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12.31.2015

Smokey Brown for NYE

Hey babes! I had a whole series of New Year's Eve looks I was going to do - and then I got this horrible cold. Ugh. Sore throat, puffy eyes, the works. Not to mention Hunter has one too so that's been a huge blast. 

Speaking of, what will you be doing for New Year's Eve? This mama will be eating lots of food and watching the ball drop. Maybe. Who am I kidding? I probably won't make it to midnight.


FACE:
  • Smashbox Primer Water (LOVE this!)
  • CoverFX Custom Drops (N25) + Rouge Bunny Rouge Seas of Illumination + Covergirl Outlast All Day Primer 
  • It Cosmetics CC+ Cream Concealer in Light
  • Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil Bronzer
  • Too Faced Papa Don't Peach Blush
EYES:
  • MAC Paint Pot in Painterly
  • ColourPop I Spy in the crease
  • ColourPop Boy Band on the lid
  • ColourPop Stereo on the lower lid blended into Boy Band
  • Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Brunette (that casually just ran out as I was using it)
  • ColourPop Acorn in the inner corner
LIPS:
  • ColourPop Platform


I hope you all have a fab and safe night and I'll see you in the new year! xx
12.23.2015

Last Minute Stocking Stuffers from LUSH

With Christmas just days away, I'm dreaming of the perfect stocking stuffers. Er. Just me? Hear me out! If I had to put together a stocking for someone, it would include the following: chocolate, scratch offs and LUSH products. Who wouldn't want all of that? Gimme, gimme. Now you're on your own for the chocolates and scratch offs but I can totally help you with the LUSH gifts. I'm showing you my top six faves from LUSH that would be the perfect stocking stuffers!

Santa Baby Lip Tint ($8.95) - This is exactly what you need for that moment (or moments) you're caught under the mistletoe! Santa Baby is a light red tint (made from cherries and dates) filled with carrot oil and shea butter to keep your lips super soft and a tiny kick of cinnamon to keep things interesting.

Salt and Peppermint Bark ($9.95) - Peppermint lovers, this one's for you! I could literally eat this it smells so delicious. This is such a fab salt scrub that leaves a prominent but not strong peppermint sent. This bark is made of sea salt, organic cocoa and cupuacu butter to leave your skin silky smooth.

Santa's Lip Scrub ($8.95) - I would expect nothing else from the big guy himself. I'm a huge fan of these lip scrubs and absolutely adore this flavor (wait - we're not supposed to lick it off?). I love to rub this on, especially before rockin' a matte lip, to make sure my lips are smooth. This scrub sloughs off all the dry, chapped skin for a nice, smooth, moisturized lip. Also, cola-flavored? YES PLEASE!

Butterbear Bath Bomb ($4.95) - I can't handle the cuteness! This little guy vanilla-scented bath bomb that is great for nourishing and softening the skin. I almost popped him in the tub for an action shot but his cuteness saved him for a special day. 'Til then, Mr. Butterbear, 'til then.

Intergalactic Bath Bomb ($7.5) - Want a bath bomb that'll make you go, "OOOOOOOOOOH!". Yup, that's this one. I need back ups on back ups. This sparkly (you can't see it in the picture but there's actual sparkles on this!) neon bath bomb's scent is a mix of peppermint, vetivert and cedarwood. Again, I was going to post an action shot but seriously guys, I leave it a surprise for you. BUT IT IS AWESOME! Hint: You'll feel like you're bathing in a galaxy. And who doesn't want to experience that?


Mask of Magnaminty ($25.95) - If you are looking to gift someone the feeling of a fresh, clean face, this is it! It's a deep-cleansing face and body mask made from China clay and peppermint for that cool, light-tingle feeling. Also added in are aduki beans to exfoliate, vanilla to calm redness and honey to soothe. I know this sounds like a lot but I promise that it's not as harsh as it sounds and is actually a very lightweight mask that gets the job done as if it were heavy duty. * Also comes in self-preserving option.

So, ladies and gents, hop, skin or RUN to your nearest LUSH and grab some stocking stuffer goodies for your closest pals, family or yourself. Definitely don't forget yourself! ;)

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12.22.2015

Holiday Gift Guide | For The Beauty Lover

Hey babes! The holidays are literally right around the corner and if you're like me, well, you might have waited last minute. I swear, I do this every single year. Don't worry! We've got you covered. I enlisted the help of my fellow beauty bloggin' babes to compile a guide filled with their favorite beauty products and different types of acne treatment that are perfect for that beauty maven in your life.



