EMPTIES #1

Hello Everyone!

This is my first empties post! I don’t tend to finish many products quickly, and I have been saving some of my trash for a while now. If you have never seen or heard of an empties review, it’s when products that have been completely finished by the user are reviewed. I always love reading these, and I was excited when I realized that I finally had enough items for a good sized post! Let’s get to it!

The titles of the product = direct links to that item.

MAC Technakohl Eyeliner in Graphblack 

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This is actually a repurchased product. I used this eyeliner in high school as well. I flew through my first one, but I stopped lining my water line (and mainly use liquid eyeliner). This second one has lasted me a few years, but I still love it. I don’t experience transferring or smudging, and I don’t have to deal with sharpening my eyeliner all of the time. This was the first higher end eyeliner that I purchased, and I never saw the need to try something different. I loved being able to throw this in my purse for touch ups when I was only using liquid liner. The only reason I needed touch ups is because my eyes water like crazy by the way! This pencil retails for $16 USD, and I would definitely repurchase. I would probably buy whatever brown shade this is because I already have two black pencils at the moment.  I believe this eyeliner is part of the “Back 2 MAC” program, so I will definitely be saving it for a lipstick swap when I have 6 empty qualified products saved up!

L’OCCITANE Cooling Hand Gel Cream

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I linked the travel size, but this I used the sample size. I used this as a hand cream while in the car for my long drive to Seattle (from Orange County). I like that it was cooling, especially because it was hot outside. My complaint: the consistency is so thin! I felt the need to reapply so frequently that this sample definitely did not last as long as it should have. It had a nice, fresh lemon scent though. I have really dry skin, and this just was not enough for me. The travel size retails for $12 USD for only 1oz! Would I repurchase? Most definitely not. This was a gift, and I did enjoy using it. But that being said, I don’t like having to reapply a hand cream every single hour. I prefer a thick consistency!

LUSH Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub

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Oh LUSH. I do really like many of their products, and Ocean Salt was not an exception. The lime and coconut scent was amazing, and my skin always felt so smooth afterwards. I do prefer this as a body scrub because I feel like the salt is too abrasive for my face. Lately I have been using body scrubs from The Body Shop, and I have been preferring those over Ocean Salt. I do really like this scrub though. It retails for $21.95 USD for 4.2oz. Would I repurchase? Maybe someday. I just like The Body Shop scrubs more because they feel more moisturizing than this scrub does. Whatever you do, do NOT use the scrub AFTER shaving your legs. This is a VODKA-BASED scrub and it WILL burn. I made the mistake once, never again. I like that the salt melts down as your scrub yourself, and it does do a great job os stripping off the top layer of dead skin.

Dearderm Milk Vitality Ample Mask

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This mask was given to me by my friend Chris. I believe he bought it from the Japanese market in the area called Mitsuwa Marketplace. On Amazon the mask is about $6 for one + shipping, but you can purchase 12 for ~$20+shipping. I believe they are only $2-3 at Mitsuwa, but don’t quote me on that. These masks are always hilarious to me. It is a mask that has a cotton sheet drenched in the product that you put on your face for 20 minutes. People always look like a wet mummy with them on. It claims to help skin vitality, moisturize, tighten pores, and improve your skin’s elasticity. Does it help with those things? Not really. I’d say it did help moisturize, but my pores did not look any difference. I didn’t really feel like my skin was glowing afterwards either. It was a nice little moisture pick me up for my face, and it felt nice and cooling when I put it on. Would I repurchase? No. I liked using it, but non of the masks that I have used in this style have really done it for me! It also claims to be a milk mask, but it doesn’t have lactic acid! Lactic acid is an AHA exfoliant, which is great for daily use. I’ll stick to my St. Ives AHA pads.

