Youtube video contest

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Acy9FSN9OyU

Hey guys a few days ago I posted my video for a contest on youtube. I had to make it super short and it came out a bit choppy so i re edited the video and uploaded a better version (not in the contest). Check it out if you want! Let me know what you think 😀

 

~~Andrea

NYX Lip Product Swatches – Jumbo Lip Pencils

Hey Everyone!

Today I am continuing my nyx lip product swatches, focusing on the jumbo lip pencils. In a previous post I swatched the Round Lipsticks, so check those out!

For reference I am NC35-40 in MAC and for Face & Body foundation I am C4. Right now I am leaning toward the end of that spectrum because I have some color from the sun.

Jumbo Lip Pencils:

Iced Coffee:

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Iced Coffee sheer application up close 1

iced coffee jumbo lip pencil nyx swatch swatches

Iced Coffee sheer application 1

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Iced Coffee sheer application up close 2

iced coffee jumbo lip pencil nyx swatch swatches

Iced Coffee sheer application 2

iced coffee jumbo lip pencil nyx swatch swatches

Iced Coffee opaque application up close 1

iced coffee jumbo lip pencil nyx swatch swatches

Iced Coffee opaque application 1

iced coffee jumbo lip pencil nyx swatch swatches

Iced Coffee opaque application up close 2

iced coffee jumbo lip pencil nyx swatch swatches

Iced Coffee opaque application 2

Iced Coffee is a strange color opaquely applied. It is very brown toned and I feel it doesn’t go well with my skin tone. Perhaps it might look better on dark skin or fair skin. Applied with a sheer coat however is perfect for a nude lip.

Fuchsia:

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Fuchsia sheer application up close 1

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Fuchsia sheer application 1

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Fuchsia sheer application 2

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Fuchsia opaque application 1

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Fuchsia opaque application 2

Fuchsia is not what you would expect at all! You would think it would be a bright pink but instead it is a neutral mauve. I feel this color may not suit my skin tone all that well. But I am not used to these type of mauve colors, so it may just be that.

Chaos:

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Chaos sheer application up close 1

chaos jumbo lip pencil nyx swatch swatches

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chaos jumbo lip pencil nyx swatch swatches

chaos sheer application 2

chaos jumbo lip pencil nyx swatch swatches

Chaos opaque application up close 1

chaos jumbo lip pencil nyx swatch swatches

chaos opaque application 1

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chaos jumbo lip pencil nyx swatch swatches

chaos opaque application 2

Chaos is a bright barbie pink color! I think it will work for any skin tone and doesn’t make your teeth look yellow. 😀

Plush Red:

plush red jumbo lip pencil nyx swatch swatches

Plush Red sheer application up close

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Plush Red sheer application 1

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Plush Red sheer application 2

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plush red jumbo lip pencil nyx swatch swatches

Plush Red opaque application 1

plush red jumbo lip pencil nyx swatch swatches

Plush Red opaque application up close 2

plush red jumbo lip pencil nyx swatch swatches

Plush Red opaque application 2

Plush Red is a gorgeous, bright red color. It doesn’t make your teeth look yellow and is a definite showstopper! Definitely recommended.

Burgundy:

burgundy jumbo lip pencil nyx swatch swatches

Burgundy sheer application up close 1

burgundy jumbo lip pencil nyx swatch swatches

Burgundy sheer application 1

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Burgundy sheer application up close 2

burgundy jumbo lip pencil nyx swatch swatches

Burgundy sheer application 2

burgundy jumbo lip pencil nyx swatch swatches

Burgundy opaque application up close 1

burgundy jumbo lip pencil nyx swatch swatches

Burgundy opaque application 1

burgundy jumbo lip pencil nyx swatch swatches

Burgundy opaque application up close 2

burgundy jumbo lip pencil nyx swatch swatches

Burgundy opaque application 2

Burgundy is a dark prune-ish color. Great for the bold, dark lip, bare face look.

