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Absence Explained — New Job

I am no longer a member of the unemployed club. I was hired week-before-last and am now in the midst of two 50 hour training weeks. Therefore, I haven’t had much free-time and the blog has fallen a few positions on my list of priorities. Hopefully, when I have my regular schedule next week I can start posting again. Let me know what kinds of posts you’d like to see in the comments!



Review: Dove Go Fresh Body Mist

Dove Go Fresh Body Mist

I got a sample of this Dove Go Fresh Body Mist in Rebalance Plum & Sakura Blossom (not for reviewing) from the Walmart website and liked it so much that I had to rush out and buy it. The sample came with a dollar off coupon so the total cost was only $2.99 with tax.

I’m not much for perfumes or sprays, but this scent is the perfect mix of fruit, floral and fresh. I feel like I smell really good when I use it, not childish or too adult, but just right. The bottle says that it has a “hint of moisturizer” but I haven’t noticed any moisturizing benefits, though I’ve only spritzed it while I’ve been wearing clothing. I’m now interested in the body wash. I wonder if it smells as good as the spritz.

I also picked up another Dove spray in the fragrance Revive Pomegranate & Lemon Verbena. I don’t like it quite as much. I don’t know if it takes some getting used to, but the initial fragrance is a bit alcoholic. I haven’t used this one enough to give a final opinion. However, initially I like the Plum & Sakura Blossom scent more. 

Have you ever tried these body mists? How about sprays from other brands? I’d love to see your recommendations in the comments!

posted 3 years ago || 31 notes

40 Beauty Questions


How many times do you wash your face daily?

Once. My skin is fairly dry so if I wash it more than once it gets irritated and causes me to breakout.

What skin type do you have?

Combination. My T-Zone and chin get oily, but the rest is pretty dry. 

What is your current facial wash?

I’ve been using Dermae Very Clear Problem Skin Cleanser, which I got in my August Naturals VoxBox from Influenster. It has tea tree oil in it so it prevents breakouts and I’m really liking it so far. 

Do you exfoliate?

No, it tends to irritate my skin. I do use a clarifying mask once a week.  

What brand do you use?

Uh…I don’t use an exfoliater, but I do use the Freeman Superfruits Detoxifying Facial Clay Mask. 

What moisturizer do you use?

I’ve been using the Aveeno Positively Radiant moisturizer for the past few months, but I’m probably going to use something different once it’s gone.

Do you have freckles?


Do you use eye cream?

No. Sometimes I use Clinique’s Moisture Surge under my eyes at night.

Do you or did you have acne prone skin?

I never did until I turned 21. Then I started breaking out fairly often on my chin, nose and t-zone. Lately it hasn’t been too bad though.

What acne products do you use?

Tea tree oil is my favorite product for acne control. 


What foundation do you use?

I don’t usually use a foundation. I prefer tinted moisturizers. When I do use foundation, it’s either Bare Minerals or Revlon Colorstay. 

What concealer do you use?

Right now I’m using Hard Candy’s glamoflauge. It works well for covering spots, but I don’t like it under my eyes because it creases.

Do you know your undertone color?

Yes, I have yellow undertones.

What do you think of fake eyelashes?

I think they’re fun.

Do you follow makeup expiration dates?

Sometimes. With mascara I definitely toss it out after about 3 months. However, for powders I find they are fine forever as long as I sanitize them with alcohol spray regularly. I tend to go by smell and consistency with cream products. If anything changes, I toss it out. 

What brand of mascara do you use?

I’m not loyal to any brand, but I’ve been using Covergirl’s Lash Blast Fusion recently.

Sephora or MAC?

Definitely Sephora. MAC isn’t my favorite brand for really anything but brushes and even then I tend to gravitate towards Sigma because they are better priced. Sephora carries Urban Decay, which is my all time favorite brand of makeup. 

Do you have a MAC pro-card? 


What makeup tools do you use in makeup application?

I use a variety of brushes, my fingers, an eyelash curler and sponges. 

Do you use makeup base/primer for the eyes?

I use Urban Decay’s Primer Potion and Too Faced Shadow Insurance fairly interchangeably. Occasionally, I’ll use Benefit’s Lemon Aid or MAC’s Painterly Paint Pot.

For the face?

I love Too Faced’s Primed and Poreless.

What is your favorite eyeshadow?