Dove Go Fresh and Go Sleeveless Deodorant 

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I linked to the Go Sleeveless because I did prefer that deodorant to the Go Fresh. I purchased the Dove Go Fresh plum and sakura blossom scent twice before trying the Go Sleeveless soothing chamomile. I have a problem with a lot of deodorant scents making me nauseated, and I didn’t have a problem with these two. I liked the plum for a while, but I wanted something with a more mild scent. I do like both of these, but I have started using a different Dove deodorant that I do like more now. If you like a ibt of a stronger, more sweet/floral scent, then I would recommend the plum and sakura blossom. If you like something that it more mild then go for the soothing chamomile. The Go Sleeveless didn’t really make a difference in the appearance of my underarms like it claims, but I just wanted something that would keep me smelling nice and fresh! I would say that my underarms did feel a bit more moisturized as compared to the go fresh, but it wasn’t that noticeable. I bought these for around $3 at Target, and I may repurchase the go sleeveless someday, but I have been enjoying the new Dove deo that I have been using more recently.

Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask

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I bought this before I got a pixie cut when my hair was really fried in some parts. Now, sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and get that fried hair cut off. I was trying to rescue it, but I was at the point of no return. However, I did continue to use this in leu of a regular conditioner, and it is great for that. I have short hair, and it lasted me almost a year. I purchased it for about $5 USD at my local Target. Would I repurchase? Yeah! This is a great conditioner. My hair always felt very full and soft after using it (about 2-3x/week). I bought a different brand (Aussie) because I was choosing between the two when I bought it, and I still wanted to try the Aussie. I will be going back to the Neutrogena once I finish the Aussie. This one doesn’t leave a strong lingering perfume smell like the Aussie one does, and I prefer the screw top to a squeeze bottle. I have only used the Aussie brand deep conditioner once now, so it really is too early to judge. I do really like this, and I would recommend it. I do still deep condition with coconut oil as well.

 

Have you used any of these products How do you like them?

xoxo
Tina

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REVIEW: MAC LIQUIDLAST LINER

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Why hello everyone!

It has definitely been a while. I have been so busy, and I wanted to pop in and say hello! What better way than a review?

It has been very difficult to pry the stila Stay All Day liquid liner pen from my hands, and I haven’t wanted to try another liner since. I received this MAC Liquidlast Liner as a gift, and I have never tried a liquid eyeliner from MAC before.

LET ME WARN YOU NOW, if you are not keen to brush applicators, this product is NOT for you. The first time that I ever used a liquid eyeliner, it had a brush applicator. It was an absolute disaster!! I avoided them since, but that was about 8-9 years ago (wow, time flies!). When I opened this liner it felt like the ultimate test. It definitely gets easier with practice. I have been wearing winged-style eyeliner since the beginning of high school, so I have had my fair amount of practice.

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This eyeliner has great pigmentation, and it definitely lasts. I never experience flaking or smudging, with or without primer.

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I can get nice, clean wings with ease. The brush isn’t too long or flimsy. I’d say that it is a better brush applicator if you are just starting out with a brush style.

This eyeliner runs for $19.50, and you receive 0.084 fl oz. That is a whopping ~$232.14/fl oz! Oh my MAC! It is pigmented, and a little goes a long way.

Pros:

  • Pigmented
  • Long wear time
  • Stiff brush compared to others
  • Qualifies for Back 2 MAC program
  • Doesn’t irritate my eyes

Cons:

  • Brush applicator (if that’s not your thing)
  • Can be a little difficult to remove
  • Expensive for some (I think it’s priced just fine)
  • It gets on my eyelashes while applying

Blushing Daisy Score: 9/10

I knocked a point because I don’t like when liquid eyeliner gets all over my lashes during application. I prefer the stila pen for that sole reason. I do really like this liner. A lot of drugstore liquid eyeliners irritate my eyes, and this eyeliner does no such thing. I don’t mind it being a tad more difficult to remove because that ensures that the wear time is fabulous. I love that it qualifies for the Back 2 MAC program; I can save the empty tube, along with five other qualified products, for a new lipstick! I think it’s good to have different types of eyeliner in your arsenal. I am definitely happy to have this one be a part of  mine.

