Saturday, January 10, 2015


So I got a new box from Influenster, and it seemed to be focused on relaxing and basic care and primping.

I love trying new products, and this box mostly didn't disappoint... and one totally shocked me.

NYC's SugarPlum was a shocker.  It was so nice and it worked on me and my sister and my roommate, all of whom have different complexions.  Paired with Rimmel London's Scandeleyes Kohl in black and all i needed was a touch of blush and I was out the door this week.

The Fruit Vines were Cherry.  I'm not a huge Cherry fan but my sons are and between the three we made short work of them while working on homework this week.  Tasty, soft and waaaaay better then red vines.  We're planning a movie night for Cam's birthday and some Strawberry ones will make there way into the basket when I go shopping.

Cam was sick this last week so the candy cane lane tea sent was perfect.  I already love it and their sleepytime tea, and he is super picky.  He really liked it which made me feel better, cause I hate when the kids are sick and it was a nice treat.

I wish I had more then a small sample of the No7 serum since its supposed to work after 2 weeks, but it was nice.

All in all, a great box at a perfect time.

Monday, October 6, 2014

It's fall

I love fall.  I love the smells, colors and the pumpkin scented everything.  This fall in Oregon has been weird.  Too warm, too sunny and not nearly enough chilly days to suit me.

Plus I have not had much time to do anything with makeup.  I got a cpap machine and had a reaction to the plastic for the nose... and even the forehead.  I looked and felt like a leper and it's only now starting to mellow out.  I even backed off using my Clarisonic, which I will never do again.  My face broke out like it used to in my late teens.

I am excited about a few things.  I was hesitant about the vice 3 palette but then I saw they were all metallic and then I fell in love.  I am not super excited about the packaging, which is a surprise...
That green on the top is so calling to me.  The palette is about 60 bucks which is pretty typical especially for Urban Decay and for as big as this thing is.  I saw it hit the social media circuit pretty hard a few weeks ago and the chatter has yet to let up.  I may find myself wandering into Ulta or Sephora before the month is out to grab it.  There has to be some reward for the crazy homework I have to do, right?

Friday, July 25, 2014

Where does the time go?

So previously I talked about the Unzipped by Lorac.  I've been using it all week pretty universally.

Obviously with primer is a much better bet, all of these performed well and so buttery without fallout.  A perfect palette for those in a business setting... Also very easy to take from a daytime look to something more night time appropriate in less then 5 minutes...
It's a subtle difference but can be deepened even more so for more drama depending on your wishes.  
All in all for a palette I bought on whim I am super impressed and its been a go to for my career type wear.  

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I want all the things

SO much has been going on, my Facebook seems to see me more then any other social media... well that and Pinterest.  That place is like crack...

I've recently been quietly acquiring new product, and doing lots of research into new techniques and how to apply them.  It's been fascinating but I will tell you that while some of the Facebook boards have been chock full of information, sometimes its a scary place to be...

However I did pick up several goodies from Sugarpill, Lorac, Too Faced and NYX and cannot wait to share my thoughts.  Between them I have several fun looks as well as a few more day wear/business appropriate looks that still give some OOMPH!

First I'll talk about the Unzipped palette which is new to me and bought on a whim... and I am so happy about my whims sometimes.  I have to say I like this even more then the Original Urban Decay Naked palette which is crazy.  Urban Decay is a holy grail, but this... so buttery and no fall out and the pigments are just perfect, and easily blend able.

Tomorrow I'll show you swatches with and without primer as well as a great daytime look that with this palette can then be jazzed up for an awesome date night face.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Goodies! #TLC VoxBox

Sometimes you need the real world to drag you out of the norm.  Thankfully Influenster tends to send me little something somethings which makes me take some time for myself!!

The tissue with lotion I immediately passed to my husband because his allergies, with meds have been making his nose run and its been raw... he says the lotion has helped his face!  Yay!

I will say the Neosporin to go sounded silly but we've already used it three tines between the kids and myself.  Its been a blessing for the football accident that took out a huge patch of skin on the knee, a paper cut and a bit of rug burn.  The 14 year old totally seemed to love it and I may have lost it already.

