Monday, December 29, 2014

Reflections 2014: My Year in Review

Hello Everyone!


Can you believe that 2014 is almost over?! I know it may sound cliche, but this year went by fast! If you're familiar with my blog, you may remember I wrote a post like this last year. I figured this would be a good way to end the year.

2014 was pretty good year. It had it's highs and a few lows, but a decent year nonetheless. I have to admit November and December were stressful because of the holidays, personal stress and being sick with this cold, but I can't complain too much. Even though I have year round allergy/sinus problems and this pesky cold, my health has been good this year.

As someone who has struggled and I still sometimes struggle with depression, I have been happier this year. I've just learned not to let people and things get to me as much as I used too. I still stress and worry over things at times (I'm still working at the not worrying part), but not nearly as I did in the past. I know that may come to you as a shock that I have dealt/deal with depression since I usually write my inspirational posts. Depression isn't always about having negative thoughts, feeling sad all of the time, and self loathing etc. I find channeling negative feelings into something positive isn't only helping myself, but I may help someone who is reading this also. Feeling sad is never fun, but you can be happy. Never lose sight of you being happy again. Stay tuned next year because I plan on writing a few depression awareness posts alongside my inspirational posts. I've always believed that we as a society should help not hurt each other. I guess the only thing that had a profound affect on me this year was the death of my father in February. Some of you may remember the post I wrote about my dad's death and I took a hiatus from my blog for a few weeks. Thanks again to my mom, my two best friends, all my blogger friends who showed me so much kindness through that difficult time. I appreciated that so much!

I did accomplish some of my lifestyle changes such as getting more rest, and eating more fruit. It's weird because I'm always eating vegetables, but I was never really big on eating fruit until now lol.  Lately I've been on a grapefruit kick, and no I don't sprinkle any sugar on top. It's usually sweet enough for me!

Another thing I want to reflect on is something a lady said to me. This was around Mother's Day and she was talking about her kids and long story short, I told her I hope she has a Happy Mother's Day. She said thank you, but asked me what am I waiting on to have children and that I'm pushing 30...I felt that was kind of rude yet really funny because I was thinking at the time when did 28 become to old to have children lol? It's like her mindset was from the 1950's and she is only around 50ish herself. Now of course I want to have a husband and children someday, but that day isn't right now. When it's my time then all those things will come. Honestly, I want to wait until my early to mid 30's to have children because I would like to be more established. Like I mentioned in my other reflective post I can't just rush my life, and definitely not for other people standards. I feel like this all the things I want to experience, I look forward to having in the future. 29 is my last year in my 20's and I'm going to make the most of it!

As for grad school, I'm still undecided, but lately it's been heavily on my mind. I love to help people and I really think I would make a good counselor.   I have a B.A. in Psychology and I found most of the classes I took as an undergrad very interesting especially the counseling courses. So for those of you who were wondering about that, I'm still thinking about it...A LOT!

Like I mentioned earlier, 2014 was a pretty good year, and I look forward to what 2015 brings!

I didn't forget about the positivity jar I started at the beginning of the year. I didn't get a chance to take a picture, but I should have that included in my new years post.

May you all have a wonderful and safe HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! 

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

My 29th Birthday and Christmas Events and Gifts

Hello Everyone !


 
 
Disclaimer:
 My apologies for the missing pictures. My pictures were accidentally deleted off my blog. Please Refer to my Instagram account miss_pilar to view the pictures (or some of the pictures) that were deleted.  
 
 
I hope everyone had a nice Christmas on Thursday (for those that celebrate) well Christmas was my 29th birthday. Let me write a little recap of things this past week. All this week I've been bed ridden with a terrible cold which kind of put a damper on my mood along with some holiday and personal stress. Usually I try to keep a positive mindset, but it all became too much and I started to become really unhappy and I guess you can even say depressed. Even though I write inspirational posts, I'm only human, I have my bad days too. One thing that really touched my heart is that my friend Ashley @ashleysuemakeup was kind enough to send me a birthday shout out in her holiday post earlier this week. Like I told her, it's so good to know that kind and caring people still exist in this world. That one nice comment truly meant a lot to me because I was already feeling kind of down this week and that bought a smile to my face. That meant a lot to me! So once again Ashley I thank you for that! I also thank all of you wished me a happy birthday! 

Here's a quick timeline

December 23...

