Beauty Lovers Gift Guide

Remember when I said I wanted to be festive this year and not such a grinch? I picked up a few decorations at Target to start a theme in the living room but most importantly, we bought a tree! We didn't get one at all last year, the year before that we had a real one and that was exciting because growing up I only had fake trees. It was also DeNiro's first Christmas, he was still a baby so that tree ... well, it was a playground. And the year before that, our first Christmas together, I had a fake palm tree xmas tree. It was SO exciting! Until I set it up. Then it was just sad. But this year we got a good fake one and we're gonna get all up in the holiday spirit and set it up on Thanksgiving day and I'm actually really excited that I kinda give a crap this year!

I wanted to keep this festive theme going in my life so when I sat down to film a video this past weekend. I did what I knew would be a disaster (if you've been following along you know the nightmare that my camera causes when I film something long, aka a makeup look). I had this grand idea of this green eye shadow look and I was all "Christmas eyes!!!" and it just didn't work out. Let's start with the most important part, the eyes. I think my shadow primer expired because holy shit the products were just not doing what they normally would do. Second thing, I used a new foundation and partially hated it. Third, I used a new liquid liner (which I'm not good at anyways) and that turned out messy. Four, I was out of focus for a good chunk of the video. By the time everything was said and done, including the whole camera overheating, battery dying, typical nonsense... I was ready for the fun part, the editing. But as I watched through the clips, I was just not satisfied. And now I'm torn on what to do. Should I keep editing it and post it, since it was a lot of work and hey, someone might like it! Or do I just trash it and move on with my life? The fiance told me "don't do it if your heart is not in it" and I kinda agree. But I also really hate wasting my time. I can't decide if I will regret posting it or if I will regret dumping it. Major first world problems over here. Hashtag HALP.

Complaints end here. 

To put me back in the spirit, I wanted to put together a holiday gift guide (with a surprise at the end!) I've been trying out lots of new beauty products lately so I decided to stick with that since it excites me. So let's finally get to the point of this post!

And because I'm in the holiday spirit and feeling all thankful and giving, I'm giving away a $25 gift card to Sephora! Maybe that's what stood out to you the most in the above guide and you already know who you would give it to. Or maybe you deserve it and you can treat yo'self! Either way, good luck, thank you for being a part of my little internet space and HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

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I'll be working on a new blog design so if things are different and/or all out of whack over the next few days, that's why. And if you haven't told me what to do yet and feel like making decisions, check out the survey on my previous post


A Spending Freeze

Yup. I'm on one. I kinda say this all the time. But I really took steps this time. All my credit cards are left at home and all my saved payment info has been deleted from all my favorites sites. *cough* Sephora *cough*. The fiance's birthday is coming up fast right along with Christmas so it's about time I stop spending on myself and actually be responsible generous to others instead.

Do you have any idea how hard this is when "OMG SALE!" emails keep popping up in my notifications and umm hello, black Friday cyber Monday coming up soon! (I don't mess with black Friday, I have zero patience.... remember?)


I've been on this freeze for a little over 12 hours, most of which I was sleeping, and I CAN'T TAKE IT ANYMORE. Just kidding. There really isn't anything I'm dying to buy right now, I just felt like being dramatic for a moment. I haven't spent much time here on this blog in 2014 so I'm not used to all this. Have you noticed how similar this is to the last post? Like what even is this? What am here to write about? I don't know. I just wanted to show up and say hi. And maybe ask you a few questions and tell you a few things:

  • This is ironic with my spending freeze and all but I'm GIVING AWAY $50 Paypal cash over on Shane's blog! Like I said, time to start being more generous to others and not so much to myself right now. So head on over there to check that out because I'm also sharing my popular Fireball Hot Toddy drink recipe!

Now onto the burning question... the one that I'm beating dead into the ground because well, I'm not really getting any answers. Sad emoji. Video topics! What are your favorite videos to watch on YouTube? I've got a long list of ideas; the popular and typical ones and a bunch of others as well. But since you will be the ones watching (I hope) I want to know what YOU enjoy seeing. Below is a poll with some categories to help me serve you better

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Bloops and Stuff

For the past 24 hours my mind has been telling me that I really really want to blog. But then my mind is all like "you have nothing worthy of a blog post, pipe down." And so I keep opening and closing this page of a big blank space, confusing myself on how the hell the rest of this battle is gonna go. I'm gonna feed the need and here I am, I don't really have much to say... well, I do but I can't yet. Yes, I just did that, I'M ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE. I guess that's why I'm so stumped when I come here, I feel on the edge of my seat about so many things, but for the privacy of others I'm not able to share anything yet. And I feel like it's really the only thing going on right now besides making YouTube videos and ya know, the same old day job life thing. Maybe this will just be one of those posts where I just kinda let it go where ever it goes. 

