Monday, October 8, 2012

My Nars Love Affair

Whoa...where you been all my life?!

 Sorry guys that I have been gone for so long! Everyday I thought about blogging and something just always popped up and derailed me from it. I hope you guys can excuse my absence. I've picked up some sweet products during my break and can't wait to tell you all about them! There will definitely be more to come!

Nars Trio

 First off, Nars...I know alot of bloggers rave about Nars, especially their sheer glow range,but I've always looked at the price and eek, I run away! At $42 it better make me look like a goddess and have Henry Cavill breaking down doors to get at me! Hey, a girl can dream!

Well, I had some extra change and thought I'd suck it up and see what I have been missing!

Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in Syracuse

Ok, this is an amazing foundation and so worth the money! I was matched in the color Syracuse that just melted into my skin. This is actually the first foundation to match my skintone perfectly! The woman at Sephora said that you have to shake the bottle first, then apply with your hands. I wasn't too comforatble with that. Having always had problematic skin,I have a thing with bacteria on hands and the touching of my face.Don't care how clean your hands are, hands off, Ahhh! I apply it with my Real Techniques expert face brush and it works just fine.

 It feels amazing on the skin. It's so lightweight and my skin can breathe. Definitely a love! I get a nice dewy finish that looks so natural.

The downside is that it doesn't come with a pump and it can be a bit messy. The salesgirl at Sephora said that they made a pump, but it was an extra $6. I told her I'd pass for today. I may get one later, but it isn't bothering me too much yet.

I have to say this is one of my new favorite foundations! Will definitely repurchase.

Nars Lip Gloss in Stolen Kisses

Nars had a promotion of buy 2 products get a free gift. I settled in on this lip gloss. I wanted something that would be a great everyday nude, with just a hint of color. I tried on stolen kisses and fell in love! This color is a mauvey pink tone that works great when wearing a smoky eye or with just a bit of mascara.

I like that this lip gloss formula is not sticky on the lips. It is very moisturizing!

I purchased this for $24.

Nars Illuminator in Orgasm

Don't you just love free gifts with purchase?

I was happy when I saw her putting this in my bag. Here are the claims from the Sephora website.

What it does:
This light-reflecting liquid glides on to refresh and enhance the complexion, creating a shimmering incandescence. Wear it alone, or pair it with makeup to transform your skin from ordinary to extraordinary.

I tried it as a highlight on my cheekbones and I wasn't really impressed. It gave a hint of shimmer on my skin tone. It's a peachy pink tone with added shimmer. I think it would show up better on fairer complexions.  I think the Super Orgasm shade might suit me better since it has golden flecks in it.

Not sure I would purchase. I do enjoy a powder highlight.

So what are some of your favorite Nars products? I must admit, I'm addicted!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

H&M Lip Glosses

Hey there! Long time no post? : /   Sorry guys for the delay. 

I have been trying to experiment with color on my lips and thought I'd be daring and go straight to the top and get some red shades. I spotted these beauts in the H&M accessory section. Lipglosses have always been a safe way to go for me cause I'm a big 'ol chicken!! I feel like a clown or look like I'm trying too hard to look older, when I wear lipstick. Anyone else feel this way? 

Right Red

First, I have to say that I love the little horses on the cap of this gloss. So darn cute!
If you look closely at the outside of the tube you can see tiny gold flecks in red pigment. Upon opening it, I could really see that this was not going to be as deep and daring a red that I had hoped. But I still like it! Its sheer and is not sticky at all! I have to say for the price,($1.49), it was a worthy purchase.

DIVIDED Lip Gloss Hula Hula in Hawaii

Either my eyes were affected from this summer heat or the lighting in H&M was bad, but I thought this color was another red. But when I got home, I was surprised that it was a sheer hot pink color!

 Hula Hula has silvery glitter flecks in it and the color is very sheer. I do love it though! It gives just a faint wash of color on the lips.This is definitely a great layering gloss or when you just need a hint of color to brighten your day!

I really like these two and the price,$1.49 ea, was definitely right! I think I would purchase makeup from H&M again!

Have any of you tried any of the H&M range of makeup?