Makeup worn in all the pictures:

MAC Face & Body Foundation C4

Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer in Medium

MAC Prep + Prime Loose Powder

MAC MSF natural Medium-Deep

NYX Cream blush Natural

NYC Bronzer Sunny

Maybelline Color Tattoo Bronze

L’oreal Voluminous Carbon Black

I put on more powder than I would normally wear because in the photos the flashback would make me look sweaty. lol

Overall:

These jumbo lip pencils are very slippery. They are very comfortable to wear because they feel like a gloss rather than a balm or pencil. However, because of this, they easily slip all over. If you have problems with feathering this may not be worth the trouble, considering the whole point of the lip pencil is easy application and hassle-free. Like the round lipsticks, if you use these with a lip liner and blot they’re lasting power is dramatically increased. The good thing is they are easy to reapply and convenient to shove in a small purse to go out. Let me know what you guys think of these if you have them.

~~ Andrea

IT Cosmetics: Your Most Beautiful You QVC Sale

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QVC has TSV, or Today’s Special Value, which is an item that they sell on sale for that one day (from 12 am to 11:59pm ET). They sell many cosmetics and this one caught my eye. Sorry this is so late but I figured I would share it!

The kit is called Your Most Beautiful You by IT Cosmetics and is on sale today for $59.96 (original price is $72.50).

It includes:

  • 1-fl oz Bye Bye Under Eye concealer (in your choice of Light, Medium, Tan or Deep)
  • 0.23-oz Hello Light luminizer cream
  • 0.003-oz Your Brows But Better pencil
  • 0.11-fl oz Vitality Lip Blush Hydrating Lipgloss Stain in Je Ne Sais Quoi (a sheer pretty pink flush)
  • Dual Heavenly Luxe Airbrush Foundation and Concealer Brush
  • Heavenly Luxe Pointed Precision Complexion Brush
  • Application chart

It seems like a great value for money especially since I’ve heard rave reviews of the concealer and their Bye Bye Pores Powder (not included in this kit). Right now the price is a little steep for me so, I’ll have to pass this up. Hopefully one of you readers can get it and let me know how the products are!

You have until 12 am ET tonight to decide!

~~ Andrea

NYX Lip Product Swatches – Round Lipsticks

Hey Everyone!!

In the next few posts I will showcase to you my NYX lip product collection. I have accumulated these over several purchases in random stores or off www.cherryculture.com during sales of 30% or 40% off.

For reference I am NC35-40 in MAC and for Face & Body foundation I am C4. Right now I am leaning toward the end of that spectrum because I have some color from the sun.

NYX Round Lipsticks:

B52:

NYX Round Lipstick B52 swatch on lips nc35 nc40 c4 mac

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NYX Round Lipstick B52 swatch on lips nc35 nc40 c4 mac

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NYX Round Lipstick B52 swatch on lips nc35 nc40 c4 mac

NYX Round Lipstick B52 sheerly applied close up 2

NYX Round Lipstick B52 swatch on lips nc35 nc40 c4 mac

NYX Round Lipstick B52 opaque application 1

NYX Round Lipstick B52 swatch on lips nc35 nc40 c4 mac

NYX Round Lipstick B52 opaque application 2

NYX Round Lipstick B52 swatch on lips nc35 nc40 c4 mac

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NYX Round Lipstick B52 swatch on lips nc35 nc40 c4 mac

NYX Round Lipstick B52 opaque application close up

When B52 is applied less opaque but not too sheer it can achieve the my lips but better look for those with pigmented lips like mine. If applied opaquely you can see it has a very purple-ish tone to it which I think would make it great for Fall! Despite the tone it is very wearable.

Tea Rose:

NYX Round Lipstick Tea Rose swatch on lips nc35 nc40 c4 mac

NYX Round Lipstick Tea Rose sheerly applied 1

NYX Round Lipstick Tea Rose swatch on lips nc35 nc40 c4 mac

NYX Round Lipstick Tea Rose sheerly applied 2

NYX Round Lipstick Tea Rose swatch on lips nc35 nc40 c4 mac

NYX Round Lipstick Tea Rose sheerly applied close up

NYX Round Lipstick Tea Rose swatch on lips nc35 nc40 c4 mac

NYX Round Lipstick Tea Rose sheerly applied close up

NYX Round Lipstick Tea Rose swatch on lips nc35 nc40 c4 mac

NYX Round Lipstick Tea Rose opaque application 1

NYX Round Lipstick Tea Rose swatch on lips nc35 nc40 c4 mac

NYX Round Lipstick Tea Rose opaque application 2

NYX Round Lipstick Tea Rose swatch on lips nc35 nc40 c4 mac

NYX Round Lipstick Tea Rose opaque up close 1

NYX Round Lipstick Tea Rose swatch on lips nc35 nc40 c4 mac

NYX Round Lipstick Tea Rose opaque up close 2

Tea Rose is a very pretty, soft pink that can be used in any look any time of the year. It can tone down a smokey eye or complement a natural day to day look.

