Holiday Gift Set Guide 2014: My Picks

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

I’ve shared a lot of things over the last month that would make for great gifts or were exclusive to the holiday season. Of course, I liked all of them, but I didn’t LOVE them all. I have included a small list of some of my picks for the holiday season. They are a mix of things I already have and things I would love. And all things I would love to gift as well.

Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel Eyeshadow Palette

Fallen Angel Eyeshadow Quad by Charlotte Tilbury

I still don’t have anything by Charlotte Tilbury. It’s like I can never quite decide on just one or two things, so I don’t buy any. I am expecting a time where I am ready to just spend $100-200 on myself and buy some of her awesome cosmetics. I would definitely get the Pillowtalk Lip Cheat and one of these awesome eyeshadow quads. This one is a holiday exclusive, so snatch it up when you can. Give it as a gift to your fanciest friend!

Ren Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial

Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial by Ren

The One Minute Facial is an awesome product. It’s rich in vitamins and best used in the morning for a quick morning pick me up. The Vitamin C will really wake you up, and the fact that you feel like you got a whole facial in right around 1 minute really is a miracle. Gift this to a skincare obsessed friend and she will be forever grateful.

Fresh Cream Philosophy

Fresh Cream Perfume by Philosophy

This scent is something I have just recently picked up and fallen soooo in love with. I got the perfume and the body wash during the VIB sale. It’s a creamy, vanilla-rich scent that is light but warm and smells like you should be wrapped in a blanket by a fireplace. It’s awesome for layering too! The scent is not offensive at all, so you can easily give it as a gift.

Small Honeymania Gift by The Body Shop

Honeymania Festive Picks by The Body Shop

The Body Shop does some really awesome gift sets. This specific one includes all the best goodies and is in my favorite scent TBS do- Honeymania. It smells so sweet and lovely. It’s one you can use year-round. If honey isn’t your thing, you can try any of their other bajillion scents and pick one that is just right for your gift-giving needs.

Holiday Gift Guide 2014 Triple Oxygen Facial in a Box by Bliss

Triple Oxygen Facial in a Box by Bliss

I have SO MUCH to say about this one that I am literally writing a whole review about it for my Saturday Review. This is so cheap, it can easily go into a stocking or along with a candle for a quick “spa” gift for your best gals. You will feel brand new like you just got an amazing facial once you use this simple 3-step process. Check back on Saturday if you want to know more about this tiny little box of wonders!


If you want to see more of my Holiday Gift Set Guide, check out any of the links below.

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‘Tis the Season for the Holiday Makeup Tutorial (Video)

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

Holiday Party Makeup Before and After

‘Tis the season to rock red lips! Everyone’s doing it…even your grandma! So go ahead and whip out your red lipstick and get into the festive spirit! If you like the makeup look in my after shot above, be sure to watch the video below to see how it’s done and how I achieved MY bold red lip for the holiday party season. All the products are below the video, so be sure to check those out too!



Products Mentioned:

Foundation- Mix YSL Touche Eclat (1 part) & Clinique Stay Matte (2 parts)
Concealer- Maybelline Fit Me
Eye Base- Maybelline Color Tattoo in Barely Branded
All Over Lid- Mixologist from The Top Shelf Eyeshadow Palette 2.0 by Bare Minerals
Outer Corner, Into Crease- Cognac from The Top Shelf
Eyeliner- Vintage by Sigma
Mascara- Buxom Mascara Bar in Full & Fabulous
Bronzer- Chocolate Bar Bronzer in Medium by Bourjois
Blush- Rimmel Santa Rose Blush
Powder- MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium
Highlight- MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Soft & Gentle
Setting Spray- Urban Decay De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray
Eyebrows- Anastasia Brow Whiz in Medium Ash
Lips- High Pigment Lip Pencil in Pomegranate by Bite Beauty

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Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Makeup Palettes

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014


Holiday Gift Guide 2014 Naked on the Run by Urban Decay

Naked on the Run by Urban Decay

The newest of the legendary Naked Palettes by Urban Decay- Naked on the Run is the perfect travel palette. This is an awesome gift for the gal on the go or the one who has all the other makeup you could imagine. Since it has more than just eyeshadow, it really is a comprehensive look in a box. All you need is some foundation, concealer, and brushes. Such an awesome palette!

