Getting PersonalPosted by Gaetana Tuesday, October 09 2018 10:07AM
September has come and gone so fast that I almost forgot to do my September Must Haves. It features a great mix of stationery items, electronics and accessories. No beauty products this month because September was unusually hot for any makeup and I have been using the same items for my hair. So let's get to it.
From the time September hit I knew it was time to change up my planner. I LOVE my Bare Naked pocket TN from Mystic Little Gifts
but it didn't scream fall to me. I knew right away to reach for my Macchiato pocket TN from Mystylic Little Gifts
. Not only is it rich and screams fall.I love it even more since Mystic LIttle Gifts no longer carries this leather. So I will treasure it. I even changed my entire setup to compliment it. Which is my next favorite.
These collages have been the rage all summer long and now into fall. They remind me of the trend boards we had to do it collage which showed the inspiration for the collections we used to design and create. So right away I knew I needed one when I was going to switch to this planner for fall. I scoured Pinterest and pulled my favorite fall images and made a collage using Photoshop. I think I saved the process in my highlights on Instagram. It might be under the highlight that says "Crafty". And if you've been living under a rock then you might not have seen my Ruska Doll
. Which is available on my website
. She just screams fall and I'm obsessed with her. The two just go together like peanut butter and jelly.
This zipper pouch that I got from Target I believe last fall has truly come in handy since I've been taking both my planner with me wherever I go. It fits my pocket TNs perfectly and protects them from everything else in my bag. God forbid anything bust in my bag and got on my TN I would be heart broken. Especially since it houses EVERYTHING concerning my business. It's a bonus too that it only cost $1. I really need to check again and see if they have any new styles so I can get another one for my personal rings planner.
My younger sister is a MAC girl and I always get random bits and bobs from her. She has so many makeup bags that she literally gives them away to me and my older sister and her best friends. This one is one of her recent here you go. I love it because the material is very durable. It's that scuba material that has been all the craze recently in the fashion industry. The makeup bag is really roomie. It houses all my lip essentials, tissue, mirror, blotting sheets, feminine items with room to still spare. I doubt it even available anymore but if you do see it.Get it. You'll be thanking me later.
I bought this portable charger from Acellories at the very beginning of August for my vacation to Sweden later that month. This baby was a life saver during that trip and all through September. September was a super busy month for me and my family since it was Labor Day season aka West Indian parade time. I rarely worked from home since I had to help at the family business. It's all hands on deck at that time. We're always super busy. This charger held me down since I couldn't be home in front of my computer. My phone became my computer and I did EVERYTHING on it. It charges really fast and charged my phone battery to a full battery in 30 to 45 minutes if I wasn't using it. I found it on Amazon
but I bought it from a local homes store here in Brooklyn and it was only $10 after tax. The best investment ever.
I've been loving stickers from MadeWithSouthernLuv
. Not only these doodle stickers but her kits too. I would of shown those too but I had to go through my album to get them and I didn't want to dig. As you can see one sheet is almost done while the other is half done. Her stickers are not only super cute but functional and her designs are not like everyone else's. I like to be different and you can do that if everyone has the same exact thing. An added plus is her stickers are matte. I can't stand glossy stickers.Nobody got time to be searching for the perfect pen that isn't going to smear.
I adore TheCraftyStuden
t stickers but what I've been really loving is her read script stickers. I use them every week in my weekly spread to track the book(s) I finish that week. Don't sleep on her. Number one they're super affordable,two their matte,three do you see how many stickers you get to one sheet and four she always have some type of sale going on. I really need to reup on some of her stickers that I finished.
And lastly is this Madeline card case
in indigo from Mystic Little Gifts
. I've been carrying this baby since I got it in my order from her last Black Friday Sale. I was carrying all my essentials before in my card case available on my website.
What I love about this one is it not only features one slot to hold your cards but two. I use the front one to hold my business cards and the one behind that to hold my ID, bank card,and store reward cards. It's super light weight and compact. If I don't want to carry any bag I just grab this and go. I highly suggest you get one.
