Makeup I miss... Covergirl Smoothwear Liptints

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Okay so i love finding a product that is just THE IT product and works well for everything!
Then, by the time i find this product, it is discontinued and that is just so frustrating. This product was so it for me when it was discontinued I wrote a handwritten letter and emailed CoverGirl about this with how disappointed i was with the loss of such a great product.

The product is CoverGirl Smoothwear Liptints. My fave shade is #205 Blush Wine (see right pic for swatch).
This product is a smooth lip gloss and in my mind was ahead of it's time. It is super moisturizing with aloe, Shea butter (before Shea butter was an IT ingredient), and Vitamin E. It's long lasting and leaves lips super soft. This color in particular was chosen because it just enhances my own natural lip color. I love glosses in my own lip color and this one is IT. The tube is small enough to fit in any purse and is great on the go at .45 oz.

According to the packaging it is:
  • Sheer natural Looking, conditioning shine
  • Don't go Bare- Go Better! Smoothwear Liptints for nude & improved lips. Sheer enriched with Vitamin E, Aloe, & shea butter. Beautify with natural looking shine for soft supple lips over time.
This builds a better set of lips, even when it wears off there are just soft lips that feel great.
There is no peppermint oil in it to provide that sting or plump like my Buxom Dolly gloss ( which the DH hates Buxom for that reason) and it's got a great sheen. It IS my go to when i have nothing else that seems to work or just want color on the weekend without thinking about it. This gloss was using shea butter ebfore it was a huge ingredient in everything from lips to body creams and beyond. So moisturizing. it is perfection

The product was replaced by the Fruit Spritzers, which are NOT the same. They are sticky and greasy and the flavors are very over powering for me. My daughter loves it because they smell so good ( she's only 3) and ran off with the Plum version i had, which was the only acceptable color in the bunch for me and it wasn't that great.

I truly wish Cover Girls had not discontinued the product and i am now reduced to having to look for it on ebay and I did find it at an Aussie site called Glossi, which lists the Liptints for $5AUD. I have 9 here at home and 7 are unopened so i have stock for a while but is till want more because this is a fave of mine. Please CoverGirl bring back the original Smoothwear Liptints!

So what makeup product or beauty product do you wish would come back? I'd love to hear from you!

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Baby shower dreamin'

Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Well, i'm six months and change right now. Expecting baby #2 Labor Day weekend.
It's going to be a boy!

So we will have a matched of this September. So since I've been on a creative streak, I wanted to share some of my thoughts and inspiration for the baby shower

I want a baby shower tht features the color pallet of brown, blue, green and lavender. I'm doing this not only as a shower but a party where all my friends will be together in one space. Since embarking on a tough last academic semester, I reallyhaven't hung out with friends in along time. This pregnancy has ben a bumpy ride but, still optimistic about being more active than last time around.

Created an inspiration board with items and colors i like. I think I need to create a second one b/c my ideas are so much more numerous.

Yup. There will be cupcakes. I hate cutting cake and it gives me the chance to use a tiered cake stand. I found this link to make one for about $5. Interesting. This article has great instructions as well. The Blog Vintage Joy had this post with a cupcake stand made of terracotta pots and pieces. I like it a seems very sturdy as well. The tutorial is located on Once Wed, which is a great place for DIY wedding projects which can translate to any special occasson. Knowing i just said i hate cuttng cake i really love the belly cake trend. They are so cute and sexy all at the same time.

The bunch of flowers is in the invite i want from lukecommasara 's Shop on Etsy. Just love it! The tissuepaper pom-poms yes i love Martha's pom-poms. Love them! They are so easy to make and are so festive. Then i want to give Bluebonnet seeds as the favor. The Texas stae flower which is blue and accordingto TX DOT they are to be planted frm September 1 to December 15th. Which is great snice the baby will be born in September. I also like the fact that when seeds and plants are involved, it's usually a family endevor. When the bluebonnets are out families take many pictures and it's truly a special time in Texas.

Speaking of flowers, for the table i'd love to have green mums they are just great flowers. They are great looking, modern, chic, clean looking and inexpensive. Simple to add a rose or a focal flower or leave it in an arrngement by itself.

Well, these are my musings on a baby shower. Any ideas drop a comment. Yay party planning...yay a new kiddo!

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Makeup review - mark cosmetics by avon

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Looking for great base colors for my eye shadows I purchased some products from mark. cosmetics by Avon.

I got the Winkstick in Demure..which is a creamy shadow in a champagne color. According to the product description: Creamy eye shadow shades glide on smoothly and provide a lasting shimmer. It is a hook up eye shadow stick which means it's part of a modular system which makes it ultra portable to place in a purse or travel bag.

The shade is great champagne color and very shimmery. Testing it out on my hand, it was very soft and the color is excellent. Tried it out the other day as a base to a nice daytime look and I have to say i am very impressed with it's staying power and the fact that a cream shadow did not crease on me.

The next two items are the Mini mark it Stick. I got this product in two colors: Cocoa Bean and Shell. Cocoa bean is a silvery taupe color and the Shell color is a soft nude color. This shimmer stick is so creamy and soft. The product description is: A super-soft, shimmery pencil that glides over lids or along lash lines. In fact, if you mix Coaco bean and shell you get UDPP color of sin. how cool is that and cheaper than buying the genie bottle.
These are very sexy can are great to use as my first layer in an eyeshadow look. No creasing here either. This exciting for someone who has avoided cream eyeshadow for just that specific reason and that i have oily skin so the two do not mix well. Shell also goes well in the corner and lower lash line to brighten and open the eyes. Great stuff. At $6 bucks a piece it a good investment.

