Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Shorts for Summertime (& a giveaway)

I don't really talk about fashion very often on my blog but lately I've had shorts on my mind. I typically stick to dresses in the summer but this year I've been a lot more into shorts-- the only issue is finding the perfect pair. If a pair is too long they make my legs appear short, if a pair is too short-- well that's just not cute on anyone. I'm linking up for Trending Tuesday to share this post today!

The nice thing about being on the shorter side is that shorts that normally might be too short on others, are the perfect appropriate length on me. 

I have a pair of patterned shorts I got from Forever 21 last year that I love-- mainly because they're extremely comfortable, plus they're black & white, so even though they have a pattern, any color top will match! F21 is great because you can get more trendy items and they're inexpensive, so if they're out of style or you're not into them the following year it's not a huge loss.

J Crew is another great option when it comes to shorts because not only do they have dozens of different colors and prints-- they come in different lengths!

Where is your favorite place to shop for shorts? I like to stock up once summer has been in full swing for a while because you're more likely to come across some pretty good deals or coupon codes! J Crew currently has 40% off shorts! 

And because it's the third week in July that means another Christmas in July giveaway! This week you have the chance to win a gift card to Victoria's Secret. You could stock up on some shorts or use it for whatever you like!

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Ulta Haul (NYX & L'OREAL)

I love when Ulta does the 40% off sale on brands like L'Oreal, Neutrogena, and NYX. It gives me the perfect excuse to try a few new drugstore products I've had my eye on. The usual Buy 1 Get 1 50% off is nice, but it's really not even that good of a deal if you think about it! I'm all for a sale where you get a discount on every item! Especially these days when I feel like many drugstore prices are rather high for the quality you often get.

What I do not love about Ulta is that it took four days just to process my order and then I was notified that some of my items were out of stock and completely removed from my order! I understand items being out of stock, but I don't get why they wouldn't be shipped out when available? Who knows, it's not a huge deal but I was a little disappointed.

On to the products I did receive... Its been a while since I tried a new lip product so I picked up the L'Oreal Colour Riche Extraordinary Lip Color. I was really torn between the shades scarlet concerto and rose sympathy so I ended up getting both of them-- using the price as the justification.

When I first tried scarlet concerto I thought I was going to hate these "liquid" lipsticks & was a little mad I ordered two, buuuut after figuring out the best way to apply them + how much product was needed I was in love! They are seriously the most moisturizing lip product I've tried in a long time- it feels like you have your favorite lip balm on- not a gorgeous color with shine!

These appear to be similar to the Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stain so I would love to compare!

I'm a huge fan of the NYX cream blushes and have heard the powder blushes are just as good. I chose terra cotta solely based on swatches I saw online & I was a little nervous it was going to be too shimmery but it's actually not that bad. The blush felt soft when I swatched it, but it didn't pick up as much product as I was expecting- hence why my swatch is not very good.

According to EssieButton terra cotta is a really good dupe for NARS luster. I'm interested to see how this applies on my face- it's really copper-toned, which is pretty, but I worry it might be a hint too orange for my skin tone.

Terra Cotta; Rose Sympathy; Scarlet Concerto
I've been on the fence about purchasing the Tarte Amazonian Clay foundation in a summer shade. I had a few samples during early spring and I fell in love with the coverage and finish. I had planned on purchasing it in my summer shade, but my skin has been about a thousand times better so I don't need as much coverage right now- I'd rather wait and buy it in a lighter shade in the fall/winter.

Looking for a lighter base I picked up the L'Oreal Magic Skin BB Cream in medium. I tried a sample of this forever ago and remember liking it, so for $5.99 I figured it was worth trying for a summer skin base. You can see from the swatch below it comes out as a white product with tiny flecks of color & when you blend it in, the color applies.

l'oreal magic skin bb cream

My first impression is pretty good- the color looks like it's going to work for me & from what I can tell from swatching, I like the finish! The one thing I'm not crazy about is the scent but it doesn't linger so that's a plus. If I end up liking it (or really not liking it) I'll possibly do a review post in the future! For now I found this video showing a pretty good before & after.

Have you tried any new drugstore products recently?

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Peanut Butter Cup Peanut Butter Cookie Bites

A few weeks ago I got a mini muffin pan, and it might be the cutest gadget type item in my kitchen! I had been looking all over pinterest for some good recipes to try out and came across these delicious peanut butter cup cookies. I'm linking up with Mary and Emily today-- make sure to check out their linkups for more recipes!

Monday, July 14, 2014

My Mini MAC Lipstick Collection

mac lipstick

I'm back with the second Christmas in July giveaway featuring 2 MAC lipsticks and 1 lipglass of your choice! I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to share my (small) MAC lip product collection.

Angel; Impassioned; Dark Side

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

BBQ/Buffalo Chicken Pockets with Crescent Rolls

I always see people making the most creative things out of crescent rolls, so when I saw them on sale at the grocery store I finally decided to pick up a container. I came across these seemingly easy recipes for BBQ chicken and buffalo chicken pockets and thought it was the perfect thing to try.

Pillsbury Crescent Rolls (I used the butter flakey version-- they were good but rich!)
Cooked shredded chicken (I used 3 thin sliced chicken breasts)
Toppings of your choice (sauces, cheese, onions, peppers, etc.)

1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees
2. When you unroll your crescent rolls there should be 4 large rectangles or 8 triangles-- you'll want to fuse together the triangles to make 4 rectangles for the top and 4 for the bottom of the sandwich/pocket.
3. On an un-greased cookie sheet place two rectangles, top with chicken mixed with sauce of your choice and other toppings.
4. Place the other rectangles on top of the filling and fuse together the ends-- as you would press a pie crust.
5. Bake for 18-20 minutes.

I made two different kinds... I'm a buffalo chicken girl, so I mixed the chicken with buffalo sauce and then topped with greens once it was cooked.

My husband used a sweet & spicy BBQ sauce, cheddar cheese, and red onions as his filling. He said this was definitely one of the best recipes I've made yet!

I was worried the bottom might get soggy, but the crust was perfectly light and crispy! I love how easy the recipe was to really make your own, and I already know this is going to be a quick and easy staple throughout the summer when we just want a quick weekend lunch or dinner!

As big of a buffalo fan as I am? Check out these other recipes:

What is your favorite thing to make with crescent rolls?

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Why I Blog

When Nadia emailed me about the Virtual Blog Tour I thought it sounded like a really fun idea. Plus it was the perfect opportunity to talk a little bit about why I love blogging since it's something I've never really posted about. Nadia is a Canadian blogger who shares posts on beauty, fashion, and lifestyle! She has great product recommendations & has swatching beauty products down to an art! Definitely check out her blog if you haven't already!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

June Favorites (2014)

june beauty favorites

Writing a post on my June favorites was actually a little bit depressing because it meant June was already coming to an end. How does that even happen? Anyway... June dug up some old makeup favorites and a couple new things in the skin care department.