Ending the Weekend: FOTD, Sales, Award, Squirrels~

11.08.2010


The weather today was just gorgeous; here's a view of my backyard~ And what is this huddled in thou branches?


Squirrel!!!!!!! Isn't it just so friggin cute ^_^?! but it looks so cold >0<  It was warm out though, so no worries ;)  It was just sitting like that for at least five minutes.  I wonder what it was thinking~?

Bibi also was nice to give me this award, thanks Bibi!

I believe it says "Because your blog is pretty!" in Spanish  eheh it must be all the peas and hearts I stuck everywhere ^^  And to pass on the love....here is a small sampling (five) of eye candy blogs:

I think the strawberries in the bg are just so cute....plus I dig her blog layout in general.  
It's just so clean, navigable and full of personality.  Even though princess-y stuff
isn't my usual cup of tea, her design just really charms me.

So soft and pretty~ It's very simple but so much attention to detail went 
into designing the layout from the adorable little smilie icons to the delicate font.

eheh more pink ^_^ Love everything from the ruffles on the page border to the 
little sparkles that follow your arrow.  By far one of the cutest webdesigns eva~

Definitely one of the more visually memorable beauty blogs I've seen.  The site has a 
darker color palette than most beauty blogs and it stands out fo' sho.
I like the width of the blog and the little teddy bears at the corners of her widgets ^^ Also I just
dig the convenient features like the rolling top entry and has Korean subs in her videos.

Sales 
I came across some really good sales (non-R&R for once) this weekend.
  
1.) Bath & Body Works has quite a few coupon codes going and here are a few of the good ones:
- 20HOLIDAY: 20% OFF and $3 SHIPPING.  Ends 11/19/10.
- HOLIDAY30: Not sure what this is.  Ends 11/21/2010.
- F102776:  $10 off $30+. Runs 11/8/10-12/12/810.
- F102698:  $10 off 3 wick Candles 14.5 oz of your choice. Save $9.50. Limit 5. Valid in stores and online November 1, 2010 - January 17, 2011.

I LOVE the candles at B&BW, the Slatkin & Co. candles smell so strong (in a good way) and burn cleanly (aka it doesn't leave that ashy ring in the glass jar).  My all time favorite is Slatkin Autumn Apple - a delicious scent of Red Delicious apples without being cloying or too sweet.  I actually have never burned this candle because my room is scented with apples WITHOUT even needing to light it.  I've owned this candle for 3-4 years (crazy right?!) and it has been with me all through college fighting stinky college dorm smells....and it still smells as good and strong as if I bought it yesterday~ I also own the room spray, which I bought 2-3 years ago and it still hasn't run out. I highly recommend this scent and brand, so give it a whiff when you go to B&BW ^_^

2.) A couple Sephora coupon codes....the first one really caught my eye (for obvious reasons :D)...so many goodies!  I'm so tempted to buy something just to use the code...god, I'm such a sucker for sales ><  These two were the most tempting codes to me but here are a couple more.

- ONTHEGO:  Free Sephora to Go Clutch (5"W x 6"H x 1/2"D) in black and 12 samples: 
CoverFX Conceal FX Camouflage Concealer in Light 0.05 oz
Stila One Step Makeup in Medium 0.02 oz
Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer in Light 0.053 oz
Benefit High Beam 0.005 oz
Kate Somerville CytoCell Dermal Energizing Treatment 0.07 oz
Kinerase Daily Defense Lotion SPF 30 0.1 oz
Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream 0.1 oz
Lancome Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate 0.06 oz
Clean Outdoor Shower Fresh Eau de Parfum 0.03 oz
Aquolina Pink Sugar Eau de Toilette 0.06 oz
SEPHORA COLLECTION Colorful Mono Eyeshadow Card in Purple Harmony
SEPHORA COLLECTION Smoothing Primer 0.05 oz. 
Offer available with any online merchandise order of $25 USD or more.

- MYSKIN: Choose 1 of 3 (Receive a sample of Philosophy Hope in a Jar, Clinique 3 Step System for Skin Type 1/2 or Clinique 3 Step System for Skin Type 3/4 free with any online skincare consultation.

Lastly, here's a FOTD/EOTD I did today.  I was shooting some pics with the earrings I won from Julu Jewelry's giveaway (thanks Stephanie!) but my earrings didn't show in this one so I figured I'd use it for a rare FOTD/EOTD since this really is an all-time favorite look of mine.  Also check out Steph's jewelry shop, she has some lovely pieces; one of my favorites being her Mulan-inspired earrings, which are currently on my Lust List :D


As usual I forgot to wear non-SPF foundation when taking pics *sigh* my face is about 10 shades lighter than the rest of my body :P  Anyway, even though this uses a bright blue liner, this is seriously one of the looks I do the most often  It's very easy, just black eyeliner on top, white pencil at the inner corner, then blue pencil (Urban Decay Flipside) at the outer corner.  I don't have mascara on (another step I usually forgo in real life xD).  I think the trick of wearing bright colors on your waterline is particularly great for people with monolids/hidden folds; it's a good way to add a pop of color to your eye without going crazy with colors all around your eye.   Lastly, I just love pairing blue shadows with my gray lens, it just adds a lovely, misty sheen to my eyes - "puppy eyes" ^_^

Products used:
Face:
Skinfood Mushroom BBcream SPF 30 PA++ in Shade 1
Paul & Joe Finishing Powder in Natural
Lioele Silky Highlighter BB Touch
TonyMoly BB Pact Party Lover in Shade 2
R&R Contrived Pressed Blush in Foreplay (this looks quite 'tan' in the pan but turns a peachy coral on my face)

