Friday, October 25, 2013

Our Bridesmaid Bouquets

If you follow me on Twitter, you'll already know that last week I actually made up my bridesmaid bouquets!  If not, I'm sure you're wondering, why did you make up your bridesmaid bouquets?  Aren't you getting married next year like your last post said?

Well, yes, but I'm using fake flowers.  My main reason for this decision was that I've been to a number of weddings where the wedding party is scrambling right before the ceremony because real flowers start losing petals, or a bride and her maids have to stay up late into the night trying to arrange their own bouquets, etc.  I really just didn't want to bother with all of that.  I also figured we might as well get them done sooner rather than later, to alleviate some of that stress.

First step was obviously to choose the flowers I was going to be using.  Above is a picture of most of the flowers I ended up using, except there are some feather flowers on the left that we didn't use for the bridesmaid bouquets, and some grey feathers on the right that we did use.  I got all of these from Crafts Direct, which is basically a really, really big Michael's craft store.  I'm not really very good at naming flowers, so I figured I'd just show them to you, rather than try and name them off!

Then, we just bundled them up together, they looked amazing, and that was it!  Just kidding.  We actually did kind of follow a guideline.  While we were at Craft's Direct, a very nice girl that was working there explained that for the most part, the way you build a bridesmaid bouquet is by choosing a main flower (the grey feather and eucalyptus) and build around that.  So, the next flower we added were the green (Celebration Roses?) flowers, followed by the reddish purple roses, then the little pink balls of flower, and finally the purple firework flowers.  See?  Aren't I amazing with flower names?

Personally, I absolutely love the way they turned out, and I couldn't be more excited about them!  I hope everyone else will like them, too!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Flower Win Some, Rouge Some Blush

A while back, I picked up a couple of products from Drew Barrymore's Flower line, but hadn't ever gotten around to reviewing all of them (I did review one of her nail polish colors, though, so click here to go see that!).  This is a shame, because even though I'm still iffy on the eyeshadow I picked up, I love the cream blush from her line, the Win Some, Rouge Some blush in Elegant Azalea.

Other than the Maybelline Bouncy Blush, I hadn't actually tried anything that even came close to a cream blush before this one, but I may try out a few more.  This goes on so nice, and even though it's pretty opaque when you swatch it or put it on at first, it blends out into a really nice wash of color.  The consistency for blending is really amazing, too, because even though it swatches like the picture below, you really can blend it out as much as you want - even if you want barely any color from it, so it's a really forgiving product.

If you haven't already tried this blush, I would definitely recommend trying it out.  There are a ton of really pretty colors, and I'm really tempted to get a few more!  As for right now, I'll stick with my Elegant Azalea, which has been great for fall, and I'm hoping to transition it into winter, too!

Have you tried this blush?  What did you think?

Let me know in the comment section!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Megan's Toddy Recipe

Let me start by saying that I don't really know what toddy is supposed to taste like.  I know it's supposed to have whisky in it, and help when people are sick, but that's it.  I have not been able to taste a true toddy, and the closest exposure I've had to it has been the Spiced Apple Toddy candle from Bath & Body Works that I really, really hope they bring back again (It's like the legendary Leaves candle, but better).  So, for you toddy lovers out there, please do not be surprised if it doesn't taste a thing like actual toddy - I really just made a recipe of it taste good to me.

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 1 spiced chai tea bag - I like the one from Stash
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1-2 shots Sailor Jerry's Spiced Rum
  • dash of cinnamon
  • dash of nutmeg
  • a few whole cloves
  • apple for garnish
  • brown sugar (optional)

To start out with, I take a glass, and fill it halfway with water.  I then toss this into a pot, and get it boiling.  Then, I take that same glass, and fill it halfway with apple cider.  I only put the apple cider on low heat to warm it up a little, but not boil it.  While I'm letting these two liquids heat up, sometimes I'll rim the glass with brown sugar, then toss a tablespoon of honey and a tablespoon of lemon juice into the glass.

Once the water starts to boil, remove from the heat, and toss in a spiced chai tea bag.  I really like the one from Stash for this.  Let it steep, while you prepare the rest of the rimmed glass.

Using the glass as the mixing medium from this point on, I add an eyeball shot of Sailor Jerry's Spiced Rum, which all my friends and I have agreed basically means 1 1/2 - 2 shots - you can of course change this to your desired strength.  Add in a dash of Nutmeg, Cinnamon, and a few whole Cloves, and the apple cider and chai tea should be ready to pour in.  Simply add both of these liquids to the rimmed glass, and stir until well mixed.  

