Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Born Pretty Wishlist!


I recently found this store via someone's page on YouTube. I couldn't believe how inexpensive their items are! Here's what's on my wishlist now! Tell me which ones you like best!



How gorg is this necklace?  It reminds me so much of one from House of Harlow! And this one is just $2.86!! And if you want to buy multiples, they give you a percentage off! How cool? I especially like this piece for fall!




What a beautiful statement necklace! It comes in 3 colors (pink, blue, and black), all with gold accents. I think this piece would look great with any outfit year round! This necklace is only $6.26! 



I LOVE bow rings! As you can see, it comes in either black or red. Each is just $1.95! They are adjustable, so they will fit any one's finger. I love how dainty these rings are.



This looks perfect for this fall! I love these warm headbands! Comes in  so many colors to coordinate with any outfit. These are only $6.78!



I always see these in hair tutorials on YouTube but have seen where to get them. You can use these cute bows to push back your baby hairs will you style your hair or put on your makeup! How cute right? They have Velcro on the back to hold your hair in place. And the best part....these are just $1.20!!!! You can buy all three at $1.20 each!


And something else that's rockin.....Born Pretty gave me a discount code to save you 10%!! Can't beat that! It only works on things that are not on sale....but at these prices, I know that it's still worth it!! Just use this code at check out to get 10% off: COLT10 

 There are tons of categories like jewelry, makeup, hair accessories, nail art, cell phone accessories, contact lens, and more! Happy shopping all your NV'ious beauties!



FTC Disclosure: Born Pretty offered me a link to share with my readers and if people use the link, I have a chance to review some products for free. I have not/will not receive money for sharing this link or for writing any reviews.

Monday, July 21, 2014

My Makeup Story TAG

I love this tag on YouTube so I wanted to do it here on my blog! I tag anyone who reads this and wants to do it too! Make sure you leave a link to yours in the comment section so I can see it!!



My Makeup Story! 

1. How old were you when you started wearing makeup? 


I think I was about 14. I only wore mascara and lip gloss. I bought brands like Cover Girl, Jane and Wet & Wild. I didn't get really into serious makeup until about 5 years ago. =) Now I love to wear it all! (In moderation of course! No cake-face here!)


2. How did you get into makeup? 


I started getting really into makeup when I discovered the beauty community on YouTube and Blogs. I loved watching MakeupbyRenRen, MakeupbyTiffanyD, and MakeupGeek. I loved MANY, MANY blogs, as I could access them (and not YouTube) at work on my lunch break. I also was selling AVON so I was able to try a wide variety of products at a discounted price.

3. What are some of your favorite brands? 


Some of my favorite brands are Revlon, Maybelline, ELF, Wet & Wild,L'Oreal, Benefit, Urban Decay, Too Faced, Lorac, Laura Gellar,  and The Balm.

4. What does makeup mean to you? 


To me, makeup is a creative outlet and a hobby I love! I began taking the time out of my busy day as a full time working mommy and wife to give myself time to just be alone. As moms, we are always busy taking care of others in our lives (which is amaze and I would never trade it for any other lifestyle!) and it was a time that was just about me and doing something for myself. I found it really relaxing and exciting all at the same time. A few years ago I started doing freelance makeup for weddings, lessons, and events. I love it!

5. If you could only wear 4 products on your face what would they be? 

#1 Concealer
#2 Mascara
#3 Blush
#4 Lip gloss

6. What is your favorite thing about makeup?


My favorite thing about makeup is the creativity and friendship I've found in the online beauty community. I've made so many dear friends that I would have never "met" otherwise. I also love how trends change and looks evolve---things that initially look "eh" to me the first time I see it, then the more I see it on different people, the more I think I'm willing to try something new.
 
7. What do you think about drugstore makeup vs. high end makeup? 


I think that they are very good things in the drugstores and are comparable if not better than some high end items. I think high end usually has better eye shadows as far as color, blend ability, and texture types. Although I will say, the drugstore brands are impressing me all the time. Wet & Wild eyeshadows are amazing!! Maybelline can be hit or miss, depending on what you pick up. Revlon lippies are beautiful and they have a great formula! I love more high end bronzers, as it's easier to find matte formulas. 

8. What is one tip of advice you can give a beginner? 


Don't be afraid to try new things!

