Friday, December 19, 2014

COLLECTION RÊVERIE PARISIENNE

   Have you seen the Spring 2015 Chanel cosmetics collection? This collection is inspired by the beautiful luxurious gardens of Paris, from the colors to the ladylike delicateness, and it shows in each of the products. I have not yet come across these pieces in stores here, but I will be keeping my eyes peeled so I can swatch everything (hopefully with pics).

   Below are a few pieces from the collection that I think are absolutely gorgeous, especially the blush. Let me add that I've heard the blush looks wonderful on all skin types, but I've only see it on fair skin and it was very soft and pretty.



JARDIN DE CHANEL

BLUSH CAMÉLIA ROSÉ



LES 4 OMBRES

MULTI-EFFECT QUADRA EYESHADOW IN #236 TISSE FANTAISIE



ROUGE ALLURE VELVET

INTENSE LONG-WEAR LIP COLOUR IN #49 LA PETILLANTE



LÈVRES SCINTILLANTES

GLOSSIMER IN #194 CRAZY FUCHSIA



LE VERNIS

NAIL COLOUR IN #645 PARADISIO



   What is your favorite item from this collection? Based on photos alone I would have to say the blush, but that may change once I get my hands on them.

   Did you pick up anything from the 2014 Holiday Collection? If so I would love to know about it in the comments.


**All photos are courtesy of www.chanel.com**

Hometown Epidemic

The zombie apocalypse has reached my hometown and taken over!

Okay so maybe not the zombie's, but isn't the FLU close enough?

   Our school systems have completely shut down the past 2 days because of the amount of staff and students absent because of sickness. My children (luckily) don't get sick often so I was hoping we'd kind of slide right by it this winter. Wednesday my oldest starting feeling bad with a sore throat and Thursday it had progressed to fever, cough, chills, headache and more. So I took her to the Dr yesterday and she tested positive for the flu.

The hardest thing about this is
#1- Trying to keep a 7 year old contained in a room so **FINGERS CROSSED** no one else in the house gets it.

#2- Trying to make a 16 month old understand that sissy can't play because she's sick. So now I'm dealing with a sick child and a pissed off baby, isn't that fun?

#3- Medicines are not meant to taste good...tell that to my daughter. If it doesn't have a good flavor then be prepared for a crying battle. But mommy always wins.

   I really hope she's better in a couple days and that once the flu leaves it doesn't develop into a secondary illness. Christmas isn't going to be very fun for her if she's still not feeling well. I hope you are all staying healthy and feeling fabulous. If you do come down with the flu make sure to stay hydrated, get plenty of rest, and dose up on the meds...lol.

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

November Ipsy Bag Product Reviews

   November was an exciting month for me because I finally jumped on the bandwagon of joining a beauty subscription service. I choose Ipsy because I had heard the most about it and it's super cheap at only $10 a month. Let me say it again...$10 to try out 4-5 beauty products (some full size) from drugstore to high end AND you receive a small makeup bag. Really you can't go wrong because makeup bags alone are around $5-7 for a travel size. With the holidays coming up as well, this would be a great gift for that beauty lover in your life.

   I've seen most beauty bloggers/vloggers do "unboxings" with their subscription services, but I've decided to do something a little different. Once I receive my bag each month I'll do a small post about what I got but nothing too in depth, basically a picture and  tiny description of each product. Over that month I'll test out each product and then give a more detailed post that will include retail prices, where to purchase, and my opinions. 

So let's go ahead and get started with what I thought about my November Ipsy Girl Meets Glitter Bag. Please excuse the picture, it's just something I snapped really quick to upload to Instagram when I received the bag. 


November Ipsy Bag- Girl Meets Glam
 (Top) J Cat Beauty Wonder Lip Paint in Red Potion
(L to R) Marc Anthony Oil of Morocco Argan Oil Hairspray, Temtu Highlight in Pink Pearl, IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer in Neutral Medium, Be A Bombshell Cosmetics Eye Base in Submissive



1). November's Glam Bag went along with the glitter theme quite well...unlike any other item in m bag. The bag is silver, sparkly, adorable, 100% girly & perfect to throw in your purse for the upcoming holiday season. The zipper is on the top, which I prefer, and I can fit quite a few products inside. My plan is to fill it with several essentials and a few other products so that touch ups will be simple during the Christmas travels to everyone's house.


