Sunday, December 23, 2012

THE DECEMBER TAG! [Tagged by DustyOHunter]

So Dusty tagged me to do NikkiTutorials' December tag and being that I was in a car accident a week ago and fractured my nose, I'm not going to do this on camera - but I wanted to do it, hence why I'm doing it here!

1.  What do you love most about December?
  Probably snow.  I do live in New England and there is just something about a true white christmas that is etched into my being.  I also love the smell of balsam fir trees and it's really only sold in mass quantities during Christmas time.

2.  What is your favorite perfume to wear with the holidays?
   If I had to pick my signature scent for the rest of the year it's Calvin Klein Beauty.  But during the winter holiday months I adore spritzing on just a bit of Paco Rabanne's Lady Million.  It dries down to an inviting warm honey and patchouli scent that just reminds me of an oversize snuggly sweater, a fireplace, and reading a book.

3.  Which 3 products can't you live without this December?
   First would be moisturizer.  Any and all moisturizer.  I have notoriously dry skin so I try to keep it as hydrated as possible so that I don't get flakies!  Then after that probably my iPod because I love Christmas music!  (or just music in general!!)  And lastly...glitter...because 'tis the season!

4.  What is your go-to look this month?
   Well, I was in a car accident about a week ago, so currently a bruised everything is my look ;)  I'm fine don't worry!   Before that though it was probably something golden and glittery and glowy with lots of lash.

5.  What is your most favorite glittery product?
   Collection 2000 Glam Crystals Glitter Liner.  End of story :)

6.   Show us your favorite ornament from your Christmas Tree.
   My mom just has a "christmas table" with a replica Charlie Brown tree on it and Nana didn't do a tree this year so unfortunately (to my chagrin) I can't take pictures of any of my favorites because there's no tree to put them on :(

7.   Which candy are you going to eat too much of this month?
   Since I don't really enjoy candy all that much -- I'll go out on a limb and say anything peppermint flavored but again -- I think the only thing I've had has been a peppermint hershey's kiss on a cookie at work...soooo yeah.

8.   What is your favorite December/Holiday related movie or TV show to watch?
   I enjoy so many of them that I can't choose just one!  Elf, Grinch (animated), Jetson's Christmas Carol, A Christmas Carol (Patrick Stewart or George C Scott) them all!

9.   What do you really hope Santa has wrapped in a present for you this year?
   An iPad mini but I know I'm not getting it so I'll say my Clarisonic Aria that I know is under the tree!

10.   The Holidays are all about sharing the love, who do you want to give a shout-out and why?
   As cheesy as it is, everyone who reads my blog, watches my videos, talks to me on the phone...basically everyone who has an active participation in my life.  I'm so grateful for all of my friends and family and I wouldn't want it any other way <3 p="p">

Merry Christmas and happy holidays everyone and wishing you a happy new year as well!!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Glamcor Hygienic Hand Palette

Every once in a while something comes along, and you think to yourself: "WHY did NOONE come up with this idea earlier?"

The Glamcor Hygienic Hand Palette is one of those little things!

Now I have to take a moment to tell you that I had a first impressions blogpost on my blog before as I had been asked by Erik (Glamcor founder) if I would be interested in testing the prototype...but when my blog went screwy...I lost every. single. post. and. photo.  Can you say angry?  Because I sure can.   Thankfully I have emails with my first impressions!  Thank goodness for archiving!

So a few months ago (meaning like...4 or so)...Erik was kind enough to send me a box of the final product to test out!  I am not being paid to write this blogpost nor do I have to say anything other than my own opinions so head past the jump for photos and what I think!

Holiday Looks (guest blog by Elizabeth)

I love the holidays.  That's an understatement - I LOVE the holidays.  The music, the decorations, the food (mmmm cookies, candy canes and hot cocoa!),  and I love dressing up.  That's why my dear friend Ashleigh and I talked about me writing this.  I want to be festive in my holiday looks all day everyday, sometimes a full on smokey eye or red lip is just too intense, though; I am going to share some everyday holiday looks.

First off is a sparkling natural eye that can be worn from the office to holiday shopping, very simple but amped up for this time of year.  It's super chic to wear a neutral colored glitter shadow as a wash over your entire eyes, lash line to brow, after putting on primer (Too Faced shadow insurance is my fave) dust your entire eye in the glittery shadow (I'm using Too Faced Peach Fuzz) then line the eye with either a black liquid liner for a more classic look or take a festive green for a more fun look (for a liquid liner I'm using Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner in #13). You can either just line the lash area following the shape of your eye, or if you want a little more elegance wing it out just slightly for a cat eye suitable for the daytime.   Don't forget to curl your lashes and load on the mascara!  My current obsession is Eyeko London Skinny Brush Mascara.

This time of year is traditionally all about a bold lip, but when it's cold out and my skin and lips are feeling dry I don't always want to have a full on red lip all day.  I still enjoy color, I just decide to go more sheer with it, choosing something ultra glossy and hydrating.  My go-to lip choices are Korres Lip Butter in Rose if I want a red lip, or byTerry gloss in Moka Chili if I'm opting for a slightly more elegant look.  During the holidays a sheer glitter gloss is also a fun, yet subtle, look.

Using a  highlighter and rosy blush is a must!  A more ethereal snow queen look is fitting when the snow is falling (we get snow in L.A., only it comes from machines at the outdoor shopping malls!) so feel free to skip your bronzers and faux tans. A light golden highlight (Candlelight from Too Faced is my choice, or Albatross from Nars) or a slightly pink-silver (Benefit High Beam and Make Up For Ever Uplight #11 are both gorgeous) both can work beautifully.  Dior and Stila make blush that adjust to your perfect shade of pink, or the Tarte Amazonian Clay blushes are fabulous options.  As far as foundation goes, something radiance boosting is definitely the way to go, anything that will leave you glowing!  Using a radiant boosting primer under your foundation of choice is another way to add that magical feel.

To pull the look together a holiday themed manicure is a must!  Red, green or white nails with a glitter top coat and you're ready to go!

Happy Holidays and I hope you all have a fantastic New Year!  Xoxo