Monday, December 31, 2012

Chic Your Eyes with Ease with Eye Majic!

Whether you are adept at applying your makeup, but just lack the time, or if you are a novice, but long the chic, sultry look of classic smokey eye-Eye Majic may be just the thing for you!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

The Best Beauty News on the Web! AKA: The Beauty Blog Coalition Weekly Roundup

  • Be Beautilicious: A must have black eyeshadow Inglot AMC 62 to create smokey looks on night outs and parties. Check out the look I created
  • Blushing Noir: This EOTD of Le Metier de Beaute's Nouvelle Vague Kaleidoscope shows you have to keep your look edgy and classy.
  • BeautyTidbits: Looking for an effective treatment for acne? Enter to Win CoralActives Acne Treatment Therapy System giveaway!
  • Confessions of a Sarcastic Mom: The Zoya Lovely collection is full of fun, airy pastels! See Destany's swatches.
  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Lola's Secret Beauty Blog loves vbeauté Evidence Eraser Gentle Foaming Cleanser because it is gentle on the skin, cleans thoroughly, and leaves your skin glowing!
  • TheFabZilla: TheFabZilla shares how to glow without looking oily this holiday!
  • Beauty Info Zone: Have you picked a favorite subscription box? Marcia from Beauty Info Zone likes PopSugar Must Have since it's so different. Read about the latest box.
  • Emily Hudspeth, hair design and makeup artist: I was chosen to receive the Influenster Holiday VoxBox!
  • Mama Fashionista: Quinn of Mama Fashionista invites you to shop with her, and build your winter wardrobe!
  • My Newest Addiction Beauty Blog: Laura from My Newest Addiction Beauty Blog shared her opinion of Anastasia Beverly Hills Hypercolor Brow and Hair Powder.
  • Portrait of Mai: For only $10, Bite Beauty's Luminous Creme Lipstick Palette is well worth it. Swatches and a review at Portrait of Mai
  • Saturday, December 29, 2012

    The Beauty Blogazon Weekly Roundup! (12-28-2012)

    Friday, December 28, 2012

    Kiss the Night Away with NYC Smooch Proof 16HR Lipstain! (Swatches)

    As I confessed in my December MAC Matters post, even on the occasions I wear something on my lips other than balm, after the initial application, I oftentimes forget to go through the process of reapplication when the product inevitably wears off. Well New York Colors solves that problem with their Smooch Proof 16HR Lipstain!

    For swatches and color descriptions, keep reading!

    A Trip to Margaritaville! AKA: The Drink of the Week!

    (You all are already familiar with my talented hubby's photography, but this marks his first written contribution to Mama Fashionista-and the introduction of a regular series "The Drink of the Week.")

    Wastin’ away in Margaritaville indeed...

    One sip of the Margaritaville 5 O'Clock Cocktails Island Lime Margarita, and I was whisked away to the tropics, sitting in front of a stage watching Jimmy Buffett strum his six string with the crowd singing along. Well not exactly, but you get the idea. Sure, there’s nothing like a strong, authentic, two sip tipsy, salt around the rim margarita. But, if you don’t have the time or the budget, these cocktails are a pretty good option with a potent 8% alcohol content.   

    As in most households over the holidays, the liquid libations were in full effect at our abode. From vodka, to tequila, to rum, to beer and back again, the Island Lime beverages were definitely among the crowd favorites. Sure it’s not as smooth or as relaxing as sipping a goblet of Grand Marnier, but it’s fun, and the amount of empty bottles that I put out on the curb was evidence that our guests agreed.

    Now while the Corona bottles stacked almost just as high, all in all, Margaritaville 5 O'Clock Cocktails Island Lime Margarita  is a great alternative to beer. Served ice cold, there’s a nice hint of lime, and they manage to give you a smooth, pretty authentic margarita feel. Let’s be honest, when it comes to alcoholic beverages, there are many levels of enjoyment. If the sophistication of a good cognac is what you’re craving, then this is probably not the drink for you, but if good times and good laughs with good friends is your objective, go ahead and give these a try. You might be pleasantly surprised...

