30 October 2014

Ipsy for October 2014

It’s a bit late, but I haven’t had a chance to share my October Ipsy Bag with you! The “theme” appears to be “Beauty Candy,” though I must say that I never notice any actual consistent theme to Ipsy’s picks. Actually, I don’t notice much of a theme with any of these sample boxes. I find that completely unimportant anyway, so let’s get back to this month’s Ipsy bag. And can I just say that I really like the beautiful teal color of the bag! It looks kind of cheap thanks to it’s shiny plastic quilted texture, but I still have to admit that something about it I really like! The actual contents, well, let’s see about those! J



28 October 2014

10 Cruelty Free Lipsticks for Fall Under $10 w/ Lip Swatches

I know this may be a bit late, but I’ve been planning to post my Top 10 Cruelty Free Lipsticks Under $10 for Fall for quite a while now. It’s just taken me forever to make up my mind and narrow it down! J Technically it is still Fall and I would say that pretty much any of these colors are fantastic for Winter as well, so I think it’s still appropriate. And, perhaps best of all, they’re all under $10 (ok there’s one cheat, but it’s often under $10)! Of course they’re cruelty free as well. How can you go wrong? J This post only focuses on the colors and swatches, but I may do a second post discussing the formulas a bit. Let me know if you’re interested in that kind of post. Also, I have included info about parent companies at the end since I know that makes a difference to some as to a cruelty free status. I’m excited to get on with things, so let’s look at the shades and the swatches!!! J


23 October 2014

BirchBox for October 2014 - My Monthly Fix! :)

It may be a tad bit late, but it’s time to unveil my BirchBox for October. Get excited…or maybe don’t! J I guess this month’s theme is “fans”? It’s called “Fanfare” anyway. I was kind of annoyed when I received an email informing me that I wouldn’t be receiving a box with my item of choice this month (they have a new feature where they email you a few different product choices and you can pick one). I had chosen a Mally Lip Gloss, which I would have loved to try. But no. So…here’s the crap (and I do mean crap!) they sent instead.


21 October 2014

Hourglass' Ambient Lighting Blush Palette - Holiday Greatness!!!

Ah, Hourglass. Why must you make such drool-worthy products? The packaging is always stunning, the quality of the products divine, and the price tag…well, more than I’d like to spend. Some of you may remember last year’s highly coveted Ambient Lighting Powder Palette, which was such a hit that it made a permanent return a few months after it completely sold out. Well, this year’s insanely hot Holiday hit is the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette! I actually wasn’t a huge fan of the finishing powders, but I grabbed the blush in Ethereal Glow when it came out (see my review here) and fell in love. Obviously, I had to grab the Blush Palette! To sweeten the pot even further, one of the shades is Mood Exposure, which I have been debating for quite some time now. Three blushes in a gorgeous palette for just a smidge more than a single blush? Yes, please!!! J


16 October 2014

All Too Aware - My Breast Cancer Story

I’m not really one for awareness months, but in case the onslaught of pink everything hasn’t already tipped you off, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. If I’m going to be entirely honest with you, I never know which month is devoted to breast cancer until I start seeing everyone and their brother talking about it. I think we’re aware. I’m not writing this to remind you that we need to be aware of breast cancer. What use is that really? I’m writing this to tell you my own story…again. If you’ve been reading this blog for a few years (yup, it’s that old), you already know my story (my prior post can be found here). Don’t worry, I’m not offended if you don’t read further (though please at least skip to the very end). Even I don’t really care about my story. Wow. How’s that to get you to read more? J


14 October 2014

Small Changes, But Big Difference?!?! - Brow Waxing & Me

I am terrible at maintaining my eyebrows. I don’t have a uni-brow or a mono-brow or whatever you’d like to call it. My brows are not thick, full or horribly unruly. In fact, I have what most would probably consider horrible brows just in that they are quite thin and very sparse. Despite that, I do like to get them waxed. Nothing drastic, but just to clean up the random hairs here and there and have the super long bits trimmed. They are so much easier to fill in when they’re well groomed. My plan for this post was to show you what a difference having your brows waxed can make, but after looking at my before and after pictures, I can’t say that I see much difference from afar. So, what am I left with to ramble on about today?


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