Seven Days of Nude’Tude Day::7

Today is the last day of Nude’Tude Palette challenge, I sincerely hope that you all enjoyed this as much as I have.  You really get creative when you restrict yourself to one palette!

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Eyeshadow:: Silly allover lid including the crease, Sophisticated over lid, using Sigma E25 Selfish in the crease and on top of that layered Stand-offish used Sigma E35 Eyeliner:: Tightline Sumita Color Contrast Eyeliner in Suman Waterline and Rimmel London Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner in Nude Mascara:: L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Mascara in Black

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Foundation:: Applied with Sigma’s F80 Flat Kabuki Brush  Revlon Colorstay for Combination/Oily Skin Equal amounts of Buff and Sand Beige  Powder:: e.l.f. Studio High Definition Powder in Translucent applied with Sigma’s F30 Large Powder Brush   Bronzer::  theBalm Bahama Mama applied with Sigma F25 Blush::  theBalm  FratBoy applied with Sigma F10 Highlight:: theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer applied with Sigma F10 Lips:: Bioderma Atoderm Lips Moisturizing Stick  and theBalm Stainiac in Beauty Queen (3 coats)

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Rimmel Stay Matte Powder

If you follow my blog at all you all know by now I have super oily acne prone skin.  And I am always on the hunt to find something, anything to keep my oil silo of a face matte.  Well low and behold I believe I have found the answer and it cots less then $4.00 !!!! Can I get a “Woot Woot” ?!  Yes I am smiling from ear to ear as I type this and if you ask any of my friends, they will tell you I cannot stop talking about this powder, it is a game changer for oily skin faces!!! What is this miracle product you ask?  It is the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder.  I really don’t have much else to say besides it keeps my oil at bay and I have wasted so much time and money on other products that cost five times what I pay for this and they weren’t worth crap.

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I bought mine in Translucent but they do have colors if that is more up your ally.  If you have oily skin or just a troubled T-Zone give this power a go and really for less then $4.00 what do you have to lose?  Really nothing because you will be shine and oil free!!

Do you have a secret weapon to combat oily skin? If you do let me know!!! 

September Hits and Misses

I know I say this every month, but seriously were has the year gone?!  I feel like I was just gathering my August favorites and now September has come and gone and we are in October.  

 

Dove Gofresh Body Wash in Blue Fig and Orange Blossom retails for $5.97 at Walmart

You can’t go wrong with Dove Body wash and this scent is intoxicating.  It’s a nice summer scent and very moisturizing.  Get ready for a trip to an exotic island in your shower!

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Chic In Black Eau De Parfum from AVON retails for $?? 

 I have had this perfume for several years and when I tried to find it on AVON’s website it seems to be discontinued! Or maybe it’s just seasonal, hopefully it’s the latter.   Like I said I’ve had it for a while and just recently rediscovered it.  This is going to sound really weird but I feel like this is my ‘Business Woman’ scent.  Yes that sounds as weird as I thought it would…I am not sure why but the scent to me is very feminine but still has a bit of a woodsy scent that makes me feel boardroom ready.  And yes it still sounds weird but I don’t care!  A classic mingling of sweet fruits, fragrant flowers and rich woods if you can find it grab a bottle.

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Lasting Finish Lipstick-Kate Moss Collection for Rimmel in 109  retails for $4.97 at Walmart

 This lipstick has pretty good staying power and I love the shade, in the tube it looked like a orangey- coral.  This is a matte lipstick so be sure to exfoliate to get rid of any dry bits and put on a moisturizing balm if your lips tend to get dry like mine.

 

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Essie ‘For the Twill of It’$7.79 at Target

 I love Essie nail polish, its long wearing and doesn’t look streaky.  But the price point is a bit much for colors that are easy to find and dupe.  But every once in a while Essie has a color I have never seen and I don’t have a problem shelling out a few extra bucks.  This color is multi-dimensional and I have not been able to find anything that is even close. The color is described as a rich medium brown with reflective green shimmer. Just in time for fall and I LOVE IT!!!

