Make Me Up Mia: A Lifestyle & Beauty Blog: Monthly Faves Link Up | Dec 2014

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Monthly Faves Link Up | Dec 2014


Here we are, the very first Monthly Faves link up for 2015! Glad you're joining Kelli & I today. Below you'll find everything I was loving in the month of December. 

New here? It's a monthly linkup of everything you were loving the previous month. Anything- food, beauty, household, fashion, music, tv, people, etc. You get the point. No rules. It's the first Wednesday of each month, and the linkup is open all month long. So join in anytime. Grab a button too if you'd like!

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Walden Farms Pancake Syrup 
The Walden Farms products are hit and miss. I love their Chipotle Ranch but had to throw away their peanut butter. I saw a fitness girl I follow on IG talking about the syrup tasting good, so I thought I'd give it a try. I was very pleasantly surprised! Plus, it was on sale. Even better!

Dove Winter Care bar soap & body wash
I've used the bar for the last 3 years, this year I bought the body wash & have been using them both. Yes, I actually wash twice in the shower, using 2 different soaps. Weird? Anyway, my skin gets so dry & itchy in the winter time! I hate it. This stuff definitely helps me! I buy the bars at Sam's, so we're good and stocked up now. 

The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil Body Lotion
I slather lotion on right after my shower, before I crawl into bed. I have been using and loving this one. It has a great light scent, it's very moisturizing and is not oily at all. Between this and the soaps, I'm not fighting with itchy skin this season!

Zoya nail polish in Addison 
I was introduced to Zoya thanks to Ipsy. I have since bought a few of them and I can't say enough good things. As far as a "normal" polish, they rock. They stay on longer than any other normal polish I own. If I'm not using my CND Weekly Polish, I enjoy the Zoya ones. I picked this shade up on a whim at Ulta and was very surprised at how much I liked it on. It's different than my typical shade preference, but I'm a fan! 


After seeing this Cowboy Studio lighting kit on a post from IHeart Organizing in November, I did a little research and went for it. It's such an awesome value, right at $60. We all know the blogger struggle when it comes to photography and the right lighting, this will fix that. You can shoot blog photos anytime people! Go for it, you won't regret it. It's made my life a whole lot easier.


My favorite blogger and best friend is back after a little blogging hiatus. Last week, Kristal launched her new site - Love, Grace & Hope. The focus with her new blog is to create a place for women to come to who share the same passion & love for the Lord. A place to build a community of women who love & seek him daily. I think this year is going to be a fabulous one for her! She kicked it off this week with a series about Grace.

There are a few things that I've been loving recently. I already have a list going for January favorites and we're only 1 week in, next months might be a big one... 

Your turn, tell me YOUR faves!


58 comments:

  1. Please tell me more about that lighting studio!

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  2. Love the nail color! That equipment is awesome!!! I like your little comment about the pup not being included :-p Thanks for hosting with me, friend!!

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  3. ohh im glad you liked the lighting kit! i was tempted to buy it! putting it on my wish list now :) xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  4. Love, love that nail polish! I also saw that lighting kit and was tempted, but I don't know if I should buy it if my photography skills aren't up to par.... we'll see :)

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  5. That polish is perfection!! Love your little pup too, so sweet!

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  6. I just got a special light so I could take nail photos in the evenings, especially now that it gets dark so early. The last few times I went to take mani pictures, it was storming and I was getting so frustrated. J totally judged me but if only he knew how real the struggle was haha! I might have to invest in that set you mentioned! I think I'd like to still try and do youtube videos here and there, so that would come in handy for sure!

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  7. Thanks for hosting! Ya know....my husband has lighting for videos and I never thought to use them for pictures! DUH!!! I will have to try it out :)

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  8. I can't believe that lighting kit is less than $60, I'm just worried I don't have the space for it, but there is always under the bed!!! I love that nail polish - prettiest pink!! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

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  9. I've been interested in getting a lighting kit recently, so thanks for sharing! I hate not being able to get anything photo-related done on weeknights. I'd love it if you'd share your tips and how-tos on how to use it sometime. Love that nail polish color too. And I'm going to have to try that lotion. I need all the moisture I can get since it's freezing out now! Have a great day girly!

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  10. LOL, I love little Pixie sitting in the background of the lighting equipment photo! Her and Finn would get along just great - two photobombers in a pod. I still have to set my lighting kit up, but I'm sure it's such a game changer. That Zoya nail polish looks gorgeous, too!

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  11. I definitely need to find out more about that lighting kit! Love that polish color.

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  12. Dove, is by far, my favorite body wash out there. I only started using it about 6 months ago, and there's really nothing else that tops it!

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  13. That lighting kit looks amazing! I have a list of favourites but completely forgot to post about it today. I think I'll have a big January list too!

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  14. I'm definitely going to look for that Dove soap! I get dry, itchy skin during the winter all of the time. That polish is so pretty too. I have seen it at Ulta a few times and have always been curious about its staying power. I love your dog photobombing that picture too hehe. She is SO cute. Thanks for sharing your favorites I hope that you are having a good day so far!

