Sunday, December 16, 2012

December Ipsy Bag

After seeing the great November Ipsy bags on youtube and other blogs I decided to sign up again.  I AM SO HAPPY I DID!!!!  I love my Ipsy bag this month!  

This month my bag included:
*Mai Couture Highlighter Papier 
*NYX Loose Pearl Shadow in Mink 
*Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil
*Mirabella Prime for Face & Eyes
*Be a Bombshell Hot Mess Lip Gloss

Aside from getting great products I am happy that Ipsy includes a coupon for purchase.  I will be reviewing these products individually but its nice to have a coupon if I decide to buy more of that product.  

Do you subscribe to Ipsy?

Thursday, December 13, 2012

How a family of two celebrates Christmas

As many of you know Mr. Chic and I do not have children nor do we live near our family.  Some holidays we invite friends over and other holidays we like to spend it with our pets.  His family lives in AZ now and my family is 1500 miles northeast in Michigan.

We love to decorate for the holidays but when it comes time for presents normally we ask each other what we want and make a day long shopping trip.  Its now our tradition.  We leave $50 each in our budget so we can buy each other a present but all other gifts we shop for ourselves.

This Saturday we are hitting up ABQ Uptown for my holiday shopping :)  I love ABQ Uptown!!  They light the trees at night and play Christmas music.  I may live in the desert now but it reminds me of Michigan.

Here are a few things I am asking Santa for :)

SEPHORA

Tarte Call of the Wild Palette
Tarte - Call Of The Wild Amazonian Clay 8-Shadow Collector's Palette

Limited Edition Stand Out Collection
Tarte - The Stand Outs Limited Edition Best Sellers Kit

Tarte Putting on the Glitz
Tarte - Puttin’ On The Glitz Limited-Edition Color Collection And Purse

LUSH
I would like to get a couple of holiday baskets to try.  I LOVE LUSH!!

MAC
 Lipstick
Ruby Woo

 Tinted Lipglass
Pink Lemonade

TARGET
Mossimo® Women's Plus-Size Tab-Sleeve Long Tunic Top - Assorted Colors
Mossimo Tunic Top
Xhilaration® Juniors Plus-Size Elbow-Sleeve Lace Fashion Top - Assorted Colors
Lace Top

Xhilaration® Juniors Plus-Size Long-Sleeve Peplum Blouse - Assorted Colors
Blouse

Mossimo Supply Co. Women's Plus-Size Skinny Denim Jeans - Coral
Red Jeans

Women's Mossimo® Ona Ballet Flat - Assorted Colors Women's Mossimo® Ona Ballet Flat - Assorted Colors
Women's Mossimo® Ona Ballet Flat - Assorted Colors Women's Mossimo® Ona Ballet Flat - Assorted Colors
Flats

Clear Fuse Vanity Organizer
Vanity Organizer

MEXSE Drawer Organizer with 3 Compartments
Organizer

What are you asking Santa for??




Monday, December 10, 2012

Money Monday- DIY Necklace Board


As always I want to start organizing projects around the holidays.  I don't know why but I do.  With the extra spending of the holidays I have been trying to come up with clever and frugal ways to still complete my organizing projects but not add the the December spending. 

I am HORRIBLE when it comes to storing jewelry.  I have accessories all over my house.  I never put necklaces away, my rings are by the bed in a cup, etc.  You see my problem.  

I decided I wanted to create a necklace board to lean against the wall in my closet.  I have a dresser in the closet and this would fit perfectly.  After researching ideas I decided everything I need for this project I can get at the dollar store.  I DID!!!  I ended up spending $4!!  

The only thing I did not purchase from the dollar store was my scissors.  I have those hanging around. :)

HOW TO:
1.  Measure the length and width of the area you will be placing your board.  Cut your form board to fit
2.  I liked the idea of creating a border around my necklace board so I cut my contact paper an inch shorter all the way around. 
3.  Lay your contact paper on your board.  Smooth with a credit card.  The easiest way to do this is peel the back off your paper in sections.  Only work with about a third at a time.  I purchased this paper from the Dollar Tree and it is re-positional. LOVE THIS PAPER!!!!  
4.  Place duct tape border around
This project took me maybe 15 minutes.  I used clear push pins to hang my necklaces from.  Easy peasy!!  

