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Thursday, December 27, 2012

NOTD: 12/27

OPI's "The Living Daylights" over 2 coats of Zoya's "Wednesday".

MAC Pro Longwear Foundation & MSF powder reviews

First things first my skin is very oily & acne proned. 
I have alot of acne scars & my skin is currently at its worst.

With that being said lets move on to the reviews...

Pro Longwear Foundation claims to last up to 15 hours & while I haven't worn my makeup for that long I can tell you that it does last until I wash it off (around 10 hours).  At the end of the Day my makeup looks the same way it did when I first applied it. That's without a primer & setting spray. I've read alot of reviews comparing  Pro Longwear to Revlon's Colorstay. Since I've tried both I thought I'd give my two cents as well. I find that colorstay dries really fast making it hard to blend but with pro longwear I haven't had that problem. Pro Longwear is a bit thick in texture & can be layered. I use two pumps for full coverage & it makes my skin look flawless. I have to use Benefit's POREfessional on my cheeks & Hard Candy's glamoflauge with this foundation. This foundation hasn't broken my skin out. It is on the pricey side but it comes with a pump & actually works good for my skin so I will probably repurchase it.

Mineralize skinfinish powder is now my favorite powder & will be one that I will continually repurchase. I just swipe a small layer all over my face to set my foundation. It controls oil really well & also adds a little more coverage. It helps make my skin look flawless & doesn't create that cakey look that some powders do.

Overall I'm glad I finally gave in & picked up these two products! 

I will post swatches & mini reviews of my blush palette soon.
 I still have 3 blushes to try.

What I got for Christmas 2012

My Hubby got me a new coach purse * Poppy Metallic Signature Sateen Glam tote*
 & a iphone 4s (Finally retiring my blackberry). 
He also got me some MAC makeup. Click here for that post.

My Mother in Law got me some really cute jewelry holders. 
How cute is that high heel ring holder??

My Mom got me a couple pairs of earrings 
(I couldn't get them to photograph right so I will just feature them in future FOTD's)
 & a red cardigan. 

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Wet N Wild "Sparked"

Taking a break from dark nails to try something fun & bright.

2 coats of Wet N Wild's Candy-licious with 2 coats of Sparked.

Sally Hansen "Rockstar Pink"

One of my nails messed up already :(
two coats of Rockstar Pink over Black on Black (Sinful Colors)

originally wanted  Butter London's "Lovely Jubbly", but after doing some research I realized that Sally Hansen's "Rockstar Pink" was an exact dupe. So of course I went with Rockstar Pink ($3) over Lovely Jubbly ($14).

1st Ever Mac Haul!

Pro Longwear Foundation & Mineralize skinfinish natural powder
Blush Pro Palette with:
Breath of Plum, Cubic, Dame
Melba, Mocha, Well dressed

Swatches & Reviews coming soon! :)

Click each link for reviews:

Disclosure: All of these items were early Christmas presents from my Husband.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

O.P.I "Gift Cards for Everyone"

2 Coats of O.P.I.'s "Gift Cards for Everyone"
With 2 coats of Sinful Colors "Frenzy" on my accent nail.

"Gift Cards for Everyone" because is a pretty dark purple that leans almost blue.

Disclosure: I got "Gift Cards for Everyone" for free using Ulta's deal for buy any two O.P.I polishes & get one from the Holiday collection for free. Plus I used a $5 off $15 coupon.

Monday, December 17, 2012

NOTD: Feat. O.P.I

Just wanted to do a quick post of my current Mani...
2 coats of "Chicago Champagne Toast" with "The Living Daylights" over it.

The glitter took a little work to get on my nail, but I really do like it & will try it over different colors.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

New Year's Mani idea #1

2 Coats of Sinful Colors "Black on Black" 
& 1 coat of OPI's "you glitter be good to me"

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Holiday Mani: Red & Green glitter #3

2 Coats of Wet N Wild's "I red a good book"
 & 1 coat of snowman glitter polish.

If your not into using glitter all over every nail like I am you can still use the glitter polish as an accent nail or even on the tips of every nail :)

over black polish & over white polish.

