Saturday, May 29, 2010

Obsession Phase: Healthy Food

I recently got an increased food budget so I decided to use that to eat better. I usually eat pretty well (except for all the baking I like to do) but my main focus was always cost-cutting. And since I cook a lot from scratch (not too fancy or anything) I was able to do a lot with a very small budget. But now I have a little more spending money so I've been buying some of the popular but higher cost items I've heard so much about. Now this is a fairly new thing for me so I'm sure things will change a bit as time goes on.

Some of the foods I've tried so far:
Kashi GoLean Crunch!
Now I normally ate Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds, Multi-Grian Cheerios or Grape Nuts Flakes for breakfast but I hated how I would be hungry again so soon. Now I read that the best cereals have less than 200 calories per serving, more than 3g of fiber & less than 8g of sugar. This one has 190 calories per (1 cup) serving, 8g of fiber and 13g of sugar. BUT it also has 9g of protein (which is a LOT for cereal). Also the 1 cup serving is somehow much more filling than most other cereals. I like to top this with fresh fruit (when I have it) or frozen blueberries (which I always try to have on hand).
Laughing Cow Light Original Swiss cheese
Now usually cheese is the 1st thing I omit when I'm trying to watch my weight. But I heard so many good things about this cheese that I had to try it. I will say, I am impressed. Very smooth & creamy & only 35 calories a serving. I like to spread it on....

Wasa Light Rye Crispbread
These kind of taste like a Triscuit. They are perfect for spreading cheese on since they are palm-sized (putting anything on tiny crackers gets on my nerves. lol). And 2 crackers are only 60 calories. They are very filling & great to pair with some fresh fruit as a snack.
Nature's Own Multi-Grain Sandwich Rounds
My BF turned me onto these. He doesn't like thick bread for sandwiches/burgers & I usually just skipped the bread completely & either turned the filling into salad toppings or ate the item as a lettuce wrap. But I really do like these. They have only 100 calories, 1 g fat and 5 g fiber each. Plus they taste really good.Jimmy Dean D-Lights Turkey Sausage Muffin breakfast sandwich
In general I don't think of my BF as someone who eats an overly healthy diet but I keep finding myself mentioning him while writing this entry. This is another thing that he turned me on to. A sandwich of turkey sausage, egg whites, and cheese on an english muffin. This is another thing we found at Sam's Club. MUCH, MUCH cheaper there. 12 for $11.50 rather than 4 for $5-6 (at Walmart). These taste really good, esp when you toast the muffin in the toaster. Also, only 260 calories.
Chobani Greek Yogurt
My BF always preferred Greek yogurt over regular but for me I didn't love how much honey I had to dump into it to make it yummy. Then one day at Sam's Club they were giving away samples of this, I tried it & loved it! All the benefits of Greek yogurt but none of the fussing with honey or other addictives. It is twice the price (at least) of regular yogurt but its worth it. We get the variety pack at Sam's so it comes to about $1/6 oz cup. It's also 140 calories with 14 g protein (twice the amount of regular yogurt).Hershey's Special Dark chocolate
I have a serious sweet tooth so I need to have my chocolate fix. Normally I get those $1 pack of mini chocolate bars (like Mounds, Snickers, Kit Kats, etc) but I've been trying to switch to dark chocolate since its healthier. I've also tried the Lindt 70% but I prefer the Hersheys. Although I do plan to try a lot of others before I settle on anything that I will repurchase.

Snyder's Sourdough Hard Pretzels
These aren't really a healthy food but I love them. Each pretzel is 100 calories so portion control is easy.

Dreyer's Fruit Bars
I've been eating these for awhile. I have some issues handling heat and since I live in the desert (not a wise move, I know) I often need to cool myself down. These are *perfect* for the job. I prefer to get the multi-pack of sugar-free ones with the flavors Raspberry, Orange & Strawberry. Only 25 calories each so I don't feel guilty eating several (if I feel the need).

