Happy Friday and May the 1st nerds & nerdettes! The month of April is over, which means it’s even closer to Summer (hello flip flops and barbecues). I always love the end of the month in the blogger/vlogger community for one reason…monthly favorites! I decided to skip this week’s Friday Favorites and give you guys something better. Continue reading
Happy Hump Day nerds and nerdettes! I am enjoying this lovely Spring (finally!) weather here in Maryland with my fur nephews Squirt and Salt. It’s been a while since my last post and quite a few things have changed. I am no longer working at Columbia Academy, after working as a preschool teacher for three years I decided it was time to go back to school to finish getting my degree. Unfortunately, my employer and I were not able to come up with a reasonable schedule so I could attend school and work, so I had to do what was best for myself and my future.
I absolutely miss my students and the lovely ladies I have formed a very strong bond with, but I know this is what’s best for me and my fiance. Speaking of the fiance, he recently went back to school to obtain his certificate in his current field so I am super excited that both of us will be back in school!
Now, onto the goodies I have hauled! Continue reading
I know, I know! It’s only September, but with the holidays creeping up I can’t help but feel nostalgic for the upcoming cold weather, family gatherings, lots of wine and baking with my mother and sister! With the holiday season approaching, you know what that means! Lots of limited edition holiday sets from drugstore and high end brands. Continue reading
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!
It’s well into January and February is approaching so I know this is very late post but I have finally had a weekend without plans since November (yay!). 2012 was a very eventful year for me personally as well as professionally, and most importantly the launch of this wonderful blog I have sadly been neglecting as of recent, but I am trying my best to get back into the swing of blogging, working and attempting to have a personal life :). I noticed a lot of my favorite beauty gurus and bloggers have been talking about their favorites of 2012 and I am all about lists so I went through my growing makeup kit and picked out a few products I couldn’t get enough of!
1. Favorite Primer – Too Faced Primed & Poreless
I’ll be honest I don’t normally use a primer because I have tried many and have broken out every time so rather than sacrifice my skin I did without. I received a deluxe size sample of this primer with my Too Faced Love Sweet Love Collection, so I decided what the hell and gave it a shot and I am thrilled I had. Lovely nerds this is my holy grail of primers! I have been using this for a few months now and it is wonderful (such and understatement it’s phenomenal!). I’ve had no breakouts since using it, it makes my skin look airbrushed before I even put on my foundation!
This stuff is so amazing and I wholeheartedly will scream my love for this product from the rooftops :).
2. Favorite Foundation – Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation in Marble
Now I normally stick with the drugstore brands when it comes to my foundation but a co-worker of mine (who also loves makeup as much as me yay!) recommended I try MUFE’s HD foundation. I don’t have a Sephora close to where I live, so usually I order online, but I am always hesitant when it comes to ordering foundation, I lucked out though thanks to Temptalia’s Foundation Matrix, such a lifesaver! This foundation has been replaced by my only other high end foundation (MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NC15) not only because I am constantly getting compliments on how great my skin looks, but it feels great on my skin. Most liquid foundations I’ve tried have felt greasy or like I’m wearing a mask but this stuff blends in with my skin wonderfully and photographs beautifully.
3. Favorite Setting Powder – Physician’s Formula Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Translucent Powder
I feel no matter what I say about how amazing this product is it won’t do it justice. It give me this very natural looking glow that doesn’t look like I dipped my face in a bowl of glitter and doesn’t make my large pores visible, two things I’ve always seemed to come across with any powder that claims it will give you a natural “glow.” I will admit this didn’t give me a mood boosting effect, but the smell is quite lovely and I received a lot of compliments whenever I wear this :).
4. Favorite Bronzer & Blush – Too Faced Sun Bunny Bronzer & NARS Orgasm Blush
I finally drank the Kool-Aid and bought the much coveted NARS Orgasm blush! I will admit the $28 price tag was a bit of a gut shot but at first but after testing it out and now wearing it almost every single day I am in love. It is such a great shade for my skin tone and the gold flecks in the blush don’t make my large pores visible, I was sold!
This bronzer was an awesome freebie with my Too Faced order mentioned earlier. It is only a sample size but I’ve had it since November and still have yet to run out! It’s perfect for this time of year for when you still want a hint of color without looking orange or overly bronzed. Once I run out of my sample I will most definitley be picking up the full size of this baby.
5. Favorite Eyeshadow Palettes – NYX Butt Naked Eyes, Too Faced Love Sweet Love, Urban Decay Naked Basics & Too Faced The Return Of Sexy
Okay, so when I say this was the year of the eyeshadow palette for me that is such an understatement! In this year alone I purchased fifteen, that’s right fifteen different eye palettes. I had to tell my fiance to pinch me anytime I think about ordering another (I’ve ordered two more since and no pinches ha!) so when I say this was the year of the palette for me, I mean it. I narrowed it down to these four because they were the most used and that means they were my favorites of course! All of these offered amazing pigmentation with the colors, and were so soft almost creamy when applied.
6. Favorite Eyeliner – Maybelline Line Stiletto (liquid) & Too Faced Perfect Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner in Perfect Black (pencil)
I have yet to find a liquid liner from Maybelline I don’t adore but this is by far the best they’ve had! It creates very sharp lines and is easy to do tightlines or more bold cat eye looks with this liquid liner. Love it! Too Faced’s Perfect Eyes pencil is another holy grail product for me, it doesn’t drag like the majority of eye pencils do and gives a matte black finish that almost looks like a liquid liner. I love the smudger it comes with for when I do smokey eye looks (which is most of the time) and it lasts the whole work day (12 hours!).
7. Favorite Mascara – Benefit “They’re Real!” Mascara
Holy guacamole is this mascara amazing! I have long lashes but when I use this it looks like I have lash extensions and give me insane volume. I only recommend one, two coats top cause after that you will get serious tarantula eyelashes :).
8. Favorite Brushes – e.l.f. Studio Stipple Brush, Complexion Brush, Small Tapered Brush & Sonia Kashuk Pointed Eyeliner Brush
These brushes are the bee knees :). I love e.l.f. they have so many wonderful items for a steal and these brushes are, in my opinion, their all stars when it comes to their studio line of brushes. They’re super soft, dense, affordable ($3 come on!) and dupes for the higher end brand of brushes. I’ve had zero shedding with these and after numerous washes have remained just as amazing since I bought them! Sonia Kashuk’s pointed liner brush is my go to anytime I use my gel or cream liner and gives a very precise line, I love this brush!
9. Favorite Brush Cleaner – e.l.f. Studio Daily Brush Cleaner
If you get like me and get lazy sometimes with brush cleaning this stuff is a lifesaver. I’m sure it gets very tedious to clean all of your brushes cause it certainly gets that way for me! This stuff is so simple and quick, spray the brush swirl off product. Bam! Done.
What were your favorites of 2012? Leave a comment!
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!).
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
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.
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
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!
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!
What I Used
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
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
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