Tuesday, November 30, 2010

YSL Lipstick - #2 Sensual Silk


I dabbled by the Yves Saint Laurent cosmetics counter at Saks again, and ended up crossing off another item from my wish list.  I just felt that if I needed an everyday color from the line, the lipsticks are just too smooth and creamy to pass up on, even though they are rather pricey ($34). I now have 3 in my possession, and where the previous 2 were vivid and bright colors, this new one is a beige that is totally wearable on an everyday basis.


Yves Saint Laurent lipstick - #2 Sensual Silk

The packaging is the main selling point, beside the butter-like texture of the lipstick.  It comes in a beautiful gold case, embossed with the YSL logo along the middle ridge of the tube, and lined with a matching shade to the lipstick.

The lipstick glides on like butter and the color is a creamy, rich beige.   It is one of the lines best selling shades, and it's obvious to see why.  I have already been pretty loyal to the color ever since bringing it home.  


xoxo,

Monday, November 29, 2010

Glitter me timbers!


Sally's Beauty Supply Store carries a lot of top name items in the lines of haircare, nail care, and so on, but we look past some of the little gems that Sally Beauty creates in their own trademark. Sally Girl nail polishes have been a little secret obsession of mine, mainly due to their cheap price tag, at about 96 cents a bottle, and at times dropping down to 46 cents.  It's a mini little thing, but packs a big punch, since you can come home with a couple at a time and test out all of the seasons hottest colors without spending too much.

I've been a fan of Sally Girl polishes for a while, and whereas some colors can take a while to dry, others don't seem to that that problem. For 96 cents a pop, I don't have much to complain about.

I picked up a Sally Girl nail polish in "Chunky Gold Glitter" and coated it on top of China Glaze "Liquid Leather" which is a shiny pitch black polish.  The overall look is very holiday-esque and Christmas ornament like!

"Chunky Gold Glitter" is unique in its variation of glitter sizing.  Both large and small hexagon shaped gold glitter chunks give the effect of a quail's egg pattern, almost as if the glitter is snowing onto the nail.  Each nail gets an individual and unique finish, and the glitter per swipe is very generous. The polish dries rather quickly, and gives a nice shine and top coat along with it. I'm impressed with the polish.

You can find Sally Girl nail polishes at any Sally Beauty Supply Store or on their website at www.SallyBeauty.com. (Sally Girl polishes are on sale for 46 cents on the website)


Chine Glaze - Liquid Leather (Black)
Sally Girl - Chunky Gold Glitter (Clear polish with chunky gold hexagon glitter)

xoxo,

Sunday, November 28, 2010

NAKED


Finally! I stepped foot into a Sephora that wasn't completely bare from wall to wall, or so thats what they all looked like to me if I would notice a bare Urban Decay NAKED palette rack.  Nothing else seemed to appeal to me, no spark to even look around and find anything else...it was all about this palette and nothing else.

For the budgeting consumer, you will be relieved to know that there are great dupes out for some of the shades in this palette, (and that will be talked about with photos in a future post) but for some of us, we don't care.  We need to feed our bare naked hunger, with this array of the most perfect colors for everyday wear.

Urban Decay hit the jackpot with the release of this palette, and where they still have trouble meeting demand, the demand has yet to cease.  They have us by the gape of our necks and we love it.  It's a must have, and the velvet packaging and elegant simplistic design of the box is intriguing.  Very posh and sophisticated, and quite different than most of what is released from Urban Decay. The Urban Decay NAKED palette is fit for anyone, and any age.

With a price tag of $44, the 12 color palette is complete with a mirror on the top flap and a dual sided eyeliner in both color "Zero", their best selling black eyeliner, and "Whisky", a great name to give a visualization for what the shade would come out to be...a whiskey brown with warm undertones.   "Zero" is one of the best eyeliners I've tried.  It glides on very smoothly and leaves great color payoff without having use use a kajal liner...which I find to be very difficult to deal with, especially when you want to go for a very neat look. I find kajal liners to smudge too easily, mainly referring to the Stila kajal liner.  Urban Decay "Zero" is a kajal without the muck, with the easy manipulation of a cream liner, like NARS liners.  I would recommend this liner, and it goes to show that other Urban Decay liners must be great as well.

Along with the eyeliner, Urban Decay also throws in a mini size Primer Potion (0.13 fl. oz.) into the mix, another best seller from the Urban Decay line.

Overall, this palette is an awesome value!



The eyeshadows come in that velvetty feel that put Urban Decay on the map as one of the top in the eyeshadow game. The palette comes with the perfect neutral for all tastes, whether you are into shimmer, metallic, and matte shades, you have a couple of each to choose from.

