Better late than never! Spring is (almost) here and so no more hibernating! The pace of work and life is picking up and I can’t believe I’ve almost missed my three wishes for March! I’ve been looking for a rose scent to try ever since Valentino’s Rock-n-Rose disappeared. Enter Viktor & Rolf’s Flowerbomb – La Vie en Rose. BUXOM’s lightweight “show some skin foundation” is right up my alley because I am not a heavy makeup wearer on a daily basis. Bonus points for the SPF! NARS is known for its beautiful cosmetic colors…Alhambra may be my first NARS eyeshadow purchase. If you only need a few eye colors in your makeup collection I highly suggest investing in a couple of these duos.
I bought the Rimmel Trio below when I was looking for a cheap neutral palette. It is Rimmel’s Glam Eyes 621 “Orion” ($4.99). I love all three shades together or used separately. The largest midtone brown is great for throwing on with just mascara on the weekends.
I really wanted to be more impressed with Maybelline’s Color Tattoo in “Tough as Taupe” ($6.99). I love their shade “Bad to the Bronze” and use it often. The taupe shade just doesn’t last as well on my lids, and I find it more difficult to blend evenly. Thinking I may try using it in a smudgy eyeliner look. Generally I’m impressed with the whole line of Color Tattoo shadows and this one certainly won’t keep me from trying others!
My general philosophy when considering spending more on high-end makeup is that I am building a personal collection. Buying skin care or makeup items of quality and color that I know I will use. If I’m out to experiment with current fads, or a more ambitious shade, I head to the drugstore. That said, I do have an ever changing list of loves on Sephora that I wish I could splurge on all the time, but you know…a girl’s got bills to pay.
Here are my three wishes for February!
I’ve been a fan of Coco Mademoiselle for awhile, but have not ponied up the cash for the EDP yet. Then I saw Sephora carries the scent in a lotion. Lotions tend to be slightly cheaper, and much more gym/overnight bag friendly (in my opinion). I don’t slather it all over, instead I dab some on my neck, elbows, pulse points…you get the idea. Sometimes I end up enjoying the lotions better than the spray perfume.
Shiseido products are just as pricey as NARS. While in a smaller range of colors, they offer quality products. I came across this “Petal” shade of blush while browsing. Positive online reviews mean it has earned a spot on my wish list next to NARS shades I’m curious about.
If you browse beauty blogs for tips and tricks like I do, STILA’s “Kitten” eye shadow is sure to be mentioned at some point. I want to see if it lives up to the hype.
In honor of all the athletes going for the gold in Sochi I’ve done up my eyes with my favorite golden eyeshadow products. On me, it comes off as more of a subtle/natural look. Great for pairing with a bright lip and winged liner. Which, sadly, I omitted as I was rushing to get to work this morning. I am a light touch with my makeup (sometimes too light) on a day to day basis. I love these colors though, and Sephora’s “Blonde Ambition” has become a fast favorite of mine. A nice change from the usual taupes and bronzes I grab. Sephora’s “Sandcastle” matte shadow matches my skin fairly well and works as a great base. I put some of Cover Girl’s shadow pencil in “Flamed Out” along my lash line before applying Rimmel’s brown liner (though it is difficult to tell). Products used below are as follows:
Revlon’s Lash Potion in Blackened Brown
Rimmel’s Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kajahl in Brown
Cover Girl shadow pencil in Flamed Out (I think this was part of their Hunger Games Capitol Series)
Sephora Matte Shadow in Sandcastle*
Sephora Shimmer Shadow in Blonde Ambition*
* Sephora has revamped it’s line of eye shadows, and they can now be more easily de-potted and put in palettes. A great review of them all is here by Beautezine.com. They review all of the colors, and I found it particularly helpful. Currently Sephora is running a special deal. If you purchase at least 2 FULL price shadows you can get a 3-pan palette free. If you purchase at least 4 FULL price shadows you can get a 6-pan palette at no charge. This will not work with shadows that are on sale. Here is a link to the details on the Sephora website!
