10 Must Have Products from MAC Cosmetics

10 Must Have Products from MAC CosmeticsThis is absolutely one of the hardest posts I’ve had to write, because to be honest, I can name 32 must haves from MAC. I’ve been using the products since 2001, and I’ve tried my fair share of the products. I made this list simply by naming items that I have purchased over and over and over again. I did a video on this very topic back in 2008, but it was time for an update! After I discovered the $3 dupe for Chestnut lip liner and other big savings, I had to seriously rethink my list. But since I get such an outpouring of requests from the brand, it’s time to go for it and share!

Bronze Eye Shadow
A go to, easy to wear eye shadow during any occasion, work or play. It works well on every complexion. I don’t want to be brought here but just know that the brand makes really great eyeshadows. My favorite texture is Frost, Matte, Veluxe, Matte2 squared.

Other notable colors: Sable, Swiss Chocolate, Saddle, Satin Taupe, Tempting, Shadowy Lady, Amber Lights, Woodwinked, Brown Script, Carbon…I could go on for 20 more minutes. Here’s a video where I swatched my favorites.

Zoom Lash Mascara
This is one of the mascaras that instantly makes my lashes thicker and blacker. Some people say it’s way too clumpy, but I’m a fan. Note: I do not like Zoom Black Lash or the waterproof version (they are much thinner) . Just the original!

Pinkarat Lusterglass
It’s a pink/bronze/gold baby that is perfection! Lustreglass is thinner and has a brush applicator, which makes application even and easy. Want to see it? Check out this video.

Pro Finish Concealer
This concealer covers everything. EVERYTHING.  It’s pretty thick, but if you use your finger or warm it up on the back of your hand,  it’ll thin down enough to make it easy to work with. Here’s a video tutorial on how I use it.

Fix +
Get rid of the makeup look! This is a liquid mist that is great after your moisturizer. Also, after you’ve applied all of your make up, it gets rid of that “make up look”, softening your powder and mending everything together. Here’s a video that shows how I use it.

109 Brush
I have been applying my foundation with this for years. Technically, it’s a small contour brush, but I like using it for foundation and buffing foundation into the skin. You have to be careful because at times it does shed, but every time I try to get a new brush just like it never quite does the job this way. It’s a fan favorite. Here’s a video where I show you how to use it.

Spiked Brow Pencil
This super slim eye brow pencil mimics the hair in your eyebrows so it’s very natural. I knew this was a winner when I watched Sam Fine use it in his DVD.

Tan Pigment
This is another really great neutral that you can wear with anything. Because it’s a pigment, it lasts so long (years!) even if you use it regularly. It’s a great investment.

Painterly Paint Pot
You know I cannot go without using Painterly Paint Pot! It gives the skin a great texture fpr shadow to stick to, and it makes your lid all one color.  I use this product non-stop. Here’s a video tutorial on how to use it.

Volcanic Ash Exfoliator
This is the perfect mix of grit and a cream so your skin comes out exfoliated it also comes out looking and feeling great. I’m on my third or fourth bottle of this.

 What are your favorite products that you’d recommend?


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20 Ways to Be A Successful Blogger While Working Full Time (Part 2)


work full time and blog too

I meant to posts this a few weeks ago, but hey, better late than never! I’m moving right along with some more ideas on effectively blogging while working full time.


I LOVE this. Basically, this is a timer that gets you to work in 25 minute increments, then the alarm goes off, your computer dims, and then you can start again. This really helps me concentrate on a task and get work done without lollygagging. I use tomato-timer and pomodoro.

Create a weekly time limit

Maybe you want to devote a total of five hours a week to your blog. I’ve tried “clocking in” and not going over that time. Again, this is a way to ensure that you knock out content while being able to knock out other things. I used to spend endlesss amounts of time “blogging”, ie checking social media, etc. Nope!

Be okay with not posting a billion times a week

In an ideal blogging world, I’d like to post three times a day! There’s no way in the world I can devote that kind of time to my blog, so I have to be okay with posting 2-3 times per week. When I pressure myself to post 5 times a week, I end up only posting once, because I get overwhelmed. It’s a sad reality.

Set up drafts as you go

Did you begin a post and you’ve got some good content going for it? Go ahead and throw it in your editor and draft it! Add images and links later, if necessary.

Totally unplug and go at it

This was the productivity tip that helped me like no other. I wrote all about it here.

View part one of this series here.