Skinny Cow French Vanilla Truffle bars
Skinny Cow is another brand I've been hearing about for awhile but I avoiding purchasing because it was so pricey. Since the reviews of all of their products are so positive I wasn't sure what to try first so I just got these, mainly because they had the lowest calorie count (only 100 calories per bar). They are quite good, very creamy. I now want to try all of the other products they have. lol

Other snacks I tend to eat a lot are fresh fruit (apples, oranges, grapes, strawberries, etc), hot-air popcorn (usually with butter, salt & a cheese powder stuff. lol. Portion control is key there), cottage cheese with fruit (usually pineapple but BF like mandarin oranges so sometimes I eat those with it), various rice cakes, carrots dipped in hummus, celery with peanut butter, etc.

I'm still wanting to try those mini Babybel cheeses, some kind of trail mix, etc. Please feel free to comment with the healthy foods you enjoy since I'm looking to try new things!

Obsession Phase: Sunscreen

This obsession came out of a need. The Target brand sunscreens I bought last year, while not past the bottle expiration date, had become an odd consistency. So I went out and bought my usual products, Aveeno Continuous Protection Baby (which I use on DD and myself and keep in my purse) & Neutrogena Dry Touch.

Now the Aveeno is still fine, although it has an icky scent to it that I'm really not loving but I'm still researching what else I can try. But the Neutrogena Dry Touch caused a horrible reaction on me. The day after I used it I had a few areas on my face that were red, dry, flaky & burned if I put any kind on product on them. Needless to say I stopped using the Dry Touch right away. (Although I am disappointed. I used the Neutrogena since it first came out, before it even got popular.) So now I've been doing a bunch of research to try to find replacements.
The first thing I noticed was that Neutrogena has really taken over the drugstore facial sunscreen market. Not only do they have a million versions of Dry Touch but tons of other options as well. I decided to try them again & this time got Neutrogena Sensitive Skin w/PureScreen, a physical sunblock.

The reviews weren't all that positive, mostly because reviewers said that it left a white cast on the skin. I'm super pale so I wasn't too worried about that. I did find out that it did leave a white cast but not enough to cause me any hassle. The problem was that it made my skin horribly dry for days after I used it. Not something I want to deal with. I will keep it for now, in case I have to be outside for extended periods of time but I needed to find something else for daily use.
I decided to look for a lower SPF factor since I'm not outside that much on a daily basis & if I find myself outside unexpectedly I could always use the sunscreen I keep in my bag. And since I prefer not to have tons of steps to my routine (and since I'm not in love with my current moisturizer Dove Deep Moisture) I decided to look for a good moisturizer with an SPF of 25-30. The three main contenders ended up being Aveeno Positively Radiant, Eucerin Everyday Protection Face Lotion & Biore SkinPreservation Dual Fusion Moisturizer.

Now since I don't like the glowiness of my Dove Deep Moisture I wasn't too into the idea of the Aveeno. The other two looked good (the Eucerin is a physical block but apparently not very moisturzing), but the Biore had the best reviews. I just got it yesterday & plan to use it today. I will update with my review.

For my daughter I think I'll be checking out Blue Lizard or if I have trouble finding that, California Baby. But since my only issue with the Aveeno is the scent, I might just stick to that.

A Note on Phases

I am a person with rotating obsessions. It cycles through hair, makeup, fashion, movies, tv, food, books, shoes, nailpolish, skincare, etc, etc. It usually starts with the ending of the last obsession. lol. Once I feel like I have everything I currently want in that category (like all the new spring nailpolish shades that would work on me), I drift along (usually not very long) until a new category of obsession reveals itself to me. Sometimes its out of need (like my current sunscreen phase), sometimes its because a new store opened nearby, sometimes its something I read in a magazine or maybe just cause I'm bored. I also love to research things (product reviews, etc) I think that drives my phases as well.
I plan to post whenever I realize I'm in the midst of a new phase & then update with what I got/found out.

