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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

My December Favorites

As December comes to an end I have taken extra notice about what products and food I have been loving throughout the month! Since I did that, I would love to share my favorites with you!

Let's start off with my favorite make up! My three favorite products that I can't remove from my handbag are the Naked Basics 2.0 eyeshadow palette, the Primrose Hill Picnic matte lipstick from Butter London, and the Ink for Eyes eyeliner from Too Faced! Let's be honest, it's been in like four of my posts already, you had to see that eyeliner pop in this post somewhere! I'm new with applying lipstick on a daily basis and now I am so obsessed with it I feel as if my make up look doesn't look finished unless their is lipstick on me! This one is a beautiful bright pink and I actually feel like Barbie whilst wearing it! 

My favorite book of the month is the trilogy of Delirium by Lauren Oliver. If you haven't read them, you need to buy all three books right now! I am not really into series and I can never finish them but this is the first series I have completed in a very short time! 

The last favorite I want to speak about is almond butter..I know weird but hear me out. It's also not just any almond butter, it's homemade! It took me three times to make it and now that I have, it's my favorite recipe ever! One simple ingredient..it's not raw almonds it's ROASTED almonds! I kept using raw almonds and the consistency was not smooth and not even that tasty! With the dry roasted almonds I used, the consistency is extremely smooth and it's tasty..also cheaper too! Recently I've been trying to make homemade recipes that you find in the store like granola and almond butter as well. My stomach really agrees with this new way of me making the food and I think it's because I know what exactly is going into my body and it is also healthier! 

I hope you all enjoyed reading this about my December favorites and let me know what you have been loving in December as well! 

xx, Lillie

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

My First Christmas Tag

Whilst watching the Nativity Story and and reading some of my favorite bloggers, I decided that I will join in on the fun of this lovely Christmas Tag a few of you have done! So here it goes:

1. On a scale of 1-10 how much are you in the Christmas mood? 

I am definitely at the higher end and would say a 9.5! Christmas is my favorite holiday :)

2. When wrapping presents is it a fail or are you a pro?

I'd like to think I am better than the last few years I have wrapped gifts, but ask all of my friends, I am a DEFINITE fail at it! Haha

3. When did you put your Christmas decorations up and do you do anything special while putting them up?

My mother and I (this year mostly my mother since I was away at college) put it up the day after Thanksgiving! We don't wait :) 

4. Do you get dressed up or stay in your pjs on Christmas day? 

We stay in our PJ's a little bit but our Christmas tradition is always going to the movie theater so we have to change out of our PJ's at some point! 

5. What would be your dream place to go during the Christmas season? 

Definitely up north where my entire family is! My aunt has a tree that's bigger and more exquisite than the one in Rockefeller center! 

6. What is your Christmas tree decorated like?

We have a real tree and a star on the top, sometimes we have an angel and we have twinkling lights with most of the ornaments being memories and has some significance to them!

7. Can you name all of Santa's Reindeers? ( without googling ) 

Ah jeez, okay let's give this a go! "We have Dasher and Dancer and Donner and Vixon, Comet, and Cupid and Prancer and Blitzen....BUT do you recaaaallll the most famous reindeer of all!" ;) I think I got all of them! (can someone say you go glen coco?)

8. Are you on the naughty list or the nice list this year? ( be honest ) 

I hope to be on the nice list! Of course mistakes were made this year, but all in all I have tried my best to be a saint! :)

9. Name three things you love to do coming up to Christmas? 

I love buying gifts for my loved ones, watching Christmas movies and participating in Advent festivities!

10. Any Christmas Wishes?

I'm pretty content right now with life :)

11. Name 10 Christmas songs you love? 

TEN?! Wow, that's a lot. Okay All I Want For Christmas Is You, Baby It's Cold Outside, This Is Christmas, Carol of the Bells, The Christmas Song...can't think of anything else (even though there are more) 

12. Name 3 Christmas movies you love? 

I love Elf, Miracle On 34th Street, and definitely The Nativity Story. I could name ten of these that's for sure!

13. Do you like white lights or coloured? 

White :)

14. Which do you like a little better, Christmas day or Christmas eve?
Definitely Christmas day! HELLO, Jesus' birthday is the best of the best :) 

15. What is your favourtie Christmas make-up look to wear? 

I'm a sucker for anything glitter :)

16. Right now as your answering these questions, how long is it till Christmas? 

Less than 24 hours!

17. Do you have any presents that you open on Christmas eve? 

Yes, three! A book, a calendar, and something else random my mother picks for us!

