Monday, December 31, 2012

New at the Drugstore 2

It's safe to say that the past few months new items have been flooding the drugstore. I picked up quite a few items while on my Christmas vacation {reviews coming soon}. You can check out those photos on my Instagram here. Over the weekend I found a new display of Maybelline products at my local Target. It also included the new The Rocket Mascara but I had already picked that up in my previous haul so I didn't take a pic. I also ran across a new huge hair care display by L'Oreal with some pretty great prices to boot.
*All photos were taken with my cell phone camera.

Instant Age Rewind The Lifter
~ Lifting Foundation + Smoothing Primer
~ 12 shades
~ Claims: Get firmer, lifted skin instantly
~ $11.99 at Target

My Thoughts: This isn't the first time I've seen a foundation with primer and it won't be the last. Immediately, the swirled design reminds me of the Stila primers. I think Almay may have something like this as well. I passed on this because I don't usually love Maybelline foundations. However, I may still give it a try at some point.

Instant Age Rewind The Perfector
~ Concealer + Vitamin C Treatment
~ 5 shades
~ Claims: Fights dark spots over time {4 weeks}
~ $8.49 at Target

~ Powder with Smoothing Primer
~ 6 shades
~ Claims: No caking
~ $8.49 at Target

My Thoughts: The "eraser" is the same concept as the one currently out. I have it but don't love it. Might be due to the shade. Who knows? I don't buy the claims of getting rid of dark spots. Most things on the market can't do that unless your issue is very minor. I passed on this as well. The powder looks promising though and at some point I'm sure I'll try it out. Anything that claims "no caking" is a bonus in my book.

Eye Studio Master Duo
~ First 2 in 1 glossy liquid liner
~ Thin or Thick Glossy Liquid Liner
~ Glossy Formula
~ 6 shades
~ Claims: Duel tip creates a thin precise line or use the flat side for a bold thick line
~ $6.99 at Target

My Thoughts: While I think the concept is unique and might actually work, I passed on this for one reason - glossy eye liner is a big fat no in my opinion. Enough said about this one.

Color Whisper by Color Sensational
~ Pure color pigments suspend in a weightless gel
~ No heavy waxes or oils
~ 20 shades
~ Claims: Sexy soft, see through color
~ $5.99 at Target

My Thoughts: Big surprise, another brand hopping on the lip butter/glossy balm craze. From looking at the website, these seem more like the L'Oreal Caresse line and will not have much pigment. I think I opened each one to look at the texture and shade. Each one looked very matte in the tube. This scared me off. Now I know a lot of lip products look this way when in fact they are quite the opposite. However, the few shades I thought about trying were out as you can see from the picture, so I passed. I did notice that the packaging is thinner than the regular Color Sensational lipsticks {those, I love}. It felt sorta cheap in my opinion.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Packing Tips and Organization

Hello there! I'm back from my Christmas trip to visit the In-Laws and wanted to share my packing tips and organization video with you. This video was supposed to be up before but I had a poor internet connection while away. Regardless, you can use these tips for any trip, any time of year.

I hope you all had an amazing holiday! I'm looking forward to what 2013 brings me both personally and for my Blog and YouTube Channel.

Be sure to follow me on Twitter and Instagram {links on my home page} for daily posts and pictures. :)

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Brown Sugar Bacon Lil Smokies

This is by far the most requested, best loved appetizer at my parties! Whether it be Christmas or tailgating, these Brown Sugar Bacon Lil Smokies will be a hit and usually the first to go. I've been making them for years and actually got the original recipe out of a holiday appetizer magazine but I've made some changes.  I'll also give you my tips and tricks that I've learned over the years.

