Monday, November 26, 2012

BlenderCleanser Review

I love getting my birchboxes every month!  I look forward to opening my boxes and trying all of the goodies.  For those who do not know what birchbox is... Birchbox is a monthly sample subscription service.  To checkout birchbox click HERE

In May of 2012 my box included a sample of beautyblender blendercleanser.  

Beautyblender states "Keep your makeup sponges and brushes in primer condition with this soy-based formula, which removes built-up bacteria and oil." FULL SIZE $17.95 6oz

To use "Saturate your tool with cleanser and rinse with warm water" 

I ALWAYS use a Dove bar soap to clean my brushes.  It works great, my brushes are clean, smell nice and are soft.  When testing out a new cleanser I normally test it on my cheaper brushes first.  My elf set made the sacrifice. 
Blendercleanser is a low suds formula with no irritants or dyes. I was surprised how much product came out of my brushes!  

After leaving my brushes to dry overnight they were VERY clean and felt so soft!  

My ONLY negatives about the cleanser was the smell and price.  After rinsing my brushes and leaving them to dry they had a weird natural smell.  I am assuming this is because the product is soy based.  Its not a horrible smell but the brushes definately do not smell fresh.  Also I think $17.95 is a bit high for 6oz of cleaner.  I did not use much to clean my brushes but my Dove Sensitive Skin Bars are like $3.00 for 2.  Hard to beat that. 

PROS: low suds, rinses easy, no build up, brushes were REALLY clean and super shiny. 
CONS: smell and price

If I wanted a specific brush cleanser I would consider buying this product.  For now I will continue to use my Dove Bars and keep my sample as maybe a monthly deep cleanser.  


Monday, November 19, 2012

What is in my Makeup Bag?

  • Wet nWild Eye Shadow Palette-Petal Pusher- Used left side on eyes. For a cheap shadow its ok.  Love the colors and the pigment is great!  Used with elf eye primer. 
  • Makeup Bag from Ipsy in Feb
  • Maybelline Colossal Volume Cat Eyes- LOVE THIS MASCARA!!! It does flake a bit. 
  • Dr. Jart Beauty Balm- OBSESSED with this! LOVE IT!! It covers, is light, stays on all day and is just AWESOME!
  • Wet n Wild Lipstick- 502A- I have never used WnW lip products before. Its ok. Not super moisturizing and I had to reapply the color periodically today. Beautiful color!
  • Maybelline Baby Lips- Cherry Me
  • Elf Eye shadow brush
  • Cleaned mascara
  • Hair wrap with a bobby pin

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Liebster Award

Happy Friday Saturday!!!!!!!!!!!!

In October the lovely gal at In The Red Nails nominated me for a Liebster award.  The award is given to blogs with less than 200 followers.

The rules for the Liebster Award are as follows...
  1. Post 11 fun facts about yourself.
  2. Answer 11 questions from the person who nominated you.
  3. Choose 11 bloggers to nominate.
  4. Prepare 11 questions for your nominees to answer.
  5. Inform the lovely nominees that you have nominated them.
  6. There are no tag backs.
11 Fun Facts About Me
  1. I am addicted to Mt. Dew
  2. I have 2 adopted/rescued Bloodhounds that are my children
  3. My favorite gun is a Kimber Solo
  4. My dream is to buy a home in Lincoln, NM and have a small ranch.  White Oaks would work too :)
  5. I never leave home with out my Iphone
  6. I met and married my husband within a year
  7. If I could go back in time I would be a groupie of the Rat Pack
  8. When I get frustrated at a project my husband always steps in to help me finish it 
  9. If something is on clearance at Target 99.9% of the time I will justify buying it
  10. My all time favorite song is "High Enough" by Damn Yankees
  11. As soon as my branch manager leaves the office for lunch I take my shoes off under my desk
Questions For Me from In-The-Red Nails
Why did you decide to start a blog?
I wanted something creative to do but also connect with other gals who have the same interests I do.  

How did you choose the name for your blog?
Growing up everyone called me Mandy or Mandy Jean.  I am sssooo not creative with names so Mandy Jean Chic was easy :)

What's the one beauty product you can't live without?
Maybellines Baby Lips

Skinny jeans or boot-cut? Maybe neither?

