Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Trash Talk: May 2015 Empties


So I'm a little late on getting this up (how is it June already?!) but these are all of the products that were used up in May. 
  • Lorac 3d Lustre: This guy is old! The liquid ran out a long time ago, and I was just left with a bunch of beautiful shimmer at the bottom. I used Inglot's Duraline a few times to "remake" the product, but in the end I called it a loss and stopped using it completely. I think the only reason why I didn't throw it away when I moved is because I intended to re-purchase it and didn't want to forget about it.
  • Caress Evenly Gorgeous Exfoliating Body Wash: I bought this after I packed up all of my belongings and lived out of my suitcase for a month during the transition of moving from WI to CA. It's a'aight. It served its purpose. I generally buy Lush products for the shower so I doubt I will repurchase this again.
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion: I have SO. MANY. of these minis in the old packaging. I think I gave away 4 of them when I moved, but I had this small open one to get through and I am currently working on a full size of Sin in the old packaging as well (recently opened, but I may have to just toss it anyway)  I like this formula, it works well. I have dry lids, so half of the time I don't use a primer, and when I do I don't have a huge preference (unless we're talking glitter!) because my lids don't need much help.
  • Tarte Maracuja C-Brighter Eye Treatment: I liked this and used it for quite some time. I used 2 regular sized pots, and a mini. It does a great job moisturizing and did not irritate my sensitive eyes. It does in fact brighten the under eye when you put it on, but I didn't notice any natural brightening after long-term use.
  • Brigeo Be Kind. Be Gentle. Avocado & Quinoa Co-Wash: This is my fave "shampoo". You will probably see this featured in a lot of my Trash Talk's because it is definitely a holy grail product for me. I plan on doing a full review on this in the future because THE WORLD NEEDS TO KNOW!!!
  • Amika Bombshell Blowout Spray: I really liked this! I received it in a Birchbox FOR.EV.ER. ago, and it's just been sitting in a box of sample products. I decided to start using this when I, again, lived out of my suitcase for a month (I went through a lot of minis then. lol). I was pleased with the volume it gave my hair #bighairdon'tcare I may repurchase this in the future. I don't heat-dry my hair as much as I used to, so I don't see a major benefit for this right now.
  • Kat Von D Immortal Lash Mascara: This is something I will for sure repurchase, as soon as I work through the 15 various mascaras I have in que. 
  • Tarte fRxtion: This is a lip scrub. I think I purchased this off of Hautelook a few years ago. I used it a few times and wasn't a fan. Somehow I missed it when packing, so I am throwing it out now.
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Liner: I got this for free when I purchased a UD palette (can't remember which one). I don't normally like liquid liners just because most of them irritate my eyes. I much prefer gel or pen liners, but I really liked this one.
  • Bumble and Bumble BB Invisible Primer Oil: Again, another ride or die product. You'll be seeing a lot of this on my blog, it's a holy grail for sure!
  • Rimmel Extra Pop Lash in Purple: I bought this to use as a brow set for when I used to do purple brows. I think I used it once and have neutral feelings about it. It's just time to toss it.
  • Peter Thomas Roth Laser-free Regenerator Moisturizing Gel Cream: I really liked this moisturizer. Again, this is another mini that I went through during the great suitcase-saga of 2015. I have repurchased this numerous times, and plan on getting a full size as soon as I work though the other moisturizers I am currently using.
  • Got 2b Rise 'n Shine Luminous Lift Hairspray: Hated it, but I also hate wasting product so I used it up. It stinks, literally. The smell is very off-putting. Also, it made my hair very crunchy for not having any hold. Pass. 
  • Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel: This is my current daily face wash. I adore it, I've gone through many bottles and I will undoubtedly go through more.


If you would like to see a further, more in-depth review
of any of the products mentioned, 
let me know below!!

Disclaimer thing:
All products mentioned were purchased by Yours Truly.
I was in no way paid, approached, told, hypnotized
bribed by the mafia (or anyone else) to write this review.
All opinions are my own and are as honest as the day is long.
So there.


Friday, May 29, 2015

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Vampira


Kat Von D's Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Vampira is normally not one that I would pick up for myself. I tend to gravitate toward hot pinks, purples, or super crazy colors. One thing I don't own much of is red. This lipstick is described as a "deep reddish burgundy".  On Sephora.com, the swatch looked more like a plum color: I can totally get behind that. When I pulled the tube out of the box, it looked liked a muddy brown color: I can't totally get behind that. Putting it on I was rather surprised! It's a really nice red-wine color that darkens as you layer it. It suit my skin tone well, and I must admit, I think I look nice with it on. Because of this color, I immediately decided I needed more reds in my life and ordered the KVD ELL in Underage Red. We will see how that goes...



