11/8/11

Hair Care Haul

I had a nice little hair project in mind and ran to Sally's to grab the things I needed. I got a jar of 30 volume cream developer and a packet of lightening bleach powder.

I also grabbed some Beyond the Zone Color Jamz in Bubble Head Pink and Not So Shy Violet. These are semi permanent hair colors. Basically rinsed. They are really vivid, bright colors.

I can't wait to see what the final style is going to look like!

I will post the process and pictures on the hair blog.

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CCO and Drugstore haul

I grabbed 6 lipsticks.
M.A.C. Red, Purple Rite, Creme d'nude, Show Orchid
All Styled up, Neon Orange

Gloss Creme

Big Bounce shadow in The Cool Elite

Lip Glee in Slickery Pink

Shadow in Tete-A-Tint

Another shadow in Short Shorts

A Clinique gift set

A MAC perfume in Hue: Pinkaura

A NYC bronzer, 2 ELF lip flowers, and a hard candy glitter

Last but not least 3 Revlon lipstains in Gothic, Crave, and Instinct

I really like the Big Bounce shadow and will probably get more. I thought it was a paint pot but when I got home I freaked out until I tried it. It's really not bad at all.

The Revlon colorstains are really good. They go on the same color as the tube.








10/31/11

E.L.F. HAUL

So ELF had a little sale a few days ago. I'm all for a good sale, so I picked up a few things. I like ELF because they are extremely affordable and most of the products aren't half bad. I have a few ELF foundation brushes and have tried their lashes which are very good quality considering the price.

Everyone needs a little ELF in their kit.

I have not tried their makeup though, and when I saw this palette I had to at least try it. I have tried those palettes that we see everywhere that are not very good. People rave about them because of how pigmented they are and how many colors you get, but in reality they are extremely powdery and wear off very quickly.

I grabbed this one thinking, "hey, it couldn't be any worse."

I am very happy with this purchase. Many of the reviews say that quite a few of the shadows have no pay off and I swatched as many as I could trying to find one that looked like it would be crap. I have to say that I did not find one that was not good!

They all swatched very well and that Red! OMG! There is never a good red on these types of palettes but this one takes the cake! It's awesome! Vibrant and a true red!

I am very pleased so far.

I also grabbed a few lashes and some HD powder. I can honestly say I do not feel the difference between this and the MUFE HD powder.

All in all, I'm going to have to grab a few more things from ELF very soon and I hope you do too! This entire package came up to less than $30!!! You can't beat that!!

Now I need to decide what I really want from the Sephora friends and family sale... ;)
Suggestions??





10/14/11

Another Hair Care Haul

Because I'm so obsessed with hair care & styling I went to 2 beauty supply stores and picked up a few more things.

I got a bunch of magnetic rollers in different sizes from small to large. As well as clips to hold them in place.

Grabed a shower cape and satin scarf, just because. Two large jars of hair gel to use for smoothing ponytails & wash & goes. Two more combs. The purple one I use when flatironing. It makes sure the hair comes out very smooth.

I then found a great set of tools used when coloring the hair, so I had to grab that. And some ApHogee reconstructor and 2 step protein treatment.

Finally I picked up some hair for my next few styles. Some Kanekalon Marley braid hair for kinky twists, as well as a drawstring ponytail by Outre.

All items are pictured below.





10/10/11

Hair Care Haul - Marshalls

I made a trip to Marshalls to pick up a few things that I wanted but didn't necessarily need. Marshalls is a great place to shop because they have great products at low prices. Walking into the store I knew what I wanted to get but I cant seem to keep to my list because I always see other things that I want to get.

Here's what I got:

A Revlon Blow Dryer with attachments

A Jilbre 1 1/2" ceramic flat iron and a 1/2" Chi ceramic flat iron.


A few round brushes (Boar bristle of course) and a paddle brush.


As I was passing through the store I came across the kitchenware & glassware section where I grabbed a few more things.

I completely fell in love with theses platters that were on display.


This one looks like a flower petal. I love it!


I love the color on this one. Its so pretty!

 

And this one. The pictures do not do it justice. Its a sparkly bronze, gold and silver. Very beautiful.


All and all I had a great shopping trip which did not break the bank. If I were to buy any of these items at their original retail value they would just about equal the cost of what I paid total for everything.

6/17/11

Nail of the Night



I did my nails the other day and i totally love them.

I used 2 Essie polishes from my recent trip to the drugstore and a glittery NYC polish in Starry Silver Glitter.

The glitter polish is lovely. It has small silver glitters with big blue and pink chunks. When I saw it I had to have it, bonus that it was only a dollar!

I put one color down and let it dry then i added the second color, dotting it over the top and I then took a toothpick and kind of marbled the color to get the effect shown.

The pic was taken on the 3rd day of wear. Pretty good.

Products used.

Nutra nail thickener as a base coat

Essie Beach Bum Blu - the lighter shade

Essie Dive Bar - the darker shade

NYC Long wearing enamal - 105 Starry Silver Glitter

Brucci acrylic top coat

6/11/11

Drugstore Haul

So I was browsing through a nearby Rite Aid and because of my recent mishap at the nail shop I decided I was long over due for some new nail care supplies.

