Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Wishlist Wednesday! Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy La Fleur

Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy La Fleur Eau de Toilette Spray 2.5oz - $70

Hello Loves!

So it is Wishlist Wednesday again, and today I'm going to be talking about a new perfume that I received a sample of in my last Birchbox. It is Juicy Couture's Viva La Juicy La Fleur Eau de Toilette Spray. If you watched my August Birchbox unboxing video, you will already know that I was in love at first spritz! I quickly used up my first sample, and I received so many compliments on it the few days that I was able to wear it. 

Viva La Juicy La Fleur Eau de Toilette is described as sheer, modern, & addictive. The scent is a sweet mix of wild berries, mandarin, honeysuckle, gardenia petals, soft jasmine, caramel, vanilla, and sandalwood. The packaging resembles the original Viva La Juicy Eau de Parfum, but in a taller slender bottle with a sheer pink bow adorned delicate gold charms. 

Unfortunately, it is priced at $70.00 for only 2.5oz. I hope to save my money to buy this for myself as a Christmas present! The scent is amazing, and I definitely want to get my hands on it in the future.

Have you heard of Juicy Couture's Viva La Juicy La Fleur? Do you love the scent as much as I do? Let me know in the comments below! 

xoxo
Denise Joyce

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Today's Video! Most Worn Summer Things TAG


xoxo
Denise Joyce

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Wishlist Wednesday: Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler

SHU UEMURA Eyelash Curler

Hello Loves!

In today's Wishlist Wednesday blog post, I'll be talking about the best-selling and award-winning Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler. I mentioned a while back ago that I broke my eyelash curler. I asked on Twitter for recommendations for a new one, and most of you replied with the "Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler". This eyelash curler has been on my wishlist for quite some time now. Although, the price tag of  $20.00 did have me question its credibility. I currently use my $1 Eyelash Curler from ELF, which does a great job with my lashes.

The Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler claims to deliver the perfect curl with its enhanced features and design. Its silicone pad has a mushroom-like shape, allowing you to curl your lashes pinch-free. The edges of the curler will stay put for safety and amazing curl. Its patented hinge also allows for the perfect pressure while curling your lashes. It is suitable for a variety of eye shapes, and it's designed to fit perfectly in your hand for stability and control.

I really want to get my hands on this eyelash curler, but I'm still very hesitant. With all of the benefits that the design and features claim to provide, it sounds almost too good to be true!

Do you own a Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler? Does it provide everything that it claims? Is it worth paying the $20? Let me know in a comment down below!

xoxo
Denise Joyce



Monday, August 27, 2012

Mani Monday: NAKED by Deborah Lippmann

NAKED - Deborah Lippman

Hello Loves!

I am back with another Mani Monday blog post! As you can see in the picture above, I recently painted my nails using my latest polish, NAKED nail lacquer by Deborah Lippmann. As mentioned in a previous blog post, NAKED is a sheer polish described as a "clean bare beige" on the Deborah Lippmann website. I applied one coat of this color on my nails, and I have fallen in love. NAKED by Deborah Lippmann is my new favorite nail lacquer to give my nails a clean, natural look. 

Some light, neutral colored nail lacquers can make your hands look "dirty". Especially with my skin tone, it's difficult to find natural looking nail colors that will compliment my skin. The light color and sheer application of this nail lacquer works perfectly for me. My hands look polished in one coat. This is definitely my new go-to polish for quick manicures.

NAKED nail lacquer has a retail price of $16.00. I purchased mine from Birchbox.com using a discount and reward points, but you can also buy any nail lacquer by Deborah Lippmann directly from the main website here.

What are your opinions about Deborah Lippmann nail lacquer? Do you have any colors you'd like to recommend for me? Let me know in a comment down below!

xoxo
Denise Joyce

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Wishlist Wednesday: Clarisonic Mia 2


Coral Clarisonic Mia 2 Sonic Skin Cleansing System

Hello Loves!

