Sunday, December 27, 2009
Holidays - spending time with the family and the munchkins - It's nice to catch up and get in a few laughs
Flat boots - I got these as a going to India present a few weeks ago from my aunt and I've been wearing them almost everyday
Blingy Headbands - This has been my go to holiday accessory this season, it just seems to be just festive enough without going overboard.
Nude Nails - I have been obsessed with pink and nudes for nails this winter and Mod About You is my all time favorite color this season
Big Hair - I really love the Aveda Volumizing Tonic - it has done a lot for my hair and it gives me the UMPH I need :)
India - I'm really excited about my visit, I will take pictures and show you the craziness that is shopping there.
Holiday food - I need to get myself sorted out after all this holiday food madness, I'm a big fat FAIL right now :)
OTT Decor - I love decor, I love the holidays but you know.... some people need to draw the line (my neighbors for one)
Chipped Dark Nails - Probably why I'm into nudes at the moment - this is not a good look by any means
Hair Straighteners - I pulled mine iron the other day and proceeded to straighten out my hair and once I saw the lifeless hair I stopped. I haven't used these all year to be quite honest - not even to curl my hair. I much prefer rollers, or curling irons.
Packing - this is always an OUT :)
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Everyone has their winter favorites - here are a few of my Winter Must Haves.
1. Vatika Hair Oil
2. Vaseline Cocoa Butter Vitalizing Gel Body Oil
3. Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm
4. Olay Daily Regenerist Regenerating Serum
5. One 'n Only Argan Oil Treatment
6. Body Shop Almond Oil Daily Hand & Nail Cream
7. Warm Vanilla Body Scrub
8. Avon Anew Ultimate Contouring Eye System
These are my tried and true favorites - with the new addition of the Argan oil.
One of my biggest beauty obsessions is lip balms. I think I have more than I need, and probably more than I can ever use. I hate to admit it but I get very anxious when I am without one - so I always try to carry one with me in all bags, cars, travel cases, etc..etc.. at all times !
I stumbled upon these new Sally Hansen Lip Balms at CVS the other day in a gift pack, being that I really love the Carmindy line for Sally Hansen, I thought I would pick them up
The colors were perfect, and I was really interested in the lip plumping and nourishing aspect.
From L to R: Fresh Pink, Berry Shine and Nude Shimmer
Although Fresh Pink and Nude Shimmer do not show up very well as a swatch - they are probably my favorite shades. Berry Shine is very pigmented for a lip balm - so it's not something I would pickup to wear all the time - but is still very pretty.
I like nude shimmer and fresh pink as a great way to add some shine to lips when you aren't looking to wear gloss or lipcolor.
Overall, I think they're pretty colors but I don't feel much in the lip plumping - they just feel soothing and moisturizing so I can live with that.
These were on sale for 9.99 for all 3 - and well that's a great way for me to play with color :)
Now it your turn ! What are some of your favorite lip balms?
And just to make it fun, I will TAG . . .
And if you happen to be reading this and aren't on the list above - I'd love to know what your favorite lip balm is too !!
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Here are my 10 little known facts
* I like watching documentaries - I'd choose it over a movie any day. I also like reading autobiographies - or narrative stories.
* I am not a morning person WHAT SO EVER.
* When you spell my name backwards - the words "drama" and "pee" appear. As Marth says This IS NOT a good thing.
*I like to be crafty - but I tend to not stick with it. I have a few projects that need to be completed erh or started. But here I am now starting on THIS a DIY embellished Tights.
* I am not a big fan of paintings -I much prefer photography. Especially around the house.
* I really want to visit South America - and House Hunters International isn't helping
*When I was younger I read a lot of the babysitters book club books *hangs head in shame*
*I love HGTV and the Food Network - you could leave me on a deserted island with those two and I'd be happy
*I have always been envious of people with nice long natural nails. I have to always go the fake route to get that look
*I love all music including country. I know .. I know...
So there you go - my random 10 facts.
This tag is quite old, so if you have already done please link me up ! otherwise I tag you!
Here is a Random FOTD - Keeping it Fairly neutral, it was a friends bachelorette party and well we wanted it to be all about her. Just thought I'd show my face and say HELLO :)
whose arm still remains : ) *
Mac Studio Fix Concealer NC40
Sally Hansen Airbrush Foundation
UD Eye Primer Potion
NYX Neutral ES
AVON Kohl Pen ton inside of eye
Milani Luminous Blush
Rimmel Airy Fairy Lipstick
Aquaphor Lip Treatment as Gloss
Hope you are all having a great week ! ! !
Monday, November 30, 2009
That all changed about a month or so ago when I was on ELF's website and they were having a 50% off mineral makeup sale. I remember seeing one of Lolliipop26's videos where she mentioned buying all of the mineral shadows - and that is exactly what I did folks.
I have to first state that their shipping is still horrible - I ordered something online a few days after placing this order- and recieved a few days before my ELF order came in. That is really annoying - BUT the eye shadows are absolutely lovely !!
