Monday, December 31, 2012

New Year, New You

Hello Lovely Dolls!
  Happy New Year...or Almost New Year.  Whoo is some ways I can't believe 2012 is already over and in others it seems like 2013 should be half over.
I keep hearing all about people making resolutions and New Year, New You and I really just needed to get my piece out about that.  New Year New Me...frankly I'm pretty dang awesome and don't believe the need to be a "new" me.  I'm not perfect and am all for making a BETTER you, but stop acting like you aren't fabulous.  Should you truly hate the person you are that you need to be a "new" you than why wait til the new year?  I'd get on the business STAT!
Resolutions are also a wonderful in my eyes but stop thinking of them as something that has to be done on January 1st or forget it til next year.  Make your promises or goals to yourself but don't get down if you falter or fall.  Rome wasn't built in a day and habits can't be changed in one either.

Last gripe- Stop making resolutions to please other people.  Live for YOU, do what makes YOU happy.  The only person you have to live with forever is YOU.  Why not make it a happy lifetime?

Now on to 2012 and saying goodbye...
2012 had been a pretty rough year for a lot of people, myself included. I lost some "friends" and my precious doggy.  I was passed over for well deserved promotions and some unexpected expenses.  This year is taken a toll on my grandfather and I fear we will lose him in 2013, but I cherish this Christmas.
I ended up getting a better promotion for all my hard work and patience.  I've made some amazing friends including adding a new bestie to my life.  I got a new pup that has stolen my heart, and my socks.  I got to spend lots of time with my God given sister, Reigh. I was able to spend some great times with my other best friends, and even a bit with family.  I found a great passion for makeup and continued my art of baking.
I have no regrets from this year only lessons.  I got to know some amazing small business owners and even became great friends with a few.

With good there is always bad when you really start laying it out the good generally out weighs the bad.  So I'm going to make my resolutions to do my part for a better year.

Resolutions/promises/whatever you want to call them:
1. Work on my family tree.  I think this is most important to me because I really want to know more about my family living and past.

2. Post more looks.  I have tons of stuff that just sits there.  I feel power and unbeatable when I put on those amazing colors and I want more of that.

3. Use or throw away more stuff.  I have stuff that has sat in drawers or closets or boxes for far to long.  I need to declutter and keep it that way.

4. Go see more movies.  I LOVE seeing movies and I miss so many now a days so even if I go alone I'm going to see more movies in theaters.

5. Spend more time with friends and family.  I have some amazing people in my life and I want as much quality time with them as I can get, cuz I'm selfish like that.

6. Take more pictures.  I like talking pictures LOL

7. For every negative thought I must think a positive one.  This will help me frown less and enjoy more.

8. Blog more...about EVERYTHING.  I think I did better this year but I can top that next year.

9. Take more me time to relax and enjoy my own mind/crafts/books/whatever makes me happy.

10. Work on a healthier lifestyle.  Notice I didn't say lose weight.  Life shouldn't be about a number on a scale it should be about the number of years you live.

In 6 months we will see how well I've done with them!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Holiday VoxBox 2012

Hello Dolls!
  I know its been a few weeks but man the holidays get crazier and crazier every year.  MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!  I hope you all got the things you asked Santa for and even more importantly I hope you got quality time with your families.

    Christmas eve I was so excited to open my mailbox and see a package from Influenster.  Another VoxBox yay!
I've already started testing these wonderful products and will have a blog post for each product so check back often!

*All of these items were given to me complimentary for my honest review*

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Christmas Gift Guide

Hiya Dolls!
I've discovered some amazing indie/handmade shops this year and thought I'd compile the best of the best in a guide for the holidays.  I can personally vouch for each and every one of the companies.  Take a look around shop some and enjoy!

Shop Here

Dark Heart Designs is an ever growing line that shows care and detail in all of their products.  Recently released a blush line and a face primer.  Like them on facebook to get monthly deals.
Shop Here

Rockeresque Beauty Company is an all vegan company that is expanding slowly but their loose eye shadows are amazing the service is great AND they opened a beauty school.  Sign up for email membership to get coupon codes and a birthday gift.
Shop Here

Candii Blossom Cosmetics is a one woman show with some truly unique pigments.  She also just came out with blushes and frequently has sales.  She has launched a polish line that I haven't purchased from yet but you need her lava flow eye shadow its the perfect orange.
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Carina Dolci Cosmetics is a publicaly christian company that donates 10% of their profits to charity (now thats beautiful).  TAT is a little longer than most but they always include lots of samples to make up for it.  Their eye shadows are wrapped like candy and absolutely adorable.  Perfect stocking stuffers!
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Lucky Cupcake Hairclips makes just that hairclips!  Well she also makes wraps and jewelry too!!  I've posted about them before and still love them.  Shes always coming out with new and exciting things.  Her orders come with candy.  Who the heck doesn't love candy?!?
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Riveting Rosies is a mix of bath and body as well as fuzzy pens and burlesque gear.  I adore her stuff and no bath is complete without her bath salts!!  Don't see what you want?  Send her a conversation she is amazingly talented and my fave bath and body company ever!!
Shop Here

Vintage OOAK Designs makes the most amazing earrings and jewlery.  The packaging is out of this world and she is truly an absolute delight!
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Rebel Downtown Handbags make the most amazing handbags, wallets, and clutches.  Super sweet woman to work with and with a $30 order she'll throw in a matching pocket mirror.  She makes customs as well.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Icy Wonderland

Howdy Dolls
   Its not feeling like Christmas at all in Texas right now.  Weather in the 80's so when my makeup sister and inspiration Courtney posted this Winter Wonderland I got inspired.
Doesn't she make you jealous?
So I got in my special Dark Heart Designs bag (I have so many of her products I had to get another bag) and started creating.  I love/hate the look I created but I had tons of fun creating it so I hope you all enjoy it just a little :).

