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Day and Night with LORAC “The Private Affair” Collection

50 Summer Beauty Challenge Day and Night with LORAC The Private Affair Collection

Recently, several beauty bloggers, and myself, were given one of two challenges – to create two eye looks or show off some dupes on a limited budget. To do this we were provided with $50 credit to Sephora, Ulta or drugstore.com. I decided I would show two looks, so I took my Sephora giftcard and off I went shopping, with the help of some Sephora coupon codes, as it is easy to go thru $50 quickly there.

The best way to get the most value for your money is to get a complete collection that includes a shadow palette – in this case, I snatched up the LORAC Private Affair collection. It includes eyeshadow primer, a 6-color eyeshadow palette, with a range of shades from light to dark wine, a cream eyeliner in “Plum” and a volumizing mascara.

LORAC Private Affair Collection Day and Night with LORAC The Private Affair Collection

The great thing about this palette is that it gives you the ability to have a daytime look with the lighter, neutral shades, and a nighttime look with the darker shades, all from this one palette. And with the eye primer, it will make the light shades appear brighter and your night look will be richer and last longer. The gel liner is silky smooth and is easily applied to really outline your eyes for the night. The mascara does a great job of opening up the eyes for the day and really enhancing that smokey eye for the night with its big volumizing formula.

Summer Beauty Looks Day and Night with LORAC The Private Affair Collection (*I would have showed you these on my eyes, but, this stupid weather around here in Oklahoma has got my allergy eyes just weeping up a storm, so there wasn’t any way to give you guys a true shot of it all.)

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And now I have a chance for you to win your own Sephora gift card to create your own day and night looks, only this one is for $300! Just enter in the Rafflecopter widget below:

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And after you have done that – go check out what the other bloggers did with their gift certificates:


*Disclaimer: I was provided with a $50 gift card to Sephora to purchase the products used in this challenge. No further compensation was provided.

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Pixie Cut and the Plus Size Gal

I am in a severe hair quandary and I don’t know what to do. Well, I do, but I don’t know if I can pull the trigger or not. I am sick of my hair. I do not style it, it has no style on its own. I wear it in a ponytail pretty much every day of the week. Hell, I even wear it in a loose pony on top of my head (*in a scrunchie!!) when I sleep. So, I want to chop it off. I wanted to last year, but was talked out of it. I have used a short hair cut as an incentive to lose weight – “a short cut will look so much better when I am skinnier”. And then I pull up my hair in a pony and open another box of Milk Duds, so we all see how well *that* is working out for me.

So, I said “screw it, I’m finding a pic of a low maintenence pixie that I like and going to make an appointment”. And that is where I was stopped. If you google “pixie cut plus size” you get 152,000 results with a ton of articles asking, “Can I wear a pixie cut?”. Google results for “pixie cut”? 20,600,000. Seriously, a search on Pinterest for “Pixie Cut Plus Size” pulled up *4* results. There are approximately 63million, 463thousand and 12 pics on Pinterest and only 4* are of plus size pixie cuts.

Either no one likes the cut on plus size lovelies or there just isn’t that much out there to pin. I am leaning towards the latter because from all corners of the world – from the local Supercuts to the $$$ salons of NYC you will hear the same thing said to full face women, “It’s just not that flattering on you”. And we believe them, time and time again. And we end up with the past our chin bobs that make our face “look thinner and longer”, which is a lie because, uhm, my face is still round as it was before the chop (*even tho I do have really cute cheeks and amazing dimples!). As the magician’s say, “It’s just an illuuuuusion”.

And for the folks who say “well, it’s a cut that looks good on anyone”? You lie. That’s like saying “One Size Fits All”. It doesn’t. Just ask “the girls”. It’s like clothes – if I am looking to see how a piece of clothing looks on a model, I want it to be a model that is a similar body type to give me a good idea of how it might look on me. This is especially true of a haircut. As adorable as the pixie looks on Emma Watson and Carey Mulligan, it will not look the same on me as it does on these gamine beauties.

So, I don’t know. It should be a matter of if I like it, I’m going to rock it. Hell, I espouse that about things myself. Of course, as usual, it is much easier to give that advice than to adhere to it myself. But, I’m on the hunt for the right pic to take into the salon and then there will be some shearing. Whether it will be as short as I imagine in my mind, or if I put it off once again, is to be determined.

Now, I’m not looking for compliments or “oh, you can do it” comments. I am merely just venting that it is stupid that this is as difficult as it is turning out to be. But, I would gladly take any suggestions of looks that you have seen that you think I might ought to look at, too. Maybe I just overlooked something out in the big world wide interwebs. It’s possible, right?

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Makeup Wars: Summer Eye Look

 Makeup Wars: Summer Eye Look
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In this edition of “Makeup Wars” we are talking about our go to Summer eye look. Now, I know I talked about my Favorite Waterproof Products which were mostly eye products, so you have an idea about what I wear when I am planning on being out in the heat for extended periods of time. I thought today I would show you what is pretty much my go to products on the daily in the summer months.

