Sunday, December 29, 2013

Top 13 Products of 2013

Top 13 Products of 2013

The New Years in almost here!!!!! I decided to follow up my New Years post from last year and pick 13 products that I have been loving all year. :) Here is the list (in no particular order) from top left to right:
1. Burt's Bee Lip Balm - This is the best lip balm ever!
2. Essie nail polish in Plumberry - This color is so pretty and the nail polish dries quickly so it always looks flawless!
3. Heart necklace from Forever 21 - I wear this necklace almost every day! It is simple but makes any outfit look good.
4. e.l.f shimmering facial whip - I use this as a highlight on my cheekbones. It looks so pretty!
5. Blue eyeshadow - I don't have a specific brand of eyeshadow but I love using blue eyeshadow as a pop of color under my eyes. It looks so pretty!
6. Bali Mango lotion from Bath and Body Works - This lotion is the best scent ever! I got it in the summer but have been using it all year!
7. They're Real Mascara from Benefit - This mascara is one of my favorites and I wear it often. It makes my lashes long and voluminous too!
8. Pink Chiffon body mist from Bath and Body Works - This is my go to scent for school. It smells amazing but doesn't have a hugely strong smell like some perfumes.
9. Acne Facial Wash from Neutrogena - This face wash is the best! It cleared up my skin this year so now I don't get many breakouts like I used to!
10. Black jeans - Again, not a specific brand. I just loved wearing black jeans this year!
11. Aeropostale sweatshirt - I love Aero sweatshirts! I wore them all the time this year.
12. White eyeliner from N.Y.C. (New York Colors) - I use this on my water line and it makes my eyes look bigger. :)
13. e.l.f. eyeliner - This is the best eyeliner! It looks amazing!

What are your favorite products from this year?

Monday, December 23, 2013

3 Outfits for Christmas Mass

3 Outfits for Christmas Mass

Christmas Mass is one of my favorite parts the holiday season! Here are some outfit ideas for those who don't know what to wear. I hope this gives you some ideas! <3

Friday, December 20, 2013

Five D.I.Y. Christmas Gifts

Christmas is almost here! If you need a quick and easy gift to make someone you came to the right place! Here are some of my favorite D.I.Y. Christmas gifts:

1. D.I.Y. iPhone case: use an old phone case, markers, glue, stickers, and anything else to make a unique case for a friends phone! :)
 2. Decorated Letter: Buy a wooden letter at your local craft store and decorate with pictures, glitter, anything you please! I collaged a letter for my boyfriend with pictures of things he likes and it turned out super cute!
3. D.I.Y. Mug: Get a white mug at the Dollar Tree and decorate it with Sharpies. Bake in the oven and you have a unique mug for your friend! 
 4. Cookies in a Jar: This gift is super simple! Get a jar and fill it with the dry materials for any cookie recipe your friend loves. It looks super cute and will make some delicious food for your friend! 
5. FOOD: All people love food! Make your friends cute cupcakes or cookies and wrap them in cute paper! <3





Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Christmas Tag 2013!

I'm so excited for Christmas this year! I have some amazing presents I can't wait to give people and I can't wait to spend time with my family. :) I tag ALL of you guys so don't forget to do this tag and then comment below with a link so I can read it! <3 I hope you guys all have an awesome Christmas! Happy Holidays!
1.  Do you prefer a real Christmas tree or synthetic?
I actually prefer synthetic trees to real Christmas trees because they always look so much better and there won't be any mishaps like it dying, etc. The only thing I don't like about synthetic trees is that they don't smell like real trees.

2.  You're in a coffee shop, it's December, what do you pick?
I'm not a coffee drinker so I would probably pick some hot chocolate and a nice warm cookie. :P

3.  Whats your favourite colour scheme for decorating the tree?
My family has always used rainbow lights on the tree so I always like trees that have rainbow lights and lots of ornaments on them! :) My tree is always packed full of sentimental ornaments.

4.  Giving or receiving?
I love giving presents on Christmas. I like to make presents and buy presents when I give gifts for Christmas so I love the giving part of the holiday season. :D

5.  To mince pie or not to?
I only think I had mince pie once and I would rather have some other food for Christmas such as ham (my fav meat!).

6.  What's your traditional Sunday lunch?
Whatever my family makes! We don't have a specific meal we have every year so it just depends on what my family wants to eat. 

7.  Christmas day fashion?
My family always goes to Christmas Eve mass so on Christmas day I am literally in my warmest pajamas all day. :)

8.  What's your favourite Christmas song?
'Santa Claus is Stuck in my Chimney' is a song I heard this year for the first time and it is super catchy! I also love all the classics of course! Who doesn't love Christmas music?!

