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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette (Swatches)

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Hi guys!
Well there's only one short week til Christmas and nothing puts me in the mood for the holidays like Christmas music. I have been playing Michael Buble's Christmas album on repeat for the last few days and I love it! I love all of his songs but his version of Jingle Bells with The Puppini Sister's is so amazing. If you love big band music, you need to hear this one.  His voice is just so incredible, I swear if him and Harry Connick Jr. got together- I would just die!! Ok so moving onto today's post- Urban Decay's Vice 3.

As I mentioned in my skincare routine post, I picked up the Vice 3 palette over the Thanksgiving weekend. I didn't get it on sale so it was a bit expensive but this palette is just gorgeous.

You get 20 shadows in this palette and a double ended brush. I personally think the brush that comes in their Naked 3 palette was a lot nicer but this is good too. I also love that it has a huge mirror and comes in a small bag itself. You could use the bag as a small makeup bag if you wanted to- it closes with a zipper on top and is a decent size actually.

Now I'm sure you have read reviews on this palette so I'm not really gonna do a full review here. I just wanted to show you guys some swatches and just basically show it off. lol. This palette has such great colors. They are all really pigmented and beautiful. They do have a lot of fall out like most of the Urban Decay palettes so I would recommend doing your eye makeup first with this but other than that these are really nice. All of these are smooth and apply really well, lots of them are sparkly/shimmery but I personally love that.

I love that there are some bright colors in here, it offers something a bit different if you have mostly neutrals in your collection and even though there are lots of vibrant shadows, you could totally do a an everyday look with this palette as well.  Here's a look I created with this palette. I used Downfall above my crease, Heroine all over my lid and layered Freeze on top of that using my ELF glitter primer to make the color more vibrant. I also used Revolver in the outer V and Lucky which is a really pretty copper on my lower lash line.

Overall this is a great palette, even though it is a bit expensive, it's worth it. If you are still looking for a gift this would be perfect for someone who loves to wear bright colors or might not have anything like this in their collection or hey, buy it for yourself! Who else already owns this and loves it? Happy Holidays everyone!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

My current skincare routine (Tea Tree oil)

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Hey everyone!
How was everyone's Thanksgiving holiday? We spent it with my parents and family. I love being able to visit family but it's nice when we can visit during the holidays- all the good food! I can't wait for Christmas and all the cookies, baked goodies, and peppermint everything!

Did anyone get any amazing deals for Black Friday worth mentioning? I didn't really but I still did some shopping of course. I ended up buying the Urban Decay Vice 3 palette and the Benefit Cosmetics Cheeky Sweet Spot blush set. These are both gorgeous so I might have to show you guys soon. I also got 50% off on the eyeslipsface website so I bought a bunch of their new products that I hadn't yet tried. The sale is still good for another 12 hours since they extended their cyber Monday sale so if you are looking to buy some of their products, now's the time to do it!

So moving right into this post, I wanted to share my current skincare routine with you all and a few products that I think are really great. I was having some bad breakouts recently like within the past 4-5 months and was just trying to figure something out to get it under control. I have combination/oily skin but in the past few months there has been so much change in climate and our living situation (we moved) that I think stress did contribute to my bad skin as well. This climate is much drier where we live now, it's so much hotter here in the summer, there's different things in the air and it's just a whole new thing for my skin to get used to. I had been trying different skincare routines like oil cleansing, baking soda, etc. in hopes of finding something that worked but it didn't seem to help and it may have actually made the problem worse. I was getting bad breakouts and those little bumps right around my jaw line and you know those are hard to cover with foundation. No matter what you do you can still see them. Luckily I've never had a bad problem with acne even in my teenage years but this was like the worst my skin has ever been. 

Cut to- today. My skin is so much clearer now, softer, and smoother. Let me tell you what I have been doing and maybe this will work for someone of you if you are having the same kind of issues. 

I have been a fan of The Body Shop Tea Tree oil products for a while but I recently bought their Cool and Creamy Wash and I love it! It does have tea tree oil in it so it gives you that tingly feeling when you put it on your face but what I think has helped tremendously is that I have also started adding a few drops of tea tree oil to the wash as well. It seems like it has really helped to clear my skin faster and keep it from breaking out. I think you could try adding the oil to any kind of face wash you are using and expect the same results. I keep a small bottle of the oil in my shower and add 4 drops or so to my wash and then put it on my face. It's not drying to my skin and it feels really good. 

