Sunday, September 30, 2012

Review: Vaseline Cocoa Butter Deep Conditioning

This just happened to be sitting around, and since I'm trying to lotion regularly, it's time to use it up, right?

I've never really used Vaseline brand lotion, so I'm not sure how this compares to the other types out there.  This lotion advertises that it has cocoa butter and vitamin E as its special ingredients.  The cocoa butter is supposed to smooth away roughness and the appearance of dark spots.  It doesn't give a time frame for when it's supposed to happen, but I doubt it'll show in this one 10oz bottle.

I enjoy the smell.  The lotion is not at all thick, which is a downside for me.  There doesn't seem to be enough cocoa butter in it to make it at all buttery.  I also don't like how it feels tacky on application.  However, when it finally gets absorbed into the skin, I do feel moisturized.

Overall, I'm not sure I'd buy this again unless there was an amazing deal on it.
This shows how runny the lotion is - I prefer mine to stay in a stiff, moisturizing peak when I move my hand around. :)

Friday, September 28, 2012

Smokey Eye - Dark and Mysterious

This was a quick look involving just my eyes and a little bit of lip gloss.  This is also the favorite of many people, including my boyfriend. :P  I think this is my favorite smokey eye that I have done.
I used Wet N Wild's Petal Pusher Palette (Which I reviewed here) in the two middle "night" side colors
bareMinerals Big and Bright Eyeliner in Intense Black
bareMinerals 100% Natural Lip Gloss in Mauve

This really made my eyes pop - I think I do better with dark colors. :3  Oh, and uhm... sorry for the serious face.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Review: Wet N Wild Petal Pusher Palette

Wet & Wild Petal Pusher Palette
So, since I have green eyes I am drawn to purples.  I prefer subdued hues, but sometimes dramatic eye shadow is where it's at.  Enter why I bought this palette.

It's obviously a little used already, but the "locations" for where each color should go are stamped into the powders: Brow Bone, Eye Lid, Crease, Definer

Wet & Wild Petal Pusher Palette
On the back of the palette it has some simple directions and a diagram.  There are no color names for any of the shadows, just the names of the "looks". 

Wet & Wild Petal Pusher Palette Swatches
I did these swatches over primer.  The "brow bone" color is super light and barely shows.  I tried layering it several times but it didn't help much.  It's definitely meant to be a subtle highlighter.  The "definer" color barely shows up for the day scheme.  It's more of just... a glitter-giver.  The other two colors are fairly pigmented.  The "night look" colors are all well pigmented.

Wet & Wild Petal Pusher Palette Face
Here is the look I created using the"daytime" colors.  The purples came out very vibrant and brought the green out in my eyes beautifully.  Unfortunately this was the same day I tried the bareMinerals Ready SPF 20 Foundation, so I am not at all happy with how my skin looks in this photo.  I used:

Annnd... that's all she wrote!  I have another look that I did with the other side of this post.  It seems to be the more favorited look of the two;  I'll post it in a day or two. :)

Wet & Wild Petal Pusher Palette Eyes

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

New Team Spirit Manicure

Keeping up with my team spirit manicures!  This week is O.P.I's I'm With Brad and MaryKay's Gold Leaf.  I'm With Brad turned out looking a little more purple than I had hoped, but I can still tell it's a dark red glitter!

The 2 year old decided to help me with documenting this one.  He plopped his little butt down and offered up his feet

Then, he got really excited about the prospect of painting my nails.  Not sure I'm ready for that, though. :x

Monday, September 24, 2012

Review: Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock

This wonderful product is my go-to facial sunscreen.  My Aunt Susan gave it to me years ago to try out because she has always been a big endorser of sunscreen use, and I have not tried anything else since.

The amount that's on my hand is all you really need to cover your face.  Another pea sized amount will cover your neck.  It takes a short time to get absorbed into your skin, allowing you to continue with your make-up routine at a good pace.

This also comes in different SPFs!  It is really a feel it to believe experience.  I also don't experience any problems with sweating and it running into my eyes unless I am running around in 110 degree heat and sweating like a pig!

