Tuesday, November 24, 2015

My Newest Find: A Drugstore Dupe For Mac's Pro Long Wear Concealer!

I have been wearing my Mac concealer for a long time now.  I think 2 years or so.  I had it in 2 colors, NW 20 and NW 25.  I go a shade lighter than my foundation color to highlight my under eyes.  In the summer, I was tanner so I was using NW 25.  I gave the NW 20 to my mom, because she ran out of hers.  Then fall came, and I was paler as usual, but I no longer had my color.  So, I ran to the drugstore to pick up a concealer in a hurry.  I ended up picking up the Maybelline Master Conceal Camouflage Concealer and loving it!!  It is so  similar to the Mac that if it was in different packaging, I wouldn't know the difference.  It is a thinner consistency, but has full coverage.  I set it with powder as I do all my concealers, and get no creasing.  I have high end and drugstore makeup, but I get so happy to find the drugstore equivalent of a high end product, because it is usually at least 50% less than high end.  I find the Maybelline concealer to be just as good, if not BETTER, than the Mac!

Mac Pro Long Wear Concealer in NW 25

Maybelline Master Conceal in Light

The Maybelline Master Conceal comes in a range of colors......Fair, Light, Light/Medium, Medium, and Medium/Deep.  It retails for around $9, and can be found at your local drug or discount store.  While Mac retails for $20.  If you have been wanting to try Pro Long Wear or currently use it, but don't like paying $20 per bottle, give the Maybelline a try.  I don't think you will be disappointed!!

Friday, November 20, 2015

My October Lifestyle & Beauty Favorites!

I haven't posted in awhile, because a lot has been going on in my life, but I think things are getting back to normal.  I didn't wear a lot of makeup in October, but when I did I was always grabbing the same things.  I was on a no buy for the month of September.  I didn't buy anything till almost 2 weeks into October.  I guess once I got out of the habit of buying, I just didn't have that itch to do so.  I ended up buying a Laura Geller Beauty Box that had a lot of products in it.  This was my first Laura Geller purchase, and I did like everything in the box.

Laura Geller Baked Balance & Brighten Blush - Tropic Hue &  Berry Trifle - I love blush, and I am a total blush junkie.  I was so excited to try these, because I have always heard great things about this line.  I really enjoy these blushes!  They are pigmented, apply smoothly, and give a soft glow to the cheeks that really brightens up the face.  This is very much a two in one product.  There is no need to add a highlight to this blush.  Funny enough, on the day that I purchased this blush, I also got a deluxe sample of it in my monthly subscription service (Ipsy, I believe).  I'm loving both shades and wearing them often.

Tropic Hue & Berry Trifle

Laura Geller Spackle Tinted Under Makeup Primer - Champagne - I love face primers and use them most of the time.  I am also a fan of a luminous or natural finish to the skin.  This primer definitely delivers, if a luminous finish is what you are after!!  The primer is lightweight and doesn't make my face oily, and I have normal to oily skin depending on the time of the year.  This primer luminates so well that I don't wear a highlighter with it.  I like to wear this with more of a natural to matte foundation.  I think it would be too much with my L'Oreal True Match Lumi.  If you are looking for that J. Lo glow and only want to use one product to achieve it, this product will easily and quickly give you that glow!

Laura Geller Baked Balance and Brighten Foundation Powder - I love my Too Faced Amazing Face Powder, so I was kinda iffy about whether I would even use this product.  I am glad that I have it though.  It is very different from my Too Faced powder.  The Too Faced is a powder foundation that adds extra coverage, but can also be worn on it's own.  The Balance and Brighten powder has a much lighter feel to it.  It doesn't add any additional coverage, but it does blur any imperfections and brighten the complexion leaving your skin looking fresh.  I think this powder is more of an everyday powder when you are going for a more natural daytime look.  It has never become heavy or cakey on me.

Benefit They're Real Push Up Liner - I knew of this product, but hadn't tried it.  I was so surprised when I went to my hair appointment, and my hair stylist had bought this for me as a nice surprise!  I really have enjoyed this product!  It makes doing a cat eye so much easier.  Cat eyes have been the hardest thing for me to master.  Makeup application has always come so easy to me, but the cat eye technique can be so frustrating.  It takes practice for sure.  I wish I would have found this product a long time ago.  It has more of a gel liner consistency than a liquid one, which I have always preferred gel to liquid.  I find it easier to work with.  The color is very black, but dries nice and matte.  I like to do a cat eye, because I find that if I do, I don't need to do much else to my eyes.  I usually do a light overall lid shade, and a medium brown in the crease for definition.  It's a great addition if you want to go from a day look to an evening look.  Just add the cat eye, and a deeper lip color.....VOILA!

