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Moving in a New Direction

Hi all,

I’m going to keep this post short and sweet.  If you’ve been here before, you know my goal for 2013 was to pretty much stop buying makeup.  Although I wasn’t entirely successful in that endeavor, I did learn some valuable life lessons.  

Through those lessons, I have started to embrace a new lifestyle.  I’ve started shifting from a material/consumer driven lifestyle to becoming more of a Minimalist. This lifestyle isn’t for everyone, but I think it suits my needs as an individual. Although I still have ways to go, I have found that my new perspective and attitude has made me embrace life more and I feel more fulfilled.  

This year, I’m going to be blogging about my experience.  I have found that Minimalism is more of a transformative process than a state of being and if you’re interested in this lifestyle, please follow my journey and challenges I face along the way!



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Jewelry Organization in a Small Space

So in my last post, I showed how my side table/dresser housed my everyday makeup on one side.  Today, I’m going to do a quick post on my lotions, fragrances, and jewelry on the other side of my table.


On the left side of my table I have my Tarte “The Starlet Limited-Edition Makeup Vanity” from their 2011 Holiday collection.  I no longer have any makeup in this and have repurposed it as my jewelry box.  It’s a truly beautiful box.  It has a top compartment that flips open and two drawers.  It also has all mirrored sides and the the mirrors are of great quality as in there isn’t any odd warping or anything like that.  For a better look at this, I have found a great youtube review on this palette which you can see by clicking here.

ImageAs you can see, I keep my Lavanila “vanilla passion fruit” perfume and body butter; my bath & body works “Paris Amour” lotion, body spray, and hand sanitizer; and my Clinique “dramatically different moisturizing lotion” and “moisture surge intense”.


Now on to the jewelry organization.  First off, I didn’t bring that much jewelry to college because a) I don’t wear that much to begin with and b) If anything was stolen, I wouldn’t be too heart broken.  Because of this I am able to keep most of my jewelry in one place (except for a few long necklaces that I keep on a 3m command hook to keep from tangling).


Also, if you’re wondering what the zebra print in the mirror is, that is my bed! 🙂


How do you store your jewelry?


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Confessions of a Beauty Blogger

So I don’t think I’m a “beauty blogger” per se but I saw this on at http://quinngoldie.wordpress.com/ and it looked really fun so I thought I would do one.  I’ll be back tomorrow with my collection of cheekies (a.k.a. blush, brozer, and highlighter).

❤ Skincare:

How many times you wash your face daily?
Twice.  Once in the morning with Neutrogena Morning Burst and once at night with Neutrogena Acne Stress Control.


What skin type do you have?
What is your current facial wash?
Neutrogena Morning Burst and Neutrogena Acne Stress Control
Do you exfoliate?
Not particularly, but the acne wash is a scrub so I hope that counts!
What moisturizer are you using?
Clinique Moisture Surge


Do you use eye cream?
No, but I really want to start! Does anyone have any recommendations?
Do you or did you have acne prone skin?
For the most part I don’t, but under stress I do tend to have pretty bad breakouts (which has basically been my life in college sigh*)

❤ Makeup:

What foundation do you use?

Right now I’m using the Dr. Jart+ Black Label Detox bb cream.


How about concealer?

theBalm Time Balm
Do you know your undertone colour?
What do you think of fake eyelashes?
I must confess, I used to wear them all the time as I don’t really have any eyelashes of my own, but for the past year, I don’t use them as much.
What brand of mascara do you use?

Right now,  I don’t own any mascara!  (Yes, I’m that lazy!)

Sephora or MAC?
Sephora, I’m just not a MAC girl.

Do you have a MAC Pro-card?

Do you use makeup base/primer for the eyes?

For the face?

What is your favorite eyeshadow? (colour or shade?)
All of urban decay’s Naked 2?

Do you use pencil or liquid eyeliner?
Both depending on how I feel.

