Saturday, December 20, 2014

Perfect Drugstore Red Lip Combo!

I'm going to be honest, I have never been a red lip kind of girl. It's not that I didn't like the red lip, because I believe that it makes a classic statement. I just never had the guts to try wearing. The first time I decided to sport a red lip was actually during Halloween when I dressed up as Minnie Mouse. I did a ton of research on different reds and looked up tons of swatches and decided to go for the NYX Retractable Lip Liner in "Red" and the Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm in "Provocateur".

The NYX lip liner is a perfect medium red color and complements the medium red Revlon lacquer balm perfectly. Both products are also not too orange-toned or too blue-toned. The NYX lip liner keeps the balm lasting for several hours and the Revlon lacquer balm adds a nice gloss to the look so you don't need to add lipgloss.

The best part about this lip combo is that it is wearable and complements all skin tones. The Revlon lacquer balm is not as dramatic as most lipsticks and can be either sheeted out for a less dramatic lip look or built up for a more pigmented look. Since both the lip liner and balm are medium toned reds, they will suit most skin tones.

What is your favorite red lip products?
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Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Christmas Tag!

Christmas is just right around the corner and when I saw this tag, I just had to answer the questions! It's been a while since I have done a tag and I felt that what better tag is there than a holiday tag? I love this tag because it not only includes festive questions, but also makes me a little nostalgic of the past when the holidays seemed even more magical than they do today. Read on to see the questions and my answers for the tag!

What's your favourite Christmas movie/s?
It's A Wonderful Life! My family watches it almost every year when it plays on TV and watching it makes it really feel like the holiday season! Elf is a close second though! That movie is hilarious and never fails to make me last! Plus there are so many quotable quotes in that movie that always bring a smile on my face when I come across them on Tumblr or Pinterest!

Do you open presents on Christmas morning or Christmas evening?
Christmas morning always! My parents always made my sister and I went until the Christmas morning to open presents, but this surprisingly was never a huge issue because my grandparents would send us "open-early Christmas gifts", which was gift that we would open every Sunday of December leading up to Christmas. It was allows part of the holiday routine and looking back, I realize that it was such a brilliant idea!

Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
I always remember the reactions of my family when they opened the gifts I gave them. Even though most of my parents reactions were most likely an exaggerated reaction, I didn't realize it at the time and would always be the highlight of Christmas!

What's your favourite festive food?
Stuffing and sweet potato casserole! Stuffing has always been my all time favorite, but over the past few years, sweat potato casserole with pecans has become one my favorites! Honey glazed ham and small chocolate and holiday treats and candies are up there too! Especially holiday cookies!

What's been your favourite Christmas gift?
I know that this may sound horrible, but I don't remember all of the Christmas gifts that I received. I used to really like getting those foldable plastic dollhouses that had a wide selection of different homes and stores. I also loved getting craft kits or books! I also really like the gift that I got (early) this Christmas from my parents, which was an iphone.

What's your favourite Christmas scent?
Vanilla and peppermint! Not vanilla and peppermint mixed together, but each individually are the perfect holiday scents! Bath and Body Works 'Vanilla Bean Noel' scent is always a winter staple for me. I also really enjoy apple mint scents, since it reminds me of holiday candies.

Do you have a Christmas Eve tradition?
I don't think my family has a Christmas Eve tradition. I know that a lot of people open one gift on Christmas Eve, but my family has never given into that tradition.

What tops your tree?
Just a star that lights up. The problem is that since my family owns a fake tree and the star is a little heavy, the star always flops down and adjusting the star perfectly so it doesn't fall down is always a pain.

As a child, what was the one (crazy, extravagant) gift you wanted but never got?
I can't really remember many of the over-the-top gifts that I wanted as a child. The Easy Bake Oven was always on my list (who doesn't want easy to make cakes and cookies?), but I never got it. I also had always wanted one of the huge Fuzzy Velvet Coloring Posters (remember those?), but only got the smaller ones.

What do you think is the best part of Christmas?
Now that I'm in college, I love just being with my family (as sappy as that sounds), especially on Christmas morning. Nothing says the holidays like family! I also love seeing all the lights downtown and the holiday decorations! I love seeing the huge Christmas tree in the square downtown and all the trees and building lined with lights. Oh, and the food is also pretty good too.

