Saturday, November 24, 2012

Holiday Wishlist 2012

Tis' the season for giving and tis' the season for lusting ... after products you know you'd love for others to gift to you! It's inevitable that while you're out shopping for holiday gifts you'll eye things up and down to see if there's anything you can add to your list! In the spirit of the holiday I thought I'd share with you lovelies what's on my Holiday wishlist this year!

  1. Bath & Body Works Goodies | I've been wanting anything from the Forever Red line since the day I handed in my application to work at Bath & Body Works. The scent is so sweet yet sensual and I'm so in love with it! I don't think I'll be springing for the Eua De Perfume just yet, so the Fine Fragrance Mist will be perfect! Also, I really want the Cranberry Pear Bellini as it smells like bubbly, sweet, champagne and I am a serious champagne girl. Skip the wine, gimme the bubbly! And a nice candle holder wouldn't hurt either ;)
  2. LUSH Goodies | Just because I'm at Bath & Body Works doesn't mean my ties with LUSH have been severed. I would be on cloud nine if someone in my family got me the All I Want For Christmas Gift. It has a nice variety of bath products that range from the holiday line to the regular line which should keep me happy till the next year! I also the Ponche shower gel because it smells absolutely delicious! Ro's Argan because c'mon, have you smelled the sweet rose jam scent?! But at 29.95, someone can gift it to me ;) Last but not least, Once A Year massage bar. Mustache. Glitter. Solid Bar. Of. Need I say more?
  3. Make Up Forever The Ultimate Eyeliner Collection | I've come to realize that Make Up For Ever seriously has some of the best eyeliners. They don't smudge or budge and the color pay off/pigmentation is one to be reckoned with! So this gift set was like a god-send to me. 7 Aqua liners, 3 Khol liners, 4 Aqua liquid liners, and a sharpener to sharpen them all! I would die, come back to life to take this with me, and die again just to get my hands on this set. Unfortunately it's a stinkin' $160 and that makes my wallet cry out in agony and beg for mercy. Boo!
  4. MAC Show Orchid Lipstick | I'm not too sure why I'm so smitten with this lipstick. I have been for a really long time and I can't seem to get my hands on it anywhere! It's such a bright fuchsia lipstick that just seems to shout "JESSICA!" None of the MAC stores seem to sell it and I really don't want to order it online cause of the silly shipping charges): 
  5. MAC Make Up Brushes | Anyone who is anyone has at least ONE make up brush from MAC. Welp, sad to say that I am no one. Haha, totally kidding but I seriously want these three brushes! I don't know if it's just the hype but there seems to be something so amazing about them. I remember an artist at MAC used the contour brush to apply blush and it felt amazing and picked up color brilliantly! I also want the 188 duo fibre brush to use for my highlighters cause it's the perfect size! Then of course, a lip brush because I am in dire need of one! Maybe Santa Jess will treat herself to one or two this holiday season ;)
  6. NARS Miss Liberty | Another item I have been lusting after since March of this year but never bought! It's a super glittery, skin toned high light color that makes me feel like a mermaid when I wear it. It makes my cheek bones look like shimmering crystal waters. Not everyone's cup of tea, but it's my big jug!
That's it for my holiday list! I honestly can't think of anything I'd want more than these and my heart flutters with excitement when I think I about someone maybe getting me something off my list! I also can't wait to give the gifts I got for others. I go all out for the holidays when it comes to buying people I love their holiday gifts! I'm just about done which is a big relief!

So I want to know; what's on your holiday wish list this year?

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Benefit | Erase Paste

Ahem, ahem ... is this thing on? It feels odd sitting at the computer once more and blogging. I'm super glad for my crazy, mass picture sprees otherwise I wouldn't be able to put this post up right now! After the Hurricane and finally coming home I got struck with a seriously bad sickness. It was bronchitis, but coupled with a fever and panic attacks it was not a fun time. I'm finally feeling better; everything is falling back into normalcy and I've seriously missed blogging! 

