Technology is not my friend

Hi all! I just wanted to pop on here and let you know that I have not abandoned my blog but that my computer has crashed and so has my phone. I’m actually borrowing my sisters iPad to type this up and I’m not liking it very much so there will be no official post this week and probably not next week either. I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Sephora and Drugstore Haul

Hi Ladies! So today I wasn’t planning on doing a haul post but I made a few small purchases over the course of the last month or so, and I thought why not share what I’ve gotten. I have used a couple of these items so far and immediately loved them! Plus I got a surprise early birthday gift, which I’ll save for last.

From the drugstore I got four lip products. I was on the hunt for the perfect lighter pinky brown nude, and a pinky nude lip liner. After looking around and researching a bit I went with the cult favorite Eastend Snob by Rimmel. I love it! For me, it is a my lips but pinker shade. On a low key day I’ll use this and a lip gloss. The next three I got were lipsticks from the Maybelline Colorsensational line, two from the purples collection and one from the red collection. From the red collection I got #615 Summer Sunset. It is a darker version of what I was looking for but I still loved the color in the bullet. The first from the purple collection is #420 Blissful Berry which is absolutely gorgeous! It is a great color for fall and can totally work when transitioning from winter to spring. In the tube it does look darker than what will actually come out on your lips but it is still a gorgeous purple berry shade. The second shade (spoiler alert: I love it!) #450 Mauve Mania is the shade that I’ve been looking for!! I’ve been pairing it with Rimmel’s Eastend Snob for a longer wearing look.

Drugstore July 20

From Sephora, I made two different purchases. The first time I stopped into Sephora, I decided to walk in and see what was new and to see if I can find a great bright lipgloss. After roaming around the store and swatching different shades and brands, I settled on the Make Up For Ever Artist Flexi-Gloss. I had narrowed my choices down to two different pink shades. One that could be worn everyday and one that is definitely a statement. I went to pick up a Sephora brand eye mask, the pomegranate one, which I accidentally used before I took the photo, oops! I was talking to one of the lovely gals that worked there and another one stopped by to comment on the shades that I had swatched on my hand. They definitely convinced (not in the pushy you have to buy this way) to step out of my comfort zone and I went with the brighter  shade in 209. It definitely compliments my fair skin tone and is definitely a statement color. Now that I’ve gone off track a bit back to the haul! The second purchase I just made online last week and got it in three days! Can I just say that I love how quickly I get my Sephora orders. I purchased the Sephora Favorites Ultimate Hair Essentials and the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector by Jaclyn Hill in Champagne Pop. I’ve been a little bored with my hair products lately, and after cutting almost a foot off of my hair about 6 weeks ago I felt like I needed a change. The kit comes with 11 different “travel sized” products which most I can’t wait to try out and a couple I haven’t really heard about. When it comes to Champagne Pop, I just can’t wait to use it. When I saw a few of my favorite different YouTubers, all different skin tones, I felt like this could actually work for me. After I use it for awhile I will let you know how I like it. I also picked up my birthday gift the two Nars Lip Pencils (really excited about Cruella!) as well as another promotion of 12 samples of different hair care products and treatments (mostly oils and hair masks). I also chose to get the 3 free samples you get with every purchase. I definitely love making an order during the month of July because it feels like Christmas.

Sephora Hair Essentials Kit Sephora Haul July20

Now on to my surprise, early birthday gift. My birthday is at the end of July. I have been really busy the last week or two and getting everything done was a bit overwhelming. My mom and sister were going out of town for the weekend, and they just came back last night, but that left me with watching my sister’s dog and 2 cats that my brother left when he moved out. So the night before they left, my sister gave me my gift from her dog. Madden gave me the Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette. I definitely have been wanting to get the palette but I’m more the type of person to wait after the hype dies down to really look into a product and decide if I need it and will actually use it or if I’m just going through a phase. This is also why I was a bit reluctant to get the Jaclyn Hill skin perfector and it is also a limited edition item. I did justify that with I only use a tiny bit at a time and it will last me forever. The things we say to ourselves when it comes to purchasing makeup.

Naked Smoky Palette

I hope you enjoyed my little haul. What have you been eyeing drugstore or high end? Do you have any recommendations or want a review on any of these items? Let me know! I hope you all have a great week and see you in my next post!

