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Revlon Emeryl File
8/29/2017

Revlon Emeryl FileI always see cute foam nail files at the store. And I have purchased some of them. They seem to file nails just fine, but after a few uses, they start to fall apart. I finally ended up getting a Revlon Emeryl File. It is a metal nail file. It is just the right size, not too big and easy to handle. It is about 5 inches long and has a nice black plastic handle to hold while filing your nails. I found myself using this nail file most of the time because all my cute foam nail boards are all bent and ripped. The metal Revlon file has definitely outlasted the foam nail files.

I have used this Revlon Emeryl File to file other things, too. Sometimes we have something like a toy or piece of costume jewelry that has a sharp metal bur sticking out. This Revlon metal file has filed it off to a nice smooth, safe surface.

I've been wearing Invisalign clear plastic teeth straighteners for over a year now. The aligners sometimes have sharp edges where the plastic scratches the inside of my mouth. This Revlon Emeryl file has been a life saver when it came to filing down the Invisaligns. What a big difference it is to have sharp scratchy trays in your mouth versus smooth trays that you hardly even notice.

I also love to paint my nails. Sometimes I get some nail polish around my cuticle or on my skin just outside my nail. I use the Revlon Emeryl file to scrape it off and wipe it on a napkin. That helps a lot to make my manicures look professional. When I've gotten my nails done at the salon, they usually use their own nails covered painted with gel coating to scrape off the excess polish they got on my skin. When you are doing your own nails with regular nail polish, you can't really do that. So this Revlon nail file is a quick and easy way to do a clean-up as you go. I used to use a nail clean-up pen. But those things dry out so fast, and they are a little awkward to use. This nail file seems to last forever and will always be there for your manicures.

Finally, this metal nail file is a also great help when you need something strong but thin to pry things open so that you don't break your nails. For all kinds of uses, the Revlon Emeryl file comes in handy to have around the house. Maybe one in each room!

Women's Basic Short Sleeve Henley T-Shirt
8/25/2017

Women's Basic Short Sleeve Henley T-shirtI got this Women's Basic Short Sleeve Henley T-Shirt to run around in this summer. It is a fairly light-weight fabric, made of rayon and spandex. I was afraid it would shrink, so I got a medium, and it did, and luckily it fits fine now. I am 5ft 105lbs. I normally wear a small or x-small in clothes, but the medium worked with this Henley top after I washed and dried it.

This top is has a few real buttons to button up in the front. Then it also has a few fake buttons, that don't have button holes. This is a cute style. It makes it look like you left a few top buttons undone.

The overall length of this top is a bit long for me. You can see how the bottom of the top bunches up below my waste. I do have a shorter torso. But perhaps it was also because I got the size Medium, which is bigger than what I normally get at the store.

They have this in a ton of different colors. I've been dying to get my hands on a dusty salmon colored one, but they never seem to carry that color anymore.

Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette
8/22/2017

Urban Decay Naked Heat PaletteI finally got a hold of the Urban Decay Naked Heat palette. I had a feeling it was going to be something special, and I was pleasantly right! This palette is so unique in it's shimmery copper shades. They are the perfect set of colors for a warm summer as well as into fall and winter.

I have so many eye shadow palettes that it has been hard to warrant getting any more for fear of duplicating too many colors. But this palette has shades that I have been searching for for ages. I love these shimmery orange-rust earthy colors. The shades stay true to the "naked" theme in that they blend very naturally to accent the eyes with a pop of autumnal color.

For once, I also love the dual-ended brush this palette came with. Normally I don't use brushes that come with palettes. Instead I use my favorite Ecotools Duo Eye Brushes. The brush this palette came with has a flat brush on one side. This flat brush is great for applying overall lid color as well as for general blending of shadows. The other end has a small round brush that works well for applying shadow to the outer V corner of the eye as well as in the crease.

I created this look for a music video of me playing guitar and singing. The eye shadow seemed to show up pretty well in the video.

For the look I created below, here are the shades I used:

Dirty Talk (a shimmery orangey-copper)  for overall lid color. I used the palette's flat brush to apply.

Lumbre  (a lighter and slightly more sparkly version of Dirty Talk)  for just above the lash line and in the center of the eyelid to add dimension to the eyes. Applied with flat brush end.

Embre (a darker coppery brown) for the outer V (corner of the eye) and into the crease with the round end of the palette's brush.

Ounce (a pale, satiny cream color, with a hint of sheen) for the brow bone, just below the outer half of each eyebrow

Ashes (a dark matte plum) for eye liner. I applied this with a damp e.l.f. small smudge brush to make it go on darker.


