Top 10 MAC Lipsticks

Short, sweet, and to the point.  My top 10 MAC lipsticks.  Favorite of all-time are Cremecup and Hue.  I am crazy about MAC lipsticks, they are by far the BEST lipsticks I've ever used.  So many different formulas to choose from, great color variety, they feel great and smell great, and well, are great.  Below you will see them swatched.  Keep in mind my favorite lipsticks are either nude, pink, or nudey-pink.  So, that's the majority of what you will see here.  Not all, but mostly.  Everything should be in the permanent line so you shouldn't have a problem finding any of these.  My Pure Zen tube is from the LE Marilyn Monroe collection, but this color is definitely available in the permanent line.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

(Sorry about the poison oak scar below Viva Glam 2)

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OOTD & MOTD: Shopping, Dinner, and Movies!

Hey guys!  Today I thought I would share with you an OOTD and MOTD.  It is a typical Monday - we went and grabbed some dinner and watched a movie, shopped a little at Target, etc.  I went very casual with what I was wearing, comfort is always key!  I am REALLY into kimonos this year, they are so trendy and chic, yet so comfortable.  I prefer to wear them with denim shorts, but my leg is still healing from my tumble on the gravels and horrific poison oak outbreak.  I will try to link the items I'm wearing if they are still available and if I can find them.  Let's get to it.

OOTD:  American Eagle Skinnies, Tank Top is Well Worn Los Angeles (Target) from last year, Full Tilt Kimono, Target Sandals by Merona, Coach Ashley Leather Swingpack in Ginger Beet, Kate Spade Bow Necklace, Kate Spade Gramercy Crystal Watch, Forever 21 Arrow Bracelet, Tom Ford Rhi Sunglasses

Sorry about the poison oak scars!  I'm finally healing, yay!

MOTD:  Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation, Coty Airspun Powder, Too Faced Marshmallow Bunny Lipstick, Dior Rosy Tan Eyeshadow Quad, Maybelline Define-a-Brow pencil, Loreal Lacquer Liner, Essence Babydoll Blush, Milani Bronzer XL in Fake Tan, Jordana Mascara

As many of you may know, designer sunglasses are a complete OBSESSION of mine.  I got these Tom Ford shades about a year ago, I think they were from the 2012 collection maybe?  They are the Rhi sunglasses, and I got mine from Neiman Marcus for around $400 at the time.  They are no longer available on a couple of sites I searched...

The color of the frames is so unique and eyecatching, love the beautiful gradient lenses and the 'Tom Ford' etching on the top corner.  The Tom Ford Racquel Glasses are made almost exactly like the Rhi's.  The only difference is I don't think this particular color is available in the Racquels, but the basic shape of the glasses is really similar.  

Alright guys, hope you enjoyed!  
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A Few Recent Beauty Purchases (Mostly Drugstore)

Hey guys!  I've picked up a handful of goodies this week and I thought I would share with you my initial thoughts on some of them.  I tend to be really happy with most things I buy, but I'm really not too happy with a couple of these.   Anyways, I'll  link everything below in case you want to give any of them a try!

Million Dollar Tan - Tan Icon Extreme Spray.  I paid $38 for this.  I have only used it once, and just sprayed it on my calves to test it out.  Right away I've not been too impressed.  Smelled realllyyyyy strong and while it gave me a pretty enough color, there are cheaper brands that do just as good or better.  I'll definitely use it, it was too $$$ not to.  But I don't think I would repurchase.

When I apply faux tan, I prefer to use a spray with a mitt.  The easiest application - ever - period.  I have really became a fan of Fake Bake Flawless and their mitt.  You get a new mitt with every bottle you purchase, it comes in the box.  It's thick and does the best job of any mitt ever.  But, where I bought the Million Dollar Tan for this time, it came with a paintbrush (which I will never use) I knew I would need a new tanning mitt.   I've used this Fake Bake mitt for so long it's on it's last leg.  So, I picked one up at Sephora to use with the Million Dollar Tan.

I chose the St. Tropez mitt because it had a 4.5/5 star rating.  And, I actually went there while I was in France, hehe.  But anyhoo, this is thin and flimsy and doesn't even come close to comparing to the Fake Bake mitt. This one is like a really thin styrofoam material that doesn't exactly mold to your hand.  The Fake Bake mitt is a thick, plushy material.  When you cup your hand around your arm to apply the tan, it perfectly molds to your arm and there is no streaking or anything.  The St. Tropez one is so thin and flimsy.  DEFINITELY sticking with Fake Bake.  You cannot beat that stuff.

