12.27.2011

Kreativ Blogger Award

Hello beauties!

I am so excited and honored because Kelly of Beauty Obsessed has given me the Kreativ Blogger Award!! This is my first award!!


Here are the rules you have to follow when receiving this award:

RULES:



  1. Link back to the person who gave you this award
  2. Complete the form below
  3. Award 10 other blogs and let them know in a comment or email
  4. Share 7 random thoughts about yourself

FORM TO BE COMPLETED

1. NAME YOUR FAVORITE SONG:
Tiny Dancer by Elton John

2. NAME YOUR FAVORITE DESSERT:
Literally anything with chocolate!

3. WHAT TICKS ME OFF:
People who show no compassion for others.

4. WHEN I'M UPSET I:
If it's a situation with another person talk to them about it, otherwise workout or write. 

5. WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PET:
I love my little Lucy! She's a 7 lb bich-poo who stole my heart!

6. BLACK OR WHITE:
Black

7. BIGGEST FEAR:
I don't really have fears of things like falling but I am afraid of being alone!

8. EVERYDAY ATTITUDE:
I'm a glass is half full kind of person. I have a positive outlook on life and try to treat all people with dignity and respect.

9. WHAT IS PERFECTION:
I'm a perfectionist. So to me, it's doing whatever the project is to my satisfaction.

10. GUILTY PLEASURE:
Seriously, online shopping and finding good deals. I probably have a couponing problem.

SEVEN RANDOM THINGS ABOUT ME:
I pretty much jumped for joy when I saw that Ever After was on this morning
I live in the midwest and hate snow
I moved from a city to a smaller town for my undergraduate degree then moved to an even smaller town to be with my fiancé-it's quite the transition
I changed majors 3 times
One of those majors was French Education and until two years ago I considered myself fluent
I drink too many cups of coffee in the morning
Toes really freak me out


WHO I GIVE THIS AWARD TO:
(in no particular order!)


There are so many fantastic bloggers out there! In fact, some of the bloggers I was going to award this to already received it! Thanks to everyone for so many wonderful posts and I enjoy reading your blogs!


12.23.2011

NOTD: Holiday Cheer

Hi beauties!

I finally decided to bust into the Wet n Wild Color Express kit I talked about in my haul several weeks ago. It had some perfect colors for the holidays!

Wet n Wild Fast Dry in SaGreena the Teenage Witch
Wet n Wild Fast Dry in Party of Five Glitters

Don't you just love the names of these polishes? So cute! I've never done the one nail different look but I'm really liking it! My flash kind of took away from the intense glitter, none of the sliver is showing.

I bought this 8 piece nail polish set at CVS for $5.99 and I would have to say this is a great last minute stocking stuffer!

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday weekend!


12.21.2011

The Kind Hearted Blogger Pledge

Hi beauties!

This is something very near and dear to me so I was very happy when I saw Kelly post about The Kind Hearted Blogger Pledge. She found this through Em Jay and Me and I am taking the pledge as well!


AS A KIND-HEARTED BLOGGER I PLEDGE TO:


  • create, inspire, and admire rather than compete with fellow bloggers
  • be understanding of each other-- in the blogging community, as well as in the world
  • stay away from internet/blogging bullying
  • speak my opinion freely, while still being mindful of other's feelings-- be tactful.
  • make an effort--no matter how big or small the gesture, to spread kindness or joy to others
  • acknowledge that I will make mistakes, (I am only human) but remember to learn from them
  • know that at times I will post about the negative stuff in life, and maybe even some complaining (I am only human) but I will always follow up with something happy/positive too.
  • believe that this world is a good place, filled with good people.

12.13.2011

OOTD 12/13/11

Hi beauties!

I haven't done an Outfit of the Day in quite awhile so I thought I would post what I wore to finals today...

Cardigan: American Apparel, thrifted from ebay
Blouse: JcPenney, last season
Belt: Forever 21, came on a jacket
Jeans: Gap, thrifted from Plato's Closet

Flats: Payless 

I'm not the type to "dress down" to class and I guess it's from watching so many episodes of What Not to Wear. Sometimes I can't get Stacy and Clinton out of my head!! Honestly, when I dress well I feel more confident.

