Blogmas 2016 Day 16: Too Faced and Tacos

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Today I wanted to share one of my first holiday purchases of the season; it was a ‘must have’ for me once I saw the previews. Too Faced released several holiday gift sets ranging from $12 to about $60, including lip products, eyeshadows, mascara, and more. I’m so glad that I got my hands on the one set I was most excited for: Grande Hotel Café.

This particular set houses three holiday-themed palettes: Peppermint Mocha, Gingerbread Cookie, and Eggnog Latte. Each one is scented according to its name, and contains six eyeshadow colors colors each. Also included in the set are two blushes, a bronzer, and a Better Than Sex mascara.

I received this makeup set from Too Faced a couple of weeks ago, but I challenged myself not to start using it until Christmas and New Year’s Eve were closer. Today is the day!

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I have a set of Philosophy perfumes that match perfectly with Grande Hotel Café’s colorful packaging. Maybe I should start using these sets together? I did get them both just for the holidays!

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Today and tomorrow my life is all about snow. Some of my plans have been cancelled and my new plans for the time being are to keep up with the shoveling whilst cooking and baking. I couldn’t decide whether I wanted jambalaya or tacos for lunch, so I cooked up some Cajun chicken tacos. They came out a liiittle too spicy for me, so I had to add more sour cream to my tacos than I usually do. With all of the frost outside, I guess I could use the heat.

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I also spontaneously picked up a couple more gifts while running out to get supplies for my snowed-in weekend. I couldn’t resist these little cuties for the kids in my family. I didn’t intend for it to be a tradition, but I seem to buy one or more of these as a gift every Christmas. It’s probably my past as a Beanie Baby collector that draws me to these TY stuffed animals.

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Now it is time for me to bake more cookies as the snow falls and waits for me to shovel it away. Happy Friday!

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Blogmas 2016 Day 12: Sephora Gifts for Myself!

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I received in the mail a $15 off of $50 loyalty reward from Sephora (not a coupon – the code was sent to my e-mail address) so I decided to treat myself to makeup that I have been wanting since this summer. It sold out online and just about everywhere else and has been difficult to come by since then, but luckily the palette was in stock on the Sephora website recently. It is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance eyeshadow palette in gorgeous warm red and gold tones.

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To bring my total up to $50 I added a nail polish set in colors that I thought would be appropriate for the holiday season.

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I also added a code to receive a free gift which was a very pretty makeup bag (pictured above) filled with samples that I am eager to try out. Sephora really spoiled me this time.

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I’ve had a busy day, but it isn’t over yet. I have some cardio and lifting to do and then it’s time to bake some cookies. I’ll be up early to get them decorated, and get some of them packaged to take to the post office. I still have Christmas cards to do, which I will probably take care of tomorrow as I don’t want to rush through them or wait until I’m beat. I also need to get holiday menus started, so a long trip to the grocery store may be in order.

 

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Body Care Scent of the Day: Bath & Body Works A Thousand Wishes
Home Fragrance Scent of the Day: Bath & Body Works Winter Candy Apple

Blogmas 2016 Day 7: Christmas Beauty Tag

Well, we made it through the first week of Blogmas! It has been surprisingly easy to keep up with holiday-related posts and I actually like winding down each night with a festive blog post. I’m aware of how much I overuse the word festive, but this blog series is just oozing with festivity. It will be really neat to look back on all of these posts next year, because it is usually only old photos that remind me of what previous holiday seasons were like. I wanted to do a Christmas tag today, so I chose one that focuses on beauty. I found this Christmas Beauty Tag through several blog posts from last year. Here we go!

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1. Have you been naughty or nice this year with your skincare routine?
I have been nice to my skin this year, but I think I could do better. I need to invest in a good under-eye cream. Besides that, I’ve gotten better at completely removing all of my makeup every night, and moisturizing, exfoliating, using gentle cleansers, using sunscreen, never touching my face, and so on.

2. What’s the go-to beauty, makeup, or skincare product you would gift to your family and friends?
My family and close friends aren’t big on beauty products, so body care trios from Bath & Body Works in either men’s or women’s scents are my go-to products. They all seem to like a good scented shower gel and loofah every now and then. My boyfriend gets colognes from me a lot, too.

