December 31, 2010

My Top 25 Products of 2010 #25

To make a long story short; the day after returning home from our honeymoon, my husband and I along with 3 others were in a car accident. Everyone in the car was banged up but I, in the driver’s seat, suffered injuries to my face, neck and chest from the airbag. I suffered abrasions, scratches and minor burns. These of course can end with scarring unless taken cared of!  After the hospital visit, upon return home my new husband made me promise not to look in the mirror for 2 weeks and to rub Vitamin E cream all over my face every day, 2x’s a day. Needless to say, I promised and two weeks later there was no scarring not even a trace that there was ever a scratch.

End of the short/long story

As a mother of 4 (THREE OF THEM BOYS), I have seen my fair share of cuts, bruises, scratches and everything in between.  And even now, my kids know to put Vitamin E on their “booboos”

FYI Vitamin E also works great for acne scarring. I tend to break out on my chin so I keep the cream close by and use it as a moisturizer during those breakout times to keep my skin clear and not spotty.

****I am in no way a dermatologist and I cannot say it will work on every person, I can only tell of  the wonders it did for me when others thought nothing would!****

Love you all, and from my family to yours Happy 2011
Make It A Beautiful New Year

My Top 25 Products of 2010 # 24

Yes you've guessed it, another palette. What can I say, I love palettes. You get a great amount of product for a super great price.
This is the NYX Box of Smokey Look Collection! Which means, NYX took their 4 little smokey kits (Gray, Purple, Bronze, & Natural) And put them all together here along with extras!

Sleek Black shiny Plastic Case

left to right
Gray, Purple, Bronze, Natural smokey sets

3 blushes
face powder

Bottom drawers opens with
16 lip color
12 glitter color
4 cream liner/shadow
Just to better analyze this $$$wise... each individual smokey palette is $10, now add a couple of blushes, 16 lip glosses etc etc you get the picture. This palette has all of that for only $22...HELLO! That's a deal in my book. My hubby got me this one! Yeah I am spoiled!

Available at or
**Free 2day shipping on amazon if you have Prime!

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My Top 25 Products of 2010 #23

I grew up with Skin So Soft in my house ALL THE TIME. Of course it was the original formula, but over the years AVON has really stepped up their game and given SSS a makeover. There are more scents and products now available under the SSS line that everyone can find a favorite...easily.

Over the summer I found mine and stocked up. Yes even in the cold winter days I still use this. It is great in the summer because it leaves a gold shimmer on the skin. Of course this is wonderful when we wear strapless tops, dresses, shorts, etc.

Product Description: Glistening hints of gold mingle with pure softness to satisfy your passion for ultimate pampering. This rich formula smoothes and caresses your body with a gentle golden shimmer, for a seductive, radiant glow that’s soft to the touch. Time-released formula works within the skin’s surface, optimizing moisture levels

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December 29, 2010

EOTD, NYX The Bronze Goddess Box

I really like this NYX Bronze Goddess because it focuses on golds and bronzes. These are colors I tend to use more on Sundays for a subtle yet glam look! They bring warmth to the face, which is just right for these cold days of winter.
This palette has a great combination of golds and bronzes. With everthing you need for a finished face, well minus the foundation.

            It consists of: 12 Eyeshadows, 6 Bronzers & Blushes, 5 Lip Colors, 5 applicators


For an extra pop of color I used NYX EyePencil in #930 TEAL to my lower lash line

 P.S. in case you're wondering, no, my face is not finished. I put on eye makeup before applying my foundation!. I HATE FALLOUT!!!

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December 28, 2010


1. I never polished my toe-nails until I met my husband 13 years ago.
2. I have over 200 cookbooks and I use them all.
3. I detest mushrooms.
4. I played piano until I was 9.
5. I am an only child.
6. I am married to a Minister. (Love you baby!! Hurry Home!)
7. I can't stand Jazz
8. English major in college.
9. I love Purple (as if you didn't already know that)
10. Can't polish my nails while pregnant, the colors make me puke.
11. I love the winter, great time to cuddle!
12. I love raisin bran, but i don't eat raisins.
13. I am a Scorpio!
14. I collect Pocketbooks, makeup, pashminas, makeup, and shoes.
15. If you're reading this I have tagged you! YOU'RE IT!

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My Top 25 Products of 2010 #22

Tarte Kabuki (Glam on the Go)

I was in need of a kabuki but wasn't sure which one to get! Well my bestie narrowed it down and got me one. It is so very soft yet sturdy. I haven't had any hairs come out durning application and IT'S PURPLE! What more can a girl ask for!!!

