A Little Review

In my previous post, I informed you of my purchases at Sephora.  I got a plum lip liner and a rouge lipstick from their store brand and also got the Bare Escentuals SPF 15 Matte foundation.  Today I used all three items along with a little blush, bronzer, eyeliner and mascara.

First, the lip liner.  I purchased Pleasant Plum lip liner by Sephora.  I absolutely loved this product!  It went on very smoothly and made it easy to create a precise line.  It was also a nice color to outline red lips, as it blended in a bit but also gave a bit of depth to the look.

Second, the lipstick.  I purchased Sephora Rouge by Sephora.  This is my favorite lip stick/color ever.  It’s such a buildable product and can go from a tinted gloss look to a deep, formal matte look.

Third, the foundation.  I purchased Bare Escentuals SPF 15 Matte foundation from Sephora.   I adore this foundation.  Although I will have to continue use with it before I decide if it’s going to be in my everyday routine, I love it so far.  It didn’t cover up my freckles or blemishes, but I wasn’t wearing concealar today and that’s not a foundation’s job.  It did however smooth out my coloring and create a slightly flawless look.  It didn’t settle into my face lines and make me look ten years older than I am like my old cheap Cover Girl liquid foundation did.  It just sat on top of my skin in a light and smooth layer without actually looking like it was on top of my skin.  It simply made me look like I wasn’t wearing any foundation at all and had marvelously healthy, glowing, natural skin.  It was quite wonderful!  Some reviews on Bare Minerals did say that it broke them out.  Most reviews actually said that Bare Minerals helped clear many breakouts.  So, I really need to wait a couple of weeks to see what my overall opinion on it is because you never know, I could be one of the people negatively effected by it.  After all, I do have very sensitive skin.

So anyways!  Here is two pictures I took today with the look.  The pictures do show a pretty good idea of the lip color.  It is a bit more wine-red than that, but the flash on the camera brought out orange tones.   Also, I did edit these photos, but the only thing I edited was my skin because I’m having quite a few breakout spots right now.  My eye color and the lipstick are 100% un-edited.

Click on the photos for enlargement and better clarity.

See you next time!

Christmas Photos, Haul, Personal Stuff


If you have read my about page, you know that I have set days that I’m supposed to blog certain things.  Well, just a heads up, that blogging schedule will not happen until the January 1st, 2012.  Until then, I’m going to be a bit messy with my posts as there is quite a few things preventing me from being able to follow the schedule.  Keep that in mind!

I promised you all Christmas pictures, right?  Well, first let me tell you how Christmas went down.

  • Woke up, spilled half a tub of coffee all over the kitchen floor.  Have I mentioned I had an extremely clutzy gene on Christmas?
  • Opened presents under the tree.  It was Momo’s first Christmas, and she did really well with unwrapping her gifts.  I received my Canon PowerShoot SX130IS, a case and a memory card.  Because I had just barely opened it, I didn’t really know the settings or workings, so I didn’t get much pictures of Christmas morning.
  • I spent a while fiddling around with my camera and studying the settings and controls.
  • Got dressed, flat ironed my hair, did makeup (all that girly shtuff) and then packed for Nana’s.  (I sound like a ten year old when I talk about staying over at my grandmother’s.)
  • Went to Nana’s.
  • Spent time with family.
  • Ate a yummy Christmas feast.
  • Spent more time with family.
  • Opened more presents.  Received a Sephora gift card for $50 from my grandparents, an adorable ring from my aunt, the movie Charlie and the Chocolate Factory from my other aunt and $25 in cash from my great-grandfather.
  • Ate some pie.
  • Hung out with family some more.
  • Went to bed.

That was my Christmas Day!  It was pretty fun.  It strangely didn’t feel as festive as Christmas usually does, though.

Anyways!  Here’s a few pictures I took on Christmas morning and then a little later before I headed off to Nana’s.  By the way, you can click any of the photos for a larger image and clearer quality.  Also, Espoir Photography is my photography company and you may not use any of my photos without consent.  You can find my company Facebook page here.


