Thursday, January 29, 2015

Brown Smoky Eye Tutorial

Hi all, I wanted to share this little brown smoky eyes tutorial with you all.

I love this look because I think it looks so pretty on the eyes, but overall, it's not that tricky to recreate. I used the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette as well as the ColourPop eyeshadow single in "So Quiche."  I'm also wearing one of the new ColourPop Lippie Stix in the color "Frida" - shoutout to my homegirl Dani.

If you want to see how I created this look, go ahead and click to watch. Tutorial starts around 1:45 - just sayin' - that's special info just for my blog peeps. Holla at you. *sassy girl emoji*


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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

BoxyCharm Beauty Box (& Giveaway)

Hey guys! Today I'm sharing a review of BoxyCharm (December 2014)* - In the video I am also sharing what I got in my most recent January box so you can see a comparison! (There is also a BoxyCharm giveaway on that video if you watch it on my YouTube channel!)

So, BoxyCharm is a subscription beauty box that costs $21 a month and sends you 4 full size products and one luxury sample.  Let me show you what was in December's box.

Be A Bombshell Lip gloss ($14) I got the Be A Bombshell lip gloss in the color "Saucy" which is a hot red with a slight orange undertone and pink shimmer.  I've used these lip glosses before and the formula is quite pigments and long lasting.

Coastal Scents Revealed Palette - ($39.99) Beautiful collection of 20 nude and metallic hue in a slim cardboard palette with flip-top closure.  This is the most expensive item in the box and it's a beautiful palette, perfect for everyday wear and most skin tones.  The shadows are beautiful as well, well pigmented and blend beautifully. My only minor complaint about this palette is I wish it had a few more matte shades so that there was a good matte pair for every shimmer.  Besides that, this is lovely palette I know I'll be using a lot.

Eva NYC Hair Hungry Hair ($7-$12) The Hungry Hair Oil Treatment intensely nourishes, hydrates and smooths with Argan Oil that feeds hair with vitamins and nutrients and Keravis Protein that increases strength and flexibility.  I haven't used this product yet but am VERY excited to try it out!  The reviews I've read have all been awesome.

Eyelash Luxury Mink Lashes ($29) These are cruelty free, real mink hair lashes.  I was really excited at first to get these because I know that mink lashes are way better than synthetic lashes, which is why they are more expensive.   They are designed to be able to be worn again and again.  My only disappointment is the lashes I received are WAY too dense and full for regular wear.  They are even too dense for a special occasion, so I really have no idea when I could logically wear these besides for some type of costume makeup.

Mistura Beauty Solutions Retractable Beauty Brush ($19.99) I can never have enough brushes and this one has ultra-soft synthetic-hair bristles in a retractable handle, making it perfect for on-the-go and travel.  The brush is mega fluffy, perfect for applying all-over translucent powder. 

Overall, I think this a a GREAT subscription box. This box had over $100 worth of products for only a $21 price point.  The products were all very high quality products that I know I'll get a lot of use out of.  Spoiler alert is that I ALSO loved January's box.  To see what I got in that, you'll just have to watch the video. Plus, like I mentioned, there is a giveaway in the video as well!

Have you tried BoxyCharm? What did you think?

This post was powered by BrandBacker. An asterisk signifies a product that was sent to me as a gift or for review.  All opinions, words, and thoughts expressed are 100% my own.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Check Print and Leather

Outfit Details:
Jacket  //  Abercrombie & Fitch Tatum Jacket
Scarf  //  *ROMWE Check Print Tassel Scarf
Jeans  //  Abercrombie & Fitch Super Skinny
Boots  //  (Similar)
Purse  //  *OASAP Studded PU Bag

As the big Blizzard Juno seems to be winding down it's hard to believe that just a few days ago we'd still not seem more than a light dusting of snow.  Well, it's a little late, but I guess winter has officially rolled in and it may be a few months before I can venture out in just my leather jacket again. This awesome oversized scarf, however, will carry me through.

I can never have enough scarves, in reality.  I bought my first blanket scarf a few months and it has spiraled into an obsession with ALL THE OVERSIZED SCARVES.  They are the perfect accessory to pop on when you're heading out to run errands, which is what I did in this outfit. Plus, I love how versatile they are, clearly I was channeling my inner moto-girl this day.

OH! And can we talk about this awesome Rebecca Minkoff dupe! I've been lusting after the Minkoff Mini M.A.C for way too long and was so happy when I found this much more affordable dupe from OASAP! Win!

I was not compensated for this post. All products are purchased with my own money unless marked with an asterisk (*). An asterisk signifies a product that was sent to me as a gift or for review.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Football Helmet OREO Cookie Balls

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #OREOCookieBalls #CollectiveBias

The other day Michael and I were at Walmart when he casually put a bag of OREOs in the carriage (like I wouldn't notice!)

