Coastal Scents Hot Pots. 48 Shades, Picture Heavy!!

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Coastal Scents hot pots and empty palettes are the perfect way to create your very own personalised palettes with only colours that you want. How many times have you guys heard me rave about a palette and at the same time bitch about the lack of transition colours in the same palette? Yeah. For me, a palette isn’t complete unless it has transition colours, without transition colours a palette can’t be an everything palette. Transition colours are especially important for brown skinned beauties, without them doing an intricate look results in harsh looking lines and blending that doesn’t really…blend.

The hot pots, along with the many different size and style palettes that they offer, the possibilities are kind of endless here. And when they have their sale? Forget about it. During their Cyber Monday sale, I was able to get 50% off the 24 shadow pots that I bought as well as the empty palettes. I loved the shadows so much, that I went back during their new years sale for another 40% off and another two palettes. Hey, don’t blame me if you didn’t get anything, I told ya’ll about both sales. But, I can understand if you didn’t get anything. It’s really hard to tell what the shadows really look like from the pictures on the website. I was really lucky with most of the colours that I chose, and even I had a few surprises, like two shadows that looked exactly the same. Pissed me off real bad. But I digress, this then is gonna be a PSA, with swatches, not a description of the colours cause we’d be here all day.

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Monday Mumblings: A Less Conventional Valentines Day

The lovely folks over at Daily Look asked me to create a post about what my perfect valentines day outfit would look like using the ubiquitous little black dress. I was thrilled! So I said sure. If you don’t what it is, Daily Look is not only a website where you can shop clothing, accessories and shoes, but they also have a monthly subscription service ($20 per), that is curated by your personal stylist, and they’ll send you a cute little box with 6 to 8 items, some of which are sure to become staples in you collection. You have 7 days to decide which things you really like and want to keep, send the rest back and only get charged for what you decide to keep. So, using products from the website for inspiration, I created a valentines/date night look that really reflects my style, or one of them least, you’ll understand what I mean.

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Benefit Lollitint. Perfect For Darker Skin Tones!



I think it’s about time for me to start reviewing some of my Black Friday/Cyber Monday purchases don’t you?

I’m pretty sure that I mentioned Benefit not being one of my go to or favourite brands, for various reasons that aren’t even worth getting into. Suffice to say, I’ve only used a few items from them, and own very very few things, most of them sample items. I own a few highlighters and at one point I had about four of the blushes, but with the exception of Coralista, I didn’t like them enough to keep them.

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Stupid Crap!

So I’m not sure if you guys noticed or not, but the sites been down for a few days. I just noticed it a few minutes ago when I went to upload next week’s posts, since my posts are scheduled, I haven’t been on my admin panel since Sunday night when I uploaded this week’s post. Apparently my hosting package had concluded it’s yearly term and the rocket surgeons over at Go Daddy, didn’t see fit to send me any kind of anything, to let me know this was about to happen. No, just go ahead and shut the site down.

Anywhoo, it’s now back to business as usual, albeit everything a week late, so the new posts will start on Friday.

Toodles! 😂

Tarte Mini Haul



I really only meant to get a blush brush. Really.


I don’t need another foundation. I truly don’t, so I don’t know why I keep buying them, especially a Tarte foundation of all things. All my previous encounters with Tarte foundations have ended pretty badly, their deep foundations are usually no deeper than an NC40 at most. But I found out that they still make the magic blush brush and I wanted a backup. It’s called the Bamboo Blushing Beauty brush now. Anywhoo, they were having a new years sale, I had an additional coupon, so a blush brush led to a blush, and lip pencils, and…another foundation. I have swatches of everything, but what I really want to talk about is this foundation, cause I’m really kinda surprised by it and really like it.

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Monday Mumblings: What’s Your Biggest Beauty Challenge?

You’re here either because you’re a complete cosmetic addict/hoarder like myself, or you’re some sort of masochistic that loves to read my meandering rumblings.

I love makeup, with an unhealthy passion. Mostly because it allows me to experiment with different looks, which for someone that likes to dress their mood is great. I like for my face to dress my mood as well. So if I’m feeling grey, it’s muted eye colours and deep lips. If I’m flying high, it’s greens, blues, purples and golds for lips and eyes. And for when I have those understated days, where it’s an orange blush, naked lips and kajal liner.

Of course, makeup is about camouflage and exaggeration as well. Minimising those things we don’t want the world to see, making those eyes look larger than they really are (meeee!), flat-ironing that bush to death then drowning it in hairspray, praying that somehow the humidity doesn’t notice you. Then it does, whoops.

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Sephora + Pantone Universe Facets Of Marsala. Picture Heavy.



