Saturday, November 9, 2013

October 2013 Favorites


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revlon colorstay matte balm stain in 'sultry' // sinfulcolors nail polish in 'whipped' // tocca 'stella' // jouer matte moisture tint


I've already reviewed this so I won't go into super detail, suffice it to say I really love the formula and color of this balm stain. I bought it mid October and it stayed on my lips through the rest of the month. I bought another color from the matte range earlier this week & I'm tempted to go back and get another. I just really love the pigmentation & feel of these. I wish they provided more moisture & didn't leave my lips feeling so dry after a few hours but I don't mind re-applying & using lip balm between applications. Overall very pleased.
review here


This is a leather-looking matte nail polish from Sinful Colors new Leather Luxe line. There were lots of different colors-- black, white, red, burgundy, brown, navy & maybe a teal? I bought black for myself and one for my leather lovin' bestie, Taylor. Sinful Colors, despite being incredibly affordable ($1.99 at Walgreens) are quality nail polishes. I wore this for around four days (no top coat) without so much as a chip. I was pretty impressed


Ahh! I've been waiting since February to start wearing this again. I love love love the way it smells. The Sephora website lists the notes as: bitter orange, blood orange, watery accord, white freesia, wild diamond orchids, spicy lily, sheer musk & sandalwood. It primarily smells like blood orange but isn't terribly sweet smelling. I don't know, I'm terrible at describing scents. I just find that it smells amazing when I catch a whiff of it on my scarf or cardigan. It smells clean and fresh and I just really like it. You can find it at Sephora & Anthropologie-- I definitely suggest going in and sniffing a sample of it. TOCCA 'Cleopatra' is also amazing.


I reviewed this earlier this week ...or was it last week? I don't know, you can find a link to my review down below. I won't go on and on but overall the Matte Moisture Tint is definitely a great tinted moisturizer/base and is perfect for people with normal-oily skin & lasts all day and blends amazingly. Despite having a measly color range, I'm assuming each color is supposed to work with a range of skintones? I have no idea. I'm very pale and have cool undertones & a LOT of redness and 'Porcelain' works PERFECT for me.
review here


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vintage green glass cameo necklace // f21 studded bat headband (sold out) // lexi holiday candle tin in 'frosted maple'


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Ryan's mom bought me this beautiful necklace from a vendor at Czhilispiel last year. Ryan's family competes annually in the Chili competition & there's always a small fair & a section of booths with arts and crafts type vendors. I picked out the green cameo charm & the woman who owned the booth constructed a necklace from other bits and bobs she had on hand in her little jewelry tackle box. I used to have her card but I've lost it. The cameo is actually one of many from a vintage bracelet I've seen on ebay. I love this necklace & always get so many compliments on it when I'm out. It's one of those pieces I know someday I'll pass onto a child or grandchild because it was a sweet gift from Ryan's mother & feels like a timeless piece of jewelry.


I bought this at F21 last month when they first released their cats & bats line. I wanted the kitty cat beanie but I wanted the bat ears headband WAY more. I sort of wish I'd bought the cat beanie too though, it would have been easier to wear throughout the winter. I wore the headband on Halloween as part of my bat costume & I think it's basically the coolest headband ever. I wish I could wear it regularly but I don't like weird stares and the bat ears are quite tall and would be really hard to miss. I accidentally bumped them off of my head all night trying to get into cars or fix my hair. They look so awesome though! I love the metal spikes & the faux leather look. I wore it with a wet-look fit and flare skirt and my peter pan collar top with a black cardigan I pinned to make it look like I had bat wings. Terrible explanation but it looked pretty cute if I do say so myself. I couldn't find this still for sale on F21's website but I'm sure if you looked around your local F21 you might find a pair.


