Sunday, November 23, 2014

Weekend in Photos 11/21-11/23

Hi everyone!  I hope you all had/are having a fantastic weekend!  I figured I would share my week in pictures today and I hope that you'd share yours as well!


I put up a new Twitter photo recently and I actually really like it!  I put a cute little filter on it so that I could try and block out my eczema because it's that time of year again.  Also take note of these red wine colored nails that I LOVE around the fall/winter.  The last and final thing I LOVE about this photo is my flash tattoo that I have on my wrist.  These flash tatts make me so happy and I'll have another order in for Mr. Kate ones soon!

Now I'll be honest, I think this is from either Thursday or Friday - certainly not the weekend.  TUT.com is an awesome website where you can sign up for daily e-mails that send encouraging messages to you.  It's just nice to have them sitting in your inbox when you wake up or for later on in the day when you finally get a chance to take a look at them.  Sometimes we all need a little assurance or just a pick me up and usually during the week is when it's most needed.  They don't send the e-mails on the weekend, I wish they would, but during the week it's a really nice little surprise.


The dog decided that he wanted to just randomly nap on the touch in this really uncomfortable-looking position that I can't really understand.  Reeeeeeally no other comments on this.


I am so happy to have gotten some new sheets for my bed!  These are obviously just for the winter because they are flannel but they are so nice.  Come spring and warmer weather I'll start looking for something else but these are going to be great for now.  Still no word on what type of comforter I'd like but I have been looking around and have a few ideas.  I don't know if you can tell from the cart but I picked these up from Target and the best part?  I got them for..... $15.99!  They were originally $24.99 on sale for $19.99.  I had a cartwheel and got them for the final $15.99 price.  I love cartwheel, you should most definitely check them out if you don't have it already.  It really gets you a lot of discounts on some regularly purchased items!


This photo is obviously a hilarious snapchat.  I mean obviously lol.  I don't know what mood I was in when I made this but I guess I wanted to be cute and Christmasy.  I'm just noticing now that my hair  makes me look like a Santa beard or something.  I don't know I'm really weird, don't judge.  


This is probably my favorite thing in the blog post.  I have had this poster since I was probably five years old.  My dad got it for me and it has been hanging up in my room forever!  I have always been a lover of all things computer and this totally made me happy hanging on the wall.  Now that I'm older and I have more of a preference for design, I still kept this and look at it every once in a while.  I plan to make a smaller version of it for a friend of mine's desk at work, he's going to love it.


I apparently live in the town of 'Local Weather' today, as that's what displayed when I tapped the weather app earlier this morning.  I don't know, I was just happy enough to see the 66 degrees for tomorrow!  Who needs colder days?  CERTAINLY NOT ME.  :)


Now these rice crispy treats may look like the most delicious things you've ever seen but they were a total fail this time around.  I followed the recipe on the back of the rice cereal box directly and still they came out too hard.  In the future I'm going to continue to use a little more marshmallows and butter than I did here, it always makes for a little bit of a better final result.

What have you all been up to this weekend?  Nothing crazy insane here, but I wanted to share nonetheless.  Thank you for reading as always, send me a tweet and I'll talk to you soon!  -Brit.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

My Current Favorites - November 2014

 So recently there have been a few things that I just cannot put down and I really wanted to share them with you!  You're going to have to excuse the horrible shadowing in some of these photos, I had to take them at night and there was obviously NO natural light whatsoever.  They really didn't turn out as planned.  Anyway!  The holidays are getting closer and I can't wait to start wearing a red lip but for now, let me show you some of the things I just can't live without NOW!


To get things started is the Clean&Clear Essentials Deep Cleaning Astringent.  I know I've talked about this in the past in my 'I'm With The Brand Series,' buy it was a different rendition.  Recently I have started trying out this one and just like the other, I just can't get enough!  It's great to use as often as possible for an extensive toning/cleaning but it really helps diminish breakouts and spots.

The Garnier Color Styler comes with a story!  I'm pretty sure that I've mentioned here that I wanted to dye my hair lavender plenty of times.  I just cannot bring myself to do it somehow because I am scared of what a corporate environment might say about it.  Otherwise it would have been done by now.  I picked up the Garnier Color Styler and used it and it was ADORABLE!  I just put it in the ends of my hair and dyed the tips purple.  It lasted about a week with me switching on and off the days that I washed my hair.  The Color Styler does say that it lasts 2-3 washes.  I also got featured on their site by using the hashtag #funnestgirl!  A rep from Garnier commented on my Instagram photo and featured my photo, it was awesome!  Pick it up and try it yourself!

Target nail polish has always been a favorite of mine.  I think I have even talked about it before on here, I don't know for sure.  I just figured I would include it here because I want people to know how amazing this stuff is and it's 97 cents.  I mean come on! There's also always a Cartwheel deal on it too so how can you go wrong?  Cartwheel gives me liiiiiife.