    Thursday, December 27, 2012

    Take Your Tips on a Trip to Oz With LE Nail Lacquers from OPI Inspiredby Disney’s Oz

    OPI announces the launch of six limited edition nail lacquers and a new Liquid Sand™ shade, inspired by Disney’s Oz The Great and Powerful. With an all-star cast that includes James Franco and Michelle Williams, this highly-anticipated film opens in theaters on March 8, 2013.

    OPI is very excited to take this fantastical journey with Disney,” explains Suzi Weiss-FischmannOPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “Inspired by the magic of Oz The Great and Powerful, this SoftShades collection captures the whimsy seen in the film, from glittery shades packed with white, gold and silvery iridescent confetti – Lights of Emerald City, When Monkeys Fly! and Which is Witch? – to soft neutrals in white, beige and pink – Don’t Burst My Bubble, Glints of Glinda and I Theodora You

    (For pictures and descriptions of all the shades in the line, follow the jump)

    December 2012 MAC Matters Purchase-The Eyes Have It Again!

    Before I share what I purchased for this month's installment of MAC Matters, here's a brief recap of what this whole shindig is about:

    This series is the brain child of the fabulous Pam of Pammy Blogs Beauty. She basically decided that instead of continuing a subscription to a beauty box service, she'd use the money ($21) to build a core collection of products from MAC Cosmetics. I read about it and immediately asked if I could do it with her.

    Here are the rules for the MAC Matters Makeup Challenge:

    Goal: Build a core MAC Collection using an average of $21.00 per month. (Pam came up with this amount because it is what she was spending on a monthly subscription service that she decided to cancel.)Purchase at least one item a month: If the item is under $21, save the remainder for the next month. While there are many items priced under $21, there are plenty that are over the $21 range that we can save for. Some months, we will be "saving" the $21 to go towards a bigger MAC purchase.
    Do a monthly blog post to share what we purchased! The goal is to continue this series for 12 months to see what kind of core collection we each can build! (I also think it will be very interesting to see the difference in the products we choose to purchase and what constitutes a "core collection" for us individually.)

    Last month, my first MAC Matters purchase was an empty Pro Palette Eye Shadow x 4 and All That Glitters eye shadow...

    Keep reading to see what I purchased this month!

    Wednesday, December 26, 2012

    Welcome to Emerald City! AKA: Pantone's 2013 Color of the Year

    Pantone LLC, the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, announced PANTONE® 17-5641 Emerald, a lively, radiant, lush green as the color of the year for 2013.

    The 2012 color of the year, PANTONE 17-1463 Tangerine Tango, a spirited reddish orange, provided the energy boost we needed to recharge and move forward. Emerald, a vivid verdant green, enhances our sense of well-being further by inspiring insight, as well as promoting balance and harmony.

    Monday, December 24, 2012

    The Beauty Blog Coalition's Weekly Roundup! (12-24-2012)

  • BlushingNoir: Is the MAC Taste Temptations Quad really so tempting? Check out the EOTD and see for yourself!
  • Confessions of a Sarcastic Mom: Destany showcases some Went Wild Wild Shine lipsticks!
  • datyorkLOVES: datyorkLOVES Weekly filled with nail art, current events, challenges and more!
  • Painted Ladies: Painted Ladies has partnered with Cetaphil and is giving away a $100 Visa Gift Card and has a $3 coupon, as well!
  • TheFabZilla: If you give love a bad name or you're livin' on a prayer , then you know why TheFabZilla snagged this palette. Bon Jovi fan? die hard here! So will she be laying down in a bed of roses with the Balm's Balm Jovi Rockstar Palette?
  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: "New Year's Resolutions From 8 Beauty Experts" article by Katie Jones, from My Daily, Features Lola's Secret Beauty Blog!
  • Beauty Professor: Rouge Bunny Rouge has a new foundation, Skin Sanctuary, and the Beauty Professor has swatches of all shades!
  • Mama Fashionista: Got gift cards? Here are some awesome ways to treat your tips (and use that gifted plastic)!
  • Emily Hudspeth, hair and makeup: DIY Sugar Scrub- A great holiday gift!
  • Icy Nails: Erika got sidetracked from her polish obsession and reviewed the Too Faced Shadow Bon Bons Palette for Christmas/Holiday 2012.
  • BeautyJudy: BeautyJudy got the marriage proposal of a polish addict's dreams, complete with Nicole by OPI and "Unicorn Puke!"
  • Beauty Info Zone: Learning about a new cosmetic company is always fun for us at Beauty Info Zone. We are excited to share with you some Christina Choi cosmetics. You'll be impressed.
  • The Advice Sisters: Have you looked at Avon's holiday products? They're pretty amazing at an amazing price. The Advice Sisters highlight some of the best of Avon Holiday Beauty
  • BeautyTidbits: Still need to find that perfect gift for your loved ones? Check out the World Vision Gift Catalog for a selection gifts that give back this Christmas. Plus enter to win a Thai Silk Scarf!
  • Endless Summer: Elena reviews Russian monthly subscription beauty box - GlamBox.
  • Beauty by Miss L: This week Miss L created purple smokey eye look.
  • http://mimismanisandotherbeauty.blogspot.com/: Destany shows us some yummy looking nails

