• books,  Christmas,  giveaway,  holidays

    Book Depository giveaway! (International!)

    Win a book of your choice from BookDepository.com!(Photo by Glen Noble via Unsplash)

    If there’s one thing I can never have enough of, it’s books, and I’m sure many of my readers feel the same way…which is why I’m giving you guys a chance to win the book of your choice from BookDepository.com! The giveaway is open internationally and closes in one week; just use the Rafflecopter below to enter. (Please keep in mind that you can select any book up to a $25 value, and you must live in a country that BD will ship to—see the list here.)

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  • Beauty,  Christmas,  giveaway,  nail polish

    GIVEAWAY: Trio of Zoya Holiday/Winter 2014 PixieDust polishes (U.S. only)

    Zoya PixieDust polishes

    It’s almost Christmas, and this time of the year I live for glitter nail polish. This week I’m giving away a trio of Zoya’s new holiday/winter 2014 PixieDust polishes: Nori, Imogen and Thea. I’m also throwing in a 2-oz. bottle of their Remove Plus nail polish remover, to help you get all that glitter off when you’re ready to change your manicure!

    Entry is easy: just fill out the Rafflecopter widget below. Due to shipping restrictions this giveaway is open to U.S. residents only, but I’ll have one more international giveaway coming up next Friday to finish out 2014, so make sure you subscribe to my feed so you don’t miss it!

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  • Beauty,  Christmas,  giveaway,  lip color

    GIVEAWAY: Flower Beauty Lip Chubby gift set (INTERNATIONAL)

    Flower Lip Chubby set

    Time for another Friday giveaway! This week I’m giving away a Flower Beauty Lip Chubby gift set, containing three popular shades: Life’s a Peach, Berry-More, and Red-dy to Bloom. To enter, just use the Rafflecopter widget below. The giveaway is open internationally through next Friday and you can earn extra entries daily by sharing the giveaway on social media. :)

    And while you’re at it, there’s still time to enter my Pacifica Wanderlust beauty set giveaway (here) and my giveaway for a copy of ‘The Magician’s Lie’, by Greer Macallister (here)–both giveaways end tomorrow, so don’t wait!

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  • Christmas,  nail polish

    Nail polish swatch: P2 Opulent

    Here’s a quick swatch of a new nail color I got for Christmas! My friend Katrin sent me another bottle of P2 Sand Style polish from Germany. This one is called “Opulent” and it’s a dark blue-green liquid sand loaded with teal microglitter. It dries down to a matte gritty finish, but like my favorite Zoya liquid sands it’s a fairly smooth sand, not a bumpy one, so I didn’t bother adding a top coat.

    There’s a barely detectable shift to purple at the edge of the nails, but I don’t think it really showed up in these photos. This is the first time I’ve encountered a holo liquid sand, so I’m pretty thrilled with it! I think you can see the purple a bit more at the edges of the polish bottle, if you look closely.


  • Christmas,  Fashion,  holidays,  jewelry,  Valentine's Day

    Product review: Anjolee (customized diamond jewelry!)

    (Disclosure: I received the product mentioned in this post in exchange for an honest review. However I was not compensated in any other way for writing a review and as always all thoughts and opinions are my own.)

    Today I’ve got a really cool product to show you: custom earrings from Anjolee! Anjolee is a custom jewelry design company based out of San Diego, California. Founded in 1977, they’ve been manufacturing high-end diamond jewelry for retail sale for nearly four decades, but it’s only been in the past several years that they moved online with a web model that lets you fully customize your own diamond jewelry pieces from start to finish. You can create diamond stud earrings, bracelets, pendants and even diamond wedding rings!

    Anjolee is a perfect way for you to create a one-of-a-kind custom item as a treat for yourself, or as a gift for someone else in your life. Ladies, it’s time to start dropping hints to that guy in your life; Valentines Day isn’t that far off! Don’t worry if he’s a procrastinator: manufacturing takes three business days and after that, he’ll get free two-day FedEx shipping (complete with insurance) on his parcel.

    Anjolee was kind enough to send me a pair of silver cz studs for review. I wore these out for a day of errands and really loved how perfectly sized they are–not too small, but not too large! Customizing jewelry items on the website is fast and easy–in addition to selecting your metal type and gemstone, you choose the carat weight so each item is perfectly sized and perfectly priced for your needs. As someone who often finds that the pieces in stores are just not quite the right weight and shape for my tastes, I really like the idea of customizing each piece. Full dimensions and 360-degree views let you see the piece as you create it so you can understand just how it will look in the end–no surprises! Not sure how to continue? Clicking “jeweler’s advice” will apply a design according to Anjolee’s recommendations, which you can then alter accordingly.

    Aren’t they beautiful? I’m so pleased with my new earrings! Thank you Anjolee for this beautiful style, I see myself wearing these daily for a long time to come!

    (Disclosure: I received the product mentioned in this post in exchange for an honest review. However I was not compensated in any other way for writing a review and as always all thoughts and opinions are my own.)