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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

After Spending Ban Haul!



So as many of you guys may or may not know, my spending ban has ended! Which meant that I bought quite a bit of makeup, fashion...and a nice pair of shoes! In this monthish time frame, I have finally splurged on makeup brushes, and I am so happy that I did (if there is one thing I have learned through my experience in makeup, is to now invest in buying makeup brushes; I'd rather invest in a good quality brush than one that isn't as good).

On a somewhat random note, I also bought the Real Techniques Travel Essentials Makeup Brush set for my sister! She loves the set, and it has also stepped up her makeup routine! I don't typically like the flat foundation brushes that travel sets come up with...but the Real Techniques one is amazing, seriously! If you are on a budget, I highly recommend you to check out the Real Techniques line!

Anyways, check out what products I have purchased in the last month or so!

L'Oreal Color Riche Lipstick in Fairest Nude
Perhaps one of the most talked about lipstick formulas and most talked about shade in the blogging world and youtube, so it wasn't a surprise that I grabbed it!

L'Oreal True Match Lumi Foundation in W2 Nude Beige
So, you are wondering why on earth an oily skin girl would pick up a foundation meant to "luminous"?! Well, its because I plan one using this as a foundation to mix with a matte foundation (such as my well beloved, CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 Foundation - Review) and I also plan on using it in the relatively small winter we have in Florida. My other foundations don't fare at its best with winter season, so I'm hoping this foundation would do well during that time (even though... winter isn't going to come back for a long time and all...can't help but be prepared ahead of time!)

Mac 109 Small Contour Brush
One of the main struggles lately is finding a brush that can deposit enough color, without it being an excessive amount. This brush was recommended to me by a Mac makeup artist to use as a blush brush. I've used this brush a couple of times for that and its working well so far! Haven't used it for contour yet though, but I am looking forward to do so.

Mac 217 Blending Brush
Holy cow is this an amazing brush! I can not begin to fathom not having this in my collection now that I own it. I initially thought that my makeup application prior to this brush was decent...but now I know I was wrong. My makeup application has definitely stepped up its games since I've obtained this brush, and now I want to pick up so many more of these (even though its priced at $25...so maybe I'll go stumble around and try the "dupes" before deciding to pick up more of these...)

Mac 228 Mini Shader Brush
I wanted a brush that could place eyeshadow underneath my small eyes without making me look like a raccoon. Most smudge brushes are too big for me (like the Mac 215 Medium Shading Brush, which I initially bought and then returned for this one). I haven't used this brush yet, but I have high hopes for this brush!

Milani Blush in Luminoso
I still cannot believe that I have not picked up a Milani blush until now! It seems to me that my blush collection won't be complete without at least one blush from them! This blush is absolutely divine, it applies on my cheeks in a flattering light orange color and makes my cheeks glow! One thing I haven't gotten around to expect was that this blush has a bit of fallout when you press on it with your makeup brush a bit too hard!

Milani Eyeshadow Primer
I still love my Wet n Wild Eyeshadow Primer (Review) but I was in need of an extra eyeshadow primer so that I could have one primer in my travel makeup bag (which tends to have everything in it) and one at home. So far I like it, we'll see how this goes the longer I use it!

Physician's Formula Happy Booster Glow and Mood Boosting Blush in Rose
I haven't bought anything from Physician's Formula for a long time, so when I got a coupon from CVS I couldn't resist and picked up this blush. First off, LOVE the packaging--the hearts are so adorable. The blush is a light pink and quite buildable. Definitely something nice to add to my collection!

Sephora Makeup Brush Cleaner
Currently using this to spot clean my makeup brushes, and I am loving it! I have the smaller size right now, but I am definitely going to be buying the full sized version when I finish this one up!

Sephora Makeup Brush Shampoo
This is what I'm currently using to deep clean my brushes. It's a gel like formula that I'm not use to, but one that cleans brushes decently well. Still unsure with what I think about it, but will keep you posted!

What's worse about this spending haul is that I just got the Sephora and Ulta coupons in the mail this week...which may mean more spending D: Not sure how my wallet can handle it...

What have you guys purchased lately? Let me know in the comment section below!



Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Makeup Swap feat. Vanessa from Citron and Guavaberry


Hello everyone! Long time no post, I know. I've honestly been taking a break from makeup, haven't been wearing much lately so as such, I haven't had much inspiration to post. Today, however, I am excited to share with you a makeup swap I did with Vanessa over at Citron and Guavaberry. Vanessa and I started blogging about the same time and we connected rather quickly over our blogging, so it was only a matter of time where we decide to send each other makeup. Initially, the price limit was set to be $20...but then I decided since Vanessa was having Daphne over at Subgenre of a Dream send over some make up products... I couldn't resist and snagged a couple of Sleek products I have been eyeing. So the price tag went up...by a LOT. Check out what fabulous products I got Vanessa here!


