10 February 2016

Formation

Can we take a moment to appreciate this fabulousness that is Beyonce? 


Some people are up in arms over this, but it has been a long time since I've seen since powerful imagery in a music video. It left me speechless the first time I saw it. 

Even if she isn't your type of singer, this isn't your genre of music, take a moment to appreciate this. This is fire.


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07 February 2016

Nail of the Day

I've been really into doing my nails lately, so I've experimented with nail art!

This is Etude House's Bling Me Prism Nails No 1 Prism Break topped with a cheap striping polish I picked up at the dollar store.


Not bad, but I'm pretty pleased. 

Working on CNY nails now!

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06 February 2016

Wishtrend February Discount Codes




It's already February. January went by so fast!



Ready to save some money and look beautiful in the process? 

This month at Wishtrend, use the ode FEB10DISCOUNT to get a 10% discount off of all orders over $50. 

You can always find great products in the Free Shipping Zone or Beauty Steals section to get maximum savings. 

Order more than $30 and get two free mask sheets with the code SKQINSISSIMASK2016!

The SKQIN Dual Sissi Mask (Silver Sissi) brightens and helps to rejuvenate tired skin. 

The SKQIN Lifting Dual Sissi Mask (Gold Sissi)  is packed with moisture and boosts skin's elasticity and hydration. 

Not convinced? 

Look how lovely Eunice's skin looks after she's used the mask!




I really like the lifting effect that the masks offer. 

As always, spend over $69 and get free shipping worldwide. 

I cannot recommend Wishtrend enough for the products and excellent customer service. 

Happy shopping!

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05 February 2016

Vonnie Is Excited: Etude House Berry Delicious Collection

Etude House has really made this spring a happy one for me by releasing a strawberry themed collection.

The Berry Delicious collection has just been released in the past week or so. There was a special box released, a collab between Etude House and margarin fingers that sold out on Korea Depart with the quickness. I was so pissed when I missed it. To see that, and some amazing swatches, check out this amazing blog post.

I had been lusting after it since it popped up on Etude House's Korean website, from the images I'd seen from people living in Korea who got their hands on it, and the previews.

So a few nights ago (the 3rd) I went on their global site, thinking that maybe the products would be available to the international audience directly from Etude House (I'm picky about getting my Etude stuff from other sources). I was over the moon to see the products listed, but absolutely crushed when each item had these dreadful words printed underneath them: out of stock.

Reenactment of the moment.  

29 January 2016

Not Dead, Not Fully Alive

Hey, loves!

I just wanted to take a few minutes to let everyone know I'm not dead. 

Life has been very hectic lately. My bestie and her daughter have been staying with me for the last few weeks, then she ended up being stuck in the hospital so I've been taking care of things for her in her absence. 

To top it off, illness after illness has rolled through my house and I've taken the brunt of the worst of it like I always do. Then we have the lovely migraines that won't go away. Looks like I may end up in the hospital if they don't ease up!

Buuuutttt now I have insurance!

For the first time in my life I have health insurance and I am so happy I don't know what to do with myself, other than schedule all of the checkups that I've needed but couldn't afford. Starting in February I am heading to my PC doc and getting a full workup started. Now that I have insurance my costs for everything will go down significantly so I can afford the specialists that I truly need, and get back on the road to health.

I have some reviews I need to post, as well as some really amazing pictures I've taken lately. I just need my head to cooperate long enough for me to get that done. 



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07 December 2015

Blogmas: Days 5, 6, & 7: Wishlists!

It has occured to me that I'm really terrible at this Blogmas business xD

For this three day bundle we are going to look at toys!

I was talking with my sister about what all of the kids want for Christmas this year and it got us on the topic of things that we wanted as kids, and we noticed how similar the wants are, yet how different they are at the same time.

A lot of the things that her kids and my other niece wants are pretty similar as far as trends go, like wanting Disney princess stuff (that was all me - she mutilated Barbies) and My Little Pony. Then there are the differences like the Nerf toys for girls. Where was that when we were kids? Seriously!

