Monday, October 20th, 2014
Sometimes my indecisiveness can get the best of me. Ask my husband! Whenever we are trying to decide anything, I just can’t and would rather do nothing than make a decision about what to do next.
Today, I had two gorgeous nail polishes in the Rimmel London Salon Pro line in my bag and just could NOT decide which one I wanted to wear. I tweeted out a picture to my Twitter followers, and they let me know (in an overwhelming manner!) that I should choose the pretty, purple color called Punk Rock.
The last time I used a Salon Pro polish by Rimmel, I didn’t like the brush much but hoped it was a fluke. I really think it was, because this time the brush was PERFECT. The handle is still a bit short and stubby for my liking, but it went on beautifully. It’s such a pretty, pretty deep purple color. I topped it with Seche Vite, as per the usual, and am now happily typing back this report.
Monday, October 20th, 2014
It’s been a month since my last Ipsy?! This is nuts, guys. I feel like my life is moving too quickly. I don’t want to get old! Okay, a bit dramatic, but really, it’s crazy how quickly the months fly by!
This month’s Ipsy is themed “Beauty Candy.” I’m not really sure how that relates to the contents of the bag in any way whatsoever. The products are all pretty autumn appropriate, but nothing candy-related at all. The stand out product in this bag is probably the body butter. It’s not the BEST scent, but it smells really organic-y, like if you are walking through a Whole Foods. BUT it makes your skin really smooth and it sinks into your skin pretty quickly!
If you want to know what I got in the bag and the how much it was worth, check out the list below.
Ipsy October 2014- Beauty Candy
Ayres Patagonia Body Butter- $4.48
ECRU New York Acacia Protein BB Cream Beauty Balm for Hair- $12.00
Jesse’s Girl Mineralized Baked Shadow Powder in Esmeralda- $3.99
Skyn Iceland Mini Glacial Cleansing Cloths- $2.34
Starlooks Lip Gloss in Guilty Pleasure- ~$2.00
Total Value: $24.81
Extra: I got the Bare Minerals BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow in Elegant Taupe with my Ipsy Points. It’s the full size and I am pretty excited about it. I love the sample I got of this last month and I love a good cream eyeshadow, so this should be pretty great. (It’s worth $18.)
If you don’t have an Ipsy or want to know more about it, check it out and sign up here. It’s only $10/month and you get a lovely box of goodies to your door every month!
Friday, October 17th, 2014
Happy Friday, friends! I’m excited to share these goodies with you from Sigma. If you didn’t know, I have recently begun to join a few companies as an affiliate. Many of my links will help to generate a tiny bit of money for me- in which I will use to maintain my blog. I’m not a full-time blogger by any means, so this just helps offset some pricing of maintaining my website and getting new products in. You will ALWAYS be notified if I got something for free or if a post was sponsored. (See Disclosure Policy for any questions.)
With that piece of business out of the way, I wanted to share my welcome gift from Sigma Beauty! I am excited to be a part of this awesome company as I believe they have some really great brushes! I live by their kabuki brushes and their eyeliner brush is the only one I can use to flick my gel liner like no other.
Since I had never tried their makeup before, I was excited to get some makeup in this package! When I opened the package, I was immediately attracted to the warm, burgundy color of eye shadow. The other color I received was NOT one I would have picked out on my own as it was a blue-ish teal color, but when I swatched it, it gave a more taupe/brown color with a sheen that was blue. It looks awesome on my blue eyes as just a hint of some smoky color.
They included a lip gloss that is lavender. It’s a really great formula, but the color isn’t really a “fall” type of shade. The glitter isn’t my favorite either, but I know a little lady who will LOVE it like crazy.
They also included an eyeliner in Vintage, which is brown…and I really needed a new brown one. I haven’t tried it out yet, but I will check back in with you and let you know. Also, a travel E55 eye shadow brush. Like, it’s GOOD. It’s large so it covers a lot of area, but packs on the color really well.
I’m excited to show you my picks and will be doing a little shopping on the site as well, so I’m sure I will have a lot to show you soon. When you are looking for some good, quality brushes- Sigma Beauty is a great choice.
Thursday, October 16th, 2014
Continuing on this lovely Holiday Gift Set Guide…I can’t express how much I love these things. If you want to see more, please be sure to check out the ones I have already compiled for Hourglass Ambient Powders, Lip Sets, and Nails/Hand Creams. This one is for the face in general, and I have many coming up such as Fragrance, Spotlight on Tarte, Skin Care, Under $30, and many more!
