Friday, December 27, 2013

Review: Coastal Scents 88 Original Eye Palette and 66 Lip Palette

     Hey guys! Today I want to talk to you about my first look and experience with coastal scents products!! I finally took the plunge on Black Friday, when they had their 50% off site wide sale and purchased two of their palettes. I got the 88 Original palette and the 66 Lip Palette. That way I could have a little variety in the products that they had to offer.
     To start off, I am going to talk about the 88 Original Eye Palette. I have to say I was a little shocked on the size of the palette but once I opened it up I was in awe of the amount of colors in there. The pots are each about the size of a dime, actually a tad bit bigger and they ARE pretty pigmented! Which means that they will last a long time because you don't need so much product. Plus, you have EIGHTY-EIGHT colors to choose from!!!! I would still use a primer with these though, especially the lighter shades to make them stand out with a truer color. To date, I have used about half the colors in the palette. They really are all useable colors, despite what others might tell you. You just have to have the proper know how of how to use and apply the colors.

See all the pretty colors!!! :)
      The colors apply really nice and smooth. They are very easy to blend and look awesome on! I definitely LOVE this palette and plan on purchasing many more of the 88 palettes! I think I will eventually have all of them. :)

     The other palette I purchased was the 66 lip palette. I have to say I am absolutely in LOVE with it! Now, these are more of lipsticks instead of lip glosses. So I definitely think you should be aware of that because I was expecting a lip gloss palette. The exception would be the clear and then the really light pinkish/clear color on the top row, 4th one in. Those are definitely more of a soft glossy consistency and look awesome over the other lip colors. You do need to be careful when putting those 2 colors onto a lip brush though, because it is very easy to dig into them and get too much. I have used about a third of the colors so far with everyday wear and just playing around with the palette. They are all really beautiful. The blues would even look awesome as part of a wintery themed outfit or costume (such as the "white witch" from the Narnia movies). The consistency for some of these is a little dry. I have been having to use a clear gloss to keep them from looking feathery and old. Overall I am very happy with the palette. It is definitely something I look forward to traveling with. Nothing is worse then having to travel with a bunch of lipsticks and having them get hot and melt all over the tube! This way I don't have to worry about the mess and I have a TON of options. :)
      Finally, I wanted to show the little extras they throw into the box. I got one of their business cards, an I Heart Makeup sticker, and an eye shadow sampler quad! I gave the quad to my sister because she loved the colors and it was great for her to use for school (she's in 9th grade). It would also be really nice to travel with overnight. It takes up next to no room (but you get an awesome amount of product for a sampler).

      Thank you guys for checking out my mini review. If you have never tried Coastal Scents and are on the fence about it, hopefully this has convinced you to take the plunge! :)

"A Little Glamour Goes A Long Way"

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Holly Jolly Holiday Tag 2013

As most of you are aware, I posted my video for the Holly Jolly Holiday Tag around 2 years ago. I thought I would post an updated blog version this year. If you didn't watch my video in 2011, here it is:

And HERE is my updated 2013 Tag!

Holly Jolly Holiday Tag Questions:
-Favorite Christmas movie?
My favorite Christmas movies are Polar Express (no brainer) and The Christmas Shoes. I love the magical wonder of The Polar Express as well as the music (Josh Groban baby!!). Then the Christmas Shoes goes into the selflessness of the season and how one little boy who is on the brink of losing his mother tries to spend every last penny he has to make her final Christmas on Earth wonderful. He doesn't have the money and the workaholic behind him in line is touched by his story and pays for them.  

-Are you on the Naughty list or the Nice list?
NICE! Of course! We all have our moments where we could be on the Naughty List, but I think primarily I am pretty good.

-Show us an embarrassing Christmas Card photo!
Unfortunately I don't have any. My hard drive crashed earlier this year and I lost all of my photos. :(

-Have you ever had a White Christmas?
YES, I was born in Oklahoma so up until I was 7 I saw a white Christmas every year. The last time I saw one was in 2005 when I went on a ski trip with my church youth group. :) It's definitely something I want to do again.

-Where do you usually spend your holiday?
Home in Georgia. Most of my family lives here, so this is where I stay. The exception would be my brother and sister in law who live in California. However, I haven't gotten the chance to visit them yet. Who knows, maybe next year!