I was watching a YouTube video about these new Cotton Clouds cotton pads the other day, and I just had to have them.  You get 220 squares of cotton for $3.99, so these are really cheap and affordable.  They are a supposed to be a dupe for the Shiseido Cotton.  (I have never tried the Shiseido ones, and after using these, I can tell you I won't be).  These are basically just little squares of 100% cotton.  Soft. Plain.  That's it.  I don't know what made me think I would like that better than the basic cotton rounds I pick up at Rite Aid or Walmart that are textured (exfoliating) and take your makeup or nail polish off SO much better.  I'm sticking with those next time around.

Now, on to some things I totally love.  First one up, my crystal nail file from Ulta.

The Nail Tek Crystal Nail File with case was $16.50.  Worth every penny!  When you file your nails with a crystal nail file, you will not use an emery board again.  Emery boards are rough and snag at your nails.  The crystal one is so smooth and does everything so fine.  And another plus?  The crystal never wears out.  You know how you constantly have to buy new emery boards because they lose their roughness?  The crystal nail file is good forever.  (Unless you drop it and break it or something, eek!)  So, in the long run it will be a wise investment.

If you know me at all then you are aware of my love affair with WNW eyeshadows.  This one is limited edition but I picked it up on Amazon this week.  You can still get this people!  Wet n' Wild Walking the Red Carpet Palette - Limited Edition Spring 2014

Even though I've got like 10 mascaras in their package in my drawer to use, I really wanted to try the Essence I Love Extreme Crazy Volume Mascara.  I got this at Ulta for $4.99.  Haven't tried it yet, but have heard so many good things about it.  I also picked up an Essence XXXL Shine Lipgloss in Nude Candy.  Loooooooooooove this.  So gorgeous.  And for just $2.49, you couldn't ask for a prettier nude lip gloss.  And the last thing I got from Essence was one of their Silky Touch Blushes in Babydoll.  So creamy.  So pretty.  So cheap, only $2.99.  I have since ordered all the rest of the shades they offer.

If you have thin, peeling nails you have GOT to try this.  It's the Nailtiques Formula 2 Nail Protein.  It is basically an invisible shield for your nails that makes them almost invincible.  OMGsh, totally loves it.  It's available in two different sizes at Ulta, 0.25oz is $9.50 and 0.5oz for $17.50.  I went with the smaller one since this is my first bottle.  I wanted to make sure it was something I would love.  Next time I get it, I'll definitely go for the larger one.

I picked up an Elf Studio Baked Blush from the Eyes Lips Face website for $3.00.

I chose the shade Pinktastic and will use it as a highlighter.  It's pretty.  I'm not like crazy in love with it, but it is pretty.  We will see if it grows on me.  Not one of my favorite or least favorite highlighters in my collection.

I also picked up from Elf one of their Mineral Lipsticks in the shade Natural Nymph for $5.00.  

Can you even see my swatch?  This lipstick is almost completely skin color.  It's really thick and opaque, I like it.  Although I probably prefer Myth or Rimmel's Nude Delight both a little more.

Milani Bronzer XL in Fake Tan.  I totally love this!  You get a big ole compact of product (0.42 oz/12 grams).  This will last for like, ever.  Basically what you get are two bronzers in one package - one matte and one slightly shimmery.  The dark taupe bronzer is matte, the lighter brown shade has very subtle shimmers in it.  LOVE LOVE LOVE.
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4 Or More Tag

Hey guys!  Today I thought I would do the 4 or More Tag.  I wasn't tagged to do this, I simply wanted to. I seen Emilynoel83's video and loved it. From what I understand, it's just products you yourself have purchased that you have 4 or more of. I don't think you are supposed to include nail polish or skin care, hair care, etc.  I was already half ready for bed last night, so I might have missed some things. Another thing I need to mention, I keep travel makeup bags fully packed and I did not go and get products out of those.  Also, I keep certain products in my purse and in my vehicle, and I also didn't go get them out.  I basically just grabbed what was handy, but you get the idea.  I also didn't go riffling through all of my eyeliners, but I dug out 4 of each brand that I knew I had SO much of.  So anyways, here's basically what I have '4 or More' of in my collection!