So this rounds off my favorites for this month.What have you been loving?
Feel free to share below because I'm always on the hunt for new products
Getting PersonalPosted by Gaetana Tuesday, September 11 2018 12:02PM
I'm so sad that August is gone which means summer is officially over. It was a relaxing month but very busy. I haven't had any sort of break in 4 years so the vacation I took in the beginning of August to the middle of August was well over do. All but one of these items made it with me on the trip and I'm still using them now.
I knew for the trip that I didn't want to take any type of handbag but a backpack. I searched and search and finally came across a backpack from She Inside. Zipper Front PU Backpack With Convertible Strap
is a backpack and handbag in one with the straps to use as a backpack and another strap to carry as a handbag. I used this bag the entire trip from the airport, treking all over Sweden and home again.Super roomie and the straps are super sturdy. My only gripe is the zipper. From the beginning the two zippers have given me issues. I love the backpack so much that I'm tempted to take it to the tailor's to replace it. Other than that it's a great bag.Oh and did I mention it was so affordable and shipped from quickly too.
I know I mention this notebook in my favorites for June or July but I have to mention it again. I bought another one from Dollar Tree to take with me on vacation to get some sketching done and I love this notebook. It's like a traveler's notebook insert for personal size. The paper is super good quality. It held up with my sketching, lining my drawings and erasing. Super light weight,easy to travel with it actually transferred my sketches better to the computer than white paper. So if you're a drawer I highly recommend this notebook yet again. For $1, you can beat it.
I believe I got it this product last year at Curl Fest. Proganix Quench Leave-in Moisture + Nourish
is the business. August was a hot month.Like really hot and I need a spray besides water that would nourish my hair. A little spritz and then a pump of moisturizer and then seal with oil and my hair was good to go. Depending on how hot it was I would do this either every other day or everyday. If your hair sucks up moisture like a sponge I highly recommend this spray. It was a life saver.
I was so glad this gel was put in the bag at CurlFest this year. Since I'm no longer using EcoStyler in me or my mother's hair I've been on the search to find a more healthy and safe alternative. I know everyone remembers Jam from back well they're back and with a vegan gluten free alternative. I'm so here for it. I've been using it all August long. As you can see I have only a little bit left and have been searching my beauty supply for it with no advil. Besides everything it claims it has a firm hold as described on the packaging. Doesn't flake and mixes well with other hair products. Which is a plus in my book. I just need more store to have it in stock. If you run across it definitely pick it up. Ampro Shine 'n' Jam Black Castor & Flaxseed Oil Styler
available at Walmart.com
I had all the intentions of buying a clear planner that has been the rage all summer long on Instagram and the planner community but when I went to purchase I saw the rainbow one and knew that was the one. Personal
A6 Size 5.12"x7.48" 6-ring Clear Rainbow Binder Covers Colorful Soft
PVC Notebook Round Ring Binder Cover Protector Snap Button Closure Loose
Leaf Folder (Colorful, A6)
is life. It's so different, easy to carry and compact which I was looking for since I couldn't live without taking my planner with me on vacation. Definitely read the reviews. It was originally advertised as A6 but was actually a personal size which I was looking for. I could actually use a A6 now since it feels so tight. My only grip is the ring size which is 0.8 inch inner diameter round ring binder. I could use a larger ring size which made me cut down on what I need in my planner verses what I had in my previous planner. Other than that I'm so happy with this planner. It's so compact that I don't mind carry it everyday. Unlike my previous planner which I was sketchy about carry around and then having to worry about the bag I need to put it in.
So this is what I've been loving for August. What have you been loving?
Feel free to share below because I'm always on the hunt for new products
Getting PersonalPosted by Gaetana Tuesday, July 31 2018 06:58AM
July basically and went like a summer storm. I swear I batted my eyes and here we are at the end of the month. Days are moving entirely too fast but nevertheless I wanted to share with you some of my must have for July that I've been LOVING. It might be a small favorites pile but it truly have items that have become my go to's. So enough chit chat and let's get into it.