My Christmas Day outfit: (I apologize for the very dirty mirror.)  I wore just a long sleeved black shirt, a black scarf, a black belt, blue jeans and black Nike snow boots.  I have no idea where I got any of it.

 All photos taken with a Canon SX130IS.

Then, I ended up going shopping at Sephora on the 26th (day after Christmas and Boxing Day for the UK, Australia and Canada if I am correct) with my aunt.  Here’s a little haul of what I got!

Bag that my gift card and samples came in.  I love their bags, so classy and small!

 First sample.  Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash.  I used it Christmas night.  I thought it was fabulous, it got my face really clean and refreshed.  The next morning I noticed that it had broke me out like crazy.  Never using the stuff again.  I’m disappointed because at first I thought this stuff was wonderful and I was prepared to buy the full product right away.

Second sample. Dior Homme perfume.  I am wearing it right now!  I love it so much!  At first, I sprayed it on, smelled it, and almost threw up.  It smelled like a mix of wonderful perfume, cucumbers and tomato acid.  If that even makes sense.  After it dried though, it was absolutely marvelous.  I love the smell a lot and might have to buy a whole bottle when my sample runs out!

This was the box my gift card came in!  On the left is the card.  On the right was an awesome compact mirror!  Most amazing gift card ever!  So fancy!

What did I buy at Sephora?…..this:

and this…

 and this…

The first item was a waterproof lip liner by Sephora (I normally don’t like their brand, just a few brands they carry in the store, but I tested these two lip items and LOVED them!) It was in the shade Pleasant Plum.

This picture isn’t very good, but the color of this lip liner is almost exactly the color it looks like in this picture.  I would have swatched it, but I don’t like wasting lip liner at all.

The second item was a lipstick by Sephora.  I fell in complete, outrageous, lovely love with this lipstick when I tested it.  It’s so buildable and with a little bit of it can pass a really classy and everyday red-coral, but add some more and it turns into a very romantic and deep red.  It’s the perfect red, I swear.  It’s in the shade of Sephora Rouge.

This picture shows the exact shade of it in the tube.

Here’s Sephora Rouge’s swatch.  I could not get a good photo.  I’m going to have to definitely work on good quality swatch photos with this camera.  The color in this photo is almost perfect though, it’s just a bit more of a wine color than that.

The third item was Bare Minerals/Bare Escentuals matte SPF 15 foundation.

I got it in shade Light.  I have been wanting this foundation for a very long time.  A few of my close friends use it religiously.  I love matte foundations, powder foundations, and of course, foundations that have lots of SPF.  So, this is the perfect foundation for me.  I hope.  I’m going to try it tomorrow morning, along with the new lip liner and lip-stick I got.

So with that, I will probably be testing all of these products out thoroughly tomorrow!  If I do, I will of course take photos and do a follow-up review.

That is all for tonight!  This blog post took me an hour to write, upload & edit.  Phew!  Blogging is hard work.

Another update tomorrow, I hope!  See you later!


Merry Christmas!
Happy Holidays!

This year I got a Canon SX130IS and a case for Christmas! Oh, and a memory card! I am so happy! I am so very, incredibly happy!  I can now do photoshoots and take more artistic photography without having to bum a camera off a friend anymore!  Plus, it’s so nice, too!  No, it’s not a huge fancy one, but it is a Canon and it does have a lot of great settings!  I am so in love with it, I could go on forever.

I have taken a few artistic pictures so far, but they all still need editing and I don’t have too much time right now to do that.  So, for now, here’s just a few silly pictures I took of myself with it!

In about an hour, I should be heading over to my Nana’s for Christmas dinner.  I’m also going to stay over there until Tuesday.  It’s going to be fun!  So I’ll hopefully post a lot of pictures and an update of what else I get on Tuesday night or Wednesday.

I hope that everyone is having an awesome day!