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(Review) IT Cosmetics - Poreless Pressed Heavenly Luxe Brush

I recently started working with IT Cosmetics, and I'm thrilled to admit they're hands down, my favorite company so far. I've collected the majority of their line and can never get enough. Not only are these products skin friendly and wear well, but they're effective in targeting the concern you're trying to cover.

The PR Team at IT recently sent me out a Heavenly Luxe brush, and their new Bye Bye Pores pressed powder, which is available on site, but doesn't debut at Ulta until next month. I thought they'd only be sending the powder only, but was ecstatic when I opened the parcel to see the brush I had been saving for! :)

The powder itself is white, but goes on translucent. It's great for finishing up a look, or wearing by itself over a primer to hide pores and fine lines. I own both a loose version of this which I wear daily on my vanity, and I've been keeping the pressed version in my handbag for on the go touch ups. When you look at the box and the claims about covering pores and whatnot, I understand it's easy to question all the claims the company makes, however; IT Cosmetics lives up to all of their claims, and I've not been disappointed with a single product of theirs yet.

As for the Heavenly Luxe brush, it's a synthetics brush, cruelty free, and is enormous, fluffy, and amazingly soft on the skin. IT Brushes are my absolute favorite, because they're soft, exceptionally easy to clean, and apply your makeup flawlessly and beautifully. I actually use the puff for the pressed powder, and the Heavenly Luxe brush to administer the loose version of their Bye Bye Pores Powder, and then the Airbrush - Complexion Perfection brush for my Celebration Foundation. I recommend all of these products.

IT Cosmetics is the very first line i've found that not only tends to MY skincare needs while making me feel lovely, upscale, and gorgeous, but they're worth every penny. The cosmetics themselves last a long time, and the brushes have a great long life, provided you clean them regularly. IT Cosmetics carries something for everyone, both young and aging. With me being right in the middle of both categories, I like to play in all of the products. :) You can purchase yours, along with all of my other favorite products at their website HERE. Below is my full IT face minus the lipstick, which is Mac's Ruby Woo.

Stay lovely, and remember that IT Cosmetics has something that will help everyone in the process of doing so!



(Review) Adesse nail enamel

 Hi, guys!
  It's been a bit since my last post! It's a time of transition at Abundance, as Jen has undergone a great loss + tremendous injury to her hand. This won't prevent her from sharing great finds, However; it has slowed things down a bit.

 Over the past month or so, I've been collaborating with Adesse on a series of nail reviews. Adesse is a fantastic company out of NYC, and I'm very pleased to present them to you. In my opinion, the company is incredibly ahead of their time due to the amount of industry knowledge that the creators actually have. Their nail enamel products are cutting edge, yet environmentally friendly. The color selection appeals to people of all ages, with finishes such as Chrome, Glitter, Matte, Sheer, and most recently, a peel off gel product that lasts a total of TWO weeks! They aren't afraid to think outside of the box, but while providing a zero gimmick, long lasting and safe product to meet the needs of females of ALL ages. The company was created by Suzanne Roberta and Donald Meyer three years ago, and in their words;

 We wanted to combine years of cosmetic product development, global marketing, finance and entrepreneurial "zsa zsa zsu" to create a company dedicated to bringing the most luxurious beauty products to our global clients.  

The result? Adesse New York!

Suzanne was kind enough to send six polishes, each with it's own unique finish, shade, and personality (yes, these colors pack tremendous personality!) I'll be showing you each of the six shades in seperate posts, incorporating many different looks and techniques I've learned while using them. For now, I must let my hand fractures heal a bit more. 

In the meantime, I couldn't resist showing you my favorite one first, which is named Alelulah! Normally, I stick to more classic shades, but I couldn't resist this one! Alelulah is a tremendously fun, sheer blue metallic shade that I get complimented on everyday.

 There's a lilac undertone and various sized chunks of silver glitter. This shade reminds me of all kinds of dreamy things like Unicorns, Cotton Candy, Snowcones, Pixie Dust and well, pretty much everything that embodies being a little girl again, so it's really fun on occasion! In a way, this shade looks like something you'd see from a more indie nail brand, so I was really enticed to see a higher end brand carry glitter shades where you could actually SEE the glitter when wearing the polish. I generally steer clear of polish reviews, because I have tremendously high standards and often don't find everything I need from most companies. If I do, I'm often disappointed by wear time. The line boasts many impressive features, such as:
  • These products are “5 Free”; free from Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, DBP, Toluene and Camphor. This is very important because 5 Free is the highest standard; as most brands are only 3 Free.
  • Crafted of the absolute highest quality ingredients
  • Cruelty free & Vegan
  • They use a self leveling brush that fits my petite nailbeds perfectly, and reduces accidents
  • Enamels are infused with organic micas, minerals, and pigments
  • Product contains bamboo extract, shea, and argan oils to moisturize the nails
  • Made in the USA, in NYC. 
We've been captivated by these shades since their arrival. I ran out of nails to paint and my husband almost ended up with glitter toenails. What I love most is the broad spectrum of finishes and tints, ranging matte to chrome, glitter to gel. Their site states that the shades are inspired by the style, verve, and ironic beauty of their beloved New York. To me, these mean much more, because they've taken a leap we don't commonly see in the beauty industry, which is an blatant appreciation of the great variety of people who would purchase said shades. Sure, we've seen companies do things like mood polish, scented polish, fuzzy polish, caviar velvet and every other gimmick known to man, but for how long do you wear those, and do you feel like you're using a luxury product when you do so? My manicure lasts roughly two weeks, I've touched up today with a not so steady hand, however; It embraces my personality perfectly, I can still wear it to the office, and I never get bored with it.

