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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Paparazzi Accessories- Welcome to My Five Dollar FABULOUS Makeover!

Hey blog world and readers!

I've been so so busy and I've realized I need to get back to blogging!  I filmed a makeup tutorial on my FB live page and thought I'd send a link here:

I posted a photo of the products I used and I wanted to focus on budget friendly items.  A lot of women are intimidated by makeup- it seems expensive, mysterious in how to apply, and overall- just a lot of products with very little info on what really WORKS.

Here are the products I used:

The only high end item is the barely visible MAC brush lingering atop the Fyrinnae Oil Control Powder.

Let me take a moment- oh Fyrinnae- you really do have wonderful stuff!

Here's a link to the video:


Although my lighting is very warm and I'm nothing (I mean NOTHING) like Emma Watson- here's the before and after with the comparison pic of the look requested:

It was a lot of fun to post this and share with my friends some simple how-to's.

Some of the tips I offered were:

1.  Insert some light/ivory sparkle at the inner corner of your eyes to brighten your face and widen close-set eyes.
2.  Use a finishing oil control translucent powder instead of a colored powder to avoid that 'cakey' look.
3.  Put a bit of white (I used Nyx's Jumbo Pencil in Milk) at the center of your bottom lip to add the illusion of fullness.
4.  Don't bring your blush lower than the outer edge of your eye.  This brightens the face and keeps blush from looking muddy

So the title talks about Paparazzi!  What is that?  It's a jewelry company that has consultants that offer accessories for five dollars.  Yep, $5 US.  I'm one of their star consultants, working on becoming a Director and I really love it.  That's an understatement- it's a joy.

If you're interested in this opportunity- join my team!  I offer excellent training and am part of a vivacious group that is a lot of fun!

Consultant #56975
Learn more here: https://paparazziaccessories.com/join/56975/

Here is a small selection of the cute jewelry I have to offer- to see more join my VIP Facebook group Gem Box Paparazzi- join in at this link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/GemBoxJewelryandAccessories/

Couture Luxe accessories- the Signature Series, $25 each

Everyday cute accessoreies like this- inventory changes daily- $5 each!

I love being a part of this positive company.  I've made a lot of new friends and yes, the income is welcome- but mostly I appreciate how happy it makes women to feel great- and not spend a lot.

I'm still working in the NICU- LOVE it!  I feel like life is full.  I fly to Paris for my 40th birthday on Thursday, spend a few days there with my family and then a few days in Rome.

Life is sweet.  I'm happy.  I hope you are too!

Have a great day,

Monday, August 28, 2017

Short Blonde Pixie Hair- Instagram FOTD!

Happy Monday!

I've decided that I should give my blog more love.  I have worked on this since 2008 and no use letting it grow mold online somewhere.

Here's a look I did a couple of weeks ago on my Instagram account (BaroqueInBabylon username) and I cut my mid-back platinum swath of hair into a short pixie.  FREEDOM!  What was once an hour and a half of frizz taming mess is now a 5 minute go to.  Do I feel matronly?  Sometimes.  Is it a little less glam- sure...but I've embraced my almost 40 life and went with it.  Thank you for five minute hair!

Take a look-

I recently had my brows microbladed and I really like it.  They used the stencil Reese and Marilyn pigments.

I'm also a Paparazzi accessories consultant which I LOoooooooooooooooooove- It's a fun way to hook up gals with $5 jewelry- a little side fun.  I have to keep busy.  I couldn't sit still to save my life.

How are you?  Any readers out there?  Say hi!

Have a great day, T

Anastasia Beverly Hills Amrezy Palette- Review!

Tumblr:  Truth

Hi there!

Lookit what I have to share today!  I was approved for ABH's pro program, so I picked up the Amrezy palette (Bold and Beautiful kit, Catwalk palette and Ash Brown brow powder, Taupe brow powder, Master Palette by Mario, basically lots of ABH to review as well).  As far as brow products go, like the rest of the world, I think I've found a personal fave.  Review after the jump!

Anastasia Beverly Hills

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Well, HI! A Fine Day to Say Hello!


