Fall Tags! (Another One or the Other)

Girl in the Glasses tagged me in her recent post. It’s kind of funny since I tagged her in my One or the Other! I am happy to oblige and just so you know, Lindz (she wears the glasses) has really cool style and great make-up reviews. Check her out! http://girlintheglasses.com/

My Halloween “costume”!

Favorite Fall lip product?  As of this moment,  I wear Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Strumpet. Since I have OCD, I find this to be a little funny but not really. It lasts forever and you only need a little bit- it goes a loooooong way.

Fall Nail Product?  I just did my nails in Essie Stylenomics, which is a deep, dark hunter green. I did an accent nail with China Glaze in Electrify, an orange and yellow glitter which is from The Hunger Games line.

Favorite Starbucks Fall Drink?  Pumpkin Spice Latte! Oh, man! I wait for those every September. What I wouldn’t do for one right now. (It’s 8 AM and we have no electricity.)

Favorite Fall Candle?  I have an Entennman’s Pumpkin Pie candle, which is delicious.  Entennman’s is a baking company. Their baked goods are available in the U.S.  They make a great pumpkin pie for under $5.

Favorite Fall Scarf or accessory?   Nothing beats a hoodie but I love my leather jacket with my zebra print scarf.

Haunted house, haunted hay ride, or haunted corn maze? Haunted House for sure. My favorite ride in Disney World is the Haunted House.

Favorite Halloween movie?  I don’t usually go for the horror genre. I think “The Corpse Bride” is cute and if I have to do a scary movie, “Scream” would be it.

Favorite candy to eat on Halloween?  Love me some Autumn Mix- it has candy corn and those fabulous sugary pumpkins.

What are you dressing up as for Halloween? I was a cat at a party I went to on Saturday. I don’t think there will be much of a Halloween here in NYC.  It makes me sad.

What is your Favorite thing about Fall? I love that the weather is cooling down and the sky is different. Everything seems much clearer. I also love to wear boots and leggings, and relish in the idea that Ugg season is on the way. But I miss my flip flops.

Read these blogs!

http://ohjoiedevivre.wordpress.com/

http://2girlsandsomepolish.wordpress.com/

http://theeyeoffaith.com/

http://lacquerandlashes.ca/2012/10/29/a-england-saint-george/

http://bewitchery.wordpress.com/about-me/

http://lovecraftbeauty.com/2012/10/30/beauty-note/

http://thesilvernail.wordpress.com/2012/10/30/more-china-glaze-news/

http://poundlandprincess.wordpress.com/2012/10/28/whats-in-my-make-up-bag/

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One or the Other!

Poundland Princess has tagged me in this post! Thank goodness because Hurricane Sandy is causing havoc outside and I need something to do! Go over and check out her blog- her nail designs and skills make me jealous! http://poundlandprincess.wordpress.com/2012/10/29/one-or-the-other/

Let’s Begin…

Blush or Bronzer?  Blush

I am on the pale side and though I use bronzer on occasion, I stick with blush. I like Bobbi Brown‘s Pale Pink. It isn’t actually pale. It looks hot pink but when applied, gives a beautiful flush. I also love Nars Orgasm and used that for years. It is a perfect peachy pink (say that three times fast) with a drop of shimmer. And if you are afraid it is too shimmery, not my mom and aunt use it.

Lip gloss or Lipstick?   Lipstick

This causes a dilemma for me! The good thing is that lipstick offers many options- matte, glossy, sheer, satin. I like how lipstick is not goop and how it is more pigmented. My favorite lipstick as of late is Sephora‘s Rouge Cream. I like Sexy Game- a plum.

Chapstick or Lip butter?   Lip balm

Lip balm is the “generic” name for Chapstick. I like Burt’s Bees. I do use lip butter, too, but usually at night before bed.