Neutrogena's UltraSheer Dry-Touch Sunblock is worth a try.  In stores it runs about $7.00-$9.00.  Considering the small amount it takes to cover my face and neck a tube lasts a while!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

A Tale Of Two Mascaras

bareMinerals Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara                                                     Maybelline Lash Stiletto   
I love both of these mascaras.  I have been using Maybelline Lash Stiletto for a little over a year, and I got the bareMinerals mascara about a month ago.  It's really hard to pick which one to wear when sometimes.

Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara gives my eyelashes amazing definition.  It's a natural look but with better defined and more voluminous lashes.  So, it delivers exactly what it says it should!  I love products like this.  To make things better, it FEELS natural.  Even running the brush through my lashes feels luxurious and gentle.

Lash Stiletto gives me fantastic, dramatic lashes.  It's almost a falsies feel, but I'm okay with that because it gives my eyes some... er... va-va-voom.  I feel faaaaabulous!

Neither of them give me spider leg lashes.  I have greasy/sweaty eyes (ew), but with both products I don't notice any dramatic run off.  I get the waterproof version of Lash Stiletto, but the bareMinerals mascara is not waterproof.

Very very happy with both products!

LOTRO: I Finally Hit 75!


It should have happened at least a couple months ago, but I am just so burnt out on MMOs that this has been a huge struggle for me.  I am so lucky to have Kevin helping me out.  The biggest thing we did that raked in the XP was do skirmishes.

I love playing a Minstrel.  I fill so many roles and it's relatively easy to switch gears to best fit the situation.  When I was a lower level I spent my time following Kevin as he tore through mobs, but since that I've been in my 70's I have been nuking the shit out of things.  We changed my skirmish soldier to a Sage from a Bannerguard because his Sage kicks ass.  Mine does too, now.  Ermehgerd flails around like a princess and shows those mobs who is boss!

I am so excited for the Rohan expansion.  Kev and I are going to tear it up.

Beat the goblins up, beat the goblins up, ooooo!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Review: bareMinerals Ready SPF 20 Foundation

I picked up bareMinerals Ready SPF 20 Foundation with high hopes.  It claims to be hydrating and leave no visible trace of make up.  I was hoping this would be a less messy alternative to the loose powder.

Unfortunately, for me at least, this didn't live up to any of my hopes.  Well, except for it being the right shade for me.  I went to a boutique to get shade matched, and I'm glad I did.  My normal shade is Fairly Light, but Medium Beige is what I was matched with.  People were right to say go a couple shades darker than normal.

I tried this foundation with several different brushes and none of them got me where I wanted to go.  It was impossible for me to get a medium-sheer coverage like I can get with my loose powder.  Not only that, but as I tried to get the foundation on a brush it turned powdery and got EVERYWHERE.  It even managed to get on the outside of the compact!  Immediately disappointed.

Even after I brushed my face with the translucent setting powder it still looked and felt like I had caked make-up on my face.  My pores, especially on my nose, looked gigantic.  It smeared and brushed off very easily.

There was SO much hype about this.  People were upset about a pressed powder, the company said it's not what you think it is, ect, ect.  I'm very sad to say that it was exactly what people thought it would be... in my case, at least.

So, I am just going to stick with the loose powder; the reason why I came to this company in the first place.

I'm sorry Ready SPF 20 Foundation, I tried to love you! :(

afhoadfnoasfinsf.  Just the foundation, no blush/warmth/ect/ect.  I still managed a smile, though. :)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

September's Sample Society Box

I finally got it yesterday!  I wanted to make a post as soon as I got it, but I had so many other things going on.

I'm tickled. This is my first Sample Society box.

Ahava Purifying Mud Mask Deluxe Sample: It itched on my face. Kevin said it smelled like starfish pooped on my skin. I'm inclined to agree - the smell is not appealing at all. I didn't feel any cleaner after I used it, and I probably wont be using it again before of the itching.

