Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Instagram Wish List


If you're anything like me then you spend at least 30 minutes everyday scrolling through your Instagram feed. This past week a few things caught my eye and I need to share them with someone who is just as obsessed with beauty and fashion as I am! Some of these things have yet to be released but when they are I am getting my hands on them. Reviews to come! 

Jimmy Choo Kamaris booties: About $1300! 
Already on the hunt for a knock off.
Cannot afford them on a teacher's salary!

Lorac Mega Pro palette: $59

Urban Decay Vice 3 palette: $60

Thursday, March 20, 2014

CVS/Ulta Beauty Deals and Steals

   I have not purposely been neglecting my blog. I began a post last weekend and I actually ended up losing all of my work because like a dummy...I did not save my work! I have recovered from the anger and I'm ready to write again...lol. A few weeks ago now I had so many CVS coupons and discounts I feel like I could have purchased half of the store. However you know what I used all those perks on...beauty products!

   If you're not in the know, CVS has a Beauty Club program in addition to the Extracare Card. Beauty junkies like myself can appreciate the fact that every $50 you spend on Beauty gets you 5 Extrabucks! I literally shop CVS once a week even if I am just browsing the store...they know me at every CVS within a 10 mile radius of my home...haha. So I recently had a handful of coupons that earned me a whopping $30 off! My damage ended up being 9 items for a total of about $40 which in unheard of as the cost of drugstore cosmetics has been on a steady climb. 

   I also popped my head into Ulta in search of the elusive Revlon CC cream in Medium/Deep. I've decided that unless you order that shade direct from Revlon it is like the Easter Bunny...you'll never see it! Well you know I did not leave my Mothership empty handed. Ardell lashes were on redline so I picked up a pair of the new Lash Lites in #335. I've worn them about 3 times since then and they are super comfortable. After grabbing those and a bottle of Sally Hansen Xtreme Nails ; I was quickly informed at the register that Ulta's Beauty Club Rewards program was changing and it was my last chance to select a free item with my points. 

   Needless to say I picked up my item of choice as instructed: NYX Butter lip balm in Parfait. The new Ulta rewards system is easier to understand and a lot more to the point and succinct. In short the more you spend the more points you earn; the more points you earn the more discounts you get off merchandise...sound familiar?! (See above) 

   I hope you guys are having a fabulous week and enjoyed this post! The products I purchased are pictured and listed below. Please leave a comment if you would like a review on any of these products! xo

Top Row (left to right): Milani Brilliant Shine gloss in Mai Tai and Nude Touch, Maybelline Eye Studio quad in Nude Romance, Maybelline Color Tattoo in Nude Compliment, Sally Hansen Xtreme Nail in Lacey Lilac

Center Row: Milani Power Lip in Macaroon, Ardell Lash Lites in #335, Black Radience shadow palette in Urban Jungle, Maybelline Buffs lipstick in Nude Compliment, NYX Butter Lip Balm in Parfait

Bottom Row: NYX gel liner in Dark Brown, NYC Brow/Eye Liner in Sable 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Spring 2014 Beauty Trend Report ft. Amber Lindsey (beautyguide101)

Hey y’all! I hope all is well. The weather in Dallas today is downright depressing. Thank goodness Spring is around the corner. Speaking of Spring, today’s post is a very special one. I want to share the beauty trend report for the upcoming season with all of you! I called in some reinforcements to give you a full range of tips and product recommendations. Amber Lindsey from BeautyGuide101 graciously agreed to collaborate with me. I hope you guys enjoy and please leave questions and comments below! Don’t forget to check out 

2014 Spring Trends: Soft Berry Lips, Bright Orange Lips, Blue Shadow/Liner, White shadow with white liner, Metallic lids with glitter, Glowing Skin, Pop of Green, Rosy Pink Shadow

Soft Berry Lips- A great way to wear soft berry lips is to first apply a clear coat of lip balm. This will moisturize your lips so they don't look dry when you apply color. Next, take a berry lipstick and apply it to your lips using your ring finger. This will distribute color to your lips without looking to heavy or over- done. This doesn't have to be perfect. Simply apply the color and press your lips together to smooth out any harsh lines. 

