Mall Fun and Reviews

Long time with no posts!  Sorry, I’ve been parts busy and parts uninspired to post.  Shame on me, I know, I’ll be better about it!  Promise!

So this weekend has been inspiring as far as wanting to post, because there’s been lots of beauty fun and deals!  Can’t go wrong with that, right?  On twitter I was chatting with @jadorebrittanie about what she uses to get her eyebrows to look like perfection and she suggested Revlon Colorstay brow enhancer.  Can I just say, this stuff is totally awesome?  It’s easy to use, just dark enough, looks natural, AND comes with a highlighter on the other end all for below $8!  Now I just want to get the eyebrow stencils from Anastasia Eyebrows from Sephora and I would be all set with creating perfectly sculpted eyebrows everyday.   I tried on a stencil yesterday at the store and the petite one fit my eyebrow but I’m curious what I’m supposed to do with the other 4 or 5 that come in the kit? Ration out to others as Christmas gifts?  They should have it where you could buy ONE shape for a much cheaper price.  The $20 tag is killing me for an eyebrow stencil.  We’ll have to see lol, I may be free drawing by hand!

I was asked by another twitter pal @MzTamz to help her find a good makeup look for her college graduation coming up (congrats babe!) because she liked my makeup from when I graduated:

UMiami Graduation

So we met at Sephora and giggled like school girls (oh wait, she IS a schoolgirl) over the vast array of products.  So much to look at! All the things to see, all of the colors, all of the variety.  Loves that place.  Readers, we found the DEAL OF THE CENTURY and I suggest you go grab a kit too!  There was a Smashbox Cosmetics kit called the Master’s Class Beauty Breakthroughs that included an eyeshadow palette with 5 great colors, a wax pencil for the brows, a mascara with little wand for getting all lashes, a concealer type undereye corrector/enhancer, berry cheek stain, AND some o-gloss for the phenomenal price of $39!!!  Come on, one eyeshadow trio for Smashbox is $28!  You get FIVE here WITH other stuff!  It’s an amazing deal, I suggest you snap it up, we couldn’t believe it and thought we’d get to register and be told “Oh no you silly girls, it’s $99 not 39, can you read??”  But alas, we walked away with dignity intact and wallet not screaming bloody murder.

Tammy ecstatic with her find

What a fun day!  Lol, and it only got better, as we walked out the store to chit chat about the great find and decide on what to do next, an innocent looking blonde haired blue eyed little boy walked by with his mother holding his hand and proceeded to reach out and caress Tammy’s booty!  We looked at each other shocked and his mom apologized because she thought he’d only bumped into us, then he looked back over his shoulder like “Yeah, I grabbed it AND WHAT??!”  We died laughing, like did you REALLY get felt up by a 3 year old?  Oh Tammy, you must reign in that sex appeal babe, have them going wild!  Pure hilarity.

My makeup look for the day was a soft smoky eye and red lip.

I used Korres Wild Rose foundation mixed with my Make Up For Ever Cognac foundation because the Korres was too orange and the MUFE was too dark, but mixed together and it’s the PERFECT color 😀  I’m a happy camper.  I’m noticing that the Korres doesn’t photograph as well though, it reacts with flash to have that white ash look.  Notice by the hairline?  MUFE alone doesn’t do that, but it’s formulated to be HD for the camera.  Hmmmm, good thing I’m not a model then with my face in the camera all day!  Eyeshadow was from two L’oreal H.I.P duos, Sassy and Dashing. Used the sassy lighter color all over lid (is more brown in person, looks pink in the pic online), the darker color on lids, then the black from Dashing in the crease and outer corners.  Followed with Diorshow Mascara, of course the new Revlon brow enhancer to fill in and sculpt brows,  and Make Up For Ever lipstick that I just LOVE in blue red.  Get so many compliments on that lipstick and the blue in the red makes teeth sparkle white 😀  Win-Win all around!

As well, went for a manicure/pedicure and I would HIGHLY suggest any Chicago readers to check out Angel Nails and Waxing in Oak Forest, Illinois. The owner is so funny and cool, not to mention the most detail oriented nail tech!  You get hot towels on feet, massage, precise coloring, pampering for a low low price, only $15-20 for a PEDICURE!  And she has coupons that she always gives out.  Since no one was there when I went because it was raining and an off hour, I got to feel like a spoiled princess with 3 of them doing my mani-pedi, one on each hand and one on feet.  She also has the most massive array of nail polishes, mainly OPI and China Glaze, so there’s a color for everyone.   Go get spoiled!

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Ice Cold Blue

Today was one of those days where I didn’t like my hair.  All day I’d planned on washing it with my new tingle tree shampoo by trader joes, deep conditioning with aubrey organics honeysuckle rose, then just twisting it up and not thinking about it.  Of course, I procrastinated and that led to it being 6:30 and a friend asking did I want to go out to a basketball game and then drinks.  OH NOES, not with this head of dry hair that I am not feeling today.  Commence bargaining and pleas and now I find myself having to go out with less than stellar hair…So, what is a girl to do?  MAKE-UP!

Honestly, if the hair isn’t how I want it to be, why not just have fun with the makeup, throw on a headband, and chuck up the deuces?  That is precisely what I decided to do, after moisturizing with a bit of Qhemet Amla/Olive heavy cream so that I don’t completely resemble a tumbleweed.  So now I find myself with iPod on full volume (and I take it as a sign that even though the music is on random, one of the first songs to come blaring out was P.Y.T. by Michael Jackson, my ultimate good mood jam.  So really, who am I to ignore the signs?)

