DOLLAR TREE DIY: Make Your Own Swatch Book

I’ve got a helpful DIY that you can do this weekend while you’re watching Netflix, TV, or YouTube.

I just posted a video on my YouTube channel. (find it here). That video is all about how you can swatch your beauty products and organize those swatches in a book. This is a great way to organize your makeup and know exactly which shades you have or don’t have. I like to take this lightweight book with me when I go shopping. When I see a lipstick I want to buy I can instantly check my collection to see if I have that shade. How great is that?!

This is also good to have if you are a makeup artist. Your clients can easily see which shades they have to chose from.

Additional tips:
~Cover each swatch with clear tape to keep the product from transferring onto the plastic covering of your photo album pages.
     ~You could also laminate the swatch sheets
~Swatch anything you want! You can swatch lipsticks, nail polishes, eye shadows, or blushes.
~You could handwrite each product name but I think it’s best to type up the names. Then again, I have bad handwriting. Haha
~Share your swatch book with a friend so they can see swatches of products they might be interested in purchasing.
~Another option is to print out photo swatches from the internet of your products.
~Instead of swatching items on your hand in-store; bring a blank sheet of paper to make swatches. You can add a category in your book which has swatches of products you would like to buy in the future.

Check out my video below:

Let me know if you have other  video or post requests. Thanks for stopping by!

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One Photo A Day: December 2014

Happy New Year!! I am sorry this is a few days late but I’ve been traveling.

Here are my December photos. Enjoy!

December 1-Piyo class

December 2-Taking Luna to the vet

December 3-Out to get some rays of sun
December 4th- Stepping outside of my nail art comfort zone.

 December 5- Christmas trees and tiny bottles of champagne.

December 6-High end beauty at low end prices!
December 7- Vlogmas continues!
December 8- Luna and her freshly washed blanket.
December 9-New book and a cup of joe.
December 10- New makeup from the drugstore
December 11- Bunny love from Anthropologie.

December 12- Christmas work party

December 13- Experimenting with healthy pizzas.

December 14- Wisdom from Audrey.
December 15-Luna is banana crazy.
December 16- Working and caffeinating.
December 17- Extreme Couponing!

December 18-Healthy hot chocolate

December 19- Visiting the animals at the Humane Society

December 20- Holiday party outfit
December 21- Making health date and coconut treats.
December 22- Detoxing my skin
December 23-Working beachside
December 24- Travel makeup preparation
December 25 (BONUS) Merry Christmas!

December 26-Love
December 27- Luna snuggling with her daddy

December 28- Handmade Christmas gift from my friend, Lauren.

December 29- Testing out my new heart rate exercise monitor

December 30-Luna gets a house upgrade.

December 31- Happy New Years!

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BLOG SALE 2014

Welcome to my sale!

Below are all of the items I am hosting on my blog sale. If you see an item you want to buy just email me at courtneywval@gmail.com with the item(s) number(s) and your zip code or country code so I can get you the exact shipping cost.

More clothing and accessory items will be added soon!

If you have any other questions about an item don’t hesitate to email me. I check my email very frequently so I will do my best to respond ASAP.

Most makeup products have never been used but if I have used or swatched an item, those items have been sanitized with 90% isopropyl alcohol while wearing sterile gloves and then they were placed in plastic bags to insure they stay sanitized.

At this time I can only accept PayPal but it’s free to setup an account so if you don’t have a PayPal account and want to create one just go to www.paypal.com.

BONUS: All orders will come with a free sample of  relaxing bath salts. 🙂

P.S. I tried to take the photos with my nicer camera but the files were so big it took too long to upload the photos so I took some photos with my iPhone. Let me know if you have any questions about the exact shade, scent, or tone of an item.

1. Garnier Fructis Color Shield leave-in hair treatment. $2 ( new, never used)

SOLD! 2. Redken Fresh Curls Curl Refiner 8.5 oz $20 (Average price on Amazon is $60)
I have never opened or used this product. It came in shrink wrap and I just took it off to take this photo.

