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Saturday, April 21, 2012

tarte Amazonian Clay Full-Coverage Foundation

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I haven’t blogged about make up for awhile, but I recently purchased this foundation and I love it. It has full coverage and SPF 15. I love this flawless finish it gives, and though it is full coverage, it really doesn’t give you a “cakey look”.

tarte claims their product used Amazonian Clay and that it is good for your skin.

This is the product description on Sephora.com:

What it is:
A long-lasting foundation powered by Amazonian clay.
What it does:
Get 12 hours of flawless coverage with this long-wearing, skin-perfecting formula with UVA/UVB SPF 15. It's full coverage with a weightless texture. With a broad range of shades available and a supremely blendable and buildable formula, everyone can achieve skin that looks healthy and natural.
What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Synthetic Fragrances
- Petrochemicals
- Phthalates
- GMOs
- Triclosan
What else you need to know:
Whether oily, dry or combination, "skin-smart" Amazonian clay will intuitively adjust to meet and address your skin concerns for makeup that wears better, longer, and truer. This revolutionary foundation reduces the appearance of pores, discolorations, and imperfections and ensures a perfectly flawless complexion every time.
Research results:
Clinical results reveal up to 12 hours of perfect wear time.

I almost bought this product on QVC, as they have a package deal where you can get the foundation AND the brush for $34.56. That is an AWESOME deal as the foundation itself is $38, and the brush is $32. I’m kind of relieved that I didn’t buy it through them as QVC does not carry my shade which is Tan Deep.

I am really happy with this product.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Z–Palette Sale

If you have ever been thinking about getting a Z-Palette, now is the time. The pink and leopard designs are 30% off! I recently posted on Instagram pictures of items on my wish  list – secretly hoping I would get some of them as birthday gifts next month. Well, I can scratch this one off the list as I bought it for myself!

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I’m so excited to get my order and start depotting some of my Wet N Wild eye shadows and putting them in one big palette!

 

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Thursday, March 1, 2012

New Lease on Life

I had a scare these last few days. I was taking a shower last week and felt a lump on my right breast. I almost dismissed it like I usually do with little problems I have and hoped it would go away, but it didn’t. I went to my doctor’s office as soon as I could to have it checked out and I was referred to their breast clinic. I scheduled myself for a Diagnostic Mammogram the next day.

I lost a lot of sleep thinking about it and I scheduled my appointments after my 12 hour shifts at work. I swear I fell asleep on the exam tables on both days! But it had to be done and done as soon as possible. Although I was really worried I tried to maintain my composure. I needed to stay strong for my job and my family. I did a lot of praying.

I almost broke down yesterday as the ultrasound tech was visualizing the mass and taking screen shots. I really felt like I was a walking time bomb since I turned 35 and the bomb finally went off. Scenarios kept running through my mind. I couldn’t help but think about dying.

My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 33 and passed away when she was 36. I felt I was so lucky to have surpassed her lifespan but always had the feeling I might not have much longer. With aunts on both sides of my family that also have been diagnosed with breast cancer,  I had the feeling of doom looming over me.

The lump turned out to be a “degenerating fibroadenoma 1.2 cm in size”, which is basically calcified tissue. It has been there at least 7 years but for some reason I am just able to feel it now. It has grown a little in size, but that’s expected as it is a degenerating tissue like the rest of my aging body.

I thank the Lord for blessing me with this good news. I thank everyone who was aware of my dilemma and prayed for me. I will take this lesson to heart and start living like each day is my last.

 

 

Me and my Mommy

Saturday, February 25, 2012

My Glam Controversy

I was going to post about my February Glam Bag and how I was enjoying my subscription, better than my previous BirchBox subscription. So far the items I received seemed worth the $10/month.There were enough full-sized items to say the bag was worth the $10. Every month also came with a little make up bag, I like the fact it came with something that you can use over and over.

BUT, this last month came with a lot of controversy. I heard some bags were mailed to the wrong addresses, and some subscribers even received TWO bags. There are issues with the website, new subscriptions are no longer available. You are unable to change billing info on the website and with the CS email. My credit card number had recently changed and I needed to change it on my account, but I was unable to through the website. I sent them an email and they still could not help me. Then there’s this issue about the packaging of one of the items.

