2018 New Year’s Resolutions:

Hey everyone, how are you?

Throughout this year and previous years, I have been struggling with keeping blogs. One thing I hope for next year is that blogging becomes a habit for me or something I, at least don’t give up on.

November is ending soon and Christmas will soon be here. Another year will come to an end; another chapter book closed; a new one to open.

Usually at this time, people begin to think of things they want done or to do next year. Goals that either get swept under the rug or try-fail-succeed. A list easy to create; yet, not-so-easy to accomplish.

I, like them, have created this list time and time again. I, like some, have failed tremendously. I, like the few, have swept them under the rug. A list once made forgotten as the new year unfolds.

Every year when I make this list, I always write the same things- lose 30 lbs, read one book a month, write more, pray more, etc, etc. To me, it’s never heartfelt; rather, it’s everyone’s making this list, why not I? Then, I sit down to make it only to find an empty brain.

My stupid brain voided of all the things I can accomplish next year. My brain should be on cruise control. It should be ecstatic by now. A year is coming to an end! A new beginning is underway! But no, it’s not.

In fact, my brain is running the complete opposite right now. It’s dragging. Time’s ticking rather slowly with me on sleep mode. And so, I watched YouTube videos to hype my brain of the new year that’s coming (whether or not my brain’s intent).

And now, here is my

New Years Resolutions:

1. Travel more.

2. Using Digits app, save money.

3. Declutter my makeup.

4. Purchase makeup only when: needed, sale, or after October when Christmas gift sets come out.

5. Read one book a month.

6. Write for thirty minutes a day.

7. Revamp my WordPress blog.

8. Pay off my debts.

9. Set aside money for a car.

10. Clean my room.

11. Declutter my room.

12. Focus on BALANCE.

13. Watch YouTube videos other than makeup reviews, swatches, tutorials… etc.

14. Pray more.

15. Have more of God and I time.

16. Think of going back to school.

17. Follow my Low Nickel and GERD diets.

18. Follow and cross off as many as I can on this list.

19. Find inner peace.

20. One a day poems or lyrics.

21. Learn about poetry again.

22. Learn about cosmetics and how it’s used (only time to watch on YouTube).

23. Wash and clean my car at least once a month.

24. Declutter my trunk and keep it that way!

25. Eat less out and more at home.

26. Learn and keep sautéing.

27. Eat healthy.

28. Love myself.

29. Focus on the present.

30. Be more positive.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Remember the Rani Cosmetics lipstick reviews I made this year?Rani Cosmetics hadn’t come up with any new products before the year ends, so, I decided for today I would use their lipsticks for my holiday look. Because of its glitter, I don’t wear it daily to work; although, lots of people find some shades like chai, latte, henna, and tattoo just to name a few are perfect daily types. I find chai and latte I would like to wear as daily but a bit scared.

Anyways, here’s the look:

I used Rani Cosmetics Sparked Dazzling Liquid Lipsticks in Chai and Mango to create this lip look.

For my eyes, I used Tarte’s new campfire themed Tartelette Toasted and Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner. I just realized I forgot mascara.

That’s it!

Happy thanksgiving!

Hourglass’ Gel Eye Liner

Hey everyone!

I received a sample of Hourglass’ gel eyeliner with my order of their slim lipstick and lip oil treatment in Icon. In my previous blog post, I used this product. The other day I used it as well.This is in shade Meteorite. From both times using I can say this is not my favorite at all. Priced at $18, Hourglass claims:

1.5MM MECHANICAL GEL EYE LINER – METEORITE

THE PRECISION EDGE

$18

Introducing the newest shade of the thinnest, softest, waterproof gel liner. Encapsulated in a 1.5MM mechanical pencil, this liner offers precision accuracy and ease of application. No pot, no brush, no clean-up required. Just two clicks and one stroke creates dramatic definition that resists transfer for extended wear.

Available in 3 other shades here.

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FEATURES AND BENEFITS

•The unique formula, poured into a slim mechanical component, has the malleability, intensity and staying power of a traditional gel liner. No pot, no brush, no clean-up required.

•The waterproof, transfer-proof and long-lasting formula delivers extended wear.

•The precision 1.5MM tip ensures effortless control, and

allows for tightlining in between lashes.

• .002 OZ / .06 G

How to use:

•Two clicks will dispense enough gel formula to line the eye.

•Only dispense product as needed – mechanical pencil does not retract.

•Replace cap after each usage to prevent drying.

•Remove with a waterproof makeup remover.

I am not quite happy with this liner. Being a gel liner, I would think this product would glide on smoothly rather than feel dry and tugging. This pencil I have broken three-five times in one use. That’s a lot for a small amount of product priced at a high rate.

