Monday, December 30, 2013

My Top 10 Beauty Favorites of 2013

Some of you may have noticed that there was no blog hop this weekend, and I do apologize!  With Christmas being on Tuesday, then working the remainder of the week, I had my days all mixed up and realized I forgot the hop when it was too late. So sorry! It'll return this weekend!

Christmas felt like it came and went so fast :( I worked Christmas Eve then went to my sister's for her dinner. This year I convinced her to do an ugly sweater party and it was a blast! I made my sweater, it's a "Hairy Christmas" sweater with a tree made from barbie hair pieces. Ugly!  The hubby cut the sleeves off of an old ugly cardigan I wore to one a few years back, and HE took 3rd place! Men have it so easy :)  All in all it was a great Christmas! Hope your holidays were amazing!!

Now with the New Year fast approaching, I wanted to share a year end roundup of some of my beauty favorites of 2013. There's an extensive list of products I love but I've narrowed it down to 10 products that I've used just about everyday this year, and that I highly recommend. Take a look at my beauty besties of 2013...

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Bright Side Beauty Blog Hop


Meet Me on the Brightside
     Happy Weekend Bloggers!  The weekend is here! Come link up to my Bright Side Beauty Blog Hop for a chance to gain new followers and find amazing new reads. Linky list will be open now until this Monday night 11:59 pm, Ohio time. There are only a few guidelines , so read, follow, and let the fun begin.  Don't forget to come back every Friday to join the blog hop and enter future giveaways :)  The blog this weekend with the most views will win a co-host spot on next weekend's hop so get your network on :)

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

December 's Battle of the Beauty Sub- Ipsy vs Sample Society

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Taking a little break from the Christmas songs on repeat in my brain, Christmas shopping, wrapping, and prepping to show you my December Ipsy bag and Sample Society subscriptions.  Which did I like best this month? Take a look…

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Bright Side Beauty Blog Hop



Meet Me on the Brightside
     Happy Weekend Bloggers!  The weekend is here! Come link up to my Bright Side Beauty Blog Hop for a chance to gain new followers and find amazing new reads. Linky list will be open now until this Monday night 11:59 pm, Ohio time. There are only a few guidelines , so read, follow, and let the fun begin.  Don't forget to come back every Friday to join the blog hop and enter future giveaways :)  The blog this weekend with the most views will win a co-host spot on next weekend's hop so get your network on :)

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Revlon ColorBurst Matte & Lacquer Balms-Shamless vs Demure

Recently, the nearest Walgreens had Revlon's newer ColorBurst Matte and Lacquer Balms for 40% off, then with in-store and manufacturer's coupons I ended up paying around $1.50 for each, SCORE! I picked the bold, matte,violet color-Shamless, and the soft, pink, lacquer color-Demure.  Check out which formula was better, the matte or lacquer...

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Crown Brush HD Set

Can you even imagine 80,000 makeup brushes in one room?  Ok, they may not be technically all in one room, but that's the amount that Crown Brush manufactures in one day!  I can just imagine swimming in a room full of em, a la Scrooge McDuck style.

With 30 years in the biz, Crown Brush has set the standard for quality, affordable makeup brushes.  Their 6pc HD set is among their many champion products.  Check it out:

Friday, December 6, 2013

Bright Side Beauty Blog Hop


Meet Me on the Brightside
     Happy Friday Bloggers!  The weekend is here! Come link up to my Bright Side Beauty Blog Hop for a chance to gain new followers and find amazing new reads. Linky list will be open now until this Monday night 11:59 pm, Ohio time. There are only a few guidelines , so read, follow, and let the fun begin.  Don't forget to come back every Friday to join the blog hop and enter future giveaways :)  The blog this weekend with the most views will win a co-host spot on next weekend's hop so get your network on :)

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

MAC Absolutely It ProLongwear Lip Pencil & Application Tips

For the longest, I avoided lip liners feeling like they were, well... outdated.  However, the more I got into makeup, the more that I understood that lip liners do much more than this:
I am pretty sure this wasn't a look Sandra wore in any seriousness, but we've all seen this on someone at one time or another.  Celebs like Pam Anderson, J. Lo, and Brandi all shared Sandra's company with the obvious lip liner look throughout the 90's.  That look kept me far away from liners until the past couple years when I learned that they are much more. 

Monday, December 2, 2013

Studio Gear Holiday Palette

Some of you may be familiar with Studio Gear Cosmetics, as they are most popular for their core line of quality makeup brushes that are lifetime guaranteed!  They also carry skin care products, as well as an assortment of makeup.  They are new members of the Ulta family, and continue to grow a large following.

