Friday, November 29, 2013

Black Friday Dreams For A Beauty Queen

So Black Friday is here.  And while I usually partake in the shopping madness, this year I decided to stay home and snuggle with my little one instead.

The truth is, I do about 95% of my shopping online now. And with Amazon Prime and all of the coupon sites/newsletters I'm signed up with, I get really great deals throughout the entire year.

But there are some awesome specials out there for all of you beauty queens!

Both Sephora and Ulta have amazing sales going on.  Sephora has their "$10 Dealtopia" which includes collections by Tarte, Too Faced, Bliss, Clean,  Buxom, Stila, and more for just $10 each.  Ulta has many of their own collection on sale (including a makeup set with over 75 items for $16.99) and Urban Decay has a lippy set with 6 lipsticks for $50.  

And my favorite deal that I've found is 40%  off of the Limited Edition Gold Glossybox.  Making it just $30 for products with a combined value of over $150.  At checkout enter the code "GOLD40" to get 40% off!

I personally am holding out to see what the deals will be for Cyber Monday. 

Hope everyone is enjoying their holiday weekend!

Monday, November 25, 2013

MAC Cosmetics Divine Night - Holiday 2013

In my heart, MAC remains number one when it comes to makeup.  They continue to be my go-to for anything and everything makeup related.   I am always grateful and thankful for any products I receive to review, but I get especially excited when the lovely PR ladies at MAC take the time out of their day to send product my way.

This time I received a few products from their 2013 Holiday Line, named Divine Night.  While most other cosmetic companies are coming out with the typical super dark color palette filled with grays and browns, MAC has taken a different and much more pleasing route.  Their holiday color palettes consist of expert combinations of dark and bright colors, making it impossible for anyone to resist taking a peek at these products.

Divine Night Mineralize Eye Shadow
in "Past Midnight"
Living in Florida, I always felt the grays, blacks, and browns that often accompany fall and winter put a depressing, drab spin on my beauty routine.  However, using super bright colors alone always seemed out of place with the cooler weather.  MAC has solved this issue with the"Divine Night" product line. Bye-bye drab and depressing, hello beautifully bright - yet seasonally appropriate - looks.

The Divine Night Mineralize Eye Shadow is a perfect example of the dark and bright pairing.  These eye shadows are two colors in one.  You can either use each color separately or blend them together.   "Past Midnight" is a gorgeous, rich, dark, yet not dreary, purple with a light violet/pink shade.  I love the use of these rich colors in the winter.  Like all MAC eyeshadow, the pigmentation is excellent, the product goes on smooth, and stays all day.  I have used the colors together and on their own.  I love each color but especially like the blended look.  My eyes really popped with this shadow and the composite of the dark and light made it look like I had spent much more time on my makeup than I had.

Divine Night Fluidline in
"Deliciously Rich"
One item I was actually nervous about was the Divine Night Fluidline.  Yes, I LOVE eye makeup.  However, I am not one with a steady hand.  Meaning, liquid liners are often very challenging for me.  When I opened my fluidline eye-liner gel  I was so taken with the color ( "Deliciously Rich") that I had to at least TRY to learn how to apply this stunning product.  I dipped my eyeliner brush and cautiously applied.  Surprisingly, it was pretty easy to use.  Much different than the typical liquid liner, this gel stays put and doesn't smear all over when applying.  The color was right up my alley.  I'm a huge fan of bronze eye makeup (brings out the green in my eyes, without being harsh against my skin tone)  and this gel liner is one of the prettiest bronzes I've seen in a long time.  It's dark and does have a bit of a tarnished feel to it, but is still a "stand-out" color with lots of sparkle.  I will definitely purchase more of the fluidline products now that I am no longer intimidated by them.

