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Product Review – Wet n Wild ultimate brow Mascara

Wand of the Wet n Wild Ultimate Brow Mascara

It seems like in the last couple of years, thanks mostly to YouTube and Instagram, everyone has been obsessed with achieving the perfect brow. The current trend seems to be a bold full brow with a nice arch. I have never been one to get onto brow trends for several reasons. I naturally have always had extremely thick brows with an arch that I thought was nice. I have also seen what over plucking can do, and trends with brows always change. So even if you don’t have the brow that is popular for the day, you will the next year or so.

That being said, I have been trying more brow products recently because aging is not my brows friend. My brows have been thinning and I seem to be getting some gray in my brows, which seem to leave them looking even more sparse than they are. I have been trying pencils, powders, and gels. I have even tried a couple of those weird staining products from Korea. In my search to find products to that work well for me I also have tried high end and drug store.

Today I wanted to focus on the Wet n Wild Ultimate Brow Mascara I have recently been trying out.

Wet n Wild Ultimate Brow Mascara

I tried this out in their dark brown color Nothing But Bru-Nette. They also have two other color options available. Also available is You Got Au-burned! and Blonder Over Yonder. Lets be honest here, it’s not the broadest range of colors. But hopefully it works for you.

Prior to doing anything major to my brows, I would generally use a clear brow gel just to help tame my brows, and that is about it. And while I had not previously used any of the brow gel or mascara from Wet n Wild, I have found that out of the various pencils I have tried, they make the brow pencil that works best for me. But I was a little unsure when it came to the brow mascara whether it would work for me. I had previously tried several other brands, some I could make work some I couldn’t, none of them really gave me the results I wanted.

But when trying a new product to review we must go into it with an open mind, right? You also need to have a clear idea of what you want in a product so you can be objective on what you find to be good, bad, and neutral points. For me, I am not looking for those perfect on fleek Instagram brows. Here is what I am looking for:

1. something to fill in my brow

2. keep my brows in place without feeling crunchy

3. not make them thicker than they are

4. take minimal time and effort to use

My first thoughts when opening the bottle and looking inside was that the color looked really light. I thought for sure it was not going to match me. My second thought was that I did like how small the wand was. One of the previous brow mascaras I had tried had too large of a wand and it was too hard to control where the product went.

Wand of the Wet n Wild Ultimate Brow Mascara

As you can see this wand is quite small. And when I got to actually try it out I felt I had a decent amount of control. I do wish the tip came to a slightly finer tip than it does, but that really is the only thing negative I could say about the wand.

Once applied I was happy to see the color was a better match than I thought it would be.

Me without any makeup and no brow product on.

This is me without any makeup on, so no brow product in. I think by most people’s standards they probably wouldn’t understand why I wanted anything in my brow, but its one of those things that are about your own perspective.

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And here I am with my brows done using the Wet n Wild Ultimate Brow Mascara.

This does go on very wet and takes a solid minute or so to dry down, or at least it did for me. During that time if you touch your brows, it is possible to spear the product and mess them up. However after it dries down it stays in place well.

It did leave my brow a little stiffer than what I would like, but it was not super “crunchy” feeling. However it kept them in place better than anything I have ever tried. And the speed and ease of use was great. I had both brows done in under two minutes. Three if you count the drying time. When I use a pencil, or even some of the other brow mascaras I have tried, the time is much longer.

Overall I am very pleased with the Wet n Wild Ultimate Brow Mascara. There are a couple of small things that I wish could be improved, but it is by far better than any other brow product I have tried and the price is better than most too. This will most likely be my go to brow product until I find something I like better.

Tell me in the comments below what your go to brow product is.

 

 

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Product Review: No7 Glamorous Nudes Eye Palette

A lok inside the No7 Glamorous Nudes Palette

Just this past summer my local Walgreens made some major changes to their cosmetics section of the store. They started having staff on hand at the makeup counter all the time to answer questions and check you out. They now give product samples to you when you buy cosmetics at the beauty counter. And they launched two new lines in store that you don’t usually see at the pharmacy here. One was Soap & Glory and the other was No7 from The Boots Company. They both got pretty prominent displays near the front of the store and quite a bit of advertising.

I was not really familiar with either brand. Soap & Glory I had seen a few times when I was walking through Ulta in the past and random post on social media, but that was about it. And No7, I don’t remember ever hearing about it before, but since its launch in Walgreens I have heard a fair bit about how great it is.

I decided I wanted to make an effort to try some things from both brands. I mean with everything I had heard about both of these brands I should be able to find some solid items that I love. So back at the end of November I was walking through the cosmetics in Walgreens and I saw the first of the Christmas products was out. I noticed No 7 had a little eyeshadow palette out.

