Total blog failure

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I’m so bad! For awhile now I’ve managed to keep blogging everyday but ever since my schedules have been so crazy with work, and shopping for the holidays it has been so hard to keep up. I am buying stuff and I have been taking photos of everything but compiling it and getting it all together has been a total fail for me. Oh yes and I blame FarmVille 2. Damn you Zynga!

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Basics: Powders

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These aren’t the foundation powders I was talking about from my previous post. These powders are face powders you can use in addition to mineral powders, such as setting powders, mattifying powders or HD powders. Setting powders or finishing powders do exactly what you might have guessed- they set your makeup. Usually they’re made from a finer milled powder that fills in areas that your foundation powder didn’t. Mineral veils do almost the same thing but I don’t believe they’re as finely milled so they don’t work as well. Being that I’m not very picky and mineral veils work just as well for me, I use my mineral veils and setting powders as well. Mattifying powders are used during the day for clearing up excess oil that can accumulate. Palladio has a rice powder that works this way and they offer it in a sheet version that I keep with me at all times. My younger cousin actually ate one of these papers thinking it was food. Don’t worry, he lived.

Another powder that has been more available recently is the HD powder. I only have one of these and it’s the elf version. I don’t use it all the time since I don’t really take pictures in HD. When using flash photography this can give off a white cast which can look very odd. So unless you’re taking photos or videos in HD, you don’t really need to use this on a daily basis.

So, in conclusion- I recommend having these powders in your collection. Perhaps not all of them but they’re handy for setting your foundation (mineral or liquid) and can really maximize the staying power of your makeup. Another tip- if you’re ever using a creme eyeshadow you can make it last longer if you set it with a similar shade of powder eyeshadow.

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Ipsy (My Glam Bag) Reveal

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I’m still fairly new to the world of Subscription Beauty Boxes but I’m already on my 2nd one. Last month I posted about how disappointed I was with my Birchbox and I subsequently cancelled my subscription. I signed up for Ipsy that day and I’m so relieved I did. I received by Ipsy bag today, 2 days ahead of schedule and I’m so happy with what I received. One of the main differences between my Birchbox and Ipsy bags is that you get the same items in ALL of the bags. With a few exceptions- I mean I received a different shade of the Nyx pigments than a few of the people’s videos that I viewed on YouTube. So what exactly did I receive in my Ipsy bag?

*Metallic Grey makeup bag (of course)
*1 Full Size Nyx Pearl Pigment
*1 Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner Mini in Zero
*2 Mirabella Eye & Face Primers (a mistake I’m sure)
*1 MAI Couture Booklet of Highlighting Papers (25 sheets)
*1 Be A Bombshell Lipgloss in Hot Mess

So I got basically 7 items, all of which are deluxe if not full sized items. There was no food, perfume samples, foil packs or fashion tape. Don’t get me wrong I love perfume but I don’t need a sample of perfume every month. So far this is a wonderful start for Ipsy. We’ll see how they do next month!

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Basics: Lip Gloss & Lip Sticks

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Let me start this off by saying that I’m not a lipstick/lipgloss kinda girl. It’s probably the weak link in my makeup arsenal. I am constantly overlooking my lips. I’m more focused on my eyes. You might not be able to tell that though if you saw how many lip products I own. Basically I have tons. I always carry Chapstick or other lip balms with me and I use them but I do not use any with actual color. My favorite lip balm has always been Carmex. I use it on a nightly basis and my cat Jack knows that it’s sleepy time when he smells it on my lips. I have recently found 2 lip products that I absolutely love. The first is the mini lip balms from Fresh. They were the birthday gift from Sephora this year. The Sugar lips mini is smooth and it has a fresh grapefruit like scent. It’s thick without being oily and it hydrates really well. I’m considering getting more lip products from this brand. The other mini lip balm was more reddish in appearance but it didn’t have a color when I applied it. The other lip product I love is from Too Faced and it came in my Beauty Darlings set, it was a mauve colored plumping lip gloss. Though it did have some color I only applied it lightly and it has a very minty feel on the lips. It’s very refreshing and has no flavor. I find flavored glosses kind of weird anyways. So those are the two lip products I use on a semi regular basis.

