Monday, March 29, 2010

Project 10 Pan = pain in the butt

Project 10 Pan is quickly becoming a pain in my butt. It seems to drag on forever, but I am trudging forward in the hopes that there will be some sort of satisfaction at the end. After weeks of finishing nothing up I finally had a few products come to the end of their lifespan:
  • Mac Eye Makeup Remover - wasn't sure if I should count this since it is not makeup but I figured it counted. It's not like I can run out and buy another one though, since the shopoholic in me had a backup. Believe me, I considered "forgetting" I had one so I could go get another and then realized I was acting like an insane person.
  • Nars Laguna Bronzer - Best bronzer ever. I have been through a few of these, but I don't think I have ever been as diligent and responsible as I was with this one. I literally waited until it crumbled up, then used up the crumbles! I don't recommend doing that by the way, because more ended up on my carpet than on my brush (but don't tell my mom!).
  • The next two are mascaras, which I found easy to use up because a) I use a lot at a time, and b) I was using quite a few at once, so several needed to be used up and tossed. The first one is Fresh Supernova, which I really did enjoy. This was actually my second tube of it, but I probably won't repurchase for awhile. I want to explore new ones before buying duplicates just to appease my buying habit. The second one is L'oreal Telescopic, which I will be buying again because it is so inexpensive, and honestly one of my all time favorites. I always try to keep a tube of this around.

I have a few more products that are contenders for the project but still have a lot of work to go, so we will see. I might take a mini break after I finish 5 products if I finish project 10 lush just so I can chill for awhile - I don't want to be boring.
Out of these products I am really enjoying the benetint, although it is totally ridiculous how tiny that bottle is. I bought that $10 one hoping to save money instead of getting the big $28 one, and it is about a twentieth of it's size. Not exactly the best move, lol. I have been using it more as a cheek stain than a lip stain, just because it is a bit drying on the lips, but I like the color a lot. It gives you the just-got-swept-up-in-a-snowstorm look.

4 out of 10 isn't bad, right? For now, I'll keep working at using these products up, but don't be surprised if I allow myself a cheat haul (for good behavior :). Now I am going to get in my super comfy can't-get-out-of-bed bed and watch Lost, since I am about 4 episodes behind. I like to think Lost and my mini snickers bar is a reward for being mega productive today, since I cleaned my closet (moved around enough stuff for Bear to sit on the shelf), helped mom with dinner (we got pizza delivered), shipped some of my contest winners packages (spent an hour trying to figure out which state the Australian address was from. WA = Washington? Apparently not...), and saved a life (moved a caterpillar from the sun porch to the grass).

Busy as a bumblybee right?
Elle Fowler

a pink glittery mess of fun

While diligently taking inventory of my ever dwindling lush stash I came across a gem I had forgotten about (that is why project 10 lush is fun - finding products you forgot about!). I spotted this glittery piece of pink love and decided to try it out. It's called Flosty Gritter and it is a bubble bar, so its like a solid bubble bath bar... thing.

My first impression of this was "prettttyyyyy" but as soon as I picked it up I wondered if it would create a huge mess. Glitter immediately got all over my fingers and ended up on my jeans, so I think a normal person would have thought it was too messy and put it back. Not me though, I bought one right away.

I must admit, this makes quite a mess when it is dry. I was a bit skeptical of it, as pretty as it is, and was scared to use it at first. I ran my water, broke this in half, and started to crumble it up. My water instantly turned a pretty baby pink, and the glitter pretty much disappeared. It did NOT get all over my skin and create chaos as I halfway expected. It had a light scent of cotton candy but was not overpowering at all. Here is the online blurb:
"If you're in the mood for something sweet and comforting, crumble this luxurious bar under your tap and revel in dazzling swirls of pink sparkles and fluffy white bubbles. The fragrance is delectably soft vanilla with lavender, similar to our American Cream conditioner and solid perfume. Whether you're planning a night in with chick flicks and manicures or a girls' night out on the town, start with a Flosty Gritter bubble bath.".

Bottom line - I love the scent, I love the color, and I love the glitter. It screams Elle in my opinion, and for that reason alone I will probably repurchase this in the near future :) If the dry glitter is going to bother you I would stay away from it, and don't expect it to be the most soothing of lush products, it's more of a fun lets-soak-in-a-pink-glittery-mess type bath product.

That brings me up to number 6 on project 10 lush! I have a few more that are nearing completion, and I can assure you that you will see a Lush haul as soon as the project is finished. There are a few Lush hair products I have been eyeing, including the Marilyn hair mask for blonde hair and the Jasmine and Henna Fluff Faze which is a deeply conditioning jasmine scented hair luxury. Has anyone tried either of these? Any good?

Elle Fowler

Pores no more!

I have found a new love, and it is a strange one. Let me preface this by saying that I am not keen on MAC's skincare line. As much as I love them for color, their face products have always reacted badly with my skin. Nevertheless, a MAC makeup artist recently did my makeup for an important event, and she used this product on me. It is the MAC Prep and Prime Skin Refined Zone Treatment ($19.50) and it is amazing. I was sold after seeing my skin with this.

I apply it after washing my face and moisturizing, using less than a pea size amount. I only apply this where my skin has visible pores, so for me that's right around my nose and right between my brows. The MAC girl told me I needed to press it into my skin - not rub, and to let it dry for a full 5 minutes before applying any makeup on top. So every morning I dab dab dab and then let it dry while I speed flat iron my hair (less heat = less damage!).

I must admit, I don't have terrible pores to begin with, so I don't know if this would give you an invisible look if you have really large pores, but it is worth trying out! I really like how it works on my skin. It also claims to reduce oil and shine, but my skin is dry so I can't be the best help on that declaration.

Could this be my first real MAC skincare love? I will keep you guys posted on my thoughts.

Elle Fowler

Recipe for the most comfy bed :)

Today I did some sprucing up in my bedroom at my parents house, and I feel like it's finally coming together. I had never fully moved into this room because my parents moved to this house after I had moved out, so basic items like curtains were never dealt with. So earlier I went to target and bought curtains and my two basic bedding needs that can turn any bed into a super comfy and amazingly soft paradise (and it doesn't cost a ton like a temperpedic mattress would!).
The first is just the basic egg crate style foam pad. I always buy the cheapest one I can get my hands on; this one is from Target and was about $15. Sometimes you can find them on sales though, I got my one at my house for $8!
Now be forewarned, this egg crate alone will NOT give you a paradise bed, you have to combine it with the secret ingredient below. I actually never understood the appeal of the egg crate alone; I don't think that it does anything as far as comfort goes - you sink right through it!
The memory foam topper :) Just thinking about it makes me smile. Yes, that is Bear on the top of the box. This topper combined with the egg crate makes for the coziest sleep of your life. Just like with the egg crate I went into money saving mode, and bought the cheapest one I could find. This one is only 1.5 inches thick, but it seriously works just as well as the super expensive 4-5 inch ones that sell for hundreds of dollars. This one was $70 for a queen, which is a little more than I wanted to spend, but I didn't want to wait for it to go on sale (cause my mattress at my parent's house is like a rock!). If you layer this one on top of the egg crate pad you will never want to get out of bed.

