25 Days of My Favorite Christmas Songs

I love Christmas music. I can listen to it all year long and I LOVE that my place of employment plays Christmas music all day every day until January 1st.

To celebrate, starting December 1st, every night at 7pm EST I will post my favorite Christmas song with the hashtag #25daysofmyfavoritechristmassongs¬† ūüôā

Feel free to play along, even if you don’t have 25 favorite Christmas songs! This is not just exclusive to Christmas!¬†Whichever holiday you celebrate I’m sure has some amazing music, so start posting and tag me so I don’t miss your posts.¬† I’d love to see all the different songs.

‚̧ Cherilyn

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Blogmas! (Day 1) Ugly Christmas Sweater!

On December 20th, we’re having an Ugly Christmas Sweater party at work. Normally, I don’t participate in these things because if you remember from this post, I am not a crafty sort of person, and buying a pre-made ugly Christmas sweater just doesn’t seem right.

This year I decided to participate and because I was already in the crafty mood, I opted to make my Ugly Christmas Sweater. It’s more of an Ugly Christmas Long-sleeved Shirt because here in Florida sweaters are difficult to come by. I picked up this green shirt and the earrings at Walmart. The decorations were purchased at the Dollar Tree. The santas were on a headband that I dismantled for another reason you’ll see that further down the post. I purchased the green LED lights from Walmart LAST YEAR to put on my Jeep for Halloween.¬† There are also jingle bells scattered across the garland to make for a wonderfully annoying jingle throughout the evening.

And here is my Ugly Christmas Sweater!

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Oh, it gets better… (Open in full screen for optimal lookage):

 

And because my look is that I am a Christmas tree, it isn’t complete without… (Open in full screen for optimal lookage):

 

The holidays are going to be fun this year.¬† ūüôā

What do you think of my creativity? It’s more of an Annoying Christmas Sweater than anything.

Show me your Ugly Christmas Sweaters!

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Day 1 – L’Oreal Revitalift Challenge

I recently received the 14 day L’Oreal Revitalift Challenge packet. I’ve not really tried anti-aging moisturizers because I don’t believe they work, and most have ingredients that are too harsh for my sensitive skin.

As you can see, I have lots of wrinkles around my eyes. Ignore the puffiness.¬† I had just woken up and I’m currently on antibiotics for strep throat. ūüė¶ My bathroom lighting is quite harsh but it shows my imperfections perfectly. ūüôā

Upon opening the package, it had a strong perfume-y scent.¬† I can still smell it on my face, even after applying makeup and a setting spray. It’s not unpleasant, just strong. The moisturizer went on nicely and wasn’t greasy. It melted into my skin without affecting makeup application.

I’ll post updates with photos on Day 7 and on Day 14.

Have you tried this product? What are your thoughts on anti-aging products?

‚̧ Cherilyn

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Homemade Holiday Gifts

Holy moly, it’s that time of year! The holidays are right around the corner and usually I am scrambling at the last minute to get gifts for my coworkers. Last year I decided to get crafty and make my coworkers reindeer mason jars filled with chocolate/salted caramel covered pretzels.

Before we continue, there are 7 things you should know about me —–> 1) I am NOT a crafty person. 2) I dislike crafts. P) I can’t count. 8) I have no idea where how and when I obtained a glue gun, but I have one and I also own 854567 glue sticks.

Last year I made 12 of these jars and the aftermath left me with:

  • Second degree burns on my fingertips from the hot glue.
  • I was trapped at my dining room table in a hot glue string web.
  • I dropped 68964567896 googly eyes on a TILE floor.
  • They bounced everydamnedwhere.
  • I had to buy 9876546898656 red noses just so I could use 12.
  • I had to run to The Fresh Market 17 times because I kept eating the gourmet pretzels.
  • I had to buy new pants because I kept eating the gourmet pretzels.

FullSizeRender (1)Yeah, I know. They look more like funny faces being held up in a robbery. ūüėź¬† Despite the burns and the incredible mess I made making these, I think they turned out super cute and my coworkers loved them.

Homemade gifts make such an impact because of the thought, the time and effort. I don’t spend any time outside of work with my coworkers, but they’re people who still deserve a thoughtful gift made with love. ‚̧

This year I am making the same type of jars only I am making snowmen with white chocolate pretzels.

Here are two of the jars minus the white chocolate pretzels.¬†IMG_9129 I have made 8 so far.¬† I ran out of ribbon so I had to run out and grab more.¬† I’ll have all fifteen jars completed by the end of next weekend.

It’s far too early to buy the gourmet pretzels.¬† I like the way they turned out! The noses are jingle bells that I painted orange.¬† I spray painted the lids black to give the top hat appearance but then I found these adorable top hat ornaments at the Dollar Store! I had to buy them! I am in love with how they are turning out! Much cuter than last year’s reindeer that look like they’re being robbed at gunpoint.

