It’s hard to believe that I sat down to start writing my very first blog post here 6 years ago now. Even harder to imagine yet is how I ended up here, at the end of 2015 and turning 30.
I haven’t written in awhile and as I was performing my nightly skincare ritual (and it really has become every part of that) some thoughts came to my mind that I wanted to share with all of you. First, I am very sorry for my absence without excuse. I know that it’s common to say “life got in the way” and while that may definitely be true, it’ not why I haven’t been here.
There was a time in the first few years of Bloomin’ Beauty that two days wouldn’t go by without a new post. Those were fun days for me. There was a lot of experimenting and discovery going on and the whole beauty world was New! Shiny! Sparkly! Over time and with experience I have really honed in the products, brands and colors that work for me. My early twenties was a time of still finding out who I was, in so many areas; career, style, men, moral and political beliefs. I have recently discovered that, if a person is capable of “arriving” that I must have done just that. I have found the love of my life in my husband and continue to discover new facets of our relationship as we build our home together that we purchased earlier this year. My career path took me to a place this year that I have always dreamed of and I couldn’t be happier with it. That brings me to my very long winded point. I don’t post with any reliability or predictability anymore. And I have no intention of doing so.
I used to think that I wasn’t writing or filming because I “didn’t have time.” But I have to confess that I do have time. It’s just that I’ve reached that point in my life where I appreciate that time is my scarcest resource, not knowing how much of it I will be given and how much of it my loved ones will be given, either. You see, these days instead of spending hours swatching and taking photographs and haunting the aisles of a beauty store, you’ll find me watching my niece play basketball or my nephew play hockey, or going out with my husbands brother and his family, or cooking dinner with my husband. Maybe it’s my age showing or maybe it’s just life experiences that have all culminated into this feeling of wanting to spend time with people, not possessions or things. I do miss my beauty friends and still drop in to say hello to them on social media, and I feel like those friends will always have a place in my heart, no matter where life takes any of us.
I still love beauty. I still get satisfaction in swatching that new shimmering neutral shadow or limited edition blush and having long talks about makeup with sales associates at various counters. I just know that the part of my life that closely followed every makeup collection releasing and did thorough swatch comparison posts is behind me. It’s a chapter in my life that I enjoyed writing, from start to finish.
Ive gotten the opportunity to do a lot of public speaking this year and at first it made me anxious but now I’ve really come to love and embrace the time I’m given to share my knowledge with people. I still get butterflies right before I turn the mic on, but in a way that makes you feel alive, not scared. I’ve gotten to take my fitness routine up another notch, after dedicating the last three years to getting myself into the best cardio and physical health of my life, and I’m happy to say that I’m nearly where I want to be. I continue to push myself and challenge my body. I wake up every morning ready to hit the gym. I used to hate working out and now I hate when I have to skip it.
If someone had told me when I was 25 how the last few years would go, I doubt that I would have believed them. The hardest to believe is still the loss of my father in 2013. I miss him all the time, but two years later it’s much easier for me to talk about him in a happy way, then in a sad one. Again, something that has changed my view on life forever.
This isn’t intended to be a goodbye, though it may have come off that way. As I got ready for bed tonight it just occurred to me how many things I wanted to tell all of you, and that sums it up nicely for me. You’ll see me here from time to time, though I know it will be infrequently. I am on Instagram weekly if not daily because it’s much easier for me to take a little snapshot of my life to share with you on the fly. I know it’s not the same as when I used to write in depth posts here, but that’s how life is. Change happens and we have to be prepared for it and embrace it because the only thing certain is that change will always happen, and my optimism tells me that’s a good thing.
I’ve been slowly going through my makeup stash and doing a bit of decluttering. I want to start passing along products that just don’t get enough use to someone who will show them more love.
Of course, there are some rules. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY before emailing me what you would like to order.
Now, on to the fun stuff!
