Friday, January 15, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
So last week Origins was offering a free $20 skincare gift with any purchase. I can't say that I have ever ordered anything from Origins before. As I was looking through the website I came across Clean Energy Gentle Cleansing Oil. It was shipped immediately and I received my order in 4 days. Plus I liked the way it was hand packaged. Love that!
For years I battled oily skin and I truly thought I had oily skin. Thankfully, I never suffered from breakouts. But I found out that I was stripping my skin of it's precious oils and it was overcompensating. Indeed, during my very first facial the woman asked me what cleanser I used. She said my skin was very dry. I was thinking, "Okay, what is this lady trying to sell me?" I knew I had oily skin, I even avoided a moisturizer because I thought I didn't need it. Well she was trying to sell me her products but she also shared with me a very important piece of information. The more you strip your skin of it's oils, the more it will produce. She told me to switch to a cream based cleanser right away and incorporate a moisturizer.
I've been using the cleansing oil for the past few days and I absolutely love it. It was $19.50. Pretty pricey I know for a savvy shopper but it's made with natural oils and it cleans my face beautifully. It also came with $20 worth of free gifts. I picked the Age fighting kit. This kit includes A Perfect World Antioxidant cleanser with White Tea and Modern Friction Nature's gentle dermabrasion. I haven't tried these two products yet.
They are perfect travelling sizes so I may just put them in my train case for the next roadtrip. It also came with A Perfect World White tea skin guardian that is to be worn under a moisturizer. I put it on after cleansing my face one night and it has a very silky feel to it. The website says this, "Protect your skin against the damaging effects of oxidative stress with the now-famous White Tea wonder. Creates a protective bubble around skin. Helps build skin's resistance to environmental damage and visible signs of aging." We'll all need a little of that for sure! http://www.origins.com/templates/products/search_results.tmpl?KEYWORDS=a+perfect+world I have not tried it on under a moisturizer during the day however to see how my makeup holds up with it's presence. More on that later!
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Click on the link for an email blast of the colors. http://www.urbandecay.com/promo/contest/Alice/
According to the website, there will be 16 best-selling colors that will be given names from the film. Very exciting stuff! 2 mini 24/7 eye pencils and eye promer potion are included with the palette. I hope the purple color on the top left is Fishnet. Love that color.
I think Kara DioGuardi (American Idol Judge) had a smokey look with a very similar purple. It may have been a bluer purple though. If anyone out there knows what her make-up was last night let me know! She wore the look on the second audition day in Boston.
The palette will be $52. Pretty pricey but with the primer potion and 2 mini eyeliners (zero and flipside), it comes with a lot of product! I did a little research and Pursebuzz has exclusive swatches of the 16 eyeshadows. http://www.pursebuzz.com/2010/01/exclusive-urban-decay-alice-in-wonderland-palette-shadow-swatches/ Gorgeous colors!
So here are my guesses to the possible colors starting from top left:
1. Underland is Fishnet from Deluxe Shadow Box
2. Alice is Peace from Deluxe Shadow Box
3. Oraculum is Baked from Get Baked Eyeshadow Palette
4. Queen is Last Call from Eyeshadow Ammo Shadow Box
5. Chesser is Scratched from Deluxe Shadow Box
6. White Rabbit is Polyester Bride from Eyeshadow Ammo Shadow Box
7. Wonderland is Underground from Deluxe Shadow Box
8. Curiouser is Grifter from Eyeshadow Ammo Shadow Box
9. Muchness is Shag from Deluxe Shadow Box
10. Mushroom is Diamond Dog??? (Stardust Eyeshadow)
11. Midnight tea party is Midnight cowboy from Wallpaper Shadow Box
12. Vorpal is Moon Spoon??? (Stardust Eyeshadow)
13. Absolem is Mildew from Ammo Plus Primer Set
14. Drink me, eat me is Space Cowboy??? (Stardust Eyeshadow)
15. Mad hatter is Twice baked from Get Baked Eyeshadow Palette
16. Jabberwocky is Oil Slick from Eyeshadow Ammo Shadow Box
I guess we'll see on Friday! Lovely choices Urban Decay!
