Saturday, November 22, 2014

Lancome Juicy Tubes Shimmering Neutrals Set + Swatches

I know I'm in the middle of downsizing my collection, but for some reason I felt the need to own the Lancome Juicy Tube in Hallucination. I swatched it in Sephora and admired its pale, golden beige-y ness and thought that it would be the perfect gloss to throw on top of any other color. Well, since I'm more of an Ulta girl and prefer their point system, I figured I would just run down the road to Ulta to pick it up. Much to my (initial) dismay, they didn't have Hallucination in stock, but the sales lady quickly pointed out this set and appealed to the frugal shopper in me. Unlike normal holiday sets, all four of these Juicy Tubes are full size. Full size, people! And the best part is it's only $30 for ALL FOUR! They normally retail for $18, so when you think about it, this set breaks down to $7.50 per tube, which definitely beats paying $72 if you were to buy each of them individually. 

For those of you that haven't tried these, I will forewarn you that they are not for everyone. I have read so many reviews where people complain about the smell (my four range from fruity to caramel/vanilla, depending on the shade), the fact that these are sticky, and people's preference for a lip gloss with a wand (these are a squeeze tube with a slant tip applicator). So, your mileage may vary depending on what your personal preferences are. Obviously, I like them enough to have splurged for four at the same time. 

Simmer, Melon, Pamplemousse, and Caramel Gospel

Simmer, Melon, Pamplemousse, and Caramel Gospel

Simmer, Melon, Pamplemousse, and Caramel Gospel - I tried a slightly different angle, hoping you would be able to see the different sparkle/dimension.

As you can tell, they're on the sheerer side, which (again) is either a pro or a con, depending on your personal preference. I personally prefer sheerer lipcolors these days because I've definitely entered the lazy/no fuss rut in my life where I don't want to be bothered touching up lipstick all the time or having my lips dry out.

Oh, and if neutrals aren't your thing, there is a pink set also available. :)

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Beauty Minimalism Snapshot

Beauty Minimalism Snapshot


Clearly I was bored and playing around on Polyvore, so I figured I would share what my ultimately whittled down collection might one day look like. Obviously, this wouldn't be all of it, but it was enough to give you the general gist. 

Featured Products

Lorac Unzipped palette Everyone should know by now how much I love a warm, shimmery, bronzey eye, but in case you missed me blathering on about how much I love this palette, please refer back to the Perfect Palette Tag, Question 4 (and kind of 8). 

Lorac Pro Palette This one has pretty much any other color I could possibly need. And I couldn't just pick one palette. It actually pained me to just pick two. 

Benefit Gimme Brow in Light/Medium This is awesome for lazy brow days, and I can always use one of the brown eyeshadows if I need more/precise definition.

the Balm Mary Lou Manizer It's shimmery and champagney and pretty and can double as yet another eyeshadow, in case the two aforementioned palettes weren't enough.

IT Cosmetics Vitality Lip Flush Butter I would take any shade, really, because they're so sheer and moisturizing and pretty much go with anything. I would also be happy with Lipstick Queen in Medieval or Saint Pinky Nude. Or my Revlon Lip Butter in Peach Parfait. Basically any lip product with some color, that actually moisturizes for a decent amount of time, that isn't fussy to apply or one that I fear smearing around during the day, and that I can put in my pocket without it melting (Fresh Sugar Balms, I'm talking to you!). 

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Chantilly I love that I can use this without foundation and it actually matches my skin! It's the closest thing I've found to my beloved (and discontinued ::shakesfist::) MUFE Full Cover Concealer #2.

Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder It's wonderful to set your undereye concealer with. Some people use it as a subtle highlight, too, but I like a little more BAM! on my cheeks.

Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner in Stingray (and Lionfish, not pictured) I think everyone needs a black and a brown and these two are pretty much everything I could ever want in eyeliners. I actually hope to one day get rid of ALL of my eyeliner, except for Stila Smudge Sticks. 

And last but not least, my HG mascara, Cover Girl Lash Blast Volume. I don't care what color it comes in, brown, black/brown, or very black. I love this mascara. I've purchased umpteen tubes of it since it launched... like eight years ago? 

Products Not Featured (because I could only fit so much in the collage... but still find them necessary)

MAC Paint Pot in Painterly or Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze and/or Creamy Beige I love all three of these bases for different reasons. I use one of them every day, I kid you not, depending on what color I'm planning on putting on top of them.