What is your favorite liquid eyeliner?

xoxo
Tina

REVIEW: MY TOP 3 MAC LIPSTICKS FOR SUMMER

Hello Everyone!

Today I am going to be reviewing my top three choices of MAC lipsticks for the summer season! I love bright colors, and all of these lipsticks are really fun.

I did make a video, yay! You can check it out here:

MAC Candy Yum-Yum (Matte)

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Candy Yum-Yum is a BRIGHT cool-toned pink. I think it looks awesome on many skin-tones (I am MAC NW-13). You really need to exfoliate your lips before using this lipstick, as you should with any lipstick to be honest. This matte formula will extenuate the dry skin on your lips if you don’t. With exfoliation, this formula looks great! It’s highly pigmented, and it lasts 6+ hours on me. It even gave me the pleasure of fading evenly after I ate three tacos! 😀

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MAC Vegas Volt (Amplified)

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Vegas Volt is a bright coral that leans more pink than red. This one, to me, is a chameleon; it looks different on everyone! I looked at many photos of this shade before I purchased, and I really do think that it caters to almost any skin tone. I was easily frustrated with this lipstick at first, but I think that I finally figured it out. Honestly, I figured it out right before taking these photos, ha! DEFINITELY exfoliate before wearing this one, and do not leave any balms on your lips before applying. I always applied this lipstick with very minimal lip balm residue, and it was always a patchy application! I applied Vegas Volt today with absolutely nothing on my lips, and voila! It went on evenly. Also, this lipstick tends to settle into the fine lines on my lips. It bothers me, but not enough to stop wearing it. The color payoff is worth the line “settlage” in my opinion! This will last about 6 hours on me, but it doesn’t fade as evenly when eating as Candy Yum-Yum.

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MAC Impassioned (Amplified)

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Impassioned is a bright fuschia-pink. The formula of Impassioned is the best formula from MAC that I have ever used EVER! I didn’t exfoliate before putting, and I could probably apply it without looking in a mirror. It just glides on so evenly! It lasted 6+ hours on me as well, and faded evenly. This shade is probably the most muted of the three, but it is still bright. I think out of all three, Impassioned caters to pretty much any skin tone. I really feel like this is a universally flattering shade!

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Blushing Daisy Scores:

  • Candy Yum-Yum: 10/10

  • Vegas Volt: 8/10

  • Impassioned: 10/10

What are your go-to summer shades?

xoxo
Tina

FOTD: June 6th, 2014

Hello everyone!

I thought I would just do a quick face of the day today. I am excited to review a bunch of products, but I want to use them just a tad bit more so that I can review them properly!

I wanted to look fabulous while I sat in bed and binged watch season two of Orange is the New Black! I won’t give any spoilers, but I feel like I should have waited to read the book until the series was finished… I am too practical for the huge differences between the book and the show! I am just going to have to enjoy the series in all of it’s false-ness. (:

Onto the products!
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  •  YSL Creme Blush in shade 4, Audacious Orange
  • MUFE Aqua Liner in shade 4, Diamond Lagoon Green
  • Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner, Jet Black
  • Smashbox Eye Brightening Mascara
  • Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara
  • ELF Brow Kit, Medium (Mixed with NYX Jumbo Pencil in Black Bean)
  • MAC Lip Erase Balm in Dim
  • MAC Amplified Lipstick in Vegas Volt
  • NYC Eyelash Curler

Photos, photos galore!

I really wasn’t in the mood to take selfies today, sorry if I don’t look too excited! (:

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I did a larger wing with the MUFE liner, then went over it with the Stila pen.

I did a larger wing with the MUFE liner, then went over it with the Stila pen.

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Looks like someone needs a wax!

Looks like someone needs a wax!

Glasses for comparison.