Dior Deluxe Holiday Palette- $85.00
Gasp!!! This is seriously gorgeous. The first person to buy me this wins! It’s an awesome gift for someone because it’s high end and luxurious, but it’s an all-in-one so it would be so nice for travel. Of course, it’s expensive, but I feel that it’s a very good value vs. the normal cost of Dior products. It includes 6 eye shadows, 2 lip colors, blush and a shimmer powder. I want it. I want it. I want it.
Laura Mercier Mini Caviar Eye Stick Color Set- $55.00
These mini caviar sticks are so awesome. I have wanted one of the regular sized ones for quite some time, but couldn’t commit to WHICH one I wanted. This set has 6 of the 23 colors, including: Rose gold, Amethyst, Moonlight, Copper, Khaki, and Cocoa. I love a good cream eye shadow, so I am sure these will be just lovely as they are pretty hyped up in the beauty community.
Sephora Glitz & Glam Party Essentials Sampler- $45.00
This one is described as a 9 piece day to night makeup collection. It’s super glam and includes products from Smashbox, Deborah Lippmann, Makeup Forever, Benefit and more. It’s another one that would be a great gift idea for a college student especially- as they strike me as the kind who tend to get glammed up to go out in the evening the most. Then again, the most parties I ever get glammed up for are around the holidays, so it really could suit a purpose for most ladies!
Too Faced Bronzer Wardrobe- $22.00
This set is just one of those little, cutesy sets with deluxe sized bronzers. They would be perfect if you travel a lot or don’t want to commit to just one of the gorgeous bronzers by Too Faced. The bright side of this set is the cost. At $22, it’s perfect as a gift for a friend or family member.
Wednesday, October 15th, 2014
These are my “empties” or the products I’ve used up within the last few months. I love this kind of video, mainly because I’m nosey, but also because it’s a great time to get an honest opinion on something! Check out the products mentioned in the video below.
LA Fresh Travelite Makeup Wipes
L’Oreal Revitalift Radiant Smoothing Wet Cleansing Towels
Blum Naturals Organic Cucumber & Aloe Vera
Coppertone Sport Sunscreen SPF 30 (Spray on)
L’Occitane Lavande Gel Sanitizer
L’Oreal Everpure Volume Shampoo
L’Oreal Everpure Moisture Conditioner
Eufora Pure Cleanse Shampoo (Only $17 on Amazon- AMAZING)
Bath & Body Works Rainkissed Leaves Shower Gel
Lush BIG Sea Salt Shampoo
Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter
Soap & Glory Flake Away
L’Oreal Youth Code Foaming Gel Cleanser
Zoya Remove Plus (Nail Polish Remover)
Philosophy Hope in a Jar
Novex Extra Deep Hair Care Cream
L’Occitane Travel Size Shea Butter Hand Cream
Lancome Definicils Mascara
Harvey Prince’s Hello Perfume
Mary Kay Timewise Night Solution
Josie Maran Argan Oil
Tuesday, October 14th, 2014
Let me be completely honest with you. The outfit I wore on the way to Canada was the exact same as what I wore home from Canada. I did put on my favorite dress for the wedding. (Go figure, it’s like, all I wear these days.) And when Brett and I went to the mall after the wedding and before the reception, I finally wore something that took a little effort. (I’m serious when I say a little.)
Acid Wash “Jeans”- Forever 21
Black V Neck- Target (Similar)
Flannel- Freebie from a Friend, CJ Banks (Similar)
Right Hang Ring- Pandora Sincerity Ring
Watch- Michael Kors Jet Set
Shoes- Lower East Side from Payless
Monday, October 13th, 2014
My husband and I went on a weekend road trip to Canada to celebrate a friend’s wedding. Our friend Janelle helped SO much with our wedding. Her sister was a bridesmaid in my wedding and she ended up just being the most helpful, lovely person the whole time. Also, she is the lady who caught the bouquet at my wedding, so I felt like a big part in the wedding. ;) We were ecstatic to help her celebrate her day!
Anyway, it took around 9 hours to get to Canada, then we went right to bed once we got in. The next morning, we got up, went to breakfast and then lounged around the hotel until the 1pm wedding. The wedding was lovely! She literally looked like a PRINCESS. She’s just a stunning woman anyway. They served Jones Soda afterward with some cake.