2). J Cat Beauty Wonder Lip Paint in Red Potion-  Retails for $4.99
     Since I'm a total lipstick junkie I was super excited to receive this FULL SIZE lip paint in such a beautiful color. These are carried by Ulta in a few shades online, but J Cat Beauty offers these in 17 different colors on their website that range from a soft nude pink to a straight up gold. 
     Application was a bit messy in the beginning, but I've found that the best way to work with these is by squeezing a little onto the back of your hand and applying with a lip brush. The formula is a bit wet when you put it on so I didn't rub my lips together or anything before it dried. However, once it dried, which didn't take long, I was good to go.            
     Red Potion, the color I received, had awesome pigmentation and it stayed on for a reasonable amount of time. Even after eating lunch and drinking through a straw my lips were stained with color so it didn't completely vanish. Overall I was very happy with the performance or the product, the price point is fantastic for all budgets, and I will definitely be purchasing a few more colors. 


3). Marc Anthony Oil of Morocco Argan Oil Hairspray- Retails for $7.99
     Let me start by saying I am absolutely in love with this hairspray and will be repurchasing it very soon. They sell it at both beauty stores and drugstores, I'll be getting mine from Walgreens and using my points to purchase it so it will end up being super cheap or even free with my rewards. If you want to try the product before buying the full size, Ulta also sells a travel size (which is what I have) for only $2.99.
   This is a scented hairspray but it's not overwhelming or flowery or fruity, it reminds me of a salon. Just stop what you're doing, head to the store, and smell it...lol. I've used Tresemme hairspray for years because it seems to be what works best with my curly hair until I tried this. It leaves behind no stickiness or residue which is sometimes a problem with other products. Since I have curly hair it tends to be flat on the upper half and poofy at the bottom some days, but I spritzed this right at the roots and it gave me instant volume. As far as hold I would say it's medium but it's a product that you can use throughout the day and still have your hair feeling fresh and light.  


4). Temptu S/B Highlighter in Pink Pearl- Retails for $27.50
     I received a sample in the color Pink Pearl & Temptu also offers this highlight in Champagne Shimmer, Gold Shimmer (I want), and White Shimmer. I thought this was more of a cream highlight, but it's more of a liquid although not too runny. This is great for any area that you want to highlight because it goes on sheer but it's also buildable for a more dramatic effect. Since it has a pink tone to it, I'm wondering if this one is the most natural looking out of the other 3 colors. I think the Gold Shimmer would probably be great for a bronzy look or a night, but again you can build up the Pink Pearl easily. This blends beautifully and you can also mix it in with your foundation for an all over glow without it being harsh or too shimmery. 
     I've found that this is super easy to work with and I've used it all over my face. For an extra pop on the inner corners of my eye, I've dabbed this on and then topped it with a highlight powder and vice versa. This was the first non powder highlight I've used and I love it. Even though I received a small sample in my bag, a little goes a long way and this will last me for a while. 



5). IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Waterproof Concealer- Retails for $24.00
     *Claims: An award-winning Anti-Aging, full coverage treatment concealer that delivers highly pigmented natural-looking perfect coverage. Bye Bye Under Eye® uses Anti-Aging technology to help treat the appearance of lines, wrinkles and discoloration, conceal dark circles, age spots and redness, conceal facial imperfections without settling into lines and wrinkles; and helps to diffuse the appearance of wrinkles instantly.
     This concealer does work for me and I usually have light to dark under eye circles and slight redness at times. As far as how it does with fine lines and wrinkles, I can't speak for that, but I will be testing it out on my mother soon (I'll update afterward). This product is creamy and blends out easily without feeling cakey or too thick. It also last on my face all day long without touch ups (I do set it with powder after applying). A little bit really does go a long way with this product so I feel like the sample size I received is big enough for me to get man uses from and decide if I want to purchase the full size or not. 



