Tuesday, May 24, 2016

ColourPop Lip Goodies

Hey guys! I showed y'all earlier that I got my ColourPop lip order in and I was so excited. I had heard so many great things about the products and curiosity got the better of me and I had to have it. I ordered 6 different shades and for the price you seriously cannot beat it! They have Ultra SatinUltra MatteLippie Stix and Lippie Pencils which is great for everyone because we all have our favorites. 

During my order, I got 1 lippie stix, 4 ultra matte & 1 ultra satin product. I like the consistency of all of them because they aren't super drying and go on really smooth. The staying power of these bad boys are no joke either. After I tried one of them and wiped it off with a makeup wipe, it took some elbow grease to really get it off.

I realized after I got the lippies, that most of the colors are similar, but the awesome thing is that no one color looks like the other when it's on. I'm loving all of them except for 2 of the shades that just didn't go well with my skintone, but will be perfect for my sister!

The JujuRouge Lippie Stix is the prettiest red. I love that it's matte and it has the look more of a lipstick. 

Lyin' King Ultra Satin is the only satin product I got, but guys I'm obsessed with this color!! It's the prettiest raspberry color that will totally compliment any skin tone.

Bad Habit Ultra Matte is listed more as a mauve pink, but it has hints of purple/berry in it. The actual gloss I got definitely looks darker than the site shows, but it's still a very pretty and versatile color.

Solow Ultra Matte is a nude pink color that just doesn't go well with my skintone. I was kind of bummed because I was hoping it was a good dupe for Stila Liquid Lipstick in Patina, but it just didn't flatter me at all. I think a darker skintone will totally wear this better.

More Better Ultra Matte is the prettiest wine colored lippy. It's bordering a red, but with deep violet undertones, would work very well on various skintones.

Are N Be Ultra Matte is another one that just didn't work so well for me. I don't think I am brave enough to wear such a dark plum like this, but maybe if I'm feeling adventurous, otherwise this would be perfect on a different skintone.

Overall I think I got a big bang for my buck, considering all of these shades were $30 total! They did take just about a week to ship to me, but it was so well worth the wait! If you've been thinking about picking some shades up I definitely recommend it and if you're a new customer and sign up with your email you could get $5 off your order! The key selling point for me is the low price-point and free shipping on orders of $30 or more.

I cannot wait to wear these colors and pick up some more along the way! Do you have any ColourPop goodies? What are your favorite shades that you've gotten?

Monday, May 23, 2016

Weekending | Painting & Chocolate Festival Fun

Happy Monday guys! This weekend seriously flew by (do I say that every Monday?!) I was definitely not expecting it to be as busy as it was, but I am so glad that it was. Thankfully, the flu-like symptoms I was feeling on Friday subsided enough for me to enjoy paint night with my ladies and was completely gone come Saturday morning!

Like I mentioned on Friday night the girls and I met up at Color Me Mine for a night of painting. It was fun and different because we could pick a variety of items to paint. I went with a simple large plate that can be used in a few different ways. It was a little harder than I was expecting and I wasn't able to do a cute stencil like I had originally wanted to, but I'm happy with the end result and we had a blast!

We ended the night with dinner at CPK and called it a night! The only thing I was super bummed with was that we didn't get to go home with our creations. Apparently they don't throw it in the kiln right away and told us it would be a few days before we could pick it up.

The following morning, my bestie texted me and asked me if I wanted to go to the chocolate festival nearby. I of course said heck yeh, because chocolate duh! It was seriously such a beautiful day and perfect fun with the girls! Although I felt a lack of chocolate, they made up for it with all the wine and food stalls. There was also live music and fun stuff all around to do!

 (Just want to point out I wore a different black maxi than the night before, just kept the top chambray top the same lol #caughtwearingbasicallythesamething)

That funnel cake has me drooling for more already! My sister bought me a bottle of Mango Moscato that I was loving that day so I can't wait to dive into that bottle!