- Still sick, but I attempted to make my Mom's homemade Lasagna for Christmas Dinner. I just made it in the crock instead of the oven. I cooked dinner because my mom is also sick and honestly I was tired of bed rest and it wasn't to complicated to prepare, I just felt tired afterwards lol 
*let me know if you want me to write a step by step Recipe for Crockpot Lasagna and I'll put it down for a future post



 


Crock Pot Lasagna 

 

Extra Layer of Cheese on top. I forgot to take a picture before I cut a small piece of lasagna lol.

December 24th, Christmas Eve:

- Spent most of day in bed and watched my favorite movie A Christmas Story later that night.


 

Don't I look excited for my birthday and Christmas lol? I spend Christmas Eve snuggled in my blanket.


December 25th: Birthday/Christmas

-  My day was pretty good. I opened all my gifts and I spent the day practically in bed...again lol. I talked to my best friend on the phone for a while. My day wasn't too eventful, but I felt blessed to see and celebrate another year. Maybe I'll do something for my birthday once I start to feel better. Once again I want to thank everyone that showed me love on my birthday on social media! I appreciate it!


 

My No Makeup Birthday Selfie lol

 

My Birthday Gifts

 

 

I love my Mom!! She gave me this Michael Kors Tote and Wallet. 

 


My bestie up north sent these amazing smelling Bath and Body Works candles to me for my birthday! 


 

Christmas Gifts!!

 

I love this candle! I just wish B&BW would make the throw stronger!


 

Birthday/Christmas Dinner
My first homemade Crock Pot Lasagna

 

The croissants came from Bilo. I wanted to make a small salad that included Cucumbers, but Bilo didn't have any Cucumbers!! Seriously how does a grocery store not have Cucumbers! I was rather annoyed by that lol!


December 27th: Spending time with my bestie

 

Since I didn't see my bestie on my birthday he came by tonight to bring my gift. I got a clarisonic MIA! I'm so happy because I've wanted one of these for the longest time! He's so sweet and
awesome to buy this for me!!💙💙

How was your Christmas?


Happy Holidays!






Friday, December 26, 2014

My Beauty Favorites 2014

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Disclaimer:
 My apologies for the missing pictures. My pictures were accidentally deleted off my blog. Please Refer to my Instagram account miss_pilar to view the pictures (or some of the pictures) that were deleted.  
 
 
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. I will have my birthday post up soon, but today I want to focus on my favorite beauty products for 2014. I'm so proud of myself for getting this post up on time. I actually finished this post earlier this month to make sure I got it posted on time. I usually don't do a whole lot of monthly favorites since some of my favorites are the same or I just forget about them in general lol. However, I didn't want to let the year go out without writing my favorite beauty products for the year. This is just a list of products that I discussed throughout this year in past posts.

Lip Products

MAC, NYX Butter Lipstick, Avon Ultra Color Lipstick, NYX Butter Gloss, MAC Prep+Prime, NYX Lip Pencil, and Avon Glimmerstick Lip Liner


 

 

Mac, by far is my favorite brand, but I also use these other brands because they're such good quality. Avon and NYX products are also good quality and come in a variety of shades. All these brands have been a major staple in my makeup routine this year.

*These aren't necessarily my favorite colors I just listed them for display purposes

Eye Products

Urban Decay Naked, Naked 2, and Naked 3 Palettes, Lorac Pro Palette, and BH Cosmetics


 

Honestly I couldn't chose between the three Naked palettes because I love them all. I won't dwell to much on these palettes since I wrote reviews and showed FOTD's with each palette. If you love neutral and rose colors (Naked 3), these are definitely the palettes to have.

Mac Paint Pot in Painterly, NYX Eyeshadow Pencil in Milk, and NYX Eyeshadow Base in White



 

 

I see why so many people rave about these eyeshadow bases. Paint Pot is so worth the hype it receives as base because it makes your eyeshadow blend well. It also makes your eye makeup look flawless. Milk (pencil) and (White) also helps create gorgeous eye makeup  looks. I mentioned this before...you only have to use a small amount of each to make your eyeshadow pop. Also, if you have a eyeshadow that doesn't show well try one of these two as bases to give your eyeshadow life. I really like how all three can also be worn alone as eyeshadow.