While this is a major turn off, I do like the liner is skinny and easy able to apply on waterline and tight line my upper lash line without a huge mess. But it could be because the product is so dry. If the product was gel-like as Marc Jacobs and Cargo’s maybe the product would get a bit messy.

Marc Jacobs and Cargo both sell really nice gel liners. Marc Jacobs is retractable and once the liner sets it won’t budge. Cargo’s is Swimmable. These liners need to be sharpened. I have not had any problems with these ones.

Marc Jacobs does have their own skinny eye liners; however, being smaller packaging than their original liners and priced $1 less, is it really worth it? A regular liner is $25; the ultra skinny liners are $24. I have not yet tried the ultra skinny. I wonder is it worth it?

Have you tried the Hourglass eyeliner? Maybe I just received a dud? Either way, I am so glad I didn’t purchase the full size versions when I wanted to. To me, it’s not worth it.

Tarte’s Tartelette Toasted

Hey everyone. Happy Sunday!

I have purchased the Tarte’s new Tartelette Toasted palette. This palette contains 12 warm shades of both mattes and shimmers. Toasted palette is designed with campfire in mind. So each individual shades are based on campfire themes like getting Cozy feeling the Warmth and hearing the Crackle of the Flame[s] as you sit around the Fireside eating Smore[s] and enjoying a cup of Latte.

This palette comes with a small card with two eye looks and their instructions. I created one of them called Flamin’ Hot.

As you see, based on this look, I added my own twist.Using Marc Jacobs’ Blacquer gel liner, I lined my top lashes and bottom waterline. I, then added a bit of a sample sized Hourglass gel eyeliner in Meteorite on both bottom and top lash lines. Throwing in a thin wing line with Kat Von D’s Tattoo liner, I retouched the upper line with Hourglass’ gel liner again.

Before applying mascara, I coated my lashes with a sample of Dior’s lash primer. Rather than using the Tarte’s mascara, I used Benefit’s Roller Lash mascara for both top and bottom lashes. I just purchased this and is my first time using it.

After all this, I used Hourglass’ stick foundation as a concealer only in areas I needed/wanted to apply (under my eyes, around areas needing concealing), then, I quickly brushed on some Mood Exposure blush on my cheeks and followed up with Hourglass’ setting powder in Radiant Light (not to be confused with its bronzer).

To set all this, I sprayed Kat Von D’s Lock It setting spray all over my face. Lastly, I used Sephora’s Liquid cream to matte shades in numbers 25 and 42. Number 25 is Coral Sunset and 42 is one of the Rosewood shades. I applied Coral Sunset all over my lips but found it to be too bright than I was going for for a campfire theme. Therefore, defined my lips as best as possible with the Rosewood shade to deepen the color tone.

And voila! There’s the after results.

Pictures of all products I used:

Spider Witch Makeup Practice

Hello again! Using my Kat Von D Tattoo Liner and Saint and Sinner eyeshadow palette, I created the eye look. Adding to the look, I threw in Cargo’s black liner in the Swimmables holiday collection purchased back in September and with the Tattoo Liner, I drew in some spider webs. How does this look? Any suggestions?? Please let me know any advice you can give to improve this for tomorrow’s look.

Also, for the lips, I went with Sephora’s Dark Forest in their liquid cream stains and Dior’s liquid lipstick in Black Matte. How does that look? Please let me know what you think.

Have a good rest of your weekend and enjoy Halloween.

SpiderWitch

Hi everyone. I’m in the habit of posting random times now. I wish I had the discipline to do daily, but that’s not happening.

Halloween is in two days. Tomorrow, the school I work at has their Halloween party. My first year there I went as a cat and had the tail. Walked in to find only two to three teachers did something for Halloween. So… awkward? But I didn’t care. The kids loved it.

This year I want to go as a witch. I’m sure so many are because I heard whispers of teachers talking about costumes. My last minute decision turned into my favorite costume at Target not having my size in store! I love that spider witch costume 😦

So, I went to Citi Trends which barely had anything. Then, I went to Party City. There, I found one with costume. It’s a classic witch costume. There’s no green. But I have the green cape that goes with the costume shown above. I purchased standard size. Standard one size usually fits me… this size fit me better than the medium in the actual spider witch costume. I was so lucky because there’s no return policy. But the size isn’t a perfect fit 😦 That’s what I get for last minute decision. But I rarely do this, so it’s ok. Next year, I’ll plan better because I do plan on getting that spider witch costume!! I just noticed the price of it went from $25 down to $12.50 for it. So I should get it before next year. What do you think?