What do you think is the best part of the holidays?
I would love to read your thoughts a comment below!

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Gift Guide: Ornament Gift Ideas!

If you're looking for a good stocking stuffer, ornament beauty gifts may be the choice for you! This year I have been seeing lot of brands releasing products in ornament style packaging. The product is usually in a clear packaging with a looped sting to make it hangable. While you may not actually hang the gift as you would with a regular holiday ornament, ornament style beauty gifts are still cute little gift ideas to give as stocking stuffers or as a small gift for friends and family!

What's your favorite stocking stuffer to give (or get)?
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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Metallic | Holiday Style

If you are looking to add some subtle sparkle or shine to your outfit subtle, metallic may be the right fit for the perfect holiday outfit. Unlike sequins or glitter which are secured onto the outfit, metallic clothing have glitter or sparkle embedded in the threads of the piece. This makes the glitter more subtle while still adding some sparkle and shine to the outfit. Metallic is often found in only clothing pieces, however, there are a few brands that have metallic detailed shoes and accessories in their collections. Metallic also usually comes in colors such as gold and silver, so it's great for those who don't like wearing brighter colors and would rather go for a more classic yet still festive outfit!

Will you be wearing metallic this holiday season?
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Friday, December 12, 2014

DIY Holiday Gift Ideas: Scrubs and More!

One of the best parts about the holidays is giving gifts and nothing is more meaningful than a handmade gift! DIYs don't only make great gift ideas, but they are also fun to make and essemble together. They make great gifts for family and friends, and they also aren't too expensive to put together. Continue reading to check out some DIY scrub and jarred goodies gift ideas!

DIY Scrubs

Scrubs are a great gift to that person who loves skin care or just a good spa day. Scrubs usually only include a few ingredients, so it's easy and affordable to put together! Put it in a mason jar and tie a ribbon around it and it makes an adorable gift! Just be aware that since scrubs are made out of ingredients usually found in food, they may not last long (depending on the scrub) and would be best if prepared not too long before giving away as gifts.

DIY Cup and Mason Jar Treats

Mason jars are a great way to put together a gift by just filling it up with some goodies! Whether it's filled with a hot cocoa mix or stuffed with some cute small goodies, tie the mason jar with a ribbon and it makes an adorable gift. It also makes a great gift for your pet lover or pet when filled with some pet-friendly goodies! If you want to take it a step further, you can decorate mugs, such as the tissue paper mug DIY above, and make it personal to anyone.

Do you make your holiday gifts?
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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Blanket Scarves | Winter 2014

Nothing is better during the colder months than cuddling up in a blanket on your bed or couch. One of the newest trends now allows you to wear a blanket outside without looking like a couch potato. Blanket scarves are essentially a thick, blanket or square shaped scarves. The extra fabric compared to a standard scarf gives you extra warmth while adding detail to simple outfits! Blanket scarves are also versatile and can double as a scarf or a shawl to cover your arms. Since the weather has seemed to be getting exponentially cold over the past few weeks, I will definitely have to bundle up with this trend to stay warm!

Below is a great step-by-step tutorial on how to wear a blanket scarf by Sort in Session (link here).

What is your favorite fall accessory?
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Monday, December 8, 2014

A Bit of Glitter | Holiday Style

A bit of glitter makes the world go around. Or at least I wish that was the case. Even though glitter may not (unfortunately) be the solution to all your problems, you can still add some life to any party by wearing glitter detailed pieces. Glitter is a bit more subtle than sequins, making it a fun way to add a little zest to an outfit without looking like your niece threw fairy dust all over you. Since glitter is more subtle, it is also more wearable for everyday and when done in moderation, glitter can make any ordinary outfit festive while still being classic and chic.

So will you be adding some glitter to your life?
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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Holiday Gift Ideas: $25 and Under!

Sometimes the best presents aren't the biggest, or the most expensive. There are many products $25 and under that can put a smile on a beauty or fashion lover's face, whether it's a sampler set of lip and nail products, warm holiday scarf, or a book full of tutorials to give the best updo. I have been eyeing the products shown above, particularly the Ryan Gosling coloring book (it's the perfect excuse to color while daydreaming of him telling you "if you're a bird, I'm a bird"). The products shown above are not only great inexpensive gift ideas, but are also perfect ideas for your wish list!

What is on your holiday wish list?
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