Friday, July 29, 2011

BACK! :)

Hey guys!  Sorry, this heat has been so oppressive and I know it is not only here in the midwest.  Now, we are getting pelted by rain, but I'm getting back into the swing after a few hiccups.  Have some new lovely items to share...and can't wait to read your blogs again!


Saturday, July 23, 2011

Too hot!

Hey guys!  

I'm pretty sure by now you all know that the midwest (where I am located) is in a heat wave.  We have had our electricity blow out quite a few times already, as well as the AC.  Blogging, swatcing, taking photos has been put on the back burner until we can get the AC running fully, or this heat breaks....

Hope you guys are staying safe and cool.  Remember, drink lots of water and SUNSCREEN!  Cannot stress that enough :)

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Small Haul 7/20/2011 (sephora)

Hey all!  Just wanting to share a quick haul that I got the other day.  This all started with the Makeup Forever mini set that Sephora was giving to VIB's...if you want to learn about becoming a beauty insider or VIB, go here.

Sephora Haul!
I went in to get my staple mascara, MUFE Smokey Lash.  I also added in the Dior Addict Lip Glow :)!  The mini VIB kit contained:

  • mini smokey lash mascara
  • mini lab shine
  • mini hd powder
  • mini aqua liner
All the minis are super cute and very practical.  I was hoping the bad would have been a bit bigger, but I love it all the same.  

I also had some points that I was thinking about cashing in...this is what I picked for my 500 point perk...

Pacifica Indian Coconut Nectar Trio including...
  • body butter
  • perfume
  • body wash
What you all been hauling?  :)

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

July Birchbox 2011

Hello All!  I have for you a quick overview of the Birchbox I received this month.  Remember that if you want more info on the Birchbox program and prices, head to  This box was specially put together by designer Cynthia Rowley.


My birchbox consisted of:

  • Joya FvsS Composition No. 1 parfum sample (so little and cute)
  •  Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-usage dry oil sample
  • philosophy Purity Made Simple cleanser sample (own this and its FAB!)
  • Redken Shine Flash 02 Hair shine 
  • ybf beauty Automatic Eye Brow Pencil in Universal Taupe 
My extra was an almond and apricot granola bar from KIND.

Enjoy! :)

Monday, July 18, 2011

LORAC Showstopper Palette

LORAC Showstopper w/flash
Hello again!  Here is the last palette in this three part series!  This is probably the most elegant of the palettes.  Same basic information as the others...purchased at, same price, same packaging, same formulation, etc.

No flash
The top left hand corner is a light baby peach shimmer.  The top right hand corner is a light peach sheen, almost looks wet.  The bottom left hand corner is a slightly rusted brown, and the bottom right corner is dark gunmetal grey with silver shimmers.  The blush is peach toned with gold glimmer/sheen running throughout.

With Flash over Paula Dorf eye primer

No flash over eye primer
At the price point that I got all of these palettes at, it was a no brainer.  They contain some of the softest shadows I have ever owned, and I like that the palettes are themed.  The colors they contain do work well with one another, and aid in creating simple to fantastic looks.  I suggest you check out LORAC cosmetics!

Just a thought v 1.2...

I fell off of the train.  I did not do my regular workout this weekend.  Yeah, I feel really crummy about it.  Especially since it was too hot to cook, and decided that takeout was easier.  Ugh, why?

Back on track today.  Plan to hit the gym at some point.  I have a plan in place for rewards along the way on this fitness journey.  Every time I hit the 5lb and 10lb mark, I get to spend one of my gift cards, and of course they are all to Sephora and Ulta...ha!

Sorry, just wanted to get that off of my chest.  Back to the regularly scheduled blog.  :)

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Small Haul 7/16/2011 (MAC)

This haul consists of Eversun Beauty Powder blush in the Style Warriors packaging, Rust Reflects (old style packaging), Follow your Fancy and New Fixation pigments (new style jars) that come out with the Stylishly Yours collection.

Eversun Beauty Powder Blush
This is sooo beautiful.  And it wears like a dream on the skin.  It is totally an HG for me!

swatches / no flash
swatches/w flash
Swatches are as follow: MAC Eversun blush, from lt to rt - Rust reflects, Follow your Fancy, New Fixation.  All swatches, except blush, were done over Paula Dorf Eye Primer.

Enjoy! :)

Friday, July 15, 2011

LORAC Pink Python Palette

Lorac Pink Python palette
Tis the season for brights, huh?  This lovely little palette is Lorac's Pink Python Palette.  You can find this at right now under the sale section @ a whopping $10.99USD!!!!!

This palette consists of 4 buttery soft eye shadows and a cheek color.  The compact is covered in a pink python patterned soft plastic, and the compact itself is a sturdy foam with magnetic seals.  It also comes equipped with a mirror, which is nice. 

With flash
This is definitely the brightest of the three palettes.  These shadows are also very soft and buttery.  There are literally no bad shadows here, as far as texture.  Top left hand corner is a golden light yellow, very shimmery.  Top right hand corner is a creamy nude with a slight sheen to it, very muted and extremely gorgeous.  Bottom left hand corner is a bronze that has a bit of orange in it, and also a sheen.  The bottom right hand corner is teal that looks more green in the pan, but wears a bit more blue in real life. 

