Saturday, October 15, 2016

September 2016 Empties!

A tad late in the month but here we go!

I used up 2 Bath & Body Works Wallflowers, both I'm sure are in the Golden Peach Sparkle. I love peach scents. [I have 2 bathrooms so that's why I can use up 2 at a time] Also The Sparkling Pear Riesling [YUM] and the Happy Halloween [hello packaging] candles!

 My favorite dry shampoo ever. Elizabeth + James Nirvana White Dry Shampoo. Expensive yes but only used when I need extra cute hair. Love it. Forever Repurchase! I LOVED this Oribe Supershine Moisturizing Cream for hair that I got in a Birchbox I believe. I may pick up the full size once I get through more hair stuff. Another favorite is this Macadamia Nourishing Moisture Masque. Love it. The tub lasts me forever.

Two Witch Baby Soap Bath Bombs... I used the Charity one which smells good and some of the proceeds go towards a charity close to the shop owner. And also the Harvest Moon Bath Bomb. I didn't get to use it on the actual full moon [which I like to use the Moon themed ones on] but it smelled so good. AND THEIR MERMAID BODY SCRUB. I am obsessed with this scrub. It smelled like..... not quite tropical but still beachy. What I think of when I think about the beaches out West as you head further north... And the Origins Clear Improvement Body Wash. This is a body wash with charcoal in it. It smelled very spa like and I definitely want to repurchase it. I wouldn't say it totally cleared my body acne, but I feel like it helped clarify my shoulders, chest and back. 

Holy skincare Batman! I love the Urban Decay B6 Prep Spray. I do have one more bottle in my stash but I think I'm going to hold off on repurchasing for a while... A Nugg Face Mask, which I think was Shea Butter and Chamomile. It was okay. A basic Face Moisturizer sample from Fortune Cookie Soap, which wasn't my favorite but I used it at night and it was okay. Philosophy's Microdelivery Peel. I love this two step exfoliating kit. I use it when I REALLY need some serious face scrub time. My favorite Glam Glow Mask. A deluxe sized sample of the L'Occitane Cleansing Oil. This stuff was really nice! I'd think about buying the full size. 
A sample of Chanel Makeup Remover. It was nice, but I'm not a huge fan of the dual phase type of removers that you have to shake, but it was nice to try. The Green Tea Face Mask from Sephora Brand. One of my favorite sheet masks! A sample of Origins Original Skin Mask. It was like a clay mask that wasn't super clay.....ish? It was cool and I'd try another sample or if I found it on sale, I'd buy it. And finally Clinique's Take the Day Off Make Up Remover Wipes. They weren't the greatest but not the worst. I mostly kept them in my overnight bag for when I would crash at my mom's or a friend's place... or if I was just a lazy POS and didn't want to wash my face at night. 

Q-tips which is everyones must have. Equaline Regular Nail Polish Remover. I bought this when we moved into our apartment because I didn't have any with me and I was dying to do my nails. This stuff wasn't the best but whatever. A travel size Colgate Enamel Health Toothpaste. I usually just get this for traveling and once it gets low I just use it up at home. And these Premium Cotton Ovals. Pretty okay. Would repurchase if needed.

Finally makeup! I used up all of the samples of the Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluids. I liked the Pink [which I bought], Green [want to buy] and I would try the Lavender and Yellow again. Peach was a bit too dark which is okay but I still tried it. Lunatick Cosmetic Labs Mystifying Mattifying Pressed Powder. This powder fucking rocks. I went through it a bit fast but I will repurchase once I get through a few more powder products. Speaking of, I used up this tub of It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Loose Powder. I loved this stuff as well! I'm trying the pressed version right now but we'll see which I like better in the end. Last but definitely not least is the Jay Manuel Beauty [do y'all remember him from ANTM?! I fucking loved him. My silver haired fox.] The Everything Mascara. This mascara fucking rocked. You can twist the end of the handle and change the length of the brush; shorter for volume, longer for length. IT'S AWESOME.

Hard to believe that soon I'll have to put up October empties!

Monday, October 10, 2016

As Minnesotans say... Uffda.

So, this isn't really a makeup related post, but more so lifestyle.

I've been feeling really down lately about my outward appearance and now health for a while. I've struggled to stay feeling confident in myself, even though that is the type of woman I want to be.

There have been MANY times I've vowed to change only to fail soon after. But any other time I've done this I've never been so vocal about it online.


Maybe this will help me stay accountable. I'm not going to write what my current weight is. But I will stay updated on whether I've lost, gained or stayed the same.

Today I woke up before my alarm went off and since I couldn't fall back asleep, I got up and watched a couple YouTube videos, the news and part of The Price is Right because it's the best show ever.

Strangely, I felt the desire to hit up the gym. I also have been in the mood to start a new book because I haven't read in forever. Lately, it seems like I've had a hard time just sitting down to read because I'd rather catch up on blogging or YouTube.... so getting my ass on the elliptical seemed like a great way to start a book.

Being the good wife I am, I woke up my husband and asked if he'd like to join me. He said no, which is fine. I don't mind being in the gym alone; since it's right next to our apartment, I just bopped on over.

