My Blog Has Moved!

Moving

I’ve been working hard to move all of my posts over to my brand new blog! Over the years as I have written at Colorful Glamour, I wanted a new name. Colorful Glamour just didn’t feel right. I toyed with Trendy Zen, Dana Buchmiller, Colorful Zen… but I just couldn’t find the right one. Then it came to me -Dana Maye! Maye is my middle name, it’s easy to spell, and it is gives a certain charm that I like.

Plus, I actually went ahead and bought the blog domain name, so I don’t have that annoying .wordpress.com at the end of my name. So, you can find me now at DanaMaye.com!

I hope you like the new look and feel of my website!

DanaMaye

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Empties: Winter 2015

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As you can see, I have a lot of empties to share today. I’ve basically been saving all this past winter (so maybe this should be fall 2014? Anyways..), and a lot of things ran out at the same time this past week. So, I decided to share them with you! I have some good reviews, and some not so good reviews. But, perhaps that’s how it always goes. 🙂

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1. Plackers GentleSlide Floss Sticks -I love floss sticks. It makes flossing a much more pleasant process, and I don’t have to worry about my fingers’ circulation getting cut off. I decide to try the Gentle Slide kind, to see how it was. It’s pretty good, I guess, but I didn’t see a huge difference. So, I’ll probably buy the original version of Plackers like normally do.

2. Loreal True Match Liquid Foundation – I have worn Loreal for most of my foundation-wearing life. It’s a nice consistency -not too thick, or thin or patchy -and it comes in a lot of shades. This shade is N2, which I have loved. I’ve decided to switch to W2, a warmer tone, so I’ll let you know how it goes. So, do I like this foundation? Yes. I am sure that I will continue to buy it in the future.

3. Mary Kay Time Wise Set (Cleanser, Moisturizer, Sunscreen, Serum) -I have had a love-hate relationship with Mary Kay, and I’m finally breaking up with this company. I used these products every day (no, really, I mean it), and I was… okay with the results. My skin wasn’t breaking out into an allergic rash at least, but it wasn’t doing anything to help with fine lines, and it didn’t even help keep my skin from flaking. And at $90 full price (or $45 if you get it off ebay), it’s really just not worth it. I guess I’m at a point in my life where I realize that bottles claiming to have magical powers to turn back time… are generally liars. And, I have more important things to spend my money on than something I’m going to wash down the drain. Like rocks, for instance. 🙂 I’ll be going with a much more affordable skin care option next… I might even try a diy.

4. VitaFusion Calcium Gummies -I got these gummies at Sam’s Club, when I realized that I hadn’t been getting near enough calcium (I was basically eating a lactose-free diet, for Ben’s sake). These gummies are fun and tasty, although they sure have a lot of sugar (6 grams for two gummies!) I do like them, though. I definitely liked the price too -200 gummies for $11.

5. Homemade Exfoliator and Clay Mask -These were fun little spa treats that I received for Christmas, from my little sister-in-law, Naomi. They were fun to play with -I especially liked the clay mask. And, the exfoliator smelled like strawberries. 🙂 I think creating at home beauty products is a lot of fun, and a great creative process.

6. Kennet MD Massage Bar -This was a very gentle bar of soap, and was fun to use. It didn’t have much of a scent, but I liked that it was nice to my sensitive skin, and didn’t cause any drying. This sample soap was fun to try, although I’m not sure where you would even buy this soap.

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7. Victoria’s Secret Mango Temptation Body Butter -This body butter had a great scent, and was lots of fun to apply. I have determined that I like body butters much better than I do lotions, so I’ll have to keep that in mind in the future. Did I think this was worth purchasing at full price? Eh, probably not. I guess I’m cheap. I think I’ll check the body butters out in my local Wal-Mart. That said, the scent was lots of fun.:)

8. Ban Solid Deodorant -This deodorant is one that I grew up with (albeit in roll-on form). My mom swears by it’s ability to keep you from being smelly no matter what. I’m not as much of a fan of the solid kind, although I do like the roll-on. I think next time, I’ll switch back to roll-on -it just works better. For now, I’m using some Dove deodorant.