3. Do you mind gifting high-end products or rather gift drug store products to others?
I would love to gift some of my favorite Too Faced or Tarte products to others, but none of my friends or family are very into beauty products at the moment. Many of the women I am close to are mothers to young children and babies now and when the topic comes up, they say they have no interest in wearing makeup anymore. When they are ready, I’ll be there!

4. What are the beauty products you’re hoping to get to see under your Christmas tree this year?
I mentioned to my boyfriend that I am always looking for colorful, gooey lipglosses that hydrate my lips. I also mentioned that I wouldn’t be mad if I received the new Bath & Body Works Gingerbread Latte trio. There are a couple of high-end makeup products that I already ordered for myself and will be sharing on my blog soon!

5. What is the beauty product that you’re dreading to receive for Christmas this year?
At first I thought this question was ridiculous, because I never dread any gifts. If I had to answer, though… I remember in middle school and high school, my friends and I would often gift each other scented products like candles, lotions, and sprays, and sometimes I would receive fruity scents that I hated. Fruity scents are very hit or miss for me, because I generally don’t like most fruits. I received a Sparkling Peach spray one year, and something like a mango candle another time. I dread them because I would never re-gift something I received from a friend or loved one, so I force myself to use them. I still have some of that peach spray left all these years later…

6. Are you participating in Blogmas this year? If so what is the post you’re most proud of so far?
Yes, I am doing Blogmas this year. I don’t think I am proud of any particular post, I’m just happy that it is going so well. I thought it would be a challenge to keep up daily or that I would get tired of posting about Christmas.

7. Do you remember the first beauty product you received as a Christmas gift? What was it and did you enjoy it?
I remember when I was in kindergarten or first grade, I was in love with my mother’s red lipstick and pearls and was always caught playing with them. I was ridiculously girly. I only wanted to wear dresses, fancy jewelry, and was upset when I found out lipstick and blush wasn’t for me yet. I did finally receive my own red lipstick, on the condition that it only went on my face when my parents approved. It came in one of those cheap kid’s makeup sets that I’m sure we all remember wanting.

8. What mini size product would you recommend as a great stocking stuffer?
Too Faced has some adorable holiday items that are packaged as ornaments and would be great gifts for any makeup lover. I personally am a sucker for mini perfumes, and I know Sephora has some great sets of those year-round.

9. Would you rather your friends and family ask you gifts you wanted to receive or have them surprise you?
I would prefer if my friends and family didn’t purchase me anything at all and spent the money on their children or themselves. I hate feeling spoiled. I spend so much time spoiling myself! The coolest gift would be to come over and hang out with me for the holidays. They could also come bake and decorate Christmas cookies with me.

10. What is your favorite way to show Christmas spirit through your look or outfit?
I’m really into festive sweaters – not necessarily ugly Christmas sweaters, but I don’t mind those as long as they are cute! I have to have a comfy new sweater every year to wear for Christmas celebrations. As for my look, I’ll always choose whichever eyeshadow palette I’m in love with at the moment, find a matching lipgloss, and usually curl my hair.

 

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Body Care Scent of the Day: PINK Sleigh What?
Home Fragrance Scent of the Day: Goose Creek Peppermint Snowflake

Fall Favorites Tag: Remixed

I am not a warm weather person. It is uncomfortably humid where I live, so my summers are sticky and suffocating. On the flip-side, my winters are frozen and eternal. The spring and fall months are my reprieves, so I get very excited once they arrive.

To help immerse myself into the first official week of fall, I thought it would be fun to try out the Fall Favorites tag that became popular among beauty gurus on YouTube last fall. Since I am a scent junkie, and not a beauty guru, I decided to tweak the questions a little to suit my interests!

 
Favorite Candle
Bath & Body Works – Leaves

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This is just my perfect autumn fragrance. It’s the first scent that I think of in relation to the fall season, and it’s the only one I cannot go without once the season begins.

 

Favorite Wax Melt
Goose Creek – Campfire Marshmallow

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This scent is very, very similar to a popular pick for the candle question, which is Bath & Body Works – Marshmallow Fireside. However, I prefer Goose Creeks’ version by far. It is stronger, and in my opinion, the scent throw is much better. Highly recommended!

 

Favorite Body Care
Bath & Body Works – Plum Cider Warmth

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These products are from the 2015 fall traditions line. I regret not buying a matching shower gel, or the full-sized bottle of fragrance mist. They seemed to sell out fast.

 

Favorite Perfume
Victoria’s Secret – Forever Sexy

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I have a whole mob of perfumes for cooler weather, but this rollerball has been my favorite transitional warmer-to-cooler weather choice for the past 2 fall seasons.

