Saturday, February 28, 2009

What's in the purse?

I have a fascination with the contents of people's purses. Every time I am around a friend I ask what she has in her purse. I think the contents sheds so much light on who the person is, and what she values. The other day, I was able to travel around with the Scholar. At the beginning of the week I was sporting around a small purse, which is quite uncharacteristic for me. I prefer to put everything I absolutely can into a huge bag. So after coming back from the first mini-trip, I went back to my standby huge bag. In the process, I also decided to reorganize my makeup bag that is in my purse. Reorganizing all of this was very soothing and relaxing, and I put a lot of thought into what makeup I should carry around with me.
Sometimes, I just leave the house without wearing makeup, and then I look in the rearview mirror and really regret doing it. Therefore, I figured that it was a great opportunity for me to go ahead and create a makeup bag that would provide a complete look without being overcomplicated. As I was sorting through what should go in the makeup bag, I did a trial of what the end product face would look like. Then I added on some other colors just to add options. Now, when I travel, I don't have to carry much because I can always go to the purse makeup bag. This is a true security blanket.

Soo, what is in my bag?
1) a hat for rainy or poopy days
2) glasses
3) wallet
4) planner (dollar store)
5) notepad for ideas/to do lists
6) makeup bag (mark.)
7) Curel hand lotion (review coming soon. I friggin love this moisturizer!)
8) pens, calculator to keep on budget
9) shea butter in EDM container, mark. matte-nificent compact in natural/buff
Lorac lipcolor in "Julia," chapstick 100% lip butter, Maybelline lippie in "Go Currant," Avon lip glaze in "mirage," whatever lipstick of the day. (these lippies are for quick fixes, that is why they are not in the makeup bag.)
10) cell phone, umbrella

Makeup bag
1) EDM blotting papers (I am just using them up, they aren't very good, really)
2) mark. mini brushes: powder, eyeliner, eyeshadow, and a random lip brush
3) mark. mini kabuki
4) Sonia Kashuk lash comb and brow brush
5) mark. invisible touch concealer in "medium" (old packaging)
6) glide dental floss
7) regular chapstick
8) five two-sided mark. hookups that include mascara, lip brush, two glosses, one lippie, one lip jumbo stick, one eye jumbo stick, i-sheer shadow, tinted lip balm (These save a ton a room and offer many options. I especially like the mascara, glosses, i-sheer, and the jumbo lip stick.)
9) lip pencils varying in neutrals and reds and black and brown eyeliners (NYX, clinique, prestige, Ulta, sephora)
10) mark. powder foundation in "natural"
11) lippies: mark. in "dew" (old packaging), Good Skin (kohls) in "modern red," mark. in "toffee caramel," mark. in "berry sexy flirt" (discontinued)
12) Cover Girl blush in "golden pink" and sally girl bronzer in "sin-namon" (very pretty, a hint of shimmer)
13) UDPP in a EDM mini-foundation pot (I cut the UDPP container once nothing came out. There was a crazy amount left.)
14) Sally Girl eyeshadows: Olive (lovely shimmery goldish-green), Black-Brown (dark, matte brown), Chocolate (yup, chocolate brown, matte), and Champagne (shimmery, pale gold). These shadows are like candy: cheap and good. I love them. They have great pigmentation and lasting power, plus they are only 99 cents, 89 cents if you have the discount card.
15) Finally, Sephora mirror compact.

Goodness gracious! I really have no excuse for not looking "put-together." I have everything I need on hand to create a full face. Even better, when I went through the trial run, it took about 10 minutes to have a pretty, complete look. I just love making makeup nearby, and when I am bored, I just take out the bag and look at the color and think about the possibilities. This promise of creativity makes me feel great!

So, I am curious, what does everyone else have in their purse? Please share, I love to see what everyone else has. Plus, it creates a ton of lemmings. Why not make it a post on your blog, or you can comment on here.

BTW, what is up with Jon and Kate from Jon and Kate plus 8? They seem so...TV now, especially Kate. It is not as much fun to watch anymore.

More reviews to come!
Muah!


my bag (by mark., of course)


inside the bag, it is really roomy and easy to find stuff


inside the makeup bag, so much stuff!

I love makeup, ahhh...

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Add another one to the collection--mark. FFI

I love to collect mark. Flip for It (FFI) palettes. I love the convenience and shortcut of not having to think of color combinations. These are excellent for travel, when the last thing you want to do is spend a ton of time in the bathroom getting ready. Whenever, a new FFI collection comes out I rush to the catalog and look at the colors. There have been a few that I have passed up because the colors just wouldn't work for me, and in the tradition of being a savvy spender I look away.