A Girl's Gotta Spa! Energizing Citrus Body Lotion - $22 | Review
"For being such a lightweight lotion, it surely packs a moisturizing punch with olive oil, shea and cocoa butter.The only flaking my skin sees in the winter now, is from the sky!" - A Girl's Gotta Spa

Personal Microderm Device - Review
"This hand-held, easy-to-use skincare device provides effective professional-grade exfoliation at-home for a fraction of the cost of seeking a Dermatologist. It boosts collagen (which helps reverse signs if aging), while minimizing the appearance of pores, discoloration, fine lines and acne scars. If you want radiant, youthful skin, the PMD is a must-have tool." - Inspirations & Celebrations

SimpleHuman 8" Sensor Mirror - Review
"Best mirror for daily makeup application, the LED light works perfectly. Makes it easy to apply all of my makeup from my mascara to my eyeshadow to my blush. My husband bought it for me last year and I use it daily." - Phyrra

Becca Radiant Glow Collection - Review
"I like it because it has my favorite under eye brightener, 2 great "in" highlighters, and a beautiful gloss." - Beauty Info Zone

 
Fresh Nude Lip Lovers Mini Kissing Trio - Review
"The Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments make me feel like I'm being pampered everytime I use them! The nude tints in this set perfect for everyday wear and they are incredibly hydrating as well." - Olive & Ivy

LORAC Mega Pro 2 Palette - Review
"You have a wide variety of colors and finishes to work with and the quality of the palette is spot on! Whether you're buying it for someone new to makeup or for a gal who loves to play with color, both will love and enjoy this palette!" - From My Vanity

Viseart Paris Neutrals 01 Palette - Review
"I’ve been coveting this for over a year. At the Makeup Show NYC, I caved. Honestly, the Viseart Paris Eyeshadows Palette Neutrals palette is so multi-functional and practical, I don’t want to buy or need anything else for my kit as far as mattes." - Norah LovesMakeup

Lancome AUDA(CITY) in Paris Palette - Review
"The Lancome AUDA(CITY) in Paris is a palette I will reach for daily because it has such a good range of colors and is easy-peasy to create polished and sophisticated eye looks. The mix of finishes makes the palette even more versatile taking from work to drinks easily." - Prime Beauty

ColourPop Vixen Lippie Stix Collection 
"This lippie stix collection screams holidays! It comes with six lippie stix ranging from gorgeous nudes to bright pinks all with different finishes (my favorite are the mattes!)." - XO, Noelle

Happy shopping! :)
12.17.2015

Holiday #FOTD | Candy Cane Lane

Christmas is eight days away - bring on the parties! JK. I'm a mom. No parties for me. But for those that are indulging in some festivities, I've got a fun, candy cane-inspired look for you! This is perfect if you're looking to add a little fun to your look without going overboard (is that such a thing?).

  • FACE: Foundation: CoverFX Custom Drops in N25 mixed with CoverGirl Simply Ageless Primer (I really like this combo together!). Concealer: It Cosmetics CC+ Concealer in Light. Blush: NARS Goulue. Highlighter: NARS Devotee. Contour + Bronzer: Smashbox Masterclass 3 Palette
  • BROWS: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Brunette (shortly after this, I realized it's almost out! - whomp whomp)
  • EYES: MAC Paint Pot in Painterly for a base. Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca Remix Destroyer on the lid. On the bottom lid, I wet a small detail brush and picked up Destroyer again and made small lines. Then I went in with Skulls (wet) and filled in the spots I didn't cover with Destroyer. For mascara I used Jordana Extreme Lash.
  • LIPS: ColourPop Lippie Stix in Bichette


12.14.2015

#StarWarsLook | Dark Apprentice

This is a sponsored post for P&G/Walmart.

Hey guys! Today we'll be recreating an everyday look inspired by CoverGirl and Pat McGrath's Chrome Captain for Star Wars: The Force Awakens which comes out tomorrow!

The original Dark Apprentice look by Pat McGrath is IN-SANE and while I would love to rock it every single day (red hair, red eye and all!), I've come up with a softer, more wearable look - perfect for the upcoming holidays!