Face

Fashion Fair Fast Finish Foundation Stick


 

This is more of a Holy Grail product for me since for both my foundation and concealer. I think this runs about $28, and it only takes a small amount of this foundation for full coverage.


Victoria's Secret Bronzer (Goddess)



 

I started using this over the Summer and I've loved it ever since. The bronzer isn't too shimmery and I like how I can wear it during the whole year. It really reminds me of a nice lightweight powder. 


Skin Products and Removers

Ponds Towelettes, BH Cosmetics Eye and Lip Makeup Remover, and Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser 


 

I like to buy the travel size packs of Ponds towelettes rather than the large pack because the smaller packs don't dry out as often.


 

You have to have good products to remove your makeup right?! Well, I think I've found mine. These go hand in hand because I use the wipes to remove my makeup and the eye and lip remover before washing my face.


Cetaphil Sensitive Face Cleasner


 

After I use the towelettes, eye and lip remover, I use Cetaphil Cleanser to wash my face. If you read my blog on a regular basis, you already know how much I love to use Cetaphil products for my skin regimens. 


Nail Polish

Pure Ice Nail Polish


 

I recently discovered this brand of polish this year and it's great quality! These polishes come in a variety of colors (including glitter). My manicures usually last about 6 days without any chipping or retouching, pretty impressive! 


There you have it, my list of favorites beauty products for 2014! What are some of your favorites products for the year? Also, if you do favorite beauty products for the year, leave your blog link so I can check it out!


Happy Holidays! 

Monday, December 22, 2014

Evian Facial Spray Review

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Disclaimer:
 My apologies for the missing pictures. My pictures were accidentally deleted off my blog. Please Refer to my Instagram account miss_pilar to view the pictures (or some of the pictures) that were deleted.  
 
 
 
Disclaimer: I was selected by Brandbacker to write a review for Evian Facial Spray. All opinions are 100 % my own.



 


About the Product

From the French Alps, Evian natural mineral water has a balanced mineral composition and a neutral pH suiting all skin types.

Claims

- Wakes up your skin and senses

* When Used daily, Evian Facial Spray

- Increases your skin hydration

- Helps to fix make-up 

- Offers you constant freshness and purity. 


My Thoughts

Since skin care is very important to me, I found this spray rejuvenating and it definitely woke my skin up when I used it on my face. I did notice that my face did feel more hydrated since I started using the spray. The hydrating factor is definitely a plus since the weather is getting colder and this spray appears to helps prevent dry skin. In the pamphlet I showed above, it mentioned that you could apply this facial spray on top of mineral powder. So of course I tested it out on top of my makeup. The spray gave my makeup a refreshed look and my makeup didn't feel sticky after usage. I like that this facial spray can be used for multiple purposes. Since I've been sick, this spray keeps my face refreshed and gives my skin life lol. I know some reviews I read just consider this water in a can, but I can see the benefits of usage. I never used a facial spray before now, but I would repurchase this Evian Facial Spray. 

 

Here's a no makeup selfie I took. I thought this would be perfect to show since I'm still sick and my skin looks lively because of this Evian Facial Spray.

For more information about Evian Facial Spray visit their website at http://www.evianspray.com



Happy Holidays and thanks for stopping by my blog!

The Winter Tag

Hello Everyone! 


Happy Winter! Since I'm still bed ridden with a cold lol I decided to do the Winter Tag on my phone. How gorgeous is that picture? This one of the reasons why I want to visit New Year during the holidays because the decorations are beautiful!


- What's 3 things you like to do during winter?
  1. Crochet new projects
  2. Make homemade soups
  3. Curl up in a blanket and watch tv or read a good book.

- Do you like the snow?
Yes. It looks so beautiful.

- Does it even snow where you live?
Sometimes, but not a whole lot.

- What's the best part about winter time?
The scenery and I can wear some cute Winter accessories.

- Is winter your favorite season?
Not at all lol. My favorite season is Spring.

- Does your family celebrate Christmas?
Yes, I am a Christian.

- Do you get a lot of presents?
I think I get enough and I feel blessed and grateful for the things I receive.

- Do you help put up and decorate the Christmas tree?
Yes, tree decorating is always fun!

- Do you have a stocking?
Yes, I made a crochet stocking last year.

- Do you like the cold winter weather?
Absolutely NOT! Since I live in the South the weather isn't too cold, but when it does get really cold I don't like it, and I usually get a cold that takes forever to get over lol. Hence the reason I'm on bed rest right now.

