Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmas Gold Glitter + A Little Update

Hey everybody!
I wanted to share a Christmas look I created. This is a super easy look but what makes it unique is the dash of gold glitter along the top of the winged liner and in the inner corners of the eyes. I think it's a great way to wear glitter without going crazy! 

I hope this gave you some kind of inspiration. Just remember you don't have to go crazy with the glitter to be festive for the holidays.

I won't be posting for a little while because I will be on vacation. I will be gone for about a week, but will definitely be updating my Instagram. If you want to join me on my vacation to Maryland, Washington D.C., and NYC make sure to follow me! :D It'll be so much fuuuuunnnn!
I plan on creating a post with some of my pics from the trip. Let me know what you think. :)

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Cheers to another year! :D

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Monday, December 16, 2013

The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Her!

Hey everyone!
As the holidays quickly approach us, time is running out to pick up gifts for our loved ones. I know this time of year can be daunting for some people so I wanted to create a Holiday Gift Guide to help give you some gift ideas. The following are gifts that are currently available and I have linked each one of the gifts to the website where I found them. The gifts are also categorized by the "type of woman."

NOTE: This is not a paid or sponsored post and none of these companies know I am featuring them in this gift guide. These are just suggestions I thought would help some of you out during this time :) Maybe it will spark an idea to something else. Who knows!?

Let's get started!!!

The Beauty Lover:

For the beauty lover in your life, the best gift is to get a set with a bunch of trial-sized products. This is the perfect way to try new products without the (price) commitment of buying full-sized products she may not like.

Too Faced: All I Want for Christmas

This set includes:
  • Full Size La Crème Lip Cream in exclusive shade Believe
  • Full Size Shadow Insurance
  • Exclusive Blush/Eye Shadow Trio Compact
  • Deluxe Size Perfect Eyes Eye Liner in Perfect Black
  • Deluxe Size Lash Injection Mascara 

Benefit Little Love Potions

This set includes:
  • The POREfessional
  • It's Potent! Eye Cream
  • High Beam
  • Posietint
  • Stay Don't Stray in light/medium
  • Watt's Up!
  • BADgal Lash
  • "That Gal"
  • Hoola
  • Hoola Ultra Plush 

A few months ago Sephora revamped their entire nail polish line. It's now better than ever! This is the perfect way to play with a variety of nail shades and textures and test out the new formula. This set contains opaque metallics, solids, and confetti glitters in shades that will last through the seasons.

Formula X for Sephora- The Twenty Two

The Fashionista:

This is a cheeky book full of fashion definitions. It's so cute and any fashionista will appreciate it.

As far as fashion is concerned there are only two ages- girlhood and womanhood.
(There are also grandmothers- but it is only necessary to dress as a grandmother if you have a certain kind of figure and lead a certain kind of life.)
You can dress to suit yourself- and therefore your age- but this does not mean that you have to wear clothes that make you look old."

The Little Dictionary of Fashion by Christian Dior

A graphic tee can be paired with numerous outfits! Pair it with a blazer, denim, and pumps or dress it down with cut-off shorts and a pair of Converse. Plus, graphic tees with brand names or city names are really on trend right now.

Celine Paris Graphic Tee

A statement necklace is a MUST in any woman's closet. Statement jewelry takes a boring outfit and turns it into something totally chic and well put together. Stella & Dot have really cute pieces, but you can find statement necklaces anywhere.

Stella & Dot

The Photographer:

Bokeh is really popular in photography right now. Getting the perfect blurred lighting background is a must for the holiday season because it is so festive. It makes any picture look more professional.

Bokeh Kit for Cameras

This camera is perfect for the girls who love pictures. The thing with this camera is that it's a modern-day polaroid. Once the picture is snapped, the film feeds through the top of the camera and you are instantly greeted with a cute picture. This would be a fast and perfect to create collages of friends or family because you get the pictures instantly. Just make sure to purchase camera film because you'll need it!

Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Film Camera

The Tech-Savvy Girl:

Touch screen gloves are perfect for the girl who Never Gets Off Her Phone! She can keep her hands warm while checking Facebook or editing pictures on Instagram.

Isotoner Touch Screen Gloves

And who has time to wait for their phone to charge, anyways? These portable chargers are perfect for the busy girl to take on the go. I think they would also be good to travel since you're more likely to use your battery up taking pics or googling directions to the best restaurants in town.