This notebook was a lucky find when I went down the isles of Dollar Tree. I was looking for goodies and came across this TN style notebook. It's like standard size and the paper is really good quality. Perfect for all pens. I decided to decorate the front with some paper that I've been hoarding and this picture of these beautiful ladies which came from the packaging of Juvia's Place The Warrior palette. My sister gave me the packaging a while back and I knew I could use it for something. I recently got back in learning my tarot cards and I've been using this as a journal for that. I highly recommend this notebook and for a $1 it's a steal. Just a lil' upset I didn't buy more.
I'm a huge fan of these sticker books that Target have in their Bull's Eye section. I came across this sticker book one day randomly . For $3 it's a steal. It's more geared toward exercise but I've been making it work for my weekly spreads by putting another sticker to cover the words. It comes with some cute tropical deco which is perfect for now since it's summer. The sticker quality is great and it's clear stickers which I haven't seen before in Target. You get 2 sheets of each page which makes the booklet 6 pages long. For $3, it was a steal. I highly recommend these sticker books if you see them in Target.
My hair is very particular about what it likes and don't likes and will tell me. Cantu is really becoming my go-to brand. I've used their Moisturizing Curl Activator Cream
before and fell in love with it. Since I'm no longer using Eco Styler Gel I had to find a curl cream and a gel that work really well together on my hair. This baby is good for everything. I use it on twistouts, braid outs and wash n go's. And with their gel which I'll tell you about next . They're my go-to products and haven't let me down. My hair loves it. As you can see my bottle is almost done so I'll be reupping soon. You can find this at Target, Walmart and you're local Beauty Supply Store.
Not every gel is created equal. Not every gel goes with every cream product. But Cantu knew what they were doing when they created their Styling Stay Glue Gel
in Humidity Hold. Girl, let me tell you this baby here is EVERYTHING. One, with the curl activator cream you've found your match made in heaven. These two products were created for each other and work perfectly together. Like peanut butter and jelly. No competing against one another. They literally work hand in hand with one another and help you create a flawless hairstyle. Now let's talk about this gel. It comes out as a gel but has a tacky consistency.But don't mind that because as soon as it goes on your hair it just glides on and your hair automatically embraces it. No white residue, no flaking, no nothing. I love that it's humidity hold too. So my hair is good no matter what. It's been really humid here in NY and this baby has been put to the test and each time it passes with flying colors. I highly recommend this is product .
I'm a huge fan of Essie nail polishes and their Tart Deco
is one my favs. Looking at my toes now and this color is still on them. If not 3 weeks of this month then the whole month. It just scream summer. It's bright, bold, eye catching and girly. I highly recommend this color and promise myself that I will paint my nails a different color for August but it is a perfect vacay color. I'll change it.
So this is what I've been loving for July. What have you been loving? Feel free to share below because I'm always on the hunt for new products to try.
Getting PersonalPosted by Gaetana Friday, June 08 2018 06:48AM
June is finally here and it's time for yet another favorites. I confess, I haven't done one in a while since I'm a creature of nature and sometimes use the same product over and over again. But recently I've switched things up. Some I've hated and some I've been loving. So May's Must Haves feature a mix of everything like usual from stationery to beauty. No hair care this month since like I said I'm a creature of habit.
Let's first talk about my traveler's notebook. It's from Mystic Little Gifts
and she's a pocket TN in the color Bare Naked. I got her in the month of either April or May in a mystery grab bag and when she arrived I wasn't too hot on the color because I had my heart set on another. But over a couple of days I grew to love here. Number one, the color. It's the prettiest shade of peach with some pinky and brown undertones. Number 2, it's the most softest leather ever. Number 3, it's so floppy. I remember a while back I made myself a TN in personal size and peach but had to throw it away because when I bought the fabric it was damaged and I couldn't love it. I absolutely love this TN and can't wait to get this color in ring bound A6. The craftsmanship is like no other at Mystic Little Gifts
. I highly recommend her website. This is my second and I"m hooked.