On a different note, I finished the book "The Lost Symbol" by Dan Brown. My thoughts? I really enjoyed it until the last few chapters when it was suppose to come together into a really amazing "ah ha!" moment... and it just didn't for me. The whole book was building and building and then it just stalled the last few chapters. Sad, but I guess since I enjoyed 90% of the book it was worth reading, right? At least it kept me entertained on my flights :)

Elle Fowler

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Blog Giveaway Winners!

Hey everyone! I finally picked the winners for the blog giveaway. I decided to randomly pick 5 followers to win (as discussed on Twitter) since my comment idea didn't work. I used for this. Each winner will get to pick out $50 worth of stuff from Glitzy-Glam. Don't be sad if you didn't win, I will have another giveaway soon!

So without further ado, the winners:

Paulina Harkey
Shayla Oseka
Isolda Hanney

Not all of them have blogs, so I linked an area of "proof" so that I can make sure the right people claim the prizes. Blogger is tricky because you can literally change your user name to anything you want, therefore becoming one of these winners. Congrats to the winners, let me know what you would like from the site (Email or twitter me).

Elle Fowler

Friday, March 26, 2010

an eyelash discovery

While applying my very minimal "going on a roadtrip" makeup this morning I made a discovery. My eyelashes are noticeably thicker and longer than normal. Only someone who diligently puts on mascara every day would even notice such a thing. I haven't been dabbling with eyelash growth serums (yet) so my only conclusion is that it must be from the absence of pulling associated with contacts. I have basically left my eyes alone for two weeks now, not rubbing them or pulling on them at all, and I'm wondering if this has something to do with the unexpected lash growth.

Blair and I are driving back to my parents house today, which I am a little nervous about only because I am used to blasting music and singing at the top of my lungs the entire way to pass the time. Blair will most likely sleep the whole way, which means no singing for me.

Here is a breakdown of my minimal but still put together makeup look:

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer - I love this stuff for a quick swipe across your face, but as for everyday foundation, I have moved on to a fuller coverage foundation in her line. I will review that in a seperate post or video once I am sure it doesn't break me out or do anything weird. The tinted moisturizer does exactly what it says - it gives a very faint bit of color and adds a bit of moisture, just make sure to add some powder or bronzer after so you do not look greasy. I just applied with with my fingers.

Laura Mercier Secret Concealer - best concealer I have found for under eye circles and other problem zones. Super creamy and easy to blend.

Mac MSF in Medium Deep - way to dark for me as an everyday powder, but this one makes for an excellent bronzer when I am normal colored, and a bronzer/powder when I am spray tanned. It hasn't taken the place of my beloved Nars Laguna bronzer, but it serves as a different purpose. I apply it with my Sigma SS150 brush.

Mac Blush in Sunbasque (not pictured, somehow it got lost in translation) - another color that is a bit too much on my regular, pale skin, but gorgeous when I have a bit of a summer glow. My last spray tan is still holding on a bit, so this color still looks nice on me. This is the only blush I took to LA and I love it! It is described as a gilded peach with pearl - gorgeous!
Speaking of spray tans, I paid the extra 5 dollars for the "extra stay power stuff" that they offered, which I admit sounded a bit gimmicky but I think it actually worked! I got the spray tan on Sunday afternoon, and it is now Friday, and my tan is still nice and glowy.

Mac Rubenesque paint pot - No shadow today, just this paint pot. You can tell it is well loved from the picture - it is a frosted golden peach with gold and pink pearl (could it sound any prettier?). Normally I pair this with a shimmery lid color like mac all that glitters or honesty, but today I am going for minimal.

Fresh Supernova Mascara - One of the products I am diligently using up for project 10 pan, it is almost at the end of it's lifespan.

Korres Lip Butter Quince - I am trying this one out (it was sent to me), and I like it so far. It gives a soft pink color - not nearly as dramatic as I like, but then again, it's just a lip butter. I think this stuff would be really nice to apply before bed.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Puppy Love

Due to the lack of videos on my channel I decided I would do a blog before curling up with the last few chapters of "The Lost Symbol", which I am quite enjoying. Blair and I just got back from LA late last night, and we slept the entire day today. Our plane got in at midnight last night, and we were supposed to have a cab waiting, but there was none to be found... only a lone stretch hummer party bus. Talk about causing a scene. Blair immediately took up the entire bus so she could stretch out and sleep, so I just sat with all the luggage and tried to listen to music. The radio station was playing a song from the 1800s, so I tried to change it but only succeeded in turning off the entire power system (including the strobe lights), so I decided to leave my technological instincts for YouTube, and didn't mess with it anymore.

Currently I am in bed enjoying my boringly uneventful night. Blair is sleeping beside me (we are at my house) and I have reached the following conclusions:
1) I think Blair has a secret power she has been hiding from all of us. She has the ability to flick a switch in her mind and go to sleep in a second (just like cats do!). It took her all of 20 seconds to go from "Elle, where is your remote?" to being out like a light bulb. I can't even move her. She has about 80% of the bed, leaving me with 20%, which
leads me to conclusion 2.
2) Sharing a full size bed with another full grown human is difficult. I haven't slept in a full with Blair since we were little girls. She is not only a cover hog, she likes to push me off the bed by rolling completely on top of me. She is like a mini sleeping burrito.
3) I have com
pletely fallen into a "I want a puppy" mode. It started when my roommate got an adorable maltipoo puppy (Rollie Pollie Bologna), but increasingly got worse in LA. I fell in love with a Bichon Frise, and I have decided I want one. I'm thinking a bichon would have a better chance at survival than a small dog since she would at least be the size of Bear, and therefore Bear wouldn't be able to eat her (maybe... then again he might).

Speaking of, Mom called me to inform me that Bear had torn down the curtains in Blair's room while we were gone. He doesn't even have claws; I have no idea how he manages these great feats. Mom doesn't understand that he needs stimulation when I am not there for him to bother, and that he was probably just trying to tell her he wants to play in the guinea pig cage, which is his favorite pass time. He and guinea are quite close. Bear doesn't really fit in the cage well, being the size of a lion, but I think he turns on his sloth powers and gets really pliable, and somehow fits. He is essentially made of play doh.

Okay back to important updates:
I am still noodling over the contest and trying to figure out what to do, I might just pick 5 random followers to win since my comments went berserk.
Project 10 pan in the slowest thing in the world, and as of right now I don't recommend it if you want to stay sane.
My eyes are still sore (not terrible but enough that I'm not trying to tug on them or put on a ton of products) so tutorials will have to hold off for a bit longer. I am going to film some non tutorials soon though, send requests to my twitter :)
I am researching all of the eyelash growth serums and I think I want to try lilash once my eyes get completely better - what do you think? Has anyone tried it?

Okay I'm off to move the sleeping burrito and hopefully score at least 10% more bed space. Wish me luck!

Elle Fowler

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Late Night Ramblings

It's 11:30pm on Sunday evening, and instead of trying to sleep like a normal person I am wide awake. Blair and I are leaving at 7:30am to drive to the airport, then we are flying to LA for a few days. We have been traveling so much lately packing is a piece of cake. My carry-on was still packed from NY, with my NAP blanket from Brookstone, my NAP neck pillow, a pair of absurdly fuzzy socks, and a brand new book. Plus I always carry my makeup brushes and jewelry in my carry-on so they don't get all mangled up in my suitcase.

