Perfect Present for the Beauty Obsessed | GlossyBox

03 Dec 2014 Permalink

special limited holiday edition 2014 GlossyBox...perfect gift for any beauty junkie!! My obsession for all things beauty has started to pick up again.  I used to be a cosmetic junkie back in high school but drastically cut back over the years.  (Which isn’t an easy thing to do!!)  These days there are so many fabulous products out there…it’s too hard to stick to the basics!

I do hold myself back when walking down the aisles of Target or Ulta.  There’s nothing worse than paying full price for a product and finding out that it’s not your color or doesn’t work for your hair or skin type.  Don’t get me started on all the money I’ve spent looking for the perfect lipsticks!

That’s why I love services like GlossyBox.  I mean, what beauty lover wouldn’t love 5 luxury products delivered each month for $21??  Monthly services like this take care of my cravings for trying out great new stuff.  Plus, you totally get your money’s worth!!

This gold and red velvet box is the special holiday limited edition from GlossyBox.  It’s filled with 7 full-sized makeups and one deluxe fragrance – a $140 value for only $40!

Check out what’s inside…

special limited holiday edition 2014 GlossyBox...perfect gift for any beauty junkie!!

special limited holiday edition 2014 GlossyBox...perfect gift for any beauty junkie!!

Inside you’ll find:

Of course when I got my box, the first thing I tried out was the red lipstick!  I love the deep, bold color of it.  I’ve also used the mascara, the lip gloss and lip butter, loose colour, and the nail polish – which is currently on my nails.  So far, I love everything I tried!  The fragrance really isn’t for me, but I’m sure one of my girlfriends would easily give it a home.  I also can’t wait to try the eye liner, but I think I might need to watch a few YouTube videos before that happens.

If you’re still thinking about what to get your girlfriends – or yourself – for Christmas, you should definitely check out GlossyBox!

ShopAtHome provided me with a GlossyBox for this post.  I provided my honest opinion.

Outfit of the Day | Black Friday Shopping Outfit

26 Nov 2014 Permalink

Outfit of the Day | Black Friday Shopping Outfit @AprilGia

Outfit of the Day | Black Friday Shopping Outfit @AprilGia

Outfit of the Day | Black Friday Shopping Outfit @AprilGia

Outfit of the Day | Black Friday Shopping Outfit @AprilGia

I know some of you have already gotten underway with your holiday shopping.  I started ordering a few things online last week.  I’m still debating whether or not I want to venture out on Black Friday once the turkey settles.  But if I do decide to go, you can bet that I’ll be wearing something like this…

A THICK SWEATER – One thing that I can’t stand about shopping during the cooler months is having to schlep around winter coats and accessories.  When I have the privilege of hitting up the stores by myself – meaning without kids – then I wear a thick sweater and leave my coat in the car.  It limits the layers that I wear and keeps my outfit simple so that I can focus on tackling that shopping list.

SKINNY JEANS – I like to keep my outfits balanced.  This means that if I wear something bulky, like a thick sweater on top, then I go with a more fitted bottom.  Besides, skinny jeans – or leggings – are the only pants you should wear tucked into boots.  Anything too baggy tucked into those knee-highs will give off a pirate appearance.

KNEE HIGH BOOTS – These boots are perfect for all the right reasons.  They look great with skinny jeans and they heel is the perfect height for hours of shopping.  Plus, this pair really helps protect me from the elements!  They’re warm and slush or snow wipe off super easily.

CROSS-BODY BAG – No shopping outfit would be complete without a cross-body bag!  How else can one conquer the stores without both of her hands?!  I’ve been using this Phillip Lim for Target beauty a lot during the past few weeks.  I love that it can be worn during the day for shopping, and then transitions nicely into my hand if I’m meeting up with friends at night.  Gotta love a bag that can be worn multiple ways!

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Outfit of the Day | Casual and Comfy

24 Nov 2014 Permalink

batman graphic t-shirt, cardigan, gray skinny jeans, black booties, red lips, Chicago | KnockedUpFabulous.com

batman graphic t-shirt, cardigan, gray skinny jeans, black booties, red lips, Chicago | KnockedUpFabulous.com

batman graphic t-shirt, cardigan, gray skinny jeans, black booties, red lips, Chicago | KnockedUpFabulous.com

Wow.  I’m feeling so old these days!  When I was in my twenties, I used to be able to go out at night and bounce back in the mornings. Not so much now!  After late nights this past Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and then getting up to be at Navy Pier at 7:30 on Saturday morning, I was (and still am) spent!!

It was all worth it though!  Especially the early morning on Saturday.  This weekend was the Chicago Toy & Game Fair at Navy Pier.  (The playCHIC fashion show was on Thursday.)  I dragged the family willingly along.  The kids had a blast, and we even got a little Christmas shopping done at the fair.

This outfit was perfect for checking out all the booths.  I went with a fun graphic t-shirt to get in the playful mood.  And the comfy cardigan and hands-free purse served their purpose.  The finishing touch was a bold red lip…you know, to help distract attention away from the bags under my eyes!

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