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October 2011

In Beauty, Fashion on
October 24, 2011

Free Last Minute Halloween Costumes


Believe it or not, next Monday is Halloween. Do you have a costume picked out? If you don’t have one yet, check out these options for free last minute Halloween costumes.

So, your first option is to be a ninja. A video tutorial by Michelle Phan shows you how to be a ninja in less then a minute. Pretty handy if you have a last minute party invite.

Second option, have a last minute Halloween costume swap party! Invite a bunch of friends to your house, have some candy corn (yum), and tell them to bring all of the costumes and costume accessories they have. Have some stations set up to sort costumes by size. Then all of your friends can switch costumes. Afterwards you guys could watch a scary movie or have a sleepover. The only thing you have to worry about is making sure you wash and return the costume to the proper owner within the week after Halloween.

Absolutely free last minute Halloween costume ideas

My last suggestion is to borrow your parent’s clothes from when they were teens or dig up some of your 90’s dudes. Going for a specific time period is a really good option for last minute costumes.

Now you have a few options without having to spend a dime!

What are your last-minute Halloween ideas?


In Review on
October 21, 2011

Diamond Candles Review


I have been really intrigued with the candles on for a few months now but I had to restrain myself and wait until I finished my other candles first. I’m trying to learn to finish all of my products before I try new things, which has actually been a bit of a challenge for me because I am not horribly patient.

The idea behind Diamond Candles is really interesting. They are soy candles, in lovely scents, that have rings inside (like a Cracker Jack box). Each ring is valued between $10-$5,000. Wow. Can you imagine spend only $24.95 for a candle and get a $5,000 ring from inside it?

Diamond Candles review and ring reveal

I purchased the Fall Sample Pack, which comes with five candles: Cinnamon Roll, Vanilla Cream, Harvest Blend, Pecan Pie, and Pumpkin Chai.

Overall I liked how the candles burned evenly (I almost never see that in all of the candles I have purchased before, not even Yankee Candle) and the fact that they last 120-160 hours but I was disappointed with the amount of black smoke that formed after I blew the candles out. EDIT: I’ve spoken to some people on the Diamond Candle Facebook page and it was suggested to me that I cut off some of the black build up on the wick before lighting it and there will be less smoke.

As for the rings that were hidden in the candles, I didn’t get any of the really expensive ones (I assume they are more rare) and they were all fairly large for my fingers. On Diamond Candles FAQ it states that the rings range from sizes 6-8. This isn’t a con though because the whole point is you don’t know what you are going to get. It was fun getting the rings out of the candles, even if I didn’t end up liking the ones I got and didn’t get any my size.

I’m not sure whether or not I will repurchase or try out a different soy candle company because the smoke is just hard to ignore.

Let me know what you think of my Diamond Candle review and answer the below question in the comments.

Do you have any soy candle company recommendations?


In Beauty on
October 20, 2011

An Everyday Natural No-Fuss Look: Makeup Tutorial


I feel like I am a high maintenance girl that is lazy. I like my makeup to look like just an enhanced version of myself but in a really short amount of time (average of 10 minutes). This is how I do it! All of the products are listed below, it looks like a lot but it goes by so quickly.


  • Loreal Magic Perfecting Base
  • mark. Get a Tint, Buff/Natural
  • Colorscience Pro Sunforgettable Mineral Powder, Medium
  • Sigma Miss Taylor
  • mark. Just Pinched, Cheeky

-Eyes & Brows-

  • NYX Eyeshadow Base, ESB03
  • Urban Decay Naked Palette, Buck and Sin
  • mark. No Place to Run, Jet Set
  • Jouer Eye Clarifier, Clair
  • Revlon Growluscious Mascara, Blackest Black
  • YBF Automatic Eye Pencil, Universal Taupe
  • mark. Brow Factor


  • Pangea Organics Lip Balm (not shown, featured in my September Favorites)
  • Benefit Benetint

-Videos mentioned-

  • Feeling Blue?
  • DIY EVOO Moisturizer

What is your go-to look?

In Happiness on
October 17, 2011

100 Reasons To Be Happy: Skin Edition



A few months ago I started writing about what makes me happy, hence 100 Reasons To Be Happy was born (inspired by I thought it would be good to take a minute to think about the little things. I loved doing the posts so much that I decided to add more then 100 Reasons. Be merry and read on!

