Monday, April 25, 2016

Weekend Catch-up & Monday Motivation

Hello There!

I hope you all had a great weekend and that your Monday is going well.


This past weekend was the calm before the busy storm hits for the next few weeks.  We basically did nothing most of the weekend which was really nice, but we did go out on a short hike on Saturday morning.  It was a little drizzly on the hike, but it was nice still because there were not a lot of people out so we had the trail to ourselves. The above is us taking a picture by this carved wood bench and J would not stop making faces so therefore I couldn't stop laughing.


I also got the letter saying my car loan is paid off.  I am so glad to be done paying my car off and to officially own my beast car!

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This quote is a great reminder that everything starts small.  This sentiment is definitely going to help me through this busy Monday I have planned and the note pad it is on is beautiful.

Have a fab week and stay tuned for some fun posts coming up this week!

Until next time,

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Orglamix March 2016 Glambag

Hello There!

I got to try out some amazing products from Orglamix.  I have been using them over the last month since I got their March Monthly Glambag (shown below) which was called Lucky Chick. 


The theme for the month was definitely St. Patrick's Day based on the product names and the colors included in the box.  I love that all of the products are cruelty free.  They are also vegan, natural, and made in small batches which means higher quality control.


The box came with a card explaining all the products and with a coupon code on the back of it as well as their social media links. It also explains their initiative for donating a meal to an orphaned child in need for every box sold which is incredible.


Here is a look at everything included in the box.  I got an essential oil rollerball, aromatherapy lip balm, lip scrub, pure mineral eyeshadows, glitter pigment, and a cream eyeshadow/liner.


The lip scrub is called Shamrock Shake and smells like sweet mint and is fantastic at exfoliating my lips.  I use this a few times a week and follow it up with the lip balm.  The balm is very hydrating and smooth.  The lime scent of the balm is not overwhelming, but is a nice feature.


I am obsessed with the essential oil rollerball called Lucky Chick.  It has eucalyptus and various mints which makes for a very calming and relaxing scent.  I have this at work with me and put it on my pulse points and temples when I get stressed.  It is a great natural relaxer and helps me focus.



Pot of Gold is the glitter pigment and it is a bright yellow gold.  It is very pretty, but very chunky.  It'd be fun for a night out or a summer festival, but isn't super practical for every day for my office job.  Catch a Leprechaun is a primer, shadow, and liner all in one and is a beautiful deep pigmented mossy green that is great for any time of the year and for any occasion.  It looks beautiful for all three purposes.


The packaging is simple and similar to bare minerals for the pigment and the mineral shadows.  It makes it so easy to use all the products.  


The two mineral shadows are called Limerick and Eye-rish.  They are both gorgeous and very pigmented.


It is easy to get just the right amount of product out without getting too much with this packaging so I love that I am not wasting any product. 



From left: Pot of Gold, Eye-Rish, Limerick (limerick is there twice, the truest color is the left most swatch), and Catch a Leprechaun.

The glitter stayed put with just a regular primer which really impressed me and the other colors really last all day.  They are beautifully pigmented and I wear Catch a Leprechaun as a shadow and liner all the time as well as Eye-Rish.  Pot of Gold I reserve for special occasions or fun events and Limerick is so fun for the spring and summer and looks beautiful with a yellow gold shadow as well as browns to give a pop of color.

Overall I am very pleased with this box and the quality of the shadows.  I know they call it a glambag, but I find that confusing since it comes in packaging in a box with no bag.

If you are interested or want to find out more about Orglamix then head over to their website, instagram, or Facebook (see more social media links on their website!).

If you have any questions, comments, or whatever please leave them below!

Until next time,




disclaimer:  I was sent the March 2016 Orglamix Glambag by Orglamix.  I was provided the box for consideration.  All thoughts/comments/whathaveyou are 100% my own.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Where Has The Time Gone? : Where I've Been and What's Next!

Hello There!

Long time no see!  It's been far too long since I've blogged last and I want to give you all some updates on what I've been up to before I jump back in to blogging regularly.

So, once Thanksgiving came and went the Wedding planning and finalizing everything went into full swing.  Honestly the last months of 2015 are a complete blur.



I got married on 01/01/2016 and went on my honeymoon right after.

I went back to work in mid-January and things at work went from zero to sixty.  All the projects and things pending from when I was out were awaiting me.  I also began launching our new systems at work which meant lots of overtime and working holidays and snow days.  It's been a very busy start to the new year and things are finally starting to calm down.

