Friday, August 31, 2012

Baby Bird Revisited

Hey ya'll! An update on the baby bird ...

Special thanks to Rebecca for letting us know what our little fella is - an American Robin fledgling. We didn't go out and try to rescue him, we just peeked out and checked on him a few times a day. =)

He's doing well. Momma still comes and feeds him ALL THE TIME. It's crazy. I can't help but wonder if he's getting fed more for some reason. Then again, I've never paid much attention to how much birds feed their young.

He's gotten braver and has now moved out from under the tree to the other side of the yard.

He's filled out and he's starting to get more color to his belly. His momma has a red belly on her.

Anyhow, that's him. He's doing well as you can see. My husband says he'll try to fly soon. 

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Recent Hauls & Nail Mails (pic heavy)

Hellow lovelies! I've just got some random hauls today. Nothing fancy but I realized I may as well tease you with all my goodies! These have come in over the past month or so...

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Lime Crime Les Desserts d'Antoinette Nail Polish Collection

Lime Crime, a well known makeup brand on the internet, has branched out with an awesome nail polish collection.

What Lime Crime has to say about them ...
7 pastel shades, inspired by confectionary delights from Marie Antoinette's table. Recklessly pigmented crème formula is rich, smooth and opaque in just two coats. Each bottle comes equipped with a flat, wide brush for superb control and flawless application. Never tested on animals. 3-Free.

Lime Crime Les Desserts d'Antoinette Nail Polish Collection
Lime Crime Les Desserts d'Antoinette Nail Polish Collection

Monday, August 27, 2012

Shimmer Jasmine

This post is totally late! I tweeted about this polish awhile back to tease Alexis and then the pictures got lost in the shuffle. My bad.

Shimmer Jasmine is a gorgeous dense aqua glitter with light blue, green, red, and gold glitters. Possibly more colors, but I get a headache trying to sort them out.

Shimmer Jasmine

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Sally Hansen Salon Effects I Love Lacey

I decided while I was going to be on the road, I was going to try some Sally Hansen Salon Effects polish strips. I hadn't wanted to wear them yet because I wanted to see how long they would last, and I had been trying to do nail art and swatching like crazy to make up for my intended break. I'm just now getting to edit the pictures but I was impressed with these!

First, the necessary packaging pictures...

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Shadow Pencil in Morphine - Swatches & Review

I shared with ya'll the cream liners that Milani recently put out, and I wanted to share my Urban Decay one that everyone keeps comparing them to.

I have the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Shadow Pencil in Morphine - a light purple with a pale blue shift. It's like a lighter version of Ransom.

I will preface this post with the fact that I've had this product for awhile, and like any makeup hoarder collector, I used it a few times and then became distracted by other products. I think I have makeup ADD. Haha. MADD. Yep, I'm MADD. Anyhow, I remember it being more even and soft, but now it seems to have dried out a little. I'm not sure what the shelf life of these is, but they do change a little over time.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Shadow Pencil in Morphine
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Shadow Pencil in Morphine, swatched on bare skin

Friday, August 24, 2012

A Rhyming Dictionary Polishes - Swatches & Review

Hello lovelies! This is my 300th post! I kinda missed my 200th somewhere along the way, but I have a special post for you! A Rhyming Dictionary polishes! What better way to celebrate 300 than with glitter!

First, a teaser!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

A little birdy told me

Is birdy spelled birdy or birdie? Birdey? I'm confused.

Anyway. This isn't a makeup or nail polish post. This post is about a little bird. My husband found him a few days ago. He fell out of his nest. We kept debating on going and getting him, but honestly, I'm not really sure what to do with a baby bird. What do you feed it? How much? How often? Where do you keep it? Etc. Momma bird was usually close by on the fence and once we saw her come back and feed him (her?) we just kept an eye on him.

Can you see him?

A little closer ...

How about a close up?

Ugly little bugger ain't he? Skinny and he looks like he has jowls! 

I have no children or pets so this is as close as I've gotten recently to having someone/thing to show people, so you get lots of pictures today! Here he was running away from me. I had gotten a little too close.

Another close up, thanks to my new camera. He's kinda scrawny. If you can imagine a normal leaf shriveled up and fallen, you can see how little he is! I asked my husband how he can tell he's recently born and he said it's because he's got a fuzzy butt! Apparently butt feathers are the last to grow in. Who knew?