Studio Gear's newest Holiday makeup palette includes four shimmering coordinating shadows and a pink blush to compliment any look you can create from dark and smokey, to soft and gilded.  Check it out…

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

700 Follower-Winter Giveaway

Wow! 700 GFC followers!  I just couldn't wait to start this fun giveaway.  It's my favorite time of year and I want to show you all how thankful I am to have so many of you linking up every weekend for my blog hops, reading and commenting my posts, heck-even reading my posts at all, and for keeping this amazing hobby of mine alive.  
This is such an amazing blessing for me to have this outlet in which I can share my love and passion for beauty, style and life.  I have had so many wonderful opportunities, new experiences, and I've learned so much! 

In thanks of all your support, I am giving away a wonderful "fit to be TIED" OPI set that includes….

Friday, November 22, 2013

Bright Side Beauty Blog Hop


Meet Me on the Brightside
     Happy Friday Bloggers!  The weekend is here! Come link up to my Bright Side Beauty Blog Hop for a chance to gain new followers and find amazing new reads. Linky list will be open now until this Monday night 11:59 pm, Ohio time. There are only a few guidelines , so read, follow, and let the fun begin.  Don't forget to come back every Friday to join the blog hop and enter future giveaways :)  The blog this weekend with the most views will win a co-host spot on next weekend's hop so get your network on :)

Thursday, November 21, 2013

e.l.f. Lip Exfoliator- Your $3 Winter Lip Rescue

On my recent drugstore beauty hunt I discovered something quite fabulous over in e.l.f.  land.  I am not sure quite how long it's been out, as there are online reviews from over a year ago, but I am kicking myself for not noticing this any sooner! 

It's a $3 investment that'll bring a winter's worth of smooth lips.  It's similar to a sugar lip scrub but in a lipstick form. That's exactly what I love about it! There's no messy mixing/application of sugar and oils, or cleanup. You can take it with you anywhere and it's easy to use. Check it out….

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The Bees Knees- Perlier Imperial Honey Body Butter

This is not your average body butter!  Perlier has created a one of a kind, decadent treatment for your winter weary skin.  

At first glance, the packaging's reflective gold lid will give you a good indication of the royal treatment you're about to experience.  

Channel your inner "Queen Bee" (I just couldn't resist :), and check out what Perlier's Imperial Honey Body Butter has in store…

Monday, November 18, 2013

A Few of My Favorite Websites For Inspiring & Creating Blog Posts

I would like to share a few of my favorite go-to websites that I use when creating blog posts,  or when I am looking for a little inspiration.  They're fun, easy to use, and make blog posts more interesting and exciting to read. 
Check them out…

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Bright Side Beauty Blog Hop


Sorry this is late getting up, I'll keep it open through Tuesday!

Meet Me on the Brightside
     Happy Weekend Bloggers!  The weekend is here! Come link up to my Bright Side Beauty Blog Hop for a chance to gain new followers and find amazing new reads. Linky list will be open now until this Monday night 11:59 pm, Ohio time. There are only a few guidelines , so read, follow, and let the fun begin.  Don't forget to come back every Friday to join the blog hop and enter future giveaways :)  The blog this weekend with the most views will win a co-host spot on next weekend's hop so get your network on :)

Thursday, November 14, 2013

November's Battle of the Beauty Subs- Ipsy & Sample Society

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This month I am doing my beauty subscription post a little differently.  As you may already know, I am subscribed to both Ipsy and Sample Society. Each has a monthly selection of 4-5 sample or full size beauty products sent to your doorstep.  Ipsy is $10 monthly, while Sample Society is $15.  Usually, I am pretty pleased with both, and do separate posts on each, time permitting.

This month, I'll do a little comparison on which beauty sub really wow'ed me more than the other.  Here's this month's goodies….

Monday, November 11, 2013

Morpho Zephrytis Butterfly Wing Necklace

While scrolling through all of the gorgeous wonders that Etsy beholds, I came across a beautiful Antique Steampunk Pocket Watch Bracelet.  It's so unique with an edgy feminine vibe that I just love. Literally, I hearted it on Etsy.  

