26 November 2014

Sephora Haul!

I became a VIB at Sephora in August or September of this year thanks to my Cohort Teacher Franz who enable me. So I was of course super excited for the VIB 20% off sale like everyone else in blogger/Youtube land. Here is my haul!


Since this haul was almost a month ago I have opinions on everything. Let the mini reviews commence... 

Its so fancy, but I really can't tell the difference after an hour or so. I watched a few tutorials on how to use it more effectively, and there were basically two dark skinned girls who had some info. They were Destiny Godley and Simplebeautyblog on youtube. Even still I don't think that it makes enough of a difference to justify spending so much. Its going back. 
Wearing Ambient Lighting Powders on NC50 Skin 
Recommend? Nah

This blush, I hear, is a dupe for MACs Fever. Its a plummy wine color that works great on my skin tone. The blend ability and lasting power is awesome, I am the type that needs easy fool proof blushes because I still don't know what I'm doing! It works great with vampy lips too so I'm definitely happy with it. 
Nars Blush in Seduction



Recommend? Yes! Especially brown girlies! But fever may be a bit cheaper so check out that one too. 

YAAAAASSSSSSS to this vampy sexy lip right here! Its a dark brown burgundy with visible bronze shimmer and its so perfect. I can rock it alone or under MAC Rebel to MAC Diva lippies. This is my second cream lip stain from sephora, and I can honestly say these are awesome products. The colors are opaque and long lasting. They go on as a thin blend able liquid and then dry down, actually the formula is similar to Mac prolongwear concelers. The cream stains are easily build able, and my favorite way to use them is as lipstick bases.You need one of these in your life, go check them out. 

Sephora Lip Cream Stain in 07 Dark Berry 


Recommend? YASSSSSSSSS! If you love MAC's Diva you need this. 


This is my first lipliner from Sephora. Its a small little thing but the color is perfect to go with the Dark Berry cream stain. And it was only 5 bucks so no complaints here.

Recommend? Meh, its a lipliner, it does the job.

Kat Von D Immortal Lash and Line Kit. 
This comes with a full size mascara and the famous tattoo liner. Both are bomb!! The mascara took about two weeks to get good, the want is a stiff plastic thing that is hard to work with at first, but once you get used to it it gives great lash. I alternate between combing my lashes with e spiky head and twirling the spiral section from the roots to ends. Its good stuff.

The liner is as good as everyone says. Its not a felt lip, but its not quite a brush like I'm used to either, its like they had a perfect baby. It has the perfect combination of a sharp point and a still body. It makes liquid liner so easy I think I'm hooked. It knocked my Urban Decay Liquid Liner 24/7 in Perversion out of the game for sure.

Recommend? If you see this kit, get it.

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer
Nars Nars Nars, I feel so conflicted about this product. I want to love it as much as everyone else does but I just don't. I got the shade Amande which is a great shade for me, and the finish is very pretty, but that about it. I guess I expected a miracle product. Ok so here are my qualms: 1. Its not creaseless, it creases under my else no matter how little product I use, or how fast I set it. 2. it cakes up under my eyes when i try to set it, my MAC prolong wear doesn't. 3. it can look a little dry/crepey under the eyes. I don't need concealer to make me look older, my job will do that just fine. But rant over. I still want to like it so I may keep it, I'm not sure.

MAC Prolongwear NC45 / Nars Amande 
MAC Studio Tech NC45/MAC Prolong NC45/Nars Amande/MAC Studio Tech NC50

Recommend? Not over the Mac Prolongwear, I don't.

All together now!


OK, Love you, Bye!

Back again? & My Makeup Inventory Nov.2014

I've been thinking about getting back into blogging again for a while. This past May I started graduate school to become a secondary english educator (fancy words, I really just attempt to entertain 6th graders all day while tricking them into learning to read and write new things). The whole doing student teaching 4 days a week while dealing with other life changes has been ridiculous. I kept planning this big catch up post but it always became too daunting of a task, and I'm my brain daunting tasks that aren't a grade get put on the lack burner indefinitely. So I'm going to do what educators do and start where I am and go from there.

Last weekend as I procrastinated on a short paper I was supposed to write, I created something amazing. Its a Makeup Inventory in excel. You can see it on google drive here 

Here is a screenshot of the first page. I have everything in categories of Eyes, Lips, Face, and the broken down into type. Since I did most of this without knowing how to use excel, I don't have everything completely organized by brand. But after I saw the list compiling, I had the Ides to at least include the product shade name and the actual color it is. I then listed the asking price and the season I bought it in. All Fall 2014 purchases are going to fall under 9/1/2014 for example.

On a separate chart in the same file, I have an empties inventory list as well so I can track what I'm using up and record any thoughts, this is only the end of that chart.  I have used up 109.00 dollars worth of product since this summer. 

This is definitely excessive, but I want to analyze how much I'm spending on makeup vs. how much I'm using up in 2015. For fun. Im so grad school analyzing data is fun for me. 

If you would like the original file to make your own, feel free to email me at beautylit2@gmail.com

Love ya, Bye!

18 March 2012

LinasBeautyDiary: Voulez vous NAKED avec moi? ***** GIVEAWAY *****

LinasBeautyDiary: Voulez vous NAKED avec moi? ***** GIVEAWAY *****:


check out this chance to wil a naked 2 palette!
'via Blog this'

NOTW 3-18




Hey Yall, 
Here is a little NOTW that I did with WnW Megalast "Through the Grapevine,"WnW Fast Dry " Hannah Pinktana,"  and Essie Luxeeffect in "shine of the times." I layered creme, glitter, and flakie colors to make every nail a unique sparkle. The pictures do the flakie gold shine no justice at all! 
Shinyyyy lol. 





later!-jess


11 March 2012

WOC Lipstick review: MAC Cremesheen dare you


Hey loves, 

Today's Review : Mac 'Dare You' Cremesheen Lipstick 


I'm starting to go through my makeup stash, swatching and reviewing my products.  

A little about me & my reviewing style: I am a college aged, African-American female. I have both golden and red tones to my skin depending on the time of year (redder in the summer, more gold in the winter). I use Smashbox HD foundation in Dark.  For reference, my closest MAC shade is NC50, it is my concealer color. I live on a college (tiny) budget and I will rate my products on affordability and if I feel the product is worth the money. 



Retail Price: $14.50

Product description: (Cremesheen) Creme-based lipstick that imparts bright full color, with a soft and supple shine. (Color) Deep brown red. 






 MY REVIEW
Color: (5/5) This “deep brown red” lippie my first (and only) MAC lipstick. I went to the Georgetown store looking for a red that wasn’t too out there, and found this. Dare You stood out to me because of its deeply pigmented, sophisticated color and the gold/orange undertone. I love warmer shades and I really love the color of this because I can rock a red-red lip with it or a subtler red-bronze/gold look. I get complemented when I wear it, so that also helps me build the courage to rock it more often.

See the subtle gold shimmer?

Texture: (5/5) Dare You is a smooth and satiny cremesheen. The texture feels light although the color is bold. It feels soft and moisturizing, but I like to use a gloss to keep moisture in. With this lippie, you lips cant be more than only slightly chapped because it will call you out! (ol)  But that has more to do with the red color than the texture. The soft shimmer camouflages minor    imperfections.

BEAUTYLIT GRADE: A!
 I love this lippie, and I recommend it as a safe bet for a red lip. The color is rich rather than being loud so it easy to rock. And the quality and feel of the product shows that its worth the price, you get what you paid for wit this one.  I’m sure I’ll love it even more when I start my teaching career; it’s my power color!                 



 

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