This season, mark. has two new sets of FFI's: spring Tokyo and Los Angeles. The Gloss Menagerie and I dare to Compare talk about these palettes in their blogs. I ordered the Los Angeles palette only because Tokyo really didn't entice me. I have used the Los Angeles palette several times, and I really do like it. My favorite part of the palette are the sheer lipstick-like colors, as opposed to the lip glosses. The glosses might as well be clear.

Anyway, to complement the blog entries mentioned above, I have included some swatches of the eye side and the lip side. I did not swatch the glosses because they are sooo sheer they don't even show up.

Enjoy
mark. FFI L.A. swatches

mark. FFI L.A. eye side
Hollywood, Mulholland
Sunset strip

mark. flip for it (FFI) in L.A. lips
Melrose, Rodeo
(I forgot the names of the glosses)
The top two squares are lovely lip colors
enjoy

Humbled




Wow, I received a triple award. A perfect day booster to anyone's day. Bella, over at Cafe Beautique was generous enough to consider me for the triple award. When you get a chance, go over to her blog and check it out. It is an excellent blog with loads of tips, insight, reviews, and other girly things.

Let me tell you, I love blogging, and I do it just for fun. I know that I bore my friends with makeup stuff, so I have to let out somehow. This avenue has been a lovely escape, and the blogging mates who I have encountered are fantastic. I hope this adventure continues for a long time.

Now, I am going to pass on the love!

Here are the rules for the recipients:

1. Put the logo on your blog or post.
2. Nominate at least 10 blogs which show great Attitude and/or Gratitude!
3. Be sure to link to your nominees within your post.
4. Let them know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
5. Share the love and link to this post and to the person from whom you received your award.

Congrats to the recipients for being awesome!
I Dare to Compare!
Fabuless Beauty
Bare Budget Beauty
Pink Sith
The Pink Traincase
Newly Natural
Gloss Menagerie
Dirty Martini
Betty Brown
Spend or Save
Askmewhats

Bloggers, thank you for being wonderful and for offering so much information. (Of course, there are more, but I tried to keep the list to the ones who haven't receive the triple award yet.)
much love

Friday, February 13, 2009

my lips are kind of addicted...

As mentioned before, I love lipsticks.  The colors transport me.  As far as lip glosses go, well...they are okay, but I don't usually collect them.  I prefer more coverage, however, I do like the moisture factor many glosses offer.  So when I find a highly pigmented, moisturizing gloss, I go crazy!  
I have tried the MAC lip lacquers, those are nice, but I don't feel like shelling out all the moola.  Recently, I found an answer to my desire to have a lip product that has a gloss shine, but the pigment of a lipstick.  In addition, this product is beautifully moisturizing!  Avon Glazewear Liquid lip colors are wonderful.  I am in love.  Several months ago, I bought two just to try out.  I loved how soft they felt on my lips, how nicely pigmented they were, and how long lasting they are, and how they don't have a peculiar scent or taste.  In fact, a month later Avon had the glazewears on sale for $1.99 each, and I ordered all of the shades that worked with my skintone.  These glosses are in super heavy rotation right now.  I can sheer these glosses out, or I can build the richness up.  
These tubes of luscious goodness, should not be confused with the glazewears that look like slimmer lipsticks.  Those are crappy, which is what took me so long to try the liquid lip color version.  
If you happen to be browsing the Avon website, definitely check out the liquid lip color glazwears.  At regular price, they are $8.00; however, Avon throws them on sale regularly.  As always, get them on sale.  You will love the lip color more when you pay less.

Here are some swatches

avon glazewear liquid lip color
the colors are a touch richer in person.
Mirage is a very light beige color.
Dazzling Diamond is a clear, sparkling gloss.

avon glazewear tubes
click on image is see the name run down.

Rating:
6 out of 5 happy wallets (I friggin' love these glosses)
Price: regular $8.00, but Avon throws some fantastic sales
Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Oh, so you want drama?

This weekend I went to Ulta.  Since I don't have any makeup girlfriends in the area, I subjected my husband to boredom.  He does well.  He walks around, looks at the cologne and doesn't rush me.  After 10 minutes of walking around, he goes to neighboring stores or finds a corner to play with his iphone (one of the few times I appreciate the distraction).  If he is walking and observing with me, I include him in the decision-making action if I can't make up my mind.  Right now, Ulta has BOGOF on HiP products.  I already knew that I wanted to pick up a cream/gel eyeliner since I haven't had one for quite some time.  However, I didn't know what other product to pick out.  Enter Mr. T...I asked him to pick one of the eyeshadow duos for me.  After some contemplation, he picked up the Metallic shadow duo in "platinum."  Fun choice.  I usually don't go for metallics, and I definitely don't go for silvers.  
Since I got the duo, I was wondering what look I could do with it, since it is out of my comfort zone.  Well, I found inspiration in Jennifer Hudson's look this year at the Grammy's.  She was rocking the silver, smokyish look, and I was all about it.  Justjared.com has great closeup pictures of her eye.

