January 2015 ipsy Bag

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The contents of my January ipsy Bag are:

  • Hikari Cosmetics Mechanical Eye Liner – Storm
  • La Fresh Eco-Beauty® Be Good. Good Day. Day Moisturizer
  • (Malin + Goetz) Mojito Lip Balm
  • Manna Kadar Cosmetics Sheer Glo
  • Pacifica Natural Mineral Coconut Eye Shadow – Treasure

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January ipsy bag swatch

  • Hikari Cosmetics Mechanical Eye Liner – Storm
  • Pacifica Natural Mineral Coconut Eye Shadow – Treasure
  • Manna Kadar Cosmetics Sheer Glo

Kmart Clearance Purchase: LA Colors Nail Polish Sets

Finding clearance items has to be my favorite activity after the Holiday season. I came across these L.A. Colors nail polish sets. These were $2.99 each ;)

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LA Colors 2L.A. Colors Cosmic Effect Nail Polish Set

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LA Colros3L.A. Colors Metal Effect Nail Polish Set

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January 2015 Birchbox

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The contents of my January Birchbox are:

  • It’s a 10 Hair Miracle Leave-In Product Plus Keratin
  • Tocca Crème da Mano Hand Cream – Cleopatra
  • Manna Kadar Lip Locked All of You Priming Gloss Stain
  • MyChelle Dermaceuticals Advance Argan Oil
  • Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream

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January Birchbox SwatchManna Kadar Lip Locked All of You Priming Gloss Stain

A Closer Look: Aromaco Deodorant from Lush Cosmetics

You could not fit in a Lush store during the Holiday season. LOL! I ended up visiting a local Lush store on New Year’s Day. It was just me and two sales associates. :) I was hoping to purchase the Cupcake Fresh Face Mask but they were completely sold out. One of the sales associates was showing me other products I could benefit from. The last thing I was showed was the Aromaco Deodorant. I decided to try a smaller size to see if I would like it.



One of the things the sales associate mentioned was Aromaco can be used right after shaving the armpits. I tested this deodorant for a week. I will say the Aromaco Deodorant really works! I’m only going to sweat but so much in the Winter. I will have to revisit this topic again during the Summer months. Aromaco is a safer alternative especially with all the concerns regarding aluminums in other deodorants/ antiperspirants. I will be purchasing this deodorant again.


Winter Survival Kit Part Two: Coastal Scents Purchase

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Coastal Scents recently had an after Christmas sale. Everything on their website was 40% off. I purchased a few things to add to my Winter survival kit.

Winter Survival Again3I really love the Coastal Scents Unrefined Shea Butter. It keeps the Winter dry skin away.

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Winter Survival Again5I wanted to continue to use black soap to keep my complexion clear. I decided to try the Black Soap with Shea Butter. I wanted a facial soap that would clean and moisturize my skin without drying it out.

Winter Survival Again6Many of the essential oils I wanted were already sold out when I was placing my order. I decided to try the basil essential oil. I plan on adding a few drops of it to the castor oil I’m already using.

Winter Survival Again SampleNo Coastal Scents order is complete without a sample product to try. :)

Winter Survival Kit Part One: Sally Beauty Supply Purchase

Winter Survival

One thing is for certain, Pittsburgh Winters are cold! My hair and skin really take a beating. This time around I made a couple of changes to my Winter hair routine.

Winter Survival 2              Last year I got great results using the Ion Repair Solutions Reconstructor.   In the past I would suffer from breakage during the Winter months. I wasn’t conditioning my hair enough. I use the Ion Repair Solutions Reconstructor as a weekly treatment for my hair.

Winter Survival 3This is actually the second bottle of the Jamaican Mango & Lime Jamaican Black Castor Oil with Rosemary I purchased. I massage my scalp with this castor oil. I will be using this Jamaican black castor oil with rosemary to seal my ends as well.

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Shea Moisture released the Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen Grow & Restore collection last year. I picked the leave-in conditioner as something to try from this collection.

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NFL Teams Makeup Look: New Orleans Saints

The New Orleans Saints will be the last team I’m featuring for the series NFL Teams Makeup Look. They have won a Super Bowl Championship. The team colors for the Saints are old gold, black and white.