Glasses for comparison.

This blush is ridiculous. It's so natural, yet stands out beautifully.

This blush is ridiculous. It’s so natural, yet stands out beautifully.

I hope you enjoyed my FOTD! If you have any questions, don’t be afraid to ask!

xoxo
Tina

Swatches/Review: My MAC Eyeshadow Singles

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Hello everyone!

Yesterday I was gifted an overwhelmingly large amount of makeup (Thanks Bon!), and a big hunk of it was MAC. I only owned two eyeshadow singles beforehand, and I didn’t see the point of reviewing only two shades. I was actually planning on reviewing my MAC collection as a whole because of how small it was, but I have enough now to break it up into sections.

I like MAC’s eyeshadow, but I wasn’t wearing the two that I owned previously very often. You might be thinking why I neglect them, and, in all honesty, I neglect most of my eyeshadow! Since I received my Naked 3 palette for Christmas, I haven’t really been using much else. Well, it’s time to make a change!! My plan is to give my other shadows use alongside my beloved Naked 3!

No matter what brand eyeshadow, I will always use an eyeshadow primer. I switch back and forth between Too Faced Eyeshadow Insurance and Urban Decay Primer Potion. They both function on par with each other on my skin! For the swatches today, there is no primer though.

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MAC Veluxe Pearl Eyeshadow in Jealousy Wakes

This is a dark shimmery forrest green. It applies smoothly and is very pigmented! I didn’t experience fallout while swatching this.

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MAC Satin Eyeshadow in Melody

This eyeshadow is more light than Jealousy Wakes and appears to be matte. It looks a bit powdery, but I didn’t experience any fallout while swatching.

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Left: Jealous Wakes | Right: Melody

Favorite of the two: Jealousy wakes. I prefer darker greens, but they can both be used together in the making of a green smokey eye!

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MAC Frost Eyeshadow in Very Violet

This is a faintly shimmery purple. It’s not deep, but not too light. There was no fallout, and it is very pigmented.

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MAC Matte Eyeshadow in Shock-A-Holic

I don’t understand. This eyeshadow is definitely not matte. You can see the glitter in the photo!! This one was harder to build up, and it did have a little bit of fallout. It’s a bit more deep of a purple compared to Very Violet.

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Left: Very Violet | Right: Shock-A-Holic

My favorite of the two: Definitely Very Violet. Shock was hard to build up, and it still appears patchy in the photo. Shock was also not matte, but claims so on the package. I’m shocked! (pun intended)

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MAC Satin Eyeshadow in Faux

How do I explain this color? It’s a reddish-taupe that leans slightly brown. It is matte, pigmented, and I didn’t see fallout.

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MAC Veluxe Pearl Eyeshadow in Antiqued

This is a beautiful coppery-reddish brown. It’s shimmery, pigmented, and doesn’t fallout! I think the name is quite suiting.

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MAC Matte Eyeshadow in Passionate

This is a pigmented matte pinky-red. I didn’t see any fallout. I have no idea how to integrate this color, but I am up for the challenge!

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Left: Faux | Middle: Antiqued | Right: Passionate

Favorite of the three: Antiqued hands down. The color is so beautiful, and I am excited to use it with my Naked 3.

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MAC Veluxe Pearl Eyeshadow in Knight Divine

This is a shimmery grayish-black. I love setting my pencil liners with this. It’s pigmented and there’s no fallout when using.

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MAC Veluxe Pearl Eyeshadow in Bright Future

This is a shimmery yellow gold that leans more yellow. It’s pigmented and there is very minimal fallout. This is from the Style Warriors Collection, and I am assuming that it was LE (Limited Edition).

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Left: Knight Divine | Right: Bright Future

Favorite of the two: Tied. They are too different to choose between!

