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Makeup Wars: The $30 Face

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For this edition of Makeup Wars we set a limit of creating a face look for $30 or less. It was like the $20 Makeup Challenge we did a long time ago, but the extra $10 gave us a little more leeway. (*But, I still stuck to one of my tried and true cheap brands.) However, this time, I didn’t do a video – or even take a face pic. Spending the last 5 week pretty much housebound does not lend itself to photographic evidence – my pallor would make even Michael Baden would be worried about me!

Anyway, after all this time, I am finally going back to work, so, I decided to use this time to treat myself to some new goodies. So I headed over to Target to pick up some new elf goodies.

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As you can see, I came in pretty sweetly under the $30 mark, but, I didn’t include a tinted moisturizer or a foundation, because, since it is still almost 100deg here in Oklahoma, NOTHING full face survives. It melts like ice cream on hot concrete. However, if I was going to get one, I would have skipped the blotting powders and gotten a TM for $3.04 & still been on budget. (*Note: elf has slowly been raising their prices, but this $.04 raise is odd. Maybe as inexpensive as the products are, that really makes a difference to the bottom line. *shrug*)

And, since it IS that hot, I went ahead and bought items that I think will try to beat the heat, at least on an individual basis. Plus, there were some new items, and highly rated items, that I really wanted to try, so this totally gave me an excuse.

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Shine Eraser: These are indispensable when I start “glistening” on my upper lip, which is pretty much as soon as I walk out of my bathroom.

Studio Makeup Mist & Set: This is a much cheaper version of the MUFE and Skindinavia setting sprays, which buys you some time before your face starts to melt in the heat.

HD Blush in “Encore”: This cream cheek stain is a much cheaper version of the discontinued MUFE HD Blush, if you are missing that one. Plus, even as it wears off, color still remains thru the melting.

Lip Stain in “Fuchsia Fusion”: This isn’t moisturizing, but the color does last in the heat.

Jumbo Lip Gloss Stick in “Sangria Starters”: This doesn’t last super long, but it goes over the lip stain for a glossy look, that the stain doesn’t give.

Eyelid Primer in “Sheer”: If you are going to make any eyeshadow last, an eyelid liner is a must. And for $1 this one does a hell of a job, for at least 6 hours on me.

Eyebrow Kit in “Medium”: Seriously, this kit has been talked about all over. It’s ridiculously good and even works better than some of the more expensive kits. And, it doesn’t melt on me. YMMV.

3-in-1 Mascara: This one has a ball on the end, like the high $$ mascara, so I thought that would be fun to try/poke my eye out for a lot less. I really have no clue how this one works in the heat. Guess I will find out!

Waterproof Eyeliner Pen in “Coffee”: A waterproof eyeliner is a must, because when I’m sweating and it drips in my eyes, I can NOT stand to have my eyeliner move into my eye too.

Concealer in “Beige”: Even tho I don’t use a full face of TM or foundation, I still have spots that need to be covered so I will blot this on and blend in with a tiny brush. As long as it dries down before I head out, it tends to last a pretty long time on me.

Flawless Eyeshadow in “Tantalizing Taupe”: Because I can’t let Pink Sith have all the taupes.

I do like a lot of the things I picked up, but, I do wish Target would carry more of the items on the website, because there are some new things on there I really want to snag and many more color selections, but, hopefully they’ll make it out into the real world soon.

What about you? Could you do a full face with $30? And would you stick with one brand, or would you try to mix and match? Let me know in the comments and don’t forget to see the looks that the other lovelies managed to pull together:


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Three weeks post-op: The world doesn’t make any sense

Today makes it three weeks since I broke up with my boyfriend, aka “had my cyst removed”. Everything surgically went great, and my recovery from that has been slow, but positive. (*Who knew it would take so damn much energy to take a shower – let alone stand up??). Unfortunately, there has been an painful complication that has made my life really uncomfortable – to the point that I still can’t return to work. Let me tell you, my nerves are shot and I can’t stand the looks of these 4 walls. And, if I am even getting irritated at my personal doctor cat, Reese,, then you know I have been stuck at home for too long.

So, yeah, these past weeks have given me more than ample time to think and whine. And to hear about the horrible news that a beautiful butterfly that I work with has been diagnosed with Stage 3 Breast Cancer, that has spread to her glands. What in the ever living hell? This is an older woman that lives the Godly life – walks the walk, talks the talk. There is beauty in every single one of her days. And now she has this. It makes no sense to me in the grand scheme of things. Saying that some people get what they “deserve” sounds too harsh. I think it’s more like, “that’s not entirely surprising”. I mean, when my mother-in-law, a lifelong smoker, passed away recently from Breast and Lung Cancer, we were devastated, but not completely blindsided, as we have all been told the dangers of smoking. But, this woman has never been a smoker, a drinker and always had a strong belief system. It’s just frustrating to me.

And, she continues to come to work every day with a smile on her face, until they work out a treatment plan. Meanwhile I try to sit here at home, whining all day, while watching HGTV & cooking shows with my mom. Life just doesn’t seem fair sometimes.

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Breaking up with my boyfriend

We’ve all had them – that one guy that comes in your life, before you even realize it. He’s just hanging out, not causing a scene. But then, you see him for what he is, and you just know that he’s going to hurt you, cost you a lot of money, cause you to stay in bed for many days & leave you scarred for life.

So, you decide you are going to break up with him, on the advice of educated folks. And that’s what I am doing today, breaking up with my boyfriend, Harry. Harry Ovary.

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Meet Harry. He is a simple cyst that is in the 10cm range. As my doctor said, “it’s the size of a baby’s head”. And, it’s gotta go. She’s hoping to take it laparoscopically, but, due to the size, she may have to do a full laparotomy. I’ll find out which she one she did when I wake up.

Now, be a good friend and offer to take me out for drinks when this is over, and we can talk about what a crap boyfriend Harry was all night.

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Friday Freckles 4/4

Freckles and a Bracelet

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Friday Freckles 3/28/2014


Freckles and a Blue Eye

 Friday Freckles 3/28/2014

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