THIS CANDLE. I've already burned the wicks down but there's still so much candle left-- which is my only real complaint. I hate when wicks aren't evenly distributed and fail to melt the entire candle. Ugh! But apart from that, this candle smells AMAZING! I am not one for buying a candle that costs over $10. I'm a bit of a penny pincher when it comes to how much I'll pay for things. Even the citizens in my Animal Crossing town call me a "bell-pincher". News of my bell pinching ways even made it all the way to Taylor's town...little gossipy turds! So when I smelled this upon entering the WillowBend Anthropologie a month or so ago I knew I couldn't leave without owning whatever was making the entire store smell so CRAZY GOOD. It was $18 and while I think that's a stupid amount of money to spend on a candle...I did it anyways. Because it smelled so freaking GOOD. Now, if you aren't crazy about sweet smells, this may not be for you. However, I hate vanilla scents because they're too sweet and I think this is amazeballs so I would definitely recommend smelling it before writing it off. I lit it in our dining room and it managed to make the entire apartment smell like fresh made waffles and maple syrup for the rest of the day. I'm trying to figure out how to melt the rest of the wax or put new wicks in. I'll figure it out but for now I just leave it open on a table for a bit and even just the smell of the soy candle UNLIT makes the apartment smell amazing. Plus the tin is too cute!

Well, that's it for my monthly favorites. Sorry it came a bit later than normal. Did you do anything fun for Halloween? What did you dress up as? I'd love to know! Tell me below in the comments!


Thursday, November 7, 2013

Review: Jouer Matte Moisture Tint in 'Porcelain'

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So I've been accumulating Birchbox points the last few months & since I'm running low on my beloved NARS Sheer Glow Foundation, I decided to use my points to try a new foundation I've heard good things about: Jouer Matte Moisture Tint. Initially I'd wanted it for the summer because I wanted something light-weight to wear while sweating my butt off in Texas. Who wants to wear heavy foundation in 105ºF weather? Nobody does. But alas I put it off until nearly a month ago when the colder weather started settling in. Oops!

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I ended up getting the lightest shade in the range called 'porcelain' for $8 after using my points. It normally retails for $38USD here & here.

Initially I was worried it would provide too little coverage (or be a bad match) since it's a light-medium coverage foundation/tinted moisturizer but it's super easy to build up & blend out. As for application I use a primer underneath & a damp beauty blender. I haven't tried applying it with a buffing brush but I always feel like whenever I use a brush it makes my makeup look cakey. Cakey is not cute.

The texture and consistency remind me a lot of my Laura Mercier Silk Creme foundation as it's quite thick and comes in a squeeze tube-- but I find that the Jouer Matte Moisture Tint looks more natural and matches my skin tone better. The finish is matte but still looks natural & soft. I find it doesn't settle into my pores and despite having 15 SPF doesn't leave my face looking more oily for it. I've been using it everyday for the past few weeks & haven't had any spots or acne issues. Also, I have a very oily t-zone and this tinted moisturizer manages to stay fairly matte for better part of an 8 hour day. I normally only have to use a rice paper slip or apply a little powder towards the end of the day which I think is pretty impressive.

Price-wise you get the most for your money as well:
NARS Sheer Glow - $44 for 1 fl oz
Laura Mercier's Silk Creme Foundation - $43 for 1.18 fl oz
Jouer's Matte Moisture Tint - $38 for 1.7 fl oz

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I definitely suggest giving this foundation/tinted moisturizer a try since I think it's a really nice base & a more affordable high end brand. I recommend it especially if you're a fan of either Laura Mercier's Silk Creme Foundation or NARS Sheer Glow. I personally love this & definitely plan on repurchasing.

Have you tried any of Jouer's products?? Anything I should try out? I'm itching to try more from this brand.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

New Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell 'Zach in Metallic Silver'

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I'm in LOVE with my new shoes from Karmaloop. I bought these Halloween weekend along with another pair of JC's (they ended up being too big and difficult to walk in--gotta return them :c) and was so hoping that they would fit alright. I own one other pair of Jeffrey Campbells & they're so comfy and fit like a glove so when I slipped these on & wore them a whole day (shopping & everything) without any blisters, I knew I'd made the right decision.

