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Beauty Obsessions

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Raise your hand if you beat your face even when you are going to be sitting in the house. Don’t be ashamed!! I do it all the time. There is nothing like thick brows, an even face, voluminous lashes, and a bangin’ lipstick no matter what you may have going on. Even if your outfit isn’t completely there, as long as your face and hair (and nails) are decent, no one can tell you anything! At least that’s how I feel about it!

Here are some of my beauty obsessions that I use practically on a daily basis:

  1. Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation (Shade 11.0)
  2. Mac’s Rebel Lipstick
  3. Make Up Forever’s Smoky Lash Mascara
  4. Mac’s Prolong Wear Concealer (NW40)
  5. Mac’s Mineralized Skin Finish (Deep Dark)
  6. Wet’n Wild’s Red Velvet Lipstick (910D)
  7. Fresh’s Sugar Lip Treatment (Clear)
  8. Mac’s Eyebrow Pencil (Spiked)
  9. Sigma’s Flat Kabuki Brush
  10. Loreal’s Voluminous Fiber Mascara

In case you wanted to know what the lipsticks look like, here are some swatches of each:

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Although I love natural looking make up, I often get bored with nude lips. These two lipsticks really make my look pop. No matter what your skin tone is, trust that you will like both…At the very least, try the Wet’N Wild one, which is only $2 in CVS. You can’t beat that!

I hope you all enjoyed this post and if you have any questions about the products mentioned, please feel free to ask! xx…Kel

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My Beauty Favs

There are some make-up products that I absolutely cannot live without!! Well, perhaps I could live without a few of these, but I don’t want to! Check out all of my favorite go-to products at the moment:

  1. Urban Decay Brow Box in Brown Sugar – I use this brow box every single day! It includes everything you need to groom, tweeze and fill-in your eyebrows. It even includes a tiny angled brush!
  2. NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Trinidad – This foundation goes on very smooth and sheer, which works well for me since I don’t necessarily need full coverage. I normally set it with Mac’s Mineralized Skin Finish.
  3. Mac Mineralized Skin Finish in Deep Dark – I’ve been using this powder for a few years now and I still love it. For days when I don’t want to go through the process of beating my entire face, I will wear this alone instead of foundation. In the sun, it has a little shimmer to it, which gives a nice glow.
  4. NARS Blush in Amour – I just recently purchased this blush, but I am loving it so far. Even though I have to reapply it during the day, I find that it is very pigmented.
  5. Revlon Colorstay Eyeliner Pen in Black – I’ve tried a lot of eyeliners, but I love this one because once you put it on, it does not move! I have oily eyelids so for the most part my eyeliners usually transfer onto my upper lids when I don’t wear eyeshadow. I don’t have that problem with this eyeliner. Feels like I am lining my eyes with a sharpie!
  6. Maybelline Falsies Flared Mascara in Black – I love YSL’s Radical Noir Mascara, but since that is $30 and this one is only $6…I am settling for the Maybelline Falsies Flared! Regardless, this mascara is great. It elongates my lashes and if I apply more than one coat then I get great volume without looking overdone. I definitely think this is one of the best drug store mascaras…
  7. Revlon Lipstick in Fuchsia Fusion – I had been wearing Mac’s Girl About Town, but I find that it can be quite drying so when I heard that Revlon had a color that was similar, I decided to try it. I love this color, it really brightens my face and makes me feel like a true grown up!

I am normally a gloss girl, but somehow lipsticks have crept their way into my life…Lol. I didn’t list any eyeshadows because I haven’t been wearing eyeshadows much lately. When I do, I either use the Urban Decay Naked Palette or the NYX Runway Collection Palette in Champagne and Caviar (both are neutral colored palettes).

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Preview (Part I)

Okay so I have been counting down the minutes until this sale and it is finally here!! Right now, if you are a cardholder, you can make an appointment at your favorite Nordstrom store and pre-order whatever items you want before they are actually released to the public. How exclusive! Anywhoo, here are some of my favorite items from the upcoming sale…For the Ladies:

Juicy Couture Watch

Gucci Guilty Set...This fragrance is amazing!!

This Ruffled Leather Jacket is HOT!

My blog's namesake...Gotta have CLUTCHEZ!!

Statement Necklace

An MK Timepiece is a Must!!

Frenchi Scarf

Gotta Love this Marc Jacobs Crossbody

Statement Ring

Liebskind Satchel - Loves this color!

Gotta have a leopard print scarf in your accessory closet!

The price on this timepiece is unbelievable! $166...

Stay tuned for Part II of this post…For the Gents!!

Image Credits: Nordstrom

MARCH BEAUTY HAUL!!

