Christmas Eve 2013

Hi! Merry Christmas Eve or Happy Holidays.

I apologize for today’s post being a day late! I promised everyone Mondays and Thursdays, but sometimes there just isn’t any time in the day so it has to be postponed a bit.

My weekend was a blur, I don’t even remember much of what I did. For the first time in my life the week leading up to Christmas FLEW by and I am so surprised that it’s in less than a few hours now!

I did paint my nails a few times this week, but I forgot to take pictures when they were fresh and then I went to work where I use my hands a lot and we also use bleach, so they get chipped every time. I will try to develop the habit of taking a picture right after I’ve done them for my blog. Howeverrrr, I just painted my nails a little bit ago today and I did take pictures! I painted my toenails last night to match, but I didn’t want a picture of my feet on the internet…some weirdos are out there and just..yeah. So, I wanted to do a Christmas theme for my nails this year but when I went to pick my colors, I realized that I was trying too hard. Part of my personality is that I try way too hard with everything and it makes me come off annoying and like I’m trying too hard. For once I realized I just wanted to seem kinda perfect with some perfect Christmas nails and a nice outfit while I’m with my family tomorrow, but that’s not what would actually make me happy. So, I went with one of my favorite colors and just did something pretty that did make me happy! Who cares that my nails don’t look like Christmas! I used Lady Like by Essie & The Statement Piece by Loreal. Sorry for the weird photo locations of the nail polish bottles; I just had to find a random spot that the camera would pick up the best image of their true color.

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Today has been a great Christmas Eve so far, except for the fact that I have developed a cold. I am grateful that it’s not strep throat, though. That’s what I thought it was when my throat first started hurting two nights ago. This morning my boyfriend came over for a couple of hours to hang out with me and my family. He brought along our hamster, Delilah, and we put her in her roll-around ball so my sister could play with her. Then I made 4 cookie sheets worth of cookies for family tomorrow. Now I’ve just gotten done painting my nails! After I wrap up this post I’m going to go clean, fold laundry, and wrap one more gift. Tomorrow will be such an amazing day with all of my family and my sweet Kasey. I am so excited to spend time with everyone together and for everyone to open all of the gifts I picked out for them.

Again, Merry Christmas, or if you don’t celebrate that holiday, just have a great day and holiday season in general.

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December 16 2013

Hi!

So this past weekend I painted my nails with a new nailpolish; Lots of Lux by Essie. It was one of my Christmas presents from Kasey. ‚ô° The photos I have don’t show all the different elements of shimmer that it really has, but here’s the link to it on Essie’s own page. http://www.essie.com/Effects/encrusted/lots-of-lux.aspx

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I didn’t do that well of a paint job because I wasn’t in good lighting. Anyways, this is one of the most beautiful colors I’ve ever seen. I’m going to take it off soon though because it needs to be something I wear for occasions- it’s too busy of a color to me to be wearing all the time.

When I take this manicure off I’m going to use the other nail polish from Kasey! It’s a metallic and it’s gorgeous.

My workout plans for this week consist of trying to get back on my Blogilates plan again. I printed out the 4 week beginners plan the other week and got a good 4 days into it, but finals week came up and I had no time for anything but studying! ūüė¶ So I want to start again on day 5 and try to get that habit going again. I’m really liking pilates. I love working out in general, but I’ve found that pilates is the perfect balance of everything I love to do when working out! So this plan that I’m doing is very fun for me. It’s a 6 day a week plan with each day focused on a different body part.

As for just regular plans, I’m just working and hanging out with Kasey. On Friday I get paid so that’s exciting…I get to finish up my Christmas shopping! I’m also starting a goal of having my hair look perfect all day this entire week. I know I put my hair through too much but it’s just the biggest thing that makes me feel good and confident throughout the day. I don’t care what other people think, I care what I think; when my hair is perfect I feel put together and like I can have a clean and organized day. I have such a bad habit of putting my hair up whenever I’m at home or sleeping in through any time I have to do it and the rest of the day I just feel gross and lazy. So hopefully this helps!

Hope your week goes well and have a blessed day.

New Year’s Day

Happy New Year’s!¬† I hope everybody had a safe night last night and your hangovers aren’t too bad.¬† I spent the night by first watching Star Wars (original episode 4) with my dad while eating lime & salt popcorn (yummy) and drinking a Strawberry Daquiri¬†Sobe¬†(if you’ve never heard of the drink, there is no alcohol¬†in it.¬† Don’t worry.¬† It is my favorite store bought beverage ever).¬† It was a lot of fun!¬† Then, we played the game Elder Sign.¬† Kinda geeky, but I really like those kind of games and they’re my dad’s biggest hobby.¬† So it was fun!¬† That was my New Year’s night.

Just to let you know- I am adding in a blogging day for each week.¬† Sunday is going to be Movie Review day.¬† Each week this year (unless I am prevented during certain weeks for personal reasons) I will do one movie review.¬† At the beginning of each month, I will make a list of 4 movies for the month, and on each Sunday, I will review a movie!¬† Stay tuned until the end of this post for a few reviews I’ve already got done.

