Quick Look ~ WnW Knock on Wood


Its return of quick looks! It has been a while since I’ve sat back and played around with some eye looks.  This is featuring a trio from Wet n Wild ($2.99).  I used a couple champaign colors to transition but most of the look is using the trio.  This is highly pigmented but fun to work with!

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September Beauty Empties!


I love empties videos and posts because we can share with each other the good, bad, and ugly results!

1. Bath & Body Works – Wildberry Hibiscus Hand Soap

I love Bath & Body Works Hand Soaps and you’ll see it showing up pretty frequently because its my go to soap for the bathroom.  This scent was from last summer and it was a nice floral and berry scent. *I will definitely buy more…once I work through my existing stash!*

2. Soap & Glory Clean On Me Creamy Moisture Shower Gel

I liked this.  I love how super moisturizing and bubbly it was when I used it, but despite rave youtuber reviews I wasn’t a fan of the scent.  I’m not even sure how to explain it other then being super girly!  I would say try the travel size like I did before committing to the monster size!  You might like it – my mom liked the scent but I wasn’t a big fan.  One plus was that the scent lingered on my skin for quite a while after I got out of the shower. *I would check to see if there are any other scents available first.*

3. Sephora Super Serum – Super Loaded Age Defy Serum

I was looking for something to treat my dreaded forehead lines.  I used this pretty religiously but didn’t notice any significant differences.  The packaging is also misleading because you have no idea how close you are to being out.  (Design Flaw Sephora!!!) I did take mine apart thanks to a knife edge and some prying and dug out the last bits.  However, once I took it apart I realized that the inside canister is somewhat smaller than the outside. *Not impressed enough to purchase this again…the hunt continues!!*

4. Clinique Take the Day Off Makeup Remover (deluxe sample)

You guys know by now I’m a Clinique girl – it just works on my semi-sensitive skin.  I have several of these free from ordering at Clinique.com and have been working my way through them.  I like it and its the perfect size for travel.  I ran out when I was at my moms and picked up the Equate version that you shake and I’d say its a contender to this and at a fraction of the price. *I’m torn, I love this but love saving a ton of money on Equate…its a toss up if if I’d purchase this again.*

5. Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Face Polish (deluxe sample)

I really liked this – it had a super fine texture that exfoliated without making me feel like I was damaging my skin.  It was lightly scented and rinsed off nicely.  I would use this at night and after use I would follow up with a nice thicker moisturizer to let my skin soak in all its goodness.  *I would definitely consider purchasing this.*

6. Fresh Sugar Rose tinted lip treatment

I got this like many of you last year from Sephora for my birthday.  I have a love/hate relationship with this product. First off the scent and lemony flavor is sort of a turn off to me.  I prefer unflavored and unscented lip products.  However, I loved the sheer wash of color that it gave my lips.  I did feel like this dried my lips out and found myself reapplying quite a bit.  My biggest complaint was that towards the end the balm got really soft.  I’m not sure if it was getting “old” or what, it lived in my purse and while applying at work, the little quarter inch that was remaining literally came off and dropped onto my shirt…luckily it didn’t stain! *I will not be repurchasing this, it was ok but too many little things I didn’t like about it.*

That is it for my little empties collection – thanks for topping by Gracious Luck today!

Weekend Manis! ~ Sephora by OPI & A special guest!


This weekends mani’s (yep two!) feature me and my 90 year old grandma who we all fondly refer to as “Granny” – when I go to my mom’s house for the weekend (every few weeks since she lives a couple hours away) I get to do my Granny’s nails.  Its something that started several years ago and we’ve kept it up.  It doesn’t seem to matter how old you are – getting your nails done in a pretty color – can make you feel better!

I experimented this week and tried a super light color for a change and used,  Sephora by OPI’s Violet’s Just Get Married.  Granny had other choices but she decided we should be twins! 🙂  Its not my normal choice of bright or bold but I do like it for a change.  However, I’m not sure how long I’ll last before I cave and go back to the bright & bold side!  In sunlight its a silvery violet but sephora describes it as sheer metallic smoky amethyst.  Its really pretty in the sunlight but for my picture with Granny we were in the shade so it looks more brown with the flash!

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First Impressions ~ Clinique Perfectly Real Foundation

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First the deets from Clinique.com

Perfectly Real Makeup $26.00

  • Benefits: Controls Oil
  • Skin Types: 2 – Dry Combination, 3 – Combination Oily
  • My Shade: 08
  • Formula Liquid
  • Coverage Moderate
  • Feels like nothing at all. Yet creates your skin’s most perfected, natural look. Patent-pending* micro-mirrored technology optically resurfaces skin. Ultra-lightweight liquid formula is oil-free, non-acnegenic. *US and International Patents Pending

My Thoughts~

  • Super light weight (I don’t even feel like I’m wearing makeup!)
  • Great buildable coverage
  • After 3.5 hours – I was getting oily in my t-zone 😦 But a blotting paper took care of it!
  • After 8 hours – I had to re-blog with some papers 😦

Confession: I’m sort of a foundation snob!  I bounce between drugstore and department store foundations.  Yet I’m always drawn back to department stores or Sephora because I can be color matched.  That is one thing that’s pretty hard to do in a drugstore.  I went to my local department store this a couple weeks ago and was browsing one of my favorite brands – Clinique when I stumbled upon their foundations.   I’ve never tried any of their foundations but use & LOVE their skincare products and few makeup products like blush, eye shadows, and mascara.

