Monday, July 28, 2014

EOTD Randoms

This is from last week when I was supposed to go to my niece's 4th birthday party.  What better excuse for glitter right?  (Not that one needs an excuse for glitter.) I never made it to the party though due to car trouble.

I didn't write down what I used for this look.  It was simple enough I was sure I would remember.  But now that I have a chance to sit down and post...  I can't remember!  Other than NYX glitter liner in Baby Pink and Hard Candy glitter mascara,  I don't have a clue what colors I used.  Sorry!

Life continues to be a crazy,  demanding mistress for me right now.  I am not sleeping well these days and what sleep I do get tends to be fitful and filled with horror-film worthy nightmares many of which continue to haunt me for days and weeks afterward. Not fun.

Stress and worry are definitly taking a toll on me and if I had to guess I'd say that is where the sleep issues are coming from,  as well as other issues I am dealing with lately.  My dad's surgery date is rapidly approaching,  and I guess I am more concerned about it than I realize or can even admit to myself. (Queen of denial,  party of one... I'd like a corner booth please.) I'm a pessimistic worrier - not exactly a good thing on a normal day.  Throw in parental health issues and needless to say I am a bit of a wreck.  I went through a similar thing with my mom a few years ago.  But that doesn't make it easier.  It makes me wish I were smarter,  more sciency, less afraid of blood and needles... It makes me want to kick cancer's lousy good for nothing ass off the face of the planet forever.

Sigh.  In other,  beauty related news,  I have cleared out my stash of old products and things I no longer wanted. I let a friend have a field day going through it all taking whatever she wanted. There were still a few things left.  I had planned to give the rest to her mom but - thanks to my frazzled nerves and thus uncooperative brain as of late - I can't for the life of me remember what I did with it.  I also went through my polish stash and have roughly 70 bottles I would like to find new homes for.  I have a friend who may be interested in some of them.  Once I can reach her and sort out what she wants,  assuming she doesn't decide to take the whole lot,  I will sell them here. I'd love to offer them for free but I really need money. But,  more details on that when the time comes.

I hope y'all are doing well.  Thanks again for all the love and support.  Y'all are the best!


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Time Invested In Blogging

Another blog I follow posted something recently about the time it takes to blog, and as this is a subject I often reflect upon myself,  I thought I would write about it as well.

Keep in mind for right now I am not able to blog as much as I normally do or would like to. I am going to talk about my time invested in this blog under normal circumstances,  when things in other areas of my life are not quite as demanding.

I think a lot of non-bloggers and casual bloggers do not realize how much time and effort a serious blogger puts in to what they do. It is a lot more involved than "just writing".

It is not uncommon for the posts I make here to eat up 6-8 hours of my time.  And that is JUST time spent on the post itself,  from setting up for photos to clicking publish. Some posts come together more quickly and others take even more time,  depending on what the post is and how in-depth the provided information is.  Obviously a quick NOTD or EOTD will take less time than a product review or tutorial.

But that is,  again,  just time spent on the actual post.  That does not include time spent using/testing a product to review,  or if I am doing a manicure or EOTD just for the blog the time spent creating the look.

It also does not include time spent working on the design of the blog - creating graphics,  uploading them,  organizing links and information in the sidebar etc.  Not to mention the troubleshooting to try to fix problems that may arise with the blog from time to time.  There is also reading and responding to comments and emails,  as well as time spent utilizing and interacting with other forms of social media as a supplement to the blog.

Once all is said and done,  writing this blog is truly a full time job for me.

One I do NOT get paid for.

I do have some ads here - ones that generate so little revenue in the five or so years (if I am remebering correctly) I have had them up I have yet to reach the $100 minimum cash out even once.

I DO make sponsored posts here when the opportunity arises.  Thus far the only sponsored posts I have ever done have been in the form of free product in exchange for a review.  I know some readers have a problem with blogs doing sponsored posts,  whether of this type or where there has been monetary imbursment in exchange for the post.  My only problem with these posts comes when said blogger NEVER posts their own original non-sponsored content anymore in favor of only doing sponsored posts and every one of those posts is a glowing review.  It is hard to believe and trust a person who claims to totally love every product they get for free.  As such,  when it comes to my own blog I try very hard to maintain a balance between sponsored posts and my own non-sponsored content. That balance may tip from time to time,  for example right now I really do not have much to spend on new products to swatch and review,  so if I get more sponsored opportunities then sponsored posts will be more frequent. It is that or no new product reviews.  And I also will not post strictly in favor of products I have been sent for review just because I didn't have to pay for it.  If I don't like it or think it's overpriced for what you get,  I am going to say so.

While the opportunity has not presented itself yet,  if and when it does,  I have every intention of accepting monetary imbursment in exchange for posts here.  Again I know some readers take issue with bloggers who do this.  If you don't like it. You are free to avert your eyes,  click the little x at the top of your browser window,  and remove my blog from your subscriptions.  I put a lot of time and effort into this blog.  It is truly a full time job,  and I really think given that,  I DESERVE to take advantage of the opportunity to get paid for my efforts should that opportunity ever present itself to me.