It is called the Glamorous Nudes Eye Palette. This palette is available both in store and online, but it does say it is limited edition. The colors looked good, and it was only $10, can’t go wrong. At least that is what I thought. Yeah….Spoiler Alert!!! I didn’t like this palette.

I generally don’t like to do negative reviews, but this is one of those things that if I can help someone save their money I have to do it. Don’t get me wrong, there are some aspects of this palette that I liked, but we will get into that as we go. First lets take a look at the actual product.

Outside case of the No7 Glamorous Nudes Eye Palette

The palette itself feels pretty sturdy, I am actually not sure if its metal or plastic. My best guess is its a very light weight metal. The size is about the size of my hand. As far as packaging goes this was one area I really liked about this palette.

A lok inside the No7 Glamorous Nudes Palette

As you look inside there is a full mirror on the top od the case. I also liked that about the palette. I am afraid that is where the positives stop for me and it all goes down hill.

There is a small brush included with the palette, however it is pointless in being there. I don’t mind small brushes since I have hooded lids, but this brush does not pick anything up and is not full enough to use as a blending brush.

There are eight colors included in the palette. Nowhere online or on the packaging tells you names of the shadows or what type they are. The cardboard overwrap may have had something on it, but that got tossed in the trash before I even thought about writing this post. So since I have nothing to go by I will give you my best educated guess as to what is included and a description of the colors.

There appear to be four satins, three shimmers, and one glitter eyeshadow. Starting at the top from left there is cream color(satin), a peachy flesh tone (shimmer), a light silvery blue (glitter), a grayish brown(satin). Then on the bottom row from the left a light tan color(satin), a sort of bronzy brown(shimmer), light taupe brown(satin), and a medium brown(shimmer).

I did finger swatches below for you. They are in the same order as listed above. The first two shadesare barely visible at all because of how close they are to my skin tone. As I said, these are finger swatches, yet you can see that they still are barely visible. Usually finger swatches will give you better coverage than what a brush will, and that is still true here.

Finger Swatches of the colors in the No7 Glamorous Nudes Eye Palette

I tried to take pictures once I did an eye look with these shadows, but there was really no point. There is just no pigmentation. Even with lots of build up they barely showed up on me. The only one that had any amount of color was the one glitter shadow, but you can’t really make an eye look with it alone. And when I tried to add multiple colors they really all started to muddy up and look alike.

I would not recommend this palette, not even for a gift. I am on the paler side and I couldn’t get these shadows to show up on me. You might, and this is a big might, have better success if you fall in the porcelain range of skin tones.

I personally am passing mine on to my very young teenage niece who wants to start playing with makeup. The pigmentation is so little in this, I figured she can’t do much damage with this. Not much chance of having overdone eyeshadow when she walks out of the house.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My Pick For The Fall 2016 Sephora VIB Sale

Sephora VIB Sale

In case you are for some reason not familiar with Sephora’s VIB Sale, it happens twice a year. Once in the Spring and once in the Fall. It is the only time you can get a discount on any item of your choice, and it’s a hefty 20% discount at that.

If you are VIB Rouge then your time to buy just ended. It was from November 4th to the 7th. Next up are the VIBs, and then followed by the Beauty Insiders. Don’t worry though, you will get notifications when its your turn to shop the sale.

So I wanted to share some recommendations with you. I thought about trying to rush and get these up before my fellow VIB Rouge’s started shopping, but I realized that once you reach VIB Rouge level your pretty solid on knowing what works for you and keeping up with new great products on the market.

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My pick are a decent mix of both makeup and skincare, as well as splurge pieces and great gifts. You won’t find anything over $75 on my list, and there should be something in everyone’s budget on the list. At the end there will also be a few pieces that I will share a picture and the name of the item, but they are sold out online. I wanted to share anyway because many times they are still available in stores.

Skincare

SUBLIME Optical Illuminating Moisturizer from Algenist

Algenist SUBLIME Optical Illuminating Moisturizer $70.00

This is not only a great moisturizer, but it also has SPF included and it has a subtle blurring effect. It’s great for those days when you want something more than bare skin, but you don’t really want to put on makeup.

Josie Maran Surreal Skin Argan Finishing BalmJosie Maran Surreal Skin Argan Finishing Balm $36.00

This is another multi-use moisturizer. It can also be used as a primer for your makeup and can be applied on top of your makeup when you need moisture through out the day.