You can get your favorite shades HERE. ! I hope you fall in love with these as much as I did, the combinations are absolutely endless!  


(Review) QVC Deal of the day - IT Cosmetics!

Hey, guys! Sorry for the delay in posts. I've got multiple fractures in my right hand from an accident at work, and have SO many amazing things to show you as I heal!

Tonight, I'm honored to introduce you to IT Cosmetics, Created by Jamie Kern-Lima with world renowned plastic surgeons, dermatologists, and cutting edge technology. This also happens to be a brand I'm positively in love with and have started using on all of my clients, because I happen to have large pores, acne scarring, and rosacea. Its an amazing feeling to both get your confidence back, and see the look on your clients faces when they look at the makeup you've applied, not to focus on their imperfections, but see the beauty IT cosmetics has brought out in them. These products are not only cutting edge, but top notch quality. I seriously can't say enough good things about this line! While it's still relatively new to me, I'll be reviewing a lot of it here, because I've ran out and purchased the majority of the line after trying it for this review! :)

 Needless to say, I was thrilled when they offered to let me introduce their QVC deal of the day for 6/8/2015! I very strongly recommend all of these products, particularly the Celebration Foundation and Complexion Perfection brush!

Here's what we've received:

" Within this limited-edition, one-time-only set are two new launches – our Naturally Pretty Face Palette and Celebration Foundation SPF50 – and the top-selling Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer and Heavenly Luxe Complexion Perfection Brush. The worldwide launch of this set will only be available for 24 hours, starting at 12:01 AM on Monday, June 8th at an incredible deal. "

Isn't that palette gorgeous? Not only are these products easy on the eyes, but some of the most effective I've used! Celebration foundation leaves you absolutely flawless, paired with the brush you get an airbrushed finish! The concealer is a god send. The palette though, that's the icing on the cake. it's full of best sellers such as hello light, highlighting creme, bye bye pores powder, which I adore, a lovely bronzer that compliments all shades, and a blush in the prettiest of all pinks! 

The pigmentation in these cosmetics is positively amazing, and I'm sorry I didn't discover them sooner. For you ladies who suffer from skin conditions like myself, this line gave me my confidence back, and I have a feeling these products will be in my daily regime for a very, very long time. I hope to add the serums, shadows, more brushes, liners, and glosses soon! 

There are a few additional products I'd like to suggest, which are NOT included in the QVC Deal of the Day set: 

"The Vitality Lip Flush 4-in-1 Reviver Lipstick Stain is a lip product that gives the naturally pretty flush, vitality-filled, color of a lipstick, with the Anti-Aging, hydrating and conditioning feel of a balm AND a long-wear stain that doesn’t dry out lips! It truly is a multi-faceted product, packed with amazing natural ingredients. With good for you Anti-Aging Antioxidants including Vitamins A, C, E, Acai, Green Tea and White Tea; Vitality Lip Flush protects and wards off free-radicals all day long.

Formulated to give that long-wear flush of naturally pretty color, the Anti-Aging hydration of a super luxe treatment lip balm, and a powerful stain that doesn’t dry out your lips. Developed with leading plastic surgeons, this truly innovative, formula contains IT Cosmetics® Hydra-LuxeTM technology, including ingredients such as Plum Oil, Cherry Oil, Shea Butter, Aloe and Jojoba that all work together to treat, hydrate, condition, and nourish your lips. Good-for-you ingredients drench your lips with lasting hydration and color and the naturally pretty shades work on all skin tones. This Made in the USA formula is Paraben-free."

Why You Will Love IT
Hello Lashes® Extensions Mascara makes the look of false lashes easy and accessible! This 6-in-1, clinically shown 24-hour wear mascara features the blackest black melted nylon fibers infused into our volumizing, lash-loving and award-winning Hello Lashes Mascara so you can achieve long, thick and dramatic lashes in one quick coat application! A 430% increase in lash volume and 114% increase in lash length!
The perfect alternative to complicated false lashes and expensive lash extensions, this innovative formula is your volumizing mascara, lash primer, lash enhancing treatment, long wear lash tint, lash comb, and now it’s your look of false lashes without the fumbling! Infused with lash-enhancing and conditioning ingredients, including vitamin B5, peptides, collagen, proteins and green tea to treat your lashes while you call beautiful attention to your eyes! 
Well, Ladies. This deal officially went live two minutes ago on QVC! Get it for the next 23 hours and 57 minutes! Http://www.qvc.com exclusive! You can buy my suggested products to add on at Http://www.itcosmetics.com
Thanks for reading! 


