Monday, March 21, 2011

I think in pink

I've decided to take a break from beauty blogging.  Instead of switching my whole site around, I've started a new blog.  Its more geared towards.... EVERYTHING.  It has no direction what-so-ever and I'm really excited to give it a go.  You can check me out there.

I will check back to see what you lovely ladies are up to!



Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Tub Tea

I just so happen to love tea, and I figured why not have some for your bath tub?!  I started out by grinding some rose buds and lavender buds together.  I then added them to a mixture of dead sea salt, epsom salt, milk powder, some essential oils, and a bunch of other fun things.  I then placed them into some heat sealable tea bags and sealed them up. All I know is they smell divine!  It was such an easy thing to make, and I can't wait to have a bathtub to drop one in!

I had given my mom some of these for Christmas and she loved them so much I sent her some more for Valentines Day.  She knew I had sent some because she could smell these little beauties in the mail box!  She loves them so much she puts them in her drawer to scent her clothes, as well as uses them in her tub to enjoy a nice fragrant treat!

Here is some pictures of the process:

Lavender & Rose Buds in the grinder

Ground Buds added to the salt mixture

MIxture all mixed together

Tea bags ready to be filled

The filling of the tea bags

The tea bags after filling and sealing

The final product!!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Eyelash Extensions

A couple weeks ago I went and got eyelash extensions to see what all the hype was about... All I can say is OMG!  How did I ever live without them?!?!  Normally my morning routine takes me anywhere between an hour and an hour and a half (this includes shower)  With eyelash extensions... 25 mins!  I haven't felt the need to wear makeup because I look like I wake up ready!  How perfect is this?!  The issue I had with getting the extensions was the cost!  I mean who can really afford to get eyelash extensions done every 2 weeks?  The cost of them is anywhere between $60-$400 depending on the type of lashes you get, and where you get them done. 

Now the best eyelash extensions that you can get are the individual ones.  They glue individual lashes to your natural lashes.  This process is quite time consuming and the most expensive option.  It takes about 2 hours and the average cost is about $250 bucks!  Ouch!  The other option is the lashes that are grouped together.  They have about 3-5 eyelashes per bunch and are glued to a couple of your eyelashes at a time.  This also happens to be the procedure I opted for!  It cost me $60 big ones and in the end I was quite happy with the results!  I also got a ton of compliments on them, and a 70 year old lady approached me at the spa to ask me if they were real, and then wanted to know where I got them done because she had to have them!  It was actually quite cute!  Anyways,  I did the math and figured it out... if they last two weeks, that's about $4.00 a day (if you need to justify it to your other half). 

I was in town and stopped in at the beauty distributor to see what they had in there.  I was in luck! I found some extensions, glue, and my grand total was.... $11.58. That was for the glue (which should last for quite awhile), and for the lashes. I got 56 individual lashes which should last me a couple of applications. It was a lot easier than I initially thought once I got the hang of it. I think they turned out rather great! I'm happy with them, and its Mascara free for me!

before:  Keep in mind, I still have a few extensions on from when I had them done.  I just wanted to show you the difference it made!

Before:  You can see how much longer the extensions are compared to my natural lashes

After:  My first attempt, so it can only go up hill from here!  I love how much thicker my lashes are with them on.

After:  They are beautiful!  I got some glue on my lids (the little brown spot)  Make sure when you are doing this (if you so decide to) that you buy glue that matches your eyelashes.  Mine is a dark brown colored glue.  You'd want a blond colored one if you have lighter lashes.

The final product!  Look how vibrant it makes my eyes.  It is such a natural look, but I love it!  All I have on is a tiny amount of cover up, a quick splash of blush, and a tiny swipe of lip gloss.  TA DA!  My fairy godmother couldn't have done better if she would have tried!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Lip Balms

I've been creating again!  I love lip balm, I just find that most of the ones I buy at the store don't really do anything for my lips.  I have to apply, and re-apply constantly so that my lips stay soft.  I figured if I made my own, I could play around with ingredients and come up with a lip balm that is long lasting and super hydrating.  I think I found the ticket!  I had made some for my family at Christmas and my mom has ordered some more for herself, and some to give away to her friends.  Thank goodness for family that supports you!  I love how great she is with trying to promote me!  I might just have to hire her when things pick up!.... tangent... anyways, my fabulous sister in law made a comment about how when you're used to having a lip balm that tingles it makes it hard to use something else that's just plain.  Well Tash, you're in luck.  I created a new one, just for you, with Spearmint Essential oil.  It gives that subtle tingle!  I currently have 3 lip balms that I'm selling.  Stay posted, as they will appear in my Etsy Shop shortly.  The new flavors are....