Brown Sugar Bacon Lil Smokies

What you'll need:

1 package of Bacon (I recommend Center Cut)
1 package of Lil Smokies (I use all Beef)
1/2 cup (approx) light brown sugar (be sure it's fresh)

How To:

1.  Line a large cookie sheet with foil and spray with non stick cooking spray (spraying is very important or they will stick)
2.  Cut each piece of bacon into three even pieces. *I like using Center Cut and have found this works best. It's leaner and the pieces are more even.
3.  Pour the brown sugar into a bowl to dredge each of the wrapped smokies. *I say to use fresh brown sugar because I find it sticks best and is less clumpy than sugar that's old.
4.  Next, wrap each smokie with bacon. I find if I slightly stretch each piece of bacon around the smokie, it holds better.
5.  Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until the bacon is cooked.

I serve these on a plate or in a bowl with decorative toothpicks for easy access and eating.

Brown Sugar Bacon Lil Smokies

Brown Sugar Bacon Lil Smokies

Monday, December 17, 2012

Countdown to Christmas Link Up

Thanks to Stacie at Makeup Obsessed Mom for tagging me!

Favorite Winter Nail Polish?
Anything red, sparkly or metallic. It used to be OPI I'm Not Really A Waitress.
Favorite Winter Lip Product?
Lip Balm. Period. This time of year it's all about keeping those lips hydrated. My current fave of the moment is Nivea Kiss of Honey
Most Worn Winter Clothing Item?
Long sleeve t-shirts from Target. They are great on their own or layering under blazers or sweaters.
Most Worn Winter Accessory?
Boots and scarves.
Favorite Winter Candle?
Leaves from BBW or the Cider candle from Walmart
Favorite Winter Beverage?
Hot Apple Cider K-Cups
Favorite Christmas Movie?
1. Christmas Vacation
2. Elf
3. A Christmas Story
Favorite Christmas Song?
Holly Jolly Christmas
Favorite Holiday Food?
Iced Sugar Cookies
Favorite Christmas Decoration?
I have many so I can't pick just one. I also really love old fashioned Santas and have several around my house at Christmas. So I'd say Santas. :)
What is at the top of your Christmas list?
I got my present early this year - a LV Neverfull. It's shown up in some Instagram and Blog pics. ;)
What are your plans for the Holiday this year?
We're not quite sure. We're thinking of going to my in-law's house. Most of my Husband's family lives around the same area so it's nice to be able to see so many at one time.
I'm doing a Christmas tag on my YouTube channel if you'd like to watch that here.
Merry Christmas
Happy Holidays!!!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

OPI The Spy Who Loved Me

Nail of the Day ~ The Spy Who Loved Me - OPI James Bond Skyfall Collection 2012

Long time, no polish posts! I've been wearing some of the shades I've already posted on here and we went to Florida and then on a cruise for Thanksgiving. Thought I'd come back with a pop of red!

When I bought the mini pack, this shade didn't really jump out at me. Maybe I just wasn't ready for red yet. The more I look at it in the bottle, the more I like it. I don't think it transfers the same to the nails though. It appears to have gold and red fine glitter in the bottle but you only see red on the nails. I did two coats but you could get it a tad more opaque with three.  It's a really pretty shade though and perfect for festive Holiday parties this time of year.

with flash
outside, sunlight

Monday, December 10, 2012

Crockpot Chicken n' Dumplings

I first heard about this Crockpot Chicken n' Dumplings recipe from fellow Blogger and YouTuber, TiffanyD. I thought it looked easy and interesting so I immediately did a search for other recipes like this. While there are tons of them with a few alterations, they are basically the same. I took the basics from a few different recipes. I've since made this a handful of times and passed it along to friends and family. It's been a big hit. Anything in the crockpot is good with me. I have to say that I'm normally not a big fan of this dish, but I really love it this way!

Crockpot Chicken n Dumplings


2 Tb butter
2 cans cream of chicken soup (I use fat free)
1  1/2 14oz cans chicken broth OR 2 1/2 Cups approx. (I use low sodium)

½ small onion diced

1/2 Tb poultry seasoning
Salt and Pepper to taste
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

8 grand’s buttermilk biscuits (not flaky)

Total Cooking Time: 6 Hours on High
Put everything except biscuits into crockpot and cook on high for 5 hours. 