 

Favorite Lip Color
NYX – Devil’s Food Cake

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I prefer lip glosses to lipsticks, and the Nyx Butter Glosses are pigmented enough to put deep fall shades on my lips, while providing the glossy finish that I like.

 

Favorite Eyeshadow Palette
Too Faced – Chocolate Bon Bons

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I didn’t think of this as a fall-related palette until this past month, and now I can’t stay away from it. The deep browns, the mauve/taupe and gray shades… it’s just so perfect for the season.

 

Favorite Clothing Item
Scarves!

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A scarf paired with a sweater is likely how one would see me dressed between October and March, whether I’m inside or outside.

 

Favorite Drink
Pumpkin Spice Latte

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I like both homemade and Starbucks PSLs. If it’s one of those times when I’m trying to lay off of the caffeine, then my go-to fall drink is a decaf vanilla chai tea latte… but I’ll still be craving a PSL.

 

Favorite Dessert
Tie-dye Cupcakes

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I love making these spooky, colorful treats for Halloween gatherings. They are especially great because it’s a surprise whenever someone bites into them!

 

Favorite Thanksgiving Food
Pumpkin Pie

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The truth is, I LOVE Thanksgiving dinner. All of it. I like to cook each dish, I like to eat each dish, I like the days of leftovers that follow. I couldn’t pick just one, so I decided to go for the dessert – pumpkin pie. The reason why is that I can have Thanksgiving dishes year-round, but I pretty much only have pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving. It’s a little more special.

 

Favorite Fall Movie
Rob Zombie Movies

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This guy just does creepy really well, but what I appreciate the most are the bits of humor that sneak by in his films. The Halloween remake was festive and entertaining.

 

Favorite Fall TV Show
American Horror Story

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I watch AHS every fall, as well as The Walking Dead, but I’m not a superfan of either show. I’m a Game of Thrones girl. However, I have enjoyed watching each season of American Horror Story so far. Season 2: Asylum was my favorite, and one I may have to re-watch.

 

Favorite Halloween Costume

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Simple, easy, and obvious is the way I go for Halloween – or I should say, this is the stage that I’ve graduated to now. I killed it on costumes as a kid. I did cool face paint looks as a teen. I did “sexy” costumes as a young adult. Since age 24, I may have drinks with friends or take my nieces out trick or treating for Halloween, but I’ll typically stay home, eat candy, and watch horror movies with my boyfriend. (Picture: We dressed as Handsome Devils.)

 

I tag everyone to do the Fall Favorites tag, whether it is my remixed version, or the original by Jaclyn Hill!

Products I’m Trying: June 2016

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With all of the great sales going on so far this summer, I couldn’t help but order new products from a few of my favorite stores. I didn’t go too crazy, but I did collect a variety of things that I have already started trying out. These are the few of the products that I’m currently focusing on:

 

Fragrance:
Victoria’s Secret “Victoria” Rollerball Perfume
I ordered this online without smelling it in the store first. I was drawn to the appearance of the full size product that was also part of the Victoria’s Secret semi-annual sale, but opted for the smaller version for $10 in case I wasn’t impressed. I’m a sucker for gorgeous packaging, and this product nailed it. I am so glad that I bought this scent! The primary scent notes listed on the website for this fragrance included berries (if I remember correctly – the product is now unavailable), so I was afraid that I wouldn’t enjoy this scent because I don’t usually favor fruity notes. However, it’s a very feminine scent that is perfect for this time of year. It doesn’t fall too far into the fresh and clean scent category, and it’s very far from too musky or spicy. It falls right in the middle as a soft, feminine, fruity/floral mix. I’ve been gravitating towards it all week.

Body Care:
Bath & Body Works “World Garden” Collection
I missed this collection entirely when it originally came out around the spring of 2014. During the summer of 2015, I could no longer resist and I started searching online for all 3 of the fine fragrance mists: Morocco Orchid & Pink Amber, Tokyo Lotus & Apple Blossom, and London Tulips & Raspberry Tea. Since my mists were ultimately ordered from Amazon, the prices were marked up due to being limited edition, so I didn’t get the complete sets. Naturally, I was excited to find out that these scents were returning for Bath & Body Work’s semi-annual sale this summer, and I placed an order for the matching lotions and shower gels. I cannot wait to use all 3 of these fragrances this summer, and to get the full effect of each scent by layering with gel, lotion, and mist. I am a sucker for great smelling florals and this collection is right up my alley. Not to mention, the packaging is gorgeous!