Overall Favorite: Antiqued

Overall Least Favorite: Shock-A-Holic

Blushing Daisy Score: 9.5/10

  • Pigmented
  • Long lasting
  • Wide shade variety
  • Little to no fallout
  • Only two shades had minimal fallout: Shock-A-Holic and Bright Future
  • Only one patchy shade: Shock-A-Holic
  • Blend easily
  • $15 a pop

I like these overall, and would consider purchasing more in the future! Do you own any MAC shadows? How do you like them?

xoxo
Tina

Quick Eye Makeup- 5/7/14

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I really don’t like uploading photos from my phone, but I don’t have my camera with me at school! (Hello from my college’s library!)

This morning, I snagged a few products before I ran off to school. I am happy that the bathrooms in the library are empty in the morning, and the lighting is, surprisingly, quite nice!

My eye makeup today consists of only four products!

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  • Maybelline Color Tattoo in Tough as Taupe
  • MAC Satin Eyeshadow in Faux
  • Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner (Black)
  • Smashbox Photo Op Eye Brightening Mascara (Black)

 

Directions:

  1. With a CLEAN finger, apply the color tattoo onto your eye as a base.
  2. Blend it out upwards slightly above your eye socket.
  3. Apply Faux all over where you just applied the color tattoo.
  4. Apply a heavier, concentrated layer of Faux in the outer corner.
  5. BLEND your crease!! You do not wan’t a solid line of shadow (The photo doesn’t show how blended it really is in person, I apologize!)
  6. I would add a highlight from where the shadow you just applied ends, to the brow bone. (This will help you blend as well- I didn’t have one with me)
  7. Line your eyes with eyeliner however you please (optional)
  8. Add Faux under your eye lightly. This will make your eyeliner look less harsh if you apply it on your lower eye (as I did).
  9. Curl those lashes with a WARM curler! (I stick it in my waist band on my pants when I start my makeup so that my skin can warm it up!)
  10. Apply mascara. Let dry.
  11. Apply another coat of mascara. (optional, I didn’t today).
  12. I applied my mascara to my brows to fill them in a bit more!

You can use any color cream eyeshadow along with a complimenting powder shadow! Have fun with it!

I really hope that you have a wonderful hump-day!

xoxo
Tina

Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Eyeliner Pencil Review

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Look at this beauty!

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First Photo (12pm):

  • No primer!
  • Applied UD liner
  • Smudged it with my finger
  • Applied a little more UD liner
  • Curled lashes (NYC curler)
  • MUFE Smokey Extravagant Mascara

I love testing the wearability of new pencil liners! I am SO picky when it comes to them. I have been solely using MAC’s Technakohl Graphblack pencil liner since I was 15, and I went through a lot of (drugstore) liners before I caved and bought that one. It was love at first line. I haven’t tested a basic black pencil liner since!

Recently, Todd surprised me with Urban Decay’s new pencil liner, and I was stoked. I have been wanting to try their eyeliner for a few years now  (yay for being broke!).

I wore it earlier in the week with primer and eyeshadow, and it didn’t budge. I knew that I wanted to test it by itself sans primer before I posted a review.

I’ll let the photos speak for themselves first!

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This photo was taken at midnight (12 hours later). The fallout you see is actually my mascara. There was some fading, but it faded so perfectly that it looks pretty freshly applied!

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This photo was taken at about 10am this morning (22 hours later). It looks the same as when I went to bed. (I know I am gross for sleeping in my eye makeup… It was for science!). I AM AMAZED. I could literally just walk out the door right now.

Pros:

  • LONG LASTING
  • Pigmented
  • Buttery smooth

Cons:

  • Needs sharpening
  • A little pricey ($20 a pop!)

Blushing Daisy Score: 10/10!!

This baby is worth the price. I think I found my new HG (Holy Grail) pencil liner!
Thanks Todd!!

xoxo
Tina

*I’m not affiliated with MAC or Urban Decay

FOTD: 4/18/14

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Hello everyone!

