Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Artsy Wednesday: Halloween

Happy Halloween, guys! This candy-corn inspired manicure was created using OPI In My Back Pocket, Julep Lexie, and NYC 134 French White Tip.

Be sure to check out the other girls' Halloween-inspired manis:

Monday, October 28, 2013

NOTD: Julep's Bess + OPI Lights of Emerald City

I was feeling a bit summer-y this week. Here are the results...

What are you wearing on your nails this week? Also if you liked this post, remember to press the Google Plus button at the bottom to like the post or comment so I can know if you want me to keep doing these kinds of posts!
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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Subscription Box: September Ipsy Bag

So I began subscribing to Ipsy last month. I still love Sample Society from Beauty Bar for Allure but I was getting a lot of skincare and not as much makeup so I thought it was time for a break. Also, the Ipsy bag is $10 versus Sample Society's $15 and I was happy to save a few extra bucks every month as a graduate student. This month's bag was blue with a black floral pattern on it. I thought the bag looked more expensive until one actually touches it. From afar the black looks like raised velvet when in fact it is just part of the blue fabric. Not bad, but not great.

And below is what my bag contained. If you want to find out more about each product, click on the product name and it will link you to my product review if I haven't already reviewed the product below.

NYX single eyeshadow in Golden Poppy

I loved this product more than I anticipated. I'm a big fan of NYX products due to their quality and affordability. Initially, I was a little concerned when I received this shadow since it is yellow. I didn't think I could pull it off as an everyday shadow, and I was a bit disappointed to get it in my bag when others were receiving purples, greys, and blacks. However, I've come to find that this shadow is a great lid color when paired with a brown for the crease. On my MAC NW40 skintone, the yellow looks more like a champagne and brightens my lids.

Pop Crayon in Rose Romance

I was really excited to get this product in my bag. Unfortunately, for me, the color is not pigmented enough and makes my lips look dead. Basically, this doesn't work with darker skin tones. I'm trying to pair it with other lippies to see if I can get anything to work. Suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated, lol.

Elizabeth Mott It's So Big Volumizing Mascara

Starlooks Eyeliner in Obsedian

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What boxes are you subscribed to right now? Did you get an Ipsy bag?
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DISCLAIMER: All products reviewed in this post were purchased by the blogger.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Makeup Mondays: MAC Tan Pigment Look

Hey ya'll! Here's a little look I have been wearing constantly since I got my new MAC haul.  If you want to see my MAC Tan pigment review, click here. I thought I would do a post since I have been getting tons of compliments on this look. I hate posting just half a face, but I do it for privacy reasons. 

Enjoy! XOXO,
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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Review: MAC's Tan Pigment

I've been craving the perfect pink eyeshadow look practically FOREVER. So when I saw Ingrid (Youtube: missglamorazzi) wearing this shade, I HAD to get it. 

This pigment is a very pretty pink champagne color. It could also be described as rose gold. The best part of this shadow is that it looks great on girls with a tan; so it is perfect for all my women of color out there. For reference, I am a NW40. While pigments at MAC are pricey ($21 for a bottle), they are made to last a very long time since a tiny amount goes a long way. I do not think I will ever need to buy another bottle again. This cannot be good for MAC's business and is probably the reason why the bottles are so expensive in the first place. Well, that and the fact that milling the powder so fine is probably pretty expensive. Due to the fineness (is that even a word?!) of this powder, it tends to have a bit of fall out. I avoid this by doing my eye makeup first and then putting on powder/foundation.

Above is a swatch on my eyelid (the crease color is MAC Antiqued). Sorry for the bad picture quality, my Iphone gets weird about taking upclose pics.

What are ya'lls favorite pigments (from MAC and other brands)? I would love to try more since this is my first ever and I am already loving it!
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DISCLAIMER: All products reviewed in this post were purchased by the blogger.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Friday Finds: SamRam1214, Beauty Blogger

So instead of the normal Friday finds where I show you products/clothing I've been liking, I've decided to share a blog with you that I stumbled upon while surfing blogs last night during an insomnia attack. Sam is a UK blogger (judging from her accent) and she is a brown blogger. I love brown bloggers since they are few and far between. Also it makes it easier for me to try out products they recommend since they match my skin tone better! You can find Sam's blog here.
Enjoy! Also if you guys find any amazing bloggers you think I should follow, please let me know!
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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Review: Lush's Waylander Rhassoul Soap

I have an addiction to Lush's soap....ok, let's be honest: I have an addiction to everything Lush puts out. But my favorite splurges have to be their soaps. They smell amazing, make showering that much more fun, and (the best part) they cut the soap in store to fit your budget.

