Monthly Archives: November 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Last night I attended Thanksgiving Eve church service and my pastor raised an interesting question; what if you woke up with only what you had thanked God for the day before? I thought I’d take a moment to thank God for not only the most important things in my life, but also the things that I take advantage of. Have a happy and blessed day full of family, food, and fun!

– four awesome people to guide me through life: my mom, dad, step-dad, and step-mom

– my brother, who motivates me to try my best

– my sister, who has taught me how to be nice (and puts up with me when I’m a brat) :)

– a warm loving home

– two sets of grandparents that support me in everything I do

– a school where I can learn and prepare myself for college

– basketball, a sport that I am so passionate about

– my teammates and all my coaches, they’re the best

– my friends, who always keep me smiling and laughing

– skating, and all of the people I’ve met through it

– traveling

– clothing and expressing myself in different ways

– cars and having the privilege to drive myself

– my cat Maggie :)

– candles

– warm blankets and sheets that make me never want to get up for school

– makeup and being able to spend a little time on myself

– pumpkin bread and all of the food I’m about to eat today :)

– TV shows that make me think (especially How To Get Away With Murder!!!)

– being able to express myself through writing on my blog

– sweatpants and fuzzy socks

– music

– hot chocolate

– Netflix

– snow (but only when we get snow days)

– the freedom to practice my religion

– God and his unconditional love and forgiveness, this beautiful world He’s created, and the beautiful people He has placed in my life

Tell me what you’re thankful below! Thanks for reading and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

xo, Abigail

Bare Necessities | 6 Must-Have Makeup Products

As a busy high school-er, putting on a full face of makeup everyday is very unrealistic. There’s always a few days out of the week where I simply do not feel like spending an extra 20 minutes on makeup. On the lazy days, these are the products I use for a quick, easy fix-up to make myself feel confident, but not overdone.

Don’t get me wrong, I chose to wear makeup to make myself feel comfortable, but if you’re one of those girls who is confident in their own skin, kudos to you! There is nothing more beautiful than bare skin. I love seeing girls who embrace their natural beauty, and truly let their personality shine from the inside out. :)

My first product is is the Ultra Repair Cream by First Aid Beauty. This stuff is my savior during the winter, keeping my skin soft and moisturized. I typically apply this right after I wash my face in the morning, and let it sit for a few minutes to give it a chance to really sink into my skin. This moisturizer not only nourishes my skin, but also provides a great base for my makeup.

My next product is probably my most-needed, otherwise known as concealer. This Garnier concealer doubles to cover up my under-eye dark circles and any redness around my nose. Also, it can cover blemishes and acne scars. I can easily apply and blend this product out with my fingers in seconds. Not only does this concealer serve so many purposes, but makes my job so. much. easier.

Next we have my current obsession, the “Gimme Brow” brow gel by Benefit Cosmetics. Bold brows have been in this fall, and this product is an easy way to tame and fill in your brows in one easy step. This tinted mascara-like substance keeps your brows in place all day and is so easy to apply. I just use the wand to brush through my brows a couple of times, and just like that they look 100 times better. Also, there are little fibers in the gel that actually add volume to your brows. How cool is that?

My fourth product is mascara. Pretty boring, but a definite must-have. This Buxom Lash Mascara gives my lashes volume and length and opens up my eyes. I also love that it’s super black and lasts all day without flaking.

And finally, we move on to lips. My fifth and sixth products are a great combo to keep your lips moisturized, but also give you some color and life. The first product is my favorite lip balm by Nivea. This product’s vanilla scent is the main reason why I love it so much… But, I guess it’s a good lip balm too. :) Next, I layer on a little but of Revlon’s lipstick in “Mauve”. This color looks a little purple, but with the lip balm underneath to sheer it out, it looks more rosy. It adds the perfect flush of color to the lips.

First Aid Beauty “Ultra Repair Cream”: Sephora

Garnier “Skin Renew Anti-Dark Circle Eye Roller”: Target, any drugstore

Benefit Cosmetics “Gimme Brow”: Sephora

Buxom Lash Mascara: Sephora

Nivea Lip Butter “Vanilla & Macadamia Kiss”: Target, any drugstore

Revlon ColorBurst Lipstick in “Mauve”: Target, any drugstore

Thanks for reading!

xo, Abigail

Comfortable, Cute, & Convertible | Vests & Leggings

Vests and leggings, otherwise known as gifts from the Lord above. These comfy essentials are everything. Whether I want to dress casual or cute, vests and leggings can be mixed and matched with many different pieces that are already in my wardrobe to create a variety of looks. Below are two of my favorite ways to style my camel puffer vest and a pair of leggings. I must admit that I probably love this vest a little too much. (But who said that was a bad thing?)

For my casual look, I layered my vest over a simple long sleeve t-shirt and leggings along with some pearl earrings just to add a little sparkle. I threw on my tennis shoes just because they pretty much feel like I’m walking on clouds, but these can easily be substituted for boots or flats.

 

 

For my more dressy look, I swapped my t-shirt for a cream sweater and changed into some short brown boots with the prettiest lace detailing… who doesn’t love lace?! I also added a rose gold watch to give the look a little extra bling, in addition to the pearl earrings.

Vest: H&M

Sweater & Boots: TJ Maxx

Watch: Target

Vests and leggings. That is all. :)

xo, Abigail

Fall Favorites | Nail Polish

Happy November! Fall is in full swing and there’s nothing I love more than seeing the leaves change colors and begin their descent to the ground. From the bright reds and pale oranges to the beautiful yellows that seem to stand out from the rest, I thoroughly enjoy watching the leaves morph into different colors and shapes before winter begins. These beautiful shades of leaves inspired me to share a few of my favorite shades of nail color for fall.

  

The first nail color on my thumb is called “Berry Naughty” from Essie. To me, having a dark, vampy, blood red for fall and winter is a must. A deep red like this goes with any ensemble and adds a bit of class to any look.

The second nail color on my pointer finger is called “In Stitches”, also from Essie. This pretty cranberry color is perfect for those who are not as daring with their nail polish. I love this color because it’s a shade darker than the average pink, but it’s totally wearable.

The third nail color on my middle finger is called “Lincoln Park After Dark”, from OPI. This color may seem super scary, but I think it’s stunning. It looks like black, but if you look closely it is actually a dark, dark purple. Not only do I love that this color was named after a park in one of my favorite cities, Chicago, but it is also bold and dramatic – perfect for the colder months.

The fourth nail color on my ring finger is called “Metro Chic” from the Sephora by OPI line. I’ve had this color for years, but somehow it is still one of my favorites.  It’s an interesting shade because it is sort of purple, sort of grey, sort of taupe. The cool tone makes it a gorgeous neutral shade.

And finally, the fifth nail color on my pinky is “Cuckoo For This Color” from OPI. The name describes exactly how I feel about this color! This teal green color is a bit brighter than the previous colors, but the shimmer in it catches the light so beautifully. It is a must have for those who prefer to wear something not so dull.

Thank you so much for reading!

xo, Abigail