Matte or Sparkle Eye shadow?    Matte

I use matte shadow 90% of the time. I also like shimmers. Bobbi Brown’s Shimmer Eye Wash is great- you can dress them up or down, so they are good for day to day looks or special occasions  When I think sparkle, I think Urban Decay’s Midnight Cowboy, with it’s glittery pieces. I love that once in a blue moon, if I”m going somewhere fun.

Gel, Liquid, Cream or Pencil Liner?   Pencil

Another dilemma! I’m the Product Hoochie- don’t make me choose! For the most part, I use pencils. A lot of pencils are now pigmented and very vibrant. I like gel or cream liner for a cat-eye. It is very easy to apply and long-lasting. I recently used ELF’s. It was $2.99 and great. Smashbox makes a great gel liner, but for $2.99 you can have a lot of choices! I also like liquid liner. I like that they are bold but I find them a little hard to use sometimes.

Foundation or Concealer?   Foundation

I like concealer but since I don’t have a ton of skin issues, I throw on foundation. Literally. I like how it’s one stop shopping for me. I like Bare Minerals Foundation or Benefit’s Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Liquid Foundation. I switch them off.

Liquid or Powder Foundation? This is a toss up.

I don’t mean to cheat but I really switch them up. Sometimes I use powder, especially when the weather is warmer. I tend to get more oily. In cooler, drier months, I tend to use liquid. Sometimes liquid makes me too oily and I get aggravated and return to powder but I go back. I always do.

Neutral or Statement eye?  Neutral.

BUT I HAVE SO MUCH FUN WITH NEUTRAL! Gray, eggplants, and navy blue can be neutral so my eye looks are never boring. Of course, I love my beige, brown, and bronze but I always add a punch of color- bronze with a shot of teal, brown with a pit of purple, and beige with anything!

Pressed or Loose shadows?  Pressed.

There is no question for me here. I have tried loose shadows. I have tried loving them and using them but they are too messy and take way too much patience. Don’t get me wrong: I take time with my face but loose shadows take too long.

Waterproof or Non Waterproof?  Non-waterproof.

I like water-proof in the summer but even then I tend to not use it. I find they actually flake off. Blinc mascara is a great water-proof, as it is a gel that creates tubes around your lashes. I tend to use that instead of water-proof.

Brushes, Sponges or Fingers? Brushes.

I’d be lost without my brushes. I find sponges suck up the product so you use more. Fingers are okay in a pinch. I tend to like my fingers, so I do use them once in awhile..

Powder, Cream or Liquid Highlighters?

I use Sephora’s Nano Eyeliner in Pure Beige as my highlighter. I like it because it is thin and I can use it in the corners of my eyes and under my brow bone. ELF also makes good stick highlighters. They are creamy.

Now, it’s my turn to pick a few beauty blogs that I enjoy!

Tag! You’re it!

http://girlintheglasses.com/about/

http://skinnylegsfatlips.wordpress.com

http://ohjoiedevivre.wordpress.com

http://lacquerandlashes.ca/2012/10/29/a-england-saint-george/

http://harajukugirlfl.wordpress.com/

http://callmejagi.wordpress.com/

October GlossyBox: Spa Luxe 2012

Since I am already awake (ugh), I figured I would do post on the GlossyBox I received yesterday. Though I love GlossyBox, the shipping is less than desirable. I had to email them- they just send them out so late! Anyway, my box arrived and as usual, I tore that thing open. Here is what I got:

October Glossy Box: Spa Luxe 2012

Alterna Bamboo Luminous Shine Mist: Every cosmetics company seems to be using the word “luminous” lately. I happen to like the Bamboo line and was happy to see this “deluxe sample” (another set of words used a lot lately. I don’t understand this concept- I need to use a product a few times to decide if I like it. Those silly packets don’t let you do that. We should get deluxe samples all of the time. Just sayin’.) This sample is .85 FL.OZ./25 ml.  It smells a little alcohol-y but that doesn’t usually bother me, except that means it might be drying. I’m not one for shine mist but it’s good to keep around. A full sized bottle (4 OZ) is $22.00. I’ll let you know when I try it.

