Baby Blues: One year Later

My son will be a year old on May 21. I have had one hell of a ride this past year with him. He has made me pray for more patience and peace than the Pope. I love my son very much but I never thought that it would be so hard. I have taken care of everyone else’s kids and now that I have my own I almost lost my mind. I didn’t have much outside help. My husband and I figured it out on our own.
I had to make a budget, keep a list, and inventory baby supplies by the week for the first three months. After that, all that was left was to learn the baby and what his different crys meant and what he wanted. Now my little angel has a personality of his own and he likes to have his things a certain way. I don’t regret a minute of my life with my son and I thank God for him and will celebrate his birthday with a bang.
I want my son to have a wonderful first birthday. I just wish that someone would have given me a fair warning of what I was about to get into.

Lipstick, Lipstick, Lipstick

I have been racking up on lipsticks the past few weeks. It seems like everywhere I turn there is a sale going on somewhere. I have tried a few new lipsticks I want to rave about.


Maybelline Color Sensational – The Pearls



These lipsticks in my opinion are awesome. They aren’t long wearing but they have a good payoff and they are smooth and creamy. Very soft on the lips and very affordable. I do not have one complaint about these lipstick and have added five of them to my makeup collection. They are the softest, the smoothest and the prettiest lipstick I have ever tried.



Rimmel London



This lipstick surprised me. I did not expect them to be creamy and long wearing. They have an excellent color payoff. I was pleasantly surprised at the smell. It isn’t so strong you can’t wear them but it is a bit of a sweet scent. It might bother some people but not me. I enjoyed the scent of these actually. I also liked the feel of them. They are really creamy and opaque. That was my only downer with this one is that it needed gloss. If you wear it alone it would sort of dry out your lips. Other than that, this one is great.
Rimmel London Moisture Renew
My favorite out of the Rimmel London lip family. This is a sheer lipstick and very moisturizing. It doesn’t need gloss but it could use more color. This is a try me kind of lipstick. Not much color but more like an introductory lipstick. I wore this one every day for about a week and almost went through half of the product. You have to reapply this one a lot because it is so sheer. If you want to try a lipstick for the first time without the drama of too much color, this is the lipstick for you.
Revlon Colorburst
Saving the best for last. I got two of these lipsticks from CVS for about $1.75 a piece. They were 75% off. This is a lipstick I wanted to try but wouldn’t pay full price for now that I have two that I bought on sale and have been able to try them for a while I love it. This line has lots of shades and finishes. Like Maybelline it gives you a wide variety but better quality. I would almost compare these to MAC the way they are formulated and pigmented. I don’t know if Revlon knows it or not but, they are giving a lot of companies a hard time when it comes to quality. Revlon is making changes and I like it. Give them a chance and they will take over the entire makeup industry.

Product Rave: Maybelline Fit Me foundation

I will be the first to admit when something is good and tell the whole wide world when it isn’t. Maybelline has come out with a few good foundations but none of them have done me any justice until now. The new Maybelline Fit Me foundation is awesome. I have very dry skin so I am always looking for a foundation that will moisturize as well as cover and this foundation did that for me. It is light and creamy. It gives me a flawless glow and it doesn’t feel like I have a ton of makeup on. I couldn’t believe that a drugstore foundation was this great. It made me so happy when I first put it on. It was like nothing I have ever felt before. It made my skin smooth and velvety. I cannot live without this foundation now. I use it everyday now and it is always on my dresser or in my makeup bag.
There is nothing that I can say bad about this liquid foundation besides the fact that it is not long wearing. Which is something that I don’t need everyday. I am not being followed by TMZ I’m just a mom and a wife who wants to look good. Finally, I have found a foundation that does what I want it to and it doesn’t cost a fortune.
If you have oily skin this one might not be right for you. It is dewy and it doesn’t mattify. So, the coverage is medium and build able. It isn’t sticky or cakey. I set it sometimes wit the MAC Mineralized Skin finish Natural but I don’t use it all the time. The foundation dries smooth so for me there is no reason to really set it. I like the dewy natural finish. I have been searching for a good foundation for so long and all the money that I have spent on department store brands, particularly MAC and Sephora, I can’t even believe that I found a drugstore brand that does better than those. It is amazing. Especially since I have dry and sometimes sensitive skin. I have not had one single breakout or anything and didn’t need paint thinner to wash my face. It comes off easily with any cleanser you use.
Everything that this foundation claims, it does and that’s a first. Makeup companies have made us a lot of empty promises and now Maybelline is keeping theirs. I would recommend this to a friend. I have already repurchased and stocked up while the price is reasonable. It is great for everyday but not for special occasions when you will be photographed because of the SPF 18. To all of my dry skinned sisters out there give this foundation a try. It just might do for you what it has done for me which has made my life a whole lot easier. Now I can proudly wear my foundation everyday and not fear the outcome of breakouts, cakiness, or just looking like a corpse.

