My Recent Favorites

Hey guys!!  I’m back and I wanted to share my most recent make up favorites.  Just a few things that I’ve been obsessing over lately.

some of my favorites

First off, Milani Gel Powder Eye Shadow.  I’ve seen a lot of beauties on instagram using this and I’m always looking for new things so I decided to give it a try.  The shade I bought is #29 Bella Rose.  I decided to only buy one to start with to see if I really like it and I do!  I love that it can be used wet or dry.  It’s very light and shimmery and it says it can be used as a highlighter.  I got it from CVS, it was about $4.00…very cheap but surprisingly good quality.  I’ve used it a few times and just love it!!

Milani  Gel Powder Eye Shadow(Bella Rose)

Milani Gel Powder Eye Shadow(Bella Rose)wpid-20150729_131203-1.jpg

Next, I have an eye shadow by Elizabeth Mott, pop! goes the eye shadow, in the color Champagne.  I received it a while back in my ipsy bag and I’m just now using it.  This is also a shimmer/highlighter kind of shadow.  I’ve been using it for my less dramatic looks when I just want something simple or when I’m too lazy to do a full face of make up.  It’s simple yet effective and so pretty.

Elizabeth Mott, pop! goes the eye shadow(Champagne)

Elizabeth Mott, pop! goes the eye shadow (Champagne)

Moving on to mascara…first of all, I have to say that Too Faced Better Than Sex is my absolute all time favorite.  I have yet to find a mascara that works better than that, but I’m always on the hunt.  So a while back when Benefit came out with the Roller Lash mascara, of course I had to have it!  Unfortunately, I was not at all impressed.  It did absolutely nothing for my lashes except make them darker.  No length, no volume, nothing.  FAIL.  Definitely not worth the $24 in my opinion.  About two weeks ago I bought the Lush Lashes Mascara collection by NYX from Ross for $14.99.  Again, not impressed.  I was so disappointed…four mascaras in this collection: XXL, Stacked, Voluptuous, and Curvaceous and I still didn’t get anything close to what the Better Than Sex mascara provides.  So I decided to try “stacked” with the Roller Lash to see if that made a difference.  Well, it made a huge difference!!  I tried that with every one of the NYX mascaras and the only one that it didn’t make a difference with was “XXL”.  The results are seriously better than Too Faced and I NEVER thought I’d say that!  Alone, these five mascaras aren’t worth anything as far as I’m concerned.  I’ve been using the Roller Lash with either “Stacked”, “Vuluptuous” or “Curvaceous” every day and I’ve gotten so many compliments!  Love!!!

Benefit cosmetics Roller Lash Mascara

Benefit cosmetics Roller Lash Mascarawpid-20150729_142143-1.jpg

NYX Lush Lashes Collection

NYX Lush Lashes Collection

And last on my list but no less important…Too Faced Primed & Careless Pure oil free Primer for sensitive skin.  I love this primer compared to the others I have because it’s the only one that my face doesn’t get extremely oily with.  I have combination skin, one day I’ll have little dry patches and the next day my face will be really oily.  So I’m picky about what I put on my face.  I use this particular primer in combination with MAC’s Skin Refined Zone Treatment and I only dab a little of that on my T-zone and above my eyebrows.  It’s been working really well so I’m going to stick with it for now.

Too Faced Primed & Poreless Pure oil free primer for sensitive skin

Too Faced Primed & Poreless Pure oil free primer for sensitive skin

That’s all I have for now but I plan on hitting up ULTA, Sephora and possibly MAC next week so we’ll see what kind of goodies I come back with!

*Kisses

Melyssa

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My Favorite Quotes

Hey guys!  I hope everyone is enjoying the weekend.  I have the house to myself right now and I’m loving the peace and quiet.  When I have free time like this and there’s nothing important that needs to be done I like to hop around on different social media sites. My favorite is Pinterest.  You can find any and everything on Pinterest!  It’s basically online hoarding.  So while I was sitting here doing just that, I decided to put together some of my favorite quotes.  Sometimes you can read or hear something that just resonates…it’ll be exactly what you were thinking or feeling.  Here are some of the quotes that have stuck with me over the years, a few of these have been on my “favorites” list since I was a teenager…..such a long, long, long time ago lol!

I don’t know that love changes.  People change.  Circumstances change. -Nicholas Sparks

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without excepting it. -Aristotle

The whole is more than the sum of its parts. -Aristotle

Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work. -Aristotle

Even the genius asks questions. -Tupac

For every dark night, there’s a brighter day. -Tupac

If you let a person talk long enough you’ll hear their true intentions.  Listen twice, speak once. -Tupac

Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside while still alive.  Never surrender. -Tupac

We don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are. -Anais Nin

Do not seek the because-in love there is no because, no reason, no explanation, no solutions. -Anais Nin

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. -Anais Nin

We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospection. -Anais Nin

*I saved my absolute favorite for last!

