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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Ipsy | Sensationally Sunkissed - July Glam Bag

XO, Noelle Tuesday, July 29, 2014
It's Ipsy glam bag time! Now, I always like to search other blogger's Ipsy posts and see what they received because there's a variation on what's in the bag depending on a person's hair color, eye color, skintone, etc. but I noticed there were barely any July Ipsy bag review posts. 
This month's theme is: Sensationally SunkissedHere comes the sun and a Glam Bag full of beauty products so good that even the sun would worship it. There isn't a gray cloud in sight this summer as we give you an amazing selection of brands and products fit to help keep you looking your best during summer's brightest days and warm long nights.
The Bag: It's cute. I mean, it's neon pink and I love hot pink anything. It's a bit smaller in size than the other Ipsy bags and is made out of a stretchy pleather material. Cute, but nothing to write home about.

Be fine Daily Moisturizer with SPF15
YES! Starting off the bag right with a fab moisturizer. It's lightweight and packed with antioxidants and proteins to balance your skin's moisture levels. It has Rosemary Leaf Oil in it to increase circulation, Pomegranate Extract to increase the effectiveness of the SPF (whatttt?), Safflower Seed Oil for hydration and Rice Protein to heal your skin and boost collagen growth. I'm not so sure about that Pomegranate Extract oil increasing the effectiveness of SPF. I've never heard of that one. But overall this is a nice, lightweight moisturizer; perfect for summertime.

Elizabeth Mott Tints & Sass
Thank goodness this is awesome because I'd hate to like it for the name alone. Right off the bat, when you open this baby up, you're welcomed by a cherry scent (think cherry jello!). You can wear this on your lips and on your cheeks. The lasting power is insane but make sure to apply this with a lip brush or a brush you don't care about because it will stain whatever you use with it (fingers, bristles, etc.). This is semi-reminiscent of Benefit's Benetint but I think this stain is WAY better. It's not as bright red on the skin as you'd think it'd be. Definitely more pink-toned (see swatch below).

Hang Ten Dark Tanning Oil
Meh. This was a miss for me but is perfect for readers that like to lay out and get their tan on. I like to lay out but slather on the SPF instead of the oil. I've heard some have used this as a moisturizer but I haven't tried that yet.

Pur Minerals Big Look Mascara
GUYS. Look at the cap! How freakin' cute is that? Okay. Now that I'm done geekin' out over the packaging. The mascara itself? I haven't decided if I like it or not. The formula is a little on the wet side but the brush is nice with short little bristles all over it to help volumize and lengthen your lashes. This mascara contains Argan Oil which has antioxidants, omega fatty acids and vitamin E but I have no clue why they're in a mascara. One to two applications? You're golden. Anything over that and it's clump city. I don't really like that there's such a fine line between wispy and clumpy with this mascara but I do like the results before you get to that line.

bareMinerals 5 in 1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow in Divine Wine
Now that I'm done sulking that I didn't get a bareMinerals Moxie Lipstick, I can now review this. This five-in-one eyeshadow does it all: long-wear color, primer, brightening benefits, smoothes fine lines and has some SPF in it. The formula is really nice and silky smooth. No creases to be found with about five hours of wear even with my oily eyelids. The color is a little too dark for me to wear every day but I'll save this for when I want to do a smokey eye look.

Swatches of: bareMinerals Divine Wine | Elizabeth Mott Sass & Tints

Overall: I can't tell if I liked this bag or not. The bag itself was meh (cute but meh). The products were alright but didn't leave me going "OMG LOVE IT!" My faves from this bag would have to be the Befine Moisturizer and the Elizabeth Motts Tints & Sass. I liked the mascara but I can't tell how I feel 100% about it and the eyeshadow was nice but a little too dark. The oil was a miss for me.

What did you get in your Ipsy bag? If you're not subscribed to Ipsy, does this bag change your mind?