I’m Growing Out my Brows and I Want to Scream

Growing out my eye brows rant

I have a nice long list of blog posts and videos that I’d like to do. But my brows have been too thin for too long, so I’m taking the time to grow them out. I technically haven’t had my eyebrows done since Labor Day. I can’t believe I lasted that long.

I thought about trying to brush them with brow gel and then fill them in and use that super fantastic concealer that I have to hide the hair,  but there’s so much hair and the shape is so unruly, I figure I should just let them grow all the way out and get them professionally done. I’d really like to splurge and go to Damone Roberts or Erwin Gomez,  but I really can’t make that kind of splurge on facial hair.  I’m scared to go to the local people because they tend to always make your brows too thin even when I say “not too thin please” or “can you just clean them up”.

I have no solution to this post. I don’t know when I’m gonna get them done. I’m just going to continue to brush them with my Anastasia clear brow gel and hopefully they’ll look more presentable than what they do now. Do you have any advice on how to get through this stage?

Sephora Holiday Wishlist: Skincare Gift Sets

Sephora Skincare Gift Set Wishlist

I’ve said it time and time again: I love holiday beauty because of the gift sets! How else can you try a bunch of skincare for a reduced price? Here are six of the sets that caught my eye on Sephora’s website.

Sephora Favorites Skin Wonderland ($56) includes:

- 2 x Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Pure Retinol Express Smoothing Eye Mask Sheets
– 0.5 oz Kate Somerville ExfoliKate® Intensive Exfoliating Treatment
– 0.34 oz Nude Skincare ProGenius™ Treatment Oil
– 0.2 oz Amorepacific Treatment Enzyme Peel
– 2.5 oz L’Occitane Cleansing And Softening Shower Oil With Almond Oil
– 2.5 oz Caudalie Hand And Nail Cream
– 0.15 oz Josie Maran Argan Infinity Cream Intensive Creamy Oil
– 0.5 oz Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist
– 1 oz Clarins Tonic Body Treatment Oil
– 0.9 oz Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Deodorant in Pure Vanilla
– 0.5 oz Ole Henriksen Lemon Strip Flash Peel

Kate Somerville Simply Glowing Set  ($105) includes:

– 2 oz Gentle Daily Wash
– 2 oz ExfoliKate® Intensive Exfoliating Treatment
– 1 oz Dilo Oil Restorative Treatment

GLAMGLOW Gift Sexy ($69) includes:

-1.7 oz THIRSTYMUD™ Hydrating Treatment
– 0.5 oz SUPERMUD™ Clearing Treatment
– 0.5 oz YOUTHMUD™ Tinglexfoliate Treatment

Eve Lom Travel Essentials Collection ($95) includes:
– 1 oz Cleanser and Muslin Cloth
– 0.5 oz Rescue Mask
– 0.85 oz TLC Radiance Cream
– 1.7 oz Morning Time Cleanser

AmorePacific Moisture Bound Complete Care Regimen ($150) includes:
– 0.3 MOISTURE BOUND Rejuvenating Serum
– 1.7 oz MOISTURE BOUND Rejuvenating Crème
– 0.1 oz MOISTURE BOUND Rejuvenating Eye Treatment Gel
– 0.3 MOISTURE BOUND Sleeping Recovery Masque

First Aid Beauty Fab Faves To Go Kit ($28) includes:
– 28 Facial Radiance Pads
– 2 oz Face Cleanser
– 2 oz Ultra Repair Cream

See all the sets below:



My Fall Fragrance Additions ($25 or less!)

Fall Fragrances by Distillery General, Otremier and Elizabeth & James

Although I’ve been a fragrance fan for years, I only really wore them when I was going out for an event or a date, or maybe to church. But now, I’m a fan of a daily fragrance. The first two fragrances came from my new favorite store, Anthropologie!

Eau de Toilette Vanille (1.6 oz, $18) is a pure vanilla scent that I wear non-stop. It’s like warm vanilla on a Fall day. It’s not overwhelming or super sweet.

Distillery General Eau De Parfum in Strawberry Vine is to die for.
The second is called Strawberry Vine (1.7 oz, $25) , and it’s described as “a charming fusion of red fruits, nutty essences and soothing amber vanilla”. No wonder I liked it so much! Go Be Lovely Rollerball in Coconut Mango is my next bet!

The third is a rollerball from Elizabeth and James (.34 oz/ $22) . I love warm, spicy scents, so this one didn’t dissapoint! I’d been spying this one for a couple months, and I finally added it to my dream team. It’s described as “an addictive blend of alluring violet, sensual sandalwood, and rich vanilla that strike the perfect balance between masculine and feminine”.

Here are a few of my favorites: