Monthly Archives: October 2014

Buying Stuff on Location: Las Vegas

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Who makes the decision to repave the street in front of my house on Halloween?  And then tells us we have to park our cars elsewhere until it dries?  How am I supposed to get home?  There’s only one way in and one way out of my neighborhood, so it looks like I be walking through fields, barefoot and in 10 feet of snow.  Blah.

But most importantly, how is FedEx supposed to deliver my four Sephora orders today?  I mean, you know that’s the part that’s really killing me right?

Anyway, my long awaited Las Vegas haul has arrived.  Thanks for your patience while I went on vacation for three weekends in a row.  But just look at what you’ve waited for:

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This is the NARS Audacious lipstick in the shade Dominique, and it almost didn’t happen.  I was watching a YouTube video several weeks prior to Vegas, and one of my gurus was going on and on about how fabulous this particular shade of lipstick is.  It’s a muted purple – or a purple mixed with a skosh of grey – or it’s just very pretty.  Any of those three.  And so I went to buy it but nobody had it.  Apparently, it’s an exclusive shade for Barney’s New York (aside from NARS) and it was sold out in both places online.  Aack!  This created a panic in me like nobody’s business.  I mean, I don’t live in a big city.  The fanciest store we have is a Macy’s, and not even a two-story one.  How am I ever going to get my hands on this lipstick then?

You go to Vegas.

Wandering through the Forum Shops inside Caesar’s Palace, and I almost missed it.  Gawking off to my right while passing the NARS store on the left.  Thankfully I turned my head just in time.  It’s so funny going into a store where the salesladies start gearing up for their spiel, and I’m holding my hand up like shuushhhhhh.  I already know what I’m looking for; I’m a woman on a mission.

Turns out, they had three tubes left.  And then the heavens opened up and angels began to sing.  It truly was a miracle moment.  I might as well have stumbled upon the last Golden Ticket, or maybe the cup that Jesus drank out of, for how exciting and miraculous this was.

If you like creamy, pigmented lipstick then you will love these.  There are a ton of colors that are widely available on lots of sites, Sephora included.  I just can’t guarantee you’ll find Dominique.  Which is unfortunate because it’s the most beautiful.  You’re welcome for the rave review anyway.

You know how when you’re in Vegas, money doesn’t feel like actual money?  As in, your $100 blackjack money is traded for a stack of chips, which might as well be Monopoly chips considering how quickly and recklessly they are lost.  Well, that’s what happened when I did this:

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It’s Cle de Peau.  I ain’t even going to tell you what these two things cost because it is the most ridiculous thing you’ve ever heard.  But VACATION.  What other excuse do I have?

I walked into the Barney’s at the Palazzo just to “see” which my husband should know is international sign language for an Impending Shopping Event.  Cuz nobody goes to just “see.”  They go to shop on accident.  It sounds less purposeful that way, and whatever ensues afterward is “not my fault.”

Browsed for literally half a second when I bagged this shimmery eyeshadow quad in #308.  Oh, lawd, the purples!  Had to have it, even though the eyeshadow and compact are sold separately.  Honestly, that’s a horrible thing to do to someone isn’t it?  Thinking they’re getting a whole complete thing, but turns out the very important holder portion is missing.  Do I buy soda at a restaurant and they bring it to me without the holder?  How about a hot dog – you expect the bun too, right? Of course you do, cuz this is America and you have a right to get a bun with your hot dog.

I rest my case.

Anyway, I bought both the eyeshadow and compact.

And then the saleslady has the audacity to suggest their award-winning concealer.  As she is applying it on my undereye, she is telling me how it’s the Concealer to the Stars (i.e., Kim Kardashian) and OMG, it looks so amazing!  Well, you can’t do either of those things PLUS win beauty awards and not expect me to buy it.  I mean, I am no superhuman.

For those curious, I picked the shade Beige which looks pretty good.  The formula is like a cream-to-powder and works best if you have moisturized first.  It covers dark circles nicely but not completely – so don’t be expecting no miracle despite the fact it costs a fortune.  Unless you have the undereye of a 14-year-old that is.

Had to pop into Sephora because I know the Vegas one will sell wayyyyy more brands than the one in my hometown.  That’s the only thing I was interested in – products that are’t readily available to me.  So here’s what I got:

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Okay, the Marc Jacobs O!Mega mascara was a freebie and I do have access to this at home.  But I traded in 100 Sephora points cuz I was curious.  This turned out to be one of the best makeup decisions I’ve ever made.  I absolutely LOVE this mascara.  It fans out my lashes, fattens them up and lengthens them so beautifully.  This may be my favorite, although it’s hard to top my Charlotte Tilbury.

