Monday, December 14, 2015

Zoya Ember

Just a quick post but I really wanted to document this amazing nail polish!

Zoya is a brand that I didn't really know about a couple of years ago but now I am hooked. I love their colors and different formulas and their nail polish remover is my absolute favorite. Zoya polishes also seem to last longer than most of my other polishes... I'm especially looking at you, Essie.

So the other week I was in Ulta and found this amazing red that I thought looked perfect for the holiday season.

These are both without flash, the top being with light from our dining room and the bottom being daylight... I accidentally deleted my flash photo and now have a new mani, but it is seriously gorgeous. It's a touch streaky, but I really don't mind. I think I had 3 or 4 coats by the time I took these because when I'm bored I just touch up my manicure, but it's pretty opaque at 2 coats.

I honestly don't think the photos even give this polish justice. Ember is the perfect name because it just looks like it's glowing when you are wearing it...

Check it out if you see it!

Monday, December 7, 2015

November 2015 Empties

Getting back on track a bit with the blog, so I figured I'd post my empties from November!

Alrighty, so I used this [kinda old] sample of Benefit's Big Easy Liquid to Powder Foundation. I had the shade 3 Light/Medium which worked okay with my current complexion. At first, I loved this stuff, although it felt more like a BB cream than a foundation. At the end of the tube though, it just seemed to not mesh with my skin well at all. 
I also used up Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara and Stila's Huge Extreme Mascara. I LOVE the Better Than Sex Mascara.. it's one of my faves/most repurchased. The Stila mascara was like a not so much dupe for Better Than Sex, but very similar. The formula was more wet and the wand wasn't as great. I should've taken a photo of the wands, but I didn't think to at the time. Also I used up this Touch In Sol Stretchex Mascara. I got it in the Sephora Favorites Superstars set. This mascara sucked. Did nothing for me. Not even with my Dior mascara primer. 
I loved the Stila One Step Correct Primer. It was the one with the swirly colors in the bottle, like green and pinky/lavender to mix all together to try to tone down any redness and dullness of the skin. Again, I really liked it but it took a while to use up because it didn't do anything for oil control. So I would use this more as a moisturizer because it was so lightweight and just felt so nourishing. And I would use it on days I had time to double prime. I think I'll buy it again once I get through some more primers and such. 
Finally, my last bottle of Victoria's Secret Prime & Set Makeup Spray is gone! Ugh, I loved this shit. I found out about it because of Biohazardous Beauty. She loved it so I picked it up and fell in love. AND THEN OF COURSE WHEN VS GOT RID OF THEIR MAKEUP, THEY GOT RID OF THIS GEM. I know it's technically a beauty product too, but IT WAS SO GOOD. It smelled great, felt great, worked well... so when they had all beauty on like, super clearance, I picked up like 5 and they are finally all gone. WAH.

I brought this Nude Perfect Cleanse Oil with me on my road trip from Tucson to Seattle and it was super nice. It didn't remove ALL of my eye makeup, but it helped take off a lot and was really gentle without leaving an oily residue. I would think about picking up a full size if I were out of cleansing oils. And I used up my favorite mask ever, GlamGlow Supermud. I will buy this probably forever. I use it maybe 3 times a month or more if I'm seriouslyyyyy lacking on the skin care.
Last time I went to Lush I asked if they had this crazy moisturizer that I had been seeing on blogs and stuff. She asked if I meant Magical Moringa and I was like BINGO. It looks like a cuticle balm in texture, but you touch it and it melts into an oil looking product, but it blends into your skin AND STAYS MATTE. Now, this isn't a truly magical product for me, as I have found out with my sample, but it's super cool, smells good and I may have to go buy a small tub of it. I still have to figure out what skincare products I can use with this and what doesn't work with it, but I'm willing to try! I found that if it didn't get along with a skincare product, it would ball up on application, but it's still so good and really really awesome on no makeup/minimal product days.
I have been using these Klorane Eye Patches when I need a little help on my under eyes. They feel so cool and hydrating. I have a ton of these from subscription services and stuff... love them.