3. Black and white flower headband $1 (never tried on or worn at all) 

4. Maybelline eye shadow trio in Impeccable Greys $1 (Never used. Swatched once)

5. Maybelline eye shadow trio in (purple tones)  Crown Jewels $1 (Never used, swatched once)
6. Kiss Press-On manicure in red. $2 (Full set, none missing)
*Red is a bit deeper than in the picture

7. BH Cosmetics California Collection eye shadow trio $1 (Never used)

8. Almay Luxury Finish translucent powder $2 (1 tsp of product used) 

9. NYC nail polish in Lexington Lilac $0.80 (never used)

10. Essie Nail Polish  $2.50  (used once)
The name sticker came off but it’s a pinkish raspberry color

11. Rimmel Nail polish in Too Cool To Tango $.80 (never used)

12. Sally Hansen Triple Shine nail polish in Clam Up $3.50 (Never used)

 13. Sally Hansen Nail polish in Sturdy Sapphire $.80 (never used)

14. Bareille Nail Polish in Moody $1 (Used once)

15. Nicole by OPI polish in Red w/ a little shimmer $2 (Used once)

16. NYC eye shadow palette The Best of Broadway $1 (Used 2-3 times)

17. NYC eye shadow palette Lexington Luxury  $1 (Only 1 color used once)

18. NYX eyeshadow $2 (Never used)

19. NYX Blush Stick in Pink Lotus $2 (Used once)

20. Clinique touch tint for lips and eyes in soft pink color $3 (Only swatched once)

21. Essence stay all day cream eye shadow in Coppy Right $1 (Used 2-4 times)
**The pot was not filled to the top when I bought it

22. NYC Mosaic powder $2 (Only swatched once)

23. Mary Kay Full Coverage Foundation in Ivory $2  (Used 2-4 times) 

24. Maybelline Dream Mousse eye shadow in Mint Dream $1 (Swatched once)

25. Maybelline Dream Mousse Shimmer in Golden of Eden $1.50 (Never used)

26. Clinique mini palette with two eye shadows and a blush $3 (Never used)

27. Elizabeth Arden mini palette $2.50 (never used)

28. Avon Moisture Therapy hand cream and nail file. $3 (never opened/used) 
I have 2 of these sets

29. Calgon Moon Petal Musk body cream $3.50 (Never used) **See #67 below for coordinating body spray 

30. Almay eye shadow + primer $2.50 (Used once)

 31. Clinique 4 pan palette $3 (Used about 10 times)

32. Colorful, Silky scarf: $2

33. Large Cotton Stripped Scarf $4

34. Plaid wool scarf $2

35. Pond’s Luminous Moisture Day Cream with SPF 15 $1.25 (About 1/4used)

36. Parisian Mini Notebook $1.50 (No pages missing. Never used)

37. Be The Bombshell Eye shadow Quad $3 (Never used, swatched once)

38. Chella felt tip eyeliner in Indigo $1
39. Freeman’s face mask in Golden Grain $1.50 (Used 3 times) 

40. Victori’as Secret Very Sexy Shimmer Lotion $2.25 (Used 4 times)


41. Wet ‘N Wild nail polish in Burgundy Frost (I have 2 of these to sell) 
$0.80
(never used)
42. Wet ‘n Wild Mascara $1.80 (Unopened, new)
43. Wet ‘n Wild Glitter nail polish in Jam Session (never used)
$2.75

44. Wet ‘n Wild Eye shadow Trio in Getting Sunburned (new, unopened)
$2.75
45. Wet ‘n Wild Eye shadow Trio in Silent Treatment (new,unopened)
$2.75

46. Wet ‘n Wild Natural Blend tinted lip balm in Cinnamon (new, unopened)
$1.50

47. Wet ‘n Wild Balm Stain in Reddy Or Not (new, unopened)
$2.75

48. Wet ‘n Wild Nail Polish in Sparkled (never used)
$0.80

49. Wet ‘n Wild nail polish in Wild Card (never used)
$0.80
50. Wet ‘n Wild nail polish in Gray’s Anatomy (never used)
$1.75
51. Wet ‘n Wild tinted lip balm in Sugar (new, unopened)
$1.50