In addition to trying the duo out, I practiced applying lashes and tried out the "natural beige" shade from the Maybelline Dream Liquid mousse line.  I am extremely pleased with the end result (as far as rocking the silver and the foundation. The lashes need more practice).  
Here are pictures.
Let me know if you have any questions.
Oh, and to Mr. T...thanks for playing along.  Now I can do the dishes while sporting the sultry eyes.


L'oreal HiP metallic duo platinum
The silver side is crazy metallic.  Apply this before foundation though because you will get fallout.  The black is nicely pigmented too.


HiP metallic duo in "platinum"
in natural light


HiP "Platinum" corner
with flash


L'oreal HiP "platinum" eye full face
The breakdown listed in the flicker photostream. Just click on pic.
The foundation looks great! This shade is natural beige.
The lashes are Ardell Fashion 117, they are lovely and light on the eye.
I got them at Sally's; they are $2.99.


maybelline liquid mousse in natural beige
Just so you see the coverage on my bad side.  
This is the side with the most scars.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

You had me at "airbrush finish" *updated*

UPDATE 2/8/09: I went to Ulta today and they had testers out for the Liquid Mousse, after some swatches, I do believe that "Natural Beige" (medium 2.5) would be another good option for NC30-40 girls.  "Pure Beige" is too cool.  In fact, I also bought "Natural Beige." Ulta had it for around $7.50.

Maybelline meant "steer clear" to me.  I never had good luck.  I was never satisfied with the mascaras, the eyeshadows were blah, and the foundations were nothing to write home about.  However, recently, I have opened my mind, and I am falling in love with some of Maybelline's products.  Right now, I am all about the Lash Discovery mascara (love the small brush, gives great volume), the coverstick concealer (HG), Define-a-brow pencil (very fine, blendable, does not smudge), and finally Dream Liquid Mousse foundation.  

Today, I will review the Dream Liquid Mousse foundation.  I haven't bought foundation in a really long time.  I used to be a foundation fiend, but then I saw my drawer and vowed to work some of the volume down.  Recently, I have been steadily using Everyday Minerals foundation, but sometimes I get tired of all the buffing during application.  Sometimes I just want to swipe and go, but that is virtually impossible if I want to, at least, partially cover any imperfections.  Anyway, sometimes I just feel like walking along the cosmetic aisles of drugstore just to see what is going on in the mass market world.  On one lovely day, I saw a display for Maybelline's new foundation.  I was instantly intrigued.  I had heard good things about the mousse formula as far as color selection, but the formulation had received mixed reviews.  I never was convinced enough to buy the mousse version; however, Rite Aid had a BOGOF sale so I went ahead and splurged (I got an eyeliner too).

Packaging
The last time I purchased a Maybelline foundation, I was "Sandy Beige," which worked pretty well with my skin tone.  Maybelline has the shade system where the foundation colors are the same throughout the different foundation lines.  Sometimes that holds true.  "Sandy Beige" is one of the hues that is not in every foundation line; however, I lucked out with the Dream Liquid Mousse.  
The foundation comes in a glass bottle with a pump, which is fantastic and sanitary.  Another plus is that the pump locks closed with a swift twist.  The packaging is everything Revlon colorstay lovers want but have yet to get.  The pump is easily manipulated.  You can press lightly and get a small amount, or add more pressure to get more.

Formula
The foundation itself feels light; it is highly pigmented but not heavy.  This foundation does not run when pumped unto the back of the hand; it just waits for you to do what you want with it.  The ability to spread this foundation is great.  Even though it has a matte finish, it really does well in blending and distributing throughout the face.  The coverage is high medium.  This does well with covering older scars, but you do need some concealer with darker/redder/fresher acne scars.  As far as buildability, it is possible but it isn't as buildable as Revlon Colorstay foundation.  Once applied to the entire face, my canvas looks more even and less imperfect.  Also, it doesn't look as cakey as Revlon Colorstay can look after application.  With some melding time, this Dream Liquid looks somewhat natural (simply because it still has a matte factor to it).  Overall, I have been very pleased with the finish and application.  I don't have to fight to spread, and it cuts down on coverage effort time. Oh, and a little goes a very long way.

