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Don’t Fear the Reaper

Don't Fear the Reaper



Dear all,

I have some very, very (okay, I’m exaggerating) serious news- I have bought makeup (CUE DRAMATIC MUSIC- DUN. DUN. DUN!!)Image

I know, I know.  After almost 6 months I really caved in and bought quite a bit of makeup from CVS in their so, so tempting “BOGO 50% off” deal of the week.

I have been eyeing Rimmel’s Lasting Finish by Kate (Moss) lipsticks for the longest time and as I’ve never tried Rimmel before I kind of went to town.  I bought 3 of these bad boys- THREE.  Lord knows that I do NOT need more lipstick, but the shades were so bold and bright that I completely went nuts.  Plus the sleek, matte, black packaging was not helping either.  In the end, I bought all 3 for right around $10, which wouldn’t even buy me ONE M.A.C. lipstick.  I think that is a fantastic deal!

I really prefer this packaging over most drugstore lipsticks. It just has a subtle sexiness, yes?
I have to admit, that is quite a cute logo.

Anyway moving on to the actual product, the lipsticks are only numbered and not named so these are the shades I picked out- 01, 09, and 17.



I think Rimmel really nailed this one.  It is just the perfect red, almost retro, shade.


This is a very bright, berry shade that leans on the red side.  On my lips it’s more of a red with a bluish undertone.



This is a really pretty mid-tone pink that is a really good everyday color.  My lips are a bit more pigmented so this is almost like a nude, peachy lipstick for me.

Here are swatches of all 3 for you all to see:

From left to right: 01, 09, 17

For my 4th and last product from Rimmel, I just grabbed a liquid eyeliner since I’m all out (remember to throw those out every 3-4 months just like mascara!)  It is Rimmel’s Glam Eyes, which just comes in a standard liquid eyeliner bottle and brush.


So next I also bought a few things from Maybelline.  I bought TWO of the Color  Tattoos that has gotten so much buzz over youtube and the blogging sphere that I just had to get them.  I bought the shades 35 Tough as Taupe and 70 Barely Branded.  They are oh so, so pretty and they pair together wonderfully.  Tough as Taupe is a true taupe with no shimmer and Barely Branded is a champagne, metallic, practically nude color.  These were a bit more pricy than the lipsticks and they came around to two for $8.00.

35 Tough as Taupe
70 Barely Branded


I also picked up the Age Rewind Concealer in the shade 60, which is supposed to be their illuminator/highlighter concealer so I thought it would be a really good choice to brighten up those sad, dark circles underneath my eyes.


I also  got a waterproof mascara- the Volume Express “One by One”.  I’ll tell you how that goes.


Also, I picked up two of the Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips in 310 Wild Child and 410 Love Letter.  I got these because I absolutely cannot paint my nails without looking like a crazy mess and these looked easy enough for even a clumsy girl like me to apply without too much trouble.

L: Wild Child, R: Love Letter

I’m going to try to not buy any more makeup AGAIN for the next few months.  I will definitely be enjoying these beauties though :)!


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New Brush Set

Hi all!

I recently received the Sedona Lace Vortex Brush Set as a gift from my boyfriend.  I’ve been using them for a couple days now but I feel like I need a couple weeks before I can really review the product.  Here is a link to the set.


So far I’m really loving them and have found that these brushes fill the “void” of really any basic brush set.

I got the set with the zippered brush belt which is so so convenient for traveling and can fit so many brushes!  As you can see in the picture below you can fit well over double the amount of brushes the set comes with!


Here is a brief description of the brush set:

The Vortex Collection exclusively designed by Renelyn Monteloyola of Makeup by Ren Ren for Sedona Lace. This pro line of brushes takes makeup application and technique to the next level. All of the brushes are multi-purpose and versatile.

I’ve especially been loving the tulip contour face brush for setting my powder because it can get into the “nooks and crannies” of my face and makes it so easy to set my undereye concealer!


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My Progress So Far

I’ve been on this “makeup ban” for almost 5 complete months now so I thought it was about time for a quick review and recap over what has happened/changed since I started this project on January 1st.

1. I failed miserably with the no clothing ban.

I’ve bought a trench, a purse, 2 dress shirts, 4 dresses, a cardigan, a skirt, and a pair of ballet flats.  Obviously, I had to put a stop to the ban right away because there was no way I could justify all of that.

2. I’ve done pretty well on the makeup front.  I’ve only bought products that I really had no alternative to- for example I used up all of my concealer and finally took the plunge and bought the bobbi brown corrector and concealer (okay, that’s two things) and I love it.