52. Wet ‘n Wild lipstick in Cherry Picking (new, unopened)
$1.80

53. Wet ‘n Wild nail polish in Frosted Eggplant (never used)
I have 2 of these.
$.80

54. Wet ‘n Wild nail polish in Party of Five Glitters (never used)
$1.75

55. Wet ‘n Wild nail polish in How I Met Your Magenta (never used)
$1.75

56. Wet ‘n Wild Balm Stain in Lady and The Vamp (new, unopened)
$2.75

57. Wet ‘n Wild nail polish in Under Your Spell (never used)
$1.80

58. Wet ‘n Wild lipstick in Wine Room (new, unopened)
$1.80

59. Wet ‘n Wild nail polish in Frosted Fuchsia (never used)
$0.80

60. Wet ‘n Wild glitter polish in Stick It To The Man (never used)
$2.75

61. Wet ‘n Wild nail polish in Caribbean Frost (never used)
$.80

62. Maybelline Color Tattoo in Sunwashed Sky (new, unopened)
$2.50

63. Sally Hansen Triple Shine nail polish in Pearly Whites (I have 2 of these. Both are unopened)
$3.50

64. Rimmel 3D Lipgloss (I have 2 of these and both are unopened)
$3.50

65. Sally Hansen Nail Growth Treatment (new and unopened)
$5

66. Sally Hansen Hand and Nail Creme (new and never used)
$5

67. Calgon Moon Petal Musk Cream and body mist combination.
Combo: $6

68. Calgon Moon Petal Mush body spray (new and never used)
$3

69. Almay primer cream eye shadow in a plum color (new and unopened)
$3.50

70. Revlon cream blush in Berry Flirtatious (new and unopened)
$4

71. Covergirl lip gloss in Raspberry (never used)
$2.50

72. Sephora by OPI nail polish in a purpleish plum color (unopened)
$3.50
73. Sephora by OPI nail polish in a greyish gold tone (unopened)
$3.50

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Affordable High End Makeup Splurge: Inglot

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Today I uploaded a new video on my YouTube Channel sharing with you some high end makeup products I purchased semi-recently. While I was in Chicago this past September I stopped by the Inglot counter at Macy’s and picked up some new makeup goodies to try. I am sorry this post is so late but it just slipped my mind. Opps! Check out my video to see what I picked up and I also share some mini reviews of the products I’ve already used.

You can watch the video HERE or below:

As promised in this video I took some high quality photos while playing around with my dad’s Cannon T5 camera when I was visiting home. Check out the photos below. ** Their products have numbers instead names.

Overall view of my beauty splurge.

Empty Freedom System Palette.

Blush in shade #55 and face powder in shade #55

 Eye shadow trio in shade # 112R

Lip paint in shade #64
Eyeliner in shade #77
Thanks for stopping by! Leave any comments or questions below. 🙂

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L.A. Colors New Lipstick Packaging (Review+Swatches)

Hola!

A new video just went live on my YouTube Channel about the new revamped lipsticks from L.A. Colors. In that video I showed 6 of the colors on my lips so if you’re interested head on over there to check it out.

I found these at my local Dollar Tree but you can visit the L.A. Colors website  to see a complete list of stores that carry their products. Below I have included a full review and swatches of each lipstick. There are A LOT of colors in this line but I only found 6 colors at my local store. At $1 each I decided to get all 6 to show you. It was all for you! 😉

Bright Pink
This color is the most matte of all the shades I picked up. There is still a good amount of shine and it doesn’t make your lips look dry like some matte lipsticks I’ve tried. The color comes off quite bright on the lips and there is definitely a hint of purple or fuchsia in the shade.  This shade also makes your teeth look whiter.
Nectarine
This is another bright, daring color. In the tube it looks like a coral color but on the lips it comes off pretty orange. Orange-toned lipsticks are super trendy right now so this might be a good way to sport the trend without spending a lot of money. The finish is very silky with a little added shine.
Sorbet
This color is a really flattering rosy pink shade. I call this type of lipstick a “throw in my bag” color because I can just throw it in my purse and apply it wherever I am. You don’t need a mirror to get a nice application. The color is sheer but build-able. 
Dusty Rose
At first glance Dusty Rose and Sorbet look very similar but on the lips they look quite different. Dusty Rose is a more purple-toned color with a tiny bit of shimmer to it. It doesn’t look glittery though. This color also seems very flattering for a wide range of skin tones. The coverage is more opaque than Sorbet. I would say this is a medium coverage lipstick. 
Mauve Glaze
This color is the most neutral toned of all the shades I picked up. At first I thought it was a bit too mature for me but after applying it I think it looks nice for any age. You can build up the coverage on this one too. The finish is creamy and there is no shimmer or glitter. 
Luscious Wine
This last color is one of my favorites. In the tube it looks more berry than red but on the lips it has a nice blue-toned red hue. The finish is not matte but it’s also not super shiny. This shade is very pigmented so I would recommend using a lip brush for best application. This is another shade that makes your teeth look whiter. 
Here are the swatches I tested on my arm:
From top to bottom: Bright Pink, Nectarine, Luscious Wine, Mauve Glaze, Dusty Rose, & Sorbet

Overall I love these lipsticks and for the price I love them even more. The pigmentation is amazing and they glide on so smoothly. According to the packaging they all contain vitamin E and aloe. They feel like a lip balm but have the pigmentation of a lipstick so it’s the best of both worlds. While some of the shades stain your lips I was able to remove the majority of each color with a make-up wipe. I would definitely  recommend these lipsticks to women of any age.

