OOTD- December 30th, 2014

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Hey guys!

This was my outfit on this very chilly day. I kind of enjoy showing these because it also gives me a post to do a little catch-up. I’m getting so excited for New Years Eve tomorrow! I’m currently picking out which new sparkly polish will be the perfect amount of glitter (is there ever too much?). I hope everyone is having a good holiday break. Also, I hope everyone is staying safe!

I obviously wore tights with these shorts. I bought these new fleece-lined tights from Urban Outfitters during my after-Christmas shopping spree because they were on sale. It was about 30 degrees today and as I was walking around my legs stayed strangely warm! So good job Urban, you made some very warm (and expensive) tights. I love patterned tights but the problem with wearing them in the winter is that they tend to be partially sheer and that means you could freeze to death just to have little hearts on your legs. I think I’ll stick to my new ones for now.

I also got some great new flats today at DSW. I’ve had the same flats from Payless Shoes for about 6 years (I know, don’t even comment on the cheap-ness) and I desperately need more. The older I get the more practical my shoe choices become. I decided on a turquoise Steve Madden patent leather flat. If the Payless shoes can get me through all those years I’m sure these will hold up. I think they’re adorable and they brighten up my outfits when I’m getting into monochromatic phase (which means I just wear everything black because I’m lazy).

Anyway, how have you guys been doing with shopping? Are you excited for the new year?

-Heather

New Favorite Clothing Piece: Vintage Style Bird Shirt

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Hello everyone!

I officially have a new favorite piece of clothing in my wardrobe, and that is this little shirt full of birds.

I put “vintage” in the title in order to sound really indie, but this actually came from Forever 21. It does have the vintage vibe though, since the bird illustrations almost look painted on. I said this when I was wondering in there and it was one of those things that you feel the need to buy as soon as you see it. I didn’t care the price (even though I’m sure it was only $12) and marched right over to the register. It has a loose fit, and the sleeves are quarter length. It is pretty universally flattering and I’ve worn it with many different types of outfits! I even featured it in my Winter Lookbook which you can see here! I also noticed while buying it that I was wearing tights with little foxes on them and realized I have an unsettling amount of clothes with tiny animals on them.

Anyway, it’s quite sheer and goes with many things since the birds have mostly neutral colors on them. I think it goes well with my hair because the birds are pretty much the same colors in my hair (as you can see in the last picture). I wore it today with my new Kate Spade necklace (which was one of my awesome presents from my boyfriend) and it looks adorable with the shirt! I’ve noticed a lot of rustic-woodland-animal styles going on at the moment and this is a great addition to that look without breaking the bank. I’ve seen a few animal shirts and places like Anthropologie that go for $60+ but if you really dig around Forever 21 you’ll find some really great things. I think for awhile I was opposed to the store because they have so much stuff that honestly is crap, but they also have many gems in there as long as your looking with an open mind. I wore this with some new boots and it always looks good! I’ve been wearing it so much I thought it deserved a blog post. I’m also sorry I haven’t been on here as often, but with the holidays came many busy days and nights and I didn’t have the time to properly take some good photos and write up a post. I’d like to know how everyone’s holidays were? Have you guys seen the crazy sales in stores after Christmas? There was an incredible sale in Urban Outfitters and I ended up buying some great jeans. I hope everyone is having a great break and relaxing with the people they love.

-Heather

Naughty Or Nice Tag

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#1) Brussels Sprouts…Naughty or Nice?

Definitely naughty. Are these like a Christmas thing? I don’t think anyone eats these, especially around Christmas.

#2) Christmas Pudding…Naughty or Nice?

I know this is an English Christmas tradition so I have to be honest and say I’ve never had it. But from watching Zoella’s vlogs I think it isn’t that appetizing. My mom lived in London for like 3 years and she said it wasn’t that good. But we have our own Christmas desserts that I love like chocolate pie and peppermint bark. I love watching Hello October’s vlogs and she has Christmas pudding pajamas which are absolutely adorable. Maybe one day I’ll try it, but for now it’s naughty. 

#3) Christmas Songs…Naughty or Nice?

Absolutely nice! My mom had a Christmas concert last weekend and I’ve been non-stop listening to Christmas carols ever since.

