From The Bottom Of My Makeup Bag

from Anastasia to Zoya and back again

Mary Kay VoxBox!

OMGGGG!! I got home from work yesterday and my Mary Kay VoxBox was waiting for me. So exciting!! I couldn’t believe how generous Influenster and Mary Kay were! The box had tons of amazing goodies! I received lip gloss, blush, bronzer, translucent powder, a cream eyeshadow, gel eyeliner, mascara, and three brushes (blush, concealer, and a mini eyeliner brush). WOW! I used the mascara today and I love love love the wand, it’s nice and firm. The color is also a nice, rich black. I think tomorrow I will do a rosy gold look using the cream eyeshadow. The blush is beautiful, light pink with a shimmer that reminds me of the famous NARS Orgasm blush. The bronzer is not muddy or too orange/red/shimmery. I am very impressed with what I have seen so far! Way to go, Mary Kay! I will be trying more of these products in the coming weeks, so stay tuned…

I am loving Influenster so much! This is the best Vox Box I’ve gotten! I already gave the lotion to my husband and the Kisses to my coworkers. #sharethelove #JAdoreVoxBox #Influenster

I am loving Influenster so much! This is the best Vox Box I’ve gotten! I already gave the lotion to my husband and the Kisses to my coworkers. #sharethelove #JAdoreVoxBox #Influenster

This week’s mask is the Montagne Jeunesse Chocolate Mask. It smells…awful. I mean, it smells like chocolate, so it’s not false advertising, but I happen to think that chocolate is a horrible smell for skin. If you like chocolate smelling products, like the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette, you will love this. It’s supposed to be moisturizing, and my skin definitely needs that. I tend to go for moisturizing masks rather than anything that says “purifying” or “exfoliating”, though I must admit, Montagne Jeunesse has a charcoal mask I am desperate to try. The mask is a thick mud/clay texture, and the directions say to put it on the face and neck (there is more than enough for a thick layer on the entire area, but I rarely apply masks to my neck), wait 5-10 minutes for it to dry, then rinse with a washcloth and warm water.  This stuff was a little tricky to get off! I am quite fair and for a few scary minutes, I thought it had stained my face a brownish color. After a few more passes with the washcloth, it all came off. I then followed up with my vitamin C serum from Aloe Source, which smells a bit like oranges…so now I smell like one of those chocolate oranges people eat at Christmas. Great.  I must admit, my skin does feel very soft after using this product! Got to give credit where it’s due.
These masks retail for around one dollar, and I buy them at Walmart. They are sold in single use packets, but I could definitely get another use out of this one if I put the remainder in a small Tupperware or a Ziploc bag.  I’m not really a fan of the smell, so I don’t know if I’ll go to that much effort to preserve the remaining product. Maybe I will. Waste not, want not.

This week’s mask is the Montagne Jeunesse Chocolate Mask. It smells…awful. I mean, it smells like chocolate, so it’s not false advertising, but I happen to think that chocolate is a horrible smell for skin. If you like chocolate smelling products, like the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette, you will love this. It’s supposed to be moisturizing, and my skin definitely needs that. I tend to go for moisturizing masks rather than anything that says “purifying” or “exfoliating”, though I must admit, Montagne Jeunesse has a charcoal mask I am desperate to try. The mask is a thick mud/clay texture, and the directions say to put it on the face and neck (there is more than enough for a thick layer on the entire area, but I rarely apply masks to my neck), wait 5-10 minutes for it to dry, then rinse with a washcloth and warm water.  This stuff was a little tricky to get off! I am quite fair and for a few scary minutes, I thought it had stained my face a brownish color. After a few more passes with the washcloth, it all came off. I then followed up with my vitamin C serum from Aloe Source, which smells a bit like oranges…so now I smell like one of those chocolate oranges people eat at Christmas. Great.  I must admit, my skin does feel very soft after using this product! Got to give credit where it’s due.

These masks retail for around one dollar, and I buy them at Walmart. They are sold in single use packets, but I could definitely get another use out of this one if I put the remainder in a small Tupperware or a Ziploc bag.  I’m not really a fan of the smell, so I don’t know if I’ll go to that much effort to preserve the remaining product. Maybe I will. Waste not, want not.

