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Friday, November 15, 2013

Scarf Of The Day OVERSIZED Cheetah Print

This carshot doesn't allow you to fully view the scarf, but I am completely obsessed! I was running errands on a Saturday with the hubby. I was wearing my Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation in Intensity 5. I've since lost my summer tan and this foundation is way too dark for me. I have recently started to just wear MAC Studio Concealer in NC45 with some powder on top. Buying foundations is breaking my bank. It is the only thing I've allowed myself to purchase during my "no buy".
This day I wore a neutral smokey eye and nude lip.
Maybelline Color Tattoo 24/7 Eyeshadow in Tough As Taupe is one of my favorites!
I even pulled out the NYX Nude on Nude palette for that pretty taupe shade for my lid color.
I just used bronzer instead of blush.

I am not a fan of full on frontal shots. When you take enough photos for blogging, you begin to know your angles.
Brows on point. I am working on finishing my last Maybelline Define A Brow Pencil. *tear. Were it not for a couple of good friends who live out of state (NE & GA), I wouldn't have even had that last pencil. I am looking for an alternative since Maybelline discontinued my favorite darkest shades. Everytime I go to Walmart, the shelf is either empty or the pencil I purchase is so old, it crumbles on contact with my face.


Do you wear scarves?

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Face Of The Day - RED LIPS

I love NYX EROS Round lipstick!
This from my hiatus period. I was wearing NARS Sheer Glow in Cadiz and Macao.
Natural Hair Day!

Do you own this lipstick?

Tragic Brows - Eyebrow DON'Ts!

Once you review this chart, you will never look at others' eyebrows the same again!

I saw this on a closed makeup group on facebook.
I cannot remember the author, but it was so funny to me.
I can honestly say looking back on various photos of myself, that I am GUILTY of a few of these eyebrow bloopers.

Do you see any that you have ever done?

Which is the one you hate the most?

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Lips Of The Day Featuring MAC Cult of Cherry

I love this lipgloss. I have been obsessed with some form of dark red lip for the past month and a half.
I was thrilled when MAC decided to repromote the Cult of Cherry Gloss!







Do you own this gloss?



MAC HEAUX and RIRI BOY Swatches

This may be my very last lip swatch. Hubby goes back and forth as to whether or not he wants my lips online.
This has also factored in to my lack of posts. UGH!

On a side note, I am eyeing a Lands' End Sweater the same color as the HEAUX lippy. UGH!

Do you ever match your lipstick with your outfit?

Does your significant other object to your posting photos of yourself online?

Soft N Pretty Face Of The Day (FOTD)

This pic is from last winter.
I was asked to take it because I was assigned as a temporary mentor during the holiday season.
Fortunately for me, I go to work with good makeup just about everyday. (smiles)
This was before my "extreme highlight" phase.

I used
MUFE HD foundation
NARS Albatross Highlight
MAC Ripe Peach and NARS Taj Mahal blush.
On my lips I am wearing MUFE #39 and Maybelline Wet Shine Diamonds lipgloss in Marquise Peach!

Neutral Everyday eyeshadow. 

Do you wear makeup to work?

Nails Of The Day Maybelline Color Show KEEP UP THE FLAME and Sally Hansen Strips

I purchased the nail designs from a store called fiveBelow.
I thought this turned out very well.
Have you ever tried any of the Sally Hansen Strips?

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Instagram Killed My Blogging Vibe

Recently, a good blogger friend of mine said this.
I wholeheartedly concur.
I have been working full time for the past few months and have had a lot less time to devote to my beauty blog. For those of you who have continued to support an encourage me behind the scenes, THANK YOU.
For those of you who have patiently awaited a post and have not unfollowed, THANK YOU!

I have tapered back my makeup spending and focused more or getting some wardrobe basics to anchor my closet. At this point, I do have way more clothes than any human being should have. If I didn't buy another stitch of clothing, I would not be naked at all.I'm focusing on weeding out unworn items and things that are too big for me. I lost about 25 pounds and have been able to maintain that weight. Although I have more weight to lose, wearing clothes that are too big are just unflattering and make one look bigger than one really is.