Heels or flats?
Heels. Rarely do I wear flats! I am only 5'2"

Cats or puppies?
Puppies.  Specifically Bloodhound puppies!

What's the best meal you've ever had?
I lllooovvveeeee a pot roast dipped sandwhich

What's your favorite genre of music, who's your favorite artist?
I love all music.  My favorite artist is Shinedown but I love Chris Young, Dean Martin, Ole' Blue Eyes, Elvis, and many others. 

What do you like to do for fun?
Crafts, shopping, my 4x4 truck, go shooting, play dress up, read, watch FRIENDS. I love to relax and enjoy life

What inspires you?
This is going to sound super corny but my Bloodhound, Hank inspires me.  Hank had a rough life but is the sweetest most loving creature!  When he was found in Texas he was less than 60 lbs, abused, heartworm positive, and you name it.  A wonderful person took him in as a foster and allowed Hank to be a dog.  Hank is now about 100lbs and is a big lap dog.  I love this dog more than anything!  No matter how crappy my mood is or what is going on in my life Hank is always happy to see me.  

If you could go anywhere, where would it be?
hhmmmm..... to live I would pick Lincoln, NM.  If I could just jump on a plane and go where ever for a weekend I would pick Savannah, GA.  I love Savannah!!! 

MY NOMINATIONS- Check these gals out!
1.Thrifty Chic
2. My Boyfriend Hates Makeup
3. Quick Cheap and Pretty
4. Lewisville Love
5. Dreafashionista
6. SecondHand Couture
7. Swatches and Whatnot
8. An Old Story
9.  Those Two Crazy Girls
10. WYO Sparkles
11.  Pepp and TinK Beauty

1.  Do you film YouTube or videos for your blog? If so what equipment do you use? If you strictly photograph and blog what equipment do you use?

2.  Which social media tool do you use the least? the most?

3.  What Not To Wear or How do I Look??? (TV Programs)

4.  Who is your style icon?

5.  DIY Project kinda gal or just spend the $ kinda gal?

6.  Biggest make up or fashion regret?

7.  Tweeze or Wax?

8.  Favorite nail color?

9.  Wet n Wild or E.L.F?

10.  Best thrift store score?

11.  100,000 for you to spend in only 1 store.  Where would you go?

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Beauty Blogger Headquarters

I was checking out a few of my fav blogs today and I noticed a cool new group called Beauty Blogger Headquarters. I am no make up artist but I do LOVE make up. I don't even want to count the number of hours I have spent on YouTube watching beauty videos. 

 After thinking about it for a few hours I decided to sign up. The gal who created Beauty Blogger Headquarters (Beauty by Krystal) is inviting anyone who "blogs about beauty, makeup, nails, hair, fashion, really just anything pretty" to join. 

Take a peak at Beauty Blogger Headquarters.  If you join leave me a comment and I would LOVE to follow along. :) 

Beauty Blogger Headquarters

Every month Beauty Blogger Headquarters will come up with a task. I have said this a gazillion times, I LOVE A CHALLENGE!

This month is a brief questionnaire and some getting to know you time. Please head over to Beauty Blogger Headquarters and visit the other great blogs!

How long have you been blogging?
I started blogging about a year ago. I love Interior Design and crafts. Initially my blog was going to be design based but I decided that I wanted my blog to reflect me. I love design, fashion, make up, beauty, my bloodhounds, 4x4ing, guns, New Mexico, traveling, being a history geek and enjoying life. After that Mandy Jean Chic was born. 

What/who inspired you to start blogging?
I did not know what blogging was until I was looking for ideas to spruce up my front door and stumbled upon Katy's blog Twenty Three Oh One.  I love her style!  I originally signed up for google only to view blogs. After about two months I started my first blog. 

Now I gather inspiration from all the blogs I follow, my everyday life, my dogs, and appreciating everything. 

Did you tell your family and friends about your blog? If so, what was their reaction? Are they supportive or "in the dark" about your blogging?
My friends, family, co-workers and pretty much everyone I meet knows I blog.  My husband is very supportive but doesn't get it sometimes. He loves me regardless :)

What goals or dreams did you have for your blog when you started? Have you accomplished them?
I am preparing to open a boutique soon and my blog was the inspiration for that. I would love to be self employed with my boutique and have more time for my blog, crafts and pets. Blogs take time to grow. I am not sure where my blog will go but I enjoy every minute of it. 