  • Friday, December 21, 2012

    Shop With Me: Winter Solstice Edition

    There is no rhyme or reason to my selections, other than they are all awesome and pretty and I want them!  And if you see anything you want, just click on the picture and it will take you right where you need to go. Plus, if you scroll over the picture it will tell you how much it's currently selling for! I try to make it super easy for you to shop with me! Enjoy!

    Thursday, December 20, 2012

    Bath and Body Works' Love Love Love AKA: Today's Smell Good

    Y'all know I love fragrance! I'm constantly using something different because so many different things smell so good to me and I tend to choose scents according to my mood. Today I selected Love Love Love from Bath and Body Works and am utterly intoxicated with its sweet effervescence! The first time I used it, I was sort of overwhelmed by how much it smelled like grape Jolly Ranchers, and I contemplated exchanging it (gotta love the 100% satisfaction guarantee that BBW has), but I'm SO GLAD I gave it another shot. This stuff is GOOD! And how much do you love the labels?!?! They're like a beautiful Monet!

    Anyway, BBW describes the scent as "a lovely trio of white plum, peony petals and glittering vanilla musk." The top notes are succlulent berries, white plum, and juicy pear (which I suppose accounts for my thoughts of grape flavored hard candies), with mid notes of peony petals, lily of the valley, and freesia (and I am all about some freesia). All I know is, regardless of the description, my nose says it smells so so good! Bright and fruity/floral; just an uber feminine and unique fragrance. This is the perfect little fragrant pick me up to help you brighten up any gray day.

    Have you tried Love Love Love yet? What's your favorite BBW scent? What fragrance to you turn to to uplift your mood? My inquiring mind wants to know! Leave a comment below and let me know what you think! Until next time...

    Wednesday, December 19, 2012

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

    Give the Gift of Good Skin!

    I'm going to skip the ceremony, because by now you lovelies know that if I'm sharing it, I'm loving it! Here are a few of my favorite body products right now, and if you're into the holidays and giving gifts and all, these are perfect for sharing!

    Monday, December 17, 2012

    I Started an Obsession! AKA: Gifts For Guys from The Art of Shaving

    Remember the Gift Guide a did a few days back geared towards the fellas? Well, I really started some what of an obsession for my father with that! I gave him the Art of Shaving Kit I featured in that post...

    Sunday, December 16, 2012

    Bring Local Flavors to the Table with Winn-Dixie!

    My family doesn’t partake in the traditional celebrations of holidays, but I can honestly say that I do enjoy the “holiday season.” I see it as an opportunity to take advantage of awesome sales and most importantly, enjoy some much needed, extended family time. My home does not feel complete to me until my hubby walks in the door, so I love when he has the day off to spend with us. Not to mention that if he has a few consecutive days off, we often trek down to see my parents and spend quality time with them as well. Of course, cooking (and sometimes baking) comes in to play on these occasions. My father and I share a deep love for baked goods and confections and though I don’t bake often, when I do, I try to make it something special, which doesn’t mean fancy, just delicious!

