Monday, May 31, 2010

Ebay Selling Crazy - Declutter time!

I've been going Ebay selling crazy.  I went to my parents house and cleaned out my closet and my stuff here at my apartment.  There is still more to come.  Selling shoes, purses, cosmetics, beauty items, etc...

So far I have a lots of new to gently used shoes up and a few other items.  Plenty more sorting and listing to come!  Take a look: Heather's Ebay Listings

Item I am most sad to sell but can't wear: NaNa Hank Heels with butterflies
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Sunday, May 30, 2010

TSS & BE look with Hear with Your Heart, Enjoy your Evlution, Live a Bold life & French Pastry

I am wearing:

  • BE Fairly Light Foundation
  • BE Bisque mixed with Summer Bisque as concealer
  • BE Tinted Feather Light MV
  • BE Faux Tan face color
  • BE Glee on cheeks
  • TSS Hear with your heart on lids
  • TSS Enjoy your evolution in crease & V
  • TSS Live a Bold Life wetlined
  • BE Flawless Definition Mascara in Black
  • BE 100% Natural Lipstick in French Pastry

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Project Renewal - Time for a change

I've been thinking over the past week or so that I need a change in my life.  I feel very bored and dissatisfied and realized that won't change unless I make it happen.  I have a job where I sit at a computer all day and this is hard for a person who generally likes to be free and who is very creative.  I am noticing both emotional and physical results and need to change this now.  My decision was to spend less time sitting at a computer, especially when I am home.  Instead, I need to start making art again, doing creative projects, working out, going outside, helping others and learning new things.  A few days ago, Leslie Blodgett announced her project renewal where she plans to try something new or something she hasn't done in a long time everyday.  This seems like a similar thing to what I was hoping to do and other friends have jumped on board.  It seems much easier to get myself going now that I know I am not alone and can report what I did today and we can all support each other.

On Friday I spent a long day out with my boyfriend.  We had quality time visiting an old amusement park we used to go to as kids that has now been taken over by Six Flags.  We ventured around trying to figure out what old original stuff was still there and trying to find what was gone or changed.  We also had fun on some rides and then went out to lunch. It felt great to spend a nice day with him since we really only get quality time together on weekends, but there was less rushing around this time, just us out enjoying each other's company.

Then yesterday, I decided it was time to paint.  Aside from making a painting for a fellow artist's birthday project and a tiny painting for the Bare Escentuals getaway art project, I have not painted much at all in years.  I was painting all the time and then I was in a car accident.  My shoulder, neck and back were injured, luckily it was just muscular or things I was going to get when I got older were exacerbated. It took a long time to get my back and shoulders to be able to handle the motion of painting again and I had not painted in so long, I had trouble getting myself back into the groove.  Then of course, I had a full-time job which took up more of my time than I was used to so my creative projects fell aside.  The only creative outlet I have really had is my mineral make up so thank heavens for Bare Escentuals and other brands like The She Space.

My first painting project is a painting for my boyfriend's uncle.  Note to self, never agree to do a painting that is totally not your style.  I am painting a grim reaper for him LOL  Not what I pictured my first real painting to be after all this time but I said I would and it has been years since I said I would so why not start there.

I am also on a major sorting spree.  It is time to toss, donate or sell things and organize the rest.  I need to do that both here at the apartment but more so at my parents house.  I am hoping to spend the day tomorrow working on my old room and storage area there.  Stay tuned for some Ebay selling announcements.  I also need to pick up more of my art supplies from their house.

Other things I am hoping to do or learn:
  • Learn to crochet, knit &/or loom knit (at least one of them) 
  • Listen to CDs to learn languages, starting with Italian
  • Read more
  • Meditate everyday
  • Do yoga on days I don't have yoga class, especially in the office
  • Workout at least 3-5 times a week and not the same old DVD I always do, time to change things up
  • Paint, Draw and make collages more
  • Use all the fancy Adobe software I bought for artistic purposes for more than just cropping pictures
  • Eat healthier, work on portion control, try to acknowledge my emotions and figure out if I am hungry or just not dealing with my feelings or boredom
  • Go for walks as often as possible on work days
  • Bring a creative project to work to enjoy on a break (sketchbook or crochet/knit project)
  • Try to limit food allergens more, especially dairy
  • Eat less processed food
  • Do more giveaways on my blog!
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Swatches from The She Space Pearls and Lace & Fortune Cookie Jar Collections

