pickURgift.com Never give or receive a bad gift again!

pickURgift.com Never give or receive a bad gift again!

[colored_box color="grey"]Sponosored Post[/colored_box]   How many times have you spent hours trying to come up with the best gift for some of your most pickiest  loved ones. Or how many times have you gone out and picked up a gift that in your head was epic, but in the eyes of the recipient was subpar? This is a never ending cycles that happens in households everywhere. For me it's mostly with my in laws, my MIL will purchase a gift she thought I would love only my for me to have to fake my admiration for it in hopes of not hurting her feelings. This is  also how my husband and I operate. I spend loads of time shopping for his gift only for him to hit me with the "meh" face or he goes out and buys me a designer bag I may have mentioned I thought was cute…
Marc by Marc Jacobs brings out the Dog Lover in You.

Marc by Marc Jacobs brings out the Dog Lover in You.

Maybe the reason I am so drawn to Marc Jacob is due to the fact that he owns a Bull Terrier. How you can you not like someone who loves those quirky dogs that act like 3 year olds in clown a suit. Marc Jacob also loves Boston Terriers. His latest collection featuring  the Boston Terrier Olive with a city backdrop, fierce eye makeup and a psychedelic background has taken the fashion world by storm. The Hattie Watch, featured below sold out lightening fast on the Nordstrom Website and I was upset that I missed it. Luckily it was restocked and I was able to snag it and as I write this post it is no longer available on Nordstroms site. If you missed out on the watch fear not you can still grab it at Shopbop.com along with the iPhone5 case, Clear Tote, Canvas Tote and T-shirt! The items…
Bright Future Eye Shadow Compact by Jane Iredale Supports BCA 100%

Bright Future Eye Shadow Compact by Jane Iredale Supports BCA 100%

    I love the Jane Iredale brand and the actual women behind the name I wasn't surprised in the least to find that Jane Iredale has created a gorgeous eyeshadow palette for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This year jane iredale celebrates its sixth year of partnership with Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC) with the launch of Bright Future, an adorable mirrored compact featuring five eye shadow shades and a travel-sized eye shadow brush, and adorned with a rose-colored Swarovski® Crystal. One hundred percent of profits (not just proceeds!) will be donated to LBBC all year round, making this a perfect holiday “gift that gives back” as well as a great find to spotlight during October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Palette is absolutely gorgeous and I love how they are not only donating for the month but for the entire year. Breast Cancer Research and awareness is not something…
Summer Clothes That Still Look Great In Winter

Summer Clothes That Still Look Great In Winter

  This weekend I decided to find some of my autumn/winter clothes that I’d packed up and hidden under the bed in May. There were some items that I was pleased to have in my wardrobe once again, but some of them made me wonder why on earth my winter wardrobe was that dull! I realised that I didn’t want to give up some of my summer clothes just yet, and I went about seeing what I could keep in my closet the year round. I was surprised by just how many of my summer pieces looked great paired with tights and a jacket, so you may want to think long and hard before you put away your favourite dress or skirt. So here are a few tips for which summer clothes can still look awesome in the winter... Skater skirts I bought quite a few skater skirts this summer…
Xlash Results Week 2

Xlash Results Week 2

    I've been using Xlash for two weeks now. Applying it in the morning after my skin care routine and then applying it in the evening after taking off my makeup.  Below is a picture showing my results after the second week.  Honestly right now I'm not seeing much of a change but I do believe they may look a bit longer.  What do you think?   Stay tuned for week 3-4 If you're interested in purchasing Xlash check it out here. Interested in trying this out with me? Xlash is offering a $10 discount with promo code “Xlash250″. Make sure you check out the brand at http://www.xlash.net  
New Hair! It’s a Wig Human Hair Eve Remi Review