- Do you build snowmen?
The last time. I built a snowman I was in the 8th grade.

- How many blankets do you sleep with in winter?
I usually have at least one or two of my crochet blankets on the bed. It just depends how cold I get.

Would you rather:

- Wear gloves with no hat or a hat with no gloves?
Gloves with no hat. My hands stay cold.

- Go sledding or ice skating?
I've never done either, but I would love to go sledding it looks like so much fun!

- Your toes go numb or your fingers?
My fingers, this is why I always wear gloves lol

- Drink hot chocolate or apple cider?
Hot chocolate!


Happy Holidays!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

MAC and Yankee Candle Pre-Birthday Haul

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Disclaimer:
 My apologies for the missing pictures. My pictures were accidentally deleted off my blog. Please Refer to my Instagram account miss_pilar to view the pictures (or some of the pictures) that were deleted.  
 
 
Since my birthday is in a few days, I decided to treat myself to a pre birthday haul. Side note is it me or does it seem like everyone is sick? I know so many people that have colds right now including myself. I've been under the weather the last few days. (I feel so terrible! lol) Hopefully with bed rest I'll feel better in time for my birthday and Christmas.



 

 

MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre 


 

KEEPSAKES/RED LIP BAG



 

Keepsakes: Viva  Glamorous Bag


 

From left to right: Viva Glam Rihanna 1, Viva Glam Rihanna 2, Ruby Woo, Ruby Woo Lipglass, and Heroine


 

 

Ruby Woo Lip Pencil


 

Yankee Candle Christmas Cookie. Omgosh they smell so good!

Did you purchase anything from the MAC holiday collection? Do you like Yankee Candle?


Happy Holidays and thanks for stopping by my blog!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Reflections of a 28 Year Old Woman

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Here we are, exactly one week until Christmas and my birthday!!! Yes that's right, my birthday is on Christmas Day for those who didn't know or new to my blog. For my blogger friends and others who follow my blog, may remember I did a post like this last year a week before my birthday. 

Even though I try to embrace my age as I get older, I still can't believe I'm going to be 29 year's old next week, God willing. I guess I wrote that statement because I'm about to enter the last year in my 20's lol. I read an article on the internet a few months ago that 28 is supposed be your best year in your 20's. Well I feel like that 28 has been good year, even though I feel everyday at any age is a blessing within itself. I know many people make a list of things they want to do or accomplish before they turn a certain age a.k.a. the infamous bucket list, but I learned a long time ago...some things you can't control. Two other lessons I've learned in life thus far: 1. Things take time. 2. Things happen when they're supposed too. So far I've accomplished a few of my goals I've set for myself, but for the goals I haven't achieved yet I look forward to accomplishing in the future! I will also write another reflection about this year in general, so stayed tuned for that!

Happy Birthday to all my December babies and Happy holidays everyone!

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Seasons Greetings and Showing Kindness

Hello Everyone!


Today I want to focus on something that has been on my mind lately. Recently I've been noticing a lot of negativity on social media, Facebook, Instagram, and to some degree, YouTube. People are writing such hateful, cruel, and thoughtless posts for everyone to see. I haven't encountered any of this negativity or rudeness personally, but I still have some thoughts about it. I can't tell anyone what to write or not to write, but here are some of my thoughts about the matter. I understand that even though this can be a very hectic strenuous time because of the holidays, I still feel that people can remember the reason for the season. 

I've also read posts that I get the sense something is going wrong. For those types of posts I feel there is nothing wrong with leaving someone a kind word. You never know, leaving a kind word on someone post may brighten their day or give them a little bit hope of things getting better. I don't look at these people as attention seekers, some people are just in need of being shown a little bit of support. Even though this is considered the most wonderful time of year, it may not feel all that wonderful for those who may have financial hardships, holiday depression, or any other issue that may cause some displeasure. We don't always know what people are going through and to read hateful posts, I can imagine how this may make someone feel if they're going through something terrible.

I feel the world could use a lot more kindness instead of some of the hatefulness I've been seeing. I didn't write this post to offend anyone nor am I talking about anyone in particular, these are just my thoughts.


Have you seen these types of issues going on social media? What are your thoughts about it? 


