Lash Flash; Kiss EverPro Lashes Product Review

25 Nov

Here’s another product review for you that’s most definitely relative to the vintage life!

Kiss products asks “Ever tried applying eyelashes but became frustrated when they didn’t position correctly? Only to remove them and start over? Kiss Ever PRO Lash Starter Kit provides everything you need…” saying basically you can’t fail with this kit. That’s a pretty bold statement.

I have mixed feelings about these lashes. Let me start out by saying I LOVE FALSIES. I’m one of their biggest fans. I’ve used dollar store lashes and I’ve dropped big bucks on lashes. These fit squarely in the middle-high range for a fraction of the price. This whole kit runs around $5. Definitely not bad for a beginner since it won’t break the bank and they are good quality lashes.

Now to the nitty-gritty:
The packaging: Good, Not wasteful and the instructions are printed clearly on the outside.
The Lashes: Nice, soft, and full. I really like them. They have a sturdy band that’s pliable.
The Adhesive: This adhesive is gentle, won’t pull or tug at your lid or lashes. Unfortunately I found it didn’t hold the 24 hours like it claimed. I’m biased. I don’t care for non-“permanent” glues. I’ve grown accustomed to wearing my lashes for days on end.
The Applicator: personally I found it clunky. But for a beginner, I imagine that’s a more comfortable option than using a pair of tweezers around your eyes until you get the hang of it.

Overall, I recommend the LASHES, not the kit, for anyone besides a beginner.

*This is a sponsored post and I received these lashes through Influenster.

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Sensual Scentual; Bath & Body Works Fall Mini Candle Product Review

18 Nov
Image from Bath & Body Works

Image from Bath & Body Works

One of the items I received from Influenster in my Beauty Blogger VoxBox to review for you was the Black Pepper Bergamont Mini Fall candle from Bath & Body Work. I have really enjoyed this scent. It is very masculine, warm and spicy, much like an expensive cologne. It was a wonderfully non-distracting scent while I was reading. The size and price of the mini candles is great to buy for gifts or if you have scent commitment issues like I do. I honestly suffer from candle ADD and move on the next day. The scent isn’t very strong when you use it on a warmer and I found that disappointing because I am easily distracted and tend to fall asleep if I sit still for more than about twenty minutes. When lit, the fragrance was much more potent and filled my loft with the scent. These little candles are rated to last 10-15 hours, I found I got about 8 hours from mine. Overall, I would recommend and purchase again.

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Today I Am Thankful For

5 Nov

I noticed on various social media sites that people are listing what they are thankful for each day in November. I try to regularly write a post of things I am thankful for throughout the year to remind myself of the wonderful things I have in my life. I’ve decided for the month of November to post a few days at a time…so, without further adieu….

I’m thankful for…
1. The fact that I wake up every morning (sometimes in the afternoon, and especially thankful that I get to sleep in!).

2. My Parents. They are such a shining light for me. I’ve watched them tough it out, and I’ve watched them prosper, and through every step I’ve watched them show true, unconditional LOVE for one another. They have given me, and still do, so very very much. I cannot thank them enough for everything.

2a. My Daddy-O. He’s the best for telling me to chin-up and keep on. He will not stand for me giving less than what he knows I can. An entrepreneur himself, he’s great for giving advice and encouragement when I need it, even when I don’t realize I do. He’s a wonderful teacher, has great stories, and is a blast to sit back and have a drink with. His laugh is one of my favorite things ever, and I really miss hearing it since I moved away from home.

2b. My Momma. She is such a beautiful person through and through. I couldn’t possibly ask for a better person to show me how to overcome my fear, find my inner “happy place” (woosaaahhhh), teach me to be curious and show me through example how to be a true lady. My love of art most definitely comes from my mother’s passion and encouraging me to create and be expressive, that’s such an big part of who I am, and I have her to thank.

3. My brother going to school at my Alma Mater. I’ve got several years on him, so it’s almost like we are only children sometimes. By the time he was big enough to hang out (and didn’t interfere with my curfew) I had moved off. I still live near my college and we try to hang on the reg. He’s a pretty cool guy…but awesomeness is a family trait.

4. Thomas. My absolute best friend. My adventure partner. He is amazing. I’m so thankful for the friendship that we had for years prior to us dating, the prodding from friends who “just knew”, and his persistence. I am so blessed to call him family and cannot wait to be his bride. My everyday is made better by his presence in my life. ❤

5. My privilege as an American citizen to vote. I early voted, but if you have yet to hit the polls, I encourage you to cast an educated ballot tomorrow for the candidate of your choice and take the time to realize what a GREAT BIG DEAL that is!