         

Finally, I used Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara and Lancome Color Design Lipstick in Sugared Maple.


Going-to-the-Park Look

Updated 8/23/2017

Urban Decay naked Heat Natural LookToday I wanted to try out a different color in the Naked Heat palette. I was going to take my son to the park to ride his bike around the loop, as I got a little cardio in, walking around the loop (hmm, maybe next time I should run...). So I didn't want to go too glamorous on the makeup, but I did want to try the Naked Heat palette again. So I thought I'd try out one of the matte shades for a more natural look.

Here are the shades I used for today's look:

Low Blow (a medium orangey-brown matte) for the crease color, blended to just below the brow bone

Lumbre (a medium-light sparkly peachy-orange) for the lid 

Ounce (a pale, satiny cream color, with a hint of sheen) for the brow bone, just below the outer half of each eyebrow

This look would have been more natural-looking had I not used Lumbre. But I just couldn't help it. It is such a pretty color. I think it is my favorite shade in this palette.

For eyeliner, I used Clinique Quickliner for Eyes Intense in Black Honey (my favorite color of eyeliner).

For mascara, I used Lancome Definicils Mascara.

For lips, I lined and filled in my lips with Laura Geller Lip Liner in Spice. Then I went over it with Makeup Forever Artist Rouge Lipstick in Natural N9.


Scorched Look

Updated 8/28/2017

Naked Heat Palette lookNaked Heat Scorched LookI found my new favorite color in the Naked Heat palette. It is called Scorched. It is similar to Dirty Talk and Lumbre, except it has a little rosiness to it. Maybe it's supposed to be like a sunburn color or something??? It is a shimmery rusty-pink color. I would say Dirty Talk is a shimmery rusty-orange, Lumbre is a shimmery rusty-peach, and Scorched is a shimmery rusty-rose. I did my makeup for another music video today, and I like how the color showed up, even with low light, I like how it was coppery-rose looking.

Shades I used for today's look in order of use:

Sauced (matte medium peachy-brown) for the crease

Scorched (shimmery rusty-rose) for the lid color

En Fuego (matte burgundy) for the outer V corners of the eyes

Ashes (matte dark burgundy-brown) applied wet as eyeliner

Ounce (a pale, satiny cream color, with a hint of sheen) for the brow bone, just below the outer half of each eyebrow


I don't think I'm going to use the Ashes shade as eyeliner anymore. I don't think it shows up very well. And it takes a lot of effort to get enough of it on. I even used the eyeliner brush wet in order to get more product densely applied. But it still didn't too much. Plus, I had a bit of product fall-out with the Ashes shade. There are other better and darker colors in other palettes that I can use as eyeliner.

After applying the Naked Heat eye shadows, I used Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara, and Makeup Forever Artist Rouge Lipstick in Natural N9.

After the third look I've done with it, I'm still lovin' this palette. I am glad that I got it for the tail end of summer, and I'm excited to use the rust and burgundy colors in it this fall.


Ashy Look

Updated 8/29/2017

Naked Heat LookNaked Heat LookToday I wanted to try a different color combination of the Naked Heat colors. I heard some people say that all the looks created with this palette turn out all about the same. But I don't agree with that. You can go more orangey, more rosey, more brown, darker, lighter, etc.

Colors used for today's look:

Low Blow for the crease

Ashes for the outer V corner (this Ashes color doesn't appear to be as well-pigmented as the other colors, but it does blend well)

Scorched for the center of the lid (my favorite color of the palette)

Ounce for the browbone


I used Mary Kay eye shadow in storm for the eyeliner, Lancome Monsieur Big mascara.

For the lips, I used Marc Jacobs lip Creme in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. I really like that color. It is a medium pink that is not too bright, but still colorful and interesting.




Women's Skater Lace Dress Cream - Mossimo
8/20/2017

Mossimo Women's Skater Dress Lace CreamWomen's Skater Lace Dress Cream - MossimoI got this cream colored lacy dress on sale at Target to wear to a friend's wedding, before it dawned on me that you shouldn't wear white or whitish lacy dresses to a wedding because that's the bride's uniform. But now I have this pretty dress to wear just about anywhere.

The Mossimo Women's Lace Skater Dress in Cream is a versatile dress that can be dressed down by wearing sneakers or dressed up with heels and accessories. I think a colorful belt, denim jacket, military jacket, or colorful pashmina wrap would accent the dress nicely. 

