Crazy about lipstick {Tag}

A chance to talk all about lipstick?!? Count me in! I saw this {tag} over on But first, coffee && knew I wanted to participate too! Of course, later is better than never. She published this back in September of last year. It’s one of those that I saved as a draft; then waited until now to come back and finish.
Hope you enjoy && please partake…
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The questions:
1. How many lipsticks do you own? || well I counted all the lipsticks I could find, and that was 80 {not including my glosses and liners} – I realize this kind of sounds like I’m bragging && I am. It took me a really long time to gather my collection of lipsticks. Lipsticks are my thing, like purses or shoes. I like lipstick.
2. What was your first lipstick? || this is a hard one. I have absolutely no idea, actually. I’m sure it was a Cover-girl, or Revlon lipstick that was handed down to me {or I stole}.
3. What is your most worn lipstick? || easily MAC ‘Please Me’ {review here}
4. What is your favorite brand of lipstick? || I’m sorry that I seem a bit obsessive about MAC lipsticks, but they are truly the best lipsticks I have found. Price range isn’t the best, but surely not the worst. My second favorite is the NYX Matte lipstick line {more affordable, but really great quality}.
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5. What is your favorite finish? || Matte; always.
6. What is the last lip product you bought? || I recently went through a huge plum lipstick phase && grabbed Rebel from MAC… && of course, I love it!
7. How many lip products (everything) do you currently have in your handbag? || I usually have at least 2 lipsticks, a lip gloss, and a chap-stick in my bag at all times.
8. What lip product do you use to rock a red lip? || Makeup Forever – Rouge Artist Intense #43 && NYX lip-liner in ‘Hot Red’
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9. How do you store your lipsticks? || I have a drawer dedicated to lipsticks… as well as a lipstick holder that I created out of a few things I found at Micheal’s {see how here}.
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10. What lip products are you currently lusting after? || everything. You name it; I want it!
Feel free to play along; if you do, let me know so I can come see!
p.s. check my sidebar for current giveaways!
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LORAC PLATINUM STATUS {$12 DISAPPOINTMENT}

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From first glance; && at ONLY 12 bucks – this palette looks pretty amazing.
But looks can be deceiving. I am so disappointed in this palette.
Hell; I’m disappointed in Lorac Cosmetics for this one.

I have raved && raved about my Lorac Pro palette. In fact, I named it my {best} palette in my Best of 2012 Post || Here||… I still absolutely adore my Lorac Pro palette && use it almost every day. The shadows are amazing. They are pigmented, creamy, and have little to no fallout. They aren’t powdery at all.

These shadows are extremely powdery. They swatch pretty decently; but once I went to put them on my eyes – they just didn’t work. The pigmentation just disappeared. Perhaps, if I wanted a really light look for the day. It’s just NOTwhat I expect from Lorac shadows. Maybe my hopes were too high to assume that they would make all of their shadows in the same way.

Actually – I looked into this. I looked at the ingredients.

From Ulta’s website:
PRO Palette Eye Shadow: Talc, Zinc Stearate , Dimethicone, Mineral Oil, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Boron Nitride, Silica, Methicone, Kaolin, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Methylparaben, Water (Aqua), Lauroyl Lysine, Propylparaben, Propylene Glycol, Cucumis Sati vus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Carum Petroselinum (Parsley) Extract, Echinacea Purpurea Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Althaea Officinalis Root Extract. May Contain: Mica, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Carmine (CI 75470).

Platinum Status: Eye Shadows 1-4: Talc, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Magnesium Stearate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Tocopheryl Acetate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Maltodextrin, Water, Phenoxyethanol, MAY CONTAIN: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77499, CI 77492, CI 77491), Carmine (CI 75470).

Eye Shadow 5: Talc, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Magnesium Stearate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Methicone, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Tocopheryl Acetate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Maltodextrin, Water, Phenoxyethanol, MAY CONTAIN: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77499, CI 77492, CI 77491).

Okay: so maybe this looks like a whole bunch of gibberish – to me too. But there is one thing I can and DO notice. All of the Lorac Pro shadows were made the same way, however in this palette they were made differently. If you glance at the ingredients, none of them are the same. Surely, if they could have made ALL of the Pro Palette shadows in one way – they could have made these the same right?

I’m not a makeup {chef?} by any means – but come on. Really? They aren’t even similar. I’m not imagining this. Maybe I expected too much? I don’t know – but to me these are no better than certain drug store shadows. They shouldn’t have the name Lorac on them && it kind of pisses me off actually.

I’ll stick to my Pro Palette && next time check out the ingredients before I buy any more Lorac shadows.

Have you purchased this palette? What are your thoughts?!