Don't laugh... but I really think a pair of these NAP boots would be the perfect thing to keep my toes toasty warm, even if they would look a bit ridiculous. Planes are cold!------>

I took some melatonin to help me sleep but it hasn't kicked in so I am just going to have a nice ramble until it does. I have complied a small list of Project 10 Lush contenders - products that may be part of my final 5 lush items in this project. They are:

Therapy Massage Bar
Angel's Delight Soap
Porridge Soap
Honey I washed the kids Soap
And I have no idea what number 5 night be - maybe another bath bomb or something simple, since I still have a few. Project 10 pan is...going, I haven't finished anything up yet though, lol. I had to buy new hairspray and shampoo but thankfully those are not makeup items so I did not feel guilty in the least.

Hmmm... still wide awake. Perhaps an In's and Out's?

Goggles - yes. I like my goggles. Call me crazy, but I feel "safe" in them. My eyes are feeling deceptively normal, but I will not be the one in a million case who dislodges her flaps. No. I am taking extra measures. I slept for the last few nights without them on, but then put them back on for last night (cause my left eye was swollen) and woke up with not only normal feeling, unswollen eyes, but my eye sight got better overnight! The doc told me that might happen after about a week, and it has been 9 days - so yay!

Flowers - I love when I am given fresh flowers, they really brighten up a room. My dad got me some flowers the other day, and I have been diligently watering them and keeping away flower chompers. I don't quite have a green thumb, but I am trying.

Project 10 Lush/Pan - It really is a simple pleasure to use up a product entirely. I think all product junkies would agree with me; the majority of our products simply don't get used up. It is like we are children with an extremely low attention span - there is always another product out there that immediately grabs us.

Mystic Tans - Such a nice alternative to burning your skin, and it gives you a glow overnight. It doesn't last long, can be streaky, and is expensive, but for special occasions it can be nice. I just got one tonight for LA, so I smell very self tannerish. Bear doesn't seem to like the smell, so maybe he will avoid by eyeballs tonight. He probably would anyway, because my suitcase is open with black clothing in it, so of course his first priority would be to roll all around on that, and not stomp on my eyeballs. Whatever floats his boat.

My roommates new Maltipoo - fondly nicknamed Roly Poly Bologna, (birth name Lola), she is the cutest little baby ever. I want one. But Bear would eat it. Speaking of, I asked Bear today what he thought of me getting a baby bologna and he acted totally perturbed and then ignored me for an hour.

Contacts/Glasses - This is an obvious one, so I won't bore you with details.

Flower Chompers - enough said. coughbearcough.

Blair waking me up every morning by either singing (we have a paper thin wall between us), Teddy barking, or, if nothing annoying is happening, simply coming in my room to "chat". Let's chat once I wake up. 10am is not a sensible time for a person like me to wake up. Thank you.

Tonight at dinner Dad got into a very philosophical conversation about the question "Why is a Raven like a Writing Desk?" (from Alice in Wonderland), and absolutely REFUSED to tell me the answer. So after dinner... I googled. Yes, I googled. And guess what? There is no answer! The author wrote the question meaning for it to have no answer. Apparently the author later wrote this: "Because it can produce a few notes, though… they are very flat; and it is nevar put with the wrong end in front!" (Note the spelling of "never" as "nevar"—turning it into "raven" when inverted. This spelling, however, was "corrected" in later editions to "never" and Carroll's pun was lost." - Wikipedia. Thanks for clarifying Carroll, I get it now...

One more food for thought before going to bed: There is this thing called "sympathetic pregnancy" which is where a man gains weight and suffers morning sickness while his wife is pregnant. Is it a psychological condition, you can research it if you are curious. Anyway... today I noticed Bear had an eye infection. Sure enough, we got him checked, and he needs eye drops. Just like me. He is my own little sympathy lasik case.

Goodnight everyone. No videos for a few days, since we will be on a trip, and unfortunately the comments have not been fixed on this blog :( I don't enjoy posting nearly as much since I can't interact with you guys, but I'm making do until I find out what to do about it. I'm hoping it's a Blogger glitch! Xoxo!

Elle Fowler

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Quick Contest Update

I'm going to bed soon, but I just wanted to give a quick update on the contest. I received over 20,000 comments, and I had on "comment moderation"... and I guess that froze up the system. I cannot access my comments now, not just on that post, but on this whole blog! As you can imagine, I am kinda sad about that.

If anyone
knows how to clear out those comments let me know and we will figure something else out for the contest, and I will just know in the future that blogger can not handle this kind of quantity. Here is a screen shot of the comments :( Tweet me if you have any ideas, since comments are not available right now on this blog.

If I can't figure out how to fix this comment problem I don't know what I
am going to do. I could continue posting but I enjoy getting feedback from you guys. Should I just start over? Or just not have comments on here?

Oh blogger and your comment limits, you are not making my life simple. Going to bed now, goodnight and sweet dreams everyone. Hopefully I will sleep soundly without Bear walking on my eyeballs, although I miss the little sloth terribly when I am here. Talk to you all soon!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Quick Beauty Tips - Oh, how I love thee

Today has been an annoying day so far, and even though I have only been awake for about 7 hours I am ready to crawl back in bed. I woke up at 6am because my mom came in to put eye drops in my eyes, but I was so incredibly disoriented I asked her about the CIA (I blame the fact that I fell asleep reading The Lost Symbol, which involves someone from the CIA). I also remember asking her if they had custody of my blog, and her trying to convince me that my blog was still mine.

About an hour later I woke up again, still in a weirdly medicated state of confusion, and had a perfectly normal conversation with my cat Bear. He seems to think that walking on my face, in particular my eyeballs, is a perfectly ordinary thing to do, but I beg to differ. I told him he needed to have respect for me, and learn by example. I don't walk on
his eyeballs, after all.

I woke up and uploaded my video, only to have it be taken down within 30 mins for "copyright". Really?! I get so annoyed at days like this, I just want to curl up and read my book. Or take a lush bath. Or both. I think I will.

Oh, I forgot to mention - we were out of Diet Coke too. I know I am "giving these up".... eventually, but for now they are my one health vice.

Anyway I uploaded another video, a Glitter Glossary Quick Tip. This one is about how you can use redness relief drops to take the red out of a pimple. I have used many things in my day to help reduce these monsters - honey, toothpaste, eyedrops... the list goes on and on. The eyedrops I have found to work though.

I also have a few more Quick Tips already on YouTube, a homemade sugar lip scrub, a quick mascara smudge tip, and a lush storage trick.

What are your quick beauty tips? I am always on the look for fast tips. Let me know what you swear by!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

If I wasn't on a product ban...

I spent a good part of my day today perusing about on Sephora, which was a bad idea considering that I'm on a product buying ban. I have compiled a wish list of what I would want to purchase if I wasn't on p10p - don't be surprised if you see any of these spouting up in my collection when the project is over! I'm such a sucker for the cute packaged gift sets on Sephora - it's one of my favorite parts of Christmas every year because I get a few from my parents. I particularly like shopping on Sephora because they have a great return policy - you can return items even if they are used if you do not enjoy them.

