29 January 2015

..::Glitz 'n Glamour::.. Look-of-the-Day

Hi, everyone! Today, I actually got a chance to get dressed and get out of the house! No, I don't wear makeup everyday. I thought I would go over my look of the day. I was able to use some new products today, which I can tell I am already falling in love with. With that being said, I am going to go through what I used today, but if you want a more in depth detail review of any of the products just leave me a comment below, and I will definitely write one. 


So-- let me start with the eyes. They are my favorite part of doing my makeup. I was so pumped today because I got to use my 'Jaclyn Hill' palette by Morphe. If you don’t know who Jaclyn Hill is, I highly suggest that you check out her YouTube channel by clicking here. She is just an amazing makeup artist. The colors in this palette are so pigmented and gorgeous. The palette is combined with Jaclyn's favorite Morphe colors. If you didn’t catch this palette when it launched in the beginning of January, don’t you worry; they will be releasing more in February!


I used the L’Oreal '12-hour Infallible Super Slim' liquid eyeliner on my top lids. I absolutely LOVE this liquid liner; so far it is my favorite liquid liner that I have used. It almost looks like a pen that I could write with which makes it easier for me to draw my line. I can do a thin line or a thick line with this liquid liner. Oh! Can we talk about how affordable it is? It goes for around $8.00 on Amazon, but you can get this at drugstores like:  CVS, Walgreens, or Walmart. I like to find GREAT drugstore products, but don’t get me wrong, I like the more expensive brands, too (said like a true makeup junkie). On my water line, I used Mac Cosmetics 'Costa Riche'. This eyeliner is so beautiful. The reason I think that it is, is because it is very different from just a plain, brown eyeliner. It has some red tones in it that, to me, just really makes this liner pop. In my opinion, this eyeliner will look good with any eye color. You can get Costa Riche from your local Mac store or their website for $16.00.

LASHES!! Need I say more? I love doing my lashes, and finding a mascara that does everything I want it to do is not easy to come by. I have found that L’Oreal 'Miss Manga' mascara does just that. It seriously extends, separates, and gives my lashes the volume they need. After I am done applying this mascara I feel like I have false lashes on. This is also a GREAT drugstore buy that goes for around $7.00. That sums up the eyes for today’s look. 

So, let’s move on to the face.  I used Make Up For Ever HD in the color 'Soft Sand'. This foundation goes on so smooth, and only with just one pump. It is a great foundation for normal, dry, or oily skin. Let me just say that if you are oily and use this foundation, you may see a little bit more of a dewy finish rather than a matte finish. I know I did. I don’t mind the dewy finish only because I like the glow that it gives my skin.  I am an oil-monster, and this foundation doesn't make me feel oily throughout the day. I bought this foundation from Sephora for $42.00.  Next, I used Mac Cosmetics 'Pro Longwear Concealer' in the shade NC 20. This concealer is thick to me, but in a good way. It makes me feel like it is going to cover my dark circles better-- which it did. I like this concealer and it works great, but if you don’t set it with a powder after putting it on, it may crease in those little lines under your eyes. I purchased my Pro Longwear Concealer online for $20.00.  I did set my concealer with my Ben Nye 'Luxury Banana Powder'. I like the banana powder because I can set my concealer or makeup with it and it doesn’t feel heavy like I have cake-face and it gives it more of a 'matte look'. I purchased my banana powder on Amazon for $13.00.  For a highlight, I used the Mac Cosmetics 'Prep + Prime' in the color Radiant Rose. I used this right above my cheek bones and my T-zone. I really like the way this product gives that pretty dewy look to your cheeks without making it look oily like some liquid highlights do. I purchased my highlight for $26.00. Now to add some color, I used Mac Cosmetics 'Warm Soul' blush. This color is AMAZING. It seriously gave my face life today. It is kind of a peachy, bronze-y color with some shimmer to it. I just love this blush! When I saw it, I felt like it was screaming at me to buy it. I am glad I did, because I have just fallen in love with this blush. I purchased it online for around $27.00. 

On to the lips. I used GERARD Cosmetics '1995' created by Jaclyn Hill. Let me just say that the lips just completed this look for me today. I just love this color; it is perfection. I love mauve and berry colors when I wear lipstick. I watched Jaclyn's YouTube video for her 'Kylie Jenner look', and she introduced this color in the video. When I saw how beautiful this color was, I just had to have it. I purchased this color from Gerard cosmetics for $19.00.

Lastly, I just want to throw in that I never leave the house without putting perfume on (yes, I'm a perfume junkie, too!). Today, I chose to wear Chloe. At first, I didn’t know if I was going to like this perfume because it has such a sweet smell to it; but the longer I wore it the more I liked it. Throughout the day, the sweet smell turned into a clean smell that just reminds me of Spring. I now LOVE this perfume, and will probably be purchasing the big bottle. I have the roll on perfume which I got from Sephora for $25.00.


