I would not be mad at any of these gifts. Reblogging – Christmas Gift Guide for her (mostly) 2016 — poorpartygirl

2 Dec

BLOG-Mas DAY 1 Hello and welcome to the first Blogmas post. This is a guide aimed mostly at a female recipiant. Gift giving is very personal so I chose things I would pick out for persons I know or want to receive mysef. I have tried to offer up selections at varying pricepoints from budget […]

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Budget Friendly Make-Up Look For the Corporate Dwellers

1 Dec

I seldom do make-up look posts, but I sort of liked how this turned out.  I work in super corporate America, so I have to pretty tame with my look.

Here is what I used:

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I used a good mix of drugstore and higher end brands.

Beautyblender

E.L.F. setting spray.  You can read a prior review here.

NYX shadow pallette in Love in Rio.  I never did a full review of this, but mentioned it briefly in an Ipsy reveal.  If you guys want to see a full review, let me know🙂

L’Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder foundation.  I haven’t reviewed this at all!  I can’t believe it.  I will post a full review soonish.

Anastasia Beverly Hills eye brow duo

Urban Decay Primer Potion

Cargo blush

and the finished look:

I’m totally showing of my hair too, because I was kinda feeling it.

Hope you enjoyed reading!

~Anna

REBLOGGING! Enter this awesome giveaway!!! JORD Wooden Watches + Giveaway | Perfect Holiday Gifts! —

29 Nov

JORD If you have been following my posts for a while now, you would know that I am passionate for anything natural, handmade, and unique. JORD is all that and much more. They create esthetic wooden timepieces that are modeled after a modern lifestyle. Their watches are sustainable, efficient, and OH SO BEAUTIFUL. When I…

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Autumn/Winter Shoe Favourites ♡

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Not beauty related, but fashion is just as important. And comfy feet🙂

Last month I posted about my favourite fashion items for Autumn but I thought i’d elaborate and write about my favourite types of shoes to wear around this time of year.

Ankle Boots 

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When I think of footwear for this time of year I instantly think of ankle boots, they look good with jeans, skirts and dresses which makes them so versatile. I love this pair from the Truffle collection at ASOS, the cut out detail is a nice added touch and they are pretty comfortable!

Lace Up Boots

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Along the theme of boots is another favourite of mine, I think lace up boots look good on everyone and look great with so many things. They also remind me of my favourite Van Gogh painting, strange but true fact. I like this pair because they add a bit of needed height without the pain of a super high heel. These are from…

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Review – Soap & Glory Hand Food

25 Nov

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Every time I look at this package, I think it says Hand FOOT.

Alas, it is a hand cream, not a foot cream.  And what a wonderful hand cream it is!

Here is what Soap and Glory says:

NON-GREASY HYDRATING HAND CREAM

Contains shea butter, macadamia oil and marshmallow . Scented with our Original Pink™ fragrance. The most astonishing hand cream ever? You decide!
My thoughts
It smells so nice.
It’s very hydrating.  I usually reach for this when my hands are dry and shriveled.  Within seconds of layering this one, my hands feel smooth and hydrated.  Best of all, the hydration lasts through a few hand washings.
Coincidentally, this does work really nice on the feet too🙂
Will I repurchase?
Yes!  It’s super affordable and available at my local Walgreens.
Have you tried Soap and Glory?  Do you like it?
Thanks for stopping by!
~Anna

Sephora Play! November Reveal

23 Nov

Unlike Ipsy or Birchbox, which have some level of customization, I don’t believe Play! varies much from customer to customer.  At any rate, I don’t see a lot of these reveals for Play!, so I don’t feel like this is totally useless.  If you aren’t familiar with Sephora Play!, it’s a monthly beauty box subscription for $10.00 USD a month plus tax.

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Maison Margiela perfume sample.  I always like to get perfume samples because I love changing up my scents.

Glam Glow Thirstymud Hydrating Treatment

Caudalie Moisturizing Sorbet

Cover FX Illuminating Primer

Laura Mercier Cavier Stick Eye Shadow – LOVE THIS ALREADY

Sephora Collection Ultra Shine Lip Gel.

I’m not entirely sure how I feel about Sephora including their own brand in the subscription. I do like the Sephora brand, but I don’t know if I want to see it as part of the boxes.

Thanks for reading!

~Anna

November Birchbox Reveal

22 Nov

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Phyto Paris Ultra Moisturizing Hair Mask.  This sample is huge!  1.7 oz.  I’m very excited to try this.

