Wednesday, October 19, 2011

A Wednesday Review

Happy Hump Day!

Here's to a Review on your Wednesday.

I recently bought a pair of Tweezerman tweezers because I of course heard
wonderful things about them. I have been using my trusty Revlon tweezers for
a while and they seemed to do the job ok, but I'm always up for an upgrade if it's
reasonable. Several people had told me how you can really tell a difference when tweezing
with this brand.

"Hair jumps off your eyebrows..."

"Practically painfree..."

"Best tweezers on the market..."


As you can see in the picture they did receive an Allure Best of Beauty Choice
Award. I'm all about using products that win awards! : ) It speaks volume to me.
If that many people like it... it HAS to be good, right?!

So, my personal opinion of these tweezers? They are the bomb. I can be
pretty skeptical about certain products or tools that are more money. I often think
can they really be that different than a drugstore pair for $5. For me personally they are.
If you don't have thick unruly brows like me then it might not be worth the splurge for
you. These retails for $20.

Happy Tweezing!
I seriously need to get my Tweeze on today... yikes!!


Monday, October 17, 2011

Weekend Rewind. What's in my Bag?

Hi All!

Did you have an eventful weekend? Mine was PRETTY dawgone boring!

Well, I take that back.... I had a blast Friday night with my friend Valerie and her
groupies. We went out to celebrate her birthday and ended up at a RANDOM
karaoke place. Fun was had... I will leave it at that. :)

I spent a lot of time on the couch watching movies, Kardashian weddings, and enjoying
all my fall decor! I got these cute pumpkin lanterns this past week that I need to do
a post on. I put some pumpkin spice candles in them and when lite up it
brings so much warmth and fun to my living room and mantle!

Ok, so enough of my boring weekend... I had one item in my bag that I wanted
to share with you and it's a good one!

MAC has a new skinfinish in their Fall line called Lightscapade.
It is a GORGEOUS highlighter. It is almost a white gold with blue/pink tones
throughout the powder.

It doesn't have any sparkle to it and gives your skin a gorgeous glow. MAC has several
other mineralize skinfinish that people love. Soft and Gentle and By Candlelight
are two other popular MSF that MAC groupies rave about.

This is a gorgeous shade for anyone with light to medium skintones.

In it's package. Apparently this color was so popular that it sold out in
a couple of hours when it was released on MAC website.

You can really see the blue and pink here.

Who's that girl??

Here you get an idea of how this looks on the skin. If you look
at the tops of my cheekbones you see the lighter shade and glow effect that this
powder gives! Pretty huh?!

What was in your bag this weekend? Anything exciting?
Share with me... I love to hear!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Friday Faves


Hi Lovelies!

Rachel and I are considering doing a Friday Faves link up so if you have a blog
and would like to showcase your "favorite things" on Friday's let me know!!

Last night I was with some girlie friends at this place in Homewood called Jackson's.
It is a great little hangout place that has an awesome patio area to sit outside.
We had gumbo, crab cake sandwiches, a hamburger omelet, buffalo chicken feathers,
and steak and cheese sandwich!!! YUM. Love that place. Hungry yet?!

Anyway, my friend Holly started asking me make-up questions. She was like... how do you
get your eye shadow to stay put all day long? How does your foundation and blush
still look good and hasn't sweated off? Well, I proceeded to say... I did do a small
touch up before I met them, BUT there are some great products that help your make-up
looking fresh and more put together all day long!

For your face use a primer before you put your foundation or powder on that will
help minimize your fine lines and pores and help make-up stay in place and not run.

Brightening Formula. This really just gives your foundation or powder
something to stick to and give your face more lasting power!
Retails @ Sephora for $30.



For lasting eyeshadow I have two faves! The first is another Urban Decay product.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion is amazing! I have been using this
since spring and I have been so impressed with my eyeshadow lasting all day long.
This is a clear cream that you apply to your eyes before you put on any eyeshadow..
let it dry and then apply.
Retails @ Sephora for $19.
The shadow that my friend, Holls, was asking about last night is one of my new
faves!! Make-Up Forever has Aqua Cream that can serve as a shadow on it's own
or a great primer/base. It is a water proof formula so it ain't going no where!
Retails @ Sephora for $22.

Yikes on this color!! I have 3 of these creams. Shade 2, 13, and 15. Shade 13
is a gorgeous champagne shimmer color that is light enough to use as a base and add
some other shades mixed in. Last night I used shade 13 on my lid, then applied a darker
pink/champagne color from a Wet N Wild Palette to add some dimension and then
took a matte brown in my crease. Very pretty and fresh looking!

Let me know what you think about this segment and what you are interested in
learning more about.

Happy Weekend!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Fall in a Jar

Hey Everyone!

I wanted to do a quick post and RAVE about one of my favorite fall things!

I recently did a post where I featured several Bath & Body Works fall candles that
I had picked up. I bought Leaves, Marshmallow Fireside, and Sweet
Cinnamon Pumpkin. They all smell so delicious and yummy for fall.

I have to give a big shout out for the scent "Leaves."
I have described this candle to several friends as
"Fall in a Jar." If you can imagine all the scents that you smell during the Fall
season this candle has it! It has such a warm, homey, and spicy scent.

Bath & Body describes this scent as:
"Autumnal notes of golden nectar, juicy mandarin and red delicious apple are paired with
toasted cinnamon stick, mulled cider spices and freshly harvested red berries."

I have found myself coming home and burning this candle while watching tv
to just get that comfortable, warm, fall feeling!

So, if you are looking for something to bring warmth and yumminess
to your home RUN to Bath & Body and get this candle!

Happy October!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Weekend Rewind. What's in my Bag?

