Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Feeling like David Bowie

For my homework assignment in my Specialization class, we had to use new editing techniques on some self portraits. I'm actually loving the text book for this class, and I may just have to buy the physical copy.

I just slapped some makeup on and went to town on photos. Mainly this was a MAC Blush and Fluidline and Sugarpill's Grand Tiara [I think that's the name] pigment. I'll be adding this and others from my mini selfie session to my Flickr and Facebook page.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Influenster Bella VoxBox

Last August, I signed up on Influenster because I was really interested in getting products in the mail to review. I've missed a couple of boxes, but just recently received my first one! I was pretty excited when I got the email telling me I'd be getting one. 

So this box is called the Bella VoxBox.

Don't mind the plate in the background, but here she is. 

First is a promo code for Club W for some wine. We'll probably use it. hahaha Also a chance to get a $25 gift card for eBay. Lastly a coupon for EcoTools.

The EcoTools brush I received is a Mattifying Face Brush and funnily enough, I already have one! I'm not sure if it really helps to mattify my face when I use powder, but I like using this brush with my highlighters and finishing face powders. 

There was a travel size tube of Not Your Mother's Deja Vu 'Do Style Extender. I have yet to use it but I do not like the smell at all. To me, it's very perfumed... not at all like the Apple and Berry scents it claims to have. 

I remember when I took the survey to qualify for this box, there was a few 'swatches' of self tan color options to choose from. Sadly, the first 2 palest shades were already claimed, so I just went with Medium and ended up getting 2 small tubes of Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs. The product looks pretty scary when dispensed, but I can make this work by mixing it with a lotion or my Urban Decay BB Cream for body. I definitely will be getting good use out of this because it's wedding season! The swatch on my hand is blended out as far as I could get it, but trust me - my legs are ghostly white, so it works. haha

Rimmel Lipstick on Left, Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs in Medium on Right
The next two things I got were from Rimmel London. One was a Lasting Finish Lipstick by Kate Moss in ......the number 14? I could be blind but I cannot find a name. However, upon first look, this is a very Kylie Jenner/90's color... very in right now. It's actually really beautiful. The lipstick doesn't smell the best but it's not bad and it doesn't linger. I'm really surprised and I love it! Also I got Scandaleyes Mascara by Kate Moss in Eye Rock Jet Black. The wand of these mascaras always looks like a spine to me. I wore it today and it's not a bad mascara; I thought I would hate the wand, but I think I can get used to it. 

My makeup today - Rimmel mascara and lipstick.
I was happy to see a little treat in the box as well! I love chocolate and I love dried fruit, so it was nice to get a bag of Dove Fruit, blueberries dipped in chocolate. They're so good!!!!! I'm supposed to save some for Sean, but his luck may run out because my bag is almost gone. 

Overall I was real impressed with this box and can't wait to see what the next one has in store! 

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

March 2015 Favorites

HOLY GUACAMOLE more than a month since my last post! eek.

Anywayyyyssssss.... I just figured I'd update with the stuff I've been loving this month.

So up top there is the Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder Foundation [phew!] in Fair Neutral. Obviously in love with this powder by the size of my pan showing through.. I didn't like the sponge that came with this though. Adds such great coverage and when I use my damp beauty blender to apply this, I don't get as oily throughout the day. 

Below that is the Lather AHA Hand Creme with Evening Primrose that I received in a Fab Fit Fun box this past winter. Still loving it, taking forever to go through, doesn't leave my hands too oily and smells amazing. 

On the right is the L'Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation. I am in the shade 101 Classic Ivory. I usually hate drugstore foundations but I am obsessed with this one and have used it almost every day. I like it best applied with a beauty blender. I still set my face with a powder when I use this but it looks gorgeous and covers really nicely. 