Today I want to be thankful for… my skin! I thought it would be fun to add to the 100 Reasons To Be Happy list with some skin appreciation.

I am happy for….

101. No Eczema rashes on my body since last year (see my struggles with Eczema)
102. No Eczema rashes on my face in almost two years
103. EVOO as a moisturizer (I use this on my skin… I know I’m strange)
104. Healthy sunscreen habits (Sunscreen 101)
105. Having no correlation with chocolate and my acne
106. Having less acne then last year
107. myfaceworks face masks! They are devine, whenever there is a sale I buy a ton.
108. Natural blush
109. Satin and silk pillowcases (good for wrinkles)
Taken from my MacBook Pro on October 16th, 2011.
110. Liking what I see in the mirror!
What makes you happy? Post in the comments!
In DIY on
October 14, 2011

Upcycle Your Birchbox Boxes!

How to upcycle old Birchbox boxes

When I joined Birchbox I was struck with an over abundance of extra boxes. I didn’t want to throw them away so I’ve just had them accumulating in a corner. That seemed just as wasteful, so here I’ve compiled a list of ways you can upcycle your Birchbox boxes.

  1. The easiest way to upcycle your boxes is to store makeup in them! I have a box to organize my foundations and concealers as well as a separate box for eyeliners (since they are always rolling around!). See a cute DIY on how to make little drawers out of the boxes (picture above) from eat.sleep.Make.
  2. To organize your school supplies
  3. As an open concept frame (gorgeous)
  4. Holiday gift boxes (just put in small gifts and wrap each part separately so it becomes a gorgeous gift box.)
  5. As a succulent planter
  6. Storage for birthday cards
  7. Jewelry organizer
  8. Tampon/pad box holder (add red polka dots to the box to be funny about it)

+ more! Post some of your ideas in the comments. Birchbox posted some cute ideas from other members on their Tumblr.

I am not the best decorator but here is my Spa Sunday box. I just glued on some scrapbook paper,

Happy DIY!
How do you use your old Birchbox boxes?
In Beauty, Review on
October 8, 2011

The Mascara Diaries: Physicians Formula Organic Wear Mascara Review


Happy weekend! Today I put up a quick video sharing with you a Physicians Formula Organic Wear mascara review – how it applies applies and wears throughout the day.

Physicians Formula Organic Wear Mascara Review

Physcians Formula is a cruelty-free brand that is available at the drugstore and at Target locations. It has a thick plastic wand with short small bristles to help add volume, definition, and length to your lashes. The packaging is pretty bulky for a mascara but it is eye catching at the same time.

What is your favorite mascara? What mascara should I review next?

In Happiness, Tips on
October 5, 2011

Feeling Blue?

Tips for blue days...

Everyone has trouble feeling confident at times. No one feels beautiful, successful, and happy everyday. I have had some stressful days recently so I wanted to share my tips with you guys on how I cheer myself up and stay confident in this post on feeling blue. Some of these tips are kind of strange but I hope they help.


My tips for feeling happy when you are blue…

  1. Fake it until you make it! Keep your shoulders back, chin held high, and smile. Act like the happy person you want to be and you will start to feel it.
  2. Surround yourself with things you like. Play your favorite song on your iPhone (or one that really pumps you up like Push It by Jessie and the Toy Boys) and wear your favorite outfit.
  3. Wear heels! They make you feel great. You look more put together, stylish, and in my case… older!
  4. Keep a life notebook with your goals, resolutions, inspiration pictures, etc. as a motivator. Imagine the life you are going to have.
  5. Feel inspired by It is an amazing website where people around the world are trying to help other people feel confident. I’ve participated a few times by leaving notes in my textbooks when I return them and in movie theater bathrooms. Help someone else feel beautiful and you will feel it too!
  6. Save for your future goals (I use to help me keep financial goals). I actually have six savings accounts where I put money aside for important things like Chris and I’s first house and our children. Whenever I feel down, like I have no control of my situation, I put a little extra into those accounts.

I hope that this video was helpful to some of you! I know some of the tips were strange but that is how I stay motivated and happy.

Have a lovely happy day.

Tell me how you stay happy and confident in the comments!