Let's take a trip down memory lane....


04 December 2015

Blogmas Days 2, 3 & 4: Food!

I'm behind on this. The last few days have been very hectic. A person I held very dear passed away earlier in the week. 

Story time!


My very first job, much like a lot of my classmates from school, was at our local Walmart. At the time there was no hiring freeze, we could get a buttload of overtime since we were understaffed, and they still offered benefits if you worked enough hours. It was a good time.

I worked in the softlines section, which is clothing and shoes. I worked the men's department primarily, though it wasn't uncommon for me to work other areas. Infants was always my favorite! 

There was a teeny tiny lady that was the queen of the fitting room. She was in her 80s and immediately took me under her wing. 

She had known my family for years so I ended up being yet another part of her extended family.

Rosie called herself my Italian Walmart grandmother. She did take on a very grandmotherly role, offering advice when I needed it, helping me try to work my way through my newly found independent life as I worked to help support mom after my dad left us in some crazy debt. 

She was always there to offer prayers, silly stories about my mom when she was young, and a shoulder when I needed to cry. Even so, she was always the reality check I needed when I was acting irrational. In that aspect, she reminded me of Sophia from The Golden Girls.



Even after I moved I would come back to town and visit her. She was always so happy when I would randomly stop by and see her. 

There was nothing on this planet like a Rosie hug. 

She's going to be so dearly missed. 

Read on for the rest of this Blogmas Foodie post.

02 December 2015

I'm Sorry, We Don't Do Good Days Here

It's not even noon and this day has already been pretty crappy. 

The only good thin is I did manage to make it on a quick car trip with my mother. That was a nice small victory. It was a less than fifteen minute trip but I'm still considering it a total victory. 


But let's go back to the very beginning, when my groggy butt woke up in so much pain that I could punch something cute and adorable and not feel bad. I really overdid it on the workouts yesterday. 

I managed to get myself to the coffee pot and cleaned it to make this morning's brew of thou-shall-not-kill-juice. The sink was still full of dishes because the boy child had not done them, so I was going to get read to do them. 

No hot water. 

So that means until we get a new hot water heater it's going to be cold showers. 


I thank everything that is holy and sacred that we live in Florida. If this had happened and we lived in a place with a really cold winter we would be screwed. I also appreciate our Home Depot card, which will fund a new hot water heater. 

That is just a little bump in the road. The temperature has been in the 80s so a cool shower won't be so bad. 

Then we get to the car so I can do my daily mini journey to get my anxiety levels in a vehicle back to normal road rage rather than "oh, god, danger, gonna puke everywhere". 

Things seemed ok until we backed out of the driveway and the transmission sounded like it slipped. I reached over to the gearshift and jiggled it a bit (that's what you have to do to my car when it acts like a patoot) and away we went. 

We made it about a mile and a half to the next stop sign after the one at the end of my street, and it started doing it again. FML. 

I made a joke to my mother, at least we have AAA, buuuuuut she cancelled it. 


She figured we were already so far from the house that we should just go through with the journey, which we did. We went through the drive through cooler and got our drinks and started home. 

We did just fine until we hit another stop sign. It sputtered, she slammed the gas, and we almost hit a chick that didn't use her blinker when turning. 

And that is my day thus far.

Hopefully the rest will be much better, and I'll get some sort of good news. I don't care what kind. Something good. 





01 December 2015

Blogmas Day 1: Music

After seeing a post on Lotte's Beauty Box with a cute Christmas tag, I'm going to try it myself! It will also give me inspiration to post every day, something I haven't been doing lately. I'm not a very holiday/Christmasey person so I'm not going to do the same thing she did, talking about traditions and things like that. We have tamales. That is our tradition!



