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FOTD with coastal scents, tarte & beautyblender (+ reviews)

19 Mar

I received my mini Sephora order the other day and had to share two of the products..

Sephora haul

The beautyblender sponge ($25 for 2pack)beautyblender review + FOTD

Here is the beautyblender right out of the package (the indent went away) Looks like a normal, basic sponge, right? Why would anyone pay $20 for a sponge? well, I understand why now.

You can use it dry or wet, but its super easy to wet it, run it under water for a second and squeeze it, it’s like magic. It kind of inflates (but isn’t even noticeably wet) You place your liquid foundation spotted around on your face, then just dab/pounce the large end of the beauty blender all around your face. When you wet it, it doesn’t soak up and waste much of your foundation, as most sponges would do.

It applies foundation flawlessly, I understand what the craze with this product is about now.  Additionally, you use the pointy end to bounce in concealer. It shapes perfectly around your eyes/nose/t-zone area. Great product, and I would totally recommend it. I was also skeptical about paying $20 for a sponge, but this is a staple in my makeup, and has amazingly put my tarte airbrush finish foundation brush to the side for awhile.

The other stand-out product I received was the:

Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Brow Mousse ($28)

Amazonian clay waterproof brow mousse -

I have sparse brows, that just won’t grow, so I’ve tried many products to help fill and shape them. So many eyebrow pencils/fillers are just the wrong color, don’t last, or just don’t look natural, but I think I’ve found a great thing in this product.

I order Taupe (a natural blonde color) and it blends nicely, I enjoy the mousse formula, it lasts and helps shape my brows. The brush is really handy because it both combs and has the brush end.

In the photos below I’ve used both the beauty blender & Tarte emphasEYESbeautyblender review & purple eye FOTDAdditional Products:

  • Coastal Scents 88 Palette
  • Nars Sheet Glow Foundation in Santa Fe
  • Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser
  • Tarte smooth operator amazonian clay finishing powder
  • Maybelline the Falsies mascara
  • Revlon matte ‘pink pout’ and Revlon super lustrous lipgloss in Pink Pop
  • mark. glow xpert face shimmer
  • Loreal carbon black Lineur Intense liquid eyeliner
  • Revlon Luxurious Color Smoky Crayon
  • Estee Lauder Broze Goddess Sea Star Bronzing Blush – Blush soleil

Coastal Scents FOTD

(in the photo above, the flash kind of washed out my face, it’s not the makeup’s fault)

Repping my Detroit Tigers + bad picture taking + bad lighting =

tarte EmphasEYES review + FOTD

I’m adding these pictures just because I used the beautyblender & tarte amazonian clay waterproof brow mousse, so you can get a better idea of the payoff…coastal scents 88 color palette FOTDCoastal Scents st pattys FOTDCoastal Scents green FOTD

Sidenote: I don’t do any retouching to these pictures, considering I’m trying to showcase the makeup and how the product works and looks, so there will be imperfections and whatnot.

Have you tried the beautyblender or tarte brow mousse? I recommend them!

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Most used products this month {February}

10 Mar

So I’m a few days late, but I decided I’m going to list a few products I found myself reaching for a lot in February.

Clinique Moisture Surge – Extended Thirst Releif ($37)

Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief review

This is a perfect moisturizer for my normal skin. It’s a gel formula that isn’t thick, but super moisturizing. I use it in the morning and it literally just soaks into my skin so quickly and easily and I can tell my skin is just sucking it up.

“Light, comfortable cream/gel plumps skin with hydration for a full 24 hours. Fine lines, flakiness and tightness are washed away. In their place—a sense of supple, firm, vibrant well-being, even through shifts in humidity. One ‘drink’ and skin looks and feels happier, healthier. Oil-free.”

Pond’s dry skin cream

ponds dry skin cream review

While we are talking about moisturizers, I also really enjoy this Ponds dry skin cream. It’s completely different than the Clinque above, but has its own qualities. It leaves my face a slight bit greasy, but I’ve learned that goes away shortly and almost leaves a glow to your face. This is incredibly moisturizing, doesn’t clog pores, and no wonder it’s been around for so long.

Albolene Cleansing Concentrate Moisturizing Skin Cleanser ($10)Albolene Cleansing Moisturizer review

I was at my boyfriends parents house and needed a makeup remover, so I borrowed his mom’s, Albolene moisturizing cleanser. No offense to parents, but I was just expecting something mediocre, especially in this old school packaging. Well, this stuff is pretty amazing. You can literally scoop some out on your fingers or a cotton ball and rub off your makeup, while at the same time it’s moisturizing your skin. It doesn’t burn or irritate my eyes (most things do) and really gets the product off. I was thoroughly surprised by this product and will definitely be purchasing it.