I know mascara is very personal because what works for one may not work for another.  We all have different eyelashes.  Mine are sparse, thin and itty bitty.  And what the O!Mega does for me is nothing short of awesome.  It has size-increasing ingredients in it, and I highly highly highly recommend.

Next thing I picked up is the Dior Capture Totale makeup base (primer).  Again, I have access to Dior where I live.  I suppose you could say I got a little sidetracked inside Sephora.  Var var easy to do as I’m sure you know.  Time isn’t even a real thing once you step inside.  I don’t even know why I got this because certainly I didn’t need yet another foundation primer?  (If you considered that an actual question, you might’ve stumbled upon this blog by accident.)

This primer has a lot of skincare in it, with anti-aging ingredients and UV protection.  It’s pinkish white tint actually brightens my face up a bit when I use it, which I kind of like.  I don’t have much more of an opinion at this point because I’ve only used it a handful of times.  It doesn’t spread really well over dry skin – I had to pat it on instead of smooth it on – so if you don’t have combo skin at the minimum, ask Sephora for a sample first before spending real money on it.  Of course, I bought it practically sight unseen cuz in Vegas there is no such thing as real money.

Finally I get around to the brands I don’t have easy access to.  Picked up the Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill eyeshadow quad in #3 Pantelleria.  I didn’t even know Sephora carried Giorgio Armani.  I was actually able to get color matched to the Luminous Silk foundation, where I found the shade I own (5.5) is not the shade I should be wearing (5.25), and even though the one I own works just fine, the fact that it’s not my shade makes me want to spend another $60 to buy the right one.  OCD is a real problem, as you can clearly see.  Also, run-on sentences.

But back to the eye quad. It is truly beautiful.  I wanted to pick colors that wasn’t my normal purple or green, and I just love the teal.  Very smooth application, easy to blend.  I’m really happy I bought this.  It’s one of the best luxury eye quads I’ve ever purchased.

Then I saw the Givenchy Photo’Perfexion Fluid Foundation and quickly decided the 39 foundations I own is not enough.  At this point it had nothing to do with the foundation itself, but more the fact that I needed to own all the things.  Got color matched to the shade Perfect Cinnamon, which surprised me for some reason.  The word “cinnamon” does not evoke a light to medium skin tone in my mind, but it worked.  Took it back to my hotel room and did a quick trial run.  And was promptly amazed.  The finish on this is extraordinary.  Claims to do what digital retouching would do, and I would say that’s pretty close to accurate.  Remember how splotchy and hideous my naked skin is?  So yeah, you might wanna buy this.  Out of 39 foundations, it’s in my top 3.

After all this shopping, I dragged my poor husband into one last place:  the Inglot store.  And here’s what happened:

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In my defense, they had a couch there so he could sit and Facebook or play Fantasy Football or whatever it is that boys do.  I decided to try out a couple of their pure pigment eyeshadows because I was mesmerized by seeing them in person.  Swatched a few on my hand and was blown away by the intense color.  I picked a purple/gold glitter and a burgundy.  Both stunning.  I’ve used these in real life situations since Vegas, and I’m in deep passionate love.  I like to apply them as liner under my lower lashes, and you don’t know the true definition of “pop of color” until you’ve used an Inglot pigment.  Plus, they’re like $14.  Practically free!

The whole point of my Inglot visit, however, was to see their freedom system eyeshadows up close and personal.  There’s no way I could create my customized eyeshadow palette by looking at thumbnail pictures online.  It would be overwhelming at the very least.  So, I chose the 10-pan palette and got to work.  I did the responsible thing and selected a matte crease color and browbone color because every palette requires one.  Then decided to create two quads – a orange/brown one and a purple/green one.   The quality is very nice.  I thought each shade was nicely pigmented and blended well.  And the fact they are only $7 each – well, who’s gonna say no to that? (Crazy people.)

Remember how I turned 40 at the end of August and that we’ve been celebrating that fact for at least 2 months? Well, I made sure to remind my husband (lest he forget) that the whole point of Vegas was to go out with a bang. I mean, how many times do you turn 40 in your life? Two, three times, tops?