Finally my favorite thing of this entire favorites post: DETOX Dry Shampoo by drybar.  This stuff is serious magic and I can't really explain it any other way.  The scent is AMAZING which is great because I have yet to find a dry shampoo that I love the smell of, they are always disgusting or just 'okay.'  I guess I would probably say this one smells like vanilla/coconut or just magic unicorn dust.  This is aside from the fact that it works WONDERS with hair.  I seriously get oily hair after the first day of not watching it, that's how bad it gets.  Most dry shampoos don't do a damn thing and this works INSTANTLY.  I would recommend this up and down and over again.


So probably my second favorite thing of this favorites post has to be these flash tattoos.  I have been obsessed with them ever since I saw them on Mr. Kate for the first time and I just didn't know where to get them other than Mr. Kate and online anywhere else.  Sometimes with things you just need instant gratification and I wanted it with these so I wanted to find them in a store.  Enter Marshalls.  I literally found two packages of these, one for $5 and one for $4 and I couldn't have been happier.  As you can tell I used some of them and others I didn't use at all yet because I want to saver all of the suns.  I almost just don't want to use them because they are too beautiful.  They last about 3-4 days on your skin and you can definitely take them off easily if you need to!  My next purchase of these will definitely be on MrKate.com though, I LOVE hers!


Benefit's Gimme Brow has been one of my favorites now for a couple of months and I think I have talked about it before but now it has tough competition.  Although I think it probably will remain my favorite, Maybelline's Brow Drama has given it a real run for its money.  One of the biggest differences between the two aside from the size is definitely the consistency.  When you put the Benefit Gimme Brow on, it's seamless and just sits on your brow without knowing its there.  The Maybelline formula is extremely waxy and you can feel it all day.  It's not annoying, but why wear that when I can feel nothing with the other product.  The brushes are also completely different.  The Benefit brush is much smaller and the Maybelline brush has a round ball at the end that you are supposed to brush against the grain before you brush with the grain of your eyebrow hair.  Interesting, but I still like Gimme Brow better.  :)

THIS MASCARA THOUGH.  Benefit is my queen this month.  I have just been loving They're Real for so many reasons.  I got a sample of it on my birthday LAST YEAR that I didn't open till recently and I have just been dying over it.  I hated it at first as I had another sample that I used previously and I just was unimpressed but recently it has been working wonders.  My lashes are super long and awake-looking.  They also look separated and not 'spider-lash-ish' if thats a thing.

Creamy Radiant Concealer by Nars.  What can I say about you?  I just love the coverage.  I always use this for under my eyes because I have HORRID under eye circles and it does a great job.  I don't normally use it for random spots because I don't think it matches my skin tone all over my face, just under my eyes.  Is that weird?  Probably.  

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk is kind of an old favorite.  I liked this one a while back but I just received it again in my Target Beauty Box and I just like it again!  It's a great lid primer for shadow.


My new obsession for makeup remover wipes is definitely this package from Target's Up&Up brand.  I can't even explain how nice they are for about $4.  Not only are they cooling and relaxing but they can also wake you up a little if you need to in the morning.  One of the sides has exfoliating capabilities and then there's the other side thats just smooth.  Loving these!

The Nudes Palette by Maybelline has been something that I have been wanting to try and I don't regret it.  I know it got mixed reviews online and that's okay but I don't hate it.  It actually reminds me of a MAC pro palette that I created at a pro store last year.  I just moved so most of my makeup is still in boxes but I picked up this to get me through and I like it so far.



Up The Amp & Hot Chocolate from MAC have been my jams lately.  I know I have talked about MAC lipstick on here before so I wont go into it again but I just love these colors right now.  I think they are unexpected for fall and just fun instead of red for fall or maroon for winter.  Also, NYX San Paulo Soft Matte Lip Cream has been fun lately.  I always like this color.

Urban Decay has a great eyeliner and it's definitely this one.  I am OBSESSED with the color Perversion in the 24/7 line.  I love it mostly for my waterline because I hate how they rarely make anything great for the waterline anymore!

Let me know what you've been loving lately!  Leave a comment below or send in a tweet, I would love to hear and get some recommendations.  I can't wait for the holiday season (eeeee!).  It makes me so happy and I can't wait to start posting some fun stuff in that realm.  Talk to you soon!  -Brit.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Bedroom Tour!

Tell me why I felt so inclined to share a 'bedroom tour' with you guys today.  I don't know why, but I am just in love with my new room.  I feel like this style is so fantastic and suites me so much more.  There are things I want to show you and questions I want to ask you so lets  get started!      
                        
Even down to the door knob, I am so happy.  Just looking at it puts me in a good mood for some reason.  Probably one of the best things about the room hands down.  My second and third favorite things overall?  My fairy lights around the window and my precariously placed mirror on the chair.  Does anyone have any suggestions about how to conceal those extra lights that lead to the outlet?