Indian Pink:

NYX Round Lipstick Indian Pink swatch on lips nc35 nc40 c4 mac

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NYX Round Lipstick Indian Pink swatch on lips nc35 nc40 c4 mac

NYX Round Lipstick Indian Pink sheerly applied 2

NYX Round Lipstick Indian Pink swatch on lips nc35 nc40 c4 mac

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NYX Round Lipstick Indian Pink swatch on lips nc35 nc40 c4 mac

NYX Round Lipstick Indian Pink sheerly applied 2

NYX Round Lipstick Indian Pink swatch on lips nc35 nc40 c4 mac

NYX Round Lipstick Indian Pink opaque application 1

NYX Round Lipstick Indian Pink swatch on lips nc35 nc40 c4 mac

NYX Round Lipstick Indian Pink opaque application 2

NYX Round Lipstick Indian Pink swatch on lips nc35 nc40 c4 mac

NYX Round Lipstick Indian Pink opaque application close up 1

NYX Round Lipstick Indian Pink swatch on lips nc35 nc40 c4 mac

NYX Round Lipstick Indian Pink opaque close up 2

When I first got Indian Pink I was disappointed because I didn’t realize that it had gold shimmer in it. I am not a fan of lip products with shimmer and/or especially glitter! (It tends to get all over my face lol) This is the only lipstick in this post that has shimmer. But I love the coral color it gives and for the Summer it is a perfect color to complement a tan and I’ve begun to like the gold shimmer because it is not to noticeable.

Femme:

NYX Round Lipstick Femme swatch on lips nc35 nc40 c4 mac

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NYX Round Lipstick Femme swatch on lips nc35 nc40 c4 mac

NYX Round Lipstick Femme sheerly applied 2

NYX Round Lipstick Femme swatch on lips nc35 nc40 c4 mac

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NYX Round Lipstick Femme swatch on lips nc35 nc40 c4 mac

NYX Round Lipstick Femme sheer close up 2

NYX Round Lipstick Femme swatch on lips nc35 nc40 c4 mac

NYX Round Lipstick Femme opaque application 1

NYX Round Lipstick Femme swatch on lips nc35 nc40 c4 mac

NYX Round Lipstick Femme opaque application 2

NYX Round Lipstick Femme swatch on lips nc35 nc40 c4 mac

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NYX Round Lipstick Femme swatch on lips nc35 nc40 c4 mac

NYX Round Lipstick Femme opaque close up 2

Femme is definitely a neon coral! I think it’s perfect for Summer and sheered out very wearable.

Chic Red:

