Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Fun Summer Makeup | BH Hollywood Palette & Milani Foil Liner

For some reason, I've gotten back into experimenting with makeup.  Something about the summer brings out the desire to be creative, I guess.

This time I'm using the BH Hollywood Palette.  I've had this palette for a while, but I've not done much with it, even though I love the colors.  It may be that I didn't have an occasion to wear such vivid hues.  Since it's finally summer, there's no reason not to wear them!

Normally, I use more neutral colors and purples, or black and reds.  This time, I try a bit of lime green and blue.  I do mix in quite a bit of purple.  It's hard not to.  I found the matte shadows in the BH Hollywood Palette to be pigmented, smooth and easy to blend.  The shimmers are a little gritty and not as pigmented, but they are still very pretty and easy to blend.  This collection also comes with blush that I did not use this time.


I'm pairing the BH Hollywood Palette with Fierce Foil Eyeliner by Milani in Purple Foil (of course, purple ;).  I love this stuff!  It's dark, because the base is black, and it's sparkly.  It goes on very smoothly, like most good gel eyeliner.  You also get a nice brush applicator.  The liner can be blended out to create a smoky look.  I'll be sure to try that next time.

 I had fun with all the makeup I used.  Sometimes when I do makeup, I don't pre-plan the look.  I just line it all up on the counter and start putting stuff on!  That's pretty much what happened in this vid.

Enjoy! (^.^)v


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Rainy Day Makeup: Trying Wet n Wild Spoiled Brat Shadow Trio

Ever since I can remember, I've been putting some kind of stuff on my face.  Sometimes it was even actual makeup!

I still like to play with makeup.  I particularly enjoy trying new eyeshadow palettes.  It doesn't really matter what brand they are, so you won't see a lot of prestige makeup in my collection.  There's a bit of everything, really.

The latest addition to the group is the one I try out in the video, the Wet n Wild Color Icon Eye Shadow Trio - Spoiled Brat.  What attracted me to it is the vivid fuchsia color paired with black.  I still don't know when I'll use the silver.

Wet n Wild Color Icon Eye Shadow Trio - Spoiled Brat
Wet n Wild Color Icon Eye Shadow Trio
Oh, the price!  How could I forget to mention that this eyeshadow is less then $3.00!  I can't remember if I got mine at Walmart or Target, but the price is about the same.  I've also seen it at Walgreens.  The quality of the shadows is comparable to that of brands in the mid-price range.  This particular shadow trio is surprisingly pigmented and easy to blend.  You can't tell from the above picture, but the black shade is sparkly and quite pigmented.  The fuchsia is sort of iridescent and satiny, easy to blend and pigmented.  The silver is, well, it's silver, a bit frosty, creamy and easy to blend.  I'll give it a go next time.

As I mention in the video, it's fun to try out eyeshadow shades without breaking the bank. You can see what colors work for you.  And if they don't work, no worries, with a product like the Wet n Wild shadow trio, you're just out a few bucks!  

The Wet n Wild brand eyeshadow has been consistently good quality and affordable.  It was one of the first brands I used as a teenager.  It's nice to see that Wet n Wild is still around offering great products that pretty much anyone can afford.  I think I need to try more of the shadow trios in this collection!   

Alrighty, that about sums it up!
Enjoy the vid!
Take care out there! (^.^)v 

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Intex 16x48 Ultra Frame Pool--How We Set Ours Up

It's finally happened, after much harassment from the kiddos.  The pool is officially OPEN!

It was a bit warmish this last weekend.  Perfect for swimming!  The kids are finally out of school for summer break, so the pool needed to be set up in short order.

Our pool is an above ground 16ft x 48in Ultra Frame by Intex.  It has survived one season already.  This pool is much easier to set up than the blue Intex 15ft x 48in metal frame pool we had in years past.  It also seems to be much sturdier.  We'll see!  That blue pool lasted about 4 years, which seems to be the average life for metal frame pools.  I suppose it depends on how well we take care of it.

In the video, I didn't mention much about daily pool maintenance, so I'll do that now.

Since I don't use the pool cover the pool came with (it falls into the pool, doesn't fit and is essentially useless) I have to vacuum the pool regularly.  For that I use an above ground pool vacuum with a hose that fits onto that "intake strainer" I talk about in the vid.  The filter pump creates the suction and away goes the gross stuff that you find on the bottom of the pool!  I also much sure to keep the filter in the filter pump clean, as well as, the salt water chlorinator parts.  That's probably a whole other video though!

Enjoy the vid!  (^.^)v