30 May 2013

Revamped Maybelline Routine

Hi, guys!

Things have been so crazy, like always, and I haven't really had time to sit down and blog at all. I may start making videos!

This post is an update to my makeup routine. Recently I decided to go on a complete overhaul of my makeup kit and start from scratch since a lot of my products were older and needed to be binned.

Lately I've been on a huge Maybelline kick. All of the products I currently use, except for my eyeshadow and my face care, are Maybelline.

My base product is their Dream Matte powder. Not only does it smell good, it offers just enough coverage for my face. I don't have many blemishes, so I do not feel the need for a heavier product. This product does come with a sponge under the powder in a little twist out compartment, though I don't use it. I use a kabuki brush instead since I like how it lightly deposits the powder on my skin, giving me the ability to build it up for more coverage if I need to.

The Dream Matte powder also prevents my face from getting oily, something that all of my previous foundations failed to do. All day wear, no greasies even in the nastiest of Florida conditions. It's an A+ in my book!


The second addition to my collection was a new mascara. I already used their The Colossal Cat Eyes, and it was time for something different. I didn't like how I would end up with clumps with the Cat Eyes so I decided to deviate from the norm and picked up a tube of Volum' Express The Mega Plush.

It's fantastic! The brush isn't curved like Cat Eyes, and I like it a lot more. I have no clumps and mega lashes that just pop! As always, I do one coat all over and then a light coat on the ends after the first coat has dried. It makes my lashes look amazingly plush and glam.


I also needed a new eyeliner. I've never been a true fan of pencil or kohl, preferring the liquid and gel liners instead. Since I was out of liquid I picked up a pot of Eye Studio Lasting Drama gel liner. It was a lot easier to use than I expected, since I have had varied results with gel liners before. I like the brush that comes with it. Unlike other gels I've tried before, this brush is extremely soft. It's got the ability to create a super dramatic deep line, or a thin simple line for day. The staying power is tops, as is the ease of application. This isn't in my every day routine, but definitely worth mentioning.


My final grab was two tubes of Color Whisper lipsticks. The color is so light and airy. I don't normally use lipstick since my lips are massive enough and the extra color just adds attention to them. I feel I can wear these without having to worry. It's just enough color to add definition, but not enough to drown me out.


I lucked out and found a duo pack of Baby Lips on sale at Walmart last week, so I picked those up too. I'm not as thrilled about those since they have a shimmer to them and make me look a bit drowned out.


So that is my updated makeup bag! I'm in love with all of the products except for the Baby Lips. I think I've finally found something that sets well with me ^_^


I also got my confirmation email today that I've been selected for another Influenster VoxBox program for summer. My box should arrive mid-June, so keep your eyes peeled for new reviews of the products they send me. If you would like to know more about Influenster, and how you can become an Influenster yourself, visit www.influenster.com and sign up. You never know, you may have a VoxBox of your own to review one day!

Stay golden, dears!

V.


08 May 2013

Quickie Review: Clear Hair & Scalp Therapy Mask

I'm a little pressed for time today, so I'm going to do a quickie review on a product that has become a staple for me.

I've been using the Clear products since I got some complimentary bottles from the Influenster program. I've totally fallen in love with the line, and my hair has never been better.

I currently use the Damage & Color Repair products. When I saw they made a hair mask, I was on board.




The mask has the consistency of a deep conditioner, very thick. It smells just like the shampoo and conditioner, which was a perk for me since I am picky about the scent of products that I use. The other products smell absolutely heavenly. I would have been disappointed if this didn't follow suit.

After shampooing and conditioning, slather a generous amount on your hair and let it sit for three to five minutes. Rinse, then style as usual.

I could tell a good difference from my first use. My hair was softer and had more body than it did just from the shampoo and conditioner alone. I've gotten many compliments. Thus far, I've used it only once a week. That's all I really need since my hair is naturally oily to begin with.

One of my favorite things is the repair job it's done. I've done a lot of coloring, more than I should have done in recent years. My hair finally looks healthy again.

You can find this product for around $5 from your local drug store.

04 May 2013

Being A Set

Anyone who knows me knows I spend a load of time on Twitter. While there, I generally get to see and participate in some amazing conversation.

The topic that struck me tonight was someone talking about how they wanted to find that special person that they could settle down with, and being tired of single life.

I know, I may not seem like a good authority on something like that since I have been in a relationship for the past seven years with an amazing man. That seven years has given me time to really grow into my own skin and change as a person. I am a much different person now than I was when we first got together.

What was behind the growth?

Major soul searching. I started to realize that I wasn't getting any younger, that I needed to devote more time to number one before I could truly be a good piece for a set.

I went back to school, threw myself more into art, started writing more, expanding my horizons in general. It's made me much more comfortable in my own skin. I've started to discover what is really me, and I am really digging who that chick is.

The best part? It's the total opposite of the other part of my matched pair!

I'm a total punk rock chick deep down, and he's gangster rap. I'm an adult sparkling fairy princess, and he's darker and twisted. I'm a language enthusiast who loves to read - he's video games and movies.

What makes us work so well is the fact that we are so different, and we roll with it. I am comfortable in who I am, he's comfortable with who he is, and that is why we have lasted so long. There are no fronts, no lies, just openness and acceptance.

It really boils down to loving yourself. Love yourself and you open so many doors to the love of others. Knowing who you are and what you are all about will lead you to more easily accept others and their inner sparkling fairy princess or soccer hooligan.

Try something new. Take a cooking class. Walk around your house naked. Watch a movie that you never thought you'd enjoy. Express your inner feelings with glob of clay.

You will be surprised what a little soul searching can do. You're a damn awesome person, you just have to find who that person is.

In the great words of RuPaul, "If you can't love yourself, how the hell are you going to love somebody else?".

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