Today I bring to you my savior from the past few weeks; Benefit's Erase Paste. I also like to call this make up's answer to the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser! The Erase Paste comes with the concealer/corrector, a little lesson booklet, and a small spatula. The spatula is meant to be there to help scoop out a little product and applying it to the back of your hand. I don't use it all because it's more trouble than it's worth and just use a Sigma concealer brush instead! The lesson booklet is very helpful, although I tend to just apply this all willy nilly as I see fit for my needs.
This stuff is just fantastic. It conceals. It brightens. It corrects. It basically just does what it says it will! I can understand all the hooplah around this product. The consistency is creamy, yet stiff so it's moisturizing for dry skins and not to heavy for oily skin. It spreads and blends like a dream. I used this every day when I didn't have any of my foundations, other concealers, or powders. The name is so fitting because I feel like I'm photoshopping all my little red spots! I love that! It brightens under my eyes to the point where I look in the mirror and say "when did I get a full 8 hours of ZzZz's?!" Definitely, definitely give this concealer a look because it could be the holy grail product you've been searching for! A combination of this and my MAC Studio Finish concealer and I'm always good to go!

What are some of your favorite concealers/correctors? Have you ever tried Erase Paste? What did you think? :)

Friday, November 9, 2012

Woah, Hiatus!

Hey everyone! A little bit of explaining is in order. My blog hasn't seen an update in content in about a week. Hurricane Sandy seems to have left a bigger impact on me than I would have thought. I am not living at my home as there is no power and it is absolutely frigidly cold in there. I'm living with my mom's friend for the past two weeks which is nice but it's not home. I haven't updated this blog because of a few reasons 

a.) I've been physically/emotionally drained
b.) College sucks and like's to rear its ugly head at inapropro times (re: too much work)
c.) I haven't been able to take pictures of products to review

I do have three reviews worth of pictures on my computer, but they're all knew products and I haven't been able to even test them out, except for one. So hopefully, by tonight there shall be a new review for you guys to read! 

Also, a huge hello to lovely new followers! You all seem to like my blog better when I'm not talking every day, haha! Just teasing :) I hope you all (old and new) understand that time's are a bit sticky at the moment for me which is why content is lacking. Hopefully things go back to normal soon (we were promised power by the end of the day *fingers crossed) before I go completely mental without some normalcy back. And no college isn't normalcy, it's insanity haha! 

I hope you are all doing so well and have a fantastic weekend!

Oh P.S. - I got hired as a seasonal hire at Bath & Body Works #hoorayforsoap ! :D

Sunday, November 4, 2012

NARS | Debbie Harry Eye & Cheek Palette [Picture Heavy]

Drum roll please! I have been waiting ages for this palette to be in my hands and to finally review it for you all! This holiday season NARS has brought out an entire Andy Warhol collection which part of it can be found at Sephora and another part at Nordstrom. I, being an ex-art major, was actually beyond excited when I heard about this collection back in March! When I saw this palette I became so infatuated with it that I had to get my hands on it the second it went live on The reviews on this palette around the blogging world aren't fantastic. They're actually quite bad. It made me so sad reading all these reviews and having my heart crushed. The packaging of this product is brilliant. I, with a small majority, actual LOVE the rubberized material of the packaging. The black with silver writing is so classy and very NARS. Even the packaging the palette comes with is so cool I can't stand to throw it away. A take on Andy Warhol's Debbie Harry pop art, and it's very holographic which is outstanding visually! Opening the palette, before you even see the gorgeous colors, you find yourself looking at a wide mirror with an Andy Warhol quote on it "I always say one's company, two's a crowd, and three's a party." 