Running ....

He does blend well though! Poor guy. We don't seem to have any stray/loose cats in our neighborhood. I hear coyotes are out here, but not in the "city." Hopefully he does ok. His momma is doing well and she's usually standing guard.

We can't find a nest so I have no idea if he's the only one or the only one we found to have survived a fall. He is sitting under a large tree in our yard, so I'm assuming there is a nest up there.

Either way, that's all I have for ya! Little baby bird. Fingers crossed he does ok.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Max Factor Cool Jade

Thanks to Rainbowify Me, I have this pretty little number.

Max Factor Cool Jade is a gorgeous little dusty teal that is somehow casual enough to be an everyday color with maintaining a little edge. This was two easy coats. Average dry time. Very pleased with this polish!!

Please excuse the cuticles. Still working on getting them back into shape!

Max Factor Cool Jade
Max Factor Cool Jade

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Deborah Lippmann Footloose

I do love a good red. To me, red is sexy, classy, and timeless, all at the same time. How many colors can you say that about?

Deborah Lippmann Footloose is an orange-leaning red creme that went on flawlessly. Below is two coats. There is a bit of a visible nail line, but that wasn't apparent in real life. It's bold but completely wearable.

Deborah Lippmann Footloose swatch
Deborah Lippmann Footloose

Monday, August 20, 2012

Models Own Pastel Pink

I have another Models Own to show you today! I only have 4 so far, so now you've seen half of my Models Own collection!

Models Own Pastel Pink is a great bubblegum pink creme. This one went on well, and below is two coats. Other than the crazy chemical smell, I have no issues with these polishes.

Models Own Pastel Pink swatch
Models Own Pastel Pink

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Giveaway Winner

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Congratulations Shilpa G! I have emailed you and if I don't hear back in 48 hours, I'll unfortunately have to pick someone else for these lovely China Glaze polishes!!

Good news to everyone else out there without the above mentioned name - I should be announcing a new one later today or tomorrow so stay tuned...

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Benefit Some Kind-a Gorgeous in Medium - Swatches & Review

Benefit Some Kind-a Gorgeous is a cool cream to powder foundation. Foundation faker. Or something.

I took some pictures of mine but they didn't turn out well, and by the time I got around to editing them, I had already finished it and tossed it.

So here is a picture courtesy of

Friday, August 17, 2012

NOTD: Big Dots

I was messing around with some "nail art" if you'd call it that. I added a few big dots to my Models Own Orange Sorbet.

Models Own Orange Sorbet with Sally Hansen White On dotting nail art
Models Own Orange Sorbet with Sally Hansen White On Dots nail art

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Walgreen's Haul

Moving to a small town has really put a damper on my hauling. Now I have a single Walmart. The closest Walgreen's is 40 minutes away.While I had to go take some photographs for my new job awhile back, I of course took the opportunity to stop at the Walgreen's on the way to see what they had.

THIS is what happens when you deprive someone too long from being able to window shop. I bought so many things that just looked interesting...

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The Penguin Makeup Challenge, Week 3: White & Color

Hey ya'll, look who is on time for once! =) Today is the third (and final) week of The Penguin Makeup Challenge. It's been a blast, and I for one have truly enjoyed seeing everyones looks. I can't wait to see what everyone came up with for today!

We're going to go through the making of this backwards ....

Urban Decay Deep End NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk Milani White Lie Estee Lauder Lash Primer Maybelline Totally Teal Mascara  Anastasia Brow Liner in Dark Brunette Revlon Flash Lashes in Long Volumizing
The Penguin Makeup Challenge, Week 3: White & Color

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The Penguin Makeup Challenge, Week 2: Black & Color

I know I'm SUPER late with this post, but life has been super busy. I just found time today to sit and play with makeup and here's what I came up with ...

Lime Crime Twilight Urban Decay Black Out Urban Decay 24/7 Liquid Liner in Perversion Urban Decay 24/7 Pencil Liner in Ransom Maybelline Pop of Purple Mascara (lower lashes) Tape (for sharp lines on outer eye) Anastasia Brow Liner in Dark Brunette Revlon False Lashes in Long Volumizing
The Penguin Makeup Challege, Week 2: Black & Color

Monday, August 13, 2012

Models Own Orange Sorbet

I don't own very many Models Own nail polishes, but I was lucky enough to snag a few from a blog sale earlier this year from Raych over at Polished Criminails. This is one of the ones I snagged.

