9/24/14

Smashbox "The Santigolden Age Be Legendary Lipstick Ring"

Hey everyone!  Today I thought I would share with you a ring I recently ordered from Sephora.  It's by Smashbox and it's from their Santigold collection.  It had been $50 and I got it half-price ($25).  


Basically it's this really big gold snake ring, and the top slides over and there is a lipstick inside.



The lipstick is in the shade "Still Kickin" and it's a really pretty pink that can also be worn on the cheeks as a blush.



This ring is no joke, it's super big and sturdy.


Definitely not an everyday kind of ring, but I think it is something I would wear when I want a little bling.  Probably something I would wear on our Vegas trips.  I think this would also be nice to wear on those occasions where you don't really want to carry a bag.  Having a lipstick on you like this could really come in handy.  Do any of you guys have this?  What are your thoughts?  One thing I will mention, the simple weight of this ring really weighs my finger down and turns my finger red.  Not because it's tight (it's actually a little loose) but just from the weight alone of the ring.  All in all I think these limited edition jewelry pieces are really nice to have, and I'm glad I found it so cheap!  Thanks for stopping by guys and have a great rest of the week!!!  xoxoxo -
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9/23/14

Prepping For Fall: Small Clothing Haul (Zara, ASOS, Nordstrom, Danskin)

Hey guys!  Here are a few items I picked up recently for Fall.  I'm all about comfy black leggings, and this year I am trying to invest in a few nicer pairs.  I love throwing on plaid shirts and big chunky cardigans with them, so I picked up a couple of those as well.  Love this time of year!!!  xoxo









These Hue leggings from Nordstrom are some of my favorite that I have ever owned!  I LOVE the big, wide waistband.



I have been trying to research which leggings have the best ratings and which brands are the most recommended, etc.  I found an article that included both the Hue and Danskin brands.  According to this particular article, Vera Wang's favorite leggings are the Danskin Classic Supplex ones, which retail for about $42.  I know Walmart carries some items from the brand, but not these.  I had to order these from the Danskin website, and they really are quite nice.


Big, oversized plaid shirt from ASOS.  Really thick and nice quality!


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9/21/14

NOTD: Essie Smokin' Hot

Hey everyone!  With Fall officially starting in exactly 2 more days (YAY), I couldn't help but break out one of my favorite Fall polishes for my manicure.  Essie's Smokin Hot is a GORGEOUS purplish dark brown, and is hands down one of my favorite colors to wear this time of year.  My polish photographed a little dark, it is much lighter in person.  Anyways, here it is!



Creamy and beautiful and applies flawlessly.  Highly, highly, highly recommend this polish if you haven't tried it yet.  Muuuuaaahhh!
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Date Night ❤️

Hey everyone!  Quick look of the day for a super casual date night.  I only wear makeup about one day a week, but here lately when I do wear it, it has been more dramatic and heavy.  On this day I opted for a more natural look, wearing only mascara on my eyes.  This is definitely what I wear more often when I actually do take the time to wear makeup.  Super quick and easy, yet it still gives you a more put together look.  Hope you guys enjoy and have a happy Sunday!


MOTD:  It Cosmetics CC+ Cream, Milani Bronzer XL in Fake Tan, Nars Sin blush,  Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Luminous Light, Anastasia Brow Wiz, Maybelline Rocket Volume mascara, WetnWild Bare It All lipstick, UD de-slick makeup setting spray

OOTD:  Plaid shirt - WalMart, tank top - Forever 21.  Hand carved 'Statue of David' cameo necklace purchased by me off the Island of Capri, Italy.  A David necklace in honor of my David <3
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9/19/14

Target Haul!

Hey guys!  Here's a few things I picked up from Target a couple of weeks ago!  I absolutely love some of these, so hurry up and grab them while they're still available!!!


I picked up 2 candles from Chesapeake Bay Candle in Pumpkin Spice and Lemon Macaroon.  Both of these smelled amazinggggg in the jar, but I only enjoyed 1 after I started burning them.  The Lemon Macaroon, which I so loved straight out of the jar, had zero smell when I lit it.  I burned it for probably 2 hours and smelled NOTHING.  I tried it again the following day, again nothing, and I just ended up putting it on a candle warmer to try and use it that way.  Even on the candle warmer I never smelled anything from this candle!  Such a disappointment.  The Pumpkin Spice one, however, is lovely.


Cute little hand soap for the kitchen.

I picked up 3 packs of Glade plug-ins, 1 Pumpkin Pie Diner and 2 Maple Tree Inn.  Every year Glade comes out with pumpkin and maple scented products, and each year they seem to improve each of them.  This year is no exception, the maple is better than it's ever been!