Harvey Prince - Sincerely review

Harvey Prince is a company i've been following since their contributions to birchbox when they were first starting out.

Created by two brothers who started making perfume after they were unable to find a satisfactory present from mothers day, they hands down make some of the best scents in the industry. I can safely say that I attach every single one of their scents to a memory/period of my life, Ageless being my favorite.

Karthik from Harvey Prince has been kind enough to send us one we haven't tried, called Sincerely! :) We love it!

Here's the scent description from the Harvey Prince website:

"The road of life is invigorating, mystical, and often unpredictable. Stay enlightened with Sincerely; the scent that opens your mind and awakens your senses. Exotic, inspiring, and full of surprises, Sincerely whisks you away from the day-to-day. Indulge in the spicy seduction of Indian Tuberose, the striking and sweet sensation of Turkish Cyclamen and the purifying calm of Spanish Mandarin. Sincerely's scent opens up the richness and mystery sparking the beginning of your own personal odyssey.

Savor the delicate notes of South African Freesia, Japanese Orange flower, and Moroccan rose – it’s like sipping a sweet, Alsatian wine in the light of the sun! Hints of spicy Indonesian Clove Bud trickle in while the deep and intriguing Australian Sandalwood transports you to a faraway land. Sincerely’s relaxing and mystical powers will stir your imagination and reconnect you with your own destiny.

Notes: Indonesian Clove Bud, Australian Sandalwood, Moroccan Rose, French Bergamot, Indian Tuberose, Japanese Orange Flower, Lebanese Cedarwood, Turkish Cyclamen, South African Freesia
Style: Exotic. Awakening. Transformative.

Find yourself. Then lose yourself all over again."

Our thoughts about Sincerely:
A lovely, spicy scent. It's very clean, great to wear on an evening out or formal occasion. A must for any perfume wardrobe!

Luckily, Harvey Prince is offering each of our readers their own Sincerely mini rollerball absolutely free! You just pay shipping and handling. Obtain yours by entering the code "freesincerely" here! Offer valid while supplies last. One per customer. A $21.00 value

*products sent to facilitate our review


(Review) The Tarte of Giving collectors set

Hey, guys!

Today I want to introduce you to an extremely popular higher end brand that i've never talked about on Abundance. I've recently been introduced to Tarte after being a loyal Urban Decay fan for over a decade. I was seeking more business friendly NATURAL cosmetics, and a good friend recommended Tarte! She spoke to me about an eco conscious woman with a penchant for packaging who was fed up with all of the insane chemicals in makeup, but had a difficult time finding natural items with lovely packaging. With this frustration, Tarte was created by this very woman in her bedroom back in 1999. After exploding several years ago, Tarte is one of the most popular cosmetic lines in the world!
Needless to say, I was super excited to try these products.

 I discovered the Tarte of giving collectors set ($59 originally, I paid $130) from a few seasons ago on Amazon, and added it to my wishlist immediately. it was purchased for my birthday shortly after! This set came beautifully wrapped today, it was almost painful to unwrap.
Beautiful wrapping!

When opening the box, it appeared to just be a really lovely purple satin hanging makeup holder with embroidered hearts. I was terribly wrong! When you open the beautifully embroidered makeup bag, it's jam packed with Tarte skincare, blushers, mascara, eyeshadows, and lippies! Holy Guacamole. This set is enormous! After unwrapping it, I was enveloped with joy for my brand new professional grade set of makeup.

Holy cow. I nearly passed out from excitement!

I squeaked with joy after physically seeing the contents:

  • 20 x .07 oz Limited-Edition Amazonian Clay Eye Shadows
  • 8 x .059 oz Deluxe Maracuja Lipglosses (shades: Ann, Kam, Viv, Lizzy, Sully, John, Ro, and one other which I can’t make the name out on)
  • 0.23 oz Deluxe Pure Maracuja Oil
  • 0.08 oz Deluxe Maracuja C-Brighter Eye Treatment
  • 0.05 oz Deluxe Limited-Edition Amazonian 12-Hour Clay Blush in Memorable
  • 0.17 oz Deluxe Cheek Stain in Flush
  • 0.16 oz Deluxe Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-In-1 Mascara
  • Travel Makeup Bag

This set is fabulous! The bag is extremely upscale and done beautifully in the traditional Tarte colors of Purple and gold, embroidered with hearts and bows. It has a hook so you can hang your stash up, and a detachable bag for when you want to take your Tarte with you! 

Beautiful bag!

The palette is a slim cardboard case, and also done in the traditional Tarte colors, and I am absolutely in love with it. The pattern on it is an eastern floral print, and it's absolutely decdent!

This photograph doesn't do these shades justice. They are just gorgeous!
The shadows are grouped in quads with a complimentary liner shade next to each one, and by color group. you've got your cool toned blues, your warmer nudes, then your neutral nudes and some rose shades. There arent illustrations of any sort to show which goes with which, so this might cause a bit of confusion for newer makeup users, however; I find that this makes it more fun to play with, because I dont like rules! :) Leave the guess work to me, haha.

