Friday, November 18, 2011

Small Sephora and Bath & Body Works Haul

I don't know what it is, but recently I have become candle obsessed.  I think it is a combination of the fact that I am moving into my first real home (excluding college apartments and my parent's house) and I have been loving the smell of BBW's S'mores candle.

All that aside, I am over the top excited to finally be able to LIVE with my husband and to build a home and these candles just feel like they add a cozy factor.  I'm probably just trying to justify buying overpriced candles. *shrugs*

Each scent I bought in pairs, except for the Kitchen Spice one. I also purchased a second pair of sleeves for the candles (the first 2 I got free with an online purchase).  Pretty much everything I got on sale (except for 2 of the sleeves and the Sephora items) :-)
Modern Snowflake (left) and Scattered Snowflakes -$5 Each
Ultimate Dual Exfoliating Face Brush- $18 
Winter (left) and S'mores (fall candle, no longer available)-$19.50 regular price for 14.5oz
Kitchen Spice (left) Merry Mistletoe-$9.50 regular price for 4 oz
Gentle Foaming Hand Soap ($5.50)
Holiday Traditions Lip Gloss ($8)
Both in the scent Vanilla Bean Noel
Indian Coconut Nectar™ Body Butter To Go- $5 

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

NYX Annual Private Sale @ Cherry Culture

So yesterday kicked off the NYX Annual Private Sale at  40% off of all NYX products until November 13th.

I love Cherry Culture because they already feature products at a lower price plus they have a rewards program if you are a member of their site (which you can join for free).

If you aren't too familiar with NYX but still want to try some of their products, I would personally recommend trying out their MegaShine lipglosses, their single eyeshadows, and their powder blushes.

Sale ends at 11:59 P.M. CST.  Use code: NYX40

Happy Shopping:-)

Review: Great Lash Curved Brush Mascara

So besides the dying desire to show you an up close look of my oily skin, I wanted to do a quick review of the Great Lash mascara with it's curved brush.

Like so many times before, I purchased this mascara due to an unsuccessful search for another mascara: Maybelline's Great Lash Designer Limited Edition Mascara.  Of course, when I saw this brush I immediately thought of the Falsies mascara, which sadly enough my brain didn't make the immediate connection that the same company makes both.

When I first tried the mascara on, I wasn't immediately in love.  While Great Lash is a good mascara, I feel as though I have out grown it.  Like it is a piece of my make up evolution that I look back on with fond memories but don't usually revert back to the beginning. 
 without mascara

Amusingly enough, it wasn't until I took the pictures for this blog post (which was a couple of weeks ago), that I really started to like this mascara.  It really did give me "umph" to my lashes.  The curve of the brush does allow for a bit of a curl and great length.  While I've seen better volume from other mascaras, this one is fairly nice.
 with mascara

Ultimately, I think this mascara is worth the buy.  However, for some reason I just don't like the brush that much.  Maybe because most brush applicators are now that plastic/rubbery like material and that is what I've grown used to, but Maybelline sticks with it's classic bristles on this one.

Either way, this mascara definitely has "repurchase" quality written all over it.

 original great lash brush on the left
 original great lash brush on the left

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The Story of an Army Wife: 14 Days of Marriage and Screaming Matches

Today, Akeem and I have been married for two weeks.  While two weeks is not a significant amount of time in a marriage, it marks enough time to pass for me to realize that this is something more than my past relationship status of girlfriend.

In the year and a half that we've been together, Akeem and I have been through hell and back. From damage inflicted by us to inconsiderate third parties, I feel it is safe to say our relationship has had it's fair share of testing. But through it all, we have made it to this day and I have to reflect.

Last night, we had our first screaming match.  While the details are too exhausting to mention, it was one of those reality check moments for me.  Here I was screaming my lungs out like never before and swearing in my parents' home, like a whore in a cathouse. While I was upset, one thought ran through my head: we're married.  It wasn't a sentimental thought or even one that I thought of in regret.  The realization that we were married made me stop screaming out of anger but only to match his heightened hostilities.  Because the situation wasn't worth being angered over at that point, but I couldn't help being caught up in the passionate moment.

After the fight, my mom laughed while I tried to talk to her with a sore throat.  She told me that in a marriage you should defend yourself but not scream it out (she came from a family of screamers).  When I told her he was screaming too, she laughed again and told me that that was different then.  However, it was her simple comment of telling me that I'm married now and that "that" is between me and Akeem, which truly made me realize that I would have to work in my marriage: no more mommy and daddy to the rescue.

One thing that I love about my husband, is that while he may get angry about things he can eventually humble himself and genuinely apologize and/or admit when he is wrong.

While screaming matches aren't something I recommend for any marriage, sometimes you do have to duke it out with your spouse or you will never get to the core of your problems.  I, too, have shortcomings as a wife and through trials and tribulations, I am working to become a better spouse for the sake of my marriage.  After 14 days (and we still don't live together......yet), I feel more married to this man than ever.  My marriage is not perfect and I haven't had enough time to know the key to a happy one.  However, after years of being a marriage pessimist, I feel fortunate that someone is there holding my hand through the highs and lows of it all, even when I'm screaming my head off at him:-)

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