Saturday, December 21, 2013

Relaxation Night

Hi there ♥

A few evenings ago, after returning home with a few new candles, I decided to have myself a night of relaxation.

I lit my two new candles, (Tis The Season & Cranberry Woods, both by Bath & Body Works) made some tea, and sat down to watch a Christmas-y movie.


I took this picture before I lit my Merry Cookie candle- oops!

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday ♥

Love always, Mary ^.^

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Mary's December Playlist

Why hello.

I've come to you today with my playlist for December. Since it is the holiday season, it does include some Christmas tunes, but I threw in some regular songs as well.

Happy Holidays - Andy Williams
The Man Who Can't Be Moved - The Script
Shake Up Christmas - Train
How To Save A Life - The Fray
For The First Time - The Script
Cold December Night - Michael Buble
Counting Stars - OneRepublic
Underneath The Tree - Kelly Clarkson
Carol Of The Bells - Transiberian Orchestra 
Holly Jolly Christmas - Michael Buble
Half A Heart - One Direction
Silver Bells - Bing Crosby
Something Great - One Direction
All I Want For Christmas Is You - Mariah Carey
Unconditionally - Katy Perry
Fix You - Coldplay
Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol
Better Left Unsaid - Ariana Grande

Well, there it is!

Check out some of these songs, they're all so good!!

Love, Mary

^.^ 

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Winter Wonderland Activities

hey you ♥

I've constructed a list of 'winter wonderland activities'. Of course, not all of these pertain to the outdoors as the title implies, because who want to spend the whole day outside in the winter?

*raises hand eagerly* "I do! I do!"

Anywho, let's dive right in...

- make your favorite winter drink
- sit by the fireplace
- watch endless amounts of Christmas movies
- read The Night Before Christmas
- go Christmas present shopping
- set up all of your decorations for Christmas
- skate on an outdoor rink
- light all of your Christmas candles
- write a letter to Santa....I seriously will still do this into adulthood.
- sport a Santa hat around town
- donate or volunteer to a local charity...it's the season of giving, after all!
- decorate a gingerbread house
- look at Christmas light displays 
- go caroling

I hope this gets you into the Christmas spirit!

bai ♥

Monday, December 2, 2013

Fall Flashbacks

Hello ♥

With the whole winter ahead of us, I decided to look back upon the pictures I took this past fall. Enjoy!


In September, I laid down on the street in the city and watched people dance ON THE SIDE OF A BUILDING! It was terrifying and mesmerising at the same time.


I snapshot I took as the sun was setting at my brother's soccer game.


Another beautiful shot of the trees.


A cozy bonfire out in the country. 


A giant hawk that landed in my backyard. He let me take some pictures of him that chilly morning.


At the University of Missouri, on the endzone of the football field after becoming the SEC East Champions!






Tuesday, November 26, 2013

O' Christmas Tree

Oh hi.

I've put my Christmas tree up, the train is running, and my nutcrakers are cracking nuts already. (kind of)


Don't you just want to sing to it? *o' Christmas tree, how lovely are your branches*



My train is so realistic I have nightmares about it.


The boys in my life, Nutcracker & Truman the Tiger.


Somehow I conviced myself I can take artsy shots. *shakes head in shame*

There it is. My lovely tree.

I hope you enjoyed this post.

Love, Mary ♥







Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Decorating For Christmas {Part One}

Hello ♥

I've unearthed my Chistmas decorations for my room this past week, and put them all up.

It didn't take too long {which I love}and my room looks so lovely now!

Since my house isn't decorated yet, I'll put up a part two, but for now, here's what my room turned out like...


My mini tree, which I'm very proud of. It may be small and plucky, but it's got character!


My window, which I hung garland on. Then, I strung ornaments with clear thread, and tied them onto my windowsill. It took some time, but it look great! {sorry for the lighting - it's been gloomy outside today}


I've got all my favorite winter scents set out. All my winter-y hand sanitizers are spread amoung my house at the moment, I'm such a clean freak!


