6/30/12

MAC Heavenly Creature Collection

MAC Heavenly Creature
Available July 5th- August 19th


Let me start off by saying that I LOVE the whole "planet look" of the Mineralize products in this collection. So fun. 
So fun, in fact, that MAC needs to create a HUGE collection based on space. Just my thoughts...

Anyway, this collection is anchored by the Mineralize products- Mineralize Skinfinish, Mineralize Eye Shadows, and Mineralize Blush.  With some lipsticks, Cremesheen Glass, and random re-promoted skincare products and brushes thrown into the mix. So if you're a fan of Mineralize products (particularly the eye shadows because they are GORGEOUS) then go ahead and get all over this.
 Personally, the Mineralize Eye Shadows are not my favorite thing.  Not because the quality is bad or anything, but just because I wish they were more pigmented. They are just made to be more sheer. Especially the ones (like in this collection) that are very swirly with several different colors that make up the eye shadow. So when it's all blended, it usually turns into a shade that is nothing like what it looks like.  Not that that is a bad thing.  I just crave for them to look like the actual shades in the pot. Yes, you can use a (very small) brush and carefully get each color onto your brush.  But let's be real, that drives me CRAAAZY.  My favorite Mineralize Eye Shadows are the ones that have larger shapes of color within them that you can actually work with separately or the super dark ones that contain very few colors swirled together. Those are just easier to work with and provide the best color payoff in my opinion.

As for the Mineralize blush, I've always been a fan. Just love them.  Same with the MSF's. Just love.

Here are the products I received from the collection.  There's lots more of the collection to see so be sure to check it out when it's released!
Also, to make things a little easier, I added a little star next to the names of products that are my favorites from the collection.



Mineralize Skinfinish in Star Wonder
(would work best as blush, or layered over blush)




Mineralize Blush in *Supernova 
 swatch: Star wonder MSF on left, Supernova blush on right


Mineralize Eye Shadows: (l-r) Aurora, Universal Appeal




Cremesheen Glass: (top) Celestial Kiss, (bottom) *Meteoric




Lipstick: (l-r) Cut a Caper, Fire Sign


Products provided for consideration by MAC with no obligations or agreements to feature on my blog or videos.

6/27/12

Everyday Natural & Light Foundation Routine

So let's just be honest. Day to day, I definitely do NOT go through a super-complicated foundation routine. Most of the time, I don't even have time for a fairly simple liquid foundation routine. In my daily Summer routine, I like to do something that I can literally do in a few minutes, that isn't super hard to perfect.  Even with my easiest liquid foundation routines, you definitely have to work a bit to blend the foundation to make sure things are just right.
So daily, I opt for this foundation routine that requires basically no complicated skills of any sort.
Another bonus? It's perfect for this hot and humid summer weather.
Oh and the best bonus of all... It looks natural and covers just as well as liquid foundation.
Check out the video below for a quick, step-by-step tutorial.

Here are the products I used:
Origins Vitazing moisturizer
MAC Studio Finish Concealer
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Protector Finishing Powder SPF 25
(or MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural) - any lightweight, natural finish pressed powder
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Undereye Concealer
Sigma brushes: E30, F50, F86, F20
MAC Prolongwear Bronzer in Nude on Board

6/18/12

How I Pack Beauty Products for Travel

Over the years, one of the most popular video requests I've received is how I pack beauty products for travel.  Particularly airline travel.
And why wouldn't it be? It's something that can be a bit tricky. All those rules about carry-ons and liquids. It's exhausting. Especially when you don't travel often. It still stresses me out a little.
But I've definitely picked up LOTS of great ideas and learned a few tricks. Mostly because I've had some bad experiences going through security with makeup and products. So I've learned a thing or two to avoid any stress or security hold-ups. Which I'm passing along to you.
I also did a more basic travel video a few weeks ago where I show you how I packed all my products and makeup for a road trip. I also show you inside my beach bag and how I pack it.
So between these two videos, you can get all of my packing tips and see what I bring on vacation.
Hope you guys love!
xoxo,
Tiffany









6/14/12

New LUSH Goodies!

I love a good haul...
Almost as much as I love fun bath products.
Recently, you read me talk about some awesome soaps and more "shower-y" things here.  I mean, technically you can use those things in the bath too... But I noticed a while back that I was running low on bath bombs and bubble bars so I decided to check out LUSH, where I picked up some new things and old favorites.
Check out the goodies I picked up in the video below!



**To see how I store my LUSH products, check out this post**

6/5/12

TiffanyD is a SOAP!? & a Candle and Bath Product Video...