NYX Round Lipstick Chic Red swatch on lips nc35 nc40 c4 mac

NYX Round Lipstick Chic Red sheerly applied 1

NYX Round Lipstick Chic Red swatch on lips nc35 nc40 c4 mac

NYX Round Lipstick Chic Red sheerly applied 2

NYX Round Lipstick Chic Red swatch on lips nc35 nc40 c4 mac

NYX Round Lipstick Chic Red sheer up close 1

NYX Round Lipstick Chic Red swatch on lips nc35 nc40 c4 mac

NYX Round Lipstick Chic Red sheer up close 2

NYX Round Lipstick Chic Red swatch on lips nc35 nc40 c4 mac

NYX Round Lipstick Chic Red opaque 1

NYX Round Lipstick Chic Red swatch on lips nc35 nc40 c4 mac

NYX Round Lipstick Chic Red opaque 2

NYX Round Lipstick Chic Red swatch on lips nc35 nc40 c4 mac

NYX Round Lipstick Chic Red opaque up close 1

NYX Round Lipstick Chic Red swatch on lips nc35 nc40 c4 mac

NYX Round Lipstick Chic Red opaque up close 2

Chic Red is a blue undertone red-pink color. I’ve worn this on New Year’s Eve and to a bridal shower and got many compliments! I think this color would look great on any skin tone and is the perfect modern red! Also, because it is more blue toned it doesn’t make teeth look yellow at all. If you are planning on getting a red lipstick but are clueless as to which and don’t want to shell out on higher end brands I think this is a GREAT pick! Applied with lip liner underneath and blotted it can last all day (without disturbance like eating/drinking). Even if it does fade its easy to reapply and not drying on the lips which is very comfortable to wear.

Snow White:

NYX Round Lipstick Snow White swatch on lips nc35 nc40 c4 mac

NYX Round Lipstick Snow White sheerly applied 1

NYX Round Lipstick Snow White swatch on lips nc35 nc40 c4 mac

NYX Round Lipstick Snow White sheerly applied 2

NYX Round Lipstick Snow White swatch on lips nc35 nc40 c4 mac

NYX Round Lipstick Snow White sheer up close 1

NYX Round Lipstick Snow White swatch on lips nc35 nc40 c4 mac

NYX Round Lipstick Snow White sheer up close 2

NYX Round Lipstick Snow White swatch on lips nc35 nc40 c4 mac

NYX Round Lipstick Snow White opaque application 1

NYX Round Lipstick Snow White swatch on lips nc35 nc40 c4 mac

NYX Round Lipstick Snow White opaque application 2

NYX Round Lipstick Snow White swatch on lips nc35 nc40 c4 mac

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NYX Round Lipstick Snow White swatch on lips nc35 nc40 c4 mac

NYX Round Lipstick Snow White opaque up close 2

Snow White is a classic deep red which is neutral in tone. It will definitely suit any skin tone. I think this would look great on during the Fall when people tend to go for the deeper lip colors. If blotted/powdered it can look like a retro red look.

Black Cherry:

NYX Round Lipstick Black Cherry swatch on lips nc35 nc40 c4 mac

NYX Round Lipstick Black Cherry sheerly applied 1

NYX Round Lipstick Black Cherry swatch on lips nc35 nc40 c4 mac

NYX Round Lipstick Black Cherry sheerly applied 2

NYX Round Lipstick Black Cherry swatch on lips nc35 nc40 c4 mac

NYX Round Lipstick Black Cherry sheer up close 1

NYX Round Lipstick Black Cherry swatch on lips nc35 nc40 c4 mac

NYX Round Lipstick Black Cherry sheer up close 2

NYX Round Lipstick Black Cherry swatch on lips nc35 nc40 c4 mac

NYX Round Lipstick Black Cherry opaque application 1

NYX Round Lipstick Black Cherry swatch on lips nc35 nc40 c4 mac

NYX Round Lipstick Black Cherry opaque application 2

NYX Round Lipstick Black Cherry swatch on lips nc35 nc40 c4 mac

NYX Round Lipstick Black Cherry opaque up close 1

NYX Round Lipstick Black Cherry swatch on lips nc35 nc40 c4 mac

NYX Round Lipstick Black Cherry opaque up close 2

Black Cherry is a deep red-burgundy color. It is beautiful and would be great for Fall.

Makeup worn in all the pictures:

MAC Face & Body Foundation C4

Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer in Medium

MAC Prep + Prime Loose Powder

MAC MSF natural Medium-Deep

NYX Cream blush Natural

NYC Bronzer Sunny

Maybelline Color Tattoo Bronze

L’oreal Voluminous Carbon Black

I put on more powder than I would normally wear because in the photos the flashback would make me look sweaty. lol

Overall:

I think these lipsticks shown would suit any skin tone and I took a long time to pick the colors based on many people’s swatches and opinions. All the lipsticks generally last a few hours but because of their creamy, smooth nature they can fade easily. They come off very easily when eating or drinking, as well. To help these lipsticks last I usually wear a lip liner underneath. For long lasting coverage I use the Lisa Eldridge method where you use a lip liner to fill in the whole lip, lipstick, blot, lipstick, blot, and lipstick again. This really does work! And it works for any lipstick!