If you're feeling particularly festive, you can also add an apple slice as a garnish, and there you have it!  My little toddy recipe.  I hope you have enjoyed this recipe, and if you try it, make sure to let me know what you think!  Please be of legal drinking age, though.  I don't want any of you breaking the law!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

5 Favorite Drugstore Lip Colors for Fall

Isn't there just something about these colder months that screams 'Wear red lipstick!'?  Maybe it's just me, but I love wearing some form of red lip most days in the fall and winter, and today I thought I would share with you five of my favorite drugstore lip colors!  I tried to get a little bit of a range with the colors I picked, going from lighter, hints of red to bright red to something you could see a vampire wearing.  I hope you like them!

My first two picks are probably the most safe out of all of these colors, so if you're looking for a darker lip that doesn't stand out too much, either of these would be a good bet.  The first is Revlon's Mauvy Night, which is a plummy, almost grey color.  At least for me, if something has a cooler, grey undertone to it, it's safe, and if you've read my blog for any length of time, you know that I like my comfort zone!

The next is one of the Revlon Just Bitten lip stains, and this one is in Forbidden.  As you can see in the picture below, it is a darker color, but very light, and sheer, so you're just getting a little wash of color.  It's really very similar to Mauvy Night, but in a stain form.  The other amazing thing about this color is that since it is a lipstain, it will stay on your lips pretty much the entire day without budging!

Another favorite recently has been a Wet & Wild lipstick in the shade Dark Wine.  This one is not for the faint of heart, though.  I don't reach for this as often as I'd like because I do have a full time job, and it looks kind of vampy on me  (pale skin, dark hair...yeah).  But for the right occasion, it is amazing!  Plus, since it's from Wet & Wild, it's really quite inexpensive, too!

I think that a bright red is always going to be a necessity, so I had to of course include one of those in my 5 Favorites, and the one I've been loving has been the Rimmel Show Off Lip Lacquer in Big Bang.  It has such a vibrant color to it, goes on nice and smoothly, and lasts quite a while.  The only problem that I've noticed with it, and the main thing that seems to bother other people about it is the smell.  Personally, I think it smells a little like pencil shavings, and it doesn't bother me too much, but you do notice it.

Saving the best for last, my favorite lip color right now has to be Revlon's Wine With Everything.  It's such a pretty, deeper red with a slight brown to it that definitely makes an impact without being too over the top.  This color was actually featured in my last Favorites video, and is part of a giveaway on that video!  If you would like to enter  to win this particular lip color for yourself (and a pretty scarf) enter here before October 16th 6:00pm CDT!

What is your favorite color to wear for Fall and Winter?

Let me know in the comment section!

Monday, October 14, 2013

The Naked 2 Palette

I'm sure by now we're all very familiar with Urban Decay's Naked palettes, but it wasn't until this past weekend that I actually owned one.  Essentially everyone talks about how amazing they are, so I wasn't really worried about spending the $50 on a palette that I might not actually like, but what really kept me from taking the plunge was that I couldn't decide which one to get!  I finally chose the Naked 2 palette, because it seemed to have more matte shades than the original, but still has some really shimmery and glittery colors as well, so I can use this on an every day basis at work or bump it up for going out.

I haven't had this palette long enough to really do a full review on it, but I wore it today, and absolutely loved it!  If I remember correctly, I used Suspect on the inner half of my eye, then blended it out into YDK on the outer half, and finally used Snakebite in the crease.  I could not stop looking at my eyes the entire day, it was so pretty!  It honestly has already made such an impression, that I have a feeling if I remember to do a favorites video this month, this palette will be in it.  All the colors are so vibrant and lovely, I really don't know how you could go wrong with it.

As I said already, I really haven't had this long enough to do more than give you my first impression (love at first site), but I do want to quick talk about that eyeshadow brush you can see peeking out in the picture below.  I care more about the eyeshadows than this little brush, but I was really excited about this little dual ended brush.  It has a flat shader brush on one side, and a crease brush on the other, and seemed like it was really nice...until I tried it.  The shader end is amazing, but the crease brush is too firm for me.  Maybe once it's been washed it'll be better, but as for right now, I can't say that I'm a fan.  Of course, I might just be picky with crease brushes, too.  Who knows?

Luckily, the main item in this palette are the shadows, and I wanted to quick show you what they looked like before I let you go!

Foxy: cream bisque with matte finish
Half Baked: golden-bronze with shimmering finish
Bootycall: shimmering cork
Chopper: copper shimmer with silver microglitter
Tease: creamy pale brown with matte finish
Snakebite: dark bronze with metallic base

Suspect: pale golden beige with shimmering finish
Pistol: light grey-brown with shimmering finish
Verve:  oyster with shimmering finish
YDK: cool bronze shimmer with metallic base
Busted: deep brown with shimmering finish
Blackout: blackest black with matte finish

Friday, October 11, 2013

My Current Fashion/Beauty Wishlist

I've had this itch to go shopping recently, but I don't quite have the funds to go out and get a bunch of stuff right now.  So, I've been doing some online browsing, and rather than actually purchase anything, I thought I'd just come up with a little wishlist of a few things I'm currently wanting.

The first item on my wishlist is this Rebecca Minkoff Quilted Mini Affair Bag in Port.  By now I'm sure you all know that I love those burgundy/wine colors, and I absolutely love this bag!  I already own one of these purses in white, but I haven't been wearing it because I'm trying to save it for my honeymoon.  We'll see if I'll actually be able to save it come next spring, though, since the temptation to wear white isn't quite as high right now!

Next is the Laura Mercier Creme Brulee Souffle Body Creme.  This is another item that probably won't surprise you at all, because you guys already know about my obsession with Creme Brulee scents!  Truthfully, I'd also love the Sugar Scrub, Hand Creme, and Honey Bath, basically everything that has that scent, but if I had to narrow it down, I guess I'll go with the Body Creme...and if I could just narrow it down to two, I do also need a Hand Creme.  I guess the Hand Creme is an honorable mention. :)

I've also been eyeing this Tiered Sweater Tunic from Anthropologie.  I love the cut on this, because you may not be able to tell from my videos or anything, but I have a rather long upper body in comparison to my legs, so tunics are amazing, because they disguise where your legs start, making those of us with this body shape look a little more proportional!  I also love this deeper, forest green color.  I know the big color of the season is emerald, but this is probably as close as I'll get to that - I like darker colors for the colder seasons!

As for makeup, I would love to try one of these Dior Addict Glosses, and the color I've really been loving is this Night Fantasy, which is described as a 'sparkling deep berry'.  Does that not sound and look amazing for fall and winter?  I've heard a lot of beauty girls rave about these glosses, so I really want to try one out for myself!

Finally, I've been looking at this Ivory Garland Bracelet from Bauble Bar.  I've never purchased anything from Bauble Bar, but I love browsing their site!  Their jewelry is absolutely beautiful, and this one is gorgeous.  It has just enough sparkle to really catch your eye, but has ivory stones mixed in with it to give it a little more of a vintage look, too!

What's on your beauty and fashion wishlists?

Let me know in the comment section below!  

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

September Glossybox Unboxing

I have seen so many unboxing videos, whether it's My Glam, Birchbox, what have you, but I was never particularly interested in them until I came across Glossybox.  I don't know what it is, either.  Maybe I just like the pretty packaging, or I liked more of their past products, or something.  You know what, it was probably that little crown seal on the top of the box.  It makes me feel like a princess.

Whatever the reason for my attraction to this box, I still hemmed and hawed over it for a while, looking through all the past boxes, trying to determine if I really wanted to get a subscription or not.  I think it's quite clear that eventually I decided it would be worth a try, and got a 3-month subscription.  They do offer subscriptions for a 1 time only box, and also for 3-month, 6-month, and 12-months plans, but I felt the 3-month plan would be best for me.  It gives me more of a chance to see what this box is about, without much of a commitment.

After going through this little guy, though, I think I might be getting a longer subscription when my current one runs out.  Some of the products are so innovative - at least to me!  For example, one of my favorite items is a makeup remover pen, which is to washing your face like a Tide pen is to washing your clothes.  It's for touching up your makeup while you're on the go, like getting rid of those pesky smudges eyeliner sometimes leaves behind.  Plus, I've already tried it, and it works amazingly! 

I also got a pretty big sample of BCBGMAXAZARIA Bon Genre perfume, which is described as being "seductive, mysterious, and intriguing".  It smells amazing, and (according to Macy's), "infuses melodic notes of lychee and red berries with spicy black pepper and bergamot" then "opens up into a blend of jasmine noir, tuberose, cardamom, and tiger-lily florals, layering warm amber, Australian sandalwood, patchouli, and black vanilla".  I'm not really sure what all those things smell like, but it is essentially one of the best date-night scents I've smelled in quite a while.

Another item I was particularly excited about what the clinical-looking bottle called Nioxin Diamax.  It is a hair product that is supposed to be applied to the roots daily, and increase the diameter of your actual hair strands.  My friend, Siri, and I are constantly looking for products that will help thicken our hair, so hopefully this works!  I'll definitely keep you posted on this one!