What’s your favorite lipstick?
Chanel Rouge Coco in Vendome

Do you like drugstore makeup?
Yes.  I like any product as long as it WORKs!
Did you ever consider taking makeup classes?

Name a makeup crime that you hate?
Overload on the bronzer
Which celebrity always has great makeup?
Charlize Theron!  She’s a goddess


If you could leave the house using just one makeup item, what would you use?

Red Lipstick.  It instantly makes it look like your wearing makeup.

Could you ever leave the house without any makeup?
Yes, but I would prefer not to.
What do you think of makeup? 

Umm…d’oh!  I love it!  I find it essential in putting your best self forward.

How many hours a week do you spend writing/editing posts?
At least an hour everyday, unless I honestly have way too much going on.
When is it easiest for you to blog?
At night after school, after studying T__T
What makes writing behind the computer comfortable for you?
A cup of tea ❤
How long does it take for you to prep a post?
It really depends on what I’m writing.  A review takes much longer than just babbling 🙂
Who is a blogger that you read who deserves more readers?
Oh gosh.. there are just too many good ones out there!  Just read more people!

I tag anyone and everyone who reads this to do this too!  Looking forward to reading yours!


Material Detox

Give me some Lip! (Warning: Pic Heavy)

So to start off my “makeup collection” series, I thought I would start with lippies!  The reason I’m breaking up my makeup collection into “parts” is so that I can go into depth over what I have and kinda explain each product.  So without further ado here are all the lip products that I own.

1. Revlon Lip Butters (of course!)


Candy Apple– A bright wearable red, that’s not in your face!  It’s buildable, glossy, and doesn’t have any glitter like some of the other shades.

Berry Smoothie– Not as bold as I thought it would be.  It’s a cool tone medium pink shade with a bit of shimmer, but it’s not gritty.

Sugar Plum– My personal favorite.  It may seem dark, but it’s a wearable, buildable perfect plum shade.  It’s uber creamy and has no glitter or shimmer which makes it the most moisturizing and balm like.

Créme Brulee– It’s a nude, but not a pretty nude.  It’s beige and not as pigmented as other colors, but it does change the shade of my lips to a pretty pale color that washes me out and makes me look sickly.

Fig Jam (Not pictured)- A pretty fall color.  It’s a subtle warm reddish-brown shade that has a hint of shimmer to it.

2. Lipsticks

So I have a total of FOUR lipsticks from four different brands and I pretty much love them all.


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.


Chanel Vendòme- A gorgeous, muted red (still  bold though) that matches my skin perfectly.


M.A.C. Hue- A nudish pink shade with a bit of a glossy finish.  The texture is fine and smooth, but this shade does not work on me at all (usually nudes don’t).


Victoria’s Secret Vixen- A dark plum shade that glides on smoothly that is both moisturizing and long-lasting!

VS_Vixen lipstick

3. Lipgloss!

Okay, I don’t really like lipgloss. It’s just a bit too sticky for me, but I’ll use it to help my lips look smoother from time to time.  I have two lipglosses.


M.A.C. Oyster Girl–  a pearly pink, which again is too nude for me.  Nice texture and smooth application though.


Buxom Samantha– A plumping lip gloss that is pretty nude but one that I actually like.  I don’t use it often but I put it on top of red lipstick to make my lips look, well..glossy.


4. Lip liner/pencils

Chanel Rouge Profond 57- This stuff is amazing! I can’t believe I didn’t know the power of a lip liner before! Honestly, I could wear this on its own with maybe a clear gloss over it for all day wear!  The perfect shade of red.


Nars Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in New Lover- I got this deluxe sample size as part of a Sephora 500 pt. reward and I love this “all-in-one” product.  It’s between a lip liner, a lip stick, and a lip gloss.  It’s a pretty, shiny, glossy, light pink with a golden sheen.




So that’s about it :).  Have you tried any of these, if so, what do you think?



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