Have you tried any of the
KVD Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks?
Which one is your favorite?
Which one do you want to try?
Let me know below!!

Disclaimer thing:
All products mentioned were purchased by Yours Truly.
I was in no way paid, approached, told, hypnotized
bribed by the mafia (or anyone else) to write this review.
All opinions are my own and are as honest as the day is long.
So there.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Lootcrate: Unite! (May 2015)


LOOT CRAAAAAAAATE! So pumped to have this subscription service back in my life. I missed a few months there during the transition of moving from WI to CA. If you aren't familiar with Lootcrate, you can get more information here. Simplified, it's a monthly subscription box service aimed to please our inner nerd. Being that we are both kinda nerdy, this is a box that Mark and I share (I get dibs, he gets leftovers. lol)

This month's box theme was UNITE! Here's a closer look as to what was inside!


I don't think you understand the amount of SPAZZing I did over the ice cube tray. Yes, AN ICE CUBE TRAY! ((what have I become?!)) This mold would also be good for Jello shots (or, you know, non-alcoholic Jello for you wonderful parents that love to have Superhero B-day parties).  If I had any desire to go back to crafting (I don't), this mold would be cool for resin or making tiny hand soaps (for all of those house guest I don't have).

Mark snagged the Avengers decal for his car, and I plan on sending the shoelaces to a friend's daughter in WI.

As always, a comic was included in this box, as well as a special Lootcrate edition of Mad magazine! Mark and I were surprised, we didn't even know they were still making Mad magazine. Neat! A set of Team Fortress 2 buttons were included as well. 


I think the one of the most exciting things about Lootcrate - other than the occasional vinyl toy - are the exclusive t-shirts. We have gotten so many cool shirts from them, and it really makes the box worth every penny. I mean, this t-shirt alone would probably be over $20 any where else, and the box is less than $14 (before shipping). It's a steal, really. Speaking of "steal", Mark totally snagged this Green Ranger shirt. Of course he would. lol. The box in the right hand corner is a 300 pc. Rick and Morty puzzle. Can I just express my giddiness over pretending to be a 90 year old Floridian couple while doing this puzzle with Mark. hahaha. Dorks.

If you are interested in Lootcrate, follow this referral link and enter the code SAVE3 to save $3 off of your first box! If you still want it, but don't want to follow the link so I get a small portion off of my next box, that's fine too. Either way, you're going to want this subscription :)

Have you subscribed?
What has been your favorite box?
Thinking about subscribing?
Check out the previous boxes at Lootcrate.com!

Disclaimer thing:
All products mentioned were purchased by Yours Truly.
I was in no way paid, approached, told, hypnotized
bribed by the mafia (or anyone else) to write this review.
All opinions are my own and are as honest as the day is long.
So there.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Sephora haul featuring Kat Von D and Anastasia Beverly Hills


HOLY GIANT BOX, BATMAN! Don't be fooled, it's not full to the brim (I wish!). Does any one else ever notice how Sephora likes to give you the BIGGEST. BOX. POSSIBLE. filled with about 50 ft. of packing paper? Thanks for supporting the death of my trees, dude. Luckily, I recycle...

Man, did this post take a wrong turn. lol. 
ON TO THE HAUL!


I just had to. I've watched a ton of reviews on this, seen the swatches, convinced myself I didn't need it because I probably have all of these shades in other palettes, and sort of left it at that... but then again, I'm not a rational person. I'm impulsive. I like pretty things. I also wanted to see what the hype was about. I mean, if all else failed, I could take it back to Sephora and get something else. Of course, I'm not going to. The Anastasia Beverly Hills Palette is SO. PRETTY. in person. The shadows are pigmented, smooth, and have so much more dimension than what comes off on screen. 

I *adore* the KVD Everlasting Liquid Lipstick formula. I already owned a couple of shades (and now currently have Lolita and Underage Red on it's way to me) and decided to pick these ones up. I believe I am now only missing 2 from the current collection, and am looking forward to the new 15 colors launching in July... right in time for my birthday. *nudge nudge Mark*


I also picked up a few treats for my hair. I've been looking for an oil mist to use as a finishing spray to alleviate frizz, tame fly-aways, and add shine. The Kendi Oil from Alterna has been working beautifully thus far, and I can already tell it's going to be a staple in my hair routine. I also picked up a sample size of the Briogeo Rosarco mask (freebie). I haven't had a chance to try it yet, but I love the brand (I use their cleansing conditioner for my "shampoo")... and I'm pretty sure you all know my love of the BB Primer!