If you could give your beginner-blogger-self one tip of advice, what would it be?
Don't overwhelm yourself. Ask questions, leave comments, visit blogs and have fun with it! 

What is your favorite and least favorite thing about being a blogger?
Favorite: the blogging community and making new friends
Least Favorite: Haters.... enough said. 

What does your blog name mean? How did you decide on it?
Growing up everyone called me Mandy Jean.  Some people think of super creative blog names mine is pretty simple... Mandy Jean Chic :) 

$2.50 DIY Make Up Brush Holder

Why didn't I do this sooner??  I mean really!  My poor brushes have been hanging out in a mason jar beside my sink or worse..... in a plastic shoe case. 

I am in the process of re-vamping my craft room into more of a girl cave/make up area/extension of my closet/craft area/filming/no boys allowed type room.  :) 

Hubby is such a trooper!  I want a vanity girl mirror sssooo bad but I can not justify $400-$500 on a lighted mirror.  One of my Christmas presents this year will be a DIY vanity mirror with lighting. LOVE MY HUBBY!!  If you have built something similar or have a link please please please leave me a comment so I can check it out.  

As most chicks do I watch a TON of YouTube videos.  Seriously... I have not turned on my TV in days.  I turn on YouTube when I get home and watch girls put on make up, fixin' their hair, room tours, shopping hauls, nail tutorials, etc.  I saw a video (I also spotted this on some blogs) that a girl made about organizing her make up brushes.  This chick had , no joke!, 200 brushes.  I have maybe 20. She organized them by brush type and displayed them in containers. Super cute!! 

Well seeing her do that made me instantly want to make my brushes look prettier. :)  

This project cost me about $2.50.

Dollar Tree Handle Holders
Bag of sand, rocks, etc. Something that will hold your brushes up. 

I liked the shimmer of this metallic sand.  It looks like little chunks of silver.  SO CUTE!!  You can find this at Walmart in the Candle/Floral section.  Its around $3.00

Fill your jars to whatever height you like and presto... done!!  

I can pick my brushes up and the sand does not fly everywhere.  My brushes are displayed nicely too :)

I would LOVE to see some of your organizing posts/pics/ etc.  Leave me a comment and I will check them out!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

October Haul

At the beginning of October I set out to do two things, #1- Blog for 31 days straight about building your wardrobe and #2- spend $ on necessary purchases only.  I failed both.. miserably.

What took up the month of October?  HUMONGOUS NEWS!! I am opening an online boutique. More details later but I spent the majority of the month getting my ideas, pictures, products, and such in order.  I also managed to do a tad more shopping that usual. <<<praying my husband does not see this blog post>>>

I will continue the building a wardrobe series this week and we will go from there.  I love fashion and I think that building a appropriate and stylish wardrobe is very important.

Normally I do my weekly hauls/reviews/etc at the end of the week.  Since I took a bit of a blogging break I decided to recap my October purchases.

MOSSIMO Iphone Case- $4.00ish. ON SALE
Around Columbus Day my Grandparents drove down to New Mexico from Michigan.  My Grandfather loves history and the Wild West almost as much as I do.  Actually... I think that is where I get it from.  We decided to head down to Lincoln County and tour "Billy the Kid Country"  I knew we would be walking around and I didn't want to carry a purse nor did I want to put my ID/CC and phone in my pocket. PROBLEM SOLVED!  Love my new case.  I thought the tapestry look was super cute and I LOVE having this little phone wristlet. 

The only draw back to this wristlet is the tapestry is fraying.  I might go on the hunt for a few more.  In December tho... I am on a "spend only on necessities" November :) 

Yes, that is my Bloodhound Hank as my screen lock. :)  

MOSSIMO Clutch $5.08 ON SALE
Basic envelope clutch in the same tapestry fabric as my Iphone case.  Rarely do I carry a clutch  but I was in line and checking out at Target, the gal in front of me bought this clutch and I had to run back to grab my own. Super cute!!! I get so many compliments on this when I wear it with jeans.  

MOSSIMO Moccasins $7.99 ON SALE
Have I mentioned lately how much I really love Target?  I am a total Target girl!  All good things come from Target. 

I am in love with these Moccasins!  Sorry for the crummy pic but these are actually a deep teal color.  Also I think the detail inside is interesting.  You can never have to many pairs of Moccasins. 

