Christmas + B-Day Haul!

Yo yo yo!

If you guys have been around for awhile, you know these two dates are one and the FREAKING same. WEll, my birthday falls on Christmas Eve but like BFD, it’s the same day.

This year, people really ponied up and gave me some great things and welp – here they are!

Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette

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 YES. I own the Gwen Stefani palette from Urban Decay and lemmejustsay – this palette is amaaaazing. My initial reaction to this palette was that it had WAY too many beigy colors. But upon closer inspection, each one offers something totally different. I have used basically every color in this palette, and so far there is not a dud in the bunch. I LOVE the blue and the pink as well, because both colors make my baby blues POP majorlly.  I now understand that Urban Decay has released the Gwen blush palette….and oh law, it looks GORGEOUS. Must. Resist.

The Balm In the Balm of Your Hand Palette

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Sister Megan got me this palette for Christmas and I am SO glad she did. I wanted this palette because I realized I (horror of horrors) own NOTHING from The Balm. I have wanted to try their blushes, eyeshadows, bronzer and OF COURSE the Mary Lou-minizer for a while now. This palette contains ALL of those items, plus a lip color and a lip and cheek color. I have had a chance to use several of these colors and so far my favorites are ALLLLLL of the shadows, the Hot Mama blush, Mary Louminizer and the cream cheek color. Plus, how cute is this packaging!?

Lush Rosy Christmas Gift Set

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I purchased two of these little suckers during the day after Christmas sale on the Lush website. This box contains a small bottle of Rose Jam shower gel and a small tub of my beloved Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner. Each box was $16.95 and it was buy one get one free, so I got both of these boxes for a helluva deal!

Lush Butterbear Bath Bomb

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These little guys were also buy one get one free, and at $4.95 apiece I couldn’t resist. I reallllly like this bath bomb because it releases a vanilla-infused cocoa butter formula into the water and it leaves my skin feeling baby soft.

Lush Rosie Wrapped Gift Box

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Big thanks to Nan for realizing how much I need Lush in my life! This gift box contains more of my favorite things, Rose Jam Shower Gel and Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner. It also contains a miniature size of the Ultrabalm, which is pretty great. It also contains my beloved Rose Jam Bubbleroon AND Amandopondo Bubble Bar. I am vurrry excited to use this all up and smell like roses!

That pretty much sums it up! What did you all get for Christmas?

Sephora/Drugstore Haul

Man oh man. It’s a mouthful guys.

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Much like this delicious CWS from T.Bell.  Srsly go to Taco Bell right now and order one because your mouth will be the mayor of tasty-town. (Did I just say that?)

So. Did I get some GC’s for xmas/my bday this year! Money to Sephora, Lush, Bath & Body Works and Ulta is ALWAYS money well-spent in my book.

Ok. Here’s all the new goods!

Sephora

Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer in Alabaster

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I heard about this foundation from Kandee Johnson’s YouTube channel. Her recommendations are usually spot-on for me, so I decided to give it a shot. The color is a really great match for me and the price was good at $27.

Marc Jacobs Shameless Bold Blush in Obsessed

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This was a TOTAL impulse buy for me. I had convinced myself that I wanted to get the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Captivating but as I walked by the Marc Jacobs section, this little sucker was like, “hey girl heyyy”. Annnnd I caved.

GlamGlow Plumprageous Gloss Lip Treatment

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I have the gloss on in this pic! Annnnnd my lips look the same…

I believe this is a newer addition to the GlamGlow family. I have been wanting to purchase a lip-plumping product for quite some time now and was debating whether or not to get the Too Faced Lip Injection. That one is $28 so when I saw this stuff at $24 from a reputable brand like GlamGlow I knew I had to try it. The verdict is still out, but I will of course keep you cats updated.

Nars Lip Crayons (Sephora Birthday Gift)

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I actually like the consistency of these, but neither colors are really my thang. Give me a pinky nude or an orangey-red any day!

Stila Lip Glaze in Fig, Cream Blush in Peony and Stay All Day Waterproof Eyeliner in Intense Black

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I received this gift with purchase from Ulta while I did some Christmas shopping. And lemmejustsay this is a LEGIT gift with purchase. The eyeliner, (which is full size) is worth $21 alone and is amaaaazing. The Stila Lip Glazes are really my thing but the cream blush is absolutely beautiful.

Drugstore Items

L’Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation in W2

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Yes, I jumped on the cushion bandwagon! I have used this foundation a handful of times now, and I can definitively say that I like it! Plus, once again, we have vurry nice packaging.

