Wednesday, March 27, 2013

FOTD: Lashy and Bright, Bold Lips!

A few weeks ago I bought the Milani lipstick in Rose Hip (14). Expect a review because I have some strong opinions about the formula. Anywho, since I wasn't going anywhere today I thought I would do a little experimenting. First off, today was the first day I tried to put on false lashes. The final result is alright, but I still need a little practice. I haven’t mastered how to get them completely aligned with my eye and I’m having some trouble with the ends- no biggie, though! I love pin-up looks and although this isn't exactly a pin-up look, I was a little inspired by that era.

The products...

 Lashy eyes and bright, bold lips: Hello, glamorous!

 What I’m wearing…
Foundation: Rimmel Lasting Finish in 100 Ivory.
Concealer: Hard Candy Glamoflauge in Light 
and Maybelline The Eraser in Brightener.
Eyeshadow: Covergirl Quad in Country Woods.
Eyeliner: Revlon Colorstay in Black.
Lashes: Salon Perfect in Demi Wispies.
Mascara: Covergirl Professional in Black.
Blush: Wet-n-Wild in Pearlescent Pink.
Lips: Milani Rose Hip

I love the lipstick, but it’s definitely a “sometimes” color. The lashes are very glamorous, but I think since I’m just starting out with false lashes (and my lashes are pretty decent), I think I’ll try some that aren't so dramatic.

Daily Dose of Pretty…
  • I’m on my 6th book of the semester…holy cow! Where has the time gone?! Two more books to go and thankfully the other two aren’t 700+ pages!
  •  Monday was grad fest and I picked up my cap and gown for graduation commencement on May 10th.
  • Since our engagement, I’ve been looking at some amazing places to (possibly) elope. Some that I’m in love with are Santorini, Greece; Hawaii, and Ross wants to go to either Fiji or Aruba. Ah! Decisions, decisions! 

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Creamy Mac and Cheese (for the Cheese Lover)

Ross and I are both cheese lovers...he more so than me. So, we stumbled across this recipe and tweaked it to what we like. This recipe is very fattening (but very delicious) so we only eat it on days when we want to indulge. 

What you'll need...
1 stick of Butter (half stick shown...we read the original recipe wrong when I took the picture)
1/2 cup All Purpose Flour
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/2 tsp. Pepper, to taste
1/2 tsp. Garlic (if you aren't a garlic fan, use a 1/4 tsp.)
2 cups (which is 1 pint) Half-and-Half
2 cups Milk
10 oz Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese
16 oz Sharp Cheddar Cheese
8 oz Mozzarella Cheese
1 (16oz) box of Elbow Macaroni

Note: Be sure to do all the prep work first or this will be kinda stressful! (:

Prep Work...
Flour, Salt, Pepper and Garlic Mix
about 10 oz of Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Chopped
2 Bowls: Mozzarella and Sharp Cheddar Cheese mixed together. 
About 4 oz Mozzarella Cheese and 8 oz Sharp Cheddar Cheese per bowl. 
My bowls are too small so 8 oz of Sharp wouldn't fit, but it will be added on top later.

Let's Get Started...
1. Cook macaroni according to box instructions. Cook al dente. 
2. In a big skillet, melt the butter over medium-high heat.
3. Gradually whisk in flour mixture until smooth.
4. Cook and whisk for 2 minutes.
5. Gradually whisk in half-and-half and milk.
6. Cook and whisk continually for 8-10 minutes, or until mixture is thickened.
7. Add one bowl that has the sharp cheddar and mozzarella mix. Stir until smooth.
8. Add in all of the extra sharp cheddar cheese. Stir until smooth.
9. Take skillet off stove burner and strain macaroni.
10. Mix together the cooked macaroni with cheese mixture. Transfer to a greased 13x9 casserole dish.  
11. Sprinkle cheese (sharp and mozzarella) left in bowl.
12. Bake in 350 degrees oven for 20 (may need to bake longer to crispy top.)

Pictures of the progress...

Butter, flour, half-and-half and milk mixture.
Added first bowl of cheese (mozzarella and sharp) and extra sharp cheese.
Combine drained macaroni with cheese mixture. Stir. 
Transfer to greased 13x9 casserole dish.
Sprinkle second bowl of mozzarella and sharp cheese on top.
My bowl was too small to add all of the sharp cheddar cheddar in the bowl, so I sprinkled the rest on top.
Baked at 350 for 20 minutes.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Update: Wet-n-Wild Coverall Cream Foundation broke me out!