I will be doing a lot of post-wedding posts about everything to do with my wedding from planning to the big day itself and our honeymoon.  I will be sharing so many pictures about all of that too!  Those will begin to roll out next Wednesday with a new series entitled Wedding Chat Wednesday (how original, I know) and some will feature entires from my new hubby.

This week I have a post on a new subscription box full of organic makeup coming your way.  The box is just gorgeous and I cannot wait to share it with you!

I will also start posting again about my subscription boxes I currently get and about my favorite products.

More fashion posts will be going up including some on event styles, like weddings and other various parties as well as workout and casual wear.

I am so grateful to all of you who have stuck in there during my hiatus and anyone who joins me brand new from this point on!

Here's so more PBB in the future and getting things back on track!  

Until next time,

Thursday, October 29, 2015

For You Halloween Slackers: 4 Last Minute Costumes

Hello There!

Halloween is tomorrow and if you've been slacking on a costume and need to get one to wear to work or otherwise I have four quick ones you can whip up with things you may already have at your disposal.


Pumpkin

For the Pumpkin I am wearing a shirt I bought on Etsy, but would be so easy to make with an orange shirt or sweatshirt and either iron on transfers or some fabric paint.  You could also just wear any orange colored top or cardigan.  I paired it plain black jeans from AE and flats.
You can do this up by wearing a pumpkin lipstick or doing up orange on your eyes or keep it more subdued with a simple eye and winged liner.

I also bought these adorable fabric earrings off of Etsy, but you could wear any black or orange ones or pick up a cute festive pair that drugstores usually have this time of year.

This look would also be so cute if you added some sort of pumpkin headband with a stem on it.  You can really customize this to make it work for you and what you have in your wardrobe or what might be easy and inexpensive to grab quickly.

Kitty


I bought the Pusheen kigurumi as soon as it came out so that's what I am wearing here.  It is so dang cute and the hood has Pusheen's face and ears on it.
 You can make the cat yours by dressing in all black for a black cat, a bunch of colors for a calico, all white for a white kitty, or even rainbow for Nyancat.



I love this thing, it is so warm and cozy and look at the cute details on the back like the tail and stripes!


For my makeup I used black gel liner and a black gel pencil liner to draw on my nose, top lip, and whiskers.  I filled in my top lip with the black gel liner and my bottom lip with a pink liquid lipstick.
I messed up my hair a bit to give me a sort of lion's mane look which you could take a lot bigger than what I did if you want to go full on lion look for this.


Here's exactly what I used for my cat makeup look:Mary Kay's Gel Liner in black, Julep's Gel Eye Glider in blackest black, Too Faced's Melted Lipstick in Peony, and a cheap liner brush.  You can use any gel liner, a cheap liner brush, any pencil liner (I used a gel formula one), and any pink or red lipstick.

Minnie Mouse


For my Minnie Mouse I popped on my Minnie ears I got at Disney and a Mickey Sweater.  I put this on with some slouchy black pants from Fabletics, but this could be paired with a skirt for a more true Minnie look.
You could wear any black or red outfit and throw on some mouse ears to do this costume.


I did a very similar technique to the cat look with gel liner and the pencil liner for the nose and whiskers.  I added a red lip to this one and used white shadow to get the shine marks.


Here's exactly what I used to get this look: Meet Matte Nude by theBalm, Sephora's pencil liner in black, Mary Kay's Gel Liner in black, MAC's Retro Matte in Riri Woo (similar), and some very cheap makeup brushes.
I used the matte white shadow to do the shines, the matte red lip, and the gel liner and a thinner pencil liner to create the thinner mouse whiskers.




I couldn't resist grabbing the cat for a cat and mouse picture.  She clearly had other ideas and did not want to participate.

Heart Eye Emoji


For the last costume I did my rendition of the heart eye emoji.  


I wore this Wildfox sweater with it which is perfect for this costume.  You could really honestly wear whatever you want with this one since the whole costume is pretty much the face.


I made my hearts pink and matched them to my lipstick.  This was so easy to do and would be something you could throw on very quickly if you needed a costume in a pinch, plus you don't really have to paint your whole face yellow to get the point across.


I kept my same eye makeup I wore to work this day on and worked all of the costumes around it.  I painted the pink as close to my eyelids as possibly without actually going on them because I liked how that looked and it allows you to still have a bit of a glam eye for going out.


This is all I used to get my look, MAC's Viva Glam Miley 1 lipstick and a cream shadow brush from Sephora.
I will say I do not recommend using lipstick around your eye area, I concede that that was a very dumb idea as my eyes are pretty sensitive and were stinging a bit during this and even more when I tried to get this stuff off.
I would suggest creating this look by using some water in a pink powder shadow or getting a pink cream shadow and using that instead since it is actually made to go around and on your eye area.


