Monday, April 30, 2012

Anniversary Weekend

This past Friday, April 27, we celebrated our 11 year wedding anniversary. Depending on how long you've been following me, you might remember that last year we found ourselves hiding out from tornadoes off and on all day. So yes, our 10 year anniversary was memorable, just not the kind we wanted. We sort of felt like it was taken away from us in a way. We are both VERY grateful though to have an opportunity to have many more. So of course this year felt like we needed to do something. Most years we don't do much. Some years we go on a trip. It just depends on what we feel like.  We went out for a nice dinner. I got an amazing gift from the Hubby along with beautiful coral roses. (He's till trying to determine what he wants.) We planted a few hanging baskets along our backyard fence along with a little starter garden of tomato, basil and lemon thyme.  Did some other shopping, relaxed, drank good wine, went to church on Sunday (outfit post to come later).




My gift! Louis Vuitton Azur Totally MM

Dinner outfit



Essie Chubby Cheeks

Nail of the Day ~ Chubby Cheeks by Essie

This poor polish of mine doesn't get much love. Not sure why. Oh wait, I do. It's because I'm a nail polish hoarder. Anyway, I've had this one in my collection since sometime last year. I don't recall it being part of any particular collection. Just came across it one day in Ulta. I was drawn in by the color and then the name sold me - Chubby Cheeks. How cute is that?!

It's a great coral with a slight orange look on the nail. Nothing too bright like some of the tangerine/oranges that are so popular right now. It also applied really well. Two non-streaky coats. Very un-Essie-like in my opinion. I'm sure by now you've gotten the hint that I have a love/hate with Essie because of this fact. This one is a winner for sure and I say give it a try!

All nail photos are taken in natural light (unless otherwise noted), two coats, no topcoat.



Friday, April 20, 2012

Wine Time: New Whites

Two new white wines I've enjoyed lately are: Estancia Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio. I first discovered this brand while having dinner at P.F. Changs. I had the Pinot Grigio and it was so nice with Chinese food. I usually gravitate towards Pinot anyway when drinking white but thought I'd give the Chardonnay a try when I came upon it at my local grocery. Matter of fact, I had a hard time finding the Pinot. Probably because the bottle looks nothing like the other. Note to other fellow wine snobs: the Pinot has a screw top. (gasp) Although I'm finding I'm less offended by this than I used to be.

I really like both of these. The Chardonnay isn't too "oaky" or buttery. Two traits I usually hate about that wine and why I shy away from them. I would recommend either of these. They were priced around $10-12 dollars per bottle. I think I got both on sale (yay!). Have you tried either of these? What white wines are your favorite?


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Review: Mid-tone Pink Lipsticks

I was recently on a drugstore hunt for a mid-toned pink lipstick. I found myself opening several tubes and comparing. At one point I had about five and kept going back and forth from one display to the next. The people at Walgreens probably thought I was trying to steal something, lol. Anyway, I couldn't make up my mind so I came home with these three. Here are my thoughts on each.

Top to Bottom: Maybelline, Rimmel, Wet n Wild

LtoR: Maybelline Color Sensational Pink Me Up, Rimmel Lasting Finish Pink Blush, Wet n Wild 901B


In the store, these looked really similar. After getting them home and swatching them in natural light, I can see that the Maybelline looks much darker. However, when applied, it's a true pink. It's not mauve looking at all like it sort of looks here. It applies smooth and lasts a very long time. I've had several of this brand and they are fast becoming my favorite drugstore lipstick. The color choices are amazing and they are so pigmented.

The Rimmel applied very nicely as well. This is my first Lasting Finish formula. It has a nice sweet smell as well which I enjoy. It has a slight sheen to it as you can see from the swatch photo. Where the Maybelline is a cream.  I do think it picks up a slight purple undertone on my skin.

The Wet n Wild goes on the lips streaky but with buildable color. It's very opaque in the swatch but has a really odd consistency. Almost thick and crayon like if that makes sense. I liked this one much more in the swatch than on my lips. It left that nice ring around my mouth and I had to blot about 4-5 times to get rid of it.

Overall thoughts: I prefer the finish and the color of the Maybelline hands down. I do really like the Rimmel, just the color is a tad off for me personally. I DO NOT recommend the Wet n Wild at all. It reminded me of the $.99 lipsticks I used to buy from them 25+ years ago. Yuck!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Outfit: A Pop of Color

With this early spring/summer weather we've been having, it inspired me to finally wear some bright pops of color. I like how the orange-red of the sweater really brightens up an otherwise neutral outfit. This would look great paired with a white pencil skirt and nude pumps as well.