Hope you liked the post I included many pictures showing my whole face and up close with teeth showing because I hate it when I can only see one or the other! I like to see a well rounded look of the swatch haha. Make sure you come back to see the next posts for the Jumbo Lip pencils and the lip liners.

~~ Andrea

Engagement Party OOTD

Hey everyone!

I know.. it’s been about a month since I last posted anything! I’ve been super busy with my sister’s engagement party and other events that I didn’t have the time or energy to do a post. But hopefully I can get into the swing of things again! Anyways, on to the post.

Last Sunday was my older sister’s engagement party and here is what I wore:

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*Awkward Pose 1* LOLOOTD, outfit of the day, engagement party, forever21, windsor, ann taylor*Awkward Pose 2* hehe

Outfit:

Dress: Forever 21 Ditsy Lace Fit & Flare Price: $29.80

— I bought mine at the store and it didn’t come with a belt 😦 I wanted to wear a belt but didn’t have one that matched the outfit.

Shoes: Windsor Nude Mary Jane Bow Pump  Price: $24.90

— beware these shoes are extremely arched! I had trouble walking in them (and I am not a novice to heels) but they were so cute I had to have them for the price! I also knew we would be sitting down, eating most of the time  😀

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Love the bows!

Earrings: Windsor Gold/Pearl Bow Earrings Price: $8.90

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Pearl bow earrings 😀

Bracelet: Ann Taylor Pearl Chain Bracelet Price: around $1.50 on clearance

Note: the link to the bracelet is an ebay seller I found just so you can see more pictures of it. I don’t recommend buying it for that price! You can find alternatives that are way cheaper 😀

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Pearl bracelet

 

My makeup was simple:

Face

-Make Up For Ever HD Primer

-MAC Face & Body Foundation in C4

– MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NC35

– MAC Prep & Prime Loose Powder

– NYX cream blushes in mainly Orange & a bit of Natural

– Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray

Eyes

– Wet ‘n’ Wild Brulee all over the lid up to the brow bone (creamy color)

– NYC Sunny bronzer in the crease with Hakuhodo brush J5523 which is the softest brush I’ve ever used! (MAC 217 Dupe)

– Wet ‘n’ Wild Bronze Eyeliner smudged along the lash line with Royal & Langnickel Silk synthetic smudger.

– Rimmel Glam Eyes Day 2 Night mascara

– Rimmel Scandaleyes Nude eyeliner

Lips

– LipFusion Lip plumper in clear

— basically chapstick lol I didn’t want lipstick or lip gloss because it was going to be a lunch/dinner and I didn’t want to be reapplying anything.

For my makeup I was in a rush because we had a rough week making last minute preparations and favors etc. so, I didn’t get up early enough. I wish I had done something different with my eyes as it creased by the end of the party and I got oily from the weather being so hot that day.

For my hair I used my Infiniti Pro by Conair Spin Air Rotating Styler. This hair dryer is AMAZING. If you blow dry your hair using a round brush I highly recommend this as it will cut your styling time in half! The only downside is you really have to wait for your hair to be more than 70% dry if not it is difficult to use. Other than that it is awesome! I originally bought one for my older sister for her birthday and I loved it so much I bought one for myself. I also gave one to my mother for Mother’s Day this year!

I also have my younger sister‘s OOTD to show you! 😀

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So pretty! She should be a model 😀

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Beautiful!! ❤

Outfit:

Dress: Forever 21 Sequined High Low Price: $34.80

Shoes: Traffic Pink Wedges Price $25.00

— couldn’t find them on the website

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Blush Wedges

Wristlet: Windsor Gold Skull Wristlet Price: $7.50 on clearance half off originally $15

— can’t say enough about how much I love this wristlet!!

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Gold Skull Wristlet

Earrings: Wet Seal Chandelier Pink Feather Earrings Price: $1.20 on clearance

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Chandelier Feather earrings

Necklace: Sears 1928 Porcelain Rose Simulated Pearl Cluster Drop Price: $10.80 on clearance

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1928 Rose Pearl Cluster necklace

Bracelets: mix Wet Seal Bangle Set and Charlotte Russe Bangle set Price: about $8.00 each

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Rose, pearl, gold bangles/bracelets

For her makeup I just used the  Make Up Forever HD primer, yellow concealer from the Kirkland Borghese concealer wheel where needed, black shadow along the lash line and mascara. We were going to wave the ends of her hair but didn’t have enough time so she just left it down which still looked nice. 😀

Well that’s it for today! Make sure to leave any questions you have in the comment section, I’ll def get back to you!