The blush is the only thing in this palette I do not like.  It is a cool baby pink that actually wears wonderfully on lighter skin tones.  I love that there are not any glitters or shimmers that are way too over the top. 

Once again, if you can find these, try and get one.  I am hoping to have some looks done with the individual palettes and post them up here. 


Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Another blogger's contest! - Hoplessly Devoted 2 Makeup

Hey guys, make sure to stop by !  This is a really cute blog run by a sweet lady who is actually running a contest right now for a chance to win a Le Metier de Beaute product!  Really?  Yes, really.  She has amazing pictures, amazing posts....just do it!  You won't regret it!

Monday, July 11, 2011

LORAC Snake Charmer Palette

Snake Charmer  - with flash
The Snake Charmer is the next in the LORAC palette series.  This has the same physical attributes that the others have.  I purchased this one at the same time I purchased the others off of the lorac website, found here  Again, this was purchased for $10.99 USD!  Gotta love Lorac's sale section.

Palette without flash

This palette contains very warm / neutral colors and a gorgeous peach blush.  All of the shadows are soooo buttery!  They are some of the smoothest shadows I have ever used.  Even the glittery darker shadow is like butter.  The top left corner is a soft, true, shimmery champagne.  The top right corner is an extremely neutral taupe color.  Taupe lovers will appreciate this one.  Bottom left corner is a brown with slightly bronzey overtones.  Lastly, the bottom right hand corner is a very deep brown with a bit of black mixed in, and gold glitters.  The glitters do not all stay, but you do get some that attach and look very pretty.  The blush, peach with a slight pink sheen running throughout.  There are no glitters in the blush, and the finish of it is very gentle on the skin.  

swatches with flash on base

swatches with no flash on base

The only thing I do not like about this palette is that there are no matte shades and I am fond of using both textures to create eye looks.  I find it to work well with any of my brights.  I cannot stress enough how soft these shadows are...a bit of fallout occurs, but the softness adds to the easy blendibility that these shadows have.  For the bargain price I paid for this, it really was a steal.  If you are fan of neutrals, or just want to try LORAC shadows...try to get your paws on this!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

June Favorites 2011

Happy Wednesday!  It is so bloody hot out.  Thought I would cool down by staying inside in the AC and letting you all know what my June Favorites are...

 The rundown:

  • LORAC TANtalize Me baked bronzer (so beautiful)
  • Smashbox Face and Body Highlighter in Allure (glowy x1000)
  • LORAC Caribbean Heat Bronzer (great trio of shades)
  • MAC Melon Pigment (need I say more?)
  • Urban Decay Complexion Primer Potion in Brightening(very light)
  • Smashbox O Gloss (the cutest pink stain)
  • Sonia Kashuk Showstoppers eye shadow quad (beautiful,glittery, creamy colors)
  • Maybelline The Falsies in Blackest Black ( total drugstore HG)
  • Revlon Just Bitten lip stains in Gothic and Flame (these have taken over for summer lips)
  • Stila Mineral Matte eye shadow in Nanda Devi (perfect for brows)
  • Fusion Beauty Illumifill Line Filling Luminizer (so perfect for under eyes and cheek h/l)
  • LORAC TANtalizer mini bronzer (been using as a peachy, gold eye shadow, its to die for)
  • Smashbox eye shadow single in Nude (the perfect neutral)
  • Tarina Tarantino eye dream hypershadow in Victorian Punk (drools for purple)
  • Smashbox shadow liner brush # 30
  • Crown Precision Detail brush #C431
  • Maybelline Moisture Extreme lip liner in # 95 Nude
  • Sonia Kashuk Flat Top brush

What have all of you been digging on?

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Bath and Body Works haul - 5/3/2011

So, I was home in Indiana this weekend for 4th of July festivities.  This meant, once again, that I would make my way down to the outlets in Michigan City.  As I am on a low-buy, my awesome BF was kind enough to help me make some purchases. 

I stopped at Bath and Body Works as they were having  a great sale on the Summer Vanilla's collection, as well as hand soaps (their hand soap is my ultimate fav!)

From the Summer Vanilla collection, I picked up a Lemon Vanilla body butter, body wash, and body spray!  This smells like a lemon filled bakery.  Almost like an iced loft house cookie :).  I also purchased one Kitchen Lemon Anti-Bac hand soap, and two watermelon scented summer edition soaps.

BB&W Haul :)

I love this store, but also hate the way I fall in love with scents that are either limited edition, or never make it back for another appearance!  This, along with a body spray and body wash for my boyfriend was purchased for about $20.00 USD at the outlets.  Can't beat that!

LORAC palette swatches coming soon!

Swatches for these palettes coming soon!  Palettes from left to right are:

  • Pink Python
  • Snake Charmer
  • Showstopper

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Happy long weekend!

Hey everyone!  I hope that you guys are having a great long weekend.  Its a holiday weekend, which equals out to me being in Indiana, and yup, a trip to the CCO.  I made some awesome finds, and am dying to share them with you.  Once I get everything photographed, I shall post it up!

bye!  :)