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Sunday, January 23, 2011

I'm pretty sure I've done this look before.

Headed out today in the freezing cold to Blackfinn for a birthday celebration. I was going to meet up with more friends afterward but my feet were SCREAMING in agony. Damn heels.

As this post's title says, I am 99% sure I did this look, haha. But not with the new lashes! WOOO.

Please ignore my big pores and overall hairy-ness.

I used...

- UD Primer Potion
- UD Sin
- UD Sidecar
- UD Darkhorse
- Dior Diorshow (bottom lashes)
- Nabi Eyeliner (bottom waterline)

Ugh. My credit card bill looks DISGUSTING.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Living in sin...not really. Just Naked.

Ever since I got these eyelashes done, I've been completely lazy about my looks. I swipe on primer, one color for eyeshadow, some mascara and liner on the bottom, and out the door I go. Here are some pictures of me in "Sin" from UD's Naked palette.

Oh my!

My tools:

- Urban Decay's "Sin"
- Urban Decay Primer Potion
- Nabi Cosmetics Eyeliner in Black
- Dior's Diorshow Mascara
- BellaLuxe Eyelash Extensions

Just kidding. ;)

Friday, January 21, 2011

A preview of reviews/swatches to come...

The beautiful, sweet Luna over at Sparkling Luna gave me a blog award so YAY! Thanks so much for the shoutout! *heart*

I came home to a lovely Fyrinnae surprise yesterday with the holy grail of all items - Pixie Epoxy. Anyway, I've been waiting for that to do my shadow swatching. I've also held off on a couple of reviews because I've been swamped at work. But as things start to taper off, here's a preview of things to come:

Fyrinnae Haul:

Anderson Soap Company Haul:

It's been a while since I've purchased these. I originally bought 5 and I'm pissed off I've already lost 1 of them :( Maybelline Haul:

Avon Haul:

Face Candy Couture Haul:

Meow Cosmetics Haul:

Every single Scandals collection.

A few samples from the Ideal Eyes collection.

The entire Wild Child collection.

The entire Vandal Eyes collection.

Even though this isn't available for purchasing anymore...the Holiday Wishes collection.

And the entire Egyptian Treasures collection.

Talk to you all soon!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Nubian Heritage Lotions- iHerb Review

A lot of product-type reviews this week ladies and gents! After reading a review by the lovely Nea at Fashioned in Finland about Nubian Heritage Olive & Green Tea Lotion, I just had to make an order myself. Right now, I'm using the Satsuma Body Butter by Anderson Soap Co. which seems like it's thick and moisturizing at first but I find myself having to reapply often. I bought a 4oz. jar and it's almost gone. I needed something that was more moisturizing and would last me a while so when Nea posted that lovely review, I knew I had to try it out. The fact that each bottle was less than $8 made me quite happy.

I've already tried some of Nubian's other products such as their Coconut and Papaya Soap and Carrot & Pomegranate Soap w/ Calendula Extract & Cranberries. Both are fabulous soaps. The carrot one had tiny bits of sand in it which helps wonderfully with exfoliation. My skin gets super dry during the winter so that was not the right soap to use. I switched over to the coconut one and have been using it quite diligently over these last few cold months.

I was super excited to try the lotions:

Nea was right. Nubian does not water down their products. It was REALLY difficult trying to squeeze the Olive & Green Tea lotion out because it was so thick. The Mango Butter lotion was a bit better to handle. It's still thick but not so much that you'll get carpal tunnel from squeezing so hard. It's also very moisturizing and has a fantastic, light smell. Check out the pictures below for how thick they are.



- iHerb has fantastic shipping. I ordered and the DAY that I ordered, they shipped my products. I ordered these on Thursday and got them on Saturday. I paid $4.12 in USPS Priority Mail shipping. For 2 bottles of 8oz each, that's very reasonable.


- I had a bit of a problem getting the $5 discount but after contacting them, they responded within the hour and had the credit applied. YAY!

-Overall Product-

- I've only used it one day thus far and I love it. I am definitely going to be ordering more products from this line.
- I apply the Olive & Green Tea lotion to my body after I leave the shower. Unlike Satsuma, I do not have to reapply. It's fantastic. It also doesn't leave an oily residue. For my skin type, I feel as though it moisturizes very well.
- If you don't like the thickity thickness of the above-mentioned lotion, the Mango lotion is a good step down. It's still VERY thick but it moisturizes just as well. You know that feeling when some lotions where your hands are oily but they don't feel moisturized? It's happened to me with a lot of generic lotions and homemade lotions. Haus of Gloi lotions do that to me so I've stopped using it. However, Nubian Heritage lotions don't do that to me. They settle easily upon my skin and leaves it feeling moisturized without that nasty oily surface.


