Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Lancome Grandiose Mascara

I do not want to beat around the bush with this one. I'm just going to cut right to the chase. I love this mascara. I love the wand, the formula, the bottle. Lancôme GRANDIÔSE has surprised me during my first foray into Lancôme cosmetics.

Lancôme describes this mascara as: "This grand mascara reinvents a new application technique with its new swan-neck wand. Grandiôse provides length, curve and volume all-in-one as well as access to all lashes from corner to corner and root to tip."

Fashionable Heart | Lancome Grandiose Mascara

Friday, August 15, 2014

Makeup by One Direction: Up All Night Collection

Confession time- I am not a One Direction fan. I don't hate them, but I don't go out of my way to listen to them. Though I do really love Story of My Life. I can understand why they have such a huge fan base, I mean I grew up a major NKOTB and *NSYNC fan (still am!). I received this One Direction makeup kit to review and I think that both fans and non-fans (totally a word) alike can enjoy. There are three sets in all and the one I have is the Up All Night Collection! Be prepared for lots of pictures, as there are a lot of items to show.

Fashionable Heart | One Direction Up All Night Makeup Collection
In this kit:
Taken lipgloss - glitter pink gloss that glows orange under UV lights
Eyeshadow quad +1 - includes four eyeshadows and a glitter creme
I Should Have Kissed You lipstick - bubblegum pink lip creme
Little Black Dress mascara - volumizing mascara in black
Na Na Na nail polish - aqua blue metallic chrome
Stand Up body and eye crayon - denim blue
5 stencils set - One Direction doodles to decorate you, your friends, and your things

This is a range of makeup and cosmetic products celebrating youth, style, and the uninhibited lifestyle of a new generation. Celebrating life with bold shades, unique formulae and infused with limited edition collectable packaging, Makeup from One Direction is fun, bold, often irreverent, with a touch of cheeky mischievousness. Offered at prices that every girl and woman can afford.

The Looks Collection comprises three keepsake tins inspired by One Direction's globe-conquering albums, Up All Night, Take Me Home and the latest chart topper, Midnight Memories. Each tin comes complete with everything you need to show off your personality. Are you a rock 'n roll girl, a fun party girl or the girl next door? We have just the right collection for you and illustrations to help show you just how to get your perfect look. All your beauty essentials are housed in a LIMITED EDITION collectible keepsake tin with removable sleeve, complete with One Direction doodle stencils to decorate your keepsake tin and make it uniquely your own! You can find out more here: https://www.facebook.com/MakeupbyOneDirection.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Don't Downsize Depression

Too many people these days still don't understand what depression can do to you. After hearing someone I love dearly say something along the lines of "Why would Robin Williams be depressed when he had fame, fortune, and a loving family?", I felt like I needed to just take a moment and collect my thoughts. You may not know why it affects someone, but you should know that it is very real. And the effects are very real.

What you have and don't have makes no difference. Depression does not see riches or fame. On the outside, maybe you look like you lead the perfect life. Maybe you seem like the happiest and most positive person on the planet. 

I have suffered from anxiety and depression since childhood. Part of it comes from my Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, my hormonal imbalance, and mostly things from my life (mainly when I was school age- both at home and at school). I do not want to tell my full story on here and only a select few know it.

If you do not suffer from depression, you may not understand how frequently detrimental thoughts can pop into your head. How you think it would be a blessing to end it all. I tried to commit suicide three times while growing up and thought about it more times than I can count. Did anyone ever know? No. We so often suffer in silence and learn to cover it up well. We put a smile on our face, make others laugh, become the strong one for others to lean on, and you are never the wiser.

By the time I reached college, I was in so much emotional pain that I stopped eating. I stopped caring about my grades. I had completely stopped being myself and shut down. My work study boss/mentor noticed this change and reached out to me. I started seeing someone weekly on campus to talk about anything, everything, and most importantly, myself. It is absolutely amazing what just talking can do. Those olive branches that were given to me might very well have saved me during my worst time. 

Depression has a stigma for being a silent killer. And we have let it stay that way for too long. Don't downsize someone's feelings and don't downsize your own. No matter what you are going through, I promise you that there is an ear waiting to listen somewhere. A hand ready to help. A hug ready to happen. You just have to stop being silent. Don't be afraid to let people in, to reach out, and get help. You are not weak. By not being silent any longer, you are strong. So strong! Do not fight the battle alone.

I have my bad days and I have my good days. We can fight this together. If you think that no one in your life will understand or that they will judge you, then email me. I will listen. If you want me to call you, we will talk. If you want to text, we will text. Whatever kind of communication you like, I will make it happen.  

You are not alone.

Monday, August 11, 2014

New layout is live!

I wanted to go down a simplistic route with my layout this time. I am loving radiant orchid being Pantone's Color of the Year and really wanted to incorporate it. I have also updated my sidebar, graphics, and fonts. Please let me know if something does not load properly.

Some of the coding drove me crazy this time around, but I think I finally have it all working. Something always has to go backwards when doing coding, I swear. But oh how great that feeling is when that light bulb goes off and you figure it out!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

July 2014 Favorites

Well, July went by quickly! I spent two weeks of the month sick with a cold and sinus problems. Summer colds...can we just talk about how they seem so much worse than winter ones? Seriously. It's like they last longer and are just more vicious to deal with. I'm just happy it happened after my birthday weekend! Since I was sick for half of the month, my beauty regimen was nearly non-existent. To the girls who can look cute while sick, I would like to give you major side-eyes right now!