Also included in my box was an eyelash curler from Emite Makeup, which I have yet to try, but just playing with it makes me believe that it will work much better than the one I've been using for ages.  It's also valued at $25 more than the one I've been using, so it will make me rather sad if it doesn't.  I also got an eyeliner pen from Be a Bombshell Cosmetics.  Once again, I have a feeling this will work a bit better than the one I've been using, because the one I have I bought for $1.99 from Walgreens.  This one feels a little more heavy duty, and almost like a Sharpie rather than an eyeliner!

Well, there we go!  My first Glossybox.  As I said, I will be getting at least two more of these, but I might film the unboxing of those ones rather than do another post.  I think video-wise you can see the products a little better, while sometimes blog posts are better with reviews, since you can get a little more in-depth with them.

What did you think?  Do you or have you had a Glossybox subscription?  Have you thought about getting a subscription box or do you currently get one?  Which ones?

Let me know in the comment section!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Impress Nails

Joe (my fiance) hates the whole idea of nail polish - he hates the smell of it, the smell of the nail polish remover, that he can't hold my hand or in any way jostle me for any length of time after I've painted them - he just really, truly despises it.  I can even try to paint my nails right when I get home, which is at least an hour or two before he gets off work, and he can still smell it!  I tell you,  he's got quite the sniffer.

So, when I was wandering around the drugstore recently, I started looking at the ImPress Press-On Manicures by Broadway, and thought I'd try them out, since as the name implies, all you have to do is press them onto your nails, and you're done.  No smell, no glue, nothing.  Plus, they come in a lot of pretty colors nowadays.  I remember when they came out their selection was pretty limited to a French manicure and maybe some solid colors, but now they also have designs like this pretty pink one with glitter (that matches the scarf I was wearing perfectly!) and I've even seen some fun Halloween designs, too!

As far as the actual application went, it was really very easy.  You figure out which nails fit your own digits best, peel off the backing, press on your nails, and you're done!  Really, the only part that took any length of time was filing down the nails so they had a rounded tip, rather than the rounded edged ones they come in.  Maybe it's just me, but I think the rounded nails look so much more natural, and they don't get snagged on quite as much.  Clearly, this is just a personal preference, though, and I won't hold that against these nails. 

It seemed that fiance didn't mind these nails, either.  He didn't have to sit through rounds of acetone and nail polish, and he was free to hold my hand as much as he wanted!  That isn't to say he actually voiced that he liked it, of course.  His silence about the whole matter was approval enough!

So, have I converted to these press-on manicures that last a week and don't bother Joe's nose?  Well, not entirely.  I still love my nail polishes, but I can definitely see myself wearing these more.  After all, they last up to a week, and I could probably leave them on longer than that without having them fall off or chip or anything, but I don't particularly want to ruin my nails.

Have you tried these nails before?  What did you think?

Let me know in the comment section!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Bumble and Bumble Thickening Shampoo

I put up a video talking all about my Shower Routine recently, and in that video, I used a product that a lot of you were wondering about: the Bumble and Bumble Thickening Shampoo.  First off, I'd like to say that this was a whim purchase.  I had seen a lot of postive reviews about Bumble and Bumble's Surf Spray, and just happened to start browsing their other products, when I saw they carried this Thickening Shampoo.  I, like apparently many of you, would love to have thicker hair, so into my cart it went, without much of a thought. 

Once I got it home, I fell in love with the scent - I think it smells like eucalyptus and lemon, but I don't have the best sniffer, so I wouldn't trust me on that description.  It also lathers up really well, probably thanks to the sulfates in it.  Yes, it has sodium laureth sulfate in it, so if you don't like using products with sulfates in them, this is not a product for you.  I don't really mind it, and I still find the big lather kind of comforting.  You really don't need to use much, either.  A dime size is more than enough for my hair.

Finally, the section of the review that I'm sure most of you have been waiting for: Does it work?  Yes, and no.  See, because this was a whim purchase, I didn't really read what this shampoo was supposed to do, and assumed that it was supposed to make your hair thicker.  What it is actually supposed to do is give your hair more volume and body, making it look thicker.  It definitely does that, but if you're looking for a miracle hair product, you may want to try something a little different.

All this being said, I absolutely love this shampoo.  It gives my hair a lot more volume than I usually have, and my hair does look thicker, which is exactly what I wanted.  Yeah, it might be nice to have hair that is actually thicker, but I'm not disappointed with it at all, and would definitely recommend it.

Have you tried this shampoo before?  What did you think?  What are your favorite hair products right now?

Let me know in the comment section!