There’s been lot of new products coming out in the drugstore recently. I was holding back otherwise I would probably get every thing released in the drugstore. Lot of beauty blogger are talking about the limited edition Revlon Iconic lipsticks and I had to take a look at them myself. I love Revlon Super lustrous lipsticks, I have a lot of them and I love them. They have the perfect consistency and colors . You know how I love my red lipstick so I was waiting for swatches online but I found none. If you want to know more about it, then click here and here to read.
My camera wouldn’t focus on the blush
I went to Fred Meyer’s last week and what do I find? A new display of the Revlon Iconic lipsticks. I was salivating when I saw that and of course I had to get them. They retail for about $7.99. You all know how I love my red lipsticks so of course, I had to get them . They had an offer of Buy 2 Get 1 Free, so I had to get 3 Revlon products . The first color I got my hands on was Fifth Ave Red and the other color which I was drawn to was Icy Violet. I am not a fan of peach/apricot lipstick since they don’t do much for my skin tone . The Fifth Ave Red is a warmer red and I LOVED it, the other red lipsticks I have are more of the cooler tone and a bit bright but this red was perfect. Icy Violet is a frosty violet color. At first, I had this horrible suspicion that it’s going to be a frosty cool violet but really it’s actually looks like my lip color but with a tint of violet color and it looks almost natural.
So I got my hand on those two.Then I was wondering What should I get for the 3rd lipstick? I wasn’t interested in the other Iconic lipstick and then I realized that I loved their Matte lip balm. So I was checking out swatches in my phone and the shade Shameless caught my eye. It is a deep purple lipstick and I realized that I don’t have any purple lipstick . It really is a deep purple color and I haven’t worn it yet. Holy Moly, they are bright. I think it will be a statement lipstick.
From L to R : Bella Rosa, Shameless, Fifth Ave Red, Icy Violet
Moving on, What else do I see? Milani Matte Baked Blush :squeel: , I want to get my hand on this as soon as I read some great reviews. And when I saw this on the shelf, I got them as quickly as I could since they only had 3 left overs. I went for the Bella Rosa which is a bright rose color. I bared touched the product with my brush and when I applied it on my cheeks, it was so bright. But it blends beautifully and it almost give you this flushed look. I LOVE it. They retail for about $7.99 but they so darn worth it. The are not completely matte but at least they don’t have shimmers in it . I think this is one of my best finds.
P.S. I need to stop buying this month. I have found lot of good deals and it’s making my hubby frown at me . No More Beauty Shopping (at least for this month) .
It is hard to take up the healthy lifestyle especially if I see a lot of things which I want to eat. It’s been 2 months since I have changed my eating habits but i still have lost only 2 pounds and maybe it’s because that I am still trying to do some workout at least twice a week and that is not enough. For 2 weeks, I was off the wagon because my toddler was sick and then I got sick as well. It is hard to eat healthy during that time. So I ended up making the easy food like rice and curry. I always feel hungry after eating a salad and that day is truly hard for me. So I stuck with carbs at least once a day or moderate amount of carb.
I have been using the My Fitness pal app and my carb count for every day is 175, which was nearly the same amount I was having during my gestational diabetes. I just have to control the portion size. I got some healthy snacks like nuts and sometimes I eat banana if I want to have something sweet. I also eat some chocolates now and then . I do cheat at least once a week and have a huge desert like cake or pastries. I just can’t control it.
But I have compromised with myself. As long as I know the calories of what I am going to eat then, it is ok. If I am having a dessert then I share them with hubby so that I won’t eat whole piece ;) . See, that’s a compromise . I do drink at least 1 liter of water. I should probably start drinking green tea but I need my milky tea and I drink them once a day only so it is not bad. I do like it when I know the calories of the things I eat. I have been loving Panera bread for that reason. Their menu has calories by the side so that you can choose your food based on calories. I am there at least once a week when I feel the need to have bread. We usually don’t keep any bread at home . I always end up picking the pick 2 menu with soup and half a sandwich which will end up under 500 calories depending on what you choose. I have also been loving their power green smoothie .
I think my body is slowly conditioning itself for low carbs since I don’t feel hungry much these days if I have just a cup of rice with rasam. I have been making green smoothies at home for breakfast with avocado, milk and power greens. They are so yummy and filling. Though I feel light, I am not losing weight. I think I need to exercise to lose weight and I am not happy about it.
Hubby got me Polar Loop for Valentine’s day since I was very interested in a fitness watch and I am still getting used to it. I never knew how little I walk after getting it. The steps section shows that I take about 4000 or less for the first 2 days and I was shocked since you are supposed to take 10,000 steps a day to be healthy. So I try to force myself not to sit in a place for a long time. Let’s see how it works out. Will try it out for a month and then will review it.
Other than this, nothing is happening, health wise. I hope that I will do some vigorous exercise at least twice a week for my body to lose weight . Let’s see if I can do it.
It’s been so long since I did a bargain alert article. I found so many bargains lately that I had to do a separate blog post for this particular bargain. I haven’t been to Big Lots for more than 6 months and when the beauty bloggers were talking about some great bargains there, then of course I had to go there. It is a little bit far off from my home, nearly about 7 miles one way . Finally I went there this week and o boy, was I surprised? I forgot why I loved Big lots in the first place.