- It has a "Certified Organic Ingredients" stamp on it. I took a look at the ingredients and I can't find any animal products either. Neither of these things really matter to me but for others, I thought this would be good to know.

If you shop at iHerb for the first time, don't forget to put in this code: JOT305. It's an extra $5 off your order!

Have you tried Nubian Heritage products? What did you think?

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Playing with my new lashes - another pink look!

Nothing big today. I just wanted to post my millionth pink look with my new lashes. I can't wait to go out this weekend with a crazy colorful look! (Probably pink and purple again. xD)

Nothing too fancy. I can be super lazy with these eyelashes, haha.

Items used for the top lid:

- UD Primer Potion
- Fyrinnae's "Nijiro"
- Meow's "Glacial Grove: Brisk"

Items used for my bottom waterline:

- Dior's Diorshow
- Basic black eyeliner

I used my phone's camera because it has a really good focus feature that my camera does not have. The lighting isn't as good though.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

BellaLuxe Eyelash Extensions with Dasha

Hi all! I'm so sorry for the lack of posts lately. I ran out of Pixie Epoxy for swatches and had to order some. I actually thought I submitted my order but it turns out that I didn't complete my order by finalizing the payment. HAAA. I are so smart. Anyway, while I'm waiting for that to come in, I've been on a no-buy/low-buy. With makeup.

Not with food.

I can't look at my credit card. Makes me realize how much of a glutton I truly am. FOOD. How I love thee.

Anyway, I did do something pretty fantastic the other day. For a while now, my friend Lisa and I have been talking about getting eyelash extensions. I don't know why she needs them because I think hers look fantastic. Mine on the other hand, not so fantastic. I would love to have long, luxurious lashes and I hesitate to use falsies because they always look like...falsies. So then when BuyWithMe sent me this email:

I just had to get it. These type of appointments for your first full-set of lashes generally range in the $275-$300+ area depending on how you want your lashes done (full set, longer, thicker, etc). Some places actually charge you by the lashes - the cheapest I've seen has been $2 a lash. This is definitely not an inexpensive hobby.

BellaLuxe in Falls Church, VA on the other hand, does a set fee which is originally priced at $275. With this deal, you can get an entirely full-set of lashes for only $99. THAT is a steal.

I guess people would question whether or not these ladies do a good job if it's priced so cheap. Honestly, that thought never entered my mind. I guess it should've because it was such bargain but I think I was just super excited that I could get this done and it was less expensive than I would've paid. So I went to their website and scheduled an appointment. They have 4 stylists - Mitzi (owner), Dasha, Kirsten, and Lauren. Dasha and Kirsten were the only ones that showed up as being available on Saturday. I picked Dasha because that sounded like the most fantastic name ever.

I got lost trying to find the place but I still found it! Upon entering 10 minutes late for my appointment, I was greeted so very warmly by all the ladies. They are the bubbliest people I've ever met and seriously, how can you not love that sort of introduction?

I was severely hungover that morning too, having drank heavily the night before.

The way it works is that each extension is painstakingly adhered/bonded to each one of your eyelashes. If your stylist knows what she is doing, she will never attach more than 1 extension to one of your eyelashes. By the time they finish, the extensions should look like YOU'VE been growing them.

Anyway, they got me signed in, set up a file for me, and got to work. Dasha asked me what length I was looking for and she spoke with Mitzi as to how thick they would make it. Dasha suggested 0.20 thickness and Mitzi suggested a 0.15 and 0.20 mixture to keep my natural lashes from being weighed down by them. Dasha also asked me if I wanted them longer on the end or in the middle. I said middle since that's how natural lashes look. The process takes a good 2-3 hrs. Mine took 4 hrs and I found out that it was because even though my lashes are short and fine, I have a *lot* of them.

Turns out Dasha is a perfectionist. She wanted to make sure that she got every single lash and was worried she was delaying me for something. Mitzi kept singing praises about Dasha which only cemented my feelings that I had chose really well.

Those praises were not for nothing.

Before picture of my lashes:


I cannot sing enough praises about Dasha's work. She really is an artist. My eyelashes look super long and you can't tell that they're extensions.