Xoxo
marah

Disclaimer:  This is my product.  This is not a sponsored review.  I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

..::Book Review::.. The Monster on Top of the Bed & My Monster on Top of the Bed by Alan H. Jordan


My Review of The Monster on Top of the Bed & My Monster on Top of the Bed by Alan H. Jordan

Back of the Book Description:

“Once upon a time there was a little girl named Suzy, who used to jump up and down on her bed having just a great time. This scared a young critter named Karrit who lived under Suzy’s bed. But, Karrit heard Suzy do all sorts of nice things for people, and he wanted her to be his friend. Still, Suzy ate strange things like cakes made out of pans (pancakes) and the toes of toemays (tomatoes) and—he couldn’t believe it—he heard her talk about eating something truly horrendous.
One day Karrit heard Suzy tell her mother that she was lonely and needed a friend. Because of that Karrit decided to visit Suzy, and Suzy got to meet him. At first Suzy was scared of Karrit. After all, he had red, scaly legs, and a blue nose, but he seemed a little scared too. Suzy treated Karrit the way that she would want to be treated if she had gone to his house.

As they grew to know each other, Suzy found out that Karrit didn’t understand some English words. Suzy figured out what was confusing Karrit, and she was sorry to have scared him. She showed him a hotdog (she didn’t eat dogs that were hot) a tomato (she didn’t eat the toes of matoes) and a carrot (she definitely didn’t eat Karrits).

Suzy made Karrit feel that she liked him, and that she wanted him to be happy. Because of that, the two of them played. They kept getting to know each other better until one day they both realized that they didn’t have to be afraid of each other, and that it was a mistake for each of them to think the other was a
“monster.” Suzy and Karrit became best friends, and neither was afraid of monsters again."

Synopsis (My Personal Version):



This is a book about two individuals that are unsure of one another.  Each lives a separate life, completely absorbed in the frightening lifestyle of the other.  The human 'monster' and the monster 'monster' finally get to know one another and learn that they have a lot more fun playing together than being scared of one another.  This is a moralistic tale, one that is a necessity for every child to read as they grown and learn.  They, too, may fall into this situation one day!

My Thoughts:



This is such a great children's set.  There is the actual book that the author wrote, and a paperback version that your child can write.  I have a 6-year old son, and he just loved it.  It was also interesting for me, as his parent, to see how he interprets the story on his level.  What I personally recommend doing is having your child 'write' his/her story first, then read them the version that Mr. Jordan wrote.  That way it'll be completely original.  This was a very fun activity, and I learned a lot about how Charlie interprets problem-solving techniques.  It's a very creative exercise, and he actually wanted to participate.  



My son loves playing video games and action figures (you know, the boy stuff).  But it was really neat to see him open up and try something new.  Not only is the story awesome, but it makes for an excellent keepsake that you can give to your child when s/he grows older.

Here are a few of the parts of the story he created:





If you haven’t done anything like this before, you will absolutely love it.  It's great fun, and your children exercise their creative sides.  I recommend looking at the books by Alan H. Jordan here.

CLICK HERE to purchase The Monster on Top of the Bed
CLICK HERE to purchase My Monster on Top of the Bed
--both are available in Kindle and Paperback.

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DISCLAIMER:  I received the product mentioned above complimentary for review and testing purposes. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  All opinions stated above are solely mine, and have not been influenced in any way.  I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

28 January 2015

..::Glitz 'n Glamour::.. Review of Becca Cosmetics' Shimmering Pressed Skin Perfector


Hi everyone, I am so excited about this review. Why, you may ask? Because it is ABSOLUTELY gorgeous. I am in love with this highlight.


The website reads: “Refined luminosity in any light. This formula features ultra-fine luminescent pearls that absorb, reflect and refract light so your natural glow is never lost. Unlike the traditional pressed powder method, which simply mixes and compresses dry ingredients, this unique process blends pigments with proprietary liquid binders, resulting in unparalleled, creamy application with balanced color dispersion. This formula features multi-toned, ultra-fine pigment pearls that adjust to skin’s natural undertones.  Formulated without parabens.”  Please click here for more information!

I purchased the Becca Cosmetics shimmering pressed skin perfector in the shade 'Opal'. I got mine on Amazon for $43.95, which is more than it costs on the Becca Cosmetics website. On their website it is $38.00. The reason I purchased it on Amazon, was because it was out of stock on the website. I am very impatient when it comes to my makeup.  I actually just got this in the mail today, and couldn't wait to tell everyone about it! It comes in a cute little brown rubber compact, and has a shiny plastic top that almost looks like aluminum. 


Inside it has a mirror and the product itself. On the back of the compact, it has a sticker saying it is a 'Becca' product and tells you the color and how much of it 8g/0.28oz.e.


It will take a while to use all of this highlight because it is so pigmented; you only need a little on your brush. I tried some today (just playing around with it), and I only needed one sweep with my makeup brush. It gives such a warm, healthy glow to the cheeks. I also put some on the bridge of my nose and above my eyebrows.

The coloring of the product is just gorgeous, it definitely has some gold and shimmer in it, which in my opinion, is what gives you that 'warm healthy glow'. When the sun hits your face, it will definitely show off your features!