They had a lot of branded products this time especially in the food section. I bought a lot of snacks for Toddler A . They had Honey Maid which she loves and the Newton thins. They even had organic baby oatmeal which she loves as well . But the first place I went to was the beauty section and I was pleasantly shocked at all the products there. I bought the following products :
- Maybelline master drama eyeliner in navy and taupe
- Loreal Voluminous mascara in blue
- Revlon age defying foundation in honey beige
- Revlon photoready bronzer
- Revlon nail polishes in Teal, raspberry, sequin, baby blue (can’t remember their original names)
- Maybelline nail polishes in denim, navy, purple
Holy moly, I still wanted to get more but I had to stop myself from buying the store . They had some revlon blushes, almay products, sephora opi nail polishes, china glaze and sinful nail polishes. They even had SoHo brushes . If you readers are interested in trying these, then you should visit Big Lots soon.
I have been in a search for a perfect eyeliner for my waterline. My eyes are very sensitive and whenever I use eyeliner on my waterline, my eyes start to water non-stop and by few hours, the eyeliner melts and it is all under my eyes creating a dark circle . I have the ever popular Urban Decay eyeliner in Zero and it doesn’t work as well. I was reading some articles and they recommended waterproof eyeliners. I have always loved the Prestige Cosmetics from my days in Dublin. I love their Total Intensity eyeliner but It doesn’t suit my waterline as well. So I decided to try out their waterproof automatic eyeliner. It retails for about $5.99 and I thought it was a perfect price to try. The first liner I got was espresso.
On my first application, I LOVED it. It glides so smoothly on my skin and it doesn’t make my eyes water. I went back to the shop and got another color which was smoke. I am a fan of these eyeliner for my waterline. It stays for a long time and it doesn’t tug my skin while applying. Then today when I went to Riteaid near my home, they had this huge clearance area since they were remodeling their whole shop. All of the Prestige eyeliners were for $1.40 . Of course, I had to get other colors they had.The packaging is simple, automatic pencil. I love this since I don’t have to sharpen it often.
From L to R : Trance, Lightning, Black, Espresso, Smoke
Trance - Periwinkle color, matte
Lightning - Sea green color, sheen/glossy finish
Black - Matte black
Espresso - Dark Brown color, matte
Smoke - Charcoal color, matte
Overall, they are perfect for me. For a newbies, you have to try it at least once. Who knows, maybe you will like it.
Another year gone. I don’t think she will get a party from next year. It is expensive and tough planning a party. And don’t even ask when your daughter falls sick on the week of her birthday/party. Too much stress for me . At least she enjoyed her party while recovering from the sickness. She was so excited about the cake and the party from 2 days before. We even had a pre-birthday cake on Friday . She had high fever from Monday night and its was a 48 hr viral fever followed by her clingy cranky toddler for the rest of the week.
Thank God, it’s over and we are back to our normal routine. I was so tired by the end of the week and all I wanted to do was have a quiet restful day and let’s not forget the need to eat a good meal and probably lot of carbs. It’s been tough on my resolution of eating less carbs. I haven’t been following it for the past 2 weeks. I really hope that I can do it from this week. I just want someone to cook my food and serve me .
I will tell you some motherhood tales in my next article. I am amazed by what she learnt .
This is one of the limited edition eyeshadow palette from Wet n Wild Eyeshadow. They were released in Spring 2013 and within few days they were pretty popular in the beauty community since they said it was mostly a dupe of the Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palette. I didn’t really think that I would get this palette since it was popular but when I visited the Riteaid near my home, I saw the last one in the stand and of course I had to pick it up . They retail for about $4.99.
The packaging is plastic same as all the wet n wild palettes but it is white in color. The color choice are pretty good with some matte shades thrown in. The color payoff is really good. They have 8 shadows just like other palette.
Brow Bone – light beige color, almost matte
Eyelid – Taupe orange shade, Frost
Crease – Soft brown, matte
Definer – Deep Dark brown with gold glitters
Brow Bone – Rosy brown, frost
Eyelid – Brown, frost
Crease – Charcoal grey with silver glitter
Definer – Black with silver glitter
Though, I don’t like to use the dark colors on my eyes, it does look good if you smudge it above the last line instead of the crease. Overall, I think the colors are ok but I don’t think I will buy it since It has mostly dark colors which I won’t use.
We have all heard about the Wet n Wild eyeshadow and I am definitely a fan of it. This is one of the popular neutral eyeshadow in this brand and they have 8 shadows in it. They retail for about $4.99 but if you wait for the sales in the drugstore you can get it for 40% off or BOGO 50% offers. I absolutely agree with all the beauty bloggers out there, this is a fantastic palette which is totally worth your money even if you buy it for a full price. I am mostly a neutral eyeshadow person and though I have a lot of eyeshadow in my collection, I just couldn’t resist this one .
The packaging is a simple plastic, rather a flimsy one but I don’t mind it. The formulation is fantastic as per all their eyeshadow. They are so soft and creamy and just glide on smoothly on your skin. The color payoff is excellent and its like what you see is what you get color. I also like that they have they Browbone, Eyelid, Crease and Definer engraved into it to let us know how to use it. They have 8 shadows which is all more neutrals.
Brow bone – Light Beige color, satin finish
Eyelid -Rosy Pink color, frost finish
Crease – Dark Brown with sheen
Definer – Deep brown with red tone. almost looks burgundy with copper glitters
Brow bone – Pale Taupe, satin finish
Eyelid – Pale green with gold sheen
Crease – Deep Olive Green with gold glitters
Definer – Duo chrome, reddish brown with teal duo chrome, one of my favorite color
They all look beautiful and great pigmentation. Overall , this is totally worth buying if you are an eyeshadow person. I love playing with shadows but don’t get many opportunities to do so. Its doesn’t look great if I do full makeup to just to go a play area with my daughter or even go grocery shopping and I don’t have many friends who are makeup crazy like me. If I attend a party or get together. somehow I feel that I am the only one who has done a full on makeup and I feel the odd one out .