Was anyone else really excited when they heard the description of this years Pantone colour of the year? I was so excited when I got the VIB email that I immediately went to the Sephora site and bought the entire collection. Ok, well maybe not the entire collection, the headliners anyway. One of the things I like about VIB is that you get early access to new releases, and I’m glad I got the release for this one cause a few days later when it was general release, that palette and the cheek trios were both gone.

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Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm





Beautylish was kind enough to send this to me before the launch of the Omorovicza line on Beautylish Boutiques. Consequently, I’ve had this for almost two months, as they launched about a month ago. The sample that I received was a little bit less than .5oz, just enough for about five or so uses.

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Glossybox Dec 2014 + Limited Edition Holiday Box (Picture Heavy).

I decided to do both of these boxes at the same time, because they came about a week apart. I was really excited about the limited edition holiday box, but not so much about Decembers box, since I had seen pictures and didn’t think that I would be too keen on it. Full disclosure, I didn’t mean to sign up for December, when I signed up for a new three month sub, I did it so late that I assumed I’d get January’s box, but since this is GB, you can sign up for the current month almost till the end of the month.

Marketing is a helluva thing. They ways in which things are photographed and presented to you, is done in such a way that you become convinced that you must have something, and that it’s the absolute best thing in the world. Such were the pictures for the Holiday Box. I was super excited for it to get here, and it’s an awesome box, but when the December box came I week later, I decided that I preferred the contents of that one more even though that was the one I didn’t really want all that much.

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The Post That I Never Did…



I generally dislike doing sponsored posts. There are so many times that I get samples for review and I either throw them out without ever using them, or I contact the company and ask them how I can return the product.

There are a couple of reasons why I dislike doing sponsored posts. First off, there is usually some sort of blogger agreement that has to be signed when you’re contacted where you agree that they (the company) either has final say of the content being published or they get to say what you should leave out of the post. I really really hate that, because I’m so ridiculously honest if you don’t have thick skin, it’s kinda hard to be friends with me. Because I’m unerringly honest, to a fault and it really never occurs to me to lie or soft-shoe something to spare your feelings, chalk it up to cultural differences. And then I get worried that you guys will try something and have a really bad reaction when I could have told you about it, so yeah, I like to spend my own money for skin care items so I’m not restricted in what I can say or do by someone else.

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Happy New Year (again) Everyone!!!

OMG! I can’t hardly believe it, it’s 2015 already! It seems like 2014 just started and now it’s over. But all in all it was a pretty good year for me, and I’m hoping that 2015 only gets better for me.

2014 was a pretty hectic year for me, at least emotionally, but it was at least better than 2013 and most of all 2012 which was a complete disaster. I’m not sure that I’ve ever told you guys this, but I suffer from Bi-Polar I disorder. At times it can get really hard to stay on top of my triggers, to stay healthy and positive. Plus, I don’t get a lot of support for it because the particular ethnic communities that I belong to, don’t believe in mental illness, and can sometimes totally dismiss you out of hand.

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Monday Mumblings

The giveaway post reminded me how much I really like interacting with you guys. I mean, I’m not sure why I would forget that, I’m the chick that has five hour conversations with completely random strangers. So yeah, I love talking to people, figuring out what makes them tick, or just what their beliefs on whatever is.

Because of that, I want to try and start conversations with you guys. At the moment it’s just an idea tickling the back of my brain and not fully fleshed out, so hopefully I’ll get better at it.

I know a bunch of you read the posts faithfully, but never comment, but I wanna get more interactive. I love doing reviews, but it gets a little bit boring doing the same thing over and over again, yah know?

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Totally A Public Service Announcement

Coastal Scents is having their annual end of year sale. It’s not 50% off like the Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale, but it’s 40% off, which is nothing to sneeze at either.


It ends on the 31st so if there’s been anything you wanted to get, say a Revealed palette or two, some blushes maybe? Nows the time to do it.

I’ve already placed my order. Go get yours!

Skincare Superstars!

This post was supposed to be about the Glossybox Limited Edition Box, but I realised that I haven’t done a skincare post in a while, and some of the things that I plan on using in the giveaway I haven’t reviewed yet either. So I decided to do the GB post next week, and do this one now, which is why the post is a day late, cause I came to the realisation last night and had to take pictures and edit and stuff so, late post. Oh, Update, the giveaway will in fact be a New Years giveaway, the date on the widget should already be changed, but I’m ending it the day after Christmas day, the 26th at 11:59pm.

You guys know that I go on about some of my favourite skincare products all the time, but they’re all high end products. I do however use some drugstore items. They’re a select few, because I often found that drugstore brands don’t offer as much as the higher priced brands do in terms of ingredients or the amount of the same ingredient in a luxury brand might be a lot more, and that affects how well they perform. But the drugstore bands that I have listed below perform almost as well as or sometimes even better than their higher priced counterparts. The list below is a mix of drugstore and mid-tier priced products.

All the products in this post are extreme sensitive skin safe!

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