Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Lip 2014

The Sephora VIB sale was this past weekend, so naturally I went to take advantage of the 20% my VIB status gives me one weekend a year.  Knowing that a lot of my Sephora wishes were on my birthday and Christmas list, and that my birthday is so close (Friday!) I decided it would be best to behave a bit.  I picked up a few things that I knew weren’t on the list I gave my family, and this happened to be one of them.

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Sephora Favorites sets are something I look forward to every holiday season since they offer a reasonable priced way to try some of the top products they sell each year.  There are typically two lip sets: a large one, and a smaller one.

The set I picked up was the smaller lip set called “Give Me Some Lip.”  It retails for $25 and contains 5 deluxe mini’s and 1 full sized lip product.  I fell victim to this because I was eyeballing the full size of both the NARS Orgasm lip gloss and the Urban Decay Naked lip stick, and I realized that both were in this kit, along with other names I was interested in.

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The Products

  • Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Gloss in “Pout”- 0.2 oz full size- $20 value
    • Pale, cool pink.  The color actually scared me at first, but with a light touch, this color actually makes the lips look quite pretty.  Not as intimidating as it looks.
  • Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil in “Heritage”-.05 oz- $13 value
    • Matte brick red.  Highly pigmented. Color is more neutral than the packaging leads you to believe.
  • Marc Jacobs Lust for Lacquer in “Kissability”- .02 oz- $3.50 value
    • Shimmering lilac pink.  Feels great on lips and gives lips a beautiful glossy look without being sticky
  • Buxom Full on Lip Cream in “White Russian”- .07 oz- $8.87 value
    • Nude Pink
  • NARS Lipgloss in “Orgasm”- .12 oz- $17.33
    • Peachy pink with gold shimmer.
  • Urban Decay Revoultion Lipstick in “Naked”- .03 oz- $7 value

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Just to give perspective as to why I love the value of the Sephora Favorites sets, this box contains product that is worth almost $70!  Do you remember how much I said the set retailed for?  Yeah..$25!  I’d say that this set, like many of the others, is an amazing value for your holiday budget and definitely worth picking up for yourself or your beauty loving friend or family member.  I appreciated that the shades we all in a more neutral family rather than some of the bolder ones, which can be found in the large Sephora Favorites lip set.

Obviously, the only place you can buy the Give Me Some Lip set, along with all other Sephora Favorites sets this holiday season is at Sephora.

This set was purchased with my own money and all opinions are my own.

Fortune Cookie Soap Winter Soap Box 2014

 

FCS Soap Box title     It’s the most wonderful time of the year!!  Well, at least in my mind the holidays are here.  Christmas window displays are up at the mall, Starbucks has it’s old faithful red cup and holiday beverages being brewed and this lovely Christmas themed Fortune Cookie Soap Box just showed up on my doorstep!

The theme this winter is “Old Fashioned Family Christmas.”  What is fun about the FSC themes is that lately they’ve been inspired by movies (the Witch, Please one was all Wizard of Oz and Wicked based) and I get a lot of enjoyment out of seeing how well they relate everything to the theme.  When I opened the little card with all of the product names and descriptions it quickly became very clear that this winter’s theme was based on National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.  As I read through the scents I could clearly picture most of the antics taking place in that Griswold family that has become a holiday must-see for so many families.  Read on and see what I mean.  Here is what I found in my deliciously festive box.  FSC Winter14

 

1. “Tis the Season to be Mary” Fortune Cookie Soap

  • FCS’s namesake product, this Christmasy red fortune cookie soap has a hint of sweet almond with warm tobacco,

2. “Fried Pussycat” Whipped Soap

  • I laughed out loud when I saw this name and immediately saw the scene from the movie in my head.  Sadly, my little jar of this came to me mostly empty, so I’ll only get one or two uses out of it.  “Fried Pussycat” is supposed to smell like plum , caramel and artisan bourbon vanilla with jasmine blossoms, which sounds amazing (and a lot nicer smelling than actual fried kitty) but I mostly smell soap in this product.

