Thursday, November 29, 2012

(Belated) Black Friday Haul

Hey everyone! As usual, I apologize for being MIA for the past couple of days. I had another crazy school-filled week. However, I had my last class of the semester today! Three finals and then Christmas break! I can't wait to get back in to blogging :)

Anyway, I figured I might as well post my little Black Friday haul. It's not much, but I got a few cute bits and bobs that I thought I'd share.

Bath & Body Works Stuff:

BBW always has amazing sales going on, but their Black Friday was like ALL the sales in one day. Of course, they had their 2 for $20 candle sale happening, so I picked up Mahogany Teakwood and Sweet Pea. Mahogany Teakwood smells like Abercrombie cologne (so great) and Sweet Pea just smells fresh and clean with a hint of sweetness. It's nice for lighting in the bathroom or around the house.

They also had their PocketBac hand sanitizers at 5 for $5, which is really great because I planned on stocking up. I got Sparkling Champagne, Lavender, Margarita, Midnight Pomegranate and Island Nectar.

I also picked up the Cashmere Glow shower gel, because I loved this scent since they released it and decided I'd try it out in shower gel format. They were doing buy 3 get 3 free on all body items but I passed lol. This is actually a relatively modest BBW haul for me, I usually end up buying way more!

Walmart Stuff:

I picked up a few things at Walmart as well. First is this awesome little bottle cap Coke lip balm. It smells like Coke and it's actually really moisturizing! It was only $2 dollars as well. Walmart in the States is the prime location for picking up drugstore beauty items because even on Black Friday, they're always soo cheap!

I also got this Sally Hansen nail polish in Rockstar Pink, which has fuschia, red, cobalt and silver micro glitters. This is a dupe for Butter London's Lovely Jubbly and from the swatches I've seen online it's pretty much identical. This was about $3 whereas the Butter London polishes go for $14. So glad I got this! NOTD soon! :)

I also picked up this nail clipper set, which I guess is not that exciting. I've been wanted a straight edge nail cutter because I find myself prefer a square nail shape. The duo only cost $3 which is really inexpensive.

And that concludes my Black Friday haul! Hope you enjoyed it!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

NOTD: Kiko Pale Gray & Essie Shine of the Times

Hey guys! Long time no talk! This has been an incredibly hectic week. I've been staying at my dad's because the floors in my mom's house were being redone, so I've kinda been going back and forth. I haven't had a decent sleep in days, let alone a chance to blog. I haven't even shipped out my L'Oreal giveaway prize which I feel terrible about. Ugh, I hope things get back to normal soon!

Anyway, I got a quick moment to photograph my 'nails of the day' a little while back, so I thought I'd show them to you.

I think this is a really pretty combination for the holidays! I love the frosty effect of Shine of the Times (right photo), especially since it reminds me of the snow :) The pale gray by itself is really beautiful too, and Kiko polishes are inexpensive but the quality is so nice. Overall I'm a huge fan of both of these polishes!

Let me know what you guys think!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Surprise Mini Giveaway WINNER

Hey everyone! Earlier this month I posted a hidden/surprise giveaway at the end of my L'Oreal sale haul, and I picked the winner this morning! The winner is Sam Sain. Congratulations!

To Sam: I will be e-mailing you shortly, so please reply within 48 hours!

To everyone else: Don't be sad that you didn't win! I have another giveaway going on right now that includes a ton more prizes, so feel free to go enter that one! And it's international! CLICK HERE

And really quickly, while we're on the topic of giveaways, I thought I may as well mention a few that are going on at the moment:

TheLoveCatsInc is having an international giveaway for some Lush Christmas goodies! The giveaway ends on December 2nd. CLICK HERE to check it out!

The Black Pearl Blog is giving away a Yves St. Laurent Rouge Volupte lipstick in the shade of your choice! Incredible giveaway. It ends on December 12th. CLICK HERE to check it out!