Hello, Pretties! A few weeks ago I reviewed the Wet-n-Wild Coverall Cream Foundation and mentioned that the coverage was pretty good and for the price, it couldn't be beat! Well, sadly, I started breaking out a week ago and had a sneaky suspicion that the foundation was to blame. I was right! I quit using the products and the blemishes went away. I should also note that I was on Spring Break (reading, not partying- Lame!) so I wasn't stressed and I wasn't on my monthly!

How does this change my thoughts?
If you have acne prone skin (like I do), I'd say to pass on this foundation. Yeah, the price is great but breakouts aren't cute! If you don't have acne prone skin, you may like this foundation.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

NOTD: Maybelline Color Show Chiffon Chic (160)

While I was in Wal-Mart today, I stopped by the nail polish section to pick up a fabulous new shade to go with my fabulous new accessory  my engagement ring! I love the Color Show line from Maybelline. This is my third nail polish from the line and like the others, I'm in love! This is a gorgeous cool girly pink with a touch of purple undertones. This is such a lovely color and will be amazing for Spring/Summer. I know I will be getting tons of use out of it. 
I love the Color Show line from Maybelline. This is my third nail polish from the line and like the others, I'm in love! This is a gorgeous cool pink with a touch of purple undertones. This color will be amazing for Spring/Summer and I know I will be getting tons of use out of it. 

 Please forgive the fingerprint on the top of the bottle! (:
3 coats. 
Another ring picture! I am so excited that I can't help but show it off! 
Click Here to read about the proposal! (:

Monday, March 18, 2013

FOTD: Black Radiance 8-pan palette in Downtown Browns

Happy Monday, lovelies! I don't typically wear purple-y shades, but I woke up with a little extra pep in my step this morning and decided to use the lovely Black Radiance 8-pan palette in Downtown Browns. The colors are more on the purple side than brown, but are equally as gorgeous! I also busted out some products I don't use much, like my Almay liquid liner in Brown Topaz and Loreal Colour Juice gloss in 500 Watermelon Crush.

Face: Revlon Colorstay foundation in 150 Buff, Hard Candy Glamoflauge heavy duty concealer in Light and Maybelline Age Rewind Eraser in Brightener.
Cheeks: ELF blush in Fushia Fusion and Wet-n-Wild highlight in Reserve Your Cabana.
Eyes: Black Radiance 8-pan palette in Downtown Browns (left side), Almay liquid liner in Brown Topaz, Covergirl Professional Super Thick Lash mascara in Very Black and Loreal Volumnous Carbon Black mascara over the CG one.
Lips: Loreal Colour Juice lip gloss in 500 Watermelon Crush. 

Friday, March 15, 2013

NOTD: Salon Perfect Pure Azure (113)

In natural light.
In artificial light. 

I have been on a mission the past few months to find the perfect periwinkle nail polish. I bought Essie's Lapiz of Luxury several months back and hated it! The color was so sheer that I needed two or three coats of a natural-nude color as a base and then I still needed three or four coats of the Essie polish. Needless to say, I am done with using Lapiz of Luxury! I was in Wal-Mart last night and noticed there was a new nail polish display that had Salon Perfect; the polishes are $3.98! In scoping out the the isle, I noticed a periwinkle polish and for some reason, I knew it would work for me. When I got home I painted my nails and now I am completely obsessed with the color!

Pure Azure (#113)
This is a true periwinkle (mix of blue and purple) with a creme finish. I used 3 coats, but probably could have gotten away with two.

Daily Dose of Pretty...
  • Exciting news: Ross and I are engaged! He asked me on Wedensday and we are so excited about this new chapter! Click Here to see ring pictures and to read about the proposal. Oh, and I am wearing this color in one of the pictures. 
  • We are having a cook out today with some of Ross' co-workers and one of my best friends, Jessica, is coming too. She and I have been friends since elementary school and I have seen her in almost a year. Things have been crazy with both of our schedules so I am looking forward to seeing her!
  • I had a dentist appointment yesterday (at a new dentist) and the gave me a free 4 day supply of the Reflection Advanced Tooth Whitening System. I love teeth whitening kits so I might review this for y'all.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

We're Engaged!