9. What is one makeup trend you never understood? 


Totally nude lips---like concealer looking lips. Just don't think it flattered anyone. 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Life Update

Hello all! So here's my promised life update for anyone who cares to read. =) I made a video on my YouTube channel here



So here's the basics: 

I was diagnosed in March 2014 with Graves Disease. Basically, it's an auto-immune disease in which my thyroid is overactive-hyperthyroidism. Some of the symptoms of Graves disease are rapid heart rates, swelling of the thyroid gland, sweating and excessive weight loss. I have been very fortunate to experience almost no symptoms. In fact, the only reason I found out I have Grave's is because I went into the Dr. complaining about my esophagus. The Dr told me that I have a hiatal hernia. **I know you are getting jealous now!** 

If you follow me on Instagram, then you probably saw this.

So....the Dr prescribed methimazole, which I had severely bad reactions too. It made me break out in hives and it was miserable. So then they put me on a PTU. I have to take it 3 times a day and I won't lie....I'm not good at getting it three times a day. But so far, I haven't broken out into hives---so yay!




In my video, I also spoke of having an opportunity to teach in public schools in Nashville. I moved back to Nashville, from Virginia, at the end of May. I began a program called The New Teacher Program. They have program sites in many states. Virginia didn't have one and Nashville does. My husband and I had been thinking of moving back for several years and this just seemed like the perfect opportunity! I applied for the program in October 2013 and was officially accepted in December 2013! I had to take two Praxis tests: Elementary Education and English for Speakers of Other Languages. 

I completed a really intensive 5 weeks program---we started with about 160 fellows and less than half completed it with the ability to continue into TNTP academy this upcoming school year as well as teach full time. It's been really tough and a lot of sacrifices have been made, but I got through it and am excited to announce that I will be teaching Kindergarten this fall working mostly with English Language Learners in Nashville!! If anyone is thinking about applying for Teaching Fellows in Nashville or any other city it's in, please feel free to email me and ask as many questions as you like. =) It's been a great experience and I'm happy to help anyone else through it.  I just finished another additional 2 week training called Gear Up and I'm preparing to begin teaching soon! In TN, the kids go back to school on August 6th! 




 I am going to try to start blogging more frequently---I have really missed it! I told myself when I started my YouTube channel that I wouldn't give up blogging---but we all know how that went! I don't often have time to film videos either....and I think it will be easier to keep up blogging. I've got a lot of reviews planned so be on the look out for those! Thank you for your support! It is much appreciated!

Stay NV'ious! ';)


Thursday, July 17, 2014

FREE BEAUTY EVENT ALERT!!!

Hello everyone! I've been MIA for a very long time, and for that I do apologize! I will write a post soon updating you guys about all the exciting changes that have happened since I last posted. *I did do an update a while ago on my YouTube channel you can see if you want. ;)*

I know you guys love this site, so I wanted to let you know what's new!





"FreeBeautyEvents.com is a great site where you can enter contents, and find free beauty events in your city! On July 24th and 25th you can celebrate Revlon ColorStay’s 20th Anniversary as America’s #1 long-wear brand at Walgreens with a free makeover! The event goes from 1:00p.m.-5:00p.m. and there will be a great gift with purchase, coupons, and a sale. Also check out the TRESemme SaturDate with Beauty on 8/23 for a free Music Award Style Tip Card and a coupon for TRESemme products. Information about free beauty events is available on our website where spas and retailers can promote their events. 

To find out if an event will be near you, just enter your zip code in the upper right hand corner of our home page.

On our site you can enter your zip code to find out what makeover, gift with purchase, spa open houses and sampling events are happening near your home. Readers can also follow us on FacebookGoogle+PinterestTumblr, and Twitter.   In addition to listing in-store makeovers, Freebeautyevents.com also features a blog on product reviews (http://www.freebeautyevents.com/beauty-blog) and a quarterly contest http://www.freebeautyevents.com/contest. We also do contests with smaller prizes on our blog.   


For our latest contest, we will be giving away 5 prizes. Each prize will consist of Revlon ColorBurst Balm Stain-Romantic, Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm-Vivacious. Revlon Age Defying Wrinkle Remedy Line Filler, and Simple Facial Wipes, Cleansing. The Contest runs from 7/1/2014 to 9/30/2014, winners will be chosen on 10/1/2014 and notified by 10/15/2014.To enter, all people have to do is go to http://www.freebeautyevents.com/contest and supply their name, email (only used to contact winners), and zip."

Monday, June 10, 2013

First Ombre Hair Attempt!

So Ombre Hair has been a big thing for a few years now...and I'm just getting to the party! I recently became obessessed with Glee and was LOVING Lea Michelle's Ombre! I just had to have it! My sister in law is does hair so I figured, why not?

I just love her hair!!! It's amazing! I just didn't want the bangs. I love how it's not brown to blonde...it's more subtle and golden.