Anytime I travel, I go to Target and grab a bunch of these Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Shampoo & Conditioners. I don't buy these in the full size for everyday use, but when I am too lazy to transfer my usual hair stuff into smaller bottles, which is usually always, I go for these. They have my favorite scent. I usually have to buy 2 conditioners for every 1 shampoo. Hashtag long hair life. This Lush Fairly Traded Honey Shampoo was an unexpected surprise for me. My cousin bought us a GIANT gift box from Lush for our wedding gift and so I am mostly making my way through the products... Sean just loves bath bombs and what not. ANYWAY.... I wasn't sure I wanted to use this because I hate the smell of honey but I just went for it and it was such a great shampoo. As much as I don't like the scent of honey, this does leave your hair perfumed for a day or two which is always nice to smell nice.. And this left my hair SO SOFT. UGH. I also probably need to pick this up next time I'm in Lush. And as always, a John Freida Radiant Red Conditioner. I've probably used a million of these products, and actually I am probably using the last of my stash for good! Major hair changes coming up!!!! It's an okay product but I can never find shit for red hair... hint hint companies.

Another travel product and new favorite was the Olay Fresh Outlast Cooling Bodywash in White Strawberry and Mint. OH MY GOD IT SMELLS SO GOOD. I need to buy the full size like yesterday. I want to drink it. And I used up this Philosophy Vanilla Coconut Shower Gel. I found this at Marshalls or TJ Maxx in their awesome beauty section. I love finding a lot of Philosophy and Body Shop products there... and this smelled SO YUM. I used it mostly for bubble baths, but it was a pretty standard body wash too.. I have a ton of Philosophy body washes.

I bought this Crest White Luxe Toothpaste right before my wedding and was surprised with how well it worked and brightened my teeth. Repurchased! And Up & Up Cotton Rounds. I always buy the 3 packs of these because I use them for EVERYTHING.
Last year, I was obsessed with this scent from Bath & Body Works, so I loved that I found the Foaming Hand Soap in Crisp Morning Air and I have a couple more.. it's so yummy. And I adore anything Peach scented... so as soon as I bought the Golden Peach Sparkle 3 Wick Candle, I burned it and when I burn candles, I practically burn them from after I shower til I go to bed if I stay at home all day.. I go through candles quick, but I don't mind because I have a shit ton of them stocked up.

Whew, that was a long one, but I guess I'm just chatty tonight! Happy Empties!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Influenster Unilever Dry Spray & Walgreens VoxBox

I was lucky enough to get another VoxBox from Influenster!

I got two Dove Dry Spray antiperspirants, one for me and one for Sean. They claim to keep you dry and smelling fresh for 48 hours. Does it really? No. 

As far as the men's version goes, it smells super good. I love the smell of men's skincare and fragrances.. Does this keep Sean's underarms dry? No. Sean is a little more sweaty so he uses his usual deodorant/antiperspirant, but does use this to top that and add some fragrance without spraying a ton of cologne.. it's especially nice when he needs to quickly get out the door to work. 

I tried using mine as the only product for a few days and it seemed to work at first, but ultimately it does not. I still use my usual deodorant on my pits and I actually use this on the underside of my boobs. 

TMI? Probably, but it works. 

As any chesty girl knows, we get boob sweat. And it sucks balls. So, this dry spray keeps my boobies dry, smelling good and not as itchy. 

The Cool Essentials scent isn't my favorite, but it'll do. The spray does choke me a little after spraying so I'll usually spray and then step out of the bathroom for a minute or two just to let it settle. 

Will I buy this when it runs out? Probably not. 

Again, I received this from Influenster for free to test out. 

Thursday, November 12, 2015


HOLY shit I haven't blogged in so long.

I keep meaning to. Really, I do.


I really want life to slow down.

