Thursday, November 15, 2012

New Wet n Wild Glassy Glosses

Hi everyone! Just wanted to show you a couple of drugstore finds that I forgot to include in my most recent video. I found these in a special display in Walgreens, which also contained the new 8-pan palettes. (It was one of those end of the aisle displays, different from the shelf display I initially found the palettes in). Anyway, there were several new shades of Glassy Gloss- and I assume they're limited edition. These are the two that most appealed to me... 

The golden shade is called Frost Bitten and the red is A Glass of Shine. I don't remember the exact price, but I think these are usually $1.99. In case you're not familiar with these glosses, there are a number of them that are part of the regular line (here's a review on those), and they're actually referred to as lip gels. ALL shades in these glosses are super shiny, but they can vary in terms of how opaque they are. These two glosses are a perfect example... 

As you can see, the golden shade is very sheer with fine golden shimmer, and the red is a really rich, deep, opaque color. 

The gold obviously adds a lot of shine, but color-wise, it just gives a slightly golden glow to the lips. As a whole, it's mainly my natural lip color showing through. This is the type of gloss that I'd use more as a layering product over lipsticks or lip liners. I'm not wild about how it looks on its own, so I don't think it's an absolute must-have. 

I think the red is STUNNING. I mean, wow. I love this shade so much. While I loosely call it "red", it's really a nice deep wine color that is just phenomenal for the holidays. It has knockout shine, as well as full color. The one drawback is that you have to be careful on the application- just smearing it on your lips from the squeeze tube does not give enough precision. I applied some to the lips, then evened it out with a lip brush and I was very happy with the end result. I also like that while these glosses aren't sticky at all, they're also not runny so I don't feel like I need to worry about this shade running outside the lip line & getting sloppy once it's on. Any red lip you wear tends to be a bit more high maintenance to keep looking fresh throughout the day/evening... but I think this shade is worth it :)

Just wanted to give you a heads up on those new glosses! Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

Daily Nuggets...
  • What an exhausting week it has been!
  • My co-anchor Kevin and I have been preparing 2 dance routines for a fundraiser this weekend. Instead of some sort of slow, ballroom dance- we are going for a couple of high energy numbers. If nothing else, it will be FUNNY! :) I'll have Tyler take some video of it. 
  • You know my sister's incredible watercolor paintings? Well now they're available on all sorts of things!! I am SO doing some Christmas shopping on her new site! Gorgeous art on mugs, journals, bags, and COMPACTS?! Yes please! Good prices too :)
  • Agenda for the remainder of the evening: shower, gel nails, apple cider, and time with Tyler. 
  • P.S... tomorrow is Friday!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Favorite Warm & Tasty Beverages

Hey everyone!
After tweeting about a lovely cup of apple cider I was enjoying yesterday, I got a great blog post idea from a Twitter friend! 

So I thought, why not? At our house we have a Keurig coffeemaker. These coffeemakers do one cup at  a time, which works well for Tyler and I since we have vastly different wakeup times. (me: 1:00 am, him: 6:00 am.) We used to waste a lot of coffee when I would be up in the middle of the night getting ready for work- making a full pot, but only drinking a cup. With a variety of K-cups, we're also free to have whatever kinds we want... and beyond just coffee there are other fun drinks. This time of year is also GREAT for the limited edition, seasonal flavors. 

Here are my favorites!
-Green Mountain Coffee Pumpkin Spice
-Green Mountain Coffee Golden French Toast
-Green Mountain Naturals Hot Apple Cider
-Cafe Escapes Dark Chocolate Hot Cocoa
-Donut Shop Coconut Mocha

Just this past weekend I found this great holiday collection at Wal-Mart- containing Golden French Toast which Tyler & I love- as well as a couple of other yummy kinds- Gingerbread and Spicy Eggnog! Buying it in a 48 pack was a better value than individual boxes (it was 20-something bucks). This would also make a great gift for the Keurig owner on your list! And these days you can find different kinds of k-cups everywhere... Target, Wal-Mart, Bed Bath & Beyond, and pretty much any grocery store. 