9. Oshadhi Grapefruit Essential Oil -I became obsessed with essential oils during 11th grade, and this was the first bottle of essential oil that I ever bought. It’s also the first essential oil that I finished. The fun thing about essential oils is that they do seem to last a long time. I read somewhere that most last about 10 years. I mainly use essential oils for aromatherapy (in an essential oil diffuser), and for keeping the toilet smelling fresh. Will I buy this brand again? Probably not, mainly because I don’t even know where I would buy it. It was nice, though. I do love the smell of grapefruit. 🙂 I think when I buy essential oils again, I’ll buy from Mountain Rose Herbs, as they have some that are certified organic and Fair Trade, and I can buy them online.

10. N°4 Lumiere d’hiver Reconstructive Masque -This was a sample hair masque -it’s a kind of deep conditioning treatment. I liked it a lot. It smelled nice, and did it’s job without leaving lots of build-up. I really love samples, because I can try of a lot products without making time and money commitments to them. I might try something from N°4 in the future.

11. Beauty Protector Hair Masque -This masque smelled like strawberries, and was interesting to use. It had the consistency of yogurt, until it seemed to melt into my hair. 🙂 That said, it was a bit heavy for my hair type, and left some build-up. But, because it was a sample, I got to try it out. And trying out new things is always fun. 🙂

12. Elf Mist & Set -This is a makeup finisher. You spray it on your face after putting on makeup, and it’s supposed to keep the make-up on longer. I wasn’t a big fan of it, because it didn’t extend my makeup wear time by much, and it was sticky from the aloe vera in it. But, for $3, it wasn’t a bad purchase. This might work better on someone who has more oily skin, maybe?

13. Physician’s Formula Organic Wear Mascara -I loved this mascara so much. It washes up with just water, and is super gentle to my skin. It can smudge easily in humid climates, but in dry climates it works great. I only wish it came in a black brown, as the color is a bit harsh for me. I might try something else by Physician’s Formula in a black/brown formula.

14. N°4 Lumiere d’hiver Clarifying Shampoo -This sample lasted a while, and it was a lot of fun. It was more concentrated, because it has a low lather, but that meant that it lasted longer. I did like how it worked for my hair -it stripped buildup with out leaving my hair super dry.

15. Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strips Black Eyeliner -This came in the nude eyerliner trio, and I did like it a lot. I didn’t use the black much, but the pencil kind of kept breaking (it got super soft in the Houston heat). I used this black eyeliner on the corner of my upper eyelids, and had fun with it. I really like the copper color from this trio, but it’s not used up yet. I will definitely buy this product again.

16. Amika Nourishing Mask -This was my favorite of the three hair masques that I tried. It smelled nice, and is free of parabens, and artificial dyes. It had a nice consistency, and had a good balance of conditioning without build-up. It’s kind of expensive, though, so I probably won’t buy it in the future. It was a nice sample though!

Phew! Sixteen different empties! I’m not sure if I’ll keep up with the empties posts, as I’m not sure if people actually read my reviews. It is nice though, to show what I actually finished, as opposed to big hauls. 🙂

Summer Empties -Part 2

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I didn’t think I would use up more products before the end of summer, but I thought wrong! There’s just something awesome about using up a product, and know I got my full money’s worth. 🙂 Now, that I’m about to head onto the road, I don’t want to keep these empty containers around. So, here’s my latest empties post!

1.   L’Oreal RevitaLift Intensive Overnight Mask Sample –This sample was included in my September 2014 edition of InStyle Magazine. I decided to try it out and see how I liked it. It spread evenly, and soaked into my skin well, which I did like. This fragrance was nice, although a bit strong. In the four days that I used it on my face at night, I did see a difference. My skin was softer, and a little firmer. I wouldn’t say that I had amazing results, but it didn’t break my skin out into a rash, which is a big plus. Would I buy this? Probably not, as it costs $20 at Walmart for a 1.7 ounce container. That’s a bit too expensive for my price range, and not quite worth it.