The first one is the new Sephora LashStash. I have tried two of the previous lashstash's and found some amazing mascaras in them. I like these because you get to try out 10 deluxe sample sized mascaras for $39. That sounds like a lot, but it's not when you think that you could not even purchase 2 of these full sized mascaras with the same amount of money. This is what is included:
  • Hourglass Superficial Lash
  • Urban Decay Skyscraper Multi-Benefit Mascara
  • Korres Abyssinia Oil Volumizing and Strengthening Mascara
  • Benefit A Little Bit BADGal Lash Mascara
  • Smashbox Lash DNA
  • Laura Mercier Thickening and Building Mascara
  • Fresh Supernova
  • Sephora Lash Stretcher
  • Tarte 4 Day Stay Lash Stain
  • Cargo LashActivator

Out of these I have tried the Fresh SuperNova, which I LOVED (it might be one of my p10p completions), and Benefit BadGal, which I also liked. The other ones I have never tried, so this sample set would be great for trying out lots of mascaras to find my new favorite! You know, since I just had eye surgery it would probably be good for me to throw out ALL of my used mascaras and start over, you know... so I don't get any infections :p These sell out so quickly though, I wouldn't be surprised if they were gone before I finish p10p.

The next one had me swooning - I didn't realize this existed? If I could try one new thing right now, this would be it. It's the new NARS Orgasm Illuminator and it looks beautiful! The blurb on Sephora says, "NARS Orgasm Illuminator lights your skin from within! Deceptively sheer and decidedly luminous, it magically transforms lackluster skin into a remember-me, luscious complexion. Flirt with foundation, go it alone, or go neck-and-neck with your décolleté. The effect is, well, orgasmic." I must admit, the name always makes me blush a bit, but I have the blush and I do really love it. It's not famous for no reason, ya know? For anyone who has tried it, please let me know if it is worth it! This will be one of the first items I pick up after p10p, unless I hear it is horrible.

Another brand that is known for it's "cute packaged gifts" is Benefit. I looked through all the ones they have online now and fell in love with the Legally Bronzekit. It comes with a hoola bronzer, which I have used up and loved, a high beam (which is like a highlighter, kinda like the NARS one), a gilded which is a tequila-gold colored eyeshadow pencil (which you can't buy separately it seems, I looked), and a badgal brown mascara. This kit seems like it would give the perfect summer glow :) The best part is that it is only $35! That is NOT bad for 4 full sized products. The only thing missing is a that "gal primer", which I really want to try!

One brand I have never tried but have always wanted to is Philosophy. I have heard great things about this brand from several people, and I love their packaging! Are there any products worth trying? What about their famous Hope in a Jar? Let me know if I am missing out, or if it is worth just skipping :)

Another item, that wouldn't be on my wishlist because I have all the products, but I just wanted to share because this is what I have been using on my face, is the Laura Mercier Flawless Face Kit. It comes with a mini foundation primer, a mini tinted moisturizer, an undercover pot, a secret camouflage brush, a camouflage powder brush, a velour puff, and an egg-shaped sponge. This is a bit expensive at $65, but Laura Mercier is expensive in general, and it gives you a chance to try out a ton of her products for the price of one product.

Let me know what your wishlist items are! Or, if you have recently gotten any new beauty products tell me what you think! What is worth it, and what it not?

Elle Fowler

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Who Dunnit???

While watering my bouquet of flowers tonight I discovered a disturbingly ancient pattern of flowers droppings around my vase. Naturally, my first thought was CROP CIRCLES! ALIENS! But then I came to my senses and remembered to think logically. Take a look at this picture -------------->

Now, there are two things that could be going on here. The flowers did not just drop gracefully down in pattern form, all facing outward. No... larger forces are at work here. There are two explanations, in my opinion. The first one is that Booga the pottery elephant has been messing with my flowers. I must admit he looks very guilty in this picture, as if he was caught "red-handed".

The second explanation I must look into is that Bear might be chomping on my flowers. Now, given that he is a monster of a cat, being part mountain lion and part firefly/sloth, I don't see how he could be nimble enough to get up there behind the vase without knocking it over. You can't tell from the picture, but I don't even see how he could have gotten up there! There is not a lot of room at all! Highly suspect... I am more likely to blame the elephant, to be quite honest.

I think Bear knows I suspect him, because he is being very cuddly right now. Let me insert an insanely fluffy picture to the left. He is all "ur's": Fur, Purr, and kinda a blurr.

You guys tell me. Was it Booga, Bear, Aliens, or something totally different?

On a side note, while writing this blog I tried to type "in my opinion" and blogger automatically corrected it to "in my onionskin". Hahahahaha good job Blogger - I'm not sure how common that phrase is, but I'm glad it's there for me when I need it most.

On a slightly more serious note (as if LUSH is serious):
Tonight I was finally feeling up for a nice bath so I mustered up the energy to walk over and start up the water. I chose a Lil Lush Pud Bath Bombfrom my slowly dwindling lush stash (which I have to remind myself is the point of Project 10 Lush), and got in. I decided to wear my goggles because I do not trust myself not to splash about like a 5 year old, and I couldn't risk getting water in my freshly cut open eyeballs (which feel fine, but still... don't wanna dislodge those flaps!). I wore sunglasses in the house all day and felt completely ridiculous, but it was nothing compared to how I felt with my goggles in the water.

Hello!!! It is not a swimming pool, Elle!

So I sat in the water with my book (still chiseling away at The Lost Symbol) and waited for the water to fill up, and then I plopped this baby in. Before I review it let me tell you my "before ponderings". I have been avoiding use of this bath bomb in favor of, for lack of a better description... prettier ones? It is not the best looking bath bomb lush makes... let's just be honest. This is from their holiday collection, hence the Christmas holly design, and is supposed to smell like Holiday pudding. It smells nice, sweet and soft, and I assumed it would be an enjoyable, if a bit boring bath bomb. Tonight was the perfect night to use it; I wasn't in the mood for a really exciting one, I just wanted something relaxing.

This is what the Lush site says:
"Looks like a pudding, smells like a pudding, fizzes like a spicy Bath Ball. It's perfect for nursing your hangover. Clove powder warms and stimulates, as aloe vera and rose calm and soothe suffering skins. Lemon peel adds a sharp citrus zing to the Ball and creates part of the authentic Christmas pudding aroma."

My thoughts? It smells nice, but the smell goes away in the water much too quickly, and the scent doesn't linger on your skin like other bath bombs do. I CAN smell it on my skin, but I just took the bath two hours ago. I doubt I will be able to smell it in the morning like I could with my Blackberry Bath bomb - review here. It fizzed up WAY too quickly - it was one of those ones. It turned the water a weird tan color, which was a bit offputting, and it was just kinda... boring. Just like I suspected it would be. Nothing exciting, not something I would necessarily buy again, but it was okay. I don't have the price off hand, since it is only available during the holidays, but it would be on the cheaper end since it was one of the smaller bath bombs.