Lola and Behold is giving away two separate Burts Bees prize packs! This giveaway ends on December 3rd. CLICK HERE to check it out!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Removing Glitter Polish

Hey everyone! So I switched my glitter nail polish today (NOTD to come), and I wanted to show you exactly how I removed it because it worked out really well. I received a comment from Myf on my last NOTD explaining the best way to remove glitter polish, and she left me THIS link, so I figured I'd try it out and get back to you guys. It worked like a charm!

Materials: One large-ish sheet of aluminum foil, a few cotton pads (or cotton balls if you wish), and nail polish remover

Step 1: Rip apart the aluminum foil into 10 pieces. They should be a little larger than the ones photographed above (sorry about that lol)

Step 2: Tear a cotton pad in half and soak it in nail polish remover

Step 3: Place the cotton pad in the middle of a piece of aluminum foil

Step 4: Wrap the little contraption you just made around your finger, making sure the damp cotton pad is positioned over your nail. Make sure it's wrapped relatively tight so that it doesn't fall off. Feel free to use more aluminum if need-be. Leave your fingers to soak for at least 5 minutes, but I suggest 8-10 minutes.

Step 5: For my left hand, I didn't leave the aluminum on long enough, so not all of the polish was removed. If this happens, wipe off the rest normally, or use Sally Hansen Kwik Off (you just stick your finger inside and let the rest of the polish soak off). However, if you leave the aluminum on long enough, all of the polish should slide right off when the aluminum is removed. Apply a little pressure when removing the aluminum so that the polish will be sure to rub completely off of your nail.

Use a cotton swab with remover to wipe off the polish left in the corners (I forgot to do that before taking the pic lol!) And there you have it! Thanks again to Myf for the suggestion, and let me know if you try out this tip :) Have a good weekend, everyone!

Friday, November 9, 2012

L'Oreal Sale FALL 2012 Haul

Hey everyone! I mentioned on Twitter yesterday that I would be going to the L'Oreal sale in Montreal this morning so I figured I'd tell you guys about my experience and do a mini haul :) Obviously, I don't have much need for excessive amounts of makeup right now because my collection is pretty solid, but there were some things I couldn't resist!

The L'Oreal Sale is an invitation-only event. It's pretty easy to get tickets, though. L'Oreal ships off tickets to companies in batches, so if you ask around you will likely find someone who will have a spare. Also, I've heard that there will sometimes be people standing around Guy and McGill metro handing out extras. Or you can try Kijiji, I'm sure. Anyway, one ticket is valid for two people, and both people can visit two times.

How discounted are the prices? I'll let you know the individual breakdown of the items I purchased, but the deals are, in short, incredible. Most items are marked down more than 60%, to give you a rough idea. The brands that I saw available at the sale: L'Oreal (duh), Maybelline, Essie, Garnier, Redken, Biotherm, Lancome, and more that I'm sure I'm forgetting. They by no means have the widest selection of products, but you can really just get what you need.

The warehouse is a little hectic, however the counters are super organized and the employees clean them and organize them regularly. There are people who spend over $500 at a time, because they stock up on a year's worth of products, so you can imagine how crazy it gets!

L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows: If always intrigued by these whenever I go to the drugstore because I always swatch them and find that the pigmentation is incredible. I'm a little reluctant to pay $9 for a single eyeshadow, but these were marked down to $2.25 each! If I was in more of a shopping mood, I would probably have purchased 10 more of these things.

Essie nailpolishes: The selection of Essie polishes wasn't astounding, however I picked up two shades I've been wanting for a while now. Boxer Shorts was part of a collection that isn't sold in-stores anymore (at least not at my local drugstore) so I was pretty excited to see it there. Shine of the Times is a polish that caught my eye every time I've walked past the Essie section of Pharmaprix, so I picked this up automatically. They were available for $6 at the sale, as opposed to $10.

Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Concealer: I messed up on this one. I picked it up without checking the shade. It's a little dark for me, but I'll probably be able to use it during the summer. I might have my friend pick up a better shade for me when she goes. I got this for $3.75 and they usually sell for $12.

