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TIS’ THE SEASON…TO BUY A SHIT LOAD OF EYE SHADOW PALETTES….

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Nomad cosmetics shadow singles, Urban Decay Distortion, Juvia’s Place Douce, and Too Faced Chocolate Gold

I have done most of my Christmas shopping by now. All I have left is my younger nieces and nephews, plus my parents and in-laws. Considering how lengthy my Christmas list is, that is an achievement. In the mix, I bought myself some things as well. I got a bunch of new shoes over Black Friday/Cyber Monday, and donated the old ones. It was time for an upgrade. I guess I’m getting old, because I splurged and got some quality pairs, instead of the ones I usually pick up from Forever 21 or Target. I mean, I’m not going to pass up a cute pair of shoes from either of those stores, but I want to pretend I’m an adult. 

Since it’s the holidays, a lot of new eye shadow palettes have been released. I was eyeing the Urban Decay Distortion palette, Too Faced Chocolate Gold, and the Juvia’s Place Douce.  There was some shipping drama with my Urban Decay palette though. Since I’m a Rouge member with Sephora, I got early access to it. So I ordered one for myself. Then I remembered one of my friends wanted one too, so I placed another order for her. Another friend also wanted it too, so I placed a third order. 

Unfortunately, Sephora uses Lasership and they tend to not deliver my packages before 10pm, which is problematic. I usually am asleep, or forget to check the porch before bed by the time it gets delivered. One of the orders actually got to me on time. The other got delivered at 10pm and sat on my porch until morning. The last order was “mis-sorted” and ended up someplace in East Who Cares New Jersey. I waited a few days before contacting Sephora. They said the package was lost and issued me a refund. But the eye shadow was sold out, so I couldn’t place another order. GAH! 

Thankfully, the shadow was re-released the following day. So I ordered another one, and opted to have it ship USPS. Through some odd stroke of luck, the order that was “lost”, got found. It was delivered on Saturday at 11:30PM. I grabbed later that night from the porch when I got home from the bar. I also did end up getting the 4th order yesterday. So lest Sephora charge me for the one that was refunded, I have returned one of the units. OMG, so much drama! But at least now my friends Christmas gift is in my hands. I have used basically all of these palettes at this point. But I need to get back into doing reviews. I think I’m going to upgrade my DSLR camera over Christmas, so I can take some nice pictures of swatches and things for reviews. Stay tuned!

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REVIEW: FENTY BEAUTY GALAXY COLLECTION

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I just realized I haven’t done a beauty review in FOREVER. So I thought I’d select one of my recent Sephora hauls to discuss. I already bought some Fenty Beauty pieces before, so I knew I liked the quality (I’m kinda fighting with the highlighters, but we’re working things out). So I thought I’d check out the limited edition holiday 2017 collection. I’m so glad I did!

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I tend to panic-purchase when things are “limited edition” and “limited quantity.” So it’s no surprise I opted to try a few things from the collection. I had to get the Galaxy Eyeshadow Palette ($59). I haven’t fully played around with it, but using a “glitter glue” eyeshadow primer is recommended. I personally use the Too Faced Shadow Insurance Glitter Glue. I believe ELF and NYX make a more affordable version, but I haven’t tried them. I really hate spending more than $40-$50 on an eyeshadow palette, but it got good reviews. The colors are so pretty in person, the pictures from my phone do this zero justice. They are so much more vibrant in person! I will post pictures of an eye look when I have a chance, I will probably use it for Halloween.

In addition to the eyeshadow, I picked up all three colors of the 2-in-1 Glitter Release eyeliner. I thought the “Nepturnt” and “Alien Bae” colors looked very similar when I first swatched them. But when they are dry, you rub them to reveal the glitter. Once I did that, you can see the colors are different. Not sure I will use “Later, Crater” as an eyeliner, as I don’t like using light colors as eyeliner. But it is so pretty, I will try it out as an eyeshadow on the inner corners. 

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MAGICAL UNICORN HAIR!

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In addition to a Halloween party, I got magical unicorn hair over the weekend. I gave  my hair stylist 6 months notice that I wanted to do this. She has never done rainbow hair before, so she researched it before I hit the chair. It was a great success. I love it! Who doesn’t want to look like a unicorn?

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My stylist used Joico Intensity hair color for the job. 

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LET’S REVIEW!

I just noticed I haven’t reviewed anything in a while. Oops! Well we can fix that. I got a bunch of things from Sephora over the last few months. So I’ll talk about a few of them right now, and save some for later. I started using the Farsali “Rose Gold Elixir” and it’s my favorite thing ever right now. The consistency is more of an oil. I generally use it at night and even put a tiny bit on my lips. I don’t actually know if you’re supposed to apply to lips, but I do. Let me tell you, it works miracles! I only use it once a day, so hopefully I won’t die if I continue to use it on my lips. It also does wonders for my skin. My skin feels plump, smooth, and moisturized in the morning. Bonus, there are tiny 24k gold flecks in the oil and you can use it as a makeup primer. Makes me feel so glam! Which reminds me, I need to review the Peter Thomas Roth “24K Gold Pure Luxury Lift & Firm Prism Cream” at some point. I’ve been using that in the morning on top of my moisturizer. I think my goal in life is to look as youthful as C3PO? haha!