http://www.sephora.com/bamboo-luminous-shine-mist-P285154?skuId=1333517

Nastassaja Skin Enzyme Facial Peel: I love peels. I really do and since I can now do enzyme peels at home, I am happy. I find they really do make a difference. I can’t wait to  try this one. I got a .25 OZ sample (Boo!!!) but this one has papain (papaya enzyme). I think it also has scrubbing action and I love that because it makes me feel like I’m accomplishing something. A 2 OZ jar is $40. Here is the link:

http://www.nastassjaskin.com/products-page/peel

Kryolan Blusher, Alterna Bamboo Luminous Shine Mist, and Nastassaja Skin Enzyme Facial Peel

Kryolan for GlossyBox Blusher in Glossy Rosewood: Kryolan is a professional cosmetics company used in theater, film, and television. I have heard of them but they aren’t very mainstream yet. Their site is fun to explore because they have a lot of pigmented stuff! This color is exclusively for Glossy Box and is full sized. It is a cream powder. I’ll give it a try and keep you posted. Kryolan Blusher is $9.00 for 2.5g. (Picture is above)

http://www.kryolan.com/en/index.php?mnu=1

Heartland Fragrances Exfoliating Loofa Soap: There was an overwhelming smell of peppermint when I ripped opened my box. I was slightly disappointed because I hate getting mints in a box that is supposed to be cosmetics but was excited when I saw this soap. Hand poured, the bright green is reminiscent of lime hard candy. The loofa is in the soap and though I’ve seen this before, it just makes it look like a summery and fun slice of fruit. A 6 OZ. bar is $8.00. This link will take you to the peppermint bar, but there are a lot of different soaps on the site! Check it out!

http://www.heartlandfragrance.com/product/peppermint-exfoliating-loofa-soap/

MODELCO Lip Duo Lipstick & Ultra Shine Lip Gloss in Dusk and Striptease (GlossyBox Exclusive): This is another full sized product. The lipstick is a dark nude and the gloss is a shimmery light peach. I love two-in-one products- more room in my bag! You can wear these together or apart. A bonus is the lip-sized mirror that is on the tube connector. Retail is $39.00

Heartland Fragrance Soap above and below. ModelCo LipDuo in the middle.

Here is a referral link to GlossyBox. http://www.glossybox.com/referal?CI=MTkwNjk=

Eventual reviews in the works. I need to get on the tutorial train, too!

Primp On! XOXO

Refinery 29 & Coterie

I love Refinery29.com. They are a great blog site with up to the minute fashion, beauty, living, etc information. (The only one that gets me is the woman who does the make-up tutorials. Watch one and tell me what you think. Maybe I’m missing something!) Anyway, I am posting a link so you can sign up to Refinery 29’s Shops. They have some cool stuff and this week there is a deal to Coterie.com. Coterie is a members only site (I’m sure you wanted a jacket at some point in your life) that has a selective collection of the newest beauty products. I will admit, the pickings are small but the prices are reasonable. Sign up through my link (it’s free) and check it out…

https://www.coterie.com/refer?code=q569oJDta

If you like what you see, head on over to Refinery29.com and click on this link…

https://www.refinery29.com/shops/referafriend/?bl=bnlzZWd1cmxAYW9sLmNvbQ%3D%3D

It’s free to sign up. The deal to Coterie is $40 for $80. Buy it, head over to Coterie, fill your bag, go to check out and put in your promotion code. Shipping was $4.99 and you cannot use this deal towards shipping (bummer).

Oh! Coterie does not ship internationally (yet) so if you live across the pond or in U.S. Territories such as Puerto Rico, do not buy this! Luckily, this excludes Canada, so if you’re in Toronto or Vancouver, give it a try.

You can still sign up and view the site.

Happy Shopping!

Primp On! XOXO

Seeing Red

I’ve been wearing vibrant lipsticks for the past year or so after a long relationship with lip gloss. Don’t get me wrong- I love lip gloss but there comes a time when that shiny gooey-ness just does not cut it. At first, people would look at me funny. A few commented positively and I was a little self-conscious but there was no turning back.