The colors are so easy to blend and manipulate once on your eye. The color and texture of each shade is so rich...definitely worth the hunt and the cost.  I incorporate the hunt...because finding one can require somewhat of a scavenger hunt around to every Sephora or ULTA in town.  If this is on your wish list, keep an eye out and make those phone calls.



Swatches




NAKED JUICE

What I used:

Face:
Revlon ColorStay in #330 "Natural Tan" applied with Sedona Lace kabuki brush.

Cheeks:
MAC blush - "Bite of an Apple" applied lightly

Eyes:
Urban Decay Primer Potion all over lid up to the eyebrow.
Urban Decay NAKED palette:
           "Sidecar" along entire lid
           "Darkhorse" for outer V
           "Sin" as highlight
Urban Decay eyeliner - "Zero"
Maybelline Lash Stiletto - Black

Lips:
Jordana lipliner - Rose Blush
Yves Saint Laurent lipstick - #2 Sensual Silk

All art requires naked beauty...
Stay beautiful.

xoxo,

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the 
highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.  
~John Fitzgerald Kennedy

I am wishing everyone a safe, happy and blessed Thanksgiving spent surrounded by the ones they love.  It is a day to acknowledge our blessings and be humbled by the gratitude.  Everyday should be dedicated to being grateful, but this one day is set aside to making our gratitude known with our words, that which we should make known every day...with our actions. 

I have so much to be thankful for, I would not even know where to begin.

I am thankful that I get to kiss the sweetness of JJ's cheeks, watch him grow, develop and advance from the little baby kicking in my tummy, to a smart and handsome active little boy.  I am thankful that he is healthy and happy. 

I am thankful for the warm love given to me from Jerrid.  The man who loves me more than I could imagine. My best friend and soul mate, who I will forever spend my days with. 

I am thankful to spend time with my beautiful family, each member who radiates their caring nature and love.  

I am thankful to have friends who care about my well being, love spending time with me as much as I enjoy our time together, and have my back no matter what.  

I am thankful for my readers, who have become a big part of my life! Who's e-mails and comments bring joy to my days and a smile to my face. 

Life is grand..and I am THANKFUL!

xoxo,

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Basketball Jones

A quick photo post. It's been a while since I've done a "Dear Diary" entry.

I always knew my baby would be a little athlete, but he is a magnet for sports beyond my highest expectations...at least for such a young age.  Surrounded by other children his age and a vast playground, he urges to run around with the big boys!

We strolled over to the Community Park this evening, and it was so entertaining to watch JJ take over the Basketball court.  He challenged his daddy and out the defense on him like a little pro! I was so proud!




Jerrid had to show his hops.

The King of the Playground!

"More Basketball!"
He didn't want to leave!

To treat our little camp champ, we drove through the golden arches drive thru and bought him the box of smiles...a happy meal! 


Yum Yum!

It's getting closer and closer to Thanksgiving!
I'm thinking of cute ideas for Thanksgiving desserts...hope to share them with you all!

xoxo,

Monday, November 22, 2010

Botanical Beauty


I have consistently used products from the Yves Rocher line with great satisfaction for years, and I want to share some of them with you. My mother has been a loyal customer ever since I can remember. It still brings back memories of my childhood, when I would play in my mom's stash, when I hold the jars in my hands, since they are still manufactured in the same casings as they have been since then.  

I have been asked numerous times if there is anything out there that I would compare to La Mer skin moisturizing cream, and I can say with confidence that I believe Yves Rocher makes a wonderful product that with a fraction of the cost, can bring you the same results.  The Wrinkle Reducing Day Cream is a moisturizer based on a thicker consistency than typical facial lotions, very similar to La Mer's in texture and how it feels on the skin.  Both are natural, contain botanial extracts, natural minerals, and feel fresh on your skin, but Yves Rocher products won't burn a hole in your wallet.  This particular day cream is a bit greasy, but is great for priming skin for foundation application and keeping your skin safe under any makeup you may have on for hours at a time. You can read a post I had written on La Mer HERE which features a comparison to Yves Rocher.

Yves Rocher also makes many products which can be used overnight to regenerate skin, as those sample jars in the photo above show. Those two sample jars were sent to me in my package, a nice quirk to ordering from Yves Rocher is their generosity with samples...of course I had received many more, but these were the ones I chose to feature in this post.  After trying the Deep Regenerating Cream samples, I know it'll be in my next order.  I was blown away at how smooth and silky my skin looked the next morning.  The cream is a thinner consistency, and glides on skin, moisturizing and regenerating skin overnight with botanical oils, minerals, and cell rejuvenating agents. A must have...I can't wait to buy a full size of this. 