Overall thoughts: It's nice, but just kinda blah. If I was given another one as a gift, I would use it and enjoy it, but I would probably save my money for something a bit more exciting in the future. This brings me up to number 5 on Project 10 Lush.

Quick Project 10 Pan Update: I haven't made any progress because I haven't been wearing any makeup at all the past couple days, but I haven't bought anything new either, so that's good! Project 10 Lush has been very successful though!

Elle Fowler

Tag- 40 Beauty Questions!

Since I can't film (silly eyeballs) I'll do this tag on here. I can't wear makeup until mid week and I have to wear sunglasses inside right now due to light sensitivity... so I will spare you all a video of me looking like Posh Spice. -----> Not posh but you get the idea.

BTW, my eyes are doing great :) Thank you for all the get well soon and good luck comments - you guys are the best!

On to the tag:

How many times do you wash your face daily?

Twice, although sometimes I am lazier in the mornings (not a morning person!) and I just want to use a cleansing wipe and then tone and moisturize. At night through I always go full out – gotta get all that makeup off!!

What skin type do you have? (dry,oily,combo)
Dry and sensitive

What is your current facial wash?

Laura Mercier Purifying Oil Light

Do you exfoliate?
Yes, I have to get all that dead skin off! I don’t do it as much in the winter though because I don’t want to irritate my skin. I love my Clarisonic for exfoliating.

What brand do you use?

I have a chanel exfoliator that I love, and I also have one by clean and clear that is really nice.

What moisturizer do you use?

Laura Mercier Flawless Skin day crème

Do you have freckles?

Yes, many of them! I have a very love/hate relationship with them.

Do you use eye cream?
Yes, every night. I think they are really important. I use Laura Mercier’s Flawless Skin Eye Crème at night and the Flawless skin eye serum in the morning.

Do you or did you have acne prone skin?
I don’t currently, but when I was younger I did. I went on Accutane 6 years ago and that took care of it. I have a video on Accutane here.

Did you ever have to use Pro-activ?
Yes, before accutane and I hated it. It’s very harsh and didn’t do much for my acne either.


What foundation do you use?
Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer and Moisturizing Foundation mixed.

How about concealer?
Laura Mercier secret concealer for under my eyes and Mac’s concealer (the one in the pot) for any acne.

Do you know your undertone color?
I am a true neutral. I would be considered a cool, with pink undertones as opposed to yellow undertones (or NW in Mac since they do it opposite) but I am really in the middle. I have beige pink undertones.

What do you think of fake eyelashes?
I love them! I would love to have permanent eyelash extensions, and I think it is something I will dabble in once my eyes are completely healed from my LASIK.

Did you know that you are supposed to change your mascara every 3 months?

Of course! You don’t want eye infections! Throw it out and buy a new one.

What brand of mascara do you use?

I love so many! Currently I am using up my MUFE Smokey Lash (my second tube – love it!) and my Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes. Both of these are great!

Sephora or MAC?

That’s a hard one… MAC is great for lip/eye/blush colors but Sephora is better for body and skincare stuff – it’s a tie!

Do you have a MAC Pro-card?

What makeup tools do you use in make up application?
Brushes mainly, but also cotton balls, cotton swabs, sponges, and Kleenex.

Do you use make-up base/primer for the eyes?

Always – either Urban Decay Primer Potion or a Mac paint pot. I can always tell if I have forgotten to put it on, I think it is really important! It makes your color last longer and be a bit brighter – and no creasing!

For the face?
Nope, I am currently on the hunt for a good primer, which you can read about here.

What is your favorite eyeshadow (color or shade)?

I have so many favorites. I love Mac all that glitters, satin taupe, mulch, woodwinked, brule, and mutiny. I also love Stila’s Kitten – such a shimmery gorgeous pink.

Do you use pencil or liquid eyeliner?
Pencil 90% of the time, gel the other 10%. Liquid is very rare; I find it hard to use.

How often do you poke your eyes with an eyeliner pencil?

Rarely lol! I am pretty careful Sometimes your hand just slips though!

What do you think of pigment eyeshadows?
I like them, however I reach for them less because they are much messier and harder to work with. There are certain colors I wish came in pan form, like mutiny and tan pigment. I have pressed a few but they are still harder to work with than a regular pan shadow. I have a video on pigment pressing here.

Do you use mineral makeup?

Nope – I’m not a big fan to be quite honest. Bare minerals broke me out horribly, so I have stayed away since then. I also don’t find the coverage that great, I would prefer sticking to my liquid foundation.

What is your favorite lipstick?

I have a few but I adore Mac’s Angel and Crème d’nude. Both are really pretty, soft colors.

How about lipgloss?

Mac’s underage, little vi, and springbean.

What is your favorite blush to use?
Again, I have a lot that I enjoy. I like Nars Orgasm, Mac Well Dressed and Mac Dainty.

Do you buy your makeup on ebay?
Nope, but I have sold some makeup before. Not on ebay, but on here.

Do you like drugstore makeup?
Sometimes, it depends on the product. I am not a beauty “snob” who believes that high end is always better but most of the time you get what you pay for with beauty products. I find a lot of great mascaras at drugstores though, and I love the L’oreal hip line (like the jelly balms!). Finding a really great product at a drugstore is always very exciting.

Do you go to CCO's? (cosmetic company outlets)

Yeah! I love them! You can find cheap MAC, and usually you can find some really cool discontinued products. I wish more of these little CCO’s existed!

Did you ever consider taking make-up classes?
Yes, but I have never gotten around to it. I would love to take a few PRO classes at mac!

Are you clumsy in putting on makeup?

Lol, sometimes in the morning before class… I am NOT a morning person!

Name a makeup crime that you hate?
There are so many, lol! Overplucked brows, overlined lipliner, too much bronzer, etc.

Do you like colorful shades of makeup (lipstick,eyeshadow) or neutral ones?

Both, for different moods. For everyday wear, neutrals. My everyday look is nude glossy lips with slightly heavier, but still nude eyes with black liner. Soft, but put together.

Which celebrity always has great make up?
I love Blake Lively’s beachy, bronzed look. I also really love Kim Kardashian’s makeup – many people think it is too heavy, but I love it! It’s all about nude glossy lips and heavy eyes, which is what I like to do as well.

If you could leave the house using just ONE make up item, what would you use? Mascara maybe, or tinted moisturizer. One of those!

Could you ever leave the house without any makeup on?
I do sometimes, I did this morning to go get lunch for the family. I am not a slave to makeup, but I do love it and so I enjoy playing with it in the mornings.

Do you think you look good even without any makeup on?
Yes, but like most women I prefer myself with a little color on!

In your opinion, what is the BEST makeup line?
That’s hard… I guess Mac for colored stuff and brushes, but I don’t really enjoy their skincare or foundation products.

What do you think of Makeup??

I love it! It’s fun – it’s expression and art in a way.

Friday, March 12, 2010

LASIK - the good, the bad, and the ugly

I woke up this morning and could see crystal clear for the first time in my life. It is the strangest sensation to have "naturally" perfect vision when you are used to waking up and stumbling through your morning semi-blindly until you pop your contacts in. When I was little I read the book "Hatchet" and thought to myself that if I was ever lost in the wilderness by myself I would die because I wouldn't be able to see to catch anything to eat (err... not that I could catch anything even if I could see...) (I liked that book by the way, even if it's kinda a boy book) (Oh and he kills a moose in the book - goose the moose did NOT like that part).

