Victoria’s Not So Secret Favorite Things- Beauty 2015

Happy 2016!  I cannot believe how fast 2015 came and went.  With that being said, I am very excited to share with you my favorite beauty products of 2015.  My favorite hair and skin products will be featured in the next blog post!  I hope you enjoy! 

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Face

Primer- Mary Kay Oil Mattifier

Hourglass Mineral Primer Oil Free

Liquid Foundation- L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte

Powder Foundation- bare Minerals Matte

Concealer- It Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye

Under Eye Setting Powder- Ben Nye Banana Powder

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Cheeks

Blushes-  Milani baked blush in Luminoso

Mac Sheertone Shimmer Blush in Peachtwist

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Captivating

Nars Blush in Orgasm

Bronzer- Too Faced Dark Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer

Highlighter- Becca Cosmetics x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Prefector in Champagne Pop

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Eyes

Eye shadow- Makeup Geek individual shadows in Cocoa Bear and Creme Brule

Favorite palette- Urban Decay’s Naked 1 Palette (Favorite colors are Half Baked, Smog, Darkhorse and Buck)

Morphe 35o Palette I did a full blog post on this palette, I will link it here!

Pigment- Makeup Geek’s Utopia

L’Oreal Infallible Pressed Pigment in 335 Golden Emerald

Mascara- Jordana Best Lash Extreme Volumizing Mascara

False Eyelashes- Ardell Double Individuals

Brows- Nyx Micro Brow pencil

Brow Gel- Anastasia Clear Brow Gel

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Misc.

Setting Spray- Urban Decay All Nighter

Self Tanner- Loving Tan Deluxe Bronzing Mousse in Ultra Dark

Nail Polish- China Glaze Thistle Do Nicely

Perfume- Acqua di Gioia

What are some of your makeup products of 2015?

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Making Spirits Bright- Blogmas Day 14

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uglySome activities Amarah and I have been doing this wonderful Christmas season.  We made a gingerbread house, Christmas cookies, went to holiday parties and make a Christmas pizza wreath.  Hope everyone is having a blessed holiday season!  Make sure you enter my giveaway if you haven’t already done so! Make sure you subscribe, like, and comment I’ll link it here! 🙂

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Gift Guide For Her-Blogmas Day 11

Seasons Greetings!!

I’m sorry that I have been MIA for the past few days.  I was out of state and playing catch up!  I will resume posting!  I will be announcing a giveaway too! If you are interested in seeing other gift guides I will link them here.

Under $25 Gift Guide for Her

50 and Under for Her

Men’s Gift Guide

gift guide spendy

Love Your Melon Hats-$30 (These hats are so cute for winter weather! BUT my favorite thing is for ever hat purchased, a hat is donated to a child with cancer!)

Ugg Boots– on sale for $159.99

J. Crew Vest

Victoria’s Secret Silk Pajamas– on sale for $64.50

Hunter Rain Boots– $150

Hunter Boot Socks– $50

Lululemon Yoga Pants– $98

Victoria’s Secret PINK Robe- on sale for $39.50

Northface Jacket– $220

Sigma Essential Kit Bunny – $179

Other Ideas

Car starter

Massage or spa day

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My Top 15 Holiday Movies- Blogmas Day 9

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1. “Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas”

2. Elf

3. The Santa Clause 1,2 &3

4. Fred Claus

5. 12 Dates of Christmas

6. Christmas Cupid

7. Charlie Brown Christmas

8. Hallmark’s The Northpole

9. Four Christmases

10. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

11. I’ll Be Home For Christmas

12. Eloise at Christmastime

13. The Polar Express

14. Year Without A Santa Claus

15. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

What are you favorite Christmas movies?

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Christmas Bucket List 2015- Blogmas Day 7

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CHRISTMAS BUCKET LIST

Go Caroling

Trim the Christmas tree

Listen to Christmas music

Go on a carriage ride

Make Christmas crafts

24 Nights of Christmas books

Look at the Christmas lights

Go sledding

Watch Hallmark Channel Christmas movies

Visit the Christmas Train

See Santa

Write Santa a letter

Send Christmas Cards

Build a gingerbread house

Buy a Toy for Tots gift

Drink hot cocoa

Build a snowman

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Last Minute Gift Guide for Him- Blogmas Day 6

Special man in your life? Boyfriend?  Husband?  Brother?  Father? 

Here are the top gifts that guys have actually said they wanted!

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1. Tickets to watch their favorite sports team!  (I always check Craigslist to score a good deal. First row tickets for less than face value? Yes please!) 

2.Ugg Slippers– $109.95 or these from LL Bean ($69)

3. Socks- sounds boring, but every guy that was asked said they wanted them!

4. Dollar Shave Club – $10-$300. Give the gift of a nice clean shave all year round!

5. iPhone Charger/Case – $35.99

6. Winter hat

7. Men’s Camo Jacket– $113.99

8. Fossil Watch – $125

9. Sephora Favorites Liquid Luxuries Cologne Sampler– $65 ($113 value)  This sampler comes with 15 samples of cologne AND once he decides which one is his favorite, he can use the voucher to redeem a full size fragrance.