3. “Moose Mug” Cuticle Butter

  • The sample size cuticle butters always last such a long time.  Moose Mug smells like egg nog with rich cream, egg and nutmeg.

4. “Sparky” Hydrate Me

  • I’ve been wanting to try the FCS Hydrate Me products for awhile now.  Sparky smells of pumpkin waffles with brown sugar, pecans an whipped cream.  Good enough to eat!

5. “Mele Kelekimaka” OCD Hand Sanitizer

  • Between holiday parties and cold and flu season it’s nice to have a holiday scented way to keep the germs at bay.  Tropical spiced rum, Tahitian vanilla and jasmine mixed with woods make this OCD a handbag must this season.

6. “I Pledge Allegiance, Amen!” Shower Seamer

  • This outdoorsy scent of blue spruce, balsam fir, fresh mint, and herbs is sure to stimulate the senses this season.  It’s like being in a Christmas Tree lot.

7. “Jelly of the Month” Whipped Cream.

  • There were once again 4 different scent possibilities for the whipped creams, and I got Jelly of the Month: strawberries, sweet vanilla sugar, and syrup with a  little touch of orange. Smells amazing!
  • The other 3 scent possibilities for whipped cream in the soap boxes are as follows:
    • “SQUIRREL!”- Apples, strawberries and plums with a splash of citrus orange and lime.
    • “Jello Surprise:- Plum and citrus mixed with sandalwood and winter orchid.
    • “Bend Over & I’ll Show You”- Cranberry, pine and herbal spruce warmed by clove and just a hint of mandarin orange.

8. “Christmas Bonus” Deep Conditioner

  • While this smells cool and wintery, I have no idea what the actual scents are because it is the FSC mystery fragrance.  Those of us with the conditioner are supposed to try and identify the scent for a chance to win a gift card to the Fortune Cooke Soap shop.  I hope it makes my hair smell as good as it does in the jar!

Clark Griswold would be so proud of this Christmas Vacation inspired box. The Soap Box is a subscription that costs $19.95 quarterly and that gets you a sneak peak at the latest collection from the business.  As usual, the back of the informational card has a unique code for $10 a store purchase.  The launch of the entire “Old Fashioned Family Christmas” line happens at their launch party on November 21, 2014 at 6:30pm CDT.  Join them on Facebook to be the first to get your hands on all of the festive goodies.

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I paid for the soap box with my own money. Scent descriptions were taken from the included product information card. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

New Year’s Resolutions 2014!

New Year's Resolutions

 

 

I love the new year.  Every year it’s a chance to sit down, assess my progress in all areas of life and to set goals for the next year.  This year, I happened to kick off 2014 by getting married (on January 4th), which creates a whole new area of life that will need to be maintained along with all of the others.  I’ve decided to break my resolutions down into categories to make it easier for myself to follow.

 

Family

  • I’ll start with the obvious one.  I’m a married woman now, which means Erik is my most important family member.  Starting off a marriage among the stress that he and I are constantly under will be nothing short of an outstanding challenge, but one we’re both obviously very excited to take on.  My resolution is to make the first year of marriage the best it can be. Putting Erik first, putting us first, practicing patience and forgiveness that will be necessary in creating a loving and strong marriage.  I’m not entirely sure exactly how to put “Make first year of marriage awesome” into a set of resolutions because I don’t know what it will take, but you guys will for sure be along for the journey.
  • I want to put forth a conscious effort to stay in contact with family members, especially since I’ve moved away, and now that I’m married it’s super official that I’m starting a new life away from home.  Marriage also means I have two families to manage, and since I’m quite close to my in-laws (I’m very lucky.  I adore them!) I want to make sure that I just keep in contact, whether it be dropping a few texts to my sisters, emailing grandparents or sitting down and Skyping with my mom.  Life is short, and I don’t want to regret leaving my family to be with Erik.

