Makeup for Valentine’s Day ?

Inglot 2014, Valentine, Inglot flyer 2014,makeup

So when Inglot emailed me this beautiful ad promoting their products for Valentine.

I  . . . . 

A) Rushed out and and bought their products?

B)  Called up all my besties and talked about how awesome their products are?

C) Made my husband go buy me their products for my valentine gift?

Answer:

Sorry guys! Trick question! I RECREATED their look. 

Inglot,Valentine 2014, Inglot Ad

I used their face chart to recreate their look. I did used Inglot eye shadows but you can easily use what you got at home. The trick is to draw a black cat eye then go over it a few times with a bright purple eye shadow. Personally, I think this look screams Valentines Day with the girly colors of pink and purple. If this look is too much for you, you can always replace the hot pink lips with a more natural lip like nudes.  This is not a sponsor review but I LOVE Inglot eye shadows. They’re the best shadows for the price. I go crazy during their Black Friday Sale every year.

I used Inglot #359 on the lid and Inglot #325 for the cat eyed and Inglot gel eyeliner #76 gofer the base.

Inglot face chart, Valentine 2014, Inglot ad

Tell me what are you doing for Valentines Day and  what is your favorite look for Valentine?

Happy Valentines Day 

ncybanner 

The Versatile Blogger Award!

The Versatile Blogger Award

“The Versatile Blogger Award is an award given to you by your blogger peers, for writing quality posts that have somehow touched them, having good quality photographs, and the uniqueness of the subjects covered. The award is to honor the bloggers who bring something special to your life.”

Another award!! the same week! I have to say I’m pretty proud considering when I first started I had lots of doubts in myself but with the support of family and friends and fellow bloggers they’ve helped me achieve to keep blogging. and by the title of this award it made me extra proud =)

I want to thank   Kassidy aka koncealedbeauty for nominating me. She’s gorgeous, fun, and great at blogging. Her reviews on new products are helpful and awesome! Thanks Kassidy! I really appreciate this award. Check out her blog ❤

The rules of the Versatile Blogger Award are:
  • Display the award certificate.
  • Announce your win and thank the blogger who nominated you.
  • Present 13 deserving bloggers with the award.
  • Link your nominees in this post and let them know of their nomination with a comment.
  • Post 7 interesting things about yourself.

7 Interesting Things about ME

  1. All my sisters and I have the same middle name
  2. I’m always on some kind of diet
  3. As a child I suffered from a skin disease called Vitiligo
  4. I am blind without glasses or contacts
  5. One of my best memories was when I won teacher’s favorite student award. I was 4 out of the whole school.
  6. I’m horrible at math
  7. I love scary/horror movies

My Nominees

Jules AKA Forvanityssake

beautyandthetomboy 

Justine AKA shortisthenewblack

Lucy AKA Miz LuLu

JFK Days

You girls are doing an amazing job, keep doing what your doing and keep Blogging !!!

Have a wonderful day

Ncy ❤

She Does Have Brows!

tinted eyebrows, Spa at Plaza Cortez, eyebrows

My eye brow tint experience

Sometimes I wish I can roll outta bed and look like a movie star every morning. WELL! Life doesn’t work like that. Since I was little I suffered from something called “No brows”. The symptoms calls for very sparse light eyebrows and when you take flash photography your eyebrows disappear. YIKES!

Treatment? Some people who suffer from this tried using growth serum. Could be pricey… Some people got permanent eyebrows. AKA tattoos. – I don’t know about you guys but I’m too scared of commitment to do that.

Solution? – It took me awhile to get here but I discover a way I can meet the middle ground. I found TINTED BROWs…!!!

What is tinted brows? Tinted brows is the application of dying your eyebrows so they’ll appear to be more noticeable.

So I did my research, and I came across The Spa at Plaza Cortez

The Spa Plaza Cortez
The Spa Plaza Cortez

The Spa at Plaza Cortez is located north west Austin. Where I met Robin and her husband Terry. They been running The Spa at Plaza Cortez for 9 years! I have to admit I was quite nervous when I went to my appointment but Robin and Terry were very welcoming and friendly which made the process went by easier.The spa was very comfortable and warming. I loved how they have multiple rooms for parties such as bachelorette parties, birthdays, and so on. They offer tons of services for a reasonable price.