Tarte shadows are silky smooth,non creasing, and the pigment is incredible, but not to be confused with Urban Decay or Too Faced. These shades are softer, more natural. They look great on someone my age, as I'm getting too old to pull off neon eye shadow. I would strongly reccomend a primer, though you'll still get great color payoff without. 

Beautiful cool toned shadows
Swatched with primer. Look at that silver!
Realistically, I'll probably use these the most.
These are my favorites of my bunch. I just love the soft finishes!
Lovely deeper shades

Intense color payoff

Sweet, subtle roses

Great for Daytime!

So, as you can see, you'll have PLENTY of beautiful shadows to choose from with this kit. That's not all Tarte included, though! I'm pretty ecstatic to finally try their Maracuja Oil and Maracuja C Brighter eye treatment! These are incredibly popular skincare products, and highly recommended. Stay tuned for a later review on those two, but i'm picturing them below for reference.

Tarte's very famous Maracuja oil

Tarte's Maracuja C-Brighter eye treatment

Two blushers were also included!
We've got:

 One Trial Sized swivel up Cheek Stain in Flush for the Old School Tarte fans. Solid cheek flush gives you a really dewy glow, and a little goes a long way. This is a beautiful color, and it smells amazing too!
Cheek Stain

 Amazonian Clay blusher in the limited edition shade, Memorable! So stoked for this one. The packaging is beautiful, something i'd really be proud to pull out of my purse and use, which is what the owner of Tarte had in mind in the first place. Okay, back to the blush! It has a really unique texture, and the color payoff is brilliant. It's a baby pink with mauve and lilac undertone with just enough sparkle to be flattering and not over the top. This one is perfect for me, a very unique shade.. While pink blushers aren't normally for me, interested in trying this one. Looking at the wrist swatch, it's showing up a LOT pinker than it really is.
Unique blush shade

Isnt this beautiful?!
 Next, we have Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4 in 1 Mascara. This product Lengthens, Volumizes, Curls and Nourishes! I've actually used this product and adored it. I can put this on in the morning, go to work, run my errands, go out to dinner with the fiance, see a band, come home and still have my mascara in place. This stuff is amazing, not to mention it's good for your lashes! Ulta recently had a sale and I bought three tubes. Don't tell my fiance, please! :)

 Last but certainly not least, we have the glosses. This kit comes with an abundance(ha) of them! These look confusingly similar to Tarte colors with other names. While these are beautiful shades, i'm a bit on the fence about them due to the tacky texture. Theyre just too..sticky. I do like the peppermint taste which gives you the freshest breath when you have to lean in close to speak to someone! I'll be wearing these to work, perhaps. I don't see me using them a lot to go out in.
Really pretty red shades!

The nude is my favorite! 

Overall, I'd recommend the Tarte of giving set highly.I see myself using the skincare, eyeshadows, and blushers everyday. I will most definitely be hanging the makeup bag in my bathroom. There are a lot of sought after products in it, and the colors are universally flattering! Even at $131.00, you get a LOT of bang for your buck. It's a great set for both someone new to makeup, or an affectionado who collects. get it HERE today!

 As always, don't forget that you're beautiful!



Peripera Review - Peri's Cushion Lips

Yesterday I had the rare pleasure of hanging out with my awesome sister in law, Tara! We've got a ton in common and always have a blast, goofing off and talking about our new cosmetic finds, what products to try, and what products to avoid. It's like having a beauty blogger in your home when Tara is around. :) Anyways, she pulled out these new Peripera Cushions to show me, and I fell in love. After we gushed over swatches, she gave me one to try! I was super stoked, as Korean beauty products are my absolute favorite! Cushion makeup is all the rage in Korea, because it allows for hygenic and even application, and it's very easy to carry around with you! I've seen some cushion foundations hit the US market lately, and am super stoked to try those as well. Cushions are literally everywhere, and I promise you that these will be the next big thing in the USA as well.

I don't normally use stock photos, but since my lips are chapped as all getup and i'm not super skilled at an ombre lip, take a look: 

Peri's cushion is a super creamy, extremely vibrant liquid lipstick. The packaging is super cute, various shades of pink with a sweet little animated Peri Cushion on it! :) While the container itself is a little odd shaped, it's sealed really well, which ensures that NO product is going to seep out and get wasted. This recently happened with my Too Faced melted, and I was so Distraught!

When applying Peri Cushion for the first time, you'll want to squeeze a generous amount of product onto the cushion to saturate it. That way, it'll slide along the lips easier. Once you've got the adequate amount of product on the sponge (you'll know when its completely pink) you're going to just gently glide it along your lips, as you would a normal lipstick. I just love how easy Peri Cushion is to work with! The color is buildable, as shown above. You can do a subtle ombre lip, or you can go for a full on sophisticated matte lip. I put this on at about 7am, and didn't have to re-apply until after lunch at 2pm. It's got a fantastic feel to it, almost like a very airy satin on the lips. I am positively in love with these and will be ordering some for Tara and I to try. 