Holiday Gift Guide 2014 Dior Holiday Palette

Dior Holiday Palette

So maybe I have mentioned this one already in my gift guides, but I would mention it 10 more times if I could. This is SO pretty and lovely and luxurious. Get this for your fanciest friend. She will surely appreciate it. Or get it for your favorite blogger…I would appreciate it! ;)

Holiday Gift Guide 2014 Premiere Contour & Highlight Palette by Anastasia Beverly Hills

Premiere Contour & Highlight Palette by Anastasia Beverly Hills

If you know a gal who is all about the skin and bronzing and highlighting and contouring, this is the palette to go for. It’s not the typical palette because it’s not for the eyes (even though you could use them on the eyes if you like a really natural look.)

Holiday Gift Guide 2014 Tom Ford Eyeshadow Quad

Tom Ford Eyeshadow Quad

Stop it. Tom Ford is like, the ultimate in style, but especially in cosmetics. Sure, they are super pricey and no one can actually afford it, but it is really great quality and the packaging SCREAMS “the perfect gift.” I am in love with the Cognac Sable colors, but any of them would be amazing!

Holiday Gift Guide 2014 Smashbox Full Exposure Travel Eyeshadow Palette

Smashbox Full Exposure Travel Eyeshadow Palette

This would have been great in my stocking stuffers for her post! This is a tiny little palette that packs a big punch! It includes 8 neutral shades and they are all so pretty. The best part is that it’s only $22, but the quality is awesome too.

Holiday Gift Guide 2014 Virtual Domination Cheek Palette by Nars

Virtual Domination Cheek Palette by NARS

Nars hooks me every Christmas. I had to talk myself OUT of this one about 500 times this year. (Only because I bought last year’s and am not even close to being done with it- nor will I ever be.) It’s got a large Laguna bronzer (perf,) 3 blushes and a highlighter. Any makeup lover would love this!

Holiday Gift Guide 2014 All About Shadow 8-Pan Palette by Clinique

All About Shadow 8-Pan Palette in Natural Territory 2 by Clinique

This is my personal favorite because it ticks for me. It has neutral, basically matte colors and it has shimmery taupe and warm browns. The palette itself is beautifully silver and compact. I know first hand that it’s an amazing quality and a definite MUST buy (if not for anything but the iconic Black Honey shade!) I will post swatches of it and some looks with it soon, because I happily added it to my collection a few weeks ago.



If you want to see more of my Holiday Gift Set Guide, check out any of the links below.

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Mani Monday: Peri-Wink by Milani

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Mani Monday Milani Peri-Wink

Today, I present to you Peri-Wink by Milani. Of course, I’m keeping with the sparkly nail polish theme (’tis the season…) I made my RIGHT pointer finger glittery silver and gold with one of my favorite glitters, The 444 by butter LONDON.

This photo didn’t use a top or base coat, which is why it might look a little wonky or uneven. I simply didn’t have either on me today. I will add a top coat at home, but we are going sans base coat this week! I used 2 coats of each polish…and DONE!

I love the color. I think it’s very festive without being red or green. I think it is one that will work year-round and one I will probably use on my toes too!

Tidings of comfort and Mani Mondays to you all!

Ipsy December 2014 You Are A: Talented Being (Video)

Monday, December 15th, 2014

This month’s Ipsy was a good one! I see myself using all the products (except one that I will give to my goddaughter who will LOVE it. See video for details.) The bag is simple with some products I was so excited about that I have already used them since filming! The bag is just “eh” to me, but the contents were golden. If you’re wondering, Ipsy won vs. Birchbox this month, in my opinion!

Below are all the products from my bag with the sample-size price. To compare this month to Birchbox’s December Box, which is themed Decked Out, you can click here.

