A Wedding in November

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For those of you who have been reading my blog for awhile, may have seen a post from a few months ago about my friends’ wedding in Lake Tahoe. Well, it was kind of a secret wedding. How does that work? Well, being in the military, you’re around people ALL THE TIME. And sometimes, you happen to fall in love with someone you work with and you want to spend the rest of your life with them…it happened to J and I. I know it happens!

Anyway, I am not going to dive into the rules and what not because that’s boring. Who cares? Let’s talk about love. haha.

You can read that post from the wedding here.
http://heydarlinglove.com/2014/11/30/a-wedding-in-nevada/

Did you click it? I hope so! Notice something? You didn’t see photos of the bride and groom! Well, like I said, it as a secret wedding. I had to wait until they made everything public before I could post the photos! Also, I have been itching to post the photos of Jamie’s hair and makeup! It’s the first time I had done a bride’s hair and makeup (besides myself) in a few years and I had such  fun time doing it.

Well, now I can share! I’ve actually been able to share these photos for awhile now but as most of you know, I haven’t been in the blogging scene lately since Aston has been born. And I still need to post about him too. lol

Anyway…introducing Brent and Jamie, married!!

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DSC_0943DSC_0972DSC_0977It was such a beautiful wedding and a lot of fun! Even being a big ol’ preggo. haha. And the best part is…I know they are going to have such a beautiful marriage. I miss Jamie like crazy and I can’t wait until I get to see her again! Since getting married, she has left California and gone to Florida (stupid Navy always moving people away lol) and her hubby will be following sometime this year. He still has to finish his contract out here.

Hope you all enjoyed the photos! And I hope you enjoyed the fact that I actually posted again. lol. Have a marvelous Sunday!!!

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Beauty Haul – Sephora

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Well, I hope everyone had a WONDEFUL holiday season!

But I also hope that while you were spending all of your money on your loved ones, you were stashing some aside for you to take advantage of some sales going on after the holidays were over!!

I did. Not even on purpose. But thank goodness for my friend, Raquel. She always tells me where the good deals are. :) This time I headed over to Sephora and they had 20% off all sale items. SALE ITEMS. I don’t often shop online but nothing ever has a discount on sale items. Unless I am just never paying attention. lol. Anyway, I got a BUNCH of stuff from Sephora and when it got to the house I was SOOOOO excited!!!

I got a couple of new bags. I haven’t bought any makeup bags in a really long time. So, I figured since these little guys were fairly cheap, I would just add them onto my order. :) I got the SEPHORA COLLECTION The Escapader / The Escapader Black for $11.00 and the SEPHORA COLLECTION Signature Clear Cosmetic Bags / Signature Clear Cosmetic Bags Medium Cosmetic Case for $5.00. Seemed like a great deal to me!

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Raquel and I talked about liners. I am not usually one for the waterproof kind of ANYTHING but I figured I would give it a shot as well. Maybe I will find these useful when I am going to a wedding…or I am watching a romantic love story. Who knows. haha. But I definitely am trying to broaden my eyeliner collection (or my whole makeup collection) and at these prices, I couldn’t say no! I got the SEPHORA COLLECTION Long-Lasting 12HR Wear Eye Liner in Black for $5.00, SEPHORA COLLECTION Rio Night Waterproof Gel Eyeliner also for $5.00, and the SEPHORA COLLECTION Waterproof Smoky Cream Liner, again, for $5.00. Now…I just need to get an eyeliner brush for these! Shame on me, I thought they came with brushes. haha.
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I even bought a mascara. I was pretty psyched about it…until I realized that I forgot to make sure the color was black. OOPS. Now I have a blue colored mascara. Anyone want it? lol. Maybe I should give it a shot. Maybe it’s dark enough to pass! SEPHORA+PANTONE UNIVERSE Light Flicker Mascara in Ombre Blue for $11.00. Maybe I will just save it for a rainy day. Do a giveaway, perhaps? I’d have to learn how to do that first. lol.

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Raquel informed me that Buxom is pretty pricey but nice. So, when I saw this lovely pack of lipsticks, I decided to try it out! For $15.00 I got Buxom Two of a Kind™ – Nudist & Provocateur / Two of a Kind™. They’re cute little lippies. I can’t wait to try them out sometime.

