Wednesday, February 4, 2015

February Wish List

Wish List- Feb 2015


  1. Color Switch Duo by Vera Mona:  I can not believe I haven't heard of this until yesterday!!  Cleaning my makeup brushes is a task and a half!  It takes so long, I end up not using some of my more vibrant colors.  Though this doesn't take the place of cleaning my brushes it is going to make switching color so much easier.  I can finally really dig into all of my eye shadows.  They also make a handy wrist version for the professionals out there.  
  2. I don't know what these sunglasses are called or where to get them.  I have searched the Forever 21 site where I first saw them and found nothing.  Did a Google image search... nada.  I have put them on the Hunt, but haven't gotten anything so far... I NEED these sunglasses!  If anyone can track these down for me since I still haven't I would love you forever!
  3. Corsica Bikini Top by Bravissimo:  Summer will be here before I know it.  I know that I will be in Vegas by the pool in a few sort months and I am going to need a swimsuit that ACTUALLY fits (not something that I just make work).  This bikini top actually comes in my size and isn't hideous.  I just wish I could try it on first.  Why is it that I always have to order boob related items from the UK?  Maybe I need to move...
  4. Michael Antonio Magna Booties:  The always fabulous Alina from Style by Alina featured these booties on her blog and I love them!  DSW is sold out in my size, but I did also find them on Heels.com... hopefully they will still be there next week when I get paid!!
  5. Melt Cosmetics Lipstick in Dark Room:  It's back!  This color was a limited edition color that I missed out on, but they re- released it TODAY!!  Hi my name is Jeani and I am addicted to lipstick... now I just need Blow to be restocked...

MORE WISHLIST ITEMS:

  1. Too Faced Melted Liquefied Long Wear Lipstick:  Did I mention I am addicted to lipstick?  I already have the Melted Violet and Melted Nude and LOVE them!  They have added more to the collection... Marshmallow, Peony, Villain, Velvet, Frosting, and Fig are on list of needs....
  2. Colour Raine Matte Lip Paint in Truffle Raine:  Instagram is going to kill me.  I need to stop following all these makeup artists.  I love this color.  It's so 90's!  It makes me feel like a kid again.




Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The Beginning to My Last Year in My Twenties... My Birthday Weekend!!

Well, it happened.  I turned 29.  I am now in the last year of my twenties.  I am not upset by a number.  I'm not freaking out about the big 3-0 coming in 12 months.  Age is nothing, but a number.  I am freaking out because I stupidly told my bestie Dana that I would allow her to put me up on a dating site if I was still single... note, don't make future promises when you are 24.  I know that she is doing it for my own good, but I am petrified.  So I am determined to make this last year count before my life is no longer in my hands.

I'm really not one to celebrate my birthday.  I really dislike my birthday because of past disappointments (I swear I am not bitter)... joys of being a December baby.  I have TRIED to do things the last few years, but this year was probably the most successful.

NIGHT ONE
I went out of town for dinner on my actual birthday to a restaurant I have never been to (and coincidentally everyone who came to my dinner hadn't either), Boiling Crab in Sacramento.

Before I get into that experience, I want to express my appreciation to my friends who came.  You gals rock!   Only 3 outta of the 9 people actually live in Sacramento, so everyone had to drive out. <3

Dinner was AMAZING!  Like I previously said, none of us has ever been there before.  So of course we wanted to try everything.  Before we knew it there were oysters, crawfish, shrimp, catfish, and crab coming to our table for consumption.  The food didn't disappoint.  It was also great seeing all of my friends dive into their food... cracking shells, taking off heads, making a mess and not caring.  It was magical!  My friends even immortalized the event by adding a memento on one of the poles in the restaurant!  Afterwards my cousin (more like sister) and two of my friends continued the party at a small local bar, The Flame.  We had some more drinks, some laughs.  It was perfect...


I have my own hashtag!!





Birthday Makeup Night One:
I wanted to try something that I haven't before.  Something over the top for the occasion.  So I looked through some of my favorite vloggers on youtube for inspiration.  I found this birthday look by Carli Bybel that she did for her birthday.  I have similar colors to what she used so I decided to dive in a give it a go...