I have also been using the Freeman Charcoal and Black Sugar polishing mask a few times a week along with my tea tree face wash and seriously, my skin has thanked me. This scrub is so nice and inexpensive! I got mine at Wal-mart for around $4.00 and it's a huge bottle so it will last a while. It smells really good and leaves your skin feeling soft but moisturized at the same time. I even use it on my feet!

My favorite toner is the Clinique Clarifying lotion. I use #2, which is actually for dry/combo skin but I haven't used the oily one because I'm afraid it will dry out my skin. This is like hands down best toner out there (so far). If you know of any good ones to try, let me know : ) So I use my toner after I wash my face then I moisturize.

For my moisturizer I use the Olay active hydrating beauty fluid lotion (wow, long name). This is a really great day lotion, it absorbs quickly and it's not greasy at all. It doesn't have any crazy ingredients either so it's good for my sensitive skin. They also make a sensitive version if you want to check that out. At night I like to use the Aveeno Smart Essentials nighttime moisture infusion. This is a thicker cream but feels really good on your skin. You don't need much either- a little goes a long way. I have also been using Vitamin E as an under eye cream and this stuff is super cheap and is really nice and creamy. 

One thing I want to mention when looking for lotions or face washes- If you have sensitive skin be cautious of what you buy. Just because a product claims to be hypo-allergenic or dermatologist tested does not mean that you will not have a reaction to it. I have never had an issue before in my life and within the past year I discovered that I am allergic to a few different types of dyes and preservatives that are in a TON of beauty products from shampoos to lotions to makeup. I am very careful about reading the labels or going with products that are more natural. If you are looking for another great face cream, try the Dr Organic manuka honey rescue cream. I have a full review you can read here. It doesn't contain parabens or preservatives and is really good for sensitive skin.

Well that in a nutshell is my current skin care routine. I have been trying out a new DIY rose water toner which I may post in the near future if I like it as much as I think I will. If you guys have any recommendations, please let me know. I'm always looking for good skincare products. Hope this works for some of you. Let me know if you try it and how you like the tea tree oil. 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Get to know me: Beauty blogger tag

Hey guys! 
Since this is a short week for a lot of us with the holiday and everything I wanted to do something fun and give you guys a bit more info about me. Some of these are cool, if you have a beauty blog, I would love to read some of your answers! 

I found this tag from one of my favorite blogger/Vloggers Beauty Broadcast. Check her out, she's such a sweet girl and has a ton of great info on her channel. 

So onto the questions: 

1. Is your hair naturally curly or straight?
My hair is super straight actually. When I was little it was kind of wavy/curly but apparently I grew out of it. It is super thick though. 

2. Do you dye it yourself or go to a salon?
Both. I have had my hair colored in the salon before and have done it many times myself at home. I don't color it a lot so it's been a while but I have so many gray hairs now that I might find myself at the salon more often : )

3. Do you wear the same hairstyle everyday, or do you change it?
Honestly, I don't do much with my hair. I am so jealous of all you girls/guys that can bust out these awesome braids and vintage hairstyles in like 10 minutes. I have such long hair and it's so thick that it would take me forever to do something with it. I usually wear it down but I do have 2 boys- so all you moms know that most days, hair is up I am out the door! 

4. Do you do your own mani/pedi or go to a salon?
Well I am a Professional nail tech so of course my nails are not usually in good shape or polished. lol. I do my own nails but you know sometimes you just want to be pampered yourself. I do feel guilty if I go to the salon though. I have so much nail stuff/products that it seems like kind of a waste to have someone do it for me. 

5. How often do you change your nail polish?
I try to change it once a week if I can but sometimes that doesn't happen. 

6. Do you polish your toes in the winter or just the summer?
All year round. It's super important to keep your feet well manicured and nails trimmed and cleaned all year round- plus, who doesn't want soft feet in the winter? 

