I have dry hands so I like to exfoliate with these types of oils and the rinse of just the sugar or salt and leave the oil on my hands and cuticles and put on a thick layer of lotion and a pair of gloves, I sleep with this and find that not only my hands but my cuticles are moisturized once I wake up. This is good to do once a week, depending on how dry your hands and cuticles are. I don't think I could have said and anymore in that last sentence.

The way that works best for me is applying these such things to my hands after I get out of the shower, but you could just soak your fingers in warm water for five minutes. The reason you want to soak them first is the oil or petroleum jelly will lock in the moisture that is added from the water and keep your cuticles softer longer, it will also do more overall for your cuticles this way.

I hope this helps! Do you have any other things you use to keep your cuticles moisturized or a great cheap cuticle oil?

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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Apple Face Mask


I love apples and they are everywhere during fall and they make great face masks too! All you need is two things for this face mask, one large apple and honey.

The first thing you need to do is peel the apple and remove the cores and seeds. After that you blend the apple and mix in 2 tablespoons of honey. Once everything is well mixed you cover this and store it in the fridge for 10 minutes, then you apply to your face and let sit for 15 minutes afterwards you rinse off and wash/tone/moisturize your face like normal. If this causes irritation remove it immediately.

This face makes not only has vitamins that are good for your skin but can help prevent wrinkles, dulling skin, shrink pores, and gently exfoliate.

Have you tried this mask? If you try this please share with me how it worked for you!

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

ELF vs. Wet n Wild: Cream Eyeliner

Metallic Olive

It has been a while since I've done one of these, actually since I have done a review. Today I wanted to talk to you about cream eyeliners, I have used both of these for quite some time, I have actually went through an ELF cream eyeliner.

So the basics of the two are they are both really black and cheap. The ELF packaging is much better then the Wet n Wild packaging, personally I feel the ELF looks nicer then the WnW, the WnW is actually quite cheap looking. Both these eyeliners are 3usd. The WnW stays on longer then the ELF liner but they are both quite long lasting. Both seem to take just as long to dry out. They are both smooth and creamy, they are a harder cream then those that are liquidy. I have a review on the ELF liner which you can see here. These both come with a brush, the ELF one is much nicer, the WnW actually hurt my eye when I gave it a try.

Over all I think they are both great, but I would recommend the WnW over the ELF, because in the US it's more obtainable and a bit better, but both are nice and would do a great job. I feel you can't go wrong with one of these liners and either or both are worth giving a try.

Have you tried these yet, which do you prefer?

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Brown sugar face mask/scrub


This face mask is one that I have been doing for quite some time and saw in a magazine years ago, I want to say it was Seventeen but I could be wrong. This is such a simple face mask/scrub; it only requires two ingredients and only take fifteen minutes from start to finish. This really helps with acne and gives you soft skin, and these are things almost everyone already has.

All you need for this is 2 tablespoons of brown sugar and 1/4 cup of milk, organic is best but use what you have. Next just mix the two together and apply to your face, scrub this in circular motions for one to two minutes then let sit on your face for five to ten minutes. After you let it sit on your face rinse it off and wash and tone your face like normal. You can add a tablespoon of olive oil into this if you have dry skin.

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Great Gifts for the Holidays


It's about that time again, and I wanted to share with you some great gift ideas, and keep in mind it may be early but with shipping and if your not in the US you may want to start ordering US based things now. Brushes make great gifts for all types of makeup lovers, you can't go wrong with a good brush set and I hope this helps guide you with picking a good brush kit for gifting during this holiday season. This is only about brushes but I can do one on palettes and sets if you would like. Everything will be hyperlinked. Also you can use the code DEAL2012 for 10% off during October, I'll update this monthly with the new code.

This first set is for some one just starting out or looking for a basic set of good brushes, the Essential Kit. These are your basic brushes, it comes with 12 brushes and in several colors. You can get this with or with out the brush cup. This kit is 89usd without the brush cup or 109usd with the brush cup. This is really good for beginners or those who just want a good basic brush kit. Also comes in a Vegan Kit. 