Not to pat myself on the back or anything, but I think I did a pretty good job.  I didn't have all the colors and products that she had, but I had enough to make it work.  I don't think I have ever used so many products on my eyes, but I can't deny the results.

I always use primer on my eyes, but I made sure to cover my lids well,  I am a fan of the Eyeshadow Helper from Lime Crime Cosmetics, but this time I used the new Eyeshadow Brightener.  I figured I was going with such a glamours look, I wanted it to pop as much as possible.  I mostly used eyeshadows that I have from Salty Cosmetics, but I also used Bare Minerals, City Color Cosmetics, NYX Cosmetics, and Make Up Forever.  I used Morecni Black from Salty Cosmetics and the darkest color from the NYX Love in Rio Eye Shadow Palette in Escape with Rico in my crease.  The inner corner of my lid I used Make Up Forever Artist Shadow in Yellow Ivory and combined Bare Minerals Peach Eye Color in Vanilla Sugar, and Salty Cosmetics Persian Goddess and Golden Spark (I LOVE THIS) on the rest of my lid.  Golden Spark is what gave my the overall glittery glamorous look.  I used City Color Cosmetics White Gold Shadow & Highlight Mousse in my tear duct and finished up my eyeshadow with a hint of Queen of Venus from Salty Cosmetics in my crease and lower lash line.  My eyeliner is Benefit Cosmetics They're Real Push Up Liner, my eyebrows were filled in using Vanitymark Ultra- Brow Powder in Choco Noir and I finished my eyes with Iconic Lashes from House of Lashes.  Like I said, I have never used so many products on my eyes.  I used Bang Bang from Melt Cosmetics on my lips and on my cheeks I used Benefit Cosmetics Majorette (which is my new favorite blush!).


Tarot Card Reading:
My amazing friend +Amanda Perri gave me some awesome gifts, but included in that was the very unique gift of a Tarot Card reading for my birthday.  First off, I didn't even know that she knew how to do this, but how cool is that?  I have my very own Mademoiselle le Normand (truth be told I totally googled most famous tarot card reader and inserted it) at my disposal! I had her write the next part in her own words.  I thought it would be easier for her to explain the process and my reading...




“I always start my readings with a few words of caution:

One, my cards can be very harsh. If something important needs to be said. My cards will certainly say it no matter how much a participant may not want to hear it. Sometimes if the participant is asking about something specific, and there is something very important that they may or may not be aware of, my cards will overwrite that question and talk about the matter at hand.

Two, sometimes the things that come up can shock, scare, or really hit the participant in the feels (I’m talking exactly where it hurts the most).  I always caution to take a moment if they need it and to always remember to breathe.

Three, my readings don’t always make sense right away. Sometimes they are spot on about a question or a current situation and then sometimes they will go off on a tangent. I have found that even if the reading doesn't make sense right away that something later down the road will come up and will be just as predicted.

My last warning is more of a question of consent. My readings can end up being extremely personal. I find that usually after a reading I learn more about that person’s present, past, and future. Just after one reading their relationships with others, the type of person they are, and their hopes and dreams are all things can be revealed to me. I feel as though getting a person’s permission to continue is the only way that I can feel comfortable in giving them a tarot reading. After all of these warnings, if the person is still willing to listen to what the cards have to say. Then I am willing to try to answer their questions.

I then start by asking the participant to think of a question or a situation that they may want more answers for. While I shuffle the deck I have the participant send that question mentally towards me. I don’t ask them to say it aloud because it is not needed. I feel that when they keep their questions to themselves that sometimes it can help validate the reading for the participant. Sometimes a participant won’t have a question, like in Jeani's case, that is when I will ask them to just send energy in my direction. I stop shuffling my cards once I feel like they are just right. I then place my cards on the table and ask the participant to cut the deck any way they’d like, but they must use their left hand to do so. I typically do a very basic 5 card spread. I can do a more in depth reading if the participant asks me to. In Jeani's case I placed the cards in this order:





First Card- Represents the Past5 of Pentacles: For Jeani this card brought up that she has felt very down and out, lonely, and felt over extended. As though she was working on something that didn't really show off her talents and it was holding her back. It was also causing strain on her social life and was causing her to feel depressed and stretched thin. The card suggested that she was making a change, seeking comfort and spiritual guidance for something more.







