Better Than the Naked Palette??? Say What?!

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Okay so I’m not saying that all of these shadows are better than all of the shadows in the Naked and Naked2 palettes, but lets take a step back and think about it. What’s the thought behind the Naked palette? It is supposed to be a selection of neutral shadows to give that fresh “naked” look. Well they are beautiful and I love them all but most of them are not exactly neutrals. I didn’t even think about it that way until I received the fabulous “Butt Naked Eyes” palette from NYX! This is quite simply everything you need for an everyday look. There’s a little bit of sparkle, a little bit of jazz, but most are mixer friendly soft and sweet neutrals.

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And the pies de resistance! Open up the little drawer under the eyeshadows and viola! Four blushes, two highlighters, and a matte bronzer! Hooray for hidden drawers!

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The textures of all these products are fantastic, totally on par with urban decay, actually I have less trouble with fall out with the NYX shadows.

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Overall I’m absolutely in love with this set. For $35 ( I got mine for $19 on hautelook.com ) you get mega bang for your buck! This is a must have in collections big or small.
Swatchy swatchy!

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Leave a comment if you have this, love this, or want to see a look done with this palette! Thanks a ton!

P.s. Next post Wet n Wild lip products!

pixie ultimate beauty kit

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Okay so I have had this for almost a year and I am just getting around to playing with it. It had the unfortunate luck of being given to me as a gift along with the naked 2 palette and I’m sad to say it got pushed to the back of my collection and forgotten about. Rude, I know. Anyway, getting ready for school in the morning is becoming more time consuming the bigger my collection gets. Decisions, decisions…so in an effort to streamline on weekdays I try to work from one palette and one foundation for at least one week. Putting this one on the back burner was a big mistake. I think i could use this everyday for a month and still have ideas for looks. Its got neutrals, warm and cool, some jewel tones, and metallics. The only thing it’s missing is a black, matte or otherwise. The texture of the shadows are very nice and soft, the shimmers have a little fallout but nothing as bad as Chopper from Naked2. As far as the blushes go they are nice as well. The colors they chose to include are…interesting. There is a lovely rose pink, three sort of pinky toupee shades, a deep orange shimmery shade and a complimenting light orange shimmer ( I’m sure these would be nice on a darker skin tone but they look clownish on me ) then a light champagne and shimmery pink. The lip glosses alone in this set, I think, are worth the purchase price. ($30 at Target) most of the time if you get a palette the lip glosses are a throw away item. Ugh, remember getting those walmart make up sets for Xmas and the lip glosses would be super sticky and clumpy and none of the colors were flattering? Well these are sooo much better. It has me wondering if Pixie has a full size lipgloss with this same formulation. It goes on very smoothly and has a slightly minty scent/flavor. Huge selection of colors to flatter any look!

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Overall, I’m very happy with the palette and would definitely recommend it to anyone looking a palette that’s going to give them a lot of product for the money. I hope you enjoy and leave me a comment if you would like to see a tutorial using this palette!

Finding Inspiration for a Makeup Look

Okay, have you ever sat down to do your makeup and felt like you had a kind of writers block. You just stare at your eyeshadows thinking “where do I start?” Well whenever this happens to me I just do swatches on my arm. Sounds simple enough right? You’d be surprised how easy it gets after doing this a couple of times. Now my makeup collection is enormous (let me know if you want a post about it) but this works equally well for those with a smaller collection. Whenever I am choosing what to swatch I reach for something I haven’t used in a while or maybe not at all. Now you’ve heard “don’t judge a book by it’s cover”. The same goes for cosmetics, you can’t always tell by looking at it in the pan what it will look like on you. Okay, so pick what you want to swatch, as many as you want and go to town on both arms. For me I usually end up rekindling my love for a color and the rest of the look falls into place, but maybe you aren’t there quite yet. Let’s say you have a small collection with a couple different drugstore quads. By swatching them and holding them next to each other you can see all types of new combinations you haven’t tried. Another example, let’s say you have no idea what blush to choose for an eye look. Why not swatch out the eye look on one arm and all your blushes on the other. Then you can see what compliments it perfectly. I did mine today with my naked palette from Urban Decay and I realized that toasted and smog would create a lovely blended look. (maybe a post for tomorrow) Any hoo I know this isn’t some top secret professional beauty tip but it’s always come in handy for me and I wanted to share it with you. Thanks and comments welcome!