Let's first start off with the food goodies! I got some awesome limited edition Gingerbread Oreos. Boy, were these delicious--especially with a glass of milk! I'm now hoping that US Supermarkets will have these back in stock for the next holiday season! Next, she also gave me some delicious Celestial Sugar Plum tea bags (not pictured). Now, to be honest, normally I do not dig flavored tea at all, but I was excited to try these out. And boy, did Vanessa not disappoint one bit. Combined, both the cookies and tea reminded me of the holidays, which I now want to go back too! I'm so going to be missing this tea once I run out!


Now, lets dig into the products that you were probably the most excited for... makeup! Vanessa sent me The Balm "Hot Mama Blush", Essence I Love Extreme Crazy Volume Mascara, two Sleek Blush by Three (one in Pumpkin and Pink Spirit), and Sleek Face Contour Kit in Light. I am dying over these products (and was dying when I found out what I received!) These are my first makeup products from all of these brands! I have been dying to try out products from The Balm, Essence, and Sleek for a long time. I've only gotten a chance to try out Hot Mama, Essence I Love Extreme Crazy Volume Mascara, and the Sleek Face Contour Kit. So far, I have very good first impressions of these products, so much so that I'm having a difficult time switching up my makeup!





I am so excited to dive into these products and play with them even more! Since getting these products, my inspiration for makeup as increased and I have felt the urge to play with my makeup more (and making it a heck more dramatic than normal!). Again, do go check out Vanessa's blog if you get a chance, you'll enjoy her witty sense of humor I promise!

Have you guys tried any of these products before? Let me know in the comment section below!




Sunday, March 2, 2014

Cindy Sherman (Untitled Film Still #10) Transformation Tutorial


Hey guys! So today, I have a transformation tutorial based off of Cindy Sherman's untitled film still #10. I did a self portrait series based on my photography class after her. The whole process of making this video took a whole lot longer than expected, which is why this wasn't uploaded on Wednesday night! Anyways, I hope you guys enjoyed this tutorial and let me know what you think! (First time doing a voice over and that was so much of a pain!)









Products Used:
Elf Studio Eyebrow Kit - Review
Jordana 12 Hour Liquid Eyeliner in Black Point
Lancome Teint Miracle Foundation in Buff 6W
L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara
Mac Lip Liner in Vino
Mac Pro Longwear Concealer in NW25
Milani Color Statement Lip Stick in Nude Creame
Nars Guy Bourdin One Night Stand Cheek Palette (Devotee, Goulue) - Review
Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette (Blackout, Tease)

Saturday, February 22, 2014

GRWM 4 - Night Out Makeup Featuring Urban Decay Anarchy Palette


Hey guys! Long time no see! I apologize for the lack of updates, photography class and my science exams are taking over my life! It's rather insane how much material we have to know for all our classes nowadays...especially when all the exams line up on the same week. As such, I've taken a step back from a lot of things, one of which included my blog. I hope you guys forgive me, school has to come first if I want to do graduate with flying colors!

This video is the first of two videos I will be posting this week. This video is a Get Ready With Me Video, featuring a subtle night out look that I wore when I went out with my family the other day. The look I created was my using the Urban Decay Anarchy Palette. My first impression of this product is rather so-so. While I do like the look it gives, I am not happy at all with the fall out the first eyeshadow gave me! I've never experienced that much fall out in any of my eyeshadows so far...so it was kind of shocking!



Products Used:
Elf Studio Eyebrow Kit in Medium - Review
Jordana Best Lash Extreme Volumizing Mascara in Black
Jordana FabuLiner in Black
Lancome Teint Miracle Foundation in Buff 6W
Mac Pro Longwear Concealer in NW25
Mac Satin Lipstick in Brave
Nars Guy Bourdin One Night Stand Cheek Palette (Devotee, Deep Throat) - Review
Physician's Formula Matte Eyeshadow Quad in Canyon Classics
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transparent
Urban Decay Anarchy Palette
Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Zero
Wet n Wild Fergie Take the Day Eyeshadow Primer - Review

Let me know what you think of this look in the comment section below! The next video that will be up this week will be posted on Wednesday night, after my Cell Biology exam! Wish me luck!

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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Review: Arganics by NuMe Argan Oil




Claims: Dried out hair from all the fabulous styling you've done to it? Not to worry--NuMe's got the perfect elixir for those thirsty locks. With NuMe's famous Arganics, you can give your hair the moisturizing experience it deserves.

