All Pink and Blue Everything

July 12, 2014 at 5:16pm

0 notes

Impulse Buys From Impulse Cosmetics

Impulse Buys From Impulse Cosmetics

I love make-up and beauty.  That’s why I created this blog. If you’re here you probably love it too. However, no one loves everything. We all have our limits. I don’t fault anyone for them and you shouldn’t either. I’m here for you if you stick with neutrals or love brights. I want you to rock that black lipstick with no fear because in the end it’s your face and naysayers can ______(fill in with…

View On WordPress

June 30, 2014 at 3:33pm

0 notes

In My #TLCVoxBox: Avon ANEW Complete Renewal Express Wrinkle Smoother

In My #TLCVoxBox: Avon ANEW Complete Renewal Express Wrinkle Smoother

FULL DISCLOSURE: This product and the products pictured in this post were sent to me for free through the Influenster program for review. All opinions are my own.

I received the Avon Anew Reversalist Complete Renewal Express Wrinkle Smoother for free through the Influenster program. It retails for $30 and came in the TLCVoxBox along with some other items. I was excited to get the box and…

View On WordPress

June 26, 2014 at 11:31pm

0 notes

FOTD: A Bold Summer Look Re-creation

FOTD: A Bold Summer Look Re-creation

FULL DISCLOSURE: Nars 413 BLKR Illuminator and Lost Coast Eyeshadow Duo were gifted to me.

I was hanging around on Youtube and decided search for some Nars videos and ran across this one:

In this video head artist, Cindy Rodriguez, used some of the products from Nars Cosmetics’ Summer 2014 Adult Swim Collectionto create a look…

View On WordPress

June 20, 2014 at 4:47pm

0 notes

Product Bust! e.l.f Studio Lip Exfoliator

Finally got my hand on the e.l.f. Lip Exfoliator. Much excite.

— Shanta Fabulous (@ShantaFabulous) June 19, 2014

Oh, the disappointment. I bought e.l.f. Studio Lip Exfoliatorwith much excitement. My Target has been selling e.l.f. for 6 months or so but this product was never there. Two days ago I saw this in my Wal-Mart and clouds parted as I snatched it up for $3. If I only knew then what I…

View On WordPress

June 16, 2014 at 5:21pm

1 note

A Bit Lukewarm: Melt Cosmetics

A Bit Lukewarm: Melt Cosmetics

So Melt Cosmetics recently had their 1st birthday in May and to celebrate offered free shipping. I was not able to take advantage of this because the sold out shades I wanted were still sold out. However, I did get By Starlight and Space Cake the day before.

By Starlight Melt Cosmetics

Melt Cosmetics By Starlight

Space Cake from Melt Cosmetics

Melt Cosmetics Space Cake

Let me say upfront that I wasn’t exactly wowed by either lipstick. Texture wise…

View On WordPress

June 14, 2014 at 12:20pm

0 notes

Women Have Eyes Too

I loathe the phrase “Men are visual creatures”. It’s a phrase used to excuse things from excessive porn watching to infidelity. It makes women wear things they’d never wear and excuse the lack of reciprocity when it comes to things they find visual appealing. It says that women don’t care about looks while men do and shames women who care all at the same time. I believe women are just as visual as men, but our socialization has pushed us to downplay those things while our insecurities bubble up with each photo or video in our newsfeeds and timelines.

There are countless Twitter accounts dedicated to photos of women’s bodies. I know this because I’ve muted some of them. I believe many of them are ignored by women because they’d be labeled insecure otherwise. Other women enjoy them alongside men. Either way the accounts are able to flourish undeterred. However, when an account dedicated to men’s bodies is created, it’s quickly deactivated. Prior to that deactivation, women are ridiculed for even enjoying the visual. Let it be a hashtag like #meninsuits, created by Feminista Jones, and overwhelming praise and excitement is peppered with snide remarks from men. They’re allowed to display their insecurity.    

Now, I don’t believe admitting that we(women) like eyecandy and prefer that men look a certain way is going to make people stop being insecure, but I do think it could help in allowing us to be fuller human beings. When one says that men are more visual than women it creates a chasm between them. His pleasure in seeing attractive women is validated while her pleasure in seeing attractive men is shamed. You get posts like this that call for women to cover themselves up so that men won’t be tempted to look. That doesn’t make sense to me because we’re asking visually capable men to not do something humans do, look, then blaming women when they do. When one says “men are more visual” it creates the environment for women to be called shallow because they want to be attracted to their partner as well as loved by him.