I bought some more earrings from LoveliiYou on etsy.
I decided to make my own.
What have you been up to lately?

MAC Prep N Prime Highlighter Bright Forecast

For about 3 months I have been following tredayy on Instagram.
I was awestruck by her highlight.
Finally I delved in and purchased MAC Prep N Prime Highlighter Pen in Bright Forecast.
It cost $25 for .12 fluid ounces. OUCH!
It has a brush tip.
I feel a little bit does go a long way.
I had to click this thing like 14 times in order for any product to finally come out!
I store this on it's side as recommended by the MUA online. 
.
I corrected my dark under eye circles with an orangey studio fix concealer.
I added a concealer 1 shade lighter than my normal skin tone. I added Bright Forecast and blended it with a damp sponge. I set it with Ben Nye Banana Powder. I added NARS Gold Highlighter from the Foreplay palette with a dual fiber small brush.
I set my entire face with Urban Decay All Nighter spray.









On first the day that I wore this outside, men were going out of their way to greet me.
I'm not promising you will get the same results when you wear this. I'm just warning you.

Do you own this product?
Would you consider purchasing it?
I would definitely purchase it again.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Lips Of The Day Featuring MAC Lavender Whip from Baked Beauties Collection

I was a remorseful skipper of MAC's 2008 Limited Edition release of Lavender Whip.
The skipping fuelled a quest for limited edition lippies ever since. I was excited to see this re-promoted in the Baking Beauties Collection. MAC tweaked the color to make it more universally flattering. I think the new color is very wearable. I still want the old one though.

My lips were stained with Make Up For Ever #15.
I'd eaten lunch. The first application also included Lip Liner. However for this pic, I just layered two swipes of Lavender Whip all over my lips.
The only thing about these kinds of shades is they make your teeth look yellow. UGH!

Lavender Whip retails for $15 US.
Cremesheen is not one of my favorite formulations because one needs to layer it several times to get the full on color. It does not last more than an hour and a half on my lips.

Line - La Splash CAFE SUAVE
Fill - MAC LAVENDER WHIP (Cremesheen)




Do you own Lavender Whip?
Do you like Cremesheen Formulation?

Monday, April 22, 2013

Look Of The Day Featuring MAC Ablaze Lipstick

I was excited to buy this limited edition MAC Matte Lipstick from the Fashion Sets Collection.
I needed just a pop of brighter color in the center, so I added a Wet N Wild MegaLast Lipstick for the effect I wanted.



Line - NYX BURGUNDY
Fill - MAC ABLAZE (Matte) with
Wet N Wild Megalast 24 CARROT
in the center

On my cheeks I'm wearing
Milani Mineral Powder Blush in MAI TAI
















Do you own MAC Ablaze or
Wet N Wild 24 Carrot?

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Outfit of The Day - Coral Pop

Coral is on trend again this Spring.

Blazer - Sears
V-neck T-shirt - Shaped Lands' End
Skinny Jeans (Fit 1) Dark Wash Lands' End
Belt - Old Navy
Scarf - Fashion Bug
Gold Hoops - ASOS

Are there any Coral pieces in your wardrobe?

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Lips of the Day (LOTD) Heroine AGAIN

I love this lipstick. I am obsessed. Rumor has it the liner will be re-promoted in another collection this May.
I may have to get set to buy that one!
I forgot to add the gloss this day.
But I rather like the matte finish.
I was all dewy! It was the end of the day.
The twistout was still going strong.

CHEEKS
La Femme Powder Blush On Rouge -

LIPS
Line - NYX PRUNE
Fill - MAC HEROINE (Matte) Lipstick

Did you buy Heroine
lipstick, lipglass or lip pencil?

