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How much is your face worth? (Not as much as A.Rod.)

January 18, 2010

The always lovely Rae of theNotice had an interesting post this morning calculating the cost of her “face” today. Count all the products on your face right this very minute (i.e., no cleansers of exfoliators, but including serums, treatments, moisturizers, etc.) Mine’s kind of unfair, since I hardly ever use the same products two days in a row.

German Nivea, $15 (according to Rae, but I got mine for a measley $4)
Desert Essence jojoba oil, $6
Acne-Free senstive treatment, $8 (got in a kit for $10 on clearance at Walgreens)

Px All Skins mineral foundation $34 (scored for $15 on eBay)
Coty Airspun powder $8

MAC Gentle mineralize blush, $22 (bought on LJ for $16)

Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy, $10
Almay Pure Blends eyeshadow in Wheat, $9 (scored for $2ish at CVS beauty clearance)
WnW cream eyeliner, $3 (paid $1.50 at Walgreens sale)
WnW MegaLengths mascara, $3

Cover Girl TruShine Wine Shine, $7 (less than $2 on clearance 😦 at RiteAid )

from the gorgeous miss Kristina at Sasquatch Swatch

$77.50!  And I’m sporting the super-natural, low-key look today.  Also, did you notice how many products I got on sale?  My face probably “retails” for over $100.  Still not too bad.

How much is your face worth today? Link ’em or leave ’em, pretties!


TGI fan-freaking-tastic F!

January 8, 2010

Reasons today is awesome:

  1. It’s Friday. Enough said.
  2. The office is nice and quiet so we can get some work done…or not. However you want to see it.
  3. My Fyrinnae came yesterday!
  4. I opened up my Google Reader this morning and saw MY NAME on my MOST FAVORITE BEAUTY BLOG! I could barely contain my excitement!

Thanks again, Rae! xoxo

Last loves of 2009

December 31, 2009

Here on the last day of 2009, I came across a few posts of monthly “favorites” that I never got around to posting. Let’s do a quick & dirty of some goodies I’ve used over the past few months.


  • Tresemme 24-hour body shampoo (only used a few times, but it was good)
  • Soap & Glory the Righteous Butter lotion (smells DELICIOUS)
  • regimen (doesn’t work as well as it used to. btw, my old skincare regime is trash, so an update is coming soon.)


  • Quantum Beautiful Brunette shampoo (found on Miss Natty’s Beauty Diary)
  • Natural Instincts haircolor (I mix dark brown and brown-black)
  • Pretika sonic dermabrasion skincare brush (kinda ehh now but I did love it)
  • Femme Couture baked bronzer in Summer Love (MAC Pleasureflush dupe)
  • DIY brush cleanser and disinfectant by EnKore (find it here)


  • Witch hazel as toner (still amazing, but drying)
  • Revlon Colorstay foundation (love. that is all.)
  • MAC Cleanse-Off Oil (rediscovered hardcore love)

I read theNotice every day and so should you.


  • Avene Diacneal (I will never be without this again)
  • Rimmel lipsticks (my favorite is Airy Fairy, but I have and love Celeb and Kasbah too)
  • Wet ‘n’ Wild cream liners (these suckers stay put)
  • MAC Creme Cup (been wanting this forever)
  • Avon Beyond Color Plumping lip conditioner (thanks Rae for the rec)

BONUS: Wild Animals by the Pinker Tones and Backspacer by Pearl Jam

The Pinker Tones are a Spanish pop group I found on one of the DirecTV music channels. You can’t help but dance when you hear “Electrotumbao.” And who doesn’t know Pearl Jam? Some of the tracks on Backspacer are just kinda eh but I could listen to “The Fixer” over and over again, while “Just Breathe” can make me cry a little:

“Yes I understand that every life must end
As we sit alone, I know someday we must go
I’m a lucky man to count on both hands
The ones I love
Some folks just have one
Others they got none
Stay with me
Let’s just breathe”

In memory of Tommy Tyson. I know you’re up there singing with the angels.

