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Jo Malone

To say that I am backlogged on my blog posts is putting it mildly.  I honestly have bags upon bags littered throughout my bedroom full of items that I have either purchased or been sent that I need to blog about.  So I am sorry if it seems like the next few blogs are all about products or makeup items.  I am just trying to get these bags of items out of the way so I can once again be reunited with a clean bedroom floor!

So awhile back my sister was so generous and gifted me with a few Jo Malone products.  To be honest, I have always been super curious about their beauty products; but I had never really ever purchased anything before.  So I was so excited when my sister gave me a bag filled with all of the goodies pictured below!

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I can’t even begin to express how good these products smell!!  I honestly love every scent!

The soap is in English Pear & Freesia, the body creme is in Peony & Blush Suede, and the two tester fragrances are in Nectarine Blossom & Honey and Orange Blossom.  Now my vanity is already teaming with way too many perfumes, but as soon as I finish up a few of them I will be heading over to the Jo Malone counter at Nordstrom. Right now I am pretty sure it will be the Peony & Blush Suede Cologne!

Cheers!

-Michelle

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Crystals Are a Girl’s Best Friend

Forget diamonds.  I love me some CRYSTALS!

And not in that spiritual, new age-y kind of way…I am just really fascinated by their organic shape and design!!

As you all know, I have become more and more obsessed with raw gems placed in very non-traditional settings.  (Check out my blog posts here and here.)  So it’s only natural that I would be drawn to various forms of quartz and crystal jewelry.

Here are some various images of crystal jewelry that I have lusting after:

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(All images are from We Heart It.)

I want it all!!  And can we just talk about that hair piece?!  I mean seriously!  How gorgeous!!

I love how delicate and ethereal all of these pieces are.  But at the same time you can tell that the actual crystal is sturdy enough to withstand everyday wear.

So far I’ve found a few pieces at a couple local area boutiques that I am loving; but please, let me know if you all have spotted any awesome crystal jewelry out there!  Suggestions are welcome! :)

Cheers!

-Michelle

 

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Korean Beauty Products: Too Cool For School

A coworker of mine was traveling to South Korea for business and was kind enough to pick me up a few items from the Korean beauty brand Too Cool For School!

So before I tear through these products, I thought it would be best to snap a few pictures and share my goodies with you all!!

How adorable it this little lip tint balm?!

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I just love the color…it comes off as more of a watermelon color in person.  And can we talk about the packaging?!  I may not be a cat lady, but I do love this cute/creepy kitty drawing on the lid!

 Next up is this Egg Cream Mask!

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This is an actual liquid mask, not one of those sheet masks that most Korean beauty brands are known for.  So I am super excited to try this out!!

I have been entertaining the idea of doing a quarterly, or possibly bi-monthly, “favorite items” blog post.  So if that does happen you might just see one of the above products featured! :)

Cheers!

-Michelle

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I’m Back + New Nail Polish Haul!

I’m Back!!!

After months and months of not posting anything on this blog…I am officially back at it!!   Believe me, a day didn’t pass where I didn’t think of posting something.  But I had SO many decisions to make regarding this blog:

1. Like whether or not to turn this blog into a self hosted website.

2. Updating portions of the layout to be more user friendly.

3. And lastly, getting better camera equipment.

All that to say, I pretty much have everything finalized and I should be back to my more regular blog posting schedule! :)

So to make it up to all of you, I thought I would hit you all with your favorite…a nail polish haul!  Cause gurl, who doesn’t love/need more nail polish in their lives?!

DSC00071I decided to stock up on these super cute these Revlon Nail Art Expressionist Duo Ended Nail Polishes!  Check out all of the colors that I picked up below!!

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(Revlon #350 Ulterior Motif)

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(Revlon #390 Pastel Punk)

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(Revlon #330 Silhouette)

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(Revlon #380 Post Modern)

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(Revlon #370 Jackson Polish)

And what is super awesome about these duo’s is that each one has a super narrow/tapered brush for fine line detailing to create all sorts of different nail art!!  How cool!!

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I can’t wait to start using these babies and sharing with you all the fun designs I come up with.  So please keep checking back and I will make sure to upload some pictures!!

Cheers!

-Michelle

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End Of Summer Candles

I had totally forgotten that I purchased these two candles from Bath and Body Works earlier this Summer!!

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Somehow they got misplaced and pushed to one of the far corners of my closet (this is becoming an increasing trend for items that I purchase). Luckily for me, I just used up my last “Summery” candle the other day and I wasn’t quite ready to bust into my “Spicy Fall” candles yet!

I am sad to say it, but these 2 scents are no longer available in the store…but I am sure (per the usual) Bath and Body Works will bring them back again next year!  And if you are interested here are the descriptions of the scents…

ISLAND WATERS: A mix of water notes, lush green palm leaves and a hint of fresh cut bamboo.

TOKYO PETALS: An exotic combination of Japanese iced sake, delicate cherry blossoms and a hint of berries.

As a side note, I have been cleaning off the stickers and popping out the wax when I am finished with the candles and they’ve make excellent containers!!  I am planning on using next candle as a makeup brush holder!

Cheers!

-Michelle

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Medium Length Hair Styles

A couple of months back I decided to chop off my hair…twelve inches to be exact!

