A Tour of My Vanity

It’s a hot and sunny Sunday here in Maryland! The fiance and I are half way through our awesome three day weekend of gaming, relaxing and for me, blogging! As I had mentioned in my previous post, I turned our spare bedroom into what my fiance has dubbed “The Fortress of Makeuptude” (Superman reference for any confused readers). I had waited for the day to have my own space where I could have room to store all my awesome makeup and not have it overcrowd our bedroom, so when I say I was super duper excited, it is an understatement!

I’ve had my beauty space now for about a few months and I loooooooove it! I still need a few more home decor pieces but I like the way my vanity has turned out. I wanted to share with you guys my “workspace”, beware though! This post will be picture heavy to say the least!

Enjoy!

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My Summer Loves

First off, how the hell are ya guys?! I know it’s been the better part of a century since I’ve posted! Okay so it hasn’t quite been that long, but I could feel that little blogger in me screaming “Post something, ANYTHING!” So here I am alive and mostly kickin’! I guess I should update everyone on my whereabouts and what the hell I’ve been doing with myself.
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Cupcakes In A Jar?

I’m a novice when it comes to cooking and baking, but I always enjoy both cause it gives me a chance to be creative in another way. Cupcakes are by far one of the funnest baking projects for me, there’s endless ideas, and their so stinking adorable! Like any other craft lover I spend most of my phone’s battery power on Pinterest, and came across this cute gift idea from oh! cupcakes for yummy cupcakes in a jar.

I just started a few months ago at my new job and all the ladies I work with are beyond amazing to work with so I wanted to give them all a holiday treat for being so welcoming to me (plus I got to bake and craft hehe). I decided to go with a red velvet cupcake and a homemade uh-mazing cream cheese frosting for these jars and they came out quite awesome and adorable :)

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I used a box cake cause my budget was a bit tight, but they still taste amazing especially with a boatload of very cream cheesy cream cheese frosting!

I hope the ladies enjoy!

Happy Monday!

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LUSH Skin Regimen Review

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I’ve searched high and low for years looking for the best skin care products for my very difficult and complex skin. I have very dry combination skin that has been treated by everything (Proactiv, SkinID, Murad, drugstore brands, etc.) with no improvement :(. I decided to try my luck with LUSH and I can’t believe how much better my skin is! I wasn’t planning a review this soon, but after a week of these products my skin has showed more improvement than the years of trial and error with the other brands.

LUSH Ocean Salt Face Scrub

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9.5/10– This life changing product isn’t just a scrub, it also doubles as my cleanser. Ocean Salt contains antibacterial lime and vodka to cleanse skin without using harsh synthetic chemicals, and with extra virgin coconut oil and avocado butter it hydrates my very dry areas. Plus, with fine and coarse sea salt added it gives an invigorating scrub that leaves my skin feeling clean and smooth :).

My only gripe is the price, for $19.95 you get the 4.2 ounce (small) pot, or for $34.95 you get 8.8 ounce (large) pot. This scrub is so wonderful though the price will not keep me from purchasing it again. Plus, a little scrub goes a very long way! I use a nickel sized amount and that’s enough for my face and neck.

LUSH BB Seaweed Fresh Mask

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10/10– Normally masks dry my skin out leaving my face tight, or has very temporary benefits. BB Seaweed is so gentle I use it every morning! With finely ground almonds this mask works as a gentle scrub, and contains extra virgin olive oil for supple, soft skin. After using this mask for a week all my dry patches were gone, and my skin tone was more even. Did I mention it left my skin baby soft? Love this mask!

LUSH Breath Of Fresh Air Toner

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9/10– This toner has been quite the miracle worker. Breath Of Fresh Air Toner contains seaweed extract, rose absolute, and aloe vera to repair damaged skin and balance skin tone. I got a mild sunburn on my face over the weekend, and this toner has been quite soothing! I love that its alcohol-free so it doesn’t dry out my skin it just hydrates and prepares me for…

LUSH Vanishing Cream

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10/10– Oh my god this is the Holy Grail of moisturizers! I am always hesitant of facial moisturizers because they’re either too greasy (yuck!), or don’t do shit. I apply Vanishing Cream immediately after my toner and automatically my skin feels phenomenal. This moisturizer contains witch hazel which shrinks my pores (I’ve got some seriously large pores) almost to the point of invisibility and helps get rid of any blemishes. With added grape seed oil it leaves my skin so smooth and soft I literally have to refrain from touching my face.