Ipsy December 2014 Products

Ipsy November 2014- You Are A: Talented Being

Repair Blow Dry by Bumble and bumble.- $3.00
Lights Camera Lashes Mascara by Tarte- $8.33
NYX Butter Lip Balm- $4.00
Nourish Organic Eye Cream- ~$20.00*
Just Mineral Eyeshadow Polish by Cailyn- $15.00

Total Value: $50.33 (approx.)

*The Nourish Organic Eye Cream is not available until January. I can’t find the actual price, but based on the products they already have, I would expect the product to be around $20.00, give or take some $. It seems that we received the same AMOUNT the new products will have, jut not the same “cooling tip” applicator.

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!

Life on Sundays: The Skinny

Sunday, December 14th, 2014


We all know I write about beauty, plus size fashion, health, shopping, subscription boxes, and everything in between. My tagline says it loud and clear, but I have been laying a MAJOR focus on the beauty/shopping part because, well…it’s the holidays! In the new year, I want to be more balanced and try to hit on all the things that this blog encompasses at least a few times monthly!

Life on Sundays is my new Sunday ritual. I say ritual lightly, because who knows if I will actually be posting EVERY Sunday, but I am so excited to share normal things from my life with you on this new, ongoing blog series. I’m excited to be bringing more LIFESTYLE into my fashion, beauty, health & lifesyle blog.

You can expect anything from a general update on my life, to a photo diary of my week/weekend, to book or music reviews, my traditions, date nights, random lists or opinions, and much more. I hope you’re excited, as I surely am!

Review: The Fab Pore by Soap & Glory

Saturday, December 13th, 2014


The Fab Pore Facial Peel by Soap & Glory

What I liked:

  • The feeling: It’s minty feeling, if that makes sense. Cool and refreshing!
  • The price: If you don’t live in the US, you can get this pretty cheap. I got it for CA$9 when I was in the Toronto area for a wedding. In the UK, it’s sold for 10 pounds. In the US, you can get it on Amazon for about $18.
  • The results: This made my skin SO soft. It actually reduced the size of some of the larger pores around my T zone. If you have pore problems, this is definitely one you will want to try. It’s also gentle enough to use on my sensitive skin.
  • The packaging: It’s simple and light. I don’t think it’s CRAZY awesome packaging, but it’s cute like the usual Soap & Glory stuff.

What I didn’t like:

  • The convenience: If you are in the US, this stuff is double the cost it is in Canada and the UK. Actually, if you even order it on Amazon it SHIPS from the UK. Sephora carries Soap & Glory, but not everything. Hopefully they will carry the whole line in the near future.


I like this! I wouldn’t use it ALL the time, but it’s a solid one to use once or twice a month. IF you have large pores or oil problems, this is one you would definitely want to try once a week or so.


Decked Out: December Birchbox 2014 (Video)

Friday, December 12th, 2014

This month, they are doing another $100 Birchbox giveaway! So if you receive a box, be sure to snap a picture of it and share it online. I won a few months back, and was TOTALLY not expecting to…it was super exciting and I got some goodies I never would have tried otherwise! Make sure you use #birchbox and #giveaway.

Below are all the products from my box with the sample-size price. I will be posting my Ipsy bag once I receive it as well, but feel free to check out last month’s Ipsy if you are interested in more subscription boxes!

Birchbox December 2014- Decked Out

Whish Shave Cream- $2.93
Vasanti Brighten Up- $5.63
Beauty Protector Protect & Oil- ~$1.62
Miranesse iCurl Secret Weapon Mascara- $11.60
Cynthia Rowley Creamy Lip Stain in Sugar- $9.34

Total Value: $31.12

Bonus: $10 gift from Gap!

If you don’t have a Birchbox 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!

Decked Out December Birchbox 2014 Products

Curvy Girl’s Guide to Workout Gear

Friday, December 12th, 2014

I can’t be the only one who is doing the big gear up for my new year’s resolutions! I’m talking spending my money on random things because I’m locking down my finances hard at the beginning of the year. I’m talking being super lazy because I plan on exercising more in the new year. And eating everything in sight. I mean, alllll the random things only this time of year can bring. Of course, it’s because the diet starts hard in the beginning of the year.