First off - I am a married woman now. It's so weird to call Sean my husband. It's weird that I am changing my name [actually, only hyphenating =P].
It just doesn't feel different at all.

Also, I am [nervously] going to start a YouTube channel. I am so fucking nervous and scared, but I feel like I can do this. And honestly, it'll be nice to have a way to remember what products I actually used with some makeup looks... because sometimes I love my makeup so much but I forget wtf I used. HA.

I recently went on an adventure with my sister in law and nephew. We road tripped from Tucson [where they are from] to Seattle to get my nephew to the children's hospital to start T-Cell therapy to hopefully beat his leukemia once and for all.

I'll probably make my own separate posts for the wedding, my nephew, and stuff dealing with school later. I just needed to update this space.

Here's a link to my wedding day photographs, taken by the amazing Nikki Tran.

And here is a link to my nephew's CaringBridge page, for anyone interested in this brave little 3 year old.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

I'm still here!

Just wanted to do a quick update that is way too late.

I am still here!

I am planning posts!

I just also have a wedding to plan and am so stressed!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Empties #4 - May 2015

Holy shit how has it been this long since I have posted?!
Also how has it been this long before I've started Orange is the New Black?

Anywho - I'm writing this instead of doing homework, because my mind thinks that this is the better option to do. I'm nearing finals and I am going insane. Between school and wedding planning, stress is getting the best of me.

But let's get back to the point of this post - my empties. I may start doing them by month because the amount of shit I would accumulate over a month seemed enough and I don't know why I was so batshit crazy thinking every couple of months was a good idea.

Let's take a look at my trash! [and ignore the shit quality of this photo and also ignore the fact that I am a photography student and should be ashamed]

Mmkay. So Murad Acne Body Wash.. I used to love this body wash. Now I'm just using up old acne cleansers with body scrubs to get my neck chest and back. I don't think I'd purchase again unless they reformulate it. The St. Ives Face Scrub sucked.

That disgusting plastic baggie up top is from Lush, it's the Lush Pud Bath Bomb. Smelled SO good. The site says the scent is the permanent scent of the Twilight bath bomb. The Dr. Teal's Foaming Bath was pretty freakin great. It bubbled really nicely and the scent was super relaxing. Also the bottle lasted FOREVER.

The little red foil was from my Fortune Cookie Soap Summer Box [which was Peter Pan inspired].. it was The Captain Steam Me Up Scotty. I love these things. They just perfume the bathroom so nicely and the scent is amazing. I ordered a few things in The Captain when this collection went on sale. Also from FCS was The Boy Who Never Grew Up Salt Scrub. The scent was great but the salt wasn't abrasive enough.

I didn't completely use up the EOS Lip Balm in Sweet Mint, but I was just over it. I was almost done but the scent went a little wonky so ya know.. it has to go. I did, however, use up the Urban Decay Powder Foundation in Light Neutral, which was surprisingly not the lightest shade and looked great on me. I loved it and am going to repurchase! Also the Stila Stay All Day Precision Glide Brow Pencil in Auburn. Actually loved it more than the Anastasia Brow Wiz. You can only get it at Ulta; will definitely repurchase. Then there was the L'Oreal Infallible Makeup Setting Spray. Not bad, but not the best.

Last year, I ordered a MemeBox that was all herbal products and the Herb Cleansing Oil Gel was amazing! I might pick it up from the MemeBox site. It did not leave any residue on my skin and it actually took mascara and loads of eyeliner off. Also it did not irritate my eyes. I tried the Sephora Pearl Mask; I don't remember it being amazing but I just really like their sheet masks in general, so I'm always up for trying new ones and grab a couple every so often.

There was a free box at school so I grabbed the Infusium Miracle Therapy Conditioner. It was good but thick as hell and took forever to get out of the bottle. I should've grabbed like 10 of them. Finally, the It's A 10 Leave -In Treatment. I received this in either an ipsy bag or and loved it. As soon as I finished this, I bought the full size. LOVE.

=] Happy trash collecting for June.

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.