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Last but not least, I got some new nail polish! I don’t often buy nail color since I have to use neutral colors but I couldn’t resist. They were each $1.00. You wouldn’t pass it up either!! I got 4 of them! SEPHORA COLLECTION Color Hit Nail Polish in the colors Night, Speed Dating, Berlin Underground, and Cross The Line. I think I am going to try them anyway and see if I can get away with the colors! :)

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Not only did I get all of these awesome products, they sent me 3 samples of my choice. I am not much of a perfume or fragrance person, so I just kind of randomly chose. I received Chloe Chloé Eau de Parfum, CLINIQUE Calyx, and Givenchy Very Irrésistible Givenchy (WELLL…I ended up with something else, I guess they ran out of that one). Have any of you tried these fragrances? I haven’t yet but I probably will on a date night!

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I got all of this for about 50 bucks! Isn’t that amazing?! I thought so! I told myself I wasn’t going to go over 50, and I did good. :) I can’t wait to try some of this stuff out! Did any of you take advantage of the sale!? I bet you’re kicking yourself if you hadn’t! :P

I can’t wait until the next sale! I am just LOVING this stuff!!!!!

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**all photos in this post were taken by myself.  Yes, I am finally experimenting with my camera. lol

Mini Beauty Haul – Target

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Alright, I keep forgetting to talk about this!! I mean, it’s not that big of a deal but I had a mini beauty haul that I wanted to post the day after Christmas and I kept forgetting!

Anyway, Jonathan and I went shopping for Christmas stuff the day after Christmas. Yes, that’s a great idea and you should try it sometime. Since this was our first Christmas, we had more than we thought we would have for decorations but we didn’t have as much as we wanted. So, we traveled to a bunch of stores in the area to check out what they had.

The last stop was Target and since I was with him on Black Friday and he walked through Ulta with me, I promised him I wouldn’t make him go through that torture again. Guys, are so funny. Apparently, walking through a cosmetics store is torture. lol. Anyway, to get my “fix” I decided to wander to the cosmetic section in Target.

I was pretty happy with what I found. Shelves were stocked up fairly well. Except for NYX (of course) which looked like a tornado ripped through it. I even wandered over to the Sonia Kashuk section and thought about buying a pack of brushes to try them out. I decided against it…I don’t even remember why.

I wandered over to the back wall and saw E.L.F. cosmetics and just took a gander at their brushes. Uhm….totally forgot how cheap those things are!!! Alright, I understand cheap doesn’t always mean that it’s really good. BUT in this situation, I didn’t care. And it ended up working out anyway. Cheap worked well for me! Come on, I am on a budget! But I need to get my beauty fix sometimes! :P

I ended up with 4 E.L.F brushes and 3 Sally Hansen nail polishes. And I am excited to use them. :)

Told you, mini beauty haul but it’s going to totally hold me over until I make it to Ulta again! Or until I find a sale online somewhere else!!

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Beauty Post – What’s Your Favorite Eyeliner?

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There has been A LOT of talk recently about the Benefit Cosmetics – They’re Real Push-Up Liner.

I had a nice little rendevous over to Ulta not too long ago and tried this eyeliner out. It’s pretty nice. Does the trick. Unfortunately for me, I wasn’t the one handling the little contraption. One of the ladies at Ulta was putting the eyeliner on for me. That gel liner that hugs the lash line seems so PERFECT, doesn’t it?

Well, it is perfect. But I cannot put it on myself. I feel like I waste more of that gel liner than I get on my face. That’s not good. Like, most of the gel comes out or falls off the stick when you’re putting it on. I think you’re wasting more! Standing at $24 for just the liner, I can’t justify spending that much when I can’t even use it correctly. I don’t know…maybe it’s operator error but…I’ll save the money if I can.

I do have a few other liners that are in my arsenal though! And you know what? They tend to do the trick. I mean, I have just recently learned how to do my liner and brows better from my girl over at Pretty Little Mama so it’s not like I am an expert or anything. Raquel? She’s an expert. Check her out, or even just look at her instagram once you’ve hit her page.

As for my liners. For awhile I have been using the Revlon ColorStay Liquid Eye Pen in black. It’s pretty easy. It’s a pen. goes on fairly smooth and stays on pretty well. But it doesn’t seem as dark as I need it and not as precise. Maybe, I am just running out. At Ulta it’s about $9.49.

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Even before discovering the Revlon eyeliner, I was using a pencil. I was using the Rimmel London SpecialEyes Eyeliner Pencil in black. You can get this at Ulta for $3.99. Pencil doesn’t quite do the trick for the liner on the top lid. I’ve noticed that it just gets smudgey or melty and we don’t like that! But when I am putting liner on my bottom lash line, I don’t like using any type of liquid because, let’s face it…I am not very good with my precision. I get the liquid in my eyeball and it burns! You’ve been there…admit it! Anyway, to prevent such smudging on the lash line, I usually add a little black shadow anyway. I use Blackout in the Urban Decay Naked2 Palette. Sometimes, I will use MAC’s Brun for a softer look.