I hope you take the time to remember things you are thankful for every day, not just in the month of November. I'm looking forward to sharing more with you as the month progresses!

I’ve Got the Blues

28 Oct

Today, I am feeling blue. Not in a bad way though. I’ve recently been in love with all things nautical. (Which I am now convinced is mandatory for any vintage loving gal.) I’ve amassed several such items over the years and to keep from overflowing, I’ve added many pieces of my personal collection to the shop. Here are just a few that are there, and keep a look out for more!!

Navy Shoes Blues

Navy Shoes Blues: Canvas shoes are the perfect laid back answer to stilettos. Unfortunately for me, they were a little to snug for anything but taking pictures.

Mod Hatter

The Mod Hatter: I acquired this hat several years ago, but because I’m more Elizabeth Taylor rather than Twiggy, it got little use. I still think it’s lovely, but it needs someone to love it.

Blue Belle

Blue Belle: This dress is a great canvas for all your nautical looks. I wore it with a ‘kerchief around my neck a la’ retro flight stewardess. It’s really an easy care piece; throw it on and go, toss it in the wash, dry and repeat!

Nautical Juice Glasses

Nautical Juice Glasses: These pulled together my love for all things nautical and retro in my kitchen. Would be perfect in your coastal kitchen or on your yacht, of course.

Smokey Eyes; NYC Custom Compact Product Review

20 Oct

I was presented with NYC NewYorkColor Individual Eyes Custom Compact in “Dark Shadows” to offer up my review to you, dear reader. I have a background in theatrical make-up and, well, being a girl who likes to be in front of a camera, I’ve managed to stay on top of my skills.

The Basics: This compact includes four individual eye shadow colours, a base/primer, an illuminator, and a two ended foam applicator.

The Price: Less than $5

The Colours: Bright white, silver, medium grey, and soft black.

First Impression: The compact packaging is very efficent. No frills and very straight forward, but appealing. The colours look as though they are best suited to be used to create a dark smokey eye. The shadows appear to be very pigmented in the package. All the eye shadows have a light shimmer to them, the illuminator appears to be a white/clear cream with a very fine glitter, and the base looks a lot like a nude coloured concealer.

Smokey Eyes NYC

Dark Shadows NYC

The Application Process:
First: Primer to my whole lid and blended up towards my eyebrow.
Second: Illuminator was applied right below my eyebrow and to the inner corner of my eye.
Third: The Shadows – I applied the silver shadow to my whole lid and blended upwards towards the brow. The dark grey to the whole crease, middle of the lid, and the lower lash line. The black to the outer corner blending upward and out, and to the outer third of the upper and lower lash lines. Lastly the white to the inner corner of my eye and below the eyebrow. I followed up with black liner and mascara.

My Take: I  was a little disappointed in the pigmentation of the shadows. They were not nearly as rich as they appeared or I had hoped for. Even with a lot of layering, I was unable to achieve the desired effect when using these items alone. There was A LOT of shimmer, which is not my usual look. However, if you do like shimmer, these were great.  I don’t care much for the illuminator or the base. Both of them made my eye lids feel greasy. There were no instructions on how to use either of these, and for someone who doesn’t know, that might be confusing. I applied the products in the morning with my normal routine, within 2 hours I was experiencing creasing and displacement. The black was more of a dark grey asphalt once on and having deep set eyes anyway, it gave the appearance of having a black eye. I attempted this look again without the illuminator and my own primer, with somewhat better results. Individually, I like the white and the dark grey shades and have worn them since. My colouring was not the best for these shadows, and I would not have chosen them for myself. I have used NYC eye shadows before with great success.

I hope this review was helpful, and if you have any questions please feel free to ask. I will be providing more product reviews in the very near future.

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So Lovely Feature

1 Oct

I was thrilled today when I got a message in my inbox that an item from The Atomic Squirrel had been featured on Oh So Lovely Vintage’s blog. Today’s post was about vintage bar ware! TONS of retro eye candy. If you’ve never checked out their site, you should. These vintage loving gal’s have good taste, clearly they picked one of my items.

Funky Floral 60s Ice Bucket from The Atomic Squirrel

Location, Location, Location!

29 Sep

After MONTHS of scouring the internet for a location for our wedding, I found it while walking downtown in my fiance’s home town. Once again the Universe took care things. Although in the excitement and making sure I covered all the questions (I had no idea I was so unprepared!) I neglected to take any pictures when Thomas and I went to go look at it together. So for that dear readers, I apologize. It’s beautiful though. Loft style, exposed brick, artsy and industrial. Exactly what I had in my minds eye. In all honesty, I don’t really care where it is, so long as its indoors and air conditioned, I just cannot wait to marry my very best friend. ❤