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Target Haul

 Hey Everyone!!

Whew!! It's been a crazy fun couple of weeks! Sorry it's been so long inbetween posts. I celebrated my 30th birthday on the 5th and it was great! My world didn't implode like I thought :p  My family threw me a surprise bbq on the 4th, which definitely took me by surprise! And my best friend in the whole world, Stephanie, continued the celebration through the whole week. She made sure I was out and about celebrating everyday. She is a great friend. The festivities ended with a trip to Medieval times. Now, if you have never been, I suggest you go. I've been at least 9 times in my life and I still look forward to going back! Nothing like hot knights jousting it out! 

Here are some purchases I made while strolling through Target the other day.

L'Oreal Color Infallible Eyeshadow in Bronzed Taupe

This is the color I have been coveting for a while now. It's a shimmery brown color that reminds me of a sparkly ,chocolatey gold color. It goes great with the Amber Rush color infallible eyeshadow. I use this in my crease, great for summer. Ladies definitely check out the color infallible line!

Expert Anti-Blemish Cleansing foam and Instant Matte by Boots

I was looking at the No 7 Line of products , trying to pick out cleanser for sensitive skin, when I peeped the Expert skincare range. There was a sensitive skin choice and anti-blemish. Since I get hormonal spots at that special time of the month*cough,cough* , I chose the anti-blemish cleansing foam.

Here are the claims(anti-blemish cleansing foam):

  • Whatever your age, blemishes and blocked pores can be a problem. Take action with this oil and fragrance free cleansing foam. Formulated with willowbark extract to help prevent blemishes. It gently clarifies your skin without drying, leaving it soft, smooth and refreshed. 5 fl. oz.
The first night I used it, I was impressed! I loved the foam and my skin did not feel dry and tight after! When I awoke, I definitely noticed the blemishes that were coming through had gone down and weren't as red! So far I give it a thumbs up! Plus, it was was only $4.94! If this continues to improve my skin i will be trying out the toner next.

Beacuse it's been so hot out, my primer has not been cutting it! My skin has been too shiny for my liking. So I purchased the Instant Matte drops.

Here are the claims (Instant Matte):

  • This ingenious instant matte will remove shine inducing excess oil and give an instant matte finish without drying. 15ml 
I was excited to try this when I got home. I shook the bottle as instructed and squirted it on my finger. I was kinda disappointed that it came out of the bottle like water. It just ran down my hands. I could see the little mattifying,white flakes in the liquid. You have to be real quick with this stuff or use a cotton ball to apply it. However, it did work! I wore it the whole day and the oil stayed at bay. It was $5.66 on sale, so it didn't break the bank. But, I probably would not purchase again.

I also picked up that Fifty Shades of Grey book that everyone is going crazy about. I haven't read any of it yet, but excited to get started!

I hope everyone had lovely weekends and for those who celebrate the 4th, hope you had a great Independence day :)

Have any of you tried the Boots Expert range?  Are you reading Fifty Shades of Grey?

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Bath & Body Works

Hey Guys!
 I was doing a bit of shopping and I realized I had some gift cards cluttering up my wallet. I found an old Bath & Body Works gift card from a past birthday in there. I have not stepped into a Bath & Body Works in ages it seems! They had a mega $3 sale going on in there. 

Carried Away Shower Gel and Fragrance Mist

 I fell in love with the smell of this one. It reminds me of being on vacation, sitting on a beach somewhere. 

Bath & Body Works Carried Away
  • Our exclusive formula is now enriched with Shea Butter for softer, cleaner skin in our bubbliest lather ever! Moisturizing Aloe Vera and skin-loving Vitamin E combine with lush raspberries, white jasmine and whipped vanilla inspired by the way love sweeps you off your feet, for lather that bursts with fragrance.

 C.O. Bigelow Rose Salve

 I know this is an old fav, but it's the first time I'm picking it up. I am very obsessed with the condition of my lips, they are never dry,ever! I am a Carmex snob, but this looked promising. 