Divine Night Kohl Power Eye Pencil
in "Mystery"
 One item that I am much more familiar with is MAC's Eye Kohl.  In fact, it is my favorite eye lining product. Ever. ("Teddy" is my favorite shade.)   The Divine Night Kohl Power Eye Pencils have the creamy, smooth texture I expected, but the color blew me away.  And I already have pretty high expectations when it comes to these superb pencils.  Mystery, an opulent forest green, is perfect for Christmas.  The color was so rich, so dazzling, I couldn't help but wear it for the rest of the day.  This splendid green did not fade or smudge all day.  And that's a day filled with running around, chasing a near 1 year old.   If you are one who sticks with black or brown eye liner, I would definitely suggest using this pencil to mix it up for the holidays. It's luxurious look will change your way of thinking when it comes to eye liner.

Divine Night Mineralize Skinfinish
in "Perfectly Poised"
But what is a striking eye without flawless skin? I'm not one to wear foundation every day, but I do like to put on something to even out my skin tone before leaving the house.  Divine Night Mineralize Skinfinish is definitely a great product for this purpose.  This powder can be used all over the face to give the look of smooth, bright skin or it can be used on cheeks as a highlighter.  I used "Perfectly Poised" and it gave my skin a warm glow.  Definitely a quick fix for me when I'm trying to just get my family out the door in a hurry.

Divine Night Cremeshine Glass
in "Private Party"
Now to complete the look...the lips.  This season plum lips have exploded onto the scene.  No matter where I turn celebrities, models, magazines, it seems like everyone is trying the plum look.  The Divine Night Cremesheen Glass in "Private Party" captures the beauty of plum perfectly.  I usually don't wear dark lip color because I feel it washes me out, but this did not.  It's dark, yet luminous. Above all it's creamy, non-sticky, and super glossy. 

And there you have it, an exemplary holiday look using the Divine Night line.  There are numerous other products in this line to add to your look including blush, nail laquer, lipstick, and mascara.  If you're wanting to change up your look, but are afraid to go out of your comfort zone, I would definitely suggest this line.  You will get quality products that are easy to apply, trendy, and give you a fresh take without being scary or difficult.  Once again, MAC proves to be a foolproof choice.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Bad Beauty Confessions

I've  decided to confess my worst crimes against beauty, in the name of beauty.  Let me explain.  We've all done things in our past to get "the look." You know, what was considered pretty, cute, hot, sexy, trendy, at the time.  Usually, this happens when we're younger and have sort of an invincible feeling.  I am no exception.  All of the following happened when I was between the ages of 16 and 20.  During this time, the pop princesses were the standard of "young/teen beauty."  So what did that mean? Super tan, super blonde, and super dark eye makeup.  Take a look.

Teenage me fed into the media. And like many others, tried to achieve the tan, platinum blonde look.  To do so... I broke some very important beauty rules... here are my confessions...

1. I've never done tanning beds but this may be worse...

I used olive oil.  Yep... you read right.  This one I regret the most.  I am naturally very fair skinned.  But being "pale" was not attractive. At least not by the above standards.  I refused to tan in tanning beds... mostly because I thought they were gross and I refused to pay for something that was naturally free in sunny Florida.  Tanning oils didn't do much for me (this was before I was introduced to No-Ad.)  So... I used to use this

 to tan.  Just sprayed it on before I went out by the pool... and then literally baked my skin.  Of course now I regret this.  Who knows what damage I have done to my skin.  I constantly check for any signs of skin cancer knowing that I definitely increased my chances.

2. Who needs eyeliner?

This one ISN'T as bad as the olive oil.  It's more of a silly confession.  Like most girls, I learned about makeup from my mom. And by the time I was 17, she had done a pretty good job of teaching me "less is more."  However, I longed for the sultry eyes of the pop divas.  My problem? My mom doesn't wear eyeliner. At all. I mean... she doesn't own any.   So one night I decided I couldn't wait any longer and I wanted to try to achieve the look right away! Even if I didn't have eyeliner on hand.  What did I use?  Eye shadow. I used the eye shadow applicator that came with my Cover Girl eye shadow and carefully lined my waterline.  I then wet the shadow and lined the top of my lid close to my lash line. I got so many compliments on the look, I continued to do it for months before I finally bought eyeliner. Now I'm sure it's not terrible for your eyes, but I definitely wouldn't recommend using eye shadow as eyeliner for your waterline on the regular.  It's tends to irritate the eye. Not to mention being way more time consuming.