So the main reason why I don’t use lip products is their lasting power. I’m aware that lip sticks have come a long way and last a lot longer but I haven’t found one that I like enough to use. Usually lip sticks that do last long tend to dry out my lips and defeats the whole purpose of having lip stick in the first place. Also, I drink a lot of water throughout the day and I hate reapplying any products. I don’t even reapply liner and I love eyeliner. That makes me wonder why I even carry my makeup in my purse with me. I guess I’m just complex like that.

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Basics: Foundation

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There are many, many types of foundation out there and it can be a little overwhelming when stepping into the world of makeup. From my own personal experience I started out with face powders. You know those cute little compacts from Covergirl or Maybelline. I wasn’t ever sure of how to pick one out so I just grabbed whichever color I thought I was and it usually ended up going all wrong. It was always a shade lighter or darker. Luckily for me, during my teenage years and early 20’s my skin was always pretty clear. I had no need to even try liquid foundations until I was in my mid twenties, even then the one I spent money on was never a product I would use everyday, simply because it felt too heavy and cakey on my face.

Then recently, I started to develop redness on my skin and there was no avoiding it because it was so noticeable. I tried using my liquid foundation I had on hand but it irritated me and my skin. I have oily combo skin so from my research it was recommended to me that I try mineral makeup. I wasn’t really into doing a system, so when I went to Ulta they had me try a powder from Tarte. It was great, with buildable coverage in a very cute compact. However I eventually wanted something more and so I ended up going to Sephora and buying a starter kit for Bare Escentuals. I found that I loved the system. I loved the primer, the feel of the powder and the setting powder. I still wasn’t content with the price however and went online to try Everyday Minerals. They had more tones and finishes (matte, semi-matte, satin & natural), and you could order samples for a mere penny for 7 samples of your choice. It wasn’t even limited to the foundations, you could try their bronzers or other face powders. It was my younger cousin Ian who actually assisted me in finding the right shade for me and I’ve been using that on a daily basis since.

I am open to trying a liquid foundation again since they do have oil free & matte finish foundations. I also found this handy website that will help you find the right shade for you. It’s not 100% reliable but it will at least point you in the right direction.

So, my tips for finding the right foundation for you? Go to Ulta or Sephora if you want to find a good starting point. Personally I’d recommend Sephora since they seem more knowledgeable about their products. If you don’t want to necessarily go into a mall, you can just go into JC Penney’s since they have small Sephora stores or Ulta since they have free standing stores. Ask someone for help in finding the right tone for yourself and request samples if they offer them. If they don’t offer them, ask about their return policy, since foundations (especially from some high end brands) can be quite pricey- if it doesn’t work out you don’t want to be stuck with a product. If you do decide to go with drug store brands, check their return policies as well, and try to take advantage or deals or coupons they may be offering. Basically shop smart, foundation is a worthwhile investment, whether it be time or money.

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Product love! My favorite wallets

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One of the best things you can do to keep your purse organized is to have a smaller wallet. My current favorite wallet is this Xhilaration brand wallet that was actually given to me as a birthday gift in September by my aunt. She gave me the light blue one with the peace sign and the black one with the owl, to my mother. I’ve since purchase another with no design but an extra zip pocket on the outside and traded it to my mom for the black owl one. These can carry up to six cards with an additional pocket for receipts and a few other cards. They also have a zip pocket on the inside for coins. An extra bonus for me is that they’re big enough to hold my phone. So if I’m going on a quick errand or I don’t want to carry my purse. I can just grab this and go. I love these things so much that I need to stock up on them while I can and these seem to be the only kind that I really love. So if you’re looking for some stocking stuffers or holiday gifts, consider these for sure!

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New makeup I forgot I had! Plus some I just bought!