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Almay Intense Smokey Eye Set

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While browsing the cosmetic area at Walmart I came upon a set from Almay that came with a smokey eye trio and a mascara, both of which I had never tried. I have to admit I am a sucker for a package deal so I picked the colors I liked and took it home! Only then did I realize they were, as most Almay eye products are, specialized by eye color and that I picked the ones for green eyes. Well I tried it anyway and I don’t think it is at all bad. The shadows were a bit dry but the color pay off was nice. I tried to use mostly drugstore products for the rest of the look and this is what I came up with. Enjoy!

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Foundation: Loreal true blend 405
Concealer: Olay cover girl very light
Powder: elf hd powder
Blush: nyx summer peach
Contour: NYC sunny matte bronzer
Brows: maybelline definer in light brown
Eyeshadow base: maybelline color tattoo tough as toupe
Eyes: eyeshadow trio for greens
Mascara: Almay intense in black
Eyeliner: revlon colorstay black
Waterline: maybelline master precise midnight master
Lips: revlon kissable balm stain in honey

A wearable blue eyeshadow look

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I was getting a little bored with my everyday make up look so I decided to spice it up a bit. I love the Maybelline Tattoo gel cream eyeshadows and I have all the colors, although I have never used the blue, orange, or purple shades. So I thought if I blended the blue out with a nice taupe that it would still have the impact I wanted without being over the top. As an added bonus, all the products I used were from the drugstore except my brushes. I’m deeply in love with sigma brushes, but you can use whatever you have and it will be just fine.

I started with my Physician’s Formula foundation primer in the green shade to counteract my redness. Then I went with my Revlon color stay mineral foundation in the shade fair. To set that in place I used the color stay pressed powder in the shade fair. To fill in my brows I used the Maybelline define a brow pencil in light brown. When filling in your brows it’s really important to ice the right shade and this one is perfect for me. On the eyes I started with a base wash of the color tattoo cream in Tenacious Teal. I just applied it my finger to my lower lid being sure to stay below the crease. This cream gel product goes on smoothly and you have a little time to work with it before it sets for good. Over this in the same area, using a small shaded brush, I applied NYX’s eyeshadow single in the shade Ocean. This is a tealish blue but it has a golden shimmer in it that reads a little more neutral than just straight blue lids. We don’t want hooker eyes! In the crease area, with a dense fluffy brush I applied a light wash of another NYX single in true taupe. This shade actually leans more toward a tan brown for me but I chose it because it would play off the warmth of Ocean. Blend out all the harsh lines and always start applying at the outer corner so that it will have the most concentration of the darker color. Finally with a clean fluffy brush I used a basic champagne-ish color as a brow highlight, being sure to blend out the top of the taupe. On the cheeks I just used PF shimmer strips in Miami Strip, concentrating the darker shades under my cheekbones to contour. The lips are easy peasey, I just used NYX lip gloss in Baby Pink. Ta da, a blue eyeshadow look that anyone can pull off and it didnt break the bank. Thanks for reading and feel free to leave questions or comments!

Physician’s Formula Happy Booster Blush

So it’s been absolutely forever since I’ve written anything, obviously, but I’ve taken some time off school and I have had tons of time to think about new ideas. This lead to me being totally unable to pick where to start so I did NOTHING! Lol, anyway I was getting ready to go out today, putting on my face, and I realized how much I love Physician’s Formula Happy Booster blushes! So here’s what I know starting with basics!
Product Info : Ultra soft and blendable blushing powder features a fresh and vibrant mix of blushing tones infused with a pop of color to create a healthy glow. Multi reflective pearls provide a soft iridescence to highlight and add color to your cheeks. Infused with a happy booster blend, featuring happy skin and euphoryl, natural plant extracts which have been shown to promote a feeling of happiness by mimicking the effect of endorphins and helping protect the skin from environmental stress. Te sweet scent of violet provides a feeling of joy each time you apply.