They also have the Essential kit split up between an Eyes Kit for 52usd and a Face Kit for 57usd.

This next kit is the completion of the Essential kit in my opinion; this one is good for more advanced users or those who already have the Essential kit or their basic brushes. This kit is the Premium Kit. This comes with 15 brushes and a brush roll/pouch, but is a bit more pricey; it cost 149usd. 

These next kits are sold as a set or separately; they are also synthetic and great for applying foundation and concealer. These are the Synthetic Essential Kit, for 119usd, it includes 10 brushes, five face and five eye brushes. The Eye Kit for 55usd and the Face Kit for 59usd are also great alternatives for those who want one and not the other.

They also have a great Performance Eyes Kit, for 55usd which is great for those who love eye makeup or do a lot of detailed makeup, great gift for beginner makeup artist or aspiring makeup artist. This kit has eight small brushes designed for a more precise and detailed makeup.

These brushes also come in Travel Kits and Individual Brushes.

A Dry n' Shape for 29usd and is a lovely gift for someone who already has all these kits or a lovely accompanying gift to one of these kits.

I know I said this was about brushes but I figured I would mention they do have great Eyeshadow Palettes. They are all pretty wearable colors in their three palettes, the Bare Palette, the Dare Palette, and the Flare Palette. These all come with eight shadows and a dual ended eye brush; all the palettes are 35usd.

These brushes are great for all the up coming holidays and birthdays, whither you are shopping for a beginner or an experienced makeup lover. Here's the Sigma link for those who would just like to browse.

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Monday, October 15, 2012

Favorite fall polishes


As you may know I love nail polish, I love having my nails polished and just the way it looks. I am one of those people who changes their nails and makeup for the seasons, so I figured I would do a post on my favorite fall polishes, I love these kinds of post and videos and thought this would be a fun post to do. I want to say that my nails are a little messy, because I didn't have time clean up, take pictures and then take of my polish to re polish my nails for the week, so sorry about the sloppy nails, I hope that doesn't bother anyone too much.
I have a total of twelve polishes I want to talk about, two I don't have shown, one I have a past NOTD on, you can see that here, I love this polish for fall, Vintage Boutique by Avon is a gorgeous brown and a great fall polish. The other polish is a top coat, the NYC matte top coat, I don't know the full name, sorry, but it is in the two dollar polish line. I love matte nails for fall, I think its just a fun and different thing to do, plus it really makes a difference in a polish.
These first five are all reds, red is my favorite color, especially for fall. These range from an pinkish/coral red to a blackened red with red shimmer. These are all from Avon, most of the polish I'm going to mention are though, I really do love their polishes.

Sorry for the glare..
 From left to right: Blossom, Real Red, Red Wine, Tweed, Wicked. These are all from the Nailwear pro line, except for Red Wine, it is from the Speed dry+ line. This is with two coats for all.

These next polishes are the colorful polish I love for fall. From left to right: Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Black Platinum, Avon Nailwear pro in Empower, Vivid Violette the brightest color I ever wear for fall, and Olive Green, and lastly another Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Pat on the Black. The twp purples came out weird, the one looks blue and the other looks black, but they are both purples, ones a brighter purple with blue shimmer and the other is a plum.

 In case your were wondering why a few bottles have polish all over them, I had a few polishes break a couple years back and these are the ones who survived it. Also well I'm on the topic of nails, my Mani Mondays are over, I may do NOTD's every once in a while but an actual dedicated day for the post just wont be possible, I'm too busy to have it up on time and then I just don't get around to it until it's like Friday or my polish is chipped. I also may not be able to paint my nails in a month or so, and therefore the post would end there any ways, but I will try to do NOTD's on Tuesdays until then. I'm thinking of doing a post on Mondays on my eyeshadow looks of the week, starting next week to take place of the Mani Monday.

What are your favorite fall polishes, any that you think I need to have in my favorites?

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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Avocado Hair Mask


This hair mask is very moisturizing and easy to make. All you need is an avocado and either coconut or olive oil.