To get all this mess off my face after each look I used YestoBlueberries makeup wipes and then Embryolisse  lait-creme concentre to cleanse my face and get the remaining makeup off (especially for the heart eyes).
I used MAC's Fix+ to wet the white shadow for the Minne Mouse costume.

I hope these help you if you're doing a last minute costume for today or tomorrow.

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Let me know what you end up being for Halloween and have a safe and fun night!

Until Next Time,

disclaimer: All products I did not purchase for myself are marked with an *.  All thoughts/comments/whathaveyou are 100% my own.

#TBT Halloween Edit

Hello There!

Since today is Throwback Thursday and in two days it will be Halloween I thought it would be fun to share just a few Halloween costumes I have worn over the years.



This one here is my brother and I as a cowboy and cowgirl when I was about 4 and he was about 2.  We used to do a lot of DIY when it came to our costumes with a few pieces bought at at store.
This is one of my favorite Halloween costumes from when I was little.


Here's one from High School.  My skirt that got cropped out of all these pictures is a really cool long white maxi with spider webs and spiders embroidered all over it.  I topped it with a white tank and orange bolero.


I wore that skirt for so many Halloweens because it is simple and I could wear thick leggings underneath.  


In College I created these bat costumes for my now fiance and I.  I bought us black sweatshirts and got some mesh black fabric at a craft store.  I trimmed the fabric to create a bat wing shape and did some simple stitches to attach the fabric to the sweatshirts.  I love this because after Halloween I took the stitches out so we could wear the sweatshirts for everyday (college budgeting!).


This last one I did for going to work at my last job a few years ago.  I had gotten back from Disney and had my ears and this cute Mickey sweater so I put them.
I then painted whiskers and added a mouse shaped nose onto mine in black gel liner.  I added a white shine mark to my nose by wetting a brush with some water and dipping it into the shadow, it worked well and stayed on all day.
I put on a bright matte red lipstick and added shine marks the same way as the nose to my top and bottom lip.
This was such an easy costume and was work appropriate.

I'll have a few last minute Halloween costume ideas going up tomorrow.

What are you going to be for Halloween this year or what was your favorite costume you've worn?


Until next time,

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Wedding Wednesday: Let's Talk Tuxes

Hello There!

Now that I have completed almost everything I need to for my Wedding that is less than three months away I wanted to start reflecting on various aspects of planning.

Today I am starting with the guys, specifically their attire.  We've already secured our suits and I'll talk more about that in another post, but I wish I knew about the ability to order suits online before I went with a local retailer.

Weddington Way who has done beautiful bridesmaids dresses has opened up The Gent Shop for all the guys needs.
You can fully customize the suits and coordinate them with a massive array of colors (over 75!).  They have chic suits in a whole host of styles for any type of occasion, from beach to formal.

They have an awesome concierge service that can help you match the suits to your bridesmaids dresses.  The service also helps you find tailors near you (and any of your guys) to get the best measurements so the suits fit perfectly and if it doesn't fit perfectly they'll overnight you a replacement.  Returning the suits could not be easier because they come with a prepaid mailer that you pop everything back into and just put in the mail.

The rentals are reasonably priced and you can rent shoes if you need those too.  They also have options for bowties as well as ties and a variety of vest colors to match the suits and ties.



I personally love the Dylan style suit, it's sharp and classic with a bit of an edge and very similar to the style I ended up putting all my guys in.


The gorgeous satin contrast on the lapel makes this suit slightly more modern than a typical classic tuxedo.



I love how perfectly this gorgeous short lace bridesmaid dress goes with the sharp suit.  You can do so much on Weddington Way to make your bridal party look sharp. 
For the guys it provides easy rentals that can be shipped back right at your mailbox without having to worry about running back to a store and for the girls it provides stylish dresses you can rent and a massive selection of dresses you can buy that take you from the Wedding to any event after that.

They also have section of dresses for all the various events as a bride you need to go to like the Bridal Shower, Bachelorette Party, and Rehearsal Dinner.

I can't resist sharing a few more pictures of these gorgeous suits.







If you are in the stages of planning your Wedding or know someone who is tell them to check out Weddington Way for all their suit and dress needs.

Head here to check out the suits and here to check out the dresses.

Let me know your favorite looks and what else wedding related you might want to see from me.

Until next time,

disclaimer: I was approached by Weddington Way to talk about their new range of suits and of course I am talking about it because I fell in love with the suits and the ease of the website.  I was not paid to speak about the suits and did so because I wanted to let my readers know about this awesome service.  All thoughts/comments/whathaveyou are 100% my own.