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Getting Crafty Up In Here-Fabric Button Earrings

1 Feb

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I’ve been looking for a hobby to do, and saw someone wearing these online and decided that I needed some in my life. I started looking at Etsy and decided that they were to expensive to purchase. So I found a nifty little site that told me how to make them and Voila! I have earrings! I was churning these babies out in a matter of 30 minutes.

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My little whale and star fish are my favorite. These are a bit on the larger size, about the size of a quarter.  I’m having a fun time making them.  My intention is to get some geek material (Marvel, DC, Star Wars, etc…) and make them.  I also want to venture in making No Sew Scarves. If you have any tips on that let me know!

The basics that you need to make these earrings are:

Fabric Button kit (I found at JoAnn)

Fabric

Jewelry Glue

Flat earring backing post.

What do you all think? My boyfriend is trying to convince me to try to sell them. I’m not sure how much traffic or who would want them.

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13 Best Beauty Discoveries of 2013

1 Jan

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Happy New  Years Everyone! I hope 2014 is going to treat everyone well.  Our little community on Facebook called Blogging Shares  (click the link to join!)decided to do this blog hop for all of you to see what our top fave discoveries we found this past year and to introduce you to some new sites!  I hope you enjoy and find some new bloggers to follow, they are all lovely ladies!

*These are in no particular order and the link on each name is to the websites if your interested in subscribing or ordering*

1. Ipsy Monthly Makeup Subscription

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Ipsy is a $10 monthly subscription bag.  Each month you get a great little bag filled with 5 products.  I have not been disappointed thus far.  Each month my bag is guaranteed with some type of lip product, eye product and nail polish, the other two are up in the air.  If your interested in starting up a subscription this would be my top pick over them all.  Also if you review each product you received you get 10 glam points. Once you reach 1000 points you are eligible for a free gift. Also another plus is you get great discounts from each brand name they are using that month. Check out my review for my December bag.

2. Mox Botanical Lip Butter

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This was a Birchbox purchase in November.  I am normally not a make up pot type of person, but there is something special about this one.  First the packaging, it’s a heavy material, at first look you think it’s a thick plastic but it’s really made of glass that protects it from the elements.  Secondly, the product melts nicely on your finger and doesn’t get under your nails.  It goes on smooth….like a butter and smells amazing. The pomegranate and fig is an exclusive to Birchbox.  You can check out my review here.

3. Urban Decay B6 Vitamin Infused Complexion Spray

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I never in a million years would have thought I would have bought into any of these sprays. I’ve eyeballed them many time but would not pay for them since they were over $30.  Thou my best friends at Sephora put a nice 500 VIB point gift together from Urban Decay and this product was included in it.  The product at the Sephora site says its a soothing prep spray that features the first stabilized form of vitamin B6, which absorbs oil, minimizes pores, and reduces redness.What I really love is that it makes my skin super soft and when I use my moisturizer my face seems to absorb it better and makes my makeup site on my face so much better.  All I can say is that I’m really hooked and when this tester runs out I will be purchasing a full bottle. A plus is that this tiny bottle has lasted me over a month, since I use only 3 small spritz I do not use so much.  Check out my review here.

4. Julep’s Freedom Polymer Top Coat

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I use to be a subscriber as a Julep Maven,  it’s $19.99 a month and you receive several different polishes according to your quiz results.  They also have some great box deals.  The only reason I unsubscribed is that I was running out of room for all my polishes.  You can usually do a google search for promo codes to get a discount on your first box. Now this particular item I did no purchase on my own. I received it in my Popsugar box, you can purchase it on the Julep site thou.  This top coat is AH-MAY-ZING!  If you love a shiny gel like finish and a quick dry time this product for you. As a bonus I didn’t see any chipping till maybe 4-5 days later and that was minimal.  I’ve used several top coats in my time but this one, hands (nails) down is my fave. It cost $18 if your not a member but it’s well worth the price.  To read some more on it, check out my review here.

5.Kat Von D Spellbinding Eye Shadow Book

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You can check out my review here.

6. Walgreen’s Studio 35 Eczema Lotion

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Your probably wondering why I am including this, right?  Well not all lotions are created equally and sometimes the least expected works the best.  My step kid has terrible eczema in the winter and we were looking for cheaper options then Aveno since it’s a bit more expensive, and honestly not all cracked up to be for a lotion.  So one day I was sitting at home noticing how cracked my feet were and this lotion was in arms reach, so why not try it?  The heavens opened and the angels sung, because the next day my feet were 50% softer and had less noticeable cracks.  Three days of using it straight my heel was healed up and not as tough that comes with the roughness.  This also works great on sand paper like elbows.  It’s worth the drive to Walgreen’s.  Check out my review here.

