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Miahsje’s Senior Prom & FOTD

28 Apr

This pic of my cousins & I was taken about 2 years ago at Stone Mountain, Georgia during one of our legendary girl weekends.

I generally refer to them as my little cousins, but I’ve recently come to realize that Miahsje ain’t little no mo’! I’m not sure how someone can simultaneously be sad & proud, but that’s the best way I know to describe what I’m feeling right now. MiMi is one of the great loves of my life, so when she asked me to come help her get ready for her senior prom, I gassed up the whip & rode out. I wanted to share the family moment w/ y’all but I knew this post would be picture-heavy, so check out this video…

PRIMER: Mary Kay eye primer

BASE: NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk

SHADOW: To coordinate with MiMi’s royal blue dress, I wanted to create a blue smoky eye. I started by applying Milani’s Blue My Mind e/s to the majority of her outer lower eyelid. For a pop of color, I added matte, hot pink e/s (from the Shany 120 palette) to her inner corner.  After blending that out, I used matte camel e/s (from the Wet N Wild Vanity palette) to cover her brow bone area. Then I went back in w/ my pencil brush & applied a frosty champagne colored e/s just below the arch of her eyebrow for added drama (@ her mother’s request, LOL).

OTHER DETAILS… I used CoverGirl single e/s in Smolder to fill in Miahsje’s eyebrows & L’Oreal Collagen Mascara in Blackest Black on her lashes. I used Wet N Wild cream liner in black to define her upper lashline & Ruby Kisses HD gel liner in Teal Shimmer on her waterline.

FACE: I primed her skin using Revlon Beyond Natural Smoothing Primer & applied a light dusting of Estee Lauder pressed powder in Deep.

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Product Review: Dior Eye Makeup Remover

4 Feb

Via Sephora.com:

“What it is: A non-oily eye makeup remover that quickly and effectively removes all eye makeup, even the most stubborn, waterproof mascaras.

What it does: This eye makeup remover is able to remove even the toughest makeup formulas while remaining gentle on the eye area. It leaves the area clean and soft while leaving your lashes silky and conditioned.

What else you need to know: Ophthalmologist tested for safe use around the delicate eye area.”

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Price:            ●   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9

Packaging:  1   2   3   4   ●   6   7   8   9

Efficacy:       1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   ●

Overall score: 5

      Christian Dior Instant Eye Makeup Remover is available at Sephora & any department store w/ a Dior makeup counter. In the picture above you’ll notice that the product has 2 distinct parts; you have to agitate it before use (like oil & vinegar salad dressing). I purchased this 4.2 ounce bottle at Dillard’s for $30. Whatchu say girl? Yes y’all, twenty-eight dollars plus tax. The packaging is functional, but there’s nothing special about it, so I gave it a 5 in that area. This is probably the best eye makeup remover I’ve ever used (hence the efficacy score of 9 points), but it only gets a 5 overall because it’s so darn expensive. I searched all the department store brand eye makeup removers @ Dillards.com & there was only ONE that cost more than Dior. Your next question is, why’d you buy it Sham? *STORY-TIME ALERT*

      Back in October, I got a sample of this product in my birthday goodie bag from Sephora. I had no intentions of buying the full size, until… One day I wore Ruby Kisses gel liner & my regular eye makeup remover wouldn’t get it off. I typically use a baby wipe & Rimmel Gentle Eye Makeup Remover & I dip a Q-tip in the remover & run it across my lashline or waterline to remove stubborn eyeliner. Well I must’ve been wearing a gang of eyeliner or something, because that day Rimmel only smudged the eyeliner, but did not remove it. I was becoming frustrated then I remembered the Dior sample. I took another Q-tip & tried it again, this time it came off in ONE PASS! From then on I would use Rimmel to take off the majority of the makeup, then a few drops of Dior to wipe the slate clean. One day I noticed that my sample bottle had been depleted, so I bit the bullet & bought the full size. I’m happy as a clam because it takes everything off… cream shadow, cream liner, gel liner, waterproof mascara. But because it’s so expensive, I try to use it sparingly. Would I buy it again? I doubt it, maybe if I ran out of remover close to payday, LOL!