I am an excitable person who only understands life lyrically, musically, in whom feelings are much stronger as reason.  I am so thirsty for the marvelous that only the marvelous has power over me.  Anything I can not transform into something marvelous, I let go.  Reality doesn’t impress me.  I only believe in intoxication, in ecstacy, and when ordinary life shackles me, I escape, one way or another.  No more walls. -Anais Nin

I hope you found one or two that you like or can relate to. Have a fantastical weekend everyone!!

NYX, Honey Dew Me Up primer

NYX Honey Dew Me Up Review

I just wanted to share my thoughts on this Honey Dew Me Up skin serum+primer by NYX.  I had been wanting to try it for a while but I could never find it. It says that it’s infused with honey, gold and collagen and it’s supposed to neutralize the appearance of discoloration/redness while creating a luminous look that lasts all day.  I’ve tried it twice and I’m not loving it.  It made my face extremely oily and I don’t really like the smell.  It’s also ridiculously sticky because of the honey.  I’m taking into consideration that your skin changes with the weather so I’ll probably try it again in the fall/winter and see if that makes a difference.  It’s not terribly expensive, then again none of the products by NYX are.  Ulta has it on sale now for $10.19.  Even if it does well the next time I use it, I probably won’t buy it again.

NYX Honey Dew Me Up skin serum+primer

NYX Honey Dew Me Up skin serum+primer

My recent make up purchases

Hey guys!!  It’s been a minute since I’ve posted anything.  I’ve been reading everyone else’s blogs, I just haven’t had time to do anything with my own.  But, I’m back now and I wanted to share some of the products that I’ve bought over the past 2 weeks.

I’ll start with bh cosmetics.  I absolutely love them.  They have great products at affordable prices.  First is the bombshell illuminating baked blush.  The original price is $10.50 but they’re on sale now for just $6.00!  The shade I bought is sunkissed.  The other six colors they have are: Harmony, Delightful, Elegant, Daring, Flourish and Vivacious.  I haven’t worn it yet but I’ll post pics/do a review as soon as I do. I also bought their automatic eyebrow pencil in the color Dark Brunette.  Right now it’s on sale for $4.00 and the original price is $6.00.  I’ve been using an eyebrow kit from e.l.f since forever but I just wanted to try something new. The last thing I got from them was the 15 pc Rose Gold Brush Set. I was in desperate need of new brushes. They were $25.00 but they’re currently out of stock.  You seriously can’t beat these prices and they always have the best sales!

bh cosmetics bombshell illuminating baked blush

bh cosmetics bombshell illuminating baked blush: Sunkissed

bh cosmetics automatic eyebrow pencil: Dark Brunette

bh cosmetics automatic eyebrow pencil: Dark Brunette

bh cosmetics 15 pc Rose Gold Brush Set

bh cosmetics 15 pc Rose Gold Brush Set

I saved the best for last…MAC!!!  I love love love EVERYTHING that I got from there!  First, their new and limited edition scented Prep+Prime Fix+.  There are five scents: Romantic Rose, Calming Lavender, Energizing Yuzu, Cooling Cucumber and Creamy Coconut.  They were selling really fast.  Cucumber and Rose were the only kind they had left when I got there.  The cucumber smelled ok but I liked the rose better so I grabbed two of those…one for myself and one for my bestie.  I’ve been using it every day.  You spritz it on before and after applying your make up or you can wear it alone just to hydrate your skin.  It’s amazing!!  The next thing I got was the Pro Longwear nourishing waterproof foundation.  I also bought the Pro Longwear concealer.  To control any oily spots I went ahead and bought the Prep+Prime Skin Refined Zone Treatment.  It’s mattifying, minimizes pores and controls oil.  It can also be worn without make up.  It works wonders,  I absolutely love it!!  Finally…the lipsticks!  I’m convinced that MAC has the best lipsticks in the history of ever!!  The three shades I got are Persistence which is matte, Odyssey which has a frost finish and Syrup which has a lustre finish.  They go on so smooth and creamy…they’re absolutely beautiful.  Oh, and the fact that they smell like candy doesn’t hurt!  I’ve been wearing them every day.  I also picked up the shade Stone for my bff.  The best part for me was that they were only $13.50 a piece.  I went to the MAC store on base and almost everything is a little cheaper there.  The actual price is around $16.00.  I’m sure most of you know that MAC products are not cheap, but if you feel like splurging a little and treating yourself, I promise it’s worth it!

Lipstick from left to right: Persistence, Syrup, Stone, Odyssey

Lipstick from left to right: Persistence, Syrup, Stone, Odyssey

That’s it for now, thanks for reading!!

Kisses, Melissa