Friday, April 11, 2014

Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer for FAIR TO MEDIUM skin tones.

I'm going on VACATION in a week and I live in Washington and I'm headed to visit family and friends in Mississippi and Florida.  We have a problem because I look pretty pale.  I'm pretty much see-through.  I don't tan and I don't trust anyone to airbrush me because they tend to not pay attention to color ratios and I don't want to end up orange.  So, I decided to get a gradual self tanner and I saw this particular one and thought that it would be a good match for me.  I've never really come across a self tanner that included fair skin tones so I've always worried about being orange and streaky.  To show you guys how this one works, I'll be updating this blog post daily with the color progression and any notes that I might have on the way it's working/feeling/smelling/etc.  This lotion claims to NOT have a self tanner smell and be streak free and hassle free.  So, we shall see Jergens, we shall see.

The progression over a week is supposed to be very drastic and the bottle says that if you're not seeing enough progression, use it more than once a day.  So, I think every other day, I'll use it once in the morning and once at night.  I'll make sure to clarify under the heading for the pictures whether or not I used it once or twice.


And it begins...

$$$ Price - $11.99 @ Target

Pre-Lotion pictures  April 11, 2014
Just to be clear for those of you who will read this and still not know, these pictures are BEFORE I put any of the lotion on at all.  This is my starting point.  I will apply the lotion tonight after I shower and EXFOLIATE beforehand.  You don't want any uneven patches or weird flaky dark areas!  Do not exfoliate once you start using the lotion!!  It wont do you any good, you'll take off layers of skin that are being tinted and you'll see little to no progression. 

Night of April 11.  Day one of using lotion.
Ignore my sock marks.
So, one of the most surprising things about this moisturizer was the scent.  It smells AMAZING and I don't know exactly what it is but it smells fruity and tropical.  I love it.  It felt just like a regular lotion going on to my skin, it was a smooth application and was easy to move around and it absorbed quickly so I didn't have to stand around without any clothes on for too long.  When it dried, it wasn't sticky, it didn't make my skin feel tight or unusual in any way.  It was very light on my skin and my skin feels soft and moisturized.  So far, so good!!

Night of April 12.  Day two of using lotion.
So, on day two, I used the lotion twice.  I used it once when I got up before I put my clothes on for work and then I used it again after I took a shower later that night.  I took my shower around 4pm and this is at 7pm.  I can tell a difference and so far, no streaking! Comparison photo below just so you can see the difference.

And a comparison of the day I started and the end of day two after TWO applications.

Night of April 13.  Day three of using lotion.
Today I only used the lotion once.  I wanted to use it twice but I just didn't have time to get an application in before work this morning.  I came home at 3 and took a shower around 4.  I took this photo around 8pm, I wanted to give the color a bit of time to set up on my skin.  ****Also, so far, I'm not noticing ANY orange or yellow tones whatsoever.  The color is looking very natural and I really like the progression that I'm seeing.  Also remember that the color shouldn't go past the highest color on the bottle so, it's good once you reach your desired max level to continue to use it or to mix it with your regular moisturizer to keep up the color****  Aaaaand if you see my leg hairs, I apologize.  It's time for a wax but I want to wax them the day before I leave so they'll be fresh.  haha  Sorry!  :p

Night of April 14.  Day four of using lotion.
So far, so good.  Everything is still looking good!

Night of April 15.  Day five of using lotion.
These last few photos don't look as dark as the ones before but I think it's just the lighting.  All of the others were taken during the day with sunlight and these last two were taken on rainy days.  :(  They're still dark though and they're continuing to deepen in shade!!  Everything's still going great and it's actually making my skin feel really soft and nice.

Night of April 16.  Day six of using lotion.
Coming soon.

Afternoon of April 17.  Day seven of using lotion and the day before I leave for vacation.
Coming soon.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Sonia Kashuk "Completely Organized Cosmetic Case" Showing & an UPDATED 'What's in my makeup bag?'

My makeup has been in many different makeup bags over the years but it's been over FOUR years since I actually bought one of them.  I keep getting them passed on to me through friends sending packages and makeup swaps so I've been cramming everything that I use into bag after bag hoping that the next one will be the perfect fit.  Since I have so many, I didn't want to go buy a new one, it didn't make sense.

Now it makes sense.  I'v pretty much had to cram all of my stuff in to one bag with no compartments and no sense of organization and that drives me crazy.  I also only had room for the bare minimum unless I wanted to add more bags to my under the sink arsenal.  

I was browsing around Target today just trying to kill some time and I was walking up and down the makeup isles looking at everything longingly.  I don't know why but this makeup bag caught my eye.  Probably because the word "organized" was paired with "cosmetic" and the bag was on the small/medium size.  So, I picked it up looked at it and decided to buy it.