Try- Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Bit of Berry or MAC Rebel LipstickTry- NYX Loose Pearl Shadow in Oro or MAC pressed pigment in Blonde StreakTry-Wet N’Wild trio in I Dream of Greenie or Urban Decay’s KushTry-Milani powder shadow inTickled Pink or Laura Mercier baked eye color in Petal Pink

Bright Orange Lips- I LOVE this trend! When it comes to orange lipstick, go for a color with more red in it as opposed to more yellow. Too much yellow in an orange lipstick can be tricky to wear because it can make you look sickly. Unlike berry lips, orange lips look best when they are neat and clean. Take your orange lipstick and apply it with a lip brush to get a smooth line and even application. Clean up any mistakes with a Q-tip.
Try- Kiss Me Coral from Revlon or MAC Morange Lipstick

Blue Shadow/Liner- This Spring, think saturated colors across the eyes. There are several ways to wear cerulean blues so it should be easy to pick a style that suits you best. One way is to line the lower lash line with the color while keeping the top half of the eye naked or neutral. Another way is to pop the color on the outer corner of your eye while keeping the inner two thirds of your eye free of the vibrant color. Lastly, the most subtle way to add color is with an eyeliner. Simply line your waterline and add mascara to curled lashes with neutral lids. 
Try- Milani Liquif'eye Eyeliners in Aqua and Blue. Also try Sephora Colorful Eyeshadow in Pool Party (18)


White Shadow/Liner- This is my favorite trend for the season by far! It was a hit on the runway during Fashion Week. Rock this look by sweeping a soft white over your entire lid and inner corner, then lining your waterline with a white Kohl liner. Feeling daring? Try doing a cat eye look with a white liquid liner instead of black. Load on the mascara to top off this fresh look. 
Try-Cover Girl SnowBlossom shadow or Urban Decay’s Zephyr. Liners: Rimmel Soft Kohl liner in Pure White or Lime Crime liquid liner in Lunar Sea

Metallic Lids w/Glitter- Girls’ Night Out won’t be the same when you step out wearing this look. To execute try foiling a shadow that already contains glitter or tap on a pigment with a spritz of Fix +. To foil a shadow all you need is a wet brush. You can wet the brush using water or Fix +. A great alternative to Fix + is eye drops. Any brand will do. Be sure to use a tapping motion when applying any product containing glitter. Tip: Apply your eye makeup first then do your foundation. This will sweep away any fall-out from the glitter.

Glowing Skin- Glowing skin is beautiful paired with the pops of colors mentioned. To keep your look from falling flat, make sure your skin is taken care of by exfoliating, moisturizing, and keeping a light hand when applying foundation. You want to look fresh for Spring, so stay away from heavy duty foundations that can make you look cakey. 

Pop of Green- This color is definitely for color lovers. Take any green shadow and drag it along your lower lash line. Keep the rest of your look neutral and let the green be the stand out. Think creamy shadow on the lid and a basic brown in the crease.


Rosy Pink Shadow-What better way to show your femininity than with the ultimate girly color? Be sure to use a flesh toned base before applying otherwise you may look sickly. Also, I would steer clear of this look if you are extremely Fair in complexion it may not be the most flattering. Put this color on your lids to give an ethereal appearance. Wear with just mascara for a soft and pretty presentation.




Friday, February 21, 2014

Announcement: Free Makeup Services

Hey y'all! I just wanted to put up a quick post letting all of you know that I will be doing free makeovers! If you are in the Dallas area please feel free to contact me. Check out my ad at the link below. xo

FREE Glam by Girl Friday

Friday, February 14, 2014

BH Cosmetics Creme Luxe Lipstick Review

Hey y'all! Happy Valentine's Day! I hope all of you are having a wonderful day surrounded by people you love. Remember Valentine's Day is about showing love to one another not just romance between a man and woman. I have spent most of my day with my mom and dear friend Katrina and I have to say that I feel loved! As you may already know my beau is in the Army and stationed in North Carolina so we are not together today, but I got a sweet text very early this morning. :-) Anyway, on to what you came here for...a lipstick review!

For those of you that didn't know, BH Cosmetics now sells lipstick! Now I know what some of you may be thinking...doesn't BH sell really inexpensive product, how good could it be? Surprisingly, these lipsticks are amazing quality and only $3.95! I don't know how BH continues to profit with their insanely low prices, but I do know I am a loyal customer for life. Here is a bit of background on the product: it is described as, " [a lipstick] that lovingly wraps your lips in moisturizing vibrant color. Enriched with Shea Butter, Beeswax and Vitamin E, these 12 hydrating shades come in Satin, Shimmer, and Creamy finishes. Pucker up!" 



Now that you have gotten the rundown, let's talk about it! I purchased two of the 12 shades in Tea Time (creamy finish), and Naked Peach (satin finish). I have to say I was a bit skeptical since my favorite affordable lipsticks are the Milani Color Statements, and in my opinion those are just as good as high end lipsticks. However, I have honestly fallen in love. The name of these lippies does not lie; they are creamy and hydrating on the lips and have no smell if you are sensitive to that kind of thing. The colors are fully opaque and their payoff is pretty awesome for the $3.95 price tag. Check out the swatches below.

