Natural Glam Holiday Look

Hello lovelies! Welcome back! Today I decided to share with you my natural and pretty simple to do holiday look. This is a great way to amp up your day to day look, and works for an office setting. I also think you can accomplish this look in less than 15 minutes! Yes, I said it! This look can be completed pretty quickly.

For my look, I used the Wet n Wild Photo Focus Foundation in 365C soft beige. I then did my brow with the Maybelline brow drama in deep brown. I then touched up a couple of bare spots with the E.L.F. brow pencil in neutral brown.

On my eyes I used Foxy all over the lid, and Bootycall on the inner third of the lid, from the Naked 2 palette. For liner, I used the Kat Von D ink liner in trooper. This and the lips probably took the most time for me. If you prefer a pencil liner use that. Use whatever you are comfortable with. Another option would be to wing out your liner. I attempted and it just wasn’t happening for me today. On my lashes I used the Urban Decay Perversion Bigger, Blacker, Badder mascara.

I used the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour blush in Dollface. I think this is the perfect wintertime blush shade. It may not look like it in the pan, but for me it is the perfect natural flush shade. For highlight I used Tarte’s Amazonian clay highlight in exposed highlight. I finished off the look with the Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink lip color in 20, Pioneer. This is the perfect red that anyone can pull off, and it makes your teeth look whiter!

That’s everything that I used for my natural holiday glam look. I hope you enjoyed this look. If you want to see me do other makeup looks let me know what you would like to see. Have a great Monday and I’ll see you in my next post.

My Go to Fall Look

Hello lovelies! Welcome back! Today I’m sharing my go to daytime look for fall. I’ve worn this look running errands, going to work and everything in between. With this look I am able to complete it in about 10-15 minutes.  If I’m running really late, I will eliminate a few steps, such as the eye brow pencil, the eye shadow, and sometimes even the mascara.

On my face:

  • Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer
  • Becca Backlight Priming Filter
  • Wet n Wild Photo Focus Foundation in Soft Beige

On my eyes:

  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Eden
  • Mac eyeshadow in Soft Brown
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Pencil in Perversion in the water line
  • Urban Decay Perversion Mascara

On my brows:

  • E.L.F. brow pencil in Neutral Brown
  • Maybelline BrowDrama Sculpting Brow Mascara in Deep Brown

On my lips:

  • Blistex Silk & Shine Lip Balm

  • NYX butter gloss in Creme Brulee

  • Maybelline Color Jolt Lip Paint in 05 Stripped Down

I’ve been bouncing around between the three different lip options. For the most part I would choose depending on the happenings of the day. If I’m going to work during the day I’ll opt for the lip balm or lip gloss. If I am working an evening even I will go for the lip paint.

That’s everything for my everyday fall make up look.  What is your go to look? Have you already written a post about it? Share it in the comments. I would love to check it out. Have a great weekend and I’ll see you in my next post!

November Play! by Sephora Unboxing

Hello lovelies! Today I’m sharing everything that I got in my November Play box. I loved last months box, so I’m really excited to dig in and see what this month’s box has to offer. I will keep this post short and sweet as I’m currently trying to reformat the way I am going to be doing unboxings.

November’s box theme is Survival of the Chillest. I’m guessing that the items in this box will be all about taking a moment out of your day and have some me time or a treat me item. In the box there is the little pamphlet that lists everything that came in my box, BUT on the other side it is a coloring page. I think that is a cool and unique idea.

PRODUCTS

MARC JACOBS Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara Retails: $26

PHILOSOPHY Purity Made Simple Pore Extractor Mask Retails: $35

AMIKA Perk Up Dry Shampoo Retails: $22

SEPHORA COLLECTION Rouge Cream Lipstick in The Red Retails: $12.50

FARMACY Honey Drop Lightweight Moisturizer Retails: $45

BURBERRY My Burberry Blush Retails:$29-$120

That’s everything that came in my November Play box. I am really excited to try out everything. When I found out the Marc Jacobs mascara was going to be in this month’s box, I was excited because I had been wanting to try it out. I have about 5 other mascara to still try out before purchasing a brand new one. I’m also excited about the pore extracting mask, the dry shampoo and the lipstick (still looking for the perfect red). The moisturizer I don’t not like getting one, but I feel like I get a new moisturizer in every box that I get. The Burberry fragrance is nice, but not my cup of tea. It’s a beautiful floral with a slight sweetness to it.

October: the Loved and the Unloved

Hello lovelies! Today I’m sharing with you everything that I’ve loved and a couple of things that were unloved. To keep this post from getting too long, let’s jump right in. I’m going to start with the unloved items because I have only two this month. The first one is the colder weather. I’m not at all prepared for this weather change. The one thing I love about this cold weather is big baggy sweaters and the perfect excuse to light a candle and binge watch Hallmark Christmas movies. The next unloved item for the month of October is being sick. There’s nothing much to say about that is that whatever I had knocked me out for over a week. On to the loved items.

