Quotes That I Live By

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Hi, babes!

Everyone has at least one mantra or quote that they live by. I have a few…okay, a lot, that I tend to apply to my life. I hope you enjoy and hopefully you find a new favorite quote!

  • “We must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy.” – Albus Dumbledore

Yes, I just started things off with a quote from Harry Potter! There are a lot of great quotes from that series, but this quote in particular touches me and serves as a reminder that sometimes the right decisions in life won’t always be the easiest ones to make. In most cases, the right decision is a really hard thing to do and it would feel so much better to take the easy route, but it isn’t the right route.

  • “Wherever you are, be all there.” – Jim Elliot

I can’t really describe or tell you in a way that will make sense why this quote means something to me. It reminds me that even though you may not be where you want to be or you aren’t in the job you want to have, give everything your all and don’t slack at it. Give your 100%, even if it is something that you may not want to be doing.

  • “Rise and rise again, until lambs become lions.” – Robin Hood

This quote is one that I absolutely love. It is another quote that reminds me not to give up. Just living can be hard and there are plenty of days where I am ready to crumble and break, but I know I have to keep going. So “rise and rise again, until lambs become lions.”

  • “Be Kind, Be Calm, Be Joyful, Be Humble, Be Thankful.” – Mary Davis  

I literally have no explanation for this. The quote says it all!

  • “And the stars blinked as they watched her carefully jealous of the way she shone.” – Atticus

In life, I want to serve as a good example for others and to inspire others. There are some days where I am overflowing with joy and happiness and there are other days where I am ready to rip someone to shreds. I won’t lie to you, I can be downright horrible when I have a mind to be. But I don’t want to be, I want to be shining so brightly that people need sunglasses! I have to remind myself to be happy, that I can control my emotions. Shine and let the stars be jealous.

  • “New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.” – Lao Tzu.

This will slightly relate to next week’s post. I have felt some painful endings, let me tell ya, but now I see it at what was a new beginning. Yes, during the ending I hurt so badly in my soul that I thought I would never be able to live. Overly dramatic?  Possibly. I lost someone close to me, they knew my every thought, but I didn’t lose them to death. This probably sounds bad, but death might have been better because when a person is dead, you don’t see them in this life again. Seeing a person (repeatedly!!) after heartache serves as a painful reminder of what was and then feelings come rushing back in and it sucks! BUT: it was a new beginning for me and I have changed because of it. A good change that made me grow as a person, and I am happy for it. Change isn’t always a bad thing.

  • “All I ask for is a life full of love and a love full of life.” – J Bird

In life, I want to get married to the love of my life and end up so very happy that I can hardly stand myself. If I never find anything else in life, I will totally fine with that, as long as I find love.

So there you have it! Those are some of the quotes that I love and live by! I can turn this into a two part series if you would like to see more of this kind of thing!

So sorry that this is a day late. I spent yesterday working at the local county fair because I was covering it for the local newspapers. I didn’t get home until 2:30 in the afternoon and by that point, I was tired and in the need of relaxation! I will have another post this week too, so be on the lookout for that on Wednesday!

I hope you have an absolutely fabulous day and don’t ever forget to smile!

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Wet N Wild lipstick haul

Hi babies!

Today’s post is something that I’ve wanted to put together for a while. I love lipstick and I have collected a decent lot of it over the past two years. Most of the lipsticks I own are from the cruelty-free drugstore brand Wet N Wild, so today’s post is a haul of all of my WNW lipsticks!

I’m going to start out with the deepest colors and then work my way to the lightest!

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So I thought I had two different brown colors but turns out that they are the exact same color, but one label is lighter than the other. 533D is the shade “Cashmere” and it is a dark chocolate color that is ready for fall! It has a sheen and gloss to it, so beware that it is not matte! Regardless, “Cashmere” is one of my favorite lipsticks from Wet N Wild.

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535 D is “Black Orchid” and it holds a very dear place in my heart. I love dark red colors and “Black Orchid” is one of my favorite deep red wine shades. It is my favorite evening lipstick and for $1, this lipstick will always be in my collection.

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536A “Dark Wine” is just a shade lighter than “Black Orchid”. It has a great berry vibe to it and I am so ready to pair it with a plum eyeshadow look for this fall season! I can see it now: Dark Wine, a lovely plum smokey eye, and sharp wings!

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The next shade is 538A, a shimmery red called “Just Garnet”. I love this lipstick for winter and around Christmas! It is part of my reds collection and it will stay there forever!

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The only two pink shades I have in my lipstick collection, Wet N Wild or other, are 504 “Pink Ice” and 501 “A Short Affair”. I don’t wear “Pink Ice” too terribly often because it looks like a Barbie pink and that isn’t really my favorite shade to wear, but it is a nice lipstick! “A Short Affair” is definitely more sheer than any other lipsticks that I own. It is my favorite lipstick to wear when I want to go for a more natural look and the lightest touch of pink adds a bit of flair to my lips.