I haven't blogged in so long!  Above is a Pantone palette I put together for some jewelry I'm offering on Facebook.  I signed up to be a Paparazzi Accessories consultant which means I sell their stuff :)  I wear it and found out about it through a friend.  She offered me the chance to sign up so I did.  I love it and it's been a lot of fun.

Okay so I'll start blogging more.  I've missed it.  I have some great new stuff and hopefully I can find time to post.

How the heck are YOU?

Have a great day, T

Friday, October 30, 2015

Neutral Lip and Eye with Gear Earrings and Betsey Johnson Necklace

Hi there!

I found these on my camera and thought I would add the unedited shots.  I have no farking idea what I have on my face other than the lips are Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Pure Hollywood.  Utter letdown I'm sure ha ha.  Anyhow, I love the soft neutral look and this is pretty typical of my day to day makeup.

P.S.  How are you?

 I plan to blog more coming up- when I have some time.  I have tons of Halloween ideas but I'm just not super duper prolific online anymore.  Have a fantastic day!


Monday, July 20, 2015

Lime Crime Velvetine Dupes- Move Over Anastasia Liquid Lips- Here come LA Girl Matte Pigment Gloss! Full Set Swatches!

Hi there!

I'll be quick and brief- because you came here to see swatches, not read makeup prose.

LA Girl Cosmetics came out with these liquid lipsticks that dry into a velvety matte.  Sound familiar? It seems it started with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipsticks, the Jeffree Star lippies, now Nyx is coming out with their version, Suede Matte...on and on- but LA Girl has a great finish, super duper cheap!

Monday, July 13, 2015

I am crowded.  Jam packed with things, papers, feathers, bottles, boxes, and little pieces of plastic filled with powder. There are photos and numbers and little memories like slides of glass and each goes under the light and I think, "yes, yes...oh that...and no, that is gone now" and it's all around.  It is suffocating and comfortable like being swallowed by balloons.  There is just enough space to breathe. But not deeply.

I have no sense of community.  Or family.  There is no mother.  No father.  Sister gone.  Brother unknown.  Children grow and scatter and life is just ice cracking, melting...pouring into the sea.

I am a series of tomorrows that have bled into yesterdays and in this wedged up space of everything boxed around me, I think, "what did I do this for?"

To fill up.  To find out.  To remember.  To forget.  To be happy.  To lose.  To wonder.  To try.  To keep going and never give up.  To go.  To stay.  And always, time passing and the wall is bricked.

I am lonely amidst my things.  I am saddened by shadows that slip between the cracks.  You can find everything and still miss what you left behind.  Or wonder why you ever lost it in the first place.

Wedged in and surrounded, cocooned by matter and ideas and fallout- I push at the edges like the world is just an eggshell away and if I just keep poking...

I'll find it.

I'll realize.

I'll swallow all of that glorious freedom and discover...

That I can have everything I've ever wanted and all I felt was empty.


I let it all...


Sunday, July 12, 2015

Platinum Hair + Natural Makeup!

Hi there!

Do you have a version of yourself that feels the most 'you'?  Is it a hair color- style of clothing, or even a movie and you think to yourself, 'Man, that is so ME!'  I finally found the hair color that reflects who I am and it is such a boost of confidence.  Take a look at my dream hair color and the natural makeup I wore to a wedding where I helped the bride with her makeup.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Six Months of Aromaleigh Ephemera Subscription Boxes- Best Sub Box for Makeup I've found!

When the Sub Boxes Arrive

Hi there!

Due to school/work my blog has been super duper empty.  So I've decided to try and up the ante and blog more.  Especially since I've been able to amass some killer stuff that I want to post.  It's been fun keeping up with new collections and trying to find subscription boxes that are worth the cost every month.  One of those really steals my heart.  Welcome to six months of Ephemera, by Aromaleigh.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

How to Spot Fake High End Eyeshadow Palettes online and Ebay like Naked, Chocolate Bar, etc!

Hi there!

Okay so you see this amazing deal online- be it on Ebay or a website or via Facebook's local sell page....you see that palette you've been dying over and order it for like $20!  YES!  Then you get it, open it, and one of the eyeshadows is called Chocolate Gordial and you're all, "Whaa?"

Congrats, you bought a fake palette.  How can you get educated so you don't make the mistake again? I'll help you discover how to spot those wannabe palettes so you'll never get fooled.