Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Holiday Season

This year my family has decided not to "do" Christmas. No Christmas tree, no presents, no decorations: simply spending time with family & friends and celebrating life.
We chose to do this for several different reasons; all of which have contributed to more happiness and less stress than any other holiday season in years past :)

What are your Holiday/ Christmas plans??

Friday, December 17, 2010

T.V. Shows

With 2010 coming to a close and 2011 fastly approaching, I can't help but get more excited each day because I know that January will bring brand new episodes of some of my favorite shows.

I thought I would give you a preview of some of the shows that I adore that will begin airing again in January.
What are your favorite shows??
The Secret Life of the American Teenager
The Secret Life of the American Teenager

Make It or Break It
Make it or Break It


'Pretty Little Liars' stars Troian Bellisario as Spencer Hastings, Shay Mitchell as Emily Fields, Ashley Benson as Hanna Marin and Lucy Hale as Aria Montgomery.
Pretty Little Liars

Do you watch any of these shows!?

Monday, December 13, 2010

Animal Testing


I love animals. I always have. Most little kids love animals, and as they grow up, their passion and love for them slowly goes away. However, this has never been the case with me. If anything, my passion for animals has only gotten stronger. I have been a vegetarian two previous times in my life, for a year each, both while I was a child. Now that I am a young adult, I have been a vegetarian for over 2 years and simply don't see myself ever eating meat again-- to me, it is something very important and although I do not advocate vegetarianism for everyone, (because let's face it, most people simply will not give up meat) I do also think that simply not hearing the facts is ridiculous. For something such as vegetarianism, the facts state that though humans have evolved to better adapt to eating meat; not only are we as humans not meant to eat animals, but it is also a huge health and environmental concern.
Anyway, what this post is about is animal testing.

By NOT buying from these brands, the beauty community can put financial pressure on those particular companies to stop testing on poor, innocent animals

In order to educate, I wanted to include some popular cosmetic companies that DO test on animals. I hope that this can motivate you to stop buying from these companies.
A small gesture can make a HUGE difference


Clairol (This includes Aussie, Daily Defense, Herbal Essences, Infusium 23, Procter & Gamble)
Cover Girl
Johnson & Johnson (this includes Aveeno, Clear & Clear, Listerine, Lubriderm, Neutrogena, Rembrandt, ROC)

L’Oréal U.S.A. (Biotherm, Cacharel, Garnier, Giorgio Armani, Helena Rubinstein, Lancôme, Matrix Essentials, Maybelline, Ralph Lauren Fragrances, Redken, Soft Sheen, Vichy)
*Although the Body Shop does not test on animals and vocally says that they are against it, they are ultimately owned by L'Oreal and therefore supporting the Body Shop puts money in the pocket of a company that is one of the leaders of testing cosmetics on animals
Max Factor
Oral B
Benefit (unfortunately they do test individual ingredients on animals)

These are only SOME of the popular brands that DO test on animals. By going to the link I included at the bottom of the page, you can see a more complete list. This however is NOT the complete list--
Really, if you have a particular brand you do not see on either the DO or DO NOT list on the PETA website, feel free to ask me or google it yourself to check if that company tests on animals! Also, many companies that are not on each list are companies that do not disclose their testing status--this often means that they DO test on animals.

To view the lists of companies that DO and DO NOT test on animals, please go here:

**Unfortunately, many drugstore brands DO test on animals. I am unsure why this is, I am sure the answer can be found online. Although drugstore brands can and often are less expensive than higher end products, just ask yourself,
Is the cheaper price of make-up worth the price of animals' lives??

Thursday, December 9, 2010

I Didn't Forget.. I'm just Studying, Writing, Writing..

I didn't forget about you all!
I am currently just tackling 3 research papers and 1 take-home exam!! :l

Tonight I predict I will be done so when I am, I will begin blogging consistently again & answering comments, etc.
**Stay tuned because I have lots of posts planned, including several hauls (make-up & clothing/accessories, political occurences, and much more!!**

I thought I would leave you all with my current study space--
1 watered down Starbucks (I need a fresh one!), 1 US Weekly Magazine for pure entertainment and so I don't go insane ;), 1 laptop with all of my essays and work: all sitting on top of my bed!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Pretty in Pink

Over the weekend I got a mani/pedi and had been inspired to choose a light pinkish-purplish nail polish.
I decided on this baby pink color
Normally I ALWAYS look to see the title of the color I have on, however after pondering several different pinks, I chose this one and it slipped my mind.
All I know is that this is a China Glaze polish that I will definitely be searching for to find the name

I always tend to gravitate towards pinks as a go-to color. It is girly and my favorite color.
A "do-know-wrong" in my book. :)
However, I have never really chosen baby pinks..until now!
This has definitely become one of my instant go-to favorites!!