45 minutes and a decent dent in my new book and I feel great. I just got out of the shower and feel super ready to kick today's ass.

Gonna make a quick brunch and tackle some chores!

I hope you all [whoever and wherever you are] have a great day today!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Urban Decay Alice Through the Looking Glass Eye Look

Hi friends!

Just posting a look I did a while ago. I had this idea to do a deep navy eye with a plummy/burgundy mascara. In my mind, this would look amazing and edgy, but in reality, it failed a bit and just looked like any normal look.

I'll probably try it again and try to make the mascara brighter! Probably a white liner or white lash primer.

This was done using the Urban Decay Alice Through the Looking Glass eyeshadow palette. I wasn't very impressed with this palette in the beginning, unsure why I even bought it. However, I've been playing more with it and learning to love it!

The mascara I used was the MAC Zoom Lash in Beets Me. It's really a gorgeous color! Clinique also does a great one that I may try next time.

And yay for more glittery fallout! My inner corner highlight is my main B Kat Von D Thunderstruck.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

MAC Eye Look - Teal/Green

Here's just a random eye look that I liked one day.

This was done using Teal Appeal and Shock Factor from MAC. These shadows were okay, I definitely needed a sticky base. Teal Appeal was a lot better than Shock Factor.

I also used my Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper - my main bitch.

I believe the inner corner is one of the loose duo chromes from Make Up Geek. Sugar Rush, I think? Or it could have been a Make Up For Ever pigment but ya know, whatever. Sugarpill's Lumi would be the best one for this though! But it's still in storage.

Also, I think I used Urban Decay's Mars Eyeliner on the bottom lash line. Anastasia Darkside Waterproof Eye Pencil to tightline.

I have to laugh, the picture using flash just goes to show how hairy my brows actually are, even though I am convinced my brow hairs are invisible. Plus glittery fallout! Which I don't mind, personally.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

July/August 2016 Empties!

Holy late post, but I wanted to get this up before the end of September ;]

I don't think I'll go as in depth with these empties as I like to, just skim over what's worth it or what sucked.

Lots of masks! The Avocado Sheet Mask from Sephora is AMAZING. That sample of Dior Dream Skin? Awful. That Tatcha sample of the Balanced Pore Perfecting Water Gel was insanely good. I got a few uses out of the sample but after the first use, I ordered a bottle of it right away. That Jack Black Sun Guard is hands down the best sunscreen I've ever used and I've only been able to find it online! Already ordered another bottle. It lasted forever, like, a weekend in Vegas passed around between me, Sean and my cousin. Smells amazing, doesn't feel greasy as shit, SO GOOD. GO GET SOME. Also, The Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water convinced me that Bioderma is my shit, followed by Simple. This one just burned my eyeballs. 

Loved that little sample of Buttercup Shampoo from Fortune Cookie Soap. Love my Overtone Vibrant Purple Conditioner. Not a fan of the Joico hair care.... Trying to use up the rest of what I have. Also I got those L'Oreal Extraordinary Oil Shampoo & Conditioner from an Influenster. I don't know that I'll buy these but they were actually really nice! 

That Method Rebecca Atwood Hand Soap in Herb Garden was nice, smelled a little like basil & weed, but it was alright. The Shiseido Facial Cottons are amazing. Dial Soap from when I got a new tattoo! Pure Seduction perfume from Victoria's Secret. Not my favorite but a good, safe fragrance for me. And Systane Eye Drops. Unsure why I put them in my empties but hey, they're great. 

Lots of candles! Definitely was getting in the Fall mood early. Bath & Body Works will forever get my moneys with peach scents, like Georgia Peach & the Golden Peach Sparkle Wallflower. Obviously I love Pumpkin Apple & Pumpkin Fireside [SO GOOD]. Vampire Blood was a nice scent, cute packaging! Voluspa Saijo Persimmon is my favorite scent ever, which I can NEVER find except for online, but it smells 100% exactly like the Volcano candles Anthropologie sells. So I will never run out. The Voluspa ones burn better than Volcano in my opinion though. And up at the top there is a candle in the scent Black Flame Candle from Macabre Scents on Etsy! IT SMELLED SO GOOD. I want to order more of them. 

More Fortune Cookie Soap products! Polyjuice Potion is my favorite scent of theirs, so I used up a Sugar Scrub. They had a Finding Nemo themed box and the Jelly Man Jelly Soap was so fun, smelled almost like Polyjuice Potion [fruity, a little tropical] and the color of the jelly was SO cool! A couple of Witch Baby Soap Bath Bombs that correspond with the full moons. Don't Rain On My Parade Shower Gel from Lush was nice. Blueberry & violet in scent, but I did get a little sick of it toward the end. And a wonderful Blue Cornmeal & Sea Salt Body Scrub from Growing Blue Flowers. One of the best body scrubs I've ever used! It's nice because it's super scrubby, unscented so you can customize it if you want oils or anything and I felt like it lasted a long time because it's not a wet scrub. It's dry and I would mix it with body wash or body oil. Also this company is a local one so I love supporting the woman that runs it and creates these products! [Her natural Bug Repellent Spray is amazing.]