3. John Frida...whhyyyy

If you're a regular reader of this blog, you have heard me mention a certain [now discontinued] John Frida product that I had an awful experience with. I'm about to reveal what that product was. BUT I will admit that my overuse was part of the problem.  I wanted my medium blonde hair to be SUPER blonde.  But my mom discouraged me coloring my hair. And so did some of my friends.  So I started using products in the John Frida "Beach Blonde" line.  I believe the entire line is now discontinued. First I used a gel that contained lemon.  Not seeing much result I moved to the next John Frida product.  John Frida's Beach Blonde Sun Streaks (pictured below). Like Sun-In and the John Frida Go Blonder spray, it used peroxide and heat to lighten hair.  The difference - it had the texture of hair gel.  And would stick and stay in your hair. And didn't really dry. It was advertised as "gentle" but definitely was not.
I started seeing results very quickly.  My hair quickly became SUPER blonde (see below).

 But also super damaged.  And started breaking off an inch from the root. I had to use different Redken serums to disguise the damage and prevent anymore from happening.  It was the worst experience I have had with a hair care product to this day. BUT I do recognize I used the product more often than I should have and I'm now very careful when using my Sun-In.

4. Oxy masks

This is another one that isn't AS BAD compared to the rest...but I'm sure it wasn't great for my skin. At the very least it was a harsh "treatment." Remember oxy spot treatment? You know... the product for acne that you're supposed to put on a blemish. I put it on my entire face. Overnight. To PREVENT breakouts. Not to treat them. My poor face. I learned to stop once my face became stiff, red, and dry.
5.  Oily skin is enough...

My skin was oily in my teen years. Not noticeably. But definitely not the combination skin I have now. Because of this, I didn't use any moisturizer. At all. Yep. I used harsh acne treatments without replacing the moisture, causing my skin to become irritated and produce even more oil. Causing more breakouts. I now know better. And am happy to be done with all of these horrible habits!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Eye Popping Tips from Bobbie Thomas

Beauty and style expert Bobbie Thomas has some great tips when it comes to eye makeup.  And since the holidays are just around the corner - and we all want to look amazing for those holiday photos - I thought I'd share Bobbie's tips and trick with you all.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

November Ipsy Review AND an Addiction


If you've been watching my Ipsy reviews you know I was really disappointed with September's and October's bags.  To the point where cancelling had crossed my mind.  So... did this month's bag redeem Ipsy?  Find out in the video below.

What was in my bag

All Products Offered

And now.... to my beauty find of the week...and my confession


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Holiday Postings Are Beginning!

Maybe it's because it seems like everyone is already decorating for Christmas, or maybe it's because it actually was below 70 degrees today... either way, I've decided it time to start the Holiday postings.

From now until Christmas I will be posting holiday themed beauty gifts.

First up is one of my favorite makeup brands for moms - Mally!  First off, if you haven't tried their mascara, try it. I get compliments EVERY time I wear it.

One of the things I love about Mally is their packaging.  It's pretty enough to put a bow on and gift!  Got to love the thought that goes into it.

And now to the goodies!

High Shine 5pc. Carry On Collection ($27.50):

Give the gift of a perfect pout with these long-lasting High Shine Liquid Lipsticks (that are in a unique carry-on size) in a decorative gift box. Each Liquid Lipstick goes on silky smooth and delivers beautiful opaque lip color with the shimmering shine of a gloss. With five High Shine Liquid Lipsticks, in every on trend shade, featuring the new shade, Berrylish, it’s the best of both worlds.

5pc. Evercolor Shadow Stick Collection ($35.00):
Mally’s beloved Evercolor Shadow Sticks in five fun and sophisticated shades make the ideal holiday gift for all your girlfriends. These triple threat Shadow Sticks deliver a long wear primer, blendable eyeshadow, and dramatic eyeliner in one. Kit includes five Evercolor Shadow Sticks including the newest shade Cobalt, in a custom gift box.


 High Shine Liquid Lipstick 6pc. Collection ($50.00): 

For the girl on the go, this six piece High Shine Liquid Lipstick Collection will deliver maximum holiday cheer. This award winning lip color delivers a super-shiny, glossy finish with the perfect amount of color that lasts all day, no need to reapply. This set includes six full size High Shine Liquid Lipsticks in their very own gift box.