7. How long does it take for you to put on makeup?
Ummm.... 20 minutes? I honestly have no idea. It depends on the day really. If I want to try something new or different I can be in the mirror for a while. : )

8. What do you do first? Face or eyes?
Face. On mornings when I don't have a lot of time, it makes it easier to do all my face makeup first, this way if I don't get a chance to do my eye makeup, at least the rest of me is good to go. 

9. Do you collect makeup or just buy what you need when you need it?
Collect! Even if I didn't blog about it, I would collect it! I am always finding something I NEED. lol. Some products are just too good to pass up but I tend to really splurge on things that I can justify the price for. I am one of those people going back and forth- do I really need it? Am I going to use it? Is it worth the price tag? 

10. How often do you wear false eyelashes?
Almost never. I am not a huge fan. I love how they look but I am not a pro at it and it just seems like it takes so much more time. Maybe I need to practice. 

11. Do you do a full face of makeup everyday?
Not usually. On the weekends when I have more time I will do more. 

12. Do you wear makeup when you're home alone or with family?
Yeah. I am such a home body but I do still like to get out of the house every now and then so I will always put on at least a little makeup everyday unless I'm sick. 

13. Will you leave the house without makeup?
Yes! I actually knew a girl I was deployed with who always wore makeup no matter what. Go to the gym- put on makeup, go eat- put on makeup. She was serious about having something on her face no matter what. I am not that person. lol. I don't usually leave the house without makeup but I will occasionally. 

14. How many high-end products do you have?
Not that many surprisingly. I own the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette and Better than Sex Mascara, Urban Decay's Naked 3 Palette, also the Bare Minerals Bareskin foundation, and the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow pomade and brow powder. I also own the Nars Sheer Matte foundation, my sister gave it to me after she said the shade didn't match her but personally, I think it has too much yellow in it so I don't really use it. I have reviews on most of these products if you're looking for something new!

15. Do you plan your OOTD every night or decide when you're getting dressed?
I am super low maintenance so I usually just grab a pair of jeans and shirt in the morning. I will pick out something or plan ahead of time if it's a special event or something like that. 

16. How often do you change your handbag?
Rarely. Maybe once a year? I got a super cute Juicy purse last year for my Birthday and have not put it down. It's pink and sparkly and completely me. Mine is similar to this one

17. What time do you wake up and go to sleep?
I'm an old person and I have kids so I usually try and get to bed at like 9ish. Kids go to bed at 8pm and my husband and I will usually stay up for a bit and hang out/catch up on our day or watch shows that the kids can't. Anybody watch The Walking Dead? My oldest goes to school so I get up around 6am to get him up and ready- by the way- I am NOT a morning person. 

18. How often or when do you workout?
Whenever I can. Me and the hubby try and go in the evening, our gym has a little daycare so that helps.

19. Left handed or right handed?

20. How tall are you?
5' 1"

21. Do you speak any foreign languages?
Heck no! I took Spanish all through High School and still didn't learn anything. I can understand a bit of slang that my family speaks but that's about it. 

22. How many pets do you have?
No pets. Once my kids are older maybe we will get a dog. 

23. How often are you on Blogger?
Almost everyday. I am usually reading other blogs or working on mine. 

24. Do you read comments posted on blogs?
Yes. I don't always give my two cents but I do usually read most of them.

25. Do you keep a list of products to try as you see other posts?
Yes. Just like anything, you see something and it reminds you of something else. I will read a blog or story online and be like, oh I need to try this or review this. 

26. How did you come up with your blog name?
I am a USAF Veteran, my husband is still active duty and we are both from big military families. Like anything you do long enough, it's something that stays with you even after you've left. I still consider myself a big part of the extended military family. I have many friends that still serve and am proud of my service. I also LOVE makeup. It just seemed natural for me to put the two together. 

27. What kind of camera do you use for your photographs?
I have an Iphone 5C- I use it for most of my pictures because it's always there. It's so easy to just take the picture and use an app to edit it. 

28. How often do you clean your house?
This is getting kind of personal. lol. Every. Single. Day. lol! I have 2 boys so you know my house is a mess any given day. I have stuff I do daily but at least once a week I give everything a good scrub. 