7.  Buxom Serial Kisser Lipsticks

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Ok this one was another holiday packaging that isn’t available but majority of the colors you can find seperatly at Sephora for $21 each. Buxom has some of the best glosses and lipsticks. They are all buttery and smooth and does not dry out you lips. I’ve never used their lipstick products before but they are amazing. I have a friend who went back and bought another one of these sets because she loved them so much.  The pigment is bright and bold and last for sometime.  You can check out my review here.

8. 12 Benefits Healthy Hair Treatment

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I have baby fine hair, and I can’t do much to it except add copious amounts of hairspray to it, and by the end of the day it’s crispy looking…..until now.  In one of my Birchbox subscription I received a sample of this product.  The most amazing results I got out this product was that my hair became softer, shiner, smooth, grew faster, and looked overall more healthier.  Also when I went to see my stylist (that I didn’t see for 2 months) she asked me if I got my hair cut somewhere else because my ends looked healthy and very little bit on the split side.  I think that says a lot.  Amazon has the best deals on it, but you can purchase it too on Birchbox.  You can check out my review here.

9. The Wet Brush

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Keeping with the hair thing, this is hands down the best brush you will ever own. EVER!  I have trouble with tangles, and they are virtually nonresistant with this brush.  If you do have a tangle it works it out with ease and no pain at all.  I don’t think I have to say more, except it works on all hair types.  Amazon has it on sale right now around $7. Check out my review here.

10. Vitamin E Sink-In Moisture Mask

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I am a long time fan of The Body Shop, I’ve been using their Vitamin E moisturizer for years. What’s amazing about this is that they are always running a huge sale online.  I was curious one day when  I hit their 50% site wide sale and decided to try so more of their Vitamin E line.  I fell in love with this mask. It’s not your ordinary one. It goes on thick and stays on the surface. You let it soak in and remove it by sometime of paper towel.  My skin was amazingly super soft for a week.  Check out my review here.

11. Zoya Nail Polish

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Zoya is one of the best nail polish brands you can ever purchase.  They are exclusively online, unless you go to a nail salon and possibly purchase it there.  They mainly run $8 unless you get their Pixiedust (and you should it’s sparkles and hardly chips) for $9. The polish is free of the harsh chemicals that you get in most.  I’m a life long fan, I hope you will all try it at least one. Check out my review here.

12. Urban Decay Lip Revolution Lip Line

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Perhaps my favorite purchase of the year.  These lipsticks have the best color saturation and never dries your lips out.  They are a bit of a splurge at $22 but so worth it. I own 4, and plan to own the whole collection. Honestly I never was a lipstick person but this made me a lipstick obsessor.  Check out my review here that also includes swatches.

13. Too Faced Pretty Rebel Palette

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**Well there you go, I wish you all a beautiful 2014 and hope you found something new that you want to try on this list. HAPPY NEW YEAR!**

If for some reason you can’t get to the links, visit these lovely ladies to check out their list

Vivienne at Jolie Pagaille – http://www.JoliePagaille.com

Michelle at Pretty in the East- http://www.prettyintheeast.wordpress.com

Jen at Dragonfly Reviews – http://dragonflybeautyreviews.wordpress.com/

Kristina at The Feminine Files- http://thefemininefiles.com

Christine at Simply Stine- http://www.simplystine.com

Cheryl Hawley – http://theskinnyonbeauty.com/

Angela Watkins at The Makeup Whisperer http://wp.me/p3Wf8e-fu

Nancy Taylor (Smokey) – http://jumpingmouse9.blogspot.com/

Lush Cinders Review—-Last One of 2013

30 Dec

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Good Monday!  I’m starting my New Years resolution to posting 3 times a week a little early.  This review comes from one of my many bath bombs my boyfriend bought me for Christmas.  He knew how much I love Lush he bought me a dozen of them, as well as getting me some other bath accessories to make my down time relaxing.  I LOVE the pillow he bought me the most!

For my first bomb that I tried, I used Cinders.

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It was a lovely light orange color with some red speckles that were pop rocks to give you a crackling sound.  The main smells of this one is of cinnamon and oranges.  I got more of the cinnamon smell then anything, but it wasn’t an overly powerful smell that I would thought I would have.  I was a bit disappointed when I couldn’t even get a crackling sound from the pop rocks.

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Look at my awesome pillow! I just makes me want to sleep in there.  So the color of the water turns yellow.  Of course my dirty little mind goes….ewww pee 😛 yes I’m silly like that.  The smell filled of cinnamon filled the bathroom immediately, but once filled up the scent became lighter.

