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Chicks and Dots Easter Mani #1

Hatching Chicks and Confetti Eggs

Easter Mani

This mani comes to you after spending a BEAUTIFUL 70° Sunday afternoon outside getting chased by confetti-filled Easter eggs. Which happen to be my favorite type of Easter eggs, (minus finding the confetti pieces everywhere!)

I was lucky enough to pass by the clearance section of my local Walmart and raided the nail polish bin. Which is normally a mess, but these two were right on top, and came home with me.

Pragmatic

Flowe Power

<I picked up a $1.50 bottle of Salon Perfect Top Coat in Flower Power and

a…wait for it… 49¢ (YUP!! half a dollar!!) bottle of Sinful Shine with Gel Tech in Pragmatic>

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I can’t wait to try a glitter sandwich look with the Salon Perfect top coat. It reminds me of KBShimmer polishes, if I ever get my hands on one!

Thanks for the lookie loos lovelies!

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I’m….ENGAGED!!!! Now What?!?! (Day 400)

You nearly give up all hope and have become very comfortable with the idea of a house full of cats and crochet. Since the cat hair would drown in a sea of yarn, no one would ever know how many cats you truly owed! I could crochet-bomb my house. and trees. and garden. This future was a very feasible one, a few years ago, I must confess.

Then seemingly out of the blue. One day.

You find him.

I found him.

The ONE.

….and hours turned into days, weeks, months, years, and all of a sudden in the blink of an eye, you can’t remember Knittingwhen you thought of life without him.

When you find a love like that, you hold on. And I’ve got no plans on letting this one go.

Even if I have to give up the cats, although i know my yarn stash is safe, for he loves my crafty side and will want the skill when we’re wrinkly and gray and cold all the time.

So, now that you’ve got the biggest part of a wedding (THE GROOM!!) out of the way, the lesser important questions arise.

Now what?! When? How? Who? What? 

Where do you go from here?! What should you do first?!

I’m a kid in a wedding themed candy store, and I’m bouncing off the walls. I know this time is always fun for anyone right?? Who doesn’t love to plan a party,!? I am not even worried about the stress of the next four hundred some odd days.

Because it all comes down to the end result. The Grand Finale. The final day as a Miss, before the Mrs. 

Since my fiance and I have been together for quite a while, we’ve both got a good sense of how we would want our wedding to flow. Which is the biggest hurdle to decide I think.

The Style. The Pizzazz. The Date. The Budget. (In that order!)

I started with sites like www.theknot.com and www.weddingwire.com. which are extremely helpful (and FREE!) for when you need to get all your whirling thoughts on paper, or in my case, on my laptop screen. They also provide lists, budget planners, advice, wedding galore! I also picked up about 6 wedding magazines so far.

My mother picked up a wedding planning binder, which has been SO HELPFUL so far! Its got tabs and folders, lists, templates, seating chart stickers, inspiration boards, etc. Can’t wait to document the days of planning, scheming, tasting, fitting, and ogling over all the beautiful bridal things!!

Not to mention, I’ve only got give or take 400 days to get my new signature down! I swear I just got used to signing my maiden name!!

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St. Patrick’s Day NOTD

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Luck O’ The Irish, Leprechauns, and Rainbows

 Hope everyone has a PINCH-FREE wonderful St. Patrick’s day!

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March ipsy Glam Bag Review 2015

 FLORAL FANTASY March Glambag

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 GOODIES:

  • BOO BOO Cover-Up Camouflage Concealer
  • Pur~lisse Gentle Soy Milk Cleanser
  • Dr. Brandt anti-aging Mattifying Lotion
  • Vintage by Jessica Liebeskind Highlighter in Crystal Pink
  • NYX Butter Lipstick in Hunk

POSITIVES: HIGHLIGHTER: This is a gorgeous shade, with the perfect amount of simmer. No lie. using this as a eyebrow-highlight or eyeshadow, glitter on my cheeks makes me feel like I got carried away with my shadow and didn’t care to clean up the fallout.CONCEALER: this sucker is SO thick! Not suitable for everyday use I feel. But for those out of control blemishes-perfection! BAG: Loving the top placed zip and the abstract floral design, very chic, very posh, not at all teeny-bopper! ❤

