Saturday, January 30, 2010


Hey there!

It's snowing in my neck of the woods...AGAIN! UGH! I like the snow and all, but I'm ready for it to be over. Hopefully you guys all live in tropical climates and have palm trees outside of your windows :-)

You know what snow day means...Face of the Day! Here is a smokey blue look. Excuse the sloppy bun and headband that I'm wearing!

-MAC Mineralize SatinFinish Foundation
-Cover Girl True Blend Minerals Bronzer in 440 Natural Bronze
-ELF blush in Tickled Pink
-L'Oreal True Match concealer in Warm - Med. Deep

ELF Primer on my right eye - forgot to prime my left eye
NYX jumbo pencil in Black Bean
Urban Decay Peace e/s
L'Oreal HIP duo in Showy (lightest side)
Urban Decay Zero e/s
NYX e/s in Sweet Lagoon on inner corners
soft brown and lightest color from Milani Sedona Sunset quad
L'Oreal ColorStay Eyeliner in Black
Revlon mascara

NYX lipliner in 831-Mauve
Milani lipglass in Endulging

I'm trying different lighting...

Till next time, stay warm!

Sunday, January 24, 2010


I attended a party a few weeks ago with a friend and this is the face I wore :)

As you can see in the first pic, my skin is very dry and in need of some TLC. The last pic was taken at the end of the night, hence the tired *ahem drunk ahem* eyes.

I pulled out the Urban Decay Book of Shadows for this look.

Victoria Secret Camoflage FX Concealer Palette (thanks Yummy411!)
L'Oreal True Match Superblendable makeup in C6 - this was too light when I purchased in the summer, but matches well now.
NYX blush in Pinky

UD Scratch in inner 1/3
UD Shag on middle 1/3
UD Zero on outer v and blended into crease blended with a soft brown color

For the life of me, I cannot recall what I have on my lips.


Things I'm loving

Hey Ladies!
It's been about a week since I've last blogged..I've been super busy. I just started a Masters program and have been getting back into the swing of school. Wish me luck!

I would really like to do a FOTD, but my skin is in disarray. It's super dry and flaky...not a good look :-( On a positive note, I think I may have found a remedy thanks to Recssionista! at (this girl is awesome!) She reviewed L'Oreal Go 360 Clean Deep Facial Cleanser for Sensitive Skin and it sounded promising so I picked it up at my local Rite Aid. I'm not going to do a complete review just yet, but after the first use my skin feels soft and is dry skin/flake free without feeling irritated. I want to use it on a more consistent basis before I do a review, but BABY...THIS STUFF IS GOOD!

Ok, so on to products that I love...these items are all affordable and have all become a vital part of my beauty routine.

ELF Eyebrow Treat & Tame - I only love the Treat side

One side of this product tames the brows in the form of a mascara wand and dark brown gel (I have the darkest shade which is still too light for me). The other side is a clear gel. The website boasts, "a hair re-growth, vitamin infused gel formula to help stimulate hair follicules so your once thin and sparse brows become thicker". I was skeptical but still gave it a try and I am totally impressed. After a few weeks of use, I've seen a significant difference in my brows. The appear fuller and thicker. This product retails for $3 at

Milani Shadow Wear Eye Shadow Quad in 02 Sedona Sunset

I got this at CVS for 75% off (I think the original price was $6.99). I use this almost everytime I want a clean, neutral look. The colors are highly pigmented and easily blendable and it is the perfect quad for work/office makeup which means that it gets plenty of use from me.

Studio Tools Dual Finish Skunk Brush

Best. Brush. Ever. This brush is a great dupe for MAC's 187 brush. The bristles are super soft without being flimsy. It deposits just the right amount of bronzer/cheek color. It can also be used to apply foundation (although a little more time consuming the results are fab). This is my go to blush brush for a healthy, glowing cheek. Absolutely loves it. You can get it for $6.99 at Target.

Cover Girl Lash Blast

Let me start off my saying that I am not head-over-heels in love with this mascara, but we are developing a loving relationship. Before you people bite my head off, let me explain: My lashes are naturally pretty long and I was looking for this mascara to give me an amazing boost of...something...but it didn't. After using it more than once I do think that the brush is great. It separates the lashes and can define even the shortest lash. I've also learned that this mascara is quite buildable - I can apply several coats without any clumps and I can build up to that "something" that I was looking for initially. Got a great deal at Target - a pack of 2 for $7.

Do any of you ladies use these products? What are a some things that you are in love (or in a relationship) with?

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

FOTD - Neutral Look

Hi Lovely Ladies!

Thanks to all the new subscribers to my blog. It's much appreciated :-)
I have a quick FOTD from this past weekend. I apologize for not doing more looks, but my skin in terribly dry due to the freezing cold temps!! I'm looking a little dry and flaky despite using Shea butter and Eucerin on my face UGH! I need help...what else can I use????

Anywhoo...I achieved this look with mostly L'Oreal products (Thank God for 75% off sales....I stocked up!)

Rimmel Fix & Perfect Foundation primer
MAC MSF Foundation
NYX blush in Terra Cotta
Everyday Minerals Color Corrector in BISQUE for dark undereye circles
Lancome concealer under eye, I think???

L'OrealHIP Cream Shadow Paint in Lofty all over
NYX Trio in Dune (shade on the left) on lid
L'Oreal HIP Duo in Playful light side on lid, dark side in crease
L'Oreal HIP Duo in Lively (green side) outer V
Loreal ColorStay Black eyeliner
Revlon mascara

L'Oreal ColorStay Mineral Lipglaze in Continuous Pink 525
MAC l/g in Pink Lemonade

I'm not sure what's up with the placement of these pics, but I am not fighting with blogger anymore today...especially since I'm at work :-)

Stay warm!

Thursday, January 7, 2010


Hi Beauties,

I'd plan to come home from work and get right into makeup to create a new look, but things have rarely been working out the way I plan lately. The look below is my cousin (who has beautiful skin and perfect lips) and was done in November - the last time I went home to visit. She prefers darker makeup but we decided to give her something very light and natural just for fun to see how she'd like it. In hindsight I would have used a darker blush.

What do you guys think?

Till next time,

Bold Lips - New Pic

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone brought in the new year doing something fun. Despite not feeling well, I went to try out a new restaurant with the BF and ended up having a pretty good time with some great food and good drinks. Unfortunately I did not party the night away, but instead was in bed by 2...not my usual New Years Eve, but hey, I said I wasn't feeling well!

The look below was taken about a month ago. It's a go to look that I like to do because, depending on the lip color, you can wear it either to church or to the club. It's very versatile. Needless to say I was not going to church with the glitter and bold, red lips that I added, lol.

This look can be more subtle if you skip the glitter, go with a nude lip and less dramatic bronzer.

FACE: This look involves dewy skin with lots of highlight on the cheekbones, nose and forehead and a generous amount of bronzer. I used MAC MSF Foundation and MAC Refined Golden Bronzer (I think???)

EYES: Rimmel brow pencil, UDPP, gold color on lid and tear duct, brown in crease, and highlight color with some shimmer. I also added a gold glitter eyeliner and LOTS of mascara.

BOLD RED LIPS! When doing a bold lip, don't forget to outline the lips with some concealer for a sharp, clean look.

I'm having serious lighting issues at my home...meaning the lighting in my apartment sucks everywhere but in the kitchen, so please excuse the paper towels and the bottle of Nuvo in the background :-)

Let me know what you think? Also, any lighting suggestions?
Till next time...