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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!

St Patty’s EOTD using coastal scents

16 Mar

Quick post of todays st patricks day makeup:

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Done with the coastal scents 88 color palette and wnw mauve outta here lipstick. I’d be happy to list all products/tutorial if anyone is interested.

Wet N Wild “Silent Treatment” + Maybelline Color Tattoo – FOTD

21 Feb WnW Silent Treatment FOTD

I’ve been a big fan of the Wet N’ Wild palettes since I discovered they are both cheap and highly pigmented. I’m sure many of you also relate WnW products to the cheap makeup you got as a tween, like lip smackers, and wouldn’t think of it as a great addition to your nice makeup collection, but it is.

This was my first attempt actually using the Maybelline Color Tattoo pan as a base color & I paired it with the Wet N Wild Silent Treatment Trio Palette

WnW Silent Treatment FOTD + Maybelline Tough as Taupe

Eyes: MAC Paint Pot: Painterly ( I love this as a starting base for the eyelids, it’s the perfect color for my skin tone, it can also be worn alone for a basic, natural look)

Maybelline Color Tattoo: Tough as Taupe
WnW Silent Treatment palette (bottom grey color) and middle dark color in crease
Loreal Lineur Liquid Intense Black Liquid Eyeliner
Revlon Luxurious Color Smoky Crayon (waterline)
Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Mascara
Benefit Eye Bright (nice highlight color
Maybelline MasterShape by eyestudio in blonde (brows)

Wet N Wild Silent Treatment

Face: Maybelline Superstay 24 Hour Foundation in Nude
Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso (finally got it, it’s a perfect luminous color)
Milani Bronzer Duo

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Tough as Taupe FOTD

WnW Silent Treatment FOTD + Maybelline Color TattooWnW Silent Treatment FOTD

I’ve been a big fan of my Candies boots from Kohl’s this winter. I scored them for about $20 (regular $100) on Black Friday.
Jacket – Forever 21
Tank – Target
Jeans that fit a 6 foot person – Vanity
Earring I lost this night – The Limited

kohls candies boots

Pictures later in the night after I started to get sloppy (cut me some slack, I get to go out and drink lots, like once every three months)
FOTD makeup tutorialWnW Silent Treatment FOTD

Lastly, I’ve been wanting to try this cereal, Honey Bunches of Oats Greek Honey Crunch. I’m not a big fan of cereal, but this caught my interest. It’s pretty awesome. I haven’t actually sad down and ate it with milk, but it’s a great snack to just munch on. yum.

Honey Bunches of Oats Greek

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

Protein Pancakes, Smoothie, Granola recipes, tea & B&BW product reviews

29 Jan

Hi! So I finished the Detroit Auto Show yesterday, and now I’m back to blogging life, here’s an update of the last week and a half via instagrams. Bath and Body Works Aromatherapy eucalyptus mint, lavender vanilla, C.O. Bigelow mentha review

I’ve come to the conclusion that these are the best lotion products at Bath & Body Works.

  • B&BW aromatherapy sleep – lavender vanilla body lotion (this scent is soothing and calming, perfect for relaxing at night with a cup of tea)
  • C.O. Bigelow Mentha body vitamin body lotion (this stuff is awesome, it has that cooling tingling feeling for awhile after you apply it, and the scent is just a huge pick-me-up)
  • B&BW aromatherapy stress relief – eucalyptus spearmint smoothing body scrub (I’ve loved this scent for quite awhile now, it’s that refreshing aromatherapy scent that really does help relax and clear your mind)

strawberry muesli spinach smoothie

I tried to eat mostly healthy while at work and not spend a ton of money on food court foods (besides that delicious hot pretzel and cheese)
One of my 6am smoothies, and a ton of snow on the ground, a strawberry muesli spinach smoothie.
I dont measure much but this one contains:

  • frozen strawberries
  • almond milk
  • two handfuls of spinach
  • greek yogurt
  • flaxseed & wheat germ
  • muesli
  • various frozen cherries and mangos

 North American International Auto Show

Tazo Refresh Tea review

The booth next to us had hot water and a spread of different teas, I discovered and fell in love with this Tazo Refresh Herbal Infusion tea.
As you can see it’s a bracing blend of mint with a pinch of tarragon, it’s seriously like sipping on the most refreshing gum, or something. You literally just inhale the soothing, cooling flavor and scent. It’s hard to describe, you just need to try it. I actually prefer it when it cools down, even more refreshing.

Edible Arrangements review

Brad surprised me with an Edible Arrangements delivery, these are on the pricey side, but they really are a quality product. The strawberries are so fresh and the chocolate is thick and delicious. This also contained chocolate covered apples and a mix of white chocolate covered bananas. These lasted all but 24 hours.

homemade granola recipe

I made homemade granola

  • 6 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1c sliced almonds
  • 1c wheat germ
  • 1/2c flaxseed
  • 1/2c brown sugar
  • 1/2c sunflower seeds (or any nut variety)
  • 1/2c brown sugar
  • 1tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2c shredded coconut flakes
  • 1/2c raisins

(all above ingredients go in a large bowl)

  • heat 1/2c canola oil and 2/3c honey or agave nectar on stove until it becomes liquid, add 1Tbsp of vanilla extract
  • pour mixture over dry ingredients. Spread on a large baking sheet, cook for 10-15 minutes at 325, mix around they cook another 5-8 mins.

It turned out really good, but made WAY more than I expected. This won’t go bad too quickly, so that’s not a bad thing. I would have definitely added some dried fruit if I’d had any on hand. If you have a really good crunchy granola recipe, do share!

blueberry oatmeal protein pancakes recipe

  • 1 banana
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/4 c milk
  • 1 c oats
  • 2 scoops of protein powder (I only have chocolate flavored, but vanilla would be best)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbs wheat germ
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tbs canola oil (for the pan)
  • 1/2 c frozen or fresh blueberries

mash banana, vanilla, and egg white in a bowl.
stir in oats, protein powder, baking powder, wheat germ, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.
Then I heated the oil, poured approx. 1/4c of mixture and flattened out to form pancakes.
Add frozen/fresh blueberries onto each, let cook for a bit then flip (mine cooked way faster than I expected, to be ready)

These were super filling!

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.