Monday, November 30, 2015

Firmoo Glasses

I adore my Firmoo sunglasses and glasses. I've talked about them and featured them a few different times among my social media accounts and blog. Even if you don't need a prescription or have perfect vision, they have an option for non-prescription lenses. There's also options for bifocals, blue-light blocking, anti-scratch, and more. You can try them on through their virtual "try on" tool where you can upload your own picture.
firmoo, glasses, sunglassesWhy am I telling you all of this again? Because below is a giveaway to enter to win a pair of Firmoo glasses! There are a few rules to enter...

  • Must be within a country that Firmoo will ship to. They'll cover shipping if you are in the US.
  • If you want extra features added on, you will have to cover the extra fees.
  • Leave a comment below with a link to the pair that you like from this page.
  • The first four entries are mandatory, all others will be bonus entries.
  • No posting about this giveaway on any contest forums/websites.
  • The winner will receive a voucher code in an email from me.
It starts today and will end on Dec. 14, 2015 at 12AM EST. Good luck!
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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

MAC Velvet Teddy Lipstick

Last Friday, I went to the mall. One of the things that I picked up is the Velvet Teddy lipstick from MAC. I had six empty containers to take back, so I got it for free. Gotta love the Back to MAC program! Their massive lipstick line can be daunting, so I narrowed down my choices before going. I've heard so much about Velvet Teddy, but I wasn't sure if I would love it. So I figured it's the perfect choice for a freebie.

And you guys, I love it. It's a beige with just the slightest hint of pink, which I think is what helps it work on my fair skin. I was originally worried it would be too dark. It goes on like a dream, but being a matte, I would exfoliate the lips first or wear a balm underneath. I know I'll be wearing this a lot this winter. I'm not a Jenner or Kardashian fan by any means, but Kylie was onto something with this lipstick. It's one of the best nude lipsticks I've tried!

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Do you own Velvet Teddy? I almost have six more empties to take back, so let me know about your favorite MAC lipstick!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Holiday Gift Guide 2015: For the Homebody

I like to break up my gift guides into categories and this one is close to my heart. I think I will always be the type that will choose a night at home instead of a night out. Give me a night in front of the TV or reading a book in PJs and that will make me a happy camper. These are perfect gifts for my fellow homebodies and everything is under $50 in both US and Canadian dollars!

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  1. Fun Decorative Mug (via Chapters) - $14 CA
  2. Phone Case (via Chapters) - $40 CA
  3. Cozy Socks (via Chapters) - $34.50 CA
  4. Adult Coloring Book (via Chapters) - $13.35 CA
  5. Scented Candle (via Nordstrom) - $22 CA
  6. Warm Plaid Throw Blanket (via The Bay) - $50 CA
You can also see my ideas for homebodies from last year. And for ideas of what to give the person hosting your holiday shindig this year, check out my last post.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Holiday Gift Guide 2015: For the Hosts

Are you attending a holiday party or two this year? I've compiled a list of a few gift ideas to give to your lovely hosts. The classic bottle of wine is always a good option, but I like to get out of that box every now and then. Everything on this list is $50 and under for both Canadian and American dollars!

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  1. Copper Salt and Pepper Shakers (via Williams-Sonoma) - $50 CA
  2. Neutral Throw Blanket (via Ikea) - $40 CA
  3. Monogram Cheese Board and Spreader (via Williams-Sonoma) - $42 CA
  4. Winter Candy Apple Soap and Lotion Set (via Bath & Body Works) - $22 US
  5. Cinnamon and Mulled Cider Candle (via Chapters) - $30 CA
  6. Hot Chocolate Mix (via Williams-Sonoma) - $33 CA
For other ideas, you can also read my post from last year!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

InstaMonth: October 2015

A little late with this post! Here is some of my month, according to my Instagram. It's still my social media of choice and I'm not sure what it would take for a new venue to usurp it. I love seeing what others choose to share and I don't think that the pictures have to be perfect. As long as I can see what is in your photo, I'm happy. I don't see the need to use a DSLR on everything all of the time and that sure does make it easier for me. Snap, edit, share, done - all on one device! Yes, please!

