Tom Ford Quads

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Tom Ford WHY aren’t you more affordable?!

Today I have 5 Tom Ford Quads to show you. These sell at $80 a pop, which is INSANELY expensive in my opinion. If you have the money then I would say these are a nice splurge. HOWEVER if I was going to buy a TF item it would be a lipstick not an eye shadow quad. For the most part I felt like something was lacking with each quad. Meaning – I wouldn’t be able to go on a trip and take just one to fulfill both daytime and evening looks. If I’m going to spend $80 on an eye shadow palette I would like it to be a one stop shop kind of deal.

My top picks in order:

  1. Nude Dip
  2. Titanium Smoke
  3. Golden Mink
  4. Orchid Haze
  5. Silvered Topaz

Golden Mink – The top gold and copper colors are beautiful glitter shadows! This palette is really nice, but with 2 out of 4 being glitter shadows I can see how this could limit you a bit.

01 Golden Mink

Silvered Topaz – I was not impressed with this quad. The shadows were a nice texture but I felt like the color family was a bit boring.

05 Silvered Topaz Golden Mink & Silvered Topaz 2 Golden Mink & Silvered Topaz

Orchid Haze & Titanium Smoke

Orchid Haze & Titanium Smoke 2

Orchid Haze – a nice purple quad. I have no complaints other than the fact that I rarely reach for a purple shadow. I can’t say that this would be ‘worth’ the cost even though it is nice quality. There are several brands that have purple colors in their palettes for much less money.
Orchid Haze & Titanium Smoke

Titanium Smoke was my second favorite out of the 5. The top left color looks gold, but it actually transfers as a beautiful silver glitter. These shadows are lovely and this quad is great for night looks. I don’t think this palette would be suited for daytime looks.
Titanium Smoke

Nude Dip – This quad is by far my favorite out of the 5. I thought I was going to feel unfulfilled by not having a matte shadow but I wasn’t. I did a simple daytime smoky eye and I didn’t feel like the shimmer was too much. The colors all blend and work together well. The top left is a great highlight for the inner corners which is a huge bonus for me. I do think that I would add a darker shadow if I were going out in the evening.

Nude Dip

Thoughts Of A Sleep Deprived Mom

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Sleep, what a topic! It’s common knowledge by now that when you become a parent sleep becomes a distant memory. Most people dread this part of being a parent because it is one of the harder things we have to deal with physically. When you are pregnant with your first baby people tell you what to expect, but expecting doesn’t prepare you for the physical toll. Some people think ‘I’ve been without sleep for a few days, or maybe a week so I will be fine’ but the loss of sleep could last for YEARS! Tom always liked to say “I used to work 36 hour shifts in the hospital without any sleep. I’ve done it before and I’ll do it again”, but he conveniently forgets that he did it 20 years ago!! Lucky for him I did 100% of the night care with Audrey and I’ll do it with the next baby too.  It’s like being anorexic, only with the zzzZZZ. Parents are ‘sleeporexic’! If you don’t eat properly it will take a toll, just like not getting adequate sleep. Who can function without sleep? Well parents try, what choice do we have? I’m at the point now where I’m always tired. I love the idea of getting a nice restful sleep, but it never seems to happen. My hubby is wonderful at letting me sleep in (9am) on the weekends, but my body isn’t. My mommy brain has to decide between sleep and getting something done. Do I want to take advantage of an early bedtime or wash another load of laundry? Most of the time I choose to get something done. Sometimes when I get a “normal” amount of sleep it makes me slow all day. It even gives me a headache! So I long for more sleep but when I get it I don’t feel well. Ahhhh long gone are those pre-baby days where sleep was plentiful. Being a parent is a new phase of life and lack of sleep is part of it. I do miss the pre-baby days, but those days came and went like they were supposed to. I don’t feel like I let them go too soon, timing was great. It doesn’t mean that I don’t drool when I imagine how easy sleep used to be.

Gerard Cosmetics Thoughts & Swatches

ButterCream

Buttercream

ButterCup

Buttercup

Fergie Daily

Fergie Daily by Wet n Wild

Kimchi Doll

Kimchi Doll

These lipsticks have a really nice smooth texture. I really like the colors I received. I think I really want to buy more lip glosses because I liked the consistency and the color pay off. Watch my video to hear more!

