Disney Villains Jealous Blush Swatch

As an adult, I don’t get too excited over Disney themed makeup, but I couldn’t help but get drawn in when I found out that Walgreens released some new products based on the enemies of our beautiful princesses in the older Disney stories.

I wanted to get a beauty book (I think it was the Malificent one) but I decided against it and I just bought one blush.



It’s a hefty sized blush. The lid flips open quite easily.



In the pan, it looks like a coral, juicy pink shade. Which is what drew me to this one.

In the swatch it looks a bit brighter.



I was initially worried that it might not be wearable for me.





I am pleased to report that this does look very nice on me as long as I use a light hand and blend, blend blend! There is subtle shimmer in the product, but it’s pretty much hard to see on my face. It gives my cheeks a lovely flush of color.

I purchased this from Walgreens for about $4.

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Beqi Clothing Jewelry Gifts

My wonderful, generous and immensely talented friend Beqi sent me a package filled with lots of goodies! I really love jewelry, so Beqi has won my heart with this gift!

Of course, my heart belongs to my readers too, but sending me jewelry can give you an edge when competing for my affections. :P


A pair of Tulip earrings on gold wire:



A cool headband:



A versatile beaded bracelet:



A cute blue hairpin:



I love all of these! I am so happy to receive this bracelet, because I was thinking of getting a similar one to wear with my summer outfits. I also love the earrings because they’re cute and light and just perfect for simple outfits. I would never think to try them myself, but Beqi has amazing taste and she is always challenging me to try new things. I love her to pieces!

Check out her shop here and here.

Full Disclosure: I was sent a bundle of jewelry as a gift from a friend. I was not pressured nor encouraged to create a review. All opinions are my own and I wrote this post of my own volition. I have not been monetarily compensated for this post by Beqi or anyone.

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Lavender Eye Makeup Remover by Urban Oreganics

I got a bottle of this in an Eco Emi box.

When I received my bottle, the company was called Homespun Northwest. The company owner told me she did a rebranding last year.

So the name on the bottle is definitely different than the name of the company I put in the post title. Don’t worry, I am not getting mixed up. :P




When I first tried this, it didn’t seem to work well for me. It didn’t take off all my eye makeup in one swipe and it looked like a lot of makeup was still left on my skin after using the remover. It sort of felt like water on my eyelids, which of course doesn’t take off eye makeup by itself.

However, I needed to use up the bottle. So I gave it another shot and used up what was left.

Holy cow! The remover worked so much better during subsequent uses. I think I used it incorrectly somehow the first time, because it removed all eye makeup after that first try. It really did clean off my eyeshadow, eyeliner and mascara without too much work, tugging and pulling. And it didn’t sting or burn.

You can check out Emily’s revamped shop here.


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China Glaze Nail Lacquers in I Cho Cho Choose You and One Track Mind

These are from last year’s fall collection.

I Cho Cho Choose You


This is a toughie to describe. It’s a kind of plummy-gray shade with lots of fine gold shimmer to give it a kind of duochrome effect. The gold shimmer really makes it interesting.





It gave me an opaque appearance after 2 coats. It did have a bit of tip wear after two days, though.

One Track Mind


One Track Mind is a beautiful navy blue creme. It is deeper than cobalt, I think. As you can see, there were some issues with bubbling. I’ll have to try this again to see if I can work around it somehow. I do love the shade. I like that it’s the kind of navy which is not midnight blue or almost-black.





I love both shades, but I wish the application issues and other technical issues weren’t a problem.

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Current Favorites: Beauty and Life Vol. 17

Hey friends!

How have you all been?

I’ve been working and earning money, because you know how much I love spending money. Lol. I’ve been happily purchasing jewelry and things I need, and also buying gifts for friends. Because shopping for just yourself isn’t as fun as making a friend smile.

But more on that later.

Here is what I have been enjoying lately.

1) “Fallen Through Time” from the Outlander soundtrack: A friend of mine loves anything to do with Celtic cultures. She tuned me into the Outlander books years ago, and since the television show came out, she’s been watching every episode and listening to the soundtrack. She sent me the link to “Fallen Through Time” and I love it.

Photo credit: www.amazon.com

Photo credit: http://www.amazon.com


2) Heavenly Necklaces Jewelry: There are a few things I want from this company. They make great cubic zirconia pieces that are sophisticated and glamorous.


3) Donut holes: I picked up a couple of boxes of Entemann’s donut holes on sale. There are a lot of sweet treats I love, and some are but there is something so comforting, simple and delicious about a plain cake donut coated in a blanket of sugary icing.

4) Lauren Ralph Lauren Tate City Tote in Red: I desperately wanted a gorgeous red bag, and I got one! I bought mine on Ebay for considerably less than retail price. It’s such a beautiful purse.

