Friday, February 28, 2014

LOTD: Too Faced La Creme in Juicy Melons

I wanted something bright(er) and fun for spring and summer, with a more peachy/coraly tint than what I currently had. So, I bought Too Faced's Juicy Melons. I really adore these lipsticks. I actually feel secure leaving the house with just Too Faced La Creme lipstick and I don't panic that I don't have lipbalm. They're worth every penny of the $22, in my opinion.

Nekkid lips
Too Faced La Creme Juicy Melons 
One swipe from the tube

Thursday, February 27, 2014

EOTD: IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Palette Warm Tan Eye Look

I was running late the morning I did this, hence the lack of creativity.

  • Sunrise all over lid and underneath lower lashes
  • Warmth in the crease
  • Sheer Joy on the brow bone
  • Maybelline Bold Brown eyeliner
  • Cover Girl Lash Blast

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

EOTD: IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Palette Pink + Brown Look

I loved how my right eye turned out and I hated how my left eye looked, which is why I'm showing the right eye for a change... I don't know. I just could not get one spot on my left eye to blend properly. It looked ok in person, but not as good as the right eye.

  • All Heart all over the lid
  • Java in the crease and underneath the lower lashes
  • Love on the brow bone and inner corner
  • Maybelline Bold Brown eyeliner
  • Tarte Lights Camera Lashes mascara in Black

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

LOTD: Korres Natural Pink Mango Butter Lipstick

I got this lipstick in a Korres kit from Sephora eons ago. I really like it. I like the warm pink color, the soft shine, and the moisturization. What I don't like? How quickly it fades. I feel like I have to apply it constantly. :o/
Nekkid lips
Korres Natural Pink Mango Butter Lipstick

Monday, February 24, 2014

EOTD: IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Palette Purple Look

Because I was on a "color" look, I followed the blue with purple. It was very weird for me.

  • Violet + Transforming Pearl all over the lid
  • Iconic in the crease
  • Soulful as a transition color
  • Love on the brow bone
  • Transforming Pearl in the inner corner
  • Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner in Riot
  • Maybelle Full 'n Soft + Cover Girl Lash Blast

Friday, February 21, 2014

EOTD: IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Palette Blue Look

I don't know why I decided to start with the blue eyeshadows, but I did. It turned out ok. But I wasn't in love with it... But I just ordered some new brushes, so hopefully that will help with placement next time.

  • Soft Light on the lid
  • Warmth in the crease
  • Midnight in the outer V and underneath the lashes
  • Sheer Joy on the brow bone
  • Transforming Pearl on the inner corner
  • Maybelline Stormy Navy eyeliner
  • Maybelline Full 'n Soft + Cover Girl Lash Blast

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Dove Visible Care Radiance Body Wash

When winter hit Po'Dunk, it came with a vengeance. My usual body wash (also Dove, but the one designed for sensitive skin) just didn't seem to be cutting it. So while I was out and about, I bought the purple "Visible Care" body wash because it said it was a "creme." Plus, it's a huge bottle (18 oz) for $5-$7, depending on where you get it. 

On their website, Dove says: Dove® VisibleCare™ Radiance Crème Body Wash features a rich, creamy lather that delivers essential lipids to your skin. The formula with exfoliating beads helps remove dullness and visibly enhances skin’s natural radiance in just one week (with daily use).

I can happily attest to the fact that Dove is not lying! I honestly didn't think I could love a body wash so much, but I do. I had been having mild issues with KP (aka: Chicken skin, real name: Keratosis Pilaris) over the summer/autumn, just to the point where it was annoying not anything terribly serious... and the Dove Visible Care made it go away! I usually had a few bumps on the backs of my arms and they're completely gone. I haven't changed anything else in my routine. No new lotions. No new loofahs. Nothing, except the Dove. I don't know if it's something in the actual body wash itself, or if the little purple beads are the miracle workers, but I'll happily repurchase this from now on. 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

EOTD: L'Oreal Brushed Suede and Lush Raven

This is one of my favorite, no-fuss looks. It's easy to do, easy to wear, and looks good with everything.

