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Monday, April 11, 2016

The Blush Tag!

Hey guys!
So this is the blush tag! I've been watching this tag on Youtube and decided to do it. Honestly, I used to have so many more blushes but I've cleaned out my collection a lot recently. I still had plently to choose from so hopefully this will give you some insite if you don't own any of these. Ok here we go.

Best packaging
Had to give it to these Milani Rose blushes. These were limited edition a few years back then Milani permanently added them to the line. I had three shades but ended up gifting one to my mom. : ) Look how pretty these are!

Milani Rose blushes

Milani Rose blush

Prettiest color
Prettiest color has to be my NYX Ombre blush in Code Breaker. Even though the ombre isn't quite what I was expecting, I don't own anything else even close to this shade. It looks pretty intimidating at first but once you blend it out, it's really a pretty shade.

NYX Ombre blush

NYX Ombre blush in Code Breaker

Swatch of NYX Ombre blush in code breaker

Most Pigmented
Gave most pigmented to this LA Girl Beauty Brick blush palette because it is one of the more pigmented blushes I own. This palette is so inexpensive for what you get though. Color payoff is great and you get more than just blush in this palette.

LA Girl blush palette- Pinky

LA Girl blush palette

Best Everyday blush
I know this is a weird pick but I find myself wearing this more than any of my other blushes. Best everyday blush is this NYX Powder blush in Mocha. Their website describes it as a mid toned pink but it's not exactly pink. I like this shade because it's one of those goes with everything blushes. If you're wearing crazy eye makeup or just something simple, this shade will still look good with it. It's really pretty in the fall but you could wear it any time of the year.

NYX powder blush in Mocha

Party blush
Not exactly sure what party blush is but this was the only thing I could even see being close. This is the ELF Studio blush in Pink Passion. This is a super bright pink with glitter throughout. Perfect for a night out. 

ELF Studio blush

ELF Studio blush

ELF Studio blush

Regret purchasing
My regret purchase is also from ELF. These are their blush with brush. I have three shades and two of them are just chalky weird shades, the third is actually a really pretty highlight shade so that's what I use it for. Not that great either way. Even though they are really inexpensive, I'd skip these.

ELF Blush

ELF Blush

ELF Blush

Least used
Least used is my Maybelline Master Glaze in Pink Fever. This is such a pretty color and really bright and pigmented. I think it's my least used just because it's a cream blush. I just don't use it that often but it is a great product. Kind of wish I had more of these.

Maybelline Master glaze

Most Used/Blushes you would never let go of
Has to be my favorite, ELF Baked Blush in Peachy Cheeky. Unfortunately, I don't even have one to show you because I used mine completely up. It is a best seller on their website and usually sold out so if you can get your hands on it, then buy it! It's a pretty peachy shade that gives you a great natural glow. Favorite by far!

Favorite blush brand
Wasn't sure about this category but I think it has to be NYX. I own the most blushes from this brand and I love all of them. They are all pigmented and pretty, they have a ton of shades to choose from and different finishes. Their cream blushes are really nice as well. If you don't own any from NYX, go buy some, they are really fairly priced too.

NYX Blushes

NYX Blushes

Greatest blush discovery
Benefit puts out these blush/bronzer palettes once a year I think. I got this one a couple years back for Christmas. It has all their best blushes/bronzer/and highlighters. This one is no longer available but they do have another palette for sale right now that's really similar. I had always heard about benefit blushes but never tried them, this was a good deal because I got to try a variety and their hoola bronzer all at once. Good stuff in here.

Benefit blush kit

Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot

Most practical
I have to go with ELF'S powder blush palette. It comes in two shades, a lighter and darker for deeper skin tones. They also make a cream blush palette and total face palette. I just think this is great for travel or everyday. There's 4 shades in here and each are removable so you can swap them if you need to and customize it to your liking to get exactly what you want.

ELF Blush palette

ELF Blush palette

Least practical
I don't have a least practical blush really. Aren't all blush meant to be used? Lol.

Most expensive
Most expensive is my Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot palette. Like I said, I got this for Christmas and I think it ran me around $45 or so. Not exactly cheap but for what you get, completely worth it.

Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot

Least expensive
Lastly, this is my least expensive palette but almost most used. I actually won this in a giveaway on IG so it was free to me but I won like $30 worth of inexpensive makeup and this palette was only $1.99. Love it, good quality and good variety. Who says good makeup has to cost a lot?

