GIVEAWAY TIME…ALMOST!

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I always told myself that if my blog ever took off in any capacity, I would incorporate giveaways here on SouthernLights. I am happy to report that as I sit here and type this out, I am inching toward 100 lovely followers; and I plan to keep my word and do a giveaway as soon as I reach that milestone! I can’t believe that I’ve only been (consistently) blogging for 3(ish) months and that I’ve been able to make so many great connections. I absolutely love interacting with all of you and hope you stick around for the long haul! With that being said, if any of you are interested in some skincare, makeup and Kate Spade goodies, then stick around and be on the lookout for my official giveaway post! Thank you again for all of your love and support here on Southern Lights, it doesn’t go unnoticed!! You guys really are the best!

-B

THIS OR THAT TAG!

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Hello everyone! I am really dragging on this Wednesday morning but I wanted to get something up for you guys anyway! I have received a number of requests to do a recovery update post and I will get to that, I promise. But for now, given the current state of my brain I thought I would do something a little lighter! Yesterday I was scrolling through published posts and came across a This or That Tag written by BeaFree and thought it looked fun…so let’s just jump right in! P.S. I might have added a few extra questions at the end to keep the fun going! 🙂

MAKEUP

  1. Blush or Bronzer: Bronzer for sure! I’m terribly pale and need a little help!
  2. Lip Gloss or Lipstick: Lip Gloss, really more like lip balm! As much as I try to dive into lipsticks (liquid lips, mattes, satins, etc.), I just always end up feeling annoyed and wiping it off.
  3. Eyeliner or Mascara: Mascara, hands down. I only wear eyeliner on SPECIAL occasions, but mascara is an absolute MUST for me.
  4. Foundation or Concealer: Ooo, tough call. Probably concealer because I can get by with using it as a pseudo-foundation if I had too!
  5. Neutral Eyeshadow or Colorful Eyeshadow: Neutrals all the way. I’m not cool enough to pull off colorful shadows. Lol.
  6. Pressed Eyeshadow or Loose Eyeshadow: Pressed for sure. I’m such a klutz, I can’t even manage to handle a loose setting powder, I would destroy loose eyeshadows for sure.
  7. Brushes or Sponges: I mean, can I say both?! I use a blending sponge for foundation and concealer, but I use a brush for bronzer/blush/highlight…I can’t choose!

NAILS

  1. Long or Short: Relatively speaking, I like them on the shorter side. I think long(ish) nails are pretty but I feel weird and have trouble doing everyday tasks when my nails are long. I mean come on…how do you button your pants and pick up change off of a table when your nails are long? If you have the answers, please teach me your ways.
  2. Acrylic or Natural: If it’s a special occasion I might spring for acrylics, but 99% of the time I just go natural. Acrylics are beautiful, but they absolutely wreck my nails and oftentimes I don’t think they’re worth the hassle.
  3. Bright Colors or Dark Colors: I like both, it just depends on my mood. In the fall and winter I typically stick to darker colors; but in the spring and summer I’m willing to play with some brighter shades!
  4. Flower or No Flower: Ummm, I don’t even really know what this means. I’m guessing it’s asking if I like a flower design on my nails…(correct me if I’m wrong)…so I would say NO flower!

BODY

  1. Perfume or Body Splash: I guess it depends on where I’m going and what I’m doing, but I typically prefer a perfume.
  2. Lotion or Body Butter: Body butter for sure. I think I’ve mentioned before how I have skin that resembles that of an alligator; I need all the help and hydration I can get. I find that a body butter does a better job of keeping my skin hydrated for a longer period of time than a traditional lotion does!
  3. Body Wash or Soap: Body wash. Am I the only person who feels like soap leaves their skin feeling tight and dry?!?!
  4. Lush or Another Company: Eh, I guess I use Bath & Body Works the most of any company; I don’t really use products from Lush, I’ve tried a couple of things and liked them fine, but it was never enough to keep me going back for more. To be honest, I have a really sensitive stomach and the smell of the Lush store actually makes me nauseated. It’s kind of like Yankee Candle, I think there’s just too much (scent wise) in one place! With that being said, I would like to try some of their fun bath bombs. 🙂

FASHION

  1. Jeans or Sweats: Sweats…100% of the time.
  2. Long Sleeve or Short Sleeve: It really just depends on the circumstances (weather, event, etc.)!
  3. Long Dresses or Skirts: Neither…but if I HAD to choose, probably long dresses!
  4. Stripes or Plaid: I like both but I own more plaid!
  5. Flip Flops or Sandals: Sandals for sure!
  6. Scarves or Hats: I am the scarf queen!
  7. Studs or Dangly Earrings: I don’t really wear earrings because one of my holes closed up…but I would choose studs.
  8. Necklace or Bracelet: Bracelets!
  9. Heels or Flats: I like both, but for sheer comfort reasons, I’ll go with flats!
  10. Cowboy Boots or Riding Boots: I like both, but I wear riding boots far more often.
  11. Jackets or Hoodies: Hoodies! They’re just so cozy!

