Monday, August 17, 2009

Lip Balm Addiction

My name is Missy Ann, and I am addicted to lip balm.

So . . . I am obsessed with lip balm, but who isn't, right?
I have probably used just about every type of lip balm on the market at least once, but there are 3 that I am really loving right now.

At $13.50, this little sucker is quite expensive for a lip balm.
To be honest, if I didn't have my Pro discount or I couldn't get it at a CCO, I probably would not purchase it.
I do love it though!
It has SPF 15, which is nice because my lips burn really easily.
The creamy formula is great, it does not feel waxy on my lips like so many other lip balms do.
I like to wear it under my lipsticks to lock in moisture.

Second, is Softlips!

I have been using Softlips since high school!
I think that is part of the reason I like it so much . . .
It was my first lip balm love, the one I'm comfortable with, the one I always go back to.
Softlips has SPF 20, which is great!
The downside is that they are so small . . .
I go through these like crazy, but at $3.50 for a two pack, I can deal!

I haven't been using this one very long . . .
I picked it up after reading such great reviews on it.
I must say, I love it!
It only has SPF 4, so I like to keep this one on my nightstand!
A Kiss of Moisture contains Shea Butter and Jajoba Oil, which help to provide long lasting moisture!
I usually put this on before bed and my lips don't feel dry the next morning.

So tell me . . .
What are the balms you can't live without?
I am always looking for new favorites!

Much Love!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Bleach & Mascara

Bleach . . .

So I finally did my roots! It was soooo overdue!
I'm thinking this looks much better than my redneck doo, which featured 2 inches of my mousy brown natural color!

I did put a toner on it, but I'm thinking about toning it again
with one that has a cooler base. It is still a bit gold for me.

& Mascara . . .

Right now I am loving Lancome Hypnose!

The website claims that Hypnose, "wraps lashes one luxurious layer at a time without
smearing, smudging or clumping."
For the most part, I agree!
I really like that you can put on lots of layers, which is something I need for my
nonexistent lashes!
I have not had any problems with smearing, smudging or flaking, however it does clump on me! The more layers, the more clump.
Here are some before and after pics, please excuse the eyebrow that needs a major waxing!

After 12 hours

I look a bit cross-eyed! Haha!
I don't mind a little clumping, so it is still a good mascara pick for me!
Sometimes I top it off with a lengthening mascara to separate and give a bit more length.
Overall, I am a big fan!
Hypnose definitely appears on my top 5 list of fave mascaras!

Much Love!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Lipstick Luck!

So . . .
I have been dying to get my hands on the Color Crafted lipstick!
Apparently, I decided that I had to have it just a bit too late.
Both the MAC website and the MAC Pro website were sold out when I tried to order it,
so I checked with my counter.
Yep! You guessed it, they were sold out too!
I had just given up on finding it, when I was walking through the mall in Charlotte, NC and the MAC caught my eye.
I marched right by it like a good little girl!
Then, that beautiful, pink, Color Crafted lippie popped into my head.
I turned around and went straight up to the counter and asked,
"You don't happen to have any Color Crafted lipstick, do you?"
Much to my surprise she said that they had just got one in!
Well of course I snatched that sucker up!
I am so excited I have been wearing it ever since!
I am sure everyone knows what it looks like by now,
but here are some pics just for fun!

Without Flash
With Flash

I definitely think it lives up to the hype . . . I LOVE it!
I am now regretting not getting a backup!
Ahh, buyers remorse!
Much Love!

Matte Minerals

So . . . I was a fan of BareMinerals foundation for a while . . .
until I started getting unbelievably oily!
Now, I am not necessarily blaming BareMinerals for my recent oiliness,
however, the oil did start showing up while using Bare Minerals . . . just saying.
Anywho . . . I was super exited to hear that Bare Escentuals was coming out with a new BareMinerals Matte Foundation!
Sephora released it on July 30th but it will not be released everywhere else until August 28th!
Well . . . I just happen to live in a super bo-bo city that has NO Sephora!
So you better believe when I took the Hubbs to Charlotte, NC for his birthday, I had to swing by and pick some up!

