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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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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

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!

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?

Influenster Holiday VoxBox ’12 Review & Swatches

29 Dec

Hi Guys, I received my Influencer Holiday VoxBox 2012 in the mail a week or two ago, but I gave myself some time to try out the products as well as catch up within the holiday madness.

influenster holiday voxbox 2012 review

Influenster Holiday VoxBox 2012 Review

I first tried out the NYC Liquid Lipshine in ‘Nude York City,’ I’d heard about the NYC lip glosses being a steal, considering they are under $3 and available at Target, they had nice color options and weren’t sticky and gross on your lips. So I was excited to find out for myself. Everything I’d heard seems to be true, although this is a nude color, it’s a really pretty nude with a lot of shimmer, but not over the top. It was a nice gloss, but wasn’t sticky and goopy like some gloss formulas. I would definitely recommend these NYC Liquid Lipshine’s, I’ll be trying out more in the future.

Here are a few swatches of the NYC Liquid Lipshine in ‘Nude York City’

NYC Liquid Lipshine in 'Nude York City' swatch on lips

NYC LIquid Lipshine in ‘Nude York City’

NYC Liquid Lipshine in 'Nude York City' swatch on lips

Next I tried the Goody QuikStyle Half Round Brush

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What they say: The Goody® QUIKSTYLE™ Half-Round Styler Brush is the perfect blow out brush with a convex half-round shape that allows hair to curl around the microfiber base, removing water while adding lift and body as you blow dry!

Featuring
• Absorbent microfiber bristles remove 30% of water for faster styling*
• Antimicrobial microfiber* bristles keep brush fresh
• Comfort-flex grip for ease and control
• Slim profile offers more maneuverable use
• Side vents for fast drying between uses
• Easy to follow usage and cleaning instructions on packaging
• Available in an assortment of bristle tip colors in charcoal, blue, and lime green on a neutral silver base with blue microfiber

$11.99

What I say: This brush has so much potential, I love the concept of it, but it fell short on one deal-breaking aspect for me. The idea that is soaks up extra moisture after you shower is genius, and the fact that it is shaped as a half round-barrel brush is also impressive for those of us who need a little extra volume. But the brush itself hurt my head, it was extremely uncomfortable. If they tweak the bristles or whatever it is that makes the brush so unpleasant when actually being used, this would be an amazing brush.

Have you tried this brush? Is it just me that it hurts when brushing?

Next, I tried the Kiss Nail Dress in ‘Teddy’ or KDS15

Kiss Nail Dress in 'Teddy' or KDS15 review

When I first got these in the Influenster box, I really didn’t want to use them, they just seem tacky to me, but it’s a good thing I tried them, I’m actually super impressed. Above you can see what comes in the package, a bunch of different sizes (used for fingers or toes) and a two-sided file. First let me say, I’d never done this before, nor expected much. I originally was just going to apply one to show, but was impressed that I finished them. Now I plan to keep them for new years.

Kiss Nail Dress in 'Teddy' review

How cool? Once the nails are filed down they look nice, and I look pretty impressive with my nail art capabilities. The nail pieces are sticky, and seem to be held pretty well in place. I just applied them today, so I’m not positive how long they will last, they are advertised to last up to 10 days, but I will update with that information. Some of the nail art comes with added jewels (like mine) and some are just flat designs, my only concern with the added jewels is that there is more dimension and slightly rigid at the tip of the nail where you file, and I’m afraid it will catch on things. I want to try this floral design without the jewels and see if those seem more secure:

Kiss Nail Dress in KDS18

Overall, I had no desire in this product before I received it and gave it a shot. Now, as long as the product stays on for a few days, I’ll purchase them in the future. They’re definitely worth a shot, and look much better on your nails than you would expect from what you see in the package.

Kiss Nail Dress in 'Teddy' or KDS15

Update: Sadly, these nails did not even last me until new years day. One day later they were peeling off, the edges just never fully stuck on which left a tiny edge to catch on everything, and it was really frustrating.

kiss press on nails after one day

kiss press on nails after one day

As you can see, some I just had to fully peel off because they were so far gone, and the others you can see the tips slowly peeling. After only one day this was pretty disappointing  I dont know if it could be because of the jewels in this particular design, but I guess your best bet with the Kiss Nails is for a one night type of deal.

I haven’t had the chance to try out the Quaker, Eboost or SoleSociety products yet, but as soon as I do, this post will be updated.

Revlon just bitten kissable balm stain in sweetheart swatch

25 Dec

Swatches of Revlon just bitten kissable balm stain in sweetheart.
 

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Wearing falsies mascara, naked palatte, and maybelline super stay liquid foundation in natural beige.

Christmas eve at brad’s families, the strawberry Santa’s didn’t make it long, big hit.

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