Just the right size to pop in my purse!
Bristles are made from natural goat hair and are very soft

 I can even use this for my lipstick!I
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Product Description: A Kabuki brush housed in faux-croc pouch. Have glam will travel: Whip the luxe Tarte Glam On The Go Kabuki Brush out anytime, anywhere for the ultimate in touchups.

This natural goat hair brush is domed for smooth, even application. It's housed in a chic faux-croc case.

Can be purchased at Sephora

Sigma Beauty's new "Make Me Up Collection"

Sigma has launched a new line of brush collections. These new kits are filled with Sigma's bestseller brushes, but now in awesome vivid colors! I am excited and you know the purple set has my name written all over it!!!

Sigma Makeup offers a free travel size E25 brush with this kit

Product Description: Introducing the new Sigma Beauty 'Make Me Up' collection! Our best seller professional 12 brushes kit now comes in beautiful colors and inside a durable and multifunctional container! Besides protecting your brushes, this exclusive container transforms into 2 stylish brush holders

12 professional quality brushes for a complete makeover! Everything you need to apply makeup to eyes and face.

Brushes in this kit:

Small Angle - E65 - Essential for the application of gel or cream eyeliner on the upper and lower lash line. This brush is also excellent for filling out the eyebrows. Synthetic bristles.

Medium Angled Shading - E70 - Angled, tapered, flat top. Ideal to apply highlight shades underneath the eyebrow and on the inner corners. It can also be used for a precise application of darker shades on the crease area. Natural bristles.

Large Shader - E60 - Flat shape is ideal for application of cream formulas and eye shadow primers. It also works great with loose eye shadows or pigments. Can be used to apply color all over the lid or precisely on the lash line. Natural bristles.

Pencil - E30 - Precise application of color on the crease, outer corner, and upper and lower lash line. Also ideal to smudge out pencil liner. Natural bristles.

Large Angled Contour - F40 - The angled shape makes this brush ideal to apply blush or contour shades. Natural bristles.

Large Powder - F30 - Very dense with a rounded top. Ideal to apply powder products on face and body. Natural bristles.

Duo Fibre - F50 - Specially designed to generate an ‘airbrushed’ finish when used to apply liquid foundation. It can also be used to apply blush, highlight shades and loose pigments. Blend of synthetic and natural bristles.

Foundation - F60 - Can be used to apply liquid or cream foundation. It is also recommended to apply moisturizers and conceal large areas. Synthetic bristles.

Concealer - F70 - The rounded, tapered, flat shape makes this brush ideal to conceal the under eye area. It is also recommended for a precise application in small areas. Synthetic bristles.

Tapered Blending - E40 - Rounded and tapered top. Specially designed to apply and blend color on the crease. Natural bristles.

Eye Shading - E55 - Soft and dense with a rounded finish. Can be used to apply pressed or loose eye shadows and pigments. Ideal to build intense color on the eyelid. Natural bristles.

Eyeliner - E05 - An extra-fine tipped synthetic fiber brush that delivers a precise, firm, even stroke to line the eyes.

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Snow sprite // sugar plum fairy

I finally got my hands on the Wet n Wild Holiday palettes Snow Sprite & Sugar Plum Fairy. Since we are snowed in I decided to do some swatches!

Snow Sprite
Sugar Plum Fairy
Top color not very pigmented

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December 26, 2010

SIgma Brushes

I have many brands of brushes but I really like my Sigma brushes. Yes I prefer them over all others.
For the holidays they have flooded my email so I shall pass this current one on to you!!!

SigmA Beauty


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December 24, 2010

My Top 25 Products of 2010 #21

I Have a huge mirror attached to my wall over my vanity. But it is a pain to really do my makeup with it. So I invested in this Conair three panel lighted mirror.  I love it. It has 3 mirrors and the center mirror swivels allowing for a serious close up! I love the 4 lighting choices that are given, this lets me adjust it to my surrounding light or lack there of.


fully open & lighted

4 lighting choices
Production Description: From the Conair Illumina Collection this triple panel mirror is a handsome accessory, suitable for any décor. The side panels adjust for custom viewing and fold inward for storage or travel. The mirror adjusts to simulate four different lighting settings for evening, home, office or day.

Oops forgot to show the middle
Open, Center mirror swivels

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Eye of the Day 12/23/10

I haven't done an EOTD in a while. So i decided everyday I do my makeup take a pic and upload it. If you would like a tut on it please let me know. And feel free to make requests!

Products used:
MAC painterly paintpot
Urban Decay PP in eden
Coastal scents smokey color palatte
Revlon colorstay eyeliner
Covergirl Lash Blast Volume mascara

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December 21, 2010

My Top 25 Products of 2010 #19 & #20

Facial Cleansers

To get a great "made up face", you need to start with a clean face! 