Borghese B Gloss, Fiore- Deluxe Sample: It's a pretty color on my lips, but it felt tacky and didn't last long. It also has a strong plastic smell, which is something I avoid when purchasing things for my lips.

CellCeuticals Extremely Gentle Skin Cleanser Deluxe Sample-2 oz.: A gentle cleanser with no smell. It wasn't anything special as far as I could tell from one wash. I can't say if using it consistently would produce a better out come as I am already trying out a skin care system. If I get to it I'll definitely do a better review on it.

Diptyque Fragrance Sample: It's.. uhm... I like the scent. Maybe not for a.. body scent.. but it's pleasant. It makes Kevin and I think of old ladies, though. A good smelling old lady (in my opinion), but definitely not something for me to be wearing. It's sweet, spicy and bold.

Stila Cosmetics Smudge Crayon, Deluxe Sample: My favorite thing in the box. I'm not sure I'd ever use it as just an eyeliner because it's too light and too cool of a color, but if I were to smudge in a black/brown/gold it would look good as an eye shadow. It glides on VERY smoothly.

So, I'm not exactly happy with this month's box, but they can't all be winners. I cancelled my membership, as I was really only going to do this once for the thrill of the surprise, anyways. If I had more of an income I would probably be more inclined to keep my membership with the Beauty Bar Sample society going.

Thanks for reading! :)

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Disgusting Borderlands 2 Review

Let me start this off by saying no, I have not picked up Borderlands 2 yet.  But, I have played the first one.  I'm also not happy about getting this article more page views.

My boyfriend linked this article to me, and boy did it make me upset.  We both decided that even though the people commenting on this review have got it right, I still needed to verbalize how he failed to generate a joy puke in me.

From the beginning it's obvious that Adam Najberg either never played the first Borderlands or didn't like it.  Either way, why would you review the sequel?

Every fact that he gives seems to be from other articles and stats about the game.  Any self-generated opinions he has are thoughts in comparison to what other people are saying and not from his own experience.  In the end, video games are about the enjoyment YOU are getting out of them, not what a bunch of news reporters say, right?  If you're not into the game, fine.  Say why you aren't into the game and who might be into it.  It's completely unfair to say the game is shitty when it's just not your cup of tea.

I know it's not his cup of tea because he insists on comparing this Western FPS/Role-Playing Shooter (as he even says it is dubbed as) to COD, Black Ops, BF and Halo.  If those are the kinds of games that you like to play and want to see games emulate, then play them.  Don't expect a game developer who has already set themselves apart from the other games to conform to the needs of a bunch of screaming pre-teens.  That isn't their audience.  You are not their audience. Yes, they have a very different style of graphics, but that's one of the reasons why Borderlands fans picked up the game in the first place.  They were interested in something other than complete realism.

Of course there are a lot of 'feast-or-famine' elements to the game.  It's a role playing game.  That's what most role playing games have.  You also level up your character, chose where to put skill points, and get new gear.  You do not like role playing games, so don't play or review a role playing FPS game.  Simple.

The thought of the game not having an 'updated multi-player mode' flabbergasted me.  Could you imagine 18 people from all over trying to go through the story line with some semblance of order?  It's difficult enough with four people, even trying to share ammo, health pick ups and weapons.

I am also offended that Claptrap was compared to the loveable Star Wars droids.  Blergh.

His article does a good job of explaining the game to people who have never played or even heard of either Borderlands, but the way he compares it to other FPS games might turn people off.  Well, who knows, it might turn the right people off so they're not going in expecting to be playing Black Ops.

And then he put this game on the same level as a Nascar game.  Really?  It read like he ate some chili con queso and shit out that whole paragraph.

And then it hit me: Maybe he is batting for the other team.  He sure does do a lot of bashing and then slides in when Black Ops 2 and Halo are supposed to be out.  Hmmm.  Oh well - I still plan on getting Borderlands 2 at some point and enjoying the shit out of it.  If it happens to be a shittier game in comparison to the first Borderlands, I'll let you know.

