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It has been a crazy few weeks for me, and I have been meaning to get to my nomination for the Liebster Award. I was nominated by the incredibly sweet Brittney! You should check out her blog, Southern Lights Atlanta Nights.
- Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you.
- Answer 11 questions from the blogger that nominated you.
- Nominate blogs!
- Give your nominees 11 questions to answer!
Brittney’s questions for me:
- Tea or Coffee? Coffee, all the way. I’ve tried to give tea a chance, I really have, but I just don’t like the taste.
- Favorite Genre of Music? I don’t really have one. Music is pretty subjective to my mood. If I am relating to the lyrics, and I enjoy the beat, then I will listen to it. Often times, when I am writing, I have Apocalyptica playing.
- Romantic Comedy’s or Action Films? If I am going out to the movies with my husband for a date night, it is usually an action film. But when the husband is at work, and the kids are in bed, and I will curl up with a romantic comedy.
- Cats or Dogs? If I wasn’t allergic to them, I would probably be a cat person. I have a small Yorkshire Terrier, and I love her. I love small dogs, but big dogs intimidate me.
- What is your favorite fruit? Tomatoes. If you are one of those people that say tomatoes aren’t a fruit, then I’ll say chocolate covered strawberries. Otherwise, I am really not a fruit person. I prefer vegetables.
- Do you like feminine or masculine scents? If we are talking about what I wear, feminine. If I am standing next to a random person, I would probably rather smell a more masculine scent. I love smelling the entire axe body collection!
- Where is your dream vacation? This is pretty subjective to who I’m with. If it were a trip without kids, I would love to go to Egypt. I want to ride on the back of a camel, across the desert, and see the pyramids.
- Favorite Makeup Brand? Nyx. They are always coming out with amazing new products, in stunning colors! The price is amazing, and the quality is great.
- Cake or Pie? Pie. There are so many different variations of pie, and it makes me think of my childhood when my mom would let me have apple pie for breakfast on cold autumn mornings.
- What is your favorite kind of ice cream? Mint chocolate chip!
- What are your 3 favorite songs of all time? I think my favorite songs will always change as I grow older, but I do return to Apoctalyptica’s album “Plays Metallica by Four Cellos” a lot.
Questions for my nominees:
- If you could go back in history and talk to anyone, who would it be?
- Favorite celebrity?
- Do you believe in ghosts?
- Do you have/want any children?
- If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
- When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
- Do you have any special talents?
- Who is your favorite band?
- What is your dream car?
- If you were to create a bucket list (things to do before you die), what would be number one?
- Do you have/want any tattoos?
Thanks again Brittney for nominating me, and for following along on my blogging journey! I hope you all enjoyed my answers to the questions! Be sure to check out my nominees, they have some beautiful sites, with great posts!
I should just tell you now that I really have no self-control when I go into Ulta. I’m safer shopping online (usually). I had just placed an order online at Ulta.com, because the Ulta brand was having a pretty good sale (Buy 3, get 2 free), and I wanted to take a look at the new Urban Decay Heat Palette. The colors of the Heat palette were pretty, but I felt like I was in the market for something different. I ordered the Brunch Palette by Lorac instead.
Well, I forgot to order dry shampoo in this quick online shopping trip. No biggie, I’ll just pop in to my local Ulta store after I run to Target for diapers. I’m going to pause here for a moment, to mention that there is some evil genius out there sitting on a giant pile of money, for deciding to put an Ulta directly next to a Target.
It was a lovely Saturday morning, my husband was at home with the kids, and I found myself standing at the check out counter in Ulta, with dry shampoo in one hand, and the new Urban Decay Heat palette, in the other. WHY DO I DO THIS TO MYSELF?