Well we were passing all these fancy stores – Gucci, Dior, Prada – and I kept jokingly asking what he was buying me. And I don’t know if he was just tired of hearing me or if he’d planned it all along, but oh my God, LOOK:

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Happy 40th birthday to ME. Now if I can manage not to sit on these or leave them in a restaurant bathroom or something, that’s yet to be seen. I’ve never had a mishap with my $16 pair, but you know how you can totally hold your breath for 17 seconds until someone actually asks you to hold your breath for 17 seconds and then it’s nigh on impossible? I’m a little concerned about that.

Well, thanks guys for hanging out with me and for making it to the very end of this post. You rock, and if it weren’t for you, I’d be talking to myself and that’s A) weird and B) sad.

See you tomorrow!

Glossybox | October 2014

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Hi boo boos.  It’s Wednesday.  Halfway to pajamas, so I can barely concentrate.  Figured it would be a good time to review a box, you know, while I’m feeling my most professional.

Here’s Glossybox:

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Well.  I am not loving this one.  Like there isn’t one thing in here that excites me.  I’ll use two of the products, but even those are mediocre.  I’d excuse this behavior if you are a $10 box, but you are not.  You are a $21 box and therefore must be fabulous at all times.  Do I need to be in charge over there?  CEO at the minimum.

Okay, first mediocre thing is this Tarte Power Pigment lip crayon in the color Flush.  Hold your wet noodles; let me explain.  The product is fine.  It goes on pretty smooth. Has a bit of a waxy texture, but that doesn’t bother me.  Leaves your lips feeling pepperminty and cool.  Plus the skinny tip gives you a more precise application.  But it’s hot pink.  I do not enjoy hot pink.  Regular pink, yes.  Hot pink can sit back down.  I just feel it’s super flashy looking with my skin tone.  Probably no one else would agree, but if I can’t be my own worse critic, what is the point of life?  I ask you, WHAT. IS. THE. POINT.  Now, if I would’ve gotten a mauve or a dark coral, maybe even a brownish nude, this entire blog post wouldn’t suck as bad as it’s about to.

Sheet masks.  These things make you work for it.  I have nothing against the one I got – Sesha Botanical Hydro Mask – but the instructions are as follows:

1)  Remove pre-cut mask from envelope and place over clean face with moist side of mask facing downward.  2)  Smooth mask over face starting with the nose area, then peel off plastic backing.  3)  Leave on for 15-30 minutes.  4)  Remove mask and gently wipe off remaining residue (no need to rinse).

Omg, are you tired yet?  Cuz I am.  That’s a lot of messing around for something that doesn’t quite give me the satisfaction level I get from a standard mask.  And perhaps you are saying to yourself that these instructions aren’t really that big a deal, and that I could quite possibly be the biggest baby/complainer/annoyance that ever lived.  But I say to you, NO!  I am the biggest lazy person that ever lived, and that is var var different.  In fact, if someone could just come into my bathroom and apply my mask on for me, that would be ideal.  And while they’re at it, go ahead and bathe me.  I seriously just want to lay there and nap.

Why am I not a princess?! Hmmmpf.

But back to the mask.  This one is for soothing and calming the skin and gives you instant hydration.  The hyaluronic acid in it binds itself to water and helps maintain moisture within your skin.  That’s SCIENCE, people.  So you may enjoy this mask.  I think I’ll use it tomorrow maybe.  Then I’ll let you know my true thoughts in a future Empties post.

Now I’m not saying the Nails Inc Matte top coat is useless and stupid.  It’s just I already own one by OPI.  How many matte top coats do you need?  I’d say just one, but maybe I’m not the one to ask.  If you’ve never used a matte top coat, the Nails Inc would be just as good as any, and you definitely need one in your collection.  It really does do a cool effect on your nails.  I haven’t done it for at least a year – which proves my theory that you don’t need more than one matte top coat – so I might have to do it again soon.  I just don’t think about it when I’m doing my nails, as you know nail polish isn’t at the top of my list of favorites.  Although I can appreciate something pretty and unique.  Long story short – buy this if you don’t already have something like it.

And of course, we must now take a drastic downhill turn.  I got the Vince Camuto Amore perfume, which by itself is probably just lovely, but have I mentioned before how much I don’t use perfume?  A few times, maybe.  Or at the very minimum, in every single post I write.  Yes, I’m a broken record when it comes to perfume.  I never ever ever keep it.  I wish beauty boxes would do an “opt out” for perfume, so I can gladly check that box and then receive something more fabulous in its place.  However, I am not in charge, which is a damn shame.  Seriously, would it kill anybody to make me CEO?  Would it?  I mean, except for having savvy business sense or math skills, I’d be a pretty good one.

