Blogmas! (Day 11) Early Christmas Present With Bonus Review

I bought myself an early Christmas present and it arrived a few days ago. 🙂

I decided to upgrade my facial cleansing brush with the Ultimate Skin Spa Facial Cleansing System from Vanity Planet.  I really want the Clarisonic, but it is a bit out of my budget. The Vanity Planet website has their Facial Cleansing System listed at $125.00 but there are codes everywhere, even on the VP website for 70% off. I was able to purchase this one with shipping/tax for $44.00.

I have the Conair True Glow Battery-operated facial cleanser brush and it is an awesome cleansing brush for $15.00. The downside is that it only has one brush type available. Other than that, this brush is fantastic and worth it if you don’t much care to switch brushes. You can purchase it online, but I picked up mine at Walmart.

This brush from Vanity Planet comes in this pretty little purple case, is water resistant and requires 2 AA batteries (not included).  The brush has two speeds and comes with three different brushes:

  • Daily Cleansing Brush
  • Exfoliating Brush
  • Silicone Brush

Upon removing it from the box, the case is decent and sturdy. The brush and its components fit nicely inside and it’s a lovely pastel shade of purple. My first impulse was to touch the bristles of each brush. I really like the silicone brush. The bristles are not too soft but not too hard so as not to cause damage to the skin. I am disappointed with the exfoliating brush. It is just as soft as the daily cleansing brush. I did put in a request with Vanity Planet for a replacement brush but I haven’t heard back yet. As it is the holidays I understand a delay in response.

My first time using the brush was with the silicone component to remove my makeup using the elf Cosmetics Hydrating Gel Melt Cleanser. This didn’t work too well. The elf cleanser isn’t the best to use with a brush. It is best massaged into your skin with wet fingers. After cleansing my face, I decided to use the silicone brush as an exfoliator with the elf Cosmetics Exfoliating Scrub. The cleansing brush has two speeds.  I used speed 2 to exfoliate my face. I actually really liked the silicone brush for exfoliating! I’m sure I’ll prefer the exfoliating brush replacement, but in the meantime, the silicone brush felt nice against my skin. It wasn’t harsh and my skin felt and looked good after.

Overall, I would not pay full price for the Vanity Planet Facial Cleansing System. Yes, it is nice, but I think I’d enjoy the Clarisonic much more. Had I not been impatient and swayed by such a discount, I could have saved to pick up a Clarisonic gift set. I will continue to use and enjoy the cleansing brush from Vanity Planet as it does do what it’s supposed to do without issue.

I give the Facial Cleansing System from Vanity Planet 3 out of 5 Freshly Cleaned Faces.

Do you ever treat yourself to an early Christmas present?

❤ Cherilyn Blogmas2 Thanks for Reading

 

Sunshine Blogger Award

How awesome it is to find myself nominated for the Sunshine Blogger award by Charlotte! Check out her blog A Touch Of Charlotte for wonderful posts on fashion, reviews on makeup, posts on travel and lifestyle posts.

Thank you, Charlotte, for this lovely honor!

Give Charlotte a follow.  You can thank me later. 🙂 ❤

Here are the rules to follow for the Sunshine Blogger Award:

RULES

  • Thank blogger(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions that the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate 11 blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the sunshine blogger award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

These are my answers to Charlotte’s questions:

  • Who is your role model?
    • I would have to say my mother. I learned many things from my mother, but the best things are my manners and work ethic. She continues to be my role model.
  • How would your friends describe you?
    • My friends would say I’m a goofball and brutally honest.
  • Do you have any pets ? If so, what are their names ? If not, what pet would you like to get?
    • I have two dogs: A Boston Terrier named Tux and a Shih-Tzu named Carson.
  • What’s your favourite thing to do in your spare time?
    • I adore photography. So, anytime I can spend outside with my camera is a great time.
  • Imagine you could be a fictional character, who would you be and why?
    • The first character I thought of was Harry Potter. He’s a wizard who uses his wizardry for good. Also, I really would love to have an owl and a Nimbus 2000.
  • What are the top shops that you like to buy things from ?
    • Sephora
    • Ulta
    • Walmart
  • What are your fears?
    • SPIDERS
    • All bugs, really.
    • Ladybugs scare me, too.
    • So do butterflies.
  • What is one thing that you wish that you would have known when you were 13?
    • 12 years of school goes by a lot faster if I’d have just shut up and enjoyed it rather than complain how it sucks and that I hate homework and blah blah blah. Also, to skip college and go to a trade school.
  • How would you describe your style?
    • I’d say sloppy. But apparently I’m punk with black hair, wearing converse, and quirky socks.
  • Are looks or personality more important for you?
    • I prefer personality. You can be Jason Momoa hot but if you’re as exciting as a table, it’s just not gonna work out, ya know?
    • jason momoa
    • Mmm, Jason Momoa.
  • What gets you up every morning?
    • If it wasn’t my infant-sized bladder, it’d be my dogs because they have to pee and they’re hungry. 😉
    • I get up in the morning because I love my life. I know that sounds so rom-com, but it’s true. And I have two Grandsons that make it worth getting up in the morning. ❤

And my nominees for the Sunshine Blogger Award:

The Style of Laura Jane

Queen of the Girl Geeks

don’t give a jam

Currently, Lately

fortyflirtyfabulous

Ok, now here are MY eleven questions for my nominees!