Top: IZ Byer California, Cardigan: Allen B, Pants: NY&Co, Shoes: Marpie, Clutch: Nine West c/o TJ Maxx, Sunglasses: Target, Watch: Fossil, Bracelets: David Smallcomb, Kohls


Monday, April 09, 2012

Blog Sale! ~ Fashion Edition

This Blog Sale is a Fashion Edition. I'm offering the items on the Blog first before taking them to eBay. Please message me with any questions you many have regarding an item. Most of the items were for special work events that were only worn one time. Some were never worn. Thanks for visiting and happy shopping!

Rules:
1. Paypal only please
2. S/H flat rate $5.95 US + $3 for each additional item (shoes will be quoted a s/h price)
3. International S/H will be quoted after payment with address is received
4. All Sales are final. Not responsible for damaged items.
5. Sales are first come, first serve.
6. You will have 24hrs to pay or the item(s) will go to the next person.

Purchase Procedure:
Email me at misscrystalmakeup@yahoo.com with your order and Paypal email.
I will send you an invoice via Paypal.
Your item(s) will be held for 24hrs. Once payment goes through, I will send out the package.
UPDATE: Everything from this sale has either been sold or donated. Thank you. 

London Fog Trench Coat
Size xs petite (fits like s or m)
hidden front botton closure, button tab sleeves
used 2-3x
Retail $175 Sale $50

Sangria Sundress
Size 6
side zip, back elastic, tie neck
NEW w/out tags
Retail $45 Sale $20
SOLD
Victoria's Secret Sundress
Size M
shelf bra, dark brown NEW w/out tags
Retail $39 Sale $15
XOXO Sheath Dress w/belt
Size Jr. 9/10
back zip, NEW with tags
Retail $45 Sale $20
INC Shirtdress
Size 4, black, hidden button closure, tie waist, back elastic
used
Retail $55 Sale $20
MSK Blouse & Skirt Set
Size S, side zip, hidden button closure
used 1x
Retail $140 Sale $75
Scarlett Cocktail Dress
Size 6, black, side zip
NEW w/out tags
Retail $50 Sale $30
Mix It Shift Dress
Size S, bubble sleeves, side zip
used 1x
Retail $70 Sale $20
SOLD!
Bisou Bisou One Shoulder Dress
Size 8, side rouching, flutter sleeve
NEW with tags
Retail $70 Sale $30
MSK Blouse
Size S, black
NEW w/out tags
Retail $45 Sale $15
SOLD
ASOS Spike Bracelet
NEW with tags
Retail $30 Sale $20
SOLD
Vera Wang Wedges
Size 7
used 2-3x
Retail $69 Sale $30
Speechless Sundress
Size: Jr. 9, removable halter tie, back elastic
used 1x
Retail $45 Sale $20


SOLD
Coach Purse
flap closure, dust bag
used 2-3x
Retail $148 Sale $40

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Polished Pencil

This outfit combo came to me out of the blue one day and I immediately hung everything together waiting to wear it. I love the slight color blocking with the bright yellow and navy paired with the classic white pencil skirt. I could have thrown in more color with a clutch but I was headed to church so I wanted to keep it more classic. This would be great to wear to the office as well and I wore very similar outfits to my professional office job. It's a way to keep it classic and professional but throw in pops of color.

Cardigan: Kohl's (last season), Tank: Kohls, Skirt: SteinMart (last season), Shoes: HG Hook (Old), Sunglasses: Target, Necklace: J.Crew, Earrings: (old), Watch: Fossil, Bracelet: David Smallcomb, Clutch: Kohls, Lips: L'Oreal Volcanic




Monday, April 02, 2012

Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

Oatmeal cookies are probably my favorite cookie. I love them with raisins added or chocolate chips. I've had this recipe for many years but hadn't used it in a while. The other night the Hubby and I had a sweet tooth and so I made up a batch. They are easy to make and you can add a number of ingredients to make them unique. Some of the additions I've made before: dried cranberries with white chocolate chips, walnuts, chocolate chips, raisins.
These make the best tasting, most chewy cookies I've ever had! They were even better the next morning with milk for breakfast. So good!

Oatmeal cookies with semi-sweet chocolate chips

Ingredients:
1 cup all purpose flour (I've used wheat before as well)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups rolled (old-fashioned) oats
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup lightly packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1/4 cup maple syrup (I used Agave)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions: 
preheat to 350 degrees F.


In a medium bowl, stir the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and oats together with a whisk or spoon.


In a mixer or large bowl, beat the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar together for 30 seconds until blended. Beat in the egg until smooth and barely fluffy. With mixer running on medium high, drizzle in the maple syrup, and vanilla until incorporated. Turn the mixer down to its lowest setting and gradually add the flour-oatmeal mixture. Blend just to combine, then mix in the chocolate chips.


Drop walnut-sized balls of dough onto a nonstick or parchment-lined cookie sheet at 3-inch intervals. With moistened fingers, flatten out the cookies a little. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Set the cookie sheets on a rack to cool.
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