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  15. I just started using the Dove bar soap! I love it and it's so much cheaper! Oh my gosh that light kit! I'll definitely have to check that out the lighting in my house is horrible!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

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  16. Ohhh glad to have an update on the lighting! I also may need to go buy that nail polish. I love the CND but mine seemed to get gooey kind of fast. I wish I could buy it in store. I loved the red one we got in the holiday glossybox (can't remember the brand now), but you also can't buy it locally. I like to be able to look at the colors...

    Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

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  17. I LOVE zoya polishes! I love the name of this one too, and will have to pick it up next time I'm at ULTA! So cute!

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  18. Look at you with your lighting set up! I should invest in that, too - my pictures could use a lot of work, ha! Looove the Dove body wash, it's the only thing I've used for years now!

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  19. I want to get that light kit too! I know a few bloggers who've gotten it after Jen's recommendation.
    Good to konw you love the Dove winter soap! I haven't used it but love my other Dove body products.

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  20. Lighting kit? Yes please! Awesome review! Also, I love Dove products as well!

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  21. Calorie free syrup?? I need to try this! That nail polish is perfect, I'm loving nudes and pale pinks right now!

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  22. I'm so glad Kristal is back! I need to find that Dove body wash! The sensitive skin version is the only soap I'll use, but the winter care sounds so good for this time of the year because I get really dry too! So awesome to see all your lighting- sooo helpful especially in the winter I'm sure!

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  23. I'm interested in trying that lotion! My skin has been grossly dry this winter and I can't seem to find a lotion that cures it. Thanks for sharing girl!

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  24. Ah that lighting kit?! And Dove soap is probably one of my favorites - and I kove that nail color! Xo

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  25. Dark lighting is the bane of my blogging existence so thank you for this post!! I literally just ordered my lighting kit from Amazon and am so, so excited!! Big blogger hugs for this one! xoxo, - M @ The Sequin Notebook

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  26. That is one serious photo setup! I struggle indoors with light so much I think you just found my solution!

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  27. I love everything Dove!! I really think I am also going to have to buy that lighting kit--that is really something I have a struggle with!! And can't wait to check out your friends blog--sounds like it will be so great :)

    Tori
    FashionBlingGirlyThings

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  28. I love Cowboy Studios!
    My skin is an itching MESS this winter... more then ever... I need that soap ASAP!

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  29. I rediscovered a Dove creamy body wash under my sink recently and it's been doing AMAZING things for my skin recently! I keep a Body Shop lotion at my desk for that same reason - they absorb so quickly and aren't super sticky for when I have to go right back to writing/typing. Mine's almost out, I'm going to check out the Argan scent next!

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  30. I've never heard of Zoya nail polish but you've got me interested now! Great round up!

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  31. Dove body wash is the best at keeping skin hydrated!

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  32. I love the nail color! I just ordered a bunch of vitamin e stuff from The Body Shop sale, it keeps my skin from getting dry and itchy in the winter time! I had one of the wild argon ones in my cart too but wasn't sure what it would smell like...what are your thoughts?

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  33. So, I didn't know Dove had that and I'm going to find it tonight. Also, I love Zoya polishes too! The colors stay on really well. Have you ever tried squalane oil? I'm currently trying and I'm sorta obsessed.

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  34. Love that Zoya color! So pretty! And I need to hunt down that Dove body wash. My skin hates winter.

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  35. Dove beauty bars are uhh mazing. I didn't know they had a winter care version!! I have to get it!! :)

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  36. Soya is one of my favorite nail brands :) great post!

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  37. Okay, I really need to look into this lighting kit- what a steal! :)
    Great faves, babe!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  38. i have got to try dove. and that addison colour is gorgeous!

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  39. I bought that lighting kit thanks to your recommendation, and I am so excited to use it!!!! Do you know of any good tutorials that explain where to put the lights, etc? Or do you just figure it out by playing around with it?

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  40. I could seriously use that lighting set up! That would help me out sooooo much! So glad you shared this girl! :)

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  41. Oh my goodness, I love Dove. I have been using it for sometime now. Such an amazing post. And I gotta try that nail color as well.

    Kay of Pure & Complex
    www.purecomplex.com

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  42. I bought a jumbo pack of that Dove Winter Care soap two years ago and LOVED it! It smells so nice!! I can definitely relate to the blogger lighting struggle lol With Christmas money I invested in some soft box lighting and a ring light for my selfie shots…the things we go through for the perfect lighting! lol

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  43. The colour of the polish is really very cute! Love it!

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  44. I really struggle with dry skin too so I will definitely be checking out that Dove! And I got a similar light set for Valentine's Day last year and I've got to learn how to use them!

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  45. I saw that post about the lighting set! It's extremely tempting! Does it take up much storage space?

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  46. Oh my gosh, I MUST try that Dove winter soap! Have you tried cetaphil moisturizing cream (not the lotion) after you shower? It's the best! That's the only thing that works for my skin in the winter time... we love using it on Mia after her bath each night as well!

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  47. Ohh I have the same lighting set up! I never use it because I don't have a place to leave it up (the lazy me hates putting it together and taking it apart), but it's sooo good for being so affordable.

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  48. Now I want some pancakes! I'm such a sucker for breakfast foods.
    I need to buy that kit asap. That will be perfect for youtube videos!

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  49. Thanks for the info on the lighting kit! I so wish I had some with me in Europe but definitely looking into getting some lighting this summer when I am home! I will keep this in mind.. super affordable!

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