Friday, April 19, 2013

Minty Eyeshadow

I'm obsessed with pastels. I just can't get enough of them. I was eager to wear my new mint scarf. Pastels are on trend for this spring. I decided to let the eyes be the star of the show and let everything else be subdued.
EYES
Prime - NARS Smudgeproof
Base - Maybelline 24/7 Color Tattoo Eyeshadow EDGY EMERALD
Mobile Lid - Kawaii Overdose Loose Mineral Eyeshadow MINT
Crease - L'Oreal (Matte) FAWN BROWN
Deepen Outer V - Coastal Scents 88 Palette (Darkest Brown)
Highlight - Coastal Scents 88 Palette Color closest to my skintone
Top Lashline - Maybelline Ultra Liner BLACK
Under Bottom Lashline - Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadow set with Kawaii Overdose Loose Eyeshadow MINT
Waterline - Revlon Color Stay Auto Liner BLACK
Mascara - Maybelline the COLOSSAL BLACK



















CHEEKS
NYX Powder Blush TERRA COTTA






LIPS
Line - NK BROWN
Fill - Make Up For Ever NATURAL N7 on the outside and Wet N Wild Mega Last BARE IT ALL in the center
Gloss - L'Oreal HIP Shine Struck Lip Color SPLENDID


Sorry for the blurry pics.

















The easiest way to stay on trend without breaking the bank is by adding accessories to clothes you already own.
Do you have anything that's mint colored?

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Lips Of The Day (LOTD) Snob on Snob

I popped into CVS to grab a pack of gum before work and noticed that the flowers on a tree outside of the store matched my lipstick. I was compelled to snap a pic.



Line - LA Splash Cafe Suave
Fill - MAC SNOB (Amplified)
Gloss - MAC SNOB Lipglass

Do you own SNOB?
Did you know that
Revlon (Matte) PINK POUT is a dupe for SNOB?

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Lips of the Day (LOTD) and Best Twistout EVER!

I wasn't happy with the angle of this pic. But the sunlight was IDEAL!
This was my first time ever using foundation all over my face including my eyelids.
I just did a quick tiny winged liner, with a bold lip.
I'm wearing Rock & Republic XRATED Contrived Powder Blush on my cheeks. *this was a gift
The star of the show is Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense #36. I was thrilled to see it was still pretty intense even after I'd eaten my lunch. IMPRESSIVE!

Line - NK Auto Liner BERRY
Fill - Amuse Lip Liner SEXY PINK
Top - MUFE #36

As you can see, I was all matchy matchy with the scarf. I just can't help myself.
I did receive a lot of compliments.
I loved how my hair turned out that day, although you can't see it well in the picture. The definition was awesome!

Do you own any of the MUFE Rouge Artist Intense Lipsticks? Which are your favorite colors?

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Face Of The Day (FOTD)

My bangs are a result of a twist out. I wore my hair in a french twist on this day.

Highlight much? (LOL)





































I was inspired by a beautiful scarf I bought from JcPenney's for $4 to create this look


I love paisley!
This scarf is light weight.
It is HUGE! I can wrap my entire body in it.
It could be used as a wrap, or a sarong, a headwrap or a neck scarf.






























FACE
Prime - Black Radiance Complexion Perfection Anti Shine
Foundation - MAC MatchMaster 7.0 for interior portions of face, 7.5 for exterior portions
Contour - Cover Girl Queen Bronzer EBONY
Highlight - e.l.f. Healthy Glow Bronzing Powder LUMINOUS
Setting Powder - MAC Mineralized Skin Finish Natural DARK
Setting Spray - Urban Decay the ALL NIGHTER

EYES
Prime - NARS Smudgeproof
Base - MAC Paint Pot MOSS SCAPE
Mobile Lid - NYX OLIVE GREEN
Transition - MAC SADDLE
Outer V -  NYX NAVY
Crease - NARS CHINA BLUE
Highlight - Urban Decay FOXY
Top Lashline - Maybelline ULTRA Liquid Liner BLACK
Under Bottom Lashline - MAC Paint Pot ROLLIKIN set with NK HD e/s 3024
I should have tightlined with Revlon Color Stay Auto Pencil in BLACK but I was rushing to get out of the door for work.
Mascara - Maybelline the COLOSSAL BLACK


Whoa too close!
I'm still getting the hang
of the camera on my phone.