Are you on Instagram? I'd love to connect on there. You can find me as "wendybanner".

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1. Did you miss September's favorites? Here's a reminder!
2. My first time trying the Salted Caramel Mocha frap.
3. Never too early to start holiday planning.
4. These Arbonne lipsticks are perfect for dark fall and winter lips.
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5. My social media notebook and my awesome new glasses.
6. Treatin' myself.
7. Quicker the makeup, the quicker I get my morning coffee.
8. A trip to Michaels is always productive.
 9. Best and prettiest season ever.
10. My Clean and Clear skincare routine.
11. Went to the zoo and spent an abnormal amount of time with my favorite animals.
12. Indy was an astronaut for Halloween. He's healed nicely from his bite wounds and the investigation is still ongoing!

Coming up on my blog is my holiday gift guides! Who else is excited about the holiday season being upon us? I've already started getting my Christmas stuff out and ready. I'm a Christmas addict so it is taking all of the self restraint that I have not to have the music blaring, tree already up, and Christmas shirt on. I make no promises that it won't happen by next weekend.

Correction- I just looked down and I'm wearing a Disney Christmas shirt. So apparently my subconscious has none of the aforementioned restraint...

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Blog of the Month: November 2015

In October, Katie from That Geek Online 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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Charli from CharliBlogs is this month's featured blog.  I don't remember how I found her blog and I don't think she follows me, but I know I can't get enough of her photos and posts. She blogs about a little of everything with her most recent post being a gift guide. Her blog is quite lovely!

Monday, November 2, 2015

October 2015 Favorites

October is gone! I could state the usual about how I can't believe how fast it went by, but honestly I'm happy. Bring on November and the start of the holiday season! The infamous red cups are here, parades are just around the corner, and soon enough I'll be drinking hot cocoa in front of the Christmas tree. Magical!

Just FYI - If you come across any of my blog posts that the images are missing, I used to use Imageshack for an amount of time and now they're switching to premium services only. So I'm going to try to download everything and reinstate them all back into the posts before I lose them come January. Complete hassle, can't say I'm happy with that. Wish I'd never used them in the first place! Anyone else dealing with this? Ugh!

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  • Urban Decay Naked 3 - Something about the holidays and this palette mesh perfectly.
  • Essie Licorice - My favorite black nail polish. 
  • SST Lash Rebel mascara - A dry formula that is easy to work with.
  • Arbonne Iris lipstick - Looks purplish on me and I am liking the dark lips right now!
  • MAC The Perfect Cheek blush - LE, sadly. But so worth a buy if it gets repromoted.
What were some of your favorites from last month? Also, did you dress up for Halloween? I'd love to hear what you were!

Friday, October 30, 2015

It's All Happening at the Zoo

We went to the Toronto Zoo yesterday, which got "At the Zoo" by Simon and Garfunkel in my husband's head all day. Yeah, that was delightful considering he only knows a line or two...which he hummed and sang a few times over. But that's okay, because cute animals trump everything else. And I got my revenge in the car on the way back by doing a heart-rending version of "Hello" with Adele. Marriage is all about give and take, after all! ;)

I thought I would share a small handful of pictures from yesterday. I'll probably share a few more on my photography blog soon. Because again, cute animals are the ultimate trump card.

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These guys were so playful!
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The male giraffe, Kiko, is actually from my local zoo in South Carolina! Of all the zoos in the world, I think it is amazing that my two hometowns collided with this adorable fella. And I really wonder if  they recognize accents, because I swear he looked right at me every time I spoke.
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Lunch time!
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And I don't know how many of you have watched it, but every time I see certain animals I think of "Walk on the Wild Side". That show always makes me laugh, no matter how many times I've seen it in repeats.

And one other quick note - I changed the layout and graphics on here. The old layout was more summery and had been up for months (probably a record for me!). I just needed a small facelift around here and it's amazing how refreshing it can be.

Happy Halloween!

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