My santa and a Christmas cookie scented candle adorn my dresser. {my little weiner dog jewelry holder also snuck in there}


I randomly found this candy cane bucket in my basement, and decided to put it to good use.

That completes my Christmas room tour!

Thank you for reading, I really do appreciate it ^.^

Love, Mary




                                                                            



Thursday, November 7, 2013

A Day For Peppermint Tea

Hello!

In the midst of being home alone, (all day) I decided it was time to start liking tea.

I don't even know why it came upon me, maybe it's the weather, or maybe it's all the British YouTubers I'm watching.

But, I pulled out my spanking new box of peppermint tea to give it a go.

And let me tell you, it was delicious.


I was so captivated by the tea, I dedicated a whole blog post to it.

Now that's love.

I even lit my favorite fall candle for the occasion; Leaves by Bath & Body Works.

I hope you liked this random little post.

What's YOUR favorite kind of tea? Comment it below!

Love, Mary

>.<

Friday, November 1, 2013

Face Of The Day - Natural Makeup

Hello! I'm back today with a face of the day.

Basically, I'm telling you what I put on my face  ^.^


As you can tell, my makeup is pretty natural here.

I started off with just giving my face a good scrub with my Boots facial cleanser.

Then I followed it up with my Boots toner, and I let my face dry.

For primer, I just use Neutrogena shine-free, nothing special :)

My concealer is Rimmel Match Perfection concealer + highlighter.

Then I powdered my face with Rimmel Stay Matte powder.

I actually use my Baby Lips in 'Cherry Me' for blush. If I put a tiny dab on and blend it nicely, it looks very natural.

My mascara is Maybelline's Big Eyes. I just got it and it works perfectly!!

Then I finished off my look with Bare Mineral's lip gloss in Moxie.

Thank you for reading! I hope you enjoyed it!

Love, Mary

>.<

Sunday, October 27, 2013

DIY Halloween Costume - Cindy Lou Who From 'How The Grinch Stole Christmas'

Hello! 

Today, I've come back with a DIY Halloween costume. Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, so I love to go all out with costumes and such.

If you're a Christmas fanatic like me, you might've watched Dr. Seuss' 'How The Grinch Stole Christmas' a few hundred times.

I'm going to show you guys how to dress up like Cindy Lou Who, one of the Whoville residents.

{THE COSTUME}

  
{A quick note- sorry this isn't an entire picture of her outfit, this is the most I could find on Google.}

In the movie, Cindy wears a red hooded cape with white, fluffy trim around the hood.

In other scenes, she wears a gray peacoat. To 'Christmas-fy' the coat, you could add the trim or put some Christmas pins on.

The trim is usually at craft stores.

We never see what's under Cindy's cape, but it does appear that she's wearing a Christmas dress with the white trim around the bottom.

Put some white tights on (if it's cold) and some black flats and mary-janes on, and you've got the costume done!

{THE HAIR}

cindy lou who universal studios photo

Cindy Lou Who's hair is CRAZY. But, it's not too hard to recreate.

You'll need an empty small plastic water bottle, long hair, ponytail holders, bobby pins, and a hair bow. 

  1. Gather a section of hair at the top of your head and use a clip to keep it aside.
  2. Split the rest of your hair in half (right and left sides) and braid until the very end. Use a small ponytail holder to tie it off.
  3. Take your empty bottle and place it in the middle of the hair on top of your head that was sectioned off in step one. Make sure the bottle gets completely covered by hair. Use a ponytail holder to tie off at the top (this should be the where the part of the water bottle you drink out of is found).
  4. Bring each side braid up and use a bobby pin to attach them near the base of the water bottle.
  5. Use a curling iron to curl the braid ends and the ends of the top section.
  6. Decorate with a hair bow.
To add some pizzaz, spray your hair with glitter spray.

Well, there it is! I hope you enjoyed this Halloween costume tutorial.

Have a wonderful week.

>.<


Thursday, October 24, 2013

How To Look Good Without Makeup

Hello! Sorry for my lack of activity, I've had quite the hectic week. 

