Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Outfits of the Week: November 20 - 22

This was a lovely week at work with the Thanksgiving holiday coming up.  Things were slow and quiet.  But now I'm ready to sleep in for a couple of days and pig out with some delicious food!  My outfits for the next couple of days will all consist of stretchy pants.

This day I was very grateful for good concealer because I got far too little sleep thanks to a rambunctious kitty in the middle of the night.  And sometimes on a chilly day, it's just nice to throw on a sweater and some pants and be done with the whole getting dressed thing.  Add a scarf for some pizzazz and shoes and you're dressed for work!

burgundy sweater - Kohl's
leopard print scarf - Walmart
walnut essential chinos - Amazon
brown buckle flats - Rack Room Shoes

I ordered this cardigan from last week without trying it on and I was really happy when it arrived in the mail and fit really well!  I don’t plan to button it because it would be a bit snug that way but otherwise, it’s really a perfect fit in the sleeves and the length of the body of the cardigan.  It will be perfect fit for throwing on over a blouse on days when I need an extra layer.

Navy pintuck blouse - H&M
Navy cami secret - Amazon
Deathly hallows necklace - gift
Heather taupe cardigan -  Papaya
Brown skinny belt - Walmart
Moss essential chinos - Amazon

Taupe pointed toe flats - Payless

My hair was a little crazy looking in these photos because I was letting it cool before raking the curls out with my fingers.  So the curls are still kind of in chunks and not nicely blended.  Oh well!  It ended up looking good after I blended them.  And I decided that since everyone else had been dressing so casual for work this week, that I would jump on the bandwagon with jeans today, especially since I only had to work three hours.  #casualwednesday

burgundy blouse - Beall's Outlet
beige cami secret - Burlington
light grey cardigan - Papaya
gold pendant necklace - free with shirt from Papaya
black skinny jeans - Walmart
taupe ankle boots - Famous Footwear

Friday, November 17, 2017

Outfits of the Week: November 13 - 17

I could not wait for this week at work to be over!  In my five day work week, I started my day at five different locations at five different times.  That always just confuses me.  I wake up and think, "What day is it?  Where am I going today?  When do I need to be there?"  As a person who loves routine, it really throws me off.  You can tell by the photos: a half tucked in shirt here, a random chunk of hair sticking straight up there.  Let's just say I'm really happy that this week is over and that next week I'll start at the same time and place all three days.

The temperature for this day was supposed to get up to 75 degrees so I figured bare legs would be fine.  Turns out it took the entire day to get to that temperature and it was really chilly and foggy in the morning.  Lesson learned!  Next time, wear tights.

white button down shirt - Beall's Outlet
pink blazer - Amazon
khaki skirt - Kohl's
oval chain necklace - Kohl's
black skinny belt - Walmart
black captoe pointed toe flats - Payless

I was feeling very classic professional in this outfit.  Something about a collared shirt and pointed loafers feels very professor like to me.  I guess that's suiting because this day I was teaching a class of adults all day long.

cadet blue button down shirt - Kohl's (sleeves shortened by me)
white cardigan - Kohl's
skinny black belt - Walmart
black essential chinos - Amazon
grey faux suede and faux snakeskin loafers - Payless

I had planned on wearing a dress this day but I woke up and it was cold and all I wanted was something warm to wear.  I threw this outfit together in a hurry because I had to leave super extra early to teach again and I ended up loving how it turned out!  I guess sometimes I perform well under pressure.

oatmeal sweater - Kohl's
teal and earth tones necklace - ?? (It's so old, I don't remember where it's from.)
moss essential chinos - Amazon
taupe pointed toe loafers - Payless

On this day, I was going to wear my mocha blazer, but again the cold won out and I went with a cardigan instead.  I still really like the look though.  Minus the whole chunk or hair standing straight up I have going on here.