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You know you have a makeup addiction when you forget about a recently purchased new product. I was racking my brain while I was taking pictures just a few minutes ago about my new Covergirl liner pencils when I realized I took pictures of my recent purchases from the other day but never blogged about them. It was earlier this week when I went on a quick Wal-Mart run with my brother and I picked up a few things:
-2 Covergirl eyeliner pencils in blue & purple
-Revlon Creme Shadow Quad
-Goody Mini spin pins
-Maybelline Fiber Lash Mascara
-NYC makeup palette for brown eyes

Today at Target I picked up:
-elf cream liner in black
-Revlon Custom Eyes palette in Pop Colors

Maybe my mother was right when she asked me today if I had enough makeup. I could never have enough but still, it makes you wonder.

My favorite of this whole set is of course the Covergirl eyeliner pencils. They reminds me of my jumbo pencils in consistency but of course with thinner lines. The blue in particular is more of a shimmery blue while the purple is more of a matte. I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the elf cream liner, but when I first swatched it, it was very light. I guess I just had to press a little harder. It was very black and didn’t smudge easily, in fact my hand went a little red while I tried to take it off lol. I’d say that’s good quality since I’d never rub my eyes that hard.

I bought the mini spin pins after realizing my hair is a bit too short for the regular sized pins. They’ll come in handy though since I am trying to grow my hair out. These work great for half up hair styles.

I have yet to use the Revlon Cream Shadow Quad but the consistency was good. I imagine these will make a great base. I have been using the NYC palette and it makes for a great daytime look. I didn’t think so at first but I’ve used it once this week and the combo is perfect for work. It’s not overly colorful and the brown and purple work well together. As for the Revlon Custom Eyes palette it’s a bit too bright for work at the 1st job but I could use it for my 2nd job. I’m allowed to be a little bit more colorful there.

Now for the Maybelline Fiber Lash Mascara- I’m still not sold on this. While I have been using it almost everyday now I’m still not 100% sold on this. Not that I expected it to work wonders but it doesn’t work as well as I thought it would. I’m gonna give it a few more days before I resort to trying false lashes again.

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Basics: Daily Brushes

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I only use 4 types of brushes in my daily makeup routine. Not the same exact brushes, but the same types. For applying my foundation I use a flat top powder brush for the best coverage. For my eyeshadow application I prefer to use an eyeshadow brush, I may use 2 or 3 of these depending on how many colors I use. Then for the crease I prefer to use a thinner brush like a concealer brush, and then I use a clean fluffy brush for blending it all together. It doesn’t matter what your brush is called, what matters is the shape. For my eyes- the concealer brush works best at getting into the crease if my eyes. For some a contour brush may work better, but my eyes are smaller and the crease brush gets into the smaller spaces much better.

I think the key to finding the right brushes is experimentation, buy an inexpensive set and play around with the application, and develop a routine with those brushes. Also make sure you take proper care of your brushes. Spot clean them between application with alcohol to disinfect and brush cleaner. I use baby shampoo to clean my brushes at least every two weeks. I also use conditioner so they stay nice and soft. make sure to dry then bristles down as to not let water into the ferrules. This has been a long and winding post about brushes lol.

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An awesome Ikea find!

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You can probably tell I’m into organizing right? I am actually very disorganized and I love finding ways to keep my things sorted. So I was just perusing the Ikea catalog one day and I though about all the boxes and bins that Ikea has- they must have something for makeup right? I mean, I’ve tried using boxes from Ikea for makeup storage, the ones I picked up last time didn’t work out so well because it hid my makeup. So lo and behold I found something! It wasn’t in Home Organization where I have thought to look but in Bathroom Storage. It’s called Godmorgen, well rather its from that line of products. You can find it here. I believe it’s designed to fit in a drawer but I’m going to leave it out on my desk. It’s clear and has perfect spots for nail polish or lipsticks and brushes! I can even rest my brushes on the angled section when they’re drying after I clean them.

As you can see in the photo there are little dividers for your nail polishes or lipsticks, they are small and the divider is removable. The little section for the brushes also swings up and there is more storage there. It would also be handy as a desk organizer I think. I’ll definitely be getting tons of use out of this!

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