So that's my haul.
Let me know below if you would like to see a
review or a makeup look with any
of the products mentioned.

Disclaimer thing:
All products mentioned were purchased by Yours Truly.
I was in no way paid, approached, told, hypnotized
bribed by the mafia (or anyone else) to write this review.
All opinions are my own and are as honest as the day is long.
So there.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Make-up Space: Vanity Set-up and Storage




Well, it's done.  Everything in my apartment is unpacked, and I am *officially* a Californian.    Since everything is in order here,  I thought it would be a great opportunity to show you my makeup set-up, and share some storage ideas as well.

I have a decent sized makeup collection. It used to be twice as big, but I gave away/threw out A LOT of product right before I moved. To be honest, there are still some things I could get rid of, but I'm a sucker for limited edition packaging... plus I always like to keep a hold of favorite items should I come across a dupe or re-promote one day.

The search for my ideal set-up has been interminable at best. I feel like during the past 5 or 6 years I have been constantly "upgrading", looking for ideas in craft stores/thrift stores/online, watching YouTube videos of my favorite Gurus and focusing more on their background storage solutions than the actual makeup. Suffice to say, I've had a lot of different set-ups before *finally* finding what works for me. While most of the stuff I have isn't "new" or "revolutionary", it certainly provides me with proper organization (and there's still room for more).


This is my "vanity". I'm sure a lot of you are familiar with the drawers I have flanked on each side of the desk. They are the Alex drawers from Ikea. I was surprised at how much they really hold, luckily I purchased 2 of them so I have plenty of room for expansion (sorry, wallet).

The desk is the Josephine Desk from World Market. I purchased this desk about 4 years ago and it has served me well. It stains easily (because it's white, duh), so I went to my local Lowe's and had them cut a piece of thick plexiglass to cover the top (it cost about $15). I then added some photos and such underneath to zazz it up a bit. It's nice because I can change out the pics for a whole new look.

The mirror on top is from Vanity Girl Hollywood. I've had this for about 3-4 years. I ADORE this mirror, although I now see they have new styles and colors (when this was purchased, they only had black and white, and this was the only style) that I am kind of eyeing up. I know I certainly don't NEED this one in teal, but I am sure I could find an awesome home for the one I have now. lol

I keep my most used brushes on my desk, but backups/extras are stored in a Tool-Turn-About from Pampered Chef on top of the drawers on the right.


This is where I keep my perfume collection (that'll be in a different blog post). I also like to keep my lip products (of the non-lipstick persuasion) on the the shelves, and some other "hard to organize properly" items up top. The bookshelf is the Kallax Shelving Unit from Ikea.


The top two pictures show how I have the inside of my drawers organized. I use various sizes of the Linus Drawer Organizers from The Container Store to store everything in a neat little tetris kind of way. My favorites are the Deep Drawer Organizers (they stand the same height as the thinner drawers and are perfect for powders and bigger items), the Sectioned Trays (great for people like me who need things categorized and compartmentalized), and the Shallow Drawer Organizers (these fit in perfectly to smaller spaces you need to fill, and are perfect for liners and mascaras). Not pictured, is the 24" Lipstick Holder. I have 4 of these, plus a shallow drawer organizer for my lip liners, in one of the larger Alex drawers. I love these things (but not enough to take a picture of them, apparently).

The bottom two pictures show the Muji Drawers I keep on my Kallax unit with the perfume. One the right, you can see one of my Muji 5 drawer acrylic cases. These drawers are great for holding lipglosses (and hold A LOT more than what I first imagined they would when I got them). On the left you can see their 2 drawer system. This case holds Sugarpill pigments and Lit Glitters *perfectly*. As you can see, the 2 drawer systems drawers are taller than the 5 drawer. The do also offer a 3 drawer system, just keep in mind that those drawers are the same height as the 5 drawer. I really love these drawers, the only downfall is that the 2 drawer case does not stack with the 5 drawer, and while the 5 drawer cases do stack better on top of each other, there isn't any sort of locking device that will be keep them together. It get pretty unstable should you want to stack more than 2.

