Makeup & Nail Polish Blog Sale!

16 Mar

ATTENTION: IF YOU HAVE NOT BEEN CONTACTED BY ME IN SOME WAY IN THE LAST 24 HOURS, THE ITEMS THAT YOU WERE INTERESTED IN WERE ALREADY SPOKEN FOR 😦 I’M SORRY, BUT IF NO PAYMENT IS RECEIVED I’LL LET EVERYONE KNOW SO THE NEXT IN LINE CAN GET THE PRODUCTS THEY WERE INTERESTED IN. 

Hi everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve been very active I’m on my blog, but I’ve been in the process of building up my career at my new job and being busy with my life. I’m sorry to have neglected my nail of the day posts and/or any other beauty blogging. What brings me to my blog today is because I’m trying to let you all know about some amazing beauty products and nail polish that I’m trying to get off my hands for a fraction of the price that I bought them all at, essentially brand new and/or barely touched! Some limited edition, some hard to find, some just really cheap!

I will only accept payment through Paypal or check/cash if you are going to buy through me in person. I will accept messages/comments through my blog/facebook, or if you would like to e-mail me with the products you would like, my e-mail is ashleynbreton@gmail.com. Shipping is limited to the US and I will charge $4 for shipping + 50 cents for each additional item.

PLEASE READ BEFORE BROWSING!

* I ONLY ACCEPT PAYPAL! * MINIMUM Order Of  $5 ! * SHIPPING WITHIN THE US~ $5 SHIPPING USPS * NO RETURNS OR EXCHANGES! EVERYTHING IS FINAL SALE * ALL ITEMS ARE FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE * I will give you 24-48 hours to PayPal the money, after this grace period the product will go to the next person. Package will not be shipped until status is PAID. * NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR LOST/DAMAGED PACKAGES * EMAIL YOUR PAYPAL EMAIL ADDRESS, ZIPCODE AND ITEMS YOU’RE INTERESTED IN TO: ashleynbreton@gmail.com

Just starting out, Paypal is the easiest for me and for you, too. If you do not have a Paypal account, it’s the best…safe, secure, easy and free if you are buying something. You can attach a credit card, bank account or debit card to your Paypal account. Paypal only charges ME a small fee for receiving the payment. They don’t charge you anything for shopping. Look into it…it’s worth it.CLICK HERE to a link to Paypal. I have no affiliation with them.

 I am NOT selling these products because I was dissatisfied with them or because they don’t work. I’m simply trying to offer cheap and limited edition products to others passionate about makeup and nail polish like I am, when I have no use for them. Please e-mail me or comment with any questions you have about the quality of the product or what it is like. If you need better ideas on what the products look like, you can Google swatches of the names online 🙂

*LIMITED EDITION* MAC Mineralized Skin Finish in Redhead

SOLD!!!!!

*LIMITED EDITION* Urban Decay 15th Anniversary palette

SOLD!!!!

Sigma "Bare" Palette

SOLD!!!!!!!!!

Professional brush & makeup company, Sigma, released this neutral palette with some matte shades, some shimmer shades, and even some glitter ones.I have swatched these shades once each on my hand, but have never used this palette. It includes a pencil/crease duo brush too! Retail price is $35, but I am selling it for $15

*LIMITED EDITION* MAC Mineralized Skin Finish in Porcelain Pink

This product was re-promoted with MAC’s Fall Colour collection this past fall. This skin finish combines warm pink tones with gold veining. I have never used this product. Retail price is $29 but I am selling it for $15.00

*LIMITED EDITION* Bare Escentuals Mini Buxom Lip Glosses in Naomi & Starr

*LIMITED EDITION* Buxom Lipstick Pencils

SOLD!!!!!

These lip combinations came in a Christmas Limited Edition set. The set included a few other lip glosses that I already used, but these 2 lip glosses and lipsticks have never been used.  The whole set retails for $38, but I’m selling all 5 pieces for $10.00

(Bare Escentuals is also in the process of fading a lot of these Buxom glosses out of their stores and places like Ulta, so buy them while you can!)

NARS Single Eyeshadow in Coconut Grove

This eyeshadow is a deep, matte brown. I swatched it a few times on my hand, but have never worn the shade. It’s VERY pigmented and a little goes a very long way. Retail price is $24, but I am selling it for $10.00

NARS Single Eyeshadow in Ashes to Ashes

SOLD!!!!!!!!!!

Lancome Mauve Palette

SOLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Laura Mercier Caviar Eye Liner in Rich Black

SOLD!!!!

