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Friday, August 31, 2012

Throwback Tutorial - Smokey Blue Eyeshadow

So I used to have a YouTube Channel a few years ago. I won 2nd place in a contest recreating a look from one of my favorite beautygurus, trinicandy223. She no longer makes videos. Nor do I. I deleted my old channel and created a new one for a little anonymity. I was overwhelmed by a lot of "freaks" reaching out to me. I feel like I can connect more with my supporters in the blogsphere. I think I've come a long way since 2009.
Have you ever looked back at your older "work" and seen improvement?

Who are some of your favorite YouTube beauty gurus?

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Killer Striped Dress with Front Rouching

I sent this pic to hubby asking if I could buy it because it was on sale. Of course he said, "Yes." I am usually pretty conservative. I have been watching this dress for a month and waiting for it to go on sale.
I will definitely be wearing it with a sweater.
I'm not ready for all of the attention I am sure I will get.
It has been a while since I bought myself a dress.
It just felt like the time was right.
I purchased it in-store at Ashley Stewart. It was a bargain at  for $24.97. The original price was $39.50.
Here is a link to the website.
It is currently sold out on line. However you may still be able to find it in stores.

What do you think of this dress?
What would you wear with it?

Funky Leopard Pumps

I love animal print. I'm not one of those ladies who would wear a ton of it all at once. I would add just one item of animal print with an outfit to give it some flavor.

I tried on these shoes today.
Ashby Calf Hair High Heel.
The heel is not too high at 3 1/2".
•Breathable leather sockliner

•Cushion-comfort footbed

•Non-slip suede heel counter

•Refined leather outsole

They are very well crafted. However they do not come in wide. I would prefer a wider shoe. The only way I can see myself wearing these is if I cut off my baby toe. That's not going to happen. What do you think of these shoes.

I'm on the hunt for a comparable replacement that comes in a wide width.

These can be purchased at for $120.00.
They come in sizes 6.5 to 10. They can currently be purchased in Lands' End shops in Sears.
They are 25% off until Tuesday 8/28/12.

Sorry Albatross We Need a Break - Face Of The Day (FOTD)

Albatross was my favorite facial highlighter! That is until I found my new love, the gold in the NARS Foreplay Palette. My poor Albatross has been archived for a while.
Check out this Face Of The Day

Blackberry Pic - Indirect Sunlight

Prime - Black Radiance Anti - Shine
Foundation - MUFE HD #177
Highlight - Gold from the NARS Foreplay Palette
Contour - e.l.f. Clarifying Pressed Powder SPICE
Set - MAC Transparent Loose Powder


Above Concealer - MAC Studio Finish - NC50
Fill - Maybelline Define A Brow - BROWNEST BROWN
Below Concealer - MAC Studio Finish - NC45


Under Eye Concealer - Lorac Cover Up C7 & MAC Select Moisture Cover NC45 set with MAC Powder WARM LIGHT
Prime -NARS Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Primer
Base - MAC Paint Pot SOFT OCHRE
Mobile Lid - Light brown from Wet n Wild Vanity Palette (MAC Texture dupe),
Crease - L'Oreal Matte SUEDE BROWN
Deepen Outer V - Dark Brown from Wet n Wild Vanity Palette
Transition - MAC Saddle
Inner Tear Duct & Highlight - L'Oreal HIP Loose Eyeshadow Pigment RESTLESS (applied w/ wet brush)
Under Lashline - Maybelline Color Tattoo 24hr Eyeshadow - TENACIOUS TEAL set with L'Oreal HiP Duo FLASHY (teal side only)
Tightline & Waterline - Urban Decay 24/7 Pencil ZERO
Top lashline - Winged liner with Wet n Wild H20 Liquid Liner BLACK
Mascara - Maybelline the Colossal GLAM BLACK
Set with Urban Decay ALL NIGHTER Spray

Blackberry Pic - Indirect Sunlight

Base - L'Oreal HiP Blendable Blushing Cream TICKLED (Copper)


Gloss - Milani 3D DESIGNER LABEL

What is your favorite facial highlighting powder?

Eros & the Bee!

I was hoping these earrings would be a great match for my MAC Ruby Woo lipstick. I found the Ruby Woo to be a bit more blue than the orange in the earrings, so I opted for NYX Eros (Round) lipstick instead.
I think this bee loved the vibrancy of the red as well. He made a cameo in my pic.
Can you see his wings?

