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Thursday, January 29, 2015

L'Oreal Blow Dry It Review

Hey everyone!
Today I have a review on one of L'Oreal's new products. This is the L'Oreal Blow Dry It Quick Dry Primer Spray. They've recently come out with this new line so there are a bunch of different products, creams, hairsprays, etc. I picked this up at Walgreens and I don't remember exactly how much I paid for it but it retails at other places for around $5.00.

When I saw this, I was like I have to try that! This product claims to speed up dry time while protecting against heat damage and if you're like me and have a ton of long/thick hair, I'm sure you will try anything that promises to dry it quicker. So this says it's a primer spray, you put it in your damp hair and then use your blow dryer like you normally would to dry your hair. 

I've had this for a couple weeks now and I have to say, I really like it. First, I love that it doesn't feel greasy in my hair. You know how you buy some products or oils and if you put too much or whatever your hair is like an oil slick and just forget it, then you have to wash your hair again... ugh! This one, doesn't do that. I spray this all over my hair- directly into my hair and nothing. When you first spray it in your hair, it does feel slick and kind of like oil but once you dry your hair, it's just nice. It leaves your hair feeling really silky and smooth and really light weight. You can't even tell it's in there and leaves a nice shine to your hair as well. 

Another thing, it smells pretty good. It has a fruity, kind of candy type smell- something like one of the Britney perfumes? Help me out here- uh, Fantasy? I'm not sure but it has a sweet smell that doesn't linger. 

As for dry time- I'm not really sure on this claim. I put this in my hair and dried it with my hair dryer and it took a good solid 6 minutes to completely dry my hair, all the way though. I mean, dry like enough to curl or straighten it- not damp at all. Now 6 minutes may not sound like a lot but when you are standing in one spot and holding that dryer above your head, 6 minutes feels like an eternity. lol. I didn't feel like it really cut the time it takes to dry my hair. Maybe I just can't tell. If you have thin hair or shorter hair, maybe you will be able to tell that it dries more quickly but for me, 6 minutes really isn't that quick. 

Overall, I still really like this product and recommend it. Like I said, it may work differently depending on your hair type so you might have better results with it. I do like how it makes my hair feel and the smell of it. When I do curl my hair after applying this, my hair still looks and feels good and soft. It leaves it shiny and very touchable. If you have damaged hair or usually use an oil or serum (as my sister's like to call it "fro-be-gone"), I think you would love this product. It's does the same type of thing and doesn't weigh your hair down.

Have you already tried it? What did you think? If you've tried any of the other products in this line, I'd love to know your thoughts. : )

Friday, January 23, 2015

All about Brows- How I fill mine (Tips/tricks/products to use)

Hey everyone!
Ok so today we are talking brows! I know this is like a super touchy subject for everyone because everyone likes their brows a certain way so I'm just gonna show you how I do mine. This is what works for me, what I personally like doing and you don't have to do this to yours. I just wanted to share some info in case you've never filled your brows before or maybe you need some recommendations for new products or whatever.

Sadly, I am not blessed with full thick/dark brows so I have been filling in my brows since forever. lol. Really, I have been penciling in my brows since I was about 16 and I know I don't look it but I actually just turned 31 so yeah, it's been a while. I have my moms brows which are super thin and light- really? Both my sisters have full, thick, pretty brows and I get this? Not fair. My brows have gone from super thin to super dark and penciled in, to barely there and everything in between. Check out this picture- this is around 10 years ago of me and my sisters.

 Anyway, so here are my brows before and after. I usually tweeze mine to shape them up. I've never had them waxed or threaded anything because I just feel like I don't have that much hair and even when they grow out, they still aren't that dark so you hardly notice. 

Here's the products I use- for now. Every few months I find myself changing how I do them or what I put in them. It really depends and with new products I find, I try them and like them or don't so it really changes all the time, but for now, these are the products.

I use these two small spoolie brushes- one to brush through my brows and the other to apply powder. I also use this angled brush from BH Cosmetics and a small eyeliner brush from ELF Cosmetics along with their eyebrow lifter and filler pencil. I set my brows with the Benefit Gimme Brow, if you haven't tried it, you need to get it. I have a whole review on it HERE. The main product I use on my brows is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Duo. This comes in a bunch of different shades and has two shades of powders in this one container. 

Here's one brow done. What a difference right? 

So I like to brush my brows with my spoolie before I apply anything. Using my angled brush and the dark shadow in the duo, I apply that to the bottom and top of my brow, just following the natural shape but not applying any product to the inner 1/3 of my brow. Then I fill everything I outlined in using the same dark powder. I add more to areas that are sparse or non-existent. Then I take an old mascara wand and dip that in the lighter shade of powder. I use this powder for the inner part of my brow. I just brush it gently in that inner part where there was no product. I also brush upwards- the direction of the hair growth. 