ELF Eyeshadow Quad  - Tantalizing Taupe  - I wasn't sure about this product at first.  I have used lots of good ELF products, but with the shadows being strips, I wasn't sure that I could get to the product well.  I was wrong.  I had no problems getting my brush into the shadow, and I was so surprised at how much I loved this palette!  My looks came out great every time that I have used it, and my shadows never faded or creased.  I used an eyeshadow primer, but I use one with all my shadows.  I didn't get much fall out either.  This is a versatile, inexpensive palette that is great for everyday, natural looks as well as a more dramatic smokey look.

L'Oreal True Match Lumi - I have done a full review on this foundation, so I won't spend too much time on it, but it is one of my favorite drugstore foundations.  With the weather turning cooler, I really like to have more of a luminous finish.  I don't wear this foundation as much in the summer, because I can get too oily.  It is perfect for the colder months or someone with normal to dry skin.  If I want more coverage, I mix it with my Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation.  If you would like to see a full review, Click Here!

Black & White Toile Curtains - I love to decorate my home, and I always have!  My home is quite modern, but I have always loved toile.  I really never thought that it would work with my decor, but I found these on Amazon, so I had to try them.  I am a prime member, so I received them in 2 days.  They look even better than I imagined!  They are great quality with a great price.  Toile is so hard to find, and when you do it is usually very expensive.  I am so happy to have found these.  They also come in red and blue.  My mom loved mine so much that she got some for her home in red.  She is very happy with hers as well.  If you are interested in a closer look or purchasing them just search for Victoria Park Toil Curtains on Amazon.

*These panels are not as wide as standard panels.  I have two on each of these windows, but had to use four for the slider in my dining area.

This toile comes in different curtain lengths, a cafe curtain, and a few different styles of valances.  The panels also come with tie backs.  I didn't use them, because I have hardware tie backs.

The print in red.

DoTerra Petal Diffuser - I started using DoTerra about a year ago.  It has helped me with multiple ailments, and I am thankful that I found it, but this is my first DoTerra diffuser.  I have two others that I bought from Amazon, which I like and am happy with.  This one is a little different though.  It runs for one, two or four hours.  It has a soft white light that can be turned off if you prefer, but what really sets this diffuser apart from my others is the gentle water sound that comes from it.  It sounds like a small fountain or stream that is so relaxing.  It is also very easy to clean and operate.  I use my diffuser most nights before bed, and in the afternoon if I am taking some time out to relax or read with my tea.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Weekly Beauty Deals From 11/15/15 - 11/21/15


-  Sally Hansen Nail Products - Spend $15 get $5 Reward Bucks

-  Almay Products - Spend $12 get $4 Reward Bucks

-  Buy Any 2 L'Oreal Products - get $5 RB

-  Wet N Wild Nail Polish and Kohl Crayon Eyeliner - BOGO 50% Off


-  Cover Girl Eye Enhancers Eye Shadow - BOGO 50% Off

-  Revlon Shadow Links Eye Shadow - BOGO 50% Off

-  Wet N Wild Creme Lip Liner Pencil and Nail Color- 40% Off


-  Almay Eye Shadow - BOGO 50% Off

-  L'Oreal Eye and Lip Cosmetics - Buy 2 get 2,000 points added to your card

-  Cover Girl Eye Shadow - BOGO 50% Off

*These are National deals and can vary from state to state.

Friday, October 9, 2015

My Makeup Essentials: Products I Use Every Time or Almost Every Time I Use Makeup!

I have noticed that there are certain products that I always use, and I am never looking to replace, because I love them so much.  I'm not saying that there is definitely nothing better out there for me, but if there is, I haven't found it!  All of these products, I have been wearing for at least a year or more.  If someone were to say to me, which products do I definitely need in my collection, this would be my list.

NYX Powder - I bought this product pretty much on a whim.  I hadn't heard anything about it, but was looking for a brightening powder.  I was using the ELF Under Eye Setting Powder, which I really like, but was hoping to find something just a little more brightening.  This definitley did just that!  I have been wearing this powder for over a year.  I love it, and haven't even wanted to try anything else.  It sets my under eyes perfectly, while giving me just enough of a brightening effect.  It doesn't crease, and lasts all day.  I have NEVER had to touch up!  I found mine at Target.  I believe it was in the 8 - 10 dollar range.

