Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Baby Cuteness ♥

I just wanted to share a couple recent pictures of my son Mason. He will be turning 1 year old on August 2nd! Isn't he sweet? :)

MAC Bleuluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Review, Pictures, Swatches

Hello darlings!
I have to apologize for my absence. I've been really busy and kind of in a funk so I decided to take a little break from blogging -- I think it happens to all of us from time to time :)
I'm back with this beautiful eyeshadow palette from MAC. While my mom was in NYC she bought this for me as a little gift. She's so thoughtful -- and knows exactly what makes me happy! Eyeshadow!
"It’s eye shadow innovation like you’ve never seen before. A versatile powder that brings out the pigment’s pure and true color. The result is a glamorous, creamy and lightweight hybrid offering two distinctive effects: applied wet for a super saturation of color that glistens with metallic brilliance, or dry for sheer coverage with a soft, sparkling finish."
Bleuluxe #1 -- sparkly off white
Bleuluxe #2 -- sparkly cool toned grey-blue
Bleuluxe #3 -- navy with two toned shimmer
Bleuluxe #4 -- blackened navy blue with pearl
Bleuluxe #5 -- neutral black with blue microshimmer

In the swatches below I applied the shadows dry and they are moderately sheer. In the description provided by MAC, that's how these shadows are designed to perform. When applied to the eye dry I prefer layering the sparkly shades over other eyeshadows. The two darker shades were very soft, almost to a fault. They were a bit too crumbly, but with some extra effort I was able to make them work.

When applied wet they are fully opaque, as seen below (Bleuluxe #1-3). Sorry for the incomplete look... I just wanted to show what the eyeshadows look like wet, but wasn't really in the mood to put together full-on drag makeup. I hope you understand :)

When used wet or dry there was a lot of fallout. I think these would be great for a glamorous night out, but not something I would wear everyday.
Although they are limited edition, you should still be able to pick this up if you're interested!
Have you tried any of the Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadows?
Much love,


Friday, July 19, 2013

TAG: 13 Personal Questions

I was tagged by the beautiful Kelly at The Patch Diaries! Thank you for tagging me :)

What do you order at Starbucks?
If it is warm outside I order a Café Vanilla Frappuccino Light with whip. If it's cold I get a Skinny Vanilla Latte with three Splenda!

What's one thing in your closet you couldn't live without?
I'm not really too attached to my clothes and there isn't anything in there that I can't live without. I gained weight during my pregnancy and still can't fit into a lot of my favorite clothes... I would have to say my black Reef flip flops. No one makes a better pair than Reef!

What's one thing people don't know about you?
I'm kind of an open book, so I don't know that I have any interesting secrets. I spent 3 months in Southeast Asia and it changed my life. I was in Singapore, The Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia. Click HERE if you'd like to learn 50 random facts about me!

What's one thing you want to do before you die?
My dream is to travel all over Europe and visit New York City.

What is one food you can't live without?
Peanut butter M&M's

What's one quote that you live by?
"Everything works out in the end. If it hasn't worked out yet, then it's not the end."

What do you like and dislike about the blogging community?
I love interacting with people that have the same unhealthy obsession with all things beauty. It sounds cheesy, but I feel like I have friends all over the world because of blogging. I love reading comments and commenting on other blogs... which leads me into what I can't freaking stand. I despise the "Great blog! Please check out mine! I will follow you on GFC or Bloglovin' if you follow me!"  How about you piss off! :)  

What is your number one song on iTunes?
Probably "Stinkfist" by Tool... I listen to metal when I workout and Tool is my favorite :)

What kind of style would you describe yourself as having?
Simple and classic... I like clean lines and clothing/accessories that are timeless.

What is your favorite number?
87... hand down. I don't know why but for as long as I can remember this is the number I use when I'm exaggerating.

Two hobbies?
Online shopping and makeup... as sad as it sounds I have no other hobbies, lol. I spend a lot of my free time playing with or taking care of my son, so when I have "me" time it usually revolves around cosmetics :)

Two pet peeves?
Lip smacking... there is nothing that annoys me more than someone smacking their lips!

When you are standing in line at the grocery store and someone is REALLY close to you with their cart. Like seriously, can I have some room please?