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend! I have been REALLY busy, and that is why this post is a day late! I want to start posting more FOTDs (Face Of The Days), as well as tutorials! If you have any suggestions for tutorials: comment below, post on my Facebook page (link below), tweet me (link below), or email me at blushingdaisyblog@gmail.com!

My father is in town for the weekend, and we went out to dinner last night! I have been in a bit of a makeup rut, being so busy with school and all. So, I was excited to get back into the groove! If you want a tutorial on any of my FOTD posts, let me know!

Product List:

  • Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel
  • Ecotools brushes were used
  • Too Faced Primed and Poreless (loose powder)
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Tipsy (VERY lightly applied)
  • Too Faced Eyeshadow Insurance
  • ELF Eyebrow Kit, mixed with NYX Jumbo Pencil in Black Bean
  • Revlon Colorstay Liquid Liner in Blackest Black
  • MUFE Smokey Extravagant Mascara
  • MAC Vegas Volt (Lipstick)
  • Naked 3 Palette:
  1. Base: Strange
  2. Crease Blended upwards: Liar
  3. Crease Concentrated: Blackheart
  4. Highlight: Strange

Any questions? Feel free to ask!

Here is my lovely father, one of my best friends:

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xoxo
Tina

*I am not affiliated with any of the products listed above.

Fear the Falsie

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I have always had a fear of false eyelashes. I have tried to use them in the past to no avail. Eventually, I gave up. I told myself that I would be better off with out them! I didn’t really start thinking about them again until I started this blog. I knew for the betterment of some of my photos, falsies were a must.

Todd and I went to Mitsuwa, a japanese market, for lunch yesterday (yum udon!). While we were on our way out, something caught my eye in their Shisheido counter. A whole rack of Callas brand false eyelashes, and they were only $2/pair. “Now’s my chance,” I thought to myself. I knew I had a little over $2 jingling in my purse. They were calling my name! I dragged Todd to the stand and started looking at all of my choices. I knew that I wanted to ease into them with a natural looking pair. There they were, #507. I took them off the rack gently, staring at them. Wow, they are made from real human hair! I couldn’t pass them up.

After we left Mitsuwa, we had to head over to the Mall too! The one by our home has a Target in it, and I needed to pick up some duo eyelash adhesive. I spent 3X the price of the lashes on glue, “ain’t” that a shame? Oh well, it is an investment! We do have a Target closer to home than the mall, but I take any excuse I can to go window shopping!

Todd and I did go into Sur La Table though, (for those of you who don’t know, baking/cooking is another passion of mine!) and Todd made some fabulous purchases. He invested in an Aeropress (we LOVE coffee!!), and two special items just for me. I will only tell you one item today because I have a surprise related to the other item that I will be posting soon… 🙂 Anyway, Todd bought me an electric baking scale that was 40% off!! A BAKING SCALE YOU GUYS!! I can now make macarons along with many other things that need precise measurements! It will also help me price out some recipes…Thank you Todd!

BACK TO THE FALSE EYELASHES! I decided to hold off on the falsies until the next day. I was nervous, they were mocking me. I mustered up the courage and went for it. It took longer than I would care to admit to get them on properly, but I AM IN LOVE!! I never thought I would wear false eyelashes out in public, but I might now! They are just so beautiful. The pair that I chose do not overwhelm my hooded eyes!

I can actually say that I am excited to purchase some crazy looking ones for future posts. Stay tuned!

Product List:

  • Urban Decay Primer Potion
  • Too Faced Romantic Eye Palette
    1. Base: Bouquet Toss
    2. Crease: Un-Veil
    3. Highlight/lid: Soulmates
  • Callas Eyelashes #507
  • Revlon Colorstay Liquid Liner in Blackest Black
  • MAC Technakohl Eyeliner in Graph Black (upper waterline)
  • MUFE Smokey Extravagant Macara (only on bottom lashes)

xoxo
Tina

 

* Ignore the fallout under my eye!