Happy Holidays! 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Victoria's Secret Black Friday Haul 2014 

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Disclaimer:
 My apologies for the missing pictures. My pictures were accidentally deleted off my blog. Please Refer to my Instagram account miss_pilar to view the pictures (or some of the pictures) that were deleted.  
 
 


I know I'm kind of late with this post lol, but today I bring you part of my VS Black Friday Haul. I actually ordered these items online on Thanksgiving since VS offered early access to the free tote (with $75 purchase). I figured it would be a good time to make a few purchases. Is anyone else obsessed with shopping at Victoria's Secret?! Even though they can be expensive, they have some great items! I can truly say this is one of my favorite places to shop!


VS Black Friday Tote with Heavenly Mini Set

 

Front of tote

 

Back of tote

 

These were the free items I received with my purchase. Isn't that tote gorgeous?! The Heavenly set smells nice too!


VS Fantasies Body Wash and Body Butter

 

 

Since the weather is getting colder and I needed to restock, I purchased a few body butters and a body wash.


VS Large and Mini Stripe Cosmetic Bags

 

 

VS has some great makeup bags, and I've been wanting these for a while lol. I think that mini makeup bag was adorable! It's small, but roomy for some items when I don't want to carry my larger makeup bags.


I mentioned earlier that this is part of my haul since I made a few other beauty gift purchases I want to keep a surprise until Christmas. I also purchased a few panties, but I would feel kind of weird to show my new undies online lol.


Did you ladies buy anything from VS on Black Friday? Did you watch the VS Fashion Show on Tuesday night?


* Bonus picture: Here are two crease brushes I got from AVON that came in the mail today.

 



Happy holidays and thanks for stopping by my blog!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Christmas Tag 2014

Hello Everyone!



I've seen the Christmas Tag going around, so I wanted to join the fun and share some of my Christmas memories and traditions.


Questions 

1. What is your favorite Christmas Movie/s?

A Christmas Story! I always watch it on TBS every year. ( you know when TBS shows the 24 hr marathon) I also like the cartoon version of How The Grinch Stole Christmas! I have both DVD as well!

2. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?

Both! I may open one gift on Christmas Eve, but I usually wait until Christmas morning!

3. Do you have a favorite Christmas memory?

Going to see Christmas lights. One in particular was an elderly couple who put up this gorgeous light display every year with Santa Claus, reindeer, etc. It was so cool they even had a little pond in their back yard with Christmas decor. They would have cars lined up to see their house and people would stand around as well. I also liked to help decorate the Christmas tree, it was so much fun!

4. Favorite festive food?

This may sound weird, but it's homemade lasagna. It's one of my favorite foods my mom makes for my birthday dinner/ (Christmas). I didn't realize until a few years ago some people eat Lasagna on Christmas.

5. Favorite Christmas gift?

I've had so many wonderful Christmas gifts, so all of them are special to me in some way :) It's hard to choose just one.

6. Favorite Christmas scent?

Bath and Body Works used to have a candle called Winter Musk, but now I think it's called Winter. The candle used to be in a small glitter silver jar shaped like a Christmas bulb with a cute top. It smelled just like Christmas.

7. Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?

Christmas Eve is usually low key. I may finish wrapping gifts, cooking, and watching TV. Sometimes I see my best friend unless he has to work and if so, I'll see him a few days later.

8. What tops your tree?

Usually a star. For some reason I don't know why there's no star on top of the tree in this picture...I think the lights didn't work lol

9. As a kid what was the one (crazy, wild, extravagant) gift you always asked for but never received?

A Barbie Jeep! I didn't get one, but I got a beautiful Barbie Dream House instead! I was pretty stoked that Christmas!

10. What's the best part about Christmas for you?

This one is kind of sentimental for me because my mom always tells me Happy Birthday first...then Merry Christmas. For those born on Christmas such as myself know the holiday can overshadow our birthday lol. I'm very fond of giving gifts, to see the happy look on someone's face is priceless.  I love everything about Christmas it's truly the most wonderful time of year! 


I tag anyone who wants to participate! Leave your link so I can read your responses!  Happy Holidays!

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Crochet Snowmen

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Disclaimer:
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* Everything in this post was purchased and made by me.

 

Today I have a cute holiday crochet project for you! I made two snowmen with their accessories. This project was fun, and even though it doesn't snow that much in the South, I still thought it would make a cute Winter/Holiday project.

