Beauty Blogger of the Month Award (and Some Nominees)


Melissa of Pink Lady Beauty nominated me for a Beauty Blogger of the Month Award. Cecilia of Cecilia’s Corner created this award and it’s great that she wants to spread some love among the blogging community. Being that I am trying to get back in the Beauty Blogging Saddle, this is a fun way to reconnect. All entries have a chance to win a prize- very kind of Cecilia! She even has a prize for anyone that comments on her original post.

A blogger can win Benefit’s They’re Real Push-Up Liner.




Readers that comment can win a Love Alpha Mascara set.


I also get to answer some fun beauty related questions. Beauty related questions are my favorite.

1. Where does your makeup inspiration come from?

. I think I just like the way I can use my face as an art project- a little paint here, some glitter and glue there. I’ve always been fascinated by beauty items in stores. I love color but I also like the feel of certain products. I love looking at packaging and testing out products. I think I approach make-up the way I approach my life- trying and learning about new things.

2. What are 3 of your makeup Holy Grail products you cannot live without?

Oh. You’re making me choose! One for sure is Sephora’s 12 Hour Contour Eye Pencil. For about $12 USD, you can buy two just for about the same price as an Urban Decay eye pencil. I swear the Sephora pencil stays on better, too. The second would be NYX HD Eye Primer. I’ve converted a number of folks that were buying expensive primers but the white in this primer makes for vibrant and long lasting eye shadow. The third would have to be a tinted lip balm. I personally love lip products- they are my favorite in the cosmetics department but I keep tinted lip balm in my bag for a quick and easy shot of color.

3. What is your makeup signature look which you have on most of the time?

My “signature” look recently changed. Usually, I would use some tinted moisturizer to even out my skin and then line my eyes with a colorful pencil. I curl and mascara my lashes and add a little lip. Now, I still use tinted moisturizer but I’ll just play with some neutral eye shadow and put on a bit of a bolder lip. Really depends on the day and the time!

4. Let us know your favorite makeup brands?

I love Urban Decay eye shadow. For lipstick, I enjoy BITE or NYC lip products from the drugstore. Too Faced is fun and Smashbox is a guilty pleasure.

5. Your ultimate makeup pet peeve?

Ugh. Chipped nails, dark liner and light lipstick, and harsh eye liner make me shudder.

6. You’ve heard about all the hype on this makeup item, bought it, tried it and don’t understand what all the fuss is about…Name that product!

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder- I don’t get it. Even the smallest amount makes me look like a light bulb. I also do not like the texture.

7. Concealer OR foundation ONLY for the rest of your life. Choose one and tell us the reason! Concealer all the way- I can dab it where I need it. I don’t like the feel of foundation.

Now for the seven nominees!

 Sarah-Jane Vella

Love Anela

Fashion, Food and Flirts

The Luxe List

Fashion for Lunch

Simply.My. Thing

Blushing Beauty

Keep Calm & Primp On! XOXO


Simply the Best… Blogger Award

Julie over at Short & Sweet in Texas nominated me for a Best Blogger Award. I haven’t filled out one of these in a bit and am very happy that she thought of me!

best blog

1. Answer the questions asked by the blog who followed you.
2. Nominate up to 20 other bloggers with less than 200 followers.
3. Create 11 questions for your nominees to answer.

And these are my nominees:

Not Quite Carrie

Material Detox

Make-up by Sarah -Jane

MaSucree’s Make-Up Musings

A thing of beauty is a joy forever…


Barely Organized Chaos

Girl in the Glasses

Lipgloss and a Backpack

LoveCraft, The Beauty Blog

These are my answers!

1. If you had to choose between never buying any new make-up or never buying another bottle of nail polish, which would you pick?

Make-up, make-up, make-up! I love nail polish and probably have enough make-up AND nail polish to last me a looooong time but I need a new lipstick uh… every few days.

2. Where do you usually buy your nail polish?

I usually buy my polish at Walgreens, though I am not partial. I like Rite-Aid, too. They are within a block from each other in my neighborhood.

3. What is your all time absolute favorite nail polish?

My absolute favorite has to be the Brucci brand. It is not 3 free but I find it gives the best coverage and it isn’t streaky. It also dries fairly quickly and for $2.99 US, a true NYC bargain.

4. Why did you get into blogging?

Good question. I have had a make-up obsession since I was a kid. I also loved reading articles about cosmetics and other beauty products. I enjoy writing so blogging seemed like a natural thing to do.

The Write Stuff!

The Write Stuff!

5. Where do you turn to for inspiration when you just can’t seem to find the motivation to write a new post?

It’s funny- there can be days when I can’t think of anything and just manage to get inspired. I never know when the mood will strike.

Sometimes even pancakes inspire me,

Sometimes even pancakes inspire me,

6. What kind of camera do you use to take pics for your blog?

I recently purchased a Canon Powershot and I do like using it but my iPhone is so much easier. I can just email the pictures to myself and upload them to the site in one or two swipes.

7. What’s your favorite television show?

I love the show Revenge but am eagerly awaiting True Blood– the campier, the better.8. What other hobbies/interests besides nails and or make-up do you pursue?

NYC has so much to offer and I am fortunate to live here my whole life. I like to roam the city and visit museums. I love music and theater. I also enjoy shopping!

9. What’s your favorite book?’

My favorite book is A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. I might have to read it again- for the 4th or 5th time. I lost count.

10. Do you have any pets?

No- but I visit my sister’s turtle, Hemsworth.

11. If you could be any kind of animal what would you be?

I always said I would be a cat but I’m thinking a lion. Lions have great hair.