Too Faced Amazing Face Foundation Powder - This is another product that I had never heard of, and for the life of me, I can't understand why!!  I wanted a finishing powder with extra coverage that would set everything, and not look cakey.  I went on Too Faced's website and just started browsing (in the past 6 months or so, I have really come to love this brand).  I read reviews on all the powders that I was considering and decided on this one.  I am soooo glad I did!  This one is a game changer for me.  It is light-weight, provides excellent coverage, never ever cakes up (and I use a lot), and it really perfects the skin in a way that no other powder ever has for me.  As soon as I tried it, I loved it and couldn't wait to tell my mom about it.  She tried it and loved it just as much as me.  She ordered hers the very same day!  I am in my 30's and my mom is in her 50's, and it works for both of us.  I never have to touch up my powder, I never get oily, and my makeup lasts all day!

MAC Pro Long Wear Concealer - I have been wearing this concealer for over a year now.  I still haven't ran out of product from my original purchase, and this concealer covers up my dark circles so well!  I don't have a little bit of circles, mine are quite blue in the inner corner, but you wouldn't know it after I apply this product.  I always use a good under eye and face moisturizer to prep my skin.  As long as I have that on, I will not get any creasing.  This isn't a thick formula, but it covers like one.  I have never met anyone who doesn't like this product!

*Since writing this post, I have found a drugstore dupe for the Mac Pro Longwear.  Try the Maybelline Master Conceal Camouflaging Concealer for half the price!*

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer - Brightener - I have been using this concealer even longer than the Mac one.  I have probably been wearing this for 3 or 4 years now.  This is a thinner formula than the Mac and not as opaque, but it really brightens in a way that the Mac concealer doesn't.  These two are the perfect companions!  I apply Mac first, and blend.  Then, I apply the Maybelline brightener, blend, and set with the NYX powder.  Absolutely love this combination!

NYX Eye Primer- Skintone-   I started using this at the end of last year/beginning of this year, I believe.  I also heard about it from youtube.  I've tried several eye primers.  All have done a pretty good job for me, but this one is different.  Not only does it prime your lids so your eyeshadow application is smoother, colors are more vivid, and creasing doesn't occur, but it also is an opaque formula that conceals all veining or pigmentation that is on your lids.  it's actually an eye lid primer and concealer in one.  I haven't reached for another primer since I bought this.  I found mine at Target for around 9 - 10 dollars.  I do have a dent in mine, but this will last me for so long.  It comes with a lot of product!

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara - I bought this at the beginning of the year, and I have been using it ever since!!  I had always hear good things about it, so I had to try it.  It is amazing!  It gives beautiful volume.  The brush is large, so I don't use it on my bottom lashes.  I always do 2 - 3 coats.  Anymore than that, I think it will get too thick and clumpy.  I am on the same tube that I purchased in January (I don't wear makeup everyday.  Probably 3 or 4 at the most!).  I have repurchased, but am trying to use up every little bit before opening.  I can't imagine not using this mascara!

Tarte Lights Camera Lashes Mascara - I tried this mascara for the first time in December of last year. I instantly loved it!  It has a mousse type of texture that goes on very smooth.  The formula isn't too wet though.  It gives length and volume, but the great thing about this mascara is it's lengthening and separating.  That's why I almost always pair this with the Too Faced Better Than Sex.  The only time I don't wear them together is if I am doing a natural makeup look.  In that case, I just wear the Tarte.  Since I have started wearing this combo, I haven't worn fake lashes even once, and I used to wear them quite a bit!  I'm not saying I'm done with falsies, because that is just crazy talk, but the two mascara's are so beautiful together that I just haven't felt the need.  I am still using the same tube that I bought in December, and it is still working great for me!

*With both mascara's I have no flaking or transfer.

I also wanted to add that all of these products I introduced to my mom, and she loves them as well!  She wears them pretty much on a daily basis.  I think it's important to note that, because I am almost 38 and she just turned 55.  We also have different skin types.  Her's is dry and mine is normal to oily.  Knowing that they all work great for both of us shows their versatility, so I have to believe that most people would enjoy these products.  My mom is my best friend, so when I find something I love, I just can't wait to tell her and have her try it!  I get really excited about great products :)  If you have any questions for me, please leave them in the comments section!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Drugstore Beauty Deals From 10/04/15 - 10/10/15


-  Spend $15 on any Revlon products and receive $5 Reward Bucks

-  Buy any 2 L'Oreal products and receive $5 Reward Bucks

-  Buy any 2 Maybelline eye, powder, foundation, blush, or concealer and receive $5 Reward Bucks