ALMAY Intense i-Color 402-smoky-i for blues
I don't remember how much I paid for this but I remember it was on sale. 

I never wear Almay make up.  Reason being they are pricey.  I love trying new make up but for some reason I just never check out their section.  

According to the advertising this set should make my baby blue eyes pop.  I picked this up because I am a FIRM believer in Carmindy's philosophy that if you want your eyes to pop use the opposite color and Almay is advertising blue shadows for blue eyes. Challenge accepted Almay!  When the time comes for me to try this I will post it on the blog and Instagram. 

ELF Little Black Beautybook $4.99
48 eye shadows, 2 applicators and 1 mirror

I do have a legitimate reason for this purchase.  I am tired of carrying a make up bag to work so I have been looking at a few different palettes to leave in my desk at work.  Love this one!! Its 5"x3".  Perfect for a make up bag, desk drawer, etc.  Easy storage! 

MERONA Booties- $10.08
Ssssooooo cute!!!!  Even cuter on clearance.  Considering this have a crazy heel they are easy to walk in. Only con is I always kick my shoes off under my desk.  Can't do with these babies. 

MERONA Booties $8.98
Jackpot!!  2 pairs of booties I have been looking at for a month, both on clearance the same time! These are super comfy!  I want to track down the other color now. 

Craft plans. :)

MERONA Wallet $3.88
Love the feel! Love the colors! This will definitely become my fall wallet. 

MERONA Bag $10.88
Like everything else I purchase from Target this was justified!  I have been looking for a wool/felt purse for fall and I fell in love with this one.  The colors are so pretty. The leather and wool is a great combo!  Its like hot chocolate, it instantly reminds you of fall/winter. 

ELF Products $1 each
elf products can be hit or miss for me.  I love their brushes!  Some beauty bloggers do not like them but I think they do the job perfectly!  I wash mine all the time and I never have shedding.  

I purchased the eyelid primer, clear mascara/brow and regular/waterproof mascara for a future post.  

Pink Top: ANA $19.99
Leather Skirt: Worthington $29.99
I wanted a leather skirt for fall.  I am fussy when it comes to skirt shopping.  I don't like super short skirts and I can't wear longer ones either.  I am only 5'2" and finding that happy middle ground usually involves tailoring.  

I tried on the leather skirt at JCP and didn't care for it.  I grabbed the top to try on quick.  LOVED the top and skirt together   I have broad shoulders and I am proud to show them off.  This top does just that and the skirt looks amazing! You know I love it when I pay full price. 

Skinny Jeans-ANA $24.99
Love the print!  I haven't worn them yet because I need to do an alternation.  Its hard finding skinny jeans when you are plus size and have no ass.  

ELF Super Glossy Lip Shine $0.99 each
1- Tropical Breeze Swirl
2- Honey Do
3- Pink Kiss- soft pink color. Shiny with no glitter
4-Groovy Grape Swirl
I am a sucker for lip products.  Normally I don't wear glosses with glitter but I love elf lip shines.  All of these smell terrific and have a hint of color.  

Wet n Wild Wild Shine Clear Nail Protector $0.99
I constantly paint my nails.  Unless I am planning on leaving my polish on for more than a day I use this top coat.  I love love love my Essie top coats but honestly for $0.99 this one is awesome!  I have longer nails, I am constantly on the computer, and my tips always get chipped.  Wild Shine definitely gives my nails protection.  

Halo-the palette-$0.99
Stocking stuffer sections get me every time!  Considering this is definitely a cheaper shadow the coverage was ok. Will do a blog review

Maybelline Volum'Express Colossal Cat Eyes Mascara- $7.99
Maybelline Color Tattoo Eye Shadow- Bad to the Bronze $3.75
Baby Lips- Pink Punch- $2.99
Baby Lips- Cherry Me $1.50
I have not tried the mascara or eye shadow yet.  
I LOVE BABY LIPS!!!  By far Baby Lips is my favorite lip butter.  Cherry Me is the perfect shade for me!!  I may go back and stock up as they are buy one get one 1/2 off. Baby Lips gives you a hint of color but CRAZY moisture.  LOVE THEM!!! 