Models Own Orange Sorbet is a gorgeous bright orange. It looks a little more neon in this picture than it is in real life, but it's definitely a head turner. Traffic cone orange. Are traffic cones orange in countries other than the US?

Models Own Orange Sorbet swatch
Models Own Orange Sorbet

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Almay Smart Shade Makeup in Light/Medium - Swatches & Review

Almay came out with a new foundation awhile back named Smart Shade Makeup. It's supposed to change once applied to the skin to your perfect color. It has FlowErase technology. Whatever that means. Here's what Almay has to say about it ...
"finally a makeup that takes the guesswork out of finding your perfect shade. breakthrough shade-sensing technology instantly adjusts to the color of your skin. the lightweight formula starts out white and adjusts to right. formulated with an antioxidant blend of grape seed, ginseng, and ginkgo biloba to nurture your skin. for a beautiful, natural finish every time."
It's available in a few colors, and I mean a FEW. As in three. Light, Light/Medium, and Medium. Three. Thazzit.

This is the one I used, Light/Medium 200. I'm essentially a MAC NC20, Bare Escentuals Golden Medium/Light, Revlon Color Stay in Sand Beige, MUFE HD Sand, etc etc. Light with yellow undertones basically. 

Friday, August 10, 2012

2 Picks from OPI Nice Stems Collex

I know these are super old polishes in the nail polish world, but I didn't get them until recently when I spotted them at a local grocery store, so I'm sharing the with you now!

OPI Be A Dhalia Won't You? is a gorgeous glass fleck vs foil bright pink. Beautiful formula, self-leveling, and the brush is freaking fantastic. Every time I use an OPI I get why people rave about their polishes.

OPI Be A Dahlia Won't You? nail swatch
OPI Be A Dahlia Won't You?

Monday, August 6, 2012

Sinful Colors Ciao Bella!

I have another pretty blue polish for you today! I can't get enough of them.

Sinful Colors Ciao Bella! is a gorgeous deep, crisp blue with tons of shimmer. If you get enough light reflecting off the polish, it can look aqua (as seen in the bottle of the first picture) but it's really all aqua shimmer. I tried to limit the direct light on the nails so you can see the outrageous shimmer it has!!

Sinful Colors Ciao Bella!
Sinful Colors Ciao Bella!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Eyeliner

Do you struggle with eye makeup migrating under your eyes in hot weather? Or even in cool weather? I know I do. I appreciate that my oily skin theoretically makes my skin less wrinkled, but honestly, I'd like to be able to wear eye shadow or base for more than a few hours before it's dripping down my cheeks.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Milani Sail Away

We all know I love Milani Sail Away. Seriously, how many times have you seen it this past month? It's such a great color for beach nail art and the name just makes it all too appropriate.

Milani Sail Away swatch
Milani Sail Away

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The Penguin Makeup Challenge: Black & White

Wahoo! Today is the first day of the Penguin Makeup Challenge! I'm so excited. We have a lot of talented beauties participating, and I can't wait to see what they've come up with for today.

Today's theme is Black & White. I tried to go a little out of my comfort zone...

Face: Black Radiance Complexion Perfection Primer          Too Faced Amazing Face Liquid in Warm Vanilla (applied with Real Techniques Buffing Brush)          Make Up For Ever Lift Concealer in 3 (applied with Real Techniques Foundation Brush)          Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso (applied with Real Techniques Contouring Brush)          Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder (applied with Real Techniques Powder Brush)          Rimmel Natural Bronzer in Sun Bronze (applied with Real Techniques Contouring Brush)  Eyes: NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk           Milani Powder Eyeshadow White Lie (applied with Real Techniques Shadow Brush)           Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Black Out (applied with Real Techniques Accent Brush)           Urban Decay 24/7 Liquid Liner in Perversion           Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes in 0L           Revlon False Lashes in Long Volumizing           Fairydrops Scandal Queen Mascara           Lips: Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes in 1L          NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk          Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Black Out (applied with Real Techniques Accent Brush)
The Penguin Makeup Challenge: Black & White
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