Magazine Review: Elle June 2010 - Kristen Stewart

I want to start out by saying that I'm really not fond of Kristen Stewart. She's very pouty & I don't think she can act (plus Twilight was just too teenage-emo for me. lol). So I won't be reviewing her interview, since I skipped it.
The standouts in this issue were *definitely* the articles. SO SO many good ones!! Here's a list:
~ The Body Issue
Find Your Bliss
Peak Performance (science & sexual healing)
Satisfaction Guaranteed (eating more = never dieting again)
Saving Face (popular diets & how to adjust them to help your complexion)
Happy Meals (7 mood foods)
Follow Your Gut (how food drives mood, outlook & happiness)
Brain Train (workout to be quick-witted)
The Shape of Things to Come (new realistic weight ideal?)
Show & Tell (lingerie)
~The Parent Trap (should men have the right to choose?)
~Access Hollywood (celeb crush turns into a IRL romance)
~ I'm OK, You're a Disaster (divorce chick-lit)

Also the Fall 2010 Runway Report (lots of neutrals, very demure & ladylike) & the Swim Guide (categorized by beach - Newport, Jersey Shore, Cape Cod, etc).

Get it for the articles!!

Magazine Review: Self June 2010 - Amanda Seyfried

Not too exciting this month. Not much in the way of beauty but they did have some cute clothing and accessories featured.
For Fitness, they have a Fitness Special: Fit, Fabulous & Pregnant (includes pull-out workout cards), Burn More Calories (running. Includes gadgets, how to improve your form, train for a race/marathon, best foods, etc) & a cable machine gym workout. They also have an article on Crushing an Craving.
I did pick up a few snack ideas, such as lemon pudding topped w/raspberries, etc

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Books: The Girl Who Played with Fire

The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson.
"The girl with the dragon tattoo is back. Stieg Larsson's seething heroine, Lisbeth Salander, once again finds herself paired with journalist Mikael Blomkvist on the trail of a sinister criminal enterprise. Only this time, Lisbeth must return to the darkness of her own past (more specifically, an event coldly known as "All the Evil") if she is to stay one step ahead--and alive. The Girl Who Played with Fire is a break-out-in-a-cold-sweat thriller that crackles with stunning twists and dismisses any talk of a sophomore slump. Fans of Larsson's prior work will find even more to love here, and readers who do not find their hearts racing within the first five pages may want to confirm they still have a pulse. Expect healthy doses of murder, betrayal, and deceit, as well as enough espresso drinks to fuel downtown Seattle for months. -- Dave Callanan " taken from

This is very popular so all I'm going to say about it is that it's MUCH better than the 1st book.

Magazine Review: Women's Health June 2010 - Lea Michele

This issue wasn't nearly as good as I normally expect WH to be. Here's an overview:
For Exercise, they have Tone Up for a Two Piece (which is mostly basic moves like squats, lunges, dumbbell flys & rows, etc), How to Master a Pushup, the 15 Minute Workout is Energizing with Yoga, & Swim Your Butt Off (benefits of swimming plus tearout cards for a poolside shapeup).
Diet articles included Diet vs Exercise: The Smackdown (which is more effective in losing weight, avoiding cancer, etc), Lose Your Appetite (tips include eating potatoes, having protein for breakfast, sniffing peppermint, etc), "New" Greens (radicchio, watercress, etc), Build a Better Kebab & 6 Bikini-Friendly Burgers.
They also have their 2010 Beauty Awards but as someone who reads a lot of beauty mags, I didn't find anything new or interesting to check out.

Magazine Review: Allure June 2010 - Megan Fox

Most of the mentions about this issue have been about the Megan Fox interview. I'm not going to review that, instead talk about what really matters... makeup!! lol
This issue has the Reader's Choice Awards (which is in a pull-out section which I will probably lose in a week). It's all tried & true basics but I did make a few notes on product reviews to check.
The other Beauty related articles include Cutting Class (top hairstylists talk about beauty school), Summer Essentials (covers a wide range of beauty topics but I didn't find any new info), Fresh Hair (dry shampoo), Bronze Works (bronzer application tips, etc but IMO not enough product recs) & also The New Romantics, which is Dior's fall makeup look (deep berry lips, pink/burgundy/purple eyeshadow, etc) which has made me really look forward to fall. lol
In other topics, they also had a weight loss article, 50 Ways to Burn Calories. Tips included taking Vitamin D, drink more water, eat spicy food & more dairy.
Overall, it was so-so. Not horrible but not a must-get either

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Magazine Review: InStyle June 2010 - Salma Hayek