Most of you who follow me on Twitter and Instagram know that I went camping this past weekend. I was with my family at Lupine Shores in Napa, California. We camped along the edge of Lake Berryessa. I had so much fun this weekend, but I was really upset with my skin when I returned home on Sunday afternoon. 

Unfortunately, there were no showers or bathrooms available on the camping grounds, so I went two whole nights without washing my face. (In case you guys don't know, that is a HUGE NO-NO in my book!) I started to break out along my hairline, on my forehead, and on my chin. Sometimes, you don't realize how important it is to keep your skin clean and clear until a breakout happens. I have a morning  and evening skincare routine that I do on a daily basis. So... of course, it was only natural for my skin to freak out on me. 

This brings me to today's wishlist Wednesday item, the Clarisonic Mia 2 Sonic Skin Cleansing System. The Clarisonic brand is well-known throughout the Beauty World. For skincare, their Sonic Skin Cleansing Systems are an essential tool to have in your Beauty regimen. 

Even though you may wash your face everyday, you may not be completely cleansing your skin. This is where the Clarisonic Mia 2 comes in handy. Using Sonic Technology, the Clarisonic Mia gently massages your face to gently remove dirt and excess oil, to create softer and smoother skin. It cleans your face 6x better than your hand. It is not harsh or abrasive. It works with the natural elasticity of your face to prep for application of creams, serums, and moisturizers. It's even gentle enough to use twice a day. 

If I had a Clarisonic Mia already, I'd be using that bad boy on my face every single day! During bad breakouts, like the one I'm currently experiencing, I only want to get my hands on it even more, despite its $149 price tag.

Have you heard of the Clarisonic Mia 2? Would you want to add it to your Skincare regimen? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below! 

xoxo
Denise Joyce


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Trading Tuesday! Little Black Bag

Hello Loves! 

If you've seen my past videos about Little Black Bag, you will already be aware that it has become my latest OBSESSION! Just in case you missed the videos, I'll quickly explain what Little Black Bag is all about. 

Little Black Bag is an online, monthly subscription website where you can purchase a bag for $49.95 filled with fashion and beauty items retailing upwards of $100. Before paying anything, you take a style quiz, which will help the curators of Little Black Bag choose the 2-4 surprise items you get. You then can choose your very first item out of all the items available in your personalized gallery. After proceeding through checkout, all of the items in your bag will be revealed. This is where the fun starts! For one week, you can trade any of the items in your bag with items in the bags of every member on the website. You can trade as many times as you want until you are completely satisfied with your bag. Better yet, if you end up with something you aren't happy with, Little Black Bag has a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. You can send back any item you don't want and Little Black Bag will either refund your money or they will place a new item with the same retail value as credit for a future bag purchase. 

With all that said, I've been trading like crazy all day today! I'm still a little under the weather, so I won't be filming until tomorrow. Be sure to heck out Little Black Bag ASAP! Maybe we'll interact in a trade offer or two! Go to www.LittleBlackBag.com now to take your style quiz & open up you first bag! Maybe you'll end up as addicted as I am! haha

Below are my both of my past Little Black Bag videos. In fact, the first video is also a GIVEAWAY that I am currently hosting on my YouTube Channel until August 25th. Be sure to watch the video & follow all the rules, & MAY THE ODDS BE EVER IN YOUR FAVOR! (Just a little Hunger Games reference there... ;] haha )




xoxo
Denise Joyce

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

I've Got Mail: August Birchbox!


Hello Loves!

I received my August Birchbox last Monday, so as per usual, I'm going to show you all the goodies that I got this month. At first glance, I noticed that this month's box was a bit larger than usual. This month, Birchbox created a beauty supply kit. Much like the back-to-school supply kits that bring students into a new school year, this beauty supply kit is meant to fulfill your beauty essentials to bringing you into the upcoming Fall season. So with that said, let's jump right into the deluxe samples, including the info provided about each item in the enclosed note card. 



