Monday, January 30, 2012

January Faves

January came and went didn't it? I don't know if it was because it was back to work, or my birthday, or my surgery, but I just have slacked completely on the beauty front so I have a very few favorites for the month of January, and my favoritest item isn't even beauty or fashion related!


From L to R:

Elf Studio Concealer Stick
I love this little baby! I'm pretty impressed by the coverage, and the lightest shade matches my pale self perfectly! The staying power is mediocre, but for $3 it's pretty amazing!

Kindle Fire
John got me this for Christmas, and I love this baby! The books and magazines are amazing and the videos are fantastic. For those of you who can't afford an iPad or don't wanna spend the money on it, this is the best replacement! I get apps, web and most importantly-The Hunger Game trilogy!

♥ Costco Holiday Brush Set Concealer Brush
I bought the Costco Holiday Brush Set in November, and while I'm uber impressed with all of the brushes, this is by far my favorite! It's bigger than your average concealer brush and it comes to a tapered point. This is perfect for blending concealer in under your eyes, around your nose and around your mouth. It's not the best for covering blemishes, but I prefer to use my finger to cover a blemish anyway since you don't want to put that bacteria on your brush.

Clinique Lash Doubling Mascara
My dad bought some Clinique Men's Skincare products and gave me the gift with purchase. It included a little sample of this mascara, and it is love! This stuff gives me uber lashes and I'm super impressed with it. If you want I'll post a review soon.

What have been your favorites of 2012 so far?

Friday, January 27, 2012

Giveaway Winner and MIA

First of all, I want to apologize for being MIA. These past few weeks have been really hectic at home and at work. Last weekend all of a sudden a wisdom tooth popped out and I had emergency surgery yesterday to get all 4 of them removed. The surgery went pretty smoothly, and :knock on wood: I don't feel too terrible today, but it was an ordeal.

I wanted to announce the winner of the Haute Glam Boutique giveaway.


Congratulations Hockey! I will be passing on your information to Annette, the owner of Haute Glam Boutique.

I won't lie, I'm a little disappointed that only four people entered this contest, as this is a great store with an amazing owner. I'm also disappointed that with all going on I didn't promote it as I should. If you girls get a chance, please check out Haute Glam Boutique. They have some really cute and affordable stuff.

Thanks for the support ladies!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

OOTD And Giveaway!

I very rarely do OOTD posts. I usually wear very blah clothing, I'm not thrilled with how I photograph and I have to ask my mom to take the picture, which is just embarassing! However, I received an article of clothing, from Annette at Haute Glam Boutique , which I just loved!








Outfit Details:
3/4 Sleeve Uneven Hem Cardi- Haute Glam Boutique
Black Cami- Stolen from John's sister
Jeans- F21
Booties- K-Mart
Necklace- Charming Charlie


Haute Glam Boutique has a really small and cute collection of clothing. Prices are somewhat between H&M and Charlotte Russe I'd say. I love my cardigan, and can't wait to wear it more frequently in the spring since it's a bit lightweight. I plan on shopping, especially for cute dresses, much more at Haute Glam Boutique!

GIVEAWAY ALERT!!!!!

Annette has offered to provide a giveaway for my awesome readers! If you win, you can choose any item of clothing you want from the site!

Rules:
♥ Must be 18 years or older
♥ Must be a US resident
♥ Must be a follower of my blog
♥ Must like Haute Glam Boutique's Fan Page on FB (click here)
♥ Must leave a comment below telling me which item you'd like to win
♥ Leave me your email address in case you win and I need to contact you!
♥ Contest ends next Thursday, January 26th

Winners will be chosen using random.org. Good luck ladies!!!


FTC Disclosure: I was gifted the cardigan by Haute Glam Boutique. I am not being compensated by them and my opinions can not be bought.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

What I'm: Reading This Week

I spend a lot of time on the internet during the week to help pass the time. I read so many blogs and watch so many youtube videos that I wanted to start a weekly post on my current fave blogs, websites or books of the moment.

