Wednesday, June 30, 2010

IMATS PASADENA 2010 - HAUL (pic heavy)

I didn't plan on going to IMATS this year, but my mom was in town and and she has never been, so the damage was made.  Sorry, it's pic heavy, but I wanted to get a picture of everything.


This palette was $50, I think it was $80 last year


Travel Kit for me $25 w/the roll

This is for my sister-in-laws makeup kit & a 78 palette ($19)

My moms brushes w/free brush holder

The little red Kabuki was free when you signed up for their newsletter, plus you get 40% off all their brushes on-line

OCC Lip Tar($10), my first and the blushes are good for travel($7)

Model in a Bottle($12) Bobbie Brown was all 40% off that's the concealer & corrector ($12 each)

Sunlab was really good. Any 4 self tanners + bag for $50 + a $50 gift certificate

It was hot crowded and crazy in there, but I think they had really great deals this time.  I saw some gurus walking around, buying things, and doing demos.  I'm glad I battled the heat and crowds!
I'm planning on doing reviews.  Let me know what you want to see!!

Monday, June 28, 2010


These are my top face products for under $10


Cover Girl Clean - light - medium foundation fells like your own skin
Maybelline Super Stay- for dry skin long wearing
Revlon ColorSaty- oily/dry skin med. - heavy coverage all day wear
Rimmel Stay Matte- Very light coverage, but good for oily skin
Bonnie Bell Highlighter-  Gives a beautiful shine, not glittery or sparkly, & four shades in 1
ELF All Over Color Sticks - they give you a soft dewy shimmer/highlight
Maybelline Mineral Blush - These have major staying power, a ton of product, beautiful colors

What's your #1 face product under $10?

Friday, June 25, 2010


I ordered this myself after seeing so many reviews on it, and it Really is great!  I got it in Dark because I think the light & medium would need 2 applications to 1 of dark.  I don't know if its true, but it works for me.

You get a beautiful caramel shade, not yellow or orange.  I put it on in the morning and I was dark within hours.  We were in Las Vegas, & I was darker with this than people baking in the sun.  I am not a sun worshiper, the sweating and heat drive me nuts.  My legs looked nice and toned with with my summer dresses.

  • Gives you a great sun kissed color
  • It makes your skin so soft, baby soft, love
  • Doesn't stain your clothes
  • Smells like a cherry slushy, yummy
  • Product is dark so you know where your putting it
  • Not streaky
  • A little goes a long way
  • You have to wash your hands after applying on each part or your hands will look like mud
  • Takes a while to absorb & dry
I will repurchase.  Like I said in my drugstore self tanner post, It's so hard not looking like a streaky orange mess.  This for me just works, with no fuss.

I was at Ulta and I saw it there for $32, I wonder if the 20% coupon will work on it?  I'm itching to try the St. Tropez tanner.  How is that?

Do you think a high end tanner is better than a low end one?

Monday, June 21, 2010

BRONZER COLLECTION/ + Top high/low End

I do not need another bronzer.  But I keep still keep trying them looking for the perfect "tan" color.  The problem for me is that they are too shimmery or too ashy.  I either look like a disco ball or the gold looks more yellow than tan.


Nars Casino ($39) -This is the Sin/Casino duo- You need only a little and its a "tan" looking color

Hard Candy So Baked Bronzer ($9)-  I use this everyday, natural color with a hint of shimmer. and buildable where you get more tan instead of gold

Of course please tell me what you like as a bronzer. I love to try a new one!

Friday, June 18, 2010


Wild Berry

Pink Flash

I saw these from the register at CVS in one of those displays.  They came out with limited edition colors for summer.  I though both were just beautiful.  i first just got the Wild Berry because i don't think I have anything that bright.  It's really a bright orchid pink.  Then  for $3.49, how could I leave out the Pink Flash.  Sometimes I look at it and its peach and other times pink.

Here is my review of my first Creme Blush.  They are really great, and super for the hot summer days.  They also had other products, but this is all that was left.  They had to matching glosses.

Have you tried these yet?  What do you think?  What's your favorite cream blush?

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

DRUGSTORE HAUL - trying out some old favorites

I went to buy some cutting shears to trim my bangs and the layers that frame my face and ended up with some new/old things too.  I 've been trying the Voluminous again, and I love it.  I used it in the past for years, but then it just made my eyes itch.  I don't know if they changed the formula, but it feels better now.  I have been loving my Cover Girl clean foundation, so I wanted to get the powder to see how it worked. The Wet n Wild cover stick, we'll have to see about this, but Wet n Wild have some great products out now.  The matte l/s and eye shadows are great!

I have been having the worst allergies, my eyes and face.  It's hard to know what will trigger them.

What do you use for allergy eyes that won't irritate them?  Any other allergy advice what be great!

Sunday, June 13, 2010


I have the worst luck finding self tanners.  The color or the smell never work out.  These are some of the ones I've tried, and didn't like. 