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I don’t consider myself an expert at makeup or skincare, but I do love to a) find a good deal or dupe that works for less and b) occasionally splurge on high end items (Sephora I’m lookin at you). Currently I am saving towards the goal of home ownership so Drugstore deals have really been my focus. I’ll save a splurge post for later. Guys, don’t think I’ve forgotten you! I have a brother always asking for suggestions and will be posting stuff for you eventually as well. I can always tell what my brother likes because there are numerous almost empty and half full containers scattered around his bathroom.
With drugstore brands I always suggest looking for coupons and joining any free drugstore rewards programs. I haven’t paid full price for mascara in ages! Speaking of, I really like Revlon’s Lash Potion and Grow Luscious line. Fits my budget and gets the job done.
Aveeno lotion has also been a saver this winter for me. Unscented, and just the right consistency for body and little touch ups if I have flaking on my face. (Small spots, I wouldn’t suggest slathering it all over one’s face.) Great for gals and guys. Easy to find in travel friendly tubes as well.
Garnier’s roll on under eye dark circle treatment really surprised me. I don’t believe it’s helping my dark circles much, but it serves as a nice base for concealer and eye shadow (it also is available without color). I was intimidated at first because it looks a bit orange rolling on. The roller feels nice under and around my eyes, and once blended with my fingers it looked fine. Checking my makeup at the end of the day I was surprised how well my eye shadow had held up.
Coupon in hand I also was curious to try Herbal Essences new “naked” line of hair products. Aimed at consumers who are looking for less nasty stuff in their hair care, I bought the mousse. Though I am really not too picky about products. (This has no silicone or colorant.) Mousse is one of the very few hair products I occasionally use. This got the job done well and has a nice understated minty smell. A huge plus as I am not a fan of over perfumed products.
Lastly, I picked up Revlon’s “Trade Winds” buff colored nail polish. I have a notoriously tough time finding nude nail colors that don’t give me zombie hands. This shade has just enough warmth to it, but not so much that it appears orange on me.
As always, to each their own. What works for me may not for you. Hopefully my little reviews help when feeling overwhelmed in store.
In the spirit of my braving a -10 below commute to work this morning I thought I’d list a few tips and winter items I make sure to have when preparing for winter. I always make sure to have a “winter kit” in my car. Items I’m sure you have already heard to keep on hand are water, granola/meal bars, flashlight, small candle, matches or lighter and extra clothing. (At minimum I always keep extra hats, gloves, socks, a couple polar fleece jackets and a blanket.) Two items I would encourage folks to add are a car battery jumper and cat litter. (I was so excited when I saw a recent Farmer’s Insurance commercial where their insurance character used cat litter. See! It’s not weird!) Cat litter is great for creating traction under vehicle tires if you get stuck. It absorbs moisture and clumps, hopefully giving you enough traction to get out of minor muddy or snowy situations. Obviously, should you be stuck deep in a ditch or dangerously snowy situation call for help. Car battery chargers are modern alternatives to jumper cables. Extreme cold can drain car batteries (especially old ones), so with a charger you can just plug it into your vehicle’s power port and after about 15 mins you can start up…and get thee to an auto store for a new battery. What I love about mine is that it is a jumper, but also has a power port on top should you need to charge a cell as well as a light that can be turned on so you can see what the heck you’re doing. Finally, if you are an apartment dweller like me I would suggest keeping a small to medium shovel in your car (mine cost $7.99 on sale at Menards). A cheap large plastic dust pan can double as a hand shovel to get you out of small jams if you’re tight on storage space.
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First two pictures are Cuddle Duds. Frankly, I haven’t found any brand better for layering under my regular clothing. (I have a pair of their silky leggings on under my work pants today.) I only wish they carried more stuff for men…sorry guys.
Black and Decker “Simple Start” – note that I have had mine for a few years and there may be better alternatives now. I’m not 100% sure if this current model is available any longer. If you go to an automotive store (or HomeDepot, Lowe’s, etc.) and ask for something like a car battery jumper they will know what you want. If you have jump cables and can remember how to use them, I am jealous of you.
Kitty Litter! Obviously doesn’t have to be this brand…buy generic and save a few bucks. I recommend a plastic jug if you’re going to leave it in your car. The boxes could break open more easily.