The Zach shoe is a penny-loafer style shoe with a pointed toe & a thick chunky heel at the back which gives a little bit of height without looking like a kitten heel or a child's first heel. They're made of patent metallic leather & a man-made sole. They were marked down from $120USD to $47.95USD when I scooped them up using an extra 40% off coupon code-- so I managed to pay around $28USD for them. Which is an INCREDIBLE deal for such a nice pair of shoes! I'm already looking forward to pairing them with dresses (a bit of that masculine shoe mixed with a feminine dress) or even just really comfy casual clothes because the intense shine they give off instantly makes an outfit a bit more glam. Unfortunately they're sold out on Karmaloop but I'm sure they'll turn up on ebay or somewhere else.

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I'm posting about these mostly because I want to brag about Jeffrey Campbells amazing quality. And no, I'm not being paid to freak out over this brand, I just really really like them. I wish JC would send me free stuff, geeze. Sizes are really consistent from what I've both heard and personally experienced. I ordered a size 8.5 in the 'Zach' loafer (which fit perfectly & is also the size of my JC 'Wanted' heels) & a size 9 in the heel I'm planning on returning (which turned out to be too big...womp womp). Another thing I'm really impressed by is I always get blisters on my heels and toes with new shoes & neither of my JC shoes have so much as made my feet ache & I own both a pair of flats and a pair of heels.

I'm pretty new to the brand (wow two pairs) but I can already tell I'm hooked. I definitely recommend looking on both PLNDR & Karmaloop for deals on JC shoes & other really great brands.

Ah! I just love these so much! Do you have a brand of shoes that you just adore?


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Review: Revlon Colorstay Matte Balm Stain in 'Sultry'

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There has been a lot of hype on youtube about all of the new fall drugstore releases. This includes the Revlon Colorstay Matte & Lacquer Balm Stains. I spent the last month scouring every drugstore & supermarket in my area for ANYTHING new...and came up empty handed each and every time. Then last week I was in my local Kroger buying groceries with Ryan and saw the display from afar. It felt like the world was going in slow motion as I approached the display, I clutched a fist-full of balm stains in my sweaty little hands, fell to my knees and cried tears of joy.

Okay, maybe not. But I was really excited. I also picked up a few L'Oreal La-Laques & I think I'll review them soon.

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But back to the new Revlon Balm Stains...I only bought one matte one because I was unsure of what colors would look good on me and I've heard A LOT of mixed reviews on these. A lot of people really like the matte formula and hate the lacquer one because some of the shades have large chunks of glitter in them. Since I'm not a huge fan of glitter I decided to go for the matte color 'Sulty'. You can tell the difference between the matte balm stains and the lacquer ones because the matte packaging is...well, matte & the lacquer ones are shiny.

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'Sultry' is a reddish brown cranberry sort of color and seemed perfect for the fall and winter months. I was a little worried it would look too dark with my fair complexion but I really love the way it looks on. When I initially applied it, I was amazed at how velvety it felt on my lips & that it didn't pull on my lips or feel really crayon-y like some matte lipsticks can feel. The application & feel of it reminded me a lot of my NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil which has SUCH a wonderful formula. But since it's both matte & contains menthol which is what gives it that lovely minty taste and smell, I assumed it would be pretty drying on the lips. I was surprised when I rubbed my lips together it felt smooth and velvety/buttery for the first hour or so. The color stayed on my lips for around three hours and faded to a stain on my lips for the rest of the day. I definitely felt like my lips were dry after a few hours & re-applied it along with some lip balm. It didn't feather or smudge or move anywhere after I applied it, so you don't need to babysit it really. I hate lip products you have to babysit. No thanks.