Algenist The Classic KitAlgenist The Classic Kit $75.00

Even without the 20% discount this set is a great deal to be had. As you probably know Algenist is a pricier brand. If you read my review of the Sephora Play Box, then you know that one of my favorite things I have gotten in the box is the eye balm from Algenist. The full size Eye Balm runs $68 by itself, so for just a few dollars more you get two more products with it. This is defitely something splurge worthy, especially if you have started to develop those fine lines around your eyes.

Clinique Dewy YouClinique Dewy You $18.00

I listed this kit in the skin care area, but technically 1/3 of it is makeup. If you have read any of my past skin care routine posts, then you know that both the Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief Moisturizer and The Overnight Mask have been long time favorites.

GLAMGLOW Sexy Kissable Lips SetGLAMGLOW Sexy Kissable Lips Set $34.00

I don’t know about anyone else, but I struggle all year round with my lips being dry and peeling. And when the weather starts to turn dry and cold things just get worse. This set from Glam Glow is the perfect thing for the girl, or guy for that matter, that wants to keep their lips sexy and kissable soft.

Makeup

Urban Decay Moondust PaletteUrban Decay Moondust Palette $49.00

This is the only eyeshadow palette I have bought this year. I have considered a couple of others, but for one reason or another never bought them. But this one is perfect for anyone who loves color, glitter, and is tired of a thousand palettes that all seem to look the same. I have no regrets with this palette, and the looks I have been able to create have been endless.

Buxom Buxom Freezes Over 15 Piece Mini Lip CollectionBuxom Buxom Freezes Over 15 Piece Mini Lip Collection $59.00

I must admit I am a little lipstick obsessed and I want all the colors if I love a formula, but I only have one mouth to put it on. That is why I love these mini sets. So much easier to use these up and try a variety of colors. Or if you wanted you could also break them up and use them as stocking stuffers. And just a bit of a warning, if you don’t like peppermint you won’t like these. All of Buxom’s lip products have a somewhat strong peppermint scent and the sensation that goes with it.

Lancôme Juicy Shaker Lip DuoLancôme Juicy Shaker Lip Duo $21.00

If you have been dying to try one of the Juicy Shakers for yourself, this is the perfect way to do it. One of the Juicy Shakers usually runs $21 by themselves, but in this set you also get one of Lancôme’s lip liners for the same price. And the soothing oils in a Juicy Shaker is exactly what your lips need during the oncoming winter.

BECCA Glow on The Go Shimmering Skin Perfector Moonstone SetBECCA Glow on The Go Shimmering Skin Perfector Moonstone Set $20.00

These mini sets of the BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfectors have been released in the previous years, but this is the first year to my knowledge that they have had this set in Moonstone. While everyone has been raving about Opal for a while, I personally find Moonstone to be more flattering.

Fragrance

Comptoir Sud Pacifique Travel SprayComptoir Sud Pacifique Coco Figue Travel Spray $22.00

I had recently tried many of the perfumes from this particular brand. I would not hesitate to say you can not go wrong with any of them. I have enjoyed all of them. None of them have bothered me or my fragrance sensitivity. And they are all unique. This one has been my favorite out of the ones I have tried so far. They describe it strictly as a tropical scent, and I suppose it is, but it kind of reminds me of tropical mixed with Christmas. And you are probably thinking that sounds horrible, but it actually works and smells wonderful in an unexpected way.

Sold Out Online Sephora Favorites

Sephora’s website is currently saying the following sets are all sold out. But check your local stores to see if they have them. Also check back to see if maybe they restock these online.

Sephora Favorites - Glow For It

Sephora Favorites – Glow For It

Sephora Favorites - Give Me Some LipSephora Favorites – Give Me Some Lip

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Sephora Favorites – Sun Safety Kit

 

Tell me in the comments below what your top pick for the VIB sale is. Or did you already shop with the VIB Rouge group? I would love to hear what you got.

 

 

 

 

 

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Product Review – Maybelline Super Stay 24 Color Longwearing Lip Color

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Thanks to our friends over at Influenster I got another VoxBox. This time it was a much coveted makeup box. I received the Maybeline Super Stay 24 Color Liquid Lipstick in two colors. I was sent Constant Toast 136 and Keep Up The Flame 025. These lipsticks are available in 30 different shades. You can see a full list of colors available here.

Maybelline Super Stay 24 Liquid Lipstick

Constant Toast looks a little like a light brown nude in the package, but on the lips it looks more like a pinky peach nude. And Keep Up The Flame is a brick red color, though I thought the it looked slightly more like a true red on the lips but not by much.

In my voxbox it came with a card that had instructions for application and a list of product claims. I would like to note that there were no instructions on the actual products on their boxes. I think that without the instructions, this could be a product that could go terribly wrong.