Please excuse my brows- I am trying to get them to grow out a bit and fill in. 

Lastly, I use my Gimme Brow to keep the hairs in place and add some extra volume to them. The Gimme Brow has little fibers so it really makes my brows look like I have more hair than I do. Here I added some of the ELF Lifter under my brows just to sharpen it up. Obviously if you use concealer or something like that you want to blend it into your skin. (I took this picture just after I applied it so you could see it.) And that's how I do my brows. I think mine look pretty natural. I don't add a ton of product or multiple products so they don't look crazy. It all depends on preference. If you like a stronger brow or maybe you are going out for the night, you would want to add more and make them darker.

I would recommend doing it this way if you're brows are really light like mine. If you have fuller brows and just need to fill in a few areas, then do that. Add powder just to those areas. Now, I like to do my brows after my face makeup so when I powder my face to set everything, I go over my brows. I feel like it helps hold any product I put on them better. Anyone else do this? Just something to try if you don't.

A Few tips:

You can use any product you like- powder, pomade, gel, pencil or a combination of all if you'd like. It really depends on what suits you. I personally think it helps to fill them in if they are light like mine. If you are worried that you will look like you have sharpie drawn on your face, don't. You just need a little practice and using powder is the easiest way to keep it natural. 

Start with a little, you can always add more. 

If you are already filling in your brows, try cleaning them up with concealer or adding a brow highlight underneath after you've filled them in. This really makes a huge difference. Seriously try it, you will like how it looks. 

Try using short strokes going in the direction of the hair growth and keep the darkest shade on the arch and at the end of the brow. 

If you want a super natural look, use a fiberized gel like the Gimme Brow just to add some volume/color to your brows. 

As they say, your brows are sisters not twins- they should look similar but not exactly the same. Don't worry about trying to get them perfectly even or the same because the more you try, the more you will mess it up. Trust me.

If you don't want to buy a brow product just yet, try using an eye shadow that is just a few shades lighter than your hair and that matches your skin tone. (Red heads, blondes, etc.) Even though I have dark hair and black eyebrows, I would never use black powder on them. Find something that fits with your complexion. 

If you use the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow, I have read that it's easier to apply when you add a tiny amount of oil to it. (Any type of oil. Coconut oil or baby oil would work.)

There are tons of brow products out there. Start trying a few and see what you like best and what works for you. If you have any recommendations for me, please let me know! I am a bit brow obsessed so I will try anything! 

I hope you guys enjoyed this post and learned something! Please let me know what you'd like to see next and any products you'd like me to review! Until then...

Friday, January 16, 2015

5 Best Drugstore Concealers

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Hey everyone!
How was everyone's week? It was cold here most of the week so we couldn't do much. I know, cold in TX? Yes! I can't believe it either. I love the cold but with the little ones, and flu season in full swing, not such a good idea right?

So today I have for you my top five concealers- two of which are palettes so we are really talking about more than five. Hopefully this will help if you are looking for a new concealer and by the way, all of these are from the drugstore so they are super affordable. : )

So to start with the singles, we have Pixi Correction Concentrate in Brightening Peach. Pixi is sold at Target and this concealer sells for $12.00 so it's a little expensive for drugstore but this is completely worth it. I believe they do sell this in a different shade as well but I don't know that you can purchase it at the store or if you have to buy it online. Anyway, this concealer is great because it is a peachy color which covers dark circles really well. It's also pretty creamy and the amount you get in this jar, 0.1 oz, will last quite a while. 

The next one is the Maybelline Fit me Concealer. I know a lot of people rave about this and for good reason. This is my favorite one of all. It's creamy and blends really well and applies with a doe-foot applicator so you don't even have to get your hand full of makeup. I have heard that this is a dupe for the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer. Personally, I don't own it so I don't know if that's true but this is a really nice concealer. I have it in the shade Fair which is light but it covers and brightens at the same time. This retails for around $5.00 and you can purchase it almost anywhere. Not bad considering the Nars is $29.00! 

Ok and onto the ELF Studio HD Lifting Concealer. This is my all time favorite concealer! I know I said the Fit me was my favorite, but this one really is. I have this in the shade called brightening which has a yellow tint to it. This one is easy to apply, creamy, blend-able and I just love it. The only issue I have with this is that I am allergic to it! Ugh! It has an ingredient that I am allergic to so I don't actually use it because it will make me itch like crazy! I was using it previously and even re-purchased it recently to see if it still irritated my skin and unfortunately, it does : (  I really do love this concealer though, I love the yellow undertone and the brightening effect it gives. The best part? It's $3.00 on the Eyeslipsface website

 From bottom: Pixi, Maybelline Fit me, ELF HD, 
ELF Brow lift

Before I show you guys the two palettes, I wanted to mention, I added this ELF Eyebrow Lifter & Filler because I know a lot of people use concealer under their brows to clean them up. This is the product I use under my brows when I want them to look a little more sharp and nicer. This is in Ivory/Medium and I really like this under my brows b/c it's not as stark as concealer, instead it has a pinkish tone to it which I like. Anyone else use this for their brows? 

