Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas, to all!  I set my alarm and was up at 6:00am for some good 'ol present opening.  I think my parents liked what I got them.  Happy holidays!

A christmas haul will be up within a few days! :)


Monday, December 17, 2012

Favorite makeup products of 2012!!

  • Smashbox "Illume" Lip Gloss (I have a small, travel size)

  • Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in "Crush"

  • Urban Decay Primer Potion in "Eden"

  • MAC "All That Glitters" Eyeshadow (top) 
  • MAC "Quarry" Eye shadow (bottom)

  • NARS "Madly" Blush

  • MAC "Rubenesque" Paint Pot

  • bareMinerals "Mineral Veil"

  • Maybelline Baby Lips in "Grape Vine"

  • MAC "Well Dressed" Blush

  • Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer Tinted Moisturizer

  • LORAC POREfection setting powder (I use it as a foundation)

  • NARS Eyeshadow Duo in "Kuala Lumpur"

  • Revlon ColorStay Liquid Eye Pen in shade 03, Blackened Brown

  • MAC "Soft Ochre" Paint Pot

  • Maybelline Dream Lumi Concealer

  • NARS "Sin" Blush

  • MAC "Pinch 'o Peach" Blush

  • Neutrogena Skin Clearing Mineral Powder (used as foundation)

Friday, December 14, 2012

Random thoughts on Gun Control:

As gun laws become stricter and stricter, more and more mass shootings occur in this nation.

So before you start hopping on the band-wagon, take a moment to think.  Don't let your favorite celebrity persuade you.  

Did you know that members of our government (*cough*Hillary Clinton*cough*) are putting great efforts in to making ammunition inaccessible?  And this is all flying under the radar.  Making it difficult to buy ammunition is the same thing as gun control.  NO ammunition makes guns completely useless.  

Additionally, these mass shootings are going to become normal.  Just this week there have been TWO mass shootings.  Here in my home town (Clackamas, OR), and another, much worse, in Connecticut.  These people are clearly out of their mind.  If they wanted guns, nothing would have stopped them.  These people are seeking fame and are successfully getting it.  Our society needs to rethink the way we think about things, not rethink gun control laws.

Earlier today on Facebook this was posted (in reference to Connecticut):

If this doesn't put in action some gun reform then I don't know what will. I understand you NRA lovin' 2nd amendment rights people, but obviously guns are too accessible if this is happening.
 My response:

Yes, let's make it so all of the good, law-abiding citizens that, more than likely, would never start shooting innocent people, can't access guns to protect themselves if necessary. That way it's just all of the terrible people in the nation that will get a gun one way or another, no matter how strict the gun reform laws are. 

And here's some food for thought (playing devil's advocate here big time): IF guns were much more prevalent in our society, another citizen could have taken a shot at the shooter in Clackamas (or any other example like Connecticut, or anywhere really), disabling him before such disastrous things happened.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Clackamas Town Center Shooting: 12/11/12

Today, I was out of ideas of things to do (only 2 days into my *month* long winter vacation...great start, right?) so I contemplated going to the mall to get some holiday shopping done.  Luckily, I decided against it.

Today at 3:29PM a man opened fire on the patrons of the Clackamas Town Center mall firing around 60 shots.  2 people were fatally injured, 1 is in intensive care barely hanging on, and numerous more are injured.

At some point during the mayhem, the shooter shot himself, committing suicide.  This makes me so sad.  He doesn't deserve to decide when to die.  I am VERY glad that he is dead, don't get me wrong, but that motherfucker (excuse my french) doesn't deserve to decide that it was his time to go...  to decide to ruin countless people's lives and then just check out.  He never has to face the guilt associated with knowing how many people's lives he destroyed.  Tomorrow, once his name is announced,  he will be infamous, and his name will live on for many years to come.  He will allure people because we will never know what his motives were or what possessed him to do such a thing.   The families of the deceased will never get closure knowing that he was brought to justice and punished accordingly.

I am now counting the days until I can get a concealed weapons license.  I had wanted one before, but this has really inspired me to get one.  A little under 2.5 years and it'll be mine.  I had quite the sharp shot last time I went out shooting, so I'll have to get back into that soon (safety first, I don't want to handle a gun unless I'm prepared).

I hope the best for those families who were affected and I hope soft-target shootings will not become a common occurrance.  First Aurora, now Clackamas.  Where next?

Monday, December 10, 2012

Product Of The Day: 12/10/12

Benefit's Posietint:

I have been loving this product lately! (Note:  I have a deluxe sample size, so the normal size is larger.)  It gives the most natural pink tint to the lips that lasts for hours and hours so you need not worry about it throughout the day.  It is a thicker consistency than Benetint, so it is much easier to work with, especially on the cheeks since you don't have to worry about it running off or drying far too soon.  