white ruffle sleeve blouse - Papaya
felix felicis necklace - gift
mocha cardigan - Papaya
tan skinny belt - Walmart
chili red pants - JC Penney
taupe pointed toe flats - Payless

And in this picture we have random hair out of place combined with random section of my shirt not tucked in correctly.  Oh well!  After a long hard week, it was nice to wear a comfy maxi skirt to work.  And it was chilly again in the morning so I wore fleece lined tights with my skirt this time.  I learned my lesson from Monday.

pink tie neck blouse - Kohl's
black 3/4 sleeve cardigan - Boscov's
gray maxi skirt - Sears
black fleece lined tights - Vanity Fair Outlet
black buckle flats - Rack Room Shoes

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Shop My Stash Drawer: November 16 - 30

This shop my stash drawer post is a definite mix of old and new.  I've pulled out some face products that haven't been used in quite some time and also have several new eye products and lipsticks and even have an eyeshadow palette that's still on its way.  Let's take a look at what's in this drawer for me to use over the next two weeks.

Blush, Bronzer, Highlighter
* city color be matte blush in papaya
* city color be matte blush in guava
* jordana blush powder in rouge
* e.l.f. mineral blush in jet setter
* essence silky touch blush in babydoll
* jane blushing cheeks in blushing petal
* elizabeth mott show me your glow shimmer shadow & highlighter
* essence pure nude highlighter in be my highlight
* e.l.f. contouring blush and bronzing powder in fiji (matte)

Eyeliners & Mascara
* wet n wild max volume waterproof mascara
* covergirl lashblast volume mascara
* l'oreal voluminous lash paradise waterproof mascara in blackest black
* e.l.f. mineral infused mascara
* essence waterproof eyeliner pen in black
* nyc high definition liquid eyeliner in extra black
* rimmel scandaleyes micro liner in black
* maybelline unstoppable eyeliner in espresso
* rimmel scandaleyes liner in deep blue
* physician's formula shimmer strips eyeliner in nude eyes (brown shade)
* rimmel scandaleyes liner in nude

* l'oreal colour riche lipstick in fresh as a rose
* l.a. colors chunky lip pencil feels nude
* revlon super lustrous lipstick in rose velvet
* essence long lasting lipstick in 04 on the catwalk
* milani color statement lipstick in nude creme
* milani color statement lipstick in naturally chic
* milani color statement lipstick in plumrose

Eyeshadow & Brows
* coastal scents revealed 2 palette
* profusion amber eyes palette
* profusion pro eyeshadow case in smoky
* profusion brow makeup case
* e.l.f. shape and stay brow wax
* e.l.f. instant lift brow pencil in neutral brown
* wet n wild photo focus eyeshadow primer 

Base Face Products
* e.l.f. makeup mist and set
* hard candy sheer envy hydrating primer mist
* covergirl outlast foundation in ivory
* foundation mix consisting of: l'oreal infallible pro-matte foundation in classic ivory and shell beige (50/50 blend)
* rimmel stay matte foundation in ivory
* l'oreal true match powder in n2: classic ivory
* benefit boi-ing brightening concealer in no 1
* e.l.f. HD lifting concealer in fair (mixed with manic panic dream tone foundation in virgin, whitest white)
* hey honey trick and treat cream concealer

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Ipsy Glam Bag: November 2017

My Ipsy Glam Bag came in the mail today and I am so excited to try out these products!  I'm really happy that for every product with shade options, I got the shade I was hoping for!  Let's take a look at what came in my bag.

Jewel Toned Bag - teal version
This bag doesn't feel like the best constructed bag I've ever received from Ipsy but it's cute and it will do.  Does anyone else subscribe to Ipsy and have a ton of these bags hanging around now?  What do you do with them?  I've used a couple here or there to store random things but I'm really starting to get an abundance of these tiny bags and I'm not sure what to do with them.  

