Celebration time — Giveaway :D

I am not sure if you caught my post from last Wednesday. But we had my son’s annual MRI check up and it was great news… no growth! So to celebrate that and that I am a smidgen over 100 followers (Who I so appreciate) I am doing a samples give away. Here are a pick of what you get. I can change out the makeup case to about any Ipsy bag you want. I have most from the last year. Just check out their website. Ipsy.com and let me know. I will try to accommodate. 😀 I am also including this month’s sample of Bare Minerals Get Ready. The swatch below is from a different one I own. It’s a beautiful color and perfect for any occasion or skin tone.

To enter leave a comment below on something I should sample next or just say Hi and be a follower. I will have my youngest pull names out of a hat on Sunday the 6th 2014.

Here are pictures of what you will get with random ipsy bag.

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Here is the lipstick and “proof” that I have my own. 😀 Swatch included!

 

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AND …. to promote my instragram account. I am giving away four of these coupons. The codes for ten off forty are good until April 30th 2014 at Beauty.com. My instagram is @youniquebeautymua They have many major brands and I have bought way too much from them obviously lol I will choose four people interested who 1) like or comment on the photo of the partial flyer 2) re-post the picture of the coupon promoting the giving away and tags me and 3) joins my instagram. I will private message a picture to your instagram showing your personal code … once the giveaway is closed I will verify you did all three things.

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Both giveaways are open until Next Sunday the 6th 2014 and in no way were these given to me from the companies to give away. It is all from my personal purchases that acquired these items. Please note, I will mail out the package after I receive your address and is for US only as I don’t even know chemical rules for other counties 😀

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How My Posts Would Look If I Retouched My Photos

This blogger is preaching the truth today. I love her blog, personality, and how she does unique looks. She keeps it real. Go check her out!!!

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If you are a regular to my blog, and have read my “about me” page. You are aware at my dislike for retouching and photoshopping (and passing it off as real life). So take this as a warning, this post is probably going to offend some people. I’m not sorry, but at least I warned you!

I don’t own a copy of Photoshop, but I have used it before. As of right now I use Google Picasa for all my cropping and collage making. I created a blog button recently and I used a program that has photo retouching tools, so I signed up for a membership so I could do this post.
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Foundation Friday 03282014

Today’s might be “controversial” as some people might not find this to be a foundation. It can be a primer/helper or I do know some people that wear it as a foundation. I am putting it in the foundation review category because it’s no different to me then when I use a foundation powder over liquid. With this disclaimer and the one I purchased his product with my own funds and in no way had anything to do with my opinion. So without any more babbling 😀 I am reviewing….

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It retails for 32.00 us in most places except QVC which has it for 39.50 which includes a stand and brush.

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The consistency is thick like a mousse and it very much on the yellow side.

I wore it for two days and here was my results.

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The first picture is the main area of redness I want to cover. This day I did add all over the face with a powder foundation over it. It was very yellow on my fair neutral face but it did get rid of the redness. It was beautiful on but I had to wear a hoodie that day to camouflage how different my face color was from my neck.By the end of the day I of course look tired HA but also this is how it wore off on me after twelve hours. I have combination/normal skin. My chin is the worst for oil!

So I tried it one more day with a different top powder foundation.

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This time I used a different powder foundation and in natural light the coloring was not so yellow. The second picture is with a flash and does show a slight yellow. End of day wear with the last picture.

Overall thoughts

It is worth the money though use it sparingly as that pot if used as your primary foundation (I believe) would go quick. Thankfully you don’t need a lot of it. I plan on giving it another review when it is summer and I am slightly less fair. I really just can’t use it right now because of the yellow. I am going to stick to my green primer to tone down the redness. I know I am all over the place but as I am thinking about it … if I had rosecea I would very much wear this. I bet the yellow is not noticeable against the much ruddier red that causes.

Have you tried it? What where your thoughts? Comments and questions in general please leave them below 😀

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When beauty meets real life

I debated sharing this because this is suppose to be a fun blog.  But life Can’t be fun all the time. I shared a link below to a previous blog i had.  It was a happy blog too but i had to take a hiatus because my Son’s brain tumor was discovered. He was seven. Today we go for another mri this time fearful it is back. Just to show how brave he is and give some awareness to childhood cancer I am sharing the raw post from the night before his big surgery. Looks like there is an issue with pictures but the text remains.  Prayers … positive thoughts. ..whatever your beliefs are those things are needed today. Thank you.

