Sunday, September 25, 2011

On My Nails: Essie Adore-A-Ball

White nail polish is always tricky for me.  Either it comes out too sheer or it can look like I painted my nails with white out.  Unfortunately, this nail polish didn't help improve my experiences with white nail polish.  It took me about 4+ coats to get the look for the pictures (sorry about how bad it looks, I painted them quickly).  After I took the pictures, I realized that there is a bit of a pink undertone.  Initially, I thought it was just the skin under my nails, but after taking another look at the bottle, I realized that Adore-A-Ball is not as white as I once thought. 

If you are looking for a very subtle, "my nails but better" kind of color, this may work for you.  However, I like my nail polishes to be very opaque and to get the color in 2 coats or less.  So Adore-A-Ball will probably find it's way at the bottom of my nail polish draw.



Weekend Shopping with My Sister

So I did some shopping this weekend with my sister.  I'll do another post on the actual clothes I bought:-)

Sunday, September 18, 2011

On My Nails: Orly Sapphire Silk and Ulta Little Black Dress

So I am waaaaaaaaaaaaay late with this post, but I wanted to post this up anyways.  (I had this on my nails about a month or so ago). Tonight, I am checking off things on my procrastination list, and posting these pictures was one of them.

I bought Sapphire Silk awhile ago when there was a sale at Sally's on Orly nail polishes. As you may have seen from previous posts, I have a love/hate relationship with Orly.  I picked up this color because it seemed like something different than what I had in my collection.  With the fall popping up, I think this is a color that I will be whipping out again.  The staying power is great.  Now as far as Little Black Dress, well I picked it up mainly because I didn't have any other blacks at the time and I liked the little bit of glitter that it had.  However, the staying power (as u can see from the pictures) wasn't too impressive.  You can't really tell from the picture, but the polish has blue and silver glitters.  Ultimately Little Black Dress was a little disappointing, while Sapphire Silk was definitely a nice surprise.

Current Favorite Drugstore Mascaras

Mascara is one of those mandatory items to bring a look together or bring life to a dull one.   Also, it is like the equalizer of makeup products.  With a few exceptions, I personally think there aren't any mascaras worth paying $25 for a tube that you are supposed to use for only 3 months. 

Now, I'll be honest, the 3 month rule is not always something I follow (sometimes 4 or 5 months), mainly because I don't share my mascara and I usually have several tubes I am trying during those ultra short 3 months.

Any who....

These are the mascaras I have loved the most, since my makeup fascination began.

L'Oreal Original Voluminous Mascara
I was a little late on this bandwagon. After watching dozens of videos of gurus raving about this mascara, I ran to Walmart this summer and picked up a tube.  To say the least, this mascara is amazing. It gives you great volume with out looking overdone.  It is a little pricier (prices may vary since it is a drugstore product) than other mascaras, but it is worth it.

Covergirl LashBlast Volume Blasting Mascara (top) and LashBlast Fusion Mascara

I remember when when Covergirl LashBlast Volume Blasting Mascara was just Covergirl LashBlast.  Once again, YouTube aided in me purchasing the product.  I eventually bought the LashBlast Length one (which is decent, not my favorite, but definitely worth repurchasing) as well.  The orange tube is great, but for those you have short, stubby lashes it may not be the most eye friendly (i.e. eye pocking).  When the LashBlast Fusion came out, I was confused.  It was was the EXACT SAME PRODUCT, but in a different tube.  I was slightly offended that Covergirl thought they could just fool us with a name change and a color change.  Long story short, both tubes are great and do the same thing. They are great on volume, but neither does much for length.  If you want a hint of color, then try out LashBlast Luxe.

Covergirl NatureLuxe Mousse Mascara
This mascara is also a recent love.  I saw the commercials for all of Covergirl's new NatureLuxe products and the ones I've tried have been hit or miss.  So I wasn't banking too much on this mascara.  However, I was more than pleasantly surprised by this product.  It is a light mascara because of the bees wax and goes on smoothly.  I originally thought it was going to be a lot like the Exact Eyelights Mascara, but it wasn't even close.  The NatureLuxe Mousse Mascara gives you length and volume that looks natural. The only downside is that I think this mascara MAY dry out too quickly, but that may have just been me.