  • L'Oreal Brushed Suede all over the lid
  • L'Oreal Lush Raven along the lashline and again ontop of eyeliner
  • NARS Tibet as a highlight
  • MAC Smolder Kohl eyeliner
  • Maybelline Full 'n Soft
  • Maybelline One by One

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

EOTD: L'Oreal Infallible Liquid Diamond

I don't know how I feel about this color, either. It's like a greyed/silver/lilac color. I just don't think it does anything particularly amazing for me. Oh well...

  • L'Oreal Infallible Liquid Diamond all over the lid
  • NARS Tibet as a highlight
  • Maybelline Stormy Navy eyeliner
  • Maybelline Full 'n Soft
  • Maybelline One by One

Monday, February 17, 2014

EOTD: L'Oreal Iced Latte and Bronzed Taupe

You know me and bronze and taupe... I just can't help it. And when you put bronze WITH taupe? Heaven! Although, I'm still very on the fence about how I look without eyeliner.

  • L'Oreal Infallible Iced Latte on the inner third of the lid and as a highlight
  • L'Oreal Infallible Bronzed Taupe on the outer two-thirds of the lid
  • Maybelline Full 'n Soft
  • Maybelline One by One

Friday, February 14, 2014

LOTD: Too Faced Cinnamon Kiss

In the world of lip sticks, Too Faced's La Creme line has to be one of my favorites! I currently own Spice, Spice Baby, Juicy Melons, and Cinnamon Kiss. I picked up the last two at Ulta during the Friends and Family for 20% off and I'm so happy I did! They're moisturizing, very comfortable to wear, and they fade to a nice light stain on me.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Nekkid lips

Thursday, February 13, 2014

EOTD: L'Oreal Amber Rush

I know other bloggers have hyped up the L'Oreal Infallible eyeshadows as being dupes for the Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill. While I don't have any experience with the Armani ones, I do know these L'Oreal ones last all day on my lids without any sort of primer and some of the colors are very metallic, i.e., Amber Rush. I haven't tried any of the matte ones, though I'd imagine they're equally nice. I like the fact that you can apply these with your finger, blend out the edges with a brush, and you're done in two minutes.

  • L'Oreal Infallible eyeshadow in Amber Rush all over the lid and underneath the lower lashes
  • Urban Decay Virgin as a highlight
  • Clinique Chocolate Lustre eyeliner
  • Maybelline Full 'n Soft
  • Maybelline One by One

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

LOTD: IT Cosmetics Vitality Butter Gloss in Perfect Nude

Nekkid lips

I'm not usually a lip gloss girl, but the IT Cosmetics Vitality Butter Glosses are ah-mazing! They're very moisturizing and very flattering colors. Nude lips can either look too "dead" or "concealer-like" but this one has just enough peach to make it flattering. 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Schick Hydro Silk Senstive Care Razor

I never really thought I'd review a razor on here.. but I was fortunate (or should I say unfortunate) enough to try one out thanks to a new BzzAgent campaign. ((Disclosure time: I am a BzzAgent and was sent this for free. This review is ENTIRELY my own, as I'm sure Schick would NOT be happy to read it.))

This is what Schick has to say, via the BzzAgent website:


Hypoallergenic Moisturizing Serum infused with Shea Butter. 5 Curve-Sensing blades. Skin Guards. All those features might just sound like bells and whistles for now, but trust us – as soon as you take a few strokes with Schick® Hydro Silk® Sensitive Care® razor, everything will make perfect sense.
Winter can be especially tough on sensitive skin. Dermatologist-tested Schick® Hydro Silk®Sensitive Care® razor delivers a better hydration boost than any other razor. The Hypoallergenic Moisturizing Serum hydrates your skin for up to two hours after shaving while the 5 Curve-Sensing blades protect your skin from irritation. So even while you’re bundled up in a parka, your legs will feel like hitting the beach all winter long.