The drugstores in NYC are great as far as their selection in beauty products. They had a very nice range of Essie nail polishes. Since I didn't own any myself I decided to grab a few, among other things.

Heres what I got.

 Sally's Hard as Wraps Nail Hardener, Nutra Nail Thickener, Essie Nail colors in Dive Bar & Beach Bum Blu, Sally's Insta-dri top coat, and Brucci Acrylic top coat.




The lighter blue is Beach Bum Blu and it reminds me of my favorite China Glaze color Adore. I love it! And the darker color is called Dive Bar. It is a really dark navy with blue, green, and purple shimmers. Love! <3




Wet and Wild eyeshadows and Loreal Voluminous Carbon Black mascara.
The palette is called greed and the colors are great for a neutral smokey eye. The top single shadow is called Nutty and the bottom is called penny. They are great compliments to the palette.


Wet and Wild H2O proof liquid eyeliner and Nivea a Kiss of Shimmer

6/9/11

Review - MAC Pro Longwear Foundation

I was browsing through Mac a while back in need of a new foundation when I came across the Pro Longwear. I decided why not try it because I could always return it if I hated it. I also grabbed the Pro Longwear concealer.

My shade in MAC foundation is usually NC45.

For the concealer I always get the same shade. I don't know why people insist that your concealer should be a shade or 2 lighter than your skin tone. If you want to conceal something then the concealer should be the same color as your foundation or skin, other wise you are going to have light spots all over your face.

Not a good look in my opinion.


I did however get a lighter shade for the concealer because I wanted to specifically use it under my eyes to brighten my face. Plus I already have enough concealers in NC45... So I got the Pro Longwear in NC43.

From the very first time I used it I was in love. It provided great coverage and it really lasted all day long.

I do have very acne prone skin but it didn't seem to break me out. But then again I don't wear foundation everyday and I have more hormonal acne.

It gave really good coverage with 2 pumps but it can tend to go on streaky so be sure to blend, blend, blend!!

I started off using a regular foundation brush to apply but found I was using more product than necessary. I then moved to a duo fiber brush which I found was not dense enough so I am now using a dense fluffy brush from Eco Tools to apply. A good Kabuki would work well also.

Since I began applying this way I found I am using much less product, which is great because I absolutely HATE the feeling of heavy makeup and I don't like feeling like I am applying a product for no reason if the coverage was not good enough. I am very picky when it comes to makeup.

After I apply the foundation, I add a little concealer if needed and then dust some powder on top to set as my skin can get very oily.

I also prefer to apply my foundation after I apply any eye makeup to avoid fallout and making a mess.

I will post pics wearing this foundation and concealer soon!

6/7/11

The Perfect Pedicure

I kind of have a thing where I dont like people touching me. I hate for other people to do my hair. I do however get my nails done on occasion.

I do know how to do nails, acrylics and ect.. but sometimes its good to pamper yourself.

Never again!! (for me at least.. )

I was walking around the east village and decided on a whim to get a mani/pedi.

She did my nails using the dipping system. The overlay did come out very nice, but the french tips were crooked. But I'm always unhappy with the french tips when they paint them on. I prefer airbrush.

Anyway, when it was time for the pedi they did a half ass job. Even tho my feet are already nice and smooth other salons take more time. She did my french tips, which were better than my fingers so I was happy.

That is until a couple days later.

The overlay began to chip the second day and my second toe began to itch and burn.

I realized I was developing a mild case of athletes foot, so I ran to the drug store and got some Miconozole Nitrate spray. I covered my toe and surrounding areas with the spray and by the next day the itching and burning was gone.

I've gotten my nails done quite a few times at these shops but have never had such a bad experience because they are usually very professional and clean. But after that, never again will I put my soft, pretty feet in their basins. I will do it myself.


MarAnd313's at home Pedicure

  • If you would like to soak your feet you should do so at the beginning. Fill your foot spa with water and add a little olive oil and let your feet soak for about 20 min. This would be a good time for your SO to pamper you with a massage.
  • Use a callus blade on the heels and balls of your feet. Even though my feet are already smooth I still do this every time to make sure the dead skin does not build up. I like to do this on towel dried feet.
  • Massage your favorite lotion into your skin and a few drops of oil or cuticle cream into your cuticles.
  • Dry the nail with nail polish remover/acetone or alcohol to help prevent your polish from chipping.
  • Apply your favorite base coat, two layers of your color, and your favorite top coat and let dry for at least 10 minutes to prevent smudges.
  • Sometime when I wear sandals my heels get extra dry. What I do then is take some heavy creamy moisturizer and saran wrap and wrap my feet up and put a sock over it. I leave that on until I get tired of the plastic. The longer you leave it on the better. You can also get the socks that have jelly inside they work just the same.

When your done you should have soft smooth feet and pretty toes just like me!!

:)

I do a full pedicure about once a month and touch up the nail polish as needed in between.

Tweezerman is the best brand and if you want quality that will last you go with this. I have seen cheaper versions available at sally's for about $2.
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