Barry M Korres MAC Redken
This month saw me rediscovering some old favorites with MAC's Painterly Paint Pot and All that Glitters eyeshadow. I really need to do some updated swatches of the MAC eyeshadows that I own. I'll add that to my list! Sometimes nothing makes me cringe more than going back into my archives!

Barry M's Mint Green is perfect for spring and summer. Barry M Nail Paints very rarely let me down. Some have problems with them chipping, but I use a base coat and top coat and experience minimal chipping after a few days. I always run back to Korres' Jasmine Lip Butter, whether it be in the tube or pot. Finally, there's Redken's smoothing lotion. If I'm blow-drying my hair, I reach for this. It doesn't weigh down my fine hair and it keeps my wavy hair from frizzing out on the humid days.
Barry M Korres MAC Redken
What were some of your favorites from last month?

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Blog of the Month: August 2014

Last month, Canadian Daily Deals was my featured blog. 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 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! :)

This month, I have chosen Jennie from Jennie Bravo! Her blog is a lifestyle one and you can expect loads of sweet pictures of her pets and various aspects of her life (food, beauty, fashion, etc.). I found Jennie on Instagram about two years ago through the comments section on a picture and I've adored her ever since. She's a ball of positivity and light, I swear! If you visit her blog, let her know I sent you. :)

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Guest Post: 4 Easy Ways to Add Texture Into a Room

As a bit of a spinoff from my last post with Shutterfly where I discussed adding personal touches to your home, now I have a guest post from one of their writers telling us how to add texture to a room! I hope this gives you some inspiration.Without further ado, here are Heather's ideas!

4 Easy Ways to Add Texture Into a Room

Every room in your home should leave you feeling inspired – if they don’t, then you have a serious problem on your hands. So if you have rooms that feel flat and dull, how can you change them without completely starting over from scratch? The key is texture. Texture appeals to a person’s tactile and visual senses, while making a room more interesting. Sometimes, you only need to make a few minor changes in order to bring new life into a previously boring room. Here are four simple ways to add texture into any room:

  • Fluffiness. Add a fluffy rug to sleek floors to put a little personality into any room. If you’ve already got carpet, then try throwing a faux fur blanket or couch cover onto your sofa. Not only will you make the floor or furniture pop, but they’ll be more comfortable for walking and sitting on too.
  • Wall art. Paint can only go so far. It doesn’t matter if you prefer gilded mirrors or wood art – your walls will look flat if you aren’t purposeful about adding wall décor. Be sure the wall art is 3-dimensional or at least sticks out from the wall and doesn’t lie flush against it. 
  • Accessories. Say you don’t have the money to do a lot to your rooms. That’s okay! Find a few key accessories – including anything from vases to pillows, woven shades, sculptures, and more – to add depth and texture to your rooms. Strategically place these items so they are spread out and create interesting focal points for the eye.
  • Ceilings. You don’t have to have popcorn ceilings to make them interesting. In fact, nowadays, popcorn ceilings are something to be avoided. Find tutorials online about ways to paint ceilings so they look higher or vaulted. Also, enhance your ceilings with wood planking and crown molding to create a visually pleasing look – and to add a little sophistication and rustic charm to your rooms.
Whatever you do, make sure you know the purpose of each room and how you want to feel each time you enter. A room should inspire – and texture is a great way to enhance what you already have. Good luck and have fun!

Author Bio: Heather Hewitt is a seasoned writer and guest author who enjoys connecting people with thoughtful products, services and ideas as they relate to crafting, photography, gift giving and personal expression.

**There are no affiliate links in this post and I am not being paid. I just really love home decor, folks. :)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

2014 Sephora Beauty Insider Birthday Gift

I finally got around to picking up my gift from Sephora! And I still have a birthday treat waiting for me at Panera. I can't help procrastinating...I'm kind of enjoying still benefiting from my birthday, even though it was over two weeks ago.

I have a confession to make. I have not bought a single beauty product this year. What kind of beauty blogger am I?! It's not a ban that I am on, I'm just putting money to better use (at this time) like home repairs. So if you're wondering why I'm not reviewing many newer collections or showing beauty hauls, I haven't been baited in. Yet. Christmas collections are my Kryptonite! So maybe I'm just holding out.

Fashionable Heart | 2014 Sephora Birthday Gift

Fashionable Heart | 2014 Sephora Birthday Gift

Fashionable Heart | 2014 Sephora Birthday Gift

Fashionable Heart | 2014 Sephora Birthday Gift
 The Smoky Extravagant Mascara. I really like Smoky Lash, so I have high hopes for this one.
Fashionable Heart | 2014 Sephora Birthday Gift
Rouge Artist Natural in N9. It's listed as a "copper pink", but it looks more like a rusty color on me. Everyone is raving about it being a perfect color. I just wasn't sold on it when I quickly applied it to test it out. I do like how it feels on the lips, though. I will have a post up soon with swatches!

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