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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Look Of The Day: Olive Eyes (ELF Porducts!)

Hey everyone!!
So, I recently watched a YouTube video called Under The Olive Tree, by Amarixe. I loved the "green eye" effect! I think she is a great guru, so check her out if you haven't already.

The face.
I describe the eyes below.
Blush: ELF Mineral blush in Coral.
Lips: ELF Nicely Nude Mineral Lipstick
with ELF Super Glossy Lip Shine in Pink Kiss.

Start to finish: ELF $1 eye primer, NYX Jumbo Pencil in French Fries, ELF Endless Eyes Pro Mini
Eyeshadow Palette in everyday classics (I used the dark green from the 3rd row all over the lid,
and then I used the light green, on the same row, on top of the dark green.) I mixed a dark and light brown
together, from the 2nd row, as my crease color (any 'darkish' brown will work.) Then my highlight
color is the white from the 1st row.
Eyeliner on top lash line is Covergirl Liquiline in Brown.

I lined my top and bottom waterline with Urban Decay 24/7 Pencil in Zero. (A nice
doupe is the Sephora Kohl Waterproof Liner, $9.) Mascara: Loreal Telescopic, Blackest Black.

The Palette,
What do you guys think about color on the lid? Would you wear it?

I do apologize for the lighting. I hope it doesn't look too "washed out."

Thanks so much for reading! I am thrilled that I have over 40 subbies! How AWESOME! :)

On a side note, I'm not ignoring yalls comments, but when I comment on someone elses post, it does not notify me of any comments back so I kinda figured "whats the point in commenting back?" Am I right or is there a way? (Hope that made since) I am still pretty new to all this! Hehe! BUT I DO read ALL of my comments and I LOVE them all! Just didn't know if people would see my comments back!? ...thanks everyone  :]


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Make-up Tag!

Hello everyone! I found this tag as I was blog surfing(randomly) and thought it might be fun! I tag you ALL! :) Thanks for reading*

1. How old were you when you started wearing makeup?
I was in middle school, so around 12 or 13 probably. Not much at that time, just eye shadow, mascara and lip gloss. In high school was when I started wearing foundation, eye liner, etc.

2. How did you get into makeup? If you know my mom, then you know how I got into makeup. My mom will not leave the house without a full face of make up on, and has been like that for as long as I've known her...hehe! It just kind of came natural after seeing her do it daily.

3. What are some of your favorite brands? E.L.F, Covergirl, Maybelline-- Mostly all drug store. I own very few high end products.

4. What does makeup mean to you? Oh gosh, makeup means a TON for me. I have bad acne (refer to last blog post) so for me, makeup makes helps me feel better about myself because it helps me cover up scars and blemishes. It's also a fun way to be creative! Lastly, it helps enhance your natural beauty. I am a firm believer in "natural beauty." I do not believe everyone should wear "a pound" of makeup everyday, but a little makeup every now and then, goes a long way!
5. If you could only wear 4 products on your face what would they be? Moisturizer, Foundation(Revlon Colorstay), Mascara(Maybelline Define-a-Lash Waterproof), & The Tarte cheek and lip stain.

6. What is your favorite thing about makeup? Makeup is so fun, and lets you be creative in so many different ways! It is also a confidence booster for me, because it helps me cover up scaring I would otherwise be self conscious of.

7. What do you think about drugstore makeup vs high end makeup? I think most high end makeup (in my opinion) is a rip off. I do not own very much, but what I do own (Urban Decay, Tarte, Too Faced, Sephora) is very "doupeable." I think Covergirl eye shadow is just as good as Urban Decay, etc. I could go on all day, but I don't waste my money on high end makeup because the drug store has all the makeup I could need, for my daily makeup routine!

8. What is one tip of advice you can give to a beginner? YOUTUBE!! haha...But really, watching someone apply makeup is very helpful for me. You could tell me "apply this to your crease," but watching someone do it is much more helping. Also, don't go overboard. Start out small and then work your way to bigger and better things! :)

9. What do you think about the beauty community on YouTube? I think it is a very helpful place! I have bought (and not bought) things that I have watched reviews about. I also blame YouTube for my makeup addiction! LOL!

10. What is one makeup trend you never understood? Well, this is not a trend, I just never got into it. LIP LINER! I have never understood why someone would want to line their lips, and have a big ring around it(yes, I'm exaggerating). I am a lip stick and lip gloss kind of girl. No lip liner for me!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

My Experience With Acne: From 2005-Now

Hey everyone! I first of all want to give a warning: this post WILL be long. I have had many people ask me about my experience, (what I'm using, etc) and to get the full effect, I will need to go into detail. If you have any questions and you do not want to ask in the comments below, please feel free to e-mail me @ HEATHEREAGLES@AOL.COM.

