Friday, August 15, 2014

I'm alive..

I'm just very very very bad at blogging. 

I'm going to try to keep up with this new challenge in September though.

I'll try to post some before then.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Influenster Mark Kay VoxBox!

I know I've been away from the blog for a while, I'm sorry!  I'm going through some stuff in my personal life, and I just haven't been able to put together a post.  Things are looking better though, and one of the highlights is getting make up in the mail!  This time it's thanks to Influenster and Mary Kay!

Semi-cute mailman dropped this off at my door (label torn off by me)
(using my purple fluffy chair as a backdrop is my new favorite thing at the moment)

So much pink tissue paper!  Cute box, and a card listing the items in the box.

I feel so spoiled!  So many items, I just couldn't wait to try them out!

(I kind of suck at taking pictures of myself)

I used my usual primers, BB cream, and pencil eyeliner (for my waterline) for a base.  I used my new eyebrow pencil for the 1st time as well.  Then it was time for the Mary Kay goodies!

First thing, I used the Gel Eyeliner With Expandable Brush Applicator.  I love the little brush that this came with, it's perfect for my purse makeup bag, and isn't so small as to make applying the liner difficult.  The liner is great too, went on smoothly and I didn't have any issues with it being to sheer in spots.

I then used the Cream Eye Color/Concealer Brush to apply the Cream Eye Color in Apricot Twist.  This is the first time I've used a cream eyeshadow since I was like 8yrs old, so I was unsure how well it would work.  I applied it over my regular eyelid primer.  It's a much lighter color than I normally wear, but it applied very easily, and wasn't streaky or patchy.  I didn't have any issues with it smearing or creasing.  I also lined my waterline with a black liner pencil.

After using my face primer and BB cream, I attempted to contour using the Bronzing Powder in Light-Medium. (I say attempt cause I just started playing around with bronzers this weekend, and haven't really gotten the hang of it.)  I think it worked well, was easily blended.  I used the Mineral Cheek Color in Shy Blush on my cheek bones and the apples.  I really like this color, it's a more natural color (to me anyway). Just a touch of shimmer, nothing crazy.

I used the Translucent Loose Powder with the Powder Brush to even everything out.  Not to big a fan of the brush, I prefer synthetic bristles to natural ones.  It was easy to hold though, and the bristles were really dense.  The powder was good, helped to blend everything and smoothed it all out.  Didn't see much help with eliminating shine since I did not reapply it, but I expect it would work for that as well.  

I finished up the look with the Lash Love® Mascara in I <3 Black and NouriShine Plus® Lip Gloss in Mango Tango.  I am in love with this mascara!  Went on cleanly (no clumps), and doesn't irritate my eyes.  Comes off easily enough with the makeup remover wipes I have.  The lip gloss I thought would be to orange-ish, but it is sheer enough that it didn't look to bad.  Very shiny, has some shimmer to it.  Smells good, not plastic-y or anything, but kinda fruity.

All in all, I really enjoyed this VoxBox, and have already incorporated many of the products into my everyday makeup.  Thank you so much to Influenster and Mary Kay for sending me these wonderful products to review.

*I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes*

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Blogging fail

I feel like a total fail blogger, didn't finish the year long challenge, and haven't posted in forever.  Between work, Kiddo's school stuff, and family stuff, I've just completely lost track of things.

Things have been ok at work, moving to a new office space, so that's been fun trying to get things like licenses changed over to the new address.  And by fun I mean hell, cause no city/county does it the same.

Kiddo is LOVING school, even the daycare after school on the days I work.  He loves that his best friend across the street is in the same class, and that they get to ride their bikes together to and from school.

Our family just keeps getting bigger! My cousins found out at the beginning of summer that they were expecting their second child, a little boy!  Now I'm wondering when my son will start asking why he doesn't have a sister, since everyone else has a boy and a girl lol.