For New Year’s Day today, we had my baby sister, Momo’s first birthday party.¬† Her birthday is actually tomorrow, but it’s hard to have a party on a Monday.¬† A lot of family and family-friends¬†came over, kids played, adults talked, and then we had cake.¬† She ripped into that cake so good!¬† She had it EVERYWHERE on her and on the walls in the dining room!¬† Everyone else had red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting (so.¬†good.) and Neapolitan ice cream.¬† Morgana got a picture with a poem from me, a rocking horse from Nan+Pops, a sippy cup from an aunt and clothes from another aunt and uncle.¬† It was a good party.¬† My mom did good cooking for that party so props to her!¬† I was the party photographer, of course.¬† I will probably have some pictures up tomorrow for my “Personal Post” (Check out my about page to see my weekly blogging schedule.)

Speaking of New Years, I have a few things to say about this year.¬† 2011 was a horrible year for me.¬† It was wonderful in many ways, but I went through a very personal and difficult time and it denoted 2011 as awful.¬† 2012 is a fresh start.¬† Each month I am going to make a goal for myself (personal goals-¬†not anything I’ll be posting on here) and hopefully by 2013, I will have achieved a lot and brought myself back up to 100% as a person.¬† I am already a more positive person today and I’m doing my best to be extremely optimistic, kind and happy.¬† I also have a new mindset when it comes to relaxing.¬† My new thing is that I do not get to relax if I have things to do.¬† I can’t go to bed unless that laundry’s folded.¬† I can’t blog until I’ve gotten the sweeping done.¬† I can’t eat another cupcake until I’ve worked out.¬† You get the idea.¬† If I have a chore or obligation to be done, I can’t do anything fun or relaxing until it’s finished.¬† I’m hoping this will help me to get rid of any procrastinating gene left in my body.¬† Also, in my blog schedule, you might notice one thing on Friday’s post- it says “weekly picture.”¬† I’m pretty excited for this.¬† Unless for some reason I can’t blog on a certain Friday, I will post a picture of myself every Friday (taken that Friday) and by 2013, I’ll get to see how much I’ve changed over the year!¬† I think that’s a really fun idea.¬† So I’m happy to be getting that going this Friday.

Moving onto Movie Reviews!¬† I will do 3 reviews for you right now.¬† I watched 7 movies this weekend (I know!) but I’m only going to pick a few to review on here since this post is already a bit long.¬† Then, I will list my four movies to review this month! (There are 4 more Sundays this month!) BY THE WAY: My movie reviews NEVER contain spoilers.

Beauty and the Briefcase

Rated: TV-14

Time Run: 86 Minutes

Genre: Comedy/Romance

Director: Gil Junger

Writer(s): Michael Horowitz & Daniella Brodsky

Starring: Hilary Duff, Jaime Pressly and Jennifer Coolidge

Pros: Funny, sweet, romantic, silly

Cons: A bit confusing, dull, un=realistic scenes, too cliché, annoying credits at the beginning, predictable

My biggest problem: It felt like there really wasn’t a climax in this movie, the whole thing ran a little dull and predictable.

My favorite feature: It definitely was an enjoyable movie, it was pretty silly and girly.¬† I wouldn’t recommend this to many guys, because it’s a bit too girly.

IMDb’s stars (out of ten): 5.2/10

My stars (out of ten): 3/10

 

Waiting For Forever

Rated: PG-13

Time Run: 95 Minutes

Genre: Drama/Romance

Director: James Keach

writer(s): Steve Adams

Starring: Rachel Bilson, Tom Sturridge and Richard Jenkins

Pros: Beginning was intense and sad (amazing), main character boy is cute, touching, intense, heart breaking, spirit lifting, made me cry several times

Cons: None.

My biggest problem: The ending didn’t fall short, but I did feel like it needed a bit more to it still.

My favorite feature: It was just a very unique and touching movie, it moved me a lot and brought me to tears over five different times.  It is in fact my favorite movie now.

IMDb’s stars (out of ten): 6/10

My stars (out of ten): 10/10

 

The Others

Rated: PG-13

Time Run: 101 Minutes

Genre: Drama/Mystery/Thriller

Director: Alejandro Amenabar

Writer(s): Alejandro Amenabar

Starring: Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston and Fionnula Flanagan

Pros: Unexpected ending, suspenseful

Cons: Lighting too dark, drawn out

My biggest problem: I really dislike movies with really dark settings because it makes me feel like I can’t see what’s going on- even though in “dark setting movies” you can see what’s happening.¬† It just gives me a headache and frustrates me.¬† Almost this entire movie was in a very dark setting.

My favorite feature: The ending was very unexpected and surprised me.

IMDb’s stars (out of ten): 7.7/10

My stars (out of ten): 6/10

 

Now, my list of four movies to watch and review this month!

  1. Mao’s Last Dancer
  2. Never Been Kissed
  3. Meet the Parents
  4. Dandelion

That’s all for today!¬† See you!

 

 

Christmas Photos, Haul, Personal Stuff

Hello!