Oh here's a topic, wedding stuff. Just kidding, I got engaged two months ago and have yet to even bother to figure out what "Step One" is in this whole process. I know I mentioned it a bit in my engagement post, but since we're getting married back home in Boston, just the thought of beginning to plan a wedding from long distance makes me just wanna stay engaged forever. Like really, I'm all set. I also never ever wanted to get married back home but as much as I hate to admit it, it makes the most sense. Ok, I can already feel this part of the post taking a turn into stressville zip code kelly. Onto the next...

Let's take a break and have a laugh at my expense. So far since starting this YouTube thing, my way of going about it is to film on a Saturday if Robert is working. It's just easier with an empty home and zero noise or distractions. But he didn't work this past weekend (a first in awhile) so I chose to actually spend time with him instead. But what I did do was take some time during football watching to put together a "bloopers/extras" video. Although I didn't have anything new filmed, I didn't want to skip posting for the week ... that's a slippery slope and you see I wear that well if you've been visiting this blog for awhile. Much like skipping a workout day... it's all down hill for me. So to avoid that disaster I would have easily crawled into, I chose to put this together for you. It's hard to believe that after only 5 videos, I would even have a video like this but let me tell you... filming ain't easy! I stumble over my words like crazy, I get into singing to make being in front of a camera a little more comfy, seriously a private concert really gives you a confidence boost! And since I'm still so brand new at all this, I had quite a good collection of clips to make this. So yea, take a break, have a laugh, and maybe we'll get back to wedding stuff down below. 

Eh, maybe we won't get back to wedding stuff. That's not a fun subject when the bride isn't even into it yet. So moving on... what are your plans for the upcoming holidays? Do you travel for Thanksgiving? Will you be flying anywhere for Christmas? Are you having a New Years bash? If you've already posted about this, leave your links below so I can go live vicariously through you! We're not sure what we want to do for Thanksgiving yet. Last year we went to a restaurant and we are thinking of doing that again, so stress free! But a friend is going to be alone, his fiance flew home to her family and he wasn't able to, so we may host something mini or drag him out with us. Originally, we wanted to go home for Christmas, we were actually really excited that we'd be able to afford to do so. Until we went to book everything and realized that sorry not sorry, but it's just not worth it! I ranted about the prices once before so let's not repeat. I think we have plans for New Years, we were invited but didn't exactly give an answer yet. So we'll see.

Well look at that, an entire blog post but we're still back at the beginning with "nothing to write about". I basically danced around weddings and holidays because like my mind tried to tell me, I have nothing worthy to share.  So with all this fluffer, I at least hope my awkwardness in that video put a little light in your day.

Until next time...

Just kidding, I have more to say. Well, ask. I really want to get some feedback on what kinds of videos people like to watch. I have a list of about 40 videos that I'd like to do (some are the popular and typical ones that most people do) but I'd like to know what YOU want to see. Do you like the typical and popular ones? Or do you want to challenge me and push me out of my comfort zone? Let me know :)

And one more thing, it's Song Of The Week Wednesday over on Helene's blog and I totally missed this last week and refuse to miss it again because MUSIC. And although I don't have a song chosen and certainly don't have a song to tie into this nonsense post... I'm gonna just choose the first one that pops up in my Spotify! (hold please...) Oooh! This slightly ties into the wedding part because this could totally be played at a wedding. But first let me say that I am light years behind on the Ed Sheeran wagon. I took the bait last week for the first time and wow! Ok ok this weeks song is "Thinking Out Loud".

I love this live sessions version.

K bye for real!