Here is the Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda Concealer Palette. I originally heard about this palette from Emily Noel's Beauty Broadcast channel on Youtube and decided to go out and get it. You can also find this at Target for around $10.00.

 Sonia Kashuk Palette

It comes with three shades of concealer and a powder. All the shades vary a little as you can see and one does have a greenish tint to it. This is great because it covers any redness you might have from a blemish or if your skin tends to have that issue. These concealers are a bit drier than most, they don't glide on your skin as easily but applied with a warm finger, they go on quite well. I like the powder in here as well, it's really silky and just feels good. Also since it has three shades and a powder, it cuts your time from having to use different products. I recently did a post using this in my No Makeup Makeup look, if you want to see how I used it, you can read it here.

ELF Concealer Palette

This is the ELF Studio Complete Coverage Concealer palette and mine is in the shade Light. This comes with four different shades of concealer and you can actually get this on the eyeslipsface website in two other shades for a mere $3.00. Yup, this palette is super affordable and I don't know if you can tell by the photo but all the shades are really creamy, I mean REALLY creamy. You could use this as a foundation- that's how creamy and blend-able they are! I love this palette for the variety as well. You can use the darker shade here and the lighter shade there. If you're skin tone is in between, you can mix and match the shades- really, just a great palette. 

So there you have it, five drugstore concealers that are all awesome at coverage and brightening and help keep a little money in your pocket. Are any of these your favorites? If not, what are yours? I'd love to try some new ones.
 Happy Friday everyone! 

Friday, January 9, 2015

No makeup makeup look (using only 4 products)

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Hi guys! 
So I wanted to do this post for a while and here it is finally! This is my "no makeup makeup" look or "minimal makeup" using five products or in my case, four. I only used four physical things because a lot of the products I used can be used for more than one thing on your face. I recommend all these products and use each almost everyday. 

Ok so here's the products I'm talking about. This is super minimal makeup so I only used concealer, blush, bronzer, filled in my brows and applied some mascara to my lashes. I used my Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot blush set, Sonia Kashuk Concealer palette in 07/light, Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow duo in Dark brown, and Flower Beauty Extreme Measures Lengthening mascara in Intense black.

I have nothing on my face in the left picture. On the right I applied the darker shade of concealer to my blemishes and the lighter shade under my eyes to brighten them up. You don't want to use the same concealer for your face as under your eyes which is why I like this palette. It gives you three different shades and a powder. The reason being is that just like they say about highlighting/contouring- you want to highlight under your eye area and brighten it but for any blemishes, scars, or anything you want to cover, you don't want those areas highlighted so you should use a darker shade of concealer to hide them. I set the concealer with the powder that comes in the palette with my ELF Blush brush and added some powder to my T-zone as well.

(Please excuse my bare face!)

What a difference brows make! I use the darker shade in the brow duo on the outer part of my brows and the lighter shade on the inner parts and blend the two together. (I'll be doing a brow post soon!) I think brows are super important. Even if you have full/thick brows, I would recommend you fill in the sparse areas and use a brow gel to keep them looking nice and groomed. If you are really pressed for time, try using Benefit's Gimme Brow. It's a brow gel with tiny fibers that will help fill in your brow with minimal effort. If you want to read my review on it and get some more info, you can find it here. Any brow kit you have would work for this- if you like to use pencil or tinted gel, by all means do it. Whatever you feel comfortable with. I personally like this brow duo and have been using it forever. I also use this small angled brush from my BH Cosmetics Berry brush set. I got this set for free when I purchased some items from BH Cosmetics. I have a review of their Dark Rose palette if you'd like to read it here.

(Don't mind the dirty brushes, they need a good cleaning!)

I then used the Hoola bronzer to warm up my complexion- around the hair line on my temples and in the hollows of my cheeks. I also used a bit of this in the crease of my eyes. I think the bronzer really wakes up your skin and by adding some color, you don't look so tired and pale. For blush, I mixed the first two shades, Dandelion and Bella Bamba and applied that with my ELF Complexion brush to the apples of my cheeks, sweeping it back toward my ear. The blush also really helps to make you look more awake and gives you that natural flush of color- like you've been running. That's the only thing I liked about doing PT in the morning- right after working out, I'd shower and get to work and I felt like my skin always looked better and more glowy. If you want something that does double duty, try the ELF Baked Blush in Peachy Cheeky- it gives some color to your cheeks but also has some glow so it's acts as a highlighter as well. Finally, I used the Flower Beauty mascara on my lashes- love this mascara by the way. If you haven't tried it, get it, you won't be sorry. 