Don’t forget to check my younger sister’s blog http://titanfood.wordpress.com/!

~~Andrea

One Lovely Blog

Hey everyone!

 

 

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The beautiful Bianca from Bianca’s Beauty Book has nominated me for a lovely blogger award!! Thank you so much! She is one my best friends both in the blogger world and in the real world and I think you should all check her out she’s amazing! ❤

 

Rules of the award:

  • Thank the person (or lovely girls) who nominated you
  • Add the “One Lovely Blog Award” image to your post
  • Share 7 things about you
  • Pass the award to seven nominees
  • Inform the nominees by posting on their blogs

 

These are my seven nominees! 

  1. A Proper Cup of Tea
  2. Amateur Beauty Blogette
  3. Beauty and Lifestyle of a Broke College Girl
  4. Han Made
  5. Monita Mayo
  6. Confessions of My Obsessions
  7. CosmetiCatilin

There are a few others that I would have loved to nominate but I narrowed them down to these seven in the end! 

 

Seven Things About Me:

  1. I am terrified of all bugs especially spiders and centipedes, oh and COCKROACHES!! AHHH
  2. I have Interstitial Cystitis which is really annoying but I’ve learned to deal with it.
  3. I have an extremely sensitive sense of smell and can detect scents others can’t! My family loves to joke saying I could be one of those drug sniffing dogs at the airport LOL Along with that comes sensitive taste buds too! Which means I am a picky eater and hate things like seafood.
  4. I love the Summer and everything about it. The beach, the warmth, the tan, the weather, the sun, everything! I plan on moving to San Diego one day (hopefully when I graduate next May) from New Jersey because I’d rather have that kind of weather all year long instead of two months out of the year! 
  5. I love doing problem solving activities like puzzles, Sudoku, Unblock Me app on iPhone, building furniture or other things, organizing, etc!
  6. I am a germaphobe! I think it started when I was constantly breaking out in hives after touching who knows what which eventually lead me where I am today. I cannot touch anything out of my house and then touch my face without washing my hands first. I also change my clothes as soon as I get home into “house clothes” mostly because I consider whatever I went out with covered in germs and also I want to be comfy! Those clothes have a special drawer (because sometimes I’ll only wear the clothes for an hour or two so I don’t think they NEED to be washed) and then I will wear them again at a later time, but I never mixed my washed clothes with clothes I’ve been out with already. Some people think I’m nuts but I don’t care! haha
  7. A little about my family: I have two sisters, one older by a year and a half and one younger by nine and a half years. My older sister got engaged and her engagement party is coming up in two weeks! She lives in a town 20-30 min from me and my younger sister lives with my mom in Florida. I live with my dad and my boyfriend who’s name is Christian and we’ve been together for three and a half years (four in September!).

 

I hope you all get to know more of me in the future!

~~Andrea

Dove Clinical Protection Review

Hey everyone!

I was at Target last week getting a few things that I ran out of and headed straight for the beauty clearance section. LOL I always check it out in case I see any great deals. Well I ended up seeing a bunch of Dove’s Clinical Protection deodorants on sale. They came in different smells but I chose the Clear Tone one because it said it would also help to lighten the dark parts of my pits! These were only $5.45 and came with a mini attached I hurried and bought one to try out.

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Clearance at Target, Dove Clinical Protection Clear Tone deodorant/anti-perspirant

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Clearance at Target, Dove Clinical Protection Original Clean Mini (attached to full size Clear Tone)

I have used Secret’s pH Balanced deodorant in spring breeze for about 6-7 years now. I like the smell and thought it definitely helped me out the most when it came to body odor and sweating. I never thought I was one who needed a clinical deodorant but have always thought I would like to try one. I am a heavy sweater, profusely at times, which is embarrassing and not to mention I do get stinky! Most deodorants I have tried (even another Dove one) have never been able to control the odor, which is my main concern. Some wouldn’t even last a few hours! So, I didn’t have high hopes for this but I am glad I was wrong!