Today's blogmas is all about music! There are so many songs that I hold dear that remind me of being a kid around Christmas, freezing my butt off watching VH1 when they still showed music videos while dad would cook. Mom cooked, but dad's cooking was better. On Christmas they would show a full day of Christmas music. It was amazing!


Something Has to Change

I knew that I've been gaining weight. Ever since my ankle surgery I haven't been near as active as I used to be. This thing hurts. It hurts almost all of the time. 

For readers who are new, you can read all about my adventures with a shattered ankle in this post. Somewhere in the deep abyss of my computer I have my x-ray photos. They are pretty gnarly, too. 

Either way, since then I've gotten (gasp) fat. This is the biggest I've ever been in my life. The only time I weigh myself is when I go to the doctor. I do this mainly because I depress very easily and I don't want to spend my life feeling even more like a big old beached whale like I do now. 

Right now, at my biggest, I am 164lbs according to my last trip to the doctor. The lowest I've been is 100lbs. 

It didn't really hit me exactly how big I've gotten because most of my clothes that my sister gave me still fit very nicely. One of my favorite pairs of pants is even getting big on me. 

Then I saw this picture that my sister in law took on Thanksgiving of me eating with my bf and dad. 


I wanted to cry when I saw it. 

I look like a huge beached whale. 

This is even after I've made changes in my life, like no more sodas and very limited carbs. I exercise by cleaning house and and walking my dogs yet I still look massive. 


Maybe it was the angle because this one doesn't look near as bad. Then again I'm hiding my gut with a sweater. (For once, it got chilly on Thanksgiving). 

It makes me so depressed to look at that first picture. I cannot believe I'm so big. 

I have already eliminated most meat from my diet, minus chicken. I'm thinking of kicking most meat and animal products. I have done a vegan diet before, and it might just be time to completely go vegan. I enjoyed it and I didn't feel as constantly full. 

I do minor exercising in addition to my housework and walking the dogs, like toning exercises. 

It is at the point where I am beginning to get desperate. 

One day I will get back to where I want to be. 




30 November 2015

Cyber Monday Deals

I know I'm a little late on the game, but I've been scouring and found some pretty fantastic Cyber Monday deals! Who needs to fight on Black Friday when you can sit in your pajayjays at home on Monday to get even better discounts?






Wishtrend has some insane deals going on right now on for just about everything, from their Sol-Kits to much loved favorites. Head over to Wishtrend to see their deals now. No coupons needed for most discounts, yay!

If you spend $59 you can get free worldwide shipping, and if you spend $139 you get free expedited shipping.

Some products have up to 80% off right now, so get them while you can.



Pinky Paradise is also having a huge sale. Up until the 9th of December use coupon code BlackFriday2015 to get 50% off of yearly lenses except sclera, Phantasee, and Toric lenses. 

Full terms and conditions for the sale can be found on their Black Friday hub page. 




For those craving a little luxury, Tatcha is holding their Friends & Family event. You can get 20% off of the entire site until December 6th using the coupon code FRIEND2015 or FF2015. They have some of the best products I've ever used and I cannot recommend them enough. Take advantage of this deal with their giftsets. It would be the perfect chance to spoil yourself, or a special lady in your life! 


Another of my favorite stores, Beauteque, is having a one day sale that ends tonight at 11:59 PM EST. Use coupon CYBER30 to get 30% off of all purchases site wide.

Use code CYBER50 to get 50% off of certain items. 

They are even doing deals on their subscription boxes!


There are a ton of stores doing deals that either end today or end within the next few days, I've only listed my favorite places. 

Maybe it's time to treat yourself? 







Happy shopping!





29 November 2015

It's My Birthday!

Today is my birthday!


It's been so relaxing. I normally clean house all day, so I took the day and gamed all day long. 

I have been working on completing my FFX and I managed to get all of Wakka's reels and a trophy for learning all of Kimhari's overdrives. 

I won't lie - I spent the last six hours gaming. Hard. 

My sister came by and left me the most beautiful cuff. 


She weaved this by hand. If you want to see more of her work, you can find it at The Forward Knot on Facebook.

