Sunday, September 23, 2012

The Liebster Award

LIEBSTER AWARD -This award is given to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. What is a Liebster? It's German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.

I was nominated by

In order to accept the award and display the badge on your profile - here are the rules:
  1. Each person tagged must post 11 things about themselves
  2. They must also answer the 11 questions the tagger has set for them
  3. They must create 11 more questions to ask bloggers they have decided to tag
  4. They must then choose 11 bloggers to tag with less than 200 followers
  5. These lucky bloggers must be told
  6. There are no tag backs
Here are 11 random things about me:
  1. I've been with El Hubbs for 19 years.
  2. I have 2 cats a boy Cash and a girl Nugget.
  3. I have no children.
  4. I hate snakes.
  5. I love blogging when I have a free moment.
  6. I love hamburgers.
  7. I'm a pack-rat.
  8. I collect nail polishes. I have over 500 and counting.
  9. I'm older than I look.
  10. I love Ghost Adventures and Ancient Aliens.
  11. I haven't watched regular TV since 2010. I only watch DVD movies and catch up on my ghost shows on YouTube. 
The Questions from Annette I have to answer are: 
  1. Do you like Ghost shows? Yes, I do. I like Ghost Adventure and The Dead Files.
  2. What is your favorite thing to do when online? Shop.
  3. Do you work outside of your home? if so what do you do? Yes. I work in retail. 
  4. How long have you been blogging? 7 months since March 2012.
  5. What do you want others to know about your blog about? That it's not just about makeup.
  6. Pepsi or Coke? Coke, but I like Orange or Grape better. I haven't had soda in 11m. Water.
  7. What is your favorite cuisine? Mexican Food then Chinese.
  8. Do you watch YT videos? if no what kind do you like? Yes. I like DIY's & Makeup ones.
  9. If you could change one thing about you, what would it be? My weight.
  10. Are you a couponer? No, I never have been. Now if I have one I'll use it.
  11. What is a hobbie you do besides blogging? Nail Art & Drawing/Painting.


The 11 Questions I have for your are:
  1. What made you decide on making a blog?
  2. Why did you pick the name you did for your blog?
  3. Do you have any pets?
  4. What's your favorite food?
  5. What's your favorite polish color?
  6. What would be your dream job?
  7. What do you do for fun?
  8. What's your favorite makeup brand?
  9. What scares you?
  10. What sign are you?
  11. What's your favorite cartoon character? 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

CoverGirl and Olay BzzAgent Campaign

 I was so excited to have been chosen by BzzAgent to try the new CoverGirl & Olay Tone Rehab 2-in-1 Foundation & their CoverGirl & Olay Pressed Powder. This 2-in-1 product is a foundation with a serum and primer base all swirled into one convenient product. It is no ordinary make-up as it smoothes the appearance of rough surfaces and gives your skin a radiant finish. The Tone Rehab Foundation also contains known skin conditioning ingredients to help hydrate your skin and help improve the skin tone over time.

All that's needed is just one pump for your whole face to reduce the signs and instantly cover discolorations and age spots while one bottle hydrates to improve skin tone over time. And finishing your look with a soft layer of CoverGirl & Olay Pressed Powder to help brighten your skin tone.

This Foundation comes in 14 beautiful shades that will cover many skin tones from light to deep, with a balance of cool, neutral and warm undertones. It comes in the following shades:
  • Ivory
  • Classic Ivory
  • Creamy Natural
  • Buff Beige
  • Nude Beige
  • Medium Beige
  • Natural Beige
  • Warm Beige
  • Creamy Beige
  • Soft Honey
  • Golden Tan
  • Classic Tan
  • Tawny
  • Soft Sable
This Foundation is available at all major retailers, with a suggested retail price of $13.99. CoverGirl & Olay Tone Rehab 2-in-1 Foundation, contains Olay serum, hydrates to skin to help improve it over time. Olay skin care ingredients, including Glycerine, Niacinamide and N-acetyl Glucosamine, effectually penetrate the skin's outer surface layers to moisturize skin for improved skin tone over time.

The CoverGirl & Olay Pressed Powder is made with gold pearls, yellow iron oxide, and silk mica. These work together to help provide natural looking skin while giving an energized appearance and healthy radiance. This powder helps brighten skin tone while softening the look of imperfections. The formula has a built-in smooth-glide serum, which provides a touch of brightness without feeling heavy or cakey.

This powder comes in 6 complimentary shades:
  • Fair - pair with Ivory or Classic Ivory foundation
  • Fair/Light - pair with Creamy Natural or Buff Beige foundation
  • Light - pair with Nude Beige or Natural Beige foundation
  • Light/Medium - pair with Medium Beige, Warm Beige or Creamy Beige foundation
  • Medium - pair with Soft Honey or Golden Tan foundation
  • Medium/Dark - pair with Classic Tan foundation

What did I think about this?

