Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Empties for July 2013

1.) Elizabeth Taylor Violet Eyes 
My favorite perfume from Elizabeth Taylor. Notes of peach, jasmine, rose, Virginia cedar, amber and peony. I would buy this again. I have seen it on clearance, so I think it might be getting discontinued soon but I can't confirm if it's true or not. It's a sweet smelling floral. I'm a big fan of jasmine and rose and the peach, peony and amber really balance it out.  Unlike Elizabeth Taylor's other fragrances this doesn't contain musk.

2.) Alaffia Neem & Shea Butter Skin Recovery Body Lotion in Savanna Morning 
Great moisturizer and has a creamy,thick, and rich texture, great for dry skin. I will by this again but not in Savanna Morning. It works great and I love the texture but the smell reminded me of dirt and leaves. It's very herbal smelling, too much for my taste. I am interested in trying their coffee scented body lotion.

3.) Suave Professionals Rosemary and Mint Conditioner 
This isn't a bad conditioner, I just don't think it's right for my hair type. It doesn't condition the bleached part of my hair well enough.  I do enjoy the smell.

4.) (Re)FRESH Dry Shampoo in Flower Power 
Works well but I don't like the smell. Smells like chemicals.

5.) L'oreal Hydrafresh Toner
I won't buy this again but it didn't make a differance in my skin. Also it contains too many chemicals I don't want on my skin. I find I don't really need a toner.

6.)  Everyday Coconut Cleansing Face Wash 
I like this a lot and I'm on my second bottle. It removes my makeup without stripping my skin. One bottle lasts me about 2 months.

Monday, July 29, 2013

I'm a fan of Tyler Knott Gregson

Who are you
that used to be I?
The bright eyes
staring in wonder.
Where did you wonder to,
you who shared this soul?
You, who knows the secrets
I haven't even dreamed.
Do you feel me
when I wonder,
will you whisper and keep
my eyes bright?
You who was me,
tiny me,
staring in wonder
at all things
bright and glowing.

Tyler Knott Gregson

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Sally Hansen Salon Manicure Nail Polish in Hidden Treasure

Sally Hansen Salon Manicure Nail Polish in Hidden Treasure is a shimmery silver/lavender colored nail polish. I really do like this color and but it is nothing like the "original" Hidden Treasure Nail Polish by Sally Hansen. If your looking for a dupe for the "original" Hidden Treasure, check out Essie's Shine of the Times.

I applied China Glaze's base coat, two coats of Hidden Treasure and finally my top coat, which is Pro FX Quick Dry.

I do like the formula but make sure you let the first coat dry for about 5 mins before applying a second coat. I made the mistake of not waiting on my right hand and it caused some balding.

I seem to have good luck with Sally Hansen's Salon Manicure Nail Polish and have quite a few.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Best Friends Tag ft. Mix 'n'Make Down Under

My best friend in Australia messaged me this tag. We communicate mostly online because with her being in Australia and me in the US, it's kinda hard impossible to see each other in person. She messaged me about these questions and we both posted them on our blog. Please check out Brittany's blog,

1. How and when did you meet?

We met when she starting working at my current job - at the time, back in 2010. 

2. What's your favorite memory together?

Going up to see her family. They live in a small town and I can be shy when I first met people but I really liked it up there. Also, staying in her dad's house was pretty interesting, it was in the process of being built.

3. Describe each other in one word.

Caring. I think she's very thoughtful and cares about me, her friends and family.

4. What's your dream job?

I don't really have a dream job. I only aim to leave a lasting impression on people and hope to influence them in a positive way. A muse, lol.

5. What's your favorite makeup brand?

MAC Cosmetics

6. What is something that annoys you about the other person?

She likes a more structured environment. I'm late for everything. She can't understand how I am late for everything,  I don't understand why she'd want to be early. I aim for being exactly on time...but it really never works out. lol. I don't do well on early schedules. 

7. If you could go anywhere in the world together, where would it be and why?

A cruise. It would be so relaxing.

8. Favorite inside joke?

I don't think we have one.

9. Who takes longer to get ready in the morning?

I don't know. Sometimes it takes me forever sometimes I can be done in 10 mins. I think she's the same way.

10. Favorite season?

Autumn. Even though my name is Summer, I'd have to say summer is my least favorite season.

11. Favorite song?

Safe and Sound by Capital Cities. That's my favorite song at the moment. It always changes.

12. What is it like being best friends with someone who is obsessed with 
youtube. (except, I'm not totally sure either of us are OBSESSED)

Who doesn't like youtube? 

