aka pearlznlacebybeth on youtube.com
  This past Christmas, I was absolutely blown away (okay every Christmas, lol) by the thoughtfulness shown by others to my family and myself.  Of course, we have much to be thankful for all year around. This season was still so special, with family, a comfortable home, and not just one baby, but two little ones.  God has truly blessed us; provided for us in past and present. I am so grateful, words cannot even begin to cover it.  
  I enjoy watching other people online celebrate this season too, thus viewing vlogs, and hauls of theirs I find heaps of fun.  Likewise, I thought I'd share a bit of what I had received this holiday.
 Here are the photos and swatches of the surprise gifts from my friend, Honey (aka HoneyKahoohanohano on youtube).
Highlight/Bronzer Nyc Color Mosaic Face Powder in Mocha Glow.
It's such a soft, natural looking shade! (Swatch of Nyc Mocha Glow)
I am sooo glad to have another sample of Benefit's Benetint! I am half way through one I have already. It leaves a lovely flush of color on the cheeks and lips.
Honey said this elf Lip Balm (in Grapefruit) is comparable to the em Cosmetics pillow lippies I have been curious about. I love this! It does feel plushy; and smells so fruity.
Benefit's Sugarbomb Ultra Plush lipgloss is such a pretty pink!!!
Swatches from Left to Right: Benetint (the pink/red stain), elf Lip Balm Tint in Grapefruit, and Benefit's Sugarbomb lipgloss.
Elf's loose mineral eyeshadow in Sweet.
Nb loose mineral eyeshadow in Glamorous (well named-this shadow is just stunning!)
Nb loose mineral shadow in Socialite
Swatches from Left to Right: Elf's Sweet Shadow, NB's Glamorous shadow, and NB's Socialite shadow
two cosmetic's duo eyeshadow in Heartache
I am itching to do a tutorial with these bold buttery shades. Mua's eyeshadow palette in Dusk til Dawn
Swatches for the top row in the Mua's Dusk til Dawn Palette
Swatches for the bottom row in the Mua's Dusk til Dawn Palette
Benefit's they're Real! Mascara
elf's primer eyeshadow in Misty Mauve
I love how this liner's navy blue color brighten's my eyes. POP beauty's in-liner No. 3 in Blue
Swatches from Left to Right: Elf's primer eyeshadow and Pop Beauty's in-liner
elf's Baked Eyeshadow in Enchanted
Swatches for the elf Baked Eyeshadow- on the left is a swatch in dry (very faint, in fact it looks like a pretty dusting) and on the right a swatch applied wet.
From family...
Katy Perry's Killer Queen - Notes include: wild berries, dark plum, bergamot accords, red flower (Celosia), Sambac jasmine, plumeria, cashmere, patchouli, liquid praline from mom.
A book bag my momma sewed for me <3.
Mary Engelbreit's Calender for 2014 from mom
This book is full of fun information, crafts, and recipes for entertaining during the autumn season. This was a gift from my mom.
Bath and Body Works - Midnight Pomegranate - Notes include Pomegranate, Citrus, Dewberry, Anise, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Cassis, Blackberry, Iris, Jasmine, Raspberry, Musk, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Tobacco, and Patchouli from hubby's grandmother
Calgon Angelic Kiss - Notes include bergamot, mandarin, cardamom, violet, Moroccan jasmine petals, white lavender, vanilla, cedarwood, and sandalwood from hubby's mom and stepdad
Markwins Single Eyeshadows (unnamed) from hubby's mom and stepdad.
I was so excited to hear that the Balm's Nude'tude (Naughty) palette made Hautelooks fifty-percent off sale. Hubby agreed that I could order it for myself for Christmas as a gift from him. I have been eyeing this almost all year.
I want to thank Honey for the gifts. I am looking forward to playing with it all soon. I would also like to extend my thanks to EVERYONE who thought of my family and I and wish everyone awesome year to come!

<3 Beth

  My day went off at a lovely start.  Because we had to be here when the tech for Mediacom arrived to set up our phone and internet, our entire morning was tied up at home.  I didn't think much of it at first.     They told us between nine and noon they would be here. That's fine, I told myself, That will give us an hour to go to the store for groceries way before hubby goes to work. Well, noon came and went.  Hubby even started feeling a little apprehensive. "I bet they don't even come today," he groaned.  
  "I confirmed on the phone twice," I answered with equal aggravation. "They have been calling almost everyday."
  Over an hour later, the tech arrives.  By the time he left, there was barely enough time for Jarod to make a mad dash by himself to the store for a few things.  
  Despite the alteration in my plans for today, I still managed to get some of my to-do's completed.  Our bedroom is straightened up, our load of laundry washed and put away, I sifted through some of baby doll's old clothes (some to keep for the baby on the way as she gets older, and some to giveaway), and vacuumed the hallway.  Next I'll be finishing the kitchen, vacuuming our room, and hopefully cleaning and vacuuming Tori's room.

 Tori has this cute habit of taking most of her toys, blankets and pillows, and creating a little nest in front of the gate in her room.  I have never seen anything like it.  In fact, she would much rather sleep in that heap of chaos, than in her own bed.  While it's an adorable quirk of hers, it is quite hazardous to my own health.  I have to watch it when I try to get in her room, already being off balance from my baby bump.  We are constantly trying to coax her back into her own bed when she sleeps.  But then, sure enough, the next morning we find her curled up among her little treasures.

  <3 Beth.



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