Okay, so there you have it. I do plan on doing a perfume collection post, as well as a epic picture post of my makeup collection (just each drawer... ain't nobody got time to go through item by item. lol)

Do you have any questions about my set-up?
Let me know below!

Disclaimer thing:
All products mentioned were purchased by Yours Truly.
I was in no way paid, approached, told, hypnotized
bribed by the mafia (or anyone else) to write this review.
All opinions are my own and are as honest as the day is long.
So there.

Monday, May 11, 2015

New Hair and Eye of the (Fri)Day!!


Hey everyone!! As you can see, I took a small impromptu break to live life a little bit (and to work on content for this blog <3) The time spent away was fun, busy, indulgent, and a little bit lazy.

On the 1st, I met with long-time-facebook-friend and brand-new-Mo-stylist, Chase, and spent a little over 5 hours in the chair getting some AMAZING coloring done. Seriously, you guys, I'm still dying over the insane sparkle-magic that sits upon my melon *insert dramatic twirl*.  I'll show you a close up of my hair below, but you can check out the rest of her work here. If you are ever in the East Bay area, I urge you to meet with her. She is truly talented and just a down right wonderful effing person.

My 1 year Anniversary (married; we will be together for 7 years in total this July) was on May 4th (because we are nerds *May the 4th be with you*). Mark surprised me and took me to Navio, located inside The Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay, for brunch. As their brunch is voted one of the best in the world (I mean, who has 3 different types of caviar for brunch?!), you can just imagine how taken away we were with the day. If you want, I can do a separate post with pictures and such. It was stunning.

This past week, my cousin (whom I haven't seen in well over a decade) came over. Turns out she lives 7 minutes away and is way cool. We surprisingly have a lot in common, considering we grew up 2000 miles away. That basically proves being awesome is genetic. Science, folks!

I'm not going to lie, the in-between times got sucked up by Diablo 3.



Last Friday I met with Mark for lunch, as we always do. It was my first time eating at Which Wich. It was good, but meh... Ike's is better.

Here's what I stuck on my face!
Products used:




DO YOU SEE THIS?! *faints*  I am absolutely in love with this hair. The cut is still very much my "normal" cut, but she did add some more texture so I can style it as big as it is loud. lol (I jacked this pics from her Facebook page. Check it out to see more of her work!)

What did you guys do this past week?
Let me know below!

Disclaimer thing:
All products mentioned were purchased by Me.
I was in no way paid, approached, told, hypnotized
bribed by the mafia (or anyone else) to write this review.
All opinions are my own and are as honest as the day is long.
So there.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Healthy Livin': Blueberry Muffin Protein Shake


Hey! Did you know that this is a beauty blog? 
As cliche as it sounds, beauty really does come from the inside.
I may be a plus size gal, but I completely understand the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.
Join me on my journey as I  venture down the path of creating beauty from the inside out.




What it does:
Not only is this shake packed with protein, it is also filled with vitamins and nutrients that are known to lower blood pressure, manage diabetes, ward off heart disease, maintain healthy bones, help with digestion, and improve mental health. The ingredients will also help you skin cell turnover rate, which makes for a more balanced, glow-y, less wrinkly face. Huzzah!

What you need:
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (I used Whole Foods brand)
1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
1/4 avocado (you can sub banana if you want a sweeter taste)
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 serving vanilla protein powder ( I used Trader Joe's Soy Protein)


What you do:
Toss it all in a bender, mix, and put it in your body!




What are some of your favorite types of smoothies?

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A tiny little Sephora haul. How cute!




I picked up a few things during the recent Sephora sale and thought I would share. I didn't spring for any makeup, surprisingly. To be honest, I still haven't unpacked my makeup from the move. It is literally sitting on my bedroom floor in freezer bags, waiting to be sorted and put away. I am working on a new storage set-up and quite frankly I am just too damned over-whelmed. First world problems, amirite?!

Here's what I got: 

- Drybar Hightops Self-Grip Rollers. 6 pack retails for $10.00.
"These low-maintenance rollers roll easily into hair and stay in place without clips or clamps, then remove gently without pulling or tugging strands. The result is effortless lift just where you want it—at the crown of the head. The secret is the gentle self-grip material that provides strong hold while preventing pulling or damage to hair. Two roller sizes allow for customizable volume on any length hair."