Here are it's claims:

C.O. Bigelow's famous Rose Salve has been a favorite since the early days, due to its ability to care for lips and beautify skin. Emulsified with extra-soothing rose extract, which helps ease irritation and condition the skin.
  • May be used on lips, face, cuticles, elbows, knees, chapped or very dry skin patches
  • Developed by Bigelow Chemists
  • Not tested on animals
I love that it is a multi-purpose salve, though I don't think I would ever gloop this on my face! It has a petroleum consistency. I have used it on my cuticles and lips and it works pretty well. I will say that the smell is somewhat displeasing to me. THe rose scent can be a bit much. Long story short, I love it!

Have any of you tried the Rose Salve? What are your fav products from Bath & Body Works?

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Instagram Curly Hair Post#2

Even though it has been super humid here, I have been having some ok hair days! These were all taken on 3 separate days. The top one is on a night out with my bestie and the bottom 2 were taken before work.

Forever 21 Love & Beauty Cream Blush

Hey guys! 

So, I was waiting in the checkout line at Forever and spotted these puppies. Now, I normally don't look twice at makeup in clothing stores,but these colors were so bright and vibrant. And at a price tag of $1.50, I couldn't pass it up. I could always find use for it elsewhere if it didn't work out. 

I purchased the coral and pink colors. They are definitely true to color when on. The formula was surprisingly smooth and creamy for the price. It is very buildable and the colors are perfect for summer. 

I wouldn't recommend this for those who get oily in the cheek area unless you layered it with a powder blush on top.

Would I buy Forever 21 makeup again? Meh, I may try their polishes, but products for the face would have to be pretty special for me to buy.

Hope everyone is enjoying their summer! 

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

***Sprinkle of Glitter's *** 7 things for 7 Days Challenge!

I saw this challenge on Louise's blog, Sprinkle of Glitter, and thought this was right up my alley! What you have to do is come up with 7 mini goals you want to achieve in 7 days, longer if you'd like. There are alot of things that I'd like to do, but lack the motivation to do so. This is a great way to get support from other bloggers who are in the same boat and need motivation as well!

Here are my mini goals:

1. Do Pilates 3 times a week. I own a pilates machine and I stare at it everyday, cursing myself about why I'm not doing it!

2. Drink more water. I drink water, but not nearly enough. Right now i'm at about 5 glasses a day. I want to aim for 8 a day.

3. Read for 30 mins a night before bed.

4. Organize my makeup. Right now it's in disarray. I need a system in place.

5. Clean out my closet. This has been a thorn in my side. I want to get rid of things I don't wear and donate them.

6. Start Juicing. I own a juicer and I don't juice! I want to try green smoothies.

7. Blog more. I want to blog more than just once a week.

If you guys want to join this challenge check out Louise's post HERE

I think this would be fun and I hope you guys will join me :)

For that Summer Glow

  In honor of summer solstice, I wanted to share some of my favorite products that I use to enhance my tan and give me that glow we all want to achieve!

Pixi  Flawless Beauty Primer- Even Skin No.1

 I have had this primer for a while now and I like to break it out in the summertime. Depending on the look I am going for, I will use it all over or as a highlighting step. It's great to wear alone or underneath foundation.
  A little really does go a long way, so one quick pump will do. It is very creamy, but you do have to work it in a bit to avoid streakiness.It contains great ingredients as well.

Here are it's claims:

Beneficial Ingredients and what they do:
  • Pearl extract for revitalization, protection and anti-aging
  • Truffle extract is a luxury additive rich in amino acids and minerals to tone and hydrate
  • Vitamin E increases skin elasticity.
  • Vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant
  • Vitamin C has revitalizing and nourishing benefits.

 Maybelline FIT ME foundation 355

 I am still obsessed and hopelessly in love with Hello Hydration foundation, but the color is all wrong for me right now because of these bright sunny days. I tan in minutes of being in the sun and therefore I need a darker foundation. So in a pinch I dug out Maybelline's FIT ME foundation. I bought this when they first released this product. Even though I followed the color matching instructions in the store, when I got home it was all wrong. I know you guys can relate. I just took it as a loss. I decided to mix FIT ME with my Hello Hydration and got my perfect summer tan shade!

