Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Merry Christmas!

It's been a busy few days but I wanted to wish all of you that celebrate a very Merry Christmas (and for those of you who don't Happy Holidays!). Dustin & I had a great day with both families. Of course, my mom spoiled us both! My whole living room is filled with gifts. We didn't get each other much because we really don't need anything, just a few small gifts. I did get a chance to shop yesterday & I bought myself an adorable pair of booties & a new wallet (I needed one so bad!). I'll be doing a post on them soon!
He looks like such a hard ass but he's such a softie! :)
I gave myself Christmas & yesterday to stray away from my diet, but I am back on today. I felt so awful because I binged but I'm so glad to be back. It's so hard to try & be healthy over the holidays but if I don't start now I'll never reach my goal!
I'm so excited for 2012! I'm getting married! We've been engaged 2 years & all the planning will finally be over!
Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

I Got an IPad 2!!!

My work bought every employee a 16GB Ipad 2 for Christmas! I can't believe how lucky I am! Seriously, I've wanted one so bad but I just couldn't justify buying it. I love my job!
We celebrated Christmas by having an ugly Christmas sweater party, I didn't get a chance to make my sweater as ugly as I wanted but my friend won the contest with her hideously, awesome sweater!

The mall in my area opened a new store called "Body Central". Omg, it's my new favorite store. Super cute things for cheap! I got this adorable paisley skirt for $12.80.

I also grabbed this navy colored shirt for $9.80. The store reminds me a lot of Forever 21, they have more clubwear type clothes. I have to admit, they have the cutest shoes too! The prices are about the same as Forever 21.
And their jewelry was all $3.90! They had 5 racks of things, so much stuff! I was with Dustin so I was rushed. I had a chance to grab these adorable royal blue feather earrings.
I hope you have a great night!


Monday, December 19, 2011

Monday Weigh In

Am I the only one who hates Mondays? Seriously, they are always the worst day! This week is already stressful, I haven't even starting Christmas shopping. I guess it will all get done.

I weighed in at 164 last Monday. I was super happy when I stepped on the scale this morning. I'm down 7.2 lbs! I've stayed on track all week & I've been at about 1,200 calories each day. Honestly, I haven't been super hungry, so it's been fairly easy. I haven't worked out for a few days, I've been lazy. Hopefully I'll get back on track tomorrow.

This is from a few days ago. I used all the new NYX products I purchased at Ulta & I have another shipment coming from Cherry Culture tomorrow.
I used Lash Stiletto as liner, NYX's Ultra Pearl Mania in Sky Pink Pearl over the entire lid & NYX's Copper on my crease. I also used NYX's Mocha Blush.

Have a great night!


Thursday, December 15, 2011

A melody softly soaring through my atmosphere...


I hope you had a good day!

I had to work early today so my makeup was rushed & I realized after I had been at work for an hour that I completely forgot blush! It's so weird, I have such a specific routine. I can't believe I forgot it! Oh well, that's what happens when I'm tired!

So, here's today's makeup (sans blush!):

I used Lash Stiletto eyeliner today, I like the consistency much better than the Ultra Liner. However, I like Ultra Liner's brush a little bit better. it just is too watery & takes forever to dry. I only used NYX's Red Bean Pie on my eyelid. I used MAC's Shroom on my brow bone as a highlight. (PS - Shroom will forever be my favorite highlight!)