I'm always getting random bits of makeup from my sister since she's a makeup artist and won't let her sister walk around looking like a fool. One day she noticed my current bronzer and contour I was using wasn't showing up. She literally pushed this palette in my hands and I've been using it since. It's the Contour Effects from City Color.
You might be able to find them in your local beauty supply, 5 and Below and etc.
It features a highlight, bronzer and a contour shade. As you can see I use the bronzer and contourer the most. The bronzer warms up my skin nicely and the contour adds more dimension. I highly recommend it. Not only is it super affordable, around $5 and is super pigmented. $6.99 on the City Color website
I told you I get random pieces of makeup from my sister. One day she came home and just gave this to me. I was like what is this and she said for you. If I remember correctly they either had it on sale or they were having their Garage Sale at MAC and she snagged this highlighter in Whisper of Gilt Extra Dimension Skin Finish
. The highlighter is nice but I really wanted the packaging. It's gorgeous as you can see. It's a rosey gold tone with a crackle finish.
This highlighter has been around for ages but it got repackaged for the holiday collection and features a cute snowflake pressed into it. I've been using this nonstop and it has push my coveted highlighter from the StarTrek collection out of the way. It's the prettiest gold shade. Not too brassy and not too cool.Definitely a must in a makeup collection.
All through winter I was wearing peachy tone blushes to keep some color in my cheeks but now that it was spring I switched to a pink. I've had this blush from Milani for ages and have been reaching for it every day. It's Rose D'Oro Baked Power Blush
It's the prettiest shade of pink with some gold flex in it. It gives you a refreshed look. Not like a disco ball as you would think from the gold flex. A must in a opinion in any makeup collection.
As you can tell I'm obsessed with anything rose gold and that extends into stationery too. I got this book set a while back from the Target Dollar Spot because it has rose gold on the binding but what I didn't know was the paper I was going to fall in love with. This one features grid paper which is my favorite paper to write on.
The paper is a dream to write on and my pens just glide over the paper. Plus it's an added bonus that they grid lines is pink. But the only bad thing about this is I haven't seen it since in Target.Which sucks. If you see the book set definitely jump on it. You won't regret it.
I'm a sucker for pretty packaging. So when I saw Nicki Minaji was having yet another collection with MAC. I was like I need at least one shade. First off the packaging is a rosy gold tone. L-O-V-E. She had a couple of shades to the collection but I'm a more peachy tone person so I gravitated toward that one.
This one I got was Nicki's Nude
which is described on the MAC's website as a soft corally pink. It's so pretty. I normally team it with Whirl lip liner and I'm good to go.
I love TheHoneyBShop
because number 1 she's amazing. Number 2 her stickers are so unique. Number 3 the paper quality is amazing. Too many shops are doing the same tired thing and she keeps it's all original. This is her Shop Owner Sticker sheet but I can't seem to find it. I had Cut, Print and something else on the sheet. As you can see I have one more left so I'm in desperate need of more ASAP.
This next sticker sheet is from Chic Planner Gal
and this is the Routine Ish! sheet. I normally use these when I have a super busy day and I just list everything I have to for the day underneath this sticker. Her sticker quality is amazing. Her shop not only carries stickers, die cuts but planner accessories too. She's also a black owned business and girl boss. I highly recommend her shop.
This last sticker sheets I'm loving is from The CraftyStudentxo
. I believe she is a newer shop on Etsy and I found her through the NYC Planner Addicts. She was having an amazing sale and I snatched up a butch of her sheets. Number 1, I love her sticker assortment she carries in her shop. Number 2, her paper quality is amazing. Number 3, she's so affordable and because she's a fellow NYer it came super quick. If I wasn't on a no spend I would buy up so much more. I purchased her Mini 3 Heart Checklists
in colorful and nude and as you can see I'm loving them. I use them in my business planner and in my personal planner. I need a truck load of these for real. I highly recommend her shop. You'll be thanking me later.
