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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2015 Resolutions




There are so many things I want to accomplish this year but I'll keep it to a minimum and just give you the top 15 ! Now I'm not going to sit here and give you the "new year, new me" speech because honestly I'm happy with who I am, I just want to get into better habits. 

1. First and foremost I want my blog to grow and expand
This blog is like my baby. I started from the ground and I'm slowly but surely progressing all thanks to you ! When I first started this blog I never even expected to receive all of the positive feedback and views that I get but I'm so grateful that I do because I love what I'm doing.

2. Drink more water.
I dont't drink too much soda, mainly just juice, but I would like to start drinking more water to improve my skin and overall health.

3. Take better care of my skin. As mentioned above, I'd like to improve my skin. That means I need to stop picking at it (hardest thing to do). Picking my face is probably my worst habit next to cracking my knuckles. I also would like to start using anti-aging products as a preventative since my birthday is in 9 days, I'm only getting older so I want to make sure I stay looking youthful.

4. Stop wasting money on eating out.
I don't eat out everyday, but I'd say probably once or twice a week, but I'd like to start saving my money and instead of eating out, I can just eat what I have at my house.

5. Speaking of saving money, I want to save 25% of my income. It sounds like a lot, but when you do the math, it is definitely possible! 

6. Pay off my car. 
I just bought my car this past March and I want to be able to pay it off by the end of the year so it is out of my hair. Car payments are such a pain - who's with me?!

7. Tone my body
I'm not fat, no where near it. I'm 5'2" and I fluctuate between 105 lbs and 115 lbs but I just want to tone so everything is tight and in its place.

8. Grow my hair to my waist
Ever since I cut my hair in 2011 I've had such a hard time growing it out. Thankfully it's been cooperating with me a little more than it has before so it is now down to about an inch past my bra strap but I want it long, long, long! 

9. Block out all negativity; positive vibes ONLY
I only want positive people and positive vibes in my life. I've cut out a lot of people in my life this year and have been only keeping a positive attitude and I've seen such a difference so I really want to carry that positivity with me into the new year.

10. Get and set up vanity
With all the makeup, skincare and hair products I've been getting recently, the only solution is to get a vanity to store everything neatly. I will soon be posting my dream vanity so stay tuned :)

11. Try new makeup brands
I love trying new things ans I know there are soooo many brands out there and I'm anxious to try them all! If you have any suggestions of brands or rpoducts to try I am all ears!

12. Spend more time with family
Because you never know just how much time you have

13. Help others
It seriously warms my heart when I help others and I feel like I don't do it enough 

14. Start wearing all the clothes I have
I have closests and drawers jam packed with clothes that I rarely ever wear. My go-to outfit is always yoga pants and a North Face or t-shirt. I love being comfortable but I want to start dressing up again 

15. Start on my dream :)
This one is a little top secret for the time being until I get it off the ground, but once I do, I will of course share with all of you :) 

2014 Favorites

Can I just write EVERYTHING and be done with it? Haha that wouldn't be much fun for all of you. But seriously. Everything.

Because I just got really into makeup this year, I'm obsessing over everything, but I do absolutely have some favorites. A lot of them are limited edition or holiday collections so I'm sorry if this makes you sad if you can't to get them :(

Favorite overall brand: NARS NARS NARS. Everything from them is just YAAAAAASSS! Such a classy line

Favorite YouTube beauty guru: I actually have 2 because they both have amazing personalities and they're makeup is always flawless - Nicole Guerriero and Jaclyn Hill



Cosmetics

Gerard Cosmetics - Buttercup
This is the perfect everyday color for me. Thank you Jaclyn Hill for that!


Bite Beauty Mix N Mingle Set
I was so happy this came out. I first saw the individual Mix N Mingles for the holidays, but waited a bit and then this baby came out! The set came with 10 lip products (2 glosses, 3 lip crayons, and 5 duos). Seriously, you can't beat it. And the pigmentation is just - UGHmazing.


Chanel Camelia de Plumes Highlighter
Can we say stunning? Dear lawwwd! The product is said to have been inspired by diamonds and feathers and my goodness does it capture the inspiration well. I wish this wasn't limited edition because once it runs out I'll probably cry.


NYX Butter Gloss in Fortune Cookie
The perfect everyday gloss! No other words needed.


Hourglass Veil Primer
Another one with a hefty price tag. I usually just get the mini 0.33 oz for $22 and it lasts a decent amount of time. But this primer is no joke. Your makeup will last forever. Get it, you need it.


L'Oreal Voluminous mascara & UD Perversion
These are my go-to mascaras. I rarely ever use any other ones and when I do, I'm just not as satisfied.



UD Revolution Lipstick
I have never felt a lipstick so creamy that was so pigmented before. I seriously need every single lip color.

NARS Audacious Lipsticks
I don't have any, but I need them all. The packaging, the lipstick bullet, the colors - it's just perfection.


Too Faced Everything Nice Palette
This was a product from their holiday collection and the pigmentation in this palette is just awesome! Plus it comes with a bronzer, two blushes, and a highlighter. PLUS 3 mini brushes. Wow, that's a deal.


NYX Round Lipstick - Thalia
This is usually my go-to lipstick for everyday. I didn't think I would be so excited about this color when I first got it and now I can't put it down.


Bobbi Brown Pink & Bronze Glow
The pink glow suits me a little bit better because I'm pretty fair, but the bronze glow is just AHHH! Again, limited edition products that NEED to be permanent. GR!


Tarte Pin-Up Girl Blush Palette
Apparently they do this every year (from what I gather) and from what I saw from last years, it was really cute. This year I'm happy to say I got my hands on it and it is just adorable. The packaging is so creative how they made it into a little clutch and I love their blushes. Ugh I love!


