Monthly Archives: July 2013

Top 10 Beauty Products Under $10 | Volume II

Top 10 MORE Beauty Products Under $10

1) Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids Lipstick in Vibrant Mandarin

Maybelline ColorSensational Vivids

2) The Wet Brush

Wet Brush

3) Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner

Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner

4) Organix Moroccan Argan Oil Penetrating Oil

Organix Moroccan Argan Oil Penetrating Oil

5) Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains

6) NYC Smooth Skin Bronzer Face Powder in Sunny

NYC Sunny Bronzer

7) E.L.F. Spoolie Brush

Elf Spoolie Brush

8) Stila Lip Glaze

Stila Lip Glaze

9) Aussie 3 Minute Miracle

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle

10) Rimmel Fix & Perfect Pro Primer

Rimmel Fix and Perfect Primer

What better way to celebrate another hump day than sharing more beauty steals with you! Check back soon for my monthly favorites and even more favorite products under $10!



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Top 10 Beauty Products Under $10 | Volume I

Top 10 Beauty Products Under $10

1) Wet n Wild Single Eye Shadow in Brulee

Wet n Wild Eye Shadow Single Brulee

2) Boots Facial Toner

Boots Toner

3) E.L.F. Eyebrow Kit in Medium

Elf Eyebrow Kit

4) Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer in Light & Brightener

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment

5) Keri Lotion

Keri Lotion

6) Maybelline Baby Lips in Quenched & Pink Punch

Maybelline Baby Lips

7) E.L.F. Clear Brow Gel

Elf Clear Brow Gel

8) Burts Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream

Burts Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream

9) CoverGirl Clump Crusher & LashBlast Fusion Mascara (it’s a tie!)

CoverGirl Mascara

10) Essie Good to Go Top Coat

Essie Good to Go Top Coat

I’m going to be totally honest here, it’s almost impossible for me to choose only ten products. I decided that instead of including honorable mentions I’m just going to post a few volumes of my top beauty products under $10. After I’ve finished posting my top bargain products I’m going to post my top over $10 products as well.

Stay tuned for the volume II coming at ya soon!


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How to De-Pot MAC Eye Shadow (In 7 Easy Steps!)

how to depot mac eye shadow

What you’ll need:

– M.A.C. eye shadow (or blush)
– Xacto or regular knife
– Heat safe glove (optional)
– Hair straightener
– Parchment paper
– Acetone
– Cotton ball

Not pictured:

– Super glue and magnets OR
– Self adhesive magnets

What you'll need

Step 1:

Pre-heat straightener.

Step 1

Step 2:

CAREFULLY wedge the tip of a Xacto or regular knife and wiggle to separate the top and bottom pieces. Some eye shadows will separate more easily than others. If it’s more difficult BE VERY CAREFUL* you don’t cut yourself while trying to separate the pieces.

*If you notice a band-aid on my middle finger in later pictures it’s because I cut myself while taking these picture! Do as I say NOT as I do!

step 2

Step 3:

Take the top piece from the compact and place it on the straightener on top of a small section of parchment paper. Let the piece sit on the heat for about 10-15 seconds. After the initial 10-15 seconds I like to move mine back and forth for a few seconds. I find my curling wand glove (which I never use otherwise) works perfect for this! Next, remove the piece and check if the bottom has melted a bit. If it hasn’t melted place it back on the heat for a few additional seconds.

step 3

Step 4:

Take the Xacto or regular knife and gently press the melted back until the metal eye shadow pan pops forward. Once the entire metal pan has been loosened remove the pan from the black plastic piece.

WARNING: this metal pan has just sat on heat so it WILL be hot… lift with caution (that’s also why I choose to wear the heat safe glove.)

step 4

Step 5:

After the metal pan has cooled you will notice the remaining glue on the back. This can be removed by wiping with an acetone soaked cotton ball.

step 5

Step 6:

Now that you are left with just the pan you no longer have the name and finish of the eye shadow accessible. There are two options for this…

Option 1:

Take the orignal compact and place it on the heat for 10 seconds. This will allow its glue to melt a bit and it then can be lifted and placed onto the back of the metal pan.

step 6

Or Option 2:

If you have OCD like me you might prefer to type out your own label and stick them to the metal pans instead.

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Step 7:

All you have left to do is attach a magnet!

step 7

AND YOU’RE DONE! I always thought de-potting eye shadows would be so difficult but it’s honestly so easy and quicker than I thought too. Oh, and I haven’t broken any shadows while de-potting with this method yet either. *Knocks on wood*

What is your favorite eye shadow brand? Leave it in a comment! I’d have to say mine is definitely MAC but I do reach for a few shades from other brands during my everyday makeup routine as well.

Have a good weekend!


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Favorite Nail Polish for Summer 2013


China Glaze – I’m with the Lifeguard

China Glaze I'm with the Lifeguard

Essie – In the Cab-ana

Essie In the Cab-ana

China Glaze – Sun of a Peach

(No fun border around this shade because I cannot for the life of me find a color that is remotely close to this amazing neon peach. It’s so bright and beautiful!)

China Glaze Sun of a Peach

China Glaze – Flip Flop Fantasy

China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy

Pop Beauty – Mint Magic

Pop Beauty Mint Magix

Sally Hansen – Pacific Blue

Hard As Nails Pacific Blue

Julie G – 9 to 5

Julie G 9 to 5

China Glaze – Too Yacht to Handle

China Glaze Too Yacht to Handle

Spoiled – Did I Dye it Too Blonde

Spoiled Did I Dye it Too Blonde

Funky Fingers – Kingston

Funky Fingers Kingston

As you can see I’m a bit of a neon girl! I love me some bright nails and may or may not be guilty of wearing them year round. What are some of your favorite nail polishes for summer? Leave them in a comment below!


P.S. All images are linked to a Google Images search which will give you a more accurate picture of the colors. My camera doesn’t like to capture the true beauty of neon polishes!

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