Let the wedding planning begin! 
My little sparkler is a 1.2 round cut with a yellow gold pave band.
Champagne and cake! 

Yesterday Ross made me the happiest girl in the world and asked me to marry him. The proposal was so "us"- very low key at his apartment. Proposal Story: Yesterday I went home for a doctor's appointment and decided to visit my dad. When I came home today, Ross gave me a poorly wrapped present and told me to open it. In the poorly wrapped package was jewelry cleaner. Let's just say, I wasn't impressed. I smiled and acted as excited as I could about some cleanser, but was a little disappointed. Well, let's be honest, I wasn't impressed at all. I looked through the wrapped bag hoping that my hoping would be in wasn't! So I'm thinking, "okay, whatever. It just isn't going to happen today." A little after that, we took a box I brought from my Dad's upstairs because we are slowly moving my things in so it won't be such an ordeal in May. After we set the box that contained two tea sets and some random china down, he headed back downstairs and I told him I would be down in a minute.  I ended up snooping through the spare room because I knew he picked up the ring on Monday and I was dying to know what it looked like. He ended up sneaking up behind me and got on one knee and asked me to marry him. I was hysterical: I was bawling my eyes out because I felt so guilty for being nosy, but I was also so excited. Ross' reaction to my hysterical crying was "Oh. I wasn't expecting that reaction. Are you okay?" Ha!
After the engagement, we called our family and shared the good news and then went out to our favorite restaurant, Amsterdam Cafe, to celebrate! After an amazing dinner, we stopped by to get a bottle of champagne and cake to continue the celebration. We are both so grateful to our wonderful family and friends for their incredible support. We won't be doing any wedding planning until I graduate in May and find a job, but we are both over the moon about this new and exciting chapter.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Confessions of a Blogger Tag!

I saw on the Green Eyed Monster's blog that she did the Confessions of a Blogger Tag and thought it looked it fun!

When did you start your blog?
September 21, 2012

Have you had any past online presence before?
I had a Myspace back in the day. Now, I have Facebook, Pinterest and a member of Beauty Broadcast Community.

Why did you start a blog?
I started reading blogs and watching videos online years before I started a blog. I always thought it would be so fun to join the community and chime in my two cents, but the thought of having a blog seemed weird to, why would anyone care about reading what I think of a lipgloss, my FOTD or my Daily Dose of Pretty, which is all lifestyle related. Then, it hit me and I realized that I was one f those people that cared about that sort of stuff.  I don't really know anyone (in real life) that blogs or does YouTube videos so I shied away from the online community for so long until finally I decided to give it a whirl. When I started blogging, I decided that it wasn't going to be about getting as many followers as possible or spamming other people's blogs simply to promote my own (which I think is so tacky!). I just wanted to get to know amazing people that share similar interests.

When did you become serious about blogging?
Within the past month or so. I haven't had a blog long...not even a year. When I first started a blog, I didn't realized the amount of work that went into making a blog: content, pictures, etc. I was so busy with classes when I started back in September and started to neglect it to focus on school. Now, my classes are easier and I am only taking three classes instead of five.

Where do you see your blog in one year?
I think it's nice to dream that your blog will be a huge online sensation, but, really, I just want to continue to make friends in the community and work on making my blog the best it can be. There are so many blogs out there with thousands of followers- which I think is amazing and I would be over the moon to have such a following- but a year from now I just want my to grow in terms of quality and for me to become a better blogger for my followers.

What is the most rewarding thing about blogging?
Connecting with others. When I started my blog back in September, I never thought that people would actually take the time to follow or read my blogs. Before I started writing this tag, I looked at my "audience" and noticed that my blog brings in people from all over the world. I don't have many followers, but it is so nice to talk to those in the online community and learn certain tips and tricks from others.

What is the most discouraging that that happens to you?
I can honestly say that I haven't had any negative or discouraging words from anyone since I've entered the blogging community. In fact, very shortly after starting my blog, Neha Mishra from Scribble Your Thoughts gave my blog The Lovely Blog Award and I pretty much felt like I was accepted in the community.

What is your lasting impression or motivation?
My motivation is really to make my blog the best it can be to be a success. Everyone measures success in different ways, but I just want to continue working to make it something I am proud of. Blogging started out as a hobby for me and I still is.