  • After putting on my foundation, I started with my eyebrows using the CoverGirl Pow-der in Black. I used light strokes to fill in my brows. I then took a spoolie brush and lightly brushed through my brows to set it.
  • After setting my lid with a primer, I took #3 from CoverGirl's Stunning Smokey's Eye Shadow Quad and brought it into my crease and blended it out.
  • Then I took #4 from the quad and with a more precise crease brush, created a soft cut-crease and then smoked it out to the end of my brow. 
  • Taking a flat lid brush, I sprayed it with a setting spray and patted #1 from the quad all over my lid. The setting spray helps intensify the glitter on the lid and also makes it easier to apply. I wanted to do a red lid but also really wanted to use all the shades in this quad. so I ended up doing the latter. #beautybloggerprobz 
  • Lastly, I took #3 and #4 from the quad, lined and smoked out the lower lid.
  • To finish the eye look, I coated my lashes with CoverGirl Star Wars Super Sizer Mascara in black.
  • For lips, I used CoverGirl Star Wars Lipstick in #30.
You can find all the COVERGIRL x Star Wars products at your local Walmart or Walmart.com.

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12.13.2015

#FOTD | Basic Double Wing

When in doubt, wing it out, am I right? And when you super screw up one wing, heck, add a second one. This is in no way perfection but I'm pretty proud nonetheless. It's fun to take (baby) steps in different directions and play around. What do you guys think of the double-wing? Would you rock it?

DEETS | MAC Paint Pot in Painterly as a base. ColourPop Cop-A-Feel all over the lid. ColourPop Girl Crush + Smashbox Brown in the crease. ColourPop Girl Crush on the bottom lid (not that you can really see it but y'know, just in case you were wondering). Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara. For the liner, I used my ol' faithful Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Liner and then went back over it with UNT Eye Define Liquid Liner (love!).

Psst. What do you guys think about me featuring these quickie looks? Do you like 'em? Let me know!
12.07.2015

Love With Food Monthly Subscription Box - Tasting, Gluten-Free + Deluxe | Review

Hey everyone! I'm back with a review on Love With Food - a monthly subscription box delivered to your door filled with healthy all natural, gluten-free and/or organic snacks and foods for as low as $27 (with a three month subscription). This is great for those that are looking for a healthy alternative in the New Year!

And what's better than a company with a cause? Love With Food donates a meal to a food bank in the US for each month you're a member!

You can choose from three options: 
  • The Tasting Box - which is filled with 8-12 new snacks that are either organic or all-natural, GMO-free, gluten-free or free of artificial stuff.
  • The Deluxe Box - which is filled with 16-20 new snacks that are either organic or all-natural, GMO-free, gluten-free or free of artificial stuff. This box also donates two meals to a food bank.
  • The Gluten-Free Box - which is filled with 10-15 gluten-free snacks that are either organic or all-natural, GMO-free, gluten-free or free of artificial stuff. This box also donates two meals to a food bank.


Let's see what was in this month's boxes! Starting with the Tasting Box:
What's inside the box?
  • Back to Nature Honey Graham Sticks
  • Sheila G.'s Brownie Brittle (in Salted Caramel)
  • David's Tea (two tea packets inside)
  • Dirty Sweet Potato Chips
  • Biscoff Biscuits
  • Chocolatiere Monbana
  • Bello Rustico Tocchetti Sesame Bread Sticks
  • Maui Whites Natural Cane Sugar
My absolute favorites in this box were the Sheila G.'s Brownie Brittle and the Dirty Sweet Potato Chips. My son went absolutely crazy over the Back To Nature Honey Graham Sticks!

What's in the gluten-free box?
What's inside the box?
  • CookSimple White Bean Sante Fe Chili
  • Hillside Candy Organic Apple Hard Candies
  • PopChips Crazy Hot Potato Chips
  • Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps
  • Bare Simply Toasted Crunchy Coconut Chips
  • One Potato, Two Potato Hawaiian BBQ Chips
  • Bonta d'Italia Gluten-Free Penne
  • Brothers All-Natural Fruit Crisps - Fuji Apple
  • True Orange/Lime Cold-Pressed and Crystallized Sugar
This box was amazingggggg! My fiance, son and I loved the Pretzel Crisps, the organic apple hard candies and the Apple Crisps (buying more as we speak!). I also wasn't hating all the different types of chips in the box because I'm a total potato chip snacker. The PopChips were so good.

Lastly, the Deluxe Box:
What's inside the box?
  • Dirty Sweet Potato Chips
  • David's Tea
  • Back To Nature Honey Graham Sticks
  • Sheila G.'s Brownie Brittle (in Salted Caramel)
  • Snappers Up Your Snack Game & Ooh La La
  • Maui Whites Natural Cane Sugar
  • Biscoff Biscuits
  • 18 Rabbits Organic Granola Bar in Caramel Apple
  • Bello Rustico Tocchetti Sesame Bread Sticks
  • Dilettante Raspberry Chocolates
  • Chocolatiere Monbana
  • 479 Pumpkin Praline Popcorn
The snack that stole the show was hands down the 479 Pumpkin Praline Popcorn. I have never tasted something so amazing in my entire life. I won't even share, guys, that's how good it is. Close runner ups were the Biscoff Biscuits and the Dilettante Raspberry Chocolates.


