Loving, Loathing, and Lusting (July)

Hello Loves,

It’s the last day in July and , to me, this year is flying by far too fast.

Today , sugar pops, I present to you “Loving, Loathing, and Lusting” which I think is pretty self explanatory. This post is dedicated to things I am loving, loathing, and lusting after.

Let’s start off sweet shall we…


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Our son turned 5. It was the best party ever and he had a blast!! It was despicable me minion themed and if you are wondering, yes that cake was divine. We had a huge water slide and bounce house to entertain all the little minions that were running rampant. My husband and I had just as much fun as our son did flying down that slide and crashing into ice cold water. By the time we opened presents, he saw the bowling set and decided it was time to wrap things up and go inside and bowl!!

Now for beauty wise…

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Khroma Beauty Honeystick in “Blackberry Honey” and Apocalips in “Stellar”. I love these two lip lacquers. The Khroma honeystick is infused with real honey so it smells and yes, it tastes like real honey. It is as smooth as butter, so don’t be put off by the honey that is in it. The Apocalips is amazingly pigmented and is long lasting, I love everything about it. Thank you again Rosie .

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Apocalips in “Stellar”

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Khorma Honeystick in “Blackberry Honey”

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Avene Thermal Spring Water. It has saved me many times from these sizzling summer temperatures. I give a quick spritz to my face, arms, and legs (if wearing shorts) and I feel instantly refreshed. If you are interested in more Avene products you can read more about them in my post  “From the Beauty in Germany”

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Australis-Neutrals and Neons eyeshadow and eyeliner kit. This pallet is amazing and thank you Rosie for sending me such an amazing product! xo You can use the neutrals on your lids and then line your eyes in neon or be a daredevil and use the neon on your lids as well!

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These threads. I love the red, blue, and gold. I simply love everything about it.

OKAY, now for the not so sweet…

LOATHING… DUN DUN DUN (hopefully you got that…)

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Rimmel London Stay Matte pressed powder. This didn’t work out for me like I had hoped it would. I read all the reviews and how amazing it was and I thought “I need some of that in my life…” but it definitely wasn’t what I needed. Why? Because it left my skin chalky and it didn’t really help with making my skin look matte. This is the “Translucent” color, so regardless of skin tone it shouldn’t leave your skin looking chalky. I wanted to love it, but as for now I am loathing it.

Now, what am I longing for?


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I am craving and longing for the Oregon coast. It is one of my favorite places to be on earth. My husband, son, and I go once a year. Our trip is right around the corner!!

What are you loving, loathing, and lusting?

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Blog Family Appreciation Giveaway {International}

Hello My Loves,

I have reached a milestone for my blog. I have reached 100+  followers and I am so thankful to you for making that possible.

So I thought to myself “Self, what can you do to show that you appreciate their support?”


Here is what I am giving to one of you:

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As you may have realized from previous blog posts, I am a big NYX fan!! Their products are affordable and the quality of them is high.

From NYX I am giving away (1) Matte Lipstick in “Pale Pink”, (1) HD Eye Shadow Base, (1) Trio Pallet in the colors “Sway with Lola”

Next is (1) Milani Easyliner in “Charcoal”. Please note, charcoal is a gray color.

Finally, (1) Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balm in “Berry Bomb”

Note that this giveaway is open internationally and I will be sending it in a padded envelope. (Do not fret, I will bubble wrap the products as well)

After you have “OOO’ed and AHHH’ed” enter by clicking the Rafflecopter link below. Thanks so much for you continued support and good luck to each and every one of you sugar pops!!

****All entries will be verified before products are sent and this giveaway is for bloggers and vloggers only****


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P.S. Men, do not be put off by the fact that this is makeup. If you have any woman in your life (daughter, girlfriend, wife, blah blah blah) ENTER!!!


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11 Question Tag-Have you been tagged?!

