The Heat of Summer

'Maybe if I close my eyes I can cool down'

‘Maybe if I close my eyes I can cool down’


Well. It finally happened. It got HOT in Texas. Like the 100 degree hot. And the last thing that I want to do is put on a lot of makeup so I’ve been rocking a lighter (for me!) look. This is one I’m particularly fond of. The Rimmel ScandalEyes Eyeshadow Paint in Chestnut Taupe is a fantastic one color look. As a bonus, these paints will last all day long even in the sweltering heat. I’ve also gone back to my L’Oreal Magic Nude foundation since it literally feels like nothing on the face and has a nice matte finish to help hide the excessive sweat! Another way of deterring people from your sweatiness is a bright lip. I rediscovered my Maybelline Vivids and can’t stop! What are your fave hot weather favorites? I’m always up for new recommendations.
Summer Products

Summer Products

Eyes:
Rimmel ScandalEyes Eyeshadow Paint in Chestnut Taupe
CoverGirl Flamed Out Mascara
NYX Wonder Pencil (in waterline)

Face:
L’Oreal Magic Nude Foundation
CoverGirl + Olay Eye Rehab Correcting Concealer
MAC Blush in Well Dressed
Sonia Kashuk Warm Tan Creme Bronzer
The Balm Mary LouManizer

Lips:
Maybelline Vivid in Fuchsia Flash

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Orange Appeal

Orange Appeal

Orange Appeal

I have no qualms about saying that orange is my least favorite color to wear. I looks dreadful on me. But if you flip through the latest fashion and beauty magazines, you will see that orange on the eyes or lips is the latest crazy. So naturally, I had to try it out despite my hesitation. And you know what? I’m not completely mad at it! Because of my complexion, I’ll never be able to pull off true orange, but creamy oranges and peaches are not totally bad. Here’s me *trying* to rock the Orange trend on my fierce face!

Eyes:
Essence I ❤ Stage Shadow Base
Makeup Geek Shadows – Beaches & Creme, Peach Smoothie, Vanilla Bean
Jordana Fabuliner
Jordana Best Lash Extreme Mascara
Rimmel Scandaleyes Nude Liner

Face:
Rimmel BB Cream in Light
Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer
ELF Mineral Concealer
Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Powder
Inglot Blush #51

Lips:
MAC Summerfruit Lip Liner
Dose of Colors Lipstick in Coy
NYX The Blue Gloss

What are your opinions on Orange? Rocking the trend?

10 Under 10

10 under 10
I loves me some good High End makeup! But at the same time, I also love me a good bargain. There is nothing more fulfilling to me than finding something fab for less. I thought I would give you all a run down of my favorite products that will not break the bank! Everything on the list is under $10!

1. Rimmel BB Cream $6.99 – This is marketed as a 9 in 1 Skin Perfecting Super Makeup. While I don’t know if I believe all that, it is the best drugstore BB Cream I’ve tried. It gives pretty good coverage for a BB cream and has a really rich, creamy texture but doesn’t feel heavy when you put it on the face.

2. Maybelline Fit Me Concealer $6.99 – This is one of my favorite concealers, high end or otherwise. While it does not have super high coverage, it can blend like a dream. Perfect for highlighting the under eye area. I have all the shades in my makeup kit to use on client.

3. Maybelline Color Tattoos $6.99 – These cream shadows are truly a gem of the drugstore. I used to be addicted to the Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadows but after discovering the Color Tattoos, I’ll never go back to buying high end cream shadows. They advertise a 24 hour wear and seriously, I think that if you didn’t wash your face, they would really last 24 hours. Without Creasing! They have a great color range in the permanent line and are constantly coming out with limited edition collections so there is something everyone will love.

4. NYX Powder Blush $5.99 – NYX makes some amazing affordable products but their blushes are my favorite. They have a wide color range in a variety of finishes to accommodate all different skin tones. They are never powdery and blend on the cheeks beautifully. As a bonus, I’ve seen NYX products popping up at CVS Stores so they will soon be more widely available.

5. Rimmel Show Off Lip Laquer $5.99 – I discovered these when I went to the UK a couple years ago. Over there, they are called “Apocalips” which I, personally, think is much more awesome name…but I digress. Not long after I came back, they were in Walgreens and now they are part of the permanent Rimmel display with a wider color range. These suckers are awesome. They are like a liquid lipstick but with a high shine and super long wear. These are not for the color faint of heart! One swipe and you are full on covered.

6. Real Techniques Brushes $5.99-$9.99 – Now I know the brush sets will run you between $15 and $20 but the individual brushes are between 6-10. I really don’t think there is a better range of brushes at the drugstore…and they beat out some ‘High End’ brushes as well. The Expert Face Brush will change the way you apply your foundation and the Miracle Complexion Sponge is a pretty solid dupe for the Beauty Blender…and only 6 bucks!