  For starters I love how great this foundation made my face look & feel. While I had seen this in print ads and on TV I had never even thought to try this. I personally haven't used Covergirl face products (foundation or powder) since I was in high school. I'm so glad I was given the chance to. I was amazed at how well it covered my red & hyperpigmentated skin. Also the smell was fantastic. I'm so sensitive & allergic to so many scents in my cosmetics that I can't use many of them.

The application of this product was easy I tried it with my fingers and it gave a good coverage if your in a hurry. My prefered method was using a foundation brush. Most any one will do it will assure that the coverage is even and flawless.

 I also loved the pressed powder it was great & a must have for me since I have very oily skin. The only con was that I had to powder several times during the day to keep the shine at bay. I feel that this will be better for me in the winter months when I tend to get a bit dryer. I did like how it covered my fine lines and discoloration with ease. I do think that this will be great year round for people with normal to dry skin. If you are oily it may be better for you to use in the winter time. Unless you don't mind blotting several times a day. Also the choice of colors available was great. The color I got was in 125 Buff Beige and 320 Fair/Light in the powder. In skin tone I'm a fair/light complexion. So this was a great match for me. At first I thought it would be either too dark or too light just by seeing it in the bottle. Actually it was just right. I would have thought I was a Classic Ivory, but as it turns out I'm not.

Overall this is a great product and I did see some improvement in my skin tone. I have been using this for a month now. I feel that this was sufficient enough time to give a review and base an opinion on this product. I have seen a slight difference in my fine forehead lines. Only time will tell if these will diminish further.

Here is a Before and After photo. The after is using the CoverGirl & Olay Foundation & Pressed Powder. The after photo is just the foundation and powder. No other make-up is used. Just those two products.
This was what came in my BzzKit. It contained 1) The CoverGirl & Olay BzzGuide 2) One full-sized CoverGirl & Olay Tone Rehab 2-in-1 Foundation 3) Complimentary CoverGirl & Olay Pressed Powder 4) Coupons to share with the ladies in my life

 NOTE: The above mentioned product was provided free of charge by . All opinions in this review are my own and do not reflect the views of Bzzagent, their employees or affiliates nor of any brand mentioned therein. I received no monetary compensation for my participation in this campaign.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Most Worn Summer 2012 -TAG