My final product was the mark Glossblossom Ripening Lip Tint. This product I bought truly wondering if there was a non-brown pink that could look good on me. I have full lips so i have a phobia of looking like bozo in the pink and red color tones. Phobia aside i decided to try it out and I'm glad I did.

This gloss is so awesome. Oh let me include the product description: Goes on clear, then ripens to a juicy pink to leave lips tinted and shiny. Alluring, personalized pink tone lasts even after the gloss is gone.

Holy moley when i say that my lips looked ripe. it was like what the lips look like after a long kiss with the hubby. The stain stays after the gloss is talked or fades through a normal day. It's great. My lips are so soft! It begins as a kinda clearish gloss with a gold shimmer. Really brings on the pout to the lips. in less than 10 seconds my lips were turning this outstanding pink. Not too bright and not too dark. Just like a beautiful juicy rose color. My lips are soft due to the
JOJOBA oil and the best part is that it's not sticky like other lip glosses. It's a small tube but a little goes a long way. This was $6.50 and so worth it. It's affordable and delivers! I will have to purchase more of this when it eventually runs out. This will make great gifts and stocking stuffers for Christmas.

All this and I got free shipping using the code: MFS20 which gets you free shipping on an order of $20 or more. I love that mark has codes for so many levels of purchase from $15 to $35 or more. free shipping is always a great thing.

So if you'd like to purchase these or any other great mark products you can check them out at My Mark Store.

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Hair..lovely hair..soft hair..elegant hair

Thursday, May 13, 2010
Given the strapless style of my gown, I really want to do something soft and elegant. I've compiled a few choices and would love the input or suggestions.Love the Longoria Pic and the second pic from the left on the bottom row a lot. Biel is center of the mosaic cause it's my top fave.

i just want something soft and elegant but not over the top.

so many to choose from. let me know what you think.

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wedding bling!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010
It's been a while since the hubby and i have attended a wedding. I'm so excited. My daughter's godmother is to be married in June and I'm all a flutter with finding just the right items to wear to her fabulous nuptials.

My hubby has decided he wants to wear his Army dress blues and who am I to say no to my hubby looking uber cute in his uniform, so i have decided to go formal with my attire as well.

My first thing was to find a dress that would accommodate my ever growing tummy. Looking through pictures of gowns i decided that $200 plus bucks was too much to spend on a single gown. so to eBay i went. I wanted a strapless gown that was playful and elegant and mostly my desire was that it had to have chiffon. notes chiffon as A very lightweight, sheer, flat-crepe textured silk with a dull, soft finish. Often seen in overlays for evening gowns. Excellent for shawls or scarves where a floaty look is desired.

I love how flirty chiffon looks. It just takes me back to all the classic movies i've ever seen with beautiful floaty filmy fabric on gowns. Chiffon shows up in the most beautiful awys just look at Anna Kendrick at the 2010 Oscars:
Chiffon just has that very beautiful appeal and is so light and awesome against the skin. I'm babbling i know.

anyway off to eBay i went in search of a maternity gown that had chiffon. It took me forever to narrow down a style..then i saw as i was surfing one day Tia Mowry's wedding gown:
I went nuts! Chiffon abounding here in this Kevan Hall creation. I loved the whole thing. I knew that something like that would also be easy to wear with my growing belly. However, searching for a dress that was a knock-off of the gown was tough. However, I found something that was just wonderful. at $80 bucks and free shipping it was just in my budget and i could get the color customized to what i want.

To go along with my hubby's Dress Blues I decided to go with a shade of pink that I totally love: Raspberry! This Grecian style gown had the shade i wanted so after emailing the company that i wanted this shade exactly they cheerfully agreed to have it color matched. They also agreed to cut the train off and make room for the belly..yay!

This is just a sexy pink color! Now for shoes. Can't go high because my state of balance is off so a nice 2" to 2.5" heel would be great. Again scouring the net and any shoes store i came upon these:
A little lighter than the raspberry color in fact calls it fuchsia. It's called Grace by Metaphor. It was a true steal at $11.99 on when the original price was $34.99 I thought this was just lovely. simple and glam all at the same time. with shipping i still was at $16 so i am just elated! Shipping was quick and i got my shoes in a few days. Tried them on and they even have wiggle room in case my feet decide they want to expand. Heel height is about 2.5 inches and this is just very nice. Sears is just one of those place where you can find the unexpected nice item that is quality and the price is always right.

On to the BLING!!! This is not an occasion for me to fret over making my own jewelry although i wanted to but time is of the essence. So I went to yes eBay again and i found a lovely little shop called Robyn's Rhinestones. Beautiful costume jewelry and great prices. I love the way the brides of India dress up with the big jewelry and necklaces. It's simply stunning. Found something Victorian inspired but also reminded me of Bollywood and all that jazz:

This set was $24 and is such a show stopper! This picture does not do justice to this set. it's better in person and not heavy so my ears won't hurt at the end of the evening. Can't do a lot f dancing anyways with my high risk pregnancy so it works out. ha! But yeah beautiful pink crystals and rhinestones on gold tone scroll work. how happy am i! She also had this set in a clear and silver but this gold and pink is just stunning!

I can't wait to get my dress and try it on. In efforts to look great in the dress i started working out my upper body with my resistance bands an i'm noticing a difference already. Yay so exicted to go this wedding and look just great along with my cute hubby. At $120 this is a budget keeper. Next post should be about hair. Still looking for a purse. Would welcome any suggestions.
Tell me what you think!
Until next time!

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