Just so happens, owner and creator, Jaclyn, of Chrysalis Studios also creates amazing pieces featuring real butterfly wings incorporated into her designs.  Take a look at this beautiful Morpho Zephritis Butterfly Wing Necklace she sent to me for review purposes…

Friday, November 8, 2013

Bright Side Beauty Blog Hop





Meet Me on the Brightside
     Happy Friday Bloggers!  The weekend is here! Come link up to my Bright Side Beauty Blog Hop for a chance to gain new followers and find amazing new reads. Linky list will be open now until this Monday night 11:59 pm, Ohio time. There are only a few guidelines , so read, follow, and let the fun begin.  Don't forget to come back every Friday to join the blog hop and enter future giveaways :)  The blog this weekend with the most views will win a co-host spot on next weekend's hop so get your network on :)

Monday, November 4, 2013

RocksBox Sets 3 & 5

I am nearing the end of my 6 month trial membership of RocksBox, so I thought I'd share two more of the jewelry sets that I test drove.  Never heard of RockBox?  It's a monthly subscription program that lets you try out three pieces of designer jewelry at a time for $19 monthly. You can purchase any of the pieces, or send them all back in your prepaid envelope, and a new set is sent shortly.

Check out, my first RocksBox  .  

On to the goods, take a look at my third and fifth RocksBox set.....

Friday, November 1, 2013

Bright Side Beauty Blog Hop




Meet Me on the Brightside
     Happy Friday Bloggers!  The weekend is here! Come link up to my Bright Side Beauty Blog Hop for a chance to gain new followers and find amazing new reads. Linky list will be open now until this Monday night 11:59 pm, Ohio time. There are only a few guidelines , so read, follow, and let the fun begin.  Don't forget to come back every Friday to join the blog hop and enter future giveaways :)  The blog this weekend with the most views will win a co-host spot on next weekend's hop so get your network on :)

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Perfect Holiday Pout with Vintage Lip Tar

Christmas has already hit the stores and I've already experienced snow this month, so why not discuss the most amazing deep burgundy lip color you can wear for upcoming Fall and Winter festivities.  

I purchased Lip Tar in Vintage with a set about a year ago, check it out : Pros Picks Lip Tar Set.  It's made by OCC cosmetics which is a professional 100% vegan and cruelty free brand first made popular by their amazing pigments.  It's been carried in Sephora for about a year now, and has an ever growing popularity for their Lip Tars and polishes.  They now retail at $18 each, but one tube lasts FOREVER!!! 

Monday, October 28, 2013

Pond's Luminous Finish BB+

In my most recent Mama VoxBox( click influenster for more Vox Box info), I received a Pond's Luminous Finish BB+ in Light and Medium.  The medium I gave to my beautiful olive tone big sis to try out, and the light color seemed to match well for me.  

Quick personal overview: BB Creams and I usually don't usually get along.  I like for a face product to cover my red blotches, occasional blemishes, sun spots, scars, and all that jazz so I like a full coverage finish.  BB creams usually don't match my shade to my liking and are not full coverage, although there are a few I've tried that get a thumbs up.  

So with that said, I'll always be open to trying just about anything, because you never know what might surprise you, and this one did.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Bright Side Beauty Blog Hop



Meet Me on the Brightside
     Happy Friday Bloggers!  The weekend is here! Come link up to my Bright Side Beauty Blog Hop for a chance to gain new followers and find amazing new reads. Linky list will be open now until this Monday night 11:59 pm, Ohio time. There are only a few guidelines , so read, follow, and let the fun begin.  Don't forget to come back every Friday to join the blog hop and enter future giveaways :)  The blog this weekend with the most views will win a co-host spot on next weekend's hop so get your network on :)

Monday, October 21, 2013

Benefit Gimme Brow and Tips for Better Filled Brows

I was inspired to get this post up when one of my best friends posted a Facebook comment about some crazy brow filling going on.  We all know that a lot of times you can spot drawn on brows a mile away, but there can be a happy medium between your natural brow and tastefully accentuating your brows with makeup. 
Sorry, lady these are just bad brows! Image from twirlit.com

Friday, October 18, 2013

Bright Side Beauty Blog Hop


Meet Me on the Brightside
     Happy Friday Bloggers!  The weekend is here! Come link up to my Bright Side Beauty Blog Hop for a chance to gain new followers and find amazing new reads. Linky list will be open now until this Monday night 11:59 pm, Ohio time. There are only a few guidelines , so read, follow, and let the fun begin.  Don't forget to come back every Friday to join the blog hop and enter future giveaways :)  The blog this weekend with the most views will win a co-host spot on next weekend's hop so get your network on :)

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Nubar Nail Polish Alter Ego Collection

Since I started as an Esthetician in a Spa about a year ago, I haven't been able to be as fancy as I'd been in the past with my nails.  I used to stamp, decorate, grow them long and paint them at least three different colors a week, well not anymore!  I have to have short nails to give facials of course, so I gave up my beloved glitz and glam nails for short, sometimes polished everyday nails.  Sigh! 