So that's everything . Whew! So what have you dolls been loving? Do share, I'm always on the lookout for new products to try.
Getting PersonalPosted by Gaetana Friday, May 11 2018 11:01AM
In just 7 more days it will officially be 6 months until my 35th birthday. It so crazy how fast time flies by. I was just November and I turned 34. I'm going to need Father Time to slow down for real. So with that being said at the beginning of 2018 I created a list of 35 things I wanted to do before my 35th birthday. I think it's cool to have a bucket list of items to complete before I reach my mind 30s.
I shared a sneak peek on Instagram yesterday and decided to create a blank on for you guys to create your own bucket list. Like always I decorated mine with stickers and I made sure to leave enough room on the blank version so you can do the same. Feel free to share yours on Instagram and Facebook.Be sure to tag use @SatinDollCo.
To download, click the image below.Note: For personal use only.
Getting PersonalPosted by Gaetana Tuesday, April 10 2018 12:18PM
March is here and gone and what a long month it was. April is here and I'm still waiting for spring to finally come. March was one of those months were I was reaching for my regular routine stuff but there was some items that I was loving more than others.
I told you I didn't stray from my regular items in March but when I did it was amazing. Hands down I LOVE everything in the photo shown above. I'll definitely will continue using them all April long.
First up is my planner. My old setup in my personal rings was annoying me to the max. I finally sat down one afternoon and took everything out and redid it. And I must say I LOVE
it. I definitely won't be changing it anytime soon.
On the left hand side the papers you see and the silhouette of a building skyline I found on Pinterest and printed it out on cardstock. The magnetic clips are from Heidi Swapp. The jeweled paper clip I made myself which was include in the second MadeWithSouthernLuv Ebony Queen Box
. The die cut right next to the paper clip is a freebie that you can get in my Facebook Group
. And the die cut clipped on the pocket is from ChicPlannerGal
This dashboard is one of many in my new layout.On the outside I have this note die cut which is the monthly freebie with purchase when you place an order with me. It's another one of my monthly favorite that I will go into detail more later. The doll next to that is one of 3 monthly freebies for March in my Facebook Group. The paper behind that is one of my top favorites out of all the paper you'll find in my planner. I have a thing for animal prints but I didn't want your traditional animal print. This is bold and colorful yet very feminine and girly.
I had to include a hair care product. I've been using the same products since January but I did add a new leave-in conditioner to my hair care routine. Since my sister has chopped off her long locks she purged the items she's been using and one of them is this leave-in. It's Elasta QP Olive Oil & Mango Butter Leave-In Conditioner. Number 1, I love the way this product smells. Mangoes all the way. It's one of those scents you won't get tired of smelling. Number 2, the slip when I add this product to my hair wet or dry is amazing. My hair loves this product and just eats it up. Because it has olive oil and mango butter in it it helps keep my hair really moisturized. Since it still wants to be winter here in NY my hair is craving products that can help keep it moisturized and Elasta QP is one of them. I highly recommend this product. You can find it in your local beauty supply store, Walmart
This note die cut is hands down one of my favorites of all time that I've created as freebie for all my stationery orders. I believe I came across this quote one day on Pinterest and it just stuck with me. So when I was designing the freebie for March I knew I had to use this quote. I thought putting it in a note form was perfect. With the glitter "tape" at the top adds a girly touch. As you can see I love it so much that I had to keep one for myself and include it in my planner. I even did a poll in my Facebook Group and everyone loves it so much that it's the freebie for April as well.
I'm officially on a no-spend until August for my trip to Sweden to visit my older sister and with that being said I have to be resourceful and use what I have. If it's not a need or business related I can't buy it. So I've been using what I have and this sticker book is one of them. I love it because it's literally 1050 pieces and I have stickers for days.