SCHICK Hydro Silk Razor 
Full-size, $9.99

"The blades work with your legs' natural curves to make shaving tricky spots like your knees and ankles a breeze.The water-activated moisturizing serum has marine extracts and shea butter and hydrates your skin."


YU-BE Moisturizing Skin Cream
Full-size, $16

"Bestselling Japanese cream that hydrates chapped lips, rough heels, and cracked hands."


Miss Jessie's Original Stretch Silkening Creme
Full-size, $22

"Apply to soaking wet hair to loosen tight curls and add tons of shine."



Pixi Beauty Lip & Line
Full-size, $18

"A double-sided wand featuring a waterproof liner and a creamy lipstick."


Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy La Fleur
Full-size, $70

"This modern scent is a feminine blend of wild berries, mandarin, and waterlily." 

I loved the samples in this month's box just as much as the items I've received in previous boxes. For only $10 per month, I honestly believe that I am getting my money's worth. In this particular box, the Schick Hydro Silk razor paid for the entire box itself. If you haven't signed up for Birchbox yet, I definitely recommend you do so ASAP! What are you waiting for?! HURRY! Go to www.birchbox.com & sign-up today! 

Also, don't forget to watch the video I posted earlier today to see my first impressions of each item as I unboxed my August Birchbox! ENJOY! 

xoxo
Denise Joyce



Monday, August 13, 2012

Mani Monday: Julep Maven

Hello Loves!

As you already know, I've been sick lately, so after removing my nail polish late Saturday night, I was unfortunately too tired to paint my nails. They will probably remain naked until I feel well enough to take the time to do them. I'm not the kind of girl who will quickly brush on  new color just for the sake of having my nails polished. I prefer to take my time to file my nails, clean up my cuticles, apply a base coat, 2-3 coats of polish, and a top coat. This keeps my manicures looking perfect and lasting much longer than they would if I applied nail polish alone. 

With that said, today I am going to be talking about the Julep Maven Monthly Subscription that I've recently signed up for. Lizzy, aka "WhatWouldLizzyDo" on YouTube, posted a recent video talking about how she signed-up for her 1st box for only $0.01! That's right, ONE PENNY! I had to immediately jump at the chance to get some cheap nail polish. I bought my first box for only $0.01 as well, using the code "COLOR2012". I got my first Julep Maven Box in the mail a few days ago, so let's jump right into the pictures shall we?!



The box it comes in is basic black with "julep.com" written on the top, as you can see pictured above. The sides have "Julep Maven" written on them, & the underside has my address, which I of course will NOT be showing you for my own safety reasons. haha



When you first open the box, you will see bright, magenta tissue paper wrapped around this cute, re-usable shopping bag, pictured above. Most of you will know that I love being Green, & I use re-usable shopping bags regularly. Most of my re-usable shopping bags are quite large though, so the size of the bag is perfect to bring along when I'm making smaller purchases, which I LOVE!



The first item inside my bag is this Welcome Card featuring the type of box I received. When signing up for Julep Maven, you take a style quiz, which will determine the type of box you will get. There are 5 different Style Profiles including: American Beauty, Boho Glam, Bombshell, Classic with a Twist, & It Girl. 



Next inside my bag is a Welcome Maven letter that includes all the great perks you get for becoming a Julep Maven as well as tips to take full advantage of your membership. Mavens get 20% OFF all products as well as FREE shipping. You can also earn a FREE monthly box for every 2 friends you refer. There is also NO OBLIGATION to buy! Your monthly box costs $19.99 per month. Every 20th of the month, Julep will send you a preview e-mail of the box they will send you. If you do not like what your box has, you can skip the month or gift the box to a friend. Julep will NOT charge your account until the 27th, the date when they also ship out the box. 


Left to Right: Claire, Blake, & Morgan

Lastly, here are the three gorgeous colors I received in my July box. The first color, Claire, is a nice robin's egg blue. It is a creme finish, & looks quite opaque in the bottle. The next color, Blake, is a pale buttery yellow. It is also a creme finish, but it doesn't look as opaque as Claire. I'm eager to see how Blake will actually apply to my nails. The last color, which also happens to be my FAVORITE, is Morgan. Morgan is a satin finsh, royal purple color. It looks beautiful in the bottle, so I'm very eager to see how it applies to my nails. 