"Achieve full-bodied silhouettes with this crème formula that lifts hair for a fuller look and feel. Formulated to have extra density per dollop, the mousse contains shaping polymers that provide strong grip for extra round-brush traction. Lightweight conditioners keep hair soft and supple, swapping out crunch and weight for a natural sheen and healthy bounce. Appropriate for all hair types and textures, especially fine, and safe for use on color-treated hair."

"Be on your way to a more radiant, more refreshed appearance with this exclusive set. This trio works to awaken tired skin, and it fortifies skin with the radiance of Vitamin C: GinZing™ Refreshing scrub cleanser is a two-in-one cleanser that’s formulated with radiance-boosting panax ginseng and caffeine. The GinZing Energy-Boosting moisturizer instantly hydrates and also supports the skin’s radiance. Loaded with a proprietary complex of caffeine from coffee beans, panax ginseng, magnolia extract and natural optic brighteners, the GinZing Refreshing eye cream rapidly wakes up, refreshes, and restores radiance to tired eyes."

"Red PMS pimple? Bad joke breakout? Heal, fight, and fade it fast. Just dab on a dot and feel blemish-busting salicylic acid instantly help speed healing while anti-spot technology helps visibly correct post pimple darkening. Skin-calming caffeine and red algae help relieve irritating redness. And to help keep skin looking spotless, super exfoliators eliminate excess oils and pore-clogging debris."

Freebies:
- Marchesa Perfume
- Clarins Double Serum
- KVD Lock It Tattoo Foundation
- Sephora Scent Sampler

If you would like to see any of these products reviewed
then let me know in the comments!

Disclaimer thing:
I was in no way paid, approached, told, hypnotized 
or bribed by the mafia to write this review.
All opinions are my own and are as honest as the day is long.
So there.
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Monday, April 20, 2015

Snapchat Saturday: Record Store Day 2015


I recently moved to the Bay Area in California.
I thought it would be fun if I took you all along on my Saturday adventures
discovering this new land.
Follow me on Snapchat: Mo.lovez
It's where I post everyday shenanigans and things get real stupid.


This past Saturday was RECORD STORE DAY! Mark and I decided to head up to Ameoba in Berkley (which we have been wanting to go to anyway due to it's iconic status). After that we drove to Alameda and had some wine on a beach with some of Mark's old College pals. Well, they drank wine, I had some delicious Dopplebock at the authentic German restaurant we ate at afterward. It was a pretty awesome day, all of which I documented on Snapchat (which is also why the video is flipped in that annoying vertical way). Hope your day was as fun as mine!
Here, have a random pic of my tired face from that day. It's like you can see the fun all over it. 

What did you do this past Saturday?
Did you partake in the some record store day fun?
Also, are you from CA? Some rec's on fun and cool things to do are certainly welcomed!

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Today it is totally unnecessary.

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Obsession Confession: Bumble and Bumble BB. Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Primer





I'm seriously dying over how amazing this product is... luckily for me, it gives me LIFE! (see what I did there?)

I received a sample bottle of the Bumble and bumble Bb. Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Primer a few months ago with a random, late night Sephora order. Since then, I have gone through 3 bottles. I should just break down and get the bigger size, but I really like the compact size of the 2 oz bottle. 

So, why am I obsessed?
According to the Sephora.com, it is "A pre-styler that protects, conditions, and eases styling for dry, brittle, or coarse hair. ... This multitasking primer is infused with six different feather-light oils for complete hair transformation. It has been shown to make hair softer, smoother, silkier, and less tangled as it tames frizz and protects against breakage from heat and UV radiation—all without weighing hair down. It also features a pleasant scent with sweet, fruity hints and tropical touches."  Guess what? It's all true.

I have dry, coarse hair that I foolishly lighten and boldly color because I am a terrible person. Better said, I torture my hair. Like, GoT's Theon Greyjoy style torture. I am ALWAYS looking for new products that will not only protect my hair, but also make it healthier (instead of just LOOKING healthier - although that is always nice, too) and this one does exactly what it claims. I use it every time I was my hair before blow-drying. On days I don't "shampoo" (I use a cleansing conditioner, more on that later) I use this product on my dry hair before styling. It leave it looking, feeling, and smelling fantastic. 


Have you tried this product or anything else from Bumble and bumble?
What are your thoughts? What are your recommended "hair savers"?
Let me know below!

Disclaimer thing:
I purchased these items myself.
I was in no way paid, approached, told, hypnotized 
or bribed by the mafia (or anyone else) to write this review.
All opinions are my own and are as honest as the day is long.
So there.

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