Today's post is all about how to rock little or no makeup.

I don't know about you, but when I can go out and about with no makeup and feel CONFIDENT about my skin, it's an accomplishment.

Want to have that perfect skin? Keep reading, love...

{TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOUR SKIN}
-Develop a skin care routine for your skin type
-Don't be too harsh on your skin- use natural products

{TAKE CARE OF YOUR LIPS}
-Moisturize your lips with a balm before bedtime
-Exfoliate your lips now and then
-Drink plently of water- this makes a BIG difference

{SHAPE YOUR EYEBROWS}
-A nice set of brows can frame and flatter your face
-Give them a shape you like
-Keep them trimmed

{MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR HAIR}
-A flattering haircut can help to define your best features
-Experiment...get a new cut or try new hairstyles

{EAT HEALTHY}
-Having a balanced diet and drinking lots of water works wonders
-Work those vitamins and minerals in...they'll show in your skin and hair, and you'll feel great

{IF YOU WANT TO WEAR MAKEUP...}
-Try tinted moisturizer...it evens out your skin tone and tones down any blemishes
-Mascara opens up your eyes and helps you look more awake
-Use blush or bronzer to contour your face
-Put some lipstick or gloss if you want to add color to your lips

Well, those are the tips!

I hope you enjoyed these and they come in handy...

Have a great week!!

>.<

Friday, October 18, 2013

DIY- 'Glitterized' Pumpkin!

Hello! I'm back today with a super fun and easy DIY...a glitterized pumpkin!

Let's dive right into this one...

{WHAT YOU'LL NEED}
- a pumpkin (any size)
- painter's tape
- clear glue
- glitter (I used gold)

{PREP YOUR PUMPKIN}
If your pumpkin has a bit of dirt on it, I'd suggest washing it off with a hose or in the sink.

Next, take your painter's tape and 'frame' out the design you want on your pumpkin. I did vertical stripes, but you can do almost anything!

{GLITTER TIME}
In the spaces where there's pumpkin exposed, cover it with glitter! 

I used a sponge brush to spread the glue, then I sprinkled the glitter on. Make sure to do this step in small sections, so your glue doesn't dry before you get to it.


{REVEAL YOUR PUMPKIN}
Now it's time to reveal your glitterized pumpkin!! Peel of the tape, (carefully) and let the glitter stripes dry.


And that's my finished product!!

I had a lot of fun doing this, and it took about 15 minutes.

Oh, how I adore quick and easy projects!

Have a great Friday everybody 

^.^





Sunday, October 13, 2013

{40 Beauty Questions}

Hello all! So, get ready for a long post... because it's the 40 beauty questions tag!!
Gee, that's a lot! I suggest we get started...

SKINCARE -
How many times do you wash your face daily?

Two times a day- in the shower in the morning and before bedtime.


What skin type do you have? (dry,oily,combo) 
Oily and sensitive! In my opinion, I've got the worst kind of skin.

What is your current facial wash?

Boots Botanics, it work great for me!Do you exfoliate? 
No, not as often as I'd like to. Personally, I don't want to strip my face of it's natural oils, causing more acne. 


What brand do you use?

So, as I said above, I don't exfoliate much.

What moisturizer do you use?

Because of my oily and acne-prone skin, I don't moisturize every day, maybe once a week. I use a BareMinerals one. 

Do you have freckles?
 
Yes, lots of them! The older I'm getting, they're disappearing :(


Do you use eye cream? 
No, but sooner or later I'll probably use it.


Do you or did you have acne prone skin?
I do, since I am young. But, I find that my skin is starting to be a bit nicer to me as time goes on.


Did you ever have to use Pro-activ? 
No. To me, it looks like it wouldn't work on my acne.

MAKE-UP

What foundation do you use? 
Since I am quite lazy, I sometimes just use concealer and a powder, without foundation. That's what I'm currently doing.


How about concealer? 
I use Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer + Highlighter. It's amazing!