And my questions for the nominees…

1. Where in the world are you?

2. How do your surroundings affect your beauty habits?

3. What is your favorite thing to blog about?

4. What is your favorite song of the moment?

5. What do you prefer, lipstick or lip gloss?

6. What is one lesson you learned while blogging?

7. If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would it be?

8. What super power do you wish you had?

9. What do you do to relax?

10. Do you enjoy watching television?

11. Name one thing you can live without!

Keep Calm & Primp On! XOXO

Blog of the Year Award!

At the end of 2012, Brooklin Mommy of Mommy Loves Nail Polish  nominated me for a Blog of the Year Award. I am so pleased and I hope she adds another star to her sky. I nominate her back!

I also nominate: (A real make-up artist with realistic beauty advice) (Honest, fun, and well written- glad I found this one!) (Making women feel good at any size) (Great refashions with thrift store finds and a lot of cool ideas) (Gorgeous make-up creations. Gorgeous.) (Well thought out reviews, fearless, AND a great look at life for an American in Germany)

There are so many blogs I want to nominate but I will start with these six and as my stars start to twinkle more, I will add more blogs!

Here is the linkback:

The rules for this award:

  1. Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award
  2. Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.
  3. Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award – and include these rules in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)
  4. Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them
  5. You can now also join our Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience
  6. As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars!!!

Collect Stars!

Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once – this award is different! When you begin you will receive the ‘1 star’ award – and every time you are given the award by another blog – you can add another star! There are a total of 6 stars to collect!!! Which means that you can check out your favorite blogs – and even if they have already been given the award by someone else – you can still award it to them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars!

Need to know more? Check out our FAQ page

And Congratulations! on being chosen for the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award

‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award – thumbnails

Here are the 6 awards in thumbnail size for your sidebar – feel free to Right Click and save any of the images on this page:

One, Two, Three Times a Liebster…

Let me start by saying I think this is my third Liebster nod. Sarah-Jane over at  “Make-Up by Sarah Jane” and “140 Days of a New Me” (which is evolving!) nominated me for another Liebster Award. Read her blogs- she has two! AND

Lub my Liebster!

Lub my Liebster!

Sarah- Jane sent me a few questions in Liebster fashion and so I will answer them and then nominate 12 bloggers that I enjoy reading. Typically, you can only nominate blogs with less than 200 readers, though I’m not quite sure how to find out how many readers a blog has. I love this because I have found so many great blogs from checking out other Liebster recipients. And away we go!

1. Who is your fashion icon?

I really have no fashion icon, I swear. Not that I wear anything particularly fantastic but I am good with colors and combining my pieces to create new looks. I find that something unexpected, a fun necklace with something a little conservative, always makes a statement. I love anyone that looks effortless, too.

2. What is/was your favorite trend of 2012?

I love all the crazy, glittery nails. Love them. I’ve started doing my own more because I get so many great ideas from my fellow bloggers.

3. What is your favorite magazine/fashion magazine and why?

I happen to like “Marie Clare” because they always have some material that is socially aware. I will say that I am generally disappointed in magazines as of late because I find the writing to be too simplistic and shallow. I know that sounds conceited, I write a product blog for crying out loud! I just think that magazines are just missing something.

4. Currently, what artist or song can you not get enough of?

Good question- a few weeks ago it was “Titanium” by David Guetta and Sia. Right now, I am listening to Gotye‘s “Somebody that I Used to Know” but not for him. I like Kimbra‘s voice- she sings on the track.

5. Who or what is the biggest inspiration in your life?

I can’t pinpoint any one person. I really find inspiration in everything. For example, the other night I was making tomato sauce and started to think about my nonna, my great-grandmother that passed away almost 17 years ago. I wrote a two page essay about her and for no real reason. I like those moments!

6. What is your favorite beauty product?

So you are going to make me choose, huh? I love Caudalie’s Beaute Elixir. It is just so refreshing and my nightly routine is just not the same without it. I’m on my third bottle- I finally got the bigger spray.

Caudalie Catch! Plus the adorable tote bag I got as a gift with purchase.

Caudalie Haul that started the addiction!

7. What is your “go-to” fragrance?

I switch my fragrance up everyday BUT I always have Stella by Stella McCartney on hand. I love the scent of roses and Stella does it perfectly.

8. Why did you start blogging?

I really started blogging because I think a lot of people are misled by reviews. Magazines get free products and get paid for ads. Of course they love a $50 lipstick (Tom Ford) because they didn’t pay for it and are probably getting paid to write about it. I will tell you if I think a product is worth it and since I am just like you, chances are you will appreciate my honesty.

Clockwise from top: an examination of the lip scrub, me applying, me trying to not eat it, me puckering up with it all over my face

Me testing products so you don’t have to! Obviously, I didn’t like this lip stuff. The mask is great, though!

9. Do you have a favorite celebrity blog or blogger that you admire?

I find most of the bloggers I follow on WordPress do a great job. I love how it’s like a family! I also like Veritasty: Truthfully Delicious, written by a former student of mine with photos by a wonderful young man!

10. What is your favorite fashion “item” (clothes, shoes, jewelry, handbag, other accessory) that you own?

I love my MZ Wallace bag- I need a new one for the spring! Christmas is coming…

11. What are you going to wear on New Year’s Eve?

Pajamas- sitting on my couch with my hubby and some bubbly!

And the nominees are:





5) (This blog is so important!)

6) (At 216 followers but I can cheat.)







To my nominees: answer the above questions!

Keep Calm & Primp On! XOXO