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Efficacy is paramount in a good eye makeup remover. Why? The skin around your eyes is thinner & more sensitive than any of the skin on the rest of your face & it encases your eyeballs for goodness sake! Your peepers enable you to work for a living, gaze at that handsome stranger in the coffee shop & more importantly read this blog 😉 You don’t want or need any product that requires you to scrub at this skin to get your makeup off. Not a good look! If you’re in the market for eye makeup remover, here are some products that I can personally vouch for:

  • Rimmel Gentle (oil-free) Eye Makeup Remover – This has been one of my staple products for several years now. Although it doesn’t do much for gel, cream, waterproof or liquid eyeliner, it’s a great product. You get 4.2 oz of product for $5 & it’s available at drugstores & Wal-mart.
  • Mary Kay Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover – I used this product 2 years ago & it works like a charm. The only reason I stopped using it is because my supplier stopped selling Mary Kay. It also has a two-part formula that requires agitation before use. It’s efficacy is comparable to department store brands, but it’s a bit cheaper, 3.75 oz of product for $15.
  • Lancome Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover – Fan-friggin-tastic product (just like Dior) & it breaks the bank at $27 for 4.2 oz of product (just like Dior).
  • Avon Moisture Effective Eye Makeup Remover Lotion – One word to describe this product… Buttah! It’s pretty  awesome. I received a bottle as a gift & I was amazed at how smooth a lotion remover could be. It’s not oil-free, but that aspect didn’t really bother me because it doesn’t leave you feeling greasy. And it’s pretty cheap, $4 for a 2 oz bottle.

For additional recommendations check out these lists:

Speaking of eye makeup remover wipes, I recently received an email about using baby wipes to remove my makeup (Hi Shantae! *hugs*). When I used cotton pads to remove my eye makeup they left excessive lint on my face & always got caught in my eyebrows or eyelashes. I could use a washcloth to take my makeup off, but I’m anal about stained towels, so that’s a no go. Makeup remover wipes are great & I’m not knocking anyone who uses them, but come in packs of 20-30 wipes (at varying prices). My bag of Huggies Natural Care fragrance-free baby wipes (144 count) costs $6 & is available just about everywhere. It lasts me for MONTHS & the best part is that it’s multipurpose. In addition to removing eye makeup, lipstick/gloss, I use em to clean up spilled products on my bathroom sink/counter/floor, wipe product residue from my ears, neck & shoulders after styling my hair, wipe down my curling/flat irons after each use, I can use em for anything. They’re extremely efficient & cost-effective.

Product Review: Fuchsia Fever by Maybelline

2 Feb

“Why you’ll love it? It has crisper color from pure pigments & a creamier feel from nourishing honey nectar & comes in 54 captivating shades.”

Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Color

Price:             1   2   3   4   5   6   7   ●   9

Packaging:  1   2   3   4   5   6   ●   8    9

Efficacy:       1   2   3   4   5   6   7   ●   9

        Overall score: 7.5

I purchased Fuchsia Fever at Walgreen’s for about $4 in a Post-Thanksgiving Sale. At regular price, a tube of Color Sensational will set you back about $6, which is pretty reasonable for a worthwhile drugstore brand lipstick. I hate to gas you up, but Maybelline wasn’t lying about this stuff! The color is really pigmented. My lips are kinda on the dark side, so (when I do wear colorful lipstick) I fill them in w/ a corresponding lip liner first.  You may use lip liner or primer to help your lipstick last, but with this product, you won’t need it to help the color stand out. Oh, and it’s SUPER creamy! I am in love w/ this particular aspect, because I hate that dry, cakey feeling that most lipsticks give you. Wouldn’t call it long-wearing, because it only lasted 2-3 hours, but I’m sure that’s due, to the creaminess. Hey, you can’t have it all. The packaging is a typical, square lipstick case, but I gave it a few extra points because it’s is both functional & aesthetically pleasing. I also like the fact that the cover matches the lipstick inside. Maybelline breaks down the shades into 4 different categories: Pinks, Naturals, Plums & Reds. With 54 colors to choose from surely you can find one to suit your kisser! I recommend this product & look forward to trying a few other shades. I’ve only worn Fuchsia Fever 3 times, because… well, it’s BRIGHT PINK! But I’m glad that I can finally say that I’ve found a brightly colored lipstick that’s appropriate for my complexion. Trust me, it was no small feat! 

