Monday, September 17, 2018

Urban Decay Firebird Lipstick Review



I'm definitely an eyeshadow girl. Most times I would prefer to wear a popping' color on my eyes instead of a focal lip color. But lately I'm more into rotating. So maybe two days of fun colored eyes and then a day with a red or bright fuchsia or something like that. 

This color is perfect for those days. I believe it came out with the Gwen Stefani Urban Decay collection- which I thought was boring outside of the lipsticks. Not long after, they released the VICE lipsticks and this color became a permanent shade. And I'm so happy it did.  Because it is gorgeous.

Urban Decay claims:
Prepare to get hooked. Vice Lipstick comes in a massive lineup of 135 addictive shades and six indulgent finishes—our biggest lineup yet! 


Our shade range has it all: Bold brights. Dark, sexy shades. Super-versatile neutrals. With so much variety it’ll make your head spin, there’s something for everyone—from new shades to cult favorites you thought you’d never see again. Several shades were inspired by some of our other lip products (and even our Eyeshadows and Eye Pencils!).

It almost reminds me of an old NYC color, but this is more vibrant. It's a cool fuschia purple with an almost blue toned shift to it.

The color is super pigmented and creamy. And also pretty long lasting on me. As long as I don't eat anything greasy I can wear it the whole workday..and a couple hours after. Also since it's staining, it wears away nicely. I  apply a thin layer-blot- another thin layer- blot, and one last layer. That's the method I apply almost all my lipsticks because I find I get the most out of them that way.

I got mine as gift in a VICE lipstick holiday palette...and it's my favorite shade. Once I run out I would repurchase after I use some of my other lipsticks up a little more.

The full size retails for $18 and you get .11 ounces.

Random:
For some reason I can't get enough of this song. I love the original but I can't find a live version, and Chante rocked this tribute so I figured I would post it. The lyrics are just so beautiful...



Sunday, September 16, 2018

Game of Thrones: Hen on The Wall

I've slept only an hour in the last 35 hours...and I need to stay up most of the night. So I figure I would blog a little.

A couple of weeks ago I saw a commercial for what I thought was Game of Thrones. I just saw a glimpse of Jon Snow and I got so excited. I know the show is skipping a year, but I thought maybe t

hey were surprising us with an early season. But of course, they aren't. And I am heartbroken  (and I'm not exaggerating!)


I'm still cooking the recipes. Still making recipes from the North. Because the North is my favorite. 

I skipped a couple recipes because my family doesn't eat pork and another one I couldn't find rabbit liver. Or kidney. One of those. This has chestnuts...which I had to order from Amazon. The rest of the stuff was easy to find.

I'm not a fan of stuffing. But I will try almost anything once. This was just a chicken seasoned with salt and pepper (I like a couple extra seasonings but I was curious if the stuffing was going to flavor the chicken- it didn't) and stuff with carrots, chestnuts, prunes, and oats. 

Strange stuffing. Although I'm not sure what regular stuffing is made of. I just know I avoid it at Thanksgiving. 


So I stuffed the bird...and roasted it. 

The stuffing was dry. It needed more stock. But it had nice flavor. It was a maple kind of flavor. But I'm still not a fan. And the chicken was of course good. 

But I wouldn't made it again. 

Nice to try though!




Thursday, September 13, 2018

MAC 239 Eye Shader Brush Review



I thought I wrote this review years ago. But I was going through my brushes and decided to double check and no review popped up...so here we are. 

MAC claims:

The 239 Eye Shader Brush is a soft, dense brush ideal for shading or blending eyeshadow. It has a rounded edge with smooth, firm, fine fibers and can be used to build or press intense color on the lid. M·A·C professional brushes are hand-sculpted and assembled using the finest quality materials. They feature wood handles and nickel-plated brass ferrules.

    Brushes are my vice. And once upon a time I wanted the entire MAC brush collection. Now that they are all synthetic....I don't want them all anymore. A select few that were already synthetic are on my list. But other than that, MAC did me a huge favor. This is one of the brushes that was previously natural (goat hair) and now completely synthetic. I have the old version. Which I'm sure shows up in Cosmetics Company Outlets. 

Also there are similar brushes to this one in many brands...so if I ever purchase any of those, I can use this review for comparison.

The MAC 239 is a must have brush for me. It's great for packing shadow on, adding some color  under the eye. You can even turn it sideways and blend a little. It's pretty thin and small enough that you have a lot of control.

The MAC 242 (synthetic) is better to pack on shimmer shadows. This doesn't do too bad, but that one does better. This one works well with pigments, matte shadows, etc.

I notice I get less fallout with this vs some of my less expensive options. Also depending on how I pack it on, I feel like shadows can last a little but longer on the eyelid.

It was $25, which I think is worth it. I've had it years and  years. Washed it multiple times and it's still like new. Maybe a bit discolored. 

If I only had to pick two brushes to use the rest of my life- I would pick this and the 217 (possibly the 221). But luckily I don't have to pick and I can keep them all.
MAC 233, MAC 239, MAC 242, ELF Shader

For comparison, I have an old Elf Shader. It was only $1. I don't like the cut and it's a bit scratchy but it was only a buck. It can certainly get the job done. I have the MAC 233. Which doesn't hold pigment the way it should..again it works but it's not my favorite. Although it is cute. And the MAC 242. Which excels at shimmer shades but doesn't pack on matte shadows as well.

This was worth the $25 to me.

Tutorials from MAC showing the brush in action.






What are your two must have brushes?