NEGATIVES: MATTIFYING LOTION: This seems to mattify well (if that’s even a word..spell-check seems to think otherwise), compared to a sample I had of Olay Fresh Effects Swirled Mattifier. My issue is the scent. This is intended for the first layer under makeup…so I would prefer no scent at all. LIPSTICK: Just the color is a no for me. Don’t fret. I love me some NYX Cosmetics. But Hello Ipsy. Purple?! Its like you don’t even know me! Or my skin tone!? Except you DO!! It may work, with strong emphasis on MAY. But I know me and I know I won’t wear it. And I don’t want to waste a lipstick on just a swatch. Anyone up for tradsies??

NOTE: I have yet to use the cleanser, although I’ve got reservations about sample cleansers in general…

You need more than just a few washes to know if your face will react to these, and this 1 oz size is hardly enough for 3 washes at most, who likes to skimp? Good traveling cleanser I suppose. But what if you have a reaction? And get pimply while your on vaca?? I’ll PASS, thanks.

OVERALL: Not the worst bag I’ve gotten, I’ll use 75% of the samples received, May retake the personality quiz to mix things up a bit. Still definitely worth the money spent.

Join me on ipsy and subscribe to the Glam Bag! You get 4-5 beauty products every month delivered to your door, for just $10 with a unique bag to boot!!. Michelle Phan curates the bags! Check it out here: http://www.ipsy.com/r/3lov

Thanks for the lookie loos lovelies!
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March 2015 ipsy sneak peeks #3/#4

ipsy glam bag Floral Fantasy

Sneak Peek #3: A duplicate from the email preview. 

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Sneak Peek #4: Give me all these daisies. So cute! I so want to try something from the Skyn line! Lucky you out there who get this! 

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Stay tuned for Sneak Peek #5 COMING SOON!

Thanks for stopping by lovies!!

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Join me on ipsy and subscribe to the Glam Bag! You get 4-5 beauty products every month delivered to your door, for just $10 with a unique bag to boot!!.

Michelle Phan curates the bags!

Check it out here: http://www.ipsy.com/r/3lov


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March 2015 ipsy sneak peeks #2

ipsy glam bag Floral Fantasy

Sneak Peek #2:

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Does anyone else see the MARY KAY writing on the walls!? I can’t even believe it! This is a first for me since I’ve been subscribed! Not that I need a BLUE Eyeshadow stick….But really happy for the horizons being broadened.

Stay tuned for Sneak Peeks #3-#5 COMING SOON!

Thanks for stopping by lovies!!

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Join me on ipsy and subscribe to the Glam Bag! You get 4-5 beauty products every month delivered to your door, for just $10 with a unique bag to boot!!.

Michelle Phan curates the bags!

Check it out here: http://www.ipsy.com/r/3lov

March 2015 ipsy sneak peeks #1

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ipsy glam bag Floral Fantasy

Sneak Peek #1:

Nail Polish-Excitement is brewing!!

Blushes/Bronzers, Loose Eye shadow, Sample BB creams

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Check out the Ipsy Floral Fantasy behind the scenes video here:  March 2015 Floral Fantasy

Bag Preview:

This looks so cute! I love the floral pattern and the zip located on the top! Can’t wait to switch out my old bag for this bright pretty one!

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Email preview:

I love when I get these and its a sure-fired one or the other product, albeit-not too thrilled with either.

Can I get some variety? Pinks and Nudes all month every month. Not to complain, I’m happily paying for this!

Email preview

Stay tuned for Sneak Peeks #2-#5 COMING SOON!

Thanks for stopping by lovies!!

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Join me on ipsy and subscribe to the Glam Bag! You get 4-5 beauty products every month delivered to your door, for just $10 with a unique bag to boot!!.

Michelle Phan curates the bags!

Check it out here: http://www.ipsy.com/r/3lov