Thursday, March 31, 2011

Makeup Purge - The Aftermath

What a mess!

JUST lippy

Nice & Neat!

Goodbye, my loves

As hard as it was, I finally did it. It felt so good to sort through my things and chuck the old & gross stuff. I did try to pay attention to WHAT I was throwing out. I came to a few conclusions:

  • I had a ton of eye shadows and lip products that should have been thrown out about a century ago, gross.

  • I hate to say it, but I threw out a lot of my drug store makeup. I don't want to say that luxury/department store products are always better, but I found that I purchased some things just because they were cheap and I wanted to try a different shade

  • I definitely threw out any of my foundations/moisturizers that had SPF in them, since they lose effectiveness.

  • Finally, I noticed I am a huge offender of buying similiar shades, especially when it comes to lip glosses and lipsticks. I have enough pink & glittery lip color for the entire state of New Jersey.

As painful as it was to throw out makeup, it was necessary. I think it will also allow me to shop smarter in the future (note to self: no more pink lip glosses). Now the question is: what new products to buy?! =)

Makeup Purge

I absolutely HATE throwing out makeup. I feel like i'm throwing out a limb. But I know every few months, it's necessary. I have a huge cabinet that I keep my cosmetics in - each drawer is labeled - Face, Eyes, Lips, etc.

When you are a junkie like me and feel the need to purchase new makeup all the damn time, those drawers get a little...full. OK, understatement. They get SO full that I can barely close them anymore. Then I find myself using the same eye shadows, lipsticks and so on because I simply can't SEE any of my other makeup. We see a problem here, yes?

Sadly when I get home from work, I will begin my makeup purge. Things that I think are older than a year need to go, and things I rarely use will go as well. I feel like the lady with 50 cats - she loves them all and doesn't have the heart to part with any of them (yes, dramatic).

Photos to come later of the colossal mess I will probably make =) Hope everyone is having a great day! xoxo

Monday, March 28, 2011

Young Majesty

Double trouble?

My second favorite obsession (wild guess at the first) is definitely photography. I am a sucker for capturing moments and looking back on them every so often. With all of the social networking websites we have access to, it’s kinda cool (and a bit creepy, at times) to look back on your life and see how you’ve changed – what you wore, how your physical appearance has changed, even if it’s just slightly. A bit of a nostalgic post, I know, but I look at it in a positive way. Remembering life through photos makes me smile – not so much longing for the past, but looking forward to the future and more good times to come.

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Liebster Blog Award!

The lovely Nora Schu has presented me with the Liebster Blog Award! I really do love getting these cute awards, because I enjoy blogging about makeup and am so happy that you guys check out my site on the reg =) Nora's site is called botoxey (which is not about Botox injections - it is way cooler!) she blogs about music, art, fashion, makeup and all things pretty. Her site makes me happy, it's like a girly playground of bright colors and cute things. If you aren't following her, you should be! Thanks again, Nora <3

I nominate these 3 blogs for this award!

Forever the Ugly Duckling

Marina's blog is so fantastic - an eclectic mix of beautiful nail art, beauty reviews, crafts & fashion. She always keeps it interesting, and does nails better than anyone I know! She is an avid reader of Makeup Majesty, and always leaves me sweet comments! =) Oh, and she is far from "ugly duckling," that's for sure!

A Vintage Affair with Beauty

The name says it all! I love everything vintage, and I think it's safe to say I love everything beauty related too =) Ashley gives killer product reviews & swatches, and I just love her makeup tutorials! Some of her videos show practical, everyday makeup and others are fantasy, high-drama makeup which I wish I knew how to do! Lovely blog, and lovely chick!

Fashion by He

This blog is hilarious and I just can't get enough of it. Every wonder what guys think of women's fashion? Fashion by He dishes out some tough love in the fashion department from a man's perspective. Great read and very funny!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Clinique Gets Chubby

CHUBBY STICK! I am kind of obsessed with saying the name HAHA. Anyway, the newest edition to the Clinique makeup family is indeed the Chubby Stick, which is a moisturizing lip balm in crayon form. After ranting and raving for weeks about how I NEEDED the Chubby Stick to SURVIVE (yes, dramatic I know) my boyfriend picked one up for me! I got shade 07 Super Strawberry (sorry for the crappy photo ha).