Second Card- Represents the Present: 2 of Pentacles (reversed): For Jeani this card brought up the fact that she felt like she was juggling too many things at once and she was feeling overwhelmed by her many obligations. That maybe she bit off more than she could chew in her current situation. This card also represented that money coming to Jeani was possibly spent frivolously on things that were not helping her fix situation.







Third Card- Represents a hidden aspect of the Situation: 7 of Cups (reversed):  This card for Jeani represented her emotional state with the situation. That she had been disillusioned about her situation and what is was doing to her.  That she had been scattering her energies instead of focusing on what was important. The good thing, however, is that the card hinted that she was beginning to see why this was not good. The she seemed to be pretending that the situation didn't bother her and it wasn't helping fix the situation at all. Now, because she is starting to see this more clearly she will be able to help herself towards her goals.



Fourth Card- Represents Advice for the Participant: 9 of Cups: This card represents a change for the good in Jeani's life. It advises her to go towards what she desires most and that she must leave what she had behind in order to move forward to achieve her wish for her future.









Fifth Card- Represents a possible Outcome: 8 of Wands (reversed): As an outcome this card warns Jeani that making hasty decisions that will only cause her life to become even more scattered and make her feel like she is wasting her energy. This card represents the possibility of Jeani rushing herself to achieve her goal and if she does so it will only make her problems worse.”

Ummm, she was spot on.  Crazy spot on!  This was all something that I already knew, but just couldn't admit to myself or things that I wasn't in a position to do anything about.  Regardless, Manda was right... the cards told me what I needed to hear.

NIGHT TWO
On the second night of my birthday weekend, I kept it local and stayed in Napa.  I wanted to go to my favorite local bar that has a DJ on Saturday nights.  I haven't been there in forever!  I didn't want to have another night of a big dinner, just a night out of drinking and dancing with my friends.  I did meet up with one of my friends earlier and we had appetizers and caught up in the bar of Eiko's and around 10 PM some of my favorite people showed up.  Let me tell you, it was a blast!  I danced like nobody was watching.  I haven't had a night out like that in a while.  I'm usually the responsible socially awkward one.  I don't do well with lots of people... I'm too cautious I guess.  Also I have resting bitch face which gives many people the wrong impression of me.  When I go out I am usually taking in my surroundings, making sure that my friends aren't too wasted, that they have rides, aren't leaving the bar with someone shady.  That's just who I am, I want to take care of my friends.  On this night though, I let loose and it felt really good. I didn't end up taking any pictures, I was too busy dancing...


Birthday Makeup Night Two:
On this night, I wanted my look to be bold.  I have previously done my makeup like this before, but I never actually wore it out.  I got the idea from +Makeupshayla's instagram a while back.  I bought the necessary products and did what I usually do... I played with my face, with no where to go.  I did make a few changes to what I used...


Again, wanting my eyes to really pop, I started with the Eyeshadow Brightener from Lime Crime.  The darker blue is Velocity from Sugarpill Cosmetics, I used my favorite black Morecni in my crease, and Sergio's Ojos from Salty Cosmetics on my inner eyelid and my lower lash line.  I changed my eyeliner and used Kat Von D Tattoo Liner and my lashes are Bohemian Princess from House of Lashes.  My lipstick is the Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita also from Kat Von D.  I didn't use as many products as before, but I think it was still fun and glamours.  It stayed on really well too!  I thought I was going to be a mess after dancing all night, but I got home and my eyes were still fabulous!

DAY THREE
I didn't do anything on the third night of my birthday weekend.  I stayed home to recover, curled up in bed with a movie, but I did go to breakfast with my sister and my nieces.  It was nice to have some family time with them and unwind.