PowerRocks Magic Stick (Portable Charger)

The Best Friend:

Really anything monogrammed is a good idea. Who doesn't like something that is only theirs? I think it would be cute to get matching scarves with your best friend. :) Or maybe you could personalize a mug or something... Hmmmmm

A Monogrammed Scarf

Spa Gift Set

For this idea, I think it would be cute to create your own gift by hand selecting certain things to create a spa gift set. It would be super easy to take a wicker basket and fill it with spa-themed things. You could include small candles, a facial mask, a towel (optional: personalized), maybe a turbie twist, a robe, soaps, and bath salts/melts. There are TONS of  bath salts, bath melts, and soap DIYs on Pinterest! This can be an extremely personal gift depending on how much time and effort you're willing to put into it.

The Mom:

What mom doesn't like to feel pampered? I suggest getting a bath set in her favorite scent so she can relax after all the stressful holiday madness. Hey, somebody's gotta cook all that food!

Body Shop Gift Set

This set includes:
  • Cranberry Joy Shower Gel
  • Cranberry Joy Body Butter
  • Cranberry Joy Body Polish
  • Cranberry Joy Mini Heart Soap

This next gift is specifically for the mom's who need a little extra help in the skin care department. These products contain great ingredients such as Vitamin C (which brightens skin) and Lactic Acid (which sounds scary, but really just hydrates the skin and lightens any dark spots).

Philosophy Festive Favorites

This set includes:
  • Purity Made Simple
  • The Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash
  • The Microdelivery Peel Vitamin C/Peptide Resurfacing Crystals
  • The Microdelivery Peel Lactic/Salicylic Acid Activating Gel
  • Hope in a Jar
  • Hope in a Jar Night
The Sister:

Again with the personalized gifts. I think a personalized necklace or matching bracelets would be super cute to share with your sister... even though she can be stubborn sometimes and doesn't listen when you give her advice... (clears throat) lol it's still important to have something special you both share- other than your mom, of course.

Personalized Necklaces

Picture Frames/Collages 

Since I have two sisters, I think it would be cute to recreate the Three Wise Monkeys (hear no evil, speak no evil, see no evil). Each picture could go into a spot in the frame! :) OR of course, you can just fill it with whatever pictures you already have. I personally like all the pictures to be uniformed by color, so I'll make all the pictures black and white, sepia, or whatever you like...

Well, that's it!

It took a long time to create this list, but hopefully it will help someone out there who is kind of stuck on what to get for their woman in their life. The best gifts are those that hold some kind of meaning behind them. Again, these are just ideas and suggestions. Maybe they will spark another idea. Who knows? Just have fun with it. I hope you all have a wonderful time over the holidays and enjoy the people you have in your life. :) Now go shopping!!! ;P

What are some things you want for Christmas this year?

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Saturday, December 14, 2013

Studio Gear 2013 Holiday Palette Review and Look

Hey guys!
Today I bring you a review and makeup look with the Studio Gear's Holiday palette. This is the palette they released for the 2013 holiday season. 

Here is how the outer package looks. 

The palette is very sleek and slim. It also has a magnetic closure so it's super convenient for travel. 

On the inside of the palette there are instructional steps on how to achieve a smokey eye using the palette. 

Here are the eyeshadows and blush that comes in the palette. All the eyeshadows are shimmery and the blush is a typical peachy color with golden shimmers. 

Here are swatches of the eyeshadows and the blush. The colors aren't super pigmented and are a dry formula. 

I actually think the blush is the star player in this palette. The eyeshadows are ok but the blush definitely stands out and is beautiful. 

Here is the look I created with the palette. It's a really soft look and super easy to create, especially if you are new with makeup. The color was a little hard to build up, but if you're looking for a softer smokey eye look, then this is definitely the palette to use. It kind of reminds me of an icy winter smokey eye.

Here is the full face look with the shadows and blush.

Overall, this palette is okay... but to be completely honest, I wasn't too impressed. The colors were pretty dry and not very pigmented. I also wish there would have been at least one matte eyeshadow included instead of all shimmer. I did, however, love the blush. The color and pigmentation is spot on. 

Later that day I went grocery shopping at Sam's and the cashier LOVED my makeup and she said it looked like model's makeup. So, who knows! I'm sure some people out there will love this palette way more than me. You just have to try it for yourself to know for sure. 

They are currently running a special on this palette if you are interested. It is originally $40, but is on sale for $25 :) So, get it while it's on sale. 

They are also offering all my readers a 10% discount :) 
(Note: This code does not expire and is good for 10% off your entire order on

You can find Studio Gear at Ulta and on their website

I was sent this palette for review but all thoughts and opinions are my own. 
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