Using two forks, shred the chicken while it’s still in the crockpot. Cut each biscuit into 4- 5 pieces and add to crockpot. Cook for additional hour or until they are cooked through. Stir a few times to mix all together and break up the biscuit layer.
*You may need to add more broth if it looks too thin after you shred the chicken. I use all 8 biscuits. You can use less if you want.

Crockpot Chicken n Dumplings

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Product Updates: Makeup, Skincare, Hair, Nail Polish

Hi everyone! I'm back from vacation with a new type of video. I wanted to start updating you on products that I've shown. These will be things that don't make the monthly favorites list. Products that I may or may not care for.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Styling Hair with a Flat Iron for Volume

Hey there! In my latest video I show you how I style my hair with a flat iron but also manage to get volume and lift. Most of the time I can get this without teasing, which is a bonus.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

OPI Live and Let Die

Nail of the Day ~ Live and Let Die, Skyfall Collection by OPI 2012

Let me start by saying this entire collection is coming out at a great time. It screams "Holidays" to me with all the glitter, metallic and colors. I really only wanted a few of the colors so I chose to get the mini pack with four shades - Golden Eye, The Spy Who Loved Me, The World Is Not Enough, Live and Let Die. The mini pack is $12.50 at Ulta and each are 3.75ml.

Live and Let Die is a deep greenish black with gold and green fine glitter. In the bottle it looks slightly blue so I was surprised how it looked on the nails. Covers great with one coat, looks best with two of course. It was a little hard to get great pictures because the glitter doesn't really show up on the nail unless you are in sunlight. Of course we didn't have sun the day I shot these pictures. Also note, I wore this a few days before shooting so you may see the tad bit of wear on the tips. I'm very happy with this color. A great one if you love deep shades.

with flash
size - they are very tiny

Monday, November 12, 2012

My Favorite Mascaras

I recently posted a video on my favorite mascaras. I don't know about you, but I try a lot of them. I think that's just a product that we're all looking for the next best thing hoping we'll get amazing results from. Let me know in the comments what some of your favorites are. :)

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Spoiled Bite Me

Nail of the Day ~ Bite Me by Spoiled

Ok, I had to laugh while I typed the title to this post. Please don't be offended, it's actually the name of the polish, lol. First, I just want to say that this is a great dupe for Essie  Decadent Diva. I think I had mentioned before that I love that color but wasn't sure if you could still get it. Well, no need to worry because now you can get this one. It's a deep burgundy brown with a red shimmer. It's beautiful on the nails. Application however was a little tricky. The first coat went on a little patchy on some nails but not all. It looked great with two coats though and you can't be the price - $2.99 at the drugstore. I did have a little issue with the brush. It had a longer bristle that would get into my cuticle. I had to cut that baby off. The shape is nice and reminds me of the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri polishes.

with flash


Wednesday, November 07, 2012

China Glaze Ingrid

Nail of the Day ~ Ingrid by China Glaze

I bought this polish last year and as much as I love it, it doesn't get much use. I consider it more a "fall" color but you could definitely wear it as a neutral. It's a nice medium brown shade with a slight gold shimmer. You really only see the shimmer in the sunlight. Speaking of, I'm going to start taking a picture in the sunlight so you can see any shimmer that a polish might have. For example, my last post on Bogie had two colors of shimmer than I had never seen before. While sitting in a chair by the window one afternoon, I noticed it had beautiful green and red shimmer along with the silver that I already mentioned. I also mentioned Ingrid in my Fall Favorite Nail Polish video. You can watch it here.


Thursday, November 01, 2012

China Glaze Bogie

Nail of the Day ~ Bogie by China Glaze

If you watched my Fall Favorite Nail Polish video, you saw this one. It's by far my favorite dark purple. I like it because it has a slight silver shimmer to it that makes it not look dull on the nails. I don't own a lot of China Glaze polishes, but the few I do have, I love! They wear really well and apply easily with two coats.

with flash

Monday, October 29, 2012

Outfit: Fall Brights

It was pretty chilly here this weekend. If you follow me on Instagram, you saw where I just picked up this scarf. I love the colors! It's a little larger than I normally care for but I made it work. When I first decided it wear it, I had no idea how I would style it. This is what I came up with. I love how the bright jewel tones of the scarf help to brighten up a gloomy, chilly fall day. Hope you all had a great weekend!