The She Space is officially sold out of all About Face cosmetics.  Heather, the woman who runs The She Space has now started something new.  You can find her here:  http://www.heatheresque.com/

I have one more order on the way from the She Space containing 4 whole colors.  Here are my most recent orders. All pics and swatches follow the label order of the first pic and swatches are all done dry first, then foiled.
Fortune Cookie Jar Collection: 

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Pearls & Lace:
I am not affiliated with The She Space. I purchased these items for personal use.
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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

New Rare Minerals Cleanser & Concentrate Sample Contest!

I have gotten such good feedback on my Golden Light Contest which ends on Monday, May 31 that I thought I should have another contest to share some more of the goodies I got in San Francisco.

This time I am giving away 1 sample of the new Rare Minerals Purifying Cleanser and 1 sample of the new Rare Minerals Wrinkle Plumping Concentrate as seen in the picture below.  The winner will receive both samples.



The contest rules are as follows:

Entries must be received by Wednesday, June 2, 2010 at 11:59pm EST

Winner will be drawn and notified on June 3, 2010 via email.

Open to United States residents only.

Only 1 entry per person please.

Please send an email with the subject as: "Rare Sample Giveaway" to heather_artiste@yahoo.com

In the email, please include:
1.  Where do you know me from? (my blog, facebook, twitter, BE Addicts, BBC, Mineral Madness, Majyk, somewhere else, all of the above?) If so, what is the name or screen name you use there?
2. Are you a follower of my blog? (You don't have to follow to win)
3. Your full name & mailing address
4.  Your email address

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Bare Escentuals BE Addict Volume 1

Finally wore the beautiful colors from BE Addict Volume 1.  I had a small sample of Hyacinth and a 1/2 jar of Soho but I never bought Emotion so this kit was a good deal.  I was going to do my brows but I was running late for work. What do you think, can you tell I was up until almost 4am last night???

I am wearing:
  • Bare Escentuals Brightening Prime Time Primer (thin layer all over face, really like how this looks)
  • BE Fairly Light Foundation
  • BE Bisque mixed with Summer Bisque as Concealer
  • BE Mineral Veil
  • BE Warmth
  • BE Papaya Blush
  • BE Well Rested mixed with Clear Radiance from lash to brow
  • BE Hyacinth from lash to brow
  • BE Soho in crease & V
  • BE Emotion wetlined
  • BE Flawless Definition Mascara in Black
  • BE Parfait 100% Natural Lipstick with 100% natural lip gloss in Sprinkles on top
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Bare Escentuals Sweet Siren Collection

I am wearing:

  • Bare Escentuals Fairly Light Foundation
  • Bare Escentuals Bisque mixed with Summer Bisque as concealer
  • BE Mineral Veil
  • BE Faux Tan
  • BE  Irresistible Blush
  • BE Au Natural from lash to brow
  • BE Siren on lid
  • BE Soft Gray Liner
  • BE 100% Natural Lip Gloss in Jelly Roll
  • BE Flawless Definition Mascara in Black
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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Bare Escentuals - New Optimist blush vs Papaya blush

A few people have asked me how Optimist blush compares to Papaya blush so I thought the best way to explain is to take a pic!
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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Rethink Beauty Bare Escentuals Collection

Today I had the chance to wear the colors from the advance order of Rethink Beauty from Bare Escentuals. I have to say I am really loving these color and look forward to trying out the primers that came with the collection this week.  I was in a hurry to get to a family get together today so I just managed to use the colors, take pics and run out the door.

I am wearing:
  • Bare Escentuals Prime Time Primer
  • Bare Escentuals Fairly Light Foundation
  • Bare Escentuals Bisque mixed with Summer Bisque as concealer
  • BE Mineral Veil and then a layer of SPF Mineral Veil
  • BE Warmth
  • BE Optimist Blush
  • BE Clear Radiance mixed with Well Rested on eyes, lash to brow
  • BE Lucky eye color in crease & V
  • BE Big & Bright liner in Ink
  • BE 100% Natural Lip Gloss in Jelly Roll
  • BE Flawless Definition Mascara in Black
 Natural Light:

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Bare Escentuals Haul - QVC Anniversary Shows

My Bare Escentuals haul from the anniversary shows on QVC finally arrived, some yesterday and some today. I thought I would share with you guys, I will be posting looks with these colors very soon.