Paraguaya (limited edition) and Monaco (limited edition) swatched 1x- $6 each
Oh So Special- brand new, never used- $8
Meet Matte- used 1-2x $8.50
Shady Lady Vol. 3- $7.50
TheBalm and the Beautiful- $9.50 (PENDING)
Too Faced Enchanted Glamourland (limited edition), as pictured, $17
Urban Decay Loves NY Palette (as pictured, limited edition)- $30
Tarte Amazonian Clay Neutral Quad- $8.50
Tarte Beauty & the box In the Buff- $8.00
Inglot Freedom System shades 461 and 390
Lancome Color Design in Amethyst Glam- $15
Paul & Joe Eyeshadow Palette (limited edition) in 076- $11
Lancome Ombre Magnetique in Ultra-Lavande- $8
Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow in Rose Gold- $10
NYX Blush in Cinnamon- $3
NYX Blush in Mocha- $3
Smashbox Pop of Pink Blush- $8.50
Barry M Blush in 105- $4
Hourglass Ambient Blush in Mood Exposure (used 3-4x)- $23 (SOLD)
Hourglass Ambient Blush Luminous Flush (used 2-3x)- $23
Sonia Kashuk Goddess Bronzer- $7.50 (PENDING)
Loreal Infallible Shadows Innocent Turquoise- $5, Eternal Sunshine- $4, Emerald Lame- $4
Maybelline Color Tattoo Pomegranate Punk- $3
MAC Paint Pot For Effect- $8
MAC Paint Pot Treasure Hunt (limited edition)- $10
MAC Fluidline Chilled (limited edition)- $9.50
MAC Fluidline Phlox Garden (limited edition)- $9.50
Kat Von D Holiday Eyeshadow Palette, as shown- $15
Milani Bella Champagne, Bella Taupe- $3 each (PENDING)
Cover Girl Shine Shadows Copper Fling, Platinum Club, Gold Goddess- $2.50 each
Bobbi Brown Cream Shadow Black Pearl and Galaxy- $9.50 each
Becca Eye Tint (no color on label, it’s a sheer, shimmery light taupe)- $7.50
Loreal Infallible in Continuous Cocoa- $4 (PENDING)
MAC Shimmermint (limited edition)- $8
Becca Tussah- $7.50
Sephora Peach Beige- $3.50
MAC Melon Pigment (90% left)- $9.50 (PENDING)
Makeup Geek Liquid Gold pigment (95% left)- $3.50
Sephora Tangerine Tango Blush Duo- $8.50
Physicians Formula Illuminators in Waikiki Strip and Miami Strip, $4 each
Laura Geller Blush n Brighten in Honeydipped (used 1x)- $10
CARGO Metallico Eyes Palette (limited edition)- $8.50
Too Faced Summer Eyes Palette- $10 (PENDING)
Sonia Kashuk Eye on Color 01- $7.50
Giorgio Armani Ecailles Eyeshadow Palette (with mother of pearl case, limited edition)- $21
Milani Shadow Eyes in Cafe Au Lait and Sand Dunes- $3.50 each
Urban Decay 24-7 liner in Rockstar (brand new, never used)- $9
MAC Feline Kohl (95% left)- $8
Urban Decay 24-7 liner in Perversion (90% left) – $7.50 (PENDING)
Makeup Forever Aqua Matic pencils in D12 and I30 (95% left) $9 each
Clarins Kohl Kajal in Violet (95% left)- $8
Tom Ford Lipstick True Coral (90% left)- $24
NARS Audacious Lipstick in Juliette (swatched once, still have box)- $17 (SOLD)
NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in More (used 1-2x)- $10
Bite Double Mini lipstick in Retsina and Shiraz (used 1-2x)- $8
Bite High Pigment Pencil in Violet (used 1-2x)- $9.50
Bobbi Brown Lip Color in Berry (used 1-2x)- $10
Korean Candy (used 2-3x)- $8
Jest (used 2-3x)- $8
Cockney (used 2-3x)- $8
Saigon Summer (used 1-2x)- $8 (SOLD) Hot Chocolate (used 1-2x, limited edition, that popular mauve/brown/grey shade)- $12 (SOLD)
Haute Altitude (used 1-2x, limited edition)- $10
Pink 4 Friday (used 2-3x, very limited edition)- $15
Viva Glam Nicki (used 3-4x, very limited edition)- $14 (SOLD)
MAC Enchanted One (used 1-2x, limited edition)- $12
MAC RiRi Woo (brand new, never used, very limited edition)- $16 (SOLD)
MAC Rose Lily (brand new, in box, limited edition)- $10
Revlon Lip Butters:
Lollipop, Tutti Frutti, Creme Brulee, Raspberry Pie, Strawberry Shortcake, Sugar Plum – $3 each
Makeup Forever Mini lipsticks in Rouge Intense 36 and Natural 45 – $2 each
