Wednesday, January 30

Most Worn Polish: January 2013

It was no surprise what this month's most worn nail polish was going to be. ORLY--Lollipop has amazed me. The color is gorgeous, and it's super opaque! One coat is fine if you're in a rush, but two coats is absolutely perfect!


I know this probably isn't a color typically worn in the winter, but who cares!? I think it's absolutely gorgeous, and I'd wear it any time of year. It's my favorite lighter purple of my collection.

I also love layering Spit Fire by Pure Ice on top. That's what's been on my toes--as you should know from my 'PEDICURE OF THE MOMENT' section on my sidebar.----->

Today we had a snow day, so I've been trying to catch up and take photos for my blog. I'm still having trouble finding the perfect lighting. When I take a picture, it shows up completely different than it does when I upload them to my computer, so I have to take a few, upload them and then look at them. I thought I had it perfect, but because we got all this snow, it's so much more brighter outside than the other day. Hopefully this week the next few days will be very active with posts!

I also just wanted to remind you of that you still have today and tomorrow to use the SIGMA January discount code! You can easily link to their website by clicking the photo in the sidebar!----->

I hope everyone is having a great week! Don't forget to let me know what you think of this polish--the color, the brand, and maybe any other colors you would suggest from the ORLY brand!

♥b

Sunday, January 27

REVIEW: Benefit HOOLA

Three words--THIS IS BOMB. haha I debated for a while if I would post a review of the Hoola box powder from Benefit. I've mentioned it in a few of my favorites posts, so I figured you guys already knew it was great. I finally gave in and it only made sense to do a post on it so I have something to refer you guys to when I do some upcoming review of other bronzers.


For all you science lovers--Hoola is my "constant". It's the only bronzer that I can use every single day of the year because of it's versatility. Whether I'm really tan, really pale, and everywhere in between; this is the perfect bronzer for contour.


For $28--it's worth every single penny. I'm really kicking myself for not keeping my first Hoola that I finished sometime in December. At the time I wasn't planning on doing a post about it. You'll have to take my word when I say that the pan is twice as deep as the normal pan. There's a lot of product, and a little goes a long way.


It's brown. It's matte. It doesn't have any sheen or shimmer. It's perfect. I also use this product as eyeshadow to blend out my crease every now and then (mostly when I'm tan).

I would say that if you can afford it, if you are looking for a great bronzer, if you love to contour--it's definitely worth the splurge. In my opinion it pays for itself. I bought my first one almost two years ago, and I finished it this past December (22 months)!

Again, I wanted to do this post as a reference for some future reviews on bronzers I've purchased recently.

I haven't heard anything bad about this product. I have only heard good things.

Let me know what your thoughts are in the comments! Have you tried it? Do you love it--hate it? Do you have any dupes?

♥b

Sunday Funday: RODEO

Today is the perfect day to get a lot of things done at home. Freezing rain is on the way, so I figured I would try to get my Sunday Funday post up just in case we're without power for the next couple days. I really want to get as much as I can done today, so I can sleep in and relax tomorrow.

Nothing really exciting happened all week. All I did was go to school and work. Last night, however, we went to the rodeo--one of my favorite things to do. I leave you guys with mostly pictures of how the night went!

The rodeo clown's kid was the absolute cutest!


A friend from high school rides bulls--it was so exciting to watch him!




I hope everyone has a great week!

♥b

Sunday, January 20

SUNDAY FUNDAY: Clothes, Makeup, & Hockey

This past week has been SUPER busy and exciting! School has started back up for the semester, AND I also got an internship through my college! I start this week, and I gotta say--I cannot wait! The office I will be in seems like a really fun environment and my peers seem so sweet!

As I'm getting ready for this week, I've been cleaning out my closet trying to put pieces together for my work wardrobe. As you probably gathered from my blog, I'm not a fashion buff. I'm a jeans and sweatshirt kind of girl. However, I don't mind getting dressed up. I went shopping this morning and found some really great tops and a few more dress pants.


As you know I'm trying not to buy makeup this year...as you can see. HAHA I know my collection isn't as big as others', BUT that's okay. I went through my makeup and threw out a lot of old stuff and re-organized. I might do an in-depth post soon. I'm really trying to save money and 'shop my collection'.