The first thing you do is peel and pit the avocado, then mash it. Mix in 2 table spoons of oil either coconut or olive and then apply to hair, let this sit in your hair for at least thirty minutes.

This will leave your hair super soft and moisturized. If you have any left over you can apply to your face and let sit for 15 minutes, I would only do this if you have dry skin.

Simple and easy hair or face mask, thats great for the fall weather. Have you tried this before?

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Review: Lorac Ooh La Lace Palette

LORAC - Ooh La Lace Baked Shimmer & Matte Eye Shadow Palette  Hey,

I realized that a. I haven't been posting lately and b. I haven't ever reviewed anything high end. I personally don't purchase much high end makeup, because I'm still a teenager and I buy my own makeup and don't have a job, so therefore high end isn't always in my budget, but I do on occasion like to splurge on something. This palette was my first high end purchase; I feel like it, well the brand actually isn't talked much about in the beauty community, and to me that is insane, Lorac is an AMAZING brand, well for eyeshadows at least, and it's also fairly cheap, you may disagree with me on that but I personally feel 36 dollars for a six pan eyeshadow palette isn't bad at all, that's six dollars (I'm using US currency) for an eyeshadow. That are huge too, so its going to last you forever! This palette has been out for over a year.

This palette is adorable, it has the cutest name and packaging. Seriously, who doesn't love lace? The palettes is silver with black lace on the outside; the inside is sparkly black, with a mirror. There are three matte shades, a dark brown, black, and gray. The other three shades are shimmers, these colors are an cream, nude, and a bronze. Here are the names of the shadows: Lust (cream with shimmer), Smolder (matte gray), Risqué (matte black), Stunner (light bronze with shimmer), Knockout (bronze with shimmer), Racy (matte brown). Other then the adorable packaging the bronze shade is what attracted me to this palette, it's such a gorgeous shadow. This is a baked palette so the shadows can be used wet or dry, all of them are pigmented. The shimmer shades are better in pigmentation then the matte, but the matte ones are still really nice, also none of these are chalky or have a lot of fall out. You can create several different smokey eyes and day time looks with this palette. Looks for a seasons and occasions.

Overall I feel this is a really great palette, and worth the money. It has good pigment, is fairly affordable. Includes shades that you're likely to get use out of all of them, personally I when I buy a palette and only use half of the shadows I feel it was a bit of a waste but this was definitely not the case. There is a good mix of mattes and shimmers, many looks can be created with it too. The only down fall of this palette is you can not get outside of the US, but if you are in the US I really suggest checking this palette out, it can be purchased online or in stores at Ulta and Sephora, and of course www.loraccosmetics.com.

Have you tried Lorac or this palette? What were your thoughts on them?

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Sunday, October 7, 2012

DIY Pore strips

This week I wanted to share DIY pore strips with you, I have seen so many different ways of doing this and figured I would share a few of them with you.

This first one is using glue, I'm sure if you have ever looked up DIY pore strips you've seen this method. What you do is apply glue, I use non-toxic Elmer's school glue, you just apply a thin layer of the glue around your nose and any where else you have pores you'd like to clean out. After you apply it to your face let it dry, this usely takes no more then five minutes but can take up to ten depending on how thick you applied it. Once its dry you slowly and carefully pull it off.

For this one you need an egg and tissue paper; your going to want to separate the egg yolk and egg white. Save the egg yolk, it can be used afterwards or in your hair to add some extra moisture. All you do for this one is beat the egg white till its a bit frothy or has bubbles then you apply it like you apply the glue then you place a pre-cut piece of tissue paper on top of the egg, you could do this with the glue but it peels off better on its own then the egg does. Just like the glue you place it where you feel needs to be cleaned out and then you let it dry this does take a bit longer then the glue, and once its dry you carefully and slowly pull it off.

The last one I wanted to share with you uses gelatin, I personally have never tried this one but have heard great things about it. You need 1 tablespoon of plain gelatin and 1 tablespoons of milk, mix it, it will be chunky then you microwave it for 10 to 15 seconds, let it cool down so you don't burn yourself. This one applies just like the glue, you do the same method of removal, but this one may take the longest to dry.