Hello Darlings,

I have been tagged!!! I was tagged by my gorgeous friend Donna, she is the creator of The Beauty Holder Blog. Thanks love for tagging me so I have an opportunity to share a bit about myself with my lovely readers.



Rule 1: Post the rules
Rule 2: Answer the questions the tagger asked you, then make 11 new ones.
Rule 3: Tag 11 people [ or how many you feel like ] and link them to your post
Rule 4: Let them know you’ve tagged them

1)How did you get into blogging?

I got into blogging because I love to write and I enjoy writing about things that I love. It is something that I truly enjoy and I see it as a way to share my creative ideas and a bit of my life with others.

2)Can you describe your blog in 3 words?

Enjoyable, amusing, and helpful.

3)What is your go to make-up look? Please post a picture!

I love my Stila pallet and I wear this look often.


4)If you were a superhero, what would your name and special power be?

I love Batman, I would definitely would want to be a superhero that didn’t have super human abilities. My name would be Ultraviolet and I would work with Batman.

5)What are you most passionate about?

My family, I am extremely passionate about my husband and son.

6)Did you follow your childhood dream? If not, what led you to where you are today? (please share your childhood dream)

I did start off following my childhood dream of being a pediatrician. Then, my son was diagnosed with autism in 2011. I changed my career path in order to gain more knowledge on how to help him and give him the best life possible. I am happier now than I was before I changed my career and degree choice.

7)Where do you look for inspiration?

Everywhere, there is beauty in everything. I believe that there is always a silver lining to things. Even though at that present moment you may feel hopeless, one day you will be able to look back and realize how far you have come.

8)Do you have a guilty pleasure?

Candy, I seriously love candy and I cannot seem to give it up for the life of me.

9)What is your favourite book?

I am a bookworm but if I had to narrow it down to something I have read recently it would be the “Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern.

10)Is there a song that you would not admit to owning?

Yes, HA! I really liked Justin Bieber’s song “Boyfriend”.

11)Does your name have a meaning?

The meaning of my name is “little one”. Although, I am not little! I am 5”9, skinny yes, but not little!!

My Questions for Those I Have Tagged (and anyone who wants to join 🙂 ):

  1. What is your favorite and least favorite thing about blogging?
  2. What is one goal you have created for yourself and met?
  3. Is there a clothing item you have had for years and still wear it frequently?
  4. Do you prefer silver or gold? Why?
  5. What would be first thing you did if you won a million dollars?
  6. If you could be from a different era, what era would you be from? (‘20’s,’30’s…etc)
  7. What is your favorite season? Why?
  8. What do you love about writing?
  9. Best five words to describe your blog?
  10. What is the last book you read?
  11. If you could be extremely great at one thing, what would it be?

People I Tag (Tag, you’re it!!):

A Red Lip and A Nude Shoe

Shugar Love

Pink Frenzy

Maybe It’s About Roro

Sylvie’s Fashion Secrets

A Life In Beauty AM

The Posh Blog

Kaka Beauty Blog

Joanna Loves


Little Miss Average

Have fun darlings!! Remember the rules!!

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Knots & Chains

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I fell in love with these shorts as soon as I saw them on the rack at JCP. When I purchased them they were on clearance for $4.99 with an extra 25% off of that. The shirt was the same price as well. This is one summer find I am extremely proud of.

Interested in these threads?!

Shorts: Decree

Shirt: Similar

Some of you may ask, where is your bag?

It’s not that I don’t carry one or that I am not into them I just forget to grab it most the time for my pictures. Plus, I just want you to see what threads I am rocking for the day.

What item have you found this summer that you are oh so happy about?!

