Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Years Eve Face & Nails of the Day

Face: Jane Blushing Earth Sheer

Lips: Chapstick

Eyes: old LE About Face pigments + Great Lash mascara




Sally Girl Surfs Up & Art Deco white & silver glitters for the stripes


Thursday, December 17, 2009

Using Sea Salt to fight Acne, my 6 month update.




In July I wrote about how I had started using Sea Salt to fight my daily acne problem, and I just wanted to do an update and share this information with anyone who didn't read it back then.

I've had moderate acne since I was about 10-11 (I'm now almost 21). I've used Pro Active and a lot of drugstore products but nothing reduced my acne more than 20% if I was lucky. In June I read about using sea salt on your skin to fight acne. I didn't really think it would work but since I already had loads of it at home I thought why not try it.

Within a week I could already see that I wasn't getting as many breakouts a day as I usually did. Old breakouts were healing more quickly and my foundation looked better because I was exfoliating my skin every day.

After about 6 weeks 95% of my acne was gone. I wasn't getting more than 1-2 pimples a week and they were usually half gone before I noticed them. After two months I generally only broke out the week before or of my period.

My skin still isn't perfect but it hasn't been this nice since before puberty. I'm not ashamed to go around my house at night after I've washed my makeup off and have my family see my skin. I still wear foundation every day but I don't have to wear as much of it. I get a pimple every once in a while (mostly just when I forget to use the salt) but they don't get as big as they use to and they heal more quickly.

How I use it:

Its so simple, at night in the shower after I've used my regular face wash to remove my make up I put 1/2 a teaspoon of salt in my wet palms. I then gently scrub my face for 10-15 seconds and wash it off. Sometimes I'll do this in the morning too. I'm actually saving money because I don't use face wash in the morning anymore like I use to.

If my skin is acting up I'll put the salt on and leave it for 5 minutes. You can mix it with honey or your face wash and use it as a mask if you want a more intense treatment.

Also I've gotten one of those small travel size spray bottles from Target and mixed a tablespoon of salt with water and I'll spray that on my face at night every so often. This is good if you have body acne and can't reach some areas like your back or shoulders. Sometimes I'll add 1/2 a cup of salt to my bath just because I breakout on my legs.

Generally its better to use Sea Salt rather then refined salt because it has more 'nutrients,' for lack of a better word, but refined salt will work in a pinch. Try it out, its cheap and doesn't take much effort. I hope it works for any of you who have the same problem I did.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Review: Almay Truly Lasting Color Foundation



tlc truly lasting color™ makeup with SPF 15 delivers up to 16 hours of flawless coverage that won't rub off—even in heat and humidity. Plus, it nourishes your skin with antioxidant green tea to protect, vitamin E to help smooth, and lemon extract to brighten...for all day, natural radiance.

Quality: 3 out of 5
Packaging: 4 ouf of 5
Price: $12-$14
Where to buy: any drugstore
Would I Buy Again: No

I was expecting a lot from this foundation because I've heard lots of good things about it, but I was really quite disappointed with it. I've tried it out off and on for a few months and I keep going back to my other foundation.

The thing that bothers me the most about this foundation is the texture. Its very thick, and that makes it hard to blend. I usually have a few spots that don't get very much coverage, and others that have too much (so it looks cakey). For being so thick it has light-medium coverage and you can't layer it for more because it starts looking too noticable.

I like the pump but the plastic cover that goes over it comes off too easily, I wouldn't feel totally secure traveling with it.

It does have decent oil control when I use it with MAC's Prep+Prime SPF 50, but I still have to blot around 3-4 pm. Also it dosn't rub off when I blot so I guess thats a pro.

This did well enough with my acne prone skin, I didn't have any bad reactions to it.

I bought the lightest shade in Ivory, which is a shade darker then Revlon CS's Ivory.