This week I've become ADDICTED to www.thenesteffect.com. It's a home organization, DIY, lifestyle kind of blog and I found it through Pinterest. I may have gone back and read like a year's worth of it! This blog is full of so many amazing tips and interesting tidbits. It completely brings out the wannabe Martha Stewart in me!!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

My Fave Shopping Apps: How to Use Your Phone to Not Only Waste Time, but Money Too!

I love my iPhone! On Monday it's exactly one year on Sunday that my precious little baby came into my life! I use my phone for everything, my email, my finances, my blog, my personal life. I don't even know my bf's phone number by heart due to my phone! I adore my phone. Within the past few months, I've begun to use my phone to shop and to save me some money.

Here are some of my fave shopping apps!




♥ H&M App

H&M is one of my favorite stores! I rarely walk out of their empty handed. I also really enjoy their app! I get notifications of sales, new collections and any H&M news. If you open the app and shake your phone in a figure 8 motion, there are also sometimes coupons! If you're an H&M gal like me, I would definitely download this free app.

♥ Bath and Body Works App-LUV BBW CLUB

Unfortunately, I am a Bath and Body Works addict! I have so many lotions from there it's insane. The app for this store is really cute. It notifies me of sales and also you can accumulate points by checking in when you are at a Bath and Body Works store. These points can equal freebies and coupons.

♥ Red Laser

Red Laser uses your iPhone to scan a barcode of a product. It then gives you the prices of that product at other local stores and online stores. Great way to comparison shop!

♥ Coupon Sherpa

What a great app! Ever find yourself in a store and know that you saw a coupon code or had a coupon somewhere? Search Coupon Sherpa, and if the coupon pops up, just show your phone to the cashier and they can scan the coupon right from there! A great way to keep all of those coupons out of your purse!

♥ Pose

I've only recently gotten into this app and I really enjoy it. People post their outfits, or items they like in stores and tell you where they got them! I really, really love looking at people's daily outfits and this just helps to shop some of their items when I'm in the mall.


Any great shopping apps I should be downloading? I love a good app!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Beauty Buy of the Week: January 8-14

There's a great deal on Revlon Lip Butters this week at CVS! I've only tried one and haven't been blow away with it, but I really want to try more since everyone loves them so much.


Photo from Vampyvarnish.com

The Revlon Lip Butters are on sale for $5.99 each this week with $3 in Extra Care Bucks back which brings down the price to only $2.99! That's awesome! The catch- you only get the Extra Bucks back on one!

Happy shopping lovies!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Top 11 Products of 2011

Ok, so I jumped on the bandwagon to do the tag of my top 11 products of 2011! Let us begin!

Makeup




♥ Laura Gellar Shadow/Liner duo in Unearthed/Dark Chocolate ♥
This is my fave quick eyeshadow duo. I received this in one of my QVC Beauty Tubes and it's a super quick and pretty look for every day. If you use the products wet it makes a great bronzey/brown smokey eye.

♥ NYC Bronzer in Sunny ♥
Is this not the best bronzer? I love this super cheap, super matte and super natural bronzer. I wear this every day from winter to summer and it never looks orange or fake.

♥ Wet and Wild Megaglo in Blushing ♥
I've had this product for a while and I just started using it in the past few months as a cheek highlight and I love it! It works very well for my pale complexion. Rub it in well and you can't tell the difference between this and the Benefit High Beam.

♥ Cargo Blush in Mendocino ♥
I received this blush in a Cargo giftset from Apothica.com and I love, love, love it! Use it with a light hand and it just gives the prettiest berry flush.

♥ Mally Eyecolor Starlight Waterproof Liner in Midnight ♥
I also received this in a Beauty Tube and it's my only Mally product and I am in love with it! I use this on my waterline and while sometimes it travels to right beyond the corner of my eye, it usually stays put for the entire day! Such a nice and creamy black.

♥ It Cosmetics Brow Power in Universal ♥
Wow, another QVC Beauty Tube product! While I love, love my WnW liner, this brow pencil is really fantastic and lasts all day. I also like that the other side of the pencil is a brush to make the look more natural.