The shade selection is really diverse, and it looks great on my super pale, glow in the dark skin. Looking at the shades, they kind of remind me of a popular American brand i'm fond of, but a LOT less stick, and way friendlier on your pockets! I'm loving PK08, and the purple shade as well! 

 The shades available in Peri's Cushion are pretty diverse, but universally flattering to all skintones. I recommend the Coral, Violet, and Pink shades. :) Have you tried cushion makeup before? How did it go? 

As always, remember you're beautiful and have FUN getting dolled up! 


Everyone identifies with love and thunderstorms - An ode to our Oklahoma storms.

The rain in this town is a gentle lobotomy
The world split down the middle like a guillotene through a melon
One half left to dangle unbalanced and disoriented
Tilted backwards into a running sink at a barber shop, eyes closed
The rain is a place where there is nothing to be known, no color, no ethics, no fear
There is only trust, peace, and water
And the fingers through my hair?  This too, but in a separate place
secret place, not very far from here, though not exactly the same
You know precisely where you are this time, you know the thin sheets and milky skin by name
She is a placce where all doubts and desperations are defined in terms of "kind of"
Where you could hold each other so tightly as if you somehow thought that
being afraid might somehow make either one of you safe, or you could
lose each other in the taste of one another so completely that
you would not be found
I know the sound of hot rain on the streets and the sound of rustling sheets
I know the sound of a heartbeat against me and I know the sound of thunder
You understand the sounds of these too, because all of us do
But never mistaking one for the other - you know which spell you're under


(Review) Too Faced Melted liquified long wear liquid lipstick review - Fuschia

This is the Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in the colour Melted Fuchsia* which is the most incredible pink lip colour I've seen in a long time.

Too Faced are a brand that I have loved for at least ten years now and remember first wearing the products when I was getting into makeup.  The Melted lipsticks are a relatively new range from them and include some of the most intensely pigmented, beautiful colours around.  There's Melted Fuchsia which is a vibrant magenta pink, Melted Ruby which is a classic true red, a deep plum called Melted Violet, a soft orange toned coral known as Melted Coral, a delicate neutral nude known as Melted Nude and a beautiful soft pastel pink with a hint of lilac called Melted Peony.

I often find that liquid lipsticks can be tricky to apply however this one is so easy as the product has a built-in applicator that makes it really simple.  To put it on, simply remove the lid and gently squeeze the tube so that the soft tip becomes saturated in the product and then apply it to the lips.  The product comes out very evenly and isn't messy at all.  The applicator hugs the lips and enables the product to glide onto the lips making it really easy to fill in the lips with colour, even the cupids bow.

The pigmentation of this lipstick is nothing short of incredible.  It is so opaque in one swipe and the colour that it imparts is so true and pure, I just love it.

A colour as bright as this may frighten some and for me, I do love to wear bright lipsticks but I'm often so worried that they'll end up on my teeth or smudged if I eat or drink.  This doesn't happen at all with this lipstick and I can wear it completely worry free as it is so long lasting.  I don't think I've worn a lipstick that has been quite as long lasting as this one and it is definitely down to the formula.

On first glance, the lipstick has a very rich, creamy colour with an expensive, luxurious formula.  When applying it to the lips, it feels smooth and even however it starts to dry quite quickly and sets into place on the lips, leaving a satin, slightly matte finish.  The formula is very drying but that's what is great about it because it enables the lipstick to stick around ALL day.

The funny thing about this lipstick is that although the formula is drying, it doesn't show all of the imperfections on the lips and it is incredibly comfortable to wear.  It feels very lightweight and non sticky on the lips and even after a long day of wearing it, it doesn't appear to make my lips feel any drier.

I try to keep my lips in good condition anyway and a good tip is to run a town under touchably hot water, hold them over your lips for a few seconds and then gently rub them to remove the dead skin cells and then apply a thick lip balm to replenish them.  I do this once a week and then top up with a regular lip balm at night and find that my lips are usually quite soft and supple.

Sometimes though, despite taking good care of my lips, some matte lipsticks look dry, uneven and cling to drier.  The Melted Liquified Lipstick doesn't do this at all and it looks so smooth on my lips.  I really love the satin finish it gives and as it dries further it becomes more matte.

What I love the most about this lipstick is that I can apply it first thing on a morning and I know that it is going to last all day.  It stains the lips and doesn't  bleed or smudge making it a great option for wearing when I'm going out to dinner or for drinks.  It's absolutely perfect!

I highly suggest you pick up your own tube of melted here: http://www.toofaced.com

(Review) MAC Retro Matte lipstick - Ruby Woo

I received this as a gift from one of my best friends and I was so happy when I opened it!

Ruby Woo is a MAC lipstick shade I have wanted FOREVER! But because I have a vast range of red lippies I was waiting (impatiently) to receive this as a gift as I desperately need to curb my red lipstick spending! 