The new MAC palettes are amazing. I have this one, Burgundy x 9 and the Purple x 9, but really... the burgundy version is the best. Ever. For me, it's always hard to figure out which eyeshadows to buy when I step into MAC, so it's nice to get a 9 pan palette with such variety and some familiar [but not owned] shades. Hands down my favorite is the middle one on the bottom, which is Star Violet... makes my blue eyes just pop. I do own Embark, which is the very middle one, but that's alright because I like it. These pans are small, like dime sized, but the size of the whole palette is handy and the price isn't too bad for 9 eyeshadows that I own a million similar shades of. [But this is amazing and you should go buy one of these]

And finally, the beautiful tube of awesomeness at the bottom. This is the Giorgio Armani Eye Tint in 08 Flannel. THIS IS SO BEAUTIFUL. These feel so light when applied, and a bit watery that I was super worried they would crease on me in an instant. The color is insane and so complex. It's like pink and gold and purple and taupe and just awesome. It's pearly and not very bold so you could wear this alone on a simple day but I've been loving this as a base for my eye looks. Usually I use a matte skin toned cream shadow but any eyeshadow looks amazing over this and in the event that your makeup fades over the day, the shimmery hint of color will still be there to pull you through. I do have 3 other colors that I need to play with, but it's just hard to stop using this amazing little gem! I'm pretty sure I'll be picking up even a couple more colors because at least one that I wanted was out of stock on Sephora - but not anymore! ;] 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

It's only Tuesday?!

Is it bad that I'm exhausted, both emotionally and physically, from this week and it's ONLY TUESDAY?!

I'm not sure why, and I know I'm not the only one, but this week so far has seemed so odd and draining. I've been feeling sad since Sunday, and it sucks. Going to class Monday didn't help at all, either.

It just sucks when you feel like you don't do enough and grading is rough. When assignments feel near impossible to include all criteria and it feels like it's all a set up to make you fail. I also cannot think of anything to do for my Physics final project.

However, good thing I am halfway through. If I have made it this far, I can make it to the end of the quarter [I hope].

Anyway, rant over. Time to buck up and truck through the week.

I'm thinking a bubble bath is in my NEAR future.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

A Strange Day

Today I have done something I haven't done in a long time.

Edit and UPLOAD photos.

I was looking at my flickr page and realized that in 1 whole year, I had only uploaded 7 photos. That is atrocious but really --- when I say I have been uninspired, I really mean it.

The closer I get to graduating, the less inspired I feel. Which sucks.

However, I knew going to Arizona in January would help, because I really love the landscape and the plants that are down there. I would have taken more photos, but our trip took an unexpected turn and we spent the majority of our time helping babysit Sean's nephew, which is totally fine. That's what family is for - to help out at anytime for any reason.

So - here are a few photos I uploaded to my Facebook page as well as my flickr page.
[if you have Facebook and are interested, my page is called Mara Kevyn Photography and my flickr username is marakevyn... feel free to follow!]

[[oh and pretty please - don't steal my photos]]

Friday, January 30, 2015

Fab Fit Fun Winter 2014 Box

So, I added another quarterly subscription box to my life. OOPS!

I FINALLY got my Fab Fit Fun box last week, and I was super excited to open it. I already knew what was in it because of a few YouTube unboxing videos, but it sounded nice so I signed up.

According to the insert inside of the box, this whole box is valued at $383.59.

I am super sorry about how unorganized the photos are, but I just took a photo for every few things I pulled out of the box.

Alright - so flat things first:

I LOVE Zumba. Granted, it's been a good long while since I've actually gone to Zumba class... eek, but I do love it. I was pumped to see a work out DVD in this box, so I can do it at home. I still have yet to try it, but I am hoping to do it after I wake up a few days this week, as our music/art/guest room is currently cleared out and a perfect dancing space. Also nice to get a $25 gift card to get some Zumba gear with free shipping. [$55 value]

Next, 3 months free to Salted [$29.97], which the card says is like Netflix for cooking. I'm excited to sign up and try out some new recipes. And then there is a $30 card [but the insert says it's retailed at $18.. am I missing something here??] to Fashion Project, where you can buy pre owned clothing and accessories while part of your purchase goes to charity. I'm interested in where this will go, hopefully I can find something good! =]

