Thursday, December 4, 2014

My Go-To Winter/Holiday Foundation!

Hello everyone!
I am beginning to get so excited for Christmas time! Although I am right in the midst of the busiest quarter of school ever I cannot help but take a moment to step back and observe all of the magic of Christmas.  The next two weeks of school are going to be less than glamorous with many all nighters, lots of ice-cream, and hours upon hours of projects! But when all of that is done it will be Christmas. And with Christmas comes family festivities, holiday parties, and plenty of cheer to go around! When that time comes I want my make up to look its best and after weeks of stress I have already come to terms with the fact that my skin may look quite tired! So I went hunting for a foundation that would provide great coverage, make my skin look and feel refreshed, and not be too heavy as I always prefer a more natural foundation.
I purchased the NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in the color Mont Blanc Light 2 as I am quite fair.    This foundation feels absolutely amazing on my skin.  I don’t like wearing anything that feels too thick or unnatural on my skin so NARS Sheer Glow is perfect for me as it is extremely light and blends into my skin so well. It provides medium to full coverage and is totally buildable without getting cake-y which I find essential through Winter.
My skin also tends to be very sensitive which makes me very apprehensive about trying anything new as I never know how it is going to react so I do always recommend patch testing foundation before applying it all over your face but in my view, I found NARS to be really gentle for sensitive skin! 
What is your favorite go to make-up in Winter and through the holidays? Make sure to leave a comment below with your favorite products as I always love to try something new! xx

Zoella's Girl Online | Book Review

Hello everyone!
After my VERY long day I blogged about last time, I was more than ready to get cozy, grab a cup of tea, and start Zoella's first novel Girl Online.  I have been so excited to read this book for months as I love Zoella's writing on her blog!  I intended to only read the first chapter as I was exhausted but the moment I picked it up I couldn't put it down. Fourteen chapters later, and  I only stopped when I remembered I had an 8:00 am class the next morning!
Since then I've finished the book and I can tell you it is truly amazing.  I had no idea what to expect as one of my favorite bloggers was transitioning into an author but I was immediately hooked!  I just want to say now that I am not going to give any details of the book up here as I'm sure that many of you are reading it now, or are planning to read it and I don't want to ruin it for you at all. 
 But anyways, the moment I started the book I related to the main character Penny!  Zoey's writing is witty, sincere, and sweet and the book talks about issues that so many teen girls face nowadays in an uplifting and positive way.  I love all of the characters in this story and Zoey makes you feel so connected to each of them!  I really really enjoyed the story and if you finish it I would love to talk about what you think of it in more detail! So if you've read it tweet me at @brittanyleland1 and we can DM and talk about all of the UH-MAZING details! If you haven't picked it up yet you can order a copy of it on amazon here!!  
I think it would make such a lovely Christmas present as well! Let me know what you thought of it!
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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Those Hide Under the Covers Why Did I Get Out of Bed Days!?

Jumper: Forever21, Pants: Zara, Shoes: Custom Nikes, 
Do you ever just have those days where you feel like the world is against you? 
Yea, me too. 
Today was one of those days where nothing could possibly go right! I started my day hitting my head on my counter while picking up my flat iron, and continued on by dropping my USB in the toilet by accident and finishing off with a driving ticket! 
Ahhh! Why do these days happen?! 
I just wanted to spend the rest of my day hiding under my duvet. But since that couldn't happen I spent my day in classes day dreaming about new ideas for the blog this month and came up with so many things that I want to write about! 
I know I haven't been the most consistent lately, (naughty blogger!) but I want this blog to be my escape and my fun place to be creative and have fun so I don't want to force myself when its not happening! However I cannot wait to share with you some really fun posts through the month of December!
I'm thinking of posting every til' Christmas! How does that sound? I know, I know, I already missed the first day but hey give me a break! It's been a tough day!
I'm off to finish reading Girl Online Zoella's first book! (it's uh-mazing!)
How do you get through those crazy want to crawl under the duvet days? 
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Saturday, November 29, 2014

My Fall Beauty Secret... Chanel

 Hello everyone! It was Thanksgiving this week in the United States which is one of my favorite times of the year spent with friends and family eating delicious food and remembering everything we’re thankful for.  Trevor came home this week from school which made Thanksgiving all that much better. We spent the week seeing movies, baking delicious treats, and eating until we were stuffed with Thanksgiving dinner. 
Whilst getting ready for all of the holiday festivities I realized that quite a few of my absolute favorite make-up products through the Fall are from Chanel! I’ve acquired these pieces over time as Chanel make up is fairly expensive, however these products would make lovely Christmas gifts for your wish list, and it is always a good idea to splurge on yourself every once in a while!
Firstly, I am absolutely obsessed with the Les 4 Ombres compact eye palette. My palette is the 202 Tisse Camelia, and I find is absolutely stunning.  It features 4 highlight pigmented rich and velvety soft eyeshadows. The colors include a lilac/brown shadow, an icy/blue highlighting shadow, a dusty pink shadow with a subtle gold shimmer, and a dark smoldering purple/brown crease shadow. What I love the most is that this palette is so diverse in the looks it can create ranging from a more natural day look to a dramatic smoky eye.  Along with it I love to wear the Chanel volumizing mascara. It is probably the best mascara I’ve ever boughten.  My lashes always look the longest and the fullest when I use it and it never clumps or flakes.
Purchase the Les 4 Ombres 202 Tisse Camelia here: Chanel Eye Palette for $61
Purchase the Le Volume de Chanel Mascara here: Chanel Volumizing Mascara for $30
At the beginning of November I treated myself to a new lipstick at the Chanel counter and I chose the Rouge Allure intense long wear lip colour in the shade The Envoutante.  The formula for this lipstick is so amazing as it is incredibly smooth and highly pigmented. I love dark lips for the Fall and this has been my go to throughout the season. 
Purchase the Chanel Rouge Allure Intense Long Wear Lip Colour here: Chanel Lipstick for $35
Lastly, I’ve been looking for ages for the right lighter through out the Fall and Winter. I have a pretty fair complexion and I prefer to stay pale which means that sometimes gold toned highlighters don’t look right on me.  So I was so excited when I found the Camelia de Plumes silver toned highlighting powder .  I was attracted to it purely for the packaging as I think it is so beautiful but once I brushed it on I fell in love. It is so smooth and gives the most subtle shimmer to the tops of my cheekbones and any where else I wish to highlight.
Purchase the Camelia de Plumes Highlighting Powder Here: Chanel Highlighting Powder $71

These have been my absolute favorite beauty products through the entire Fall and I'm sure they will continue being my favorite through the Winter. They are definitely treats but would make great gifts for your wish lists this Christmas. Are there any beauty brands you have loved through the Fall? Leave a comment if you have! Happy Holidays!