Friday Favorites

Happy Happy Friday nerd and nerdettes! Mother’s Day weekend has fastly approaches and I am rushing to get my shopping done for Mother’s Day brunch with my mom and lovely sister. Besides spending this day with my mom and sister, I am in charge of providing deserts :)! So I must shop for a gift for madre and grab ingredients from the market to make yummy cupcakes.

In the meantime, it’s also another Friday which means…
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The Makeup Nerd’s Spring Favorites

Can you believe it’s already June? I can’t! Seems like only yesterday I was starting at my new job, preparing for Christmas, and doing Winter progress reports. Now it’s June and its hot and quite humid here in Baltimore, I’m planning a wedding while working full time and kids are preparing for Kindergarten at school.

On the plus side, with my very little bit of spare time I’ve come across quite a few amazing products that I had to share with you guys!

Favorite Skincare Product
Image1. Boscia Tsubaki Beauty Oil $46 USD

I was very hesitant about putting oil on my oily/combination skin, all I thought about was my face breaking out like a teenager. When I received a sample of this in a previous Sephora order I tested it out and it was so amazing I ordered the full size bottle. It turned my dry cheeks into baby soft skin with noticeably smaller pores and a natural glow to match!

2. Origins United State Balancing Tonic $20 USD

I was originally head over heels in love with Lush Cosmetics Breath Of Fresh Air toner but it hasn’t been as effective at balancing my skin lately so I tried Origins’ United State Balancing Tonic and it has done wonders for my skin! Not only does it give me that fresh, clean feeling like an astringent (without completely stripping my skin hello!) it also moisturizes.

 

Favorite Fragrances

Image1. Versace Yellow Diamond $69 USD

I love love loooooove this fragrance! It just smells like Spring and I’m always getting compliments on this fragrance when I wear it.

2. Diesel Loverdose $65 USD

Holy guacamole I swoon for this fragrance. It smells like licorice candy and vanilla which is unusual but it just smells so yummy and a perfect night fragrance!

 

Favorite Tinted Mositurizer & BB CreamImage1. NARS Pure Radiance Tinted Moisturizer in Alaska $42 USD

I’ve never been a big fan of tinted moisturizers because they do not give me enough coverage and make my skin breakout like crazy! With this tinted moisturizer though, it gives me a natural glow with a sheer coverage that is perfect for daytime and the Alaska shade fits my skin tone perfectly.

2. Garnier Skin Renew BB Cream for Combination/Oily Skin $12 USD

After hearing mixed reviews on the original formula of this BB cream I was in no hurry to buy it, but once Garnier came out with a BB cream for combination and oily skin I was excited. The color is slightly darker than my skin but now that it’s Summer and I’ve been outside more it’s not even an issue! This version of BB cream is pretty good, I get no breakouts from using it and I get no greasy feeling when I wear it. Coverage wise it’s pretty good it covers most of my acne scars and gives me a dewy natural finish.

3. Too Faced Air Buffed BB Creme Compact in Vanilla Glow $39 USD

I’ve replaced my MUFE HD foundation with this amazing BB cream! Not only does it promise full coverage and trust me it does (my skin looks flawless when I wear this over a primer!), the Vanilla Glow shade is a dead on match for my skin. I absolutley love this BB cream!

 

Favorite ConcealerImage1. YSL Touche Éclat Radiant Touch 2 Luminous Ivory $40 USD

I don’t think I would classify this as a traditional concealer, its more of a highlighter but one things for sure this pen is uh-mazing! I use this as an under eye brightener and it instantly gives me that fresh eyed look which help with my dark circles.

2. Hard Candy Glamoflauge Heavy Duty Concealer in Medium Light

This concealer not only covers tattoos but dark circles, acne scars, anything! You name it this concealer works wonders. I thought medium light would be too dark but it’s pretty decent color match for my skin.

 

Favorite Setting PowderImage1. Too Faced Primed & Poreless Finishing Veil $15 – $30 USD

I already love the Primed & Poreless primer so this was a no brainer! It gives me an airbrushed finish and doesn’t give a white chalky layer over my makeup.

2. NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder $34 USD

At first this powder was on its way back to Sephora but I didn’t realize all it needed was the right brush! This powder is very different from most setting powders I’ve tried, it has a different consistency and feel once applied to the skin. I use this powder so much I’ve already hit pan with it!

 

Favorite Bronzer & BlushImage1. Too Faced Pink Leopard Blushing Bronzer $30 USD

First of all, the pink leopard is too adorable! This blush/bronzer gives a very nice luminous glow to the cheekbones and look amazing on most skintones :).

2. NYX Stick Blush in Orchid $6 USD

One of my favorite drugstore blushes ever! Highly pigmented and blends effortlessly with my e.l.f. small stipple brush. I have these stick blushes in every color and they’re all amazing. I highyl recommend if you haven’t tried these you should!