And the budgeting begins: my last beauty haul of 2009

December 31, 2009

Happy holidays, people! New Year’s Eve is my least favorite holiday of the year (tied with July 4)…I don’t know why, I guess I just never have plans and sit around watching Twilight Zone marathons. But today wasn’t half bad – after work I was idling around town before I decided to head to Walmart to check out some Hard Candy. Before that, I stopped in at the Dollar Tree and hit the JACKPOT. Recessionista at Nouveau Cheap is always doing posts about the awesome things she finds at dollar stores, so I thought I’d join the party.

I got three Sally Hansen Natural Butter Lip Shine Glosses in Nectar (a light nude-beige), Berry (a sheer berry red), and….another one I can’t be arsed to go get out of the car, but it’s a light natural pink. These are super moisturizing and taste and smell delicious. I’m a sucker for anything with the word “butter” in the name and these were definitely worth the $1 price tag.

I also got four (eep!) Sally Hansen Lacquer Shine for lips in Jasmine, Peony, Ginger, and Orchid. The first three colors are natural-looking pinky-mauves, while Orchid is a brighter, darker purple-pink. I’ve only tried Jasmine, but it was very pigmented and actually came out darker than the looked in the tube. These are, in my opinion, actually liquid lipsticks instead of glosses. Jasmine has a glossy, rather frosty finish which I’m not a huge fan of, but I think with the right eye makeup it could work.

I grabbed the only Sally Hansen Moist & Matte lipstick I could find, this one in Linen. It’s a warm light pinky-brown. I only have one other Moist & Matte (in Shantaug) and while its orangey color isn’t quite for me I do like the formula. It’s a liquid lipstick in a twist-up tube and the finish is just what it says – moist and matte.

Finally I got a couple of Maybelline nail polishes – a Salon Finish in Nude Creme and an Express Finish in Matte Grape. The names are pretty self-explanatory, though I would say that the grape is more of a dark smoky blue-plum.

From Walmart I got a Pure Ice nail polish in Kiss Me Here (concrete gray), a Wet ‘n’ Wild blush in Heather Silk (bright medium pink…I’ve heard it’s a dupe for NARS Mata Hari, I believe), and a set of Fing’rs Edge nails (black french tips with skulls). I have them on now and they’re totally badass. I like them so much I may not even take them off for my friend’s wedding on Saturday. I can’t find a photo of these online ANYWHERE, but they’re available on their website.

(Psssst…tonight, by accident, I discovered a neat little trick for applying fake nails. I didn’t want the glue to ruin my nails, so I applied two coats of strengthener [Sally Hansen Get Thicker] and let dry until tacky. I then went to match the fake nails up to my real ones, and I found that they stuck on really well to my freshly polished nails. It’s only been a few hours so I can’t say how the wear will be, but I’ll pretty much try ANYTHING to keep me from having to use nail glue!)

Sorry for the lack of pictures, lovelies! My camera’s been MIA since my move in July. I guess I can’t really make fun of my sister’s boyfriend for losing his Wii in his last move.

Here’s to a beautiful 2010!

Major-league products for a minor-league price: ELF cosmetics

November 2, 2009

ELF, come on, you’re KILLING me here. Today I dropped by Tar-jhay with B. to pick up some cheap Halloween candy (a SUPER-SIZED bag of Kit-Kats for $3?! Yes please!) and perused the ELF items. For those not in the know, ELF stands for Eyes Lips Face and their standard line items retail for a staggering $1 each. They also offer a mineral line and a Studio line, with those items retailing for around $3 each.

Recently the blogosphere got all worked up when ELF announced they would partner with Target to produce specially-packaged items to for the chain. See, I was a bit confused, because my Target has always had elf, albeit in “regular” packaging. That confusion was heightened when I got to the beauty department today and in one endcap were the new, sleek, black boxes with an assortment of new “for-Target-only” goodies, and in another display right next to it was the traditional ELF stuff. Um, what? The new display was really picked over so I headed over to the old one…holy moly. I’d never looked at the shadow quads before but they had some really gorgeous colors. It seems that I’d heard that they weren’t that pigmented but now I’d really love to try them out.