Naked Peach to the Left | Tea Time to the Right


Tea Time is a the perfect rosey pink with a slightly nude touch. Naked Peach is very opaque light orange it reminds me a bit of the YouTube cult classic, Cosmopop by Lime Crime Cosmetics. These lipsticks wear beautifully and do not feather outside of the lip line despite their creamy consistency. I do suggest wearing a nude or pale pink lip liner with Tea Time as it enhances the appearance of fuller lips that sometimes gets lost with more neutral colors.

     
       Lip Swatch: Naked Peach (Excuse the pimple above my lip)

Lip Swatch: Tea Time
I applied each of the lipsticks on two different days and the photos were taken after about six hours of wear. This gives you an idea about how long they last. I feel Tea Time holds up a bit better than it's Naked Peach counter part. I believe this is because they are of two different finishes; Tea Time being a Cream and Naked Peach a Satin. 

Overall for you get a lot for a little with this product. Pros: The product is hydrating, it has no smell, it has good color payoff, they do not feather or seep into the creases of the lips. Cons: Not super long lasting, need to reapply, and you can only purchase them online (only a con for impatient, like me!) Hope you guys enjoyed this review please comment if you have any questions or you can Tweet me!







Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Why Makeup is Play and NOT Work (for me anyway)

     Hello my lovely readers/supporters. Today's post pertains to something I usually do not discuss on my blog...employment. If you have read my blog for a while now then you know I spent the last three years working as a "real life" Girl Friday for The Army & Air Force Exchange. Well late last year I took the plunge and left The Exchange in the middle of its downsizing. The draw down of the American Armed Forces really desecrated the business. From what I am told The Exchange is still making early retirement and buyout offers to its employees as I am writing this. Avoiding the inevitable, my last day with The Exchange was in December of 2013. For the last year and a half I pursued a career in the Beauty Industry. I even went to check out several Beauty Schools in my area seeking education in Aesthetics as a means of being considered for positions. These programs came with hefty price tags, and after getting no money from my filed FAFSA; I decided against Beauty School. I am still in debt from my undergrad. Taking on new debt was not the best decision for me.
     When I left The Exchange I was a bit nervous about my career objectives. I wanted to work in Cosmetics, but for nearly 18 months I had received no calls or emails regarding any positions I applied for. This was despite my incessant calling and emailing, and connections acquired through LinkedIn. Finally, I thought my break had come when I received a call from a manager with Bare Minerals. Honestly, it had been so long since I put in an application with the company I didn't know what position I was being considered for. Needless to say I accepted the position of Part-Time Key-holder at a Bare Minerals Outlet; figuring that it would get my foot in the door. I remained jovial, optimistic, and utterly naive for approximately a month. I even went to a Bare Minerals Boot Camp two day intensive training, eager to learn about the business.        
     To say that my experience working in the Cosmetics Industry was short lived is an understatement. After the fairy dust that was sprinkled upon me at Boot Camp was dusted off, it became apparent that I had once again entered the belly of the beast. The position was not at all what I had anticipated, and for weeks I told myself that things would get better, but they didn't. The store's business was slow, and the pressure to make sales goals was like a pillow over my face, but perhaps the most disappointing factor was that Outlet culture is very different from Boutique culture. Not carrying the same products as the shiny Bare Minerals boutiques in North Dallas seemed to rub clients the wrong way. Again, I had walked into something that needed fixing versus a store that was a well oiled machine. I am not sure what makes a great deal of the retailers in the southwestern suburbs of Dallas less than desirable, but I seem to always fall into working for them.
     This was supposed to be my shot at breaking into the Beauty Biz! So why did it feel like just another retail job? The environment was very stringent. Coming from a government job I know exactly what rigid feels like. As a new "entry level" manager the pressure was on me to change existing behaviors of the associates I supervised. This is NOT what I signed up for. My own naivete made me believe that things in the "Beauty Business" were separate from the uptight, corporate attitudes I previously dealt with working in other businesses. My mistake was failing to recognize that business is business no matter what product or service a business is profiting from. I still dealt with a bitchy manager, an ever changing corporate office, and unrealistic demands from upper level management that I never saw!
     While giving my resignation I found myself extremely upset, not only because I knew my dream was dead, but because I felt belittled in the process. Here I was an ambitious, green, idealistic, 27 year old and I was still getting the "your blues ain't like mine" speech from the manager of a retail store. This was definitely a case of wanting something so badly that you finally get it and it isn't at all what you thought it would be. I applied a full face of makeup all of one time. My desire to enhance my artistry skills was squelched. Even when given the opportunity via another avenue I failed...miserably. I couldn't even execute winged liner on a client who unfortunately was a blushing bride. I felt as though my talent was leaving me simply because I tried to profit from it. My professional confidence was non-existent. I thought I could take an obsession and turn it into a career. Little did I know this only works for a small percentage of the population and I was not included.
     I am not the next Pat McGrath, but perhaps Pat's next extraordinary assistant. I am a good Girl Friday perhaps the best some have ever seen. Makeup is my greatest love but it does not have to be my profession. I hope I am able to find happiness and take pleasure in it again. Turning it into a job was not one of my better ideas. A job requires work and work has a negative connotation for a a reason, it is usually unpleasant. I will work to make the means to continue to play. From now on I will always play with makeup and leave the work to the corporate types.