SPEARMINT & CITRUS: It's a fresh scent.  Not over powering with a hint of citrus.  I used some lime essential oil in here, as it is a natural disinfectant, and acts as a preservative... just natural!  That means no chemicals! 

VANILLA BEAN & CITRUS:  mmmm!  All I know is I'm tempted to lick this one!  It smells just like dessert!  This is a must have for any lip balm junkie! Again, this one has the lime, so it is chemical free!  YAY!

POMEGRANATE LIME:  This is my favorite of the 3 by far!  I just love the sweet smell!  The smell reminds me of sweet tart candies!  Yum!  And once again, LIME! 

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Guest Makeup

I did my lovely Sister-in-laws makeup the other day. She is the ever talented genius behind the blog REQUIRED2BEINSPRED. I think it turned out rather lovely! I think it has more to do with the fact that she is a natural beauty rather than my "makeup doing" skills. I'll let you be the judge!

Before picture....

After applying concealer and foundation to even out the skin tone

I picked a purple color to bring out the green of her eyes (which you can't see, obviously)  I thought I would show you how much larger her eyes look once they have had eyeshadow applied.  I used the Lise Watier pallet I showed you the other day

GORGEOUS!  I used Dior Lip Glow on her lips to just bring out the natural color!  And I think it helps her eyes pop even more!
Now I thought I had taken a picture of her once we took the towel off but I guess I thought wrong.  You can sneak over to her blog today to check her out!  While you are there you can browse through her DIY posts, her ETSY shop, and learn about her fabulous style!  Thanks Tash for letting me use you as a model!  You are such a beautiful woman!  Good luck with your 30 for 30 Challenge!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

A touch of gold

without lining the inner eyes

Lining the inner rims... I think they make the eyes
stand out a lot more!  What do you think?

I was looking through pictures the other day from past blog posts, and I really liked the one where I had lined my lower lash line with gold.  I figured I'd try and re-create the look, but I couldn't remember what I had used... silly silly me!  This started out by me smudging a bunch of colors on my arm and taking the best combination that I could come up with (which happened to get modified halfway through)  I do believe I plastered about 8 different colors on to come up with this overall look!  Regardless, I think it turned out okay.  Its simple, but put fun.  The lips are a hodgepodge of different colors and then my STILA gloss (the sparkly one with no name.... ) 

All pulled together

My window shot...

On another note, the weather is SOOO nice here!  I think today I'm going to head out into the great outdoors and get some "natural light" pictures.  I tried to do some with this post, but shoving my face up to the window doesn't exactly count as nature pictures as far as I'm concerned.  Happy Wed!  Hope the week has gone fantastically well thus far!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Mad as a Hatter

I bought this fabulously fabulous hat not long ago on my snowboarding trip. I have to say, its probably one of my favorites! I wear it every morning on my walk up to camp up for breakfast, seeing as how it covers my wet hair. I think its a fun piece, and it makes my eyes stand out like crazy!

I didn't do anything spectacular with my makeup. Just some gold eyeshadow, and some black eyeliner, and heaps of mascara, because yes... I'm a mascara junkie! Topped it off with just some light pink lip gloss. Voila!

The last little bit I've kind of been in a blogging rut! I don't know why, I get ready everyday, I just feel like I'm saying the same things over and over again. Does anyone else get like this, or is it just me? On the plus side its been gorgeous out here! I think today might be a wonderful day to go get some pictures outside! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! And best wishes for the upcoming week!

Monday, January 17, 2011

E.L.F (Eyes Lips Face)

I went on a little shopping spree on the E.L.F website before Christmas! I stocked up on some super fantastic lip colors and a bunch of other things. I just thought I'd share them with you!

E.L.F Plumping Lip Glaze
Wink Pink, Plum Pout, Peach Passion, Fuchsia Fanatic
The lip plumping glaze is fantastic! Not only do I love the colors, but I love the tingly sensation that they give you! I'm pretty sure I ordered more than 4, but I have them stashed all over the place and can't find the rest of them. Overall I think it was a great buy, and I will for sure be stocking up on them again in the future!

E.L.F Lipstick

Voodoo, Gipsy, Posh, Fantasy, Classy
I love all of the lipstick colors as well. The only complaint I have about them is they packaging feels cheap. But all in all I can't complain! I paid almost nothing for my order. I ordered 28 things and spend $32.00 US. That included the shipping. So really, I'm impressed! I got a lot of bang for my buck, and if I ever find another 55% of your entire order, I'll be all over that like nobodies business!

Sunday, January 16, 2011


I was blessed to get a ton of fantastic Makeup for Christmas.  My lovely sister in law was all over the makeup department this year scoring me some of the most fabulous things!  One of my favorite things was the Jingle Belle Pallette by Lise Watier.  Not only is the packaging to die for, but the colors are GORGEOUS! 

