Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Haul & Mini Review: One Hand Washes the Other


I recently ordered from the lovely Becca over at One Hand Washes the Other and have been very happy with my purchases.  Everything is vegan and cruelty free, so shop to your hearts desire.  For my first order, I ordered sample sizes of everything (please note: that bar of Black Magic Soap is actually the one for the giveaway I'm having to celebrate my birthday next month, I realized it after I took the photo) so that I could feel out how the products would work for me before I ordered full sizes of anything.  I am extremely happy with everything in this picture.

Black Magic Soap ($1.25 for 0.5 oz, $3.00 for 2 oz, $5.25 for 4+ oz; all prices are for bar form):
I got the 2oz size to see how my skin would do with this stuff, and so far, it's doing fantastic.  I don't know if it's just the soap, or if it's also my new nighttime lotion, but the repetitive breakouts I've been having on my cheeks are coming to the surface and actually drying out, which is really exciting for me.  The only issue I'm having with this stuff is that it has the bar soap filmy feeling when you wash it away.. however, this stuff is so awesome that I'm still using it twice a day with no real complaint about it.  What does this mean?  I'll just buy it in cream form next time.  Oh, and for those curious, the bar doesn't melt quickly or get messy.  I've been using it twice a day for over a week and it still looks untouched.  I will be doing a full write up soon about Black Magic Soap after I've used it for a month and finished gathering all the ways that people use this multi-purpose wonder.

Snayke Oyle ($8.00 for 2oz, $15.00 for 4 oz):
Here's why I love Snayke Oyle.. it does EVERYTHING.  My favorite use?  I love to spray it on freshly shaved legs after towel drying them.  It makes them soft, glowy and gorgeous, and dang do they smell good.  Also amazing?  Spray it on hair ends (cautiously! it IS an oil, after all) after towel drying.  The smell stays with you for ages and it makes your hair so soft and shiny.  You can get Snayke Oyle in an unscented format for those of you who have sensitive noses or already have a favorite fragrance, but with Becca's huge range of options, you're bound to find something that works with what you already wear.

Fragrance Oil Samples ($2.00 for a vial):
So here's the thing about reviewing fragance oils.. you can't, really.  Instead, I'll review the concrete, non-subjective part of it: delivery.  Both the delivery in the mail, and the delivery of the oil onto your skin.  The oil samples arrived in their little vials, tightly sealed and in a plastic bag in case of leakage; there was none.  The little vials themselves are pretty clever.  The little stoppers have a dipstick on them that you can use to apply the oil directly to your pulsepoints, which is definitely easier to control then trying to apply directly out of the vial.  Once John is home, we'll review our interpretations of the scents for you guys.  I don't trust my nose to do it alone.

Solid Fragrance Samples:
Becca threw these in for good measure.  Again, the delivery on these was fantastic.  Nothing leaked, surprisingly nothing melted (it was in the high 80s) and it all smelled wonderful.  These were in with my beautiful packaged invoice and really made me smile.  I know now that I definitely prefer the solid fragrances to the oils because I am a messy, messy (and clumsy!) person and these take away the fear of spills.

The last item you see in there is a testiment to Becca's customer service.  I had been whining in a mutual group about cocoa butter and loving the smell but how nothing had a high enough percentage to give the scent strength I wanted.. so Becca threw in a little 5g jar of unrefined cocoa butter.  That, ladies and gentlemen, is giving the customer what they want.

Why else should you be excited about One Hand Washes the Other?  Becca sent me a ton of goodies to put in my birthday giveaway that starts in late July!!  I can't wait to show you guys what goodies she sent for you!

FTC:  I paid for my order except for the items that were mentioned as free samples.  Becca did, however, send items for my upcoming Youtube giveaway.  Thank you Becca!!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

TUTORIAL: Summer Lovin' Look with Madd Style Cosmetix!

I recently received my grab bag from Madd Style Cosmetix and fell so in love with the products inside that I was compelled to immediately apply ALL of them to my face.  I'm not kidding.  Before I started on my eyes, I already had the Frenchie lip bomb on my lips and the Cha Cha bronzer on my cheeks as a pretty blush.

Please note that my eyes are already primed at this point, as well.  Let's get started with supplies.

