Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Blog Sale


* U.S. addresses only. I will not be responding to messages asking me to ship internationally.
* Paypal only- I must receive payment within 24 hours or item will be relisted. Make sure your shipping address is correct on Paypal- I will not be able to keep track of requests to ship to a different address.
* Shipping starts at $3.00 for 1 item. Add $.50 for each additional item. I always use delivery confirmation, but will add insurance at your request only.
* Packages are usually shipped within 2-3 days of payment.
* No returns or refunds- I have done my best to take accurate photos and list an estimate of percentages left. Do not use these photos for accurate color representations.
* Contact me - williams.martha (at) gmail (dot) com with "blog sale for (your name)" in the subject and your paypal address in the email.
* I will invoice you from a different email address- DO NOT PAYPAL ME until you receive my invoice!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Bobbi Brown FOTD

I haven't done many FOTD posts lately since I mainly do the same look daily, just with slight variations. I recently got a few pieces from Bobbi Brown Neons and Nudes- Nude Pink and Nude Peach blushes and the Ultra Nude Palette.  What can I say, I am a sucker for pretty neutrals! My sister was sweet enough to gift me the Wild Rose Shimmerbrick for my upcoming birthday, thus completing my crazy Bobbi Brown streak of obsession. I hope to put up swatches soon, but I am not sure when that will happen.


Missha Cho Bo BB Cream #1

Becca Loose Powder in Sesame

Tarte Dark Circle Defense Concealer in Fair/Light

Benefit Powderflage

Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Medium Ash


NARS Smudgeproof Base

BB Ultra Nude Palette

BB Black Ink

L'Oreal False Fiber Lashes in Black


BB Nude Pink

BB Wild Rose Shimmerbrick


YSL Iced Plum Sheer Candy


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Bright Lips in Winter

 I love wearing a bright lip color when I am feeling dull.

Chanel Kensington:

 Chanel Hyde Park:

 Bobbi Brown Mod Pink:

 What are your favorite brights?

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Rouge Bunny Rouge Pigment: Swatches and Review

 I recently tried Rouge Bunny Rouge's pigments after having wonderful success with their eyeshadows.

 I love the tube packaging, clean and cute. It is easy to store since it takes up very little space.

 They are like fat lipgloss tubes. Here they are next to a Chanel Glossimer:

 The black top comes off the reveal a stopper with an attached wand.


 This applicator helps keep the mess contained.


Embrace of Cashmere is a golden beige and Caress of Mink is a cool plum tinged taupe.

 Like Edward, they really shine in the sunlight:


I love the gorgeous colors of these pigments, but they did take some building on the eyes. I wasn't thrilled with their staying power even over primer. I think I can chalk up a miss to the Rouge Bunny Rouge pigments. I know many others love theirs, and I wish these had worked better for me.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Rouge Bunny Rouge Delicata and Starina: Swatches and Review

 These are the last two Rouge Bunny Rouge blushes I have to show you. I have reviewed Gracilis, Orpheline, and Habanera already (click on the names to be taken to their reviews).

 Delicata and Starina are the neutral stars of the Rouge Bunny Rouge collection.

Delicata is a satin light nude pink.

It gives an understated color that looks natural and matches nearly everything. I couldn't find anything totally similar in my blush collection.

I did manage to find a near dupe in my bronzers though!


Starina is a bronzed peach with a satin finish.

 Once again, I couldn't find anything too similar in my blushes.

 I dug into my bronzers again and found Dior Aurora. Pretty close!

 Rouge Bunny Rouge blushes are among my favorites. They apply smoothly without kicking up lots of powder. The lasting power is wonderful! and I love the soft finishes without shimmer or glitter. 

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadow: Swatches and Review

 Next up in my drugstore installments, Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadows.

 Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadow promises 24 hour wear. I like long lasting products, but I think 24 hours might be a bit excessive. These did last until I removed my makeup at night with no creasing or fading.