Well Hello Lovelies! I hope you all had a great weekend.

I spent this weekend in Louisville, KY visiting family friends. My Nana (mom's mom)
that lives in FL flew in Thursday night and mom, her, and I drove to Nashville
where we stayed at the luxurious Red Roof Inn!! : )

Friday morning we journeyed to Louisville and our first stop was what other than
SEPHORA!!!! Since I had mom and Nana's wallet nearby I tried to milk it for
what it was worth!! Don't judge... you know you would do the same thing... I only see my
Nana a few times a year... I deserve some treats!

I am going to break up this week's Weekend Rewind in Part I and II. This edition will
feature a few goodies we grabbed at Sephora and part II will feature some clothes
from Macy's. Ok, so wanna see what I got?!



Sephora in Louisville.
Louisville was such a gorgeous place. Our friend's house was right across the street
from Southern Baptist Theology school. That area was just so charming. Gorgeous
neighborhoods, houses, fall trees, farms and horses! Southern Charm at it's finest!


Me and who is that on my arm??!!
It's a Pippa sighting... oooooo!!

Ok, the first thing I picked up was Make Up Forever Aqua cream.

What are these?
A long lasting pigmented waterproof cream.
You can use these on their own or use them as a primer and add shadows on top
for more drama or glam!

Shade 15 is on the left and is a shimmery brown taupe color.
Shade 13 is on the right and is a champagne shimmer color.

These retail for $22. Kind of pricy for one single cream I will admit, but these
are colors I have wanted for a while. I do think these will last a long time as well.


Here is a swatch of each color.
Shade 15 (shimmery taupe) in on left
Shade 13 (shimmery champagne) is on right.

I have not used shade 15 yet, but am LOVING shade 13 as my base color and adding
MAC Satin Taupe or matte brown in crease.

Foundation may not be that interesting to some people, but this is a new
foundation I have been really wanting to try.

This is Make Up Forever HD foundation. If you follow beauty stuff at all you
have probably heard of this. Kim Kardashian uses this foundation. It was named
one of Allure Best of Beauty Awards.

This foundation is oil free and offers medium to full coverage that covers skin
imperfections while remaining invisible on screen and in real life.

So, yeah... I'm not really on any big screens but wanted to give this a try!
After using it a couple of times since purchasing I like. It's very different from what I have
been using (Clinique Even Better.) MUF has a more watery consistency
and is not near as thick as the Clinque. It blends so well and quickly into your
skin. So far I'm liking it, but will let you know if anything changes!
Retails for $40

My mother had this in her bag and after being told I looked "pale" one day
I grabbed her bronzer and gave it a try.
LOVE this bronzer. You can go and read all the nearly 2,000 reviews this powder
gets from Sephora, but this is truly a great bronzer!

The Laguna shade is perfect for me... it looked a little dark in the compact and
wasn't sure if I could pull it off this time of the year. But, do not be fooled b/c
the color blends so nicely!! Perfect color. The texture is so soft and feels great
on your skin. This is a matte bronzer so if you aren't into glitter this is the bronzer
for you! I have a new love! This will be a staple in my bag!
Retails for $33
This is a product my mom bought for my Nana. Mom bought this online a few
months ago and really loves it. I used it for the first time this weekend and it leaves
your skin feeling super soft! It has a nice warm smell to it and exfoliates your skin
in a gentle way! Now is a great time of the year to exfoliate your skin from the summer
and any tan you may have left over.
Retails for $18

So, this completes Part I and the beauty haul of our weekend. I will update you
this week with a few clothing pieces that have been added to my wardrobe!

Have a great night! Go watch Kim's Fairy Tale Wedding! : )

Monday, October 3, 2011

Weekend Rewind. What's in my Bag?

Happy Monday People!

I am SO very excited to bring you this post!! For those of you that read and
follow this blog regularly you remember my "Slight Obsession" post about the
Pippa Middleton purse that I found in London.

I have been on the hunt for a great, structured, gray handbag for over a year now and
have not found anything that was calling my name until a few weeks ago when I was
introduced to "Pippa."

So, without further ado I bring you my new love, my baby, and a girl I like to call
"PIPPA."

The color is called "Shark" and it is the most perfect gorgeous color.
It is light enough to carry in the spring and summer, but neutral enough to
carry in fall/winter.

I LOVE the zippers on the front of the bag. This may be my favorite thing right now.
I throw my keys in one pocket and iphone in the other. I am always scrambling around
trying to find my keys and this makes things so perfect and easy!

So, along with the color being perfect so is the size. I am a
petite girl and while large bags have been on trend sometimes they are just too big for
my frame. This bag suits my size SO well! It's not too big, but big enough to get
everything you could possibly want!

This is the back of "Pippa." Love all the zippers this purse has.
I have not put anything in this zipper yet, but love that it's there if I need it.

All the zippers have these gold shells that are really cute.

So, there are 3 compartments in Pippa. I have heard that the middle
zipper is large enough to put an Ipad in.

I absolutely love the structure of this bag. It is so easy to find what you are looking
for. Everything has a place, or a zipper, or a pocket for what you need.

This is on the front of the bag. It's the gold Modalu tag.
Modalu is the company in London that sells and designs the bag.

We have shells again!! This is what the inside lining looks like!


Lilac drawstring bag that "Pippa" came in.


Here I am taking "Pippa" off to watch the Bama game Saturday with
friends!

So, I hope you will join me in welcoming my new baby into the Story Family!!
I am very happy to have her in life and know she will feel the love!

If you are interested in getting on the waiting list for this purse
It retails for about $270 USD not counting shipping from UK.

Have a Royally Pleasant Day! : )





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