“Albolene Moisturizing Cleanser liquifies on contact with your skin to gently and thoroughly dissolve makeup, dirt, and even mascara. Smooth on Albolene Moisturizing Cleanser, tissue off and see how much cleaner and softer your skin can be. Leaves no soap-and-water dryness.”

Omega 8004 Masticating Juicer
8004 Nutrition Center Masticating Juicer

I’m obviously on a juicing kick, so this had to be mentioned. I got it in February and have given it a lot of use already, I’m very satisfied with it and haven’t even tried making anything besides juice with it yet (almond milk…)

Mason Jars

mason jar juicing

It would be wrong of me not to include mason jars. I’m in love with them, I’d like to use them for everything, but for now I will settle for drinking my juice out of them.

MAC paintery paint pot ($18.50)

 Paint Pot

“A highly pigmented eye colour that goes on creamy but dries to an intense, vibrant finish. Long-wearing, colourfast. Creates seamless coverage without weight or caking. Blends smoothly over the lids. Cream-based, can be mixed with M·A·C shadows and liners.”

This is my favorite eyelid tone corrector, you’ll notice in my makeup tutorials that I tend to start with this paint pot (which blends in effortlessly) and then just apply a crease color, it makes everything look smooth and pop. You can use it for a full makeup look or apply alone with some mascara for a simple look.

Incase compact backpack for 15″ laptop ($80.00)
View / Purchase here

detail shot

Incase Nylon Sling PackIncase Nylon Sling Pack

With my new design job starting this past month, I’ve had to tote my laptop everywhere, and this backpack comes in handy. There is a faux-fur slot specifically for the protection of your laptop. Then there are a ton of other zippers and holders for everything else you would need to carry around, including the cords. It has a padded back panel and shoulder strap, can be worn across your chest, which is really convenient. Bonus: awesome colors available

Kohl’s studded candies boots (no longer available)
Candies Studded Boots from Kohls

I love these boots, of all my boots, I seem to always grab these. They are a perfect mix between casual and fancy. They are originally $100, but I scored them for about $25 on black friday.

Old Navy Activewear
Women's Active Micro Performance Fleece JacketsWomen's Active Micro Performance Fleece JacketsWomen's Fold-Over Yoga PantsWomen's Active Color-Block Compression Capris (20

ugh, I just went to the Old Navy website to show a few pictures, and of course I want to go on a full on shopping spree. The stuff at Old Navy in general fits me really well, at 6-foot, it is not easy to find clothes. Old Navy carries so much online (unfortunately not talls in stores) and the Active line is my favorite.

Under Armour – Women’s Armour Bra DD Cup-  ($58.00)
Purchase / View here


This bra is made in your actual cup size, it has bonded seams which eliminates rubbing around the arm area. I’ve purchased a lot of VS sports bras, Old Navy, etc, but being DD makes it a little harder to just throw on any sports bra. It hurts me a little to pay $60 for a sports bra, but since getting this one, I hate having to use any of the others. I am still on a mission to explore more heavy duty sports bras for boxing/boot camp classes. Overall, this is a really nice, comfortable, supportive bra.

Milani luminoso baked blush
Milani Baked Blush

It leaves a healthy, radient flush tone to your skin. I can wear this really easily and it’s just an overall pretty color. I’ll definitely try more of these baked blushes, they’re an inexpensive price for good quality.

Aveeno daily moisturizing lotion ($8.00)
Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion

Well, it’s obviously winter. As much as I like scenty lotions, this stuff is an original and just feels like it’s quenching better than scent based body lotions. Made with natural oatmeal  blended with rich emollients to moisturize skin for a full 24 hours. Perfect for those times when your skin just needs some extra attention.

Herbal Essences Set Me Up Heat Protection Spray ($4)

Herbal Essences Set Me Up Heat Protection Spray

This has been the heat protectant I’ve been reaching for most this month, it seems to do the job (you can’t exactly tell with products like) but I’m happy with the one.

What heat protectant spray do you use? I’m always looking for a better alternative.

Maybelline Falsies Mascara

Maybelline Volum' Express The Falsies Spoon Brush Washable Mascara, Blackest Black 280

I really like this Mascara, but I think I’m at my last few uses right now and I’m dreading throwing it out, even though I have about 12 other mascaras that need to be used, I’d rather run out and buy another one of these. I think there are a few different Falsies variations I’m going to look into, as well.

Dove Nourishing Oil Care Nutritive Therapy Conditioner ($4.50)

Dove Nourishing Oil Care Nutritive Therapy Conditioner, 8 oz

I asked my stylist what the best drugstore shampoo/conditioner brand was, without sulfates, and she recommended Dove. I’ve been using mostly Dove products when I don’t feel like purchasing high end items, especially if they work just as good. I like this conditioner, it is two toned, one golden ribbon of nutritious oils.