Cinders was a limited Christmas edition bath bomb and is no longer available.  Thou if your interested this is just some ingredients and write up from the Lush site:

Almond oil, sweet orange and cinnamon leaf essential oils give a festive, fruity scent with a touch of spice to lift the spirits and linger on the skin. We’ve also put popping candy into the mix, which will gently crackle like the sound of a warming fireside. Take Cinders into the bath if you want to hide away from the big bad world and feel the comforts of home. Also great if you want to clear out the cobwebs from your mind, or the dust and soot from your body.

 

Quantitative Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Coarse Sea Salt, Popping Candy, Perfume, Gardenia Extract, Almond Essential Oil, Sweet Orange Oil, Cinnamon Leaf Oil, *Cinnamal, *Eugenol, *Limonene, Colour 14700

 

***I hope everyone has a happy and safe New Years!  What are you all doing? I’m having a few friends over for some finger foods, movies and board games!***

Merry Christmas To All!

24 Dec

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I want to wish everyone and their family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

This year my boyfriend and I added to our family with this little rescue dachshund, Monty. I have always had cats my whole life so an 11 week old puppy is a new experience to me. The housebreaking and crate training is the hardest. But he is awesome and loves to snuggle and watch tv. I  am a happy lady right now.

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Happy Turkey Day and A December Challenge

28 Nov

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I wanted to wish each an everyone one of you Happy Thanksgiving. May all your tummys be stuffed and you pass out from a food coma.  For those that are traveling I wish you save travels to and from your loved ones. Today I am thankful that I will be having two Thanksgiving meals with my family and then my boyfriends family (and tons of left overs).  I am also thankful that I no longer work retail because the malls are opening up now on today and not Fridays (I hope those working retail get to spend time with their families and get perks for working this day).

 

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December is approaching in a few days and I have set a challenge for myself. Since I have one paycheck left before Christmas (the next one I get paid the day before Christmas).  So in an effort to purchase all my gifts with that one, and save some money, I will not be making any fun purchases for myself.  I’ll still get my Birchbox and Ipsy, but other than that it’s all gifts.  So my December reviews are going to be items that I already have and try to use my products that are have way done and use them all up.

Now for some of you that are just getting to know me, I have a slight spending problem.

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I’m still responsible for my bills, nothing is late. Thou the left over money….well I have a hard time saving lately. So in an effort to save my money for the holidays I will be no purchasing any fun stuff for myself even if it’s a mega deal.

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So  would anyone be interested in joining me on this challenge?

Tonight a little me time

19 Nov

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The last two day have been kind of hectic at work. I trippled my work load while sitting in for someone who was out due to a car wreck. Thankfully she was fine,her car didnt fare well but at least it took the brunt of all injuries.

Right now work is extra crazy since we are zooming in a month from the soliders going on their break.  Which means that everyone now has a special circumstance to get out of here and go home.

So luckily my gift of a bag full of bathbombs arrived on time. My boyfriend’s parents came back from SC and brought back my favorite cupcake bathbomb in the beach Myrtle Beach sent from Sudz. And since my trusty Kindles battery is dead right now I picked a real book you guy! A real one off my shelf. And decided on some Jane Austen short stories.

I hope everyone has a great night. Im going to get my relax on!

The Sunshine Award

18 Nov

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I was nominated for the Sunshine award by Dragonfly Reviews, go check out her amazing reviews here

 

So here are the rules:

 

Share 11 facts about yourself

 

Answer the 11 set questions by your nomination blogger

 

Nominate 11 bloggers

 

Include 11 questions for your nominees to answer

 

The questions from The Beauty Deputy:

 

1. What are your goals? Right now is to make the best of work and get thru Christmas with only two more paychecks. Children are expensive.

2. What is your favorite make up brand? I have to say Urban Decay will always be my love.

3. Do you shop more online or offline and what is your favorite store? Online, since all my stores (minus Sephora) are ways away.

4. What are your hobbies? Honestly I don’t have one.  I dabble in little things and lose interest real quick.  I’m surprised I lasted this long blogging.

5. What is your favorite food? Sushi if I could afford it all the time I would.

6. What is your favorite book? Probably Wicked.  I’ve read it a couple of times and I’m really wanting to see the musical.

7. What is or was your favorite subject in school or college? Art and math. Yes I’m a paradox.

8. Do you have a car? What kind? Yes a 2002 Chevy Caviler.  It’s beat up and it’s got over 157,000 miles on it but it’s mine.

9. What band or musical artist do you like the most? That’s hard to say I’m really not listening to anyone hardcore right now. But anyone ska/punk like Reel Big Fish, Less Than Jake, Operation Ivy.

10. What country do you live in? US…VA to be more exact

11. What is your favorite topic to write about? Well even thou I have a dedicated blog to makeup I love talking aobut movies. I had a movie blog but it was so much work it became unenjoyable so I stick to it more on my facebook.

