Jan 29, 2015

My Not So Pink or Red Valentine Gift Guide

Here's another Valentine Day Gift Guide! Are you guys tired of them yet? I couldn't resist. As I was putting this Valentine's Day Gift Guide together, I looked for items that were not so pink, red or valentine-ish. I loved these softer colors (blush pink colors), but couldn't resist Dior's pretty pink nail lacquer and the Crosley turntable (so cool...i think!). Oh well, hope you enjoy! I'll be around to visit your blogs and catch up on your posts later today. Life has been overwhelming lately (but nothing bad)! Have a great day!

1. Anthropologie Candy Rose Jacquard Dress 2. Nordstrom Burberry Watch 3. Nordstrom Kate Spade Tied Up Earrings 4. Nordstrom Confetti Accent Pillow 5. Nordstrom Dior Glory 6. Diptyque Rosafolia Candle 
7. Willliams Sonoma Heart S'mores Kit 8. Nordstrom Crosley Radio Cruiser Turntable 
9. Williams Sonoma Mini Pink Rose Cakes

Jan 28, 2015

Urban Decay Primer, Foundation, Concealer, Powder and Flushed Review + Swatches + Giveaway

Every time I would start to review Urban Decay's products, they would come out with something new. LOL
So here are my thoughts on what I've purchased so far (and of course, a giveaway).

Seven (7) Urban Decay Products
Before I show each product. I always like to show my face with no makeup on. Of course I get a break out on my cheek before doing this! LOL No makeup, raw iPhone pics and only Fresh rose lip balm on my lips. Let's get started...You guys know my grading scale! Remember to use Ebates!

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UD Eye Shadow Primer (Supersweet) and UD Face Primer (Bittersweet)
Both primers are tinted like Benefit's Porefessional (and pretty much work the same in my opinion). As you can see, the face primer lightened my complexion, created a matte finish (got rid of the shine) and also toned down the redness in my face. I really liked the affect it had on my complexion. The only thing is the face primer is a little heavy. So I still prefer my Smashbox Face Primer. Let me also suggest, that you don't use a lot of this primer, because when it comes time to blend your foundation etc., it has a tendency to clump as you layer on other products. I love UD's eye shadow primer! It definitely keeps eyeshadow in place.

UD Naked Skin Liquid Makeup 6.0 (Sweet) and UD Naked Skin Concealer Medium Neutral (Supersweet)
Don't I look better? LOL  This is the foundation (gosh I look better since 2012 HaHaHa) I used prior to trying MAC (I like the way MAC looks on me, but not how it feels...will have to try another MAC formula)! This is shade 6.0 of UD. What I like about this foundation is that it's lightweight, yet provides so much coverage. Urban Decay's concealer is NEW! I just got it and OH MY COOKIES, CAKES & MUFFINS is it AWESOME! I put the concealer on my cheeks, under my eyes, chin and that big ass zit! I was using Benefit's BOING before, but this bad boy has slightly edged it out I think. This concealer is more natural. LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS! You have GOT TO TRY this concealer! Next Picture!

UD Ultra Definition Pressed Finishing Powder in Naked Medium (Supersweet)
I love to set my makeup with powder, so I decided to try Urban Decay's Naked Skin Ultra Definition Pressed Finishing Powder. It's awesome! I was using loose powder prior to using this, but this did a great job polishing off my look. The only thing you won't like is the compact (smudge city and kind of flimsy). Also, throw away the sponge and use a powder brush. The sponge has a tendency to "move" your makeup. Works much better with a brush. Again, formula is super great. Packaging is :P The formula is SO GOOD, I can forgive the packaging. HaHaHa

UD Ultra Definition Powder Foundation in Medium Warm (Sweet)
This is NEW by UD and I mistakenly went UP one shade! HaHaHa That's why my face looks browner. I just gave this to my mom, who is slightly darker than me. Urban Decay does have a SKIN SHADE CALLIBRATOR. Either look for your Liquid Makeup Shade (mine is 6.0) or pick a girl who's complexion is close to yours. After that, GO WITH WHAT THEY SUGGEST! HaHaHa If I would've...then I would've known to pick Medium Light Warm instead of Medium Warm. The casualties of BEAUTY! What would Lady Mary say? "The World Moves On and We Must Move With It!" LOL But anyway, this foundation is nice. It was shocking because this didn't give me the same coverage the liquid foundation did and it's very lightweight. I still love it. Would be perfect for Summer. You'll just have to swipe a little more to achieve full coverage, but not that much more.

Urban Decay Naked Flush in Streak (Supersweet)
And here's what I'm giving away! I super love this product! It's bronzer, highlighter and blush in one compact! This will give your face, cheeks and/or nose a beautiful glow. I swirled them all together and put it on my cheeks and nose. It is L-O-V-E-L-Y! This giveaway is open worldwide and anywhere USPS will ship. LOL I'm not responsible for any adverse health reactions, makeup meltdowns, or other casualties for using this product. Good Luck! Hope these pics helped. I put them in rows of 3 so you could see how my look progressed after using each product. 

Me wearing everything + Liquid Foundation + Urban Decay Naked Flushed in Streak 
Doesn't it give a nice natural glow?

