More Divergent Stuff

All for daughter because she is obsessed.

DIVERGENTBOOKS0017_800Even though she’s read the books on my Kindle, and has downloaded the first book on her tablet and has been rereading it, I figured she might want the actual books.

DIVERGENTMAKEUP0032_800 DIVERGENTMAKEUP0034_800 DIVERGENTMAKEUP0035_800A Divergent makeup palette.  She nearly screamed my ears off when she learned that Sephora was selling a limited edition Divergent makeup set.  She of course also wanted the $60 makeup kit and the $23 nail polish set but this was what I could afford.  It was still expensive at $32.

Eyes, Lips, and Bright Crystal

Last week, I ordered a few items from Sephora because I wanted the mini Shiseido Lacquer Rouge that came free with the purchase.  Here’s a review of those items:

^ Sephora + Pantone Universe Eyeliner Set.  I currently have the Sephora + Pantone Universe eye shadow palette and really like the colors and staying power.  I was using the eye shadow palette daily for a few weeks but since I haven’t had much time to do my makeup daily, I’ve been returning to my neutral Urban Decay Naked2 Palette.  Back to the eyeliners, I must say, I love these!  They glide on easily and stay put all day.

^ These are the colors: black, orange (shimmer), and brown.  I first used the black, but it was a bit too dark for daily wear, then tried the brown and have stuck to it.  It’s not too dark but dark enough to bring out my eyes.  I haven’t tried the orange yet but I think it’d be fun to create a Halloween look with it in a couple of months.

^ I also purchased, Versace Bright Crystal roll-on perfume, and Bare Minerals Pretty Amazing lip gloss in Witty.  The Shisedo Lacquer Rouge and Givenchy Mascara were free samples.  Bright Crystal smells wonderful.  I’m wearing it every day and have gone through spurts of wanting to buy the full bottle or just keeping this roll-on.  I can’t decide yet.

^ Top color is Bare Minerals Pretty Amazing in Witty.  Bottom color is Shisiedo Lacquer Rouge in RD607.

Witty is a pretty color and I wear it when I’m not wearing too much eye makeup.  The free mini Shiseido lip glass is an amazing red.  I will have to go for the original size once I run out of the mini.

^ I was drawn to the uniqueness of this Givenchy mascara wand.  This is a really nice mascara that separates my lashes and lengthens.  It really doesn’t add much volume.  It reminded me of a mascara I purchased last year around this time called Fairydrops Scandal Queen Mascara (photo below).  What I liked about the Fairydrops mascara is that it had little fibers that clung to my lashes creating volume.  The black was also super duper black.

Sometimes my daughters are my helpers or guinea pigs, however you want to see it.  For this makeup review, my 5-year-old helped.  That’s her arm in the eyeliner color example.   She kept it on all day because she loved it so much and it stayed too until she took a bath later that evening.

Spring Beauty Buys

[Clockwise from top: Betsy Johnson Too Too Eau de Parfum, Urban Decay Naked 2 w/mini Lip Junkie Lipgloss in Naked, Dior Addict Extreme Lipstick in Incognito, and Bare Escentuals bareMinerals READY Blush in The Secrets Out]

I rarely buy makeup the way I used to.  I have a blog on makeup (a collaboration with my sister) but life has been busy for both of us that we’ve put it on the back burner.  Honestly, I don’t think I’ll ever have the time to review makeup again.  I’ve realized for myself that as I get older, I just want beauty products that my skin will benefit from.  I don’t want to subject it to tons of chemicals.  A little chemical is okay.

The first day of Spring is tomorrow and I received my Sephora order just in time for the season.  I think the Urban Decay Naked 2 eyeshadow palette will last me forever.

I love the scent of this Eau de Parfum from Betsy Johnson.  On me it’s like a subtle version of Christian Dior’s Midnight Poison (which I also have) with a touch of sweetness.