Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Shopping my stash: Stuff I'm sleeping on

Here are a few products in my stash that I've been sleeping on:

1. Various eye shadows:

As you can see here, I've hit the pan on these babies from Tarte, pur minerals and Physicians Formula. I've been wearing these mainly for work and obviously getting plenty of use out of them!

2. HIP Pigment:

I had been sleeping on this pretty green pigment call Striving for too long. I've been wearing this by itself. It's too gorgeous to wear with any other shadow!

3.Almay shadow singles in Oatmeal and Cocoa:

I've been wearing these Dollar Store finds with nothing but black eyeliner and a red lip.

4. Lancome nude lip liner:

I didn't really appreciate lip liner until I blew the dust off of this baby. It's been keeping my lippies from feathering and is barely noticeable.

What about you? Have you been shopping your stash lately?

FTC Disclosure: I paid for the products with my own funds.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Gray/purple sponge mani

I use sponges to clean my kitchen and bathroom, but on my nails?
Sponging is one of the hottest trends in the polish world right now and I recently did a design using the popular method.
Here are the supplies I used:

Supplies included: a broken piece of sponge, Revlon's Hazy, essence's Breakthrough, topcoat and basecoat.

Directions were easy-peasy.
After my basecoat and two coats of Hazy dried, I dabbed a little bit of Breakthrough onto my nails to give them that sponge affect. I did this about two times.
Then, I applied the topcoat when everything was dried and had my sponge nails.
To jazz the look up a little, I added black funky french tips using Borghese' Stellare Noire.
I like the look and predict more sponge manis in my future!

Have you ever done a sponge mani? What are you wearing on your tips and toes?
FTC Disclosure: I previously paid for the products with my own funds.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Wet n wild Eye Bruise Easily shadow review/swatches

I picked up this pretty duo called Eye Bruise Easily from the clearance bin at my local Walgreens for about 50 cents. The shimmery brown caught my eye. Thought it would look pretty on me. I was right.

Here's a swatch:

And here it is on my peepers:

I looove the brown because aside from the gold micro shimmers in it, it's barely noticeable. That makes it perfect for doing neutral looks for work.
Unfortunately, the black hasn't been working very well as a shadow for me.
I've been trying to do a smoky eye with the look but I think I'm not blending it correctly or something. One thing I will master this year is the smokey eye with this shadow duo, dammit!!
Surprisingly, the black has been working very well as a black eyeliner. Maybe that's the function of the black in this duo? Where's a make-up artist when you need them?
Anywhoo, I know I'll get more use of out the brown shade in this duo though.
Still a pretty, cheap duo.

What are you wearing on your peepers these days?

FTC Disclosure: I paid for the product with my own funds.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Time for Five: Things I'm loving right now:)

Here's a list of things that are making me happy right now:

1. The delicious Edible Arrangements that someone left for me:

2. The purple circle scarf I recently crocheted:

3. The notebook I recently bought to write blog post drafts in. I feel like I'm back in high school or something, lol:

4. The good, sweet honey wine I drank during a recent outing with friends:

5. And the Ethiopian meal that I inhaled with the honey wine with friends:) I LOVE Ethiopian food:

What about you? What's making you happy these days?

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

New camera and my life in images (heavy pics)

Santa got me this Canon G12 for Christmas:

Yay! She's a beauty and I've been so excited about her that I've been snapping pictures of everything:

Flowers I crocheted:

I crochet the extra yarn from my circle scarves into cute, little flowers like these. They're so cute. I'm thinking about making them into little barrettes or pins. I'll find something to do with them!

Trader Joe's Caramel Popcorn:

I can't stop eating this popcorn and am therefore convinced that there's crack in it. It's just too damn good.


Nothing's making me more happy now than finding beads for my earrings and arts-n-craft projects!


Yarn and beads. Beads and yarn. This is what my life has come to at 26!. Sounds boring but I've been having lots of fun getting my Martha Stewart on. My goal in life right now is to crochet the heck out of a baby blanket for my friend's daughter. She's due this summer so I have some time to get it right.


Nothing new here. I counted 109 bottles in my polish collection. Think it's time to go on a chill pill and use what's currently in my polish collection. Easier said than done because I came across Wet n wild's "Give Me a Price Quote" and "Cost is No Issue" on clearance for $1.50 each from Walgreens and scooped them up:

Couldn't pass these two glittery, sparkly babies up. I mean, just look at my nails!

New lip balm and hand creme:

I've been in love with this new-company-to-me called love and toast. Their green tea and mint lip balm ($3) and gin blossom hand creme ($9) are the bee's knees. The packaging is cute, the products are made without parabens and with natural ingredients and some of the proceeds support Girls Inc. of Denver. Good stuff.

Ever sweeter, a recent dessert of chocolate strawberries and wine:

As long as I live, I will always believe in the power of dessert. There's nothing like a chocolate-covered strawberry and a glass of wine to round out Sunday dinner.

How are you doing? What's making you happy these days?

FTC Disclosure: I paid for the products with my own funds.

Monday, January 16, 2012

One-word Beauty Product Reviews

It's time for another installment of my one-word beauty product reviews!

1.Softsoap soap and Bodywash: Tropical.

2.Ecotools body butter: Soft.

3. Ulta lipstick in Parisian Pout: Hellno:(

4.Facemasks: Hellyes!

5.Nutty: Neutral

FTC Disclosure: I paid for the funds with my own funds.

Friday, January 13, 2012

DIY: Making my own earrings!!!

One thing that's made me very happy lately is making my own earrings!
OMG, it's so easy (TOO easy). I use pliers like these:

...and supplies like earring backs and eye pins:

...and beads (gotta have beads!)...

...to make ear candy like this:

...and this:

You can get the supplies and beads at your local craft store for under $10.
I like to support the small man but Michael's has 40% off coupons in the Sunday paper.
The fun part is decorating the earrings. You can slide the beads on any which-way you want.
I usually make my earrings while watching my juicy reality TV shows like Mob Wives and Love & Hip Hop. Don't Judge:)

What do you think? What do you like to make? What's making you happy these days?

FTC Disclosure: I paid for the products with my own funds.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Time for Five: Things I'm Into Right Now

Here's a look at five things I'm feeling right now:

1. This picture: I recently got new glasses and a stronger prescription but doesn't it look like there's an angel in this picture? Or maybe I need to go back to my eye doctor?

2. Cooking: I recently made this dinner of salmon and onions, squash and kale, and it was one of the best I ever made!

3. Nails: I take my job as the "neighborhood nail lady" very seriously- and so do my kiddie "clients"! Lol.

4. Bright tights: I bought these tights from Payless for about a few dollars and they've been making my outfits pop!

5. Red skinny jeans: Love these red skinnies from Forever 21!

What about you? What things are you into right now?

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Songs I used to jam to when I was a teenybopper

I've been listening to a lot of pop music lately mainly because I need to fix the CD player in my car.
When the DJ plays certain songs like the ones below, I sing like I'm auditioning for American Idol and relive my teenybopper years:

Aaliyah's One In A Million:

Dru Hill's Sleeping in My Bed:

Biggie's Hypnotize:

This isn't all of them but the first ones to come to mind.

What about you? What were some of the songs of your teenybopper (love that word!) years?

Monday, January 9, 2012

Buxom's Brooklyn Big & Healthy Lipstick Review

I love Brooklyn as a name, as a city and now I love it as a lipstick!

Buxom's Brooklyn lipstick has been my work lipstick of choice lately.

Here's a swatch:

And here she is on my kisser:

This is such a pretty lipstick.
The color is described as a fig hue but it comes across as a soft pink on me.
And that's alright. I love it's subtle color.
It's Wearable. Workable. Pretty, too.
Brooklyn plumps, lines and moisturizes.
Like Buxom's Barcelona, Brooklyn can do no wrong.
Apparently, it's one of Buxom's most popular shades.
I see why and I think it's worth every cent of the $18 that you'll drop for it.

What do you think of Brooklyn? What's your favorite work lipstick?

FTC Disclosure: I paid for the product with my own funds.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Gettin Cazhmerred One-Word Beauty Reviews

Here's another edition of my one-word beauty product reviews featuring the goodies I won from Gettin Cazhmerred!

1. Rimmel London Smokey Blue Eye Quad: Sexy.

2. Max Factor double-ended eye shadow stick in Pink Cloud: Bright.

3. Wet n wild's Retro Pink lipstick: NickiMinaj-able.

4. N.Y.C. blush:

5. Profusion Brightening Eyes palette: Shimmery.

6. Almay intense eye palette: Worksafe.

FTC Disclosure: I won the products through a blog giveaway.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Swatches of my Gettin Cazhmerred blog win (pic heavy)

I recently won a whole lot of goodies from the beautiful Cocoa of Gettin Cazhmerred.

Here's what I received:

-Bath & Body Works Twilight Woods hand sanitizer
-Mini Revlon nail polish in Winter Mist
-Max Factor Vivid Impact Eyeshadow Duo
-4 mini shadow pigments from Mac and Micabella
-Cute brown earrings
-2 nail clippers
-4-piece mini make-up brush set
-False eyelashes!
-Rimmel London Smokey Blue shadow palette
-Profusion Brightening Eyes shadow palette
-Almay intense i-color for green eyes
-N.Y.C. Blush Gleamer Multi-Colored Powder
-Make-up bag
-Almay Peach lip gloss
-Wet n wild lipstick in 525D (Retro Pink)
-Jordana Mousse lip liner
-A journal

Here are some swatches:

Rimmel London Smokey Blue shadow palette:

Mini Revlon nail polish in Winter Mist:

Profusion Brightening Eyes shadow palette

4 mini shadow pigments from Mac and Micabella:

Max Factor Vivid Impact Eyeshadow Duo:

Wet n wild lipstick in 525D (Retro Pink):

N.Y.C. Blush Gleamer Multi-Colored Powder:

Almay intense i-color for green eyes:

I love all my beauty goodies; thanks so much Cocoa!
Look out for reviews soon!

FTC Disclosure: I won the products mentioned in this post.