What Does Self-Care Look Like For You? #BuryMeMondays

What Does Self Care Look Like For You
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When it comes to self-care it’s easy to default to beauty rituals and since this is a beauty blog it’s probably even easier.  I want to put something else into the air about this though.

Beauty things kind of lift me up(surprise, surprise), but that’s not everyone. If that’s not you, have you investigated what helps you recharge your battery so you can keep doing what you need/want to do? What settles you? What helps you right the ship if you veer off course a bit?

If it’s a beauty thing, great, but if it’s not don’t feel wrong. What your spirit may be telling you is that getting your hair done is nice, but it’s not enough. So let me know what self-care looks like for you in the comments. Use the #burymemondays hashtag and tag me on Twitter and Instagram (@shantafabulous).

Save and Splurge: Vampy Lip Edition

I’m a woman who likes options or at least that’s what I tell myself when I pick up something that may or may not look similar to something I already own. So today I have a few swatches of some vampy lip options for you. One is on the high side while the others are budget friendly so hopefully you won’t feel left out if vampy lips are your lane and you haven’t tried these yet.

Vamp Lip Swatches

Wet N Wild – Vamp It Up ($1.99)

Makeup Revolution Salvation Velvet Lacquer – Vamp ($4.59) 

NARS Cosmetics Velvet Matte Lip Pencil – Train Bleu ($26)

When it comes to a dark lip what’s you’re go-to shade?

Bury Me In Red Lipstick is Turning 2! It’s A Celebration!

Bury Me In Red Lipstick turns 2 October 26 so I thought I’d mark the occasion with my first giveaway.

Urban Decay Smoked Palette Zip

Urban Decay’s Smoked Palette has 10 shades you can combine to create all kinds of looks. This palette comes with a mini Urban Decay Primer Potion and a full size 24/7 Glide-On Pencil in Perversion. It also comes with a booklet to with detailed instructions to recreate some suggested smokey eye looks.

Urban Decay Smoked Palette Inside

Urban Decay Smoked Palette Back

Urban Decay Smoked Palette

This giveaway begins October 25th and ends November 1st. USA only and 18+ to enter. Winner has 24hrs from the time of email notification to confirm or be disqualified.

This product was purchased by me.

Urban Decay Smoked Palette Giveaway

TODAY! @Origins Launches Single Serve Mask Pods Exclusively at @Sephora

Today, Origins launches their fan-favorite masks in single serving pods exclusively at Sephora. They can be purchased for $4 individually or in a 6 pack sleeve for $24. I really like when brands make popular products in small sizes because they’re good for traveling and to try them out without the commitment. And with the holidays around the corner these little pods could be a cute gift for the skincare maven in your life.

Origins Launches Single Serve Mask Pods Available Exclusively at Sephora

I haven’t had the chance to try all these masks out, but I have tried the Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask and that mask is dope. Are any of these your faves? Will you be giving one try anytime soon?

These new pods are exclusive to Sephora.com and select Sephora locations nationwide beginning Friday, October 23


A Fall Blush Option: @NARSissist Dolce Vita

Fall is upon us. You may be dragging your hoodies (or someone else’s *winks*) from your closets so that means it’s time to transition your makeup to deeper tones. Deeper lippies are a staple, but what about blushes?

Nars Cosmetics Dolce Vita
NARS Cosmetics Dolce Vita($30)

Dolce Vita Blush From Nars Cosmetics

Nars Cosmetics Dolce Vita has been in my makeup drawer forever. It’s described as a dusty rose and a great blush for fall. It’s matte so if you’re trying to stay away from sparkly or glitterly blushes then this could be for you. Unfortunately, Nars blushes are not cheap. Prices have slowly crept up on us Narsissists in the last few years, but I still think they’re great. There’s something out there for most skintones so even if Dolce Vita doesn’t tickle your fancy there’s another one out there waiting for you. And if you already have a fave Nars blush let me know in the comments. :-)

Nars Cosmetics Dolce Vita blush($30) is available at narscosmetics.com, Sephora and wherever Nars Cosmetics are sold.     

Manage The Mess: @SimpleSkincare Micellar Water Makeup Removing Wipes

Simple Micellar Wipes

Simple Skincare makes my favorite makeup wipes. I eased up using them in exchange for another one of their products, Simple Micellar Water, but when I found out about the Micellar Wipes I knew I had to give them a shot. These are just as good.

These wipes removed my makeup and didn’t make my skin feel gross afterwards. There’s no strange smell and they get the job done. I follow them up with cleanser but I’m not above a lazy day. I just try not to have them too often.