Since the name is Tattoo, Maybelline decided to get crazy with the names. Edgy, Punk, and Audacious are all words used to make us think these little colorful pots will make us look cool. Will they? Well, even the cheesiness of the names doesn't take away from how awesome this product is!

These most closely resemble a MAC Paint Pot. They apply as a light cream and set shortly afterwards. They make wonderful bases, and can also be worn alone.

 A few colors have silver shimmer in them- Teal, Punk, and Asphalt. Tough as Tapue is the only. Matte color in the bunch.

I did a quick swatch of Chanel Ebloui above Pomegranate Punk since I thought they might be similar. the Chanel is sheerer and has a bit more brown. I prefer the Chanel Illusion D'Ombre over eyeshadow for a light shimmer.  I prefer to use the Color Tattoos as a base.

 If you like colorful, long lasting bases, give Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadows a try. I was very impressed with the colors and wear time of these colorful cream shadows.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Some Pretty Flowers and Birds

I probably should do more quick swatch posts, but sometimes I am too anal retentive to post things in such an unorganized fashion. I am working on that.....

 I purchased LancĂ´me Les Roseraies after seeing a well worn tester in person. The sparkly pink overspray is incredibly deceiving on this.

In fact, I didn't even bother to swatch the overspray in my picture. If you look at the bottom right corner, you can see the peach and off white under the crazy glitter overspray.

 This has a very subtle effect. The flower (swatch on the right) is a shimmering light pink peach. The middle swatch is the flower and background together. On the far left is a swatch of the background alone. 

 When mixed, this adds a soft sheen and warmth over blush. On even fairer skin, this might work as a blush alone. I am enjoying layering Les Roseraies over cool pink blushes like Illamasqua Katie.

I was so done with Dior quints. Famous last words right?

Dior Garden Party proved to be too amazing to leave behind. 

 It is soft and pigmented, full of shimming pastels. I don't think this will work well alone, these colors need a contrast to not look washed out on my eyes. I do love the unique colors and amazing sheen they have! I look forward to trying some combinations with other colors in my collection.

 And now for some birds:

 I love this pretty hand soap I found at Target. I couldn't resist the birds, but as a bonus they smell amazing!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

School's Back in Session


I recently had an extended period of laziness holiday break from homeschooling the kids. I have managed to start some kind of routine this week, so maybe you'd like to see how this works.

Here in the living room, we have the constant piles of laundry. I try to run two loads daily to keep the hamper in check.

On the couch, someone is playing with the math blocks.......

John! Notice the underwear- he was potty trained recently.

In the kitchen, the boys are excited to be doing some work. Don't they look super excited? Okay maybe excited isn't the right word.....

We do most of our work at the kitchen table while the baby naps.

I recently started drinking tea in the afternoon. I miss my afternoon coffee though.

Well, that's all I am going to show you for now. The boys room covered in Legos will be another day.

Monday, January 16, 2012

L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow: Swatches and Review

On my drugstore adventures, I discovered L'Oreal's pressed pigment eyeshadows. Awesome!
These are similar to Armani Eyes to Kill, only better for me. The Infallible shadows are creamier and softer to apply. They also have less fallout. Sadly, I do not own my Eyes to Kill anymore so I can't swatch it beside these colors.
The screw on lid is color coded and rather unremarkable in appearance. I am glad they made the bottom prettier!
Inside is a plastic disc to help keep the shadow pressed down.
All of the ones I chose have a high shimmer factor, but they aren't chunky or glittery.
The purple is the only one that is sheer. It takes a few passes to build the color up. Eternal Sunshine could use a touch more color as well, but it still isn't as sheer as Perpetual Purple. Bronzed Taupe and Iced Latte are my personal favorites, both full of color and shine. 

L'Oreal Infallible shadows are definitely worth a try! For me, they out perform Armani. I always use primer underneath, and I get all day wear without any creasing or fading. They are also smooth and easy to apply.