Not sure if other places had a delay getting magazines this month but for some reason I couldn't find InStyle, Elle or Women's Health until a day or 2 ago. Normally People StyleWatch & Allure are the only ones that come out this late. Hopefully this isn't going to be the new release schedule.
I'm sure most of you know how much I love InStyle. Well this issue didn't disappoint. Here are the standouts:
Fashion: Her 10 Best Ever! was on Jessica Alba, there were a few pages of Roberto Cavalli's most famous/best celeb looks, Denim A to Z (quite comprehensive, also a page of celebs wearing denim-on-denim).
Beauty: 10 Ways to Look Great in a Bikini (some new tips like most flattering way to sit, taping breasts, etc), Easy Summer Hair (3 styles including a loose fishtail braid). But my fave article was The Naked Truth, which talked about how much makeup stars are actually wearing when they do a nude/natural look.
Articles: There was a "sexy" theme, including The Sexy Dozen ( Ashley Greene, Emilie de Ravin, Ryan Kwanten, etc) and Sexy New You!, which includes new updates for classic sexy things (First thought: cleavage. Think again: back), sexy standbys (red wine, blindfolds)sexy signatures (Marilyn Monroe's beauty mark), sexy makeup (black liner, flushed cheeks), top chefs name sensual ingredients, etc


I'm quite low-key when it comes to skincare. I truly believe that less is more and, except for the extremely pale translucent factor, I have quite good skin. That might be genetic but not really sure since my mom tanned hardcore when younger & was quite abusive to her skin in general (exfoliating too much, too many products, etc) so her skin isn't all that great now. But anyway, here's what I do/use for my normal skin:

Morning: When I wake up I exfoliate with a wet washcloth (if needed), then I apply either my daily moisturizer (Dove Deep Moisture) or if I'm going to be leaving the house, sunscreen (Neutrogena Dry Touch). Then apply makeup, etc.

Evening: If I used sunscreen or heavy foundation all over (Revlon Colorstay) I will wash with either Cetaphil or DHC Deep Cleansing Oil. Otherwise I'll just rinse my face with water & apply more moisturizer if needed.

Weekly: Once a week I'll do an aspirin mask. I take 3 aspirin, get water on my fingertips & lightly wet the pills. Once they seem to be dissolving I add a bit of Cetaphil & mix. I only leave it on for about 5 mins. It's more of a scrub than a mask to be honest. Afterward I usually follow it with DHC Olive Virgin Oil or if I need to go somewhere, moisturizer & makeup.

-I use regular olive oil as an eye makeup remover/eye moisturizer.
-Every morning I drink hot water with lemon. Not exactly sure what it does but I know that when I don't drink it my skin doesn't look anywhere near as good.
- When I feel a blemish coming on, I wash with Burts Bees Acne Solutions Gel Cleanser. Usually just the cleanser is enough to ward off any potential blemish but if I need to I'll follow it with the Burts Bees Acne Solutions Spot Treatment.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Magazine Review: Cosmo June 2010 Pink

Usually Cosmo has good beauty but this issue was disappointing (although, so far, it's had more/better beauty than any other June issue).
Beauty Rebel had mostly unwearable looks like 2 tones lipstick & blush on your temples. Have a Sexy Hair Day had looks like Greek Goddess Twists & a teased french braid. And Change Your Look, Change Your Love Life wasn't too interesting (tips for Together Forever category were getting a spray tan & changing your perfume).
The articles included:
~Tame a Flirty Friend
~Make Him Want to Commit
~The Love Mistake That Pushes Him Away
~Why Men Are Suckers for Skanks
~25 Times to Say Yes This Summer (examples: alma mater cocktail hour, date offers you some of his Malaysian fish head soup, a friend passes you the mic at karaoke, etc)
~How to Keep Off Post-Wedding Pudge
~and the usual sex related tips, etc

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Great style: Eva Longoria Parker

Great style: Michelle Yeoh

I have no plans on ever getting married but this would be a nice wedding dress

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Magazine Review: Marie Claire June 2010 - the girls of SATC

My subscriber cover had SJP but I couldn't find a pic of that one online.
Other than the Sex and the City photo shoots & article, this issue was kind of boring. But here were the other highlights.
For Fashion, there was quite a bit of nice jewelry featured throughout the issue, a photo shoot/article with Karen Elson & the Big Girl in a Skinny World column was on dressing well in hot weather.
Beauty. To me, there was nothing at all in that category but that's because it was all about skincare, etc.
Articles. A few things worth mentioning. Short columns on the science of a good marriage, bridesmaidzillas, postnups & depression during pregnancy.
Unless you really love the women of SATC, I'd skip this issue.

