Review | Glam Glow Mud Mask

I think it’s safe to say…from one beauty addict to another… That one of the most difficult things to do is to drop a lot of money on something. Also, from a beauty addict to another, there is a part of me that gets borderline piss off when I sample something- it’s awesome- THEN I look up the price. Then I tend to go through the process in my head of “well it wasn’t that awesome” or “I did get a random break out…must have been x”… Anything to justify not actually needing it.
Well that’s where this story takes a turn.
Their marketing worked and I actually bought a full size of the glam glow mud mask. I think it turned to a point where I felt guilty “just trying” another sample- clearly I liked it but for 69 USD plus tax. That’s a damn in.vest.ment. So I thought I’d show you all how it looks and how it works.

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First off…it’s a saucy minx. Calling me sexy…we barely know each other. Secondly- I feel like the packaging is a little misleading/excessive. I mean I saw it all the times I sampled but when you get the box and take it out, you’re left with an “Oh…”

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Once you get past that its all up-hill! It doesn’t take a lot of product to fully coat the face. I like to do a generous dot on my forehead, cheeks, chin and a bit on my nose then spread it out. First time, I’m certain I over did it, so keep that in mind. Then once you’re all slathered you sit and wait. How long? Up to you! If you’d like just a quick mask targeting say your noise, 5 minutes…deeper cleaning/full face longer. I personally just go all out with the 20 minutes- which is the most recommended.

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Here you can see the terrible levels of activation (right word?meh?) right after, ten minutes, and 20 minutes. At twenty, you can see that it’s basically hard to the face. I like to make funny faces in the mirror because…well I’m weird. Try and make it crack.
Now lets zoom in:

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…not so “sexy” as the packaging might say. Those little dots you see…those are the toxins that the mask has pulled out of my pores. I was grossed out the first time (it was worst than this) but at the same time freakishly satisfied. I also noticed that spots I tend to have frequent breakouts on had patches of darkness. The more I’ve used the mask…the smaller those spots have gotten. Are the going to go away forever? No- but they’re reduced. Totz ok with that.
At this point I warm my sink water up and adding water to my face. Once the bulk is off, I take a wash cloth and get all the last little hanger ons. And how does my skin feel after? Super soft! The texture is improving as well as how the rest of my skincare sinks in.

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My skin is red here…but that’s because I scrubbed it off with a wet wash cloth. It goes down. All in all I really enjoy this! It doesn’t dry out my dry skin…if anything it helps my serums and moisturizers more awesome. It has definitely turned into my Sunday night after work treat. I have also tried their tingling exfoliating mask which was nice…but I think it was a little bit much for my dryer/sensitive skin.

What’s something you’ve treated yourself to lately? I’d love to know!

Later lovies.
Xx

The blues πŸ’™ lotd

It’s been a while since I’ve done any makeup post…and I found this to be the perfect opportunity! As you all are well aware…I usually stick to my pinup/winged liner looks. What’s awesome is I didn’t realize that’s what my friends knew me as. A cheeky pinup tart. Who knew. Though that is nice…it’s also a good idea to step outside the box and try new/different stuff. You never know what you might like. I had some extra time before work and hadn’t done anything with this Kat Von D palette…so i figured why the hell not.

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I actually really like how it all turned out and got a huge amount of complements- which is always nice. Kind of reminded me of the first time I wore red lipstick out in public. I was really unsure until I got some awesome feedback…now it’s borderline normal for me to wear red lips. So this was a good exercise for me. Some things I like to keep in mind when doing stronger looks is that your base/ foundation have to look as flawless as possible. I also tend to go heavier with blush and bronzer to warm the face back up. On smoky eyes I almost always used false lashes too. My real ones are really long but they can still get swallowed up but all the darkness. A good eyeshadow base is also necessary…creasing on darker colors is just not a good look.

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As far as the Kat Von D palette…this one is the metal orchestra one. Unfortunately I got it n sale and it’s no longer available. But I wanted to still show it in case you either have it or have similar colors. Also wanted to mention that even though KVD is a celebrities brand and sometimes those don’t go too well…this ones freaking awesome. Very unique with her shade shifter eyeshadows (they change colors when wet) and just really awesome pigmentation. I really like her palettes because all the colors are cohesive as well. Only part I don’t like is that the brushes added are pretty much dumb and useless…small price to pay right?

