My son will be a year old on May 21. I have had one hell of a ride this past year with him. He has made me pray for more patience and peace than the Pope. I love my son very much but I never thought that it would be so hard. I have taken care of everyone else’s kids and now that I have my own I almost lost my mind. I didn’t have much outside help. My husband and I figured it out on our own.
I had to make a budget, keep a list, and inventory baby supplies by the week for the first three months. After that, all that was left was to learn the baby and what his different crys meant and what he wanted. Now my little angel has a personality of his own and he likes to have his things a certain way. I don’t regret a minute of my life with my son and I thank God for him and will celebrate his birthday with a bang.
I want my son to have a wonderful first birthday. I just wish that someone would have given me a fair warning of what I was about to get into.
Foundation has been a tricky thing for me. I have been searching for a long time for a good foundation. I have tried many from high end to dollar store and I have found a few that actually make the cut. My foundation journey started when I was eighteen. I had a little acne in high school. I never really wore much makeup besides eyeliner and mascara and a little lip gloss. Back then I didn’t feel like I needed any coverage I mostly used a tinted moisturizer and call it a day. Then I suddenly got interested in foundation and what it does for you. I researched a lot of magazines and Internet to find out the truth about foundation. There wasn’t much then on the subject. When I turned 25 I really wanted more. I wanted my skin to look flawless and I knew I was missing something. So I went to the library and checked out books on the subject of makeup. My favorite book is “The Power of Makeup” by Trish McEvoy. I still read this book over and over and each time it refreshes my mind about makeup. We always wonder about what society and trends we never take the time to be realistic about our lifestyles and how makeup fits into that.
Finally I found the solution to my dilemma. I started with Covergirl. I tried every foundation and none did what I wanted and most of all they weren’t my color.(before the queen collection).The deepest shade I could find was tawny and I was darker than that. Then I tried Black Opal. It was too red and I am and olive/ yellow tone. So that made me turn away from them. Then I tried what was at my beauty supply at the time and I thought it was the right shade until one day, I got all made up to go somewhere and looked at myself in the rear-view, (the one mirror that will never lie) and I looked like a ghost. I was ready to give up.
I saw an infomercial about Bare Minerals. The next day I was watching QVC and there it was, a nine piece grand collection. I ordered two. One for a friend at the time. I fell in love. I used that collection down to the last drop. A girlfriend of mine told me about a Sephora that had just opened and I looked them up in the phone book. I called my local Sephora and asked if they carried it. They said yes and the next day I had my starter kit. I used that until the bottom of the jar, which, by the way, lasted me a year and a half. I was hooked and the most addicting thing is the Buxom lip polishes. They feel so good on your lips. You will crave them when you don’t have them. I love everything Bare Minerals.
I wasn’t quite converted from liquid foundation yet though. I was still searching for the right one for me. I felt it was unfair to convert to minerals when I hadn’t had a true liquid. I had to at least give it a try. I found out about MAC. I was fascinated with all the products they offered. I carefully did my research and followed the advice of many of my fellow you tubers telling me to go with a list because MAC’s makeup artists will sell you the whole store if you let them. So I went in got color matched and then pulled out my list. I was in love with Studio Fix powder and liquid foundation. A first because powder usually makes me drier since I have dry skin. I also bought a primer, moisturizer and a mineralized blush. Have used then all up except for the blush, and I went back and purchased a mineralized skin finish. I will repurchase MAC products. I love them, they wear great and stand up to my hectic schedule.
Later on I heard a little buzz about Revlon Color stay and people were comparing it to Studio Fix fluid. So I had to try it and I must say it does give it a run for it’s money. You can achieve the same coverage and result without the price or the hard core matte formulation. I use Revlon Color stay daily. It is my every day foundation and I love it.
A few honorable mentions are Covergirl queen collection and Iman stick foundation. Whatever foundation you choose for every day or special occasion make sure it is right for you and blend, blend, blend. Work it honey. You only live once.
XOXO Ms. Dee
Happy New Year to all my friends, family, and Internet friends. Let’s talk makeup to begin with. I noticed that I was being a little daring during the end of the year. I went out a bunch of times without makeup. I mean really without a stitch of makeup at all. Sometimes I was so busy I went out with my hair tied up a lot too. What I realized is that I needed to break down my makeup routine so that I could look good and get out of the house, with a 7 month old. I am a new mother and I generally am doing the same makeup I was doing before I was pregnant and I just don’t have the time. When I was awake until 2 a.m. trying to figure out how to fit my old routine that required 30 minutes into the 10 minutes I had. So I broke it down to the bare necessities:
Primer with some brightening or light reflecting quality to play with the light.
Liquid foundation or a creamy concealer for a even quick fix.
MAC mineralize skin finish natural to set everything with. That created a perfect bare canvas.
For dimension I use elf cool bronze for highlighting and contouring.
NARS Dulce Vita blush for a pop of color
Maybelline great lash big on my lashes, color sensational Nearly There on my lips with clear gloss and instead of liquid liner I switched to a pencil on the top lashes only for day to day wear.
This was a hard decision for me because I always like a lot of options and always want to change up my look. I realize that my life no longer offers me the luxury of time for that. I use these products daily and I only change them from week to week. The only products I switch are my blush and lipstick, which I have never worn until now.This saves me a ton of time and keeps me sane at the same time.
Now, about the lipstick thing. I never was a lipstick girl. I was always liner and gloss but one day I decided to try a red lip. I bought Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick in Bordeaux and loved it. I wore it until the end of the tube. I was hooked on Rimmel London Lipstick until I tried Maybelline Color Sensational in Plum Paradise. I was in love all over again. I loved the feel of this lipstick and the color was amazing I used it also until the end of the tube and now have a collection of not only Maybelline but Rimmel and NYC lipsticks as well. And to think all of this started when I wanted to try a red lip.These are all great lippies to try if you want to get started with a lipstick.