Helene in Between Song of the Week Wednesday

New Video - 50 Facts About Me

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What I'm wearing in this video: 

Thug Life beanie - Etsy LOL Brand

Makeup I'm Wearing:
Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer
Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder - Transparent
Anastasia Beverly Hills Banana Powder
Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit
Makeup Geek Blush:
NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder - Brunette
Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel
NYX Kohl Kajal black liner
Rimmel Scandal Eyes Waterproof liner - Nude
Makeup Geek Eyeshadows
- Peach Smoothie
- Creme Brule 
- Cupcake
- Prom Night 
- Bitten
- Shimma Shimma
- White Lies
Makeup Geek Pigment - Bewitched
Cover Girl Clump Crusher mascara
Ardell false lashes #110
Gerard Cosmetics lipstick - Nude 

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Yea, I Have Goals

It's not even Thanksgiving yet, like literally there may even still be a Halloween party or two going on somewhere. But of course, Christmas is already being stuffed in our faces and shoved down our throats and I think I'm already choking on candy canes. And since I don't like being left behind, I'm just gonna go ahead and jump a step ahead of all that and get right into my goals for 2015. So, ha! Hashtag winning, I'm already pimping out January 1st. Shove it, Santa.

Blogging Goals: Yes, I have them. Just because I decided to start making YouTube videos, doesn't mean I'm totally ditching this place. I realize that I have been very "meh" in the blog world this year. But if you were following along, I was going through some "self awareness" shit and I really just didn't have much to come here and say very often. And sadly, putting my own blog on the back burner caused me to put some of yours there as well. I don't read as much, and I certainly don't comment as much (when I do read). And even more importantly, I got really bad at replying to comments on my own posts. Yep, I became one of those. And I'm sorry. Forgive me? So in realizing all of this, my blogging goals moving forward are as follows:
  • Interact more with my readers
  • Read my favorite blogs at least once a week 
  • Hit up the blogs of some new readers that comment on my posts
  • Post more than 4 times a month (think I can aim for twice a week?)
  • Comment more on the blogs I do read, instead of just "read and leave"

"Save the excuses. It's not about having time, it's about making time. 
If it matters, you will make time."

Life Goals: I don't even know where to begin with this because I had so many changes in 2014 and there are things that are still changing everyday and Robert and I have big changes that are moving fast and will be huge by this time next year. <- not wedding or baby related! But I think what I need to concentrate on most in my life are still the things within myself. I'm still learning to find peace, and to be calm in situations that don't require me to go from 0-100. And I'm still lacking the ability to maintain a healthy lifestyle. But seriously, why is that so hard? I'm going to continue working on becoming a better me with the following:
  • Breathe
  • Say kind things to myself 
  • Figure out some kind of food and exercise regimen that I won't randomly give up on
  • Be more supportive of others
  • Maintain better contact and relationships with family and friends that are 3000 miles away
  • Stop being late to work AKA get more sleep

"You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf."

YouTube Goals: Weeeeee! I suppose this list could be really long or really short. For the sake of keeping things simple, we'll go with short. For the months leading up to me actually starting the channel, I was adding video ideas to a list in my phone. There are currently 31 things on that list and some of those things have a list within them. So I'm definitely prepared with ideas but always wanting more so tell me what you'd like to see! If you watched my most recent video (skipping to 3:01) you'd think I've got the "stage fright" thing under control. But I don't. Every time I turn the camera on, I freeze, I panic, I talk to myself, I start my intro 109539 times, and all the awkward stumbling is edited out. Having said that, confidence is clearly on this list: 
  • Don't let the nerves get to me
  • Be more comfortable and confident
  • Purchase a better camera (eyes on the Canon 70D)
  • Sharpen my editing skills/drop iMovie and purchase Final Cut Pro
  • Build my audience 

So listen up 2015, I'm coming for you. With last years post, I thought I'd have a handle on 2014 but that bitch snatched me up and tried to drown me. But I've put my scuba gear on and I'm ready to dive in! 

 "Never allow waiting to become a habit. Live your dreams and take risks. 
Life is happening now."

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WINNERS! And A Little Silly....

I jumped on the camera last night to film a quick announcement of the Giveaway Winners and it totally turned into something else. I hope this ridiculousness sets your Monday off to a great start! Oh and if you're curious of what is in the "surprise" boxes, I will post all that once the winners receive their packages because I'm not about spoilers over here.

As I watched this video back, I definitely LOL'd at myself. This is worth a watch if you need a smile on your face. So much silly. I love that I'm getting more comfortable and I love being able to SAY all this stuff instead of just write it in a blog post.

Let me know what you think, and what else you would like to see from me :)

Even if you didn't win, I have a little announcement for you in the video, so be sure to watch!


The Rafflecopter was what I was trying to show in the video...
can be seen on original post HERE