*Post originally written by Olivia J on The Unknown Beauty Blog.*

I have to thank Mosha Katani the Queen (Goddess) of Kohl sending me this picture of books symbolizing a Christmas Tree.  I love it!  The symbol of a tree for the holidays is represented by something other than the good old pine tree.  Very modern, chic, and 21st century!  Maybe, I will do one next year in cupcakes, but I don't think it will last until Christmas.
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*Post originally written by Olivia J on The Unknown Beauty Blog.*

Here are my last drugstore purchases.  I figured I would post these because during the holiday break you will all get antsy and want to just shop at some drugstore to relieve yourself from holiday anxiety.  What better way than to buy makeup that is just making its debut.  Two of them to try are the Maybelline Color Tattoo Eye Shadows and Dream Bouncy Blushes.

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*Post originally written by Olivia J on The Unknown Beauty Blog.*

I waited silently for the L'Oreal 24hr Infallible Eyes Shadows ($7.99USD) to appear here in the good ol' USA.  I actually envied the makeup junkies across the pond who had access to these.  I heard only praises about these shadows and wondered about them.  I wondered about the colors, texture, and pigment.  I didn't have any of the Giorgio Armani shadows similar to these and I wasn't willing to cough up the $$$ since I had spent $36 on Chanel Illusion d'Ombre which I forgot to give a thorough review.

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*Post originally written by Olivia J on The Unknown Beauty Blog.*

After my last post on the fiasco packaging of the eye kohls, I have to say the Revlon Colorstay Creme Gel Eye Liner ($9.99USD) has a pretty nifty packaging system.

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*Post originally written by Olivia J on The Unknown Beauty Blog.*

There is a feeling of freedom in drugstore binges.  You don't have some cosmetic counter sales assistant telling you what you need and what will work in addition to the products you want.  You don't have your mind rationalizing against the sales assistant towards some of the suggestions.  In the drugstore you just have yourself and the overwhelming visions of awe when you see new items.

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*Post originally written by Olivia J on The Unknown Beauty Blog.*

I went on a major drugstore binge today.  I went on an actual hunt for these products from Target to Ulta to Walgreens and nothing.  I figured as my day was dimming to sundown, my luck had turned bad.  Thirsty and tired, I wanted a bottle of Perrier to quench my parched soul.  I decided to pop into CVS and lo and behold...all the cosmetic stuff I had been searching for in brand-spanking new displays.  No one had touched these!!!!  I was the first!!!

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*Post originally written by Olivia J on The Unknown Beauty Blog.*

My reasons for avoiding Maybelline have been well documented by my high school friends. The pictures were proof that back in my salad days, foundation colors didn't come in skin tones, they came in sherbet tones of orange and pink.

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*Post originally written by Olivia J on The Unknown Beauty Blog.*

In my last post on Inglot eyeliners I reviewed the Matte Collection AMC Eyeliner Gels which gave me a mouthful to say.  In this post, I do have some comments about the Full Metal Eyeliners ($13USD) but not as distinguishable.
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*Post originally written by Olivia J on The Unknown Beauty Blog.*

Let's face it, when blogs and makeup artist start praising a product you have to believe it will blow your expectations out like a cannonball.  But what happens when that cannonball soars then drops short of its mark?  You begin to analyze why all the praises and what you are doing wrong.
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*Post originally written by Olivia J on The Unknown Beauty Blog.*

When it comes to traincases, I was late to the game. I didn't own one until a few years back. I wanted one for a long time though but never got around to buying one. I substituted my yearning for those fishing tackle boxes which I found were just made for fishing stuff; makeup was shaped differently and never fit right into those compartments. Others I would see at beauty supply stores which sold those brightly colored wigs. I knew from the store it wouldn't carry that good quality traincase. I didn't want one that fell apart within a year due to the flimsy hardware and thin cardboard. I wanted the ones the pros had! Well, if only Stilazzi was around back then, I could have easily have been satisfied.

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*Post originally written by Olivia J on The Unknown Beauty Blog.*

I used to be a faithful Nartian.  I collected the eyeshadows and blushes way back when they first came out.  Then I just strayed.  I ended up purging my collection.  Well, now I am starting back on the blushes but this time realizing that not all the colors will look good on me.  In fact, I thought many blushes looked good on me until someone asked me to make them animal balloons.  That is when I knew blush didn't enhance my face.

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*Post originally written by Olivia J on The Unknown Beauty Blog.*

Some of you may have wondered what shoes I was wearing in this post (scroll all the way down to the last picture).  I am wearing a pair of Anne Klein Couture mules that I bought long ago, I think in the late 80's.  I remember seeing these on display at the department store beckoning my name.  I didn't have any outfit to go with them but for some reason I had to have them!

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*Post originally written by Olivia J on The Unknown Beauty Blog.*

There are two items that I hate to go casual shopping for and those are jeans and luggage.  Shopping for jeans is like a Road Block, it is a task that gets me so frustrated that I just give up.  Many of you know that it takes many brands to try on to find that decent pair that will look good and feel good on the body.  I would rather have an Express Pass for this task.  Luggage is another item I can't stand to shop for because I never find one that really is organized enough.  With the luggage I see, I am usually better off just packing my stuff in a box because that is how some of them are--just an empty open space.  Then, by chance I caught Phil Keoghan on HSN selling his own brand of luggage called NOW or No Opportunity Wasted.  Knowing how much traveling Phil has done with The Amazing Race, I knew that this was the luggage I had to buy. 
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*Post originally written by Olivia J on The Unknown Beauty Blog.*

Stilazzi is currently having sales on various items each week until Christmas.  This week the sale is the makeup brushes.  Makeup artist Jordan Liberty of Give Good Face is quoted as saying: “What are they made of, anyway? Cocaine and unicorn fur? It’s like massaging your face with a kitten.”  Yes, a kitten without the kitty litter stuck to its tail!  If you would like to see the brushes in action check this out.
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*Post originally written by Olivia J on The Unknown Beauty Blog.*

Do you hear my harmonica?  Do you feel it? Yeah, I have the blues.  They are deep and mysterious, they are shimmery and blue.  They line my lash line or color my waterline.  They are my eyeliner blues!

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*Post originally written by Olivia J on The Unknown Beauty Blog.*

I had an urge to go to the MAC store to buy some stuff, mostly Paint Pots ($17.50USD).  I had some before but lost patience with them and gave them to someone who really loved them.  I soon realized that I never gave them a full chance.  Therefore, my urges had to be fulfilled and I bought the following:

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*Post originally written by Olivia J on The Unknown Beauty Blog.*

When I opened the packet containing these Little BU Nail Polish (£9.95), I practically said, "Awwww"!  Memories flooded my mind of my first dots of polish my mother applied onto my nails.  The deep crimson bottle that magically painted a small part of me, my nails which were important part as a child because it signified a presence of beauty.  Beauty that I could wear to school and stare at on the playground.  I felt SPECIAL!

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