Body Care




♥ Vaseline Cocoa Butter ♥
I use this baby every day and it keeps my skin feeling silky smooth. The smell and price doesn't hurt!

♥ Bath and Body Works Signature Vanilla's Fragrance Mist in Apricot ♥
I get SO many compliments on this scent, it's loco! It smells so yummy and subtly fruity at the same time. I wore this every day in the summer and now in the winter when I want a boost!

♥ Lush Sweet Lips Sugar Lip Scrub ♥
My lips are always so blah that I use this scrub almost daily. While I could be cheap and use olive oil and sugar I like the convenience of always having this around and the smell and taste doesn't hurt!

Hair Care and A Random




♥ Suave Dry Shampoo ♥
I really, really like this dry shampoo. I actually use it almost every day to give my hair volume and a more fresh feeling. I wash my hair every other day so this keeps my hair voluminous.

♥ Colgate Optic White Toothpaste ♥
I bought this toothpaste during a couponing extravaganza and I was blown away by it! There is a definitely a noticable difference in whitening while just using this. I began using 5 minute White along with it so I hope to see even a more dramatic difference.

So that's all folks. If you did this post, please leave a link below or let me know some of your favorite products of 2011!

Monday, January 2, 2012

2012 Resolutions

It's that time of year again, the time to make completely unrealistic goals for the upcoming year. I wonder where this tradition started because it depresses me every year! However, I still make them and try with all of my might to keep them until the first snowstorm hits and I hate weather and everyone and just resort back to my bad habits lol. Let's see how long I can keep these!

Beauty Resolutions

♥ Keep my nails looking good- Sometimes I get so lazy with my nails that I let them grow however or walk around with chipped polish for days. I really want to learn to do a good home manicure and keep my nails looking neat and maintained.

♥ Spending less on makeup and more on skin care- I always love to hunt down make up products, but I rarely go on the hunt for perfect skin care products. I have most of my skin care routine down, but I still want a product to lighten acne scars, so I want to concentrate more on skin care and less on makeup.

♥ Shop my stash- I own a decent amount of makeup, especially lip products, yet I wear the same stuff all of the time! I want to start experimenting with the products I already own!

♥ Master liquid liner/gel liner- I'm so bad at any liner other than pencil. I need to start practicing constantly!




Fashion Resolutions

♥ Wear more skirts- I live in dresses over the summer, but never wear skirts or dresses in the winter or spring with cute tights. I want to get on that! I love all of the patterned tights out there, so I want to start incorporating them into my wardrobe.




♥ Wear more heels- I'm 5'1" on a good day, and yet I wear flats pretty much every day. I reserve heels for special occasions. I'm on my feet a lot during the day at work which I think keeps me from wearing heels, but I have a few low heels that I can definitely rock at work and there's no reasons I can't wear a heeled pair of boots every now and then on the weekend.

♥ Not shy away from patterns! I'd say about 95% of my wardrobe is made up of solids. There are so many cute and age appropriate patterns out there, I need to get my hands on some!

Personal Resolutions

♥ Keep myself organized! This includes my schedule, my life, my closet and my makeup. I get myself so disorganized at home sometimes that I just rip everything out of my closet and get rid of half of it on a whim! I really just need to downsize. I have so much junk that it's hard to keep organized.

♥ Like a lot of bloggers, I've recently become obsessed with Pinterest. I am setting a realistic goal of attempting 2 DIY projects and 2 new recipes a month. The DIY projects on Pinterest or so awesome and some of them seem so damn easy!




♥ I know a lot of people say exercise and eat right, and that's something I definitely have to work on, but a more specific goal I want to work on is finding an easy and healthy breakfast. I like to eat breakfast at work to unwind before the kids come in, and I usually grab something incredibly unhealthy. Any suggestions would be awesome!

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All products are purchased by me unless noted otherwise. If a product is supplied for review, this does not affect my opinion. My opinions can not be bought.
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