Dollar store blush palette

Dollar store blush palette

Well I thought this was a great tag and a good way to get into your collection and actually see what you have. I tag +monica hein +Adrienne Royale +Doanerfide xoxo and +Boston Beauty Buzz to do this tag. Would love to see what you guys come up with! Hopefully you found this helpful guys. Thanks for reading! 

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Pixi Hydrating Milky Mist Review

Hey everyone! 
So I purchased this at Target a few weeks ago but I think I can finally tell you what I think about it. I did a search and did not find many reviews on it so hopefully this will help if you're thinking about buying it. 
This is the Pixi by Petra Hydrating Milky Mist. You're getting 2.70 oz in here and it retails for $15.00 at Target or the Pixi website. The claims from the website say that it's supposed to hydrate and plump the skin with hyaluronic acid. You can use this before makeup, at night or anytime during the day that your skin needs some extra hydration. 

Pixi by Petra Hydrating Milky Mist

I really don't purchase stuff like this, facial sprays or setting sprays because for me, they don't seem like they do much. But I couldn't resist getting this because it looked so good and contained more than just water. I have to say the sprayer on this is great. It sprays a nice even layer, and it's a fine mist. You don't get spurts of water in one area, it's even all over. The smell is nice and not too strong or lingering. Also, it didn't irritate my eyes or skin at all.

Pixi by Petra Hydrating Milky Mist

So first let me say I did use this in the morning and night as my only moisturizer. It does actually moisturize your skin. If you are one of those people that hate the feel of lotion on your skin, you would love this. I like to think a lot of men would love it, El hubbs included as he refuses to let me put any kind of moisturizer on his face. 

As far as positive feedback, I guess that's about it. I like it but it just doesn't do enough, at least for my skin. I didn't feel like it made a difference in my skin; left it super moisturized or made it look different over time and didn't "plump" it at all. It is refreshing but that's about it for me. It's just too pricey for what it is. $15.00 for some liquid in a bottle? Sorry, can't do it again. I will keep the bottle though and find something else to put in it as the sprayer is really good on it. 

So who else tried this? Anyone else feel the same? I only saw good reviews on the website so maybe it's just me? Let me know what you guys think. 

Friday, March 25, 2016

Coastal Scents Hot Pots Part II (Swatches)

Hey guys!
So this is my part II for Coastal Scents Hot Pots. If you don't know what I'm talking about, go check out my first swatch post and mini review HERE.
This is technically part II because this is the second set of hot pots I've bought just recently. Now, Coastal Scents doesn't have their 99 cent sale often so when they do, you need to go buy some of these. I loved the first couple I bought so I decided to get more this time when they had their 99 cent sale. These single eye shadows are usually $1.95 each so they are already pretty inexpensive but really, anything that's $1.00 just gives you can excuse to buy more.  So let me show you guys the ones I bought.

Bombshell, Dark mango, Fireglow
Light Tangerine, Deep Cantaloupe, and I got a freebie- Coral Pink

Coastal Scents Hot Pots

Light slate, Deep Viridian, Appletini
Hoppin Jalapeno, New Penny, Burnt Umber (It was slightly crushed)
Barista and Oatmeal Tan

Coastal Scents Hot Pots

Here is what they look like swatched. In direct sunlight, you can see more of the glitter and shimmer in some of them. For the most part, they are all really pigmented. I believe they may have changed the formula because these seem to kick up a bit more powder but have more color payoff. 

Coastal Scents Hot Pots Swatches

Coastal Scents Hot Pots Swatches

I did find two shades that were super similar to the previous ones I had purchased. So just to show you, here's a swatch of Bombshell (bottom) and Canary Gold.

Coastal Scents Hot Pots comparison

Also, Atomic apricot (bottom) and Deep Cantaloupe are really similar as well. 

Coastal Scents Hot Pots Comparison

Here's one look I did using a bunch of shades, old and new. You can see how well they apply and blend.

Coastal Scents Hot Pots Eye look using different colors

I can't wait to use all of these and stock up on a few more shades to add to my collection. They have tons of shades to choose from so go check it out. Thanks for reading!

Saturday, March 12, 2016

New Jordana Sweet Cream Matte Liquid lip color

Hey guys! 
I know it's been a while. Life just sort of gets crazy but I'm back with a review on a brand new product. These are the Jordana Sweet Cream Matte Liquid Lip Colors. I know all the drugstore brands are jumping on this bandwagon and coming out with liquid lipsticks but these you will actually want. The formula of these are super nice and creamy without being drying on your lips. 

