Lashes Vs. No Lashes: A Comparison

ardell demi wispies lashes

Have you ever taken the time to do your makeup, and then debated on putting on lashes? I do it all the time. I used to be really good at applying them, but since I’ve worn them less and less, I don’t even think about reaching for them.  I applied eye lashes for the first time in about a year. Then the doubt set in–do I still have a steady hand? Will these look good on me? Will they go on evenly?

Here’s a shot with me with one eye lash on, and one on the way. The looks are totally different! I filmed the makeup tutorial without the lashes, and after I was done, I added the lashes just to play around and see how the look would change. Of course I was annoyed that I didn’t apply them in the beginning, but now I’m going to make more of an effort to apply them when I’m creating a look. I usually go with the Ardell Demi Wispies, but all of these instagram eye lash companies are making me want to stray a bit. Who knows. We’ll see. : )

Happy 9th Birthday, Scandalous Beauty!

scandalous beauty through the years


Today was a long day. I went to the mall to buy gifts for family, hit the grocery store to buy food for Christmas dinner, and watched the Ravens get punished by the Texans. And even though it’s pretty late, I couldn’t let the day go by without wishing my blog, Scandalous Beauty, a happy 9th birthday! Here are some shots of my blog layouts through the years. Some were decent, most were pretty bad. I’ve easily had 20 different layouts. If you’re interested, here’s my first blog post (written on the 21st, published on the 23rd).

I’m not gonna get sappy, but this labor of love has changed my life. Seriously. It introduced me to my favorite makeup artists, gave me the opportunity to travel and it allowed me to connect with people all over the world. I’ve worked with a lot of brands that I’m a fan of, and found new ones along the way. More than anything, it gave me an outlet to share my love of beauty.

I can’t thank you enough for your support. I’ve had to question myself a lot over my blog. Is this what I want? How can I be better? Will people dislike me if I post this? There was lots of fear and lots of doubt. Sometimes, there still is. But 2015 isn’t only the year SB turns 10. It’s the year that I turn 30. I have had to have some “Come to Jesus moments” with myself, and to make sure that I don’t take SB for granted–and to make sure that I gave it some real effort. Serious effort, not half-ass whenever I get to it effort. But you know what? Eff  that.  I promise to be bigger, bolder and unapologetic in the years to come. 

Over the next few months, I’m going to be trying some new things with SB. I have a new family, new home and a new life that I’d like to incorporate into the mix. If it works, it works. If not, I’ll scrap it. Thank you all for the support over the years. The ups and downs have been a lesson and a pleasure.


The Foundation Tag


Earlier this week, I created a video called “The Foundation Tag”. I included 10 questions about foundation collections, favorites, likes, dislikes, etc. Want to join in and do the tag in a video, blog or social? Here are the questions:
1. First foundation you ever bought?
2. Favorite coverage?
3. Favorite foundation in cold weather?
4. Favorite foundation in warm weather?
5. Favorite anytime go to foundation?
6. Favorite foundation primer?
7. Foundation(s) that didn’t work for you?
8. Foundation wishlist?
9. Favorite foundation combination?
10. How do you like to apply foundation: Sponges or brushes?

Foundations mentioned

Real techniques makeup expert face brush

NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF30

M·A·C ‘Studio Fix’ Fluid Foundation SPF 15

MAC Studio Tech Foundation NC50

MAKE UP FOR EVER Face & Body Liquid Makeup #44

MAKE UP FOR EVER Mat Velvet + Matifying Foundation

Becca Radiant Skin Satin Finish Foundation

MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Invisible Cover Foundation

Urban Decay ‘Naked Skin’ Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup

BECCA Ultimate Coverage Complexion Creme

MAKE UP FOR EVER Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation

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30+ Last Minute Gifts for Makeup Lovers

Christmas is next week. I can’t even believe it. But you know what? There’s still time to get gifts for the makeup lover (or beginner) in your life! Here are a few ideas to get you started!