Just to be fair, though, let me describe the smell:  fruity and floral at the top with cashmere, amber and sandalwood at the base.  Does that mean anything to anybody?  Nope, me either.  It doesn’t stink.  How about that?

Last item in the box is a definite regift.  It’s the Proganix Volume Root Boost.  What am I supposed to do with this?  I don’t wash my hair more than twice a week; I don’t need to be putting in root booster to muck up my hair faster than normal.  I’m perfectly fine with just blow drying upside down to give me a lift.  Everytime I’ve used a root spray, I’ve turned my hair into a greasy, sticky, scummy mess and that’s not an exaggeration.  So I’m passing on this one, even though it could be my dream come true, but who has time to experiment?  I’m not washing my hair twice in one day if things don’t work out.  Not even taking a chance.

Who’s the best blogger/product reviewer of all time?  This girl.

The good news is that my friend loves root lifters, this seems to be a full-size product, and so my best friend score just shot up by the millions.  In my opinion.  She may be like, thanks for the $12 bottle of spray.  And carry on with her life like NBD.

Well, you’ve reached the end of yet another exciting and informative post.  Hope it was worth your time, and if not, then you need to reassess your life.  Toodles!

Birchbox | October 2014

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As you can see by the lack of posts over the weekend that I was unable to get out of the social time I was forced into by my husband.  I’m sorry, I just like pajamas.  If I’m required to wear actual clothes, chances are I’m hating every bit of whatever I’m doing.  Unless I’m at Sephora.  Or Ulta.  Or Starbucks.  But after all that, definitely not happy.

Here’s my Birchbox:

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Ehhhhh.  Did you just take a nap?  Cuz I did.

Okay, that’s not fair.  I got two good things and one okay thing.  In the beauty box world, they call that success, don’t they?  I mean, it’s hard to cater to everyone without irritating at least a few.  I try to remember that, aside from being only $10 (which I can easily waste by idling my car with the heater on in the employee parking lot during my lunch hour), it’s hard to please 100% of the people 100% of the time.

Let’s do the poo-poos first.  The Mally High Shine Liquid Lipstick.  You’d think I’d love something like this.  But then you would be wrong.  For something to call itself lipstick, it sure is sheer.  I own three of them now (not on purpose), and every single one of them is yes, shiny, but no, not a lipstick.  Unless you like barely there color, or if you prefer something closer to lipgloss, then my advice is to pass.  However, the formula isn’t sticky, so if I can say one nice thing, that’d be it.

Next poo is the Tocca perfume in the Florence scent.  Nothing wrong with this if you like to own perfume.  But if you’ve been reading my blog since the beginning of time (or roughly, December 2013) then you’d know how much I don’t like perfume.  So seeing this in my box is never a welcomed sight.  But for those who need to know, here are the notes:  (top) bergamot, grapefruit leaves, green apple, pear; (middle) gardenia, violet; and (bottom) blonde wood, white musk.  Seeing all that written out like that, it certainly sounds like something I’d enjoy smelling.  And it doesn’t smell bad by any means.  But I’m just gonna move on now cuz I’m boring myself to sleep.  And this post ain’t even halfway done yet.

Things are starting to get a little better at this point.  Received a little jar of the Suki exfoliating cleanser.  This stuff smells very much like furniture polish, but then again, lemon-scented things tend to do that to me.  I used it last night, and I liked how well it applied.  The scrubby bits weren’t too harsh feeling.  You add a little water to your face, and things start to foam up a bit.  But my favorite part was wiping it away.  It didn’t leave scrubby bit residue like some of the other exfoliators I’ve used.  I don’t know if it was my lucky day or what, but usually I end up wiping these off my face for awhile, even after applying moisturizer.  I’m not sure I love it enough to buy a full-size, but I will enjoy what I have while I have it.

Now we gonna end on a couple of high notes.  I got a serum.  Most specifically, the Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Super Antioxidant Concentrate serum.  I’ve tried another of Paula Choice’s serums, and it was so nice (texturally).  I’m excited to get to try another one.  This one is labeled for dry or very dry skin.  I have dry areas in the dead of winter, so I’m gonna have to wait before using.  But that’s okay.  I only have about 27 other serums to work my way through first.

Last but not least, and quite possibly the most exciting thing ever, is the Jouer Matte Moisture Tint.  I have been wanting Birchbox to send me something from Jouer for over a year and finally, finally, my dream has been realized.  Don’t even ask why I’ve been so excited.  It’s all part of my plan to own all the things which doesn’t make any sense to most people.  I just needed something from Jouer.  I didn’t even really care what it was.  Is that stupid?  Probably.