While using the Yves Rocher products I also toned my skin with LUSH Tea Tree Water toner spray.  The spray is so fresh, and leaves your skin feeling clean, and ready for any moisturizer.  This is something that I would recommend for anyone to use, we really don't understand how important it is to tone our skin to get the best results. 

I also included the Wrinkle Reducing Eye Cream, something I really rely on since eyes are the areas on which the first fine lines are typically noticed.  My mother swears by this stuff, and I believe her.  She doesn't look a day over 40. 

You can also check out this post HERE to see other Yves Rocher products that I have used with satisfaction, along with other products that I have found to be great for skin!

Yves Rocher is having a SALE!
Get $20 OFF & FREE Shipping with orders over $60 at Yves Rocher! 
Use coupon code 20OFF60 at checkout.
Ends on Dec 31.

xoxo,

Self Same

Short on time, and eager to get out the door, I went for the same simple and quick to put together look that I went for yesterday.  I threw NARS Galapagos and Night Star on my face and was on my way.  Both of these eyeshadows just dance together on your eyelid, as if they were made for one another.


I plan to do a tutorial for this look in the near future...not only to prove how simple it is to do, but to show a technique using tape to use as a stencil for the eyeshadow placement, and how it can be manipulated to make a day look turn into a night look.  I also figure it would be easier to film a fairly simple look, since I'm still a newbie to YouTube.

xoxo,

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Salvage

"One touch of nature, makes the whole world kin"
- William Shakespeare


Jerrid and I took a short stroll today, enjoying the cool breeze and surrounded by the green of mother nature.  Just being outside, breathing in the fresh air...gives you a sense of being more alive than you have ever felt before.  Everything about our mother Earth...is magic.



I wore a Salvage tunic with black leggings.  The criss-cross laces in the shoulder sleeves are so chic and give the goth clothing line a pop of funk.

As for my makeup, I went for a simple 2 shade look using NARS Galapagos upon the entire lid and highlighting it with NARS Night Star.



Makeup Used:


Face:
CoverGirl mousse foundation - Classic Tan
MAC Concealer - NW 25
Avon matte translucent powder to set concealer.

Cheeks:
Lightly brushed on MAC blush in "Bite of an Apple"

Eyes:
NARS eyeshadow in "Galapagos" all over lid
NARS eyeshadow in "Night Star" used a highlight and to blend edges
NARS eyeliner in "Onyx"
Maybelline Lash Stiletto Mascara - Black

Lips:
MAC Lipstick "Hue"

xoxo,

Monday, November 15, 2010

How do YOU use Vaseline?

The video of a couple of my interviews for Vaseline petroleum jelly is up and live on YouTube!  I was asked to interview people and find out the how they find use with Vaseline petroleum jelly. It has thousands of possibilities, so I wanted to find out what were some of the most popular uses, and what were the strangest.

This video consists of my intro and only 2 of the interviews. One of which is Jerrid's!

Check it out!


I'll be back with more footage in the future, 
and hopefully some prizes to give away!

In the meantime...
how do YOU find use with Vaseline petroleum jelly?

xoxo,

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Big News!

I have some big news to share! 

Sedona Lace has upgraded their website and I have been chosen to be their main website model!  This is such a big deal to me and I am beyond honored! Thank you Sedona Lace! I also want to thank all of you who have sent me the sweetest tweets congratulating me! It means the world to me!


Check out Sedona Lace's new layout on their website at 

Use my promo code: KatrinaLomidze
and get $3 off your entire purchase!

xoxo,

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Line 'em up!


I decided to go for something new today.  I'm one to always stick to something safe, but I wanted to go for a fun yet simple eye using a funky color.

I constantly see that wearing funky shades as lower lash liners is going to be a huge trend this winter, so I wanted to try it out with my new teal glitter eyeliner pencil that I bought from Hot Topic. I picked up this eyeliner for $1.99 and it's surprisingly good.  The pencil glides on leaving a nice creamy and opaque color.  I really liked how easily the eyeliner can be manipulated with a Q-tip to be removed if you make a mistake, but not smudgy like kajal pencils.


I have seen similar pencils going for close to $20 from lines such as Urban Decay which made a name for themselves on their incredible and funky eyeliners. 

What I used:

Face:
Revlon ColorStay Liquid Foudation -  #200 Nude

Cheeks:
MAC Blush - Bite of an Apple

Eyes:
MAC Mineralize eyeshadow - Cinderfella (LE) all over top lid.
NARS cream eyeliner - Onyx - across top lash line
Hot Topic eyeliner - Teal Glitter Pencil - across lower lash line. Buy this liner here at Hottopic.com
YSL Faux Cils Mascara

Lips:
NYX Orange Soda lipstick
MAC Wicked Ways lipglass

I can't wait to do more looks using funky eyeliner colors!

xoxo,