After a long day of walking around and eating, I came home and the last thing I wanted to do was be productive, but I had no choice. I'm leaving for Houston on Saturday and am packing a big chunk of my life here (clothes, makeup, accessories) and taking it with me during this trip so it lessens the load for when I go in July. I already sent A home with quite a few clothes that I won't be wearing in the coming months back when he was here.

 Thank goodness for mothers because mine is a saint and was SUPER patient and helpful with me during the packing. I'm taking 2 fairly large bags full of stuff and she helped me weigh everything and meticulously pack it all in there so it all fit between both bags without going over the weight limit!!

It's really crazy how bare my room is slowly becoming and how real everything is feeling!!! 54 days and counting...eek!!!

Sunday was spent hanging out with my parents, helping them with stuff around the house (seriously why is there so much stuff to do?!) and knocking off more stuff from the growing wedding to-do list!

Well hope all of you lovelies had a beautiful weekend as well! Linking up with Biana for weekending!!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Friday Faves | The One Where I'm Sick

It's finally Friday friends! I wish I wasn't under the weather, but alas the show must go on. I wish I had a day of rest, but I'm hoping to feel better this weekend. I do have a paint class with my girls tonight and I hope to troop through it.

I also have a friend's bbq plus a million wedding things to get through AND to pack half my life away for my trip to Houston next week!!

I'm not a huge Drake fan, but this song is so good guys! I literally cannot find his version on Youtube, but Conor Maynard does an incredible cover. So you guys can just slow jam to this while reading the rest of my post ;)!

incase you missed it:

Monday// My friends and I made homemade sushi rolls and celebrate a friends birthday over the weekend!

Tuesday// I linked up with Macy for an update on my 101 in 1001 goal list.

Wednesday// Is Wedding Wednesday around these parts and I talked about the 5 times not to wear your engagement ring

Thursday// I finally gave you a peek into what's in my bag.


I hope all you lovies have a wonderful weekend!! Linking up with Amanda!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

What's In My Bag?

Hey guys! This post has been a long time coming! I've seen it on other bloggity blogs like Biana's and am finally coming around to posting a "what's in my bag" post. I don't tend to change out my bag too much because there are some essentials that I just need to have in there, but I will change out from a big bag to a smaller/crossbody bag if I need to.

My most recent bag purchase was from the one and only Nordstrom. I linked the exact bag I got, which is now 30% off now! I love that it's big and only wish it had a zipper or pouch on the inside.

This is what I consider my "essentials" I would be lost without this stuff because most of it is necessary for me to function. I obviously need my wallet that holds all the cards and cash. Then I have my Ray-Ban Aviator sunglasses because you literally cannot predict when the sun will come out even if it was raining and dark 30 minutes ago. Burt's Bees lip balm is the best at hydrating and I have these scattered around in my purse, at home and even one at work. I try to always keep a pen and pad with me just incase I need to write something down on the go like blog post ideas and such. Finally I have my work badge, whenever I switch between bags, this is the one thing that always seems to get left behind and I cannot do anything at work without it so this is vital to my job!

Next is what I like to refer to as my snacking/health section. Since I am on the go a lot, I like to make sure I have stuff in my purse to keep me fueled up so I avoid fast food places out of hunger. A water bottle is key especially one that keeps your water cold for a long period of time, this was a gift from the hospital I work at, but the S'well bottle does an excellent job at keeping your drink insulated! Along with my mints and a granola bar, I also make sure to have hand sanitizer with me at all times because you never know when you'll need it. Being accustomed to using it all day long at work has my hands aching for this daily and these little pocket sizes are perfect!

