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!

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It’s the Holidays! Yay!

So, it’s December 1… which means Christmas is coming soon. And I hope I’m not the only one out here who still needs to buy presents. For my family, Christmas season starts on Thanksgiving, after Santa has crossed Herald Square in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. But we’ll talk Christmas traditions in another post. For this post… it’s a gift suggestion post. For makeup lovers like me.

The  Buxom Cosmetics Samantha’s Smoky Eye Kit. You can get it at Sephora, I’ll post a link at the end. In this kit you get a Smokey Eye Stick in a Charcoal-ish black, a Buxom Lash Mascara in Black, a Buxom Lips Lipgloss in Samantha, a pinky nude color, and a smokey eye brush. The kit costs $42, but for that price, you get these four products, and no, they’re not those little sample sized products. They’re also not like the kits that have maybe one or two full-sized products among sample sized ones. All four products are full sized products.

This is the Smokin’ Eye Stick, with a built in sharpener.

After I smudged it out with the smokey eye brush. At the lash line it’s a good, soft black color. As it smudges out, it gets to a gray color, creating the perfect smokey eye that I can never do. I’ve already used the mascara before buying this kit, and it’s great. A nice dark black, and it really maximizes lashes. The brush shape is a sort of hourglass comb, it’s a rubber brush. And like the spaz I am I forgot to take a picture of the brush. D’oh! And the Smokin’ Eye brush is nice and plush, with good bristles. I’ve been using it daily since I bought it three weeks ago, or so, and I haven’t noticed any bristles falling out.

The lipgloss is a gorgeous nude shade. Peachy-pink and shiny. I’ve never found a good nude, but this is. Sadly it’s only sold with this limited edition kit. Buxom, give me this lipgloss separate, please! It tingles and feels cool when you put it on, like all the Buxom lipglosses do. A word of advice, don’t apply this stuff right before going outside in cold weather. Your lips will FREEZE! As to if it really does plump or not, I can’t say I’ve noticed a difference… my lips stay the same size, but that could just be due to my lips natural appearance. It’s got a little stick to it, but all lipglosses do. And compared to some, the stickiness isn’t that bad. It also lasts a long time.

Here’s the finished product. Sorry about the bad lighting… iPhone camera and all.

This is a great product, and a good introducer to Buxom, and even to those like me who can’t make a smokey eye on their own to save their lives. It’s easy to use, and there are simple instructions on the side of the box for the novice. And like I said earlier, the brush is really good, and the three makeup products are all full sized. Here’s the link: http://sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P273405&categoryId=C23621

It’s Christmastime!

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?