My Essentials Basket

This is what I call my “essentials” basket. When you have as much makeup as I do, it’s important to have a space to put the things you use on a daily basis so that they are easily accessible. I have a full time job and a toddler, and I get up at 6:15 every day. I’m not looking to spend a long time hunting for my concealer or eyebrow pencil, especially if I’m running on not enough sleep (usually due to said toddler). While I may change my eyeshadow color or my lipstick on a whim, there are other parts of my getting ready routine that are the same on a day-to-day basis. Here is a picture of my everyday basket, which I keep just to the left side of my makeup mirror:

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In my basket, I keep my serum primer, my skin and under eye hydrating primers, my Benefit Porefessional (I have large pores on the apples of my cheeks only), MAC and Maybelline concealers, foundation, loose powder, Make Up For Ever sculpting blush (number 16) Anastasia Brow Wiz, Benefit gimme brow, Too Faced Shadow Insurance, and Benefit They’re Real mascara.

Having these items in one place allows me to wake up, stumble into the shower, and be halfway ready by the time I realize I’m fully awake. If I had to search around for everything in the morning, I may end up at work looking like a crazy person!

If you had an essentials basket, what would you put in it? If you already have one, what are your must-have items?

Oh, MAC…

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I went back to MAC on Saturday and swapped out the foundation and Mineralize Skinfinish that I got last Friday. The products I was “matched” for were way too dark. I also felt that the Skinfinish was too shiny and made my pores look large, while the foundation didn’t provide the coverage I asked for. My dark spots and old scars are not very extreme, but they still showed through the foundation. I swapped the Studio Sculpt foundation in NW20 for Studio Fix Fluid in NW13 and the Mineralize Skinfinish in Light Plus for Mineralize Foundation Loose in Extra Light. I kept the concealer, as I felt that it was a good color match for my skin. 

The verdict? MUCH BETTER! I no longer have the dreaded orange “neck line”. Shudder. Proof that even the professionals get it wrong sometimes, and it always pays to keep your receipt, especially when buying foundation! I had coworkers tell me that my foundation was too dark, something a makeup lover NEVER wants to hear! Makeup 101, do not wear foundation too dark or too light for your skin! Luckily, I only looked like an amateur for a week, and now I’m back to rocking the correct color for my oh-so-fair skin tone. 

Side note: I hated the smell of the Studio Sculpt foundation. It smelled like maple syrup to me and made me grossed out every time I put it on. The smell faded quickly on the skin, but man…not my favorite scent in the world (I’m not a huge maple fan). I didn’t think that was fair to include in my review of the product, since it’s not a lingering scent, so I just put it here instead.

Second side note: When we got to the car, I told my husband that the girl who helped me the second time at MAC had a lot of makeup on (serious pancake/stage makeup type of foundation). He looked confused and said, “They ALL had a lot of makeup on.” It made me laugh. The girls at MAC do pile it on…all in the name of business, I suppose.

Valentine’s Day manicure: White Matter as a base, Flashy on the thumb, Eureka on the forefinger and middle finger, Brazen on the ring finger and pinkie, Meteoric as a top coat. Zoya speed dry drops on top.

Valentine’s Day manicure: White Matter as a base, Flashy on the thumb, Eureka on the forefinger and middle finger, Brazen on the ring finger and pinkie, Meteoric as a top coat. Zoya speed dry drops on top.

Happy Saturday everyone! I’m taking a trip to MAC to exchange my foundation. It’s too yellow! What are you doing today? Eyes are Urban Decay Naked3 palette and Benefit They’re Real mascara, lips are MAC Up The Amp. Cheeks are Tarte holiday Off The Cuff palette. Skin is MAC way to damn yellow foundation (haha) and mineralize skinfinish

Happy Saturday everyone! I’m taking a trip to MAC to exchange my foundation. It’s too yellow! What are you doing today? Eyes are Urban Decay Naked3 palette and Benefit They’re Real mascara, lips are MAC Up The Amp. Cheeks are Tarte holiday Off The Cuff palette. Skin is MAC way to damn yellow foundation (haha) and mineralize skinfinish

Wearing some Twisted Sistah glitter by Lit Cosmetics to celebrate Friday! I can’t wait for the weekend.

Wearing some Twisted Sistah glitter by Lit Cosmetics to celebrate Friday! I can’t wait for the weekend.

How do you like to unwind after a long day?

How do you like to unwind after a long day?

Happy Monday, indeed! I hope everyone is having a nice start to the week. :) I am loving Makeup Geek’s Utopia pigment today. So sparkly!

Happy Monday, indeed! I hope everyone is having a nice start to the week. :) I am loving Makeup Geek’s Utopia pigment today. So sparkly!