#4) Mulled Wine…Naughty or Nice?

I haven’t ever tried this since it isn’t as popular in America. But my mom said it was delicious so I’ll go with nice. I think most Christmas wines are nice around this time. 

#5) Christmas Movies…Naughty or Nice?

I’ve been watching Christmas movies since November 1st, so this is a nice. I can’t help it, I just love getting in the mood for this magical time. I just watch National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation last night, and it’s a classic. My favorite Christmas movie of all time is Elf.

#6) Christmas Lights…Naughty or Nice?

This is a big huge nice! I actually have Christmas lights up all year round since I pick out cute ones that go with other things throughout the year.

#7) The Queens Speech on Christmas Day…Naughty or Nice?

I asked my mom once again who told me this is a nice. I suppose it’s a good gesture from the royal family and I’m guessing it’s a bigger deal in England. I don’t think Obama does any little speech for us does he? That shows how informed I am on Christmas Speeches Via President. Maybe this year I’ll watch the Queen’s speech.

#8) The Decorations…Naughty or Nice?

This is a pretty obvious nice!

#9) Christmas Shopping…Naughty or Nice?

I’ll be diplomatic and say naughty and nice because I love picking gifts out for people, but the crowds of people give me a lot of anxiety in busy places!

#10) Christmas Jumpers…Naughty or Nice?

100% nice! I’ve been non-stop been wearing jumpers and sweaters since it’s freezing where I live. Not only are the cute and fun for the holidays, but they keep you soo warm. My favorites are one’s with woodland animals on them. I hope I get more as presents this year.

 

This was such a fun little tag to do as it’s less than a week till Christmas! I won’t tag anyone, but I originally saw this on Katie’s blog Plus+Beauty and couldn’t wait to do it myself. If you see this and feel like spreading some holiday cheer, go ahead and do it! I’m aware this is probably a British tag but it’s fun to explore other people’s traditions too. I’ll now be looking up what the deal with brussels sprouts are…

How are your weeks? Are you excited for Christmas?

-Heather

Ipsy Bag December 2014

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My Ipsy bag came and I had to take the pictures on my older Nikon so they aren’t super crisp and I’m sorry about that but the other camera seems to be working again!

1. Cailyn Eye Polish (#5 Orchid) – This was quite an interesting product. It looks like an nail polish but is actually a loose powder for your eyes! The applicator is a strange little sponge at the end of the nail-polish-like wand and picks up the loose powder in the pot. I haven’t used it yet, but I will soon because the color is amazing for the holidays!

2. Sexy Hair Heat Defense Blow Out Spray – I used this stuff only once before I did some light heat styling on my hair and I noticed my hair was very bouncy and tousled. I didn’t notice a significant amount of shine, but I also didn’t use that much that one time so maybe I will next time. The best part about this product is that it smells like pineapple and coconut! I was happy to put this in, whether it works or not.

3. tarte 4-in0-1 Mascara – We’ve all heard about this Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara time and time again and I was so excited to use this. I’ve used it twice and I really enjoy the fluttery look it gives to my lashes. But to be honest with you, it isn’t very thick or volumizing. It does a great job for day time looks, but it really doesn’t pack much of a punch for a heavy mascara.

4. NYX Lip Balm (Marshmallow) – After using Nyx’s butter glosses, I couldn’t wait to receive this balm. I wasn’t disappointed either, although I’ve only tested it and not worn it for long periods of time yet. First of all, the best part about these are the names, because they are all named after delicious foods. Also, the smell is so amazing (not actually like a marshmallow) sort of like a fruity scent that isn’t overwhelming. There is enough color that this would be a good nude shade, but it isn’t so pigmented that you need to worry about it smearing or feathering. In all, this seems like a lip balm that I’m going to use for a long time, so well done Ipsy!

5. Beauty Without Cruelty Facial Cleanser – I’ve never heard of this brand before but the sample I received was huge and that excited me the most! I’ve used this a couple times and I’ve decided to use it mostly in the morning because it’s a gel cleanser and would do better with refreshing my face before makeup than taking my makeup off at night.

What did you receive in your Ipsy bags?

-Heather

 

Outfit Of The Day – 12/17/2014

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Hey everyone!