My Opinion: The first thing I like to do when reviewing and testing a product is see if it lives up to the claims made on the package. I have four shades (and I think that’s all they have) Rosy, Pink, Natural, and Translucent. Swatches below the top is pink, then natural, then rosy, and lastly translucent. I did concentrated swatches so you could get a good sense of color. They come in a little compact with the little useless brush, although the colored bristles are sweet. I depotted two of them to put in my z palette and rosy got a little busted but that was my fault. Overall I think they are pretty standard blush colors, great staples for a collection. I have very fair skin and i haven’t had a problem carrying any of these off. They are very shimmery and unless you are going for a super duper sparkly look I wouldn’t use a highlighters with any of these, however….. Sometimes if i just want a gentle hint of color I’ll layer the translucent shade over a color in place of a highlighter. You can do this over any blush it makes a great sublet highlight giving you the promised glow. Also, the great part about the colors being broken up in these little hearts is that you can control the colors you wanna use. There is a small heart in each pan that has a bold pop of color that you can swirl in or swirl around. The texture is very silky, not unlike any powder I’ve tried from PF. They go on easy and are build able when needed. Can I just say I LOVE THE SMELL! I’m a little biased because that violet is one of my favorite scents but it is so pleasant. It smells great in the pan and it carries it unto your face. It’s light but lovely. So to sum it all up, I would say that I’m very happy with all of these and I would really recommend them to anyone looking for a new blush. Hope you try them and enjoy them and I love comments so let me know if there is anything you have a question about!

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And then there was today….

I look at the blog post I did about Mother’s day and I think, man, why can’t they all be like that? Chaos has descended upon my house and it started with me getting a terrible cold/flu thing. I have been coughing and sneezing my way to an early demise while my house is swiftly falling into RUIN!!! For the last three days I haven’t so much as tidied and I’m going crazy!! My kitchen is a wreck, dishes are piling up, the living room carpet is 50% carpet fiber and 50% pepperidge farm goldfish cracker crumbs. My daughters room looks, well, just like it always seems to, and my room…well it is where laundry piles go to die. They get dumped in there, clean, dirty, and some mixed, and then never come out again. Eventually someone needs a certain shirt or a clean pair of socks and we have to rummage through them creating the ultimate pile of indistinguishable clothes right in the middle of my bedroom floor. It kind of makes me think about that old cartoon show “Bump In the Night” where little monsters run amok in the mess of some kids room. Bump In the Night

And then, because as we all know when it rains it pours, my daughter decided she was going to begin the terrible twos TODAY!! She was running a million miles a minute, all over the house, making messes and yelling. It wasn’t that she was really being bad, per say, but she was a total handful! Oh, and when she did do something bad that warranted the time out chair, she threw a crying fit like I have never seen herd before. After a while I would break down like I usually do and I’d go comfort her she would snap out of it in two seconds flat! So here I am, okay, sick as a dog, kneeling next to my wailing child, thinking that I am the worst mother for putting her in time out. I’m sweating and tired, I can’t breathe through my nose, I look like Rudolph for crying out loud! So here we are eye to eye, tears falling down her cheeks, and just as I am about to apologize, she FARTS! And bursts out laughing and falls over backwards in the chair. Once I took in that she was okay and still laughing I said “honey, you are not done with time out. You have to get back in the chair.” She looks at me totally bemused and says ” but mama I need daddy.” I asked why thinking it was a ploy to get out of her chair time and she says ” to give him a high five, I pooped!”

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I forgot the lips!

Oops! I forgot to put what I used on my lips! The base color is Wet n Wild Matte Lipstick in Natural and that is the NYX gloss in Kiss! Soon I am posting a review on all my Wet n Wild lip products! Yay!

Mother’s Day!!