After you do this make sure you apply a toner, using an ice cube and going over your pores to close them is another good thing to do after doing one of these.

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

September Favorites!

Isn't this cute? I find it on google, I was going to use a picture of all my favorites but I couldn't find my phone or camera.

So I wrote this on the first, and I went all day not realizing that it was October, I just hope I didn't write the date any where...

So the first thing I have been loving is the Kat Von D Tattoo Concealer, I had gotten a sample of this and the MUFE Full Coverage concealer a while back and I have been using this one more and I absolutely love this concealer, I'm going to give the other one a try too, but I think I might get the full size of this concealer.

Another favorite of mine this month and the past three has been Coastal Scents Fall Festival palette, I'm not going to talk about this too much, since I rave about it constantly, but I am going to add the link here for the review I have on it.

This month I was using a combo of two Rimmel mascaras, Lycra Lash Extender and Extra Wow; I love the way this combo makes my lashes look. I have been testing out the Wet n Wild cream liner, to compare it to the ELF one, and it is definitely a favorite of the month. I also wanted to mention the Avon Perfect Eyebrow pencil, it is a dual ended pencil, one side spoolie other side the brow pencil and it is really great, I think they might be doing away with them so I figured I would mention these so there's still a chance to try before they are gone, and I really do love these, I use this every day for my brows, it is my all time favorite thing for my brows and its cheap. As I was typing this an Avon commercial came on...

For blush this month I have been using an ELF Studio line blusher in Blushing Rose, it is such a gorgeous blush for fall, I love the way this looks in the backs of my cheeks half in the hallows and half on the bone. Revlon Colorburst? Lipgloss in Rose Gold has been my go to lipgloss this pretty much just lives in my bag now, it is so pretty I really don't know if they still have this one but if they do check it out it is so pretty for fall, or just any season.

I have been in a rut lately, using the same products, but changing up my eye makeup, and by that I mean using four different colors and just changing the placement, I think I'm going to do one of those basket of the week things, that make you switch it up and get some use out of other things, maybe if I do I'll make a post about it.

What have your favorites this month been? I should have a late mani monday posted later today.

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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Hair Mask

Who doesn't want soft, shiny and silky hair? This mask will help you achieve gorgeous hair with just a few simple things.

A ripe banana
1/2 cup of plain yogurt, I use Greek but any will work
1 egg
1 tablespoon of honey

Mash the banana up then mix in the other ingredients until you have a paste. Apply to your hair roots up and to roots and massage into scalp. Let sit for at least an hour then wash out. This adds moisture to your hair, plus the banana and honey makes your hair smell amazing. You can add in a little coconut or olive oil to the mixture if you need more moisture to your hair.

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Friday, September 28, 2012

Favorite fall looks


I have been super busy this week and didn't have time to make a post till now and barely have time to do this, so if this makes no sense at all from time to time that's why, although I do that naturally too. Back on topic I wanted to share my favorite fall looks from other people whither they are on blogs or youtube. Be warned a lot of these are going to be either dark or involve red; those are my favorite looks for fall.

This first one is a pretty recent video from icallitambrosia, it's a really gorgeous brown smokey eye with gold, check it out here. I love smokey eyes, and this one is no exception.

This one is another recent video from goldiestarling, it's actually a Halloween look but the eye alone would make a gorgeous smokey eye for fall, although I wouldn't personally use the gold in it but it's still stunning even with the gold. Check it out here. This is a Halloween look so the face part isn't very fall themed or wearable but the actual makeup its self is.