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye Cream.

Benefit Porefessional Primer.  I’ve tried this so many times, and still have some left over from another subscription.  So, I’m not super excited about it.

Oribe Superfine Hair Spray.  I’ve received an Oribe product 2 years ago, and I still haven’t finished it.  So, I’m not thrilled to get another one.

Coastal Scents blush and bronzer duo.  I always like blush and this shade is really pretty.  That bronzer is pretty light though.

Lastly, a tiny sample of Porefessional Matte Rescue.  I’m assuming this will be similar to other oil inhibiting products on the market, and I’m looking forward to using it.

Sadly, I didn’t receive a Wet Brush.  That may have only been for the European market.

I’m excited to review some of these!

What was in your Birchbox this month?

~Anna

Tips for the Holidays

21 Nov

Some good tips for this Holiday season. Take care of yourself and each other.

MakeItUltra™

holidays.jpgWritten by Official MakeItUltra™ Contributor: Caitlyn K., MA. (USA)

Founder of: Change Your Season


This time of year is a time for family, friends and loved ones to spend time together and reflect on the year that has been. While the holiday season is welcomed by many, it can also come with a lot of stressors. Here are 5 tips to get through the holiday season.

1. Take space if you need it
It is okay to get away from the gathering for a little bit to get some quiet time for yourself. It can be difficult and stressful to be around so many people with all of that noise and activity, especially if you have anxiety. Don’t be afraid to take some quiet time alone.

2. Don’t be afraid to indulge, but don’t overdo it
While it can be tempting to eat all of the amazing food and sweets…

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Empties – November 2016

21 Nov

It’s been a long time since I did an Empties post.  I was collecting my empties and intended to do a “season” empty for summer.  However, the amount of all my empty products grew into a huge bucket of containers and it overwhelmed the heck out of me.  So I though it all away and decided to start fresh with November.

In November, I have used up 4 whole things.

FOUR

HAHAHA  I feel like a cosmetic failure of some sort.

Behold:

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Listing items left to right:

Caress Daily Silk Body Wash $4.39 USD available at Walgreens.

Living Proof Perfect Day Dry Shampoo $22.00 USD available at Sephora.

Wild Ferns New Zealand Manuka Honey Ultra Rich Night Revival Creme $18.50 USD available at Amazon.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo $23.00 USD available at Sephora.

All these items are on regular rotation and I buy them frequently.

Thanks for reading!

Looking forward to reading everyone’s empties post.

~Anna

Review – Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation Moisturizer

20 Nov

It feels like I have been getting moisturizer samples a lot lately.  I’m actually not complaining, especially since we are coming into a harsh season, Winter.  Protecting your skin is a must.

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From Ole Henriksen’s website:

So sheer in texture, this luxurious oil-free cream feels light and silky as it penetrates the skin and helps fade discolorations such as freckles, age spots and sun damage without the use of chemicals. Instantly nourishes and retexturizes the skin, smoothes facial lines and provides intense free radical protection to prevent further damage.

BENEFITS

Actiwhite™: Prevents and corrects discoloration and evens skin tone with an effective combination of pea extract and sugar
Vitamin C: Stimulates collagen production
Fruit Acids: Retexturizes and smoothes lines
Sandalwood, Geranium, Licorice and Chamomile Extracts: Soothes, replenishes, balances and purifies the skin
Vitamin E: Heals, restores and nourishes the skin

MY THOUGHTS

I really enjoyed using this sample. I won’t say that this is some extreme special moisturizer, but it’s a very good moisturizer.  It is non-greasy, yet it doesn’t leave my skin dry.  I used it during the Summer to Fall transition weather, with fluctuating temps.  It help up very well, adjusting to my skin’s needs.

It’s not really scented, it has “a” scent, but it’s just sort of faint and nondescript.  Some can call it chemically.

As to how well it holds up to all the anti-aging claims, I don’t think the sample is large enough to see an actual difference in skin texture.  If you recall, I had to use the Pond’s cream double the time recommended by the brand to see any difference in my skin. Here is the link to that review.

Could it in theory make a difference?   Sure, but you would probably need to use this for about 8 weeks to see an improvement.

Would I purchase this?

For the price, no way.  This is a high end cosmetic price point.  I think there are less expensive products on the market that will do the job in that same time frame.

Are you a fan of Sheer Transformation?

Thanks for reading!

~Anna