3 Years, 2 months, 20 days later…

Hello again. It’s alive! It’s been about 1177 days since my last post and how much has changed since then? Well, if I’m correct, that was about 2 months before I finally quit my job at Ikea and began working again for my old company. This is the same company which I quit to work at Ikea.

Around August, I was contacted by someone from that company and asked if i was still interested in working for them as they seem to have had the wrong phone number for me. At the time, I was already contemplating leaving Ikea but I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do so of course I said yes, I’m interested. I ended up being offered the job with more hours and more pay. I accepted and gave my notice to Ikea. Unfortunately I had a two week overlap where I was working both jobs before settling into my schedule at my new job. Which was actually a good thing because I had to pay off my work purchases that I made while employed at Ikea.

Now I’m still working for the same company but amazingly, I’m working from home! Yes, the company who hired me, eventually began to send their workers home to save up work space. I guess it was more cost effective to send workers home and have them work there than to rent the space to have them work there. So for the past 2 years I’ve been working from home. I’ve changed departments, changed schedules a few times but yes, I’m still with the same company. I’ve decided that I have missed my website and so it’s back!

I do have another blog and gradually I will be adding more things here and updating all the links and whatnot. Well, see you in another few years…just kidding, maybe a few days!

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Influenster Mary Kay Voxbox

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I actually received this a few days ago but I’m just getting to it now. A few weeks ago I was asked to complete a quiz to receive a Voxbox from Influenster and I was selected to receive this box for review. I received 5 items which included: (Retail Price)

-Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening Mascara in I Black ($15.00)
-Mary Kay Cream Eye Color/Concealer Brush ($10.00)
-Mary Kay Lash Primer ($15.00)
-Mary Kay Cream Eye Color in Violet Storm ($22.00)
-Mary Kay True Dimensions Lip Stick in Pink Cherie ($18.00)

So let me start off by explaining the brand. I don’t have a Mary Kay lady on speed dial or anything, a few years ago I did know this customer from working at the dealership who often dropped off catalogs and the like, I maybe have been to one Mary Kay party a long time ago. Like 10 years ago, when I really didn’t care too much about makeup, well I can’t say I didn’t care but it seemed to be geared towards older ladies. I think that’s the image a lot of people get. It was like going to a Tupperware party but for makeup that was way too expensive. Quite frankly the prices of these products are a good surprise for me, but maybe it’s because I am older and willing to pay more for my makeup now than I was when I was in my teens. Overall I like these products, even if the lip stick wasn’t exactly a complimentary shade to me.

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NYC Individual Eyes Palettes

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Everyday go to is Union Square, new fave is Midtown Mauve, least fave is Smokey Browns

This is my new everyday palette. One day I was just browsing the makeup at Wal-Mart and came upon these palettes from NYC. Of course every brand seems to have these types of palettes which you choose based upon your eye color. I normally rebel against them and get whatever color I want since the last time I chose a palette according to my eye color I got this horrible one from Covergirl which had blues and grays. Not my colors personally. I decided to give this a fair shot and it was very affordable at around $3 each. I purchased the two they had- Union Square (with a dark mauve and shimmery brown) and Smokey Brown (with grays and a sparkling black), I tried the Smokey Brown palette first and found it lacking since all the colors seemed so similar. The next day when I was getting ready for work I decided to use the Union Square palette. In case you can’t tell from the photos- there are 4 shades in each of these palettes, with at least one matte shade, also included is an illuminizer and a primer. I applied these according to the instructions and I like them. I prefer wearing the darker two colors though, the shimmery brown all over my eyelid and then I use the darkest shade in the crease. I added my eyeliner, mascara and out the door to work I went. It wasn’t until I was actually outside did I realize how great the colors worked for me. It wasn’t over the top like my wild colors are but it certainly looked great. The latest palette came out recently and it’s the Midtown Mauve palette. It had a more shimmery dark mauve color and pinks instead of the usual browns. I’ve been using both palettes now, alternating or sometimes including more dramatic colors for a little pop. The colors were very complimentary to my skin and eye color, with the exception of the smokey palette which was way too blah. I like that it comes with it’s own eye primer, it doesn’t have a thick consistency but used sparingly it does a great job. I rarely use the Illumnizer but if you can manage to put some in the inner corner of you eyes, it works real well. I usually skip it since I never have time. I wish there was a separate cover over the illuminizer since one of mine is now covered in powder. Speaking of- I’ve heard complains from other reviewers on the chalkiness of the eye shadows. And it’s true, some of them are quite chalky so it can get messy. But it’s a small drawback, the best colors are very pigmented and smooth.

