Two Pairs of Earrings from Beadwork4Sale

I ordered a couple of beaded items from this Alaskan Native seller.

They came in  a package which was wrapped up beautifully.



Janice included a really cute little gift.





And here is what I bought:








It shipped to me surprisingly fast (from Alaska to NYC)  and the items are just what was pictured. I also communicated with Janice to let know I preferred a shorter hook on one of them and I told her of some other modifications I wanted. She was very amicable and accommodating. It’s lovely to experience such amazing customer service. I’m very happy with my order.

I received the benefit of a 25% off pre-holiday sale (this was a general sale to the public and not an exclusive offer to me). The pink/gold earrings cost me $15 and the other ones cost $16.50. Shipping charges were $3.

Check out her shop here. 





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Smithsonian Museum Jewelry Haul

Did you all know that the Smithsonian Museums in Washington DC are a good place to get jewelry?

I certainly didn’t.

My bank account thanks no one for this new and compelling information.



Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History: 

-Mother of Pearl Goldplated Necklace ($8.95)



-Carnelian GoldPlated Floral Earrings ($8.95)

-Blue Cloisonne Bracelet ($6.00)



Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian

-Beaded Bronze Flower Necklace ($15.00)



-Beaded Red/Blue/Black Choker Necklace ($5.00)



Which piece do you like best?

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Lancome Noel Eye Set

I picked this up during the Sephora VIB haul.



I needed a fresh bottle of eye makeup remover, I’ve long wanted to try out Artliner and I also wanted to test out a couple of Lancome’s mascaras. It made financial sense to buy this.

The kit includes:

-Grandiose Full Size Wide-Angle Fan Effect Mascara in Noir Mirifique
-Hypnose Drama Travel Size Instant Volume Mascara in Excessive Black
-Drama Liqui-Pencil Travel Size Extreme Longwear Eyeliner in Noir Intense
-Cils Booster XL Travel Size Mascara Primer
-Artliner Full Size Precision Point Eyeliner in Noir
-Bi-Facil Travel Size Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover

So far I have tried the Bi-Facil makeup remover, the Artliner and the Hypnose travel size mascara. Both the makeup remover and Artliner are real winners. The hype surrounding them is well-deserved. Hypnose mascara is quite nice but I need to use it some more to really get a feel for whether I love it or not.

Overall I think this is  a great set for $38. It is a holiday set, so it’s sold out right now at Sephora. Ebay has a few for sale.

I will write up some reviews on each piece soon.

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Sephora VIB Haul 2015

Yay for another year as a VIB! I’m so glad I reached my spending goal at Sephora because having VIB status is very important to me.

Here is what I bought with the 20% discount.



-Sephora Draw the Line kit (a gift for a co-worker)
-Tarte Showstopper palette
-Tarte Poppy Picnic palette.
-Kate Somerville Eradikate Acne Treatment
-Lancome Noel Eye Set
-Korres Nourishing Hand Cream with Almond Oil and Shea Butter
-Urban Decay Naked 3 palette (gift for a friend)
-Bobbi Brown Corrector in Dark Peach

The rest are VIB gifts and perks, as well as some samples:

-Nest Indigo perfume
-Boscia Purifying Cleansing Gel
-Urban Decay box set
-Benefit It’s Potent eye cream
-Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Concealer
-Giorgio Armani Si sample.

Did any of you shop the Sephora sale? What did you buy?

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Vintage Pearl Brooch Pearls and Diamond Rhinestones

I’ve got a nice find to show you all today. This brooch is a vintage piece from the 1950s.

So it was made the same decade Elvis Presley became famous.

Like Elvis, this brooch is studded with rhinestones.

It’s a little upside down here.



Ah, this is much better!



The pearls are more white than cream (as it appears in the photo).


I bought this specifically to wear with black coats, but I know I’ll wear it with other things.

I like the look of soft white pearls against anything black.

I bought it from Vintage and Victorian for just under $40 USD.

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Bobbi Brown Lipstick Swatches in Raisin, Blackberry and Brownie

Bobbi Brown feels like such a grown up cosmetics line. Sleek and heavy black & gold packaging, a sophisticated and distinctive logo, a wide range of everyday neutrals, plum, reds and pinks.

Yep, this is your older sister’s makeup of choice. Then you go and steal her makeup bag and she smacks your hands for doing so. True story. This happened to my younger sister. :P



These are all part of the permanent, main collection.

From left to right: Raisin, Blackberry, Brownie.





Raisin is a plummy soft brown with no shimmer.

Blackberry is a semi-opaque reddish burgundy with no shimmer.

Brownie is a brown-pink with no shimmer.

Top to bottom:  Brownie, Blackberry and Raisin.

BB swatch


bb swatch2

I tried on Brownie once, and I really like it. I need to test it out more. Blackberry is my least favorite because it’s quite patchy and sheer. It’s way too dark for me and it doesn’t flatter my skintone well. Raisin is a nice shade for brown skin. It’s a good everyday, no-fuss shade.

Do any of these look like lipsticks you’d want to try?

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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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