I'll admit I was actually kind of excited to try a new razor, especially one designed specifically for sensitive skin. Not that there's anything wrong with my current razor (a Gilette Venus Embrace, if you must know), but new is new and, well, I get bored easily. Plus, it was free. :)

When I got it in the mail, I happily tore into it and oohed and ahhed over the pretty blue and pearly white colors. The next time I showered, I lathered up with some shaving cream and got to work. OMFG! You would have thought it was my first time shaving. There was blood everywhere. EVERYWHERE. Ok, not everywhere, but it was in enough places that I was NOT happy. My knees (front and back) took the worst of it. And then a funny thing happened... when I used it on my underarms (gross, ok, I know, but we all have to do it unless you're using alternative methods) those deadly, katana-sharp razors that left blood pooling around my ankles... did nothing. I had to swipe up and down and sideways, multiple times, to get a smooth shave on my underarms. WTF? A brand new razor, fresh out of the box, and yet my underarms refused to get smooth. I ended up going OVER it again with my Venus razor and voila! Smooth underarms!

Grudgingly, I used the Schick again and took extra, extra, extra precautions. I made sure my skin was nice and soft and exfoliated, the water was hot, and I had plenty of shaving cream. The result? The same effin' thing! Every time that I used it, I ended up with tiny nicks and cuts all over my legs. I've been shaving for many moons, now, and my technique has been perfectly fine. Even using the lightest stroke humanly possible, I still ended up with cuts. I wasn't even done showering when I finally threw the blasted thing at my husband and told him to throw it out, immediately, and all the extra cartridges and packaging that went with it.

So, A+ on the razor sharpness, but F- on the actual performance. The fact that the razor's head barely tilts/moves at all probably had something to do with the disaster zone that is my knee area. Oh, and the pretty aqua moisture strips? They were, indeed, moisturizing, but they also left a slime trail on your leg. Other than a nicely shaped handle and aesthetically pleasing color scheme (deep blue with pearlescent white), I can't think of one nice thing to say about this razor.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Yes-to-Cucumbers Soothing Facial Towelettes

I bought these on a whim one day at... Target, I believe. They were in the travel section and you get 10 wipes for around $2-$3. I didn't really want to invest in a full pack (45 for $7-$8), especially since I don't use them all the time. I'm afraid that they would dry out by the time I'd even gotten halfway through them. These are really a "once in a blue moon, I'm super duper lazy and need makeup off NOW!" type of situations. But usually I just suck it up and go through the whole routine because it keeps my skin happy in the long run. 

For people that don't like fragranced skin care, these do have a smell. Supposedly, it's cucumber. I mean, hello. But to me, it's not a fresh, natural cucumber smell. It's got a plastic/chemical kind of smell that underlies the cucumber and kind of ruins the "Ahh.... cucumbers... soothing..." experience. For me, anyway. But I don't usually buy skincare specifically for the smell, so it wasn't a deal breaker.

They're very soft towelettes, but they're not super saturated with liquid, which is good and bad. They take off face makeup reasonably well and eyeshadows, but fail miserably to take off mascara or eyeliner. I'm certainly not going to sit there and scrub my eyeballs raw, especially when I get to the bottom of the package and they get even drier. So, I've accepted the fact that I just have to use a separate eye makeup remover first and then go in with the Yes-to-Cucumbers.