3. However, I was gifted makeup by my boyfriend so that made it loads easier for me.  To be fair though, it was a foundation and an eyelash curler (does that count as makeup?).

4. I’ve been able to buy cosmetic “non-makeup” items like the MAC cosmetics Studio Fix+ Spray and Brush Cleanser, nailpolish, and hair accessories.

Overall, I still think I’m doing a great job and I’ve definitely noticed that I’m not as makeup-obsessed as before.  I really have come to appreciate what I already have so much more and have found ways to use products in different ways.  I feel better off financially and I feel less guilty for doing other things like eating out, etc.

Anywho, I wanted to keep this short and simple.  Thanks so much for reading!


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She’s back…

Hello detoxers!!!

I know I haven’t posted in so long and while I could sit here and write to you about all my excuses (finals, stress, etc.), I’m just going to skip that part and say I’m sorry that I haven’t updated my blog in a LONG time, but I’m back and with a beauty loaded post.

First, I have a small Sephora haul that I got with my gift card from my birthday.

ImageSince I also completely finished all my concealers, I decided to take the plunge and buy a concealer I’ve been eying for a while- the Bobbi Brown Corrector and Creamy Concealer!

Corrector in Light/Medium Bisque
Concealer in Pale Yellow

So far, I’ve been really enjoying this and have found this to be a winning combination against dark circles!

Also, I received the Sephora Beauty Insider Birthday Gift from benefit and love it!


“They’re Real!” Mascara
“Watts Up!” Highlighter


First off, the mascara wasn’t anything spectacular to me, but the highlighter is absolutely adorable!  I love the  the cream stick formulation and the size of it! It makes it ideal for traveling!

I also bought some nail polish that was on sale:


These are just the Sephora brand nail polishes and I haven’t tried them yet but the colors are so cute!

I also got some MAC cosmetics items (although they don’t really qualify as makeup).


MAC Fix +
MAC Brush Cleaner

I haven’t really had the chance to use the Fix + Spray yet, but I have tried the Brush cleanser and I absolutely love it, but then again this is coming from a girl who usually uses dish soap to wash her brushes.

Last, but not least, I bought a refill of Clinique’s Moisture Surge Intense.  This time I got the larger size of 2.5 oz for $49.50 versus the regular size of 1.7 oz for $37.00 which saved me about $2 an ounce (not much, but hey, every bit counts.  This is my 3rd repurchase of the product and I think that now makes it Holy Grail Staus because I honestly only use this now and have never looked back.


That is a lot of products, but I think I’m still staying true to my goals for this year because I purchased items that I absolutely did not have any alternative to or were free like the Beauty Insider Gifts.

I’m also now completely out of powder so I’ll tell you all about it when I get one!  Also, any recommendations for a great setting powder would be greatly appreciated.


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It’s Time to Say Goodbye :(

So I finally did some spring cleaning to get rid of any funky products that were expired.

I threw them away before I was able to take pictures (agh..where is my brain these days?) but here’s the list:

theBalm Concealer: This was a decent concealer, a bit cakey at times but this has just started to smell very, very odd.


Revlon ColorStay in 180-I have mixed feelings about this product.  To me, it goes on way too thick and looks cakey.  It does have amazing coverage but I don’t like masking my face and it feels like it clogs my pores. Overtime, the texture has become even worse.  Good riddance!


NYX Pandora– a bold, berry, fuschia color that has a hint of shimmer to it.  One of my first lipsticks that I constantly go to when I want a more dramatic look.  Sadly, I dropped this once and it completely fell off.  For less than $3, I didn’t have the heart to fix it.  </3


On another notes here are my March/April Empties!

Dr. Jart+ Black Label BB cream:  See my review here.  I’m finally done with this product and although I liked it, I’m not going to repurchase it because of the price and I still prefer the Misha BB cream.


Revlon Lipbutter in “Sugar plum”– I have gone through so many of these and I have just finished my last back-up.  This is a sad day indeed.


Chanel Vitalumière Aqua in 32– I have been loving this! I’m in shade 32 beige rose. It’s quite hydrating and gives me easy, mess-free, on-the-go, coverage. I only need a light coverage and this fits the bill.  I have completely hit pan on this product but I’d be too sad to throw it away because of the gorgeous packaging.




F.A.S.T. Shampoo and Conditioner:  This didn’t really help my hair grow faster but it smelled wonderful and the conditioner made my hair very silky and soft.




Close to finishing my first ten products!


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