Photo credit: www.macys.com

Photo credit: http://www.macys.com

5) Holiday Gift Giving to Those in Need: Now I’m getting around to explaining that message in my introduction. Everyone should consider donating gifts to poor families and anyone who could use some assistance. I signed up to be a sponsor at Native American Lifelines of Baltimore, and I was paired up with a 5 year old girl named Kara. I bought a bicycle, helmet and protective gear for her. I also helped a friend pay her phone bill because she was struggling and needed help to pay it. I send another friend a new writing desk because they were using a storage crate as a desk. When you are in a position to help others, you should give back to your people. If you are financially able, please consider helping a person or two out this holiday season. Pay a bill for them, buy a gift card to a local supermarket, sign up to sponsor a child’s toy wish list. It all counts!


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EOTD: Chai Latte and Chocolate Mousse

Sorry, babes. This is  not a post offering you creamy hot beverages or yummy desserts.

Instead, you get to look at a closeup of my eye!

Isn’t that more exciting than free chocolate and coffee?


-Too Faced Shadow Insurance
-Maybelline Chic Naturals eyeshadow quad in Chocolate Mousse
-Maybelline Modern Metallics eyeshadow quad in Chai Latte
-Milani Eye Tech Extreme Liquid Liner in Blackest Black
-Neutrogena Healthy Volume Mascara in Carbon Black
-Bobbi Brown Corrector in Dark Peach
-Smashbox Limitless Eyeliner in Onyx



Steps: Apply corrector under the eye and blend. Apply eyelid primer on the lid and blend out to the browbone. Mix together the Lid shades from both quads with a wide eyeshadow brush and dust on the eyelid up to the crease. Using a soft brush, mix the Base shades from both palettes together and apply to the inner corner of the eye and the browbone. Blend well. Using a small crease brush, apply the Liner shade from the Chocolate Mousse quad to the outer v and blend to soften harsh lines. Apply Milani liquid liner to the upper lashline and gently swipe the Smashbox Onyx pencil on the lower lashline, stopping at the middle of the eye. Finish off by curling the lashes and applying Neutrogena mascara.


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Candy Corn Nails for Halloween

Okay, you know how you see an awesome recipe on a cooking show and say “I’m going to recreate that and it will be just as fabulous!”

And then you try to make a cake that looks like a model of Versailles, but your version looks like Versailles suffered a fire. And an explosion. And a zombie apocalypse.

Just keep that in mind when you see the look I did.



It’s not bad, but it’s not as neat as I had hoped it would be. Maybe I should have used tape or a smaller brush.

Orange- OPI In My Back Pocket
Yellow- OPI The “It” Color
White- OPI Alpine Snow

What sort of Halloween nails did y’all sport this year?

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Review: Maybelline Expert Wear Eyeshadow in Sunlit Bronze

Sunlit Bronze sounds so radiant and inviting.

I love bronze shades so much. They so warm and golden, but burnished enough to be more than regular gold.

Today I’m reviewing a set of bronzey eyeshadows, courtesy of drugstore megabrand Maybelline.





There are four neutral shades, all warm-toned.

  1. A light peachy champagne gold.
  2. A midtone warm bronze.
  3. A medium walnut brown.
  4. A deeper chestnut brown.

L-R, first row then second row: 2,4,1,3



As you can see, it doesn’t really pack a pigmented punch. I applied these shadows over a primer, and I got maybe 4 hours of wear out of them before they started to fade.

I applied more eyeshadow to build up intensity. Despite the sheerness shown in the photo, it wasn’t as annoying as one may think.

Still, it would have been nice to achieve a better opacity on the first swipe. They aren’t as long lasting and color-intensive as I like my eyeshadows to be.

The packaging is a flip-top design and it’s easy to use. There is little space being wasted on this.

I would try to use this up, but I won’t repurchase it.

Pros: Very affordable, nice colors, easy to find in stores.
Cons: Doesn’t last too long on eyelids, sheer formula.

Grade: B-

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Rael Wear Jewelry Haul

I purchased a couple of things from RaelWear.

But what I am showing you today aren’t those things.

These are different things.

From a second purchase.

So we have second haul for a first post about RaelWear.

Not a second post for a first haul.

Are you confused yet? Good. That was my plan all along.



I got these hip and funky geometric shape earrings.


These unique bird earrings in gold plating (for times when I want to be fancy).


And this mint green bird necklace.



Because this was my second purchase from RaelWear, Robin sent me a free gift!


I’m so glad she sent me these earrings because I was desirous of a pair of silver leaf earrings.

I love it when my problems solve themselves. :)

I love all my pieces. I have been wearing the funky silver geometric shape earrings a lot, as well as the silver leaf earrings. The other pieces haven’t been worn as much, but I hope to put together a few outfits soon with them.

What do you all think of my selections?

Oh, and here is the shop’s link.

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OPI I Carol About You

Last year, OPI teamed up with Gwen Stefani to release her holiday nail polish range.

I didn’t really hear much about it at the time, but I saw a swatch of I Carol About You and I lost all self control. Purple polish is my kryptonite.


There is a slight shimmer to it. It’s not a creme at all.

ACAY is a deep grape soda shade.



I like it. I have no regrets. My only regret is not stopping Lex Luthor from blowing up Metropolis.


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