Where I’ve Been

Hi all! I am coming out of hiding to post a quick update on where I’ve been. And the answer is work. Seriously! As readers of this blog know I work at the library and the library partnered up with the recreation department in the county to preform story times at the county park. So every weekend in the month of December I was at the park performing a live action How the Grinch Stole Christmas. it was miserable outside. Super cold and every weekend it was rainy and windy. The whole week would be crystal clear skies and Friday would roll around and the weather was horrible. Needless to say my skin and health has taken a beating. I’ve been breaking out and generally having dull skin. I broke out my trusty Clarisonic and that has helped.

I don’t want to be a complain post but I also wanted to show you my makeup for the storytime. Since we were performing the Grinch we all dressed as Whos. I did simple makeup with crazy hair and used false lashes. It was the first time using false lashes and they went on surprisingly well. Kinda. They were not in the same place on my eyes but I think I was the only one that noticed. The lashes that I used were the Ardell 106. I got them at Ulta. I threw them away before I could take a picture. It seems that you can only wear them twice before you have to throw them out. If you can get more uses out your false lashes let me know your tips.

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Here is a picture of me with my co-stars. The lady who played Grinch did an amazing job on her Grinch makeup and everyone wanted to take pictures with her.

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The other thing that kept me busy was of course the holiday season. I had a great Christmas and spent time with family that I don’t see very often. One of the highlights was meeting my two year old cousin for the first time!

I did some holiday baking for my co-workers. These are Oreo balls. They look super scary but tasted really good. Sadly these were make with help. The tray on the left went to the coworkers and the right tray stayed at home.

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One of the best gifts I got was from my four year old cousin. His mom took him to the $1 store and had him pick out gifts for the family. My brother got a bald head comb, which is a head band with combs on the side. We had a big laugh at that since my brother has a ton of hair and a full beard. I got a bobble head penguin. His gifts were everyone’s favorites.

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So that’s what I have been doing. I hope to get back into blogging and making YouTube videos in January when I won’t be working every weekend! If you still want me to do reviews of the past subscription boxes let me know. I did cancel Ipsy. I was tried of the mediocre bags of stuff I wasn’t using, but I still have Birchbox, Julep, and Popsugar.

I hope you had a great holiday season!

Rimmel London Scadaleyes Retro Glam Mascara Review

Hi everyone! I have come out of hiding to write a quick review of the new Rimmel London Scandaleyes Retro Glam mascara. I got this for free in a recent Influenster VoxBox in exchange for doing some reviews.

This new mascara hit stores last month, November 2013. This mascara is designed to give you clump free lashes for a retro 1960s look.

I forgot to take a picture before I opened it, which is why I have busted up packaging. As you can see from the picture I got this in the color 001 Black. According to their website it comes in two colors, the one I got and Extreme Black. I found the regular black pretty black but if you want darker you have that option.

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I have used for about a week and have been liking the mascara so far. With one coat there is a noticeable lengthening of my lashes and it is clump free. The problem comes in when you apply more than one coat. I did find it got a little clumpy, as you will notice with my eye look pictures. I took care of the clumps by brushing through my lashes with a clean spooly brush. Also I found the brush a little too big for my liking. I was getting mascara on my lids when I wasn’t careful about my application. Though I haven’t poked my eye which is a big plus. That is the reason I couldn’t use the Revlon mascaras with those big plastic brushes.

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The formula is nice, not too wet and not too dry. Since I have only used it for a week I thinking it will get a little drier. Also my sensitive eyes haven’t had any problems with the formula. I have also found that it lasts all day and doesn’t flake. And it stayed all day with me briefly crying, a local celebrity died and I cry really easily, and putting in eye drops.

So now on to the look. I put about two coats on my lashes. I had a hard time taking pictures the day I wore this look so that is why there are only two awkward eye pictures but you still get the general idea.

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Overall I’m really liking this mascara and would buy it again.

Note: I got this mascara free from the Influenster RoseVoxBox in exchange for an honest review. If you are interested in joining Influenster let me know as can invite up to 5 people.

The Autumn Tag

I thought I would do something different with this blog and do a tag post. On one of the other blogs I read I saw this Autumn Tag and thought it would be fun to do.

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So without further delay.

Question 1. Favorite thing about Autumn

My favorite thing is definitely the weather change. Living in the Deep South it doesn’t cool down until about Ocotber. And when I say cool down I mean that it is no longer 90 + degrees everyday. I still haven’t been able to wear any long sleeves shirts yet but I don’t feel like I will die of heat exhaustion.

Question 2. Favorite Autumn drink

My favorite drink is definitely Starbucks caramel apple cider! It is so rare that I get because it needs to be really cold for me to want to drink it.