Bridal Shower Makeup Look

Hi Gals! Today I’m taking you through what I wore on my face to a friend’s bridal shower over the weekend. Before I get into everything that I used I have to say that I have had the worst luck with everything technology related. First, it was the internet, then computer, issues with WordPress, things were deleted, and today my phone finally crapped out on me. So FINALLY, I’m getting this post up!

 

Bridal Shower Makeup

The above photo is everything I used on my face. Part of my technology issues were things getting deleted, the rest of the photos for this post of course was among them. I will re-create the look in a future post so you can see everything in action and the completed look.

FACE:

Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer

Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation in 110 Creamy Natural

MAC Select Moisturecover Concealer in NW20 (on spots and blemishes)

Rimmel Match Perfection 2-in-1 Concealer & Highlighter in 230 Fair/Light (under eyes)

Nars Bronzer in Laguna

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure

EYES:

Maybelline Color Tattoo in 70 Barely Braned

From the Naked 2 Palette

Foxy- all over lid up to brow

Tease- in the crease

Chopper- all over the lid

YDK- outer corner

Busted- lightly in the outer corner

Bootycall- in the inner corner

Smashbox Limitless Eyeliner in Onyx

Rimmel Scandeleyes in 005 Nude (in the waterline)

Benefit They’re Real Mascara in Black

Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara in 01 Black

BROWS:

Maybelline Brow Drama in Deep Brown

LIPS:

Rimmel Exaggerate Full Color Lip Liner in 063 Eastend Snob

Maybelline ColorSensational Lipstick in 450 Mauve Mania

Marc Jacobs Lip Vinyl in 302 Kissability

I hope you enjoyed this post. I have a few things that I’m excited to share with you! What have you been wearing to a special occasion? Please share!

Top Secret Beauty Product?!

Hi gals! Today I’m sharing with you my secret beauty product that I use, and I didn’t have to go far to find. The big hype for adding moisture to our skin, nails, and hair these days is oils. For the longest time I thought it was way too hyped up to actually try it out for myself. Over the past year I have become a big fan of using coconut oil as a makeup remover and as an added layer to moisturize my feet after a shower.

I purchased my coconut oil from the local grocery store a little over a year ago to use for a recipe that I found that I wanted to try out. As a makeup remover I take the tiniest bit and gently rub over my face and my eyes. Let me tell you, this is the best thing to remove waterproof mascara. I found it to be the more gentler way of remover it without feeling like I’m going to lose my eyelashes. After I rinse my face off, sometimes I’m lazy and end it there or I’ll take a gentle cleanser and wash my face after.

I started using coconut oil on my feet after my night showers with my lotion. I don’t know about you but no matter what lotion I use over night I wake up the next morning with feet feeling almost painfully dry. I started using just coconut oil by itself, and for awhile it kind of worked. Then one night I decided to put on the coconut oil first and then my lotion. The next morning my feet had a slight layer of oil or lotion that just hadn’t seeped into my skin completely. Way too excitedly, I knew I found my magic solution to waking up with dry feeling feet.  This little trick has certainly come in handy during these summer months. In my area though, we haven’t had much summer weather. =(

Now that you know my secret beauty product, what are yours? Do you have any tips for keeping your feet soft and moisturized? Any top secret products of your own? Share them! See you all next week!

Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation Review

Hi gals! So for today’s post I’m sharing with you my thoughts on Rimmel’s Stay Matte Foundation. It is a liquid mousse foundation. I purchased it in the shade 091 Light Ivory, which is the second to lightest shade. It comes in 8 different shades, Light Porcelain being the lightest and Sand being the darkest shade. Now I did give kind of a mini review/first impression of this product on my MOD: Blackhawks Parade and Rally post.  For this review I’m going to list the claims and then state yes or no and any reasons, and then give my numerical rank out of 5.

Rimmel Stay Matte Found

CLAIMS

Liquid Mousse: Yes. It comes out of the tube like a mousse and when applied to the skin it liquefies and just glides across the skin.

Light Weight: Yes. Until the heat took over, then it felt kind of sticky.

Oil Free: Yes.

Shine Control: Yes.

Blends well: Yes.