Overall: I think this is such a great monthly box to subscribe to! If you're looking to get healthy in the upcoming New Year, this is perfect! You'll have yummy, healthy snacks coming straight to your door! The box offers a lot of foods I probably would've never thought to try but really actually enjoyed. 

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12.06.2015

Collab | Winter Sleigh Bells

Hey dolls! If you follow me on Instagram (@xonoelle - let's be friends!), you'll have seen my little sneak peek on this post. A few weeks ago, I e-mailed a few girls I follow on Instagram and on a whim, asked them to collab on a makeup look with me. I was totally surprised (and excited!) that they all e-mailed me back and said, "yes!". So for the past few weeks, we've been going back and forth with ideas and themes and came up with a really awesome one - wearable looks for different seasons

My season is winter and I was inspired by silver sleigh bells!

  • Face: I started by adding moisture to my face with the Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer. Then I mixed MURAD Blur Shield with my CoverFX Custom Cover Drops (in N25) and applied with a stippling brush. I really like these two together but I'm still mixing the drops with different bases to see which I like the most. For concealer, I used It Cosmetics CC+ Concealer (in fair) and set that with Smashbox Photo Set Setting Powder. Bronzer and contour from the Smashbox Master Class 3 Palette. Blush is The Balm Frat Boy.
  • Eyes: From the Kat Von D Chrysalis Palette - Graphic Nature on the inner and outer lid, Melancholia patted in the middle, Black Milk in the crease. Lunar Light in the inner corner. Graphic Nature + Melancholia on the lower lid, blended out. Jordana Extreme Lash for mascara (LOVE!)
  • Lips: Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Exorcism
  • Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Brunette
Make sure to check out the rest of the looks inspired by the seasons on my IG - @xonoelle!
12.03.2015

Holiday Party Survival Guide with Ulta Beauty + People StyleWatch

This post is sponsored by Ulta Beauty + People StyleWatch. 
|| #UltraTrendAlert #StyleHunters4Ulta


Can you believe it? The holidays are officially upon us! Who's ready to party!? Whether you're hosting your own or attending a few, as always, your girl has got you covered to help survive the holiday parties with a guide of my favorite beauty products. From kisses under the mistletoe to preventing flashback in photos to getting that stain out of your skirt - quick!, it's all here:

Tip #1: Let's take a selfie! Make sure you look your best all night long with a great primer, foundation and finishing powder that doesn't have a white cast with flash photography.

My favorite primer is Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water ($32). It's very lightweight and creates a nice, smooth, long-lasting base for your foundation. Honestly, any of Smashbox's Photo Finish primers are amazing for photography in general. The primers also come in a variety of different types (light, pore-minimizing, color correcting, etc.) for different skin types and needs.

My favorite foundation for flash photography is Stila Stay All Day Foundation ($44). The best thing about this full-coverage foundation is that it lasts all day (and night!) long without budging, caking up or creasing all the while still looking fab in flash photography. When looking for a foundation that won't give you a flashback, look at the ingredients and make sure to stay clear from foundations containing "titanium dioxide" and "zinc oxide".

Lastly, you'll need to use a finishing powder to set your foundation! Most powders contain mica or silca that can reflect light and bounce it back at the camera, causing the dreaded flashback. I found a great finishing powder is the Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Tinted Pressed Finishing Powder ($34) in your coordinating skin color. I'm a huge fan of Tarte's Amazonian Clay collection and found that this was no exception. It's so silky smooth and doesn't crease throughout the day and night. The transparent setting powder from Tarte is also great as well but I recommend using just a little and then setting with a setting spray. With any "transparent" setting powder, it's always a good idea to wet the powder so it doesn't reflect light back at the camera, just in case.

Tip #2: Prep your lips for a night full of action - whether it's under the mistletoe or getting seconds from the food table (I'm the latter!). To get smooth, soft lips, I like to exfoliate my lips while getting ready!

Just rub the lip scrub on your lips before getting ready for the night. Once you're done with your makeup, rub your lips together one last time and then wipe off. Your lips should be nice and smooth! Using an exfoliant is also great when you're wearing a matte lipstick as it gets rid of the dryness that matte lipsticks love hold onto, creating a crumbly look and feel. My favorite lip scrub is the Tony Moly Kiss Kiss Lip Scrub ($9.99). I mean, how cute is that packaging!?

