Some Musings and My Very First “Empties” Post!

22 Oct

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Yes, I’ve finally jumped on the bandwagon and posted my very first “Empties” post! Truth be told, this is kinda just a filler post as I get my bearings straight and start getting in the groove of blogging again. Readers and Twitter friends of The Beauty Sample will know that I’ve been *super* busy at work. We have been going through an audit for months now and it just seems like it will never end! The stress has been really wearing on me and tensions are running very high in my office. I kept putting aside the blog in favor of relaxing on my down-time because honestly, I’ve been worn out and feeling unhappy and just couldn’t be bothered to do much else besides sleep in, watch movies, read, and hang out with my family.

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2 Body Oils That Will Help Your Summer Tan Glow On and On

23 Sep

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Okay so I know that tanning is bad and all but sometimes, no matter how much sunscreen you put on, developing a tan is inevitable during the hot summers–especially if spend the majority of your time outside enjoying the beautiful weather (as you should be!). Seriously, it does no matter how much sunscreen I apply or how high the SPF–if I spend more than an hour outside, I will always, always come back in about 1-2 shades darker. It’s like I’m immune or something! :P Still, I’ve really enjoyed having a little color this year, as last year I was white (or as white as I can be, anyway :P) and pasty year-round.

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The Sample–Summer Cheeks Edition: Hourglass Aura Sheer Cheek Stain in Flush & Petal (Review, Swatches & Photos)

15 Sep

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Okay I admit, this post was supposed to go up weeks ago but, as many of you know, I have just been so busy at work and with life in general that I have had zero time for blogging. :/ But though summer is technically over and school has begun, the weather is just as sweltering as ever (at least it is here). Actually, this summer really wasn’t all that bad weather-wise until a couple of weeks ago when a massive heat wave hit these parts. Since then, the AC has been on round the clock and light, comfortable, melt-proof makeup is more necessary than ever! So, for my second Summer Cheeks Post (check out the first here), I’ve decided to shine the spotlight on Hourglass’ Aura Sheer Cheek Stains.

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More Sheer Lip Candy

12 Aug

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It’s no secret that I’m a maniac when it comes to sheer lip color. What’s not to love? You can experiment and play without fear because when a lipstick is sheer, even the brightest most daunting shades become easily wearable! It’s probably not news to you that sheer lipsticks are a go-to during the summer, either. After all, who wants to wear a full-coverage lipstick during the dead of summer that not only looks heavy but feels that way too?? Certainly not me. Which is why I stick with my trusty sheer lippies–they’ll never steer you wrong. Sooo, I am here to once again bring you another post highlighting some of my new favorite sheer lip formulas that I’ve been enjoying this summer (to see some of my other favorites, click here or here).

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The Sample–Summer Cheeks Edition: NEW Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelées in Berry Bliss, Getaway Red, and Poppy Paradise (Review, Swatches & Photos)

1 Aug

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The day I received these in the mail, I had just gotten home from a long, hot day at work (hasn’t quite hit 100 yet but it was just under), followed by a 45-minute commute home in a car that was (at the time) AC-less. To say I was hot and crabby was a serious understatement; all I could think of was getting home and chugging a tall glass of water. Then I spotted the package from Josie Maran waiting patiently for me beside the door. My heart did a little flip-flop and I rushed inside to open it, forgetting all about my imminent heatstroke. The only thing that mattered was getting my hands on these new Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelées from Josie Maran. Who can think of actual water when you have these guys, which are like a tall glass of water for your cheeks?! (or, according to Josie Maran, like a “refreshing sip of coconut water for your skin”. :P

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The Sample: NEW Senna Brilliant Bronze Baked Bronzers in Dawn & Sunset (Review, Swatches & Photos)

24 Jul

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Well since I TOTALLY dropped the ball on the Senna Spring 2013 collection, there was just no way I could not tell you guys about their exciting Summer 2013 Sunglow collection! The entire collection contains 11 pieces. Today, I’ll be showing you 2–the 2 beautiful baked bronzers in this collection, Dawn and Sunset.

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The Sample: NEW IT Cosmetics Your Most Beautiful You 6-Piece Collection (Review, Swatches & Photos)

12 Jul

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Wow–it is seriously amazing to me that I used to be able to churn out reviews this size pretty consistently without batting a lash but now, with my busy schedule being what it is (coupled with my general lack of sleep…but that’s nothing new), it took me almost 2 weeks just to finish one! I had to break up the picture-taking and editing into chunks–an hour here, 20 minutes there–before it was finally completed. And just in time too–this sweet 6-piece set from IT Cosmetics is one to definitely check out, and it’s making its debut on QVC, July 13th! (see, told you I posted this just in the nick of time! Phew! :P)

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The Beauty Snaps #2 (and a quick update about me)

4 Jul

So, I don’t really think I need to state the obvious (that I’ve been totally MIA lately from not only the blog but twitter and all of my favorite beauty blogs, as well). Apologies, guys! But I’m not sure I can promise that it’ll get any better any time soon. I’ve been really busy with work, trying to find another job, and…well, having fun!

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The Sample: Senna Cosmetics Barely Base Sheer Mineral Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF20 in Light & Glow (Review, Swatches & Photos)

28 Jun

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You guys, I FINALLY tried my first BB cream!! I know, a little late to the game, right? Especially now that there are CC creams out and what, DD creams on the horizon?? Not sure how I feel about that, but anyway…Senna’s Barely Base Sheer Mineral Makeup has actually been around for a while but when the BB craze struck, it was re-marketed as a BB cream. And why not? It certainly meets all the criteria (at least to my understanding of what a BB cream is–I know there are those who are devoted to authentic Asian-style BB creams and these U.S ones are supposedly a big, fat joke to them :P).

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The Sample: NEW Paul & Joe Eye Liner WP & Eye Crayon Duo in 002 Fiji (Review, Swatches & Photos)

24 Jun

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I’ve been feeling the itch lately–the itch to get away and head to a sunny locale where I can just laze about on a hammock all day drinking fresh coconut water and sunning myself. Of course that ain’t happening any time soon, especially since I just barely make enough at my new job to cover driving expenses, alone. :/ (The experience will be good though and hopefully I’ll find something a little better soon!). Still, I can’t complain too much because I do live in beautiful, sunny So-Cal where the weather is nice and temperate year-round :) So while I’d like to get away to someplace faraway and exotic like Fiji, I’ll settle for sipping drinks on the beach here in California while wearing Paul & Joe’s new Eye Liner WP & Eye Crayon in Fiji. :)

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