I am very pleased with my first Julep Maven box! It was well worth thr ONE PENNY that I spent on it. haha If you like to check out Julep Maven for yourself, go to JULEP.COM. You are also more than welcome to use the code "COLOR2012" to get your 1st box for only ONE PENNY! 


xoxo
Denise Joyce

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Sick Sunday =(

Hello Loves!

First of all, I'd like to apologize for my lack of videos and blog posts lately. On top of work being hectic this week, I caught a cold from my co-worker making it very difficult to film. I've been sick in bed all day trying to re-gain my strength before I go back to work tomorrow. If I'm feeling better tomorrow morning, I should be able to film at least one new video for you guys before heading into work. 

Thank you all for your patience & understanding with me. I promise to keep my blog & YouTube Channel updated as much as possible! I know that I've been seriously lacking so far this month.

xoxo 
Denise Joyce  

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Today's Video: CVS, Coupons, & Candie!

Hello Loves!

I had a day off of work yesterday, so I decided to vlog. I uploaded the finished vlog earlier this morning, so be sure to check it out if you want to see how a typical day off of work is like for me. ENJOY! 


xoxo 
Denise Joyce

Monday, August 6, 2012

Mani Monday: My 1st Butter London & Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquers

Hello Loves!

My current nail polish color, OPI's Gargantuan Green Grape is holding up perfectly. I am currently in my 3rd week with this polish color with very little chipping! I am in love with this color for Summer, so be sure to check out the blog I posted 2 weeks ago, when I first applied it to my nails to learn more. 

If you've been keeping up with my videos on my channel, you will have seen the new nail polish I've gotten recently. In my Online Shopping Haul video, I featured the Butter London and Deborah Lippmann nail lacquers. In today's Mani Monday, I'm going to be giving you guys a closer look at these AMAZING nail lacquers. 

Left to Right: Slapper, Cheeky Chops, and Primrose Hill Picnic

The first three nail lacquers I want to talk about are from Butter London. This trio came FREE with my ShoeMint purchase last month. I have the colors Slapper, Cheeky Chops, and Primrose Hill Picnic. I'll list each individual nail lacquer below, including its description from the Butter London website, and a link to where you can purchase it. 

Slapper Nail Lacquer
"A truly teal nail lacquer, bold and very bright."
Retail Price: $14.00 

Cheeky Chops
"'Why, no - I do not have a banana in my pocket - but I am happy to see you.' Get noticed with this bright yellow nail lacquer."
Retail Price: $14.00

Primrose Hill Picnic
"A happy, punchy, tropical, fuchsia pink nail lacquer. Will make you want to take off your shoes and run barefoot through the office."
Retail Price: $14.00

These are my very first three Butter London Nail Lacquers. I am absolutely in love with these colors, because I think they are PERFECT for Summer. I can't wait to try them out on my nails in the future.

Left to Right: Naked, Hard Rock Base & Top Coat, and Don't Tell Mama 

The next and last three nail lacquers I want to talk about are from Deborah Lippmann. I purchased these three nail lacquers from Birchbox.com, using the Birchbox Rewards points that I accrued over the last 6 months. I used 200 of my points, giving me a $20 discount on my purchase. Deborah Lippmann nail lacquer is pretty pricey, so I was ecstatic that I was able to get these three nail lacquers for $21.60. I bought the colors Naked, Don't Tell Mama, and the Hard Rock Base & Top Coat. Below, I'll list each individual nail lacquer, including its description from the website, and a link to where you can purchase it.

