Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Family Photo Shoot

Hi dolls.  I have been busy these last two days as I have been outdoors shooting pictures of my little family.  Here is a sneak peek of what I have so far...


Friday, August 9, 2013

L'Oreal-Magic Nude Liquid Powder Foundatioon Review and Swatches

Hello dolls.  Today I will be reviewing the L'Oreal Magic Nude foundation.  I have been testing this out all week and am ready to give you my final thoughts on it.
I got mine at Ulta, but you can find this in anywhere.  I had seen several other people try this foundation on Youtube and they really liked it so I had to try it for myself.

The product comes in a glass bottle with an ombre effect on the packaging.  This is a very liquidy product, and so the cap just comes off with a twist top.   

The shade that I picked out for myself was #322 or Sand Beige.  This is a tad too light for me, but with bronzer and powder I can make this shade work.
The directions on the back of the bottle tell you to use your fingers to apply this on instead of a sponge or brush.  I guess that makes sense.  

This is a liquid to powder foundation-and if you used a sponge or a brush, they would probably soak up all of the pigmentation instead of applying it on your face.
When you start to blend it out, it feels very silky and smooth, almost like you are putting on a primer.  I was really impressed, because it looks airbrushed on your skin.  It does set fairly fast as well, because there is alcohol in this product.  The alcohol evaporates on your skin, and leaves behind the pigments, giving you a powder finish.
I like how this foundation applies and feels upon initial application.  But that's where my love for it stops.  :(

I am an oily gal, and this foundation did not help with oil control at all.  Even with a setting powder, my oil still seeped through, especially around my nose and forehead after a couple of hours.  I would look in the mirror and my face would look like a grease ball.  I would have to blot at least twice a day if I wanted to look presentable.  It wasn't that hot this week either, around upper 70's only and I was only going to work in my classroom, so I had a lot of expectations for this foundation.

Also, I would say that this is only a light to medium coverage foundation.  I had to go back in and conceal some redness and blemishes, but other than that, it is a very lightweight foundation.  I didn't feel cakey or like I had a ton of foundation on.

After using this product every day for a week this week, I have to say that I am throwing in the towel and returning this bad boy.  It's just not worth it to me.  I like a foundation that looks better as the day goes on, not a foundation that makes me look greasy.  

Overall, I would recommend this product to someone who has drier or more mature skin than mine because I, for one, did not like it very much.


Thursday, August 8, 2013

DIY-The Lorax Plant Pot Holder

Hi dolls.  Today I have a cute and super simple DIY project for you guys.  It will be sure to put a smile on anyone's face!
How cute is this?  I made three of these little guys for my classroom, and snapped pictures so I could show you how easy and fun these were to make!  (Also, I made these at night so I apologize ahead of time for the yellow lighting.)

You will need:

  •  Plant pot holder
  •  Fuzzy colored cotton balls
  • Googley eyes
  • Yellow yarn
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors

To start making the mustaches, all you need to do wrap the yarn around a rectangular object a few times.  I did this about fifteen times.  The more times to wind it around your object, the thicker the mustache will be.  I actually just used my Iphone.  :)  Watch this video here to see what I did, but substitute the yarn for the tulle that the lady is using.  You obviously don't have to fan out the yarn or fluff it up afterwards though to make the mustache. 

Then, using your hot glue gun or craft glue of your choice, add the googley eyes to the pot.  I got my plastic pot from Goodwill, a set of three for .40 cents, brand new!
Feel free to use clay pots as well.  That is what I would have preferred but these plastic ones worked nicely too.  The googley eyes I bought from the Dollar store as well as the fuzzy nose.
I used an orange fuzzy ball for the nose.  Make sure that you glue it securely.
Then, glue the mustache that you made out of yarn right underneath the fuzzy nose.  

And TA-DAH!  You're done!  It's so cute!  These would be great for a Dr. Seuss themed party too.  I made these specifically to hold my Truffula trees that I made the night before!
The Truffula trees were super easy to make as well.  All that I used was:
  • Thin cardboard tube
  • Acrylic paint
  • Tissue paper 
  • Hot Glue
  • Scissors
  • Paint brushes
  • String
If you're already familiar with how to make tissue poms, then this should be super easy for you to DIY.   This video can help you out if you've never made them before.  I just cut the ends of my tissue paper into sharp triangles to represent the feathers on the Truffula trees before fanning out the tissue paper.  

These are going to decorate my classroom and tie in nicely with my rainbow theme!  

Happy crafting!

Golden Eyes- Colors from the Naked2 and Lorac Pro Palettes

Hi dolls.  Today, I wanted to share with you this eye shadow look:

I wanted gold on the lids today, so I took out my Lorac Pro palette and my Naked2 to create this look.

The colors I used were:
Half Baked from Naked2-all over lid color
Taupe from Lorac Pro-crease and outer v
Busted from Naked2- deepen outer v color
Cream from Lorac Pro-highlight color

I used a bit of Mac's Fix Plus to make Half Baked more vibrant on the lid.  The gel liner is from Wet 'n Wild's Fergie line, and the lashes are from Sonia Kashuk.

I've been doing the waterproof liners if I'm wearing falsies because I notice that my eyes have been weeping a lot when I wear them and my go to Wet 'n Wild liner just does not hold up when it comes to tears.  


Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Vintage & Tribal Nails

Hello dolls.  I posted these nails on my Pieces of Me post earlier this week, but forgot to take pictures of this mani with my camera, so Instagram photos will have to do for this post.
For the base, I used Sally Hansen's Peachy Keen, from the Complete Salon Manicure line.  The silver color is also from Sally Hansen but from their Xtreme Wear line in Celeb City.  The glitter is my all time favorite, Color Club's Platinum.  
All of the nail art was done with acrylic paints bought from Michael's craft store, dotting tools and thin paint brushes also bought from Michael's.

I loved this mani, and really liked how the black popped against the nude backdrop.  :)


Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Naked2-Shimmery Eyes

Hi dolls.  Here is the eye look that I sported yesterday.  This eye look was created using only the Naked2 palette.

The colors that I used were as follows:

Verve in the inner corner
Suspect center of lid
Tease in outer corner
Busted to deepen outer V color
Foxy as highlight 

And here is a warmer toned picture with the same look:
The lashes are from Sonia Kashuk, and I have been loving these lately.  These aren't as dramatic as the Full Glam lashes, but they are still very pretty and more natural looking for everyday wear.

The liner is Elf's waterproof liner in black and then I went over that liner with my gel liner from Wet n Wild Fergie line.

I loved how bright and wide awake I looked while wearing it yesterday.  It was a nice change up because I had been really into the matte eyes look all of July. 

Do you still reach for your Naked2 palette as often?


Monday, August 5, 2013

Pieces of Me

Pieces of Me:
1. & 2.  DIY Crayon Art  
3.  Family Movie Night
4.  Hat Day
5.  Rainbow Leopard
6.  New Kicks
7.  L'Oreal Magic Nude
8.  Simply Vera 
9. & 10.  Vintage & Tribal Nails