Yes, you read that correctly.  If you've followed my blog and YouTube channel for a while, you've probably heard me mention Candles By Victoria.  Maybe you even remember when Victoria created a candle scent inspired by me, called TiffanyD.  It's YUM. I always have one in my home. It's an unexpected, yummy scent of watermelon, cotton candy, and vanilla.  It's always been fun to burn "my" candle in our home and know it's uniquely mine. Makes me feel all special.  
 
So imagine my excitement when I found out that their bath product line, CBV Bath & Body, has not one, but THREE products in their line in my scent! I mean check out the cuteness of the TiffanyD soaps... It's almost too cute to comprehend. 

(TiffanyD bar soap, and TiffanyD soap round)
I LOVE the hot pink Barbie-ish heels on top. So precious.  
They also carry a really unique product in my scent as well called "Shave Cream Sundaes".
Behold, the cuteness of the TiffanyD Shave Cream Sundae...


 This stuff is so unique. It's actually a little tub full of the fluffy stuff that tops some of the soaps.  So you can use it as a creamier soap, or shave with it. I've used mine three times already and still have a TON left. 
Oh, and don't even get me started on their Pink Cupcake scent... Heaven.
You'll flip when you see the rest of the products they have. The soaps are so pretty. Definitely the prettiest "hand made" soaps I've ever had. I have them in several other scents that I show and describe in the video below.
Best of all, the quality is amazing. Great ingredients, great lather, and makes my skin feel great. Best of all, the hard part of the actual soap itself doesn't turn to total goo in the shower.  Which is my biggest peeve about handmade soaps. They usually melt down the drain.
 I wasn't even planning on doing a video on this stuff. Just ordering some candles for our home and some new fun bath products. But since I was so impressed by these products, and since a CBV video is long overdue (it's literally been YEARS), I put together a little video for you all.
Check out my new video below to see all the new yummy candles I ordered as well as tons of bath products. Oh, and don't miss the coupon codes at the bottom of the post!

xoxo,
Tiffany

*Don't forget to subscribe to my other channel, TiffanyDtv so you guys don't miss videos like these or travel vlogs coming up!



"cbvictoria" for 10% off at Candles by Victoria
"tiffanyd" for 10% off at CBV Bath and Body

6/3/12

Current Drugstore Favorites (and an embarrassing chilhdhood confession)

For as long as I can remember, I've always been a bit of a product junkie.  When I was little, I remember combing the cosmetic sections of drugstores with my mom.  Oh how I LOVED my soda flavored Lip Smackers and cotton candy flavored sticky body sprays...
When I would go spend weekends with my grandparents, I would always talk my Grandma into getting me a new shampoo or conditioner to try when I would go with her to the grocery store.  What's funny is that I remember "pretend" reviewing these products in the bathroom mirror. YEARS and years before YouTube existed.  I pretended I had my own tv show.  I was informing the invisible masses. Maybe I was a crazy kid. Maybe I liked talking to myself...  Now, I like to think I was just practicing for my future on YT.
Anyway, not much has changed.  Of course, now I splurge on more expensive brands of beauty products.  However, I make it a point to stay away from the sticky cotton candy body sprays. And I try to refrain from talking to myself in the mirror as much.
Regardless, I'm still a drugstore product junkie. Some of my most used and most loved products are from there.
Some? Make that a LOT. After making this Current Drugstore Favorites video, I realize that I actually have a ridiculous amount of favorites at the drugstore. Check out a full list of my favorites below and don't forget to check out the video for little mini-reviews on each and for more information.






Olay Pore Minimizing Cleanser and Scrub
Neutrogena Makeup Removing Wipes (Night Calming) or Target's Up & Up Makeup Remover Wipes
Queen Helene Mint Julep Mask
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Protector Finishing Powder SPF20
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser foundation
Neutrogena Healthy Skin liquid foundation
Revlon Brow Fantasy
Maybelline Great Lash Mascara CLEAR
Loreal Carbon Black Lineur Intense
Revlon Colorstay Liquid Eye Pen
Covergirl Lashblast Volume mascara
Maybelline Full n' Soft
Skin MD Naturals moisturizer (for body and face)
Jergens Natural Glow Revitalizing gradual tan moisturizer
John Frieda Sheer Blonde Go Blonder shampoo
John Frieda Sheer Blonde Color Renew Tone Correcting (Purple) shampoo & conditioner
Pantene Beautiful Lengths Conditioner (Breakage Defense or Shine Enhance)
TreSemme Tres Two aeresol hairspray