The lady at the counter did my entire face – she explained and demonstrated how it can be built up and in the store it looked amazing!!  I got outside, looked in my mirror and was shocked at how it had settled into my pores (strike 1!) and fine lines (strike 2!) – I couldn’t wrap my head around it since it looked so nice in the store.  Despite settling and oxidizing a tiny bit, I think the big turn off for me was that she applied a much darker bronzer than I ever wear.  Granted, I am pretty light handed with bronzers and blushes – but this pushed me too far outside of my comfort zone.  I prefer a pretty natural look.

I decide to give it a shot at home.  I started with a smashbox primer since I had a meeting that night and don’t have  much time to retouch my makeup between work and the meeting.  I used my real techniques expert face brush and buffed it in.  It applied like a dream.  Its very light and easily built up without getting “cakeface.” I realized in application my lady at the counter might be too new to the job.  She used a flat or paddle style foundation brush and literally painted it on my face for what felt like ten or fifteen minutes.

I did set it with a tiny bit of powder before I left work work.

End of the day report. – It held up pretty well over time.  I only blotted my face with blotting papers to absorb any oil that I typically get in my t-zone.  Obviously my eyeshadow primer didn’t hold up {see pics} but I have oily eyelids and its a miracle for eye shadow to last longer than 6hrs.  It did wear off of my nose since I have crazy allergies that cause me to sneeze and blow my nose a lot.  Otherwise I’m quite pleased with it.  *note* part of its magic is that there is some super fine shimmer/glitter in the foundation.  I didn’t mind this and honestly didn’t even notice until I was reading a couple reviews on clinique’s website.  It is there in sunlight but didn’t show up with the flash from my camera.

Since buying it I’ve worn this foundation for about a week and a half.  I’ve put it through the paces of an outdoor wine tasting and humid night of bar hopping.  Despite sweat – it stayed pretty well.  I didn’t “wipe” my face but did blot randomly because I hate the feeling of sweat on my face!  lol (As if any of us like that feeling?!)

I’d definitely recommend this if you like a lighter foundation that can be built up and feels as if you aren’t wearing anything.  Caution to my oily skin friends – prepare the carry some blotting tissues with you but for the most part it did a great job and I’m happy with the purchase.  If you are true “oily skined” instead of combo – I might shy away from this since I did get some oil in my t-zone throughout the day.

Have you tried this?  What’s your favorite foundation?

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DIY – Fix Shattered Makeup!


Sunday afternoon my cat was playing in the bathroom and knocked one of my blushes onto the floor.  Well it hit just right and broke into several pieces.  What to do?!  Fix it! Don’t throw it out…yet!  I have tried this previously and thought I’d share with you how I fix it.


  • Blunt ended item to crush powder
  • Plastic sandwich bag
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Toothpick
  • small makeup brushes


  1. Break up the remaining pieces/chunks into a powder.  There are two ways to do this – pick your favorite.  Option 1-Put the compact into a plastic bag and then break up pieces with something.  (I used the bottom of a real techniques expert face brush because its flat.)  Option 2- Wrap plastic around the end of what you’re using to break it up in the compact.  *Both are messy but I liked option 2 better and felt like I did a better job of breaking it up.
  2. Use a small brush or q-tip to brush any product that got out of the pan back into it.
  3. Slowly pour in rubbing alcohol, it will start to absorb and then once its saturated I took a toothpick and mixed it into a thick paste in the pan.
  4. Spread it the best you can into an even layer in the pan.
  5. Start with paper towel (folded a couple times to absorb the excess alcohol) and begin pressing the paste to get out liquid.  This will take several attempts.  (I started with my fingers a few times and then worked up to using the end of my brush to apply more pressure at the end.)  Be patient and go with it!  Keep pressing until your paper towel or napkin comes off with out any makeup and only slightly damp.
  6. Let it dry uncovered for 24 hours before using.

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A few parting thoughts I’ve learned through trial and error.  

  • This may not work on all compacts or formulas of pressed products but in a desperate attempt to save product it could work on any pressed powder (blush, bronzer, highlighter, eye shadow, etc.).  I have had about 50% luck with this – I tried to salvage a clinique blush that shattered and it broke again a few weeks later.  It may be more apt to breaking since I didn’t set it as hard as it was in production.  This time I tried applying more pressure – I’ll post an update if these two blushes break on me.
  • For this post I fixed a clinique blush deluxe sample and a wet n wild full size blush.

