Saturday, March 30, 2013

March Favorites


Hello lovelies! The end of March is here and it has finally stopped snowing! Well, actually here in Michigan, it could honestly snow at any time, so I shouldn't say that. However, today I was able to go out and run errands sans coat while maintaining a decent comfort level! I drove with the windows down and finally felt the sun shining on my skin. I think I was going through sun withdrawals for a minute there! Anyway, here are a few products I was really digging over the month of March!



Essie's Bikini So Teeny is the perfect spring periwinkle nail polish! It is described as a "cornflower blue" on their website, but I'm sticking with periwinkle. This has a bit of a shimmer running through it in the bottle, but is almost undetectable once applied to the nail. You really  have to look closely to notice it. I used three coats, because this applied a bit streaky. I sort of liked the color a little better with two coats, but it sort of needed three, unfortunately. I did not use a topcoat, because I wanted to test the wear time of the polish alone, and I was not impressed. I got maybe two days (more like a day and a half.) Regardless of the chippiness, I am head over heels in love with the color and the super cute name :)


After  trying Benefit's Brow Zing at the Benefit counter, I knew I wanted to get my hands on this type of product. The dilemma was figuring out which one was for me. After reading various reviews, I decided on this one from Tarte. My goodness am I glad I did! This product glides over my brows and blends so easily and seamlessly, I could hardly believe it. It looks completely natural, not at all like they have been penciled in. This actually feels soft and moisturizing on my thick, coarse brow hairs. It even comes with a decent brush, which was a deciding factor for me, as it helped justify the $28 price tag. This nicely fills in sparse areas and the color (I think I ended up with Medium Brown) is a perfect match for me!




Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer: I think this product was in my last Favorites post! Oops. Well, here it is again, because I love it. I use this before foundation to even out my splotchy skin tone and smooth out my pores. It also adds a bit of glow to my lackluster skin. Lately, I can't seem to get by without this under my foundation, because my skin is so flaky, I need the extra moisture or else my foundation clings to my skin flakes. Attractive, right? I had a sample-ish size, but I think I am going to have to invest in the full size version. 

Real Techniques Buffing Brush: I finally caved and purchased more Real Techniques brushes after reading the countless lovely things about them. As far as I know, this particular brush can only be purchased in the Core Collection set for $17.99. I think that is still a fair price, because I would pay $17.99 for this brush alone, and you get a few others with it. It blends my foundation like nothing I have ever tried before (and trust me, that's a lot!) My foundation goes on smooth and streak free with barely any effort. It is super soft and I have not seen one hair shed from this thing. 

Nars Desire Blush: This blush looks a little scary in the pan, no joke. And to be quite honest, it can be a little scary to work with if you aren't careful. However, if you are careful, this can give the prettiest pink flush to the cheeks! I just lightly tap my brush onto the blush (sometimes I will even tap a little bit off onto my hand or something so I don't have too much on the brush) and start lightly dabbing this onto my cheeks. I tend to blend this in with a MAC duo fiber brush. I use a very light hand when applying this, because it could easily translate into clown cheeks if I'm not careful. You can always build up the color for a little more oomph. 

Philosophy Falling in Love: This perfume is like heaven in a bottle. It almost smells like the adult version of a cotton candy scented body spray. Their website describes it as a "delicious sparkling berry" scent. This is sort of a sensual, romantic sort of fragrance. I have truly fallen in love. The only thing about this is that it's an eau de toilette, which if I understand correctly, doesn't last as long as an eau de parfum. So, unfortunately, this isn't one of those perfumes you are going to smell on yourself at the end of the day. This is one you will have to reapply a couple times throughout the day, which is why I keep the rollerball version in my purse :)

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Spring Nails With Essie


 Hello hello! Ijust wanted to share with you my latest additions to my nail polish arsenal. These two polishes are part of Essie's new spring collection called Madison Ave-hue. 

So, I secretly kind of want all the colors in the collection, but, these are the two that really made me swoon



 Go Ginza is a pale, muted lilac color with no shimmer or sparkles. This applied quite smoothly and required two coats to make it opaque. This chipped in about two days without a topcoat. I absolutely needed this color, as I have a special place in my heart for lilac nail polishes (or lilac anything, really.) This actually looks a bit more white in the photo, but it looks more lilac (with a hint of pink) in real life, I swear. 