Now on to the brows!

The SpaPlaza Cortez

Process

  1. You lie down on a massage bed while the esthetician examines your brow color. Depending on hair and skin tone.
  2. Next, the esthetician applies the dye on your brows and cleaning the around the unwanted dye around the skin.
  3. Wait 5-8 mins.- trying not to fall asleep. ZZzzZ…
  4. The esthetician wipes off the dye. Waxes the eyebrow. And WaH-LA! Eyebrows!

Pros

  • Tinted brows will allow you to get ready faster since they are already shaped and defined.You’ll be out the door and on time for work!
  • Lazy days- Who wouldn’t love that! Go with NO makeup but at least you’ll have brows!
  • Natural looking
  • Lasts 4-6 weeks- No commitment or long term contracts but long enough for a while without re-doing.

Cons

  • Some salons depending where the appointment could take up to 30 mins.
  • Depending on who applies the dye and the dye itself, I read that the dye could stain the skin over a period of time.
  • Could look harsh- IF not done correctly
  • Some salons charge up to $30 for an application.

tinted brows, spa, beautysins

Final Say: I really enjoyed my time at the Spa at Plaza Cortez. The process was quick and easy, The best part? They give a $10 discount to new customers. Making my total of $2! What can you get now these days with $2?! -Other than McDonald’s. – I will be back for more services =) –The spa not McDonald’s!

I feel more confident walking out the door bare face. BUT! Keep in mind because it is so natural looking you will still need to apply brow product when you apply a full face of makeup. This is great for people who have wimpy brows like me. But if you have thick eyebrows it’s still great because it covers the missing patches of hair making your brows more full and even.

-I REALLY recommend you doing a good research of salons before you go out and get this done. You don’t want to walk out with the wrong shade or TOO much brows.

End of story… I live happily ever after with brows =)

ncybanner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Update: It has been 3 weeks since I got my brows done. So far, they have faded from the first day but not so dramatic that they aren’t there but I am not sure if my brows would last up to 6 weeks without touching up. I don’t mind going back to touch up its the matter if I have time to go back. Sometimes my brows feel itchy. Feels like the tattoo process.-but overall I’m still glad I got them done.

 

Disclaimer: I was told I got permission from Terry and Robin to use their photos from their website.

Woo HOo!!! Shine on Girl! Shine on!

Shine on Award

I got my first award ! =)

not bad for someone who just started! pretty exciting…

 I like to take time to thank Jules aka For Vanity’s Sake.  Jules was the first person to be-friend me on blogging. So Thank you Jules! Her blog is ah-Mazing! she totally knows what shes doing when it comes to fashion and blogging!  Check out her blog! ❤ 

UPDATE: I am a TWO time nominee! I also got nominated by Tarah Saint aka AdornedInArmor. She’s the sweetest girl. Thankyou! Check out her blog! ❤

If you would like to accept and forward the award on, the “Shine On” Award rules are:

  • Display the award logo to your blog.
  • Show appreciation by acknowledging the blogger who nominated you and link back to them in your post.
  • Share 7 random, interesting things about yourself.
  • Nominate 15 bloggers you admire and happily pass on this award, making sure to link their blog into your post.
  • Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know.

Random Facts

  1. My favorite scents are fresh scents. MMmmmm… MINT.
  2. Crowded places overwhelm me
  3. I hate being short
  4. I only listen to electronic/dubstep music
  5. My car is way overdue for an oil changer
  6. I feel awkward wearing red lipsticks
  7. I am behind on blogging and wedding planning

My Nominations

Loved and Lost 

christine dianne

ghibli princess

inspire me mon ami

adorned in armor

Minor Dream

koncealedbeauty

ifthelipstickscouldtalk

Shine on bloggers, Shine on !!!