I own around 14 MAC matte lipsticks so was not at all worried about applying this, although the retro matte finish lippies are even more matte than the standard matte finish lipsticks, so do apply this carefully!

Ugh I'm so annoyed! The color pay off is amazing, such a simply beautiful red color, bright and vibrant, everything you could want in a classic red lipstick! So why do I feel this makes my skin tone look dull and grey! I'm already a pale, typical nerdy, freckled, washed out girl and this takes my pale skin to a whole new level!

I have used facial fake tan purely to see if it is my skin tone that this lipstick just doesn't work with and it is, looks better when I'm tanned but then I don't really want to be having to fake tan/load myself with bronzer everytime I want to wear this lipstick! I have no idea why I have this problem as I know friends who own this (some of them paler than me) and they look stunning with this lipstick on! Not to mention raving reviews from people who also have fair skin! 

I am still glad I got Ruby Woo, I think if I'd have purchased it myself I would've been annoyed that I'd spent $17.00 on a lipstick only to be unsure on the finished look but because I got it as a gift I was still really happy to be able to try it and maybe I can make it work, it just might take a little imagination, some YouTube makeup gurus and a whole lotta make up remover!

This has also encouraged me to go in my local MAC Store in the near future to try out their other best-selling reds such a Lady Danger and Russian Red to see whether they'd be better suited, definitely won't be ordering after my Ruby Woo experience! You can buy Ruby Woo at Http://www.maccosmetics.com

(Review) Hourglass Cosmetics Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick - Icon

If you've been a regular reader of my blog over the years, you know what a lip product whore I am. Awhile back, Sephora had put together some curated collections of popular product, and I was quick to snatch these sets up. I'll be reviewing my favorites here, as I'm absolutely in love with a few of them! 

 I received the color 'icon'. It's a beautiful blue-based red which reminds me of something Marilyn Monroe or Snow White would wear. I have heard some pretty negative reviews but I do enjoy this product. It usually lasts around 4-6 hrs on me, I can drink without messing up this lipstick but if I eat it goes everywhere! Also if I rub my lips together it does get patchy :( I'd use a good scrub (such as Sara Happ) before applying this again. 

Overall, this is a four star product. Amazing color, and great for a retro look. This has quickly become one of my favorites, and I will be re purchasing when I run out. :) You can pick yours up at http://www.hourglass cosmetics.com

(Review) Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray

This is a must-have product in my make-up collection! I've used other products of a similar nature and can't find anything that compares! 

I only started using it a few months ago when my sister recommended it and I'm so glad I bought it. I started using it just for night make-up when I was going out, but I soon started to use it on a daily basis. It really does keep your make-up in place, for example I used to go to work with blusher on and come home with none left at all, now I'm using this it stays in place all day. It does feel a little strange when you spray it on and your face is wet for a few moments and this usually takes people by surprise (like my friend when I showed her and she completely freaked out that hours of perfect make-up application was about to wash away!) But as soon as it dries you're good to go and there's no more carrying your make-up bag around with you wherever you go to reapply! It may seem slightly expensive but it does go a long way if you use it correctly.

- easy application
- keeps make up in place all day
- cute bottle

- Slightly on the expensive side

- I can't imagine completing my make-up without this product now and I really feel lost when I forget to use it on the odd occasion. It lasts a long time and I'm ready to buy my next bottle, definitely worth a try!


Sometimes, the most dangerous things are the most beautiful


Winter landscapes are some of the most beautiful, in part because they're somewhat rare, at least in the part of the country that I am from, and I enjoy them the most at night. The stars are so clear in the wintertime, and are spectacular when viewed through a veil of frozen breath. A rather nasty combination of ice covered with snow just descended last night and the campus lights reflect off of snow crystals and the virgin ground looks as if it's covered with diamonds. The branches of all the trees and branches are encased in glassy ice that hold the light inside of them.

Every spring I look forward to thunderstorms that regularly roll over Tornado Alley between April and June. There are few things that are more beautiful than a sunset reflecting off of a towering anvil cloud as it builds and watching the lightning within and around it. Against all warnings, I love being outside during a storm as well, I remember coming out of an evening final with a friend. We could both feel the energy in the air and the sky was shimmering with cloud-cloud lightning so we sat on the hill that slopes down off of campus and watched the sky for a while. Came back to find that there was a tornado warning out, but no matter, we then went out for ice cream and sat in the park watching the lightning.

Many natural disasters have such appeal, I can't figure out if it's because they're so random and dangerous or if it's because they really are beautiful. A friend of mine and I are interested in Geology, her new life goal is to see a volcanic eruption in action. I really don't think she minds dying in the process, she just wants to experience the beauty. I don't blame her. Sometimes I feel guilty in finding beauty in things that cause others pain...

But some of these things are inevitable. If the world is ever destroyed in my life time (knock on wood), I hope that we know about it in advance so that I'm able to watch my own destruction and that of everything around me.


