Stila Garden Bliss Palette

Happy Monday! Whew, I need a weekend from my weekend. I went on a super cleaning and organizing binge, I spent Sunday in recovery fully equipped in yoga pants and a sweatshirt all day. But now, it’s time for makeup! I recently ordered the Stila Garden Bliss set when Stila sent out an email saying it was available to pre-order for a limited time. I can’t find it on Stila’s site anymore, but it is available from HSN. Don’t worry though, this set will be available again later this spring. It include a travel palette in Garden Bliss, mini lipglaze in Guava, a mini mascara and the cutest gold clutch. Let’s take a look at the swatches!

Stila Swatches L-R: Stila Lipglaze Guava, Stila Garden Bliss Palette

I really like that they included a powder blush this time instead of a convertible color like the past travel palettes—it gets kind of messy mixing the two together in the same compartment, ya dig? Although I like the travel palettes and the blush in this one is a great color, I was not impressed with the eyeshadows, particularly the lighter shades. They are really nothing special. The lipgloss is fine as well, but again not special. I feel bad that I am really lukewarm over this because I have liked all of my other travel palettes. The best part of the set was the gold clutch!The mascara is going in the garbage for me. I used it yesterday and it made my eyes itch and water terribly. It also made my eyelashes feel extremely crunchy and crusty (yeah, eww!). I don’t have particularly sensitive eyes or skin, so if you do I would stay away from the mascara! This set is $32.

Thankfully, I also threw in a smudgestick that I have had my eye on for awhile and I am looooving the shade and the staying put power of this!

Stila Smudgestick in Peacock

Peacock is a lovely dimensional shade and really brightens up my eyes. It stays put on the water line too! These retail for $20/each at Stila or Sephora.

Overall, I don’t feel the Garden Bliss Set is by any means a must have. I don’t think it’s even a “nice to have”. It’s more of an item I would recommend for those with very little makeup or those who really like neutral, light shades. The smudgestick, however, is an absolute must have in my opinion!

wet N wild Color Icon Trios I'm Getting Sunburned and Silent Treatment

Hellloooo! How are you all doing on this fine Friday morning? I am doing great. It’s the end of the week and that means it’s time to hop off the office chair and into the bean bag chair! Not really, I haven’t owned one of those since I was 12, but seriously, how wicked were those?! Anywayyyy, today I am bringing you some much talked about palettes and the three shades I decided to indulge in. Let’s take a closer look at the new wet N wild Color Icon Trios shall we?

WnW I'm Getting Sunburned Swatches

WnW Silent Treatment Swatches

WnW I Dream of Greenie Swatches

First, how awesome are the names? I love clever names of makeup pieces. These are no exception. Side note, how boring is it when companies give their colors numbers?! I hate that! But moving on, the colors are fabulous (my fav of these is I’m Getting Sunburned) but I love them all. The formula rivals many of my favorite MAC eyeshadows. They blend easily and I experience little-to-no fallout. I still have my eye on I’m Feeling Retro and Spoiled Brat. I’m going to pass on I Got Good Jeans though I love the name of it (just not a fan of blue eyeshadow, sorry!). Have you picked up any of the new trios? They are an absolute bargain! I got mine at Walgreens.

Good Evening! Today’s post isn’t so much about makeup as it is about yours truly. As a blogger (I still feel weird calling myself that) so that’s stick with “online semi-anonymous writer”….err, better yet, blogger.  Anyhow, to break that cloud of thinly veiled anonymity, I am inspired to write a post about myself. 7 things about myself, to be precise. For the inspiration based on her post here, I thank Tiffany of Will Work For Makeup, whose blog I read and who (though she probably doesn’t know it) inspires me in a creative makeup sense as well. So here goes nothing.

1- I am a compulsive perfectionist.

Yes, I will obsess over the tiniest of details, re-doing something as small as a handwritten reminder note (read post-it)  if I think my handwriting is off or looks too sloppy. Over the years I have learned to let go of the things that really needn’t worry me. But I still battle with my love/hate relationship with this side of myself. I have learned through many avenues of self-exploration and spiritual journeys that although I may never change this part of myself, I can certainly change the way that I think. But don’t worry, regardless of whether or not I someday master that talent, I love me anyway :)

2- I have 2 Golden Retrievers that I treat like my children better than most people’s children.

Oakley age 3 (Back) & Brinkley age 1 (Front)

These two are my babies. Everyday they greet me when I come home and they are ALWAYS happy to see me. No matter what has happened at the office on a given day, these two make me feel so happy and uplifted. They are truly lights in my life and I would be crushed if anything ever happened to them. I spoil them, enable them and take them to the vet too much. But, they are so worth it :)

3- I have a long term boyfriend and we own a beautiful home together.

I choose not to post his picture here because this blog is mine, and my choice. He knows I blog and supports me in that endeavor, but he doesn’t blog, and I am respecting his right to privacy, and to not be thrust into the internet void against his own doing :). Suffice it to say that he has beautiful blue eyes and I adore him. He is quite literally the butter to my bread. I have, like most people had several unsuccessful and heart breaking relationships before meeting A.J. (his first and middle initials, not his actual name) but I am quite certain he is the one I will marry someday.

