Glossybox Roundup

Well, this will be my first and last post about Glossybox. Not because they are bad (oh VERY much so the opposite), but because I’m going on a spending freeze for the first quarter of 2015. I have canceled all … Continue reading

Makeup Monday: Winter Butterfly (Vice 3 Palette)

Hello lovelies πŸ™‚ It’s the first Monday after the New Year, which for many of us, means it’s the first full-week back to work since mid-December. Never fear though, Makeup Monday is here to get us kicked off with an … Continue reading

New Years Resolutions Pt.2: 2015

It’s about to get real. (aka…long post warning) It’s that time of year: everyone’s making resolutions, and I absolutely love it. I don’t understand why some people get so annoyed over New Years resolutions. I think it’s absolutely great when … Continue reading

Makeover Monday: Girl in Charge (em Cosmetics)

Hello beauties!

Today’s first Makeover/Makeup Monday (I haven’t decided which one sounds less corny πŸ™‚ ) is featuring em Cosmetics by Michelle Phan. I know I’ve been on the Michelle Phan bandwagon lately, but I can’t help it! She’s so talented, nice, and her tips and tutorials really are fabulous. I had a little haul a week or so ago when her entire website was 50% off! In fact, they’re running that special again until 11:59 p.m. on December 31st! No coupon code needed.

IMG_0950Dusty pink blazer: Forever 21 | Cream-colored lace & chiffon top: Forever 21

This look is called “girl in charge” and uses the upper right quad of the Career Life Palette. Keep reading for how I customized this look!

My em Cosmetics haul included:

productscollagelove me for me flawless finish powder compact in porcelain 02: $25 $12.50
love me for me flawless foundation in porcelain 02: free w/ powder compact
the great cover up ultimate concealer in fair neutral/cool: $17 $8.50
chiaroscuro contour & highlight stick in fair tones: $24 $12
the life palette in career life: $59 $29.50
lip gallery creamy color sheer lipstick in im taken all red-y: $15 $7.50 (not pictured)
lip gallery creamy color classic lipstick in misty mauve: $15 $7.50 (not pictured)

facecollageStep 1: Apply foundation using a makeup sponge (I like Real Techniques brand)
Step 2: Apply concealer under eyes and over problem areas
Step 3: Contour and highlight!
Step 4: Apply eye makeup:

girlinchargeAs stated above, I used the upper right quad of the Career palette:

I applied 1 all over the base of the eyelid and 2 as an eyeliner on the upper and lower lash line. Three was applied in the center of the eyelid and blended outward. Four and 5 were applied up and towards the brow bone. Six was brushed on the apple of the cheeks, while 7 was applied all over the lips. I applied 8 right in the middle of the lips to add more depth.

skintonefairHere is a swatch of all the colors in the “girl in charge” quad. This picture, as well as the stock photos of the products are directly the property of em Cosmetics and their website.

Step 5: To finish the look, I revved up my eyebrows using Anastasia Beverly Hill’s Brow Wiz Pencil and Benefit’s Brow Gel. I applied Lorac’s Cobra Mascara and touched up my shiny spots with em Cosmetic’s powder compact.

The finished result?

IMG_0953As you can see, my freckles are still full force after my trip to Cancun πŸ™‚

My favorite of the products by a LONG shot was the lipsticks. From all the lipsticks I have tried, I can confidently say their formula is similar to MAC. They are THAT good. I wouldn’t pay full price for the Life Palettes, as the color payoff isn’t nearly as great as comparably-priced brands like Urban Decay and Lorac. I might have to pick up a few more lippies though…before the New Year kicks off (spoiler alert: I’m going on ANOTHER shopping hiatus…just for 3 months this time).

If you are curious to try any of Michelle’s products, please visit her website as they are 50% off right now!

http://www.emcosmetics.com/

I am not paid to review these products. The opinions are my own.

XO Ali

Birthday Lovin’

Wahhh I am overwhelmed with gratitude for all the love I received from family, friends, co-workers and complete strangers! My birthday was on Monday, September 1st, but the celebrations started Sunday night!

Rather than throw a party or do some kind of dinner, I thought it would be fun to get a bunch of friends together and go bowling Sunday night, since the majority of us had Monday off for Labor Day. It was also college-night pricing which means cheap lanes, cheap pizza, and cheap booze! πŸ™‚ Sorry the pics are somewhat difficult to see as it was so dark in the alley.

bdayI also celebrated with my family beforehand, and my mom made me a couple types of cupcakes with my favorite color (yellow!) and my favorite flower (sunflower!).

On Tuesday, my coworkers surprised me with balloons and a special cake with more sunflowers and yellow things! Ha I guess everyone knows my weakness.

