This & That: NYE Edition


I hope everyone's had a safe and happy holiday season! I've been enjoying time with family and friends and eating way too much bad food.  I am also attempting to start the new year out right by using my days off from work to clean and organize.  

What a difference a year makes, right? I feel like I have truly changed in a year given that this time last year I wasn't sleeping well, wasn't eating well, was depressed and on the verge of a full on nervous breakdown.  Some big changes this year (losing a job, being unemployed, working on my fears and insecurities, getting a great job) really helped me grow and I am happy to say I am feeling great and feel like I have finally conquered many of my past struggles that made me a less than desirable person a year ago and years prior to that.  So thank you for always being here to read my old decrepit blog in the good times and the bad!
...........................................................................................................................................


So, if you follow me on Instagram you'll know that I am a TV show/Netflix junkie and I love getting into a new, captivating show.  I've done: The Affair, Homeland, True Detective, The Killing, Ray Donovan, True Blood, Breaking Bad, House of Cards, and many others I'm probably forgetting to list.  I posted on Instagram that I need new show recommendation and I got tons of comments and great recommendations.  I wanted to also ask for your recommendations because I'm sure some of you aren't on Instagram.  So give me your show recs! 
...........................................................................................................................................



I'd like to thank Slynnro for recommending these $5.88 sunglasses via Amazon on her Instagram (name: Slynnro).  They are just the shape that I was looking for and for nearly 6 dollars you can't go wrong! 
...........................................................................................................................................


This is an outfit I wore when I was in Las Vegas for work training ... first of all, you all need this dress!  It is the perfect little black dress that can be dressed up or dressed down and the best part is that it's on super-sale.  It's a very nice and thick material and is slightly longer in the back.  

Madewell Black Dress (extra 40% off with code EXTRA40)


 And the leopard booties are a must-have! I have been stalking these all season and they finally were included in the J.Crew Extra 30% off sale so I snatched them up.  They are actually really comfortable and I was able to wear them around Las Vegas all day without feeling like I needed to change shoes.  


...........................................................................................................................................


I recently found these Rag & Bone Harrow booties on sale at Barney's for $150 dollars! I wanted to let you all know that these are SO comfortable and I love them so much more than the popular Rag & Bone Newbury boot but you most definitely need to size up.  I normally wear a 6.5 and sized up to a 37 in these.  I wasn't able to find them so cheap online anywhere, but I found the black version on sale for $198 on Saks.  
...........................................................................................................................................

Cheers to 2015


Everyone have a safe and fun New Year's Eve!!!!  

New Makeup Finds

Over the past month or so I've accumulated some new beauty items that I've been wanting to share with you all.  I tend to use and abuse that Sephora 20% off VIB coupon when it comes in the mail.  I had quite a view items on my list to "try", so this promo was the perfect opportunity.  I also like to stock up on things that are already working for me.  


The only thing purchased that I have used before is this YSL Shocking Mascara which is AMAZING if you haven't tried it.  It's the first mascara I've found that not only lengthens (like my old tried and true Chanel Imitable Intense), but it THICKENS like none other.  You do have to wiggle the brush quite a bit to break up any clumps, but the overall result is amazing long, thick, and separated lashes.  
I have yet to try the Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation ... any thoughts on this one?  I got it on a whim but I should have thought twice because I have tried a couple of her tinted moisturizers in the past and didn't love them.  I may return this one since I haven't used it unless you all convince me otherwise. 


Okay- this brush! This is the Sephora Large Powder Brush and it works great for giving a flawless foundation finish.  I know it's technically a powder brush but the girl at Sephora told me it can also be used for foundation.  I still love my Tarte one that I've written about in the past, but I wanted something even bigger than the Tarte brush and this one is perfect.  


What has taken me so long to try this Makeup Forever High Definition Powder?  I don't really know what's in it or what it really does, just go buy it!  I dust this on after foundation and it manages to give you a perfect matte finish without looking dry like normal loose powders do.  

You all know that I love a good cat eye, so I was dying to try this Kat Von D Tattoo Ink Eyeliner.  I had heard nothing but good things about this and it definitely lives up to the hype.  This goes on easier than any other liquid pen-type eyeliners that I've used and it doesn't stray at all.  I had trouble with the Stila Liner that I liked because by mid-afternoon it would be half gone and made me look like a looney who didn't know how to put on eyeliner. Highly recommend this one! 
One of my friends works at the Dior makeup counter in a department store and she has always wanted me to try Dior makeup, but I was never really interested until she called me recently reminding me of an in-store promo on beauty items.  I let her recommend a foundation for me and she threw in lots of samples.  Y'all- this foundation is exceptional!  I have almost tried them all, and this one is better than any I've used before (even Giorgio Armani).  It's called DiorSkin Star Foundation and I wear the 010 color.  Do yourself a favor and go ask for a sample of it at your local Dior counter.  


When I bought the foundation my friend kindly gave me a sample of the Dior Capture Totale DreamSkin.  The best way I can describe this is that it's a pre-makeup skin perfecter that evens skintone and preps your skin.  It's kind of pricey but I felt like it made my makeup look even smoother and maybe even filled wrinkles?  Maybe I just drank the koolaid.  Go get a sample and tell me what you think. 

So here's the finished product with all of the new makeup: 


Shop the products by clicking below: 


How to Get Big Curls with Volume


1. Start with messy slept on hair ... I like to take a shower at night and go to bed with wet hair.  For some reason the curls look better if I have messy hair to begin with. 

2. Give your hair a good all around spray with some Dry Shampoo.  I have been using this NYM Dry Shampoo for a while and I love it. 

3. Brush out your rat's nest so that it's easier to work with. This giant Wet Brush is my favorite.  

4. Get yourself some Conair Jumbo Curls ... I know there's only 5 rollers which isn't a lot, but the size of these is crucial for creating the big curls. 

5. Start at your crown and work your way around using the 5 rollers only on the top section of your hair.  Make sure your pieces are thin so you can get the best curl. 

6. Your hair should look like this after doing only the crown. 

7. Next take a curling iron (preferably a bigger barrel).  This one is a Babyliss Pro Nano Titanium and it works really well for big curls. 

8. Spray some heat protectant spray around the remaining pieces of hair.  This is the Chi Iron Guard spray and it works really well. 

9.  Using the iron curl the remaining pieces of hair away from your face. 

10. This is what your hair should look like after you've curled the bottom pieces with the curling iron.
11.  I like to twist the bottom pieces up and let them set by putting a clip over them. 

12. After about 20 minutes take down all the clips and rollers. 

13. Take some sort of texturizing spray and spray all over your hair- I like this one by Bumble and Bumble

14.  Again, take a brush through your hair one last time. 

15.  Finished product! 

Shop the products I used by clicking below:


Cyber Monday: The Best Deals



Piperlime: 30% off sitewide with code CYBERSALE

Kate Spade: 30% off sitewide with code CYBER30

J.Crew: 30% off sitewide and FREE SHIPPING on all orders with code MONDAY

Amazon: hundreds of Cyber Monday deals listed HERE

Target Online: Buy One Get One 60% off on all Clothing, Accessories, & Jewelry

Progrid

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
 
- See more at: http://www.j9designs.net/2013/06/18/blogspot-blogger-pinterest-pin-it-button-for-images/#sthash.p4geae87.dpuf