Well since I don't do YouTube videos I have decided to do this tag on my blog. It still kinda the same just in picture form. I hope that you enjoy seeing this as much as I had fun finding the most worn items for this summer. So lets get started.
Polish: Well my most worn polish was easy. Besides doing nail art for myself and for my blog or the nail a day challenge. I actually did have a polish that I wore more than any other on days off. It was Essie's Off the Shoulder which is a beautiful hot pinkish color which I enjoyed. I have a feeling I will be wearing this in fall as well.
Hair Product: Well that was easy I rarely use any styling products in my hair. Only on a rare occasion I do. So for the hair product it was my Matrix Biolage daily leave in hair tonic. This stuff is amazing for my fine limp hair. I use it every time I shampoo my hair which is every other day. I tend to have a very oily scalp so I can't go more than two days without a good wash. I apply this while still in the shower after I squeeze the water out of my hair. Then I apply a good amount then I use my Aquis Hair turban and let it set. Somehow the heat from my scalp makes it penetrate more into my hair and when it's time to let it air dry then I let it down and comb it out. I find that this stuff makes my hair so shiny, soft and tangle-free.
Handbag: My Marc by Marc Jacobs Nylon Q Moon Sling Cross body Bag in Pilot Grey. This by far was my most used handbag for the summer which says a lot. I'm a handbag collector. So for me to keep a bag in use for the whole summer is a big deal for me. I tend to change bags like once a week or every two weeks. I never have used a bag this long like ever. I like to keep my bags looking as new as possible. This cross body hobo came in 4 neat colors. It’s a soft, slouchy hobo detailed with the work wear-inspired logo along with a versatile shoulder strap that can be doubled for use as a handle. Finished with logo-print lining, the Nylon Q Moon Sling hobo is a Summer essential that’ll last me all year round! It came in pilot grey, wave, dark magenta, and electric yellow. I have the dark magenta one as well. Who know that maybe my new winter bag as well. Only time will tell. I've had this bag since It first came out 2 years ago and it was still looking brand new when I took it out to use. Well, now not so much it does look a bit worn and the strap is starting giving way so I have to retire it till I can get the strap fixed. Still this was a super classic bag and went with everything.
Shoes: I'm not much of a shoe person I tend to like to be barefooted all day if I had a choice. When I was younger I was always barefooted and my feet bottoms were so tough that I could step on thorns and they wouldn't bother me that much. I just love the feeling of bare feet so the shoes that I love to wear year round are my flip-flops, but not just any ones will do. My HG ones are from Havaianas these are the best in my opinion and so very well made. I own like 15 pairs and only wear like 5 of the designs I own all the time. I'm not sure when I'll get to the other 10 pairs if ever. I wore these all summer long. Heck I will continue to wear them through the winter as well. Rain, sleet or snow (LOL) it don't snow here. I will wear these forever. As I dislike covered shoes except Fila's Skeletoes and Crocs.
Accessory: The most worn accessory like ever for me except for my wedding set is my Lady Gaga rubber bracelet. This I got at her concert here in Houston in April 2011. I have worn this bracelet like ever since and I haven't taken it off. Ok, this was only taken off of course to take the picture. So, now it has been taken off once. It also has held up well through showers, sleeping, and daily use. It is so well made. It looks the same as when I purchased it. I'm really a huge fan of her and her music. So that was my most worn accessory for the summer and for the past 15 months.
Clothing Item: My Target tie-dye V-neck tees. These tees are soft and comfortable and very well made and have held up all summer. These came in like 6 different colors. I got 4 of them that I liked and these are great. I have a tendency to buy all the colors of the same shirt if I like the style and the way they fit on me. I have a hard time finding shirts that fit me well and flatter me. I have these shirts in dark purple & white, dark purple & pink, dark blue & Turquoise and black & white as well. These will also be my faves next summer I can feel it.
Foundation: Estee Lauder Invisible Fluid Makeup. This has been my HG summer foundation that I have used all summer long. I have had other ones that I also tried and used this summer, but this one was the one I used the most and had the longest since the spring. I really love the texture and feel of it. It has been compared to Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Ultra Light Skin Perfecting foundation. It come in a similar plastic container and you do have to shake it since it is water-based. This foundation gives a great finish for my oily skin and looks so natural and the color is spot on. I rarely have a foundation that is spot on in color like ever. This is the one foundation I will always use for the summer along with some others depending on day and/or event going on. It is a must try if you haven't already tried it. I may use this in the winter depending how it looks on my skin by then. I'm in the color 2CN1 and a NW20 in Mac if this helps.
Blush/Bronzer: For blush out of all the ones I own Benefit's Sugarbomb was my go to blush this summer it just had that oomph I was looking for and it gave me a great cheek glow without being over the top or too glittery. I really love this blush. As for bronzer that had to be my NYC bronzer in Sunny. It is a great color for my NW20 skin and didn't look ruddy or muddy on me. I also love that it didn't have any shimmer in it. I can't stand bronzers with too much shimmer. Sunny was my go to bronzer for the summer.
Lip Product: That was so easy the go to lip product was my Korres Lip Butter balm in Jasmine. It is by far the best out there. It left my lips soft and not dry. I have a problem with severe dry lips so I tend to wear glosses instead of lipsticks because of that. So this lip butter as it's called really helped me a lot this summer in being able to wear my favorites lipsticks. I can say this will go with me into the winter months when my lips will get worse. So if you have dry lips like me and haven't tried this you should. It also comes in a squeeze tube for convenience in traveling. I have the potted version and use it only twice a day morning and at night to sooth my dry lips all day.
Mascara: Rimmel WOW lashes that was the one I used all summer till I got the Urban Decay Supercurl Curling mascara and the Maybelline One by One mascara. The Rimmel one was alright not the best in my opinion, but this was the one I used most of the summer so I'm including it here. I will not be repurchasing this one at all. While it did make my lashes nice and long. It was super clumpy and flaky. It also gave me raccoon eyes and I never put it on my lower lashes and still I got raccoon eyes. So this was a huge miss for me.
Eyeshadow: This one was super easy it was a single shadow by The Balm that took me through the summer. It was one that I got in my My Glam bag a while ago and it was a great everyday all over no muss no fuss color. The color is in Luscious Lani and it is was go to shadow for day and night. I just primed my eye and put this gorgeous pink-champagne colored shadow all over from lid to brow and then curled my lashes and put mascara and boom out the door. No worrying about crease shadows and highlights and outer-corners. I grabbed my Sigma E50 Large Fluff brush and just swiped and go. Such a pretty color and finish. It is an all purpose shadow you could also use it as a cheek highlight. I have and it comes off so pretty on my skin. I will definitely get another when this one runs out. This to me is a must have all around color.

So here were all my most worn items this summer. What were yours?