But this moisture tint is like a BB cream I guess.  It’s moussey, has a decent amount of coverage, blends easily.  Only comes in six shades, so I hope to God it self-adjusts.  They sent me the Nude shade which is for light to medium skin.  It was a decent match, so maybe it does color correct itself.  The finish is definitely matte.  I liked it.  I thought my face looks pretty evenly toned except for some hideous discoloration on my cheek that will never die.  The sample tube they sent was pretty small, so I don’t expect to use this for very long.  But by that time, my curiousity about Jouer will have been sated and I can move on to other things.  I can’t say quite yet if I care enough to pay full price.  Have you seen my other 39 bottles of foundation?  It’s quite a glorious collection if I do say so.  They are my little foundation children and I love them all.

But what I’m saying is I don’t need another foundation.

Alright, I’m done now.  I’ve got a very big evening planned full of pajamas and what not.  See you again tomorrow!  Bye.

 

Ipsy | October 2014

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Hi gang.  It’s Friday and hubby and I are headed to Little Rock for the weekend.  I swear, I have never been so on-the-go in all my life.  I’m like a little world traveler, what with Vegas a couple weeks ago; Springfield, Missouri last weekend; and now Little Rock.  I’m no mathemetician, but I’m pretty sure that’s three separate times I’ve packed and unpacked my suitcase.

Before I go, here’s my Ipsy:

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Well, the teal bag is cute.

Alright, so it’s not the worst box I’ve ever gotten.  But out of everything, I kind of only mediocrely like about half.  Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think those are very good odds.  I’m probably wrong.  I’m sure in Vegas, 50/50 is a no brainer.  But I just have terrible luck.

So let’s get started then.  First thing is an exfoliating cleanser by Epice.  I don’t use exfoliators very often, even though I know I should.  It’s just, I take baths and after exfoliating I spend the rest of my time sitting on the microbeads that have sank to the bottom of the tub.  It does not feel pleasant.  However, nothing makes my face feel as smooth quite like a good exfoliation treatment.  Roughly twice a month I’ll get in there and suffer for it as I know it’s a necessary evil.

I have not used this yet, just so you know.  Reading the description, it says it will activate collagen production, and collagen is the thing that holds your face together.  In other words, this is most likely a medical necessity.  If I feel like spending $32 on the full-size, it should probably be tax deductible.

Received a cream highlighter by Doll 10 Beauty, a company I have never heard of.  That is the joy of beauty boxes, getting to try out products from new-to-you companies.  So even though I’m not a huge fan of cream highlighters, it was still cool giving it a go anyway.  The color I got was this very light pearl.  And swatching it, I was like woah, pretty.  It truly was pearly, unlike any other highlighter I’ve owned.  So it has that going for it.  The instructions say to pat it on your skin, not blend it.  If you have to blend it, then you’ve applied too much.  You literally tap it where you want it then leave it alone.  It’s a no frills highlighter for lazy people (like me!), and now I’m totally fine with it.

Got my one millionth mineral eyeshadow from MicaBeauty.  It seems some box is always sending me one of these.  Too bad I don’t like loose eyeshadow even though they sent me a pretty olive green shade.  I dunno.  Do people even use loose eyeshadows?  What is the benefit?  If someone out there has any words of wisdom, please share.  At this point, they are just a mess waiting to happen for me.  Regifted! Nexxxxxxt.

Y’all know how much I love adorable packaging.  This Figs & Rouge hand cream is definitely that.  I probably would have bought it all on my own if someone would have been clever enough to sit a display of it right next to the credit card swiper.  I’ll admit to buying hoards of unnecessary products because they were in close proximity.  Like toe rings or unscented chapstick (borrrrring).  And if your packaging is cute, well that makes it even worse.  This particular hand cream says it is Mango Mandarin scented, but unless that combo smells like a tube of Lil Smarties, then I believe they got the smell wrong.  However, it still smells pretty good, the lotion is nice and cool, and then it sinks in pretty much immediately so you can go about your business without sticky lotion hands.  I approve.  Put it in your basket.

Last item is the one that I thought I would like the best.  It’s a Starlooks lipgloss in the shade Guilty Pleasure.  I have nothing against a rosy pink shade, but this one did not show up well on my lips, FOR ONE.  For two, it was sticky and gross.  Just did not like.  As in, no thank you.  Otherwise known as ewwwww.  Aka, simply NO.

But you might like it so go ahead.