New Hair! It’s a Wig Human Hair Eve Remi Review

  Okay so you guys know that I am re-transitioning. We are officially on month number 5! The first time time transitioned I big chopped at 5 months. I am currently trying to make it a year before I BC so I don't go through that awkward too long/too short phase. Plus, I hate headbands. At my age I think headbands should be let go, but that's for another post. In between sew in installs I've been needing a way to style my hair. My roots just won't let me be great and I don't like to use a lot of heat. Luckily "It's a Wig" came to my rescue and sent me this human hair wig called Eve in the color P1b/BG/350/144. Eve is a pre cut remi wig with some fly color located on the front and sides. I  apologize that I don't have a shot of the…
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics All Star Mini Lip Tar Sets

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics All Star Mini Lip Tar Sets

[colored_box color="grey"]Affiliate Link[/colored_box]   Liptars are the best things on earth. Honestly it's like the were made from the dust of Unicorns and Pixie Dust. Some people may be a little skeptical about the LipTars because of the large range of colors and the name. First off, Liptars.. well they aren't tars. They are a very highly pigmented lip pigment that sorta mimicks a lipstick or a lip stain. Lip Tars are so highly pigmented that the OCC had to restructure the packaging and include a lip brush. You only need a small dab and your life will be changed. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics is coming out with two lip tar holiday sets. The LipTar All Star mini 4x pack and the All Star Mini 12X Pack. The All Star Minis are .08oz per tube. This is more than enough because like I said you only need a small dab. The…
Am I not Stylish if I’m not Skinny?

Am I not Stylish if I’m not Skinny?

This is how I feel when I put on Skinny Jeans.. Like a fat cat trying to squeeze into something that was never made for me in the first place. I just can't get into this while "Skinny Jean" craze. While I am not obese I am neither slim and trim. I am just a average girl with a average body. I have curves, a small sized "donkey booty" and there is no gap when I stand with my legs together. I have what some would call an average american body. This past weekend I went shopping with my husband. I need at least 2-3 new pair of jeans so that I can get rid of some of my old faithfuls that  my husband hates that I wear in public due to the the rips or tears. I love these jeans because they are comfortable and I mean rips are…
“Photograph” by Celebrity Photographer John Russo

“Photograph” by Celebrity Photographer John Russo

  Perfume, I think the older I get the more and more I fall in love with the various scents. I've always been more of a spicy/woodsy type of girl. Even with my Spring and Summer scents I tend to always look for that hint of spice. Photograph by John Russo was a nice break from my normal routine. Celebrity Photographer John Russo has photographed all of Hollywoods Biggest Stars. His work has been featured on covers of Vogue, Elle, Harper's Bazaar, Glamour, Marie Claire, GQ & Esquire. He has shot Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jessica Beil and George Clooney to name a few. With his knowledge of the Hollywood scene he created the perfect fragrance to help embrace it's history and "Photograph for Men and Women was born. Photograph was made in the image of Old Hollywood and is described as an intoxicating, watery, fruity,…
The XLash Eyelash Challenge Starts Now!

The XLash Eyelash Challenge Starts Now!

The Xlash challenged has commenced!! Remember that post I did about whether or not Xlash could help me grow longer and thicker lashes? No? Well here it is for you to go back and read in case you haven't. I received my tube of Xlash in the mail and for the next four weeks I will be using this and monitoring the growth of my lashes. The product claims "longer thicker lashes" but I'll let you, my readers be the judge of that. I will be applying Xlash both morning and night for the next four weeks and taking pictures weekly of my results. The application is easy I apply it to a base of my lashes and allow it to dry before I apply my makeup. At night I apply it after I wash my face and allow it to dry before going to sleep. Here is my Before…
The N-Tunes Earphones. The answer to my Husbands Prayers!

The N-Tunes Earphones. The answer to my Husbands Prayers!