What about you- Do you have a go-to color when painting your nails!?

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Sex And The City II

So SATC 2 came to theaters what seems like ages ago.
However, I was just watching the movie this past weekend while I was home and instantly became smitten with all of the clothing! (well most of it at least ;) )
Regardless of whether you enjoy high, trendy fashion (which most of the characters wear) or are into casual, and sometimes trendy clothes (such as I am), it is always fun to find "dupes" or similiar finds to key pieces of a film.
For this reason, while I was watching SATC 2, I became attracted to this dress that Carrie is wearing in one of the beginning scenes of the movie:
James Devaney/
image from:
Initially, I didn't know if I loved this dress. However, after staring out it for a bit, I realized that this is a gorgeous, trendy piece that would look great in the summer (oh and do I miss summer!)

Later in the film, Carrie is seen wearing a similiar, yet longer dress hear:

Though I am not too into bright orange, and I much prefer the blue, sparkly and shorter dress, this is just another emphasis of the trend in this film.
Both dresses are by the brand Halston Heritage.

 Here comes the "dupes."
As I was browsing the Nordstrom website today, I ran across these two lovely pieces:

images from

Though these are not the bright and beautiful colors as seen in SATC 2, they are comparable "dupes" that encompass the pleated trend.

I definitely will consider picking one of these up to spread the SATC 2 fashion love.
At $44.00 compared to the HH $400 on up retail price tag, I definitely think it would be a great deal!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Concealer & Foundation Routine.. & some ?s

Diorskin Nude Skin Perfecting Hydrating ConcealerCurrently, my daily concealer/ foundation

routine is pretty simplistic. First, I start

with concealer, this one to be precise:

Dior Diorskin Nude Skin Perfecting Hydrating Concealer

*I apply this to my "trouble" spots
and under my eyes

bareMinerals SPF 15 Foundation

Second, and lastly, I apply this

foundation all over my face:

& Wa-la, I am done!!

HD Invisible Cover FoundationHowever, I want to change my routine up a bit. For one, I love the Dior concealer, however as I am aware right now, their brand tests on animals and I do not want to support this practice by purchasing their products. Secondly, I want to try this product SO bad:
 It is a liquid foundation (I have never used liquid foundation before) and therefore I need to alter my routine.

With this product, I will need a setting powder for on top, I am
thinking either:

HD Microfinish Powder                          

Make Up For Ever HD             Chanel Poudre Universelle
Microfinish Powder                  Compact Natural Finish           
                                               Pressed Powder

Have any of you tried either product, which one's better!?

Photo Finish Foundation Primer To Go

Lastly, I will be purchasing

this primer to try out-- I heard

that it is AMAZING!!

Also, I plan to purchase a new concealer, I am always on the search for one I like. Which one do you use??

What is your concealer/
foundation routine!?
Do you use liquid, powder, etc.??

*all images from, except for the Chanel pressed powder found here

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Enter to win a $25.00 Sephora Gift Card

Lovely Kiss an Makeup is giving away 2 Sephora gift cards in time for the holidays! Go HERE to enter!!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Skincare HELP!!

Getting more interested in make-up/beauty has led me to also get into skincare. Currently, I am using Clarins skincare regime.

However, I do not really like it. I have a very oily t-zone/chin area, and then the rest of my face is pretty dry/combination.
If I could pick one problem with my skin, it would be black heads/ large pores! I cannot stand it.

This is why I need your help!

What I am looking to buy:
-a cleanser
-a toner
-a moisturizer
-a facial mask to use several times in the week

Here are some of the products I have heard good things about, are they??
Skincare BrushHope in a JarPurity Made SimpleGentle Daily WashWrinkle Revenge 1 Facial CleanserBrightening Cleanser

I have heard mix reviews on Clinique, and also I am looking to stay in the same line (I heard mixing and matching can be bad)
Also, I have been and am still a little bit, an avid tanner. I am in my 20s and therefore think I need to use a serum/ anti-aging product as well??

Please let me know what you think I should use, what I should avoid using, etc.

Lip Art..

What is lip art you say? Well.. I think these pictures will speak louder than the words I would use to explain:

leopard, lips, kiss, lip, random, icon, use, edit, edited, picnik

watermelon lip (left) and kiwi lip (right)
By Portuguesebbyxx & Sylvia Dell' Orto lip
Candy Lip

Adorable lip painting!