I’m not saying doing this is RIGHT, but I know that it happens often. It’s really happening to me now. But something else that’s happening is preparation. I am getting ALL pumped up for a fresh start in January. I am making all sorts of lists and plans and goals. I just can’t contain myself!

One big goal I have is to become more active. As a big girl, one of the biggest reasons I don’t feel comfortable working out is because I am simply not comfortable. Picking exercise gear can be quite the difficult task! I partnered with my friends at Alight again (like in this post about plus size yoga) to share some tips on how to pick the right workout gear that will fit you right AND be flattering. Check out the awesome infographic they came up with below to see for yourself.

Plus Size Guide to Activewear by Alight

Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Stocking Stuffers for Him

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

You all know that receiving stockings are fun enough, but the REAL good part is buying them. There is just something special about filling up one of these bad boys with a mixture of necessities and wants. I have included some of my favorite picks below, and then below that are some MORE ideas to get your gears moving to spoil that special man in your life as well.

Holiday Gift Guide 2014 Buck Horn Fair Isle Mismatched Socks by Stance

Buck Horn/Fair Isle Mismatched Socks by Stance

Socks are a must for every man’s stockings. I am LOVING these mis-matched socks. I think they are just the cutest! They are a bit on the pricey side as far as socks go, but this could be really a really special gift. Dudes love socks, that’s for sure.

Holiday Gift Guide 2014 iGlaze - Armour iPhone 6 Case by Moshi

iGlaze – Armour iPhone 6 Case by Moshi

Just like for HER, guys live with their phones attached to them as well. Moshi makes these cases in all the colors of the iPhone, so you can get one to match his phone perfectly. I like these because they don’t take away from the design of the phone, but they actually emphasize it! It’s a great case!

Holiday Gift Guide 2014 Snowburst - NFL Pom Knit Cap

Snowburst – NFL Pom Knit Cap by New Era Cap

For the chilly sports fan, try this fun knit hat! Of course, I chose my home team to feature (GO COLTS!) but they do have most football teams. Pick your guy’s favorite and treat him to a cozy and awesome hat!

Holiday Gift Guide 2014 Ruled Memo Books by Field Notes

Ruled Memo Books by Field Notes

Sure, you might be buying this in hopes that he writes you a love note or two, but there are many other uses! He could take notes for his job or life in general. He could be a writer of blogs or lyrics and need to jot down notes when inspiration strikes. He could just be carrying one around because he knows that intellectual guys are total babes, but whatever the reason, I am sure he will love these little notebooks!

Holiday Gift Guide 2014 Charlie Card Case by Herschel Supply Co.

Charlie Card Case by Herschel Supply Co.

This one is fun and functional as well! It would be perfect for the minimalist traveler or the guy who wears too tight skinny jeans. This one would be great for a little brother. Who REALLY carries much cash these days? Cards are where it’s at. The pattern on this one is awesome too!


Other Ideas:

  • Candy- Godiva, Christmas Tree Reeses, Chocolate Covered Potato Chips, Gum/Mints
  • Accessories- A tie, tie clip, cuff links, wallet
  • Jewelry- This obviously depends on the man, but a good leather band would be nice.
  • Gadgets- Ear buds, a FitBit, guitar tuner, etc.
  • Games- Decks of cards, mini travel games
  • Skincare- Men need skin care too! Get him a kit to try out or some of his favorites.
  • Hobbies- SD for Photographer, Paint Brush for Artist, Pen for Writer, etc.
  • Sports- Tokens for a bucket of balls at the golf range, an arcade card, game tickets, bullets for hunting, etc.
  • Gift Cards- $5 Starbucks, $10 Panera, just enough to get them one trip or so
  • Tickets- To a movie, favorite band’s concert, theatre, lottery tickets
  • Personal- Write a note, fill in one of those Why I Love You Books
  • If it’s for a lover…you get the point. Panties, products, playfulness…why not?!


If you want to see more of my Holiday Gift Set Guide, check out any of the links below.

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