I love them. BellaLuxe last extensions can last up to 2 months depending on the natural growth cycle of your eyelashes and how well you maintain them. The life cycle of an eyelash is 60-90 days. Lashes will shed naturally at the end of their life cycle and re-lashes will be necessarily every 2-4 weeks to replace the fallen lashes and re-growth. Some final thoughts:

- Initial cost is $99 if you get in on this deal. Otherwise, you'd be paying $275 at this location and much more at other locations.
- They have a policy that if you don't do your touch-ups within 3 weeks, you will need to pay for the full-set. Touch-ups are $85.
- I purchased their special oil-free makeup remover ($35) and their serum ($25) which helps preserve the bonding. You don't have to but I did because I wanted to keep these bad boys in line. :)


- The cost can be a bit heftier than what most of you want to spend (if this is the procedure for you) but honestly, even if you don't do the deal and you pay $175 full price, I think it's well-worth it. I love how my eyes look. No more curling, mascara, etc. I wake up, I look in the mirror, and I'm even more narcissistic than ever. Upkeep can also be pricey. For me, it's something I will have to work at budgeting. :)

- Location is a bit difficult to find. You have to pull in to this driveway (there will be a sign that says "282" on N. Washington St. in Falls Church, VA which is where they're located) that leads you to this back parking lot. When you get out of your car, you take the stone path leading to N. Washington St. and you'll see BellaLuxe sign on the bottom floor of this building (beige building, I think?).

- There are a few rules about maintenance. You can't get your new lashes wet for 24 hrs, don't sleep on them (aka sleep on your back), avoid hot steam from showers/saunas, don't use curlers unless it's one specifically made for the lashes (honestly, you don't need curlers), etc. No worries! They will go over EVERYTHING with you while you're there.

- Make sure that when you schedule your appointment, you are SERIOUS about it. Do not cancel. These stylists are busy ladies who need to set aside a serious amount of time for your lashes. If you cancel, not only are you doing a great disservice to their business but you're also being entirely disrespectful. They will also charge you 50% of your appointment (so if you're getting a full-set of lashes, that's $275 divided by 2). Rescheduling costs $10.

- I cannot go on enough about the sort of service I got here. I loved them, especially Dasha.

Would I go back again?

- HELL YES. I am definitely sticking with Dasha. I loved her work, I loved how meticulous she was, she had no qualms consulting the other ladies to make sure that my lashes turned out the way I wanted at the most optimal setting, and she kept making sure that she wasn't delaying me from anything. You WANT a perfectionist to be doing this procedure for you. A perfectionist with steady hands. That's what Dasha is. She kept on telling me how great things were going to look once we were finished which only fueled my excitement. Trust me, I was like a little kid in a toy store after mommy and daddy said I could have all the toys in the world. THAT'S how excited I was. I never felt like just another customer either - she was so warm and welcoming (same with all the other girls) that I couldn't help but drag her into a hug at the end.

- All in all, I feel beautiful and confident and hell if I wasn't vain enough before, I most definitely am now. I am so jealous of those of you who have naturally long, beautiful lashes. I do not but this is a great substitute for me. :)

One hundred million stars out of five.

What do you guys think? :) Let me know if you decide to do this! I would love to hear about your experiences!

Edited to say that if you want to take advantage of this deal, click on the BellaLuxe picture (or any other links in this blog post), then click on "Other Deals" at the top of the page. BellaLuxe should be the 6th option down. As of 1/17, you've still got 1 day left to purchase this special!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Urban Decay: Smoke Out Eye Pencils & Pigments Swatches

Right before Christmas, Haute Look had a fantastic bargain going on with Urban Decay. I got 4 powder eye pencils from their "Smoke Out Eye Pencil" collection and 2 loose pigments. I've only used gel and cream eyeliners before so I was interested to see how different powder pencils were. At $2 each, you can't beat it, especially since I spend around $6-$8 for ones from the drugstore.

I love both pigments. X and Shag are definitely going to become a part of my regular routine. There's very little fly-away, the color pay-off is fantastic and it glides on. The only complaint I have is the containers they come in. Why is UD so fond of inconvenient/inefficient containers?

The pencils are a lot of fun to play with too! They also go on quite smooth and after taking pictures, I ran my finger across the lines. You can definitely draw these on your eyelids and smudge them. It'd be the same as wearing eyeshadow. :)

The other day, I went to the National Botanic Gardens. It was the last day of their Holiday Train display which was basically Thomas the Steam Engine trains traveling all over the world - or at least, scale model versions of world monuments.

The fantastic Great Wall of China.

I also wandered around and checked out some beautiful flowers. This one didn't have a name plaque and I had to climb on top of a fountain to take a picture of it. It's SO gorgeous. I wish I knew what it was!

Also, thank you to the lovely Liquored on Lacquer for the awesome blog tag! It means so much to be mentioned!

Anyway, have you shopped at Haute Look and/or Urban Decay lately?

EDITED TO SAY that you should all head over to Glitter and Toucans as she is hosting a contest to give away an entire sample set of Aromaleigh's Ciao Italia collection!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Meow Cosmetics: Ghosts of Xmas Past Swatches

I swear I thought I had did these already. That was not the case. In any case, here's another Christmas collection by Meow. It's not one of my favorites (Glacial Groves and Holiday Wishes - wut wut) but Ghosts of Xmas Past definitely has some very lovely colors. :D

Midnight Kiss has some awesome glitter action going on. Yeahhhh!

What are your favorites in this collection? :)