I thought I might post a few Outfit Of The Day’s for you, because it might be fun to see if I can even keep up with it. A few exciting things to talk to you guys about are:

1. I’m having another article published on Hellogiggles (hopefully soon) and there may be even more excited news surrounding that too.

2. I’m thinking of moving to a self-hosted WordPress site and have already purchased the domain. The tricky part would be getting all you guys over to the other blog. I’m contacting WordPress so they can maybe help me out with it. But I’m still here for now!

How were your days? I’m getting so excited for Christmas.

-Heather

Holiday Lookbook 2014

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This is my first ever lookbook. I wanted to do one that would fit ideas for holiday outfits! I’ve put below by picture what pieces and products are shown.

1.  Dr. Brandt’s BB Cream, e.l.f. Baked Eyeshadow (Enchanted), Pacifica All Natural Moisture Lip Tint (Sugared Fig & Vanilla Hibiscus)

2. BDG High Waisted Jeans

3. Eshakti Custom Dress, Coat From Macy’s, Kate Spade Tights, Dolce Vita Shoes, Forever 21 Hat

4. Forever 21 Bird Blouse, H&M Circle Skirt, Kate Spade Tights, Asos Boots

5. Neutrogena Cream Cleanser, P.F. Candle Co. Soy Candle (No. 10: Sweet Grapefruit)

6. Guess Wool Jacket, BDG Jeans, Liberty Edition Vans, BDG Paisley Scarf

 

 

November Favorites 2014

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Hello there!

1. Pop Beauty Bronzer- I kind of put this in a drawer when I moved to school and forgot about it, and I’m so happy I rediscovered it before the holidays.

2. Sephora Lipstick- This is the perfect “your lips but better” shade of a balm.

3. Hot Chocolate- I put whatever cool ingredients that you may want to add into the mug and have a great warm drink for the winter.

4. She & Him Christmas Album- It’s full of Christmas hits! My top 5 favorite tracks from the album are “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”, “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”, “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree”, “Silver Bells”, and “Baby It’s Cold Outside”.

5. L’Occitane Skin Care- In some of my posts from earlier this fall you can see how bad my skin was. It really was pretty terrible with the transition of seasons and I needed a good moisturizer to calm down the dry skin. Since using the precious cream, my spots are completely gone and the hand cream has been a life saver. I went into the store on Black Friday to see how much it would cost to repurchase and they are quite expensive, but in my opinion it’s one of the best moisturizers I’ve ever used and I really am thinking of asking for it for Christmas.

What have you loved in November?

-Heather

November Makeup Look Featuring Be A Bombshell, It Cosmetics, & Starlooks

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I’m doing my November Ipsy bag makeup look today. This is the makeup I wore yesterday for a day spent with family and friends and just generally hanging out. As you can see, there isn’t a picture of the lipgloss. That’s because the light wasn’t very good and I couldn’t get a good picture!

As for the Be a Bombshell eye base, I’ve been experimenting with a couple ways to wear it. Since I’m so pale, I can really use it as a cream eyeshadow instead of a buildable base color. I tried using it in my crease and building on it and that worked well too! But for this look, I simply used an ivory shadow all over the lids and then used the eye base as an eyeshadow and really coated it everywhere below my crease. Then, I took a dark brown and lined around my eyes and under my eyes for a smoky looking liner.

I also smudged a little black pencil liner into that brown eyeshadow “liner” do deepen the look. It looked very nice for winter makeup because it’s a lot softer than the bold liquid liner.

As for the concealer, I haven’t been using it the way I should be! I know this very popular concealer is usually used for under eye correction. But since it’s a bit dark for under my eyes and also kind of sticky, I use it to lightly cover any spots on my face.

The lipgloss that is sadly not pictured has been on my lips all week. I used to with so many makeup looks because it’s a perfect neutral-pink shade that compliments a wide range of skin tones and eye colors. It is a bit thick, so I wish the sample was slightly bigger. It also smells so good!

I hope all of you who celebrate Thanksgiving had a great one, and that everyone is staying safe and happy during this time of year! I have a November favorites coming up to show you that I’m excited about, as well as an outfit post. I imagine everyone is sipping eggnog and staying cozy together. Have a great week!

-Heather