L'Oreal True Match Foundation in "Nude Beige": Buying foundations at events like these is always a toss-up, because you can never really be sure you're getting the right color. I think I picked a good one but I'll have to test it properly to see! I got it for $3.75 (priced regularly at $18...!!!).

Of course, I couldn't go to a sale like this without picking up a few items for you guys! So as a little surprise, I'll be giving away the Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Concealer, a L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Bronze Taupe, and a Maybelline Color Tattoo in Tough as Taupe. The giveaways is open to Canadians only and will end on November 16th (only open for a week, so get your entries in!). Regular rules apply (18+, I won't be responsible for damages, etc).

Remember, this is a CANADA ONLY giveaway! Good luck!

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Amazing Giveaways Happening NOW!

Hey everyone! Time for another giveaway post! I've already done three of these so I'm sure you all know the drill by now :) If you have an international giveaway going on right now, please leave a link in the comments below and I would be happy to add you to this post.

Boho Vanity is giving away this HUGE basket of beauty goodies that no girl would ever pass up. It includes everyone's favorite brands, so you won't want to miss out! The giveaway ends on December 1st. CLICK HERE
Deuce Beauties is giving away these three incredible Zoya nail polish. They all have a jelly finish so I would be really exciting to win this considering I've never experimented with that before! You kinda have to hurry up on this one because it ends in a couple hours! CLICK HERE

NiksConfessional is holding a giveaway for a #bblogger favorite: a MAC lipstick of your choice! These are always a classic. The giveaway ends on November 15th. CLICK HERE

Pretty In Pink is having a one-year blogiversary giveaway, including the Naked 2 palette (!!!), some lip products, and more. The giveaway ends on November 15th. CLICK HERE

Glossy Boutique is giving away the Real Techniques Face & Eye Core Collections, which is really exciting for international peeps because Real Techniques doesn't ship worldwide yet! Definitely enter! This giveaway ends on November 30th. CLICK HERE

Makeup, Beauty & Fashion is giving away these two great EOS products. I've never tried EOS products so I'm excited about this! Up for grabs are their hand lotion and lip balm. This giveaway ends on November 14th. CLICK HERE

The Shopping Queen is giving away a handful of really super beauty items! She also mentioned that she will be holding another giveaway closer to November for Christmas so definitely follow her :) This one, however, ends on November 20th. CLICK HERE

Lyanas Advice is giving away a MAC lipstick of your choice! Again, a classic #bblogger giveaway :) The giveaway ends on December 5th! CLICK HERE

Makeup By Elysa is having a giveaway for these awesome China Glaze polishes! I recently purchased by first China Glaze and I absolutely adore it, so I'm very excited about this. The giveaway ends on November 29th. CLICK HERE

SmallLittleThingsInLife is giving away some products from Bioderma, Wet N Wild, and Dior, so you won't want to miss this one! It ends on November 17th. CLICK HERE

Trapped in a Fashion Paradise is also giving away a MAC lipstick of your choice! (This seems like a popular prize, huh!) It ends on November 11th, so hurry and get your entry in! CLICK HERE

And perhaps the most important of all... Enter my giveaway! All the information is HERE

Sephora Holiday Goodies PART TWO

About a week and a half ago I wrote up a blog post letting you guys know about Sephora's holiday sets and my thoughts about them, and I mentioned that there would be a follow-up to that post regarding the individual brands that Sephora sells. So, I'm going to pick my favorite brands (in no particular order) and let you know what kind of holiday specials you can get with them :)

Too Faced Beauty Editor Darlings Set

- 0.13 oz Deluxe Lashgasm Mascara
- 0.17 oz Deluxe Shadow Insurance Anti-Crease Eye Shadow Primer
- 0.1 oz Deluxe Glamour Gloss Volumizing Lip Gloss in Sexpot
- 0.12 oz Deluxe Lip Insurance Smoothing Anti-Feathering Lip Primer
- 0.17 oz Deluxe Primed and Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer

When I think of Too Faced, I automatically think "Two Faced Shadow Insurance", so I like that they included that product in this set. Overall, I think this set is an incredibly inexpensive way to try out the brand. I would seriously jump on this offer if you have a spare $25.

