Friday, December 19, 2014

The 2014 Body Shop Advent Calendar: Days 13-19

Are we on December 19th, already? Seriously? Whoa. Normally I complain about Christmas coming too slow and then going by quickly, but this year it seems to be speeding towards me. I hope that means it will go extra slow once it gets here. I'd be okay with that!

For my beauty advent calendars, I always do a weekly post on Fridays to show what is behind each slot from the past week. I try not to blog on weekends, so Friday works best for me. Here's what this week brought in the fabulous Body Shop advent calendar!

body shop advent calendar 2014 skincare christmas
Day 13: Vitamin E Moisture Cream - I love the Vitamin E line. This is a pretty substantial sample.
Day 14: Vitamin E Moisture Mask - I haven't tried their masks before. Let me know if you have!
Day 15: Vitamin E Night Cream - I love this small size. Looks perfect on the nightstand.
Day 16: Moringa Shower Gel - Not my favorite scent. I might put these aside to give as part of a care package.
Day 17: Moringa Body Milk - Love their body milk! I use the coconut spray one after showers.
Day 18: Bath Lily - I've never heard them called that. I guess I say puff, pouf, loofah, or sponge interchangeably. What do you say?!
Day 19: Honeymania Lip Balm - Hate the smell of honey. Is that strange? I think I'll put this with the Moringa items.

The previous weeks: days 1-5 and days 6-12.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

My Addiction: Christmas Music

Let's go ahead and get this out in the open. I am one of those people that will play Christmas music at any point of the year, not just December. I'm that person that you'll catch humming Jingle Bells while doing the dishes. I know, I know...I can't help it. I promise it isn't everyday, but I just really love Christmas and the memories that the music brings back. It's cathartic!

With that said, since it is the right time of year and I'm finally considered somewhat normal with my addiction, here are two playlists I have created on 8tracks. The first one is from last year and the last one is this year's mix. Hope you enjoy!

The Christmas music that I have may or may not make up probably half of my entire music collection. I regret nothing! Let me know what your favorite Christmas song or album is!

Monday, December 15, 2014

On My Christmas List

The winner of my Lavazza giveaway was chosen and contacted. Thank you to everyone who entered!

I've shared my holiday gift guides for this year, so I thought I would share a few things off of my personal Christmas list. It's small this year, because I honestly got the best gift already when I got Indy for my birthday (and he's definitely getting spoiled with presents!). If interested in any of the things that I have on my list, be aware that some might be sold out online. They can still be found in some stores.

christmas list kate spade sephora lush hudson bay
Tech Accessories - Because I'm obsessed with protecting my technology! (Holt Renfrew, $100)
Hair Ribbon Ties - These are gold. Seems expensive, but one pack lasts a year for me. (Sephora, $13)
Bath Set - Winter makes me crave pamper days. (Lush, $29.95)
Towels - I think our towels are on their last legs. (Hudson's Bay, $25 each)
Candle Set - Candles. Give me all the candles! (Victoria's Secret, $40)
Dog Leash -  I love that this one has an attachable key ring. Super convenient! (Hudson's Bay, $40)

What are some things you are asking for?

Friday, December 12, 2014

The 2014 Body Shop Advent Calendar: Days 6-12

First of all, thank you to everyone who shared yesterday's post and kept Shawna's family in their thoughts! I'm so happy that they found her last night and she is safe and back home. And before I jump into today's post, I also want to give a quick heads up that I changed the blog layout. With a new year starting soon, I just wanted to do a quick makeover.

