Monday, December 12, 2011

How The Glitz Stole Christmas Blogger Swap

I decided to participate in a unique experience through Lindsey & Raven. They thought up a blogger Christmas swap and called it "How The Glitz Stole Christmas". How cute is that?? I was assigned to swap with Jennifer over at Life as Jane Doe. Shopping for Jennifer was so much fun and I really hope she loves everything I got for her :) My favorite part about this swap though was discovering new bloggers!!

Now let me share with you what Jennifer sent to me :)


It's hard to tell in this picture but these are two VERY pretty nail polishes! The one to the left is a light purple while the opposite side is a deep purple.

Now I LOVE me some e.l.f. products!! I was so tickled when I open this package from Jennifer because I sent her the same e.l.f. pallet in neutral colors. lol

These colors are going to be so perfect for the holiday season!!!

A girl can never get too many lip products!

The bracelet is so pretty too. It sparkles like crazy! (And as you know, I love all things that sparkle!)

I'm so happy I participated in this blogger Christmas swap. :) I had a blast!
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Christmas is sneaking up on us!!!!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

I'm getting married! 1/8/2012


I haven't blogged in so long! I really miss it and I've got so many new ideas to share with you! My fiance and I have been very busy bees planning our wedding. On 11/11/11 we decided to get it done... finally! Our date is set for 1/8/2012. Yes, we're planning our WHOLE wedding in a little less than 2 months!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

How To: Make Your Own Floral Bouquet

Whether you're getting married, your friend is getting married (and you want to help her!), or you just want a beautiful bouquet to display in your home - You'll find this quick and easy tutorial very useful! (If you're like me, you'll begin to aspire to become a florist... BAM! Just like that.) lol 

I went to Walmart and bought a glass vase for $2.97 and a dozen roses for $12. You know the kind, the ones that come in the plastic with the "flower food" attached with a rubber band. You need floral tape but I bought the wrong kind so I had to ghetto rig my bouquet with a ponytail holder. 

1. Lay out all the flowers in front of you like below.

2. Discard the greenery. 


3. Start with the largest bloom in the center, and start "building" the bouquet by placing the rest of the flowers around it in a circular motion. Make sure you always bring the stem around to the front (see picture - how it spirals) and while you hold the flowers at the base, be sure not to squeeze too hard or you'll break the stem. (I did it twice) lol

4. Even out your bouquet. See how some flowers are sitting higher than others in the picture below (to the right)? You want to carefully pull the lower flowers up to be even with the higher flowers. 


5. Look in the mirror to make sure you like the way your bouquet looks from the front. Make any final adjustments. Once your bouquet is how you want it, wrap the floral tape around the base (where your hands have been) OR this is the time to ghetto rig it with a ponytail holder. lol 

6. Also wrap the bouquet with the floral tape a little lower (however low you please) then cut the stems evenly across. At this point, you can put them in a vase or wrap the base in ribbon or whatever decor you or the bride wishes.


Now what about those flowers you broke? (Because you will, most likely. lol) Use them to pin on the suit for the groom and groomsmen (see below) OR you can tear the petals off for the flower girl :)


This was pretty simple and so much fun! I can't wait to practice with more flowers and different kinds :) For my wedding, I plan on going to the farmer's market and buying a ton of fresh flowers and doing everything myself. I'll have to refer my bridesmaids to this tutorial and volunteer them to help! lol



Monday, November 14, 2011

11/11/11


My fiance and I have been together a little over 5 years. We've had our ups and downs and gone through many trials and tribulations. We've separated and ran back to each other... twice. I have learned that a healthy, functional relationship where two people can truly be happy cannot be centered around him or her. It must revolve around God. It's amazing how when you let go of the wheel (a la Carrie Underwood lol) and let God take control - things just fall into place. 