Too Faced Sweet Love Set

- 0.17 oz Shadow Insurance Anti-Crease Eye Shadow Primer
- 0.5 oz Primed & Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer 
- 0.03 oz Perfect Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner 
- 0.4 oz LashGASM Mascara 
- Face Brush 
- 6 x 0.02 oz Eye Shadow
- 2 x 0.14 oz Blush
- 2 x 0.05 oz Lip Gloss Love Sweet Love Palette 
- Plush velveteen travel bag

Although this one's a little more expensive, I'm sure that brush covers much of the cost. I researched their brushes a little and they seem like really good quality. Again, I'm glad this set includes the Shadow Insurance, and how cute is that travel bag? This would make a really good gift for someone!

bareMinerals Simply Irresistible Collection

- 0.33 oz Flawless Definition Curl and Lengthen Mascara in Black
- 3 x 0.02 oz Eyecolor in Posh, Queen Phyillis, Heirloom
- 0.03 oz All-Over Face Color in Secret Radiance
- 0.03 oz Cheek Tint in Charm
- 0.14 oz Natural Lipgloss in Pink Marzipan
- 0.04 oz Round the Clock Waterproof Eyeliner in Midnight
- Double-Ended Tapered Blush and Shadow Brush 

I've never tried this brand so this set is really intriguing for me. The brush is a little odd (two-in-one eyeshadow and blush brush?!), but there's something about this brand that's attractive to me. I guess because they don't use weird chemicals in their products, I'm under the impression that they're of higher quality. If anyone's tried out bareMinerals stuff, let me know what you think in the comments & feel free to leave links to any of your blog posts about it!

bareMinerals Insider Collection

- 0.01 oz Sugared Bronze Eyecolor
- 0.02 oz Flawless Radiance All-Over Face Color 
- 0.15 oz Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Rule Breaker
- 0.14 oz Whipped Velvet Long-Wear Eyecolor in Plush Brown 
- 0.33 oz Flawless Definition Curl & Lengthen Mascara in Black
- 0.04 oz Round The Clock Waterproof Eyeliner in 2AM 

To be honest, the Simply Irresistible collection is more appealing to me, maybe because of the brighter colors. I'm not sure. This one is still pretty good, but personally I'd either go for the other set, or switch brand all-together. I guess if I'm going to treat myself to one of these holiday sets, I'd be a little disappointed at a box full of brown-toned items.

Benefit High Flyin' Glosses

- 6 x 0.22 oz Lip Gloss in Coralista, Dallas, Bellabamba, HOOLA, Sugarbomb, Dandelion

I've always wanted to try out Benefit glosses because they always look so cute (shades and packaging), so this is a great set! I also like how these are 6 decent-sized products, because Benefit sample sizes can get really tiny sometimes, which is a shame. But these are perfect :)

Benefit Upgrade to Gorgeous!

- 0.05 oz Laugh With Me LeeLee 
- 0.25 oz POREfessional 
- 0.45 oz High Beam 
- 0.1 oz They're Real 
- 0.42 oz Sugarbomb

This is my favorite Benefit set out right now because it gives you a really good sampling of a variety of Benefit products. I would be most excited to try POREfessional and the Sugarbomb blush (how pretty does that look?!). 

Benefit always has tons of sets out year-round so be sure to check the Sephora or Benefit websites because there might be a set that you will like more.

Korres Butter Me Up Body & Lip Butter Collection

- 3 x 0.21 oz Lip Butter in Guava, Jasmine, Quince 
- 4 x 1.69 oz Body Butter in Jasmine, Guava, Basil Lemon, Apple Blossom 

Korres is a brand that really tickles my fancy (lol yes, I did just say that). I have one of their lip butters (in the color Wild Rose) and it's amazing. The color pay-off is fantastic and it tints your lips a little so the color remains even after the butter wears off. My only gripe is that these lip butters are $18 each (steep, I know), but Korres is throwing them in their sets for free, practically. I can't say I'd really enjoy the body butters as I'm more of a lotion girl, but hey. This is a good deal.