CHEEKS
Milani
Mineral Blush SUNSET BEACH

LIPS
Line - NK BROWN
Fill - MAC MOCHA (Satin)
 with Revlon (Matte) SMOKED PEACH in the center
Gloss - Maybelline Wet Shine Diamonds MARQUISE PEACH




















While some consider it a faux pas, others consider it a rule they break.
Do you ever match your makeup to your clothing?

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

FOTD Featuring MAC Heroine and Natural Hairstyle Side Swept Twistout

I missed out on Heroine during the first two times that MAC released it. I skipped it because I already own Violetta and it appears to be the same color, but with a different finish. I love mattes, so of course, I was a remorseful skipper.

I was delighted to know that MAC was going to re promote this color. However, I did have a bit of anxiety because more often than not, MAC releases collections earlier than they say they are going to. It has been my experience that much sought after colors are often sold out within seconds.













MAC - Heroine (Matte)

I decided to check my local Macy's department store.
I was glad I did.

















MAC - Heroine Lip Glass
 The MUA tried to upsell the lip pencil to me, but I was on a BUDGET! All three items are $15 each.
I broke down and purchased the lipstick and the lip glass. While I enjoy Matte lipsticks, I often play around with the finish. I wanted to buy the lip glass to intensify the color.
















I love the lip glass! It's so opaque!

















Note the different finishes on the comparative swatches. Which is your favorite?











FACE
Prime - Black Radiance Complexion Perfection Anti Shine
Foundation - NARS Sheer Glow CADIZ
Contour - Cover Girl Queen Bronzer - EBONY
Highlight - NARS Foreplay Palette (GOLD ONLY)
Set - MAC Mineralized Skin Finish Natural DARK
Setting Spray - Urban Decay the ALL NIGHTER


EYES
Prime - NARS Smudgeproof
Base - MAC Paint Pot SOFT OCHRE
Mobile Lid - NK HD
Outer V - NK HD
Crease - NK HD
Transition - L'Oreal Matte FAWN BROWN
Top Lashline - Maybelline ULTRA Liquid Liner BLACK
Under Bottom Lashline -
Waterline - Revlon Color Stay Auto Pencil BLACK
Mascara - Maybelline the COLOSSAL BLACK



CHEEKS
La Femme Powder Blush On Rouge  - PURPLE PASSION

LIPS
Line - La Splash Cafe Latte
Fill - MAC HEROINE (Matte)
Gloss - MAC Lip Glass HEROINE

Were you able to pick up anything from the Fashion Sets Collection?
Do you already own Heroine?
Have you ever worn your hair in a twistout?




Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Fab Fashion Find - Blazers

I happened upon some clearance plus sized blazers at my local SEARS.
Apparently they were overlooked in the stockroom and they wanted to get rid of them, so they set a price point of $3.99! The original price for each of them was $44.00.

Of course I grabbed one in each of the colors available.
COBALT




















Although they are not lined, they do have ruched 3/4 length sleeves and faux pockets on the front. The lapel is not too wide. I plan to wear mine with t-shirts, and jeans. They even dress up a button down shirt or can be worn over a dress. I find them great for hot days where the airconditioning is bone chilling.

PURPLE
























They are on trend for Spring and Fall.
BLACK






















Do you own any Blazers?
Which color is your favorite?

Monday, April 8, 2013

Springtime Orange (FOTD) Face Of The Day and Natural Hairstyle TOP KNOT

I welcomed warmer temperatures today and celebrated by wearing a sunny Orange lipstick & warm Orange cheeks. I elected to gather up my hair into a fashionable top knot. It's wash day and I had to run an errand.