Your guilty pleasure?
Mine are pretty similar to Kelly's! The Real Housewives and food.... lots of food. :)


Pauline from Addicted to Makeup

Let me know if you do this tag so that I can read your answers!

Much love,

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Trash Talk and Pan Porn


Hello gorgeous!

Hitting pan, pan porn, whatever you call it -- there is no greater feeling! In reality it's quite a conflicting feeling... happy that you've actually used a product enough to hit pan, and sad because you have to buy a new one. However you feel about the subject, hope you enjoy my trash talk!

MAC Studio Fix Powder in NC25 and NC30 ($27) -- I'm pretty surprised that I haven't written a full review on Studio Fix Powder. This is a staple in my collection. MAC SFP is a full coverage powder foundation that I've been using for over ten years. On days when I don't want to wear liquid foundation I just throw this on with either a brush or the sponge that comes with it and I'm good to go. I use the NC colors because they have a lot of yellow in them which helps to counteract my facial redness. Keep in mind that their liquid foundation names don't match up with SFP... I wear NC15 in Studio Fix Fluid and NC30 in Studio Fix Powder. Repurchase? YES!

Cargo Blu-Ray Powder in 01 ($36) -- I purchased this powder to go with the Cargo foundation. Avoid this product at all costs ladies! It's horrendous. When you dip your brush powder goes flying everywhere and it applies super cakey. I probably used this powder no more than 10-15 times and I hit pan... are you kidding me?! Repurchase? HELL NO!

MAC Blanc Type Eyeshadow ($12) -- Another staple in my collection. Blanc Type is a creamy, super pigmented off white that I use for my brow highlight. I will say that I hit pan faster than usual with this eyeshadow because it is somewhat powdery, but I put up with it because I love the it. I think this works best on fair/light skin, because it can appear a bit chalky when I have a tan. Repurchase? YES!

MAC Politely Pink Lipstick ($15) -- Politely Pink is a Lustre finish lipstick. On the lips it looks like a pearly (borderline frosty) nude. I have had this lipstick for years and decided I wanted to use it up. I don't think that it looks nice worn alone, so I paired it up with Ample Pink Lipglass. I think this lipstick is decent, but MAC makes so many better ones. Repurchase? Probably not.

MAC Cultured Lipglass ($15) -- If you are familiar with my blog, you've heard rave about this lipglass. Cultured is the perfect MLBB pink with a slight purple undertone. Click HERE for a full review and lip swatches. Repurchase? YES!

Covergirl Lashblast Volume in Brown ($8) -- Because I am blonde, I like to have a brown mascara in my arsenal for days when I want to be a bit more natural. I absolutely love this mascara and recommend it to anyone looking for thicker lashes. Click HERE for photos. Repurchase? YES!

The main reason I love hitting pan is because of Back to MAC... if you return 6 empty containers to your local MAC counter your get a free lipstick! If you return them to a store you get a free lipstick, eyeshadow or lipglass!

In the next couple of days I will do a second post with skincare and hair products!

Hope your day is going great and I will talk to you again soon!

Have you hit pan on anything recently?


Sunday, July 14, 2013

Tips For Clearer Skin and My Skincare Routine

Let me begin by saying that I am not a dermatologist and what works for me may not for you. I just want to share some things I've learned along the way that may help others!

About my skin: I have combination oily skin that is acne prone and sensitive -- total pain in the ass. Typically I don't suffer from nodular acne, but I get what I call "baby bumps" all over my forehead, chin, and sometimes my cheeks. They are painless bumps that remain under the skin and rarely form a head. On occasion I will get a painful blemish but that is usually because of my lady time. I have to frequently exfoliate because I have fast cell turnover and oily skin. I have seen a drastic improvement in the condition of my skin from the skincare routine described below.


1. Do NOT under any circumstances touch your face during the day. This is pretty well known, but I think it is one of the most important points that I will make.

2. Wash your bed sheets frequently. I wash mine at least once a week. Dead skin, oil from your hair and face, and other yucky stuff resides on your pillow case. Wash in warm water!

3. Exfoliate gently and regularly. I use a wash cloth to exfoliate every night but you can use a scrub brush like a Clarisonic, homemade sugar scrubs, or ones that you purchase in stores. There are a million different scrubs on the market but they aren't created equal. I prefer the ones that have "micro beads" because they are round and won't scratch the face -- which only irritates it further.