How much is it?!
The bag retails for $14.99 plus tax and the colors that were available were green and black.  There may be more colors but that's all they had at this Target.

I have photos of the bag empty, of the bag up against the current bag I was using and I show all of my stuff in both bags as a comparison.  The 'What's In My Makeup Bag?" questions will be answered below the coordinating pictures!  I felt it would be easier that way.

*Not pictured here is the Garnier Oil Free BB cream in Light/Medium.  It would not fit in my previous bag and I forgot to take a picture of it.
  • Garnier Oil Free BB Cream - I'm still using this every day in the place of a foundation and I LOVE it.  It's been a little over a year since I started using it and I'm on my second tube.  It lasts a very long time and a little goes a long way.  It gives me great coverage, it's very lightweight and it keeps me from breaking out.
  • Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder - This is a super cheap pressed powder that I bought to just set the BB cream.  I paid about $4 for it and bought it in the translucent shade so I could just get a soft finish without adding any extra color.
  • MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Soft & Gentle - I love MAC's MSF line.  It's a really pretty pearly glow with just a hint of color.  I use it with an angled brush as my highlight.  I've been using it daily since I bought it in September and I'm not even close to hitting pan.  You can also add a touch under your blush to make it a little glowy.
  • MAC Extra Dimension Blush in Barely There - I LOVE this shade.  It really is barely there and it's perfect for just a little flush of color.
  • Pumpkin & Poppy Oak Bark Contouring Powder - I use this for contouring but if you're not more fair toned, it wont look really good on your skin.  I'm hoping that in the future, there will be more colors to choose from.  I've had this particular one for about 10 months and I just reordered a new jar.  It lasts a long time and it does a fantastic job.

  • NYX HD Photogenic Concealer in Yellow - I use this for my under eye area. Find the review here.
  • Benefit Erase Paste in Medium - I stopped using this under my eyes and use it around my red areas.  It's brightens and perfects and it works well around my nose and to shape my brow line after I apply my powder and gel.

  •  Essense I Heart Punk Jumbo Liner - I LOVE this liner.  One was sent to me by a friend and when that one ran out, I went to Ulta and bought another one.  It's SO super cheap and it's the best liner marker I've ever used.  It never skips and it's bold color until the very end.
  • L'Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara - The best mascara I've ever owned.  No flaking, no smudging and all day lift.
  • Too Faced Shadow Insurance Eye Primer - I bought this when it was on sale at Ulta for $10.  I think it works just the same as any other primer I've ever purchased at a store.
  • Benefit Gimmie Brow in Medium/Deep - I LOVE this.  It's a colored brow gel and the applicator is a tiny spoolie that runs effortlessly through your brows to fill them in, give them shape and keep them in place.  I use a little powder under this and then finish out my brows.
  • Urban Decay Naked Basics - This palette is a must have for the price.  I use one of the shades daily for my brow powder and I use the matte black daily to set and smoke out my liner. 

  •  Every week I change out the indie shadows that I use.  This helps me keep the ball rolling and it helps me to use and try everything that I have.  This week Fyrinnae and Innocent+Twisted Alchemy were in there.  All of these shades are amazing, btw.

  •  I was able to put my NYX JEP in Milk in the front zipper pocket and all of the Color Tattoos that I currently own!  That was a huge plus for me since, if it's not in my makeup bag, I have to store it in my bedroom closet.

I didn't end up using all the space that's available but that's because I haven't gone in my closet to dig through my makeup and add more to it.  The zipper pocket in the inside of the bag is empty right now and I think I'm going to put some lip colors in it.  That's really all that I'm missing and I've had to keep ALL of them in my bedroom and that means that I lot of times, I forget to use them and take them with me.

All in all, I'm really happy with this purchase.  It's functional and it was worth the money.  Everything fits and there's room for more.  This will also be great for traveling since it does have the extra space.  **Also, my BB cream fits now and that makes me happy!

Tell Me More
If there's anything that you have questions about or if you'd like to see a more detailed review on anything in this post, let me know!!  What makeup bag are you using?  Share some pictures with me!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Liquid Sky Lacquer; 24 Karat Rose [Review & Swatches]

I got a polish order today from a super amazing company called Liquid Sky Lacquer.

**They are currently shut down but they will be back open TODAY (2/22/14) at 2PM pacific time!**

I ordered Head To The Bahamas (a very neutral holo) and 24 Karat Rose (a shimmery thermal).
Today I have a review for you on 24 Karat Rose.  I have never used a thermal before so, that's why it was my first pick out of the two to wear.  If I would have used one before, I would have gone for the neutral holo because it's way too gorgeous for words.  You can google it and then see a review some time next week from me!