There was also a “newly designed” eyelash curler in the old display, which piqued my interest since that’s one of my favorite items from the line. Neither display had any brushes, which is a shame because their standard eyeshadow brush is my most favorite tool EVER (I have five). Word is that Studio brushes will debut in Target sometime next year, which I’m really excited about. I have the flat-top Studio powder brush and it’s amazing for applying mineral or powder foundation. Oddly enough, I’m also loving their Studio blush brush for applying liquid foundation (I was trying to find something in my stash similar to the Sephora #55, which I am really wanting to try).

ELF sends me emails all the time with online coupon codes and offers, and although I walked out of Target empty-handed today, I have a feeling I’ll be placing an online order soon. In today’s newsletter I saw that they have a new Studio lip balm (supposedly comparable to the Fresh sugar lip treatment) and a new line of Studio pressed powders. I jump at the chance to try new powder foundations in hopes of finding something I like as well as my MAC Studio Fix. Click the image to learn more!

Will you be checking out ELF at Target? Let me know in the comments!

I’ll just take a $92 endorsement: Hard Candy cosmetics

October 7, 2009

Did y’all know that according to, Tiger Woods makes almost ONE HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS a year, with $92 million in endorsements? Get. Out. What would one even do with $100 million?

One answer: buy a whole lotta Hard Candy. My first Sephora purchase ever was a Hard Candy glitter eyeliner, brown with gold sparkles. I never use it now but, ahhh, the nostalgia. Now that Hard Candy can be found at Walmart, I can afford to let my collection multiply and grow. A comprehensive look at the line can be found at Nouveau Cheap, but here’s a quick rundown on what I scooped up.

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  • Painted Lady lipstick in Crush. Beautiful golden-coral-red. It reminds me a lot of my favorite MAC lipstick, Lightly Ripe, the only lipstick of which I own backups. Sheer feel, not creamy or heavy. And how could you not love that packaging?

  • Blush Crush baked blush in Honeymoon. Light peach shimmer with cool pink veining. This blush makes me want to start reciting Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Very similar in color to MAC’s Moon River (HoneyMOON, duh), but instead of the frosty mess I usually get with the former, Honeymoon delivers a lovely, glowy flush of color. Glow of health, not sparkle of disco ball. Ahhhh. My fair-skinned girls NEED to pick this up.

You might consider getting…

  • Intensif-eye Radiant Shadow Stick in Star. A vibrant royal blue cream shadow stick. Color payoff isn’t the greatest, but I think it would work better as a base (NYX Green Tea shadow is lovely over top). It did crease and wear off kind of quickly, but to be fair my lids were pretty oily and I didn’t prep them at all. I can’t wait to try it under MAC Bang On Blue.
  • Ginormous Lash mascara in Mudslide. I was expecting a maroon-brown with some shimmer from the looks of the tube, but it’s just your basic brown mascara. I also expected a huge wand a la Diorshow, but it’s actually a thin plastic brush with rows of little plastic combs, kind of like Cover Girl Volume Exact. I wouldn’t venture to say that my lashes were anywhere near “ginormous,” but it’s a good basic mascara nonetheless. I prefer slightly dryer mascara formulas, so maybe after this thickens up a bit I’ll have better results.

You can skip:

  • Balm Girls tinted lip balm in Carol. Sheer (putting it mildly) purple-berry. I don’t think they know the meaning of “tinted.” This, my friends, is a clear balm masquerading as a super-pretty color in the tube. I swatched it on my hand, I put it on my lips, and there is no color to be seen. It also has a funky smell and taste so off-putting that I’m thinking about taking it back. These seriously need to be flavored to match up with that cute packaging. However, they are very glossy and moisturizing so if you can take the taste of Play-doh, have at it.

Have you tried any of the new Hard Candy products? Let me know what you think?

Who doesn’t like FREE STUFF?!

October 2, 2009

I mean, really. I got a message recently from my own fierce fashionista C-tina wanting to know where I find all these freebies and good deals. “Oh, you know, here, there…everywhere.” (Points if you know what movie that’s from). So here’s your guide for looking gorgeous on the cheap. Or on the free, whatever.

Bionic Beauty often posts freebies on her blog. I recently signed up for a free bar of handmade soap.