Jordana Sweet Cream Matte Liquid lip color

I was able to find these at my local Kmart and Walgreens. (Just recently, they are now listed on Jordana's website. )They are priced differently at each store, just so you know. They retail anywhere from $2.99- $4.99. I believe there are 12 shades all together but this display only had 8.

Jordana Sweet Cream Matte Liquid Lip Color

Jordana Sweet Cream Matte Liquid lip color Swatches

Here are the swatches of the four that I bought. Like I said, they are not drying like most other brands. They smell really good, like vanilla cake batter and dry matte in under a minute. They are easy to apply, the doe foot applicator has a small curve in it that fits your lip perfectly and these last for hours. They are very comfortable on the lips though, almost like the NYX soft matte lip creams but these dry down completely and are transfer proof. : )

Jordana Sweet Cream Matte Liquid lip color Swatches on the lips

Top left: 01 Creme Brulee
Top right: 03 Raspberry Tart
Bottom left: 04 Mixed Berry Souffle
Bottom right: 12 Pomegranate Pie

Have you guys found these at your local drugstore yet? If so, which are your favorites? Til next time guys...

Friday, October 16, 2015

HALLOWEEN makeup!! Lily Munster!!

Hey guys!
Well I'm so excited for this post because as you can tell, it's Halloween makeup!! Just wanted to show you guys what I came up with. I don't usually get dressed up and do the whole thing on Halloween but I thought this would be fun to do. 

I'm sure you guys have heard the song "Uma Thurman" by Fall out Boy right? Well we were in the car a few weeks ago and I was telling my 6 year old that the song is part of a TV show I used to watch. If you are at least my age then you probably watched it as well; The Munsters of course. So we came home and I showed him a clip online from the TV Show. As we watched it, I was thinking you know it would be really cool to do Lily Munster's makeup for Halloween. So of course I had to do it! I didn't find a whole lot of images of her as a Halloween costume so I thought it would be perfect. 

I was able to search through Google and Pinterest and find a few pictures of her so you can check those out. She was really a gorgeous woman without the makeup as well. Look her up, Yvonne De Carlo. Just stunning. Anyway so here is my take on her makeup as Lily Munster. Let me know what you guys think!

*I do not own the rights to these images.*

I found these images through a simple search online. *I do not own the rights to these images.*

Friday, October 9, 2015

Easy DIY Acrylic nails

Hey guys!
Alright so today I wanted to do another DIY. This is so easy, I promise. If you like to get your nails done but can't afford going to the salon or don't have the time, this is the DIY for you. Now, I am a professional nail tech but I don't post a whole lot of nail stuff on here because most of the items I have are professional use only. There are ways of purchasing certain products but you always want to be careful when you are using something that frankly, you don't know how to use. These are chemicals we are talking about so safety should be the most important thing. Anyway, all the items in this DIY are available at Sally beauty supply so you shouldn't have issues getting them but like I said, just be mindful when using these and of course if you have little ones around, don't let them get a hold of anything.

As trends come and go, I've noticed that acrylic nails are now becoming popular again as they were in the 80's/early 90's. I have seen tons of girls on Instagram and Youtube that are all about the long acrylics. They are even making press-ons to look like high quality acrylic nails now. Go figure. Anyway, I've always been a big fan, even when I was in the military, I would get the pink and white acrylics. After I went to school and became a nail tech, it was hard for me to keep acrylics on because I was doing services at the salon and you know, your nails get damaged. Shellac and gel nails were really popular and everyone wanted natural nails so acrylics kind of faded out so I'm kind of excited that they are back again. : )

Ok so to make a long story longer lol- let's get into this DIY. Super easy and pretty affordable considering how many uses you will get out of this. So if you don't know what the "dipping" method is, I will put the link HERE. You are basically using the same powder for acrylics but no liquid. Instead, you use glue. You will also need an activator to cure/dry/set the glue when you're done. (It will eventually dry but takes forever so just buy the activator.) So here's what you're gonna need for this:

Brush on glue (resin)
Nail file
Nail buffer
Acrylic powder- any color you'd like, or just soft pink for natural nails
Activator (Nail glue dryer)
Cuticle oil (any kind)
Tips (optional) if you want enhancements- you don't need to add tips if your nails are in good shape and the length you want

Supplies for acrylic nails "dipping" method

These are the tips I used, like I mentioned, I already had a lot of this stuff. There are so many different types of tips so I would suggest asking someone for help if you're not sure what kind to get.