I didn't use a base with this color, I never use a base unless I know something is going to stain.  Bases tend to make my nails turn yellow REALLY fast and that grosses me out.  I used three coats of 24 Karat Rose (two would have been just fine) and the 'Speedey' top coat from CND.

When polishing, because the polish is wet, it pretty much goes on as the "warm" color, which is a sheer gold.  I'm not going to lie, the fact that it was BARELY changing colors for me made me a little nervous and I thought that I was going to just end up with this sheer gold color and not much else.  When I applied the top coat, it went crazy changing colors and then after everything dried, I really got the full effect.  So, note for newbies to thermals, don't judge it until it's dry!  The application was very nice, coverage is amazing and the brush is a really nice size, it's not super wide but it's not way skinny like Essie polishes.

First photo is right after I applied just 24 Karat Rose without the top coat.  You can see what I mean as to why I was a little iffy at this point.  

Second photo is after the top coat had been applied and 100% dry.

Third photo is right after I came back inside from being outside!

Tell me, tell me. Do you like this color and have you ever used a thermal before?  What's your favorite, if you have?  Have you ever tried Liquid Sky Lacquer before?  Do you wanna?!

Friday, February 21, 2014

NYX HD Photogenic Concealer in Yellow [Review & Swatches]

I went to Ulta and picked up a NYX HD Photogenic Concealer in Yellow for my under eye circles.  I've heard great things about it from other people and I really wanted to try it because here lately, my under eye circles have been really bad and that's a problem.  I can't be looking this rough, it's just not good for business.

What I've been using
I friend of mine that I went to beauty school with works for Benefit and recommended Erase Paste.  It's supposed to be an under eye concealer that brightens and makes you look amazing.  It's an okay fix, it's not amazing, it's not a miracle in a jar, it's not worth the price (imo).  For a full size jar of Erase Paste you'll shell out $22 + tax.  Luckily, I found a smaller jar that was half the size of the full size jar for $10 on the little racks in the checkout line at Ulta so, I didn't pay an awful lot for it but I still paid more for it than I paid for the concealer from NYX.  Erase Paste comes in three shades - Light, Medium, Dark.  There's really nothing in the concealer to cancel out under eye circles.  Don't get me wrong, it brightens but it also enhances the blue-ish tone that's going on with my under eye area and it settles REALLY bad into the lines under my eyes so, I really needed to find something new!  

Ergo, NYX HD Photogenic Concealer.

  • It's cheap!
  • It's in a tube and has a doe foot applicator
  • No talc or parabens
  • Doesn't settle into my lines
  • Mineral enriched
  • A big NOTHING.  I kind of love it.

How much is it?!  $$$
This tube of concealer will only set you back $4.99 + tax for 3 grams in a tube with a doe foot applicator; not bad at all.  If you can snag it when Ulta is having a bogo 50% off of NYX, then you can grab a few different colors and try them all for yourself!

The yellow shade is specifically for under eye circles.

Just some pictures from yesterday.  NYX under both eyes just for kicks.  Ignore my hair, we were fighting.

Did you know??
The leading cause of under eye darkness is dehydration.  A lot of people don't even get CLOSE to drinking the amount of water that they should be drinking DAILY.  Just because you drink what you should on one day doesn't mean that you can skip the next week and then put in just one more day.  It doesn't work like that!  Your body needs water, it NEEDS it.  Put down the coffee, grab a bottle of water and add some Mio if you need to but DRINK WATER!!  You'll be really surprised at the changes in your skin!

Tell me more.
Do you have under eye circles and darkness?  What do you use to combat the problem?  Are you interested in trying this concealer?

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Maybelline Color Tattoo [Review & Swatches]

I know, I know, I'm totally late on this particular product but I really have always LOATHED cream shadows and I've never ever wanted to use them for any reason at all.  The closest that I've ever gotten to using a cream shadow for anything was using the NYX JEP in Milk as a base for a few colors and, honestly, I really only used it for tutorials and not actually when I would do my makeup.  When I do my makeup these days, I'm usually rushing through it.  Not because I'm in a hurry or because I don't like doing my makeup but, I currently have to do my makeup at my bathroom sink and I can't get comfy and relax and play around as much as I want to and I just kind of want to get in and get out.  Ya feel me!?

So why did I even pick these up in the first place?

I've been on this crazy kick where I do my brows, add some concealer to clean them up and act as a natural highlight and then I want ONE color on my lid.  One.  I don't want to overdo it, I'm currently working two jobs, I want something to last me all day long and something that will transition from job to job or from job to play.  So, I started using the shades that I had that I liked enough on their own but it was still a pain to have to dig them out every day and use a brush and blah blah.  I'm pretty lazy at 6am, I'm not going to lie and I already HAVE to do my brows with a brush and use my concealer with a brush because, if I didn't, I wouldn't feel right.  The brows have to be done, period.  So, something that I could use with my finger, apply super quick, looked nice on its own, lasted all day and was easy to store and apply.  BOOM, Maybelline Color Tattoo!