Korres "Best Of" Collection

- 0.34 oz Quercetin and Oak Antiageing Face Primer
- 0.24 oz Quercetin and Oak Antiageing and Antiwrinkle Eye Cream
- 0.34 Wild Rose 24-Hour Moisturizing and Brightening Cream
- 1.69 oz Milk Proteins Foaming Cream Cleanser

I'm getting more and more into skincare lately and Korres is a brand that makes a lot of such items. I would love to receive this set in order to broaden my skincare horizons, shall we say. Also this would make a nice gift for a mom or aunt or something.

NARS Walk On The Wild Side 

- 0.25 oz Nail Polish in It (ultra-violet)
- 0.11 oz Larger Than Life Lip Gloss in Orgasm (peachy pink with shimmer)
- 0.57 oz Illuminator in Silver Factory (silver)

So, unfortunately NARS is on the pricier side of the makeup spectrum (3 items for over $40, only 2 of which are full-sized), however their products are super high quality and a lot of fun. These two sets are from their Andy Warhol collection, which makes a great addition to any makeup collector's stash. I personally would not purchase this set because I really don't like any of the shades they chose, but one of you may like it!

NARS Kiss Mini Larger Than Life Lip Gloss Coffret

- 5 x 0.11 oz Larger Than Life Lip Gloss in Silver Factory (aluminum glitter), Chelsea Girls (flesh-toned beige), Drella (ultra sheer hot pink), Blue Movie (pink sherbet), Myths (rosy pink) 

I hear a lot of great things about NARS lip glosses so this is a great bargain, in my opinion. The lip glosses come out to less than $15 each, and even though they're mini sizes, let's be honest--how many times have you finished a lip gloss in its entirety? And anyway, this set is actually called a "coffret". So there's that.

Stila Seeing Stars Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner Set

- 5 x 0.01 oz Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Line in Stargazer, Angelfish, Tetra, Moray, Oscar Fish

Now, for some reason these Stila sets don't appeal to me as much as the other brands' stuff. I think it's because the packaging is riddled with snowflakes, which will undoubtedly make me not want to use them any other season. However, the Smudge Sticks have been immensely raved about online so I definitely wouldn't reject them lol!

Stila All Is Bright Lip Glaze Set

- 8 x 0.05 oz Lip Glaze in Jack Frost, Jingle, Holly, Jolly, Joy, Splendor, Black Cherry, Sugar Plum

This is a lip gloss lover's dream. Eight full-sized lip glosses that come out to less than $5 each... Incredible. Not much else to say about that!

Tarte Fantastic Foursome 4-piece Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Enthusiast Set

- 4 x 0.1 oz Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Angelic (shimmering champagne), Fantastic (soft fuchsia), Magic (pink coral), Stellar (shimmering nude) 

I really love this set because it includes two (very different) blushes, as well as a bronzer and a highlighter. I've swatched all of these in person and they're really nicely pigmented! I would love to get this. (Though I could have done without the obnoxiously long product name. What the heck.)

Tarte 5-Piece LipSurgence Collector's Set

- 2 x LipSurgence™ Lip Luster in Escape, Sweet
- 2 x LipSurgence™ Lip Tint in Enchanted, Elite
- LipSurgence™ Matte Lip Tint Exposede 

So this is the holiday set that first peaked my interest and therefore exposed me to all these other amazing sets. The LipSurgence products have been on my wishlist for a really long time now, ever since I swatched the lot of them at Sephora one day. This gives a nice variety of them as well, including a matte one too. They come out to about $8 each in this set, which is practically a steal.