That was my my weekend.  Nothing EPIC (like my birthday attempt in 2012), but enough for me to start of the next 12 months of my life on a good note.  It's going to be an interesting year.  Not looking forward to my 30th though... Lord help me...

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

December Wishlist

Sorry I have been gone so long... but I am back and focused!  It's my favorite month of the year!  Not just because of Christmas, but MY BIRTHDAY!  December 12 will mark the beginning of the last year in my 20's (cringe)...

I've been told I am hard to shop for (I really don't know why, I am into so many different things) so for my friends out there who are wondering what to get me, here are some ideas.  However, I don't need gifts, just your company so please don't feel obligated to get me anything!!!

Dec Wishlist



1.  Suki Samsung Galaxy S4 Wallet Case:  When I go out, I don't like to bring a purse, I use a wallet case.  Almost everything I need can go into one.  I LOVE this orange color!!
2.  Frank Original Coffee Scrub:  My little cousin told me about this product and I have yet to try it, but I really want to.  I love coffee so I am down to try it in any form.  Winter is harsh on my skin, I really want to try and treat it well this year.  I also want to try the body balm.
3.  Dazzle Peplum Top from City Chic:  I probably will have to work or have no plans, but how cute would this be for NYE??  I could totally rock this at home with a glass of bubbles right?
4.  Lime Crime Velvetines Lipstick in Cashmere:  Anyone who knows me is well aware of my love for the Velvetines.  So of course I need the newest addition to the Lime Crime family.  I am almost out of Red Velvet, Suedeberry, and Pink Velvet so I am going to need to order those soon and I really want Salem.  I think I'm going to have a $100.00+ Lime Crime order in my future.... ehh, they are worth it.
5.  ASOS Curve Off The Shoulder Top:  I have always loved off the shoulder tops!

MORE WISHLIST ITEMS


1.  3D Nail Art Spike Stud from Miss A:  My friend Manda told me about this crazy site that sells everything for a $1.  I thought she was lying.... she wasn't.  I have gotten a few things from them and am pleased, but I am most excited for the nail art items that I want.  I also want these Chanel symbol ones!!
2.  Falling Head Over Heals Booties:  Hello pretties!!!  These make me happy!  Like A LOT!!!  I'm such a shoe whore... if you could only see the grin on my face right now...
3.  Ladies Aztec Tank:  So I went to a lot of concerts this year, and each concert I was able to get me a t-shirt... except one.  I couldn't wait to get a Panic! at the Disco shirt do to the very long drive and the fact that I had to be at work in about 6 hours.  I need a Panic! shirt and this one is super cute and very me!  I also want the Are You Nasty Shorts!!
4.  Stone Love Cuff by Irie Mi:  I do not need any more bracelets, but I can't resist this one!  Its simple, but lovely!  Not crazy boho, so I can wear it with a lot.
5.  Foo Fighter Concert Tickets:  OK, I fucking LOVE Foo Fighters!!!  They are #2 on my top 10 list of bands/musicians that I want to see.  They are going to be playing in September next year, decently close to me and I HAVE TO GO!!!  Tickets go on sale on December 4th and I am so scared of ticket prices...


Sunday, July 20, 2014

July Wish List...

I know, I know.... I am way late in the game!  It has been a very busy month for me...  this month's wish list is mostly accessories!  Mainly because I am being ├╝ber picky about my clothes lately.  Nothing is really striking my fancy, but there are a few clothing items on here!