Saints Look


Saints other EyeshadowMAC Eyeshadow (applied to the center of the lid) – Woodwinked

Urban Decay Naked Basics Eyeshadow Palette

Saints Eyeshadow

  • Crave – applied to the inner and outer third of the lid
  • Faint – used as a crease color
  • Naked 2 – used as a brow bone highlight

Rest of Eye Makeup

Saints Rest of Eye Makeup

  • NYX Eyebrow Gel – Espresso
  • NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil (used as a base on the lid and crease) – Black Bean
  • Stila Smudgestick Waterproof Eye Liner (applied to the upper and lower lash line and lower water line) – Stingray
  • Clinique High Impact Mascara (applied to upper and lower lashes)


Saints Cheeks

  • Iman Sheer Finish Bronzing Powder – Afterglow
  • NYX Blush (used as a contour) – Cocoa


Saints LipsMAC Lipstick – Fetish


Saints Face Makeup

  • Iman Second to None Luminous Foundation – Earth 5
  • NYX Above & Beyond Full Coverage Concealer – Nutmeg
  • Dermablend Smooth Indulgence Concealer – Spice

Saints Look Again


Sephora After Christmas Purchase

When I initially saw the Sephora All Occasion Eye Ensemble I really wanted this set. I saw a detailed on temptalia.com http://www.temptalia.com/sephora-collection-occasion-eye-ensemble-review-photos-swatches. Even though $49 isn’t a lot of money for ten eyeliners, I was still hoping to get the All Occasion Eye Ensemble marked down. The day after Christmas I visited one of my local Sephora stores and there it was. :)

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Sephora Eyeliner4(L-R) Good Mood, Summer Cruise, Tiramisu, Girl Talk, Black Lace, Girls Night Out, Clubbing Stilettos, Welcome to My Loft, Purple Stilettos, Diamonds are Forever

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How I Survived This Past Fall

It was a typical Fall in the City of Pittsburgh. In the beginning there were still some nice mild days. Pittsburgh Fall weather can get pretty cold too. I found myself having to adjust my beauty routine for colder weather. At least I had a preview of what my Winter beauty routine might look like. Here are the items I reached for on a regular basis.

  • Coastal Scents Brush Shampoo Cleanser
  • Nature’s Shea Butter Organic Argan Oil
  • Scarves
  • MAC Polished UP Lipstick
  • Ion Repair Solutions Effective Care Treatment
  • MAC Sable Eyeshadow
  • MAC Handwritten Eyeshadow
  • MAC Wedge Eyeshadow
  • Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo
  • Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner

Brush Cleaner        I’ve gotten a lot of use out of the Coastal Scents Brush Shampoo Cleanser. I had to clean my brushes more often since I’ve been doing the NFL Teams Makeup series. It’s nicer to work with fresh clean brushes. This cleanser cleans my thoroughly without drying them out.

Argan Oil                    I use the Nature’s Shea Butter Organic Argan Oil underneath my regular moisturizer. It absorbs into my skin without feeling greasy. The argan oil gives my skin an extra layer of protection against the cold weather.

ScarvesNot only are these scarves fashionable, I wear them to protect my hair from the cold and windy weather. These are the scarves I mainly wore throughout the Fall.

Polished Up LipstickThe Polished Up Lipstick from MAC was easily an everyday lip color for me. It looks very natural.

Ion Deep Conditioner            The Ion Repair Solutions Effective Care Treatment is actually a back-up deep conditioner for me. I used this deep conditioner when I’m now on my Ion Repair Solutions Reconstructor.

MAC EyeshadowMAC eyeshadows in Sable, Handwritten, and Wedge have been my go-to combination for the Fall. This combination comes in handy when I don’t have a lot of time to apply makeup. This combination is not only great for work, but for an evening looks as well. All I need to do is change up the eyeliner and lip color.

Shea Moisture Shampoo ConditionerShea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo and Shea Moisture Raw Shea butter Restorative Conditioner have been a haircare staple for me. My hair has a tendency to on the dry side.

NYX Butter Lipstick Purchase from ULTA

Last week I had a 20% off coupon from ULTA I really wanted to use. On December 24th I was aimlessly walking around ULTA trying to find something to buy. Whatever I wanted in the prestige cosmetics section was already sold out. I decided to see what was available from NYX. I am already a fan of this brand. The quality is great and very affordable.

I ended up buying the NYX Bombshell Butter Lipstick set. There was only one left too!

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NYX Butter5Licorice, Pops, Big Cherry

NYX Butter Swatch Licorice, Pops, Big Cherry

NYX Butter Licorice  Licorice

NYX Butter Pops  Pops

NYX Butter Big Cherry  Big Cherry