I tag...
Neha from Scribble Your Thoughts
Magdalihena from Magdalijena's Spot

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Review: St. Ives Timeless Skin Collagen Elastin Moisturizer

Hi, Pretty People!
A few months ago I was on Pinterest and saw that Dr. Oz had recommended St. Ives Timeless Skin Collagen Elastin Moisturizer (whew- what a name!). Intrigued, I picked up a jar at Wal-Mart and went on my way. The first night I tried it, my skin felt really nice afterwards and I liked how well it absorbed into my skin. The next morning, I woke up and my skin was radiant! I was over the moon! I started using this product day and night and after about a week I noticed my cheeks getting dry. Weird! So, I searched some reviews and noticed a few people had this problem. Keep in mind, for me, the dryness wasn't really that bad, but it was definitely something I noticed. As I sat scratching my head wondering how the heck a moisturizer could dry my skin out I did a little research. I searched for drying side effects with Safflower Seed Oil, Collagen, and more. Honestly, I really couldn't find anything. Whatever, I'm adaptable!  So, instead of using the moisturizer morning and night, I decided to just use it at night and use my Olay Original in the morning. It works like a charm!

Sorry the ingredients are hard to see. The round container makes it difficult to take clear pictures. 

Price: less than $5 (at my Wal-Mart) for 10 oz! Yeah, the jar is HUGE and I feel foolish for paying more money for a moisturizer in the past.

Scent: The St. Ives Timeless has a scent, but it isn't an offensive smell; it's quite pleasant. I am horrible at describing scents, but it kinda reminds me of a nice, light floral scent (maybe that's the Safflower Seed Oil?), but nothing too strong and grandma-like.

Formula: It isn't a thick formula and it isn't that thin and runny either. It's a nice happy medium.

Who is this product good for? My step mom and her sister swear by this moisturizer. I am 24 and I really like it, too, so I think it's product would work well for anyone in their 20's and up! (:

Would I recommend this product: I would recommend this moisturizer, but I would caution you to only use it once a day. I haven't had any drying issues since I started using it once a day...twice a day was just too harsh for my skin.

Daily Dose of Pretty...
  • Bella got her haircut yesterday to fix the disaster and (thankfully) it's adorable. I mentioned in yesterday's post that she cut her own hair this weekend! Oh, and it's her 3rd birthday today! (:
  • My final Spring Break ever starts tomorrow and I am looking forward to the break. I will be in Auburn visiting Ross, but I'll be pretty boring. I have a ton of reading for my Western Lit. class and a paper I should start on.
  • Only one more assignment for my online class and I will be finished with Senior Seminar! 

What did you think of the St. Ives Timeless Skin Collagen Elastin Moisturizer?

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Milk of Magnesia for Oily Skin/ Acne!

A little before Christmas I came across a blog talking about using Milk of Magnesia to help combat oily skin...say what?! In the blog, Karen talked about how she used it as a primer and her makeup lasted for hours and how she looked "amazing!" Because I don't have oily skin, I disregarded the tip. A few weeks later, Wayne (from gossmakeupartist) was talking about this interesting tip on his YouTube channel how amazing Milk of Magnesia is to use as a primer- without using an additional primer- or as a face mask. At that moment, my little ears perked up and I decided to give this stomach laxative a whirl!
Like I said, I don't have oily skin, mine is combination- oily t-zone, but I get those annoying  blemishes during my monthly (yeah, ladies, it just got personal!) and when I'm stressed. That night I quickly went to Wal-Mart to buy the Milk of Magnesia and praying to God that no one saw me! When I got home I took off my makeup and applied (after shaken) to bare skin. After about 20 minutes, I washed it off and applied my moisturizer as usual and then worked on some school work. A few hours later I looked in the mirror and noticed that my skin was completely matte and those unsightly blemishes weren't as noticeable.  Can you believe it? The antacid worked like a dream!

Price: Less than $5 (at my Wal-Mart) for 12 fl oz

Overall Thoughts...
I use Milk of Magnesia once a month (sometimes twice) to absorb any excess oil and help heal blemishes. If you have oily skin, I think this would be amazing as a primer because it's so mattfying but I would recommend practicing before you leave the house. Although, I haven't tried it as a primer, so I can't attest to it. 