    I’ve been cooking since I was about 12 years old; I’m the oldest of three and my mother and father worked outside of the house. Preparing dinner started as a way for me to help fill a need for my family and help out my mother. I soon discovered that I have a knack for it. I’ve never been one to follow recipes per say. I have found that when I cook off the cuff, I tend to prepare the best dishes. Now that I’m married and have a family of my own, cooking has taken on an even bigger role in my daily duties-as a SAHM, I find myself cooking 2-3 meals a day, at least 5 days a week. I see it as an act of love and care for my family and I can’t describe the joy I feel when one them tells me that what I prepared tastes good!

    I love to cook. In fact, my family knows that there must be something wrong with me if I ever utter the phrase “I don’t feel like cooking.” There is something very relaxing to me about the process of preparing a meal or dish and the satisfaction I feel, knowing that I am doing something necessary for my loved ones, that they will really enjoy, really speaks to something within my soul. It’s part of my nurturing nature that connects with the whole act of cooking-not to mention the fact that I love to eat!

    I was born and raised in the South, and reside in the South still, with my family. There are certain dishes that are staples to Southern culture when it comes to big occasions or family gatherings: collard greens (we prefer ours spiked with red pepper flakes and with a smoked turkey leg), sweet potato casserole (with the requisite mini marshmallow blanket), copious amounts of stuffing/dressing (my dad uses a recipe that’s been passed down for generations), deep fried turkey (or some other form of delectable poultry as my father does not partake of pork or red meat), and often times a candy glazed ham (to appease the rest of us with less strict dietary requirements). My contribution to this feast is dessert-pound cake!

    Friday, December 14, 2012

    I Just Can't...

    I won't be posting today. Maybe not even Saturday or Sunday. I will be holding my girls and savoring every precious moment with my babies. "Time and unforeseen occurrence befall us all." Please take the time to love. Let go of anger and hate. I don't know what else to say...



    Thursday, December 13, 2012

    Everybody Loves a Winner! AKA: My Win from The Organized Parent and Cid Pear

    If you know me IRL, you know that I have had a life long obsession with pens and paper. I can't really explain it, other than perhaps it's the writer in me-I'm so paranoid that the perfect line/thought will come to me and I will not have pen and paper on hand to write it down. And even in this age of technology, where just about everything can be accomplished via your handy dandy smart phone (I heart you iPhone 5), for me there is nothing that compares to the satisfaction of exorcising my thoughts by putting pen to paper. So I collect. And collect. One of the subcategories of paper that I collect (because each notebook/pad/etc. is meant for totally unique purposes) are organizers and pads for lists. In that vein, I recently had the pleasure of winning a giveaway from The Organized Parent (one of my favorite organizational sites) that included one of the most awesomest (yeah I said "awesomest") prizes ever!

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

    A Last Minute Gift Giving Guide FOR the Guys!

    I talk a lot about beauty goodies for the ladies and for the kiddies, but what about the menfolk? They like to look and smell good too! And if they don't, well it's our job as ladies to lead them in that direction. Men can be notoriously difficult to shop for (or perhaps it's just the men in my life), but it is possible to get your guys the perfect present! For the ultimate luxury, you can  transform his daily grooming regimen from a chore into a masculine ritual. Selecting the right gift has never been easier; just use his personality as a guide. So here are a few suggestions for some  lovely gifts for the various men in your life, like your father (or father in law or boyfriend's father),  or your brother, and especially for your man (because there is nothing in the world like a good smelling man)...

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012

    A War of the Roses Where Everybody Wins! AKA: A Gift Guide

    Fresh roses are awesome (if you're into that sort of thing), but they're pretty for a while and then they die... and leave a mess. So if you want to give the gift of roses, perhaps ponder something a bit more permanent-like skincare!

    Bath and Body Works' Cashmere Glow AKA: Today's Smell Good!