Makeup look for the evening:  Make Up For Ever HD foundation in Cognac #177, Love Life blush by Victoria’s Secret, Diorshow Mascara in Black, and the L’Oreal HIP duo in Showy along with a purple lipgloss that the name has rubbed off of, but I believe is by L’Oreal as well. I didn’t bother with eyeshadow primer potion or anything, because I’m just going to the game and don’t need it to last all day because it’s already 8pm.  Voila, pick-me-upper of the day 😀

Reviews, Reviews: read all about it

Today my wonderful package of Sephora goodies came and I am ecstatic because I haven’t bought any new makeup in a long minute!  Added to my collection today were the following:

MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Invisible Cover Foundation

My skin is wonky, so a foundation with good coverage is totally necessary because I have dark spots that won’t seem to go away.  Yay for acne blemishes! 😦  The color is #177 and called cognac but I think that it may be a bit dark so I am going to the Sephora store tomorrow and testing out the Caramel and Amber colors 🙂  I like the coverage though, it is rich, creamy, and easily blended.   Below is a photo showing my skin with it on, little to no dark spots showing.  The foundation looks good with the camera flash and seems to match, but in person, it’s def darker than my chest and hands, etc.

MAKE UP FOR EVER Lipstick – Blue Red 205

This right here, is HEAVEN!! I reallllly like the MUFE lipstick.  It’s uber thick and luscious, long lasting (was a mofo trying to wipe off), and heavily pigmented.  And this pigment is PERFECTION for a red lip.  This lipstick is best applied with a lipstick brush and precision, two things that I didn’t bother with while applying just to test it out, lol.  In person it is a hint more cranberry than the color portrayed, richer.  Not sure why in the photos it doesn’t show true to life, but whattaya gonna do?  As well, blueish reds make the teeth’s white stand out, so that’s a win too!  You see those bad boys sparkling??:

SEPHORA COLLECTION Maniac Long Wearing Lipstick – 05

This lipstick turned out to be kind of 80s pink.  I’m an 80s girl through and through, but I’m not sure that I’ll keep it because it resembles VERY closely a Victoria’s Secret lipstick that I already have.  Now, if it actually looked like what it does in the photos which appears peachy pink, I’d love it and want to keep.  But as it stands, the color in person is definitely quite barbie.

SEPHORA COLLECTION Rouge Cream Lipstick – It Girl 06

This color is pretty fun, it’s like an orange coral.  Will be great in the summer with a gold and bronze eye and my Nars Taj Mahal blush.

So yay, fun lipsticks to get me through the spring and summer.  I want to buy up many more Make Up For Ever brand lipsticks, those are definitely now an hg (holy grail) brand and I highly recommend!

Now for a bit of hair/skin product fun:  Tropical Traditions was kind enough to send me a bottle of Coconut oil to try out and review.  Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose.  Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.  It feels good and creamy when I mix it with my rosemary oil, aloe vera, and tea tree oil for a facial concoction.  As for my hair, I use it after my aloe grow spray to seal in the moisture and impart shine and it does the job well.  It doesn’t seem as greasy as the last coconut oil that I used, which is nice, but the smell of the other was better to me because it smelled like coconut macaroon cookies.  This doesn’t smell bad at all, smells like a cracked open coconut and FAINTLY of mayo (??).

Makeup Overhaul

Yesterday was all about my spring clothes desires, today I’ll go about showing the makeup wishes.  Can’t have pretty clothes and walk around all plain-faced!

The foundation of any good makeup arsenal is, well, FOUNDATION so that will be at the top of my revamp list.  My two top contenders are:

Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation

It promises oil free, medium-full coverage so it should be good and make me happy!

MAC Studio Fix Fluid

I’ve had this kind before and quite liked it actually.  It had a light shimmer that is very nice for spring/summer.  I wouldn’t mind this one again and it’s the same price as the MUFE so I will have to decide if I am up for new or feeling nostalgic 😉

I have a million blushes, so really don’t NEED more, but this new MUFE blush looks AWESOME and I may have to just say eff it and get some.  Shhh, it’s our secret.

HD Microfinish Blush

Number 7 would be pretty good for my collection, nice peachy color.  Bright raspberry #2 would be fun as well, especially when I get a tan in the summer.

Bright Raspberry #2

Peachy Beige

I honestly have enough eyeshadows to never need to buy any again, at least not anytime soon!  BUT this palette is all kinds of awesome and I love Urban Decay because the colors are richly pigmented and the primer is mighty awesome.

*Stepping away from the eyeshadow section slowly…gazing on longingly…darn you Sephora and your variety!*

Moving on, lips!!!  Now this is an area that I need to revamp totally.  New glosses, new lipsticks, oh my!  First on my hit list is the FABULOUS Viva Glam Cyndi Lauper by MAC.  I can not sing the praises of that one enough.  My friend and fellow blogger, Candy of Natural Take Two, has showcased her makeup looks and some used the Viva Glam Cyndi and I darn near fell out my seat because of it’s epicness.  We are relatively the same shade, so it helps to know that it’ll look just as awesome on me too.

Candy wearing VIVA GLAM Cyndi

Viva Glam Cyndi Lauper

Woohoo!  ❤  That is definitely going to join my arsenal ASAP.

The Korres Mango Lip collection looks pretty luscious and at $21 for 3 lipsticks, can’t go wrong!

MUFE lipsticks also look pretty and rich with a slew of colors, so that would be one fun trip to Sephora!

The shades that struck my fancy as lovely spring additions are:

Blue red because the bluish undertones will make teeth sparkle white and I can pull off the color well:

Brick 215 would be a lovely creamy light orangish color that I’d have to try on in the store to be sure, but I feel would look dashing.

Just to try on for play, I’d like to test out Nasturtium.  Hey, I started out “playing” with Nars Taj Mahal and it became my hg blush last year, so never know!

So, these are my makeup wishes for the upcoming months.  What are your makeup wishes?  I’m feeling all giddy at the thought!

*smooches*

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