The Playa

Theplaya

BOO!!! We don’t like playas!!! Well! In this case we do! Sometimes, we get sucked into commercials and ads so often we rush out and buy products that we pretty much already have at home. You’ll be surprised when you go through your old makeup drawers and see you’ll find =)

Wet N Wild Eye Primer, Take on the day eye primer

Wet N Wild Shimmery eye primer $4.99 (varies), Cream Products, This is overall cream products (Does not have to be this brand or specifically this product) . This product was made for prepping your eye shadows

Alternative uses:

  • Use on top of cheek bones or brow bone for high lighter
  • Apply product on top on the center of your eye shadow-This would enlarge your eyes.
  • Apply on top of cupids bow OR center of your bottom lip to enhance your lips.

Aceite Oil 3, beauty oils

Oils (This one is ACEITE 3)- This ranges anywhere from almond oil, coconut oil, castor, olive, jojoba oil, NOT Vegetable cooking oil!, Prices may vary $0.99-$5.99.

Oils are a SUPER-playa (LOL), not only is it great at multi-tasking you probably have some laying around the house so no need to go to the store. They can be picked up at your local pharmacy (CVS or Walgreens) or regular stores (Walmart or Target).

Alternative uses:

  • Hair Serum
  • Cuticle oil
  • Eyelash serum- Don’t expect Kim K lashes but I apply a small amount nightly and noticed the missing patches are filling in.
  • Dry patches for skin- Do not over apply you will be oily.
  • Eye/lip makeup remover
  • Lip balm

Sonia Kashuk Fluffy eye brush, multi-task products

Fluffy Eye brush, (No specific brand-This one is Sonia Kashuk), Once again probably already in your collection. If not they are easily located –Unless you live in middle of nowhere or the jungle. Ranges from high-end or pharmacy-Or once again Walmart. Favorite affordable brand: Eco tools, Real Techniques, and Sonia Kashuk.

Alternative uses: – OR ways of using

  • Applying OR blending shadow
  • Blending Concealer
  • Applying highlighter
  • Applying/blending bronzer
  • Applying cream products- eye primer

 

Maybelline Concealer, Concealer, liquid concealer, multi-task products

Concealers– Again, you should already have in your collection. Usually when you think of concealers you think covering blemishing but they are so much more.

Alternative uses:

  • Of course covering imperfections- dark circles and blemishes
  • Eye primer
  • High lighting (lighter shades) , Contouring (darker shades)
  • Shaping brows- applying skin tone shade or lighter on areas of the brow making them more define and no needing to pluck extra hairs.

Lumene BB Cream, bb cream, multi-use products,

BB Creams This guy is natural a playa, He is MADE to be multi-function. What is a BB cream?? Foundation + Skin care= BB Cream. That’s right! Skin care in your makeup making your foundation/tinted moisturizer healthier for your skin! You can pick them up at your local drugstore or simply make your own.

Ingredients: Foundation, Moisturizer, Skin care product (SPF or light serum or day cream)

Alternative uses:

  • Tinted moisturizer- for work days- Use less foundation for light coverage
  • Foundation- Opposite use more for MORE coverage-for night time or days that need it.
  • Skin care- While its covering it’s also good for your skin- the SPF blocks sun while the moisturizer keeps it hydrated.
  • Face PRIMER- Keeping your face even toned or making your making your makeup last longer.

multi-use products, multi-task beauty products

These are the few multi-task products I have to show you guys today. Multi-uses aren’t just great for saving $$ but they’re a fun way to get creative. There is no limit with beauty!! So before you start playa hating, think outside the box. =) Tell me what are your multi-use products!

Have a wonderful day

ncybanner

Battle of the Blending Brushes

Blending brushes, eyeshadow brush

We all know the key to a great Smokey eye is to blend, unless you’re trying to look like Mimi from the Drew Carey show. Every girl should have at least ONE blending brush in her collection! Shoot! I’m sure even clowns own blending brushes. Let’s face it, brushes are not cheap, and there’s tons of them! So, which one do I go for? Which one should I skip? OR which one goes with my eye shape. Today, I am giving you the scoop on my blending brushes.

MAC 217, eyeshadow brush

MAC 217  $24, this very popular brush is universal. It fits from small eyes to large eyes and most eye shapes. This is a fluffy goat hair brush that is pinched at the base allowing you to pick up color while blending. You can do your whole eye look with this ONE brush! How magically does that sound?