Honourable Mentions

Illamasqua Alter Ego Mystery Selection

- 0.5 oz Nail Varnish in Jo’Mina (electric lilac) 
- 0.14 oz Lipstick in Fable (rose pink matte) 
- 0.2 oz mystery Intense Lipgloss
- 0.2 oz mystery Sheer Lipgloss
- 0.14 oz mystery Cream Blusher 
- 0.014 mystery Lipstick 
- 0.07 oz mystery Cream Eye Shadow 
- 0.28 oz mystery Liquid Metal 
- 2 x 0.035 oz mystery Medium Pencil 

This is definitely the most exciting holiday set out right now. You get 9 products in total, 7 of which are "mystery" products. You only find out what they are when you receive the box. This struck me as scary at first because Illamasqua has some crazy-colored stuff, but the reviews make it look pretty promising!

Yves St. Laurent Holiday Set

- 0.06 oz Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Shocking Luxurious Mascara for a False Lash Effect in 01 Deep Black
- 0.2 oz Golden Gloss Shimmering Lip Gloss in 10 Golden Peony (light strawberry pink)
- 0.028 oz Dessin Du Regard Waterproof Long-Lasting Waterproof Eye Pencil in 1 Black Ink (inky black)
- 0.1 oz Touche Éclat Radiant Touch Highlighter in 2 Luminous Ivory
- Black makeup pouch

I mean, a YSL gift set. What else does a girl really need? This will make a great gift for any makeup lover because, as we know, YSL is expensive. What a happy day it would be to go from zero YSL products to four. By the way, how huge does that makeup pouch look?!

And that's it! Other brands that have holiday sets out that I didn't talk about include Smashbox, Kat Von D and Philosophy. I suggest having a look at Sephora's website for more information! Hopefully you found this blog post informative. :)

Monday, November 5, 2012

NOTD: American Apparel L'Esprit & China Glaze Prism

Today's NOTD is just really exciting for me. As you might know, I'm not a massive fan of American Apparel nail polishes, but I have finally found a use for mine. China Glaze "Prism"is my first super glittery nail polish, and I honestly can't get enough of it. Here, I layered it over American Apparel "L'Esprit".

I purchased the China Glaze polish off (really great site, by the way). The base of this glitter polish is definitely lilac-purple, but it has flecks of silver, green and even red. I can see myself experimenting with it layered over all these colors!

I imagine this is going to be a pain to remove, but it's sooo pretty I might not even care! OH and I finally found a good spot for lighting in my house... Using the light above the kitchen sink -_- I'm looking into getting a white light and maybe even a better camera soon though!

Hope you all had a great weekend. :)

Sunday, November 4, 2012

October 2012 Beauty Favorites

Hey everyone! I'm a little late to the monthly favorites party, I know, but here they are finally!

St. Ives Apricot Scrub: This has been a beauty classic over the Internet, I think. I picked one up for my giveaway and one for myself (both travel size, just to test out), and I really ended up liking it. I ended up buying a full-sized version, except the one meant to eliminate blemishes. I might like it even better than my LUSH Ocean Salt because it doesn't leave you with that plastic-y, tight feeling as much. It just leaves your skin soft! :)

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in French Fries: This is also an item I'm giving away, and 'tis so for a reason. I absolutely adored mine so I had to pick it up for you guys. It glides on amazingly and it's perfect for casual days where you don't want crazy eye makeup. I'm fine with just a swipe of this and some mascara. Although I must say, it's important to wear a primer underneath otherwise it might move around.

Evian Fresh Water Spray: Now. Okay. I received this in a Glossybox a few months ago and I was like, "Water in a spray can. Nice", but I've finally found a use for it. It serves as a toner, but I use it as a "lazy girl's moisturizer". On days where I'm running late (ahem, most days), I'll quickly spray this instead of using moisturizer. My acne cream is really drying to it's important for me not to neglect moisturizing, but I feel like this is okay to use as a substitute. Obviously it doesn't moisturize like crazy, but it makes me feel better lol.

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder: Tanya Burr uses this all the time and it looked like a great product so I picked it up for myself. Guys, let me tell you, this is a life-saver if your skin tends to get shiny. It does the job so, so well. My mom is usually skeptical about every single product I buy, saying they're all scams, but she actually loves this one. I highly recommend it.