At the beginning of summer I decided to explore Lush's Retro collection. The Retro collection is a set of products that you can only buy online. Waylander Rhassoul is one of the many things I bought from Lush's website during my haul. Before I dive into my review, I do want to warn my fellow desert dwellers that ordering certain products in the middle of the summer heat from Lush is never a good idea. When my soap came in, it was a goopy, liquidy mess. I did discover that if you put the still unopened soap in the fridge for a day, you will end up with a perfectly brand new solid soap bar. Yay!

On to the soap...

I was attracted to this soap because Lush claims the soap is good for troubled skin and I have eczema so I love products that can help my skin look glowy and beautiful. This soap has mud to cleanse your skin and ground up pumice to scrub away dead skin cells. I thought the soap was initially a bit too scratchy on my skin, but after showering with the bar a few times it does not feel as scratchy. Maybe the mud helps smooth the bar a bit.  Personally, I think the soap smells bad. It smells very natural. When I use it, the bar reminds me of playing in the mud and sand after the rain as a kid. The bottom line is if you don't like smelling earthy, maybe this soap isn't for you. It is definitely a unisex soap, however. I find that the smell lasts into the next day if you shower with it at night so if you dislike the smell (like me) you can always cover it up with a nicer smelling lotion. I took a break from this soap and came back to it a few nights ago. Unfortunately, this time I feel that it gives me little pimples on my back. Has this happened to anyone else? Overall, this is a nice soap to try out one time, but I will most likely never purchase it again.

What are your favorite Lush soaps?
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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Review: Skyn Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels

It's no secret I have racoon/panda eyes, and I try to do everything I can to fix them. So I was very excited when I got Skyn Iceland's Eye Gels in my last Ipsy bag. The product is supposed to depuff the bags under the eyes after 10 minutes of application. 

Here's what I think:
The gels were cooling and easy to apply. I like how the curved shape really fits the undereye area. According to the website here, they are $30 for a pack of 8. If I were you, I'd save my money. These did not seem to work at all. I think the only thing they did was get me to possibly consider (for a few seconds!) how cool it would be to use these for a mummy costume for Halloween! Maybe I will try them again when I have really bad allergies to see if they help with de-puffing.
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Monday, October 7, 2013

Facebook Contest Winner!

The winner of the Facebook giveaway is Donna Martin! Please email me by 10/11 for your prize at!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Review: Skintimate Shaving Gel Lushious Kiwi Splash

I ran out of shaving cream while visiting my boyfriend a few months back and was forced (not really, I love buying new products!) to buy a new one. I chose Skintimate's Lushious Kiwi Splash.

Smell: I feel like this product smells more like melon than kiwi, but either way, this product has a nice scent. The scent is also not too strong so people who like a light scent that is not too overwhelming might enjoy this product.
Product Design: A very interesting green gel squirts out of the bottle. I thought this was highly entertaining and different. I enjoyed shaving with something that looked like Flubber or green Jello!
Affordability: This could be a pro or a con. At $2.99 for this product, it won't break the bank and could be a little indulgence everyday depending on how you look at it. However, there are cheaper priced shaving gels out there on the market.

It is really hard to think of any actually. My only two complaints would be that I felt this one was not as moisturizing as my normal sensitive skin Skintimate shaving gel. My second complaint is that I wish the bottom of the bottle did not rust/leave a rust ring on the side of the tub.

Do ya'll have any favorite shaving/shower products that I need to try?
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Friday, October 4, 2013

Recipe: Baked Zucchini and Squash

So it has been quite a long time since I have posted any recipes on this blog. I have just been in a cooking funk and have been ordering mostly take out or eating frozen food options. However, with my recent health issues, I've been trying to eat healthier. After I went to a pot luck dinner at my boss's home, I started craving zucchini since someone had grilled some zucchini as a side for the burgers being served. The craving served as an inspiration for this recipe.

1 zuccini
1 squash
Garlic Powder
Olive Oil
Baking tray covered with aluminum foil

Cut the zucchini into thirds or fourths. Then slice lengthwise to make each third/fourth a half. Repeat with the squash. Pour out about a half a cup of olive oil into a small mixing bowl or dish. Then add 1-1.5 tablespoons each of paprika, pepper, and garlic powder. Mix everything. Then dip each slice into the olive oil mix to coat it and place it on the baking tray. At the end, if there is remaining oil, drizzle the rest over all the zucchini/squash halves if desired. Bake in the oven at 450 degrees for 5-10 minutes or until brown. 
Serving Size: 1 generous portion or 2 sides

As my French roommate would say: Bon appetit!
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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Artsy Wednesday: Disney

Today's manicure was Disney inspired. Growing up, Jasmine was my second favorite princess (after Ariel, according to my parents, but I don't remember that!). I based mine off of Jasmine's green/blue outfit she wears throughout the movie. The gold glitter tips are inspired by her jewelry. The mani did not come out as well as I had hoped. I'm still trying to perfect the glitter mani so any tips would be appreciated!

Be sure to check out the other girls' multi-color-inspired manis:

Also if you participated in today's challenge and I forgot to link your blog please let me know!
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