Wet’n’Wild Blushes in Pearlescent Pink and Apri-cot in the Middle, Makeup Wipes

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You guys, these blushes are so great. If you aren’t already privy to the AMAZING Wet’n’Wild eyeshadow trios (i.e Walking on Eggshells) then like, WHAT are you doing? But anyway, the blushes are also great and when the brand released a new formulation, I had to grab a couple of these. Pearlescent Pink is absolutely beautiful and very pigmented. You have to be pretty careful with this color because if you don’t remember to shake out your brush before applying it to your face, you WILL look like a baby doll. However, the Apri-cot in the Middle color….is just WONDERFUL. I srsly cannot wait to wear this color in the summer when I have a tiny dab of a tan because the color is everything. It is a wonderful, kindof deep peachy color with a bit of luminosity. Oh my gosh I am obsessed. Here’s another close-up of it:

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Alright that’s it guys! Comment down below if there is something at the drugstore that I need to try because I am all ears!

Younique 3D Fiber Lashes Review

Hey beauties!

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A couple months ago, my good pal Orejeona sent me a few things from Younique. She sent me a couple of lovely pigments, a sample of cream eyeshadow and then their famous Fiber Mascara! YASSS.

In the way of these lash extension-type mascaras, I haven’t really been a huge fan. I had previously tried the Too Faced Better Than False Lashes and determined that it was actual GARBAGE, hence why you could get it for $8 at any Nordstrom Rack. I was under the impression that the idea (while a good one) just couldn’t work.

Well you guys, I was wrong.

The Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes mascara definitely worked for me. As I mention in the video, it IS another step, but the end result is easily worth the extra effort.

In regards to the cream shadow, I am also a fan! To achieve the below look, I simply dabbed a tiny amount all over the lid and buffed out the edges with a slightly darker shade from my Stila In the Light Palette. Sooooo beautiful and sparkly!!

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Annnnd the hand swatch:

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Right now, Orejeona is having a party over at her website if you want to order now! If not, the products are always available for purchase here.

My 2015 Favorites

That’s right.

I thought long and hard about writing this post. A post of such great magnitude, such epic proportions, that the thought alone was enough to make me shutter. But I’m doing it you guys.

My 2015 favorites. The best of the best. The bees knees. The creme de la creme. Here. We. GO.

Skincare

Facewash – Purity by Philosophy

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This facewash is exactly what it says on the bottle, it is pure. It cleans your face, takes off makeup and has a light scent. I love the consistency of it, the fact that a little goes a long way and the feeling of my face after it’s clean.

Toner – Caudalie Beauty Elixir

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I love that this is French and that I bought it in France. I love the smell. I love the super herbal, cooling effect it has on my skin. I love virtually everything about it!

Moisturizer

Daytime – Mac Strobe Cream

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Y’all know I love the dewy-look and this magical lotion helps achieve that look errrr time. I wear it under my foundation when I want to look super-duper extra glowy and wonderful.

Nightime – First Aid Beauty Hydra-Firm Sleeping Mask

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This product is thick, super moisturizing and hydrates my skin even throughout the cold, dry winter months. The price is right too – you get a sh*t ton for only about $38 a jar.

Makeup

Foundation – Nars Sheer Glow Foundation

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I had a hard time choosing just one foundation to mention for this post, because I love SO many. But to me, this foundation is perfect. Great coverage, good staying-power, luminous and weightless on the skin.

Concealer – Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer

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Once again from Nars, this concealer is absolutely beautiful for my under-eyes. It covers my DEEP, dark circles, does not crease and has great staying power.

Powder – It Cosmetics Illumination Celebration Pressed Powder

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This was also a tough call, as I really love my Mac Mineralized Skin Finish in Natural, but this powder offers a slightly better finish and lots more coverage. It does not feel cakey and makes my skin look like skin.

Blush – MAC Warm Soul

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Y’all know I love me some Milani Luminoso, however I found another favorite this past year. Mac Warm Soul – it looks totally pointless in the pan but once it’s on – OMG it is so gorgeous.

Bronzer – Benefit Hoola

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This category has to go t omy beloved Hoola, by Benefit. It is perfect for my pale skin and always creates the perfect contour.

Highlight – Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop

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Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop. I MEAN. There is no other highlighter worth mentioning! This highlighter is super pigmented, creamy, blendable and absolutely stunning.

Liquid Eyeliner – L’Oreal Carbon Black Lineur Intense

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This has to go to my tried and true L’Oreal Carbon Black Lineur Intense. It is easy to apply, SUPER black best of all, it isn’t hard to correct if you make a mistake.