7. Wet n’ Wild Color Icon Trios $2.99 – I know I’ve raved about these in the past but Y’all, they can’t be beat! I know Wet n’ Wild has come out with some 5 pan palettes and whatnot but stick to the Trios. Seriously the best powder shadows in the drugstore. Serious pigmentation and blend-ability. I think that everyone needs the neutral trio in Walking on Eggshells. This is my go to trio for when I don’t know what to wear.

8. Revlon Lip Butters $8.29 – Revlon’s Lip Butters are some of my Summer makeup staples. These have the most delicious feeling on the lips. Some would even say ‘buttery’. 😉 Unlike the Show Offs, these are more sheer on the lips so they are great for someone who is not used to wearing color on the lips and wants to try something new. There is a great color selection. Plus, I think the quilted looking packaging is adorable.

9. Jordana FabuBrow $1.99 – Easily the biggest bargain on the list. Jordana is a brand that I find at Walgreens and has excellent products for even more excellent prices. I am admittedly not a brow person. I don’t have them, I’m not good at filling them in, and they are often neglected. I know. It’s bad. But this brow product makes my brows a little bit more happy. The Taupe shade is perfect for people with my coloring because it does not have too much warmth, which is the problem that I have with brow products. It also has a little brush on the cap to help tame your unruly brows.

10. Maybelline Master Drama Pencil Liners $7.99 – These are my favorite pencil liners at the drugstore. I had notoriously stayed away from Drugstore liners because of past bad experiences with rock hard pencils. But after hearing good reviews on the Master Drama Liners, I checked them out for myself and was hooked. They are super creamy and easy to smudge out and have really good staying power. Pretty much everything you want from a liner. And again, Maybelline always has new collections and colors coming out.

So there you have it. A run-down of my top 10 products under $10. As with all Drugstore makeup, shop those sales and BOGO offers to get these lovelies for an even better deal. Don’t be afraid of the makeup at the Drugstore. There are really great gems to be found! What are your cheap-o faves?

Valentine’s Makeup

V-Day Kisses

V-Day Kisses


My husband and I don’t really make a big deal about Valentine’s day. With him working a regular 8-5 schedule and me working 3-11pm, our schedules aren’t really conducive to an extravagant celebration. We got each other gifts and we will find time to celebrate when are schedules calm down. But just because I don’t have official plans, doesn’t mean I don’t get fierce! I always like to fierce it up a bit on the actual day of Valentines day….it just makes me feel good! So here was this year’s Fierce Valentine’s Face of the Day.
Nude'Tude Eyes

Nude’Tude Eyes


Eyes:
The Balm Nude’Tude Palette
Maybelline Color Tattoo in Inked in Pink
Jordanna Best Lash Extreme Mascara
The Balm Nude'Tude Palette

The Balm Nude’Tude Palette


I decided to use The Balm Nude’Tude Palette for the eye look. The pinks and cranberry shades in the palette were just screaming for a Valentine’s Day look. I started off with the Maybelline Color Tattoo in Inked in Pink to put down a good pink base for the lid color. Then I used Stubborn, a satin pink, all over the lid up to the crease. I blended the pink out with Sultry, a matte brown in the crease. Then on the outer corners, I blended the GORGEOUS shade Sexy, a matte cranberry. Snobby was used as a brow and inner corner highlight. Then I took Cover Girl Ink It black liner and smudged it out on the upper lash line with Serious, a matte black, from the palette for a smokey liner look. Some Jordana Best Lash Extreme mascara on the top and bottom finished up the eyes.

Face:
Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation
Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer
It Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Corrector
Chanel Tan De Chanel Creme Bronzer
NYC Sunny Bronzer
Jordana Fabuliner for Brows in Taupe
NYX Blush in Bourgeois Pig
Hourglass Luminous Light Powder

For a luminous finish on my skin I used the Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation. To make sure there were no signs of those pesky dark circles, I used the It Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Corrector Concentrate. (That stuff is magic! I’ll do a review/demo soon!) To warm up my skin, I used the Chanel Creme bronzer and then NYC Sunny on top for a more defined contour. Bourgeois Pig blush by NYX is a beautiful satin bright pink that adds the perfect flush to the cheeks. To finish off everything and to ensure I looked super fresh, I did a light dusting of the fab Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Luminous Light all over the face.

Lips:
YSL Rouge Volupte Shine #13

A fab day deserves a fab lipstick! These YSL Lipsticks are just RICH! #13 is a pretty classic pink. Perfect for kisses on Valentine’s Day!

Whatever you did, and whoever you spent it with, I hope you all had a fab and FIERCE Valentine’s Day!