We have here the Korres Antiaging Eye Primer, the Sleek Primer Palette, pigments from Madd Style Cosmetix in the colors Kozmosis, T-Birds, Crybaby, Beauty School Dropout, Greased Lightning and Pink Ladies; MAC eye kohl in Fascinating, ELF Waterproof Eyeliner Pen in Black and Makeup Forever Smoky Lash in Black.

So let's get to business...

Monday, June 25, 2012

EOTD 6.25.12

So much in this one!

+Korres Antiaging Eye Primer
+ Sleek Primer Palette in Moonshine, Money Honey, Pink Frost and Money Tree [CF]
+MSC pigments in Beauty School Dropout, Greased Lightning, Pink Ladies, Cry baby, T-birds and Kozmosis [V, CF]
+ELF Waterproof Liner Pen in Black [V?, CF]
+MAC Eye Kohl in Fascinating
+MUFE Smoky Lash in Very Black [CF]

More from Korres:

FTC:   This is a total mixture of items I purchased and items I received as gifts.  None of these items were sent to me for the purpose of review or from the company, except for the MSC, whom I model for.  There are blatant google affiliate ads in this post.

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Sunday, June 24, 2012


Hey everyone, my computer died on me last night, and I may have to just get a new one, so it might be awhile before I'm back 100%. :(

This is why it'll be a while (the price!):

FTC:  There are blatant google affiliate ads in this post.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

EOTD june 13 2012

Benefit Stay Don't Stray
Urban Decay Naked palette (virgin, smog)
Urban Decay liner in Ransom
MAC e/s Blue Candy
Benefit They're Real mascara

=[  NONE of these brands are cruelty free now.  Lamesauce.
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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Day 28: Blue!

From left to right?  Haha.  I don't even know, so much here.  Let's start in the back & move forward left to right.. that's all I can figure out to do.

Victoria's Secret Beauty Rush mascara in Indiglow
Wet n Wild Color Icon 8pan Palette in Blue Had Me At Hello [CF]
Wet n Wild Color Icon dual-ended Eyeliner in Rock On! [CF]
Tokidoki palette from the Robbery Palette [CF]
Wet n Wild Color Icon 6pan palette in Pride [CF]
Urban Decay Deluxe Shadow Box
MAC e/s in Blue Candy
Model's Own pigment in Neon Blue [CF]
MSC pigments in Yukon Cornelius, Sally, Blueberry Waffle, Time Warp & Poisonberry [V, CF]
MTcoffinz Color Balmz in Ice Cream Sundae [V, CF]
Victoria's Secret Pink With A Splash All Over Body Mist in fresh & clean
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Day 27: Lazy Days!

Usually we sit on the couch all day on days off, but we needed to hit up the post office so we took Megatron with us. John isn't pictures because he doesn't feel good.

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Birchbox & Myglam June 2012!

They're here!  =D

In this box:
1.  Stila One Step Bronze - Skin Ton Illuminating, Bronzing Serum; 1 fl oz
2.  Wonderstruck by Taylor Swift sample
3.  Comodynes Urban Cosmetics Self-Tanning Towelettes; 2 - 1 towelettes packages
4.  Luna Bar in Chocolate Pepermint Stick; mini size (0.7 oz)
5.  theBalm Staniac in Beauty Queen; deluxe sample size (0.04 fl oz)

First Impressions:
Birchbox this month was pretty exciting!  I have been very interested in self-tanners because I'm extremely fair and have no plans to tan.  I am a huge fan of the St. Tropez bronzing mousse we have at work, but I like the idea of a towel for ease of use.  I'm really excited to try this; they're from Spain!  I have theBalm product in the full size and love it.  The Luna bar is actually one of my favorite flavors.  I don't dislike Wonderstruck, but I'll probably pass on the sample to someone else.  As far as the Stila, I'm always excited to try new Stila products!  This one is no exception, and this is a full size product that usually costs $36!  This product alone makes this month's box.