There are (4) other shimmering skin perfectors on the Becca Cosmetics website. They are all absolutely beautiful and there are shades for all skin colors, which is perfect. I will definitely be trying more of the Becca products in the future!

Xoxo
marah

Disclaimer:  This is my product.  This is not a sponsored review.  I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

..::Book Review::.. Spiked by Sharron Gold



My Review of Spiked by Sharron Gold

Back of the Book Description:

“The author shares her shocking account of how her life was destroyed overnight after her drink was spiked with GhB - a drug that can virtually turn anyone into a willing slave, combined with the potentially lethal power of hypnosis, gang stalkers on two continents, the latest technology for monitoring and recording all voyeuristic activity, outwardly "respectable" criminals send her on a journey into a 21st century **** which defies imagination, gravely endangering her physical and mental health and leaving her destitute. 
Even while she is still outwardly compliant, she begins to understand that something is very wrong in the way she feels and what is going on around her. How does anyone survive such an ordeal? What are the effects on the victims of mind altering and so called "truth" drugs? How does a woman caught in the net of gang stalkers escape? How does she rebuild her life and start the process of seeking justice against the perpetrators? 

Her only weapon is her continuity trained memory. Over the three months she was drugged, she mentally kept track of everything that happened like a continuity girl on her own nightmare. As she battles with the withdrawal from the forced addiction, the hundreds of pages she has mentally written down float around in front of her. In a race against time, she has to pick up the pages, number them and turn them into a book as fast as possible. This is her shocking story. "

Synopsis (My Personal Version):

This is real life.  There is no holding back here.  In this book, life isn't about rainbows and kittens.  Nope, not here.  In this book it's dangerous.  It's rotten.  It's disgusting.  I was shocked at what this woman has been through.  On a journey to India (typically for pleasure), but this time it was different.  Sharron's life was no longer her own.  She 'meets' Sam, and from that point on, her life changes forever.  She's a criminal, but doesn't know it.  It's a tale filled with raw emotion and game changer's.

My Thoughts:

I honestly could not believe what I was reading.  At first, I thought this was a fiction book.  I mean, how can this be real!?  I did more research, and found out that this was, indeed, real.  I felt so much pain while reading this-- people shouldn't have to go through life worrying about GhB, hypnotism, NLP, any of that.  The author is a strong woman, and really relays that by sharing her story.  I find this book simply amazing, and it's a great way to inform people that this stuff really, truly happens.  Please read this.  This is one of the best books I've ever read in my life.

If you haven’t read anything by Sharron Gold, please check out some of her books, you will quickly fall in love with her work.

CLICK HERE to purchase this book-- available in Kindle and Paperback.

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DISCLAIMER:  I received the product mentioned above complimentary for review and testing purposes. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  All opinions stated above are solely mine, and have not been influenced in any way.  I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

27 January 2015

..::Glitz 'n Glamour::.. Argan Oil Review

Hi everyone, yesterday in the Project Pan video I mentioned that I use Argan Oil on my face, so I thought I would let you know a little about the product and why I use it.
    Argan Oil is a plant oil produced from kernels of argan trees. It is gaining more recognition in the cosmetic industry. If you read some ingredients in shampoos, face washes and even some face masks, they have Argan Oil as an ingredient. Argan Oil is a moisturizing oil, it works GREAT for acne, dry/flaky skin, and you can use it in your hair and on your cuticles. It is also known to heal burns. I have read that it works very well on sunburn. *Note, I have not actually tried it on a sunburn, YET!  You can find more information about the benefits of Argan Oil here.


This is my own personal bottle of Argan Oil, which you may be able to tell I use this a lot. When I received this bottle for Christmas, it was totally full. The back of the bottle lists the ingredients: 100% Pure & certified Organic Virgin Cold- Pressed Argan Oil (Argania Spinosa).
This bottle also has a caution label which reads: "For external use only. Do not swallow. Keep away from flames. Avoid contact with eyes. If contact occurs, rinse well with water. Keep out the reach of children Product contains tree nuts. If you suspect an allergic reaction, discontinue use and consult your physician."


It also has directions on how to use it for hair and skin, it only takes a drop or two to cover my hair and face, it is an oil so it is very runny.


I ABSOLUTELY LOVE my Argan Oil! I have mentioned in a few of our YouTube videos that I am extremely oily, like I am an oil monster. I normally use Argan Oil after I wash my face in the morning, but sometimes I also use it at night. This product has not made me any oilier, it has actually helped, I think. I have learned that if you are oily, you can try to trick your face by adding oil to it, so it quits producing as much oil. On the other hand I asked my mom to try it, and she has extremely dry skin. She said “After using the Argan Oil for 3 days I see a significant improvement.”
I would recommend this product to anyone, and if you have extremely dry skin you may want to give this a try. That could also go for people with oily skin because I truly believe it has helped my face.


You can buy Argan Oil on Amazon or at Sephora.  

Xoxo
marah

Disclaimer:  This is my product.  This is not a sponsored review.  I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.