Sunday, September 30, 2012

Meet Scarlett

She was born on September 28th, 2012 at 10:00 PM. Weighed 7lbs 7oz and 21in long. I can't describe to you want a wonderful experience this was! God has really given me such an amazing gift that I do not deserve! How wonderful and loving Christ is!!! Stay tuned for my labor and delivery video... I have footage of the actual birth!


Monday, September 24, 2012

Maternity Pictures

Love our pictures!!! I definitely have the pregnancy blown-up/swollen look, but I am trying to rock it!
(Not much else you can do, right?) 



Check out Hannah Cooper (photographer), she is quite amazing! 
http://www.hannahlcooper.com/









The next set of pictures we will be putting her in the dress! 



xoxo
Allisen

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Dining With Fall

If you keep up with me on my this blog, YouTube, Instagram, or Twitter (pretty much any social networking site) you already know that I am forcing fall to happen. This post is about how I forced fall to happen at our dining table. Our (my husband also helped me do this) fall dining decor was quite cheap! I will break down the items by price and where I bought them. Enjoy and get ready for the fall!




Let's start with the oh-so-amazing table cloth. Surprisingly, I found this baby in the fall/thanksgiving isle of my local Wal-Mart. Its colors are warm and soothing. Personally, I would use this table cloth all year!$13.97


The off white plates are absolutely beautiful. Like the table cloth, I would definitely use these at anytime of the year. I found these dinner plates at Wal-Mart. The coordinating bowls and coffee cups are also available to buy. 
$2.98 per plate


 Once again, this flower and basket combo was found at Wal-Mart. They are called "Mum in a Basket", which we thought was funny. If you are from the UK and a few other places you probably understand why... I had planned to cut the flowers out and put them in a jar. When I placed them on the table with everything else my eyes enjoyed the woven basket. 
$4.97



 The coasters seen on the table are ones that I have owned previously. Luckily they are still available for purchase and place mats to coordinate. These are from the lovely store called IKEA. Who doesn't love IKEA?
$.99 per 4 pack. 
(This price could be different now.)


The dainty espresso/tea cups with matching saucers were something I already owned as well. I had not planned on using them until I returned home and found them lonely in the cupboard. Their colors are perfect with the table cloth! I purchased these awhile back from World Market. There were coffee cups in the normal dish isle at Wal-Mart that were these same colors. No worries if you don't have these! T.J.Maxx would also be another place to find something similar. 
$6.99 per 5 pack.


*The only other thing you will need for this look is a candle. Not just any candle, but a fall candle! The one on our table now (also in the picture above) is Glade's Maple Pumpkin Candle. It is my favorite for this fall.*


xoxo
Allisen

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

$1 Nail Varnish

I am on a mission of making fall happen as much as I possibly can. It is my absolute favorite time of the year! From pumpkin candles to leggings with worn out boots, I just LOVE fall. It started getting a bit chilly (finally) so of course my mom and I needed fall nail polish to help make fall happen! We made a quick stop at our local Dollar store to see what cheap polishes they might have. I have had a surprisingly great amount of success with the brand, L.A. Colors. So naturally, I went straight to their polishes. All of their products are $1, so it's not a total waste if something doesn't work. Anyhow, we preceded to open every color to make a quick swatch on our fingernails. (We had an interesting manicure when we left the shop.) To my surprise every one of their polishes had amazing pigment! For the time being, I bought the color Twisted Affair and a Top/Bottom Coat to try (see pictures). Needless to say... I love them both! I can't wait to go back and try new ones! The bottles are very similar to my OPI bottles. So they look decent, which is a plus to me. I know Pinterest has a way of making you think you need the OPI, but try adventuring out to the shops yourself and you might be surprised... Or I can do that for you and you can come read about it here. I'll now end this rambling with a warm thank you for reading and an official welcoming from me...to the fall.

Allisen
xoxoxo

-This is only one coat of Twisted Affair and one coat of the Top Coat. Oh, and here is my favorite fall candle....

Friday, September 7, 2012

Cheap Lip Products | Review

Here are a few lip products I have collected. None of these are high end brands and can be found in local shops. I have not listed the prices because the prices change slightly depending on sales and location. Remember to check out my YouTube channel to see a video of these products (User name: allisenw89). Hope you all enjoy! 







This was featured in my most worn summer things tag video (that's a mouth full). It is Revlon's Nude Attitude. It is the perfect nude shade, but quite drying. I usually wear my Carmex under this to make my lips not a desert. It is a matte finish which is probably why it has a dry-like texture.









As mentioned above.... here is the best lip product your precious lips could ask for, Carmex!
Here is my staple for the fall, Revlon's Iced Mocha! You can mix it with other pink or red toned lipsticks to make the perfect raspberry colors. Yay, no buying more lipsticks just for the color... create your own!








This is the most cheap and best lipstick ever! This lipstick can be found at places like the Dollar Tree or Dollar General. This particular brand is $1 for the lipstick. It also comes with a coordinating lip liner. Yes, only for $1. The lip liner works amazingly, the lipstick is long-lasting and nourishing! This is a perfect mix with Revlon's Iced Mocha to create the raspberry lip that is seen everywhere for this fall. 





This lipstick is just beautiful. It's a great "date night" color. It's perfect for my normal grudge fall look....while drinking my salted caramel hot chocolate from Starbucks. Can you tell I love the fall?









I am not sure why me and this lip product hate each other, but we do. It's an older lipstick, and every time I try to show it love it always hates me. The color is wrong for me and it feels so odd on my lips. Its name is definitely fitting. It looks like ginger and feels like fizz. Yeah, it's called Ginger Fizz. Not worth money even though it is only a drug store product.







I am sure everyone knows what this is.... the amazing Lip Butters by Revlon. There is a reason all the beauty Youtubers love this stuff. It just loves you back (unlike ole ginger fizz above). It feels like a chap stick, but has the color pigments of a lipstick. Wonderful. Genius. Thank you Revlon! This particular color is called Strawberry Shortcake. It is really pretty with almost any makeup look and/or outfit. 








Now let's throw in some lip gloss. This lip gloss is sold by Mark. (yes, I do sell it). This is attached to a mascara and is awesome for traveling. To be a lip gloss it is not sticky, and has a slight tint of pink. I really enjoy this product even though I am not into lip gloss. When you run out of this gloss you can order more (in different colors) to reattach. (mark.com) This Glow Baby Glow gloss is in the color Pink Crush. 






 This is a cheap product, but not found in a normal drug or grocery store. These lip glosses can be bought at Express Clothing Stores. If you have shopped at Express any time in the past 10 years you are probably familiar with these glosses. I am not a gloss fan, but these are not so bad. They really don't have any pigment so they are great for adding shine to a matte finished lip. The also smell wonderfully. This particular one makes me want a cupcake! (The name of this gloss was ripped off, sorry!)




Here are some swatches to see the colors. I forgot to swatch Revlon's Nude Attitude. It's about the same color as my hand so you're not missing much. The Express gloss was also not swatched because it has no pigment. 









Hope you all enjoyed this post! 

XOXOXO

Allisen Byrd