Thursday, December 20, 2012

CVS Haul: Wet N Wild

 Stoplight Red and Sugar Plum Fairy

 I went into CVS today trying to pick up a WetNWild lipstick in 24K, but they didn't carry it. I swear I've been trying to get my hands on this shade for over a year, and NONE of the stores I go into it carry it (and I REFUSE to pay those outrageous ebay prices for something I can get in the store much cheaper). But I decided to make the trip worth it and picked up STOPLIGHT RED and SUGAR PLUM FAIRY after seeing a few swatches of them online. I have to say that I like SUGAR PLUM FAIRY so much more in person. I almost didn't buy it, but pictures don't do it justice, it's pretty hard to get it's true color to translate. It's so much deeper than it photographs, just a really beautiful plum shade, great for fall. And STOPLIGHT RED is just your everyday beautiful red. They go on with a bit of a sheen but after a few minutes they set to a nice satin/matte finish.... and last ALL DAY! I only retouch my lipstick once at the end of my day, and that is simply out of habit. I hear people complain about these lipsticks being cheap, and drying and how they pull when you apply them... but I mean for $1.99 I think they out preform themselves. As long as WetNWild makes these lipsticks I'll be buying them.

WNW Mega Last lipstick

WNW Sugar Plum Fairy and WNW Stoplight Red

Lip Swatches
Stoplight Red

Sugar Plum Fairy (flash)

Sugar Plum Fairy (no flash)

WNW Bronzer: Princess

I also picked up a bronzer by WNW in the shade PRINCESS. I always look at it in the store but never can talk myself into buying it... but it was only $1 on sale so I scooped that bad boy up and I'm actually really digging this bronzer. I was concerned about the shimmer (I prefer a matte bronzer) but it's not really bad, gives your skin a nice dewy effect rather than a I rolled my face in glitter look. I'll be keeping it in rotation for awhile.

All in all, I'm absolutely happy with my impromptu $5 CVS haul! And I'm really falling in love with the brand all over again. I used to rock the lippies and mascara back in high school because they were affordable aKa cheap, but the quality and variety of the products they put out is nothing to sleep on... they're like my go to DUPE brand lol

How do you guys feel about Wet N Wild products?

-Miss Brina

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

EOTD: Feeling Purple

Well hello there! I hope everyone had a great holiday, I know I sure did. I haven't really been doing much in the makeup department lately (with the exception of playing with a few items for upcoming posts)... so I decided to break out the old 88 palette and give the peepers a little pick me up while I had 5 minutes to myself. Please excuse the eyebrows, I'm simply too lazy to tweeze them right now LOL Hope you all like it!

Products Used:
CS 88 Palette
MaqPro HD Puff Foundation (base)
Milani Extreme liquid liner
Sumita eyeliner (LOVE!!!!)
BE Mascara
CS and E.L.F. brushes

-Miss Brina

Monday, November 19, 2012

MAC Saigon Summer lipstick

Don't you love when you stumble across old gems in your makeup drawer!?!

Saigon Summer

I picked up this baby when the Cremesheen + Pearl lipsticks came out awhile ago, but never got around  to using until a few days ago... and it was instant love. I love and own a plethora of lipsticks in various shades, but I tend to stick towards nudes and coral for the working days, so Saigon Summer was a no brainer for me when I saw this collection. And the fact it was a Cremesheen lipstick was the cherry on top since it's my favorite finish from MAC. It is like more wearable Morange in my opinion, and can work through all seasons despite it's more summer-y tone. It kind of reminds me of Jazzed too, but  when I first saw it Vegas Volt jumped into my mind. Yet when I swatched a few other coral-esque lipsticks to compare... they all look PINK next to Saigon Summer... kind of weird.

MAC Saigon Summer

L-R: MAC Vegas Volt, MAC Lollipop Lovin', MAC Saigon Summer, MAC Sock Hop, MAC Richer Lusher

Anyhoo, anyone own saigon Summer, or any other lipstick from this collection? What's you're favorite Coral/Orange lippie?

 -Miss Brina

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Review: Sonia Kashuk Flat Contour Brush (MAC 163 Dupe)

Man... they almost got me! Who? Why, MAC of course... them and their limited edition brushes! I was all set and ready to drop the $35 for their 163 contour brush, figuring it would make my life a whole lot easier, when lo an behold.... Sonia Kashuk swooped down and stole the sale LOL

I was a bit early meeting a buddy at the mall, so I decided to pass some time walking around Target when I spotted this brush... and my mouth hit the floor. I said to myself, "Dang that looks like the MAC brush I'm about to get," then myself answered back and said, "Girl, does that say $12.99?" So I promptly picked up the LAST one and hurried my behind to the check out feeling like I hit some kind of jackpot.