Lorac Behind the Scenes primer For the days that I know I'm going to be up 24+ hours, or when I want to be extra sure my eyeshadow doesn't go anywhere

Cover Girl Pressed or Loose Powder I bounce back and forth between the two. It's what I've used since I first got into makeup when I was just a wee lass, raiding my sister's makeup bag. Some people say the powder smells, but I quite like it. And I've yet to find a more expensive product that beats it.

Jack Black Lip Balm (or any other HG balm that may come along) I can't believe I didn't put a lip balm in my collage, ::face.palm:: Oh well... It's a given. Anywhere I go, Jack comes with. It's such an everyday-don't-even-think-about-it type of thing, because there's always one in my pocket. Always. And if I somehow manage to leave the house without one, I go buy one. That's how hoarding starts, people. 

IT Cosmetics Bye-Bye Under Eye Corrector in Light Some days my translucent under eyes are particularly shadowy and this stuff makes me look human again. The NARS is good, don't get me wrong, but sometimes by the end of the day the blue starts to creep back in, unless I have a layer of IT on first. 

And last but not least, if I get to pick another brow product (not very minimalist, I know...), I pick the IT Cosmetics Brow Power pencil. They last forever. I love the spoolie on the other end. Brow Power and Benefit's Gimme Brow were just made for each other. 


If you're ever bored, I suggest playing around on Polyvore, or actually going through your collection and just challenging yourself to hypothetically pare things down. Like the Perfect Palette Tag, it's a great way to re-evaluate your makeup collection compared to your actual needs/preferences. I honestly don't know when or if I'll ever have a collection this "small," but it's something I can keep in the back of my mind whenever I get palette goggles for the latest, greatest release. Writers refer to their SNI "Shiny New Idea" that tends to take over and distract them from current works in progress; I, on the other hand, have an issue with SNP "Shiny New Palette" and I've been working really hard to break the habit. Maybe I'll actually try the Pan That Palette Challenge in 2015 and see what kind of damage I can do. Some of the girls on You Tube are going to work on the Lorac Pro, but I feel like I should pick something older, like my Lancome/MAC palettes or UD Naked. I still have some time to mull it over... 

Monday, November 3, 2014

Halloween FOTD

Here's a little belated Halloween FOTD for you. We had our annual Halloween party on Saturday, November 1st and I went as Cleopatra, which was a first for me. I practiced doing my makeup once beforehand and it turned out terribly. I was going to do it again and then time got away from me... so the night of the party I got ready three hours beforehand just to make sure I had enough time to fix things in case they went awry. I'm happy to report they went much more smoothly the second time.


Please excuse the stray red hair poking out...
...aaaand please excuse any stray little black hairs you see. I had to trim the bangs on the wig and the cut ends kept re-appearing all night.
Breakdown:

  • IT Cosmetics CC Cream in Fair
  • Lancome Maquicomplet Concealer in Ivoire
  • Cover Girl Clean Powder in 510 Classic Ivory
  • MAC Accentuate Sculpt & Shape Powder to contour and highlight
  • L'Oreal Lush Raven eyeshadow in my brows, with some Physician's Formula Eye Boost in Ultra Black to add extra depth and fake hairs (although you can't see them)
  • Flirt! 40 Palette eyeshadows in dark green, teal, gold, and charcoal. 
  • Maybelline Master Drama pencil eyeliner in Midnight Master
  • Maybelline Lasting Drama gel eyeliner in black
  • Physician's Formula Eye Booster in Ultra Black to smooth things out
  • Cover Girl Waterproof Lash Blast Mascara in Very Black
  • NYX Butter Gloss in Creme Brulee

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Halloween Tag

Halloween is without a doubt my favorite holiday. It has been since I was little. I may have even mentioned it a time or two on here. So, even though I'm just a lurker on YouTube, I couldn't help but jump on his tag as soon as I saw it. I snagged the questions off of Marianne's blog here

THE HALLOWEEN TAG QUESTIONS:

1. What is your favorite Halloween movie? Hocus Pocus. I watch it every year, sometimes during other parts of the year (I do it with Christmas movies too; I'm not just playing favorites to one season). I'm also a huge fan of Practical Magic and Sleepy Hollow. I watch those multiple times in a year, too.

2. At what age did you stop trick-or-treating? I was probably in my early teens. I don't actually remember, probably because even though I stopped trick-or-treating, I still dress(ed) up to hand out candy. It's kind of the same thing, right? Except half of the work because I already buy the candy I like. 