So first lets talk about what the product claims to do. Here is what is says:

Meet the wonder that stretches the limits of longwear lip color, SuperStay 24 Lip color. This longwear lip color won’t cake, dry, flake, or fade thanks to our unique Microflex technology that leaves lips feeling fresh through 24 hours of wear.Sounded great to me, but I was more than a bit dubious. It’s hard to not be doubtful. I have tried so many liquid lipsticks and it seem like you have two option. You can either have the super matte liquid lipsticks that last a long time, but not a full 24 hours. And you still can’t really eat and drink what you want with them on without them wearing off, and usually in a really unflattering way. But with these you have to worry about them being painfully drying, or if your like me and have natural lip creases from birth and dry lips they look horrible on most of the time. Or you can choose the non matte ones, and they will last a little longer than a traditional lipstick and wear away gracefully, but the extra time they last is just not that much. And at least they aren’t painful on the lips. But to find a color that will last through anything and not be drying? Really.

So to give it the best chance of working the way it says it would I also wanted to follow their instruction. Here is what it says to do:

Apply liquid lip color to clean, bare lips. (Helpful tip: if you have dry and/or peeling lips it is best to use a lip scrub and balm prior to application, just make sure to wipe it off prior to use.) Allow two minutes to dry, then apply the ultra conditioning balm to seal in moisture. (Helpful tip: don’t allow your lips to touch during the dry down time.)

Reapply balm as needed. (I found for me personally it was mainly necessary after eating and drinking.)

Remove with an oil-based makeup remover.

The helpful tips parts are my own notes I wanted to share after some trial and error. The rest was what was on the notecard.

I wanted to really test these out fully. It said it would last 24 hours so I decided I was going to wear one of them a full 24 hours even if that meant sleeping in it. So I tested out Constant Toast first because it was the lighter color and I didn’t want to end up with red all over my sheets just in case it did have transfer. I used my cell phone to take these pictures so I would be sure to have a time stamp. So let’s go over how each of these lasted through the day, and then I will give you my thoughts on the product.

Maybelline Super Stay 24 in Constant Toast

Here is a closer look at what Constant Toast looks like. It’s very obviously a nude color. I wasn’t really planning on going anywhere the first couple of days that I tested these lipsticks out, I decided not to bother with any other makeup. I only concentrated on the application of the lipstick and checking in often to see how it was wearing.

Applying Constant Toast

Here I am applying Constant Toast at 5:16 A.M. in the morning. You can see constant toast is pretty close to my own lip color. It’s probably what some people would call a better than my lip color, but I don’t know that I think that.

After applying I had my morning coffee like I do every morning when I first get up.

First check in with constant toast.

And this is my first check in at 5:43 A.M. and everything still looks good.

First time adding lip balm to constant toast

At 8:39 A.M. is the first time I feel compelled to use the lip balm again. I wasn’t to the point where my lips felt painful, but its like it would be on the average day when I would use a regular lip balm.

Seond Check in with Constant Toast

I had to run to my mail box and decided to do a check in while I was in the sunshine. This was at 12:32 P.M. As you can see it still looks fully in tact.

2nd application of balm

When I got back from running my errands I had a light snack and this left me needing to apply the balm again at 1:39 P.M.

Check in after dinner with constant toast

And here is my last check in for the day at 5:37 P.M. after dinner. I did reapply the balm one more time before going to bed.

Last check in for 24 hours of the Maybelline Super Stay 24 Lip Color

And after sleeping in the lipstick all night long here is my last check in after waking up at 5:00 A.M. You can see that it is still there, however some of it has worn off in spots. And of course my lips are a little dry looking. I of course have no way of knowing at what time it started to wear off since I was asleep.


Up next was the color Keep Up The Flame. I felt like I had already tested the formula well, so I didn’t really need to test it to that extent, but I did still do some check ins during the day.

Maybelline Super Stay 24 Color in Keep Up The Flame

It is obviously a brick red color. A little on the dark side, but not super dark.

Wearing Keep Up The Flame

This was not long after I applied the lipstick. It actually looks okay in the picture, but this color was very hard to apply. It kept wanting to slip outside the lip line. Once the dry down happened there were no more problems, it was only while trying to apply it. I wore it a second time and had the same issue, but it was some easier if I wiped a lot of the product off of the applicator.

End of the day wearing Keep Up The Flame

This was more to the end of the day. It was close to twelve hours of wear. I think it help up well considering I had a pretty oily pizza for dinner. There is a little bit of color loss towards the center of my mouth, but that is it. It also looks overly glossy, not really sure what caused that.