I got the kits below as well as a tub of SPF Mineral Veil, an XL Bisque & XL Summer Bisque.  This is my annual BE birthday month splurge so even though it seems like a lot, I don't go quite this crazy the rest of the year except maybe around the holidays.

Advance order of the June TSV: Rethink Beauty
The Collector's Edition #2
BE Addicts Volume 1

Rare Minerals Purifying Facial Cleanser
Sweet Siren
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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Sephora Bare Escentuals Sale is up and running!

Select BareEscentuals items on sale at Sephora 
The items were not ready to go yet but now they are all available! 
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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Bare Escentuals items on sale at Sephora.com

Some Bare Escentuals items are marked down at Sephora.com now for a limited time. Click the pic below to get there!



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Bare Escentuals and the wonder of the Double Ended Rock n Roll Brush

I posted my fave BE brushes yesterday and was asked what is so different about the brush from the Rocker Eye Tutorial, AKA the double ended rock n roll brush.  I was not sure I could explain without using photos &/or video so here it is, in a blog post.  Here is the BE how to info for the Rocker Eye Tutorial which explains how to use the brush for this look: Rocker Eye How To

The Rock n Roll Brush is not like any other brush I have gotten from BE.  The liner end is one of the best liner brushes, very pointed and applies very smooth.  Great wet or dry.  Then the smudger end is great for applying color to the lid, layering color over other colors, especially great for colors with more sparkle to them and of course is also great for smudging.  I love double ended brushes, especially for travel, 2 for 1!

You can go dramatic and rock star with it, you can go more subtle with the same colors, it all depends on how you apply.  This brush is so versatile and it is the brush I used to line my eyes for the professional photo shoot I did a couple months ago.  Here is my full Rocker Eye look that I wore to see the Yeah Yeah Yeahs last year: http://heathersnaturalbeauty.blogspot.com/2009/08/bare-escentuals-rocker-eye-kit.html

This is one of the brushes I brought with me to San Francisco and I lined with it almost everyday when I was there.  I wanted to make sure  my eye make up rocked while I was at a Bare Escentuals event!

That is what I have to say about it and here is what other people have to say:

Reviews at Sephora.com: http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P215801


"I love the shadows, but the brush is what really makes this kit for me because it's awesome. The smudge end has kind of changed the way I apply smoky eye makeup - and definitely for the better.  It's has super short bristles and really lets you get the smudgy effect that I love.  (It sort of looks like I fell asleep with my eye makeup on and went out after I woke up, which sounds... ugly, but actually looks really good)."  from Blog: http://productwhores.typepad.com/productwhores/2008/09/rock-out-with-r.html


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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

My favorite Bare Escentuals brushes for face & eye

A reader asked me tonight what my favorite brushes are and I thought I would share them with you all!

Face brushes:
  • Kabuki
  • Full Flawless Face Brush
  • Max Coverage Concealer Brush
  • Tapered Blush Brush

Eye Brushes:
  • Heavenly Liner Brush
  • Double End Precision Brush
  • Tapered Crease Defining brush
  • Full tapered shadow brush
  • Soft Focus Liner Brush
  • Soft Focus Tapered Liner Brush
  • (forgot to add to her list) Rocker Eye Brush

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Back to my TSS Nirvana

Trying to find balance between my first love, Bare Escentuals, and my smaller collection of other mineral make up, most of which is from the She Space Clearance shopping I have done.  Today I wore some TSS and I love how this look came out.

I am wearing:
  • BE Fairly Light Foundation
  • BE Bisque mixed with Summer Bisque as concealer
  • BE Tinted Mineral Veil
  • BE Faux Tan (applied with fan brush)
  • 100% Pure Strawberry Blush
  • TSS Dragon Breath on lid
  • TSS Diligence does good in crease & V
  • TSS Role Reversal wetlined
  • Korres Abyssinia Mascara Black
  • BE 100% Natural Lip Gloss in Angel Food Cake

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Heather's Golden Light Perfume by Leslie Blodgett XL Sample Contest!

