Tuesday, December 07, 2010

happy holidays!


Where does the time go? Much has changed in my life since my last post. I got my first official teaching job, received my masters degree, and started getting grey hair. Boo. I'm sure all of the above relate to each other some way some how : ) The things that have stayed constant and have provided me much escape from my hectic life is spending time with my family and my pursuit/past-time/obsession with messing around with cosmetics, skincare, and fragrance.

To be honest, there hasn't been much time for playing with new products. I've stuck with my tried and true products and have narrowed the time it takes for me to get ready in the wee hours of the morning to about 20 minutes. My faithfuls remain to be: That Gal primer (benefit cosmetics) mixed with, either face & body foundation (mac)or a tinted moisturizer by either Urban Decay or Benefit (I still can't pick a favorite between the two), Sugarbomb (benefit) or Orgasm (NARS) or Sin (NARS)or Pink Swoon (MAC) for blush (just depends on my mood--and outfit), Kat Von D's awesome eye primer, and then a quick application of a neutral eyeshadow (all different brands), still lots of eyeliner--I like MAC's powerpoint eyeliners and Urban Decay's 24/7 eyeliners, Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara by Tarte, and finally lipgloss (any will do--but Sephora brand seems to be my favorite of late)! Of course I finish myself off with either a quick spritz of a fragrance or a quick swipe of a rollerball--Luv (Sharon Bolton) is still at the top of my most favorite of all fragrances--and it's time to reorder! All that and I'm ready for my day and feeling put together!

Now that the holidays are upon us, I find myself taking time to stroll through the cosmetic department at our Macy's here in Temecula. My has that department changed since I worked there several years ago. Yes we had all the usual counters, Benefit, MAC, Clinique, Chanel, Estee Lauder, Lancome, etc.. But now the department is bursting at the seams with many of the amazing lines in the cosmetic world--just a few fantastic lines they've added are Bare Minerals, Philosophy, Urban Decay, a Benefit Brow Bar, and much more! Yes, Sephora is my personal place of nirvana but I love walking through a department store like Macy's and having all these wonderful lines at my finger tips to literally touch, feel, smell, and discover.

So, during this holiday season I am going to take some extra time and go play and discover new favorites to be found. My daughter has taken a liking to the very cute line, Tokidoki--and I absolutely love the packaging! Have you made any new discoveries in the cosmetic world as of recent? Please do share!

Happy holidays! Take out your red lipstick, glitter, and go be beautifully merry!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

the AHHH-MAZING: Urban Defense



Whoa! I consider myself a pretty loyal person. Once I find a great product I usually stick with it. I have been using the same tinted moisturizer for the last couple of years and I truly love it but when I saw that Urban Decay came out with their own version, "Urban Defense" I couldn't get my mind off of wanting to try it out. It just so happened that I had ran out of my other product and was strolling by Sephora last week when I decided to cheat on my faithful tinted moisturizer and purchase Urban Defense (in Halo--light) by Urban Decay. Oh my goodness! I LOVE IT!

The product glides on nicely and has the perfect sheer coverage I love. It's lightweight, smells nice, and my favorite result is that it does not leave my face shiny! I'm not a big foundation lover--especially during the hot summer months-- so when I can use a tinted moisturizer that gives me the sheer coverage I like and protects with a SPF 20--I am in skincare Heaven! My, hmmm - hmmm, fine lines are less visible, my pores are refined and nearly invisible, and with a light dusting of a sheer loose powder my skin looks near perfect!

I am 110% satisfied with this product and I know I have just discovered a new favorite in which I pledge my loyalties to...

Next on my radar from Urban Decay is the Naked Palette and I have to try the new Lip Junkies!!! And of course...I'll let you know what I think!

Friday, July 02, 2010

#1 rule for skincare: Moisturize and Protect!