If you want some more luls, read the 1274 (in counting) comments on his review.  Kevin and I were in side-splitting laughter and enjoyed reading them more than the review itself.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Review: Method Kitchen Cleaner

It was unbelievably hard to get a decent photo of the bottle
If it hadn't been for coupons making this bottle of Method Kitchen Cleaner at Target about $1, I would have never thought of buying it.  We have a stock of Lysol scrubbing cloths that do a good job of cleaning grody counters.

I have never heard anything about Method products, so I wasn't sure what to expect.  I wasn't disappointed; it was worth the money this time.  There are better cleaning products out there for how much this bottle normally goes for.  I sprayed it on the counter and let it sit for a little bit. With a sponge and a little elbow grease, it cleaned the counter beautifully.  It's not the toughest grease and grime cutter out there, but it works!

The best part:
The scent.

It smells amazing.  This is the best smelling cleaner I have ever bought.  If I could keep buying bottles of this for $0.99 I would, simply because the smell puts me in a zen state.  Pear Ginger is just... it's light, fruity and zesty.  It makes me want to clean more often, even if I'm just dusting with it.

Unfortunately, I think this scent is limited edition, so if I plan on stocking up and hoarding it I better think of a way to do it soon.

This cleaner is great for small jobs, but if you need to do some heavy duty cleaning find something else.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Burritos Everywhere!

I'm all for easy meals, even if it means making stuff in bulk on a slow day.  Enter mini burritos!

Kevin doesn't eat beans, and finding good frozen burritos that are bean-less is a nightmare.  I took matters into my own hands.

1lb Ground Beef
Taco Seasoning
Medium Flour Tortillas
Shredded Cheese

I don't have any sort of tortilla steamer, so I piled damp paper towels between tortillas, 6 high, and popped them in the microwave for a minute.  Doing so made them pliable enough to fold.

Use the taco seasoning as directed.  1lb of ground beef makes about 10-11 burritos.  I put a couple large spoonfuls of beef per tortilla.  I imagine if you decide to put more ingredients in you'll be able to make more.

If you've ever watched a Mexican food place fold burritos, you've got a general idea of what to do already.  If not, you fold the sides in first, flip up the long edge that's near you and then flip the burrito over again.  It takes a little practice to make sure all the tortilla stay in place and the filling stay inside.  I put a little shredded cheese in the flap so that when I fry the burritos, they will seal.

I like to fry them in olive oil in a pan until they are golden brown because it gives them more flavor.  After that, wrap them in saran wrap or put them in plastic bags and stick them in the freezer.

In the future I should probably make larger batches, as Kevin eats them 2-3 at a time.


Friday, September 14, 2012

How Much Is My Face Worth?

Saw a few beauty bloggers did this via twitter and decided I'd try it out.  Don't bother reading this post, Kevin. :x

Using this make-up combination from this post. :)

bareMinerals Prime Time Foundation Primer - $23
                    Matte SPF 15 Foundation in Fairly Light - $27
                    Warmth All-Over Face Color - $19
                    Blush in Avante-Garden (Part of "The Perfect Gift" set) - $19
                    Tinted Mineral Veil (Part of "The Perfect Gift" set) - $20
                   Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara in Black (Part of "The Perfect Gift" set) - $18
                    100% Natural Lipcolor in Parfait - $24
                    100% Natural Lip Gloss in Rose - $15
                    Eyeshadows in Wearable Brown Light, Medium and Dark from Easy Eyes Kit - $14 Each
                    Eye Liner in Black Iris (Top Waterline) and Chocolate (Bottom Waterline) - $14 Each

                                              = $235.00

These prices are if I bought every piece separately.  A few items were in gift sets so this isn't an exact price, just estimated.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Before and After

 I decided it was about time to do my make up and post before and after shots of it.  Normally I don't put on much more than eye shadow, eye liner and mascara, but I do have face make up.  I decided it would be more interesting if I did it all.  The lighting isn't amazing, sorry about that!