THis blog will have a bit of a scrap hiatus http://superchick2006.blogspot.com/2009/07/this-blog-will-have-bit-of-scrap-hiatus.html

March 2014 Battle of the Boxes

Alright it my favorite time of year. The Box reveal!!! This time I have ipsy, birchbox, and beauty box five box.

I will start with my new subscription Beauty Box Five. It is twelve dollars a month.

Bellapierre Cosmetics Makeup Base

Every girl deserves an all-in-one that hides imperfections and makes her makeup even better. This pretty ivory base is great when you’re low on time (or room in your purse), and serves as a concealer, illuminator, and eyeshadow primer!

Jane's Pick All Natural Soaps - Love

Get clean without the chemicals! Made from an all-natural blend infused with herbs and flowers, these pretty soaps are handmade, so each bar has a unique pattern and relaxing scent.

Tree Hut Coconut Lime Shea Body Butter with Coconut Lime Extracts

An intense moisturizer containing the luscious essences of Natural Coconut and Lime extracts blended with Certified Organic Shea Butter to seal in moisture and soften dry, rough skin.

Unscented Hand and Nail Cream

  • Lightweight, non-greasy spa treatment restores moisture to hardworking hands
  • Silk proteins and vitamin E nourish nails and cuticles to leave them soft and strong
  • Moisture-rich marine botanicals, including Wakame, Sea Lettuce, and Sea Fennel provide deep hydration for visibly smooth skin

Loofah & Terry Facial Pad from Swissco

This Swissco Loofah & Terry Facial Pad cleans and revitalizes the skin. It is highly effective in stimulating blood circulation. It gently exfoliates unwanted dead skin cells on your face. Enjoy a refreshing and stimulating bath or shower massage! For use with your favorite soap! After use, rinse and let dry.

The Makeup Base alone is worth the cost of the box.

Next is Ipsy. It is ten dollars and if you’d like to join here is my link. I do not get monetary compensation bu points so I would appreciate if you were thinking of joining use it 😀

In the Glam Bag:
               March 2014               February 2014               January 2014               December 2013               November 2013               October 2013               September 2013               August 2013               July 2013               June 2013               May 2013               April 2013               March 2013               February 2013               January 2013               December 2012               November 2012               October 2012               September 2012               August 2012               July 2012               June 2012               May 2012               April 2012               March 2012               February 2012               January 2012               December 2011             

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Marvelous Moxie™ Lipstick in Get Ready

Nicole by OPI
Roughles

Pacifica
Body Butter

Be a Bombshell
Bora Bora Eyeshadow Quad

Marvelous Moxie in Get Ready — Make an impact with Marvelous Moxie™ Lipstick. Creamy, super-saturated, ultra-pigmented color glides on like butter for full coverage in a rich satin finish. Lips look fuller and more voluptuous. An infusion of minerals revitalizes lips for a healthy-looking pout, while a moisture-loaded hydrating complex helps to nourish and condition with Abyssinian Oil and Omega Fatty Acids for supple, baby-soft smoothness. All the while, an encapsulated vitamin A, C and E complex helps to deliver antioxidant defense, so you’re ready for anything—and everything.

I already own a larger size of this so I will still review it BUT will include this one in a giveaway I have planned soon. WHoot Whoot 😀

Nicole by OPI Roughles in On What Grounds — Nicole by OPI launches Roughles (“ruffles”) – 4 new textured nail lacquers featuring speckled, pastel shades of purple, pink, turquoise and yellow. When the lacquer dries, Roughles lacquers reveal a unique pebbled finish. For the perfect matte effect, skip the top coat!

Though the color is beautiful. I don’t like this color for myself. This will be another giveaway item.