Apparently, the X-Out Shine Control came in a tube that originally for the Meaningful Beauty Deep Cleansing Masque (both made by Guthy-Renker, Same people who make Pro-active). This is the My Glam Statement sent out on their Facebook page:

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I’m still contemplating whether to keep my subscription or not. I’ll let them decide. If they can fix the issue with my credit card, then I’ll stay. If not, then I guess it’s not worth keeping since I won’t be able to pay my monthly fee if I can’t change my card…

Anyways, these were the pictures that I was going to post when I planned on posting about the February Bag…

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I need to keep trying this roll on shimmer more coz it won’t work for me…IMG_5818

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I didn’t see much results after using the Instant Stretching and Revitalizing MaskIMG_5819This item I will use for sure!IMG_5826

I ate these as soon as I took the pictures:IMG_5823

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Garnier Moisture Rescue

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I recently picked this item up at CVS. I was watching a YouTube video (a make up guru I subscribe to) and this item was briefly mentioned. I’ve been trying it for a few days and I really like it. I think it is a really inexpensive alternative to a couple of my favorite moisturizers, Clinique’s Moisture Surge – which retails for $36 for a 50 ml jar (1.7 oz) and The Body Shop’s Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream – $16.50 for 50 ml (1.7 oz) jar. I bought this for about $7 and it comes in a 50 ml jar.

It has a slight cooling effect to the face. Not a menthol feeling, but more refreshing. It seems it comes from the consistency with is gel-like. I like that it is not greasy at all. It’s almost like you are applying a solid form of water on your face.

It did not break me out. Yay!

I love this stuff!

 

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Friday, February 17, 2012

The Illusion of Thick Hair

I have really thin hair. I have tried so many things to try to make it thick and long, but I guess I have to accept the fact that I was born with it and it’s not gonna change.

I have limited options on how to style my thin hair, and for the longest time, I have been wearing it straight. My hair is not only thin, it’s also wavy. I’ve been double-cursed.

When we went to the Philippines last year, I had my hair straightened (Bonding). That lasted for about 4 months, then the waves started showing. So, I was back to using my handy flat iron.

I have tried curling my hair with a regular old-fashioned curling iron, but it just made my hair look wild and frizzy. Then I found the Revlon double-barrel Wrap to Waves!

I used this by weaving small sections of my hair around the barrels in a figure-8 motion. Then I sprayed my entire head with hair spray to hold the waves. It turned out pretty good.

Then I found a gadget to help my with an up-do, if ever I needed one. When I tie my hair into a pony, I get this sorry-looking thin tail. I hate it. It just makes my thin hair even more obvious. Then I read about something called a “Bun Maker” by Conair. I love it!

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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Eco Tools Limited Edition Kabuki Set

Trying out my Blogger app on my iPhone right now. Kind of a challenge to type...

I got this Kabuki brush set at Target a few days ago and I'm enjoying them so far. Ecotools make really soft and affordable makeup brushes. These are no exception. They're also sort of cute. I find them ideal for travel. I just wish they had slightly longer handles so I can store them in a cup on my vanity.

They cost about $15 for the set.

Monday, January 2, 2012

My Broken Blush

I bought a bunch of stuff from E.L.F. a while back when they had a sale and was really disappointed when one of my blushes came broken. It was no surprise as they are only $3 each. At that price, I knew I still had a good deal. The blush itself had good pigmentation. I kept the blush and used it occasionally. My only issue was making sure it didn’t make a mess when I opened the case or dipped my brush in it.

One day, I was strolling around YouTube and found some videos on how to press eye shadow pigments and repair broken make up. All you need were a few items, mainly a bottle of alcohol.

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My Broken Blush ( Berry Merry from E.L.F.)

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I used the handle-end of a makeup brush to crush the blush into a fine powder, getting rid of the “clumps”

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Next, using any common rubbing alcohol, I poured some onto the blush. Careful not to put too much.

 

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Using a t-shirt cut out and the cap of my perfume as a flat surface, I pressed the blush powder back into the pan. I used a makeup spatula before that to scoop some of the blush that may have spread out of the pan.

 

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The texture of the t-shirt left a pattern on the surface, which is alright. Maybe next time I try this I need to find a smoother textured cloth.

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                BEFORE                                                     AFTER

I cleaned up the edges with a cotton tip and let it dry overnight. Now I don’t have to worry about the blush making a mess on my vanity!

 

I bought a bunch of eye shadow pigments from Urban Decay’s website when they had a sale. I think the pigments were about $2 each. I plan on pressing them into pans then storing them into palettes when I get the time and supplies.

 

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