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May 2013 Favorites

Goodbye cold, rainy, depressing May and hello to a hopefully warm sunny June!  May was not nice, the weather was horrible and I was sick as a dog the past two weeks, which is why I hadn’t been posting much and why my monthly favorites post is a bit later than I would’ve liked it to be.  I have been posting little tidbits on my Facebook page though so if you’re not following me on there you can do so by clicking here as it is where I typically post information about various sales and coupon codes.

Before we get started, I wanted to mention that there are only a few more days left to enter my One Year Blogiversay Giveaway.  So if you’ve not done so already, be sure to enter and spread the word.  My friend Jessica, over at Product Hoochie is also hosting a giveaway to celebrate her first year of blogging as well so click here to check out the details and be sure to wish her a very happy blogiversay while you’re there.  Now onto to the favorites!

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Maybelline 24 hr Color Tattoo Barely Beige – This is such a nice neutral cream shadow that can be used on it’s own or as a base for other shadows.  I quite enjoy using this with my M.A.C. Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle brushed over top.  I think everyone needs this little pot of goodness as it would suit just about any skin tone.

Kiko Makeup Milano Smart Lipstick  in 912 Crimson Red – I decided to give these a try since I was picking one up for a friend of mine who thought they looked interesting.  Well I am glad to say that she has a good eye because these are wonderful lipsticks, especially for the price.  This color is out of my comfort zone, but I quite like it.

EOS Lip Balm Pomegranate – This flavor has surpassed EOS Sweet Mint as my favorite from the brand.  I just love how it tastes and I can’t put my finger on it, but something is different in a good way about this formula.

Zoya Dahlia – I am a big fan of black nail polish and as I’ve mentioned before, I am really loving the matte texture trend so this delivers on both fronts for me.  I love the slightly more fun & feminine twist Zoya put on black by the matte finish and with that bit of sparkle.

Zoya Vespa – While this ended up being more subtle than I had anticipated, it ended up being a good thing.  I rarely go for subtle when it comes to my nail color but Vespa still gives a nice hint of green and glitter without being so in your face about it.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush Blissful – This is such a nicely pigmented pop of coral that gives your cheeks a surprisingly natural flush.  I love that these can be worn more sheer for a subtle wash of color or applied more heavily for a more vibrant look.

Color Lock Clip – I had seen these a very long time ago in Sally Beauty and passed them by, but while in the States in March I decided to pick them up finally as I was so tired of the cheap crappy metal clips I’ve been fumbling with for years.  These things are so awesome I just can’t say enough.  I use them during styling and when I dye my crazy multicolored hair and these little suckers grab on like a crocodile and don’t let go.

Alex and Ani Four Leaf Clover Charm Bangle – My friend Hilary introduced me to Alex and Ani and them promptly took me to their store in Newport, Rhode Island.  That is where I picked up this bracelet that I fell in love with at first sight.  I love how simple and timeless these charm bracelets are and how easily they can be mixed and matched.  Alex and Ani offer a wide variety of not only bracelets but necklaces, earrings and rings as well.  If you’ve not checked them out then click here.

Ray Ban Sunglasses – I know these aren’t technically a beauty item, but hey they protect the eyes and that’s particularly important for the summer months.  In all honesty, I was lucky enough to win these via a Twitter contest that Coastal put on back in February (they are very present on the social media front).  These are just such a great classic frame.  I know I mention Coastal a fair bit, but I genuinely think they’re awesome.  If you’ve not already checked them out, I highly suggest you do so.  Not only do they have an amazing “First Pair Free” promo, but they frequently have really good sales and contests going on.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend full of sun and fun.  As always, thanks for reading and check back soon for more.

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Blogiversary Giveaway

As I mentioned earlier in the month, my blog celebrated it’s first anniversary at the beginning of May and I wanted to do a little giveaway to show my appreciation to all of my followers.  There will be two prize packages up for grabs, both will include an eyeshadow quad, lip product and a nail polish.  I’ve listed each prize package and it’s specific contents below.