Pacifica Body Butter in Indian Coconut Nectar — Smell incredible with our nourishing and anti-oxidant rich ingredients. The Pacifica Body Butter helps fight signs of aging while adding deep moisture and protection. Made with nature’s best moisturizers – shea butter, almond oil and safflower oil – Pacifica’s paraben-free Body Butter is a skin must-have. Now available in tubes in our best-selling fragrances, making them easy to take with you anywhere.
Be a Bombshell Eyeshadow Quad in Bora Bora — The Bora Bora Eyeshadow Quad contains a highly pigmented long lasting formula for all day wear. To use as an eyeliner, wet the tip of your brush and dip end into the shadow and apply on lash line. For base colors, blend shadow from lash line to brow bone with a wide shadow brush using gentle upward strokes. For accent colors, blend shade in the outer crease of your eye gently working inward. Gently blend base and accent colors together using light, feathery strokes. For highlighting, gently brush under brow bone.

I LOVE this thing. Not to give it away already lol but the colors are beautiful.

That was it for Ipsy this month. Only four things boo hoo and only two I will use. But that Bora Bora makes it worth it!!

Ok Birchbox next.Same speel about ipsy applies to Birchbox. My link is here.

This Month's Box

Atelier Cologne Vanille Insensee Cologne Absolue — We fell in love with Atelier Cologne’s Vanille Insensée Cologne Absolue at first sniff. Unlike most vanilla scents, this highly concentrated blend of jasmine, vanilla, and lime is fresh, not sweet. Happily, the long-lasting fragrance lasts all day — we’re smitten and you will be too.

Vasanti Brighten up! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator — To fully appreciate this professional-grade scrub, a brief skincare lesson is in order. Let’s start with enzymes: These potent molecules actually dissolve the bonds that hold dead skin cells together. Next up are microderm crystals: ultrafine minerals that buff away tired skin. Vasanti’s multi-action exfoliator features both these skincare wonders, plus healing natural ingredients to get the jump on irritation. The result? Renewed, refreshed skin without any redness.How it Works — This powerful exfoliator mimics the results of professional microdermabrasion, minus the potential for redness and sensitivity. First, papaya enzymes break down dead cells while evening out your skin tone. Next, dermatologist-approved microderm crystals fade the appearance of fine lines and acne scars, leaving skin smooth and free of imperfections. Finally, aloe vera, coconut, and vitamins B and E nourish fresh skin to keep it free of irritation.How to Use —Three to five times a week, wet your face and massage a pea-sized amount of product into skin, concentrating on trouble zones. Rinse away. Used consistently, a single tube will last you four to six months.

theBalm cosmetics How ‘Bout Them Apples — Like Matt Damon’s famous one-liner in Good Will Hunting, this dual-purpose cream palette from theBalm® is destined to be a classic. Each one of these easy-to-blend shades can be used on both cheeks and lips, and they won’t streak or fade once applied. Have your way with six orchard-inspired colors, from a perky Cobbler red to a demure and sophisticated Caramel.

Obliphica Intensive Hair Serum — Sometimes the best treatments take time and maintenance, but in a 140 character-based world, sometimes we want a little more instant gratification. Once applied, this nourishing serum gets to work, reviving damaged, colored, and all-around unmanageable hair without weighing it down—for a smooth, shiny Instagram-worthy finish.

Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream — There’s no shortage of options when it comes to finding a heroic BB cream or tinted moisturizer for the face. But for years, self-tanner was our only option when it came to perfecting the skin on our arms and legs. Enter our latest Birchbox Find: a complexion-correcting moisturizer for the whole body. This five-in-one formula from Jergens® works on multiple levels to hydrate, illuminate, visibly firm, even skin tone, and reduce the appearance of imperfections. As if that weren’t enough, it absorbs into skin faster than you can say “flaky.” You’ll see visible results in as little as five days.

Alright so I will have my results middle of next month though I am behind on February’s review. Where did this month go?????

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Today I am showing if there is a difference in the new formula of Estee Lauder Double Wear Old and New formulas. I guess some time last year some government rules made Estee Lauder have to tweak the formula. Here are the pictures below and I will round-up my final thoughts at the end.

**** Updated to let you know if you are using the new or old formula. I purchased mine three months ago but the new formula had been out most of last year. I picked mine up at the Cosmetics Outlet store. I purchased a full bottle in 1N1 Ecru. The shade 1N1 on the website and I picked up as a sample is Ivory Nude. If you have the older version and want to find the new shade name just use the website. 😀

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Ok so as far as wearing the same. In my opinion it didn’t matter if I used primer or no primer both sides wore the same. Now for long wearing I did not find this to be very long wearing. You can see by the end of the day it was splotchy. Yuck. BUT I like to use it as a mixer with other foundations. On its own I think the color is too yellow on me and I seem to not know how to not make it look cakey. But that is probably another post all together where I show my overall thoughts on the product.