Janson Beckett’s Sun Block Daytime Moisturizer with SPF40 has officially moved to the top of my list as my favorite sun block moisturizer. I have been using this moisturizer for just over a month and there is a lot that I really love about it. The first thing is that the product is very light-weight which for me--is a crucial element. I absolutely cannot stand the way heavy moisturizers feel on my face. Especially for all day wear. (A heavy moisturizer at night is a different story for me). Second, this product absorbs very quickly and leaves a super silky finish that feels fantastic and is a great base for applying makeup (or not). It doesn't feel like you are wearing any sun block/moisturizer at all! I love that! I personally do not wear a lot of makeup in the summertime and if I feel like I need a little bit of coverage I will usually wear a tinted moisturizer. But with this product I just add a little bit of foundation to the moisturizer and apply it that way getting the benefits of the light-weight moisturizer and sheer coverage of my foundation. Third, I really appreciate that this product is made out of really fine ingredients which include demineralized spring water, aloe, and shea butter.

This sun block and daytime moisturizer does not burn my eyes, feel heavy or greasy, it is fragrance free, and most importantly I am getting my UVA and UVB protection that will help keep my face (and neck and chest) looking youthful and smooth!

Without any hesitation, I HIGHLY recommend you try this top notch product!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Fine Lines....? Puffy Eyes....? Dark Circles...? No problem!!!


I'm baaaaaack.....well at least until life gets crazy hectic again. The last year and a half of my life has been so totally busy that I feel a bit dizzy when I think about it. I finally completed my mild to moderate special education teaching credential program AND completed the course work and thesis project for my masters in education! Ahhhh! Yes! I am very proud of my accomplishments but now I am on the lookout for a teaching position. But in the meantime, I will be happy to be blogging again about some of my favorite things....

I have been on vacation for a week and a half now. I have spent four days in San Francisco, spent some time at the beach, gone to a car show, organized and cleaned my house,taken my kids to the pool several days in a row, and in the meantime applied for twelve different teaching positions. I got two calls back. One for a telephone interview in which I did in my pj's and one regular face to face panel interview. You would think that I would be all rested up and looking my best with all this time off but NOPE--I jam my days full and have trouble falling asleep at night and unfortunately my brain is programmed to wake up at 6:30 A.M. even though I can sleep in....ugh!

Anyway, my face to face interview was this afternoon and I was freaking out just a bit because I was up late last night at the Angels vs. Dodgers baseball game, eating my nachos, drinking my beer, and getting a great session of people watching in. By the time I got home and to bed the wee hours of the morning had snuck up on me and I had to get some sleep! I woke up a few hours later and looked like hell! I showered, had my coffee, and I was still looking horrible. Then I remembered that I had a Collagen-Fibre Eye Pad Kit that I had already used once and was amazed with the results.

This kit is pretty cool. It comes with four eye pads that are contoured to fit right under your eyes. These pads are made of collagen fibre and infused with Myoxinol which is extracted from hibiscus flowers that helps relax the tissue under our eyes giving a smoother appearance. Who needs botox these days with such amazing products like this one? So, I put the eye pads on and then apply the skin energizing gel to moisten the collagen pad. This helps contour the pads under the eyes and provides optimal results by reducing the puffiness and dark circles from lack of sleep and proper water consumption. Fifteen minutes later I took the eye pads off and honestly, the results are terrific. I looked like I was completely rested. My makeup went on flawless and I walked into my interview feeling confident and knowing that I looked my best. Well almost confident--I was a little nervous that my duct tapped hemmed pants would come undone--but that's another story.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

You're Not Too Late....


Straight from the PR desk at Urban Decay:

Win a necklace from Tom Binns for Walt Disney Signature, valued at $875, AND an Alice in Wonderland Book of Shadows. 10 runners up will also receive the Alice in Wonderland Book of Shadows. Enter to win NOW!!!!!

http://www.urbandecay.com/promo/contest/Alice/index.cfm

So excited for this opportunity to be able to win this awesome necklace and of course that awesome Alice in Wonderland palette!

Good luck to the rest of you too!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Juice Beauty Green Apple Collection!