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I thought it would be nice to do a haul of some of the beauty products I’ve purchased over the past couple of weeks. I am always watching tutorials and beauty hauls on Youtube and I find some of them quite useful. It’s interesting to see what products people are enjoying. Here are some of my most recent purchases:

  • Pond’s Cold Cream – I use the Pond’s Cold Cream as a cleanser for my face and follow-up with Pond’s Wet Cleansing Towelettes. Both are good for cleansing as well as make-up removal. I also use Pond’s Dry Skin Cream to moisturize my face. ($9 for 9.5 Oz. in CVS)
  • Nail Polishes – As some of you may have noticed, nail polish is my newest obsession! I’ve purchased just a few that I’d like to tell you about.
  1. Re-Fresh Mint by China Glaze – This color makes me want to go get a cup of mint chocolate chip ice cream! It’s a cream color with a very light green tint. If you are looking for an even cheaper version of this color, Sallie Hansen has it in Mint Sorbet. ($5, Sally’s Beauty Supply)
  2. Gunmetal (310) by Sally Hansen (Xtreme Wear) – This color is a frosty dark grey that makes me feel a little dark and edgy and yet feminine and sophisticated. ($2, Target)
  3. Blue Me Away (04) by Sally Hansen (Xtreme Wear) – This color reminds me of blue tropical skittles! It’s comparable to Sephora’s “Slushied” from the Glee Collection, but much cheaper. ($2, Target)
  4. Zulu by NARS – This color is a very dark (almost black) green. It makes me think of dirty money! I’ve never seen a green quite like this, which is why I paid so much for it. ($16, Lord & Taylor)
  5. Sticky Base Coat by Creative Nail Design – As mentioned in one of my previous posts, this base coat is supposed to prevent peeling and chipping. The verdict is still out on this one, but I will definitely let you guys know how I like it and if it actually works! ($9, Ulta)
  • Mac Mineralized Skinfinish in Deep Dark – Because I don’t particularly care for foundation and I don’t need a lot of coverage on my face, this mineralized powder makes my skin appear even without looking too caky or too made up. Loves it! ($27, Mac Cosmetics)
  • Framboise Attraction 3 Blush by Sephora – This is the first blush I’ve ever tried and I am loving it! It is a very subtle pink blush that adds just enough color to my face without looking overdone. ($12, Sephora)
  • The Falsies Volum’ Express by Maybelline – While I love expensive mascaras, the fact remains that drug store mascaras are just as good if not better! I love Falsies, Million Lashes and Voluminous Mascaras so I rotate all three. ($5, Target)
  • Lipsticks – I just recently started wearing lipstick. I am normally a gloss girl, but since I discovered that Mac has a “Back to MAC program,” I’ve been returning my six empty Mac containers in exchange for free lipsticks. Here are my two newest ones:
  1. Girl About Town Lipstick from Mac – Very pretty fuchsia color.  (Free with 6 empty containers, Mac Cosmetics)
  2. Myth Lipstick from Mac – Myth is somewhat of a pale beige that is perfect for a nude lip. ($14.50, Mac Cosmetics)
  • Mac Select Cover-Up Concealer – I have a few dark spots on my face that I like to “conceal” prior to putting my Mineralized Skinfinish powder on so I use this concealer to do so. ($16.50, Mac Cosmetics)
  • Mac Dazzleglass Lip Gloss – Since I’ve already dedicated an entire post to dazzleglass, I won’t go into too many details about it here. I will just tell you which ones I purchased recently: Boy Bait, Like Venus and Date Night. ($19 each, Mac Cosmetics)

If you all decide to try any of the products mentioned above, please be sure to email me at clutchez@gmail.com and let me know how they work for you. Gracias!!! XOXO

Jeanius Collection Spring 2011

Mac Cosmetics has recently released their Jeanius collection.  It is a denim inspired collection of beautiful blues and indigo with a hint of pink. The collection includes eye shadows, lipsticks,  blush, lipglass, and nail lacquer. Check it out below:

To order these products, visit: http://www.maccosmetics.com.

Images from http://www.Temptalia.com

MAC Cosmetics: Dazzleglass Lip Gloss

Although I have a few lipsticks that I wear and love, I could never complete my look without lip gloss. My favorite go-to gloss right now is the Dazzleglass and Dazzleglass Creme lip gloss from MAC Cosmetics. This gloss has a sparkle unlike any other gloss I’ve ever seen. When the light hits the small crystals in the gloss, the shine of the lip color really brightens up your face. Last month I purchased Hi Falutin’, Fabulous Fun, and Phiff! from Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th for $12.50 each. Just the other day I purchased Date Night and Like Venus from the MAC counter at Nordies (i.e. Nordstrom) for $18.50 each. I love each and every one of these colors and you may love them too, so be sure to check them out! Listed below are some other colors I’ve tried and would recommend:

  • Extra Amps
  • Love Alert
  • Moth to Flame
  • Money, Honey
  • Sugarrimmed

These glosses can be worn alone or in combination with your favorite lipstick or lip gloss for a more dramatic effect. They go on smoothly and aren’t as thick or as sticky as MAC’s Clear Lipglass or Lipgelee Gloss. If you aren’t wild about Dazzleglass, there are some other glosses that are comparable such as Lancome’s Juicy Tubes and Color Fever Gloss, Victoria’s Secret’s Beauty Rush Lipgloss,  Make Up Forever’s Lab Shine Lip Gloss and Givenchy’s Pop Gloss Crystal. The price points on these glosses range from $7.50 to $26.00 so it’s up to you how much you want to spend.

Trend Alert:

Though I love my lip gloss, I hear that matte lips are in for Spring! I’ve seen some really nice ones by MAC, Nars, Revlon and Shiseido that I plan to try when the weather breaks.

*Click on the following link to see Sephora’s Spring 2011 Make-Up Trends Video: Sephora: Spring 2011 Make-Up Trends

First image provided by flomo 7721 (photo bucket). Second image from NARS press release.