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20121223 FOTD + NOTW!

It's going to be pretty exciting to get back into the swing of things with you guys! I got a little sick and took an early holiday on ya. But I'm back, and I've got some double posts for today! First let's talk about the rolling FOTD shots:
20121223FOTD: Xmas-y
 I'm really a fan of red lips. As if it wasn't obvious from my posts lately! I really need to find another shade that I love so I've decided to dedicate a the rest of my money to buying a lip palette. I know BH does a good lip pallete but I want to buy my palette in person, you know? So far my search hasn't turned up and notable prospectives (besides BH), but I'm still looking!



So I'm not really working with much here; thus my face appears pretty bare. I am really abstaining from the use of shadows until I can find a good red for my skin. The temptation to experiment has got me and I won't be using the fun colors until I get my hands on a good red! I do however, believe that I'm completely in season with all the red I have on~ happy holidays!
Now for the NOTW:
Black French tips over Matte Manicure
Black french tips, that's what this is called right? I don't know honestly, I just know that I love the look! There are variations of this manicure that I really like too! The top two are the black chevron tips and the gradient-tip nails with a hint-of-pink top coat to give a nice accent to the whole look!
Black French tips over Matte Manicure 
There are some nice tutorials on how to get this look without doing what I did on pinterest as well as tumblr, so don't be afraid to try them: I personally like all of the ones that I've found (and tried) but if I'm strapped for time, the band method is the easiest route to go, plus it give the most clean cut finish, and it can be done on top of existing nail polish!

it's really hard to get this to look nice with acetone retouching, right?
 Now that I'm newly inspired to continue the trend of contrast-y french tips, I'm going to change it up next week! I hope you'll be coming back for a read of the write up, because I really haven't been keeping up like I should; thank you as always for reading and have a happy holiday!
20121223FOTD + NOTW

20121223FOTD + NOTW
Autumn McFalls, Chief Editor

Select BH Cosmetic palettes for just $9!

That's right you guys! BH is having a last minute gift sale on their 88 shade shimmer, matte, and tropical palettes, and their 66 color lip palette, 28 color neutral, duo blush pallete! Their all just 9.00USD. Also their liquid foundations are 4.50, and the lip gloss and gel  liners are 3.50 each. If you buy 25.00USD or more of merchandise, you can get the 88 shade tropical palette for a three dollar markdown. This is a sale not to miss if your all about shadows, so makeup sure to look them up!

Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse Foundation in Caramel D2!

 This is the oldest foundation I own; It's going in the trash after this review but, I wanted to do swatches ( a necessary evil) to provide an illustration of my frustration with color as the cosmetic industry has known it. I LOVE Maybelline Foundations, but I have my reservations about using them; it is completely based of the range of colors for me. It's a hit or miss every time so I don't loathe them for losing, but love them instead, for trying.
Caramel d2, swatch

      This shade was definitely a cool tone.. It's not very flattering on me but then again it's not the right color so I couldn't have expected much more than what I got. I do like that it spreads and doesn't settle into pores or fine lines, but the color was a total miss for me. It's the closest to my skin tone before their darkest shade, cocoa:
Courtesy of Karlasugar
Well, I will say that I'm impressed by the coverage; if your complexion is muddy from dark spots or discolored, this foundation actually does a good job of correcting that and brightening your complexion up!
       Well this one has a bit of a perfume smell to it. like a synthetic, linen-y smell. I don't like to use anything on my skin that has too much fragrance to it but, this is not that bad.
I may not like this foundation but it HAS staying power. When I used to frequently wear this foundation I wasn't using primers or bases yet, and I had a ten-hour day five out of seven days a week. I didn't really do touch ups and from what pictures tell me, I didn't need to. Five stars for durability.
Mine was a gift.. but it retails for 8.99USD. Had I bought this myself, I'd have been very disappointed, but since it was a gift I'm greatful (for the opportunity to review it exclusively).
Don't use your fingers at all. This makeup is thick and will stain your skin. If you use a brush wash it before using it again and wet your sponge before use with this foundation. Don't get in your water line!
       Water (Aqua), Isododecane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Cyclohexasiloxane, PEG 9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Disteardimonium Hectorite, PEG 10 Dimethicone, Cetyl PEG/PPG 10/1 Dimethicone, Sodium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Polyglyceryl 4 Isostearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, PEG 9, Aluminum Hydroxide, May Contain ( /-): CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77499, CI 77492, CI 77491 (Iron Oxides)
 I was always very nervous that it'd break when I first got it; It's solid for a vial made of glass. I dropped it once; it didn't shatter but I'm not condoning in your trying this at home! It stains, like I've stated before so, keep the pump clean and don't forget to seal this stuff down with a setting spray that is very strong.