18. Name three things on your Christmas list?

Hm, I love anything LUSH, a skateboard, and any make up product really! I love experimenting with new makeup products :)

19. Your having a down day, Your not in the Christmas mood. What do you do to change your mood and become Christmas happy? 

I will watch Christmas movies, or go to adoration and really think about what Christmas means to me

20. What is the best thing on your plate when you have your Christmas dinner? 

My mom makes a mean cornbread, chestnut & sausage stuffing!

I hope you all enjoyed this little fun tag and I want you to do it as well if you have a blog! Hope you all have a safe and Merry Merry Christmas! 

P.S. Instead of posting on Friday, I am posting now!

xx, Lillie

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Christmas Party Shanenigans

Coming home for the holidays means reuniting with old friends, and because it is a holiday season that usually consists of a few holiday parties as well! This past weekend I was delighted to have been invited to a Christmas party!

I wore a black lace dress from White House Black Market that was strapless and dips right to the knees. I also wore cranberry tights that are from H&M and black heels from Target.

I curled my hair with my wand by putting my hair up in a ponytail and curling the strands that were in the ponytail. I just started doing this recently and although it doesn't take faster to curl, it does make the curls last longer and more natural looking which is what I was going for!

For my make up I wore my Maybelline BB cream and my BareMinerals powder as well. For my bronzer I put on my Nars Laguna shade and my Rockateur for blush. I used my Too Faced Shadow Insurance for eye primer and three eyeshadows from my VICE3 Urban Decay palette. I used Brokedown all over my lid and in the crease and outer corner I used Bondage. I put the shade Sonic in the middle of the lid to add an extra shine to it as well. I used my Ink For Eyes black eyeliner from Urban Decay and winged it out a bit. For the last touch I put on my YSL Rouge Pur Couture lipstick.

Have you gone to any holiday parties yet? 

xx, Lillie

Friday, December 19, 2014

Goals & Dreams

For me writing is my escape. It's the time when I'm in my own world and thoughts and feelings are spilling out of me in no order whatsoever and it's a big stress reliever. Saying that, I write down mostly everything in my journal, even my goals in life. 

I have big dreams which someday I hope to turn into goals, then I have realistic goals, then I have goals set for my everyday life. I do this so I make sure that I get out of bed every morning and not waste my day doing absolutely nothing like watching Netflix. If I don't have goals I won't do anything. That's why planning my day out is so very important to me, it keeps me busy. 

One of my goals that I had for college was making my classes a priority, which I successfully finished with earning A's and B's. I am very proud of myself and the best part about that is that I wasn't trying to impress anyone but myself. I have also learned that with living on my own, that you shouldn't try to impress anyone but yourself, because then if you are trying to impress someone else, then you aren't living for you, you are living for them.

Another goal I had and conquered was figuring out if the faith I lived for was the truth and if I was believing in it for myself or for my family. I was able to figure that out because everything became my choice, if I wanted to go to mass and if I wanted to get involved with groups according to my faith. I was able to really dig deep and find who I truly am and what I want to do with my life and who I want to be.

Small goals I set for myself everyday, which unfortunately I do not always succeed in, are working out, going outside for fresh air, and for Advent I wanted to go to mass everyday, which I failed already because I became sick the past week, but that doesn't stop me from giving up completely.

Just because you don't conquer your goal at the time you wanted to, or you didn't get to finish it at a specific time, keep going! Don't just give up completely. Yes, a new year is coming around and you could make that your excuse of starting new and really trying again, but you won't always succeed with your goals, so if you do fail at conquering one of your goals in May lets say, don't wait until January to start again! You can start new at any time of the year whenever you like :) 

Walk to the beat of your own drum! That's the first time I have used that saying, and I like that saying a lot :) I hope you have faith in yourself and are proud of yourself even when you think you conquer a tiny goal that you think doesn't matter, it does and it isn't a little goal! A goal is a goal and YOU just overcame it :)

xx, Lillie

Friday, December 12, 2014

My night time skin care routine!

For a while now I have been really enjoying two products that I use every night to take off my make up and two products to hydrate and rejuvenate my skin while I sleep! Yes, I did have the Acuttane treatment, so my face is sensitive and I have to be careful with what I use to clean my face. 

To take off my makeup, I use the Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes. They are really soft to the skin and they have never irritated my eyes. 

After that, I wash my face with the Philosophy Purity Made Simple facial cleanser, and that deeply cleanses my pores and takes off the rest of my make up that the Neutrogena wipes didn't take off.