July Wishlist

July Wish list by jelobo2 featuring kat von d makeup

  1. Blowfish Bilocate Women's Fashion Ankle Boots:   I have been looking for booties like these forever... whenever I find something like them, my size isn't available... now I am in a time crunch.  I need them to complete my outfit that I am wearing to a concert in August (yes I have planned my outfit this far in advance!).... these are also a possibility....
  2. Lip Shoulder Bag from H&M:  So many lip handbags to choose from, but which do I really want?  I do like this H&M one a lot, because it is a shoulder bag rather than a clutch... don't get me wrong, I love my clutches, but shoulder bags, especially on the smaller side are much more convenient
  3. for when I go out shopping.
  4. Isis Crystal Necklace for ILY Couture:  I want this necklace on my neck now!  It's so charming and I can see myself wearing it on a night out or just jazzing up a causal look like a tank top and comfy jeans.  Ever girl needs a staple like this in their wardrobe!
  5. Pixie Perfect Green Flats from Pinupgirlclothing.com:  I need more flat shoes.  I have two pairs and one pair is almost completely worn out!  These are beyond adorable and come in 3 more colors... Cupcake Peach FlatsTutu Cute Black Flats, and Fantastically Fuchsia Flats.  I want them all!
  6. Kat Von D Everlasting Love Liquid Lipstick in Bauhau5:  YYYYEEESSSS!  You all know my obsession with lipstick and I can't believe I didn't know about this line sooner!  I saw this lipstick on @missjazminad on instagram and it was love.  I need this color and the Lolita and the Bachelorette!

MORE WISH LIST ITEMS:

  1. Editorial Edition Clutch from Urbanog.com:  HOW CUTE IS THIS!?  You had me at Vogue covers! :)
  2. Fantasy Floral High-Waisted Short from Forever21:  Shorts are growing on me...
  3. Netted Wrap Chain Necklace from Urbanog.com:  This necklace is like the best of both worlds!  I love scarves... I love statement necklaces.. SCORE!
  4. Wraparound Jersey Cardigan from Love Culture:  All the structure of a blazer and the comfort of a cardigan...  I wish it came in more colors, not just the burgundy and the taupe!!
  5. Betsy Bow Bra by Bravissimo:  So I've FINALLY figured out my bra size and I am so getting this bra!  How freaking adorable is it?  There are so many bras from this site that I want (like $1000 worth)!
  6. ASOS Curve Cami Top With Wrap:  Effortless fabulousness!  Summer is all about effortless comfort, but we are still talking about me... I still need to be stylish!  
  7. New Look Inspire Swing Shell With Pendant Necklace:  I am not really a fan of tops wit hardware, but this is cute and is easy and breezy.... aka perfect for summer!  
  8. Dermophisiologique Optyma Nutri- Lift Eye Contour Cream:  Now for my most extravagant wish list item! A while back I had an allergic reaction to the latex in my eyelash glue.  Although my eye has healed and I have moved on to a non- latex formula that I LOVE, my eye hasn't been the same.  The skin around that eye is now very sensitive and a prone to being really dry and flaky.  I need something that is going to keep my eye moisturized, but won't irritate my eye.  I hear great things about this eye cream, for $85 I better hear good things about it!  My good friend who is an esthetician highly recommends is.  Worth a try right?



Thursday, July 10, 2014

Welcome to My World of BGP....

I am going to let you in on a little secret... I am a busty girl.  OK, so that isn't a secret.  Anyone with eyes knows that.  However, the secret is no one really knows how busty I truly am... myself included!  In the last year and a half I have gone through 3 different bra sizes and it isn't because my body has changed dramatically.  It is because I never knew how bras are supposed to fit!  Did you know that coming home crying because your bra hurts wasn't normal?  I sure as hell didn't!  I just assumed that is just how it was and that coming home and taking that sucker off was the best feeling in the world. I know I can't be the only person out there who is suffering due to ill-fitting bras and lack of availability out there.  I decided to do this post and share my experiences, frustrations, and things that I have found and NEVER knew!  Welcome to my world of BGP (busty girl problems)...

Image by Gabbi3083791 via Someecards

For years I didn't know my bra size (I still don't).  I was one of those girls who developed over night.  One day I was flat and the next I was like a C. What can I say?  I come from a long line of busty women.  I was on my own though.  I didn't have anyone to teach me the ways of the bra, not even basic fit principles.  I didn't know the gore is supposed to lay flat on your chest (I didn't know it had a name) or that you could get fitted (I didn't learn about bra fittings until I was in my 20's).  These things among others I learned recently, but I should have learned YEARS AGO!