2.   Aussie Hair Insurance Leave-In Conditioner –This stuff has really helped protect my hair after highlighting it. I wouldn’t say  this stuff is a miracle worker as they claim on the back –in fact, I’d say it’s a standard leave-in conditioner. If you’ve tried the Suave for Kids detangling conditioner, it works just like that, but with a more grown-up fragrance. That said, it did what it was supposed, and at $3, it’s not a bad deal. I probably will try a different hair product in the future, but I wouldn’t be surprised if I came back to Hair Insurance at a later date.

3.   Coconut Oil –For most of the summer, I used unrefined coconut oil as my night-time moisturizer. It did keep my skin super soft, though I had mixed feelings about this stuff. On the internet, people rave about coconut oil, as if it is the Holy Grail of skincare. As for me, I just didn’t have those results. I found that it was super greasy, and didn’t really want to soak onto my skin. It just sat on top for the most part, which was annoying. I also found that it did nothing to help the fine lines on forehead, when the most basic of moisturizers tend to help a little. And, I started to develop a breakout from it, which was disappointing. That said, I was probably using too much, and I probably have some sort of skin allergy to coconut oil. It didn’t work for me, but I’m sure it works great for others.

4.   Sally Hansen Wax Strip Kit –This is the first time that I tried wax strips. Before, I’ve used the wax that you spread onto your face and wait for it to harden. A lot of people told me that these don’t work, but they worked great for me! In fact, I had to be a little gentler than normal, to make sure that I wasn’t ripping skin along with the hair! It was nice to not use as much brute force in wax. They were easy to use –just rub between hands, apply, and rip. They were also a lot easier to dispose of. Will I repurchase? Yes, most definitely.

5.   Clinique Super Balanced Makeup –This foundation was just awesome, and I was so sad when it finally ran out. It was the perfect color (Petal), and I loved it. Granted, I liked the texture and consistency a lot better in Idaho, where it’s dryer, than here in Texas. For some reason, my products become thicker in humid weather. Why that is, I don’t know. That said, it still is amazing, even here in Houston. Sadly, it’s just not in my budget right now, so I purchased the equivalent color in the L’Oreal True Match (N2). Will I repurchase? Maybe later down the road when I have more money. Do I recommend this foundation? Yes, absolutely.

6.   Bath and Body Works Fragrance Mist in Cashmere Glow –This is the second of 3 mini perfume bottles that I have used up. I still love the smell –it’s warm and cuddly. It does work better for the fall and winter months, but if I don’t spray it too heavily, it works during the rest of the year too. I love these mini bottles, and I don’t think I’ll purchase a full-size bottle from BBW ever again. I just love trying out new fragrances way too much! It is a lovely scent, though, and if I were more of a one perfume kind of gal, I would repurchase.

7.   Stridex Maximum Strength Pads –These were my husband’s, but I slowly took over using them. 🙂 They are a typical salicylic acid acne product, and they seem to work well. I didn’t experience any skin care wonders with Stridex, but they got the job done. Would I repurchase? Probably not. They’re $10 a package, which is a bit much for me. Ben did get them from his mom’s stash of bath, body, and skincare products, so it technically was free.

7 Things I Am Grateful For

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1.   Pearl Earrings –This week, Ben found something for me –the matching earring to my pearl set! These earrings mean a lot to me, as Ben bought them for me on our 6 month anniversary. I thought that one of the earrings had been lost in the midst of our move to Texas, but thankfully, this wasn’t the case! It’s just so amazing to have these little beauties back in my life. 🙂

2.   Red Lobster –I have wanted to go to Red Lobster for as long as I can remember (I just love seafood!), and I finally got the chance! Ben and I went on a date there yesterday, and I had a fantastic time! We both ordered the 4 Course Feasts for $15.99 each. I got lemon wood-grilled tilapia, and clam chowder, and a salad, and cheesecake. And the cheddar biscuits were delicious! It was so much fun, and the atmosphere was really soothing. I hope to go again sometime!

3.   Disc Golfing –We also went disc golfing yesterday, with Ben’s coworker, Jordan. We went to an 18 course up in Conroe, and it was lots of fun! I’m getting better at my throws. 🙂 While I’m doing a pretty good job at my accuracy, my throw isn’t super far. It is definitely improving though!

