Sunday, November 30, 2014

What I've Been Watching | November 2014

This month I've been a bit scattered in terms of my TV routine. I've been trying to get caught up on some of my usual favorites as well as indulging in some oldies-but-goodies on Netflix. None of my favorites from the past month are new shows I just came across, but I've definitely enjoyed the new episodes I've watched (or re-watched) in November.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Black Friday Breakdown

If you didn't know, I'm actually quite a seasoned Black Friday shopper and have elbowed my way through years of sales. I don't just show up hoping to find things. As with most things, I'm a planner. I like to check out the deals in advance and put together a list of what I need to get. Black Friday shopping is like a tactical strike and I want to come out the other side in one piece and with my targets acquired. 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Crazy Smooth Is Right

Another prize from the Allure Magazine August Free Stuff Giveaway arrived this month and I've become a bit obsessed with it.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Review & Giveaway | Hard to Come By (Hard Ink #3) by Laura Kaye

Caught between desire and loyalty…

Derek DiMarzio would do anything for the members of his disgraced Special Forces team—sacrifice his body, help a former teammate with a covert operation to restore their honor, and even go behind enemy lines. He just never expected to want the beautiful woman he found there.

When a sexy stranger asks questions about her brother, Emilie Garza is torn between loyalty to the brother she once idolized and fear of the war-changed man he's become. Derek’s easy smile and quiet strength tempt Emilie to open up, igniting the desire between them and leading Derek to crave a woman he shouldn’t trust.

As the team’s investigation reveals how powerful their enemies are, Derek and Emilie must prove where their loyalties lie before hearts are broken and lives are lost. Because love is too hard to come by to let slip away…

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Restoring My Favorite Top Coat

For those of you who have never heard of Seche Vite, it's a fast-drying, incredibly shiny nail top coat and the only one I use when doing my own nails. It's achieved somewhat of a cult status in the beauty world and I for one think the hype is well-deserved. The one downside to this epic topper is that over time certain ingredients in the bottle evaporate leaving the formula gloopy and hard to apply. But the people over at Seche, in their infinite wisdom, created a fix.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

No Spend November: Update

As we're more than half way through November I thought I'd give you all an update on how my spending ban is going. If you missed my post earlier this month, I decided to institute a beauty-centric spending ban for the whole month of November. This was something I decided to do for myself to limit spending before the holiday season and to just give myself a bit of a break so that I could play around with the lovely things I already have in my collection that often go unused.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Review & Giveaway | The Viscount Who Lived Down the Lane (Rhymes with Love) by Elizabeth Boyle

In New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Boyle's fourth novel in the Rhymes With Love series, a resolute young woman goes toe-to-toe with the Beast of Mayfair...

The Softest Hair Ever

This past month I've been receiving several goodies in the mail that I won from Allure Magazine's August Free Stuff Giveaway. With a whole month of giveaways that I entered fairly faithfully I came away with quite a few freebies. One of them was a lovely little package of hair products from Dove including the Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Shampoo, Pure Care Dry Oil Conditioner, and Refresh + Care Dry Shampoo.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Cris Reads | INTRUSION by Charlotte Stein

I believed I would never be able to trust any man again. That kindness was only for fools and would lead me down that same terrible path into darkness. I thought so with every fiber of my being—and then I met Noah Gideon Grant.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

My New Fall / Winter Fragrance

At the beginning of the Autumn I decided I wanted to get a new fragrance that was a bit deeper and more seasonally appropriate. Don't get me wrong, I love my Givenchy Dahlia Noir, but I was looking to spice things up a bit and I knew exactly which one I wanted to buy: Escentric Molecules Molecule 01, a fragrance that's been raved about by British beauty bloggers for its addictive nature and its unusual properties.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Cris Reads | COVERING KENDALL by Julie Brannagh

Kendall Tracy, General Manager of the San Francisco Miners, is not one for rash decisions or one-night stands. But when she finds herself alone in a hotel room with a heart-stoppingly gorgeous man—who looks oddly familiar—Kendall throws her own rules out the window … and they blow right back into her face.

Drew McCoy should look familiar; he's a star player for her team's archrival, the Seattle Sharks. Which would basically make Drew and Kendall the Romeo and Juliet of professional football … well, without all the dying.

Not that it's an issue. They agree to pretend their encounter never happened. Nothing good can come of it anyway, right?

Drew's not so sure. Kendall may be all wrong for him, but he can't stop thinking about her, and he finds that some risks are worth taking. Because the stakes are always highest when you're playing for keeps.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Monthly Beauty Favorites | October 2014

It's monthly favorites time! October was a month for keeping things simple and transitioning my products to what will work best for me in the colder months. When the temperature drops, my skin and scalp naturally get drier and the products I use need to be adapted to compensate for that. 

Monday, November 3, 2014

No Spend November

It's hard to believe that October has already come and gone and that soon Christmas will be right around the corner. Being a beauty enthusiast, I've noticed that's it's become harder and harder to resist a sale and the urge to try that new product everyone has been raving about. At times it's completely compulsory and I end up picking up things that are not all that different from products I already have at home. Sometimes I buy things and set them aside thinking I'll find a time to use them but I just end up forgetting that I even own them. Since the holidays are coming soon, which inevitably means lots of spending for others and lovely new things for me from my family and friends, I thought that November would be the perfect time to institute a beauty spending ban for myself.

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