Tuesday, August 30, 2011

A Few of My Favorite Things......

Some of my most used, but rarely photographed items: Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Medium Ash and Mini Duo Brush #7.

How loved are they? Check out the love......

I have been using my Anastasia Brow Powder daily for a few years now. It makes natural polished brows a breeze!

Anastasia is lady that is all about the eyebrows. She has a loyal following in California with many celebrity clientele. She has turned her expertise on brows into an entire makeup and skincare line.

Picture taken from Anastasia Website.

I am working on a picture tutorial on how I fill in my brows. For now I want to show you the before:

After the magic of makeup:

More to come later this week!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Rose Tourbillon FOTD

Here is Chanel Rose Tourbillon Joues Contraste used with Chanel Joyeuse Rouge Allure lipstick. I also used the Urban Decay 15th Anniversary Palette on the eyes. I am loving the shade combination more than my other Urban Decay palettes. I also like the nice smooth formula on these eye shadows.

Hello baby toys.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Balancing Foundation in Light
MUFE HD Powder
Tarte Dark Circle Defense Concealer in Fair/Light
Benefit Powderflage
Tarte EmphasEyes Brow Pencil in Taupe

NARS Smudgeproof Base
UD 15th Anniversary Palette
-MIA in crease
-Blackout in outer V
-Deeper on middle of lid
-Flow on inner corners
Chanel Emerveille on inner corners
MAC Blacktrack
L'Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes in black WP

Chanel Rose Tourbillon

Chanel Joyeuse Rouge Allure

Friday, August 26, 2011

Chanel Rose Tourbillon: Swatches and Review

I love bright pink blush and I love Chanel. Basically this was a perfect match.

Rose Tourbillon was released at Nordstrom in July for the Anniversary Sale.

It is a bright cool pink with pink shimmer. It gives a lovely pink flush, though fair skin should use caution. I applied mine with my trusty skunk brush.

In comparison to Pink Explosion, it is brighter and more fuchsia. It isn't quite as cool toned as Tarte Amused.

If you can still find this shade, I highly recommend it!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

What's in My Purse: The Mom Edition

I love seeing what people carry in their cute little purses. I like to see their fashionable bags and coordinating wallets......... but this is the Mom Edition, so there will be less fashion and more utility. Less cute purse and more giant diaper bag.

Here she is: the Thirty One Organizing Utility Tote. For those of you unfamiliar with Thirty One bags, it is the Tupperware/Party Lite/Pampered Chef/Amway of the bag world. You get invited to parties and pressured into buying cute overpriced things.

I have enjoyed my bag though. This one fits tons inside and has 5 extra pockets on the outside. It also wasn't so pricey that I will cry when my kids ruin it, and they will eventually ruin it. Moms understand this.

Here is my super awesome nursing cover. Where were these things when I was nursing my three older kids? I can't believe I lived without one. It is so big that it covers my tummy rolls, massive boobage, and the giant baby I am feeding. The top strap goes around my neck so that it won't fall off or get pulled down by the flailing baby grabby arms. The piping in the top allows me to see what is happening, and also allows the baby not to suffocate. It gets hot in there! And look at the cute little pocket to tuck nursing pads or wipes (or even snacks):

But this isn't a nursing cover review post, so I will move on. Joanna Design on Etsy is where I purchased this one.

I keep a spare receiving blanket ( I use them as spitup rags) and a change of clothes- for the baby diaper blowout that could happen at any time, especially when you aren't at home. Tiny baby diapers, large toddler diapers, and wipes are always at hand. Wipes are good for everything! Runny noses, diaper changes, ink pen on the face, sticky hands, lack of toilet paper, etc.

The polka dot bag holds miscellaneous crap that I need, and the flowery clutch is my wallet. Dork alert: I also carry my coupon organizer wherever I go. Who knows when I will spot toothpaste on clearance, combine it with a coupon, and only pay 44 cents? Seriously.

Bigger dork alert: my coupons are organized into categories and sorted by expiration date.

My little clutch (also Thirty One) is easy to grab out if I want to run in a store alone. Even my phone fits inside.

How cute is the inside of the pouch?

Here are the "out with four kids" essentials for me. Bandaids, alcohol wipes, gas drops, Tylenol, Neosporin, Aquaphor, Tide pen, ponytail holder, touch up powder, and of course, a Bakugan ball. I actually had no idea the Bakugan was in there until I took everything apart, but maybe it will come in handy during a long car ride or in a busy waiting room. Time will tell.

And finally, in the outer packets, we have more crap. A notepad and pen, cute post-it note box, mints, hand lotion, lip balm, lipstick, keys, pacifiers, and my phone. Yes folks, that is probably the last phone out there without a data plan. I refuse to get a smart phone until it is the free giveaway phone. Just last year, I finally got rid of my Razr. I am old like that.

This concludes my Purse Post. I hope you are all not too horrified by the contents- just remember, I threw away the old chicken nugget and melted candies before I took pictures. You're welcome.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Desinvolte FOTD

Here is Desinvolte in action:

Tarte Amazonian Clay Balancing Foundation in Light
MUFE HD Powder
Tarte Dark Circle Defense Concealer
Benefit Powderflage
Tarte EmphasEyes Brow Pencil in Taupe

NARS Smudgeproof Base
BB Sand Tortoiseshell Palette
-Desert Sand on inner corners
-Sandy Rose on lid
-Hot Stone to blend out crease
-Black Chocolate in outer V
MAC Blacktrack
L'Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes black waterproof

RBR Sea of Showers
NARS Deep Throat

Chanel Desinvolte

Friday, August 19, 2011

Chanel Desinvolte Rouge Allure: Swatches and Review

Way back in July, during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, Chanel released some Asian exclusives to us mere Americans. I convinced myself I didn't need anything, and waited until the last possible day to greedily place my order.

Desinvolte Rouge Allure was the surprise hit of my order. I almost skipped it since I find light peaches to be finicky on my skin tone.

Rouge Allures are a bit different than Rouge Cocos. They are lighter in texture and more moisturizing on my lips.

They also open with a nifty hidden spring, or some kind of magic that I can't see.

Pretty golden interlocking C's:

Push in on the bottom, and the tube pops open.

Desinvolte is a sheer light peach without much shimmer.

I was scared to have an exact match, but Desinvolte is very different than my other Chanel peach lipsticks.

Egerie is more orange and pigmented. Chintz is pinker. Plumetis is more of a pinky brown.

Overall I find this the easiest of my peaches to pull off, and the most true peach color on my lips. I love the Rouge Allure formula as well.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Where my Makeup Lives

Before you see this, you should know that I am a highly organized person. Organizing is a sick hobby of mine.

This is my dresser:

Most of my clothes fit into my closet, so I have taken over the top drawer to store my makeup. It seems pretty kid-proof.

I have a few plastic bins from Target and an organizer from Staples to keep things separate.

Yes, I save lots of boxes. It helps keep things standing and helps me easily see the name.

In front are my makeup bags- daily use items such as foundation, powder, and concealer, and my bag of brushes.

Look, it's a Tarte blush rainbow, man!!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Updated Blog Sale

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Early Thanksgiving?

Check out the family of turkeys that has been hanging out in our yard:

Every single day they are out in the front yard. Seeing turkeys is starting to become almost as commonplace as the herds of deer out here.

Expect normal posting to resume this week, just less frequent. I couldn't resist showing you some pretty Chanel.......