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All in all I think I’m going to push myself to try new types of looks more often (when I have time) to kind of round myself out and change things up!

Hope you beauts are having an awesome week and I’ll catch up with you later!

Xx

Products kind of in order of use:
– Benefit POREfessional
– Urban Decay naked foundation
-Laura Mercier radiance primer
– Urban Decay anti-aging eyeshadow primer potion
– KVD metal orchastra palette techno, thrasher,dagger, razor gray, glock
– KVD tattoo liner pen in trooper
– Benefit they’re real mascara
– Ardell 120 wispies
– MAC pinch o peach blush
– Tarte park avenue princess bronzer
– Tarte champagne highlight
– MAC fanfare lipstick

On turning 29 +1

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Well last month I had a birthday didn’t I? A pretty big one I’d say…I mean it wasn’t 18 or 21 or 50…but I turned over a decade. I’ll admit, I thought nothing of it. Everyone said that “30 is the new 20” and “you’ll find your first gray hair that morning” but I don’t know…a birthday isjust that to me.
A day.
My friends and I had planned a trip to Atlantic City, New Jersey and it was going to get my mind off things and jump start my long vacation. I was just going to get away and, to be quite honest, it was well needed. I’ve been kind of running myself into the ground lately…but at the same time that level of busy feels normal. Does that make sense?
It was taking this vacation that gave me time to sit and think.
I’ll be first to admit that having time to sit and think is not my favorite place to be.I’m an introvert. That keeps to myself and deals with me internally. And I don’t know if it was the fact that I had time off, had turned 30, or was spending waaaay to much time with my family but- I was starting to actually panic. All of a sudden I began to realize things like I’ve been out of high school/ college for x amount of years or I thought I’d be at this stage of my life by now. Just random things that had never really popped up in my head before and now…it’s like running along the headlines rolling behind my eyes like movie credits. Then you think of those dumb pacts you used to make “if I’m not married and you’re not married at 30…we’ll get married ok?” I mean it’s just funny to think of now. I’m not sure I think I’m just rambling at this point.
So that’s pretty much where I am right now. It’s all kind of subsided (not fully) and I don’t fully feel like myself but- I’m getting there. I have a lot of half written post that I’m hoping to schedule and have for you guys but I just kind of wanted to let ya’ll know what’s up.
Especially since I’d started getting really back into things and then- nada.

Hope you’re all doing well and hope to be chittychatt’n with you all soon!

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I heart summer tag

So I saw a couple of you lovelies (Julia and Deb) do the I πŸ’™ summer tag so I figured I’d go for it too :). I’ve been trying to get back to my blogging and these tags and photo updates have been a nice ease in so I hope you’ve been enjoying them! Of course I decide to try and get back into things while I’m in the middle of vacation because I’m super smart…but I think I’m doing alright.
So heeeere we go!

1. Favorite bronzer for summer?

Well. I just started using bronzer (no joke…late to the game) but I’ve gotten a couple sets with bronzers included and like them so far! I have Nars Laguna, as well as Tarte park avenue princess. I also have one by cover fx in sunkissed and I kind of love it…but I maybe a little dark for it now (fingers crossed). Prior to my higher end bronzers I had some drug store ones I just didn’t love all that much, however, that could be because I didn’t know what the hell I was doing. Who knows.

2. You’re relaxing in a hammock, on a tropical island. What are you sipping on? (Favorite Summer Drink)

Omg what wouldn’t I have to drink? I love fresh strawberry lemonade and I’m a fan of light cocktails…because I’m of age and I can do that if I do so choose. But definitely water! I’m terrible of drinking water on vacation or outside and you end up feeling crummy. So double fist your alcoholic beverage with water (that goes for late nights bar hopping too…don’t ever be that girl. ever)

3. Favorite summer lip product?

I’m really loving the jack black balms as well as the baby lips SPF. I’m really scared of getting sunburned on my lips- happened once when I was younger (as well as the rest of my body) just terrible

4. Pool or Beach?

– I really enjoy the beach. The sound is relaxing with the waves and i enjoy doing stuff like boogie boarding- however I don’t like sand in my pants. So in a pinch I enjoy the pool. It’s just nice to know that there is a beach 2ish hours from my house. I would like to learn how to surf one day too…so I guess I’m more pro beach.