4.   Leopard Print Purse –So I switched from my black bag with the zebra print ribbon back to my leopard print purse. I love this bag –again, it was a gift from Ben. It is cute, and has a slouchy boho feel to it. And since it’s brown and black, it goes with just about everything in my wardrobe!

5.   Books –I love reading so much. I finished Allegiant by Veronica Roth this past week, and it was so good! I thought the ending was beautiful, in its own way. I’ve also been reading a lot of other stories lately, and it has been wonderful. There’s something amazing in writing –how it can transport you into another world, and change the way you think about things. I really hope to publish a book of my own someday. I’m still in the process of revising Cry of the Amazon, and I have started a fashion mystery novel, whose name is still to be determined.

6.   Lipstick –I think lipstick is one of the most awesome things in this universe. I think it is so much fun to decide what lipstick I want to wear for the day, and it’s fun to see all of the different makeup looks and moods you can create with lipstick. A neon orange gives a way different feel than a dark berry, or a classic red. Today I wore my persimmon, or reddish-orange lipstick. I did blot it down, though, so it wasn’t too strong of a color. 🙂

7.   Red Heels –I love my red heels. They are about two inches high, and super comfortable! The classic design means I can wear them in any season, and the shiny red material makes them eye-catching. I especially like that I was able to get these shoes that retailed at Kohl’s for about $30 – for only $4 at the thrift store! I always love a bargain!

7 Things I’m Grateful For

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This week was so much fun, and I can’t wait to share seven of the thousands of blessings I received this week! Going to Linda’s wedding and spending time with family was exactly what I needed! Although I have lots to be thankful for every week, this week in particular has showered down blessings. 🙂

1.   Linda’s Wedding –I have been looking forward to this wedding all summer, and it did not disappoint! The wedding sealing was so sweet and touching.The reception and open house were a lot of fun as well. The decorations were stunning, and it was great helping to set up. And all of the cheesecake was delicious! Plus, it was really nice to see Ben’s family. 🙂

2.   NYX Round Lipstick –I decided to buy a neon pink lipstick from the NYX line last week. And I love it! The formula is so creamy, and stays on a really long time. I also like that if I brought, it can look pretty natural, and conversely, it can give me a really bold look. I don’t remember the exact name (it was a number), but it was $4 at HEB. It was a lot of fun wearing this week during all of the wedding fun.

3.   Kayaking –Yesterday, I was able to go kayaking with Katie, one of my awesome sisters-in-law. It was so peaceful out on the ocean, dipping my oar into the water, and looking out at the spacious ocean. The sky was a clear blue, and the temperature perfect. I believe that if you surround yourself with beauty, that it will begin to rub off on your soul. I know this was one of those moments that will stay with me forever. 🙂

4.   The Ocean –Along those lines, I really enjoyed going to the Carpinteria beach. It was simply glorious! The old belief that the ocean is a form of medicine totally rings true to me. There’s nothing like experiences that indulge all five senses. I love the taste of salt water on my tongue, the brisk water rushing against my skin, the smell of seaweed and sunscreen, the sound of the crashing waves, and the sight of beautiful sand meeting beautiful water. It was so much fun, and I was able to really let go and enjoy myself. 🙂

5.   Blue Maxi Dress -So, my awesome idea for a modest dress to Linda’s wedding kind of failed. It worked fine until the wind blew, or I sat down…. But thankfully, Patty, my awesome mom-in-law came to the rescue and brought me a blue maxi-dress that I could wear. It was pretty, the right color, really comfy, and completely modest. Yay! As for the other dress, I’ll probably sew on another layer of ribbon. 🙂

6.   Crocheting –While here in California, I felt the urge to crochet again. And as Patty has loads of yarn in the attic, I decided to pull some out and start playing with it! Katie showed me how to do the wavy stitch that she’s really good at. I’m determining if I want to make a hat, scarf, or blanket with it. I guess we’ll see… 🙂

7.   BBQ Sandwiches –I love the taste of pulled pork sandwiches –it’s a little taste of Virginia. And we had some on the night before Linda’s wedding! There’s nothing like a barbeque sandwich to brighten my day! The recipe used was really simple –just pulled pork and barbeque sauce. So delicious. 🙂

Revlon Parfumerie Nail Polish

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So, on Wednesday, in my Things I Want blog post, I mentioned that I really wanted the Revlon Parfumerie nail polish in Surf Spray. And yesterday, I mentioned that I bought it in my An Unlikely Haul post. So today, I figured I’d actually show you what it looks like on me!