Tip #3: When looking for a lipstick that'll last all night long, I always think of the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks ($24). The colors are so gorgeous and smooth on the lips. I never experienced bleeding or feathering, even going into the wee hours of the night. My favorite colors are Beso (a bright red) and Pantina (a dusty nude mauve)!

PS. These babies don't transfer on contact, if you catch my drift! ;)

Tip #4: Looking to rock curls or waves for the night? Sometimes they're hard to hold - literally! Without the proper hot tools and sprays, my hair is dunzo and pin straight by the end of the night. SO frustrating! My favorite hot tool for waves and curls is the Beachwaver Co. Beachwaver S1 ($129). Not only does this curler basically do all the work for me but it cuts my getting ready time in half! For even longer lasting powder, once you release your curl, pin it to your head with a bobby pin to cool.

Don't forget hair spray! My fave for a great hold that'll last all night but won't give you a crunchy or heavy feel on your hair is the RUSK W8less Shaping and Control Hairspray ($13.50)!


Tip #5: It happens. We're in a rush getting ready and - blamo! - liner on our favorite shirt! My favorite stain remover? Simple Cleansing Micellar Water ($7.99)! Not only does it get makeup off our faces (and does a killer job, at that!) but it's also a great stain remover. It's tough enough to get the stain out but gentle enough that it won't ruin your clothes. Just take a cotton ball, saturate it with the Micellar Water and place on the stain. Try to dab or (very!) gently rub. It should take it right out!

Note: Please use your own discretion when using this to remove a stain. While I don't think it would ever do harm to it, always test a little before using it full-on.

Tip #6: The best way to survive a holiday party? Relax! I'm known for freaking out before a big party and have noticed that even little things can seem big when in reality if I remain calm, it's not that bad.

A few hours before the party starts, take a bath (or shower) and just slowwww down and take a deep breath before everyone gets there. A fab bubble bath that'll that'll get you in the holiday spirit is the Philosophy Vanilla Bean, Nutmeg Shampoo, Shower Gel and Bubble Bath ($18)! This smells ah-mazing, guys!

Tip #7: Keep a few of these in your bag for quick clean ups! Maybe you forgot to wear waterproof mascara and have been crying from laughter. Or maybe your gloss smudged. ULTA Beauty Double Tipped Cotton Swabs ($1.99) to the rescue! They can get in tight areas (like your lower lash line or lip line) to wipe away smudges without ruining the rest of your look.

Tip #8: Shots, shots, shots! Girllll, the morning after, you're going to need these (and maybe some asprin)! The SKYN Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels ($30) are amazing at de-puffing the under eye area! They also help firm and reduce fine lines so it's really a win/win/! Sit back, relax and pop these babies on.

Alrighty, my loves. I hope I've helped you with some great tips on how to survive holiday parties! Have lots and lots of fun, remain calm, be safe and make sure to bookmark this post in case anything pops up! ;)

You can find all of these products at your local Ulta Beauty or Ulta.com!

This post is sponsored by Ulta Beauty + People StyleWatch. 

Giveaway | A Few of Our Favorite Beauty Things!

Hey chickies! A total of 35 fabulous beauty bloggers have all teamed up to give away "A Few of Our Favorite BEAUTY Things!" to our readers! It was created to be a fun blog hop to give back to you -- our readers -- and hopefully help you discover new beauty blogs and makeup lovers along the way!
  A Few of Our Favorite Beauty Things // 

Holiday Giveaway // Blog Hop // #holidaygiveaway #giveaway

Here's How it Works: Each of the 35 blogs participating in this blog hop are giving away their own bundle of beauty items on their blog. Yes, you heard that right -- 35 separate giveaways that you have a chance to win! So after you've entered my giveaway, make sure you hop to all the other blogs (linked below) for more beauty products that you could win! It Gets Better: As if that wasn't awesome enough...we've added a little something to make the giveaway even sweeter! For those gals who can't pass up on the chance to win beauty products...if you enter into all the giveaways in the blog hop than you're eligible to enter to win a $200 eGiftcard to Sephora or Ulta (winners choice!). If you live somewhere where Sephora or Ulta doesn't ship, no worries! You'll be given the $200 via PayPal to use at whatever beauty store you have in your country! International Readers: There are a few blogs who do not have their giveaway open worldwide, but you can still enter to win the grand prize giveaway! For all the blogs in this hop that do not have their giveaway open worldwide, all you have to do is check out their giveaway, complete the one required entry, and leave them a comment on their giveaway post letting them know you're international but still did the required entry so that you can have a chance to win the grand prize!
You got all that? Any questions, just ask below! Let's get into this hop!



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