POLL: Shopping. Yay or nay?

I have a confession, y’all. I’m not a shopper. In fact…I suck at it. The only places I can shop without cringing are beauty stores (obviously), tech stores and book stores. Department stores put me in some kind of trance. And not in a “OMG, I’m so excited I can’t even think straight” kind of trance. But in a “OMG, this is so overwhelming. Where do I start?” trance.

I blame Mama Clumps. Really, I do. I remember having to spend hours in department stores with her as a kid. I’d take books with me and sit cross legged outside of fitting rooms waiting for her to say, “I’m done.” Going shopping always seemed like a punishment.

Esposo and I are going to Maryland for the holidays and considering it’s been a summery winter all season here in Florida, I figured I’d better get us some warmer wear. I went to….the mall.

I know. My sentiments exactly. I go to a mall a good 3-4 times a year if I’m lucky. And even that’s pushing it. The good news is, I actually had a pleasant time shopping this go round. I made a list of what I wanted to get, printed off coupons (you know how I do…) and only ventured around the departments I needed to be at.

Okay, I’m lying. I did make my way over to shoes (I REALLY need a pair of comfortable leather boots), purses and jewelry, but come on…even I can’t get away from the magnetic force that is boots and Movado watches. Anywhoovers, for the first time EVER, I made it in and out of the mall having spent under budget and WITH the items I came for. That absolutely never happens. Don’t get me wrong. I am still far from a shopaholic but this shopping trip was actually…tolerable. Where do you stand when it comes to shopping?

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P.S. – Anytime any of you trendy gals want to visit me here in Central Florida and show me how to shop, let me know. I know how to paint nails and pick out makeup like a professional but my fashion sense could sooooo use some help.

POLL: Will you get the Urban Decay’s Naked 2 palette?

If anyone knows how to work beauty junkies into a massive  frenzy, it’s Urban Decay. Their legendary Naked palette was notorious for being out of stock both online and in stores. While it found its place in permanent makeup land, beauty lovers now have the Naked palette 2 to obsess over.

Considering I’ve got a mess load of similar shades, I decided not to get the original Naked palette. Vex in the City’s swatches, however, have me thinking about putting the Naked  2 on my birthday list. You know…in case Esposo asks. Then again, I’ve been a beauty lover for a good  5 years or so and I find it hard to get excited over repeat products and Naked 2 looks a lot like the original Naked.

Aside from the packaging, they could pass for twins. Not to mention – while I don’t have neutral shadows like this in ONE palette, I’m sure if I search my shadow collection enough, I could find dupes of these. Boy, I tell ya….being a beauty blogger brings about a level of discernment. No longer can I just buy products because of the hype. I be breakin’ it down yo.

What about you?

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POLL: The world’s best beauty oil!

It’s a tough pick. The Creator gave us SO many wonderful ones. There’s olive oil, sweet almond oil, coconut oil, grapeseed oil, sunflower oil—I could really go on and on. But if there was a Queen of Oils award, I’d crown jojoba oil as the winner.

Aside from it being a fantastic eye makeup remover, jojoba is stella at combating dry skin a dry scalp. Did I mention that you can also use it as a cleanser to help unclog pores? Oh…yeah. I love you, jojoba oil.

Any fans of jojoba? What’s your favorite oil?

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POLL: NYX’s Nude or Urban Decay’s Naked palette?

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I know it’s a complete faux passe in the beauty blogosphere but I never picked up Urban Decay’s Naked palette. I figured that with the shadows that I already own, I wouldn’t need it. But of course NOW that it is so hard to find, I want it. The Naked palette retails for $48 at Sephora stores and Sephora.com. It includes 12 shadows and a travel size version Primer Potion and either an eye shadow brush OR eyeliner pencils.

Then there’s NYX Cosmetics’ Nude on Nude palette.

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This baby is only $25, comes with 20 shadows and 10 lip glosses and is available where NYX Cosmetics is sold and online.

Which one should I get?

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POLL: Lady Gaga’s Polaroid Sunglasses

Where are my fellow tech geeks? The Consumer Electronics Show is like OUR Fashion Week. I’m already addicted to reading Mashable, CNET and other tech-y blogs, but I am in an excited frenzy when I see CES highlights.

I practically did a cartwheel when I saw Lady Gaga and the gadgets that she helped design. I wouldn’t agree with everything she said at the unveiling (nor would I agree with what she wears…ever) but I am digging the idea of having a camera and camcorder on shades. What do you think?

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