Pencil Eyeliner – Makeup Forever Aqua Eyes

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This would have to go to my Makeup Forever Aqua Eyes Waterproof black liner. Because IT STAYS PUT.

Eyeshadow Palette – Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Palette

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I have to give this award to the Urban Decay Gwen Stefani palette which I haven’t even blogged about. It is SO beautiful and the colors are right up my alley. The shadows are so pigmented, blendable and simply gorgeous.

Brow Product – Anastasia Brow Whiz

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This goes to the Anastasia Brow Whiz. It’s tiny size allows for the perfect application, mimicking real eyebrow hairs.

Mascara – Covergirl Super Sizer

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This one is a no-brainer! The Covergirl Super Sizer mascara is absolute perfection. It not only lengthens and separates, it also gives great volume. I am addicted to this stuff.

And that’s all she wrote folks! Stay tuned for a haul of epic proportions!!

Christmas 2015

Hello bunnies.

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Welp. It’s all over. The holidays have come and gone again. It has been an interesting year for me, and as I sit here writing, listlessly munching on a small bowl of Peanut Butter Cap’n Crunch, I cannot help but wonder –  what will 2016 hold?

Mascara. And undoubtedly, an ungodly amount of candy, sure to wreak havoc on my molars and dentist bill. But I am also hopeful. Hopeful that 2016 will be better than 2015, a year filled with ups and downs, smiles and frowns (see what I did there?). So, hello 2016.

It’s me.

But let’s shift our focus onto Christmas of last year and talk about the sh*t I got and the babies I held (Tate).

Per usual, Nan’s respective Santy and Snow Babies collections were on fleek.

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The break started off with my birthday celebration on the 23rd. It was basically the worst thing ever but we had no choice because Amy and Shannon had to leave Christmas morning which meant everything had to be bumped up a day. For my birthday, I got ballet slippers! Wearable ballet slippers.

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 I also got black Vans, because I have decided that slip-on shoes are the best shoes.

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The night of my faux-birthday, we had Papa Johns and my sister’s wife Shannon did my hurr and it looks glorious.

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My mom also took me to get a pedicure AND an ice-cream cake. So basically, things that would make a 5 year-old happy, make me happy.

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The best part of my birthday this year was getting to spend time with my nephew Tate, who I think I love more than anyone else in the family #sorryguys.

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Christmas Eve was spent doing Christmas things! We opened gifts, ate brisket and played lots of Farkel and card games.

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Here are more things people gave me!

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Ari!!!

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Economic, haha

Amy and I even took Ellie to Costco to try and find Amy some cop clothes (Amy is a correctional officer).

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Christmas Day was spent relaxing, drinking vodka + sprites and you guessed it, more Farkel.

A wonderful, family-filled time!

Little Haul

I grabbed a few things from Sephora and Macy’s that I am very excited about!

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Ariana Grande Bubble Bath + Rollerball

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I nabbed this duo on Thanksgiving Day at Macy’s for $25. It was a good deal, considering the rollerball alone is probably about $25 on it’s own. As I mentioned in my Christmas list post, this perfume isn’t exactly the classiest, but I love the way it smells (it has bottom notes of MARSHMALLOW) and am really excited to take a bubble bath!

Tory Burch Perfume Duo

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Meg and I saw this at Sephora when we were shopping with sweet baby Tate and were pretty excited that this was only $18. The bottles are pretty legit and I am in LOVE with the standard Tory Burch original perfume.

Tony Moly Pocket Bunny Moist Mist

I feel like this whole Korean beauty fad is quickly taking over. One thing I LOVE about this trend is the cute packaging. And as we all well know, I judge books by their covers. I could not resist buying this moisturizing facial spray for $15. I meannnn, just look at it!

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Dumpster Denim

Last Thursday night, I took my garbage out. We have a garbage room in my apartment complex and from time to time, people will leave old stuff down there, free for the taking. Most of the time, it’s a rickety old shoe rack or a gross boxed spring covered in suspicious stains. But on Thursday, there was a pile of clothes.

And I rifled through them. Because I am my mother’s daughter.

In the pile, I found a pair of jeans. They were from The Gap. In my size. So I grabbed them, inspected them, and stuffed them in my jacket.

I threw them in the wash and on Friday….

I WORE THEM. To work.

Garbage jeans you guys. DUMPSTER DENIM. And they didn’t look half bad, me thinks.

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Happy Monday.