Now, at first glance it's identical to the MAC 163 brush, but there are a few minor difference in them (which I discovered when I whipped that bad boy out at the MAC store). After ignoring the side eye my friend was giving me for pulling out the "competition" in the MAC store, I proceeded to examine the SK brush against their 163... and amazingly SK came out the winner.

They are both flat Contour/Sculpting brushes with surprisingly dense bristles, making for fool proof contouring and blending of products, but the SK brush head is slightly smaller in width than the MAC 163. I happened to like this, figuring it will cut down on mistakes and help out my product placement and control.  The second was that the SK brushes bristles were a lot softer than the MAC 163. Now, I am not in any way saying that the bristles on the  MAC 163 were super hard or anything, but I had to note that I did notice a small bit of scratching as I rubbed it over the back on my hand. I experienced none of that with the SK brush. Also, the 163 is synthetic and the SK has natural bristles. I'd have LOVED if the SK was synthetic (personal preference) but something's gotta give, right?

In the end, I am OVER THE MOON with my accidental dupe discovery. And at well under half the price of the MAC 163, you just can't beat the price or quality. I'll be picking up a few more backups in the off chance it becomes unavailable in the near future.

Have any of you picked up the MAC 163 or Sonia Kashuk Flat Countour/ Sculpt brush? What are your thoughts on either?

P.S- I know it's late, but I had to throw in a random Halloween shot. Excuse the meltdown/smudges... it was the end of a very long day :)

-Miss Brina

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Quick Rave: Melvita Eau Florale de Rose

A few months ago I received the Melvita Rose Water spritz in my Birchbox and after the 1st use fell instantly in love. I'd never really been into facial mists, despite all the rave about fix+ and so many other sprays, so naturally I left it sitting in the box for a couple weeks before curiosity finally won... plus, I figured I PAID for it, so I might as well try it. The pleasant scent of roses that accompanied the cool sensation of the spray was magnificent... and I am NOT a floral person at all. I prefer more soapy scents (ala Irish Springs and Clean Linen), but the rose water is subtle enough that it didn't bother or irritate, it simply left me feeling alert, refreshed and down right perky in the miserably hot weather (or so it was at the time I tried it). I've used it by itself for a quick pick me up, spritzed on my brushes when applying my foundation and even after applying powder, not so much to set my makeup, but more to help everything blend and avoid any ashy effect. My sample was .95 fl.oz. and I still have enough left to last me throughout the end of this month despite how often I use it. I'll definitely be purchasing the full size version for $22 when this trial bottle is finished. 

On a side note, I've been rather disappointed with my last 2 Birchbox shipments, and am thinking of cancelling after next months box if the trend continues. Anybody having a similar feeling regarding their boxes? Anyone get the Goop box (which I SHOULD have opted for instead)?

-Miss Brina

Wednesday, October 3, 2012


Today, someone close to me passed away suddenly. He was like a father figure to me for nearly 18 years, and truly one of the most remarkable people I've been blessed to know. He was the kind of man that always had a smile, a hug and a joke ready and waiting for you whenever he saw you. A hard worker, an honest and straight shooter.... yet was affectionate... he didn't mince words, but you always knew you were loved and where you stood with him. People like him are a rarity nowadays, and I hate that he's gone. It feels very surreal to even be sitting here writing this post, and I know it's not what this blog is about... but I needed to get this out, and we're all friends here, right?

Thank you for listening...
-Miss Brina

Friday, September 7, 2012

Labor Day EOTD

Hey Party People! I know it's late, but here's a simple look I did for a Labor Day picnic last weekend. My maxi dress was pretty busy, so I wanted to keep the eye look fairly neutral. Please excuse the tired eyes and picture quality, I took them at the end of the day with my phone when we got home LOL Hope you enjoy!