I don't use any concealers or heavy duty cover up products.  I'm not looking to cover things up so much as just kinda even them out.  Everybody has flaws!

I use:
bareMinerals Prime Time Foundation Primer
                    Matte SPF 15 Foundation in Fairly Light
                    Warmth All-Over Face Color
                    Blush in Avante-Garden (Part of "The Perfect Gift" set)
                    Tinted Mineral Veil (Part of "The Perfect Gift" set)
                    Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara (Part of "The Perfect Gift" set)
                    100% Natural Lipcolor in Parfait
                    100% Natural Lip Gloss in Rose
                    Eyeshadows in Wearable Brown Light, Medium and Dark from the Easy Eyes Kit
                    Eye Liner in Black Iris (Top Waterline) and Chocolate (Bottom Waterline)

Annnnd I just realized I used all the same brand!  I might have a little crush on bareEscentuals.  I started off with their foundation over a year ago.  I had tried so many other liquid and cream foundations that just felt like I was slathering mud on my face.  When I tried this, it felt like I didn't have anything on, but still gave me the coverage I wanted.  If I loved their foundation so much, why not try their other products?

Well, you see where that took me.

Showing off my pearly whites. ;)

Monday, September 10, 2012

Review: Wet n Wild Fergie Nail Polist & 49ers Inspired Manicure

Wet & Wild Fergie, O.P.I. Lincoln Park After Dark
I went winter clothes shopping at Target for the lil 'uns on Sunday.  I got a coupon for Fergie's new line of nail polishes with Wet n Wild and decided to look.  I have a lot of nail polishes but it's been a while since I've actually painted my nails.  I've been trying to breathe a little bit of health back into my nails and get them to grow out, but no amount of TLC has helped.

My options weren't anything to hold the presses about, but when I saw the chunky gold glitter one, aptly named Glamorous, the rusty wheels in my head started churning.

Sunday was the first 49ers game of the season, which Kevin was, of course, at home watching.  I knew I had a maroon nail polish at home I could do a coat of gold glitter on...

My Thoughts:
I am by no means a nail polish pro.  I am awkward and too impatient (as you might notice in the photo below).  I may have not shaken the glitter up enough, or something, because it was like trying to smear jelly delicately on my nails with a giant brush.  It came out almost chunky, and the brush is larger than normal.

I couldn't imagine doing more than one coat with it at the time.  I wouldn't mind shaking it up and trying it again, but this first application made me rather side.

The red nail polish I used is OPI's Lincoln Park After Dark.  Indoors it's maroon, and outside it is apparently a bright red! Erg.

Wet & Wild Fergie, O.P.I. Lincoln Park After Dark,

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Surprise Review: bareMinerals Active Cell Renewal Night Serum

In my last order from bareEscentuals, when they were having one of their sudden mini sales, I received a sample of their Active Cell Renewal Night Serum.  It's been sitting on my counter for a while now because I have a prescription acne routine and I've been hesitant to break it.

The other reason is because... well.. this gives me the vibe that it's for older people.  I know that sounds a little prejudice but the name and talking about a "clock gene" didn't really scream targets acne ridden faces to me.  I should know better.  It all rewinds to me having prescription face ointments already.

I was having a horrible day yesterday, said fuck it, and put it on after I washed my face last night.  A pearl-sized amount really does go a long way.  My face felt kinda weird, like I suddenly had a film over it, but it didn't take long for me to forget about it.

I didn't expect much.  Things like this usually take a while to start making a noticeable difference.  So, you can imagine my surprise when I woke up and felt my baby smooth face.

Besides a couple patches of acne, the skin and scars on my jawline smoothed overnight.  The pimples I have are already starting to heal.  I stood in front of the mirror for a few moments in awe.  Visually I couldn't really tell, but I could definitely feel it.  I can only imagine how much my skin would improve with continued use.

I am very impressed.  I'll be using the rest of this sample up, and I have a feeling I'll be willing to call this a miracle.