       I'm not as impressed as I ought to be. I like that it's actually very thick and has excellent coverage, but the colors offered leave a lot to be desired. I'm slapping this product with 2/5 stars. For those of you who love it or have cool tone skin this foundation may be a Godsend. For the rest of us, we may want to look elsewhere.

Caramel d2, blended; flash used
It didn't blend very well because it's too light for me. Oh well~

CE wearing Maybelline Dream Mouse Liquid Foundation; Flash Used
See the demarcation line between my scalp and face? That's not my tan line this time! this foundation no longer works for me so I'm afraid I'll be tossing it.

20121211 FOTD: Pinky Paradise!

Oh dear I seem to have gotten very busy in the past few days! Well busy has been a good thing for me because I now have even more stuff to shar with you all, but not before I post a very late (but still hot and ready) face of the day!




Overall, I'm really pshyched with the appearance of the pink and the smooth look of my colors. I'm a blending novice so my looks tend to have more harsh lines out of habit, but I think that I did a good job this time around. I chose pink as my central color because a lot of other beauty bloggers were creating beautiful looks with pink and I wanted to give it a go too! I really loved Kimmy's pink shadow creation. Next I want to experiment with purples; I usually dislike the way they look against my skin tone but I want to get a second opinion on this; If you're in a chatty mood this Sunday, stop in for my next FOTD, okay?

Cloud Nine Kollektiv: 20121207 Weekly Blog Hop Round Up!


It's time to take a look at this week's best reads, from our blog roll to yours! It's full of more good reviews, products swatches, FOTD/OOTD shots, simple beauty tips, and more! The top post from the batch is...

Bright Side Beauty Blog Hop: Loveley, We're Co-Hosting!


Meet Me on the Brightside
Happy Friday Bloggers! The weekend is here! Come link up to my Brightside Beauty Blog Hop for a chance to gain new followers and find amazing new reads. Linky list will be open now until this Sunday night 11:59 pm, Ohio time. There are only a few guidelines , so read, follow, and let the fun begin. Don't forget to come back every Friday to join the blog hop and enter future giveaways :) The blog this weekend with the most views will win a co-host spot on next weekend's hop so get your network on :)

20121206 NOTW + Product 411: Confetti Nail Lacquer!

     Well now that there's on dress code for me to abide by, I've gotten back into the groove of my weekly manicure ritual. It's a bit sloppy, but everybody's going to start from a different point, right? I wanted to get gels, but I realized that would be a bad idea since I've nothing in my current cosmetic arsenal that could remove them once I get tired of them. Anyway, Let's talk shop:


That's it, I didn't use base coat and I usually don't do so. It's a bad habit of mine, but I also don't have any right now so there are reasons (excuses) for my unrefined mannerisms. I only like the Orly base coat so I refuse to use anything else until I can get my hands on it (but that still won't stop me from painting my nails on a weekly basis). I think I've gotten better at removing my cuticles, but I'm very dehydrated so my hands look very dry here, sorry!

Now to talk about my product crush: Confetti. They nail lacquers are very thick, but durable. I usually don't use top coat with their lacquers because I don't find that there is a need for it, but they're also a bit difficult to take off. I use pure acetone nail varnish remover and it still takes some tough love to wear this stuff down. I like it as a cheap go-to in between getting my nails done or if I just want a clear coat for the week! Still, my all time favorite is Orly for my base and finishing coat needs, but confetti comes in at a close second! These varnishes can be found at CVS (whom I've heard is having a clearance sale right now; everywhere but Vegas apparently).
That's it for this weeks NOTW, stop in next week for some fierce Fall color!