For my beauty advent calendars, I always do a weekly post on Fridays to show what is behind each slot from the past week. I try not to blog on weekends, so Friday works best for me. Here's what this week brought in the fabulous Body Shop advent calendar!

advent calendar body shop beauty bath
Day 6: Smoky Black Eye Definer - I typically stay away from pencils, so I'm not sure it will get much use.
Day 7: Strawberry Soap - I approve of the soap, the shape, and the scent. Total win.
Day 8: Strawberry Lip Butter - I already own one of these. Good for keeping by the bed!
Day 9: Strawberry Hand Cream - I prefer the scent to the almond one. Can't stop smelling my hands!
Day 10: Relish the Moment Nail Polish - Basic red and it dried quickly. Not much sheen.
Day 11: Glazed Apple Soap - Ditto to the previous soap!
Day 12: Glazed Apple Shimmer Lotion - I want everything in this scent. Delicious! 

Days 1-5 are here. I cannot recommend the Frosted Cranberry and Glazed Apple holiday scents enough! I want everything they have in those scents. So so good!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Missing: Shawna Starnino (Updated!)

We have a family that is close friends of ours with a friendship that started during my husband's younger years. I've since come to cherish them, as well. I have this wonderful platform here to use and this time, it's more worthy a cause than my usual posts.

One of the members of that family has gone missing since Monday in the Barrie, ON area. Her name is Shawna. She's 19, has medical problems, and we're in the middle of a snowstorm. Everyone is worried! Read about it here.

If local, please keep a watchful eye for Shawna and help spread the word. If not local, I know the family appreciates hopes, thoughts, and prayers. Let's get her home safe to her family! Thank you!

UPDATE: Thank you all for the retweets! She was just found and on her way home. So happy to hear she is safe!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

November 2014 Favorites

Wow, November favorites already! I love November and December, so I have been a happy camper. I have been in the festive spirit for months and it is finely acceptable for me to sing Christmas songs and decorate the heck out of my house. Not that it stopped me before, but I get a lot less strange looks! ;)

The only thing I don't like? It's near impossible to get good lighting for pictures. Sorry if this photo came out a little sharp, but I had to edit it a bit. To the favorites that have a bit of a festive spin this month!

soap & glory, urban decay, essie, mac, naked 3, redken
  • Soap & Glory Flake Away - My dry skin craves exfoliation and this is a really great scrub!
  • MAC Syrup Lipstick - Always one of my go-to fall and winter shades.
  • Redken Thermal Setting Mist - Perfect to help your hair make it through holiday parties.
  • Essie Stroke of Brilliance - Because holidays call for glitter.
  • Naked 3 - I usually prefer the original palette, but this is so great for holiday looks.
Have you tried any of these? I'd love to hear what you have been loving lately!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Blog of the Month: December 2014

Last month, Ashley 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 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! :)

chelseamakeup14 blog of the month

This month, I want to draw your attention to Chelsea. She covers a little of everything, but mostly beauty. She also has a YouTube channel. She posts adorable animal photos and shares my addiction for coffee, so she is okay in my book. I mean those aren't the only things amazing about her, but they don't hurt to be mentioned. On top of that, she has a positive outlook on things and is incredibly sweet. Hope you will check out her blog!

Friday, December 5, 2014

The Body Shop Advent Calendar 2014: Days 1-5

Like last year with the Benefit one, I will be doing weekly insights (on Fridays) into what was behind each little slot.This week is a short one since the 1st fell on Monday. It's so fun to get to open an advent calendar again. Who doesn't want a little present daily, rather it be food or beauty related?!

body shop almond lotion bath soap nails
Day 1: Almond Hand and Nail Cream - Not a fan of the smell, but I definitely like how it feels.
Day 2: Almond Nail File - Weirdly, I like the smell of this. Honestly! It has a slight scent.
Day 3: Frosted Cranberry Soap - Heart-shaped soap? I don't want to use it. It's too cute!
Day 4: Frosted Cranberry Shower Gel - This cranberry scent is delicious. It's Christmas in a bottle.
Day 5: Frosted Cranberry Shimmer Lotion - Emphasis on the word shimmer. Not glitter. It's a nice sheen.

Did you get an advent calendar this year? Also, don't forget that I have a giveaway open! Have a great weekend!

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