Do you know your undertone color?
I have a cool skin undertone.


What do you think of fake eyelashes?
Personally, I'm not that fond of them. I'm very picky about my eyes, and I've never found a pair of falsies that I'm in love with. 

Did you know that you are supposed to change your mascara every 3 months?
 
Yes! Although I keep mine around 4 months, (hehe) I always try to change them out often.


What brand of mascara do you use?

I'm VERY picky about my mascara. Currently, I'm using  BareMineral's Flawless Definition Voluminous mascara. 

Sephora or MAC?
 
I've actually never tried MAC products before (gasp) and Sephora's always a great place for me to buy
makeup products, but I've never bought their products.

Do you have a MAC Pro-card? 
No....


What makeup tools do you use in make up application? 
Always brushes, but sometimes my fingers if I'm feeling lazy.

Do you use make-up base/primer for the eyes?
 
Yes! Primer is great because I'll get oily eyelids and my eyeshadow will crease without it.


For the face? 
Again, yes! I love Neutrogena primers.

What is your favorite eyeshadow (color or shade)?

It depends on the season. This fall, I've been loving golden shades.


Do you use pencil or liquid eyeliner? 
Liquid eyeliner is someting I haven't mastered yet- so pencil, or even powder.

How often do you poke your eyes with an eyeliner pencil?
 
Almost never...I'm very slow and steady.


What do you think of pigment eyeshadows? 
I'm not a big fan of them. I think they're sort of messy... and I'm very accident-prone.


Do you use mineral makeup?
 
Yes! Not lately though, because I'm discovering lots of great liquid foundations. 


What is your favorite lipstick?

I really love any Revlon or BareMinerals lipstick.

How about lipgloss?
 
For me, lipglosses are a hit or miss. BareMinerals is the only brand that I've found that works for me.


What is your favorite blush to use?
In my opinion, I never need a really nice or high-end blush. I usually just pick up an Elf blush. 

Do you buy your makeup on ebay? 
Nope.Do you like drugstore makeup? 


Yes! I actually love it! I do love some high-end products, but drugstore products can work exactly the same, but for a better price!

Do you go to CCO's? (cosmetic company outlets)
 
No, but I'd love to check one out sometime!


Did you ever consider taking make-up classes? 
I actually got to take one on the basics of applying makeup in 5th grade, but I've figured it all out by myself from there. 


Are you clumsy in putting on makeup?

Not really, but I can be really hasty and try to go fast sometimes.


Name a makeup crime that you hate? 
Oooooo.....I'm very OCD. I really don't like when people get their foundation or concealer shades wrong though.

Do you like colorful shades of makeup (lipstick,eyeshadow) or neutral ones?
 
Not really, I usually stick to neutral shades on my eyes. But I love to use my lips as a statement with red, or darker colors when the time's appropiate.


Which celebrity always has great make up?
I absolutely love Kate Middleton's makeup. As I said before, I love neutral makeup, and she always looks flawless and natural.


If you could leave the house using just ONE make up item, what would you use? 
Hmmmmm......maybe powder. You never want to look shiny!

Could you ever leave the house without any makeup on?
I do; all the time! If I'm just running out to do errands, or to a friend's house, I usually won't wear makeup.


Do you think you look good even without any makeup on? 
Yes, I usually only have little acne spots here and there.


In your opinion, what is the BEST makeup line?

Gosh, this is hard! Maybe BareMinerals or Maybelline.

What do you think of Makeup??
 
I think it's a fun hobby! Someday, I'd love to have a job in the realm or makeup.

Ok, that was long! I hope you enjoyed this :)

Have a great day. ^.^

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

First Review: Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer + Highlighter

Hello everyone! I'm back with a first review. I was looking for more concealer at the store the other day, and I was quite disappointed to find that Covergirl didn't have my favorite concealer anymore :-(
And this meant I had to go on a concealer hunt...

After some research, I found that Rimmel's Match Perfection Concealer + Highlighter would suit me well. And guess what... it works AMAZINGLY!!! 


