Dec 9, 2014

BLOGMAS DAY 9: GIFT GUIDE BESTEST FRIEND

Welcome to gift guide numero dos! This one is going to focus on the many variations of a best friend. We all have one, and they are all each unique.

1. Homemade Decadence Cookbook by fellow blogger Joy the Baker. $18.36 This one is for the party hosting, baking goddess friends of yours. You know which one I'm talking about. The one who would love to own her own cafe, or bake shop. This cookbook comes with a ton of yummy visuals which entices the bakers out there to go out there and bake what they see! 
2. Naked On the Run Palette $54 You know your friend who never has time for anything, because she is always running around, chasing after life. May it be business trips that she goes on, or just the fact that she is a grand traveler-this new palette from Urban Decay would be the bomb.com for them. It has everything you need besides a foundation. They would surely appreciate and use the heck of a lot! 
3.The Body Shop Shea Festive Picks $25 ($15 for a limited time!) The Shea scent from the Body Shop is my favorite. This is for your friend that loves to bathe herself in goodies like bubble baths, and body lotions. It comes with a Shea Shower Cream, Body Butter, Body Scrub, Soap, and a Mini Bath Lily. It also comes in this cute little box! 
4. Tarte kiss&belle deluxe LipSurgence Lip set $34 (CODE FOR 30% OFF DECFNF until 12/11)  I am gifting this to a friend of mine. A friend who is super into lippies, and can't get enough of those bold colors. I want her to have a safe staple to have so that she can go ahead and indulge in those crazy colors, but also not have to worry about sending her money on collecting every day lipsticks :)
5. Elizabeth and James Mini Rollerball Set $20 This is for your perfume addict friend. This scent has been so popular this year, and rightfully so! I have purchased the white one and have fallen in love with it, and have debated on getting the black one many times. This sets them up for a day and evening scent! 
6. Rose Gold FRENDS x Baublebar Layla Headphones $175 These headphones are absolutely gorgeous! They are styled by Baublebar with the sound quality of the FRENDS headphones which have been ever so popular. This is for the music or technology savvy friend in your life. They are a little bit on the expensive side, but it is all due to that bling-a-ling that will never go out of style. This comes in a Gold and Black version as well.

Dec 8, 2014

BLOGMAS DAY 8: GIFT GUIDE MOTHER BEAR

OOPS. Is it the 8th? Did I miss 3 days.... Shame on me, I'm a bad reindeer!
But, at least I'm here owning up to it. So hopefully, Santa won't shame on me :)
Today, I bring to you my gift guide for all the mother bears out there! They work hard, bring us up and always worry for the rest of our years. We thank them during mothers day, birthday and why should Christmas be any different?
1. L'Occitane Cherry Blossom Eau De Toilette $50. This is actually what I bought my mom this year. The scent is very floral and subtle. My mom doesn't like heavy perfumes to wear during the day, and I thought this simple yet sweet scent would do her justice. The bottle is also a plus, with the raised glass that resembles a cherry blossom. 
2. Mother Daughter Necklace from Etsy $88 This is actually a great mother's day gift, but I think it would also be perfect for the holidays, especially if you don't live close to your family, this will make her feel like you think of every time you wear it. It is like a best friends bracelet but a grown up version for you and your mom. 
3. Anne Klein Rose Gold Tone Watch $65 You can never go wrong with a classic rose gold watch for your mom to wear. I love the simplicity of this one with the skinny band, but the feel of a boyfriend watch from the big face. And nobody can have too much rose gold in their lives. 
4. LUSH Relax Gift Set $28.95 This cute wrapped gift set comes with three items; a French Kiss Bubble Bar, a Twilight Shower Gel, and a Twilight Bath Bomb. The theme note of this gift set is Lavender, so if your mom doesn't fancy lavender, LUSH has a ton of other gift sets that might fit the bill! The thought behind this one is giving them a gift to help them relax. You could accompany this gift with a gift card to a nail salon, so your mom HAS to pamper herself:) 
5. Shutterfly photo calendars $21-29 I gifted this to my mom last year, and she loved it! It was her favorite gift from me. I put all important dates on the calendar as well as old childhood pictures of my sister and I during our birthday months. She hung it up in the living room for everyone to see. Even my dad loved it so much, that he asked me to gift another one to my mom this year as well!  P.S. They are having a 50% off sale with the code HOLIDAY.

Dec 4, 2014

BLOGMAS DAY 4: TOTALLY CHEATING

Today was a crappy day. I was feeling like an angry elf from the south pole!