9.  What's your favourite Christmas film?
ELF!!!!! It is hilarious!!!!!!!!!!! My least favorite would have to be Miracle on 34th Street... That movie creeps me out!

10.  Open presents before or after lunch?
Before! Whenever I wake up, I wake everyone else in my family up and we go and open presents from "Santa". We give/open all our family presents on Christmas Eve so we get to give two whole days in a row! 

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Perfect Holiday Nails Tutorial

Santa Nails

Hope you enjoy this really simple Santa hat nails! These are perfect for the upcoming holiday!!!! <3

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Word Jewelry Trend

Word Jewelry
Word jewelry has been trending for a very long time and I just love the trend! Having a cute inspirational word on a necklace, bracelet, ring, or pair of earrings is just such a fabulous way to accessorize. What kind of word jewelry do you have? <3

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Great Pinterest Finds #2

So I recently rediscovered the joys of Pinterest and I wanted to share a few photos with you guys! ;)



Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Christmas Wishlist 2013

Christmas Wishlist 2013

This Christmas, I really don't need anything so I only asked for a couple things. I am saving up to buy myself a laptop so with some Christmas money I might be able to afford one! :) The only other stuff I want for Christmas is jeans/pants, sweaters, a scarf, and a beanie. What is on your Christmas list?

Monday, November 18, 2013

How To Style a Christmas Sweater

,How To Style a Christmas Sweater
Hey everyone! Today I decided to style some adorable Christmas sweaters! I found three perfect holiday sweaters and showed some ways you can wear your favorite sweater this year! For the first outfit I paired the sweater with some skinny jeans and black Keds. This is a nice casual look for school that will still have you in the holiday spirit. :) The next look is more of a relaxed outfit because I paired the oversized sweater with a pair of black leggings. The last outfit is holiday party chic with a circle skirt and black flats to make the sweater stand out. Hope this gives you some inspiration!!!! ;)

Saturday, November 16, 2013

What To Buy Her For Christmas

What To Buy Her For Christmas

If you don't know what to get that special girl for Christmas, stress no more! Here are some of my picks that any girl is sure to love for the holidays!

1. Jewelry - All girls love jewelry! It doesn't matter if its expensive or from Walmart, a cute necklace, pair of earrings, etc. will make a girl think of you every time she wears it.
2. Perfume - All girls like to smell good! Perfume is on the pricy side, which will make a girl feel that you care enough about her and would spend that much money on her.
3. Movie/concert tickets - This is a cute idea if you are asking out your crush on Christmas or just want to have a special date with your special girl.
4. Teddy bear - I love getting a teddy bear as a gift! Every time I see the bear I always think about the person who gave it to me.
5. Bubble bath, lotion, etc. - All girls like to spoil themselves every once in awhile. This is a cheaper alternative to perfume but will have the same effect on most girls.
6. DIY gift - The gifts I love to recieve the most are homemade (do it yourself) gifts. Whether you draw her a picture, make a collage of photos of both of you, or write her a story, homemade gifts are the best present you could give (and they don't cost anything!). They will make her feel super special that you took the time to create a thoughtful gift. :)

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Catching Fire is Almost Here!

Catching Fire

Catching Fire is almost in theaters!!!!!! The Hunger Games series have become super popular so you gotta make sure you have the best Hunger Games garb when the 2nd movie comes out! I found some of the coolest things for a diehard fan. Enjoy! And may the odds be ever in your favor! ;)

Sunday, November 3, 2013

My Favorite Perfumes

My Fav Perfumes
If you are just starting out in the perfume world, here are some of my favorite perfumes!!!!! (as pictured from left to right, top to bottom)

1. Midnight Fantasy by Brittany Spears
2. Candy by Prada
3. Our Moment by One Direction
4. Viva la Juicy 
5. Fantasy by Brittany Spears
6. Pink Sugar
7. Viva la Juicy la Fleur
8. Wonderstruck by Taylor Swift

Friday, October 25, 2013

3 Easy Halloween Costumes

Easy Cat Costumes

Halloween is almost here!!!!! Some people, like me, haven't picked out their Halloween costumes yet so I decided to help you out if you are trying to come up with a quick costume. Being a cat is a super easy costume, and the ears and tails are quite cheap if you don't want to spend much for your bff's Halloween party. I put together three outfits that most people could easily create using things already in their closets. Hope you enjoy!!!!!!  <3

Sunday, October 20, 2013

My Top 5 Places to Buy Makeup

There are soooo many stores that sell beauty products and some don't really have great selections. This post will be a list of my top 5 favorite places to buy makeup so you can learn where to score a great deal!!!!