Nail tips

So you first want to start by giving yourself a basic manicure. Clean off any old polish, push back and clip cuticles and buff your nails a bit to get rid of the shine. Using nail polish remover, clean any dust and oils from the nails.

Apply tips if you'd like and cut them to length. 
Apply the resin just to the natural nail (apply as smoothly as possible) and dip your finger in the powder. Tap off the excess. 
Continue the same steps with all nails

Apply resin over the entire nail and dip again into the powder. Tap off the excess.
Continue with all nails

Apply another coat of resin over the entire nail and dip into the powder. Tap off the excess. 
Continue with all nails

Apply a final coat of resin to each nail to seal everything in and spray with the activator. 
File your nails and shape them as desired
Apply some cuticle oil and buff the nails to smooth out any imperfections

Acrylic nails "dipping" method
 Excuse my man hands- hence the need for tips and acrylics. lol.

After filing and buffing- diy acrylics
Here's what my nails look like after filing and buffing.

I do wear my acrylics fairly long, it's really personal preference so do what you'd like. If you don't want to add the tips then just follow the same steps without them.

From here you can polish with any regular polish or just put a clear top coat on if you'd like. I decided to polish mine with Maybelline's Color show polish in Plush plum. I also used my Twinkled T nail vinyls for the accent nail. What do you guys think?

Final look DIY acrylic nails

The whole process took me about an hour to do myself and I think they came out pretty good. They are also a lot stronger than regular gel nails and not as thick as the acrylics you'd get at the salon. I am really hard on my nails so the fact that they are holding up at this length is a good sign. 

So I hope you try this DIY. Let me know if you have any questions about the process. It's fairly simple once you get the hang of it and think of the money you are saving by doing it yourself! Thanks for reading! xoxo

Saturday, October 3, 2015

DIY Dry brush cleaner (makeup brushes)

Hey everyone!
So I'm here with a really affordable and a bit unconventional DIY. If you follow pretty much anyone in the beauty community on Instagram, you've probably seen similar products like this. I will say now that I don't own anything like this, I have seen products like this online but I do not know what they are made of or from. Because I don't own anything like this, this is not a dupe; I am just giving a cheaper alternative if you are looking for something like this.

So here is what I'm taking about. It's basically a dry brush cleaner. You can use this for your makeup brushes to "clean" them in between shadows.

DIY dry brush cleaner

I know a lot of people, myself included, that use a rag/towel to "clean" their brushes when trying to switch shadows. This little gadget works the same way but allows more of the powder to be removed from the brush so you're basically "cleaning" it. You can use a shadow then rub your brush in here to remove excess product then change to a new color shadow.

This DOES NOT replace actually cleaning your brushes or washing them. This is not for use to sanitize your makeup brushes either. You will still need to clean/wash them but this helps when you want to change between shadows. This makes it so easy especially if you only have a few brushes to use while applying your makeup.

Ok so here's how I made it. I was able to get this container from Target in the Dollar section at the front of the store. You know they have random items in there sometimes so I grabbed a few candles which were only $3.00 each. I burned the candle then just cleaned it out later so I could use it for this DIY.

Materials for DIY dry brush cleaner

 I was able to get the "sponge" like material inside from The Home Depot. El Hubbs and I were there looking for stuff for a home project and I just so happen to see this material in one of the aisles we were in so I grabbed it. It comes in long 5 ft sections and ran me around $6.00. I didn't realize what this was actually for until my sister told me so I looked it up. It's a gutter guard. Check the link so you know what I'm talking about- Gutter Shield from Home Depot. Yup. So it basically is a sponge type of thing that you put in your gutter to block debris from collecting in there. It does come in this triangle shape so a round container like I have is not the best but it still works either way.

Then, I just cut a section to fit in my small container and that's pretty much it. Now of course you can use any container you 'd like and any shape. These candles were really cheap so that's what I went with and then I just used some duct tape to cover the outside and kind of make it my own.

Here's a close up of the "sponge" material.
Materials for DIY dry brush cleaner

Now this material is made of some type of plastic and in the description on The Home Depot website, it says that coated with something so this should hold up nicely. That also means it's easy to wash. I just take mine out of the container and wash it with some soap and water, ring it out and let it dry before putting it back in. You'll want to rinse out the container as well because all the power from the shadows eventually collect in the bottom after they fall through. 

Anyway, I thought this was a cool DIY and like I said, really affordable. It's really lightweight too and you don't need much for your brushes so it's easy to take with you when you travel. It's made the process of applying my makeup that much easier and faster so I hope you guys will try it out and let me know if you do. Thanks for reading!