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I really like this nail color. It has a pearlescent finish to it, which I think is really nice. And the nail polish bottle doesn’t lie –once it’s dry, it really does have a nice ocean scent to it. It’s a really pretty translucent blue that’s perfect if you want a nice subtle look to your manicure/pedicure. The coats are thin, which lend this translucent look to the nail polish. I’m actually wearing three coats, for a more opague look. While I know a lot of people don’t like nail lacquers with a thin formula, I think they’re fun for softer looks. And because you can build them, you can wear Surf Spray as light or as bold as you want. I’m not sure if this is true for all of the Parfumerie polishes, as this is the only one I have tried. I have found that oftentimes there are different levels of opacity within the same collection, depending on pigment.

PLUS -Another great aspect of this nail polish is that it’s DBP, Toluene, and Formaldehyde free.

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As for application, I’d say this nail polish is pretty typical for drug store quality nail polishes. One coat dries in a breeze, two coats take a little longer, and you have to be careful with the third coat. Even though the third coat seemed dry, I still managed to dent and smudge one of my nails when I was placing my SD card back into my camera. That said, a nail enamel dryer, or just some extra time would have taken care of this little issue. When it comes to applying evenly, I thought this Revlon nail polishes did a good job of not streaking weirdly. Also, I didn’t have that annoying issue of the tips of my nails not being coated correctly, which was nice.

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Recently, I have started to take more of a look into Revlon products in general. Of the four “mega-brands” in my drugstore –Maybelline, L’Oreal, Revlon and Covergirl, Revlon is the only company that claims to distribute cruelty free products in the US (granted, their nail polishes are animal tested in China as required by law… but that’s a whole other debate). I also like that Revlon has more of a retro feel to their brand. And, looking over the years, Revlon nail polishes have been some of my favorites. In fact, I wore a Revlon nail polish for my pedicure for my own wedding!

Disclaimer: This nail polish was purchased with my own money. My opinions are my own. 🙂

My Unlikely Kroger Haul!

Yesterday, I found some amazing stuff not at the mall… but at Kroger, my local supermarket! Granted, this Kroger isn’t your typical grocery store –it’s much closer to a Super Walmart, or other multi-purpose store. I was picking up some items for a meal I was taking to a lady who just had a baby, and decided, why not check out the cosmetic and clothing section?

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I had lot of fun in the Revlon section. I looked for the two colors of lipstick by Revlon that I really wanted to try. And sure enough, they were there! I really want to try Cherries in the Snow and Fire and Ice. 🙂

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I also checked out the Revlon Parfumerie nail polish section. They had my surf spray nail polish, which was pretty exciting. And, it was on sale!

Once I got to the clothing section, wow! I found some amazing deals! There was a huge clearance section filled with clothing and accessories –and that clearance section had an additional 50% mark down! And, on top of that, there was 15% off coupon that applied to all items, including clearance!

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I was stoked to find this adorable pair of earrings! They’re perfect for Linda’s wedding, as it is one of her wedding colors! I’m pretty stoked to wear them on August 6th!

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I bought a super cute turquoise dress marked down from $70 to $15.99, a gorgeous green scarf (that I’m really excited to wear when I get back to Idaho!) marked down from $17 to $6.79, a pair of blue earrings marked down from $10 to $3.40, and a bottle of Revlon nail polish marked down from $6.39 to $4.79. It came to a total of $30.97, which is a steal if you ask me! The dress alone should have cost that much!

All in all, it was a pretty awesome shopping trip. 🙂