What’s in my Purse.

No I’m not gonna talk about the AFC Champ game. But I will say I still love my Ravens. Nothing will change that.

So today I’ve decided to let you into my world a little more and show you what I’m keeping in my purse. This is the same purse from the last time, my lovely Coach Ashley Satchel that I bought in Atlantic City last March. I still love it just as much as I did when I bought it. So, here’s what I keep in it right now!

Everything!

I know. It looks like a lot of stuff, but it’s all the stuff I carry with me to work on a daily basis.

The Beauty Stuff

Here we have all the stuff I keep with me during a day to make sure that I look as close to on top as I possibly can all day. In my little pink cosmetic bag, I keep my small Dr. Feelgood complexion balm, my small sized Urban Decay De-Slick in a Tube (takes care of oily patches), a mini sized bottle of my favorite perfume Lolita Lempika by Lolita Lempika, my sample sized Urban Decay Naked Lip Junkie lip gloss, a mini sized Too Faced Glamour Gloss (don’t remember the color name), a travel sized Benefit Porefessional, mini MAKEUP FOREVER Smoky Lash mascara, mini Benefit Benetint, a Bath and Body Works PocketBac in Orange Sapphire, and a tube of High Beam To Go. I also have a packet of Clean and Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets (what? I have a seriously greasy t-zone. Especially in the summer. Which it is not, but still.) A tube of Urban Decay Pocket Rocket Lip Gloss in David (I’ll put some pictures of David at the end of the post), a tube of Urban Decay XXXShine Lip Gloss in Naked (which apparently they discontinued. Damn), a tube of Maybelline Baby Lips in Pink Punch and in Peach Kiss (I have to just get lucky and stumble on these in Target, whenever I go looking for them, they’re sold out), a tube of Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipstick in Dreamy (a pretty pinky nude color), my Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette, a bottle of Oscar Blandi Dry Shampoo Powder (love this stuff, it’s the best!), my pot of Smith’s Rosebud Salve that I never leave home without, my Urban Decay Face Case (three eye shadows, a blush, three lip glosses and a brush. It’s the best!), my Tarte for True Blood Lip Tint, my mini hair brush, and my pretty personalized mirror that my daddy gave to me a few years ago for Christmas (yes, I still call him “daddy” and no I have no issue with it. I love my Daddy). And that’s the beauty side. I’d like to point out that most of it is lip colors, because I’m really indecisive about which one I want to wear, and apparently I inherited the habit of keeping lots of lip colors in my purse from my mom.

My hand cream

This was hidden in the front pocket of my purse while I was taking pictures, but this is my purse tube of L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream. I use a lot of this, especially during the winter, because it keeps my hands from being dry. I also have tubes of it scattered all around my world. One on my desk, another on my bedside table, and I think I’ll be bringing one down to the kitchen. This stuff is amazing.

The Stuff

And here is all my other crap. Here we have my Coach Soho wallet, that matches my Coach Ashley Satchel down to the fabric lining it, my myAgenda day planner for the year; this year’s color is metallic graphite, my sunglasses pouch and the sunglasses that go with it (from the LOFT and Target respectively. I have Coach ones, but I really like my cheap and cheery ones from Target better), a Purell sanitizing wipe, my bag of Advil (I get headaches, I gotta carry Advil), my bottle of Origins Peace of Mind cream (it’s a pain reliever that can sometimes help my headaches when I rub it on my temples, earlobes, and back of my neck), my ID case, my keys, my headphones to listen to my iPod while typing away at work or on the bus/metro to/from school, my glasses cleaning cloth, my favorite BIC Triumph pens, my favorite highlighters, a lint remover, oh, and my Kindle Fire! Which I am happy with, even though I know a lot of people aren’t happy with their Fire’s. Maybe it’s because I’m happy with what I can afford (it would take me ages to save up enough to buy an iPad. I’d give up halfway through and buy something else), maybe I got a good one, but I really love it. And yes, it is in a hot pink bejeweled cover. This keeps certain people from walking off with it, because someone would have to take their guy card. It works.

Well, that’s all the stuff in my bag right now. Who knows, things might change when I start class tomorrow. But there, you’ve seen what’s in my purse.