FYI: It’s not this shiny, I’m wearing clear lip gloss on top

Product Review: Wet N Wild Snow Sprite palette

7 Dec

It’s been awhile since the September Acquisitions haul, where I first mentioned this palette, but as with most things, my review is better late than never! 🙂 The Snow Sprite eyeshadow palette was part of the Wet N Wild’s 2010 Holiday collection. I randomly found it on the clearance aisle at my local grocery store for $1.24! If you stumble upon it, here’s what you should know…

  • Price: 5 out of 5
  • Packaging: 5 out of 5
  • Efficacy: 5 out of 5
  • Overall rating: 5 stars

The Snow Sprite palette consists of 6 shimmer & frost finish eyeshadows in various shades of green & blue, as well as a glittery silver mini eyeliner pencil. It’s hard to find fault with something that can be purchased using the spare change in your cup holder. So my only gripe is that there are no matte eyeshadows in this palette. If you prefer mattes, then this shimmerific, frostastic palette may not be the best choice for you. I bought it because I felt like I needed this shade of green in my life. If every other shadow in this palette sucked, it still would have gotten 5 stars from me because of how much I love this dark, shimmery green. It has become an integral part of my green cut crease looks (see Halloween & Thanksgiving FOTDs)… *dismounts soapbox* The Snow Sprite palette was my 4th Color Icon e/s purchase, so I’m pretty confident in the quality of this product line. Highly pigmented e/s for $5? Works for me. Thank you Wet N Wild for raising the bar on drugstore brand e/s… CoverGirl needed to step their game up anyway! LOL 😉

I applied the swatches over Coastal Scents Shadow Worx Matte e/s primer, using a cosmetic brush. The colors are as follows:

  • shimmery midnight blue w/royal blue sparkles
  • bluish-silver (frost-finish)
  • silver (frost-finish)
  • shimmery hunter green – *LOVES*
  • light, yellowish-green (frost-finish) – a GREAT highlight color
  • khaki green (frost-finish)

swatches are tilted toward the light (NO FLASH)

swatches are tilted away from the light (w/ FLASH)

Last, but not least, a swatch of the eyeliner. I have nothing interesting to say about this liner, it’s just like any other silver sparkle eyeliner I’ve ever used.If you’ve never tried silver eyeliner, the holidays are the perfect time to give it a try. Applying a thin line of silver liner to your waterline will make your eyes appear brighter & more awake.

Product Haul: NYX Cosmetics

2 Sep

IDK if you remember, but about 3 months ago I ordered some goodies from NYX Cosmetics during their epic anniversary sale. Now that I’ve had several opportunities to use them, I would like to report my findings…

NYX High Definition Eyeshadow Base

  • Price: 5 out of 5
  • Packaging: 4 out of 5
  • Efficacy: 4 out of 5
  • Overall rating: 4 stars

My comments:  This product costs $7 (I paid $3.50 on sale). In comparison to “high-end” e/s primers, such as Urban Decay Primer Potion or Too Faced Shadow Insurance (which both cost about $18), I feel that NYX HD e/s base can definitely hold its own, at a fraction of the price!!! Continue reading

