Friday, December 19, 2014

Ugly Sweater (Outfit) & $5 Gag Gifts

Last weekend our good friends Kristal & Robert hosted a fun ugly sweater/$5 gag gift Christmas party at their home. It was such a fun night, hoping they make it a new annual tradition... *hint hint*

First up, the gifts. I procrastinated and didn't have time to order any gifts so I decided to hit up Pinterest (seriously, what did we do without it?) and find something we could make. I found the following 2 ideas and thought they were pretty cute and something we non crafty folk could probably easily achieve. A trip to Hobby Lobby, some scrapbook paper and good ol' Picmonkey was all we needed.

The Reinbeer was all drank before the night was over. They all laid in the trashcan staring at me with their little googly eyes when I opened it. It was sad....

The cream soda was an accident, it's supposed to be root beer. Oops!

Next up, our outfits. Dustin knew immediately he wanted to turn one of his pajama sweatshirts that had deer on it into an "Ugly" Christmas sweater. We just went to Hobby Lobby and grabbed anything we could to transform his sweatshirt. Me, I headed to Goodwill to see what I could find. I had no luck with a sweater but found this semi-turtleneck shirt and red skirt and decided to just create the most obnoxious & tacky outfit I could. Complete with bells on the garland around my shoes. His sweater had bells all along the bottom, we were super annoying and jingly. 

And yes, that is a naked elf on the deer. It had clothes, but why put them on... right? Ha. 

Kristal created the cutest little photo area and props in her entry way. Such a fun & festive little touch. We all had fun with it! 

I adore these girls, my sweet besties! Thank you Kristal & Robert for hosting such a fun party, we had the best time. 

Have you attended any holiday parties this year?

*Reminder, don't miss the Kate Spade & Sephora giveaways! 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Dec 2014 Ipsy & $115 Sephora Giveaway

Well, it's time to share the final Ipsy bag of 2014 with you. Can you believe we're just days away from 2015?! I've been an Ipsy subscriber for a little over 2 years now and I'm still so excited to receive that pink bubble mailer each month. For this beauty addict, it's a $10 very well spent each month. You can see all of my past Ipsy bags over the last year here.

What did I receive this month?
NYX Butter Lip Balm in Parfait, full size ($4 value)
Cailyn Eye Polish in Orchid, full size ($15 value) This stuff is gorgeous!

Now onto the really fun part - Because it's December, the month of giving & I LOVE YOU... I'm sharing the 2nd giveaway for this week! Don't miss the Kate Spade one from Monday.

I've teamed up with another group of beauties to offer you a giveaway to my absolute favorite store ever, SEPHORA! Do you have any idea the damage that can be done with a $115 gift card to Sephora? Stock up on your faves or splurge on some wishlist items, what would you do? Enter below & good luck! 

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Holiday Link-Up | Christmas DIY Decor

Remember last month when I shared my DIY TP Pumpkins & Thanksgiving Chalkboard for the holiday link up? Well, this month I'm sharing another DIY that Dustin and I made years ago after seeing something similar on Pinterest. Our Christmas centerpiece that we made is another piece of decor that I get so much enjoyment out of each year, I believe this is our 4th year to have it on out table.

Linking up with 4 ladies that I adore today! 

Holiday Linkup

Products we used:
2 wine bottles, spray painted gold
Silver charger - Hobby Lobby
Christmas bulbs & beads
Epsom salt as snow
Small candle holder & tealight candle
Pieces inserted in wine bottles are from Hobby Lobby & Cracker Barrel

I have to share this months chalkboard too, I changed it up for Christmas and I'm sure enjoying it. People were asking about a chalkboard DIY when I shared last months, but honestly I just look on Pinterest for inspiration and then just kind of piece things together. No secret weapons or anything here! 

What's your favorite Christmas decoration you have?

*Don't miss out on the Kate Spade giveaway going on this week! 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Paint the Holidays Red With Kate Spade.

Good morning friends, let's kick this Monday off the right way - I'm excited to be a part of this fabulous Kate Spade Holiday Giveaway in the most festive of colors with some other sweet blogging ladies. The earrings are so glam and can be dressed up or down and the engraved compact is just that: darling. 

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Billion Dollar Brows | Best Sellers Kit Holiday Deal

Best Sellers Kit

My mom told me for years that I needed to fill in my brows, like most kids I didn't listen. About 2-3 years ago I started playing with shaping & filling them in and low and behold, mom was right! Now I never skip doing my brows. Whether I'm swiping a tinted brow gel on or actually shaping and filling them in with a brow powder or pencil, they always get done. My look isn't complete without doing this step now.

I jumped on the opportunity to work with Billion Dollar Brows and try out their Best Sellers Kit. I was intrigued by their Universal Eyebrow Pencil, a brow pencil for all skin tones? I was also curious about the Clear Eyebrow Gel, I'm probably the pickiest person when it comes to brow gels. I use a couple of brow products that I feel are pretty expensive, so I was curious how these would compare. If they could potentially save me some money, but still be quality products that deliver what I need.

Here is what comes in the Best Sellers Kit that sells for $34.99:

Plus a free sharpener 

If you bought each of these individual you're paying a lot more than $34.99, it's really a wonderful deal!

Best Sellers Kit

Best Sellers Kit

Concealer, Highlighter & Eyebrow Pencil

Best Sellers Kit

Best Sellers Kit

My final thoughts? When I opened the brow pencil, I didn't have high hopes. It looked so dark, how could it work on all skin types? When I applied it, it appeared lighter on my skin than what I would normally buy, ok now it's too light? After I formed my arches and filled in the sparse areas I flipped it over and started to comb & blend. Well, it actually looked great! It truly did blend in with my skin just fine. I was pleasantly surprised with this product.

I also LOVED the brow gel, and remember I'm picky. Brow gels are always too "goopy" for me, they're something I tend to splurge on because of that. The holy grail Maybelline one that everyone loves, I hated it. This one is great, not goopy at all and held my brows in place all day.

I have been using the highlighter underneath my brows and using the smudge brush to blend it out, they both work great. I'm not normally one to use a concealer above or around my brows, so I can't really give you my thoughts on that. 

I think this is an awesome deal and I would recommend it. It's everything you need to achieve beautiful brows, boxed up in 1 affordable little kit. If you're in the market for some new brow products, if you are newer to brow love like I was or if you know someone who would love this for Christmas - go for it! If you purchase before 12/15 you will have it by Christmas Eve, plus when you spend over $30 you receive free shipping. Have any beauty lovers left on your Christmas shopping list? I'd love to try their Hint of TintBrow Boost next. This product is also available for purchase from Kohl's, online or in-store.

Also, they are giving away 30 of these kits so make sure you enter below for your chance to win one!

*This product was provided through Brand Backer, as always thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.
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