Coastal Scents PRO Fluff Blender

Coastal Scents Pro Blending Brush, Ah… looks familiar?? Yes, this brush looks and works like the MAC 217. The quality may not be exactly the same but by a reduce price tag you are able to get multiple! What’s the big difference between this and MAC 217? Uh, the cost. This brush runs for $4.95.

WAIT! Don’t stop there! Every year they run a 50% off on their Black Friday making this brush about $2.50! Talk about Extreme Couponing!

MAC 217, Coastal Scents Pro Fluff brush, Eye shadow brush

MAC 217 VS CS = If you can’t tell the difference why should I tell you? Okay… my MAC one is dirtier.

MAC 224 brush, Eyeshadow brush

MAC 224 $32, This soft done shaped brush  not only is it great for blending eye shadow it’s great for blending concealer. Because of its large size I do not recommend it for smaller eyes.

Sigma E 35, Sigma beauty, eyeshadow brush

Sigma E35 $14 , this large dome brush is made for blending an allover eye look. This brush is compared to the MAC 224 except it has goat hair. This brush SCRATCHES my eye and its SHEDS a lot! But I guess for it being HALF the price of the MAC 224 you can’t complain too much.

Coastal Scents Classic Blender

Coastal Scents Classic Blender $4.99, Since I mention the MAC 224 was too large for smaller eyes this Coastal Scents brush would be a great option for an allover blending brush. Even though it’s pinched at base the bristles are loose making it fluff out.

Sephora PRO airbrush concealer 57

SEPHORA COLLECTION
Pro Airbrush Concealer Brush #57 $24,
this brush is AH-MAZING! It’s super soft and blends like a PRO! Blends concealer, foundation, eye shadow, you name it! But of course the price.

ELF Flawless Concealer brushELF Flawless Concealer Brush $3, I am not saying this is a complete dupe for the Sephora Pro Concealer brush, I’m just saying $24….VS $3. You do the math… Just Saying… =)

MAC 188, Elf stippling concealer brush

 

MAC 188 $35 , Okay I cheated, I got this brush at CCO for $20 but retails for $35. This small duo fiber brush does the same thing the Sephora brush does but it has loose bristles instead of dense. ELF Small stippling brush $3.

Lastly these are a few recommend brushes:

Laura Mercier Finishing brush,blending eye brush

Laura Mercier Finishing Eye brush $32, Okay if you can really splurge on ONE brush this is it! Because it is tapered (pointed) it reaches into the crease perfectly, the duo fiber bristles making it effortless to blend all your eye shadows. –I will be sad if I lose this brush.

Essential Tools Hi-Def. Deluxe Eye Duo set, Walmart brush

Essential Tools Hi-Def. Deluxe Eye Duo $6-$8, Surprise!!! It’s from Walmart. It’s a fairly larger brush but it’s great for an allover blending brush concealer blending. The Flatter brush I would use for blending shadows, cheek highlighter, or applying a light wash of color over your eyes.

PHEWWW…. That Was ALL the RUN DOWN on blending brushes!

Make up goes on and on and on. .  .  I really hope you guys enjoyed this post. As you can see you can NEVER have too many brushes HAHAHA =) but it’s always nice to have a little cash in your pockets by saving. There is an alternative option for everything. Even brushes…

Good Night,

ncybanner 

BRRRrrr….. It’s Cold Outside!

Winter Must HavesI dunno about you guys but during the winter my face feels like I just got Botox! And not in a good way…. I have combination skin but during these cold times my skin still gets pretty dry. I’ve always been told I have perfect skin. HELLO! *NEWS FLASH* Nobody has perfect skin! Victoria Secret Angels are even are brushed! That’s cause the people outside don’t see what I have to go through to make my skin look this way. My poor husband has to see me look like Shrek every once in a while with my mud mask. =D So sit back, get a cup of hot chocolate, and burn a Bath and Body Works candle and lets get started…

Clarisonic Mia, Winter must haves, Winter Skin care,

Clarisonic Mia

The Clarisonic. Yes, It is an investment but now these days you can get the MIA one for a discounted price. I got mine at the outlet for $100! You’ll be surprised how much makeup is still left on your face. EEeWwww…– Please don’t not use this more than twice a week,  IF you have dry skin just use ONCE a week or ONCE every two weeks.