Naked
"clean bare beige (sheer)"
Retail Price: $16.00

Don't Tell Mama
"mood ring blue/green (shimmer) - As seen on Live with Regis and Kelly as Kelly's favorite stocking stuffer!"
Retail Price: $16.00

Hard Rock Base & Top Coat
"hydrating hardener base and top coat"
Retail Price: $20.00

These are my first purchases from Birchbox.com, as well as my first purchases from the Deborah Lippmann Collection. I am very excited to try them out for myself, because I have heard so many good things from other people. 

Be sure to check out the Online Shopping Haul that these nail lacquers were featured in if you haven't done so already! 


xoxo
Denise Joyce





Saturday, August 4, 2012

Today's Video: JULY FAVORITES!


Hello Loves!


I'm so sorry for the lack of blog posts this past week. I've been super busy at work lately, but I promise to get back into blogging regularly! In the meantime, be sure to check out my latest video on my YouTube Channel, my July Favorites. ENJOY! 


xoxo
Denise Joyce

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Wishlist Wednesday: FAIRYDROPS - Scandal Queen Mascara


Hello Loves!

It is Wishlist Wednesday again, and today I am going to be talking about FAIRYDROPS - Scandal Queen Mascara. Mascara is slowly becoming one of my everyday makeup essentials. When I first began wearing makeup, mascara was definitely not something that excited me. It was scary placing anything super close to my eyeballs! haha As time went on, I realized how much of a difference mascara can make. Long lush lashes create a wonderful allure to your eyes, and they can brighten up your entire face, making you look more awake. Since my revelation of the importance of mascara, I have been searching for the absolute, best mascara. 

I found FAIRYDROPS - Scandal Queen Mascara while browsing Sephora one day. The adorable packaging was the first thing that caught my eye. This mascara was created by the Japanese TV personality, Aya Yasuda. It claims to be volumizing as well as water- and sweat-resistant. As you can see in the photo above, it also has a brush head that is so unique that it is patented in Japan. The brush shape allows it to catch even the tiniest lashes, while defining, lengthening, and holding all-day curl.The formula of this mascara is blended with fiber to create lush, doll-like lashes. It contains NO sulfates, synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes, phthalates, GMOs, or Triclosan. 

Priced at $24.00, this mascara better be all that it is hyped up to be. I don't usually pay more than $15.00 for mascara, but I'd love to try out more high-end brands. What is your opinion on mascara? Do you have any good ones to recommend? 

xoxo
Denise Joyce 





Thursday, July 26, 2012

Today's Video: Random Mini Haul

Hey Loves!


I uploaded a new video late last night. I recently made an online purchase from StyleMint, & I went shopping in downtown SF with my sister. Watch the video below to see the new items I picked up from StyleMint, H&M, & Victoria's Secret. ENJOY!


xoxo
Denise Joyce

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Wishlist Wednesday: Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Eau de Parfum



Hello Loves!


So it is Wishlist Wednesday again, and today I'm going to be talking about a perfume that I've been obsessing over for at least a year now! It is Juicy Couture's Viva La Juicy Eau de Parfum Spray. I received my very first sample of this perfume last January in an order from Sephora.com. I was in love at first spritz! I quickly used up that first sample and received so many compliments on it. 


Viva La Juicy Eau de Parfum is described as tantalizing, teasing, and tempting. The scent is a sweet mix of wild berries, mandarins, honeysuckle, gardenia, jasmine, amber, caramel, vanilla, sandalwood, and praline. The packaging is also very girly and fun. I love the bright pink bow and delicate gold charms on the bottle. 


Unfortunately, it is priced at $52.00 for only 1oz. I have been saving my pennies for the rainy day I choose to splurge on this! The scent is amazing, and I definitely want to get my hands on it in the future.


Do you own a bottle of Viva La Juicy Eau de Parfum? Would you like to own a bottle? Let me know in the comments below! 


xoxo
Denise Joyce

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

TV Tuesday: Awkward


Hey Loves!

So for today's TV Tuesday, I'm going to talk about one of my favorite shows on MTV right now, "AWKWARD." AWKWARD is currently in its Second Season, & I must say that if you have not started watching this show already, go to MTV.com to catch yourself up! The entire First & Second Season is available to watch instantly.

