Thursday, March 25, 2010

Spring Cleaning- BLOG SALE!

Before I started blogging and youtubing I had a decent amount of make up but now it's really gotten out of control. I can't things just sitting there... even if I do love some of these products. They just don't get use by anymore and need a home. Hopefully will find something and put it to good use. :)

RULES:
~Serious inquires only! If I send an invoice and I don't get a response in 2 days I'm giving it to next person in line. Please don't say you want something then don't pay. 
~Please leave a comment below with what you'd like and your e-mail address and I'll send you an invoice through PAYPAL.
~US Shipping is $4 (that includes shipping, price of package and driving to PO) and International is $6.
.50 for any additional items sent.

Laura Geller Blush-N-Brighten in Golden Apricot. I used this 3-4 times (Retails $29.50) $19

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Oil Free in Nude (never opened, never used) (Retails $42) $38
I do love this products but I already have one opened so this unopened one is just sitting there. *sold*



MAC Strobe Liquid- 50% left (Retails $29.50) $10 *SOLD*


Shiseido Sun Protection Liquid Foundation in the color SP50 Used 4-5 times (Retails $34) $24
This is a GREAT foundation in my opinion but since I've started using my self tanner more this color is a little bit too light for me. No point in it just sitting there. I do love it though! I'm going to get a darker color for summer because it has SPF 42 in it!! :)



MAC Mineralize Blush in Fad-dabulous - used 3 times (discontinued) $20 *PENDING*


MAC Minerlized Blush in Earth to Earth -used once (discontinued) $22


Laura Geller Tinted Moisturizer in "Light" 75% left (Retails $29) $15


Jemma Kidd Show Stopper Bronzer- used 3 times (Retails $23) $15


La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water- used twice. (Retails $15.50) $10


MAC Tango used 3 times (Retails $14.50) $9


 
MAC Baby Sparks- used 3 times (Retails $16) $10 *SOLD*


MAC Underage- used 4 times (Retails $14) $9 *sold*


Mark Glow Xpert in Candle Glow- used once (Retails $8) $3


Dior Nude in 023 Peach used 8 times (Retails $46) $28 


Sephora's OPI in Metro Chic- used 3 times (Retails $9) $5 *SOLD*




MAC MSF Foundation in Nw25- used 5 times (Retails $29.50) $16 *SOLD*
As you know I did just do a blog post about this but as I said the color was a bit dark for me and I  just wasn't the biggest fan of this. There are marks in this from where I used the brush to stipple it. 



NYC Chroma Face Glow in Sunstone (used 3 times). This product has been discontinued and was a limited edition item. $4 *SOLD*


NYC Chroma Face Glow in Sunstone used twice $4 *PENDING*
I love both of the Chroma Face Glows but I bought 4 of them because they were limited edition.



Smashbox Artificial Light in Flash 90% left (Retails $24) $13 *PENDING*
This was once my favorite highlighters but I have since taken in way too many other "pinkish" highlighters that I love a little bit more.



ELF Highlighter "Warm" used 3 times $1 *SOLD*

Stila "Wheat" e/s used 10 times (retails $18) $8


Shiseido used 3 times (retails $25) $15 *SOLD*


Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips in Sunkissed Glow- used 5 times (retails $11) $5


Blinc Heated Lash Curler used twice (Retails $25) $18


Avon Anew Ultimate Night Cream gold emulsion
(Never opened, never used) (Retails $34) $29


Avon Anew Derma-fill X3 -used twice (retails $54) $38




Avon Anew Derma Full Facial Filling Cream -used once (Retails $34) $24


Thanks, girls!! xo

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Goodbye Darkness- Get rid of dark circles

Now these are some tired momma eyes. I have blueish/purple circles under my eyes due to lack of sleep (almost 3 years of it) and I pretty much look tried ALL the time. Dark circles can be very aging on the face so I had to find a solution to this pesky problem. My eye "bags" are also a little puffy and unfortunately there is nothing you can do about that. 

Dark circles all natural and at their finest.
Step 1: I added YSL Touche Eclat (color #1) to add a subtle highlight and brighten up the darkness.

Step 2: Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer in Light Golden. Because I have blueish/purple circles I picked a concealer with a yellow base to help counter act those colors. I also took the concealer down on my nose and between my brows. 

Step 3: Benefit Powerflage really helps to even everything out and camouflage any darkness that your concealer didn't cover.

Here are the products:
The YSL Touche Eclat is a highlighter pen made to give you a refreshed look and help cover up any minor darkness (such as an acne scar). I'm still figuring it out and my feelings are a little mixed on this.

Amazing Concealer: I can't say enough AMAZING things about this product. It wasn't named the 'Amazing Concealer' for nothing. It's creamy, easy to work with, doesn't set into fine lines and covers those dark circles right up.