I can really tell that I don't have blush on in this picture. I'm so pasty pale!
I got a coupon in the mail for Ulta & I saw online that they were having a Buy One get One 50% sale on all NYX products. I had to go to the grocery store & Ulta is right down the road. I picked up a few things. I got everything for $21.50.
I'm a huge fan of NYX's products. I typically buy them online but I hate not being able to swatch the colors, so it was good to see some of them in person. However, the prices are much higher than what Cherry Culture's are & they had a very limited selection. But who can pass up 50% off & a coupon?
Here's what i picked up:
1. NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss in Frosted Beige- I love NYX's Mega Shine Lip Glosses. They have gorgeous colors, are super pigmented & last super long. My favorite part? They smell (and taste) amazing! Frosted Beige is a shimmery, light pink. It does have a beige tone but it's super light & would be a perfect over top of any lipstick.
2. NYX Lip Pencil in Rose - Have you seen NYX's Narcissus? Because this is the perfect lip liner for it! I can't explain how much I love this color. It's the most perfect bubblegum pink!
3. NYX Single Eyeshadow in Highlight- This color is a shimmery, light lemon yellow. It seems like a great color in the pan, I can't way to try it!
4. NYX Lip Liner in Bloom - This is a deep purple pink. It reminds me of NYX's Doll (round lipstick) without the shimmer.
5. NYX Blush in Mocha - Mocha is not what I think of when I see this color. It's a rose pink with an orange tone.
6. NYX Ultra Pearl Mania in Mink Pearl - This is a super shimmery tan brown. It's very subtle but the color is very nice.
7. NYX Single Eyeshadow in Copper - Well, copper is the perfect name for this. It is a true penny color.
8. NYX Ultra Pearl mania in Sky Pink Pearl - Another super shimmery one, but this color is the most gorgeous baby pink. ( I spilt this one all over my keyboard!) I won't lie, I hate the Ultra Pearl Mania packaging. I plan on putting it in a different container.
I plan on swatching everything soon!
Have a lovely night!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Happy Hump Day!

Hi Dolls!

I hope that you're having a great day!

I wanted to keep you updated on everything. I have been working out, although I wanted to do an hour of cardio each day, I just couldn't make it! I have been doing 30 minutes each day, I guess it's better start slow & work your way up. I guess I haven't really paid attention to how out of shape I really am. 30 minutes is better than nothing right!? I've been eating really healthy & drinking nothing but water with lemon.

(Image courtesy of Pinterest)

Here's today's look:

I used MAC's Shroom (as always!) on my lid & a gold brown on my crease from a palette I got at Forever 21. It was a knockoff Naked palette & I really like it. I used Maybelline's Ultra Liner in Black. I guess this eyeliner is okay. It's got a small brush applicator which is perfect for thin lines (cat eye) but it takes much longer to dry than my Lash Stiletto.

I would wear this for a pin up look but with red lips. Since I was going to work, I decided to tone it down with NYX's Beige (Mega Shine Lip Gloss). I adore that lip gloss, but don't let the name fool you, it's more pink than beige!
Have a great night!

Monday, December 12, 2011


Happy Monday!

I don't know what it is about Monday's but I'm always cranky! I think it's more that I've been having reoccuring insomnia bouts this month. I slept 6 hours total last week & I'm miserable when I don't get enough sleep. Thankfully, I took a sleeping pill last night & got a full 12 hours of sleep. I feel better but I am groggy today.

As promised, I did weigh in today. I forgot to take a picture but it was 164 lbs. WOMP WOMP. I'm 4 pounds away from my heaviest weight ever. I'm not surprised, I've really let myself go. But now I'm completely motivated to get this weight off!

I'm not concerned about the number on the scale. I want to get toned more than anything. (I'd love to see a little weight loss though!) My routine will start today. I'll be doing an hour on the elliptical everyday & then 30-45 minutes of weight lifting, 3 days a week. I plan on starting Supreme 90 Day System (You can read more about it here!) on 1/1/12. So from now til then, I want build my body up to be able to work through that! If I would do that now, I'd probably die of a heart attack!

Today's Look:

I switched up my regular black liner & used Maybelline's Ultra Liner in Brown. I used MAC's Shroom on my entire eyelid & then MAC's Club in the crease.

"Club" is such an amazing color. Some days it looks more green, others more brown. It's a lighter color but you can really bulid it up. Plus, I love MAC's eyeshadows. They are super blendable & easy to work with. I don't have any MAC stores close (closest is an hour & a half away) & I refuse to buy expensive eyeshadow without swatching them first, so I have very few MAC eyeshadows.