Products Used:
Inglot #90 AMC Gel Liner (top lashline & eyebrows)
Bobbi Brown concealer (prime lid)
NYX Jumbo pencil- Milk (shadow base)
Laura Geller Baked shadow duo- Biscotti & Toast
CS 88 Warm Palette- random taupe color (deepen crease), random cream color (hi-light)
Sleek contour Palette
Milani Baked blush- Illuminoso
Clinique lipstick- A Brand New Grape
Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24H foundation
MAC Zoomlash mascara

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Sleek I-Divine Ultra Mattes V2: Darks

Well, HEY THERE party people! I know I've been MIA for a bit, but I've got alot going on in my little world these days. I DID however want to make sure that I kept my word and got these swatches uploaded for you all. Overall, I really like these palettes. I still tend to lean more towards the DARKS palette since they are a bit more wearable on any given day... but please believe they are BOTH something you need to have in your life. I really hope these rumors of Sleek coming stateside are TRUE, because they are easily becoming my go to brand. 

Enjoy the swacthes folks!

Sleek I-Divine Ultra Mattes V2: Darks Palette

 In Natural Light

 Indoors With Flash

-Miss Brina

Friday, June 15, 2012

Sleek I-Divine Ultra Mattes pt. 1: V1 Brights


I LOVE Sleek!!! I know they are considered a drugstore brand overseas, but they have some of the best products... PERIOD! I often find myself reaching for their palettes over my MAC, MUFE and Inglot shadows because the quality is just that good. The only thing I don't particularly care for is the shipping price to the USA ($13), but that's just because I've gotten used to free shipping for darn near everything!

Anyhoo! I picked up both of the new Ultra Mattes palettes before seeing any swatches based off the fact they've never done me wrong before, and I've got to say I'm glad I did. I love matte shadows, but honestly, they are not the easiest to work with. But these Ultra mattes by Sleek are actually pretty creamy and are easily blended (without the washout effect). There is a bit of fallout from several colors in both palettes, and I've worn with and without primer and have experienced NO creasing. I will say that the V2 Darks palette has the best pigmentation overall, even though I had to build up the black ALOT to get the swatch (more on that later)... anyone else have that issue?

But enough of my rambling, here's what you came here for in the first place... swatches! Enjoy.

Sleek I-Divine Ultra Mattes Palette V1 Brights

** All swatches done dry WITHOUT base/primer **

Part TWO: V2 Darks coming soon...

-Miss Brina

Monday, April 30, 2012

Introducing HOMEMINT!

I swear there has got to be about a buzzillion of these "MINT" sites popping up lately, but I'm actually pretty darn excited about the new home decor line HOMEMINT! I don't know about you, but I'm absolutely OBSESSED with homegoods and knickknacks... so muort for it in mind... there's nothing wrong with that, right? LOL But I will admit that my penguin collection is getting a bit out of hand... is there a support group for that? 

Anyways, back to the topic at hand... HOMEMINT is the result of  collaboration between interior designer Estee Stanley and Justin Timberlake that surely looks to be unique and promising. To kick off the launch on May 9th, they are currently hosting a contest with the grand prize being a trip to meet Justin and Estee (airfare and hotel incl.), a design consulation, and a $10K shopping spree on HOMEMINT.  Plus, 5 runners up will get an art print curated by Justin and Estee. If you're interested in learning/seeing more about the newest addition to the "MINT" brand go here.

Are you as excited as I am for this new venture? Probably not, but I'd love to hear your thoughts on the "MINT" sites... anyone joined or made any worthwhile purchases?

-Miss Brina

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Guest Blogger: Jackie Clark

Good morning!!! Today I have a very special post for you all. I was recently contacted by a lovely woman by the name of Jackie, who wanted to share a bit of insight with us all about Mesothelioma and the powerful, and positive effects a bit of makeup can have when facing an illness. I can remember watching my own grandmother blossom when I would make her up while she was fighting her battle with cancer, and can personally attest to how important it is to find a way to still feel desirable, womanly and simply YOURSELF when you're dog tired and your body seems to be failing you. It truly is amazing how something as simple as a little pop of color can do wonders for the mood. So with great pride, and without further ado, I give to you my first guest blog post!

Putting On Your Beautiful Face
By: Jackie Clark

When women talk about makeup, they sometimes speak of it as putting on their face. At first blush, this notion seems cute and a bit silly. But when you think about it, it can be an incredibly true notion. We have the faces that we are born with, and then we have the enhancements that makeup can give us. While we weren’t born with a perfectly clear complexion, cherry red lips or malachite-green eyelids, we can surely give ourselves these things. In many ways, makeup is about exerting our power over the rest of the world, and you will find that it is very effective when you need a pick me up.