 I told my sister in law, "If my hair comes out like this, we're going to rumble!":
(If this looks like your hair and you love it---you rock it girl! But it's just too extreme for me.)

Here's what she used:

L'Oreal Excellence HiColor in H16 Honey Blonde.

Salon Care 30 Crème Developer


I put a few Keek's up during the process if you would like to see:


By the time she blow dried and styled my hair it was too late to film because there was no light! But here's some photos that I took throughout the process!


What my hair looked like before any color! This is the natural texture of my hair if I don't flatiron it.

Ana mixing up the magic!

 All the foils in!
It was really hot so she pinned it all on the top of my head! This picture was from when I first saw myself!
I decided to rock it!
Spent some time with the hubby while it processed!
And viola! A blow out and flatiron curls later.....

Before/After


 And my favorite, next day curls!

Without the flash/daylight, it looks more subtle. I really love how it turned out! What do you think?

Influenster Something Blue VoxBox

 
I just love getting these Influenster VoxBox's! It's a great way to try out new products free before you buy! It's free to join, go check it out here!
 
 
The VoxBox's usually look like this when you open them! A card on top tells you about everything that you will find inside. I usually don't bother to look at this because I'm too excited to get to the good stuff! So I dove right in and here's what was inside:
 
Woah! So much stuff!
 
Sweet! Dr. Scholls! I've tried these before and they are awesome with your heels ladies!
 
Never heard of this but looking forward to trying Luster toothpaste! I hope it tastes good!
 
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I heart Kiss and am looking forward to trying these lashes! They came with lash glue and applicators in each package! Yay!
 
 
This seems convenient. I haven't had to use this yet.
 
And I thought this was really cool! I will probably do a separate blog post about this one.
 
Let me know what you think looks good from this VoxBox! What products have you already tried?
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Free Beauty Events!

 
 
"In June you can take advantage of the CVS P&G Event. Makeup artists will be giving FREE makeovers with the latest CoverGirl products and giving away samples and coupons. Also in June, the CVS L’Oreal Haircare Event features free samples and coupons from L’Oreal’s new Advanced Haircare line. This is a great opportunity to see which products work best for you!
 
On our site you can enter your zip code to find out what makeover, gift with purchase, spa open houses and sampling events are happening near your home. Readers can also follow us on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, Tumblr, and Twitter.   In addition to listing in-store makeovers, Freebeautyevents.com also features a blog on product reviews  and a monthly contest. We also do a contest each week with a smaller prize on our blog.
 
 
                                              
For the month of June 2013, we will be giving away 10 prizes. Each prize will consist of Yes to Cucumber Facial Towelettes, Yes to Tomatoes Daily Pore Scrub, Yes to Carrots Daily Facial Moisturizer with SPF 15, and Yes to Blueberries Eye Firming Treatment. The Contest runs from 6/1/2013 to 6/30/2013, winners will be chosen on 7/2/2013 and notified by 7/15/2013.To enter, all people have to do is go to http://www.freebeautyevents.com/contest and supply their name, email (only used to contact winners), and zip."

Friday, May 17, 2013

Lorac Pro Palette


My wonderful hubby bought me the Lorac Pro Palette I'd been lusting after for this past Christmas. I just adore this palette and I use it often. Pictured above is one of my go-to looks recently! Check out the swatches below!


I do hate that the outside of the packaging gets so dirty. It's similar to the NARS packaging in the way it feels. But I do love how compact it is and takes up little space in my collection.


Color at the top of the palette are all 100% mattes! This isn't like a lot of matte palettes that say they're matte and aren't. If you've heard these eye shadows are powdery, you heard right. Even the mattes. That is the only thing I would change about this palette.


From left to right: white, cream, taupe, lt pink, mauve, sable, espresso, black

White: Just as it's named, a white matte shadow. This one is a bit chalky. It's honestly not one that I go to often.

Cream: Again, named it spot on. This beautiful cream is the perfect matte highlight for my skin tone. This one is as smooth as butter dolls!

Taupe: I would have called this medium brown. It's a great crease color. It's darker than Naked from Urban Decay which I love. It gives me more of a defined crease. Smooth as butter too!

Lt. Pink: Yep, it's a light pink alright! I've used this a few times. Smooth texture and blends out beautiful.

Mauve: I love this mauve color! EmilyNoel83 did a  beautiful tutorial with this palette and this color was key! Check it out here! It's a gorgeous look using all matte colors and it's amazing!

Sable: I love this for deepening up my outer-v when I don't want to go black.