I took the photo above to remember the 3rd and final time he'll have to ask me to marry him <3

Review: Conair Pro 1 inch Ceramic Flat Iron & How I Straighten My Unruly Hair

This is my natural hair. Now, let me preface this picture below by saying that this picture makes my hair look slightly better than in reality. I have thick, coarse, frizzy, curly hair.  I've always sworn by my beloved Sedu 1 Inch flat iron but recently, I found myself wanting something that packs a little more heat... 




The Conair Infiniti Pro 1 Inch Ceramic Flat Iron (Ulta - $39.99)
- heats up to 455 degrees
- 30 heat settings
- 15 second heat up

It promises high shine and smoothness - which I found to be true!

How I straighten my hair:
- I spray my hair all over with the Tresemme Heat Protector spray
- I start at the bottom and work my way to the top
- I section off about an inch of hair, brush it, and respray it with the heat protector
- I glide the flat iron down the hair in a constant motion
**NEVER stop moving the flat iron when it's touching your hair!
- I get the best results when I use the brush to hold my hair and "chase" the brush with my flat iron to insure that my hair stays taut and separated. 


The picture below is from the next day after sleeping on it. (And just between us, I didn't even brush it! lol I was running late... don't judge me.)


This is my new favorite straightener. It's better than the Chi and my old Sedu AND it's only $40! I would most definitely repurchase. It straightens my coarse, curly hair easily and my hair stays frizz free for days after. If you're in the market for a straightener that works, then I highly suggest this! 

(and Conair or Ulta aren't paying me... pshhh, I wish! I just really love it and wanted to share my discovery with you!)


Are we Twitter friends yet??? 
Twitter --> lindsaycene

Happy Monday! I hope you all have a beautiful week!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

CMA Awards 2011 - Fashion

Carrie - I love this look. And those cap sleeves are perfect! The color of that dress really makes her skin glow. Bring on the sparkle girl! (On a side note - she has got to have the best legs in the business!!)

Faith - Love it all except the back and girl, you gotta do something with that hair!

Hilary - see Carrie's comments. lol I really love the top of Hilary's dress except I would've gone with a conservative sweetheart bodice instead of the plunging neckline.

Jennifer - This dress is stunning! Minus those pocket-looking excess fabric at her hips.



Kellie - Gorgeous dress but I would've went with a more sophisticated hairstyle. She would've looked so chic with a messy updo!

Kimberly - She's so cute! I just love her. That dress suits her perfectly in my eyes.


Miranda - I love her and Blake! They seem so down to earth. This dress is gorgeous but is it just me, or does it seem like the neckline is sitting low on her chest? (You guys see the "x" on the ground?? lol I've never noticed those before on the red carpet!)
 


Taylor - This dress is gorgeous!!! So soft and perfect. And her makeup is stunning to! Not sure if this is true or not but Covergirl wrote on Facebook all the products she used last night. What do you guys think?

My favorite? - Taylor Swift


What was your favorite look at this year's CMA's???

all images via usmagazine.com

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

If it were up to me...


I would -

photograph beautiful things

be a country music artist

be a paid writer

see the sun more than on my way to and from work

have a creative profession
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and lastly,

be a permanent character on Saturday Night Live

seriously.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Target Haul and First Impressions

I give you props if you can walk into Target and only leave what you came for! Me? I'm not so strong... these are my extra goodies I picked up. I wanted to share them with you and my first impressions!


1. Sonia Kashuk Small Duo Fibre Multipurpose Brush - $10.99
A nice, soft brush. Good quality. I've used this brush twice to apply my foundation (Maybelline FIT Me) and I really like it! It blends well. Honest first impression - It blends no different than my ELF Angled Foundation Brush. But I can always clean it and use it to apply a highlighter or something!

2. NYC Smooth Skin Loose Face Powder in Translucent - $2.79
Very nice!! I am actually surprised at how much I like this powder. It's very fine so it's blends out seamlessly. Definitely not a "cake face" product. I bought this to use as a setting powder with my Maybelline FIT Me foundation. Honest first impression - I'm hooked! 