Another smokey eye, this one is by MakeupbyTiffanyD, it's on here blog although she does have video for it too. This one is an emerald smokey eye, it has to be one of the most gorgeous smokey eyes I have ever seen, it's definitely worth checking out, you can see that here.
I told you I love cranberry and smokey looks so what's better then the two combined? This look is on the makeupgeek website but is by a blogger Jangsara, I couldn't find the look on her site so I'm just going to link you to the one on makeupgeek.com you can check it out here. This one is more cranberry where the other one that I previously mentioned had plum in it too.
For this last one I wanted to include a classic look that's great all year but one of my favorites for the fall and winter. This one is a simple red lip and winged liner, you can not go wrong with this look, it's always in style and a timeless look. You can check it out here, it's by Lookers Blog.
I figured I would link you to a few of the looks I have on my blog that are good for fall well I'm sharing a few of my favorites from others. Classic smokey eye,  brown smokey eye, copper and orange so I'm telling you this is great for fall and it is I love copper for fall, I have a look coming up soon like this but more red, well anyways I have this titled as a summer look and now I'm saying it's a good fall look, hah, and lastly cranberry eye look.

I hope this gave you some inspiration for your makeup this fall, if there are any blog post you love or have written about a fall look share it below, I would love to see them! Does it bother you when post have no pictures? If it does please tell me, I often do this and always wonder if anyone is irritated by the lack of photos.

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Sorry for any grammar mistakes, spell check doesn't want to work and I am not always a perfect speller.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

NOTD: Vintage Boutique

Yet again another late nail post, I wanted something fall, I love fall I feel like everyone who is into beauty and fashion says that but it has always been my favorite season. Last week I mentioned that I may be done with these and I still am unsure if this will be the last one or not, I will definitely replace these post with something else for Mondays. So this week I chose to use Vintage Boutique, its a gorgeous fall color, I'm not always the biggest fan of brown but there is something about this brown that I just love, it reminds me of fall and hot chocolate, which I do categorize as a fall item. I don't know how to even begin to explain this brown, it seems to me like it has purple in it and at the same time it seems like it doesn't and is more of a taupe or mushroom brown. It's an Avon polish, part of their Nailwear pro+ nail enamel line, and I do believe this is only sold around now, but I may be wrong about that.

My blog is being part of a "competition", I would really appreciate if you would vote for me, its under the best new blogger category. It's a really great way to find some awesome blogs too. http://www.theblogcat.com/p/blog-cat-awards.html

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Nail polish: http://shop.avon.com/shop/product.aspx?level1_id=300&level2_id=301&pdept_id=313&cat_type=C&pf_id=45832

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Fall face mask

To start fall off with a good start I decided to share with you a fall themed face mask. This face mask is moisturizing and great for all skin types; it leaves your skin with a gorgeous glow!

1 tablespoon of Canned or cooked pumpkin
1 teaspoon of Honey
1/2 teaspoon of Milk

To make this into an exfoliater you can add in 1-2 tablespoons of sugar either brown or normal cane sugar. For oily skin you can add 1/2 of cranberry juice.

Mix all the ingredients together then put gently apply to your face, let set for 10-15 minutes. Afterwards rinse off with warm water. If you added the sugar, rub it into your face for around 2 minutes after it has sat on your face for 10-15 minutes, you will have to add a little bit of warm water to make it exfoliater easily, then just rinse off like normal.

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Friday, September 21, 2012

Classic Smokey Eye


If you read my last post then you probably already know that I did this look using mainly the Fall Festival palette by Coastal Scents, if not you can check that out here. I honestly could have this palette and no others and be just fine, it's my favorite palette. I have done a brown smokey eye, a purple one and depending on how you view my style of make up a cranberry one too. I just love smokey eyes, I think they are one of the sexiest things a women can do, but they can be the hardest thing and just end up looking like a hot mess! You can use any colors, matte or shimmer for this look.

Products used:
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Wet n Wild Cream Eyeliner(review/comparison coming soon)
Fall Festival palette by Coastal Scents; colors: M023 Gunmetal, M004 Chamois Nude, ME017 Light Apricot
Matte mid tone brown, you could use a gray instead of brown, I think that would look nicer on cool skin tones.

Mascara and/or false lashes

First thing I did way prime my eyes, then set that with a powder, this step is really important. Setting your primer not only prevents creasing more but makes for a smoother eyeshadow application. At this point I also used the tape method and put it a little down from the corner of my eye to the end of my eyebrow.