Great style: Sarah Jessica Parker

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Great style: Camilla Belle

Great dress but her face looks weird

Books: Shutter Island

Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane.
"The year is 1954. U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels and his new ­partner, Chuck Aule, have come to Shutter Island, home of Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane, to investigate the disappearance of a patient. Multiple-murderess Rachel Solando is loose somewhere on this barren island, despite having been kept in a locked cell under constant surveillance. As a killer hurricane bears relentlessly down on them, a strange case takes on even darker, more sinister shades—with hints of radical experimentation, horrifying surgeries, and lethal countermoves made in the cause of a covert shadow war. No one is going to escape Shutter Island unscathed, because nothing at Ashecliffe Hospital is remotely what it seems." taken from

I picked this up because the movie is going to take forever to be available on my Netflix queue. It's a good story but not sure I liked the book. The writing style was a bit confusing & hard to follow since it wasn't from any one person's point of view.
Good for the story but the movie might be better

NOTD: Maybelline Sunset Prisms

This is such a great glowy-gold color. Works on me but would be even better on someone with a tan

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Magazine Review: InStyle Hair Spring 2010 - Amanda Seyfried

I love special issues like this and since its put out by InStyle, you know that it's probably worth getting. Here are some of the things covered:
~Great how-to instructions for creating looks like the faux bob, pinup waves, etc
~Frizz fighters categorized by hair type, texture, weight, etc
~10 Way to Get Your Gloss On
~Rut busters like color streaks, extensions, adding jewelry, etc
~The Taming on the Do (best cuts, S&C & styling for straight, wavy, curly & coiled hair, also divided further by fine & thick in each category)
~Hue It Yourself (at-home tips for your base color -> lighter, darker or redder)
~Great Hair A to Z (DIY bang trim, face shape, hot rollers, sulfate-free, veruschka...)
~One Week, Seven Gorgeous Styles
~Many different ways to wear the bob
~How to grow out your hair w/style (w/celeb examples)
~America's most requested celeb cuts/styles

Get it & keep it for reference!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Another Fyrinnae order

I know I haven't reviewed my last order yet (promise I will soon) but I loved everything so much that I decided to spend my Pinecone survey money on a few more samples. Next time I need to try the lip lustres.
I got:Adam & Steve
Cookie Dough

When it gets closer to fall I'll have to start getting darker shades but now all I want is light & colorful.

Books: The Help

The Help by Kathryn Stockett.
"Three ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step. Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.
Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.
Minny, Aibileen’s best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody’s business, but she can’t mind her tongue, so she’s lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.
Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed.
In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women—mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends—view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don’t. " taken from

This book set in the 1960s in Mississippi and tells the stories of black maids and the social issues that they dealt with in those times.
When I started this book, the writing style made me very uncomfortable since the author is a white woman. And I also got upset several times just thinking about the injustices so many faced (I was probably more touched than many since I'm in an interracial relationship & we have children together).
I'm not going to do a lengthy review since its a very popular book and many reviews have been written by others. But I will say that I enjoyed it very much & I would definitely recommend it to others

Magazine Review: Glamour June 2010 - Models

This is quite a good issue as far as articles go but nothing good as far as beauty & only a few standouts for fashion.
The articles include one page each on cheating & on female movie directors. 4 Times Not to Go "Healthy" (about not choosing lite or fat-free options), Q&A about the health care reform, 2 pages of wedding tips/advice, Should You Date a Guy with Baggage?, How to Find Love in a World Full of Hookups, Sorry but What Ever Happened to Etiquette, etc.
The Fashion standouts were How to Dress Rich on a Real Girl Salary, Michael Kors Dos & Don't of Beach Season & a fashion photo spread with Ryan Kwanten (Jason from True Blood).
Worth getting for the articles & the few pages of fashion tips.