My Red Lippy Compact!

I love red lipstick. I love, love, love it. Red lipstick is classic and bold. It says “Look at me” without being trashy. It is delicious. Today, I wore red lipstick to work.  I have several shades and consistencies. I have reds when I am feeling especially brave, reds for fun, and reds for the weekend. Sounds silly, I know, but red lipsticks are like pairs of shoes- you need a kick a$$ pair, a knocking around pair, and a pair for work.

I decided to sample seven (yes, seven) reds. The price range starts at $2.99 (NYX) and ends at $12 (Sephora brand). I didn’t choose MAC or Lipstick Queen lipsticks. I know MAC has very popular reds but figured a bunch of people probably have swatched them.

Seven Reds!

I honestly did not use any lip liner when trying out the reds. I can’t find this ELF pencil anymore, which is clear and creates a barrier between your lip and the rest of your face. Red lipstick is a creeper and this cuts it off at the pass. Let’s begin!

NYX Lip Smacking Colors in Fire LSS 599 is a smooth lipstick. It has a very light vanilla scent. So light in fact, it is hardly noticeable. When applied, it gives good coverage and a nice shine. It isn’t sticky or too thick but surprisingly long-lasting for a lipstick with such sheen. For $2.99 it is a good deal.

It’s more of a pinky red but totally work appropriate.

Brucci Lipstick might be an exclusively New York brand. I honestly do not know but have not seen it anywhere else. I’ve been wearing this brand forever and I mean this. I got my first Brucci lipstick when I was 5. It was a deep shimmering purple. Moving on… Brucci Lipstick in Marette’s Red #106 goes on smooth. This is another lipstick with a light, though slightly perfumy scent. Marette’s Red seems like another slightly pink but deeper red. It will be $3.49 well spent.

Brucci also makes the best nail polish. THE BEST.

Now, onto a more sheer shade. I have been a fan of Revlon‘s Lip Butters since they were released. I like their buildable color and if you wear a lip liner, the color becomes more opaque. I happen to like Cherry Tart #070. It is very moisturizing and shiny. It gives the lips a sweet glow. The only downside is that it needs to be reapplied pretty often. That’s okay because I like it so much. It is around $7.99 at most mass retailers.

Sheer lips… perfect for downtime.

One of my favorite colors of all time is L’Oreal‘s British Red #350. The gold tube is always classy and one swipe of this color means business. This is a true, Union Jack red! The lipstick smells strongly of violets but that is fine with me. I have to say that this has very good staying power and good coverage. It is not for the faint of heart.

I applied with a light touch. A little bit of a heavy hand and you are ready for anything.

The last three lipsticks are all Sephora Rouge Cream Lipstick.  I have to admit, I am a little partial. For $12.00, Sephora provides a high quality lipstick with good pigmentation. The scent of the lipstick is kind of sweet, like grapes or moscato if you’re feeling fancy.

First up is Rouge Cream R05 aka Hot Tango. When my sister and I found this color last fall it was like “AHHHH” (sing that in an angelic voice.) It is a bright pink red and it will turn heads. Trust me. It has a nice satin finish and good lasting power.

Hot Tango on my lips. SYTYCD in a tube.

It Girl R06 is described as a “muted coral tangerine.” That is way too complicated for me and when I wear it, it looks like an orange based red. My sister bought me this after we read a review about the color. I was a little scared that an orangey red would look terrible and that she wasted $12, but alas, I get the most wear out of this one. My sister, who is paler than me, actually wore it as Envy Adams fairly recently. She was afraid that she would have the same issue but with her blond wig, it looked good.

I’m puckering up like a fish.

Finally, we get to the last red lipstick… Valentine R09… it is magenta! Blue based since magenta is purple-y, Valentine is a color that I adore. It’s a little more fun. It is my “Who do you think you’re talking to?” color.

Huh?