AWKWARD follows the daily life of Jenna Hamilton, an unpopular 16 year old who gained immediate, yet unwanted, popularity at her high school when the student body mistakes an accident she has for a suicide attempt.In Season One, Jenna tries to move past the rumors, while struggling with her on-again/off-again relationship with Matty McKibben, & trying to figure out the identity of the person who sent her the Secret Letter that caused her world to tumble down around her. 

This show is fun, funny, & definitely awkward at times, but it's also incredibly addicting to watch! So what are you waiting for?! Catch yourself up on MTV.com, & be sure to watch AWKWARD every Thursday Night at 10:30pm PST on MTV. 

xoxo
Denise Joyce

Monday, July 23, 2012

Mani Monday: OPI Gargantuan Green Grape


Hello Loves!


I painted my nails with OPI's Gargantuan Green Grape late last night, & let me just say that I am in LOVE with this color. If you watched my most recent haul video, you will know that I fell for this color at first sight. Passing by the OPI nail polish at ULTA, the particular shade caught my eye, and I knew that I couldn't leave without buying it. It is the perfect mint green color! 


I have had no problems with this color so far. It applied very smooth and creamy to my nails. It was opaque in two coats, but I did apply a third coat for good measure. I know that pastel colors are more popular in the Spring, but this color still exudes a fun, playful vibe that screams Summer to me! 


I have gotten so many compliments on this nail color, & today is the first today that anyone has really had the chance to see it. No chips so far, but we'll see how this nail color lasts through the week. Be sure to come back next Monday to see which nail lacquer I will choose next! 


xoxo
Denise Joyce

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Sweaty Sunday: My 5K Training Schedule

Hello Loves! 


As most of you already know, I've been training for The GIANT Race, which is a 5K in September benefiting Project Open Hand.  I announced in an update video back in May that my sister and I would begin training. I have never been a very strong runner nor do I love running. I have been able to run 3 miles in the past, but I was still in high school, which is quite a few years ago.


Today, I want to share with you all the weekly running routine my sister and I have been following to prepare for the 5K. So without any further ado, let's get started! 


Below is the typical running schedule my sister and I started. Back in May, my sister and I began our training barely able to run 1 mi without being completely out of breath. This is how we got ourselves started.


Sunday: 1 mile run
Monday: REST
Tuesday: 1 mile run
Wednesday: REST
Thursday: 1 mile run
Friday: REST
Saturday: Cross-Training (Elliptical/Walking)


In each of the following weeks, my sister and I increased the distance that we ran by 1/4 of a mile. This way we were both able to work our way up to running further distances without completely overworking our bodies. I was shocked at how quickly I was able to get back into running. I am currently up to 2.5 miles without any problems. In about two weeks, I should begin running 3 miles 3 times per week. I am absolutely sure that my sister and I will be ready for The GIANT Race come September.


I am currently still raising money for The GIANT Race. Click HERE if you would like to donate to Project Open Hand. Any donations are greatly appreciated! 


I'll keep you all updated on my running endeavors in the future, especially once I see a difference in my overall health. Watch the video below from my vlog channel if you want to see what a typical Sunday of running looks like with me and my sister.


xoxo
Denise Joyce








Saturday, July 21, 2012

Today's Video: Subscribe to DeniseJoyceTV!

Hello Loves!


I uploaded a new video on my YouTube vlog channel "DeniseJoyceTV" this morning. If you are not yet subscribed to my vlog channel, I suggest you do asap so you don't miss out on any future vlogs! This vlog was filmed last Wednesday, July 18th. I had just gotten back from Target and Barnes & Noble, and I decided to film a little bit while I was uploading new video footage from my camera to edit. Check out today's video down below!


xoxo 
Denise Joyce

Friday, July 20, 2012

Fashion Friday: NEON!

Summer Trends: Neon Colors
Hey Loves!

