Monday, June 1, 2015

Vampy Lips (LOTD)

Hey Dolls,

Lately, I've been loving the matte tint lippies. They apply like a gloss but dry to a matte lipstick finish. I received the Corruptionist shade (deep amethyst) from Cailyn cosmetics in my #OnyxBeat makeup bag. Like most mattes, they last all day. I only had to touch up the center of my lips after I ate lunch.


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Also, in this photo; I'm wearing the new Black Opal Pore Perfecting foundation. I absolutely love it! It's my every day foundation. I'll be posting a review on it soon.

With flash

Without flash
I've been loving the deeper purple shades. There are several dupes for this color like Mac Cyber lipstick and Nars Train Bleu matte velvet lip pencil. 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The Bucket List Haul!

Hello Glamour Dolls,

As usual, I purchased most of the items because of sales that I couldn't pass up. This will be my last haul for a while because I have a true excess of everything and I have hit my makeup bucket list. I will share with you my bucket list items later on in the post. As usual, my hauls include mini reviews. If you would like a full review on an item, leave a comment. Read on for the deets.


Wink and Pout

I've blogged about Kym Lee before and her own personal makeup brand and how much I like the products. Kym Lee always has a good sale. I bought two lipsticks from her and three glosses. I bought Red Bottoms lipstick, which is a burgundy-red with red sparkles.


Top Row Left to Right: Empire Red and Red Bottoms
Bottom Row Left to Right: G-String, Lovestruck and In Love with my Ex


I also bought Empire Red (which is named after the show). Kym Lee is also Taraji P. Henson's makeup artist on the show, Empire! Incidentally, part of the proceeds of the Empire lipstick goes to Taraji's personal charity. I also bought three glosses. I bought G-String (clear with sparkles), Love Struck (light pink with sparkling pearls) and In Love with my Ex (peach). I actually don't have a lot of glosses, so I felt like my lip gloss purchases was justified.


Pic taken with flash...Top Row from left to right: Empire Red and Red Bottoms
Bottom Row from left to right: Lovestruck, G-String and In Love with my Ex

Pic taken in natural light


Mac 

I've run out of several skin care products and I wanted to try some items from the Mac Lightful C collection.  I bought the Lightful Essence which is a serum and the Lightful softening lotion. I thought the Lightful softening lotion was an actual moisturizing lotion for the face, it is not! It's actually a toner, looking back; I would not have purchased the softening lotion because witch hazel works just fine as my toner.

From left to right: Lightful C moisture cream, Lightful C Essence and Lightful C softening lotion


The Lightful C skincare system is supposed to hydrate and nourish the skin, protect against discoloration, free radical and UV damage. The Lightful system is not new to Mac, but; they've upgraded and added a shot of Vitamin C to the system to brighten the skin over time with continued use.




I wanted to try the Lightful set because I have reached the 30 and over club and I've already noticed my skin changing (for the better) so I wanted to try some products that would enhance the improvement and treat for pre-aging. Of course, I'll have to use the products for some time before I can give my thoughts.




I also bought the Brow Set in Girl Boy. It's a brow gel that brushes on like mascara to groom and lay down the brow hairs. I have always been obsessed with lightening brows but never have done it. Using the brow set in this color is a great way to lighten your brows without the permanent change. I've already tested it on my brows and I love how it looks, it comes out with a golden brown hue that's so pretty!


Viseart 

This is my makeup bucket list item! This is the item that I said I would never buy any more eyeshadow palettes once I bought this palette...it's the Viseart neutral matte eyeshadow palette!

Viseart is a French brand makeup company. Their makeup palettes have been used for television, film and professional artists. Their #1 selling palette is the matte eyeshadow palette. The Viseart matte shadows are known for their ease of blending, no fall-out and high pigmentation. Most matte shadows are high in pigment but can be difficult to blend and they become blotchy and fade while blending, causing you to reapply the shadow several times to get the intensity that you want.

The Viseart shadows are triple-milled for an incredible texture that's a balance between softness and adherence to the skin. When I say these shadows feel like butter, I mean that! When I say they're the easiest mattes to blend, I mean it. When I say they have NO fall out, I mean that too! I have wanted this for a year now, I saw a live review and demo using this palette at The Makeup Show last year and had to have it!