Graduation is Only the Beginning

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Me laughing like a school girl at my friend while we were waiting in line for our college graduation to begin. This was one of many gratifying moments in my life. Quite honestly there were days I didn’t think I would make it. I just kept pushing through and doing what I had to do to make it. People keep asking me “What are you going to do now that you have graduated?” I always look at them blankly and say “What am I going to do? This is only the beginning, I will never be done educating myself”. I love to learn because I feel as though learning something new feeds not only my mind but my soul. I still have to get my Bachelor’s and my Master’s and until July 13, 2013 that was but a dream. Now I see getting them as an attainable goals. When you are at the starting line you can’t see the finish line but you can envision it. However, once you get a glimpse of that finish line you push yourself and wonder what more you could do after you cross it. Getting my associates degree helped me realize that regardless of what goes on (at times I had a lot going on) I can do it and as Rob Dydrek says “You have to make your own luck”. From going to school and meeting new people countless doors and opportunities have opened up for me and I am forever grateful for that. So my friends, this is only the beginning of endless possibilities…


At this point in time, my feet were numb because it was so cold. My hubby insisted I take a picture with my diploma and that I did.

What accomplishments have been gratifying for you?

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NYX HD Finishing Powder vs. Makeup Forever HD Microfinishing Powder

About 6 months ago I received a sample size of Makeup Forever’s HD Microfinish Powder and it quickly became an item I used everyday. Last week, to my disappointment, I noticed there was hardly any powder left in the jar. I thought to myself “No big deal, I will swing by Sephora and pick some up” right?!?! WRONG!!! They wanted $34 for 0.3 oz jar and $16 for the 0.17 oz jar. To me, that is a lot of money for a finishing powder. Don’t get me wrong, I splurge on certain products and all though I consider this one of my “holy grail products” the price is steep. It came down to the fact that I didn’t want to splurge on it and I don’t feel like a silica mineral powder should be that pricey.

So I became a beauty detective, and I found NYX HD Finishing Powder which is the EXACT same product (with very similar packaging) at a more than reasonable price.

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NYX Finishing Powder cost $10


The packaging is almost identical. When I found this I had to double take because of how similar they are. The NYX jar has a bit more product in it than the sample size of MUF does and the price is reasonable.

If you are concerned about the ingredients, have no fear!!! Both products contain 100% Silica Mineral Powder. NYX does offer this powder in different colors to match your skin tone but I just picked up the transparent one.

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I recommend this product not only because of the low price but because of the quality as well. NYX has always been good at offering quality items at low prices. As I acquire more items to my beauty arsenal I realized instantly that it takes a lot of money to invest in quality makeup products. I am learning that the brands that have been dubbed “drugstore brands” create quality products and that sometimes they may even be better.

If you are interested in purchasing NYX Finishing Powder, you can find it here .

Have you found any “high end products” at a more reasonable price? If so, what did you find?

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Tea Time-50’s Style

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Vintage clothing leaves me feeling nostalgic. There will always be something captivating to me when it comes to vintage clothing. I create a lot of Polyvore style inspiration boards and I felt this dress would be perfect.

Why I used this as inpiration:

  • The design. I love how it is form fitting.
  • Normally not one to like polka dots, but I really love the polka dot pattern on this dress.
  • I like how it is not just purely polka dots and it is broken up with the all black section of material on the torso and the black collar. Also there are black buttons on the front of the dress.
  • If I were to own this dress, I feel it would be versatile. You can wear it with heels or flats or you can pair different colors to it to add a pop of color. During the winter months you can add a cardigan and it would still look nice.
  • Perfect date night dress

I think this dress would be great accessorized with red heels (cause they add a certain appeal to an outfit), pearl necklace and earrings, white clutch, and some red polish. Also, even though I am not fond of polka dots on everything the pattern is trending right now. It hasn’t gone out of style FOR YEARS so there is some appeal to it. To me, it just depends on the article of clothing and how big the polka dots are.

For my makeup and hair I would go total pin-up girl!!!

If you are interested in this dress, you can find it here and if you are just interested in looking around the website check out the Hip Hop 50’s Shop .

Do you like vintage clothing? If so, what time period is your favorite?

How do you feel about polka dots?