The color's are gorgeous on sight, there is no denying it. Even before you swatch them you can see they are packed with glitter, or "diamond dust". The palette comes with one blush color, a highlight cheek color, and four mini shadow colors. The point of all these colors is that using them together you can create a very "Debbie Harry" look. The blush color is a pinky plum color, jam packed with glitters. The glitters are easily wiped of with a big fluffy powder brush. I personally love it because I have nothing like it and I think it's going to be great in the fall! The highlight color is alright. Not a huge fan as it comes out a tad chalky and the glitters are harder to get rid of it. The shadows are my favorite part! There's a beautiful shimmering purple, a sparkling turquoise, a sparkly white, and a glittering black. On first swatch they suck. Simple as that, they truly suck. The swatch below on the left is how the shadows look applied without primer and with Urban Decay primer. It looks the same on both. When you see that you start to wonder how NARS even managed to get this past the machines. The trick with these shadows is that you NEED to use the NARS Smudgeproof Primer. That would be a major downfall if you didn't have it but somehow the colors really pop! when you use this primer. Just take a look at the swatches on the right. Such a huge difference! All the eyeshadows are equally as jam packed with glitter. It's not a huge deal because when I used it I didn't really see any glitter fall out or any on the shadows. The colors do last a long time without creasing which is in part to NARS shadow formulation which is great! Now overall ...
Up until I started writing this review I was 100% sure that I was going to recommend this palette to you guys if you've got the NARS primer. Slowly and surely I just couldn't because now I'm thinking about it all and thinking this palette is just meh. The colors are gorgeous but so easily dupeable. I think what I may do at this point is return this palette (although I have no idea where my receipt is) and just get these shadows at MAC. I already have Aquadisiac which is an exact dupe of the turquoise color and Shroom which is pretty close to the white. Unless you're a die hard NARS and Andy Warhol fan, I can't find it in my heart to tell you guys that it's worth the $65. It's not even worth the 20% off I paid for it. Fantastic concept, but lack luster execution. 

I'm quite sad looking at this now! What do you guys think?

Friday, November 2, 2012

Top Picks: Autumn Lipsticks

It's November and it has officially been Autumn for a good month! I have paid very close attention to lippies that I've been wearing the most. All of the lipsticks have a slight shine to them because I love that added touch of moisture and glossiness for any time of year, but especially the colder months! So here are my top picks of lipsticks for the Autumn. The swatches say it all!
CoverGirl Lip Perfection Tempt, CoverGirl Lip Perfection Spellbound, Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Honey, Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Lovesick, MAC Hang Up

CoverGirl Lip Perfection Tempt, CoverGirl Lip Perfection Spellbound, Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Honey, Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Lovesick, MAC Hang Up
What are your top Autumn lipstick picks? I need more! :)

LUSH | Popcorn Lip Scrub

I cannot stop thinking about this spectacular scrub. I don't even know how to review it for you all calmly and coherently. I want to shout from the roof tops with millions of caps letters and exclamation points! LUSH has really nailed this scrub on the head with it's deliciousness. Popcorn is the holiday lip scrub that LUSH Cosmetics has brought out and it is phenomenal! It smells and tastes like a carnival! Not the gross animal stink but the sweet smells of kettle cooked popcorn! On the lips the scrub is like all their other scrubs; scrubby, effective, and softening but once licked off you can't even began to function afterwards. The sweet and salty taste in your mouth is completely reminiscent of kettle cooked popcorn! Don't think movie theatre popcorn as that is FAR from what this is! It's amazing and I'm completely obsessed! I have a hard time remembering to exfoliate my lips every night but this makes me want to exfoliate and it's something I look forward to now. I'll leave you with this last bit...


You'll regret it way more if you don't! It's limited edition so you don't have forever to think about! A LUSH masterpiece!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

#SpooktacularGiveaway Winner!

With all the craziness of the storm I completely forgot that my giveaway had ended and that it was time to announce the winner! So without further delay, and to shine some happiness on a lucky individual ...

 Congrats, girlie! I've already tweeted you and will be e-mailing you as well for your address! Please give me some extra time to send it out as I don't think any mail is being sent out or received at this time, but I will try to get it to you the fastest that I can! Thanks to all who have entered! Don't fret if you haven't won, as I shall plan more giveaways for the upcoming holidays!