It is a well-known truth that women live stressful lives, and that a life altering event can occur when we least expect it. For example, a woman can be completely healthy one day, and in the next learn she has been diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer caused from asbestos exposure. When these things happen, women can be left feeling tired, depleted and unsure of how to push forth during or after a chemotherapy or radiation treatments. The thought of looking beautiful with a touch of color to her cheeks is the last thing on her mind. However, if life has recently knocked you for a loop, you can do wonders for your esteem and mood by simply putting your game face on. The face that you paint on is just as much yours as the face that you were born with is. So, what options are open to you?
If you want to release your inner strength and look as though you own the world, start with the eyes. A dark line drawn directly above and below your eyelids can make a huge difference to how sultry and deep your gaze is. A little bit of mascara can thicken your lashes and makes your eyes look larger and more vibrant, while a simple sweep of mushroom eyeshadow can give you a fantastically mysterious look. If you are someone who is inclined to color; such as jewel tones, consider giving yourself a tempestuous three-layer, blended color look. Imitate the peacock and use blue, green and purple, or create a feline tiger look with a layer of bright orange sandwiched between two layers of black.
Don’t forget to work with your lips as well. If you want to make sure that you stay professional, a small amount of tinted lip gloss adds the perfect look for your ensemble. On the other hand, if you want a more vampy night time look, choose a deep red that absolutely looks artificial and put a high gloss on top if it. This is perfect if you love a more vintage look, and if you are very bold, consider a purple or even a deep dark blue. 

video courtesy of April Capil via YouTube
When you do your makeup, remember that there are plenty of tutorials online to help you. From the woman who never learned to do makeup properly and is worried that the end results will look clownish or silly, to the professionally trained makeup artist, the truth of the matter is that everyone had to start from somewhere. A little bit of practice can go a long way towards helping you get the look that you are after. Take a moment to really figure out what you want to do, and then take the time to learn how to do it. While this may not be easy, all you need to do is to be patient with yourself in order to achieve great results. 
If you are interested in finding your own strength and realizing how strong and beautiful you really are despite your prognosis, makeup is a wonderful way to teach you how to rebuild your confidence. Different people use different tools, and if you find that your tool is makeup and how well you can put it on, by all means use it as best you can. Choose the colors that make you feel powerful and gorgeous and remember that a small amount of effort can change the way that you think about yourself and your obstacles at hand.  

 I would like to give a great big THANK YOU to Jackie Clark for her tireless work in the cancer community and wonderful message of uplifting. If you would like to know more about Mesothelioma and see tutorials from actual survivors, I strongly encourage you to click on the links in this post. And if you have a story you'd like to share about how you pick yourself up when you're not exactly feeling your best, please do not hesitate to leave a comment. 

And have a VERY happy Monday!!!!

-Miss Brina 

Sunday, April 15, 2012

LOTD: MAC Korean Candy

Korean Candy is Spring to me! This is my 1st sheen supreme lipstick from MAC and I absolutely love how moisturizing, vibrant and opaque it is right from the tube. I've had it for a few months now, and it's ALWAYS in my bag since it pretty much goes with anything. It applies evenly and swatches a nice, intense coral, and can be sheered out a bit, as can be seen in the picture below.  Hope you all had a great weekend!

MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick- Korean Candy

-Miss Brina

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Ebay Haul!

Hey you guys! I'll start off by saying that I am an ebay junkie; whoever invented it is my HERO! I absolutely LOVE it... I probably average about 2-3 purchases a week. That being said, I pretty much stick to items within the USA, but I'd been looking at this particular ring for (no lie)  about 9 months! 

It has been sitting in my items watched page for 9 months, going on and off sale... but I was just kind of wary about the purchase. Would it be as pretty when it gets here? How long is is really going to take to arrive? Are they just gonna take my money and send me a pen? LOL I mean all sorts of worse case scenarios were fighting for dominance in my head. But while dropping in on the amazing WitchHazel's blog, my jaw dropped, because lo and behold.... SHE BOUGHT THE RING! And anyone who has been to her blog can verify, she is the QUEEN of cutesy ebay purchases. So naturally, I decided stop being so damn scary and make the purchase, and 10 days later... it's here! The transaction was so smooth, the price and presentation was absolutely GREAT and tracking was provided by the shipper, which really put my mind at ease. And I am floored by how beautiful it is.... so THANK YOU WitchHazel for forcing my hand... you've opened a whole new beast up now LMAO

Arianna RoseGold and Citrine Fashion Ring

So what do you guys think of my long awaited purchase? Has anyone bought anything from overseas on Ebay?

-Miss Brina