Overall I think its an ok foundation if you don't know any better. I wouldn't recommend it though.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Apple Cinnamon Cheesecake



This is another wonderful cheesecake recipe that is so easy to make. I made it for the first time yesterday. I was going to make apple pie for Thanksgiving but I think I'll make this instead.

for crust:
pre-made graham cracker crust

for filling:
12 oz cream cheese
1 cup heavy whipping cream (whipped)
1/2 cup frozen concentrated apple juice, thawed
1/4 cup sugar

2 thinnly sliced apples

for apple glaze topping:
1/2 cup frozen concentrated apple juice
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
1 tbsp cornstarch
1 tbsp butter

directions:
1. mix cream cheese, sugar, and apple juice
2. add whipped whipping cream
3. pour into crust and refrigerate for 2 hours
4. cook sliced apples & butter in skillet until tender
5. for glaze mix cornstarch, cinnamon, butter, and apple juice in pan over stove until thick
6. place apples around cheesecake, pour on glaze and refrigerate another 2-3 hours or more (I would suggest making this the day before)

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The easiest Cheesecake you'll ever make.



I know this is totally off topic but I've been doing a lot of baking lately and I'm getting excited about making fun things for the holidays. Cheesecake has been my #1 favorite dessert for my entire life so I looked on allrecipes.com (which has become my favorite source of food inspiration) and this was the first one that popped up. It looked so easy so I had to try it, and it turned out really good. Here is the original recipe, I did make 2 small changes.

Here's what you'll need...

Grahamcracker Crust (I used a reduced fat store bought one but there is instructions on how to make it in the link)

Filling:
12 oz cream cheese (recipe said 8 oz but I think this gives it a better texture)
1/3 cup sugar (recipe said 1 cup but its already very sweet with 1/3)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup heavy whipped cream

1. Before starting set the cream cheese out for 30 minutes to warm up so its soft enough to mix. Or you can put it in the microwave for 10 seconds at a time until its soft. Add the sugar and vanilla extract and mix together (you can do this by hand or with a mixer).

2. Pour the whipped cream in another bowl and whip until it forms stiff peaks (you'll need a mixer of some sort for this). Add it to the cream cheese and blend it together.

3. Pour the cream cheese mixture into your crust and refrigerate at least 3 or more hours. Add fruit or eat as is.

If anyone is interested in more recipes like this I'll post my cherry/raspberry/strawberry pie recipe next time.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Blog Sale

This is just some stuff that I haven't used more then a few times or not at all. Everything is clean and in good condition. All payment must be made through paypal, check, or cash. US residents only please. Shipping is based on weight, but I'll half the shipping of each additional item if you buy more than one thing. I really want to get this stuff off my hands so I am open to haggling on prices.

Email me at shimmerkisser@gmail.com or comment here.

Avon True Color E/S - Midnight Plum, used 1x, $2.00 ($1 shipping)

Charlotte Russe Minerals e/s trio - Earth, used 3x, $3.50 ($1.50 shipping) PIC
Charlotte Russe Minerals e/s trio - Flirt, used 1x, $4.00 ($1.50 shipping) PIC
Charlotte Russe Minerals e/s trio - Smoky, used 4x, $3.00 ($1.50 shipping) PIC

CQ E/S Trio - Night Moods, used 3x, $1.00 ($1 shipping) PIC

ELF:
Blush - Flushed, used 1x, $0.75 (free shipping with any other purchase) PIC
All Over Color Stick - Persimmon, $0.50 (free shipping with any other purchase) PIC
Hypershine Gloss - Frenzied Fuchsia, NIB, $1.00 ($1 shipping)
Hypershine Gloss - Gourmet Peach, NIB, $1.00 ($1 shipping)
E/S quad - Silver Lining, used 4x, $0.50 (free shipping with any other purchase) PIC (on left)
E/S Brush - NIB, $1.00 (free shipping with any other purchase)
Nail Polish - Burgundy, NIB $1.00 ($1.25 shipping)
Nail Polish - Pearl, NIB $1.00 ($1.25 shipping)

Jane Blush - Blussing Blossom, new still in plastic wrap, $3.50 ($1.25 shipping) PIC

Jesse's Girl Eye Dust - Pink, half full, $2.00 ($1 shipping) PIC
Jesse's Girl Eye Dust - Blue, 95% full, $3.50 ($1 shipping) PIC
Jesse's Girl Eye Dust - Green, 95% full, $3.50 ($1 shipping) PIC

