Project Tryout: Sample Haul

Hi Y’all,

I saw buying my sister a gift from Sephora for Christmas a way to get some cool samples. Now, I am quite upset because I forgot to add a promo code for more samples that came  in a cute makeup bag. Waa! I can not wait to buy some more stuff for my mom this holiday season so I can get even more samples. It helps me experience a brand without having to buy a full size product. I don’t want to say what I bought my sister , she wants it to be a surprise.

So, I received these five samples, it was suppose to be six but I had the points reinstated after not receiving the sample.

1. Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster
2. Amande Shower Oil with Almond Oil
3. My NY DKNY Rollerball Sample
4. Shiseido Ultimate Power Infusing Concentrate
5. Korres Greek Youghurt Nourishing Primer
Check out the photos below:
Catch Ya later,

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Random: Hair Samples

Hi Ya’ll,
This seems like a random post week for me. The time change has not given me more time to play in makeup, no, its given me more time for sleep. That is the best gift of all. Anyway, this post isn’t about bragging. However, I am not a product junkie in terms of hair. I don’t like looking at the endless stash and finding that no matter how much I have I can only use but so much.
So I am giving these samples to my friend’s daughter and another friend. I am not here to brag just take stock of what is leaving my home. LOL! Sidenote: Many of these samples are 3 and 4 x the pictured amount. I was really grabbing for it at the hair conventions.
Check out the photos.
Catch ya later,

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Project Tryout: Workweek #4

Hi Yall,
I am here with another work week of lipsticks. I am really trying to use more makeup items that I have been holding on so that I will be able to bring some empties to you in the new year.
Anyway, I did not wear any lip product on Monday.
MONDAY- No lipstick
Tuesday- MAC Up the Amp over Starlooks Tickle Me Pink
Wednesday- MAC All Fired Up
Thursday- Hikari Cabernet
Friday- MAC Just a Bite
I hope you all had a great week.
Catch ya later,

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Project Ten Pan: Samples Empties

Hi guys,
I know that in past project ten pan I have been collecting items and then letting you all know about them in a post (I haven’t been doing that for a while but that’s how project 10 pan are suppose to be). This is more of an empties post but we all know that I am on an epic never ending project ten pan. In fact, I have been disgusted with myself that I am now collecting makeup subscription samples like junk mail.
Here are a few sample empties that I have tried.Some of theses samples I can not really go into because they are a one time sample. Check them out below.
1. Hercules vitamins (bulu box). I received a 4 pill cocktail in a one time sample wrap.
The four pills I received were Vertox :powerful antioxidant,reduce inflammation,support cardiovascular health
Krill Oil: Maintain healthy cholesterol levels, support joint health and anti-inflammatory.
Multi with Energizing Ribose: increased energy, maintain good health, enhance immune response
CoQ10: Boost energy levels,significant antioxidant properties, and support hearth health.
I didn’t feel like a super hero getting his energy refilled like the power rangers or anything (which you wont after taking a vitamin after one time ). I just noticed I didn’t have any re flux after taking the vitamins. However, I am not going to purchase them because I do not take my multivitamin from GNC which is one/ two pills a day.
2. Solle Vitamin powder(bulubox). This powder dissolves in your beverage. It is green .I tried it in water but to me it smelled sweet but tasted off and the after taste was too much for me. I believe it would be better in herbal tea. You probably hide the taste better with sugar.

3. Body Drench Candylicious Lip Balm in Cotton Candy(ipsy). I love this lip balm and if I didn’t have so many more to finish I would definitely buy it. I loved the smell of cotton candy. It didn’t smell like the other artificial flavors and have this horrid after smell.

4.Burt’s bees day lotion(birchbox). This day lotion is so heavy. If you want moisture and a strong smell than you would like this. I would not repurchase this because of the smell.
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5.Gilchrist & Soames body lotion(birchbox). I was told by my coworker M that this reminded her of hotel lotion which I may have to agree. However this sample had too big of a mouth. If you are a klutz like me there was a lot of pouring a scooping. The lotion also was mid range runny. However it did banish my ashiness pretty well. I like body butters better so, I won’t be repurchasing.

6. Suki Facial Scrub (Birchbox). I had to bring this scrub back to life with a bit of water.I did get to use it and I was meh. I wasn’t thrilled if you don’t know what meh is. I won’t repurchase.
7. EBoost (BuluBox sample ). I thought this tasted like a jello without the bad aftertaste my coworker thought it taste like slim fast. However the half that she did drink she said she felt a little boost. I won’t purchase.. I don’t do those type of drinks. Good old Starbucks works well enough for me.
8. Em mascara(ipsy box full size). I love this eye mascara. It is not empty but the mascara started to flake and get into my eye. It literally messed with me wearing contacts so its no more.