FACE
Prime - Black Radiance Complexion Perfection Anti Shine
Foundation - NARS Sheer Glow CADIZ for interior portion of face, MACAO for exterior portion.
Contour - Cover Girl Queen Bronzer EBONY
Highlight - e.l.f. Healthy Glow Bronzing Powder WARM TAN
Set - Under eye concealer set with Ben Nye BANANA Powder, Rest of face set with MAC Mineralized Skin Finish Natural DARK
Setting Spray - Urban Decay the ALL NIGHTER

EYES
Base - e.l.f. Studio Eye Primer
Mobile Lid - NK HD e/s 3008 (nude)
Crease - NYX EUTOPIA
Transition -  e.l.f. 32 e/s palette WARM BROWN
Tearduct - NK HD e/s 3028 (yellow gold)
Highlight - Coastal Scents 88 palette A8
Top Lashline - Maybelline ULTRA Liquid Liner BLACK
Under Bottom Lashline - Urban Decay WHISKEY set with NYX EUTOPIA
Mascara - Maybelline the COLOSSAL BLACK
Under Eye Concealer - MAC ProLongWear NW40, with MAC Select Moisture Concealer NC45




CHEEKS
NARS Powder Blush TAJ MAHAL

LIPS
Line - NK BROWN
Fill - Make Up For Ever Rouge Artiste Intense #40
Gloss - Mona Lisa #9 COPPER

I was eager to rock my new gauzy scarf. The earrings are from a local beauty supply store.

Do you wear Orange Lipstick?
What is your favorite shade?
Have you ever worn your hair in a TOP KNOT?

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Natural Hair Style and (FOTD) Face of The Day

My hair was stretched & I used a diffuser with my blow dryer on warm to achieve this FRO.
Warning Shiny Nose. (smile)

FACE
Prime - Black Radiance Complexion Perfection Anti Shine
Foundation - NARS Sheer Glow CADIZ in the center and NARS Sheer Glow MACAO on the outer portions
Highlight - NARS GOLD from the Foreplay Palette
Contour - Cover Girl Queen Bronzer EBONY
Set - Ben Nye Banana Powder under eyes only
Mascara - Maybelline the COLOSSAL BLACK

EYES
Prime - NARS Smudgeproof
Base - MAC Paint Pot SOFT OCHRE
Mobile Lid - MAC BAMBOO
Crease/Transition - MAC SADDLE
Deepen Crease - MAC BROWN SCRIPT
Outer V - MAC FOLIE
Highlight - Urban Decay FOXY
Top Lashline - Revlon Color Stay Pencil BLACK
Bottom Waterline - Rimmel Eye Khol Pencil 024 COOL BLUE set with NARS OUTREMER eyeshadow

CHEEKS
Milani - SUNSET BEACH




LIPS
Line - NK Auto Pencil
Fill - MAC DEEPLY ADORED on the outer portions and MAC RUBY WOO in the center

I love a Red Lip! What's your favorite Red Lip Combo?

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Natural Hair Updo - Curly Ponytail & Face Of The Day




We went out for a quick bite after work. I had only a half an hour to freshen up my makeup and hair and change my clothes. This was a quick style. My hair was in a twist out. I wanted to pull it up since the curls weren't laying the way I wanted.


FACE
Prime - Black Radiance Complexion Perfection Anti Shine
Foundation - Make Up For Ever HD 177
Contour - Cover Girl Queen Bronzer EBONY
Set - MAC Mineralized Skin Finish Natural  DARK, Urban Decay Setting Spray the ALL NIGHTER

EYES
Prime - NARS Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base
Base - MAC Paint Pot - SOFT OCHRE
Mobile Lid - MAC BAMBOO
Transition MAC SADDLE
Crease -  MAC BROWN SCRIPT
Outer V - MAC FOLIE
Highlight - Urban Decay FOXY
Top Line - Maybelline Ultra Liner BLACK
Bottom Waterline - Revlon Color Stay BLACK

CHEEKS
NARS - Exhibit A

LIPS
Kat Von D Everlasting Love Lip Stain OUTLAW

I chose Kat Von D Everlasting Love Lip Stain in OUTLAW because I knew we would be eating and I wanted minimal touch ups. I had blackened Tilapia with a side of veggies and roasted red potatoes. YUM!

Do you have a go to lip product for dinner dates?