As you can see I think this can hold me off for a while so I can do my weekly spreads in my planner. I've been using this off and on in March in combination with other stickers I have and I love it. When you become resourceful you can do a lot with just what you have when you're forced to. It has a mix of neutral, color, floral, and abstract. A little bit of everything.
Lastly, this nail color by Sally Hanson Miracle Gel in 650 Per-Suede
is everything. I believe I wore this color all month February and again in March. This dusty rose/ sienna color is everything. Secondly I literally had this color on my toes all month in March and it's didn't chip or peel off. Sally Hanson's gel nail polish is one of the best on the market and I highly recommend it. I do my nails at home and don't have the time to sit in any ones salon. I have no patience and is too ticklish for that. Plus I love the wand it grabs enough color for you run on pass on your nails.2 coats is just enough for it to be super opaque. Add a top coat and you're good to go.
So what have you been faving in March? Do share.
Getting PersonalPosted by Gaetana Friday, February 09 2018 11:11AM
I will tell you January felt like one of the LONGEST months ever. It was never ending but nevertheless it's now over and February is here. Which means it's time for January Must Haves. I really had to think what was I loving in January and I came up with a nice selection of items.
From nail polishes to hair care to stationery and a promotional item.So let's get into it.
It has been beyond cold here in the east coast and with my hair being natural. A good leave- in conditioning has been saving my life. It's one of many items helping me keep my hair healthy and moisturized. Cantu Shea Butter Leave-in Conditioning Cream
has been hitting the spot.
As you can see it has a nice consistency. Not too light but not too heavy. It's a nice medium and it leave my hair feeling great and ready for the next step in my hair care regimen. My hair loves it and just eats it up. I love the smell of it too. Because after a while some product scents can become annoying to me. Which causes me to stop using it for a little bit. You can find it at Walmart, Target and all your local beauty supply stores.
I go through phases when it comes to nail polishes. Sometimes it bright colors, or mints, or greens. This time it's nudes. I've been loving them since the end of December and all through January and I don't think I"ll be switching it up for February either. These three by MAC, Wet n' Wild and Formula X are the ones I've been wearing. Nobody is really seeing my feet because it's winter but if I do have to wear a pair of heels at least with a nude I won't have to worry will it clash. Formula X is in Thrilling
and you can get it at Amazon. Wet n' Wild is in Private Viewing
and you can get at Rite Aid, Target and the Wet n' Wild website. MAC is in Skin which is no longer available at MAC.
Since my business now has it open designated planner I was on the hunt for the perfect inserts for everything. Annie Plans Printables
are the business.These are her Shop Owner TN inserts
and I highly recommend them. I did a blog post on my business planner, "A Look Inside My Business Planner in 2018
". A plus is that they are so easy to print. I also love how her inserts have such great covers. Definitely my style. With it being a printable you can print it endlessly which I have to print more just yesterday.She has a wide variety of inserts for just about anything and in a wide variety of sizes.
I knew having a second planner I would need weekly inserts that I could use in my business planner .So I'm huge fan of Wendaful's inserts. I was so glad I remembered that she had a TN pocket size with a horizontal layout on one side and grid paper on the other. ( Midori Week on One Page with Notes Printable
) I included it also in my business planner blog post.
It's very clean and no fuss. It's like a blank canvas. I plan what I'm going to do daily on the left side and everything else like to-do's, shopping lists, habit trackers, deadlines, goals and etc go on the grid side. I'm loving it. It gives me enough give if I want to decorate or not too.Highly recommend it.
As you may well all know I'm the owner of Satin Doll & Co. I've been making solely jewelry and accessories for the last 8 years but in the last two have branched off to stationery. With that being said my old business card was too cluttered for my taste and need to be simplified. I wanted everything to be clean, chic and sleek. So I went and redesigned my entire promotional items. And I'm completely in love with our new business cards. It's everything I wanted. Clean, sleek and chic. Featuring our signature colors. Clear and to the point with all the necessary information. I used Vista Print to make them and they did a wonderful job like always.