This product is a semi-cream/semi kohl eyeliner that works as a matte-velvet finish on your eyes when applied with a moist eyeliner brush. I’ve only used this 1-2 times. I like the product, I just don’t have the time to use a product that requires other tools. This retails for $22 but I am selling it for $8.00

Too Faced Shadow Insurance Glitter Glue and Too Faced Glamour Dust Glitter Pigment

Pigment in Nude Beam

SOLD!!!!

I’ve never even opened these products — the pigment is still factory sealed. The pigment is a nude, skin tone color with very finely milled glitter/shimmer within. This product retails for $17, and the glitter glue/eye primer retails for $18 but I am selling both of them together for$15.00

*LIMITED EDITION* MAC Mineralized Eyeshadow in Faux Gold

SOLD!!!!!!!!!! 

*LIMITED EDITION* MAC Paint Pot in Idyllic

SOLD!!!!

MAC released this limited edition paint pot with their Posh Paradise collection that focused JUST on paint pots, which are MAC’s famous eye bases. I swatched this burgundy/brown on my hand once, but never used the product. This retails for $17.50 but I am selling it for $7.00

Benefit Posie Tint

SOLD!!!!!!!!!

This poppy tinted lip and cheek stain has never been used and provides a smudge-proof pink flush on both lips and cheeks. This retails for $29 but I am selling it for $14.00

NARS Blush in Sin

SOLD!!!!!!!!!

I used this blush twice and it is a very highly-pigmented berry/dusty rose blush with gold shimmer. This blush retails for $28 but I am selling it for $12.00

Tarte Park Avenue Princess Bronzer

SOLD!!!!!!

This is a mineral powder bronzer that reveals a bronzed, slightly shimmery glow and is also waterproof when applied. I have used this product 2-3 times and would be suitable for light to medium skin tones. This product retails for $29 but I am selling it for $12.00

MAC Crushed Metal Pigments in Aloha, Campfire, Lantern Light, and Shifting Sands

STILL AVAILABLE!

These pigment stacks came in the very recent Vera collection. These pigments err on the bronze/gold side but I have NEVER used them. All the pigments still have all the plastic lid inside of them. I am in love with the product but I just don’t find myself every using them for every day or even somewhat frequent use. These FOUR pigments retail for $38 but I am selling them for $18

NARS *LIMITED EDITON* Danmari All About Cheeks Palette

SOLD!!!!!!!!!!!!! SORRY EVERYONE!

This product includes one bronzer, one highlighter and four other blushes.

This product contains the blush shades Sin, Desire, and their most famous shades: Orgasm and Super Orgasm!

Urban Decay Naked Palette

SOLD!!!!!!

NARS Blush in Gaeity

SOLD!!!!!!!!

This blush is the perfect blue-toned bubblegum pink. It JUST released with NARS spring line and it is limited edition. Once again, a little goes a very long way with this shade and it provides the perfect ‘glow from within’ look. I have used this color 2-3 times. This blush retails for $28 but I am selling it for $14.00

*LIMITED EDITION* NARS Eyeshadow Duo in Dogon

SOLD!!!!!!!

This eyeshadow duo is very unique. Dogon combines a blue/teal side with an iridescent champagne/light green side. This was limited edition with a collection NARS came out with last summer but I only used this 1-2 times. This retails for $33 but I am selling it for $15.00

Laura Geller Baked Vanilla Nudes Face, Eyes, and Lips Kit

SOLD!!!!

This beautiful set is BRAND NEW and NEVER BEEN TOUCHED. It was an exclusive offered on QVC, but is no longer available. Just one of these products is worth the price that I’m selling it for. This kit is suitable for all skin tones and includes the infamous Balance-N-Brighten baked color-correcting foundation that balances the skin as well as highlights features. The Baked Cheek Dreams compact combines a highlighter and two blush shades in one. It also includes the Eye Rimz baked duo in two shades: Vanilla Toffee and Black Cherry. To add to that, it features Laura Geller’s new waterproof mascara as well as the Italian Marble lipstick in the shade Berry Banana.

This set retails for $58 but I am selling it for more than half price at $25.00!

*LIMITED EDITION* MAC Eyeshadow Quad in Call Me Bubbles

SOLD!!!!!

This palette was limited edition from one of the most recent MAC collections: Shop MAC Cook MAC. This quad features four spring forward colors with concentration on gold and pink. I have used this palette maybe two times. The colors are highly pigmented and are great for blue eyes, with a great variety of frost, matte, and veluxe pearl. This retails for $38 but I am selling it for $16.00

NAIL POLISH: OPI, Sephora by OPI, Essie, and ORLY

 The following nail polishes are all retailed from $6.00-$9.50. All the following polishes I either swatched on my nails once or never used at all. They have all been purchased within the past six months or less and are all excellent quality. I’m willing to sell the nail polish individually for $3 each or 4 for $10. 