Ok! I am 21 years old (will be 22 in August) and I have been struggling with acne since I was 15. Now, when I was in high school my acne was mostly "white heads" or just regular pimples. My most common break out area was my forehead. After trying proactive, drug store face washes, etc, and nothing working, I finally consulted a dermatologist.
When I was 17 years old I went to my first dermatologist appointment. I went to a Dr. Smith in my town and to make a long, useless story short, he helped me none. He only wanted to prescribe the "high end" prescriptions to me, and would not settle for generic. For example: one of the creams he prescribed was $250. So I made an appointment with a well known dermatologist in my area, Dr. Girrard, and even though the wait was 2 months to just be seen by her, I waited. My first visit she prescribed me an antibiotic called Minocycline 200Mg a day, tretinonin cream .025%, benzoyl peroxide face wash 4%, and some expensive face lotion I never got filled.
The Minocycline made me so sick every time I took it, to the point where I would throw up! I eventually had to quit taking it. The tretinonin cream was meant to be a "spot treatment" for when a pimple would come up, but when I used it, it totally made my skin peel right off as if I were sunburned. The point of this cream is to make the skin produce new cells more rapidly, in turn, making your skin peel off. I used it for about a week or two, but I saw no results and I honestly didn't like the fact that my skin was peeling off. What REALLY cleared my skin up was the Benzoyl Peroxide Face Wash 4%. After I started using that nightly, my skin cleared up automatically(within a month)!
I used the BP face wash for 4 years(until this year), but my acne started coming back about a year ago in 2010. This time my acne was cystic, which means under the skin. The kind of cystic acne I have starts under the skin (you can not pop this pimple, not that I recommend that, I'm just saying that's how deep it is) and then after about a week it would surface. (Note: some of my cystic acne never surfaced. Some of it went away on its own, and some cysts have been there for months.) My acne is really bad along my chin and jaw line now. It's also on my cheeks and hair line as well. I do get the occasional "forehead cyst" (which hurts very bad and always causes me to have a headache).
After dealing with this for a year, I decided to go back to the dermatologist. In April 2011 I went back to the doctor. She prescribed me Minocycline 200Mg a day (again), benzoyl peroxide face wash 10%, and Clindamycin Phosphate Face Wipes 1%. After taking a full round (60 days) of the Minocycline(which still makes me sick, I just started to get use to it eventually), using the face wipes once to twice a day, and using the face wash twice daily, I still haven't seen much progress.
I will say my acne has minimized some, but not much. A lot of people say "get on birth control" but I have been on the pill for 5 years now.(that was one of the reasons I got on it.) I think my face is tired of BP. I go back for a follow up appointment in July, so I will be sure to post and let you guys know the verdict.

What I would recommend from my experience:
  •  Your make up/moisturizer does make a difference. See if the label says "dermatologist tested" or "does not clog pores." I recommend getting something that says both!
  • Try benzoyl peroxide if you never have. Mine is prescription, but they actually sell BP 10% at CVS. It may dry out your skin in the beginning, but this did work for me for 3 years.
  • I have read success stories of people being on antibiotics like Minocycline, and their acne did clear up. I just don't think my body reacts well to it.
  • I do use salicylic acid 2% at night on pimples, and it doesn't always help, but it normally doesn't get worse. 
I tried to make this as short as I could. I did shorten some stuff a good bit, so if you have any questions please let me know! I tried to make this as "readable" as possible. I hope when I go back in July, we can try something that I haven't really tired yet. Having acne at 21 years old is pretty embarrassing. When I get my acne cleared up, I will then focus on scaring...I have quite a bit. :(
Thank you for reading! I hope this was helpful to someone out there! :)

Friday, June 24, 2011

In the Kitchen With Brooke: Buffalo Casserole

Hey guys!
So today, my boyfriend and I of 3 years decided that we would cook something...for the first time EVER! We both still live at home, work full time and go to school full time, so cooking just hasn't really been "our thing."  I told him that he could choose what we cook, so he found a Buffalo Casserole Recipe HERE. We followed it to a Tee, MINUS the hot pepper sauce, and we used Tobasco Chipotle Pepper Sauce instead!

We boiled two chicken breasts for 25 minutes on medium to high heat, and then followed the recipe EXACTLY, and it turned out great (even my mother and her boyfriend liked it)!
Let me know if you guys try anything like this! Do yall like to cook? We really enjoyed it! I plan on doing more posts like this!
Going in the oven! See you in an hour!

Fresh out of the oven! We added some more shredded cheese to the top.

Side view; fresh out of the oven.

My serving! This recipe makes 4 large helpings.
Thanks for reading!! :)

Nail Of The Day: Essie French Affair

Hey everyone! I just did my nails. Haven't cleaned them up yet, but I wanted to show everyone this color. It's Essie French Affair (got it at CVS for HALF OFF!) and I LOVE THIS COLOR! So clean and nice!
This is 2 coats and a top coat.