Would I Recommend It?
I would definitely recommend trying Milk of Magnesia to help keep oil at bay, but I would not recommend this to any dry skin girls (or guys) out there...the drying of the product may be a little too harsh for your skin type. 

Daily Dose of Pretty...
  • My two year old niece cut her own hair on Saturday-Yikes!- and is getting it fixed today! Can't wait to see what the hairstylist does with it. I hope she's able to make it cute (Bella cut off a lot of hair!) because she turns three tomorrow and  her party is on Saturday! 
  • My Spring Break starts in two days! Whoo hoo!
  • I had a nice chat with my Grandma today! It always makes my day talking to her! (:

Have you tried Milk of Magnesia for Oily Skin/Acne? 

Monday, March 4, 2013

Review: Wet-n-Wild Coverall Cream Foundation

I recently picked up Wet-n-Wild's new Coverall Cream Foundation. I saw EmilyNoel83's review on Youtube and just had to check it out for myself. Click here to see her review! I did a FOTN post earlier today and I was wearing this foundation in that picture. This line is part of their permanent collection. 

Does it really cover all imperfections?
Judging by the name, you may think that this foundation covers all dark spots, pigmentation, blemishes and other imperfections. I found the coverage to be medium, but definitely buildable without being cakey. I still needed a little under eye concealer and some concealer on only blemishes at the moment. 

The claims...
  • All day wear.
  • Medium to full coverage.
  • Lightweight, satin-matte finish.
  • VisiBright complex reduces the appearance of wrinkles and rejuvenates skin.
Price: $3.99 at my CVS 

The Formula...
This is a thicker texture that provides medium coverage. It doesn't get cakey, as I've mentioned. It blends beautifully and has a natural finish. I have combination skin and after about 4 hours my t-zone got a bit oily, but it wasn't really that bad. Honestly, even though a bit of oil peeped through, I didn't touch up because it gave my skin a nice dewy look that I like. Although, I am pretty sure that in the summer months, I'll need to touch up (but that's typical for me using any foundation). 

My shade: 816 Fair/Light. This color matches me pretty well...dare I say exact?!

Wet-n-Wild Coverall Cream Foundation (no concealer)
Completed Look. 
I am not big into silver eyeshadow, but I wanted to try something new. 
Face: Wet-n-Wild Coverall Foundation (816 Fair/Light), 
Hard Candy Heavy Duty Concealer (Light), Elf Blush (Mellow Mauve).
Eyes: Wet-n-Wild single eyeshadow (Platinum on lid and Brulee on browbone), 
Covergirl Quad (Country Woods. I used the lighter satin shade to blend).
Eyeliner: Revlon Colorstay liquid liner in Blackest Black.
Mascara: Loreal Voluminous in Carbon Black.
Brows: Maybelline Expert Wear (Blonde).
Lips: Revlon Super Lustrous in Coralberry.

Overall Thoughts...
I think this is a pretty good foundation and you really can't beat the price. The staying power is pretty good and I like how natural it looks, yet it evens out the skin. I would definitely recommend this foundation! 

Daily Dose of Pretty...
  • I am loving Beauty Broadcast Community and so excited to find people out there that share the same love and passion for all things beauty. 
  • I am really enjoying my new nail polish from Salon Perfect in Blue Azure. NOTD coming up soon! (:
  • We've had the friendliest little stray cat stop by our apartment the last few days! He's adorable and my boyfriend named him Oscar because he has been spotted by the dumpster- bless his heart! If he sticks around long enough, he will be getting a bath (not looking forward to that) and will be the new member of our apartment family! (:

Have you tried the Coverall foundation? If so, what did you think?

FOTN: Troy Basketball Game!

I went to the Troy basketball game with my old roommate on Thursday and this was my makeup for the night. I didn't want anything too crazy so I kept the eyes and face simple and worn a great red lip. Sadly, the boys lost by 10 points, but it was still fun to hang out with a great friend! (:
Face: Wet-n-Wild Cover All Foundation ( 816 Fair/Light), Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser (Brightener), Elf blush to contour (Mellow Mauve) and NYX blush (Summer Peach)
Eyes: Covergirl Quad (Country Woods), Revlon Colorstay Liquid Liner (Blackest Black), Covergirl Professional Super Thick Lash Mascara (Very Black) and Loreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara over the CG one.
Lips: Avon Glazewear Intense Lipgloss (G104 Crimson)

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