I'm in love with the color, but since it is a balm and not a lipstick or lipgloss it doesn't last very long. I see this more as beach makeup, because it's subtle and pretty. Allure describes it best when they called it "no makeup - makeup." This shade is a bit brighter than my natural lip shade, so it looks polished without trying too hard. I was pleasantly surprised by how smooth and silky the texture is (I see crayon or stick, I think dry and dull). My friend purchased the Watermelon shade, and we had the same consensus - love the color and texture, just wish it had more lasting power.

Anyone else get one? =)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

MORE Shatter Polish from OPI?!?!

I am geeking out HARD right now. Just saw this photo on a friend's facebook page, and I am shaking just a little out of excitement!!! As seen in my earlier post, I am so obsessed with Black Shatter, and have gotten so many compliments on it.

Seems like the new colors will be available sometime in May, and I hope that it's true. Can't wait to get my hands on other colors! Such a cool idea, well done OPI.

GaGa for Beauty Tips

Want beauty tips from Lady Gaga? The current reigning Queen of Pop sat down with People to discuss her beauty advice.

-She washes her face with Ivory soap

-She sleeps in her makeup SEVEN days a week! But says she is lucky to have good genes.

-She wears sunscreen on her face daily, claiming “I don’t like to tan my face because it’s bad for wrinkles”

-She claims her “blonde hair is falling out” from dying it too much
-Her favorite fragrances growing up were Versace Baby and Revlon’s Jean Nate

-She is skipping out on both mascara AND her false lashes, claiming “I think it’s more modern not to wear either. I just wear eyeliner”

-And above all, “Go with your gut. Whenever you try being someone else, it’s boring.

What do you guys think about Gaga’s beauty tips?

Elizabeth Taylor - Remembering the Life of a Beauty Icon

Elizabeth Taylor was known for many things – her career as a glamorous movie star, her sometimes dramatic personal life, her successful venture as a perfume mogul, and her timeless beauty. Her strong brows and hypnotizing eyes have graced movie screens and red carpets for decades. She will continue to be an inspiration to the beauty industry for years to come.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Black Shatter Masterpiece

I am so in love with OPI Black Shatter nail polish! If you're following me on Twitter, you've probably heard me whining about how badly I wanted this nail polish. WELL, I finally got it and it was so worth the wait!

I purchased Black Shatter in a salon in NYC, and the chick who worked there gave me pretty good advice on how to best apply it. To start, choose a base shade that is bright or metallic - the more punchy the shade the better! I used SEPHORA by OPI's Queen of Everything. Allow the base coat to dry completely, and don't use a top coat at all.

Next, apply a thin layer of Black Shatter directly on top of the base shade. I've found the thinner the layer, the better so the polish can "crack" and give you that cool stained-glass effect.

I'm eager to dry different shades under it! My boyfriend and I kept admiring how cool and fun it looked. What do you guys think?

Friday, March 18, 2011

Beauty Quote of the Day

"I am a thing of beauty" - Frank Sinatra

Friday, March 11, 2011


I had such a fantastic time in Rio for Carnaval! It was such a special experience for me. I had been to Brazil a few times before, but never during Carnaval. People prepare nearly all year round for this month long celebration of dance, costumes, parties & culture. Parades, music, singing, and beautiful people fill the streets during the month of March, which can only be described as the world's biggest celebration.

Makeup varied from full-on face paint & theater make-up, to glittery eyes & bright lips, to fresh-faced teenagers coming straight from the beach. I kept somewhere in between with my white mask and waterproof mascara!

I will always remember this year in Brazil as one of the best, and feel very lucky to have shared the experience with fantastic people!!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Oi From Brazil!!

I´m having a blast! This photo is of me and my friend Flavia at one of the Blocos (block parties) in Rio. There are so many cool costumes, makeup and people in general celebrating Carnival, which is such a fun and special glad i´m here to be a part of it!

More photos to come, just wanted to pop in and say hello!

xoxo, Makeup Majesty