29. What's your favorite color?
 "Pink is my favorite color!" For those of you that know your lyrics...Pink! I love Pink, it's girly and I love any version of it.

30. Do you swear?
Not a ton but sometimes.

31. What are you doing with the rest of your day?
It's evening already so I will finish up dinner, get the kids in the bath and ready for bed then probably finish some laundry and other chores around the house. 

Well I hope you guys enjoyed getting to know a little about me without being too bored. I hope others do this on their blogs, it seems to help put a name with a face kind of thing. Happy Thanksgiving! 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

BH Cosmetics Dark Rose Palette Review/Swatches

Hey everyone!

How's everyone enjoying the cold weather? I heard like 50% of the country is covered in snow so I'm sure it's crazy out there. Safe travels if you are planning on going anywhere for the holiday. We will be visiting my parents and I get to see my sisters and all their kids so it should be good. What are everyone's plans for Thanksgiving?

So on to the review- today I have the BH Cosmetics Dark Rose Palette. This is one of their new palettes and right now it's on sale at their website for $14.95. This is such a great palette and BH cosmetics in general has really good stuff. I got this a few weeks ago and I actually got a free brush set with my order. BH Cosmetics usually runs promotions where you can pick a free item with your order so if you're lucky enough, buy when they have the promotion going on. It's so worth it and I love their brushes!

So this is what the palette looks like, it comes with 12 eye shadows, three blushes and a black liquid eyeliner pen. 

All of the shadows are really amazing quality. They are highly pigmented and very creamy. They apply really easily and don't have much fall out which I love. I've even used these on my lower lash line with out getting all of that fall out in my eye like most shadows so I would recommend these to any of you who wear contacts for sure. 

Here are some swatches. The three on the left are the blushes, two of which are shimmery and the middle pink is matte. Most of the shadows are shimmery also so if you're not a big fan, I would probably skip buying this one but the colors are really great.

I wanted to show you two different looks I did with this palette but I'm sure the possibilities are out there considering all the colors you are getting.

I used the shimmery champagne color in the top row and both browns for this look as well as the liquid eye liner. I also did a look with the pink and purples- you can see it here on my Instagram. I thought both came out really pretty and like I said, super easy to use and blend. Anyone else own this palette? What do you think of it? Happy Holidays! 

Friday, November 14, 2014

#Flashmob lip set by Mark Wins

Hey guys! 
So I was in Wal-Mart the other day just looking around and noticed they put out a bunch of Christmas stuff. I love Christmas time and it's finally cold where I live so that makes it all the better but anyway, they had a few isles full of like stocking stuffer type of things and that's where I found this lip set. It's called #Flashmob by Mark Wins and I actually looked it up because I had never heard of it but maybe some of you have. It's a brand that they sell in the UK and from what the website says, they actually make a lot of different things but you can purchase their #Flashmob products at Costco, Toys R Us, Claire's Accessories, and TJ Maxx here in the US just to name a few places. Please let me know if you have seen these in other stores because these are awesome. 
I wasn't expecting to like these as much as I do because they were so inexpensive but these are really great quality for what you pay. So this is the set of 6 lip crayons and I only paid $5.00 for it. Seriously, $5.00. 

Usually when I see like inexpensive stuff or $1.00 lip glosses and such I'm like ok well they probably aren't that great but let's try it but these are so good, you guys really need to go buy em up and start your holiday shopping. Hence the post- I had to let you guys know how great these were so let's start with some swatches. Here's the 6 shades that come in the pack, a golden/yellow shade, a peachy/coral shade, a bright pink, purple, a brighter, sort of barbie shade of pink, and finally another coral/red shade. I love all of them but I was really impressed with the purple. 

What do you guys think? Which one is your favorite? 

So besides being really pigmented, what I love about these is that they go on like chapstick. It sounds really weird but you know that chapstick feeling on your lips? Really. It doesn't feel like lip stick, or a cream or really heavy or anything it literally feels like you're putting chapstick on your lips. Even though I wouldn't say these are super glossy, they glide on your lips and feel pretty moisturizing surprisingly. Some more than others you have to kind of build up the color but it really doesn't take much to make them look good. The bright pink is super pigmented and will stain your lips but I haven't found that the others do. 
I also wanted to mention how much product you are getting here. These lip crayons are huge! They are bigger than most similar drugstore ones. I wanted to show you guys so you could see just how big they are. Here's a comparison next to my Maybelline Falsies Mascara. 