3. Buxom True Hue Blush in Luvitate & Mini Hot Escapes Bronzer in Tahiti $39 USD

I got these in the Buxom Passport Collection Day Tripper Edition set from Sephora but took these out for my future Z palettes cause this blush and bronzer are amazing! The blush is very similar to NARS Orgasm blush and the bronzer is a light bronzer with shimmer and gives a nice sun kissed glow without any orange or streaking. Plus, the bronzer smells like coconuts!

 

Favorite EyeshadowImage1. Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow in Moonspoon, Space Cowboy, and Stargazer $20

These eyeshadows are so damn pretty! I love glitter eyeshadows more than life itself so when I saw these I had to snag them up. To avoid fallout apply over eyeshadow primer with fingers, when I used my brush I got glitter all over my face.

 

Favorite Eyeliner & MascaraImage1. CoverGirl Clump Crusher in Very Black $7 USD

This is another drugstore product I would say works better than most high end brands. This lifts and seperates my lashes beautifully while adding tons of volume and no tarantula eyes yay!

2. Too Faced LashGasm Mascara $20 USD

I use this as my everyday mascara cause it gives me nice length and volume for everyday natural looks without flaking or smudging. If you couldn’t tell I love Too Faced products!

3. L’OREAL Extra Volume Collagen Mascara in Blackest Black $8.99 USD

Another drugstore mascara that works amazingly! It gives me fluffy lashes with volume and rich black color. Short and sweet…it’s amazing!

4. NYX The Curve Eyeliner $14.99 USD

Although this is recommended for beginners I still love how easy it is to apply and lasts all day. This eyeliner is great for when you want to do cat eye looks.

 

Favorite LippiesImage1. CoverGirl Jumbo Lip Balm in Berry Twist $8.99 USD

This balm is a dupe for Clinique Chubby Stick Lip Balm in Super Strawberry and at half the cost it’s well worth it. I love using this for a sheer wash of color on my lips and it keeps my lips soft for hours!

2. Hard Candy All Glossed Up Lip Balm in Chic $6 USD

Since jumbo lip balm sticks are very popular it’s not hard to find a drugstore brand that carries these. Hard Candy’s version is less of a balm and more of a lipstick in my opinion but the colors are beautiful and last a while. Chic is a nice nude pink for everyday looks and applies smoothly without drying.

3. NYX Butter Gloss in Maple Blondie $4.99

I’m not a big fan of sticky lip gloss and this is far from the traditional lip gloss. It melts like butter on your lips and this color is a nice pink shade that compliments all skin tones.

4. NYX Lipstick in Thalia & Indian Pink $3.99 USD

These are nice drugstore lipsticks that do not dry or flake on lips but I do recommend using lip balm first to moisturize lips before applying these lippies. Thalia is a nice pink/beige color which is almost a dead on for my natural lip color and Indian Pink is a nice coral pink with shimmer for Summer.

Favorite BrushesImageImage1. Crown Brush C439 Deluxe Round Buffer $13.95 USD

I adore this brush! I’ve been using it for my NARS tinted moisturizer and it gives me a lovely airbrushed finish.

2. Real Techniques Expert Face Brush & Blush Brush $8.99 USD each

These brushes are pretty amazing. I love using the Expert Face Brush with my BB creams and liquid foundations and it always gives me a nice airbrushed flawless application. The blush brush is awesome for contouring and has very soft taklon bristles for a a nice natural application.

3. Coastal Scents 22 Piece Brush Set $34.95 USD

These brushes are high quality and has almost every brush you’ll need! The face brushes are ultra soft and apply makeup effortlessly and the eye brushes are amazing at picking up color for any eye look you could imagine!

 

Favorite Makeup RemoverImage1. Boots No.7 Quick Thinking Wipes $6.99 USD

I’ve tried just about every makeup remover wipe and these are by far my favorite! They take off every spec of makeup and removes my mascara and eyeliner easily while moisturizing my skin!

 

Are my Spring favorites in your list of favorites as well? I hope everyone is enjoying this lovely Summer weather!

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Happy Easter Nerds!

I love Easter holiday! Mainly because I get to see my adorable nephews :)

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Seriously the cutest kids ever!

Also my family always has a delicious dinner, and watch kids find Easter eggs in the backyard. Normally my mother goes all out and cooks this feast of ham, sweet potatoes, broccoli with cheese sauce (yum!) and a bunch of other yummy dishes, but this year is going to be a relaxed dinner. I think we’re doing take out since funds are tight this year, but the best part is my homemade cupcakes :)

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Red velvet cupcakes I made for Christmas :)

I enjoy sweets just as much as the next person (not true I love cake! hehe) but in my approach to be healthy that means basically no sweets except for holidays. So I’m lucky since last I checked Easter is a holiday, besides I enjoy baking them more than I love eating them. Usually I try to match the flavors with whatever holiday it is, so for Easter I’m making lemon cupcakes with lemon curd filling, and wait for it…lemon buttercream frosting!