Person & Covey, makers of the amazinggg Aquanil cleanser (review to come), are super generous with samples. Just fill out this form and tell ’em you want some, and tell ’em B&tC sent you!

Mario Badescu got me hooked with a customized sample kit. Fill out their skin questionnaire and get hand-picked samples just for your skin! I LOVE and ADORE their Ceramide Eye Gel as an eyeshadow primer.

While waiting for my dad in the derm’s office this week (yay! he’s now cancer-free!!!), I read a very interesting article in Ladies’ Home Journal (I know, I know) about how to get free beauty samples. My girl Erika at MAC will hook me up with a sample ’cause she’s amazing like that, but I’ll have to try the subtle approach with the other counters.

Keep an eye on beauty blogs and beauty message boards, ’cause we always got the lowdown on who’s having a sale and what’s in the GWPs (gift with purchase). Sephora Friends & Family starts SOON! Get your lists ready!


I’m babysitting my little muffin tomorrow! I’m so excited! This is her with my ELF haul. She proceeded to take my brushes and swirl them all over her face. Hey, if they’re soft enough for her, they’re soft enough for me!

RUN, don’t walk…

September 19, 2009

…over to for a FREE Golden Noir Smudgepot with ANY purchase. Use code FREEFALL. Your girl here got a couple of aluminum single cases to house the naked shadows that’ve been kicking around my makeup kit since this summer’s 40% off sale.

Take a look at this baby, a brownish-black with super-gorgeous 24K gold flecks (thanks Karen!):

CAN’T. WAIT. Hold on, you’re still reading this? Hello, start shopping, ’cause this offer ends Monday night.

If the Ventures were around nowadays, they would change the name of their song.

I need a restraining order: La Mer The Radiant Concealer

September 11, 2009

Last week, Bobbi Brown Long Wearing Metallic Cream Shadows were virtually stalking me, showing up on every website and blog I visited. This week it’s La Mer’s The Radiant Concealer SPF 25. It claims to be created with a mishmash of gemstones to reflect light and cover those dark circles, as well as an Asian mushroom and fancy-schmancy high-tech polymers to soothe the skin and deliver a perfect finish. My girl Christine/Temptalia says it “optically erases imperfections” (ooooooer) while Marina over at Makeup Loves Me says it makes her look as if she has “the skin of a goddess.”  Who wouldn’t want that?  And just look how pretty it is, with its own fancy little brush:

This sucker’s also been found at Blogdorf Goodman, Beautiful Makeup Search, and Beauty Blogging Junkie.  Ladies, give me a break.

The next time I have a spare $65 lying around, I’ll be sure to head on over and pick one up at

As if I need to add to my makeup roster: my latest CCO haul

September 9, 2009

I tend to get a little crazy when I go into a CCO.  That fight-or-flight thing starts going on when I spot that lipstick I thought I missed out on (3N!) or a cheap Mineralized Skinfinish. (For those of you who don’t know, CCO stands for Cosmetics Company Outlet and they sell brands like MAC, Clinique, Bobbi Brown, and Prescriptives for around 20% 30% off.) This weekend I got all MAC:

  • Expensive Pink – eyeshadow pot, medium reddish-pink with gold shimmer
  • Vellum – eyeshadow pot, white with blue/purple duochrome
  • Family Silver – mineralized eyeshadow duo, dark silver and light silver with bronze veining throughout
  • Hot Planet – mineralized blush duo, solid mauve and bronzey melange
  • Vanilla – pigment, ivory with light pink and gold shimmer

I may need a backup of Family Silver, it’s so beautiful.  The veining makes the silver not so cool, and even my MOM commented on how pretty my eyes looked.  It MUST be good.  Vanilla is another favorite – it was my second jar and at under $14, I couldn’t resist.

I also got my sister a backup of Solar White eyeshadow (white with pink and gold shimmer, similar to Vanilla), Museum Bronze pigment (deep brown with bronze shimmer), and a Prep+Prime neutralizer because…..


Happy birthday, B, I love you!

Thanks to the always wonderful Karla Sugar for her always amazing swatches and Blogdorf Goodman for the photo!