Monday, April 1, 2013

Face of the Day (FOTD) - Featuring Coral Lips and Natural Hairstyle -Twist Out


FACE
Prime - Black Radiance Complexion Perfection Anti Shine
Foundation - Lancome Teint de Miracle 450 SUEDE
Contour - CoverGirl Queen Bronzer EBONY
Highlight - NARS GOLD from FOREPLAY Palette

EYES
Prime - NARS Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base
Base - MAC Paint Pot SOFT OCHRE
Mobile Lid - MAC BAMBOO
Crease - MAC SADDLE
Deepen Outer V - MAC FOLIE
Highlight - Urban Decay - FOXY
Inner Tearduct - MAC GOLDMINE
Top Line - Maybelline Liquid Liner Ultra Liner BLACK
Under Lashline - Urban Decay WHISKEY set with MAC FOLIE
Mascara - Maybelline the COLOSSAL BLACK


CHEEKS
Base - L'Oreal HIP Blendable Blushing Cream ENAMOURED
Set - Milani Mineral Blush SUNSET BEACH and MAC Ombre RIPE PEACH

LIPS
Line - NK Pencil BROWN
Fill - MAC Creamsheen EVERHIP
Gloss - MAC lipglass MORANGE



This was my first twistout at work. I snapped a quick photo.
I received many compliments. I even surprised a few people who didin't recognize me.
It felt great to finally let my scalp BREATHE.

Are you looking forward to rocking any CORALs this Spring?
How are you wearing your hair today?

Monday, March 18, 2013

Vanity Lights

Hubby surprised me with these vanity lights as an Anniversary Gift! We recently celebrated our 21st Wedding Anniversary!
He purchased them from Home Depot.
They are from Hampton Bay. Each has four daylight bulbs which are supposed to last for 7 years.

I am excited about having more light to perfect my makeup application.

What kind of set up do you have for your lights?

Natural Hair Update 2013

So after my 3rd Big Chop, I decided to use protective styling for another year until I was comfy with the length of my natural hair. I went to a Dominican Beauty Salon for a blow out and to do an official length check. My hair is substantially longer in the back.
Check out the texture in the top!




























So it's officially collar bone length. YAY!
I need to invest in some Jamaican Black Castor Oil to regain my edges. My wig wearing kind of rubbed them out. Oh well!

Is your hair Natural?
What are some of your favorite protective styles?

Nivea Care Soaps

I was able to purchase these soaps from a store called Five Below. They were $1.25 for each bar.
I just wanted to see if they were any good. I am still reviewing them.

Have you ever seen these soaps?

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Wet N Wild Megalast Lipstick Swatches

Wet N Wild Megalast Lipsticks are my second favorite drugstore brand. My lips feel as if I've received a moisturizing treatment after having worn them. They are very affordable. I am not in love with the packaging. It is very cheap. However, I can live with that because of the rich color payoff.

Check out my swatches!



Do you own any of these colors?
Which are your favorites?

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Nails Of The Day (NOTD) China Glaze FOR AUDREY and SNOW GLOBE

This was a hastily applied mani. I applied 3 coats of color over China Glaze Strong Adhesion Base and sealed everything with 1 coat of Seche Vite. I opted to layer China Glaze SNOW GLOBE and Sinful Colors OPAL GLITTER for accent nails.
I usually do my manis at about 3am.
I do my nails at my desk because it is the perfect height and I have sufficient light. Seche Vite affords me the opportunity to crawl back into bed and not get sheet prints.
I would love to change my polish at least twice weekly. I have been making more of a concerted effort in changing the colors. It is a challenge because of life's priorities.







How often do you change your polish?
Do you own any of these colors?

Friday, March 1, 2013

Revlon Lipstick Swatches

Recently I took advantage of 30% discount at drugstore.com to round out my Revlon Lipstick Collection.
I think I am finished! I love their matte formula as it is very pigmented and does not leave my lips dry like some other brands. Revlon lipsticks are definitely my favorite drugstore brand of lipstick! I love their sleek packaging. I love that they are readily available and affordable.

Check out the swatches!


Do you own any Revlon Lipsticks?
What is your favorite color/formulation?

Friday, February 22, 2013

Nails Of The Day (NOTD) Sinful Colors AMETHYST and FRENZY


This was a fun mani. I kept it simple. I only added glitter on the ring fingers and thumbs.
I did my standard base, 3 coats of color and Seche Vite top coat.





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