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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Hiatus

I just wanted to take the time to thank everyone for following.
A hearty warm welcome extended to new followers as well.
I am writing to let you know that I will be away for a time.
There are some personal matters which deserve my full attention at this time.
(Not sure exactly how long I will be away)
However, I do hope that previous posts will continue to be a resource of information.

Sincerely,
1xellus1

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Nails Of The Day - Revlon Midnight Affair

I like this jelly.
In some light it looks almost black.

I did my standard NK Ridge Filler Base Coat
Revlon Midnight Affair 3x
and
1 coat of NK Express Fast Dry Top Coat





Thursday, October 14, 2010

Milani Powder Blush Collection

Indoor Lighthing With Flash




Indoor Lighting - No Flash

Makeup Boards tout Milani Blushes as dupes for high end Blushes

Milani Powder Blush LUMINOUS = NARS Orgasm
Milani Mineral Powder Blush MAI-TAI = MAC Hipness
Milani Mineral Powder Blush SUNSET BEACH = MAC Raizin
















On my MAC NC50 complexion, Luminous barely shows.
I think it makes a pretty highlight.
I prefer the matte mineral powder formulations.
They are highly pigmented. When I set them with transparent powder, and Make Up For Ever Mist & Fix, they last longer than if I used nothing. The general consensus is they last about three hours when worn alone. I need to play with the newer additions to my collection to get a true estimate of staying power. Generally I use a cream base first for all of my powders.
I have just one more color to add to my collection for it to be complete, Sweet Rose.

Do you own any of these blushes?













Swatches Left to Right - Indoor Lighting With Flash
Luminous, Sunset Beach, Mai-Tai

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Tyche Black Flat Iron Spray Heat Protector - Product REVIEW

This product is made by Nicka K Cosmetics.

Product Description
Tyche Black Heat Protector Flat Iron Spray is formulated to protect hair from heat damage, providing healthy and silky hair.
It locks humidity out to reduce frizz while balancing moisture in the hair. Tyche Black Heat Protector also reconditions hair for luminous shine and better straightening result.

DIRECTIONS
Spray evenly and smooth the hair with flat iron. For extra healthy and silky hair, spray slightly after the heat styling.

INGREDIENTS
Methylisothiazolinone, Amodimethicone, Laureth-7, Isolaureth-6, Glycerin, Amodimethicoe, Trideceth-12, Cetrimonium Chloride, DMDMH, EDTA, AQUA

I was in a hurry and a little short on cash when I picked up this item from the beauty supply store.
It costs $2.99. You get what you pay for.
I stretch my relaxer and my daughters are transitioning. This was not a good fit for us.
I sprayed this product on clean blow dryed hair. I smoothed the hair with my fingers and then flat ironed.
This product seemed to make the hair revert. I did not dare to spray the hair an additional time as the directions suggested.
Not at all what I was looking for! If you have naturally curly hair or more than one texture, please don't waste your money.
While the hair seemed to be protected from the heat, the addition of water in this product really negated that benefit.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Close Dupe Alert - Ruby Kisses Velvet Red (RLS39) = MAC Violetta?

Ruby Kisses Lipstick may be found at your local beauty supply store.

Velvet Red (RLS39) is a little more red than Violetta.
It may be a closer dupe to MAC Pervette.










Left Ruby Kisses Velvet Red (RLS39)

Right MAC Violetta












The redness of the Velvet Red may be compensated for by using a blue based plum liner.

$1 vs. $14.50

Of course it is always important to remember that texture and wear time may be less when using less expensive products. I find the textures and wear time to be quite similiar.
The Ruby Kisses is smooth, creamy and very moisturizing.
Wear time = about 3 hours.  If you don't mind reapplying, go for it.

What do you think?

Lips Of The Day - MAC Violetta and Funtabulous



























PRODUCTS USED




Line - NYX CURRENT



Fill - MAC VIOLETTA (Amplified)



Gloss - MAC Dazzleglass FUNTABULOUS

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Violetta all by herself
 

Eyes Of The Day - Purples















PRODUCTS USED

Primary Base - L'Oreal DeCrease
2ndary Base - Revlon Line Fantasy Eyeliner PLUM
Mobile Lid - Starry Boutique 36 Eyeshadow Palette
 3 Purples only Graduated light to dark from tearduct to outer 1/3rd
Crease and outer V - Make Up For Ever #92 and MAC Jungle Moon
Transition - L'Oreal Matte (soft warm) BROWN
Highlight -
     Make Up For Ever Camouflage Palette #5 blended down and set with
     Coastal Scents 88 Palette H1 (caramel brown closest to my complexion)
Top Lashline
     L'Oreal Color Rich Cream Crayon PERFECTIONIST
     Softened with NYX Black Eyeshadow
Lower Lashline
     NYX Purple Rain, Set with MUFE #92 and MAC YOUNG PUNK Mineralized Eyeshadow
Mascara - MAC ZoomLash ZOOMBLACK, CoverGirl LashBlast Waterproof VERY BLACK



















Monday, October 11, 2010

Nails Of The Day (NOTD) - Revlon Plum Night

Wow! This is one of the most sophisticated purple mani's I've seen in a long time.
I was able to score this polish for $.99
(Thanks to CVS Sale $3.99 with $3 Extra Care Bucks Reward). The everyday price is $4.99

I love the formulation. It has a smooth and creamy application.