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So basically, if you don't mind re-applying lip products-- I think 'Sultry' is a nice addition to any lipstick collection. It looks and feels really amazing for the first few hours & leaves a nice even stain afterwards. I personally feel like it's a unique color but maybe I'm making that up... I never thought to buy a color like this until now & I just think it looks really beautiful on and totally puts me in the holiday spirit!

Have you tried any of the new drugstore products that have come out for the fall/winter? Any faves?


Friday, October 18, 2013

Review: OCC Lip Tar in 'Anime'

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Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics lip tars are something I never saw myself purchasing since they seemed difficult to apply & looked lip-glossy to me. Can't deal with my hair getting all caught on my lips. No no no not for me. That all changed when I saw 'Anime' in a local Sephora & thought to myself "a lipstick named after anime?? gotta buy it--PLUS IT'S PINK". I know, it's really not hard to get me to buy something. I'm a sucker for names and themes. And luckily, it's nothing like a lip gloss!

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what it looks like right after application

Basically you squeeze the tiniest bit out onto a lip brush and carefully apply it to your lips. It starts out as a liquid but dries to a more matte feel on your lips while leaving a matte-satin looking finish. Hopefully that sentence made sense. DO NOT try applying it straight out of the tube, this is incredibly pigmented & liquid-y at first--use a brush (and they come with their own little pouch and brush which is perfect for when you're out and about). Be careful not to go outside of your lips or you might have to get out the makeup remover wipes because this stuff will STAIN ANYTHING IT TOUCHES. Apply a little concealer around the outer edges of your mouth for clean-up and you should be good to go. Once the lip color dries, it doesn't move unless you TRY to rub it off or something. My lips were hot magenta pink long after the actual lipstick faded. It lasted nearly all day even through eating, I just had to do a touch-up reapplication. And you use so little each time, it'll take you forever to go through an entire tube. Lip Tars are 100% vegan & cruelty free and OCC has a huge range of colors (including blue and green!) Definitely check them out if you're looking for a long-wearing, super pigmented, and cruelty free or vegan lipstick!

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this is what it looked like on my lips after a good 20-30 minutes of wear

OCC lip tars retail for $18 USD & are available to purchase here & here.


Monday, October 14, 2013

Fall/Winter 2013 Lips: Berry

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left to right: 'raspberry pie' revlon lip butter // 'blissful berry' maybelline color sensational lipcolor // 'berry smoothie' revlon lip butter // 'plum perfect' maybelline color sensational lipcolor // 'berry ready' maybelline color whisper // 'toundra' nars velvet matte lip pencil

I'm super excited about fall and winter (as are most people I think) so I've come up with a  few posts that list different products I'm planning on using as soon as the temperature drops! This is my second lip post and it features berry toned lipsticks! I'd never been much of a fan since I used to think they were too bright for my personal taste and style. But now it's all I can think about when planning my outfits for the fall and winter seasons!

raspberry pie
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Raspberry Pie comes across as an almost hot pink but it has that bit of blue in it to bring it back to berry. As with all of the original Revlon Lip Butters it has a bit of micro-shimmer but once it's applied to the lips you really can't see it. It's very hydrating and leaves a really beautiful stain afterwards. Easy to apply and can be sheered down by applying it with your fingertip for a more subtle look. Raspberry Pie is easily one of those colors I feel should be an easy intro to berry lipstick shades.

blissful berry
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This lipstick looks a bit frightening in the tube since it looks sort of like an electric purple but once applied on the lips it's far less terrifying. I feel like this is the shade I would call a "true berry" shade, it looks like you just got through smearing blackberries and raspberries all over your lips. It has a smooth satiny finish and doesn't have any shimmer in it at all. I was able to apply this straight from the bullet without any real issues or feathering. The only thing I don't love about this lipstick range is the smell. I own a few and they all smell the same. Like play dough.