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Girl’s Night & Haul

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So it’s been a crazy new year thus far and I haven’t had a chance to hang out with my buddy Lindsey so I invited her out tonight since I had 2 straight days off! Since Lindsey had to work I picked her up at work and we headed over to Elephant Bar. I’ve never been, but the menu looked decent. Lindsey had the Teriyaki Chicken and I had the Kona BBQ combo which had ribs and chicken. I have to say it was pretty delicious and very affordable. I was shocked when Lindsey said she’d never had Creme Brullee so we had to split one of those for dessert.

After dinner we went to Sunrise Mall, we always do the same thing but I always manage to get lost. We parked over by JC Penney’s because Sunrise doesn’t have an actual Sephora in the store so we had to settle for the one at JC Penney’s. We browsed for a bit and unfortunately the lady that helped us last time who was so awesome wasn’t working and we didn’t really get any help. I was going to try some foundations but the lack of service was a bit off putting so I just bought more of the Urban Decay All Nighter Spray. Lindsey purchased more mascara since that’s her favorite makeup item.

After that I had to stop at Bath & Body Works to pick up some of those little anti bacterial mini things for my brother. They were on sale 5 for $5, and I picked up one of the new Sweetheart Scents Sprays for $8 (Regular Price $12!). We had alot better service here from Chris and Dani. They’re definitely getting a survey from both Lindsey and I.

The last stop of the day was Victoria’s Secret. Now I rarely buy any clothes from Victoria’s Secret, if I do I get their pajamas or their sweaters but I do love their fragrances and I wanted to try some of their makeup. I was hoping they’d have some in their store and luckily they did. They were having a sale so I picked up a few of their makeup items to try, 2 of their body sprays, a setting spray and a little combo pack. Plus I received a trio of makeup bags for free!

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Wet’n’Wild Mega Last Lipsticks

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Swatches from left to right- Sugar Plum Fairy, Stoplight Red, Cherry Picking, Wine Room, Mocha-licious, and Cinnamon Spice

So I just found a CVS Drug Store that’s relatively close to my house and it had the best stocked makeup section I’ve seen! The majority of their items were well stocked and the displayed looked nice, and best of all- the products were not opened or destroyed. I don’t know about you, but when I shop at Walmart, Target or any of the other drug stores I’m always having to check the products I buy to make sure they’re not tampered with. Who’s gonna buy something that everyone has touched? I’m certainly not and its ridiculous that people do this. Anyways, I’m off topic.

So the day my mom and I went to this CVS I purchased a few items I’ve had my eye on and I found these lipsticks from Wet’n’Wild. They’re not new but they’re new to me because I’m just getting into the habit of using lip products beyond lip balms. I only purchased the shade Sugar Plum Fairy and I loved it. It was very pigmented with a more matte finish. And it looked good on me. Most importantly- the price. This awesome lipstick was only $1.99! I went back a couple of days later and bought 5 more, and with the buy one, get one 50% off, I saved more money. The Sugar Plum Fairy is still my favorite shade, the two on the right end were my least favorite but they’re still good. The odd thing I noticed was that one if the shades seemed a bit different than all the rest. The Stoplight Red shade seemed to have a glossier feel than the others. Maybe it’s just me.

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Etsy: Performance Colors Set

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Well hello there! Long time no see, or hear. Today I’m gonna share my latest mini haul with you and it’s primarily samples from a seller on Etsy called Performance Colors. I ordered this about a week ago and I’m so excited to try these items out. I purchased these all on my own so I wasn’t asked to review these or anything.

I was just perusing Etsy one night and stumbled upon the Lid Primer and was intrigued so I decided to give it a shot. A full size lid primer shadow base was $5.00 for 2.8 ml so it was a great deal, especially if you use primer sparingly like I do. I also purchased a sample set (3 samples) of the foundation and the concealer for those darn under eye circles I have. I actually received 4 of the foundation samples including the medium tone. Shipping times and rates were reasonable and I received my items in my mailbox today. I was pleasantly surprised to see a lovely note from Tiffany letting me know she had included some samples based on my Etsy profile photo!

Off the bat I eliminated 2 of the lightest foundations which was to be expected. I was surprised at how thick the formula was, but the coverage and the color match were excellent. I tried it without primer so my skin was a tad on the dry side but tomorrow will be my full day test run. I always have problems with applying concealer and the full test for those will have to wait until tomorrow.

