Monday, January 21, 2019

Essence Makeup Metal Shock Shadows

I wanted to get this post up on Friday, but I got hit with a migraine and I just did not want to sit at my laptop. That's another thing- I'm back on my super old and super slow laptop. The desktop monitor that I prefer to edit on decided that it just did not want to work. Luckily, the hard drive of the computer still works so I haven't lost anything. That would have been a lot worse. Been there, done that. Thank goodness for having a backup with my laptop. Old and ancient, but it gets the job done!

I'm finally getting around to posting my swatches of the Essence Makeup Metal Shock Shadows. I have four so far in Stars & Stories, Galaxy Rocks, Supernova, and Solar Explosion. For a spoiler as to if this is a positive review or not, you must be new because these have been featured in several of my favorites posts. I adore these! My collection may grow past these four in the next while. The price point is right at give or take $5! I get mine at Shoppers Drug Mart.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Old Navy Semi-Annual Clearance Sale Winter 2019

I couldn't resist. I tried, but then I saw a sweater that I had been wanting on massive discount and got nearly the entire order for what that sweater originally cost after added discounts and money back through eBates. I got a few things for myself and my husband for under $70 and I consider that a retail success. Because I just ordered these, most of them are still available online and possibly stores.

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Friday, January 11, 2019

What I Got For Christmas 2018

I love these posts. Probably because I am such a curious person. Show me what's in your handbag, your fridge, what's on your wishlist, what you got for your birthday...I love it all. Not only does it tell me more about you, but it almost always gives me future ideas or shows me something I didn't even know existed. I've gotten a handful of things, read books, or listened to music that I now love in recent years because you originally shared and talked about them. And I get a lot of messages showing me things that you think I will love based on what I have shared in the past. I love that!

With that said, if these types of posts are not your thing, I totally get it. I won't take it personally if you exit out of this post, but I hope you'll stick around for other topics I post about. :) So here are a few things I got for Christmas. I'm dubbing it the "Christmas of Beverages" and you'll find out why below!

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Blog of the Month for January 2019

In December, Maha from from Makeup by Maha Matar was my featured blogger. You can read that post and see other past featured blogs under the "blog of the month" label! Being my blog of the month gets you a designated blog post, a sidebar button, and a mention on my Twitter account. The sidebar button stays up all month long. I don't believe in necessarily making bloggers pay for advertising and I'd much rather show you blogs that I really enjoy reading. And I hope you end up enjoying them too!

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This month, I've chosen Liz from January Girl. I didn't even pick up the correlation between her blog name and the fact that I chose her for January until I was putting this post together. How fitting, isn't it?! Liz shared different types of lifestyle posts, but also her makeup looks (which are gorgeous, like this one). If you enjoy a lot of different lifestyle topics and beauty posts in the mix, give a visit to Liz and feel free to let her know I sent you.

Here's to another year of featuring some great blogs every month! I believe this is my sixth year doing this series, one of the longest running series on my blog. I look forward to sharing more wonderful bloggers with you!

Friday, January 4, 2019

InstaMonth for December 2018

The 2018 to 2019 is still messing with me. Three times it took me to save and label these pictures properly! December 2018 is what I was going for and it took me far too long to get that right. I'm pretty sure I started to label them "December 2019". Let's hope I don't have to date and sign any important papers for a little while...or at least until I have a calendar in front of me. Geez Louise!

I have my Instagram monthly round-up for you today. As always, if we are not following each other on there, I would love it if we did. Find me as wendybanner. I love getting to know people on there. It is extremely hard to grow on the platform these days and I love showing my support where I can. I certainly appreciate the support that I get from all of you. It is everything!

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1. Zoella goodies. // 2. OOTD. // 3. November faves.
4. Me! Bath bombs. // 5. I live for ugly Christmas sweaters. // 6. Starbucks pink drink. So good!
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7. CoverGirl Exhibitionist // 8. NYX Advent. I swatched the entire calendar. // 9. OOTD.
10. My Best Beauty of 2018 // 11. Trying out a new foot oil. Review coming! // 10. OOTD.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

NYX 2018 Sugar Trip Advent Calendar Week 4

This is it, the final few days from my advent calendar this year. And I'm back to regularly scheduled programming after taking a nice holiday break. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday break, as well. I hope those of you that work retail survived with at least a few nerves left!

I'm still editing my Christmas gift pictures, but that post is coming for those of you that enjoy seeing them. I personally do! We still have one holiday dinner with friends coming up and then our decorations go away on January 6th. I'm not ready to say goodbye to the holidays! I know some people want it all gone the day after, but not me. I'm the type of person who you might find singing a Christmas carol any day of the year! Which type are you?

This post is short and sweet, seeing as there is only three days left to cover from my NYX Sugar Trip Advent Calendar. It's still available, but it doesn't appear to be on discount any longer. If you love the shades I've shared, I do believe it is worth the full price. I feel like I got more in product than my Benefit calendars from a few years ago and they were more expensive.

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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Happy New Year! + Some Popular Posts from 2018

Hello 2019! May you be better than 2018. Please, please be better. I'm looking forward to seeing what the new year offers. I still can't believe how fast 2018 went. It wasn't my best year, so I'm pretty happy that it felt like it went by in a blink. I've already got my list of resolutions ready to focus on. I prefer to focus on attainable goals as my resolutions. Whatever your resolutions are, I wish you the best in accomplishing them!

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I thought I would share a few links to some of my more popular and favorite posts from this past year. You know, if you're bored on the holiday and looking for some reading material. I've got you covered!
Happy 2019!

Monday, December 31, 2018

December 2018 Faves

Ending 2018 with my December favorites! I rank December as one of my favorite months. It's so festive, holds my favorite holiday, and it has both fall and winter. Also if the year sucks, it's comforting knowing a new one is right around the corner for a fresh start. Hard to believe that fresh start is tomorrow!

Here are my favorites from the month, full of reds, golds, and gingerbread. Yep, that pretty much sums up my whole month. I wanted to be covered in all of the above! Happy New Year's Eve! May you have a safe evening ringing in the new year. If you have already, Happy 2019!

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  • Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso - Red lips all day, everyday.
  • Sephora by OPI Be-Claus I Said So - Not made anymore, which is a shame. But you can find any red glitter. This is basically my fave easy holiday mani. Red base and topped with red glitter. Looks gorgeous and takes no time. If you want to get even more festive, stripe some white down the nail to create a candy cane. The cutest!
  • Trendy Nails RD302 - Honestly again, any red polish paired with a red glitter. It's holiday perfection.
  • Zoella Bake My Day! Mist - Smells like vanilla and gingerbread. Christmas in a bottle.
  • ABH Soft Glam - So much yes. Please get it!
  • Essence Cosmetics Metal Shock Shadow in Solar Explosion - Affordable and one of the best liquid shadows on the market. Plus, you can't go wrong with a shimmery gold.
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