Elf 50% Off Best Sellers!

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So I’m back! I’m not even going to mention all that’s happened or why I’ve been gone for so long but let’s just say I could achieve a proper work/home life balance.

Onto the fun stuff. Last week I was cleaning out my purse and realized my favorite “go to” eyeliner had lost its cap and completely dried out. There’s a story here though, because of the current weather situation in Northern California (burning hot!), I have been going very low key on my makeup routine. Since I figure I’ll sweat it off or it will melt off I have been basically using a powder foundation and if I do wear any eye makeup I’ve been using minimal eye makeup and liner. One of my favorite re-discovered items has been the elf waterproof eyeliner in Teal. It’s a super bright color that gives a pop of color without smearing or making me look too colorful at work. It’s the perfect spring/summer color! It’s also the one that lost its cap and dried out. I got lucky this time and elf was having a 50% off sale on its Best Selling items. This of course was on its list. So I went ahead and made a big purchase and my items finally arrived today!
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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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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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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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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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Elizabeth Arden Day to Night Holiday Color Collection

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One of the reasons I love shopping at the base exchange or BX with my mother is that I can usually score some really good deals on makeup or beauty products. For the past few years during the holidays she buys me makeup sets, usually these are the sets that- if you went to Macy’s or other department stores would be offered at a discount with purchase. This particular set would have been sold for $47.50 with any $29.50 Elizabeth Arden purchase. So you would have had to pay $77 for this and something else from EA, my mother purchased this for me for $39. Plus no tax. This is an 18 piece set which comes with a makeup case. Cases like that by themselves are usually $20-$30 so that alone makes it an awesome deal. The set consists of 2 palettes (6 shadows & 1 blush in each), 4 lipsticks, 2 glosses, 3 brushes, 2 lip liners, 2 eyeliners, 1 mascara, 1 shimmer powder trio and 1 bottle of makeup remover.

As you may have deduced from the name the items are divided into day and nighttime colors. The daytime colors as expected are more toned down neutral colors, with half the shadows with a matte finish. The lipsticks are more sheer and perfect for work or just as everyday look. I love the darker colors in the night time palette, my favorite being the teal color. This set definitely have more shimmer to them and the lipsticks have are a nice complimentary shade without being overly bright, they can be toned down if you combine them with the gloss.

I don’t recall what last year’s holiday set looked like but the palettes this year have are a different shape, for awhile they were longer with the same amount of shadows and blush but they weren’t as portable as these ones will be. The shimmer trio is a great addition, and it comes with a small retractable brush that fits on the underside of the shimmer trio container. Great idea and perfect for adding a small bit of shimmer to your face but not that great for adding color to a bigger area like your cheeks or your temples. Speaking of brushes- this kit comes with 3, a large face brush, a smaller angled brush and what I think is a blending brush. I don’t believe it’s for the shadows because the palettes have sponge tip applicators. It’s like a mid size concealer brush. I probably will stick these brushes in my travel case as backup brushes and use my own brushes. The other items in the set are standard items, eyeliners in black and brown, lip liner in a pinkish and reddish tone, and a full sized huge mascara. I’m more excited to play around with the neutral daytime palette since I’m used to the more colorful looks.

Overall this is a wonderful collection and a great bargain, it truly made my day off awesome!

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Yay new stuff!

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Today was my day off and I went shopping! My mom and I needed to do a little grocery shopping so we went to the commissary and the base exchange. Before we went she checked the mail and I got a nice little surprise from Influenster! I got my Cosmo Voxbox and I’ll go more into detail about those tomorrow!

So at the BX I found some discounted concealer, which is a great way to sample products you’re on the fence about, I bought one from Almay and another from Revlon. My main reason for going on this trip however was to look for the holiday makeup sets that come out around this time. I know Estée Lauder has one for $58 but that’s with purchase, and Clinique has one as well. But the set I purchased was the one from Elizabeth Arden, it comes with a cute case and a ton of makeup for $39! It’s called the Day to Night Holiday Color Collection. I’ll do a separate post on it as well. At the BX I also picked up some Goody Spin Pins, and then grabbed some of my favorite makeup remover cloths from Simple at the Commissary. Overall a very satisfying if not necessarily productive (I still have tons of laundry to do!) day off.

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Old Navy Stuff & Save plus Pop Pants

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I’ve done some interesting shopping today. I’ve purchased my first pair of super skinny jeans. And it’s a bit scary. I’m not what you’d call a skinny jeans kinda girl, thanks in part to my huge calves but I love the feel of the super skinny pop jeans from Old Navy and they were on sale so I bought my first pair. I didn’t go too crazy mind you because I don’t like the corduroy ones, or the dot ones, or the brightly colored ones so I stayed pretty tame by just getting the denim version. I plan on wearing them with my adoraboots, also from Old Navy. While at the store I also purchased the cute Santa’s Little Helper long sleeve shirt. I won’t be wearing it all together but they’re cute pieces. Now I’ve got to summon up the courage to wear the skinny jeans outside lol!

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Sharks!

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Last weekend during the Black Friday sales Ikea had a special going on their stuffed animals. It was kinda funny seeing all these people walking around with giant stuffed bears, seals, elephants and dogs. It was too cute. Well I would have been cute too had they not run out of the awesomest stuffed animal they had- the shark! So when I was checking out today I saw they had restocked them and I made sure to grab one before they were all gone. It’s not a small shark either, it’s about 3 feet long and almost like a body pillow.

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