Here’s some closeups of David:

David Suit Front

David Non-Suit Front

David Suit Back

David Non-Suit Back

And here’s a picture of my sweet mirror from my Daddy:

Well that’s all. I gotta go put on work-appropriate nail polish. I can’t wear the above pictured dark purple. Which is cool.

Because I’m Bored

And maybe because I want to show off my new Coach bag, I’m gonna do that “What’s in the Purse” post.¬† Don’t worry, I refuse to jam this beautiful wonderful bag full of stuff, so this will be a shorter post than other purses I’ve used would have been.

This is my Coach Ashley Bag. However, I renamed her Sophie, because I just was not feeling the “Ashley” vibe. Yes, I’m aware that I may be a little weird, thanks. Normally I don’t buy these kinds of bags because I have these dang student loans that I seem to always have to pay. Two monthly. It’s kind of irritating. I just hope they know how many different bags and pairs of shoes I could be buying with the checks I send each month. However… I went on an overnight trip to Atlantic City with two of my friends, and we hit the outlets there as well as the boardwalk (I found Nucky, or rather a billboard for Boardwalk Empire with Nucky on it. But I sent a picture of it to my mom with the message “I found Nucky!”), and one of the ones we hit the hardest was the Coach Factory Outlet. And I guess being an Irish girl and it being St. Patrick’s Day that luck thing they always go on about must have really struck that day. Because this bag’s original price was $358. Something I could not pay if I wanted to. And then it was marked down as a Factory Store Bag. And then the doorman handed me a 30% off paper thing. I saw it, I held it, I looked at the pretty purple lining, felt the soft leather, and knew, it had to be mine. And I got it for waaaaaaaay less than its original price was! I walked out of the store feeling thrilled, elated, and not sick at all like I can if I make a bad impulse buy. The neutral color and the medium size mean I’ll be using this bag all the time. I haven’t picked up another bag since I bought this one. I take out the contents at night and re-stuff it with the paper that was in it to keep its shape, and store it in the paper and box it came it to protect it. I carry a bag inside it that I put the purse in should it be raining. I love the purse. And now for the normal contents of it part.

MomAgenda MyAgenda. MomAgenda makes great agenda’s, except for that whole “I’m not a mom” thing I have going on. But they make the MyAgenda with most of the same features (minus the spaces for the stuff in a kid’s life that a mom might need to put down). And if I don’t write things I have to do down, it’s most likely I’ll forget I need to do them.

-Paycheck! Because today is payday and I have my envelope, yay!

BIC 730R Black Ink Pen. My favorite pen, and I prefer to only use that kind.

-Purse Bag. In case the heavens decide to open up and give us rain. Sophie must be protected from water stains!

-Wallet. Generally empty of cash, since I’m always forgetting to hit the ATM.

-K Coin Purse. Had it since 2004 (freshman year of high school) when that whole stuff with your first name initial on it was really going strong.

-Clinique Makeup bag. If I don’t carry makeup with me, I’ll end up needing something by the end of the day, and will only have a lipgloss or something to work for everything. I’ve got my Urban Decay FaceCase, which has three eyeshadows, a blush, and three lipglosses and has been my savior many times, a small sample of my Lolita Lempika perfume, Too Faced Glamour Gloss in Pillow Talk (free mini sample), Urban Decay De-Slick in a Tube sample sized (once used this on top of a lip gloss I had to use to substitute for eyeshadow, boy was it sticky! the De-Slick helped with the sticky feeling), a small bottle of Benetint, tokidoki Lip Balm Stain in Pink Martini (my new favorite for summer, hair can’t get caught in stained lips like it can in glossed lips), Urban Decay Afterglow Glide-On Cheek Tint in Quickie (my new cheek favorite for summer, since it’s light-weight, and it leaves a pretty, light pink, kissed by the sun flush), Smith’s Rosebud Salve, also known as the Best Stuff Ever, Buxom Lipgloss in Katie (it’s my other perfect pink), Benefit Dr. Feel Good Mattifying Balm, and Too Faced Glamour to Go Fairy Edition Palette, which is like the FaceCase, shimmery,¬†ethereal¬†eyeshadows, a bronzer, a pretty pink blush, and a lipgloss. Yup, I carry a lot of makeup. All in small sizes though.

-Advil. Headaches suck. ‘Nough said.