Season's Savings! AP Cosmectics Holiday Special!

Enjoy free shipping on orders $20 dollars and up through December 20th!
 It's that that time of the year when we all break the bank to buy tons of Holiday gear. Well, for some of you that may have officially started on Black Friday this year (because according to America, it's a holiday), and never ended. But, if you're looking to get some good gifts without the extra fuss for the makeup maven in your life (or if that's you then that's fine too!), then you're in luck: AP cosmetics, who we've been fortunate enough to get in touch with, is having a Holiday special! Through the twentieth of this month, all orders that come to a total of 20.00+USD will receive FREE SHIPPING. The image above leads direct to their website and if you want to get the latest developments from the AP Beauty team, you can follow Alexa's blog here, connect via Facebook, or Twitter!
If you've been reading us frequently, then you know that we discovered AP cosmetics through Alexa's blog. We are so happy that the line is doing great and we really encourage to you stop by her page and see what the buzz is about. Did you know that Alexa is also a makeup artist with a stunning portfolio? Now you do; visit Makeup By Alexa for a closer look at the beauty, and brains behind the brand, or for a list of services offered. You'll be glad you did~

20121202 Sunday FOTD!


It's finally time for that long awaited verdict on e.l.f. cosmetics! I bought a lot of things from them recently (they've had so many sales in the past two months that I couldn't resist), and I wanted to give a definitive recommendation about what's in and what could be better with the often buzzed-about cruelty free line.


      Looking back on this I now realize that my eyeliner was smudged on my left eye! I didn't rub or anything so I don't know what happened with that. But anyway, I'm really pleased with how a lot of the product performed! For the face items, I love my TM to death but I can only use it if my skin is having a dry spell (Winter coverage only ordeal) other than that it's too dewy for me. It looks good at first but after a few hours my skin will be bogged down with both moisture from the TM and my own oily-ness. As for the color, I'm pleased with it! I thought it'd be too light but it worked out just fine, and this product was just a dollar so I'll definitely think on buying it again in the future. Now here's to the bread winner: the makeup mist and set spray. I'm not into heavy setting sprays (I find that if they're too wet that they create wet, splotchy discoloration in my foundation; I work too hard for that to happen!) but this one is wonderful. It wastes a bit of the product with each spray but I think that can be regulated with half pumps. On top of makeup, it keeps your coverage smooth and long lasting, but underneath your makeup it can double as a primer! That's what I generally use it for when I want a smoother finish to my tinted moisturizer. It also helps to minimize the appearance of cakey-ness in powders! This spray is three dollars and can be found at K-mart or on
       The lip stain pen is a product that I had some inhibitions about using. It was very dry when I opened it and the color doesn't spread at all. It's a felt-tipped pen with a cap insulation and while I'm madly in love with the design, the color performed poorly and the amount of product in the pen is a bit.. Alarming to say the least. Still, as you can see from the picture, the color is build-able (I'm wearing about five layers of stain here). One thing that you should know if you buy this lip stain is that the pen will make any dehydration problems you have very obvious, so use a lip conditioner or have a cup of hot tea before you put it on. All in all, it's a dollar, and cheaper than they alternatives offered by Revlon and Benefit: use at your own discretion.
      As for my eye products, I've nothing but good things to say! I'm very impressed with the mascara. I has a short wand and the bristles are appropriately short and rounded. If you want to get the full length detail on each lash, then this is the mascara for you. It's even short enough for use on the lower lash line, so go for it! I use this mascara now even more than my full exposure by Smashbox! It's  good all around and just one dollar. The wand in the eyeliner has changed to a thinner brush, and that allowed me to regulate how much product it picked up from the pot. I'm really glad that was changed, it was something that I'd pointed out in my review of the eyeliners that can make using them a bit of a hassle, but not anymore! Later I think I'll get into the other colors, but I'm pleased with my black liner for now. Still love my studio eyeshadow kit. I'm using mostly neutral colors now because I want to try something different: I usually use a lot of color and liner to create my looks, and avoid neutral/nude/brown hues, so this Fall I'm taking the dive! What I really want now is a good, played down smokey eye look made with neutral hues (but I'm still praying on the whole red shadow thing..)
 Overall, I'm going to give E.L.F. cosmetics a big thumbs up! I'm partial to their mineral and studio items, but, they've really got something good going on. With all the sales they've been having recently, it's really easy to get into their collections without spending a lot of money. I will be reviewing the products listed here in full detail through December, but please remember that experience is the best review that you can benefit from!