That’s it loverlies.  I’m leaving town now.  If I can sneak out of whatever party my husband has conned me into going to, I might be able to jump back in for another post over the weekend.  However, he’s already informed me that that is RUDE and highly looked down upon.  Pfffft.

Sample Society | October 2014

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My daughter has turned 21 today, and I’ve got my alcohol speech all ready to go.  I’m only a very slightly annoying mom.  All other times, I’m plain adorable.

Here’s my Sample Society:

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If this box made your face go like this:  -__-

Then we are twins.  There are two things in here that excite me, but all the rest puts me right to sleep.  We were on such a roll there for awhile though, weren’t we?  Just couldn’t maintain the momentum, I guess.  Like everything else in life I suppose.  I mean how quickly were you over shaving your legs as soon as you were finally allowed to?  You know what I’m saying.  About two weeks.

Okay, let’s review.  The first poo is the L’Oreal Total Repair Extreme reconstructing shampoo and conditioner.  If I can say one nice thing, I will mention the fact I got a matching set.  It’s very annoying to get one half of the duo because what am I supposed to do with that?  So because I got both things, I will use this at some point in the future.  It’s for extremely damaged hair, which I don’t have, although I do flatiron it and you know that can’t be good.  Especially because my ends are so fine and delicate.  And they are easily irritated and tend to look like the dirty end of a broom even though I goop them up with conditioner every time I wash.  Having said all that, I will let you know how this one fares.  If a miracle happens upon my head, believe me you will be the first to know.

One thing I was super happy to receive is the Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye mascara.  If you haven’t gathered from the past 132 posts, I have a mascara addiction.  Any opportunity to try out a new one, I’m first in line.  I’ve been known to buy random, unnecessary things from Sephora.com just so I can qualify for the free mascara sample.  Cuz free is still free, even if you have to spend $25 to get it.

So this is a pretty nice mascara.  It builds decent volume.  Length is acceptable.  Brush isn’t too big.  I wasn’t like stopped in my tracks or anything – believe me, that has happened – but I wasn’t disappointed either (which has also happened – a lot).  But most importantly, it was FREE, so even if it stinks it’s still pretty good.

Why keep a happy moment going when we can ruin it all to hell with just  a few short words?  Along the lines of “Bond No. 9 High Line perfume” or thereabouts.  If you like the smell of bergamot, tulip, purple love grass, indian rhubarb, sea moss and musk, then you should buy this.  Although I’m pretty sure three of those things aren’t actual things.  Purple love grass especially.  If this truly exists, then I want a whole front yard full of it.  Anyway, y’all know perfume isn’t my thing, so this stuff could literally smell like little cucumber sandwiches in a garden full of exotic potted plants while drinking tea with the Queen of England, and I would still have to pass.  I may never get my Ladyship for saying that, but I’m just gonna have to take that chance.

Then I got a packet of the Emi Jay hair ties.  Not a beauty item, but a useful item at any rate.  I have several of these hair ties, and I do like them.  They don’t crimp your hair as much as elastic ties do.  And if you have thicker hair than me, they probably don’t crimp your hair at all.  Ummm … what else can I say about these?  Turns out, not much.  Moving on.

Let’s end of a high note, shall we?  Received the Estee Lauder Dark Spot Correcting night serum.  The fact it is a serum, it gets instant points.  The fact it is dark spot correcting, it gets bonus points.  I have a hideously splotchy complexion and anything that can make it less splotchy, and therefore less hideous, I’m all over.  Looking forward to giving this a try.

Well, gang, that’s it for today.  Got lots of birthday partying to get done, what with witnessing my daughter take her first drink of legal alcohol and then taking it away from her for the rest of the night and rest of her life.  Completely normal behavior on my part, I know.

Blush Mystery Beauty Box | October 2014

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I don’t know about you, but I could use another weekend.  It’s hard coming back to work after 9 days off.  I keep asking my husband what time I can stop working altogether and live the life of a princess like I was born to do.  He looks at me as if I’m speaking Jibberish, so I’m not too sure he understands what I’m asking.  I’ll keep bringing it up to him about 15 times per day to be sure.

Until that day arrives, here’s my Blush Mystery Beauty Box:

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This is one of their better boxes.  I’ll admit the last couple of months illicited big fat yawns, and I even contemplated canceling.  Mind you, it was a fleeting thought, but a thought nonetheless.