After I know I have all of my make up completely off, I then put on my Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil which I apply all over my face. This is the first time I have used a night time serum oil, and I luckily fell in love with it. It really moisturizes, hydrates, and evens out my skin tone. After I apply that, I then put on my Murad Acne Spot Fast Fix on any blemishes I have that day.

I then pop my contacts out, put on my glasses and slip under my covers and catch up on some reading! I am reading the Harry Potter series at the moment, and I am on the third book.

Have you read this series? I love it!

xx, Lillie

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

What are you reading?

As I'm writing this, I am sitting in my favorite coffee shop and reading an extremely good book as well. It's the perfect ambience.

I've always enjoyed reading books, and lately it's one thing I do most. I've always read one book at a time but since I have been finding so many books I want to read I tried reading two at a time. Let me tell you what a struggle that is! It is a lot harder than you think it would be, and frankly, I just couldn't do it successfully. My mind couldn't take the challenge haha.

 A few weeks ago I finally bought a book case for my room. Before that, I just had all of my books stuffed in a box under my desk. Now I have a three shelf black book case. The first shelf are all the books I have yet to read or tried reading and didn't like them, the second shelf are the books I have already read and the third shelf are just miscellaneous "books", they aren't novels. 

Right now I am reading the book Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling and trying to - on the side - to read Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver. 

Do you have a favorite all time book?

xx, Lillie

Friday, December 5, 2014

Simply Balanced - Target's new line of healthy food

Hi pretties! So I went to the store today..Target specifically, and in all of these aisles I kept seeing a brand called Simply Balanced. I finally picked up one bag of food and looked at the ingredients..I'm a pretty healthy person most of the time and I don't ever look at calories, for me it's all in the ingredients. If the ingredients are all natural products, then I know it is a good food! So these ingredients were all natural! Nothing processed! And then I looked at the price and it was quite cheap for organic food.

Target has just started a new line of healthy organic food called Simply Balanced! So of course I had to get myself some food from this line to try it out! And so far everything that I have bought I have bought again or will buy again when I run out of the food! That's how much I enjoy Simply Balanced products :)

I have bought the dark chocolate covered pomegranates, quinoa, sugar, gorgonzola beans for a yummy salad, and the multigrain rosemary crisps!

I really enjoyed writing this blog post and looking at all new foods to buy, so I might write more blog posts with healthy recipes that I really enjoy making! Eating healthy can sometimes be a bore because there aren't very flavorful, but I put my own twist to them while keeping them healthy, fresh, and tasty!

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Have you heard of this new Target line? If you have let me know your favorite foods so I can buy them too :)

xx, Lillie

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

My Christmas traditions!

Since Thanksgiving is over, I will now talk about Christmas! Yay! So Christmas is my favorite holiday of all time and I am a big holiday person. 

I love buying gifts, wrapping gifts, and giving gifts to my loved ones. That and decorating the house and trimming the tree are probably my favorite parts of the Christmas season. My mom and I listen to Christmas music usually all year around but it does sound a whole lot better in December of course!

The classic Christmas movies I love:

Miracle on 34th Street
How The Grinch Stole Christmas
 Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer
The Holiday
 It's A Wonderful Life
 Little Women
 Meet Me in St. Louis
 The House Without A Christmas Tree
 The Polar Express
 A Charlie Brown Christmas
The Nativity Story
Mickey's Christmas Carol

 I do watch a lot more but those are the ones that I can think of at the moment! For the past three years we have had a real Christmas tree and yes it is a lot more up keep then a fake tree but it is so worth it. If you haven't had a real Christmas tree have one this year! 

On Christmas Eve my family and I are allowed to open three presents from my mom - usually chuckling and jokingly giving the credit to dad. She always buys us a calendar for the new year, one book, and one additional present. We also get to exchange our Kris Kringle gifts. If you don't know what Kris Kringle is it is basically like Secret Santa - when you have a group of people and you put all of the names in a hat and everyone picks a name and whatever name you pick is the person you buy the present for! There are six people in my family so it is easier then buying everyone a gift - although my oldest sister always buys everyone a gift regardless of our rule!

We always go to Midnight Mass and wake up the next morning on Christmas day opening presents, watching more Christmas movies whilst eating candy from our stocking. After that, we always go out to the movie theater and watch another movie! My family and I are very big into movies if you haven't noticed! :)

p.s. My family also puts up a Menorah for my father's side and we say the prayers with our MeMa (grandmother)

What do you do for your Christmas or holiday traditions?

 xx, Lillie
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