Next up is the Belif “Peat Miracle Revital Eye Cream.” I always confuse Belief with Philosophy, they have similar packaging. I’ve only used this cream a few times, so I can’t say how well it works long-term. I’m waiting to use up my current eye cream before switching. But the consistency isn’t very creamy at all. It’s almost like a gel. So it’s not watery-looking, but a bit heavy. I don’t mind the texture, I actually don’t need a lot so I feel like it will help people use less product. It’s also a bit pricey, so it’s good that you don’t need to use a lot. I did find it moisturizes really well. I only have some fine lines and wrinkles, which are mostly caused from squinting a lot. Oops! I didn’t notice if it helped or not, but I generally only notice the lines when I apply powder makeup, or use a heavy concealer. So I think the heavy consistency will help makeup not settle into lines around my eyes.

I just got the Ciate “Dewy Stix.” I have an addiction to highlighters, so I had to try this. It’s not glittery like a typical highlighter, it’s more of a subtle shimmer. It is supposed to make your skin more dewy. It does that pretty well. It’s good for times when you want a subtle glow, and not look like a show pony. You can also use it to enhance your highlighter. The product can be used under any powder highlighter, which is cool. I haven’t tested this part yet, but I’ll try to report back when I do.

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EXCEPTIONS…

I always said when I get married, I wouldn’t do a veil. I just find them to be an expensive piece of tulle I could hack together myself with a $3.99 trip to a craft store. But I guess it depends on the dress too. A lot of the wedding dresses I tried on and liked, didn’t look good with a veil. But the dress I ended up with, does. So here I am, spending a lot of money on a veil, like I said I would never do. 

I guess I can justify the purchase because my dress was a real bargain. Also, it’s being handmade from a small business. So at least I can say I’m supporting a small business. Also, my veil is freaking awesome. The seller sent me pictures this morning, it will be shipped out soon. I can’t wait! It will really fit the wedding theme well. Also, I have an exciting appointment next week, that I’ll talk about later with a famous bling queen. She is going to make a belt for my dress that will outta this world. I just wish these were things I could wear again, just feels like a waste. But I guess that is what weddings are, a money pit. Albeit, a fun one at least. 

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REVIEW: #Valentia Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer @brandbacker

Hey guys! I was selected by Brandbacker and the lovely people over at Valentia to review the Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer. I’m so happy I was selected to try it, because I really love this face cream. I was in the market for a new cream, as the one I was currently using proved to be far too heavy for my oily skin. This product is very lightweight, and absorbs quickly. It also leaves my skin with a nice glow, and it doesn’t make my face look greasy by the end of the day. The cream also doesn’t have any strong fragrance and you don’t need to use a lot. Overall, I’m very impressed with this product.
About Valentia:
Valentia products have been formulated with natural and organic cosmetic ingredients that will repair and protect the skin. They perform extensive research into what skin care customers find most important. They saw an overwhelming demand for skin care that is natural, free of toxins and parabens. Natural ingredients with an organic base, have proven most effective at repairing skin damaged skin. Their products help prevent signs of aging. The products reverse signs like, wrinkles, dark spots, and effects of oxidative stress on the skin.
About the Product:
Valentia Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer – A lightweight fast absorbing cream that illuminates skin while providing all-day hydration.

This Brightening Moisturizer Will:
– Lighten dark spots
– Restore skin radiance
– Even skin tone
– Diminish fine lines
– Provide all-day hydration

Specially selected ingredients work together to achieve optimum results.

KEY INGREDIENTS:

– Botanical Hyaluronic Acid: Floods skin with moisture, supports skin elasticity, and plumps skin from within.

– Kojic Acid: Controls melanin production and prevents dark spots.

– Ginseng: Boosts skin firming collagen, fights wrinkles, and gives skin a brighter look.

– Safflower Oil: Repairs skin’s natural moisture barrier and provides superior skin protection.

– Shea Butter: Infuses skin with a myriad of vitamins and nutrients, for superior skin hydration.

LINKS:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01H582SGI
http://valentia.com
https://www.instagram.com/valentianatural/
http://www.facebook.com/valentiabeauty

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MOM’S SPAGHETTI

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 Super random, but I’ve been on an Eminem kick this week. Thankfully Amazon Prime will indulge me, and I downloaded some albums for the FREE! So now I resemble Michael Bolton in Office Space, jammin to my tunes.

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I’m sure it’s quite the sight. Anyway, I’m currently getting a pedicure. I’m trying out MiniLuxe, it’s a salon chain. The pedicures are a bit pricey, but I’m hoping it’s worth it. I hate doing my own pedicure, it usually turns out awful. I can handle painting my finger nails just fine. It’s basically the only thing my left hand is useful for, painting my right hand. Haha!

Anyway, another busy weekend coming up. I’m meeting up with Andy at his work for a party. We have tickets to a show, and we’re going to the beach. I can’t wait, should be good weather.

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