A few things… a clear liner works wonders. It helps keep the color in place. You can fill your lip in, too, and the color will not be altered.

-Finding a perfect red may take a few tries. MAC’s Ruby Woo is touted as a universal red. I have it and it is great! Check it out.

-Stains are a good way to try reds. I happen to like Revlon’s Just Bitten Lipstain in Flame.

-Red is a high maintenance color. Don’t be shy to reapply! (Thanks CD!) In fact, you will have to a few times to maintain the look.

-Be not afraid. Try it. If you don’t like it, you don’t have to wear it again BUT I’m pretty sure you will.

Primp On! XOXO

Coastal Scents Makes Sense!

Duh!

A few weeks ago, my sister told me that Living Social had a deal for Coastal Scents. For $12, you got a $25 coupon. I had never heard of Coastal Scents but if it has something to do with cosmetics, I am in. I headed over to the website to check it out and place my order.

The website is easy to navigate but the product selection is overwhelming! I don’t mean that in a bad way but you kind of need to know what you are in the market to purchase. I was so excited to look around that I lost track! I decided on an eye shadow palette. There are 40 different choices. 40. The prices range from $6.95 (Think Pink 12 Eye Shadow Palette)- $69.95 (I want to make it clear that is for four palettes that look to have roughly 80-90 shadows each.) I ordered the 28 Neutral Palette. I like neutral because they really have the most versatility for casual to dramatic looks. The palette was $9.48 (random, I know) and appeared to be decent value. It is. I used the eye shadow the other day and with my usual primer, it stayed true until I took it off. Not bad for under ten bucks.

28 Neutral Palette really cuts the mustard.

I also wanted a product that would brighten my eye area. I’m kind of lazy with my face some mornings, so I wanted something that would make me look alive. I ordered Bright Eyed Brightener in Light. It isn’t too thick and a little goes a long way. It made my eyes look perky. If I could only say that about other parts of my anatomy but I digress…

\ Bright Eyed in Light. Looks good.

The last thing I ordered for my face was the Camouflage Palette. There is a cute green lizard on the case but that wasn’t my reason for buying. For $11.87 (I know, I know) I got 10 shades of concealer. Will I use them all? Maybe not but at least I have options. It is also helpful to have a variety of shades since you should not use concealer lighter than your skin tone. You will look like a raccoon. Not pretty.  The concealer is creamy but not goopy or too thin. Use a brush for more controlled coverage.

Maybe this will help me disappear…

Leapin’ Lizard!

Since I was on Coastal Scents, I thought it would be a good idea to buy something, uh, scented. I love spicy perfume, so I ordered Winter Spice Oil for $9.95. The website suggested I use a carrier oil before applying it to my skin. Essential oils are very concentrated! I ordered castor oil. For as much as I know about perfume, I have no idea what the heck to use. The castor oil was $3.99 for 16 ounces. It’s good for constipation, too, so should that problem arise I will be prepared.  I also bought Brush Guards. They are nifty plastic cases that you slide over your brushes so when they are in your bag, they don’t get destroyed. They are $4.50. BirchBox sells them for $5.50 but save yourself a dollar.

Castor Oil, Winter Spice Essential Oil, and an eye shadow sample- oh, my!

As you can see, I also got a generous eye shadow sample. The blue looks like fun so I will give it a go next time I am out for the evening.

One cool aspect of Coastal Scents is that they sell tons of make-up palettes, fragrance oils, and brushes for very reasonable prices. The other great aspect is they sell you ingredients so you can make your own make-up. (I was not going to get all scientist this time but eventually, I just might.)  How hard can it be, right? I think that would make for an interesting post.

Primp on! XOXO

Brooklyn Make-Up Studio on Shoof.com

Doing what she does best!

If you live in the NYC area, Brooklyn Make-Up Studio has got a deal for you! $50 will get you $75 worth of products. Well worth the effort of typing in your email address. Get one today and tell them I sent ya!
http://www.shoof.com/

Brooklyn Make-Up Studio @ the Venetian

Primp On! XOXO

P.S. Today the studio is offering mini-makeovers with  $50 purchase. Call to make an appointment.