10. Favorite bottle of Alcohol

11. Jersey for favorite sports team.  Bonus points if you personalize it with his name.

12. Complete season of his favorite show- Game of Thrones is a favorite

13. Personalized etched glass flask– $24.99

14. Game Console and games- $299

15. Make a 52 reason why I love you out of a deck of cards

16. Ray Bans– $150

17. Go-Pro to document all of his adventures- starting at $199

18. J.Crew Herringbone Flannel– $79.50

19. Fishing pole/ accessories

20. NFL Man Cave Sign– $50

21. Pair of shoes he has been eyeing.  These Nike’s are $165

Other ideas!

If you live somewhere cold, a remote car start!

Speakers for car

Take a cooking class together

Vacation

 

Special thanks to my main man, DDP for helpful ideas!

Happy Gifting!

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20 Gift Ideas For Her Under $25- Blogmas Day 3

Last minute shopper?  Not to worry.  Here are 20 gifts for her that’s under $25.  Whether its for your best friend, mom, sister..these shouldn’t disappoint.

Gift guide1. BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Glow on the Go– $20

2. Bath and Body Works 3-Wick Candle– Get them when they are 2 for $24

3. Selfie Stick– Prices range from $7-$25

4. Too Faced French Kisses Melted Kit– $25

5.Starbucks Mug -$12.95  (fill with gift card for free coffee to star bucks)

6. Fuzzy Socks– $3+

7. Soap and Glory Sets-$20

8. Lush Bath Bombs/Bath Melts$5.25 +

9. Wine- $10+

10. Essie Winter 4pc. Mini Nail Polish– $17

11. A book they haven’t read yet.. I have been wanting to read this one– $8+

12. Tech Glove– These from J Crew Factory are only $11.50

13.Forever 21 slippers-8.90

14. Charming Charlie bracelet– $15

15. Blanket Scarf– $12.49

16. Eyelash Curler– $20

17. Personalized Bar Necklace $20.35

18. Personalized Cutting Board$15.99

19.Harry Potter Shot Glass

20. 3 in 1 Cell Phone Lenses$9.99

Hope these gives you all some ideas!

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24 Nights of Christmas Books! -Blogmas Day 2

Seasons Greetings Lovelies!

I started this tradition with my daughter last year, when she was 3.  I bought (almost) 24 books and wrapped them up and put them under the tree. Every night leading up to Christmas she would pick a book, unwrap and read the book by the tree.  Such a special time shared with my little one.

Christmas Books

  1. The Polar Express
  2. How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  3. Eloise at Christmas Time
  4. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  5. The Littlest Elf
  6. A Charlie Brown Christmas
  7. Snowmen at Christmas
  8. A Christmas Carol
  9. The Snowy Day
  10. The Nutcracker
  11. ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
  12. The Wild Christmas Reindeer
  13. Bear Stays Up For Christmas
  14. The Mitten
  15. The Christmas Baby

I bought less because some nights she stayed at her dad’s and so she wouldn’t be home to read the books anyways.
Just walking into your local Barnes and Noble, and looking at the prices of the books….you can see how having 24 Nights of Christmas Books could get pretty spendy!  But don’t you worry, I have some thoughts as to how to save you $$$.

Frugal Ideas!

  1. Don’t buy 24.  You can pick any number, 15! 10! 7! Whatever works best for you and your family.
  2. Start early.  I start this process during October usually, because the Christmas books are out and buying a little at a time helps my wallet.
  3. Don’t buy all new!!! Seriously.  I bought the majority of my daughter’s books from either Once Upon A Child (my favorite store for shopping for her), it’s a gently used second-hand store for kids and I have found some GREAT titles there with no wear.  I also suggest checking out your local Good Will or thrift shop for books.  You can buy these books for as little as a quarter there!  You may have to sift through books longer, but you can find some real hidden gems.  Hello, money-saving!
  4. If your child receives book orders from school, look into ordering from there.  The Scholastic Book orders usually have some decent books at affordable prices.
  5. Find some Christmas/Holiday books that you have in your collection, and just wrap them up.  No need to buy books all the time, children love the surprise and excitement of unwrapping a gift anyways.  So might as well and wrap some books you already own. 
  6. Amazon usually has great deals!  Look online!  And use ebates.
  7. This may not be the most frugal tip, but what I do is to not just limit myself to finding Christmas books.  I also buy Hanukkah books, books with a winter theme, and especially penguin books (Amarah and I love penguins and they remind me of Christmas so win win!)

 

Hope these are some good ideas for all of you!  Even though we are in the month of December it is never too late to start this tradition!  I know Amarah and I look forward to getting into our comfy pjs, warming up hot cocoa, and finding a book to read by the Christmas tree.

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