To be fair, pictures of this palette really don’t do the colors justice. I think that’s why I didn’t buy it online. I didn’t do any research beforehand, because honestly, Urban Decay has never let me down. I wasn’t worried about pigment, or quality for the cost. They certainly take the cake with this palette, because it is AMAZING. Even my photo (above) really doesn’t show the sheer fire this palette brings to the table. Go see it in store if you are on the fence.
After my daughters’ were in bed that night, I settled into my bathroom to play with makeup. It has been awhile since I have sat myself down to create something a little more “fun” and a little less “practical.”
I paired this palette with some of my favorite products from Nyx. I wanted to use a red eyeliner, because I have never used a red eyeliner before, and it felt fitting. Nyx is one of my favorite makeup brands because of the cost to quality ratio. I really feel like you are getting your money’s worth on pigment, quality, etc. for not a lot of money. This was my first time trying their vivid brights eyeliner (in Fire) and it was gorgeous!
The sun was fading pretty fast by the time I was done this look, but I managed to catch some good light to take this photo. I should also mention that these colors really bring out the green in my eyes. Score!
The filter game with this palette is strong, as you will see in the next photo. This is the one I uploaded to Instagram (pretty_and_practical), and it got a pretty good response. I even got a like from Karity. If you aren’t familiar with their products, Click Here. I have been stalking their Instagram for awhile now, drooling over their pigmented shadows. I’ve had their products applied to my face by other Makeup Artists, but I haven’t purchased from them myself.
That filter makes me look like I’m caught in a sunset, and I love it! I can only say good things about the new Heat palette by Urban Decay! The colors have enough range to do a pretty day look, and a bolder evening look. It’s the perfect palette for summer, and an even better option for autumn!
After I got the beauty look, I did have a little bit more fun before I took it all off, and crawled into bed. The look below shows my inspiration photo, along with the “fun” look. I’m obsessed with Egypt, and since I wanted to create a golden sunset look, I thought this photo was fitting.
You can buy this palette wherever Urban Decay products are sold. If you are interested in seeing it in person, your local Ulta should have it on display, allowing you to play with the colors. I managed to snag the last palette at my local Ulta, so don’t be surprised if they are sold out in store. There are probably tons of other people out there who saw it in person, and just couldn’t resist!
When I first became a subscriber to Ipsy, it was just about receiving an e-mail each month, telling me my bag was on its way. The next few days would be all about me stalking my mailman as he delivered my mail. The shiny pink package brings me such joy every month!
With the Ipsy App, I can get a glimpse of my Ipsy bag (and it’s contents) before it even arrives! That means my excitement is to the point where I will tackle the mailman if he fails to deliver my bag on time. (Kidding, sort of. The Ipsy App lets me track my bag, so I know when my mailman is holding out on me.)
I can easily manage everything right on the Ipsy app. Currently, my hair is red, and my fair skin is pretty normal. What if I suddenly went blonde, and my skin started to get oily? I just update everything right on the App, and they send me products based on my new information! Not too shabby. I can also update my billing information, link my social media accounts (for sharing my beauty goodies), and cancel my subscription (if I ever need to).
Ipsy has a pretty fabulous points program, allowing me to review my Ipsy contents (right on the App), in exchange for points. These points can be used to score free products! All of the samples I receive in my bag are available for purchase in full size, and during the month you receive them, you can get them at a discount! Ipsy offers their own monthly offers, right on the App, that you can shop for at a discounted rate. Only while supplies last!
Are you unsure how to use a certain product, or you don’t even know what it is for? You can click on the “learn more” option beneath each product and read about what it’s for, how to use it, and even what’s in it! You can also read the reviews by other Ipsy subscribers to find out what they think about it!
The Ipsy App has How-To videos, contests, and current beauty articles! How could you not love this FREE app, and a beauty subscription for only $10 a month? I am probably just a little obsessed, but I love trying new products, and it’s even better when they are sent straight to me! You can click here to get yourself signed up with Ipsy (if you haven’t already), and make sure to download the App!