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Sponsored | Movie Characters & Sunglasses

XO, Noelle Monday, July 28, 2014
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In the summer, there is a specific accessory that everyone needs. Every Nashville photographer, Las Vegas dancer or New York waitress needs sunglasses. And one pair of sunglasses is never enough. We need a classic one, a black one, a sporty one and a more glamorous one. After all, having a mini-collection is, actually, a very nice idea.
    The sunglasses are those accessories that can change the air of the whole outfit. They’re a little secret, often used by the movie costume designers. A pair of over-sized and rounded, similar to those popularized by Jackie Onassis and Audrey Hepburn, can turn an outfit into one with a special allure detached from the '60s. The aviator lenses worn by Angelina Jolie and Jelly McGillis in Top Gun, can easily turn you into ‘one of the boys’, especially if you’re wearing jeans and Oxford shoes.
And because we’re talking about sunglasses and movie stars, let’s remember a few characters that are basically synonyms to their sunglasses.
  • Carrie-Ann Moss in Matrix. In the dystopian world, everyone wore dark glasses and Trinity, Keanu Reeves's partner was hiding behind a black leather jumpsuit and a pair of dark lenses. In case you’re wondering what brand of glasses is used in the Matrix: Blinde Design created them just for the film, and later Ray Ban launched the 3194, a similar version which is more robust.
  • Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's. A Givenchy black dress and a long, heavy cigarette are the right tools to use if you want to invent your own character from New York. For maximum style, add some oversized glasses (Manhattan model), signed by Oliver Goldsmith.
  • Susan Sarandon and Geena Davies in Thelma and Louise. As iconic as the film are the two pairs of sunglasses: Dekko Ray-Ban for Geena Davies at the end of the film and Cornu by LA Eyewear for Susan Sarandon.
  • Sarah Jessica Parker in Sex and the City. When Carrie gout out of the "Mexi-coma" after the missed wedding, she was hidden behind some spectacular lenses and frames, signed by Oliver People. Also, there is another scene in the opening sequence of SATC2, with Carrie wearing a limited edition of gold aviator lens, signed by Bernhard Willhelm & Mykita's .


Baby Update | 33 Weeks!

XO, Noelle Monday, July 28, 2014
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At this point, I feel like a broken record but the third trimester is seriously flying by.

How far along? 33 weeks, 3 days.
Total weight gain: Good question! I have no clue right now.
Maternity clothes? Definitely. I'm also lovin' my Old Navy tanks.
Stretch marks? Yup. Quite a few around the belly button area and now I've found some on my hips. 
Sleep: Pretty well minus my dogs keep waking me up. They've been on this kick where they like to go in and out of the blankets and piss me off.
Miss Anything? Not getting a back ache or rib ache if I sit too long.
Movement: SO much! I absolutely love it.
Food cravings: I could go for fries and a frapp right now. I swear, that's been my thing this whole pregnancy and I rarely give in.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Thankfully, nothing.
Gender: It's a boy! 
Labor Signs: Just pressure really low sometimes. Obviously not a labor sign but a sign that he's getting ready!
Symptoms: Pain under my ribs or in my back if I sit too long and some low pressure sometimes. I'm so thankful that that's basically been it. 
Belly Button in or out? In.
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy but super tired lately.
Looking Forward To: Washing all his little clothes and meeting him!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Giveaway | All About Hair Collection by TotalBeauty.com Box

XO, Noelle Friday, July 25, 2014
Hey babes! TotalBeauty and I have joined together to give one of my readers their own All About Hair Collection by TotalBeauty.com! YAY! Check out my review if you want a sneak peek and more info on what's inside!

US only | 18+ | Good luck!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Haul | Francesca's Collections

XO, Noelle Thursday, July 24, 2014
One of my absolute favorite stores in the mall is Francesca's Collections. It has such a girly boutique feel with unique pieces of jewelry, gorgeous clothes, fun handbags, cute accessories and gift ideas. The only thing that sucks about that boutique feel is that boutique price so when they have crazy deals (like all handbags 40% off and jewelry is buy one, get one), you better believe this chick is going all in.