Dead Sea, Mudd Mask, Winter skin care, winter must haves

Dead Sea Mud Hydrating Mask

The Dead Sea Mud Mask, this is the stuff that has your man saying,”Uhh…There’s dirt on your face”. I tried plenty of masks and most of them are about the same, the reults only last for a day so I was quite surprised when I got mine at TJ MAXX for $3.99 and my face was so hydrated for almost a week! WARNING! This stuff does BURN at first! Ah beauty is pain.

Tree Hut Body Scrub,Winter skin care, Winter must have

Tree Hut Body Scrub

Tree Hut scrub, well we scrub our face only makes sense we scrub our bodies… Scruba Dubb Dubb… I get mine at Walmart. Very affordable, Smells great! And it’s Natural ingredients =)

Lush Lip Scrub

Lush Lip Scrub

Don’t forget those lips too! Who wants to makeout with crusty lips? Heheh… This is the bubblegum lip scrub from Lush. I enjoyed the flavor but if you ask me go get some Free lip scrub! Located in your kitchen.(Sugar-brown or white & Olive Oil) Tahhh Dahhh!!! 

Tarte Maracuja oil

Tarte Maracuja oil

Face oils! If you don’t own any, then get out from under your rock! Oils is the new big thing! For combination/oily skin I recommend the Tarte Maracuja Oil  for Dry/combination skin I recommend the Josie Moran Argan Oil . You can get the trial size for $15, for a travel size it lasted for me awhile, you’ll thank me later.

The Body Shop Honey body butter, Winter must have, Winter Skin care

The Body Shop Honey body butter

Top everything off with our favorite body butter. Body Butters are lotions on steroids =) Highly recommend the The Body Shop body butter. I got mine on sale which still going on now.

Tom Ford Fall Lip Color

Tom Ford Fall Lip

Ysl Fall lip

YSL Fall Lip

 Let’s end this note with a fashion statement, the fall lip color trend. This ranges from everything from Plums, Burgundy, Wines, Deep reds, the list goes on and on. I think anybody can pull this off. Well with the Right shade anyways. If you don’t feel bold enough for the dark lip trend, try a sheer lip color or even a gloss.

Well now that you all know my secrets, you’ll all be glowing like J-Lo. Or… Rudolph… Let me know what are your winter essentials?  Hope you enjoyed this post!

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[LE] Bobbi Brown ‘Sequin Shimmer Brick’ Eye Palette-Review

Limited Edition Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Sequin Eyeshadow Palette

OoooO. AHhhhhh… Sparkleyy…

Bobbi Brown Sequin Shimmer Brick Eye Palette

Bobbi Brown Sequin Shimmer Brick Palette

The Limited Edition Bobbi Brown Sequin Shimmer Eye Palette was brought out during the 2013 Holidays Collection. This palette contains 10 shimmery shades with a nice size mirror. Bobbi Brown is very well known for their shimmer bricks now for the holidays they came out with shimmer bricks for eyes. Great for holiday parties!

Bobbi Brown Sequin Shimmer Brick Palette

Bobbi Brown Sequin Palette

On to the Review:

I got this as a birthday present (Thanks Kat) so I have not seen this palette in person. I wasn’t expecting it to be as small as it is. I didn’t noticed how comparable the colors were to the Urban Decay Naked 3 having the rose gold tones. (Review coming up). I had trouble swatching the first 4 shades because they weren’t as pigmented but this could be different on lighter skin tones. Most shimmer palettes usually start to blend in together and all the shades will start looking identical, this isn’t the case with this palette. This palette you will be able to see all the shades completely. For this palette I would use it for more natural look or a daytime wear look.