While they aren't specifically designed to be exfoliating, the very act of manually wiping your face is bound to remove some dead skin cells and I was pleasantly surprised to see/feel how smooth my skin was after using these. They don't leave behind any sort of sticky residue or tackiness at all, which I appreciate. My skin just feels clean. And soothed, I suppose. :)

If I saw these in the travel bin again, I'd probably grab another pack. Or if I was actually traveling, I'd take some along. Like I said, it's not my preferred method of cleaning my face, and having to use a separate eye makeup remover can be a PITA, but in a pinch I'd take these over other wipes I've tried.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Inspiration: Kate Walsh

While not a natural redhead, I'll still happily "claim" her as one of my own. Plus, her eyes are gorgeous. She has lid space for daaays. Iz very, very jealous.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

LOTD: Clinique Bamboo Pink

Nekkid lips.

Sorry for the blurry picture. :( I'm always in a rush in the morning and half of the time I don't even look at the picture to make sure it turns out. I really should, but before coffee I'm pretty much worthless.

Anywho... at least this way you can see the subtle sparkle.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Depotting my Flirt! palette.

While organizing my collection and doing my little flash cards, I came to the conclusion that I never use my Flirt! palette. I blame it entirely on the big, bulky packaging. It sat in the bottom of my eyeshadow drawer, beneath other, slimmer palettes. I didn't think it was worth the effort to remove everything and haul it out, only to try and balance it either on my lap (no thank you) or on the precious little space on my vanity top, between cups of brushes and eyeliners. 

So... I bought two Z Palettes. I know. I know. I could have made them, or found dupes, or whatever, but a) I'm lazy b) I'm not crafty and c) I'm impatient. I wanted everything depotted and I wanted it depotted NOW! One little click on Amazon and a few days later, two large, black Z Palettes arrived. 

The actual depotting was really easy. The tray of eyeshadows just lifted right out of the big box they came in. Then, with the help of a little fire and a metal cuticle pusher thingy, I got it all done in about 20 minutes. I just heated the bottom of the plastic with the lighter, for about 5-8 seconds, to loosen the glue and shrink the plastic. Then, I slid the manicure tool thingy around the edge of the shadow to loosen it the rest of the way. Most of them popped out with very little effort. It just stinks. Obviously. (Side note: while the palettes come with extra magnets, I found I didn't need any. The base plate/magnet was strong enough to hold these really well. The smidgen of glue residue probably doesn't hurt, either.)

My one minor complaint about the Z Palette system was that I couldn't fit all 40 eyeshadows into one palette. The large size only holds 28. And the smaller size holds 9. I'm not a mathematician, but those numbers don't work for me. So, instead of having to sacrifice three shadows, I just opted to buy two of the large sizes and leave myself room to depot/add anything else. 

I wasn't very original how I arranged them. I basically took the first half of the original palette and put it in one, and then the other half in the other. It happens to work out that the top one is mostly warm-ish and the bottom is mostly cool-ish. Or, one is mostly neutrals/browns/greens and the other is grays/purples/pinks/blues. They don't have names, so I don't have to worry about making a chart or anything like that. 

No more big, bulky packaging!

Even double-stacked, the Z Palettes are still slimmer than the whole Flirt! package. I'm so happy I did this. I'm really looking forward to being able to use these eyeshadows. They're like a forgotten treasure!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

LOTD: NYX Butter Gloss in Merengue

One of my Christmas presents from my sister was a NYX Butter Gloss trio, which I was super excited about since I've heard rave reviews but had yet to try any. First up is Merengue, a super cool, baby pink.

Nekkid lips.
NYX Butter Gloss in Merengue
I'd say the color of the tube is pretty accurate for what you're getting.

Monday, February 3, 2014

My Collection: The Nails

My insanely (for me) large nail collection. Definitely going to have to work on reducing this bad boy...

Everything from that cramped, red box.

Pale purples/lilacs.

Silvers and grays.

Bright reds.



My one gold polish.

Charcoal and Navy.

Dark berries/wines.

Dark reds.

Pale pinks.

Dark brownish/copper and super dark purple.

Hot/medium pinks.

Milky whites/pinks.


Treatments, top coats, and base coats. (Not pictured: Nuvail, because it's a prescription.)