OPI in My Private Jet

SOLD!!!!!!!!

OPI in Skull & Glossbones

SOLD!!!!!!

OPI in Diva of Geneva (Limited Edition: Swiss Collection)

SOLD!!!!!!

OPI in Ink

SOLD!!!!!!!!!

Eiffel For This Color (Limited Edition: French Collection)

SOLD!!!!!!

Sephora by OPI in Be-Claus You Said So (Limited Edition: Christmas)

This one is still in the plastic packaging!!

Sephora by OPI in Are You Glistenin'? (Limited Edition: Christmas)

Essie in California Coral

Essie in Very Structured (Limited Edition: Brand New Bag Collection)

Essie in Over The Edge

SOLD!!!!!!

OPI in Teal The Cows Come Home (Limited Edition: Texas Collection)

SOLD!!!!!!

Essie in Braziliant (Limited Edition: Braziliant Collection)

ORLY in Rage

SOLD!!!!!!!!!

Essie in Bobbing for Baubles (Limited Edition: Cocktail Bling Collection)

SOLD!!!!!

ORLY in Fabulous Flamingo

SOLD!!!!!

ORLY in Razzle

SOLD!!!!!!!!

ORLY in Coquette Cutie

SOLD!!!!!!!!

Essie in Go Overboard (Limited Edition: Spring/Go Overboard Collection)

SOLD!!!!

Essie in Navigate Her (Limited Edition: Spring/Navigate Her Collection)

SOLD!!!!!!!!!!

The Past Five Months in Words and Pictures

15 Jan

If someone were to ask me back in August where I’d be in January 2012, I would say, “Probably hating my life at The Hartford.. struggling with bills… trying to find joy in daily life..”

Okay, maybe not.

But to be perfectly honest, life was so mundane towards the end of the summer. It became a bit less mundane when I lost my job the first week of August. I won’t go into details about how it happened, but let’s just say I started caring less and less about my current job at the time, starting making careless mistakes, and threw discipline out the window. My boss told me, “Out of all my years in management, this is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. But this might be the best thing that ever happens to you.”

I walked out of the building, called my boyfriend, and started crying, knowing that all managers who have to let their employees go probably say that. I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t know what to do first. My manager told me not to do anything that day. He told me to wake up tomorrow, start fresh, gather everything together, and tackle everything I need to do after a full nights sleep.

I decided to go the route less traveled after someone loses their job.. Most people I know try to take advantage of unemployment. Since I turned 16, I had never NOT had a job, even in college. I tried to get a full night of sleep, then had my boyfriend to come over the next day to work on my resume with me. He helped me to make it look professional and sound brief and to the point. I went head on into the job search and applied to at least 40 jobs. Some of which I was interested in, some very similar to my old job, some were just to get the practice of filling out applications. I hadn’t heard anything in a week, and of course, in my desperation I immediately become discouraged. My boyfriend assured me over and over again that I wouldn’t hear from anyone until at least a few weeks. I kept pressing on.

I would wake up, stay by my phone and my email from 8am-5pm every day. It was like a full time job. Then one day, I got into the shower and got out at 5:45pm and I was getting a call from unknown number. It was Prudential Financial, the one job that seemed somewhat like my old job, but more challenging and interesting. She told me I had a phone interview the next day. I seemed to have nailed the phone interview and that was followed by a few assessments.  The job recruiter then scheduled me a formal interview at the building.

The formal interview was probably the most intense interview of my life. I walked into a group of about 6-7 people interviewing for the same position in the same interview time slot. When I sat down to be interviewed, there were a man and a woman ready to shoot questions at me, upon telling me, “We’ve been interviewing people all day since 8am (then 6:45pm) and we’ve probably heard all of the answers you’ve probably already used in past interviews. So make your responses original, because you want to be remembered, or you wont be hired.”

With that said, I thought I answered everything in the interview with the best of my ability and I was pretty sure I told them things that they hadn’t heard that day already. I waited two weeks to hear back. I knew I didn’t get the job. My boyfriend told me that it wouldn’t hurt to contact my job recruiter to get a status, so I did just that. She informed me that a few people they were interested in were on vacation during the 2 day interview process so they had delayed the decision process, and that I would most likely be hearing from her before the end of the week. Meanwhile, I was interviewing at several other places including insurance, internet, and cable companies. The other interviews were very promising but none of them were that challenging or suitable to my job needs. The job at Prudential Financial was at a building 1.2 miles away from my apartment, it required obtaining your Series 6 & 63 licenses, which was something I wanted to add to my experience, and it required job skills that I was already partially familiar with.