After that, there was a bit of time for Brett and I to hang out and have lunch/go shopping before the reception. I found a drug store and got a few things! I got the Scrub Your Nose in It and Fab Pore products by Soap & Glory. You guys know how I love Soap & Glory. It’s a UK brand for some reason Canada and US only stock a tiny bit in stores. (You can get them on Amazon a lot though- see links above.) This drug store had some things they don’t usually stock in the US and for half off, so I helped myself. I also got a Konjac sponge by Quo (similar). I’ve been looking for one of these for a while now.
After the mall, Brett and I made our way to our friend’s home where the reception was held. It was fabulous and the home is amazing. I wouldn’t have expected anything else. I was so happy to see Janelle and Breana for the short bit of time we did, but can’t wait until we have some more time with them. (They were pretty busy getting a wedding put together!)
The next day, Brett and I had breakfast and then headed home. We decided to stop off at an outlet mall west of Toronto and I ran into a wonderful Kate Spade Outlet. They had an AMAZING sale happening and I am SO SO glad we stopped in. I ended up getting a purse, wallet, and passport case all for around $125 USD. I couldn’t be happier with my little Kate Spade haul.
We didn’t get to do too much in our short time there, but we did get to stop for some Timbits and I had this LOVELY blueberry muffin from Tim Horton’s. We don’t have them here in Indianapolis!!
Our last stop on the way home (besides Chipotle, even though I wanted Q’doba…) was the Hollywood Casino near Toledo, OH. I got lucky on a slot machine and tripled my money! This game was introduced to me by Brett’s mom, and it’s always a fun, lucky one for me. :)
You want me to get all cheesy? No? Too bad. The BEST part of the whole trip was spending the time with my awesome husband. He’s just the super cutest. <3
Monday, October 13th, 2014
I love butter LONDON polishes. I love the names even more. Tramp Stamp is an epic name for a nail polish. I mean, I’m not so sure how it makes sense, but who cares?
This color is a creamy, maroon color. Originally, I thought this was going to be more of a dark mauve from what it looked like in the bottle. It did NOT end up looking like that, which is kind of a bummer, but I do like this color still. It’s very autumn and pretty and whatnot.
Hope you guys are having a wonderful Monday! May your Mani quickly!
Friday, October 10th, 2014
Yeah, you heard that right! Go ahead and take off your clothes and slip into something sexy. I know, I know….usually you want something comfy, but there are some good options for sexy lingerie for plus size women to wear that DON’T come from one of those creepy sex shops. I mean, sometimes you just want to buy expensive lingerie!!
When I think of luxe, of COURSE my go-to is Nordstrom. I’m the true definition of a #NordyGirl. I check Nordstrom before anywhere else. It’s the store that makes me feel ritzy and awesome. They have great plus size clothes and if you didn’t know, they offer plus lingerie. My picks are below!
Parisa Marseille Underwire Contour Racerback Bra (D-Cup & Up)
The racerback on this is just to die for. The simplicity of this bra is stunning and sexy, but not in a creeper type of way. It’s JUST ENOUGH, but not too much. Of course, this one doesn’t look like it would hold the girls up too great for daily use, but for nightly use I’m sure it would be just fine. ;)
This one is a bit more tame. It can hide your tummy if that is a sore spot for you. This one is a much better (or safer, if you have friends and family who frequently stop by unannounced) option for lounging around the house. “Oh, this old thing?! Don’t mind me, I’m just being sexy whilst binge-watching The Golden Girls and eating a pack of Oreos!”
Elomi Maria Mesh Underwire Plunge Babydoll (E-Cup & Up)
If you are a busty babe, look no further! This babydoll lingerie, while it looks DANG sexy, also comes in size E and up. I know I have a DD and I get a little insecure about “sagging.” This could be the perfect, vampy solution to a bit of an insecurity. Plus, you will look super hot in this too!
This one is a good every day type of bra. If you’re in the new stages of a relationship and still want to impress when you undress, this bra could be your new BFF. (Well, I don’t think I ever went through that stage…I love granny panties forever.) It comes in many sizes and 4-5 colors as well.
Thursday, October 9th, 2014
Nail polish is my weakness, but hand lotions are something I can’t get enough of either. I especially love small sizes of nail polish because…who ever really uses a whole bottle of nail polish without it going all goopy and having to throw it out? Also, they are just SO DANG CUTE!
The smaller sizes end up being cheaper because they get put into awesome sets where you get to try a lot of the colors for the price of 2-3 full sizes. I’m a fan. I’ve compiled a list of some of the best nail polish/tool kits/hand lotions that are in collections for this holiday season. If you’re interested, keep on reading!
Nails Inc. Be Gelous Collection- $42.00
Origins Hand Lotion Trio Set- $28.00