Friday, October 21, 2016

Friday Finds: Lower Lash Mascara

*This is NOT a sponsored AD post. I purchased this myself and NYX has no idea I am reviewing this.


Frankly the thought of a special "lower lash mascara" is something I'd never fathomed until I started watching YouTube beauty videos.  Even then I was skeptical - mascara is mascara. You get some on you and you clean it up and go on, right?  Besides the only one I had heard about was MAC's extended Play Gigablack lash at $18 per tube, which you should toss out in 3 months. Umm NOPE.

Then I stumbled on NYX Super Skinny Mascara, on a whim I picked it up - if it was a fail it would only be a $6 fail. I already used another NYX mascara and loved it so I was betting it couldn't be that bad. Truth be told I know now why beauty guru's rave about a lower lash mascara. This wand is super tiny and get every lash on the lower lash line, which lets be honest can be a Houdini act.

One thin coat will grab each lower lash and give it some attention - two coats makes it look like you are sporting lower lashes.  I will say I have tried this on my top lashes and found it just was to much work with such a small wand - I ended up going back in with my usual mascara to separate and extend my top lashes. However at $6 I am fine with it being just a lower lash mascara.

 
I sized the pic up so that the details of the brush were easier to see. Picture is from NYX.com. You can also find this at Ulta or CVS..

Just for comparison here is a picture of the MAC Extended Play Gigablack - note the wand is larger - and this retails for $18. This picture is from MAC.com.  While the wand is smaller, its considerably larger than the NYX one and the price point is roughly double depending on your area and place of purchase.


As much as I adore MAC for liners and shadow's sorry not sorry I can't see paying double for something that has such a short life.  Mascara needs tossed at about the 3 month mark for health reasons. I won't even get started on the methods to "extend" the life of your mascara - not worth it your eyes throw it OUT at approximate Three months.









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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Current Faves

Currently these are the things I have been using and loving the past few months, or in some cases weeks..

I have one accessory this time - I found a leather wrap bracelet for my Fitbit Alta.  I love the fact it has a watch type band that securely closes rather than just clipping in like the traditional band do. It feels more solid more secure on. I have accidentally unclipped the traditional band getting into my car - I heard it hit the pavement though so it didn't lose it.   I just wished the leather wrap came in a small size so I didn't have to double the end back on itself


























I have  been searching for THE eye cream for over a year now - I think I have found it!


This is the eye mender plus by H2O and its amazing.  Other eye creams have always made me wonder why I spent the money on them, they didn't seem to offer any extra hydration than my night cream did. I was still dealing with dry under eyes and makeup looking funky under my eyes.  Then I found this.

Its richer than regular night cream it sinks it well and I see a noticeable difference.. One I saw almost instantly.. I will be getting backups!


I've been playing with liquid liner here lately. I love the look of a cat eye, trouble is I have hooded eyes, so it transfers horribly to my upper lid and crease area - not cute.  Then I got this felt tip liner from Eyeko London in my September Ipsy bag.  Its waterproof and says it is lash enhancing - I don't know about that but as a line its killer!






















This liner does not transfer, its also the first I have found that I can go back over with black shadow to perfect the line and it does not flake off or look funny. I have ordered a back up already and have been rocking that cat eye more often than not!


Ok So I am one of those crazy chicks who will NOT leave the house without makeup on. Its a Southern thing - anyhow I have a full face on unless I am sick or there was an emergency.  I'm also a huge full coverage fan. These days most foundation is a medium coverage, then Urban Decay dropped this baby - the full coverage All Nighter foundation..


The first time this baby got a full testing was a 5k in August. It was early in the morning and not being fully awake I forgot primer.  This baby stayed true, stayed in place and almost perfect through the entire day, which started with a drizzly 5k that morning. 

I will say go in and get color matched and go a tad lighter than you normally would - it does oxidize. I do have to give props to Urban Decay though the shade ranges on this is amazing. They have covered the neutral toned, the more pink toned and the yellow toned girls.


For Fall Urban Decay launched the Ultimate Basics Palette.. Its an all matte palette. I heard all matte and had to have it.  Its literally all I have reached for since I got it when I get ready. Its quickly become my favorite go to.





















I have even been experimenting with that rusty orange color - a color I've shied away from until now. It is stunning and has made me want to play with more warm rusty orange looks.

 Honestly its the only new release eye shadow pallet that I have wanted and I have seen the Holiday releases they just don't speak to me like this one did.

What have you been loving lately??

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Where I Have Been ... Life Currently

ACK so its been a hot minute - I have been more active on soical media though so you can always find me on Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat....

My grandbaby was born Aug 19th - oh my stars is she so sweet!! I have spent a lot of time with her and Little Man just chillin.  I've also been spending a lot of time with one of my close friends - shes been having some issues with her newly teenage daughter - wooo been there I nod and hand her vodka ;-).

We go to the gym and take it out on the weights and treadmill. I joined Planet Fitness - I went to the gym at the complex and discovered the weight machine had been broken got pissed and went to Planet Fitness' website and joined.  Lets be honest - the hydro-massage bed is worth the membership fee alone!  We generally meet up 4 times a week work out for an hour hit the massage bed and chat before heading out.

My intention for my blog is to venture more into makeup and fashion with a tad bit of lifestyle thrown in.  Right now I am researching some courses for my certificate and document that journey as well.  I'd like to get a vlogger camera and start vlogging so I am also researching those and trying to find the best one for videos.  Mic quality is a big issue with those, so I am reading reviews and recommendations and reading more reviews.

I will be working on a Fall favorites post soon.  I know I missed both August and September - honestly I didn't have to much to review and the new stuff I have I had not used the products enough to decide if I liked them - much less a favorites status.

I looked at Fall trends to blog on those - frankly Fall 2016 looks just like Fall 2015.. Though I can't say I am mad at it either.  I love last years brown lipsticks and gray tones.  Fashion also looks very similar to last Fall - which looked like the 90's.. I'm rocking the hell out of those looks as well..  I'm happy to have ripped jeans, off the shoulder shirts and distressed Tees! Honestly the grungy glam look is my favorite - so at the moment I just look like I am on point..



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Life Currently

So it is no secret I stepped away from blogging for awhile.  I had a few life changes that I didn't discuss here, well anywhere.  I chan...