4- I fancy myself a mini Martha Stewart (or I enjoy crafting, cooking and gardening)

a "King Tut" Papyrus growing next to my garage in my back yard

A Christmas Ornament Wreath I crafted

The two above pictures represent two of my most favorite items. The first is of my Papyrus that I grow every year. It starts off as a measly three stalked 12 inch plant and turns into that…and bigger as this was taken before summer was over. At it’s peak it will touch the top of the garage roof, at over 10 feet tall! Mind you, this an annual and I have to replant it every year. But I get so many people who come over and neighbors asking me what it is. I love this plant! The wreath is also a favorite craft that I have made. I saw something like it in a magazine and thought, “I want one of those!” and so, I did it. Now it hangs proudly above my fireplace every Christmas.

5- When it comes to clothes, I choose comfort over style (when I’m not at work).

I work in a professional field, and by day I wear many manner of cute, girly, high-heeled and lovely things usually wonderfully accessorized with assorted bags and jewelry. Even then, I don’t consider myself particularly “trendy” I usually opt for more classic/conservative clothes with bolder accessories and timeless pieces. HOWEVER…when I get home, first thing, all of that  comes off and the yoga pants come on. I live in yoga pants around my house and own a ridiculous amount of them (more than I own of jeans in fact) because they are so utterly comfortable and fabulous. Luckily my boyfriend thinks they are cute and when my friends come over for a night in, they are usually in some manner of comfort clothes too. On the weekends I will opt for jeans or leggings but once I am home for the day/night—the yoga pants come right back out…. usually accompanied by a t-shirt from my alma mater or a large sweatshirt when it’s cold. :)

6- I come from a ridiculously large (and broken) family.

I am not going to picture them here, but suffice it to say I come from a big family. My parents are divorced (since I was 3) and have both remarried. I have one full sibling, an older brother, two younger half-sisters, and one younger step-brother. I have about 25 cousins, 8 aunts, 9 uncles and a partridge in a pear tree. I come from a family of dog lovers so between all of us there are also 12 dogs. Luckily, we don’t all ever gather at once except at funerals or weddings because it gets pretty crazy. Our family is part Welsh and part Scottish and there must be a smattering of some other part of the world in us because my dad and I are quite medium/tan skinned. In the summer, we both get ridiculously and not purposely tan.

7- I have too many interests and hobbys in my life and some other random factoids.

Christmas Parade 2010

Above, one of my other hobbys is volunteering in my community. This is one of the ways I try to do that. I am bottom center, as Vixen the reindeer this year and every year since 2004. I have also (when I have the time) volunteered as an elementary and middle school tutor.

I have a serious reading addiction. I read and listen to books everyday before I go to bed. I also enjoy learning of any kind—-especially History and Geography–my two favorite subjects when I was in school. A good friend of mine and I actually play a geography based game against each other and have fun doing it. NERDS!

My city is on a huge lake, which has bred in me a love for the water. We own a jet-ski and go every weekend in the summer, weather-permitting. When I am not jet-skiing I am usually out fishing with my dad or my boyfriend’s dad and I am not afraid to bait my own hook and get my hands dirty.

I have a passion for travel. I am going to New Orleans for the first time next week and I am deeply excited about it. I want to travel the U.S. and the world for as long as I am physically able. I want to eat foods from all over and experience as many cultures and peoples as I can. I can speak Spanish and hopefully I will get to use that in a native Spanish speaking country some day….

Whew….that was long and drawn out. But now you know more about the person behind the blog and what makes me tick. Do share some things about yourself in the comments section or on twitter!

Products I used:

Face:

Bare Escentuals Prime Time Face Primer

MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation NC37

Garnier Anti-Dark Circle Eye Roller

Bare Minerals Well Rested

MAC MSF Natural Medium Plus

MAC Cream Color Base Hush (as highlight)

MAC MSF Stereo Rose

Eyes:

Benefit Stay Don’t Stray Primer

ELF Eyebrow Kit in Light

MAC Phloof and Ricepaper (mixed, as lid color and highlight)

MAC Copperplate (blended into crease)

Urban Decay Gunmetal 24-7 liner

Sephora  Lash Plumper Mascara in Black

Lips:

MAC Lovelorn Lipstick

 

What do you think? I loved this look and it was very easy to create. Very work friendly.

21. 02. 2011

Good Afternoon! I recently placed an order for some of the newest items released by uber budget-friendly cosmetics maker E.L.F. (eyeslipsface). I needed to order some duplicates of their studio line brushes (awesome, if you have never tried them, you must!) and threw in some of the new items to try. Here is what I hauled:

ELF Mineral Eyeshadows and Studio Matte Lipstick

ELF Swatches: Dreamy, Beachy, Tea Rose

I ordered two of the new mineral eyeshadows in Dreamy and Beachy. They are both fun and summery shades and blend like a dream. They are shimmery, but I like that in my shadows. These are dry swatches without primer, and look at that color payoff! Gorg! I also picked up the new Studio Matte lipstick in Tea Rose. I adore the lipstick formula. I usually hate matte lipsticks because of how drying they are, but not the ELF ones! I got a good 5 hours of wear time this weekend on this lipstick, which is fantastic…and I didn’t need to layer gloss over it! I can’t wait to pick up the other shades. All of these items were $3. You can find ELF products at eyeslipsface.com. They are having a sale today for free shipping on any order over $15 using code PRESHIP at checkout. Happy hauling!