October 2014 Favorites

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Ok my five favorites for last month are as follows …

  • Younique Awake facial cleanser it is now called the Illuminate Clear. It now says it is for oily skin and when I don’t use it on my newly oily skin I can tell the difference. It retails for 39.00.
  • Fructis Garnia Flat Iron Protectant mist. This stuff is less expensive than the John Frieda I like and I think works better. Per the website… This powerful straightening mist with argan oil from Morocco protects your hair from the heat of your flat iron, while sealing in smoothness and shine for a lasting, sleek finish for 48 hours.
  • EcoTools Bronzing brush is awesome. I do not use it to bronze but for my setting powders. It is soft and thick. I have yet to have any shedding.
  • Ellis Faas foundation. This really is worth the 90.00 price tag. I am glad I picked it up in Dallas. It is a great satin finish and lasts about a good ten hours with a primer.
  • Covergirl Lip pencil. It is so soft and creamy.

What were your favorites for the month? Please share below.

MAC Objects of My Affection

Ok I broke down and purchased a set of the holiday MAC pigments/glitter. I debated on the bronze and the gold as I already had Melon but I already have a gold like glitter and I figured I could give Melon to a friend for Christmas. The packaging is so beautiful.

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Here they look in the package

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And the swatches

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I am loving my purchase. Though I might get the gold because I love MAC pigments and well it is a good deal at 35.00.

Disclaimer: Purchased with own money and thoughts are my own.

Worth the Hype? Hourglass Ambient Light

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I purchased this a couple months ago at Sephora. It is a beautiful fine milled powder. It is described as …”A universal finishing powder that features state-of-the-art technology to recreate the most exquisitely flattering types of light.” It retails for 45.00

Ok so the point of this post ….I do not find it worth the hype. I am glad I have it in my collection but sad to say only as a hoarder. I do use it because of the price but I wouldn’t get another one.

A more inexpensive alternative I have found is from Everyday Minerals. 

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I have a sample of the Pearl Finishing dust from Everyday Minerals and it is a less expensive almost dupe of the ambient powders in my opinion. Here is the sites description. “Sheer coverage provides the perfect canvas for virtually every skin tone while minimizing dulling effects with subtle shimmer.” It retails for 14.00.

Let me know if you have tried either or have any other dupes/alternative.

And disclaimer I purchased myself and opinion is my own in case it wasn’t clear lol

Latest Wish List

With Christmas coming I am completely on money lock down. I do have some makeup things I really really want and is on my Christmas wish list.

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The Anastasia Beverly Hills Tamanna palette. I don’t have any of these palettes and everyone on youtube says this one is their current favorite of the recent ones that have come out.’

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There is a holiday set. They look gorgeous.

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My skin has turned oily and I want to try this as I feel it would be nourishing and stay put on my oily skin. If I am wrong please let me know please.

I know it’s a short list but I don’t “need” a lot. I am trying to use up my stash as much as possible.

What is on your wish list?

Splurge or Steal: Pen Eyeliners

I prefer to use a eyeliner pen then any other eyeliner type. For me I can get a closer more precise line. I have tried three different kinds one high end the others drugstore. Is the high end worth the splurge?

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ELF Essential Waterproof liner is a 2.00, the jordana Fabuliner is 2.99 and the Lorac Front of the Line Pro Liquid liner is 23.00.

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Here are the swatches. I have the Lorac in brown and black.

The ELF liner has a VERY hard tip. It is a total skip for me. The Jordana is excellent for the price BUT the splurge is worth it to me. The Lorac has a non fraying tip that is the perfect stiffness and give. I love a bargain but I won’t buy either of the drug store again.

Hope this review was helpful 😀 any other’s you can recommend me to try?

Beauty Boxes: October

I haven’t gotten Ipsy for a couple months. I was getting tired of it but then I missed it so I signed back up. HA. Ipsy is addicting!! Here is this month’s…

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I love the bag’s color and look. The theme is Beauty Candy.

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I got a hand cream, lip gloss, exfoliating mask, brightening cleanser, and waterproof liner.

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I also cashed in my points (I pay for ipsy with my own funds but do get points of you sign up through my link) for the 5 in 1 BB advanced cream eyeshadow. I love this stuff from bare minerals.

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Here are the swatches from the lip gloss, eyeliner, and bb eyeshadow cream.

I also purchased the Target beauty box. There is no points system but it is a good deal at only 7.00 here is the link. And here is the box.

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and in the box is a dry shampoo, hair spray, L’oreal lip gloss, NYX eye pencil, and foundation sample.

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lip gloss swatch

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foundation swatches

I plan on trying out and reviewing the foundation this week. I am a sucker for these sponge foundations.

Have you gotten these boxes lately if so what did you get?

 

 

 

 

 

Continual organization

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This is my day today. Once again trying to find the perfect organization for my stash. Why is it so messy before it gets finished? Oh wait… I’m never finished lol.
If I ever get done I’ll share how I’ve found organization bliss. 🙂 if anyone had any tips please leave them below!

comments, questions, random thoughts leave below and please check out my social media sites! I appreciate you all! !!!

Stash Review: Eye Shadow Crayons

 

 

Next on the stash review is eyeshadow crayons.  I am going to keep all but one. I don’t really have that many, And usual disclaimer I purchased these with my own money and any opinions are my own

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mally is a definite keeper. I wish I had more of these. They are creamy and have real staying power.

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Jordana and La Colors. The jordana is creamy and awesome as a black base. I like this better than NYX crayons. The LA Color is ok for a dollar. If your on a tight budget are workable,

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Avon …these are as great as the Mally but the two colors are too similar. I keeping the more purple one and giving away the other one,

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NYX I have three colors and these are alright. I wouldn’t purchase another as I don;t use them enough.

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Here are swatches.

Do you have any eye crayons you love? Let me know below.

Halloween blog hop 2014: 3rd grade painting

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I wasn’t sure what look I wanted to do for this blog hop. I wanted to do something unique yet simple that anyone can recreate. Then TA DA the third grade picture lets you play with your makeup and colors yet is easy to replicate. Here is how I did it.

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Fresh Face

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Draw flowers, rainbow, anything you want but it has to be imperfect. This is to look like a third grader painted it. I used Jordana eyeshadow pencil in Black.

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Then I filled in with various cheek stains, lipsticks, and cream eyeshadows.

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I blended the background making a point to not stay in the lines etc. To me the beauty of this is the child like feel. And the finish product.

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  • Products used: Jordana eyeshadow crayon in Black
  • Nyx Jumbo eye pencils in Cashmere and Rust
  • Radiant Orchid Sephora pantone cream blush
  • ELF Matte Lip Color in rich red

Check out these other posts in the blog hop and have a wonderfully spooky Halloween!

Kristina from The Feminine Files 

Megan from Polished Portland

Lisa from Subscription Therapy

Sammi from College Beauty Buff