Have you tried these or other L.A. Colors products? Let me know your thoughts or experience! You can comment down below, tweet me@imperfectperla, leave a comment on my YouTube channel here or even email me at cwlinguistics@gmail.com

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Courtney

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DIY: Recycled Box Lipstick Holder

Well hello there!

I have been getting into more DIY (Do It Yourself) projects lately and this past weekend I tried a little experiment that actually worked out, so I thought I would share it with you. Since I didn’t plan to make a post out of this when I was making my lipstick holder I didn’t take step by step pictures like I normally do. Sorry!

DIY: Lipstick Holder

What You Need: 

~Empty rectangle cardboard box. I used an empty Nature Valley granola bar box.
~Extra cardboard box.
~Sharp knife
~Scissors
~Hot glue gun and glue sticks.
~Ruler
~Pen/pencil

What To Do: 

1. Remove any flaps so that your box has one open end. If your box is more than 3 inches high you will want to trim it down a bit so you will be able to see the lipsticks.

2. From the bottom of your box measure up 3inches and mark it with your pen. Draw a line above this mark around 3 sides of the box.

3. Using a very sharp knife or scissors cut out those three sides, leaving the back flap if you like. Leaving this back flap will make your holder more sturdy.

4. Now turn the box with one of the shorter sides facing you. Take one of your biggest lipsticks and line it up with the far edge. Make a small mark with your pen on the opposite side of the lipstick. Repeat this step until you reach the other side of the box.

5. Count the marks and this will be how many strips of cardboard you need to cut to make your rows.

6. Now measure the entire length of your lipstick holder and then cut the row strips from your extra cardboard box. The height of the strips should not be shorter than 1 inch.

7. Transfer the marks you made on the side of your box to the inside so you know exactly where to place each row.

8. Using your hot glue gun spread a line of glue on both ends of your row strip and then place it carefully into the bottom of your box.

9. After gluing in each row place in a lipstick and make sure you have enough room in-between the rows for your lipsticks to fit.

10. Repeat until you have finished all of the rows.

11. Next, place your lipstick up against a row and make a mark along its left side on the inside of the box. This will tell you where to place your divider.

12.  Cut a few more long strips from that extra cardboard box. The cut off approximately 1/2 inch squares to use as dividers.

13. Glue in your dividers at approximately 3/4 inch intervals. The best way to know exactly how much space you will need between dividers is to use your actual lipsticks. Place one in, mark how much space it needs, remove it, and glue in your divider. As you can see in my picture not all of my dividers are perfectly lined up and that’s OK.

14. Repeat until the entire bottom of the box has smaller boxes for your lipsticks.

15. Place in all of your lipsticks and you are done!

16. If you want you can paint or decorate the lipstick holder however you like.

I really hope that wasn’t too confusing. It’s actually really easy once you get going. From start to finish it took me less than an hour to complete my lipstick holder.

Here is my finished product:

Let me know if you have any other ideas for organizing makeup. Also leave any comments or questions below. Or you can tweet me @imperfectperla. You can also visit my YouTube channel here for more content like this.

Have a great day! 🙂

Courtney

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Affordable and Beautiful: Wet N’ Wild Spring 2014 Nail Polish Collection

Spring is right around the corner (I hope!) and with it comes lots of new spring beauty items.

Today I wanted to share with you some watches and a review of the Spring 2014 Wet N’ Wild limited edition nail polishes. I have been a huge fan of this make-up brand since I bought my first lip gloss in the 7th grade. The brand is always affordable, good quality, and not tested on animals.

I am also a huge fan of nail polish in general because something about changing the color of my nails just makes me happy.

There are six polishes total in the Spring 2014 collection but I only picked up four of them because the other two were very similar to polishes I already own. These polishes are $1.99 each and I found mine at Walgreens.

Here are the four I tried:

Elegance is a subtle pink frost. The color is buildable so you could go with just one coat for a natural shine or build it up for a more intense baby pink color. I found this color changed a bit depending on the light and it can come off more silvery than pink.