3. Wet n Wild nail polish in Private Viewing - $1.99
The color is beautiful but it's very thin. After 2 coats, it's still pretty transparent. I've had it on over 24 hours and it still hasn't chipped! (That's a plus!) But I must say... I have to agree with The Bargain Blonde's theory about nail polish. Honest first impression - Pretty, but I wish it weren't so watery. 

4. Revlon Just Bitten Lip Stain in Dawn - $7.09
I'm split 50/50 on this product as of now. It's a little darker than you would imagine. I was wanting a natural color I can slap on my lips and not worry about the rest of the day! I have to apply very lightly to make sure it's not too dark. After I apply and let it dry for a moment, I wipe my lips with a towel to tone the color down still. After that it's a pretty nice color for me. As for the balm on the opposite end, I love that! It leaves a gorgeous shine but it's not messy. Honest first impression - good product but no different from cheaper alternatives (Covergirl, Maybelline, NYC).

5. Milani Crystal Gloss in Whisper - $3.99
This is a gorgeous lip gloss! It's a soft neutral color with just enough shimmer but not thick glitter chunks. It smells delicious too! (BONUS!) lol Good quality for only $3.99. I believe it would look great on any skin tone. Honest first impression - Love it!

Have you discovered any new products you love or are worth sharing? Please let me know!

*Prices are from Target in Dallas, TX - may differ in your city!

Friday, September 2, 2011

End of Summer Shopping

I leave for my very first cruise in just 1 day! I've been doing a lot of shopping here lately and I just figured I'd share some of my finds with you guys!

I found this adorable pen holder at Forever 21 for only $5. Sounded like a great deal until I went to Burlington Coat Factory and found it priced there for $3. Hey, what's $2? lol I will not complain!

keeping my desk in style :)

I bought this adorable swimsuit top yesterday at Target for $17.99. I love the simplicity with a touch of glam! It'll look good against my spray-tanned body :)



If you are in need of some sandels, hit up Burlington Coat Factory! They had SO many on sale! Every color/style you can imagine! I bought both of these for just $6 each. I'm a very happy girl :)


We leave on Saturday and I am so excited! A bit anxious but I can't wait to just be able to relax for a whole week. Ahhh, no work for a whole week. :)

"Only worry in the world is the tide gonna reach my chair."

Monday, August 29, 2011

Oh Monday...


Today was the epitome of a Monday.

I woke up at 2:45am with Mother Nature's monthly gift.

I stumble down the stairs to make my way to the bathroom. In an effort not to wake anyone else, I shut the bathroom door before turning on the light. As I flip the light switch, I must have startled one of those huge waterbugs because it flew at my face, bounced off my forehead, landed on my shoulder and proceeded to crawl around to my back. I start jumping and turning in circles while flailing my arms around like a crazy person trying to knock it off of me...

I was eventually successful.

I finally get up again to head out the door and I'm running late for work. On top of that, there's an accident on the freeway, traffic out the wazoo, and I needed gas. Triple whammy. 

I make it to work a little over an hour late and the work day is just about normal... It was as good as any day can be when it's accompanied by cramps and more than necessary trips to the bathroom.

I get in the car to head home from work and my "check engine light" comes on. Oh joy.



I have to say... I'm still in pretty good spirits after today! 

Now, it's time for some Moose Tracks ice cream :) (My fav!) & some Bachelor Pad. (no pun intended)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Red & Leopard

Just a look I'm loving - 


What do you guys think?


Ok so I leave for my very first cruise in 2 weeks! The past month all I've talked about is "losing for the cruise" and that hasn't gone over so well. So, I'm going to depend on a spray tan instead. (That'll shave off a good 10lbs, right?) Works for me! I bought the 30 day shred and I can't even FINISH level one. :( No bueno! I've got 2 weeks to whip my body into some resemblance of in shape! 

You guys got any tips for me??

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Heaven in a cup - almost.

I have found Heaven! Who knew it's been hiding in your local grocers' freezer isle... Skinny Cow Strawberry Cheesecake is the most delicious (guilt-free!) dessert I've had in a long while! (Okay, maybe ever) It's so smoothe and perfectly sweet! It's a MUST TRY. 