This is lovingly referred to as my beauty section. I think it's so essential to carry around a few key items in your bag because you never know when you'll need a touch up. In the summer or after the gym I tend to run errands more and my face gets sweaty more with the heat, so having something to even out your face is perfect. The e.l.f. kabuki face brush is the perfect travel size to throw in a bag and touch up on the go, I also like carrying blotting paper when the weather is really unbearable. The Real Techniques multitask brush is perfect when a smaller area like under the eyes need touching up. This Roller Lash mascara and Nars lip pencils are the perfect things to make sure to have in your bag because I can touch up as the day goes on, throw in a small compact mirror to rely on too. Finally the Venus Snap razor is the best when you are out and notice you missed a spot, which literally always happens to me. I love that it comes in a little case and is perfect to throw in your bag.


I hope you guys enjoyed going in my bag and seeing what I carry with me on the daily. What's your top items that you must carry in your bag?

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Wedding Wednesday | 5 Times Not To Wear Your Engagement Ring

Happy Wedding Wednesday friends!

It's crazy to think how I've already almost been engaged for a whole year (!!) As much fun this year has been, the moment A put that ring on my finger, I got super paranoid about losing it or ruining it. Although I have a warranty on the ring (thank God), I have yet to get my ring insured. I know, I know...this is something I definitely NEED to do, it's on my ever growing list.

One of the very first questions I had in my head after I got engaged was, when should I take my ring off??

I heard so many different answers from friends, the interwebs, etc...I decided I needed to go based on my life and what worked for me. So take this list with a grain of salt, because what works for me may not work for you. This is just a general list of times you should consider taking that bling bling off.

//1// At the gym
I work out 2-3 times during the week and although it's mostly cardio, I still take my ring off and leave it behind at home (on a ring holder). I don't wait to risk scratching or having a prong come loose if I accidentally bang it against a machine.

//2// Doing chores/cleaning
I don't take it off if I'm say sweeping or something, but doing the dishes or deep cleaning something I definitely do. I don't want harsh chemicals and dirt getting in my ring which makes it sparkle less.

//3// Showering
This is one that my friend told me I don't need to follow, but for my peace of mind I do. I have always taken all my jewelry off (real or fake) before I get in the shower because I don't want the body wash, shampoo, etc to mess with my jewelry. Plus it could just slip off while you wash your hair and you may not know until it's too late.

//4// In the pool/ocean/lake
This is a big one I've heard about. I've read don't take your ring on your honeymoon or any vacations, to get a dummy ring to wear that's a CZ, etc. Last summer I was at my friend's lake house and we took the boat out on the water. We were just hanging in the water, my hands were above water, but one of them had heard that fish are attracted to shiny things. So in the off chance my hand went under water I didn't want a fish biting my bling off. I immediately took my ring off and didn't think twice. Plus if the water is cold, that shrinks your fingers which could make that pretty ring slide right off. This one is a biggie, you don't need it in the water, so just remove it to play it safe.

//5// Getting ready
When I get ready in the morning I do a lot with my hands like putting moisturizer on, concealer, etc. I bought a bunch of plastic ring holders to place around the house where I would need to take my ring off. The kitchen, bathrooms, and my vanity all have one, so that when I need to take my ring off...I can put it in a safe place. Just like with the chemicals and dirt, I don't want to get my makeup particles in my ring either, so I just keep it off until I'm finished getting ready.

Now it’s your turn to link-up and share your wedding tales. 

Macy and I love reading all about your big day, someone else’s wedding adventures, or anything else wedding related. We just can’t wait to read all about it!


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

101 in 1001 | May Update

It's been a few months since the last link-up to check on how everyone is doing on their 101 in 1001 list and I hate to admit it, but I haven't been really aiming to cross off that much from it. Luckily, things have worked out and I got a few more things knocked off the list, but I need to be a little more mindful of it. Let's get into it shall we...

to travel and beyond

Completed Tasks:

10.Try 10 new restaurants  {1. Granite City Brewery-March 2015//2. River City Grill-May 2015//3. Dish Society-May 2015//4.Song Kran-Aug 2015//5. Pappasitos-Aug 2015//6. Parlor Pizza-Oct 2015//7. Truco Taqueria-Oct 2015//8. RA Sushi-March 2016//9. Ming-April 2016//10. Honeyberry Cafe-April 2016}
I guess I don't go to that many new restaurants and I'm glad I hit 10...only took a year lol. The last few months I've definitely been trying new places which has been great! I'm sure I have eaten at some other new ones, but cannot remember them for the life of me, so this will have to do.