Rimmel Lash Accelerator Mascara
Rimmel mascaras have always been a hit or miss thing for me.  So I don't know what initially made me give this product a try, but I'm glad I did.  When I bought Lash Accelerator, I wasn't thinking in terms of eyelash treatments.  Not to sound arrogant, but I've been told that I have nice eyelashes, so it is hard for me to judge a product on how it grows out your lashes cause I never buy it for that intended purpose.  All of that aside, I LOVE this mascara.  It does give you instant length, enough that even I had to really take notice.  I don't know if it has any long term results like it claims, but if you want instant and incredible length this is definitely something to try out.

Maybelline Volum'Express Falsies Mascara
When I first saw this product, I will admit that I wasn't really feeling the mascara wand.  But once I saw everyone raving about it on the internet, I once again packed my makeup bags and jumped on the bandwagon.  The first time I saw it at the store, I was confused by the packaging because usually when u see blue coloring on any mascara that usually means it is waterproof and I usually avoid waterproof mascaras (harder to clean off). I still don't love the wand of this mascara but I will admit that it lives up to it's name.  It gives you great, over the top eyelashes.  Now if you really don't have many lashes to begin with, it isn't going to make u suddenly have some, but it does give a nice exaggerated look to your lashes.  They have this now in a matte black formula, which I personally don't understand because unless you apply too much mascara or actually have on huge, false lashes, when do your lashes look overly shiny?

Maybelline Lash Stylist
This is the second mascara I have ever used (first was Great Lash) and I have loved it since high school.  When people started hinting that they may be discontinuing this mascara about a year or 2 ago, I ran to the store and loaded up.  Maybelline has lost so many points from me for discontinuing this mascara and trying to replace it with Lash Stilleto, which by the way doesn't even have a similar wand.  They repackaged the mascara and called it something else (Volum’ Express Hypercurl Cat Eyes Mascara), but that is only sold in Malaysia.  Great for you if you live there, sucks for everyone else.  What I loved the most about this mascara is that it got every lash and gave me great definition and volume to my eyelashes.  It even made my mother's almost nonexistent lashes pop out. You can still find this masara online at Amazon and Ebay, but it sucks that I can't just run to the drugtore anymore to pick it up. (I am down to my last couple of tubes *tears*)

Saturday, September 17, 2011

The Story of an Army Girlfriend: Fraternization

Women are dangerous people.  Because some will smile in your face while they think about screwing you over behind your back.  Some won't even smile in your face nor will they wait until your back is turned to make their move.  In the year, that Akeem has been in the military, I am ocassionally reminded why I reach out to so few women for friendship.

"50 dicks for every [one] pussy" -Akeem

When I decided to write this post, I was just told some girl decided to send my man pictures of herself in a thong.  Now, I will keep in mind that she may not have known he had a girlfriend (not likely).  Inappropriate stunts like that made me want to rant on and on about how some women take advantage of the fact that men outnumber them in the armed forces. 

I had to take a step back and check my attitude because to generalize a whole group of women due to the actions of a few stupid women is wrong.  It is especially wrong when there are men you fuel the sexual tensions.

Time for a quick vocabulary lesson, according to Dictionary.com:
frat·er·nize   /ˈfrætərˌnaɪz/ Show Spelled [frat-er-nahyz] Show IPA verb, -nized, -niz·ing.

verb (used without object)
1. to associate in a fraternal or friendly way.
2. to associate cordially or intimately with natives of a conquered country, enemy troops, etc.
verb (used with object)
3. Archaic . to bring into fraternal association or sympathy.
Most of us have heard the phrase "fraternizing with the enemy," but as a girlfriend of a soldier, I never thought fraternizing with someone of the opposite sex could be looked at just as badly.

According to About.com, fraternization is actually a "violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ)."  The Uniform Code of Military Justice is the Congressional Code of Military Criminal Law "applicable to all military members worldwide."  Sounds serious, doesn't it?  Well, it is.

In a male dominated career, fraternization is very serious.  Unfortunately, not all bother to follow the rules.  A NCO (non-commissioned officer) can be demoted because he is sleeping with an enlisted soldier.  Another soldier can be stripped of his rank because he decided to date someone from his company.  To me, it seems like the risk isn't worth it 99% of the time (sometimes love is worth it=1%).

I hear crazy stories of women soldiers who "barrack hop" from one soldier's bed to the next and male soldiers who pursue women in their company/squad/platoon at the expense of their careers. 

It sounds sick, but when Akeem first went to AIT, it gave me peace of mind that he would have to rethink his friendly nature because of the trouble he could get into for a misconceived friendship.  Now, months after the fact and several crazy stories later, I keep my sanity due to the strength of my relationship.  Because obviously with the odds of "50 dicks for every [one] pussy," some men go crazy for a little bit of action and some women like those numbers a little too much.