I'm having surgery to repair my broken ankle tomorrow so I thought I would take my mind off my worries and do what I know best...focus on skincare. I thought I should treat myself to a nice at home facial since I know I will be on my back and in major pain for the next 3-4 days. I don't take the time to do facials often but when I do--my skin always feels amazing!

I had a new product that I was also dying to try! The Green Apple Peel for Sensitive skin from Juice Beauty! So, first I started out by using a face wash. Today I used the green gel cleanser from MAC cosmetics. Once my face is clean I do a simple 15-20 minute steam. I heat up water, throw in a couple of camomille tea bags, put the water and tea in a big bowl with a towel over my head--creating a nice steamy tent. I take in nice long breaths and relax as my pores are being opened and exposed to the chamomille tea steam. It is so relaxing, smells so good, and is one of my favorite parts of an at home facial. Next is when I finally got to use the new Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel product. I put it all over my face and let it set for ten minutes. This is what the Juice Beauty website says about this produt,
Designed for sensitive skin, this refining hydroxy-acid complex of certified organic apple, lemon, grape juices and raw cane sugar exfoliate for visibly improved skin tone and texture. Vitamin antioxidants and essential nutrients hydrate and nourish fresh skin for a healthy, beautiful complexion.
After I left the product on for ten minutes I used a wash cloth and warm water to remove it. My skin was looking tight and had a great glow to it. I followed up with Elizabeth Arden's, Prevage Anti-Aging Moisturizer. I love that stuff.

So, I am feeling really good in the skin care department. I know that I am going to be laid up for several days and knowing that I just did a through skin care regimen--I feel much better. I highly recommend any of the products that I used today. They are so amazing, light weight, and effective.

Thursday, February 04, 2010

URBAN DECAY Spring 2010!!!

One thing that I can absolutely say is that my life is never, ever dull! Just when I thought I was on the path of freedom--on my way-- literally --to celebrate the completion of my teaching credential program I took a lame spill off my porch and broke my ankle! What a dork! I find out if I need surgery tomorrow.....but in the meantime, when I'm not totally doped up and loopy, I've decided to catch up on some reading, writing, and planning of birthday parties and family vacations we would like to take this year.

First off, I couldn't wait to share my ever consuming love of Urban Decay Cosmetics with everyone. It just so happens that it ties in very well with the preparation of my daughter's 12th birthday party that we are planning for her--an Alice in Wonderland/Mad Hatters' birthday! Consequently, Urban Decay just released their Alice in Wonderland palette last week! I must get my fingers on this darling palette full of great shadows, 24 7 liners, and a primer potion! I could just die and go to Heaven!!! I have a vision of doing my daughter's and her friends' makeup from the palette while sipping on all types of teas from whimsical glasses, nibbling on fun finger foods from funky plates, while in a room decorated with all kinds of big and small paper lanterns, big playing card streamers, candles, and shiny ornaments. Oh, and all the while my daughter will be wearing the cutest dress that I found on urbanoutfitters.com today! Who knows if it will all come together like I imagine....but I'm going to try! Might be somewhat difficult with this whole broken ankle thing! UGH!

Anyway, as I mentioned before...URBAN DECAY...is one of my all time favorite lines of cosmetics. I feel that the line is fun but sophisticated because of it's durability and whimsical qualities. Creative, sassy, and cutting edge are a few of the feelings I get when I use products from this particular line of cosmetics (which is just about EVERYDAY). The new spring line is of course a necessity in every ladies makeup bag!


I've mentioned a time or two before that I am such a sucker for packaging and honestly, Urban Decay's new STARDUST eyeshadows have some of the most innovative packaging I have ever seen! You have to try it for yourself but what is so cool is that you just lightly squeeze/pinch the sides of the eyeshadow and the top smoothly pops open! Trust me....It's cool! Gosh, you know the product is going to be amazing when just getting to it feels cool! Yes, and the eyeshadows are great! Just enough sparkle that it's noticeable and fun but not so blatant that you might feel like a Las Vegas showgirl (nothing wrong with that....) but in my opinion it is the best of both worlds. I am a teacher who loves wearing glitter....but I don't want to look immature or inappropriate while I am teaching high school students! They're amazing....and they last all day! These beautiful shadows can be worn dry or wet for a more vibrant look! Get yours....they're amazing!