Besides being consumed with school and work-related events, the boy and I decided to have a date night! We went to see A Haunted House which was absolutely hilarious! Definately would recommend it if you love comedies.

We also took in a hockey game. Although our team lost, it was a great night. We got to see some of our friends we haven't seen in a while.



Overall it was a pretty great week. I can't wait to see what else 2013 has in store!

Hope you're having an amazing weekend!

♥b

Saturday, January 19

REVIEW: Palmolive Fresh Infusions

Recently I qualified to receive the Palmolive Fresh Infusions dish soap through the Influenster program. At first, I thought I would pass up the opportunity. After thinking about it I thought, why not!


The main reason I wanted to try this soap is because it's so hard for me to get my foundation brushes clean. Mainly the ones I use to apply my Revlon ColorStay. It's one of the best foundations because of it's long wearing abilities. Sometimes I can spend at least 5 minutes trying to get my brushes clean of that foundation.

While using this 'dish' soap to clean my brushes, I thought it worked great! I didn't have to use a lot, and it seemed like it broke down the foundation a lot faster than the shampoos and facial cleansers that I used to use.

Overall, I think that these are pretty decent soaps. They all smell great and are a definite change from the original Dawn dish soap my mother buys. I'll most likely use one for washing my makeup brushes, and I'll save the others for when I move out on my own.

If you want to give these a try, I would suggest them. Obviously when I run out of these down the road, I will most likely buy whatever is less expensive at the store.

Let me know what you use to clean your makeup brushes and what your opinions are of dish soap--your favorites, does it matter what price, and where do you buy it!

♥b

Smokey Eye using Naked Basics by Urban Decay

I am admitting that I am ABSOLUTELY in LOVE with the Naked Basics palette by Urban Decay! I know I said before that it was just another palette, but honestly, it's the only palette that I've reached for all month. I've been loving the simple matte looks you can create, and last night I put it to the test for a smokey eye.

I figured I would use my favorite smokey eye technique which is basically darker colors at the lash line and lighter shades progressing toward the brow bone. My tip for achieving this kind of smokey eye is to start with the lighter shades and work your way to the darker shades. I always save the highlight (brow bone) shade for last. That way I can control the intensity--some require a lighter or heavier application of color AND some looks I want a matte highlight or maybe sometimes a sheen or pearl finish highlight.



What I love most about this techniques is that when your eyes are open, it doesn't look like you have a lot of makeup on. It's when you start to blink and look down that people notice it. I also love how my lashes don't get lost in the color. I'm so fortunate to have long lashes.


I used all the colors in the palette to achieve this look. I also added a kohl pencil eyeliner on the upper lash line for intensity, and I used a white liner on my inner corners and blended really well. I will be doing a review of the mascara I used--however, I can't think of the name of it right of the top of my head! I also apologize if any of you are creeped out about my eyes--I wore my brown contacts last night. The boy says they sorta creep him out and that I look like a vampire.

Let me know what you think! I wanna know what you think about the Naked Basics palette, your opinions about smokey eye techniques, and don't forget to let me know of any suggestions for reviews and posts!

♥b


Thursday, January 10

Naked Basics Eye Look

I'm going to try to keep this post short. I have been debating whether or not to share this post for the past couple days. You guys have asked me for a look using the new Naked Basics palette from Urban Decay, so here it is.



The photos did not turn out the way I would have liked them to. I know this is going to sound repetitive, but I honestly haven't figured out the best settings on my camera yet. I remember it took me a while to find out what worked best for my old Kodak. Unfortunately, I did this look at night, so I couldn't use my Kodak to take the photos. It would have been pointless.

Let me know what you think about the look, palette, and the photos. Hope everyone is having a great week so far!

♥b


Sunday, January 6

SUNDAY FUNDAY--2013 Resolutions

I used to try to get up a 'Sunday Funday' post up every Sunday before #bbloggers chat on Twitter. They have been some of my favorite posts because I can be more 'personal', and they're a great way for you to get to know me more as a person.

This Sunday I couldn't think of anything better than to share with you my resolutions for 2013. The resolutions I would make in the past used to be too broad like the obvious 'losing weight' or 'getting more organized' or 'saving money', and I could never stick to them. This year is different because I have broken my resolutions down into three categories--Blogging--Better Health--The Little Things in Life. In each of the three categories I've listed a few things that will help me achieve were I want to be by the end of the year and even past 2013.

