Sunday, November 2, 2014

My Sephora VIB Sale Wish List

I've been putting together my wish list (or shopping list, in all reality) for the big Sephora VIB sale coming up this week (November 6-10).  For those of you who are unfamiliar with the VIB thing, it's a special reward level status that is achieved by spending an embarrassing amount of money at Sephora in a calendar year.  Once you reach VIB Rouge status (which means you've spent even more money), you get a pretty, shiny red card for your wallet, a nice little goody bag, and more opportunities throughout the year to spend even more money.  

The big sale of the year is the Sephora VIB sale, which always happens in November and gives us 20% everything in the store.  I'm trying to be organized and make a list so I don't run in there and either completely freeze up and forget what I meant to buy OR start grabbing random things off the shelves (both of which I've been known to do).  I've also received a lot of requests from you to share my list, so below is the itemized list with an explanation as to why I'm planning on buying these items.  I'm not sharing EVERYTHING-I'm also planning on doing some holiday shopping for friends and relatives, and in the off-chance they read my blog, I don't want to blow the surprise for them!

I thank you in advance if you use my links to shop the post-all of them are affiliate links and I do earn a small commission if you choose to use them (the prices are the same whether you shop in store or use my links).

Happy shopping!

I've been toying with the idea of getting a new concealer, and my old standby, Maybelline Fit Me, is starting to cake up on me, so I thought, it's on sale, better just get it now.  Can't wait to try it and review it for you!

I am fascinated by this new line of lipsticks from NARS.  I've swatched them in the store a few times, and since I knew the sale was coming up, I decided to wait until November.  I haven't decided between Brigitte, Anna, Claudia or Anita.  Odds are more than one will make it home.

This is not a very exciting purchase, but I think it's time to upgrade from my Maybelline tweezer that I've had for 15 years.

I have accumulated quite a few large sized samples of Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille Perfume.  I thought it would be a good idea to decant them into one atomizer so I can actually use it.

I just ran out of mine, and it's something that I will always have in my collection.  Nothing conceals raised blemishes better.  Nothing.

I've tried the most expensive bronzers (Tom Ford) and the least expensive bronzers, and this one is just hands down the best one out there.  I've just about hit pan on mine, so a sale is a good time to grab a backup.

Since I've started wearing a lot of brighter shades of lipstick, I've noticed it's better to use a lipliner with them.  I've been curious about this product for awhile, so I'm grabbing one now while it's 20% off.

Lately all my powders seem cakey on my face, and I've read good things about this one.  We shall see...

Whenever I have a meeting or an important party to go to, I ALWAYS reach for one of my YSL Glossy Stains.  I noticed that I don't have a great neutral one, so, since it's sale time...Beige Anarchist and Mighty Mauve are the ones I'm considering for now.

I saw Fleur de Force mention this in a recent favorites video.  Enough said.

This is a maybe...we'll see how much other stuff I've already picked up before I go for it.  I've wanted this blush for a very long time, but I'm not sure it's all that different from a few I already have.

I always grab teacher gifts during this sale.  The hand creams come in a pack of ten for $88 (sale price is $72), so that averages $7 per teacher.  I think that's a pretty good deal, and I know if I was still a teacher I'd rather have a luxe hand cream than another gift card to Starbucks.  Of course, the men will get gift cards to Starbucks, but oh well.

There are also a couple of holiday palette/gift sets that I have my eye on, but those are intended for gifts for friends and family, so I won't mention them specifically here.

Is there anything on my list that you think I must have?  I'm specifically not getting any skincare products-I've decided to just stick with my Colleen Rothschild routine because my skin reacts so well to it and I don't want to mess with a good thing.

I can't wait to see what you suggest-and let me know what you're planning on getting!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

How to Repair a Broken Blush, Eyeshadow, Etc.

It's happened to all of us-that horrible moment when you've dropped your favorite blush, bronzer, eyeshadow (basically anything made of pressed powder) onto the bathroom floor, where it has shattered into a million dusty pieces.  If you're a true lover of makeup, you'll also keep that absolutely destroyed bit of cosmetic dust, reasoning that at some point you can figure out how to put it back together again or even keep using it, even though every time you open the container chunks of it get all over your bathroom counter.

Well it finally happened to me, and because I basically live on the Internet looking things up, I found a few ways to repair broken powder cosmetics.  I decided to be your guinea pig and try my hand at Makeup Repair DIY.  It actually turned out rather well, and it's incredibly easy to do.  You probably already have everything you need to do this at home, and if not, a quick trip to the grocery store or corner drug store will take care of it.

