Tuesday, May 28, 2013


I have over my lifetime searched and searched for the natural no make-up, make-up look, I have gone as far as wearing no make-up for that effect and still could not find my natural holly grail.  Enter BB Creams!!  Now several have come along and I can say I've tried about 4 of them including the ones pictured above.  Yes I realize two are the exact same brand (just in different shades).  My first attempts at a BB Cream was Garnier Skin Renew and though I loved it, once I learned that applying it with a brush was a must, the shine it brought on, was less than desirable.  During the winter months, I must admit that it actually helped my skin from drying out too much, so I still definitely intend on going back to it when winter returns.  I also tried an Asian brand BB Cream, that I do not recommend at all!  Wish I remembered the name as it is hiding at the bottom of my make-up barrel.  In any case, imagine my glee when I saw a commercial for Garnier Oil Control BB Cream, I literally darted over to my local drugstore!  I initially bought the light/medium color, but that was entirely too light for my skin tone so I made a second trip and purchased the medium.  I don't know why I didn't exchange it, but that worked out for me in the end.  The medium shade was a perfect match to my skin, though it left me looking a little muddy, I then used the lighter shade to brighten up my eye area and it was absolute perfection!

And again I must say this is not the end of my search, but after years and years It's nice to feel I'm that much closer in my quest.  Though my make-up requires no touch up during the day, I do take a Kleenex to my face and pat around to reset. 

I too have oily lids and have found that smashbox shadow liners do not move once set, so I do not worry about my shadow moving whatsoever! This particular shade is perfectly pigmented that I don't feel the need to add liner.

My other go to product for a natural affect are tinted lip stains.  These were a problem for me at first as the application was quite foreign to me, I could never get them on right.  I have since learned to apply them thinly, letting it dry completely and re-apply (if a deeper shade is desired) , then quickly blend with my pinky.  I also recommend wearing them under a lipstick, this ensures a perfectly colored pout through out the day even after meals.

Now eyelashes are my finishing touch, though I was intimidated by them for a long time, finishing my look with a great pair of wispy lashes adds the perfect hint of pretty to the whole look.

Let me know if you have any advice for no make-up, make-up looks as my quest continues.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

There is one sure thing that will absolutely drive me crazy....... OVER PAYING for something I can get cheaper.  It's best to clarify that I am first and foremost a brand whore, though not something to be proud of, the truth will set you free (they say)!  However often times I have obsessed with buying a brand name item only to later find something completely similar in a non "brand" name, that is equally fierce!!!  Have this happen to you time and time again, one must finally learn.  But I never seem too.

A few weeks ago I was obsessively hunting down the Jeffrey Campbell Puffer sandals in Gold and I must say I was proud of myself because I found them and paid less than full price for them along with free shipping!  But later I found out Forever 21 had an extremely similar version for $29.99 (sadly now sold out.......sigh), I know with some shoe variations you think well I'm paying leather vs pleather/pvc so it's worth the extra money, but in this case we are talking about plastic ladies.  Now I intended to purchase the puffer sandals in black as well because I absolutely love my gold puffers, but in researching I found a variation of the puffer at Charlotte Russe http://www.charlotterusse.com/product/entity/233329.uts for $38.50 which is a definite steal!  They are offering a buy one get one at half price so I bought two for less than what I paid for my 1 Jeffrey Campbell Puffer, feeling a bit like Charlie Sheen WINNER!