I have only had a chance to use it once but I think I like it!
It seemed that I had less shine throughout the day than with the other BareMinerals foundation.
The one thing that I like MUCH better is the swivel top on the sifter.
It clicks in to place so it is way less messy.
I think it will travel much better!

Overall . . . I like it a lot better than the other foundation but it is too early to tell if this will become my new go-to foundation.
I'll keep you posted!

Much Love!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Long Time No Blog!

So . . . I have not blogged in quite a while!
I returned home from my Africa trip a couple of weeks ago and have
been trying to get back in the groove ever since.

Stay tuned for a mini haul review and pics!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Off to AFRICA!

So . . . I leave tomorrow for Africa!!!
I am SOOO excited!
We will have a 12 hour layover in Rome, so we'll get to explore there too!
I got a new camera today so I'll post pictures of what appeared in the makeup bag when I get home!

Also . . . when I get home, project 10 pan is on!
Yes, I am finally giving in to the lovely Lollipop26's project 10 pan challenge!
I would love to go ahead and start now, but I'm not sure I can resist a duty-free haul!
Have a great 2 weeks everyone! More to come!


Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Eye Bright Delight

So . . . this week I am loving
Eye Bright by Benefit!

I leave on Friday for an 11 day trip to Africa!!! I am SOO excited!!! However, my usual daily makeup routine is just not going to cut it. I need to do a fast, everyday face with as few items as possible, since I am attempting the impossible . . . packing light!
Eye Bright is the perfect item to take with me because of its superpower multitasking abilities! It is a very, very, pale pink pencil that I can use for brightening under-eye circles, to highlight under my brow and even to highlight my cheek bones! What is my favorite use for Eye Bright? The water line! It glides on effortlessly and actually lasts, which is a task that very few products have been able to accomplish on my waterline. It makes my eyes look instantly whiter and more awake!

Eye Bright is definitely my must-have product of the week!

Drop me a comment if you have any suggestions on other great multitasking, must-have items for traveling.
I will hopefully post again before I leave to show you all of the items that will appear in my tiny makeup bag!

Hope you all are having a great week!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Glossimer Gloom

Soo . . . I have been reading such great reviews on
Chanel Glossimers, yesterday I decided to stop by my Chanel counter and check them out! So I stroll up and was immediately greeted with, "Can I help you?" I responded politely with, "Not yet, thank you, I just want to look around for a minute." Not 5 seconds later another lady came from behind the counter and, "Is there anything I can help you find?" I replied again, "I'm just looking right now, thanks." Well the second lady just stood there looking at me, when a third lady walked around the other side of the counter and said, "Can I help you?" Wow. Okay. So I get retail, I worked retail for years, and I get that they want and/or need to make a sale, but seriously? Lady 2 and 3 stood behind the counter just looking at me until I finally said, "Thank you!" and escaped. I felt a bit overwhelmed and uncomfortable. Oh, and I never even got to look at the Glossimers! Boo! I guess I'll do some online shopping. Any suggestions? What is your favorite shade?

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Polish Party

So . . . I had been getting my nails done every 2 weeks for about 3 years straight. I started thinking . . . WOW, I have spent a lot of money on my nails!!! Well about 3 months ago, I gave it up! Yay for me! It wasn't easy, especially because I love my nail tech and she is a good friend of mine, but I did it! Since then I have been really into nail polish, there are so many fun colors out there that I had been missing out on! I no longer miss my pink and white acrylic, I am having too much fun with my nails now!
Anyway . . . my color of the day is O.P.I. Teal the Cows Come Home! LOVE IT!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Chronically Caucasian

So . . . this is what happens when you wear your seatbelt the correct way while in a convertible!
Can you see that? AHH!!!
Looks like Stephanie Pratt was right!!!
Oh the joys of being chronically caucasian!


So . . . I guess I'm blogging!
Let me start by introducing myself . . .
My name is Melissa also known as MissyAnn.
I am a licensed cosmetologist but recently left the industry to go back to school and pursue other career goals.
I love all things hair and makeup and decided to jump on the beauty blog bandwagon!
My blog is named after the two things I cannot live without . . .
Bleach and Mascara!!!