Blogmas Day 4 – Tartist Pro Glow

Sometimes in the winter makeup is my favorite accessory. With chunky sweaters and boots, and being bundled up, makeup can warm up these oversized comfy outfits and top off your style bringing together your outfit. On days like today when I barely wanted to get out of my pajamas, I was able to just sit and play with some of my new products.

One of the things I picked up in the Tarte Black Friday sale was the Tartist Pro Glow palette. Did I need another palette? No, not really. This one is absolutely beautiful though and it is incredibly pigmented. I dipped the brush in the color “sculpted” one too many times and wowza, I sure had to soften that look. I like the formula a lot – it is almost creamy and blends pretty well. Its too early to tell if it will be a daily staple, but first impressions are all positive! I do know though that I can’t use all of the colors because they are too dark, but I’m hoping to make as many as possible work for me!

Have any of you used this product?

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Blogmas Day 3 – Le Volume de Chanel Mascara

This past week has been a little hectic for us – we’ve been to 2 different weddings, both had crazy weeks at work and a million social engagements. It’s been so fun though and I’ve especially loved changing up my beauty routine for the weddings and playing around a bit. While in Macy’s the other day I decided I wanted to try out one of the Chanel mascaras. The sales associate and I agreed on one of them that would be best for me, I purchased it and happily headed home. Unfortunately she put the wrong version in my bag! After some research though I decided I might actually like it and decided to give it a chance. I don’t just like it, I LOVE it. I have very long lashes to begin with, and I needed something that wouldn’t clump and would make them super feathery. This does all that and more – much to my surprise. I own nothing from Chanel and decided to buy this on a whim, and I’m so glad I did. The picture below is us at the wedding tonight. I wish I have a better one of my eye makeup!

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Blogmas Day 2- GIFT GUIDES

Is anyone else out there as stressed as I am about Christmas shopping? For some reason I feel as though this year things are tougher than ever. So every time I come across I blogger/vlogger I follow that has put together gift guides, I screen shot them! While I have my own ideas too for some things, I thought it might be fun to put my screen shots together for a comprehensive look at what people are gifting. Let me know what other bloggers have great gift guides!! (P.S. Jillian Harris’ blog is AMAZING!)

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BLOGMAS DAY 1

Every year I fall in love with YouTuber’s that do “Vlogmas” or “Vlogidays” because it gives me something to look forward to each day after work. For those who don’t know this is, it is daily vlogging every day until the holidays. I decided I wanted to do my own version on my blog, and hopefully offer some great holiday gift ideas or tips and tricks along the way.

I’m also super excited today is December 1st because I finally got to break open my Beauty Advent Calendar that I purchased from LookFantastic. I have absolutely NO IDEA what is in the calendar, and I love that they don’t release the product list ahead of time. This is a company from the UK and the calendar was a bit expensive – around $100. But the reviews were pretty great and I figured I’d take a chance. What did Day 1 bring me? A mini Pixi by Petra Glow Tonic. I’m fairly new to the Pixi brand, so I figured this is a great first day. Below is a picture of the advent calendar box on our dining room table – it is so big I had no where else to keep it! While the box is sold out, you can read more about it here.

Happy Blogmas!

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Moving…

So much has gone on this year, it is certainly one of change. A few months back my boyfriend and I made a really big purchase… we bought a condo. We looked only looked at two places, and fell in love with the first one. We hadn’t even been planning to buy anything for at least 6 more months, but we couldn’t pass this up.

Moving has been the slowest process for us. We had a long wait before closing and then decided to move in slowly because I wound up working almost every weekend in September. I’m still bringing things over from my parents house almost two and a half months later. But we did it! And we’re proud of our little space. I plan to do some posts on how I was able to find everything we needed at a very low cost and in great packages.

Does anyone have any tips for where to find great prints for the walls? We desperately need to decorate the walls, but I don’t want to pick just anything. I welcome all suggestions!

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Tarte Shape Tape Concealer

Earlier this year when it seemed like EVERYONE was talking about the Tarte Shape Tape Concealer I knew I wanted to try it. The problem was that I couldn’t find it anywhere. It was exclusive to Ulta at the time and I struggled for a while to find it. Thanks to my googling though I was able to get my hands on it via QVC.

I think QVC is a majorly underrated makeup resource. It took a while to get the product, but my wait paid off, and I’m THRILLED. Buying it through QVC allowed me to get the sponge applicator with it, and I’ve come to love it too.

The color range of the concealer isn’t great, and thankfully I could try it in Ulta before I bought it. I’m quite light, but after looking at what they have I decided Light Medium was best for me. It’s been perfect. It is thick and very full coverage – great for keeping dark under eye circles at bay.

I’ve seen some Youtubers who mix Light Medium and Light together for a pop of brightness right under the lash line, and I’m so tempted to give that a try.

Anyone else tried this concealer? Thoughts?

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Skin Care Ideas

As the weather started changing I could feel my skin was ready for a change as well. I’d been looking for some new products to change up my routine – and if you saw my last post you know I found some- but when I came across this post on amixofmin.com I thought it was perfect. I follow Mindy’s blog and also follow her on Instagram – she’s one of my favs.

Check it out – she wrote all about the “double cleanse,” and I feel like it would be great to implement this fall/winter. Click here to check out the blog post.

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