As you may well all know I've branched into die cuts in 2018 and our Giving Shoulder Queen Doll - Planner Die Cut
I adore. She was originally our Twinkle Queen but everyone loved her so much during the holiday season that I took away her lights and renamed her. I absolutely adore her.I knew when I was sketching her that I love her. When I add the color I loved her. When I printed her I love her. Hands down she my favorite out of all my dolls. She's available on my website
If you're a planner girl then you must know Kiki or Paper Princess Plans on Youtube and Instagram. She recently started making and selling stickers on Etsy and I had to support one of my favorite Youtubers. These are her Work Princess Stickers and as you can see I've been using them up. You get two sizes. One larger and one smaller. I've been using them so much that I only have the big ones left and I'm using them sparely now. The paper quality is really good, they're super affordable and they're just so cute. Check her out here
Ive been hoarding this sticker booklet from Target Dollar Spot for a hot minute now and I'm finally using it. When I was setting up my business planner I wanted tabs not only for that but for my personal planner. It's a PITA to find the sections I wanted. I then remembered I had this booklet with these flags. As you can see I used most of the beige ones up. The other sheet of this one barely has anything left. But they were exactly what I needed.
And as you can see they make the best page tabs. If you have any page flags laying around. They definitely make the perfect page tabs. Put on card stock, cute out and then laminate. You'll be good to go.
Well this concludes my Must Haves for December. What
are you loving? I would love to know.
Getting PersonalPosted by Gaetana Tuesday, January 02 2018 01:10PM
Happy New Year everyone!!! I can't believe we just rang in another new year and it's 2018. Wow! Time is literally flying.
With that being said it's time for me to share my December Must Haves. With November being my birthday month and I was spoiled beyond measure and a lot of the items I'm loving happento be birthday presents. That were given to me or either I bought myself. So to no future ado here are my December Must Haves.
This is hands down my FAVORITE foundation of life. Yes, I said life. I tried this back in September or October from a sample my sister got with a Sephore order I think. I tried it and loved it. Not knowing a month or two later she bought it as my birthday gift. It's Stila's latest foundation, Stay All Day Foundation and Concealer
in Tan 13. #1 a little goes a long way. I literally use one pump and I'm good to go. The foundation will oxidize if left unused. #2 I was little unsure about the packaging but I totally understand it when it comes to the oxidizing part. No more getting foundation on my hands or using my hand as a palette either. I literally pump what I need and use my beauty blender and then replace the cap when I'm done. No cleanup at all. #3 The finish is everything. It makes my skin flawless and stay on for hours. When the label say Stay All Day it means it. On my birthday I wore my makeup from about 5:45am -11pm and when I got home it was still looking fresh like I just did it. If I was going to the club that night I could have. No worries. And if your wondering my skin type it's oily and it held up to my oily skin. No touch up at all. Not a one. The concealer that comes with it is literally a match for my skin so I've used it for any trouble spots and not under my eye since I like a brightening effect. You can find it at Stila, Sephora and Ulta
to name a few.
When it comes to liner I'm very picky because my eyes tend to water if it's cold, if the sun hits it a certain way or just because. For that reason, I lean toward cream gel liners. I recently reached for my coveted Wet n Wild liner but it dried up.
A whole container. Like really, I was upset. So while in Walmart one day I picked up a E.L.F. cream liner
in Black. When I used it the first time I was in for a shock. It was so smooth. Yes, smooth. I used it and it was BLACK. The blackest of black I've seen in any gel liner I've used. Even more then my coveted Wet n Wild gel liner. You don't need as much with other gel liners. And it literally glides over the skin and creates the darkest line. I love my Wet n Wild but E.L.F has pushed it out as far as gel liner goes. Plus I think it's a dollar cheaper then Wet n Wild too.
I'm back to using blushes as my blushes since I hit pan on my coveted Star Trek highlighter. So I have to use it sparingly. With that being said I have went back to my favorite.Tart's holiday palette from either 2 or 3 years ago that I got for a birthday.