Less than 24 hours ago I had LASIK eye surgery and I couldn't be happier. I'm supposed to be resting my eyes for 48 hours but as you will learn in a few minutes - my body decided to do just about everything opposite of what it was "supposed" to do.

For those of you that don't know what LASIK is, it's a laser surgery that corrects your vision so you don't have to wear contacts or glasses anymore. I've worn contacts for about 10 years and have struggled with the hassle of them. Beyond the fact that they are a pain in the butt I was also sensitive to contact solution, so I had a case of constant red eyes. Over the 10 years I tried different solutions but finally succumbed to the fact that my eyes were never going to be crystal clear as long I was wearing contacts. It has also crossed my mind that the twice a day pulling of the eye area to put the contacts in and take them out can NOT be good for that delicate eye tissue. Hello premature wrinkles!

Not everyone is a candidate for LASIK; you have to be over the age of 18, have stable vision (not more than a half a point change per eye per year), and I don't think you can have a major astigmatism. They also can't guarantee to get you to 20/20 or better if you have really bad eyesight starting out. For me this was perfect; I don't have an astigmatism and my sight has been stable since high school. I was a -4.00 and a -3.75 at the time of the surgery if anyone is wondering :) Everyone is different through, so if you are interested you should ask your eye doctor for a consult. There are other types of laser eye surgery as well, this is just the one I chose.

I got to my appointment and they immediately took me back to have a few tests run - nothing major, just looking at the "layout" of my eyeballs to help them get the coordinates right (like an eyeball map!). Then they put a hair cap over my head to keep my hair out of my face, plopped two yellow stickers on my forehead, and gave me a Valium to help me relax. The Valium was supposed to calm my nerves and make me a bit sleepy, or as they put it, put me in a "I don't care" mood.

Yes... you are awake for this surgery. Are you queasy yet?

I went back out into the waiting room to sit with my mom while the Valium kicked in. All I could think about was how silly the stickers on my forehead looked, and how I really wanted to draw little walmart smiley faces on them. ------> like so.
After getting the giggles over these stickers with mom I asked the nurse what they were for, and she said it was so that the doctor knew he was doing surgery on both my eyes. Think about that for a second... if I was doing one eye I understand a sticker over that eye, but who goes into LASIK to get NEITHER eye done? No one. So why did I have to have two stickers instead of none? I'm not sure, but it sure gave me a laugh. The hair hat was another laughing matter - I looked like a very silly Dr. Suess character.

So after about 10 mins they called me back, and I told them my Valium had not kicked in yet, which they said was okay. They told me to lie down on a chair/bed and the doctor put a patch over the eye he was not working on. He put numbing drops in, taped my eyelashes back to my lids so they were out of the way, and stuck in the little thing that keeps your eye propped open. All of this sounds worse than it was. He talked me through the entire process, saying things like, "okay look at the orange blinking light, a shadow will come towards your eye, you're doing great". It was all dandelions, rainbows and sunshine.. until the flap cutting part happened. In order to treat your eye they have to cut a flap on the surface of your eye, peel it back, and then laser treat the surface. The only bad part of the whole procedure was the flap cutting. It didn't hurt, but it was a lot of pressure and scariness and then your sight goes completely black and you feel like you have gone blind. It comes back after about 3 seconds though, and you can see that orange blinking light again (I was so happy to see that little light). Then the laser comes on and you hear some clicking and you can't feel anything at all, but you can smell your eyeball flesh burning (sounds horrible but it is really quick!). Then they lie the flap back down, put a few drops in your eye, take off the tape, and voila! Perfect vision! Then they move on to the other eye.

It takes literally under a minute an eye, and the laser is only on the eye about 15 seconds. Piece of cake! They numb your eyes up first and give you a relaxant to help calm your nerves (not that mine worked, lol) so it really isn't that bad. I got the "custom LASIK" if anyone is wondering. I know the picture looks scary, but I PROMISE it's not that scary in real life - you don't really know all that stuff is on your eye.

I then waited about 20 mins and the Doctor came and looked at my eyes to make sure the flaps were lying flat and then sent me home with goggles. I kinda love my goggles - I was allowed to take them off this morning but I still am wearing them proudly. I think I will sleep with them for a few more nights so I don't rub my eyes and dislodge my flaps (which doesn't really ever happen but I am convinced it can).
I was told that I would come home and immediately want to go to bed. Apparently the Valium normally makes people very sleepy so when they go home they just pass out, but he said I could also take a Benadryl if I needed it, which is an over the counter anti-inflammatory that is known for causing drowsiness, and then sleep it off. He also gave me a prescription painkiller in case I needed it, but said patients rarely do. So I went home, got in bed... and nothing happened.

7 hours later, I was still wide awake. As soon as the numbing drops wore off I started to feel uncomfortable so I took some benadryl thinking it would help me sleep - nothing. After all that, eyeball cutting and all, my body was wired to the walls and wide awake, wanting to do anything except sleep it off like I was supposed to. This was the hardest part - it lasted about 2 hours and there was nothing I could do to distract myself (like read or YouTube) because I had to keep my eyes closed. I had to sit under my blanket with all the lights off because of light sensitivity and my eyes were watering like crazy - not pleasant. That was the part I believe most people are SUPPOSED to sleep through (bad Elle).

I finally fell asleep at 9:30 and slept through the night, waking once at 2:30 for about an hour but then falling back to sleep. I woke up with crystal clear vision - it is amazing! I have a checkup appointment in an hour so he can make sure the flap is healing correctly, but considering I am on here writing a blog post and not lying in the dark with a killer headache I think I am doing alright.

EDIT: Just came back from my check up - my eyesight is 20/10!! Which is amazing, he called it "supervision". Better that what I could see with contacts/glasses :)

I would totally recommend this to someone who is considering it, and I would do it over again if I had to. I encourage people to do research and make up their own minds though - I had a lot of people tweeting me/emailing me scary stories about how they know people who have gone blind, etc., but that rarely happens. In fact... according to most research there is not a single documented case of someone going completely blind from LASIK. Also, there is a chance I will have to wear reading glasses after I turn 40 - that does not worry me in the slightest.

So anyway, cheers to naturally good vision, no more red contact eyes, and if I get stranded in the wilderness it will not be my eyesight that inhibits me from surviving :) Time to get rid of my glasses!

EDIT again: I didn't think I had to clarify this... but of course, I shouldn't have assumed. LASIK did NOT sponsor this, my family paid for it. Not that I should have to defend myself, but whatever. I don't believe insurance covers it either, and prices vary by location. Most of the time to consultation appointment is free though.