So overall I really love these, they are easy to apply, feel good on the lips, staying power is really good as well and they were only $5.00! You can't beat that. Like I said, I found them at Wal-Mart but let me know if you find these elsewhere. Happy Shopping!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Fall look using Coastal Scents Revealed 2 Palette

Hi guys! 
Well unfortunately the weather where I'm at doesn't know it's fall yet so we have been pretty warm most days but last week we did get a cool day that actually felt like fall!! I can not wait!! I absolutely love the cold weather- anyone else a nut like me and enjoy being out in the cold/snow? 
So with the cool temps, I decided to do a fall look using my Coastal Scents Revealed 2 palette. If you don't own this one or the original Revealed you need to check them out. They retail for $19.95 on the Coastal Scents website but you can get them for only $10 when they are on sale! Both of these palettes are gorgeous and you can do a number of different eye looks with them AND they are complete dupes for the Urban Decay Naked palettes.  Anyway, getting back to what I was saying, the Revealed 2 has some really pretty shades and the two that constantly stick out at me when I look at it are the bronze color and the deep red. These are the perfect shades for fall- take a look

You can see some of the other looks I did with this palette on my Instagram as well. 

So here's the look for today though, I used the red, bronze, gold, and plum colors. You can always add more or less depending on what you like. 

I used the bronze color above the crease, and added the plum shade all over the lid. Then I took the deep red and put that in the outer corner and on the lower lash line. I added some gold right in the crease as well. Then just using a black eyeliner, I lined the top and bottom lash line as well as my waterline. Using the light shimmery shade, I put that in my inner corner/tear duct then curled my lashes and applied mascara. You can also use false lashes if you'd like to complete the look. 

And that's basically it. I don't have anything on my lips here but I would use a nude lip color to go with this or something dark/berry to really make this a traditional fall makeup look. 

What palette(s) do you use when going for that fall/winter makeup? Any shades I should look into getting? 

Happy Fall everyone!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte lipstick Review

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Hey guys! 
I wanted to show you a few of the new Maybelline Color Sensational Matte lipsticks that recently came out. I have nothing but good things to tell you about these, well, except packaging but we'll get to that. So I purchased three of the ten colors at my local Target and there is a really good selection of colors from nude to deep red. The ones I got were Daringly Nude, Lust for Blush and Ravishing Rose which are all on the lighter/neutral side of the ten. 

Daringly Nude, Lust for Blush, Ravishing Rose

Daringly nude is a warm nude color, Lust for Blush is a great neutral pink, and Ravishing Rose is more like a bubble gum pink but still very wearable. These are all good colors for everyday wear, really classic colors and very creamy. They apply somewhat like the NYX Soft Matte lip cream but are even lighter feeling. They come packaged as a regular lipstick so they are easy to apply, you don't have to work hard to build up color, they feel really smooth and creamy and are super light weight. No sticky feeling and surprisingly not very dry feeling. These feel like they moisturize your lips but aren't slick or sticky and still dry to a pretty matte finish. I really love these and if you are into the matte lip craze right now, you need to get these. 

Here I am wearing Lust for Blush, as you can see a really pretty neutral pink color. I have found myself wearing these everyday since I purchased them. As a true matte lipstick, they all wear really well and for a decent amount of time. You can eat/drink with these on and even though some does come off, it still leaves your lips with a nice flush of color afterwards. It seems like they really adhere to your lips because of the matte finish.

The only thing I will say about the packaging is that I wish Maybelline would seal these up! Part of the reason it took me so long to finally buy these is because every time I saw them at the store, all of them had already been touched/swatched. Since they don't come sealed, I tend to find that more people open them and touch them to see what color they are- if you are one of these people- please stop!! No one wants to buy a product you have already touched!! So yeah, I would suggest looking at them to be sure you are getting a new lipstick or if you are able to find any sealed, that's even better. My Target actually had two displays in the cosmetics area so I was able to find these after a few trips to the store. 