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Catrice Cosmetics Prize Package:

  • Smokey Eyes Set in 010 Smoking Area
  • Lip Appeal Moisture & Shine Smoothing Lip Gloss in 180 Little Red Dress
  • Ultimate Nail Lacquer in 875 It’s all I can Blue

Kiko Make Up Milano Prize Package:

  • Color Seduction Eyeshadow Palette in 03 Unusual Lavender
  • Sheer & Creamy Lipstick Duo in 01 Matita Rossetto
  • Holographic Nail Lacquer in 400 Steel Grey

So here is the deal, if you’d like to be in the running for either prize you simply need to follow my blog via e-mail and comment on this post letting me know what prize package you’d most like to get your hands on.  One entry per e-mail address and this is open internationally.  Entry for the contest ends June 9, 2013 at (CET).  The winner for each prize package will then be chosen at random and announced on June 10, 2013.  I will also contact the two winners via e-mail that day and they will have 24 hours from the time I send the e-mail in which to respond with their mailing address, otherwise an alternate winner will be chosen.  Click a Rafflecopter giveaway to access the widget.

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One Year Blogiversay!

Exactly one year ago today, I registered on WordPress!  I can’t believe it’s been a whole year since I started my blog to be honest.  I have thoroughly enjoyed blogging and interacting with readers and other bloggers alike.  Just recently, while in New York, I even had the pleasure of meeting up with Product Hoochie for an afternoon of fun, product stalking and worshiping at the alter of Sephora.

Since I feel that my one year blogiversay needs celebrating, I have a little something in store for my followers.  I don’t want to give too much away just yet, but lets just say that my giveaway stock pile is begging for a purge.  Once I work out the details I will have that information up.

I would like to thank all of my followers as well as everyone who has passed through.  It’s been a fun journey so far and I look forward to the next year and all the new products it will bring.  Be sure to check back soon.

In the Mitten

So perhaps you’ve been wondering why I have not posted anything in ages.  Well there is a pretty simple explanation, my mom has been having some health problems so I traveled back to Michigan to help her get through this difficult time.  Rest assured though, mom is doing well, especially considering everything that she has had to deal with.  However, if you wouldn’t mind keeping her in your thoughts, we would greatly appreciate it.

While I’m back in the U.S. I hope to try and get back to posting since I will have some down time and will be visiting some of my old shopping haunts.  In all honesty, the day I arrived in Detroit I paid Target a visit.  Don’t judge, we needed legit supplies, so I didn’t see the harm in picking up two little items from the cosmetic department while I was there.  Also, if you follow me on Instagram or Twitter (I’m going to make an effort to be a bit more active on both during my visit to the Mitten), then you already know that I’ve been busy adding to my nail polish collection as well.  So I should be getting some reviews and swatches of some of those up once I put them through my rigorous testing.

As always, thanks for reading and for hanging in there with me.  Check back soon for more and have a wonderful weekend.

Update & Bdellium Tools Sneak Peek

I recently did a swap with Product Hoochie and the package she sent my way arrived a few days ago.  So I hope to get that post ready to share with you soon.  I had originally planned to work on that today but I ended up on a contagious cleaning spree.  For some reason I can’t always seem to just clean one room or focus on one particular task, it just starts to spread like a highly infectious disease and the next thing I know I’m completely committed and cleaning things with a toothbrush half the time.  I swear it’s hereditary because I hear from my cousins that they find themselves doing similar things.  It’s like one minute you’re a normal human being cleaning your surroundings in a very sane controlled way, then it’s almost like you’ve blacked out, lost a few hours and snap back only to find yourself doing a disturbingly thorough deep clean as if you’re preparing for the CSI of house inspectors to make a visit.  We all have our quirks…right?

Now onto the sneaky peek!  I ordered a few Bdellium brushes from Amazon.de a few weeks ago while ordering a birthday gift for a little buddy of mine back in the Mitten.  Amazon is such an enabler by the way.  I had been hearing and reading great things about Bdellium for quite some time so I thought I’d pick up a few brushes from their various different ranges.  I will of course do a review once I get a good feel for them.  Let me know if you’ve used Bdellium brushes and what your thoughts are.  As always, thanks for reading and check back soon.

*The purple 957 Precision Kabuki is a limited edition only available through Amazon.

Just a quick pic taken with my phone.

Just a quick pic taken with my phone.

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