11.28.2011

bareMinerals Light Up the Room Review

Hello beauties!

The only deal I picked up on Black Friday was a doorbuster at Ulta the bareMinerals Light Up the Room box. I got this steal for $10!! You get two bareMinerals products so that's only $5 a piece!! The box regularly retails for $15 (still only $7.50/ea).

I think these products are an excellent Christmas gift or stocking stuffer. They are especially great for someone who wants to be introduced to bareMinerals products.

When you open the box the blush and lipgloss are in tissue paper (very nice)! There are two choices for colors and I bought the box with the lipgloss in Cassis and the blush in Precious Pearl.

I am loving both products and have been using them since I made the purchase. Both are beautiful colors, excellent for the holidays! What's even better is that you are getting full sizes of both products-not just some dinky little travel size!

Lipgloss in Cassis (I love the gold flecks!)


Blush in Precious Pearl (perfect rosey color!)

For a more in depth review checkout my youtube video!



11.23.2011

How to Give Yourself a Pedicure

Hello fellow beauties!


I recently posted the at-home mani, so here's the at-home pedi!

What you will need:

  • nail file
  • nail clippers
  • nail buffer
  • pumice stone
  • cuticle trimmer
  • foot lotion
  • nail polish remover (and cotton balls)
  • bath salt (optional)
  • polish of your choice & clear coat
Start by removing all polish. Then, fill your tub with warm water (enough to just dip your feet into). If you do not have a tub, you can pick up a basin (they are usually in the same aisle as dish drying racks) or there are blow up and electric foot soakers. Throw the pumice stone into the water. Soak your feet to soften the skin and then use the pumice to slough off dead skin. Concentrate on areas that are more dry or callused. You can also use the bath salts to slough off dry skin on your feet, ankles and calves. 

Next, pat dry your feet and use the cuticle trimmer to remove the dead skin around the nail. The "pusher end" can be used to push back the cuticle itself. Then you can move on to trimming and filing the nails. Remember to file only in one direction-filing back and forth like a lumber jack can damage your nails. Also, remove the dirt and yucky stuff that gets under the nail!

Buff your nails in a circular motion (go in the order of your buffer!) Then, use a generous amount of lotion on your feet, ankles and calves. Rubbing makes it feel all the better! :)

The last step is to paint the nails and use a clear coat! If you need them to dry fast, use your blow dryer on the cool setting at a low speed. 

Wet n Wild Wild Shine in Red Red (even thought it looks hot pink)

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!

11.18.2011

Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter Review in Red Velvet and Sweet Tart

Hello beauties!

I purchased two of the Revlon Lip Butters a couple days ago and wanted to share some swatches and initial thoughts with all of you!

Sweet Tart         Red Velvet

Red Velvet

Sweet Tart

As the photos show, there is definite color in the lip butters. They swipe on like a chapstick but have the color of a lipstick. I've heard some of the other colors are not quite as pigmented but the two I purchased certainly are. They also have some nice shine to them. If you want to keep your lip simple, I think this is a good product to do so because they are so similar to a chapstick but have some shine and color! 

I decided to purchase two contrasting colors, light and dark, to see how they performed. I really love both colors and the Red Velvet is just dark enough without being overly dramatic. Sweet Tart is close to my natural lip color and is a very pretty shade of pink.

As for staying power, I applied Sweet Tart at around 6:30 am and it was gone by 9:30 am. In those three hours I drank out of a to go coffee mug, out of a water bottle and ate a banana. So, clearly they are not going to last through normal eating and drinking. But when they did wear off, there was no residue or color still around the edges of the lip (like lipsticks do sometimes).




11.17.2011

How to Apply bareMinerals Foundation Tutorial + Review

Hello beauties!

If you are curious about using the Bare Minerals Foundation here's my youtube video which includes a tutorial and a review.


I've been using the customizable kit since February and love it! To me, it's the best foundation I have ever used, thus far. I have had compliments on how great my skin looks on many occasions when wearing it! I will keep buying Bare Minerals for years to come!


11.09.2011

How to Give Yourself a Manicure at Home

Hello fellow beauties!

With an upcoming wedding it is important as ever for the fiancé and me to be saving our money! So, instead of going to the nail salon for a mani or pedi I am doing it at home. Today's post is all about the mani (I'll do a pedi post in the future).

What you will need:
Bowl with warm water, Nail Polish remover, cotton balls, fingernail clippers, a nail buffer, cuticle remover/pusher & emery board (*optional hand cream or lotion)

All of these items can be picked up on the cheap at Dollar General or Wal-Mart. I keep a basket full of nail products in my bathroom closet that way I can pull out the whole things and have access to all of the products.

If you are wanting the natural nail look you will also want a light colored polish such as a pink or taupe. No matter if you are going light or using a color polish you will need a clear coat. Here are my picks:

Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in Invisible
Revlon Nail Enamel in Sheer Pink
O.P.I in Samoan Sand
Sally Hansen Triple Strong Advanced Gel Nail Fortifier 

Start by using the nail polish remover (even if you have no color on your nails it's good to just remove residue).

Then, place your fingernails/tips in the warm water for 30 seconds-a minute. This will help soften up the skin.

Now is the time for filing and/or trimming your nails. I generally don't have long nails so I just file unless I have a broken nail. When filing, only go in one direction (no lumber jack motion!! that will make your tips brittle) If you want a square look, move the file straight across the top of the nail. If you prefer rounded you go in a half circle motion. 

Get out your buffer, usually it will have written on it 1, 2, 3, 4 so you know the order to go in. Start with side 1 and do one nail at a time. Again, avoid the lumber jack motion, use a circular motion as you would when you buff foundation on your face. You only need to do each step for 3-4 strokes on the nail. Buffing is great for smoothing out the nail for polish and to make them shine. I always buff before painting my nails. 

After, use the water or nail polish remover to get off the residue. Then, using the cuticle pusher (the rounded end) push your cuticles back. You can use the trimmer for hang nails. I do not suggest taking off the cuticle completely. 

This is an optional step. Take your favorite hand lotion and give your hands a massage (or have your man do it!). Concentrate on getting some on your cuticles. Make sure you rub in all the lotion before putting on polish.

This is an important step before you ever paint your nails! Use a clear coat...this helps to fill in any ridges or dents making the polish smoother and last longer.

If you like the look as is, then you can optionally apply another clear coat layer or try the Sally Hansen Triple Strong to add some strength. The tips of my nails tend to break easily and this stuff helps keep them intact! 

Let the clear coat dry completely, then paint on a light pink or taupe. Finish off with another clear coat to set it. Remember to let the polish dry in between coats! If you have a small fan you can place your nails under to help in the drying process. You can pick one up for $5 at Wal-Mart. Otherwise make sure you let the nails dry for about 20 minutes before you start grabbing at things!

Hope this helps in your at home mani!

My Mac charger bit the dust so it may be a bit before my next video upload!


11.06.2011

L'oréal Magic Smooth Soufflé Foundation Review

Hello beauties!

I'm back from my conference in Texas and uploaded my latest video which reviews the L'oréal Magic Smooth Soufflé Foundation.

I've been using it for a couple of weeks now and I really like it. I have combination skin so it is very hydrating and I love that it's full coverage. In the video I'm actually wearing the foundation. My only complaint is that it's a little pricey for a drugstore foundation.

I am very particular about foundations and in general it takes a lot for me to actually enjoy one. Like I said, I have combination skin but it's also very sensitive and prone to breakouts. I've found many drugstore foundations that I absolutely cannot stand-so this is actually a good product in my opinion.