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The Procrastinating Beauty Blogger Tag

Hello there strangers! Well, I’m the stranger but I’m taking a break from my school work (school have been CRAZY this semester, senior year problems!) to bring you this very fitting post “The Procrastinating Beauty Blogger Tag”. I saw this tag on Emily’s blog (Beauty Broadcast) and knew I just had to do it! If you have a blog I definitely think you should share your answers because let’s face it… who isn’t a procrastinator sometimes! Let’s get started…

Name a beauty regime that you rarely do?

I agree with Emily on this one… I rarely blow dry my hair. I usually take my showers at night so I let it air dry overnight while I sleep then either style it (which I also rarely do) or just throw it in a bun still wet in the morning. My hair is really long so it takes foreverrrrr to blow dry and ain’t nobody got time for that! That’s the justification for my laziness!

Is washing your make-up brushes something that you do regularly?

I’ll say yes, I do what I consider regular cleanings. I usually do a “deep clean” with either an actual makeup brush cleaner or simple ol’ baby shampoo about once a month or so. If I’ve just want to switch colors or feel like my brushes look especially dirty I’ll spot clean them with the E.L.F. daily brush cleanser.

How long will you last with chipped nail polish?

Unless I’m really crunched for time or love a specific color I don’t leave my nail polish on long enough for it to begin chipping. As a self proclaimed nail polish hoarder I love too many colors so I switch my polish about every 3-5 days. BUT! I have noticed something recently… the shorter my nails are the less likely the polish will chip. Since starting the fall semester in mid-September I’ve been filing my nails down short once a week then painting (usually base coat, two coats of color then Essie Good to Go top coat which is my HOLY GRAIL) and it’s been lasting the entire week without chipping. It would probably last longer than a week if I let it, but like I said I’m a nail polish hoarder who changes her polish entirely too much… not sorry!

How long will you put off buying/replacing a beauty product, even if you need it?

I don’t have a time frame, it’s usually just whenever I want. I love experimenting with new products and different brands so I have multiples of all the products I use daily like concealer, powder, blushes, mascara, etc… so even once I’ve used something up I’m never without a specific type product completely. However, I have been trying to use up more products lately before purchasing new items on my wish list. More on that later in the post!

What is your worst beauty habit?

I also agree with Emily on this one. I have a horrible habit of picking at my cuticles. This is why I need polish on my nails at all time so I won’t want to mess them up! I have extremely dry cuticles so I also try to keep my Burt’s Bees cuticle butter on them so they look nice and I won’t pick at them either. It’s terrible and most of the time like Emily said I don’t even realize I’m messing with them but I am trying to quit here so that’s something!

Name something non-beauty related that you put off doing all the time?

Hmmmm… this is a tough one! I would have said procrastinating with school work but this semester I’ve been keeping up with my goal of not procrastinating so that’s out. Ah, I got it! Washing my car and keeping the inside clean. My car is usually clean anyway so it’s more of just occasionally vacuuming and dusting the inside that needs to be done but I definitely don’t do it as often as I should. I’m sorry Tom! Tom is my car, Tom Cruze the Chevy Cruze. You know you love it!

When going out somewhere, do you leave getting ready to the last minute?

Definitely! I’ve been that way as long as I can remember. Whenever I need to be somewhere (school, work, appointments, etc…) I don’t get ready until as close to when I need to leave as I can. In the morning I usually don’t even wake up until about 45 minutes before I need to leave so I have to wash up, brush my teeth, eat breakfast and make myself to look presentable all within that time. Will I change this anytime soon? Probably not, it’s been working for me for years!

Can you commit to spending bans?

Complete spending bans? Absolutely not! I’m working on getting better with my hoarding but I never want to completely limit myself because if I see a product I’m in love with and absolutely can’t leave the store without, I’m going to buy it. I’m at a pretty comfortable spot with my makeup collection so not buying every new or fun product I see isn’t very hard. I’m limiting myself but not totally limiting myself because I try to reason with myself that if I have something extremely similar at home I can leave it behind and not regret it. If I think I’ll regret not picking it up or its limited edition, I’m more likely to buy it. That limited edition title can be trouble! For example, I have my eye on the new limited edition Sigma Crème de Couture eye shadow palette and blush in Cherry Apple. They’re both limited edition but I don’t use colored eye shadows often so I keep telling myself I’ll never use it. But still, not sure how much longer my love of matte shadows and I can resist that baby. Be strong Katie, be strong!

How organized is your make-up and nail polish collections?

My collections are very organized. Well, at least I think they are! My entire nail polish collection is on my wall in the nail polish rack my step-dad and I built which I am in loveeeee with. Most of my makeup collection is split between two hanging magnetic makeup boards and two Muji acrylic five drawer sets. I store a few other odds and ends that won’t fit in my Muji drawers or can’t hang on a makeup board in my vanity drawers. Eyelash curlers are stored with my eye and lip liners which in my Mickey Mouse mug on top of the Muji drawers. Just as an extra bit, my everyday brushes and perfume collection are stored on top of my vanity. Included below is a picture of my whole vanity set up so you can see what it will looks like put together. I love, love, love my current vanity set up! Hopefully one day I’ll have my own “dressing room” with a closet and vanity area in one with sleek white furniture but for now this is perfect!