I’m not sure we think about how our socialization contorts us and forces us to live lives that create hindrances to our relationships rather than making them thrive. I’d argue that because people accept that men are more visual it creates insensitivity in men toward women and their valid grievances (excessive porn watching, ogling, etc) while making a women feel wrong for even having them in the first place. It makes it okay for men to be outwardly excited about the Sport Illustrated Swimsuit Edition while women have to hoot and holler at Magic Mike in the confines of a movie theater only to come home and say the experience was just okay.

As women we’re conditioned to be the caregivers and caregivers have to be sensitive to others’ feelings. How else can we provide adequate care without that sensitivity to others? It makes sense, but that sensitivity causes us to pretend things don’t excite us when they really do. We downplay our excitement under the guise of being sensitive to others even when we’re not getting that same sensitivity from our partners.

I love looking at Joe Manganiello and countless other men. They’re on my timeline and on my Pinterest board. I appreciate biceps, pecs, hair, lips of men. It doesn’t make me shallow, but even I am tactful when I express that excitement in my husband’s presence and believe he does the same thing when he comments on the attractiveness of women in front of me. But I know everyone’s relationship doesn’t work like that because that’s not how we’re told relationships work.

Women are conditioned to not bruise the male ego while our egos are poked, prodded and chastened not to break. We’re told to put on a brave face or else be saddled with the label hypersensitive. “At least he’s not cheating, abusing, etc” is what women hear. Settle and accept, even to your own detriment. We’re not going to get the best outcomes when one side can be who they are while the other side can’t.

This type of thinking goes beyond this immediate topic of men being visual while women are not. This thinking says boys can’t cry, women can’t be strong, femininity is a weakness, men don’t know how to care for children, the list goes on. They’re all handcuffs. They’re keeping us from being our best selves because we’re shoving ourselves into something that doesn’t fit and insisting others do the same.

Insecurity isn’t going to go away because it’s human. It doesn’t need to go away. What does need to go away is the idea that men are hardwired to react to pleasing visuals while women don’t have the same capability to react to similar visuals. It’s easy to see if we would stop ignoring the obvious and open our eyes.  

June 4, 2014 at 10:58pm

0 notes

Independent Brand Watch: Glitter BuzzStyle Cosmetics Posed Baked Blush

Independent Brand Watch: Glitter BuzzStyle Cosmetics

I’m no make-up snob. If a smaller company makes good make-up I’m willing to give it a shot. The make-up world is so much bigger than department store counters and drugstore aisles. Independent brands are trying to make their mark and as a consumer I’m excited to try their products.

About a month or so ago Aprill at Glitter Gloss Garbage did a post about Glitter BuzzStyle Cosmeticsand held a…

View On WordPress

May 16, 2014 at 11:38am

0 notes

I’m Going on a No-Buy. But First Lemme Buy Some Melt Cosmetics

I’m Going on a No-Buy. But First Lemme Buy Some Melt Cosmetics

I’m going on a 30 day no-buy. *cue all the sad violins* This is happening so I can use what I have and get to know what I have so I can review it properly. But the no-buy doesn’t begin until…

 

Wait for it…

 

These lipsticks come back in stock.

(courtesy of meltcosmetics.com

(courtesy of meltcosmetics.com)

Melt Cosmeticsfirst birthday is tomorrow(May 17) and they are celebrating with free shipping when you buy 2 lipsticks…

View On WordPress

May 13, 2014 at 12:42pm

0 notes

New and Improved! Nars Lip Gloss - Stella

New and Improved! Nars Lip Gloss – Stella

I was lucky enough to be a sent a few Nars Cosmetics products last week. One of them happened to be their reformulated lip gloss in Stella. This is my first experience with the new formula and I’m pretty impressed.

Nars Cosmetics Lip Gloss in Stella $26

Nars Cosmetics Lip Gloss in Stella. $26

One of the complaints about the old formula was its thickness and stickiness. It wasn’t ever anything that kept me from purchasing, but the new…

View On WordPress

May 12, 2014 at 10:18am

0 notes

Ole Henriksen 3 Little Wonders Mini Review

Ole Henriksen 3 Little Wonders Mini Review

One of my new favorite products is the Ole Henriksen Truth Serum.  I snagged it from Sephora as 100 point perk a couple of months ago and have been in love. My little .25oz sample ran out a few days ago so I decided to take the plunge and by one of the fuller sizes. This product comes in a 1oz and 1.7oz size and is $48 and $72 respectively.

I’m sure you are already thinking “Nope” and I don’t…

View On WordPress