13. Heels or flats?


14. Pants or dresses?

Dresses. Put it on and go. No time wondering what shirt to wear or pants to pick.

15. Favorite animal?

Cats. I think it shows, I own 5. lol. I'm an animal person.

16. If your house was burning down, and your entire family was sure to be okay, what would you save and why?

My pets because I love them.

17. Comedy, horror, or chick-flick?


18. Blackberry or iPhone?

Iphone. I love it. 

19. Favorite movie?

Napoleon Dynamite. I have a lot of favorite movies but this one came to mind first.

20. What is something weird that you eat?

I don't think I eat anything weird. I do go through phases where I want to eat the same thing over and over again until I move onto something else.

21. Do you guys have anything matching?

We that matching?

22. What's your favorite TV show?

Downton Abby. Sad to see their next season is their final.

Revlon Moon Candy Nail Polish in Cosmic

Revlon released  a new nail polish collection called Moon Candy. I own the color, Cosmic. It's a 2 in 1 nail polish. One is your base color, while two has sparkling flakes that suppose to give your nail polish a "starry" 3D effect.

Cosmic's step one is a dark olive green, while the top coat is light green with multi colored glitter. Step one almost looks black in dark lighting. In the light, it looks a lot more olive.

First, I applied China Glaze's Strong Adhesion Base Coat. Next, I applied two layers of Cosmic's Step 1 before I applied two layers of Cosmic's Step 2. Then, finally, I applied my top coat, which is Pro FX's Quick Dry High Gloss Top coat.

The final results are shown as above. I do like the product, but I must say -- I'm not in love.

While there are some pros, such as - getting two nail polishes in one and the pretty cool effect I received...

In the end, I just found it too time consuming and I do not like the 2 in 1 bottle.  The bottle ended up rolling off my counter, so I was scrubbing nail polish off the carpet, despite my newly painted nails. So after applying 6 layers of nail polish, I had to scrub my carpet for the next half hour. Not fun. Also, the product looks really thick on my nails. If you look at the picture above you can see the thickness on my pinkie finger.

I'm not sure if I'll buy anymore Moon Candy products because I've found better luck   with the "original" Revlon Nail Enamel. But you never know, the other colors do look really pretty.

You can find these on Revlon's website. Also, look for them in your local drugstores.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013


If you're looking for an easy and simpler way to keep track of the blogs you're following, please check out Bloglovin. No matter what format or host you're favorite blogs are using, you can keep up with them all in one place. 

They even have a app so you check out your favorite blog updates on-the-go.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer

My favorite bronzer has to be Too Faced's Chocolate Soleil Bronzer. It's a warm matte bronzer with a yummy cocoa scent. I find the coverage to be to be buildable. Even though it looks very dark in the pan, it works fine with my fair skin (NW13). It doesn't look chalky and it's perfect for contouring.

It is a pricier product available at Sephora but well worth it. A little goes such a long way, with a light hand. I can see this bronzer lasting me a good 2-3 years.

It does not come with a brush but I use my ELF blush brush and it works just fine. The compact does come with a mirror.

 Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer

Outside with Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Favorite "Old Hollywood" Films

I love films from the first part of the 20th Century, Classical Hollywood Cinema. So many great films I still need to watch but I am going to list my Top 5 Favorite Old Hollywood Films. I'll try and keep it sweet and simple.

5. Gold Rush
Starring: Charlie Chaplin, Mack Swain & Tom Murry
This was the first silent film I ever watched. Saw this as kid late at night on TCM. Loved the film and found interest in Charlie Chaplin.

4. A Streetcar Named Desire
Starring: Marlon Brando, Vivian Leigh, Kim Hunter, Karl Malden
I haven't seen the play but I've watched the movie. It's amazing. Marlon Brando is pretty easy on the eyes. Drama set in New Orleans. 

3.Some Like it Hot
Starring: Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon
One of my favorite Marilyn Monroe films. Very funny and something the whole family can watch together.

2.Dinner at Eight
Starring: Marie Dressler, John Barrymore, Wallace Beery, Jean Harlow, Lionel Barrymore, Lee Tracy, Edmund Lowe, and Billie Burk
Jean Harlow looks beautiful in this film and it's very funny, ton of one liners. Love Jean's roll as Kitty. I'm actually planning to watch this movie tonight!

1. Gone with the Wind
Starring: Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Leslie Howard, Olivia de Havilland
Classic. Romance, history, and drama wrapped up in one. Vivien is amazing and I really loved her character. It's a long movie but I don't care, Watch it!

    Thursday, July 4, 2013

    Mad Girl's Love Song

    "I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead;
    I lift my lids and all is born again.
    (I think I made you up inside my head.)

