Current Favorite Lip Combo

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

While I was playing around with my lip product collection the other night before the Mr and I went out for a few drinks with friends, I put together two items that I'd never combined before- and I'm in love with the result! 
I lined and filled in my lips with the Rimmel lip liner in East End Snob- a gorgeous natural-but-better rose that's also very affordable. It applies pretty smoothly and has a matte finish. Over the top of that I generously slathered on a coat of the Stila lip glaze in Fig. I'm crazy about this gloss, as it actually does what it says and leaves a glaze-like shiny gloss on your lips that is long-lasting once it sets. The color is a beautiful lavender based pink, as well.

What do you think of the combo? Have you tried either of these lip products before?

I hope everyone has a great New Year's and a fantastic start to 2015!

A Forgotten Winner: Urban Decay Naked Flushed

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

How could I have possibly forgotten about this palette? While shopping the beauty stash the other day looking to change up my blush, I saw my Urban Decay Naked Flushed palette in Streak and decided that was the winner for the day. 
I added a little bronzer to my cheeks just to warm them up and went on to the star of the palette in my eyes- the blush! Oh my goodness, this blush is a dream- finely milled, highly pigmented, and a beautiful coral-pink. (Sidenote- I not ashamed to wear "summery" colors year-round. Who cares- do what you want, right?) The blush instantly brightens my face adding so much life, with just a little bit of product and it's definitely one of the longest lasting blushes that I've ever used. It was still clearly on into the evening which is pretty impressive, as my skin typically sucks up blush mid-way through the day. I was definitely impressed. A little bit of the highlighter finishes off the look for a subtle warm glow, as it is a peach-toned highlighter, instead of the typical champagne.
I think it's safe to say this will be my go-to cheek combo for a while. Have you tried this blush palette yet?

Clearance Finds

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

I love a good bargain, let me tell you. If I can get what I want for less, it's a win-win. I found some gems at TJ Maxx and Target for a great price the other day, so I thought I'd share them with you and hopefully you can find some deals there, too!
TJ Maxx had some Kat Von D lip products in a bin that I spotted on my way to the register, so I checked it out and grabbed two before cashing out. I've never tried anything from her line before, but I've heard good things, so I thought I'd try a couple. I went for an Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Outlaw and a Foiled Love Lipstick in Forever and Never. Both were bought for $6.99 each and they retail for $19.00 each. Quite a deal.
Forever and Never is peach-toned nude with with some golden shimmer, which I'm really loving for a dab-on-and-go color. I think it looks better lightly patted into the lips, rather than applied in a thick coat, as it can look a bit drying after a few hours. I also really like it under a light pink gloss for an extra dimension of color. Outlaw is a liquid lipstick that needs to be shaken up before it's applied. It goes on opaque and dries to an matte finish that will not budge once it sets. This would be lovely for a holiday party!

At Target, I spotted the Maybelline Color Show Jewels top coats in Gleaming Graphite and Precious Pearl. They were on clearance for $2.08 and are normally $2.99. I really enjoy the Color Show line and these two looked like such festive, glittery topcoats! I'm especially excited to try the white glitter over a dark polish.

If you've found any good bargains lately, I'd love to hear about them in the comments!

FOTD - Amethyst Eyes

Friday, December 12, 2014

Happy Friday everyone! As promised, today's FOTD features many of the products from my birthday haul. :) I think it's a nice, natural look for some errands I have to do today, but can easily be amp'd up if I go out tonight. (I seriously wish the lilac-ish shimmery vibe of the shadow showed up better in these pics because it's so lovely in person!)
Nars Laguna bronzer (Loving this- it gives such warmth to the face!)
Tarte blush in Dollface (For a matte and natural boost of pink)
the Balm Mary-Lou Manizer highlighter (I literally wear a dose of this almost daily- it's also in the inner corners of my eyes)

Benefit Gimme Brow in Light/Medium (So quick and easy for a making my brows look done, yet natural)

Laura Mercier shadow stick in Amethyst (I can't say enough about how much I love this taupe shade with purple undertones- it lasts all day and blends beautifully!)
L'Oreal Lash Out Butterfly Mascara (My current favorite mascara- the wand it comes with is so good for coating all of your lashes!)