I purchased 18 shadows - the entire line for $1.50 each :)
Top: Natural, Trendy, Royal, Partier, Seductive and Mysterious
Middle: Sweet, Girly, Temptress, Caffeinated, Sassy, and Socialite
Bottom: Celebrity, Golden, Earthy, Confetti, Glamorous and Wild
My Thoughts: I haven't been able to play with all of the eyeshadows (no surprise there) but I really like Natural and Royal. The neutral and shimmery purple go so well together. Overall the quality is really nice and very very fine - so even a novice can work with them without too much effort.
The downfall - of course is the packaging. It's really hard to work with sifters - you get a lot of product and it's always a hassle. But for the price and the color payoff - I think these are amazing.
As far as the blushes, they give great color pay off - but are OK. nothing really to rave or rant about. This may be biased b/c I just rediscovered my Nars blushes and well... you know how that is :)
Sunday, November 8, 2009
When I mean love - I mean I see something I always think - OMG I need I can make and so I pick things up to make stuff and then it sits idle. But then I come across stuff that I may not make at the moment but are still drool worthy. I saw this amazing art piece on DesignSponge.com a few days ago. I know it's meant for valentine's day but I just loved loved loved the concept behind this - and well you can always switch it around and maybe make a lovely X-mas gift?
What she used
1. one sheet of watercolor paper, any size you want (this is 11×15)
2. vintage jewelry pieces, knick-knacks, keys, buttons, etc.
3. paper punch (i used a butterfly punch from the martha stewart craft collection) (optional)
4. colored paper
5. hot glue gun
6. paint (i recommend spray paint)
So tell me, do you do DIY projects? If so please link up to some of your favorite ones!
Friday, November 6, 2009
The first is a coupon for The Gap Group. From Thursday November 12th, to Sunday November 15th you receive 30% off your order at any of the Gap stores (see below) with 5% benefiting Teach for America. (How amazing is that)
Hope these come in handy for a few of you (you will def find me making my wish list.)
Friday, October 30, 2009
Where's your cell phone: Desk
Your hair: Poofy
Your mother: Loving
Your father: Strong
Favorite Food: Italian
Dream last night: None
Favorite drink: Mojito
What room are you in: Bedroom
Where were you last night: Bestfriends
Something that you aren't: Shallow
Wish list item: Watch
Where did you grow up: California
What are you wearing: Pj's
Your pets: Blaze
Something you're not wearing: Watch
Favorite store: Target
Favorite color: Green
Last time you laughed: Morning
Your best friend: Fiance
Bestest Place you go to over and over: Paris
Person who emails you regularly: SPAMERS
Favorite place to eat: Cafes
cleopatra by lady.b featuring Forever21
This is a basic mock up of what I'll be wearing this Saturday. I was inspired by the Elizabeth Taylor Cleoptra image. But thought I would make it bit more ME and a little more Modren.
I picked up the collar, headpiece and belt from a local costume store. I really liked the black, gold and blue theme so I got the black and turquoise dress from forever21.com, I will be wearing my black studded booties. I'll pick up a few accessories from the drawer - gold bangles and some earrings and well THERE You have it!
Hope you all have a great weekend and I will post up some pics when I have the whole ensemble on and ready. I'm off to practicing eyeliner now . . . what will you be wearing?
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
So like many of us I like to live through beautiful images and one of the best places to see beautiful setups is at DIFFA - the Dining by Design Foundation Fighting Aids Event. To learn more see here http://www.diffa.org/about_mission.asp
It's essentially an event to showcase innovation and creation - using table scapes as the backdrop.
Here are some of my favorite images from the 2008 SF event. The 2009 Event will be November 18th.
I had heard about this mask a while back - I think on a few blogs or a magazine I can't quite remember - but I do remember thinking it was an interesting product. Why? because It's has only one ingredient - yes that's right just ONE - 100 percent all natural calcium bentonite clay. The same type that can be found in many spas and is used for facials, body wraps ect, etc. The bentonite clay is known for the ability to help clear skin and minimize pores - so you know I was sold !
The unique thing about this product is how you use it. It come's in a powder form like this:
You mix equal parts of the clay with equal parts of apple cider vinegar. I used about an ounce of each into a gray paste. You can also use water - but they and I prefer the cider vinegar.
Now please note - this is a warming mask - but it can be pretty intense. It's has been known to make your face pulse - or basically react to the cider/clay combo. This isn't a negative feeling - it just feels really weird - and if you don't expect it you'll be a little confused as to what is happening.
But I have been using this for a little while now and I'm LOVING IT !! I'm not sure what I like more - the feeling I get when I apply the mask - or the results. My skin feels cleansed - but not tight. I see a difference in the appearance of my pores around my cheeks and nose area (which are my problem areas)
You can find this at Wholefoods for about $7.99 for the tub - enough to last you a year I think.
Just remember to use a nice calming toner after your mask - lately I have been loving the Thayers Alcohol-Free Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner
It's gentle and I've always been led to believe (by my mother's bias) that rose water is good for the skin. Also - it's super affordable around $8.99 for 12 oz.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
What this translates too is YIKES! I have about a month or so to get my Christmas gifts researched - purchased and handed out - as I'm going on a lil vacation during the holiday season to India via Dubai for some much needed family time and of course shopping for the wedding.
