Thursday, October 29, 2009

Flirt! Cosmetics

Stay tuned for my Flirt! Cosmetics package that I won from Makeup For Life's Contest Giveaway. I got a UPS postcard telling me that I need to go to the actual store to pick it up because there was some mix up with my address, so I'm going to pick it up after work tomorrow. I'm so excited to see the products!!!


[Big Flirt Thickening Mascara in #05 Violet Vixen]

[Glamourazzi Exteme Lip Lacquer in #12 Va-Va-Voom]

[Dreamy Eyes Eyeshadows in #20 Glamourazzi and #24 Aquavite]

[Swatches; Left: Glamourazzi, Right: Aquavite]

[Peek-A-Blush Sheer Powder Cheek Color #21 Pink Tutu]

My initial reaction is that the products are super pigmented and the packaging is really cute. I like the sleek black packaging! I'm going to try the products when I go out tonight so I'll let you know how everything works out. I'm excited for the purple mascara!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

loving october

we had such nice weather today! it was pretty cold this morning but this afternoon, i swear i really fell in love with san diego all over again. i have been taking 20 minute walks during my lunch time and i have a good time because i get to see a lot of things. i see a lot of cool buildings, lots and lots of airplanes, and the bay. it's a good way to get myself out of the office and get some fresh air. i love this fall weather. i wish it could be like this everyday! it's warm enough to still wear flip flops, but cool enough to layer up on scarves and cardigans.

I got some new boots from Charlotte Russe that i picked up last week during the buy one shoe regular price, get the 2nd one for $10. i got some black boots while my sis got some cool "Daria" boots as we would like to call them. i haven't been able to wear them quite yet but i'm super excited just thinking about it.

anyways i had the cramps pretty bad this week. i really wanted to leave work early yesterday because i couldn't take it, but i have only been there a couple of weeks and i don't want them to have a bad impression of me so i decided to stay and suffer. i finally called the doctor's to go in for an appointment because i can't take suffering like this every month and it affecting my life. i have tried remedies such as heating pads, taking tylenol, midol, pamprin, and even exercising daily but those haven't really helped much. they seriously help for like 5 minutes but then the pain comes back. i really hope nothing is wrong with me. i guess i'll see what happens when i go see my doctor tomorrow.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

NYX Rouge Cream Blush in Natural

So as promised, here is my personal review on the NYX Rouge cream blush in shade CB02- Natural. I went into a makeup store 20 minutes from my house because it's the only place I knew that sold NYX at a good price. I went in there knowing I wanted to buy a powder blush but after swatching the cream blushes, I ended up liking how it applied and how light it felt on. There were some gorgeous colors and these things are super pigmented so a little goes a long way. I was about to buy a brighter pink, but opted to get something more natural looking, and how perfect is it that the shade is called Natural.

I apply the blush with my Studio Tools duo fiber brush and it works great to pick up just the right amount of product. You could definitely use your fingers to apply and blend, but I don't really like the idea of dipping my fingers into the pot and getting it "dirty." If you do use your fingers, make sure to not press too hard because the product is quite soft and you could easily dent it.

The staying power is pretty good too. I usually have problems with my blushes fading and/or wearing off by the middle or end of the day, but this really held up for me. The color stayed pretty true as well. The main reason why I bought this blush was because I wanted something that would stay the same color throughout the day. My Everyday Minerals blushes tend to turn orange after a few hours which bugs me because I want a pink blush to stay pink, not turn orange.

Also, I don't know if this alone caused me to break out. I did notice some redness and/or red spots on my cheeks after wearing it twice. Mineral oil is an ingredient in this so I'm thinking that it may have caused it. This blush is still on my "trial" period so we'll see what happens in the next couple of weeks or so.

[Top: Blush was swiped, Bottom: Blush was blended with my fingers]

Sunday, October 11, 2009

small update

I started my new job this past Thursday and it was a pretty great day. I'm so excited to be a part of their team and I honestly feel like I'm at the right place. I can't wait to get into the more challenging tasks and really learn all the processes. Everyone at the office is super nice and welcoming. I'm really loving it so far :)

As for updates...I'll try to keep up with them! I know I should be doing more than one per week but I still have to adjust with less "free" time. I'm thinking that the next post will be on the NYX cream blush in Natural. So stay tuned for that one this week.

Friday, October 2, 2009

my lovely gloomy friday night& mint julep masque

[relaxing with my mint julep masque. i would have smiled but i couldn't move my face! haha]

see what happens when i'm bored on a friday night? We're finally having some Fall weather in San Diego. It's gloomy, cold, and there's a light sprinkle outside. This is one of my favorite types of weather and it was perfect today because i was feeling kind of sick. It justifies me staying in on a Friday night.

I guess I could do a review on Queen Helene's Mint Julep Masque since I brought it up already. This stuff is pretty amazing. I have pretty large pores and always have problems with blackheads on my nose. I try to use this once a week to really clear out the impurities from my skin. It also helps get rid of my excess oil. I always apply this at night after I have cleansed my face. I apply a thick layer around my cheeks and my nose area because that's where I need it the most. I usually keep it on for 15 minutes, but sometimes even 30. When first applied, it is really tingly but it subsides within minutes. I actually love the scent of this because it's minty fresh!

It's pretty easy to recognize when it's ready to wash off because you won't be able to move your face! It is stiff and if you go look in the mirror, you can see all your pores through the mask. That's what I love seeing! All of that gunk stuck in my pores for a week has been pulled out. Just wash it off with a washcloth and voila. You must look and feel your face after you wash it off! My face always feels like it's glowing and really tight. Did I mention a big tube is only $3.99 at your local drug store? If you don't have a mask in your skincare routine, definitely try this out. It has gotten some pretty great customer reviews on!