Oribe Hair Care
Gold Lust Dry Shampoo

$6.60 ($44 for 6 oz.  I received 0.9 oz.)
As an every other day hair washer, I'm always up for trying a dry shampoo.  I haven't used this one yet but I sprayed it and it smells really nice.  We'll have to see if it works as nicely as it smells.

Nomad Cosmetics
Multi-Perfection Duo Brow Powder in Brunetta Brillante

$10? (Full size, as far as I can tell.  It's no longer sold on Nomad Cosmetics website so the only place I found it, I liked below.)
You know what is the last thing I want in a brow powder?  Freaking shimmer.  Nothing will make my brows look more fake than random places where there are chunks of shimmer and then just non-shimmery normal hair in other places.  Maybe this will make a good eyeshadow duo?  I'm just saying that I see why Nomad Cosmetics isn't actually selling this anymore.  How disappointing because I love me an actual good, matte eyebrow powder.  Also, it's hard to tell from the photo but this thing is tiny.  Like the size of a quarter.  Not impressed at all.  For reference, this size is 0.05 oz or 1.5 g.

Lip Liner Pencil in Spice
$5.00 (full size)
I'm always up for a good neutral lip liner.  This one has a little more brown to it than I would normally pick for myself but I tried it on today with a couple of different lipsticks and found that I liked it a lot mixed with my Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Naturally Chic to sort of darken that lipstick a little and make it a little more deep for a lovely fall look.  I'm looking forward to experimenting with this lip liner.

Colourpop Cosmetics
Pressed Powder Shadow in Come and Get It
$5.00 for full size
[link]come and get it
I love trying new eyeshadow!  This one looked like a pretty common shimmery copper in the packaging but once I got it out and swatched it, it turned out to be a shimmery pink with a golden duochrome shift to it.  It's pretty interesting and I think I'll have fun playing with it.

Deluxe Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Feisty

$7.77 ($29 for 5.6g.  I received 1.5g.)
Another thing I love to try out?  Different blushes!  And this is the exact shade I was hoping I would get!  It looks kind of like a sad pitiful bronzer shade in the pan but sheered out on the cheeks, it is the absolute perfect dusty rose neutral shade.  I can see this looking nice with so many different eye and lip colors.  This is by far my favorite pick from this bag.

Total Value: $34.37 + bag

Conclusion: When I saw the preview of these items in my Ipsy account, I was really excited about it.  But my biggest concern was that I would end up with all shades that wouldn't work for me.  Maybe Ipsy is getting to know what I like better as I review more products but they were right on the money with what I wanted for all of the items that had shade options.  Way to go, Ipsy!  Other than the weird brow product, so far I really like everything that I got.  I even think I can make that brow powder work as a shadow pretty well for me but I guess I'll have to use it to find out.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Weekend OOTD

Weekend OOTD
This weekend my husband and I actually left the house and had some fun.  First we did a bit of shopping.  Then we had a birthday celebration to attend.  It was actually cool here in Florida so I got to wear a fall weekend outfit.  There's just something about sweaters and boots that I will always love.

burgundy sweater - Kohl's
green tassle necklace - Buddi Box, December 2016
dark wash skinny jeans - Walmart
taupe ankle boots - Famous Footwear

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Challenge: Full Face Palettes Only

It's makeup challenge time!  I was inspired by this video that my favorite YouTuber, emilynoel83 made last year where she did a full face of makeup using only palettes.  Her rules were that everything except lashes had to come from a palette but for my needs, I had to also add in an eyeshadow primer and a face primer/setting mist.  Almost a full face of makeup using palettes only.  But I did add in an extra challenge to myself to keep every product under ten dollars.  Let's take a look at the blank canvas.

No Makeup
You can see I have a few issues I was dealing with before applying makeup.  I currently have a small blemish between my brows, another small one on my chin, some serious under eye circles, and some broken capillaries around my nose.