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When I went to Ulta to look at the Benefit eyeliner, I came across the L’Oreal Linear Intense Felt Tip Liquid Liner in black ($8.99). I wasn’t exactly sure on how I would feel about the liner because I figured I would have to literally paint on my wings. Well, I do. But I love it! It’s a great liner for me. I get right to where I want it and it’s pretty forgiving as well. It’s not going to go where I don’t want it to go. The only thing is, the way I do my liner with the wings…I can’t quite get it done with this liner. So, I acutally start out with my Revlon pen and then go back to this one to go over it and finish the rest of the liner! This is now my go-to liner. Smooth, dries quickly, doesn’t smudge, and it doesn’t look like it’s paint. I love it.

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Another favorite of mine is MAC’s Penultimate Eye Liner in black. Can you tell I like black liner? ;) It’s another pen liner that goes on well. As opposed to the Revlon liner that I use on most days, the accuracy is a little better and the black is a little, blacker. I use this one on the weekends because…I am cheap. Standing at $20 I would rather just buy that every few months than have to buy it more often.

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There you have it. My favorite eyeliners!! What are some of your favorites?! Let me know in the comments! :)

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Liebster Award Nomination

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Woo hoo! I got nominated for something!

I was nominated for this world by the amazing and lovely Lynne over at Bobs & Rouge. Even though I was totally lost at first, I was super excited! I guess this is a good way to get to know other bloggerse and get their names out there. So, I would LOVE to nominate a few others!! :)

Lynne also nominated PrettyLoved but I am going to nominate her as well cause I think she’s awesome. lol.

I have nominated these blogs because I really enjoy reading them and they are not only people who write well and take good photos, they are super friendly and have spent the time chatting with me which is amazing!
1. http://www.prettyloved.com
2. http://www.colorubold.blogspot.com
3. http://www.aredlipandanudeshoe.com
4. http://www.thebatsandrabbits.blogspot.com
5. http://www.lolalanelove.com

Lynne asked me 11 questions as well. So, I will gladly answer them the best I can!

1. What is the one gift you would really like?
Hmmmm. I don’t even know! The only thing that really came to mind is a nice vanity. But, I’m really looking forward to my husband making one for me. :) That way I will have my own space to do my hair and makeup! Other than that, I love books and workout gear. So, if anyone has any great book suggestions, please don’t hesitate to let me know! I mean, my birthday IS coming up soon! ;)
2. What do you look for in a blog?
Honestly, I look for a lot of the person. Their personality, their life, what makes them tick. Sure, great photos make your blog look great, your beauty reviews are awesome (I’ve learned a lot this way), DIY is great, but I am all about people’s lives! I write because I want people to be able to take my mistakes, accomplishments, or other experiences and learn from them! So, I guess I look to do the same thing when I go to other blogs.
3. What is your favourite place and why?
Oh boy. This is a very hard question to answer! I mean, my favorite place to eat? Favorite place to visit? There are so many “favorite places” depending on how you ask the question. But the first thing that popped into my head was this morning. I was laying in bed, my alarm went off to remind me it was time to get back to work, my puppy trying to squeeze in the middle of my husband and I, and I rolled over to sweetly hug my snoring husband. That’s probably my favorite place. Laying in bed with my husband, puppy, and my little baby growing in my belly. What’s better? When I fall asleep in his arms. Sounds a little mushy but hey, Lynne asked. That’s my answer. :)
4. What is your biggest dream?
I have a lot of dreams. lol. But right now, the biggest dream I would say that I have is to be a great inspiration and motivator in all aspects of my life. I know that there are many people that have motivated me and inspired me throughout my life and I would love to be one of those people for others as well.
5. What is the one thing that you hate most?
When people try to make you look bad for no reason. I think this is on my heart and mind right now simply because this morning someone decided to attack me via Facebook about a comment I wrote on my sister’s wall. I write exactly how I speak. And since my sister has know me for her 22 years of life, I am pretty sure she knows how I speak as well. Anyway, someone decided to tell me that what I said was messed up and continued to fight with me when I rephrased my sentence (although I didn’t feel I was in the wrong) and then brought my marriage into the situation. No. You do NOT talk about my marriage. 1. You don’t know me. 2. I don’t know you. 3. You don’t know my life. And 4. My life is none of your business. I guess you could say that’s also what I hate…people butting into your life when they have no right to, and when they attack my family. Ugh. Can you tell I am still a little heated? lol. I will always stand up for what I believe is right and I will not let anyone get bullied…for anything.
6. What is your favourite make-up brand?
Let’s see. Since about 2009, I have always been a MAC Cosmetics kind of gal. But since I started talking to my friend Raquel about makeup and seeing other bloggers and their makeup tips…I have ventured out a bit. Shopping at Ulta and Sephora has broadened my knowledge in makeup. I would have to say that besides MAC, I love Urban Decay. Especially when it comes to eye makeup.
7. What can you not live without?
Besides the usual oxygen, water, and food? ;P Other than that, I really could LIVE without everything else. But life wouldn’t be so enjoyable if I didn’t have my family. So, I guess you could say that I cannot live without my family. Whether they are thousands of miles away or sleeping next to me every night…I need my family in my life.
8. What are you addicted to?
Apparently social media. lol. My husband tells me that all the time….while he’s on the phone playing Clash of Clans, Boom Beach, Sim City, and Jungle Heat. How ironic. :P
9. What is your most important blogging goal for 2015?
To get better at it. Maybe to post a little more about things other people might be interested in. I know my life isn’t always so exciting. Maybe I could do a little more beauty stuff or fitness and health related posts. Also, I want to get better at taking photos. In general, I would like to get my voice out there.
10. What would you like to achieve in 2015?
Well, I wrote ALLLLLLL about that in my post from a few days ago!! I have many goals for 2015, like concquering my first year of being a Mommy! haha. Check it out, here.
11. What do you hope to see more of in the bloggersphere?
I’ve met so many awesome people through blogging. People who actually care about you, your posts, how you feel, etc. I hope that continues and gets even stronger!!

