My Newest Skin Score: Glamglow Holiday Set

GlamGlow Holiday Set

After scoping out dozens of makeup and beauty sales for the Black Friday-Cyber Monday week, I only ended up getting this dream team of masques from GlamGlow. Naturally, I didn’t get this set on sale either. GlamGlow had exactly seven holiday sets to choose from. It still makes me a little weak to consider paying $70 for a full sized mask, and since I didn’t know which masque worked best for my skin, I settled on this set. I haven’t really tried any of the new items yet, but when I do, I’ll be sure to share!

Like most beauty sites now days, I was able to choose two freebies, which are the packets you see at the bottom of the picture. Since I signed up for an account, I also received a promo code for another mini.

Glam Glow Holiday Vs. Regular Size

Earlier this year, I purchased a 2013 GlamGlow set, half of it was hard and defective, but at least I got to play around with the Supermud. It’s one of the best masques I’ve ever used. My skin feels cleaner and smoother, and doesn’t feel dried out. This is basically just a comparison shot, so you can see the size I bought this year.

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Current Home Project: Dining Room Gallery Wall

Planning Our Gallery Wall

It takes me a really, really, really long time to make changes around the house. It’s hard for me to commit to furniture, new color, drapes –basically anything. Earlier this Summer, we got the whole first floor painted, took out our ratty carpet and refinished the beautiful floors that hid underneath, had an unsightly magnolia tree cut down and a few other things. But the house still needs more personality. It needs to look like us. So two weeks ago, my husband Josh said “Bailey, when the heck are we going to get this stack of frames off the floor?”. I’ve had pictures ready to be hung for over six months. It’s time to get down to it. I went over to Pinterest.

Overall, I realized that some people used different frames, others used the same frame. I kind of did a mixture of both, using various black frames, including the Ribba line from Ikea, and a bunch of Room Essentials frames from Target. My friend Amy even gave us a wooden plaque for a wedding gift, and it finally found a home on the gallery wall.

The hardest part was coming up with a pattern that I liked. Once that was set, I decided to work on filling the empty spaces. I framed a few sheets of fine paper from Paper Source.  It’s a really simple way to add temporary art around the house! Since Sunday is my free day, I’m spending time looking through my photo library and picking out a few new pictures. We want to incorporate family as much as possible. I’m still looking for a fun way to add the photo booth strips from the wedding, but they’ll chill on the shelf for now.

When this project (and a few others) are finally complete, it’ll be time for a home tour!

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#MACxNastyGal Lipstick Swatches and Review

#MACxNastyGal Lipstick Swatches and Review
The MAC x Nasty Gal collection is one of those collections that lights a fire in you. Know why? Because they give you a series of bold, beautiful lipsticks to really express yourself.

The three lipsticks are Runner (burgundy), Stunner (true red), and Gunner (deep purple). All of the lipsticks are matte, but they’re definitely on the creamier side. They don’t give you the dry “skidmarks” look. The lipsticks retail for $16 and are available on December 4th at maccosmetics.com and select retail locations.

Below, I’ve swatched all of the lipsticks in video and picture formats.

Snuck away for a few minutes to take some swatches at work (sorry I couldn’t swatch on my lips–if you want me to do a youtube video where I swatch and wear them, let me know)! Here are the three lipsticks from the #MACxNastyGal @maccosmetics @nastygal collab. The shades are Stunner (clean red), Runner (burgundy) and Gunner (deep purple). These are all matte shades, although they feel creamier than a typical MAC matte lipstick. This collection, along with a red nail lacquer, launches on December 4th (Jay-Z’s bday!) online and at select MAC locations. I’m sure most of these are dupable, but they are all really beautiful vivid shades. Be sure to tag a fellow lipstick lover! (Btw, @karenmbb and @temptalia have lip swatches)

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Get Your Nails Holiday Ready with Mischo Beauty

Mischo Beauty Holiday

This duo is the epitome of holiday glam! When I first saw this set on the Mischo Beauty Facebook page, I knew it was one of those sets that would be a huge hit. Seriously, red and gold is the perfect combination for this time of the year. I plan on purchasing this set after I get some tips put on. My nubs are making me want to yack, so I’m going to have to purchase some help to make them look decent. If you want your nails to look good and support small (Black) businesses, Mischo Beauty is perfect! Use code “CYBERMONDAY” to get free shipping!

The HSN Gift Guide

Let me tell you one of the biggest reasons why I love HSN. When Smashbox or Lancome or another brand is on, I learn to use the products directly from a top source. I learned how to apply Jet Set eyeliner and everything else just by watching HSN. In time for the holidays is the HSN Gift Store to help give you ideas for gifts to give a loved one or friend. Plus, you really can’t beat FlexPay! Break that payment down into bite sized pieces. It’s so much easier on your wallet. Here are a few of my suggestions for friends and family. 

Too Faced Natural Eyes Collection with LashGasm Mascara

I truly believe everyone needs a neutral eye shadow palette. This one even comes with a mascara to complete the look! Perfection.

Beats Solo2™ High-Definition Headphones with Carrying Case My husband is a dj, so he invested in a pair of these last year. Why did I try them? I was hooked after the first time I tried them. The sound quality is fantastic. It’s like real life surround sound!

Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24H Makeup I don’t own this foundation yet, but the ads with Lupita N’Yongo sold me a long time ago. This is a super lightweight foundation that gives the look of skin, not foundation.

Carol’s Daughter Monoi Ultimate Repair 4-piece Hair Set This Carol’s Daughter set is a winner because the Manoi line stops breakage where it started. I think that’s the perfect investment, don’t you?

Deborah Lippmann Rollin’ in the Deep and Va Va Voom Nail Lacquer Duo I own a few Deborah Lipmann polishes, and they are sublime. They have lots of pigment, and last for quite a while. I’ve always cherished the shades that I own, and I’d love to add these others to my collection.

IMAN Platinum Rock the Runway Genuine Leather Luxe Riding Boot and IMAN Platinum Rock the Runway Leather and Haircalf Weekender Bag The Iman Weekender bag and boots just scream chic. My mother and I always talk about the beautiful products that Iman offers, and these are two of the timeless pieces that we would definitely wear.

nyakio™ Kenyan Coffee Body Scrub with Sampler Nyakio is a brand that I found out about earlier this year. I love the mission and I love coffee. It only makes sense that I recommend this product!

Stories… by Kelly Osbourne Bow Pencil Skirt The Kelly Osbourne skirt has my name written all over it! I can’t get enough of that huge bow that’s front and center. I’m actually putting this in the HSN shopping cart for myself. : )

Wolfgang Puck Flip Belgian Waffle Baker I added this to the list because there are very few breakfast foods that I’m into–but I’m a fanatic of Belgian waffles. I’ve lived with my husband and bonus daughter for a year, and the item I told him we absolutely must purchase next is a Belgian waffle maker! There’s nothing like a warm, cozy waffle on an autumn or winter morning!

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