Now, like I said, the point of my color choices was to get colors that look really good on their own with my eye color and skin tone and colors that were just super versatile and pretty neutral for right now.  Those are basically the only factors that went in to my color choices for these.


  • Very pigmented 
  • Easily blended out
  • Applies easily with your finger
  • Blends with other shadows easily
  • Great as a base
  • Packaging is nice and they're easily stored
  • Without primer, there was no creasing after 10 hours, which is as long as I've worn any of these so far
  • The pot has a really wide mouth so, even when the product gets low, you'll still be able to reach it without any problems
  • Without a primer, they lose pigmentation throughout the day

They really need a million more colors.

Purchase Price $$$
  • Target - $5.99  (where I bought Bad To The Bronze)
  • Ulta - $6.99
As far as I know, these weren't on sale when I purchased from Target and when I purchased from Ulta they were buy one get one 50% off.  Great deal for these but they're still $1 more at Ulta.

Shades Purchased
  • Bad To The Bronze
  • Barely Branded
  • Tough As Taupe

These have really changed my opinion on cream shadows.  I like them, they're nice.  I don't know if it's the packaging, the pigmentation or the awesome colors (maybe it's all three) but I love them.  They're actually really creamy and they don't dry out and flake and crease on my lid throughout the day and every other cream shadow that I've ever used has done that to me.  Big time.  So, I'm totally happy with them, I wish that the pigmentation was 100% spot on throughout the day WITHOUT a primer but honestly, the loss in pigmentation isn't that bad and I could still see myself wearing these without a primer if I was out of primer or forgot primer or whatever. *I should also add that using these with primer doesn't enhance the color at all because they're so pigmented, it just makes them last a bit longer.  I also really like that these look like they'll last me my entire life.  There's SO much product in these jars for them to be so pigmented.  You barely have to use any!  There's 4 grams of cream in these jars!!  And they're pretty indestructible, I'm pretty positive that I could throw this at my wall and it would break through the wall before it broke the jar and that's wonderful since I tend to be pretty clumsy and I tend to drop and shatter things.

Tell me more.
What do you think about these colors?  Do you own any Color Tattoos?  Which ones and how do you like them?  Which colors do you recommend?

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Get This Party Started!

I took a five month break from blogging and reviewing to focus on school and I went on a pretty serious no buy.  As most of you know, I went to school to become a licensed esthetician and all of my tests are 100% done and now I'm just waiting on my final scores from the state so that I can send in the payment for my license and then start working!  But, lucky for you and me, I get to actually pick back up on blogging now!  I just wanted to give everyone a quick update on everything and then a little overview of a few things to come to the blog.

Since I went on a break:
  • I chopped all of my hair off and I'll never have it long ever again.  (Beauty school opens up exploration.)
  • I started waxing my own brows and lip and chin and everything else that girls can wax by themselves.
  • I've started taking better care of my skin.
  • I stopped washing my hair every day.
  • I learned that baby powder does the same thing as dry shampoo and it's 10000x cheaper.
  • I've stopped being so critical of myself and my abilities as a makeup lover.
  • I got a kitten!
  • I have a plan for my future!

Baby Noms!

Not so baby Noms and me.  :)

Things I'll be posting within the next week:
  • Maybelline Color Tattoo review and swatches.  -  I know I'm way late on these because they've been out forever but I've never really been a fan of cream shadows unless I was using them as a base and, let's be honest, I hardly ever use anything other than a primer and my JEP in Milk as a base.
  • NYX HD Photogenic Concealer in yellow for under eye circles.  I'm going to have the green one for redness later on as well but Ulta was sold out!
  • NYX Butter Gloss.  I'm wearing it right now and I really think you guys will love the review.
Posts I'll be working on for the rest of this month and March!
  • Random swatches from Glamour Doll Eyes of shadows that have just recently been released as well as a blush in the shade Day Job that I've worn every single day since I've gotten it.
  • Random swatches from Madd Style Cosmetics because I've gotten a bunch of their shadows in swaps recently and I need to show them off.
  • A few nail swatches from some indie polish companies that I've been loving lately including Literary Lacquers, Pahlish, ManGlaze and Liquid Sky Lacquers.
  • A new "What's In My Makeup Bag" post to catch everyone up on what I've been using.
  • Various skin care posts of little, simple things that you can do that will make a huge difference in the way your skin looks!
If you have any requests for reviews or tutorials, you can always comment here on the blog or leave me a comment or a message on my Facebook page!  I'm so happy to be back and I can't wait to start posting again!  

What have been your new favorites in the last five months?  Catch me up!!