5pc. Evercolor Starlight Waterproof Eyeliner Collection ($27.50):

This easy stocking stuffer will put a twinkle in the eye of any glamour girl. The deluxe five piece collection features Mally’s award-winning formula that glides on effortlessly, with no dragging, and lasts all day. Each set includes five vibrant Evercolor Starlight Waterproof Eyeliners in of-the-moment new shades, and a new shade – Cobalt - a convenient sharpener, plus a chic collectable gift box.

And for those of you looking to have it all...

Must Have Holiday Mega Kit Collection ($220):

Perfect for the Mally enthusiast or for splitting up and gifting throughout the holiday season, this full-out, professional grade kit comes in a beautiful overnight travel bag embellished with studs to match the Mally holiday collection. From full size lip gloss to face primer, this Mega Kit includes every step of a gorgois beauty routine.

Merry Mally Mega Kit ($750, valued at $1,300):

This kit is Mally’s ultimate indulgence present for makeup lovers. With everything you need to create hot off the runway, bulletproof looks—from a super fierce smoky eye to a super easy five-minute face—this deluxe Mega Kit is the ticket to next level makeup. This sensational set includes 8 High Shine Liquid Lipsticks, 10 Evercolor Shadow Sticks, 7 Evercolor Starlight Eyeliners, 7 Ultimate Eyeliners, Shadow Base Duo, 24/7 Blush with double ended brush, 24/7 Illuminating Blush with double ended brush, Mattewand, Lightwand, Travel Face Defender with Puff, Finish Line Luminizer, Eye Primer with brush, Perfect Prep Poreless Primer with SPF 15, Hydrating Eye Gel with applicator, 2 Volumizing Waterproof Mascaras, 2 Brow Fix, 2 Brow Gels, blush brush, powder brush, round blender brush, crease brush, smudger brush, Ultimate Performance sponge, Mally tweezers, and dual sharpener and comes in one amazois travel case.

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Charismatiq Photography And the Foreo Luna Mini Part 1

Hello everyone!

Did you think I forgot about you?  I didn't!  I've been working hard on a couple of projects as well as getting things together for my son's first birthday.  Lots of fun events coming up!

That's right, my son is almost one and up until last month, we still had not had professional photos taken of him (besides those taken in the hospital when he was born.)   My mom was asking me for months when I was going to get on that.  But when you have a child with different health issues/needs, getting those needs figured out and met first takes priority.  Everything else tends to get put on the back burner.

Last month we FINALLY had our pictures taken.  We decided to use a professional photographer rather than a portrait studio.  It feels more modern and fun to me.   Normally I am not too excited about getting my pictures taken professionally.  It usually feels posed, stiff, and a little awkward.  But this experience was much different and it's all thanks to the photographer we used.

Charishma of  Charismatiq Photography was great at letting us interact with each other naturally and capturing the beauty in those moments.  This makes for better pictures as well, in my opinion.  We had so much fun and were so comfortable during the entire session.  My son is a little stubborn but Charishma was great with him and finally got him smiling and hamming it up for the camera.

The best part - her services are affordable and often less expensive than those portrait studios.   She doesn't overcharge and you definitely get quality photos.  She offers hour long sessions that start at $150 and she offers 30 minute sessions starting at $75.   Mention Mommy Diaries Of a Florida Mom and get $10 off of either of these services!

She also does mini sessions - usually 15 to 20 minutes long, starting at $50.  Right now she has Holiday Mini Sessions going on - great for Holiday and Christmas cards!  (Please note the $10 off special can not be applied to mini sessions.) She currently has 3 slots for Holiday mini's available.  Check out her Facebook Page for more information and updates on services offered.

And now for a little touch of beauty news.  I joined the BzzAgent campaign for the Foreo LUNA Mini.  I wanted to document the beginning of my experience with it and then update towards the end of the campaign to see if there are any visible results.  If you've ever wanted to see what I REALLY look like, now's your chance. Watch the video below :o)