Happy Birthday, Linus!

Hey everyone!

Exactly one year ago today, my kitten Linus was born! I cannot even explain how much joy this little guy has brought me over the last year. I know that I am probably officially crossing over into crazy cat lady territory with this blog post, but I could not let this day pass without sharing some of my favorite pictures of Linus from this past year.




 
 










 



I have another kitten named Lucy, and I'm just dying to get a third and final one (I'd love to get another boy so I could name him Rerun!), but being a single woman with three cats just sounds like a terrible idea. Kitten season will be coming up here soon though, so who knows if I'll be able to stop myself.

Feel free to leave me a comment below trying to talk me out of this! :)


Winter Accessories from Choies!

Hey everyone!

I was recently given the opportunity to try out some winter accessories from Choies. For those of you who have never heard of Choies, it's an online women's apparel and accessories site that has a wide variety of styles for pretty affordable prices.

Here are the items that I was sent to try out:




This hat is very big and poofy and looked really silly on me. (That was just my opinion though. Some people I've showed this to actually really like it) It was definitely warm and comfortable, which is important, especially when you live in the frigid north like I do. If you're looking for something to keep you warm and don't mind having a huge ball on the top of your head, then this is for you! :)



This is just your basic fitted hat. It was warm and looked great, so I love it!



 
 This scarf is so cute! I really love it. However, it was advertised as yellow, and it definitely comes off as a lime green shade. I was really hoping for the yellow, since it would match more of my other winter accessories, but I guess the green is fine too.


What do you guys think? Have any of you tried out any Choies products before?



Thanks for reading!



Love from Linus:

Zoya Piaf

Hey everyone!


I can't believe today is actually Saturday. I had all of these posts planned for the week, but then worked about 65 hrs, and ended up getting nothing done! I guess that's how things work sometimes.


Today, I have some swatches of Zoya's Piaf to share with you all! Piaf is a beautiful light golden shimmer. This yellow really reminds me of the dress that Belle wears in Beauty and the Beast. This covered very well and I used two coats. It was a little hard to clean up with the shimmer. (you'll notice this in my pictures) I wore this for about four days (with Miracote) before I started noticing any chipping.

Piaf is from Zoya's Spring 2013 Lovely Collection and retails for $9.


Here are the pictures:









 


Thanks for reading!!!



Love from Linus and Lucy:


Zoya Pandora

Hey everyone!


Today, I have some great swatches of Zoya's Pandora to share with you all! Pandora is a beautiful rose-beige nude. Zoya says that this has a "pearly silver shimmer", but honestly, the shimmer is only slightly noticeable in the bottle and practically non-existent on your hands.


This one is extremely pigmented, so you could probably get away with one coat, but I ended up using two anyway. If I use two coats of Miracote on top of this, I could probably get about 5-6 days of wear without any chipping.




Before I get into the pictures, I'm going to apologize for my ugly, short nails. I was organizing my den this weekend and went to pick up a Rubbermaid container, thinking that it was empty, but it wasn't. Here it ended up being one of my Harry Potter containers (yes, it's true. I have so much HP stuff that I need special storage), and it was so heavy that I ended up dropping it and broke three of my nails. My nails were all beautiful and long, and within seconds, they weren't. It was traumatizing.


Anyway, here's Pandora:






Thanks for reading!



Also, here's some more love from Linus and Lucy:




January Favorites!

Hey everyone!

After an extremely long hiatus from blogging, I can officially say that I'm back! Thank you all for your kind emails and messages when I was gone! You all have been so amazingly supportive, and I'm truly grateful. I'm sure you all don't want to read through a list of reasons for my absence, so I'm just going to jump right back into things!

January is officially over, and I'm here to fill you all in on the products that I've been obsessed with over the last month. Let's get to it:



It has been so cold here (It was -20F here just last week!) and I think that this lotion is the reason why my eczema hasn't taken over my hands yet! Normally, every winter my hands turn all red and dry, but I started using this lotion three times a day back in November, and it seems to have done the trick. It smells nice and is really light on your hands. It also retails for only about $4.

 
I love my EcoTools brushes! They're very soft, affordable and made completely from recycled materials. I use this brush to apply my Bare Minerals foundation everyday.


My best friend got me this lipstick for Christmas this past year and it's definitely become a favorite of mine. I have very pale skin, so this is a little bright on me, but I really love how it looks. It also applies ultra smooth and seems to last for a few hours. If you've never tried Mac lipsticks before, I would definitely recommend them!

I purchased this palette back in mid-December and have been using it everyday since! These rose toned shadows are great for an everyday look. I've gotten a little bit lazy with applying my makeup lately and haven't been applying a base, and these colors still have been lasting all day, which is awesome!

 
 I've been wearing this polish pretty much everyday this past month. It's a beautiful pink toned nude color, which goes perfect with my pale skin tone. I have a post with some great swatches of this scheduled to go live at the end of this week, so make sure to check that out!


The Body Shop's Mango Body Scrub
One of my clients gave this to me as a Christmas gift this past year, and I've been loving it! This body scrub smells so good and will make your skin super soft. And yes, it's for when you shower. When I was first given it, I made the mistake of assuming it was a lotion scrub (Dumb, I know...but there were no directions on the packaging!) and put some on my hands in between work meetings and was walking around with sticky hands for about 3 hours.


That's it for my January favorites. I'll be having some great polish swatches going up soon, so keep your eye out for those!


Thanks for reading!



P.S. Here's some love from Linus:


 

China Glaze Autumn Nights Winner!

Hey everyone!

Tonight, I'm finally able to let you all know who the winner of my China Glaze Autumn Nights Giveaway is! Sorry for the delay on this! The winner was actually my 4th pick, since the first two people that were chosen weren't subscribed to me, and then the 3rd didn't respond to my email within the 48 hours.

 

The Winner Is.....




Megan!







I already emailed Megan, and she has responded, so this giveaway is officially closed! I had quite a few Megans sign up for this giveaway, so if that is your name and you didn't receive an email from me, it was someone else!


I should have a Christmas giveaway coming up in about a month, so keep an eye out for that! I'm trying to decide if I should do just one big giveaway or a bunch of small ones. (Maybe like 12 small ones for the 12 days of Christmas?) Let me know which you would prefer in the comments!



Thanks, guys! I should be updating more this week with some new swatches!

Fall clothes from Chic Nova!

Hey everyone!

Since fall is right around the corner, I've been looking into my options for new clothes, and recently found the website Chic Nova! For those of you who have never heard of Chic Nova, it's an online women's fashion store that sells a wide variety of items ranging from accessories to sweaters.

Chic Nova was kind enough to contact me to see if I would be interested in reviewing a couple of their items, and I said yes! Here is what I was sent:



This sweater was so hard to photograph! No matter what lighting I used, it came out darker than the actual color. The close up color is correct though! This sweater retails for $38 on Chic Nova. The price is a little high in my opinion, but this is a great basic sweater to have for the fall and winter months. The quality of the fabric was good (not itchy like most of the knit sweaters I have!), and it washed up fine. It's meant to be a little bulky, so when you wear it, I would pair it with some tighter fitting jeans!
 
 


These ivory heart printed tights are so cute! I have a couple of dresses that I like wear to church in the fall and winter that would look great with these. Just a fair warning though, the picture on the website makes these look white instead of the ivory color that they are! Also, when I washed these, I put them in a garmet bag and then let them air dry just to be safe. These retail for $10 on Chic Nova!
 
 
 
So, what do you guys think? Have any of you purchased anything from Chic Nova before? If so, what was it and do you like it?
 

 

Thanks for reading!
 
 


*This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.*
 
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