As you can tell by the title & the fun Polyvore collage I put together, my favorite trend of the season is NEON! Summer has been passing by quickly, but this trend is still as hot as ever. I love the fun, bright colors! You can wear this trend in so many ways. Color block different neon shades in an entire outfit, or add a neon pop of color to a neutral outfit with your accessories. 


If you have a bold sense of style like Nicki Minaj, try color blocking! Use two complimenting neon colors, like lime green & lemon yellow. Imagine a sheer lime blouse paired with a high waisted lemon shorts. Your eye catching outfit will make you the center of attention in any room you walk into. 

If the neon color trend scares you, try adding neon accessories to a neutral color outfit. A basic white tee & skinny jeans can be amped up with the right neon accessories. Slip on some neon pink wedges or grab a bright turquoise clutch! You can paint your nails a bright neon too! The possibilities are endless!

How do you personally feel about this trend? Will you be rocking the neon trend this season? Leave your comments down below!

xoxo
Denise Joyce

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Thursday's Thoughts: Do you believe in karma?

Hello Loves!


Today's Thoughtful Thursday question of the day is: 


DO YOU BELIEVE IN KARMA?

Personally, I believe in good karma, bad karma, instant karma... and any other type of karma you can think of! Has a car ever sped past you, cutting you off, making you not only upset, but extremely scared at the same time?! Only to see them later on the side of the road getting a speeding ticket. Say it with me now! "KARMA!" 


There have been specific times in my life when I felt that I did something wrong or hurtful to someone, which in turn, came right around to bite me in the booty later in life. The same with doing good things for people. I found that good karma would come back to me as well, often in better ways than I could have imagined. Sometimes karma comes quickly as well. For instance, immediately after pretending to hit my sister, I'll walk into a door or hit my hand against the wall. LOL I'm sure many of you guys have experienced instant karma at some level.


I've grown to take karma into consideration whenever making decisions. I do believe in having a conscience as well, but a lot of the time, people like to ignore that little Jiminy Cricket on your shoulder. 


Well, that is how I personal feel about karma. But what do you think? Leave a response below!


xoxo 
Denise Joyce

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Wishlist Wednesday: Sigma's Make Me Crazy Essential Kit


Hello Loves!

Have you guys ever noticed my beauty wishlist in the right-hand column below? If you haven't, go ahead and take look right now. As you can see, listed are my most current lusted-after beauty products. I've decided to dedicate Wednesdays to updating my current beauty wishlist, while also highlighting my number one most wanted product. Today's topic, as you can tell by the title and pictures above and below, is Sigma's Make Me Crazy Essential Kit.

The Make Me Crazy Essential Kit was specially designed for fun yet functional makeup application. This kit contains twelve colorful brushes from Sigma's best-selling Essential Kit. The brushes come in an innovative and functional container that turns into two brush holders to keep you stylish and organized. 
Brushes Included: 
E05 - Eye LinerCreate smooth and even lines. Use with gel or liquid liners. 
E30 - PencilSoften and smoke out lines. Soften pencil liners along the top and bottom lash lines, add shadow to line the eyes, or use to highlight inner corner of eyes. 
E40 - Tapered BlendingSoft blended crease. Using just the tips to apply color, sweep back and forth through the crease for a diffused and blended finish. 
E55 - Eye ShadingEven application of color. Place color across the whole lid for an even and strong application of product. 
E60 - Large ShaderUniformly cover the whole lid with product. Apply cream shadow base or cream shadow for quick and even coverage. 
E65 - Small AngleCreate precise lining. Moves fluidly and easily across the upper and lower lash lines. Use with gel, cream or powder liners. 
E70 - Medium Angled ShadingSoft application of color. Use for brow highlighting or to blend the crease. 
F30 - Large PowderEven powder application. Uniform blending of powder products onto the face and body. 
F40 - Large Angled ContourSubtle cheek application. Use the angle to softly contour the cheekbone. Can also be used to apply blush. 
F50 - Duo FibreCreates an airbrush effect onto the skin. Can be used with powder, liquid or cream products. 
F60 - FoundationSmooth foundation application. Apply liquid or cream products such as foundation and primer.
F70 - ConcealerConceal small areas. Conceal the hardest to reach areas such as around the nose and eyes.