Shade
As mentioned above, I chose "Sandy Beige," which is medium 1.  Medium 1 is not found in every line; it can be found is the Minerals liquid line, Dream Matte Mousse, and the Liquid Mousse.  It looks like the Liquid mousse line shade selection is pretty comprehensive.  

As far as my shade selection, I think I chose the better option with "Sandy Beige."  The next shade is "Pure Beige," and that one is too cool for me, then the rest are just too dark.  "Sandy Beige" is a touch lighter than I am, however, I easily resolve that with a light dusting of my everyday minerals foundation in a mixture of buttered tan and golden beige (several formulas).  And when I say light, I mean light, so the "Sandy Beige" shade does not need a lot of adjustment.  Plus, the mineral foundation finishes of any little additional coverage I need that Dream Liquid does not accomplish.  This foundation does not have an SPF, which I like because I hate ghost face.  I have photographed and videotaped myself while wear this foundation to check the shade, and there is no line of demarcation or ghost face.  I am really, really satisfied with it.  Oh, and the color in the bottle is pretty close to the color dispensed.  The bottle color is just a touch darker since there is more of it.

Longevity
I wear this foundation with Coastalscents Diva Defense primer, light dusting of EDM foundation, and EDM tinted silk dust to top off.  I don't get break through for 5-6 hours, which is fantastic.  I blot or dust on some powder and then the foundation is set for another several hours.  I, also, don't get pools of foundation around my face.  This works really well for combo/oily (not super oily though) skin.  Since it is a matte foundation, I would hesitate to recommend it to dry skinned ladies.  This foundation will cling to any dry patches.

Overall, this is a score for me.  If you choose to encounter this foundation just make sure that your store has a good return policy.  All of our faces are different.  I have been wearing this foundation for several weeks, and I have not had any breakouts, it has been in heavy rotation, and each day I like it even more.  


Rating:
5 out of 5 happy wallets (the shade is a little lighter, but it doesn't take any effort to adjust)
Price: $8-10 (as always conquer when on sale), 1 fl. oz.


Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse
looks lighter than actually is, but this is the best pic I could get.

Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse spread
again, a little goes a long way

Dream liquid foundation on face
I think it looks pretty good.

Friday, February 6, 2009

You are seducing me L'oreal

I usually am not a fan of L'oreal drugstore cosmetics.  I find it on the pricier side, and I don't like the end results.  However, I was watching MakeupbyTiffanyD's videos, and she always raves about L'oreal Lineur Intense liquid liner in carbon black.  She is not the only person who stands by this liner, many other makeup lovers celebrate it as well.  With this in mind, I decided to give it a try.  And...I really am liking the liner.

When I first saw the felt tip, I was a little surprised because I was expecting a hard tip, like the Revlon colorstay liquid liner tip.  L'oreal's felt tip liner is long and a little flimsy.  I can't handle this applicator that way I usually handle other felt tips.  I usually use the tip of the applicator and apply pressure when applying liner to the eye.  With the Lineur Intense, I have to be more careful and apply the liner more gingerly.  In addition, I also have to slant the applicator so as not to bend the flexible tip.  To apply the liner I have to tilt the applicator at a 45 degree angle; if I want a thicker line, I tilt the applicator even more.  I find that there is a slight learning curve to using this applicator, but it doesn't stop me from wanting to use it again. 

Now, what I really enjoy about this liner is the pigmentation and the finish.  This is the darkest liquid liner I have seen from a mass market drugstore brand.  The pigmentation is insane! Deep, dark, rich, no fading.  The liner when dry also has a lovely sheen to it.  It almost has a mild patent leather finish to it.  The liner definitely picks up the light.  This liner does not flake at all, nor does it smudge.  Once it is on, it is on!  This liner will definitely be in heavy rotation.  Kudos to L'oreal!  Oh, and the flexible long felt tip applicator somehow made it easier to make a nice, enticing cateye wing.

If you are not satisfied with your liquid liner, and you haven't tried this one, then you should pick it up the next time you are in the store (the find will be even sweeter if you get in on sale).

Rating:
5 out of 5 happy wallets (Great pigmentation and lasting power.  Application may require a little practice)
Price: $6-7 at drugstores


l'oreal lineur liner

like buttah

When I was a kid, I used to sneak sticks of butter.  I would go somewhere clandestine and I would slowly gnaw on the butter.  I loved butter.  I don't think I ever finished an entire stick because my mom would always interrupt me and snatch it out of my hands.  I was a gross child, I also ate Avon fruity chapsticks, daddy long legs, and some other stuff that I am too embarrassed to mention.  Although, I have, thankfully, grown out of this phase, I can honestly say that I am definitely more open to eating different things.  