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AVON Kohl Eye Liner in Deep Violet Retails for $7.00 
 

This is on my miss list.  I really wanted to like it but I found the pencil too hard.  Now it’s not too hard that I won’t use it but it is not one I will reach for consistently.  I feel like I have to drag it, and don’t get me started on the smudger.  It is so hard and I feel like I have to work way too hard to get the liner to smudge. And when I do get it to smudge it just wipes away the eyeliner.  There seems to be no middle ground, you have to press very hard to smudge and then when you do it rubs into your skin!  

May Favorites

Oh my word, time is flying I cannot believe it is already June!  Crazy I tell you, crazy.  This post is just about a few of my favorites from the month of May.

Ojon rare blend oil Total Hair Therapy     Birchbox $35.00

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I have had this oil since November but I have just recently started using it regularly and properly. The first few times I used it I put in way to much so my hair looked a bit slick (nice way to say a silo of oil).  So I assumed with my hair texture that I couldn’t use oils on my hair.  But I was wrong,  live and learn. You really need just a few drops, I use four drops on my thick shoulder length hair and it is plenty.  I have found one of the best ways to use this exquisitely smelling oil is on dry hair. Yes oil on dry hair, my mind was also blown.  I have been curling my hair with a 19mm NuMe Curling Wand from the Curl Jam set.  After I curl my hair I use my fingers to break up the tight curls into looser but still defined waves. I live in Florida, it is hot in Florida and we have this wonderful thing called humidity which wreaks havoc on hair.   After I break up the curls they sometimes (well in the summer all the time) get a little frizzy.  That is where Ojon rare blend is a god send.  I just put four drops in my palm and rub my hands together then lightly scrunch my hair. Voila its like magic!

Avon Nailwear Pro+ Nail Enamel in Rave   Avon $6.00

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Avon has pretty good nail polish.  It isn’t the best but it isn’t the worst either.  I have had this color for a while and rediscovered it while cleaning out my nail polish bin.  It is pinky copper glitter shade. I think that it is great polish for any time of the year because it has enough pink to look springy and summery and enough copper to wear into fall and winter.

Rimmel Clean Finish Matte Foundation in Ivory     Walmart $3.97

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Yes you read that right $3.97.  I will give this foundation 7 out 10 stars.  It is not the best I have ever used (that would be the Kat Von D Lock it Tatto Foundation) but Rimmel gives Kat a run for her money at a discount of $30.03 so yeah I am totally down with wearing a 7 star foundation!! It has fairly good coverage, but my main concern is staying matte on my super oily skin.  I still have to blot and powder at least once if not twice a day, but I can go longer between touch ups.  And for less then $5 you can afford to give this a try.

Physicans Formula pH Powered Bronzer     Walmart $13.23

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I have been searching for a bronzer that wasn’t too bronzy, ironic I know.  But with my fair skin it is hard to find something that gives me a natural looking tan/glow without looking like, “whoa, she overdid it with the bronzer!”  or being asked if I am auditioning for a production of ‘Willy Wonka” as a Oompa Loompa.  I am also not a fan of shimmer bronzer as for the most part I think it draws too much attention to the not so nice bits of my face.  But surprise this bronzer has a bit of shimmer but it isn’t over the top.  I was skeptically of the claim that the powder would self-adjust to your skin tone. However I was and still am pleasantly surprised. Not a fan of the brush that came with it but I use my E.L.F blush brush to apply a very light dusting on my face and neck.

Bath and Body Works Signature Collection Shower Gel in White Citrus $11.00

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I love citrus scents and I picked this up last year but finally got around to using it last month.  I don’t know about you but I always seem to buy shower gel when I have plenty in my shower, underneath the sink…you get the picture…  B&B have a pretty good formula for shower gel, and when you get it on sale it’s a good deal.  This particular scent has notes of Lemon, Tangerine and Grapefruit.  I love it, I am even tempted to buy the lotion. I have resisted so far as I have twice as many lotions as I do shower gels.

Share with me some of your favorites from the month of May and what products you are looking forward to using in June.