NARS Blush in Almeria
I didn't think I was going to like this blush very much but OMG let me tell you this is such a great shade for fall. Perfection. NARS you nailed it once again. How do you do it?!


Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner
This is the only liner I use for a winged look. I haven't found a favorite liner for the bottom lash line yet, but this one takes the cake for creating a wing.






Hair
Mane & Tail Shampoo & Conditioner
Are you tired of me talking about this yet? Lol. I can't help it. This shampoo & conditioner saved my hair! I just love it so much. It's helped with thickness and length so much! I don't think I'll ever switch to another shampoo and conditioner again. Sorry not sorry.

L'Oreal Erasing Balm and Macadamia Deep Repair Masque
These two hair masks are perfect for those with damaged hair or just want smoother, silkier hair. L'Oreal is about $6 and I believe Macadamia is about $18 so L'Oreal is a good alternative if you don't want to pay the price and it works just as well!






Skincare

Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Mask
The smell of this makes you want to eat it (don't, obviously) but it exfoliates and leaves your skin feeling so soft, too. A must have in my opinion. The price is pretty steep for a mask, but well worth it.


African Black Soap
This is my daily cleanser and it's said to help with acne. When I use it daily I definitely see a difference in my skin (when I'm not picking at it). I'll take this $4 bar of soap over any high priced cleanser any day.





Fragrance/Smell Good

Dolce by Dolce & Gabbana
I received a sample size of this and fell in love. Sephora, give me more!


Prada Candy
So many people rave about this that I had to try it myself and I now see why they do. An absolute LOVE for me. I'll definitely be buying a full size one soon!


Bath & Body Works Sweet Pea, Cucumber Melon, Warm Vanilla Sugar
These three have been and forever will be my favorite scents from B&BW. Sweet Pea is like my signature scent.






Fashion

Faux Fur Vest - H&M
I wish it was acceptable to wear something everyday. I would so rock this everyday over sweaters, t-shirts, flannels. It's so frikin cute and fashionable!



Black Blazer from Kohls
Because everyone needs a black blazer in their closet!





Boots Boot and more Boots
Combat boots, knee high boots, booties - these are all necessities in your closet and 2014 was the year that these were all pretty popular.



Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Best of 2014



As a request from one of my amazing followers, I will be posting the best products of 2014! I'm so thankful to have such amazing people following my journey with my blog and help with their suggestions! I will also be doing a personal favorites of 2014 so stay tuned :)

Most of these products are the most talked about, most popular, and the ones everyone tried/is trying to get their hands on. If you have any other suggestions, I'd love to know!

Cosmetics & Skincare:

NARS Audacious Lipsticks - $32
I need EVERY. SINGLE. ONE! The colors, the packaging, the formula - EVERYTHING about these lipsticks (other than the price) is AMAZING. You need them. All of them.



Beauty Blender
Because everyone swears by them



The Balm Mary-Loumanizer vs. Becca Opal
The most talked about highlighters!



Sonia Kashuk 15 Year Anniversary Brushes
These brushes were sold out at every Target. I had to literally call around just to find them. So many people were after these babies


Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick - Lolita
Every single person I know is after Lolita whether it's the old formula or the new one. This baby is always sold out. Get it while you can! I personally like the old formula better.


Amrezy Palette
Anastasia did it with this one! Sold out everywhere and everyone wants it! Bring it back for 2015!


Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade & Brow Wiz
Who doesn't use these? Or who hasn't tried them yet? I was just introduced to them this year. Although the technique is difficult to grasp at first, with practice, your brows will be "on fleek" in no time. *I just died a little saying that lol*




Too Faced Better Than Sex vs. Urban Decay Perversion
I personally lean more towards UD's mascara, but soooo many people are raving about Better Than Sex.




Clarisonic
I've seen more people talk about this than I have anything else. They wanted to know how to use it, if it was worth it, etc. And everyone's response is always - you need it. I personally do not have it, YET, but I do plan to get it in the near future. Many people say that there isn't another cleanser that does what the Clarisonic does.


Estee Lauder Double Wear vs. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk
I need both of these in my life and I'm almost positive these two are the most posted on Makeup Social!



YSL #10 - Beige Tribute
Another one I need in my life. The absolute perfect pink/nude!


Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner
A best seller at Sephora right now and the same brand I use. This stuff does. not. budge!


Colourpop Cosmetics
Everything is $5 and everything is amazing. From the pigmentation, the range of colors, and the price. Yeah, you need it. I'd also say this is probably the company that's had the most progress in 2014. Before a few months ago I had never heard of the company and now it's everywhere and everyone knows about it! Great job Colourpop! Kudos to you :)



Urban Decay Vice 3
The question of whether to get it or not to seemed to have been a theme with this palette. Many weren't sure, but ultimately everyone that did get it, ended up loving it!


Glamglow Masks
$70 for a 1 oz jar face mask?! You can't be serious....the reaction most people have....until they tried it. All four of them are great masks depending on your skin type.
 
 
Maybelline Matte Lipsticks
If you were one of the ones searching for that frosted purple cap at the drugstore, this is for you! Divine Wine, Touch of Spice, and Lust For Blush were and usually are ALWAYS sold out! These were a big hit! Kudos Maybelline. Stepping your game up, I see.





Fragrance & Smell Goods:

Giorgio Armani - Si
Hands. Frikin. Down.



Lush Bath Bombs
When ever I ask people on Makeup Social what to get from Lush, bath bombs are usually at the top of the list. You need them in your life.