Friday, November 18, 2011

Laura Mercier "Shy Pink" lip stain & plump lips

Let me introduce you to one of my new favorite lip stains- Laura Mercier "Shy Pink". I've never heard a review on this, never looked at it before or seen a single swatch online but it was truthfully love at first sight. This is my kind of color. Creamy nude pink with a hint of mauve. The texture is smooth and beautiful and lasts a pretty decent amount of time. Lip stain, is it? Um, no. Lip stain it is not. I don't know where they got that from. It's more like a creamy lipstick in a balm form with the sheen of a lip gloss. Multifaceted, indeed. It can be anything you want it to be. :)
The most surprising thing about this about this, for me, is that I had to double check if it was also a lip plumper. It's not, but it does something to my lips to make them look humungo! Who doesn't want bigger lips but they almost were looking too big. It was odd. I don't know how that happened but it did. I guess I can't complain and question the mystery of it. 
Stunning color- check.
Creamy texture- check.
Long wearing- check.
Unexplained plump lips- check, check, check.

{I paired this with a discontinued Dior lip liner so maybe the way I lined my lips made them larger but I'm thinking not} 

Have you tried this or any of the other colors of her lip stains? I am really, really loving this color!!

Hope you are staying warm and if it's over 80 where you are then it's just NOT fair!!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Contest winner....

Forgive me for the lack of posts lately. We've been battling colds at my house and I feel like I've been stuck in a "mommy rut". I've been going sans make up and hair in a pony tail and I can't say I'm thrilled about it.
So, anyway, now that I've explained where I've been and I am pleased to announce the winner of the contest. Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone that took their time to enter!

Please contact me at and I will send off your info to our friends at apothica for your prize! :)

Again, thank you for entering. Hopefully I'll get my act together soon and start blogging "normally" again. I need a little sleep and a little lipstick and maybe I'll feel better!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Gotta love a contest! (CLOSED)

I'm to excited host this contest for you, my friends. Apothica so generously would like to offer one of my lovely blog readers this awesome gift to win. I personally have bought several things from skincarerx (Apothica's sister company) in the past as well as hosted a contest for them last year and I have nothing but good things to say. Very warm and helpful costumer service and great prices on their products! I bought my SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic from them for $101.17 (they price match! I found it on another site for that price but I didn't trust the authenticity like I did with skincarerx) If you love the CE Ferulic then you will know that's a good price for that particular product! :)

What you will receive:
A $50 gift certificate to shop Skincare RXApothica, or Skin Botanica
A beauty cache which includes:
A make up bag
Kinerase PhotoFacials Sun Damage Reversal System- Daily Exfoliating Cleanser 
Boscia Skin Perfecting Primer
Peter Thomas Roth Oil Free Moisturizer
Skin Medica Environmental Defense Sunscreen SPF 30+
June Jacobs Papaya Purifying Enzyme Masque
Clenziderm MD Therapeutic Moisturizer 
Skinforgettable Micronized Mineral Sun Perfection Powder SPF 30
NIA 24 Physical Cleansing Scrub
Nucelle Mandelic Eye Lift Creme
Epionce Lytic Gel Cleanser
Phytomer Ultra-Nourishing Body Cream
20% off Gift Card

The Rules:

Option 1: Facebook
1.       Visit
2.       Write on Apothica’s Facebook wall about what you think of Apothica
Bonus: Opt in to Apothica’s Newsletter

Option 2: Twitter
1.       Visit
2.       Tweet about Apothica on your own Twitter Account
Bonus: Retweet Apothica’s tweet about this giveaway

Option 3: Blog
1.       Visit
2.       Write something on your blog about what you think of Apothica
Bonus: Write about the brand I highlighted and link it to Apothica

Contest ends: October 27th at 8pm Eastern 

Now, all you have to do is comment below and let me know which option you chose! You can pick one option or choose the do them all. 

Each stands for a separate entry. 

Good luck and thank you so much for participating in the contest!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Foundation "Stay in Place Make Up" Review

Being the foundation addict that I am I can't pass up trying a hyped up foundation. As of right now (still!) the Maybelline 24 Hour Super Stay is my go-to foundation. Love! <3
One of my favorite "guru's" {blushingpixie} on youtube was talking about the Estee Lauder Double Wear Light and because everything she recommends is gold in my opinion {and the fact her skin is beyond flawless} I had to give it a try. 
I will say everything she said about it is true.
It's a lovely foundation.
I'm just not totally sure I'm in love with it... yet. 
The thing I love about it or at least about the color I got {#2} is it is very natural based. Meaning it wasn't too yellow or too pink... it was just right. It does have SPF 10 in it so I did notice a slight white cast from it {in photos} which I have never experienced before from a foundation. 

I think the wear time is amazing. From the time you apply until you take it off it looks good. Speaking of applying... it went on a little weird. Kinda streaky and not a breeze to blend. It's very light- a step up from a tinted moisturizer, in my option. Also, it does have sort of a chalky feel. I'm thinking because it's more of a matte foundation. That tends to happen to me when I use matte foundations.I wouldn't say it's a true matte though because it does have some luminosity. 

Here is what it's supposed to:
15 hour wear. Light as air {I wouldn't go THAT far to say that}. Comfortable make up that stays vibrant and fresh no matter how active your day becomes. Resists smudging and won't "melt" off throughout heat and humility. Controls oil. Won't clog pores. Provides anti-oxidant protection. Sheer to medium coverage. Natural finish. Oil free. Fragrance free. 1 FL oz.