Was definitely impressed with the makeup I used up lately. Obviously I loved the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation. I scraped that bottle for sure! I used Shade 2. The Wet n Wild Setting Spray is actually amazing. And for that price? Hell yeah. That sample of the Hourglass Ambient Primer in Mood Light was nice! I may buy a full size. Maybelline Lash Sensational is one of my favorite mascaras ever. Finally used up my Dior Lash Maximizer, loved it. Also was super impressed with this Boscia White Charcoal Mattifying Makeup Setting Spray. Smelled awesome, felt great, will repurchase. Super pissed off at that MAC Eyeliner.... it dried up and was so hard to use, so I'm just getting rid of it [aka hoarding it incase I can Back 2 MAC it, anyone know?]

Anywho, what did you use up lately?
I'll be back with my September empties in no time. ;]

Growing Blue Flowers
Macabre Scents

Monday, August 29, 2016

No. 100 - Kat Von D Serpentina Palette Look

Cheers to 100 posts and to a new post in general!

Again - I suck at uploading.

I went on a no buy but my exceptions are always Kat Von D products [cheating, I know, but I need her products] so I squealed when I saw this palette on Instagram.

I ordered it and am still a little iffy on it but so far two shades have been used more than the others. Queen and Hieroglyph are gorgeous as hell and so this look is showcasing them. Mostly Hieroglyph but I chucked Queen on the outer corner for some dimension. Also used Thunderstruck in the inner corner and on my brow bone, which I use almost everyday.

This is a pretty KVD heavy face as well. I used my favorites also so the product list is this:

The Serpentina Palette
Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Bow N Arrow
Shade & Light Blush in Piaf & Poe [I know these got pulled but I LOVE MINE]
Metal Crush Eyeshadow in Thunderstruck [mine is shattered, still works amazingly well]
Tattoo Liner in Trooper [my LE packaging one is still going strong]
Lightning Liner in Ludwig

Natural Light

And for the whole look, although I realize you can't see the blush well. 

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

My Moving Makeup Essentials

Hello there - I just thought I'd make up a quick post about my favorite products that got me through basically our first month here at the apartment after moving.

Now, yes, I have been here for almost 2 months now, but most of my makeup is still in storage or hardly used because of the craziness that was graduation.

I do have products added to my everyday clutter, but this is the barebones of it all, minus primers.

Because I forgot them.

Let's start with the face! Oh and please excuse my awful swatches. All done in natural light.

First off, I had been living off of these Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancers.... basically, concealer on crack. I could use these as eyelid primers and concealer. I have SX02 and SX03. So, winter and summer shades. HA. I love these as they are going to probably outlive me and there's something in the ingredients that dries up my blemishes fairly fast.

Next are my Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light. I use this to set my under eye area and brighten what needs it. Along with my Ambient Lighting Palette, where I use Dim Light as a sort of bronzer [no joke - THAT pale.] and Incandescent Light which is a great subtle highlighter, brow bone highlight and inner corner highlight. I don't even touch the darkest shade, which I will probably pass along to my beautiful [and darker toned] bestie as I can see this would be amazingly gorgeous on her.

I've been loving the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation. Not too matte, but not luminous, I'm in shade 02 Fair. I'd definitely repurchase once I run out. Honestly, this is even a little too light for me now that summer is here, which is a huge shocker as I'm usually the lightest shade in every range. I like to set it with the It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Powder.

OOOh and then we have my Shiro Cosmetics Cheekbones Contouring Powder in Burn the Heart Out of You. IT'S SO PRETTY. I know loose powders can be a little bitch at times, but I love working this powder into the cap and softly carving out my cheeks. Most days, I can just get away with this as a blush as well since it's so rosy toned.

I got this Frat Boy blush from The Balm a while ago in a Birch Box I believe, and holy shit it's still going strong. I wear it nearly everyday and still no pan. It's a gorgeous color though that would look good on anyone.

Now for lips and brows!
These lipsticks were impulse buys and they're alright. Maybelline Sensational Lipstick in 705 Blushing Bud, 655 Daringly Nude, 235 Warm Me Up. I usually just like to mix two or even all 3 together to create a custom shade that's easy to wear and wears off well.

And a new product for me because my ABH Brow Wiz bit the dust right after move in, and right after I successfully finished both brows[!!!], is the NYX Micro Brow Pencil in Taupe. Very much comparable and a decent color. And my trusty ol' Urban Decay Brow Tamer in Clear.

Wee! Eyes, my favorite.

This Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara is insane. So good. Like Better Than Sex good. Also I had picked up these MAC Modern Twist Kajal Liners in Squid and Black Walnut. Very nice and surprisingly I think I like Black Walnut  more than Squid, which is super duper black.

Also my faves from Kat Von D, her Shade & Light Eye Palette, Metal Crush Eyeshadow in Thunderstruck [which broke again, but I'm just using it as is now.... working fine!] and my ride or die Tattoo Liner in Trooper. In the LE packaging. Thunderstruck is the best inner eye highlight ever.

Tattoo Liner, MAC Squid, MAC Black Walnut, Thunderstruck

So that was it, that's what kept me decent looking during the move. =]