This cute necklace is from Half United, which is a company that is working to fight world hunger. Half of the proceeds from everything purchased helps buy food for hungry children. I haven't been wearing a ton of jewelry lately, but I love necklaces like this. Although I do wish I would have gotten silver, but that's alright. [$34 value]. I am familiar with almond butter, so it's nice to get this Justin's Almond Butter in here. I haven't used it yet, but I think it will be nice to bring to school with me to put on top of a bagel or something I buy at a coffee shop. [$0.63 value]

This pot of Lather AHA Hand Creme with Evening Primrose is rather nice [$30 value]. At first I wasn't sure of the scent as it is obviously a little floral, but it is a bit herbal and gives it a spa like smell. It's nice and thick and this pot will last me forever! I hadn't even noticed this little bottle of Passport to Beauty Tibetan Goji Berry Intense Anti-Aging Eye Serum with Retinol [$88 value... holy shit]. I haven't tried it yet, because I still have 3 [don't judge] eye serum/cream/things opened up already. Judging by the price, this shit better make my eyes look like a million bucks. haha!

I have this Organic Valley Organic Balance Milk Protein Shake [$2.99 value] in my kitchen just staring at me. haha, I am really nervous to drink it because of a bad reaction I had last year to a Naked Juice protein shake.. like, throat closing, benadryl popping, adrenaline shot, nebulizer.... it sucked and I'm still not sure what ingredient it was that gave me that reaction.. soooo long story short: I'm not sure if I will try this or not.

I let Sean have the Special K Snack Bar in Salted Pretzel Chocolate, because he saw it and instantly wanted it. These things are so so small that I didn't want to split it but Sean said it tasted good. So there you have it. lol

I have always heard of Juice Beauty but had never tried anything, so I enjoyed getting this Green Apple Peel Sensitive [$39 value]. You really don't need a ton of it, and it did leave my skin feeling nice and soft. And then there's the Daniel Stone COCO Candle in Pomegranate [$42 value]. At first smell, I didn't  like it but I have been burning it lately and it's not so bad... I just can't burn it for hours and hours as it gets really perfumey and can give me a headache. These candles are supposed to be nice and clean burning, so we shall see...

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Lastly are these two yourMinerals Eyeshadow Duo pigments in Lavender Dream and Swedish Winter  [$44 value]. These are really pretty eyeshadows, they're a bit frosty but not bad. I've used Swedish Winter as an inner corner highlight and it's pretty intense. I still need to play with Lavender Dream. 

Whew! So that's it! My fingers are tired and my brain hurts. haha but I actually really like quarterly subscription boxes.. They're a bit more expensive but I enjoy the fact that they aren't monthly, so I have time to actually use what I get before I am bombarded with more stuff.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

EOTD: Urban Decay Shattered, Vert, Oil Slick

Yesterday, I just felt the urge to play with some oldies for my eye makeup.

I remember being so in awe of the amazing colors the first time I saw an Urban Decay display. In high school, I thought shimmery eyeshadow was the ONLY way to go and my first two UD eyeshadows were Shattered [iridescent blue] and Vert [iridescent green]. I used them almost every day, and lately I have fallen into a rut of just neutral colors to rush in the mornings so I've been trying to play more with color. I think Vert is a discontinued shade now, but it has prompted me to save a few new shadows in my UD online basket... not yet ordered, but probably soon.

My eye look is almost all Urban Decay, but for a base, I used Maybelline's Color Tattoo in Seashore Frost, which is stunning and was super hard for me to track down when it first came out. It's like a blue seashell in a cream eyeshadow with flashes of pinky purpley golden greens.... which makes NO sense but it really is a stunner.

In my crease and for a transition shade, I used Stark from the Naked Basics 2, Shattered all over the lid, Vert in the outer third/crease and lightly used Oil Slick in the outer corner. The liner is Ink for Eyes liquid liner pen from UD. Lashes are Too Faced Better Than Sex.

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