Maximillian Strasse Her is a very perplexing color to me. It is perplexing in the sense that I don't really know how to describe it. Is it green? Is it blue? Is it grey? Maybe it's all three? What drew me to this was the fact that it's so unique. I really don't have anything else quite like it in my collection. I have plenty of variations of green, blue, and grey, but none that really fuse the three together. Maybe I would call this a sage? This actually looks slightly darker, or maybe greyer in person and also took two coats to achieve opacity.

These colors are really lovely for spring. I love muted pastel-y colors, so these were right up my alley. I always love Essie polishes! They really make some of the best colors. Their formula is kind of hit or miss, with many of their nail polishes applying streaky and taking an eternity to dry. These, however, were not streaky, and they dried fairly quickly without smudging. I quite often have issues with Essie polishes smudging, because, even though they seem dry, they never are. These, however, did not give me any issues. Just pretty spring nails :) 

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Sunday, March 17, 2013


   Dressing Room Diaries is currently going under the knife. Yes, folks, it was about time for a facelift. That is why the layout might look a bit bare. There is supposed to be a super cute polka dot background, but of course, Blogger hates me and nothing I try to do with my layout ever works out. Also, the links in my comments/labels shouldn't be red, but oh guess what. They are. So, I am leaving it the way it is and going to get some z's, before I climb to my roof and forcefully throw my computer to the ground. 

Any suggestions? Does it look fine as it is? I personally feel it is lacking (hence, why I wanted the polka dot background.) 

Thanks! As always, your comments are welcome and appreciated :)
        

Friday, March 15, 2013

Outfit of the Day: Sweet Style


This hat was not part of the original outfit.

 Sweater: American Rag
Blouse: Old Navy
Jeans: Urban Outfitters
Bag: Fossil
Watch: Michael Kors
Glasses: Chanel 
 
 Shoes: Sperry

Necklace: Nordstrom
Bracelet: J Crew Factory
Ring: Candy Store

Guest Post for Peacoats and Plaid!

Hello darlings! 

I would like to invite you to check out my guest post I did for BreAnna over at Peacoats and Plaid! She asked me to do an outfit post, so I put together an outfit which I felt best represents my personal style. So, if you like Peter Pan collars, polka dots, and fun colors, check it out :)  Also, leave her a comment and/or follow her! Her blog is great! Especially if you're crafty and enjoy cute do-it-yourself projects (or adorable photos of small children!)


Thanks so much for asking me to guest post for you, BreAnna! 

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Review: Benefit Fake Up Concealer

 

Ok, so I didn't really need a concealer, as I am quite pleased with the Tarte concealer I am currently using, but when I saw this new one from Benefit, I just had to try it! This concealer is different, because the actual concealer is surrounded by a layer of this hydrating balm. I got the lightest shade, obviously, to match my corpse skin. It might be a bit more yellow than I prefer, because I like my under eye concealer to be slightly lighter than my skin. My eyes seem to look brighter that way. 

My attraction to this was based on the fact that my eyes have been looking a little on the dry side lately. Sometimes, I find my concealer looking flaky under my eyes. With this, it does look smoother and more hydrated.

I also like the convenience of the lipstick tube type of packaging. I can throw this in my bag and touch up my corpse eyes any time. It's nice to just swipe this on under my eyes and be able to easily blend it out with my fingers. You don't really need a brush, as this blends really nicely. I like to use the warmth of my fingers to blend my concealer anyway.

As for the "creaseless" aspect of this product, I can't say I am super impressed. It might be that I have super deep creases under my eyes, and can't even wear eyeliner on my bottom lash line, but this does crease in that area (I think any product would crease under my eyes, though.) 

This doesn't cover blemishes super well, so I just use this under my eyes and my Tarte Maracuja Concealer for blemishes. 

This is $24 for a .12 oz tube on Sephora's website.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Outfit of the Day: 90's Mom Jeans?