This is one section of my room.  I purchased this Malm dresser from Ikea and I could NOT BE HAPPIER with it.  I spent a lot of time looking for something that I liked online because the closest Ikea store I have to me is about an hour away.  I wanted to have a good idea of what they had online in the back of my head because when I got there I wanted to be able to compare and it worked out great.  I ended up picking something similar to what I found online but there were SOOOO many other options actually in the store.  It worked to my advantage knowing what was in both places.  


This is one little bit of my makeup that I have displayed on my dresser.  I don't have much room so I have to make  due with what I have and the surface area of this dresser is perfect for what I need.  I'm currently burning 'Ski Lodge' from Bath and Body Works and I LOVE it.  It's one of the newer ones this year (at least I think) and it's a different smell, kind of manly so boyfriend approved.

I also have my adorable box of matches and a pink lighter for lighting candles.  Always have to have them at the ready.  My Clarisonic is always at the ready and the lipsticks are on display!  The acrylic cases that I keep my makeup in are from Marshalls actually!  I had been looking for them but they were so expensive everywhere else and I found them for a great price at Marshalls (I think I had luck).  I wish we had a close Home Goods, but we don't.  WAH.


My DIY closet storage system fits perfectly along this other wall (!!!), can you freaking believe that perfect fit!?  I honestly could not believe that I didn't have to cut anything.  At the end my dad is renting some storage space with random clothes, but it's just because he hasn't built his own storage system yet, haha.  As you can see there still is that stupid plastic storage thing down in the corner, that I plan to replace with something nicer sometime soon.



My dresser doesn't just hold my clothes and computer, it has to hold my adorable little sandbox from Brookstone.  It is SO extremely relaxing to have this near me to just play with at any other time I may need it.  As you can see I have all my First Aid Beauty stuff that I use on the regular, my perfumes, my Mario Badescu lotion thats on it's last leg (I will definitely be repurchasing this one).  In the clear acrylic box on the right hand side holds some rings, earrings and bracelet.  I love the look of it.

I hope you loved this cute little tour of my bedroom, I am obsessed!  There's a reason that I didn't show the bed and it's because I don't have the exact sheets and things I want yet!  That will be a whole other post because there's a specific couple of things I want to buy to design it myself.  Let me know what you think about the decor!  I can't wait to add more.  Send me a tweet or leave a comment.  Thank you so much for reading as always.  -Brit.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Monday Motivation





I'm normally not one for the whole "Monday Motivation" thing but at work recently, I have been posting a lot of it.  I can't explain why I don't like it, so there must be a little of me that does.  This quote makes me happy.  I think it is TOTALLY true because some of the best projects are a result of taking on a challenge without knowing how it's all going to turn out.  Don't you agree?  What quotes inspire you?  I know for sure that this one makes me feel a little bit stronger if there are thoughts of weakness in my mind.  If there are times when I'm feeling like everyone in my life can't motivate me at one point, I definitely turn to quotes like this.  It is OKAY to think that about everyone in your life at one point, sometimes it just happens.  Looking at quotes like this and bright colors can instantly change your mood and get you thinking better again.  Let me know what you think about when you're feeling down.  Whats your favorite quote?  Send me a tweet or leave a comment below and let me know.  Thanks for reading as always.  -Brit.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

My Week In Photos: November 8

I want to start off this post by saying the HAPPIEST OF BIRTHDAYS to my all-time hero, my father.  One day you will get to know him more in another blog post (as if you don't know enough about him already).  I'm SO lucky to have been brought up by the BEST father in the entire world, I'm so thankful.  Love you dad, I hope you enjoyed your day and your gifts.  




As I mentioned above, it was my fathers birthday and this was one of the things that I got him.  He's a TOTAL fan of the Acid Kuba Kuba cigars.  This is just one of the ones that he always goes back to and one that I know if I get him, he will like.  It's one of the simpler ones that he likes among all of the other much more complicated ones in the smoke shop.


As you all know, I posted yesterday about this fabulous new necklace that I got, I wore it today!


I posted the other day about my Target Beauty Box.  I am LOVING it so far.  It even had one of my old faves, a NYX eye pencil in Milk.  I'm falling back in love with it and falling newly in love with this L'Oreal lip color in Nude Secret.  


Of course you have to know that I VOTED!  To check out my thoughts about voting, click here.


This is the ADORABLE mermaid lego that my little cousin gave to me.  I just think it's the cutest thing in the entire world.  I keep it in my car and it just makes me happy to look at it.


This is my gorgeous aunt after I straightened her hair.  I should have taken a before picture as well but just picture her with super curly hair.  She never straightens her hair and she let me do it tonight.  Basically when I was done she was wanting to take my straightener home.  She has doubts about it because of how long it can take her but I showed her this time that it really doesn't.  Next time I'm up by her, I will be taking her out to buy her own.  Loving it!

What was your week like?  I am happy to have included some fun photos in here for you and I hope you enjoyed.  I know some of them were repeats but there were a few new ones.  Tweet me some pics of your week or let me know what you did in the comments!  Ttys.  -Brit.