HAIR

  1. Curly or Straight: Both, but I wear it straight more often.
  2. Bun or Ponytail: Bun. Ponytails frustrate me.
  3. Bobby Pins or Butterfly Clips: Definitely bobby pins!
  4. Hair Spray or Gel: Hair spray!
  5. Long or Short: Long!
  6. Light or Dark: Dark!
  7. Side Swept Bangs or Full Bangs: I’m not really a bang person, they don’t flatter my face at all; but if I had to have them, I’d go with side swept!
  8. Up or Down: Up, usually in a low side bun. As much as I like my hair down, I have too much hair to keep it that way for long.

RANDOM

  1. Rain or Shine: Shine…unless I really need a day to catch up on sleep, then I’ll welcome the rain!
  2. Summer or Winter: Summer…duh!
  3. Spring or Fall: Fall, it’s my favorite season!
  4. Chocolate or Vanilla: DEFINITELY chocolate!!
  5. Backstreet Boys or *NSYNC: BSB for LIFE!!
  6. Coca-Cola or Pepsi: Coca-Cola duh! FILA
  7. Cake or Pie: I like them both equally. I like my moms chocolate cake and I like a slice of pie every now and then, but I think I like cupcakes the most. They’re smaller and less of a commitment. Is that weird? Probably.
  8. Sephora or ULTA: Well, I love them both, obviously; but if I had to choose one, I’d go with ULTA.
  9. Being Hot or Cold: I HATE being cold, so I’d definitely say hot. I live in the south so hot weather and excessive humidity doesn’t bother me at all.
  10. Apple or Android: Apple! Not sure I could ever leave my iPhone/iPad behind.
  11. East Coast or West Coast: East Coast for sure.
  12. North or South: South…more specifically, the Southeast!
  13. Books or Magazines: Magazines!
  14. Hot Fudge or Caramel: Hot Fudge!
  15. Sunrise or Sunset: Sunset…swoon.
  16. Apples or Bananas: Bananas.
  17. Baseball or Basketball: Baseball (but I still love my Hawks)! Go Braves!
  18. Football or Hockey: Football! Go Falcons! WarDamn!

Thank you so much for reading and playing along, I know this was kind of long! What are some of your preferences, I’d love to know!

-B

 

MINI DRUGSTORE HAUL!

Good morning friends! I had to make a (sometimes) dreaded trip to Wal-Mart this weekend for groceries but found myself in the beauty department to help ease the pain and thought I would share a little mini haul with you guys!

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* Dr. Teal’s Foaming Bath – Coconut Oil ($4.87): I’m a sucker for a nice bath (especially after working out) and I absolutely love the Dr. Teal’s line. It makes for a luxurious soak while also helping my sore muscles. It’s win win!

* Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish – Smartease ($9.99): I have been on the hunt for a good pink nail polish for the upcoming spring and summer months and decided to give the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Smartease a try. I like the brush that comes with these polishes and while it doesn’t stay on my nails SUPER long, I still enjoy the color payoff and continue to buy them anyway!

* Maybelline Lasting Drama Waterproof Gel Pencil – Glazed Toffee ($7.99): I have been on the hunt for a good brown eyeliner for months and have been unable to find one that I like. All of the ones I have tried have been too difficult to work with and they NEVER stay on my waterline. I decided to give this one a try; fingers crossed I have better luck…I’ll keep you posted!

* Maybelline Lipstudio Color Jolt – Stripped Down ($9.99): I absolutely LOVE this lip product; it’s a divine mauvey-pinky nude and the color payoff is simply amazing. I think this shade suits and flatters my skin tone nicely, and while it’s not the most long-wearing lip product on the market, it’s insanely comfortable on the lips; and for me, that’s the most important thing!

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* L’oreal Infalliable Foundation Blender ($7.99): I’ve had a lot of people reach out to me and ask my thoughts on the L’oreal foundation sponge so I thought I would pick it up and give it a try. I have used the Beautyblender as well as the Real Techniques sponge and love them both so I am interested to see how this compares! As soon as I break it out and give it a go, I will let you know my thoughts! Stay tuned!

* Simple Replenishing Rich Moisture Lotion ($9.99): This is one of my all-time favorite facial moisturizers. It’s gentle and doesn’t break me out…which for me, is a miracle! I find that it gives me ample moisture without leaving me looking like a greaseball. I will say, If you have oily skin, this might make you a little too dewy, but if you have normal to dry skin, I think this would work nicely for you!

* Maybelline Fit Me Concealer – Fair ($6.99): This is my everyday concealer; It’s affordable and does a good job of hiding those pesky under eye circles. It’s not extremely thick so it never leaves me feeling cakey. With that being said, it’s not the most full-coverage concealer I’ve ever used, so if you’re looking for a legitimate full coverage product, I would recommend Tarte’s Shape Tape Concealer; it’s not drugstore, but it’s worth the splurge for sure!

Have you guys purchased any new or holy-grail products recently, I’d love to know!