Products/Colors used include Dark Heart shadows in Frost, Silver Lining, Kiss & Make Tea, Sirens Song, Madness, and Rave.  Dark Heart mascara in Retro. Dark Heart lipstick in Love Bites. Dark Heart Magic Eyelixir. Hard Candy eye shadow primer. Nyx jumbo eye pencil in Milk. theBalm matte shadow in Matt Batalli.

Can't wait til my next look.  Enjoy!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Your eating WHAT?!?

Bonjour my lovies!
    Like how I got all cultured there?  Christmas is really gearing up all around me so I decided to make my favorite holiday treat Puppy Chow.

Now some of you will know what I'm talking about while others are curling their noses in disgust while the rest of you tilt your head slightly in confusion.  No fears I'm not showing dog food.

Puppy Chow is an amazing concoction of rice chex, chocolate, peanut butter, and powdered sugar.  once finished it does resemble kibble in a way but I assure you it is delightful.  Other names you may know it by are muddy buddies or reindeer chow but it has always and will always be puppy chow. 

The amazingness that is pinterest has several different versions to try; including an intriguing cake batter edition that I must try.  I found a Halloween version that included two batches one with semi sweet chips and one with white chips all mixed with reeses pieces candies.  Well as hectic as fall has been I never got around to making it, so I did red and greened it up for Christmas.
 Original post at Your Cup Of Cake
Halloween Christmas Puppy Chow
Yield: 18 Cups

Peanut Butter White Chocolate Puppy Chow:
9 C. rice cereal squares (Chex)
1 C. white chocolate chips or Melts
1/2 C. peanut butter, creamy
1/4 C. butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 C. powdered sugar
Peanut Butter Chocolate Puppy Chow:
9 C. rice cereal squares (Chex)
1 C. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 C. peanut butter, creamy
1/4 C. butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 C. powdered sugar
1 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder, optional
Peanut Butter Candies (Reese's Pieces) Red and Green peanut M&Ms


1. Prep two cookie sheets by lining them with wax paper for an easy cleanup.
2. Peanut Butter White Chocolate: Measure out rice cereal and place in a large bowl.
3. In a small microwave proof bowl, put chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter.
4. Heat in the microwave and stir until smooth.
5. Stir in vanilla extract and then pour chocolate mixture over cereal. Stir to coat cereal.
6. Place powdered sugar in a ziplock back, dump cereal into bag, seal and shake until coated.
7. Dump cereal onto a cookie sheet, spread out and let cool for 20 minutes.
8. Peanut Butter Chocolate: Follow steps 2-7 but use your semi sweet chocolate chips instead. Also, add cocoa powder to powdered sugar.
9. After all cereal is cooled, mix together and add Peanut Butter Candies M&Ms.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Brownie Sundae Bowls

Howdy Loves!

   Sometimes we all need a simple delicious dessert.  A throw together simple and quick plate of goodness.  I have just the dessert for you!

It will require an edible bowls pan.  I was given this fabulous pan by a good friend last Christmas.  I can't wait to use the baby for all my Christmas goodies!!  The test drive did pretty well though.

1 Family size boxed brownie mix (I prefer Duncan Hines any time I use a box) and the ingredients it calls for on the back of the box.

Grease the pan well and fill it 2/3s full of batter. Follow baking directions but check it 5-10 mins early.

Once they cool you'll have the perfect sundae bowl!

Will with ice cream and your favorite toppings!!
Hot Fudge
And a cherry on top!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Move over Rudolph this years its about VIXEN

Hello my loves!
   I can't believe it is already December 1st!  Struggling to get into the holiday spirit I've started some recipes, Christmas movies, and holiday wrapping.  Bring it on Claus BRING IT ON!

As many of you know my signature color is red. So, when one of my friends, owner of Make Up Your Face, asked me to describe my dream polish for a blogger series naturally I was all about red.  We passed around ideas for a few days reworked the formula (ok ok Lauren reworked the formula while I was a rather picky customer).  When I finally got my new treasure in the mail I was beyond speechless.  It truly is the perfect red glitter top coat and I'm honored she made my dreams come true.
Red Dotted Vixen

Red Dotted Vixen aka My Dream Polish aka Love and Warmth in a bottle is a fabulous mix of matte and satin red glitters with an explosion of mircoglitter.
Retro Glam

I swatched it over Maybelline Color Show in "Green with Envy" and ring finger accent over Essie in "Marshmallow."  The mint green and white work perfectly with the bold red for a retro glam holiday manicure.
Essie Marshmallow

Ready to buy your own?  Well here is the link.  Want more bang for your buck?  Lacy was also asked for her dream polish.  I own it, it is like a gorgeous stained glass window in a bottle.  Swatches in a later blog BUT you can buy them in a set here.  Ok take a second to recover for all the glamorous glitter and go buy them!