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.
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!
Thank you Honey for telling me about Shoplately! I absolutely LOVE this site!!
Not too long ago, a dear friend of mine Honey, (honeygirlsworld)
recommended to me a website that show cases business, both big and small, and major sales. I have since then, been watching their jewelry in the SALE section. I am not knocking Walmart's costume jewelry, but I will say, that I do like to find things that are more unique--statement pieces, if you will. With a price range in mind, I happened to be browsing their sales section again last week, when a tan, gold bangle caught my eye. It was called a coral reef bracelet (in cowboy tan). The design was different, and looked like it could go with about any outfit. I had been on the lookout for summer accessories for this year, and this looked like it would be perfect for a casual tee and jeans, or even a maxi dress and sandals. And the price was as equally inviting, being marked down from $12.99 to $7.99; even with shipping, it was a bargain. The actual business that sold me this bracelet is called JYJZ, they are located in San Francisco; and their forte is apparel and accessories of an Asian European flair.
Shortly after I made my purchase, I was surprised that the bracelet I ordered was then marked as sold out. I must have ordered just in time. There is a waiting list now for the one I bought and another shade in a teal turquoise. It must be a very popular item to have sold out so quickly. I was fortunate to get my order in soon enough.
I received my order only in four days. It was sent by USPS and arrived very quickly. I found this a plus, as I hate waiting long on orders. I found everything put together, nice and neat in plastic. The bracelet was a lot heavier than I had imagined. It has a good weight to it. I love how it fits my small wrist already. It's perfect. I was also sent a gift-a kitty badge pin, which was really sweet of them to send. It is cute, and I have plans to put it on my book bag. A handwritten note transcribed on a business card, was included as well. Considering in this day and age, the art of letter writing by hand seems to wane, I found this very refreshing.
It is so unusual; I LOVE IT!
FTC: I BOUGHT THIS PRODUCT WITH MY OWN MONEY. ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN UNBIASED.