  1. What motivated you to start blogging?
  2. Do you play any musical instruments? If yes, what do you play and why did you choose said instrument? If no, do you wish you could play an instrument and which would you choose?
  3. What is your favorite sound?
  4. What would be your dream adventure?
  5. What was the best book you’ve ever read?
  6. What has been your proudest achievement?
  7. Who do you go to for advice?
  8. So, you’re stranded on a desert island. What five things do you have with you? To make this even more interesting, you can’t pick obvious things like your family, your bestie, your dog (or guinea pig) (or lizard) (or cat).
  9. What is your biggest pet peeve?
  10. What calms you?
  11. Early bird or night owl?

❤ Cherilyn

 

Blogmas! (Day 6) To Wrap or Not To Wrap

I LOVE buying gifts. I love everything that involves buying a gift, including the research for those challenging gift ideas.

I HATE wrapping gifts.

If I have to wrap gifts, it’s not a pretty sight. I have to sprawl out on the floor, scissors and tape, tags, bows and ribbon scattered about. Usually one side of the gift has more wrapping paper than the other, or I’ll tear the wrapping paper by tugging too hard, or I’ll tear the wrapping paper while having to do some contortionist move to avoid tearing the wrapping paper just to reach the scissors because I left them on the other side of the wrapping paper.

The gift bag? The gift bag was created for people like me. I’m not an engineer, and I feel wrapping presents requires a degree in engineering. I either overshoot on how much wrapping paper I need or I grossly undershoot. Is undershoot a word? I know you can be overwhelmed , and you can be underwhelmed, but can you ever just be whelmed? 

I like bows and ribbons and sticky Christmas tags. I like sparkly tissue paper and arranging it delicately over and around the gift. Gift bags aren’t messy. I can’t tear a gift bag. And if I tear the sparkly tissue paper, who cares? I usually buy it in bulk because tissue paper only comes in two sizes: a pack with 3 sheets and a pack with 827569283604 sheets.

Do you wrap? HOW DO YOU DO IT, MAN?! I envy you.

❤ Cherilyn Blogmas2 Thanks for Reading

Blogmas! (Day 5 ) My Most Memorable Christmas

I have struggled with this post so much that I wasn’t going to write it.

I don’t have one specific Christmas that stands out above others. However, when I think of Christmas, I usually go to my memories of living in Germany from 1996-2000.

Winter was cold enough to wear scarves and hats and gloves and boots and comfy down coats. The Germans love festivals (they know how to throw a party) and each town had their Christmas markets (Christkindlmärktewhere the aromas of baked goods and glühwein (German mulled wine) filled the winter air. We created a new tradition in our new home country to attend the Christkindlmärkte and then go to the closest tree farm to pick out our Christmas tree.

I miss wandering around a Christmas market in the evening drinking warm glühwein from a collectible festive mug, browsing various market items to include cuckoo clocks and delicious German foods under a tent filled with twinkly white lights.

The German traditions of Christmas are so much different than what we were used to, but we adapted well, and even incorporated German tradition into our American traditions.

I feel blessed to have experienced such wonderful times.

 

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Blogmas! (Day 4) Christmas Trivia

This Blogmas quiz is going around so I thought I’d have a go at it, however, I have modified it a bit.

  • When do you start getting excited for Christmas? 
    • I start getting excited around November. I’m not much of a Thanksgiving person, so I’m usually ready to move on to Christmas pretty early. On December 1st, I change my phone ringtone to Carol of the Bells. 🙂
  • Have you ever had a White Christmas?
    • Yes! From 1996-2000, I lived in Hauptstuhl, Germany and we had an intense white Christmas my first year, and tiny white Christmases thereafter. Though the snow made everything sparkly bright and beautiful, I prefer to live without it.
  • Do you open presents on Christmas Eve?
    • When my girls were little, it was our tradition to open one gift on Christmas Eve. Now that my children are adults, we don’t really have a gift exchange anymore. If we do gifts, we save the opening until Christmas morning.
  • What is your traditional Christmas meal?
    • The meal varies. We will go from a turkey one year to a ham from Honeybaked Ham to smoked filet mignon to a smoked brisket. The meat doesn’t matter to me because all I want is the green bean casserole and sweet potatoes!
  • Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?
    • Yikes! This is like naming all of the seven dwarves! Ok, so this took a bit of thinking and singing out loud, but I think I got them all:
    • Dasher
    • Dancer
    • Prancer
    • Vixen
    • Comet
    • Cupid
    • Donner
    • Blitzen
    • Rudolph
  • Is your Christmas Tree real or fake?
    • REAL! The best smell of Christmas is the tree! I don’t even mind the mess because a real tree is worth it.
  • BE HONEST! Which do you prefer:  Giving gifts or receiving gifts?
    • I prefer giving gifts. I am big on finding gifts that are either already sentimental or will become sentimental. I love putting thought into what I get for my loved ones. I also enjoy those gifts that are a challenge to find. When my youngest daughter wanted a specific High School Musical nightgown, I searched the world for it and ended up finding one overseas. She wore it until she outgrew it as a nightgown and it fit her as a t-shirt!
  • What made you realize the truth about Santa?
    • I’m not really sure. I think I always kind of knew but wanted to believe so I played along for years, and in fact, I still do play along. It’s fun to believe in the spirit of Santa.