9.pop beauty no 1 smokey black (ipsy). This is another one that lasted 3 months and I chucked it.
10.Ruffian non acetone nail polish towelette (Birchbox Sample). I like this nail polish remover . The smell is way more pleasant than regular acetone or even no acetone polish remover. Since, I don’t wear nail polish that much I would dish out for these wipes.
Catch Ya later,

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Project Tryout:Birchbox and Ipsy

Hi Y’all,
I’m here with Birchbox and Ipsy boxes for November 2014.I have given my sister S and my mom M the hair goodies I did not want. I gave S the Ipsy Morocco argan hair spray and M received the Birchbox Deva curls hair system.
This is what I received in my Birchbox. Their theme is Giving.
1. Deva Curl.3 step system. Full Size is 59.85. Its a non lathering shampoo, curl taming conditioner and soft gel hold. Basically wash, rinse and style. I gave this to my mom she wears her hair curly most times.
2. Gilchrist &Soames. Spa Therapy Body lotion. Full Size is $15. Antioxidant rich moisturizer that smooths and softens with botanicals like grape seed. This lotions has a scent my mom use to wear when I was younger. I adored it and so did she, we were grabbing for it.I can’t wait to use it all.
3. Not Soap, Radio. Joy Inducing Body Wash. Full Size is $16. Lemon scent cleanser will brighten your outlook while you lather. Paraben-free! You can use this with a shower puff or add it your bath.
4.Royal Apothic Cuppa Cuppa Firming Tea Treatment Mask .Full Size is $58.Made with antioxidant rich tea, this mask firms and brightens skin in eight minutes. Hmm, have to try this one.
5. The Balm Cosmetics. Cindy Lou Manizer. Full size is $24.00. This shimmery , soft pink highlighter perks up your features with a natural looking glow. Sweep onto cheekbones or eyelids, or lightly dust onto face for a luminous look.
Bonus Item: Maple Bacon ChocoPods for a decadent , sweet and savory treat. Full size is 1 buck.

Ipsy. The theme is Girl meets Glitter
1. Be a Bombshell Cosmetics Eye Base. Full Size is $14.00. Submissive is described as a bronze with gold shimmer. Directions: apply lightly with fingertip to create a natural finish or layer for added color. You can also layer powder eyeshadow  for a more intense look.
2. Elizabeth Mott. you’re so Fine eyeliner. Full Size is 17.99. Ipsy says” This brush is so control friendly that creating precise, symmetrical lines is ridiculously easy, so it’s perfect for first time liquid eyeliner users too”. The color I received was glitterati.
3.Marc Anthony Oil of Morocco Argan Oil Volume Shine Hairspray. Full Size is 8.29. Ipsy Says” This argan oil, keratin and grape seed oil infused hairspray gives you strong and flexible hold plus deep nourishment, strengthening and conditioning as you style”. I gifted this to my sister S. She does her girlfriends’ hair and her own.
4. Tarte Deluxe maracuja oil. Full size is $46.00. Ipsy states Rich in essential fatty acids known to recharge and replenish skin, maracuja oil helps deliver an overall rejuvenated and even-toned complexion while giving the appearance of brighter skin thanks to a high dose of vitamin C. This powerful anti-aging elixir provides instant hydration—quenching dry skin with no greasy or filmy feel.
5.Wet and Wild MegaSlicks Balm Stain. Full Size is 2.99. Ipsy states that ” The MegaSlicks Balm Stain glides on smoothly while conditioning the lips, keeping you pucker-perfect. Enriched with Acai Palm Oil, this amazing formula forms a protective shield on the lips to prevent feathering. Continuous moisture formula leaves the lips with a unique minty, cooling sensation. No matter how long the kiss, this balm will last and last!”
Check out the photos.

Catch Ya later,

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Pink Series: Starlooks Tickle Me Pink

HI Yall,

I received this Starlooks lipliner from my June 2013  Ipsy glam bag . The color is called tickle me pink.It looks like a basic pink color. Some could even call it a Barbie Pink. The color is very opaque and comes off very pigmented. This lip pencil is not soft but very dry, you really have to use a lip conditioner for it to not bother you.
It retails for thirteen dollars on the website.
Check out the photos below.

Catch ya later,

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Random: Liebster Award

Hi Ya’ll,

I love this tag because it allows all of us to get to know each other.
The person who nominated me is : Muekalia Beauty Department click here

The rules in doing the Liebster Award is :

    1. Thank the blogger that nominated you and link back to their blog.
    2. Answer the eleven questions set for you.
    3. Nominate eleven bloggers with less than a thousand followers.
    4. Write eleven questions for your nominees