4. Drink plenty of water!

5. Don't wear makeup at least two days a week. This may not be feasible for everyone, but do what you can. Your skin needs time to breathe and repair itself!

6. Wash your makeup brushes frequently. I wash my foundation brush every other use.

7. Keep your skincare routine simple and be consistent. I think sometimes we overload our skin with way too many products with crazy harsh ingredients. Try to simplify! Use one product that has an acne ingredient and keep the other products basic and gentle. Remember, it takes about a month for your skin to get accustomed to any changes in your routine so try to stick it out.

8. Use a toner and moisturizer suited for your skin type. Everyone needs to use both, but I think one of the most difficult aspects of skincare is finding a moisturizer that works well with your skin type.

9. Keep your cell phone clean.  This goes along the same lines as not touching your face during the day. You touch your phone with your hands which then touches your face -- recipe for disaster.

10. Use a CLEAN washcloth every night when washing your face. This may seem a bit old school but I'm telling you it works!! Apply soap or cleanser to face with wash cloth using circular motions. Be very gentle!


 Dove Bar Soap ($2)

I've used Dove soap twice daily for years. It is the most gentle cleanser I have found. It doesn't dry out my skin and it gets the job done. Like I said earlier, I use a clean wash cloth every time.

AM Routine

Mario Badescu Special Cucumber Lotion ($15)

This toner is for acne prone skin and sometimes I find it a little too harsh. If my skin feels like it's getting a bit dry I will skip this step.

Aveeno Clear Complexion Daily Moisturizer ($15)

Because it has Salicylic Acid in it, this moisturizer helps to prevent acne and keep my skin hydrated.

PM Routine

Makeup Removing Wipes (not pictured)

Mario Badescu Special Cucumber Lotion

Murad Age-Balancing Night Cream ($75)

This is the best night cream I have ever found. It is marketed towards post menopausal woman, but I think it works great on any age group. It hydrates, plumps, and makes my skin feel amazing. I always look forward to this step!

So that's it for my tips and skincare routine! I hope you found it helpful! :)

Have you tried any of these products?    Do you have any tips for clearer skin?


Thursday, July 11, 2013

My Lips But Better

Only in the beauty community do people associate "MLBB" with lip products rather than baseball! If you are unfamiliar with the acronym MLBB, it simply means a product is very similar in color to that of your lips but slightly enhances them. They can have a hint more pink, brown, peach, purple, etc., but they are meant to be subtle.

For about eight years MLBB liners, glosses, and lipsticks were my obsession. Before I knew it, I had amassed an enormous collection that was eerily similar to one another. I hadn't even heard of the phrase "my lips but better" -- I just knew what I liked. After years of trying to use up my hoard, I feel as though I have become somewhat of an expert on the subject. A self proclaimed MLBB expert. As you might be able to guess by looking at the swatches below, my lips are naturally a pale pink color.

MAC Syrup, MAC Viva Glam V, MAC Peach Blossom, MAC Angel

MAC Syrup (Lustre) --  wonderful MLBB lipstick that would work on a wide range of skintones! This one has a slight purple undertone.

MAC Viva Glam V (Lustre) -- a dusky rose with a minimal brown undertone and subtle shimmer. Very popular color for good reason!

MAC Peach Blossom (Cremesheen + Pearl) --  peachy pink with pearl. This is a great lipstick to start transitioning into peach lip products.

MAC Angel (Frost) -- light neutral pink with very subtle frost. This probably isn't the best MLBB lipstick if you have very pigmented lips.

Rimmel East End Snob, MAC Ample Pink, MAC Cultured, Merle Norman Gumdrop, Givenchy Impertinent Nude, Smashbox Radiant

Rimmel East End Snob Lip Liner -- This is very close to my lip color, just slightly darker. It works well will most of the lippies and glosses in this post! DUPE ALERT: MAC Soar Lip Pencil

MAC Ample Pink Plushglass -- A very basic pink gloss that would work on just about anyone!

MAC Cultured Lipglass -- My favorite gloss of all time! A purpley pink with lavender shimmer.