My foundation woes

          Foundation has been a tricky thing for me. I have been searching for a long time for a good foundation. I have tried many from high end to dollar store and I have found a few that actually make the cut. My foundation journey started when I was eighteen. I had a little acne in high school. I never really wore much makeup besides eyeliner and mascara and a little lip gloss. Back then I didn’t feel like I needed any coverage I mostly used a tinted moisturizer and call it a day. Then I suddenly got interested in foundation and what it does for you. I researched a lot of magazines and Internet to find out the truth about foundation. There wasn’t much then on the subject. When I turned 25 I really wanted more. I wanted my skin to look flawless and I knew I was missing something. So I went to the library and checked out books on the subject of makeup. My favorite book is “The Power of Makeup” by Trish McEvoy. I still read this book over and over and each time it refreshes my mind about makeup. We always wonder about what society and trends we never take the time to be realistic about our lifestyles and how makeup fits into that.
          Finally I found the solution to my dilemma. I started with Covergirl. I tried every foundation and none did what I wanted and most of all they weren’t my color.(before the queen collection).The deepest shade I could find was tawny and I was darker than that. Then I tried Black Opal. It was too red and I am and olive/ yellow tone. So that made me turn away from them. Then I tried what was at my beauty supply at the time and I thought it was the right shade until one day, I got all made up to go somewhere and looked at myself in the rear-view, (the one mirror that will never lie) and I looked like a ghost. I was ready to give up.
I saw an infomercial about Bare Minerals. The next day I was watching QVC and there it was, a nine piece grand collection. I ordered two. One for a friend at the time. I fell in love. I used that collection down to the last drop. A girlfriend of mine told me about a Sephora that had just opened and I looked them up in the phone book. I called my local Sephora and asked if they carried it. They said yes and the next day I had my starter kit. I used that until the bottom of the jar, which, by the way, lasted me a year and a half. I was hooked and the most addicting thing is the Buxom lip polishes. They feel so good on your lips. You will crave them when you don’t have them. I love everything Bare Minerals.
I wasn’t quite converted from liquid foundation yet though. I was still searching for the right one for me. I felt it was unfair to convert to minerals when I hadn’t had a true liquid. I had to at least give it a try. I found out about MAC. I was fascinated with all the products they offered. I carefully did my research and followed the advice of many of my fellow you tubers telling me to go with a list because MAC’s makeup artists will sell you the whole store if you let them. So I went in got color matched and then pulled out my list. I was in love with Studio Fix powder and liquid foundation. A first because powder usually makes me drier since I have dry skin. I also bought a primer, moisturizer and a mineralized blush. Have used then all up except for the blush, and I went back and purchased a mineralized skin finish. I will repurchase MAC products. I love them, they wear great and stand up to my hectic schedule.
Later on I heard a little buzz about Revlon Color stay and people were comparing it to Studio Fix fluid. So I had to try it and I must say it does give it a run for it’s money. You can achieve the same coverage and result without the price or the hard core matte formulation. I use Revlon Color stay daily. It is my every day foundation and I love it.
A few honorable mentions are Covergirl queen collection and Iman stick foundation. Whatever foundation you choose for every day or special occasion make sure it is right for you and blend, blend, blend. Work it honey. You only live once.

XOXO Ms. Dee

Happy New Year, Let’s talk Makeup.