Next I blended the mid tone brown into my crease and packed the black onto my lid, if you find you have a hard time getting a dark enough color using brushes try packing on the color with your fingers. Then I blended this out, the black blends out easily due to the brown we already placed into the crease. Then I used a matte skin tone shade to highlight and blend out all the edges even more. Also I didn't use the black on my entire lid, I left the inner third free and filled that in when I highlighted my inner corner. Lastly apply mascara, false lashes, take the tape off and clean up any fall out.
I lined my upper and lower lash line along with my tight and water line. After I did that I set my liner and blended some black onto my lower lash line with a pencil brush. This is when I highlighted my inner corner

I don't use blush when I do smokey eyes or I use a very pale pink, I also pair this with a nude lip.

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Fall Festival Palette
Cream Eyeliner
Brushes, use code SB2012 for 10% off during September!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Review; Coastal Scents Fall Festival Palette


I have several post talking about this palette and one coming Friday; I will link them below. I decided to review this since fall starts this week and this is one of my favorite palettes and is fall inspired. I personally consider this to be a neutral palette, it does have a few colors a blue/purple, bright orange, and two greens. I consider the red/cranberry shades to be neutrals but that's just me. You also get a black with red shimmer, bronze, both a matte and shimmery skin tone, a copper and a dark brown.

There are 12 eye shadows, one matte and the rest are either shimmery or metallic. All of the shades are gorgeous and pigmented. They blend easily and you can create so many looks with this palette; it is so versatile, I have made at least eight that I can easily think of. The best thing about it is its price. This palette is only 12.95usd; that's less then a two dollars for one eyeshadow! I would say these are just as good as Urban Decay and better then any shadow you'll get at the drugstore. They aren't extremely powdery but do have a tad bit of fall out do to the pigmentation. I really would suggest this palette, you can create so many fall look, and even though its a fall inspired palette you can create some gorgeous summer looks too. The actual palette its self it big, sturdy and has a huge mirror which is great for travel.

Overall I think this palette is beyond amazing, its cheap and highly pigmented. The only down fall is that it's only sold online. They have other premade palettes like this which are part of their Hot Pots and you can also design your own palette for a little more money but still much less then say a MAC palette, but I really do suggest you check this one out, I use this as much as my Naked palette if not more.

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Coastal Scents
Fall Festival Palette

Monday, September 17, 2012

Delayed Mani Monday; Awakening


Since this week fall starts I wanted to paint my nails in a fall themed color. I picked this up a while ago and featured it in a haul, which you can see here. I was debating on what color to get when I had bought this polish and prior to getting this I heard that it was like a sunset on your nails and it really is. I think this is a beautiful polish but I'm not sure if I would repurchase it, I'm glad to have it in my collection but I don't see myself getting a lot of use out of it. This polish is called Awakening and its by China Glaze. It's like a purple/orange/rust/pink in one depending on the angle. Its a unique and gorgeous polish, and I do suggest checking it out because its so different and even though I'm not in love with it you might end up loving it. The picture I used only captures the purple side but seriously you need to check this out in person. I used Seche Vite as my top coat, no base I find I don't hate it when it isn't paired with a base coat but I'm still not blown away by it,.; thankfully its almost gone! Since I'm almost done with that top coat I want to know what your favorite top coat is, I need to pick up a new one soon.

Also I know I've been late/ not posting much lately and I'm sorry about that, I'm trying and hopefully I can start getting more post out and back on schedule. I also may not be able to do these Mani Monday post anymore, but will try to replace them with something else, but I am not sure if I will or will not be able too, I'll know for next weeks hopefully.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Rue 21 Perfumes

This one is my favorite.

I wanted to talk about these perfumes with you, I figured I would just make a review out of it. I'm not going to even go into scents because that is such a hard thing to suggest to someone or review since we are all different with scents. I know I usually review makeup but I really do love these and want to share my thoughts with you.