berry smoothie
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Ah, another Lip Butter from Revlon. This is the lightest shade in my berry collection & almost comes off as a nude. You could definitely build it up if you wanted, but I like to have subtle versions of different colors. This way you can wear a berry or red or rose or plum lip without having to commit to checking your lipstick all day. This has micro-shimmer that's visible in the bullet but once applied it just makes your lips look a bit shiny or glossy which I can appreciate because I really hate glittery lipstick. This is the first berry lipstick I purchased in an attempt to become more comfortable with wearing the color. I recommend it for anyone who's wanting the look but afraid to take the plunge.

plum perfect
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This is a "plum" lipstick but I consider it to be in the berry family since it reminds me more of dark cherries or raspberries than plums. Not enough purple to be plum in my opinion. Regardless, this is a nice semi-sheer way to get a deep raspberry/cherry lip without it feeling so dark. Fairly sure you could apply more and get a more opaque coverage but I haven't really tried as this is pretty dark for my complexion. This is the same formula and comes from the same range as "Berry Blissful" and again, I'm just not a fan of how they smell. Love the lipsticks but the smell reminds me of play dough.

berry ready
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This is my newest lipstick. I bought it because CVS has a "spend $10 get $3 in extra bucks back" deal and I had a bunch of coupons. I own two other colors from this range & they're both amazing. This went on smooth but I wish the shape was a bit different since this is so pigmented it wasn't very forgiving. Next time I think I'll apply it with a lip brush to make things easier on myself. It stains your lips a nice berry as it fades and it feels super smooth on the lips.

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This is by far the darkest lipstick I own & I've only worn it a few times. NARS 'Toundra' is a metallic burgundy--it reminds me of really dark black raspberry jam. And as the name "velvet matte lip pencil" suggests, it really does feel like velvet when you swipe it over your lips. It's fairly forgiving even if you have mildly dry lips but I would definitely suggest exfoliating and hydrating before wearing anything so dark and matte. It's got blue undertones that suit me fairly well & I imagine this would look SO beautiful on anyone with really dark skin. You could also use this underneath a more intense lipstick like 'Plum Perfect' and it would look so intense and beautiful. I bought it because it was on clearance at Sephora & I will buy any NARS lip or cheek product on clearance--I don't care what it is. It was only $10 and while I've really only worn it a few times, I really do enjoy it. I wore it last Halloween when Taylor & I went out for the night as "goths". I'm hoping to get some more use out of it this fall/winter.

I hope you enjoyed this & it wasn't too boring! Nearly all of these are widely available at drugstores & within the range of $5-$10 with the exception of the NARS lip pencil (though I DID pay $10 for it at the time). Stay tuned for my fall/winter blushes posts!


Friday, October 11, 2013

Review: OCC Nail Polish in 'Chalkboard'

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Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics 'Chalkboard' is my dream winter nail polish. I've been looking for a true forest green non shimmer or glitter nail polish for way longer than you'd think. At night it looks like a really beautiful and glossy black nail polish but in the sunlight or indoors it looks like what it is-- a deep deep forest green.

It applies super smooth and glossy & has a fairly large brush. I only needed two coats to get it completely opaque. The polish is already fairly shiny but I used my seche vite top coat on top to give it that super glossy finish. After wearing this a total of 3 times in a row--each application only lasted about three days before starting to wear & chip at the tips of my nails. Therefore this is NOT a long-wear nail polish. I still love it because I think it applies great, doesn't stain your nails & looks so beautiful on. But if you'd rather keep your eye out for a longer lasting forest green polish, be my guest. Since this color seems to be fairly popular this season, maybe another brand will release one. Until then, I'm going to keep using 'Chalkboard'.

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Another plus is that this nail polish (along with all of OCC's products) is 100% vegan and cruelty free!

'Chalkboard' retails for $10 USD at Sephora & OCC's official website. These are the only two online retailers I know of but you might be able to find it on eBay for less?