**MUAH!**

**MUAH!**

The Happy Place

Finding My Happy Place

Finding My Happy Place


It’s Monday Everyone! Mondays suck! Enter the perfect eyeshadow quad for a Monday: The Happy Place by Bare Minerals. I had been eyeing this quad for a while and finally caved when QVC was having a special a couple weeks ago. I’ve never tried any Bare Minerals shadows before and I must say that I’m impressed with the quality. Very creamy and blendable. Here’s the Look:
Happy Place Eyes

Happy Place Eyes


Eyes:
Milani Shadow Eyes in Champagne Toast
The Happy Place Quad by Bare Minerals
Tarte Amazonian Clay Gel Liner
Maybelline Volume Express Mascara
Face:
Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation in Ivory
Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer in Ivory
Laura Geller Balance n’ Brighten Powder
Sonia Kashuk Creme Bronzer in Warm Tan
ELF All Over Color Stick in Persimmon
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed
Benefit Instant Eyebrow Pencil in Light
ELF Brow Gel
Lips:
MAC Summerfruit Lip Liner
Almay Liquid Lip Balm in Cantaloupe

Happy Monday Everyone!

Ireland/Scotland Haul!

Hauling

Hauling


Husband and I were in The UK/Ireland for 10 glorious days. The scenery, the beer, the climate, the accents, the tartan…and of course, the cosmetics! I had made a list of things that I definitely wanted and managed to track those down (and more) on a quick trip to Boots. I had also wanted to try out some Inglot products so I made it a point to track one of those down in Dublin. I’m actually SERIOUSLY loving some of the products that I picked up…like…may have become new favorites, loving.

Here’s an overview of what I got:

Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation and Concealer: I know we have Rimmel in the States but this foundation is not available here, as far as I’ve seen. I have fairly dry skin and don’t care much for really matte foundations and I must say that the finish on this is just gorgeous. It claims to have an Anti-Fatigue Effect and Radiant Glow. I’m not so sure about Anti-Fatigue but it sure has a great glowy finish. Savy likes.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer: I had heard nothing but raves about this product and I tell you what, it does not disappoint. SUPER coverage, not cakey, long wearing, perfect.

Seventeen Instant Glow Shimmer Brick in Pink Bronze: This was an impulse purchase. The color was real pretty and it reminded me of the Physician’s Formula Shimmer Bricks that I love. The product is a little chalky but the color is just as gorgeous as I thought it would be. A great Summer highlight.

Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker in Yummy Plum and Half Naked: I’m pretty sure you can get these in Sephora but I spotted them and HAD to have them because of the name. Plus: They are like a party on your lips. The plumping tingling is like nothing I’ve ever felt. I’m a little obsessed.

Inglot YSM Foundation: Seriously my new favorite foundation. It’s great for all skin types, has a great natural finish, and lasts like a dream. Pretty much everything you want in a foundation. There are a few Inglot stores in the US, but nowhere near me and their website is a little bit of a mess to navigate. I decided to check the stuff out in person in Dublin and I seriously wanted everything but I settled for the Foundation and:

Inglot Freedom System Eye Shadow Palette with Shadows: These are great shadows. Greatly pigmented and easy to blend. They have a crazy amount of colors and at only $6/shadow, they are super affordable. You can either buy them individually to put them in something like a Z Palette or get their Freedom Palettes that come in all kind of configurations. More. Needed.

Rimmel Apocalips in Big Bang: Let’s have a moment of silence for the other Apocalips that I purchased but some how managed to not make it back with me! 😦 BUT! All is not lost because right when I got home, I discovered that they released them here in the US at Walgreens under the name Rimmel Show Offs. I can’t lie, I like the name Apocalips better! But seriously, my new fave lip product! The pigment of a lipstick with the feeling and shine of a gloss. Go get you some!

Urban Decay We Don’t Do Animal Testing Palette: I picked this up in the Duty Free Shop on the ferry to Scotland mostly because of the cute packaging. Apparently it’s a kind of old palette but UD Shadows are pretty good and something that I don’t have too much of. The Palette included a half size Zero 24/7 liner and a mini Primer Potion. The 6 Shadow Palette includes: Mink, Urb, Gunmetal, Twice Baked, Smog and Half Baked. Pretty Stuff!

We Don't Test on Animals Palette

We Don’t Test on Animals Palette

Bonus Body Product: Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Wash: This stuff smells like key lime pie…that’s pretty much all I have to say.

So there are my UK Goodies that I was so excited about I had to share! If you guys are close to an Inglot store, I highly recommend going and checking out their products. From what I’ve tried, the products are amazing and VERY reasonably priced.

I miss the British Isles already!

New Goodies Look

Vacation Hangover

Vacation Hangover


Right when I got home from Vacation, I wanted to immediately do a look with as many of the new goodies I got on vacay/were waiting for in my Ipsy Glam Bag. I think I have found some new fave products in some of the new stuff! Here is the look I came up with:
Inglot Eyes

Inglot Eyes


Eyes:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Inglot Shadows: 324, 296, 399 and 47
Cailyn Gel Liner in Iron
Benefit Bad Gal Liner in Grey
Maybelline Volum Express Mascara
Face:
Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation in Ivory
Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer in Ivory
Physicians Formula Tone Correcting Powder in Translucent
NYX Mosaic Blush in Dare
NYX Liquid Illuminator in Gleam
NYX Push-Up Bra for Eyebrows
Lips:
Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker in Half Naked

Yes, there is still a post coming on all the new goodies from abroad!