In total, I have 6 Wet N Wild lipsticks so far and I plan on buying at least two more this month, so the collection is just getting bigger and bigger!

Have you tried out any of Wet N Wild’s lipsticks? What is your favorite shade? Let me know in the comments below! I’m also on the lookout for a new red product, so give me some suggestions!

I hope you have a fabulous weekend and don’t forget to smile!

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Perfectly Posh Review

Hello everyone and welcome back to Glitz & Glitter!

Last week I was sent a package of samples from Perfectly Posh and I took the week to try them out! The absolutely lovely Brandy from Perfectly Posh sent me the products and she has been an absolute dream to work with! All of her links will be below and there are a few deals for you guys, too! Stick around to the end to see them!

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Top Row: (black circle containers) Apricots Overnight, Honey Honey lotion, Rio scrub, Dive In Chunk Bath Bar, Gender Bender Chunk Bath Bar. Bottom Row: Night & Day facial moisturizer, Pineapple Pick Me Up face mask, Skindelicious Snarky Butter, Bare It All Micellar Tonic, Rico Guave Chunk Bath Bar, Field Better Soon Chunk Bath Bar.

I was so excited to try out these products that I took pictures of them right after I opened the package! When I took a shower a few hours later, I tried out using the Chunk Dive In bath bar. It has been a week later and I am still using it! I love this soap bar so much and I feel super clean after using it in the shower. The product description says “This sea spray and musky amber bath bar moisturizes skin with argan oil and algae extract, while kaolin gives you  a deep clean.” Dive In is definitely one of my favorite products from the bundle of samples that I was sent!

After I got out of the shower, I washed my face and tried out the Pineapple Pick Me Up face mask and the Night & Day Natural Facial Moisturizer. The mask is packed with pineapple scent and made me feel like I should have been sitting on the patio of a paradise resort! Ten minutes later, I washed off the mask and applied the Night & Day moisturizer. The moisturizer smells amazing and reminds me of something medicinal in a natural way, if that makes any sense. The moisturizer has organic olive oil, lavender, and aloe vera, and I love the way they combine. Both of the products I adored and I will certainly use again!

I used the Rio scrub and the Snarky Butter products together and my hands have never been so soft! This product combo will be absolutely amazing in the winter time to keep your hands super soft and supple!

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L to R: Apricots Overnight, Honey Honey, Rio scrub.

Honey Honey lotion smells so good! I just put some on, actually. Honey Honey reminds me of two things: lemon (yellow) Starbursts and Chuck from Pushing Daisies. It is sweet, citrusy, and the best summer scent! It is staying on my desk until I run out of it!

Apricots Overnight….what can I say about this product other than it is my favorite and I am so heartbroken that I used up almost all of it! Apricots Overnight smells so good and I can’t get enough of it! I truly think that my skin has improved after using this product, too, so that is a major plus! You are supposed to apply Apricots Overnight and let the moisturizing mask do its work so you will wake up with soft skin, and it works! I love this product and I plan on buying the full size product soon!

The Bare It All micellar tonic was the first micellar water type product that I had ever used. What I loved the most about this product is that I could just apply it to a cotton ball and swipe it over my face to cleanse and remove makeup, and that was it! No washing or extra cleanser required! If you are a busy and on-the-go kind of person, this product is great for you!

Gender Bender is another one of my favorites! I have used this for the past two days in the shower and I can’t get enough of it! “Detoxing charcoal gives you a deep clean. Plus palm oil and shea butter leave your skin soft with a citrus and woodsy amber scent.” Gender Bender is great for guys or gals. The woodsy scent is masculine but the citrus scent adds hints of femininity, creating the perfect blend. I have always loved cologne and other masculine directed body washes, so Gender Bender quickly became one of my favorites!

Field Better Soon is a lovely lavender soap that I have actually been using to wash my face in the morning and at night. It’s light and summery scent is great for my face and it isn’t drying, so I have had no problems with using it as a face wash. I do recommend using a moisturizer afterward so your skin is perfectly soft!

Rico Guave is a tropical beach party in a bar of soap! It’s fun and summertime scent is absolutely glorious and I can’t get enough of it! The collection of Chunk Bath Bars I was sent are all amazing and I hope you give them a try!

I can’t wait for the fall/winter collection to arrive! Perfectly Posh is a great company and with friendly representatives like Brandy, you won’t want to stay away from their products!

Are you ready for some awesome deals?

  • Anyone who orders more than $50 will get a free lip balm!
  • Orders more than $75 will get a free hand cream!
  • Orders of $99 or more who either sign up to be a kit-napper or join my team will get a 6 pack fizi bath bomb (limited edition) and a free face mask!
  • Your first order ships for FREE! How cool is that?!
  • If you live in the US, Brandy will ship you some samples for free!

Brandy has been a joy to work with and I am so happy to be working with her! Perfectly Posh is a great brand that has affordable yet high-quality products that are all NATURAL, free of parabens, paraffins, sulfates, and fillers, and they are cruelty-free! Woohoo! Perfectly Posh products are all made in the USA and I am always happy to support an American business!