Have any of you tried any of OCC's other nail polishes? I love the references to sci-fi movies! It's all I can do not to buy all of the Blade Runner themed polishes.


Monday, October 7, 2013

Fall/Winter 2013 Lips: Nude/Natural

So fall & winter are my favorite seasons for makeup (and most everything else too, who am I kidding?) and I would say the lipsticks I find myself wearing the most are simple nude & natural looking lipsticks and liptints. So I thought I would recommend the ones I find myself reaching for most often. This will be a small series on my blog including other tones of lipsticks, blushes and nail polishes I'm predicting I'll be using most this fall/winter.

Ok, let's get to it!

dolce vita

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Dolce Vita is my go-to lipstick when I'm unsure of what I want to wear. I always know it will look good with whatever blush or outfit I pick out. It's sheer and just dresses your lips up a little. It would fall into the range of "medium-nude" because often times true nude shades can wash you out. This is a really versatile lipstick that I think would flatter most anyone. While this formula is not particularly long lasting, it feels really great on the lips and hydrates fairly well. It lasts a bit longer if I wear a lip primer underneath it. NARS lipsticks retail for $26 USD.


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Exposed is basically the same color as Dolce Vita but more opaque and goes on matte. I find this shade is so flattering and lasts for a pretty long time on my lips. It can make dry patches look a bit worse for ware since it's a matte shade, but a little exfoliation before applying can easily solve that. I own multiple tarte LipSurgence lip tints but 'exposed' is by far my favorite. It goes on smooth and feels creamy on the lips--it also smells and feels minty while you're wearing it. Last year around the holidays ULTA had a gift set of these for $32 dollars. I bought it and came out with 5 or 6 (including 'exposed') of these bad boys in different shades and formulas (in full size too) so keep your eyes peeled for that this year if you're interested in tarte products. These regularly retail for $24 USD. Yes, I paid for one and a half lip tints and got 4 for free basically. It was amazing.

pure zen

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I've written about Pure Zen before here & here so I won't go on and on but suffice it to say this is the only light or pale nude lipstick I've ever bought that looks flattering. I have a feeling it's because it leans more peach than anything else but it's such a pretty lipstick. If you're thinking about purchasing a light nude lipstick, definitely go to a mac counter and try this one on. MAC lipsticks retail for $15 USD.

pink truffle

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This is another "medium-nude" shade that's fairly sheer. This is a nice semi shimmer wearable nude that's really affordable. If you like the look of 'Dolce Vita' or 'Exposed' but don't want to shell out much money, 'Pink Truffle" from the Revlon Lip Butters range is the lipstick for you. It's very much a "my lips but better" shade in that I would imagine it looks flattering on most anyone. My good friend Taylor recommended it to me at some point but it took me nearly a full year to pick it up. It just amps your lips up that little extra bit and doesn't break the bank. Lip Butters are all fairly moisturizing and very comfortable on the lips. You can find this shade and the rest of the range at your local drugstore or supermarket.

Hopefully you enjoyed this post, nude/natural lips are a little boring to talk about so my next post will be berry tones! Much more exciting.


Friday, October 4, 2013

Budget Buys: NARS 'Albatross' VS E.L.F. 'Gotta Glow'

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left to right: NARS 'Albatross' // E.L.F. 'Gotta Glow'

As most of you should know, I'm NARS obsessed. I's the one higher-end brand that I'll allow myself to splurge on & I truly feel like they have really great products. HOWEVER, I'm also a penny pincher so I love finding cheaper alternatives to expensive things I love or want. Many of you may be asking "why the hell would you buy two products that are so similar?". Well one, because I can. And two because I had the expensive version first & when E.L.F. was having a sale I decided it might be fun to see if they were dupes of things I already owned. And at $3 a piece, why the hell not!?

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close ups of each on my cheekbones

Color: Both are a cream colored powder with gold micro-shimmer and golden undertones. They look nearly identical in the pan.