Natural Matte Finish: Yes. I loved the finish of this product.

Minimize Pores: NO. I’ve tried this with and without a primer, in high heat and just plain ol’ every day. I could see my pores both ways.

A couple of other things:

I went out to eat and when I wiped my mouth it kind of peeled/rolled off my face. It was kind of strange. It also didn’t stay all day. I was surprised to see hardly any foundation on my makeup wipe. I also want to say that I do tend to have much oiler skin in the summer months and thought that this would be a good solution, however, my skin was still too much on the dry side. This foundation clung to my dry spots as the day wore on. I feel that if you have true oily skin you will like this. If you have combo skin, this may or may not work for you.

Final Rating: 3/5

4th of July Favorites!!!

Hi gals! With 4th of July just around the corner, I though I’d share some of my favorite things. Food, fashion, beauty, and my favorite way to sit and watch the fireworks! There is something magical about 4th of July, but then again I feel that way any holiday that includes fireworks as part of the festivities.

I do want to first point out the reason why we celebrate this great day and not forget the history behind it. The short version of the history lesson is that on July 2, 1776 during the American Revolution. The United States of America was 13 colonies, whom declared independence from Great Britain. On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was signed. We now honor these 13 colonies with the 13 stripes on the United States of America flag. While our modern day celebrations of this holiday are along the lines of picnics, barbecues, fireworks, etc., it is a bit far off of the original festivities. Early on 13 gun shots in the morning and evenings were shot to celebrate the 13 colonies.

Now that we got our history lesson in for the day, on to the modern day favorites that we will be indulging in this weekend.

Fashion and Beauty

When it comes to my fashion and beauty for the days festivities, I like to keep it light and simple, and since I am in the Windy City, something that is easily adaptable for unsuspecting weather changes. I keep to jeans or jean shorts, and a tee for during the day, adding a light sweater or hoodie in the evening if necessary. Also if my activities for the day include lounging in a pool, then I will have my swimsuit, cover up and towel. Beauty wise I keep it real simple, sunscreen, a tiny bit of eyeliner and mascara and lip gloss. I want to look put together but to be honest in 90+ degree temperature nothing is going to be staying on your face.

 

Food and Beverages

I don’t know about you but when it comes to summer time barbecues and picnics, I’m always looking for to the food. Barbecue flavored anything is my favorite! Pulled pork, meatballs, ribs…yummmmm! Hot dogs, burgers, mac and cheese, fruit salad, and apple pie. I could probably list every single thing I’ve eaten ever during a 4th of July party but I will refrain from doing that. For those of you who are 21 and over, I really like having a 312, Blue Moon or a margarita. I’m not really into the whole hard liquor mixed beverage thing during outdoor parties. I would like to stress the one point of, staying hydrated. As someone that doesn’t always handle heat very well, I can’t say this enough. Drink water! Not only will it keep you hydrated, it is also good for your skin, organs; well you’re entire body really. If you don’t like just plain ol’ water, flavor it!. Keep in the red, white and blue theme and add, blueberries, raspberries and/or strawberries. Another great and hydrating option is cucumber water. I know we have all heard the water lecture, but I really can’t stress it enough. The last non-alcoholic beverage option which is great is iced tea. Unsweetened, Sweetened, fruit flavored, it’s great, tasty and will also keep you hydrated as well. Here’s a little trivia for you. Did you know when you drink a caffeinated beverage or alcohol you need to drink 3 times the amount of water to ‘cancel’ it out to keep you probably hydrated?

The last but certainly not least, my most favorite thing about 4th of July….the fireworks! Fireworks have always been my favorite thing. It can be 100 degrees outside, drizzling, buggy, there is just something about fireworks that gives me a nostalgic feeling. I just can never get enough of watching fireworks. In the area where I live, if I stay home I can sit in my backyard with some sort of beverage in comfy clothes and just enjoy the magic. I suddenly have the urge to visit Disney right now. I’m leaving it at that because I can definitely  go on forever about Disney and their fireworks.

That is all for my Fourth of July favorites. What are your plans for the holiday weekend? Are you staying in or going out with friends some where? Attending barbecues, picnics, or parties? Please share! I would love to hear about it.

Have a fun and safe 4th of July! See you all next week!