Holiday Mani: Red & Green glitter #2

For this Mani I used 3 coats of Sinful Colors "Snow Me White". 
Lets just say I hate this polish.. 
it was so streaky that I had to use 3 coats & after that it was gooey :(
1 coat of the Snowman Glitter was used.

I'll call this my Christmas Cupcake Mani 

Overall I'm not happy with this mani because of the white polish.
I wanted to share it with you ladies anyway. Sorry for it looking so messy.

Can anyone suggest a good white polish?
pretty please :)

Holiday Mani: Red & Green glitter #1

I already had  Zoya "Storm" on my nails from Yesterday's post 
so I decided to add 1 coat of the red & green glitter snowman polish.

I have a few more Mani's planned for this glitter polish :)

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Zoya Storm

 3 Coats
 I wanted Storm ever since I ordered Blaze & Aurora. 
I was so happy to finally find it at Ulta.
Click here to see Blaze & Aurora.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Estée Lauder pleasures Eau Fraîche perfume

Fragrance Type: 
Sheer Floral

Top Notes: White Lily, Violet Leaves, Green Accents
Middle Notes: Black Lilac, White Peony, Karo-Karounde Blossoms, Baie Rose, Pink Rose, Jasmine
Base Notes: Sandalwood, Patchouli

My Thoughts:
Even though this is a floral scented perfume its not overpowering. It's a very clean scent that I like to wear on days that I'm in  a relaxed mood. The scent lasts on my for about 5 hours.

I picked up this perfume at Ulta using a 20% off coupon & also got a free robe.

Michael Kors Very Hollywood perfume

Fragrance Notes: 
creamy amber, wet jasmine, soft white moss, iced bergamot, gardenia, orris, raspberry, vetiver, mandarin, ylang-ylangcreamy amber, wet jasmine, soft white moss, iced bergamot, gardenia, orris, raspberry, vetiver, mandarin, ylang-ylang

This scent is such an mature scent & is different then anything else I have in my collection. Lasts a good 6 hours before the scent starts to fade.

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

NOTD: 12/05

2 coats of Nina Ultra pro in "Last Call" with one coat of Zoya "Faye"

Friday, November 30, 2012

NOTD: Sparkling Mauve

For this Mani I used two coats of Wet N Wild's "Undercover" 
& one coat of O.P.I'S "Excuse Moi" on my accent finger.

My accent nail messed up right before I could take pics. The joys of having a Toddler :)

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Dove Purely pampering nourishing body wash

(Coconut milk with jasmine petals)

Only have 10 minutes to pamper yourself?
Well give this a try!
I don't think I can ever go back to another body wash. It literally feels like I'm showering with lotion. It's so creamy, thick, & moisturizing. I have no need to apply lotion after I shower. The smell is also amazing!
Any body wash that doesn't dry out my skin is definitely a keeper.

Other Scents:
Shea Butter with Warm Vanilla
Almond cream with Hibiscus
*Can't wait to try these two scents*

click here to get a $1 off coupon

Pond's Luminous Clean Wet Cleansing Towelettes

These have quickly become my favorite wipes. Out of all the one's I've tried these are by far the best. 
Removes all my makeup, even waterproof mascara.
The towelettes are very moist & has a wonderful scent.
Didn't cause my acne prone skin to breakout.
Contains 30 wipes for about $6

Other Info:
*has soft white kaolin clay & moisturizing ingredients.
*Draws out trapped make-up & impurities to brighten dull skin.
*Soft cloths work gently without drying skin
* Dermatologist tested
*Safe for contact lens wearers

Go here for a $1 off coupon.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

NOTD: Snowman polishes! +Comparison

I finally found these little cuties at my local Rite Aid.
 I picked up 3 & will feature the 3rd one in an upcoming Mani. 
These don't have names.

 I used two coats of the pinkish shade & 1 coat of the glitter.
If I was going to use the pink shade alone I would've of went with a 3rd coat.