Please share your links for your favorite Dollar Store organizing projects below.  I would LOVE to check them out!!!! 

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Skin Care Routine with Benefit Products

About a month ago I started looking for a new skin care routine.  My skin has been so dry and nothing was helping.  I went to a few makeup counters, a few private consultants, etc but nothing really worked.  My skin looked ok for a few hours and it started drying out again.  I tested sample and after sample. NADA!  I think I was so busy trying to find the perfect skin care routine that I freaked my skin out.  After my last private consultant visit my skin said enough! My face got so dry, chapped, flaky and red.  It was really bad!!  

I went in a few weeks ago to have my eyebrows done at the Benefit Eye Brow Bar and the wonderful gal introduced me to the benefit products.  I AM IN LOVE!!!!!!  My skin is FINALY starting to come around and I can order the products through Birchbox.  :) Winning!!!!  

Here are the Benefit skin care products I am using and LOVE!

I use this cleanser twice a day and my skin feels clean and not tight!  I love this!  It has glycerin in it so after you wash your face feels soft and moisturized.  This cleanser even breaks down my eye makeup!!  

I use this moisturizer after cleansing my face twice a day.  I also use it periodically for dryness.  I love it!!  It moisturizes my skin and smells so good!  My skin glows after I use this!  

I use this after moisturizing.  This has helped to fade my dark circles.  I actually think I use less concealer now.  

My skin is not a fan of facial polishes.  Normally after I use one my skin hates life for a few days.  It gets red and irritated.  After using the Benefit polish my face was hydrated and smooth!!  No redness! No irritation!! Just smooth skin!  I ALWAYS moisturize after using this.  

I need to purchase this product.  When I was at my Benefit counter they did not have this.  This moisturizer fights UV rays.  This is a must for living in New Mexico! 

I am sorry if this post sounds like an infomercial for Benefit products but as a girl who suffers from horribly dry skin these are the products that work for me!  When buying the whole skin care set its not cheap but I will say you do not use a ton of product.  Most of the bottles are around $20-$25.  My skin is very happy with my investment!!!

This post was created as part of a IFB Project. 

November 2012 Birchbox



Birchbox is a monthly beauty sample mailing.  It is $10/month and every month you receive 4 to 5 high end samples to try.  What I like about Birchbox is you take a beauty quiz and the samples are picked out for you.  If you don't like the samples you are getting you can change your quiz and try again.  Easy peasy!!  Also if your friends sign up for Birchbox and use your link you get beauty points for products. :) 
If you are interested in trying Birchbox follow this link.  I never thought $10 would make me run to my mailbox!



This Month's Box
I LOVED THIS BOX!!!  This is probably one of the best boxes I have received!

I received a sample of Caldrea Hand Soap, One Love Organics Aromatic Body Serum, Oscar Blandi Pronto Texture & Volume Spray, John Varvatos Artisan Cologne for men and a FULL FIZE ModelCo SHINE Ultra Lip Gloss.  

Normally I break down each product in my Birchbox review but I think I am going to start reviewing each product individually and actually try them.  :)  


Saturday, December 8, 2012

Fall Cosmo Voxbox 2012 from Influenster

A few months ago I decided to join Influenster.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE trying new products.  I spend countless hours on blogs, youtube channels, tumblr, you name it just to check out what everyone is trying.

Please visit Influenster for more info.  I have some invites left in any of my lovely followers would like to join. Just leave me a comment with your email :)

What is Influenster???  Visit HERE to find out!!

This month I was a lucky duck who recieved a Fall Cosmo VoxBox to review. I am not going in depth with the products because I plan to review them this month. :)

Before we get into the box I need to say that I received this box and each product complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster.

Products Included:
FriXion by Pilot Pen, Forever Red Eau de Parfume, Ghirardelli Gourmet Milk Sea Salt Escape, and Venus  razor with a refill. 

This month I will be reviewing each product :)  I will say... Chocolate has already been reviewed. :) :) 

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.  
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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.  

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BRUSH 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