These were fun questions! Go ahead and answer them and tag me in your posts!

❤ Cherilyn Blogmas2 Thanks for Reading

Blogmas! (Day 3) Christmas Flicks

On today’s Blogmas, I am going to share THEE FIVE BEST CHRISTMAS MOVIES EVER.

    A Christmas Story
    If you have not watched this movie, stop what you are doing and watch it NOW. Then watch it again on Christmas eve and then watch it again on Christmas day. Better yet, if you are in the U.S., set your idiot box to TBS and watch it on a 24 hour loop.  Learn these quotable movie lines because you’ll be quizzed later: “You’ll shoot your eye out!”, “Ohhhhhh fuhhhhhh…”, “FRAH-GEE-LAY, that must be Italian!”, “I want an official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle!”  🙂
    Elf
    “OooOooh, what’s a Christmasgram? I want one!”  This is such a feel-good, funny, and charming Christmas movie. Buddy the Elf is a tad annoying, but you fall in love with his free spirit, his innocence and his passion for what he believes; that he is an elf.
    This is another quotable movie, so get to watching and if you don’t say “I just like to smile, smiling’s my favorite” or repeat “Fran-cisco” a hundred times over, keep watching until you do.
    Die Hard
    If you haven’t seen the “It’s not Christmas until I see Hans Gruber fall from Nakatomi Plaza” meme, you’re doing the Christmas season wrong, my friends.
    Yet another quotable movie, Die Hard is THEE Christmas movie. Ask anyone. Go on, I’ll wait.
    The Twilight Zone marathon
    Ok, so this one isn’t really a movie, you got me on that, but it is a must watch in between the 24 hours of A Christmas Story. 🙂
    A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
    This movie takes me back to my childhood. It holds such special memories of watching this in my living room with my family. I’m not much of a religious person but my favorite part of A Charlie Brown Christmas is Linus explaining the meaning of Christmas:
    What are your favorite Christmas movies?
    • ❤ Cherilyn

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Blogmas! (Day 2) Christmas Decorating

I love Christmas. From the festive music to the smell of Christmas trees to the shimmering decorations, it’s my second favorite holiday after Halloween.

I’ve always been one to go ham on the decorations. I just moved into my current house not long ago so I most likely will not be decorating this year, but here’s a glimpse of just how ham I go when I had my townhome a few years ago:

I don’t have stairs in my current home, but I loved decorating the stairway with the bows. It was such a lovely touch to the inside decor.  What do you think?

How do you decorate for the holidays?

❤ 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. 😐  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

Boo! Get To Know Me Halloween Style

Halloween is my favorite holiday. When my girls were younger we’d decorate the house and throw the best Halloween parties.  We had the foggers and the giant spiders and the strobe lights and the zombies hanging from trees and the graveyard in the front yard. We had a stoop where we’d set out a cd player and blast spooky Halloween sounds on during the night. Dogs wouldn’t even walk on our side of the street!

And our costumes. We weren’t the cutesy costume family. We dressed up with fake blood and gore. Scaring the poo out of the kids was my favorite. 😉 And they loved it! This is the only photo I could find from 2006. I wish I had photos of me as Evil the Clown! Out of all my costumes, Evil the Clown was the best!

Halloween 2006

Our Halloween parties were memorable with me telling the kids a ghost story incorporating their school and using some tidbit facts that I quizzed their parents for weeks before. At the end of the evening, Homemade Halloween songs cd’s were included in the goodie bags and then we’d have a group photo taken.  I’d use a 1 hour photo service to have the photos ready for the parents at pick-up. Touches like these helped make our parties the event that kids wanted to attend.

When we moved into a smaller home, I sold all of my costumes and decorations.  It pained me to do so, but we just didn’t have the space for the containers upon containers of decorations. Now that I have two grandsons, I am slowly building back up my collection.

Do you celebrate Halloween? Share your stories with me! Thank You For Reading