Hmm…probably Urban Decay’s X. It’s an awesome melon duo chrome.

Do you use pencil or liquid eyeliner?

Both. I’m very picky about eyeliner though and I will only use pencils from MAC and liquid liner from Urban Decay. Nothing else really works for me. 

What has been your biggest eyeliner mishap?

I tried to use Milani’s Infinite Liquid Liner and it was disastrous. It slipped all over my lid and made me look like a clown.

What do you think of pigments?

I don’t tend to buy them because they’re messy, but I like how versatile they are.

Do you use mineral makeup?

Yes. I use Bare Minerals and Tarte.

What is your favorite lipstick?

Definitely Urban Decay’s Naked. 

What is your favorite lipgloss?

I like a lot of different lipglosses but right now I really love Liplicious’ in Bitten and Smitten. 

What is your favorite blush to use?

It’s not technically a blush, but I really love using MAC’s Beauty Powder in Shell Pearl.

Have you ever bought makeup on eBay?

Yes, but only from a reputable seller. 

Do you like drugstore makeup?

Yes, especially Wet n’ Wild’s Color Icon palettes and NYC’s Blushable Creme Sticks. 

Do you go to CCOs?

I’ve been once to the one closest to me. They didn’t have too many things that I wanted so I haven’t been back.

Did you ever consider taking makeup classes?

Yes, but then I saw how much they cost and decided practice makes perfect. 

Are you clumsy at putting on makeup?

No. I doubt I’d have this blog if I was.

Name a makeup crime that you hate.

Overdone bronzer. Human beings shouldn’t look like bacon.

Do you like colorful shades of makeup or neutral ones?

I tend to gravitate towards neutrals, but I do like a pop of color on my lips every once and a while. 

Which celebrity always has great makeup?

I don’t really follow celebrities so it’s hard for me to say. I think Evan Rachel Wood is gorgeous, so maybe her.

If you could leave the house using just one makeup item, what would you use?

Lip balm. My lips get dry easily, so it’s a must have for me.

Could you ever leave the house without any makeup on?

Yes. I do it all the time. Makeup is more of a hobby for me than a necessity. 

Do you think you look good without makeup on?

Sometimes. It depends on the day and the quality of my skin.

What is the best makeup line?

Urban Decay. I love pretty much everything they do.

What makeup line don’t you like?

There’s not really any lines that I don’t like, just products that are not so great.

Answer these questions on your own blog and post a link in the comments! 

posted 3 years ago || 2 notes

This is stupid but…

I finally discovered why all of my photos have been turning up so dull on the blog. I hadn’t been saving them in Photoshop CS5 as a web optimized format. Well, I’ve finally learned my lesson and the photos should start looking more vibrant soon. 

Product Rave: NYC Blushable Creme Sticks

NYC Blushable Creme Sticks

Blush lasts forever so it’s not a product that I buy often, however I heard a lot of good things about NYC’s Blushable Creme Sticks and decided to pick some up. I wanted a cream blush because they are good items to have if you need to get ready in a jiff. I picked up three of the six colors at Rite Aid on different trips. One of them was $3.99 (full price) and the other two were $2.99 on sale. The colors I have are Plaza Pink, Big Apple Blush and Berry New Yorker. 

The main points that I was hoping these blushes would hit are as follows: 

  • Pigmentation
  • Formula
  • Blendability
  • Range of colors
  • Packaging 

Pigmentation: These are nicely pigmented, but not overly so. I really like the level of color actually, because you don’t have to worry about accidentally getting too much or too little. The intensity is just right on all three. Rating: 5/5

Formula: These sticks are creamy and smooth. They go on well and don’t feel heavy or greasy on the skin. They blend out to an almost powder-like finish. Plaza Pink is my least favorite however, because it’s a little too frosty. Rating: 4.5/5

Blendability: I’ve never had a cream blush (other than MAC’s Cream Color Base in Improper Copper)that blends as well as these do. I can easily blend them in with my fingers and get the perfect cheek every time. Rating: 5/5

Range of Colors: I think this is the only area that is lacking. There are only six colors in this line. I’d like to see a true coral, a more vibrant red and a plum. Rating: 3/5

Packaging: The packaging is slim and fits nicely in my makeup bag. It’s a twist tube, which makes it very easy to use. There’s also quite a bit of product inside. Rating: 4.5/5

Plaza Pink

Plaza Pink - A baby peachy-pink with frost. My least favorite of the three. It might be a better for spring. 