5. Summer = crazy hair! What’s your must-have styling product?

– Ugh. My hair in the summer is a hotmessexpress. Oil is good as well as products that have uv protection is nice. I still have to straighten my hair but it holds up pretty ok even with humidity- but soon as rain or water hits- I’m pretty screwed. I think I’ll answer this a little bit better with the summer proof products…

6. Sun bathing or fake tan?

– I enjoy both. Natural is always better but I have some lily white skin over here…I need help. I do enjoy fake tans though because in general I don’t get much of a vacation and then I break out the Tarte fake tan as well as the st. Tropez- both are lovely. BUT NO FAKE TANNING BEDS.

7. Favorite summer nail polish?

– I like blues and purples in the summer…sometimes light pinks. I change my polish so much that I have no preference….just whatever is there that I like

8. Any summer traditions?

– we try to go to ocean city during the summer…and the pool. But generally we just do dumb trips or hit up concerts. Nothing too crazy.

9. Favorite summer scent?

– I like fresh fruity smells. I do enjoy some Vera Wang…

10. Favorite BBQ food?

– BBQ chicken or pulled pork. Yummmm. Really anything on a grill…southern folks.

11. What’s your favorite summer-proof product?

– I’ve really been liking the Living Proof style extender as well as the frizz cream…aaaand the new living proof serum. I kind of like those for my hair. The urban decay setting spray is also awesome and the benefit they’re real mascara. Oh and the Kat Von D liner marker. But I use all of those most of the time.

12. Any summer vacation plans this year? No plans? Tell us about your dream summer trip!

I’ve just been to Atlantic City and then I’m currently in Ocean city…next stop- I’m seeing Justin Timberlake and JayZ on Thursday! Woopwoop!

13. Show us your favorite summer dress.
Ugh- summer dress? I’m going to have to think on that one…I found one on the boardwalk at this piercing place that sells a lot of sailor Jerry stuff that had sideshow freaks πŸ™‚ but I’m not sure what brand it was…might have to look it up.

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Well that’s about it! I’m on my last night of vacation with my family and its my nephews 4th birthday! I tagEVERYONE and anyone to join in!

Much love to all of you…

Xx

Week in the photo life πŸ’™ 7/29/13

So this is coming a tad bit late. At the moment I’m in Ocean City Maryland with my family…so I’ve been in the sun…feeling the sea breeze and maybe enjoying a drink or two. Last week was my birthday. I’m currently 29+1 and I plan on talking more about that later, as well as my trip for my big day- but that’s coming. For now you’ll just get a few snippets. Hope these photos find you well and I’ll talk to you all later!

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1- on the 23rd…I had a seriously rough day at work. My phone was going off before I even got out of the house for work and more just kept happening and happening. I felt as thigh I never stopped. There was IT stuff going on…and new stuff getting implemented. Then I had to go to my part time job too. I’m pretty certain there’s no such thing as an easy week before a vacation.

2- blood.orange.margarita. So damn good. Had this at at Mexican restaurant in Atlantic City for my birthday. The made guacamole to order…so fresh and delicious.

3- after dinner we went (back to) gambling and I won a colossal win on the Michael Jackson slot machine…I don’t know exactly what happened but he was singing beat it and moonwalking and I ended up with 59 dollars. Holler!

4- we decided to go to the boardwalk for lunch the next day and found glasses with mustaches. We later wore them to the club and got loads of attention (both good and bad).

5- my friend took this photo of me that we dubbed “majestic native birthday princess”. Apparently when I pushed my glasses up it looked like a hair piece. I dunno- made sense t the time.