I did my standard NK Ridge Filler Base Coat
Revlon Plum Night 2x
and
1 coat of NK Express Dry Top Coat.

















I tricked out my thumbs with Wet N Wild Shine Sparked (*gift)

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Look Of The Day - Featuring NEW BREED Handmade Conversation Piece Earrings



FACE

Just a little Powder in the T-Zone to keep the shine to a minimum.

L'Oreal True Match Super Blendable Powder C-7 NUT BROWN


EYES
Primer L'Oreal DeCrease
Mobile Lid
   MAC Sea & Sky Mineralized Eyeshadow (Blue Side Only)
   applied 1st with MAC Fix+ and then packed on
Crease L'Oreal Matte BROWN
Highlight Coastal Scents 88 Palette H1
   (caramel brown closest to my skintone)
Top Lashline - Wet N Wild Mega Eyes Defining Marker 869
Bottom Lashline
     L'Oreal HiP Color Rich Cream Crayon PERFECTIONIST
Mascara
     MAC ZoomLash ZOOMBLACK
     and CoverGirl LashBlast Waterproof VERY BLACK



CHEEKS
Base - L'Oreal HiP Blendable Blushing Cream TICKLED
Set - Milani Mineral Blush - SUNSET BEACH (MAC Raizin Dupe)


















LIPS
Line NK Lip Pencil COFFEE
Fill NK Lip Pencil NUDE
Lip Gloss  L'Oreal Glam Shine Plumping Lip Color DRAMA QUEEN













Threads
Black High V Neck Sweater - Avenue
Zebra Scarf - Metrostyle $10
Suede Brown Jacket - Target
Jewelry -
NEW BREED Earrings $8 from Mrs.ConversationPiece



Saturday, October 9, 2010

Nails Of The Day (NOTD) - Wet N Wild Craze RUSTIC

I was able to get good coverage with just 2 coats.

Wow, mouth agape!

Very Impressive!

I have to go back and buy all of the colors in this collection.

SPECTACULAR!

It has to be quite possibly thee most beautiful Copper nail polish I've ever used in my life!

Even the hubby said it looked "Regal". What do you think?

This was a gift from a friend.
Do you own any of the other colors from this collection?

Friday, October 8, 2010

Look Of The Day - (LOTD) Fall Colors

Rocking my new jewelry from Peruvian Earring





$5 Cat's Eye Chips Necklace
































Cat's Eye Chips on Silver Wire $2


















Threads
Rust Button Down Shirt Thrift Store Find
Orange Shell - Ashley Stewart
The Flirt Bootcut Jeans - Old Navy
Vintage Coach Bag - Thrift Store Find $5

















*update, this look is from Oct 1. I was mistaken about the e/s colors used.

Initially I thought it was just the Coastal Scents 88 Palette. Oops. Sorry about any confusion
Eyes
Brows
 - Maybelline Define A Brow Pencil MEDIUM BROWN
 - Outline/highlight - Make Up For Ever Camouflage Palette #5 (lightest color)
Prime - L'Oreal Decrease (lashline to brow)
2ndary Primer - L'Oreal HiP Color Rich Cream Crayon ATTENTIVE (mobile lid only)
Shadow - MAC Natural Flare Mineral Eyeshadow Quad
Lid - Copper Gold
Crease - Brown
Highlight - Yellow Gold
Transition - L'Oreal Matte BROWN (not pictured)
Make Up For Ever Aqua HD Powder to prevent lid to crease shadow transfer
Top Lashline Wet N Wild H20 Liquid Liner BROWN
Bottom Under Lashline - Prestige Eyeliner SABLE
Mascara MAC ZoomLash  ZOOMBLACK

Cheeks

L'Oreal HiP Blendable Blushing Cream
NARS Powder Blush Taj Mahal


















Lips
Line Jordana Auto Liner CORAL ICE
Fill Jordana Auto Liner MARMALADE
Lipstick NK PEACH BEIGE (Pearl)
Lipgloss - L'Oreal HiP Super Shine Struck Liquid Lip Color - ZEALOUS

Flaming CVS - Rude Cashier RANT and Nail Polish Haul


I had a very negative experience at my local CVS Pharmacy.
The cashier was extremely rude. Upon leaving the store, I did not hesitate to phone their customer service number.
If you ever encounter rudeness from any of their employees, I suggest you do the same.













(I got..., Lilac Pastelle, Minted , Tropical Temptation, Totally Toffee & Plum Night)

Swatches later on Nails Of The Day Posts




The things we endure to save on beauty! OMGoodness!
What are your minimal expectations from cashiers? How about your mimimum expectations from chain drugstore managment/corporate?
How can we as consumers send the message to companies that we expect a certain level of courtesy from their employees?

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To date, I am NOT compensated for my use/review of products. I buy 99% of the products that I use. If I ever receive anything as a gift, I will state it in that specific post. I am NOT affilated with any fashion, cosmetics or hair company. I offer my sincere, unbiased opinion on how the products work for me. No warranties, expressed or implied are intended. Please use discretion in selecting products and suggestions at your own risk. I am not a professional. Unfavorable reviews are not malcious, nor are they intended to harm any company. Reviews are my own opinon. Information posted on this blog is for educational purposes.