It features not 1 but 4 blushes and 1 bronzer. Many woman and especially women of color don't like Tarte blushes
because they're not really pigmented but I love them. You have to build them up which is fine by me since I get to control how much blush I want to use. (From left to right: Crave, Dazzled, Darling, Dollface, Park Ave Princess) My favorites have to be Crave, Dazzled, and Darling. I sometimes use Dollface. But hands down in December I was loving Dazzled which is my all time favorite. As you can see it's deeper in tone and comes off as Pinky Rose tone on me.
Yes, I'm a planner girl if you didn't know that already and I can happily say I'm back in a traveler's notebook. I've been trying to get back into it the last couple of months but I just wasn't feeling it. I came across Mystic LitLittle Gifts
and I loved her craftmanship, her personality and her assortment. So on Black Friday at 1-something in the morning I remembered about her sale and managed to snag a pocket wide in Macchiato.It's absolutely gorgeous. I had my heart set on a B6 pink sand but missed out on it and decided to settle for a pocket wide.I couldn't be happier.It has 6 elastics which is perfect. I've made it my planner for my business and is compact enough to fit into any bag I carry. The leather is exquisite with all the natural markings of the animal and the shade of brown is exactly what I didn't know I needed. I'll definitely be adding more of her TN to my planner collection. Pink Sand and Sand I have my eyes on. Go check her out if you're a planner girl and she's super affordable too.
The mascot as you can say for my company is a butterfly. So it's only right that a butterfly planner charm is hanging from it from my TN. This was added to my website last month and I had to steal one for myself. I loved it the moment I created the first one. It's called Flutter Butterfly Charm
and can be purchase on our website under our New Release or Stationery-Accessories. It's sure dainty and can represent many things.
As a jewelry maker/designer it's so hard for me to even look or purchase another artisans jewelry. But I absolutely adore these charm bracelets my sister gifted me for my birthday. They're so unique and so me. They from Jazzy Bloom
. I absolutely love this line and so much so that I gifted one of the bracelets to my sister for Christmas because she mentioned she wanted one. The three bracelets I was gifted were Rep Your Zodiac
in Scorpio, Black Girl Magic Bangle
, and You are a Queen Bangle
. I definitely will be adding to my Jazz Bloom collection. The craftsmanship is on point, super affordable, and so fashionable.
I'm absolutely obsessed with my planner fashion dolls. They're literally everywhere. Especially my Fall Doll
. I think I have her in 3 different places. With me not freelance designing for any company now I was rarely drawing which is very unlike me. Drawing goes deep into my soul and I've been wanting to draw. My soul has been aching for it if you get what I mean. One day my sister saw me printing another illustrators work to add to my planner and she was like why don't you do that .And my fashion doll die cuts was born.My soul is so happy it could burst. I'm so happy to doing one of my passions again on a daily basis and it's an added bonus that people are purchasing my artwork and are loving it as much as I love creating them. Plus I'm sure excited for my New Release on Friday. Shop my Planner Doll Die Cuts here
And lastly, I'm loving my Facebook Group. The ladies that join are super amazing and I love interacting with you all. You're creativity and passion for all things planner and fashion related is amazing. I love sharing exclusive freebies and printables with you guys. Plus sneak peeks too. Can't forget those. If you're not a member of my Facebook Group you're definitely missing out and I highly recommend joining. Join here
I almost left this one out by accident but I've been loving Sephora's 10HR Fix & Correct Concealer in Shade 30 and 31. My sister used to work for the company many years ago and when she cleans out her stash I end up with so much new makeup she won't use on her clients or herself.I'm so upset when she told me that they no longer carry this product and I just finished #31 which was my go-to concealer. I have some darkness under my eyes and I would use this and it concealed and brightened under my eyes. I literally want to cry. So now I'm using #30 for under my eye, to highlight my forehead and down my nose. It's creamy, blends like a dream and conceals. I love the compact ability of it.I don't know what I'll use after #30 is done.
Well this concludes my Must Haves for December. What
are you loving? I would love to know.