Friday Night Makeup Look

One of the fun parts of date nights with my fiancé is the fun of getting ready. I enjoy sitting in front of my vanity and doing my makeup, it’s my “me time” that puts aside all the stresses of the day. I believe it’s necessary for anyone to set a few minutes aside a day for themselves. For me, it’s doing my makeup, or giving myself a manicure.

This is the soft neutral look I did for my date tonight with my beau.
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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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L’ORÉAL Evercreme Cleansing Conditioner Review

Since I’ve been on hiatus I came across some uh-mazing products and this one definitely falls under the category and then some!

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L’ORÉAL Evercreme Cleansing Conditioner skips the step of shampoo by giving you a low lather conditioner that cleanses without stripping your hair, and moisturizes like a deep conditioner. Let me just say, I’ve purchased so many shampoo and conditioners from drugstore brands to high end salon brands and have always had the same results; frizzy, dry hair. The only way I walked out of the shower with soft and manageable hair was if I used a ridiculous amount of conditioner, and even then my hair still had the consistency of straw.

When I came across this product the cynic in me rolled her eyes, but being a glutton for punishment (of my wallet hehe) I decided to give it a try. Hallelujah! The savior to my hair had arrived! Not only was my hair super soft, it only cost me $6! I can shelve all my failed purchases thanks to this miracle in a bottle :)

Although this product has saved my hair, there were a couple of drawbacks (nothing to keep me from purchasing this in the future). My one gripe is…the pump. I will admit you really don’t need a lot of product to get a your hair saturated, but you do have to work that pump just to get a decent amount out. Maybe a traditional pop open top would be better for this bottle.

Here’s the rundown…

Product

10/10 This product literally saved my hair! Not only that, I skipped a step in the shower so I’m saving time as well :). This conditioner also has a very strong vanilla-y fragrance that I love and lingers till the next wash.

Packaging

7.5/10 The pump sucks! I’ll still be stocking up on this stuff but I will be optimistic and hope they get rid of this pump :). It takes atleast ten pumps just to get a quarter size amount!

Price

10/10 At $6 a bottle you can’t beat the price! Considering the hundreds, maybe even thousands spent on shampoos and conditioners that just end up getting tossed I am very very very pleased with the price :).

Like I said I love this one step hair system! It has made my hectic schedule just a little less hectic, and has completely saved my hair. If you have the same issue with your hair as me (long, fine, frizzy, straight hair) give this a whirl :).

Happy Hump Day Nerds!

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Walmart & Target Haul

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This past weekend was my oldest nephew’s 4th birthday so I was on the hunt for an awesome gift. While I was out finding his birthday present I also picked up a few items for myself as well :). Every time I go to Walmart or Target I see more of the drugstore brand’s Summer 2012 line and its hard to say no haha. Also, after hitting pan (I couldn’t believe it!) on my favorite bronzer I had to find a replacement.

Here’s my weekend haul…

1. L’ORÉAL Colour Riche Colour Caresse Lipsticks in #172 Blushing Sequin and #176 Sunset Angora

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L to R; Blushing Sequin & Sunset Angora (without and with flash)

2. Hard Candy So Baked Bronzer in Tropics

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3. Hard Candy Blush Crush Baked Blush in Bombshell and Living Doll

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Swatches for bronzer and blushes…

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4. Sinful Colors Nail Polish in Timbleberry, Big Daddy, Innocent, and Cream Pink

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My camera is not doing justice to the Cream Pink polish, its a cream fuschia with gold shimmer (its so gorgeous!).

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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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Brighten Up With This Luminous Product

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The new L’ORÉAL True Match Lumi Foundation line has arrived!
Most drugstore foundations are hit or miss when it comes to quality and selection, but this foundation delivers both.

Description

Finally, makeup that creates skin so healthy – it’s luminous! True Match™ Lumi Healthy Luminous Makeup combines 3 powerful ingredients that work to improve your complexion the more you wear them. 40% pure water for all-day hydration. Antioxidants and Vitamins C and E for improved clarity and skin tone. And Liquid Light Technology for an instant, luminous glow. Isn’t it time you met your match?

Claims

Instantly: skin tone is visibly more even.

In 1 Week: 80% of women saw visibly improved skin.

In 1 Month: skin is clearer, healthier, more luminous.

The Makeup Nerd’s Verdict

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My Shade (N3 Natural Buff)

I really like this foundation! It’s my first L’ORÉAL foundation purchase ever so I’m highly impressed by how much it reminds me of higher end brands.

Product

9/10
This foundation gave me a subtle but very nice glow with a dewy finish without adding any unnecessary glitter or shimmer, making this a great choice for everyday wear. Added with a broad spectrum SPF 20 this is also great for daytime wear to any celebration, get together, or cookout. My only gripe is unless you use a finishing powder after this it will not last all day.

Package

10/10
The bottle itself is made of glass making it very high quality. I love that it has a sturdy plastic pump (great for all my fellow germaphobes!) so I don’t feel gross every time I use it and it delivers enough product each time :).

Availability

10/10
This is where this drugstore foundation really takes the cake! It’s available in 15 shades ranging from neutrals to warms to cools.

Price

7.5/10
I shouldn’t care for the cost of this wonderful product! However, for a drugstore brand it is a bit pricey in my opinion at $12.99 a bottle. The plus side though, you really don’t need a lot of product to get great coverage.

Overall I’d probably buy this foundation again…with a coupon lol.

Have you tried this foundation, if so what was your opinion of it? Leave a comment!

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