Big Apple Blush

Big Apple Blush - Deep rosy pink. I love this one. I wear it almost every day. I find that it gives me the perfect flush. 

Berry New Yorker

Berry New Yorker - A brownish berry that is great for fall. This color works well on my fair skin as it’s not too intense. 

My favorite color is definitely Big Apple Blush. It’s a perfect on my warm, fair skin. I’ve been using it pretty much nonstop since I picked it up and there’s hardly a dent in the amount of product in the tube. At $2-3.99 these are a total steal! I would recommend them to everyone looking for a cream blush. 

Have you tried these? What color do you like?

Valentine Kisses — HUGE GIVEAWAY

The lovely lady over at Valentine Kisses is having a huge giveaway for her 500 follower milestone. It’s pretty rad and you should definitely check it out.

Tonight’s candle is the ever popular Leaves by Slatkin & Co. I didn’t pick this up until my third candle trip to Bath and Body Works. I’d heard so much hype with the scent that I wasn’t initially impressed. However, I swapped it out for Creamy Pumpkin (which I returned because it didn’t fill up a room) and am seriously in love. This candle is amazing. It embodies what I want fall to smell like at my house. The Leaves scent is described as “autumnal notes of golden nectar, juicy mandarin and red delicious apple are paired with toasted cinnamon stick, mulled cider spices and freshly harvested red berries.”

Tonight’s candle is the ever popular Leaves by Slatkin & Co. I didn’t pick this up until my third candle trip to Bath and Body Works. I’d heard so much hype with the scent that I wasn’t initially impressed. However, I swapped it out for Creamy Pumpkin (which I returned because it didn’t fill up a room) and am seriously in love. This candle is amazing. It embodies what I want fall to smell like at my house. The Leaves scent is described as “autumnal notes of golden nectar, juicy mandarin and red delicious apple are paired with toasted cinnamon stick, mulled cider spices and freshly harvested red berries.”

posted 3 years ago || 4 notes

My favorite thing tonight. A Slatkin & Co. candle from Bath and Body Works in Caramel Apple. It smells like fall. According to the label, the scent is “golden apple, brown sugar and creamy caramel blended with Anjou pear, nutmeg and vanilla cream.”

My favorite thing tonight. A Slatkin & Co. candle from Bath and Body Works in Caramel Apple. It smells like fall. According to the label, the scent is “golden apple, brown sugar and creamy caramel blended with Anjou pear, nutmeg and vanilla cream.”

posted 3 years ago || 4 notes

September 2011 Birchbox

September 2011 Birchbox

For those who don’t know, Birchbox is a monthly beauty subscription service. For the cost of two lattes a month, you can try a variety of samples ranging from skincare to makeup to nail products. I’ve been hearing a lot about this company on Youtube and elsewhere in the beauty community and figured that for $10 I might as well give it a go. 

This was my first Birchbox and, after seeing what other bloggers got in their boxes, I was worried that my $10 had been for naught. However, I love my box! 

September 2011 Birchbox

Because I live on the west coast, it took 10 days for my Birchbox to arrive. When it finally showed up, it was packaged in pink cardboard with the Birchbox logo. Inside of the box was the natural cardboard box pictured above. It has the logo stamped in pink foil on the top. Inside, my samples were wrapped in pink tissue and included a description card. Here’s what I got…

Jurlique and Befine

I opened the Jurlique Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer sample first because it was different from what I’d seen in other people’s boxes. Birchbox describes it as: “A must for any urban adventure, Jurlique’s sanitizer neutralizes bacteria with Australian mint and hydrates with safflower oil.”  However, I think it actually “neutralizes bacteria” with alcohol. It is 66 percent alcohol, which is what most other anti-bacs use. It smells quite strongly of the stuff with a bit of floral scent mixed in. The formula is quite thick and does feel more moisturizing than other hand sanitizers I have used in the past. According to Birchbox, a full size product contains 5.9 fl oz for $15. The sample is 1.7 fl. oz., which is a pretty decent size. I’ll probably end up throwing it in my purse.

Total sample cost: $4.32

Next, is the Befine Night Cream with cocoa, millet and rice bran. I haven’t used it on my face yet, but I do like the smell, which is light and clean. According to Birchbox, “this lush cream, with cocoa to spur circulation and healing rice bran, helps us get our beauty sleep in more ways than one.” The tube says that it is allergen free and paraben free. There are no artificial colors and the product is not tested on animals, which is good in my book. A full size 1.7 oz tube retails for $30. My sample is 0.5 fl. oz.

