Friday, January 10, 2014

Bath & Body Works Candle Make up Holders DIY

After spending a lot more money than I should have on Bath & Body Works candles for the winter, I started staring at the empty holders sitting next to the trash. Thinking of how upset I would be at just throwing away so much money, I thought.. if I clean these out..I could use them for almost anything!
I needed something to hold my huge collection of makeup, so I figured that was the best route to go!

First I ran steaming hot water into each of the candles. Let it sit for a while, and then kept continuing to run hot water into the containers. If you were lucky like I was, the whole bottom, wax and wicks, will come out in one piece. The wicks on these candles are glued to the bottom, so once the glue is heated is will also wipe out. I washed the candle jars with dish soap to finish getting all the wax out of it.

 After the jars are clean, I decided to put in these black stones that I picked up at the dollar store. If you are storing make up brushes, I do not recommend these stones, they are too bulky for the brushes. I would say the small beads or small pearls would work great.

Ta-Da! The final product for my makeup! I love the 3 wick candles for the lipstick and the mason jar candles for brushes or pens. Tie some ribbon around the jars or paint them for a more colorful result!

Monday, December 9, 2013

New Job :)

During a very low point in my life, one night I had an urge to try for a dream of mine. I did not expect to ever really be offered this opportunity, but I felt the need to do something I loved and for myself. I wanted to feel alive and happy again. So I sat down on my computer, pulled up the website and filled out the application.

I carried on with my what seemed like my pointless life, just sad and unenthused by anything. One night, a couple weeks later, I got a call while I was in the store, from an unknown number, so I let it go to voice mail. A couple minutes later I listened to the message.

They wanted to set up an interview with me.

Tears brimmed my eyes and my heart raced. I had not been this happy in awhile. Something was finally going right for me. My dream come true.

The interview, a group one, made me so nervous. So many more experienced people. But I adore this stuff. I would kill to work in this atmosphere. I walked away that day worried out of my mind.

I waited almost a week and a half. Then got the call that they wanted to hire me.

I am now an official employee of Sephora. Seasonal, right now, but I am praying and hoping I can continue this dream further than just that. It makes me ecstatic and teary eyed knowing that I have the power to make someone's day and help them enhance the beauty they already are. I love making other girls feel good about themselves.

My life has since turned around the best. I love the job, although I am still being trained. There's always new job jitters, but I know I will love it here. <3

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas...

Happy Holidays, everybody! :)
I am so excited for this Christmas season even more so than usual. I think it is because I am finally on my own, living wise. I got to set up my first Christmas tree with my roommate (and my awesome cousin who did most of the dirty work a.k.a. the lights). We decided to go for a white tree, white lights, and black, white, silver, and purple ornaments. The tree was topped off with sparkly ribbon! 
In my own room, I decided to hang icicle lights around the whole ceiling. Man is it bright! But it was totally worth it and looks so cute! I also purchased my own little tree and decorated it. Walmart had prelit mini trees for $10 and I could not refuse! I bought some sparkly silver balls, silver bows, and silver glitter tree branches to stick out of the branches. I am really happy with how this turned out! I just can't wait to put presents underneath them! :)
I will have some Christmas/winter looks up sooner than later! :)
<3 abbeygail

Soft Sparkly Pink Eye Look!

This week brings along the dreaded Exam Week at my university.
When I woke up this morning, sluggish, and wishing I did not have to go take a two hour math exam... I decided I needed an easy, yet awake look for my makeup. So I created this simple little look!

First, I applied my Too Faced Shadow Insurance primer to my eyelids. This clear to nude primer is wonderful. I have been using it for about two months and it does it's job of keeping your eye shadow on all day long! I got this little size in the Beauty Blogger kit from Too Faced at Sephora.
Next I swept the color W.O.S. from the Naked Basics palette (middle color pictured) over my lid.
For my crease I used Benefit's 'Pause for Applause' to give it a little more pink and then highlighted my brow bone and inner corner of my eye with 'Milk It!'.

 To add the sparkle, I took NYX roll on shimmer in Salmon, carefully swept it across where I would usually put my eyeliner and then in my inner corner. Be careful not to cover the whole eyelid for this look!
 To top off the look, I curled my lashes and coated them first in my FAVORITE mascara right now, Too Faced's Better Than Sex (also from the Beauty Blogger kit). And while still wet, applied Maybelline's Colossal Volume Cat Eyes mascara to flare the outer lashes.

 Here't the finished product! I apologize for the bad lighting and you cannot really see the glitter on the top of the eye, but I promise it looks sweet! :) Thank you for stopping by my blog!
<3 abbeygail

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Sephora Mini Haul!

Walking through our mall to pay some bills, I couldn't help but stop in Sephora to look around. And we all know a girl can't go in there without purchasing something, or crying because we cannot afford all the wonderful goodies they provide. So I caved.
Since the holidays are soon approaching, Sephora has their boxed sets out for sale already. These are the best!!! You can pay a reasonable price for smaller portions of name brand products. I just love this, so you can feel okay about spending not a ton of money, even if the product ends up not working for you. I decided to pick up the Too Faced Beauty Blogger Darling set.
The set comes with a face primer, eye shadow primer, mascara, and bronzer.

I have tried each of these and oh my goodness are they awesome!
 The primer makes your face feel matte, yet very smooth. The eye shadow primer holds the color wonderfully. The Better Than Sex mascara is to die for. The mascara doesn't clump, yet it thickens my lashes beautifully. I will definitely be purchasing the big tube once I'm out of this one.

This bronzer is heaven. It's name is Chocolate (something to do with chocolate, not totally sure sorry!) but it really does smell like cocoa! Yummmmm :) The only issue I have with this product, is that it comes off A LOT at a time. I barely blotted my brush in it and my face was brown. So be careful with applying!
My second purchase was Benefit's World Famous Neutrals Palette. It took me forever to pick out which one of these I wanted (they have two other 'books'). I finally chose the prettiest purples and pinks! 

The package comes with 4 gorgeous powder shadows. 
A shimmery white.
Deep plum.
Muted pastel pink.
And a silvery grey.

The palette also comes with two cream shadows/bases. 
Holy Smokes is a dark grey and Bikini-Tini is a very sparkly nude.

I will be definitely putting some tutorials and eye looks up soon as well as a fall lookbook! :)
<3 abbeygail

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Fall Inspired Nail Polishes!

Fall, in my opinion has the prettiest color scheme you can use to your advantage in the fashion world. Over the months of September and October, I have gathered and decided on my 5 top favorite fall colors for nail polishes. 

Revlon in Copper Penny
Orangey, golden, metallic.

Sephora by OPI in Keep Me on My Mistletoes
Light gold, metallic.

Sephora by OPI in Meet for Drinks
Purply berry, wine, light sparkle.

Sephora by OPI in I'm with Brad
Deep auburn, brownish red. 

Essie in After School Boy Blazer
Dark navy blue, light shine-matte.

I have been alternating these colors since I bought them! I love the dark color mix with metallics.
Thank you guys for reading :)
<3 abbeygail

New Necklaces :)

On a recent trip to JC Penny's, I picked up some gorgeous necklaces for amazing prices! 
These are not exactly a "fall" theme, but I will wear anything blue, green, or teal. I saw these and had to get em!
Tear drop, long chain, diamond border on middle pieces.
$15 (clearance)

Stain glass esque, short chain.
$1.98 (clearance)

Ocean themed, teal stone chain, sea shell charms
$1.98 (clearance)