 


Ok, so I totally bought 90's mom jeans. It was an accident, I swear. When I first tried them on, they looked ok. They were a little bit adventurous for me, as I always, and I mean ALWAYS buy dark wash jeans. I also only buy skinny jeans. Well, I saw these lighter wash, straighter leg jeans with cuffed ankles, I thought, "Oh, well these could be interesting!" At first, they looked good on me. They hit right at the ankle, something I look for as far as denim goes. I thought, "Hey, I could use a new pair of jeans! Let's do this." 


Ok, then I wore them later that day... with flats. Gross. Sick. I had a serious 90's mom look going on. You know, the light wash jeans with the boxy crotch, that are in no way flattering? Yeah, those jeans. The only thing that would have made it worse is if I had on a pair of dirty, white Reebok tennis shoes. Then, I said, "Oh, hell, maybe I'll try on these heels I never wear." It worked!...kinda? Maybe? 


I'm still not too sure about my latest denim purchase, but they do fit me fairly well, in the sense that they are not all bunched up in the ankle/calf region due to my supreme lack of height. Also, my belly region is contained and I don't feel squeezed to death in them. 


 I figured for this outfit, I would pair said 90's maternal jeans with heels to dress them up a bit, and a cardigan because it is absolutely freezing here in the mitten. Like honestly, if I don't see some sunshine soon, I'm going to need a prescription for Xanax.  

 Anyway, some things I should mention... I may be hosting a giveaway soon for glasses from firmoo.com. It would be my first giveaway, so that's pretty exciting! I looked, and they have some pretty darn cute glasses that are really inexpensive. I want to look up reviews before I agree to it, to make sure they are decent quality. So check back for that! 

And I made a Twitter account! I have a link to follow on the top left side of my page. Follow me @drssingrmdiary 








I also want to thank everyone who has followed me or left comments! It really means a lot when people say they really like my little Bloggie (which is what I have pet named my blog) because it is something I completely love doing and I do pour a decent amount of effort into it. So, as always, THANK YOU for reading and (hopefully) enjoying :) Have an excellent weekend!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Breaking Out of My Skin Care Comfort Zone


Hello all you beauties out there! It has been about two weeks since my last post! I can either attribute that to my lack of inspiration with everything in my closet, or the fact that I am (was) cutting back on spending on cosmetics. OR, my inner slacker could be to blame here. However, the bulk of these purchases are skin care items, which I can justify spending on, because I believe if your skin looks great, everything else will fall into place. If your skin looks really bad (like mine has lately) then makeup is not going to look all that great just sitting on top of it. 

So, that being said, I made a trip to Sephora for a few items to remedy this skin thing I had going on. That Sephora trip turned into a Neiman Marcus trip and then a stop at Lush as well... shhh. it's our little secret. Anyway, here are the items I left with:


nails inc Special Effects Sprinkles nail polish in the shade Sweets Away

This is my first nails inc polish, and I must say, I am LOVING it! It is so cute, and perfect for Spring. The glitter particles in this are mattified, so it doesn't give the nails a super shiny look. It really does have a cupcake topping effect. This one is white with pastel blue, pink, and silver "sprinkles." I love this color, and I am considering buying the pink one, called Topping Lane. Apparently, all the shades are named after streets in London! FYI It took a few coats to get my whole nail covered.



Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof pencil in the shade Beryl


This eyeliner pencil is part of Chanel's Spring 2013 collection. It's a pale, lovely lilac color and it is intended for use mainly on the waterline to make eyes look more awake and cancel out redness. For me, it does get rid of most of the redness, but I don't quite feel I look awake enough to justify the $30 price tag. 

The one thing I can say about this is that it does last quite well. I swatched this on my hand and it would not rub off. I tried and tried, but it seriously took a lot of work to get this off. This is my first Chanel eyeliner, and I would most likely purchase again in a different shade. I think those of you with a slightly darker skin tone might benefit more from this. 