Physical

  • Get back on track.  The holiday season (with Christmas, travel, and getting married) was a joyous mess of parties and celebrating and FOOD!  I got knocked so far off track the scale is not amused (but hey, I still fit into my tight wedding dress 🙂 ).  So resolution #1: start tracking again and paying attention to what I eat.
  • Find the passion that I had for working out and eating well that I had while I was losing weight.  I miss that fire, and I need it back.
  • Tone up!  I’m generally pleased with where my body is save my holiday gain, but without Planet Fitness around I can tell I’ve lost some strength and tone.  Having Muscular Dystrophy, it’s important that I keep myself as strong as I can, so I need to focus less on losing and more on toning to gain my strength back.
  • Flexibility.  Muscle tightness has been making me very uncomfortable, so starting a regimented flexibility plan will be in my goals as well.  Life is better when you can actually move!
  • Find a gym or a class to.  I might fork out the $100 to try a month of Pure Barre classes (I’m DYING to!) or find a way to join UNC’s gym now that I’m married to a student.  I know there are also great online options like Daily Burn to help me take classes right at home.

Spiritual

  • Do a daily devotional.
  • Spend more time with God.
  • Remember to relax in His peace.

Financial

  • Try out a cash envelope type system for groceries (and maybe more.  We’re going to start small)
  • Kick my spending habit.  I LOVE to shop, and at this point it just isn’t necessary.  Focus on buying only what is needed and saving up for (and delaying gratification) the bigger items.
  • Complete a “Project 50 Pan.” (more on that later)
  • Pay off at least one of my school loans

Career

  • Create and stick to a blog and YouTube posting schedule
  • Post at least 3 times each week
  • Put at least 2 hours a week into Weight Watchers outside of  my meetings.
  • Create a successful curriculum for the music school’s audition related summer camp.

Home

  • Create and stick to a cleaning schedule
  • Have an efficient shopping system involving use of coupons and paying closer attention to sale papers.  It doubles the amount of time grocery shopping takes, but it saves a lot more money.
  • Start to create a home organization system that is both efficient and easy to use.
  • Find a balance between being a working woman, blogger, and housewife.
  • Use my Erin Condren Life Planner to its amazing full potential.  I will not stop using it 3 months into the year (which is typical of me).  Erin Condren products are very motivating.  Check her out here.

Education

  • Keep the brain sharp by spending time doing puzzles (sudoku, word search, Lumosity.com, etc) daily, even if it’s only 5 minutes.
  • Complete my new music theory workbooks
  • Read at least one of my Music Theater text books from college.

Social

  • Spend time with a friend or do something social at least 3 times a month (it might seem like a small number, but with a schedule like mine, that will be an accomplishment)
  • Send out birthday cards, Christmas cards and general greetings to my friends and family.
  • Befriend a few fellow bloggers to create a community for work and socialization.

Artistic

  • Find time to sing and play piano outside of giving someone a voice lesson.
  • Rekindle my passion for music.  It’s been “work” for so long that it’s getting difficult for me to find the joy it brought me in high school and college.  I want that back.

Pleasure

  • Read at least 12 books for pleasure
  • Remember that completing a to-do list is not as important as preventing a breakdown due to stressing myself out.
  • Take at least an hour a week to schedule in “me time”
  • Cook/bake at least one recipe from every cookbook in my apartment
  • Take a cooking class

Well, there you have it.  I’m sure I ave some more little things in there, but that is the general idea of how I want to focus my year on bettering myself.

Now, I want to make my 2014 resolutions into a bit of a mini series, so throughout the month of January I will write about some of the materials I have purchased to help me achieve my goals this year and some plans of attack to set myself up for success.  Feel free to tell me about your 2014 resolutions as well as what you’re going to use to help yourself reach them.  The new year is a time to dream big, make plans and turn those dreams into a reality.

Let’s make this year the best one yet!