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circles Eraser Concealer- Fair-$6.99
I am pretty sure every beauty blogger on YouTube has done a review on this.  The reviews were mixed but I still wanted to try it.  I LOVE IT!  Some bloggers said it dried the skin under their eyes out and I can see that but I use a crazy amount of moisturizer in the morning so it really didn't do that to me.  

Its super light, the color is perfect and I love the sponge applicator on the top. 

WET N WILD Eye Shadow- I'm Feeling Retro $0.99
Walgreens was having a sale on Wet N Wild so I picked up a few things :) 
Love the colors!!  

WET N WILD Blush- Pearlescent Pink $0.99
I have not tried this yet but I've heard WNW products are crazy pigmented.  Excited to try. 

elf Palette- $1.99
I can't remember the shade but it came with 1 bronzer, 2 lip products, and 10 shadows. 

WET N WILD Lip Stick- 522A- $0.99
I wanted to try some deeper lip colors for fall.  This is such a plumy/red color. So pretty!

WET N WILD- Liquid Mega Liner-860-$0.99
I never wear liquid eye liner.  I will be honest I am a tad intimidated by it.  I bought this to play with. :) 

WET N WILD- Mega Plump Mascara- C893A- $0.99
I purchased this mascara with the intentions of trying a cheaper brand.  I am addicted to Stila.  I HATE this mascara.  Its clumpy, dries out and the handle is just awkward for me.  I will stick to Stila or my cat eyes. 

WET N WILD Megalast  Polish- $0.99 Each
#1- On a Trip 213C
#2- I Need a Refresh-Mint 218A
I am really impressed by these nail polishes   I think the bottles are cute and I love the packaging.  The nail color is staying on nicely and the color isn't fading.  I am wearing the purple color now and I have received so many compliments.  

SINFUL COLORS Polish- $0.99 Each
Again.. huge sale at Walgreens. 
#1- Zincing of You- Nice color!  Bronze but not glittery
#2- Hot Spot- One of my favs!  Deep blue color with a bit of shine
#3- Fiji- Nice purple/blue
#4- Frenzy- LOVE this glitter polish!  Doesn't flake off and stays super sparkly

#5- Mint Apple- Another fav!  Nice mint/green color
#6- Gorgeous- name says it all
#7- Innocent- Hate this color.  It dries matte and is just blah!

#8- Boom Boom- Cute color. Not hot pink but a deep pink
#9- Timbleberry- LOVE this color!  Pink/Red
#10- Soul Mate- Loved it in the bottle but hated it on my nails.  Its to pale for me and dried super matte. 

TATTOO ME Ruffle Mini Skirt- Originally $44, paid $11
After work one Friday I decided to head to the mall.  Rarely do I shop at Macys.  No reason I just always head to JCP, Target or Torrid first.  I had some time to spare before hubby gets home so I went to every store my husband hates going into :) Aaaahhh.... peaceful shopping. 

I tried on this skirt and almost put it back.  I never wear pencil or tight skirts.  I decided for $11 I needed to try it. :) This skirt is sssooo cute. The color is more deep than the picture shows. They had it in another color.  Wish I would have grabbed the soft pink one too. 

CLAIRE'S BAG- $10.99
I am loving the southwest style right now.  I thought this bag was cool.  Its my current bag :) 


Dollhouse Heels $13.00 shipped
The heel is 5" but these are so comfortable!! I am a 7W and these fit me perfect!

TORRID Nude Heels $20.99
The shipping took forever on these!  I love the shoes though. Not the most comfortable but definitely not the worst. 

PURE ENERGY TOPS $11 each shipped
I purchased a similar top on clearance at Target a month ago and I've been obsessed every since.  These are so cute!

TORRID MINI- $9.55 Shipped
I have not tried this on yet.  Its super cute though.  If it does not fit me you will find it for sale in my store :)

Blue soft necklace $12.99
I thought this necklace was cool because its made of fabric and beads.  :)  It can be worn long, short, different lengths. 

TORRID Ruffle Tank $10 Shipped

TORRID Skirt $13.00 Shipped

Mlle Gabrielle Dress $11.00 Shipped


TORRID TOP $18 Shipped

What Comes Around Consignment Store/Albuquerque
Avenue Dress $16.00
sssoooo cute on!!!



RING $3.00
Who knew Walmart had cute jewelry???


As I said.. now I am on a "only necessary purchases" in November!