The Becca X Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Face Palette

Hi my beauties!!

It has been forever! But I have missed you!

Just wanted to do a quick post on the Becca X Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Face Palette! It is honestly the most beautiful thing I have ever seen! I am a very loyal Jaclyn Hill subscriber, and follower her vicariously on SnapChat! When she announced a limited number of her face palette was going to be released early I jumped on the Sephora app and bought it!

Here are some first looks!

luxurious packaging

white and gold, my favorite color combo 😍

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swatches

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4-1-1

3 Blushes: Rose Spritz, Amaretto (matte), Pamplemousse (matte)

2 Highlights: Champagne Pop and the new Prosecco Pop

Price: $52 for 5 products!

Made in the USA

Total Net Wt. .72oz

Huge Mirror!

I love this already! Will be a staple to travel with!

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Mini Lush Haul

I went shopping at the Mall of America this past weekend to buy some last minute necessities for Mexico, and I always have to stop in the Lush Store to pick up some bath products for my daughter and myself.

Lush Haul

Frozen Bath Bomb – $8.95

Description of the bath bomb: shimmering blue bath bomb filled with neroli from Tunisia and precious rose oil from Turkey

Frozen bath bomb

Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar– $7.95

Description of this bubble bar: Lavender, ylang ylang and neroli

 

You’ve Been Mangoed Luxury Bath Melt– $6.45 I picked up two of these and gave one away as a gift.

This bath melt is loaded with nutritious mango and avocado butters to condition and moisturize the skin. The fruity fragrance comes from skin toning lemon and lime essential oils.

 

Tea Tree Water Toner– $10.95

This tony is for oily, acne-prone dull or tired skin.  Filled with cleansing tea tree, juniper berry and grapefruit waters keep skin looking fresh and balance skin tone.

Tea Tree

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Ulta and Skincare Haul

I have recently been on a mission to find the perfect skin care regiment for my skin.  I have always suffered with sensitive, oily, acne-prone skin.  I have never had “perfect skin” unless you count when I would tan every day…but with years of sun damage, I have finally chosen to take care of my skin, focus on quality ingredients and prevent further damage and aging.  Here’s my latest haul from mostly Ulta and Sephora. I am also going to Mexico next month and I needed to find some products that will protect my skin when I am soaking up the hot Mexican sun.

New skin care

Murad

Murad Acne Clearing Solution Complete Acne Kit– $65

Clarifying Cleanser

Acne Clearing Solution

Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15/PA++

Skin Perfecting Lotion

Acne Spot Fast Fix

Premier Refining Facial Peeling Mask– $129.99 (2.04 oz)

Juice Beauty Oil-Free Moisturizer (2 fl oz)

Peter Thomas Roth

Peter Thomas Roth Brightening Bubbling Mask

Peter Thomas Roth Mega-Rich Intensive Anti-Aging Cellular Creme

Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask *sample*

Peter Thomas Roth Acne-Clear Invisible Dots *sample*

Peter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion PM Night Serum

tarte maracuja C-brightner eye treatment

Kate Somerville EradiKate acne treatment

Daily Wonders Pore Gone for Good Mask

Molivera Organic Caster Oil– I use this to help nourish and grow my lashes

Sun Block

Sun Care

Sun Bum sunscreen in SPF 50 and 30

Coola Organic Suncare Travel Set

Face Classic Sunscreen SPF 30 in cucumber

Liplux SPF30 (lip balm)

SPF 30 Pina Colada Sunscreen Spray

Radical Recovery After-Sun Lotion

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Aztec Secret Indian Clay Deep Poor Cleaning– I bought this because I heard it was a dupe for the Glam Glow Mud Mask. I have used Glam Glow before and I didn’t see any difference, hoping for more success with this one!

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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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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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Mermaid Halloween Makeup

Happy (day after) Halloween Lovelies!

Just wanted to post my makeup look to go with my DIY Mermaid Costume.  I’ll link the costume here.