(Right click to enlarge)

Comparison Time:

(Sinful colors Frenzy vs Snowman)
 In the bottle these two look almost identical.
Once swatched on paper I noticed that snowman polish has a blue base while Frenzy has a clear base. Frenzy also seems to have more of a magneta glitter while Snowman has more of a deeper purple glitter. Sinful Colors polishes run at $1.99 for a bigger bottle while Snowman was $2.99 & is a small bottle. 

Friday, November 16, 2012

FOTD: Sparkle Til Morning

Wet N Wild Sparkle Til Morning palette
1- all over lid  2- highlight browbone 3- Crease 
4- added into my outer corner into my crease
L'oreal False Fiber lashes mascara
Urban Decay Demolition eyeliner (upper lashes & blended)
Physicians Formula brown liner (waterline)

For a Night look I would of added the teal color to my lower lash line.

Maybelline Nude Nuance Lipstick
Revlon colorburst lipgloss in Crystal Lilac

Laura Geller Spackle under makeup primer
Hard Candy Glamoflauge
Too Faced Absolutely Invisible Candlelight powder
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer
ELF setting spray
ELF Mellow Mauve blush


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Beauty Blogger Headquarters

Beauty Blogger Headquarters

How long have you been blogging?
I started February 2011. Started off wanting to do a home decor blog but it turned into a beauty blog.

What/who inspired you to start blogging?
I was looking online for beauty products reviews & from there I decided I should start reviewing my own products.

Did you tell your family and friends about your blog? If so, what was their reaction? Are they supportive or "in the dark" about your blogging?
The only person that knows about my blog is my husband. He thinks it's cool, he actually understands my love for makeup and nail polish. lol

What goals or dreams did you have for your blog when you started? Have you accomplished them?
I just wanted to have fun. It was never about having a large amount of followers. I thought I would only have 10! But I'm past that so I would say yes my goal has been accomplished.

If you could give your beginner-blogger-self one tip of advice, what would it be?
Just be yourself & blog about what you love.

What is your favorite and least favorite thing about being a blogger?
Favorite- I get to interact with other fellow beauty fiends. 

Least- My camera sometimes doesn't give the best quality in my pictures.

What does your blog name mean? How did you decide on it?
It went from "Life as A Southern Girl" to "Life as A Southern GIrly Girl".
I was going to do posts about home decor, cooking, & my life. But ended up changing my mind so I'm currently wanting to change the name of my blog to something that actually represents what my blog is about.

Winter Wonderland mani

Sorry for all the posts Today. I did a little Walgreens hauling this morning & wanted to share everything before I forgot. 
This is the last post for Today. I promise =)

What I used:
2 coats of Zoya's "Kristen" & 1 light coat of Sinful Colors "Ice Dream"
P.S. I heard that Ice Dream is an almost exact dupe for China Glazes "Lorelei'sTiara"

Kristen by herself.

Game Day nails: Purple & Gold

(Right click to enlarge)

 What I used:
1 coat of Zoya "Carly" & 1 coat of Sinful Colors "All about you"

Festive nails: Red & Silver

 Perfect Christmas Day mani.
(on my accent nail the silver kinda bunched up on the right corner. Next time I will have to wait longer in between coats)

What I used:
2 coats of Wet N Wilds " I red a good book" with 1 coat of Sinful Colors "Queen of Beauty".
Accent nail is two coat of "Queen of Beauty"

Game Day nails: Black & Gold

 I like the way my nails looked in the sunlight.
Overall I wasn't happy with the black polish I used. It was very runny & made a mess. 
Once I applied the glitter to my middle finger the tip messed up :(

What I used:
Sinful Colors "All about you"
Wet N Wild's "Flossy Flossy"
Sinful Colors "Black on Black"

Sparkle Til Morning Palette

(Right side)
Ha browbone is writte backwards!! lol

 (Left side)

(Right side)

Shimmer The Night Away palette

(Left side)
 This will make such a pretty smokey eye. The definer shade was a bit chalky but I'm sure I can make it work.
(Right side) 
These weren't as pigmented as I was expecting so I will definitely have to use a primer with them. The definer shade was also a bit chalky.