Elle Fowler

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

a shoe tub and a bath bomb

Project 10 Lush seems to be speeding on by, but I think it's because I am using up some of the bath items, which are used up in 1-3 baths most of the time. I don't have a bath tub at my house, so when I am visiting my parents house I definitely make the most of my tub. I have always wanted a tub with little feet on it, like this one ------>
I think they are so romantic and old fashioned, I just love them! I perused on Google for awhile, totally content to look at these clawfoot tubs when I came across this:

That's right. A shoe. Tub. A shoe tub. The most ingenious development ever. It is from SICIS and starts at $17,000. Not really in ANYONES budget for a tub..shoe...thing, but I still love it. I'm sure in the long run I would rather have a little clawfoot tub, but I very much would enjoy bathing in a shoe tub as well. And this is coming from a girl who doesn't have a tub at all. Poor me. (I'm kidding. Kind of.)

Tonight I took a bath (in my sadly normal tub) with my Lush Blackberry Bath Bomb, which costs $5.80. I normally try to split my lush items up into multiple baths, but this time I used the whole thing. With my eye surgery being tomorrow, I wanted to pamper myself a little bit more than usual. This one looked like a cartoon bomb you would see in an old Tom and Jerry episode, complete with the word "bomb" on it. (Ingenious, right? Someone at lush is a whipper snapper). Here is the blurb from the Lush website: "Blackberry smells deliciously fruity like blackcurrant, balanced out by frankincense which lends a certain air of mystery to the bath. Imagine sitting near the sea on a warm Mediterranean day, inhaling the perfume of the flowering trees as it mingles with the exotic smokey incense trailing from the Egyptian trade-boat harbored far beneath you. That's the smell of a Blackberry bath: comforting, serene, and subtly beautiful." I filled my bath up, plopped this baby in, and let it fizz up as I read my book. It smelled very floral, and not very blackberry like, but I liked it anyway. It smelled like violets, stronger than most bath bombs I have tried. It turned my water a light purple color, but it was more of a pretty lavender than a gross omg-my-bathwater-is-black-looking color. I read as I listened to it fizz and relaxed to the floral scent... when I saw a little piece of paper floating in the water.

Yes. My bath bomb had a little paper baby. Fo reals.

I got really excited at this point and almost dropped my book in the tub, so I forced myself to calmly put my book to safety before rescuing my runway paper baby. And guess what it said?

"Boom Boom".

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA oh the irony of my little cartoon "bomb". I love it. That alone would be a reason to repurchase the bath bomb. Good job Lush. I am thoroughly enjoying Project 10 Lush, because I am savoring each product even more than normal. I am working on a few more products that are taking a bit longer, like some bar soaps and massage bars, but that's a good thing - it means they last awhile, and are worth the money I spent on them.

So now I am off to read and sleep so I can be semi-rested for tomorrow. Overall thoughts? I will be repurchasing this bath bomb :)

Elle Fowler

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Face Primers - Yay or Nay?

Over the last year I have tried many face primers, thinking that they were an integral part of my daily routine that I was most certainly missing out on. I assumed that they were like eye primer - a step that I find impossible to leave out now, or I feel that something is missing. For the record, I use either a Mac paint pot or Urban Decay Primer Potion for my eye primer 99% of the time. I really do feel that eye primer makes a difference in the consistency, color, and wear of the eye shadow. I have always assumed that a face primer would work the same way, and once I found the right one I would always wonder how I "ever lived without it".

As far as face primers go, I have tried silicone based primers, such as Smashbox Photofinish and Mac's Prep and Prime only to find that I am definitely allergic to something in these (the silicone maybe?). I break out into little white bumps that go away within 48 hours of discontinuing use of the primer. This has happened to me with certain foundations too, like Mac's Studio Fix Fluid and Nars liquid foundations.

I have also tried non silicone based ones, like Bare Escenutals Skin Rev-ver Upper, which is not a typical primer but basically is the same concept, and my newest one, Laura Mercier's Hydrating Primer. The Laura Mercier one apparently does contain silicone in it, even though I was told it did not when I bought it. It has an ingredient in it called "dimethicone" which is a silicone oil. Now... call me a hypochondriac but as soon as I found out it does indeed contain silicone I discovered a breakout on my forehead. Was it the primer or my imagination? Let's just say after continuing the use of the primer the breakout went away - so I'm not sure.

Even beyond the breaking out part, I have never really thought primers... did that much. I don't really understand the hype - in my opinion it makes my foundation apply worse! Obviously I just haven't found the right one, but I hate buying them over and over again only to be disappointed.

So my question is, are face primers that important? Does anyone have one that is part of their routine that they would never skip? Am I really missing out? And lastly - does anyone have one that does NOT contain silicone?

Elle Fowler

Another Lush Item Down!

Continuing with Project 10 Lush, I have used up a second product. This one took me two baths to use up, since I broke it in half. And it is.... (da da da DA!)

My thoughts? It's a bit pricey at $7.65, even for two baths. That's almost 4 dollars a bath. That being said, I really did enjoy this one. It smells like my favorite soap from lush, Honey I Washed The Kids, all honey and sweetness. It made a ton of bubbles that filled up my bath and lasted while I read my book (The Lost Symbol - Dan Brown). One weird thing though - the brown side kind of crumbled up on the bottom of my tub, I had to keep smooshing the pieces so they would dissolve and make more bubbles. Would I repurchase? Probably at some point in the future I will, but for now I will keep chugging along with Project 10 Lush. I did enjoy this one very much, as honey is one of my very favorite scents in bath land :) I recommend using this one at night, since it is quite soft and soothing smelling.

So that is 2 lush products down, 8 to go. I am currently using up my second therapy massage bar, which I have a review on here, and a soap from Christmas - Angel's Delight, which I quite like. I will review each product as I finish it up. I am already planning which items I wish to purchase when Project 10 Lush is over, which is probably bad of me since the whole reason I am doing this project is because I have accumulated too many products. However, I really want to try out a hair product or two and maybe ocean salt scrub for the summer. If there are any products you absolutely love and haven't heard me talk about, let me know so I can give them a try!

On a quite different note, the Bachelor, "Jason and Molly's Wedding" was on last night. I was not able to catch it on TV, but I'm thinking of watching it online - was it worth it? They were not my favorite couple, but I do love weddings! Anyone who saw it - let me know what you think.

Elle Fowler

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Spring Cleaning Blog Sale - Closed!

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EDIT: Everything is bought and paid for! Thank you so much everyone! Until next time!

Spring Cleaning Time! I have WAY too much makeup, so I am cleaning some of it out of my collection. I have wanted to do one of these blog sale type sales for AGES but just never got around to it - but now I am! What else would I do on a quiet Sunday afternoon? Make sure to read the description of the product you are wanting to purchase! While the products sell, I will be editing this and putting SOLD! next to the item if it is already gone, so make sure to check if it is sold already!

The rules are:
1) If you want an item, say so in the comments along with your Paypal email address. I will then send you an invoice. First come, first served! Also, email your shipping address to once you have paid.
2) Paypal is the only method of payment accepted - it's just easier and more secure;
3) Please ensure you pay for the item immediately upon receiving the invoice - or at least some time within the next 2 hours; otherwise the item will be given to the next person who requested it. If you aren't sure you want it, don't comment for it! Leave it for someone who does want it :)
4) I will ship worldwide for all but the last 4 big items, those will be US only because we don't have international tracking. However, for international it will be a "buy at your own risk".
5) US Shipping is $3 for the first item, $.50 for each item after that. The 4 designer items have an additional shipping added - see the description for that. International shipping will be $5 for the first item, and $.50 for each additional item.
5) No returns! Items are sold "as is".