Merle Norman Gumdrop -- A light slightly blue toned pink with shimmer.

Givenchy Impertinent Nude -- A peachy pinky nude gloss. This one was a gift and definitely a luxury item, but it is absolutely stunning on the lips.

Smashbox Radiant -- a soft berry with shimmer.

That's it for my favorite MLBB products... what are your favorites?

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

MAC Prep + Prime Lip Review

I like to think that I'm immune to the sales pressure of the MAC artists, but my ownership of Prep + Prime Lip proves the contrary. I was at the counter purchasing a couple lippies when the artist asked me about Prep + Prime Lip. She then looked at me aghast when I told her that I don't use a primer when I wear dark lipstick. Long story short... I bought it.

"A colour-free base to wear under lipstick. Adds light moisture, smoothes and refines the lips. Improves the appearance of applied lip products."

When applied MAC Prep + Prime Lip feels very similar to a lip balm. I like to let it sit on the lips for about two minutes before I apply lipstick on top. Overall I am very pleased with the purchase and it does what it says it does! I really like how smooth the lipsticks apply and how moisturized my lips feel underneath. I think this product is great for someone that wears bright/dark lips frequently or suffers from dry lips. I don't think this primer extends the wear time, but it definitely makes wearing lipsticks much more comfortable.

I highly recommend this product and will definitely be repurchasing when I'm finished with this one!

I feel like there are primers for just about everything these days... do you think they are necessary?

Do you use a lip primer?


Friday, July 5, 2013

MAC Ruby Woo vs Russian Red

Today I thought I would do a quick comparison of two of my favorite lipsticks... Ruby Woo vs Russian Red!

COLOR: Russian Red is definitely a cooler (more blue toned) slightly deeper red. Ruby Woo is slightly more neutral leaning and brighter in color.

FINISH: Ruby Woo is a Retro Matte meaning it is extremely dry. I didn't know it was possible for a lipstick to be that dry! Russian Red is a Matte finish but it is much smoother to apply. If you look at the swatches below you can see the difference in the two finishes. Although Russian Red is Matte you can still see a slight sheen to is, but Ruby Woo is completely flat.

APPLICATION: Because of its incredibly dry texture Ruby Woo is somewhat of a pain to apply and I find it difficult to use a brush with this lipstick. Typically I apply Ruby Woo directly from the bullet and then touch up with a lip liner. Russian Red can be easily applied from the bullet or by brush

WEAR: They both wear extremely well, although I would say Russian Red is a bit more comfortable.

top Russian Red; bottom Ruby Woo
(I'm not that pale in person -- the camera washed me out)

When it comes to red lipsticks, your skin tone will be the biggest factor in deciding which looks best on you. Russian Red will suit cool tone ladies best, while Ruby Woo will look great on a variety of skin tones because it is more neutral. I think Russian Red is more of an evening/night color because it is slightly deeper and a more vampy red. I prefer to pair both with Cherry Lip Pencil by MAC. You could also use Brick if you wanted a little contrast. No matter which lipstick you choose, it is necessary to wear a lip balm or primer underneath. I like MAC's Prep + Prime... it really keeps my lips feeling moisturized. I will be posting a review soon!

Even though Russian Red is easier to apply, I prefer Ruby Woo. The color of Ruby Woo is perfect on my complexion and it seriously lasts forever!

Russian Red, Ruby Woo

Hope you enjoyed! What is your favorite red lipstick?



Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Liebster Award

I have been nominated for the Liebster Award by Charlotte at Step Into My Closet. I'm really excited to answer her questions, so let's get straight into it!
1. What is your favorite color to wear in clothing?
Although it may sound a bit boring my favorite color to wear is black... I could wear all black, everyday, for the rest of my life and I would be thrilled about it. If I had to pick a color I would go with turquoise. It looks great with my hair and eye color!
2. Would you rather go without foundation or mascara?
What a tough question... I would have to say foundation. I have blonde eye lashes and mascara makes a world of a difference for me!
3. Do you prefer high heels or wedges?
I love them both! If I had to choose just one it would be heels. Black stilettos are perfection for any occasion!
4. What is your favorite memory from your life so far?
It may sound a bit cliché but the day that I had my son!
5. What character from a book would you want to be?
Do I even need to answer this? Bella Swan from Twilight!
6. What is your favorite type of food to eat, for example Italian or Indian etc?
Definitely Mexican food... but it has to be Tex Mex, as I am from Texas and have become a complete snob when it comes to Mexican food.
7. What is your favorite item of jewelry to wear rings, necklaces or bracelets?
I have become quite the minimalist when it comes to jewelry. I prefer wearing one accessory -- usually a ring!
8. What is your favorite thing to do in your spare time?
My favorite thing to do is to put on makeup or try different looks... If I have free time I am in my bathroom experimenting with new products!
9. Why did you start blogging?
Because I am completely and utterly obsessed with cosmetics and I love to write and create things. I love the beauty community and it just made sense to start -- so I did!
10. What is your big dream?
To own my own house... sounds boring, but that's my dream.
11. If you had 3 wishes what would you wish for?
1. To have my "pre-baby" body back!
2. A billion dollars
3. Full eyebrows!!
Julia from Born To Blush
Anna from missmanzanna
Pauline from Addicted to Makeup
Kendra from Beauty by Kendra C
Leyla from Leyla Writes
Bre from Silver Passionista
Katie from http://dreamouutloud.blogspot.com/
Sophie from It's a Girls' Thing

Ok so here are the rules: 
1. Each nominee must answer the 11 questions that were asked by the blogger that nominated them.
2. You must choose 11 bloggers with under 200 followers to pass the award onto.
3. Then make 11 questions for them to answer.
4. Go to their page and tell them about their nomination.
5. No tag backs.

My 11 Questions:
  1. Lipstick or Lipgloss?
  2. What do you have the most trouble with during makeup application? Eyeliner, brows, eyeshadow, etc?
  3. What is your dream car?
  4. What is your favorite physical feature of yourself?
  5. If you could only watch one movie for the rest of your life, what would it be?
  6. Who is your celebrity crush?
  7. What is the one luxury beauty item that you would love to spoil yourself with, but the pricetag holds you back?
  8. What is your favorite thing about blogging?
  9. What is your biggest pet peeve?
  10. What quality do you find most attractive in others?
  11. What is your biggest fear?

Let me know when you have finished yours!!



TOP 5 MAC LIPSTICKS -- Summer Brights Edition!

Hello lovelies! Here are my Top 5 MAC lipsticks for Summer! As you are about to see I have an affinity for the Amplified Crème finish; they are super creamy, extremely pigmented and last for hours. When I wear a bright lip I don't want to have to constantly check that it hasn't smudged or reapply often. Amplified lipsticks hug your lips and then leave a beautiful stain that has to be removed with a makeup wipe.

Hope you enjoy!

(L-R) Chatterbox, Impassioned, Vegas Volt, Girl About Town, Pink Pearl Pop

CHATTERBOX (Amplified Crème)

Chatterbox is the quintessential pink... perfection! If I had to pick a favorite out these it would definitely be Chatterbox!!!
IMPASSIONED (Amplified Crème)

Impassioned is a neon corally watermelon pink that looks amazing with winged eyeliner. It is so bright that my camera has a hard time registering the color. It is actually brighter than this lip swatch shows!
VEGAS VOLT (Amplified Crème)

Vegas Volt is an orangey coral that looks amazing on warm skintones! I mix this with pink lipsticks to get a more wearable coral for my fair complexion. I did a post yesterday if you would like to see pictures!
GIRL ABOUT TOWN (Amplified Crème)

Girl About Town is a bright fushia that looks gorgeous all year round, but especially for summer!

PINK PEARL POP (Cremesheen + Pearl)

Pink Pearl Pop is definitely the tamest of my top five! You have to build up the color of this one to reach full opacity, but it is such a wearable bright pink -- LOVE!

Thank you for reading!!! What is your favorite lipstick for summer?



Tuesday, July 2, 2013

The Art of Mixing Lipsticks

It all started with my quest for the perfect coral lipstick... I researched online, tried on countless lipsticks at the MAC counter and after many failed attempts I decided that I was going to make my own. You see, I had this color in my head of what I wanted and I wasn't going to give up until it became fully realized.

