Behind the Scenes Products

What do I mean by behind the scenes products?  The products that I am talking about are the unsung heroes of your beauty routine!!! I mean those products that you use everyday that add to your overall appearance that you don’t think about and probably would never really talk about.  
I was brushing my teeth days ago and thought that I needed to tell you guys that I liked my toothpaste but then thought, “Well that is weird, why would I talk about that?” and then I thought, “Why NOT talk about it?” (YES, I was having an entire conversation with myself in my head!)  
It is amazing the things we take for granted in our normal routine.  Without these products I know that I would be but a fraction of my normal self! 
Sorry for the iPhone picture, my lap top is on the fritz!
Supersmile
I have been using this for a few weeks now and I have seen a slight difference in the whiteness of my teeth.  I like that this product tastes good while it is whitening.  It can be used on dentures as well as natural teeth.  I think this works better than any other teeth whitening toothpaste I have ever tried.  
Plackers Flossers
I don’t know about you guys but I HATE flossing.  First you have to pull the string out of the little container and then maneuver it all around your mouth and it just gets gross to be honest.  I love these little do-dads because it is simple, clean, and easy to use.  You can get into the most awkward corners of your mouth with these bad boys!!!
Xen Tan
I have several of these little 1 oz. bottles.  I keep meaning to purchase a big one but then another little deluxe sample keeps popping up here and there.  I have really used these to extend the life of my tan.  They smell awesome and look very realistic.  I haven’t had any of the self-tanner-hands either.  I am very careful to wash directly after application though. 
Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pads
I got these in the Test Tube back in the spring and fell in love with these.  They are fantastic.  I use these on my face, neck and chest.  They don’t streak and give a healthy appearance.  Because I use lots of SPF on my face when out in the sun my body and face don’t typically match, so this product is key to making my face match.  (The color also blends in nicely with the Xen Tan.)
Lavanila Vanilla Coconut deodorant
This product smells sooo good!  AND it does what it claims.  It is all natural so that puts to rest my insane paranoia about the aluminum that is supposedly in most deodorants.  I have no idea if this is actually true and I have done no research but when I was a teen someone told me that aluminum is in your deodorant and it leads to Alzheimer’s.  
   
LUSH Dream Cream
This has been a staple for a couple years for me.  I love this stuff.  Very thick and moisturizing but at the same time it sinks into your skin right away and leaves that healthy skin look behind.  I had my share of sunburns over the summer and this definitely helped heal them faster.  
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Flea Market FOTD

These pictures were taken on Sunday.  I went to the flea market with my friend and my son.  It was super hot so we didn’t stay very long but we did manage to pick up some candles.  The ones I got are called: Jamaica Me Crazy, Pomegranate, Cast A Way, and Shalimar!  Yep, Shalimar smells exactly like the perfume of the same name.  I had to get it when I saw it.  
Since it was a casual day, I wanted to be lazy with my makeup and stylings.  I let my hair air dry and sprayed the Redken Radiant Sea Spray and I twirled a conical wand very messily throw the top layers of my hair.  Here is the look…

FACE:
NARS Pro Prime
Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum #55
Garnier Rollerball concealer
It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores powder
NARS Madly
Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel (Bronze Universel)
EYES:
NARS Smudge Proof Eye Base
Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Illusoire 
Chanel Fauve
UD Naked
Anastasia Beauty Express brow kit for brows and highlight
BE retractable liner brush
R&R Fatalistic e/s to set liner
Maybelline One by One
LIPS:
L’Oreal Fairest Nude
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A Few FOTDs

My days on Myspace have not escaped me! LOL The next photo showcases the infamous kissy face!!





FACE:

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum #53
Collection 2000 concealer in light
Chanel Bronze Universel
LG BnB
MAC Hipness
theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer
EYES:
Rimmel Sassy Colour Mousse
Anastasia Brow Kit
BE retractable liner
Gosh Bananas Liner on waterline
Maj Maj LEFP
LIPS:
Revlon Demure
LG Skinny Dip


FACE:
Missha Perfect Cover 23LG BnBtheBalm Cabana BoytheBalm Mary-Lou ManizertheBalm Betty-Lou ManizerEYES:LM Eye Basics in WheatBoots 17 Mardi GrasMAC SmuttheBalm Overshadow in Work is Overratedrandom nude liner on waterlineRevlon Grow LusciousLIPS:EOS LipbalmRevlon Demure

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Target Beauty Sample Bag

Hello ladies!  I wanted to share some information with you this morning.  I just saw that on the sample page at Target there is a new beauty sampler bag.  The last one went over very well, so it looks like they are up to it again.  New bag design filled with lots of samples.  They are sure to go quick so grab yours while you can.  