Normally I don’t appreciate receiving a shampoo or conditioner without its counterpart.  However, because I make exceptions to my own rules and also cuz I looooove the smell of this Klorane Desert Date shampoo, I am perfectly fine with receiving it.  I already own the leave-in cream, and the scent is warm and exotic.  Do you know what I’m saying when I say that?  Like, it’s not fruity or smells like clean laundry or an ocean breeze (whatever THAT is supposed to smell like).  It isn’t woody or spicy.  It isn’t perfumey.  You minus all those smells, and whatever you have left is what Desert Date smells like.  I’m certain you understand me 100% now.

Reading the description online (because I haven’t gotten a chance to use this yet), it says it is for dry, damaged or brittle hair.  I also just now discovered there is no matching conditioner for this shampoo, only the leave-in cream and a mask.  I feel better, don’t you?  You can’t receive the matching conditioner if there isn’t one.  It’s basic mathematics.

Got another can of the Batiste dry shampoo.  Otherwise known as my all time favorite dry shampoo in all the land.  Serious, I even wrote a review on it that you can read here if you’d like.  (You’d like.)  In fact, I’m almost always in possession of a can of Batiste.  I’ve never had any other brand “clean” my hair so well.  Approved!  Put it in your basket.

I have heard fabulous things about the StriVectin-AR retinol stuff, so I’m very excited about the Advanced Retinol Night Treatment.  It also won a beauty award, and y’all know what that does to me.  It could be slug trail for all I know, but I MUST. HAVE. IT. anyway.

We all know the best thing for anti aging is retinol.  I’ll admit, though, I have zero products in my stash that has retinol in it.  That’s because I buy products based on cute packaging, which I suppose is the wrong way to go about it.  But if I can get an adorable Instagram picture out of it, my brain tells me it’s worth it.  Am I ridiculous?  Probably.  But the good news is now I DO have a product with retinol in it, and I suspect by the time I finish this teeny tiny tube, I will have the face of a 14-year-old.  I have an email into the company right now asking if this is a serum or a moisturizer, cuz my anxiety won’t let me not follow the rules.  I don’t want my face falling off, which is bound to happen the very instant I branch out on my own science experiment.  I’ll give you all the scoop in a future Empties post.

I have previously owned the Glytone Hydrate eye cream, which was the eye cream that wouldn’t die.  Thankfully, however, it was a pretty nice eye cream; otherwise, getting a repeat would be hideously frowned upon.  I like thicker consistency creams instead of those watery, thin ones, and I also prefer the kinds that sink into the skin quickly.  Lucky for Glytone, it fits the bill on both fronts.  So whenever I’m ready to use the same eye cream for the next 15 years, I’ll crack open the lid on this one.  A little goes a long way, which means good value for your money.  But it can also be very boring for those people that like to try different things.  Cuz seriously, the product will replicate itself as soon as you think you’re just about done with it.

Last product in the box is a very pretty Cargo BeachBlush in the shade Cable Beach.  First of all, the packaging is to die for.  I love little tins.  I’ve been known to buy really stupid stuff cuz in came in a tin.  Like a candle that smells like a Desert Oasis, which isn’t an actual smell (or thing – have you seen a desert oasis? No you have not).  Or a lip balm that doesn’t smell like anything at all.  So my natural inclination is to love this blush.  And while it didn’t stop me mid-swipe, or make my eyes fall out of my head in wonder, it is still pretty.  I can bet I would’ve bought this on my own if I had seen it in a store.

Alrighty, friends.  You’ve reached the end of another post.  How amazing are you?  (Very.)  I’ll be back tomorrow with something new and exciting and extra extra ramble-y.  Guaranteed.  Bye!

Buying Stuff: Episode 20

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I absolutely cannot wait to share my Las Vegas haul with you guys.  The products I bought are what dreams are made of.  Well, my dreams, that is.  However, because I’ve been meaning to post some other products for several weeks now, I suppose I’ll do it first.  So, presenting, THAT OTHER HAUL THAT ISN’T AS EXCITING.  (But still awesome.)

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I do love me some eyeshadow.  I want to own every palette that’s ever been made.  I’m addicted, I’m fully aware, but you should see it all.  They are like my little eyeshadow children, and I love each and every one of them.  These right here are no exception.

I would never guess I would love an $11 drugstore eyeshadow palette.  But this Maybelline The Nudes one is awesome.  Every color is wearable, blendable, colorful.  It is, quite literally, one of my favorite palette purchases.  Isn’t that strange that something so inexpensive – it was even on sale for $7 when I picked it up – could turn out to be more precious than my $50 palettes.  Just goes to show you, luxury makeup doesn’t mean squat.  Although you can forget I said that as soon as my Vegas haul is posted.  Cuz money doesn’t seem like actual money when you’re in Vegas.  I don’t make the rules, guys.  It is what it is.