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24-H foundation in 460 Suede!

      This is without a doubt, my mother's makeup. Not a bad thing, just I'm not usually very preferential when it comes to foundation because of the highly selective nature of my skin; Usually I scour the internet for detailed reviews before I let a new foundation touch my skin. My poor mother has had a worse journey through skin care than I have and even dermatologist recommended items have served her skin poorly. I was surprised that she even wanted to try this one because of some of the things listed in it, but nonetheless she bought both mine and one for herself. I've been very sparing in using it because it's been such a wonderful experience, but I realized something: come Spring, this isn't going to match my skin anymore and I'll really have to toss it come next December (when my skin will be back to a relatively similar coloring), so it's probably a good idea to use and review it in the meantime!

   The packaging scares me. This is why: it's a glass vile inside a silver foiled, slender paper-cartridge. Do not drop it; there's nothing to buffer impact in this cartridge and very little thought was left to the ease of use of the vial itself. It will break. One thing that I did like about the container is that the vile is frosted; nothing the serves (or speaks to) the functionality of the body, just a nice, subtle touch of design. As for the dispenser, it's a vacuum pump.
   This is one of the nicest foundations that I've ever used. Not only does it just blend right into my skin, but it feels weightless even hours after applying it and gives my a dewy (but ever so subtle) glow. Nowadays that feat has been near impossible for any foundation/bb/tinted moisturizer to accomplish without crossing the border into greasy-halo country. In terms of coverage, it covers dis-coloration quite well and with the proper technique can lessen the appearance of minor acne.
   There isn't one. I'm so pleasantly surprised every time I use this, it has no smell. That's wonderful, and it's wonderful because I have a really pointed sense of smell and too much perfume in my makeup can cause me to develop a migraine.
   It will last for twenty four hours without fading if  you leave it on that long; I have. I didn't even use setting spray when I did, just a foundation powder and nothing else. When I do use it with setting spray I notice that it makes my skin look even smoother and gives me a very nice finish even in flash photos.
  It's somewhere in the mid-forties price wise; about 44.00 if you choose to buy from lancome (which since it's worth mentioning, is having a 20% off promotion; buy anything and get 20% off with the promo code HEARTS. Free ship with orders 49.00USD+. that means buying one of these foundations would be about 35.00 before S+H; don't forget that they do free samples with your order when you become a member or if you subscribe to a certain product).
   If you have oily skin do not forget to set with a light powder and very, very fluffy brush. This foundation is meant to give a dewy finish but can overdo it  depending upon the reaction your skin exhibits after first exposure. Always use clean brushes, and clean your pump frequently!

   5/5 stars. Though I've never mentioned how I've had a hard time finding a replacement for the discontinued Smashbox foundation, I really hadn't until now; I'm completely in love with this foundation for Winter (Nars is my Summer love; matte finish New Orleans for the hot season ahead!) Maybe I'll do a Face shot with it on for Sundays segments, but not before we get the verdict on E.l.f.'s line of tinted moisturizers (that's this Sunday, don't miss it!)

'D-up': Your vitamin D Supplement may be Going to Waste this Winter.