Even though this moisturizer is priced at $39.95 for a 1.5 ounce pot I will most definitely be purchasing this again! On the plus side, a small dip on the end of your finger is enough to moisturize your entire face and neck so this pot will last for months.

I recommend these products for anyone with very dry combination or oily/combination skin.

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More Birthday Shopping

First off, let me say thank you to all the lovely nerds who wished me a Happy Birthday. I am so grateful for each and everyone of you who take time out of their day to read my blog :). I didn’t end up going to the casino as originally planned, by the time I was done shopping I was exhausted so Tim just took me out for a nice dinner instead.

I stopped by ULTA after my stressful doctor’s appointment for some retail therapy and picked up a few things I’ve been eyeing for a bit now. I wanted to pick-up the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette but both Naked palettes were sold out! I knew I’d be stopping by the NYX section since it was BOGO 50% Off, and to my surprise they had a lot of stuff in stock (yay!).

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1. Sally Hansen Nail File

2. Seche Vite Top Coat

3. Sinful Colors Nail Polish in Pink Forever (a dead on dupe of OPI Minnie Mouse Collection’s If You Moust You Moust) & Shocking Pink

4. NYX Rouge Cream Blush in Natural & Glow
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Don’t let the Glow shade fool you, its not that shade once blended. I was worried it’d be too hot pink (clown cheeks oh no!) but I saw swatches of this blush and its the right amount of pink to create a nice flushed cheek effect.

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Blended (with flash)

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Blended (without flash)

With these blushes, very little goes a long way!

5. Basically U Super Blender Elliptical Sponge

6. Benefit “They’re Real!” Mascara (review coming soon!)

7. NYX Butt Naked Palette

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After discovering ULTA was sold out of the Naked palettes I was sad for a minute till I found this similar but cheaper NYX palette! It has fifteen neutral eyeshadows, four blushes, and one bronzer, plus two illuminators. Did I swatch? Of course I did!

Eyeshadows

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Blushes

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Bronzer/Illuminators

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Today is my last day of relaxation before I have to go back to the real world haha, so I’m watching the Star Wars trilogy with some much needed Starbucks and building a soon to be revealed craft project :).

Happy Hump Day!

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A Lush Life Part Deux

Oh man do I love LUSH! I went to get a few bath bombs and treat myself, but the always amazing people at LUSH convince me to try new things and a girl just can’t say no. I ended up spending $100 there, but I have to keep telling myself “It’s your birthday.” On the plus side I am stocked for a few months on skin care so it was well worth it.

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Here’s what I got…

1. Rose Jam Bubbleroon (quite possibly the greatest scent ever!)

2. Dragon’s Egg Bath Bomb

3. Sex Bomb Bath Bomb (of course, and what my boyfriend calls the store cause he can’t remember the name haha)

4. Vanishing Cream Facial Moisturizer (this is where it got expensive at $39.95 for a 1.5 ounce jar yipes!)

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5. Ocean Salt Face & Body Scrub

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6. BB Seaweed Face Mask

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7. Custom Colour Supplement (Jackie Oats + Light Yellow)

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The wonderful Becky at LUSH made a custom color sample jar for me to take home and try. If your curious as to what their Colour Supplements are, they’re an alternative to foundation. These can also double as a concealer :).

8. Breath Of Fresh Air Skin Toner

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Day Twenty-Three: Flower Inspired Makeup

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What I Used

Face

1. Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream in Light/Medium

2. L’ORÉAL True Match Lumi Foundation in N3 Natural Buff

3. Rimmel Stay Matte Translucent Pressed Powder

4. Pür Minerals Glow Powder

5. Philosophy Lit From Within Healthy Cream Blush in Feel Warm All Over

Eyes

1. e.l.f. Eyelid Primer + Line Sealer

2. NYX Box Of Eye Shadows Palette

3. NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Strawberry Milk

4. NYX Collection Noir Liquid Black Liner

5. Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara

Lips

1. L’ORÉAL Colour Riche Lip liner in All About Pink

2. Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Sky Pink

3. e.l.f. Glossy Gloss in Sweet Salmon

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