A baggy tee for wearing around the house.  Target t-shirts are so comfy <3


I love the Gilligan and O'Malley pajamas, they are sooooo soft and cozy.  I picked up this soft gray short set, and a long sleeve pant set in gray as well.


Both sets of these are buttery soft and are so comfortable.  I've already slept in both sets and I love them!


(Piper photobomb!  My sweet angel)


Gray waffle-knit robe also by Gilligan and O'Malley. This had originally been $25 and I got it on clearance for $17!


Their stuff is such good quality, and quite affordable too.


I only picked up 1 makeup item, the Sonia Kashuk Eye On Neutral 02 Palette.  So many gorgeous shades in this, numerous matte midtone shades for blending out the crease, I absolutely love it.



Such a great quality palette!  (For $20 it should be though, right??)  I honestly highly recommend this product!!!



And no haul is complete without some yummy snacks.  Picked up some candy corn flavored M&M's and Hershey's. Perfect to sit out in your candy dishes this time of year!!!

Thanks for stopping by guys!  Until next time...
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9/17/14

Fall Makeup Look: All About Maroon


Hey guys!  Today I thought I would share with you a makeup look that is perfect for Fall!  This look is all about warm maroon and plummy shades and is just so pretty!  These colors would be flattering on any eye color, and is a great take on a classic smokey eye.  Instead of using black or deep brown and gray eyeshadows, I used a matte maroon red in the outer corner of my eye and a matte pink to blend out the crease.  Dramatic enough for a nighttime look, but definitely a wearable daytime look as well.  I paired mine with a pink and red plaid shirt, and the two went together perfectly.


On my eyes:  MAC Painterly paint pot, a medium warm nude eyeshadow on my lid from the Sonia Kashuk Eye On Neutral palette, Makeup Geek Bitten in outer corner - up into crease - and on the lower lashline, Makeup Geek Cupcake blended out in the crease and lower lashline, MAC Shroom on browbone, and Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma to brighten the tear duct.  Physician's Formula black eyeliner pen, MAC Costa Riche eye kohl to tightline and in waterline, Maybelline Rocket Volume mascara.


On the rest of my face:  Make Up For Ever HD foundation, MAC Prep + Prime in Radiant Rose, Ben Nye Banana Powder, Hoola bronzer, Covergirl True Plum blush, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Luminous Light, Anastasia Brow Wiz, Anastasia clear brow gel, MAC Syrup lipstick, Urban Decay All-Nighter makeup setting spray.



I hope you enjoyed this makeup look!  And hopefully it gives you some inspiration on a Fall makeup look for yourself.  If you have any questions just let me know!  Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!
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9/16/14

Using Your Skincare Samples!

So if you're like me and have one or more beauty subscriptions then you probably have samples galore, something similar to this...


....and this...


Or perhaps you just collect the ones from all your Sephora purchases...

I have recently been trying to use up some of these products, because I hate for them to just keep piling up and not getting used.  I pay for these subscription boxes but rarely do I actually use the stuff I get, and I hate that.  So recently what I have been doing is taking one moisturizer and one eye cream and using them till they're completely gone, and then moving on to another.  A problem that I was running in to was the messy little packets most of these products come in.  If you open up a packet and don't use all the product, it can leak out or dry up or whatever.  I haaaaaate that.  So, before what I was doing was opening a packet and just trying to use up the whole thing just to get rid of it.  I would usually have enough moisturizer to put on my face, neck, decolletage, chest, shoulders, arms, hands, etc. etc. etc.  Haha.  I decided there had to be a more economical way of using this stuff, so I got one of my empty travel containers (from an Aveda travel set I purchased yearssssss ago) and I designated it for my facial moisturizer samples.


I simply open one of my packets and squirt it in this container, and then dispose of the messy packaging.  I only put one packet at a time in here, and usually it will last me a week or longer.  



I currently have a Shiseido moisturizer in mine right now (which feels lovely on your skin btw!!!)

As for my eye creams, I am using an old Tarte eye cream container that I emptied a while back.  I washed it with some soap and water and wiped it clean with some rubbing alcohol, then emptied a packet in it as well.

I'm currently using up a Benefit eye cream sample right now.  It also feels quite nice!

I think as long as I keep a couple of these products in rotation at all times, I should be able to use up some of this stuff I've accumulated.  It's all high-end really nice stuff, and I hate to just give it away and waste it.  Let me know how you guys use up/store all of your samples!  Thanks for stopping by and have a great week everybody!
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