So if anyone out there is anything like me, get your puff on!!!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Hi guys!!  I'm back!!  Takes me forever to post, mental note, must get better!! Today I wanted to share my new favorite nail kit.  Most people that know me, know I love to shop, however it's easy for people to think I just spend money with no regards (perhaps at one time, but that is not the case any more).  I'm a reformed shopaholic (got tired of being broke all the time).  A few years back I completely stopped getting my hair and nails done (too much work, time and money + I hate waiting)  and I needed to free up cash for shoes and bags (my no.1 love) but I still wanted my nails and hair to look fairly decent.  So I went on youtube and learned A LOT!  It's crazy to see all the stuff that is out now for do it yourself'ers.  Enter Sensationail!!  Now the kit is pricey, about the cost of one mani/pedi and since I don't get my nails done, I still thought too much at around 49.99-59.99.  And like a true reformed shopaholic, I cyber stalked the product for about 6 months  and eventually my patience paid off as I found it on EBAY for $38 bucks + FREE SHIPPING .....SCORE!!!! I'm sure at one point in time I would have just bought it at the higher price and then later found it  cheaper.....enter self loathing LOL.  So I bought two LOL one for me and one for my mom.  I have now used the product and couldn't be happier!!  15 minutes and I was ready to go.  Granted I will be buying additional colors at about $10 per bottle, but again I went to Ebay and found 5 colors for $27.  It's amazing what happens when you decide to not give your money away and again this frees up cash, enough to rid me of the guilt of over spending on an amazing handbag!

Monday, April 8, 2013

One In Every Color Please

So for as long as I can remember, I've had an obsession with purchasing multiples of things I love.  Call it obsessive compulsion, greed or stupidity, I can't stop.  I often think I'm growing out of this, but as I put together my April must haves, I realized, I either owned some of the items on my monthly list in different colors, or I'm wanting items in multiple colors. I have to say I couldn't help but chuckle when I realized this was so.  As it's a constant joke in my family that this is the way I shop.  Reference is then made to my first every shopping spree when I worked, cashed my first paycheck and hurried over to a swamp meet and requested jeans and and tops in every color they had.  I just figure, if something works, why would it not work in every color.  Am I alone here???

Monday, March 11, 2013

Whats In My Bag??

What's In My Bag

Plastic bag

Louis vuitton handbag

Hair accessory



Sephora collection

Wet n Wild wet n wild

Bath body product

FOREVER 21 17 Piece Hair Tie Set

So I always wanted to be the kind of girl who was always prepared for any and all of life's little emergencies and though it's taken several years, I'm happy to report, I am that kind of girl.  Well kind of.  I do carry with me all you see here, but it seems not ever when I truly need it!  I am an absolute handbag lover, but living in L.A this sometimes seems a little absurd.  As I literally walk from my house into my car, from my car into work and when I am walking about, it's annoying to have a handbag on my shoulder at all time, so I often opt for just carrying my phone and tuck my credit card inside my phone case!  What is a gal to do???

Friday, March 8, 2013

DIY Ombre

So a long time ago, I decided I was not a fan of "celebrity" brands.  It was pretty standard for celebrities to tell you how great their products were while wearing high end designer brands themselves (ie. Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Gucci etc).  My thought was, why give them my money so they can go out and get themselves "Real" designer products.  I will save my money and buy myself a true designer piece that doesn't feel watered down by celebrity.  Well along came Nicole Ritchie with her  House of Harlow line and Gwen Stefani with L.A.M.B.  I must admit I did my best to resist, but I have since fallen in love with these brands.  I have a mad crush on HOH at the moment.  The above items are on my current wish list!  I truly believe what sets them apart from most "celebrity" driven brands is the fact that these ladies, wear their brands and wear them well, they have the ability to mix and match their own designs with other designers and keep it looking effortless.   In addition to wearing their products, the price points are definitely key to my arm being twisted into giving in.  Now HOH and L.A.M.B have been around for several years now, but November 2012 was my leap into this brand and I must admit I have not been disappointed by a single piece I've purchased thus far.  HOH products have a real designer feel.  So far, I own the sunburst earrings in black and sting ray embossed white, as well as the black Chelsea sunglasses that have really become a staple of the line.  I'm bummed that it took me this long to give in as I'd love to own the Sasha sunglasses, but these are impossible to find, maybe someday on Ebay ....sigh.....