Oscar Blandi Powdered Dry Shampoo. Know what else sucks? Hair so thick that build-up happens. And grease. This takes care of that.

Sephora Travel Hairbrush.

-Earbuds/headphones. Need something to keep me going while typing at work.

-Clean and Clear Oil Absorbing sheets. Because such is the life of a girl with combination oily skin.

-Keys. Yay! I can get into my house!

-ID Case

Origins Peace of Mind Headache relief cream. Apply this to the temples and back of the neck and it’ll relieve some of the tension in the headaches I can get.

-Tide Pen, in case I spill or get ink or toner on me.

-Sunglasses. Cheap aviators I bought at Wal-Mart down in Chattanooga when I was stupid and sat on my sunglasses. I was going home the next day and didn’t want to drive through snow reflecting the sun with no eye protection.

-Sunglasses/reading glasses cleaning cloth. No smudges. Yay!

L’Occitane She Butter Hand Cream. Mostly for the winter time, but I love this hand cream for keeping my hands soft all year.

-Revlon Nail File. Mom gave it to me years ago and it’s a good one still.

Bath and Body Works Pocket Bac in Orange Sapphire. To keep the hands clean even after washing them. Public places can be kinda gross.

And that’s it. All of my stuff. So fun, huh?

Stay tuned! I’m working up a Colorblock post for that “Bloggers Do It Better” badge you see on the side of this page, from prettyshinysparkly. If you haven’t checked her out, please do, she’s awesome!

The Beauty Routine Post

So I’m doing this after the Pretty Shiny Sparkly post up a couple days ago: http://prettyshinysparkly.com/my-beauty-routine/. So here it all is.

Let’s start with what’s in the medicine cabinet… alllll my skin care items. My favorite products can’t be bought in America anymore, which sucks, because they work so well. I’ll give you a bit of backstory. In high school, I was in Drama, and we did mime. I swear the mime makeup was made out of Elmer’s glue and flour, with a splash of water thrown in. And it killed my skin. I graduated in 2007 and my skin has still not fully recovered. Bad pores, a couple scars, all that stuff. Mime makeup is evil. Enter Soap and Glory, which has saved my life. And now it’s left American shelves. And I await their triumphant return to the States. Here’s the medicine cabinet full shot. Then we’ll go shelf by shelf.

Top Shelf:

From Left to Right: My sister’s things (I share a bathroom with my 12-year old sister), L’Oreal Go360 Clean for Sensitive Skin Cream Wash. This is my morning wash. Mornings I need a simple, fast routine, because it’s already hectic enough. And the little scrublet thingy is great! Soap and Glory Scrub Your Nose In It, which I use on Tuesday and Friday nights. It clears out pores and has a fine grit scrub to it. I leave it on as a mask for three minutes and wash it off with a hot washcloth. Murad Oil Control something… I got as a sample from Sephora, but my sensitive skin rejected it… so I don’t remember the name. And then a Color Protectant Spray (I’m naturally dark, dirty blonde that I dye reddish golden brown) and volumizing spray and root boosters.

Second Shelf:

The main skin care shelf. From Left to Right: Soap and Glory Dr. Spot Treatment. Put this stuff on a zit popping up and it’s gone way before it would without it. Hurry back Soap and Glory! Nuetrogena Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover. I do serious eye makeup and need a way to get it off without raccoon eyes, this is it. Clinique Clarifying Lotion Number 3 for Combination Oily Skin. Gets the last bits of build-up off my face. Don’t look at the cotton pads after swiping this across the face! Clinique Face Soap for Oily Skin. Use this after the shower to wash, I love this and have for years. Soap and Glory Fab Pore Hot Cloth Cleanser. This is a creamy cleanser I apply on Wednesday and Saturday nights, leave on for a minute, and then wash off with the included muslin cloth. It shrinks the pores! Soap and Glory Fab Pore 15 Minute Mask. Okay, they advertise this as a facial peel, but it has more mask-like qualities. I put this on for 15 Minutes every Monday and Thursday night and after I take it off, my face is glowing and healthy. Soap and Glory! Benefit Dear John Facial Cream. Thick, rich moisturizing cream that is the only moisturizer I can use and not have a horrible reaction to. I’d hate to think what would happen if Benefit stopped making this. I use this every morning and every night. Origins Modern Friction Microdermabrasive scrub. I got a mini-facial at Origins for my birthday last year, and the girl used this on me… this was the first scrub I’ve found that didn’t cause a horrible reaction of red sore patches. It costs a lot, but it lasts forever. Use it every Sunday night. Rare Minerals Active Triple Treatment Eye Cream. I may be 21, but I don’t believe it’s too early to protect and prevent. This eye cream takes care of puffiness, fine lines, and some dark circles. Every morning and evening before my moisturizer… I also use it at the corners of my mouth, where there’s delicate skin too.