I started out by sweeping the middle bright purple color over my eyelid.  Next I used the top right (dark purple) to define in the creases and line the bottom and last but not least I finished up by using the lovely gold color to highlight the inner corner of my eyes and my brow bone.  The depth in the colors wasn't captured on camera, but I am so in love with these colors!  They are the perfect purple color that I've been looking everywhere for!  THANKS TASH!  I honestly can't wait to finish up this little pallet so that i can use the compact for something else!  I think I'll probably stash my Credit Cards in there so that I feel extra glamorous when I go shopping!

This is also the first time I've ever used any Lise Watier product and I'm sold!  This is definitely not going to help my shopping habit by discovering all of these great new products!  I'm going to just be smart this new year and try and use up as much of my stuff as I possibly can.  That means I can start 2012 out with a whole shwack of new stuff! lol.  Anyways, I've rambled enough for today, so below is some pictures of my gorgeous face! (Wow... that sounded conceited)  Have a fantastic day!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

STILA Silk Shimmer Gloss

I was a lucky girl and received some lovely makeup for Christmas.  I have to say, this is the first set of STILA products that I've ever owned!  My lovely sister in law put these in my stocking for me!  I LOVE LOVE LOVE them!  I ended up throwing away the box and I can't find any color descriptions on them, so I have no idea what they are called!  What I do know is that they go on incredibly smooth!  I love the color and I'm pretty sure I have a love love relationship with the sparkles!

My favorite of the 3 is the Top color (left swatch).  Its this gorgeous pink color with a ton of sparkles in it.  It doesn't make it look like you raided your craft supply box, but gives you a nice shimmer!  I like the bottom color as well (right swatch).  The middle one has a little bit too much bronze in it, but I just mixed it up with some of my other stuff and it seems to come out just perfectly! 

For the past little bit I've been obsessed with lipstick.  I have no idea why.  But ever since I bought my NYX lipstick in that fabulous bright red shade I've been hooked!  Its like I can't get enough!

Anyways, I hope you are all having a lovely week!  Best wishes for the upcoming weekend!  Play safe!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Clay Mud Mask

My skin has been doing great lately, but I was bored and decided to make up a mud mask.  I used a couple different types of clay to make this one up, along with some oils and bay leaves.

First of all I started out by boiling down about 5 Bay Leaves in some water.  I let them steep for about 5 mins and then turned the burner off.

In a bowl I mixed some French Green Clay and some Pink Kaolin Clay.  Next I added a little bit of Cranberry Seed Oil, Orchid Extract, and Tea Tree Oil.  I mixed these well together to make a gummy kind of paste.  Added some of the Bay Leaf Water, realized I'd diluted it a little too much and added some more French Green Clay.

I applied this with a brush and let it dry for 15 mins.  I washed off with warm water and let it dry.  I have to say, this really dried my skin up!  No oily residue what so ever.  It left it a little dryer than I'd like, so I think this would be a great mask for someone with oily skin.  The biggest difference I noticed was in the texture of my skin.  It felt so incredibly smooth!  Even this morning when I woke up I still noticed how smooth my face was.  I think that's pretty great!  Now all I need to do is find a great moisturizer that doesn't make my skin break out and this will be right on the money!. 

I did get made fun of for putting this on.  My little "old" partner out here told me I should go hide in my bedroom because I looked retarded.  But I wore my mud mask loud and proud!  Anyways, I love mud masks, and I bet with a little formulation I'll have this mask down to a science for my skin in no time at all!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

And update!

Well, I'm finally back!  I had a very very busy Christmas.  I ended up getting called back to work early because somebody failed to show up, so my holidays got cut a little short.  I didn't have any Internet where I was either, so it made life soooo  boring!  Now I'm back, and settled into work (at my normal spot).  I haven't managed to do any makeup posts yet, but I figured I'd let you know that I've missed you all and I will be back with regular posting as of tomorrow. 

I didn't manage to get many pictures on my days off, and none of Christmas seeing as how I forgot my camera, but I did take it with me when I headed up to the mountain to go snowboarding.  Now I haven't been snowboarding in probably 6-7 years, so I figured I'd absolutely die.  All I have to say is... I've still got it! lol.  Maybe my skills are a little rusty, but I still managed to get down the hill in one piece!  I can't wait for days off again, because I'm for sure heading back out there to the great outdoors!  Anyways, today is going to be a short post as I'm frantically trying to get all unpacked and settled back in.

Yes... I put makeup on to go snowboarding... a true beauty blogger is always ready for a photo op!

My friend/boss and I headed up to conquer the mountain!
 I hope you have a lovely day, and I look forward to tomorrows post!  I've missed all your pretty faces, and I have a LOT of reading to do today in order to catch up with everything you guys have been up to!