Eyes:
G&G GBT Grey circle lens
Urban Decay 24/7 Pencil in Flipside (blue)
Urban Decay 24/7 Pencil in Yeyo (white)
Urban Decay 24/7 Pencil in  Zero (black)
Koji Dolly Wink Liquid Liner in Black

Lips:
NYX Round Lipstick in Pumpkin Pie
NYX Round Lipstick in Indian Pink

Ok, I forgot who said (Steph, I think?) Pumpkin Pie would grow on me but they were so right!  My favorite lip combo right now is Pumpkin Pie + Indian Pink.  Basically, I liked Indian Pink as a color but I didn't like the frosty finish.  So what I did was put on one coat of Indian Pink then lightly pressed my lips down on a tissue.  Then I put on one swipe of Pumpkin Pie (has a cream finish)....LOVE :D!   I got plushy pink lips with a creamy finish.  Since Pumpkin Pie tones down the frostiness of Indian Pink, it makes both colors infinitely more flattering on me because I feel that I look better in creamy lip finishes.

Today I wore it for kicks and maybe it was gorgeous sunlight or something but this lip combo just brought a whole new dimension to my face.   After this "discovery," I went back and put on Pumpkin Pie alone and it wasn't half as bad as I thought.  I think why I initially thought this color was so unflattering on me was because I was looking at myself in the mirror in a fairly dim bathroom, hmm...

Yep...that's it for today.  Have a great Monday everyone and don't forget it's Daylight Savings :)!

24 comments :

  1. congrats on the award! i love your backyard. we don't have those here in LA. and the squirrel is cute. i saw one today who jumped into a trash can. ;)

    <3, Mimi
    http://whatmimiwrites.blogspot.com/

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  2. Congrats on the award! Your backyard looks so nice and peaceful, haha. And I loveee the look you put together. It looks so fresh and clean. :3

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  3. Thanks for the comment :)

    Omg, your backyard is beautiful, and you have squirrels~

    Using blue liner on your eyes is a really nice look! It stands out from the usual black liner :D Prettyy!

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  4. OMG I wish I had your backyard... It looks like a forrest! ^.^

    You really deserve the award dear, I like your blog as it has a refreshing look and the peas look cute as hell ^.^

    Thanks for your comments on both of my blogs! I found them very helpful... Thanks for putting time and effort in thinking about it! ^.^

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  5. Congrats to the award! You're sooo pretty! I swear! two thumbs up to your FOTD!

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  6. oh wow what a cute blog! oh and congratulations on the award <3

    victoria
    http://the-dazed.blogspot.com/

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  7. Contests on your award. Winter is really here as there is a proof in your backyard. It never gets that cold where I live to the point that leaves change color.

    I like your makeup and blue eyes, so lovely. Blue eyes and black hair make you look mysterious. I have always wondered what I would look like wearing blue contacts.

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  8. lol...love the photo of the squirrel! hahahaaa...good laugh for the day =) wow! i think i'm going to check out Sephora...i like the coupon codes here =) thanks!

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  9. i love the touch of blue in your make-up! :) and yay for daylight savings -SQUIRREL!!!! hahhaha.. i always get reminded of UP every time i see a squirrel now. :)

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  10. Hi Elle!!

    Wow, what a gorgeous day and you have an amazing backyard, great fall colors. Thanks for all the cool blog links.

    Wah major promotional codes temptations, especially at BBW! I love the Slatkin candles too. Have you tried Yankee Candles, also very good quality and scent. The Sephora code has so many samples though... XD

    Aw you look super pretty in the FOTD! You really look great in those knitted beanies, very chic. Your pretty lippie combo makes me want to get my hands on some NYX stuff.

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  11. I love your circle lenses... especially in the last photo, it looks blue! lovely makeup Elle!

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  12. love your eyes and the lip combo! and yeah Squrrels are soo cute, I love their big furry tail that's the same size as their body

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  13. Thats true! the best things about this season are knits:) in wanted of more knits! in my latest post Im wearing my monki knit:)

    xx

    Cyliaaaa.blogspot.com

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  14. Elle! I told my BF about what you said about couples who love the way each other smell last longer and he just smiled and nod his head in agreement. It was the cutest thing.

    Anywho, I really want some NYX lippies like NOW! Especially Pumpkin Pie....I also wanted to let you know that you look so doll like the your FOTD pic. How do you get that dolly like effect? Must be genetics, huh? I guess I'm shit out of luck then...LOL

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  15. Oh, 1 more thing, you rocked that blue liner well. I'll have to try it one of these days. ;)

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  16. I love that photo of you!! you are a true beauty!!

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  17. The forest looks so nice and the squirrell so cute. :-) And you look absolutely fabulous in that photo of you. :-)

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  18. UD flipside looks great on your eyes ! Much better than the usual boring black/brown liner (I usually do this X-D).

    I've actually got both those NYX lipstick colors ! I'm going to give that a try too, thanks ;-)

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  19. Congrats on the award! Lovely blog you have; love all the product reviews! And the FOTD is really nice, you look very pretty! :)

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  20. very beautiful :) i love NYX cosmetics^^
    drey jewelry.

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  21. Elle! I told my BF about what you said about couples who love the way each other smell last longer and he just smiled and nod his head in agreement. It was the cutest thing.

    Anywho, I really want some NYX lippies like NOW! Especially Pumpkin Pie....I also wanted to let you know that you look so doll like the your FOTD pic. How do you get that dolly like effect? Must be genetics, huh? I guess I'm shit out of luck then...LOL

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  22. I love that photo of you!! you are a true beauty!!

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  23. lol...love the photo of the squirrel! hahahaaa...good laugh for the day =) wow! i think i'm going to check out Sephora...i like the coupon codes here =) thanks!

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