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Friday, January 8, 2010
Some reviews of :
Olay Regenerist Regenerating Cream Cleanser
Revlon Luxurious Color™ Kohl Eyeliner
L'oreal Bare Naturale Gentle Mineral Eyeliner, mascara and eyeshadow
L'Oreal HIP Color Truth Cream Eyeliner
A quick post on the top products I am loving in January!
1. Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion XL - Sin
2. Kat Von D Autograph Eyeliner in Black Metal Love, Homie, Peacock
3. More Orglamix eyeshadows
4. Sigma Brushes
5. MAC Studio Moisture Fix SPF 15
6. MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NC 20
7. NARS Blush in of course Orgasm
A grand list of wonderful products.
Thursday, January 7, 2010
New Year Contest! Win a complete Kérastase minis set
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
The following picture is from orglamix featuring the Twilight collection. And yes she has a collections for Eclipse, Breaking Dawn, Bella, Rosalie and Alice!
How gorgeous is this look!!! The best part is that "All Orglamix products are proudly formulated without: Nano Particles, Bismuth Oxychloride, Synthetic Dyes, Parabens, Synthetic Fragrances, Petrochemicals, Parabens. Orglamix is a proud member of PETA!" I read somewhere recently that the skin absorbs 70% of the chemicals that we lather on. You can't eliminate everything but it's definitely important to reduce your exposure to harmful chemicals. Enough of my preaching!
Just one look at the gorgeous colors and collections and I was hooked. The best part is actually seeing the colors on the eye! It's one thing seeing a beautiful color in a container but to see how it actually looks on the eye is a great selling feature. I placed an order straight away for ten eye shadows and I cannot wait to try them all out. I should have a full review in a couple of days.
I definitely recommend becoming a fan on facebook to keep up to date on product announcements and giveaways! Love free stuff! http://www.facebook.com/orglamix
I entered the following two giveaways:
Monday, January 4, 2010
So I guess you could say I am health conscious. I'm not fanatical, but I try my best to eat healthy and cook food from scratch for my family. When we have soup, it's not from a can, etc. Also, you'll never find boxed cookies or procsessed food in my pantry. Cooking is therapeutic for me and the knowledge that I am providing preservative and corn syrup free food to my family is really important to me. I have been trying to be as organic as possible as well. Recently I watched an infomercial on Wen Hair Care System by Chaz Dean. http://www.wenhaircare.com/ I really wanted to shell out the $29.95, really I did. But it was right before Christmas and I couldn't spend the money on myself. Christmas is about giving right? But the infomercial was talking about Wen being sulfate free, all natural. Apparently, I learned from a conversation with a friend that sulfates can cause scalp irritation and actually thin out your hair. I haven't done any research on those two facts yet but I did read an article on wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sodium_Lauryl_Sulfate
First off, I have taken a couple years off from blogging. Gasp! The time flew by. We had another baby, moved to another state and bought a house! Recently I decided that I should really get back into it. So here it is! Drum roll please... "Ugh, not another beauty blog!" I now realize how many there are out there but I too use and buy a lot of products and want to share my experiences. My perspective will be a mom of two working on a tight budget. I am currently going back to school working towards getting into an accelerated nursing program. As of late, I focus on quick and inexpensive ways to look great without a lot of hassle and dough.
As you are reading keep in mind that these are the opinions of one mother and they can be quite different from your own. I am not a trained beautician or makeup artist; you will be able to tell I'm sure. I'm just a woman who loves makeup and the thrill of trying new products! If you would like to leave a kind comment, please feel free! Helpful suggestions are very much appreciated. Negativity, however, is very much discouraged. Remember the old adage, "If you have nothing nice to say, say nothing at all." I live by this people!
Thanks for reading and I hope to keep you all thoroughly entertained!