So, my verdict is: I like it. I love the neutral base color... I think it matches my skin-tone really well. It doesn't give that "I'm wearing a ton of foundation" look. It made my skin took very even and nice. I like the finish minus the chalky feeling. I love the fact that it's really really long wearing. That being said... I'm not in love with it. I'm not crazy about the white cast it gives off in pictures. Will I buy it again? Not sure. I haven't used it long enough to make my mind up on that. Will keep you posted.

Ugh, don't mind my hair. Never a fan of it pulled back. But hey... what's a momma gonna do?

This is $35 from Estee Lauder

Thursday, September 22, 2011

I went blonde!

(Jen Aniston's hair)

Well, ok... not for real. I'm not that brave! It would never, ever turn out that good and my hair would be fried... so the best I can do is to play on
Every once in a while I start playing on Taaz and forget just how much I love it. If you have followed my blog for a while then you'll know I've done posts on this before on how FUN IT IS! I did my hair, changed ALL my make up (my lip/blush/foundation etc are all changed on the site).

Here are some other hair "changes" I made. I know that dark hair suits me best but I am kinda liking dark brown with auburn it...hmmmm maybe I will do that for fall.

I really like this color!

Like this one, too

Gretchen Rossi's hair

Kinda diggin the Ombre-ness of this

Megan Fox hair

What do you think looks best? Have you played around on Taaz? It can be rather addicting if I do say so myself!:) So, hmmm... should I stay dark-dark or go a little lighter with auburn highlights?

Monday, September 19, 2011

Fall can't haves {and why it's ok}

This is my list of fall "can't haves". Not that I don't want them... I do! I really, really do! There are just some things I admire from a distance but know will never actually be mine {only in my sweet dreams}. Darn you money. Why do you have to be so cruel? Enjoy... while I go in my backyard looking for my money tree that I thought I planted. Hmmm, still can't find it.
PS- I stole this idea of fall "can't haves" from check her out!
I loved the idea!!

The Louis Vuitton Galliera GM

I've had my eye on this pretty girl for a long time but let's just be honest almost two grand on a purse is not that feasible or realistic for everyone. The thing I love about it is the size... I could fit a million things in it...even a kid or two.

Chanel Classic Jumbo Flap Caviar Black Silver HW


Oh, momma! Gulp... this will forever be on my dream list. Forever because well... I just don't think I could shell out that amount for a bag and not bat an eye. This bag is so beautiful though... and I do admire the simplicity and regal-ness of it.

As I am writing this I saw a picture on Facebook that broke my heart and made me utterly ashamed of even lusting after these things. There is nothing wrong with liking, having or wanting nice things. It's our american (European) way of life... we are blessed. Blessed beyond measure and tend forget that and all we have (even though we complain of not having enough).... until the heartbreaking cold reality slaps you in the face. Here I was complaining about not being about to afford a three thousand dollar purse when there are babies starving to death. Uh, kills me.

I can't tell you how much I wish I could go there and hold that baby... way way way more than all the Chanel,  Dior and Louis' in the world. These things are nothing compared to the feeling when I see that child and in fact those things seem rather stupid. When it all boils down to it... they are just things. That is a child. Who though is one of millions still has so much value and worth. My heart is breaking when I look at that little man and what I would give to step back in time and rock him while feeding him... night after night until he was healthy and strong. 

So, I guess this was a good lesson for me tonight... stop getting so caught up in things and remember that I am blessed. To stop wishing for those great luxuries in life when a piece of bread is gold to some. 

You are blessed.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Pageant Week Clothes!

Wow! It's been a long time since I last blogged. I have been so busy getting ready for the pageant, a week long time California and now getting used to my time zone again.

I wanted to share a few outfits with you and the make up I used during the week. I brought SO much make up with me but ended up using the same items everyday. Go figure.

Be prepared for picture overload! :)


Dress from Cache! 
Make Up Used: 
Maybelline Super Stay 24 Hour Foundation in Natural Beige
Cover Girl Shimmering Sands E/s
L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara
Maybelline 24 hour concealer
Laura Geller Pink Grapefruit blush
UD 24 7 liner in zero
Dior Amber Bronze bronzer
Dior Amber Diamond highligher
Revlon Coral Reef lipgloss
Sun Labs Dark Tanner
St. Tropez Spray Tan

Dress from Macy's
Same Make Up as above

Top from Express
Same make up as above except for the Givenchy lipgloss in Rose Taboo mixed with NYX "Natural"

Dress from Macy's 
Same make up used with the Givenchy Rose Taboo lipgloss

Dress from Bebe
Same make up as listed with MAC Viva Glam Cyndi

Maxi dress from JcPenny's 
Same make up with Givenchy Rose Taboo lipgloss

Dress from Macy's / Necklace from Forever 21
Same make up listed above with Givenchy Rose Taboo lipgloss
Award for "Face Of The Year"

With Gretchen and Slade from RHWOC
Dress from ASOS (for $17!!) and my swimsuit underneath... ready to swim!
Same make up w/ MAC Viva Glam Cyndi
Just being silly

White linen dress from Ann Taylor Loft/ necklace from Target
Same makeup w/ Givenchy Rose Taboo

Cowgirl night!! Dress from Hot Miami Styles and boots from Target
Hat from ebay
Same make up w/ viva Glam Cyndi

Dress from Meijers for like $16!!! 
Same make up/ Givenchy Rose Taboo lipgloss and tons and tons of Sun Labs Dark!! :)

Gown from Nikki's Dressing Room (Jaez Couture). 
Same make up w/ a touch of Cargo Amalfi blush and MAC Viva Glam Cyndi 

I had such an amazing time and met the most amazing girls on earth. I placed 4th runner up... I'd love to go again next year!

Hope it wasn't picture overload for you!:)

Most posts on MAKE UP to come!!