I love these perfumes, the only thing about they're scents I'm going to say is they all come off to me as sweet, but I really do like them. These perfumes are only sold at Rue 21 stores and outlets, they are 10usd, they only come in one size; which is 1.7oz. These last so long though, not just the bottle but on you. They remind me of the Escada perfumes, since they so sweet, but from what I've been told those fade away really fast. Honestly these last on me all day, they have qualities of a high end perfume and they are only ten dollars.

These are really great for people who like perfume over body splash, want something that's going to last all day, and that's cheap. I honestly recommend these to everyone, they aren't a sophisticated scent or a mature scent but they are really great for the price and they have really cute packaging, it doesn't look as nice as high end perfumes but its is cute and not extremely cheap looking. I really do suggest everyone to just smell them at least. These are also good for teenagers who want a good selection of perfumes but can't afford to buy a lot of high end perfumes, they would make good gifts for teens too. I will say these are more for people around 14-24, but anyone could wear them they just have a teenager/ young adult quality.

The only down fall of them in my opinion is that you can only get these at Rue 21, but other then that they are great, and affordable.  

Have you tried these before, do you like them, and what ones have you tried?

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Rue 21, they seem to have gotten rid of a few, but are always coming out with new ones.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Dry Shampoo


I use the Suave Dry Shampoo but sometimes I run out of it and have to improvise. So these are a few of the things I do to take the place of dry shampoo, you could do these all the time instead of just every once in a while instead of using a dry shampoo. I find these tend dry my scalp out if I use them always instead of dry shampoo.

Baby powder/talc powder; this can sometimes leave a white look around but usually it doesn't and I have pretty dark hair and this doesn't leave a white look around, as long as I really work it in to my hair. I suggest trying to get one that isn't made with talc but it will be fine if you use a talc based baby powder.

This one is for brown hair, coco powder; you don't want this to have sugar at all, you use the baking kind. This blends very well into brown hair, but I wouldn't use this on dark brown hair or black.

Baking powder or soda; this works just like the baby powder.

Corn starch; I would say to not use this for brown hair or black hair, but this would be good for blond hair.

You can use a bit of hair spray where you put the powders to give the volume that a dry shampoo would give you. This also doesn't have alcohol in it so its not as drying to your hair and scalp, I will say that I wash my hair every other day so this doesn't dry my scalp out unless I go more then two day, I hope that makes sense.

Do you know of any other substitutes for dry shampoo?

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

ELF vs Wet n Wild; pen eyeliners


First I want to say sorry this is late and that I didn't have really any post last week or until now today, I have been super busy lately. These post might be up a few hours later then normal along with Fridays post, Sunday and Monday should stay the same though. So I decided that I wanted to do a little review series, a elf vs Wet n Wild comparison/review, they are both cheap lines but I know I get sucked into these brands due to their price and then get disappointed when I buy multiple products that aren't so great, when its just a dollar or two it's not a big deal but it really does start to build up and personally I feel bad for throwing away products even though I know they wont get any use so I decided I would compare the two brands and I was planning on doing this a when I first reviewed the Wet n Wild marker liner and figured I could just make a series out of it.

So I already reviewed the Wet n Wild version, which you can see here.

So lets jump right into comparing the to, the elf liner has lasted longer, I've had it for two weeks and it hasn't even started to show signs of drying out. Both liners have good pigmentation and lasting ability. The elf one pretty much a third of the price, being 1.00usd where the Wet n Wild liner is 2.99usd. The tip of the Wet n Wild one is a little thicker and seems to be more stiff but yet more sturdy then the elf one. I had seen reviews on this saying the very tip of the marker part got flimsy; this did happen to mine but it was so little that I just pulled it off and its all good now. Also they both had the same lasting time on my eyes. Lastly the elf liner comes in eight color options, the Wet n Wild liner only has two.

Overall I would get the elf one, the elf one isn't as available as the Wet n Wild one but you can also get it outside out North America easily. The price difference isn't much but I would personally rather get a better product for less. This one is better for those who haven't used these liners before too.

I do want to note that elf can be inconsistent with their quality so my experiences and yours may vary.

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Wet n Wild review
Elf liner
Wet n Wild liner