All that said,  I also want to take a minute to thank y'all for all the love and support you have given me over the years.  I know some of you have been with me from the very beginning,  when I blogged over at another site. I know things get quiet around here sometimes,  but that's life and I wouldn't change it if I could.  Y'all understand that and stick with me through thick and thin,  and I love you so much for that.  I miss being able to write here more often and am working on getting things back to normal but it is hard,  because it requires money I simply don't have,  and there are so many other things that need dealt with that are more important than the internet and computer issues.  We live in a society that sees the internet as a necessity but the fact is,  it isn't and when money gets tight (or tighter than usual as the case may be) the internet is among the first of the expenses that can be cut to make affording other things like food and water a little more doable in the "lean times". I have been in a pretty rough patch for a while now and it is about to get worse but hopefully that means it won't be too much longer before things start getting better again.  I have an awful lot on my plate to deal with right now,  and y'all sticking with me through this madness that is life means the world to me.  I do get to post to instagram pretty regularly, so if you don't already and would like to,  make sure you click on over to follow me there.  (See link in sidebar to the right.)

Thank you again for sticking with me.  I may not be Kandee Johnson famous,  and truthfully I wouldn't want to be,  but I do have an awesome group of readers,  followers,  and friends here.  Y'all are truly the best!


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain Review

I absolutely adore my Revlon Just Bitten Balm Stain. While as I have gotten older I have developed more of a preference for less glossy finishes in my lip products,  I do still love gloss sometimes.  (Hence my owning every shade of Hard Candy Glossaholic. Lol) So naturally I wanted to try Moisture Stain.

The product claims from Revlon,  as found on their web site:

• Drenches lips in glossy wet color

• Ultra-light creamy lipstain with Vitamin E and Aloe

• 88% of women felt lips were instantly moisturized without stickiness

I picked up the shade London Posh. I have to say I wish makeup companies would come up with a better way of providing a visual of lip colors because so often you don't get what you were expecting.  As was the case with this.  Based on the tube,  I thought this was going to be a rosy mauve. Instead it is a rather strongly orange based deep apricot. On their web site this color is shown as a pale peachy nude.  Even further from the true color than what you see before opening the tube.  (I never trust company swatches online,  it seems they are never remotely close to the actual colors.)

That said,  I don't hate the color. I don't love it either,  and I am bummed it is nothing like I anticipated.  It is not a color I would choose. I am not a fan of orange lip colors,  they don't generally work well with my skin tone.  This is a light enough shade and has just enough pinkness to it that it isn't too bad. It doesn't look quite as orange once applied due to the natural pigment in my lips,  but it is still a bit too orangey for my preferences. I paid $10 for it so you can bet I will use it. But based on color alone,  I would not repurchase.

All pictures were taken outdoors in natural shaded sun light without flash. Pardon my freckles.  They came with the red hair.  ;)

Now let's discuss other aspects of the product.

I like the shape of the sponge tip applicator.  It allows for more precise application than your standard doe foot applicators,  I think,  and also pick up plenty of product for application.  You don't have to dip back into the tube over and over to get more product. What is on the applicator when you open the tube is plenty.

Drenches lips in glossy wet color claim - I would have to say yes.  (See pictures above.) It feels a little weird going on.  I can't figure out how to explain it.  It's kind of like when you apply lotion when your skin is still wet after a shower - sort of slippery,  for lack of a better word.

Ultra light - Again I have to say yes, the product meets the claim.  It is a very lightweight lip color.  It feels smooth and creamy on the lips,  without being heavy at all. It doesn't feel like you have product on your lips.

Instantly moisturing without stickiness claim - Eh...  Not so much in my opinion.  It isn't sticky,  but I wouldn't say my lips feel moisturized. It isn't drying,  but I personally don't feel it is hydrating either.  My lips just feel normal.

Notice while this product is called a stain,  there are no claims that it is long wearing.  I think this being called a stain is misleading.  After using it almost daily for a week now,  I can say it absolutely is NOT a stain.  I would consider it more of a standard lip gloss,  with above average staying power.  It will leave behind marks on your glasses/bottles of things you drink.  It does transfer readily at the touch.  (Your SO will have visual evidence on them if you smooch.) It does seem to hold up fairly well through sipping a beverage frequently,  but you're going to have to reapply after eating. It simply does not wear as a stain,  contrary to the name Moisture Stain.

If I look at the product as a stain,  I am highly disappointed. Considering the product strictly as a gloss,  it is average,  or perhaps a bit above average at best. Is it worth the price? I can't honestly say I feel like it is worth the $10. These days $10 for a ds lippy is no longer that crazy,  and isn't really far from the average anymore.  But that doesn't automatically mean the value is there.  In this case I don't feel it is.

Have you tried any of the colors from this line?  What are your thoughts?


Sunday, July 6, 2014

I must apologize for my continued absence here.  Money is tight and life is crazy.  Being an adult is so over rated...

I haven't had time to do my nails lately or for makeup either. Even when I do manage to squeeze in some time for one or the other,  I never seem able to also get time in for pictures or to post.  This EOTD is one I did probably about a month ago but I just have not had time to post it till now.

I did this look using colors from my Amuse 96 palette. For the liner I used one of the shadows in conjunction with Manna Kadar trans-fix, which I could have sworn I reviewed here but it seems I didn't.  It is a product you can use to transform eye shadows into long-wearing eye liner. Now that I see I didn't review it,  I will add it to my list of posts to make in the future when I can make time to get it done.  Which can hopefully be soon,  but I can't make any promises.