29.Back up all my photos to my external hard drive {April 2016} 
I'm happy to have this crossed off my list as well! I bought a Picture Keeper photo backup drive. I got this from Groupon for super cheap and am so so happy with how easy to use this is. You literally plug it into the USB port on your desktop or laptop and bam it goes to work. I have 2 of these that have the capacity to hold 6,000 pictures each. The best part is that it won't duplicate the photos which is the biggest pain I have with iPhoto! 

 53.See a comedy show {April 2016-Laugh Factory & May 2016-Improv Chicago}
I did this without even remembering that I had this on my list! A and I went to The Laugh Factory to check out their comedy show for his birthday! Then in May, I went to The Improv Chicago to check out Loni Love with some friends! I definitely want to add more comedy clubs to my list of things to do because they are such a fun night!

82.Go on a spontaneous weekend trip {Orlando March 2-5th, 2016} 
91.Visit Disney World again {March 4th, 2016}
94.Go on a trip with just my sister {Orlando March, 2016} 
I killed 3 birds with one stone with my Disney/Orlando trip. It was such an amazing trip and I hope to take more trips with my sissy soon!

In Progress:

71.Get 5 massages {April 2015//May 2016 
I cannot believe I waited an entire year before getting another massage. Definitely gonna make this more of a habit.

45.Meet 5 blogger friends {Kate, Pamela, Kerri  
 This is yet another thing I was able to work on when I went to Orlando with my sister. I am so so happy that I got to meet up with these lovely ladies! Cannot wait to add more bloggers in Texas to this list too!!



As of now I have 19 tasks completed. I really wish more of this was crossed off, but I am going to make more of a point and it makes me feel better that I still have until November 2017 to get these done! I'm definitely working harder on the reading aspect and obviously with getting married and traveling with my new husband, a few more of these will definitely be crossed off later this year!

Linking up with Macy and her co-host Jacquelyn for the 101 in 1001 update link up! 

Monday, May 16, 2016

Weekending | Homemade Sushi Rolls & Celebrating Birthdays

Seriously, how the heck is it Monday already?!?! This weekend was quite the doozy in that I don't know how it zoomed by quickly.  Speaking of things zooming by, today marks 2 MONTHS until the wedding, like seriously how?!??!?

On Saturday, I woke up to waffles and hash browns courtesy of my momma, she spoils me and I love her for it!

Also, I was on a New Girl kick this weekend so any free time was spent watching that. Plus woke up on Saturday to the phone ringing a few more times with RSVP's...I'm excited that now that the RSVP date grows closer, more and more people are calling/emailing with theirs.

That night I went to my bestie's house to make sushi before heading out to celebrate our friends' birthday. She seriously makes making sushi look super easy, I was also so delighted with how delicious it turned out!! 

We headed out stuffed to celebrate our friend. I totally realized that night that I cannot hang like I could when I was in my early 20s. I swear we were the oldest people at the "club" and I was surrounded by teeny boppers making out...it was quite an adventure. Regardless of the making out all around us, we had a fantastic night and ended it with some cheesy fries...the best way to end any night out!

After getting home at 4 AM (yikes!!!!!!) I passed out and unfortunately woke up bright and early to get some wedding stuff done. My parents have literally mapped out each weekend and what we all have to get done, thank god for organized folks! We made a whole bunch of the snacks going to the hotel for the guests...it was exhausting, but we got through it and of course I had to document it with a photo.

Linking up with my girl Biana!