This post is brought to you by Monster Headphones and BlogHer. I spend a lot of time in my beauty room swatching various products.  Nail Polish, eye shadow, or lipstick you name it I'm swatching it. Usually when I'm having my swatchfest I put on my Emeli Sande Pandora station and I sing and swatch to my hearts content. Our house is older so the walls aren't that thick so I usually find my husband becoming pretty annoyed with the volume of my music. I think we've finally found a solution to this problem...Monster NCredible N-Tune On-Ear Headphones!! The Monster NCredible N-Tunes Earphones are the answers to my husbands prayers. Now my music doesn't interrupt his game watching. I just have to try really hard not to sing too loud when my favorite song comes on. What I like about the N-Tune is their sleek light weight and durable design.…
MAC Retro Matte Lipstick Swatches

MAC Retro Matte Lipstick Swatches

  I love a good Matte lipstick, especially for fall. When MAC Cosmetics unveiled their Retro Matte line of lipsticks I wanted to yell "Buy all the Lipsticks!!" However, I refrained and I scrutinized each color description trying to figure out which ones I just had to have in my life.  Out of 8 I narrowed it down to 3 since I already owned Rih Rih Woo. The Retro Mac Collection was released back in September. It is a Limited Edition Collection (but isn't everything) that featured 8 lipstick shades and 8 corresponding lipliners.  The mate lipsticks are a bit drier than the original Matte formula so I suggest using a lip scrub to get rid of dead skin  as well as applying a lip balm to the lips before applying the lipstick. The colors I chose are All Fired Up, Flat out Fabulous which is really like absolutely gorgeous…
BeWell Expo at the Pasadena Convention Center October 12 &13

BeWell Expo at the Pasadena Convention Center October 12 &13

[colored_box color="purple"]Sponsored Post[/colored_box]   BeWell Expo is designed to honor your inner and outer self. It is an exclusive beauty and wellness getaway where attendees can experience and indulge in the industry's best kept secrets. As an attendee, empower yourself by embracing the tools your body, mind and spirit need to look and feel good. The entrance fee of $25 per day includes the following complimentary activities: · Identify your skin type and understand the current condition of your skin…at the Skin Analysis Lounge Click on the link for more info http://bewell-expo.com/skin.php   · Find the best natural makeup to lock in your look… at the Eco–Beauty Makeup Bar Click on the link for more info Eco-Beauty Makeup Bar   ·  Whole new look with a beautifully shaped eyebrow at the Brow Bar Click on the link for more info Brow Bar   ·Treat yourself to the healthier gel polish manicure with trendy colors at…
Drink More Water and Win $250 With the Stur GiveAway

Drink More Water and Win $250 With the Stur GiveAway

  [colored_box color="blue"]Product Provided by Stur [/colored_box] So about a month and a half ago I decided that I would give up all drinking caffeine or juices and only drink water. This was pretty easy since I actually love water, but I did miss the feeling of drinking a carbonated soda. I didn't want to use anything like Mio or those other drops because they have tons of artificial flavoring and or sugar substitutes. I wanted something that was good but also good for me. It was like the fitness Gods were looking down on me because I was given the opportunity to try out Stur, the Natural Flavored Water Enhances with Stevia. I honestly loved Stur so much that I decided to join in with some fellow beauty bloggers and give away all 6 flavors plus $250!!   Stur is a natural stevia liquid water enhancer with 0 sugar,…
Is Blonde the New Black? Four Celebrities that Make me want to go Blonde!

Is Blonde the New Black? Four Celebrities that Make me want to go Blonde!

Is Blonde the new Black? This is a question I've been asking myself as I see more and more celebrities drop the dark hues and opt for bolder do's. Many will argue that blonde hair does not look good on African American women and that they should leave this look to our fairer skinned counterparts, but I for one do not agree! The more I see these women of color sporting these gorgeous coifs the more I want to jump in the salon chair and say lighten me up! Blonde hair is not only gorgeous, but it is a lot of work.  There is the upkeep, re dying of roots, deep conditioning and plethora of treatments just to keep your hair looking good and healthy. I plan to sport my own sun kissed do pretty soon, but since I'm not ready to take the major step and dye my own…
Have an Affair using Iman Cosmetics Lip Affair Lip Palette!

Have an Affair using Iman Cosmetics Lip Affair Lip Palette!