I'm not the biggest fan of the packaging since it seems that a lot of bacteria could be built up during application--the applicator looks like a nail polish brush, but just a little stiffer.  

I love that this is a product that you can use in a hurry.  No brushes are needed.  It can take care of your lip color and blush in just one use.  That makes this product great for travelling, people on the go, or those of you who have very little time in the morning.  This could also work great as a makeup bag product for multi-purpose touch-ups!

Q:  Have you tried Posietint?  What did you think of it?  Was it worth your hard earned money?

Sunday, December 9, 2012

My makeup collection/storage ideas!

Hello, all!

This is my current makeup set up now that I'm back from school for a month.  I'm absolutely loving it.  I hope this gives you some inspiration :)


Here's a general overview of the collection and storage system.

Up top in the first container I keep my face powder that I use everyday, and then foundations/tinted moisturizers that I'm trying to use up.  Generally, I just wear powder as my foundation, but I've had many of my foundations (which I've spent good money on and are just sitting there, barely used) for a while so I want to get them used up so it wasn't a waste of money purchasing them.  

The Lorac POREfection powder is what I use as a foundation on a daily basis. I am in shade P2

I currently do not store anything in this drawer.  I'm thinking I can put my eyelash curler, pencil sharpener and tweezers in here.

In this drawer I keep my eye primers, under eye concealers, and eyebrow products.

This drawer contains all of my eyeliners.  I'm really loving the Revlon ColorStay Liquid Eye Pen in shade 03 Blackened Brown.  It's a really great product!

This drawer contains the mascaras that I use.  I really should throw away the Falsies mascara.  There's barely any left.  The mascara in the red tube is a waterproof one that I keep on hand for when the necessary situation presents itself.  Other than that I never use water proof mascara since it's SO hard to get off without losing a ton of lashes.

This drawer contains my face primers and facial concealers.  I have quite a few of concealers, but I honestly use them on the rarest of occasions.  The same goes for liquid foundation. 

Here's a closer look at the powders that I have.  If you notice  I have the bareMinerals foundation (the original lose formulation), and I absolutely HATE it. I have dry skin, yet it manages to make my skin look oily throughout the day.  Additionally it oxidizes, turning very orange on my pale skin.  Not a flattering look.  The Mineral Veil (also by bareMinerals-it's the smaller of the two containers) on the other hand is a great product. I use it to set my under-eye concealer and around the nose and smile lines.

This drawer contains my lip stains (or lip/cheek stains).  Currently I'm loving Benefit's Posytint.  I have it in a mini trial size and it's great for the lips, or cheeks on a low key kind of day. :)


These are my two favorite lip glosses!  Dior Addict Ultra Gloss in 652 and Smashbox's "Illume"

These are my lip crayon type products.

These are my favorite! (L-R) Tarte's Glitzy and Dazzled, Revlon's Honey and Crush (Crush is my absolute favorite!)

Pixie Palette from Target

MAC Blush Palette: Top row (L-R): Desert Rose, Well Dressed, Fleur Power
Bottom Row (L-R): Breezy, Mocha, Fever

NARS Blush Palette.  Sin (bottom right) is my favorite!

All of my lipsticks, and tinted chapsticks.

Cream shadows are in the first drawer of this container!  I love MAC's Rubenesque and The Maybelline Color Tattoos in "Pomegranate Punk" and "Bad to the Bronze."  Stila's Smudge Pot in "Kitten" is another favorite.  

I keep my higher end eyeshadows in this drawer. 

I keep my MAC eyeshadows in these containers from ELF.  They only cost $1 and hold MAC shadows wonderfully.  I have Satin Taupe, All That Glitters, Shale and Quarry in this quad,  and then I have Sumptous Olive and Jaunty (from the Hey, Sailor! collection).

My beloved NARS Kuala Lumpur duo!

Miscellaneous drugstore quads/trios. 

Miscellaneous drugstore duo and single eyeshadows.

I keep my Urban Decay Naked Palette along with extra drugstore Foundations up top of this other, larger container which is dedicated to cheek products.

In the top drawer I keep my powder blushes!

Here's a closer look at the names of the NARS blushes I own: Deep Throat (newest edition!), Gina and Madly.

This drawer holds my cream cheek product or stains.  I really love the Stilla Convertible Color in Poppy (red circle).  You can use it as a lip color as well and it's perfect for winter or travelling. 

Last, but not least, I keep my bronzers and highlighters in the bottom drawer of this container. If the NARS Laguna Bronzer is a little too expensive for you, I'd recommend the Tarte Park Avenue Princess bronzer because they are extremely similar!

I hope you were able to take something away from this post as to ideas for organization.  If you have any great ideas, PLEASE share!