Products Used
- Boye Hook Size H
- Red Heart Super Saver Yarn Red
- Red Heart Super Saver Yarn Hunter Green
- Red Heart Super Saver Yarn White
- Red Heart Super Saver Yarn Black
- Tapestry Needle (yarn needle)


Thanks for stopping by my blog! Happy Holidays!


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Holiday Manicures 2014

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Disclaimer:
 My apologies for the missing pictures. My pictures were accidentally deleted off my blog. Please Refer to my Instagram account miss_pilar to view the pictures (or some of the pictures) that were deleted.  
 
 
I know I've been slacking off with my Manicure Monday series and manicures in general lately, but honestly I just haven't really been polishing my nails much. I guess I haven't been all that inspired to polish them since I've been keeping them short. I think I'm going to grow them back long because I really miss my long nails lol.

Lets get started with the holiday manicures!


1. A classic red looks good during the holiday season.


 

 

Sinful Colors Professional: Ruby, Ruby 



2. I love wearing purple during the holidays.


 

 

Sinful Colors Professional: Let's Talk


3. Green with sparkles


 

 

- Pure Ice: Free Spirit 
- Pure Ice: Looks Like Rain 

4. Blue sparkles and a touch of silver


 

 

- Pure Ice: Wide Awake
- BH Cosmetics Nail Lacquer: Metal


This year I kept my manicures really simple. If you want to check out more of my other manicures from last year click on the links below!

Links for my 2013 holiday manicures!

Manicure Monday Holiday Edition Part: 1

Manicure Monday Holiday Edition Part: 2

Manicure Monday Holiday Edition Part: 3

Happy Holidays!!!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Holiday Makeup Looks 2014

Hello Everyone and Happy December!

 
 
Disclaimer:
 My apologies for the missing pictures. My pictures were accidentally deleted off my blog. Please Refer to my Instagram account miss_pilar to view the pictures (or some of the pictures) that were deleted.  
 
 
Oh how I love this time of year! Everything is decorated so pretty and the holiday season is just a wonderful time of year (in my opinion) I also love this time of year because my birthday is coming up on Christmas! For those who don't know, Yes, I'm a Christmas baby :)


Now with all that being written here are a few makeup looks I came up with that I'll be wearing throughout the month. The first two makeup looks are more for Christmas and the last two makeup looks are geared toward New Years Eve. I usually stay in for New Year's Eve, but I still can do my makeup :) I decided to go ahead and post these looks so they would be up for in plenty of time for the holiday season. 


Classic Gold Eyes and Red Lips

 

 

Side Note: The lighting was off in this picture


Products Used 


 


- MAC Paint Pot (Painterly) for eyeshadow base

- Maybelline The Nudes Palette
Put pic

  1: For transition color
  2: All over the lid
  3: Outer V and slightly on top of     
     crease, blend

- Clinique High Impact Waterproof. 
  Mascara

* Face *

- Ponds Dry Cream (for preparation)

- Fashion Fair Oil Controlled Pressed 
  Powder (Fawn)

- Fashion Fair Fast Finish Foundation
  Stick (Butterscotch/Caramel)

* Lips *


 

- MAC Russian Red (Matte)

- NYX Lip Pencil Hot Red


2. Festive Holiday Green Eyes and Violet Lips


 

 


Products Used

 


* Eyes *

- NYX Eyeshadow Base (White)

- Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette

 

   1. Downfall: for transition color   
   2. DTF: In crease
   3. Dragon: In tear duct and on half
   of the lid
   4. Revolver: On the other half of the lid.
   and Outer V, blend

- Benefit They're Real Mascara

* Face *

- Ponds Dry Cream (for preparation)

- Fashion Fair Oil Controlled Pressed 
  Powder (Fawn)

- Fashion Fair Fast Finish Foundation
  Stick (Butterscotch/Caramel)

* Lips *


 

- MAC (Pro Lipstick) Violetta (Amplified)

- Avon Glimmersticks Lip Liner Perfect Plum



3. Party with Pink

 

 


Products Used

 

* Eyes *

- NYX Eyeshadow Base (White)

- Urban Decay Vice 2 Palette

 

   1. Shellshock: Pack on tear duct, half
   of the lid, and half of the crease
   2. Coax: On the other half of the
   crease, the other half of the lid,
   3. Lovesick: On Outer V, blend into
   Coax and Shellshock on top of the
   crease