Question 3. Favorite scent/candle

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I love the apple cider scented candles from Bath and Bodyworks. I love Cider Lane and when the winter candles come out I stock up on ‘Tis the Season. I also liking the Leaves candle. This is the first year I had it and I am really liking it. I can see why it is so popular with the beauty gurus.

Question 4. Favorite Autumn lipstick

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Autumn is when I put up my coral lipsticks. Sadly and a little reluctantly at that but I just don’t think I can rock such obvious a Spring/Summer shade. So I turn to berries and reds in Autumn. These are two of my favorites. The one of the left is Covergirl Smoochie in Text Me and the one of the right is Revlon lip butter in Red Velvet.

Question 5. Go to Autumn moisturizer

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I don’t change my everyday moisturizer when it gets cooler I just add argan oil. I discovered this last winter when my skin was peeling and I was looking for a heavier moisturizer. I didn’t like how the thicker moisturizers felt so I tried the Josie Maran argan oil along with my normal moisturizer and loved the results. I am currently using this Julep one because it was on sale but I like the Josie Maran one better.

Question 6. Go to Autumn color for eyes

This is the only thing that I really don’t change throughout the year. I love gold eyeshadow and wear it all year long.

Question 7. Favorite Autumn music

Is there specific Autumn music? I don’t have an answer for this one unless to say the music I hear at the different festivals and fairs that happen this time of year. What a weird question! Now I’m wondering if I’m missing out on some specific Autumn music.

Question 8. Favorite Autumn outfit to wear

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I don’t have anything I wear in Autumn that I don’t wear in summer or Spring but I do love these green shoes from Crocs. I looked on their website and it looks like these aren’t sold any more. I wear these as much as possible during Autumn and Winter.

Question 9. Favorite Autumn treat

Hmm….I’m going to go super general and say Halloween candy and Thanksgiving dinner. 😉

Question 10. Favorite place to be during Autumn

I love camping durning this time of year. Of course I only do baby camping, I need a cabin or a camper with a working bathroom.

So that is some of my favorite Autumn things. What are some of your favorites? If you do the tag let me know by leaving the link in the comments.

POPSUGAR Must Have box: September and October 2013 boxes

Hi, reader! Today is your lucky day as you get two for the price of one today. Yep two Popsugar boxes in one post. See how generous I am and my generosity has nothing to do with the fact I forgot to write up a blog post last month on the September box. Nope.

So on to the September box.

The first item is the Barr-Co. Original Scent Reed Diffuser. This was my favorite thing in this box. This a great scent, like a cross between oatmeal cookies and Shea butter. This also does a great job of making the whole house smell great!

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The next item is the book P.S. You’re Invited by Erica Domesek. This book shows you a bunch of crafts and embellishments you can do. This is not really my thing but my mom likes to craft so she was the recipient of the book.

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The next item is the Rifle Paper Co. Coaster Set. While these have a pretty floral design, these are a thick paper so I don’t think these would last too long.

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The next item is Kitsch Headbands. These are the same material as hair ties. Unfortunately headbands that go around the whole head give me a headache and these are no exception. I might give these to my 11 year old cousin or use them when washing my face.

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The next item is a $25 gift card to Shoptiques.com. Shoptiques is an online market place for shops across the world. I haven’t used it yet but there is some cute jewelry I have my eye on.

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The last items in the box are two food items, That’s It. Bar and Sharkies. My dogs somehow got into my box and eat these. The dog I suspect was the culprit is a real Houdini when comes to getting food that she shouldn’t be able to reach. So I have no idea how these taste. They also ate them before I could even take a picture of the snacks. I got my box before leaving for work and when I got home the snacks were gone.

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Now on the October box.

The first thing is the The Can’t Cook Book: Recipes for the Absolutely Terrified! by Jessica Seinfeld. The book contains simple recipes for the person that is scared of the kitchen. As the person that cooks dinner for the family most nights I wasn’t impressed with the book. There wasn’t anything I really wanted to cook in it and I thought the language was a little condescending. Though with cook books I would always recommend going to your public library and checking out the book before buying as a cookbook that doesn’t appeal to me might be perfect for someone else.

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The next thing is the NYX Cosmetics liquid liner and Smokey Shadow palette. I didn’t try the liner (or it seems even took a pic, sorry!) because it is a black liner and I was hoping to trade it for a brown liner. Side note but I am so sick of getting black liners in my boxes. Would a brown or a color liner that is not a pencil too much to ask for?!? The Smokey palette was nice but nothing special. Only the brown shadow has decent pigmentation but I guess if the other shadows were nicely pigmented then it wouldn’t be wearable.

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The next item is the Gorjana Charity Bali Bead Bracelet. 100% of the proceeds of this bracelet will go to the charity Breast Cancer Connections. I do think this bracelet looks a little craft project-y but I have been wearing it since I got it in honor of my aunt, who is in remission from her breast cancer. Go, aunt!!