Third Shelf:

From Left To Right: The sister’s face scrub, oatmeal, a trick I used until I found a real scrub and passed on to her… it works for hyper sensitive skin, or peeling really bad sunburnt skin. Garnier Anti-Puff and Circle Eye Roller. This I use to help with my big under-eye circles. They don’t totally disappear, but they fade a lot. And Sister’s stuff.

So that’s the skincare part. Now for the other part… my love, the makeup!

The Base:

Left to Right: Benefit The Porefessional. Another product to shrink my pores… with all the products I use, you can only see the big ones on my face if you’re right up in my face. And if you’re right up in my face, you’d best introduce yourself or prepare to be slapped… personal space, please. Benefit That Gal Primer. A pretty pink primer that brightens up my tired face. And smooths and holds makeup well. Benefit Erase Paste in No. 1 Fair. Cover up the little bits of dark circles left after the skincare, as well as any breakouts I may have. Benefit Hello Flawless! in Never Settle Petal. A great powder foundation that seriously lasts all day. My mom wore this stuff while at a conference in Atlanta. At the end of a busy day of running around in a hot July Atlanta day, she had to go on tv, and the makeup artist didn’t need to do much of anything, her Hello Flawless! had stayed all day. That convinced me it was worth the $$. L’Oreal Bare Naturale Concealer in Light. Dust this on to catch any fallout eyeshadow and do a last cover-up.

Cheeks:

Left to Right: TheBalm Mary-Loumanizer Luminzer. This is a shimmery white-gold, I dust it on with a fan brush over my cheeks, no disco-ball effect from it with the light brush strokes! NARS Blush in Orgasm. I. Love. This. Blush. It’s lasted me forever, I wear it daily, and it gives me a pretty flush. So perfect.

The Eyes:

As much L t R as I can: TooFaced Shadow Insurance. My greasy eyelids would make the best shadows crease within a few hours, but with this they last all day and don’t crease. Kat Von D High Voltage Eye Primer in Smoky. I’ve discussed this before, but to give you a little more… It helps to keep shadows from creasing, keeps them intense and gives the eyes a smoldery look. It’s also got a great consistency. Stila Eye Shadow in Kitten. I use this shadow every day as my base color. It’s nice and smooth, and the pinky-gold color is great. Urban Decay Black Palette. Need I say more? Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Liner in Bourbon. I don’t wear black liner often, and this dark brown one with little gold glitter bits is perfect for me. Buxom Buxom Lash Mascara. I use this as a base mascara, lots of good volume, great dark black color. Benefit Bad Gal Lash Mascara. I use two coats of this after the Buxom Lash, it amps up my little lashes perfectly. Benefit Bad Gal Blue. I use the tiniest bit of this on the base of my lashes, it’s a bright blue and brightens up the whites of my eyes great. Sephora Atomic Volume Mascara. I use the tiniest bit of this on my lower lashes, for a little extra definition. Yes, I use FOUR (4) mascara’s… but I have tiny, sparse lashes… so I need them all. Benefit Eye Bright Pencil. Use this at the corner of my eyes… it’s a creamy pink and wakes the eyes up a little more. Benefit High Beam. I use this shimmery silver pink highlighter on my brow bones to give them an instant lift. I love makeup.

Brows:

TooFaced Brow Envy Kit. I overplucked my eyebrows too many times and was lucky to have them grow back almost fine… I use a brow shaping kit now every day, to keep them in good shape. It has wax, two powder shades (I only use the light one), three stencils, a brow pencil and spooly brush, mini-tweezers, and an angled brow brush.