Here's what you need:
  • The broken cosmetic, in its original packaging
  • Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol (the percentage of alcohol doesn't matter, but the higher the number the faster it will evaporate and speed the process along)
  • Small bowl
  • Spoon (I used a teaspoon)
  • Butter knife/off-set spatula/any kind of spreading device
  • Paper towel or lint-free cloth
Here's the sad remains of a favorite bronzer

Step 1:
Empty the broken product into a small-medium sized bowl.  Use the back of the spoon to gently smash up the product into a finely ground powder.

Step 2:
Add enough rubbing alcohol to the powder to make it similar in consistency to frosting.  You don't want it too runny, but you want it wet enough that the powder is fully dissolved.

Step 3:
Pour the product back into the original packaging.

Step 4:
Using whatever you have to hand to smooth the product, try to smooth the mixture evenly within the original packaging as best you can.

Step 5:
Set the product aside for about 90 minutes, with the package open, to dry for a bit.  After 90 minutes or so, take a paper towel or lint-free cloth and cover the product.  Using the back of a spoon or other small, flat object, GENTLY smooth it over the cloth and onto the product to absorb some of the rubbing alcohol.  This will also smooth out the surface of the product more.

Step 6:
Leave the product WITH THE PACKAGING OPEN to dry overnight undisturbed.

Step 7:
After a night of drying, you should have a perfectly usable, intact bronzer, blush, eyeshadow, or whatever it originally was.  It may not appear to look exactly the same, but it should work the same as it did before it was broken.

This may not work on every product, but it's worth a shot to try, considering that you were probably just going to throw it out anyway.  I have also heard that this is a great way to turn loose pigments into pressed eyeshadows, but I have not actually attempted this.

If you want to see me in action doing the above process step by step, watch my video below:

Let me know if you've ever tried this, and how it worked out for you!

Monday, October 13, 2014

BaubleBar Collection Featuring Salvador Perez | Current Favorites

I get the most requests and have found that my most popular videos/posts concern my jewelry collection, more specifically, my BaubleBar collection.  So when BaubleBar reached out to me recently and asked if I wanted to pick some favorites from their new Salvador Perez collection, I jumped at the opportunity.  I also thought this would be a good time to show you some of my most current acquisitions, many of which you've seen worn in videos but a few that haven't made it onscreen yet.

I also managed to secure a 20% off code that's good off all full priced items on BaubleBar starting October 13th through October 20th.  Just type in MSGOLDGIRL in the coupon code option when checking out.  

If you want to see each piece "live" with a bit of description, please click here to watch the video on my YouTube channel.

For those of you that aren't familiar with BaubleBar, they offer free shipping and returns (in the US) and I have had no issues with quality.  They have a rewards program if you sign up for a free account, and you can accrue A LOT of points with purchases that can be applied against future purchases.  I have been able to pick up quite a few items either for free or for only a few dollars thanks to that rewards program!

Below you'll find pictures of all the pieces mentioned in the video, along with a few more items that I have in my shopping basket that I'm planning on scooping up this week (can't resist a good coupon code)!  I'm always open to suggestions, so if you know of a piece that's not already on my list that you think I must have, please let me know in the comments below.  And if you're already a BaubleBar fan, make sure you let me know in the comments section what your current favorite piece is!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

FOTD: A Mix of High & Low

Today's FOTD is a combination I've been playing with over the last few days and I wanted to share it with you.  Admittedly, the foundation and mascara are definitely high end, but the focus on eyes, lips and cheeks are decidedly low budget.

Face: YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat in B20 over Pond's Luminous Finish BB+ cream.  This combo gives a beautiful, glowy finish that is really only doable on my good skin days.  I love how my skin glows with this, but I wish the YSL coverage was a bit more on the medium side.  If you use a decent BB or CC cream as a primer, then it's perfect. If the YSL isn't in your budget, then a VERY close dupe is the L'Oreal True Match Lumi foundation.

Eyes:  Continuing on with the glowy theme, I pulled out my e.l.f. prism eyeshadow palette in nude.  There is definitely quite a bit of shimmer here, so to anchor it and give a bit more definition in the crease, I added Mac Kid (discontinued) with a fluffy brush. I also highlighted my brow bone with one of my all-time faves, Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Single in Brûlée. For a budget option for Kid (that also has 3 other Mac dupes in it), go for the Physician's Formula Classic Nudes quad.  I'm still hunting for the perfect mascara, and right now it's the YSL Babydoll mascara.  I can't recommend a drugstore dupe for it-yet!

