Sunday, July 29, 2012

I'm Back!/ Accutane Update

Hi guys! (if anyone is still reading this, haha!),

I'm back from vacation, so that hopefully means I'll be back to posting regularly again. I did some great shopping while I was away, especially makeup stuff, so I'll be sharing that soon. Since I passed the two month Accutane mark while away, I wanted to give an update on how it's been working for me.

My dermatologist reduced me from two pills to one for my second month, and I have to say that definitely improved the dryness on my skin and lips. My lips are still dry and chapped, but nowhere near as badly as they were before, and the dry patches on my skin have pretty much disappeared. Yay! Unfortunately, the acne itself is another story. It has gone away drastically on my back, which is great, but it's worse than ever on my face. In the past few days it has cleared up a bit, but I'm still disappointed with that. But it has only been two months, so I've still got a ways to go!

By the way, if anyone is experiencing severely chapped lips, good old Carmex works wonders. This stuff is old news, but I only tried it after someone recommended it in the comments on my last Accutane post. Thanks :)


Tuesday, July 10, 2012


Hi guys,

I'll be away on vacation for the next 2 1/2 weeks, so I probably won't be posting much, if at all. I'll be back up posting regularly when I get back!


Friday, July 6, 2012

Shopping My Stash Day 6

Looks like this will be my last Shopping my Stash Day, so much for making it a week! I'm going away for the weekend and I most likely won't be wearing any makeup tomorrow anyway! But overall, I really enjoyed this little challenge and would definitely do it again sometime. Today I used one of my all time favorite palettes, Too Faced's Glamor Revolution.

Eyeshadow: MAC paint pot in Bare Study (all over eye); Too Faced Glamor Revolution palette (Glamazon on lid, Milk Chocolate in crease); Stila illuminizer* (highlight)

Cheeks:Too Faced La Vie En Rose blush

Lips:MAC Viva Glam Gaga 1 lipstick, Benefit gloss in Life on the A List

If you ever feel overwhelemed by your makeup collection, give this challenge a try!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Shopping My Stash Day 5

Welcome to Day 5! Remember how I said I stick to neutral eye looks? Well, I lied. I actually love a good purple eye because it really makes my green eyes stand out. I haven't done one in ages, so I decided to pull out some of my neglected purples for today's look. PLus my skin is really bad today, so hopefully the brighter eye look will distract people from that! Just an FYI, the Chanel quad is kind of crappy... the colors aren't all that pigmented (hence the white base), and it's definitely not worth the price. I'm also not crazy about the NYX Jumbo eyeshadow pencils, they crease on me like crazy!

Eyeshadow: NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil in Milk* (on lid, as a base); Chanel Stage Lights quad (top right on lid, bottom left in outer v, top left as highlight); Essence Glam Rock eyeshadow in Pink Punk (crease)

Cheeks:Hard Candy Blush Crush Baked Blush in Living Doll (love this blush!)

Lips: MAC Kissable Lipcolor in Enchantee


Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Shopping My Stash Day 4

Happy 4th of July, everyone! In honor of the holiday, I decided to do something festive with my eye makeup. I wouldn't normally wear something like this during the day, since I tend to stick to neutral colors, but it's a fun look for a special occasion

Excuse my wet hair!

Eyeshadow: MAC crushed metallic pigment in Misty (silver, on lid); Stila Sunset (reddish color from the Living the Life in Laguna Beach palette, in crease); Essence 50's Girls Reloaded in 03 Come on Board Captain! (blueish purple color, in outer v); Revlon Skinlights Cream shadow (lightest color, as highlight)

Cheeks: Essence mineral powder blush in 01 Almost Famous

Lips: MAC lipglass in The Wee Coquette*

Just realized that almost none of these products are available anymore... whoops!

Have a great holiday, or if you're not in the US, a great Wednesday :)

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Lancome Rouge in Love Lipcolor: Corail in Love

I have been lusting after this lipstick for months, but I had only ever seen pictures and swatches online, and I almost never buy based on that alone. Who knows what the product looks like in person, or on your own skin? Plus, if it's a more expensive product, I don't want to waste your money on something I don't like. But anywhoo, I finally got the chance to swatch it a few weeks ago in Sephora, and it was everything I hoped for.

Ladies (and gents?), let me present to you, Lancome's Rouge in Love Lipcolor in Corail in Love

This is my first ever high end lipstick purchase (not counting MAC), and I am definitely impressed. It has a lovely, glossy sheen when applied, and I love the color. Coral, but not too coral, and bright, but still wearable (you can always tone down the brightness even more by using a light gloss. I've been loving the Clinique Long Last Glosswear in Air Kiss on top) . Its a bit of a departure from my normal, neutral-pinky lipsticks, and I mean that in a good way. If I'm going to spend a lot of money on a lipstick, I'd better not have the same one already in my collection! As far as longevity is concerned, I wore this one day, didn't touch it up once, and I noticed that my lips still had traces of coral after about 10 hours and eating in between. Not bad! The packaging is cute too, with the little seam running down the back, and I love the sleek silver. These lipsticks are $25, and are available wherever Lancome is sold.