I snagged the earrings for half price at Ashley Stewart. They also come in blue. I ended up removing most of the balls by the end of the day because they were just too heavy!

Do you ever match your makeup with your accessories?

I'm also giving Chanel Lumiere Perfection another chance in this photo. Look for an updated review soon.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Maybelline 2012 Fall Scene On The Runway - Ltd Edition 24 hr Edition Color Tattoo Eyeshadows

In the mid-Atlantic region of the
United States, we look forward to crisp Autumn days in September.
It will soon smell like back to school and football season. I'm ready to curl up with a good book and some warm apple cider.
Autumn also brings with it the beautiful change in the colors of the leaves on the trees. Many of us leave the bright bold colors of summer behind and opt for more subtle hues.

Maybelline has once again released some fantastic eyeshadows to assist us in being chic and fashionable this fall.

You may see a display such as the one pictured on the left in your local Rite Aid. It is my understanding that Rite Aid is exclusively carrying these items. They are also limited edition. These retail for $6.69. I was able to procure mine during a Buy1Get1 50% off special. Unfortunately, when I got to the register, they both rang up full price. The manager honored the advertisement and gave me the proper price.
The display also features a brush. I did not buy it.

100 Barely Beige

Many are saying that this Barely Beige is a dupe for MAC Paint Pot in Painterly. I do not own this, so I cannot say for sure that this is true.

200 Mossy Green

Many are also saying that Mossy Green is a dupe for MAC Paintpot in Moss Scape.
The MAC Paintpot can be applied with a finger.
I found the Maybelline eyeshadows worked best for me when used with a synthetic brush.
I do not use them for their inteded purpose as stand alone eyeshadows, but instead as eyeshadow bases. They intensify the colors of eyeshadows I pack on top.
The MAC Paintpot seems to have a drier texture.
The Maybelline is creamier. I prefer the texture of the Maybelline.

It appears that the MAC Moss Scape has more gold in it than the Moss Green Does.

What do you think?

300 Gold Shimmer
Rich Gold is a warmer Bronze.

400 Rich Mahogany

Do you have any plans on purchasing any of these beauties?
Which colors appear to stand out to you?

Lips Of The Day (LOTD) MAC Russian Red and Cult Of Cherry Lip Glass

Just a quick LOTD.
I was eager to try this combo.
Fill - MAC RUSSIAN RED (matte)

A review an seperate swatch of CULT OF CHERRY is coming soon.

I love a bold red lip.
How about you?
Are you ready for fall?

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Lips Of The Day (LOTD) Wet N Wild Megalast Lip Color 24 CARROT GOLD

Blackberry pic
I love these lip colors!
Review will be coming soon.
This is a hastily swatched 24 Carrot Gold.
I was running errands.
Never without a scarf and my players (sunglasses).
I have a thing for corals. Most often I don't take shots directly facing the camera because my lips are crooked.
Loving this! Cannot wait to try the other colors.

Prep - eos lip balm
Fill - Wet N Wild Megalast Lip Liner 24 CARROT GOLD

Do you own any of the Wet N Wild Megalast Lip Colors?
Which are your favorites?
Do you like Coral lippies?

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadows (New Ltd Edition Colors Added)

Just a quick update.
Swatches soon.

New Colors, 2 different Displays available at 2 different locations.

Bright Colors available at Target Only!

TARGET Item #'s :
100 Blue on By - 052070607

200 Ready, Set, Green - 052070610

300 Fuchsia Fever - 052071013

400 Test my Teal - 052071015

Thanks to kokofemme (click for video review) of YouTube for sharing the codes so we can call ahead to see if these items are in stock. Some makeup fiends have been fortunate enough to have been able to have these reserved for them by Target employees.

Rite Aid features the new Neutrals in a Limited Edition Fall Display

This week (8/12-8/18/2012) Rite Aid is featuring Maybelline Face & Eye Cosmetics Buy 1 Get 1 50% off.
When you get to the register, have the circular ready. These rang up both at full price. The manager gave me an adjustment to get the 2nd for half price to honor the advertised price. Others have experienced this problem at checkout as well.

The 4 new colors available are
300 Gold Shimmer
200 Ready Set Green
200 Mossy Green
100 Barely Beige (Many are saying this is a dupe for MAC Paintpot in Painterly)

Do you have any plans on purchasing any of these newer eyeshadows?


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