BLOGGING--Overall I want to keep my blog going. It's something that I LOVE doing and it's the place where I feel comfortable talking about beauty related things. I know that I can get back to blogging on a regular pace again by doing the following:
  1. Pre-written posts. I know this has helped me blog more in the past especially when I was on vacation. I can write up the posts and schedule when they'll be posted. This will also ensure that my posts are quality posts and aren't rushed with missing information. 
  2. More frequent posting. I have the goal to post AT LEAST 2 posts in a week. That might sound slim, but I have a lot of things happening with school and finding an internship/job. I would love to devote all my time to my blog, but unfortunately it won't pay the bills.
  3. Participate in #bbloggers chat. When the #bbloggers chat started, I was on twitter almost every Sunday talking with other bloggers. Life has gotten so busy, that I haven't participated the last few months. I would like to join the conversation again at least twice a month., and also try as much as I can to chat on Wednesdays.
  4. Interact with my followers. I have fallen completely out of sync with my twitter account. It was much harder to instantly reply with my old phone. I just got a new phone, and it's soooooo much easier to tweet back right away and be more conversational with my followers.
BETTER HEALTH--I wouldn't say that I'm crazy overweight, but I have definitely gained quite a bit since high school. Mostly because I haven't been active AT ALL. The other day I was cleaning out my room, and the motivation I got from looking at pictures of the skinnier me was TONS more than I could ever get from creating a 'THINspiration' board on Pinterest. Although that's fun too, here are my goals for better health.
  1. STOP drinking pop. Pop, soda, whatever you want to call--it NEEDS to stop. I know that I can, I just need to. Simple as that. 
  2. Work out. I know it's so what everyone else does for a resolution, but I need to. It was so much easier when I was in high school and involved in PE and sports. After school we'd always be doing something in the gym and weight room. I need to get my ass back working out. Even if it's only for 10 minutes a day. 
  3. Think twice before ordering. The boy and I do our fair share of eating out. I love prime rib, but I don't need it every time we go to Texas Roadhouse! I'm definitely going to make better choices when eating out.
LITTLE THINGS IN LIFE--These are more random things I need to make better in 2013.
  1. Wear those damn retainers. It's been about three years since I've wore my retainers for a steady amount of time. The reason I stopped wearing them is because I was sick of looking for them when I would wake up. I used unconciously take them out and throw them at night. haha you laugh, but it's a scary feeling having to tell MY MOM you lost one of your retainers. I got my braces off more than 5 years ago, and my teeth have shifted quite a bit. My parents spent over $5,000 to get my mouth and teeth to look good, so I guess it's the least I can do.
  2. Limit two makeup items. I also have a bad habit of buying makeup that I don't really need. I know this will be a super hard one, but I'm going to try to limit myself to buying only two items a month.
  3. Go to church. I always used to love going to church. I haven't gone since our Pastor passed away. That was over a year ago. It felt good to go this morning, and our new Pastor seems really nice...hard to follow, but everyone takes time getting familiar with.
Those are my goals and 'resolutions' for the year! Sorry for the lack of posts today. I haven't been doing much this last week. I decided that I'm going to finish my Administrative Assistant program, so I registered for my last classes. This upcoming week will be filled with cleaning, baking, and relaxation before school starts.

Hope you all have a great week!

♥b


Saturday, January 5

REVIEW: Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette

If you haven't heard of the Naked palettes by Urban Decay, you're seriously living under a rock. They are, in my opinion, the most buzzed about pallets over the last two years. To continue the 'Naked' collection, Urban Decay recently released the Naked Basics palette.

I'm not going to try to sell you guys on this palette. What I mean is that the colors are mostly similar to colors in both the original Naked and the Naked 2. Although I've been using it daily and loving it, in my opinion, it's just another palette to say that you have all three palettes.



The Basics palette is half of what the other two palettes are. It's small and compact, but it's tough to open. It consists of 6 shadows (1 "pearly" shade and 5 matte shades) for $27 as opposed to the other which both have 12 shadows and each cost $50.