L'Oreal HIP e/s duo - LE Boisterous, used 2x, $4.00 ($1.25 shipping)

NYX:
Round Lipstick - Twist, used 4x, $0.75 ($0.75 shipping) PIC
Round Lipstick - Ceto, used 3x, $0.75 ($0.75 shipping) PIC
Round Lipstick - Taupe, used 1x, $0.75 ($0.75 shipping) PIC
Round Lipstick - Ulysses, used 1x, $0.75 ($0.75 shipping) PIC
Round Lipstick - Saturn, used 4x, $0.75 ($0.75 shipping) PIC
Round Lipstick - Milan, used 2x, $0.75 ($0.75 shipping) PIC
Round Lipstick - Jupiter, used 5x, $0.75 ($0.75 shipping) PIC
Round Lipstick - Honey, used 3x, $0.75 ($0.75 shipping) PIC
Round Lipstick - Circe, used 3x, $0.75 ($0.75 shipping) PIC
Eye Shadow - Pure Skin, swatched 1x, $3.50 ($1.25 shipping) PIC
Eye Shadow - Luxor, used 5x, $3.00 ($1.25 shipping) PIC
Eye Shadow - Wild Fire, used 5x, $3.00 ($1.25 shipping) PIC
Eye Shadow - Cool Blue, used 5x, $3.00 ($1.25 shipping) PIC
Eye Shadow - Spring Leaf, used 4x, $3.00 ($1.25 shipping) PIC
Eye Shadow - Seafoam Green, used 1x, $2.50 ($1.25 shipping) PIC
Eye Shadow - October Sky, swatched 1x, $3.00 ($1.25 shipping) PIC
Eye Trio - Opal/Platinum/Luster, used 3x, $4.00 ($1.50 shipping) PIC
Eye Trio - Baby Pink/Cotton Candy/Spring Flower, used 3x, $4.00 ($1.50 shipping) PIC
Eye Trio - Cherry/Cool Blue/Hot Pink, used 3x, $4.00 ($1.50 shipping) PIC
Ultra Pearl Mania - Fanta, used 2x, $1.00 (free shipping with any other purchase) PIC
Ultra Pearl Mania - Penny, never used, $1.00 (free shipping with any other purchase) PIC
Ultra Pearl Mania - Black, used 1x, $1.00 (free shipping with any other purchase) PIC

Wet N Wild Mega Eyes Trio - Amazon Greens, used 1x, $2.00 ($1.50 shipping)
Wet N Wild Mega Eyes Single - Fine Wink, used 2x, $1.00 ($1.00 shipping)
Wet N Wild Mega Glow - Spotlight Peach, used 2x, $3.00 ($1.50 shipping) PIC, middle
Wet N Wild Pout Protector - Cranberry, used 1x, $1.00 (free shipping with any other purchase) PIC
Wet N Wild Lipstick - 547B Breeze, used 5x, $0.75 (free shipping with any other purchase)

Fyrinnae E/S Sample - Japan, swatched 2x, $1.00 ($0.75 shipping) PIC
Fyrinnae E/S Sample - Njordr, swatched 2x, $1.00 ($0.75 shipping) PIC
Fyrinnae E/S Sample - Gorgeous Devil, swatched 2x, $1.00 ($0.75 shipping) PIC
Fyrinnae E/S Sample - Chlorophyll, swatched 2x, $1.00 ($0.75 shipping) PIC
Fyrinnae E/S Sample - Kabuki, swatched 2x, $1.00 ($0.75 shipping) PIC
Fyrinnae E/S Full Size - Dragon Tears, swatched 2x, $4.00 ($1.00 shipping) PIC

Victoria’s Secret Glitter Eyeliner – Black, swatched on hand 1x, $3.00 ($1.00 shipping)
Victoria’s Secret Glitter Eyeliner – Silver, swatched on hand 1x, $3.00 ($1.00 shipping)

Monday, September 21, 2009

My Favorite Hair Care Products

I've gotten so many request for what I use on my hair, so here it is. I'd like to mention that I have oily hair that is thick and usually straight.