I love citrus desserts! Plus Spring is the perfect time for these flavors :). I do not eat chocolate much, almost never, my vice is citrus desserts (I miss key lime pie!) so my boyfriend said he’d share a cupcake with me Sunday so I won’t feel guilty for gettin’ my sweet tooth on lol.

What are your Easter plans? Let me know, leave a comment!

Mandee

Ranting & Reviewing

Sorry I’ve been slacking on my posts the past couple days, I’ve been dealing with a lot of health issues and been trying to get better first. Now that I’m doing well enough, onto my post :)!

Last week when I received my new NYX palette they also included a catalog of their Spring/Summer 2012 Collection. I was so ecstatic to see the new goodies coming out that I made a list of my future purchases.

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Here are the things on my future order list (I had to use my camera because I couldn’t find a single picture of these online).

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These palettes are too cute and I love the Spring colors.

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The Curve honestly looks pretty odd but I am quite curious as to how effective this might be for anyone who has trouble with liquid liner application.

Now, on to my rant, it’s not much of one but annoying nonetheless. The catalog has no indication whatsoever as to when these new products will be available for purchase. No problem I’ll just check the website! Nothing there either. It’s a little disappointing only because I know once this goes up on their site these items will probably go fast. I don’t want to check every day to finally know when it’ll be available, I don’t have that kind of time :(.    

I just wish they had a better indication of the release date, not just for me, but for their other loyal   customers as well.

Now my review! I recently purchased Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara in Jet Black from ULTA as part of their 21 Days Of Beauty Steals. I do adore a lot of Smashbox’s products, especially their Studio Skin foundation, so I was happy to purchase this. I’m still on the fence about this product.

Pros

It has a pretty decent application as far as it doesn’t come out in gobs of mess. It claims to lengthen and trust me it certainly does! I don’t use lengthening mascara cause I don’t really need the extra length, but for someone who wants this they will be quite pleased.

Cons

I don’t have a lot of bad things to say about this product, but they’re pretty big in my opinion. This product claims to volumize and lengthen, and while it does lengthen I saw no volume at all. I had to apply 4-5 coats to see any kind of volume and even then it’s not much, if any. By then it starts to clump and then I have the dreaded tarantula eye!

The only other negative thing I have to say about this product is the wand. I have sensitive eyes and in the past when I’ve used fiber wands they really irritated my eyes and made my eyes red. This thankfully didn’t do that, but it did make my eyes itchy.

Would I buy this product again?
No. It didn’t deliver much of what I wanted and for $19 I can buy more useful products. It’s not a horrible mascara, I just wouldn’t buy it again. I will keep it as a backup mascara for days I want a natural look with no va va voom volume.

What’s your favorite mascara?

Happy Hump Day!

Mandee

Time to switch fragrances!

Since Spring has officially come early it’s time to swap out my Winter fragrance with a Spring one. If I said I’m addicted to perfume it’d be a serious understatement. I have 30+ bottles of perfumes and body sprays (and that’s a ball park figure, truthfully there’s probably more). I try not to use my Winter perfume in the Spring because it’s a much heavier scent and the majority of folks have horrible allergies this time of year so that stronger smell will trigger that and have folks around you sneezing like crazy! In the Winter I use Black Amethyst by BBW or Kim Kardashian Gold.

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Spring time is best for lighter clean scents so I use Victoria Secret’s Bombshell or Clinique Happy In Bloom.

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Enjoy!

Mandee

Testing out my new NYX palette

In celebrating this Spring weather we got early this year I decided to try a bright multi color look with my brand spanking’ new NYX palette. You can use whichever colors you want for this look but since my favorite colors are hot pink and lime green I used them. This is my first attempt at this look so let me know if it needs improvement :-).

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What I used…

Face

Skin79 VIP Gold BB Cream
Skin79 Luminous Pearl BB Cream
NYX HD Studio Photogenic Foundation Soft Beige
Rimmel Stay Matte Translucent Pressed Powder
Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Peach Satin
NYX Matte Bronzer

Eyes

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk
NYX Every Color Imaginable palette
Cover Girl Lash Blast Volume Mascara in Very Black

Instruction

1. Apply beige foundation to eyelid and undereye.

2. Apply jumbo pencil to the inner corner of the eye.

3. Set with translucent powder.

4. Apply pink shadow to the first third of eyelid (starting at the inner corner), angling toward the center.

5. Apply matte gold shadow to middle of eyelid.

6. Apply matte warm green shadow to the outer third of eyelid, extending up to the eyebrow.

7. Apply gold shadow along lower lashline.

8. Apply pale gold shimmery shadow to inner corner of the eye.

9. Curl lashes and apply lightly tinted black mascara to just the upper lashline.

Instructions taken from the book Style Eyes by Taylor Chang-Babaian.