Neutrogena, Banana Boat, Vaseline Healthy Glow - Sticky and gave me a yellow undertone
Ulta spay bronzer- this goes on unevenly and the nozzle broke
Loreal Sublime- smelled awful and streaky

The Best

The Aveeno brand moisturizing gradual tanners were the best.  I love aveeno products, and these gave me an even color and made my skin super soft.  It smells like a cream, not offensive at all.  best of all you see color within 2 applications.  The Dial Up Aveeno tanner works right away.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

MAY FAVORITES - some new stuff + swatches

Cover Girl Clean Foundation
Aziza Duo Blush ($1 store) - matte & very pigmented, good for all skin colors
ELF Matte Bronzer - matte & I use it for contouring
Cargo Blush in Louisiana- for a highlight

tokidoki e/s - Bulletto - so beautiful for brown smokey eye
Mac Paint Pot in Coral Crepe - base or on the apples of the cheeks
Mac Fluid Line in Macroviolet - as a primer for gray/purples/black
Mac Folie - in the crease w/Mac Indianwood Paint Pot for summer eye
NYX e/s in beauty Queen- beautiful royal purple
Loreal Voluminous mascara - thick & long lashes
Loreal Liquid pencil eyeliner

Loreal l/e in fairest Nude & Gilded Angel - still hate the smell, but very long wearing and smooth
Revlon Colorburst l/s in Lilac - these are super formulated l/s
Wet n Wild matte l/s in 903 - really pretty Dolly Pink & great to brighten up over a dull color

MAC 109 - great for putting on light or shear foundation


Lipsticks top- bottom
Revlon Lilac, Loreal Fairest Nude & Gilded Pink, Wet n Wild 903

Left to Right
Aziza blush duo (1st & 2nd ones), Mac Macroviolet, Mac Folie, NYX Beauty Queen

I tried a lot of new things this month. I have some reviews coming up and some talk about bronzers!  

Have you tried any of these products? What's your hit & miss of May?

Monday, June 7, 2010

EYELINER Low & High End for the Waterline-The Winner Is?

I needed a new black eyeliner for my waterline because my gel liner was beginning to bother me.  Also my eyes are watering like crazy.  I tried out 2 drugstore, Revlon Colorstay and Loreal Extra Intense($8-9), and 1 high end, MUFE Aqua Eyes($17).  One stood out...


Loreal Extra Intense Eyeliner in Black
  • Super black
  • Glides on
  • Doesn't smudge
  • Doesn't move
The Colorstay was in close second, but it's a little dry, but had great lasting power too.
The biggest let down was the MUFE Aqua Eyes stay put liner.  Just putting it on was a chore.  I had to keep going over the waterline to get any color pay-off.  Then it just slid right down.  I don't get it, it says Stays put liner.

I have to say drugstore products have really improved, a lot!  

What are you using on your water line or as an eyeliner?

Friday, June 4, 2010


Store:, Macy's, Nordstrom's
COST: $26.50
3/5 Stars

This is really one of Mac's beautiful creations. It's a great design.  However, for me it's a bit too glittery. What the MA said to me is it is a highlighter at first because the gold is an over spray and then you are left with a peach and pink blush.  She had the peach part as a blush and it really looked more like a matte blush.  I will have to let you know how true that is.

I was also eyeing the cream bronzer, but that was also too glittery.  I was tempted, but the $30 price tag made me think about it.  I have so many bronzers that i already never use.  Plus, my face has been so oily lately. I'm afraid it will slip right off.

Have you bought from this collection?  What do you think of the bronzer, are they worth the price?

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

46 Random Questions Tag

1.What is your name? Gigi

2.When is your birthday? December 2

3.How tall are you? 5'4"

4.Do you have any siblings? 1- brother

5.Do you have any pets? 2, a pug & boxer

6.What is your favorite color? I don't have just 1, it's about what my mood is

7.What is your favorite song?  Need You Now

8.What is your favorite restaurant? Mario's Mexican

9.What is your favorite drink? Margaritas

10.What is your favorite gum? Anything minty

11.What is your favorite snack? Chips/salsa

12.What is your favorite dessert? Chocolate cake

13.What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? Jamoca Almond Fudge

14.What is your favorite movie? Old Classics, Legends of the Falls, Biography's

15.What is your favorite TV show? Criminal Minds

16.When did you get into makeup? High School

17.How did you get into doing videos on youtube? I was tired of wearing the same look & looked for tutorials

18.If you won a million dollars, what would you buy first? I would pay off my house

19.What side of the bed do you sleep on? Left

20.What is your dream car? New Porsche Panamera

21.If you could take a spontaneous trip somewhere, where would it be? Paris

22.If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? Somewhere where I won't have allergies, I'm dying right now

23.What is your favorite day of the week and why? Sunday, because we always do things as a family and Sunday dinner

24.What is your favorite holiday and why? Christmas, I love the trees, stores, smells, and music

25.Name three sites online that you love or visit frequently? Youtube, Blogger,  MSNBC

26.If you could have one famous person as a sibling who would you choose?  Dali Lama to teach me about inner peace

27.Do you have any piercings or tattoos? No, just my ears

28.Money or love? Love

29.Things you cant leave the house without? Cell Phone, in case school has to call about the kids

30.What are your turn-offs in a guy?  Sweaty smell or Bad Breath

31.What superhero power would you want to have? All of Superman's would be good

32.Are you a morning person? Not Really

33.What is your favorite book? Anything that's Biographical fiction or I loved Eat, Love, Pray

34.Do you sing randomly? Yes, especially if I'm sad

35.Left or right-handed? Right

36.Anything in particular you wear everyday? Always have to wear earrings

37.Where were you born and raised? Michigan

38.What did you look like as a baby? Black hair, pink cheeks, chubby face

39.What countries do want to visit? England, France, Africa, Greece, Japan.....

40.What does your purse/bag look like? Black square quilted

41.What is the color of your ipod? I don't have one

42.What is the last song that was playing on your ipod? -

43.What kind of phone do you have? iPhone 3GS

44.Do you have any bad habits? Yes, a few

45.Do you have a twitter? Yes

46.A random fact about you I got married at 20

I Tag all of you.  If you do the Tag let me know in the comments below.  I love reading these!
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