 

11 Facts about myself

 

1. I have 15 tattoos

 

2. I have a big obsession with anything zombies.

 

3. It’s been over a year that my boyfriend and I have lived together, 3 years being committed, and meeting about 6 years ago. Which is a big deal since I thought he was going to want to be a forever bachelor.

 

4. It wasn’t until I was 21 that I really started to be out going.

 

5. I’m crafty.  Like I’m the McGuyver of crafts.  Especially out of work materials.

 

6. I am a sucker for those mystery toy boxes you see at bookstores.  I have a lot of the Marvel and Walking Dead ones.

 

7. I love the UFC.  When there is a PPV we have a fight night at my place or a friends.  It’s serious business with us.

 

8. I do not drink dark liquors.  We are not friends and never will be.

 

9. I want to move to Myrtle Beach. We go there every year for a week and it feels like home.

 

10. I’m not a big fan of romance movies or books.  I tend to go for the comic book/action movies.

 

11. I get along better with the boys then I do girls.  I tend to relate to guy stuff better, even thou I love girly makeup and dresses.

 

My nominations: (ok i got a little lazy with this bit, but I had to leave the house)

 

The Makeup Affair

Dark Beauty Makeup

love beauty marks

skinny jeans and chanel dreams

DebE

Llwesoba

 

My questions for my nominees:

1. If you could wear one thing every day for the rest of your life what would it be?

2. Favorite Season?

3.  If you had to be someone for a day who would it be?

4. Favorite thing to cook?

5. Favorite makeup item?

6. Favorite thing you own?

7.  In the last week, name one thing that made you smile?

8.  Do you pay it forward?

9.  What would you say is your motto?

10.  Say something random here…….

OOTD: Halloween Style

31 Oct

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Happy Halloween everyone!  I never usually do the OOTD thing but because we got to dress up for work I had a few pics.  I went a little low budget this time around (last year I was 80’s girl, the year before prom queen zombie).  This year I did Where’s Waldo.  People seemed to get a kick out of the simple costume.  I look a little unamused here, mainly because it was 740 am, which would do it for that face I’m making.

I have to say our office did it up right this year with some good costumes.

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A Few Of My Favorite Things: Winter Edition

29 Oct

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I’ve been a little blogging crazy today!  This is the most energy I’ve had in awhile and I’m taking advantage of it.  I did a fall post not to long ago and since we seem to be skipping the fall temperatures here in VA and going straight to winter (my sister already had snow in Northern VA on Friday) I thought I would do a few of my favorite things for winter.

VA is a little funny when it comes to the weather.  We might have a few days of spring and fall, and it jumps right into summer and winter.  This past Friday the highs was maybe 40, and this Thursday is suppose to be 70 and back down again, we’re weird like that.

Now to the fun part!

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I love hoodies so much, that the above picture is what I got for my birthday present from my boyfriend.  It’s an official UFC Chael Sonnen hoodie, my favorite fighter.  I like wearing these more than a jacket that I have to lug around.

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Fiend. That’ is all I have to say.  We have a Christmas Bizarre Bizarre and they have a table with all this home made hot chocolate with any flavor you can imagine.  That is my heaven and I have about a month before I get to go stock up.  So far right now I like the Starbucks one you can get at Target.  And marshmallows, I have to have a layer of them.

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This one goes with the hot chocolate, because I will pile up under a 100 blankets and drink some.  I get teased a lot because when I get to Target or TJ Max and  find the most soft blanket in the world I will buy it and add it to the 3 that I already have on my couch.

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I was more excited to have a fireplace when we moved into our apartment then anything else. More so the decorating part then the actual use.  Decorating a fireplace seems extra homey to me.  I love being crafty this time of year and nothing else makes me happier then seeing little bright eyes when he see’s it all decorated.

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I go craft crazy this time of year. Making everything I can think of.  This year I plan on making a few wreaths and also some presents.  I think we get wrapped up on buying store bought items that we miss the meaningful things.  I like to sit down and craft something that I not only made with my own hands, but I thought out for that particular someone.  I know when I receive these types of things they mean more to me then perhaps a gift card.

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Last year my boyfriend and I moved in together, and getting to wake up on Christmas (and any other day as well) together was a special moment for me.  We have a bit of a story on the 6 long years that finally led us to that moment, and thinking of the first Christmas together and when it turns cold it sparks some great memories for me.

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Of course Christmas.  I won’t like I like presents.  Thou as I get older I enjoy family gatherings more so than anything.  My sister comes home from college, and we get to spend time as a family, merge families.  Now that I’m in something serious and my boyfriend has a kid we have two to three different places we travel to so we can spend time evenly. But I enjoy driving around and mingling, eating three different dinners. Becoming so full with happiness and a full belly you can burst, then crash from carb overload when you get home. That’s the fun part.

What are some of your favorite winter things?

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