Happy New Year to all my friends, family, and Internet friends. Let’s talk makeup to begin with. I noticed that I was being a little daring during the end of the year. I went out a bunch of times without makeup. I mean really without a stitch of makeup at all. Sometimes I was so busy I went out with my hair tied up a lot too. What I realized is that I needed to break down my makeup routine so that I could look good and get out of the house, with a 7 month old. I am a new mother and I generally am doing the same makeup I was doing before I was pregnant and I just don’t have the time. When I was awake until 2 a.m. trying to figure out how to fit my old routine that required 30 minutes into the 10 minutes I had. So I broke it down to the bare necessities:

Primer with some brightening or light reflecting quality to play with the light.
Liquid foundation or a creamy concealer for a even quick fix.
MAC  mineralize skin finish natural to set everything with. That created a perfect bare canvas.
For dimension I use elf cool bronze for highlighting and contouring.
NARS Dulce Vita blush for a pop of color
Maybelline great lash big on my lashes, color sensational Nearly There on my lips with clear gloss and instead of liquid liner I switched to a pencil on the top lashes only  for day to day wear.

This was a hard decision for me because I always like a lot of options and always want to change up my look. I realize that my life no longer offers me the luxury of time for that. I use these products daily and I only change them from week to week. The only products I switch are my blush and lipstick, which I have never worn until now.This saves me a ton of time and keeps me sane at the same time.

Now, about the lipstick thing. I never was a lipstick girl. I was always liner and gloss but one day I decided to try a red lip. I bought Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick in Bordeaux and loved it. I wore it until the end of the tube. I was hooked on Rimmel London Lipstick until I tried Maybelline Color Sensational in Plum Paradise. I was in love all over again. I loved the feel of this lipstick and the color was amazing I used it also until the end of the tube and now have a collection of not only Maybelline but Rimmel and NYC lipsticks as well. And to think all of this started when I wanted to try a red lip.These are all great lippies to try if you want to get started with a lipstick.

Another product I have converted to is Maybelline Great Lash “Big”. I never liked Maybelline great lash until now. They have given it a bigger fuller brush which was my only complaint about the mascara. Now I am in love. The maybelline great lash we all love now with a volume building brush I love it.

I am so glad to share all of this with you guys let me know what your favorites are and leave a comment. I want to hear your opinion. I will accept any and all requests also. XOXO Dee

August Favorites and Oldies but Goodies

Lately I have been on a quest to find a foundation that would match or rival my MAC Studio Fix Fluid and be affordable. Right now with a newborn son I can’t spare the money. I always have to think twice because babies are unpredictable. You never know when you will need funds for an emergency or supplies. I wanted the same great coverage and wear ability as studio fix but without the heavy feeling or price tag. I went to CVS and they were having a buy one get one half off sale on Revlon products. I reached for the Revlon Colorstay without a second thought. It is the only foundation I have used that has given me what I need out of a foundation. I am a 400 caramel in combination oily. That caramel is darker than the one for dry skin and I think the formula is better. I love Colorstay. I won’t reach for anything else.
I recently ordered products from www.eyeslipsface.com and I must say I am in love. Once again what I needed at a better price. I agree with the comparison of their studio blushes, eye shadows, and bronzers to NARS,  but there is a difference in the quality. The ELF products are more powdery where the NARS has more pigment. With the right touch they do the job. I also got a hyper shine gloss from their dollar line. Those are now also my favorite. I can’t imagine why I paid so much when I could have gotten the same effect with a cheaper product. I have never been able to say this before but I am satisfied with my makeup. It all does what I need it to do and stays where I put it. So in true Danyell Essence style here is my list of August Favorites.

Foundation: Revlon Color stay
Elf cosmetics face and eye studio line
Elf hyper shine lip gloss.
Maybelline Color Sensational in Bronze Pearl
MAC mineralized skin finish Natural
Elf brow filler and lift
NYC lipsticks in burgundy and Cafe
Sally Hensen Quick dry nail polish in cinnamon
Elf cosmetics eyelid primer
Elf cosmetics cool bronzeer
Oil of Olay Complete Moisturizer
Avon Pore Fection Cleanser

