Thursday, January 24, 2013

My Makeup Storage

I posted up some of my makeup items on a blog sale and it sold well.  Whatever was left, I fitted them into a travel makeup bag.  The one I use is by Mary Kay.  I LOVE it!  It's so travel friendly!  The outside is black and the inside is pink and it rolls up and velcro.  Inside, there's 4 removable plastic zippered compartments and a swivel hook for hanging.  This has been my travel bag for 3 years now.  It's so cool having all my makeup in one bag...I don't have to sit and debate on what to bring anymore!  But it did kind of sucked because some stuff would be tucked away under.  So I decided to reorganize my makeup.  I picked up a 3 draw sterlite organizer.

So in the organizer on the left (all this was what fitted in my travel bag), I have foundations/powders on the bottom, blushers/bronzers in the middle and eyeshadows/lippies on top.  To the right of that, is a office organizer I got like 4 years ago.  This also comes with 3 draws.  I keep more of the little stuff concealers, eyeliners/brow pencils, foundation samples, tools and brow powders.  On the far right, I have my brush cleaner, cleansing water and a lil glass jar to keep any samples I want to try or use.

I use to keep my brushes in 3 plastic drinking cups and sat them on top of the office organizer but it blocked my view of my palettes so I never used them.  So, I decided to switch them to this holder.  I used this holder to store my brush cleaner, bb creams, sponges, and samples before.  I actually really like having my brushes in this holder.  It has 5 sections.  The middle middle section is just a rectangle so I keep my hair brush and lash curler in there.

I don't plan on growing my collection anymore with unused items.  I don't have the space to store them or the money, of course.  It's expensive having a child!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Swatch/Review: Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo Metal

I have 2 of the 5 new Maybelline Color Tattoo Metal cream shadows.

Barely Branded & Inked in Pink

Barely Branded is a frosty champagne/beige and Inked in Pink is a frosty rosy/gold pink.

My thoughts:  I love the formula of the color tattoo line.  These in particular appear to be much creamier and silkier in texture than the original color tattoos.  I like that they can be worn opaque or sheered out.  I don't mind applying these cream shadows in a pot with my fingers but I do wish they would come in a "crayon" form for easier/cleaner application.  These do dry down to a powder-like finish (like the originals) so I don't mind wearing these alone (I usually do).  These (like the originals) have a great staying power (water alone will not take these off).  I do notice a little creasing by the end of the day if they are worn alone (especially on super oily lid days) but nothing too noticeable.  All in all, these are a bang for your buck!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Haul: Drugstore Nail Polishes

CVS was having a huge (50-75% off) end of year sale on select items.  Here are all the polishes I hauled from that sale.  FYI, I bought these from multiple locations.  Each store had different items on sale.  I bought other stuff too but I just want to talk about the polishes for now.  Btw, pictures are taken with iPhone 4.

 First up, Revlon Colorstay.  These were 75% off.

Next, Nicole by OPI Kardashian collection.  These were 50% off.  I've been wanting Kim-pletely In Love for the longest time!

Last but not least, Milani.  These were 75% off also.

I can't wait to wear these.  I will definitely post up swatches of all the polishes soon so stay tune!  

Did you get anything from the sale?  Comment below if you did.  I'd love to know what goodies you picked up.  

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Skincare Staples: Cleanser & Moisturizer & Lip balm

Being in the hospital for a while now made me realize what I can't live without...and all that I need...the essentials...the necessaries...the MUST HAVEs.

Mary Kay Timewise Age-Fighting Moisturizer
This moisturizer comes in 2 formula (Normal to Dry or Combo to Oily).  MK claims this product to be suitable for sensitive skin, oil & fragrance-free, non-comedogenic, and to be full of antioxidants to help your skin to look/feel smooth and radiant(when used with the Timewise 3-in-1-Cleanser).
I use the Norm-Dry formula.  This indeed is great for my sensitive skin, is oil & fragrance free and it does not clog my pores.  I like how fast the product sinks into my skin and how lightweight the product is but yet moisturizing.  I've been using this moisturizer religiously for about 5 years.  I do have and use the 3-in-1 Cleanser also but not all the time bc it doesn't do a very good job at removing makeup.  

Aveeno Clear Complexion Foaming Cleanser
Aveeno claims this product to be suitable for sensitive skin, Oil/Soap-Free, Noncomedogenic, Hypoallergenic, helps to improve skin's tone/texture and clears up blemishes.  Product contains Salicylic Acid and Soy extracts.
I must say, I've tried a few HE foaming cleansers and have not been impressed like this one.  I love how this cleanser doesn't strip my face of any moisture(keep in mind I have dry skin).  I've tried other foaming cleansers by Shiseido and Estee Lauder and I did not enjoy either.  The HE foaming cleansers lathers up quite nicely and feels nice on the skin but they leave my skin "squeaky" clean and tight and ...ugh...just a dry, thirsty mess!  Aveeno's however, leaves my skin feeling soft and balanced.  This cleanser removes makeup decently.  I've been hooked on this cleanser for about 3 years now.  I do test/try other cleansers here and there but I never forget about this baby here.

Blistex Medicated Lip Balm Spf 15
I have super dry/flakie lips and I can't live without this balm.  I love that it not only moisturize but soothes the lips too.  It has a minty effect/feeling that I enjoy.  It also have spf to protect the lips from sun burn.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

First 2013 Haul

After 2 weeks of hospital stay...I was in need of some retail therapy.  It's been awhile since I bought much (if any) makeup at all.  I was surprise to know that MAC repromoted Stereo Rose MSF.  So I have to go out and get myself another one since I sold the one I had.  Then I made a stop at CCO to see what kind of goodies they currently have.  I picked up another Warm Soul blush (because I sold mines...again...LOL), Azalea Blossom blush ombre, and the Step-by-Step Contour Kit by Smashbox.  I was surprise to see Smashbox products in my local CCO now.

Now onto the pictures.

Smashbox Step-by-Step Contour Kit

MAC Warm Soul

MAC Azalea Blossom blush ombre

MAC Stereo Rose Ombre

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

New Year...New Look

It must have been over a year since I last cut my hair. With all that has happened in 2012, I'm ready for a fresh start.
Hair cut by Kim @ The Cutting Edge (my stylist for many many years now).