Shampoo Conditioner: Pantene Pro V Nature Fusion Moisture Balance. This duo leaves my hair soft without any chemical build up. Typically I have to wash my hair everyday because after 24 hours it get very greasy, but the Pantene Nature Fusion shampoo lets me get away with washing my hair every other day. The conditioner keeps my scalp from feeling dry and makes my hair really soft. They both smell really good, in a nature-y, clean and comforting way.


Heat Protectant: TreSemme's Heat Tamer. This product has been great at protecting my hair from semi-regular use of flat irons and curling irons. I just spray this on, comb my hair, and I'm good to go. I've never had a problem with this making my hair look greasy, I've heard that some other heat protectors do that.


Hair Spray: I use TreSemme's Ultra Fine Mist Hairspray. This gives my hair good hold without making it stiff or crunchy (and I tend to use a lot). It doesn't have much of a smell. I've gone through almost 2 bottles of this and still love it.


For split ends: Sunsilk 24/7 TLC. This won't reverse or heal split ends but it seals the split ends together and keeps them from getting worse. I usually only use this if I've been flat ironing a lot.


Favorite Heat Tool: Cortex Clipless Curling Iron, 1 inch. Out of all the hot tools I've used I love this one best. It curls my hair without pulling on it (like a flat iron will) and the curls stay in ALL DAY & the next day my hair is still semi-curled but its a more natural look that you don't have to do anything with. Its so fast and easy to use.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

BeautyChoice sale on Cortex & LeLeAngelique Curling Irons

I talked about my new Cortex Curling Iron a few weeks ago, and BeautyChoice is now having 30% off on it. You can still get this on Ebay for $30 but if you are paranoid about fakes now would be a good time to get one from a more reliable source.

Cortex and LeAngelique curling and flat irons have become extremely popular these days and we want to sell a lot more! With that said, here is a code to give you 30% off your next purchase.

Offer Code: CRLEANG17
Savings: 30% Off all LeAngelique and Cortex curling & flat irons.
Valid: Now through September 17, 2009. only one offer code perpurchase.


Go to: http://www.beautychoice.com/

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Hair Of The Day & Mini Review of Cortex Clipless Curling Iron

I got this new 1 inch Cortex Clipless Curling Iron on ebay for just $30 (it sells for $125 on other websites) from this seller. There is always a chance of getting fakes on ebay but I'm fairly certain this is the real deal and this seller ships really fast. This iron heats up fast, curls fast, and cools down pretty fast. There are other types of curls you can do with it too, I'm sure I'll have a few tutorials up soon. In the mean time you can watch ItsJudyTime's tutorial with this iron.

click here to buy this iron

click on the photos to make them bigger

here are some S shaped curls from yesterday


and these are looser curls from today





Tuesday, August 11, 2009

ELF Mineral E/S Primer vs UDPP

ELF: $3 for .15 oz
UDPP: $17 for .34 oz

Both the ELF primer and UDPP are the same color and apply totally sheer. ELF's MP is almost watery while UDPP is thicker but performance is about the same. I've had days where ELF's MP creased before UDPP, and days where UDPP creased before ELF's MP. For both products they usually don't crease until 9-10 hours after application.

Due to the price difference, and the fact that eventually you have to cut open Urban Decay's Primer Potion to get the rest of the product out, I'd buy the ELF primer over UDPP any day.

















Check out my post on L'Oreal De Crease vs UDPP.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Review: ELF Mineral Eyeshadow Primer


Quality: 5 out of 5
Packaging: 5 out of 5
Size: .15 oz
Price: $3.00
Where To Buy: eyeslipsface.com
Would I Buy Again: Yes

God bless the people at ELF who made this product! It is amaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazing, especially for just $3.00!

This gentle and completely sheer Eyeshadow Primer has key vitamins A, C and E to help prevent aging and moisturizes the skin. The formula glides on easily and disappears instantly to create longer-lasting, crease-proof eyeshadow. The Mineral Eyeshadow Primer is designed to be used with your favorite mineral eyeshadow to provide ultimate staying power for beautiful and vibrant color that lasts. 100% mineral based with no parabens, no preservatives and no chemical dyes.