-  Cover Girl Cheekers Blush BOGO 50% off

-  Spend $20 on any Physicians Formula cosmetic and receive $10 Reward Bucks

-  Rimmel Eye Pencil BOGO 50% off


-  Cover Girl Enhancers Eye Shadow BOGO 50% off

-  L'Oreal Eye Shadow Singles BOGO 50% off

-  Revlon Colorstay Eye Shadow BOGO 50% off

-  Rimmel Scandaleyes Eye Liner BOGO 50% off

-  Maybelline Eye or Nail item spend $15 get $3 Point Rewards


-  Almay Eye Shadows 40% off

-  L'Oreal Eye Shadow BOGO 50% off

-  Cover Girl Blush BOGO 50% off

-  Maybelline Eye Shadow BOGO 50% off

Friday, October 2, 2015

The Benefits Of Black Tea & Why Tea Is Such An Important Part Of My Life

If you have been following my blog, you know that I am a serious tea lover.  I first started drinking tea in college, but just here and there, and mostly in the evenings to calm me before bed.  Two years ago, I really started trying out different teas, and completely fell in love with it.  I started drinking it simply because I love the taste, and my heart is very sensitive to caffeine.  I didn't start drinking coffee till 32 or so, but it did give me heart palpitations on a regular basis and really started to irritate my stomach and make me very nauseous.  I don't miss my coffee in the least, and I love that by simply drinking something I love, I am helping my body be healthier.

We hear a lot about green tea and it's contributions to health, but rarely do we hear about the benefits of  black tea.  I drink all types of tea, but mostly green and black.  I love earl grey and english breakfast tea in the morning.  I haven't drank coffee in so long, the black tea gives me a little morning pick me up.  Aside from a little caffeine boost, these are some other reasons to add black tea to your diet.

For Oral Health - Black tea helps prevent plague and cavities.  The polyphenols found in black tea help kill bacteria and hinder the growth of bacterial enzymes that helps plague stick to the teeth.

For Bone Health - Some studies show that regular black tea consumption strengthens bones and helps  prevent arthritis because of the phytochemicals that it contains.

For Heart Health - Research shows that those who consume green and black tea daily and consume 3 or more cups per day, lower their risk of stroke by 21%.

Lowers Your Risk Of Diabetes - Research shows that regular consumption of 1 - 2 cups of black tea a day, lowers the risk of diabetes in the elderly.

For Stress Relief - Studies have shown that black tea can help you relax and concentrate. Black tea has also been shown to reduce cortisol, a stress hormone, with moderate daily consumption.

Boosts The Immune System - Black tea contains alkylamine antigens that boost the immune system, and helps fight viruses.

Increased Energy - While black tea has caffeine, it is much lower than most caffeinated beverages.  The low amounts increase blood flow to the brain without overstimulating the heart which can cause palpitations.  It also stimulates the metabolism, respiratory system, and kidneys.

Contains Antioxidants - Antioxidants are an anti-ager.  They help block DNA damage, and aid in cell turnover.

I have to say that drinking tea is just as much about the experience as it is the tea itself.  I love brewing loose leaf tea, and using a tea light to keep it warm.  It gives it such a pretty glow that I also find relaxing, especially at the end of the day.  I also love finding new teas, visiting local tea salons on the weekends, and getting tea tableware. I have a curio cabinet with my best stuff in it.  I have english and asian tea sets.  I love the delicate plates that come with it, along with the beautiful patterns.  I also love the little tea spoons that just add the perfect little touch.  Add a shortbread tea cookie, and.......perfection!  It is so nice to make tea for your loved ones and just sit in your kitchen or dining room and stop to relax and just spend time talking together.  With the way we live our lives today, it is nice to take the time to enjoy the experience and one another.  I was born way too late, it has always been very apparent to me, and taking the time for tea gives me a feeling of stepping back in time, slowing down, and appreciating the moment that I am in.  Not only does tea offer physical well being, but I also find it to provide mental and emotional well being.

If you are in the Columbus area and are interested in learning more about tea, and trying new teas, I would encourage you to check out some local tea salons.  I love going to Zen-Cha tea salon!  They have so many different types of tea.....English, German, Asian, African, and so on.  They offer a full menu, with brunch on the weekend, samples to taste, and a relaxing atmosphere.  I have also gained some good brewing information while speaking to the wait staff.  They have 3 locations.  One downtown, one in the short north, and one in Bexley.  We do have other tea salons in the area, but I like this one so much, that that is where I keep returning.  If you would like to visit Zen-Cha or get more info, you can visit them at zen-cha.com

*Pictures from last weekend at Zen-Cha with my mama.

Monday, September 28, 2015

My September Favorites!

