Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Simple Things in Life

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Last year I wrote a few posts about the simple things in life that matter to me. Well today I wanted to share a few more items on my list right now!

1. Taking time for myself

2. Telling peole that I'm close to how much they mean to me

3. Long telephone conversations with good friends

4. Watching rain fall

5. Wearing a sweater straight out the dryer or wrapping up in a warm blanket out the dryer on a cold day.

6. Burning Bath and Body Works Marshmallow Fireside Candle on a cold day


7. Singing along to a favorite song or a song in general

8. Reflecting on memories that make me feel happy

9. Watching the sunset

10. Making cinnamon rolls with homemade icing on a cold day. (Or making homemade cinnamon rolls with homemade icing when I take the time to do so lol)



11. Treating myself to a present. To me, From me lol

12. Reading a book while soaking in the tub

13. Going for a long drive

14. Sending and receiving cards


15. Feeling refreshed after a good night's sleep

16. Lounging around in pj's

17. Smiling and laughing

18. Writing in my journal

19. Painting my nails

20.  Going outside to look at the stars


Here are more links to my Simple Things in Life Posts:

The Simple Things In Life: June 2014

The Simple Things In Life: Winter Edition January 2015

The Simple Things In Life Spring/Summer 2016


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Monday, January 16, 2017

Palmer's Coconut Oil Formula Indulgent Coconut Oil Body Wash

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* Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Palmer's for review purposes. I want to thank Palmer's for sending this product. All opinions are 100% my own.

Today I have a quick review on this Coconut body wash from Palmer's. I love Coconut scents, so I when I received this product I couldn't wait to use this body wash.

Description:

Palmer's Coconut Oil Formula Indulgent Coconut Oil Body Wash contains pure Coconut Oil and Monoï to hydrate and indulgently pamper your skin.


My Thoughts

Let's talk about the scent, it is very strong. I have to admit it's a little overwhelming for me. I've been using this body wash especially when the weather is cooler if my skin is dry. I like how this body wash hydrates my skin. Coconut oil is so good for your skin and this body wash helps soothe any eczema issues that I may on my elbows. The scent may be really strong, but the benefits of this body wash are worth being a part of my skincare routine.


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Friday, January 13, 2017

Bath and Body Works SAS Winter 2016/2017

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It's that time of year again! The SAS at Bath and Body Works! I used my birthday gift card to pick up a few things:)


As you can tell from the bag, I only picked a few items from the sale.

Sun-Ripened Raspberry Body Cream and Body Mist


 I purchased the Sun-Ripened Raspberry body wash last Summer during the SAS, but for some reason I didn't get the lotion or body mist. This scent smells so good. If you've ever used Strawberries and Champagne from Victoria's Secret this scent reminds of that.

Vanilla Bean Noel Body Cream and Shower Gel


I have mixed feelings about this scent. I've always thought that Vanilla Bean Noel Candle smelled like a sweeter warmer version of cocoa butter. I still think that, but this has a slight woodsy scent. I'm mainly wanted this to use these products for my night time skincare routine. The woodsy scent does tend to fade, so I probably will keep it using it.

Waikiki Beach Coconut 3 Wick Candle and Mango Mandarin Shower Gel


I was so happy when I spotted this Waikiki Beach Coconut Candle! I love this scent. I really hope BABW brings this scent back for the Summer! I also picked up another one of my favorites Mandarin Mango! 

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Maybelline The Graffiti Nudes Palette

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I feel like such a negligent blogger lol. I realized that I briefly talked about this palette on Instagram during the end of Summer last year, but I didn't write a review! Well here we are today. Better late than never right?!


Swatches
 (without primer, with flash)


Top to bottom (1st row)


Top to bottom (2nd row)


A selfie when I first got this palette last August 


One of my favorite looks to create for Summer

My Thoughts

This palette is one of my favorites so far out of the other Maybelline Nudes Palettes. I love the pigmentation of the shadows. In my opinion there aren't any transition shadows in this palette, but on the flip side at least all the colors are gorgeous that consist of Matte and shimmery shades. When I use NYX Eyeshadow Base in White or Pearl, my eye makeup lasts for about 7 to 8 hours without fading or creasing.

I swatched each shadow without primer on my arm so you can see the true color of each shadow, but the colors really pop when you apply a white eyeshadow base underneath the shadows. I was pleasantly surprised that I experience minor fallout when using these shadows, and the shadows are easy to blend. I really don't have any complaints with this palette, so if you're looking for a bright inexpensive palette to add your collection, you may want to give the Graffiti Nudes Palette a try!

