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Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Just a sampling of recent holiday nail designs. Thanks for reading and have a wonderful Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Shopping (and saving) for the Holidays

Holiday shopping can be a drain on resources- both physical and financial! It's getting late in the shopping season, so here are a few tips to remember:

Check sites such as and to get the most up to date coupon codes and offers. Some sites are offering free shipping to ensure you get your items before Christmas!

Also, be sure to use a site like to get cash back on your purchases. I use it for every purchase I make on line and usually end up getting around $20 back after the shopping season. You can use ebates all year to build up some cash. If you're interested, there's a link to sign up at the side of this page, or ask a friend to refer you so they get a bonus!

Missed the shipping window? That's ok! You can still get great deals in store. Sign up for emails or texts from your favorite stores, like Walgreens and Target, and you'll receive periodic messages with coupons and discounts. Apps such as retailmenot can help you access in store coupons right from your phone.

Don't know what to buy? For that hard-to-gift person, try thinking out of the box. Beer of the month club, concert tickets, movie tickets, a spa gift certificate- something you know will make them happy! Still stumped? Pick a theme! Its the easiest way to shop for someone. Pick a theme you know the person likes and find items to fit that theme. For example, if you know someone likes movies, buy a dvd, some candy, gourmet popcorn, and a cozy blanket- now you have a movie night gift! Other themes can include Home Spa Day, Family Game Night, Date Night, Game Day, or just about anything you can think of.

I hope some of these ideas have helped! Happy Shopping!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

I hope this post finds you safe in the company of people you love! Today is Halloween, but for many of us in the path of Hurricane Sandy, it is just one of the first days of recovery. I hope that each and every one of you is safe and sound. I was lucky to have only lost power, though many others have lost so much more. I will keep them in my thoughts. In times like this, we must work together to rebuild.

I had planned Halloween makeup and nail tutorials and vlogs (pictured above), but I was without power for 2 days and unable to upload anything in a timely manner. Below is a picture of what I had planned (silvery eye look with a cute witch hat). Again, I hope all is well! Be safe.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

BBW: Late Fall and Early Winter Test Scents

 I bought:
Sweater Weather - cool and soothing. Its hard to explain, but it does remind me of cool days and sweaters lol.

Cedarwood Oak- I can't place specific notes in this one, but it's just so nice. I guess I smell the oak, but really its just a smooth, pretty fall-ish scent. I'm sorry that's not a good description.

Pumpkin carvings- awesome pumpkin pie goodness.

Blueberry Pumpkin Patch- like blueberry muffins! Its supposed to be blueberry, pumpkin, and vanilla praline. I think the blueberry and praline notes are what combine to make it smell like muffins. The pumpkin is not noticeable on the surface, but there is an underlying spice note that could be the pumpkin. Its very nice.

Cinnamon Frosting (holiday collection)- butter cream, cinnamon, and cloves. The butter cream is the top note, strong and buttery. Then you smell sweet cloves and a bit of cinnamon. Its not really spicy. I would eat this by the spoonful if it was real lol

Things I sniffed but didn't buy-
toffee popcorn, twisted peppermint, winter candy apple, vanilla bean noel, evergreen, mocha peppermint cookie, hot buttered rum, and nutmeg and clove- they all smell exactly like those things. I'm sorry I don't have great descriptions, but they just smell exactly like what they say they do. Very straightforward.

Holiday- exactly like cinnamon red hot candies! sweet notes with hot cinnamon. I'm definitely getting this when it comes out. SA said they think its a definite.

Fireside- amazing. fireplaces and incense and just SO GOOD. also a definite.

sandalwood vanilla- smells like both these things, but warm and heavy.

cashmere- I couldn't get a good read on this one. I think maybe vanilla? by then, my nose had stopped working lol.

sugar and spice- cinnamon/clove spice with a sweet sugary scent. not a baked scent. not too strong.

peach bellini- this was a fizzy peach smell. nice, but I don't really think it fits the theme.
Tis the season- sweet, berry or candy smell, slight hint of something earthy like fir or pine tree

vanilla snowflake- a cool vanilla

frosted cranberry- enough like cranberry woods to not justify buying it again. maybe a bit sweeter.

farm apple cookie - oatmeal cookies and red apples

I may have forgot or messed up things, but I was in a frenzy and I apologize lol. Test store listed a few posts back.

I am definitely going back for Holiday and Fireside, and maybe Tis the Season and Sandalwood Vanilla.

Hope this helps!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Poll and Giveaway!

Help me pick what I should wear to a friend's wedding! It's an outdoor reception in September at a ranch in California.
Dress 1

 Dress 2

Dress 3 You decide! Do you have ideas, suggestions, or just hate the other options? Let me know! Another option could be the black dress featured in the banner at the top of this blog. Comment on my YT video and tell me what you think! One comment will randomly be selected as the 'winner' and will win a package of Barielle nail polishes!