To start off, I used my hard candy sheer envy primer mist, which I find at my local Walmart store for $8.00.  I felt the need to pull this in because I was worried that the foundations I was using were going to have a hard time spreading and I thought this would make it better.  The product I used was the beauty treats sculpting palette, which I bought at Burlington Coat Factory for $5.99.  The outer packaging says it consists of foundation and highlighter creams.

To get an acceptable shade match, I had to mix three different shades, denoted in the photo above with asterisks (*).  First of all, I feel like the shade I ended up with is still too light and a bit too pink.  I felt like all of the shades had either very cool or very warm undertones and I really needed something a bit more neutral, though mixing them did help a little.  Second of all, they were so hard to blend.  I tried using both my fingers and a real techniques sponge and wasn't particularly happy with either method.  And lastly, I felt like there was not enough coverage for what I wanted and the foundation somehow ended up looking both dry and greasy at the same time.  I still felt like my problem areas were going to need a bit more coverage.

Currently, I've been wearing this foundation for only about four hours and it's already wearing off in patches.  Overall, I'd say spend your six bucks on something that's better quality for foundation.  I haven't tried the highlighter shades yet and while they did have a creamier texture, I'm not sure that they would perform any better.

For my concealer palette, I'm using the profusion beauty correct and conceal complete color correcting palette, which I bought at Burlington for $3.99.  It comes with a very nice brush but I just used my fingers to apply and blend it.  To cover my under eye circles, I used the second shade down.  To cover my blemishes, I used a combination of that shade and the shade on the end.  I was actually kind of impressed with how well it covered my dark circles but I felt like this was much more of a color correcting palette than a concealer palette.  I had a hard time blending a shade that matched my skin but overall, I thought this palette did an okay job.  However, these creams are really lacking some moisture and by the time my makeup was done, I felt like I was really looking like my crows feet were more exaggerated than with other more moisturizing concealers.

Powder & Bronzer
Powder was probably the hardest thing for me to find in the price range I was looking.  In the end, I went with my e.l.f. contour palette ($6.00 at Target).  I used the matte yellowish highlight shade very lightly to set my T-zone and under eye because I was afraid that foundation would wear away really fast.  I also used the warm bronzer to warm up my skin around my forehead and contoured my cheekbones with the cooler brown shade.  This palette is really awesome and I would definitely recommend it if you enjoy contouring and highlighting.

This broadway colors powder cheek palette in spring was $5.00 at Dollar General and comes with three matte blushes and a highlighter.  I have used this tons of times and I absolutely love it!  The blushes look bland in the pan but are stunning and lovely on the cheeks.  The highlighter is subtle but that's just how I like my highlighters to be.  I definitely recommend this one.

This is the e.l.f. illuminating palette, which I'm proud that I found at Marshall's for $2.99 but you can also find it at Target stores for $6.00.  There are four very subtle highlighters so if you're the kind of person that likes your highlighter to be visible from the moon, this probably isn't the palette for you but I really love every shade in it.  For this look, I used the pinky toned one.

Holy brows!  I bought this profusion brows brow makeup case at Target for $6.99.  It's one of the most expensive palettes in this challenge and quite possibly the most pigmented.  My brows are definitely more bold here than what I'm used to!  So if you buy this, be light handed and realize that a little of the ash brown powder goes a long way.  Or if you're the type of person who likes really chiseled, defined brows, you might really like this too.  This made for more intense brows than I'm used to but I'm just saying, I don't hate the way my brows turned out with this kit and I definitely will be experimenting with it more in the future.  This palette also comes with a very usable dual ended spoolie and angled brush, which I found very helpful.  In addition, you also get an ash brown brow pencil, a brow wax, matte beige brow highlight, and four brow powders.  I bet the brow powders and highlight could combine to make a pretty nice matte eyeshadow look too.