6- Saturday I made it home to my parents that had just gotten in from NC to go on family vacation and was surprised with a cake at dinner. I was very tired and should have made my way to my own house…

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Some extras! Clearly my pup missed me but he’s in good hands this week. I’ve been getting photos sent showing him having a good time at my friend Brandon’s house. My eye also swelled up upon entry to my sisters and my house because I’d forgotten my allergy meds on my way to Atlantic City- so I just blew up when I got home. Elphie wasn’t trying to let me go on vacation. She paid n me and meowed at me a lot. She doesn’t meow a lot so it’s a pretty big deal.

And that’s it for now! I’m about to go and probably stuff my face with carnie food and get a belly ache on the boardwalk.

Xx

Collage of life things πŸ’œ7/22/13

Another week has come and gone! Thank.the.lord. It’s been a rough one…I feel that the week(s) right before vacation (yes….I said vaycay) are the longest weeks everrrr. I’ve been working my bum off this week and tomorrow is my last day before vacation bliss. With sun, and maybe a little gambling, some drinks, and most importantly- delicious food! I’m not sure if you can tell but I’m pretty stoked. Not to mention my birthday is coming. Loads to do…any maybe a little something special for you all *wink*.
So here are the things I’ve been up to since last Monday:

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1- Scrappy and I caught up on TrueBlood. I missed it on Sunday because my sister called…and then my parents called…someone called. I just remember being on the phone. I liked the books much better than the show is turning out- but southern vampires? Love. And Mr.Eric Northman….Nordic god much? Love it.

2- I finally got mini propane tanks for our mini grill!! I’ve been grilling like its nobodies business. Here we had chicken (duh), squash with onions and seasons in one packet and asparagus and other seasonings in the other. Yum.

3- my on the go makeup hotmess of a bag. Basically- I don’t wear makeup all day if I’m at my full time job. So around lunch or whenever I just get a minute- I break out my bag and slap a face on before I drive to job number 2.

4- my coworker asked me about my actual birthday for like 2 weeks straight about a month ago.so I stopped telling her and she forgot. So she gave me my gift a week earlier. Mmmm Wawa.

5- I left work excited to head home and pulled my sunnies out of my purse without inspecting….then I realized my vision was funny so I looked in the vanity mirror and this is what I saw- so I took a picture because that’s normal. And it’s funny. Don’t worry I popped the other lens back in. These 25 dollar on sale Betsey Johnson’s aren’t going without a fight.

6- I met up with my friend Liz to shop at Target (terribly awesome idea- always) and grab dinner/discuss my birthday plans. So then we decided we needed drinks to start prepping for nights (yes plural) out. Omg. We went to Houlihans and I got a strawberry basil lemonade (I forget what kinds of alcohol was in it) talk about dang delicious. And pickle fries- I die everytime.

So that’s what has been up. How have you been? Let me know what your week has been like. I also had a hilarious at a “pure romance” party with my eldest sister- which I don’t know if I’ll write about it. It’s basically a “ladies have needs” party of sorts- but it’s pretty hilarious and just an interesting way to hang out with your friends. Let me know if you’re interested in hearing about that.

Well I think I’ve rambled far too long.

Later lovies.
Xx

The 11 Questions Tag!

Look at me trying to do stuff…I’ll admit to you all I’m a love of tags. It’s like that awkward icebreaker at summer camp over and over again…with different questions for different needs. And I’ll answer this while I’m at it- no, I have never liked ice breakers. They make my palms sweat. But over the internet I call full the masses into thinking I’m witty and clever and you’ll be none the wiser. Well- I guess now you know but whatever you’re still here so I’m not too concerned (maybe? dang it). Either way the lovely Melissa over at Pink Lady Beauty tagged me…so I figured “What the mess, lets DO this”.

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RULES

Rule 1: Post the rules
Rule 2: Answer the questions the tagger asked you, then make 11 new ones.
Rule 3: Tag 11 people [ or how many you feel like ] and link them to your post
Rule 4: Let them know you’ve tagged them

Leggo

1.What is your favorite book? Harry Potter nerd all the way.