-B

MINI ULTA HAUL!

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Good morning friends, I picked up a few things from ULTA the other day and I thought I’d share a little mini haul with you guys! My skin has been misbehaving, I realized I was running low on my favorite (mineral) concealer, and I had a 20% off (for my full order) coupon so I thought this would be a good time to peruse their website! And as always, I will try and link everything that I purchased below!

* bareMinerals Concealer ($20): I picked up my concealer in their lightest shade, Bisque. I really only use this a spot concealer for blemishes or random red marks (am I the only one that gets those??) and I find that it covers nicely! It never looks cakey on my skin and stays put all day! I will say, if you have a lighter skin tone than I do, the lightest shade will probably be a tad too dark for you (at least in the winter months).

* Mario Badescu Drying Lotion ($17): I have actually never tried the Mario Badescu drying lotion but have tried similar products from different brands. As I mentioned above, my skin has been slightly more angry with me than usual so I thought I would pick this up and give it try. I have heard really great things about it and will keep you posted on my thoughts!

* Mario Badescu Anti Acne Serum ($20): Like the drying lotion above, I have never tried the Anti Acne Serum from this line either. I have used other Mario Badescu products and had zero complaints (for the most part) so I thought I’d give this a chance. It claims to prevent acne eruptions (Ewww, I hate that word) before they start. You are supposed to apply a thin layer over the acne-prone areas of your skin every night. It also states that it will not irritate erupted or sensitive skin (this really drew me in). I have insanely sensitive skin (honestly, it’s ridiculous), so anything that is marketed for my skin type is going in my basket! I have only used this once and I can say that it definitely didn’t dry out or irritate my skin in any way; it was actually very soothing (at least for me)! I’ll keep you posted on my thoughts as I continue to use it more!

* Clinique Happy Gelato Cream ($35): I received this as a Christmas gift and I absolutely fell in LOVE! The Berry Blush scent is by far my favorite and I love applying it after I get out of the shower! It absorbs quickly, smells amazing and leaves me feeling all types of luxurious. This is my second tub and I will definitely continue to repurchase this item! If you like Clinique Happy and live near an ULTA, I urge you to go and smell these guys, you won’t be disappointed!

* Too Faced Primed & Poreless Pressed Powder ($30): I have talked about this powder on my blog before and I must say, I still love it. I go back and forth between this and the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Powder ($29). I think it does a good job of controlling my oily T-Zone while not drying out the (already dry) alligator skin I have on the outer perimeter (and cheeks) of my face. It doesn’t look cakey and it does a good job of blurring those pesky pores. I know finishing powders are different for everyone and what might work for me might be a nightmare for someone else. However, if you’re in the market and haven’t given this a try, maybe you can go to an ULTA store and see if it’s worth a shot!

Have you guys tried anything new lately? Makeup? Skincare? Nail Polish? Let me know below if there’s anything that I absolutely HAVE to try!

-B

30 DAY BLOGGING CHALLENGE: DAY 17

DAY 17: MY FAVORITE BLOGS

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I will start off by saying that I am relatively new to the blogosphere so I don’t follow a TON of blogs….yet! I am always looking for new ones to add to the list so if you have any that you can’t live without, let me know below!

**And of course, if you would like me to remove your blog from this post, I will be more than happy to do so, just let me know!**

BeaFree – I absolutely love this one! It’s the epitome of a lifestyle blog and I love the writing style! She posts everything from Quotes to Makeup to Reviews, and everything in between! She comes off incredibly honest and genuine; which if you’re looking to try the products that she has reviewed or just connect on a personal level, those traits are extremely beneficial! If you’re someone who’s looking for a good lifestyle blog then I suggest checking this one out! You won’t regret it!

Thought Catalog – The Thought Catalog is  an online magazine that allows new and established writers an opportunity to tell their stories (whatever those may be). This blog is particularly good for me because I feel like it’s the most relatable one I’ve seen. The writers that they employ are amazing; they put a lot of thought and raw emotion into their posts and that translates well to the reader (IMO). It certainly keeps me coming back for more. So if you are looking for a blog that covers a myriad of topics, this might be the one for you!

Zavi Fashion – This one is just what it sounds like; it covers all things fashion and some makeup related things as well! This was the first blog that I started following upon entering the blogosphere and boy am I glad that I found it! Zharia is pursuing a degree in fashion and I love that she has created a blog to foster her creativity! It’s real and incredibly relatable! If you like fashion and makeup, then I urge you to check her out!

The Confessions of a Wanderer – You could have probably guessed by the title that this blog is about traveling and all of the life lessons your learn while doing so! I don’t travel as often as I would like but I thoroughly enjoy reading about other people’s experiences! Sam is relatable (I’m sensing a theme here) and her writing style/flow is undeniable. If you are looking for adventure and all of the things that come along with it, then give Sam’s blog a read, you won’t regret it!

So those are just a few of my favorite blogs! Like I said before, I’m always looking for new pages to follow so if you have any that you can’t live without, let me know!

-B