Now I’ve kept my hair rather long the past few years…roughly a couple inches past my bust.  But I was starting to get headaches because of the sheer weight of my hair.  Luckily, I am in no way emotionally attached to my hair…so I have absolutely no qualms with rocking short or long hair.

All that to say…I am loving how much easier it is to style my mid length hair.  I am able to put my hair up in cute updo’s without it all falling out because there is too much hair or because of the weight!!

Here are a few styles that I’m planning on trying out in the near future!

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(Images are from We Heart It)

So many hair style options to choose from…so little time!  I hope you found this post a little useful…and let me know if you have any other good ideas for medium to shoulder length hairstyles! :)

Well I hope you all enjoy your Labor Day Weekend!!

Cheers!

-Michelle

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New Lip Balms!

How adorable are these little fruit shaped lip glosses that I recently picked up?!

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I had read an article a couple months back about how Urban Outfitters was planning on expanding their beauty department by offering popular Asian makeup and skincare products that aren’t available to the typical American consumer.  Now at the time I thought that the products would only be available at their flagship stores or via their website…so I was thrilled to see these cute little guys at my nearby store! :)

Now it would be TOTALLY acceptable for me to say that I bought these lip balms because of the super adorable packaging…but I’ve actually tried a few different TONYMOLY products (presents from friends who have traveled overseas), so I knew I would actually use these up.

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And unlike many other tinted or slightly colored lip balms, these TONYMOLY mini lip balms actually contain SPF15!  Bonus!!

So far I have been loving everyone’s reactions when I pull one of these lip balms out of my purse.  They are always curious where I purchased them at and if they are any good.  If you don’t have an Urban Outfitters near you, here is a direct link to where you can purchase them online! :)

Cheers!

-Michelle

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Veiled Faces

As you can see, I have updated my blog layout.  Now I’ve been toying with the idea of giving the format a little bit of a face lift for quite sometime; but actually finding something that works for my exact needs has taken even longer.  But I finally have settled upon the format you see before you now…and so far, I am really liking how it has turned out!

I guess you could say that it’s a day of “unveiling”…okay, sorry that was a horrible intro into my next topic.  Ha.

I don’t know what it is but I have been draw to veiled faces in photography lately.  I am sure there is some deep-seated psychological reasoning behind this…like I am trying to hide some sort of secret, or perhaps I have some irrational fear of tanning…all that to say, I just think it looks cool.

Check out these photo’s that I have been digging lately…

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(All images are from We Heart It)

Cheers!

-Michelle

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Christmas Presents

I have always loved reading haul blog posts…especially Christmas and Birthday present hauls!

So I thought it would be fun to share all of the wonderful fashion, home decor, and beauty related gifts that I was blessed with from my loved ones this past Christmas.  So let’s get started!!

My brother was super generous this year and gifted me with 3 awesome pairs of Nike trainers!NikeTrainers

NikeTrainersSideViewHe did such a great job in picking out cute styles with fun colors!  And I just bought a Nike+ chip over the holidays, so I am excited to try that out.ScarfAhavaPouchI received this beautiful scarf from one of my sweet friends.  I have been wearing it almost every single day since I got it, it is so soft and warm!  And I have been loving this AHAVA hand cream (which smells sooo good) and cute sequin pouch from Ann Taylor that I received from my Aunt.MakeupHaulI also received a bunch of fun new beauty related items!!!  I am lip product junky…so I have been loving both the NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss in color Pink Frosting & the Smashbox Lip Gloss in color Ruby (pictured towards the bottoms of the above picture) from some of my girlfriends.

So funny story…my Mother handed both my sister and I square wrapped packages and told us that we could swap them or keep what we were about to unwrap…well as luck would have it my sister got a palette that totally suits her coloring and I ended up opening this Benefit “Feelin’ Dandy” palette that suits my lighter skin tone.BenefitFeelingDandyI really haven’t had a chance to use this palette much since I got it, but I have owned Benefit’s High Beam in the past and loved using it as a highlighter…and I have always wanted to try the Posie Tint!Clinique Chubby SticksMy Aunt was also super sweet and gave me this adorable 3 pack of Clinique Chubby Sticks in colors Two Ton Tomato, Pudgy Peony, and Voluptuous Violet.  I love how they look like giant crayons!

My mother had also asked me right before Christmas what I wanted from Santa and I told her that I needed a new blowdryer (with retractable cord), bobby pins, and hair ties.  So guess what Santa brought me?! :)

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Well it’s getting late…and because I don’t want this post to drag on, I thought I would split it up into two separate posts.  I will try and post the second part of my present haul tomorrow. :)

Cheers!

-Michelle

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Early Bird

I am nearly done with all of my Christmas shopping and let me just say…it feels so good!

Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, I was able to knock out most of my gift list.  I think with a little preparation before Thanksgiving…creating a list with presents I planned on buying and where I was going to get them, and many hours checking online deals…I was able to stay within budget and get everyone gifts I think they will all love!

So with that said, I now only have a few more “food” gifts that will need to be picked up right before Christmas , but besides those I am done!!  Woot!

Now come the challenging part…gift wrapping and figuring out how I am going to pack everything in my suitcase! >_<

Can’t wait to be home to place everything under a sparkly, orby lighted tree!

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 Cheers!

Michelle

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