447 Avenue P @ The Venetian 718-333-3482

Caboodles Anyone?

Caboodles has revamped their line and has made some really cute cosmetics cases. Since they remind me of my childhood, I thought it would be fun to find out what beauty trends you miss the most. The comment I like best will win a prize! Just write your comment on this post. Check out my past post “Nostalgic Beauty” for some inspiration! A winner will be selected on November 6th.

My new cases are similar!

Primp On! XOXO

Feel Good in Your… Skin! An Interview with Dilcia Enid

Dilcia preparing her face.

I went to an arts high school and the best part about it was meeting like-minded people. It was for the most part a judgment free zone and people generally got along quite well. That is why I enjoy finding out what my classmates are up to now. Dilcia and I haven’t seen each other in over 10 (close to 15!) years BUT thanks to the information age, we keep up on Facebook and email. It is kind of ridiculous that we live in the same city and never run into each other but as usual, life gets in the way.

Dilcia has been working in Esthetics for some time but that was not her first foray into helping others. She actually comes from a social work background,  with a BA in English Education and a TESOL certificate (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Language). After teaching abroad and returning to the States to do social work, Dilcia wanted to find a way to help others without the emotional toll,  ” I left that career in search of a different way to connect with people without the heaviness and the bureaucratic nonsense I was frustrated over.”  Dilcia decided then that Esthetics was for her. I think helping people look at themselves in a positive light is important and I think Dilcia aids in the process.

Dilcia answered a few questions for me about skincare and how to feel pretty inside and out.

Product Hoochie: Let’s start off with the basics. When your give a facial, do you use products for sensitive skin?

Dilcia:  Yes. Some ingredients to look for are Ginger, Evening Primrose Oil, Oat Kernel, Licorice, and Aloe.  An exfoliation method that is not aggressive and always wear SPF.  Your facial treatments are aimed at soothing and calming the skin.

PH: Post-facial, do you provide a daily skincare regimen? What would it consist of?

D: Yes, every client is responsible for home care to get the full benefits of monthly facial treatments. Everyone’s skin has a specific type and condition. Overall, skin must be cleansed, exfoliated, treated, hydrated, and protected-all according to type and condition. 

PH: What are some products that everyone should have?

D: For oily skin, mild gel cleanser, an oil-free hydrator are a must! Dry skin will benefit from weekly hydrating masks. Skin with blemishes on certain areas can be treated with a spot treatment overnight.

PH: I myself am a “greasy beast”. What would you suggest for me?

D: You will want to cleanse with a gel cleanser. Products that are mattifying as well as treating (look for Sulfur, Camphor, Horse Chestnut Extract, Sarcosine) will help absorb oil (aka shine) and balance sebum production.  A weekly clay mask would help regulate sebaceous glands as well as monthly peels by your Esthetician. 

PH: What are your favorite products? What do you swear by?

D: I swear by Salicylic Acid and sulfur for exfoliation and spot treatments. I use a calming serum and a thick, rich hydrator at night for my dry skin type.  I have just started using a new line. Dermalogica is carried at the spa I now work at and I’ve purchased a cleanser and spot treatment so far. In the past Dr. Alkalis has worked great for me.

PH: Every Product Hoochie wants to know- Do you wear make-up?

D: YES! Okay… I am a junkie.  I like Lorac, Urban Decay, NARS, Bloom, Sue Devitt… 

A woman after my own heart, Dilcia is currently working her magic at Pilo Arts in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. As a certified Dermalogica Skincare Expert, Dilcia will make your skin look its absolute best. Make an appointment with her today!

Primp On! XOXO

Pilo Arts Day Spa & Salon

Pilo Arts Day Spa & Salon is located at 8412 Third Avenue, Brooklyn

Easily accessible via the R train to 86th Street and the B70 Bus.

(718) 748-7411

http://www.piloarts.com