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TheBalm Haul

Well, well, well…  Guess what I found at Marshall’s and TJ Maxx for nearly half off?  THEBALM… that’s what!  Oh yeah! *does happy dance*  Anyway… this is always a brand that I have been drawn because of the packaging, but never purchased because of the unknown quality.  RESIST NO MORE! This stuff is gooooooood! 
This first photo is the stuff I purchased from Marshall’s.  I wen’t there first because I didn’t expect to see anything, but I found all these things! They had a Shady Lady Vol. 3 palette that I considered, but I wasn’t really interested in the colors, and it had been all touched and wronged from passer-by-ers fingers. 

The rest of the stuff is from TJ Maxx.  I bought a second Betty-Lou Manizer because I wanted to buy a single Mary-Lou Manizer but all they had was the duo.  The duo is spectacular and the Overshadows are gorgeous too.  

I believe those swatches speak for themselves!  I hope you enjoy the eye candy!  
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CLOSED Anastasia Beverly Hills

Some of you may remember my post titled Brows, Brows, Brows.  I did a review on the Beauty Express brow kit and expressed my opinions on the importance of defining the brows and framing the face.  Yeah, I know… I looked awful in the post but it is a great kit.
Anastasia Soare is widely referred too as a Beauty Innovator and a Definitive Brow Expert, and that is for good reason.  Over the years she has reached iconic status in the beauty industry for her unique way of shaping the eyebrows and enhancing the eye area.  
She has designed the brows for many stars such as Oprah, Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, and Kim Kardashian.  The high profile list goes on forever.  She is the best at what she does because of her background in architecture and her interest in the advancement in women.  She created her style of brow structure out of her idea for the architecture of the face.  
This brow kit has done wonders for me and I know it would for anyone.  I don’t live in Beverly Hills and I don’t need to as long as I have this amazing kit.  In the video below Anastasia herself shows you how to use the Beauty Express kit.   
I was contacted by a media rep for Anastasia Beverly Hills and they want to sponsor a giveaway for my followers.

Here are the rules!

Follow this blog via Google Friend Connect (click where it says ‘Join This Site’) and leave a comment below with your e-mail address so I can contact you if you win.  
Extra Entries:
To qualify for the following you have to let me know in the same comment that you did the following:
#1 Follow me on Twitter and Tweet a link to this post while also @ mentioning me.  To get credit for this I need a link to the Tweet about this giveaway. 
#2 Like me on Facebook
#3 Blog about this giveaway linking this post in the blog
#4 Put a link in the sidebar for this giveaway linking it back to this post

This giveaway will end one month from today at 11:59 EST September 23, 2011, and it is open to all of my international followers as well as US followers. 

This is a sponsored giveaway and the product that is going to be given will not be purchased by me.  I did purchase my palette months ago, prior to being contacted by the media rep.

Awesomesauce Package

This is probably my favorite package I have ever received.  It holds in it the one item that I have lusted after for 2 years.  O_O The lovely Mira sent this! I frikken love her!!!
See the pretty Hello Kitty sticker on it! So much awesome!!

One of our mutual loves is food and candy! :)  She shared some love…

You may like some of the pictures in this post.  I found some of them hilarious with their little gifts in the corners of the shots.  I edited them less than I normally do because I literally laughed out loud at some of them!  The next one has a gnarly looking spider in the top left corner! :D  My son got some fake spiders and randomly leaves them all over the house to scare us.  Anyway, I digress…
Bronze Universel is finally in my possession!  It is perfect.  Yeah, some people thing it is orange but I looves it!

Bourjois foundation samples! :D WAHOOOOO! I can’t wait to try those bad boys!  What I find hilarious about this picture is that my little pumpkin snuck his feet into this picture! LOL And our Mimi hates feet!  I had to leave it in there!

Boots 17 Mardi Gras is suuuuuch a gorgeous eyeshadow.  First of all it is a taupe, second it has a fantastic texture.  Really a great eyeshadow!  Since Target has some of the Boots line in the store I hope they decide to stock these eyeshadows as well! 

Thanks to the gorgeous Lisa Eldridge, I have been totally interested in this Rimmel Colour Mousse 8Hr in Sassy.  Such a great liquidy consistency.  What is even better is that it actually lasts a long time.  It is such a good product! Lisa Eldridge is a genius!
Swatches of the awesome taupes.  The first one is inside with no flash and the second is with a flash!