Today was wonderful! My daughter is only two so Mother’s Day is still new for me. After church and breakfast (and a little nap) I spent the afternoon swimming and playing with Maryjane. When she tells me that she loves me I feel a happiness that knows no bounds. So after I tucked my little one in to bed i had to wash the chlorine out of my hair. You all don’t know this but I recently cut of my hair into a fun bob cut. Tonight was the first time I sat down at my vanity to style it myself since it was cut Friday. When I flat ironed it it was so shiny and cute I felt inspired to do a make up look to accompany it. Below are a list of products used with mini reviews. Oh and please excuse the freckles the sun brought them out in force!!

Hair: I tried the Keracolor leave in treatment that came with my April glam bag while it was damp and then I used the Got2B flat iron balm on each section of my hair before straightening it. It left my hair smooth and silky and I feel like it was really protected against the heat. It says it will protect up to 425 degrees and my Chi goes to 430. I’ll keep using the balm and let you know how it holds up.

Face: I used the Loreal True Match liquid foundation in w1 porcelain and set it with the matching pressed powder. For this i used my sigma brushes f80 and f85. I think that this line of products is the among the best drugstore foundations. The shade range is enormous and the coverage is very buildable. If you want a more sheer look apply it with a moist sponge. If you want full coverage, like me trying to cover my freckles, I stipple it on with my brush.

Blush: I used NYX cream rouge blush in the shade Golden. I dabbed it on with my fingers and then blended it out with my beauty blender. I love these blushes especially in the summer because they hold up so well in the heat! They have tone of shades and go on so easily! Great product!

Highlight: I used the Cream Highlight from Urban Decay in the shade Wicked. This has the most unique texture, it is smooth and extremely light. It feels like having nothin on at all and yet you can tell from the pictures it catches the light perfectly. It blends seamlessly with my cream blush though not quite as easily with powders. Overall it’s a staple in my kit!

Eyes: For this I used my Naked and Naked 2 palettes from Urban Decay and my Maybelline 24 hour Tattoo Eyeshadow in Bold Gold. I laid down a base of Bold Gold and blended it out lightly into the crease. Then I went into the Naked 2 and used YDK on my mobile lid. Then, using the Naked palette I picked up Toasted on a fluffy crease brush and blended it on the crease concentrating on the outer v. Finally I used Sin as a brow highlight and blended out Toasted. For eyeliner I used Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Underground. I just tight-lined all the way around.

Brows: I used my ultimate favorite and stand by, the Anastasia brow powder in medium ash. I use this everyday with an angled brush to fill in my teensy brows. It is PERFECT! Hands down the best brow option!

Mascara: I tried out a new one tonight and I have to say that. I am not impressed. It is the Too Faced Lash Injection. It was dry and not very buildable. I managed to get my lashes how I liked them but I have used cheaper products that worked better really. Very disappointed 😦

So that wraps it up I hope you like it and feel free to ask any questions.

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Make up melt down

Well in Arkansas it officially feels like summer. And that means it is time to reevaluate our make up routines. No more slaving over intricate full faces, bc thirty minute after you lave the house it melts off! So now we need to shoot for a more simple look using lighter product that can withstand the walmart parking lot, am I right? So while shopping for more make up that I in no way need I picked up the Aveeno Positively Radiant Tinted Moisturizer. All I have to say is wow! First of all I was totally shocked that they had a fair-light option. I’m very fair and usually the lightest option is light-medium. If the product could pass for medium skin tones there is no way it could work for me! But the fact that they had a fair option is what got it in my shopping cart. The fact that it is fantastic now has it in a place of honor on my vanity. It is smooth and goes on feeling so light, but it is super pigmented. Most of the time a T.M. Only gives you the faintest coverage, but this one gives me foundation like coverage without the mask face. Tonight, we are having dinner with my in laws and I did this look super fast! Below are a list of products I used. Over all I say go out and pick up a bottle asap!

Face: Aveeno Positively Radiant Tinted moisturizer
Bronzer: Park Avenue Princess from Tarte
Blush: Happy Booster Tranlucent Face Powder
Eyes: Covergirl eyeshadow in Tapestry Taupe
Urban Decay eyeliner in Juju
Lights,Camera,Lashes! Mascara from Tarte

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