I received a call from another company I interviewed with around 5pm on a Wednesday and was told I got the job. It was a job, so I was still happy about landing it, but I was still hoping I’d receive a call from Prudential. My boyfriend and I decided to celebrate and get dinner and a movie. After the movie, around 9:30pm, I noticed I missed a call and was left a voicemail. It was my job recruiter from Prudential saying that she had an offer for me. I was ecstatic. I had achieved the first choice job in my 2 month long job search. I received details on my new job the next day and was told my start date. I started receiving materials in the mail for my series 6 and series 63 license and knew I’d be able to pass. I had to pass. If I didn’t pass, I didn’t have a job.

I started my first day and had a great feeling about it. But in the back of my head, I knew I had to start studying. The day I took my first test, the series 6, is a whole other story in and of itself. Let’s just say that I had the worst series of events happen to me 12 hours before my test and right up until the minute I took it. I missed a pass grade by ONE POINT. I was pissed. I couldn’t retake it for another 30 days due to FINRA rules. Meanwhile, I took my series 63 state law test, and passed with flying colors. It gave me the boost of confidence I needed to take the 6 test again. But when the date finally came again, I had under-prepared and did worse. I was at my wits end. Literally. I didn’t know if I could go through another rigorous 30+ days of intense studying without giving up.

I didn’t let a day go by without studying. Well.. maybe Christmas Day. Let me tell you, it SUCKED studying for a test that your job depends on during the holidays. I got through it though. January 7th came and I don’t think I had ever felt so nervous in my entire life. Not only is it a standardized test in a controlled room with cameras everywhere with people checking your pockets and hands, but this is a test that could make or break my job. I got through the test, submitted it, and received my passing score. Nothing can describe the sheer joy I felt when I saw that score, as well as the hours and hours after the test. I could not STOP SMILING. I could finally enjoy my new-found job and live a normal life.

Anyways, sorry for the novel. My New Years Resolution was to post more reviews, post more Nail of the Day entries, and film more makeup tutorials. I’m sorry I’ve neglected this blog, but as you may know, my job and well being comes first. And with this new job, comes a better income where I have the luxury of buying new things to review for you guys so you can find out about fantastic products!

Here’s a quick snapshot of the last 5 months of my life in pictures that you’ve been missing 🙂

Scott & I at my sister's wedding!

My sister and my now brother-in-law!

For Audrey by China Glaze

My eye look with the Urban Decay 15th Anniversary Palette!

My kitten turned 1!

Stephanie and soon to be Lucy!

Yuengling in Philly with Scott

LOVE park

UCONN football game

Princess Lolly and Scott the Penguin

My new best friend at Prudential 😉 after we passed the 63 of course.

Rachael & I

Black & White party ❤

Scott, my sister and I

Drizzy Drake! My surprise to Scott!

Addison and I on Christmas Eve!

Best Friends<3

My sister, her husband and Addy 🙂

Christmas Day with my babyyy

Scott was quite pleased with the iPod watch I got him for Christmas

Happy New Year from Zooey!

Scott & I on my 25th birthday!

Happy 2012 to all of my readers! Looking forward to talking to you soon!

xoxo

NOTD – China Glaze: Concrete Catwalk

5 Oct

I’ve been really into the ugly color trend for nail polish, specifically dark colors. I saw this color from the China Glaze from their new Metro collection and I immediately gravitated towards it.

China Glaze - "Concrete Catwalk"

This color is quite a wet formula, but two coats makes the polish completely opaque.

I really enjoyed how shiny this looked with my top coat.

How do you guys like it? Would you wear it? 🙂

xx

 

 

NOTD – Butter London: Yummy Mummy

3 Oct

I recently had the advantage of scooping up some Butter London nail polishes Buy 1 Get 1 Free at Ulta a few weeks ago and I’ve got to say… I’m impressed thus far. I’m a huge fan of nudes to begin with, but “Yummy Mummy” by Butter London takes the cake.

Butter London - Yummy Mummy w/ Sally Hansen - Strobelight on ring finger

This tan-based nude has a slight shimmer to it but applies very shiny. I probably could’ve gotten away with just one coat, but I have a habit of just applying two for safe measure.

Sally Hansen Hard as Nails in Strobe Light is such a great compliment color for the ring finger. It’s a very pink-based neutral glitter with lots of colors that reflect the Butter London polish.