Cheeks:  It doesn't get more budget friendly than this-e.l.f. baked blush in Passion Pink.  It's a lovely, soft wash of color that just adds the perfect glow to the face.  To contour and add some more warmth to my pale, pigment-challenged skin, I swirled a bit of the Laura Geller Baked Body Frosting in Tahitian Glow on my temples and cheeks.

Lips: If you want to try a bunch of fall trends at once, then this is the perfect lipstick for you, and at only $2 and change, you have to grab it.  It's the Wet n Wild Megalast Lip Color in Mauve Outta Here.

Don't forget to click on the pictures below to shop the post!


Monday, September 22, 2014

New Regular Feature-the Monthly Tutorial/FOTM

One of the best things about making YouTube videos has been the friends that I've been able to make that I would have never met in real life. I've made quite a few truly good friends through YouTube, and one of them is Lisa, also known to the world as LisaSz09. We were chatting on the phone the other day and we were moaning about how YouTube has changed over the years. One of the things we both miss are regular tutorials from our favorite YTers.

Now, I'm not even going to attempt to suggest that I have any talent for making tutorials, but I do get a lot of requests for videos on how I wear my everyday makeup.  I tend to gravitate toward the same products for a few weeks, so, with Lisa's blessing, I've decided to do a monthly tutorial of the look I've worn the most during that month.  Hopefully, it's a regular feature that you will enjoy, and that with practice I will get better at making for you!

Don't forget to click on the pictures below for full product descriptions and links to where you can actually buy them!  If you do choose to use those links to buy the products, I make a small commission, which then allows me to buy more makeup to talk about in videos and on the blog!  Thank you!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

September Haul

As a beauty blogger, I find myself picking up makeup odds and ends that I may wear in videos, but that don't necessarily make "the cut" into the monthly favorites.  I've realized that these end up being used frequently, but don't get a lot of attention.  So I thought I would add a new monthly feature that showcases all the little things that don't get the attention that they usually deserve.  I thought I'd throw in a few accessories as well, since they're often limited edition and you may want to grab them before they're gone!

Scroll through the pictures below to see what goodies I've snapped up for September!

What did you get this month?

If you want to get more explanation about each product and what I think of them so far, please watch the video below:

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The PMD-My At Home Experience with Microdermabrasion

I've been using the PMD Personal Microdermabrasion System for a full two months now, and I can honestly say that it really does work.  I'd seen quite a few YouTubers review it over the last year or so, and I was quite skeptical that a device you can use at home would actually work, so when the company contacted me and asked if I wanted to give it a go, I jumped at the chance.

For those of you that are not familiar with the claims, the PMD claims to reduce the appearance of:
  • fine lines
  • wrinkles
  • age spots
  • hyperpigmentation
  • blemishes
  • pores
  • uneven skin tone & texture
It does say that it takes at least 6 to 10 weeks before results are noticeable, and then it should improve from there.

Well, 8 weeks into this experiment, I can confirm that my acne scars are almost completely gone, my skin texture is as smooth as a baby's bottom, and when I do break out, it's rare and doesn't last very long.  I can't confirm the claims about fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots, as I don't have any in the areas where I use the PMD.

Here are the pros:
  • It's super easy to use.  Plug it in and go!
  • It works-at least on blemishes and old acne marks.
  • It makes your skin care products work better-dead skin has been removed and your serums and moisturizers will absorb better.
  • It's a heck of a lot cheaper than anything you can do at the doctor's office.
  • There's no down time-your face isn't going to suffer the kind of damage it will after a professional microdermabrasion treatment.  Just slap on some moisturizer and go to bed.
  • It can be used on the face AND body-great for the backs of hands and décolletage area.
There are a few cons:
  • While cheaper than the doctor, it's still priced out between $134-$179, depending on where you find it.
  • The little discs only last 3-4 treatments and then they need to be replaced. However, the refill packs, which will last about 2-3 months, are only $15.
  • You can't use it around your eyes, which is where my fine lines are.
  • It doesn't work particularly well on the nose.
  • They say you can't use retinols, AHA's, or other acids, but after a month of using it, I started using retinol again and have not seen any adverse effects.  Try it at your own risk.
If you want to see it in action and see my before/after photos, click on the video above!

Where to buy it:

  • Personal Microderm website-Use the code MSGOLDGIRL for 25% off (this makes it come out to be the least expensive option).  Code never expires.
If you've tried this yourself, please let me know how it's turned out for you and how long you've been using it!


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