Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday Fares: Oh How I Love The Halloween Season!

Hey Everyone,
Halloween is hands down my favorite holiday of the entire year, and even as an an adult I don a costume for the occasion! I wanted to share with all of my readers the costumes my husband and I have worn to various Halloween parties, murder mysteries, bridal showers, etc. Who says you have to wait till Halloween to find a reason to dress up?

Sporting my inner Gaga!

#OTP Jack and Sally (Nightmare Before Christmas)

Here we go Brownies here we go! My husband and I as the Brownie elf and a sexy ref!

My housewife themed bridal shower hosted by my maid of honor Jessica Hanna!

First ever murder mystery party with the girls 1920's style!

Last year's costumes (cough cough we won the contest). My husband and I as Beetlejuice and Lydia.

Are you dressing up this year for Halloween? If you are, have you decided on your costume yet?

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Product Watch Wednesday: Laura Gellar 20 Shades of Baked

Hey Everyone,
2 weeks ago I went shopping at ULTA with my makeup artist friend Rachel Lorraine after I shadowed her work during a wedding day appointment for the bride and her bridesmaids. It was a wonderful way to blow off some steam and to make my wallet cry. I really, truly and honestly did not intend to go as crazy as I did, but the holiday products were calling to me!

While I don't believe that this palette is part of the Laura Gellar holiday collection, I simply could not resist this beauty when I swatched it in stores. Literally, I don't think there was a shade I disliked they all are stunning and so beautiful for fall. Because they're baked shades you can use these either dry for a soft more subtle look or wet for a more dramatic and vibrant look. I like using them both ways on my eyes as you can see below in my Instagram photo from the other day.

Shades used goldie, khaki and emerald on the eyelid and amber in the crease.

There are definitely some shades I like better applied wet vs dry and some that I think look just fine pigmentation wise without having to wet my brush with water or setting spray. This fact is what makes this palette so wonderful and versatile for many users and comfort levels!

For example I really think that the shade Amber looks much better dry than wet in application. The shades wisteria, sable, goldie, moonlight, opal and pearl doesn't look much different when applied either way to my skin. And my only other minimal complaint is that I feel the shades midnight and moonlight almost look identical when worn either wet or dry.

Yeeesh that makeup wipe was getting pretty useless by this point lol!@
Overall this palette is a wonderful addition to my collection and probably my favorite purchase of that day! I am doing my sister's makeup next week for homecoming (pictures to come) and I can't wait to break out this palette and use it in her eye look! I would give the 20 shades of baked palette a 9/10 and I think it is a wonderful palette to add to your collection if you are looking for a versatile and stunning eyeshadow palette for fall! You can pick this palette up from ULTA's website and in stores as well as Laura Gellar's website!

Have you tried the new Laura Gellar 20 Shades of Baked palette yet? What is your favorite purchase from ULTA lately?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Let's Be Friends Blog Hop! Let's Link Up!

Welcome to the Let's Be Friends Blog Hop!

A blog hop is a set time frame for current or aspiring bloggers to find new blogs and quality content. It is a great way to make new friends and find inspiration! It is also a fabulous way to promote your own blog and posts.

Dear Friends,

What a day to celebrate! This is the 88th week of the Let's Be Friends blog hop! Thanks for joining us on this special day. Chelsee and Tiffany are extremely delighted to see the way this hop has grown and love to see your faces each week! 

Join us every Tuesday at 7am (MST). This blog hop focuses on content. LINK UP YOUR FAVORITE POST from last week in this fun content-sharing blog hop! I love the idea of blog hopping, but I love the idea of reading posts and quality content on new blogs I've never been to even more. Instead of simply linking up your blog button, you are now able to link up your favorite post you recently wrote. Have a delicious recipe to share, DIY tutorial, or heartfelt post? Share it with us! All hosts and co-hosts put up some unique and fun content from the past week. Make sure to check them out. P.S.- you may still link up your blog button and blog name, but it is encouraged to link up your favorite post instead. You will get more page views and interest if you do so! Some of the most successful blog hops I have participate in focus on content rather than just exchanging follows. You never know who will become a loyal follower or pin that delicious new recipe you posted!

The BEST part of this blog hop? Each week there will be a WINNER! That's right, each week we will choose one lucky blog to feature from the previous week's hop. This hop receives thousands of page views every week, so your blog will have the chance to be center stage for free. You must follow all the hosts and co-hosts in order to win. Only those who link up a specific post are eligible to be featured! *You must follow all the hosts and co-hosts in order to win.

The last exciting change is that the co-host spots will now be available to all sponsors of  The Dwelling Tree or Southern Beauty Guide. If you are interested in co-hosting the blog hop, email Tiffany or Chelsee about sponsorship opportunities and how to co-host the weekly hop!

There are a couple of great giveaways going on right now at Southern Beauty Guide and The Dwelling Tree. Go check them out! :)

Let's Be Friend's Blog Hop Guidelines
1. Link up your favorite post from your week.
2. Follow your hosts and co-hosts.
3. Grab the button and post it on your blog so we can share the love.
4. Visit 3 other blogs and follow them along!
5. Tweet about this blog hop, using #letsbefriends
6. Pin the button on pinterest so we can spread the news! 