“Dove Nourishing Oil Care Nutritive Therapy Conditioner dramatically transforms and smoothes even extra dry, rough and frizzy hair. This is the next generation of conditioner with a golden ribbon of treatment inside. The gold stripe is balanced with weightless nutri-oils that deeply nourish and replenish essential nutrients without a greasy feel. The white stripe contains conditioner that seals cuticles to lock in nutrients and smooth frizz. Dove Nourishing Oil Care Nutritive Therapy Conditioner offers the instant deep nourishing power of a treatment in the time of a conditioner for amazing smoothness, softness and shine.”

BBC (TV Series) Sherlock Sherlock TV Series Review

Such good characters, and captivating storyline. I watched this series about a year ago, but I’m having the boyfriend watch them now, and they are filming the third season currently, can’t wait. If you’re looking for a great show, check this out.

Coastal Scents 88 Warm Palette ($18)

Warm Palette

Besides the Naked palette, this would be my most recommended palette to people. 88 eyeshadows for 18 dollars, you do the math. You get every neutral/warm color you could ever need, and they all have great pigmentation. I love the whites for a highlight/inner eye color and the deeper colors for crease, or you can create a smokey eye or anything you could really dream of. I’ve had this palette for a few years not (along with some fo their others) and I haven’t even made a dent in them, GREAT BUY!

What were your favorite February Products?

Revlon Super Lustrous in Pink Pop

4 Feb

I’m a big fan of the color pay off on the Revlon Super Lustrous in Pink Pop. Here are a few swatches, I’m more of a matte lip color fan usually, but I really like this line of lip glosses. They stay fairly nicely and aren’t all goopy and slimy like some. They also make your lips look nice and full, nude lustre will always be my favorite of the bunch.

Revlon Super Lustrous in Pink Pop on lips

Revlon Super Lustrous in Pink Pop on lips

MAC Please Me Lipstick Swatch & FOTD with Naked Palette

18 Jan MAC matte Please Me Lipstick

Today is day 1 of 10 of working the North American International Auto Show, I’m drinking coffee out of my monogram cup which makes my brain and mouth move 200 mph and wasted some time messing with makeup this morning, resulting in a FOTD post:

Naked Palette FOTD

 Lips: MAC ‘Please me,” a really pretty matte light pink.
Foundation:  I had to go spray tanning for my bridal show this weekend and I still have a bit of color, so I’m trying to use up some old foundations, I mixed a dark (Loreal true match super-blendable makeup in warm) and light (Maybelline Fit Me in 110)
Eyes: Naked Palette (sidecar, toasted, hustle, creep & naked) then depened the color with Lorac Single Eyeshadow in black.
Eyeliner: Loreal Carbon Black Lineur Intense Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner & Essence Long Lasting Eye Pencil in Black Fever for waterline.
Mascara: Maybelline Falsies
Contour: e.l.f. Contouring Blush & Bronzer Palette
Blush: e.l.f. blush in “Blushing Rose”
Brushes: Sigma eye brushes, Tarte Foundation Brush, & Real Techniques expert face brush (perfect for contouring)
Earrings: The Limited, I believe

Naked Palette FOTD

essence long lasting eye pencil, naked palette, maybelline falsies, elf cosmetics FOTD

Here is the lipstick with no flash, I really like the color of this lipstick but it is very drying. I feel like I have to be really cautious when I wear it, because it’ll make all those little cracks throughout my lips after a while and ends up looking terrible. I’d love to find a dupe for the MAC ‘Please Me’ to compare.

MAC Matte Please Me Swatch on Lips

Why in the world is the “new post” box so small? I can see like a quarter of each picture.
Anyway, if you know of a lip color similar to MAC’s Please Me, let me know!

Revlon Lipstick in Coral, Baby Pink, Soft Nude & Fuchsia Swatches | ELF blush swatch & Turning Instagram photos into Polaroids

18 Jan Revlon Lipstick Swatches

I figured I’d swatch a few Revlon lipsticks today, straight and to the point:

Revlon Lipstick in Coral, Baby Pink, Soft Nude & Fuchsia Swatches

Revlon Lipstick in Coral, Baby Pink, Soft Nude & Fuchsia Swatches

Revlon Lipstick: (left is flash, right is no flash)
excuse my quick sloppy application.

Revlon Lipstick in Coral, Baby Pink, Soft Nude & Fuchsia Swatches

and most importantly, my favorite lipstick currently..

Revlon Lipstick in Fuchsia Swatch on Lips

I also swatched E.L.F. studio blush in Blushing Rose, this blush is supposed to be a dupe for NARS Orgasm, it’s a beautiful, light color. It has gold specks throughout, and is just a very wearable color, which can be build-able as well. Oh, and it’s $3 here.

E.L.F. blush in Blushing Rose

E.L.F. blush in Blushing Rose

In other news, I’m in the beginning stages of printing out a ton of my Instagram photos as polaroids.

