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I’m taking a short break from my Linguistics  class reading to tell you all what I’ve been loving recently:


1) Strawberry Sparkle Cake: I got the recipe from the Pioneer Woman, and boy, does she ever know what’s doing when it comes to cake! I am kinda obsessed with her blog now.




2) Salt-N-Pepa’s “Ain’t Nuthin’ But A She Thing”: This was released as a single in 1995, and it’s been on my playlist for a while.


3) Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balms: I will write a full review on these soon. I’ve been wearing Enticing a lot, and it’s so gorgeous on me.

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4) Rimmel London Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner: I have been using the shade Brown on days when I want a soft makeup look. It’s just dark enough to define my eyes without being blackish brown. It’s a pretty, warm brown.

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5) The Walking Dead: The TV show, I mean. I haven’t read the comics yet. I can’t believe how hooked I am on this. I’ve always been a vampire person. Zombies? Not so much. Maybe it’s because the MUA in me doesn’t like the dry (and decaying) skin and loves blood-red lips. :P

Season 5 needs to get here soon!

So what have you all been enjoying of late?

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Sorry. I got super excited when I found these bright, glimmery polishes from the Capitol Collection.

They do look a little fiery…..

Flamed Out:



Flamed Out is a bright orange glass fleck glitter polish. It reminds me of Zoya Amy, only Amy is more red.





This beauty was a little tough to photograph, because it’s so complex in the bottle and on the nail. It’s a soft red with brown tones. It’s infused with gold and bronze shimmer, making it appear a little more orange on the nail.


Application was decent. I used 2 coats and didn’t experience any issues with thickness or streakiness. I would say they applied evenly.

I like them. Do you like them?

Darkenrose Earrings

I got two prettyful pairs of earrings from Darkenrose Jewellery.




The ribbon is cute. It’s kinda odd that I am enthralled by the ribbon, when I should be focusing on the earrings, huh?





These are “Pearl filigree Art Nouveau earrings”






These are “Victorian emerald crystal earrings”






Darkenrose Jewellery makes “Beautiful handcrafted jewellery with an emphasis on Victorian, Art Nouveau and Art Deco, also Renaissance and the Gothic – romantic, elegant, unusual, divine. I use designs taken from original vintage tooling, crystal, resin, enamel, gemstone and shell.”

I cannot find a single piece in their shop I dislike. I really can’t. I sense danger ahead for my wallet….

They are located in the UK. Given this fact, it took a reasonable amount of time to receive my package. My items were packaged well and nothing arrived damaged or broken.

Check out their Etsy shop.

Look at this coral lovely, all corally and bright.

Corally is not a word. At least not when you’re trying to convince people you speak good English.



It’s a medium coral with a hint of pink. It’s more orange than pink.

Here’s one swipe:



Here’s two swipes:



And here’s one swipe and two swipes in sunlight:





The color is awesome, but it’s too pastel for my tanned skin. I think this would be great for people with medium or lighter skintones. In the pro kit it goes!

What are your thoughts on Coralberry?

Eco Emi- May 2014

My box came in the mail last week. Hooray!












So far I’ve tried the facial mask and nail polish. I really love the facial mask. I’ll test out the nail polish in a couple of days. It’s a little on the sheer side. I tried the gum as well. It has a nice fruit flavor, but it’s not as easy to chew as Doublemint or other brands I’ve tried in the past.

I rarely buy party dip, so I am excited to try out the one I was sent. I might try it out in a taco filling recipe.

What would you like me to review first?

I’ve joined the Share Your Subscription Party hosted by Unpack the Box and MommySplurge. Check out those two cool ladies and their adventures in the subscription box world!



I always wondered what tutti frutti sprinkled with brown sugar would taste like.

I don’t even know where to buy tutti frutti. Why do I keep having these strange musings?

Left to right: Tutti Frutti and Brown Sugar



Tutti Frutti is a bright sheer dark orange with no shimmer. Brown Sugar is a warm deep brown that goes on quite sheer. It has minimal shimmer.


Top to bottom: Brown Sugar and Tutti Frutti


For a hint of color, these two are great. The color can be built up with a few swipes. I get perhaps 4 hours of wear time before I need to reapply.

Purple….you have won my heart.

And that is why I am the proud owner of Uptown Mauve.

It’s actually not as mauve as one would think it is. It’s a plum-berry with strong purple tones.

In sunlight:



In natural light:






On my lips it’s a gorgeous berry creme with no shimmer. I get maybe 4-5 hours of wear time without having to reapply. There’s no unpleasant or overbearing smell, and the product feels creamy on my lips.

I think this would work best on medium and darker skintones.

Blue Turtle Sky Jewelry

I ordered two pairs of earrings from this shop a couple of years ago, but I wanted to try a couple of other pieces.

I purchased a long beaded necklace and green dangle earrings.




It was simply but securely wrapped in bubble wrap.

This is a Water Color Pearl Bead and Shell Necklace- Turquoise Ocean Blue Beads and Shells, Chartreuse Sea Green Glass Beads.







These are Peridot Earrings. She also sells a matching bracelet and necklace (which I did not buy).



I’m happy with my purchases. I like that she tried to make the packaging as eco-friendly as possible by opting to wrap them in tissue paper and bubble wrap instead of boxes for each item.

The average price for one of her pieces is $25, but given that everything in the shop is handmade, this is very reasonable.

If you like Native American jewelry designs, you’ll like Blue Turtle Sky. She specializes in beadwork, not sterling silver.

Check out her Etsy shop here.

It’s lip gloss time!

Here are the ones that got lost and found their way into my clutches.

Ahem….I mean, they got lost and I gave them a loving and welcoming home. That’s what really happened. *cough, cough*


Left to right: Coffee Gleam,  Fatal Apple, Glossy Rose, Kiss Me Coral, Sugar Violet.






Top to bottom: Sugar Violet, Kiss Me Coral, Glossy Rose, Fatal Apple, Coffee Gleam






Can I just say I LOVE these as much as Paula Deen loves butter? Except my love won’t exactly lead me to the cardiologist anytime soon.

They are great on their own for a hint of color, or layered on top of lipstick. They aren’t sticky or too runny. Sugar Violet is quite sheer, but I think it’ll look smashing layered over Shameless. 

What say you? Are you intrigued?

Milani Nail Polish Swatches

During the CVS annual beauty clearance sale, I picked up several Milani polishes.

Sail Away:



A denim blue with silver shimmer.





Beach Front:



A light powder blue with shimmer.


Chocolate Sprinkles:


A rich chocolate with gold shimmer.



Rad Purple:



A red-toned purple jelly.



Hot Pink Frenzy:



An intense hot pink with subtle shimmer.

Bet on Red:



The only one I don’t like so much is Rad Purple. It’s the one I’ve been lemming for years, but it turned out to be a letdown. :(

I really like the others. Sail Away and Chocolate Sprinkles are especially gorgeous.

Which ones are your faves?


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