Black: You guessed it, it's matte black! This one feels buttery, but I feel like you really have to pick up a lot to really get it to go on smooth. Perhaps it's my brush or technique, not sure. But I rarely go for black unless I'm setting my eyeliner-which I rarely do. If I had to pick a favorite matte black though, it would be Urban Decay Blackout.


From left to right: nude, champagne, gold, lt bronze, pewter, garnet, deep purple, slate

Nude: I love this bright shimmery creamy white for in inner eye highlight!

Champagne: I love to use this shimmery champagne color all over the lid. It's definitely my most used shadow on the bottom row.

Gold: This is a fantastic gold! I do think it looks better on skin tones darker than my own though. Perhaps I can rock it more this summer!

Lt. Bronze: I adore this light bronze color all of the lid! It's very flattering on my blue eyes.

Pewter: The picture doesn't pick up on the beautiful purple undertones of this color. To look at it in the pan it may not seem that special. But boy once it's swatched, it's amazing! I think this would  be an amazing lid color for a super smoked out look for a girls night out!

Garnet: A beautiful warm copper color. I've used this in the crease to make my blue eyes pop!

Deep Purple: I would call this a blacked-purple. It's much darker than Urban Decay's Rockstar that you can see swatched in my last blog post. This is a fantastic color for the outer-v or smudged along the lash line.

Slate: A dark gunmetal. I haven't really used this one admittedly. I do think it's a beautiful color though and will have to find a way to wear it soon!

All of these shimmery colors are amazingly pigmented, though again I have to point out, very powdery! I like to tap my brush over the color so that I can use the fallout on the second eye! ;-)

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Overall, I love this palette and when it's used up, I will repurchase! If you already have similar palettes like either NAKED palette, you can probably skip this. But if you are a super beauty product enthusiast like moi, pick it up doll!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

May Free Beauty Events Alert!

 
It's not too late to enter the Free Beauty Events give-a-way this month! Get over there and enter your email to win this sweet prize:
 
 
"For the month of May 2013, we will be giving away 10 prizes. Each prize will consist of Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash with NutriumMoisture, Dove Sensitive Skin Body Wash with NutriumMoisture, and Dove Beauty Bar for Deep Moisture. The Contest runs from 5/1/2013 to 5/31/2013, winners will be chosen on 6/2/2013 and notified by 6/15/2013.To enter, all people have to do is go to http://www.freebeautyevents.com/contest and supply their name, email (only used to contact winners), and zip."

Urban Decay SMOKED Review/Swatches

 
Urban Decay hands down makes my favorite eye shadows. So when I heard this was coming out I knew I had to get my hands on it. I got this palette when it first hit the Urban Decay website and I just love it! I find it to be very versatile with a great range of colors and finishes.
 
From left to right:
Top row: kinky, freestyle, mushroom, backdoor, blackout
Bottom row: barlust, rockstar, evidence, loaded, asphalt
 
Kinky: A creamy white matte finish, a bit chalky for my taste, but I can still make it work for an excellent highlight
 
Freestyle: A peachy-cream matte finish, still a bit chalky but smoother than kinky. This is very close to the color of my skin, so it's great when I want something more low key or something to wear when I want to feature a bold lip/cheek instead.
 
Mushroom: Definitely my favorite color in the palette. It's a beautiful metallic taupe that pulls more gray. I love this for the lid for a more dramatic eye.
 
Backdoor: A great dark matte brown. Perfect for smudging in the outer-v area! It is not chalky at all!
 
Blackout: A fantastic matte black that's also not chalky! Yay! A lot of other matte blacks throw in gold or other colored sparkles, but not this one. This is perfect for an ultra dramatic eye or as liner.
 
Barlust: A shimmery red toned brown.
 
Rockstar: Deep smokey purple with subtle red undertones.
 
Evidence: I found this to be the least pigmented and smooth of the shimmery colors. It's a medium dark navy blue with a metallic finish.
 
Loaded: Deep almost blacked teal, highly pigmented.
 
Asphalt: Deep gunmetal metallic with slight teal and silver shimmer.
 
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Pros: Extremely pigmented
                                              Wide range of colors for a variety of looks
                       Mattes, shimmers, metallics
                                              Compact packaging that is travel friendly
 
                                                           Cons: None for me!
                                                                But I realize the price tag of $49 may be something
         for some to consider.
 
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When I use up this palette will I repurchase? Probably not, even though I really like it. Search Youtube for lots of tutorials with this palette! And while you're there, please check out my channel!
 
Stay NV'ious!
 
 
 
FTC Disclosure: I purchased this with my own money. I have never accepted money in exchange for a review.