Monday, December 16, 2013

Getting Festive!

I know I should be blogging about beauty since I am a little due for that but I am just feeling in the Christmas mood today. While reading another blog this morning (a non beauty blog...woah!) I came along a little set of Christmas questions that I thought were cute. Before I get started with those I will say that I am going to be doing some catch up this week on posts. I have a lot of fun products I have been using lately that I want to share with you. I just started working for Clinique a couple weeks ago so life has been a little hectic lately but I am falling back into the balance.

I got the idea for this post from a lovely blogger called Crafty Healthy Mommy. If you want to check out her post click here!

  1. Favorite Christmas song. Baby It's Cold Outside...though it took me until my 20's to realize that it is a rather provocative song!
  2. Christmas song you can't stand. Little Drummer Boy
  3. Favorite holiday movie. Elf by far. It used to be Home Alone but once Elf came out it was over. I have already watched it 3 times since my bf got me a new copy this week. 
  4. Real or artificial tree? my family always got a real tree growing up but with my little apartment I have been forced to get an artificial one.
  5. White or colored lights? white
  6. All matching ornaments or more random personal ornaments? I like the ones with sentimental value. My mother and grandmother have bought each of us children an ornament every year since we were born with the idea that when we got old enough to have our own tree we would have all these ornaments. They hold a very special place in my heart.
  7. Favorite ornament. I love the little homemade ones that we made as children. My mom still has almost all of them. Besides the weird cookie ones we made that rotted....ew!
  8. Angel or star tree-topper? star
  9. Does Santa wrap presents or leave them unwrapped? It depends on how busy Santa is. Usually they are all wrapped but this year Santa makes no guarantees. 
  10. Favorite childhood memory. Every Christmas when we were little on Christmas eve we got new pajamas. One year I got this pair of beauty and the beast pajamas with a matching set for my doll. I remember being so excited about them. Well wouldn't you know that was the year I got super sick and threw up all over them. 
  11. Coffee, hot chocolate, or eggnog? Eggnog...with hot cocoa or coffee?
  12. Christmas morning at home or do you travel? Now that my bf and I have our own place away from the families we are going to be traveling. 
  13. Traditional holiday meal or something unconventional? Traditional. I love a good roast or ham...and potatoes :0
  14. Personalized photo Christmas cards, store bought cards, e-cards, or "ain't nobody got time for that"?  "ain't nobody got time for that."

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Vol.1 Matte Luxe Transforming Eyeshadow Palette Review and Swatches!

For quite sometime I have wanted a good all matte eyeshadow palette. Finding a matte palette that is good quality is almost impossible. Yes there are a few like the Naked Basics Palette but that doesn't give you a lot of variety. Well It Cosmetics has answered my prayers with their new Matt Luxe palette.

It Cosmetics is a fairly new name to me. I had heard of their Bye Bye Under Eye a couple years ago but it seems lately It Cosmetics is everywhere. They are now carrying the brand at Ulta and often have specials for them on QVC. I saw that the brand was having a 25% off sale on their website and figured it was a time to try some things. While surfing through the products I found this gorgeous palette. What originally caught my eye was the fact that it is an entirely matte palette. There is also a good variety of colors in this palette. There are plenty of neutral shades as well as a few colored shades. I also like that their are cool tones and warm tones.

 The palette has anti-aging components. The box says it has hydrating age reverse and prevent complex infused with peptides, hydrolyzed collagen, silk, anti-oxidants, and drops of light technology. Now I am not sure exactly what all of this means but anti-aging is never a bad thing.
 The packaging is very similar to the first Naked Palette. It is a soft faux suede like material with gold writing. It has a magnetic clamp to keep the palette from braking open during travel. Now though the packaging is gorgeous it seems like something that would easily get dirty.

I am going to warn you already that the inside is a very metallic gold and is hard to photograph. You will see my reflection in the pictures. Sorry!!
 There are 14 all matte shades in this palette. There is also the "Transforming Pearl," shade which is meant to make the matte shades into shimmering pearl shades.
They all have lovely names that make you think of happiness and warming thoughts.

 From left to right: Sheer Joy, Soft Light, Love, and Sunrise.
 From left to right: Warmth, Soulful, Sunset, and All Heart.
 From left to right: Mocha, Violet, Java, and Iconic.

From left to right: Midnight, Noir, and the Transforming Pearl. 

These eyeshadows are awesome. They are smooth, pigmented, and so soft. They apply like a dream and a little goes a long way. I found it was easy to blend them out and they lasted a long time. 
This is a before and after of Java with the Transforming Pearl over it. I personally don't like the Transforming shade and probably won't use it. I found that it dulled down the color. I will just use the eyeshadows on their own since they are gorgeous without the Pearl over it. 

I think this is well worth the money and is so versatile. I see myself getting a lot of use out of it. 

Monday, December 2, 2013

Lazy Monday Poll!

Hey there lovelies. I am going to keep with the recent trend and do another poll. I happen to really like these little guys. Off we go...

1. Plaid shirts: yea or nay?
Yay! I love plaid shirts both on guys and girls...pair it with a nice pair of leggings and riding boots and you're good to go. 2. What’s one thing you hate sharing?
food...ha well sweets mostly. 3. What do you try hard to avoid?
There are a million things I try to avoid everyday...spiders, burning myself, falling off the edge of the earth.4. Can you draw?
Yes actually I am pretty good at it. I loved art growing up. 5. Would you ever date someone 10 years younger?
Right now no because that would make them 146. If you could invent a beauty product that would make your life easier, what would it be?
A machine that puts your makeup on perfectly while you sleep.7. What were you like as a child?
Talkative. I was always getting notes on my report card about it. 8. When was the last time you braided your hair?
today ha. I french braided it at work. 9. What are your favorite colors to wear on your eyes?
Purples and bronze tones. 10. What book are you reading at the moment?
This computer screen...just kidding...right now I am actually not into a book. I have been trying to catch up on some health magazines I have laying around.