Here are the rules for the Liebster Award:
1. Thank the blog that nominated you and link them.
2. Post eleven facts about yourself.
3. Answer the eleven questions provided by the person who nominated you and then create an eleven question set for the next group of nominees.
4. Choose eleven people to nominate and link them on the post.
5. Let your nominees know they’ve been tagged – and no tag backs!

Now ladies, here are your questions!!

1. What are your goals entering into 2015?
2. What inspires you to write/blog?
3. What do you look for in a blog?
4. What’s your addiction?
5. You’re stranded on an island, you can bring only 5 things, what are they?
6. What’s in your purse?
7. What music really makes you move, right now?
8. Where are you from?
9. What made decide to start a blog?
10. What is your favorite app to use?
11. iPhone or Android? This is a very serious question. :P

Now, it’s your turn nominees!! :)

Black Friday – Beauty Haul

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Black Friday beauty haul! Alright, it isn’t so much a “haul” as it is random pieces I bought on Friday.

Being a big ol’ preggo going Black Friday shopping really isn’t the best idea. Ya know, the kind where you stay up all night after your Thanksgiving meal that you just had with your family. The kind where people go crazy and FIGHT people to get presents?! That’s just insane.

So hubby and I just decided to hit up a near by strip mall and I ended up at Ulta. I bought NOTHING that was on the Black Friday sale. Haha. Plus, we got there when it started getting dark. Oh well.

I went around searching for a lip color that I really wanted. And to be honest? I can’t even tell you what color it is because I don’t know! I just know it’s kind of like a deep purple, brown, red color. The ladies at Ulta told me it is probably the colors Copenhagen and Transylvania from NYX. And imagine that, they are sold out, EVERYWHERE. At least Hubs went around the entire store trying to find colors for me! He would grab lip colors and put the testers on my hands. lol.

We ended up finding a nice lip liner from Clinique called Plummy and a fat lip crayon from Laura Geller called Love Me Dew. Two cosmetics companies I have never tried before but the lip color turned out pretty good! J liked it too. :) He likes when I Put reds on my lips.

Here’s a poor quality photo of the color we found.

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This was taken from my Instagram. I really enjoy the color!

I also had to get myself a new pencil sharpener because the one I had wouldn’t sharpen my MAC pencils. And MAC was just too darn far! Also picked up a matte pink lipstick. You will probably not see it for quite awhile, but that’s okay. I have to figure out how to make pink lips look good on me! Haha.

Well, that’s all I got this time! And with the baby’s due date getting closer, I am buying less. So until next time, beauties!

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