Celebrity Looks: Electric Blue

11 Aug

Y’all know how much I love brights!!! *YAY*

Check out these celebs in this stunning shade of blue…

Beyoncé

Eve

Jennifer Hudson

Estelle

Kelly Rowland

And who could forget… Mimi!!! LMBO 🙂

Stay tuned for my Electric Blue FOTD & video tutorial…

The Revitalized Rollerset & other beauty ramblings…

9 Aug

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*Edited to add my FOTD*

PRIMER: NYX HD e/s base

BASE: NYX Jumbo eye pencil in Milk

SHADOW: I covered my lower eyelid in NYX Ultra Pearl Mania loose e/s in Yellow Gold. Then I used matte black e/s to darken my outer v (from the Wet N Wild Greed palette) & matte camel e/s to highlight my brow bone (from the Wet N Wild Vanity palette).

OTHER DETAILS… I used CoverGirl single e/s in Smolder to define my eyebrows. L’Oreal Collagen Mascara in Blackest Black on my eyelashes. I defined my upper lashline & waterline with Wet N Wild cream eyeliner in black. 

CHEEKS: CoverGirl single e/s in Forever Fig

LIPS: Carmex + Estee Lauder lip gloss in Rose

FACE: Nada

My PJ moment @ Tarjay

7 Aug

Is PJ-ism hereditary?!

31 Jul

I went to visit my mother last weekend & in my usual fashion, I snooped around her bedroom & bathroom looking for stuff to… umm, er, uh… “borrow” & BEHOLD *trumpets sound* I found some new makeup & hair products! I stormed into the kitchen (hands on hips) & demanded to know why she hadn’t told me about these new cosmetics. She just rolled her eyes & laughed at me! (C’MON MOM) At least she agreed to review her acquisitions for Sham I am Glam, so that I could share with you 🙂

Creme of Nature Argan Oil Gloss & Shine Mist is a superfine mist with instant, weightless shine & great frizz control. Formulated with UV protectants, it helps guard hair from environmental damage & conditions. It is perfect for daily use.

Mom bought it for about $7 @ her local BSS. She sprays a bit on her hair (prior to curling) to add shine to her silver locks.

Palmer’s Olive Oil Formula Glossing Hair Mousse is a creamy, moisturizing foam specially formulated with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Vitamin E to give hair volume, hold & healthy shine. An alcohol-free, non-drying formula that leaves hair manageable with extra bounce, body & sheen.

Mom bought it for about $5 @ her local BSS. She plans to use it as a wrapping foam on hairwashing day. In case you were wondering: Yes! my mama is a permie… well, FOR NOW anyway.

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Maybelline Super Stay Makeup is a liquid foundation that touts flexible, breathable, all-day comfort. It can withstand heat, sweat & humidity w/ zero-transfer (it won’t rub off). Its oil free, so it won’t clog your pores & is suitable for all skin types.

She bought a bottle in “Cocoa” from CVS for about $10. (NOTE: she hasn’t used it yet)

L’Oreal True Match Super Blendable Powder claims to precisely match your skin’s tone & texture. Its micro-fine powder provides versatile coverage, so you can blot shine, blend for a natural finish, or build for more coverage. The formula now contains a hint of pearl pigments that enhance your skin’s tone. Applicator & mirror inside.

Although Mom hasn’t used it yet, I can personally vouch for this pressed powder. I have used it for several years & plan to go back to it as soon as I finish this Estee Lauder pressed powder compact, LOL. My L’Oreal True Match color is Nut Brown (C7), Mom’s is Cocoa (C8). This compact costs about $8 at CVS.

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Doesn’t this make you wonder if genetics play a part in my PJ-ism?! LOL

Happy Memorial Day!

30 May

Hey guys! Hope you had an awesome weekend. I really enjoyed my trip to the beach! Updates & pics coming soon… BTW, If you haven’t already, please say a prayer for those who lost their lives fighting to defend our freedom, cuz that’s what Memorial Day is all about!

Quickie video from Panama City…