VENUS--The first shadow is the only 'pearl' finish shadow in this palette, and it's very very similar to Virgin (N1) and Bootycall (N2). I would use this as a brow bone and inner corner highlight.

FOXY--The second shadow is a really light, matte, yellow shade, and it's also in the Naked 2 palette. This is another great highlight shade.

W.O.S. (Walk of Shame)--The third shadow is a light, matte, pale pink. There's nothing similar in either of the other palettes, but I like to think of it as Bootycall's 'matte' twin. Again, this is another shadow I would use for highlight on the brow bone and inner corner.

NAKED 2--The forth shadow is a very light, matte brown. Similar to Naked from the original naked palette, but Naked 2 is a cooler shade and isn't as warm as Naked. I have been using this all over my lid and to blend out my crease shades.

FAINT--The fifth shadow is a medium, matte brown. Nothing is similar in either palettes. Buck would be the obvious choice, but Faint is clearly darker and more cool than Buck. It comes off a lot darker on the eye and in swatches than it looks in the palette. Very pretty and I've been using this for my crease. A little goes a long way, but it's a very nice, natural color.

CRAVE--The final shadow in the palette is a typical matte, black shadow. Very similar to Blackout (N2). Great if you want to use it for eyeliner or to darken the crease and outer corner.

All of the colors are really nice--what else can you expect from Urban Decay. I think this palette is great for anyone. I think matte shadows look great on anyone for any occasion. You clearly can achieve an everyday look or a darker, more sultry smokey eye.

Like I said before, I'm not gonna try to sell you guys on whether or not to buy it. I have been playing with it ever since Christmas, and I really like it. BUT there are many colors similar to the other Naked palettes, and I'm sure I could find more dupes in my collection.

Let me know what you guys think of the this palette and the other Naked palettes! Which one is your favorite? Are they worth the money?

Hope you're all having a great weekend!

♥b

Wednesday, January 2

Most Worn Polish: December 2012

I have obsessed over wearing the same nail polish around the holidays for the past three years. I don't know why, but it's become a holiday staple for me!

What polish am I referring to--Spit Fire by Pure Ice. It consists of mostly light pink glitter and silver duo-chrome glitter that makes it look like there are many different colors of glitter in the polish. I like to think of it as the "neutral" glitter polish of my collection.

It's the perfect color and looks great layered on top of pinks, purples, reds, and even white polish. Last year I wore this very glittery polish over a pastel pink for my birthday, and this year used three coats as my Christmas mani. I feel like this polish goes well with any outfit--whether I'm slummin' it or all dressed up.




I love this polish so much that I already own a backup and also very similar dupe--Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in Strobe Light. Both are under $5 at WalMart and other drugstores.

If you have any other dupes or colors similar to this one, let me know in the comments! I'd also love to know what your 2012 holiday mani was!

♥b

Tuesday, January 1

A Quick Update & HAPPY NEW YEAR!

It's amazing how much time flies. 2012 has come and gone, and it's finally 2013! I'm happy to say that we've survived the 'End of the World', and now we don't have to worry about the 'world ending' for a while.

If you didn't already know I turned the BIG 2-1 of the 21st of December. I feel with my birthday being so close to Christmas some years I get shorted, but this year I was definitely spoiled. I feel like everyone's trying to catch me up in the world of technology. A freak accident happened with my phone on my birthday, so my parents bought me a new phone--Motorola Razr M. The boy bought me a new camera--Nikon CoolPix P510--which is absolutely AMAZING! The boy also upgraded my Ipod to an Ipod Touch! I was also blessed with many gift cards, another Hot Tools curling iron to add to the collection, and after many attempts to find me a new Hoola (Sold Out in my area) he got me the Benefit box powder in Dallas.

Nikon CoolPix P510
I've been battling a cold ever since my birthday, so Christmas and New Years were pretty low key. At the end of every year the family gets together and goes out for a "New Year's Supper". This year we went to Outback Steakhouse--food was delicious and having everyone together makes the holidays that much more special.

The boy and I decided to take a road trip on the last day of 2012. We went out of town for some shopping and to take in a hockey game. We even made it back home in time to watch the ball drop!

One of my favorite photos from last night--did I mention how much I LOVE MY NEW CAMERA!?
I hope everyone had an amazing holiday season and a fun and safe new year!


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♥b