Francesca’s Haul II

Because I am me, I went searching for Francesca’s in NYC after my first visit to a store in Virginia. I found out about two shops here.

I was fortunate to be there during some great sales. I got two necklaces and a pair of earrings, all discounted.


The earrings:


They were only $5!

The necklaces:


This one is such a great blue hue. It’ll look wonderful with so many outfits.


I don’t own anything like this purple one. It’s a fun piece.

Have you ever shopped at Francesca’s? Where do you buy your costume jewelry?

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Essie Butler Please Nail Polish

I was pleased to find a mini bottle of this. Go me.


Essie describes it as “an indulgent bright blue”.

It’s a lovely bright blue somewhere between cobalt and periwinkle.

This is two coats. It’s creamy, smooth and gives rich color.

Will you try it?

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Urban Decay De-Slick Mattifying Powder

As it has been documented on this blog, I have a super oily face.

Well, maybe it’s not as oily now as it was when I was 17, but it’s still pretty darn greasy.

I bought Urban Decay De-Slick because I heard it was a good powder for oily folks. Let’s go look at it.

From the website: “This lightweight pressed powder blots oil and stops shine without messing up your makeup.Shiny can be really good (when it comes to expensive jewelry, for example) or really bad (when it comes to your T-zone). To curb shiny skin and keep the attention on you for all the RIGHT reasons, use De-Slick, our cult-favorite, shine-stopping pressed powder.

Don’t let the pale lavender color fool you; this baby goes on invisibly and works on every skin tone. Try it on naked skin (if you run into the hot guy at the gym), or over foundation (for touch-ups on the dance floor without destroying your makeup). Because the formula contains super lightweight, oil-absorbing rice powder, you won’t feel the powder but you’ll see the shine-free results.”



The packaging is cool. It’s purple, imprinted and not at all bulky.


It comes with a plastic insert and a purple topped puff (which I never use).


The powder is stark white. This is not an issue for me. It doesn’t make me look ghostly or ashy.


Does it work as a mattifying powder? Well, it works better than regular face powder. During the summer it doesn’t hold up as well as I would like, but it does a decent job of keeping the shine down to a minimum. In the cooler months my skin fares better with this. I still get a touch oily by 3pm but it’s not as bad as it was before.

If I were to grade this, I would give it a B+. Not bad but not excellent either.

Have you tried this? Do you have any mattifying powders you love?

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Review: Too Faced La Creme Color Drenched Lipstick in Pink Chocolate

In my cosmetics collection, Too Faced is overrepresented in palettes and underrepresented in lipsticks. I rectified that by picking up Pink Chocolate.


The illustrations on the box are too pretty. I didn’t throw the box away because it’s too lovely to toss out.

The lipstick tube is slim, elegant and secure.


From the website:

  • White Lotus Flower Extract is a sought-after antioxidant that contains hydrating, soothing, and lip-conditioning properties
  • Power Peptides are known to stimulate collagen and aid in the appearance of smoother lips
  • Creamy, one-swipe formula

Pink Chocolate is described as “berry brown”.

I found this to be a warmed brownish pink with no blue tones.

This is one swipe. It is a touch more red than berry.


It isn’t a one-swipe formula. It is a three swipe formula. The color is nice on me but it needs to be built up.

I would say this was moisturizing and made my lips look smoother, but the change wasn’t drastic enough for us to break out the champagne and celebrate.

It lasts on me for about 4 hours before I need to reapply. It comes off when I have a meal.

I enjoy using this, but I’m still going to search for more pink lipsticks.

Pros: Moisturizing, nice color, applies smoothly, lovely packaging.
Cons: Not one-swipe formula, expensive.

Grade: B+

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bareMinerals Matte Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15 in Golden Medium

How many of you use mineral powder foundations? I’m just started to get into them. I chose this one the last time I was at Sephora.

It’s a warm-toned, finely milled powder foundation.


The packaging doesn’t carry any major issues for me. I tap off the excess back into the container if my brush picks up too much.


It looks a little pale at first, but it blends out well.


Voila! See?


I’m still in the testing stages with this, but so far it seems like a nice foundation. It sweeps on nicely and gives me a smooth, even finish. The color is very good for winter, but it still works for me during the summer as long as I am diligent in my sunblock use.