If you would like more information on fraternization, check out:
http://usmilitary.about.com/od/justicelawlegislation/a/fraternization.-ukn.htm

Monday, September 12, 2011

Car Accident FOTD 9/10/11

So 9/10 will not be remembered with any positive thoughts.  I crashed my car, delayed my move date, and hurt someone that means the world to me.  However, before my day took a nasty turn I had taken a few pictures of my make up for the day.  Check out my fanpage to see the pictures that caused my makeup to be ruined by tears. ENJOY!



 (sorry about the random hair in my face)


Face:
Maybelline Super Stay 24 Hour Makeup Foundation (Carmel)
Neutrogena 3-in-1 Concealer for Eyes (Medium 15)
MAC Matte Blush (Coppertone)

Eyes:
Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer
L'Oreal HIP High Intensity Pigments (Intrepid 914)-all over lid
Urban Decay Naked Palette (Hustle)-out corner
NYX Eyeshadow (Herb)-crease
L'Oreal Lineur Intense (Carbon Black)
Cover Girl NatureLuxe Mousse Mascara (Very Black)

Lips:
Laura Mercier Lip Glace (Discrete)



Friday, September 9, 2011

EMPTIES: Yes To Cucumbers Hypoallergenic Facial Towelettes


After a long day of work, the only thing my face wants to meet is the cool side of my pillow.  However, sleeping in a face fool of makeup is not a good idea.  So even when I am too lazy to do a full face wash, I always try to at least use some towelettes to do a quick wipe down of my face.


Now, I usually buy the Equate face wipes from Walmart and thought they were good enough.  They are cheap and come in large quantities, so that is what I stuck with.  However, I wanted to try something new.  So during one of my visits to Walgreens, I picked up the Yes To Cucumbers Hypoallergenic Facial Towelettes.


 When it comes to certain purchases, I can be cheap.  Which I'm sure my fiance will think is funny when he watches me shop at Sephora and spend way too much on an single eyeshadow.

Anywho...

Back to the price of the towelettes.  While the prices may vary upon the retailer, the website has them listed for $5.99.  That may not seem like much, but when you compare getting the double pack of Equate wipes (2 packs, 60 wipes a pack) for less than $7 to 30 wipes of Yes To Cucumbers for almost $6, sounds like no competition.

After I got past the price point, I tried the towelettes for a month.  The sheets are a bit thicker than the ones from Equate.  I was able to really do a nice wipe of my face without tearing the towelette. As far as the benefits of the cucumber.......that is another story.

According to the site:

Whether you're out and about, or hanging at home, we want to make sure you don't get the runaround when it comes to keeping your gorgeous face clean. Yes To Cucumbers Hypoallergenic Facial Towelettes gently remove dirt, sweat and makeup without the need to rinse! These natural, biodegradable towelettes are packed with cucumbers, green tea, and aloe, and they naturally exfoliate, detoxify, and rejuvenate, keeping you free and fresh-faced! 

Key Ingredients:

Organic Cucumbers are mildly astringent, yet soothing and can help reduce puffiness of the skin. Cucumber also aids in removing dead skin cells.

Aloe Vera is a highly effective, naturally gentle moisturizer that is known to refresh and sooth skin.

Green Tea is a natural antioxidant and astringent, and is effective in treating troubled skin and breakouts. 

Disabled World's website states that cucumber reduces swelling and dark circles around the eyes. Cucumber also has cleansing and soothing qualities, which is probably great for people with sensitive skin (the target group for this particular product).

Overall, the product was good and did it's job. But the ultimate question is would I repurchase it? And I would have to say..........

MAYBE 

Don't get me wrong, I think that the product does a great job in removing my makeup up; however, the other "benefits" that are supposed to come with this product weren't obvious enough for me to run to the store and repurchase this product immediately.  But if you do have very sensitive skin, this may be something you should look into. 

Despite my lack of enthusiasm for this product, another Yes To towelette has caught my eye:-) (review coming soon)


**To make sure your wipes always stay moist: leave lid closed and turn upside down every so often, that way the moisture doesn't settle at the bottom for just the last sheets.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

NEW HAUTELOOK EVENT: LORAC (2nd time this week)

So Lorac is back again at HauteLook and this time it is more than just the two palettes.  Don't forget to register here for the event.  The Lorac event starts tomorrow (Friday) at 8am PST. 


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

NEW HAUTELOOK EVENT:MACADAMIA HAIR

So I have seen really great reviews on this product and am excited to see it on HauteLook. The event starts tomorrow (9/8) at 8am PST! Usually HauteLook events last about 48 hours, so act quickly! Don't forget to register here.