1. Must be a subscriber.
2. One comment per person.
3. Winner will be chosen at random.
4. Voting will end on Friday, August 24, 2012.

Check out my channel and let me know what you think!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Camera and Bag

I wanted to take a minute to talk to you guys about my camera and camera bag. For still shots, I use the Canon T3. I cannot explain just how much I love this camera. It was a gift from my boyfriend for Christmas and it has quickly become my best friend. It is easy to use, excellent quality, and just amazing. I bring it everywhere! There should be a picture or link to the camera in this post. I think he bought it from Target, but I can't be sure.

Canon T3 12.2MP Digital SLR Double Zoom Lens Kit - Digital SLR Cameras

As for my camera bag, I use the Millie from Jo Totes. I bought the teal version because I thought it would be a fun color that wasn't too over the top. It is a lovely material, well made, and so versatile. No one would ever guess it was a camera bag! It makes it very easy to tote my camera around with me.

Jo Totes bag can be found at:

Check out my video on youtube for my review of the bag!

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Dark Knight Rises FOTD and NOTD

Earrings: Black roses from Forever 21
Nails: Duri Black Caviar, Brucci Emi and Olli Go Bananas (designs inspired by various bloggers).
FOTD: Sonia Kashuk TM in Fair, Inglot eyeshadows, Too Faced Lashgasm mascara, Physicians Formula shimmer strips eyeliner in black, Revlon Lip Butters in Candy Apple, Benefit blush in Hervana.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Bath and Body Works Fall Candles 2012

Cider Lane- awesomeness. This one is pure Fall to me. It has crisp apple, cinnamon, and a hint of the most realistic caramel scent I've found so far (not like that fake burny caramel scent you find often).

Pumpkin Cupcake- buttercream, pumpkin, candied ginger. You smell all of that, but I think the buttercream is the strongest note. Its sweet but very nice.

Cinnamon Sugared Doughnuts- best candle ever. Fried doughnuts rolled in cinnamon and sugar. You can smell the 'fried' element to it. So realistic I cant stand it.

Brandied Pear- pear, cream, and a syrupy 'brandy' note. It reminds me of the whipped cream and pear candle from Anthropologie, but not as light. Its definitely not a heavy scent, but it has some depth.

Plum Wine and Amber- I don't know how I feel about this one. The scents seem too muddled together for my taste. In the store, it smelled like a jelly/grapey/fruity wine scent, but now I just smell the mulled/spiced scent. I may return this one. EDIT: After smelling this a few more times, I'm definitely returning it. Im not sure why, but something about it just makes me wince.

 Black Pepper Bergamot - The only note I can make out is lavender, but it really smells like old school shaving cream from a barber shop. It's a very warm, nostalgic scent.

I may return Black Pepper Bergamot and Brandied Pear for smaller versions. I love the scents, but I can't see myself using the full 3 wick size in those particular scent. I will definitely return Plum Wine Amber for the same size in the new French Baguette scent that will be released in August.

 You can find these scents, as well as others, at test stores throughout the country. Please note that the scents available may vary depending on location. You can place a phone order at any location. I have heard that shipping is typically $6-$10. You can use the survey code coupons for these orders.

Test stores (may change without notice): Mall at Johnson City in Johnson City TN (home fragrance) (423-282-0008)
Garden State Plaza in Paramus NJ (home fragrance) (201-843-8080)
White Barn Easton Town Center in Columbus OH (home fragrance) (614-475-0196)
Galleria in St Louis MO (home fragrance and body care) (314-725-6265)
Meadows in St. Louis MO (636-625-4050)
Westfield Shopping Towne in Canton OH (home fragrance and body care) (330-493-6566)
River at Rancho Mirage in Rancho Mirage CA (760-340-3064)
Annapolis Mall in Annapolis MD (410-573-1942)
Easton Town Center Columbus OH (antibac and some body care) (614-471-4315)
 Woodbury Plaza in NY (body care) (516-942-5094) Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

FOTD: Coral Kiss

Here is a recent look I did to try out Tarte Amazonian Clay foundation (in the shade 'light') and one of my favorite lipsticks- MAC's Toxic Tale. Eyes were done using the Sonia Kashuk "Eye on Neutrals" palette, found in Target. Swatches to follow.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Long Time Gone...

First, I have to apologize. I started posting some things on tumblr and didn't put too much effort into my blog. Partly because I was locked out of my account and partly because tumblr is pretty easy lol. I still have my tumblr, which you are welcome to check out, but now I'm working on getting this blog back into order. I have an awesome new camera (video coming soon) so I can do a lot more in terms of swatches, hauls, reviews, and possibly OOTD. Thanks again for reading and I can't wait to get back into the swing of things!