Monday, November 15, 2010

dirty secret.

dirty secret.

photo courtesy of

photo courtesy of

Yes, I have a dirty little secret.

If you’ve been keeping up, you’d know that I spent my day off last Friday by waiting in lines all day and sitting in traffic all night.  Not exactly life of the rich and fabulous.  But, I bit the bullet due to my earlier flirtations with the Rock & Republic brand.  I started with the amazing blush, went on to the sublime glosses, and recently discovered the sultry uber-blendable, kinda magical eye shadows.

photo courtesy of exquisitejenn

I spent over $300.

That’s my dirty little secret.  One that I’m not proud of, and I hesitate to tell others because it will be the undrawn line in the sand- the breaking point where you know they’ll get the wide-eyed look-at-you-sideways kind of look and realize you’re addicted.

Anyway, based on the sale pricing at the sample sale, I would have spent a whopping $1305!!!!!  Does that make me feel just a tad bit better though?  Not really.  You see I am a makeup whore.  Yes, I’ve said it, I admit it and I’ll own up to it.  I simply have too much.  Now with the additional blushers eyeshadows, my drawer looks crammed full of silver and black! Do I regret it?  Maybe just a bit.  I really don’t need to be spending that much money on makeup after I recently blogged about being on a wallet lockdown.  I hate going against my word.

But now for the solution.

To fix this scenario, I am willing to do the following… no eating out for lunch for ONE MONTH.  Yup, I figure I’d burn an average of $10 a day for lunch (I eat out for lunch pretty regularly).  It will take one month to average out the price spent on the damned makeup.  Exception is cheapie grocery shopping where you buy cheap things (eggs, sandwich making material, instant noodle, salad making material, etc).  Another exception is on weekends where I will let my fiance choose anything and everything.  So, see y’all Dec. 13 where I would have saved enough to balance out my balance!!

I have to learn that as an adult, there is a price to be paid for things material.  You cannot just buy and buy simply because the cash is there… if you are going to throw your money to the skies for frivolous items, be prepared to pay for them in other ways! 
Earning yours is eons better than simply getting yours!
*** The packaging for this makeup line is super lux all the way!  However, I do have one minor complaint.  If you own as many blusher/eye shadows as I do, there should be a clear case (like MAC) so you can tell at a moment’s glance which is which.  Rather, I flip open each and every one to look for a fun look! :(   Not a lot of fun at all!  I was thinking about maybe swatching the colors and taping it to the bottoms (or go for ugly and tape ‘em to the top/front of the lids themselves!) … haven’t decided yet.

*** Am TOTALLY falling in love with everything tho! The colors are pigmented without being garish, soft and smooth to work with,  blendable beautiful shades.   I’m totally an eye girl but for some reason this season’s bright pink and deep red lips are beginning to make me smile….

Friday, November 5, 2010

BEST makeup sponge ever.


I thought I did a post on this ages ago…

Guess I was wrong.

These are my #1 favorite sponges for makeup application.  I got mine from from at jaw-dropping (in a bad, not good way) 39.99.  I know, I know, a LOT to spend on these damn sponges.  But they bring me smiles and perfect foundation application so I feel the purchase is totally justified.  Plus one pink eggy lasts a very long time.  I don’t wear makeup everyday, and the first egg has lasted over a year with no signs of distress other than when Lucy accidentally played with it, thinking it was a toy (EVERYTHING is Lucy’s toy, dammit). 

The included foaming cleanser smells clean and seems to do a decent enough job getting rid of the dingy leftover/dried foundation… enough to turn the pink eggy a shocking hot pink again!  I also use a regular anti-bacterial foaming hand soap (bath and bodyworks) to make it squeaky clean, beautifully scented, and rid of all those nasty germs waiting to breed and infect my face.

I wash my pink eggy about once a week.  In the beginning you do notice a bit of pink coloring flushing through the water while rinsing your egg.  This is harmless and will stop over time.


Usage:  Before using, repeatedly squeeze pink eggy under running water.  The pink eggy will then drink up the water and swell up to double its regular (dry) size.  Squeeze again to get rid of all excess water and proceed to use with makeup!  I usually squeeze a bit of foundation (pencil head) on the back of my left hand and use my right hand to work with.  The sharp pointy end of the egg is excellent for tight corners like around the nose and lips while the larger round end is great for bigger areas of the face including forehead and cheeks.  When using the pink eggy, press, don’t rub.  You want to let the skin absorb the foundation not slab it on like warpaint. 

It is definitely an investment piece, but once you learn to use and love it, you really wouldn’t want to be without it in your life.

Don’t believe me?  Read these other reviews