Thursday, January 28, 2010

Guest Contributers!

Good afternoon lovelies! From time to time we are going to feature a guest/regular contributor on the blog! They will be offering skin care, hair care and weight loss tips as well as beauty tips! Be sure to stay tuned and check by often for updates! Better yet....SUBSCRIBE!!!

Tah tah for now,
Simply Lovely

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Hello Blogsters!!!
Im Esty, a licensed Esthetician here to provide and put you on to beauty, makeup, eyelash, body treatments and overall skin care. I have been an Esthetician since 2007 and I must say this is a field where im constantly learning everyday. I will update you on latest trends, the do's and dont's and where to purchase certain products that may not be available to the general public. I have lots and lots of knowledge to share so get ready to get glam'd!! 

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Subscribe or Follow!

Good morning!

Did you know there are numerous ways to subscribe to a blog?

There are 4 ways to subscribe to my blog:

1) Hit the Subscribe link on my blog page in the top left corner

2) Connect through Google Connect (link located top right on the blog)

3) If YOU blog, you can follow me.

4) Email: You can send me your email address and everytime I post a review, hook-up or beauty tips, you will get an email! No need to worry, I don't blog 50 times a day!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Fashion on The Cheap!

Ok we all know there is a recession going on, sooooo here's a link for all my budget conscious lovelies out there:

And for those of you who just GOTTA have designer at a discount:

Whenever I run across any good 'hookups' I'll be sure to keep you guys informed!

Stay tuned...


Ok I've been MIA for a few days! But I will be posting some product reviews soon!

Prodcuts up for review:
NYX Eye & Lip Makeup Remover
Coastal Scents Gel Eye Liner
Target Brand Makeup Wipes
Sephora Eye Liner Pencils (more so of how to duplicate UD pencils!)

Monday, January 18, 2010

Storage Tips

While I'm on the subject of storage today, I decided that I would offer up a little advice about cosmetic storage. I know some of you are probably wondering, why my pics in the previous post appeared to be in different areas of the house. Well, heres why: You should never store makeup in the bathroom. I keep my palettes in my bedroom away from the heat vent. Which reminds me I need to move my perfume rack! You shouldn't keep perfume near any heat source and that includes direct sunlight. Why, you might ask? Because heat/direct sunlight reduces the life span of perfumes/colognes. As much money I've invested over the years in good products, they WILL be moved soon! I recently had new carpet installed so I took advantage of the situation and rearranged my bedroom, and that's how the rack got stuck in front of the heat vent. Why shouldn't you keep makeup in the bathroom? It's simple, think about it. What happens when you take a shower? Steam, which is basically moisture! You do not want these two elements to destroy your prized collection! This will only cause bacteria to form on your products and I don't think I know anyone who wants to purposely put bacteria on their face! The only things I keep in the bathroom are facial cleansers of course and my pigments and some shadows. I know this is completely opposite of what I just said but for space saving I had no choice. I only placed the pigments and shadows that were tightly sealed in jars in the clear drawers in the bathroom. My brushes and palettes are in my bedroom far away from the moisture! I had to make a choice because I was running out of space in my bedroom. So I decided to put ONLY tightly sealed makeup items in the clear drawers in the bathroom.

So my lovelies, if you are just starting out like me, or you've been at this for a while, carefully plan where you are going store your prized possessions!

Ta Ta for now!


Ok, so like I promised, here is how I store my mini makeup collection. I wanted to go with a uniform setup. I adore all things clear/acrylic! It just gives that whole clean and clear appearance.  The Container Store had everything I was looking for when it came to the 'clear' look for storage.

First item,

3 Drawer Box (Clear plastic) $9.99

Love this little number! I can see everything. No tacky labels here! I don't plan on having a gigantic collection so these are perfect for my pigments and shadow quads along with lip glosses, lipsticks, balms, etc. These are perfect for small pigments jars because they can be stacked in one drawer.
Sorry for the sideways action! But in the above photo I have 5 gram jars stacked in 2 layers along with some NYX glitters and shadows stacked as well on the left side.

Letter Rack (Clear) $5.99
I searched high and low for a CLEAR letter/file holder for my palette storage! And here it was right under my nose at my favorite store! This is shorter than the average letter holders you find in the office supply stores. That is what I love about TCS! They carry some of the most unique items. This little baby holds approximately 5 palettes. Since I love palettes and plan on pressing some of my pigments into palettes for traveling, I will be purchasing another one of these!
Ahhh, so neat and petite!

Pencil Cup (Clear) $5.99

Just what it says. This will be for my pencil liners and shade sticks.

OPI Nail Polish Rack $0.00

Yes you read it correctly! Free courtesy of a good friend of mine and my nail lady! It not only holds OPI polish but NYX and Sinful Colors. The OPI Nicole line does not fit into this holder. You can find nail polish racks all over eBay for reasonable prices. But before you take that route, check with you local nail salon to see if they have any leftovers that they are discarding. Free is the best way to go if you can!

Brush Holder $14.99
This little number came from another favorite store of mine, Michaels. I had a coupon by the way! This is made of glass and it required 2 bags of vase filler to hold my brushes. The brushes are from Avon and Coastal Scents and a bronzer brush that came with a free J Lo bronzer I got years ago with a perfume purchase.

4 Compartment Canister (The Container Store) $7.99
I could not find a link with a product description on the TCS website for some reason. So I gave it a 'name'! I love this box. It was perfect for holding makeup sponges, cotton balls, cotton swabs and cotton pads.

Soft Plastic Container $1.00

I fell in love with these containers when I first ran across them at the local dollar store! I purchased a gazillion of them to use for gift baskets for my soapsicles. I have a few left over so decided the other day I would use one for facial cleansing products to make room in one of 'Face' drawer for non-cleansing face products. They come in a square shape as well. Some have patterns like stripes and flowers. Most of them are neon colored. Trust me, I brought every color and pattern and shape I could find in the aisle!

Chrome and Glass Rack $ ???

I simply adore this rack! I can't remember exactly how much I paid for it, but I wanna say it was probably in the neighborhood of $15-$30. It wasn't very pricey at all. I found this little number at Target years ago in the bathroom section. The top rack holds all of my perfumes. The middle rack holds all of the matching body creams/lotions and the bottom rack holds all of my pedicure goodies along with misc hand lotions and body sprays. Next to it is one of the many loves of my life, my jewelry armoire. 

Can't you tell I'm obsessed with good storage?! Can't help it, I've got a slight touch of OCD when it comes to storage!

Well that is all for now my lovelies. As promised I will have those swatches up soon. I will be starting out with my sample haul from TKB Trading.

Ta ta for now!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

My Favorites!

Happy Sunday My Lovely's!!!

Today I'm just listing my favorite cosmetic brands and brands that I can't wait to try!

Coastal Scents
TKB Trading

Makeup Forever
Urban Decay
Taylor Made Minerals
China Glaze

Next post...
I'll be going over my favorite storage containers! Let's just say, The Container Store and Dollar Tree will be your best friends when it comes to storage!
Ta Ta for now!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

ZZZZZZ... My sleep pattern is totally thrown! Anyway, I thought I'd take the time out to list my favorite MUA gurus from YouTube until I get some swatches done and pics posted! Here they are:

temptalia <--- LOVE LOVE LOVE her website! So informative


Thursday, January 14, 2010

Hello out there!!

I'm new to blogging and makeup which will more than likely be the focus here. From time to time I will touch on other subjects as well. If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

Coming soon...
Pics of my small but budding makeup collection and how I organize everything.
Pics of soap and other bath and body products that I've made.