"I will eat all of these in one day," I warned him. (Which wasn't a lie because I have no self control when it comes to sweets.)

Then, I noticed they also had the golden OREOs which I swiped up saying, "THESE ones are my favorite!" A small debate ensued on whether the original or the golden cookie was better.

I felt a tournament brewing, and so we went home with both bags, as well as a few other key ingredients.

We decided to have an OREO ball tournament (since all the big football games have us in the spirit) to decide which makes the better OREO ball, original or golden.

1 pkg. (8 oz.) brick cream cheese
36 OREO Cookies, finely crushed (18 original and 18 golden)
1 bag semi-sweet baking chocolate
1 bag white chocolate
cookie frosting (like this)


MIX cream cheese and cookie crumbs until blended. I mixed half the cream cheese with the original OREOs and half with the golden OREOs.

SHAPE into 48 (1-inch) balls, about 24 of each. Freeze 10 min.

DIP balls in melted chocolate, original in semi-sweet chocolate and golden in white chocolate.  Place in single layer in shallow waxed paper-lined pan to set.

CUSTOMIZE: Once the chocolate has hardened, use the cookie icing to draw on helmet masks onto the balls.  The nice thing about the helmets is they are pretty simple, you don't have to be some confectionary genius to create them. Nothing worse than seeing some awesome cookie pop decoration on Pinterest only to try to recreate them and end up with a big huge Pinterest fail. 

The final step involves the battle, of course.  Which OREO makes a better cookie ball?  Well, Michael and I are still undecided (Go Team Golden!),

So let me know in the comments down below which OREO is your favorite.  

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Friday, January 23, 2015

10 Best Beauty Products Under $5

Hello friends! Today I'm wrapping up my current favorite products under $5. Whoop whoop for budget products!  It's always nice to know that there are some great products you can get out there for less than $5 so I picked my favorite ones to share.  I go into more detail about each one in the video, if you want to hear more, but here's the quick run down!
1. Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder - $4.99
2. NYX Mega Gloss $4.99
3. Bella Beauty Makeup Blender $3.99
4. Essence Mascara $3.99
5. E.L.F Blush $3.00
6. Wet n Wild Eyeshadows $2.99
7. Wet n Wild Silk Finish Lipstick $1.99
8. Wet n Wild Mega Liquid Liner $1.99
9. Revlon Nail Enamel $4.99
10. NYX HD Concealer $4.99

What are your favorite beauty products for under $5?


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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Palm Prints in Winter

Outfit Details:
Blouse* // Sheinside 
Pants  //  Forever21 (similar)
Shoes*  //  ChiChi's London 'Melanie'
Necklace  //  Forever 21
This has been the strangest New England winter I think I've ever experienced. It's nearing the end of January and I've only seen an inch of snow.  I've seen more days over 40 degrees than below, and there are days I can leave the house without a coat.
In some ways, I'm kicking myself for complaining about this. Boo-hoo, it's not miserably cold and a snowy mess. Get with it Kallie.  I can't help it, this teacher wants a snow day.
Either way, whether is cold or not in the winter, I wear some of my favorite summer prints all year long. Florals and palm prints do not need to take a backseat just because it is winter. I love the oversize print on this blouse, and it's in black and white - my favorite colors.  
Do you still rock summer prints in the winter?

What's the winter weather like where you live? 

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

How I stay active without "working out"

Wanna know a secret? I hate working out.

Let's be honest, this isn't ACTUALLY a secret.  My detest for gym equipment or anything that requires me to follow along to choreographed dance moves called out by an overly peppy woman wearing all neon is something I'll openly tell to just about anyone. 

However, this doesn't mean I don't try to stay active.  For my long term health, I believe in trying to eat well and stay fit. So, this means I have to find ways to stay active without actually, "working out." 

While I do some basic strength training from the comfort of my home, my favorite way to get moving is by getting out and hiking with my dogs. Sure, it's not going to give me a 6-pack and mega biceps, but it gets me out into the fresh air, surrounded by Mother Nature, and-if you hustle it instead of take it at a leisurely pace- you can get your heart rate up.

Now, just because I'm not doing the traditional "workout," sure doesn't mean I don't enjoy workout gear. I'm wearing a top and bottom from Augusta Active Sportswear, and you can have a chance to win some swag from them yourself.  The pieces I have are from their yoga line, making them crazy comfortable.  What I love about the pieces is they are 50/50 cotton and polyester give me all the mobility and comfort I want without being too heavy.

I'm wearing:
Top: Augusta Marvel Tee
Bottom:Augusta Ladies Action Capri
Hat: ADIDAS (similar)

Enter to win a gift pack from Augusta Active Sportswear.  There is a women's pack for women entrants and a men pack for men, which include clothing pieces from Augusta Active and a bag.
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Now get out there and un-workout with me.

What's your favorite way to stay fit?

This post is sponsored by Augusta Sportswear. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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