    Y'all know I love fragrance! I'm constantly using something different because so many different things smell so good to me and I tend to choose scents according to my mood. Today I selected Cashmere Glow from Bath and Body Works and feel cocooned in luxurious warmth. This stuff is GOOD! And I love the little touch of rose gold they added to the packaging with the caps; it adds to the overall luxe effect of the the product.

    Anyway, BBW describes the scent as "a warm blend of golden peach and shimmering vanilla with a heart of soft cashmere musk, inspired by being wrapped in luxury." Um yeah... I think they hit the nail on the head with that description (and I tend to think those little tidbits are a tad corny)! Reading it helps me to understand why I love it so-I'm all about peach anything! I find the fragrance to be rich, warm, and sexy-perfect for the fall/winter and exactly the right thing to spritz when you want to cuddle up with your honey.

    Right now, Bath and Body Works has a gorgeous gift set that is perfect to give (or receive/keep) and it's a pretty great value too at $32.50...

    Cashmere Glow Splish Splash Gift Set (photo via Bath and Body Works)

    The gift set includes a glamourous, reusable, glittered bath tub with the Signature Shower Gel (10 oz.), Body Lotion (8 oz.), Fragrance Mist (8 oz.), Triple Moisture Body Cream (10 oz.), and small sponge. 

    Have you tried Cashmere Glow yet? What's your favorite BBW scent? My inquiring mind wants to know! Leave a comment below and let me know what you think! Until next time...

    Monday, December 10, 2012

    Honey Curls 4 Step System Set AKA: A Curly Girl Chronicle

    If you follow me on Instagram (which you really should be doing), then you got a bit of a preview of this CGC. Honey Curls is a cruelty free hair care line (targeted towards the junior market) from Canada. This is my first time using them, and at first my expectations weren't high (idk exactly why, probably because they have no discernible scent), but now I am super impressed. My curls look fantastic, shiny, and defined AND I'm pretty sure the amount of shrinkage that usually occurs was reduced. I used all four products as directed, and my hair is not crunchy, sticky, or heavy. I think I may be in love...

    Friday, December 7, 2012

    Gift the "Hostess with the Mostess" with Roux Maison!

    I hate doing laundry. Well, technically, I hate folding laundry and putting it away. The sorting and actual washing is ok-but I hang a lot of our clothes to dry to in order to maintain their size, color, and shape and it's a general pain in my backside. But I digress...

    I think it has been fairly well established that I like for things to smell good. That goes for my household products as well, including laundry detergent. So I surely would not turn up my nose (or even be mildly offended) if someone graciously gifted me with the luxury, eco friendly goodness that is Roux Maison laundry products..

    Tuesday, December 4, 2012

    "Now That's Some High Quality H2O!" AKA: Hint Water (A GMYMO Post)

    Confession time: I don't like water. I try to force myself to drink it, because I know that I need it and it's good for me and all, but the fact is... I really don't like it. Every day we go through the same routine to make our skin look beautiful – wash, moisturize, and apply makeup. But in order to make our skin really beautiful, we have to go beyond our regular routine and learn about the functions of skin and the many ways to keep it healthy. This includes staying hydrated and drinking plenty of water. While this used to be a huge struggle for me, it has gotten easier recently, and one of the reasons why is Hint Water...

    Your Shoe Addiction Doesn't Have to Break the Bank! AKA: A Special Offer from ShoeDazzle

    Give the gift of style! Don't miss your chance to stock up on great gifts (for you or the shoe lover in your life) this holiday season from ShoeDazzle, during their buy two for the price of one event! This offer is only valid for a limited time and on select styles, so shop now before this deal is gone! As a ShoeDazzle customer, you’ll find shoe, handbag and accessory recommendations chosen by a team of Hollywood stylists. Best of all, you can find items as low as $39.95! AND for a limited time only, ShoeDazzle has extended their two for the price of one event. Offer only valid on select styles. Happy Shopping!

    My Top ShoeDazzle Pick:

    Triumph (photo via ShoeDazzle)

    Monday, December 3, 2012

    It's So Glitterful! AKA: December Julep "Unboxing"/Mani Monday!