Hands down, these are some of the best matte lipsticks I have in my collection, go out and get some. If you have already purchased them what did you think? Love them as much as I do? 

Friday, August 8, 2014

Aria Night Out Glam eye makeup

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Hey everyone! 
So I was recently contacted by the director of content at Vegas.com to take part in highlighting a hotel they are featuring which is a new hotel called Aria. This hotel/resort is gorgeous and they have so much to do/see there from the lounges, the casino, Haze- their night club or shows, it's all amazing. Check it out: 

 Haze Night Club
(Photos provided by Vegas.com http://www.vegas.com/resorts/aria/index2.html#)

So this is the look I came up with for a night out in Las Vegas at the Aria. I wanted to do something a bit different and something that I would really wear if I were going to a show or dinner at the hotel. I think this look can flatter many skin tones and whenever I think of Vegas, I think of glitter for some reason so I used a silver shadow to change it up a bit.

I used two shadows from my Wet n Wild Comfort Zone Palette which is super affordable and has really pretty shades in it. (It also has a dupe for Mac's Blue Brown pigment) I started by priming my lid with Maybelline Color Tattoo in barely branded- this works really well to prime and doesn't crease- give it a try if you are looking for something other than a regular primer. I used a fluffy brush and the light brown shade and applied that in my crease and just above blending it out back and forth. I then used Covergirl's Ink it eyeliner in black and drew a line in the outer V of my eye- you can make this as thick or thin as you'd like. Using a fluffy brush again blend, blend, blend. I also used the black shadow in the palette on top of the eyeliner to blend and set it. I used some of the black shadow on my lower lash line as well. I then used L'Oreal Infallible eye shadow in the shade Liquid Diamond and just using my finger, applied it to the inner part of my lid, just to the crease of my eye and the tear duct. Using the same black liner, I lined my top lash line. To give a pop of color, I used my Jordana eyeliner in aqua stone which is a really pretty blue- just in my water line. I curled my lashes and applied lots of mascara.  

What do you guys think? I really like the way it came out and would totally rock this for a night out at Aria. I haven't been to Vegas in a few years but maybe now I have a new reason to go : )

Saturday, July 26, 2014

ELF Snow White cosmetics collection and makeup bags

Hi everyone!
OMG have you seen the new ELF cosmetics Snow White makeup collection? Many of you have probably seen the Ariel (The Little Mermaid) collection in local Walgreens stores but now ELF has put out a Snow White collection as well. I first heard about this through a blogger called Musings of a Muse, if you don't read her blog, you should. She has awesome reviews on all kinds of products- not just makeup.

These are the things I found at two of the local Walgreens here in TX but I believe they sell them at CVS and Rite-aid as well. (You can also purchase them online at Walgreens.com) ELF (Eyes, Lips, Face) has put out the same type of cosmetics they did for the Ariel collection- Lip products, eye shadows, makeup brushes, and a blush/bronzer duo.

I also found these cute makeup bags made by Soho. They come in three different sizes and are all really pretty and made well. They range from $7.99 to $11.99.  I picked up the largest bag which I have to say fits a ton of stuff! It doesn't have pockets inside which is a down-er but it is a decent size and you can fit quite a few large palettes and such inside. 

The outside of the bag and below is the inside lining. Very pretty but I imagine hard to clean. 

I also purchased the lip collection which comes with a lip stain, shimmer lip gloss, and a lip balm. (From left to right) The stain is a really pretty deep red, the shimmer gloss I found to be a bit on the light side and the balm is a pretty berry color. I am wearing the lip stain in the picture below- I apologize for the lighting- it actually doesn't look this dark in natural sunlight but I thought it looked really pretty and DID remind me of Snow White. The stain is a true stain, it will last for hours but comes and applies as a marker instead of a gloss or lipstick. It is kind of difficult to apply because of the marker pen form so I would be careful as the color can get kind of splotchy. 

I hope to pick up a few more of the ELF products in this collection soon. I love the Snow white art on the products! Have you guys seen these are you local stores? Has anyone purchased the eye shadows or other items? What did you think of them? I'd love to hear it.