In high school I just assumed I was a DD.  It was the largest that I had ever heard of or could find in a store.  Then years later I met my friend Jakki and she gave me a little more insight on sizes (basically she's smaller than me, but bigger than a DD).  So I made an "educated" guess that I was a G.  I was dumbfounded.  Where the hell was I going to find a G?   Luckily for me Jakki knew of a site that I could go to.  I ordered one online from Bare Necessities.  It definitely fit better, but I didn't know any better either.  So I went on that way for years.

Last year I was presented with the opportunity to get sized at Lane Bryant.  I CANNOT STRESS ENOUGH THE IMPORTANCE OF GETTING SIZED!!  Not just sized, but properly sized. I never did it because it was a moot point for me.  There was never a place that offered the service that carried anything close to my size.  I went to Lane Bryant in a bind.  I needed a strapless bra to go with a dress that I had gotten for a wedding (my current strapless bra was too high cut).  I knew I wouldn't be able to order one and get it on time and I also knew I couldn't guarantee it would work even if I did.  So I went with the hopes that I could find something that fit decently that I could wear for at least that one evening.  I was surprised by the size selection and when I was offered a bra fitting.  I couldn't pass that up.  I had been wondering for years.  She determined that I was a 36H (side note... she said the sweetest thing in the world to me, "Girl your natural waist is tiny!").  She didn't have a 36H in stock, but she did have a 38H.  So I tried that one on.  I couldn't breathe.  There was no denying that the cups were way better, but not breathing wasn't an option.  So I tried a 40H... much better!  Again, not knowing how it was supposed to fit, I thought this was fantastic.  I finally knew my size.

Image by Rampaige on her blog Busty Girl Comics

Well, while shopping online about two weeks ago for some new bras I decided to see if Livirae sold anything online (the store that is featured on Lifetime's show DoubleDivas).  They do, but before you can browse you have to go through an online fitting.  These two ladies are the boob experts so I am not surprised they set up their site that way.  So for the second time in less than a year, I was going through a bra fitting.  It was very educational.  That's how I learned that the gore is supposed to touch your chest (and that is called a gore).  Turns out, according to that fitting I am a 36J.

36J!!  SHUT THE HELL UP!!  I am not denying I am a big girl, but a J?  SERIOUSLY?  Never in my wildest dreams did I think I was a J.  I was in shock when the lady at Lane Bryant said I was an H.  I mean, I could already wear one side of my bra as a hat... and now I am being told that I am bigger?  It's already a pain in the ass to find bras in an H.  I'm still in my 20's, I DON'T WANT TO WEAR A GRANDMA BRA!  Cute or sexy bras are bloody near impossible to find and now I have to search for them in an even bigger cup size?  I had literally just discovered a new site called Adore Me and I was beyond excited to try.  I bought two bra sets and now I wasn't going to be able to wear them!  I had all these questions and concerns flowing through my head.  Is there even a company that makes a strapless bra in a J?  Am I never going to wear my beloved halter or strapless style dresses ever again?  Am I really a 36?  Am I really a J?  I can't fly to Georgia to have one of the ladies at Livirae fit me, so how can I really know?

I can't be the only person out there this irked and clueless.  I reached out to my friends and asked if they were as confused as I was when it comes to bras.  My friend Jakki is in the same boat now (sorry to burst your bubble love).  I told her the things that I have found out and she's questioning her fit ("That part is supposed to touch your body?  Mine in nowhere near my body!").  I want to know once and for all what size I am.  I want to know how a bra is properly supposed to fit, and I want to be able to try that sucker on before I purchase it!!  Don't misunderstand my meaning; I have no issues with buying online.  90% of my purchasing is done online, but bras are not cheap.  I am not saying they should be either, but it is absurd to be spending $60 or more on a bra (not including tax or shipping and handling) on something that doesn't even fit.  Then having to deal with the hassle of repackaging and paying for shipping again to return it!