Benefits Powderflage: This product really is quite cool. It smooths out everything under your eyes and takes away any darkness that your concealer could not cover. It's a VERY light, barely there powder!

I think using all of these products really help to make me look feel more awake and not look like something out of the night of the living dead.

Do you have certain products that you consider a "miracle" to disguise dark circles? Now only if I could figure out a permanent way to get rid of the bags. :(


Saturday, March 20, 2010

Thinking outside the box with Motives Cosmetics

I was very kindly sent these products to try from Motive Cosmetics by Loren Ridinger. These products most definitely have me thinking outside the box but they might be a little out of my comfort zone to actually leave the box.
The quality of these products are really nice and the pigmentation is really really amazing as you will see in pictures listed below. If you are one who likes really bright and different colors than you will probably really like the products from Motives and be really pleased. I'm more of a neutral type of girl so I can't say that I'd actually wear some these colors.


This color is "Maniac" a very deep purple

"Go Red" Very, very sultry red.

"Pink Sugar" Now, this is what I'm talking about SO pretty! This is my type of neutral! :) Love this color. Very wearable. 

Go Red, Maniac, Pink Sugar (love!)


 Maniac, Go Red, Pink Sugar

All of these lipsticks are $14, enriched with vitamins and minerals, and paraben free!

"I'm a Vamp" and "First Kiss"- Nail Candy

These nail polishes are really lovely. I actually really love the dark purple color the best... surprising coming from the "neutral girl". It's just a very sophisticated color... love it. The pink color is very nice... it's a very light pink with blue undertones. Very chic. They go on really smooth! $5.25

"Plumb Frost" and "Heiress"

I have to say these shadows are way more in my comfort zone. They are so pretty. These shadows are really creamy feeling. Does that makes sense? They are extremely smooth. I really like the "Plumb Frost". It doesn't really look plumb to me... it's more of a plumb mocha. It's a gorgeous crease color. The "Heiress" makes a really pretty lid color and highlight. 
These are $12

"Dancing Queen" and "Eclipse" blush


These colors look terrible on me... plain and simple. 
That's all I will say about that. 
I would really like to try their blushes in "Lust", "Flushed", "Naughty", "So Peachy" because those look so pretty to me and I think would work with my skin color. These did nothing for me other than make me look like a clown. I'm not saying the blush quality is bad but the colors do not work in my favor. I think I will look into buying one of the colors I listed above and seeing how those work for me because their online swatches look STUNNING. These are $13.50






Friday, March 5, 2010

Stila Olivia dupe and how to reuse your old lipsticks

You all know that I've fallen in love with the Stila Olivia lipstick but this is one of those lipsticks that's hard to come by. Why do all GOOD lipsticks get discontinued? I went to MAC earlier this week with my Olivia in tow with a mission to find a good dupe. I found one in a lipstick form and one in a lipgloss.

MAC Shy Girl looks pretty close to Stila Olivia if you ask me. MAC Shy Girl has a touch more pink in it where the Olivia as a peach/pink tone. But, for me this one is as close as you are going to get.

MAC 2N in my opinion is pretty close to Stila Oliva but in a gloss. It's a little more peach toned but it's the best dupe I could find. Very pretty. This gloss is also LE so get it while it's hot!

(L-R MAC Shy Girl, Stila Olivia, MAC 2N)

How to fix your old or broken lipsticks
I ordered 2 more back up's of the Stila Oliva on ebay and they came today. I was so excited but that didn't last long. I opened one up and put it on my lips but it was so hard that I could barely get any lipstick on my lips. It smelled SO bad. You know the smell. Old lipstick. It's just plain nasty. The lipstick looked really weird and broke in half when I was looking it over. So, I had a plan. I was going to try and save this nasty lipstick.

Gross, bumpy, stiff, stinky old lipstick

This is what I did:
First I scooped out all of the lipstick with a clean kitchen knife and a clean boobie pin.


I then put all of the product in a glass microwavable safe bowl

I then placed the bowl in the microwave for 6 seconds. I took it out and mixed it up then put it back in for another 6 seconds. I did this process about 5 more times until it was nice and creamy.

I found an old concealer/powder palette and removed the pans from that. This was the only palette I could find because this was a spur of the moment experiment.


I then took my knife and a small spoon and placed the product in the palette. It was really hard to get the product to look even half way decent in there but it does the trick!!

This is what the color looks like on the lips. I actually think it looks better this way than in the tube. It feels and looks much creamier. I'm really happy I did this because I was really upset at how gross these lipsticks came when I got them. So, now I know... you can always save an old or broken lipstick... and it maybe even look better on than it did in the tube!

Night beauties,
Sarah