New 24/7 glide on pencils were also introduced in the new Spring line from Urban Decay. These little pencils should be a staple in every ladies cosmetic tool box. They glide on so smoothly, smudge for a perfect smokey eye, and they truly do last all day without wearing off! I'm dying to get my hands on Binge, a beautiful navy blue color and Crash, a gorgeous deep eggplant color that have just been added to the 24/7 glide on pencils family! Funny enough, I was going through all my stuff and I actually do not own a navy blue eyeliner! Crazy--I have every other color blue though (cuz blue looks wonderful on brown eyes)--so without a doubt I will have to snag one of those eyeliners!



The other little secret weapon I have always kept in my makeup artist kit is Urban Decay's Primer Potion. I love it on both the eyes and lips...personally. Well Urban Decay decided to step it up another notch and add a new Potion to the mix....Eden! It's a beautiful matte neutral which I found myself wearing alone with some mascara for a quick, clean, and natural look! Fantastic! Another product that I now cannot see living without!


My little cosmetic obsession tank has been temporarily filled (until the next thing comes along that I can't live without) just in this one great Spring collection! Go to your local Sephora or Macy's and check out the products yourself. I promise you....you won't be disappointed!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

ELLIS FAAS: "ONLY TESTED ON SUPERMODELS!"


The last year of my life has been completely consumed by my commitment and dedication to continue my education in obtaining my teaching credential and masters in education. I honestly was unsure what to expect since it had been so many years since I had done my undergrad work--and I'm not going to lie--life has been crazy hectic! I didn't really expect that I would miss THIS industry as much as I have in this past year! I've been privileged in the past to pursue my passion of doing makeup, researching, and being hands on with cosmetic, fragrance, and skincare lines,...and then writing about it all--BONUS! So, I am very thankful when I am introduced to lines that are new to me and I get the opportunity to try them out. This is where ELLIS FAAS comes in....

What a cool line of cosmetics from ELLIS FAAS! From the sleek packaging, amazing product, and very cool developer behind the line--I am truly impressed at this very high class, top quality, and functional line. I'm not surprised since the creator or ELLIS FAAS is a former makeup artist too! Her amazing reputation and experience working in Paris, New York, and L.A. definitely gives her credibility and expert knowledge in what a makeup line should look like and consist of. Again, I'm thoroughly impressed! The colors in the cosmetics have amazing pigment. As a matter of fact--this is the first line where the pictures of the make up in the brochure and on-line actually look like the same color of the actual product. I love that! I've been using the Creamy Eyes in E205 and the Milky Lips in L201.

First of all, the Creamy Eyes product is a liquid (creamy texture) eyeshadow that applies evenly and dries to a semi matte. I was super impressed with the durability and the coverage. Without a doubt I need to add more colors to my existing makeup collection!

The Milky Lips in L201 is a wonderfully translucent red lipstick. The color has a really beautiful warm undertone which, in my opinion, is one of the best shades of red I have ever worn! This is the season for darker shades...especially red lipstick! The lipstick is pretty long lasting. I didn't need to reapply except for after eating or drinking--but that was okay because the lipstick left a great red stain on my lips without any type of bleeding. I like that too....I can just add a simple gloss or cherry chap stick on top of the stain once the lipstick wears off if I choose to not reapply.

So, in a nutshell--ELLIS FAAS makeup line is absolutely incredible! I love the innovative packaging (check out the pen holders and the all in one holder at the ELLIS FAAS website ) What a great way to keep your makeup bag well organized and everything you need in one spot! Brilliant! I hope you are as impressed as I am! Check it out!