Friday, April 25, 2014

A Few Of My Favorite Things || April + A Giveaway

Ah… April has been a lovely month. Many days were warm and sunny and just made me excited for spring and summer! Who is ready for more favorites? Oh, and before I forget, I purchased a new something special that I hope to talk about in next month's installment of A Few Of My Favorite Things so sty tuned!

1. Okay! I just had to try the Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Primer! I had such a good experience with their Baby Lips lip balms (did I mention that I bought another one?) that I had a pretty good feeling that this pore eraser/primer would be amazing. For a while, I had been on the hunt for a product that would blur my pores and give me a more even looking face. I'm telling you, the first time I applied the product, I was astonished at how well it worked! Now, it didn't completely erase my pores, but I noticed that they were indeed visibly blurred and that I had an almost airbrushed look. Something else I noticed about this product was its velvety feel and finish on my skin, just like baby skin! This product does not have color so it isn't for concealing but it work very well on pores!

2. My second favorite item this month was the e.l.f Zit Zapper. Both Liza and Elina shared how well it worked so I thought I'd give it a try. Plus, it was only a dollar at Target! #TargetDoesItAgain! This roll-on product worked well for me. Over a period of a few days I noticed that it helped to reduce redness and swelling caused by my *wonderfully* acne-prone skin. It smells minty, like menthol and that is due to the Salicylic Acid, Tea Tree Oil, Witch Hazel and Camphor in it. It's now definitely a staple in my skin care routine!

3. If you read my last A Few Of My Favorite Things post, you know I'm a lip balm lover! I can now proudly say that since my last post, I have nearly finished two lip products, and one of which was my EOS lip balm in Summer Fruit. I first got "into" the evolution of smooth (EOS) when my mom purchased an EOS lip balm several years ago. She had a couple of them in our stock pile so I asked for one. I've used this lip balm almost daily and I can say that it definitely moisturizes. I've also noticed that this lip balm is long lasting which I think could be attributed to the thickness of the product. I even bought three more! I got the Strawberry Sorbet, the limited edition Passion Fruit and the Blueberry Acai. 

4. I don't always have time sign on to blogger to check my favorite blogs (can you tell?) and read the latest posts, so I decided to download the Bloglovin' app. Now, if you know me, then you know how picky I am when it comes to having apps on my phone! I don't like to take up my phone's memory if I don't need whatever's on there and that includes pictures, notes, and apps! Basically, if there's an app on my phone, then you know I like it! I like that I can easily see when a favorite blog has a new post and I like that I can "heart" posts. The cool part is that the "hearts" are saved so I can look back to any post I want to re-read or reference.

I hope you enjoyed this month's installment of A Few Of My Favorite Things! For this month's giveaway, one lady willwin an EOS lip balm in Summer Fruit! All you have to do to enter is tell me what are some of your favorite apps? If you don't have apps, then share some of your favorite things (movies, music, products, etc.) (Giveaway open until 4/2. Must live in the USA)

(Disclaimer: The items in this post were not selected or mentioned for review)

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

    Black + White + A Bold Aztec Print

    How did you all spend your resurrection Sunday? Mine was such a blessing! At our church, all of the children and youth shared words of gratitude or praised with a song. Celebrating the resurrection of our Savior is such a special time each year for us and our church. Aside from the spiritual preparation of Resurrection Sunday, there's also a bit of fashion preparation that goes into the day too :) 

    This past Sunday I wore all black and white, which is something I don't typically do. I love color… A LOT, so even a pop of color is a must with for every one of my outfits! 

    My top is actually two tops. The solid print one is a black tank style shirt with a flow-y criss cross in the front. In the back, there's a "train" or tail. This shirt was so fun and the "train" was a little bit unexpected. I think I like that!
    Then, because it's still a bit chilly outside, I paired the dressy tank with a lace turtle neck. I love this shirt for so many reasons! It's so versatile in style.
    In my opinion, I think that this aztec/geometric is the star of the outfit! The silhouette, length and of course the print bring together the other pieces of my look. Isn't it fun? 
    And finally, I chose my little cutout oxford style shoes to complete my outfit. I was toying with the idea of wearing a new pair of black heels, but these shoes seemed to coordinate with the look. Overall, I felt that this little ensemble I put together was just right for spring. The dressier pieces like the tank and lace turtle neck were toned down a bit by the oxfords. It was effortless (and by effortless I mean easy to wear) and still fashionable. 

    What do you think? Also, do you think I should post more of my outfits? And, I couldn't forget about my lovely photographers, Alicia and Aizess.

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

    A Few Of My Favorite Things || March Giveaway Winner

    I know… I know. I was supposed to have the winner information up for A Few Of My Favorite Things || March + A Giveaway on Friday, but some unforeseen and wonderfully unexpected things came up like a sleepover at grandma's and an ice skating party the next day. I apologize ladies for leaving you in the dark but now into the good news!

    Congratulations Chloe! You said, "Hi Kianna, I try to wash my face every day... And sometimes I put a natural face cream on, but otherwise I keep it natural. :) I'd love to win the lip balm! ~Chloe" You can email me here to claim your prize. Winner have 48 hours to redeem prize of another winner will be chosen. 

    Thank you all for entering and sharing what skin products you love! 
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