Here are my other reviews on Maybelline's Nudes Palettes 

Maybelline The Nudes Palette Review

Maybelline The Smokes and The Brights Palette Review

Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Palette Review

Maybelline The Rock Nudes Palette Review

Maybelline The 24k Nudes Palette


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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Maybelline The 24k Nudes Palette

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Today I'm going to share my thoughts on Maybelline's latest palette release, The 24k Nudes Palette. I didn't even know about this palette until last month. I think the original release for this palette was supposed to be in January, but my awesome mom found this last on the and gave it to me for a Christmas present :) In speaking of awesome moms, my mom's birthday was this past Sunday :)


Swatches 
(Without primer, With Flash)


Top to Bottom (first row)


Top to Bottom (Second Row)


Neutral Eyes and Berry Lips


A soft Makeup Look


My Thoughts

I'm a little torn on my feelings on this palette. I really love the colors, but these shadows aren't that photo friendly. As you can tell, you probably can see the shadows better in my second picture better than the first picture. Maybelline stated that the formula in the 24k Nudes Palette is supposed to better than the previous Nudes Palettes that have been released. I will admit that the formula feels softer and the shadows feel creamier, but some of the shadows still lack pigmentation. I think that this palette is great for creating a soft makeup look rather than a makeup look that is darker or smokey. I can see myself creating a lot of difference soft eye makeup looks with this palette especially with the shimmery shadows. I haven't created a Smokey Eye yet, but based on my swatches I think I could maybe create a soft Smokey eye?!  I think that I'm going to put that on my list of makeup looks to create.

I used MAC's Paint Pot in Painterly as eyeshadow base and I also used Colourpop Hanky Panky as a transition color since there are no transitions colors in this palette. The shadows wear well throughout the day except I noticed that my makeup started to fade about 5 hours later. My eye makeup was still noticeable, but not as noticeable as I would like. If you're looking for a palette that is going to let you create dark intense Eye makeup looks, you might want to skip this one, but If you want to create soft Eye makeup looks with soft/creamy shadows then you may want to add this to your collection. This is a palette about personal preference. I like this palette and I can see some improvements with the formula, but I still think some of the shadows could use a little more intensity.


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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Projects with Pilar: Half Double Crochet Fringed Afghan

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Welcome to another Projects with Pilar post! Today I have an Afghan I finished on December 22, 2016. This Afghan is for the sofa chaise in the den.


I kept my crocheting items for this Afghan in this Victoria's Secret tote 


I'm thinking about leaving this Afghan like this on the sofa chaise. 


The throw Pillows may look familiar since I had one place on the recliner with the granny square blanket that I finished back in October.


Folded Afghan. 


I thought I'd share a few different displays on the sofa chaise with the Afghan.


Happy Crocheting! 


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Monday, January 2, 2017

My Life in December 2016

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I was a little unsure if I was going to post a lifestyle post for December 2016 since I did a few Blogmas posts keeping you all updated on all my holiday happenings., but I really like doing these types of posts! On another note, this my second post for today :) To see the first post, click on the link at the end of this post.

Happy December 1st


A few decorations that I had in my room. I switched it up since I needed those blue and silver bulbs for the tree lol

Foods


I've been eating seedless grapes lately. Delicious :)


I usually like to make homeade hot chocolate, but last month I found myself reaching for the instant kind.


The weather was crazy last month. On the days it wasn't extremely cold, it felt rather warm. However it was rather cold for December in  South Carolina. We usually don't get extremely cold weather until January and Early February. 


Hot Chocolate on a cold night.


I haven't made homemade Spaghetti in two months, so I decided to make some for dinner.


Breakfast


Breakfast Casserole. Instead of making a cheeseburger pie, I made a breakfast casserole. A dish that good anytime of the day lol.

Miscellaneous 


Getting more into the Birthday/Christmas Spirit 
:)


I want to thank the companies that sent me PR (Public Relations) Samples in December ! I can't wait to continue to collaborate with some current companies and new companies this year! Look for these reviews and Collabs in upcoming posts on my blog! Side Note: The Zest Citrus Body Wash smells so good!



I collaborated with Fab Fit Fun in December for their Winter 2016 Box. This seasons box includes a star pin To raise awareness for the Starlight Children’s Foundation. Please see the link near the end of the post for more details.  Use code PILAR to receive $10.00 of off your first box. (This box is sold out, but you can check out their site to see others box that may be available)


December 21st. Happy First Day of Winter!


I finished my Afghan for the Sofa Chaise a few days before Christmas. I'll show the full Afghan in an upcoming Projects with Pilar post.


A few items I picked up with my birthday gift card from the Semi Annual Sale at Bath and Body Works.


Selfies


A pink Double Half Crochet Hat that a made about 2 years ago.


The start of my birthday weekend. 


My 31st Birthday/Christmas 2016


Merry Christmas!


Happy Birthday to Me:)


Birthday Selfie on December 25th


I'm a Christmas Baby :)


I'm a Christmas Baby :) To see the rest of my picures from my birthday/ Christmas see my link at the end of this post.

New Year's Eve


Food for New Year's Eve


I stayed in and celebrating New Year's Eve with my mama. I really don't drink that much except for an occasional glass of  wine, so I  had a bottle non alcohol apple cider. 


Happy New Year 2017 Everyone!!



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