My thoughts about this product are this. First let me say, I really would not have ever chosen the colors that I was sent. I did end up liking Constant Toast, but Keep Up The Flame is not a color I would wear again. But I did absolutely love the formula. I think it put every other liquid lipstick I have ever tried to shame. There should be no reason that if this $10 lipstick can make a moisturizing long-wearing lipstick, then the $20 and and $30 ones I have tried can do the same. The one drawback is the selection of colors. They do have 30 different shades to choose from, but most don’t seem to be that different from each other. And there are definitely no fun shades.

I actually loved the formula so much I had to run out and buy some other colors. I haven’t gotten to wear all the colors I purchased, but I wanted to share some of the makeup looks I created both from the two I was sent, and from ones I purchased.

Makeup Look With Maybelline Super Stay 24 Color Liquid Lipstick in Costant Toast

The Look: No Makeup Makeup

Lip Color: Constant Toast 136

Foundation: Dr. Jart+ Black Label Detox Bb Beauty Balm Spf25

Eyeshadow: ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Tang

Mascara: Hourglass Film Noir Full Spectrum Mascara

Blush: Nars Blush in Sex Appeal

 

Makeup look using Maybelline Super Stay 24 Color Liquid Lipstick in Keep Up The Flame

Look: Full Glamour

Lip Color: Keep Up The Flame 025

Primer: Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer Oil-Free Broad Spectrum SPF 15

Concealer: Onomie A.C.E. Illuminating Eye Treatment in Lovelace Pink Pearl and Onomie Bright Concealing Elixir in Shikibu Fair Warm

Foundation: Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in Fiji

Powder: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light

Eyeshadow Primer: Sephora Collection Beauty Amplifier Perfecting & Smoothing Eye Primer

Eyeshadow: Ulta Matte Eyeshadow in Bone, Makeup Geek Eyeshadow in Barcelona Beach, Makeup Geek Eyeshadow in Cupcake, and from the Urban Decay Moondust Palette – Lithium

Eyeliner: Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner and Serum in Ultra Black and in my water line Lise Watier Smokey Kohl Velours in Noir Velours

Mascara: Hourglass Film Noir Full Spectrum Mascara

Lashes: Accent Lashes 305 Black by Ardell

Contour: Laguna from the NARS ” Domination ” Limited Edition 4 Shades Cheek Palette

Blush: Orgasm from the NARS ” Domination ” Limited Edition 4 Shades Cheek Palette

Highlight: Devotee from the NARS ” Domination ” Limited Edition 4 Shades Cheek Palette

 

 

Makeup Look using Maybelline Super Stay 24 Color Liquid Lipstick in Committed Coral

Look: Everyday Wear

Lip Color: Committed Coral 041

Concealer: Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer in Medium Light

Foundation: Stila Aqua Glow Serum Foundation in Fair Light

Powder: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light

Eyeliner: Physicians Formula Eye Definer Automatic Eye Pencil, Ultra Black

Mascara: Hourglass Film Noir Full Spectrum Mascara

Blush: Nars Blush in Sex Appeal

 

Makeup Look using Maybelline Super Say 24 Color Liquid Lipstick in Keep It Red

Look: Vintage Kitch

Lip Color: Keep It Red 035

Concealer: Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Crème in L11

Foundation: Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in Fiji and Gobi Mixed

Powder: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light

Eyeshadow Primer: Sephora Collection Beauty Amplifier Perfecting & Smoothing Eye Primer

Eyeshadow: Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow in Bella Cobalt and from the Urban Decay Moondust Palette – Vega

Eyeliner: Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner and Serum in Ultra Black and in my water line SEPHORA COLLECTION Contour Inner Rim Gel Eyeliner in Wide Eyed

Mascara: Hourglass Film Noir Full Spectrum Mascara

Blush: MAC Beauty Powder in Pearl Blossom

 

I did receive two of the lipsticks in exchange for a review, but all opinions expressed are my own. Let me know in the comments below if you have tried the Maybelline Super Stay 24 Color Liquid Lipsticks. If you have, what was your favorite color, and did you love these as much as I did?

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Equality For One Is A Step In Equality For All

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I know I have been slacking a bit since the giveaway, but my apologies. I have been overwhelmed with a multitude of things to do on top of being sick for two weeks. But I am back, and hopefully will be able to stay on track. I have several things backed up that I wanted to post about, but I will have to keep them on the back burner as I can’t let this post slip buy.

If you spend any amount of time on the internet, social media especially, that this past Friday June 26 the Supreme Court ruled that gay marriage was legal nation wide. Now it just so happened that in the town I live in our Pride Festival was already scheduled for Saturday the 27, and I had already made plans with friends to go in support of so many people I love that are a part of the LGBT community. It definitely made for an even more joyous occasion than usual.