Look at the awesomesauce Mickey paper she wrapped some stuff in! *squealllllz* 
I hope you loved this post as much as I loved this package!  Also hope you enjoyed some of the hidden little funnies in the corners of some of the photos!  

Focco: Ebay Bag

There has been a bag that celebrities have been carrying around a lot here recently and of course when there is a popular bag there with be faux versions all over the place.  The bag that I bought is one of those knock-offs and a fabulous one at that.  The Alexander Wang Coco bag (later renamed Rocco for legal reasons) is what this is a replica of!  The eBay bags are gorgeous and come in three different colors: grey, black, and brown.  I chose the grey one because it is said to be a big color for fall!  And this grey is like no other.  It is a grey with a lavender undertone.  Sooooo… I am just going to call it taupe! >:o)
I of course knew nothing about the bag until Lollipop26 blogged about it a few weeks back.  It is such an awesome bag.  Here are some photos!  You can, of course, click on the photos to enlarge them.  Most of the photos on my blog are like this.  

Really cool hidden side pocket.  It fits snacks keys and phone! :D  Perfection!

If you would like to pick up one of these snazzy little guys then eBay search “bottom studded bag”!  There are 1000s of listings for them and they are generally around $40.  I should also mention that the crystals dangling from the bag are my own.  They are a charm from a Kathy Van Zeeland bag that I keep transferring to every bag I wear!
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Chanel Fauve

Sooo… I have had so much anticipation build-up for the release of this color.  You all know how much I looooove my taupes and this is Chanel’s newest taupe.  Fauve is a gorgeous purple-toned taupe.  Like all shades in this family, it is hard to photograph it’s complexity.  I took many pictures to try to capture it’s beauty. :)
  
with flash
natural light

inside/no flash

with flash
natural light
When I went into the mall today to purchase this I was wearing no eye makeup except mascara.  I went to my son’s Kindergarten orientation and went for a simple look.  The SA at the Chanel counter applied the color for me! :D  I can not explain why I look so shiny! ¯_(ツ)_/¯ Oh well.  

Anyway, the SA I had at the Chanel counter today was amazing.  She was super nice (which is NEVER the case at my local counter) and talented and knowledgable… Not to mention totally gorgeous! :)  Anyway, she color-matched me for Vitalumiere Aqua.  Turns out that I am not a B20, I am a B40.  BIIIG difference.  It goes to show you how much attention I got last time I was at the counter.  There is no way I jumped that far up the color scale from self-tanning.  Oh well!  *rolls eyes*  The SA also loaded me down with awesome samples.  She gave me quite a few samples of the foundation she matched me to as well as other things from Chanel.  She then gave me a makeup bag fillllled with other samples from various counters in the store.  I love her! I want to marry her (as my SA).  I will forever look for her in the future.  

Aren’t they awesome???  *Jumps and clicks heels* I am so happy with my new Chanel counter lady! I am more than likely going to be purchasing a lot more Chanel in my future! YAYYY! 
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Late Night Snack

This isn’t my typical post as most of you know.  I just decided to post on something that I find interesting OTHER than beauty products.  I am a long time fan of Ben&Jerry ice cream.  Me and the boys go wayyyy back!  Chunky Monkey is my most favorite flavor of all time…  When I saw this flavor in my freezer aisle I was overwhelmed with curiosity.  I HAD TO BUY IT!! Let us read the description.  
In case you can’t see the picture I will type it out for you.  
“Vanilla Bean Ice Cream with a Salty Caramel Swirl & Fudge Covered Potato Chip Clusters”  
Yep, you read that right! Fudge covered potato chip clusters! WOAH!  The thought of this combination sent my mind into a sweet and salty perfection overload.  I quickly threw it in my cart (along with a tub of Chunky Monkey and a tub of Chubby Hubby–which is ironically my husband’s favorite) and finished my shopping.  
Moving on to the taste.  It is exactly what the description says.  I taste a vanilla ice cream with caramel and a savory hint at something else.  The savory is exactly what you want when you crave that sweet and salty combination.  The potato chips hold on to that crunch… I suppose because they are encased in the fudge.  Either way…. it is deeeeeelish!  Go get you some NOW! 
The front says it is inspired by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.  Correct me if I am wrong but didn’t he stop doing a late night show?  Anyway… regardless! This is exactly what it sounds like!  Great flavor combo in my opinion!  
Hope you Enjoyed!