Hello Pretty Bird! - A beauty and not-so-glamorous lifestyle blog: November 2014

29 November, 2014

Finding Financial Peace: How I plan on saving an extra $1000 in 2015


Building up a savings account can be difficult for people in their 20s and early 30s. A lot of us are new in our careers and not earning the "big bucks" just yet, some are still recovering from student loan debt, and others are just starting to learn the intricacies of budgeting and money stuff. I've always been financially aware, but I didn't really worry about saving money in my 20s—I wanted to travel the world! So travel (and spend money on travel) I did. But now that I'm a little older I've started to worry that I don't have much of an emergency savings—I'd like to think that I'm invincible, but the truth is that emergencies (and unexpected expenses) do happen and it's better to be prepared than not. With than in mind, I'm challenging myself to save an extra $1000 in 2015 to give myself a bit of financial peace of mind, and I think I've come up with a feasible way to do it!

28 November, 2014

Review: XO Memebox Meme Mask Intensive Moisturizing Hydrogel

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I'm sure some of you have noticed this, but Memebox has been rolling out all sorts of own-brand goodies on their global site recently. When I first heard that they were releasing a line of masks I didn't pay much attention until an Instagram post by fellow Meme-fan Fanserviced alerted me to to the fact that these are hydrogel masks. I looooooove hydrogels, and these are very reasonably priced ($3 each or less!), so I added one to my last Memebox shop order for testing purposes! And then a couple days later a two more Meme-masks showed up unannounced in my mailbox for review. Whoops. I'm not going to complain though, because these masks are pretty baller!

XO Memebox Meme Mask Intensive Moisturizing Hydrogel hydrogels

Indie Friday | Review: Wiggle Perfume's Mathilde

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Happy shopping madness day, everyone! :P I thought I'd take a moment away from the insanity of holiday shopping to write about one of my favorite indie fragrances: Wiggle Perfume and Sundries' Mathilde.

Wiggle Perfume and Sundries Mathilde 5ml rollerball

20 November, 2014

Bespoke Post - Slate Box Review & Unboxing

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Looking for a holiday gift idea for a dude or foodie in your life? Today I'll be sharing a review of the Bespoke Post Slate box, which I think would fit the bill quite nicely for both of those parties. Or for me. Please send this box to me, strangers on the internet. Chomp.

Bespoke Post - Slate Box review unboxing

17 November, 2014

ShopLately Favorites: Gorgeous Handmade Rose Gold Accessories

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What do y'all think about rose gold? Personally I love it—sometimes yellow gold can look a bit "off" on my skin, but rose gold is really pretty and flattering, I think. If you're also a fan, you're in luck! This month I've combed through ShopLately's vast catalog of jewelry and picked a few of my favorite rose gold baubles to share. (Hint hint: Know someone else who loves rose gold? Holiday gift ideas!)

shoplately favorites handmade rose gold jewelry

14 November, 2014

Indie Friday | Darling Girl Glitter Glue vs. Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy: Which one is better?

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For this week's Indie Friday I thought I'd focus on something really basic: Glitter eyeshadow fixatives/foiling mediums. These are typically used under really sparkly or shimmery eyeshadows to make them appear more vivid and make the glitter pop—definitely good if you want to sparkle like a vampire. But which eyeshadow medium is the best? Two of the most commonly-discussed indie products of this type are Darling Girl Glitter Glue and Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy, so today I thought I'd pit them against each other in an epic eyeshadow battle. Your eyelids will never be the same again.

Darling Girl Glitter Glue vs. Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy: Which one is better? Comparison test swatch swatches