Total sample cost: $8.82

Jouer Lip Enhancer

Birchbox describes this Jouer Lip Enhancer as an all in one product that hydrates, plumps and conditions. I’ve tried it and don’t find it to be any more special than any other lip product I use. I’d say Jack Black’s Lip Balm is probably better. One thing I will say for the Jouer balm is that is doesn’t make my lips sticky, but it does seem to fade after less than an hour. The full size product is 0.33 fl. oz. for $14. My sample is 0.07 fl. oz.

Total sample cost: $2.97

Attimo perfume

I’m not a huge perfume fan and I rarely wear any smelly things outside of lotion and deodorant. I received this Attimo L’Eau Florale by Salvatore Ferragamo in my September Birchbox and this is my least favorite sample. Birchbox says “the designer’s latest scent taps into our sophisticated side with delicate peony and jasmine.” To me, it’s an old lady perfume, very floral. I probably won’t wear it. The cost of the full size 3.4 fl. oz. bottle is $85. My sample is 0.05 fl. oz.

Total sample cost: $1.25


Birchbox Bracelet

This bracelet was a Birchbox treat (something they throw in as an extra.) I’ve read that a lot of people don’t like the bracelet and think it’s cheap, but I really like it. I like to layer my bracelets and this will be perfect for that. It’s a cute pink string with a small, metal box in the middle. I’m not sure about the cost of this item, which is why it wasn’t included in my final value total. 

All in all I was pleased with this box. I’ll probably use up three out of the four samples and wear the bracelet on a regular basis. I’m most excited about the night cream, as creams are a product I’ve just started to use regularly. I think this month’s box was definitely worth the $10 and I’m excited to see what next month brings. 

posted 3 years ago || 3 notes

HAUL: Bath & Body Works, Butter London, etc…

Bath and Body Works and Butter London

ULTA was having a buy 1, get 1 free sale yesterday on Butter London polishes, so I picked up two colors. I got British Racing Green (a dark green with very faint shimmer) and LA Moss (a deep burgundy.)

Butter London Polishes

I’ve only worn British Racing Green so far, but I love it. The application was smooth and it only took two coats to get a completely opaque finish. I’ll let you know what I think of LA Moss once I try it. I also had a $3.50 off coupon so my total was around $11. Always look for coupons online before you go to ULTA, because there are usually $3.50 off coupons floating around.

Then, I headed over to JC Penney because I had a $10 off coupon. I have been really loving gold jewelry for fall, so I picked up a long Mixit necklace with varying sizes of circles and ovals. The necklace was already on sale so I got it for less than three dollars. 

My final stop was Bath and Body Works. They are currently having a 2 for $20 sale on their three-wick candles. I’ve been on a candle quest for the past two weeks, trying to find scents that my husband will like. I tend to gravitate towards spicy fall aromas like pumpkin, cinnamon and clove, and spiced apple. However, my husband hates the smell of cinnamon, so it’s been really hard to find something we can both enjoy. Luckily, I found two yummy candles at B&BW that I think he will love. The first is Homemade Cookies, which smells like cookie dough, cake batter, frosting, sugar and vanilla. The second is Caramel Apple, which is a mix of crisp apple side and buttery sugar. They smell so good, I just can’t pull my nose away.

Marshmallow Fireside

I had a coupon for a free mini candle, so I also picked up Marshmallow Fireside. It has the spicy musk of the Fireside candle with a sweet overtone. Bath and Body Works was also having a deal on Scent Portables, 4 for $20. I needed a new fragrance for my car, so I picked up a cute owl portable with the Leaves fragrance and a silver and purple fox portable with Fresh Linen. The fox is in my car right now, so it’s not pictured. I switched out the Fresh Linen scent with one of the Frosted Cupcake inserts that I bought. To round out to four items, I also picked up refills in Marshmallow Fireside. I had a coupon for a free gift after a $10 purchase, so I also got a candle holder with a cute little fox on the front. Finally, I used a 20% off coupon so my total purchase was less than $40. 

All in all yesterday was a day of amazing deals!

Have you picked up any candles recently? What are your favorite fall scents?

posted 3 years ago || 1 note

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