Lush Hello Gorgeous Gift Set

This was my first venture into a Lush store. Well, the first time I ventured in and didn't immediately walk out. The first time I went, I was so intimidated by the strong scent and all the vegans swarming me. Also, there are just so many things in that tiny store. Well this time, I sucked it up and let the sales girls give me the rundown on all the good products I just needed in my life. I didn't intend on buying anything until one of the girls did a hand treatment and then mentioned that there was a gift set containing minis of all the items used. I grabbed that box then and there and quickly shelled out the $40. The box contains the following items:


Gorgeous Facial Moisturizer

This product obviously was not used in the hand treatment, however, I feel quite lucky that this happened to be in the set. It is a lovely, creamy moisturizer, which apparently contains the juice of a whole lemon. It also contains orange blossom honey, extra virgin olive oil, and wheat germ oils. it leaves skin feeling very soft and smooth. The texture of my skin seems to have improved in just two uses! This also contains fresh pineapple juice, which is supposed to cleanse away dirt and oil and leave your skin looking brighter and feeling fresh. Now, a 1.5 oz. tub of this is about $90, so I'm not sure yet if I'll be repurchasing. However, if you have a bit of money to throw around, I would definitely recommend this. 

Vanilla Dee-Lite lotion and Rub Rub Rub scrub

These two products were used in the hand treatment and holy wow! They are so nice! The Rub Rub Rub makes my hands feel so soft and has sort of a brightening effect. This contains exfoliating sea salt, and Lush claims you can use it in your hair, however, I will not be doing that. I don't like the idea of any type of salt in my hair. This also contains lemon juice and the scent of mimosa blossoms, resulting in a fresh, smooth post shower all over feeling.

The Vanilla Dee-Lite lotion is formulated with coconut oil and water, and kiwi fruit which is loaded with vitamins and minerals to make your skin look lovely and glowing. This has a nice vanilla scent and really does make my skin feel nice. These items along with the Lemony Flutter cuticle butter help to restore the moisture my skin so desperately craves in these winter months. 


Mini Comforter Bubble Bar

I have not yet used this, but Lush describes it as "A fluffy pink blanket of blackcurrant to keep you safe and warm." I personally think it is adorable and don't really want to use it, because it looks so nice in my bathroom :)

Sakura Bath Bomb

Another item I have not tried, because well, who has time for baths? Lush describes this saying, "Relax into fragrant mimosa waters, and let your worries drift away like cherry blossoms in the breeze." Sounds lovely, doesn't it?

This set was a great value, and a wonderful introduction to Lush. I honestly might consider repurchasing this gift set instead of the full sized items when I run out of the minis. Is that considered cheating?

Other items not individually pictured:

Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask- The charcoal is supposed to draw out dirt and oil from pores, while China Clay absorbs environmental toxins. Now, I have only used this mask once, but it did seem to bring a lot to the surface, and my skin does seem to be looking a bit more clear. I should probably give it a few more uses before I really judge. This is really my first mask and my first Origins purchase. I believe the 1.7 oz. tube was $16. I would say it is a pretty good value for money. 

Ren Hydra Calm Global Protection Day Cream- I have used this twice and my skin seemed noticeably softer and smoother. This was $55 for a 1.7 oz bottle. It has a pump applicator, which I like. This is ideal for sensitive skin, as it calms and soothes, and is supposed to protect skin from aggressors like smoke and pollution. This does not contain synthetic fragrances or dyes, parabens, or sulfates. 

Caudalie Beauty Elixir- Have not yet used this, but I will report back after I do. I have seen this on pretty much every beauty blog "favorites" list, so I figured it was time to give it a try. 

Carol's Daughter Rosemary Mint Clarifying Conditioner- I have used this twice and I must say so far, I am impressed! My hair feels very smooth immediately after I start to slather this on my head. It has a nice slipperiness to it. I like that in a conditioner. I think this brand is geared towards the ethnic ladies, but I would say my hair sort of falls into the "ethnic" category. This contains rosemary extract and peppermint oil, which leave hair shinier, softer, and more manageable. This was also only $16 for the 8 oz bottle, which I think is a very reasonable price for a high quality conditioner. 


In the above photo, I am showcasing my new nail polish, and possibly my new favorite lipstick for spring, MAC's Candy Yum Yum! I was looking for a perfect bright, matte pink lipstick and I must say, I am ejoying the crap out of this one! 

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What are your favorite skin care products? I am really looking for all the help I can get! 

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