So in order to prepare for my cruise (which I leave for in 1 month!!) - I bought the Jillian Michaels' DVD 30 Day Shred. I'm hoping it whips me into bikini shape quick! (I'm ignoring the fact that summer is almost over and I'm still not in "bikini" shape - that's pathetic.) 

Walmart - $10 (in store)

(Seems to have worked for her!)

And I really love this swimsuit by H&M - 


Alright, enough procrastination - I need to get to my workout.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

My Skincare Routine

I have oily, sensitive skin. Finding what works for me has been a long uphill battle. Every now and then I like to venture out and try something new but I always go back to what works. I don't buy those pre-packaged "sets". I finally found what products work for me and they come from 4 different companies. Now, my skin is not perfect (because really, whose is...) but it's most definitely tolerable. I figured I'd share with you what works for me! (Hey, you never know!)

First, I wash my face with the new Neutrogena Naturals face wash. I love this stuff! Most products break me out (sensitive skin... bleh) so I used Johnson's Baby Soap for a long time. THEN I gave this stuff a try and I love it! I definitely recommend this if you tend to have a bad reaction to most washes.


about $7 (drugstores)

 I always use the Olay facial brush when I wash my face. (I put the Neutrogena Naturals on it). I love this thing! It's $180 cheaper than the Clarisonic and works just as well. I highly recommend using one when washing your face - You'll never go back to that rag or just your hands :)
about $25 (drugstores)

This is the only product I use that contains any "acne fighters". I apply a thin layer all over (to treat and prevent) and this stuff works really well for me. I can't tell you how many tubes I've gone through!
about $6 (drugstores)

This is by far my favorite moisturizer. It smells good (to me at least) and it leaves my skin so soft. A little goes a long way too... So it's definitely a great bang for your buck!
about $15 (drugstores)

And that's it! Remember, to have the best skin you must wash your face every night. Consistency is key! (Now I admit - I'm not perfect but I try to wash my face every night lol) Also, prices may be different depending where you live and where you shop. 

Please keep in mind that this is just what works for me. I am by no means a doctor! lol

What are your favorite skincare products?

Oh, and all images are from Google. :)

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Forever 21 - New Purse

Sure, I'm like most girls. I love clothes, shoes, and makeup... but they all fall to the wayside compared to handbags. I just don't know what it is. I am a purse girl. It doesn't matter how many I have, I'm always on the lookout for a new one. I'll buy my clothes secondhand and I won't spend over $20 on a pair of shoes but handbags have no limitations. 

If money grew on trees (legally, that is) - 

via - My "dream" handbag - One day I will own you! lol

But for now - I'd been itching for a new purse. (And this was completely justified by a broken strap on 1 of the 10 handbags I already have) Now, I'm not a huge fan of Forever 21. Most of the clothes are ridiculous, the music gives me a headache, and the quality is not all there BUT I like to look anyway for interesting pieces. Luckily, I found a purse I loved for only $25.

I am SO beyond picky when I shop. Whatever I buy has to be perfect. I have to 100% WANT whatever I'm about to buy. I'm talking no reservations. This purse passed the test in affordability, color, size, style, length/type of straps... It has to fit perfectly under my arm. lol (Hey, this can be annoying since I put down 99% of anything I "pick up" to buy... I'm notorious for convincing myself out of purchases) BUT I sure save a lot of money that way :)

Have you guys ever noticed that Forever 21 puts a scripture reference on the bottom of their bags?


JOHN 3:16 -

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Very cool F21... very cool.

What's your dream handbag??

Thursday, July 14, 2011

My first cruise!!!!

I'm going on my very first cruise this September and I am BEYOND excited!! So of course, when my work besties wanted to hit up Ross for our lunch break... I couldn't resist but to search for cruise-worthy clothing. 

I found this gorgeous dress for only $15.99!



I apologize for the lack of artistic quality in these photos but they get the point across.

If you've ever been on a cruise, what's your best advice to me??

Monday, July 11, 2011