You can find Brandy on Twitter, Facebook, and Perfectly Posh! Her email is brandybrown.posh@gmail.com so feel free to email her if you have any questions! I know you will love her just as much as I do and I am so excited to purchase from her in the future!

I hope you have a great weekend and don’t forget to check out Perfectly Posh!

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My Favorite E.L.F. Products!

Hello, loves!

One of my favorite drugstore brands that is affordable and cruelty-free is E.L.F. (eyes, lips, face). They have a lot of wonderful products and today I am sharing my favorites with you!

There won't be any foundations, concealers, or powders because they don't carry my shade. I'm too pale for all of the lightest colors!

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Just recently, I purchased the E.L.F. baked highlighter in Moonlight Pearls and all I have to say is "WOW!". The highlight is buildable, has a great glow, and is really soft on the skin. The highlighter takes a while to build up when using a brush, so when I'm in a rush, I will literally just swipe the highlighter right onto my cheekbones and blend it with my fingertips. That probably isn't a great technique, but it works in a pinch!

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The E.L.F. HD Cream Blush in "Superstar" is so pigmented! (Any Mannyacs out there? 😉 ) You just need a small dot of the product and it goes a long way! I use my beauty sponge to blend it out onto the apples of my cheeks to get a natural rosy glow.

The E.L.F. Matte Lip Colors are some of my favorite lip products that I have ever purchased! They are all creamy and rich formulas with a lot of color! I have three (a red and two nude colors) of their Matte Lip Colors and I live for all three of them! My current favorite is the shade Natural, a nude pink color.

For my lips, I love the Mint Maniac exfoliator to get my lips scrubbed and fresh! Two of my favorite moisturizing lipsticks from E.L.F. are the shades Berry Black and Ravishing Rose. Both shades are darker colors and I absolutely love them. I can't wait for fall to get here so I can wear these lipsticks with scarves, leggings, and cozy sweaters! A helpful hint: on the bottom of every E.L.F. lip product that comes in a lipstick tube (this includes the exfoliators, which I just found out a moment ago!) is a lip balm! If you pop out the little clear square bottom, there is a bit of lip balm! For the lipsticks, it is the shade of your lipstick and for the exoliators, it is clear!

Cool, right?!

Another E.L.F. product that I love is the Gotta Glow Lip Tint (not pictured) in the shade Perfect Pink. The lip tint is supposed to work with your lip chemistry to get the perfect shade for you! On my lips, this product comes out as a Barbie doll hot pink, so I use this product when I want a pop of pink!

Onto the eyes and eyebrows!

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The Intense Ink Eyeliner was part of my most recent E.L.F. purchase. The precision tip makes flicking out a winged liner simple and clean! If you are in need of a good eyeliner, I would give this a try!

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For my brows, I use the E.L.F. gel pomade and powder duo (I use the shade Medium), the E.L.F. small angled brush, the clear brow gel and mascara duo, and a small artist brush that I have. On days where I don't feel like messing around with the gel pomade, I will simply take the small artist brush and use the powder to fill in my brows after running a spooly brush through them. I then set my brows with the clear eyebrow gel. It is an easy look that works with natural makeup or just to make your brows more noticeable for a no-makeup kind of day.

Next up: Brushes!

Some of my favorite makeup brushes are from E.L.F.! They are affordable, good quality brushes that last!

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The Beautifully Bare Blending Brush is used a lot in my makeup routine, mainly for blending out contour and bronzing powders. The brush is super soft and blends out makeup beautifully (surprise, surprise!).

The two brushes I use for contour and bronzer are the E.L.F. bronzing brush and the E.L.F. Professional Fan Brush (I use it to contour my nose). The bronzing brush really carves out my cheeks and applies the contour powder evenly.

I use a lot of E.L.F. brushes when I work with eyeshadow! The flat Eyeshadow Brush works well for packing shadows onto the eyelid and it is a staple in my eyeshadow brush collection.

The small Blending Eye Brush and the Professional Eye Defining Brush are two of my favorite makeup brushes! The blending brush blends out eyeshadow seamlessly and the eye defining brush fits into the crease of the eyelid to define (I am so original) and cut your crease! Both were around $1, so if you come across these brushes, buy them!

Other small brushes from E.L.F. that I love are the Lip Defining Brush (which I have honestly never used on my lips! I use it on my eyes and it would work really well for smoking out your lower lashes!), the Concealer Brush (for highlighting eyebrows), and the Small Angled Brush (I use it for my brows).

I have used E.L.F. face primers before and in my experiences, they worked pretty well. Their foundation was also really good. I actually wore it for around a year before realizing that the shade Porcelain was, indeed, much too tan for me!

I hope you guys enjoyed my E.L.F. favorites! Like I said before, E.L.F. is a cruelty-free drugstore brand that sells affordable products and I highly recommend that you try out their brand!

There is going to be a new post on Saturday, August 12th: a review for Perfectly Posh products!

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I hope you have an amazing week!

 

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