Aside from that, I recommend you pick up this palette.  The concept is pretty cool because it’s strategically placed in pre-designed quads, trios and duos.  So if you count in fours (two top, two bottom) that is considered your quad; if you count in threes (all top, then bottom), those are your trios; then count in twos (all top, then bottom), those are your duos.  They make it super easy to put looks together.  Of course, I rebel and mix all over the place, but that is what professionals do.  I am a professional, just so we’re clear.

Another batch of really nice drugstore eyeshadows are the new Milani Bella Eyes.  Even looking at them is pretty exciting – they look like little cookies that someone stuck their thumb in.  Or maybe that’s just how I see them.  In any case, I bought some neutral colors (shown above) because that’s all my local Walgreens carried.  However, we got a brand new CVS, and you’d swear it was a Bloomingdale’s or something the way I was carrying on.  I made a special trip clear across town to see what kind of makeup they carried.  And wouldn’t you know it – the best Milani display I’ve ever seen.  Hoards of different things in all the colors.  So I picked up a couple more shadows because I really do like the texture.  They call them gel powders, and I’m not even gonna pretend to know what that means, but the result is lovely.  They blend into each other so naturally.  If you haven’t given these a try, I recommend you grab a few.

And then I bought this thing:

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It’s a Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick highlighter in Beige.  In case you’re wondering:  YouTube made me do it.

Well, you know how it is.  Someone goes on and on and on about something, you start to feel like you’re missing out on the secret to life.  I caved and bought one to see for myself.  And yes, it does have a very lovely sheen.  It’s not over the top sparkly by any means.  Sometimes when I use it, I almost feel like I didn’t put on enough, that’s how subtle it looks on me.  It comes in several colors, like a bronze, a pink and something else (besides the beige), so perhaps if I had gotten a different one, it would show up more pronounced.  Or more likely than not, I just don’t know how to apply highlighter properly.  Because when I swipe my finger through it, the color is just stunning.  On my cheeks, however – just barely.  It’s not my most favorite highlighter I’ve ever used, lemme just say that.  Until I figure out how to use it the right way, that is.

Here’s my very first MAC lipstick purchase:

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I think I picked a pretty good one for scrolling through a bunch of thumbnail color swatches on the Internet. I chose the MAC frost lipstick in the color Fluid, and it’s a plum brown. Perfect for fall. And the frost finish of it reminds of my first lipstick purchase in 7th grade. I don’t know if that’s a compliment to the lipstick or not, but I like it regardless.

Aside from all that, Ebates had like an 8% cash back or something at Macy’s, and that’s the only reason I bought this lipstick. I make absolutely no sense, I’m quite aware.

Last part of the haul came about from a Birchbox email that enticed me with a 25% off coupon. They know what they’re doing. Oh yes they do.

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Sometimes when you’re forced to shop, it can takes days to figure out what you want to buy. There was no way I was letting a good coupon go to waste. I mean, there are starving people in China, for chrissakes.

So after about 3 days, and realizing that I clearly need more responsibilities in life, I finally decided on the Coastal Scents Revealed 2 palette and brushes kit. Oh man! This was such a big surprise to me. Normally I don’t go for palettes that have almost all similar eyeshadow colors (in this case, pink), but I took a chance on this one and I absolutely love it. Every look I’ve done with it has been so pretty. Shadows are blendable and pigmented. Well worth wasting 3 days if you ask me.

As for the brushes, these are pretty decent quality. I got a large shadow brush, a crease brush and some kind of angled blender brush. I can’t think of a feasible use for that last one, but I did like the other two. The crease brush deposits a nice amount of color in the outer v, then blends it out real good. I’ll continue to use them. However, probably not that angled one.

And while I was getting 25% off, might as well buy something else to make it even more worth my while. Decided to go with the Origins GinZing moisturizer, a product I was really curious about. This is an energizing moisturizer, meant to be applied in the morning when you’re halfway asleep, brushing your teeth with your eyes closed. It has caffeine in it to wake up your skin, and it has a nice, refreshing citrus scent. It is very light, and leaves my skin feeling very soft. Not sure if it really peps me up or not, but I can brainwash myself into thinking so.

That’s it for today. October boxes are rolling in so I’ll have those coming up this week. Plus of course the most fabulous haul of all time. Stay tuned, y’all. You won’t wanna miss it.