I hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday! Mine was calm and relaxing, thankfully. It was filled with tons of yummy food like my fancy Christmas morning breakfast of orange cranberry french toast with fresh strawberries and blueberries.
I also got some wonderful gifts from my Husband:
Kindle Paperlight – I never really planned on getting a kindle because any digital reading I did, I used my iPad. Now that I have been using my iPad to draw on I am slowly running out of space. I love the convenience of the Paperlight because it is so compact that I can stick it in my purse and carry it anywhere. The screen is so crisp it is almost as if I’m reading an actual book. I love the automatic anti-glare light adjustment feature as well. If you are a big reader, I definitely recommend one since they really are so affordable now.
Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus 2 – I have the first version of this stylus which has more of a rubbery thick tip. Although, it is pretty precise I wanted to try out the new version since the tip allows more intricate details. Unfortunately, this stylus is only compatible with a few iPad drawing programs. Right now I use ArtStudio, but I will be transitioning over to Procreate slowly. Everyone seems to love that program, but I just can’t seem to get the hang of it!
Carnival Coloring Book – I saw this at Barnes and Nobles and fell in love with the artwork. I plan to use to for inspiration rather then an actual coloring book.
The Book of Hearts – Another pretty book I found with different illustrations of hearts that are anatomical designs as well as typical heart shapes.
Pusheen the Cat 2015 Wall Calendar – Do I even need to explain why I got this? Pusheen is the most adorable cat character and I’ll get to see his cute face hanging up at work everyday in 2015.
Christmas Eve we visited Lights in the Parkway, which is a big display of lights throughout one of the parks here in PA. It is beautifully done and here is a short video of it:
I hope everyone enjoyed their Holiday! I’m thankful this week is another short one for me because I took off for New Years.
I’m excited to see everyone’s posts of gifts they received! If you made a Holiday post leave your link in a comment so I can check it out!
As blog posts flood the internet with “gift guides”, I figured I would jump on the bandwagon and do one as well.
I’m sure others, like myself, are limited on funds this time of year so, I thought a “cheap” beauty gift guide is a great idea. Most of these products can be found at Ulta, drugstores, Target, Walmart, etc. The ultimate goal here is to get quality products for a reasonable price that most women would use rather then resorting to buying gift cards. Personally, I have friends and co-workers that I prefer to buy little gifts for.
Some other “cheap” gift tips:
- Purchase “travel” sized products and make a small gift bag/basket with a few different ones. I buy them for my own personal use to test out products before I spend the money on the regular size.
- Hit up Bath & Body Works. They usually have awesome sales on the small bottles of lotion, sanitizer, etc.
Nyx Cosmetics C’est La Vie Shadows $19.99
Body Shop Coconut Gift Cube (Ulta in stores) $7.00
Shades of Glamour Kit (Ulta in stores) $20 and under
Sexy Hair’s 4 Shades of Sexy (Ulta in stores)
Nyx Cosmetics The “It” List Pink Lip Glosses $19.99
OPI Wrapped Wild for the Holidays -Duo + Free Cheetah Print Infinity Scarf, #3 (Lincoln Park After Dark, Samoan Sand) $16.95
Real Technique Brushes $17.95 for purple set
Make Up Geek Brushes $17.99 and under
Today is ANOTHER ornament post, but seriously how awesome is this Jessica Rabbit ornament I got at Hallmark?
I skipped out on my work’s Holiday party this year because I wasn’t feeling too well. This weekend I have two party’s to attend. My Husband’s work party is on Friday night at a hotel with a sit down dinner. So, I wanted to dress a little fancy, but not over the top. I found the perfect dress from The Limited and got a great deal on some heels from Modcloth.
I decided to go with a black and gold theme when I purchased this dress. Unfortunately, it is sold out online, but may be in stores still. I paid about $80 for it which is a great price!
The shoes I got from Modcloth on a deep discount for $25. Of course they are sold out as well.
Luckily I’ve had a black lace shrug already from when we got married 5 years ago. I hate taking large bag to functions like this, so I’m still not sure what I’m going to do about a clutch. I may check out some thrift stores or Target. You do not need to spend an exorbitant amount of money to look good!
As for make up, I’m going to try to do a black/gold smokey eye. I say try because I have never been able to master the smokey eye look. I’d love to be able to wear fake lashes as well, but when I attempted that last week I had glue stuck to my eyelid for two days. I’m going to go with a nude lip and gold nail polish.
I just had to share one of the cutest lawn ornaments I’ve ever seen! Soon she will be in the yard with my Christmas flamingo ornament.