I hope you have a great night!


Saturday, December 10, 2011

Happy Holidays!

I've been a terrible blogger lately! I'm so sorry for the lack of posts, I've been busy with work & I've been doing lots of hair before the holidays.

I have been cooking like a mad woman! I fell off my diet for a few days, I hate being stressed because all I want to do is eat. But I plan on doing an official weigh in on Monday.

I treated Dustin to some PA Dutch cooking this week. I had Wednesday off & cooked, cleaned and decorated the whole day!

On to the good stuff:

My mom gave me a recipe for apple cinnamon spice muffins. These were killer! I made 20 of them & they were gone in 2 days! (Don't worry, I took some to work!) They were perfect for dessert or breakfast!

I call this chicken pot pie. It's an Amish/PA Dutch thing. If you go out of Lancaster County, most people call it chicken & dumplings. But I made my own chicken stock & dumplings. A little extra effort but so worth it in the end. And you can't skimp on this, I used lard for the dumplings. I know, it's not the healthiest but it makes such a difference.
I've been a Grinch this year! I procrastinated putting all the decorations up, but I'm glad that they are up now! We decorated the banister with garland, lights & a stocking for each of our kitties!
It's really hard to see in the picture, but the tree is decorated with navy, teal & silver ornaments. We got silver garland & a sliver tree skirt. It's so pretty! The cats are obsessed with the glitter on the tree skirt & I'm slowly finding it all over the house! I've got a house full of Sparkling Christmas cats! :)
I'll be doing a weigh in on Monday & I promise to post more often!

PS - I'm waiting for one more shipment from Cherry Culture & I'll be having a sweet giveaway! I hope you're ready!
Have a great day!



Friday, December 2, 2011

Pain is inevitable, Suffering is optional.

It's been a little while, I hope that you've been well!

I have a few pictures from this week.

First, we'll start with a look that I really like. I used MAC's Shroom all over my lid & applied the crease color from Wet N Wild's "I Dream of Greenie". I used my typical black eyeliner & face routine. I love the teal color. It was subtle but still enough color to be fun!

You can see it much better in this picture.
The teal really makes my eyes look bright. I'm lovvvving it!

So, I've started eating healthy & working out. I also bought myself an early Christmas present & splurged on elliptical that should be here Monday. I've been trying to eat healthy without being too strict. I have too admit, I'm doing well. I track my calories on Spark People & I'm staying between 1,200-1,500 calories a day. My main concern is cutting out most of the processed junk & eating homemade, fresh meals. I've cut all soda &juice (which isn't hard for me) and I drink only water & unsweetened iced tea with lemon. I haven't been weighing myself (it discourages me) but I can feel a difference in the fit of my clothes. Dustin & I try to do at least 20 minutes worth of weight lifting & easy at home workouts (crunches, push ups & jumping jacks) each day.

Here's a few pictures of what I have been eating. I made an omelet with Canadian bacon, eggs & cheese and ate it with an apple. It was healthy and filling. I tend to eat a ton of eggs because they are so versatile. If I'm not eating eggs for breakfast, i will eat oatmeal or cereal or even leftovers from the night before. I like to stay at about 400 calories for breakfast.

It's hard to cook a healthy meal when you work late, but I've been taking my mini crock pot to work & cooking my meals at my desk. This was a leftover from the night before, i put a thawed chicken breast with salt & pepper in the bottom of my crock pot & then poured 2 cans of 98% Fat Free cream of mushroom soup over top. I added half a jar of mushrooms & allowed it to cook about 6 hours. I used mushroom flavored rice but I also love it over plain brown rice. It's about 500 calories for the whole thing & had some fresh asparagus with it.

I hope that I've given you some motivation & if you have any good crock pot recipes let me know, I'd love to try them!

Thanks for reading!

Have a great night!