(Excuse the messy hair- I was in a hurry!)

And that's it! Super simple, minimal makeup look. You can do this in less than 10 minutes and it really makes a difference when you're pressed for time. I didn't add anything to my lips except some Vaseline but you could go with just a gloss or baby pink lipstick to add to the "natural" look. I love that this was so quick and easy, it helps to use products that you can use for multiple things or in multiple ways. What are some of your favorite products to use for a "no makeup makeup" look?

Friday, January 2, 2015

New L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte lipgloss (Review/swatches)

Hey guys!
How was everyone's holiday? We had a quiet Christmas, just us and the kids. Our living room looked like a Toys R Us had exploded in it after all the unwrapping but the kids had fun with all the goodies Santa brought them : ) My sisters came up for a visit just before New Year's and we tried our hand at making some tamales- a tradition for our family usually on Christmas Eve but I have to say, they came out really yummy! What are some food traditions you guys have for Christmas/New Years?

So have you guys seen all the new drugstore stuff coming out? The beginning of the year is always the time new drugstore items come out but seriously, there's a ton of stuff I want to try. Wet n Wild, Rimmel, Physicians Formula, and L'Oreal are just a few brands that are putting out new lipsticks, eye palettes, setting sprays, and foundations. If you're interested in seeing some of it, check out Nouveau Cheap's blog. She updates it as soon as anything new is spotted. So today I wanted to show you two of the new lip-glosses that L'Oreal put out which are the Infallible Pro-matte Glosses. 

I picked up both of these at my local Walgreens and they actually had the displays on top of the shelves in the cosmetics section (in case you can't find them). They are $9.99/ea but if you are a rewards member you can get them for buy one/get one 50% off. They had six shades but I grabbed 510 Aphrodite kiss which is a really pretty red and 514 Blushing ambition, a sweet/bright pink color. These are what they say which is a matte gloss. They apply really easily and creamy and dry to a semi-matte finish. They are not drying at all and feel really comfortable on the lips. 

Traditional doe-foot applicator for easy application

My only complaint is that because these are semi-glossy, they don't last as long as a true matte lipstick would. If you eat/drink with these on, that's it- they won't stay on but if you aren't planning on eating/drinking anything then you should be good to go for a least a few hours.

I think these are both really gorgeous and can't wait to try some more colors. I hope you guys give these a try and let me know what you think about the other shades. Til next time. 

Friday, December 26, 2014

Revlon New Complexion one-step foundation Review

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Hey everyone!
So I'm back with another review and this product, I'm not too sure about. I don't think this is a new foundation or that it really is a foundation at all but I saw this a while ago at Wal-mart and didn't decide to try it until recently. For one, they keep this stocked on the bottom shelf in the aisle so it's not that easy to find and I believe it only comes in a few shades. This is the foundation- Revlon New Complexion One-step compact makeup.

So I had seen some reviews on it a while back and the coverage looked pretty decent which is why I decided to purchase it in the first place. I did apply this with a damp beauty blender and the shade I bought is 02 Tender Peach. As you can see, it does actually cover really well. There are no filters, or touch-ups on these pictures because I wanted you guys to really see the difference. I do have some scars/blemishes and some redness and this covered it all really well- no concealer.

I do have a couple things to say about this foundation though. Like I said in the beginning of the post, I'm not sure that it is a typical foundation. If you look at the back of the packaging, it says that the active ingredient is Titanium Dioxide which is sunscreen basically. It does say that it has an SPF of 15 and I know that a lot of foundations do usually have some kind of sunscreen in them but the way it's labeled on the packaging gives me the impression that it is just sunscreen. If you look under the directions, it states to apply liberally every 15 minutes and after exposure to water, just like a sunscreen that you would take to the beach. Maybe it's just me but does anyone else find that weird?

Has anyone else purchased this product and if you did, what kind of experience did you have with it?  I personally liked how well it covered and it did wear ok through out the day. This is a liquid to powder formula so you don't really need to set it but I did anyway and my T-zone was still pretty oily a few hours later but that's normal for me. It does seem to break down quicker than a normal foundation so I'm not 100% sold on this product. It is easy to apply though and feels good on the skin. I like it but probably not enough to re-purchase it. It was a bit expensive as well for a drugstore product, I believe I paid around $12.00 at Wal-mart.

The other thing I wanted to mention is that I purchased this in 02 Tender Peach but there were not a whole lot of shade options that I saw at the store. They had maybe three darker shades and there was one lighter shade that was not available. Luckily this one matched pretty well with my skin tone. Maybe this is a good option as a BB Cream type of product? Something you could use under your foundation or just to put on quickly if you're in a rush. What do you guys think? A foundation or just a sunscreen?

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!