    I was super SUPER excited about this box as soon as I saw the preview! Literally, I was in anxious anticipation of the "shipped" email, and when I began to see photos of other mavens with their boxes, I eagerly awaited the arrival of mine! The offerings this month were so bombdiggity in my opinion, that I even opted to get an add on purchase (which I'll cover in a separate post)! Behold the glory that is the December Julep Maven It Girl Box...

    A Stroll in the Park! AKA: An OOTD Post

    We took advantage of the unseasonably warm weather and headed down to the park for a couples' photo shoot. It was an absolutely gorgeous day and we discovered so much in the park that we never noticed before. The hubby got incredible shots of the city and the girls, and attempted to get some good shots of me-and I've come to the conclusion that I need to drop a few more LBs before I'm comfortable in front of the camera (though I am making good progress on the weight loss front since I weaned the baby and am no longer constantly ravenous). Anyway, here are the shots of me (and the lil bits) that I did not veto...

    Sunday, December 2, 2012

    The Best Beauty News on the Web! AKA: The Beauty Blog Coalition's Weekly Roundup

  • Midnight Manicures: Check out swatches of Zoya's Gilty Pleasures Limited Edition Trio which includes an 18k gold flaky top coat. Enter to win your own Zoya Gilty Pleasures Trio and 5 of Zoya's most popular nail treatments!
  • Confessions of a Sarcastic Mom: Two lovely Nubar polishes are featured!
  • datyorkLOVES: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 Movie Review & Nails
  • TheFabZilla: So you want the best gift to your sister, mom and bff at a reasonable price. TheFabZilla shares her best holiday gifts for $25 and under.
  • BlushingNoir: BlushingNoir shows you her favorite way to use the Chanel Harmonie du Soir Quadra Eye Shadow
  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Lola's Secret Beauty Blog is in love with Susan Thompson Cosmetics Mim's The Word Liquid Blush- enter for your chance to win your very own liquid pink perfection!
  • Pammy Blogs Beauty: It is time for another Birchbox Box Opening! Pammy Blogs Beauty shares what is inside November's Birchbox!
  • BeautyTidbits: Harshleen from BeautyTidbits is giving away 5 bottles of Josie Maran Argan Oil Hair Serum. Enter to win!
  • Beauty Info Zone: It's time to think about the kids and their stocking stuffers. Lush has a product that will bring them nothing but fun.
  • My Newest Addiction Beauty Blog: Laura from My Newest Addiction Beauty Blog shows you the beautiful ghd Pink Cherry Blossom styler!
  • Polarbelle: Polarbelle found a great all-around face palette by Khroma Beauty - Khloe's Kardazzle. You're going to love it!
  • Beauty by Miss L: Miss L shows her cute manicure done with Models Own nail polish in Indian Ocean which is very pretty duo chrome.
  • Mama Fashionista: Forget Calgon! Mama Fashionista shares why the scent of White Sands Orchid Bliss Shampoo and Conditioner transports her (and makes her hair pretty too)!
  • Sweet Tart Beauty : Onsen Secret believes in developing products that will help your skin renew and protect itself from day to day stress
  • Beauty Professor: After a month of usage, the Beauty Professor reviews the Somme Institute 5-Step skincare regimen!
  • Curls N Pearls: This week, Christina from Curls N Pearls reviews Sally Hansen's Insta-Gel Strips, an easy 2 step gel manicure in a strip with no dry time & that removes easily with acetone polish remover.  Click through for a review, tutorial, tips and tricks!
  • Lipgloss Break: Angela from Lipgloss Break tells you how she can't live without the Clarisonic Mia 2.
  • The Advice Sisters: Lip colors are magic wands that can change your look and how you feel, in just one swipe. Alison Blackman of advicesisters.net explores some of the season's best colors and products
  • Fabulous Awesomeness: Mina Slater reviewed the Ofra Pro Palette, a magnetic eyeshadow palette by Ofra Cosmetics. Plus she's having a giveaway for Ofra eye primer and the eyeshadow palette!
  • The Lacquered Lady: Ready for some new nail polish? The Lacquered Lady swatches polishes from the Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Apart inspired collection from China Glaze.
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