I've already used it and love it! I have never done an all matte shadow look before owning this palette because mattes are not always easy to work with and they require a lot of blending, which means extra time. I have done several all matte eye looks with this palette and it's so effortless to blend, you only need two brushes to complete an eye look.  There are twelve mattes in the palette and the color variety can be used for eye looks, filling in brows, highlighting and contouring. It's an amazing palette!

The price is $80, for twelve shadows; which is about $6.60 each, that is the going rate for individual shadows in some drug store brands and high end brands...a Mac shadow alone is $16, you get the point :-). I bought the palette from Camera Ready Cosmetics and if you have the right credentials, you can apply for their Pro discount program and get the palette for $64.


Nars

A friend turned me on to the Nars Matte Velvet lip pencils. It's a combination lip stick and lip pencil. It's the convenience of a pencil with the application of a lipstick in a jumbo crayon design. It goes on very smooth and even though it's matte. Just a caution, the pencils can feel drying, to combat that; I apply a lip balm before applying the pencil.



Pic taken in natural light from left to right: Train Bleu, Cruella and Rikugien

I already have the shade Walkyrie (warm coral). I bought the Train Bleu (deep aubergine) and I received Cruella (scarlet red) and Rikugien (pink) as part of the Sephora birthday gift. If you noticed, I bought a lot of red shades. I have been SO taken with red lip stick. Right now, I have seven. I know, I know...how many reds do I need?!


Do you have a makeup bucket list item?!


Thursday, January 8, 2015

How I Refurbished my Louis Vuitton Speedy...


I bought an authentic preloved Louis Vuitton Damier Speedy bag a few months back. While I was so excited to finally get the bag and wear it, I realized (at that time of buying and when I received it) that the bag had some wear on it that could use some fixing up. After searching online, I found a blogger, Lollipuff, who posted an article on how to refurbish LV bags.

Based on the recommendations in the post, I used the following products: Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, Blue Magic Metal Polish cream (tube) and Cadillac Boot and Shine leather conditioner. I also used laundry detergent and baby wipes. All of the products used can be used on any bag to spruce it up. Read on for the deets, to see how you can spruce up your handbag!



Before


At first glance, the bag had some sheen on the exterior. Most of the brass fixtures had green tarnishing (which happens with aging of brass). The leather handles were dull. The bag had lost some of its shape. The inside was the kicker! The red interior was terribly stained. It was a combination of hair, dirt, dust and dried up candy.


Yuck!

The brass had lost its luster.

You can see some of the green tarnish around the ring



The Process

I added water to the Mr. Clean Magic eraser and wiped down the entire bag, inside and out. I used a microfiber cloth along with the Blue Magic Metal polish cream and polished the brass fixtures, which made the green tarnish disappear and it polished the fixtures to a brand new shine! The last thing I did to the exterior- was apply the Cadillac Boot and Shine leather cleaner to the canvas and the leather handles.


Dirt from the bag on the Mr. Clean Magic eraser

I have used other leather cleaners before but the Cadillac Boot and Shine leather cleaner is the best that I've used. It can be applied to a variety of materials like canvas, exotic skins, vinyls and patents in addition to leather. It cleans and conditions while retarding water spotting and cracking. It also gives a nice luster, I applied two coats of it to the bag and let it sit overnight. 

After the bag had been wiped with magic eraser

Sidenote: I also found out that Cadillac Boot and Shine leather conditioner is great for lightening vachetta leather that has patina (darkened) over time. 


Applying the Cadillac Leather cleaner...

Now for the inside! I used baby wipes to wipe down all of the dirt and hair that I could from the inside. I also used a small butter knife to scrape off as much of the dried candy as I could without cutting through the interior...this is when I found out how sturdy LV bags are-because the interior didn't buckle, budge or crack under the scraping.


This is one of many wipes I used to clean the interior...

I used laundry detergent (which gave the inside a nice smell) and applied it to the wipes to rub off the remaining dirt and to remove the dried candy stain, I used several wipes to do this. Once I removed the stain, I also took a bit of alcohol and applied it to the lining of the bag to disinfect it. 


Making some progress!


The Results

The end result is that I was able to completely remove the hair, dirt and candy stain. I was also able to remove some of the black stains. There are a few ink stains that remain that I can live with. 


All of the hair and dirt have been removed and the candy stain is completely gone...

The zipper no longer looks dull but polished and more gold in color...

No more green tarnishing around the ring...