I'd also like to say that I have really enjoyed having this blog as an outlet this year - it's been so much fun to be able to interact with some really amazing ladies - all of whom read my randomness!
A very heartfelt THANK YOU from me to you :)
So I am taking it to you - What are some of your suggestions for holiday gifts? I would love to get your input on ideas for the MR. and of course the girlfriends !
I'm just looking for some ideas . . . and would love your input !!! :)
What were some of your favorite holiday gifts (from friends/family) beauty or not . . .
What was your favorite gift to give to your MR.?
Any other holiday gifts/stocking stuffer /tidbits that you'd like to share?
Monday, October 19, 2009
Usually I watch and adore the outfits - and find the looks a few days later but today I wanted to find something ASAP!! What you ask? The aqua necklace Vanessa was wearing on tonight's episode.
For a better reference here is what the necklace is in real life...Designed by Siman Tu on sale at Vivre.com. You can also find more at SimonTu.com
Turns out this designer has some amazing ( but expensive) pieces. So for swooning purposes here are a few more pieces....
So I ask you - What is your Monday Routine?
Saturday, October 17, 2009
I thought I would try to in turn create a wishlist and see what I actually WANTED vs what I really NEEDED :) So here is my HAIR WISHLIST :
Hair Styling Trio
5andra swears by this trio . . .
- Aveda Volumizing Tonic
- Chi Silk Infusion
- Fekkai Glossing Cream
Of these - I think the volumizing tonic will be on a shopping list soon. The fact that it works for fine/thin hair and adds weightless volume had me sold !
Big Shampoo by Lush
A few bloggers - TheeGlossGoss - SukandSpice and Bubblegarm have all posted and raved about this product.
The product is a lemon-lime margarita shampoo that is said to add lots of volume and shine to hair.
Dry Shampoos are one of those things that make you think - how did I live before this?!
Lollipop26 has mentioned the Pure Abundance by Aveda a few times
The product is said to add instant volume and thickness to blah hair.
Lastly, a non blogger but someone that I follow (and probably so do a lot of you)
Rachel Zoe in one of her Zoe Reports a few weeks ago mentioned the All Nigther - Dry Shampoo.
It's pretty new to the market - but looks to be a dry shampoo that has several shades (great for us brunettes).
What is on your wishlist ?? please share
What is Diwali You ask?
Diwali or Dīpāvali (Sanskrit: a row of lamps) is a significant festival in Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, and Jainism, and an official holiday in India. Adherents of these religions celebrate Diwali as the Festival of Lights. They light diyas—cotton string wicks inserted in small clay pots filled with oil—to signify victory of good over the evil within an individual.
On the day of Diwali / Deepavali, many wear new clothes and share sweets and snacks.
Hope you're all having a great weekend Diwali or not !
Monday, October 12, 2009
Here are a few of his tips:
To add volume to dry hair, lift small sections and allow them to drop through a mist of medium-hold hair spray. "then spray your entire head with dry dry shampoo and scrunch; the result is hair with lift and a lovely, seemingly no-product finish.”
For those who hate hair spray, apply mousse to a vent brush and then to damp hair—it won't squeeze the air out of the mousse. “Coat the brush with mousse and run it through one side of your hair, then refuel and do the other side,” Jimmy Paul -Allure
If you're right-or left-handed, chances are, you can't twist the curling iron as well with your nondominant hand, so your curls don't come out even, explains Bumble and Bumble stylist Jimmy Paul. "To make it easier, point the tip of the iron down instead of up, and wrap pieces around vertically for more control." - Cosmo
And I had to include a few of his favorite styling products:
"It gives an incredible beachy texture - it's like a holiday in a
4 oz. - $22.00
spray de mode
"This is my favorite all purpose spay - to hold finished looks,
10 oz. - $25.00
"It makes it shiny and adds a little hold. – use it on slightly
8 oz. - $17.00
"I put this on the ends of damp hair to control flyaway
* 3.4 oz. - $33.00
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
turned out :)
What I did:
- Sprayed hair with heat protectant (GVP of course)
- Loose waves - using a 1 and 1/2" hot tools curling iron staring 2-3" away from the roots
- Curled around the base and then let the curl down
- Pinned curl w. bobby pin to head (repeated)
- Let hair cool - then dropped the pins
- Set with garnier hair spray
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
It's been a while since I have done a tag, so I tag the following:
Kristin from BonBonRose
Hachii from Beauty-Bargain
Jilessa P from Stylemansion
Superficial girl from Superficialgirls
Fantastic from Suka and Spice
Lotus from Krazy Lotus
and ALL of the blog readers if you haven't done this post
The Award for: Product That Did Nothing At All
Matrix Amplify Volumizing Shampoo & Conditioner
And Lastly . . . . . .
The Award for: Right Product but Wrong Hair
I know some people swear by this product, and for a few of my girlfriends and family members it works great. But for me peresonally, it's just way to heavy for my flat hair. I would rather use a hair mask, and occasionally a hair treatment like CHI (which just works better for my hair). I think its a good product, but the bottle just sits there.
Maybe these products work for you? But it wasn't for me.