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July 26, 2010

Goodbye Onsugar, It Was Nice While It Lasted.......

So I have come to the realization that having two blogs with the exact same content and almost identical names is ridiculous. For those who have been paying attention to my blog, you'll know that I have another blog on Blogger that has the exact same posts. Why? Because although I added the Google Friend Connect widget on here so that Google followers could follow this blog, they weren't able to leave comments very easily and would get frustrated. Also, Onsugar has been giving me problems for awhile now and Blogger just has so much more stuff available and is easier for me to work with. I do like a lot of the features on here, but Blogger just seems to be an easier fit for me and it's a bit annoying having to update 2 blogs with the exact same content. So unfortunately I will no longer be updating this blog with new content and will be switching my domain name to the other blog. I really appreciate everyone who has followed me on here and supported me through my startup, and I would really love it for anyone who has a Google account to follow me to my other blog by signing in through Google Friend Connect, or you can just subscribe to my feed, however you want to do it is fine. Or if you decide not to, that is fine as well, I appreciate you following me this far.

For those of you who would like to join me on my other blog, here is the link : http://beautybag411.blogspot.com. Like I said, I will forwarding the www.beautybag411.com over to this new blog, so eventually it will still be www.beautybag411.com.

I will still keep this blog up in case anyone wants to look back through my old posts for fun....and I will still peek in on your blogs as well from time to time.

Thanks again for everything!


July 23, 2010

OOTD: Dance, Ballerina, Dance

Is my title a line from a movie or song or something? I could've sworn I've heard it before...
Anyways, I decided to do another outfit post because there's a couple people who are always after me to do more, so I got all dolled up just for you guys :) And then what happened? I had a massive allergy attack and my makeup got ruined because my eyes were watering so bad, my eyes practically swelled shut, and my nose was dripping like a leaky faucet. But I took some Benadryl and passed out for awhile, then dragged my sniffling butt out of bed just to take the pictures....all in the name of blogging. I hope you guys appreciate what I go through for you : P Just kidding, I enjoy it too :)

This top reminds me of the tutus that ballerinas wear, hence the title. I thought my gold ballet flats went perfectly with the look
I got these years ago, I think from Nordstrom Rack. I love that place :) They're looking pretty worn now though :(
The necklaces I got in a swap and the ring was given to me by my dad years ago when I was younger.
Decided to stick to soft pretty colors and minimal eyeliner, which is rare for me. My hair looks like sh*t but luckily you can't tell in the photos. Or maybe you can....?
I was never in ballet but always wanted to be. I suppose my clumsiness would prevent me from being very graceful though and knowing me I'd probably fall off the stage.
I like how this picture came out, but I didn't want to put a frame around it because it would cut off my hair and I like how it looks.
Okay, enough camwhoring, I'm going back to bed. Hope you all have a great fun filled weekend! :)
July 23, 2010

Bat Those Eyelashes....Well, What's Left Of Them

So after much deliberation I finally broke down and bought the L'oreal Lash Boosting Serum. After reading so many rave reviews about this stuff on other blogs, I caved...what have I said a million times? Oh yeah, I'm easily persuaded. :P But the good thing is, I didn't actually have to pay for it because I used a gift card that I had laying around, so if it doesn't work than I won't have wasted my actual money.
I noticed that this doesn't actually say it makes your lashes grow longer or promotes regrowth, but adds strength and nourishment which in turns creates less fallout.  We'll see, from what I've read a lot of people have noticed less fallout of lashes and they appear to have grown thicker and longer, which is what I'm hoping will happen to mine.
Comes with an applicator similar to mascara wands, minus the bristles. You're supposed to brush it through your lashes like you apply mascara, then run it across the top lashline, like you would apply eyeliner.  The package says to apply morning and night, and can be used underneath mascara. The formula is a little sticky, and makes my lashes feel like I have a thin coat of mascara on, but it's not really anything that I can't live with. It does feel a bit irritating for a few seconds while my eyes adjust to it, but it only lasts a couple seconds and then they're fine.
I'm going to try this out for a couple weeks and hope to see some sort of results. I will try to be diligent and keep up with the applications, and also document the progress with pictures. Keep your fingers crossed!
Has anyone used this? What were your results? Please share!
July 22, 2010

FOTD: All Eyes On Me....

.....that's what I feel like happens whenever I wear this lipstick because it is soo bright. Even though I added a filter to give my photos an edgier look, the lipstick stayed true to color; that's how it really looks in real life!
I took advantage of my new tripod and did a little camwhoring while my son took a nap :)
I hate how one corner of my mouth is pointier than the other
I like how the flash caught the highlighter on my cheekbone in this picture
"I have a headache" : P
Haha, my fan was circulating and caught my hair as I bent over to take this picture-but I kind of like how it turned out :)
I hate how my face looks from the front profile- and what happened to my eyebrows in these pictures? They look too short
Lol, gotta represent the Hello Kitty : P
So that's enough camwhoring, don't ya think?
I'm too tired to list everything I used so I'll just list the main items: Maybelline Dream Smooth Foundation (review coming soon!), MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack, Forever 21 blush in Pink, and Icing lipstick in Pink (wow, companies are getting real creative with the naming huh?)
July 21, 2010

Current Products I'm Loving (Non Makeup)

TRESemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray
I had been looking for an inexpensive heat protectant spray that also comes with a spray pump for easier application. This stuff is supposed to protect your hair from heat damage and friction caused by hot styling tools (flat irons, blow dryers, and curling irons). It helps my hair become less tangled and feels really light, silky soft and manageable.
Where to Buy: Target Price: $4.79?
Sherbert Colored Nailpolishes
Ever since spring polish collections came out, I've been in love with all the baby pastel and sherbert colors that every collection seemed to include. Actually, I never used to be a fan of them, but then I saw "For Audrey" by China Glaze and that started it all....
From left to right: NYC in Polyester Pink Creme, Sinful Colors in Mint Apple, and Pure Ice in Twinkle
Where to Buy: Sinful polishes are available at Target and Walgreens, NYC polishes are available at pretty much all drugstores and mass retailers, and Pure Ice is available at Wal Mart
Prices: Sinful $1.99, NYC $0.99, and Pure Ice $1.79?
John Frieda Frizz Ease Secret Weapon Flawless Finishing Creme
Whew, say that 3 times fast! I can't remember how I ended up buying this, but I love it! My hair tends to get flyaways after I straighten it, and my damaged ends get really frizzy and static-y. But not anymore! I rub a tiny dab of this between my palms, then smooth over flyaways. My hair is left feeling soft and smooth and the best part is it leaves no sticky residue!
Where to Buy: I believe I bought this at Target or Wal Mart; I'm sure you can find it at either place, or at drugstores
Price: $6-7?
CVS Pharmacy Brand Skin Treatment Oil
I've heard so much about Bio Oil and its ability to reduces acne scars, pigmentation, even skin tone, moisturize, etc. that I was dying to try it. However, it cost about $11 or so which I wasn't too keen on spending...mind you, I'm pretty cheap when it comes to certain things. However, I noticed this sitting right next to it so I picked it up and compared the ingredients - and to my surprise, they contain the exact same ingredients! Same dosage, mg, whatever, word for word! And this one only cost about $7.99! So of course I got this one instead...I don't care about name brands that much, if a product works just as well or has the same ingredients than I would rather save a few bucks. But that's just me. Anyhow, I haven't been using this as religiously as I would like, I'm still trying to work up to that. On the nights when I actually remember to apply this, the next morning I wake up and my skin feels sooo soft! I don't want to go into too much detail because I want to do an adequate review, but as far as moisturizing goes, this works great as a night treatment for dry skin
Where to Buy: CVS Price: $7.99

St. Ives Renewing Collagen Elastin Advanced Body Moisturizer
I have really dry skin that constantly needs to be moisturized...well, it did until I found this. I looooove this stuff! It makes my skin feel so soft and silky all day! It's lightweight and absorbs pretty quickly. And the scent is heavenly. I don't even know how to describe it, kinda fruity I think? All I know is I love the scent, and I'm not really one for sweet scents, but this is just the right amount of fruity sweetness that's nice but not overpowering. Looove it!
Where to Buy: Target or Wal Mart (see a pattern here? :P ) Price: $3.99?
Revlon Expert Tweezers
For those of you who have to pluck your eyebrows, you'll know how important it is to have a good pair of sharp tweezers. I have gone through many different types of tweezers (except for really expensive ones, I'm too cheap :P) and I have to say that these definitely work the best for me. I guess I can't really say this is a product I'm currently loving, because I've been using these for a couple years now. They are super sharp and remain sharp - I have probably only had to buy 2 or 3 replacements in about 3 or 4 years? The slanted tips are really pointy and make it easy to pull out even tiny stubborn hairs.
Where to Buy: Target, Wal Mart, or drugstores Price: $6-8?
Sonia Kashuk Flat Top Blusher Brush
Sonia Kashuk always has the best brushes - they a little pricier than your average drugstore brushes, but less expensive than super high end brands and are just as good of quality.  I love how she is always coming out with new designs, travel sets, and gifts sets as well. So far I have bought one of her Limited Edition brush sets (actually it was a gift from my sister), a Duo Fiber Highlighting brush, and this one. I have to say that I love all of them. They are good quality and never shed, even after washing. I bought this brush to use for blush but the head turned out to be a little smaller than I would've liked, so I started using it to buff in my foundation. It works great as a foundation brush, gives me really good coverage and a really flawless look. The bristles are dense, but not so dense that there's no movement in them; they are flexible enough to get under my eye area and on the sides of my nose.
Where to Buy: Sonia Kashuk brushes are sold exclusively at Target Price: $11-12?

So that concludes my favorite items of the moment. Of course there are more items that I am loving, but that would take way too long to name them all. The question marks mean that they are approximate because I can't remember the exact prices. Can you tell I love Target and Wal Mart? I'm a cheapie, what can I say.....actually it really depends on what I'm buying. I really take my time when buying stuff, I'll spend like an hour deciding whether or not to buy a certain kind of soap just because it's a few cents cheaper. I guess that's a good thing...but then how am I still so broke all the time? :P
P.S. Sorry for the extremely crappy photo editing! My only excuse is that I've been editing them since about 1:30 am and it's kind of a time consuming and tricky process that requires patience and apparently sleep first :P Also, I'm not used to editing my photos with a white background, so I'm still getting used to it....but I promise they will get better soon! :)




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