***Once a week, one blog will be chosen to be the featured blogger from the previous blog hop. 

Meet your hosts: 

The Dwelling Tree: Blog, Bloglovin'

Southern Beauty Guide: Blog, Bloglovin'

& Co-Hosts
Rebekah @ Butcher's Niche
Rachel at Life as Rachel
Gayle at A Gayle Force
Kaelyn @ My Fair Daily

***This weeks featured post from last week's hop:

Hi friends! It's Tiff today. Thank you all once again for continually linking up at our blog hop. It is such a fun time and I am so impressed each week with all the amazing posts. Please continue to link up an actual post instead of your blog. We want to keep reading your content and it makes it more fun to pick a winner! 

... onto the winner! 
I just loved this post by Ashley on how to successfully include your dogs in your wedding. I always love when weddings have their own personal touch, and doggies are such an important part of our lives! She gives really practical tips on how to make it happen. I actually think these tips are great for any sort of even dogs might be going. Anyways, whether you have a dog or not this post is great. The pics are awesome (I am a sucker for wedding pics!). She looked gorgeous on her wedding day, and had her furry babies with her. Love it! 

Ashley's blog, The Nashvillian, is a great blog full of awesome posts. BEAUTIFUL pictures and great posts. Go check The Nashvillian out and go follow Ashley

Keep posting awesome content! You make it so fun for us to read all your posts! If you can, please link up a specific post. It makes it easier for us to come and visit! 

*Remember YOU can be next weeks winner! :)

Monday, October 20, 2014

Repurchase Worthy Scents!

Hey Everyone,
I am a sucker for perfume and body sprays and I am always looking for the next latest and greatest scent to add to my collection. But I am also a big believer in finding signature scents that I find myself repurchasing over and over again. The scents I have pictured above are just some of the ones I am talking about :D

1. Channel Chance Eau Tendre- This was definitely one of my most expensive fragrance purchases of all time at a whomping $75, but this scent is well worth the investment! The bottle I purchased was at 1.7 oz for the $75 price tag, but if you want to spend a little more you can get 3.4 oz for $95. I grabbed this perfume mainly for my wedding day, but I find myself using it for all special occasions or on days I need a bit of a confidence booster (and it helps that I get compliments when I am wearing it). Its scent is like nothing I have ever used before with a very delicate, floral and fruity undertone, which feels incredibly luxurious every time I spritz it on. Once I run out, I will definitely be repurchasing this scent, although I will probably wait till I can get it during a VIB sale or if it's a double or triple points time at Sephora so I can justify the price tag!

2. Bath and Body Works Forever Red- I picked up this product line, as well as Forever Midnight, at the beginning of this year (or the end of December?) during the Bath and Body Works semi annual sale and I couldn't be more pleased with this purchase. It has a nice sensual, sexy and a bit of a muskier scent that I really love come fall and wintertime. According to the B&BW site it has "A passionate blend of pomegranate & red osmanthus with a sexy surprise of vanilla rum." This body spray may be inexpensive but it wears like a luxury fragrance. I have noticed that this scent stays with me throughout the majority of the day, and my coworkers notice when I have this scent on! I purchased the smaller travel size for a great deal when it was on sale, but you can grab this little beauty for $16.50 for 3 fl oz. This fragrance line is by and far my favorite from B&BW and something I will repurchase over and over again in the future! If you would like to see all the products that I got in that haul, check out my post here!

3. Sonia Kashuk Yellow Alluriana- I was very curious about the Sonia Kashuk body line at Target and finally decided to invest in it this spring/summer. This fragrance was my signature scent all spring and summer which is why I am down to less than a 1/4 of the original 3.4 fl oz. It is a beautiful fruity citrus scent that invokes summer when I spritz it on myself. The online description states "A burst of refreshing citrus notes and crisp verbena plays to the sensuality of musk, for the happiest, most vibrant and uplifting fragrance." I purchased this one along with the "Purple Seductia" fragrance (which I admit I haven't broken out yet) for $19.99 each (I believe I had a bit of a discount on it at the time as well). For that price tag, I would certainly repurchase this fragrance for the spring/summertime. It's a fragrance that I constantly want to spray on myself throughout the day because it is so fresh and inviting. If you would like a more in-depth review of Yellow Alluriana or Purple Seductia, check out my Product Watch Wednesday post here!

4. The Body Shop Honeymania Eau de Toilette- If I had to pick an end of summer beginning of fall signature fragrance, it would have to be Honeymania! This is one of the best "fresh"scents that I own! I really love how clean it smells when I spritz it on my skin. Really the only downside to this fragrance is that I could only grab it in a 1 oz size vs the larger 3.3 fl oz body mist. It is incredibly affordable at only $8.40 (the best bargain of the bunch), and is such a refreshing scent to add to your collection. And with it being on the smaller side, it is satisfying to make your way through the bottle at a nice pace. I am so buying this again once I run out as this is certainly one of my favorite scents from The Body Shop. If you would like to check out the rest of the products I got in my Vegas Body Shop haul, check out my video here!

What are some fragrances that you would repurchase time and time again?

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