Category: makeup

New CruzTube beauty video: Mai Couture papiers review/demo/first impressions

Check out my demo of the Mai Couture papiers by clicking HERE! These little pieces of paper are like a kit of makeup in just your wallet– just add eye makeup and lip gloss. I review the foundation powder, highlighter, blush, 2-1 oil blotting/bronzer, and I show the lavender oil-blotting papiers, although I didn’t use them in this video.

They are now part of my to-go travel makeup kit, which I have tried to make minimalistic… goodness knows I’m always traveling, and I need toiletries to be convenient and take up very little room.

LOVE:
*Portability
*Sanitary
*Ease of application
*They are paper from pulp, therefore it’s RECYCLABLE! Eco-friendly beauty! #GoGreen
*I got lucky and bought all of them half-off! (Dillard’s “Edge” cosmetics)

DON’T LOVE:
*I got mega-oily, although I did use an ELF mineral primer. I had to use blotting papers three or four times today, versus once or twice during a typical day.

I’ll try them next time with a Rimmel Stay Matte primer, and see if that helps. I’ll also try to do a layer of MAC powder on top to see if that cuts down on the shine… but the whole reason I purchased them is to reduce the amount of products I have to bring when I’m traveling.

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St. Patrick’s Day green

I celebrated St. Patrick’s Day by sporting my favorite green dress from (of course) Old Navy. Jewelry is from New York and Company.

Eye shadow is from the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette and the Coastal Scents 88 Original Palette. I have been using the heck out of the Coastal Scents Palette lately… I rediscovered it after not using it for more than a year.

Where I work at the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society, I snapped this photo of this military macaw who is mostly green, because I figured he was an appropriate representative for St. Patrick’s Day. 🙂

One good deed of the day was when I rescued this fledgling mockingbird, who was dropped off at the Zoo and needed to be transported to the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary in Jupiter, FL. This bird had probably fallen out of its nest, and wouldn’t make it on its own. Once the Zoo’s veterinary technician fed it, I took it to Jupiter and dropped it off. It didn’t make a peep! It was a happy, full bird. Cross your fingers it does well and makes it back into the wild.

Last animal photo of the day– my dog, Mogwai, looking cute as normal, all cuddled up on the top of the couch. He is a leucistic Pekingese, which is a form of albino but with a bit more pigmentation.

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I met “Jungle Jack” Hanna at work! MAC lipstick and lip gloss/lip glass

Last Friday, I had the pleasure of meeting and listening to “Jungle Jack” Hanna, TV host and author, zookeeper, animal advocate, conservationist, etc.

With “Jungle Jack” and Callie and Maura, two zookeepers I work with

He spoke eloquently about zoo life today, and how zoos are meant to be “for the people.” Well, obviously for the animals, too, but I knew what he meant– we really have to reach people to make an impact on them.
In other fun career news, I finally have been adding text to photos lately to post on the social media of the zoo I work for. I came up with the below gem that I’m particularly loving… it shows off our adorable baby tapir calf, who looks crazy-cute in almost every single photo I take of her!
Beauty stuff: I am full-on obsessed with a gift sent to me by my mentor and friend, Farrah. 
I stole your Facebook profile pic, Farrah! ‘Cuz it’s so pretty 🙂 

She sent me a baggie full of MAC empty compacts, and said that if you turn them in to be recycled at a local MAC beauty counter, they will give you a free lipstick of your choice for every six empty primary packaging containers! It’s part of their Back to M.A.C. program. I love how they are thanking customers for going green.
Green is beautiful!! So is my new favorite “nude lip” combo of MAC Faux satin lipstick topped with Viva Glam Lipglass. I texted Farrah that I was totally using the two products she sent to be recycled as newbies to me, LOL! I know, kinda gross to be using my friend’s lipsticks, but I wiped ’em off first. Does that count as cleaner? It doesn’t? Oh well, just call me a beauty recycler. 😉 
Wearing my new “nude lip” faves… thanks, Farrah!

MAC satin lipstick in “Faux” — almost all gone! I will dig it out to make the most of it!
#NoShame #WasteNotWantNot
And MAC LipGlass in “Viva Glam”


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Get Ready With Me “CruzTube” video

Click HERE to watch my latest CruzTube video, “Get Ready With Me!”

This is the look I have in my profile photo! It was my job’s fundraising gala, a black tie event, so I went all-out with hair and makeup.

My husband, Nathan, and me at the gala

Here are the products I used in the video:

Urban Decay DeSlick Oil-Control Makeup Setting Spray
Murad Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15
Smashbox Hybrid 2-in-1 Luminizing Primer 
Neutrogena Skin-Clearing Oil-Free Makeup in Natural Tan and Fresh Beige
Becca The One Perfecting Brush
Mary Kay Medium Coverage Foundation in Bronze 607
MAC Contouring Brush
ELF HD Lifting Concealer in Light
Bare Escentuals Max Coverage Concealer Brush
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion
Mary Kay Eye Primer
Mary Kay Loose Powder in Ivory 2
Kabuki Brush
Benefit “Gimme Brow” in Medium/Dark
Coastal Scents 88 Color Original Eyeshadow Palette
ELF Eyeshadow Brush
Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette
ELF Essentials Eye Crease Brush
Fluffy blending brush
ELF Liquid Liner in Black
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Blackout
ELF Contouring Blush and Bronzing Powder in Antigua
ELF Studio Stipple Brush, one regular and one pink
Cover Girl Eye Enhancers Shadow in Champagne
Mary Kay Mineral Shimmer Powder in Canary Diamond
Maybelline The Falsies Volum Express Mascara in Very Black
ELF Small Angled Brush
Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge in Coquette
ELF Pout Perfector in Glow
Big Sexy Hair Root Pump Plus
Suave Keratin Infusion Smooth and Shine Serum
Velecta Paramount Professional Super Lightweight Hair Dryer
2 Round brushes
MAC Eyeshadow in Carbon
Fluffy shadow brush
MAC Eyeshadow in Shroom
Hot Tools 1 1/4 inch curling iron
Big Sexy Hair Spray and Play Harder hairspray
Sally’s Beauty Supply clip-in extensions
Teaze brush
Ambiance Volumizing Dry Shampoo in Black
Salon Perfect Self-Adhesive lashes

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