$4 on sale @ CVS

No Flash

With Flash
Thank you for reading! ~Brooke :)

Sidenote: I do have a few blogs planned, I just have to find the time! I have jury duty next week + I am working 50 hours, so please bear with me! Thank you so much to all my followers! I feel so cool to have 24 in just a few weeks! ;) Have a great day, and talk to yall soon!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Wet N Wild: "The Gilded Age & Everything Under The Sun" *REVIEW & LOTD*

Hey everyone!
So, if you're like me and you're addicted to the beauty broadcast facebook page, then you KNOW everyone has been RAVING about the new Wet N Wild eye shadow trio and bronzer! Of course I went right out to my CVS and picked up both. It was BOGO 1/2 off, so under $5 for BOTH...YES PLEASE! :) I LOVE both of these products. WARNING: The bronzer is VERY LIGHT. If you have dark skin, I do not recommend it! The pigmentation of these eye shadows are wonderful! Here are some pictures!
Thanks for reading :)
My full face
I use the "Browbone" color all over the lid. I use the "Eyelid"
color on the outer half of the lid(&up into the crease
a bit). I use the "Crease" color in the

The other products I used on my eyes: NYX Doll Eye
Mascara, Tarte gel liner in Black, NYX eyeshadow base in Pearl,
Sephora Waterproof Eyeliner in Black.
Left: Everything under the Sun; Bronzer
Right: The guilded age; Shadows

L-R: Bronzer, Eyelid color, Crease color, Browbone color.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Darius Rucker Concert

Hey everyone!!
Last night I went to a concert in my town, and Darius Rucker (former Hootie and the Blow Fish member) was performing! If you ever get the chance to go, I would definitely recommend it (if you like country music). Just wanted to post a few pictures from the concert!

From the "beauty" stand point (because I know I have a lot of beauty blog followers), I wore: Revlon Colorstay Foundation, Revlon Colorstay loose powder (discontinued), Urban Decay Primer Potion for my eyes, Wet N Wild eye shadow, Maybelline Define-a-Lash waterproof mascara (in the green tube), Covergirl liquiline eyeliner & Sephora kohl and liner waterproof eyeliner, Physicians Formula all over glow pearls in light (as a bronzer), Physicas Formula Happy Booster blush, Covergirl lipstick in Heavenly, and Nyx mega shine lip gloss in LaLa. I hope Im not leaving anything out! My makeup stayed on ALL DAY/NIGHT (we were there from 3pm-10:30pm) in the 90 degree weather!
My dress is from Maurices. My earrings and ring are also from Maurices. 

Have a great day and thanks for reading! :)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Nail Of The Day: OPI Hot & Spicy

Hey everyone!
Just painted my nails today, and I stepped "out of the box" a little bit, but I like it! Hope yall do too! I used OPI Hot & Spicy, and then the little nail art brushes in black and silver. Its really easy :)

Cvs, $6.99. Mine came with Black, White,and Silver.

Thanks to my new followers!! I have some informational blogs coming up! A good amount of people have asked about my weight loss and my acne experience (with going to the dermatologist; what worked, what didn't, ect.), so I will try to start that next week!
Have a great day<3

Monday, June 13, 2011

*About Me*

So, since I'm new to this whole blog thing, I thought I'd tell you guys some things about me! 22 Completely random things, to be exact! :)

1-My name is Brooke, if you can't tell by now :)
2- I am 21, turning 22 in August.
3- I live in the south, where its hot every day in the summer, and cold every day in the winter. Never an "in between."
4- I work as a manager in a clothing store, and I babysit on the side(& no, I don't have any kids).
5- I attend a very competitive college, going to be a Cardiovascular Technician=STRESS! lol :) [I actually find out if I get into my program in JULY!]
6- I am LOUD, OUTSPOKEN, everybody's friend, and big hearted; just to name a few.
7- Very emotional at times.
8-I love cats...I actually have, well I lost count. We have like 10, but only 3 are inside. The rest just eat the food we put outside haha!!
This is Lex, The coolest cat you'll ever meet. He seriously has the personality of a human! ...and weighs 20lbs.

9- MAKEUP IS AN OBSESSION<3 ...along with nail polish, hair, clothes, my iphone, & starbucks*
10- I have been dating the same sweet guy for 3.5 years now. His name is Patrick<3 (he's in the pic down below)
11-I tweet a lot: @Tha_Brookester!/ThA_bRoOkEsTeR
12- I'm addicted to facebook! :)
13- I'm impatient :\
14- I live with my mom and younger brother (that is them in the picture below).
15- Since February 2011, I have LOST 35lbs!!! I may blog* about that if anyone is interested....
16- My kind of music is pop, country, and some rap.
17- Proud coupon user!
18-  PiNk is my favorite color<3
19- I never go to bed before 1am.
20- I don't really have time to watch much TV, but when I do I LOVE CSI & Law And Order.
21- I love meeting new people, and I would love to travel the world one day. The only place 'out of country' that I have been is to London, England.
22- My hair is naturally light brown and wavy. I have blonde highlights and brown lowlights. I like the color, so I don't go crazy and change it up very often. If my hair is straight, it's because it took me 25 minutes to get it that way! LoL :)
A bad quality picture of my straight hair...

