Sunday, December 28, 2014

ZAO Organic Makeup Review

If you've been following the blog for a while, you might have seen my previous review for ZAO Organic Makeup.  If not, you can read it here.

I just learned that ZAO won Best Natural Beauty with a Conscience Award 2014!  What an honor!

ZAO recently sent me their Volume mascara in Ebony and Pearly eyeshadow from their Etnik Collection in pink bronze (117) to review.

The Volume mascara is made of 100% natural ingredients and a minimum of 45% organic.  It definitely made my lashes appear longer and more full, as you can see from the pictures below.  I have very thin and fair lashes and if I only have time to apply one product, it's going to be mascara.  I found that with this mascara, I only need a thin coat.  At first, I was a little heavy-handed with my application and it smudged on my eyelid as well as below my eye.  I like that it goes on smooth and doesn't clump. 

The pink bronze (117) Pearly eyeshadow from their Etnik Collection is a lovely color.  It is made from 100% natural ingredients with a minimum of 10% organic.  It's available in the refillable bamboo packaging making it chic and eco friendly!  It's beautifully pigmented and shimmery.  I think the shade compliments blue eyes nicely and makes them pop!  I used it all over my lid but it would also be great to use as a contour in the crease with a lighter shade all over the lid.  This eyeshadow also lasts all day and didn't crease.  

Here, I have applied the 3 ZAO products I previously reviewed (green concealer, matifying cooked powder luminous complexion 346, and silk foundation Ivory 701)
Added the Pearly pink bronze eyeshadow...

And finally the Volume mascara

I think these are another couple of great products in the Zao lineup!  If you haven't tried any of their products, browse their website and choose your favorites!

ZAO has offered our readers a 15% discount!  Simply use ZAO914 at checkout to take advantage of the deal :)

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I was given these products in exchange for my opinion.  All thoughts are my own.


Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!

I hope everyone had a great Christmas!  Seeing it through the eyes of an almost three year old was so much fun!

I know it is all about Jesus and so does she but we had so much fun with family and seeing her get so excited made it one I will not forget!

 I used to get anxious wondering if my daddy would be drunk but this year I didn't have to worry because he has had an awakening year to say the least.  I am thankful he is still here and very thankful for my mom who puts up with a lot and takes care of him better than I ever could even think about!

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Christmas Cards at

*This is a sponsored post.  All opinions are totally my own!

I have a confession...I have NEVER sent out Christmas cards before!  I have always meant to but this year I would love to be able to send out cute cards to my friends and family of the girls.  

I came across and love the very cute and creative designs of their cards and gifts for Christmas and the Holidays!  What I have compiled is a wish list of sorts and hope to choose one for my cards maybe with your help!!

The steps I took to narrow down my choices:  
When I first looked over all of the designs I was overwhelmed with all of the designs.  Once I had skimmed over then I decided how many pictures I wanted to use for my cards.

I chose to put only the girls picture as I have a tight budget!  So one it will be.  There is a simple way to search designs on the top of the page so I checked one photo and began other search down below the search options.

Next, I selected the format I decided to look at the folded versions.  Then I narrowed down even further and selected a Greeting, "Merry Christmas."  I do not really like saying Happy Holidays because the Christmas season to ME is about Christ being born :).  Even after narrowing down this much there were still 17 pages of Christmas cards to choose from!  Below I will share a few I found to be really creative.

  (All photos are from

This is called Book of Isaiah.  I love the creative design with the verse!

This is called Behold.  I chose to do a different shape and got the scalloped edging which makes it look so cute!

This is Isaiah.  I changed the outer on this one as well as the color of writing.

Celebrating Christ is the name of this one and I rounded the edges.  

Joy to the World.  This one I really like because of the pop of colors (and the message of course).

Okay, I have narrowed down to five choices but would really love some help deciding which one to choose!  I did decide to select ones with Bible verses because as mentioned above the reason we even celebrate Christmas!  There are other selections you have to make to do the final checkout such as how many you are getting and what kind of paper selection you would like.

Overall, if you are planning to get Christmas cards made and ordered now is a great time to start planning so it will not sneak up on you!  I think that is what happens to me!  I plan to always send them and before I know it its too late.  And if you are looking for a personalized gift they have items such as planners, party decor, art work and even awesome fabric!

To order from from their holiday selections you can simply go to their site Minted's Christmas Card Collection.  You can connect with on their Facebook page as well as Twitter and Pinterest!

Again, this was a sponsored post but all opinions are my own!