Sometimes I have the time for a deep cleansing facial before applying my makeup. And most times I don't.  Again for no particular reason, I rotate between two cleansers. The Aveeno Clear Complexion Foaming Cleanser is my typical grab but on very lazy days I grab a Loreal Skin Genesis Cleansing Towelettes. 

great to pop in your purse

Aveeno Product Description: This instant foaming cleanser with moisture-rich Soy extracts and salicylic acid, a blemish-fighting ingredient, helps improve skin's tone and texture and clears up blemishes without over drying, leaving skin soft, smooth and even-looking. This mild, hypoallergenic, oil-free formula won't clog pores and is gentle enough for everyday use.

Loreal Product description:
  • Loreal Skin Genesis Cleansing Towelettes gently cleanse skin and respect natural skin moisture balance.
  • It is a special embossed fabric that grips and retains impurities and even makeup around the eyes, these towelettes provide for very effective cleansing.
  • Containing a natural cleansing agent, these towelettes gently cleanse skin and respect natural skin moisture balance.
  • Dermatologist tested for gentleness. Non-comedogenic (would not clog pores).

Make It A Beautifully Clean Day!

My Top 25 Products of 2010 #18

Skin So Soft Ultra Body Serum W/ Silkening Pearls

This is really a very think baby oil! But I love it. Skin feels immediately soft and silky. The only downside for me it the greasy feeling on my hands but for the rest of the body it is great

This is the SOft n Sensual scent!
Unfortunately Avon is not carrying this right now. I think it is a summer time product. Of course I stocked up! LOL!
The Pink silkening pearls
Product Description: Supercharged Silkening Pearls melt into skin to instantly boost softness. Our innovative body serum glides on smooth to banish dryness for a silky feeling from head to toe. 

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My Top 25 Products of 2010 #17

Camomile Gentle Eye Makeup Remover

Along with my face wipes, I use this makeup remover. It is very gentle, and doesn't irritate my eyes as some have in the past. It has the consistency of water so it is easy to use too much. But just squeeze some on a cotton ball or tissue and wipe away the day. Follow up with your normal skin routine.

Product Description: Best if you want to: Gently cleanse and dissolve your eye makeup, as well as condition your lashes, with our best-selling mild lotion.
How it works:
  • Organic Community Trade camomile water, known for its calming benefits, cools and soothes skin.

  • Algae extract is rich in minerals that help moisturize and revitalize skin.

  • A gentle cleansing formula containing glycerin, an effective moisturizer, cleans skin and eye lashes without over-drying.

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    December 20, 2010

    My Top 25 Products of 2010 # 16

    e.l.f. Essentials Mechanical Eyelash Curler

    I have tried many eyelash curlers in my time. But I love this one. It fits great on my fingers and I don't feel like my knuckles will crack while holding it. I don't hurt my eye (yes clumsy) while curling my lashes! and for $1 you can't go wrong! 

    Product Description: This innovative eyelash curler has a special curved design which angles to suit all eye shapes. Its silicone rubber pad applies the appropriate amount of pressure to curl lashes naturally and allows for damage-free heating. Get long-lasting curled lashes both easily and safely. Add a swipe of e.l.f. Water & Earth Mascara and curled lashes remain in perfect shape all day.

    Did I mention it was only $1

    Purchase at

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    My Top 25 Products of 2010 #14 & #15

    Face Moisturizers

    I hate feeling my skin dry. I don't like the ashy look, nor the itchy(ness) or anything else associated with dry skin! 
    There is no particular reason, but I rotate between two moisturizers. The Aveeno Positively Radiant, and Mark. For Goodness Face. They both work great and have that needed SPF 30 protection while I am out and about my my kiddies! My skin is not left feeling oily or clamy (sticky), but refreshed and smooth. 

    Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily
    Mark. For Goodness Face

    Aveeno Product description: Get advanced sun protection with this SPF 30 daily moisturizer. Clinically proven Total Soy Complex and natural light diffusers work to naturally even out skin tone and immediately reflect light to bring out skin's natural radiance. Gentle enough for sensitive skin and daily use, this moisturizer is also oil-free, hypoallergenic, noncomedogenic, and contains SPF 30 UVA/UVB sunscreen to protect skin from premature aging

    Mark. Product Description: Get advanced sun protection with this SPF 30 daily moisturizer. Clinically proven Total Soy Complex and natural light diffusers work to naturally even out skin tone and immediately reflect light to bring out skin's natural radiance. Gentle enough for sensitive skin and daily use, this moisturizer is also oil-free, hypoallergenic, noncomedogenic, and contains SPF 30 UVA/UVB sunscreen to protect skin from premature aging.

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