This month, I was on a no buy, so I got into my collection and tried some things that I haven't been using regularly.  Which is really why I wanted to do the no buy.  When you have a lot of makeup items, you tend to forget what you have and end up neglecting great products.  The downside was that we got a brand new Ulta in my town, so that was quite torturous for me!  Anyways, this is what I used over and over for the month of September.

The Balm Meet Matt(e) Nude Palette - I have had this palette for over a year now, maybe two, I'm not sure, and while I used it and liked it in the past, I just kind of forgot about it.  As the name indicates, these are all matte shadows.  There are 9 in all, and the colors range from white, to rich browns, and neutral grays.  The size of these shadows are actually quite large for being in a palette.  You get a good amount of product and quality shadows for a really good price!  This palette is great on it's own as well as a companion palette for shimmery eye shadow palettes.  It is also lightweight, has a full size mirror, and a magnetic closure.  With the range of colors, you can create so many great looks.  I bought my palette on Hautelook.  They have flash sales and The Balm is on there quite often.

Pixi Correction Concentrate in Brightening Peach - I heard of this concealer from a youtuber that I have been watching for a long time.  I was interested in it, because I have pretty dark circles with some veining, especially under my left eye.  I wanted a correcting concealer to use under my regular eye concealer, because I had never tried one.  I have been using Maybelline's Dark Spot Eraser Concealer in Brightener for a very long time, and I think it is a fantastic product, but I use it after my concealer and it is a thin formula.  I wanted to see if I could find something that is a little thicker and really correcting.  This Pixi corrector is just that.  It is in a pot and it is much thicker than my Maybelline Dark Spot Eraser.  I apply it under my Mac Pro Longwear Concealer.  It is a salmony-peach color that blends well and really does a great job in correcting and brightening my dark under eyes.  I blend mine out with a damp beauty blender, which makes it very quick and easy.  I also set it with my favorite under eye setting powder, the NYX  Radiant Finishing Powder in Brighten.  You can find Pixi products at your local Target store.  I think it retailed for around $10 - $12.

Rimmel Scandaleyes Eye Pencils - Rimmel Scandaleyes eyeliners have been my favorite since I first tried them a few years back.  But over the summer, I didn't find myself wearing eyeliner.  I guess I just didn't want to mess with it because of the heat.  So, I either wore none or used shadow as liner.  Now that the weather is changing, I am reaching more for eyeliners and I remember why I love these pencils so much!  They are creamy, pigmented, have lots of shades, and last all day.  They are waterproof, so smearing or having watery eyes shouldn't affect the look.  They retail for around $5.

*If you are looking for a great lip pencil, try the Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liners.  They are also my favorite liner, with lots of great shades and a terrific formula!

Essential Oils - I have been using my essential oils for an array of things from health to skincare, and I have seen results and am really enjoying them.  I diffuse them, put them in oils for my skin, put them in all natural cleaners that I make at home, and use them with baking soda as all natural room deodorizers.  If you would like to learn more, please check out my recent blog post by clicking here!

Sleek Blush in Antique & Suede - This is my first Sleek Cosmetics purchase.  If you haven't hear of these, it is because they are a UK brand.  I have heard about them for a long time from youtube, and decided to order 2 blushes in August (I was sick in August and did my share of online shopping, which also prompted my no buy:))  I really like these colors for fall.  They are unique and unlike any other colors in my collection.  Since they came from the UK, the shipping did take longer, but the shipping cost was only $2, which I thought was excellent.  With shipping, I paid around $15 for both blushes.  I am very happy with my purchase, and would order again.  The only complaint that I have is that the packaging on these blushes is very hard to open.  I have to use my tweezers to pry it open, which is slightly irritating when you are getting ready, but it wouldn't keep me from buying from them in the future.  If you would like to see the Sleek Cosmetics line, go to sleepmakeup.com

Suede & Antique 

Maybelline Creamy Matte Lipstick in Touch Of Spice - I think this matte line came out last year, and I have to say that for someone like me, who isn't a fan of matte lipsticks, this is a really nice formula.  I know matte lipsticks are all the rage right now, but I find many formulas uncomfortable and very drying.  I don't have small lips, so mine tend to get chapped as it is.  Plus, I'm not a huge fan of the look of a matte finish.  I don't mind to wear it once in awhile, but I really prefer a creme finish that has some shine and is moisturizing.  Having said that, these lipsticks do not look, feel, or wear like a matte finish.  They are actually creamy, don't look drying, and last well on the lips.  Plus, I really love this color for the cooler weather.  I think it screams FALL!  If you haven't tried this formula or are someone who isn't in love with matte lipsticks.....try these.  I think you will be surprised!  These retail for around $6.