6). Be A Bombshell Eye Base in Submissive- Retails for $14.00
     *Claims: A high pigmented, long lasting product that can be used as a single cream color or used as an eye base to build color.
     Ipsy distributed the color Submissive, which is like a bronze, copper, gold mix, it's a pretty color that would look great on everyone. It is a cream product and I did find that it creased quite a bit after a few hours of wear. I have not worn this as a shadow alone because the pigmentation is not as great as I expected or would like. I have used it as a base for browns and greens or popped a little in the middle on my eyelid to finish off my look. I will not be purchasing this product, I think the Maybelline Color Tattoos are much better and they are also less expensive. 




Let me know if you like the Ipsy review, if so I'll continue to do it after I've had time to use each product and form an opinion. I did receive my December bag the other day so keep an eye out to see what was inside. 








      

   

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

High End Cheekers

   Blush & highlighters have become a recent obsession of mine because it's so fun to play around with the colors and combinations, especially during the colder months. I don't personally own any high end blushes (I know, it's terribly sad), but I do have a wide collection of drugstore brands. That will be changing very soon because I seriously lurked over the Chanel & Bobbi Brown counter in Macy's the other day like a puppy in a window. The Chanel holiday limited edition Camelia De Plumes Highlighting powder is absolutely to die for and I was trying to justify spending the $72. On one hand it is limited edition, so get it now or forever hold your peace...but $72??? UGH! However, the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks are almost half the price. So I guess I'll wait for the next Sephora % off coupon and snatch one up. So here are a few that I'm currently obsessing and debating over. 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Closet Staple: Boyfriend Jeans

I recently moved from a blistering hot state to one with possible harsh winters, let's start by saying this cold is really getting to me. I don't own big chunky sweaters or even many winter coats. So for now I'm trying to improvise with what I have. I NEED NEW WINTER CLOTHES! Can we say after Christmas shopping? AND this time I actually have a legitimate reason. 

Boyfriend jeans are a must have for everyone for every season, no matter your personal style. Whether you prefer a look that is romantic, sporty, boho, edgy, it doesn't matter...these jeans are completely versatile and not to mention comfortable. These jeans have been my go to this entire year and I love how easily they transition from casual to dressy. 

Hope you like the outfits I've put together! What's your favorite way to wear boyfriend jeans? 


Boyfriend Jeans



Wednesday, July 23, 2014

HOT BEAUTY CLEARANCE ALERT!!!

Every summer & winter, many stores start to have beauty clearance. These are usually products that are being discontinued, getting new packaging, or whatever other reason. If you don't know what I'm referring to swing by a CVS on your way home from work. You'll see yellow clearance price tags, pink 50% off stickers on products...it's like a beauty product heaven! And before I forget, Lumene BB Cream was on sale for $3.66!!! That's an $18 (awesome) product!

Loreal Colour Riche has several different lines, but the Caress is my most recent purchase...I'm actually only 4 shades away from having all 16, and I WANT every single one. 

From Left-Right: #172 Blushing Sequin, #173 Velvety Fuchsia, #176 Sunset Angora, #179 Cherry Tulle

From Left-Right: #169 Pink Plush, #170 Cotton Pink, #183 Pink Vinyl, #184 Merino Mauve

-Balm quality instead of a lipstick
-Last about 3 hours, so not like a stain or long lasting formula
-Moisturizing
-Goes on very smooth with a silky feel
-Doesn't dry out or get clumpy on the lips 

  I'm completely in love with these lippies! They have become my go to and I always have 1 or 2 shades in my purse. For a more subtle look I just swipe it back and forth on the lips 2 or 3 times, if I want more pigmentation then I go back and forth until the desired color is achieved. I would probably say the shades in the top picture are more pigmented than the pinks, but you can build upon that color. 

   Now I'm super excited to try more of the Loreal lippies and I'll probably pick some up at CVS since they offer such great deals on beauty products and many things are on clearance. What is your favorite drugstore lipstick?