Thursday, September 18, 2014

Nails Of The Week

L'Oreal Privee Collection - Liya's Nude 630

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Quote Of The Week

Accept who you are, and revel in it. - Mitch Albom "Tuesdays With Morrie"

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

My August Favorites!!

This month is a variety of products.  I have beauty, lifestyle, and fashion items, because that's what I have been using the most of!

-  The Lorac Pro Palette:  This has quickly become my favorite palette that I own!  I have used it everyday that I have worn makeup.  If you are looking for a great, high quality palette, with shimmers and mattes, you should seriously consider this one!  If you would like to see my full review and looks, Click Here!

-  Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade:  This product has single handedly changed my brow routine.  It is essentially 3 products in one!  I used to use a pencil, shadow, and setting gel.  Now I only use the dip brow pomade.  This has quickly become a holy grail product for me.  It has a gel/mouse type of texture, so a little goes a long way.  It sets pretty quickly and once it does, it does not budge!!  It is also waterproof.  Have you ever seen someone whose eye brow is sliding or smudged down their face?  This will NOT happen with this product!  It comes in five colors...blonde, auburn, chocolate, dark brown, and ebony.  I use dark brown and it goes great with my blue black hair color.  I love this product so much that I have told all my beauty friends and family about it.  My mom recently bought it, and she loves it as well.

-  O.P.I. Nail Polish - Lincoln Park After Dark:  I love my dark polishes, and this is a new one for me.  OPI has a great, long lasting formula that doesn't disappoint.  This is a great fall/winter shade.  With these dark colors just make sure you have a clear base coat, otherwise you will get dark staining on your nails.

-  Apple Cider Vinegar:  This has actually been a life changer for me.  I take ACV twice a day, everyday.  To see my Health Tip Of The Week, and all of ACV's benefits Click Here!

-  Floral Fringe Kimono:  This is my very first kimono, and I love it!!  These have recently started trending, and I can see why.  They are lightweight, comfortable, a transition piece, and soooo cute!  I first saw this one on Target's website, and then found it in store.

-  Barnes & Noble Messenger Bag:  I wasn't out looking for a bag, but am so happy I stumbled upon it.  I had just purchased my husband the same type of bag at Men's Warehouse for $100, and he likes mine better!  I purchased it in gray and brown.  I have been carrying these so much, because my daily routine has changed, so I am away from my house a lot more.  I can carry my Mac Book, and iPad, along with my wallet, planner, notebook, magazines, etc.  It also has a slide pocket for your cellphone and pens.  There is also an inside zipper where I keep beauty essentials and stevia for my tea. On the outside of the back there is a large zipper.  I bought this for only $29.99!  If you have the Barnes & Noble rewards card, you will get an extra 10% off.

*The lining inside the gray bag is turquoise.

-  Harney & Sons GreenTea With Coconut, Ginger and Vanilla (green tea with a thai twist):  I ordered this tea at Starbucks one evening, and had to purchase a tin of it.  It is unlike anything I have tried or seen in the grocery stores.  It is light, yet flavorful.  I love to have this late morning/early afternoon if I need a few minute break in my routine.  It is more expensive than what you would buy at the grocery ($10.95 for 30), but definitely worth it for us tea lovers!!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Quote Of The Week

"Never say I can't.  I have to tell you that it's not going to be easy.  Take every chance and every opportunity that you can.  Don't say I can't or I shouldn't or I'm too tired." - Joan Rivers

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Nails Of The Week

OPI - Lincoln Park After Dark

We don't say hate in my family, but let me say that I extremely dislike summer!!  I know it isn't a popular opinion, but I am completely fed up with it!  That is why I have such dark nails this week.  I'm dreaming of fall and winter :)  

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Spa Gift Certificate Giveaway!!

Thanks to my wonderful Esthetician, Kayla, I have TWO $25 spa gift certificates to giveaway!  I have been seeing her once a month since May and I have had excellent results!  She is very kind and knowledgeable, and provides a calm, comfortable, and relaxing environment.  If you are in the Columbus area, don't miss out on this great opportunity to have some me time!  Click Below :)

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Review - The Lorac Pro Palette, Plus 3 Eye Looks!

I have been wanting this palette for a LONG time.  I remember around the holidays, I went to Sephora to buy it.  They had just sold out of it, and said that they weren't going to be carrying it anymore.  That same month, I had bought my first Urban Decay Naked Palette, Naked 3, and wondered if I would like the original naked better than the Pro Palette.  After researching both, I decided to buy the Lorac palette, because it has 8 matte shades and 8 shimmer shades.  The naked palette only has 2 mattes, with a total of 12 shades.  It also retails for $12 more.  Plus, the Lorac palette has some great colors that are jewel toned, not just neutrals.

Here is the packaging.  It also came with a 0.19 oz. of the Lorac Behind The Scenes Eye Primer.  Even though this is a small sample, you need such a small amount, that it will last a long time.  This primer does help my shadows stay on all day.  My eye looks do not budge!  It has a silky feel, and goes on clear.  It does not conceal any redness or veining that you may have.  This was a nice little bonus to get along with the palette.

So, let's get to the main attraction.  There are 16 shadows in total.  The top row are the mattes and the bottom are the shimmer shades.  As you can see, they range from white all the way to black.

Let's start by taking a closer look at the mattes.  They are as follows (from left to right) white, cream, light pink, mauve, sable, espresso, and black.  Below you can get a better look at the way they swatch. 

The shimmer shades are as follows (from left to right) nude, champagne, gold, light bronze, pewter, garnet, deep purple, and slate.

You can see from the swatches how pigmented these are, and they are very buttery.  I have had no fallout at all, and they blend out beautifully.  These are definitely high quality shadows.  

With so many colors, the looks you can create are endless!  Here are three looks that I recently created, 2 are more daytime, while the last one is a more dramatic evening look.

Colors Used:
Lid - Champagne (shimmer)
Crease - Taupe & Mauve (matte)
Outer V - Espresso (matte)
Brow Bone - Cream (matte)
Inner Corner - Cream (matte)

Colors Used:
Lid & Inner Corner - Nude (shimmer)
Crease - Taupe (matte)
Outer Crease - Mauve (matte)
Brow Bone - White (matte)

Colors Used:
Lid (inner) - Nude (shimmer)
Lid (outer) - Pewter (shimmer)
Crease - Sable (matte)
Outer V - Deep Purple (shimmer)
Brow Bone - White (matte)
Lower Lash Line (outer half) - Deep Purple (shimmer)
Lower Lash Line (inner half) - Pewter (shimmer)

I used no liner for any of these looks.  I did use shadows as my liner for this last look.  I used them dry, and still got a very pigmented look.  The key to all these looks is blending.  Always use a blending brush to blend where the colors meet.  This will give you that gradient affect, like one color seamlessly transitions to the next.

I think this palette would look great on everyone no matter your hair, eye, or skin color.  It is universally flattering.  With so many possible daytime and evening looks, this also makes a great travel palette.  You would need NOTHING else for your eyes!  Not even liner!  The palette is very thin and lightweight, and takes up minimal space whether you are packing it in a suitcase or just your everyday storage.  It also has a good size mirror, which is very convenient.  You can purchase the Lorac Pro Palette at for $42.00.  Now, I have more drugstore makeup than I do higher end makeup, but I must say that this palette in size and quality is unmatched to anything that you will find at the drugstore.  In my opinion, it is well worth the $42 price tag.  With 16 shadows, that turns out to be only $2.63 per shadow!  

If you are in the market for a new palette or have been thinking about purchasing this one, I hope this review helped.  Have a great weekend!!