Have you tried any of these products?

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A Little Birthday Haul

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

It was my birthday on Saturday the 6th, so I figured I'd pick up a few things from Sephora and Ulta as a little treat from me to me. Why not? I'm not sure if you are all aware, but if you add your birthdate to your profiles for both stores you can get extra goodies and coupons during your birthday month! As if I need more incentives to shop...
I did a little online browse over at Sephora, since I had a $15 coupon to use and I was eligible for my birthday freebie of a mini Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant Mascara and Rouge Artist Natural lipstick in Copper Pink. I wasn't overly impressed with the mascara. One coat didn't do much to my lashes and I prefer others from the drugstore over this one. The lipstick turned out to be flattering and creamy, as well as long-lasting without being overly drying.
On top of those freebies, I ended up buying the cult favorite Nars Laguna bronzer, which I've been craving for ages and had never owned. (I know, I am a disgrace of a makeup lover.) The bronzer is as awesome as I was expecting- buildable, not too light or too dark, and easily gives that slight warmth that my face is craving at the moment.
On my online shopping extravaganza, I also decided to add the Laura Mercier shadow stick in Amethyst since I'd been wanting to try it out for quite some time. I'm crazy about this shadow after one use! The color is such a beautiful combo of lilac and taupe. It's really creamy, easy to apply and looks gorgeous with the edges blended out.
I decided to throw in the Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black and Nirvana White rollerball duo at the last minute before checking out and I'm so glad I did! I've smelled these in the store a few times and I always leaned toward the White scent; however, and trying them both I have to say that my favorite is definitely Black. Black is described as violet, sandalwood, and vanilla - right up my alley- , while the White is more of a floral, peony and musk scent. And talk about mini goodness- perfect size to chuck in your bag.
I also made my way to Ulta over the weekend to use my $10 off birthday voucher. I didn't have anything in mind to buy, but I browsed around the store (for way too long) and went on a bit of a nail polish buying frenzy. I ended up going for Nicole by OPI's Goodbye Shoes, a Nails Inc holiday trio in Tinseltown, and Essie's Summit of Style. I think the gray-green polish with a bit gold glitter on the tips will be awesome together. I sense some nail painting in my near future.
I apologize for not having any swatches, but I'll probably end up with a FOTD post featuring a lot of these very soon. Let me know if you've tried any of these before- I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Essie Winter Polishes

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

L-R: Head Mistress, Snake Rattle and Roll, Smokin' Hot, Wicked
One of my favorite parts about fall and winter is breaking out the darker and more intense colors in my nail polish collection. Four of my favorites are all from Essie, which isn't surprising since they have an amazing selection of colors and both an easy to apply and long lasting formula.

Head Mistress - One of my first and most loved Essie polishes. The deep, vibrant red red screams winter (and Christmas). It's such a classic color that I feel like an old-Hollywood starlet when I wear it.

Snake, Rattle and Roll - This metallic, silver-toned shade has a special trick- it's magnetic and when you hold the magnet in the lid over the wet polish is creates the subtle design that's featured on the lid. So different and easy to use! It looks great without the effect, too when you're craving a nice, metallic nail.

Smokin' Hot - The neutral cool-toned gray of this shade is perfect for days when I just don't know what color to choose. It goes with everything and would also look great as a base for almost any glitter for a festive feel.

Wicked - Last, but certainly not least, this burgundy-almost-black shade is probably my all-time favorite winter polish. I use it almost every time I get a pedicure during the fall and winter. It vamps up any look and is even described by Essie as a "sinister red". Very creative and descriptive wording.

What's your favorite Essie polish for winter?

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