Pacifica Shimmer Coconut Multiples Review




I’ve been slacking on my reviews lately, and wanted to bring you a quick review of a product I picked up at Sprouts about a month ago. (If you're not familiar, Sprouts is a natural grocery store a lot like Whole Foods, but smaller.) They had a display set up of a number of different Pacifica products, including some eyeshadow palettes, blushes, lip tints and a few other things. Being a long time fan of Pacifica’s Candles, Perfumes, and lotions, I was really super excited to try these!

I decided to go with the Radiant Shimmer Coconut Multiples, a trio of shimmery highlighting creams in a pretty little white palette with a clear acrylic lid. I don't remember the exact price, but I think this palette cost around $12. These creams all contain coconut oil, but I haven't noticed any discernible fragrance to them. Love that they're vegan and cruelty-free!

back of box

The lighting in this photo isn't the best and all three shades appear much darker than in person, but I wanted to include a photo of the closed palette (sorry for the glare!):

Each pan is about the size of a half-dollar. The inside of the lid says "you are so pretty," which is super cute but also a little inexplicable given that there's no mirror:

The three shades are Bronzed, a warm, shimmery bronze; Island Rose, a pale pink; and Moonlit, an iridescent, whitish-nude. The package says these are "highlighting creams for eyes, lips & face." I thought they looked really pretty in the packaging, and on the store display there was a tester so I got to try them out to see how they felt before I bought this.
Unfortunately, that brief testing wasn't enough to prevent me from buying this product, and I'm afraid I don't really have good things to say about this after trying it out for several weeks. The creams are all sort of hard and dry, and there's not a lot of pigment to speak of.

I can't for the life of me figure out what to do with Bronzed because it's such a weird shade that I can't use it for contouring, but it also doesn't really show up on my lips. Despite the package's claim that I should be able to use these on my eyes, I can't imagine that would work because I think they would crease almost instantly (although, to be fair, I haven't tried it).

The worst offender here is Island Rose, the pink shade in the middle. Its texture is bizarre; when I swirl my finger or a brush in it, I end up with dry, hard little bits of product. It almost reminds me of when a moisturizer will sometimes sort of pill like a sweater if you apply too much (if that makes sense!). This pink shade is the one I thought I'd get the most use out of, but it's gross and almost unusable.
The lightest shade on the right, Moonlit, is the one I've had the best luck with. Its texture is somewhat creamier than the middle shade, and I've been able to make it work as a highlight. But it doesn't seem to blend very well (especially compared with my HG cream highlighter from It Cosmetics), and sometimes I end up with streaks, especially when I use this down the bridge of my nose.

They don't show up very well (because, again, there's not much pigment), so I chose not to do a swatch photo.

Overall, I am obviously pretty disappointed by this palette. I love Pacifica scents such as Hawaii Pikkake, Mexican Cocoa and Tuscan blood orange, and really wish I'd gone with one of the other items on the display (like the eyeshadow palettes!).
Have you tried any Pacifica products? What did you think? You can catch the rest of Pacifica’s line on their website Here. Although this palette was a fail, I highly recommend their Scents!

I fought Popular Culture, and it won

So here is my dilemma. I see everywhere the evidence of a looming threat. Mega-corporations devouring intellectual property and putting small businesses out of business. I see the square Wal Mart society encroaching from all directions. I see less and less individuality and more and more assimilation into this machine.

I have noticed that America's cities are becoming more and more alike. America's people are becoming more and more alike. This is encouraged in nearly all facets of life as we are taught from childhood the importance of "falling in line" and taught to evaluate our self-worth as if it were a numerical value to be added-to or subtracted-from. I have seen the indescribable complexity of a human reduced to a ratio of BMI and GPA as we all acronymize ourselves into oblivion.

I know that when I turn on my radio that I am getting only a tiny sampling of what is out there. And that that sampling is only representative of the musicians who have learned to play by the rules of the corporate music world and the musicians who know the right people, and definitely NOT the musicians with the most talent. And I realize that, even though I sing along with 90% of the songs, I don’t actually LIKE much of it at all. I am also aware that this is how "they" want it. And I know that my inaction is only helping them.

I know that when I buy my clothes, they are generally the same sort of clothes as everyone is wearing and that I am only helping feed the fashion industry that in turn lowers the mean self-esteem of the population. Even my own.

I have a MSN account. I use Windows on 3 different computers. We drive an import. I drink Pepsi AND Coke. I eat at McDonalds. I use Yahoo. I have an Adidas visor. I've shopped at Gap and Old Navy and Foot Locker and, God Help me; I go to Wall Mart at least once a week. I listen to the radio every day. I know the words to Katy Perry songs. I watch MTV. I watch CNN and CSPAN and ABC and CBS and Fox and NBC. I keep an updated resume. George Carlin hates me for so many reasons, I've lost count.

What am I supposed to do? Join a culture-buster group and spend all my time altering billboards and writing letters to CEOs? Shop at thrift stores, watch only community access television and ride the bus everywhere? Refuse any music anyone has ever heard of, brew my own beer and finally succumb to Linux? All in the name of sticking it to "the man"? No, because all of these things have become “cool” too.