I got so many fun, great gifts that I wanted to share:

11Birthday Goodies:

-My boyfriend got me a Nook Glowlight, the Molecule 01 perfume from Barneys, and the Topshop purse (not pictured) I wanted. Guess he reads my blog after all πŸ˜‰ I yelled at him for spending that much, but he would hear none of it.

-My best got me the Tarina Tarantino Sparklicity Gold Palette, which I just recently discovered but that she picked up for me months ago (she knew what I wanted before I did!). Her and my friend Dave also got me some cute little Sailor Moon memorabilia and Dave picked up the hard copy of F(x)’s album, Red Light.

-Toni got me the Sephora “Give Me Lip” collection, which has an awesome variety of lip products from Urban Decay, Nars, Buxom, etc. She also blessed my wallet with a $50 gift card to Sephora, which likely won’t survive this upcoming weekend ❀

-The fam picked up a number of items off my wishlist too, including a new game for my 3DS, some baking mats, a pretty coral scarf, and a white and rose gold watch. My mom also got me a bag of 26 yellow things, ranging from candy, cupcake liners, and post-its, to glow sticks, nail polishes, and a loofa.

My heart is full. Thank you all so much for your warm wishes.

Much love XO

Cynthia Rowley Beauty Review

When the gorgeous Jacqueline from A Vibrant Day announced she was having a Cynthia Rowley beauty giveaway a couple weeks ago, I knew it was fate πŸ™‚ Man, I have been lusting after this set for months, especially after falling in love with my silver eyeliner I received in one of my spring Birchbox boxes. Somehow, I managed to win!!! AHHH

IMG_1382 IMG_1384The Cynthia Rowley set included:

  • Eye Shadow Palette – No. 2
  • Mini Creamy Lip Stain in Valentine
  • Mini Eyeliner in Black
  • Neoprene Confetti Bag
  • Full-size Eyeliner in Sky Blue (extra!)

IMG_1387 IMG_1389 IMG_1393She also threw in some fun extras!

  • A 5×7 in. painting by Terrance Wright
  • Benefit mini-Porefessional primer
  • Besame Sweetheart Balm
  • A sweet little thank you note for entering her giveaway

She’s seriously the best. Go show her some love on her page πŸ™‚

IMG_1396Color swatch from L-R: Cotton Candy, Licorice, Confetti, Cloud, Marshmallow, Black Eyeliner, Sky Blue Eyeliner, Valentine Lip Stain

IMG_1402I used Marshmallow all over as a base coat, then applied Confetti on the lid, blending in Cotton Candy into the outer corner. I used Licorice in both the crease and as a lower-lash liner, finishing with Sky Blue eyeliner on the top lid πŸ™‚

Happy Monday, everyone!

And thanks again to Jacqueline and A Vibrant Day!

The Empties: May Edition

I’ve collected a few items throughout the month of May that ran out, and now I must ask myself: buy it (again) or boot it? John Frieda Sheer Blonde Lustrous Touch Shampoo & Conditioner: I first spotted this duo by … Continue reading

Current Raves: Fresh Products

img_0450fresh. Soy Face Cleanser

fresh. Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15

I have been planning on writing a review for the face cleanser for weeks now, but it was only a couple days ago that I got the lip treatment as a part of Sephora’s “Sun Safety Kit,” and I am beyond impressed. Therefore, I decided to include it in my favorites post πŸ™‚

Soy Face Cleanser: I had been looking to replace my long-loved Clean & Clear cleanser (to be reviewed in a future post) with something less harsh for a while now. The smell of this soy product took a tiny bit of getting used to at first–it’s a cucumber with something…I can’t put my finger on it. Maybe it’s the rosewater. It’s not terrible, just different. The cleanser is a cloudy gel, that glides across the skin like a dream. It lathers just a bit, but removes all my makeup, including eye makeup, with NO burning or stinging. It’s gentle nature doesn’t cause my skin to dry out after washing, either. This cleanser is absolutely wonderful.

Sugar Lip Treatment: I love everything about this lip balm. The first thing I notice is the fresh (no pun intended) lemon scent, which is not too overbearing. Also, I have a hard time with lip balms keeping my lips hydrated and usually prefer chapsticks such as Blistex. However, after one application of this lip treatment, my lips were smooth, hydrated, and still coated up to 3 hours later. It even tastes good if you lick your lips, ha.

Happy Tuesday everyone!

XO

Laura Geller Beauty: Garden Party Review

Hello OOTD + Makeup Review, it’s been a while! Salmon-colored knit sweater: Forever 21 |Β Floral tie-waisted shorts: Forever 21 Color-enriched lipstick in Pink Mink BB cream all-in-one skin perfecting beauty balm SPF 21 in Medium Supreme lip spackle lip primer … Continue reading