The extras

The Speedy bags originally come with a lock and two keys. The bag I bought didn't come with one from the original owner. I was able to purchase an authentic LV lock and key set at a good price. Of course, it was used and had aged, so I polished it up with the Blue Magic Metal cream.


Before: The lock is dull and tarnished...



All of the dirt from polishing...

After: The lock is polished, brighter in color and it looks new!


After 

The bag has a beautiful luster thanks to the leather cleaner. The brass fixtures have no tarnishing and a new shine to them. The inside looks 10x better than before now that it's much cleaner, and the bag's shape has been restored thanks to stuffing it with wrapping paper.





The lock looks brand new and the canvas has a beautiful finish...

The bag was stuffed with wrapping paper to restore its shape...

The finished look!


I'm really proud and amazed at the end result. I have spruced up several preloved handbags before and this is (by far) my favorite refurbished project :-)

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Sigma Pro Program + Recent Haul

Hey Dolls,

My first post of 2015! I hope the year is starting off wonderful for everyone and I hope 2015 brings in great things for all of you. I wanted to thank everyone for supporting my blog in any form and I hope that you continue to do so in 2015 and beyond!


I'm a member of a several Pro Artistry programs and I wanted to share with you all the newest one that I've joined and a few things that I bought. I have been on Sigma's email list for years and I was sent an email a few months ago introducing their new Pro Partners program that offered a 20% off discount on their products. The program also offers previews and sneak peaks of their new products, and to network on their Pro blog.




The qualifications are to submit a photocopy of your state/federal ID and to provide proof of one of the following: a website providing artistry work or makeup services offered, call list on production company overhead, editorial page, professional license (cosmetologist, aesthitician), union card or IMDB credit.


The welcome package came with a Sigma Pro card and a welcome brochure.

I submitted my information as well as my website for my makeup artistry business and I was approved. I am a member of several makeup pro programs and Sigma is the first one that sends you a welcome package with product samples, which I love!


I received eyeshadow samples, the travel-sized blending brush and a few brow powder samples. 


Haul

Since I had the Pro discount, and they offered an additional discount plus free shipping on Black Friday, I bought a few things that I have been eyeing for a while. I purchased their Sigma Spa brush cleaning glove. It retails for $39, after all the discounts and free shipping I paid about $27. That's not as pricey as the original price; but, since I had a Pay Pal credit, I went on and bought it.

Yes, there are other cheaper alternatives like an ordinary silicone oven mitt, however; all of the oven mitts don't have the ridges for the cleaning. I feel that if I can afford higher end makeup and brushes, I can afford a product to effectively clean my brushes, while saving myself some time :-)




The glove features two sides (one for face brushes and the other for eye brushes). The glove was designed to save time when cleaning brushes while effectively cleaning them. The glove comes with eight different cleaning textures to give a deep cleanse and to reshape the brushes after cleaning. It also comes with two thumbs to give more ease when turning the glove over to the opposite side.


Side for face brushes

I have already used this and I really like it! It does save time as I'm able to bundle several brushes at a time to clean and rinse them quickly. It usually takes me an hour to clean my brushes by hand. When I used this glove, it took me 35 minutes to clean all of them! I love that it cuts my brush cleaning time almost by half, and my hands and fingers don't get wrinkled and scaly from being in water when I had to wash them by hand.


Side for eye brushes

My beloved Sigma F80 flat top Kabuki brush died on me after so many years! Come to find out I had been cleaning my brushes the wrong way for years, as a result; the glue loosened and all the bristles in that brush came completely out, which is another reason why I wanted to buy the brush cleaning glove. After that, I bought the Sigma 3DHD Kabuki brush. It retails for $24, after my discount it was $19.




This brush is designed to apply liquid, cream and powder to the skin. As with the other Sigma Kabuki's, it buffs product into the skin flawlessly! The ridge of the brush is created to apply product to every curve of the face without have to move a muscle. We all have seen the faces made when applying products to the face so that we can aid the brush in evenly covering every spot... this brush was designed to eliminate that "foundation face!" The point of the brush is created to get right up under the eye and around the mouth. After reading the product description, the brush sounded too good to be true, I had to buy it.




Lastly, I bought some more lashes from  Kym Lee. I wore her lashes in my last LOTD and I really them, they are the easiest lashes I've ever applied on myself. I bought the Seductive (half lashes) and the Damsel lashes.