Scarf: Target, Blazer: The Limited {last season}, Jeans: Kohl's, Tank: Target, Heels: Target, Bag: LV, Sunglasses: Ray Ban, Watch: Fossil {similar}, Earrings: Juicy Couture

Monday, October 22, 2012

Essie Sole Mate

Nail of the Day ~ Sole Mate by Essie

Ok, let me first point out {because you'll notice} my bad polish job. It was part me, part the polish. This one seemed a little more thin and was a tad harder to get a perfect polish job. As for the polish itself, I wanted to do this post to give you all another "oxblood" color choice. Now, if you haven't heard, "oxblood" is the color of the season. Basically, it's a deep wine color.

When I first chose to put on this color, I thought it looked a tad more purple than it actually looks on the nails. It's a deep red wine cream. Some nails were a little more opaque than others, even with two coats. Overall, it's a great color to try if you've wanted to dive into these colors for fall.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Fall Decorating

Sorry this post is late. I was waiting because I still hadn't acquired all of my outdoor decor. Well, that's just not gonna happen now. I wanted to re-create what I did last year with hay bales but we can't find them this year. At least not the right sized ones.  I'm over it now and like the more simple look. Hopefully this gives you some ideas of your own. Keep in mind, I don't like clutter and if I decorate too heavily, that's what it looks like to me. At the same time, I so appreciate others homes where they are filled to the brim with holiday decor. Warning - this post is pic heavy!

Dining Room:

I think the bead strand came from Pottery Barn but I can't remember. 
I got this idea from Pinterest. You can see the inspiration photo here in my Holiday Decor Board. The candlesticks are from Hobby Lobby. The pumpkins are from Kirkland's. 

I've had the napkins and placemats for years. The chargers are from Walmart last year as are the plates.

I found these cute leaf bowls at TJ Maxx earlier this year. I bought green and orange. They also make great candy dishes!

I wasn't quite sure what to do with the plant so I stuck some picks in it that I got from Michael's. The pumpkin is from Hobby Lobby last year but they have them again. It's one of my favorite pieces. The glass hurricane is old and I just stuck some scented pinecones and pumpkins in it as a base for a white candle.

If you've been following me a while, you know we recently made-over the dining room. Hence the lack of things on the walls. I'm still trying to find just the right paintings for the wall w/out the mirror. No such luck yet.

Other Areas in the House:

This is in the breakfast nook. The vase arrangement is always up. The candle is from Walmart {Mulled Cider} and is one of my all-time favorites. The holder is from BBW. The decoration is from Kohl's a few years ago.

These are sitting on the ledge that separates the family room from the breakfast nook. I've had all of this for several years and can't remember where it came from, sorry. I didn't take a picture, but there is a wreath at the base of the table arrangement that always sits on the breakfast table in the background.

The mantel over the fireplace in the family room. The garland is from Walmart a few years ago. I already had it and just haven't looked for a better replacement yet. The wreath is from Michael's recently. I was able to get it when they had 50% off. The wreath is held up with a Command Hook. Most of the decor stays up all year and I decorate around it.  

One of my favorite things from this year is the corncob guy I picked up at Michael's. He's just too cute. The books are also from Michael's and I've had them for a few years. They sit there all the time along with the candle holder on top.

I originally passed on this glittery pumpkin when I first saw it at Hobby Lobby. Well, I couldn't resist and went back for it. It's just too cute!

These cute ceramic pumpkins are new this year and I picked them at Kirkland's. The flowers behind them are from Michael's and stays there year-round.


The wreath I made last year. You can see it in a previous post here. I need to store it a little better so it keeps the shape for next year. The urns are old but I got the idea for the pumpkins from Pinterest {link above}. I didn't go as fancy as the original picture but it's the same idea.

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