Well, I hope I didn't bore you guys too much. I don't live the most exciting life ever, but its better than nothing! I'm always open to suggestions, so if you guys have some, let me know! & Also, if yall have any requests let me know! I'll try to do what I can. I really think I'm going to love this whole "blogging" experience. I've already "met" some really nice people! :)
Thanks so much for reading <3

Saturday, June 11, 2011

NYX Haul/Review

Hello everyone!
As some of you probably did, I placed an order with NYX when they had that coupon sent out to the people who could not order from their "big sale." I say it in "quotes" because I don't actually know anyone that got to take advantage of the sale. Anyways, the coupon was for 50% off the entire website (excluding a few things) + free shipping! I only own a few NYX products, so I thought I would take advantage of it! I placed my order on May 21st, and received my package June 9th. Shipping took about 3 weeks...very lengthy in my opinion, but I also understand that they had a large amount of orders to process. My order total was $24.25. ON TO THE GOODS!
L-R: Jumbo eyeshadow pencil in French Fries $4.50, HD Concealer Wand in Light $5.50, Doll Eye Mascara in Black $9, Mega Shine lip gloss in LaLa $5.50, Eye & Lip makeup remover $8.00, Slim Eye Pencil in Brown $3.50. TOP L-R: Concealer in a jar in Fair $5.50, Eye shadow base in Skin Tone $7. (Original prices listed)
My eye; products from NYX used: Concealer wand under eye, eye shadow base all over, jumbo eye pencil on lid, slim eye pencil on top lash line, doll eye mascara on top and bottom lashes.
The list of products I bought.

Swatches Top-Bottom: Jumbo Eye Pencil in French Fries, Eyeliner (Slim eye pencil) in Brown, Mega Shine Lip Gloss in LaLa.

I absolutely love EVERYTHING I ordered *except the Eyeliner (Slim eye pencil). The only reason I don't like it is for a personal reason; its not dark enough. When I wear a brown eyeliner on the top lash line, I want it to be dark. I know in the swatch it looks dark, but you can probably tell by looking at the picture of my eye, that it doesn't even look like I'm wearing eyeliner on the top lash line. Also, I would not repurchase the Eye & Lip Make Up remover because it is $8.00 for 2.8 fl oz. The product it self works great, just kind of pricy!

My Favorites: I think when I post a haul and/or review I will try to narrow it down to my top 3 favorites. 1 being my #1 fave. I would have to say my #1 favorite product from this haul is the Mega Shine Lip Gloss in LaLa! I know the swatch makes it look VERY pink, but on your lips it just adds a hint of pink, a little sheen, and a lot of shine! I put it over a darker lip stick today and it really made my lips shine, without over doing it! 
My #2 favorite is the Doll Eye Mascara! This mascara really does make your lashes have some volume! I have lashes that grow "straight" out and they are very sparse (I don't have many). I believe this mascara did a great job at volumizing my lashes. My lashes did not feel hard or brittle after wearing it for a while, and it did not flake! 
My #3 favorite is the HD concealer wand! It really brightened up my eyes nicely and concealed my dark circles! 
I also wanted to mention, I wore all of this makeup for 10 hours straight and it has GREAT staying power!

Overall I am very pleased with my NYX order! I wish there was a place around me that sold their cosmetics. Please leave me some feedback either on here, my facebook, or my twitter letting me know if you liked this haul/review and would like to see more. Also, if you have any tips that would be great as well!

 *Thanks so much for reading<3*

-Disclaimer: All of the products were purchased by me. All opinions are my own. 

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Short But Sweet...

Hello Everyone!
Its kind of late, so I just wanted to start this thing up by making my first post. I don't really know what my intentions are of having a "blog." The only thing I've ever wrote in was a Xanga about 5 years ago, so bare with me.
I never knew Blogger.Com existed until yesterday when I saw a girl named Alice's. She is a 15 year old with terminal cancer, blogging about her bucket list. I guess it kind of gave me some inspiration to log my journey in this world. I know some people think blogs are stupid...and I know I don't really have time for something else to do, but I thought this would be fun to look back on...and kind of therapeutic in a way!
I may write in this every day, or once a week, but I will try to write as often as I can. And I'm sure one day I will look back on this and laugh, but hey, who are we if we cant laugh at ourselves?
Thanks for reading :)