Your hair will fall in love with our Argan Oil, a luscious recipe rich in Vitamin E and other beneficial fatty acids. This specialized non-greasy formula will penetrate damaged hair cuticles, leaving your hair stunningly healthy from the inside out. But wait--there's more! Our advanced Arganics reduces drying time in damp hair while deeply hyrdrating and prevents fading on color-treated hair. Argan Oil is also ideal for dry and tired skin as a reparative moisturizer, soothing rough and ravaged spots from head to toe.

Shine on with a refreshing aroma and a Brand Nu perspective!
Price: $59.00 (I purchased this with itsjudytime promo, which also came with the 19MM Magic Wand, it totaled to $64)
Size: 4 fl oz/118 mL
Where Can It Be Purchased?: NuMe

Hey guys! So today I will be doing a review on the Aragnics by NuMe Argan Oil. I received this back during the summer with my NuMe haul. Prior to the whole argan oil craze that happened in the beauty world, many cultures have been putting oil in their hair for years. As such, I was very excited to try this product out once I received it!

The packaging of is made of glass, so you have to be careful when you take it out of the mail. I, unfortunately, wasn't careful so I broke it almost immediately! As such, this product won't be the best for travelling, so you would have to put in a travel container.

Travel Container from Target that I am currently keeping the Argan Oil in 



So prior to using this my hair was normal consistency for the most part, not too dry and not too greasy. However, I had a lot of split ends were really dry. Once I started using it on both my skin and my hair, I saw a lot of wonderful changes. I have used this product on my hair for over six months now and I have to say that I have realized that my hair has significantly improved since I started using this product. The oil has led my hair to be smooth, moisturized, and smelling good. I use about a dime size amount for my hair when my hair is about 80% dry (after I wash my hair). I highly recommend using the argan oil when your hair is still wet because it will still be able to penetrate your hair rather than sit on it. I've tried using this when my hair is 100% dry and the affect is not the same. My hair has a tendency to be really greasy when I use the product dry.

While I do recommend this product, I feel like buying this product full price is a bit...rather huge (the price tag is a bit hefty!) Although this is a very expensive product, I have barely made a dent on this product, so I expect to have this product for the a really long time. While I would repurchase this product if I can get it on sale, I would probably not purchase the product at full price. I feel that there are dupes for argan oil somewhere (I know that Sally's Beauty Supply sells it at the fraction of the cost).

What do you guys think? Have you guys ever used hair oils? Let me know in the comment section below.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Everyday Winter Foundation Routine



Hey guys! I'm posting a slightly older video just in case any of my blog subscribers were interested in seeing my everyday winter foundation routine. This foundation routine focuses on hydrating my skin so that my skin wouldn't be uncomfortable in the winter. This foundation routine features a medium coverage using some of my favorite products! I hope you guys enjoy the video! Let me know what you think and if you are interested in seeing more videos like this.

Products Mentioned:
Benefit Watts Up Highlighter
Lancome Teint Miracle in Buff 6W
Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser - Review
Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Concealer in Radiant
Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard - Review
Revlon Photoready Blush in Pinched
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transparent
Urban Decay DeSlick Setting Spray


Monday, February 3, 2014

January 2014 Makeup Favorites




Benefit They're Real Mascara
So the rave on this mascara is definitely true! This lengthens my mascara very well, and while it is not a waterproof formula I do not notice any smudging (granted the weather in Florida isn't hot or humid...so we can only find that out for sure in the summer). Definitely something great to own for a girl who has short lashes, in my opinion!

Benefit Watts Up Highlighter
I just got back into the cream product bandwagon this winter, and this highlighter is the main reason. I love the champagne glow it gives on my cheek without being too shimmery! The creaminess and the ease of blendibility also make this a dream. I will definitely buy the full size of this product when I finish!

Buxom Big and Healthy Lip Polish in Dani
I'm completely addicted to this lip gloss! This is a beautiful sheer berry lip gloss that I have been topping my nude, pink, and berry lip sticks throughout this month. The formula isn't too sticky, and plus I love the minty taste of it!

Elf Studio Brow Kit in Medium - Review
I have fallen back in love with this brow product, mainly with the brow gel on the left. I have primarily been using just that portion of the brow kit to fill in my brows and it stays put for the majority of my days!

Mac Pro Longwear Concealer in NW25
I've only had this product for less than a month but daaang, does this cover well. I'm quite positive I should've picked up NW20 instead of NW25, but I can work with it so it makes it slightly okay. I really like the finish it gives, and the product is long lasting. Will do a full review later on within the next month or so.

Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser - Review
I did a review of this product a couple of weeks back, and I'm still enjoying this product a lot. This gives me a nice base to work with and it minimizes my pores!

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette
As you can see, this is a very well loved palette in my collection (thanks to my sisters help, I have hit pan on Chopper). I have been gravitating towards this eye shadow palette this month for my neutral makeup looks and it has consistently been a staple in my makeup collection for the past year that I've had it.

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