UNFORTUNATELY... a 1oz bottle of this costs $50.  Ouch.  If it continues to work this well, it's definitely worth that much; worth it or not, though, I don't have that kind of money to spend on one thing.

Maybe when I hit it big one day. ;P

Friday, September 7, 2012

Sewing Project: Crochet Hook Case

I like to sew.  My great grandma had a sewing machine (which I inherited and hope to retrieve from storage soon, now that I have room to put it somewhere!) and she would sit with me and we'd play with different stitches.  Since then, I have always sewn little things.  Fixing holes, doll clothes... all by hand.

I'm not very good or practiced, but I think what I do holds.  I've already sewn one crochet hook case completely by hand.  It looked very similar to the one on the right.  Unfortunately, it was lost in one of them moves I made last year.

I've slowly started building back my hook and needle collection and need a place to store them.  Answer:  Get out my needle, thread, and fat quarters!

This case is only about halfway done right now.  It's pretty hard on my hands so I take it slow.  The outside is just plain fabric, but the inside is a canvas-like material I use to give it strength and durability.  I sew the two squares together facing each other and then turn it inside out.  Then, I folded the bottom third (about) up and sew the sides.  I also sewed the bottom of the folded-up portion, about 1/4th of an inch up.  It's more for a finished look than anything.

My next step is to sew vertical stripes up the pouch to make up the individual hook slots.

It's nothing fancy, but it's pretty and functional.  It's just two pieces of cloth and some (mostly) straight stitches.  I'll be sure to post the finished and filled result.  :)

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Review: Lysol Power & Free Bathroom Cleaner

Lysol Power and Free
For my big Target trip on the 28th I had a couple coupons for a newer line of Lysol products.  They are the Power & Free versions of the products they already have, using Hydrogen Peroxide instead of bleach.  To be honest, I didn't even look at them before I got home.  We needed them, these were $2.19 each, and I had coupons.

I hate cleaning.  It shouldn't be a big surprise.  The biggest reason why I hate cleaning is because I want everything to be perfect, and stress over it.  Therefore, it either takes me forever or I get upset because I haven't finished to my standard.  Enter foaming bathroom cleaners.

I have already bought a Clorox foaming cleaner and I love it.  Clorox, though, is bleach, and bleach sucks to breathe in and get on your hands.  I am also not a big fan of using gloves.  My fault, I know, but they are cumbersome and awkward.  When I brought this cleaner home, I overjoyed that it was non bleach.  I already know the cleaning properties of Hydrogen Peroxide and had high hopes.

Along with my boyfriend, there are two other messy boys that live here. I'm sure you can imagine what our bath tub looks like at the end of the week and its hard to get a good soak going while looking at scum-blots on the wall and floor of the tub.  I hate scrubbing bathtubs.  Using bleach burns and I don't want to sit in a freshly bleached tub right after.  We keep a sponge in the tub but nobody ever bothers (yes, I know, including me.  Who wants to clean while they relax in the shower?).

Lysol Power & Free Bathroom Cleaner comes out in thick foam spurts.  I spread it around the tub with the sponge and let it sit for about five minutes.  On the directions it says to wipe with a clean cloth or sponge, and there is no need to rinse.  I wiped it off with the sponge and tada!  Rivulets of grey ran to the drain when I turned on the shower.

It has a strong smell; slightly chemically but with a hint of the advertised Cool Spring Breeze scent.  It's nowhere near as harsh as bleach, however, and when rinsed away it just smells clean.

I'm a big fan.

The hall bathroom counter is covered in toothpaste because, you know, 7 year olds brush their teeth like they are in a pie eating contest.  I sprayed on and wiped off instantly.  You know what?  The crusty toothpaste came right up.  There were one or two spots where I had to apply a little more pressure, but that could be said for anything.

I'm an even bigger fan.

It's a good thing I also bought toilet bowl cleaner and some scrubbie wipes.  Whenever Kevin cleans the toilets next, I'll give you my opinion on those, too. ;)