Lately I haven't been drinking a whole lot of tea (there are definitely different kinds you can do in the Keurig- or just use it for your cup of hot water for other teas) but last winter I loved Celestial Seasonings holiday teas in Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride and Sugar Plum Spice (these are in regular tea bag form). I'll have to pick up some more of that next time I'm out shopping. One more thing- I am not affiliated with Keurig- this is not sponsored.

Daily Nuggets...
  • Shot a video on some exciting drugstore makeup finds- coming soon to YouTube. 
  • Thank you SO MUCH for the outpouring of support for my last blog post. I just love you all :)
  • It's another gloomy afternoon outside in my neck of the woods... but I don't really mind. 
  • I'm starting to play with HootSuite for posting on Twitter & other social networks... seems like a lot to learn, but so far- so good! 
  • Sweatpants, blanket, slippers... feeling very comfy at the moment. :) 

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Contest Winner, CVS Find, and THANK YOU!

Hey everyone! You may have already seen the announcement on Facebook, but I have a winner for the Lori Greiner makeup bag giveaway! Lina Dy was randomly selected as the winner, and she'll soon receive the lavender set of bags that she chose. In case you were wondering how she was chosen, the morning that the contest ended, I had Tyler choose a number between 1 and 838 (the amount of comments posted)- and he chose 467... that was Lina's comment. Thanks to all who entered and keep an eye out for future giveaways! :)

Also- just a little announcement about something I am probably way too excited about- but yesterday at CVS I found a cupcake print Turbie Twist! It's so cute. In case you're not familiar, Turbie Twists are these little towels you can wrap your hair up in after a shower, and they get rid of a lot of excess moisture. I always put one on after I get out of the shower- it works so much better than trying to balance a large bath towel on top of your head! It's nice to have several of them so you always have one while another one is being washed. I just thought this one was adorable!!

Lastly- I just want to say thank you. I sent out a tweet earlier today shortly after posting my latest video- the Too Faced 1 Brand tutorial... basically I was just voicing frustration over the comments section being especially brutal (not that there was anything vastly different about me in this video- I guess it all just kind of hit me at once)- with people criticizing my face, voice, length of the video, pregnancy speculation (I'm not), and the list goes on. So many people tweeted me some really kind feedback and I  just want to say thank you. And I can't say thank you enough to those who post really amazing comments on my YouTube videos on a regular basis- I'm not even sure I can communicate how much those comments mean to me, and how much those motivate me to keep creating videos. But when it comes to negativity, I almost always do what many of you say- "ignore the haters". It's good advice and I try to live by it! But I am human and occasionally negativity does get to me. As strong as I want to be, there are times when peoples' jabs really hurt.

I got to thinking- when it comes to those little comments like "her face is so annoying"... it seems like such a thoughtless thing to write. Much of the negativity that I see on YouTube (not just on my videos) seems like someone just had something mean pop into their head, and thanks to how easy it is to just post a comment- it's up for the world to see in a matter of seconds. Just that simple! I'd like to urge anyone participating in any format- Facebook, Twitter, YouTube- you name it... to just stop and think before you post. Ask yourself- could this be hurtful? Do I really want to hurt someone?

I'm not trying to get over-dramatic here, and I'm sure I'm preaching to the choir with this thought (lots of love for the blog readers out there!!)... but cyber-bullying is all over the place, and not everyone out there has a thick skin. With so many outlets for feedback in social media- why not try to inject a little positivity out there? Use that easy chance to comment to do something good with your thoughts- keep it productive, constructive, and just keep it kind. I often watch Ellen on TV and I love how she ends her shows with the comment- "Be kind to one another." That's what it all boils down to. As strong as we all aim to be, we're all human beings with feelings. Let's value everyone. Thank you!

Love to you all, and once again- thank you SO MUCH to those who make each day brighter with your support. It inspires me- not just to create videos about makeup- but to be a better person.