Consistency: Both are powders that apply smoothly over the skin and require very little blending to look natural. The ELF version actually seems to be a bit more intense on the cheeks but I think that may have to do with the amount of product that comes off with each swipe of your brush. It appears to be much softer and less tightly packed.

Fallout: NARS Albatross has nearly zero fall out. When you swish your brush across the color it only goes onto the brush. ELF 'Gotta Glow' has a LOT of fall out. When swiping it, use a super light hand or you'll end up wasting a ton of product.

Similarity on cheeks: They look identical on the cheeks. I applied one to each side of my face and was unable to tell the difference. When swatched on my arm the ELF version appeared more opaque when applied heavily.

Price: NARS 'Albatross' is a whopping $29 USD in comparison to ELF 'Gotta Glow' at $3 USD. You could buy nearly 10 ELF blushes for the price of ONE NARS blush. Ridiculous.

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top to bottom: E.L.F. 'Gotta Glow' // NARS 'Albatross'

In conclusion, you might run out of the E.L.F. blush faster due to fall out and softness but you could replace it 9 times before paying nearly what you would pay for a single NARS blush. Ultimately, I would choose 'Gotta Glow' over 'Albatross' if you're looking for a beautiful highlighter with a seriously expensive counterpart. Plus they look identical on the cheeks & nobody will know the difference.

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Monday, September 30, 2013

September 2013 Favorites

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l'oreal evercreme shampoo & conditioner // l'oreal telescopic mascara // katy perry 'meow' perfume // brazil nut body scrub // e.l.f. face primer // wet n wild coloricon trio in 'silent treatment'

L'oreal Evercreme Intense Nourishing Shampoo & Conditioner

THIS STUFF! I'd used the Everpure range for about a year & I really liked it but wished it provided more moisture for my curly & color treated hair (the driest combo--oops) so I picked these up at the beginning of the month & have been loving them! They smell rather sweet- sort of a caramel scent so if that's not you cup of tea, definitely smell them before purchasing. I like the shampoo because it makes my hair feel soft but really clean & the conditioner is super thick and creamy and makes my hair so so soft and manageable. The range is made without sulfates and harsh salts so it's good for your hair & prevents product build up. Plus it's affordable! Often time if you time it right you can get BOGO 50% off at CVS or Walgreens. And they put coupons in the newspaper fairly regularly.Definitely try these out if you have the chance!

L'oreal Telescopic Mascara in Carbon Black

I was couponing at CVS & bought this on a whim because I had a CVS coupon for Loreal & a manufacturers coupon so I got this essentially for free. I normally go for a very different kind of wand-- I like my mascara wands big and bristly and my mascara formulas on the drier side. This is neither of those things, the formula is rather wet and the wand is thing with little teeth that catch each eyelash. It doesn't do much for volume really (which I need) but wowza does it make your eyelashes look long and flared out. It's not clumpy and you really only need a coat or two for the desired effect. I recommend this for girls with lots of lashes that want more length. I probably won't repurchase it since I want more volume, but I've enjoyed using it and I think it's a really nice mascara.

Katy Perry 'meow' Perfume

Normally I'm not one for celebrity scents but I really liked the smell of this so when I saw it on sale in TJMaxx I snatched it up. I didn't get the full size since I wasn't sure if I would wear it much...BUT I wore it most of September & can see myself wearing it again next spring so it was a good buy. Now, this is a very sugary perfume; it reminds me of cotton candy & a bit of coconut. I really like it but if you're not one for sweet scents, it might put you off especially since it can come across as a scent for younger girls-- but I like it since it's quite different from most of the other perfumes I own. Sometimes you just wanna smell like cotton candy, man.

