Friday, November 23, 2012

Support Handmade Art...

Hey All! I pray everyone had a blessed Thanksgiving! If you plan on doing any shopping this weekend either for yourself or for someone special, please consider supporting indie artisans. A handmade gift is an awesome gift. Artisans put a lot of passion into their craft. I see a lot of trinkets I want to give and receive on etsy.

Sydney Austin Designs is having a sale today through Cyber Monday. Take 20% off all jewels. Enter coupon code HOLIDAY20 at checkout. Become a follower of my blog and also receive FREE shipping. To shop my online boutique go here. Thanks for buying handmade!
Source: via Vanessa on Pinterest

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

November Birchbox Review...

Happy Tuesday All! November is my favorite month! I love Autumn, so much to be thankful for, and my birthday is this month. So I was thrilled when my November Birchbox arrived filled with cool goodies.  This month's box is all about giving. Take a peep at what was in my box.


My goodies

2 products that were in my gift envelope.

  1. Curly Hair Solutions Curl Keeper - Will try this soon especially since it promises to "total control for frizzy hair."
  2. Fibre Lashxtend Lengthening Mascara (full size) - Love this! It has a mirror on the tube!
  3. Chuao Chocolatier Chocopad - I received the Honeycomb flavor and it was delish!
  4. Cute reusable gift envelope shown above for re-gifting. Inside was 2 beauty products. I gave a pair of earrings I designed to my sis-n-law for her birthday and put them inside the box. So cute!
  5. Stila All over Shimmer liquid luminizer - This was inside the gift envelope. The color I received is Rose Gold Shimmer. I can not wait to wear this when I go out with my girls for my birthday this weekend!  I love anything that shimmers, shines, and sparkles!!
  6. Jouer Perfume Oil Sample - This was also inside the gift envelope. My sample has gardenia, jasmine, and honeysuckle. I'm usually not a a floral perfume wearer. Usually too strong for me. However, this is nice. The strongest scent is the honeysuckle which reminds me on my childhood. A neighbor had a honeysuckle tree that me and my friends would take a few petals off and suck on the honeysuckle. I'm alive so I guess it was cool!

Monday, November 19, 2012

NYC New York Color IndividualEyes Custom Compact...

Hey All! I received NYC New York Color IndividualEyes Custom Compact for Brown Eyes complimentary to test and review through Influenster's Beauty Bloggers Voxbox program. For more information about Influenster go here. Below you will find product information, pictures, as well as my review of the product. For more information about NYC New York Color go here.

Product Information:

Discover NYC New York Color IndividualEyes Custom Compact, the all-in-one compact with everything you need for a complete eye look: primer, illuminator, applicator and complementing shadows. With four colors, specially coordinated to intensify and enhance your eye color, you can create a look as individual as you are. Make your eyes pop! Cost $4.99.


Everything you need for a complete eye look: primer, illuminator, applicator and complementing shadows to enhance your eye color
Colors designed for green eyes, brown eyes and blue eyes
Color glides on smoothly, evenly and really lasts
Ultra silky texture
Long-lasting, pigment-rich color provides all-day wear
Dual-ended applicator for professional results
Dermatologist tested

Key Ingredients:

Richly pigmented formula with Green Tea, vitamin A and C
My Personal Review:
I am by no means a makeup pro. I am a product junkie who loves to try new girly stuff! I wore this eyeshadow for the first time to a Jill Scott concert. I didn't receive any compliments on it. I got compliments on my boots, skirt, and earrings, but not my eyeshadow. It didn't make my eyes pop! The colors were pretty, mostly neutral colors, not eye popping colors. This is a great eyeshadow to wear for day, but if you want a more dramatic look for the evening, this is not the one.
The easy to follow instructions that came with the compact were great! I also loved the plum color and illuminator that came in my compact. I would recommend using a different primer, my shadow didn't last all evening as I had hoped. I also recommend getting an eyeshadow brush for applying. I really dislike the small brushes that come with these compacts. For creases, you can also use a Q-tip.
For $4.99, it's a great deal for the budget chica, recessionista, or broke college chick. Check out my pics below!
My compact

Showing the colors against my skin.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Bath & Body Works Fall Mini Candle...

Hey All! I received Bath and Body Works Fall Mini Candle in Nutmeg and Spice complimentary to test through Influenster's Beauty Bloggers Voxbox program. For more information about Influenster go here.  Below you will find product information, pictures of my candle, as well as my review of the product. Visit Bath and Body Works website for additional information here.

Product Information:

A toasty treat of spiced caramel sprinkled with nutmeg, this fragrance evokes delightful memories of relaxing weekend getaways in the country.

  • Highly fragranced candle exclusively developed and tested by our team of Home Fragrance experts, including the world's best master perfumers
  • Made using the highest concentration of fragrance oils, an exclusive blend of vegetable wax and lead-free wicks for optimal performance
  • 1.3 oz candle burns 15 to 20 hours
  • 1" wide x 1 1/2" tall
  • 2" wide x 1 1/2" tall
  • Price - $3.50
My Personal Review:

I love this candle. It's small, but the scent is powerful. Nutmeg and Spice is a great Autumn scent. I used it in my kitchen to eliminate cooking odors, but the scent could be smelled throughout our home. Everyone in my family liked the scent which is great. After I blew out the candle the scent lingered, another plus. Besides the kitchen, I think the mini candles would work well in a smell area such as the bathroom. They will look heavenly around your bathtub!  I also used the mini candle as a centerpiece for my table surrounded by pumpkins and a larger 3-wick candle from Bath and Body Works. Picture below.

There is one negative about the mini candles, they burn down fast. The candle is supposed to burn 15 - 20 hours. I believe 8 - 10 hours is more accurate. Do you like the mini candles? What scents do you have?
Fall Mini Candle

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Beauty Bloggers VoxBox...

Recently I was selected by Influenster to receive a Beauty Bloggers VoxBox. Influenster selected bloggers to test, evaluate, and recommend these beauty products to their followers. To learn more about Influenster, go here. Below is a picture of the products I received in my VoxBox. I will blog about a few products over the next week or two.

1. NYC Eyeshadow for Brown Eyes: I loved this. Very pretty colors.
2. Kiss Pro Lashes starter kit: Haven't tried this yet. I have been thinking about getting eyelash extensions.
3. Bath & Body Works Mini Candle: Nutmeg and Spice. Smells heavenly!
4. EBoost: Effervescent Powder in Orange. Gross! Awful aftertaste and too foamy.
5. Goody Spin Pin: Not sure if this will work with my frizzy/curly hair. Will try when I straighten my hair.
6. Not Your Mothers Kinky Moves Curl Defining Hair Cream: Nice smell, did well on my twistout. But didn't like it enough to switch from my Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie.
7. Vitabath Fragrance Mist: I received Lily & Ivy scent. It's okay. Fragrance faded very quickly. A little too floral for my taste.