My questions were :
Who is your favorite beauty guru? OMG I just did a post for my top 10 You Tubers , so if I was pushed I would say DestinyGodley. tried and true!
How did you know you had a passion for fashion and beauty? I think other people knew before me. I knew because I love the beauty section more than other feature in a magazine.
What is your favorite foundation? MAC Face and Body
High end or low end? In makeup high end or at least medium . Fashion- low end or mix.
What was your worst makeup mistake? I have to many to count.One of my worst was: I applied cuticle oil to my face for about a month and I couldn’t understand why my spot treatment was not working. Finally looking at it, instead of it saying Mary Kay acne spot treatment, it said Sephora cuticle oil.
would you go a month without makeup or a month without tv? TV
Who is your idol? I really don’t have one. Maybe Pat Mcgrath
How old are you? Always and forever 29
What is your dream job? a health psychologist who does studies around the world
Where were you born? DMV
lipstain or lipstick? Lipstick
Now for the people I want to nominate and my  questions for them.
1.22, Lovely and Lost Click here
2.A makeup Fiend Click here
3.Bajan Beauty Blog click here
4. Amanda Robots click here
5.BeautyBaggBlog click here
6.Teaspoon of Blush click here
7.Cheap but chic Click here
8. Beauty and the Tomboy click here
9.Brook Beauty Click Here
10.Bury me In Ruby Lipstick click here
11.Beauty412 click here

1. What is your favorite brand of false eyelashes?
2. Contour or no contour?
3. Which do you prefer: Drug store or counter makeup?
4. What is your favorite feature on your face?
5. Do you do your eyebrows or foundation first?
6. What has been your biggest issue in makeup?
7. Favorite lipstick brand and color?
8. How much money is too much to spend on a makeup item?
9. What brand would you like to try?
10. When did you start using makeup?
11. MAC or Sephora?
Check these ladies out.
Catch ya later,

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Project Tryout: Workweek Lipstick Number #3

Hi Yall,

I am just loving this workweek lipstick. OMG this is a total ploy to get me out of doing eye shadow posts. LOL. I am having fun pulling colors out and trying them on for you guys. I really should be doing looks. Anyway, I am bringing you my third lipstick list for work week three.I hope you like it.

1. MAC Riveting Rose (F)with Sephora lip gloss on top
2. Smoked Purple (M)
3. MAC Captive (S)
4.MAC Heroine (M)
5.Mac oh,oh,oh (L)

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Random: Favorite Youtubers

Hi Guys,

My name is 1reddiva83 aka Ericca and I am in love with watching beauty bloggers on YouTube.

Here are my top ten favorite Youtubers for right now.
1. Shameless Maya. Such a fan. She has made so much progress in being herself and she makes great videos. She is not so much a beauty blogger but she does do some great transformation and tech videos. I love that is she is so effervescent.
2.theycallme_mo I just found out about her on YouTube; just trolling. I love finding new people to watch. She has a great complexion,very bright and she loves lipstick. She is a great base for women who are darker than NC50.
3.SimplyDeketa. Another lipstick lover. She is not like theycall_mo she is what totally different. She has a more rock star appearance in her hair and her lipstick choices. If you want to know how to keep a weave, you have to check out her videos. She is also the queen of bright crazy colors. Love her!
4.MsRoshPosh. I am someone who watches YouTube for inspiration. I want to see the magic of what a good brush, well place color and eyelashes can do for someone. However, MsRoshPosh is GORGEOUS! Like she is very pretty, with or without makeup. If you want a frog turning into a princess this is not your channel. She is very fun and her beauty doesn’t translate in snobbish behavior. She is very down to earth.
5.HeyClaire. The queen of a good edit. MY God. You have to say that like Derek J on fashion queens. Honey knows how to work a camera.Not only that, she is very punk to me and I love it. This is what I would want to look like edgewise.
6. Mel williams. I look for people who are more of my complexion. She is definitely around my coloring and I love her and looks. She can be real natural looking even when she is working several eyeshadows. She has full features.
7.DestinyGodley. I watched her when her videos were not that great but her content was always on time for darker skin beauties. Like Shameless Maya she really gives a lot of herself and shows you how to do a lot of things. She is darker than NC50 but her looks and the things she does, well, that’s universal.
8.Kokofemme. This is a swatch queen. You get a swatch ,you get a swatch. Everyone gets swatched. Since she is closer to my skin color ,I go to her for how the color will come off on me, for quick reviews and to really see whats what in the makeup world. The reason why I chose some of the LA girl concealers was because I saw her swatches. Yep.
9.CosmeticallyChallenged. I follow her on twitter and started watching her on Youtube. She is very nice and she really appealed to me because she was the first to really talk about BlackUp cosmetics.
10.Makeupgameonpoint. This girl right here. You want a themed look based on the 60s or you want someone who can give you a dupe in for your skintone. Follow this chick. Great videos and they are not hella long.
Check out these ladies. You’ll learn something.
Catch ya later,

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Pink Series: MAC Magenta

Hi Y’all,

As you all know I love blue based pink lipsticks and I can not tell you a better blue based pink lip liner than Magenta. Want an exact lip liner for Girl About Town? Magenta.It goes on matte, there is no sparkle. However, it can be very drying,its not like a satin finish. OH, Magenta,I love you.
Check out the photos below.
Catch Ya later,

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