Anyway, why am I even talking about my childhood eating habits? Well, I guess my obsession with Redken Smooth Down Butter Treat hair treatment reminded me of my previous fascination with butter.  Nowadays, if hair products have the word "butter" in the name, I am more than willing to try it.  My two favorite hair butters are shea butter (pure/unrefined, found at coastalscents.com) and this Redken stuff.  I know there are more products out there, and eventually I will try them out.

I have very curly, dry, fine hair.  Although it is fine, I have a whole, whole lot.  I have enough to cover five heads and mine.  In combination with the dynamic of my hair, I also have a constant urge to do something to it.  I am always plotting a new style, color, or something for my hair.  I have shaved it, used kool-aide, fried it once, bleached it, etc.  My hair is a co-dependent partner; even with all of the abuse, she has stuck with me for the most part.  There was one exception when she had had enough and fell out in protest.  (I deserved her reaction though.)  Ever since the fall out, I have taken it pretty easy on her.  I cut her short, nourished her, and she is growing back in full splendor (the prenatal vitamins don't hurt either. I don't shed at ALL.  The hair sitch is going to suck once Felix is here.  All of that unshedded hair will drop.)  She has not been relaxed in a long time, and when curly, my hair looks really short.  It's very cute, but I like variety.  So now, I am on a straight/wavy trend.  Blow dryers and straight up flat irons make my hair look stiff, and I like touchable, moveable hair--not always easily attainable.  However, roller setting (granny style) is the panacea for my straightening dilemma.  In addition to roller setting, the Smooth Down butter works wonders to non-chemically relax the curl, eliminate frizz, and smooth the shaft.  A little goes a long way. This treatment doesn't leave a film either; it leaves my hair soft, smooth, and crazy healthy.  So even though I expose my hair to heat, this butter continues to condition it.  If I still ate butter, I would eat this one (but that would be very bad). One thing, there isn't much fragrance to this. It just smells like regular conditioner.

From the tube (8.5 fl oz, for around $14. it does last a really long time. I have had my tube for one year and I am just halfway done):  "...treatment is a rich, luscious cream that provides intensive, deep smoothing to very dry/unruly hair.  Redken's exclusive Interbond Conditioning System delivers a unique Ionic Smoothing Complex of macadamia oil, candelilla wax and cationic refiners for super long-lasting conditioning, nourishment, and a smooth frizz-free finish."

Here's what I do, I wash my hair, use regular conditioner, rinse out, and then while my hair is still dripping wet, I smooth in and distribute two nickel-size dollops of the Redken treatment.  Then I towel dry my hair, roller set my hair, sit under the dryer for 45 minutes.  Afterwards, I take out the rollers, brush out some the volume, flat iron portions of high hair (If I don't do this, I look like one of the Golden Girls, which is fine, but I'm not there yet), and then I am pretty much done.  If I want to get rid of more volume, I will tie my hair down with a scarf for a while.  Sometimes I sleep with a scarf too.  The hairstyle lasts for three to four days.  I don't have to wash my hair every day because I have dry hair; it's actually better if I don't wash every day.

So here are my curls

And here is the straightened hair with the amazing Redken and roller setting (seriously, the Redken is the only product I use.  However, remember I have fine curly hair.  I don't know how it would work on coarser hair.  Actually, my mom has coarser hair and it works beautifully on her.  She too roller sets.)


redken and rollers

new haircut
I heart this cut! Shout out to my girl at Hair Cuttery.  She is a gem!

Rating:
5 out of 5 happy wallets (Not drugstore, but lasts long enough to justify the investment.)

Also, just for fun, I did an eye look using the Coastalscents 88 eyeshadow palette.  I looked at my colorwheel and let myself by inspired randomness.  I think it turned out pretty cool.

I also used L'Oreal Lineur Intense liquid liner for the first time.  I love the carbon black finish, but the felt tip was difficult to manuveur.  It just takes practice.  I have also rediscovered Maybelline Lash Discovery mascara.  It is wonderful.  There are more picture in my flickr photostream (link on sidebar).

Green/Pink Look

coastalscents 88 palette green/pink (color real to life)
NYX jumbo stick in lavender (base)
Green and several pinks from 88 palette
L'Oreal Lineur Liner in carbon black
Maybelline Lash Discovery mascara on upper and lower lashes
UD 24/7 liner in zero on waterline