Macadamia oil’s unique composition gives it an uncanny similarity and compatibility to your body’s own natural oils. This allows for unbelievable absorption and rapid penetration into both the hair and skin.

The Science
Macadamia Oil: Very rich in essential fatty acids, macadamia oil has the distinctive feature of resembling sebum. This replication of the natural oils our scalp produces for protection make it an ideal enriching & replenishing agent with rapid absorption.

Argan Oil: The oil is rich in Omega 9, Linoleic, Oleic, and unsaturated fatty acids - shown to be very beneficial in improving hair strength and health.

The Benefits
• Provides intense nourishment, smoothing and a long lasting, tangle-free, frizz-free finish. Hair is ultra-smooth, manageable and shiny.
• Instant absorption and light-weight, non-greasy feel.
• Shown to extend the life of color treatments by reducing fading.
• Natural UV protection
• Reduces drying time by 40-50%

Sunday, September 4, 2011

NEW HAUTELOOK EVENT: LORAC

So this event is actually been up since Friday, but I haven't really been in the blogging mood.  But you still can get one (or both) of the exclusive palettes from Lorac for HauteLook.  I got the Avant Garde one:-)

The event ends Tuesday, September 6th at 8am PST.

Don't forget to register here!

Sand Tropez


 Avant Garde

The Story of an Army Girlfriend: Volunteer Deployment

No matter your relationship status, I think the one word every significant other fears hearing is "deployment."  For a few hours, I was forced to think deployment would become part of my personal reality.

If I am to be totally honest, I never wanted to be with someone in the military.  Nothing to do with money but all the strain that comes with a relationship with a soldier.  Thoughts of whether I would be able to have a career or be stationed in a town that considered Wal-mart to be a mall plagued my mind.  But the greatest fear was being with someone that could get deployed.

As a child of someone in the armed forces, I have seen what wartime means for a family.  When 9/11 happened, my father was a commander and as a soldier (reserve or active) they embed in you the idea that you should want to be there for your country in the time of need.

Now before you invoke your personal beliefs about the war overseas, I want to stress that a soldier's mentality goes beyond what are the "right" or "wrong" reasons for war.  They are taught to be there for their comrades and to defend their country.  With that being said, my father was ready to go overseas as soon as possible.  While that seems crazy that a man would want to leave his family at the risk of being hurt or even killed, as a soldier they aren't supposed to think that way.  My good friend from college has a father that is retired army that had the same mentality.


A million thoughts go through my head when I hear deployment in relation to my own life.  I think about the mother of Akeem's son being on standby for deployment.  While I don't necessarily care for her as a person, I would never want any harm to come to her while she was deployed.  But once my mind leaves her, I am forced to think about Akeem.

Before Akeem left for basic training a year ago, I would have random thoughts about how I would deal with the thought of him being deployed.  I thought about all of the bad things that could happen; like him coming back unhinged, handicapped, or in a coffin.

I tried to find comfort in the fact that he is an engineer and not in infantry.  Thinking that he would be one of the last soldiers called upon to ship out, I was surprised by his deployment text early in the morning.

One of the battalions was short and his sergeant was asking for volunteers to deploy.  Akeem texted me and the first thing I shot back was, "I HOPE YOU AIN'T TRYING TO VOLUNTEER!?"

Akeem responded that he wasn't but that he felt like a "shitbag" for not stepping up. I immediately shot him a bunch of texts with various questions but received no reply.  I found myself just lying in bed crying thinking that this was the worst timing.  My mom told me that this is what you sign up for when you are with someone in the military.

I started thinking of the movie Dear John and how he told her it would be only a year and he would return to her.  Then 9/11 happens and he has to decide if he will "re-up" (that is what Akeem calls it) or head home to his girl.  A year ago, Akeem left for basic training and I'm in countdown mode for when we will no longer be a long distance relationship.

With tears in my eyes, I texted Akeem back and told him to volunteer. CRAZY, RIGHT!?

I love Akeem, and don't want anything to a happen to him.  But i know that one day he may have to go.  I know that getting deployed is something that he feels it is his duty to do and that you don't want to be the one "asshole" who stays behind.

Fortunately for me (and for you since my post is coming to an end), his sergeant told him not to go because of all the stuff he has going on right now in his life.  So for the next year, I plan to milk my time with him since his company is activated for another thing based stateside and they can't deploy. After that........well i just pray that I will be better prepared for the word "deployment."

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