    The stars go waltzing out in blue and red,
    And arbitrary blackness gallops in:
    I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead.

    I dreamed that you bewitched me into bed
    And sung me moon-struck, kissed me quite insane.
    (I think I made you up inside my head.)

    God topples from the sky, hell's fires fade:
    Exit seraphim and Satan's men:
    I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead.

    I fancied you'd return the way you said,
    But I grow old and I forget your name.
    (I think I made you up inside my head.)

    I should have loved a thunderbird instead;
    At least when spring comes they roar back again.
    I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead.
    (I think I made you up inside my head.)"
    Sylivia Plath

    Wednesday, July 3, 2013

    Get To Know Me: The Beauty Blogger Tag

    Get to Know Me: 
    The Beauty Blogger Tag

    Googled different tags and found this one on BeautyBrodcast's webiste.

    1. Is your hair naturally curly or straight?
    I have the weird combination of having both, wavy and thin hair. It can also get really frizzy in humid weather. I've been trying to grow my hair out, so I haven't used my straightener for weeks. I do go through phases where I straighten my hair quite often.

    2. Do you dye it yourself or go to a salon?
    I go to a salon. I haven't colored my hair since last year and I've been trying to grow out my natural hair color. If I do decide to get color done in the future, I'll go to a salon. In the past, I've ruined my hair trying to do it at home.

    3. Do you wear the same style everyday, or do you change it?
    Pretty much the same style everyday. I wash my hair and let it air-dry. I've been keeping it simple because I am avoiding my styling tools. I don't want to apply heat to my hair while I'm growing it out.

    4. Do you do your own mani/pedi or go to a salon?
    I do my own mani/pedi. I'm always worried about the cleanliness of a salon, I don't trust them.  I like the idea of using my own tools at home for my nails and not ones that have been used over and over again by different customers. It grosses me out, even if they are cleaned. 

    5. How often do you change your nail polish?
    I switch on and off from having them polished to polish free. I take my nail polish off, when it starts chipping. 

    6. Do you polish your toes in the winter or just the summer?
    All year round, I usually keep them painted. They're naked right now! YIKES! I just took off old polish and trimmed them, I've been lazy and haven't painted them yet.

    7. How long does it take for you to put on makeup?
    About 10 minutes. If I'm in a rush, I can easily do it in about 5 minutes. If I'm going out, I'd say 25 minutes.  I like to take my time and debate about what colors to choose and what products to use.

    8. What do you do first? Face or Eyes?
    Face first and then eyes. I always wear face makeup.  There are days when my eyes are irritated from allergies and I don't even bother with eye makeup.

    9. Do you collect makeup or just buy what you need when you need it?
    I buy what I want. I often buy things only when I run out of them, but there are times I buy things as a treat for myself. I enjoy trying products that new and different.

    10. How often do you wear false eyelashes?
    Never! I do want to try  a good quality pair in the future.

    11. Do you wear a full face of makeup everyday?
    I only wear makeup when I'm going to work or out of the house to meet up with people. If I'm running errands or just at home, I don't bother with makeup. 

    12. Do you wear makeup when you're home alone or with family?
    If I'm at home, no, never. If I go visit my grandparents or extended family out of town, then yes. 

    13. Will you leave the house without makeup?
    Yes, all the time. I don't normally wear makeup on days I'm not at work.

    14. How many high-end products do you have?
    I have way more drugstore products than I do high end. I do prefer high-end foundations, I'm using MAC's SFF currently.

    15. Do you plan your OOTD every night or decided when you're getting dress?
    HA! My outfit of the day is work clothes. Whatever work shirt I find clean in the morning, I put it on and grab a pair of pants. I put zero thought into it.

    16. How often do you change your handbag?
    Not often. I've had the same handbag forever. It's good quality and I love it. It's a black Dooney and Bourke cross body. I rather spend over a $100 on a nice purse and keep it for 5 years than have a cheap purse that falls apart in two years.

    17. What time do you wake-up and go to sleep?
    My sleeping schedule is a mess. I go to bed around 5:30 to 6:30am and wake up around 2pm. I'm a night owl. I work second shift, so I get home a little past 11 o'clock. Sometimes I'll go to the gym and don't even get home till past Midnight. So my work schedule really allows me to keep going with this strange sleep schedule. Also, I hate taking sleeping pills. I'm to the point if I take 3 they have no effect. I just try and avoid taking sleep medication.

    18. How often and when do you workout?
    I have a gym membership and I don't go as often as I would like. My goal would to be to go 3 to 5 times a week.

