December 2016 ipsy Bag

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The bag is a cute little wristlet too! The contents of my December ipsy Bag are:

  • Hikari Cosmetics Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner in Iris
  • NYX Professional Makeup Prismatic Shadow in Jaded
  • Cake Beauty Heavy Cream Intensive Hand Repair Balm
  • REN Clean Skincare Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask
  • Tarte Cosmetics Deluxe Maracuja Oil


december-2016-ipsy-swatch Hikari Cosmetics Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner in Iris

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December 2016 Birchbox

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december-2016-birchbox3I’m really liking the new box Birchbox is using to ship their boxes. The contents of my December Birchbox are:

  • Leaders 7 Wonders Himalayan Camellia Pore Minimizing Mask
  • Marcelle CC Cream SPF 35 Complete Correction – Golden Glow
  • Ardency Inn MODSTER Smooth Ride Supercharged Eyeliner – Black
  • Hey Honey Walk the Walk Propolis Foot Cream
  • Saphira Hair Mineral Mud Mask


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It’s a Natural Thang Fall/Winter Meet Up

Late November 2016 I attended the It’s a Natural Thang Fall/Winter Meet Up. I was glad to see my favorite vendors were there. I missed the headwrap workshop though. I did see the product demonstration for the Diversame drying tool. Diversame is a drying tool made for natural/afro textured, coiled and curly hair textures. It will hopefully be coming to the market sometime in 2017.

I was hoping Good Body Stuff had my Baby and Vanilla Sandalwood Buttas. That wasn’t the case. I decided to try the smaller size in the Candy and Egyptian Musk Buttas.fall-meetup

Sweethearted has some really cute designs. I knew ahead of time I wanted to purchase one of her t-shirts. The Give Me My Puffs beanie hat is just in time for the colder temperatures. fall-meetup2


The natural deodorant from D’s Natural Products has replaced my Aromaco from Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics. I had purchased the Blackseed Soap previously. This is the new and improved version of the soap. The Pink Sugar incense are my favorite.fall-meetup4


Nikki’s Magic Wand was also in attendance. I purchased a purple and a nude pink shade in the liquid matte lipsticks.fall-meetup6

Another successful It’s a Natural Thang Meet Up in the books. It felt great supporting local businesses.

NYX Box of Goodies Advent Calendar (inside the box)

Here are the complete contents of the NYX Box of Goodies Advent Calendar. This was a great way for me to try the Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipsticks and decide which shades to buy in the full sizes.

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nyx-goodies(L-R) Ruffle Trim, Baby Doll, Corset, Exotic, Push-Up, Embellishment, Beauty Mark, Bedtime Flirt, Lace Detail, Teddy, Honeymoon, Satin Ribbonnyx-lippie-swatches

Limited Edition Eye Shadow


nyx-goodies3(L-R top row) Exotic, Embellishment, Corset, Push-Up, Ruffle Trim, Baby Doll

(L-R bottom row) Satin Ribbon, Lace Detail, Beauty Mark, Bedtime Flirt, Teddy, Honeymoon


Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Eyeshadow Palette

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I received a $25.00 Sephora Gift Card from my Secret Santa at work. I’ve had my eye on the Urban Decay Ultimate Basics Eyeshadow Palette since its release. It made sense for me to use the gift card in purchasing this palette.




This is one eyeshadow palette I know I will use every shade. I was blown away when I swatched the shade Lethal. Blackout is the perfect black. All of the eyeshadows in this palette work great together. If you need to splurge on an eyeshadow palette in 2017, the Naked Ultimate Basics Eyeshadow Palette is my pick. This palette is definitely worth the $54.00 price.



Urban Decay Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette

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When I saw Urban Decay release the Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette last Fall I knew this was going to be my Holiday treat. I waited for the Sephora email that comes during the Holiday season with the $15.oo off coupon. I visited my local Sephora soon after.


This palette is absolutely beautiful. Pictures do not do it justice.



The Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette is currently marked down to $39.00 on the Urban Decay website as well as Sephora and ULTA.




NYX Box of Goodies Advent Calendar

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I will admit this purchase was an impulse buy. I was at ULTA getting a few last minute gifts for my youngest. ULTA had marked down NYX gift boxes by 40%. When I saw the NYX Box of Goodies Advent Calendar I had to have it. I didn’t want to go home and regret not buying it.


The Advent Calendar contains 12 Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipsticks and 12 Limited Edition Eye Shadows. These are deluxe sizes.



The regular price of the NYX Box of Goodies Advent Calendar was $49.99. With the 40% off  NYX and 20% off coupon from ULTA, this purchase was $23.99.

nyx-swatch Swatch of the Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipstick in Ruffle Trim and Limited Edition Eyeshadow in Exotic.

My High School Graduate

Here are some pictures from Naomi’s high school graduation.

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By the way, I made sure Naomi heard my big mouth. Proud mommy.

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Naomi graduated with honors and is also an International Baccalaureate candidate.

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Her dress, shoes, and jewelry were purchased from Charlotte Russe.

Next stop Temple University!

Naomi’s Prom Style 2016 Edition

I will admit I had very little involvement preparing Naomi for her senior prom. I was there when she picked out her prom shoes from Macy’s. I like the Betsy Johnson shoes for myself. 😉

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Prom dress shopping came down to the wire for Naomi. She was extremely busy with the school musical. She found her dress from a specialty store called The Winner located in Sharon Pennsylvania (about an hour away from Pittsburgh).

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Naomi purchased her jewelry from Claire’s.

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I found a cute wristlet from Burlington Coat Factory.

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Naomi’s hair is actually a wig she made. She purchased the hair from Alie Express in deep curl Malaysian.

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The only thing I did with makeup was give her a purple smoky eye. Naomi did the rest of her face.

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My Beauty Subscriptions

May ipsy Birchbox

I decided to renew my beauty subscriptions with Birchbox and ipsy. To be honest I haven’t felt the need to shop at Sephora and ULTA as much. There have been times I almost bought eyeliner only to receive one in either ipsy or Birchbox. I have had a very positive experience overall. I renewed with ipsy because they are very generous with full sized beauty products. Receiving makeup brushes has definitely won me over. I renewed with Birchbox because of the wide variety of beauty brands I’ve been exposed to. I have made purchases on the Birchbox website in the past. I like to ease of placing an order.

Whether I take on other beauty subscriptions that remains to be seen. 😉

This is what I received from the May Birchbox and ipsy Bag.

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The contents of my May Birchbox are:

  • COOLA Classic Face Sport SPF 50 White Tea
  • ModelCo Lip Lacquer – Morocco
  • Davroe Ends Repair
  • Goldfaden MD Doctor’s Scrub
  • Juliette Has a Gun Another OudMay Birchbox 4

May Birchbox Swatch ModelCo Lip Lacquer – Morocco

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The contents of my May ipsy Bag are:

  • Smashbox Cosmetics X-Rated Mascara
  • Crazy Rumors Hibiskiss Natural Lip Color – Coral
  • Hikari Cosmetics Shimmer Bronzer – Radiate
  • Vasanti Cosmetics Brighton Up! Exfoliating Cleanser
  • Pacifica Natural Mineral Coconut Eye Shadow Trio – Crush (beige), Skinny (deep copper), Lovely (brown)

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May ipsy Swatch.jpg Pacifica Natural Mineral Coconut Eye Shadow Trio – Crush (beige), Skinny (deep copper), Lovely (brown)

May ipsy swatch 2.jpg Hikari Cosmetics Shimmer Bronzer – Radiate

May ipsy Swatch 3.jpg Crazy Rumors Hibiskiss Natural Lip Color – Coral