In this bag:
1.  Philosophy Take A Deep Breath; deluxe sample size (0.4 fl oz)
2.  Living Proof Frizz Nourishing Styling Cream; 2 fl oz
3.  NYX Round Lipstick in Iced Honey; full size
4. Marbella Permanent Eyeliner Pen; full size

First Impressions:
You all know that I LOVE Take a Deep Breath, so I was excited to have this sample size to add to my brush belt (which also holds a sample size of Hope in a Jar and Eye Hope).  This gel hydrator is great for combo/oily skin types, or for people who are already using some type of serum that still needs just a little more hydration afterwards, not a full on lotion or cream.  Also, Philosophy is doing their 30% off sale until June 16, 2012, so take advantage of the coupon code Philosophy12.  I love Living Proof products, so I'm excited to try this product; also, this size is about $9-$12 in stores!  The NYX lipstick made me a little sad.  They sell in the Chinese market so it drives me crazy that their tube states "cruelty free" and I already have several colors close to this one.  However, I don't hold this against Myglam because this product is a good match for their demographic; easy to find, easy to afford, and a huge range of colors.  The last product originally left me a little disappointed, as it's a permanent eyeliner pen, but it can't be used with [contact] lenses.  I was debating using it anyways when j0hn (that brilliant boy) says, "This would be great for doing your eyebrows!  This is a good idea!"  I hadn't even thought of using it that way!  Three cheers for j0hnnyboy!  I'm unfamiliar with the brand, so I need to look them up.  They're apparently German, which gives me hope that they'll be cruelty free (European companies are usually more forward in animal rights; usually).

I am really happy with my beauty subscriptions this month.  In value alone they were both excellent, but I was also really happy with the actual products I got in my boxes.  Look for these products to be in my June Favorites video on my youtube.. if they make the cut.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Day 26: Made Just For Me

I was a maid of honor this weekend. The bride made all of her bridesmaids hangers for their dresses. :]

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Day 25: Something That Makes Me Laugh

His face is ridiculous! He does this the whole time he's in the car!

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Day 24: Inspired By Nature

Dried roses on my vanity from john, preserved as naturally as possible; by just letting them sit and rot.

Yes, I skipped day 23 for now.

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Day 22: Instant Mood Booster

These two. :]

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Day 21: Favorite Brand

Yeah, that's Madd Style Cosmetix...

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Day 20: Pink!

The Sedona Lace Brushes I won! :D
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Day 19: Current Obsession

oohemmgeee. This.

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Friday, June 8, 2012

Day 18: OOTD.

Hoodie & skirt: H&M
Tank: Forever XXI
Shoes: Converse
Necklace: Christy Robinson Designs (from Danielle!)

About to head to a rehearsal dinner. :)
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Saturday, June 2, 2012

Day 17: Style/Product that Screams You

Drawn on eyebrows, black lipstick.. and a smile.  I can look as mean as I want, but anyone who knows me knows that if I care about you, I am super kind and friendly.  That said, if I don't like you, I am a mega bitch.

Day 16: Warm Weather Favorites aka Summer Besties 2012!

Maybe I was more on top of this tag than I'm giving myself credit for...

Day 15: FOTD

This actually MAY be my FOTD from the day that Day 15 was supposed to be on.  Trippy, eh?

Fortunately I posted this on, so I have a list of what I had on!  =D

Face (I THINK this is what I have on):
Murad Hybrids Skin Perfecting Primer in Matte Finish
Dior Diorskin Sculpt Foundation in 020 (Linen?)
MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC20
setting powder (I don't remember what, possibly MUFE HD Powder?)

Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Urban Decay Deluxe Shadow Box [Graffiti & Ransom]
Wet N Wild Color Icon Single Eyeshadow in Brulee
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Liner in Zero (winged/sheered out with an angled liner brush)
Tarte Gifted mascara
NARS blush in Gaity
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer in Original Chocolate

NARS Velvet Lip Pencil in Mexican Rose

Yay for successful colorblocking!  =D

Day 13 & 14: Something Celebrity Inspired & Something Glamourous


This is the night I met Wednesday 13.  The hat I have on in this picture?  Yeah.. that's mine, but during the show he came on stage in the SAME HAT.  & Since this show, I've tracked down a black cowboy hat because j0hn wanted one after he saw Wednesday's.

Also, how much more glamourous can one get than cut creased eyes and Wednesday 13!  He told me I was dressed to impress or that I looked better than him or something.. I can't remember what it was, but it was a comment.  Too bad he didn't tell me I was "dressed to depress" or I would have melted at his feet, haha.