MUW Summer Eye Makeup Wars: Summer Eye Look

  • An eyeshadow base/primer: One of the main things that I do for my eyes is to swipe on a combo shadow/base/primer. It works on it’s own or you can layer powder shadows over it. My fave is my Mally Beauty Evercolor Shadow Stick (*obvs). I have these in a wide variety of colors, but the one I reach for the most is “Copper Rose”. It’s a great neutral on it’s own, but it makes a great base to brighten up powder shadows you put on over it.
  • A bright eyeliner: I love a bright eyeliner, but the two I reach for the most in the summer is my Mally Beauty Evercolor Starlight Eyeliner in “Caribbean Sea”, which is a green turquoise color that is a great pop of color with neutrals and goes well with other bright shadows, and my NARS Larger Than Life Eyeliner in “Via Appia”, which is a vivid Copper Brown that leans towards Bronze, which complements neutrals and give depth to other bright colors. I do swap out other colors, but these two are the ones that I reach for more times a week than others.
  • A brow pencil: Your brows shape and finish your face, so, you need to make sure that you are grooming and setting them before you decide you are done getting ready. Right now, I am using the it Cosmetics Brow Power pencil on mine. The fact that it is waterproof and smudge resistant makes it a good choice for these summer temps since it won’t melt away.
  • A bold mascara: High end, low end, drugstore, department store, waterproof, clump free, colored or extreme black. The mascara choices are *almost* endless. I say, find what you want, what you like and what you want to spend and go crazy, you crazy thing. I rotate thru so many mascaras, depending on what I feel like that day (*I love having that option!) it’s hard for me to recommend just one for my summer eye fave, esp since I don’t wear waterproof mascara on the regular, which I know is a MUST for so many of you in the summertime. I grabbed this Maybelline Mega Plush Mascara because it has been in heavy rotation lately, as I’ve been wanting big lashes to go with my lazy ponytails I’ve been “rocking” lately, but it’s not the only one I’ll be using this summer.
  • Bright eyeshadows: Summertime is a great time to experiment with bold, bright colors, even if its just adding an eyeliner or a swipe of a color you wouldn’t normally apply. I love to try new colors all the time, but no matter what I always end up dragging out this discontinued palette from Stila – the Stila Kitten Palette, at least once a summer. I just love the colors in it – I can go neutral or I can go bright and bold. AND, they go with my fave eyeliners sweetly! I’ve barely put a dent in it, so I’m sure it will still last me a while longer.
  • So, what is your go to summer eye look? Do you experiment more or do you have one set look that gets you thru the hot months? Let me know in the comments and then check out these other lovelies summer looks:

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    *Disclaimer: Some of these products were provided by the company’s PR for editorial consideration, but most of them were paid with my cold hard cash.

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    Top Ten Tuesdays: Top 10 Summer Products

     Top Ten Tuesdays: Top 10 Summer Products

    The great thing about Summertime is all of the bright new products that launch. Here are 10 products that are on my “want to try” list for this season:

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    1. tarte “Aqualillies Amazonian Clay Waterproof Eye and Cheek Palette”

    2. Laura Mercier crème eye liner in “Canard”

    3. Lancome Color Fever Gloss in “381 Glistening Burgundy”

    4. Illamasqua “Paranormal Palette”

    5. Dior Vernis in “Samba”

    6. YSL Ombres 5 Lumieres Eyeshadow Palette

    7. MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Cream Eyeshadow in “Lagoon Green 52L”

    8. Paul and Joe Beaute Polish in “Bermuda”

    9. Escada “Cherry in the Air”

    10. MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Cream Eyeshadow in “54 Pearly Mauve”

    What are you looking at this Summer? Have you tried any of my “wants”? Let me know down below and then check out the Top 10 lists from these other lovelies:


     Top Ten Tuesdays: Top 10 Summer Products

    Cosmetically Challenged
    Beauty and Fashion Tech
    The Pink Sith Blog
    Beautiful Makeup Search
    Retrodiva’s Beauty
    Gouldylox Reviews
    Perilously Pale
    A Girl’s Gotta Spa!
    Phyrra: Beauty for the Bold
    Prime Beauty
    polish insomniac
    Pammy Blogs Beauty
    15 Minute Beauty
    Beauty Info Zone
    Older Girl Beauty
    The Makeup Blogger

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    Oklahoma Tornado Victims Charity Event

    You guys know that I have lived in Oklahoma my whole life. That means that we grow up knowing tornado precautions and what to do when the sirens go off. It also means that when a devastating one comes thru here (*like they have too many times these last two weeks!), we know that we will rebuild and continue to be “Oklahoma Strong”. But we need help and that is where charity and disaster relief services come in.

    I know that many of you have wanted to find a way to help, but you are so far away you can’t do anything on the ground here. In fact, I was approached by beauty social site “Pampadour”, (*on which I play a bunch), to find out how they could help. So, we came up with a way that would help people around here, and still have a bit of beauty fun, too. On Tuesday, June 4th, from 8pm to 10pm EST they will donate $3 for every user that signs in or registers to Pampadour.com and connects with me! All of the donations will go directly to the Oklahoma Chapter of the Red Cross, to ensure that the money is used for all of the victims around the OKC metro – of which there are so very many.

    So, if you are free on Tuesday night, I encourage you to come connect with me on Pampadour and help the victims of the OK tornados. We’ll also be tweeting about it over on twitter with the hashtag #Pamp4OK, too.

    I know many of you have been curious, so, here is a pic of where I was, and work, when the tornado hit Moore, Oklahoma on May 20th, 2013:
    May 20th Moore Tornado and Where I Work Oklahoma Tornado Victims Charity Event .

    Also, this is what we saw before we went into the shelter before the tornado hit:

    Thank you for all of your support these last couple of weeks!

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