November Ipsy Glam Bag

Y’all know me.  I love me an Ipsy Glam Bag.  This months bag completely blew me away!  I don’t think I’d ever loved every single item in my bag until now! 


  • Be a Bombshell Cosmetics Eye Base in Submissive – seriously I’m sure I didn’t need another eyeshadow base, but, let’s get real…it’s pretty fantastic.  This base is highly pigmented, is long lasting, and is great on it’s own too!
  • Elizabeth Mott You’re So Fine Eyeliner – this liner is perfect for the Holidays, or anytime you want to amp things up a bit.  It’s black, it’s sparkly, and screams FUN!
  • J. Cat Beauty Wonder Lip Paint – holy pigmentation!  I’ve never been one to be drawn to lip paints, but I’m SO happy that I got this in my bag this month.  The color has so many variations it’s crazy.  You can do a light flush of pigment on the lips to create a stain, or really pack on the color to create a deep wine red.  
  • Marc Anthony Oil of Morocco Argan Oil Volume Shine Hairspray – well who doesn’t need a great hairspray?  This hairspray is great to put shine and protection back into your hair all while keeping the style all day long.  It smells great, and will definitely be making an appearance in my purse for any touchups throughout the day.
  • Temptu S/B Highlighter – I love this little highlighter.  It’s a great highlighter for the face and body.  I love me a great multitasking beauty product.  Just dab a few drops onto the back of your hand and and gently pat some onto the highest point of your cheekbones, the tip of your nose, your cupids bow, above your brows, and to your brow bone and your face is perfectly highlighted.  Add a few drops to your body lotion for a little luminous effect that will give your body that perfect glow all Winter long.

If you would like to get your own Ipsy Glam Bag each month check the site out here!  For only $10 a month you can’t beat it!

Favorite Christmas/Winter Books for Littles.

This time of year really just gives me more of an excuse to cuddle up more with my family under a blanket and read some books with both of my kids flanking my sides.  They love to be read to in general, but, they especially love Christmas/Holiday themed books.  This year I’m doing something a little different with them, and cannot wait to see their excitement!
I’m sure by now you’ve all seen the 25 days of Christmas books for kids sort of like a fun version of an Advent Calendar.  I decided to do this for them this year because I know they’ll love it, they’ll be super excited to open a gift each day, and it allows me to throw a little education in the mix…especially for Ryderman who is still working hard on his reading skills :).


This book is absolutely at the top of my list for my two munchkins this year.  I love pretty much all of Nancy TIllman’s books.  The illustrations are beautiful, the stories are heartfelt and pretty much always bring me to tears (in a good way).  Pretty much any book by Jan Brett will be perfect.  I particularly love this one, this one, and this one!  We are addicted to Where the Wild Things Are as well.  Not really a Christmas/Holiday themed book, but, we’ve literally gone through 2 of them because they get so worn out.  It’s time for a new one.  Of course we can’t forget about the Grinch, a little Charlie Brown Christmas, and definitely the Night Before Christmas.  
We are always looking to add more books of course, especially since I need 25 to wrap and hide so they can open one each day….help!  What are some of your favorites?  And any “I can read” book recommendations as well?

Taking Stock


Making: my first pot of chili of the year.
Drinking: Chai-nog Latte.  Sounds like an odd combo, but, you must try it.
Wanting: these boots in black….oh and these slippers in light grey too!
Watching: American Horror Story…from the beginning.  
Listening: the Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty.  Great Audiobook!
Eating: Chrismas grapes.  My Mom got me hooked!  I love to freeze them and eat them super cold!
Smelling: the infamous Marshmallow Fireside Candle from Bath & Body Works.  Holy deliciousness it’s amazing!  What’s your favorite scent?
Wishing: I had time to do everything my little heart desires.  I really need 4 of me so I can be in more than one place at one time.  You ever feel that way?
Enjoying: these quiet moments.  Sometimes life gets so insane it’s hard to stop and enjoy what’s really happening right in front of you.
Loving: the sound the fire makes when it crackles. There’s something so relaxing and comforting about it, don’t you think?
Hoping: that we don’t have a horrible Winter this year.  People can’t seem to drive in the snow here in the Seattle area which makes it SO much worse.  I believe snow should only fall perfectly on the grass and houses, but sidewalks and roads should be off limits.  Can somebody make that happen for me?
Needing: to find a good coat for myself.  I always end up with a thick fleece number of some sort because I’m not a fan of puffy coats.  Any suggestions?
Feeling: blissful.
Wearing: these boyfriend pants.  They’re super comfy!
Bookmarking: this!  I love homemade ornaments :).


October Beauty Favorites


I can’t believe another month has gone by!  I swear the older I get, the faster time goes.  Now that November is officially here, it’s time for me to share my October Beauty Favorites!!


Lorac Pro Palette $42 – Yes I still love the original one.  Don’t get me wrong, all of their shadows are amazing, but, I just keep coming back to this one.  Especially for Garnet….hello amazingly rusty colored shadow in the world.  I love that the shadows are super buttery, very pigmented, and seem to have lasted me quite some time.  For the price, you can’t beat it!

Too Faced Shadow Insurance $17.99 – I have never used such an amazing eye shadow primer in my life!!  It evens out my skin tone on the lids, makes shadows more vibrant, locks my shadows in place, and will NOT let those bad boys crease all day long!  This miracle primer will stay put until I remove it which is exactly what we all want right?

Neutrogena Triple Repair Shampoo and Conditioner $24.50 – My hair tends to get super dry since it’s color treated, and heat styled.  My poor little hairs undergo so much wear and tear.  Because of this, I need a good shampoo and conditioner that can stand up to all of it and prevent further damage while keeping my color vibrant, my hair soft and silky, and of course, keeping it squeaky clean.  This shampoo and conditioner combo does all of that and more!  Neutrogena really hit it out of the park for me on this one.  LOVE it!

My Wet Brush Pro Select Paddle Brush $10 – Alright.  If you don’t already own this, you MUST buy it RIGHT NOW!  It’s the best brush in the world!  I originally began using it on my daughter so she wouldn’t squeak and squeal so much when her morning bed head had to be de-ratted.  Well….then I used it one day, and now I can’t get over how amazing it is.  No more snags and damaging my hair, and I love the flat paddle version to dry my hair with.  It just awesome!

Suave Professionals Dry Shampoo Spray $6.50 – I have to say, this is my favorite drugstore brand Dry Shampoo.  I love that it gives me texture when a hair style requires it, that it gives my roots great volume, and it absorbs any oil in my hair when it’s been 3-4 days between washing it without causing it to feel even more dirty than it already is.  The best part is the smell.  It’s amazing!

That’s all for this month!  What are some of your favorites?  

High Five for Friday


1.  YAY!!  It’s always like Christmas when these beautiful boxes show up on my doorstep!  Love me some Stitch Fix!


2.  I’ve been arm knitting lately, and I pretty much love it.  I forsee these as gifts to many friends in the future.


3.  Hello new favorite muffin.  Cinnamon Streusal Muffins are perfect for Fall mornings with a hot cup of coffee or tea.
4.  Although I have to work until 7:30 tonight, which means I’ll miss trick-or-treating with my family, I’m excited to see how cute my little Ghostbuster and Tinkerbell are.


5.  Speaking of trick-or-treating, I’d love to wish y’all a very Happy Halloween!!

I’m linking up with Lauren for His Five for Friday and Sarah for Fan Friday!

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