(Nails: Bonita Spring Violet)
I ended up snagging the infamous Harper Tassel Tote. I've wanted this baby for SO long ever since I saw Morgan Allen's (Allen & Co) Instagram pic of it but with a baby on the way, it was a little of a splurge for myself (and to be honest, I'd rather just buy the baby stuff instead of me lately). Then the salesgirl comes over, "Oh hey. Just letting you guys know that ALL HANDBAGS are 40% today." Oh hey, you're an angel - and that Harper bag is coming home with mama now. The tote is huge and fits so much stuff. Right now, it's filled with Babies R Us and Buy Buy Baby coupons, my humungo Coach wallet, aviators, pens, random bills, etc. 

Next place to browse was the jewelry which is also normally out of my price range (think $30+ for a gorgeous statement necklace) but a sweet little sign that read "Buy one, get one half off" sat next next to them so I couldn't help myself. I ended up getting this gorgeous white rope statement necklace with crystal rings around it first. I legit walked around the necklaces about ten times before picking this one out. Then I spied the midi rings. I have a few cheapy ones from Forever 21 but the crystal "X" midi ring caught my eye and came home with me. The last two things I bought were the little stud earrings - one pair are crystal balls and the others are gold arrows. Too cute! Unfortunately, none of these besides the tote are up on the site so you'll have to go in to oogle over these beauties!

What have you bought lately?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Giveaway | 30-Pan MAC Eye Shadow Palette!

XO, Noelle Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Remember when myself and 29 other bloggers did a blogger-curated MAC palette? Well, it's back! With a twist :)
Row 1 (L-R): Angie (Vanity Rouge), Noelle (XO Noelle), Dee (Liner Glitter Gloss), Sandra (Moms Makeup Stash), Jenelle (Nelle Creations) & Deanne (My Fash Avenue)
Row 2 (L-R): Michelle (A Lovely Allure), Marcia (Beauty Info Zone), Iva (Falling in Style), Niki (Hello Miss Niki), Rica (The Office Chic) & Bree (Urban Umbrella)
Row 3 (L-R): Amber (Canadian Fashionista), Krystal (Beauty by Krystal), Lauren (The Fashionista's Diary), Justina (Justina's Gems), Stacey (Stacey Brennan YT), Elaine (Toronto Beauty Reviews)
Row 4 (L-R): Maria (A Mother's World), Marissa (Chic Darling), Kelly (Glitter Diaries), Cheryl (Beauty by Cheryl H), Chelsea (Olive & Ivy) & Chrissy (Some Velvet Morning)
Row 5 (L-R): Shayna (A Pop of Colour), Cecilia (Dearest Lou), Janna (Gloss & Glitz), Mina (Mina Slater), Cindy (Prime Beauty) & Katelyn (The Skinny Blonde)

Ever wonder what happens when 30 beauty & fashion bloggers and vloggers get together? They host an EPIC  giveaway! We are teaming up to bring you an amazing 30-pan MAC Eye Shadow Palette filled with our favourite shades!! Enter today via the Rafflecopter form below! Ends 11:59PM EST on August 6, 2014.

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What's in the palette?

Sketch, Vibrant Grape, Fig 1, Club, Shroom, Orb, Omega, Aquadisiac, Copperplate, Woodwinked, All That Glitters, Amber Lights, Cranberry, Steamy, Naked Lunch, Blanc Type, Nylon, Cobalt, Brule, Haux, Carbon, Phloof, Retrospeck, Stars & Rockets, Expensive Pink, Brun, Electra, Satin Taupe, Honeylust & Brown Script

TERMS & CONDITIONS: This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents ages over the age of 18 and ends at 11:59PM EST on August 6, 2014. The number of entries received determines the odds of winning. Only one winner will be selected. This giveaway is a group buy, which means the bloggers/vloggers pooled their money together to purchase this product for you. Winner will be chosen at random from all verified entries, contacted by email provided, and announced on this page at the end of the contest. Winner has 48 hours to respond or prize will be redrawn. No prize substitutions allowed. Bloggers in this group giveaway and their immediate family members in their household cannot enter or win the giveaway. No purchase necessary.