So, this is the only concealer I've used that EXACTLY matches my skin tone, whereas others were always a tiny bit off.

With the built-in highlighter, I can use this under my eyes as well, instead of a separate highlighter.

The only thing I'm not too fond of is the tip it comes out of. I've had several lip glosses with the brush tip, so I wasn't too excited to see that my new concealer has this feature. My problem with brush tips? Well, I just have this strange feeling it's going to spread bacteria all over my face. So far, it's working mighty fine despite my worries.

Okie dokie, that's my review for Rimmel's Match Perfection Concealer! 
I hope you enjoyed it!
Have a great week
>.<

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Welcome to October

Hello all, and welcome to October. Being my absolute favorite month of the year, I'm highly encouraging you to do as much as you can of the following: 
*autumn is the best time to do almost anything*


-Go for a walk in the park-
-Become a Tumblr addict-
-Read...a lot-
-Decorate your room with twinkly lights-
-Create the ultimate fall music playlist-
-Snuggle-
-Bake-
-Go fall clothes shopping-
-Collect leaves and do something with them-
-Paint-
-Have a Halloween party-

Okie dokie, that's my whole entire fall in a list. 

I hope you enjoyed this.

Have a wonderful week. :)


Sunday, September 29, 2013

OOTD- September 29, 2013

Hello everybody! I'm back with an OOTD. This outfit is probably one of my favorites for the fall, so I might be wearing it a lot....

Okay, onto the outfit!
My dress is from H&M
My bow and glasses are from Claire's
My shoes are from Christian Siriano
And although my legs are cut off, I'm wearing black tights

That's all! It was a really beautiful day today, so that motivated me to do an OOTD today :)

Thanks to my wonderful mom for taking these pictures. <3

Have a great week everybody! 


Friday, September 27, 2013

This Or That Tag: Beauty Edition

Hi everyone! So, I was trying to think of a good blog post to do today, and it dawned on me.... I really wanted to do a beauty tag! So, I decided to do the This or That: Beauty Edition tag. I'd seen it on YouTube and it looked really fun :)

Let's get onto it, shall we?

MAKEUP
blush or bronzer: BLUSH
lipgloss or lipstick: LIPSTICK
eyeliner or mascara: MASCARA
foundation or concealer: CONCEALER
neutral or color eye shadow: NEUTRAL
pressed or loose eye shadow: PRESSED
brushes or sponges: BRUSHES

NAILS
OPI or China Glaze: OPI
long or short: MEDIUM LENGTH
acrylic or natural: NATURAL
light or dark colors: IT DEPENDS :)
flowers or no flowers: NONE

BODY
perfume or body splash: PERFUME
lotion or body butter: LOTION
body wash or soap: BODY WASH
Lush or any other bath company: CALIFORNIA BABY (I have very sensitive skin, so it works great on me too!)

FASHION
jeans or sweats: JEANS
long or short sleeves: SHORT SLEEVES
dresses or skirts: DRESSES
stripes or plaid: STRIPES
flip flops or sandals: FLIP FLOPS
scarves or hats: SCARVES
studs or dangly earrings: STUDS
necklaces or bracelets: NECKLACES
heels or flats: FLATS
cowboy or riding boots: RIDING BOOTS
jacket or hoodie: HOODIE
Forever 21 or Charlotte Russe: FOREVER 21
Abercrombie or Hollister: HOLLISTER

HAIR
curly or straight: CURLY
bun or ponytail: BUN
bobby pins or butterfly clips: BOBBY PINS
hair spray or gel: HAIR SPRAY
long or short: LONG
light or dark: MEDIUM :)
side sweep or full bangs: FULL BANGS
up or down: DOWN

RANDOM
rain or shine: RAIN (I'm weird...)
summer or winter: WINTER
fall or spring: FALL
chocolate or vanilla: VANILLA
east or west coast: WEST COAST

Whew, that's all! That was a pretty long tag!

I hope you all enjoyed it. HAPPY FRIDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bye! xoxo