I am very interested in the other shades in the line... I love the look of Sequence in Love (the one Emma Watson wears in the ads), but I'm not sure I can pull off a red!


Shopping My Stash Day 3

Welcome to day 3 of my Shopping My Stash Challenge!

The MAC colors are from the LE Caviar Dreams quad :)

Eyes: Catrice Gel Liner in Out of This World (base), MAC Retrospeck (lid); MAC Caviar Dreams (crease); Smashbox quad for Hazel Eyes, green color (outer V) (this was a LE Holiday product from a few years ago, I believe); MAC Brule (highlight)

Cheeks: Physician's Formula Happy Booster Blush in Natural

Lips: Rimmel lipstick in Nude Pink (available only in Europe, as far as I know)


Monday, July 2, 2012

Shopping My Stash: Day 2

Hello all!
It's day two of my shopping my stash challenge. Today's look is inspired by this video. I love how easy and wearable it is, perfect for summer!
(a * means that I'm trying to use that particular product up)

Someone needs her eyebrows waxed...

Eyeshadow: MAC All That Glitters (lid), Costal Scents 88 Warm Palette (3rd row form left, 4th down in crease and outer corner; 1st row from left, last color as liner; 5th row from left, 2nd down as highlight)

Blush: Maybelline New York Blush #301 (this line is not available in the US, as far as I know :(. A dupe is Milani's Luminous Blush, I think), MAC By Candlelight highlighter, NARS Laguna Bronzer

Lips: Revlon Colorburst gloss in Pink Ice*


Sunday, July 1, 2012

June Favorites

It's time for June favorites! Without further ado, here are the products I've been loving this month:

Tarte Park Avenue Princess Bronzer: After raving about it in my last favorites post, it has come to my attention that my Clarins Bronzer may be breaking me out (serves me right for using something that old), so midway through the month I started usuing this bronzer instead. It is a darker bronzer for me, but somehow it doesn't look too dark or muddy, even on my pale skin. I apply it with a Sigma F25 brush, and I dust it off a little on the back of my hand before applying it to my face. I like this much better than NARS Laguna, so go check this out if you're in the market for a shimmery bronzer.

MAC's blush in Stunner: This will not surprise you if you've payed attention to my makeup in my OOTD posts, but I love this color. It's the perfect, light, peachy-pink for my skin tone, and it's not overly shimmery, but not flat and matte either. Why did this have to be limited edition?!

Lancome's Rouge in Love Lip Color in Corail in Love: Again, hardly a surprise, since I wore this in most OOTD's. I won't go on and on here, since I plan to review this soon, but  I think this might be my new favorite summer lip color.

Clinque Long Last Glosswear SPF 15 in 10 Air Kiss: I know, I know, this too was in all of my OOTDS! I got this mini gloss in a set from my cousin for Christmas, and I love the formula of these. They really do last a long time, and give incredible shine to the lips. They are slightly sticky, which I personally like. This color is a pale, sheer pink with shimmer, and it works over just about any lip color. I don't know that I would repurchase this, since I have so many glosses to begin with, but I've been loving it this month!

Josie Maran Argan Oil: I've waited a while to buy into the Argan Oil hype, but my extremely flakey, dry skin led me to this, and I'm very impressed. I apply this every night to my chin (where it has been the flakiest) over my usual night moisturizer, and my dryness has drastically improved! My only complaint? $48 for a bottle...I was a cheapie and bought the small travel size for $14, but I think that'll last me a while, since a little goes a long long way with this.

Non-beauty related favs (only tv shows, for some reason?):

The Office: God bless my mom for having a Hulu+ subscripiton that she lets me use. I've been rewatching episodes of The Office all month long, and Michael Scott never ceases to amuse me. Funny stuff!

Dance Moms: Guilty, guilty pleasure. I only watch it for the dancing, ok! Don't judge me!


Shopping My Stash Challenge: Day 1

Hi guys!

I've been away from home for a month now, and I only had a limited amount of makeup with me. I got back yesterday, and I almost forgot how many amazing things I have that don't get enough love! So I've challenged myself to use a different eyeshadow/palette, blush, and lip combo every day for a week. I've marked the products I'm trying to use up with a *

Here's what I've used for today:

Eyeshadow: Maybelline Bad to the Bronze cream shadow, Sleek Storm Palette (lightest color on the lid, cranberry color in the outer corner), Too Faced Glamor to Go Pixi Palette (pale pink, as highlight/blending color*), Sally Girl Champagne Eyeshadow* (on brow bone)

Blush: Benefit Sugarbomb

Lips: Revlon Primrose lipstick, Maybelline Pink Cadillac lip gloss
Without lip combo
With lip combo (the lighting is weird here, but I swear my face and neck are the same color!!)
Hope everyone's having a great weekend!