So for the past two days I've been posting pictures of this mystery lipstick on my Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. If someone could correctly guess the brand and color I was going to give them their very own. I already knew people wouldn't have a clue as to what it was but I enjoyed watching them guess. One young lady guessed the correct brand but never listed the color! She was so close. Now that I've had time to really wear the lipstick and swatch the remaining colors I more than happy to introduce to you the Iman Cosmetics Lip Affair Lip Palette! The Lip Affair Lip Palette was just recently released and hasn't been out long. The only reason it was on my radar is because I follow @imancosmetics on Twitter and I kept seeing them tweet these photos of Iman wearing a gorgeous purple lipstick. First I just…
Can Xlash help me grow my lashes?

Can Xlash help me grow my lashes?

  Everyone women wants long, thick, and flirty lashes. Actually, my husbands lashes look better than my own. I always jokingly ask him if I can have his lashes. So when  Xlash, the maker of the Xlash Eyelash Enhancer, approached me about possibly doing a review of their product I was a little hesitant at first because I don't like putting oils around my eyes, but after I saw that they used all natural products and saw the great reviews I thought this would be an excellent opportunity for me to try out a new product and hopefully grow some lashes while at it. The active natural ingredients in the Xlash Eyelash Enhancer are: Folium Isatidis Extract Cacumen Platycladi Extract Nigella Sativa Extract Fructus Chebulae Extract Radix Polygoni Multiflori Preparata Extract Coral Extract This product is the number one eye enhancer eye enhancer in Europe and promises to deliver longer thicker eyelashes…
Hot or Not?  Fendi V-Neck Fur Ankle Boots

Hot or Not? Fendi V-Neck Fur Ankle Boots

The Fendi V-Neck Fur Ankle Boots aren't going to be on everyone's wish list. While bootie is definitely eye catching it does have A LOT going on. The Zebra Calf hair, the orange and white fur and the geometrically shaped heel seem to coexist well together but this bootie could easily be mistaken for something fresh out of your favorite ghetto shoe parlor. When paired with the right outfit I do feel like these shoes will look amazing.  Zoe Kravitz recently sported another version of these on the cover of Harpar Bazaar Magazine The Fendi V-Neck Fur Ankle Boots retail for $1700 at Neimanmarcus.com  Wear it with the following: Fendi V-Neck Fur Ankle Bootie Outfit by melody-robinson-wright featuring Armani Collezioni Zara white t shirt zara.com Armani Collezioni blazer farfetch.com Isabella Oliver low rise black skinny jeans asos.com Fendi slip on boots saksfifthavenue.com
Military Inspired Vince Camuto Winchell Boots

Military Inspired Vince Camuto Winchell Boots

Last year I purchased my first pair of boots and handbag from Vince Camuto. I've been making sure to keep up with the brand ever since and it was love at first sight when I laid eyes on the Winchell Boots. I love the military inspired look with the gold plate on the heel and the gold and black buckle. These boots are perfect for day and night and can pair well with a cute skirt, leggings or even your favorite pair of skinny jeans.  Pair this with a large bag like the Brahmin Large Duxbury satchel and the Cara pin on any structured black jacket and you have a complete look! The Winchell boots by Vince Camuto retail for $189-169 depending on the retailer and if there is a sale.  Military Inspired Outfit by melody-robinson-wright featuring a black satchel handbag Vince Camuto faux leather motorcycle jacket nordstrom.com Vince Camuto…
Jordana Twist and Shine Lip Balm is an Unexpected Suprise!

Jordana Twist and Shine Lip Balm is an Unexpected Suprise!

  Lip Balms are moisturizing yes.. pigmented... not really.. well at least thats what I would have said before I tried the Jordana Twist and Shine Lip Balms. I've heard other bloggers gushing about them and I saw my boo thang glitterglossgarbage's swatches, but I really didn't become a believer until after I swatched them across my own lips. To cut straight to the chase the Jordana Twist and Shine Lip Balms are just that. They are basically a crayon like Lip Balm that twist at the bottom. They are beyond moisturizing and pigmented. The best part is that they retail for $2.99! Yes I said $2.99! There are 8 great shades each goes on slightly glossy then dries down to a stain. The only one with glitter is Honey Love. Without further ado here are the swatches   Nude Chic Sweet Pink Tropical Frenzy Candid Coral Honey Love Cranberry…