I think we all know about Urban Decays Primer Potion. We all know that its a bit expensive, and we know that the packaging sucks so you have to cut the sucker open just to get your money's worth. ELF has made a affordable alternative that, in my experience, works just as well as Urban Decays more expensive primer.

I'll start by saying that I have very oily eyelids. Without a primer my eyeshadow creases within 2-3 hours. With ELF's Mineral Primer my eyeshadow lasts about 8-9 hours (as long as I'm not out in super hot weather) with only a bit of fading. It stays vibrant most of the day.

The primer is totally sheer. The tube I got is kind of watery but I don't know if this is the norm. The tube is clear with a doe foot applicator so you can see how much you have left inside. It easy to blend and you don't need to use a whole lot.

PROS:
-very affordable, $3.00
-makes e/s vibrant
-last a very long time (8-9 hours)
-no parabens or dyes

CONS:
-none???

INGREDIENTS: Isododecane, Cylopentasiloxane, Octyl Palmitate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Triacontanyl PVP, Propylene Carbonate, Titanium Dioxide, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Mica (CI 77019), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163).

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Coming Soon: LOOK OUT FOR MY UDPP vs ELF-MP COMPARISON POST.

Don't forget to use the code CAROLINA at the ELF website for 50% off orders up to $15. Also use Ebates for 4% cash back.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Aw, look what hatched from the Golden Egg...

While this woman is undoubtedly beautiful I find her features are washed out by this unnatural shade of bronze. I don't know what possessed her to spend that much time with the spray tan but she came out looking like the spawn of a Ooompa Loompa and an Amazon. Summer glows are great, but this is too much.




Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Review: ELF Studio Powder Brush




Quality: 5 out of 5
Packaging: 5 out of 5
Price: $3.00
Where To Buy: Eyeslipsface.com
Would I Buy Again: Yes!

This brush is so great! Its the first flat top brush I've tried, and it'll probably be the last. I had been thinking about getting a more expensive one from Coastal Scents but kept putting it off, finially I decided to try this one since its $10 cheaper. I've used it for both powder and liquid foundation with great results.

For powder foundation it gives great coverage and I've never had powder foundation look so good. It was easy to get the foundation around my nose but harder to get it around my eyebrows.

Applying liquid foundation with this brush was so much easier then any other brush I've used and quicker then using my fingers. Plus I got a great smooth streak free finish with zero effort. Today was really the fastest and easiest time I've ever had applying liquid foundation.

This brush is super soft, and it was easy to wash out my stubborn Revlon CS. Also there was very little foundation left on my brush, I expected there to be more on my brush then on my face like with other brushes but that doesn't happen with this brush.



PROS:
-super soft
-no shedding
-no smell
-applies both powder & liquid foundation like a dream
-cleans easy, doesn't suck foundation up into the bristles
-affordable for everyone
-vegan, bristles are synthetic

CONS:
-takes a few hours to dry like most synthetic brushes

Don't forget to use the code CAROLINA at the ELF website for 50% off orders up to $15. Also use Ebates for 4% cash back.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

NYX Round Lipstick On-Lip Swatches: 27 Total


L-R: Margerita, Femme, Fire, Twist, Saturn, Doll, Hebe, Snow White, Ulysses


Margerita

Femme

Fire

Doll

Saturn

Twist

Hebe

Snow White

Ulysses



L-R: Thalia, Tea Rose, Paris, Harmonia, Jupiter, Narcissus, Lousiana, Spellbound, Fusion


Harmonica (had to be applied with a brush, very difficult to work with)

Jupiter

Thalia

Tea Rose

Paris

Narcissus

Lousiana

Spellbound

Fusion




Circe & Honey are very similar but Circe is more orange & Honey is more yellow. B52 is just slightly less intense then Milan but basically the same color. Darling has more bronze then Ceto, I don't really like either color, maybe just because they are so frosty. Taupe is an awful color on me, it basically looks like I smeared chocolate all over my lips.


L-R: Summer Love, Circe, Honey, Mars, Milan, B52, Darling, Ceto, Taupe


Summer Love

Circe

Honey

Mars

Milan

B52

Darling

Ceto

Taupe