The extra gifts that were included in my purchase were samples of lip stick. I received 2 Restorative Lip Balms and 2 Matte Cream Lipstick samples. The lip balms were in the shades Duped and Rocket. Duped is a very pigmented pink color while Rocket was a shimmery almost coral red if that makes sense. I’m horrible at colors but the name is very spot on. It’s like a red with pink/red shimmer. I love it. As for the matte cream lip sticks I received Valentine and Hibiscus. Both are shades of red, neither are too red. Valentine is almost like a dark brick red and Hibiscus is a pink red. Makes no sense huh? Either way, I can’t wait to finish my blog post so I can open up my Etsy app and view the shop!

As for the actual full size product I purchased- the Shadow Magnet Lid Primer, it does exactly what it says it will do. I compared it to Urban Decay’s Original Primer Potion and it held its own pretty well. Of course their textures are very different. UDPP has a more liquid texture while the Shadow Magnet has a much thicker formulation. Here’s a photo of UDPP vs Shadow Magnet vs no primer.

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All in all this was a great purchase and I will definitely be buying more from Performance Colors.

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Girl’s Day Out mini haul!

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Today was a day off and so I made plans with my friend Lindsey to have lunch and do a little shopping! First off I have a pic of my eye makeup today, it looks more blue in the photo but its actually purple. It’s so funny that purple is not actually my favorite color but I had purple eye makeup, purple nails and a purple shirt & hoodie on. My eye makeup was all from Urban Decay.

We started our day out with some Chinese food for lunch and then headed straight for the mall. We browsed around Macy’s for a bit and I was color matched at Clinique for the Stay-Matte foundation. I think I grabbed the wrong color when I purchased it and I was proven right. The girl at the counter gave me samples of both my shades. So I’m going to be returning the wrong shade when I get the chance. We then headed to See’s where we picked up some snacks, browsed in Bath & Body Works, and then into JC Penney’s where they had a Sephora. Lindsey received her birthday gift which unfortunately was just changed. Now they have a mascara set from Buxom for 2013. She was really hoping to get the Fresh mini lip set, but they had run out of those. They were also out of the Too Faced Lashgasm that she was hoping to pick up. Meanwhile I was color matched for the Urban Decay Naked Foundation and Pam- the consultant which helped me, told me I was wearing foundation which was a shade too dark! I guess I was over compensating for the redness in my skin my making everything dark! Shocker! Part of my problem as well was that I had been using foundation to cover up these red bumps that I had developed on my skin which were actually not there anymore. So she color matched me and sent me off with a sample of the Urban Decay foundation in 5.0, then I asked Pam to help Lindsey find a new lip gloss that would give her some color and plump up her lips. She eventually purchased one from Buxom after testing it out. She’s so shy about asking for samples. Considering they’re suppose to be helping, I gave her that little push. That’s why you go to Sephora instead of just buying things blindly at the drug store. I was a tad disappointed that they were out of the Urban Decay De-Slick setting spray, but I ended up purchasing a mini from Makeup Forever.

After leaving the mall we stopped by Ulta to see if they had anything interesting. I purchased a makeup palette on clearance from the Ulta line. She bought a mini palette from Nyx. After Ulta we were going to stop by Target but I got annoyed by the parking lot and we stopped by Walgreens instead where I bought 2 Jordana eye pencils.

Overall it was an exhausting but satisfying bout of retail therapy!

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Influencer VoxBox: Palmolive Fresh Infusions

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I just received a new box today from Influenster, and I didn’t even realize I had qualified for it. In this box I got 3 full sized (16 fl oz) bottles of dish liquid. They come in 3 scents: Ginger White Tea, Lemon Thyme and Lime Basil. There were also suppose to be 5 coupon for $1.50 off but I think someone pulled some of them out of the box during shopping. I haven’t done dishes yet tonight and this is a nice little surprise. The dish soap we use most in our house is a different brand right now. Hint: it’s the brand which has the commercials with the baby animals covered in oil, being cleaned up with this product.

So far, I’m liking this new line. I love the packaging, it’s not the traditional dish soap packaging and its pretty sturdy. My one qualm is that it may not be so easy to handle while you’re washing dishes and your hands are wet. I could easily see this slipping out of my hands. Perhaps having some notches or changing the shape of the bottle slightly will help with that. Or even adding some texture to the sides of the bottle will help.

As for the scents themselves- I love the lime basil. It’s different yet still smells clean without being too overly fragranced. I’ve been seeing that a lot of brands are branching out to more fruity smells and while that’s acceptable , citrus scents are still my favorite. Most orange smelling cleaners including dish soaps are too strong in my opinion, so going with the essential lemon and lime were great choices. The White Ginger Tea was my least favorite scent but at least it wasn’t a strong scent. It was very subtle.

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