Instagram Photos turned into Polaroids

First, I made a zip file of every one of my Instagram photos onto my computer in two clicks. Follow this link to do the same, it definitely comes in handy to back them up.

Next I used the template in Picasa (which if you don’t have already, you can download for free), printed, cut out with an xacto knife, and voila! You can make them different sizes, they are so cute.

Sally Hansen Xtreme wear Nail Color in Mint Sorbet Swatch & Review

3 Jan Sally Hansen Mint Sorbet

Sally Hansen Xtreme wear Nail Color in Mint Sorbet

Today I had to share the Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme wear Nail color in Mint Sorbet. This is an awesome color with a nice finish. Don’t mind the sloppiness on my nails, as I took this picture immediately after painting and before dry.

Base coat: L’oreal Paris base coat
Color: Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Xtreme wear in Mint Sorbet ($2.79)
Top Coat: inm Out The Door Fast Drying Top Coat ($5.49)

I have very fragile nails, but with this combo my nails feel nice and thick, plus I keep staring at the color as I’m typing on the keyboard. I’m still on a forever hunt to find a good nail hardener that actually works and/or doesn’t bubble under polish.

The ‘Out The Door’ top coat is my favorite. I switch base coats and obviously nail polishes all the time, but I’ve pretty much left behind all other top coats. This stuff puts a great finish on my polish, hardens, and literally dries in seconds. You can find it at Sally’s or Bed Bath & Beyond in which you can use a 20% coupon (which never expires)

inn Out The Door top Coat review

Nike Training Club App Review + New Year’s FOTD

2 Jan beauty FOTD & NTC application

beauty FOTD & NTC application

 

Happy New Year! I recently switched from iPhone to Android (when my phone and Michael Kors purse, and everything else inside, were rudely stolen) I get bored of the same thing so I decided to switch it up. Anyhow, the biggest loss in the transition besides emoji’s and group texting was my beloved Nike Training Club app. But I found out they just recently released it for android, yay! This app is awesome. Let me elaborate…

Nike Training Club App Review

The Nike Training Club app is FREE, which still amazes me.
You can choose first to focus on getting lean, toned, strong, or focused. They all contain good workouts, so I switch it up a bit. Then you choose medium, intermediate or advanced. Finally, you choose a specific workout.

Once you decide on that, you begin your workout, which could vary from 15, 30 or 45 minutes (there may be a 60 minute one in there but I’m not brave enough for that.) The features that make this app stand out to me above others is the flow and transition between workouts, there is nothing worse than custom workouts where you pick and choose between each set, leaving you resting for 5 minutes between each 30 second workout.

Also, it has video and pictures of every move in case you aren’t familiar with it, or just want to see if you’re doing it right. For a little more motivation, the girls performing the moves are super toned which gives you a little extra push (and make you want all of their Nike gear, too)

So how intense can a workout on your phone be? Well, I regularly attend boot camp with a personal trainer, boxing, zumba, strength training classes, etc and these little 15 to 30 minute NTC sessions kick my butt.

You can set music in the app but I generally just turn on my Pandora app, the trainer voiceover will automatically adjust your volume to tell you what to do next, then go back to your music.

At the completion of your workout, you receive points toward workout rewards (smoothie recipes and various goodies) and a little extra motivation (sadly with a new phone I have to start all over, since you don’t have an actual account, just the data on your phone)

Nike Training Club App Review

Or, you can choose to do a specific athletes workout routine, like Shawn Johnson’s stretch routine or Hope Solo’s workout.

Nike Training Club App Review

Overall this app is incredibly motivating, and covers everything I would look for in an application. I am stoked that they finally released it for Android, and would recommend checking it out, even if you are an advanced athlete. It offers options from strength training, intense to light cardio, stretching, yoga, etc.

Anyway, New Years Eve pictures!

New Years Eve OOTD

New Years Eve FOTD

Happy New Year banner

and my handmade banner sign, that I didn’t finish.

happy new year banner

NYE FOTD

Products used for FOTD:

Urban Decay Naked Palette (half baked, smog, hustle & naked)
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion
Maybelline Super Stay 24 HR Liquid Foundation in Natural Beige
Revlon Lipstick in Fuchsia (i’m really enjoying this lipstick lately)
L’oreal Carbon Black Lineur Intense Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner
Maybelline Falsies Mascara
e.l.f. blush in blushing rose
Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Soft Matte Bronzer
Revlon Luxurious Color Smoky Crayon in 006 Black Smoke
Benefit erase paste in medium
Benefit ooh la lift – instant under eye brightening boost
e.l.f. contouring blush and bronzer compact (used bronzer for contour)
finished off with MAC Fix+ (finally got a refill for Christmas)

Have you used the Nike Training Club app?