Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Benefit High Flyin' Glosses Set for Holiday 2012: Review + Swatches!

I'm back today with an especially glossy holiday gift set to share with you.  The Benefit High Flyin' Glosses Set for Holiday 2012 features six mini tubes of their Ultra Plush Lip Glosses.  

One thing that appeals to me about this set (and holiday gloss sets in general) is the packaging is mini.  I don't know about all of you, but in reality, I don't often finish a lip gloss before it reaches its expiration date (by changing consistency, or just becoming too old where I worry about bacteria buildup).  The nice thing about holiday sets is you can get a wide variety of shades in package sizes you can feasibly use up before they get old.

CORALista, Dallas, Bella Bamba, Hoola, Sugarbomb, Dandelion

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Nail of the Day: Butter London Lillibet's Jubilee

I love a good silver nail polish, so when I came across Butter London Lillibet's Jubilee, I had to give it a go.  I would describe this color as a silver foil with a slight purple undertone to it.  I absolutely love it.  This may not look very unique in the photo, but I haven't come across a ton of silvers with this sort of purple hue to them.

natural light, 2 coats

The formulation of this was really good, one coat was almost enough!  This was one of those polishes that, over the last few days, I have found myself constantly glancing at on my own nails... it's that pretty!

Do you like silver polishes?  Which is your favorite?
xx, Allison

Friday, November 16, 2012

Nail of the Day: OPI Casino Royale

The latest Bond installment is finally out in theaters, have you seen it yet?  I've resisted, as I'm waiting to see it with family over the Thanksgiving holiday.  I've heard it's great though!  Speaking of which, today's Nail of the Day is another polish from the OPI Skyfall collection, this time the color Casino Royale.  This is a beautiful purple cream with a red undertone to it.

natural light, 2 coats

Casino Royale is similar to Essie Bahama Mama, but Casino Royale is a little lighter and more purple.  It's a gorgeous color for the fall/winter season, and the formulation was near perfect.  I definitely recommend it.

What's on your nails today?
xx, Allison

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

LORAC PRO Palette: Review + Swatches!

It took me a few weeks to hunt down in store, but I finally got my hands on the LORAC PRO Palette.  After playing around with it for a couple of weeks, I wanted to share my thoughts with all of you!  I'm a sucker for a good eyeshadow palette, especially one that is neutral-heavy, so this one seemed right up my alley.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

DIY Mason Jar Lanterns + Holiday Gift Idea!

I've been inspired to find some new ways to light my patio and apartment this winter.  I love DIY, crafty decor, so I've been making mason jar lanterns for the last couple of weeks!  I filmed a video about how I make them, as well as some fun holiday decor/gift ideas you can use them for, which will be at the bottom of this post.  I managed to capture some pretty beautiful photos of these lanterns in the process of making the video, so I thought I would share them in a photoblog post! :)  

This first one is my favorite... the beach/sunset/sky/everything was perfect for filming that night.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Monday Questionnaire: November 12th, 2012

Mondays always have a way of sneaking up on me, but here we are again!  Can you believe we are already almost halfway through November?  Yikes!  Time for another Monday Questionnaire!

I've started decorating for Christmas already... I couldn't help it!  Do you decorate for the holidays?

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Nail of the Day: Butter London Teddy Girl

Today's NOTD is Butter London Teddy Girl, a light pink cream with a slightly cool undertone to it.  I love light pink creams on my nails, but finding one that isn't streaky or extremely sheer can be a challenge.  I was really impressed that Teddy Girl had a great formulation and was entirely opaque in two coats.  The consistency reminded me a lot of OPI Mod About You (which is very opaque for a light pink).

natural light, 2 coats

I think this is a particularly nice color to layer glitters over.  It makes a nice base but doesn't overwhelm the glitter.  Expect a sparkly NOTD post sometime soon!  I can't think of any exact dupes of this right off the top of my head, but the color isn't anything new... there are probably a hundred shades from other brands that are exactly like this one in color!

Would you wear it?
xx, Allison

Friday, November 2, 2012

LUSH Honey I Washed The Kids Soap: Photos + Review!

Today I wanted to share one of my all time favorite soaps with you all: LUSH Honey I Washed The Kids.  This is one of the first products I purchased on my very first trip to LUSH years ago, and it has been something I always love restocking my bathroom with from time to time.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

NARS Blush in Sin: Review + Swatch!

HAPPY NOVEMBER!  November 1st is one of my favorite days of the year because I begin feeling justified listening to Pandora's Christmas station!  Speaking of the holiday season, one of my favorite fall/winter blushes is NARS Sin, a shimmering plum with a gold sheen.