 

Tools:

Ulta Lash & Brow Comb, Clinique Pencil Sharpener, Revlon Eyelash Curler, Sephora Mini Eyelash Curler (for the corner lashes), Revlon tweezers, and an old mascara applicator I use as a brow comb (I think it was CoverGirl)

And that’s all I do… almost every day. Yeah, I feel weird without a face on, unless I’m sick, and then I see no point to wearing makeup if all I’m doing is lying in bed sleeping and feeling icky. Sorry to have bored you, or shocked you.

And here’s a hint about the next makeup post I’ll do:

 

And I’ll have face shots for this one!

 

Please forgive the terrible quality of pictures… I couldn’t find my camera, so I had to resort to using my iPhone camera. And as much as I love my iPhone, the camera is not the best, and I have inferior photo-editing stuff. As in the stuff the computer came with.

Oh, and can you tell I love Benefit Cosmetics?

Urban Decay Black Palette

Little known fact about me… I’m a Sephora Addict. I can hardly ever leave that store without buying something… although I have done so on the rare occasion. And I love searching sephora.com too. A couple weeks ago, I saw this gorgeous palette from Urban Decay… and instantly knew that I had to have it. Lusted over it. Drooled over it. Dreamt about it at night. But waited. Since my birthday was coming up, just in case. And then two of my lovely friends gave me a Sephora gift card for my birthday. And I knew exactly what I was going to buy. The Urban Decay Black Palette. And now I’m going to share my joy with you in swatches and descriptions and pictures. Because I can.

The Urban Decay Black Palette is the antithesis of the Urban Decay Naked Palette. The Naked Palette is nice, but I’m really bored of wearing neutrals. I’ve been wearing browns and golds and bronzes and such for years on end. I needed a change. My big makeup traincase is full of neutrals. I want color. I want darks. I want jewel tones. Enter the Urban Decay Black Palette.

Urban Decay Palettes have been kind of big and clunky a lot of times. The Book(s) of Shadows are all big, but have gorgeous shadows, even if I don’t have any of them. This one, however, is small.

It’s about as wide as a finger. It’s nice and slim. There’s a mirror inside too. Please disregard my unpolished nails… I had to give them a break from polish for a week because they were flaky again.

There are six eyeshadows in this palette. They’re all black based shadows, and five of the six have a sparkly shift to them of one color or another. They’re all soft shadows. The colors are Black Dog, a matte black; Barracuda, black with a silver sparkly shift; Jet (my favorite), black with a purple sparkly shift; Sabbath, black with a blue sparkly shift; Cobra, black with a gold sparkly shift (GORGEOUS!); and Libertine, black with a green sparkly shift. There’s also a 24-7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Zero, their matte black. I use this eyeliner every day, just in Bourbon, brown with golden sparkle. It’s a fantastic eyeliner. We’ll talk about that later.

Black Dog, Barracuda, Jet, Sabbath, Cobra, Libertine (top to bottom; left to right)

The colors are gorgeous. Sparkly and rich color… buuuut they were a little lighter than I wanted when I swatched them. They needed something. Enter Kat Von D High Voltage Eye Primer in Smoky.

Another fantastic product. It’s an eye primer for when you want to do smoky eyes, the gray in the primer makes for a little extra smolder. We’ll talk more about that another time.

Black Dog, Barracuda, Jet, Sabbath, Cobra, and Libertine; top to bottom left to right; all with Kat Von D Smoky Eye Primer underneath.

Oooooooh… there we go. Perfect. The sparkles pick up even more. The colors are even more pigmented. Oh it’s absolutely perfect. Urban Decay how I love you and your Black Palette. You make my heart sing. Perfect dark, kind of rock n’ roll colors. I love you. I’ll have fun with these.

Urban Decay Black Palette costs $36 at http://www.sephora.com. This is an online only product, you won’t be able to buy it in stores, but it’s wonderful. Here’s the link: Black Palette. Oh, and here’s the Kat Von D High Voltage Eye Primer in Smoky, which I highly recommend for this palette: Smoky Primer,

I also got the Benefit Some Beauty to Love Kit. I’ll review that one later. It’s also really awesome.

Welcome to the world of a Sephora Addict.

Note: The Black Palette also comes with a mini Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Eden, however I didn’t include it since their primers don’t work on me… and I gave it to my little sister. I haven’t used Eden, so I wouldn’t be able to talk about it and all. My eye primers are the Kat Von D and Too Faced Shadow Insurance.