Whattaya think? I appreciate your feedback!

Are you a crafty person? Do you make homemade gifts for family, friends and coworkers?

‚̧ Cherilyn¬†Thank You For Reading

elf Cosmetics Brush Cleaner Wipes

I purchased the elf Cosmetics Brush Cleaner Wipes ($3.00/$1.50) during the elf Cosmetics mid-November 50% Off Sale. I was hoping these wipes would be a great way to clean my brushes in between the major cleanings. I really like the Brush Shampoo and thought these wipes would be just as good.

 

Upon opening the package, the wipe had a strong scent. It smelled like the Brush Shampoo only stronger. I used it to clean one foundation brush. The wipe did somewhat clean my brush, but left an oily residue on my brush and on my hands.¬† I wouldn’t want to use the brush on my face unless the residue dries down.

 

I am a bit disappointed because it would have been nice to have an alternative to cleaning my brushes in between the deep cleanings. I am hoping elf will work on perfecting the formula because this is a product that has potential.

Overall, I will not be purchasing these again.

I give the Brush Cleanser Wipes 1 Greasy Wheel and that’s only because I like the packaging.

Have you tried these wipes? How do you clean your makeup brushes?

‚̧ Cherilyn

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elf Cosmetics 50% Off Sale Haul

Just recently elf Cosmetics had their 50% off sale, and I always take advantage of these sales because it’s a great time to stock up on products I love and always use, and a great way to try newer products. I received my goodies on November 18th and I’m dying to share them with y’all!

Bolded items are products I’ve not yet tried. The red asterisked products¬†are products I love and stock up on at every opportunity! All links will open in a separate window:

I purchased all these goodies for just under $65.00 (that includes sales tax). I saved $51.50! Did you take advantage of e.l.f.’s 50% off sale? What’d you get?

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ANOTHER e.l.f. Cosmetics 50% Off Sale!

It’s Thanksgiving in the U.S. and to celebrate, e.l.f. cosmetics is having another 50% off sale!

Click on the below photo to go to e.l.f.’s website to get your stash!

Black Fri-Yay

I know. I JUST received an e.l.f. 50% off sale package the other day, what else could I possibly need that I didn’t order a few days ago? Well, this time I decided to purchase all items I’ve not used before, with the exception of the Hydrating Gel Melt Cleanser because I just received this, I’ve used it the past two evenings, and I LOVE it.¬† A review will be up soon because this is a product to be shared! If you’re curious about this product, right now you can get it for $5.00!

On this haul, my subtotal was $73.00, however, thanks to the 50% off, I saved $36.50 and I received free shipping.

Go¬†here to get your goodies! Then tell me what you got! ūüôā

To all my friends celebrating today, have a wonderful day filled with family, friends and food. ‚̧

‚̧ Cherilyn¬†Thank You For Reading

Christmas Wish List 2017

I don’t even want to think about how close to the holidays we are! Can we just slow things down a bit, please?

Ok, fine, slowing down isn’t going to happen, so I may as well just jump on the Holiday wish list board. So, with that little bit of whine out of the way, let’s get on with my Christmas wish list from affordable to WOAH.

There ya have it!¬† It’s short but sweet! If I had to choose only one item from above, it’d be the Tiffany tote. Once a year I treat myself to a Tiffany gift. I am not a wearer of jewelry so I buy things more practical that I’ll use like a Tiffany wallet, a Tiffany pen, mugs and sunglasses. The tote is a bit out of my price range, but this is a wish list, right? ūüôā

What is on your wish list?

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Let’s Talk About Nails!

Something I have not discussed on my blog is nail polish!

I have a pretty good sized collection of nail polishes.  I used to paint my nails daily in a wide variety of colors and in a wide variety of designs. The only time I could not paint my nails was when I was in massage therapy school.

I don’t paint my nails as often as I’d like; as a designated player, I use my hands to push and pull poker chips and push cards, and because of this, my polish is easily chipped. I can’t always fix my nails after work and it drives me crazy working for days with chipped nail polish. It just looks tacky and makes it seem as if I don’t care much about my appearance. When your hands are the main focus of your job, a nice manicure is important. Even if I don’t wear polish, my nails are trimmed, clean and free of hang nails.

I love all colors of nail polish from neutral to crazy bright colors. I also love painting my nails to show support for certain causes.¬† Often I paint my nails black with a blue line to show support for our police men and women. Recently for Halloween I painted my nails black and swiped bright orange across each nail. It was a quick way to express both holiday colors and I received many compliments even though I really didn’t put forth much effort.

Whether I do it myself or go to a salon, painting my nails is a fun way to express creativity, show support for causes I hold near and dear, a great way to get in the holiday mood and to just cheer myself up with a bit of splashy color!

Do you like to paint your nails? What crazy designs have you had painted on your nails? Do you go to a salon or do your own nails?

‚̧ Cherilyn¬†Thank You For Reading