Good Luck with fixing your own shattered compacts!  If its try this or toss it out…its definitely worth trying!

Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by Gracious Luck!

Frugal Friday – Top 10 UNDER $10 {beauty products!}

This week’s Frugal Friday is – My Top 10 under $10 in beauty!  I love reading the recommendations of others so thought I would jump on this bandwagon and share with you 10 of my favorites!


1. Real Techniques Brushes – Specifically the Expert Face Brush {$8.99} 

I love this brush for applying liquid foundation.  Its super soft and works wonders on buffing in foundation and leaving you with an almost airbrushed look if you do it right.  They are also durable, I’ve used and washed mine several times and have yet to lose any bristles!  *I recently received a 30% off coupon from Kohls which now sells these brushes online.  I’ve never seen them in stores but if you had a coupon and a Kohls MVC card you can score 30% off and free shipping making this brush $6.30!  Coupon lasts until Sunday August 18!  I have also seen these brushes on Walmart.com – however I bought my first from Ulta.

2. Biore Cleansers! – Acne Clearing Scrub {$5.47 @ Walmart.com}

-Blemish Fighting Ice Cleanser {$5.47 @ Walmart.com}

These are hands down my favorite face scrub & cleanser.  The scrub has this citrus scent that wakes you up in the morning or is a nice bright scent to end your day with!  It does have some exfoliation and I’ve used it morning & night but heads up that if you scrub too hard you could rough up your skin.  The ice cleanser just leaves your  skin feeling cool & tingly when you use it.  Lately I use the ice cleanser day & night and the scrub a couple times a week since I’m not breaking out.


3. Covergirl Outlast 3-in-1 Foundation {$9.47 @ Walmart.com}

I have fair skin – I use #810 Ivory in this and it is perfect!  It can cling to dry patches if you have any so be sure to moisturize before using it.  It has pretty great lasting power – I can get about 8hrs out of it with out a touch up.  I did wear it to an outdoor festival last weekend and despite my face being covered in sweat (thanks humidity!) it didn’t get too splotchy and required minimal touch up once I blotted my face.   It has medium coverage and I love to use with my Expert Face Brush mentioned above!

4. Maybelline The Rocket Mascara {$5.94 @ Walmart.com}

I have several mascara’s that I like but this one seems to work about the best!  I use waterproof because I like the extra security of no flakes or smudges!

5. Maybelline Dream Lumi Concealer in Radiant {$6.44 @ Walmart.com}

I have tried high-end concealers to get rid of my blue tinted dark circles and this one continues to be my favorite, plus its a fraction of the price!

6. Wet ‘n Wild Eye Trios {$2.99 @ drugstore.com}

I have a few of these trios and it amazes me at how pigmented they are despite being so inexpensive!  Heads up with the darker colors, start light and build up or you’ll have a mess on your hands before you know it!

7. ELF Bronzer in Golden {3.00 @ drugstore.com}

I have tried several bronzers but this is my favorite with a subtle shimmer.  It adds a nice amount of warmth without making me look orange or muddy!

8. Sally Hansen Nail Color {1.99+ @ Walmart.com}

This is my go-to drugstore brand of nail polish.  It lasts for a long time and the color choices are fantastic.

9. Maybelline Color Whispers {$5.94 @ Walmart.com}

I have this in pink possibilities and its a lovely pink.  Not to bright but adds sheer color to your lips and you can’t even tell its there – which is something I love about it!

10. L’Oreal Colour Riche Eye Quads {$7.95 @ drugstore.om}

I have two of these and love the flexibility of the colors!  They are pigmented and versatile.

Pinned it…Tried it…{stained finger nails}

PicsArt_1375570158357My weekend mani’s have finally caught up with me!  Today as I was taking off last weekend’s red I noticed that it left fairly bright staining behind on my nails where it hadn’t already chipped off.

I had pinned or read some place about using whitening toothpaste to get the stains off of your nails.  However going back to my boards I couldn’t find the pin! 😦  So I decided to conduct my own experiment and it sort of works!

What You Need:

  • old toothbrush
  • whitening toothpaste
  • water


  1. Start by removing as much of the nail polish as you can with nail polish remover.
  2. Next take a small amount (half a pea sized) of toothpaste on an old toothbrush and start working it into your nail bed.
  3. I spent about a minute or two “scrubbing” each nail.
  4. Then I wiped the nail clean and since it was still stained I spread a thin amount of toothpaste onto the nail bed and let it sit.
  5. After “scrubbing” all of the nails – I came back to the nails with a layer of toothpaste and scrubbed those one more time.
  6. Turns out it did lighten the stains!

Parting thoughts: I give this a { B }

It did not remove all of the stains and I was getting tired of scrubbing so maybe it would have worked if I kept going.  This did however lighten the stain and I think it’d work if you had to change your polish to a lighter color or needed bare nails or clear coated nails for something I would definitely try it.  I had also read while looking for the original pin that some people had luck with just scrubbing the nails with hydrogen peroxide – I might try that next time.

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