3. What is your favorite Halloween tradition? For the past six years my husband and I have thrown a Halloween party for our friends and everyone has a blast. It's not the stuffy costume party like Allison's parents have in Hocus Pocus, though. Three words: apple.pie.shots. Other than the party, though, my husband and I dress up (like I said earlier) to hand out candy. 


4. What is your favorite Halloween food/beverage? Apple pie shots? Kidding. Not really. I love apple cider. Something about it being America's historical drink of choice, plus the plethora of its availability in both alcoholic and non-alcoholic versions makes me happy. Other than that, I guess I would say Italian beef, which sounds weird, but it's usually what we serve at our party, so I've come to associate it with Halloween. 


5. Do you like going to haunted attractions? Yes and no. I loved when we went to a haunted corn maze and when we went to Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA because they had seven different haunted houses and creatures based on which "country"/section of the theme park you were in, i.e., zombies in Italy, werewolves in New France, vampires in France, etc. But, I'm also a chicken and I have an incredibly exaggerated startle reflex. So, even though I know it's all fake and nothing will hurt me, I still jump and shriek like a five year old, much to my embarrassment and my husband's ceaseless amusement.


6. Vampires, witches or werewolves? This is such a hard question. Seriously. I love vampires. I've totally fallen for the Victorian portrayal of tortured souls and endless love wrapped up in merciless killing machines. However, I love witches, as evidenced by my ongoing love for Hocus Pocus and Practical Magic. I love Salem and studying the historical witch trials, too. Werewolves are cool, but they're definitely my least favorite. So, I'm going to cheat and say.... Vampires for novels and movies, but witches in a scholarly, real-world sense. 


7. What is your favorite Halloween candy? It depends. Usually some combination of chocolate and caramel or chocolate and peanut butter. So, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Snickers, Twix, Milky Ways, etc. No Whoppers or Hershey Bars, please. I don't like the malt and I prefer smoother chocolate a la Ghiradelli or Godiva, because I'm a chocolate snob.


8. Do you decorate your house for Halloween? Inside and outside. We've had the interior decorations up since the last week of August. No joke. After Halloween, the macabre stuff goes away, leaving the pumpkins and maple leaves through Thanksgiving and then it's full-on Christmas for a month. 


9. Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes, or Hayrides? We grow our own pumpkins. I haven't been on a hayride in forever, so Corn Maze! 


10. What are your plans for this Halloween? The day of we're handing out candy before I have to go to work at 11 pm and the next night we're having our annual Halloween party. 


11. What is your favorite Halloween TV episode/special? I'm actually quite partial to "All Halliwell's Eve" on Charmed, Season 3 Episode 4, where they travel back to the 1600s and meet their ancestor. However, I am also a fan of Catherine Bell's series on Hallmark called The Good Witch. (See, I really do have a thing for witches...) And I'm super excited that they're turning the TV-movies into an actual TV series in 2015!


12. Do you believe in ghosts? Have you ever held a seance or done ouija? Yes, I believe in ghosts. There's just too many recordings, pictures, videos, personal experiences, etc. to deny there's something else after death and sometimes people don't move on. I have never held a seance or played with a ouija board because that is just inviting trouble, in my opinion. 


13. What is your scariest Halloween experience? When I was little, like six or seven, we went to a historical farm for some Halloween event and one of the actors came up and grabbed me from behind. I think that's part of what put me off going to a lot of haunted houses, even though I know they can't touch you anymore. I still hate when people sneak up on me. 


Thanks for reading, and I hope everyone has a Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Finish Six by Christmas Update

In case you missed it, or want to compare photos, here is the original Finish Six by Christmas post.


As you can see, I finished the big bottle of Mario Badescu Facial Spray and have made a nice dent in the smaller bottle. Likewise with the Ralph Lauren Romance Body Mist. I should easily polish that off in the next month.


I know it's hard to see any sort of progress on the mascara and the concealer, but I figured I'd photograph them anyway. I've been using the concealer regularly since April, so it's got to be close to being finished. And I've already noticed a textural difference in the Cargo mascara. It seems to be drying out more and more, which is good, since the first few weeks it had a really wet formula, which I don't personally care for. I'm definitely most proud of the pan on UD Sellout! There wasn't anything and then all of a sudden BAM! Beautiful, silver pan. I showed my husband and he was less than impressed, but I knew you guys would be proud. I'm also quite pleased with the progress on the Maybelline Nearly There. I figure it'll probably last me through November at this rate.