I've been looking online and trying to find out where I can go to school to be able to do nails professionally.  As well as collecting more and more polishes, of course!  Actually am in the middle of organizing all of them.  Picked up some blank nail spoons on Amazon the other day and have been labeling them and swatching the polishes.  I also did a set of fake nails for my friend's Halloween costume this year, and I will say this.  Painting nails that aren't attached to a finger is kind of hard!  But I figured out a way with some tape and wooden cuticle sticks, and I must say that they turned out pretty well for my first time!

I've also gotten 2 new toys, a Nexus 7 that I brought from a friend, and a Google Chromecast that the lovely people at Google Chrome sent me so that I can be of more help on the Chromebook Central forums, which I've been happy to help out on since this whole Chromebook adventure began.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Neon Rainbow Crackle with bonus stamping mani!

I feel like such a blogger failure.  Things have just gotten so busy, with kiddo starting school, work, and card night with my cousins (anyone else ever play Peanuts!, it's so much fun).

I did a neon gradient rainbow mani for the challenge, but I am still really bad at gradients so I topped it with O.P.I. Black Shatter to try and hide how bad it was.

Color Club Mambo, Wham! Pow!, and Almost Famous on top of SinfulColors Snow Me White, with O.P.I. Black Shatter

Color Club Twiggie, Pucci-Licious, and Chelsea on SinfulColors Snow Me White, topped with O.P.I. Black Shatter

This is the mani I did instead of a Water Marble, cause I just can't muster up the courage to try that yet...
SinfulColors Midnight Blue and Secret Admirer stamped with Rain Song

I <3 this mani so much, the color change that Rain Song does on Secret Admirer is so awesome, I couldn't stop staring at my hands while at work!  Unfortunately I had a crack on my right ring finger, and have been patching it while waiting for it to grow out.  It finally grew out far enough, but then I broke another nail right before I went to grab my file.  So I am now sporting nubs, again. :(  

I'm working on getting a new post up of my polish set up now that Kiddo's stuff is back in his own room and I have more storage space for the ever growing stash!  So much love for bargain stores and clearance sales!

Monday, August 5, 2013

My First Ever Influenster VoxBox...

...and it was a flop.  I received a Strawberries & Cream SlimFast shake, a martini glass, and 4 recipes to make cocktails/mocktails featuring the 4 flavors of these particular line of shakes.  

Because I live in Southern Florida, and it is super hot here right now, the shake curdled/soured in my mailbox :(

Polka dot nails for this week's challenge.

O.P.I. Black Satin as a base color, with Not Like The Movies on middle and pinkie fingers, and SinfulColors Rain Song on pointer and ring fingers.  Dots are SinfulColors Snow Me White.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Inspired by Artwork

This week I was inspired by Sephora's Cinderella collection packaging, mainly the mirror compact. 

I used China Glaze For Aubry for the base, then used saran wrap and China Glaze Gold Fusion.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Green nails, and new polishes!

Wasn't feeling creative this week, so I just did a base of China Glaze Con-Fused, and figured I'd think of something to stamp it with later.  

Went out to Venice Island to check out the shops this past weekend, and one of the shops is full of sun-activated color changing shirts and other souvenirs.  They also have a bunch of polishes that do the same!  I had one from a few years ago, and picked up 2 new ones since they were having a sale.

I don't remember the name of the half-full one, but the blue glitter is City Girl, and the clear is Lollipop.  This is out of the sunlight.

This is out in the sunlight.  The blue glitter in the clear base turns to a purple base.  The blue metalic turns green. The clear turns nice and red.  I had to try out Lollipop.

Inside.  I had just come inside, so the red wasn't faded completely, but otherwise it's clear on the nail.

In the sunlight.  It takes a few minutes for this rich of color.  

The formula was ok to work with, though it does need some thinner.  This was 4 or 5 coats, as the color change was streaky otherwise.

I can't stand having the white parts of my nails show, so I painted french tips w/ Color Club Flamingo from the Fiesta collection.