I got a large sample bottle of Leslie Blodgett's new perfume, Golden Light, while at a special Angels breakfast with Leslie in San Francisco a couple weeks ago. While I adore the scent, I am highly sensitive to fragrance and can't seem to wear it.  Smells good on me but I get a tickle in my throat and start coughing all day, boooo!

My loss could be your gain!  I have decided to follow Leslie's generous example so I am going to give this large perfume sample away.

The XL perfume sample, as shown to the left, is up for grabs.  The contest rules are as follows:

Entries must be received by Monday May 31, 2010 at 11:59pm EST

Winner will be drawn and notified on June 1, 2010 via email.

Open to United States residents only.

Only 1 entry per person please.

Please send an email with the subject as: "Golden Light Giveaway" to heather_artiste@yahoo.com


In the email, please include:
1.  Where do you know me from? (my blog, facebook, twitter, BE Addicts, BBC, Mineral Madness, Majyk, somewhere else, all of the above?) If so, what is the name or screen name you use there?
2. Are you a follower of my blog?
3. Your full name & mailing address
4.  Your email address

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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Funky yet affordable Flower rings that remind me of Leslie Blodgett

I know lots of people admire Leslie Blodgett's sense of style and we all chat about the clothes or jewelry she wears.  One thing that I always associate with Leslie and her looks would be her large funky rings which are often flowers.  I decided to so a search on one of my fave sites, Etsy.com, for flower jewelry that reminds me of Leslie but is affordable.  I love to support artisans and make purchases from them often.  Hope you guys enjoy these!





Golden Black Rose Ring.


Golden Black Rose Ring.
by FloweryDeer


$15.00 USD






HUGE BLACK ROSE ADJUSTABLE RING


HUGE BLACK ROSE ADJUSTABLE RING
by KillerJewels

$13.50 USD




Funky Pewter Rose Ring


Funky Pewter Rose Ring
by JudiesJems


$8.00 USD






Big Flower Button Ring in Sterling Silver


Big Flower Button Ring in Sterling Silver
by phoebestreasure

$14.00 USD




Flower Power Ring


Flower Power Ring
by crystoo


$10.00 USD






Silver and Gunmetal Flower Adjustable Ring


Silver and Gunmetal Flower Adjustable Ring
by pila12903

$10.00 USD




Gorgeous Japanese Fabric Ring - Cherry  Blossoms


Gorgeous Japanese Fabric Ring - Cherry Blossoms
by SouZouCreations


$8.50 USD






FORMOSA - bronze


FORMOSA - bronze
by grigio

$18.00 USD




Swarovski Pearl Flower Ring


Swarovski Pearl Flower Ring
by KimberlyAnns


$12.50 USD






Swarovski Sparkly Flower Ring


Swarovski Sparkly Flower Ring
by KimberlyAnns

$12.50 USD




Purple Chrysanthemum Large Ring


Purple Chrysanthemum Large Ring
by KimberlyAnns


$5.50 USD






Penelope - Bubble Gum Pink Flower Ring - FREE SHIPPING


Penelope - Bubble Gum Pink Flower Ring - FREE SHIPPING
by IndieAndChic

$11.00 USD




SAKURA . Flower Cocktail Ring


SAKURA . Flower Cocktail Ring
by hotpinkchick


$10.00 USD






large brass petals with mum. ring.


large brass petals with mum. ring.
by busybird

$15.00 USD




Turquoise Flower Ring w/Crystals-Cocktail Style Stretch Ring


Turquoise Flower Ring w/Crystals-Cocktail Style Stretch Ring
by SugarCreations


$20.00 USD






CHRYSANTHEMUM . Cocktail Ring


CHRYSANTHEMUM . Cocktail Ring
by hotpinkchick

$10.50 USD




Flower Sterling Silver Adjustable Ring- By RosesDesigns


Flower Sterling Silver Adjustable Ring- By RosesDesigns
by RosesDesigns


$42.00 USD






Kelly Green and White Rose Cocktail Ring- Kelly.


Kelly Green and White Rose Cocktail Ring- Kelly.
by KATALINS

$25.00 USD




Handmade Bouquet ring with pink flower


Handmade Bouquet ring with pink flower
by StellarLightDesigns


$13.00 USD






Colorful Copper Flower Ring


Colorful Copper Flower Ring
by pinkingedgedesigns

$14.00 USD

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