2. What fashion trend do you wish would come back? Hmm…would come back? Fanny pack? Really they’re just crossbody bags with a really short strap
3. What is your signature scent? I’m kind of in love with Jo Malone everything
4. What is your ultimate essential beauty product that you would have a hard time being without? Moisturizer. I’m bone dry.
5. What is your most wanted beauty item right now? Most wanted…I’m really loving the hourglass eyebrow pencils I just can’t justify a 32 dollar pencil.
6. What ways do you try to build self-confidence? I think the best way to do that is to be happy with who you are and being comfortable in your own skin. Once you stop caring about everyone else…it’ll all fall into place. Do I believe that it’s fully possible-no. But it’s the act if being aware of it that really sets it apart. I think that makes sense.
7. What style of jewelry do you wear? Super simple and nothing really chunky. Studs and a simple necklace. Maybe a leather wrap bracelet
8. Do you have any embarrassing beauty habits? I pick my cuticles. Pull, bite, pick. I think it’s gross. And I pick my face- eesh.
9. What is your idea of the perfect date night? Hmm…I like motorcycle rides on back roads in the summer. The trees look like they have twinkle lights but really they’re fireflies
10. What motivates you to be your best? Knowing that there’s the possibility of more. You can’t achieve more if you’re doing less.
11. What trends are you into right now? Bright lips and neon accessories

My questions to you:
1. What’s you’re favorite era?
2. What’s trend do you hope doesn’t return?
3. How do you make time for your blogging?
4. What would you change if you had the opportunity and resources?
5. How many make up brushes do you have?
6. What’s your favorite lip products?
7. What overseas brand/product do you wish you had on your home turf?
8. What kind of base coat do you use for your nails?
9. Do you have a favorite hair product? If so…what is it?
10. If you could travel anywhere where would you go and why?
11. What beauty habit do you just not understand.

….tag you’re it!
cowboysandcrossbones.wordpress.com

styleontheside.com

prettylittlebeautyblog.wordpress.com

imaginationisspicy.wordpress.com

samandro22.wordpress.com/

beautyproductreviewsbydeb.wordpress.com

fairytalesandcoffee.wordpress.com

 

aaand whoever else wants to πŸ˜€

Have fun and can’t wait to see your responses!

A collage of life things πŸ’› 7/16/2013

So as I suck at posting like I want to…I thought that this could be a good way to update you guys on thingies going on (because I just know you care) and kind of keep up with myself. I super enjoy these types of posts myself (definitely check out my girl over at cowboys and crossbones if you’re looking for a good hoot!) and they let you get to know people a little bit better…or at least be a creeper at your own leisure (HA!). So here is a pictorial debut of my life as of late.

Enjoy!

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From top to bottom!
1- I busted the hell out of my middle finger at work. Many words were said…it isn’t as bruised anymore, HOWEVER it has constant funny bone syndrome. Can’t do a damn thing without feeling it shoot up my hand.

2- I had to be at work at 8am last Saturday and my alarm went off around 5:45am. My pup was holding my hand…I did not want to get out of bed.

3- dangerous. I found out exactly HOW close Sonic was to my ptj. On top of this I got pissed because if I waited 30 minutes it would have been happy hour and my slush would have been half price. Double dangerous- there’s a really good Walgreens right next door.

4- This is what I wore to one of my really good friends weddings. We’ve known each other since we were 9? Maybe? It’s been a long ass time. All I know is I took this waiting to go to the bathroom because it was NON-STOP-FUN….and I waited a little long. My b.

5- took Scrappy over to my sisters house to finally meet their new dog Chloe. Things got awkward a couple times…I’ll leave it at that.

6-my nephew insisted on reading me a book about poop and show me the photos as he went. He can’t read yet but he was just pointing out the different poops. This is one of his favorite photos of two poops parachuting.

And so that is my life as of this past Sunday. How are things going with you?

Later lovies.

Xx

How to be a dollface the NQC way | part 3 false lashes!

Oh heeeeeey. Lets revive this joker. So along with liner, I think one of the most difficult things to do that is super effective are false lashes. There are a TON of different ways to do it…just like my liner, I can’t always stick to one. Kind of ends up being a matter of what kind of lashes they are, how much time I have, how many times they’ve been use…the circumstances go on. So I thought I’d show you one of the ways I do it.

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