I love how the lace makes the dress look so delicate and special. This dress would be great for special occasions or even just going shopping. The front bodice is like a wrap, and there is a tiny hook and eye to keep it from opening up, keeping it tasteful. I think the length is perfect, too. Not too short but short enough to keep it playful.

I wore this dress casually to go shopping and got lots of compliments on it. It is a fairly simple design, but the lacy fabric makes it look a little fancier.

I love skater dresses because they taper in at the waist, giving you a feminine form. And they are cut in a way so that they don't bunch up or add bulk at the waist area, keeping it slim.

I am 5ft and 105lbs, and I got a size XS, which is my usual size for Target dresses. The above pictures were taken after machine washing and drying the dress, and I didn't notice any shrinkage. The outer lacy overlay is cotton, but the lining is polyester, which doesn't usually shrink.

I really love this dress. So when it went on sale, I had to get it. I feel a little like a princess when I wear this dress, like Today Was a FairyTale.

Lancome Audacity in Paris Eye Shadow Palette
8/17/2017

Lancome Audacity in Paris eye shadow paletteThis Lancome Audacity in Paris eye shadow palette makes me feel so sophisticated. But not just that, the colors are all so pretty and not overly bold. So I feel pretty and made up without feeling like I've overdone it.

Again, I have to admit. It was the purple and rosy colors that drew me in. But all the colors are so great for every day looks, that I knew it would be a palette that I would enjoy using on a regular basis.

This versatile palette has a nice mix of matte, metalic, and shimmer eye shadow shades. You could really take this palette from day time casual looks to night time dressy looks.

In my photo of this palette, I forgot to replace the brush that the palette comes with. I took it out because I don't really love it. It is a fine brush, but I love my Ecotools duo eye brushes more for applying eye shadows.

Lancome Audacity in Paris lookThe palette has 16 different shades. (The reflection of this compact mirror makes it look double.) The mirror is large and very nice. However, I don't use the mirror much since I don't travel much. I'm usually at home doing my makeup in front of the large vanity mirror.

In the look I created here, I used the colors Zip Me Up (purple) and Exhibition (dusty rose) colors that are right beside to each other in the palette. I used the Exhibition shade for the overall lid color and Zip Me Up for the outer corner of the eye and a little into the crease.

I did use the color It List (matte black), the very last shade on the top right, as an eye liner, using my e.l.f. small smudge brush. I prefer to use black eye shadows for eyeliner these days because they don't tug on your skin like regular eyeliners do. And the powdery eye shadows seem to apply easier to the wrinkles around my eyes too! 😉

And finally for mascara, I used Lancome Definicils Mascara for length. And then layered Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara on top for volume. I find using a combination of lengthening and volumizing mascaras give me the best results.

For the lips, I used Laura Geller lip liner in Spice. It is a really hydrating lip liner that I use to fill in my whole lip color. It dries matte and doesn't smudge. The Spice color is one of my favorite nude lip colors.

So do you think you have the audacity to try this Lancome palette? I didn't think I did. I just put it on my wish list, and I guess Santa had the audacity to give it to me.

It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Romantics Eye Shadow Palette
8/15/2017

Naturally Pretty Romantics PaletteIt was the pretty, plummy, purples that drew me into this palette. There is a lavender shade, called Enchanting and a darker eggplant shade called Devotion. I also love the warm pink color called Romance.

This is volume 2 of the Naturally Pretty palette that I know and love. It is the It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Romantics eye shadow palette. And romantic it is. The colors are soft and pretty. If you love pinks and purples, and florals, this is a great palette. It is full of matte eye shadows with a Transforming Pearl top coat to give a bit of sheen over top of any color.

My loyalty to purple, however, has not limited me from using the other beautiful colors in this palette. There are a few pretty warm, peachy-pink shades that I have used and gotten complimented on. Besides, it's fun to experiment with colors.

This palette can be used dry or wet. In this purpley look, I used it all dry. I used the dark purple Devotion shade as a liner. It didn't show up very much. I think next time, I will wet the small smudge brush before using the dark shades as eyeliner.

For the all over color, I used Enchanting. For the center of the lid, I used Romance. I used Lancome Definicils Mascara, followed by Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara.

I find purple eye shadows hard to wear sometimes because they can bring out the purple bags under my eyes. But the purples in this palette are very pretty and don't seem to call excessive attention to my dark circles.

I am also wearing It Cosmetic lip gloss, which I love because it has my favorite anti-aging peptides.

     It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Romantic

"When I am an old woman, I shall wear purple" - from a poem by Jenny Joseph

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