Image by Rampaige from her blog Busty Girl Comics

I decided to purchase a 36J to see how it fits.  I actually found some on sale from Simply Be, so I ordered a few.  I also decided I would exchange the sets I got from Adore Me to see if one of the sister sizes would work for me (yes, another new discovery).  I crossed my fingers and waited.  The day finally came when they arrived, and guess what?  

THEY ARE STILL TOO FUCKING SMALL!!!!!!!  

My new bras... that I can't wear....
I cried.  Genuine tears of defeat and discouragement.  This is officially ludicrous!!  I don't know what to do anymore!!!  What is my next step?  What cup size would even be next?  JJ?  K?  This sucks... not to mention being this upset over a bra makes me feel stupid.  Once again I vented to some of my close friends... my friend Dana gave me the best reaction, "Jeani!  Your boobs are halfway down the alphabet!!"

Still stewing in frustration I decided my only saving grace would to become educated in the bra world.  I found some sites with helpful tips and such including this wikihow site that gave me tips for a bra fitting that I can do on my own... problem being that they stop at a J cup.  Again, where do I go from here!?  Another site that I found in my research wash True & Co.  They also have an online fit profile that also focuses on shape which is nice.  They don't go up to my size, but there is potential with this company.  They are always looking to expand and have fit testing sessions.  They are based out of San Francisco, so I totally emailed them and asked to be apart of it.  I have actually happened upon a few sites with decent bras, like this bra from Bigger Bras that is about $40, not horrendous looking, and is available up to a K cup in UK sizes!  I order this bra in a 36H & 36HH which are the UK equivalent to a K and L cup.  Lord, help me if one of those don't fit!  

I am just starting out my journey, so please... I am asking all of my fellow busty girls out there... where are your favorite places to purchase?  What have your fails and successes been?  What brands do you love?  Is there anyone in the Bay Area of Nor Cal that knows where I can get properly sized AND try on in the same place?  Are there any sites you think I should check out?  Any help or suggestions would be lovely!






Friday, June 20, 2014

A Taste of Salt... Review on Salty Cosmetics Mineral Eye Shadows...

I decided to take some of my own advice.  Whenever I am asked how I learned to do my makeup, my answer is Carmidy from What Not to Wear and I played.  Playing with my face is one of my favorite things to do (who am I kidding; I’ll play with anyone’s face).  Thing is I usually play with the same old stuff.  I am trying to expand my makeup horizons, and I have discovered some pretty good brands and colors out there.  Have I tried all of these discoveries?  Not even close.  I am trying to change that!  I am going to venture out and really try things out of my comfort zone.  First thing I had to do was decide where to start...


I received a jar of Glama- Zoid Mineral Eye Shadow from Salty Cosmetics (I think it was in an IPSY bag) and thought it was great.  It is a beautiful white iridescent color with undertones of violet and pink.  It looks more violet on my skin.  It is a wonderful accent color or highlight.  I usually use it as a highlight in my inner tear duct.  


Me wearing Glama-Zoid through out my lower lash line

That was where I was going to start.  I powered up my laptop to check out what else the company offers.  Salty Cosmetics is pretty well rounded.  They offer lip glosses, foundations, and even nail polish.   I found a great selection of colors... so great that it was a little overwhelming.  Then I discovered the grab bags.  For $10 you receive 10 samples in either a day or night option.  It didn't say what came in the grab bags, but that is a part of the adventure.  I of course I was super excited.  How could I not try that?  They are samples so if I didn't like them I wouldn't feel so bad.  Then I saw that you can get samples of all of the colors!  That is AMAZING.  I can't tell you how many times I have bought full sizes of things that I ended up hating.  Then I would be kicking myself for wasting my money.


So I bought the two grab bags plus a few samples of other colors that I really wanted to try and waited oh so patiently for them to arrive (it was torture).  When I received them I was surprise because the grab bags contained more than just eye shadow... I got lip gloss, bronzer, and blush too.  The samples are a good size.  Good enough to get more than one time use.  I like that, because I have more opportunities to play and experiment.