Monday, December 9, 2013

My Holiday Gift Guide 2013

Hey y'all! So I don't know about you but I've been wracking my brain trying to figure out what to give as gifts this holiday season! If you follow my blog then you're probably a beauty junkie like me, and so are your friends. I thought I'd put together a helpful gift guide for the special people in your life. I did not post any items that I would not purchase (or haven't already tried) myself; so if they aren't your cup of tea that's okay! Low on cash...don't worry I threw in a DIY option as well! 

Sephora

Soap & Glory - Beginner's Luxe Set
Soap & Glory Luxe Beginner's Set: $30 | This set contains: 
- 2.5 oz Clean On Me™ Shower Gel 
- 1.69 oz The Scrub of Your Life™ Body Buffer 
- 10.1 oz The Righteous Body Butter™ 
- White exfoliating gloves 
- Cosmetic bag


Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics - Lip Tar All-Star Mini x 4 Set
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar All Star Mini Set: $20 | This set contains:
- 0.08 oz x 4 Lip Tar in Memento (pink plum neutral), NSFW (primary red), Anime (vibrant neon pink), Black Dahlia (blackened red) 
- Short-handled precision brush 

CLINIQUE - Party Favours
Clinique Party Favours: $39.50 | This set contains:
- 0.14 oz A Different Nail Enamel in Limited Edition Cosmo Chic 
- 0.50 oz All About Eyes 
- 0.17 oz All About Shadow Quad in Chocolate Covered Cherry, Raspberry Beret, Hazy, Limited Edition Pink Shade
- 0.10 oz Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Limited Edition Roundest Raspberry 
- 0.28 oz High Impact Mascara in Black
- 0.01 oz Quickliner For Eyes Intense in Intense Black Honey 
- Zippered fold-over cosmetic bag


SEPHORA COLLECTION - Holiday Light Show Brush Set


Sephora Collection Holiday Light Show Brush Set: $68 | This set contains:
- Black acrylic stand
- Powder brush
- Foundation brush
- Face contour brush
- Crease brush
- Shadow brush
- Slanted eyeliner brush

Ulta

Urban Decay Black Market Slide On Glide On 24/7 Pencil Set: $24 | This set contains:
West* (dark brown pearl), Desperation (deep taupe-gray matte)
Black Market* (charcoal black satin)
Riot* (smoky purple shimmer with violet micro-sparkle)
Apathy* (metallic olive green shimmer) and Ink* (deep navy blue satin).

Essie Winter 2013 Collection Mini Cube: $17.00 | This Set Contains:
Shearling Darling is a rich plush ebony red.
Mind Your Mittens is a deep, double diamond black teal.
Toggle To The Top is a sparkling crushed garnet red.
Sable Collar is a luxurious pearlescent cocoa plum.

philosophy the miracle worker trial kit
Philosophy Miracle Worker Trial Kit: $40 | This Set Contains:
miraculous anti-aging lactic acid cleanser & mask 3 oz.
miraculous anti-aging retinoid pads 15 ct. 
miraculous anti-aging moisturizer 0.5 oz. 

The Body Shop® Coconut Shower Scrub & Moisture Set
The Body Shop Coconut Gift Set: $15 (Target also has this set online for $10.50 and comes in multiple scents) | This Set Contains:
Coconut Shower Cream 2.0 oz
Coconut Body Scrub 1.7 oz
Coconut Body Butter 1.69 oz

Sally's
A product thumbnail of One n Only Argan Gift Set
One N' Only Argan Gift Set: $28.57 | This Set Contains:
Argan Oil Shampoo
Argan Oil Conditioner
Argan Oil Glitter Hair Spray.

Got Money to Blow?? High End Options
Urban Decay - Naked3
Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette: $52

MAKE UP FOR EVER - HD Complexion Starter Kit
Makeup Forever HD Complexion Starter Kit: $79

Prada - Prada Candy Gift Set
Prada Candy Giftset: $115

20" Miss Independent ( 4 )
Alpha Girl Remy Human Hair Extensions (20"): $197

DIY:

Watch the Beautiful Nicole Guerriero make Sugar Scrubs!