-Play or sing your favorite Christmas song!
I did this in my video (I think) so go check it out!!

-Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?
When I was a kid we used to open one gift on Christmas Eve that consisted of like a Christmas movie, new PJs and stuff like that. Now we wait, unless my husband has to work on Christmas (he's a security guard) then we go ahead and do it on Christmas Eve or wait until after he gets home. It just really depends on the times that he works! :)

-Can you name all of Santa's reindeer?
Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen and of course Rudolph!!

-What holiday tradition are you looking forward to most this year?
I just love being able to see my Nieces and Nephew. They live 2 hours away and sometimes life gets so busy that we don't get to see them that often but this is one time of the year that it is pretty much guaranteed :)

-Is your Christmas tree real or fake?
Fake. It's only 4 feet tall with multi color lights on it! I'm okay with that! Once I have kids, I want to start getting a real  one though and I want it to be big!!! :)

-Hands down, what's your all-time favorite holiday food and holiday sweet treat?
Pumpkin Pie and Peppermint Bark!!

-Be honest: do you like giving gifts or receiving gifts better?
Both! There is no better feeling than a smile on someone's face after giving them a gift (especially my nieces and nephew) but its also nice to know someone thought about you when you receive one! :)

-Show us your tackiest Christmas attire!
I'm really not a tacky sweater type of person. It's WAY to hot in South Georgia (it was 90 degrees earlier this week YUCK). Plus, I cleaned out my closet a LOT before I moved into my apartment and got rid of a lot of unnecessary items/old clothes.

-What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?
Colorado. Even though I lived in Oklahoma for 7 years, I have never actually been to Colorado and its something I've always wanted to do.

-Does your family have a special holiday recipe you like to help make?
We've started making white chocolate bon bons this year that are amazing!  

-Are you a pro-present wrapper, or do you fail miserably?
I'm a pro. I've gotten better and more creative over the years and can wrap some AWESOME looking gifts.

-Most memorable Holiday moment?
Last year my wonderful nephew was born! :) He will be 1 on Dec 14 :P

-What made you realize the truth about Santa?
I walked in on my parents wrapping presents :P

-Do you make New Years resolutions? Do you stick to them?
Yes, this is probably the first year I have been really good about sticking to my goals. I may have not perfectly met weight goals or financial goals but I have definitely worked on them and feel a lot better about myself for it because I have made great strides in them. I plan to carry over my goals and fully achieve them by years end. 

-What makes the Holidays special for you?
Time with friends/family you may not have seen in a while.

Thank you guys so much for checking out my 2013 Holly Jolly Holiday Tag. I tag all of YOU reading this (leave me a link to yours in the comments!). Stay tuned for more wonderful Holiday themed posts. Happy Holidays!


"A Little Glamour Goes A Long Way"

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Review: Maybelline Fit Me Foundation Stick

     Good morning everyone! Today, I have the pleasure of talking about the Maybelline Fit Me Foundation Stick. It was released in July and I purchased it a little over a month ago. It is advertised to provide medium coverage and have an anti-shine core. There are 12 available shades. I chose Natural Beige #220 to try out. It looks really dark in the package but it blends out perfectly!

     I have to say that the packaging is very convenient. It is a roll up stick and has 9 grams of product in it. It is very convenient to travel with and throw in your purse or gym bag and take around with you should you need touchups. I definitely love the ease of using this product over liquid foundations as well. Don't get me wrong, I love my Maybelline BB Cream and Revlon Foundations I am using at the moment, but this has been a major go-to this month!

     All I need to apply this product is a swipe on each cheek, down the nose, and across the forehead and chin. Then, I can blend it in with my hands or a flat top brush. It goes on beautifully, it isn't super oily or drying. It perfectly mattes my combination skin and keeps it matte throughout the day.

     This is one of my holy grail products and it is something I will keep in my beauty arsenal for years to come. This product gets 5 stars for ease of use and mattifying power.
     Thank you guys for checking out my review of the Maybelline Fit Me Foundation Stick. Keep checking back (or SUBSCRIBE) for some fun and festive Christmas related looks and DIY treats and d├ęcor as we enter into the Christmas season. Happy holidays!!
"A Little Glamour Goes A Long Way"