I like it so far. It’s good for sweaty, oily days when my skin can’t handle liquid foundations.

This costs $28.50.

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Tuesday Talk: Self Care Sessions Vol. 20

How have you been, sweets? I’m doing better, but some health issues have flared up. My breakdown last week has left me with some physical symptoms. I’m going to rest up this week and take it easy. I’m literally physically tired from the depression and trauma.

What I did recently for self-care:

1) Maybelline is on sale for 40% off! I got some stuff.


I’m so glad I finally got those brow products! They were hard to find for a while at my local store.

2) I’ve been listening to Adele’s “Skyfall”. It’s a good song.

3) I bought myself some greasy, fast food chicken wings and French fries for dinner. I got enough for three meals so I was chowing down happily for most of the weekend.

4) I’m continuing to watch “Frasier”. I’m on Season 6.

5) I used my Etude House Collagen mask yesterday. Review coming up soon!

What have you done for self care lately?

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Rimmel London Professional Eyebrow Pencil in Black Brown

It’s been a while since I talked about eyebrow products here, so let’s take a look at Rimmel’s basic, schmasic brow pencil today.


It’s a “sharpen me, please” pencil, and it’s got a handy dandy brush on the side of the cap so you can brush out your unruly caterpillar brows.

Or at least, my caterpillar brows.


Please forgive that sneaky, lone hair that I only noticed after I took the photo. That hair wants to be famous or something.

At least it’s proof that I actually use the pencil. Amirite?


It’s more brown than black, and not as densely dark as one might expect. I use it to fill in my barer spots, then I use the brush to comb out and finish my brows.

I would say this is an adequate brow product. It’s basic, decent, affordable and does what it’s supposed to do. It’s a competent soldier in my makeup army.🙂

Have you ever tried it? Would you try it? Do you prefer brow pencils?

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Essie Gel Couture Nail Polish in Surrounded by Studs

So, here we are at our second phase of testing: I have procured a bottle of a different shade to see if this one holds up much better.

Did it with work for me? Let’s find out!

So this is two coats of Surrounded by Studs, followed by the special Essie top coat.


And here is my hand two weeks later:



Oh my oh my……it does not last two weeks or even one week.

I will not be buying any more shades from Gel Couture. There just doesn’t seem to be any point to it.

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Review: Colourpop Lippie Stix in LBB and Lady

At last……the final batch of lipsticks from the gift haul!


Lippie Stix are a slim tube product, designed to fit neatly in a makeup bag or pocket.

L-R: LBB and Lady



LBB is described as “Rich plum wine in a matte finish.”

Lady is described as “cool toned dirty burgundy in a Matte Finish.”

On top is Lady, then LBB.


As you can see, Lady is more brown than burgundy.


They are both great autumn shades.

Lady held up rather nicely, fading just a little after 5 hours. I was even able to eat lunch without it completely wiping off.

LBB was less cooperative. It faded after 4 hours and was completely gone after my lunch.

They both feel fairly comfortable on my lips and don’t carry a strong scent. They weren’t too drying or made my lips feel stiff.

Pros: Slim, easy to use packaging, great colors, affordable, glides on nicely.
Cons: LBB doesn’t last as long as Lady, only available on the Colourpop website.

Grades: Lady (A), LBB (B+).

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Tuesday Talk: Self Care Sessions Vol. 19

Well, I’ve been gone for ages, haven’t I? I will explain.

Last week I had an emotional breakdown and became very depressed and distressed. I couldn’t bring myself to blog or do much else. Even going to work was a struggle for me. I could barely manage that, much less take, upload, and edit photos and write reviews.

I’m doing better this week, and I hope to return to blogging by Thursday.

I did do a bit of self-care over the past two weeks:

1) I took a friend out to lunch. She also has depression and she really appreciated it.

2) I have been watching Frasier. It’s hilarious and so many of the actors on the main cast are great.

3) I got my eyebrows waxed. They really needed it!

4) I have been using my bath bombs. So far I have used Autumn Leaf and Twilight.

5) I went to see a therapist! He can’t continue to see me because he doesn’t take my insurance, but it’s a great first step for me.

How have you all been? I’ve missed talking to you!❤


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