Vanity

I hope you enjoyed this tag! If you do this tag on your blog be sure to leave the link below so I can check it out. If you don’t have a blog feel free to answer the questions in the comment section because I’m nosy and want to know your “dirty little secrets” mwahaha! Until next time,

Katie

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Favorite Nail Polish for Fall 2013

Nail Polish Rack fall

Essie –  Brooch the Subject

Essie Brooch the Subject

Essie – Bangle Jangle

Essie Bangle Jangle

China Glaze – Purr-fect Plum

China Glaze Purr-fect Plum

China Glaze – Awakening

China Glaze Awakening

Essie – Power Clutch

Essie Power Clutch

Essie – Mink Muffs

Essie Mink Muffs

L’Oreal – Rainy Piccadilly

L'Oreal Rainy Piccadilly

Sinful Colors – Rich in Heart

Sinful Colors Rich in Heart

Essie – Armed and Ready

Essie Armed and Ready

China Glaze – I’m Not Lion

China Glaze I'm Not Lion

My favorite season is right around the corner and I can’t contain my excitement any longer so to celebrate I decided to put out my nail polish favorites a bit early this year. I’ve been seeing/hearing around the blogging and YouTube community that bright turquoise will be a big nail trend this year which I’m super excited about because I’ve been loving bright teal/turquoise this entire summer and I’m not ready to give it up yet! Essie In the Cab-Ana is a good choice as well as my overall summer 2013 favorite China Glaze Too Yacht To Handle.

What are your favorite polish picks for this fall? Leave them in a comment below!

Katie

(As always I have linked each image to a Google Image search of nail swatches of that shade.)

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MAC Eye Shadow Collection & Swatches

MAC Eye Shadow Collection and Swatches

Palette #1

MAC Palette 1

MAC Palette 1 Names

Swatches: Daylight – Outside

MAC Palette 1 Row 1

Blanc Type, Shroom, Naked Lunch, All the Glitters, Kid

MAC Palette 1 Row 2

Mole Skin (LE), Soft Brown, Texture, Saddle, Swiss Chocolate

MAC Palette 1 Row 3

Coquette, Espresso, Corduroy, Embark, Brown Script

MAC Palette 1 Shades

Palette #2

MAC Palette 2

MAC Palette 2 Names

Swatches: Daylight – Outside

MAC Palette 2 Row 1

Ricepaper, Woodwinked, Mulch, Sable, Satin Taupe

MAC Palette 2 Row 2

Dear Cupcake (LE), Trax, Stars N’ Rockets, Fig. 1, Moth Brown (LE)

MAC Palette 2 Row 3

Samoa Silk, Ablaze (LE), Paradisco, Expensive Pink, Coppering

MAC Palette 2 Shades

I did a bit of back to school shopping a few days ago and bought the last three eye shadow pans I needed to fill my palettes so I was finally able to do this post which I’ve been wanting to do for months. I really hope you like it! If you have some eye shadows in pot form that you want to put in a palette check out my post on how to de-pot MAC eye shadows here.

What are your favorite MAC eye shadows?! Leave them in a comment below so I can check them out!

Katie

Disclaimer: Sorry for my absence! I put my heart and soul into these blog posts which is a blessing and a curse at the same time because it can get very stressful. Sometimes it takes me two days to edit photos and get one post out but I just want the final product to be as perfect as possible for my readers. I love blogging and don’t plan on stopping any time soon. However, I do want to give a fair warning that posts might be sporadic especially with my last year of college starting in about a week and a half. Thank you all for understanding!

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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.

step 6 2

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!

Katie

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Favorite Nail Polish for Summer 2013

summer

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!

Katie

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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NYX Slim Lip Pencil Swatches

NYX Slim Lip Pencil Blog

NYX Slim Lip Pencil

NYX Slim Lip Pencil 2

NYX Slim Lip Pencil Swatches

Hi everyone! I’m back in school now so posts might be a little sporadic for the next 10 weeks. I’m going to try my best to keep up weekly postings but we’ll see what happens! If all goes as planned I should have a few more fun posts up this week so be sure to check back for those!

– Katie

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Favorite Nail Polish for Spring 2013

Favorite Nail Polish for Spring

Essie – Blanc

Essie Blanc

Essie – We’re in it Together

Essie We're in it Together

OPI – If You Moust You Moust

OPI If You Moust You Moust

Essie – Tart Deco

Essie Tart Deco

Julie G – 9 to 5

Julie G 9 to 5

Sally Hansen – Mellow Yellow

Sally Hansen Mellow Yellow

Revlon – Minted

Revlon Minted

China Glaze – For Audrey

China Glaze For Audrey

China Glaze – Kinetic Candy

China Glaze Kinetic Candy

Essie – Borrowed and Blue

Essie Borrowed & Blue

Essie – Bikini So Teeny

Essie Bikini So Teeny

Essie – Play Date

Essie Play Date

Essie – Lilacism

Essie Lilacism

TOP COATS

OPI – Pirouette My Whistle

OPI Pirouette My Whistle

China Glaze – Fairy Dust

China Glaze Fairy Dust

Well there you have it! These are 15 of my favorite nail polishes for Spring! Keep in mind this is just what I have in my small? medium? large? collection so there are thousands of other choices out there! Speaking of, what are some of your favorite polishes for Spring? Leave them in a comment!

Happy Spring everyone!!!

– Katie

P.S. I’m not a good nail polish swatcher (if that’s a word) so I linked all the pictures to a google search of swatches.

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