I decided that I would find the brightest, most orangey coral to start with and use pink lipsticks I already had laying around the house to design my perfect pinky coral. Enter Vegas Volt. MAC's Vegas Volt is an Amplified Crème that is straight up orange on my complexion... well definitely on the orange side of coral -- to say the least.

For the combinations below I started with Vegas Volt and then added the other lipsticks on top... had I started with Pink Pearl Pop it would have given me a slightly different result. Whichever lipstick you start with will usually have a stronger influence on the final result -- unless you really pack the second color on top. I recommend doing a patting motion and then mixing the colors carefully with your lips. Using a lip brush is always another option!

You can also add a nude lippy like Hue or Myth to make your base lipstick appear more muted!

I didn't apply them with a brush so the lip swatches appear a bit sloppy, sorry friends :)





FYI, that is a tiny pebble that has been stuck in my lip since grade school...

Some other combos I've been LOVING:

Angel + Viva Glam V = AMAZING! This is my perfect everyday color!

Hue + Girl About Town = a beautiful bright berry color

Craving + Hue = muted magenta

Many of us have mixed lip products or even lipsticks, but this was the first time I purchased a lipstick for the sole purpose of mixing -- so I thought it would be fun to share! :)

Hope you enjoyed! Thanks for reading!!


Monday, July 1, 2013

MAC Pro Longwear Concealer Review

I am so in love with this product that I'm actually at a loss of words. It's more than a Holy Grail... I don't think I will ever feel the need to try another concealer again. Sound dramatic? Well that's because the MAC Pro Longwear Concealer has changed my freaking life!
I was beginning to accept the notion that no matter what concealer I tried, I'd never get my hands on one that wouldn't crease! More than that, I also thought I would never find a concealer that would completely - we're talking 100% - cover my under eye circles. Well guess what ladies? THIS ONE DOES BOTH!

MAC Pro Longwear Concealer is full coverage with a liquid consistency. As you can see it comes with a pump -- which is a blessing and a curse. Unfortunately when you use the pump waaaaay too much is dispersed and there's not much you can do about it... Well, except put it in a MAC sample pot like I do! I put about 2 pumps in the sample cup and use it directly from there!
You need the tiniest amount to conceal even the darkest of under eye circles.

The picture above shows the amount I use per eye, sometimes even less!
The best way to apply it is to use your ring finger in a patting motion and set with a VERY fine powder. My favorite is the Dermablend setting powder shown below!
Moral of the story? MAC Pro Longwear Concealer is the BEST under eye concealer out there! Period!
Here are my before and after photos... My eye makeup had been on for quite a few hours so no judgements :)
Thank you for reading!


Job Interview Makeup -- FOTD


I had a second interview today and put this look together... It's probably a bit more makeup than most would wear to an interview, but oh well! My idea of great interview makeup is something that makes you feel confident and put together, but not over the top.

I tried to keep my brows as minimal as possible -- which is a HUGE challenge for me. I did a simple eyeshadow look and paired it with brown gel liner. Typically I smoke out my lower lashline with an eyeshadow but I left that out today.

I used my usual full coverage foundation and made sure to set it really well with a powder. I have oily skin and didn't want to worry about my face looking shiny. I did very subtle bronzing to warm up my complexion and used a matte peach blush on my cheekbones. To finish my skin I added a tiny amount of highlighter to the high points of my cheeks and softly blended it in.

Lastly, I chose one of my favorite MLBB (my lips but better) lipsticks to finish the look!

I did something very similar to my hair that is shown in the pictures -- minus the fly aways :)

Hope you like it!  Oh, and on a side note... after listing the products used for this look I realized how deep my MAC addiction really is... the first step is admitting you have a problem!

MAC Painterly Paint Pot
MAC Sable -- lid
MAC Soft Brown -- crease
MAC Blanc Type -- hightlight
MAC Dipdown Fluidline
MAC Smolder Eye Kohl
Covergirl Clump Crusher in Black

Maybelline Brow Pencil in Blonde
MAC Omega
MAC Espresso

MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NC15
MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NW20
MAC Melba Blush
Hard Candy Bronzing Powder (Highlighter) in Tiki
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder

MAC Viva Glam V

MAC 217
MAC 239
MAC 210
MAC 266
MAC 129
MAC 168
Real Techniques Blush Brush

Thanks for reading!