That doesn't mean every once and a while I won't break out the bling.  Nubar nail polish is a formaldehyde, toluene, DBP free polish that provides a healthy nail care experience.  They recently launched their newest collection, Alter Ego,  full of 3-D Glitter Top Coats.  Here are the four I was able to try out....

Monday, October 14, 2013

Marital Bliss and Sephora Favorites

I have been pretty busy lately and neglected my poor blog :(  Sorry about that readers!  My blog hop will return this weekend and continue as planned.  We left for a trip to Florida for our vacation and wedding the last week in September, then we hosted a reception at home the weekend we returned, and then just went to a reception for my cousin this past weekend so free time has been few and far between.  
The good news, my wedding was amazing and perfectly incredible, as was our vacation!  I am now married woman, woohoo!

Oh, and now that I am back I have tons of fun beauty things to talk about and product reviews to share! Starting with, my yearly obsession with the Sephora's Favorites limited edition value sets....

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Bright Side Beauty Blog Hop


Meet Me on the Brightside
     Happy Friday Bloggers!  The weekend is here! Come link up to my Bright Side Beauty Blog Hop for a chance to gain new followers and find amazing new reads. Linky list will be open now until this Monday night 11:59 pm, Ohio time. There are only a few guidelines , so read, follow, and let the fun begin.  Don't forget to come back every Friday to join the blog hop and enter future giveaways :)  The blog this weekend with the most views will win a co-host spot on next weekend's hop so get your network on :)

L'Oreal Voluminous Smoldering Eyeliner

"Holy cow, what is this? It's huge! ", asks my overly inquisitive cashier at Target. 
It's short. It's fat. It's completely gorgeous!  L'Oreal has hit the mark with their Voluminous Smoldering Eyeliner!

I first discovered this product when doing the makeup of a beautiful, successful, middle eastern woman. When we got to the liner she insisted on using and applying her own because she was VERY particular about it and "never lets anyone do her liner".  I am am not one to argue, and have learned that sometimes people have routines that are not to be disturbed.  So, she whips this out of her purse and in seconds draws this perfect jet black, smooth, sexy cat eye.  I had to try it for myself, and recently picked it up.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Perlier's Volcanic Thermo Renewing Scrub

Scrubs are wonderful for the body! Sloughing off dead skin cells, stimulating circulation, and smoothing rough skin are just a few benefits scrubs provide for your skin.  

Perlier's Volcanic Thermo Scrub brings brings a unique and luxurious spa treatment right to your very own bath tub.  Here's the low down from the website:

Friday, September 13, 2013

Bright Side Beauty Blog Hop



Meet Me on the Brightside
     Happy Friday Bloggers!  The weekend is here! Come link up to my Bright Side Beauty Blog Hop for a chance to gain new followers and find amazing new reads. Linky list will be open now until this Monday night 11:59 pm, Ohio time. There are only a few guidelines , so read, follow, and let the fun begin.  Don't forget to come back every Friday to join the blog hop and enter future giveaways :)  The blog this weekend with the most views will win a co-host spot on next weekend's hop so get your network on :)

Monday, September 9, 2013

The Perfect "Kat" Eye in Under 30 Seconds

I used to be quite intimidated by the cat eye.  The first few times I tried, one eye flicked up and the other down, one was longer or wider.  It was just a mess.  I tried tons of black pencil liners, liquid liners, felt pen liners, online tutorials, and each time I could never get both eyes cohesive, and there'd be liquid liner all over the place.   You know what I mean if you've ever been a cat eye rookie.

About a year ago I picked up Sephora's Favorites value kit for eyes, I believe it was called Walk the Line or something clever like that.  It had five most popular Sephora liners and one happened to be Kat Von D's tattoo liner in Trooper.  It changed my cat eye life!!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Bright Side Beauty Blog Hop



Meet Me on the Brightside
     Happy Friday Bloggers!  The weekend is here! Come link up to my Bright Side Beauty Blog Hop for a chance to gain new followers and find amazing new reads. Linky list will be open now until this Monday night 11:59 pm, Ohio time. There are only a few guidelines , so read, follow, and let the fun begin.  Don't forget to come back every Friday to join the blog hop and enter future giveaways :)  The blog this weekend with the most views will win a co-host spot on next weekend's hop so get your network on :)

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