Is It Better Than Sex? #toofaced

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I have loved the Too Faced line for a long time. This brand is an example of how much product packaging influences people. I am always drawn to the packaging first and the product second when it comes to Too Faced. It really pulls my girl heart strings, so I honestly don’t know why it took me so long to try this stuff. I received a few samples while I had eyelash extensions so I wasn’t able to really try it. Once I made the decision to stop getting extensions I was on the hunt for a mascara. I went back to my old favorite by Hard Candy, but it didn’t have the same magic. I think they may have changed the formula of the Hard Candy Volume mascara because I used to LOVE it and the last tube I tried was disappointing. So on I went in search of a new mascara. I ended up having problems keeping my lashes curled. It seemed like anytime I curled my lashes and then added mascara they would fall flat. No amount of curling was helping them stay up, even products like the Benefit Rollerlash didn’t work. I never used to have any issues with keeping my lashes curled so this was new territory. There is a super talented makeup artist called Amrezy and she mentioned that this was her favorite mascara. This is when I finally decided to go out and give it a try, and I’ve been loving it. The packaging it so cute and sturdy. I think it has an aluminum outer so that gives it some weight. The brush doesn’t look ‘user friendly’ but it is. I was using the L’Oreal Voluminous and I think it’s good……..but I always thought it was a tad too wet. I had to be careful applying it or my lashes would clump. I’ve been using the Better Than Sex mascara for about a week now and I really like it. Some days after I apply it my curl goes flat, but I can easily re-curl my lashes and it actually holds. The only CON I have is that it does flake a little bit. I imagine that the older the tube gets the more the formula will flake……I just don’t know how long a tube will last yet. Right now I only notice 3-4 small flakes at the end of the day so it’s pretty easy to just wipe away.

So now the big question – “Is it better than sex?”. Well I have to say NO of course not, at least to me haha.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit DUPE!

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http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod11571030

I purchased the Anastasia Contour Kit  a few months ago and I liked it but was very unhappy with the price. $40 seems a bit high in my opinion. I was browsing Groupon the other day and I saw this

http://www.groupon.com/deals/gg-aesthetica-cosmetics-contouring-kits

The Aesthetica Cosmetics Contour Kit was being sold for $19.99 and my goodness it looks JUST like the Anastasia Contour Kit at HALF THE PRICE! Now this is something I can work with. I was so excited for a possible dupe and I ordered it. It just arrived today and guess what, it is a perfect DUPE. I would even guess that it came from the same manufacturer. These 2 palettes are identical in texture and color. Needless to say I am THRILLED to have found this DUPE. When the Groupon is sold out make sure you guys search on Amazon, I saw it on there too. WOHOOOOO I am so happy!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick

LOVELY
I like this pink. It’s a very easy color to wear. I have yet to wear it a full day though.

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These lipsticks are pretty unique. I bought the colors Pure Hollywood and Lovely. I am a nude lipstick lover, it’s just what I’m comfortable with. I see all these beauty gurus wearing all these different fun colors and I’m envious. I need to branch out a little more and use colors that make me uncomfortable.

HOW THEY APPLY
Imagine what water would feel like to apply with this applicator……that is how I would describe this. Of course it is a bit thicker than water, but the feeling on the lips is very moist and wet for the first few seconds. They are very easy to apply and so smooth. After about 15 seconds the color starts to seep into the lips and the stain takes hold. The color does take a few seconds to set up and really reveal what it will look like. The color also changes as time goes on.

THE FINISH
Matte…….SO matte. I like the matte look right now. I do struggle to keep my lips from peeling so I have to be careful with what lip products I use. These lipsticks don’t do dry lips any favors…..BUT they didn’t make my lips any drier. After wearing them for a few hours my lips were not any worse than when I first applied. Your lips do feel “tacky” when you rub them together, but I don’t mind that. This exaggerates lip lines like crazy though. As time goes on, the lip lines look deeper and deeper. After about 2-3 hours of wear the lines start to make me uncomfortable.

PURE HOLLYWOOD
I was disappointed that this color came out to a more peach/brown nude on my lips 😦 Everyone has natural color to their lips that will effect how lipsticks show up. I was hoping this nude would be more pink like I’ve seen on a lot of other reviewers….. It’s still a nice nude for me, just not the nude I was wanting.

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After 2 hours you can see in the last picture that Pure Hollywood has become more brown and less orange than when I first applied it. Every hour this lip color seems to change a bit. I’m really interested to try the darker colors now.

 

Smokey Eye

Smokey eye looks are very popular, but I don’t think it’s a really specific look? There are so many types of “smokey eye” looks. There really isn’t a rule on how to do them correctly. I think to qualify as a smokey eye you just have to fade your colors out and blend really well. For this look I used my Too Faced Chocolate Bar…..I LOVE that thing. It’s my favorite palette.

Skincare

I have really been blessed with good skin. I don’t have moles, blemishes, or acne. I do however have light freckles……… I don’t like my freckles, but I know that some people really like freckles. My freckles were much darker before I started using Obagi products. Other than my light freckles I have one spot of hyperpigmentation around my mouth that I get really self conscious about. It’s in such a weird spot so it’s hard to conceal with makeup. I was lucky enough to skip over the “pimple” years. Through the hormonal high school years I only had 4-5 pimples TOTAL.

I didn’t start taking care of my skin until I was 20. I’m a really low maintenance kind of person and I just didn’t see the point in skincare since I didn’t have any issues to begin with. I went to a dermatologist and they showed me these special pictures of the sun damage my skin had gotten over the years. Although I had great skin on the outside, this machine showed me that I actually had quite a bit of sun damage. From that point on I started taking care of my skin. I became a religious sun block wearer and I made sure to wash my face day and night. PREVENTATIVE skincare is the key. You don’t want to discover the damage in your 40’s, by then it will be nearly impossible to help. A good sunblock is the best skincare product. You can only disguise aging and skin damage for so long……..why not focus on preventing it?