Friday, February 16, 2018

Friday Faves Vol. 22

This new line of Soft Matte Metallic Lip Creams from NYX!

This tutorial for sewing your own DIY leggings!

This set of solar system dinner plates!

This extensive hunt for a Sunday Riley Good Genes dupe!

This gorgeous dress from the Giambattista Valli Spring '18 show!

This recipe for butternut squash red curry!

These glitter cactus earrings!

These anxiety and depression t-shirts from Neon Witch!

This hypnotic video of a mirror being made!

This colorful donut print makes great phone wallpaper!

What cool stuff have you seen lately?

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

2018 Sephora Birthday Gift ('s free!)

A major perk of having my birthday in January is being among the first to receive the free annual Sephora Birthday Gift. It almost makes up for the fact that I can count the number of birthday parties I've cancelled due to snow on more than one hand. Almost. Inclement weather aside, my January was certainly brightened by this gorgeous gift. As usual, Sephora is offering two options for your birthday gift selection:

The best birthday email in your inbox

You can choose from either a Glamglow clearing treatment and illuminating moisturizer or a Bite Beauty lip set. I went with the latter because I don't take matters of free lipstick lightly. The set includes:

• Mini Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Chai {.05 oz}
• Mini Matte Creme Lip Crayon in Glace {.031 oz}
• Agave Lip Treatment Sample Duo {.036 oz}

Bite Beauty's whole angle is "natural, high-performance beauty," meaning no sulfates, parabens, gluten, silicone or other things we've been trained to fear. They make their products in small batches in Canada (which does sounds nice, actually) with natural, organic, "good for you" ingredients.

As is typical, these birthday gift products come in neutral shades that have fairly universal appeal, and though that's less fun than, say, a cool purple lipstick or a deep vampy crayon, it's a practical move on their part. Besides, you can blow your own birthday cash on something more exciting when you pick this gift up at Sephora - I went with the Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic Palette, in case you're curious.

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Chai

This formula is quite comfortable to wear and smooth to apply. There's a light, fruity scent and the matte packaging is sleek and unique. (Oh fun, a rhyme that doesn't look like a rhyme!) This nude tone isn't going to change your life, but it'll be a useful workhorse in your lip rotation, plus it's great to carry on the go due to its size.

This lipstick's formula includes nutrients, vitamins and omega oils to achieve moisturized lips with a healthy look.

Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon in Glace

Here we have a very similar shade in the form of a lip crayon. You'll find the same scent and packaging, but with the ease of a fine tip, twist up crayon. Personally, I love a crayon because it gives you the control of a pencil with the ability to quickly fill in.

According to Bite Beauty, this is made with orange peel wax, which seals in hydration for a water-resistant matte finish. I wouldn't call this a true matte finish - there's definitely a slight sheen - but I have to give it to them on the moisture angle.

Swatches: Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Chai (left) and Matte Creme Lip Crayon in Glace

Bite Beauty Agave Lip Balm & Agave Sugar Lip Scrub

I'm saving this guy for a special occasion. Well, "special" meaning when I'm deep in the winter dryness game with a peeling lip or two. Not "special" like fun or festive, just to clarify. When I do try it, I'm looking forward to the brown sugar, exotic oils and pineapple enzymes in the scrub and whatever the hell is in this balm that makes it cost $18 per tube. Maybe it'll be great? $18 great though...we'll see.

Do you plan to pick up this free birthday gift? What products have you tried from Bite Beauty? What would be your dream Sephora birthday gift?

Friday, February 2, 2018

Friday Faves Vol. 21

This combo of sequins, fur and sneakers!

This colorful Pyrex collection!

This fun yellow ombre hair!

This set of rainbow oil slick flatware!

This vintage photo of the Statue of Liberty being built!

This beautiful yellow kitchen with a striped ceiling!

This helpful site that tells you when your particular cosmetics expire!

This article about an Italian family that can't feel pain!

This gorgeous rose and lace dress!

This mesmerizing video of 3D printed pottery!

What cool stuff have you seen lately?

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Etsy Shop of the Month: Fantasy Floorplans

Golden Girls House Floor Plan

Sometimes, after hours of binge watching or years of fandom, we feel so well acquainted with a certain TV show that it feels like we could walk right onto the set and, say, grab a drink from the kitchen or pop out onto the patio. We know instinctively where Monica and Rachel lay their heads, or where Dorothy and Sophia do their cheesecake eating. These homes are our homes; we know them like the back of our hand.

You can revel in that fun with the help of Fantasy Floorplans, a shop offering blueprints of all your favorite classic TV homes, spanning decades and styles. Have a favorite, like Mary Tyler Moore's sunken living room? They have it. Obsessed with Michael Scott? Why not adorn your real life wall with a mockup of the office layout?

Friends Apartment Floor Plan

Breaking Bad House Floor Plan

Carrie Bradshaw's Apartment Floor Plan

These floorplans make excellent gifts because they're unique and unexpected, yet also seem personal and thoughtful. Everyone has a favorite show! It's just such a cool way to display your fandom with a totally new twist. The visual is beautiful on its own, but once you look a little closer and notice the Stars Hollow gazebo or The Simpsons infamous couch, the art comes to life on a grander scale.

Full House Floor Plan

Roseanne House Floor Plan

Gilmore Girls Stars Hollow Town Map

The Simpsons House Floor Plan

Seinfeld & Kramer Apartment Floor Plans

Mary Tyler Moore Show Apartment Floor Plan

Twin Peaks Town Map

The Office Floor Plan

Follow Fantasy Floorplans on Etsy and their website

Have you seen Fantasy Floorplans' work before? Which TV show floor plan would you love to see? What's your favorite TV home of all time?

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