Ending the Weekend: FOTD, Sales, Award, Squirrels~

    The weather today was just gorgeous; here's a view of my backyard~

    And what is this huddled in thou branches?

    Squirrel!!!!!!! Isn't it just so friggin cute ^_^?! but it looks so cold >0<  It was warm out though, so no worries ;)  It was just sitting like that for at least five minutes.  I wonder what it was thinking~?

    Bibi also was nice to give me this award, thanks Bibi!

    I believe it says "Because your blog is pretty!" in Spanish  eheh it must be all the peas and hearts I stuck everywhere ^^  And to pass on the love....here is a small sampling (five) of eye candy blogs:

    I think the strawberries in the bg are just so cute....plus I dig her blog layout in general.  
    It's just so clean, navigable and full of personality.  Even though princess-y stuff
    isn't my usual cup of tea, her design just really charms me.

    So soft and pretty~ It's very simple but so much attention to detail went 
    into designing the layout from the adorable little smilie icons to the delicate font.

    eheh more pink ^_^ Love everything from the ruffles on the page border to the 
    little sparkles that follow your arrow.  By far one of the cutest webdesigns eva~

    Definitely one of the more visually memorable beauty blogs I've seen.  The site has a 
    darker color palette than most beauty blogs and it stands out fo' sho.
    I like the width of the blog and the little teddy bears at the corners of her widgets ^^ Also I just
    dig the convenient features like the rolling top entry and has Korean subs in her videos.

    I came across some really good sales (non-R&R for once) this weekend.
    1.) Bath & Body Works has quite a few coupon codes going and here are a few of the good ones:
    - 20HOLIDAY: 20% OFF and $3 SHIPPING.  Ends 11/19/10.
    - HOLIDAY30: Not sure what this is.  Ends 11/21/2010.
    - F102776:  $10 off $30+. Runs 11/8/10-12/12/810.
    - F102698:  $10 off 3 wick Candles 14.5 oz of your choice. Save $9.50. Limit 5. Valid in stores and online November 1, 2010 - January 17, 2011.

    I LOVE the candles at B&BW, the Slatkin & Co. candles smell so strong (in a good way) and burn cleanly (aka it doesn't leave that ashy ring in the glass jar).  My all time favorite is Slatkin Autumn Apple - a delicious scent of Red Delicious apples without being cloying or too sweet.  I actually have never burned this candle because my room is scented with apples WITHOUT even needing to light it.  I've owned this candle for 3-4 years (crazy right?!) and it has been with me all through college fighting stinky college dorm smells....and it still smells as good and strong as if I bought it yesterday~ I also own the room spray, which I bought 2-3 years ago and it still hasn't run out. I highly recommend this scent and brand, so give it a whiff when you go to B&BW ^_^

    2.) A couple Sephora coupon codes....the first one really caught my eye (for obvious reasons :D)...so many goodies!  I'm so tempted to buy something just to use the code...god, I'm such a sucker for sales ><  These two were the most tempting codes to me but here are a couple more.

    - ONTHEGO:  Free Sephora to Go Clutch (5"W x 6"H x 1/2"D) in black and 12 samples: 
    CoverFX Conceal FX Camouflage Concealer in Light 0.05 oz
    Stila One Step Makeup in Medium 0.02 oz
    Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer in Light 0.053 oz
    Benefit High Beam 0.005 oz
    Kate Somerville CytoCell Dermal Energizing Treatment 0.07 oz
    Kinerase Daily Defense Lotion SPF 30 0.1 oz
    Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream 0.1 oz
    Lancome Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate 0.06 oz
    Clean Outdoor Shower Fresh Eau de Parfum 0.03 oz
    Aquolina Pink Sugar Eau de Toilette 0.06 oz
    SEPHORA COLLECTION Colorful Mono Eyeshadow Card in Purple Harmony
    SEPHORA COLLECTION Smoothing Primer 0.05 oz. 
    Offer available with any online merchandise order of $25 USD or more.

    - MYSKIN: Choose 1 of 3 (Receive a sample of Philosophy Hope in a Jar, Clinique 3 Step System for Skin Type 1/2 or Clinique 3 Step System for Skin Type 3/4 free with any online skincare consultation.

    Lastly, here's a FOTD/EOTD I did today.  I was shooting some pics with the earrings I won from Julu Jewelry's giveaway (thanks Stephanie!) but my earrings didn't show in this one so I figured I'd use it for a rare FOTD/EOTD since this really is an all-time favorite look of mine.  Also check out Steph's jewelry shop, she has some lovely pieces; one of my favorites being her Mulan-inspired earrings, which are currently on my Lust List :D

    As usual I forgot to wear non-SPF foundation when taking pics *sigh* my face is about 10 shades lighter than the rest of my body :P  Anyway, even though this uses a bright blue liner, this is seriously one of the looks I do the most often  It's very easy, just black eyeliner on top, white pencil at the inner corner, then blue pencil (Urban Decay Flipside) at the outer corner.  I don't have mascara on (another step I usually forgo in real life xD).  I think the trick of wearing bright colors on your waterline is particularly great for people with monolids/hidden folds; it's a good way to add a pop of color to your eye without going crazy with colors all around your eye.   Lastly, I just love pairing blue shadows with my gray lens, it just adds a lovely, misty sheen to my eyes - "puppy eyes" ^_^

    Products used:
    Skinfood Mushroom BBcream SPF 30 PA++ in Shade 1
    Paul & Joe Finishing Powder in Natural
    Lioele Silky Highlighter BB Touch
    TonyMoly BB Pact Party Lover in Shade 2
    R&R Contrived Pressed Blush in Foreplay (this looks quite 'tan' in the pan but turns a peachy coral on my face)

    G&G GBT Grey circle lens
    Urban Decay 24/7 Pencil in Flipside (blue)
    Urban Decay 24/7 Pencil in Yeyo (white)
    Urban Decay 24/7 Pencil in  Zero (black)
    Koji Dolly Wink Liquid Liner in Black

    NYX Round Lipstick in Pumpkin Pie
    NYX Round Lipstick in Indian Pink

    Ok, I forgot who said (Steph, I think?) Pumpkin Pie would grow on me but they were so right!  My favorite lip combo right now is Pumpkin Pie + Indian Pink.  Basically, I liked Indian Pink as a color but I didn't like the frosty finish.  So what I did was put on one coat of Indian Pink then lightly pressed my lips down on a tissue.  Then I put on one swipe of Pumpkin Pie (has a cream finish)....LOVE :D!   I got plushy pink lips with a creamy finish.  Since Pumpkin Pie tones down the frostiness of Indian Pink, it makes both colors infinitely more flattering on me because I feel that I look better in creamy lip finishes.

    Today I wore it for kicks and maybe it was gorgeous sunlight or something but this lip combo just brought a whole new dimension to my face.   After this "discovery," I went back and put on Pumpkin Pie alone and it wasn't half as bad as I thought.  I think why I initially thought this color was so unflattering on me was because I was looking at myself in the mirror in a fairly dim bathroom, hmm...

    Yep...that's it for today.  Have a great Monday everyone and don't forget it's Daylight Savings :)!

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