I do have some have some qualms with FIT ME. It's a nice bottle, but it is super MESSY. It runs out so fast and drips down the bottle and all in the cap. I'm glad I found a way to use it up and get rid of it.

Likes: SPF 18! I love when products add in the protection because I tend to forget that step.

Benefit Flatter Me Creaseless Cream Shadow/Liner

This is an awesome shadow and well loved as you can see. I use this as a shadow base, mostly with brown and gold shadows. I guess you can compare it to the MAC painterly paint pots. It really does not crease and is a great primer for the lid. I have no complaints about this one.

L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Amber Rush

This is an AMAZING summer gold color! Everytime I wear it I get so many compliments. Everywhere I go and see these shadows, Amber Rush is always sold out! I'm glad I picked it up when I did. It is very pigmented and almost like a loose shadow. It comes with a little lid in the container to keep it compact. It stays on for hours!

Downside: There can tend to be fallout. If you are a contact wearer I advise you to apply these shadows before you put them in. I learned the hard way :(

Vincent Longo Hydro Stick in Aqualily

I recieved this in a swag bag from an event and was kind of confused on what it was. I natually took it to be a highlighter. It feels sooooo good when you apply it to your face. It has this cooling effect and glides on smooth. I use it on the tops of my cheeks, down my nose and cupids bow. I gives me a really pretty summery bronze effect on my face.

Bliss Lid + Lash Wash Makeup Remover

I like to wear waterproof mascara in the summer,but it can be a pain to get off! I use this water based makeup remover to take care of that. It comes out like a gel and has a cooling effect on the eyes. With this, I find that I don't go through 4 cotton pads per eye.

Dislikes: I feel like I have to follow this with water to remove the remover sometimes. Once done with this, I will probably look for a new remover.

Have you tried any of these? What are some of your go to beauty products that give you that summer glow?

Monday, June 18, 2012

Kreativ Blogger Award!

Hey Hey!

 I got this awesome message that one of my favorite beauty bloggers and Youtubers, LOLAHEARTSTHIS awarded me with the...

You ladies MUST check her out if you already haven't! I am so dang excited right now :) 
Thanks so much Lola!!

The rules of giving this award:
Post a link to the blogger that gave you the award.
List 7 interesting facts about yourself that your readers might find interesting.
Nominate 7 other bloggers, provide links, and let them know!

  So, lets see...7 interesting things about me:

1. My mind is a language hoarder. I love to learn and mimic different languages and accents. I have a minor in French, can speak abit of Spanish(understand it better than speaking it), I have been teaching myself Japanese, a bit of Arabic and I can do varying English accents, which is my favorite thing to do!

2. I am a film fanatic! My favorite would have to be horror. I like the feeling of being scared and have been know to turn on a scary movie to fall asleep to. Wow, that sounds bad, haha! Then maybe foreign films would be next in line. I absolutely love watching films with subtitles.

3.That show, New Girl, totally ripped off my life! Just kidding, well sorta... Sophmore year in college, I waited too long to find housing for the next school year, so I had to find something asap! I saw a 7th roomate wanted ad on my university housing website and answered it. The rent was cheap and time was ticking! It was to be coed, so I was shown the house by the male roomie. I liked it and signed the lease. Turned out the 5 other roomies were all male! They turned out to be the best roomies ever, dirty, but great! They were like my big brothers. :)

4.Worked at Disney World for a semester. That was the craziest experience of my LIFE!! I learned that not all people are sane, especially while on vacation and when it's a million degrees out!

5.I played the flute for 8 years and was my high school's drum major( I led the marching band in parades,for those who don't know what that is. I don't play the drums)

6.I cut all of my hair off to about 1 inch 2 years ago. For years, I chemically straightened my hair and I could not remember what my natural texture was like. So, I said, screw it and had my bf at the time chop it all off! He ended up cutting about 12 inches off. Now my hair, when straightened is longer than it was when I chopped it!

7. I love to travel!! I have been to Mexico, Canada, Italy,France, Spain and UK( Manchester and York). I  loved every place I have been!

I award the following with the Kreativ Blogger Award:



These ladies are great and I love their blogs. Check them out!!