10.31.2011

First video haul

Hello beauties!

Had another CVS haul today, documented by video!


CoverGirl ShineBlast Lipgloss #805
CoverGirl Outlast Lipstain #415
CoverGirl LashBlast Volume
CoverGirl & Olay Simply Ageless Sculpting Blush #220 Royal Plum
Ardell False Lashes #109
Ardell False Lashes in Demure


10.29.2011

How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

Hello fellow beauties!

I was reading a magazine at the hair salon a couple months ago and saw a statistic that around 45% of women never clean their makeup brushes. That lead me to think, uh oh I'm one of those people! I didn't even know it was something you were suppose to do! *shame on me*

While shopping at Target I saw the E.L.F Brush Shampoo, $3, and bought it so I could be amongst the 55% that do clean their brushes.

This is why you should clean those brushes:
  1. it removes bacteria that clogs pores (do you really want that on your face?!)
  2. your brushes will last longer! (you spent all that money on them do you really want them to fall apart?)
So, how often should you clean them? 
According to some-weekly, to others-biweekly. I only do it monthly and according the makeup artist Bobbi Brown's book 1-2 x every month is fine. 

What can you use to clean them?
I use the E.L.F Brush Shampoo, but you can also use regular shampoo (baby shampoo is best). Also, after using my brushes each day I wipe them off on a clean paper towel. 

How to clean:
  1. Wet your brush under lukewarm water
  2. Add a drop of the cleaner to your palm
  3. Swirl the brush in your palm 
  4. Rinse under lukewarm water until the water runs clear
  5. Place bristles between index finger and thumb and wring out the excess water
  6. Shape the brushes by swirling it on the palm of your hand so the bristles separate, then use your thumb and index finger to form them into their original shape
  7. Place on the edge on the counter with bristles hanging over to dry overnight 
  8. Repeat on all brushes!
Happy cleaning!



10.27.2011

How to Stop Curls from Falling for Fine Hair Tutorial

Hello fellow beauties!

Want to know how to get your hair to hold curls? Check out my latest video!



10.26.2011

Nail of the Day

Hello fellow beauties!

My nail of the day is using the Wet n Wild, Wild Shine in Eggplant:


$1.29, Drugstores

The old formula of Wet n Wild polishes was honestly, not that great. However, they have improved upon it tremendously. I've used several of the colors and I can go days without chipping! I'm pretty happy with their polishes and would buy more.

This polish, in some light, is very dark almost black. In others, it's very bright and obviously purple. There's also a hint of blue. Overall, it's a nice color for fall!

*update*
I painted my nails Tuesday night. It is now Saturday night and here's how the polish is looking (I have not added any more coats since) :






10.24.2011

Used Clothing and Shoes

Hello fellow beauties!

To keep myself from spending a fortune on clothing and shoes I will often shop second hand at Plato's Closet and on Ebay. On Ebay I have bought a Coach bag and shoes for $30 each and several J. Crew shirts for under $10. Everything in excellent condition!

Many of us ladies out there only wear things 2-3 times so buying used and selling your things helps you stay in style on the cheap! I even sell my nicer clothing on Ebay and turn around and buy other styles with my profits!

I just posted several items on Ebay. My listings even include these leather Nine West boots!!

Happy shopping!


10.23.2011

Purple Smoky Eye Tutorial with Drugstore Products

Hello fellow beauties!

I achieved this smokey eye using the Wet n Wild Color Icon in Lust and the Wet n Wild MegaEyes Crème Liner in Eggplant.






Hope you enjoy!

10.22.2011

Outfit of the Day (OOTD) 10/22/11

Hello fellow beauties!

I have my college roommate's wedding today (Happy Wedding Day Beth!) and the ceremony is outside. It has turned out to be a very beautiful fall day so here's my outfit!

Silky Shirt Dress Sears
Basic Black Tights Kohl's
Boots Born Macy's 

P.S. There's so much stuff in the background because we're renovating out house!


Haul: CVS Deals Galore!

Each week CVS has different deals & steals on cosmetics. Usually, they advertise BOGO 50% on a certain brand. This week they have Extra Care Bucks (ECBs) on 3 different brands! To use ECBs you will need a CVS Extra Care card, which is totally free. When you buy something with ECBs they print out on the end of your receipt to use on your next purchase. The best way to use them is to split up your transactions. If you buy lots of beauty products from CVS you will also randomly get coupons. I had $2.50 ECBs and a BOGO Free on Wet n Wild from previous beauty purchases (score!)

So of course I took advantage of all of this and have a haul!


I was able to purchase all of this for $40 with all of my ECBs & other coupons.

L'oreal MagicSmooth Soufflé foundation in 516 Nude Beige
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser in 10 Fair
Maybelline Fit Me! powder in 130 Buff Beige
Wet n Wild MegaGlo Illuminating Powder in 345 Catwalk Pink
Wet n Wild Bronzer in 741A Princess
Almay intense i-color pencil in 01 Midnight Black
Revlon ColorStay 12 Hour Eye Shadow in 10 Berry Bloom
Revlon ColorStay 12 Hour Eye Shadow in 09 Sterling Rose

I used everything in my Urban Decay video (minus the Revlon) and I really like each product so far. Here's swatches for the shadows:
Berry Bloom 
These colors are gorgeous!

Sterling Rose
Can't wait to do a smokey eye!

Here's the deals you can STILL get (until tonight). Tomorrow starts their new ad. 

Scan your card at the Coupon Machine & there is a possible $3 off $10 beauty purchase +
Almay intense i-color (shadow, liner or mascara) on sale for $5.99 + $4 ECBs
Revlon buy 2 eye or lip get $5 ECBs
L'oreal spend $15 get $5 ECBs

If you get the $3 off coupon, try splitting up your transactions like this:

Transaction 1 
L'oreal $15 in products (use $3 off coupon) ~ $12

Transaction 2
2 Revlon (use $5 ECBs from the L'oreal) ~ $7 

Transaction 3
Almay (use $5 ECBs from the Revlon) = .99

Transaction 4
Buy something that is $4 or under like Wet n Wild (Use $4 ECBs from Almay) = free

Happy hauling!

10.21.2011

Outfit of the Day (OOTD)

Hello fellow beauties!

Outfit of the Day 10/21/11:






Sweater: Tommy Hilfiger (Steal! purchased at Plato's Closet for $6!)
Jeans: Old Navy Sweetheart Skinny Medium Wash
Boots: Born Macy's

I am really into horizontal stripes this fall. Caution!! Horizontal stripes can make you look wide...but if you're ok with that then totally rock this look!