Holiday in the Mouse’s House

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The mouse told a holiday tale, but the fox had eaten so much, he fell asleep. The owl and the otter stayed up late, waiting anxiously for Christmas morning.

I’m thinking of creating a comic strip or illustration series for my blog. Please like the post if you like this idea.

Love you all!

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Sending you lots of holiday cheer.

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The Three Most Covetable Holiday Gift Sets at Sephora (in my opinion)

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Too Faced’s The Sweet Smell of Christmas Lipstick Collection

Too Faced’s The Sweet Smell of Christmas Lipstick Collection. $25.

I am a huge fan of Too Faced lipsticks, anything holiday scented, and can we talk about this packaging? It’s adorable as is the Gingerbread Spice Eyeshadow Palette. I’m loving the whole holiday lineup by Too Faced this year. The formula is the Melted Matte and the shades are totally wearable not only for the holidays but all year. Love it. I’ll definitely be gifting myself this set!

Too Faced holiday 2018 Gingerbread Spice Eyeshadow Palette and Melted Mate lipsticks photo by Trend Mood.

Of course I’d love the palette too but I can’t justify the price. I’ll probably buy it anyway! πŸ™„

Sephora Favorites Holiday Perfume Sampler

Sephora Favorites Holiday Perfume Sampler. $65

I’ve been getting so into perfume lately which is a passion I’ve had for a while but which faded in recent years. For some reason, it has been reignited, and I blame youtube and free samples from Ulta. I’m really into warm and sweet scents and vanilla, coffee, woodsy, and feminine notes. Occasionally I like natural fragrances like fruity coconut or apricot and also floral if it’s tasteful. It all depends on my mood.

I’m into Black Opium by YSL right now and looking for more wearable everyday fragrances. I know I already love Marc Jacob’s Daisy, so that fits the bill. I can’t wait to try Kat Von D’s Saint and Sinner and Nest’s Black Tulip. love that you get to try 15 perfumes and redeem the voucher you get in the set for a full size of your favorite. What a genius idea! I can’t wait to try them all. I’ll most definitely be buying this for myself and other perfume lovers.

Drunk Elephant Agent Ellie Day Kit

Agent Ellie Day Kit by Drunk Elephant. Image from drunkelephant.com.

Considering all the rave reviews Drunk Elephant gets, I feel like there’s no reason not to try their products. I just watched a video by Wayne Goss where he describes the amazing turnaround his skin had after a troubling period of breakouts.

Image from Sephora.com.

My skin is very sensitive and I’ve been meaning to try these products, some of which are already on their way to me. This is such an amazing value I’m definitely getting it anyhow, as Drunk Elephant products are pretty pricey on their own.

What holiday gift sets and products are you eyeing at Sephora and hope to buy yourself or receive this holiday season?

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Anti New Year ResolutionsΒ 

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This year I’m not going to make resolutions to do anything. I’m just going to do it. Here are five things I propose to do:


1.
Put away money out of every paycheck, even if it’s a few dollars. I know I can’t realistically save $200 or $100 out if every paycheck. It’s just not in the cards for me at the moment, though it very well could be soon if I play my cards right. I know at the very least I can save something. That’s what I aim to do.

2. Dispose of clothes and makeup I don’t use or need. If someone else could use these things, great. I’ll donate them. If they’re unusable I have no problem with throwing them away though I definitely used to. I already do these things periodically, I just know an overhaul is due.

3. Do things that make me happy more and things that aren’t good for me less. Of course I already do some things I love, but it’s easy to neglect oneself and get caught up in doing more things you hate or just plain have to do. I think life is too short to waste it on a dead end job or dead end toxic people. Live your fullest life, and don’t feel bad for taking some personal time to yourself or pursuing something no one else believes in. I’m worth investing time in and so are you. Cheesy yes, but true.

4. Pour love into the little things

I think some weird thing happens after you turn 21 that makes you realize almost everything your Mom said was true. It makes you a little mad that she was right about that happening too, but it also liberates you. Time spent laboring over trivial petty issues or fighting in general is most likely time wasted. 

There is a solution to almost every problem and I’m going to try to remember to pour more love into every relationship and friendship. If a strong bond exists it’ll be more difficult to lose respect for people you love and have damaging blowout fights. Who needs them? It’s more fun to have coffee or write a love letter for no reason. Be nicer to the people you love. Those are moments that matter.
5. Take care of my skin.

This is kind of random but skin care is so important and so many people including myself neglect it at times. Another weird thing happens after 21 when you suddenly start worrying about these things. Luckily thanks to YouTube and the internet it’s easier than ever to find the perfect skincare routine and how to apply it to your daily life. 

Love you all and wish you a very wonderful new year’s!

Blogmas: How to Deal with Common Awkward Holiday Gathering Mishaps

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Are you attending your boyfriend’s parents’ holiday gathering for the first time? Do you anguish over the questions that are almost intrinsic to holiday gatherings? (How’s school? How’s your job? Where do you see yourself in a few years? Why don’t you have any kids yet? Why aren’t you married yet? Etc. Etc.) 
I know I do! All I want is to eat my pie in peace! I don’t think that’s too much to ask for.

It seems that I’m far from the only one concerned with these conundrums. Here are some great and funny articles I found about how to make the most of the holidays and seeing yourself out of unpleasant situations on BuzzfeedEventbrite, and Styleblueprint.com.

I decided to weigh in on these issues as well and here’s how I suggest you deal with these very common and annoying awkward holiday situations:

Attending an S.O.’s family’s gathering for the first time
Not only are you meeting new members of the family and seeing the whole clan together for the first time, it will take place in a holiday themed setting so stakes are higher. I’ve been there and survived this scenario once or twice. 