You may be asking yourself what this has to do with fashion or even body positivity. But really at the heart of both of those topics, at least when its concerning plus sizes, is equality. We all just want to be treated equally. We want to be offered the same selection of clothing as misses sizes. We want the same respect shown to us as the so called “regular” sizes. And I personally think that no matter which group makes a stride in equality its a step forward for all of us. We should support and respect one another.

I unfortunately did not snap a picture od my outfit from yesterday, but I did get a selfie of me and my husband that showed off my fun eyeshadow. And I wanted share some of the highlight pictures of the fun outfits other people had on and activities going on at Pride Fest.

At Pride Fest With My Husband

Me & My Husband

 

The Weavers At Pride Fest

My Friends The Weavers

 

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Me & My Friend Libby Weaver Playing With One Of The Many Cutouts To Help Celebrate Marriage Equality

 

Fun Outfit at Pride Fest

One Of The Many Fun Outfits We Saw

 

Line Dancing at Pride Fest

Everyone Dancing The Cupid Shuffle

 

All of the following images are of a local group called March Madness Marching Band

March Madness Marching Band

Dancers with MMMB

 

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People Of All Ages Walks Of Life In MMMB

 

March Madness Marching Band

All Ages And All Body Types Accepted In MMMB

 

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Gender Is Not A Barrier For MMMB

 

March Madness Marching Band

You Never Know What To Expect To See With MMMB

When is Pride Fest where you live? Did you go? I would love to see your outfits.

 

 

 

 

 

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Fun With Cosmetics Giveaway!

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So my much talked about and awaited (and unfortunately delayed) cosmetics giveaway is finally here. First I want to say, as much as I would have liked to have had some sponsored items to giveaway, I was not able to arrange it for this particular one. It may still happen in the near future, but just not now. So what does that mean? It simply means instead of the companies sending me some things to give you, I footed the bill for this giveaway. Why? Because I really think giveaways are fun, and its a way for me to do something nice for you, my readers.

Now, lets get down to what brought us all here, the giveaway. Here are the details on what you can win.

2 Third Prize Winners

will receive the Complete Timey Wimey Set in sample size from Geek Chic Cosmetics.

Geek Chic’s eye shadows are pigment shadows, so this will actually last longer than your average sample if used right.

If you would like to see what’s included in this set click here.

 

1 Second Place Winner

will receive the following items from Geek Chic Cosmetics:

1 full size Power Up Primer

1 full size Sexy In Suspenders from the Timey Wimey Collection

1 full size Brotherhood of Crows from the Win or Die Collection

1 full size Victory Tour from the Ever In Your Favor Collection.

 

1 Grand Prize Winner

will receive everything the second place winner received plus:

1 bottle of Manic Panic’s Glam Glue

1 Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Roman Holiday

1 small black Z-Palette from Makeup Geek.

1 Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadow Pan in In The Spotlight

1 Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadow Pan in Pegasus

 

Simply enter below by following the instructions in the Rafflecopter box. You will have chances to earn extra entries all week. Prizes will be drawn on the evening of Friday June the 12, with an official announcement on Saturday. All winning entries will be confirmed before announced as winners.

ATTENTION: Please be aware the rafflecopter box below will ask you to sign in to register for the giveaway. This is not the same as signing up to comment on the blog. To leave a blog post comment, please scroll to the bottom of the page and choose a sign in method. Then leave a comment in the comment box.

 

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Congratulation Winners!

Grand Prize Winner – Nikki Hill

Second Prize Winner – Zoe Taylor Rose

Third Prize Winners – Lyndsie Klein-Palmer

Abigail Jacob

 

 

 

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I don’t claim to be a makeup artist or cosmetologist, I just really love makeup. And I like supporting companies that actually make products I can use with my allergy that is still a good product. Thankfully I am not as limited on makeup as I am on skincare, but there are still a number of brands I can’t use. So I don’t plan on reinventing the wheel with my makeup look posts, and I will be linking to some YouTube videos when I feel they are more explanatory than I can be or if they can show the product better than I am able.

Just a brief side note: Some items talked about in this post may be in the upcoming giveaway.

I recently had a girls day with some friends, and per usual I got made up for my day out. I decided to wear a great new dress I had got from ModCloth (which I am sure I will do a post about soon) in a beautiful aqua green color. Along with it I had the perfect necklace and earrings from Bella Jack that is ocean themed. So I really wanted to do my makeup in something that felt appropriately matching. And here is what the overall look came to be:

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And here is a close up of the eyes:

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For the face I used my standard products, those being Physician’s Formula Circle Rx Circle Control Concealer, Physician’s Formula Concealer Twins 2-in-1 Correct & Cover Cream Concealer, and Physician’s Formula Super CCColor-Correction + Care CC Cream SPF 30.