Happy Shopping!!

I took all of these pictures with my camcorder (aka, not good quality) so the color of the products may be slightly off - please keep that in mind while deciding whether you want something.

Pending! Make Up For Ever Concealer Palette in #3: Originally $36, My Price $28
This palette comes with 5 shades of concealer, including one with a red hue so that you can conceal the blue circles under your eyes. I bought this spur of the moment, and I have swatched 3 of the colors. I have only worn this once. The reason I am selling is because I am using other concealers at the moment, and this palette is sitting unused in my collection. Colors look lighter than they are in person! I am NW20, and this was a bit dark for me!

SOLD BRAND NEW Mac "Honesty" Eyeshadow: Orginally $14.50, My Price: $11
This is brand new, still in box. The box is a bit scruffed up for where it has been in a drawer, but the reason I am selling this is because I already have this color in my collection. I received this as a gift from my roommate, but I already owned the color, so it got put in a drawer for awhile. Now, it's time to go to a new home!

SOLD! Mac "Mulch" Eyeshadow: Orginally $14.50, My Price: $8
This color has been used a few times - maybe under 10 times. This is a color I own multiples of because it is so pretty in the crease, but I have decided I only need to keep one. Therefore, this one is getting a new home!

PENDING BRAND NEW Mac MSF in "So Ceylon": Originally $28, My Price $28

This product has never been used, and still in the box. The reason it is not reduced in price is because it is not available for sale anymore, as it was limited edition. It's very pretty, but way too dark for my skin tone. I ordered it online and didn't realize how dark it would be on me!

BRAND NEW Make Up For Ever Star Powders: Originally $19, My Price $14

NOTE: These are sold SEPARATELY! Each one is $14. Make sure to note which color you want!
SOLD Top Left: 930 Bronze Brown
SOLD Bottom Left: 917 Gorgeous shimmery rose red.
SOLD Top Right: 955 Plum with Blue Highlights
SOLD Bottom Right: 910 Chartreuse Green
All of these are unopened, still sealed, and come in their original boxes. The boxes are a bit scruffed up from sitting in my drawer. I am selling these because, as gorgeous as they are, they just haven't been used. I am trying to part with things I have never used, as much as I would love to keep everything. That's what Spring Cleaning is all about!

SOLD BRAND NEW Mac Lightful Active Softening Lotion: Originally $30, My Price: $25

Bought this because of all the hype surrounding it when it was released... but I never got around to using it. Still unopened. Here is the blurb from the Mac Website:
"Hydrating, water-based lotion. Absorbed quickly into skin. Immediately infuses depleted skin with moisture. Leaves it feeling refreshed, soothed and soft with a more even-toned look."

SOLD Almay Smart Shade Blush in "Berry": Originally $8.99, My Price: $4
I bought a couple of these in New York for a drugstore tutorial and then never really used this one again - used twice. It's really pretty on the skin - gives you a nice healthy glow.

SOLD BRAND NEW Bumble and Bumble Treatment "Density Therapy": Originally $30, My Price: $20

I bought this because I mistook it for a product to help your hair grow longer - turns out it is more for helping stop hair loss. It has menthol in it I believe, so it will smell a bit minty, but if you have thinning hair you might want to try this out!

BRAND NEW Mac mini glosses: Bought as a set, each is $5
These came out of Mac Holiday mini sets - and these colors were never used. They are sold SEPARATELY - please note which color you want! Also, see picture below to see the size comparison to a full size mac gloss - these are mini's!
Left to Right:

SOLD Fleur De Light
SOLD Underage
SOLD Song and Dance
SOLD Little Vi
SOLD Magnetique
SOLD Budding
SOLD Flashmode

SOLD Mac "Engaging" Duo: Orginally $19.50, My Price $14
Used a couple times, this color is not available to buy anymore! It has a bronzey side and a light pink side, both mixed with lots of undertones. It is very pretty - I am just selling because it is a bit powdery and I never reach for it.

Mac Shadesticks: Originally $16.50, My Price $5
PENDING Left: Lucky Jade - used
SOLD Right: Silverblu - used but still has quite a bit of product left!

BRAND NEW Mac mini pigments: Bought in a set, each $5
Left: SOLD Gold Stroke
Right: SOLD Melon
I am selling these because I own them both in full size! They are both amazingly gorgeous colors.

SOLD Cuberry set of 5 shadows: Whole set: $5
I have used all of these colors twice or so, and they are really pretty. I am selling them as a set because I haven't reached for them in a long time. Someone else needs to love them, lol!

SOLD Urban Decay Cream Shadow in "Moonshine": Originally $17, My Price: $10
This color is silver and VERY, VERY glittery. This is why it is being sold... its glitter ball material. But, its pretty, and I'm sure someone will like it. Used twice.

Pending BRAND NEW Urban Decay Deluxe Shadow in "Frigid" Originally $18, My price $14

Deep purple with blue sheen - color is gorgeous but it has never been used, so it must go. Brand new in box.

SOLD BRAND NEW Urban Decay Deluxe Shadow in "Freakshow" Originally $18, My Price: $14

Deep purple with Red Sheen - like the one above, gorgeous color but it needs to go - it has been shown no love! Brand New. Color is deeper then what picture shows.

SOLD Chanel Double Perfection Compact in "Intense Sun Beige" : Originally $50, my Price: $20

I used to LOVE this powder!! I think I went through about 6 containers of it while I was using it, but I have since moved on to other products. This one still has about 60% left, but it comes without the sponge... because I threw it out to use this product with a big, fluffy brush. NOTE: This color is DARKER than it looks in the pictures - I didn't know how to turn off the flash :) It is probably the equivalent of NW25-NW30.

The next 4 items are US only! I don't have international tracking and I don't want to risk these not being delivered properly! If they don't sell in the US I might re-list them for international and just pay the extra. For these items shipping will be $7.50 - no additional shipping if you purchase along with products :)

SOLD Coach Loafers, Size 8.5. Worn once. I bought these on a whim, thinking that even though they were too big I would make them work. However, after wearing them for a day I realized they are definitely too big. These would look really cute with jeans! I think I paid around $160 for them, marked down from over $200. My price: $60

SOLD Dooney and Bourke Red Bag: $60. This one is the least used out of the 3 bags. It is in near perfect condition. Red with dark brown trim work. I can't remember how much I paid for it, but it was around $150.

Pending! Dooney and Bourke Pink Bubble Bag: $50
This is one of my favorite bags - I adored this one! I considered keeping it, but it hasn't been used in awhile so it needs to go to a loving home. This one has a small spot on the front, you can see it next to the right tassle. I'm sure it could be cleaned, but I have just never taken care of it. It was like that when it was purchased. Anyway - I love the bubblegum pink colors of this bag, along with the gorgeous dark brown trim work. It can go over the shoulder. I feel like it matches my personality pretty well :) Again, I paid around $150 for this.

Pending! Dooney and Bourke Black Tassle Tote: $40 Small and classy, I used to love taking this to work with me. It's been well taken care of, and still smells like leather. Paid around $150 for this.


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