Laura Mercier ‘Almond Coconut Milk’ Honey Bath • Laura Mercier • $40.50
Bobbi Brown Mini Lip & Eye Palette (Limited Edition) • Bobbi Brown • $27.00
Lancôme ‘Beauty Box – Chic Neutrals Warm’ Purchase with Purchase ($304 Value) • Lancôme • $53.55
Yves Saint Laurent Beauty Yves Saint Laurent ‘Wildly Gold’ Palette (Limited Edition) • Yves Saint Laurent • $85.50
Smashbox ‘Double Exposure’ Palette • Smashbox • $52.00
Mario Badescu ‘Be Flawless’ Set (Limited Edition) ($40 Value) • Mario Badescu • $30.00
CLARISONIC ‘Mia 3 – White’ Sonic Skin Cleansing System • clarisonic • $179.10
Yves Saint Laurent Beauty Yves Saint Laurent ‘Ombrés 5 Lumieres’ Palette • Yves Saint Laurent • $58.00
NARS ‘Laced with Edge – Modern Future’ Roman Holiday Lip, Cheek & Nail Set (Limited Edition) ($66 Value) • NARS • $44.10
stila ‘eyes are the windowTM – mind’ eyeshadow palette • Stila • $49.00
Laura Mercier ‘Pout Perfection – Matte Reds’ Lip Set • Laura Mercier • $34.20
Deborah Lippmann ‘I’ve Gotta Be Me’ 15th Anniversary Set (Limited Edition) ($72 Value) • Deborah Lippmann • $34.00
philosophy ‘glowing days ahead’ set (Limited Edition) ($136 Value) • philosophy • $89.00
Anastasia Beverly Hills ‘Tamanna’ Palette (Limited Edition) ($85 Value) • Anastasia • $26.10
Dior Deluxe Holiday Palette (Limited Edition) • Christian Dior • $76.50
Stila ‘magnificent Metals’ Eye Duo • Stila • $32.00
Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Eye Set (Limited Edition) (Nordstrom Exclusive) ($97 Value) • Bobbi Brown • $48.00
Urban Decay ‘Naked3′ Palette • Urban Decay • $54.00
theBalm® theBalm ‘Nude’tude®’ Eyeshadow Palette • TheBalm • $36.00
M·A·C ‘Keepsakes – Plum Eyes’ Eyeshadow Palette (Limited Edition) • M·A·C • $39.50
Essie ‘Winter 2014′ Mini Four-Pack • Essie • $17.00
Bobbi Brown ‘Scotch on the Rocks – Warm Glow’ Eyeshadow Palette (Limited Edition) • Bobbi Brown • $67.50
Charlotte Tilbury Bronzer Brush • $80.00
L’Occitane ‘Beautiful Hands’ Set (Limited Edition) (Nordstrom Exclusive) ($36 Value) • L’Occitane • $28.00
LORAC ‘PRO’ Palette ($111 Value) • LORAC • $42.00
Bobbi Brown Deluxe Eye & Lip Palette • Bobbi Brown • $72.00
CLARISONIC Sonic Radiance Brightening Solutions Set ($314 Value) • clarisonic • $224.10
Stila ‘in The Know’ Eyeshadow Palette • Stila • $39.00
Essie Spring Collection • Essie • $8.50
Anastasia Beverly Hills Premiere Contour & Highlight Palette • Anastasia • $40.00
Clinique Almost Lipstick • Clinique • $14.40
Christian Louboutin Beaute Rouge Louboutin Nail Colour • Christian Louboutin • $50.00
Urban Decay ‘Naked on the Run’ Palette (Limited Edition) • Urban Decay • $54.00
M·A·C Lipstick • M·A·C • $16.00
Urban Decay ‘Naked’ Palette • Urban Decay • $54.00

My Newest Skin Score: Glamglow Holiday Set

GlamGlow Holiday Set

After scoping out dozens of makeup and beauty sales for the Black Friday-Cyber Monday week, I only ended up getting this dream team of masques from GlamGlow. Naturally, I didn’t get this set on sale either. GlamGlow had exactly seven holiday sets to choose from. It still makes me a little weak to consider paying $70 for a full sized mask, and since I didn’t know which masque worked best for my skin, I settled on this set. I haven’t really tried any of the new items yet, but when I do, I’ll be sure to share!

Like most beauty sites now days, I was able to choose two freebies, which are the packets you see at the bottom of the picture. Since I signed up for an account, I also received a promo code for another mini.

Glam Glow Holiday Vs. Regular Size

Earlier this year, I purchased a 2013 GlamGlow set, half of it was hard and defective, but at least I got to play around with the Supermud. It’s one of the best masques I’ve ever used. My skin feels cleaner and smoother, and doesn’t feel dried out. This is basically just a comparison shot, so you can see the size I bought this year.

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