1. Target - Target is the best for makeup! It has super good deals and coupons and has some great brands to choose from. Link

2. Rite Aid - Believe or not, Rite Aid allows you to return used makeup if you don't like it! Because of this, I always try out new products from them so I can return them if they don't work for me. Link

3. Drugstore.com - This offers drugstore beauty products but also high end products if you use their sister store beauty.com. Both stores go into the same shopping cart so you can buy a little bit of everything! Link

4. Sephora - I only shop her occasionally when I'm looking for good priced high quality products. I would only recommend it if you are looking for high end things though. Link

5. Ulta - Just like Sephora, I only come here occasionally but it is great for finding good makeup as well as hair and bath supplies. They also have amazing sales that can score you great deals! Link

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Contouring 101

I found this picture on Pinterest and had to share it with you! :)

Thursday, October 3, 2013

My Favorite Homecoming Dresses!

My Fav Homecoming Dresses

I would first like to apologize for my absence in posting, but I have been CRAZY busy these past few weeks! Homecoming is here so I decided to put together a quick collage of some of my favorite Homecoming dresses! What color dress will you be wearing? Leave me links to your dresses below and I will totally go check them out! <3

Thursday, September 19, 2013

8 Halloween Nail Art Ideas

I found a few nail art pictures online that are perfect for October and the Halloween spirit! Hope you enjoy!







Wednesday, September 11, 2013

A Little Tangled Inspiration

Tangled Inspiration

As of right now, my favorite movie in the whole wide world is Tangled! I love it so much. I just watched it like half an hour ago so decided to make a post with some fashion inspired outfits.
Outfit 1 - For this outfit I recreated the dress colors with two shades of purple and a pink necklace for the pink in the sleeves of Rapunzel's dress. The headband is made of sparkly gems which are inspired from the lost princess' crown.
Outfit 2 - This is a more dressy outfit. I selected a cute dress to match the purple color, and a pink belt. Rapunzel goes barefoot most of the time so a cute sandal recreates the perfect look! I added in some flower earrings too, just like the flowers braided in Rapunzel's hair. 
Best part of the whole movie!!!!!! <3

Friday, September 6, 2013

Common White Girl Tag!

I know I just did a type of tag video but I haven't had the time to write since school just started. :( I have had 4 days of school and still don't really know anyone..... I hate being a new kid so much! I hope I meet some nice people soon. Here are the tag questions:

1. Favorite Starbucks drink?
I have only ever had Hot Chocolate from Starbucks so I guess I have to go with that.
 
2. How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?

45 minutes! Pretty quick cuz I never even bother with doing stuff to my hair.... LOL
 
3. How many selfies do you take on a daily basis?

Maybe 1 every 2 week.... Idk. Not too many.
 
4. How many IG followers and pics do you have?

None cuz I don't have one. 
 
5. Do you ever say "LOL" or "OMG" out loud?

ALWAYS! Lol is my fav word.
 
6. Do you wear the same clothing item more than once?

Yes! I just like to switch up the accessories. Looks brand new then! 
 
7. Are you racist? (Why is this even a question)

No. Of course I'm not!
 
8. How many tweets do you have?

None- I don't tweet.
 
9. Instagram, Twitter, or Tumblr?

Tumblr because that is the only one I have. Lol
 
10. What do you spend most of your time doing?

Going to school then hanging with my family or crafting/singing.
 
11. Who are your favorite youtubers?

Beautybaby44, Piinksparkles, and Bethany Mota
 
12. How often do you do your nails?

I use to do it every week but kinda stopped over the summer. I will probably get into that again though!
 
13. Are you a shopaholic?

Shopping is my sport so YES I'm a shopaholic.
 
14. How many times have you watched Mean Girls?

2 full times but countless video clips (you go Glen Coco!)
 
15. Do you own a lot of clothes?

Yes but not enough. (Greedy I know...)
 
16. Do you take pictures of your food before you eat it?

No. I am usually stuffing my face. I love me some food.
 
17. Do you wear makeup everyday?

Yupp. I love to try new trends!
 
18. What are your average grades in school?

I have a 4.0.... So A's all around.
 
19. How do you usually style your hair?

Braid or natural.
 
20. Do you always look presentable?

I hope so! I try to so I hope it comes off that way! <3


I tag ALL OF YOU! Comment down below with a link to your post if you do this tag! I would love to read them all! 

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Elegant Blogger Award!

Thanks to Christy for nominating me!

THE RULES
  • -When you receive the award, link back to keepcalmandsparkle1099.blogspot.com and the blog that nominated you
  • -Display the award button in the post
  • -Answer all of the 12 questions given in this post (Do not make your own questions)
  • -Nominate 12 bloggers
  • -Notify them that they have been awarded
  • THE QUESTIONS

    1. What made you decide to start blogging?I have always wanted to share the things I love with other people that enjoy the same thing! It also helps me make some friends that love fashion and beauty as much as I do. :)
    2. What is your fashion style?