This is labeled as a deodorant and anti-perspirant, which I think it does both VERY well! It comes in a twist up package like most, but is not a solid. It twists up as a liquid/foam and then you can spread it under your arms. It was a little strange for me since I am so used to solids. I got used to it fast though. It has a pleasant scent which isn’t overpowering. It smells a little like baby powder. The first time I used it I wore it for two days (I was at home the second day not leaving the house at all so I thought I would shower at night to see the lasting power).

Dove Clinical Protection Clear Tone

Dove Clinical Protection Clear Tone

Dove Clinical Protection Clear Tone

Dove Clinical Protection Clear Tone

The first day I wore it I had a final and it was rainy and humid out all day. When it is humid out, my sweating goes from normal to DRENCH mode! Someone even asked me if I was okay because I looked awkward. I think he was just trying to be nice because my face was dripping wet! I don’t know why the humidity does that to me but needless to say it was a great day to test it out!

The second day wasn’t really humid anymore but I was doing many things around the house which caused me to work up a sweat since we didn’t have the air conditioning on. This is cause in NJ the weather is crazy and it’s hot one day and cold the next! Thank you Spring!

The night of the second day I smelled myself and barely smelled at all! Not to mention the deodorant lasted the whole time too! I even made my boyfriend smell and he was like WOW that is amazing! HAHA

After about a week, I’ve noticed that it also isn’t as drying as my other deodorant is which is really nice on my armpits. Especially since it’s getting warmer out and I’ll be shaving more often, they will be happy that they don’t get dried out on top of the irritation from shaving! As for the lightening of the dark pits, I don’t really have dark pits to begin with and I haven’t been using it for long enough to see if it did anything.

Anyways, I definitely recommend this to anyone who tends to smell a bit more than usual, sweats more than usual, or for anyone in the Summer. I know some Targets have different sale items but check your local one to see if they are on sale there, if not I’m sure you can find one online. Also, if you buy 2 deodorants or more at Target they give you $5 gift cards! Since I went back and bought 4 more for the summer my bf ended up getting $10! 😀 Check it out and let me know what you think of it in the comments! 😀

TL;DR– If you sweat/smell more than usual, whether in the Summer or all year long, def try this out!

~~Andrea

How to: Cover Dark or Blue Under Eye Circles

Hey Everyone!

Brace yourselves! MY BARE FACE IS COMING! haha

Jokes aside, it is really scary putting your BARE, SICK face out on the interwebs.

Here is a little background for today’s post.

I am very sick! I have had a sinus infection for about three weeks now and it has reached its peak horridness this past week. I finally went to the doc’s and got some antibiotics but I am now feeling ten times worse! Hopefully it’s what people say ” you have to get worse before you can get better.”

I usually don’t have blue/dark circles at all. The most I have is bags/puffiness but not discoloration. However, due to being sick I have had really bad blue/yellow/ugly discolorations around my eyes. My skin has also been wreaking havoc. It seems like no matter how much moisturizer I put on my skin is just like a desert. SUPER DRY. Not to mention it has also been itchy, this may be due to allergies or eczema acting up.Just last night I put on a ton of Vitamin E oil (my holy grail for fixing anything wrong with my skin- dry patches, acne, acne scars, etc!) and my face is still quenching.

Anyways this sickness gave me the opportunity to do this post for you guys since last Saturday I came up with this because I don’t usually have discoloration. I liked the way it came out! My friend Bianca told me she didn’t even notice I was wearing makeup!! So here it is!

Bare Face! No Makeup!

As you can see above: I have super dry, itchy skin (esp in the cheek area), swollen in between the eyes from my sinusitis and that is where most of the discoloration is as you’ll see in a photo below, and my lips are also super dry! They usually have more color to them :(. Also, I have my hair back which is not the most flattering for my face haha AND I have thick, unruly eyebrows and really.. can anyone be bothered with that when they are having migraines, face pain, earache, dizziness, fatigue, etc!! So bear with me but I promise these tips are good!