THE LOVED

BUMBLE & BUMBLE DON’T BLOW IT (HAIR) STYLER- This was in my favorites last month and it made a return appearance this month, because it really is that good. I got about 8-10 uses of the deluxe sample size that I received in a Play box. It is already in my cart to repurchase during the Sephora VIB sale.

BATH & BODY WORKS CANDLE IN HOT COCOA & CREAM- I love, love, love this candle! I burned through this candle so quickly. I burned it a few hours every single day for a couple of weeks. This candle gives the room you’re burning in it a warm, sweet and cozy feel. So many times I burned this while it was raining outside and it just changed the whole aura of the room.

DISNEY JUNGLE CAT MUG- This mug I bought at the Animal Kingdom Resort and Lodge in the gift shop about 5 or 6 years ago. It is a bit of an oversized mug, which I love for a big cup of coffee, tea or now that we are approaching the holiday season, a huge cup of hot chocolate with all of the fixings. yummmmm!!!

URBAN DECAY PERVERSION MASCARA- This mascara has quickly become my favorite everyday mascara. It goes on quick and easy and provides just enough volume and length appropriate for the office. To remove it, it does come off pretty easy. The one thing that I notice, that I try not to do all the time. If  you happen to fall asleep and not remove your makeup, this will end up under your eyes.

There you have it. My loved and unloved for the month of October. What are your loved items or even unloved items for the month? I would love to know! Have a great day. I’ll see you in my next post.

 

September: The loved and unloved

Hello lovelies! I’m starting something kind of new. The loved and unloved is going to be my favorites series. I haven’t decided on how often I will do this type of post, but will do this at least on a monthly basis. My intention with this type of post is to share with you the things that I am loving the most. When it comes to the things that are considered to be unloved, they are going to be comprised of things that are good products but didn’t work for me, and products that just didn’t work for me and I think wouldn’t work for anyone else. If you love any of the items that I’m not a fan of, let me know how you use it! I may be using it completely different and that could be why it won’t work for me. Now that I’ve given you all of that info, let’s see what I’ve been loving and not loving for the month of September.

THE LOVES

First up I have the combination of Maybelline Fit Me Foundation in the Matte+Poreless and the Dewy+Smooth formula. More often than not when you hear someone mixing foundations they are two different brands and two different formulas. For me this combination is amazing. I put the a very small amount on my forehead, chin and a bit on either side of my nose. The rest of my face I’ll use the dewy+smooth formula. I’ll apply both formulas with a beauty blender and sometimes use a brush when I’m in a rush.

Next up is the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Perversion. I forgot how much I loved this liner. It is super black and lasts forever. Sticking with eyes, I am also loving the E.L.F. HD Under Eye Powder. This keeps my under eye concealer on all day, it doesn’t allow the concealer to crease, and dare I say it my holy grail?! For lips I have been loving the Maybelline Color Jolt Intense Lip Paint in 05 Stripped Down. This color is the perfect, my lips, with a hint of pink, but better shade. It lasts a decent amount of time and fades nicely.

The last two items are a perfume and a hair product. The perfume I have been loving the last month is the Dolce and Gabbanna Light Blue. The scent is light, flowery yet has a deep, sexy scent within it, creating a nice day to night balance. Now for the hair product, I have absolutely been loving the Bumble and Bumble Don’t Blow it (H)air Styler. I have never loved a hair product so much in my life. I’ll be honest with you guys. When it comes to hair, I just don’t know what to do, or I’m lazy, or a combination of both. So when I decided to pull the Don’t Blow It styler out of my stash, after the first time I used it, I knew I was going to repurchase it in the full size when I used this small tube up. This is the only thing that will keep my hair in its natural state all day and easily into the next day. I have been searching for years, and I mean well over 10 years for something like this.Thank you Sephora Play box for this little gem!

THE UNLOVED

Since I talked on and on about everything that I loved I will keep my unloved short and sweet. First up is the Lancome Visionnaire Yeux Eye on Correction eye balm. It’s a nice eye cream, however it’s too thick for my under eyes and there are small particles of glitter in it that you can see on your skin. So for that reason I would not repurchase this. The other eye area product that I am not a big fan of is the Maybelline the Falsies Pushup Drama Mascara. The formula itself is not clumpy, but when applying it clumps my lashes together. The other issue I have with this is that when I try to apply on my outer lashes or close to the root, almost always there is mascara on my cheek or my eyelid, or I poke myself in the eye. Ouch!

The last couple of products are for the face. There is the Farmacy Skin Dew and the Korres Wild Rose Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial. There are a couple of reasons why I am not a fan of the Farmacy Skin Dew. For one, the spray is fairly aggressive, and leaves quite a bit of the product in large droplets on my face that take awhile to sink in to the skin. If you use this to refresh your makeup, it will ruin your makeup by leaving droplets all over your face. Now for the Korres sleeping facial, this is heavily scented and it lingers on your skin all night. I use this only at night and when I go to sleep I can smell before I go to sleep and when I wake up in the morning, the scent is still there.