Product Review: Rembrandt Intense Stain Toothpaste

Within the past few months I've started drinking 1 cup of coffee every afternoon (Nescafe Classico instant made w/skim milk - yummy!). I was surprised how much yellower my teeth became just drinking 1 cup a day. I don't really like using the white strips, except before special occasions. Saw this in the store & figured I'd try it. I saw a difference within 2 days. Don't think this will make my teeth super white but they are definately less yellow. I would reccomend this.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Food: "Stromboli"

I found this recipe in a magazine but instead of buying a pizza crust like it called for I accidentally got a pie crust instead. But it turned out so yummy that I continued making that mistake.


1 pie crust
1/4 c. spaghetti sauce
1 package frozen spinach, thawed w/all water squeezed out or 10 oz fresh spinach, wilted
1-2 chicken breasts, cooked & cut into bite-size pieces
1 c. cheese
1 T. milk
fresh parmesan

375 degrees. Unroll the pie crust on a baking sheet or pizza stone. Spread the sauce over the crust, leaving the outer 1/2" dry. Arrange the spinach down the middle of the crust, then layer the chicken pieces over it, topping with the cheese. Cut strips down each side & fold over each other (see pic). Brush w/milk & grate parmesan over the top. Bake 12-15m.

Magazine Review: Lucky June 2010 - Katy Perry

This issue can be summed up with one word: boring. I got all the way to the end of the Beauty section before making a single note. The most interesting thing in the issue was an H&M ad for bikini tops for $4.95 (wish I had an H&M nearby). I also saw that they had an product in one of their pictorials. Glad that site is becoming more popular & legit.
The only articles that stood out at all were 12 Rules for Clear Skin, which mentioned things like taking birth control pills, etc & the Summer Weekend Style Guide, with pieces for country, beach & city looks.
Save your money. Not enough fresh content to make this worth the newstand price

Magazine Review: Harper's Bazaar May 2010 - Gwyneth Paltrow

For some reason this issue hit newstands *much* later than usual.
Overall this is a very good issue. Apparently May really is naked month because Bazaar had a few celebs (Kim K, Joy Bryant, etc) naked too (and apparently unretouched).
My favorite part of Bazaar is the fashion-related articles & this month I def wasn't disappointed. Topics included curvy models on the catwalk, Rules of Summer (printed dresses, leather shorts, stripes, etc), Chic in the Heat, How to wear the denim trends & 4 pages of packing tips. They also had a makeover of the Jersey Shore girls.
The Beauty section was boring as usual.
But overall, I think this issue is worth getting.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Product Review: Revlon Peach Petal & Coral Reef lipglosses

Need to start off by reminding you all that I'm very pale & cool-toned. In a recent pic, my skin looked positively pink (and my hair looked orange. Damn that was a bad pic. lol). These Super Lustrous lipglosses have been getting a lot of press recently & they definitely live up to the hype. I already owned 3 (Nude Lustre, Glossy Rose & Cherries in the Glow) and I bought 2 of the ones pictured above, Peach Petal (2nd from the left) and Coral Reef (far right). Both are quite true to bottle shade and surprisingly both work quite well on me. Peach Petal, while too light for many people, gives me a nice light peach-y lip, very wearable. Coral Reef, I was worried would be too warm or too orange but its a true coral & again, very wearable.
I'm considering getting Pink Pop as well but I already have so many pink lipglosses that I haven't taken the plunge yet.

One of my favorite makeup looks

Obviously, the pic above isn't me. It's Marlena from MakeupGeek ( link ) but her pic is much better than anything I would be able to take.
I love using a bright eyeshadow as a liner. It's something I do quite often. It's pretty much the only way I use bright eyeshadow unless I'm doing a bold wash (but recently I haven't been loving that look).
I just did this yesterday using my new Fyrinnae shadows (will post a review soon). I used Titania (light pink) as a wash, then Cheshire Cat Grin (shimmery royal blue) as a liner. I didn't do any contouring (as is shown in Marlena's pic), just layered the blue over a bit of black liner to add definition.

NOTD: Sally Hansen Mint Sprint

Great color & I love that you can almost get away with just 1 coat but *damn* it chips fast.