The sweater just arrived yesterday from ebay. I actually buy quite a bit of clothing on ebay because you can get brand name clothing for dirt cheap! This sweater was only .99 plus shipping!

Do you thrift any of your clothing? 


12.12.2011

One Minute Review: CoverGirl Outlast Lipstain

Hi beauties!

My first One Minute Review is on the CoverGirl Outlast Lipstain!


#415 Teasing Blush

The CoverGirl website states:
The water-based colorants of Outlast Lipstain give lips a beautiful, lightweight flush of color that won't come off, lasting for hours without the heavy look or feel of an ordinary lipstick. Its pen-like precision applicator makes it easy to define your lips — just draw on color without any hassle! 

Lightweight color that won't come off 
Water-based colorants last for hours 
Precision application pen

  • The website also shows that it is a 2009 Shape of Beauty Winner.


I give this product and here's why:





12.10.2011

How to Fix Dry Feet

Hello beauties!

This is an oldie but a goodie beauty tip....

My feet are notoriously dry...so much so I'm embarrassed to say my fiancé said something about it (I'm not upset at all-I had neglected my feet)!! So, I did this trick for the first time and it really does work.
image from Real Beauty

Slather a large amount of Vaseline all over the bottom of your feet before bed, then wear socks over them. To clean the socks just turn them inside out before washing.

After 1 night I did notice a difference. I continued 4 nights in a row before my feet were nice and supple. Now I'm following up with Bath and Body Works Shea Cashmere & Silk Hand Cream-it's amazing for feet. It's only $6 right now (usually $10)!


Besides dry feet I also have a callous on each foot that I can't remember not ever having. My mom has them in the same spot-I'm guessing it's due to the way we walk. I found this tip to reduce the callous and it helped! While my callouses are not completely gone they have become softer.

The "recipe" calls for 5 aspirin, 1/2 tsp of water and 1/2 tsp lemon juice. However, I found that it would not form a paste with this method. Instead, I used 8 aspirin and 1/4 tsp lemon juice 1/4 tsp water.

What you will need:

  • aspirin
  • water
  • lemon juice (bottled kind is fine)
  • plastic wrap
  • wash cloth
  • pumice stone
Crush the aspirin by placing it in a zip lock bag and roll a rollin pin over it (or use the back of a spoon). Add the water and lemon juice, then stir until it forms a paste. Put a layer of the paste on the callous and wrap in plastic wrap. Then place a warm washcloth on the spot. After 15-20 minutes wash off the paste and use a wet pumice stone on the area.


12.09.2011

NOTD OPI Black Shatter & Samoan Sand

Hi beauties!

Today's NOTD is using two OPI colors-Black Shatter and Samoan Sand!


I love how Shatter looks with light colors. I really think the color you use under Shatter has a huge affect on the overall appeal. I have tried it with reds, purples, pinks, etc but this is still my favorite way to wear it.

OPI's Samoan Sand is also my favorite neutral color to wear. It's very subtle. I think it looks classy no matter what. I actually wear it quite a bit because in professional settings I cannot sport a loud nail. I think a neutral nail polish is a necessity in every collection. 

I bought Black Shatter soon after it debuted and I've always loved it. I thought it was extremely creative when they came out with it and now Sally Hansen has jumped on board (I have not tried their version). I love that it never looks the same and it is very unique. However, there are things I really do not like about Shatter. Since I've had my bottle it has started building up near the top, drying out and flaking. Another issue is you have to be careful about how much product you use on the nail. If you use too much it doesn't "shatter" and if you use too little it looks strange. It's kind of hard to find that happy medium. Also, as soon as you put it on there is ZERO shine. I put a topcoat when I wear it so my nail isn't matte. But really overall I love how the product looks...it just has some downfalls.

What are your thoughts on Shatter or even the Sally Hansen version? Are there any differences?