Well that’s everything that I have loved and unloved for the month of September. What have you been loving this last month? What should I try out? Are some of the products that I’m not a fan of your favorite? Tell me how you use it and why you like it. I would love to hear from you. Have a great day and see you in my next post.

 

Happy Fall!

 

 

Milk Makeup Sunshine Oil First Impressions

Hello everyone! Today I thought I’d share with you my first impressions of the Milk Makeup Sunshine Oil. I received this as part of a Sephora Play box, and I have had yet to use it. This is supposed to be your multi-use cure everything oil. You can use this on your body, face, and I think if you have extremely dry hair, I think this would work well on the ends too. The oil has has grapeseed and avocado oils, grapefruit peel, tangerine peel, mandarin, lemon peel, and other essential oils. It has a beautiful citrus scent, and the lemon is very prominent. The scent alone has me hooked.

I put a small drop in the palm of my hand and dipped my cuticles in it. I rubbed it in and it sinks in within a few seconds. There is no residue on my fingers and the oil doesn’t transfer on to anything that I touch. You can smell it a bit if your hands are near your face but it isn’t overpowering. When put into the bottom 2-3 inches of my hair, it adds moisture and smooths it out.  I think my hair isn’t as dry as I thought it was because the ends looked slightly oily, but not bad. I would suggest to just put this lightly on the ends of your hair.

I think just about everyone would love using this in some capacity whether you use it on your body, face or hair. I chose not to test this out on my face because the skin on my face tends to be sensitive to certain things. Those are my thoughts. If you are interested, I suggest that you grab a sample first. If you have sensitive skin, I highly recommend that you test it out first before you purchase it. I do think that this is a good all around product and you should definitely check it out. That is all for today. Have a great weekend!

Christmas Gift Ideas- What I Got Everyone for Christmas

Hello lovelies! I hope that you are all staying warm. Today I’m sharing what I got my friends and family for Christmas this year, and a few other ideas. Most of these are pretty budget friendly. I have a few items that are a little bit more expensive, but most of these are pretty affordable and won’t break the bank.

For my co-workers:

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You can also add some hand lotion for the women or a little Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts gift card to this as well. I love this idea for coworkers or a small gift to keep on hand. Who doesn’t love a little chocolate, cold weather is the perfect time to burn a great smelling candle, and with winter comes chapped lips. I lose chapstick all the time, so giving one this time of the year is perfect!

For the men:

img_2189My brother is a huge Chicago Cubs fan. This Christmas, he asked to get him useful things. I know he loves his Keurig and while he said not to get anything Cubs related, I thought why not combine the two. A tumbler is a great gift or stocking stuffer for someone that is always on the run, it’s not just for the men! Another really good option for maybe a boyfriend or husband is cologne. My boyfriend currently has the Polo Black and I love how it smells on him. His bottle is almost finished and he mentioned awhile back that he really liked it and wanted another bottle.

TIP: Pay attention throughout the year! If you hear someone saying I really like this or I want this, maybe I’ll ask for it for my birthday, Christmas, etc. Make a mental note. Pick it up for them.

For the breakfast lover or foodie:

img_2191I love the pancake and syrup combo. This idea is a little bit of a wild card. I think that this is more of mom, aunt or uncle gift. It’s something different, looks a little special if it is packaged nicely. My idea behind this kind of gift is that it is unique

For friends, sisters, mom:

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Water bottles, candles and mugs all make great gift ideas for a friend or a sister, even mom! For those ladies in your life that are more into beauty or skincare, this is where I suggest a little bit more, or where you will tend to spend a little bit more than you are planning. If you know a lovely gal that has been wanting to try out the Beauty Blender but they don’t see the point of spending $20 on a sponge, what a great time to get them a little treat! While I agree that the price is high, it has completely changed the way I apply makeup and absolutely love it! The same thing can be said for the GlamgGlow masks. They are a very pricey but to give it as a gift to one of the special ladies in your life is an extra special gift. It is also something that they may be considering getting or trying out but really wouldn’t treat themselves to it.

A few other gift suggestions:

  • makeup gift set
  • mug filled with everything to make a cup of hot cocoa
  • home-assembled manicure/pedicure kit
  • jewelry: I’m not talking about the expensive stuff, I’m talking about a cute dainty necklace, or a simple bracelet or earring and necklace set
  • sampler set; of anything! hot chocolates, hot sauce, seasonings, coffee, etc.

I hope that you enjoyed my gift ideas and found this post useful. I thoroughly enjoy this time of the year. The lights, snow, hot chocolate, and my favorite shopping for the perfect gift for my loved ones. Have a great week and I’ll see you in my next post!