    I have a unique style.... I don't follow trends and just wear what I love!
    3. What is something none of your followers know about you?

    Hmmmmm.... I love art! Art has always been something I love to look at and make.
    4. What are some of your blogging goals?
    I would love to have a large audience of followers that reads my blog! <3

    5. Where is your favorite place to shop?

    I love Forever 21, Aeropostale, Sears, and other department stores.
    6. What would your ideal amount of blog followers be?

    I have always wanted over 1,000 followers! That would be totally amazing!
    7. What are your talents?

    I love to sing, sculpt, and am very outgoing. I love to meet new people!
  • 8. Are you a leader or a follower?
    I am tots a leader. I never really get why people follow other people... Then they aren't original so I just don't understand why people do it!
    9. What is one of your favorite quotes?
    "You're never too old to be young." -Snow White
    10. Do you have a favorite book or book series?
    I love Harry Potter!
    11. Out of all of the synonyms for elegant, which would you describe yourself with (smart - stylish - dressy - graceful - dainty - fine)?
    Smart and stylish (not graceful because I trip on things a lot!) :P

    12. What is your favorite flower?

    A dozen roses is ideal!
    The 12 People I Nominate
    1. Lizzy from Pretty Modest
    2. Ashley from Totally Chic
    3. Joanna from Embrace Your Uniqueness
    4. Kate from Kate's Beauty Blog
    5. Tulip from Kawaii Beauty Corner
    6. Cinthia from Makeup with Cinthia
    7. Erica from Mind Body Beauty
    8. Katie from My Makeup Obsession
    9. Natasha from A Modest Fashion Blog
    10. K from Raving Reviews
    12. Fenny from Fenny's Blog

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Back to School Hairstyles!

The first day of school is less than a month away. DARN! I have been seeing back to school hairstyle videos on YouTube a lot, but most of the hairstyles take way too long for a busy school morning. Here are some super simple back to school hairstyles:

1. The side braid (or fishtail) - Simply part your hair on the side and braid (or fishtail braid) your hair so it hangs in the front. You can add a cute bow to make this hairstyle super girly!
2. Messy bun - Put your hair in a ponytail and then wrap the hair around the ponytail holder to create an adorbs bun. Secure with another hair elastic or bobby pins. You can also make a bun using a sock (for the sock bun look).
3. Quick curls - After brushing your hair, use your curling iron to put a few curls in the bottom of your hair. Instead of curling ALL of your hair, just do the bottoms of the hair so you get a cute and easy look.
4. Waves or curls while you sleep! - Sleep with a sock bun or side braid in to get curls or waves respectively. These methods are perfect if you have to get to school early!
5. Ponytail - Ponytails are never overrated. You can quickly style a low or high ponytail and then put bows, etc. in them to make them totally perfect!
6. Leave your hair!!!!! - Just brush your hair and add a hairband, scarf, etc. to your natural hair. Nothing is better than rocking what God gave you. :)




Monday, August 12, 2013

My Skincare Routine

Ahhhh Skincare...... I have had my fair share of zits and I know how important Skincare is to most people. I never had acne but would get large, red zits from time to time. After I started using this process, I only usually get pimples around my "time of month" (if ya get what I'm saying.. :P). Here is an overview of my complete Skincare routine:

In the morning:
-After I get out of bed I wash my face with the Pink Grapefruit Oil-Free Acne Wash from Neutrogena
-I then use a Cotten pad to wipe my face with the Clear Pore Oil-Eliminating Astringent from Neutrogena
-After my face is dry, I apply the e.l.f Zit Zapper to my "problem areas" (T-zone, nose, and chin)
-After that dries, I apply the Clearasil Vanishing Acne Treatment Cream to my "problem areas" as well.

Then I go about my day trying not to touch my face, and drinking plenty of water to keep my skin healthy.

At night:
-In the shower, after shampooing, etc, I use the Walgreen brand Blackhead & Blemish Control Apricot Scrub and scrub all my "problem areas"
-I then wash my face (in the shower) with the Pink Grapefruit Oil-Free Acne Wash from Neutrogena
-Then I use the Astringent, Zit Zapper, and cream after I get out of the shower in the same steps I used in the morning.

This process is quite complex but works for me! What is your Skincare routine? Comment down below!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Cute iPhone Cases Less Than $8

iPhone Cases 
iPhone cases can be totally cute, and if you are on your phone a lot, your iPhone has to look just as good as your outfit! These cases are all under $8 and can be found at Forever 21, Charlotte Russe, Amazon, and other places. Drag your mouse over the phone case below to see what store you can snag it from! What case does your phone have on it?

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