      In the colder seasons it can be hard to want to go out in the cold weather for fifteen minutes, much less a whole day. Our bodies tend to pack on a little extra at this time of year and require a more dense diet that consists of carbs and proteins from meat in a higher proportion than we'd usually need. This is our body's natural way of compensating for a sudden change in external climate, and it's done to maintain the natural processes that they need to sustain to keep us healthy. The change in diet usually brings a different set of vitamins and minerals into the picture and affects the way our immune system fight infection, but one vitamin that is absolutely necessary for overall health year-round declines in abundance due to the change in climate.
      Vitamin D is an extremely important component in a healthy and fully functional person's diet. It can improve the ability to fight off infections, clear toxins from the body passively, and serve as a barrier between us and the elements. However, statistics indicate that more than half of U.S. citizens suffer from a vitamin D deficiency and 60% percent of pregnant women taken from that sample are deficient, which can effect the health of their unborn children. Many people are unware that they may have this deficiency, or those that do are unsure of what preventative steps to take to improve the levels of vitamin D in their bodies. Many think that just taking a supplement will correct this problem, but without some additional precautions, they could just be wasting their time and money:
Go Outside.
It could be too could to do it for at least a half hour. Instead go for at least fifteen to twenty minutes a day. Do this after you've had your supplement and a proper meal. This will help your body to metabolize the tablet/sub-lingual drops more quickly and not waste as much of it. Remember, the body produces/takes only what it needs!
 Don't wear sunscreen.
That sounds foolish and dangerous, doesn't it?? Well, unbeknownst to us sunscreen and skincare enthusiasts, even the weakest SPF still blocks out the naturally occurring radiation in UV rays (i.e. that ones needed to tell our bodies to produces vitamin D) by up to 95 percent, making it more difficult for our bodies to get that trigger without an additional supplement in our diets.
No Cheating.
 Sitting in your house, at the gym, or directly in your car window does not 'count'. This is why: Sun rays are incapable of passing through most glass structures. So, even if you do gain two or more shades to your skin from this, or get all toasty, your body may not be reaping the benefits.
Take a supplement.
Most people are wasting their money on vitamins, are you one of them?

If you live in an area further away from the equator with long Cold Seasons, taking a D supplement may help you to counteract any of the negative effects of deprivation in the colder weather. You'll still have to get some kind of exposure to direct sunlight, but the addition of a supplement can lessen the time that you'd normally have to spend in the cold weather. There are many other factors to take into consideration when starting a supplement; people in countries further away from the sun may have to stay out twice as long as those living right at the equatorial line. The caveat here is that even with that being said, people who live in equatorial areas for centuries and have gained a slightly improved resistance to the harmful effect of sun radiation/are descendant of such people may have a harder time producing D than other people.
A Word About the 'diet'
If you have inhibitions about going out into the sunlight without sunscreen in the cold it's completely understandable because at this time it is also much easier to get a sun burn for many people. Others have a long history of cancers in their family and they don't want to over-exert themselves and that's fine too: Just remember to wrap up, but have at least your face out and exposed, an arm, a leg, the palms of your hands, just get some exposure somewhere on your body! AND, eat a lot of food that are high in antioxidants; they've be found to help the body fight of damages from free radical and radiation from the sun, and they can be attained from foods like apples, cherries, pomegranates, cranberries, green tea, black berries, e.t.c..

      To learn more about how your body interacts with vitamins or specifically about the importance of D, seek assistance from a medical professional or licensed dietician, especially if you plan to begin a vitamin supplement or have a history of health problems in your family such as cancer of the skin, breasts, eyes, or diabetes. Never begin a supplement without knowing how it will effect you or if it will!

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E.L.F. Essential Foundation Brush!

This is my first experience with a foundation brush. I wanted to go for a brand that I already had a history with liking the products, so when I found this brush at a dollar general on a chance, I had to have it! I've been using it for about three weeks, and I've learned that I do not like it at all. But I'm going to let you guys be the decider in this bout, because I don't know the first thing about a foundation brush.