GAH I’m in love with this combo! 🙂

What do you guys think? Would you wear it? 

xx

Nail of the Day – Essie in “Jazz”

23 Sep

I’m a big fan of nude nail polish and the brand Essie has a lot to offer. “Topless and Barefoot” and “Sand Tropez” are two of my favorites, but I purchased another famous nude color from the brand a few weeks ago.

Essie - "Jazz"

This neutral color is more of a tan, muddy color. I prefer this when I want a nude color that doesn’t have too much pinks or browns in it.

This color is also surprisingly shiny for a nude. Look how beautiful it is on my nails!

What do you think? Would you wear it?

xo

Pin Up Look

20 Sep

A few nights ago I started experimenting with my gel liners and bold lips. To add to the look, I pinned up my bangs in a poof style and teased the back for a high ponytail. The first thing my roommate said was, “You look like Gwen Stefani!” Well, that would be nice wouldn’t it? 😉 Maybe if I still was rocking my bleach white-blonde hair.

I figured I would show you guys this look in pictures in case you wanted to see a tutorial on it in the future!

So to start off this look, I revolved my face makeup around the way I played up my eyes. I recently purchased the limited edition MAC fluid line in “Midnight Blues” from the MAC Me Over collection. This gel liner is similar to their navy blue liner, Waveline, but there is definitely some green/turquoise tones to it as well. I used this gel liner on a very thin eye liner brush and made a fun wing on the outside of my eye.

I also added the gel eye liner subtly to my water line, but I didn’t want to go overboard since I wanted the focal point to be my lips and lashes! Oooo that has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? 😉 To amp up my lashes, I used Maybelline The Falsies mascara in black to really flare them out & make a statement with the winged liner. I kept my eye shadow simple too! I wanted a pretty blank canvas for my lids to accentuate the liner, so I just used MAC’s eye shadow in Naked Lunch all over my lid and blended in MAC eye shadow Wedge in the crease.

Something about this lighting makes me look orange, but anyway… I wanted to keep my face kind of neutral for the look, so I skipped any bright blushes and stuck to a matte bronzer to contour and dust on my cheekbones. I also used MAC Mineralized Skin Finish in Soft & Gentle to highlight my face.

And now for the lips! I used a medium pink lip liner just to outline my lip shape and prime my lips for this bright color. I used MAC lipstick in “Girl About Town” which looks very hot pink on camera, but in person it is a very dark pink fuchsia color that looks almost red. I know in my experience, I’ve had trouble pulling off red lips. So if you are fair skinned with lighter hair like me, dark pinks might be a way for you to get away with it 🙂

I hope you all enjoyed this look and let me know if you would like to see a tutorial to achieve it!

xx

Urban Decay 15 Year Anniversary Palette Eyes

19 Sep

A month or so ago, I picked up the Urban Decay 15 Year Anniversary Palette from Ulta. I was so excited to have found it there because it had been sold out everywhere. I took that as a sign that I needed to buy it 😉 Needs vs. wants? Whatever haaaa.

Shortly after I had bought the palette, one of my favorite gurus on YouTube, MeghanRosette uploaded a dark eye tutorial using it. It involved a heavy double-winged eye liner and a lot of violet and purple colors. One night last weekend I decided to try it out and I have to say… I never liked purples on me before, but I loved wearing this deep, daring look.

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After priming my eyes with this NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Pots & Pans, I started packing the colors on my lids.

I started putting this color on the inner half of my lid. This color in Omen is a pretty lilac color with electric blue flecks and undertones in it. The color is highly pigmented (per usual with Urban Decay shadows) and it brings out the blues in my eyes.

On the outer other half of my lid I packed the color Half Truth. This color is a deep purple color with a lot of gray undertones to it. I used a pencil brush to smoke out the color a bit and create the “V” look in the crease.

To bring this look to life, I used the color Vanilla in the tear duct and on the brow bone. This yellow toned highlight color helped make this look a little brighter.

I finished the look off with liquid eyeliner on the top lash line, with extending another second line parallel to the first wing. I also coated my lashes with Maybelline The Falsies mascara. To brighten up the lower lash line, I added the eye shadow Omen to the inner half of the lash line and then finished it off with Half Truth on the outer half.

This look is perfect if you’re going out at night and want to spice up your makeup a bit. The double-winged eye liner is also a huge trend for the fall 🙂

I hope you guys like my interpretation of this look! I linked Meghan’s original video in her name, so check it out if you want the full tutorial 🙂

What do you think? Would you wear this?

xx


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