I could wear a beret and smoke cloves and claim to be a communist. I could quit my job and refuse to allow the corporate prostitution of my soul. I could join the Peace Corps and start making all of my own clothes from the extracted fibers of dried grass, maybe start raising some sheep for the wool, so that I can take control of my own appearance and not conform to the popular image of the profile I fall into by nature of gender, race, and age.

I could do all of these things.

But that would suck.

Enter the quarter life crisis

I haven’t updated the blog in awhile, I’ve been dealing with a plethora of random ailments, moving into a new loft with Bee, having important things break on me, dropping friends like bombs, and trying to get my life together.

When did I get so grown up? Not all that long ago I was winning first place in High School art shows, ditching school to trip on Mark’s couch and sing Dexy and the midnight runners out of key. I spent school evenings stoned, rolling out yards of cartoon print material to sew outfits for the next party, worrying about what my mom is going to do to me after finding a packet of Zig-Zags in my jeans I forgot to hide. George Bush was President and I still wanted to be a Transformer when I grew up. Now I would probably lose my face, and dignity, at an art show, I wouldn’t be caught dead at a rave , and the apron tops I used to sew for summertime would surely accent the muffin top I’ve got going, and my joint rolling days have long since passed.

I remember when the Playboy centerfolds were always some exotic, older woman. Now it’s that girl who was a grade behind me in High School. The one with the nice legs but bad grades. It’s not so much that it’s depressing as it is weird. Weird because I’m actually older than I feel. When did all the gorgeous girls become younger than me? When did I stop BEING one? LadyTron’s Seventeen is starting to apply.

“They only want you when you’re Seventeen

When you’re Twenty-One, You’re no fun.”

Okay, so a *few* more years have passed. I turn Twenty-Seven in a week. I’m starting to worry about things like Marriage, My career, Eventually having Children, AAA, a 401k, Hospital bills that’ll probably cause me to file Bankruptcy. I’ve got a home, and a great guy I intend to marry, dreams of one day owning that flower shop around the corner that I covet, and a scorching case of wanderlust, however; every time I check the box that falls under the 26-37 category when I’m signing up for something, I die a little inside. My significant other is about to be Thirty Four, and has no idea why I worry about putting Henna on my hair every three to four weeks to conceal new grey. He says I’m still a baby, not to worry about it.

It’s not all bad because I still remember all the things that I wanted to do when I was a little kid and every time I’m at the grocery store I buy only the sugar cereal. I relish in the stares from all the booger-eaters holding their parent’s hand as Mom throws some Bran-Chunks™ into the cart. It’s the little victories. I can stay up as late as I like but I go to bed earlier than I ever did.

I remember thinking when I get older I’m going to buy whatever kind of cereal I want. What I didn’t count on was the health risks, the soymilk, the tofu, the hummus, the chai tea. What year did fun become so dangerous?

I used to just hit boys and take their last piece of gum. Now they take Paxil® and carry pepper spray. The crinkly tissue became silicone but the make-up application is less comical. A stolen kiss behind the swings became trying to sneak in a peck so our co-workers don’t go complain to HR.

The college that promised success is now more of a lost opportunity and all the kids that didn’t go are millionaires of some dot.com company with relaxed dress codes except for me. They’re taking three hour lunch breaks and driving home to Gaillardia in their Range Rover. I had to cash out my savings to replace the gravel nicks in my windshield. After looking at prices per semester at OU, I’m going to end up diving into the closest community college that will take me. When I get out I’ll be older than my parents were when I was born. Wait, I already am!

What happened to the world I was promised? I thought I’d be a Rock Star by now or the star of my own sitcom. Every time I stand in a friend’s wedding I go home and sulk, daydream about my own, or start applying for careers (not jobs) because I should have been done with this years ago. And it’s not that I’m all that old or that all my chances have passed but it seems like I’ve done so much stuff that didn’t count.

Apparently knowing the code to Contra for 30 extra guys, being a pretty badass cosplayer or knowing how to keep Gizmo from becoming a Gremlin isn’t going to secure my place in the workforce. I can sing the song from Knight Rider and I have all the rare SNES games, but I’ve yet to see this kind of stuff on a job application. My real job skills aren’t as valued as they should be. I know how to look busy, I can talk on the phone (work related) while playing League of Legends, I can downgrade the content control on my work computer so I can freely surf the internet and I know how to clean up the history so the System Administrator won’t catch me. I always refill the coffee and I stealth vape. These skills of my generation are coveted by the bosses everywhere but they just don’t know it.

On TV, everyone my age is an Ad Exec or something and has a swanky, downtown New York flat. They have their whole lives ahead of them and it seems like it’s just the beginning. I take my two-tone hand me down car from modest little loft to a temp agency that lands me a gig, never permanent, that pays me just enough to cover bills and buy a few drinks. It seems like I’ve already missed my chance and the best parts have already happened. And, once again, it’s not that I’m that old.

In the immortal words of a historical figure of my time, Indiana Jones,

“…it’s not the years, it’s the mileage.”


Someday, I’ll look back and realize that I wasn’t really that old. Just late Twenty-something, lost, and apathetic.