       I've washed it about five times already and it still hasn't begun to shed. Not even a little bit. In terms of durability this brush is without a doubt a safe bet because the bristles don't fall too quickly and they won't get misshaped from abuse, but they're almost to stiff to use properly.
       I paid one dollar for it, but I believe the msrp is something like one dollar on their e-shop as well, so things pan out.
Well, here's where the problems ensued for me. Let's have a look at the product description:
"e.l.f. Essential Foundation Brush
Achieve an ultra smooth, poreless finish when applying foundation, tinted moisturizer, or other creamy face product. The tapered bristles are designed to contour your face for a seamless, flawless finish. Makeup Artist Pro Tip: For best results use upward brush strokes.

All e.l.f. professional makeup brushes have been designed and tested by our professional team of makeup artists. Each brush has been ergonomically designed to fit perfectly into your hand and facilitate a flawless finish with every application.
Actually, this brush sucked up more makeup than any brush I own and left me with a bit of a streaky finish each time that I used it. I generally found myself going back over this work this a blender and powdering it. One thing I really did like about it was that the bristles were very smooth and didn't stab my face. But the brush felt like a big acrylic paint brush to be honest; I'm sure that there isn't really a difference, except that perhaps I can acheive better coverage with the paint brush (granted I'd pay about six dollars more..)

It comes in a transparent, plastic envelope with a paper tucked neatly inside. Not at all intricate.
   Overall I'm slapping this product with three stars. It's probably very good to someone else but for me I just don't like it that much. I think that generally, they make very good tools; I'm using their tweezers right now and oh my gosh they're the best! But this brush will just be one of those things that I'm glad I didn't spend like 50 dollars on and ended up hating it.

20121125 Sunday FOTD!

I wanted to show a more preferential look this week; I'm no fan of heavy makeup personally, but it's fine for other people. As long as it doesn't look to outrageous I suppose.
What I used:



Surprisingly enough, I'm really not wearing any eye shadow; that's my eyelid's natural coloring! don't like it for when I want to wear certain colors becase it may distort their vivacity or tone them down, but I can always use primer or get surgery to fix it (not something I want to do, I just don't want my lids to be so dark). I learned somethings when I went in post to pick a picture for today: I am hereby banishing that bb cream to the back of my makeup basket. It's too dark. I noticed this initially when I'd put only the bb cream on and my face was two tones darker than my neck and well, I tried to fix it with the mineral veil but I just made it worse! Oh well, maybe I just use the lighter shade after all. I like using the benetint but I don't think I'll be able to use it all by time it expires; it's less than a half ounce and it really did turn out to be too much.

Next week I'm doing an FOTD featuring all of my recent e.l.f. buys; want to know the verdict on the cruelty-free cosmetic line? Tune in next Sunday!

Cloud Nine Kollektiv: Weekly Roundup!


It's time for the weekly roundup again! I've been a busy bee with all these blog hops and new favorite blogs. One thing I'm certain you'll notice is that I'm a sucker for swatches! I really do love swatches more than writing itself; it makes no sense. A swatch of a product is to me better than writing (and I am infamous I'm sure for my lack of swatches), but videos is better than both put together! Anyway, these are blogs that you can count on for swatches (and good content):
      This is one of my favorite primers! I am so glad to see other reviews of it. I like it because it has a peach color to it and I can use it to correct and prime my skin at once (instead of indulging in a stash of Koh Gen Do, which can be expensive for daily use!)
This is an obvi disco pant appreciation post. They just do the body good! If you've got the extra dough on hand (even after black Friday), then snatch a pair of these from American Apparel!

Loving this toner pictorial as an essential part of the beauty regimen! Cranberries are packed with vitamins that aid in overall wellness.

Review and Swatch: Vapour Organic Beauty Siren Lipstick in Coquette (424)-

 Treading the waters of the organic beauty world; good colors (not the standard reds in other words) are hard to find for an organic beauty line; I'm impressed with the colour that this line has to offer, and fishing for more colours/swatches in posts to come!
I love how shimmery this color turned out to be! Not a colour I would choose for myself, but it looks wonderful on the editor!

That's it for this week's round up! I hope you all enjoy these blogs as much as I do~