Lancome Absolue Eye Premium: So this is an eye cream... I can't believe I actually got into eye cream. Who am I!? Anyway, this feels really nice before bed after you just washed your face. It's a sample size, by the way. Would I buy the full size? Maybe. We'll see.

Stila "In the Know" Palette: I picked this up at the Pharmaprix VIP Day and I've been using it all the time since I got it. It's an all-matte palette, which I think is really great. I've been using one of the lighter colors all over and a brown or grey for contouring. I pop on a winged eyeliner, some mascara, and call it a day. The only problem I had is with the Stila Smudge Stick that came with this palette. It wouldn't twist back down so it broke off... Lame.

Lancome Artliner in "Aubergine": So I totally forgot to include this in the photograph above, but I also picked this up at the Pharmaprix VIP Day (well actually, my mom did but she's too inept to use a liquid liner, so it's my now muahaha). It's an awesome eggplant color and I love pairing this with my matte eyeshadows. Highly recommend!

So there you have it! October favorites. IT'S ALMOST CHRISTMAS!

October MUSIC Favorites

I'm not always into music. I know that's a weird thing to say because people are usually like "omgz I can't live without music" but I just happen to not be one of those people...? HOWEVER. October has been a good month for music, in my opinion, so I thought I'd share some current favorites.

Alright, if you follow me on Twitter, you'll know that I've been planning this super huge review of Taylor Swift's new album, but because I'm a massive perfectionist, I never posted it and I just really don't like the way it turned out. So, let me quickly tell you my favorite songs off the album instead.

My absolute favorite song off the album is "All Too Well". I think it's totally perfect in every way. The melody is nice and the lyrics are just flawless. And can I just say, this song... Right in the feels. "There we are again in the middle of the night, dancing around the kitchen in the refrigerator light." My favorite thing about Taylor Swift is that, somehow, she makes the simplest things sound the most beautiful. What an incredible talent, don't you think? Hmm, I also recommend listening to "The Lucky One" because I was pleasantly surprised when I realized it wasn't about relationships. I won't say much else except "22" is perfect for solo dance parties and "Stay, Stay, Stay" is great for sing-a-longs. Voila!

Next, I have two songs that come from movie soundtracks, both of which are out in theatres. The first one is "Cups" by Anna Kendrick, which plays in Pitch Perfect. I have not seen Pitch Perfect, however I came across the song on Tumblr and it made me happy. And also, how great is Anna Kendrick's voice?! It's super short but I still enjoy it. It also reminded me of Lennon & Maisy's version of "Call Your Girlfriend".

I saw The Perks of Being a Wallflower yesterday. Damn. Good. Movie. I feel like everyone has been focusing on Emma Watson's performance, but can we just not overlook Logan Lerman for a sec here?! He was SO, SO good. I read the book and honestly he played Charlie perfectly. Okay. Aside from that. The movie reintroduced me to "Come On Eileen".... Whatever. Don't judge. I like this song.

If you want the full version: click here

Now, who remembers Tony Oller? He used to pop up on the Disney Channel every once in a while? Well anyway, he became a massive pothead, but apparently he also sings. Anyway, he released a song with a new group called MKTO and it's really cool. It's incredibly catchy and it's kind of a misfit's anthem. I like it quite a lot.

Lastly, I've always been a huge fan of classic rock music, and I love the idea of a classic rock revival in modern music. A couple contestants on music shows have covered this song and I really, really like it (Jennel Garcia on X Factor US and Amanda on The Voice). It's just the coolest. If you're a fan of Pat Benatar, Joan Jett, etc, you will enjoy this. It's called Paris (Ooh La La) by Grace Potter & The Nocturnals. (Sidenote: if anyone has a free download of their album, send it over please!)

I just downloaded Ellie Goulding's new album "Halcyon" so I'm definitely gonna listen to that. And I may or may not bust out Michael Buble's Christmas album pretty soon.... So yeah. Let me know what you've been listening to in the comments below, AND October beauty favorites will be coming tomorrow hopefully!