For my eyeshadow, I used the profusion pro eyeshadow case in smoky, which I found at Burlington for $5.99 but you can also currently buy online through Target.  I just want to point out that this is different than the profusion palette called smoky eyes that is currently being sold at Target stores.  The smoky palette that I have here is actually more similar in coloring to the palette at Target stores called nude eyes.  However, I feel like they are different enough that I want them both because this palette was fantastic!  The shades I used were so pigmented and easy to blend.  I also bought the amber eyes palette from Target and I am so in love with the formula of these shadows.  Basically, I think if you buy any of the tin eyeshadow palettes from profusion, you won't be disappointed.

Eyeshadow Application
To get this look, I first applied wet n wild photo focus eyeshadow primer, purchased at Walmart for $3.53.  I have a really hard time with eyeshadow creasing and this seems to be the only product lately that has been able to make my shadow last more than a couple of hours.  Without this primer, my shadow ends up in one gross, greasy line in the center of my eyes.  But this stuff is so affordable and works so well for me!

For eyeshadow, I started by using the fluffy side of the fantastic brush that comes with the profusion smoky palette to apply hazelnut to the crease to add some warmth.  I blended that really well and then used the flat side of the same brush to apply nude as a brow bone highlight.  I wiped that brush off and then went in with white out in the inner corner and I couldn't believe how pigmented those two light matte shades were.  Next, I used that same flat brush again to apply pinky copper to the lid.  I darkened up the outer V with a tiny crease brush and the matte dark brown called expresso.  Finally, I used a small angled shadow brush that was dampened with water to apply some of pitch black as an eyeliner on the top lash line.  On the lower lash line, I used a pencil brush to apply expresso on the outer half, blending it into the inner half with hazelnut.  After taking theses photos, I also curled my lashes and applied covergirl lashblast volume mascara.  I have a mini size that I bought at Target for $3.49.  I love how this whole eye look turned out and I would buy more of these profusion eyeshadow palettes in a heartbeat.

For the lips, I used the profusion alluring matte and color complete matte lipstick palette, which I found at Burlington for $3.99.  It comes with eight different shades of matte lipstick as well as a lip brush.  What it doesn't come with is a mirror, which makes a lip palette far less travel friendly.  Also, while all the other brushes that came with profusion products were really great, this one was not my favorite.  Compared to my real techniques lip brush, it's more than twice the size and I had a hard time applying the lipstick with it without making a big mess.  Also, these lipsticks are not good which is so disappointing because the range of colors was great.  They are matte and kind of dry and difficult to apply.  I tried on every shade last night and found every one to be very difficult to apply without getting chunky spots and streaks.  When you press your lips together, the color transfers from one lip to the other and accumulates in weird ways.  I was able to make the darkest one work for me today but I had to exfoliate really well before hand, apply a balm, and then be really careful in application to avoid getting streaks.  I snapped some photos and then quickly added just a touch of carmex lip balm over top and found that the shine and moisture from the lip balm really helped to even out the look of the lipstick.  It still lasted really well but I just felt this product was too high maintenance.  I wouldn't recommend it.

Finished Look
And here's the finished look!  The total cost of this whole makeup look was $55.96.  I think the stand out palettes for me were the blush palette, eyeshadow palette, and brow palette.  I would definitely recommend any of those and especially think that if you like eyeshadow palettes that include lots of mattes and a few shimmery pops, you'd like that palette for sure.  The palettes that I would not recommend are the sculpting palette and the lip palette.  Those were both big time fails to me.  I sort of expected that of the sculpting palette but I was really hoping the lip palette would work out.  What do you think of the finished look?  Do any of these palettes stand out as something that you are interested in purchasing?

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Travel Makeup and Travel FOTD

This week I had to travel for work and I was reminded of the unique challenges that one faces when trying to pack and apply makeup while traveling.  For example, there was a beautiful large desk in front of a mirror in my hotel room but there was no way I could apply my makeup there because the room was so dark and you were sitting so far away from the mirror.  Bathroom sink, it is!  It might be less comfortable, but there was enough space to line up everything I needed to use and also behind me there was a skinny full length mirror in the closet where I could get up close to be sure things were blended and even.  So now let's talk about what I packed and how all of those items came together to create my face of the day.