Priced at $109.00, each brush comes out to be only ~$9.00 each! This kit has every essential brush for perfect makeup application. I would love to add these to my collection. The fun purple color (which just happens to be my absolute favorite color by the way!) make me want these brushes even more. Looking at them on my vanity would instantly brighten my day, and make my morning beauty routine more fun. 

Would you consider picking one of these sets up? Would you buy it if I told you I had a 10% OFF coupon code? Well... Today is your lucky day! Go to www.SigmaBeauty.com & use the code "AP2012" during checkout for 10% OFF your entire purchase! Don't be afraid to take a look around the website while you're there. Sigma not only has amazing brushes, but makeup & other great beauty essentials. 
Happy Shopping!

xoxo 
Denise Joyce





Tuesday, July 17, 2012

TAG! $20 Makeup Challenge


Hey Loves!

I know that I am a little behind on blogs, but I have a decent reason... (Or at least I think so! LOL) I wasn't able to post a Mani Monday, because sadly, I having nothing on my nails at the moment. >_< Every few weeks or so, I decide that my nails are way too long, and I remove all my polish & cut them super short. Being a contact wearer, I can't have my nails too long, out of fear of scratching my eyeballs. I do promise to have my nails painted along with a detailed blog post on my current polish next Monday! 

With that said, I decided to highlight the latest video on my channel today, instead of discussing my current TV obsession. (I will be highlighting MTV's Awkward next Tuesday by the way!) As you can tell by the title & the picture above, I decided to try my hand at the $20 Makeup Challenge. Started by YouTube Guru, RissRose2, and JoseFigz, the $20 Makeup Challenge: If you lost all of your makeup, and only had $20 to spend on a full face of makeup, what would you buy?

Sunday morning, I decided to head down to CVS with $20 in hand to choose my makeup. To make the challenge even more difficult, I chose CVS over Target. Most YouTube Guru's choose Target because it carries ELF products. ELF is the most affordable makeup brand that I know of in the US. You can get a lot of ELF products for as little as $1. I decided to go against my first instinct of Target to buy my products, to see if I can really push my pennies together & still create a decent full face of makeup. 

Although I didn't go to Target, I was still able to save a lot of money at CVS. Upon arrival, I scanned my CVS Extra Care Card at the Coupon Machine, & I received a coupon for $5 off a $15 Beauty purchase. (Can you say SCORE!?) My coupon definitely saved me some money! I'll go ahead & list out all of the products that I ended up choosing, along with prices to show you how my purchase totaled up.

Maybelline New York
Dream Fresh BB 8-in-1 Beauty Balm Skin Perfector SPF 30
Medium/Deep Sheer Tint
1.0 FL OZ
Price: $9.29

Wet N' Wild Color Icon 
Brow & Eyeliner
649 Mink Brown
Price: $0.99
(ON SALE: $0.69)

Wet N' Wild Color Icon
Eye Shadow Trio
335 Silent Treatment
Price: $2.99 

Wet N' Wild Color Icon
 Bronzer 
741A Princess
Price: $2.99

Maybelline New York Great Lash 
Waterproof Mascara
Very Black
Price: $5.49
(ON SALE: $2.74)

Wet N' Wild 
MegaLast Lip Color 
906D Wine Room
Price: $1.99

-$5 CVS Coupon

SUBTOTAL: $15.69
+CA 8.25% TAX
TOTAL: $16.98
$3.02 Remaining! ^_^

Did I pass the $20 Makeup Challenge? You be the judge! Watch the video below to see all the products in action! I explain how I use each products & give mini-reviews, while I attempt to create a full makeup look. ENJOY!


xoxo
Denise Joyce