So I decided, I will cheat and post my November favorites...and let me tell you, this one is an exciting one. 
...NOT! This month I tried very hard to stick to what I have, and save up to buy holiday goodies for all the amazing people in my life. But I can tell you one thing, I have used and abused these things all month long!
NARS Larger Than Life eyeliner in Madison Avenue became a favorite right after I used it the first time, and it stayed on my lids all throughout the work day. This eyeliner does not budge, and this grey is a gorgeous color. I tend to shy away from black eyeliner because it is just too harsh for my liking. I love greys, and browns. Only downfall is the price, because I want to buy all the colors in all the land!
Next up is a product that was featured here yesterday, and it is the REVLON ColorBurst Lacquer Balm in Provocateur. This is a shiny red that is super easy to put on, and is no fuss! It is opaque enough that it looks like your regular red lip, but think with a gloss over it. The staying power is definitely not that well, but it is a balm! This baby has been on my lips every weekend.
Olivia Garden Ceramic Ion XL Pro Vent Paddle Brush has me blow drying my hair all the time! I NEVER used to blow dry my hair. I have thick, long hair (lots of it) and every time I round brush or blow dry, I get too much volume or it just looks unnatural. I know all you ladies out there who love volume are shaking your heads, and rolling your eyes. But this brush has been a savior! It makes blow drying my hair super simple, and the best part is that my hair doesn't blow up like I was electrocuted. If you have thick hair, and HATE blow drying it, PLEASE do yourself a favor and look for this brush-I purchased mine at ULTA.



Dec 3, 2014

BLOGMAS DAY 3: Holiday Reds

Well, hello there guys! Today we are going to step away from the cookies, and dive into some fabulous reds for your holiday shenanigans.
These are my five staple reds, some are orange-y, some are shiny, and some are matte! This is the time of year where you can rock the red, and no one will ask if you are headed somewhere fancy...










Dec 2, 2014

BLOGMAS DAY 2: Baking Rudolph?

BLOGMAS DAY 2, and I am still holding strong!
We got our Christmas tree all lit up today, and the ornaments will have to wait for another day as we decided to do some baking!
Last night, when we brought our tree home, I had said that I wanted to bake cookies today, because I was feeling extra elf-y! My fiancé started talking about these Rudolph cookies....
As I'm usually the elf of this relationship, I got super stoked that he had some spirit and wanted to bake Christmas themed cookies.
They turned out adorably cute, and tasted oh so yummy! They took about 15 minutes to make, and 10 seconds to eat....



peanut butter cookie recipe from here: http://juliasalbum.com/2014/07/easy-peanut-butter-cookies/

Dec 1, 2014

BLOGMAS STARTS NOW

25 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS IS HERE, and the Elfette inside of me could not be any happier! This year I wanted to dedicate my blog to 25 days of Christmas, and post a blog post everyday until Christmas! This is going to be a challenge for myself to kick start my blog, and make it a habit to schedule and plan posts. I LOVE blogging, but it has become very hard to dedicate time to this and work a full-time job that requires constant attention.

Hopefully, this will get my creative juices going, and what better time of year to start  this up, when we have glitter, and lights everywhere!

Oct 31, 2014

October Favorites

Well, there goes another month, fast and furious. Just leaving us, getting us closer to the HOLIDAYS! This is actually my three months that I am my happiest. My anniversary, Halloween, My birthday, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years! SO MANY FESTIVITIES! For the next couple of months my favorites will most likely feature oldie but goodies, as I am saving up for Christmas presents (my favorite kind of shopping). But don't let that statement sway you, I will still have my impulse purchases that may become a part of my natural daily habits. 
This month was a month of minimalistic makeup that made me look good, but not too done up. It felt like I wasn't myself without berry lips and all that, but work has got me so tired that I haven't had energy for creativity. 
Beauty Blender has got me singing songs about it! It took me such a long time to justify purchasing an expensive, pink sponge just because YouTubers said so...Well, I am eating my words, because all the hype and spend is so justified! This thing is out of this world and unlike any brush I have ever tried (Sigma, Sephora, Real Techniques). This little nugget turns big once in contact with water, and the damp beauty sponge blurs out imperfections with the help of your foundation. I have used this with light coverage-medium coverage foundations and the result that I get from all of them is satisfactory. My only dislike is that it looks so dirty, even though I wash it like crazy. 

DiorSkin Nude Skin Glowing Makeup is something that I shyed away from after using it for a couple of months. The reason being was the smell, and I was applying it wrong! This is an amazing daytime foundation that does wonders, and I can't believe I left it hid in the back of my drawers for so long! It isn't long-wearing but is an amazing weekend foundation where you need something to lighten up your skin and make you look awake. The scent is still there, but I love how it makes my skin look, that I can bare that! 

These two partners in crime are a match made in heaven. Let's be honest, the reason I picked these up were for the gorgeous fonts, and beautiful packaging (and the fact that I love Katy Perry, and she is promoting). So I picked both up in not so much high hope, due to the fact most drugstore foundations (besides Revlon Whipped ColorStay) have disappointed me in the past. 

A constant favorite is the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed, which I have finally hit pan on. The lasting power isn't as great as people claim but the color comes off a very natural flushed tone. Don't let what is in the pan fool you! This is a definite everyday color. 

Ahhh the brow duo! The first one is a new favorite, the Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara. It is a new product from Maybelline, and I love the price tag as much as I love the quality. It lets my brows stay put as well as distribute color so that those spars areas get coated and look fuller. The one on the bottom is the one I love but hate the price tag and the longevity (how long it takes for the actual product runs out). The beloved Anastasia Brow Wiz lives up to the hype. It gives control so that you can get into the little areas and can also give your brows a precise shape. I use the shade Soft Brown.

Lastly, I have my Benefit They're Real. The reason I love this product is because (now, I may be dreaming) I think this is actually making my lashes fuller and lengthier.. Is there a secret serum in this stuff???


That's it lovelies! Happy Halloween to all.