Another product I have converted to is Maybelline Great Lash “Big”. I never liked Maybelline great lash until now. They have given it a bigger fuller brush which was my only complaint about the mascara. Now I am in love. The maybelline great lash we all love now with a volume building brush I love it.
I am so glad to share all of this with you guys let me know what your favorites are and leave a comment. I want to hear your opinion. I will accept any and all requests also. XOXO Dee
Lately I have been on a quest to find a foundation that would match or rival my MAC Studio Fix Fluid and be affordable. Right now with a newborn son I can’t spare the money. I always have to think twice because babies are unpredictable. You never know when you will need funds for an emergency or supplies. I wanted the same great coverage and wear ability as studio fix but without the heavy feeling or price tag. I went to CVS and they were having a buy one get one half off sale on Revlon products. I reached for the Revlon Colorstay without a second thought. It is the only foundation I have used that has given me what I need out of a foundation. I am a 400 caramel in combination oily. That caramel is darker than the one for dry skin and I think the formula is better. I love Colorstay. I won’t reach for anything else.
I recently ordered products from www.eyeslipsface.com and I must say I am in love. Once again what I needed at a better price. I agree with the comparison of their studio blushes, eye shadows, and bronzers to NARS, but there is a difference in the quality. The ELF products are more powdery where the NARS has more pigment. With the right touch they do the job. I also got a hyper shine gloss from their dollar line. Those are now also my favorite. I can’t imagine why I paid so much when I could have gotten the same effect with a cheaper product. I have never been able to say this before but I am satisfied with my makeup. It all does what I need it to do and stays where I put it. So in true Danyell Essence style here is my list of August Favorites.
Foundation: Revlon Color stay
Elf cosmetics face and eye studio line
Elf hyper shine lip gloss.
Maybelline Color Sensational in Bronze Pearl
MAC mineralized skin finish Natural
Elf brow filler and lift
NYC lipsticks in burgundy and Cafe
Sally Hensen Quick dry nail polish in cinnamon
Elf cosmetics eyelid primer
Elf cosmetics cool bronzeer
Oil of Olay Complete Moisturizer
Avon Pore Fection Cleanser
I have recently placed three orders with elf cosmetics. I am patiently anticipating the arrival of my goodies. I could not believe what I had been hearing. There is a website with dollar cosmetics and three dollar studio line? Their products are comparable to NARS? I must admit I love NARS and I haven’t found a company that can top their quality. As far as their packaging, I can see the comparison. I like elf products already that are sold at my local Dollar General. I have a few of their brushes and false eyelashes. However, I did not know they had a website, and I certainly didn’t know that they offered studio line which are like makeup artist quality. I had known about their regular line but didn’t know it was so huge. I got a massive order for less than $30 including 3 day shipping. How can this be? I am already addicted to makeup and then you send me to a website that has some for a dollar? Are you trying to get me in rehab? Does Dr. Drew have a program for makeup addicts? I will reserve the first five beds for all those brave souls who will admit with me that they are addicted too.
I wish I could get them sooner but instant gratification is a problem for me and I am trying to fight it. I can wait a week for my goodies. I go to elf.com just about everyday to see what they have new and I sighned up for email alerts to get good sale codes. I have already placed three orders with them. I can’t wait. It feels like Christmas. I will give my unbiased review on all products I recieve.
I have been using Iman products for about two weeks now and I love the stick foundation the best. It is a matte finish which I like. I want to add shimmer and glow where I need it and not have it all over my face. I had tried Revlon Photo Ready but it made me look like a disco ball and I didn’t want that. The cream to powder is good too it is convenient. I like to keep it in my bag. The liquid foundation has a little shine to it at first but the finish is semi matte.
Iman hit the nail on the head for women of color. From the primer all the way down to the bronze she has products to suit everyone. (of color) I haven’t had a problem with any of the products yet.
This will be my foundation as long as these products are on the market. I am never spending $30.00 on a foundation again. Iman will be my brand for good.
I was never a big lipstick wearer until I tried a few. Now that time and technology has given the product new formula’s and different finishes I find myself always having two or three in my makeup bag.
The first on my list, the one I love the most is Rimmel London Lasting Finish in Bordeaux. This is the best reddish purple lipstick ever. I have been using it for about two years now or more. It is a creamy lipstick with a satin finish and a moisturizing feel. I haven’t found a drugstore lipstick yet with a better finish and there are a lot of shades so it’s hard to just get one color. I am a bit of a creature of habit but I will try another color soon. This lipstick is my all time favorite. Coming from a girl who never liked lipstick, that is a great achievement for Rimmel.
The second place winner is Maybelline Color Sensational. I love all the colors but right now I am doing the Plum Paradise and the Bronze Pearl. Both of these lipsticks are creamy and they give a good color payoff it just doesn’t last as long as I would like. But they are so pretty and they smell good and the taste isn’t like ink in your mouth. My husband hasn’t complained about the taste so far so I guess they are guy friendly.
And last but not least. Avon Super Lustrious lipsticks in Perfect Plum and Blushing Nude. These are good to me too. I like the way they glide on and they start off sheer and you can build the color. The downfall of them is that they are so creamy they melt badly in warm climate. I found myself having to keep them refrigerated because they didn’t store well.
I hope that you have enjoyed my lipstick review. Maybe you use some of these and can tell me what you think. Leave me a comment if there are some others I should give a try. Remember I am a beginner when it comes to lipstick so don’t take me too fast.
Honorable mention are:
N.Y.C and Nicka K.