Whatever you do don’t ask intrusive questions, criticise or embarrass your S.O., or bring up politics or religion. That goes for every gathering! 

Do dress up and do your best to look your best. That means no old sneakers or two day old greasy hair. Shower, choose an attractive outfit, and highlight your best features. 

Also, it doesn’t hurt to gift your host or hostess with some wine or a nice box of candy everyone can share. 

Smile and be courteous and if asked an intrusive question, shake it off with a vague answer. For example, if asked “When are you getting married?” you can say, “When the time is right.”, “I don’t feel equipped to answer that quite yet.”, etc. That takes the pressure off you and your S.O. and provides no real time reference.
The aunt or uncle who won’t stop asking you about your job, getting married, having kids, etc.

Just as I mentioned above, provide a vague answer such as “When the time is right”. Also, gently see yourself out of the conversation or guide it to general topics. For example, ask the person about him or herself. Another option is to remark how lovely the food is and to switch the conversation over to food and/or ask for a recipe. Remember, you don’t have to answer any questions or even feel obligated to attend a gathering where you feel pressured, anxious, and on an emotional rollercoaster.

If you do go, remember, pay attention to your feelings and take care of yourself. Avoid arguments at all costs. Take a deep breath and be the bigger person should a touchy subject arise.
Avoiding party guests who monopolize your time and/or talk too much

This might be the only time during a holiday gathering to break out a little white lie. I’ve been the sounding board for some seemingly never ending monologues. I won’t call them conversations as  that requires two people. Clingy party guests who don’t know when to shut up have apparently not learned this as they won’t let you get a word in edgewise.

 Here’s when to say, “I forgot something (charger, present, anything!) in my car! Be right back!”, or if that doesn’t work say you have to excuse yourself to the bathroom or have a terrible headache and make a break for it. 

When a fight ensues.

Whatever you do, do not fuel the fire! Tensions are already high and expectations have already been blown. The last thing you want is to sever family ties with certain people forever.

Try defusing the fight by reminding everyone about why you’re gathered to begin with. If all else fails, leave before you get involved. 
When you receive a gift you honestly do not like or a regift

Regardless of whether or not you like the gift, thank the person. The thought really does count. Avoid making any promises about using or wearing the gift of you aren’t actually planning to. Instead make a vague remark such as, “How thoughtful!” which conveys your gratefulness without making any claim to liking the gift. 

That concludes my suggestions on how to deal with awkward holiday situations! If you have any suggestions of your own or any funny awkward family stories, please comment below.

Thanks for reading and I hope your holiday gatherings at straight out of a Hallmark movie! (I mean that in a good way)

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Pining for Cooler Days

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I wish it was fall already. Not only do I love living in layers, fall fashion, and fall tones, but I’ve always found fall to be a source of new beginnings for me.

I love everything pumpkin too. πŸŽƒπŸŽƒπŸŽƒ Halloween has pretty much always been my excuse to dress out of my comfort zone and try something off the wall. Thanksgiving just warms the heart, period. Fall, hurry up. πŸ‚πŸ‚πŸπŸ What’s your favorite season?

Merry (post) Christmas & Happy New Year!

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I’m hoping you all had a wonderful Christmas/holiday with your loved ones and families, as I sit here trying to be thankful for everything I have, despite my not-so-picture-perfect Christmas. I’m still here though, and as a grown up, I should be able to handle grown up setbacks. We spent Christmas Eve & some of Christmas fixing my ever-broken down car, but at least I got to spend it with someone I care about. Not everyone gets to. It’s about the little things right?

Lately, I’ve been obsessed with embellished sweaters, like this one by Dorothy and Perkins (dorothyperkins.com);

There’s something about winter that makes it okay to add a little more girly extras. I love it, and I love mixing mrnswear classics and basics with feminine touches.

Have a beautiful day!

Maggie

Xoxo

Feeling Festive / Holiday MakeupΒ 

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I’m obsessed with my Wet n’ Wild Eye Candy Holiday palette! I gifted it to myself because why not? I highly recommend this holiday makeup set if you’re still scrambling around for a stocking stuffer or small gift. It’s a steal for 3.50, on sale, & you can find it at your local CVS. 

Pic from makeupwithahart.blogspot.com

I give Wet n’ Wild extra points for making cruelty free makeup. It goes without saying that they’re awesome for making high quality, highly-pigmented, unique eye shadows at an affordable price point. This palette contains two gorgeous green shades, which I used in this look, along with a lovely deep shimmery chocolate shade I’m dying to try with the pretty complementary shades in the set. 

The only color I didn’t use from the Eye Candy palette is from Elf’s Artistry palette, and is a bright green on the outer corner and crease.

It seems they made the palette with two looks in mind, one neutral brown smoky eye & one green smoky eye, somewhat like mine. I’m no makeup expert, but I’m pretty sure the palette also contains a duochrome on the green side. I’m in love with it. It has brown and purple undertones and looks deep emerald in the pan. I used that color for the outer corner. I used the lighter green on my lid and the deep forest green in the crease.

The lipstick I used shown above, is also by Wet n’ Wild. It’s their metallic creamy lipstick in Cashmere. Love it. My bronzer/highlighter/blush is Wet n’ Wild’s Megaglo Illuminating palette. The foundation I use is NYX’s Matte not Flat foundation and the concealer I use is Elf’s Under Eye Highlighter and Concealer. I use the same ones every day, except when I’m bumming it, in which case I just use BB cream. The Eye Candy set comes with a cute little eyeshadow primer and two lovely metallic eyeliners. I used the green one a bit in on the mid lid & bottom lid.

That’s my Christmas Eve look! I hope you enjoyed this post. I’m becoming more and more of a makeup freak. I blame Youtube and all you vloggers I adore; I love it!

Merry Christmas!