How amazing is this!? I don't know if I would wear lip art out, but I would sure love to try creating looks for fun!

What do you think about lip art!?

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

I love packages..

So I love online shopping! Whether I am just browsing, or actually making a purchase, it is one of my favorite things to do in my free-computer time haha
Anytime I actually go into a store, I always think, "I wish I was just online shopping instead" -- I really don't buy a lot, so when I do, I want to make sure what I get is perfect.
The one thing I like about going into a store is when shopping for clothes-- that way you can get the right size and make sure it looks nice on (let's face it, something can look great on the hanger and hideous on, and vice versa)

So I placed an order online and anxiously awaited the box..

My three samples-- yet to try

Sephora included this lovely "Best Sellers" pamphlet-- it was great! I now have many things on my wish list, haha


2 eyeshadow duos and a lipgloss:

"Cheyanne" on the left & "Wicked" on the right

"Wicked" is a lovely light yellow/green. I am not completely sure what I will use this color for yet, but it is unique. The color on the left, is a lovely white color. I LOVE it! It is going to be an amazing highlighter.

"Cheyanne" really surprised me! On the surface, both the colors look like they would come off exactly how they appear in the pan. However, the orange color on the left comes off less orange and more neutral. Don't get me wrong, it is definitely orange. However, it will act as a great color to mix with a brown-ish eyeshadow to really open-up and make my blue eyes stand out. The color on the right is what I was most impressed with! It appears completely burgandy in the pan and I was a little worried once I ordered it that I already have a MAC color nearly identical. Nope! This color comes off a rustic burgandy/ brown-- it shows a little on my finger, and I LOVE it! I will definitely have to do some EOTD's for you all! 

"All night long" is an amazing color! I didn't know if this would be too dark, however once applied, it is sheer and adds just a bit of color to my lips. It is a nice everyday color that is not too much, though not too little- it is a "I tried, but not too hard" kind of look! haha

Do you like NARS? If so, what are some of your favorite NARS products!?

Monday, November 22, 2010

Mac & Sephora Gift Cards

Over at Expensive Pink's blog, she is holding a giveaway for her followers to win Sephora or Mac gift cards. To learn more and enter go to:

I'm a Sucker for Cute Packaging..

Well I don't know about you, but I am a sucker for packaging.
I'm also a sucker for great deals, coupons, whatever it is! I always say that I am the ultimate person to market to because I fall for it every time.

For this reason, I wanted to post some cosmetic items that I have considered buying simply for the cute packaging. Yes, I may like the product inside as well, but if not for the packaging, I honestly might have never taken a second look at these items.

How about you all, do you fall for the packaging?
& if any of you have used these items and want to tell me how the actual product is, please comment me below :)

I actually own this palette! I love it! I really wanted to try Urban Decay eyeshadow and when I found this palette, I fell in love! I LOVE animals and this palette is animal-friendly/vegan-all products are made without animal testing or with ANY products made from animals. I am a complete advocate against testing cosmetics on animals, or hurting them to make make-up!
Not only is this palette super cute, along with the rest of UD's packaging I must say, it is for a great cause!
Urban Decay Vegan Palette 1 Urban Decay Fall Collection 2010: Urban Decay Vegan Palette
Urban Decay Vegan Palette 5 Urban Decay Fall Collection 2010: Urban Decay Vegan Palette

This palette sat in my shopping cart for months! I kept debating whether I should purchase this product simply because I LOVED the packaging. I have never tried Josie Maran products, but once again, it is all natural and animal friendly, and I have heard GREAT things.
After re-viewing these pictures, I may have to purchase-eek!

following images from Sephora--
Boi-ingStay Put Set ($35 Value)
Benefit products: I love things that have cute phrases!
Leopard Love Complexion Perfection KitPink Leopard Bronzing Powder
Too Faced leopard!!!!!!!!!

Eye Dream HypershadowStarchild Odyssey Palette
Tarina Tarantino: light pink is the main color in the collection- that is how you KNOW it is going to be good :)

From Urban Outfitters beauty:
Paul and Joe! They have one of the cutest make-up lines in my opinion--

Look how pretty! The packaging, the actual make-up and YES, that is a cat lipstick! I would buy it, however the mere fact that it is so cute shaped like that would lead me to never use it!

& Finally from Sephora and what I think is the biggest marketing scheme amongst cosmetic/beauty products: cute bottles for perfume-- (all from
Viva La JuicyDaisyLola Marc JacobsPrincess