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So to begin, you need to understand color theory. On a color wheel, directly across blue/purple is orange/yellow. Which means they are complementary. Placed next to each other, they make each other’s colors pop more. But placed on top of each other, they should cancel out one another.

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Taking that and applying it to skin, the most commonly used skin correctors are yellow and orange.

You probably have heard of salmon colored concealers to cancel out the darkness/blue/purple under the eyes. Well it works wonders!

The first product I use to color correct under my eyes is the Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Waterproof Concealer in Tan. I bought this in a set during their Black Friday sale and there were only four colors available. I chose tan, knowing medium would probably be too light. However, tan was just too dark! I have this problem A LOT! It is also a bit too orange for my skin tone. But it didn’t stop me from using this product. I made it work for me! Because it is actually very good at not creasing much and it lasts a long time.

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Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer Tan

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Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer Tan Swatch on NC35 skin

Here you can see I squirted out a tiny drop of the concealer but I will not even use half of that! Even with all the discoloration. (Usually I just use almost nothing) This product is highly pigmented. I wish I could squeeze out less, but this is the littlest amount I can usually squeeze out.

I applied the Tarte concealer in the inner corner area of my eye, where most of my discoloration is and tapped it out a bit, but not too far from its original place. This is going to cancel out the blue/purple. I also added a bit to the outer area of my eye because you could also see some blue there.

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I usually don’t even use this much!

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Added more because I wasn’t satisfied with coverage.. that’s how bad the discoloration is!

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Blended out, you can see it is quite orange against my skin. I have a very yellow undertone but I have a very red/pink overtone in my face due to rosacea/eczema. However, it has cancelled out the blueish discoloration fairly well. In the pic because the concealer is moist there is a glare but it doesn’t flashback (no SPF). Also, because of the flash in the camera the obvious orange color is not SO obvious in person.

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I noticed I also had some darkness/blue on the outer corner of my eye where I applied some more concealer and proceeded to blend it out.

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Okay so here it is all blended out. Now I want to do a bit of brightening in the inner eye area because the part of my nose between my eyes is a bit swollen and also it makes you look more awake. To do this I use MAC’s Studio Finish concealer in shade NC30 which is too light for me but I can use it as basically a highlight for the inner corner of my eye. It contains SPF but used lightly it won’t flashback.

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MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC30

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I’m not sure if you can see the lightening effect on the inner corner of the eye because it is creamy and flashes light at the camera but you might be able to see it after I powder it. So next I use a translucent powder to set it right under my eye where it tends to crease because of fine lines. Here I am using MAC’s Prep + Prime Loose Powder. I apply it with a brush that is called PP13 Blending Fluff from Crown Brush. If you have the Real Techniques Setting brush it is very similar in shape and size to that one. It is a perfect size to fit in the orbital bone area.

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MAC Prep and Prime Loose Powder

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Pink Blending Fluff PP13 Crown Brush

With the same brush I then applied Clinique’s Redness Solutions Instant Relief Mineral Powder all over the orange-y area. This will brighten under your eye as well as blend the concealer better into the rest of your skin.

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Clinique Redness Solutions Instant Relief Mineral Powder- a yellow powder used to neutralize redness; in my case, brighten the under eye area.

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That looks much better!

Now I didn’t want people getting upset that the rest of the concealer didn’t blend well into my skin. If I put foundation on it would be blended in and look great! So instead of going through my foundation routine, I just added a bit of MAC’s Mineralize Skin Finish Natural in Medium-Deep to the one side of my face since it also has a more orange undertone (which I use more in Summer when I am tan and my undertone leans more towards orange).

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MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural in Medium Deep all over right side of face along with the concealed right eye.

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In the first picture you can see the left side of my face is bare while my right side is concealed and face is powdered; see the difference?

Here you can see that the eye that is covered up looks great compared to the one with no makeup!

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On the left is my before picture of the right eye and on the right is the after picture of my right eye. You can see the dramatic difference!

So anyways I hope you enjoyed this and learned something! Feel free to ask any questions or share your tips below!

I don’t want to leave you all with such horrendous photos of me so here are two that I like 😉

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I used to have blonde hair! haha

~~Andrea