This swatch is two coats of polish with no topcoat.

Champagne Toast is a frosty goldish beige color. The color is very neutral toned and also subtle like Elegance. I am quite fair complected with cool undertones so I have to build this one up to be really noticeable. This one might end up mostly as a toe color for me this summer when I want to go bare but not naked. I think this would be particularly pretty if you have skin with warmer undertones.

This swatch is two coats of polish with no topcoat.

Valet Tag is a satin grey color with a tiny hint of shimmer. Although the shimmer is subtle I think it really helps this polish look chic and not drab. Normally I wouldn’t gravitate towards grey nail polishes but I actually like this color as a soft transition from Winter into Spring.

This swatch is two coats of polish with no topcoat.

Sophisticated is a very sheer opal-blue polish with shimmer. This one can be kind of tricky. It is so sheer that I don’t think it looks very nice on its own. It is however a very lovely topcoat as you can see in the picture below. The opal sheen gives darker colors a little oomph.

This swatch is three coats of polish with no topcoat. My index finger is one coat of navy polish with Sophisticated as a topcoat.

My Overall Impression:

I really like these new polishes. Except for Sophisticated, the pigmentation is very nice. The formula is very smooth and easy to brush on. The brush has the same square manicure-friendly style as all the other Wet N’ Wild Megalast polishes so that’s always a winner in my book.  I am a huge fan of neutrals so I think I will get a lot of use out of these this Spring. My favorite is the shade Elegance because I think it looks cute and girly but not too immature. I’m hoping this shade will make me appear a bit more sun-kissed once the weather warms up and I can justify using self-tanner.

I hope you enjoyed my review and I would love to hear your thoughts about these polishes,other polishes, the Spring, or about anything health and beauty related. 🙂

Have a great day!

Courtney

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Check out my new YouTube Channel!

Hello everyone!

I want to share some fun news with you. I decided to start a YouTube channel. Woo hoo!!

I started this blog and now this channel as a sort of self-care project. My day job involves hearing about a lot of traumatic events so it’s good to have a positive outlet to relieve stress. Plus I think it might be fun!

Head on over to My YouTube Channel to check out my first few videos. Please subscribe and leave comments telling me what other kinds of videos you would like to see. You can also Tweet me your requests or comments @imperfectperla.

Some of my future video ideas include:
~Health product reviews
~Cooking/baking tutorials
~Craft DIYs
~Budget-friendly videos
~Beauty, makeup, and fashion
~Motivational and self-care topics
~ Your requests! 🙂

I hope you’re having a great start to your week!

Courtney

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How To Tuesday: Make Your Own Custom Make-up Palette

It’s DIY time!

I thought of this last week when I was repurposing empty containers…ok, trash. It didn’t really fit in the same theme as those other products but I still thought you might be interested in trying this.

 This is a great way to use an old DVD case to make your own custom make-up palette.

Here’s what you need to do:

1. De-pot the eye shadows, blushes, bronzers, or lipstick pans you want in your palette.
   
 2. Arrange the products in the palette so the DVD spool is not hitting any products. If you want to get extra crafty you can take a very sharp knife and actually cut out the DVD spool. Alternatively you could place the products in the circle of the spool.

3. Next, take some super glue and glue in your products. Make sure you are comfortable with the arrangement before hand because the super glue is not easy to remove without ruining your product.

4.  Then take out the inside cover and trace it’s shape around the new cover you want on your palette. I chose to use a pretty piece of card stock but you might also consider printing something on your computer with a title for your palette.  

5. Slip the new cover in place and you are done!

 
Here is a picture of one I made. I chose a piece of pink damask card stock as my cover because I LOVE all things damask.

Here is the inside. As you can see mine has been well loved. 
 
 
Also, if you are wondering how to de-pot products here is the way I usually do it. You will need a lighter or a lit candle and a safety pin or needle.
 
1. Hold the flame under the product to loosen the glue holding the product in its pan.
You may need to wear a protective glove or hold the container in a cloth because the container may get very hot.
2. Next very carefully try to slip the safety pin in between the product’s container and the pan. Lift up ever so gently to remove the pan.
 
This sounds much easier than it actually is unfortunately. It may take a few attempts before the pan comes out. I would also recommend you try this method on a cheaper product you don’t care as much about because it can take some practice to get it right and you don’t want to ruin any of your favorite high end products.
 
Have a beautiful day!
 
C
 
 

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