23 December 2013

Ding ding ding! My Prize Was Delivered!

I recently won a giveaway from the amazing Mary at her blog: Tutorials, Hauls, Reviews, N'at

I knew Mary was an awesome person, having occasionally chatted with her before through her Tumblr, but when I received a plump box in the mail, with literally EVERYTHING in it wrapped up, I started laughing hysterically. She must have spent so much damn time just making sure every little thing was covered, I'm surprised it was even sent out! Seriously, though, what dedication. It almost made me want to cry--what a sweet little person. It truly felt like Christmas!

Before you guys even get a glimpse of what wonderful prizes I was sent, I urge you to check out Mary's blog and Tumblr. The reason I started following her was because she gives really detailed, blunt, and sometimes pretty hilarious reviews--especially when it comes to the bad products. Definitely check her out!

Now...are you ready to see what I was gifted?
(Keep in mind these aren't the best pictures--sorry.)


What I was really looking forward to about receiving in this giveaway was the Naked palette. I'm sure some of you are already out buying the Naked 3 palette, but I've never tried any of the Urban Decay palettes, so you can guess I was pretty excited. What came with this giveaway was the Naked Basics palette.
I've only used a few colors so far, but I absolutely love it. I can tell why so many people reach for this brand now. I'm not the best yet at getting my eyeshadow quite right, but I love experimenting, so I'll be looking up some YouTube tutorials soon and seeing what's out there.

I also am a big fan of primer, so to see "that gal" brightening primer from Benefit included, I was stoked! I have been using Benefit's POREfessional, but I'd like to change my routine up a bit. 

As for the Got2B Powder'ful, I may use it, but my mother is more apt to need a volumizing product--I have extremely full hair. So I may just give it to her to try out and let me know how it works. 

I also received a TON of samples--including some perfume samples which I've already got sitting up in a cute little stand in my room (not pictured)--and the most adorable bobby pins from Julep. 
OK, I have really thick hair that generally does what I tell it. However, it HATES bobby pins. They just don't stay in unless I pack about forty in there just to hold up one braid or one section of hair. I decided I'd try one of these the other night, and guess what?--just one of these guys held up a braid! I was shocked. No idea why they worked, but I'm not going to question it or think too hard on it...

This cute little makeup bag was something I needed because mine was getting a little worn out. As you can see, I've already got it full of some little goodies that were part of the giveaway (such as eyeshadow, fake eyelashes, etc.).

A nice little candle (scent: Island Hibiscus) spruced up my end table a bit. I love adding pops of yellow to my room, and the scent was a really nice floral that wasn't overpowering. 

I'm super-duper excited about this little travel bag by Avon because now I'll have some place to put my toiletries and/or makeup when my family and I go camping in our RV. I have a feeling it's going to be incredibly handy! Plus, now I'll have some great smelling--and I mean this is one of my favorite scents from Bath & Body Works--shower gel to put in the camper as well! Some think Cucumber Melon is outdated. Well you are WRONG. 

Finally, I have found a new perfume that I actually really like. This S by Shakira perfume is one of the airiest perfumes I've ever had touch my skin. It's extremely light--to the point where you really only smell it when you move. But I love the scent of it--it's very feminine, very floral and fruity (smells like berries) with just a touch of creamy musk. I know some younger women hear the word "musk" and run for the hills; I used to be the same way. But I've learned that musk mixed with different notes makes for a completely different smell, and it also depends on whether the musk is considered a top note, a middle note, or a base note. Although musk is a base note in S, it's not overpowering. 
The perfume bottle also has a really cute charm that clips around the neck. I love decorative accents on perfume bottles. Call me a sucker, but it just adds to the whole atmosphere of wearing the perfume. 

And that's about it, folks! Can you believe I won all of this? Glorious! 
Once again, check out Mary's blog. She is such a sweetheart, you won't think twice about pressing "follow."

Have a great day! xo

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