Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Deal Alert- Cherry Culture

Free Shipping on ALL US orders, now through July 31. No minimum purchase or code required.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Lumiere blush swatches

For those who saw the review on my YT channel.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Face of the Day- July 8, 2009

Products used:
Bare Escentuals Prime Time face primer
ELF studio concealor in fair (under eyes)
Everyday Minerals matte foundation- Fair Neutral
NYC loose translucent face powder
The Body Shop cheek color- Golden Pink

Urban Decay Primer potion
NYX shadow- Sahara (on lid)
NYX shadow- Suede (in crease)
The Body Shop shadow- Vanilla Cream (browbone)
Ulta eyeliner- Black
Covergirl Lashblast- Very Black

NYX megashine lipgloss- Sweet Heart

Friday, June 19, 2009

Sale Alert: Bare Escentuals

BE is having their friends and family sale- 20% off now through Sunday, June 21. Enter code SHARE at checkout.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Review/comparison: Conair Flatiron vs Chi

This is a sort of long review, feel free to skip down to the pros/cons list at the bottom if you get bored.

I’m the type of girl who can’t live without her flatiron. I use it on a pretty much daily basis and may have come to take my beloved Chi for granted. That won’t happen again. I was horrified to find out that I couldn’t take my Chi to Europe, after reading numerous accounts of people’s Chi being fried and destroyed when used overseas, even with the proper adapters and voltage converters. I of course didn’t want to destroy it on the first day, go with wavy, frizzy hair for a month, then have to shell out almost $200 on my arrival back home. Immediately after I read these stories (which was less than a week before I was leaving), I started looking for a nice quality dual voltage flat iron that I could use in Europe and when I got back home. I was on a budget and wanted to avoid spending over $50, so that ruled out the impressive T3 I found on Sephora’s website. No luck in Ulta, but after browsing reviews on MakeupAlley, it looked like Conair had some decent models, and many of the reviews raved about how they found such an amazing flatiron at Wal-mart, of all places! 

While picking up some other toiletry items for the trip, I browsed Wal-mart’s selection of Conair flatirons, looking for those keywords “dual voltage” on the packaging. I found several models but none seemed to be the exact one I had read reviews about on MakeupAlley. Thinking (mistakenly) that if a couple Conair models had gotten such rave reviews that they all must be pretty decent, I picked up the Conair 1” model. It had no other special name, although the packaging had those flatiron keywords “professional, ceramic, tourmaline”.  I thought I had gotten a pretty good deal for $27 and went home to try it out. The packaging claimed it went up to 395 degrees, and the iron had 3 settings (high, med, low). I turned it on and adjusted it to high, waiting for the red and green blinking lights (indicating it was heating up) to turn to just green (indicating it was hot, I did think this was a nice feature). Once it was hot, I started sectioning and flatironing my hair. Immediately I could feel that the clamp wasn’t as strong as that I got with my Chi, I almost felt the need to squeeze down as hard as I could as I moved the flatiron through my hair, but this didn’t help much.  I also noticed that it took about 2-5 slow passes over a section of hair to get it as straight at I’m used to, my Chi usually does this in 1-2 straight passes. After ironing a few sections of hair, I noticed it seemed to not be straightening anymore, and perplexed, I glanced down at the iron. Those stupid red and green blinking lights were back, apparently the Conair couldn’t hold its heat for more than 4 sections of my hair. I waited for the solid green again and proceeded with styling. It continued to lose heat every few hair sections and I had to wait for it to get hot again.

I heard that because Europe is a higher voltage (220v where I am, America is a standard of 120v), the flat iron would get hotter when I came over here and therefore would straighten better. I held my breath the first time I ran it through my hair, the day after I arrived in France. Exact same problems it had back home, and I couldn’t tell any heat difference. This morning I timed how long it took to do my hair. Our apartments here in France have no air conditioning, and getting hot and sweaty in my sleep is one of the biggest contributors to my wavy morning hair. I woke up with what I think would be moderate waviness, compared to what I’ve seen my hair like before. With going over my hair several times super-slowly, and having to wait every couple minutes for my flatiron to heat up again, it took about 18 minutes to complete the job. I’m still not totally satisfied with the straightness of some of the pieces in front, but it’ll do. Now 18 minutes may not seem like a lot for those of you who take a long time to do their hair, and granted, I do have a lot of thick hair. But at home using my Chi, I could have completed this look in under 10 minutes and had better results. I didn’t even bother doing the back here because it’s too hard to get a good angle for seeing and it didn’t feel too wavy when I ran my hands through it. Huge lesson learned in planning ahead and doing your research in ample time. If I had looked sooner, I may have been able to order a higher quality dual voltage iron without having to pay up the butt for shipping.

Pros: Dual voltage, 3 heat settings, plates claim to be 25% longer than average.

Cons: Doesn’t get very hot, weak clamp, must stop every few minutes while flatiron heats up again.

Conclusion: Unless you have very thin or fine hair with just a slight wave that is easy to straighten, skip this one and go for the good stuff. I’m glad Wal-Mart has a 90 day return policy; this thing’s going right back as soon as I get home. 

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Free Stuff: WalMart samples

I've been using this feature on for over a year and love some of the items I have been able to try out. Visit  and check out what products they're offering free samples of. Sometimes it's random things like huggies diapers and pledge wipes, but quite often they offer beauty products. Just provide your shipping information and in a few short weeks you'll receive your sample of shampoo and conditioner, body wash or lotion, foundation, whatever! You have the option to sign up for the mailing list, but it's not necessary. Extra bonus: the samples usually come with a nice coupon if you decide to make a purchase. The samples change out frequently, so I like to check back once a week or so just to see if there's anything new.  The only catch is that ony one sample is provided per household. Enjoy!

Friday, May 22, 2009

FotD: May 21, 2009

Products Used:
Bare Escentuals Prime Time Primer
Clinique Line Smoothing concealor
Clinique Perfectly Real liquid foundation
Revlon A Floral Affair Blush in "Pinking of You"
NYC loose translucent face powder
NYX Sahara shadow (on lid)
NYX Suede shadow (in crease)
The Body Shop Vanilla Cream shadow (highlight)
Covergirl Lash Blast
MAC Myth lipstick
Bonnebell Liplites gloss in Capuccino