The Bag
While I love the cute bags you get with Ipsy, they are all way too small for me to pack even one day's worth of makeup.  Enter this bag, which is actually a toiletry bag that I bought at Walmart for around five bucks.  The sides are shaped like a triangle which gives you a lot more space than you would think.   This little bag can hold all my makeup, plus my tools and brushes with no problem.

And here you see everything that was stuffed inside of that small bag! 

Tools and Brushes
I love to use this brush holder from Real Techniques whenever I travel.  It has just enough slots, can be propped up into a stand, and protects my brushes.  Also, it came with one of the brush kits I bought.

* up & up blush brush
* e.l.f. small tapered brush
* real techniques duo fiber face brush
* essence of beauty crease brush duo
* Luxie Beauty Rose Gold Medium Angled Shading Eye Brush 207
* e.l.f. studio blending brush
* glamour dolls romantic rose blending brush
* e.l.f. eyeshadow brush
* e.l.f. eyelash curler
* (not pictured) disposable sponge wedge that I used to apply foundation

Since it was only an overnight trip, I didn't want to bring the whole foundation bottle so a little trick I like to do is to pump a bit into a contact case and just bring the amount I need.  I find this method doesn't leak and keeps me from having to pack the glass bottle that my foundation comes in.

I started off by spritzing my face with two sprays of the nyx dewy finish setting spray.  While it is a setting spray, I've found that in a pinch, setting spray makes a fairly decent face primer without the need of packing an extra item.  Then I used my contact case filled with covergirl outlast foundation in ivory and used a disposable sponge wedge to blend it in.  Who wants to haul home a wet makeup sponge or filthy up all your other stuff with a foundation brush?  There's always fingers, too.  Next I used my fingers to apply benefit boi-ing brightening concealer in no 1 to cover my super dark circles and I used the e.l.f. HD lifting concealer in fair to cover some fading spots.  Then I set it all with l'oreal true match powder in n2: classic ivory.  Next, I used my tiny sample size (perfect for travel) of the balm long wearing blush in balm springs.  Next (not pictured), I used my fingers to gently apply the urban decay afterglow 8 hour highlight in sin.  This is actually stored in my Z palette, which we'll get to in a minute.  Finally, I set it all with the setting spray.

To start off the eyes, I primed them with my wet n wild photo focus eyeshadow primer.  Then I used the lightest shade from the depotted physician's formula canyon classics palette all over from the lashline to the browbone.  Then I used one of the medium shades from that palette to warm up the crease and transition between the browbone.  Then I used the darkest shade in my Z palette, a nyx single eyeshadow in betrayal, to deepen up the outer V.  Finally, I used the urban decay afterglow 8 hour highlight in sin very lightly on the inner corners for some brightening.  I prepped my brows with the e.l.f. shape and stay wax and then filled the in with the e.l.f. instant lift brow pencil in neutral brown.  To line my upper lashline, I ended up using the brown pencil from the physician's formula shimmer strips eyeliner in trio for nude eyes.  Then I went back over it lightly with the darkest shadow to make a softer effect.  Finally, I curled my lashes and applied the covergirl lash blast volume mascara.  I absolutely love this mascara and used to use it all the time in the waterproof version.  But I think maybe something in the waterproof version irritates my eyes?  This one has not bothered them though so maybe I need to do some more experimenting.

Lips and More
For my lipstick, I kept it simple with the milani color statement lipstick in plumrose.  It's a beautiful shade that's very work appropriate.  I also brought a rollerball perfume with me: clean fragrance in rain.  I love the way this smells and the size makes it really friendly for travel.

And here you see how all the products come together to make a look.  The final look is long wearing, professional, and very pretty.

Seriously, how gorgeous is this lipstick?  I just love the formula of the Milani color statement lipsticks.  They are so creamy and comfortable and they come in a really wide shade range.