I haven't tried the gas card yet but we're going to this weekend with all the errand running going on.  This will force me to leave the house and since I have to do makeup, I get to use the Avon Reversalist.  I love their packaging.  It slide down and there is a super clear reflective mirror on the top.  The texture is nice too.  I plan on seeing how it works with under eye wrinkles since I have two that are supah stubborn.

Then while on break from school I am totally using the Ivory soap to make liquid hand soap.  I love the scent and feel, the kids however are not nice to bars, and this will leave no mess.  The scent of Ivory does take me back. 

Don't you just love little packages in the mail to break up the monotony?
(yes I got this to review, but all the ideas and opinions are my own)   

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Things that make you go hmm?

Doing someone else's makeup is so very interesting because you get to try new things... here's the before and after just hanging out and trying some new stuff.  Sometimes with depression doing some pampering can help your overall feelings.

This next term I'm only doing part time school in order to get a bit of a break.  I've been going full term for almost 2 years (with summers) and I still have work to do on my associates.  Some is due to extra classes for awards/new language and Math has always been a challenge. 

This next term I am hoping to do more makeup, more Weight Watchers, more swimming and walking and talking with my doc, and less stressing out!!  Part of that will be playing in my makeup! I ended up ordering the Electric Palette from Sephora (woot) so it should be here the day after my kids birthday (/squee).

Funny that, I got a call from Ulta yesterday.  They apologized and I guess the store gets their stuff out after the web, which doesn't make sense.  I get UD having an unveiling but having it stagger like that from UD to Online to Physical shop seems... like too much.

Looking forward to my Mary Kay shipment coming in soon as well.  They just came out with a BB cream and one a hell of a lot more affordable then my beloved Smashbox, so I cannot wait to see how it works out!!

Friday, April 4, 2014

One size fits all

I love makeup for so many reasons.  Trying to list them all would be exhausting because I find something new to appreciate daily.  Yesterday it was the fact that I got to be creative and try something new.  I rarely do a bold thick eyeliner, and decided to because I had run my budget and could afford the Electric Palette from Urban Decay.  I figured I might be able to pair the bold liner with a gorgeous new color and could hardly contain myself.  Once more, I had enough time to stop by Ulta and pick it up... only I was ignored by several staff as I looked up and down the isle to figure out where they moved the Urban Decay.

Finally I had enough trying to hunt it down and centered myself in front of someone so I couldn't be ignored.  She shuffled me over quickly, and then stopped in from of the display eyeing me up and down. Being a fat chick I know the look.  I looked fine, I don't do slovenly or even run down when I step out the door, except maybe the midnight grocery run.  I had a lovely pair of slacks paid with a cami and overshirt.  My makeup was flawless.  The hair even looked cute.

She then told me it wasn't available when I asked where the palette was, and I was baffled to hear her say it wasn't available.  I know while beauty bloggers get mailed palettes first to review them and have us salivate, that I had an email and had been drooling over Urban Decay's website when I got the email that it was available.  I had even that morning checked to make sure it was for sale online to see if their price was different from Sephora's.  Hell it was even available at Sephora as well.  I dunno if physical stores get a different release time or what.  The rep even told me she knew when it would be at the store but seemed to gleefully let me know she couldn't let me in on it.  Which counter intuitive from a selling standpoint.

I won't pretend I wasn't bummed it wasn't available, even though it is online.  What bothered me more what that snobbery and strange love hate thing that goes on with these shops.  I have heard in the past others talk about Sephora like this, and to be honest because of my weight and knowing people only see the fat rather then a person, I tend to order online but I don't think that's going to fix it.  Regardless of my size, I will never fit the norm of perfect, and I shouldn't have to force a customer service rep to acknowledge me or even treat my with some civility.

Luckily for me, a little time with a palette like today can help shake off those things.  Too Faced "Totally Fetch" from the pretty little rebel palette can make everything awesome!  That pink is so highly pigmented a little seriously goes a long way.  I love it!  And sometimes I need that reminder to embrace Miss Piggy, a character who loves herself regardless of anyone else rather then pulling an Eeyore.