Expecting my Elf Haul

I have recently placed three orders with elf cosmetics. I am patiently anticipating the arrival of my goodies. I could not believe what I had been hearing. There is a website with dollar cosmetics and three dollar studio line? Their products are comparable to NARS? I must admit I love NARS and I haven’t found a company that can top their quality. As far as their packaging, I can see the comparison. I like elf products already that are sold at my local Dollar General. I have a few of their brushes and false eyelashes. However, I did not know they had a website, and I certainly didn’t know that they offered studio line which are like makeup artist quality. I had known about their regular line but didn’t know it was so huge. I got a massive order for less than $30 including 3 day shipping. How can this be? I am already addicted to makeup and then you send me to a website that has some for a dollar? Are you trying to get me in rehab? Does Dr. Drew have a program for makeup addicts? I will reserve the first five beds for all those brave souls who will admit with me that they are addicted too.
I wish I could get them sooner but instant gratification is a problem for me and I am trying to fight it. I can wait a week for my goodies. I go to elf.com just about everyday to see what they have new and I sighned up for email alerts to get good sale codes. I have already placed three orders with them. I can’t wait. It feels like Christmas. I will give my unbiased review on all products I recieve.

Product Rave: Iman Second to None Stick Foundation

I have been using Iman products for about two weeks now and I love the stick foundation the best. It is a matte finish which I like. I want to add shimmer and glow where I need it and not have it all over my face. I had tried Revlon Photo Ready but it made me look like a disco ball and I didn’t want that. The cream to powder is good too it is convenient. I like to keep it in my bag. The liquid foundation has a little shine to it at first but the finish is semi matte.
Iman hit the nail on the head for women of color. From the primer all the way down to the bronze she has products to suit everyone. (of color) I haven’t had a problem with any of the products yet.
This will be my foundation as long as these products are on the market. I am never spending $30.00 on a foundation again. Iman will be my brand for good.

My Lipstick Review

I was never a big lipstick wearer until I tried a few. Now that time and technology has given the product new formula’s and different finishes I find myself always having two or three in my makeup bag.
The first on my list, the one I love the most is Rimmel London Lasting Finish in Bordeaux. This is the best reddish purple lipstick ever. I have been using it for about two years now or more. It is a creamy lipstick with a satin finish and a moisturizing feel. I haven’t found a drugstore lipstick yet with a better finish and there are a lot of shades so it’s hard to just get one color. I am a bit of a creature of habit but I will try another color soon. This lipstick is my all time favorite. Coming from a girl who never liked lipstick, that is a great achievement for Rimmel.
The second place winner is Maybelline Color Sensational. I love all the colors but right now I am doing the Plum Paradise and the Bronze Pearl. Both of these lipsticks are creamy and they give a good color payoff it just doesn’t last as long as I would like. But they are so pretty and they smell good and the taste isn’t like ink in your mouth. My husband hasn’t complained about the taste so far so I guess they are guy friendly.
And last but not least. Avon Super Lustrious lipsticks in Perfect Plum and Blushing Nude. These are good to me too. I like the way they glide on and they start off sheer and you can build the color. The downfall of them is that they are so creamy they melt badly in warm climate. I found myself having to keep them refrigerated because they didn’t store well.
I hope that you have enjoyed my lipstick review. Maybe you use some of these and can tell me what you think. Leave me a comment if there are some others I should give a try. Remember I am a beginner when it comes to lipstick so don’t take me too fast.
Honorable mention are:
N.Y.C and Nicka K.

My July Favorites

I have had a great summer and am now looking forward to a great fall. My summer makeup has had to stand the test of time and survive the elements so let me give you the products that have been with me through the summer and survived.

Foundations:
#1- Iman Stick and Cream to Powder foundation
#2-Revlon Photo Ready
#3- Cover girl queen collection compact makeup

Blushes:
#1- Nars Dulce Vita
#2- Mac Raizin

Lipsticks:
#1-Rimmel London Color Rich in Bordeaux
#2-NYC in Cafe’
#3-Maybelline Color Sensational Pearl and Plum Perfect

Bronzes:
#1-Nars Laguna
#2-Lorac Tantalizer

Eyeliners:
#1-Revlon Color stay
#2- Avon Glimmer sticks Waterproof

These are the products I kept in my purse or my makeup bag all summer. They are long lasting, affordable and handled the Louisiana weather like champions. They are all my go to products no matter what. I love each and every one and I hope some of these are your faves too.