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RANT && RAVE {LINK UP}

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Okay; so today I am sharing with you a new link up… brand new. Today was the first one. It’s called Rant && Rave, and it’s hosted by a pretty great blogger named Vanee {I’m not sure how to pronounce it} – but she has a great blog over at Anything but Ordinary.
The link up is pretty cool too, I mean who the hell doesn’t like to rant and rave every now and then. I know I sure do, particularly the rant part – but since I want to stay positive; I’ll include a couple raves too.  You know, it’s the beginning of the week {Start out positive and all}.
Let’s do this…
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  • I can’t stand people who want to fight in public… seriously get a life. I just wanted to watch my Cowboys kick some Giants ass today, and these two assholes decided they wanted to fight each other. I left before any fists were thrown, but it just ruins my whole day. Why can’t we just all love each other? — or at least be friends.
  • I moved to Arizona because I love the weather, I hate rainy days. Arizona never has them, except for the past two days. The rain never stopped!
  • People shouldn’t have to work on the Holidays //  can’t black Friday start ON Friday && not on Thursday?!? It’s all of our fault though. Crazy shoppers.
  • I hate people who are mean to animals; treat them like they are people. They are just as important.
  • I wish there was a quicker method of shipping something; I hate waiting for things in the mail! {I just want my NAKED 3 Palette!}
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♥ I saw The Hunger Games today; It was amazing! I’ve read the books, so I cried before every sad scene was going to happen. Which meant I did a ton of crying – it was so good though! You have to go see it! 🙂
♥ I’m so happy to be back blogging on a regular basis, I’ve missed it so much.
♥ I love working at Sephora; It’s nice having a job that I actually like again!
♥ Being back on Blogger feels good, I don’t know why I left. I just understand it so much better. We were made for each other. Blah to WordPress.
♥ I’m almost done with this semester in school, It was an amazing semester! I should be ending it with either four A’s and 1 B or Three A’s and two B’s. Either way this has been a great semester. I dove straight in && kicked ass! Teaching career here I come! 🙂
Okay; Rant && Rave over. Now you post && share! Don’t forget to link up over at Anything But Ordinary! 🙂 I’ll come by && comment too! I can’t wait to hear what you have to Rant && Rave about!
Oh && this will be a weekly thing. Every Sunday for Vanee, and Sunday Night/Monday Morning for
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HAPPY THANKSGIVING! :) {PICTURES}

Happy Thanksgiving!!! 🙂
I sure hope you are all having an amazing day – eating lots of food and even more importantly I hope you are spending the day with the people who matter the most to you. {if you can, of course}.
Today I will be spending the day with family!
I wanted to write up a quick post today; to wish you very Happy Thanksgiving && share a little bit about what I have to be thankful for…
♥  I have an amazing husband who I love with all my heart.
♥  We have four beautiful cats and two gorgeous dogs {our babies}.
♥  My family means the world to me {mine and Jason’s combined}.
♥  I love my brothers with every piece of my heart.
♥ My friends are always there for me, and I can always count on them.
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WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LINKS… FOLLOW THEM {BLOG HOP}

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Join {me} in resurrecting my blog hop {that has an incredibly long name}…
♥ When life gives you links… Follow Them. Blog Hop. ♥
For short; let’s call it – the Follow Them. Blog Hop or #Followthem –

Meet this weeks Featured Blogger! 🙂

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Petit Moi – Big World

Just a couple suggestions…
1. Be a subscriber of my blog… && add your {blog} links.
2. Check out at least {3} of the links before you && come back next week to start again.
3. Check out the Featured Blogger — Petit Moi – Big World
4. If you’d like to receive notifications of this blog hop; subscribe by email below! 🙂
*Never participated in a blog hop before? Not sure what to do? Here’s a quick intro.

{please comment after linking up}

1. JosephineNychole.com {Host} 12. ritewhileucan 23. Jellybean Adventures
2. MissKarenXO 13. Anouska Millar 24. Ginger @ Beauty and The Travel Beat
3. Erinn’s Beauty Blog 14. Paige Wallbank 25. Gemma x Louise
4. Erin Hunt 15. Deborah 26. Nothin’ Fancy. Really.
5. beauty is in the eye of the beholder 16. Posh Polish 27. sunday’s grace
6. The Glamorous French Housewife 17. Life as Caite Morgan 28. Ariel
7. Cameron Childs 18. Mash Elle 29. Emerald
8. amandarobots 19. Siobhan 30. Girlfriends Are Like Shoes
9. MissGeeklyChic 20. Kelsey Dawn Blogs 31. Francesca
10. toniegirl 21. Sequins For Day 32. Just a bit of Rach
11. Head2ToeVogue 22. Bows and Pearls 33. Storybook Apothecary {Beauty, Fashion, Lifestyle}

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WANNA BE FEATURED?

Do YOU want to be featured next week? If you would like to be featured; you must follow my blog {preferably GFC} && Follow me on Twitter {@Jo_nychole}. Then you need to comment below with ‘I’d like to be featured’ && of course, leave me your blog link! That’s all I need! From there I will go to your blog and grab what I need to feature you! 🙂  {I will pull from the comments of each different blog hop, so if you commented last week, you need to re-comment to be featured!} – I use random.org.

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PayPal {Cash} Giveaway!! :)

Hello There; Today I am sharing a giveaway hosted by a very special blogging friend of mine – cherryfashion, a blogger who I have known for almost as long as I have been a blogger. She has an amazing blog, content, and above all an amazing personality. She’s super kind and a VERY hard worker. She helps me with the #bbloggers blog – && I mean she HELPS! I can always depend on her, which is one of the major reasons I love her so much.I am very happy to announce that she has achieved quite a few milestones almost all at the same time. She reached 1000 bloglovin subsscribers, 500 GFC subscribers & 2000 twitter followers.

That is pretty freaken amazing! Congrats Nia!!

Oh && check out the other bloggers involved – they are all amazing as well!!

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{Cherryfashion}| {My So-Called Chaos}| {Josephine Nychole}
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{Beauty Expression by Luchessa}| {A Beauty Moment}

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