Then I moved to the eyes and I used Sephora Collection Perfecting Eye Primer.

I then cover my entire eye lid with Ulta’s Eyeshadow in Bone. This color is very close to my skin color and I used it strictly for a base/blending shade.

Next I used Starry Eyed and Pegasus from Makeup Geek’s Foiled Eyeshadow collection. Starry Eyed was applied in the center of each lid and Pegasus was applied to each corner of the eye. Then they were carefully blended together. If you haven’t had a chance to use these foiled shadows, you must give them a try. I feel my camera washes the color out a bit, so I want to let you see a couple of videos to see swatches of all the great colors available. And who better to show it than my fave Vlogger Vintageortacky.

 

Video of the Original shades

 

Video of the newest shades

 

I then used my Physician’s Formula Eye Definer Automatic Eye Pencil to do a subtle reverse cat eye.
And I finished my eyes with Clinique’s High Impact Curling Mascara. Do not confuse this one with just the High Impact Mascara, they are different. The High Impact Curling Mascara is a tubing mascara and will not smudge. It only comes off with really warm water and a cloth. It gives you the look of wearing false lashes with just one application of mascara.

I then gently swept a little of Dim Light from Hourglass’s Ambient Lighting Palette all over my face.
I then used Geek Chic Cosmetics Doll Cheeks as a contour and PB for Blush.
Finally I went back to my Ambient Lighting Palette to get Incadescent Light to highlight with.

And the final step to make everything complete is the lipstick. For this I used my Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Yu.

 

So I want to hear from you. Have you tried any of these products? If so what did you think? Do you have a favorite indie brand cosmetic company that everyone should know about? If you could pick one item to be in the giveaway that I used in this look, what would it be?

 

Upcoming posts

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Beauty products I tried this month – a review

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What I Used For Stempunk Costume Makeup

So if you caught my recent post Plus Size Steampunk Fashion – Or How I Became A Unicorn Queen you know the pictures unfortunately didn’t turn out the best. (I most likely will at some point be getting a better camera). However I did take a few face close ups, and I did crop one picture for a better view, so that hopefully you guys can see at least some of the makeup I will be describing. I will be doing some more makeup looks using some of these products during this month so this won’t be your only chance to see them. And as a bit of a teaser/something to look forward to, some of the items I talk about in this post will be in the upcoming giveaway at the end of this month.

I think the biggest challenges of capturing this look with my camera was the bright lighting against the very light colors. So I am also going to show you color swatches from the makeup companies as well. I will only be covering the actual makeup and application in this post and not the skin prep, as that will be covered in a different post.

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If you remember this is how I looked at the con. Lets just start with the general face makeup and I will put up a more close up pictures when we are ready to cover the eye makeup.

I already normally stay pretty pale, but since this was for a steampunk look I wanted to go slightly paler. I took my normal foundation Physician’s Formula Super CC Cream in Light

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I mixed with it Manic Panic’s Dreamtone® Liquid Flawless Foundation™/Skin Toner.

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The link I included above takes you directly to Manic Panic’s website, but if you wish to purchase their items and find it easier, they also sell their items on Amazon.

Once I thoroughly mixed the two, I then applied it with my hands. I do sometimes use brushes to apply my foundation, I do that to get a different effect, but I will cover that in a different post.

I then took Doll Cheeks Blush from Geek Chic Cosmetics

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I really love the color of this blush, but in this particular case I did not use it as I typically would blush. Instead I used it more like you would a contour powder on the cheek area, simply by placing it a little lower than where you would normally for a blush. Now I know you are probably thinking this isn’t really the right color for a contour powder. And that’s where things get a little more complicated. First of all, the color in person is a little darker than it reads in the picture. Second, the undertones in my skin makes it really hard for me to use 90% of most contouring products or even bronzers. Instead of having the desired effects with those products I usually end up looking dirty instead. Where the majority of people seem to have red or blue undertones in their skin, I have yellow to olive. And perhaps if I lived in a larger city where they carried more options for me to experiment with I would find the right thing, but until then I find that blushes like these can work for me. (Though there are some new things you may see some posts about soon.) And third, I blended something over the blush.

Once the contour line was applied pretty heavily, I then took another Manic Panic product called Goth White™ Cream/Powder Foundation.

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Then I applied Slice Of The Moon’s Shimmer Pearl Mica Powder High Shimmer Effect

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Just like with Manic Panic, this company also sells through Amazon if its more convenient for you. I applied this with a small blush brush to the center of my forehead, right above my cheek bones, the tip of my nose, and the center of my chin.

