Friday, April 24, 2015

Life Lately + 2 Year Blogiversary!

Woah, it's been a month since I posted?! That's insane! I did have a bit of back-and-forth mind wars to determine whether I would be continuing the blog or not, and I think taking a break was the best decision. My life has become a bit overwhelming, my illness worsening, and I've been in the progress of cutting out low-priority things. However I love the blog and will be continuing on with it!

I was really heartbroken to miss my 2 Year Blogiversary!!! Which happened on April 6th. I had wanted to do this big thing for it but unfortunately that got away from me. I didn't realize until around 10 that night and it seemed too late to even bother doing a quick post. I did post the milestone on my Facebook fan page but that was it really. I literally started crying though when I realized; I'm sure my boyfriend thought I was hella weird for it. haha But even though I was unable to celebrate, I'm really proud to know I've stuck with it for two years, and it's nice to look back and see how far I've come. I actually went back and looked at my very first post and nearly wanted to die, I could not believe how bad it was. hahah But that's what I love about the blog - having this thing to keep up with my progress, both with beauty skills and life in general.

I have been very busy lately as I have a new boyfriend I've been spending all of my time with. We started dating on March 3rd, and it has been a crazy wonderful whirlwind. We fell hard and fast and have pretty much been inseparable, except for, ykno, that he works 10-12 hours a day. lol I pretty much sleep while he works then we hang out during the night. Which is one reason I haven't had any posts - I've been sleeping during the day so I'm never up to get proper naturally lit photos. Need to work on that! haha

Here is us a couple weeks ago. We went to Big Lake, a little reserve near here. :) His name is Justin and he's the cutest thing ever, and all mine. ♥  Expect to see/read a lot more about him in the future!

If you've seen my last couple posts, you may know I've been working on a big change to my hair. I have been in the process of lightening it; I have gone from dark brown to copper red to orange. If you look at the above photos you can also see where I did a couple of test strands that turned out pink and blue -- I am aiming for purple. So I lightened it again to strip those strands, so now it is a funky orange-blonde sort of thing. haha I'm going to be lightening it once more tomorrow and then hopefully I can finally dye it purple (or something, anything other than this blonde. I do not enjoy being blonde. hahah)

So I'm really excited about that, hopefully I can share the final result soon! I'll probably do a full post sharing the progress. :)

I've been working on my novel a lot lately. I've been participating in NaNoWriMo, although not as successfully as last November, but I am now reaching the climax/ending and I am very excited to finally finish the first draft of my novel after 5 years! 

Aside from all this, I'm in the middle of a bunch of great posts and reviews. I am coming back in full force ya'll! :)

Let me know what you've been up to lately! Glad to be back!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Anjolee + Date Night Beauty Inspiration!

I am really behind on this post but I'm so excited to share it! I really wanted to make this post extra special. :) The weather has been atrocious - ice, snow, rain, etc - but I was finally able to get out and get photos! 

Today I'm sharing this gorgeous ring from Anjolee along with some date night beauty inspiration!
The ring is the Princess Cut 5 Stone Anniversary Ring

The ring was a bit difficult to photograph because it is so shiny. It really is stunning! I took a video to show off the shine --


I love looking down and just staring at it! What can I say? I'm a girl, I love shiny things. haha

My nails are unfortunately extremely short but I decided to do a french tip to elongate them a bit, plus french tips are always elegant. I thought the red would make it extra special and romantic, and the glitter accents the shine of the ring so well! I really felt they complimented each other well; my boyfriend thought so too. :)

For my hair, I attempted to do big loose curls. I guess with all the dyes I've been putting in my hair, it did not want to stay. Oops. So I ended up going back in and pinning back the sides and adding a black netting veil - which I preferred anyways! It really made the look all the more special and romantic. My father even asked if I was going to a wedding. haha

I have been slightly obsessed with practicing pin-up makeup lately and knew this look was the perfect excuse to do it again. It's such a classic look. (Although the red lips can be a bit of a downer when it comes to the smooching parts of the date night! haha Ah, the things we sacrifice for beauty, amiright? haha)

I thought this dress was perfect for a romantic look. I know I've shared it on here before, but I think this is my favorite look I've ever done with it! I wasn't sure how my orange hair would look with it but I don't think it clashes. I think it makes the look even more fiery.

I feel like the netting veil really pulls the whole look together. What do you think?

I really loved this look! I went out afterwards to my first magic show (to see the illusionist Reza); it was a lot of fun, very impressive! Then of course just spending time with my love. :) He disapproved of having to wait to kiss me, but he approved of the look! haha

I love the ring. It came so well packaged, so from the moment it arrived I've been impressed. The box is so lovely - it is very shiny, smooth, and the brand name Anjolee is on the inside in shiny silver writing. It's a little bulky but I rather prefer that - I feel that it is very sturdy and will keep the ring safe. The box just has this elegance about it. Usually I wouldn't give two cents what jewelry arrived in, but it is so lovely that I can't help but appreciate the special touch and quality!

The ring is gorgeous, shiny, and romantic! I would highly recommend Anjolee. Great quality, and the jewelry is customizable so you have options to fit your budget or preference!

They have many different styles to choose from - bridal rings, stud earrings, vintage bracelets, and much more!

You can also find them on Facebook and Youtube if you'd like to check out their gorgeous jewelry or learn more about the brand!  :)

I am so thrilled to have been able to collaborate with such a great brand and I hope you like the look!

Have a fantastic day!!

** Disclaimer - I was sent the ring for free in exchange for a post, but all opinions are my own, honest views!
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