If you have read my about page, you know that I have set days that I’m supposed to blog certain things.¬† Well, just a heads up, that blogging schedule will not happen until the January 1st, 2012.¬† Until then, I’m going to be a bit messy with my posts as there is quite a few things preventing me from being able to follow the schedule.¬† Keep that in mind!

I promised you all Christmas pictures, right?  Well, first let me tell you how Christmas went down.

  • Woke up, spilled half a tub of coffee all over the kitchen floor.¬† Have I mentioned I had an extremely clutzy gene on Christmas?
  • Opened presents under the tree.¬† It was Momo’s first Christmas, and she did really well with unwrapping her gifts.¬† I received my Canon PowerShoot SX130IS, a case and a memory card.¬† Because I had just barely opened it, I didn’t really know the settings or workings, so I didn’t get much pictures of Christmas morning.
  • I spent a while fiddling around with my camera and studying the settings and controls.
  • Got dressed, flat ironed my hair, did makeup (all that girly shtuff) and then packed for Nana’s.¬† (I sound like a ten year old when I talk about staying over at my grandmother’s.)
  • Went to Nana’s.
  • Spent time with family.
  • Ate a yummy Christmas feast.
  • Spent more time with family.
  • Opened more presents.¬† Received a Sephora gift card for $50 from my grandparents, an adorable ring from my aunt, the movie Charlie and the Chocolate Factory from my other aunt and $25 in cash from my great-grandfather.
  • Ate some pie.
  • Hung out with family some more.
  • Went to bed.

That was my Christmas Day!¬† It was pretty fun.¬† It strangely didn’t feel as festive as Christmas usually does, though.

Anyways!¬† Here’s a few pictures I took on Christmas morning and then a little later before I headed off to Nana’s.¬† By the way, you can click any of the¬†photos¬†for a larger image and clearer quality.¬† Also, Espoir Photography is my photography company and you may not use any of my photos without consent.¬† You can find my company Facebook page here.

 

My Christmas Day outfit: (I apologize for the very dirty mirror.)  I wore just a long sleeved black shirt, a black scarf, a black belt, blue jeans and black Nike snow boots.  I have no idea where I got any of it.

 All photos taken with a Canon SX130IS.

Then, I ended up going shopping at Sephora on the 26th (day after Christmas and Boxing Day for the UK, Australia and Canada if I am correct) with my aunt.¬† Here’s a little haul of what I got!

Bag that my gift card and samples came in.  I love their bags, so classy and small!

¬†First sample.¬† Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash.¬† I used it Christmas night.¬† I thought it was fabulous, it got my face really clean and refreshed.¬† The next morning I noticed that it had broke me out like crazy.¬† Never using the stuff again.¬† I’m disappointed because at first I thought this stuff was wonderful and I was prepared to buy the full product right away.

Second sample. Dior Homme perfume.  I am wearing it right now!  I love it so much!  At first, I sprayed it on, smelled it, and almost threw up.  It smelled like a mix of wonderful perfume, cucumbers and tomato acid.  If that even makes sense.  After it dried though, it was absolutely marvelous.  I love the smell a lot and might have to buy a whole bottle when my sample runs out!

This was the box my gift card came in!  On the left is the card.  On the right was an awesome compact mirror!  Most amazing gift card ever!  So fancy!

What did I buy at Sephora?…..this:

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The first item was a waterproof lip liner by Sephora¬†(I normally don’t like their brand, just a few brands they carry in the store, but I tested these two lip items and LOVED them!) It was in the shade Pleasant Plum.

This picture isn’t very good, but¬†the color of this lip liner is¬†almost exactly the color it looks like in this picture.¬† I would have swatched it, but I don’t like wasting lip liner at all.

The second item was a lipstick by Sephora.¬† I fell in complete, outrageous, lovely love with this lipstick when I tested it.¬† It’s so buildable and with a little bit of it can pass a really classy and everyday red-coral, but add some more and it turns into a very romantic and deep red.¬† It’s the perfect red, I swear.¬† It’s in the shade of Sephora Rouge.

This picture shows the exact shade of it in the tube.

Here’s Sephora Rouge’s swatch.¬† I could not get a good photo.¬† I’m going to have to definitely work on good quality swatch photos with this camera.¬† The color in this photo is almost perfect though, it’s just a bit more of a wine color than that.

The third item was Bare Minerals/Bare Escentuals matte SPF 15 foundation.

I got it in shade Light.¬† I have been wanting this foundation for a very long time.¬† A few of my close friends use it religiously.¬† I love matte foundations, powder foundations, and of course, foundations that have lots of SPF.¬† So, this is the perfect foundation for me.¬† I¬†hope.¬† I’m going to try it tomorrow morning, along with the new lip liner and lip-stick I got.

So with that, I will probably be testing all of these products out thoroughly tomorrow!  If I do, I will of course take photos and do a follow-up review.

That is all for tonight!  This blog post took me an hour to write, upload & edit.  Phew!  Blogging is hard work.

Another update tomorrow, I hope!  See you later!