I then began working on my eyes. Now if you happen to be a beginner or have an unsteady hand or just in general worry about fallout, you may want to do this in reverse order. Here is a more close up look at my eyes

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Again, unfortunately not the best picture, but you can at least see the color in this one.

First thing I did was use Geek Chic’s Power Up Primer all over my lids.

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If you haven’t had a chance to use their primer its a little different than most eye primers. It is very thick and verges on being solid till your body heat warms it up a bit. It kind of reminds me of a solid perfume in the way that its made, but its not scented.  I will be honest here and say the this is not my favorite type of primer. That being said, it is a good primer and is perfect for using with loose pigments, anything with heavy glitter or sparkles.

Next I used Ulta’s Eye Crayon in Gold Coast.

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I used this almost like a second primer. It is very close to my skin tone, and I wanted to make sure I had something under the loose pigment shadow I was going to use to help with smoothing and blending.

Next I used Geek Chic’s Bigger On The Inside, from the Timey Wimey Collection.

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This is a loose pigment that comes in a sifter cup. Using a domed eye shadow brush I applied this color to the crease  and corner of my eyes.

Then I used Geek Chic’s Don’t Blink, also from the Timey Wimey Collection.

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Using a small angled eye shadow brush I applied this to my lid and a small thin line just above the crease of my eye. I then took a soft blending brush and gently swept it across my eye.

And then I used Manic Panic’s Glam Dust in Nymph.

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This product was applied to the brow bone using a small eye shadow brush and Manic Panic’s Glam Glue. Now if you go to their website, you will see a product that looks a little different. That’s because the one I have is an older version of this product and used the picture of the one I have because I think it shows the product better. If for some reason you want the older version, you can still find them on eBay, but probably not for long.

On my lips I used MAC’s Matte Lipstick in Heroine.

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One of the things I love about MAC’s Matte Lipsticks is their staying power. I did not use any sort of lip primer or foundation under it. And I only had to reapply my lipstick one time the whole day, and that was right after lunch.

Since my skin is not especially oily, I did not use a finishing spray. My makeup stayed all day.

Let me know what you think either here or on Facebook. Since I will be doing at a least a few more makeup looks this month for the blog, let me know what you want to see. And I promise better pictures next time. But seriously, do you guys want to see everyday looks, more costume looks, etc…? I am up for anything.

What to look for soon on the blog…

My daily skincare routine.

An outfit post with ModCloth

Lets talk embarrassing health care questions for plus size ladies, I know you got them.

 

 

 

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My Steampunk Circus Halloween Costume

A close up of me and Wonder Woman (aka Jenny) at the party.

It Halloween season and I have already been to my first party. I wanted to make sure I got this post up, because there is still time to get things ordered for anyone that is only going to dress up for actual Halloween. This year I did a play on a steampunk costume. I really like steampunk, but I prefer feminine colors so I made mine a steampunk circus costume.

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Steampunk Circus Costume

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Hanging out with Mideval Wonder Woman (aka my bestie Jenny) and a Zombie Bride (aka my other bestie Jenna)

To get the clothes to achieve this look:

The Hat – I made mine and will be selling some in the future, but until if you are not the DIY type you can find similar here.

The Bodysuit – I bought mine from Lane Bryant’s a couple of years ago, and while it is no longer available they have one that will work just as well and probably keep you warmer. You can find it here.

The Corset – I bought mine years ago at a Cacique store, so they obviously no longer have it. However, Hips % Curves has one that is very similar and will work perfectly for this look. You can find it here.

The Gloves – I purchased on eBay. You can get them here.

The Petticoat – I bought this from Hips & Curves a couple of years ago for another costume, but they still have it. It is their Ruffled Two Layer Petticoat. You can find it here.

The Garter Belt – I purchased mine from Lane Bryant’s a few years ago, and while they no longer have the exact style I have on you can find a similar style here.

The Thigh High Pantyhose – I purchased these from Hips & Curves specifically for this costume. You can find them here.

A close up of me and Wonder Woman (aka Jenny) at the party.

A close up of me and Wonder Woman (aka Jenny) at the party.

The lighting really washed out a lot of the makeup I had on, but if your interested in how to do a steampunk look checkout my Halloween Inspiration board on Pinterest. And if enough people show interest I will come back and do a step by step instruction post on how to do the makeup look.

Do you have a great look for Halloween? Please share it with us. Send it in a message to me on Facebook with your name and some info on your costume and I will either post in on the Facebook page or it may even end up here on the blog. I want to see everyone’s creativity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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