The Body Shop Brazil Nut Body Scrub

I'm a huge fan of the brazil nut body butter from The Body Shop but after trying the body scrub from the shea butter range, I realized I'd never tried the brazil nut body scrub. What a travesty, am I right? Well, now I'm obsessed. The shea body scrub made my skin feel great and exfoliated and soft but a little greasy (which I personally can't stand) so I was hoping that the brazil nut version would be a little less greasy & I was right! My skin feels smooth and soft and exfoliated without feeling like I'm all greased up. And it smells great! It's got a subtle warm nut scent with a bit of sweetness that makes it so pleasant to catch a whiff of. I love the way the whole brazil nut line smells though so I guess I'm biased? I'm super excited to use this as the weather gets cold and dry because I always need a little extra moisture & this makes shaving my legs a breeze!

e.l.f. Mineral Infused Face Primer

I've bought and tried lots of different face primers in my time & this is by far the most affordable. It's also really similar to all of the ones I've previously used. It smoothed over my skin & made my makeup go on smoother and blend better--only difference is it cost $6 as opposed to $30 or $40. It comes out as a clear gel & has a pump which is MUCH preferred to a pot you have to stick your finger or a spatula into. I've only been using it a few weeks but so far I haven't had any acne flare-ups from it or anything so I'm giving it my seal of approval. If you're looking for a budget friendly primer--definitely check this one out!

wet n wild Coloricon trio in 'Silent Treatment'

I don't really wear much eyeshadow but when I saw this in my local CVS I knew I needed it. I mostly wanted it for the greyish-purple lilac color at the bottom of the trio. I've worn it out a few times and I feel like it's a great way to add some color into my routine without going overboard or overwhelming myself. I normally wear very neutral eyeshadow if any so wearing anything this purple is way out of my comfort zone. I think it looks really really pretty with my grey-blue eyes but I'm sure it would look pretty on anyone. wet n wild eyeshadows are always super buttery and pigmented, the only issue I have with them is they tend to have a bit of fall-out but for 2.99 I can't really complain.

Sorry I've been pretty much MIA on my blog this summer. My interest in makeup really waned when Ryan moved out. I just got into a slump where I was just wearing the bare minimum and stopped purchasing makeup because I was sort of depressed and didn't really enjoy talking about it or wearing it or anything. I was more focused on trying to make sure I ate and slept enough and made it to work on time. I'm feeling much better as I've started a new medicine and Ryan is living with me again so things should slowly get back to normal. I've already taken a bunch of photos and started writing posts so expect new content soon!


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Ensembles: Forest Green

With Fall rearing its head all I can think about is the color forest green. It's been a favorite color since high school when I bought my first Smiths tee-shirt & paired it with my dark green cardigan. So stylish.

Anyways, I've been attempting to get better at using my wacom tablet (I've had it since 2003, you'd think I'd have tried at some point before now--ha!) and I'm starting to get the hang of it. I can draw just fine on it--it's pretty intuitive. I'm mostly having difficulties painting since I'm used to physical paints and this is quite a bit different. Though it's SO much easier to fix mistakes. What took me so long to get on the digital art bandwagon? Not sure, probably stubbornness.

So here are three outfits I thought would look amazing and pay homage to my favorite color...

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smiths shirt // cardigan // faux-leather skirt // clogs

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dress // heels

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sweater // jeans // loafers

Hope you enjoyed these! I had a blast overlaying clipping & my art. Hoping to make this a more regular feature on my blog!


Monday, August 12, 2013

New Art : Boudoir Series

So it's been nearly a year since I last did any real painting. I was doing portraits for various people on and off and once my etsy listings expired, I decided not to renew them since I'd been feeling less than enthused about painting. Or doing anything besides watching Netflix and going to work honestly.

I'm not entirely sure what has sent me spiraling into drawing/painting work mode, but I'm glad it finally happened.

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If you're interested in purchasing a print of any of these, they're available in my etsy!

I also have custom portraits available again in my shop, so check that out if you're interested in getting a custom portrait done of yourself or a loved one! I'm planning on listing a couples custom portrait in the next few weeks, so check back!