- Benefit They're Real Mascara

*  Face *

-  Ponds Dry Skin Cream (for preparation)

-  Fashion Fair Loose Powder (Amber)

- Fashion Fair Fast Finish Foundation
  Stick (Butterscotch/Caramel)

* Lips *

 

- MAC No Faux Pas (Matte) LE

- NYX Lip Pencil Pinky



4. A Pop of Purple

 

 


Products Used

 

* Eyes *

- NYX Eyeshadow Base (White)

- Urban Decay Vice 2 Palette

 


 1. Betrayal: All over the lid and crease
 2. Radar: On top of the crease
 3. Lovesick: On the Outer V, and blend
  slightly into Radar

*  Face *

-  Ponds Dry Skin Cream (for preparation)

-  Fashion Fair Loose Powder (Amber)

- Fashion Fair Fast Finish Foundation
  Stick (Butterscotch/Caramel)

* Lips *

 

- MAC Faux (Satin)

- NYX Lip Pencil Soft Brown


Are you creating any holiday makeup looks?Thanks for stopping by my blog and Happy Holidays!!



Saturday, November 29, 2014

Cetaphil DermaControl Oil Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Review

Hello Everyone!


 
 
Disclaimer:
 My apologies for the missing pictures. My pictures were accidentally deleted off my blog. Please Refer to my Instagram account miss_pilar to view the pictures (or some of the pictures) that were deleted.  
 
 

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post by Cetaphil. All opinions are my own.


Today I have a product review for you. Cetaphil sent me this DermaControl Oil Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 to test out.

About the Product and Claims

Cetaphil DermaControl Oil Control Moisturizer SPF 30 is clinically proven to manage oily and acne-prone skin. It soothes sensitivities like redness or dryness caused by using some acne treatments and controls shine while protecting and moisturizing skin. 

 



- Specially formulated for oily and acne-prone skin to relieve dryness and soften skin

- May help soothe the drying effects of some prescription acne treatments

- 3-in-1 formula to help control oil and shine, hydrate and provide broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection

- Contains Oleosome technology™ which uses a lower concentration of sunscreen filters for less irritation and greater hydration

- Micropearl technology absorbs surface oil, helps reduce shine and gives skin a matte finish

- Lightweight, non-greasy, absorbs quickly

- Recommend by the Skin Cancer Foundation

- Works well alone or under makeup

- Non-comedogenic, oil-free and fragrance-free

- Clinically tested for tolerability with acne medications

- Dermatologist recommended


My Thoughts

Very moisturizing! I like using this moisturizer on my face before going to bed. It applies smoothly, moisturizers well, and lasts long after application. If I wear this moisturizer during the day, my face is protected since it has SPF 30 protection which is always beneficial. Even though this product is supposed to be fragrance free I noticed that I had a slight sunscreen scent when I applied it on my face. I also noticed that it stated in the claims section this moisturizer is supposed to be non-greasy. Well...in my opinion it depends on how much you use. It felt a little greasy on my face, but it doesn't take a lot of the product to get full coverage. Even though this moisturizer felt a little greasy, I did try it try it under my makeup a few times. Since this moisturizer has a matte finish, I think it worked well after I applied my makeup. My makeup applied smoothly and face didn't look shiny. I can see myself continuing to use this moisturizer from time to time before I apply my makeup. Like I mentioned earlier, I think it all depends on how much you apply on your face that makes the difference on your face feeling greasy and or looking shiny.

Overall, I think this is a good moisturizer. For me, this moisturizer controls acne more than it controls oil. When I had a few acne bumps, this moisturizer cleared it right up. I would purchase this product in the future especially since it's good for multiple uses that I listed throughout the post. 

Thanks for stopping by my blog! 

Friday, November 28, 2014

Thanksgiving 2014

Hello Everyone! 


 
Disclaimer:
 My apologies for the missing pictures. My pictures were accidentally deleted off my blog. Please Refer to my Instagram account miss_pilar to view the pictures (or some of the pictures) that were deleted.  
 
 

I hope everyone who celebrates Thanksgiving had a wonderful day! This just a quick little review of my day. I spent Thanksgiving with my mom and this is the food we made for dinner (even though she made majority of the meal lol) The day was pretty quiet and laid back...cooking, watching movies, and eating yummy Thanksgiving dinner. I also did my makeup and I include those pictures in this post as well.