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Jan 27, 2015

Vogue Espana featuring Blanca Padilla

This fashion editorial made me SMILE! It features model Blanca Padilla in Vogue Spain (February 2015) and each picture contained something I love. It was the simple things. Fabulous red lipstick. A bouquet of red roses. Polka dots. Polka dots are popular in fashion right now (all size polka dots). Pizza! Mmm! Cute sandals (Dolce & Gabbana would be nice! HaHaHa). Amazing sculptures. Ice cream cones (She has a quadruple scoop! Wait, that can't be real! LOL). Jewel encrusted hair brushes ;) Traveling & room service. Wheeee! I felt like singing! Pretty packages tied up with strings! These are a few of my favorite things! I thought these pictures were beautiful.


model: blanca padilla / photographer: matt irwin / stylist: marina gallo / make-up: jessica nedza 

Jan 26, 2015

2015 SAG Awards Red Carpet

There were some beautiful dresses on the red carpet for the 2015 SAG Awards. Pretty from head-to-toe, were Sarah Hyland (gorgeous makeup, streaked hair & fabulous dress), Emmy Rossum (beautiful swarovski crystals on her dreamy dress), Camila Alves (looked regal in purple), Sophie Turner (loved how her dress tied & cute heart shoes), Tatiana Maslany (that Oscar de la Renta dress looked GORGEOUS on her & what a great way to pay tribute) and Caitriona Balfe (The Outlanders) WOW'd in orange! Jennifer Aniston wore a beautiful vintage Galliano. It looked better on tv, than photographed. Emma Stone knows how to dress down and still look dressed up! Her hair and makeup are always on point and she pulled off that Dior beautifully (not everyone can wear that particular style). Maise Williams (Game of Thrones) looked too cute in red and Sophia Vergara always looks fabulous in red! I watched the SAG Red Carpet, a smidgen of Miss Universe (I picked Colombia, Venezuela and Jamaica from The Top 10...Colombia won...I'm pretty good! HaHaHa) and then topped the night with Downton Abbey. I love the Dowager Countess! "I don't think you could ever call me neutral!" I so agree! HaHaHa :) Click on pictures to make larger.

Sarah Hyland (Vera Wang), Emmy Rossum (Giorgio Armani Prive), Camila Alves (Donna Karen Atelier),
Jennifer Aniston (Vintage Galliano), Emma Stone (Dior Couture)

Sophie Turner, Tatiana Maslany (Oscar de la Renta), Joanne Froggatt (Honor),
Maise Williams, Sofia Vergara (Donna Karan)

Reese Witherspoon (Giorgio Armani), Maggie Gyllenhaal (Thakoon?), Caitriona Balfe, 
Natalie Dormer ( Naeem Khan), Paula Patton (Aiisha Ramadan)

Melissa Fumero (Maxime Simoens), Lauren Lapkus, Chelsea Peretti (Rubin Singer), 
Andrea Riseborough (Escada), Julianne Moore (Givenchy)

Miss Universe 2015 Paulina Vega (Colombia)

Jan 25, 2015

Sample Sunday: Deborah Lippmann's The Stripper To Go Nail Lacquer Remover Mitts Review

I am so impressed with Deborah Lippmann's The Stripper To Go Nail Lacquer Remover Mitts! I've had this sample for MONTHS, so I wasn't sure there would be any nail lacquer remover left in the sample to remove my nail lacquer. HaHaHa When I opened the packet, the mitt was moist inside & out. There was even remover IN the packet! When it said 'mitt', I was expecting something that would fit on your hand! HaHaHa The mitt fits on your finger (finger mitts), so you can remove your nail lacquer by swiping each nail on the opposite hand (suggested by Deborah Lippmann via video below) or you can twist the mitt (while it's on the finger) around the finger nail (LOL, that's what I did!). I am so embarrassed! Do you know, I don't own ONE bottle of Deborah Lippmann nail lacquer? HaHaHa I will have to change that! So instead, I used one coat of Butter London's blue Blagger nail lacquer (reviewed here). I wanted to test this remover with a really dark polish. I didn't use a base or top coat. This removed all the nail lacquer on both of my hands. The only thing that had a smidgen of blue were my pesky hang nails (taking care of those today! cutting all my nails down & giving myself a manicure! so yeah, you don't see those below! Just keeping it real! HaHaHa). Another thing! This doesn't SMELL like nail polish remover. It has a soft lavender scent. Very nice! Remember this was just a sample, but if you purchase these you get a box of 6 for $12 (1 mitt removes 10 nails w/ polish). If you travel (bus, train, plane etc), these are perfect! TSA won't bark at you! Plus, who wants to travel with a bottle of nail polish remover with the chance of it spilling in your bag, car, etc.!?!  Keep these in your office drawer (you know how it irritates you when you chip your nail polish at work and you have to look at it all day). Those are my thoughts! Have a great Sunday!

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  Deborah Lippmann's The Stripper To Go Nail Lacquer Remover Mitt is Sweet
I only giving Sample Sunday products up to a sweet rating, because of the limited quantity in the sample size