Friday, November 2, 2012

100 Follower GIVEAWAY [CLOSED]

WOOOHOOO! The time has finally arrived for me to reveal my 100 follower giveaway! This giveaway is just a massive thank you to everyone who enjoys reading my blog. I have so much fun posting, but it's even more gratifying to know that there are people reading.

So without further ado, here are the details!

1) Giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY
2) Must be 18+ years of age or have your parent's permission to enter
3) Must fill out the Rafflecopter form below to enter
4) Must be willing to provide a shipping address if won
5) The winner will announced in a separate blog post and will be emailed
6) You are only eligible to win if you have not won a previous giveaway on Abundance of Erica
7) If the winner does not respond to my email within 48 hours, another winner will be contacted
8) All prizes will be shipped in pristine condition (none have been removed from their original packaging), but I cannot be held responsible for damages that occur in transit

EDIT: Entering via accounts dedicated solely to giveaways will be eliminated. Usually I don't have a problem with this, but I want to make sure the prize goes to someone that actually reads/will read my blog. Sorry.


1) LA ROCHE-POSAY THERMAL SPRING WATER: Can be used as a toner and is great for dry skin. It hydrates really well.

2) BATISTE DRY SHAMPOO (ORIGINAL): I've been loving my Batiste lately! This one is a travel size, perfect for you to try out and see if you like it.

3) ST. IVES APRICOT SCRUB: This exfoliator has been my love this past month. It honestly works just as well as my LUSH scrub. But, I know skincare products do not work on everyone, so this is also a travel size for you to try out.

4) NYC BRONZER IN "SUNNY": So everyone and their mother has been raving about this bronzer on the YouTube. It's inexpensive, but I know it's not accessible everywhere in the world so I thought I'd throw it in.

5) MINI BATH & BODY WORKS CANDLE IN "LEAVES": Although this isn't my favorite BBW candle, I know a ton of people love it.

6) MINI BATH & BODY WORKS CANDLE IN "PUMPKIN CARAMEL LATTE": This was my absolute favorite fall candle this season. If you like sweet-tasting coffees, you'll love this!

7) MINI BATH & BODY WORKS CANDLE IN "AUTUMN DAY": This is just an all-around nice-smelling candle. I think it's more widely appreciated, whereas the other two are a little subjective.

8) ARDELL DEMI LASHES: These seem to be the most loved pair of eyelashes in the internet beauty community, so I ordered myself a pair and one for you to try out as well!

9) NYX JUMBO EYE PENCIL IN "FRENCH FRIES": I absolutely adore this eyeliner. It goes on incredibly smooth and the color is a really pretty, shimmery brown. So nice.

10) DELUXE SAMPLE OF LANCOME HYPNOSE MASCARA: I had two samples of this so I thought, why not give one away. We can both try it out together! :)

11) ESSIE NAILPOLISH IN "CHINCHILLY": So I'm kinda jealous that you guys are getting this one, but it's an incredible taupe-grey color for fall & winter. Here is a swatch from Amarixe.

12)  KIKO NAIL POLISH IN "NUDE": I decided to give away the only Kiko nail polish from my trip to Italy that I haven't tried yet. I talk about Kiko polishes in so many NOTDs, I want to give you guys the opportunity to try it out!

13) RIMMEL LONDON LIPSTICK IN "BERRY QUEEN": I swatched this one in the store and thought it was a nice shade :)

14) RIMMEL LONDON LIPSTICK IN "CORAL QUEEN": Personally, I would hesitate to buy myself a coral lipstick, however, I would not mind receiving one to try out for free (in let's say, a giveaway) ;)

15) MAC LIPSTICK IN "REBEL": Last but not least, I wanted to get something a little more luxurious for this giveaway and figured a MAC lipstick would be the best idea. This lipstick has been a universal favorite this season, and I would love to give one of you the opportunity to try it. Here is a YouTube tutorial to give you an idea of how the lipstick would look.

OH, and the winner will receive all these prizes in a cute Lancome makeup bag! And I'll probably throw in some samples because I have way too many to use myself :)

Good luck everyone!