    19. Left-handed or right-handed?

    20. How tall are you?
    5'3" 1/2

    21. Do you speak any foreign languages?
    I'm fluent in Spanglish, if you want to call that a language. lol. Spanish, not so much. I'm working on it though. I think I can pick it up again after a few colleges classes. I'd love to learn Russian.

    22. How many pets do you have?
    I have 5 cats. I love them all. =)

    23. How often are you on blogger?
    Everyday. I power my blog through blogger and I check my blog everyday.

    24. Do you read the comments posted on blogs?
    I use  to fallow the blogs I read. I go from post to post on all the blogs i'm fallowing.  I do read the comments sometimes.

    25. Do you keep a list of products to try as you see other posts?
    No, if I like it enough, I'll remember. lol

    26. How did you come up with your blog name?
    Pieced off and assembled thoughts, ideas, projects, and experiences all pieced and put together in a blog. Pieced Fragments.

    27. What kind of camera do you use for your photographs? 
    My phone

    28. How often do you clean your house?
    I usually spend one day a week just cleaning. New sheets on the bed, laundry, bathroom scrubbed. All of it. That way I don't have to worry about it during the rest of the week.

    29.What's your favorite color?

    30. Do you swear?

    31. What are you doing with the rest of your day?
    Painting my nails, getting some food and watching some fireworks =) Enjoying my day off work.

    So....I like to read.

        Ever since I was a little girl, I've loved to read. I love reading biographies, fiction, history, children's books, young adults, humorous, poems..etc.  I enjoy all different types genres.

        Currently I am reading a book called The Cider House Rules by John Irving.  It's a fairly long book, but so far I'm enjoying it. I am a VERY slow reader, it will take me some time - to finish this book.

         This book is about an Orphan at St. Cloud named, Homer Wells.  He falls under the teachings of St. Cloud's director, Dr. Larch. 

        I know it brings up a "taboo" subject...abortion and that why some have refuse to pick it up but I find it to be a very thought-provoking book and I hope to read more of John Irving's writings in the future.


         Two other books on my to-read list I want to finish this year....Yes! I have an actual to-read list, it's on my Goodreads account.
       If you don't have a Goodreads account, I recommend you do so. It's a great tool for finding new books and authors. They even have an app to check out what your friends are currently reading and reviewing.

     Link to my profile:

         Anyways, as I was saying... there are two books I want to finish reading at the end of this year...

        First, is The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr., which was given to me to my friend that teaches at University level. I need this book because my grammar sucks. I can't write for shit.

         The other is ....Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. OK...this might be too high of a goal. It's pretty long book, 1168 pages, to be exact. I know this is a pretty popular books among supports of the libertarian ideology.  Maybe It seem it seems very out of character for me - to be interested in such a topic but I'm curious and I want to learn more.

         I've known about Ayn Rand and have wanted her read her book for quit some time now but I've been putting it off.  The 1168 pages is a turn off for me. I'll just have to keep in mind, no book is beneath or above me and go for it. So while I would like to start this book by this fall and be done in winter, I'd be content with being half way finished by the end of the year.

        I wouldn't shy away from different book recommendations on improving grammar and learn about Libertarianism and objectivism, so feel free to comment and let me know.

    Monday, July 1, 2013

    Maybelline Color Tattoo 24hr Eyeshadows : Summer 2013 Collection

    YAYAYA! My first Maybelline Color Tattoo eyeshadows. These are all from Maybelline's Summer 2013 Collection.

    I kept eyeing Seashore Frost for a few days and after I found a dollar off coupon, I though to myself.. "Why not?". Well, I ended up liking Seashore Frost so well, I bought a few more.

    They're creamy and easy to apply. I just simply use my finger. I find I don't have any problems with the product creasing or fading, throughout the day.  Keep in mind, I do use a concealer and powder as my eyeshadow base.

    I think the colors are beautiful but they are more sheer than the Maybelline Color Tattoo eyeshadows in the Permanent line . So if you're not a fan of sheer and shimmery eyeshadows, you might not like this collection.

     These are Limited Edition for Summer 2013 and will be unavailable when sold far as I know. You could always try ebay if you're unable to find the at your local market or drugstore.

    The colors I have are: Shady Shores, Icy Mint, Seashore Frost, Cool Crush and Lavish Lavender.

    Nothing Gold Can Stay

    Nature's first green is gold,
     Her hardest hue to hold.
     Her early leaf's a flower;
     But only so an hour. 
    Then leaf subsides to leaf. 
    So Eden sank to grief, 
    So dawn goes down to day.
     Nothing gold can stay.

    Poem By: Robert Frost