Paul & Joe lipstick in 076 (limited edition)- $7
Kate Spade lipstick in Pop Art Pink- $5
Top Shop Infared Lipstick- $5
Tarte LipSurgence in Fever and Buff- $6 each (SOLD)
MAC Lipglass in Kiss Don’t Tell and Get Rich Quick (brand new never used) – $5 each
Tarina Tarantino lipstick in Pink Elephant- $7
Inglot Lipstick in 104- $4.50
Bobbi Brown Tea Berry Lipgloss (used 1x)- $8
Illamasqua intense lipgloss in Follow- $8
Sephora Tangerine Tango lipstick- $8
Sonia Kashuk Pink Punch- $4
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm in Honey and Rendezvous- $3 each
Revlon Matte Balm in Elusive- $3
MAC Prep+Prime CC Prime in Adjust (used 1x)- $11
Hello again! Sorry it’s been so long since my last post. I did manage to finally crawl out from under my rock and record a favorites video.
I always have fun reading these kinds of posts yet I rarely create them myself! It’s about time that I share with you what’s on my current wish list. This is sort of a preview of coming attractions (aka you’ll surely see a haul video featuring some of these soon as they make the leap from wanted to captured).
That’s all for now! My wish list changes weekly (errr, daily) but these were the goodies that stood out to me the most right now. What’s on your lust list? Anything else that should be on my list?? Go ahead, enable me!
It’s really hard for me to getting excited about a face powder. It takes a truly stunning presentation, an ethereal effect and a fabulous formulation to show up on my radar…OOPS! I kind of just gave away the whole point of this review… well… here you go!
The Givenchy Prime Libre was scarcely a thought to me before Vanessa of theBombshellSuite on Youtube talked about it in one of her videos. She sung it’s praises and I knew I had to investigate.
From the first moment you look at the powder you notice all of the gorgeous detail that went into it’s design. The logo embossed on a leather topped cap and the individual logos for each of the colors to sift through.
The powder I purchase is in the shade Voile Rose, which I wouldn’t have picked had Vanessa not also loved it. As a warmer/yellow skin tone I don’t normally purchase pink based products. But it worked on her so I figured it would on me too. Sure enough, it does.
There are four different colors that meld together into one radiance boosting shade. There is a white, a bright medium pink, a peachy pink and a yellow/beige. This is the silkiest loose powder I have ever touched. It’s incredibly finely milled and undetectable on the skin. It has the tiniest little shimmers that add a sophisticated glow to the skin without being obvious.
What Givenchy says: Voile Rosé: Sensual and voluptuous with a mingling of pinks and mother-of-pearl, this shade creates a halo of light and radiance.
I whole-heartedly agree with their description. “Halo of light” is exactly what this does. I tried my best to get a swatch, and you can kind of see the effect here:
The powder is pricey at $53 but you do get 3g of each color (12g total) or .42oz. You don’t need much; a light dusting will do. It is lightly fragranced, so if that’s something that bothers you I would recommend trying it in store before you shell out the cash. I don’t find the scent offensive at all, and it dissipates quickly once blended onto the skin. The only annoyance I have is that I seem to always have a little powder stuck under the cap and when I twist it open it gets on my vanity. It’s not super messy, but enough so that I noticed it.
My verdict? The first paragraph of this post says it all so I’ll repeat myself; a truly stunning presentation, an ethereal effect and a fabulous formulation. Totally worth it!