Limited Editon Bobbi Brown Sequin Shimmer Brick Swatches

Bobbi Brown Sequin Shimmer Brick Swatches

Bobbi Brown Sequin Swatches in natural lighting

Pros:

  • Compact/ Travel Friendly
  • Pigmented
  • Smooth/Buttery
  • Easy to blend
  • No Fall out
  • Some shades can multi-task by using as a face highlighter

Cons:

  • Colors can be mixed in together if you’re not careful or use a small enough brush
  • The first 4 shades aren’t as pigmented
  • Because this is all shimmer palette you would need another palette to make a full eye look.
  • Price is steep for a small palette
Bobb iBrown Sequin Shimmer Brick Eye Swatches

Bobbi Brown Sequin Swatches

Conclusion/opinion:

Overall this a great palette for someone who enjoys shimmery shadows or rosy tones. The quality is fantastic! Great for everyday wear. As much as I enjoy the rose gold look it can be hard to pick up on olive toned skin. I say if you already own the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette you could probably skip out on this one. Even though this was part of the holiday collection you can still get your hands on it on the Nordstrom or Sephora, or other major departments where Bobbi Brown is sold.

Ratings* :         8 / 10

ncybanner

It’s Here . . . . the 2014 Semi Annual Sale

It’s that one time of year that finally get to splurge and won’t feel guilty. Well, sort of. I’m talking about the Semi-Annual Sale folks! Bath & Body works and Victoria’s Secret have two major sales a year that usually last 2-3 weeks. I would almost say you can stop shopping all year and just stock up during the sale that would even last you till the next sale OR EVEN TIL THE NEXT YEAR! Here are my tips and ticks the Holiday Semi Annual sales.

Bath & Body Works Semi Annual Sale Haul

Bath & Body Works Winter 2014 Semi Annual Sale

Obviously, you would think this post is about “Greed”. =) Close! Imma show you how this is all possible without breaking the bank. Who wouldn’t love that?!

1. Coupons! -DUH!
– First off, BBW has a 3 day grace period! 3 Days before & after the coupon expires!
– BBW allows you to use multiple coupons but you have to split them into different transaction.

2. Don’t limit your self to one location, as a crazy person I went to multiple BBWs and some carry different products on sale. And some carry different prices.

3. Check out the Outlet! The BBW outlet carries discontinued items and different prices!

4. It is not necessary to rush out to the stores the first day. The first day will allow you better selections BUT if you wait towards the END of the sale (say the last weekend) many stores want to get rid of their unsold items by doing that they’re willing to almost give it away! You can check their sales on their Facebook which changes daily.

5. Don’t throw out your receipts! the bottom is a $10 OFF coupon that Never expires! You can fill out the survey HERE.

Bath & Body Works Survey coupon

$10 OFF BBW coupon

Next OFF Victoria’s Secret Semi Annual Sale

Victoria's Secet Winter Semi Annual Sale 2014

Victoria’s Secret SAS Haul

I have to admit I felt awkward posting my bras but wait till I tell you guy how much I paid! If you know anything about VS, you know its not cheap. So stock up now if your needing any bras or panties. Hehe.

Lotions were $1.99 !!- Reg: $12/ Or $20 depending on product line
All bras were$15 ! Reg: $48
Sport Bra were $15 ! Reg: $49
PINK hoodie were $10 ! Reg: $38

Remember how I said hold off till the last day? Well, originally prices were higher but I went in again the last few days of the sale and THEY WERE CUT DOWN EVEN MORE! This is a great time to use your secrets rewards card! And of course any coupons or gift cards from the holidays.

Bath and Body works Semi Annual Sale Receipt

BBW savings Receipt

I dunno about you guys but as cheap as I am I can say I was happy with my purchases. I held out on spending all year and splurge during the sale which you can see will last me for awhile. If you missed this sale don’t worry the next one will be in June. Which is only 5 more months away. =) Happy Savings everyone!

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Hello all you beautiful people !

Welcome to Beauty Sins,

Where we share our guilty pleasure for all things beauty. Join me on this journey of tips & tricks, reviews and advice. As a beauty hoarder, I feel what better way to share our passion and common interest than to start a blog! I would love to hear your thoughts and feelings as we go along…

Have a wonderful day !

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