In conclusion if I didn’t make it clear enough already. To me… there is no difference in the old and new formula. I have seen online where people do feel it is different so my opinion is just one. If you’d like to share yours below or let me know how you apply it without it being cakey so I can test it as a foundation in general I would appreciate it.

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When Skincare Goes Wrong

Last night I went to use one of my products from my Fab FIve box. It did not go so well. Now I don’t think it was the product itself. I think the instructions were not clear. At least not to me so I think probably more use error than product issues. I will update when I talk about the box. Anyway… I put a huge slathering of this enzyme peel with huge microderm abrasion crystal that I did not know was in there. I just thought it a peel. So I packed it on and fairly quickly wiped it away. Here was the results.

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It hurt A LOT!!! And I was scared I did some real damage. I put ice on it and it seemed to help after putting the last of my sheisado sample moisture cream on as well. Within a half hour the pain was gone and by morning the redness as well.

What a lesson in being careful in what you decide to use or do to your skin. I rarely have allergic reactions but I have complete sympathy for those that have ones often.

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I am a naughty blogger!! — And a list of Droolable Beauty items

I feel so neglectful on here. Not to bore or be depressing but I’ve had a lot of personal things distracting me. BUT I am committed to getting back on track. Some time this week I will be posting my reviews of last months birchbox and ipsy and show what I am working on reviewing this month.

I am finding this blogging make up hobby can get expensive. Below is a few things I have been drooling over but stopped myself from getting. Please let me know below if the items are worth the hype!

photo from adventures in makeup dot com

Le Maquillage anything. This product just seems fun. If you are not familiar google the company… very pretty versatile product I am thinking.

Photo from beauty guide 101

Chanel Soleil Tan Bronzer

Picture from Fruitylashes,com

Guerlain Meteroites

Image from Limecrime.tmblr,com

Lime Crime Velvetine lippie

photo from fashionandbeauty.co.nz

MAC VivaGlam Rihanna

stock photo daily deals

Dial A Smile by White Lightening

Depending on my mood of course there are more I drool over but these are my top ones that I have yet to change my mind on wanting to get “One Day”

As always please comment, follow, or ask questions below…. oh and don’t forget about my social media! Thanks 😀

Friday foundation Fail 031313

Wow I just realized it’s friday the thirteenth right? or am I a day off? HA it is too late for me to worry if I am wrong lol. We are on vacation in Branson MO for a reunion for the camp my sons go to who have or have had cancer. It is a blast every year. This year we are seeing a tiger and magic show. So with working and packing, and then I had other family things come up I had to take care of I did not download the pictures I wanted to post to do a review. I also refuse to let myself already let this weekly theme go to the wayside already. SOOOO Here is foundation pictures for my GRWM posts I already have saved in my wordpress media. Like a Flashback Friday 😀

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Ben Nye Matte in three color ranges
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I used a stiple to put it on. It is very thick and pigmented.
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I didn’t like how it applied but at this point I think it is me NOT the product. It is on my list to play with for a full review.
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My favorite MAC foundation and well only one I have tried long term. It is great for dry skin. I used it more last year but this year I am more oily so I am about trying something with longevity.
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Gives my skin a dewy look that I don’t mind
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Graftobian which is along the same lines of the Ben Nye a little goes a long way.
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I wanted a blank canvas for my slytherin look and boy did it give it ha obvious this is too ivory for me. I like to use a concealer more than a foundation.
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When I wanted to recreate a look of Kelly Osbourne I mixed MAC Mineralized and Kevyn Aucion sensual skin enhancer
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Mixing the two really brightened up my face. and I think a little less dewy mixed. Wat do you think?
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Another one my list to do a full review. I like this one but hasnt reached Holy Grail. I will tell ya why in another post.
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I don’t think this photo does it justice.

So that is it for now. If any of these you would like reviewed quicker then another please post below. I will try and make it happen 😀 I hope everyone is having as awesome of a weekend as I will!