These are most, but not all of the samples I received

So I swatched most of the colors on my arm to see what I had to work with.  I was pretty happy with what I got.  I got only one double (I was afraid I was going to get a lot of doubles).  Only down side... a few came without names.  There is a pretty light blue that I assume in Sergio's Ojo's and a light pink that I think might be Pinky.  As much as I wanted to stay up all night playing with the colors, I knew that wasn't option.  I did grab two and started to play.


From left to right:
Nebula, Cosmic Martini, Goddess of Bronze, Antiquey, Bad A$$, Persian Goddess, Queen of Venus, Chester Copper Pots, 24 Karat Rose, Sergio's Ojo's (?), Cool Glitz, Pinky (?), Mirage, & Northern Lights

From left to right:
Morenci Black, Butt Nakie, Coca-Mocha, & House of Hash
They are so easy to work with!  So soft and blend able.  Each sample is a great pigment.  The matte colors are smooth and the others had just the right amount of glitz.  I was most excited to try Queen of Venus.  I have been looking for a more eggplant kind of purple for a while.  If you didn't know purple is my favorite color, shame on you!  How could you not?  Have you seen all my purple lipsticks?  It was exactly what I wanted without really knowing it.  I usually lean more towards matte colors (don't get me wrong, I love me some glitter!).  So, when I would find a color to try, it was always harsher than I wanted.  I knew I wanted something more on the eggplant end, but not eggplant.  Queen of Venus was exactly what I envisioned in my head, but couldn't find.


In Queen of Venus and Butt Nakie

I was also very impressed with the Morenci black.  Most of the black eye shadows that I have tried are grayer looking on me.  Not this one... it's BLACK!  I didn't think I would like the 24 Karat Rose as much as I did.  I thought it was pretty, but I didn't really see me wearing it.  Once I put it on it was hard not to love it.  It's not something I would normally wear.  That is a good thing; I am supposed to be venturing out, right?  Another one that I just adore is Persian Goddess.  I really felt like a goddess when I put it on.  It really is the perfect gold.

In 24 Karat Rose

In Goddess of Bronze

Chester Copper Pots

If you  are interested in purchasing please visit the website.  Also there is coupon code.  15% off of your first purchase with the code SALTY15!  

I will leave you with one of my favorite looks...  I was channeling my inner Cleopatra...

In Persian Goddess and Serjio's Ojo's (?)


Friday, June 13, 2014

Fave Five June

I have made some recent purchase that I just adore!

Fave Five June

  1. Salty Cosmetics Mineral Eyeshadow in Queen of Venus:  I am just starting to experiment with eye color.  What I really love about Salty Cosmetics is that they let you buy samples.  I bought two Grab Bags (10 for $10) and 4 other samples.  One of which was the Queen of Venus.  It is a gorgeous color and easy to play with.  I will have a full review of all the ones I bought up on the blog shortly.
  2. Limecrime Opaque Lipstick in Chinchilla:  This was on my wishlist last month and I am beyond happy that I bought it!  It really is more gray than it appears in the pictures that I have taken with it on, but that is what makes it a fantastic neutral!
  3. Forever 21 Floral Flush Bodycon Dress:  I wasn't sure about this dress when I first saw it, but I put it on an loved it.  It is made in a really soft easy material and the cut out in the backs are very cute.  I did have to get a size bigger than I normally did, but it's a bodycon dress, so that is normal.
  4. House of Lashes Latex-Free Eyelash Adhesive:  Hallelujah!  A few weeks ago I suffered an allergic reaction from my eyelash glue.  I of course was devastated.  I didn't know if I was going to be able to wear lashes ever again.  Luckily for me I decided to try a non latex formula to see if it was just the latex that hates me.  It was and I now have a fabulous new eyelash glue!  Stays on extremely well and smells like flowers!
  5. House of Lashes Goddess Collection Lashes in Siren:  While I was purchasing the new eyelash glue, I decided to risk it and buy new lashes as well.  I got three new pairs all of which are wonderful, but the wispy Siren ones are my favorite.  House of Lashes has some great lashes!  Great quality and reasonably prices.  I think I shall be getting all of mine from here!