Monday, May 27, 2013

Sinful Colors Has Got You Covered with Oasis


As you may already know, I never shy away from a pink nail color, pink lipstick?  Yes, but pink nail polish?  I'm all over it, KNOW ME.  Now that we've got that out of the way, let me introduce to you what's adorning my nails this week. 

Sinful Colors in Oasis
Sinful Colors is a drugstore brand that offers reasonably priced beauty products, my favorite from them are their nail colors because you can find an array of colors for $2 a piece, not bad.  I've never had a problem with the consistency changing in warmer temperatures so that's a plus.  The color is not unique but it is pretty so if you're in the market for a pink nail color, you should try this one out. 

What are you wearing on your nails this week?  Tell me in the comments! :)

May 2013 Hit List (Favorites)


This month was a great one makeup wise, I was reminded of the things that I love wearing when I went rummaging through the stash to decide what adjustments were needed for the new season.  I came to the realization that "less is more" and my makeup is more reflective of that notion.  So here are the things I reached for the most this past month.

Clockwise:  CoverGirl 3-in-1 Foundation in Rick Mink, CVS brand Sunscreen (SPF 30), MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Glorify & C.O. Bigelow Rose Salve
 CoverGirl 3-in-1 Foundation-- I can't get enough of this foundation, it provides great medium to full coverage and keeps my face semi-matte, I do find that the power of this foundation is based on the face primer you use underneath.  I tried two different kinds and one definitely had me looking greasy in contrast to the other.  Of course my Revlon PhotoReady face primer was the one that kept my oilies at bay, the other one, not so much.  My shade is in Rich Mink if you're curious.

CVS brand sunscreen in SPF 30-- Honestly, it doesn't matter what sunscreen you use just as long as it's sunscreen over SPF 30, it's summertime folks, be safe out there and don't get burned!  :)

MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Glorify-- Of course this glorious invention was discontinued but unlike it's collection sisters, Superb and Whisper of Gilt, from it's original release last summer this one did not receive as much shine.  I think this shade looks stunning on darker skinned women and when applied on the high points of the face all you have to do is turn around and watch your skin beam with radiance.

C.O. Bigelow Rose Salve--  Summer staple under all of my bright colored matte lipsticks from MAC, because let's be honest those things dry out your lips but with this underneath you are saved from chapped and cracked lips.

Want a full review on any of the products mentioned?  You got it, just tell me for which one in the comment section.  :)

Could It Be That I've Found the Greatest Pink Lip Ever?


Let's get this clear, I'm not a huge pink lipstick wearer, I'm more partial to the red, nude, and orange persuasion so that fact that I decide to even pick one up and to then proceed on applying is a big deal.  When I picked this particular color up one day while perusing Target I figured I'd try it out, I mean if I don't like it I can always return it, right?  Right.  A few days pass and I don't wear it, a week passes, still, no luck, fast forward two weeks and I'm in a rush out the door and it's the first tube I see on my way out the door, I haphazardly apply it on my lips in my car and to my surprise it's nothing like what I expected which is a good thing.  

Enter said lipstick here:

CoverGirl Lip Perfection in shade Tempt, 355, is everything I would want a pink lipstick to be, it is not gaudy and is dark enough not to be considered childish in the office.   I think it is a very sexy color on it's own but if you'd like you could darken it up even more by applying a dark lip liner or wear it straight like I do.  The consistency is very smooth and glides on the lips, it does have a sheen but isn't glossy, it feels moisturizing on the lips and lasts pretty much all day, even through eating.  At lunch time I gnawed on a Subway sandwich and after checking my lip situation the color was still there, THIS BABY STAINS!  I love the fact that it is long wearing and for those who hate reapplying throughout the day, this is for you.  

Overall, lovely shade and the price is very reasonable, so go check it out and tell them I sent you (well, not really, they won't know who you're talking about but you get my drift, lol).  

Are you on your way to the store yet?  Go! 

Shea Moisture African Black Soap Cream Mask--Review


The weather has gotten increasingly hotter here in South Florida and with that my face is at war with me but don't fret, I have plenty of things to combat this, enter Shea Moisture.  I really can't say enough great things about this line because everything I've tried from them I've raved about including this cream mask.  You may be familiar with this mask as it was featured in my April favorites post, go check it out!

This particular mask targets those stubborn blackheads that seem to emerge during the hotter months for me.  I've been using this product for a solid six months and the results are impressive.  I usually apply it on my face when I begin to notice a blackhead emerging.  There really is no scent which is also a plus since I'm not a fan of scented face masks.   The price is reasonable at $11.99 found at Target, mine was purchased with a gift set so it is smaller than what you would find if purchased individually.

Ideally I would apply this on my face and show you all what it looks like on my face's black, lol, no black face here.  The mask does not get hard and it is advised that you wear for 15 minutes before rinsing it off.  It isn't the driest face mask and depending on where you leave it it can be a bit watery in consistency, so make sure that it doesn't drip on your fine linens.  Would I recommend?  Absolutely!  Shea Moisture continues to please me with their products, I will definitely be adding more of their products to my collection.

So what do you think?  Have you tried this before?  Tell me in the comments!

Friday, May 3, 2013

April 2013 Hit List (Favorites)


I hope April was as gorgeous for you wherever you are as it was in sunny Florida!  The sunny and breezy weather was a warm welcome to the new season and with this change so has my skin been adjusting as well.  During warmer months I typically change up my skincare routine to accommodate the climate change, otherwise, my face would be craters full of unidentifiable objects.  This is why my favorites for this month are skincare related except for two products, well, kind of, one does have SPF, so I guess it is skincare related, lol.

Here are my faves for the month of April:

Clockwise: Walgreens Apricot Scrub, bareMinerals Touch Up Veil in translucent, Shea Moisture African Black Soap cream mask & Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse in Dark 3

First up is the Walgreen's generic version of St.Ives apricot scrub, I've never tried that one but if it's anything like it's knock-off cousin then just as soon as this one runs out I'm getting that one!  After use of this scrub my skin is left feeling super smooth and refreshed, there is no dry feeling for me afterward either!  It is also paraben free which is a plus for skincare products, this ensures that harmful chemicals aren't entering your system.  SCORE!

Next is what is a foundation, it is the Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse foundation in the shade Dark 3.  I've been using this foundation for quite some time now and I am in love.  In the heat of Florida I'm never concerned about foundation dripping down my face because of sweat, it stays put and does not leave me feeling like a cake face.   Overall, I love this!

Then we have bareMinerals touch up veil in translucent with an SPF of 15.  It comes in a cute compact with a powder puff stamped with the bareMinerals logo.  It is imperative that you pat this product on as opposed to wiping it on, if you wipe it on you will look ashy and that's just not cute!  I always use this on top of my foundations to give me that extra finish, very rarely must I touch up during the day with this on.

Finally, we have the Shea Moisture African Black Soap cream mask, wonderful for removing blackheads which are a concern for me.  Unlike other facial masks this product does not become hard on the face but rather sets to a clammy texture on the face, the directions advise that you leave on the face for 10 to 15 minutes but I normally do rebel things so I leave it on for 20 minutes.  I use this at night so that I can see the full results once I wake up in the morning.  I wake up to clearer skin and less blackheads.

That's it for this month!  Let me know what you think and tell me what's been your favorite go-to's for April!  See you in the next post!

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