Random: I've used up two more eyeshadows...and a bronzer. I've had the Covergirl Ebony bronzer for years and was saving it-but it's time to move on to other things. The two shadows I used are Urban Decays Sidecar- the glitter bomb shade that is pretty but I hated the glitter fallout and Too Faced Piano Keys. An unflattering matte white. 21 eyeshadows down-9 to go!

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Ain't Nothing Going On But the Rent- Gwen Guthrie

This is probably the funniest song I've ever heard. I probably made the craziest face when I first heard it. 

But then I started loving it. And might occasionally bust out with the chorus. Especially when I lived in Maryland. Because my rent was $1300. Every month. So if you asked me what's up...."Ain't Nothing Going on But the Rent." 

Sometimes I sing the rest of the song too. Because...how can you not?




 I love the eighties. 


Sigh

Friday, September 7, 2018

Kula Herbs Excellent Haleakala Sunrise Soap Review


I've been super busy lately...watching all the Avengers movies over again. I haven't seen Avengers Infinity War yet (I know!), but I really wanted to watch them all again before I watch it. I'm on Phase Two. I love Marvel movies. The Hulk is my favorite. Thor is my favorite. I love Captain America. Iron Man is cool but I feel like it comes on all the time. I've already seen Black Panther a bajillion times, but I can't wait to watch it again. I love T'Challa. But...this is a soap review so let me stop talking Avengers.

Kula Herbs claims:

Incomparable sweet, tart, fruity scent of Peach combined with creamy, luscious, rich bottom notes of Apricot fragrance, a fruity beauty that manages to capture both the tartness and the sweet, sweet mystery of the real fruit combined with Irresistible Clementine (a type of tangerine) filled with natural orange, grapefruit and lemon.

I was kind of disappointed with this soap. Mostly because of the scent. It smells so similar to the Plumeria but without the floral note. I kinda wanted something completely different. 

It has a decent fruity scent that I might have liked better if I hadn't smelled the plumeria first.

It doesn't really stick around after a shower though. But most soaps don't.

Otherwise, it lathers well. Cleans excellently. Rinses clean.

Also has great ingredients. Ingredients native to Hawaii that you don't really come across in other soaps.

Ingredients:
Excellent Ingredients: Saponified Coconut, Olive, Palm, Macadamia Nut & Kukui Nut Oils; Tangerine Essential Oil; Peach & Apricot Fragrance Oils; Organic Calendula.

Overall, fun to try. But not really a must try or something I think you should go out of your way to order. Mine was a gift from my sister (she knows I love soaps-especially from different counties!). They do offer a ton of different scents though so I do think there is probably one for everyone or one that I would end up loving if I tried enough.

Random:
Too Faced is coming out with a Gingerbread palette. I don't need it. But it's soooo tempting. 
Look how pretty!

And Urban Decay is coming out with a Cherry palette. I kind of like the concept but there are way too many light colors for me to consider getting it. But it's kinda cute. 







Thursday, September 6, 2018

Alaffia Africa's Secret Multi-Purpose Skin Cream Review


I meant to get this up before but my Internet started acting up. I'm starting to really get back into taking care of my skin....using my Clarisonic, taking off all my makeup every night before I go to sleep (sometimes I get lazy), and not picking at my skin so much. Also, I'm trying to keep up with moisturizing. Because hydration is the key to anti-aging. Along with exercising, drinking water, not smoking etc. Not the botox and fillers they are pushing as anti-aging these days. I saw on tv a couple weeks ago where they are going to have "botox" bars. Which is crazy to me, because I think all that stuff actually makes people look older. But that's neither here nor there, so let's get started with the review!

Africa's Secret claims:
Africa’s Secret is a restorative multipurpose skin cream based on a traditional infusion of botanicals and bee products handed down from generation to generation


So I saw this in my local health food store, and since I like the brand-figured I would test it out. Upon further inspection, I found the ingredients to be similar to Egyptian Magic Cream. Which I haven't tried out because it's pretty expensive at $40 or so for a small jar. I bought a 2 oz jar of this for $10. 

It comes in a plastic jar but they do sell a 4 oz that comes in a nicer glass jar-which I might purchase one day to test on my hair. This was strictly my face cream.



The texture is not like an emulsified lotion or cream. It's kind of like a Shea Butter blend. So it's a lot heavier and oilier. Which means it's great for super dry skin. Or as a night cream. Which is how I use it on my oily/combo skin. It is pretty gritty. But it melts  as you rub it in so I don't find it to be a problem. 

It has a very natural smell. Nothing to complain about, and nothing to rave over. It just smells like they used unrefined ingredients as close to their natural state as possible, which I prefer. 

It helps heal dry skin. And I feel like my skin heals quicker than if I was not using it. It makes an excellent eye cream because it's so hydrating. So far, I don't have any crows feet/wrinkles around my eyes and I believe products like this help make sure I don't get that stuff prematurely. Also...no breakouts! I thought it was going to be too heavy for my skin and break me out, but my skin has been pretty clear.  

The only thing it doesn't help is some texture on my cheeks. But honestly nothing helps with that.

I've tried a couple things from the company, and so far have really liked what I tried. I especially like what the company stands for. They support fair trade and also help support communities by donating bikes, helping with education and healthcare.

Ingredients:
Butyrospermum parkii (Shea) Butter*, Cocos nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Sesamum indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Beeswax, African Wild Honey, Azadirachta indica (Neem) Oil*, Adansonia digitata (Baobab) Oil*, Bee Pollen, Royal Jelly, Propolis. *Fair for Life Fair Trade certified ingredient †ORANGUTAN SAFE

Overall, I love it. I think it has great ingredients, I love the company. I really think it's a product worth trying and I can't wait to get another and try it out on my hair! 

Random: Nike's new ads= LOVE!! I'm going to buy myself some Nike's next payday.