Thanksgiving FOTD

 


Products Used

(my apologies for not listing all the products, if you have any questions about specific details on my fotd,  feel free to ask me in the comments section)


 


How was your Thanksgiving? Are you doing any Black Friday or Cyber Monday shopping? 


Happy Holidays! 


Pilar

Friday, November 21, 2014

The Blogger Recognition Award/ The Sweater Weather Tag

Hello Everyone!
 
 
 

Today I was tagged for The Blogger Recognition Award by my friend Ashley@ashleysuemakeup Make sure you go check out her awesome blog!! Thanks for nominating me Ashley! 

I also wanted to thank those who left me such kind comments in my lasts two posts! I missed you all as well! I will responding back to your comments soon and I also will my last two posts for those who want to check it out!


 


Rules:

Thank the person who nominated you and give a link to their blog.Write a post showing off the award. Give a brief summary of how your blog started and a piece or two of advice to new bloggers Select 15 blogs to do this award.Comment on their blogs to inform them of the award.

How I got my blog started 

I love answering this question :) lol, but I will try to keep it short. I always wanted to write a blog so, I finally just went for it. First I was going for fashion hence my link http://plovesfashion.blogspot.com, but then I realized I probably would focus more on beauty. Then the blog name Beauty and more by Pilar was born. By doing this I would let my audience know they could expect read a variety of topics on my blog.

My advice to new bloggers

1. Stay true to yourself and be authentic

I love reading blogs where I get a sense of the person's personality. It's your blog, so discuss the things that interests you! 

2. Try to avoid the "follow for follow" requests

I have to agree with Miriam and Ashley on the whole "follow for follow" requests. I actually find it rather rude because it comes off as your looking for numbers of followers  rather than the quality and time the person put into the content of their blog. I think most people who blog can relate to what I'm saying. It's true if you liked my blog, I would think you would already be following instead of bartering for follow requests...Instead  of only asking for follow for follow, people could at least write "I enjoy your blog and would you mind taking a look at my blog?" and just leave a link. I don't mind links in the comments because it gives bloggers an opportunity to check out other blogs. It's  the whole follow for follow can be impersonal and annoying.

3. Don't get discouraged

Blogging should be for fun! Try not to get discouraged if your blog isn't taking off like you thought it would. If you enjoy blogging keep at it!


Who I nominate for this award! 

Everyone! Leave your link if you want me to check out your responses!



The Sweater Weather Tag


I've seen this tag going around lately, so I decided to participate as well!


QUESTIONS:

1. Favorite candle scent?

I haven't been candle shopping lately, but Bath and Body Works usually wins me over with their candles!

2. Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate?

I don't really drink coffee, I like hot lemon tea and Hot Chocolate is my absolute favorite!

3. What’s the best fall memory you have?

Thanksgiving hands down! I used to love going grocery shopping with my mom and watch her cook dinner. Now I usually help her make Thanksgiving dinner. So much fun!

4. Which makeup trend do you prefer: dark lips or winged eye liner?

dark lips!

5. Best fragrance for fall?

I really like Dream Angel Heavenly by Victoria's Secret

6. Favorite Thanksgiving Food?

My mom's stuffing and Sweet Potato Pie! Yum!!

7. What is autumn weather like where you live?

It's usually cool to mild, but lately it's been very cold. If I didn't know any better I would have thought it was Winter! SC weather has been very unpredictable lately lol

8. Most worn sweater?

I have quite a few! I usually wear cardigans, or my white fur hooded sweater-coat

9. Must-have nail polish this fall?

Anything dark or neutral

10. Football games or jumping in leaf piles?

I would jump in leaf piles lol. Im not that interested in watching football

11. Skinny jeans or leggings?

Leggings!

12. Combat boots or Uggs?

I would probably wear Uggs if I had a pair since I like warm boots.

13. Is pumpkin spice worth the hype?

To each its own...I don't like anything pumpkin

14. Favorite fall TV show?

I really don't know..I guess the new season of Law and Order SVU

15. What song really gets you into the fall spirit?

I really can't think of any Fall themed songs lol



Here are the links to my two latest posts

Are You Happy?
I'm Thankful 


Thanks for reading and stopping by my blog!

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