Home Fragrance:
Goose Creek “Confetti Cake” Wax Melt
Like I tend to do with a lot of the products that I try, I ordered this wax melt online without having the chance to smell it first. I have had great luck with Goose Creek products, so I wasn’t worried that I would hate it. I just wasn’t sure what to expect. The scent description for this product mentions notes of red berry, orange, mandarin, and peach, along with whipped butter, vanilla, and sugar. It includes a photo of a piece of cake, so I sort of expected a vanilla cake base with a fruity twist. What I initially picked up on after melting one cube was a strong lemon-lime type note; which makes sense, I guess, due to the citrusy notes included in the description. What it really reminded me of was cereal that I ate as a child, such as Trix or Fruity Pebbles. Like I said, I wasn’t sure of what exactly to expect – but I don’t dislike this scent, even though it’s not the type of vanilla cake scent I favor. It’s still nice, and is actually a really refreshing scent to experience when walking into a room. To me, it’s a very original approach to a foodie, fruity, spring/summer scent and I appreciate that it’s not something I can find anywhere else. On a personal, more sentimental note, Confetti Cake was a cute option to have on hand because of all the celebrating I’ve been doing this month for graduations, birthdays, holidays, etc. It’s been very seasonally appropriate!

Makeup:
Kat Von D “Shade + Light Eye Contour Quad” in Plum
I have not tried this eyeshadow out on my eyes yet, but excellent reviews forced me to add this quad to my Sephora order a couple of weeks ago. I will say that the look and feel of these shadows is great! Purple is my favorite color, so I may be biased here. However, I don’t doubt that this product will be something I enjoy wearing throughout the summer. I think what is holding me back is that I associate a deep purple or plum eye look with fall, and in the summer months I prefer lighter and brighter makeup looks. With that being said, I will push myself out of my comfort zone and try this product – and not just for swatches!

Honorable Mention:
Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge
I feel as though I’ve seen the light. I’ve been aware of all of the hype surrounding the Beauty Blender for a while now, but I figured it couldn’t be all that much better than using brushes. I think I was wrong. Rather than splurge on a Beauty Blender, I heard about the Real Techniques sponge as a dupe and ordered it for around $7 from Amazon. The first time I used it, I was using the Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless foundation and was taken aback by how much better it sat on my skin when using a sponge application rather than a brush. I am still getting the hang of this technique and trying to figure out the best way to use this sponge, and I haven’t completely dismissed my brushes yet. For some foundations, it works better to apply it first with a brush, and then soften it up with the Real Techniques sponge. Either way, it’s safe to say I am extremely pleased with this purchase and that so far, it has exceeded my expectations.

Ipsy Glam Bag June 2015

I received my June Swim Into Beauty Ipsy Glam Bag on the 11th this month. I have to say, I am pretty pleased with my subscription to this service so far. I can’t believe it’s already been 5 months! I will admit, I was a bit worried after reading blog posts and Youtube reviews. I’ve had this feeling every month that I might hate what I receive and want to cancel my subscription, but that hasn’t happened yet. I love the various brands and types of products I get to add to my collection. After 5 great bags in a row, I think it’s safe to say I won’t be ending my experience with Ipsy anytime soon!

If you would like to sign up to give Ipsy a try, feel free to use my referral link here or go to ipsy.com to check out what they have to offer.

Ipsy Glam Bag May 2015

I’ve been so wrapped up with school this month that I’d almost completely forgotten about my Ipsy Glam Bag. By the time I realized that I should check if my tracking information had been e-mailed yet (on Monday, May 11th), the bag was actually already out for delivery! It was the fastest I’ve received my bag since joining in January. I guess it’s appropriate that this month’s theme is Jetsetter .

What I love about this month’s bag is that every item is something I haven’t received from Ipsy yet. More importantly, it contained things that I’m lacking and was planning on purchasing anyway! I’m happy to have a new eyeliner and bronzer to try, and I’m excited to try everything else as well. Once again, I’m happy with what I received from Ipsy.

If you’d like to receive a Glam Bag of your own for $10 per month, my referral link is right here! Or check out ipsy.com for more info. If you’d like more details about what’s included in my bag, feel free to leave a comment. 🙂