I apologize for the poor quality. My makeup looked so much better in person!

I apologize for the poor quality. My makeup looked so much better in person!

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Makeup

Eyes and scales

Colored Contacts – Acuvue Colours in Saphire

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Too Cool

Loreal Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow in Endless Sea and Burst into Bloom

Nyx Prismatic Shadow in Mermaid

Covergirl Bombshell Volume Mascara in Very Black

Ardell Medium Black Individual Lashes

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Chocolate

Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel

Gems from local craft store

Ardell Clear Lash Glue

Face

Benefit POREfessional Face Primer

Loreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation in 106

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealer in Tan

Ben Nye Bella Luxury Powder in Banana

Bare Minerals Matte SPF 15 Foundation in Medium Beige

Too Faced Dark Chocolate Soleil Bronzer

Benefit Hoola Bronzer

Nars Blush in Orgasm

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagn Pop

Hope everyone had a wonderful Halloween! I would love to know what you dressed up for Halloween 🙂

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DIY Mermaid Costume

This year I decided to be a mermaid for Halloween.  Many of the mermaid costumes at the store show off the mid-drift area.  I was really inspired by Kim Kardashian’s high- waisted mermaid skirt.  She slayed it with this costume.

Materials for the Skirt

Mermaid scales fabric.  I bought 1.5 yards from JoAnn Fabric

Old maxi skirt or body con skirt to use as a guide (optional)

Fabric Glue

Scissors

safety pins

needle and thread

Sheer fabric/ tulle for the fin. I bought 2.5 yards

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Materials for the Top

2 large shells.  I bought mine as a seashell bra from the Dollar Store

Base for a top- tank top, crop top, bra, or swimsuit top.  Whatever you choose

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gems

gem glue

Mermaid costume top

Directions for Skirt:

  1. If using an old maxi skirt as a guide, you can leave the skirt long or do what I did, which was cut the skirt to my knees.
  2. Next, pin the fabric onto the skirt.
  3. Once your fabric is secure, glue the fabric onto the top of the skirt by using fabric glue
  4. For extra support, sew the top of the top of the skirt. Making sure the mermaid fabric and skirt are properly attached.
  5. Cut away excess fabric.  I cut mine two inches below my knees.
  6. Cut the fabric you have chosen for the fin into 6-12 inch sections
  7. Pin the fin fabric to the skirt. Making a “V” shape at the bottom of the skirt.  I put more in the front to give it that full effect.
  8. Glue fin fabric to skirt
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Body of the skirt. Cut below knees

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If you don’t want to make your own skirt but still want to have a maxi skirt with a mermaid vibe you can buy this beautiful one from Windsor. FYI it is $39.90.

Mermaid skirt from Windsor here

Directions for the Top

This is more about your own personal preference.  But this is how I made mine.

  1. Glue your two big shells over tank top
  2. Organize gems and sequences around the top
  3. Glue the gems and sequences on using fabric glue or a hot glue gun
  4. Viola!  You have a classy mermaid costume

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Mermaid

“Always be yourself….unless you can be a mermaid..then be a mermaid.”

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20 Best Halloween Makeup Tutorials 2015

I have scoured the internet to find you all some of the best Halloween Makeup Tutorials.  If you are looking for some last minute inspiration here are some!!

*I have no affiliation with anyone mentioned in this video.  I have not created these looks, instead found some that will hopefully inspire you* 🙂

Best Classic Glam

Victoria Secret

This isn’t a “Halloween” tutorial, but is a great option if you desire a more classic, glamorous look.  It can go with any costume.

Best Glamorous AND Scary

Werewolf
Little Red Riding Hood
Zombie

Best Vampire

Best Fantasy

Mermaid
daenerys targaryen
Fairy
Black Swan

Best Animals

Deer
Leopard
Peacock

Pretty much anything by this girl

Best Scary Zombie

Best Princess

Elsa
Belle
Jasmine
Best Goddess

Hope these inspire you for Halloween!

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