MAC Blushes
Favorites:  Dollymix, Mocha

MAC Eyeshadows
Favorites:  Shroom, Smut

Wet 'n Wild Lipsticks
Favorites:  WNW Fergie in ViPink

Maybelline ColorSensational Lipsticks
Favorites:  Born With It

Rimmel London Lipsticks
Favorites:  Nude Delight, Vintage Pink, Airy Fairy

Revlon Lipsticks
Favorites:  Pink Pout, Siren, Primrose

MAC Lipsticks
Favorites:  Cremecup, Hue, Viva Glam 2

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Pencils
Favorites:  Junkie

Rimmel ScandalEYES Eyeliners
Favorites:  Nude

Revlon Balm Stains
Favorites: #105 Demure

Milani Blushes
Favorites:  Luminous

Elf Blush & Bronzer Duos
Favorites:  St. Lucia, Blushed & Bronzed

Nars Eyeshadow Singles
Favorites:  Abyssinia, Coconut Grove

Nars Blush Singles
Favorites:  Gaiety, Sin

Physician's Formula Happy Booster Blushes
Favorites:  Pink

theBalm Blushes 
(Down Boy stays in my travel bag)
Favorites:  Frat Boy

NYX Blushes
Favorites:  Peach, Boujois Pig

Wet 'n Wild Blushes
(Another Pearlescent Pink is in my travel bag)
Favorites:  Pearlescent Pink

Maybelline Eyestudio Quads
Favorites:  Green With Envy

Jordana Blushes
Favorites:  Coral Sandy Beach

Covergirl Cheekers Blush
Favorites:  True Plum

Wet 'n Wild ColorIcon Eyeshadows
Good Lord, I have 30 of these!  I have 5 of the 6 pan palettes, 1 of the 5 pan palettes, 14 trios, and 10 of the 8 pan palettes!

Favorites:  (Trios)  I'm Getting Sunburned, Walking on Eggshells, Sweet As Candy, Silent Treatment
(8 pan) Walking The Red Carpet, Nude Awakening

NYX Lipsticks
Favorites:  Power, Summer Love

NYX Glosses
Favorites:  Merengue, Eclair, Tiramisu

Revlon Eyeshadows
Favorites:  Enchanted

Covergirl Eyeshadows
Favorites:  Shimmering Sands

Elf Eyeshadows
Favorites:  Butternut

Maybelline Eyeshadows
Favorites:  Sunkissed Olive, Designer Chocolates

Merle Norman Lipsticks
(how old school can you get?  do people even wear these anymore??? lol)
Favorites:  Sweet Marmalade

NYX Eyeshadows
Favorites:  Ultimatum, True Taupe

Flower Cosmetics Blush/Bronzer Duos
Favorites:  Glow Baby Glow

EOS Lip Balms
Favorites:  Blueberry, Strawberry

Maybelline Baby Lips
Favorites:  Quenched, Peach Kiss

Nars Lip Glosses
(I know only 3 are pictured, I always keep one in my purse and in my console.  I have 5 total).
Favorites:  Turkish Delight

NYC Lip Balms
Favorites:  Sugar Coated

VS Beauty Rush Lip Glosses
Favorites:  Cupquake, Candy Baby

Maybelline Mineral Power Concealer

Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 Foundation

Wet 'n Wild Bronzers
Favorites:  Ticket To Brazil

NYC Bronzers
Favorites:  Sunny

VS Beauty Rush Eyeshadows
Favorites:  Gold School

VS Beauty Rush Cream Shadow
Favorites:  Purrrple

Alright guys, that's just about it!  I think this tag is so fun.  It lets you know what people have invested in multiples of, so it has to be products they just love.  I would love to see what you guys have 4 or more of, so if you want to do this tag, then consider yourself tagged.  Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed.  Have a great day, everybody.  It's a wet one out there, keep 'yo heads dry!

UPDATE:  So, I totally forgot a couple of things!  It was late at night when I did this tag, so, you know how that goes!  

Revlon Lip Butters
Favorites:  Creme Brule, Creamsicle

Maybelline Color Whispers
Favorites:  Lust For Blush

NYX Eyeshadows
Favorites:  Moonlit Skinny Dip, Madeleines and Macaroons

Essence Blushes
Favorites:  Babydoll, Life's A Cherry
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