As I said before I’ve exchanged wipes for other makeup removing products, but I still think these wipes have their place. I love to use them when I’m having a swatchfest or need to clean up a palette because of fallout. Make up is messy business so having a wipe on hand keeps things like brush handles from getting too gross or foundation pumps from getting too dirty.

Are wipes part of your cleansing routine?

Simple Skincare Micellar Makeup Remover Wipes ($5.97) are available in various drugstores.   

What’s Your Makeup Buying Excuse? #BuryMeMondays

What Is Your Makeup Buying Excuse BuryMeMondays

If you’re anything like me you probably buy makeup for no reason at times. Now of course you have a “reason” but you know and I know that it’s probably more of an excuse than satisfying a true need like replacing something. Nevertheless, I want to know your makeup buying excuse.

What do you tell yourself as you place the item in your cart and a little voice is saying “How many mascaras do you really need?” or “What about the last lipstick you bought?” Mine is below.

What's Your Makeup Buying Excuse BuryMeMondays

So how do you talk yourself into buying that lipstick or blush? Leave comment below.

For The Brows: @maybelline Brow Define + Fill by Eyestudio

Over time I’ve learned that filling in my brows gives my face a more finished look when it comes to wearing makeup. Whether I’m doing a full face or just some mascara and liner a filled in brow goes a long way. Since I like to fill in my brows I decided to take a break from my usual powder and give a more budget friendly product a shot.

Maybelline Define and Fill Duo Pencil

The Maybelline Define and Fill Duo is a pencil and powder in one product. You use the pencil side to define your brows and the powder side fill them in. The pencil side reminded me of more expensive products like Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz because of the retractable pencil.

Maybelline Brow Define and fill duo on one eyebrow
There’s my sad, sparse eyebrow and there’s my happy, filled in eyebrow. Yay!

I found that this gave a relatively natural looking fill. I haphazardly made a few hair-like marks on my brows then filled in with the powder side.

The powder side is a bit tricky. I’m pretty sure the powder is in the lid so you’re supposed to unscrew the lid and the powder will deposit itself onto the little sponge tip and you apply it to your brows. You can also unscrew the lid completely, insert the pencil into the lid and spin the pencil back and forth so the powder gets on the sponge from the friction.

This stayed put most of the day and through a couple of accidental touches.

maybelline define and fill at walgreens
Photo credit: Walgreens.com

Maybelline Define and Fill Duo by Eyestudio ($7.99) is available at drugstores and whereever Maybelline New York products are sold.


What’s The Worst Beauty Advice You’ve Heard? #BuryMeMondays

What's The Worst Beauty Advice You've Ever Received BuryMeMondays

You’ve heard it. You’ve snickered at it. You probably tried it and learned from experience how wrong it was. So what’s the worst beauty advice you’ve heard?

The one that gets me is “reviving” your dried out mascara with eye drops. With mascara prices running less than $5 there’s no reason to revive anything. If for some reason your mascara is drying out before it’s time to replace it, return it, and may it never make its way into your shopping cart again. Ok? OK.

So let me know, what’s the worst beauty advice you’ve heard? Comments are always welcome and don’t forget to use the #burymemondays if you answer on social media.

3 Color Blurs To Try From @maybelline

Maybelline New York Colorblur

The Maybelline New York Colorblur by Lipstudio is a cream matte pencil with a blurring smudger that allows you to create different looks with the product. You can do a full-on bold look or use the smudger for barely there look.

I’m not that big on the smudger. Some of the blurred look cool like the reverse ombre but I’m not big on the barely there looks. However, I like the application of this product with one caveat that I’ll touch on in a few.

Orange Ya Glad

Maybelline Color Blur Orange Ya Glad

Partner In Crimson

Maybelline Color Blur Partner In Crimson

Plum Please

Maybelline Color Blur Plum Please

Maybelline Colorblur Swatches Orange Ya Glad Plum Please Partner in Crimson

I really liked the way Plum Please and Partner In Crimson wore. While there is some transfer during eating and drinking it doesn’t wear off in a way that makes me feel like I have to start with a bare lip to reapply it. They weren’t drying, heavy or tight on my lips like some matte products can be. It does apply better with a bare lip so keep that in mind if you tend to need lip balm. My only beef with it was that Orange Ya Glad gave me hell because it made me look like I didn’t exfoliate my lips. It’s pretty much unwearable for me at this point but I love the color.

There are 7 colors besides these so I will be picking up one or two more at some point. I might even do a giveaway so be on the lookout.

Maybelline Color Blur Swatches of Orange Ya Glad, Plum Please, and Partner In Crimson

Maybelline New York Colorblur by Lipstudio($8.99) is available at Wal-Mart, Walgreens, CVS and other retailers.

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