I have a love of all things Free People, but my budget doesn’t. I used to work for an E-Bay power seller, and they had racks and racks of designer clothes! New, used, vintage, you name it, they had it, and I scored some pretty awesome finds through them.
Unfortunately with the Navy lifestyle, my family had to away. Now I do my “rummaging” online, finding things I want or need, for the best price possible. I recently came across this online boutique, with chic fashions that mimic the Free People style, for a lot less money!
The shop is called Ooh La Lou Boutique, and you can find them Here. All their pieces are so feminine and pretty, and perfect for the South Carolina heat! This Angel Lace Dress (below) is one of my absolute favorite pieces. It comes in a sky blue, or Amethyst, and is only $33.99!
I am not usually one to wear Maxi Dresses (because I am usually too tall for them), but I can’t deny that they have some beautiful ones. Most of them have a slit, which is more my style, than the traditional Maxi, with no slit. I also love that they have a fit and flare style. The dress pictured below is available in white or navy blue!
Ooh La Lou Boutique has a small assortment of shoes and jewelry, which does update occasionally. They are a small boutique, and still growing, which makes them a great find! Sometimes you need to find small online shops, to get more original pieces!
Click Here to check them out, and if you find something you love, use the code Lalou10 to get 10% off! When visiting their website, you can also sign up to receive e-mails from them, to stay up-to-date on their latest styles!
Last week, I told you about this amazing cash back App called Ibotta! It was just a few days before Amazon Prime Day, and they were offering some pretty great cash back offers from Amazon!
Today, it is all about my favorite cash-back App, Ebates! Ebates was the first App I joined, to start earning cash-back and things I was buying anyway!
Ebates is a free App, that has over TWO THOUSAND stores you can shop at, (online and in-store) and earn cash back! I’ve already earned cash back on plane tickets back to visit my friends, Ulta beauty purchases, and all my Amazon goodies! If you think the rewards stop there, then you need to keep scrolling!
First things first, to get the cash back, you need to check into your Ebates App to see what’s being offered at the store you want to shop at. If you are shopping online, you will want to click “shop now,” and the App will automatically take you to the online store, and keep track of your purchases. That’s it! The cash back will be in your account in a few days! (Or even a few hours!) For trips made to the store, just check the App, link the card you will be using, and you are good to go!
I am home a lot with my daughters, and I am usually blogging on my laptop (like now, for instance). That means, sometimes it is more convenient to just shop on my computer. You can log into Ebates right onto your computer! Ebates installed it’s little logo right at the top of my computer, and it lights up when I go to one of it’s qualified stores, and asks me if I want to activate the cash back. Just click yes! After that, Ebates does the hard work for you. When you are done shopping, Ebates has already loaded all the applicable coupons for the site you are on, saving you even more money! Yup, not only are you getting cash back, but Ebates is always finding you coupons you may not have even known were available!
Okay, so let’s talk a little bit about the cons. Do you see the cash back offers on the stores listed up above? They change. Sometimes you are going to get an e-mail about a super cash back day, and find that the places you love to shop are all offering 10 percent (or more)! Unfortunately, there are going to be days when you only see a 1% return on your money.
On stores like Amazon, they limit the cash back to certain items, but those items do consistently change. The other downside is, Ebates only pays you quarterly, so don’t plan on having your cash back immediately available to you. I kind of like that my money builds over time. I already have a good chunk of change pending in my account, ready to be paid to me next month!
Back to the Pros: There are two different ways you can choose to get paid! As you can see in the photo below, you can choose to have a check mailed to you, or it can sent right to you via Paypal. I like to receive a check in the mail. It’s a nice change of pace when I find a check, instead of a bill.
Interested in signing up, and getting cash back? If you use my referral link, you will get $10 automatically added to your account (after you make your first qaulifying purchase of $25 or more). After that, you just go to Ebates before you shop, and Ebates will hook you up with coupons and cash back!
Click Here to sign up with Ebates!