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The next item is the Julep for Popsugar Duo. The duo comes with a Freedom Polymer top coat and Char nail polish. I already have Char so it was a little disappointing that I didn’t get a new color. Click here to look at a swatch of Char. I already have a Freedom Polymer topcoat. It works like the Seche Vite top coat but not as thick or shiny. It does shrink your polish so the longer you wait to apply after the last coat of nail polish the better. It is nice to have a backup of the topcoat since I am constantly losing the one I already have.

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The next item is the Jane Tran bobby pins. Once these are in these stay put and whatever hair in the pins is trapped! The downside is that there are little hard to put in and it pulls hairs and breaks a few strands when taking them out. I like these better then those solid Jane Tran bobby pins as they are a little easier to open and get in our hair.

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The next item is The Wet Brush. This is by far my favorite thing in the box and maybe anything that I have ever gotten in a box. I know, big claim to make. This brush is designed to eliminate “tugging, pulling, and ripping.” I was little dubious of the claim but it works! Having curly hair I can only brush when it is wet and I always have knots. This goes through my hair so easily, without any pain or pulling. Seriously love this brush.

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The next thing is The Crispery Halloween Crispycake. This is a huge rice crispy treat. These were pretty good, very marshmallowy and much better then the repackaged ones you can get at the grocery store.

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The last item in the box is a $20 credit to Stitch Fix Click on the link to get more info (don’t worry that isn’t a referral link). Now if you want one let me know ;). This alway looked like a cool service, a Stitch Fix stylist sends you a box of clothes and accessories for you to try out. If you like something or all the pieces you can buy them at a discount and send the rest back. The major downside to this service is that if you are plus size you can’t use this service, not even for an all accessory box. Being plus size I lied about what size I wear so I can see what the service was like. This site is so busy that I won’t get my box until March!

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So that is what I got in my Popsugar boxes the last two months. Popsugar will be raising their prices with the November box by $5, $35 to $40 a month. So I got an year subscription to lock in the current prices. I think if you get a prepaid subscription by the end of the month you will be able to get the lower price. If you want to help me out by using my referral link click here.

Julep Maven October 2013 box

Hi, reader! Long time no blog! I’m back with my latest Julep Maven box. I had a hard time picking a box this month. I didn’t like the polishes in my normal It Girl box but I wasn’t thrilled with the product featured in the other boxes, though it was interested in trying the face mask in the Modern Beauty box. After much personal debating I went with the Bombshell box. So without further adieu here’s my Maven box.

The quote of the month.

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The extra this month is candy corn. I love candy corn so I was happy to see these. No one in my house likes these so I don’t buy them because eating a whole bag of candy corn would be bad. Pretty sure that would put a person into a diabetic coma.

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The product this month is a double ended Kajal Eye Glider liner and sharpener. The brown side applied nicely but the black side was dry with an uneven application. Also after five minutes I swiped my hand, the brown smeared but the black stayed still. This also isn’t waterproof.

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Now on to the polishes. Cleopatra is described as a latex polish, it is called latex because of how it looks not because latex is in it.

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Of course I had to get add ons and I got three polishes. Casper is glow in the dark and Ciara is probably the most unique polish in my collection. I hope it looks just as good on my nails as it does on the swatch nail.

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So that is my box. The two polishes I’m most excited about are Valerie and Ciara. They are both gorgeous and can’t wait to wear them.

Nail Look of the Day: April 7, 2013

So here’s another edition of Nail Look. I saw this on Ipsy’s Facebook page and I thought that this seemed like an easy look to do. So without further ado, here’s the look.

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Here are the polishes that I used. I have two coats of Julep Lena on my fingers and two coats of Zoya Cho, probably should have done three, on my index finger. Julep Ally, Zoya Zara and the black stripper was used in the nail art. I have to say that Lena is amazing! It covered perfectly in one coat!! I did use use two coats in the look just to make sure everything was properly covered.

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Hope you like this look!

Bloglovin and other Updates

I signed my blog up with Bloglovin, which is a website that puts all your favorite blogs in one place so you don’t miss a post. So now you can follow my blog along with your other favorites in one easy location! Bloglovin even has an iPhone app to make it even easier to follow your favorite blogs. Not sure about android, but check with your App Store.

In other news I have signed up for three new boxes that I should be getting this month. They are Popsugar Must Have Box, Starlooks Starbox (thanks Must Have Boxes) and Beauty Bar Sample Society. I’m super excited about the new boxes! Honestly, subscriptions boxes need a support group as they are very addicting! And sorry for all the exclamation marks. See I can show some restraint 🙂 I am also going to be getting three food subscription boxes. My blog is about beauty stuff but I can do a review on the boxes if anyone is interested. I can justify it by only showing food that will make you beautiful. 😉

I’m excited about my recent Julep Maven box so look for some upcoming nail looks. I already have some in mind on what I want to do.

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