We are going to have a family game night after my bf finishes cooking dinner. My mother got me Monopoly so we are going to see how quickly family game night can turn into a family feud. 

To top it off, the mid season finale of The Walking Dead comes on tonight, so it's like I'm getting a birthday prezzie from my favorite show!

I'm just glad that my birthday hasn't sucked, like it has in years past. I'm either always sick or some kind of dumb friend drama comes up. It's been an incredibly good day.

I've also decided to get my first tattoo! I won't reveal it until I've actually gotten it done, if I have the balls to go through with it ^^ I'm going to get it when my bf goes to finish off the color on his thigh piece. Hopefully I won't back out like a sissy xD

See you later!




28 November 2015

Dolla Dolla Makes Me Holla!

So in my post yesterday, I mentioned that I had gotten a bunch of higher priced makeup at my local Dollar Tree for only a dollar. Yeah. One dollar. Four quarters. Ten dimes. An assload of pennies.

I am not posting all of my haul here because some of it is going to be part of a gift for my step-daughter and I don't want her nosy butt to see ^^ I also gave some stuff to my sister because the colors simply didn't look right on me.

I apologize in advance for my crappy photos - my phone took a poopie and now I'm stuck with a pretty junk LG phone that only has a 5 megapixel camera. BF was supposed to get me a new one yesterday on Black Friday but the only ones in our price range weren't much better than this one that I have. Wah!

So here are seventeen of the things that I got.


As you can see, some of these brands are really freakin good. 

27 November 2015

Thanksgiving 2k15

It's been so long since I've posted!

Since then I've changed my medications and I feel much better. I'm even starting to travel more, something that I was unable to do this time last year!

My sister has tried taking me on daily trips so we can get out and see how much I can do. We've done a little shopping, eaten lunch at our favorite eatery, and even just driven. So far, so good. Haven't gotten sick once!

I went a little insane at our dollar store when I found they had a stash of Revlon, Maybelline, Milani, and Essie products. Usually things like that are an upwards of $5, but since it's the Dollar Tree everything is only a dollar. I think I spent an upwards of $50 on just beauty products that would have cost me almost $200 had I gotten them at a regular drug store. Insane, right? 

I also got a fake septum ring to wear around, to test the idea of it. 


I love how it looks! I tried to surprise my mom with it, telling her that my sister and I went to the piercing parlor instead of going shopping, and rather than being surprised she just told me it looked nice. Prank fail!


If you're in the US, how was your Thanksgiving? 

I made my very first baked mac and cheese yesterday, and it was such a hit that my boyfriend's sister asked to keep the rest if she brought back my pan. 


This is the only picture that my boyfriend and I took together. His sister manned the camera. If you're interested, you can find the rest of our pictures on facebook. 

I ended up meeting a few animals yesterday at my boyfriend's cousin's house - it's like a damn zoo. I met some goats and a pig or two, but I was terrified of the turkey. It's huge and roams free!

He also had a little cage of guinea hens. They were so small and adorable!


Today has been incredibly rainy, and I've been recovering while watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer. With chronic illness, even the littlest trips and events can tire you out. Yesterday was a pretty big event, starting with me in the kitchen from 8AM until noon, then an entire afternoon running around out in my boyfriend's dad's neighborhood eating and enjoying spending time with family. 

My sister and her kids came over last night. The night ended up being so long, full of food and good times. 


Tomorrow my boyfriend is off from work, so we are going to lounge around. My birthday is on Sunday and he works, so Saturday is our day to celebrate together ^^

I'm slowly but surely recovering. Hopefully I'll be back to my normal self, soon. 





13 October 2015

How Do You Glow?

With summer at an official end and fall moving in upon us, keeping that summer glowing skin may be a concern for some.

My pale butt never has a summer glow - I prefer to call it nuclear winter!



I use a combination of diet, exercise, and skin care to keep my skin looking it's best.


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