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September 2013 Favorites

Better late than never…right?  Well here are some things I have been enjoying over the past month (more like two months).  I also threw in a little bulldog cuteness so that you can see just what it’s like to get anything done when there is a bulldog or sometimes even two “helping.”  Enjoy!

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Max Factor Face Finity All Day Flawless 3 in 1 Foundation – I am loving this in spite of it’s ridiculously long name.  This is the first drugstore foundation I have found that I have not hated and that actually has worked for my oily skin.  I will eventually do a full review of this but for now I can honestly say that this applies easily, wears well, and has a really natural finish while still provided a decent amount of coverage.  For those of you in the United States or other places where Max Factor is not available, this is the same product as the Cover Girl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 Foundation.

Maybelline Baby Lips Peach Kiss Lip Balm – These suckers finally landed in Germany!  I for one am thankful because they are great to throw in your bag or pocket.  Not only is it moisturizing, but it also contains SPF 20 and provides a hint of color.  I am kicking myself for not picking them up when I was in the States last time.  However, I will be trying more of these.

Maybelline Dream Touch Blush in 07 Plum – I have been wanting to give these a try for ages and have had them in my hands numerous times while shopping but always decided to put them back.  Now I am wondering what I was thinking because this is such a lovely blush.  It gives a nice pop of color with a little shimmer.  This is the first cream blush I’ve tried and now I’m on the hunt for more.  Sadly, I don’t believe that these are available in the U.S. any longer.

L’Oréal Color Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow in 004 Forever Pink – This caught my eye since it was included in a special display in one of my local Müller stores back in the summer, yep I’m a sucker.  I think this would suit just about anyone and I feel like it would be a good color to start with if you’re interested in trying the Color Infallible shadows.  It’s great as an inner corner highlight but I especially like to apply to the inner two-thirds of my eyelids with a darker matte color on the outer part and in the crease.

The Balm Down Boy Blush – First off, I have to give a little shout out and an even bigger thanks to Jessica (a.k.a. Product Hoochie), for helping me to purchase my very first products from The Balm.  Down Boy is a nice classic girly pink, in my opinion.  I like to apply this with a light hand as it is quite pigmented.  I really need to try out more of The Balms blushes.

The Balm Mary Lou Manizer Highlighter – I know I’m late to the game on this, but after hearing so many people rave about this I had to give it a try.  It is such a beautiful champagne colored highlight.  While it does work great as a highlighter on the cheek bones, brown bone and inner corners of the eye, I also like to apply it all over my eyelids for a quick fix to brighten up my eyes on lazy days.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencils in Zero & Demolition – Another little goodie from the lovely Product Hoochie who was kind enough to send me these two mini’s since she knew I had been on the hunt for an eyeliner that not only stayed put but also did not irritate my crazy sensitive eyes.  Well lo and behold these really did live up to all the hype and ticked both boxes for me.  I will no longer waste another dime on any other eyeliners and will most definitely be investing in more of these in the future.

Garnier Fructis Schöne Haut Öl (Beautiful Skin Oil) – I picked this up when I stumbled upon it after hearing Estée from Essie Button talk about it.  First off I’m not in love with the scent due to the fact that is has a subtle hint of rose, but don’t let that put you because it is by no means offensive or overpowering in the least and doesn’t hang around forever.  However, I can get past my aversion to rose/floral fragrance because this is truly a great body oil that really seems to moisturize your skin and give it a nice healthy glow.  You also can’t beat the easy on your wallet price tag.  The past few years I really find that I have quite liked Garnier’s body moisturizers.   This is definitely available in the UK but sadly it is not available in the United States.  I’ve also spied a new anti-aging version on the German site so I will be on the hunt for it.

Garnier Fructis Wunder Öl (for hair) – This is the best-selling hair oil in Europe supposedly and I can see why.  It really does leave your hair looking shiny, smelling great and feeling soft and silky while also providing heat protection.  I know there are a lot of other hair oils on the market but this one gives the most bang for your buck in my opinion.  On a side note, I checked the US site and I don’t believe that this exact product is available there unfortunately but I imagine that the Triple Nutrition Miracle Dry Oil might be pretty close and the good thing is that it can be used on your hair as well as your skin.

Thomas Sabo Charm Club – This was a gift from my incredibly sweet friend Angy and I absolutely adore everything about it.  There are a variety of different bracelets to choose from and then you can customize it by adding charms from their huge collection.  Since she knows I am a crazy dog mom she picked the most perfect pairing for me.  Love my little bullies and my thoughtful friend!

I’m trying to get back into the swing of things where my poor neglected blog is concerned.  I just got a box of Zoya products that I had ordered so I’m hoping to get some more nail polish reviews up soon.  Hopefully you and yours are enjoying the fall and all the fun that comes with it.  As always, thanks for reading!

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Swag Swappin with Painted Nails & Baking Scales

A while back I noticed that one of my fellow Word Press bloggers was a bit miffed that Essence wasn’t available in the UK because the second installment of the Twilight limited edition products were going to be released soon and she was in need of them.  Well when I hear a cry for nail polish I answer if at all possible because I know all too well what it is like to covet products that aren’t readily available to you since moving to the Land of Schnitzel & Beer.  So I got in touch with Lou from Painted Nails & Baking Scales (be sure to check her site out) and offered to pick some of the Essence Twilight items up for her, after all we nail polish hoarders must stick together.  Well Lou then in turn offered to pick up some things for me as well in return and the swap was on.

Lou received the package I sent her last week and lo and behold, the one she sent me turned up yesterday much to my delight.  Once the Incredibly Bullie Duo checked the box out and calmed down from the excitement of the doorbell and the sight of the mail woman through the frosty glass in the living room door I got down to business and opened that sucker up.  Let me tell you, Lou really went to town, she got me nearly everything I had included on my wish list and threw in some goodies from her native land just to sweeten the deal even more.  I was beyond thrilled with everything she sent and she sent a lot.  In fact she tracked down nearly everything I had included on my wish list, which I hadn’t expected at all since I put a lot of things on there in the event that there were things she had difficulty finding.  So thank you ever so much Lou for stalking the aisles of your local drugstores to hunt down all of the amazing goodies you sent my way.

For those of you who are curious, this (minus the sweets of course) is what Lou sent…and yes, that is a bottle Max Factor Fire Fantasy in the mix.


While swaps are always fun, I have enjoyed getting to know the people I’ve done swaps with.  In fact, I’ve kept in touch with the other girl I’ve swapped with in the past and hope to meet up with her next time I travel back to the States.  So I definitely plan to keep in touch with Lou as well and continue to follow her blog because just I really like what she’s doing.  On a side note, I have come to genuinely come to adore the community I’ve discovered through blogging, especially through Word Press in particular.  My experience has been great thus far and I just love the sense of comradery among my fellow bloggers, not to mention how supportive and friendly they have been since I started my little site back in May.  Let’s be honest, it’s always nice to see those stats getting higher and higher, but I’m mostly thankful for the experience, the wonderful people I’ve encountered and the loyal following I am so incredibly lucky to have.  As always, thanks for reading and check back soon.

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